I've had a couple of ideas recently as to how I'd reintegrate Foreman Spike and it hit me that he could be a great enemy to Waluigi if he ever got his own standalone game, as a reocurring nuisance and sort of a "Captain Syrup meets Cranky Kong" figure.
Picture this: We learn that Waluigi, during his younger years, was homeless and looking for purpose, and while he even then had an undescribable hatred of Luigi, he didn't yet know him or Mario enough to do anything about it and he had yet to truly become a villain. Foreman Spike saw potential in the prodigious, hard working mechanic, and took young Waluigi under his construction company. He was just as mean and abusive to him as he was to any other employee, all the while training him to follow in his villainous ways
When Mario & Luigi began working for Spike, Waluigi met them in person for the first time, and his hatred of Luigi rekindled. He attempted to impersonate Luigi and ruin his career a few times (which is why Luigi appears to take on Spike's role in Vs.Wrecking Crew), but while he failed to even be noticed by the Mario Brothers (Mario thought it was Spike in a dumb disguise), he inavertedly helped Mario & Luigi defeat Foreman Spike and put an end to his business. Soon afterwards, Waluigi went into hiding, in order to plan his next move against the Mario Bros and to hide from Spike's wrath. It's at this point he would begin his arduous training, and at a later point he would meet Wario.
It would be later revealed that the main reason Waluigi uses stuff from the Wrecking Crew games (bombs, eggplants, the excavator, the wrench & the dinosaurs in MK Arcade GP 2, the Destruction Dance tune) is primarily because he gets to stick it to Spike by doing so. As in, "I'll steal your shit and do it better than you ever could, and there's nothing you can do about it, old man"
At this point, Spike is semi-retired. He's older, fatter, and he's mad at everyone in general, but particularly the Mario Brothers and Waluigi. He never forgot his grudge with them, and when he caught wind of Waluigi's attempts of rising to stardom and using stuff from the Crew that used to be his in the process, he broke out of retirement and is now aiming for payback. Spike deems Waluigi a failure and an insufficient replacement, and he thinks he's been slacking around in his rivalry with the Mario Bros, so he's out to prove that age can't stop him and to show Waluigi what a real villain looks like.
Spike is old-school villainy incarnate. He's not really out for money like Wario, or after fame and attention like Waluigi. He's here to be a dick and to prove he's still got it even after all these years. He commands many of his old forces and weapons, and some new ones too. Spike combines the brutish strength and bullheaded arrogance of Wario with the cunning mischief and deviousness of Waluigi. Like all classic villains, his greatest weakness is his complete overconfidence, alongside the perks of age that catch up to him every now and then and the fact that Spike is terrible at keeping people working under him for long.
He wouldn't be the main villain but he would be a constant nuisance, coming after Waluigi with bigger and bigger fights, culminating in a showdown of mechanic dinosaurs and exploding buildings at the game's city level, which is revealed to be the original setting of the Wrecking Crew games, a city nearby New Donk City.
Wow, nice story you have here. This might as well be canon.
I mean, we don't know anything about Waluigi's past, and I have always imagined it being a rather sad one. Waluigi being apprenticed by Foreman Spike is something that I can imagine, as Waluigi is constantly trying to prove himself, and goes to far measures to do just that.
I just want Spike to come back and bring freaky mechanical dinosaurs with him so he can duel with Waluigi's own robotic dinosaurs.We need Forman Spike to become a recurring character again. He's got potential, and he is a cool guy that I like to see more often.
I like this.To be fair, I always headcanoned that Waluigi was the son of the brusque Foreman Spike and grudgingly had to live with him until he moved out, which explains his mechanical leanings and why he tends to have the Gold Mantis.