The spikes on Steppenwolf's armour disappeared when Darkseid appeared before him:

Steppenwolf without spiked armor

Why did this happen?

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It's a symbolic show of deference, which reflects his humility before and fealty to Darkseid, similar to those shown by our knights.

a medieval knight kneeling before royalty in an act of deference

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, director Zack Snyder said,

"He's a legit space knight."

and WETA Digital Visual Effect Supervisor Anders Langlands added,

"Zack had the idea that his armor would react to his mood and be part of his performance, as if it was some kind of alien technology that’s symbiotic with him."

So the armor is reflecting Steppenwolf's deference to Darkseid.

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    Some very good finds. You might want to consider a name-change though...
    – Valorum
    Aug 14, 2021 at 16:56
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    Even not having seen this cut, this would have been my interpretation as well. A classical sign of defedence. Taking off his crown. Aug 14, 2021 at 17:04

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