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This page covers tropes found in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

'''Tropes A-E''' | Angel/{{Tropes F-J}} | Angel/{{Tropes K-O}} | Angel/{{Tropes P-Z}} | [[YMMV/{{Angel}} YMMV]]

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* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: When he shows up in season 5, Andrew boasts that he's become "82% more manly" than the last time Spike saw him.
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: After valiantly fending off Marcus' torture in "In the Dark", Angel casually admits to Doyle that he was [[TortureAlwaysWorks an inch away]] from spilling everything.
-->"I mean, one more hot poker, and I was giving him the ring, YourMom, everything. -- How ''is'' your mom?"
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* AbandonedWarehouse
* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: "Double or Nothing." True to the title, Angel wages his soul ''and'' Gunn's against Jenoff in a card game.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Angel's main mode of transport. They look more like medical catacombs.
** Lampshaded in "Fredless" when Fred states "I could build a condo in these sewers."
** UpToEleven in Season Four, when Angel and co. flee into the sewers to escape Jasmine. Not only is there already a cadre of survivors living there, but the interior more resembles [[Series/{{Jeremiah}} Cheyenne Mountain]].
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: In the episode ''Sanctuary'' Buffy is hunting Faith and intending to kill her, however Angel is protecting her so Buffy punches her ex. After he ignores the first blow Buffy tries to punch him again, but Angel blocks and ''punches her''. Buffy is almost too shocked to speak, but he points out she threw the first punch, and she is stronger than him.
-->Not to get all schoolyard or anything.
* AbusiveParents: This ''is'' a Whedon show.
** Wesley's father used to lock him in a room "under the stairs" as punishment.
** Lorne's mother hates him, along with the rest of his family.
** Though Angel's father isn't quite as abusive as his son sees him, he traumatized Angel so much that he turned into the cruelest vampire in history and even now still has a lot of father issues.
*** To be fair though, as Liam, Angel was pretty much a disgrace of a son. He whored around and was drunk all the time, he pretty much deserved all the criticism his father gave him. And considering that his father seemed nearly on the verge of tears as Liam left home, he probably still had some love toward him.
** While not exactly abusive, [[spoiler: Holtz]] wasn't exactly a sweet, loving daddy to [[spoiler: Connor]].
*** Er, it was kind of mentioned that they would play a "game" where [[spoiler: Holtz]] would tie him to a tree, then run away and have to be tracked down. Through a hell dimension. As a kid. And that at one time it "only took me five days." Compared to that, excessive criticism seems kind of mild...
** Averted when we meet Fred's "very normal" parents. The rest of the gang is rather envious.
* TheAce / TheUnseen: The Immortal.
* AcronymConfusion: Cordelia pointing out the arrival of "ET" (''Entertainment Tonight'').
-->'''Wesley''': ''(glancing around hopefully)'' Creator/EmmaThompson?
* AccusationFic: ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a '''''canon example''''' of this trope as one of its later-season episodes. In the Season 5 episode "Damage", Angel and crew get called out by ''Andrew Wells'' of all people for the (if you think about it) [=WTF?!?=] move of taking over (and possibly being corrupted by) Wolfram & Hart and the resources the evil law firm provides.
-->'''Andrew:''' (to Angel) "News flash -- nobody in our camp trusts you anymore. Nobody. You work for Wolfram & Hart. Don't fool yourself... we're not on the same side."
* ActuallyADoombot: [[spoiler: Roger Wyndam-Pryce]].
* ActuallyNotAVampire: The Immortal. He's too cool for that.
* AdaptationDecay: An in-universe example occurs in 'After the Fall'', after a filmmaker decides to base a movie on Angel's recent exploits. The movie features an actual {{Satan}} (Hell A had no such thing); Angel is a human being as well as CowboyCop; Spike is [[GenderFlip a woman]] (and Angel's LoveInterest, to boot); Wesley bites the dust early on as Angel's DeadPartner; Betta George is a dog (rather then a Splenden Beast); Lorne is the evil Overlorne; and Gunn has been [[RaceLift racelifted]] and played by {{Lost}}'s Jose Garcia. Lastly, Illyria is merged with Gwen -- and is also a blaxploitation character.
** IDW released a comic adaptation of [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Last_Angel_in_Hell the "movie"]], starring NicolasCage as Angel.
* {{Adorkable}}: The entire team at one point or another.
* AdultFear: [[spoiler: Losing your child to a kidnapper, watching the woman you love die of an illness in front of you and being powerless to help her, regaining your child (having missed his entire childhood) but having a horrible relationship with him, watching him go insane and finally cutting his throat when he goes on a murder spree, all culminating in DealWithTheDevil that will give your child a normal life in which he will have no memory of you]]. This is a fairly major theme of the series.
* AerosolFlamethrower: Faith menaces Wesley with a can of cooking oil and a flame wand in "Five By Five".
* AffablyEvil: Richard Straley, a chipper, suburban-dwelling restauranteur who just happens to be a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] demon. He convinces Doyle to sign divorce papers allowing Richard to marry Harriet -- [[ReadTheFinePrint failing to mention]] that in doing so, Doyle consents to having [[BrainFood his brains devoured]] in a ritual ceremony.
** Allen Lloyd, a New Age psychologist hired by Wolfram & Hart to conduct "Sensitivity Training" classes within Kate's precinct.
* AlasPoorVillain: The vampire that Angel was forced to Turn to save everyone else aboard a submarine, the only one he ever sired after regaining his soul. He was stripped of enough of his soul to turn him into the vicious, hateful, sadistic, slaughter-happy monster that all vampires are... but left with just enough of a remnant of it to feel ''horribly guilty'' for everything he did.
* TheAlcoholic: The term is never overtly used but while all the characters have a reason to [[DrowningMySorrows drown their sorrows]] mid-series, Wesley is the one who doesn't stop. The latter half of series 5 has the gang mentioning with increasing frequency just how heavily Wesley is drinking. It's also implied that Wesley's fully aware it's becoming a problem.
* AlienBlood
* AlienCatnip: As mentioned on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', Slayer blood and high people. Faith uses this to her advantage when she is higher than a kite fighting Angelus, she lets him feed on her, only for the drugs she doped up on to be so powerful it takes him out.
* AlienSky: Pylea has twin suns, both of them purple. Angel is unaffected by sunlight in this dimension. (thankfully, because otherwise he'd burn up twice as fast.)
* AllForNothing: Angel severing his ties to his friends and embarking on a one-man war against Wolfram & Hart. He actually succeeds, destroying a Senior Partner's (temporary) body and summoning an elevator to take him to the root of their evil. [[spoiler:The elevator just deposits him back on Earth]].
* AllJustADream: Brilliantly done in "Awakening", where [[spoiler:the entire episode is inside the mind of Angel, as the spell is being done that will (temporarily) remove his soul, turning him into Angelus. In other words, the reveal at the episode's end drags us out of the dream, straight into a nightmare]].
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Like clockwork. Angel even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in Season 5.
** One of Gunn's lieutenants, "Chain", foolishly allows himself to be tracked back to his hideout by vampires ("War Zone").
* AlternateRealityEpisode: "Birthday"
* AlwaysCamp: Oliver Simon, the talent agent who foists his business card on Angel in the Pilot. He actually makes a return later in the season.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Angel and Spike with regard to the Immortal. Angel has this feeling regarding Groo and later Spike when they appear to be challenging his role as Champion.
* AmazonChaser: Faith is one of the few people who can kick Connor's ass, and he almost seems to like it. Lampshaded by Cordelia that [[LikeFatherLikeSon like his father]] he has a thing for Slayers.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Symbolized by Holland Manners; exemplified by Lindsey and Lilah.
* [[AmoralAttorney Amoral Law Firm]]: Wolfram & Hart.
* AnatomyOfTheSoul: "The House Always Wins" features a casino which steal people's fates ("futures trading", taken literally). People who would otherwise have had successful lives are rendered [[{{Anvilicious}} mindless drones, endlessly pouring money into slot machines that never pay out]].
* AncientConspiracy: The law firm Wolfram & Hart is in effect the distilled evil of society, has been since humanity first achieved sentience, and is maneuvering the world toward the apocalypse.
* AncientGrome: The toga-clad "Oracles" dress in purple togas, albeit with bronze body paint.
* AndIMustScream: Matthias Pavayne, paralyzed in a cell and left to stare out a [[ConsolationPrize small window]] into an empty corridor for all eternity.
** Connor tries to do this to Angel: Locking him in a metal coffin and dropping him to the bottom of the ocean. While it's true that vampires cannot die, prolonged blood deprivation will result in hallucinations and even brain damage.
** In "Dead End", Angel and Lindsey find the place where Wolfram & Hart keeps "donors" for its employees who need body parts. The "donors" are kept sedated but fully awake. One of them was Lindsey's co-worker when he was starting out. He begged Lindsey to kill him.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The Powers that Be are angels, The Senior Partners are Devils, the Old Ones are squid.
* AnotherDimension: Basically used as an excuse to bring aliens into the Buffyverse without worrying about the attendant issues like FirstContact or FasterThanLightTravel.
** Not to mention all those demons with their own unique societies living among us without being noticed.
* AnyoneCanDie: One of the best examples of the trope among TV shows. [[spoiler:Doyle, Cordelia, Fred, Wesley]] bite the dust during the course of the series, as do a number of smaller characters.
* ApologyGift: After Angel spends half a season alienating his friends, he eventually comes back, tail between his legs. However, Cordelia doesn't forgive him until later, when she discovers that Angel had bought her a bunch of nice clothes.
* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: Though with a more frequent use of firearms by both heroes and villains than was the case in Sunnydale.
* ArcWelding: The entire series up until Season 4 was preparatory to Jasmine's birth.
* ArmedWithCanon
-->'''Angel:''' [to Spike] I spent a hundred years trying to cope with infinite remorse! You sat sniveling in a basement for three weeks, AND THEN YOU WERE FINE!! What's fair about '''that'''?!
** In "Blood Money", an attendee at the charity ball asks one of the television celebrities why her TV character had [[SuddenlySexuality suddenly turned gay]] and whether it was a ratings stunt. This is a reference to Willow Rosenberg, who [[SuddenlySexuality came out]] in the previous year's season of ''Buffy''.
** Several digs at Angelus' [[HellBentForLeather leather pants]], which David Boreanaz notoriously wore on ''Buffy''.
** As soon as ''Buffy'' jumped to another network, the Buffy/Angel romance got the treatment.
-->'''Cordelia:''' [[UnreliableNarrator Let me break it down for you]], [[MysteriousWaif Fred]]. ''[ChewingTheScenery]'' Oh, ''Angel!'' I know that I am a Slayer, and you are a vampire, and it would be ''[[StarCrossedLovers impossible]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers for us to]] ''[[StarCrossedLovers be]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers together]], but--
-->'''Wesley:''' But! ''[TheGlassesComeOff]'' My gypsy curse sometimes [[ObliviousToLove prevent me from seeing the truth]]. Oh, Buffy...
-->'''Cordelia''': Yes, Angel?
-->'''Wesley:''' ''[MilkingTheGiantCow]'' I love you so much I almost forgot to brood!
-->'''Cordelia''': And just because [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2 I sent you to hell that one time]] doesn't mean we [[BetterAsFriends can't just...be friends]]!
-->'''Wesley:''' ''[ClintSquint]'' Or possibly more?
-->'''Cordelia''': {{Gasp}}! No! We mustn't!
-->'''Wesley:''' Kiss me!
-->'''Cordelia''': Bite me!
-->'''Angel:''' ''[WalkInChimeIn]'' How about you ''both'' bite me?
** The sanitarium doctor warns that someone should stop Spike, because if he goes after Dana, he'll wind up dead. Angel mutters, "He'll just [[PopularityPower end up coming back]]."
** The IDW writers behind ''After the Fall'' weren't thrilled at the people responsible for [[Creator/DarkHorseComics Dark Horse]]'s ''Buffy'' comic for their revelation that [[spoiler:Angel is Twilight]]. So much so, they've created promo pictures for their new Spike series wherein Spike [[spoiler:burns a Twilight mask with a caption reading, "''He'' definitely isn't Twilight."]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Marcus deliberately and repeatedly asks Angel, "What do you want?" while torturing him with sunlight and hot pokers. Because he is a LivingLieDetector, Marcus is unfazed by Angel's false answers. (The ''real'' answer, of course, turns out to be: [[TheAtoner Forgiveness]].)
* ArmyOfLawyers: Wolfram & Hart. Two hundred highly intelligent law-school graduates working full time to drive Angel to despair.
* ArrowCatch: Angel swatting down Faith's attempt to shoot him InTheBack. Even ''she'' is impressed.
* ArtifactOfDeath: Many, but Illyria's sarcophagus counts.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Also numerous.
* AscendedDemon: What Angel wants to achieve.
* AscendedExtra: Lorne and Harmony.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The "Senior Partners."
* AssimilationPlot: Jasmine's ultimate goal.
* TheAtoner: Angel and Doyle.
** Faith becomes this following her HeelFaceTurn.
** Gunn in Season 5 after he unwittingly [[spoiler: causes Fred's death]].
* AttackHello: Spike makes his presence known to Angel via a wooden plank to the face. Lampshaded in that Spike confesses he had intended to remain in the shadows, spinning an elaborate web of plans, but [[LeeroyJenkins got bored]].
* AuctionOfEvil: Cordy's visions (or more specifically, her eyeballs) are put up for auction in "Parting Gifts".
* AvengingTheVillain: James in "Heartthrob".
* AxCrazy: Angelus and (pre-rehabilitation) Faith.
** Connor starts out this way. Granted he was kidnapped by Holtz and raised in an alternate, Hell-like dimension and taught what a monster Angel was. Indeed he was raised by Holtz for the sole purpose of being his final revenge against Angel. Then Holtz stages his own death to look like Angel had murdered him and manipulated by Justine into dumping Angel into the ocean for three months.
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* BackFromTheDead: First season finale, [[spoiler:Darla]], fourth season finale, [[spoiler:Lilah]], fifth season premiere, [[spoiler: Spike]], kinda-sorta in the comics, [[spoiler: thought to be Fred, instead it's just Illyria reverted to Fred's personality at random]] as well as [[spoiler:Gunn]], from his previous unliving state.
* BackhandedCompliment:
-->'''Cordelia:''' (to Doyle) You're a lot SmarterThanYouLook. ..Of course, you ''look'' like a retard.
* BadassBoast: Angel tries out some diplomacy on Doyle's debt-collecting demon friend.
-->"It's a good offer. You should take it. On the other hand you're making me want to fight some more. You get lucky, you might last ten minutes. ''Really'' lucky, and you're unconscious for the last five."
* BadassNormal: Wesley, Gunn, Fred and Cordelia. Although they all have some sort of power by the end of the show - Wesley with his magical knowledge, Gunn with his lawyer implant, Fred being an [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]] and Cordy having a mental connection to the Powers That Be - the human cast consistently proves throughout the series that superpowers are no match for flamethrowers, high-powered crossbows, shotguns and double pistols.
** Also, Daniel Holtz, who almost manages to destroy Team Angel by using time travel, bombs, crossbow bolts, stakes, knives, vampires, swords, demons, members of the team and Angel's ''own son'', just because Angel ''pissed him off'' over two hundred years ago.
*** If by "pissed him off" one means "slaughtered his entire family, leaving only his youngest daughter (turned into a vampire) to greet him when he arrived home", then yes, he was [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge very pissed off]]!
* BadBadActing: Cordelia's screechingly awful performance in ''A Doll's House''.
-->'''Angel:''' And I thought [[SuckinessIsPainful I knew eternity]].
* BadBoss: Anyone currently holding the top position at Wolfram & Hart.
** Maybe it's the furniture. In Season 5, Wesley pulls a gun on a toady and [[WhatTheHellHero shoots out his kneecap]] just for [[DisproportionateRetribution interrupting his work]].
*** Sort of understandable in that case, considering he and all the main characters are trying to save Fred [[spoiler: from being consumed by [[EldritchAbomination Illyria]]]], and have the entire office working on it. Said toady had the audacity to [[TooDumbToLive suggest they do otherwise]].
* BaldOfAwesome: Gunn.
* BaldOfEvil: On the vampire team, we have Marcus ("In the Dark"). Batting for Wolfram & Hart, it's Nathan Reed.
* BandOfBrothels: Madame Dorion's, a demon brothel in Bel-Air.
* BarBrawl: Cordelia inadvertently sparks one by handing out business cards in a club, causing one drunkard to mistake her for an escort service.
** Angel and Darla first met under these circumstances. The tavern girls were apparently used to this sort of thing when he was around.
* BareYourMidriff: Jhiera and Gwen Raiden.
* BargainWithHeaven
* BastardBoyfriend: Lenny, the drug addict terrorizing Angel's client in "In the Dark".
* BatmanColdOpen
* BatmanGrabsAGun: Angel siring Sam Lawson, an engineer, after a stab wound prevents him from finishing his repairs to the sub's engine. Once a vampire, he completes his repairs. This is the only time Angel ever sired someone after gaining a soul. (He even refused to re-sire ''Darla'', who was going to die anyway).
** Angel is engaged in his usual one-man rodeo show while investigating a case of DemonicPossession in "Damage". Suddenly he gets on the phone to Wesley and demands backup from the Wolfram & Hart tactical squad. Turns out the 'possessed' woman is actually a vampire Slayer who's gone insane.
* BattleDiscretionShot: Angel and Wesley battling a newly-hatched demon in a strip of apartments. We see yellow blood splattering the windows, followed by Wesley getting thrown out the window and then charging back inside.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind / MirrorMatch: Angel vs. Angelus in "Orpheus". Technically it's a tag-team bout, since Faith is in Angel's brain, too.
* BattleInTheRain: Angel vs. Faith.
** The final shot of the series.
* BearerOfBadNews: Wesley finds himself put in the agonizing position of reporting [[spoiler:Fred]]'s death to her parents, who were blissfully unaware of it. Wes is stymied, however, by Illyria shape-shifting in order to resemble her dead host.
* TheBeautifulElite
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: As soon as most characters see Jasmine's [[spoiler: hideous true face]], they instantly turn on her, even though they are still somewhat in her thrall.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: (Refreshingly) Averted with Faith as she claws her way from the bottom of the barrel. Over the course of three years, we see her strung out, imprisoned, beaten to a pulp, and quasi-suicidal. Fun times.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: As Rebecca's drug takes effect on Angel, he realizes she's trying to make him turn into Angelus so he'll turn around and sire her. Furious, Angel grabs a blood pack from his fridge and sprays it into her mouth to give her "a taste" of what she's in for. Naturally, once Angelus is in control, Rebecca flees in terror from the murderous nutcase she just let loose.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: When the team suspects a little boy of being possessed by an Ethros demon, Wesley mentions Lizzie Borden, the famous Massachusetts woman accused of butchering her parents with an axe. She, too, was possessed by an Ethros. Angel notes ominously that the demon possessing Borden was only [[ThisIsGonnaSuck an adolescent]].
** During the chase through an art gallery in "She", Angel shake off his pursuit by briefly pausing to lecture on a painting of the French poet Baudelaire, suggesting that Baudelaire's poem "The Vampire" was based on an encounter with a real vampire (possibly Angel himself, as he tells his audience that Baudelaire was actually "a little taller and a lot drunker" than he appears here).
** Roger Burkle correctly guesses that Spiro T. Agnew was a demon, to Angel's surprise. "I thought only ''I'' knew that."
** In "The House Always Wins", Angel corrects Fred and Gunn's misconception that the members of Blue Man Group are demons (only ''two'' of them are).
* BeingGoodSucks
* BelligerentSexualTension: Angel and Buffy.
** Doyle laments that he and his ex-wife were too young to break things off amicably, instead fighting each other non-stop until one of them broke; in doing so, he inadvertantly forecasts what will happen to Angel and Buffy later on.
* TheBerserker: Faith in "Five By Five".
* BestServedCold: Once Holtz learns Angel has a soul and Darla killed herself to save her unborn child, his roaring red-hot desire for revenge cools down to... ''icy''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Every single member of Team Angel, though Wesley stops being nice somewhere between season 3 and 4. Jasmine also qualifies (kind of.)
* BigBad: Series-wide: Wolfram & Hart.
** Two evil soulless creatures locked in a death match...[[EvilLawyerJoke lawyer]] versus vampire!
** Seasons Three and Four both have {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s as Big Bads — Holtz and Jasmine, respectively.
** Holtz is something of a subversion as well. Angelus was his Big Bad first, and Holtz is arguably a BigGood whose most evil act ([[spoiler:committing suicide in such a way as to make Connor think his father, Angel, is responsible]]) is morally correct from Holtz's view: Angel must suffer for the crimes he committed as Angelus, chief among them killing Holtz's wife and turning his daughter into a vampire, thus forcing Holtz to kill her. An apt metaphor for Holtz would be to think of him as a living embodiment of Angelus' past victims.
*** Holtz probably tips over into villain territory because of his willingness to treat Angel's human allies, who played no part in his former life, as collateral damage: He sets Gunn and Fred up to be attacked by vampires and [[spoiler: the plan to kidnap Connor involves Wesley having his throat slit.]] He's also something of a BadBoss towards his underlings, especially Justine.
** Season Five has the Senior Partners, operating on Earth through their [[TheDragon Dragons]], the Circle of the Black Thorn.
* BigDamnHeroes: Doors just seem to piss Angel off. [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Double doors doubly]] so.
* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: The Hyperion. They have [[GeographicFlexibility a south wing]].
** Wolfram & Hart has sub levels that even Lilah doesn't know about.
** BuildingOfAdventure: Becomes this once Angel and the gang move in.
* BigNo: We'll miss you, [[spoiler:Doyle]].
* BirthdayEpisode: Cordelia's birthday in Season 3. Like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]], she had problems with the supernatural during it.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Darla's death and Connor's birth.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Lorne's heart is in his ass, as he will be quick to tell you. Chopping off his head has no effect, so God only knows where his brain's located.
*** In his head. But he's from the Deathwok clan -- he can have someone put him back together.
** Some demons, such as the Haxil, procreate by implanting human women with their seed. When one such fate befalls Cordelia, she and Wesley head for the prenatal clinic, where a doctor extracts some amniotic fluid. The syringe containing the fluid cracks, disintegrates, and then ''[[HollywoodAcid eats a hole through the subflooring]]''.
** The females of the Oden-Tal species have ridges along their spines that glow red when they are sexually aroused. (see "Horny Devils").
*** Their male counterparts, the Vigories have a ko of their own, but it doesn't do anything. On the other hand, they're reported to be herbivores who eat ''half their body weight'' a day.
** Gunn and Wesley are trapped in a sewer, preparing to launch an attack an unseen goliath. Wesley notes that this species is known for breathing fire. Gunn peeks around a corner and reports that its back is turned -- right before flames erupt in his direction.
-->I thought you said it '''[[{{Fartillery}} breathes]]''' fire!!"
** A group of Nahdrah demons plot to remove Fred's head and place it on the shoulder of their dying Prince. They want her for her mind.
** Not to mention the demons that require large amounts of salt, need to be buried separately once dead, emerge every other full moon...
*** Lampshaded at one point by Wesley and Gunn: Wesley gives a long exposition about the demon they will be facing, noting how it emerges every other full moon to mate and feed (at the same time) and communicates through facial ticks. Gunn, bored, asks how they kill it. "Oh, standard slice and dice."
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Kinda the whole point.
* {{Blackmail}}: The client in "War Zone" is a [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] fanatic who went a little to deep into character - specifically, the 'demon seductresses' part - and ended up being photographed at a demon brothel.
* BlessedWithSuck: Vampires in general, especially if they can feel remorse. Sam Lawson is unable gain any pleasure from his violence, a fact which he attributes to Angel having a soul when he sired him. Unfortunately for Lawson, he didn't absorb enough of Angel's soul to suppress his dark impulses. He's [[TragicVillain kind of irritated]].
** The visions from the PTB are shown to be excruciatingly painful to half-demons and humans alike. Doyle refers to them as "great, splittin' migraines that come with pictures", while Cordelia compares it to having molten lava poured onto your brain.
-->'''Cordelia:''' If that was my gift, I'd return it.
* BlindfoldedVision: Hilariously parodied. The Blindfolded Psychic Ninja in ''Quickening'' looks awesome... and gets swarmed and chump killed by vamps.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Played with when a blade is found that can actually kill the Beast. In the battle the Beast blocks every attack and seems to take no actual damage despite the Beast saying that it stings. The Beast blocks the sword and breaks it eventually. Angel kills him by getting a piece around his guard and into his head. [[spoiler:Then the whole thing was revealed to be a dream of Angel's, making its use dubious]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Penn ("Somnabulist").
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Faith showering after a run-in with Angelus.
* BloodKnight: Connor ''might'' be this, but The Groosalugg definitely is.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Angel being asked if he knows ''Dungeons & Dragons''. "Sure, I've seen a few."
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler: Jasmine]] and [[spoiler: Lindsey]]'s undoing.
* BodyguardCrush: In Guise Will Be Guise, Wesley impersonates Angel in order to avoid conflict but finds himself involved with Magnus Bryce and forced to be bodyguard to Bryce's daughter Virginia and, let's just say, the two hit it off.
* BolivianArmyEnding: "Let's go to work."
* BondOneLiner: Inverted in "Sense & Sensitivity", after Angel is cursed with the same touchy-feely emotions that have consumed the police station. Angel continues to espouse his new, positive attitude while pummeling the villain of the week.
-->'''Angel:''' You know, Anthony, you can be a rainbow. And not a-- [punches Tony's lights out] --[[IncrediblyLamePun Painbow]].
* BookEnds: "Hero" starts with Doyle rehearsing a television ad for Angel Investigations. Following [[spoiler:his death]], the episode finishes with Doyle saying to the camera, "Is that it? Am I done?"
* BoundAndGagged: Cordelia in "Parting Gifts". The gag has less to do with restraint than making her shut up.
** The infamous gypsy girl who indirectly caused Angel's curse. We later learn in a flashback that it's really all Darla's fault, as she "[[DramaticIrony looked everywhere]]" for a suitable present for Angelus. Whoops.
** The above example is paralleled in the same episode ("Five By Five") by Faith tying up and gagging her old buddy Wesley.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Anybody who lays eyes on Jasmine.
* BrassBalls: Lindsay calls Angel a vampire "with big brass testes" after he reveals his plan to go after [[spoiler: The Circle of the Black Thorn]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The demonic Straley family's dinner conversation in "Bachelor Party".
-->'''Uncle John''': Let's see... ''(examines schedule)'' First we greet the man of the hour. Then we drink. We bring out the food. Then we drink. Then comes the stripper, darts, and then we have the [[BrainFood ritual eating of the first husband's brains]], and then charades.
** An alarmed Cordelia confides to Wesley that his client, Rebecca, has been "real gabby, asking questions about Angel". Wesley asks what ''sort'' of questions?
-->"Oh, you know, where does Angel hail from, what’s his favorite color, what kind of aftershave he wears, the ''exact specific details on how someone could make themselves into a vampire''."
* BreakTheCutie: Fred. Somewhat [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in that she comes to the show when she's already thoroughly broken and spends the next three seasons becoming a capable, confident and occasionally badass woman. [[spoiler: Then she dies horribly. Worse, her soul is turned to ash in the fires of rebirth to bring forth Illyria. Yup, there's no Afterlife for her. Even for a Whedon show that's harsh]].
** [[spoiler: Well, the "no afterlife" part is debatable, given that in the series finale, Illyria tells Wesley as he's dying that he'll be with Fred again soon]].
*** This is what we would call a [[LetThemDieHappy comforting]] [[EmptyPromise lie]].
-->'''Illyria''' [[spoiler: You'll be dead within minutes]]. Would you like me to lie to you now?
-->'''Wesley''' Yes... Thank you, yes.
* BreatherEpisode: Most prominent in Seasons 3 & 4, which are heavily arc-focused. These include "Provider" (a series of lighthearted vignettes about side jobs), "Waiting in the Wings" (a trip to the ballet) immediately afterward, "Spin the Bottle" (the return of dysfunctional, ''Buffy''-era Cordelia and Wesley) and "The Girl in Question".
* BribeBackfire: Angel attempts to bribe the barkeep in "Expecting", only to find it's the last thing in the world that will gain this guy's confidence.
* Brick Joke: In Season 5, Illyria mentions the universe of all shrimp that was used as a brick joke throughout Buffy.
** In season two Angel has a fear of singing, but left with no other options he butchers the power ballad ''Mandy'' at a karaoke club so the owner will help him. When Faith drugs Angelus in season four he is forced to watch a flashback of him listening to the song on a jukebox. He can't stand it, while Faith finds it hilarious that he has a jonsing for the song. Then lets slip about attending concerts.
* BrokenAesop: Lampshaded spectacularly by Cordelia at the end of "Expecting".
* BrokenBird: Faith.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Good job defeating Jasmine, Angel! Now you have to deal with your [[spoiler: insane son]], your [[spoiler: comatose girlfriend]], the elimination of any possibility of world peace and the return of Wolfram & Hart.
** The season 5 (and series) finale. Their goal was, essentially, [[spoiler: inconvenience the Senior Partners, probably at the expense of their lives. Everything went perfectly to plan and they still didn't wind up with a true victory. ]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Fred played "Gentle Girl" to both Gunn and Wesley. In season 5, Angel's "Gentle Girl" was a werewolf. No, it never worked out happily.
** Faith becomes this to Angel in the comics. Yep, ''that'' Faith.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In "I Will Remember You" Angel becomes human.
* BuffySpeak: Multiple examples, naturally. Extends even to the actors themselves, like JulieBenz's response to her vampire character being resurrected. ""I was shocked. I just thought once you poof'd, you poof'd! I thought that was it."
** Most notable is Lorne's flummoxed response to his club blowing up ([[RunningGag again]]).
-->'''Angel:''' Attacked?! I thought you had [[ProtectiveCharm double protection sanctorium spells]]?!
-->'''Lorne:''' I ''do''! It's a thing with the door-- and the stairs and the world and the thing. Never mind!
-->'''Gunn:''' Apparently you can be outside and shove stuff in.
-->'''Lorne:''' ..I just said that.
* [[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham Buffy Stays Out Of Los Angeles]]: After the series of evil things Faith had done ([[LongList killed someone and tried to frame Buffy for it, tried to rape and murder Xander, kidnapped Willow, worked for the Big Bad, tried to kill Angel, took over Buffy's body]]) Buffy follows Faith to the...well, City of Angels, where she goes as far to attack her former boyfriend when he stands in the way of her trying to kill Faith. After Faith turns herself in Angel tells Buffy she is not entitled to justice in his city, seeking to reform people rather than kill them.
** The reverse is also true: Angel lends only meager support in Buffy's final battle, despite evidence of The First Evil operating in Los Angeles. (A Bringer attempting to kill Faith in prison.)
** Spike debates whether to reunite with Buffy again, but resigns himself to the knowledge that the show wrapped that previous year. --[[SayingTooMuch No, wait]]. Actually, Spike doesn't want to spoil the poignancy of his heroic death on ''Buffy''.
* BurnBabyBurn: Wesley, in one last sentimental gesture, attempts this on Lilah's employee contract (which binds her to the firm for eternity). A duplicate contract immediately appears in the drawer.
* BusmansHoliday:
-->'''Angel:''' ''(speaking Tibetan)'' Demon monks. Should've gone to Vegas.
** Not that the poor guy got any respite in Vegas, either.
* ButICantBePregnant!: And it won't be the last time, Cordy dearest.
** Vampires are infertile -- hence Darla's dismay.
* ButtMonkey: [[spoiler:Wesley in later seasons, though played entirely for drama]].
* ByronicHero: Wesley, in spades.
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* CallingCard: Before being cursed with a soul, Angelus enjoyed 'signing' each of his victims by slicing a Christian cross on their cheek. Its purpose was twofold: To [[VillainCred keep score]], and to spite God. Penn, having been sired and [[TheCorrupter mentored]] by Angelus, adopted this trademark as his own.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Angel (under his human name, "Liam") became a vampire as a result of a noisy confrontation with his father, which resulted in him [[IHaveNoSon getting kicked out]]. As Angelus, he later "triumphed" by killing his family, saving his father for last.
** Penn has daddy issues of his own, even to the point of considering Angelus his "[[ParentalSubstitute real]]" father after being sired. Similar to Angelus, Penn evened the score by slaughtering his entire family. Over the next two centuries, Penn deliberately sought out victims who resembled his family, killing them in order to reenact his past murders (later redirected toward Angel himself).
** During a lighthearted speech at her father's retirement party, Kate segues into a stormy tirade of raw emotion, reminding him of how he "shut down all emotion" following her mother's death, and has treated her coldly her entire life.
** Wesley finally vents some bile toward his father, Roger, as the pair engage in some GunpointBanter ("Lineage"). Roger blasts Wesley for working for Angel when he knows what he's done. Wesley, in turn, taunts his father, insinuating that Roger always belittled him because he feared that Wesley would outshine him.
* TheCameo: Blink and you'll miss Zakk Wylde free-styling with Lorne in "The Magic Bullet".
* CannotTellALie: Drogyn
** Which is why he gets [[BerserkButton very, very angry]] whenever anybody asks him a question. He is sick of always having to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
* CanonImmigrant: Betta George was originally created for some non-canon Spike comics before appearing in ''After the Fall''.
* CantStayNormal: In "I Will Remember You", Angel's humanity is restored when his blood mixes with that of a powerful demon. After spending a blissful night together with Buffy, Angel continues to fight demons at her side -- and loses, badly. During a conference with the Oracles, Angel learns the full consequences of being human: he can no longer avert the coming apocalypse, in which Buffy will surely die. Faced with little choice, he implores the Oracles to rewind time and [[ResetButtonEnding negate the past 24 hours' events]]; Angel will have to earn his humanity [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the hard way]].
** Angel's son ends up fitting this trope nicely. To make a very long story short, Angel agrees to a devil's bargain with Wolfram & Hart to rewrite Connor's entire life, brainwashing him so he can live happily with a human family. Not long afterward, however, Angel is blackmailed by Cyvus Vail, the sorcerer responsible for Connor's new memories. Vail announces that he needs the old Connor back, since it is only he who can kill Vail's nemesis, Sahjhan. Hoping to preserve Connor's new life, Angel attempts to re-train his son from scratch in the art of fighting -- only to be waylaid by Wesley, who restores Connor's memories by shattering Vail's Orlon Window. Wesley, who suspected Angel of involvement in Fred's death, hoped to rewind time by undermining the basis on which Angel joined the firm.
* CaptainObvious: "Parting Gifts":
-->'''Barney:''' First off, you should know -- right away, before there's any misunderstanding -- I'm a demon.
-->'''Angel:''' ''(glances at horns, hooked nose, pointy ears, and blotched skin)'' I appreciate your candor.
** Later in that same episode, Barney the [[TheEmpath Empath demon]] overhears Cordy struggling to decipher a cryptic vision and grunting angrily.
-->'''Barney:''' You're frustrated.
-->'''Cordelia:''' ''(glares)'' That's one spooky talent you got there.
** Angel and Wesley nab their suspect, a wounded Kungai demon, only to discover he's dying. Angel points out that it wasn't Wesley's arrow which injured him; his horn's been broken off. Wesley leans over and starts translating the Kungai's dialect.
-->'''Wesley:''' ''(looks up)'' I think he's telling us his horn was taken.
-->'''Angel:''' We '''got''' that!
** A rare inanimate example of this occurs with Cordy's newly-installed security system ("The Prodigal"). When a demon bursts though the doors of Angel's office, the digitized voice alerts helpfully that the "Door is open".
** Even the ''Powers That Be'' aren't immune to this trope. When Cordelia drives over to a client's home to collect a fee, she is hit with a vision of herself being surrounded by cyclopean demons -- at the precise moment when she's surrounded by cyclopean demons.
-->'''Cordelia:''' [yelling at ceiling] '''''[[SarcasmMode THAT WAS HELPFUL!]]'''''
* CarCushion
* CardboardPrison: Pretty much ''any'' prison where Wolfram & Hart's clients are involved.
* CardCarryingVillain: Literally. Every member of Wolfram & Hart seems to have business cards.
* CarFu: Doyle tries this on the gates of a mansion in the first episode. It completely fails to work.
** Fred's mother shows great ingenuity in squashing an insect demon with a bus.
** The hood of Gunn's pickup truck is mounted with five foot-long stakes. During his first encounter with Angel, Gunn tries to mow him down.
** And [[DarkMessiah Jasmine]] tries to drop a minivan on Angel.
* CarMeetsHouse: Oz uses his band's tour van as a battering ram in Spike's lair.
** Angel 'borrows' Lindsay's pickup to plow through someone's living room ("Epiphany").
* TheCastShowoff: Christian Kane, who played Lindsey, is in a Country/Southern rock band in real life. In "Dead End," Lindsey sings so well at Caritas that not just Cordelia, but also [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Gunn and Wesley]] are impressed.
** Darla also gets a turn at the mic.
* CatScare: Played straight in "I've Got You Under My Skin", with an actual cat.
** In "Parting Gifts", Angel trails his quarry into a sauna room. A towel-wearing demon surprises Angel by exiting one of the stalls, asking where he can get the shiatsa massage.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: The TropeNamer.
--> '''Fred:''' [[HarsherInHindsight Cavemen win]]....''of course'' cavemen win...
* CeilingCling: Subverted in "War Zone". Angel, seemingly able to sense that there's a vampire about to pounce, casually steps out of the way, letting the mook fall flat on his face.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Angel can't work a cellphone to save his life, much to Cordelia's exasperation.
* CementShoes: How Angel disposes of Dr. Ronald Meltzer, after disassembling him.
* CerebusCallback: In "A Hole In The World", there is a RunningGag early on about the characters arguing on who would win in a fight -- cavemen or astronauts. Towards the end of the episode [[spoiler:as Fred lies dying, infected with the spirit of an ancient demon]], she whispers "cavemen win, cavemen always win" as a reference to [[spoiler:the plot parallel of their modern technologies being unable to stop the ancient demon]].
* CerebusRollercoaster
* ChainedToABed: When Angel starts having dreams of the hunt -- dreams that match a string of real-life murders those same nights -- he, Wesley and Cordelia test the theory that he might be somehow sleep-killing by chaining him to his bed.
** Following Angel's short-lived rampage as Angelus ("Eternity"), the episode concludes with Wes and Cordy confining him to the bed again. Perhaps understandably, Cordy hints she's not untieing him anytime soon.
* ChainLinkFence: Subverted in an early episode ("In the Dark"). Spike, in a rare demonstration of competence, pretends to accidentally run down a blind alley - when really, it's Angel who's just been trapped.
* TheChainOfHarm: Holtz's quest for revenge against Angel has a terrible impact on Connor's health and sanity.
* ChairReveal: Puppet Angel.
* ChekhovsGag: In "That Old Gang of Mine", Cordelia mentions Fred laughing at something a shrub said. Later in Season Five when she becomes Illyria, one of her powers is talking to plants.
* ChekhovsGunMan: The mailman at Wolfram and Hart, who wears a Mexican wrestling mask. He later turns out to be a former member of a team of demon-hunting luchadores.
** Several demons met casually or otherwise throughout Season 5 are later revealed to be members of an AncientConspiracy of [[BigBad Big Bads]].
* ChokeHolds: Subverted when someone tries to air choke Angel only to learn, to his dismay, that that doesn't work on vampires.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Angel. Cordelia qualifies from Season Two onward.
* CityOfWeirdos
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: It was a unique birth, since Darla couldn't give birth naturally and dusted herself, but there's no sign of blood or anything on Connor at all when Angel picks him up. Granted, it was raining, but still...
* {{Cliffhanger}}
* ClipboardOfAuthority: Angel follows Jhiera into an art gallery, but she makes him and sics museum security after him. As cover, Angel quickly removes his coat and proceeds to lecture on an Édouard Manet painting to a group of people, who stand rapt at his expert dissertation.
* CloseUpOnHead: Angel and Wesley debating whether to make a run for the exit....or keep sitting through [[AnythingButThat Cordelia's acting]].
** "War Zone" begins with a Close Up On Feet. The camera pans up to reveal our hero, a black-clad, BadassLongcoat wearing Ang--er, Gunn.
-->"You were expecting someone else?"
** In the same episode, Cordelia wears a glamorous scarf while sunning herself in Angel's convertible. Wesley breaks the mood by reminding Cordy that she's on a stakeout, and the car is parked in a smelly alleyway.
** Spike, cornered against a wall, menaces his opponent with a BadassBoast....until the shot pans, revealing that he's yelling at a video game.
-->'''Spike:''' Feel my wrath, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong gorilla throwin' barrels]]!
** Done a whole bunch of times. More examples include Gunn and Wesley intimidating each other in a SeriousBusiness type way (they turned out to be playing {{Risk}}), and Angel giving a heartfelt speech to someone off-camera (turns out he was reading from a pre-prepared card, trying to apologize to Merl).
* ColdBloodedTorture: Spike tortures Angel to learn the location of the Gem of Amarra in "In the Dark". Later that season, Faith ties Wesley to chair and tortures him with an entire kitchen's-worth of implements.
** Holtz with Angel, repeatedly.
** Lindsey (and later [[spoiler: Gunn]]) suffer this at the hands of Wolfram & Heart.
* CombatClairvoyance: Gunn is seemingly able to sense a vampire attack on his base, despite there being no preemptive noise. ("War Zone")
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Harrie Doyle seems more less upset about her fiancée's intention to eat Doyle's brains than about being kept in the dark about it.
-->'''Harrie:''' You were going to start our life out together ''with deceit''?
-->'''Doyle:''' ''(to Angel)'' Sorta missing the point, isn't she?
** On the day following Little Tony's arrest, Angel meets with Doyle’s informant, who claims he overhead that "LT" is planning a hit on Det. Lockely.
-->'''Angel''' ''(to Doyle)'' You know what that means?
-->'''Doyle:''' "LT" [[CaptainObvious stands for Little Tony]], yeah?
** Darla invokes this in a flashback to the late-1800s when she comes across a soul-stricken Angelus ("Five By Five"). When Angelus sorrowfully reflects on the children he's murdered, Darla gets excited and asks if he's brought her some.
-->'''Darla:''' Do you think I won't share? [[HypocriticalHumor I can't believe you think I'm that insensitive]].
* ComicallySmallBribe: Cordelia attempting to bypass a security guard at the ballet.
-->'''Cordelia:''' Hey! [[NecessaryWeasel Do you like bribes?]]
-->'''Guard:''' Do I ''ever''!
-->'''Cordelia:''' Well we ''really'' want to go backstage.
-->'''Guard:''' Yeah, see, this isn't so much a 'bribe' as it is a 'tip', and since I'm not parking your car there's really no way--
-->[Angel punches him]
* CommutingOnABus: Cordelia [[spoiler: pretty much stops regularly appearing from season 3, episode 14 to her final episode in season 5. First she's on vacation with Groo, then she becomes a higher power, then she spends most of a season controlled by Jasmine until she gives "birth" to her, and then remains in a coma until she passes before the end of the series]].
* CondensationClue: Disembodied and nearly incapable of affecting the physical world, Spike has to resort to this to communicate a message.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Because he was raised in Quor'toth, this happened to Connor to the extent that he was the only person who could look upon Jasmine's true face and still think her beautiful.
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: In "Shiny Happy People" Fred catches CassandraTruth literally from Jasmine's blood, and then figuratively when she talks to the only other person so far to see the truth (who had been converted earlier), who explains to her "she [Jasmine] must die" and "you've been called".
* ContinuityNod: Cordelia's crispy high school diploma.
** When Buffy and Faith confront each other atop Angel's building, Faith asks, "Whaddya wanna do? You're gonna [[DisneyVillainDeath throw me off the roof?]] ''Again?''"
** In a Season One throwaway gag, Wesley prophesies that a demon is due to arise in Reseda. ("To Shanshu In L.A.") In Cordelia's glimpse into her alternate life ("Birthday"), she drives to Reseda and discovers the root cause of the demon's summoning - a teenage girl pouring diet soda on a black magic tome.
* ConvenientComa: Somewhat subverted, however, in that it's revealed [[spoiler: Cordelia ''never'' came out of her coma when she died and it was probably her spirit (or [[InMysteriousWays something]]) that helped Angel]].
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Wesley shows up in town the episode after [[spoiler:Doyle is killed]].
* CooldownHug: When Angel refuses to kill Faith, she reacts by flying into what the script ''literally'' dubs a "I'm-Gonna-Get-You-Motherfucker-If-It's-The-Last-Thing-I-Do" rage, clawing at the air and screaming. Finally, her body gives out, and she ends up sobbing in Angel's arms as the rain pours.
* CoolestClubEver: D'Oblique. Subverted by Doyle, who describes it as "one of those 'terminally-stuck in TheEighties' places".
* CoolGate: Two gates to hell dimensions appear in the series, one to Pylea and the other to Quor'Toth. The former is discussed as very cool by the main cast whe nthey go through, the latter can be described as punching a burning hole through reality like it was paper.
* CoolMask: The Vocah wears one, symbolizing his sway over the lower demons. When Angel pries it off, it opens to reveal not a face, but a [[NightmareFace gaping hole full of maggots]].
** The Comedy and Tragedy demons from "Waiting in the Wings" certainly qualify.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Kate grills an informant over the whereabouts of Little Tony, who shot a country supervisor execution-style. The informant begs to differ.
-->'''Spivey:''' I heard it was a suicide.
-->'''Kate:''' Supervisor Caffrey shot ''himself?''
-->'''Spivey:''' It happens.
-->'''Lockley:''' In the back of the head, wrapped himself in plastic, and then locked himself in the trunk of his car?
-->'''Spivey:''' He'd been depressed.
* CorporateSamurai: Several, not all of them working for Wolfram & Hart. These include Faith, blind baddie Vanessa Brewer, freelancer Gwen Raiden, and Marcus Hamilton.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive / VampiresAreRich: Russel Winters ("City Of").
* CorruptPolitician: Several senators are shown on screen. More are implied.
* CosmicHorrorStory: As bad and powerful and nearly omnipresent as Wolfram & Hart are, the only reason they are in the running to get their apocalypse is that ''many'' things that are more powerful either are [[SealedEvilInACan sleeping]] or can't be bothered. The firm gets throttled hard ''three times'' by such beings. While W&H isn't [[WeHaveReserves particularly sensitive]] to the damage done to its offices and personnel, think about it from Angel's perspective. Beating Wolfram & Hart is hopeless enough and ''now'' something is surprised that "the Wolf, the Ram and the Hart" are this important these days because they really are a bunch of self-promoting yard trash who used to be like vampires. Nice [[CrapsackWorld world]] to try to save.
* CostumeCopycat: The Groosalugg in Season 3. In addition to possessing all of Angel's strengths (and none of his weaknesses), Cordelia starts dressing him up in Angel's old clothes. One spiky haircut later, and they're practically interchangeable.
* CouldHaveAvoidedTheWholeThing: One conversation about the [[spoiler: father-will-kill-the-son]] prophecy would have saved everyone--viewers included--a whole lot of grief.
* CouldntFindAPen: This trope is invoked for ghosts. In season one, a malevolent spirit writes bleeding messages on the walls of Cordelia's apartment. In season five, phantasm-Spike writes a message in the condensation of Fred's shower door.
** Subverted in "Eternity", when Angel instantly recognizes the bloody lettering as prop blood. How does he ''do'' that??
** In the series finale, when Angel is offered a fountain pen by another executive -- who abruptly jams it into Angel's hand. Wolfram & Hart isn't big on ink signatures.
* CrapsackWorld: Lindsey talks of Earth being Hell itself, which is how Wolfram & Hart works and thrives.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Angel's spawned quite a number of them, just by virtue of being a vampire; Penn, Drusilla, and Sam Lawson are all vampires whom he has personally sired -- and later return to kick his ass.
** The guy who eclipses them all, however, is Holtz. who wants Angel dead for what he did as Angelus, killing the man's family and forcing him to dust his own daughter.
* CreatorCameo: That's JossWhedon in the green make-up doing the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Dance of Joy]].
** David Fury, the producer, doing what producers do -- slaughtering goats. He also cameoed as an evil JimHenson parody in "Smile Time."
* CreepySouvenir: After returning from a Hell dimension, Connor carries around bits of demons he's killed. When he later fights a drug dealer, he takes an ear to add to his collection.
* CrisisOfFaith: A recurring motif. Angel is reluctant to put any stock in prophecies, including the one about becoming human again. Kate had an enormous crisis of faith upon learning of L.A.'s demonic underbelly, and later being sacked from the force.
** Season One has Angel and Wolfram & Hart honcho Holland Manners unknowingly competing for the soul of Lindsey. Holland remarks that Lindsey is having a "crisis of faith", and Angel later accuses him of having no faith in the world.
* CrookedContractor: Lorne is aggravated by one during the rebuilding of Caritas. "I've got mouths to feed. Plus a family. Some of them got mouths, too."
* CrossOver: With ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]''. Later Comics do ones with PeterDavid's ''Fallen Angel'' and ''Frankenstein''. The secondary writer of the first run of canon comics included so many {{Shout Out}}s and {{Cross Over}}s that listing them would require its own page (he thankfully notes them in the notes of the collected volumes).
* CrusadingWidower: Holtz, who takes out 378 vampires in 9 years after Angelus and Darla kill his family before travelling to the 21st century and turning a bunch of grieving vampire-haters into a team of vampire hunters to help him take out Angel.
* CurbStompBattle: Pretty much any run-in with The Beast or Hamilton.
** Team Angel vs Illyria lasts no longer than 20 seconds.
* CurseCutShort: Spike announces himself as "the biggest, baddest mothe--" before inadvertantly walking beneath a tiny beam of sunshine, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain setting his peroxide hair aflame]].
** Wesley channels his inner badassitude whilst being tortured by his one-time prodigy, Faith:
-->'''Wesley:''' I was your watcher Faith, I know the real you. But even if you kill me there is just one thing I want you to remember.
-->'''Faith:''' ''(visibly moved)'' What's that, love?
-->'''Wesley:''' You...''are a piece of shi--''
* CurseEscapeClause: One moment of pure happiness will break the curse Angel bears. Since that curse is his soul, and his soul is what keeps him acting like a civilized being, he would prefer, most of the time, that this escape clause not be invoked.
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* DangerousWorkplace: Wolfram & Hart. Not only does the building lock down in an emergency, but any dead personnel left within are [[FromBadToWorse reanimated into zombies]].
* DarkActionGirl: Faith starts out like this, gets a HeelFaceTurn, and [[HellBentForLeather keeps the wardrobe]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Done right.
** Though [[SeasonalRot somewhat]] [[LighterAndSofter inconsistent]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Angel is probably the best example, but Skip also qualifies. [[spoiler: Until his sudden yet inevitable betrayal]].
* DarknessEqualsDeath: Angelus' first appearance on the show is signaled by the building's electricity getting cut.
-->'''Angelus:''' Uh oh. Someone forgot to pay the power bill.
* DateCrepe: In "I Will Remember You", Angel celebrates his newfound humanity with two American pastimes: sex and ice cream.
* DateMyAvatar: "[[SchmuckBait HotBlonde37159]]."
* DatingCatwoman: Wesley and Lilah
** Also Gunn and Gwen, for a one-nighter.
** Angel and Eve in the last season, although they were under a magical compulsion at the time.
* DayInTheLife
* ADayInTheLimelight: Harmony in "Harm's Way".
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Ronald Meltzer is an ocular surgeon with the power to [[DetachmentCombat sever and reattach his body parts]], thanks to his mastery of PsychicSurgery. He's also a [[StalkerWithACrush deranged stalker]] who's pretty handy with a scalpel.
* DeadlyHug: Gunn does this to his vamped sister.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gunn and Cordy tend towards this, although since this is a Whedon show there's enough snark to go around.
* DeathByIrony: Darin [=McNamara=] gets mobbed by his captive fighters ''and'' shackled with one of his own electric bracelets. Trepkos then hurls Darin's body through the boundry zone, disintegrating him.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Lampshaded yet played straight with Spike, and then averted to hell and back with [[spoiler: Fred]].
* DeathOfPersonality: Vampires in the Buffyverse are humans who have died and had their soul replaced by a demon. This means that the person themselves is dead, even though the demon in question has all their memories and often believes they are the original.
* DeathSeeker: Sam Lawson's revealed motive in "Why We Fight".
* DeathTrap: The [[LexLuthor Lex Luthor-ish]] elevator gas chamber. (Gwen lampshades.)
* DeathWorld: In "Peace Out", Angel is the only one who can survive the journey to Jasmine's homeworld, as the atmosphere is poisonous to anyone who breathes it. For obvious reasons, Angel doesn't share that handicap.
* DecapitationPresentation: As Angelus is pondering a variety of creative deaths for Rebecca, he finally settles on doing it old school: Carrying around her head on a stick!
* DecoyDamsel: "Parting Gifts" and "The Ring" have male variations on this trope. In both instances, Angel is duped by a client into chasing down the wrong culprit.
** Lampshaded in a later episode ("Five By Five") following Angel's rescue of an eyewitness. "You Marquez? ..Good. I hate saving the wrong guy."
** Inverted with Rebecca in "Eternity". She truly believes she's being stalked, but it's a publicity stunt staged by her amoral agent.
* DefiantToTheEnd: In another CallBack to ''Buffy'', a Watcher (Giles:Wesley) ends up tied to a chair and sadistically tortured by a maniac (Angelus:Faith) to the point of almost breaking -- only to reply with a pithy insult.
* DemonicPossession: Several times, but most memorably when a little soulless boy imprisons a demon inside his body.
* DenouementEpisode: The fourth-season finale "Home".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lee Mercer's assasins rant from "Sanctuary".
-->"This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin - sent to kill the ''first'' assassin - who didn't assassinate ''anyone'' until we hired the second assassin to assassinate her!"
* {{Depower}}: Twice, with [[spoiler: ascended Cordelia and Illyria, who got hit a second time]].
** Angel becomes human for a day in Season One.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Gregor Framkin of "Smile Time". Subverted when he's revealed to be a (literal) [[DecoyLeader puppet]].
* DescriptionCut: Angel's father chews him out in a flashback to 18th century Ireland, shouting, "You're a layabout and a scoundrel, and you'll ''never amount to anything more than that!''" Flash-forward to Angel kicking demon ass in a subway tunnel 200 years later.
** On the subject of Angel's celebrity client, Rebecca Lowell, Cordy pines, "I'd give ''anything'' to be in her world!" Cut to Lowell getting a painful eyebrow wax.
* DestinationDefenestration: The fate of Russel Winters, ''Angel's'' very first MonsterOfTheWeek.
-->'''Angel:''' He went [[BondOneLiner into the light]].
* DestructoNookie: Angel and Darla in "Reprise".
* DetectivePatsy: Happens to Angel more often than he'd like.
* TheDeterminator: Angel, Gunn, Wesley and ''definitely'' Holtz.
* DeusExMachina: Literally in the episode "You're Welcome"; Cordelia, before she dies, uses her god powers for the last time to help Angel and the gang.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: A few creatures in this series are ancient and (supposedly) unstoppable demons.
* DirtyCop: [[TheUntwist Untwisted]] with Trevor Lockley, who thought he was helping his associates smuggle auto parts -- ''not'' push drugs. As irony would have it, Trevor was feathering his nest precisely so '''Kate''' would never find herself in a position where she needed to take bribes.
* TheDisembodied: Spike for the first half of Season 5.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ryan Anderson sets fire to his little sister's room as revenge for the unequal amount of marshmallows in his hot cocoa. Beat ''that''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: All three male leads, while discussing Cordelia's swimsuit.
* DistressedDamsel
* DivineIntervention: The reason Angel was able to enter Kate's apartment uninvited....[[InMysteriousWays maybe]].
* TheDollEpisode: "Smile Time'', written and directed by Ben Edlund (best known for creating TheTick)
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Jasmine's on every channel.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: "[[TooDumbToLive Take your best shot little girl]]."
* DontLookAtMe: A traumatized Angel says this after glimpsing his "true" vampiric face in Pylea.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Doyle is busy duct-taping Angel's basement to protect against Dr. Meltzer's disassembling body parts. A pair of hands skitter up Doyle's neck -- whoops, it's just Cordelia, who picked a fine time to fix Doyle's collar. This makes so little sense that it ''must'' be a wink on Joss's part.
-->'''Doyle:''' Yeah, well, what say we '''leave it crooked''' until this thing is resolved?!
* DoorOfDoom: Angel creates one to journey to the previous world Jasmine conquered (See "Death World").
* DoubleEntendre: Lindsey promises to "get [Faith] off" of her criminal charges. Oh ''really'', now?
-->'''Faith:''' You don't know how many man have promised me ''that''.
-->'''Lilah:''' I'm certain you won't be disappointed in our performance.
* DownerEnding: The Season 3 finale. Angel and Cordelia finally realize they love one another, and Connor has accepted Angel as his father and wants to be part of the family. It goes bad; [[spoiler: Cordelia is called to a [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascend To A Higher Plane]] by Skip. Connor tracks Angel to where he was to meet Cordelia, tazes him, beats him down, locks him in a coffin and sends him to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean]].
** The Season 5 episode "You're Welcome." Cordelia, awakened from her mystical coma by the Powers-that-Be, returns to the fold, flabbergasted by the team running Wolfram & Hart and the fact that [[spoiler: nobody remembers Connor]]. After foiling Lindsey and Eve's plot, the crew decides to go for a drink. Cordy stays behind to have a heart-to-heart with Angel. She tells him she can't stay, and she's proud of him for getting his fire back. After a kiss "for the road," [[spoiler: Angel gets a call, during which Cordelia disappears. The call reveals that Cordelia apparently never awakened from the coma, and had in fact just died]].
* DownLADrain: Frequently used by Angel.
* DramaticGunCock: "The Magic Bullet":
--> '''Angel:''' You know bullets can't kill me. ''*CLICK*'' Wanna see how they work on you?
* DressHitsFloor: Illyria in-between wardrobe changes.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Angel totes a briefcase in order to sneak into Wolfram & Hart. Wesley and Cordelia [[IncrediblyLamePun follow suit]] in a later episode.
* DroolHello: In "Parting Gifts".
* DropInCharacter: David Nabit.
* DrowningMySorrows: Cordelia's "friend" Serena, having been impregnated by the same demon as Cordy, has taken to guzzling whiskey by the time Angel darkens her door.
** Played for laughs in "Redefinition" after the team is [[BreakingTheFellowship disbanded]] by Angel. (see "Drunken Song" below).
** Takes a serious turn after Wesley's estrangement from the team, whereupon he ''really'' starts to hit the sauce. And then there's the [[spoiler:death of Fred]], which causes ''everyone'' to crawl into a bottle, even Spike and Lorne. Spike's drinking is the most hilariously sad, not least due to his [[NeverGetsDrunk vampire constitution]], but also because he's attempting to get drunk on travel-size bottles of Jack Daniels.
* DrunkenSong: Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn's rendition of [[{{Queen}} "We Are the Champions"]].
* DualWielding: With mixed results. Oz brandishes a pair of crossbows while [[CarFu crashing into Spike's hideout with his van]].
** Wesley also mixes it up with [[GunsAkimbo dual pistols]], but they only come in handy once. (Though the beautiful headshot performed on [[spoiler:Skip]] is worth a hundred deflected bullets).
** Faith comes at Angel with dual stakes in "Five By Five".
* DueToTheDead: On at least two occasions a dead character has to be dismembered by a loved one (Holtz by Connor, and Lilah by Wesley) due to the (incorrect) belief that they were killed by vampires.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the early episodes, the makeup artists experimented with a new 'bumpy eyebrows' look for vampires. They soon went back to the old prosthetic.
** The pilot has Angel breaking into the LA Public Library to do research, something he never does ever again. Joss originally thought up the idea of Angel going to the library every episode (à la ''Buffy''), and compiled a ton of establishing shots that never got used.
* EasilyForgiven: Played straight and subverted big time with Wesley. Even after returning to the fold, he is forever cemented as the ManipulativeBastard, careful to never tip his hand to the rest of the group (particularly Angel).
** Faith famously gets rewarded with pastries after attempting to kill Wes and Angel.
** Connor [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder abuses and re-uses this trope]] ''constantly''.
** Angel is forgiven by the next episode after Wes finds out that he wiped everyone's memories of Connor. Probably because Wes realized that Angel was keeping Connor a secret ''for'' him, not ''from'' him - [[spoiler:Wesley kidnapped Angel's son, accidentally making it easy for Connor to be kidnapped by the man that took Connor to hell with him... MyGodWhatHaveIDone, in spades]].
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Gunn in the final season. Despite making an honest ([[TooDumbToLive albeit incredibly stupid]]) mistake, he has to endure living in a [[FateWorseThanDeath hell dimension]] in order to atone. Granted, his mistake did help kill [[spoiler: Fred...]].
* EatsBabies: The leather-clad demon "That Old Gang of Mine".
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Angel Investigations, and when he leaves, the group all try to name the group after themselves, but decide to keep the original name.
* ElementalPlane: There's a universe of shrimp mentioned as a gag.
* EmoTeen: Connor takes home the gold.
** Rieff in "Hero" behaves like a petulant teen, despite not being human.
* TheEmpath: Lorne.
** Barney, a (villainous) precursor to Lorne's character, appears in the first season ep "Parting Gifts".
* EmpathicEnvironment: The Hyperion's courtyard is lined with jasmine, a night-blooming plant. The comparison between jasmine flowers and vampires [[ContinuityNod was previously made]] on ''Buffy''.
* EndlessCorridor: The ballet company in "Waiting in the Wings".
* EndlessDaytime: ''After the Fall'' has LA in hell, with both sun and full moon up at the same time, which makes things interesting for werewolves. And vampires. And, well, it's hell.
* EnemyMine: Following repeated failed attempts to kill Angel and Faith, Lindsey comes to the realization that he's not acting like a lawyer; "It's a mistake for us to [[HypocriticalHumor operate outside of the law]]." To that end, he approaches Kate Lockley, who just happens to despise Angel marginally more than Wolfram & Hart.
* EnemyWithin: Angelus, but arguably ''everyone'' falls victim to this trope. Even [[TheChick Lorne]].
* EnfantTerrible: Ryan Anderson. The Ethros demon who inhabited his boy ascribed his psychpathic personality to a ''lack of a soul''; for whatever reason, Ryan was born an empty shell and nothing will ever change him.
* TheEponymousShow
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Wolfram & Hart has several minorities working as high-class lawyers (Gavin Park and Gunn are the most prominent examples).
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: For anyone who's never seen ''Buffy'', this show looks like a detective story opening with a noir-ish narration. Except it's Angel drunkenly talking to a barfly.
* EstrangedSoapFamily: We know Cordelia's parents are alive when she moves to Los Angeles before the series begins. They are never so much as mentioned when their daughter [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes missing]] at the end of season four, or spends almost a year in a coma in season five.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Faith. "Hey, you're pretty. You wanna make out?"
* EverybodyMustGetStoned: Lorne's failed magic spell in "Spin the Bottle" disorients everyone; Lorn passes out, and the others stumble about the lobby as if very high on mushrooms.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Doyle and Cordelia. Even a shit-faced Detective Lockely can sniff them out.
* EverythingIsOnline: Both “Demons, Demons, Demons” and Criminal Records.
* EvilBrit: A limey demon comes calling for Gunn's soul in "Double or Nothing".
** The Watcher's Council's "Special Operations Team" (read: wet works). They previously appeared in the Season Four ''Buffy'' episode "Who Are You", and are still smarting from that little adventure.
* EvilCounterpart: "Gio" is a fanatical demon hunter who corrupted Gunn's old crew while he was gone. ("That Old Gang of Mine")
** Rutherford Sirk is an ex-Watcher who defected to Wolfram & Hart long ago. When Wesley castigates him for his lack of ethics, it's clear to see that Sirk is a preview of what Wesley will later turn into. ("Home")
* EvilDebtCollector: Doyle and Gunn each have their respective ones.
* EvilDetectingDog: When we are shown Harmony's morning routine as of S5, her neighborer's dog seems to be this.
* EvilInc / OccultLawFirm: Wolfram & Hart. Big-time.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Wolfram & Hart must save a lot on their electricity bill.
* EvilLawyerJoke
* EvilMakeover: The Burrower in "Lonely Hearts" is shown {{BodySurf}}ing into the bodies of meek, introverted men and women, then switching into a more stylish outfit to seduce new prey.
* EvilMentor: Holtz, to Justine.
** Holland Manners, to Lindsey.
* EvilPaysBetter: As explained by Linwood, the lawyers of Wolfram & Hart are perfectly happy to sell their souls and labor for the Senior Partners in Hell for all eternity, all in exchange for a few perks they receive during their fleeting time on Earth.
** Although based on Eve's deal in season 5 one of the possible benefits in the W&H package can be immortality, so ...
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Part of [[DarkMessiah Jasmine]]'s schtick. Her solution? [[spoiler: Turn everyone into smiling, obedient slaves]].
* EvilSorcerer: Cyrus Vail from The Circle of the Black Thorn, a frail, elderly, ''incredibly'' powerful warlock.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The Beast has a voice to match his girth.
** Collins, front man for the evil Watcher trio, has a voice like Satan.
** Holtz. This is actually lampshaded by Wesley when Holtz offers him a deal. ("Could be the low, scary voice that's giving me trouble.") Keith Szarabajka's real-life voice has a high-pitched, nasally sound, one which Tim Minear loves to imitate.
* EvilSpeechOfEvil: Angelus has this problem. Also Penn, which is appropriate seeing as he was schooled by Angelus (Cordelia lampshades).
* EvilTwin: Well, make that Lorne's giant, hulking subconscious.
* EvilVirtues: At Wolfram & Hart, the Deal is king -- they never break an agreement. Even Wesley concedes as much.
* ExactEavesdropping: Gunn overhears Angel scheduling an exact time and place to meet with a blackmailer. The following night, Angel gets nailed by a stake fired from one of Gunn's truck-mounted cannons. He is then forced to flee down a street and through a gauntlet of vampire-killing {{Booby Trap}}s.
* ExoticEntree: The werewolf-eating gourmet club in "Unleashed".
* ExpansionPackPast: Angel. The same goes for Darla and Spike.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Illyria reacts this way when Knox announces that he is her high priest.
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Probably should've just [[SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious kept your]] [[GenreBlind mouth shut]], Hamilton.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: Angel often mentions things he's done in the past, including gate-crashing a Vegas part Elvis was at and being alive during the Depression.
* ExpositionVictim: In "City Of..." Cordelia notices that the house she's in has no reflective surfaces at all. Out loud, she realises that she's in a vampire's house and challenges the owner -- until her Sunnydale instincts catch up with her mouth and she tries to pretend that she was joking.
* ExpressDelivery: The Haxil Beast offers fame, money and success to human men who are willing impregnate women (Cordy included) with its spawn. The gestation period lasts only a couple days, and according the Wesley, the surrogate mothers usually don't survive labor since the infants are often ''[[{{Squick}} freaking huge]]''.
* {{Expy}}: Doyle began life as a HotterAndSexier riff on Whistler, the porkpie hat-wearing demon who set Angel on his path ("Becoming", ''Buffy''). Indeed, an [[http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/angel/season1/angel-earlydraft.htm earlier version of the pilot's script]] features Whistler instead of Doyle.
** This might have arisen from a [[OneMarioLimit copyright dispute]] with ''Marvel'', whose own [[{{Blade}} vampire badass]] is aided by a man called Whistler.
** Eve for Lilah. So much so, Cordy lampshades it.
** Brainy, bubbly Fred could pass for Willow. Lampshaded via an exchanged look between Angel and Faith, not to mention Willow taking an immediate shine to Miss Burkle.
** Wesley for Giles. Wes later morphs into an icy-blooded badass, echoing the dramatic shift away from 'mild-mannered' Giles on ''Buffy''.
** Interestingly, Wesley's betrayal in Season Three echoes a similar arc with Willow. Both characters had season-long descents that previous year, made bad decisions, were considered [[GoodIsDumb the 'brain' of their group]], temporarily [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]], and whose behavior had significant consequences for the rest of the cast.
** Word of Joss stated that Harmony is "Cordelia: Year One."
** Groo has a Riley-esque vibe going.
** Connor is an angrier, [[DistaffCounterpart Y chromosome]] Dawn. The latter had reality re-written to provide her with a life; conversely, Connor gains a new life by having his previous one [[spoiler:erased from existence]].
*** Connor also shares a similarity to Season Six Buffy, with the CameBackWrong element.
** Jasmine is a PhysicalGod like Glory -- with the twist that she's not here to destroy the world, but [[DarkMessiah to save it]].
** Illyria also has the PhysicalGod aspect of Glory, also the "former demonic ruler" bit.
*** Just as Doc's [[FauxAffablyEvil folksy exterior]] hid a murderous worshiper of Glory, so does Skip turn out to be working for Jasmine.
** Dana. Once Faith was tossed in the clink, we obviously needed a new psycho Slayer to run around and stab people.
** Merl is the demonic equivalent to Willy the Snitch -- that is, he exists to be clobbered by the heroes until he sings like a canary.
** Caritas may well be a bizarro counterpart to The Bronze.
** The cell in the Hyperion's basement (built to contain Angelus, though the good guys spend equal time [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs getting trapped in it themselves]]) is a stand-in for Giles' book cage.
** Speaking of which, Nina Ash has to be caged during [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent her time of the month]]. Sound familiar?
** JustForFun: Angel had a habit of channeling Xander whenever he was flummoxed or dismayed. Examples include, "Lotta goats. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Goats, many]]", "There will be no ''throwing'' of flames!", and "I am marveling at [[ThisIsGonnaSuck the badness of that idea]]."
** The comics just introduced ex-Watcher Laura Weathermill, who appears to be one of these for Wesley. She might not be entirely trustworthy, however. (But hey, neither was the genuine article.)
* ExtranormalInstitute: Wolfram & Hart under the helm of Angel.
-->'''Connor:''' This is place is ''way'' better than college!
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: After a while, you get the feeling Angel could go on a live CNN broadcast, drink Anderson Cooper's blood, and ride away on a magical demon horse, and most people ''still'' wouldn't realize vampires exist.
** In the sequel comics, it [[TheUnmasquedWorld finally breaks]]. At least in Los Angeles.
* ExtremelyDustyHome: Cordelia complained of this when renovating the Hyperion. "Oh, this isn't mere dust. This is Son of Dust."
* EyeAwaken: Inverted with Doyle, who is able to dislocate his own neck while in demon form. Angel pretends to [[NeckSnap snap his neck]] in order to impress The Scourge. Rieff finds Doyle's body, and is startled when he jolts back to life.
** A series later, it's inverted ''again'' when Cordelia is shown Lorne's severed head. She's understandably shocked when his eyes snap open. It's then played for laughs when Angel, Wesley and Gunn encounter the head and the same thing happens again.
* EyeScream: Following the auctioning off of Cordelia's "seer's eyes" to Wolfram & Hart, Barney and his assistant start fighting over who gets to use the giant, handheld "extractor" to scoop them out
** In "She", Cordelia has a vision of a security guard being immolated, complete with exploding eyeballs.
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* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: When he shows up in season 5, Andrew boasts that he's become "82% more manly" than the last time Spike saw him.
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: After valiantly fending off Marcus' torture in "In the Dark", Angel casually admits to Doyle that he was [[TortureAlwaysWorks an inch away]] from spilling everything.
-->"I mean, one more hot poker, and I was giving him the ring, YourMom, everything. -- How ''is'' your mom?"
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[[folder:A]]
* AbandonedWarehouse
* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: "Double or Nothing." True to the title, Angel wages his soul ''and'' Gunn's against Jenoff in a card game.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Angel's main mode of transport. They look more like medical catacombs.
** Lampshaded in "Fredless" when Fred states "I could build a condo in these sewers."
** UpToEleven in Season Four, when Angel and co. flee into the sewers to escape Jasmine. Not only is there already a cadre of survivors living there, but the interior more resembles [[Series/{{Jeremiah}} Cheyenne Mountain]].
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: In the episode ''Sanctuary'' Buffy is hunting Faith and intending to kill her, however Angel is protecting her so Buffy punches her ex. After he ignores the first blow Buffy tries to punch him again, but Angel blocks and ''punches her''. Buffy is almost too shocked to speak, but he points out she threw the first punch, and she is stronger than him.
-->Not to get all schoolyard or anything.
* AbusiveParents: This ''is'' a Whedon show.
** Wesley's father used to lock him in a room "under the stairs" as punishment.
** Lorne's mother hates him, along with the rest of his family.
** Though Angel's father isn't quite as abusive as his son sees him, he traumatized Angel so much that he turned into the cruelest vampire in history and even now still has a lot of father issues.
*** To be fair though, as Liam, Angel was pretty much a disgrace of a son. He whored around and was drunk all the time, he pretty much deserved all the criticism his father gave him. And considering that his father seemed nearly on the verge of tears as Liam left home, he probably still had some love toward him.
** While not exactly abusive, [[spoiler: Holtz]] wasn't exactly a sweet, loving daddy to [[spoiler: Connor]].
*** Er, it was kind of mentioned that they would play a "game" where [[spoiler: Holtz]] would tie him to a tree, then run away and have to be tracked down. Through a hell dimension. As a kid. And that at one time it "only took me five days." Compared to that, excessive criticism seems kind of mild...
** Averted when we meet Fred's "very normal" parents. The rest of the gang is rather envious.
* TheAce / TheUnseen: The Immortal.
* AcronymConfusion: Cordelia pointing out the arrival of "ET" (''Entertainment Tonight'').
-->'''Wesley''': ''(glancing around hopefully)'' Creator/EmmaThompson?
* AccusationFic: ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a '''''canon example''''' of this trope as one of its later-season episodes. In the Season 5 episode "Damage", Angel and crew get called out by ''Andrew Wells'' of all people for the (if you think about it) [=WTF?!?=] move of taking over (and possibly being corrupted by) Wolfram & Hart and the resources the evil law firm provides.
-->'''Andrew:''' (to Angel) "News flash -- nobody in our camp trusts you anymore. Nobody. You work for Wolfram & Hart. Don't fool yourself... we're not on the same side."
* ActuallyADoombot: [[spoiler: Roger Wyndam-Pryce]].
* ActuallyNotAVampire: The Immortal. He's too cool for that.
* AdaptationDecay: An in-universe example occurs in 'After the Fall'', after a filmmaker decides to base a movie on Angel's recent exploits. The movie features an actual {{Satan}} (Hell A had no such thing); Angel is a human being as well as CowboyCop; Spike is [[GenderFlip a woman]] (and Angel's LoveInterest, to boot); Wesley bites the dust early on as Angel's DeadPartner; Betta George is a dog (rather then a Splenden Beast); Lorne is the evil Overlorne; and Gunn has been [[RaceLift racelifted]] and played by {{Lost}}'s Jose Garcia. Lastly, Illyria is merged with Gwen -- and is also a blaxploitation character.
** IDW released a comic adaptation of [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Last_Angel_in_Hell the "movie"]], starring NicolasCage as Angel.
* {{Adorkable}}: The entire team at one point or another.
* AdultFear: [[spoiler: Losing your child to a kidnapper, watching the woman you love die of an illness in front of you and being powerless to help her, regaining your child (having missed his entire childhood) but having a horrible relationship with him, watching him go insane and finally cutting his throat when he goes on a murder spree, all culminating in DealWithTheDevil that will give your child a normal life in which he will have no memory of you]]. This is a fairly major theme of the series.
* AerosolFlamethrower: Faith menaces Wesley with a can of cooking oil and a flame wand in "Five By Five".
* AffablyEvil: Richard Straley, a chipper, suburban-dwelling restauranteur who just happens to be a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] demon. He convinces Doyle to sign divorce papers allowing Richard to marry Harriet -- [[ReadTheFinePrint failing to mention]] that in doing so, Doyle consents to having [[BrainFood his brains devoured]] in a ritual ceremony.
** Allen Lloyd, a New Age psychologist hired by Wolfram & Hart to conduct "Sensitivity Training" classes within Kate's precinct.
* AlasPoorVillain: The vampire that Angel was forced to Turn to save everyone else aboard a submarine, the only one he ever sired after regaining his soul. He was stripped of enough of his soul to turn him into the vicious, hateful, sadistic, slaughter-happy monster that all vampires are... but left with just enough of a remnant of it to feel ''horribly guilty'' for everything he did.
* TheAlcoholic: The term is never overtly used but while all the characters have a reason to [[DrowningMySorrows drown their sorrows]] mid-series, Wesley is the one who doesn't stop. The latter half of series 5 has the gang mentioning with increasing frequency just how heavily Wesley is drinking. It's also implied that Wesley's fully aware it's becoming a problem.
* AlienBlood
* AlienCatnip: As mentioned on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', Slayer blood and high people. Faith uses this to her advantage when she is higher than a kite fighting Angelus, she lets him feed on her, only for the drugs she doped up on to be so powerful it takes him out.
* AlienSky: Pylea has twin suns, both of them purple. Angel is unaffected by sunlight in this dimension. (thankfully, because otherwise he'd burn up twice as fast.)
* AllForNothing: Angel severing his ties to his friends and embarking on a one-man war against Wolfram & Hart. He actually succeeds, destroying a Senior Partner's (temporary) body and summoning an elevator to take him to the root of their evil. [[spoiler:The elevator just deposits him back on Earth]].
* AllJustADream: Brilliantly done in "Awakening", where [[spoiler:the entire episode is inside the mind of Angel, as the spell is being done that will (temporarily) remove his soul, turning him into Angelus. In other words, the reveal at the episode's end drags us out of the dream, straight into a nightmare]].
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Like clockwork. Angel even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in Season 5.
** One of Gunn's lieutenants, "Chain", foolishly allows himself to be tracked back to his hideout by vampires ("War Zone").
* AlternateRealityEpisode: "Birthday"
* AlwaysCamp: Oliver Simon, the talent agent who foists his business card on Angel in the Pilot. He actually makes a return later in the season.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Angel and Spike with regard to the Immortal. Angel has this feeling regarding Groo and later Spike when they appear to be challenging his role as Champion.
* AmazonChaser: Faith is one of the few people who can kick Connor's ass, and he almost seems to like it. Lampshaded by Cordelia that [[LikeFatherLikeSon like his father]] he has a thing for Slayers.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Symbolized by Holland Manners; exemplified by Lindsey and Lilah.
* [[AmoralAttorney Amoral Law Firm]]: Wolfram & Hart.
* AnatomyOfTheSoul: "The House Always Wins" features a casino which steal people's fates ("futures trading", taken literally). People who would otherwise have had successful lives are rendered [[{{Anvilicious}} mindless drones, endlessly pouring money into slot machines that never pay out]].
* AncientConspiracy: The law firm Wolfram & Hart is in effect the distilled evil of society, has been since humanity first achieved sentience, and is maneuvering the world toward the apocalypse.
* AncientGrome: The toga-clad "Oracles" dress in purple togas, albeit with bronze body paint.
* AndIMustScream: Matthias Pavayne, paralyzed in a cell and left to stare out a [[ConsolationPrize small window]] into an empty corridor for all eternity.
** Connor tries to do this to Angel: Locking him in a metal coffin and dropping him to the bottom of the ocean. While it's true that vampires cannot die, prolonged blood deprivation will result in hallucinations and even brain damage.
** In "Dead End", Angel and Lindsey find the place where Wolfram & Hart keeps "donors" for its employees who need body parts. The "donors" are kept sedated but fully awake. One of them was Lindsey's co-worker when he was starting out. He begged Lindsey to kill him.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The Powers that Be are angels, The Senior Partners are Devils, the Old Ones are squid.
* AnotherDimension: Basically used as an excuse to bring aliens into the Buffyverse without worrying about the attendant issues like FirstContact or FasterThanLightTravel.
** Not to mention all those demons with their own unique societies living among us without being noticed.
* AnyoneCanDie: One of the best examples of the trope among TV shows. [[spoiler:Doyle, Cordelia, Fred, Wesley]] bite the dust during the course of the series, as do a number of smaller characters.
* ApologyGift: After Angel spends half a season alienating his friends, he eventually comes back, tail between his legs. However, Cordelia doesn't forgive him until later, when she discovers that Angel had bought her a bunch of nice clothes.
* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: Though with a more frequent use of firearms by both heroes and villains than was the case in Sunnydale.
* ArcWelding: The entire series up until Season 4 was preparatory to Jasmine's birth.
* ArmedWithCanon
-->'''Angel:''' [to Spike] I spent a hundred years trying to cope with infinite remorse! You sat sniveling in a basement for three weeks, AND THEN YOU WERE FINE!! What's fair about '''that'''?!
** In "Blood Money", an attendee at the charity ball asks one of the television celebrities why her TV character had [[SuddenlySexuality suddenly turned gay]] and whether it was a ratings stunt. This is a reference to Willow Rosenberg, who [[SuddenlySexuality came out]] in the previous year's season of ''Buffy''.
** Several digs at Angelus' [[HellBentForLeather leather pants]], which David Boreanaz notoriously wore on ''Buffy''.
** As soon as ''Buffy'' jumped to another network, the Buffy/Angel romance got the treatment.
-->'''Cordelia:''' [[UnreliableNarrator Let me break it down for you]], [[MysteriousWaif Fred]]. ''[ChewingTheScenery]'' Oh, ''Angel!'' I know that I am a Slayer, and you are a vampire, and it would be ''[[StarCrossedLovers impossible]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers for us to]] ''[[StarCrossedLovers be]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers together]], but--
-->'''Wesley:''' But! ''[TheGlassesComeOff]'' My gypsy curse sometimes [[ObliviousToLove prevent me from seeing the truth]]. Oh, Buffy...
-->'''Cordelia''': Yes, Angel?
-->'''Wesley:''' ''[MilkingTheGiantCow]'' I love you so much I almost forgot to brood!
-->'''Cordelia''': And just because [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2 I sent you to hell that one time]] doesn't mean we [[BetterAsFriends can't just...be friends]]!
-->'''Wesley:''' ''[ClintSquint]'' Or possibly more?
-->'''Cordelia''': {{Gasp}}! No! We mustn't!
-->'''Wesley:''' Kiss me!
-->'''Cordelia''': Bite me!
-->'''Angel:''' ''[WalkInChimeIn]'' How about you ''both'' bite me?
** The sanitarium doctor warns that someone should stop Spike, because if he goes after Dana, he'll wind up dead. Angel mutters, "He'll just [[PopularityPower end up coming back]]."
** The IDW writers behind ''After the Fall'' weren't thrilled at the people responsible for [[Creator/DarkHorseComics Dark Horse]]'s ''Buffy'' comic for their revelation that [[spoiler:Angel is Twilight]]. So much so, they've created promo pictures for their new Spike series wherein Spike [[spoiler:burns a Twilight mask with a caption reading, "''He'' definitely isn't Twilight."]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Marcus deliberately and repeatedly asks Angel, "What do you want?" while torturing him with sunlight and hot pokers. Because he is a LivingLieDetector, Marcus is unfazed by Angel's false answers. (The ''real'' answer, of course, turns out to be: [[TheAtoner Forgiveness]].)
* ArmyOfLawyers: Wolfram & Hart. Two hundred highly intelligent law-school graduates working full time to drive Angel to despair.
* ArrowCatch: Angel swatting down Faith's attempt to shoot him InTheBack. Even ''she'' is impressed.
* ArtifactOfDeath: Many, but Illyria's sarcophagus counts.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Also numerous.
* AscendedDemon: What Angel wants to achieve.
* AscendedExtra: Lorne and Harmony.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The "Senior Partners."
* AssimilationPlot: Jasmine's ultimate goal.
* TheAtoner: Angel and Doyle.
** Faith becomes this following her HeelFaceTurn.
** Gunn in Season 5 after he unwittingly [[spoiler: causes Fred's death]].
* AttackHello: Spike makes his presence known to Angel via a wooden plank to the face. Lampshaded in that Spike confesses he had intended to remain in the shadows, spinning an elaborate web of plans, but [[LeeroyJenkins got bored]].
* AuctionOfEvil: Cordy's visions (or more specifically, her eyeballs) are put up for auction in "Parting Gifts".
* AvengingTheVillain: James in "Heartthrob".
* AxCrazy: Angelus and (pre-rehabilitation) Faith.
** Connor starts out this way. Granted he was kidnapped by Holtz and raised in an alternate, Hell-like dimension and taught what a monster Angel was. Indeed he was raised by Holtz for the sole purpose of being his final revenge against Angel. Then Holtz stages his own death to look like Angel had murdered him and manipulated by Justine into dumping Angel into the ocean for three months.
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[[folder:B]]
* BackFromTheDead: First season finale, [[spoiler:Darla]], fourth season finale, [[spoiler:Lilah]], fifth season premiere, [[spoiler: Spike]], kinda-sorta in the comics, [[spoiler: thought to be Fred, instead it's just Illyria reverted to Fred's personality at random]] as well as [[spoiler:Gunn]], from his previous unliving state.
* BackhandedCompliment:
-->'''Cordelia:''' (to Doyle) You're a lot SmarterThanYouLook. ..Of course, you ''look'' like a retard.
* BadassBoast: Angel tries out some diplomacy on Doyle's debt-collecting demon friend.
-->"It's a good offer. You should take it. On the other hand you're making me want to fight some more. You get lucky, you might last ten minutes. ''Really'' lucky, and you're unconscious for the last five."
* BadassNormal: Wesley, Gunn, Fred and Cordelia. Although they all have some sort of power by the end of the show - Wesley with his magical knowledge, Gunn with his lawyer implant, Fred being an [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]] and Cordy having a mental connection to the Powers That Be - the human cast consistently proves throughout the series that superpowers are no match for flamethrowers, high-powered crossbows, shotguns and double pistols.
** Also, Daniel Holtz, who almost manages to destroy Team Angel by using time travel, bombs, crossbow bolts, stakes, knives, vampires, swords, demons, members of the team and Angel's ''own son'', just because Angel ''pissed him off'' over two hundred years ago.
*** If by "pissed him off" one means "slaughtered his entire family, leaving only his youngest daughter (turned into a vampire) to greet him when he arrived home", then yes, he was [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge very pissed off]]!
* BadBadActing: Cordelia's screechingly awful performance in ''A Doll's House''.
-->'''Angel:''' And I thought [[SuckinessIsPainful I knew eternity]].
* BadBoss: Anyone currently holding the top position at Wolfram & Hart.
** Maybe it's the furniture. In Season 5, Wesley pulls a gun on a toady and [[WhatTheHellHero shoots out his kneecap]] just for [[DisproportionateRetribution interrupting his work]].
*** Sort of understandable in that case, considering he and all the main characters are trying to save Fred [[spoiler: from being consumed by [[EldritchAbomination Illyria]]]], and have the entire office working on it. Said toady had the audacity to [[TooDumbToLive suggest they do otherwise]].
* BaldOfAwesome: Gunn.
* BaldOfEvil: On the vampire team, we have Marcus ("In the Dark"). Batting for Wolfram & Hart, it's Nathan Reed.
* BandOfBrothels: Madame Dorion's, a demon brothel in Bel-Air.
* BarBrawl: Cordelia inadvertently sparks one by handing out business cards in a club, causing one drunkard to mistake her for an escort service.
** Angel and Darla first met under these circumstances. The tavern girls were apparently used to this sort of thing when he was around.
* BareYourMidriff: Jhiera and Gwen Raiden.
* BargainWithHeaven
* BastardBoyfriend: Lenny, the drug addict terrorizing Angel's client in "In the Dark".
* BatmanColdOpen
* BatmanGrabsAGun: Angel siring Sam Lawson, an engineer, after a stab wound prevents him from finishing his repairs to the sub's engine. Once a vampire, he completes his repairs. This is the only time Angel ever sired someone after gaining a soul. (He even refused to re-sire ''Darla'', who was going to die anyway).
** Angel is engaged in his usual one-man rodeo show while investigating a case of DemonicPossession in "Damage". Suddenly he gets on the phone to Wesley and demands backup from the Wolfram & Hart tactical squad. Turns out the 'possessed' woman is actually a vampire Slayer who's gone insane.
* BattleDiscretionShot: Angel and Wesley battling a newly-hatched demon in a strip of apartments. We see yellow blood splattering the windows, followed by Wesley getting thrown out the window and then charging back inside.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind / MirrorMatch: Angel vs. Angelus in "Orpheus". Technically it's a tag-team bout, since Faith is in Angel's brain, too.
* BattleInTheRain: Angel vs. Faith.
** The final shot of the series.
* BearerOfBadNews: Wesley finds himself put in the agonizing position of reporting [[spoiler:Fred]]'s death to her parents, who were blissfully unaware of it. Wes is stymied, however, by Illyria shape-shifting in order to resemble her dead host.
* TheBeautifulElite
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: As soon as most characters see Jasmine's [[spoiler: hideous true face]], they instantly turn on her, even though they are still somewhat in her thrall.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: (Refreshingly) Averted with Faith as she claws her way from the bottom of the barrel. Over the course of three years, we see her strung out, imprisoned, beaten to a pulp, and quasi-suicidal. Fun times.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: As Rebecca's drug takes effect on Angel, he realizes she's trying to make him turn into Angelus so he'll turn around and sire her. Furious, Angel grabs a blood pack from his fridge and sprays it into her mouth to give her "a taste" of what she's in for. Naturally, once Angelus is in control, Rebecca flees in terror from the murderous nutcase she just let loose.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: When the team suspects a little boy of being possessed by an Ethros demon, Wesley mentions Lizzie Borden, the famous Massachusetts woman accused of butchering her parents with an axe. She, too, was possessed by an Ethros. Angel notes ominously that the demon possessing Borden was only [[ThisIsGonnaSuck an adolescent]].
** During the chase through an art gallery in "She", Angel shake off his pursuit by briefly pausing to lecture on a painting of the French poet Baudelaire, suggesting that Baudelaire's poem "The Vampire" was based on an encounter with a real vampire (possibly Angel himself, as he tells his audience that Baudelaire was actually "a little taller and a lot drunker" than he appears here).
** Roger Burkle correctly guesses that Spiro T. Agnew was a demon, to Angel's surprise. "I thought only ''I'' knew that."
** In "The House Always Wins", Angel corrects Fred and Gunn's misconception that the members of Blue Man Group are demons (only ''two'' of them are).
* BeingGoodSucks
* BelligerentSexualTension: Angel and Buffy.
** Doyle laments that he and his ex-wife were too young to break things off amicably, instead fighting each other non-stop until one of them broke; in doing so, he inadvertantly forecasts what will happen to Angel and Buffy later on.
* TheBerserker: Faith in "Five By Five".
* BestServedCold: Once Holtz learns Angel has a soul and Darla killed herself to save her unborn child, his roaring red-hot desire for revenge cools down to... ''icy''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Every single member of Team Angel, though Wesley stops being nice somewhere between season 3 and 4. Jasmine also qualifies (kind of.)
* BigBad: Series-wide: Wolfram & Hart.
** Two evil soulless creatures locked in a death match...[[EvilLawyerJoke lawyer]] versus vampire!
** Seasons Three and Four both have {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s as Big Bads — Holtz and Jasmine, respectively.
** Holtz is something of a subversion as well. Angelus was his Big Bad first, and Holtz is arguably a BigGood whose most evil act ([[spoiler:committing suicide in such a way as to make Connor think his father, Angel, is responsible]]) is morally correct from Holtz's view: Angel must suffer for the crimes he committed as Angelus, chief among them killing Holtz's wife and turning his daughter into a vampire, thus forcing Holtz to kill her. An apt metaphor for Holtz would be to think of him as a living embodiment of Angelus' past victims.
*** Holtz probably tips over into villain territory because of his willingness to treat Angel's human allies, who played no part in his former life, as collateral damage: He sets Gunn and Fred up to be attacked by vampires and [[spoiler: the plan to kidnap Connor involves Wesley having his throat slit.]] He's also something of a BadBoss towards his underlings, especially Justine.
** Season Five has the Senior Partners, operating on Earth through their [[TheDragon Dragons]], the Circle of the Black Thorn.
* BigDamnHeroes: Doors just seem to piss Angel off. [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Double doors doubly]] so.
* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: The Hyperion. They have [[GeographicFlexibility a south wing]].
** Wolfram & Hart has sub levels that even Lilah doesn't know about.
** BuildingOfAdventure: Becomes this once Angel and the gang move in.
* BigNo: We'll miss you, [[spoiler:Doyle]].
* BirthdayEpisode: Cordelia's birthday in Season 3. Like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]], she had problems with the supernatural during it.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Darla's death and Connor's birth.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Lorne's heart is in his ass, as he will be quick to tell you. Chopping off his head has no effect, so God only knows where his brain's located.
*** In his head. But he's from the Deathwok clan -- he can have someone put him back together.
** Some demons, such as the Haxil, procreate by implanting human women with their seed. When one such fate befalls Cordelia, she and Wesley head for the prenatal clinic, where a doctor extracts some amniotic fluid. The syringe containing the fluid cracks, disintegrates, and then ''[[HollywoodAcid eats a hole through the subflooring]]''.
** The females of the Oden-Tal species have ridges along their spines that glow red when they are sexually aroused. (see "Horny Devils").
*** Their male counterparts, the Vigories have a ko of their own, but it doesn't do anything. On the other hand, they're reported to be herbivores who eat ''half their body weight'' a day.
** Gunn and Wesley are trapped in a sewer, preparing to launch an attack an unseen goliath. Wesley notes that this species is known for breathing fire. Gunn peeks around a corner and reports that its back is turned -- right before flames erupt in his direction.
-->I thought you said it '''[[{{Fartillery}} breathes]]''' fire!!"
** A group of Nahdrah demons plot to remove Fred's head and place it on the shoulder of their dying Prince. They want her for her mind.
** Not to mention the demons that require large amounts of salt, need to be buried separately once dead, emerge every other full moon...
*** Lampshaded at one point by Wesley and Gunn: Wesley gives a long exposition about the demon they will be facing, noting how it emerges every other full moon to mate and feed (at the same time) and communicates through facial ticks. Gunn, bored, asks how they kill it. "Oh, standard slice and dice."
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Kinda the whole point.
* {{Blackmail}}: The client in "War Zone" is a [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] fanatic who went a little to deep into character - specifically, the 'demon seductresses' part - and ended up being photographed at a demon brothel.
* BlessedWithSuck: Vampires in general, especially if they can feel remorse. Sam Lawson is unable gain any pleasure from his violence, a fact which he attributes to Angel having a soul when he sired him. Unfortunately for Lawson, he didn't absorb enough of Angel's soul to suppress his dark impulses. He's [[TragicVillain kind of irritated]].
** The visions from the PTB are shown to be excruciatingly painful to half-demons and humans alike. Doyle refers to them as "great, splittin' migraines that come with pictures", while Cordelia compares it to having molten lava poured onto your brain.
-->'''Cordelia:''' If that was my gift, I'd return it.
* BlindfoldedVision: Hilariously parodied. The Blindfolded Psychic Ninja in ''Quickening'' looks awesome... and gets swarmed and chump killed by vamps.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Played with when a blade is found that can actually kill the Beast. In the battle the Beast blocks every attack and seems to take no actual damage despite the Beast saying that it stings. The Beast blocks the sword and breaks it eventually. Angel kills him by getting a piece around his guard and into his head. [[spoiler:Then the whole thing was revealed to be a dream of Angel's, making its use dubious]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Penn ("Somnabulist").
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Faith showering after a run-in with Angelus.
* BloodKnight: Connor ''might'' be this, but The Groosalugg definitely is.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Angel being asked if he knows ''Dungeons & Dragons''. "Sure, I've seen a few."
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler: Jasmine]] and [[spoiler: Lindsey]]'s undoing.
* BodyguardCrush: In Guise Will Be Guise, Wesley impersonates Angel in order to avoid conflict but finds himself involved with Magnus Bryce and forced to be bodyguard to Bryce's daughter Virginia and, let's just say, the two hit it off.
* BolivianArmyEnding: "Let's go to work."
* BondOneLiner: Inverted in "Sense & Sensitivity", after Angel is cursed with the same touchy-feely emotions that have consumed the police station. Angel continues to espouse his new, positive attitude while pummeling the villain of the week.
-->'''Angel:''' You know, Anthony, you can be a rainbow. And not a-- [punches Tony's lights out] --[[IncrediblyLamePun Painbow]].
* BookEnds: "Hero" starts with Doyle rehearsing a television ad for Angel Investigations. Following [[spoiler:his death]], the episode finishes with Doyle saying to the camera, "Is that it? Am I done?"
* BoundAndGagged: Cordelia in "Parting Gifts". The gag has less to do with restraint than making her shut up.
** The infamous gypsy girl who indirectly caused Angel's curse. We later learn in a flashback that it's really all Darla's fault, as she "[[DramaticIrony looked everywhere]]" for a suitable present for Angelus. Whoops.
** The above example is paralleled in the same episode ("Five By Five") by Faith tying up and gagging her old buddy Wesley.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Anybody who lays eyes on Jasmine.
* BrassBalls: Lindsay calls Angel a vampire "with big brass testes" after he reveals his plan to go after [[spoiler: The Circle of the Black Thorn]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The demonic Straley family's dinner conversation in "Bachelor Party".
-->'''Uncle John''': Let's see... ''(examines schedule)'' First we greet the man of the hour. Then we drink. We bring out the food. Then we drink. Then comes the stripper, darts, and then we have the [[BrainFood ritual eating of the first husband's brains]], and then charades.
** An alarmed Cordelia confides to Wesley that his client, Rebecca, has been "real gabby, asking questions about Angel". Wesley asks what ''sort'' of questions?
-->"Oh, you know, where does Angel hail from, what’s his favorite color, what kind of aftershave he wears, the ''exact specific details on how someone could make themselves into a vampire''."
* BreakTheCutie: Fred. Somewhat [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in that she comes to the show when she's already thoroughly broken and spends the next three seasons becoming a capable, confident and occasionally badass woman. [[spoiler: Then she dies horribly. Worse, her soul is turned to ash in the fires of rebirth to bring forth Illyria. Yup, there's no Afterlife for her. Even for a Whedon show that's harsh]].
** [[spoiler: Well, the "no afterlife" part is debatable, given that in the series finale, Illyria tells Wesley as he's dying that he'll be with Fred again soon]].
*** This is what we would call a [[LetThemDieHappy comforting]] [[EmptyPromise lie]].
-->'''Illyria''' [[spoiler: You'll be dead within minutes]]. Would you like me to lie to you now?
-->'''Wesley''' Yes... Thank you, yes.
* BreatherEpisode: Most prominent in Seasons 3 & 4, which are heavily arc-focused. These include "Provider" (a series of lighthearted vignettes about side jobs), "Waiting in the Wings" (a trip to the ballet) immediately afterward, "Spin the Bottle" (the return of dysfunctional, ''Buffy''-era Cordelia and Wesley) and "The Girl in Question".
* BribeBackfire: Angel attempts to bribe the barkeep in "Expecting", only to find it's the last thing in the world that will gain this guy's confidence.
* Brick Joke: In Season 5, Illyria mentions the universe of all shrimp that was used as a brick joke throughout Buffy.
** In season two Angel has a fear of singing, but left with no other options he butchers the power ballad ''Mandy'' at a karaoke club so the owner will help him. When Faith drugs Angelus in season four he is forced to watch a flashback of him listening to the song on a jukebox. He can't stand it, while Faith finds it hilarious that he has a jonsing for the song. Then lets slip about attending concerts.
* BrokenAesop: Lampshaded spectacularly by Cordelia at the end of "Expecting".
* BrokenBird: Faith.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Good job defeating Jasmine, Angel! Now you have to deal with your [[spoiler: insane son]], your [[spoiler: comatose girlfriend]], the elimination of any possibility of world peace and the return of Wolfram & Hart.
** The season 5 (and series) finale. Their goal was, essentially, [[spoiler: inconvenience the Senior Partners, probably at the expense of their lives. Everything went perfectly to plan and they still didn't wind up with a true victory. ]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Fred played "Gentle Girl" to both Gunn and Wesley. In season 5, Angel's "Gentle Girl" was a werewolf. No, it never worked out happily.
** Faith becomes this to Angel in the comics. Yep, ''that'' Faith.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In "I Will Remember You" Angel becomes human.
* BuffySpeak: Multiple examples, naturally. Extends even to the actors themselves, like JulieBenz's response to her vampire character being resurrected. ""I was shocked. I just thought once you poof'd, you poof'd! I thought that was it."
** Most notable is Lorne's flummoxed response to his club blowing up ([[RunningGag again]]).
-->'''Angel:''' Attacked?! I thought you had [[ProtectiveCharm double protection sanctorium spells]]?!
-->'''Lorne:''' I ''do''! It's a thing with the door-- and the stairs and the world and the thing. Never mind!
-->'''Gunn:''' Apparently you can be outside and shove stuff in.
-->'''Lorne:''' ..I just said that.
* [[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham Buffy Stays Out Of Los Angeles]]: After the series of evil things Faith had done ([[LongList killed someone and tried to frame Buffy for it, tried to rape and murder Xander, kidnapped Willow, worked for the Big Bad, tried to kill Angel, took over Buffy's body]]) Buffy follows Faith to the...well, City of Angels, where she goes as far to attack her former boyfriend when he stands in the way of her trying to kill Faith. After Faith turns herself in Angel tells Buffy she is not entitled to justice in his city, seeking to reform people rather than kill them.
** The reverse is also true: Angel lends only meager support in Buffy's final battle, despite evidence of The First Evil operating in Los Angeles. (A Bringer attempting to kill Faith in prison.)
** Spike debates whether to reunite with Buffy again, but resigns himself to the knowledge that the show wrapped that previous year. --[[SayingTooMuch No, wait]]. Actually, Spike doesn't want to spoil the poignancy of his heroic death on ''Buffy''.
* BurnBabyBurn: Wesley, in one last sentimental gesture, attempts this on Lilah's employee contract (which binds her to the firm for eternity). A duplicate contract immediately appears in the drawer.
* BusmansHoliday:
-->'''Angel:''' ''(speaking Tibetan)'' Demon monks. Should've gone to Vegas.
** Not that the poor guy got any respite in Vegas, either.
* ButICantBePregnant!: And it won't be the last time, Cordy dearest.
** Vampires are infertile -- hence Darla's dismay.
* ButtMonkey: [[spoiler:Wesley in later seasons, though played entirely for drama]].
* ByronicHero: Wesley, in spades.
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[[folder:C]]
* CallingCard: Before being cursed with a soul, Angelus enjoyed 'signing' each of his victims by slicing a Christian cross on their cheek. Its purpose was twofold: To [[VillainCred keep score]], and to spite God. Penn, having been sired and [[TheCorrupter mentored]] by Angelus, adopted this trademark as his own.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Angel (under his human name, "Liam") became a vampire as a result of a noisy confrontation with his father, which resulted in him [[IHaveNoSon getting kicked out]]. As Angelus, he later "triumphed" by killing his family, saving his father for last.
** Penn has daddy issues of his own, even to the point of considering Angelus his "[[ParentalSubstitute real]]" father after being sired. Similar to Angelus, Penn evened the score by slaughtering his entire family. Over the next two centuries, Penn deliberately sought out victims who resembled his family, killing them in order to reenact his past murders (later redirected toward Angel himself).
** During a lighthearted speech at her father's retirement party, Kate segues into a stormy tirade of raw emotion, reminding him of how he "shut down all emotion" following her mother's death, and has treated her coldly her entire life.
** Wesley finally vents some bile toward his father, Roger, as the pair engage in some GunpointBanter ("Lineage"). Roger blasts Wesley for working for Angel when he knows what he's done. Wesley, in turn, taunts his father, insinuating that Roger always belittled him because he feared that Wesley would outshine him.
* TheCameo: Blink and you'll miss Zakk Wylde free-styling with Lorne in "The Magic Bullet".
* CannotTellALie: Drogyn
** Which is why he gets [[BerserkButton very, very angry]] whenever anybody asks him a question. He is sick of always having to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
* CanonImmigrant: Betta George was originally created for some non-canon Spike comics before appearing in ''After the Fall''.
* CantStayNormal: In "I Will Remember You", Angel's humanity is restored when his blood mixes with that of a powerful demon. After spending a blissful night together with Buffy, Angel continues to fight demons at her side -- and loses, badly. During a conference with the Oracles, Angel learns the full consequences of being human: he can no longer avert the coming apocalypse, in which Buffy will surely die. Faced with little choice, he implores the Oracles to rewind time and [[ResetButtonEnding negate the past 24 hours' events]]; Angel will have to earn his humanity [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the hard way]].
** Angel's son ends up fitting this trope nicely. To make a very long story short, Angel agrees to a devil's bargain with Wolfram & Hart to rewrite Connor's entire life, brainwashing him so he can live happily with a human family. Not long afterward, however, Angel is blackmailed by Cyvus Vail, the sorcerer responsible for Connor's new memories. Vail announces that he needs the old Connor back, since it is only he who can kill Vail's nemesis, Sahjhan. Hoping to preserve Connor's new life, Angel attempts to re-train his son from scratch in the art of fighting -- only to be waylaid by Wesley, who restores Connor's memories by shattering Vail's Orlon Window. Wesley, who suspected Angel of involvement in Fred's death, hoped to rewind time by undermining the basis on which Angel joined the firm.
* CaptainObvious: "Parting Gifts":
-->'''Barney:''' First off, you should know -- right away, before there's any misunderstanding -- I'm a demon.
-->'''Angel:''' ''(glances at horns, hooked nose, pointy ears, and blotched skin)'' I appreciate your candor.
** Later in that same episode, Barney the [[TheEmpath Empath demon]] overhears Cordy struggling to decipher a cryptic vision and grunting angrily.
-->'''Barney:''' You're frustrated.
-->'''Cordelia:''' ''(glares)'' That's one spooky talent you got there.
** Angel and Wesley nab their suspect, a wounded Kungai demon, only to discover he's dying. Angel points out that it wasn't Wesley's arrow which injured him; his horn's been broken off. Wesley leans over and starts translating the Kungai's dialect.
-->'''Wesley:''' ''(looks up)'' I think he's telling us his horn was taken.
-->'''Angel:''' We '''got''' that!
** A rare inanimate example of this occurs with Cordy's newly-installed security system ("The Prodigal"). When a demon bursts though the doors of Angel's office, the digitized voice alerts helpfully that the "Door is open".
** Even the ''Powers That Be'' aren't immune to this trope. When Cordelia drives over to a client's home to collect a fee, she is hit with a vision of herself being surrounded by cyclopean demons -- at the precise moment when she's surrounded by cyclopean demons.
-->'''Cordelia:''' [yelling at ceiling] '''''[[SarcasmMode THAT WAS HELPFUL!]]'''''
* CarCushion
* CardboardPrison: Pretty much ''any'' prison where Wolfram & Hart's clients are involved.
* CardCarryingVillain: Literally. Every member of Wolfram & Hart seems to have business cards.
* CarFu: Doyle tries this on the gates of a mansion in the first episode. It completely fails to work.
** Fred's mother shows great ingenuity in squashing an insect demon with a bus.
** The hood of Gunn's pickup truck is mounted with five foot-long stakes. During his first encounter with Angel, Gunn tries to mow him down.
** And [[DarkMessiah Jasmine]] tries to drop a minivan on Angel.
* CarMeetsHouse: Oz uses his band's tour van as a battering ram in Spike's lair.
** Angel 'borrows' Lindsay's pickup to plow through someone's living room ("Epiphany").
* TheCastShowoff: Christian Kane, who played Lindsey, is in a Country/Southern rock band in real life. In "Dead End," Lindsey sings so well at Caritas that not just Cordelia, but also [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Gunn and Wesley]] are impressed.
** Darla also gets a turn at the mic.
* CatScare: Played straight in "I've Got You Under My Skin", with an actual cat.
** In "Parting Gifts", Angel trails his quarry into a sauna room. A towel-wearing demon surprises Angel by exiting one of the stalls, asking where he can get the shiatsa massage.
* CavemenVsAstronautsDebate: The TropeNamer.
--> '''Fred:''' [[HarsherInHindsight Cavemen win]]....''of course'' cavemen win...
* CeilingCling: Subverted in "War Zone". Angel, seemingly able to sense that there's a vampire about to pounce, casually steps out of the way, letting the mook fall flat on his face.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Angel can't work a cellphone to save his life, much to Cordelia's exasperation.
* CementShoes: How Angel disposes of Dr. Ronald Meltzer, after disassembling him.
* CerebusCallback: In "A Hole In The World", there is a RunningGag early on about the characters arguing on who would win in a fight -- cavemen or astronauts. Towards the end of the episode [[spoiler:as Fred lies dying, infected with the spirit of an ancient demon]], she whispers "cavemen win, cavemen always win" as a reference to [[spoiler:the plot parallel of their modern technologies being unable to stop the ancient demon]].
* CerebusRollercoaster
* ChainedToABed: When Angel starts having dreams of the hunt -- dreams that match a string of real-life murders those same nights -- he, Wesley and Cordelia test the theory that he might be somehow sleep-killing by chaining him to his bed.
** Following Angel's short-lived rampage as Angelus ("Eternity"), the episode concludes with Wes and Cordy confining him to the bed again. Perhaps understandably, Cordy hints she's not untieing him anytime soon.
* ChainLinkFence: Subverted in an early episode ("In the Dark"). Spike, in a rare demonstration of competence, pretends to accidentally run down a blind alley - when really, it's Angel who's just been trapped.
* TheChainOfHarm: Holtz's quest for revenge against Angel has a terrible impact on Connor's health and sanity.
* ChairReveal: Puppet Angel.
* ChekhovsGag: In "That Old Gang of Mine", Cordelia mentions Fred laughing at something a shrub said. Later in Season Five when she becomes Illyria, one of her powers is talking to plants.
* ChekhovsGunMan: The mailman at Wolfram and Hart, who wears a Mexican wrestling mask. He later turns out to be a former member of a team of demon-hunting luchadores.
** Several demons met casually or otherwise throughout Season 5 are later revealed to be members of an AncientConspiracy of [[BigBad Big Bads]].
* ChokeHolds: Subverted when someone tries to air choke Angel only to learn, to his dismay, that that doesn't work on vampires.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Angel. Cordelia qualifies from Season Two onward.
* CityOfWeirdos
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: It was a unique birth, since Darla couldn't give birth naturally and dusted herself, but there's no sign of blood or anything on Connor at all when Angel picks him up. Granted, it was raining, but still...
* {{Cliffhanger}}
* ClipboardOfAuthority: Angel follows Jhiera into an art gallery, but she makes him and sics museum security after him. As cover, Angel quickly removes his coat and proceeds to lecture on an Édouard Manet painting to a group of people, who stand rapt at his expert dissertation.
* CloseUpOnHead: Angel and Wesley debating whether to make a run for the exit....or keep sitting through [[AnythingButThat Cordelia's acting]].
** "War Zone" begins with a Close Up On Feet. The camera pans up to reveal our hero, a black-clad, BadassLongcoat wearing Ang--er, Gunn.
-->"You were expecting someone else?"
** In the same episode, Cordelia wears a glamorous scarf while sunning herself in Angel's convertible. Wesley breaks the mood by reminding Cordy that she's on a stakeout, and the car is parked in a smelly alleyway.
** Spike, cornered against a wall, menaces his opponent with a BadassBoast....until the shot pans, revealing that he's yelling at a video game.
-->'''Spike:''' Feel my wrath, [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong gorilla throwin' barrels]]!
** Done a whole bunch of times. More examples include Gunn and Wesley intimidating each other in a SeriousBusiness type way (they turned out to be playing {{Risk}}), and Angel giving a heartfelt speech to someone off-camera (turns out he was reading from a pre-prepared card, trying to apologize to Merl).
* ColdBloodedTorture: Spike tortures Angel to learn the location of the Gem of Amarra in "In the Dark". Later that season, Faith ties Wesley to chair and tortures him with an entire kitchen's-worth of implements.
** Holtz with Angel, repeatedly.
** Lindsey (and later [[spoiler: Gunn]]) suffer this at the hands of Wolfram & Heart.
* CombatClairvoyance: Gunn is seemingly able to sense a vampire attack on his base, despite there being no preemptive noise. ("War Zone")
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Harrie Doyle seems more less upset about her fiancée's intention to eat Doyle's brains than about being kept in the dark about it.
-->'''Harrie:''' You were going to start our life out together ''with deceit''?
-->'''Doyle:''' ''(to Angel)'' Sorta missing the point, isn't she?
** On the day following Little Tony's arrest, Angel meets with Doyle’s informant, who claims he overhead that "LT" is planning a hit on Det. Lockely.
-->'''Angel''' ''(to Doyle)'' You know what that means?
-->'''Doyle:''' "LT" [[CaptainObvious stands for Little Tony]], yeah?
** Darla invokes this in a flashback to the late-1800s when she comes across a soul-stricken Angelus ("Five By Five"). When Angelus sorrowfully reflects on the children he's murdered, Darla gets excited and asks if he's brought her some.
-->'''Darla:''' Do you think I won't share? [[HypocriticalHumor I can't believe you think I'm that insensitive]].
* ComicallySmallBribe: Cordelia attempting to bypass a security guard at the ballet.
-->'''Cordelia:''' Hey! [[NecessaryWeasel Do you like bribes?]]
-->'''Guard:''' Do I ''ever''!
-->'''Cordelia:''' Well we ''really'' want to go backstage.
-->'''Guard:''' Yeah, see, this isn't so much a 'bribe' as it is a 'tip', and since I'm not parking your car there's really no way--
-->[Angel punches him]
* CommutingOnABus: Cordelia [[spoiler: pretty much stops regularly appearing from season 3, episode 14 to her final episode in season 5. First she's on vacation with Groo, then she becomes a higher power, then she spends most of a season controlled by Jasmine until she gives "birth" to her, and then remains in a coma until she passes before the end of the series]].
* CondensationClue: Disembodied and nearly incapable of affecting the physical world, Spike has to resort to this to communicate a message.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Because he was raised in Quor'toth, this happened to Connor to the extent that he was the only person who could look upon Jasmine's true face and still think her beautiful.
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: In "Shiny Happy People" Fred catches CassandraTruth literally from Jasmine's blood, and then figuratively when she talks to the only other person so far to see the truth (who had been converted earlier), who explains to her "she [Jasmine] must die" and "you've been called".
* ContinuityNod: Cordelia's crispy high school diploma.
** When Buffy and Faith confront each other atop Angel's building, Faith asks, "Whaddya wanna do? You're gonna [[DisneyVillainDeath throw me off the roof?]] ''Again?''"
** In a Season One throwaway gag, Wesley prophesies that a demon is due to arise in Reseda. ("To Shanshu In L.A.") In Cordelia's glimpse into her alternate life ("Birthday"), she drives to Reseda and discovers the root cause of the demon's summoning - a teenage girl pouring diet soda on a black magic tome.
* ConvenientComa: Somewhat subverted, however, in that it's revealed [[spoiler: Cordelia ''never'' came out of her coma when she died and it was probably her spirit (or [[InMysteriousWays something]]) that helped Angel]].
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Wesley shows up in town the episode after [[spoiler:Doyle is killed]].
* CooldownHug: When Angel refuses to kill Faith, she reacts by flying into what the script ''literally'' dubs a "I'm-Gonna-Get-You-Motherfucker-If-It's-The-Last-Thing-I-Do" rage, clawing at the air and screaming. Finally, her body gives out, and she ends up sobbing in Angel's arms as the rain pours.
* CoolestClubEver: D'Oblique. Subverted by Doyle, who describes it as "one of those 'terminally-stuck in TheEighties' places".
* CoolGate: Two gates to hell dimensions appear in the series, one to Pylea and the other to Quor'Toth. The former is discussed as very cool by the main cast whe nthey go through, the latter can be described as punching a burning hole through reality like it was paper.
* CoolMask: The Vocah wears one, symbolizing his sway over the lower demons. When Angel pries it off, it opens to reveal not a face, but a [[NightmareFace gaping hole full of maggots]].
** The Comedy and Tragedy demons from "Waiting in the Wings" certainly qualify.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: Kate grills an informant over the whereabouts of Little Tony, who shot a country supervisor execution-style. The informant begs to differ.
-->'''Spivey:''' I heard it was a suicide.
-->'''Kate:''' Supervisor Caffrey shot ''himself?''
-->'''Spivey:''' It happens.
-->'''Lockley:''' In the back of the head, wrapped himself in plastic, and then locked himself in the trunk of his car?
-->'''Spivey:''' He'd been depressed.
* CorporateSamurai: Several, not all of them working for Wolfram & Hart. These include Faith, blind baddie Vanessa Brewer, freelancer Gwen Raiden, and Marcus Hamilton.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive / VampiresAreRich: Russel Winters ("City Of").
* CorruptPolitician: Several senators are shown on screen. More are implied.
* CosmicHorrorStory: As bad and powerful and nearly omnipresent as Wolfram & Hart are, the only reason they are in the running to get their apocalypse is that ''many'' things that are more powerful either are [[SealedEvilInACan sleeping]] or can't be bothered. The firm gets throttled hard ''three times'' by such beings. While W&H isn't [[WeHaveReserves particularly sensitive]] to the damage done to its offices and personnel, think about it from Angel's perspective. Beating Wolfram & Hart is hopeless enough and ''now'' something is surprised that "the Wolf, the Ram and the Hart" are this important these days because they really are a bunch of self-promoting yard trash who used to be like vampires. Nice [[CrapsackWorld world]] to try to save.
* CostumeCopycat: The Groosalugg in Season 3. In addition to possessing all of Angel's strengths (and none of his weaknesses), Cordelia starts dressing him up in Angel's old clothes. One spiky haircut later, and they're practically interchangeable.
* CouldHaveAvoidedTheWholeThing: One conversation about the [[spoiler: father-will-kill-the-son]] prophecy would have saved everyone--viewers included--a whole lot of grief.
* CouldntFindAPen: This trope is invoked for ghosts. In season one, a malevolent spirit writes bleeding messages on the walls of Cordelia's apartment. In season five, phantasm-Spike writes a message in the condensation of Fred's shower door.
** Subverted in "Eternity", when Angel instantly recognizes the bloody lettering as prop blood. How does he ''do'' that??
** In the series finale, when Angel is offered a fountain pen by another executive -- who abruptly jams it into Angel's hand. Wolfram & Hart isn't big on ink signatures.
* CrapsackWorld: Lindsey talks of Earth being Hell itself, which is how Wolfram & Hart works and thrives.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Angel's spawned quite a number of them, just by virtue of being a vampire; Penn, Drusilla, and Sam Lawson are all vampires whom he has personally sired -- and later return to kick his ass.
** The guy who eclipses them all, however, is Holtz. who wants Angel dead for what he did as Angelus, killing the man's family and forcing him to dust his own daughter.
* CreatorCameo: That's JossWhedon in the green make-up doing the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Dance of Joy]].
** David Fury, the producer, doing what producers do -- slaughtering goats. He also cameoed as an evil JimHenson parody in "Smile Time."
* CreepySouvenir: After returning from a Hell dimension, Connor carries around bits of demons he's killed. When he later fights a drug dealer, he takes an ear to add to his collection.
* CrisisOfFaith: A recurring motif. Angel is reluctant to put any stock in prophecies, including the one about becoming human again. Kate had an enormous crisis of faith upon learning of L.A.'s demonic underbelly, and later being sacked from the force.
** Season One has Angel and Wolfram & Hart honcho Holland Manners unknowingly competing for the soul of Lindsey. Holland remarks that Lindsey is having a "crisis of faith", and Angel later accuses him of having no faith in the world.
* CrookedContractor: Lorne is aggravated by one during the rebuilding of Caritas. "I've got mouths to feed. Plus a family. Some of them got mouths, too."
* CrossOver: With ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]''. Later Comics do ones with PeterDavid's ''Fallen Angel'' and ''Frankenstein''. The secondary writer of the first run of canon comics included so many {{Shout Out}}s and {{Cross Over}}s that listing them would require its own page (he thankfully notes them in the notes of the collected volumes).
* CrusadingWidower: Holtz, who takes out 378 vampires in 9 years after Angelus and Darla kill his family before travelling to the 21st century and turning a bunch of grieving vampire-haters into a team of vampire hunters to help him take out Angel.
* CurbStompBattle: Pretty much any run-in with The Beast or Hamilton.
** Team Angel vs Illyria lasts no longer than 20 seconds.
* CurseCutShort: Spike announces himself as "the biggest, baddest mothe--" before inadvertantly walking beneath a tiny beam of sunshine, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain setting his peroxide hair aflame]].
** Wesley channels his inner badassitude whilst being tortured by his one-time prodigy, Faith:
-->'''Wesley:''' I was your watcher Faith, I know the real you. But even if you kill me there is just one thing I want you to remember.
-->'''Faith:''' ''(visibly moved)'' What's that, love?
-->'''Wesley:''' You...''are a piece of shi--''
* CurseEscapeClause: One moment of pure happiness will break the curse Angel bears. Since that curse is his soul, and his soul is what keeps him acting like a civilized being, he would prefer, most of the time, that this escape clause not be invoked.
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[[folder:D]]
* DangerousWorkplace: Wolfram & Hart. Not only does the building lock down in an emergency, but any dead personnel left within are [[FromBadToWorse reanimated into zombies]].
* DarkActionGirl: Faith starts out like this, gets a HeelFaceTurn, and [[HellBentForLeather keeps the wardrobe]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Done right.
** Though [[SeasonalRot somewhat]] [[LighterAndSofter inconsistent]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Angel is probably the best example, but Skip also qualifies. [[spoiler: Until his sudden yet inevitable betrayal]].
* DarknessEqualsDeath: Angelus' first appearance on the show is signaled by the building's electricity getting cut.
-->'''Angelus:''' Uh oh. Someone forgot to pay the power bill.
* DateCrepe: In "I Will Remember You", Angel celebrates his newfound humanity with two American pastimes: sex and ice cream.
* DateMyAvatar: "[[SchmuckBait HotBlonde37159]]."
* DatingCatwoman: Wesley and Lilah
** Also Gunn and Gwen, for a one-nighter.
** Angel and Eve in the last season, although they were under a magical compulsion at the time.
* DayInTheLife
* ADayInTheLimelight: Harmony in "Harm's Way".
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Ronald Meltzer is an ocular surgeon with the power to [[DetachmentCombat sever and reattach his body parts]], thanks to his mastery of PsychicSurgery. He's also a [[StalkerWithACrush deranged stalker]] who's pretty handy with a scalpel.
* DeadlyHug: Gunn does this to his vamped sister.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gunn and Cordy tend towards this, although since this is a Whedon show there's enough snark to go around.
* DeathByIrony: Darin [=McNamara=] gets mobbed by his captive fighters ''and'' shackled with one of his own electric bracelets. Trepkos then hurls Darin's body through the boundry zone, disintegrating him.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Lampshaded yet played straight with Spike, and then averted to hell and back with [[spoiler: Fred]].
* DeathOfPersonality: Vampires in the Buffyverse are humans who have died and had their soul replaced by a demon. This means that the person themselves is dead, even though the demon in question has all their memories and often believes they are the original.
* DeathSeeker: Sam Lawson's revealed motive in "Why We Fight".
* DeathTrap: The [[LexLuthor Lex Luthor-ish]] elevator gas chamber. (Gwen lampshades.)
* DeathWorld: In "Peace Out", Angel is the only one who can survive the journey to Jasmine's homeworld, as the atmosphere is poisonous to anyone who breathes it. For obvious reasons, Angel doesn't share that handicap.
* DecapitationPresentation: As Angelus is pondering a variety of creative deaths for Rebecca, he finally settles on doing it old school: Carrying around her head on a stick!
* DecoyDamsel: "Parting Gifts" and "The Ring" have male variations on this trope. In both instances, Angel is duped by a client into chasing down the wrong culprit.
** Lampshaded in a later episode ("Five By Five") following Angel's rescue of an eyewitness. "You Marquez? ..Good. I hate saving the wrong guy."
** Inverted with Rebecca in "Eternity". She truly believes she's being stalked, but it's a publicity stunt staged by her amoral agent.
* DefiantToTheEnd: In another CallBack to ''Buffy'', a Watcher (Giles:Wesley) ends up tied to a chair and sadistically tortured by a maniac (Angelus:Faith) to the point of almost breaking -- only to reply with a pithy insult.
* DemonicPossession: Several times, but most memorably when a little soulless boy imprisons a demon inside his body.
* DenouementEpisode: The fourth-season finale "Home".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Lee Mercer's assasins rant from "Sanctuary".
-->"This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin - sent to kill the ''first'' assassin - who didn't assassinate ''anyone'' until we hired the second assassin to assassinate her!"
* {{Depower}}: Twice, with [[spoiler: ascended Cordelia and Illyria, who got hit a second time]].
** Angel becomes human for a day in Season One.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Gregor Framkin of "Smile Time". Subverted when he's revealed to be a (literal) [[DecoyLeader puppet]].
* DescriptionCut: Angel's father chews him out in a flashback to 18th century Ireland, shouting, "You're a layabout and a scoundrel, and you'll ''never amount to anything more than that!''" Flash-forward to Angel kicking demon ass in a subway tunnel 200 years later.
** On the subject of Angel's celebrity client, Rebecca Lowell, Cordy pines, "I'd give ''anything'' to be in her world!" Cut to Lowell getting a painful eyebrow wax.
* DestinationDefenestration: The fate of Russel Winters, ''Angel's'' very first MonsterOfTheWeek.
-->'''Angel:''' He went [[BondOneLiner into the light]].
* DestructoNookie: Angel and Darla in "Reprise".
* DetectivePatsy: Happens to Angel more often than he'd like.
* TheDeterminator: Angel, Gunn, Wesley and ''definitely'' Holtz.
* DeusExMachina: Literally in the episode "You're Welcome"; Cordelia, before she dies, uses her god powers for the last time to help Angel and the gang.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: A few creatures in this series are ancient and (supposedly) unstoppable demons.
* DirtyCop: [[TheUntwist Untwisted]] with Trevor Lockley, who thought he was helping his associates smuggle auto parts -- ''not'' push drugs. As irony would have it, Trevor was feathering his nest precisely so '''Kate''' would never find herself in a position where she needed to take bribes.
* TheDisembodied: Spike for the first half of Season 5.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ryan Anderson sets fire to his little sister's room as revenge for the unequal amount of marshmallows in his hot cocoa. Beat ''that''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: All three male leads, while discussing Cordelia's swimsuit.
* DistressedDamsel
* DivineIntervention: The reason Angel was able to enter Kate's apartment uninvited....[[InMysteriousWays maybe]].
* TheDollEpisode: "Smile Time'', written and directed by Ben Edlund (best known for creating TheTick)
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Jasmine's on every channel.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: "[[TooDumbToLive Take your best shot little girl]]."
* DontLookAtMe: A traumatized Angel says this after glimpsing his "true" vampiric face in Pylea.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Doyle is busy duct-taping Angel's basement to protect against Dr. Meltzer's disassembling body parts. A pair of hands skitter up Doyle's neck -- whoops, it's just Cordelia, who picked a fine time to fix Doyle's collar. This makes so little sense that it ''must'' be a wink on Joss's part.
-->'''Doyle:''' Yeah, well, what say we '''leave it crooked''' until this thing is resolved?!
* DoorOfDoom: Angel creates one to journey to the previous world Jasmine conquered (See "Death World").
* DoubleEntendre: Lindsey promises to "get [Faith] off" of her criminal charges. Oh ''really'', now?
-->'''Faith:''' You don't know how many man have promised me ''that''.
-->'''Lilah:''' I'm certain you won't be disappointed in our performance.
* DownerEnding: The Season 3 finale. Angel and Cordelia finally realize they love one another, and Connor has accepted Angel as his father and wants to be part of the family. It goes bad; [[spoiler: Cordelia is called to a [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascend To A Higher Plane]] by Skip. Connor tracks Angel to where he was to meet Cordelia, tazes him, beats him down, locks him in a coffin and sends him to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean]].
** The Season 5 episode "You're Welcome." Cordelia, awakened from her mystical coma by the Powers-that-Be, returns to the fold, flabbergasted by the team running Wolfram & Hart and the fact that [[spoiler: nobody remembers Connor]]. After foiling Lindsey and Eve's plot, the crew decides to go for a drink. Cordy stays behind to have a heart-to-heart with Angel. She tells him she can't stay, and she's proud of him for getting his fire back. After a kiss "for the road," [[spoiler: Angel gets a call, during which Cordelia disappears. The call reveals that Cordelia apparently never awakened from the coma, and had in fact just died]].
* DownLADrain: Frequently used by Angel.
* DramaticGunCock: "The Magic Bullet":
--> '''Angel:''' You know bullets can't kill me. ''*CLICK*'' Wanna see how they work on you?
* DressHitsFloor: Illyria in-between wardrobe changes.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Angel totes a briefcase in order to sneak into Wolfram & Hart. Wesley and Cordelia [[IncrediblyLamePun follow suit]] in a later episode.
* DroolHello: In "Parting Gifts".
* DropInCharacter: David Nabit.
* DrowningMySorrows: Cordelia's "friend" Serena, having been impregnated by the same demon as Cordy, has taken to guzzling whiskey by the time Angel darkens her door.
** Played for laughs in "Redefinition" after the team is [[BreakingTheFellowship disbanded]] by Angel. (see "Drunken Song" below).
** Takes a serious turn after Wesley's estrangement from the team, whereupon he ''really'' starts to hit the sauce. And then there's the [[spoiler:death of Fred]], which causes ''everyone'' to crawl into a bottle, even Spike and Lorne. Spike's drinking is the most hilariously sad, not least due to his [[NeverGetsDrunk vampire constitution]], but also because he's attempting to get drunk on travel-size bottles of Jack Daniels.
* DrunkenSong: Cordelia, Wesley and Gunn's rendition of [[{{Queen}} "We Are the Champions"]].
* DualWielding: With mixed results. Oz brandishes a pair of crossbows while [[CarFu crashing into Spike's hideout with his van]].
** Wesley also mixes it up with [[GunsAkimbo dual pistols]], but they only come in handy once. (Though the beautiful headshot performed on [[spoiler:Skip]] is worth a hundred deflected bullets).
** Faith comes at Angel with dual stakes in "Five By Five".
* DueToTheDead: On at least two occasions a dead character has to be dismembered by a loved one (Holtz by Connor, and Lilah by Wesley) due to the (incorrect) belief that they were killed by vampires.
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[[folder:E]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the early episodes, the makeup artists experimented with a new 'bumpy eyebrows' look for vampires. They soon went back to the old prosthetic.
** The pilot has Angel breaking into the LA Public Library to do research, something he never does ever again. Joss originally thought up the idea of Angel going to the library every episode (à la ''Buffy''), and compiled a ton of establishing shots that never got used.
* EasilyForgiven: Played straight and subverted big time with Wesley. Even after returning to the fold, he is forever cemented as the ManipulativeBastard, careful to never tip his hand to the rest of the group (particularly Angel).
** Faith famously gets rewarded with pastries after attempting to kill Wes and Angel.
** Connor [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder abuses and re-uses this trope]] ''constantly''.
** Angel is forgiven by the next episode after Wes finds out that he wiped everyone's memories of Connor. Probably because Wes realized that Angel was keeping Connor a secret ''for'' him, not ''from'' him - [[spoiler:Wesley kidnapped Angel's son, accidentally making it easy for Connor to be kidnapped by the man that took Connor to hell with him... MyGodWhatHaveIDone, in spades]].
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Gunn in the final season. Despite making an honest ([[TooDumbToLive albeit incredibly stupid]]) mistake, he has to endure living in a [[FateWorseThanDeath hell dimension]] in order to atone. Granted, his mistake did help kill [[spoiler: Fred...]].
* EatsBabies: The leather-clad demon "That Old Gang of Mine".
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Angel Investigations, and when he leaves, the group all try to name the group after themselves, but decide to keep the original name.
* ElementalPlane: There's a universe of shrimp mentioned as a gag.
* EmoTeen: Connor takes home the gold.
** Rieff in "Hero" behaves like a petulant teen, despite not being human.
* TheEmpath: Lorne.
** Barney, a (villainous) precursor to Lorne's character, appears in the first season ep "Parting Gifts".
* EmpathicEnvironment: The Hyperion's courtyard is lined with jasmine, a night-blooming plant. The comparison between jasmine flowers and vampires [[ContinuityNod was previously made]] on ''Buffy''.
* EndlessCorridor: The ballet company in "Waiting in the Wings".
* EndlessDaytime: ''After the Fall'' has LA in hell, with both sun and full moon up at the same time, which makes things interesting for werewolves. And vampires. And, well, it's hell.
* EnemyMine: Following repeated failed attempts to kill Angel and Faith, Lindsey comes to the realization that he's not acting like a lawyer; "It's a mistake for us to [[HypocriticalHumor operate outside of the law]]." To that end, he approaches Kate Lockley, who just happens to despise Angel marginally more than Wolfram & Hart.
* EnemyWithin: Angelus, but arguably ''everyone'' falls victim to this trope. Even [[TheChick Lorne]].
* EnfantTerrible: Ryan Anderson. The Ethros demon who inhabited his boy ascribed his psychpathic personality to a ''lack of a soul''; for whatever reason, Ryan was born an empty shell and nothing will ever change him.
* TheEponymousShow
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Wolfram & Hart has several minorities working as high-class lawyers (Gavin Park and Gunn are the most prominent examples).
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: For anyone who's never seen ''Buffy'', this show looks like a detective story opening with a noir-ish narration. Except it's Angel drunkenly talking to a barfly.
* EstrangedSoapFamily: We know Cordelia's parents are alive when she moves to Los Angeles before the series begins. They are never so much as mentioned when their daughter [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes missing]] at the end of season four, or spends almost a year in a coma in season five.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Faith. "Hey, you're pretty. You wanna make out?"
* EverybodyMustGetStoned: Lorne's failed magic spell in "Spin the Bottle" disorients everyone; Lorn passes out, and the others stumble about the lobby as if very high on mushrooms.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Doyle and Cordelia. Even a shit-faced Detective Lockely can sniff them out.
* EverythingIsOnline: Both “Demons, Demons, Demons” and Criminal Records.
* EvilBrit: A limey demon comes calling for Gunn's soul in "Double or Nothing".
** The Watcher's Council's "Special Operations Team" (read: wet works). They previously appeared in the Season Four ''Buffy'' episode "Who Are You", and are still smarting from that little adventure.
* EvilCounterpart: "Gio" is a fanatical demon hunter who corrupted Gunn's old crew while he was gone. ("That Old Gang of Mine")
** Rutherford Sirk is an ex-Watcher who defected to Wolfram & Hart long ago. When Wesley castigates him for his lack of ethics, it's clear to see that Sirk is a preview of what Wesley will later turn into. ("Home")
* EvilDebtCollector: Doyle and Gunn each have their respective ones.
* EvilDetectingDog: When we are shown Harmony's morning routine as of S5, her neighborer's dog seems to be this.
* EvilInc / OccultLawFirm: Wolfram & Hart. Big-time.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Wolfram & Hart must save a lot on their electricity bill.
* EvilLawyerJoke
* EvilMakeover: The Burrower in "Lonely Hearts" is shown {{BodySurf}}ing into the bodies of meek, introverted men and women, then switching into a more stylish outfit to seduce new prey.
* EvilMentor: Holtz, to Justine.
** Holland Manners, to Lindsey.
* EvilPaysBetter: As explained by Linwood, the lawyers of Wolfram & Hart are perfectly happy to sell their souls and labor for the Senior Partners in Hell for all eternity, all in exchange for a few perks they receive during their fleeting time on Earth.
** Although based on Eve's deal in season 5 one of the possible benefits in the W&H package can be immortality, so ...
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Part of [[DarkMessiah Jasmine]]'s schtick. Her solution? [[spoiler: Turn everyone into smiling, obedient slaves]].
* EvilSorcerer: Cyrus Vail from The Circle of the Black Thorn, a frail, elderly, ''incredibly'' powerful warlock.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The Beast has a voice to match his girth.
** Collins, front man for the evil Watcher trio, has a voice like Satan.
** Holtz. This is actually lampshaded by Wesley when Holtz offers him a deal. ("Could be the low, scary voice that's giving me trouble.") Keith Szarabajka's real-life voice has a high-pitched, nasally sound, one which Tim Minear loves to imitate.
* EvilSpeechOfEvil: Angelus has this problem. Also Penn, which is appropriate seeing as he was schooled by Angelus (Cordelia lampshades).
* EvilTwin: Well, make that Lorne's giant, hulking subconscious.
* EvilVirtues: At Wolfram & Hart, the Deal is king -- they never break an agreement. Even Wesley concedes as much.
* ExactEavesdropping: Gunn overhears Angel scheduling an exact time and place to meet with a blackmailer. The following night, Angel gets nailed by a stake fired from one of Gunn's truck-mounted cannons. He is then forced to flee down a street and through a gauntlet of vampire-killing {{Booby Trap}}s.
* ExoticEntree: The werewolf-eating gourmet club in "Unleashed".
* ExpansionPackPast: Angel. The same goes for Darla and Spike.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Illyria reacts this way when Knox announces that he is her high priest.
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Probably should've just [[SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious kept your]] [[GenreBlind mouth shut]], Hamilton.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: Angel often mentions things he's done in the past, including gate-crashing a Vegas part Elvis was at and being alive during the Depression.
* ExpositionVictim: In "City Of..." Cordelia notices that the house she's in has no reflective surfaces at all. Out loud, she realises that she's in a vampire's house and challenges the owner -- until her Sunnydale instincts catch up with her mouth and she tries to pretend that she was joking.
* ExpressDelivery: The Haxil Beast offers fame, money and success to human men who are willing impregnate women (Cordy included) with its spawn. The gestation period lasts only a couple days, and according the Wesley, the surrogate mothers usually don't survive labor since the infants are often ''[[{{Squick}} freaking huge]]''.
* {{Expy}}: Doyle began life as a HotterAndSexier riff on Whistler, the porkpie hat-wearing demon who set Angel on his path ("Becoming", ''Buffy''). Indeed, an [[http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/angel/season1/angel-earlydraft.htm earlier version of the pilot's script]] features Whistler instead of Doyle.
** This might have arisen from a [[OneMarioLimit copyright dispute]] with ''Marvel'', whose own [[{{Blade}} vampire badass]] is aided by a man called Whistler.
** Eve for Lilah. So much so, Cordy lampshades it.
** Brainy, bubbly Fred could pass for Willow. Lampshaded via an exchanged look between Angel and Faith, not to mention Willow taking an immediate shine to Miss Burkle.
** Wesley for Giles. Wes later morphs into an icy-blooded badass, echoing the dramatic shift away from 'mild-mannered' Giles on ''Buffy''.
** Interestingly, Wesley's betrayal in Season Three echoes a similar arc with Willow. Both characters had season-long descents that previous year, made bad decisions, were considered [[GoodIsDumb the 'brain' of their group]], temporarily [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]], and whose behavior had significant consequences for the rest of the cast.
** Word of Joss stated that Harmony is "Cordelia: Year One."
** Groo has a Riley-esque vibe going.
** Connor is an angrier, [[DistaffCounterpart Y chromosome]] Dawn. The latter had reality re-written to provide her with a life; conversely, Connor gains a new life by having his previous one [[spoiler:erased from existence]].
*** Connor also shares a similarity to Season Six Buffy, with the CameBackWrong element.
** Jasmine is a PhysicalGod like Glory -- with the twist that she's not here to destroy the world, but [[DarkMessiah to save it]].
** Illyria also has the PhysicalGod aspect of Glory, also the "former demonic ruler" bit.
*** Just as Doc's [[FauxAffablyEvil folksy exterior]] hid a murderous worshiper of Glory, so does Skip turn out to be working for Jasmine.
** Dana. Once Faith was tossed in the clink, we obviously needed a new psycho Slayer to run around and stab people.
** Merl is the demonic equivalent to Willy the Snitch -- that is, he exists to be clobbered by the heroes until he sings like a canary.
** Caritas may well be a bizarro counterpart to The Bronze.
** The cell in the Hyperion's basement (built to contain Angelus, though the good guys spend equal time [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs getting trapped in it themselves]]) is a stand-in for Giles' book cage.
** Speaking of which, Nina Ash has to be caged during [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent her time of the month]]. Sound familiar?
** JustForFun: Angel had a habit of channeling Xander whenever he was flummoxed or dismayed. Examples include, "Lotta goats. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Goats, many]]", "There will be no ''throwing'' of flames!", and "I am marveling at [[ThisIsGonnaSuck the badness of that idea]]."
** The comics just introduced ex-Watcher Laura Weathermill, who appears to be one of these for Wesley. She might not be entirely trustworthy, however. (But hey, neither was the genuine article.)
* ExtranormalInstitute: Wolfram & Hart under the helm of Angel.
-->'''Connor:''' This is place is ''way'' better than college!
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: After a while, you get the feeling Angel could go on a live CNN broadcast, drink Anderson Cooper's blood, and ride away on a magical demon horse, and most people ''still'' wouldn't realize vampires exist.
** In the sequel comics, it [[TheUnmasquedWorld finally breaks]]. At least in Los Angeles.
* ExtremelyDustyHome: Cordelia complained of this when renovating the Hyperion. "Oh, this isn't mere dust. This is Son of Dust."
* EyeAwaken: Inverted with Doyle, who is able to dislocate his own neck while in demon form. Angel pretends to [[NeckSnap snap his neck]] in order to impress The Scourge. Rieff finds Doyle's body, and is startled when he jolts back to life.
** A series later, it's inverted ''again'' when Cordelia is shown Lorne's severed head. She's understandably shocked when his eyes snap open. It's then played for laughs when Angel, Wesley and Gunn encounter the head and the same thing happens again.
* EyeScream: Following the auctioning off of Cordelia's "seer's eyes" to Wolfram & Hart, Barney and his assistant start fighting over who gets to use the giant, handheld "extractor" to scoop them out
** In "She", Cordelia has a vision of a security guard being immolated, complete with exploding eyeballs.
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* EvilSorcerer: Cyrus Vail from The Circle of the Black Thorn, a frail, elderly, ''incredibly'' powerful warlock.
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*** Holtz probably tips over into villain territory because of his willingness to treat Angel's human allies, who played no part in his former life, as collateral damage: He sets Gunn and Fred up to be attacked by vampires and [[spoiler: the plan to kidnap Connor involves Wesley having his throat slit.]] He's also something of a BadBoss towards his underlings, especially Justine.
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** In season two Angel has a fear of singing, but left with no other options he butchers the power ballad ''Mandy'' at a karaoke club so the owner will help him. When Faith drugs Angelus in season four he is forced to watch a flashback of him listening to the song on a jukebox. He can't stand it, while Faith finds it hilarious that he has a jonsing for the song. [[OldShame Then lets slip about attending concerts]].

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** In season two Angel has a fear of singing, but left with no other options he butchers the power ballad ''Mandy'' at a karaoke club so the owner will help him. When Faith drugs Angelus in season four he is forced to watch a flashback of him listening to the song on a jukebox. He can't stand it, while Faith finds it hilarious that he has a jonsing for the song. [[OldShame Then lets slip about attending concerts]].concerts.
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* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: Hope they weren't planning a reunion show...
** According to [[WordOfGod Word of Joss]], Doyle was intended to come back as a villain. Glenn Quinn's death scrapped the potential plot.
** The story creators are allowing this to apply to Lorne even in the comic books, effectively [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim retiring the character]] in print (from 2010 onwards) following Andy Hallett's death.



** [[spoiler:In an interview, Amy Acker claimed [[WordOfGod Whedon]] would have brought Fred back or had Illyria regain more of Fred's memories if the [[WhatMightHaveBeen series had a sixth season]]]].
** Also revealed to be the process by which Angelus made Drusilla lose her mind.



* DawsonCasting: Cordelia. This worked fairly well on ''Buffy'', but by the second season of ''Angel'', Creator/CharismaCarpenter was in her 30s, while Cordelia was supposed to be 20, and it showed. This is all the more noticeable after Fred joined the cast. If you do the math, Fred should be four or five years older than Cordelia, yet Creator/AmyAcker was six years younger than Carpenter. They made a point of never explicitly stating Cordelia's age in the entire series, only once having somebody refer to her as "twenty-something."



* ExecutiveVeto: The series was originally going to be darker in tone, similar to the oppressive feel of Season 3-5. In the scene where Angel bursts into Tina's apartment and [[YouAreTooLate finds her dead]], the script called for him to taste her blood. This was actually filmed, but edited out from the finished episode; You can see David Boreanaz about to do it, but the camera fades out just in time.
** The following episode, "Lonely Hearts", was scripted to be even darker that that. In David Fury's first draft (then-entitled [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrupt_(Angel) "Corrupt"]]), Kate Lockely was written as [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a drug-addicted cop who worked undercover as a prostitute]]. The plot would have also involved Cordelia disguising herself as a working girl. For obvious reasons, the network nixed the idea.
-->'''Cordelia:''' [[PaperThinDisguise How's tricks, fellow hookers?]]
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* Endles....sCorridor: The ballet company in "Waiting in the Wings".

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* Endles....sCorridor: EndlessCorridor: The ballet company in "Waiting in the Wings".
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* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: In the episode ''Sanctuary'' Buffy is hunting Faith and intending to kill her, however Angel is protecting her so Buffy punches her ex. After he ignores the first blow Buffy tries to punch him again, but Angel blocks and ''punches her.'' Buffy is almost too shocked to speak, but he points out she threw the first punch, and she is stronger than him.

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* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: In the episode ''Sanctuary'' Buffy is hunting Faith and intending to kill her, however Angel is protecting her so Buffy punches her ex. After he ignores the first blow Buffy tries to punch him again, but Angel blocks and ''punches her.'' her''. Buffy is almost too shocked to speak, but he points out she threw the first punch, and she is stronger than him.



* AdultFear: [[spoiler: Losing your child to a kidnapper, watching the woman you love die of an illness in front of you and being powerless to help her, regaining your child (having missed his entire childhood) but having a horrible relationship with him, watching him go insane and finally cutting his throat when he goes on a murder spree, all culminating in DealWithTheDevil that will give your child a normal life in which he will have no memory of you.]] This is a fairly major theme of the series.

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* AdultFear: [[spoiler: Losing your child to a kidnapper, watching the woman you love die of an illness in front of you and being powerless to help her, regaining your child (having missed his entire childhood) but having a horrible relationship with him, watching him go insane and finally cutting his throat when he goes on a murder spree, all culminating in DealWithTheDevil that will give your child a normal life in which he will have no memory of you.]] you]]. This is a fairly major theme of the series.



-->'''Cordelia:''' [[UnreliableNarrator Let me break it down for you,]] [[MysteriousWaif Fred.]] ''[ChewingTheScenery]'' Oh, ''Angel!'' I know that I am a Slayer, and you are a vampire, and it would be ''[[StarCrossedLovers impossible]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers for us to]] ''[[StarCrossedLovers be]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers together]], but--

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-->'''Cordelia:''' [[UnreliableNarrator Let me break it down for you,]] you]], [[MysteriousWaif Fred.]] Fred]]. ''[ChewingTheScenery]'' Oh, ''Angel!'' I know that I am a Slayer, and you are a vampire, and it would be ''[[StarCrossedLovers impossible]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers for us to]] ''[[StarCrossedLovers be]]'' [[StarCrossedLovers together]], but--



** The IDW writers behind ''After the Fall'' weren't thrilled at the people responsible for [[Creator/DarkHorseComics Dark Horse]]'s ''Buffy'' comic for their revelation that [[spoiler:Angel is Twilight.]] So much so, they've created promo pictures for their new Spike series wherein Spike [[spoiler:burns a Twilight mask with a caption reading, "''He'' definitely isn't Twilight."]]

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** The IDW writers behind ''After the Fall'' weren't thrilled at the people responsible for [[Creator/DarkHorseComics Dark Horse]]'s ''Buffy'' comic for their revelation that [[spoiler:Angel is Twilight.]] Twilight]]. So much so, they've created promo pictures for their new Spike series wherein Spike [[spoiler:burns a Twilight mask with a caption reading, "''He'' definitely isn't Twilight."]]



** Also, Daniel Holtz, who almost manages to destroy Team Angel by using time travel, bombs, crossbow bolts, stakes, knives, vampires, swords, demons, members of the team and Angel's ''own son,'' just because Angel ''pissed him off'' over two hundred years ago.

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** Also, Daniel Holtz, who almost manages to destroy Team Angel by using time travel, bombs, crossbow bolts, stakes, knives, vampires, swords, demons, members of the team and Angel's ''own son,'' son'', just because Angel ''pissed him off'' over two hundred years ago.



* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Played with when a blade is found that can actually kill the Beast. In the battle the Beast blocks every attack and seems to take no actual damage despite the Beast saying that it stings. The Beast blocks the sword and breaks it eventually. Angel kills him by getting a piece around his guard and into his head. [[spoiler:Then the whole thing was revealed to be a dream of Angel's, making its use dubious.]]

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* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Played with when a blade is found that can actually kill the Beast. In the battle the Beast blocks every attack and seems to take no actual damage despite the Beast saying that it stings. The Beast blocks the sword and breaks it eventually. Angel kills him by getting a piece around his guard and into his head. [[spoiler:Then the whole thing was revealed to be a dream of Angel's, making its use dubious.]]dubious]].



* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Angel being asked if he knows ''Dungeons & Dragons.'' "Sure, I've seen a few."

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* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Angel being asked if he knows ''Dungeons & Dragons.'' Dragons''. "Sure, I've seen a few."



* BrassBalls: Lindsay calls Angel a vampire "with big brass testes" after he reveals his plan to go after [[spoiler: The Circle of the Black Thorn.]]

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* BrassBalls: Lindsay calls Angel a vampire "with big brass testes" after he reveals his plan to go after [[spoiler: The Circle of the Black Thorn.]]Thorn]].



* BreakTheCutie: Fred. Somewhat [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in that she comes to the show when she's already thoroughly broken and spends the next three seasons becoming a capable, confident and occasionally badass woman. [[spoiler: Then she dies horribly. Worse, her soul is turned to ash in the fires of rebirth to bring forth Illyria. Yup, there's no Afterlife for her. Even for a Whedon show that's harsh.]]
** [[spoiler: Well, the "no afterlife" part is debatable, given that in the series finale, Illyria tells Wesley as he's dying that he'll be with Fred again soon.]]
*** This is what we would call a [[LetThemDieHappy comforting]] [[EmptyPromise lie.]]
-->'''Illyria''' [[spoiler: You'll be dead within minutes.]] Would you like me to lie to you now?

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* BreakTheCutie: Fred. Somewhat [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in that she comes to the show when she's already thoroughly broken and spends the next three seasons becoming a capable, confident and occasionally badass woman. [[spoiler: Then she dies horribly. Worse, her soul is turned to ash in the fires of rebirth to bring forth Illyria. Yup, there's no Afterlife for her. Even for a Whedon show that's harsh.]]
harsh]].
** [[spoiler: Well, the "no afterlife" part is debatable, given that in the series finale, Illyria tells Wesley as he's dying that he'll be with Fred again soon.]]
soon]].
*** This is what we would call a [[LetThemDieHappy comforting]] [[EmptyPromise lie.]]
lie]].
-->'''Illyria''' [[spoiler: You'll be dead within minutes.]] minutes]]. Would you like me to lie to you now?



** [[spoiler:In an interview, Amy Acker claimed [[WordOfGod Whedon]] would have brought Fred back or had Illyria regain more of Fred's memories if the [[WhatMightHaveBeen series had a sixth season]].]]

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** [[spoiler:In an interview, Amy Acker claimed [[WordOfGod Whedon]] would have brought Fred back or had Illyria regain more of Fred's memories if the [[WhatMightHaveBeen series had a sixth season]].]]season]]]].



** In season two Angel has a fear of singing, but left with no other options he butchers the power ballad ''Mandy'' at a karaoke club so the owner will help him. When Faith drugs Angelus in season four he is forced to watch a flashback of him listening to the song on a jukebox. He can't stand it, while Faith finds it hilarious that he has a jonsing for the song. [[OldShame Then lets slip about attending concerts.]]

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** In season two Angel has a fear of singing, but left with no other options he butchers the power ballad ''Mandy'' at a karaoke club so the owner will help him. When Faith drugs Angelus in season four he is forced to watch a flashback of him listening to the song on a jukebox. He can't stand it, while Faith finds it hilarious that he has a jonsing for the song. [[OldShame Then lets slip about attending concerts.]]concerts]].



* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Good job defeating Jasmine, Angel! Now you have to deal with your [[spoiler: insane son,]] your [[spoiler: comatose girlfriend,]] the elimination of any possibility of world peace and the return of Wolfram & Hart.

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Good job defeating Jasmine, Angel! Now you have to deal with your [[spoiler: insane son,]] son]], your [[spoiler: comatose girlfriend,]] girlfriend]], the elimination of any possibility of world peace and the return of Wolfram & Hart.



* ButtMonkey: [[spoiler:Wesley in later seasons, though played entirely for drama.]]

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* ButtMonkey: [[spoiler:Wesley in later seasons, though played entirely for drama.]]drama]].



* CerebusCallback: In "A Hole In The World", there is a RunningGag early on about the characters arguing on who would win in a fight -- cavemen or astronauts. Towards the end of the episode [[spoiler:as Fred lies dying, infected with the spirit of an ancient demon,]] she whispers "cavemen win, cavemen always win" as a reference to [[spoiler:the plot parallel of their modern technologies being unable to stop the ancient demon.]]

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* CerebusCallback: In "A Hole In The World", there is a RunningGag early on about the characters arguing on who would win in a fight -- cavemen or astronauts. Towards the end of the episode [[spoiler:as Fred lies dying, infected with the spirit of an ancient demon,]] demon]], she whispers "cavemen win, cavemen always win" as a reference to [[spoiler:the plot parallel of their modern technologies being unable to stop the ancient demon.]]demon]].



* CommutingOnABus: Cordelia [[spoiler: pretty much stops regularly appearing from season 3, episode 14 to her final episode in season 5. First she's on vacation with Groo, then she becomes a higher power, then she spends most of a season controlled by Jasmine until she gives "birth" to her, and then remains in a coma until she passes before the end of the series.]]

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* CommutingOnABus: Cordelia [[spoiler: pretty much stops regularly appearing from season 3, episode 14 to her final episode in season 5. First she's on vacation with Groo, then she becomes a higher power, then she spends most of a season controlled by Jasmine until she gives "birth" to her, and then remains in a coma until she passes before the end of the series.]]series]].



* ConvenientComa: Somewhat subverted, however, in that it's revealed [[spoiler: Cordelia ''never'' came out of her coma when she died and it was probably her spirit (or [[InMysteriousWays something]]) that helped Angel.]]
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Wesley shows up in town the episode after [[spoiler:Doyle is killed.]]

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* ConvenientComa: Somewhat subverted, however, in that it's revealed [[spoiler: Cordelia ''never'' came out of her coma when she died and it was probably her spirit (or [[InMysteriousWays something]]) that helped Angel.]]
Angel]].
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Wesley shows up in town the episode after [[spoiler:Doyle is killed.]]killed]].



* DarkActionGirl: Faith starts out like this, gets a HeelFaceTurn, and [[HellBentForLeather keeps the wardrobe.]]

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* DarkActionGirl: Faith starts out like this, gets a HeelFaceTurn, and [[HellBentForLeather keeps the wardrobe.]]wardrobe]].



* DarkIsNotEvil: Angel is probably the best example, but Skip also qualifies. [[spoiler: Until his sudden yet inevitable betrayal.]]

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Angel is probably the best example, but Skip also qualifies. [[spoiler: Until his sudden yet inevitable betrayal.]]betrayal]].



* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Lampshaded yet played straight with Spike, and then averted to hell and back with [[spoiler: Fred.]]

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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Lampshaded yet played straight with Spike, and then averted to hell and back with [[spoiler: Fred.]]Fred]].



* {{Depower}}: Twice, with [[spoiler: ascended Cordelia and Illyria, who got hit a second time.]]

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* {{Depower}}: Twice, with [[spoiler: ascended Cordelia and Illyria, who got hit a second time.]]time]].



* DoNotTauntCthulhu: "[[TooDumbToLive Take your best shot little girl.]]"

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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: "[[TooDumbToLive Take your best shot little girl.]]"girl]]."



** The Season 5 episode "You're Welcome." Cordelia, awakened from her mystical coma by the Powers-that-Be, returns to the fold, flabbergasted by the team running Wolfram & Hart and the fact that [[spoiler: nobody remembers Connor.]] After foiling Lindsey and Eve's plot, the crew decides to go for a drink. Cordy stays behind to have a heart-to-heart with Angel. She tells him she can't stay, and she's proud of him for getting his fire back. After a kiss "for the road," [[spoiler: Angel gets a call, during which Cordelia disappears. The call reveals that Cordelia apparently never awakened from the coma, and had in fact just died.]]

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** The Season 5 episode "You're Welcome." Cordelia, awakened from her mystical coma by the Powers-that-Be, returns to the fold, flabbergasted by the team running Wolfram & Hart and the fact that [[spoiler: nobody remembers Connor.]] Connor]]. After foiling Lindsey and Eve's plot, the crew decides to go for a drink. Cordy stays behind to have a heart-to-heart with Angel. She tells him she can't stay, and she's proud of him for getting his fire back. After a kiss "for the road," [[spoiler: Angel gets a call, during which Cordelia disappears. The call reveals that Cordelia apparently never awakened from the coma, and had in fact just died.]]died]].



** Angel is forgiven by the next episode after Wes finds out that he wiped everyone's memories of Connor. Probably because Wes realized that Angel was keeping Connor a secret ''for'' him, not ''from'' him - [[spoiler:Wesley kidnapped Angel's son, accidentally making it easy for Connor to be kidnapped by the man that took Connor to hell with him... MyGodWhatHaveIDone, in spades.]]

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** Angel is forgiven by the next episode after Wes finds out that he wiped everyone's memories of Connor. Probably because Wes realized that Angel was keeping Connor a secret ''for'' him, not ''from'' him - [[spoiler:Wesley kidnapped Angel's son, accidentally making it easy for Connor to be kidnapped by the man that took Connor to hell with him... MyGodWhatHaveIDone, in spades.]]spades]].



* EnemyWithin: Angelus, but arguably ''everyone'' falls victim to this trope. Even [[TheChick Lorne.]]

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* EnemyWithin: Angelus, but arguably ''everyone'' falls victim to this trope. Even [[TheChick Lorne.]]Lorne]].



* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Part of [[DarkMessiah Jasmine]]'s schtick. Her solution? [[spoiler: Turn everyone into smiling, obedient slaves.]]

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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Part of [[DarkMessiah Jasmine]]'s schtick. Her solution? [[spoiler: Turn everyone into smiling, obedient slaves.]]slaves]].
7th Jan '14 11:07:26 AM JBK405
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* DawsonCasting: Cordelia. This worked fairly well on ''Buffy'', but by the second season of ''Angel'', Creator/CharismaCarpenter was in her 30s, while Cordelia was supposed to be 20, and it showed. This is all the more noticeable after Fred joined the cast. If you do the math, Fred should be four or five years older than Cordelia, yet Creator/AmyAcker was six years younger than Carpenter.

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* DawsonCasting: Cordelia. This worked fairly well on ''Buffy'', but by the second season of ''Angel'', Creator/CharismaCarpenter was in her 30s, while Cordelia was supposed to be 20, and it showed. This is all the more noticeable after Fred joined the cast. If you do the math, Fred should be four or five years older than Cordelia, yet Creator/AmyAcker was six years younger than Carpenter. They made a point of never explicitly stating Cordelia's age in the entire series, only once having somebody refer to her as "twenty-something."
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* AccusationFic: ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a '''''canon example''''' of this trope as one of its later-season episodes. In the Season 5 episode "Damage", Angel and crew get called out by ''Andrew Welles'' of all people for the (if you think about it) [=WTF?!?=] move of taking over (and possibly being corrupted by) Wolfram & Hart and the resources the evil law firm provides.
-->'''Andrew Welles:''' (to Angel) "News flash -- nobody in our camp trusts you anymore. Nobody. You work for Wolfram & Hart. Don't fool yourself... we're not on the same side."

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* AccusationFic: ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a '''''canon example''''' of this trope as one of its later-season episodes. In the Season 5 episode "Damage", Angel and crew get called out by ''Andrew Welles'' Wells'' of all people for the (if you think about it) [=WTF?!?=] move of taking over (and possibly being corrupted by) Wolfram & Hart and the resources the evil law firm provides.
-->'''Andrew Welles:''' -->'''Andrew:''' (to Angel) "News flash -- nobody in our camp trusts you anymore. Nobody. You work for Wolfram & Hart. Don't fool yourself... we're not on the same side."
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* TheDisembodied: Spike for the first half of Season 5.
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