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

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* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: On three separate occasions, Cordelia's body has been used to grow demons, demon babies and demon messiahs.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Skip]] and, later, [[spoiler: Knox]].
* FacialCompositeFailure: Just as Kate is briefing her men on Penn's composite sketch, Penn [[WalkInChimeIn waltzes through the door]] and starts complaining about the poor likeness.
** This is actually an averted trope since Kate was handed the sketch by Angel, who can [[SuperIdentikit draw anyone from memory]].
* FailedASpotCheck: In "Sonmambulist", Wesley enters Angel Investigations' office with their mail -- a transparent pretext for Wesley to start trolling for work. He remarks on how he, Angel, and Cordelia make a great team:
-->'''Wesley:''' Yes, most effective. your cryptic visions, Angel's brawn, my highly developed powers of deduction--
-->'''Cordy:''' This isn't our mail.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Illyria taunting Angel by asking if, since he values humans so much, he's willing to defend [[spoiler:Knox]] -- the man responsible for [[spoiler:Fred]]'s death. Angel sets his jaw and prepares a PatrickStewartSpeech.
-->'''Angel:''' And if it comes down to a choice between you and him, then yes, I would fight for his life, just like any other human's. Because that's what people do. That's what makes us—- [Wesley shoots Knox dead.] ...Were you [[NotListeningToMeAreYou even listening?]]
** Speaking of Wes, this trope would often befall him in his early Season 1 episodes (as he was still getting over his status as ButtMonkey on [[Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer Buffy]]). This could prove HilariousInHindsight ([[FunnyAneurysmMoment or Harsh]]), when one considers how, by the end of the show's run, he becomes one of the more [[KickTheDog tragic]], [[CharacterDevelopment developed members]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse of the ensemble]] [[spoiler: culminating in his HeroicSacrifice in the GrandFinale]].
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Angel's quest for redemption. As he tells Faith, "[[TheAtoner Our time is never up]]."
** Wolfram & Hart can't be defeated, because evil will always exist somewhere. Killing their employees is just as fruitless as they continue working for the firm in Hell, and are [[ReplacementMooks easily replaced]] anyway.
** By the series finale, the Shanshu Prophecy remains unresolved.
** In ''After the Fall'', Angel is revealed to have [[spoiler: turned human through an act of spite by the Senior Partners, depriving him of his powers when he needs them most]]. Worse yet, Angel receives a vision of the role he will play in the Apocalypse that earns him his Shanshu destiny: [[spoiler:It indicates that Angel will be fighting on the side of evil]].
* FaintingSeer: Cordy and Doyle tend to suffer from this.
* FakeMemories: Given to [[RealityWarper everyone]] at the end of Season 4, regarding Connor.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Angel and Fred do this while trying to avoid Jasmine's followers. [[OhCrap It doesn't work]].
* FakeStatic: Calling his old contacts in order to locate Angel ("In the Dark") has the added consequence of stirring up Doyle's creditors. Eventually, Doyle starts resorting to the 'wrong number' trick.
-->'''Doyle:''' ''([[FakeAmerican Nasally]] accent)'' House of Pies.
* FakeDefector: Angel earns himself a spiffy S.S. unform by pretending to murder Doyle, thus allowing him to join the ranks of the Scourge.
** Wesley is confronted in a bar by his former colleagues from England, who approach him with an offer to rejoin the Watcher's Council -- if he helps apprehend Faith. Wesley seems to go along with the plan, but later reveals that he's going to try and undermine their efforts.
** Harmony going undercover to infiltrate a motivational seminar for vampires. Subverted when she promptly [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder defects for real]].
* FallenHero: Oh, how about [[spoiler: Angel, Gunn, Wesley, Cordelia, Connor]] and ''half of frickin' L.A.''
* FantasticDrug: After performing an autopsy on the body of a dead Kwaini, Wesley reports that was on drugs; more specifically, a mystical concoction not unlike street PCP. The drug not only made the normally-peaceful Kwaini demon violent, but also enhanced its strength. Angel is concerned that the drug might have the same effect on an already-powerful battle demon ("The Prodigal").
** While combing the city for Angelus, Wesley and Faith enters an opium den where women shoot up a mystical drug, then allow vampires to drink their blood (but not kill them). The drug's influence is a powerful one for both parties. In a ThanatosGambit twist, [[spoiler: when Faith pockets one of the syringes to use on herself, thereby knocking both herself ''and'' Angelus unconscious when he tries to feed on her]].
** Note: Faith purposely overdoses to keep him out long enough (and she's most likely still a bit suicidal).
* FantasticFragility: The Mohra's regenerative blood ensures that he can never be permanently killed. Unless you smack the jewel in his forehead.
** The Beast is a particularly strong demon with a rock-like hide, able to shrug off even shotgun blasts (Angel tries [[GoForTheEye going for the eye]], but gets [[ImpromptuTracheotomy stabbed in the neck with his own stake]] for the trouble). He doesn't fare as well against Angelus, though; he stabs The Beast InTheBack with the knife he had carved out of his own bones as a tribute to his master.
* FantasticRacism: Examined with regard to demons throughout the show's run. Best embodied by Lorne, who is living proof that pacifist demons do exist.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Pylea.
* FantasyKitchenSink: In L.A., you'll find everything from Egyptian sun deities to vampire lords.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Dr. Royce who is turned into a werewolf and taken away to be eaten alive. Probably averted though, as the next scene has them discussing how they shut down the restaurant that wanted to do this. They let Royce be taken away because at the time it was just a few of them surrounded by guards. Once they got back to their interdimensional superfirm the power dynamic changed.
** Illyria's takeover annihilated [[spoiler:Fred]]'s soul. Girl can't even go to FluffyCloudHeaven.
*** Allegedly.
*** Verified by Illyria in the Season Six comics. There's nothing left no matter how much everybody (including, oddly, the God-King) wishes. Just the memory of who she was.
*** [[spoiler: Fred's personality and memories (which, in a very real sense, is what humans ''are'') are part of Illyria's "shell" as Illyria comments several times. The idea was that the remnants of Fred's would take on a semi-independent life of their own and sometimes control the shared body]].
* FauxAffablyEvil Once he's revealed as one of the bad guys, [[spoiler: Skip]].
** Holland Manners.
** Marcus Hamilton, most definitely.
* FigureItOutYourself: Cordelia to Angel, when she wakes from her coma to help him get back on track.
* FingerInTheMail: Subverted in "The Ring". Darin [=McNamara=] implores Angel to save his brother from loan sharks, verifying his story with a severed finger. However, when we finally meet Jack, all ten of his digits are in tip-top shape.
* FinishHim: The audience in "The Ring" chants "KILLING BLOW" when a contestant is on the ropes.
* FiveFingerDiscount:
-->'''Wesley:''' Where'd you get the police radio?
-->'''Angel:''' Police car.
* FiveManBand: Lampshaded by Fred in "Fredless", right down to naming Wesley as "the brain", Gun as "the muscle", and Cordy as "the heart". Later [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] by an incresingly-embittered Gunn ("Guise Will Be Guise"), who resents being the dumb muscle of the group. This gets inverted in Season Five with Gunn's [[NeuralImplanting neural implant]], then [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]] [[spoiler: in the series finale, when he rejects those abilities and returns to his old streetfighting persona]].
** TheHero: Angel
*** During the last third of season two, Wesley and Angel tag-team as Hero and Lancer, trading off levels of importance from episode to episode. Wes holds the role throughout the three-part season finale, though.
** TheLancer: Originally Doyle, replaced by Wesley who doubled as TheSmartGuy. Spike when he showed up in season 5.
** TheSmartGuy: Wesley and Fred
** TheBigGuy: Gunn
** TheChick: Cordelia, also possibly Lorne.
** [[SixthRanger The Sixth Ranger]]: Spike
** TheHeart: Cordelia, later Fred
*** Cordelia could also be construed as the Lancer. Her more down-to-earth perspective contrasts nicely to Angel's anguished ideals on several occasions.
* FixingTheGame: Angel loses his destiny to a rigged magic gambling thing. Cordy saves him by nudging a slot machine so he wins.
* {{Flashback}}: Usually to the bad ol' days of Angelus.
** Done quite well in the episode "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been", set in the early 1950s.
* FlechetteStorm: What happens to people who trespass into Maude's apartment ("Rm w/a Vu").
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: UpToEleven on the british DVD boxsets, where the covers tend to be floating busts but ''every single disc has a floating Angel head''. All doing the same "Am I brooding or did I leave the iron on?" face, but ''separate images''. You get the camera team got drunk and did a giant photoshoot of this one expression at different angles, then realized they had to do ''something'' with it.
* FoeCooties: Angel never liked Buffy having new boyfriends but was particularly bothered by her sleeping with his long-time rival Spike. A flashback in the Angel series revealed that The Immortal, a former nemesis of both Angelus and Spikes, had sex with both their girlfriends ''at the same time''.
* FootDraggingDivorcee: Doyle's wife shows up with her new fiancé so that she can finalize their divorce. Doyle is naturally mopey, since the only reason she left him was because he found out he was half-demon. [[spoiler:Except that it turns out the new guy is ''also'' a demon, forcing Doyle to confront his own personal problems]].
* ForegoneConclusion: Come on, did you really think that [[spoiler: Connor would be allowed to stay with Angel and grow up in a nice, semi-functional family?]] Difficulties of [[spoiler: filming infants and small children]] aside, this is ''Angel''. Only perfect happiness can actually lose him his soul, but there's no clause specifying that he can't be eternally miserable.
* ForgotAboutTheMindReader: The morning after Doyle's rescue of Cordelia from a pack of vampires, she catches him reenacting his gallantry in front of a mirror.
-->"[[IncrediblyLamePun Fangs for the memories]], vamp-man!"
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Deconstructed in "Hero". An adolescent demon shares with Doyle his memories of being going out on Halloween with his mom -- the one night of the year he was permitted to play with other children. He's pretty bitter about it.
* ForInconveniencePressOne: Angel's testing of the Wolfram & Hart phone directory.
* [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith A Form You Are (Un)comfortable With]]: The Conduit.
* ForcedPrizeFight: "The Ring". The promoters keep their stable of demon fighters in line by fastening [[ExplosiveLeash electrified bracelets]] to them. Anybody who steps outside the cordoned areas gets [[NoBodyLeftBehind turned to ash]].
* FriendsRentControl: Angel either managed to get a sweetheart deal on the Hyperion, or (more likely) applied for a preservation grant and got it listed as an historic building.
** There was the suitcase full of cash that was never mentioned again, plus the Hyperion was long-deserted.
* FreudianSlip: Still raw from Doyle's [[spoiler:death]], Angel snaps at Cordelia and Wesley to stop bickering -- and achieves total silence by inadvertently calling Wesley "Doyle". ("I've Got You Under My Skin")
* FriendlyEnemy: Boone in "Blood Money".
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: The team pay a visit to Koreatown earlier in "PartingGifts".
** Showcased in "That Vision Thing", though the locals are decidedly ''un''friendly this time around.
* FriendToAllChildren: Angel is definitely a kid person. Pity about Season 3...
* FromBadToWorse: Connor is seduced by [[spoiler: Jasmine-posessed Cordelia]] during what looks like the end of the world and brainwashed into believing she loves him and that he must protect their love child [[spoiler: which is actually Jasmine]].
** He spends a great deal of time believing [[TheDragon The Beast's]] emergence and the mayhem and slaughter which ensues is his fault because The Beast rose on the exact spot he was born. [[spoiler: Jasmine]] planned it that way, but it wasn't his fault.
** Also at the end of "The Magic Bullet" it is revealed that [[spoiler: he was never brain-washed by Jasmine and was following her of his own volition]].
** In "Home" he holds a store full of people hostage with a bunch of explosive devices, likely in an attempt to [[SuicideByCop make Angel kill him]].
* FurAgainstFang: Averted. Angel has no problem dating a werewolf in Season 5 (well, no problems with her lycanthropy, at least). Connor lampshades the kinkiness of this arrangement.
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* GambitRoulette: Nearly everything that happened in seasons 2, 3, and 4 are {{retcon}}ned to have been a ''massive'' GambitRoulette all along.
** And then there was that time it snowed in Sunnydale. Hmmm...
** Don't forget that we never got a real answer as to why Angel was allowed to return from hell that one time (Also in ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'').
* GameChanger: In the fourth season, the BigBad of the season, Jasmine, had brainwashed masses tracking down the heroes and they had no idea how to fight back. They even mention that they needed a break somehow. Traveling in the sewers they come across a demon from another dimension who claims to have loved Jasmine first, and Angel travels to that dimension to find out something more about her.
* GameFace: Vampires and other part-demon creatures tend to have one. [[spoiler: Even Puppet!Angel has one]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Upon discovering that Cordelia has suddenly turned heavily pregnant, Angel instructs Wesley to take her for an ultrasound to see exactly what they're dealing with. Wes misunderstands this.
-->'''Angel''': I want you to see what's inside her.
-->'''Wesley:''' I BEG YOUR PARDON?"
** Cordelia toys with the idea of becoming David Nabbit's wealthy mistress for a while. "I like David. It's such a-- strong, masculine name. It just [[FreudianSlip feels good in your mouth]]."
*** May or may not be a writer snarking at the lead actor.
** Wesley provides several synonyms for "private investigator," including dick. Gunn tells him to never use that term again.
** Season 4 also has Cordelia's quip in 'Spin the Bottle', upon hearing that teenage Wesley was "Head Boy" at academy.
--> "Wonder how you got ''that'' name."
*** In the same episode, Fred shares her theory of aliens, and doing "whatever they wanted to [her] naked helpless body". Cue [[SomethingElseAlsoRises Wesley's wrist blade spontaneously extending]].
** Gunn shifting uncomfortably in his seat after a kiss with Fred. His face is ''priceless''.
** In ''Waiting in the Wings'', while Angel and Cordelia are trying to get out of a mystical room that's making them fool around:
-->'''Cordelia:''' Open the door!
-->'''Angel:''' Kinda hard.
-->'''Cordelia:''' Kinda noticed.
** And then when they finally get out:
-->'''Cordelia:''' Good thing it wears off right away, huh?
-->'''Angel:''' Yeah. ''(Takes off jacket and folds it in front of his pants)''
** Pretty much every other thing Angelus says is this.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: Residents of the Oden-Tal dimension live in a patriarchal society where the women are all [[SexSlave enslaved]]. The male warriors, known as Vigories, remove the "ko" from each female to temper their sexual energy and make them more pliable. [insert female circumcision allegory here]
* TheGhost: [[PowersThatBe TPTB]]
* {{Ghostapo}}: "Why We Fight" details the Nazis' foray into building a vampire army.
* GiganticGulp: Demon!Cordelia chugging Angel's fridge blood.
-->'''Angel:''' I don't think I've ever realized just how disgusting that is.
** Another demon possessee, in the form of one Philip J. Spivey, attacking a slushee stand.
* GirlsBehindBars Angel Shows [[spoiler: Faith]] in jail a few times. Mostly it's the visitor's room, complete with telephones and a window, but there is a prison fight between two inmates in the yard. There is no fetishizing of the prison, mostly it looks like depictions of male prisons but with the inmates having longer hair.

* GladiatorRevolt: The ending to "The Ring".
* {{Glamour}}
* GoodIsDumb: Wesley. The craftiest member of the group also happens to be the most amoral and paranoid. Who would have thought?
** Gunn's neural implant in Season Five. As would be expected, he's rabidly protective of his new skill set, leading to his downfall.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: The Powers That Screw You (™Fred). Or, alternatively, The Powers That Sit on Their Ass (™Gunn).
** Even Angel is at times unsure about whether the PTB care about his mission, though subtle hints are dropped that this isn't the case.
* GoGoEnslavement: Cordelia, immediately upon landing in Pylea.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: Lilah ends up joining Angel Investigations (sort of) after the rest of the firm is slaughtered by The Beast. Subverted when [[spoiler:Cordy stabs her in the neck]]. So much for that.
* GoodGuyBar / TruceZone: Caritas caters to good, neutral and evil folks, be they human or non-human. Popular for the drinks and the psychic karaoke. If only people would [[LoopholeAbuse stop finding loopholes]] to circumvent the magical wards enforcing the neutrality agreement.
* GoodIsNotNice: Every member of Team Angel proves this time and again.
* GoodParents: Roger and Trish Burkle. While they started out seeming menacing - managing to make Fred almost run away from the Hyperion simply by being mentioned - the episode reveals that they're actually kind, caring and wholesome people. The problem is that if they're part of Fred's new world, it's real. All the horrible things that happened to her were real too, when she tried to hard to convince herself it wasn't.
** It's very telling that the rest of the group are stunned and jealous when it turns out normal parents (AKA Fred's) do exist.
** The Burkles' sheer niceness comes back to bite Wesley in the ass later, when he finds himself unable to tell them that [[spoiler:Fred's been killed and re-inhabited by a demon queen]].
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Collins, one of the Watcher's Council operatives sent in to extract to Faith, looks downright sinister as he's puffing on a cig.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal
* GrandFinale: The series finale is arguably a cross between ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', where instead of finding some MacGuffin to stop the Senior Partners and the unstoppable apocalypse, Team Angel decides to [[spoiler: piss them off so royally and offering one last really audacious and futile gesture of defiance by assassinating every member of the Circle of the Black Thorn]].
* GrandTheftMe: Marcus stealing Angel's body. Also, [[spoiler:Illyria taking over Fred's body in the fifth season]].
* GrapplingHookPistol: While attempting to escape a locked room with Kate in tow, Angel fires one of these at a suspension beam....[[NegatedMomentOfAwesome causing it to snap and collapse]]. Kate decides it would be quicker to just ShootOutTheLock instead.
** While making the rounds of Wolfram & Hart ("Home"), Wesley punches out his tour guide, then latches onto the ceiling using a wrist-mounted grappling hook that was concealed [[NothingUpMySleeve under his sleeve]]. ''ZZZIP!''
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: Wolfram & Hart's source books. Well, they ''seemed'' pretty nifty in 2004, before the Kindle.
** Wesley's library of tomes.
** Inverted in Season Four, when an exhaustive scan of his books fails to dredge up any mention of The Beast. Later, Lilah forks over a duplicate copy of one of Wesley's books -- this one, however, has an entry on The Beast earmarked. Explanation? "I got mine from ''way'' out of town." (i.e. an alternate dimension).
* GrievousHarmWithABody: After Knox is gunned down, Illyria shows her lack of regard by kicking his corpse at Wesley.
* GroinKick: Cordelia momentarily staves off Barney by grabbing her head in pain, pretending to have a vision which involves him. Barney, now concerned, asks if she's envisioning him in great danger. "'''Pain'''." she replies, before kneeing him square in the crotch.
* GrumpyOldMan: Trevor Lockley. "In my day we didn't need any damn sensitivity."
** Angel veers into this at times, which is understandable given the weird locale he's in.
-->"I'm not cheap, I'm just old. I remember when [[YeGoodeOldeDays a few bob]] got you a good meal, a bottle, ''and'' a tavern wench."
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] by Wesley in "The Ring". Wes dodges a security guard at XXI with the help of Cordy, who pretends to have gotten lost on the way to the Ladies Room.
* GunsAkimbo: Wesley, on occasion.
** Gunn used this on the Scourge during the "Only Human" Arc of ''After the Fall''. It's as awesome as it sounds.
** Wes has some seriously badarse guns-akimbo moments; by the end of Season 5, it's in the intro.
** Spoofed when Wesley does his two-gun thing instead of leaving one of his pistols with an unarmed Fred, much to her annoyance.
* GunsAreUseless: Despite being incredibly badass, Wesley's JohnWoo routine rarely works. Illyria drops the bullets Matrix-style, [[spoiler: Skip]]'s carapace seems to be bullet proof, and the Beast seemed more amused than hurt. Of course, in all three examples, it's not just the guns that are useless.
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* HalfHumanHybrid: A great number of demons (Doyle included) are some variation of this, causing no small consternation on the part of "purebloods" who wish to [[FantasticRacism preserve the genetic line]].
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The first half of season 2 was about Angel trying to stop Wolfram & Hart's plan with Darla. He succeeds but he fires his team in the process and he tries to win them back for the rest of the season.
* HalfTruth: Wesley's myriad of excuses for why he can't return to England.
** Angel and Wesley grasping for positive things to say about Cordy's acting debut.
-->'''Wesley:''' Well, your...projection was excellent.
-->'''Angel:''' Yeah. I could hear every word and we were way in the back.
-->'''Cordy:''' Okay, so I was ''loud''. But was I any good?
-->'''Wesley:''' You -- took the role and made it your own!
-->'''Cordy:''' Really? Thanks! Angel, was I good?
-->'''Angel:''' I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t think so.
-->'''Cordy:''' Thanks! [beat] You ''didn’t'' say it.
** Cordelia getting caught out in trying to dupe Angel & Wesley into taking on a divorce case. "According to the husband, the wife's a ''real witch''!"
* HandshakeRefusal: Cordelia introduces herself to the [[AffablyEvil friendly but corrupt]] lawyer Eve. When Eve begins to introduce herself in turn, Cordelia interrupts her, saying, "I didn't ask."
* HandsOffMyFluffy: In "Judgment".
* HangoverSensitivity: In "In the Dark", Doyle starts wishing for one of those head-cracking, brain-splitting visions to hit him. ..Because it would pale in comparison to his hangover.
* HappyFunBall: The "Nest Egg", a giant smiling egg containing the souls of ''Smile Time'''s young viewers. Angel is transformed into a puppet by the Egg's energy discharge.
* [[HauntedHouse Haunted Apartment]]: Cordelia rents one.
* HauntedHeadquarters: Cordelia's apartment, the Hyperion Hotel, and (of course) Wolfram & Hart.
** That last one had an episode dedicated to all of the lost souls in the building. "High-risk employment", indeed.
* HappyDance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycFqzNxiTwY Numfar! Do the Dance of Joy!]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Lorne. The character encompasses many aspects of a [[CampGay stereotypically gay]] man; and he smirks upon mentioning Angel in leather pants. However he later says that the reason he never lived up to the expectations of his ProudWarriorRace is because he was "hanging by the well and chatting up the senoritas". Andy Hallet explained Lorne's sexuality as being closer to omnisexual (figuratively speaking), since he "loves ''all'' humans."
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: Zig-zagged with Doyle, who claims that the awakening of his demonic side caused the collapse of his marriage. In actual fact, his wife Harrie came to accept his demon heritage, even becoming an ethnodemonologist, someone who studies demonic cultures. When Doyle withdrew from their relationship, Harrie became engaged to Richard, another demon-human hybrid.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: One of Angel's less-inspired disguises ("Sense & Sensitivity").
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Trevor Lockley's fate, after he starts asking a few too many questions about his associates.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Holtz became as dangerous and as likely to cross the MoralEventHorizon as vampires.
* HesBack: "Epiphany" and "You're Welcome".
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Wesley's reaction to some blackmail photos of his client's antics at a demon brothel. When Angel points out that he's looking at the picture upside-down, Wes almost faints.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:Lilah]]. Arguably.
** Arguably not even a villain per se, but rather simply obedient to whomever had any degree of real power. When [[spoiler:Angel is given control of the L.A. branch of W&H, her post-death]] reaction to "what might have been" is practically face-painted.
** [[spoiler:Lindsey]], to his chagrin. Mostly a case of Angel invoking this before he can [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor switch sides again]].
* HellBentForLeather: Evil Faith looks delicious in her black leather pants ("Five By Five").
** The trio of evil Watchers (Collins, Weatherby, and Smith) are each wearing matching leather jackets.
** "[[RogueAgent Rogue demon hunter]]" Wesley -- but he stops because the pants chaff his crotch.
** And of course Angelus, as lampshaded by Lorne and Cordelia.
* HellHotel: The Hyperion from the 1950s until Team Angel moves in.
* {{Hellevator}}: Complete with obnoxious GenreMotif/EasyListening music.
* HellishPupils: Tom Cribb, a reptilian cage fighter in "The Ring".
* HeroAntagonist: Buffy shows up to assassinate Faith, and doesn't much care that Angel's trying to redeem her. It gets so bad that Buffy attacks Angel to get to Faith, and at the end Angel tells her to fuck off home.
* HeroicBSOD: Angel suffers from one of these in Pylea upon seeing the true form of his vampiric face (in his normal dimension even vampires as old as the Master haven't manifested the full horror of a vampire's true face).
* HeroicSacrifice: Doyle in series 1.
** [[spoiler: Wesley]] in the final episode.
** Then in Season 5, Angel and Spike ''argue'' over who gets to be the Heroic Sacrifice.
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Darla]]
* HeroicTeamRevolt: Self-inflicted in the second season. Angel kicks the team out and when he changes his mind has to go to lengths to get them back on his side.
* HerrDoktor: Dr. Fetvanovich, from Wolfram & Hart's satellite office in the Balkans.
* HiddenDepths: Watch the first few episodes of ''Buffy'', then watch "You're Welcome"--Cordelia's come a ''long'' way in the course of seven years.
** The same goes for Wesley, who [[TakeaLevelinBadass took a serious level in badarse]].
** Anne Steele, the clueless vampire groupie from ''Buffy'', turns up in ''Angel'' as an idealistic social worker.
* HijackingCthulhu: One episode had a aged sorcerer who could BodySurf, and would take over younger bodies that would eventually burn out. He then hijacks Angel's body who, as an immortal vampire will never burn out. He then tries to do everything in his power to keep this new body.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: Wesley's conservative guess of the destruction caused by Illyria's implosion: Several city blocks. Angel requests an "unconservative" guess. Wes: "Rand & [=McNally=] will have to redraw their maps."
* HitMeDammit: In the episode "Billy", a HatePlague-infected Gunn orders Fred to knock him unconscious with a broken chair leg. It takes a couple of tries.
* {{Hobos}}: The Kwaini are a (supposedly) peaceful species of demons who dress up in wool clothes and hats, causing several passerby to mistake them for hobos ("The Prodigal").
** Boretz demons are a species known for their bad odor and poisonous mandibles. They have a habit of dressing up like transients to prey on homeless people ("Power Play").
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Wesley tranquilizing one of his Watcher associates with the syringe they entrusted him with in the first place.
-->'''Wesley:''' [decks Weatherby] [[AndThisIsFor That's for calling me a "ponce"]].
* HollywoodExorcism: The episodes "Rm w/a View" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are centered around exorcisms targeted at a ghost and [[DemonicPossession possessed child]], respectively.
** The latter episode turns out to be a subversion, as the demon in question wasn't responsible for the boy's crimes and in fact held no control at all; the kid was already a psycho from the start.
* HolyBurnsEvil
* HolyChild: These crop up occasionally in such episodes as "Judgement" or "Time Bomb".
* {{Homage}}: Joss has a fondness for JohnWoo movies. [[SarcasmMode Shocking, I know]]. Angel's fluttering trenchcoat, slo-mo walk, and Wesley's patented "[[LeapAndFire Leap sideways]] while [[GunsAkimbo firing two pistols]]" technique are all shout-outs.
** In ''You're Welcome'', there is a sword fight, in a cryogenic facility with billowing clouds of vapor, between an older fighter who tends to go around in a long black coat, and a younger fighter, who had his hand cut off in a previous encounter between the two, and who's just come back from [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]]. [[ReturnOfTheJedi This sounds like a scene from a popular movie we've seen]].
* HonestAdvisor: Cordelia is a no-holds barred example. Wesley fills this role in Seasons 4-5 following her departure.
** Gunn's sister, Alonna, doesn't mince words when she thinks he's being stupid. ("War Zone")
* HonestJohnsDealership: The only way to contain an Ethros demon is to trap it in a rare [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ethros Box]]. Angel gives Cordelia the address of a shop he knows downtown, Rick's Magick & Stuff; Rick, however, does not have a box carved by "blind Tibetan monks," so Cordy instead buys a discounted one made by "mute Chinese nuns." Rick warns her it might be a little "tight across the shoulders" for the Ethros ([[ThisIsGonnaSuck oh boy, this'll be fun]]). Predictably, the box is reduced to splinters when Angel and Wesley exorcise the demon into it.
* HopeSpot: If people are ever smiling on this show, brace yourself.
* HopelessAuditionees: In the wake of [[spoiler:Doyle]]'s death, Cordy auditions for a laundry detergent commercial, investing her lines with way more pathos than is called for.
-->"See? ''*sniff*'' Just spray it on, [gulps] ...and rub it in... [chokes back tears] ...and in minutes... [sobs*] ...the stain is gone. '''''[+IT'S COMPLETELY GONE!!+]'''''
* HornyDevils: When females of the Vigorie come of age, they goes through a period where their "ko" supercharges their sexual urges, which manifests as [[PlayingWithFire intense heat]] and SuperStrength. At first they can't control this power, and need to be cooled constantly in baths of ice.
** The demon hookers in "War Zone" come with fuzzy tails.
* HorribleHollywood: Often lampooned.
** Wesley laments that Illyria still thinks she's the god-king of the universe. Gunn, searching for an analogy, ends up on "TV star." Wesley replies, "No, nothing ''that'' bad." Zing!
** Angel very nearly decapitates a director who is verbally abusing Cordelia during a commercial shoot.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: One of the first signs that Darla's soul is beginning to destabilise her mental state is when Lindsay returns home and finds she's smashed up his entire apartment. When Angel's team later investigate the place, Angel immediately realises that what she was doing was destroying all the reflective surfaces in the apartment to try and avoid catching a glimpse of her own reflection.
* HowWeGotHere: "Why We Fight" begins with Angel's friends being picked off one-by-one by a well-groomed vampire. The rest of the episode consists of flashbacks to a World War II submarine, where the mystery man (Jack Lawson) first crossed paths with Angel.
* HufflepuffHouse: Gunn's street gang. Lily's teen shelter can be considered an adjunct. Wesley gathers his own team around him after being kicked out of Angel Investigations in Season 4; once he returns to the fold we never see what happens to them.
* HumanSacrifice: A common practice at Wolfram & Heart, at least until [[spoiler: Team Angel moves in]]. Minor examples are found everywhere else in this show, from the standard "evil cult" variety to the apocalyptic "oh God the Beast just killed Hollywood" kind.
* HumanityEnsues: "I Will Remember You".
* HumansAreBastards:
** Or at least the men are, since one episode involved a guy with evil powers that caused the latent murderous misogyny in all men to emerge. Vampires are immune to this since they don't hate women in such a petty manner.
** Actually, Angel says that the reason he isn't affected is because he's let go of the rage and hate that Billy brought out. A normal vampire probably would be affected because they wouldn't be as evolved as Angel.
** Also the reason why Wolfram & Hart can't be stopped.
* TheHunter: Holtz was a genuine vampire hunter even before his fateful meeting with Angelus and Darla.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Holtz turned Angelus and Darla into this.
* HurtingHero: And he can't ever ''stop'' hurting, or else he'll slaughter everyone. Dayum.
** Gunn and Angel bond over their mutually-grim existence at the end of "War Zone", standing side-by-side on a roof overlooking the city.
* HypocriticalHumor: Cordelia quite often, especially in season one.
--> '''Cordelia:''' You know what I think? I think he uses his tortured, creature of the night status as a license to be rude and insensitive. Sure he’s polite to the helpless and downtrodden but he ignores the people closest to him! The people who matter the most you know! Can you say clueless? (Meanwhile Doyle is being audibly strangled by a demon about four metres behind her.)
** Doyle himself often said one thing and a moment later did the opposite.
---> '''Doyle''': Just simmer down here, okay? Violence isn't gonna solve a thing, alright? ''(punches bar patron)'' On the other hand, it is kinda festive.
*** In the pilot he tells Angel that the world needs men like them to show that there's still love and compassion left then he tells off a homeless person asking for change.
** In "Eternity", Angel plays down the news article reporting on his rescue of Rebecca Lowell. "We ran into an actor. It's Hollywood. It happens." When Wesley remarks that there's no mention of Angel, however, the high-minded vampire suddenly does a double-take. "''What?!''"
** In "Smile Time" Angel says he's paying more attention to what's going on with the people around him. Then he promptly gets clawed by Nina who he failed to notice had just changed into a werewolf.
* HypotheticalCasting: Cordy's pitch for an Angel Investigations TV spot. "Maybe [[PatrickStewart that bald Star Trek guy]], or one of the cheaper Baldwins."
** A few weeks into running the firm's Entertainment Division, Lorne finds himself doing this constantly. He suggests selling a script based on the Buffy/Angel/Spike love triangle.
--->"I see [[JohnnyDepp Depp]] and [[Creator/OrlandoBloom Bloom]]. ...Then again, [[CelebCrush I see them a lot]]."
** How does ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]-] grab ya?
--->[on the phone] "I'm pretty sure Henry Fonda's dead, honey. ..."Bring him back to life"?!"
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* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Cordelia, while queen of Pylea, says "Off with their heads!" when asked what to do about her captured friends. She quickly says "Just kidding" and sheepishly admits she's always wanted to say that.
* ICantSeeMyself: Marcus Roscoe's reaction upon [[BodySurf bodysurfing]] into Angel.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Invoked '''a lot'''.
* IdiotBall: From "The Prodigal", yeah Angel banging on someone's door and frantically yelling for him to invite you in when you'd threatened him the last time you saw him is a [[SarcasmMode really good idea]].
* IDontLikeYouAndYouDontLikeMe: At the conclusion of "Shells", Spike admits to Angel that he doesn't really like him. And another two hundred years probably isn't going to change that. Nevertheless, Spike decides to honor Fred by staying on with the crew.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Point Dume (pronounced '''''DOOM'''''), a real-life promontory on the coast of Malibu. In the Season 3 finale, Angel and Cordelia agree to rendezvous here to confess their feelings for each other, unaware that Connor has some nasty vengeance planned indeed.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Angel once sired a vampire after he had a soul - a mortally wounded submarine captain who had to be kept alive to bring his ship back to the surface to save his crew. This apparently left him with just enough of a conscience to take not the slightest pleasure in his slaughter - but not enough to keep him from butchering people just like every other vampire out there. Sixty years later, he showed up and forced Angel to kill him. The trope name itself also sums up Connor and Angel's relationship, though it's not actually an example.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Angel suspects that Gunn's neural implant is corrupting him. He's half-right; it's not the implant that destroys Gunn, but the fear of losing it.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: [[{{Nerd}} Nerdy]] software giant David Nabbit is stuck supporting the wall at his own party. He becomes clingy after Angel and his associates render a service, showing up at their offices with a cape and sword.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Angel's [[EstablishingSeriesMoment very first client]].
** Gunn fails to stop a gang of vampires from driving away with his sister. By the time Gunn meets her again, she's already been vamp'ed.
** Not only does Angel fail to cure Darla's illness, but he's foiled in preventing Drusilla from re-siring Darla as a vampire.
** Angel fails to save [[spoiler:Cordy]] in Season Four, partly due to errors stretching all the way back to the previous year.
** In the fifth season when Angel learns that the ritual to save [[spoiler: Fred]] will kill thousands, he declares his intention perform the ritual, but can't go through with it.
* ILied: Griff, after promising Doyle another day to cough up the money.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Angel chases and corners Spike in an alley blocked by a ChainLinkFence. Spike doesn't even attempt to leap the fence, instead turning around and surrendering with an air of smugness. Angel takes the bait, and is garroted by Spike's henchman, Marcus. Whoops.
-->'''Spike:''' Caught me fair and square, white hat! Guess there's nothin' to do now but go along quietly and pay my debt to society.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: a subtle running gag has Angel often taking offense to these.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: As Wesley and Cordelia compare bruises from the previous night's tangle with Faith, Cordy says, "If it's any consolation, it really does look like you were tortured by a ''much larger'' woman."
* IllKillYou: In the Victorian-era flashbacks of "Five By Five", Darla reacts to Angel's newfound soul the same way a human would to a vampire -- by recoiling in fear and trying to kill him.
** After Holtz manipulated Wesley into stealing Angel's son (whereupon he gets his throat slit when Holtz engineers Connor's kidnapping from an isolated, and therefore easily targeted, Wesley) Angel pays him a visit in the hospital. At first it seems like Angel is prepared to reconcile, but then he suddenly grabs a pillow and tries to smother Wesley with it. Angel continues to hurl curses and threats at Wesley as he is dragged away by Gunn and some orderlies.
* ImColdSoCold: A somewhat dumbfounded Wesley asks, "Is anyone else cold?" after getting shot in the gut. ("The Thin Dead Line")
* ImNotAfraidOfYou
* ImStandingRightHere:
-->'''Angel:''' I'm '''NOT''' a eunuch!
** When Cordelia starts fretting over Angel possibly having sex with superstar Rebecca Lowell (and losing his soul), Wesley reminds her that Angel's curse hinges on him experiencing true happiness. Besides," Wes says, "What are the odds he'll find that with an ''actress''? -- before realizing his mistake.
** Groo's compliment to Cordelia that she is "a goddess":
-->'''Cordelia''': Well, demonness, anyway. Sure beats horns and a tail.
-->'''Lorne''': ''(offended)'' Hey! I'm standing right here.
** "Bachelor Party":
-->'''Cordelia:''' Hi Doyle. Are you gonna become loser pining guy, like, full time? 'Cause we already have one of those around the office.
-->'''Angel and Doyle:''' ''Hey!''
* IfIWantedYouDead: Angel often has to remind others of this, particularly when they accuse him of being Angelus in disguise.
** Conversely, Holland Manners spells this out for Angel in "Reunion".
** In "Underneath", Angel is forced to to free Lindsey from Wolfram & Hart's prison dimension. Lindsey notices Angel's sword and, assuming they've come to kill him, snarls, "Make it quick." Exasperated, Angel replies, "If I was gonna kill you, it wouldn't be quick."
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Gunn is compelled to twist Professor Seidel's neck before tossing his limp corpse down a portal, ostensibly so Fred wouldn't have to do it ("Supersymmetry").
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Darla once tested Angel by offering him a baby to eat.
* IgnoredEpiphany: A couple of cases can be argued, but Lindsey helping Angel save the kids but going back to Wolfram and Heart for a promotion, raise and "[[SignedUpForTheDental ungodly benefits]]".
** The entirety of season 5 consists of Angel rejecting his own from the episode ''Epiphany'' in season 2. In the end he [[spoiler: essentially retries his suicide mission against the Senior Partners from the second season, he just has better information and the rest of the team with him this time]].
* ImagineTheAudienceNaked: Angel's advice to Kate before taking the mic at her father's retirement bash.
-->''Kate:'' ''(glances at Angel)'' [[MrFanservice Way ahead of you]].
* ImagineSpot: Angel being asked if he wants to [[ICantDance dance]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCYlsFagq_k Ho boy]].
** "Sanctuary" picks up where the previous story left off, with Angel tucking Faith into bed in his apartment. Faith imagines herself springing up and slashing Angel's face with a knife.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* ImmortalityImmorality: Rebecca Lowell, an actress who hopes to revive her flagging career by becoming an ageless vampire. Only in Hollywood...
* ImpaledPalm: Wesley interrogates a loan shark by shooting his hand a crossbow bolt, pinning it against a wall. Then Wes reaches for the bolt and [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique twists it]]. Bear in mind, this is still "Nice Guy Season One" Wesley we're talking about here.
** After Angel spares her life, a stunned Alonna Gunn missteps and trips one of her own booby traps. With lightning speed, Angel catches an arrow directed at her with his palm. "Ow."
** Holtz drives a nail through Justine's hand to test her loyalty.
** Wesley also has this done to him by a booby trap in Season 4, Episode 10.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Angel battles Marcus beneath the shade of an overhanging pier. Angel impales him on a large beam, but the Gem of Amarra renders Marcus invincible -- until angel [[OhCrap yanks it off his finger]].
** When Penn puts Angel [[HumanShield in a headlock]], Angel signals Kate to impale him with an oversized piece of wood. She jabs it though both of them, missing Angel's heart but killing Penn.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Wesley and Cordelia make a bumbling effort to pass as detectives in "The Ring". Wes rapidly waves his wallet around to imitate a flashed badge.
** Angel's masterful performance as a lead detective at a crime scene -- using only a [[ClipboardOfAuthority styrofoam coffee cup]].
* ImplacableMan: This is Hamilton and Illyria's baseline combat strategy.
* InherentInTheSystem: The theme of Season Five.
-->'''Fred''': We didn't sell out. We're changing the system from the inside.\\
'''Gunn:''' You know, when you say it out loud, it sounds really naive.
* InternalReformist: The main cast's plan for season 5.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Angel likes to name drop. In addition to hanging out with Charles Baudelaire and the Rat Pack, Angel was also (somehow) at the first taping of ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow''.
* IndyPloy: Angel's preferred strategy. And Gunn's. And Groosalugg's. And Spike's. In fact it's probably safe to say that the only member of the team to ever think a plan through was Wesley, and he still came up with plenty of horrible plans.
-->'''Cordelia:''' Gunn graduated with a major in Dumb Planning from Angel University. He sat at the feet of the master, and learned well, how to plan dumbly.
* TheInformant: Merl.
* InformedAttribute : Angel is told that he's quite attractive. Since he can't actually look in the mirror, he takes their word for it. Also, in the episode 'In The Dark', while wearing The Gem of Amarra and walking around in the daylight, Oz claims Angel is paler than most people. This time it's the audience that takes his word for it.
* InsistentTerminology: Spike insists on being called "Captain" while aboard a submarine in 1943. "After all, [[KlingonPromotion I did eat him]]."
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: The ones in "Lineage" are of the {{Cyborg}} variety.
* InstantSedation: The Watcher's Council operatives give Wesley a syringe containing a sedative "powerful enough to bring down a man twice your size - or a Slayer." (i.e. Faith) What's more, all it requires is "a little pressure on the flesh" to work.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Angel and Cordelia. Shipping aside, in Spin the Bottle he calls her "his dearest friend".
* InterrogationByVandalism: Gunn grills a wealthy man by juggling a set of priceless conjuring orbs in front of him. He intentionally smashes one to prove his point.
* InterruptedSuicide: Played for laughs in "I Will Remember You", the episode following Angel's visit to see Buffy. When Cordelia and Doyle arrive for work, they immediately panic when they spout Angel examining a stake. "Don't do it, Angel!" (Angel's using it to prop up his desk.)
* IronicEcho: "I just can't seem to care." And let's not forget "Is that it? Am I done?" or even (arguably) "I get that now".
** Attorney Lee Mercer makes the mistake of getting in Faith's face, warning her not to make him "look bad". Faith immediately starts hammering his head into a table while parroting his line (The next time we see Mercer, he's wearing a neck brace).
** "Survival of the fittest, bro. And right now you're not lookin' too fit."
* [[IsThereADoctorInTheHouse Is There A Geppetto In The House?]]
* IronicNurseryTune: "All Through the Night".
* ItGetsEasier: The team gets steadily more ruthless and downright casual about killing as the series goes on. It's a fair bet that season 5 Angel would have capped Lindsey and Lilah in their first episode and season 5 Wesley would have done the same but tortured them first.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Many things, but an example from this show is the demonstration article of that page.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: As a sporting chance, Faith jokingly tosses Angel a revolver, but it shoots blanks. Subverted when Faith reclaims the gun and shoots Angel point-blank; looks like there ''was'' a bullet in the chamber.
* ItsAllMyFault: In exchange for being given legal knowledge, Gunn signs off on a document allowing Illyria's sarcophagus to pass through customs, [[spoiler:which eventually leads to the death of Fred]]. Naturally he is devastated and reluctant to tell anyone about it, and is even stabbed by Wesley after he finds out.
* ItsBeenDone: In "Soulless", Angelus finds more humor in his son's dalliances with Cordelia than his alter-ego did.
-->'''Angelus:''' Doing your mom, and trying to kill your Dad. There should be [[Theatre/OedipusRex a play]].
* ItsALongStory: Subverted in "I Will Remember You" as Buffy is busy taking the piss out of Angel.
-->'''Angel:''' It's complicated how this all happened, Buffy, you know? It's kind of a long story.
-->'''Buffy:''' Your new sidekick had a vision, I was in it, you came to Sunnydale?
-->'''Angel:''' [beat] Okay. Maybe not that long.
* ItsPersonal: After Angel telephones Giles to learn what horrors Faith inflicted on Buffy, Wesley notices that Angel is absolutely fuming ("Five By Five").
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: "Birthday", in which Cordelia witnesses a vision of her life had she never crossed paths with Angel during the pilot episode.
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* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Wesley has no qualms about sticking a few blades in people for information. Or if he's pissed off. And this is ''before'' his [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty makeover]] -- he's torturing people as early as Season One, which gives us this gem not long after Wesley's dorky, incompetent arrival on the show:
-->"You should understand that the man I work for [[HoYay means a great deal to me]]. And I will not give you a single red cent. What I will do, sir, is beat it out of you if I have to." [[[ImpaledPalm pins informant's hand]] to a wall with a small, rather painful-looking crossbow bolt, and proceeds to twist it slowly] "Where is my employer?"
* JerkassHasAPoint: In "Sense and Sensitivity", the gangster who hires Wolfram and Hart to break him out of jail takes advantage of the chaos to try and settle a score with the detective who arrested him, killing several cops in the process. When he gets caught again, he angrily berates the Wolfram and Hart lawyer when the lawyer refuses to help him a second time. The lawyer points out that instead of shooting up a police station and getting more charges added to his sheet, he could have just walked out the door and driven straight to the airport a free man.
* TheJuggernaut: Illyria, The Beast, Hamilton and Jasmine, to name a few.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Angel knows the evil things Faith had done, perhaps even more than Buffy as he had witnessed at least Faith's attempted rape and murder and it's never shown he shares this. Despite this he offers Faith sanctuary when she is so disgusted at how evil she had become she wants Angel to kill her. Buffy on the other hand is more than happy to honor that request, enraged at what Faith had done and enraged that Angel wants to reform her.
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