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[[index]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerRegulars Buffy the Vampire Slayer Regulars]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerAntagonists Buffy Antagonists]]
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerRecurringAndMinorCharacters Recurring And Minor Characters]]
* Characters/AngelInvestigations
* Characters/AngelOtherEnemies
* [[Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerComic Dark Horse Comic Characters]]
[[/index]]
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[[folder:The Senior Partners]]
!!The Senior Partners
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->''"So what's the big plan, Angel? Destroy the Senior Partners, smash Wolfram & Hart once and for all?"''
->--Holland Manners

The "Wolf", "Ram" and "Hart" are a mysterious cabal of ancient demons. Following mankind's triumph over the demon hordes on Earth, the "Senior Partners" (as they're now called) continued to exert influence through political connections and corruption, unlike their AxCrazy contemporaries such as Illyria. In the present day, their organization goes by the moniker [[TheLawFirmOfPunPunAndWordplay Wolfram & Hart]] and is puppeted by the Partners themselves, who reside in a separate dimension.
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* AmoralAttorney
* AnimalMotifs
* ArmyOfLawyers
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: Without evil residing in the hearts of every human alive, the firm could not exist.
* BadBoss: The firm is known for its unforgiving treatment of its employees. Like forcing them to eat their own livers as punishment for poor performance.
* {{Bambification}}: Hart's sigil is, of course, a stag.
* {{Bigger Bad}}s: Angel spends the whole show and all his strength trying to grind their operation to a halt, even for a moment, by destroying their means of influencing Earth. Optimistically, he was ''just'' successful enough to make them focus their attention upon him. The downside would be that [[DoNotTauntCthulhu he now has their attention]].
** As of Season 9, they've been branching out in the BiggerBad department; their machinations are now starting to affect Buffy and the Scoobies too.
* BodySurf: The Partners are unable to inhabit our dimension while in their native forms, instead manifesting in the bodies of "lower demons" or using living mouthpieces.
* {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s: Of a sort.
* DestinationDefenestration: No sooner does a Partner materialize in front of its employees, that Angel lunges for its throat and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome tackles it through a window]].
* {{Dimension Lord}}s: The monks of Pylea are hinted to be acolytes.
* EldritchLocation: Euphemistically known as the "Home Office."
** [[spoiler: Eventually subverted. When Angel demands to be taken there, it's revealed that Earth is the home office.]]
* EvilInc: The patent holder of ''cancer'' is a client.
* EvilVirtues: Honesty. At Wolfram & Hart, the deal is king: they never break an agreement. This sometimes means they are capable of doing the right thing, albeit for wrong reasons. Better make sure the agreement is [[ExactWords very carefully worded]], though.
* ExtranormalInstitute
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Back in Illyria's time, they were weaklings who were barely superior to vampires. Now, they're extradimensional beings who practically control the world.
* IHaveManyNames: "[[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition The Inquisition]]" and "Khmer Rouge" being among them.
** It's not even certain if Wolf, Ram & Hart are just pseudonyms. Lilah reports on having met with a "Mr. Suvarta" right before she [[spoiler:decapitates Linwood]]. Though given that Illyria knew them as the Wolf, Ram & Hart during her time, it's likely those are their original names.
* IWantThemAlive: They have big-time plans for Angel, and killing him is strictly off-limits. Of course, that doesn't stop some subordinates from trying to do so.
* InTheHood
* JustTheFirstCitizen
* LawEnforcementInc: Have their own special ops outfit.
* LiteralMinded: In one instance, several employees were reported to have been sacked with actual sacks, and Knox mentioned that on at least one occasion they literally [[ManOnFire fired]] an employee.
** As mentioned by Harmony, there are also non-Human resources.
* {{Megacorp}}: Although ostensibly a law firm, they also maintain departments of real estate, entertainment, [[{{Magitek}} transmutational science]], and [[ExpospeakGag Interment Acquisitions]] (read: {{grave robbing}}).
* MouthOfSauron: The Conduit. An assortment of Wolfram & Hart brass also fill this role, most notably Marcus Hamilton and Holland Manners (following his death). It's in this capacity that Holland gives his [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]].
* NoBodyLeftBehind
* OccultLawFirm: Of the nefarious variety.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Lee was rudely awakened to this policy while attempting to jump ship to a rival firm. When they found out during a telepathic scan, they promptly [[BoomHeadshot blew his brains out]].
** Every employee signs a "perpetuity clause" in their contracts, meaning that once they die, they continue to serve the firm in Hell.
* RuleOfThree: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Hart.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: As CEO, Angel offhandedly remarks that they kinda, sorta... "own" the police.
* ShadowDictator
* TakeThat: Along with ties to fictional corporations like [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Weyland-Yutani]] and [[BuckarooBanzai Yoyodyne]], Wolfram & Hart also works with [[FoxNews Newscorp]].
* TookALevelInBadAss: Granted, it took them potentially millions of years; Illyria was aware of the original Wolf, Ram and Hart in her own time - but they were to ultimate evil as vampires are to them in the present day. It's immediately pointed out to her that things have rather changed in the intervening aeons.
* UltimateEvil: Never properly seen (or heard) on-screen, due to the writers' belief that nothing could match whatever the viewer's imagination conjures up. That said, a Senior Partner ''does'' briefly manifest in the body of a lower demon during the company's annual "review" meeting in "Reprise."
* VillainCred: Even Sahjhan is familiar with the firm's reputation, being as it exists in other dimensions, as well.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: While many of their clients are rich or powerful, the firm is also known to work some cases ''pro bono'', especially when it has an ulterior interest in the client. Lilah even gave the keynote speech at a public school just to get close to a young telekinetic.
** Holland's division sponsored a high-profile charity event with the intention of [[FakeCharity stealing upwards of 95% of the funds raised]].
-->''"Can we really change the world? At Wolfram & Hart, We're Counting On It.''™"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Circle of the Black Thorn]]
!!The Circle of the Black Thorn

The agents of the Senior Partners on Earth, the Circle are their direct representatives and thus perhaps singularly the most powerful evil force on the planet. Only the most vile of creatures are accepted into their ranks; given the firm's interest in having Angel on their side of the apocalypse, seeing him corrupted enough to be worthy of the Circle is a fond wish. Individual members appear throughout the fifth series, though it is not until near the end that their commonality is actually revealed ahead of the final confrontation.

* AffablyEvil: Izzerial, who comes across as an upwardly-mobile professional involved with networking. Listen to the character without looking at him, and, aside from the occasional reference to death, you'd be pushed to guess he's a demon.
* BigBad: As a whole, they are this of series 5.
* CosmopolitanCouncil: They're a varied group, incorporating demon royalty, vampires (once Angel joins), sorcerors, and even a few humans.
* CorruptPolitician: Senator Helen Bruckner is naturally this, given that she's actually a demon who's taken over a human body (quite probably, Magnus Hainsley was responsible).
* TheDragon: To the Senior Partners, a role they apparently share to some extent with Marcus Hamilton (though the Circle has more power, since Hamilton is just the liaison).
** Well, they probably have more influence on this plain of existence, but in terms of personal power [[spoiler:they all die easily enough (Save Cyrus Vail)]]. Hamilton by comparison is the most physically formidable threat in the show, barring possibly the Beast or Jasmine.
* {{Expy}}: Izzerial ("Izzy") the Devil, a very obvious one for Satan. Aside from the name, he's a red demon with a forked tail.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: They force Angel to sign away his rights to the Shanshu Prophecy to ensure that he would not betray them. It never occurs to them that Angel would kill them simply for the sake of doing good rather than for a divine reward, and that brings about their downfall.
* EvilSorceror: Cyrus Vail, a frail, elderly, ''incredibly'' powerful warlock.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: It's not directly specified whether it was Angel's idea or the Circle's (the trope being invoked if the former, played straight if the latter), but their torturing and his murdering so pure and noble a warrior as [[spoiler: Drogyn the Battlebrand]] is this trope.
* TheIlluminati
* InitiationCeremony: Angel's is the murder of [[spoiler: Drogyn the Battlebrand]].
* NoNameGiven: The human members of the Circle are unnamed.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: That they're incredibly powerful and evil is made clear, what specifically their role as Wolfram & Hart's "agents on earth" entails is not. Basically, they seem to make the world [[DeathByAThousandCuts progressively more unpleasant]] to live in.
* {{Red Herring Shirt}}s: Angel encounters each one separately throughout Season Five.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: Naturally. They even have chants and Venetian robes.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Their logo. ('Cause, you know, thorns.)
* TrojanHorse: How the Circle are defeated. [[spoiler: Angel manages to fake a FaceHeelTurn convincingly enough for the Circle to let him join; insodoing, he's able to identify their members, and arrange for them to be assassinated separately by different members of his own team.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Conduit]]
!!The Conduit to the Senior Partners (Kay Panabaker, J. August Richards)
->''"I like trouble. But I hate chaos."'' -- Mesektet
->''"I am not your '''friend'''. I am not your flunky. I am your Conduit to the Senior Partners."'' -- The Big Cat in Gunn's form

* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: The second Conduit. It reverts to Gunn's shape after Gunn unknowingly arranges the death of [[spoiler:Fred]].
* CatsAreMean: "Big Cat."
* CreepyChild: Mesektet.
* EldritchLocation: The "White Room."
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Lilah's timid about entering the White Room, mostly because of one employee who went in there and ended up in an asylum as a result.
* GradeSchoolCEO: Mesektet looks very young indeed to be controlling a law-firm, though it is unlikely she's actually a young child; she definitely doesn't talk like one.
* LittleMissBadass: Mesektet.
** LittleMissSnarker: Once again, as Mesektet.
* MadeOfEvil: ''Nuclear'' evil.
* MissingFloor: The White Room is accessed by hitting a specific sequence of elevator buttons.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: On Gunn.
* PantheraAwesome: The "Big Cat" form.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Gunn borrowing a 'whisker.'
* Really700YearsOld
* ReplacementGoldfish: The second Conduit.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe
* ScaryBlackMan: [=DoppelGunn=].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Blithely instructing Angel to snap Lilah's neck... which he moves to oblige, completely nonchalant, until she giggles and calls him off at the last second.
* VillainousRescue: Mesektet's last act was saving Angel and Co. from The Beast during its attack on Wolfram and Hart.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lindsey [=McDonald=]]]
!!Lindsey [=McDonald=] (Christian Kane)
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->''"You're either with the one with power or you're powerless!"''

A young up-and-coming lawyer at Wolfram & Hart, Lindsey finds himself crossing paths with Angel a number of times. Intelligent and amoral (almost), Lindsey comes to see himself as Angel's rival...even if Angel doesn't.
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* AffablyEvil
* AmbitionIsEvil: His driving motive his his cynicism and ambitions, as pointed out by his actor:
-->""I still think this cat looks at the glass as being half empty. And so, damn it, I’m going to drink the rest of that water."
* AmoralAttorney
* AnArmAndALeg: After threatening Cordelia's life in front of Angel. Bad idea.
** The shamans at work grafted a (pre-owned) hand onto his stump.
* {{Badass}}: He's got ''some'' fighting skills, but physically can't match Angel. His NervesOfSteel are his greatest badassery attribute though; enough to impress Darla and Drusilla to spare him when they massacre everyone at Holland's house.
** BadassInANiceSuit: Comes standard with the job. Ditches the suit though [[spoiler:after he returns]].
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:Once he equips himself with some handy tattoos, he can fight toe to toe with Angel]].
* BloodSpatteredInnocents: In ''Blind Date.'' He's hardly innocent, but he ''does'' look appropriately traumatized when the man next to him is shot and it ''is'' one of the rare occasions he's trying to do the right thing.
* BodyguardBetrayal: By [[spoiler:Lorne(!)]] in the series finale.
* TheCastShowOff: Kane picked up some swordfighting skills in ''SecondhandLions'', and was probably happy to get more use out of them.
** And of course singing "L.A. Song" in "Dead End"."
* DeadpanSnarker
* DirtyBusiness: He waffles a bit, though.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Lindsey is wooed by Darla, to the point of confessing he wouldn't "mind" if she were the one to kill him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Why he leaves Wolfram & Hart. And why he helps stop AxCrazy PsychoForHire Vanessa Brewer from killing three children.
* EvilHand: Subverted. It's not actually evil; just suicidal.
* FamousLastWords:
-->"'''YOU''' kill me? A flunky?! I'm not just--! ...[[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Angel kills me]]. You -- Angel..."
* FreudianExcuse: His dirt-poor childhood. Lindsey resolved never to end up like his father, grovelling to the repo men as he was being evicted.
* GenderBlenderName
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Until it [[HeelFaceDoorSlam slams in his face]].
* HiddenDepths: Is an amazingly talented singer and guitar player, and was one of Lorne's favorite regulars at his bar.
* HijackedByGanon: Works alongside his lover, Eve, to play Angel and Spike against each other, with the hope of usurping Angel's position at the firm and (if we're aiming high) buying his way into the Circle of the Black Thorn.
* IconicItem: The fleur-de-lis bracelet that Lindsey wears throughout the show. It's a keepsake that Christian Kane wears to remind him of his mother, who is from UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Is truly appalled by Wolfram & Hart's plot to murder a trio of child seers, and assists Angel in thwarting them. Subverted when Holland dangles a fat paycheck over his head.
** Lindsey resigns for good in Season Two, ironically after having earned a top position and a replacement hand to boot; he leaves UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, burying the hatchet with Angel for good. ...Or not. Actually, he was studying for years on how to join the elite Circle of the Black Thorn.
* ItsPersonal: Develops this for Angel.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: Returns from Nepal with some cool martial arts tricks, [[{{Hammerspace}} materializing swords out of thin air]], and using The Force to...well, close doors. But the point is it ''looks'' cool.
** Lorne makes an offhand reference to Lindsey's "demon-strength", though it isn't elaborated on. This would explain how he's able to keep up with Angel.
* ManipulativeBastard: Appears to have picked up a couple of Holland Manners' tricks.
* MinionShipping: Some occasional sexual tension with Lilah, including a parting ass grab when he leaves L.A.
* MrFanservice
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Inverted. Lindsey's kind of upset when [[spoiler: Lorne]] kills him. It was ''supposed'' to be Angel!
* PutOnABus: And then came back.
* TheRival: Angel unwittingly provokes Lindsay's wrath at every turn, from ruining his court cases, to stealing his would-be girlfriend (Darla), to having the entire firm handed to him on a silver platter. ..And then Angel has sex with Lindsey's ''new'' girlfriend, Eve, under the influence of spell -- and oblivious to Lindsey's connection to her. When Lindsey consoles himself that Eve is one of the only things in his life that Angel "never got his mitts on", Eve wisely holds her tongue. A good thing, too, because otherwise his brain might have imploded.
* SouthernFriedGenius: His exact origin is ambiguous, though he has an Oklahoma license plate on his pickup truck. Angel dismissively calls him a "tiny Texan" at one point; this could be an in-joke directed at Christian Kane, who hails from [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]].
* TattooedCrook: Post-Tibet Lindsey had super magic stealth tattoos that let him hide from the Senior Partners. [[spoiler:It doesn't last.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Between Seasons 2 and 5, he apparently learned a bunch of kung-fu and [[spoiler:got a bunch of [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoos]] making him invisible to the Senior Partners]].
* UnknownRival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are [[ArchEnemy each others' absolute greatest enemies]]. Angel doesn't. [[spoiler:Lindsey's indignant reaction to getting offed by ''Lorne'', of all people, is simultaneously a little sad and deeply, hilariously pathetic.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lilah Morgan]]
!!Lilah Morgan (Stephanie Romanov)
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->''"Funny thing about [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white]], you mix it together and you get grey. And it doesn't matter how much'' white ''you try and put back in, you're never gonna get anything but grey."''

Another Wolfram & Hart lawyer, she is the rival of Lindsey, the two often vying with each other internally, when they're not trying to make Angel's life miserable. After Lindsey's departure, she begins to climb up the ladder at W&H, bringing her into conflict with Angel time and time again.
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* ActionSurvivor: The Beast slaughters [[spoiler:every employee at Wolfram & Hart]] -- ''except'' Lilah. She escapes the building with Wesley's help, then later turns up in the sewers, sans stylish clothes and shampoo. She's also pretty handy with a gun, not that it does any good against [[spoiler:Angelus.]]
* AmbitionIsEvil: Arguably, the reason she outlasts the other lawyers is because of her sex. She's had to be "quicker, smarter, faster" than any man at Wolfram & Hart.
* AmoralAttorney
* BackFromTheDead: An interesting case, since her contract with Wolfram & Hart [[spoiler:extends even past her death]].
* BecomingTheMask: She cheerfully admits to this.
* BeingEvilSucks: Lilah lives in essentially constant fear that she'll either be betrayed by her co-workers and killed, scapegoated by a superior and killed, or that Angel will get pissed and kill her. The closest things she has to friends are Team Angel and Lindsey, all of whom are her enemies, and [[spoiler:her ultimate fate is arguably even worse than Fred's, who at least can no longer suffer.]] All of this was entirely her ''choice'', mind you - but given the show's themes about redemption, one can't help but wonder if changing her decision really was completely beyond her. As she herself points out in the end, we'll never know for sure.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:In return for Cordelia helping her get over being beaten by Billy's victims, she shoots the latter, saving Cordelia in the process.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: Unapologetically places herself on the side of evil, accepting all its consequences.
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts out as a SmugSnake who's utterly useless compared to Lindsey, and is constantly afraid of Angel. Over the course of season 2 and 3, she develops into a much stronger character, stealing Lindwood's position, being able to stare Angel down as an equal, and even shows a more sensitive side with her relationship with Wesley.
* ChristmasCake: A season 2 episode (don't remember what) she made a crack about how she should have listened to her mother and had kids [[BlackComedy so she can sacrifice them to a demon for luck]].
* CoDragons: With Lindsey. And later his off-brand substitute, Gavin.
* DatingCatwoman: Things get awfully complicated between her and Wesley. More complicated than either of them had ever really imagined it getting.
* DeadpanSnarker: Reaches tremendous levels [[spoiler: during the fight against The Beast.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: It's suggested at a few points that she's fallen in love with Wesley. This is ironic, since the whole point of Lilah's seduction was to lure Wesley over to Wolfram & Hart. Their liaisons end up transforming him into a bone fide Ice King, while Lilah's true feelings go unreciprocated.
* TheDogBitesBack: Linwood manages to ride out the humiliating defeats of Season Three, even threatening to throw Lilah to the wolves if it comes to that. Lilah knows a good example when she sees it and, once Linwood pops up again in Season Four, she finks on him to a Senior Partner, who [[spoiler:orders him killed]].
* EmotionallyTongueTied: She never does manage to blurt out her feelings. [[spoiler:Her 'ghost' tries to, but Wesley cuts her off by decapitating her corpse]].
* EnemyMine: Joins with Angel Investigations [[spoiler:in Season 4 to help fight against The Beast/Angelus/Jasmine.]] She also helps Cordelia fight Billy Blim.
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Lawyers Love Their Mamas]]: She has mentioned that her mother has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home; in one episode they have a phone conversation, during which the mother apparently starts crying when she's told Lilah can't visit that day.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Her point-blank execution of Billy Blim, one of her own clients.
* {{Foil}}: To Angel.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Her short-lived alliance with Angel Investigations.
* HelloAttorney
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: She blackmails Angel into breaking AxCrazy StrawMisogynist Billy Blim out of a PrisonDimension... only for Billy to touch her rival Gavin Park and provoke him into brutally beating her, which results in her helping Angel Investigations take him down.
* KlingonPromotion: Elevates herself to senior management by [[spoiler:beheading Linwood]].
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** As mentioned above, she tortures Cordelia and blackmails Angel into helping her spring Billy Blim, only for her to become the first victim of Billy's HatePlague.
** Decapitating [[spoiler:Linwood]] during a board meeting, thereby assuming his position. In due course, Lilah is [[spoiler:stabbed in the neck by Cordelia who leaves her body behind for Angelus to feed on]], obliging Wesley to [[spoiler:chop off her head due to the gang not realizing Angelus didn't kill her]] rather than risk her coming back as a vampire.
* MarriedToTheJob: The quintessential career woman -- and judging by how quick she was to [[VampiresAreSexGods jump Angel's bones]], it's not for lack of desire.
-->'''Gavin:''' From what I hear, bumping uglies with an old man that [[GrandTheftMe body-jumped into a vampire]] is the closest thing you've had to a meaningful relationship in years.
* NotSoDifferent: She's met her match in Cordelia.
* PetTheDog: She gets one of these when we learn one of her reasons for working for Wolfram and Hart may be to pay for the care of her senile mother.
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Following her [[spoiler:beheading]], Lilah develops a preference for scarfs. She still wears them in the comic.
* SignedUpForTheDental: Her salary goes toward paying [[PetTheDog her sick mother's medical bills.]]
** (Well, and shoes.)
* SmugSnake: Seasons 1-2; prior to Lindsey [[PutOnABus leaving]], she tended to be rather weak and ineffective.
* TheStarscream: Sorry, Linwood. You can only theaten a gal's life so many times before she takes preemptive action.
* TookALevelInBadass: After Series 2, she gained a spine, plus a brain and became extremely friendly.
* TheVamp
* WickedCultured: Quotes Shakespeare in conversation and appears to be well versed in ''[[{{Literature/TheDivineComedy}} The Divine Comedy]]'', especially (big surprise) ''Dante's Inferno''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Harmony Kendall]]
!!![[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/BuffyTheVampireSlayerAntagonists See Buffy Antagonists]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Holland Manners]]
!!Holland Manners (Creator/SamAnderson)
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->''"Actually, the world isn't that complicated: it's designed for those who know how to use it."''

A high-ranking executive at Wolfram & Hart, later promoted to head of its Special Projects Division, i.e. the "Screwing With Angel's Head" division. Holland's not the last to hold this office, given its [[DangerousWorkplace high turnover]] rate. Basically a re-tooled Mayor Wilkins from ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]''.
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* AboveGoodAndEvil
-->"It's not about good or evil. It's about who wields the most power. And we wield a lot of it here -- and you know what? I think [[SocialDarwinist the world's better for it]]."
* AffablyEvil: Or possibly FauxAffablyEvil, part of Holland's allure is that the audience is never ''quite'' sure... and even when he's one, he can change between both with ''horrifying'' speed.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Symbolized by him.
* AmoralAttorney
* BigBad: Meets the criteria for the Big Bad of season 1 and the first half of season 2; his machinations leave a lasting impression with Angel throughout the ''remainder'' of the season and, arguably, the rest of the series.
* CardCarryingVillain: A [[MyCard literal case]].
* TheCorrupter: Very arguable, but his interaction with Lindsey does sometimes give this vibe.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilMentor: For Lindsay and Lilah, although less so for her (of course, ''she's'' a rotten apple from the start).
* EvilOldFolks
* GoneHorriblyRight: His plan to corrupt Angel works, all right. He brings Darla back, and then has Drusilla turn her back into a vampire after Angel just went through all sorts of hell to try and save her. Then he encourages Darla and Drusilla to go on a massacre, and organizes a wine tasting to celebrate his victory. Darla and Drusilla proceed to crash the party, intending to [[ExactWords massacre]] every Wolfram & Hart employee there out of revenge for being used as pawns. When Angel shows up, Holland begs for help, but unfortunately (for him), he has corrupted Angel to the extent that he simply throws back an IronicEcho before locking the doors and letting Drusilla and Darla go nuts.
* IronicEcho: When Angel criticizes him for endangering innocents, Holland simply remarks that he "just can't seem to care." Angel says these exact words to him during the GoneHorriblyRight incident mentioned above.
* KarmicDeath: Encouraging Darla & Drusilla's killing spree.
* KnightOfCerebus: His introduction sets up Wolfram and Hart as the BigBad of the entire series rather than the shadowy ManBehindTheMan they were in the first half of Season 1, which is what initially moves the show to arc-based storytelling from the episodic structure it had before. He also helped resurrect Darla, leading to her revamping, Connor's birth and all that followed; an arc that dominated more than half of the series.
* LackOfEmpathy: This exchange sums it up quite well:
-->'''Angel:''' You set things in motion, play your little games up here in your glass and chrome tower, and people die - ''innocent'' people!\\
'''Manners:''' And yet, I just can't seem to ''care''.
* MagicallyBindingContract: He is the first sign of how truly binding a deal with Wolfram and Hart can be.
-->'''Manners:''' Oh, no. I'm quite dead. Unfortunately my contract with Wolfram and Hart extends well beyond that.
* TheManBehindTheMan: In Season 1.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tempts Lindsey with power and succeeds triumphantly.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: One of the show's most triumphant example.
-->'''Angel:''' You're not gonna win.
-->'''Manners:''' Well... no. Of course we aren't. We have no intention of doing anything so prosaic as "winning." [laughs]
-->'''Angel:''' Then why?
-->'''Manners:''' I'm sorry. Why what?
-->'''Angel:''' Why fight?
-->'''Manners:''' That's really the question you should be asking yourself, isn't it? See, for us, there is no fight. Which is why winning doesn't enter into it. We — go on — no matter what. Our firm has always been here. In one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being. And ''that'' — friend — is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us. Welcome to the home office.
-->'''Angel:''' This isn't...
-->'''Manners:''' Well, you know it is. You know ''that'' better than anyone. Things you've seen. Things you've, well, done. You see, if there wasn't evil in every single one of them out there why, they wouldn't be people. They'd all be angels. Have a nice day.
* ScarsAreForever: His undead body still bears Darla's bite marks.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* VillainousBreakdown: When he realizes that Angel won't be saving him from Darla and Drusilla.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lee Mercer]]
!! Lee Mercer (Thomas Burr)
->''"It's my ass on the line here. I don't want you to make me look bad."''
* AmoralAttorney
* BoomHeadshot: How he dies. Manners laments this. You just can't get cerebral matter out of carpets.
* ButtMonkey
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He started out as TheStoic but evolved into Lilah's ButtMonkey rival.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: His assassin rant. "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!"
* DirtyBusiness
* FindingJudas: A villainous variation.
* KilledOffForReal: Unceremoniously executed for embezzling W&H fees. Naughty boy.
** And for trying to poach W&H clients and jumping to another firm. That's right, [[ParanoiaFuel there's another evil law firm out there]].
* NoSocialSkills: According to Lilah.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Not that we really needed to.
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[[folder:Gavin Park]]
!!Gavin Park (Creator/DanielDaeKim)
* AmoralAttorney
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: What he becomes after he is killed by The Beast.
* ProfessionalButtKisser
* NoHonorAmongThieves: If Gavin and Lilah can be said to cooperate ''at all'', as both are vying for Linwood's approval. Once Lilah takes over the firm, Gavin is downgraded to her lickspittle.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: His insidious plan to destroy Angel: Drown him in red tape! (No one else is impressed.)
* SmugSnake: While he occasionally keeps up with Lilah in their battles for respect among members of the firm, he never really emerges as a viable threat to Angel Investigations, and he's disposed of by the Beast rather unceremoniously.
* UnknownRival: Gavin believed himself to be the next Lindsey [=McDonald=], a MagnificentBastard who could arguably be called Angel's Archenemy (well, ''he'' would argue that he could), but he just wasn't the man, lawyer or villain that he'd replaced.
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[[folder:Linwood Murrow]]
!!Linwood Murrow (John Rubinstein)
->''"This is outrageous! Are you actually telling me that you went over my head?"''

* AdultFear: Both his sons were taken by the Senior Partners.
* AmoralAttorney
* TheChessmaster: What he thinks of himself. He really is not.
* CustomUniform: Unlike other W&H toadies, Linwood doesn't like to wear a tie.
* DirtyCoward: The reason why he provides Angel the code to enter the White Room. And why when Angel's trapped under the sea he does nothing to find him, even though a trapped Angel also works against the firm's plans for the vampire.
* EvilOldFolks
* KillAndReplace: Lilah kills him and replaces him as the head of W&H.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Cares very little for Angel and is willing to kill the vampire if he becomes too troublesome, a direct contrast to the plans the Senior Partners have for him. This comes to bite him in the ass, ''very hard.''
* [[spoiler:OffWithHisHead]]
* TermsOfEndangerment: Angel congratulating him on becoming Connor's godfather -- with the added stipulation that, should any harm befall the baby, Linwood will suffer the same injury.
* WouldHurtAChild
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[[folder:Eve]]
!!Eve (Sarah Thompson)
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The first "liaison" to the Senior Partners assigned to Angel. Later revealed to be a child of the Wolf, Ram, and Hart, created to do their bidding.
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* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled]]
* ConsummateLiar
* DrivenToSuicide: After discovering that Angel has Lindsey assassinated, she remains behind in the collapsing W&H building, stating she has nowhere else to go.
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Eve's entrance (given her name, it's practically obligatory).
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: With Angel in "Life of the Party."
* MysteriousPast: States on multiple occasions that she is an alum of UC Santa Cruz.
* NeuroVault: Eve says she has information on the Senior Partners, but can only remember it when they want her to.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Hinted at. Eve also enjoys using condescending terms like "kid" and "princess" to refer to Angel and co.
* ThePowerOfLove: Caused Eve [[spoiler:to turn against the Senior Partners and join Lindsey. She even gave up her immortality for him.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A fairly-obvious Lilah 2.0, so much so that Cordelia lampshades it.
* UnholyMatrimony: With Lindsey.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Morena Baccarin was originally considered for the part of Eve, which would have upped the total of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' alums to four (with GinaTorres, Creator/AdamBaldwin, and Woodward). FOX vetoed it due to Baccarin's involvement in another pilot show at the time. [[ExecutiveMeddling The pilot never aired]].
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[[folder:Knox]]
!!Knox (Jonathan M. Woodward)
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->''You think I'd have my God hatched out of some '''schmuck'''?''

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* AffablyEvil: Up until his MoralEventHorizon where we become far too disgusted with him to be considered this.
* AssholeVictim: Angel and Spike show little remorse over Wesley's gunning him down, with Spike explicitly stating that he "had it coming." Even Illyria has little concern for him, even kicking his body at Wesley during the subsequent fight.
* BeneathTheMask: "I just mix the potions, y'know?" Sure, you're ''real'' humble.
* ConsummateLiar: Managed to slip past Lorne's employee screening (read: a capella singing).
** He likely used the same trickery as Dr. Royce ("Unleashed") and ate calendula to prevent Lorne from scanning his aura.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Illyria reacts this way when Knox announces that he is her high priest.
* KarmicDeath
* KilledMidSentence: While Angel is monologuing about how they're the good guys so they have to protect any member of humanity, Wesley kills Knox.
* TheLabRat
* MisanthropeSupreme: He criticizes humans for being deceitful bastards, and (as happens often), Illyria is surprised that a human can take a position like identifying against his own race rather than with it. Knox's reply amounts to agreeing that yes, he does identify with demonkind rather than humanity.
* NoNameGiven: Knox is probably his surname, but he's never addressed as anything else.
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: As per "the ancient ways," Knox stitched a bunch of occult items just over his heart. The scar is messily stitched together.
* SayingTooMuch: From Series/{{Angel}} 5.15 "Shells":
-->'''Knox:''' I don't just ''care'' about Fred - I practically worship it.
-->'''Gunn''': You said "it".
-->'''Knox''': What?
-->'''Gunn''': Not "her". You said "'I worship ''it''".
-->'''Knox''': (''smirking'') Oops.
** In this context, "it" refers to [[spoiler:the [[EldritchAbomination Old One]] Illyria, about to be reborn via the sacrifice of our beloved Fred. Fred is the "her". In this case, Knox believes that only Fred was worthy to be Illyria's host.]]
* SycophanticServant: A follower of the ancient demon Illyria before he resurrects her and even more of a slavish follower afterwards. Having been dead, Illyria had no direct contact with him until that point.
* VillainousCrush: On Fred.
* WrongGuyFirst
* YouLookFamiliar: Woodward previously played Holden Webster, an AffablyEvil vampire who offers to psychoanalyze Buffy before they duel. ("Conversations With Dead People")
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[[folder:Marcus Hamilton]]
!!Marcus Hamilton (Creator/AdamBaldwin)
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->''"It's a business, boys. Not a Batcave."''

The replacement liaison for Eve following her collusion with Lindsay to kill Angel -- a big no-no as far as the the Senior Partners are concerned. Like Eve, Hamilton shares a direct line with the Partners, though he is vastly more powerful.
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* AffablyEvil: Impeccably polite and professional - will wring your neck without batting an eye.
* AmoralAttorney
* BadassInANiceSuit: Even Angel agrees.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With the Circle of the Black Thorn.
* CorporateSamurai: He's equally at home busting down walls or glad-handing clients.
* TheConsigliere: To Angel [[spoiler:who is pretending to have become corrupted by the firm.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: His brutal beatdown of Illyria.
* TheDragon: To the Senior Partners themselves.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Spending an entire episode hunting down Eve, slaughtering anyone in his way... just to offer her a pen to sign away her duties and privileges to him.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: While fighting Angel, he asks why Angel continues to fight despite having signed away his rights to the Shanshu Prophecy. When Angel responds that "the people who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do," Hamilton deadpans, "Yeah, but we ''won't'' care."
* FauxAffablyEvil: Only Hamilton could chat about torture devices and sound like Martha Stewart.
* FinalBoss: The last fight of the entire series.
* GeniusBruiser: He's a lawyer. He's a ''very large'' lawyer, but he's still intimately familiar with contracts, deals, fine print and associated scheming.
* HeroKiller: He made short work of Illyria; bad news for a mere vampire.
* HumanoidAbomination: Like Eve, he's a Child of the Senior Partners.
* TheJuggernaut: His cred is established when he walks into the foyer of [=W&H=] and serenely ''puts his fist through'' a security guard trying to waylay him, then continues on without so much as a change in expression. When Angel starts fighting him, his first punch doesn't even get a reaction from the guy.
-->'''Angel''': Did that hurt at all?
-->'''Hamilton''': Little bit. ''*punches Angel across the room*''
* LoadBearingBoss: Wolfram & Hart's offices immediately crumble the moment he bites the dust. Mainly because that's the point when the Senior Partners realize what Angel's up to and that's when they begin to get ''angry'', not because of anything related to Hamilton himself.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: See SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious.
* NighInvulnerability: "Terminator in Armani" was used to describe him, and it is apt.
* OneManArmy: Try to imagine an M-1 tank in Armani.
* Really700YearsOld: Is acquaintances with Drogyn, an immortal swordsman who's been alive for at least 1000 years.
-->"Oh, we go ''way'' back."
* RedHerring: During the whole episode “Underneath” one is led to believe that Marcus actually ''is'' a Senior Partner, thanks to Eve's reaction to him. This is not the case.
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: Hamilton makes the grave mistake of telling Angel, a vampire, that great power flows through his ''veins''. Angel immediately decides to find out if this is literally true. It is. Whoops.
* UnskilledButStrong: It's rather clear that Angel's a better fighter even if Hamilton is stronger. After Angel drinks his blood and gets supercharged from it, he takes Hamilton down in under a minute.
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