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Allen Francis Doyle
Allen Francis Doyle (Glenn Quinn)
"One of us has been drinking, and I'm sorry to say it's not me."
A human-demon hybrid, Doyle is chosen as the messenger of the Powers That Be
, and sent to help Angel in LA. Doyle receives "visions" from the Powers, described as splitting great migraines with pictures that warn of people in trouble. Doyle has a shady past and is seemingly a coward, but the visions and his numerous underworld sources make him a valuable asset, and he becomes good friends with Angel. Together with Cordelia, the three of them form the nucleus of Angel Investigations.
- All Genes Are Codominant: He didn't even know about his father's demonic lineage until he turned twenty — presumably because of the spikes ejecting from his face. He prefers to pass as human, something pure-blood Bracken demons can't do.
- Badass: While he may not often get a chance to show it, his demon side is extremely powerful.
- Blessed with Suck
- The Chooser of The One: While complaining that the Chosen One doesn't stock beer in the fridge.
- Cowardly Lion
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Cordelia.
- Fainting Seer
- Foot Dragging Divorcee: Inverted; Doyle finally comes around to blessing the new union, only for Harry's fiancee to try to eat his brains.
- Freak Out: He didn't take the news of his demonic heritage well, and ended up boarding himself up in an apartment and chain-smoking all day.
- Glamour Failure: He tends to involuntarily morph to his demon form when he sneezes.
- Half-Human Hybrid/Human Mom, Non-human Dad: "As it happens, I'm very much human... (sneezes and turns blue with spikes) ...on my mother's side."
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Hidden Depths: He used to be a school teacher. Lampshaded by Cordelia.
- Hypocritical Humor: Preaches the importance of reaching people on a personal level and inspiring moral good just before telling a homeless woman asking for change to "Get a job, you lazy sow".
- Iconic Item: A brown (or black) leather jacket.
- Im Dying Please Take My Macguffin: Transfers his visions to Cordelia via their Last Kiss.
- Echoed in Season Five, when Cordelia's visions pass on to Angel.
- Last Name Basis: To the extent that Angel and Cordelia are surprised to learn his name is Allen.
- Lineage Comes from the Father
- My Greatest Failure: Refusing to lend aid to a group of pacifist Brachen demons who were trying to escape The Scourge. Later that night, Doyle experienced his very first vision — that of the entire Brachen clan being slaughtered.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat: A porkpie hat, similar to the one worn by Whistler in Season 2 of BtVS (on whose character Doyle is based).
- The Obi-Wan
- Oireland: Although unlike Angel, Glenn Quinn's accent is genuinely and refreshingly Irish.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Though Doyle's Irish accent was the genuine article, Glenn Quinn had to "Americanize" his accent every once in a while so the audience could understand him.
- Oops I Forgot I Was Married: To Harriet Doyle, a demonologist. They eventually parted ways amicably, through Harry called off her new engagement, probably because her demon fiancÚ's family would only approve of their marriage if he performed an obscure ritual that involved eating Doyle's brain.
- Percussive Prevention: When he knocked Angel off a platform so that Angel wouldn't have to sacrifice himself to disarm The Scourge's weapon.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Redemption Equals Death: He sacrifices himself to stop the Scourge's weapon and atone for the My Greatest Failure tragedy listed above.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Sad Clown
- The So-Called Coward
- Stages of Monster Grief: Doyle coped poorly with the revelation of his demon side, and his marriage to Harriet soon crumbled. However, the point is made that his demonic heritage probably wasn't the only reason their marriage broke up. Upon learning about demons, Harriet found the thought of studying an entirely new set of cultures and pastimes intriguing, whereas Doyle just wanted to pretend his demonic side didn't exist.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Remarks in one episode that he may be "a little attracted" to Angel.
- Super Mode: Bracken demon mode.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute/Expy: In a way. He was in the cast from the beginning, but was originally intended to be the demon Whistler; the character Doyle was created with very similar traits when Max Perlich, who played Whistler on Buffy, turned out to be unavailable. In "City of" Doyle even wears a hat similar to Whistler's iconic hat.
- That Man Is Dead: "It's Doyle now. Just Doyle."
- We Hardly Knew Ye, in part due to Actor Existence Failure: Doyle was written out after 9 episodes, as Joss had always wanted to have a Sacrificial Lion, though Real Life Writes the Plot was also in play due to Glenn Quinn's drug addiction. Whedon wanted to bring him back later, but Quinn died of a drug overdose in 2002.
- What Could Have Been: Joss Whedon planned to bring Doyle back as a season Big Bad. Unfortunately, nothing came of it due to Quinn's death.
- Willfully Weak: He hardly ever used his demon form because of his discomfort with it.
Charles Gunn (J. August Richards)
"Lived my whole life in L.A., now I find out there are mountains. A brother should be told."
Orphaned at a young age, Gunn finds himself living on the streets of LA and fighting vampires to survive, eventually forming his own crew of youths from similar backgrounds. After Angel helps the crew out in a turf war against a gang of vampires, Gunn in turn helps Angel and co. in a number of situations, slowly moving away from the streets and becoming a part of Angel Investigations. Street-wise and an accomplished fighter, Gunn nevertheless harbours insecurities that he is nothing more than 'dumb muscle.'
Krevlornswath "Lorne" of the Deathwok Clan, also known as The Host (Andy Hallett)
"Always leave 'em wanting more, kiddo. That's the rule."
Demonic nightclub owner with the face of Quentin Tarantino
, and the dress sense of Liberace
. Born in another dimension, Lorne rejected its Proud Warrior Race Guy
culture, becoming a pariah. He was overjoyed, then, when he fell into a portal and found himself in Los Angeles. Setting up a karaoke bar on the spot, he brands it a sanctuary, where violence between demons is impossible. Lorne is an empath
, who can read people's destinies when they bare their souls — that is, when they sing. He uses this to help people by setting them on their true path. Lorne tries to maintain a neutral stance, but finds himself being drawn into Angel Investigations and eventually becomes a full-fledged member of the team.
- Actual Pacifist: To the extent that killing Lindsey McDonald under Angel's orders, an act the complete opposite of his pacifistic nature, is one of the implied reasons he developed cancer in recent comics.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Green skin with red horns. He is from another dimension.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: When he disappeared from Pylea, everyone feasted for weeks because they assumed he had committed ritual suicide.
- Anything That Moves: Something of a G-rated version of this trope; he flirts shamelessly with guys and girls alike, but never appears to have a genuine romantic or sexual attraction to anyone. Andy Hallett Hand Waves this by merely stating that Lorne loves "all humans".
- Bizarre Demon Biology: Mentions that his heart is located in his rear.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He darkens quite a bit when Fred is put in jeopardy. To say nothing of his final scene.
- Bi the Way: Lorne seems to fit this (or Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?). He's definitely into girls; however, he also is fond of the thought of Angel in leather pants, and freely refers to him as "lover", "sweetie" and scores of other romantic endearments. Lorne also is interested in fashion, culture, art, music and Elton John. He also has a somewhat flamboyantly, stereotypically gay personality. However, his sexuality has never been addressed directly in the show, and the actor considered the character asexual.
- The Character Died with Him: Following Andy Hallet's death, his character was retired in a self-titled, one-shot comic.
- Cleopatra Nose
- The Confidant
- The Dandy: To paraphrase Mayor Wilkins on Buffy: That is one exciting suit!
- A Day in the Limelight: "Life of the Party"
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a green-skinned, red-eyed interdimensional demon from a Proud Warrior Race... and the White Sheep of his clan.
- Deadpan Snarker
- De Fictionalization: Lorne headlines a Las Vegas show in one episode. This was done by having Lorne headline a show in Las Vegas, and filming it.
- Drink Order: "More Sea, less Breeze."
- Embarrassing First Name: His full name is "Krevlornswath" in his native dimension, and even he isn't too fond of the shortened nickname. (He has green skin, which apparently made some people think of Lorne Greene from Bonanza).
- The Empath: And about as reliable as a cheap fortune cookie.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He was originally just called "The Host," stating that he preferred not to go by Lorne because his green skin would cause people to crack Lorne Greene jokes.
- Fun Personified
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Inverted. As head of the W&H Entertainment Division, Lorne is bogged down with so much work that he has to surgically remove his sleep — and even then he still can't catch up. It becomes clear that it's Lorne's way of assuming his old Caritas role and bringing people together, even at great self-sacrifice.
- Have I Mentioned I Am a Dwarf Today?: Subverted; Lorne doesn't mind it at all if people mistake his green skin for makeup. Especially if it gets him into Caesar's Palace. The first time this happens, he accidentally runs into a librarian who stammers, "You're—...you're—!!" before sighing, "...from the children's reading program!" At this, Lorne considers dropping by and reading some Harry Potter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his corporeal body by leaping into the Music of the Spheres, thereby restoring balance to the universe. At least he went out singing.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Our Lady of the Perpetual Sea Breeze.
- Immigrant Patriotism: As soon as he heard Aretha Franklin's voice, he knew he was home.
- Incredibly Long Note: Once claimed he can hold a note literally forever.
- Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: On Pylea, for not wanting to be a warrior.
- Losing Your Head: He can survive decapitation and being cut apart, but only if his body parts aren't then mutilated.
- Lorne keeps this small detail about himself secret, apparently so as to gauge his friends' grief-stricken reactions to his 'death'. (He isn't impressed with any of them.)
- Lounge Lizard
- Love You and Everybody: His actor states that Lorne loves "all humans," thus explaining his ambiguous sexuality.
- Meaningful Name: On Lorne's homeworld, they drink "Flib liquor," humans are "cows", and they clean out "flehegna" stables. Maybe his nickname was apt.
- Mentor: Sort of.
- Mr. Exposition
- Musical Assassin: He can make stuff explode by hitting just the right note.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much
- Nice Guy
- Noble Demon: There's plenty of benign demons in the Buffyverse, but Lorne goes above and beyond the call of duty. His club, Caratas (Latin for "sanctuary") was specifically designed to bring human and demonkind together peacefully.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Lorne's the smiling, happy, carefree member of the team. When he begins to crack in Season 5, it's a sign that everything's about to fall apart. He never really recovers.
- Opt Out: In the series finale.
- Out of Focus: In Season Five, Andy Hallett probably spent more time in the makeup chair than he did in front of the camera. On the upside, Lorne did get his own episode (see above) and was featured in the final stretch.
- The Paladin: Of all the characters in either Buffy or Angel, it is Lorne who is the most morally pure, and the most morally inspirational. If you don't sort of wish you could be a little bit more like him, you have no soul in you at all.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: An overcoat and a trilby, which looks dashing in a Humphrey Bogart-sort of way, but about as inconspicuous as a Ninja Turtle.
- A baseball cap and sunglasses are enough to disguise him in broad daylight.
- Person as Verb: Originally known simply as "The Host."
- The Power of Rock: Karaoke is the only way to put things right!
- Promotion to Opening Titles: At long last partway into Season Four.
- Psychic Powers: He can read people's futures. Allegedly only when they sing, but there have been plenty of occasions when he's read people who aren't singing. Each time he brushes it off as them broadcasting unusually strongly because of their emotional state. It happens frequently. He can also mystically sense when Cordelia is about to receive a vision and has the ability to surf her connection to the Powers That Be and tap into her visions as a result. He needs to be touching Cordelia to do this latter but he's even able to tell when Cordelia's being sent fake visions from an earth-based psychic and indicates that it requires genuine skill to be able to work that out as the fakes were very convincing.
- Red Baron: Ends up becoming one the more benign demon "lords" of L.A. after it is banished to Hell. Lorne is elected the Lord of Silver Lake, and does his very best to make his territory "a Heaven in Hell". (After the Fall)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's got red eyes because he's a demon, but he's a gentle soul who's pretty sweet and fun company.
- Sad Clown: His perpetual comic persona starts turning into this in Season Five, mostly after Fred dies. He even gets a whole scene talking about this in "Underneath."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being told his part in Angel's take-down-the-Black-Thorns plan, he tells Angel that he would do it for the sake of their friendship, but after that, he was done and they would most likely never see him again.
- Sensor Character
- Shipper on Deck: Leads the movement to pair off Angel and Cordelia. You can't fight love, Cinnamon Buns!
- Some Call Me Tim
- Soundtrack Dissonance: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine... ♪
- Averted. The lyrics fit the scene exactly. Though the tune is generally considered happy, it is about the listener leaving the singer, and taking all the joy in his life with.
- Spiky Hair
- Took a Level in Badass: His last scene. Interestingly, it is obvious that Lorne finds the act disgusting and demoralising; afterwards, he walks out on the team without so much as a goodbye.
- The Unfavorite: His cousins use their empathic powers to hunt. Lorne used his to read peoples' destinies, and was considered a freak. He preferred music over hunting, even though music doesn't really exist in his dimension.
- Verbal Tic: Whenever Lorne finishes a sentence he refers to the person he's talking to as some kind of endearment, often a foodstuff: Pumpkin, Angel-cakes, Kiwi, Sweet potato, Muffin.
- "And stop calling me pastries!
- This extends to curses, as well. "Aw, fudgesicle!"
- Back on Pylea they used to call him "fragrant tuber".
- Backfires when Lorne telephones a coded message for help ("Say 'hi' to Fluffy for me!"), which Fred interprets as just another nickname for someone in Angel's group.
- Or Harmonica/Harmonita, in Harmony's case.
- White Sheep: To the rest of his clan.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: While running Caritas, he firmly believed that anyone, human or demon, could turn their lives around if given sufficient guidance, and thus allowed everyone, even baby-eating demons, entry.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Parodied when Angel drags him kicking and screaming to Pylea. Learns nothing, accomplishes nothing, goes back home. The end.
"I had to come back here to find out I didn't
have to come back here. I don't belong
here, I hate
it here! You know where I belong? L.A.
You know why? Nobody
belongs there. It's the perfect place for guys like us."
- Well, he did get closure. That's something, at least.
Winifred "Fred" Burkle
Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Amy Acker)
(flips through fashion magazine) Why do girls want to look like that? I spent years in a cave starving, what's their excuse?"
Fred was attending college in Los Angeles when she was sucked into a portal and ended up in a demon dimension where humans are slaves. She's there for five years and rather insane before Angel and crew rescue her. Staying with them, she slowly re-adapts to life and becomes a valued member of the team, her incredible intelligence causing her to serve as the brains of the outfit.
- A-Cup Angst: Played with. In one episode when the cast was mentally regressed back to early high school, she seems disappointed with how much she's "filled out" in her adult body. She never comments on it again.
Fred: Wait, is there someone else? What—what's her name?
Gunn: Her name is "I'm a real woman, not a stick figure." Get the picture?
- Action Girl
- Adorkable: Just watch her try to role play as a vampire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QklpcFw9khs&feature=related
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Normal
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Eater: Capable of eating her own body weight in waffles.
- Bored With Insanity
- Brainy Brunette
- The Chick
- Cloudcuckoolander: When she first returns from Pylea. She gets better.
- Cool Big Sis: Tries to act as one to Connor. It works when he's in a good mood and she's not torturing him for going after Angel.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Hollowed out and turned into a shell for a gestating demon. All of her internal organs slowly and painfully liquify, including her brain.
- Cute and Psycho: These tendencies are never completely gone — just dormant.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: If she hadn't gotten so curious over Illyria's sarcophagus, she'd still be alive.
- Deader than Dead: Verified by Illyria in the Season Six comics. There's nothing left no matter how much everybody (including, oddly, the God-King herself) wishes. Just the memory of who she was.
- Former Teen Rebel: "It'd be cooler if we could score some weed, though!"
- Geeky Turn-On: You have no idea. (Probably too many to list.)
- Gibbering Genius: Though she's good-natured enough to backpedal a bit in her speeches. Even when describing how she's about to kill someone!
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: The writers seemed to be competing with each other to see what loony item Fred holds next. Crossbow? Automatic scythe trap? Sniper rifle? Flamethrower?
The halberd could work. Acting like I'm all addle-brained talking about other dimensions. (mocking
) Pylea? Never heard of it! (angry
) Right. How 'bout a flail-whipping? Would that take a nice long time? Angel
: Hours, if you do it right. — Not that you should do it at all
. (takes whip from her
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Feigenbaum, the "Master of Chaos"!
- Good Parents: Who doesn't love Roger and Trish?
- She herself also acts as one to Connor while Angel and Cordy are imprisoned by him and become a Higher Power, respectively.
- Good with Numbers: Which once almost resulted in her brain being stolen.
- The Heart: She holds the crew together emotionally. It...eventually breaks her Stepford Smiler facade.
- Hot Librarian/Hot Scientist
- Ill Girl: "A Hole in the World".
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Downplayed, but her shooting skills were enough that she was able to shoot Angel through Jasmine. She's also been pretty handy with a crossbow in other appearances, but this takes the cake.
- The Ingenue
- Is This What Anger Feels Like?
- Kill the Cutie
- Living Bodysuit: See below, re:Illyria
- Meganekko: Whenever she dons the glasses.
- Minored In Ass Kicking
- Moe Stare: See picture.
- Ms. Fixit
- Naughty by Night: According to Angelus, anyway.
- No Social Skills: She did live in Pylea for a few years.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She's a physicist by trade; she just happens to also be good at anything else. In Season Five, she is elevated to The Coroner, because why not?
- The Pollyanna
- Robinsonade: "I've been trying to make an enchilada out of tree bark."
- Room Full of Crazy: The astrophysics formulas on her cave wall, and later hotel room. Lampshaded ever-after by Gunn and Wes, who never quite let Fred live it down.
- Ship Tease: Developed a schoolgirl-like crush on Angel, but later got past it.
- Shrinking Violet
- Stepford Smiler: Cheery is her default mode, but after 5 years in Hell, her friends falling apart and all the responsibilities falling on her...she starts to break apart until she snaps in "Ground State" when Gunn almost dies and again in "Supersymmetry" when she finds the one responsible for her 5 years in Hell. She decides as soon as she finds out that he has to die.
- The Smart Girl
- Southern-Fried Genius
- Team Mom: Becomes the de facto one after Cordelia dies.
- Token Good Teammate
- Tomboyish Name
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tacos. (One notable difference about Pylea is its conspicuous absence of Tex-Mex.)
Fred: Are - are you sure about that?
Cordelia: Trust me. Tacos everywhere. ...And soap.
- Unkempt Beauty: It takes her a while to rediscover civilization.
- Weak, but Skilled: Happens only rarely, but when Fred pulls a fast one, her ingenuity will leave you dizzy.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Wrench Wench
Groosalugg (Mark Lutz)
A battle-hardened champion of Pylea and other-world equivalent of Angel. Though technically of Lorne's species, his mixed bloodline has manifested in "Cow" (read: humanoid) traits, making him an outcast among his kind. Once Cordelia ascends the throne, the Groosalugg (or "Groo" for short) is assigned as her mate. However, Cordelia does not want to consummate their relationship because she fears losing her visions, which Groo would immediately inherit. At Cordy's urging, rulership of Pylea passes to Groo, who installs a set of sweeping reforms. He is soon dethroned, however, and ends up in Los Angeles — unknowingly edging out Angel as the city's hero.
- The Ace: Aside from being a bit dim, he really is Just That Good. That's how he got the title of Groosalugg ("brave and undefeated.")
- Actually That's My Assistant: After Cordelia is told that her mate has arrived, a hunchback horrible creature enters the throne room, a few moments later the handsome actual Groosalugg enteres the room telling the creature he can put his luggage anywhere
- Always Someone Better: Can do everything Angel can, and in the daylight.
- All Genes Are Codominant: He's basically a pink-skinned variant of Lorne's species, with navy blue eyes.
- All of the Other Reindeer: His "cow blood" ensured a lifetime of loathing.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Groosalugg means "brave and undefeated." That's right, his name advertises the fact that he never loses.* Badass Normal: One of the only non-powered humanoids to thoroughly beat Angel.
- Barbarian Hero
- Bash Brothers: With Angel, and once with Gunn.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Probably the nicest guy after Doyle, yet just as badass as Angel.
- Bungled Suicide: Shunned by his people, Groo left to fight monsters until one would inevitably kill him. He laments that he couldn't even do that right, as he won every time.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in After the Fall, long hair and all.
- The Cape: Angel grumps about how he's better at being one than Angel himself.
- The Cutie: Albeit a sword-wielding one.
- Costume Copycat: Cordelia giving him an L.A.-style makeover, right down to the...spiky hair... — Hey, wait a minute...!
Angel: He's wearing my clothes!
- Death Is Cheap
- Driven to Suicide/Suicide by Cop: Played for laughs, after a lifetime of being ostracized by his people he fought the greatest warriors and fiercest beasts in hopes of them ending his miserable existence, but was so skillful that he defeated them all
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Cordelia is initially horrified that she's expected to mate with a "Groosalugg."
- Dumb Is Good: He eventually wises up to this and lets the rest of the team do the planning.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Upon following Cordy to Los Angeles.
- Hopeless Suitor
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Summoned from "the Scum Pits of Ur."
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After realizing that Cordelia truly loved Angel and not him, he chivalrously stepped aside to let Cordelia pursue him.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Except for the armor part.
- Leeroy Jenkins: At first. He realizes it and gets better.
- Made of Iron: Part of his Badass Normal-ity.
(Watching the Groosalugg stick his hand in open flame to prepare for battle) This guy - he doesn't feel pain
Oh, he feels it, but - he's the Groosalugg. He overcomes all things. Good luck!
- Master Swordsman
- Nice Guy
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Groosalugg is a title that means "brave and undefeated" his actual name is never revealed
- Reluctant Ruler: About the only thing Groo fails at is running a country; He became bored with the committees, and was deposed pretty quick.
- Shout-Out: A mighty, good-hearted and rather dumb warrior nicknamed Groo?
- Spell My Name with a "The"
- Spock Speak: "Hail, potential client!"
- Subverted in one (unfortunately cut) scene, where he's trying to record a message for the team's answering machine.
Groosalugg: Hello. We welcome your telephonic — (hangs up, picks up) Hello. Many thanks for telephoning — (hangs up, looks around, picks up) Hi. This is Groo. I can't make it to the phone right now, but if you'll leave a message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can. (shakes his head, hangs up again) Their speaking path is so odd.
- What Beautiful Eyes/Occult Blue Eyes: His only obvious non-human trait, a pair of unnaturally dark blue eyes that seem to lack pupils.
Connor (Vincent Kartheiser)
"And the sneer's genetic, who knew?"
— Willow and Connor
Against all laws of the universe, Angel and his sire Darla conceive a son
and the result is Connor, who is super-strong, agile, has enhanced senses and healing and is, by all appearances, human. Taken away to another dimension, the Quor-Toth, as a baby, Connor returns a few months later. Due to time flowing differently there
, he is now seventeen years old, and an incredible fighter. Harboring a deep hatred for Angel's true nature, Connor is at odds with Angel Investigation just as often as he is fighting alongside them.
Illyria (Amy Acker)
"I'd like to keep Spike as my pet."
Illyria is an Old One, one of the ancient demons that walked the earth before the coming of man. Killed millions of years ago, she is reincarnated in Fred's body
and intends to rule once again...only to find her army long dead and her temple turned to dust. With nowhere else to go, she remains with the group, seeking to learn how to live in this strange, new world. Still incredibly powerful even in her diminished form, Illyria is a mighty ally to have; but she see human affairs as beneath her and the crew can never be quite sure that she's on their side.
- Action Girl
- A God Am I: "I am Illyria, God-King of the Primordium!"
- Aloof Ally: One can never predict when she'll assist Team Angel, or why. At one point, Illyria rescues Gunn from a torture dimension just so she can throttle him in front of Wesley, apparently to play the You Owe Me card.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Starts off holding zero value for human life, empathy or social conventions. But she is incredibly rigidly honorable - though even her code of honour is hard to grasp.
- Blood Knight: Is quite fond of fighting and violence in general.
"I enjoy hurting you."
"I've been hitting the half-breed. He makes noise."
- Brought Down to Badass: After being drained of the bulk of her power by Wesley's Mutari generator, she's still quite a bit stronger than most other vampires and demons.
- Curiosity Causes Conversion
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Demonic Possession: She not only took over Fred's body, but consumed her soul, too.
- Depower: She's less powerful than she was in her original form. When Fred's body proves unable to contain her power, she gets depowered even further, and even after that she's still quite powerful.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: "Take your best shot, little girl."
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Armies of Doom. She used to have them.
- Double Consciousness: 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.
- Drives Like Crazy: Referenced in the comic continuation; During her road trip with Gunn, Illyria asks for another turn at the wheel. Gunn flatly refuses, saying that the last time Illyria attempted to drive, she sent twelve cars flying off the freeway. Illyria states that if she can rule the Earth, she can learn to master driving.
- Eldritch Abomination: One of the few (non-parodic) sympathetic unspeakable horrors from the beyond in fiction.
- The Empath: Can sense (and is disgusted by) Wesley's grief. In later episodes she also senses his desire for her when she takes Fred's form, and calls him on it when he rejects the idea of sleeping with Fred!Illyria.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water
- Flight, Strength, Heart: She has Super Strength, can manipulate time, and can talk to plants.
- Ghost Memory: She has Fred's memories, but not her soul.
- Glacier Waif: Fast enough to use Waif-Fu, but doesn't really need to.
- Glory Days: Illyria often talked about the world of her time and how everyone was afraid of her and her kind.
- God Emperor: Her role before the creation of the world. Coming down to blue-haired Waif-Fu wielder was an adjustment, to say the least.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Her inhuman stoicism makes it hard to see the explosive, homicidal rage in time to steer clear.
- Heel-Face Turn: Though deeply, deeply unhappy about it.
- Hero with an F in Good: In the comics, her road to heroism hits a few roadblocks. To prevent a demon from leeching off of Jeremy's energy, she dutifully punches a hole clean through Jeremy's chest. Ouch.
- In the climax of After the Fall, she reverts to her primordial demon form due to the machinations of Gunn and starts wrecking Los Angeles. The Senior Partners fix her so she returns to 'normal'.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: How she sees herself when she first comes back, when to the others she's still terrifyingly powerful. Then she gets depowered again, to the degree that she can be defeated by Hamilton, a minion of entities she once considered barely worth noticing.
- Hugh Mann
- Humanity Ensues
- Intercontinuity Crossover: In Fallen Angel: Reborn.
- The Juggernaut: Before having her powers sapped by Wesley's black hole gun.
- Kick Chick
- Lack of Empathy: Wesley gets roped into becoming her instructor in this regard. In an ironic twist, Illyria discovers her sense of empathy all too well — with Wesley's death.
- Living Relic
- The Magnificent: "I am Illyria, God-King of the Primordium, Shaper of Things!"
- Marionette Motion: When she first takes control of her new body.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Subverted; she can hold her own against weaker baddies, but on a level playing field, a bruiser like Hamilton spells trouble.
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Revealed in the Angel comic series to have a once-in-a-millenium mating cycle, signaled by Illyria going 'into heat'.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That she is able to detect Connor's attraction to her and Wesley's attraction to the form of Fred
- No Social Skills: Can't talk to me during your meeting? Then I'll kill everyone at the meeting.
- Noble Demon
- Physical God
- Power Incontinence: Her physical form proves to unstable to contain her essence. She's forced to power down permanently, or else explode.
- Puny Earthlings: Her habit of likening people to vermin, apes, plankton, amoebas, slime...
- Quizzical Tilt: It usually means you're in for a beating.
- Replacement Goldfish: Wesley is drawn to Illyria as she's all he has left of Fred.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Well, a coffin.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can:
This fate is worse than death
. Condemned to live out existence in a vessel incapable of sustaining my true glory. How am I to function with such limitation?
- Sensei for Scoundrels: Can't believe Angel is wangsting over being the head of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. Illyria sets him straight with this speech.
Illyria: So much power here! And you quibble at its price. If you want to win a war, you must serve no master but your own ambition.
- Shout-Out: May possibly be coincidental, but she has some significant visual, backstory and personality similarities to Eldrad from the Doctor Who story "The Hand of Fear".
- Small Role, Big Impact: Appeared in only 8 episodes (in one of them only the final scene) out of 110. Yet she's one of the most significant characters in the series.
- Soul Jar: Her sarcophagus, although closer to a Magic Jar.
- Sour Supporter: "The intricacies of your fates are meaningless."
- Spock Speak
- Spy Catsuit: With an impressive range of movement. Maybe it's the bootlegs.
- Straw Vulcan
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Super Power Lottery: Before she got depowered, she was probably the single strongest character in the entire Buffyverse. And even afterwards, she was still way more powerful than any of the heroes and most of the villains.
- Take Over the World: Wes predicts that Illyria will never quit her pursuit of this.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: In exchange for helping her navigate present-day Earth, Wesley makes her swear an oath not to kill people. The rest of Team Angel has a hard time digesting this, mostly assuming that she is somehow plotting instead of keeping her promise.
- Time Master: Shares Sahjan's ability to traverse other dimensions. In "Time Bomb", she starts tripping through our timestream, though it turns out to be a side-effect of her exploding in the near future. After the Fall shows her warping time erratically every so often.
- Token Evil Teammate: Oh, the irony.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Exploits her ability to morph into Fred to make failed advances at Wesley, who ironically replaced Knox as her right-hand man. It is kept vague whether she is purely interested in probing Wesley's brain, or if theremnants of Fred's psyche are manipulating her feelings toward Wes — or both?
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Able to alter her physical appearance at will (she is capable of mimicking Fred's persona closely enough to fool Fred's parents, right down to the clothing she wears).
- Waif-Fu: Somewhat subverted. Illyria certainly doesn't look like she should hit hard, but her fighting style is mostly Mighty Glacier as opposed to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Illyria pushes the outer bounds of why immortality might not be all that great. Nearly every Required Secondary Power imaginable including reincarnation — and her main reward was outliving even her presumably immortal army and pocket dimension temple.
- You Can't Go Home Again: She debates the idea of traveling to her home dimension, or any world besides this one. In her human form, however, her old buddies would eat her alive.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Causing a drunken Wesley to call her a smurf.