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Tropes that apply to Team Angel as a whole:

  • Good Is Not Soft: Doyle is probably the softest member and he doesn't last very long.
  • Hardboiled Detective: They are certainly hardboiled, but it's lampshaded several times that they lack the skill set of real private detectives.

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Angel, né Liam

"I got two modes with people, bite and avoid."
Played By: David Boreanaz

"For a hundred years, I offered an ugly death to everyone I met, and I did it with a song in my heart."

A vampire, one of the worst recorded. Sired in Oireland circa 1753 by Darla and, adopting the name "Angelus," wreaked havoc across Europe for almost 150 years until he angered a Gypsy clan by killing one of their beloved daughters. The Gypsies cursed him by returning his soul, filling him with remorse for his crimes.

After a century of living in squalor and feeding off rats, Angel is recruited by the Powers That Be and sent to watch over Buffy Summers, the newly-called Slayer. He serves as a Scoobies' contact in the demon world and Buffy's first Love Interest, but loses his soul in Season 2, becoming a formidable Big Bad with a love of torture (both physical and psychological).

Even re-ensouled, the threat isn't over. Should Angel achieve even a moment of pure happiness, the gypsy curse is automatically lifted; their code of vengeance holds that it's better for him to become evil again than to do anything to ease his suffering. Realizing that he's a danger as long as he's around Buffy, he packs up and Sunnydale for Los Angeles, where he gets his own show. He continues to fight demons as a form of penance for his crimes.

He returned to Buffy in the Season 8 comics, and co-stars with Faith in the comic series called Angel and Faith.
  • Adorkable: In the comic books. The reading glasses.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Buffy and Cordelia, his two major love interests, are former cheerleaders.
  • And Your Little Dog Too:
    • He meant real dogs.
    Buffy: Skip it. I don't have a puppy, so skip it.
    • Giles' profile on Angelus suggests that he will lash out at everything that made him feel human. Buffy tops the list.
  • The Antichrist/Anti Anti Christ: The Shanshu Prophecy was not explicit on which side Angel would be fighting on during the end times. At the start of Angel, the idea of Angel willingly cooperating with the Senor Partners seems unthinkable. By the end of Season Four, Angel has darkened enough and his circumstances have gotten hazy to the point where he joins them. According to the comics, the jury's still out on whether the Shanshu prophecy spells doom for mankind in general. Wesley's father, Roger Wyndam-Pryce (or at least a close facsimile thereof) warned that Angel is "more dangerous than you realize."
  • Anti-Hero: Default state is Type II, but spends time as Type III on occasion. The presence of Darla can cause a change to Type IV, although that is very temporary.
  • The Anti-Nihilist:
    "If nothing we do matters... then all that matters is what we do."
  • Appropriated Appellation: Liam took his vampire name from his sister, who mistook her resurrected older brother for an angel.
  • The Atoner:
  • Back for the Finale: Delivering a "Hey, You!" Haymaker to Caleb in "End of Days." Unfortunately for Angel, he's back on the Buffy set now, which means Caleb lunges right back up and knocks him flat in "Chosen." Tradition, y'know.
  • Bad Boss: Became this when he became CEO of Wolfram & Hart in Angel season five, though in his defense, most of the employees are bad guys in servitude to the Senior Partners, his sworn enemies; by the time of the sixth episode of the season, it's noted that Angel has killed several of the employees, as well as their clients, and that all of the other employees are terrified that Angel's going to off them next. In the episode "Harm's Way," he called a demon employee into his office and promptly chopped his head off with an axe because said employee violated the zero-tolerance policy on killing humans that Angel had instated.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one to Lindsey in Season Five. As he had also regained his self-confidence as a hero and champion, it also counts as a He's Back moment:
    "All those tattoos, all those new tricks you've learned just don't matter. Doesn't matter what you try. Doesn't matter where I am or how badass you think you've become. 'Cause you know what? I'm Angel. I beat the bad guys."
  • Badass in Distress: Frequently. Kendra nearly incinerated him in the cellar of Willie's bar, and he later spent an entire season hiatus in this state. ("Deep Down").
    "So... how was your summer? Mine was fun. Saw some fish. Went mad with hunger. Hallucinated a whole bunch."
  • Badass Longcoat: Often wears a black leather duster.
  • Bad Dreams: With such regularity, one wonders how he catches any winks without valium. Yet another downside to being undead: vampires share a Psychic Link with their kin. When a vampire he sired 100 years ago starts killing people locally, Angel feels it. In Angel Season Two, Angel starts having... erm, 'dreams' about his maker. It is later revealed that Darla is dosing him with occult herbs to drive him into a frenzy.
  • Batman Gambit: Near the end of After the Fall, Angel, realizing that the Senior Partners need him alive for their plans, provokes Gunn into killing him, forcing the Partners to hit the Reset Button so that the Fall of Los Angeles never happened and bringing back everyone who died since then in the process, which is exactly what Angel expected them to do.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Liam always wanted to get out of Galway and see the world so naturally, he jumped at Darla's offer to see it together. Then he was vampirized but still didn't regret it until the gypsies forced his soul back inside him.
  • Beast and Beauty: With Buffy and Cordelia, in that order, because he's a vampire and they are cute human girls.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He was in China during the Boxer Rebellion, and apparently knew Elvis and The Rat Pack personally.
  • Being Good Sucks: Atonement's a bitch.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Spike's red. Spike's embrace of punk music, as opposed to quieter, more emotive music (Angel is a closet Fanilow as well as an ex-RatPack groupie) is indicative of his distaste for brooding intellectual types like Angel.
  • Big Bad: For Season 2 of Buffy he is the main villain. He also took over the role for a short while in Angel's fourth season after killing The Beast, until he was re-ensouled again by Willow. He once again becomes the role during his stint as 'Twilight' in Season Eight
  • Big Fancy House: A creepy, art deco mansion on the edge of town. Angelus moves into the abandoned residence along with Drusilla and Spike. When he comes back from hell in Season 3, Angel stays there until the end of the season.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Part of Angelus's M.O. at one point was to carve the image of a crucifix into his victims' left cheek so as to spite God.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Is turned human by the Senior Partners in the After the Fall comics in order to hinder him. Using various charms and spells, he's still in the game and kicking ass.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Ah, Angel. Brooding, angsty vampire trying to fight the good fight, within LA and himself. Who'd ever think that he dug Mandy and Barry Manilow, or had a fear of dancing (yet a secret desire to, despite how awful he is at it) or go on about how much he loves Buffy when pretending to be drunk?
  • Buy Them Off: In "Disharmony," after spending most of the episode trying to win back Cordelia's friendship to little avail, he does so easily by buying her a whole new wardrobe. Ironically, this is after Wesley stated Angel couldn't just buy Cordy's friendship back.
  • Byronic Hero: While he has all of the strengths of a vampire, his true power lies in his intimate understanding of evil.
  • Celibate Hero: "I'm not a eunuch!"
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: With any woman he loves, or else he'll try to destroy the world again. Realistically, any sex would be a gamble because it would reveal his vampire nature. His love life is about as checkered as everyone else's in the series.
    Connor: Do you spend all your time making out with other vampires, like in Anne Rice novels?
    Angel: Uh, no. I used to, but...
    Connor: You have a girlfriend at least?
    Angel: Can't afford to.
    Connor: Must be lonely.
    Angel: (defensively) I keep busy!
    • He manages to share intimacy with a werewolf, Nina Ash, near the conclusion of Angel. The trick is, their relationship is premature — to say nothing of Angel's mounting gloom at having to send her away in the series finale.
  • The Champion: He appointed himself as Buffy's guardian shortly after she was called as a Slayer.
  • Chronically Crashed Car: The Plymouth got totaled in the pilot, and later wound up in Lorne's basement club (via a wormhole), making it somewhat resemble a Jackrabbit Slim's. (They never do explain how they removed the car.)
  • Closet Geek: Angel & Faith teaches us that Angel is a die-hard fan of Douglas Adams. It helped him through a difficult period in The '80s...
  • Clueless Detective: A Running Gag is that he's better at fighting demons than he is at genuine detective work. On one occasion, he had to hire another detective agency with a Friend on the Force for help on a case.
  • The Comically Serious: The fact that he's periodically-evil while his companions are all Happy Meals with legs might have something to do with all the jokes at his expense, to keep him grounded.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Angelus' M.O. A perfect example: near the end of Season 2 of Buffy, he captures Giles for information on how to awaken the demon Acathla and destroy the world, and openly admits that he hopes that Giles won't tell him what he needs to know willingly because he doesn't want to be deprived of the opportunity to torture someone.
  • Cool Car:
    • A black Plymouth convertible, mirroring Spike's muscle car. The only difference is, Angel's roof is detachable... in sunny LA. (He purchased it on the cheap.)
    "Why not a personalized license plate that says "IRONY"?"
    • A whole fleet of luxury cars (with necrotempered windows™) after he becomes Wolfram & Hart's CEO. Also, a helicopter.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits it in season 2, which leads him to have sex with Darla in an attempt to shed his soul. Angel even outright describes this encounter as "perfect despair" rather than "perfect happiness."
  • Deus Angst Machina: Mr. Whedon, don't make him happy. You wouldn't like him when he's happy.
  • Determined Defeatist: Though there is the occasional reprieve, at heart, Angel suspects that he will never stop paying for his crimes. He and Spike share a grumpy exchange about how they're both going to Hell, and thus will never be rid of each other.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: In the Angel TV finale, his plan is to take out the Circle of the Black Thorn, the Senior Partners' main instruments of evil on Earth, and go out in a blaze of glory.
  • Do with Him as You Will:
    • In season 2's "Reunion," Holland Manners, having had Drusilla re-sire a resurrected Darla, gives them full backing for whatever massacre they intend to carry out and organizes a wine tasting at his house for Wolfram & Hart employees to celebrate his success, only for Drusilla and Darla to crash the party, intending to kill Holland and the W&H employees there as revenge for being used as pawns. Angel shows up, apparently planning to Save the Villain... but instead, Angel also wants them dead and locks them all in the wine cellar with Darla and Drusilla before leaving them to die.
    • In season 3's "Double or Nothing," Jenoff, a paranormal crime boss/casino owner, comes to collect Gunn's soul in accordance with a Deal with the Devil Gunn made years ago. In the climax, Angel chops off Jenoff's head. It quickly becomes apparent that this will only temporarily incapacitate him, so Angel asks who else in the casino owes the man, and leaves as the mob descends on Jenoff.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone's scared of Angelus.
  • Dying as Yourself: His death in the Buffy season 2 finale. Willow has successfully re-ensouled Angelus... but unfortunately, Acathla has already begun to awaken, and Buffy has no choice but to kill Angel, not Angelus, to save the world.
  • Enemy Within: Angelus is the vampire-without-a-soul aspect of his personality.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Having exhausted his resolve fighting Wolfram and Hart, Angel attempts to shed his soul by having sex with Darla, but instead of a moment of perfect happiness, he found perfect despair. An epiphany follows, and Angel realized that his purpose was still to do all the good he could, even if he couldn't do all the good he wanted to.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Doyle confesses that "maybe [he's] a little attracted" to Angel, much to his embarrassment.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: If you look at Angel's history, he has a taste for for petite blondes - Darla in the Victorian era, Buffy throughout the show's run, and Nina Ash in the show's last season. This is lampshaded when Fred testifies she saw Angel having sex on his desk with Lilah Morgan, a sworn enemy.
    Fred: Brunette. She was a cheap brunette.
    Cordy: (alarmed) You're right. This isn't like him.
  • Everything but the Girl:
    • The Immortal called dibs.
    Angel: But she's not finished baking yet! I gotta wait till she's done baking! You know, till she finds herself, 'cause that's the drill, fine, I'm waitin' patiently and meanwhile, THE IMMORTAL'S EATING COOKIE DOUGH!
    Andrew: Uhhh, Spike, is Angel crying?
    Spike: No! (in the same defiant tone) Not yet!
    • He was slow on the draw with Cordelia. She packed off and left with the Groolalugg, another superhuman warrior who isn't allergic to sunlight.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Angelus is completely unable to understand why Angel does what he does or the "human condition," firmly believing that humans only exist to suffer and die.
  • Evil Gloating: Angelus' Fatal Flaw is this; he's constantly prone to bragging and excessive talking, often letting his opponents use the opportunity to either escape or fight back. Lampshaded:
    Spike: You bloody well talk them to death before you kill them!
  • Evil Is Hammy: Angelus, particularly in his second appearance. Good lord, man, switch to decaf.
  • Evil Is Petty: Angelus' primary motivation in Buffy season 2 is just to cause Buffy and her friends as much grief as possible because he's disgusted that Buffy made him feel human ("That's not the kinda thing you just forgive.").
  • Expansion Pack Past: Two hundred years leaves gaps to fill in. Angelus grumbles that it was mostly puppy rescues and Manilow concerts.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Causes special problems during his tenure as Big Bad, considering his intimate knowledge of all the Scoobies, not to mention standing invitations to most of their homes.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Angelus, "the demon with the angelic face". Not just a soulless killer, but one who takes a sadistic pleasure in the psychological torment of his victims.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Angelus can occasionally be shown with a seemingly friendly and understanding approach (much like as Angel). The fact that most of it isn't really genuine at all, not to mention that later on it could also be a reminiscence of how he is when he has a soul which he might be deceptively using to his advantage makes it all the more terrifying.
  • Foe Yay: With Spike. Joss himself has joked (sort of) that they're his One True Bromance. invoked
  • The Fog of Ages: By the time of "Not Fade Away", Angel has forgotten what it's like to be human.
  • For the Evulz: Everything Angelus does is just for the sheer cruelty of it all. In a way, he's the purest character in all of the Buffyverse - both the Master and the First Evil have acknowledged how purely evil and vicious he is/was. During "Billy" he even mentions that he didn't even hate his victims.
  • Forced to Watch: After putting himself through hell to redeem Darla's soul in season 2, Lindsey McDonald shows up with Drusilla and an army of thugs, tasers Angel, and makes him watch as Drusilla turns Darla into a vampire again. This pushes Angel into complete He Who Fights Monsters territory for the next few episodes.
  • Freudian Excuse: Wesley, of all people, chastises Angel for hiding behind his gypsy curse so he doesn't have to face having serious relationships with women. Angel acknowledges he is completely right.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Trope Codifier. Spike's the trope namer
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a jobless, drunken, 18th-century Eurotrash lout before Darla sired him. It turns out that he had a huge capacity for depravity which surprises even his maker.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Season three's "Birthday" depicts an alternate reality in which Cordelia never joined Angel Investigations. Doyle passed his visions on to Angel prior to his Heroic Sacrifice, and Angel retreated into himself in his grief, with the visions only making things worse. Before long, Angel went completely insane from his own loneliness and his visions, to the extent that he would have visions of his victims. The worst of it all is that what Cordelia sees of that version of Angel, a babbling, incoherent mess who starts pounding his head on the wall while talking to her, is, according to that world's Wesley and Gunn, him on a good day.
  • Goal in Life: To protect Buffy as she assumes the Slayer mantle and, later, to fulfill the Shanshu Prophecy and become human. Angel sometimes deviates from this, for various reasons, among them a belief that his mission is being clouded by self-interest. By the fifth season, his faith wavers to the point of dismissing the Prophecy entirely. In the Series Finale, Angel is forced to literally sign away his chances in the human sweepstakes, nullifying the prophecy with a signature in blood. In the comic continuation, the Senior Partners finally give him a glimpse of the Shanshu Prophecy: Himself standing in an apocalyptic wasteland, grinning like a maniac. Now, Angel's goal is to keep improving the world in spite of the Prophecy; with luck, the future can be altered. (Unless the Partners were just dicking with him again.)
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: On Angel, Angelus is shown as a distinct personality, self-image, and memories of his own - though the latter was the result of a spell that affected Angel's memory of Angelus's experiences with the Beast. This is a slight departure from Buffy, in which Angelus was just Angel with his Restraining Bolt removed.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is a nice guy most of the time, but he can switch to ruthless at the drop of a hat and he has a hundred years of doing extremely horrible things to people for giggles to draw on. It is also not a good idea to go after people he cares about.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes cigarettes as Angelus, as well as during his Knight Templar phase in Angel season 2.
  • Grappling-Hook Gun: Uses one twice in Angel season 1, once in "Lonely Hearts" and once in "She." The first time, his attempt caused the wooden beam he latched onto to collapse under his weight.
  • Gypsy Curse: Gypsies are responsible for returning his soul so he would be overwhelmed by 200 years of guilt. It's also the reason he can never be perfectly happy because he would lose his soul.
  • The Hedonist: Liam was a drunken womanizer before he was sired, and Angel is well aware that these human weaknesses are still part of him. Tasked with protecting Buffy by the Powers That Be, he romances her instead, despite Buffy being only sixteen at the time (seventeen on the day he sleeps with her). Angel's subsequent Celibate Hero status isn't entirely due to a need to repress his evil side.
    "It's not the demon that needs killing. It's the man."
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Famous for his Leather Pants of Evil, which he never lived down.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After the end of magic. Due in part to the various atrocities he committed as Twilight, he's even more loathed and feared by the magical community than Buffy, the one who caused the end of magic.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Lampshaded by Angelus, who offers to send Angel "to that big puppy pound in the sky" as revenge for all those puppies he's saved. Played for Laughs when Gunn assures him that he'll get along fine with The Conduit — as long as he likes cats. Whoops.
  • Heroic BSOD: Sometimes caused by remorse over his own actions, other times brought on by a century-long stay in Hell which leaves him a trembling mute. Lampshaded on Angel, when Spike joins the cast.
    "I spent a hundred years trying to come to terms with infinite remorse! You spent three weeks moaning in a basement, AND THEN YOU WERE FINE! What's fair about that?!"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In every sense of the word. Buffy runs him through with a replica of his own blessed sword, which in turns sucks him through his own hell portal. Putting a damper on this irony is the knowledge that Angel suffers the fate reserved for Angelus, because he regained his soul moments beforehand and that brief vulnerability may well have been what allowed Buffy's victory.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: On his own show, which displays his more private foibles in a way the original show doesn't. Wang Chung will never recover.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Never really gets the hang of cell phones.
    "They talk about me in the chatty rooms?"
  • Hunk: By 2004, he was essentially Seeley Booth in Matrix-wear. (Because he is Seeley Booth!) His attractiveness is how he got his nickname: A monster with "the face of an angel".
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: The vampire community still can't believe their most revered hero is now gutting them in the shadows, for money.
  • I Am a Monster: Shouted in Romanian while being dragged off into an alley to be beaten. This was in 1898, shortly after Angel was cursed.
  • I Can't Dance: He proved quite adept at slow dancing in Sunnydale. But when invited to a party for hip twentysomethings, he imagines himself flailing about like a spaz.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son:
    • With Darla; Angel definitely holds some animosity toward her, yet maintains an almost filial devotion.
    • With Connor, who is, ironically, human. (Mostly.)
    • Spike has a cathartic moment when he confronts Angel for fashioning him into the monster he is; Drusilla was his sire but Angelus was his Yoda. On another note, they were never intimiate, "Except for that one time..."
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Angel in the '70s. There's a positive side to not being able to see your reflection sometimes.
  • Immortal Immaturity:
    Angel: You know, I started it. The whole "having a soul". Before it was all the cool new thing.
    Buffy: Oh, my God. Are you twelve?
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Spike doesn't bother aiming around Angel to hit a target; Spike just stabs right through him. In all fairness, that was Spike...
    Angel: You just like stabbing me.
    Spike: I'm shocked that you'd say that! I much prefer hitting you with blunt instruments.
  • Immortality Hurts: Try spending it at the bottom of the Pacific. Gives you some perspective. Kind of an M. C. Escher perspective.
  • Instant Fan Club: Angelus' groupies, Karl and Paco.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Whether as Angel or Angelus, he's quite fond of this.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Angel (Good guy) Angelus (bad guy)
  • Kind Restraints: Voluntarily chained up or thrown behind bars whenever he feels the bad side coming on, similar to Oz. Although Cordelia seemed to enjoy it a little too much.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The previous villains certainly weren't harmless, but Buffy became much darker once Angelus was unleashed.
  • Knight Templar: Turns against his friends for a few months as he goes on a crusade of punishing the guilty (Wolfram & Hart), rather than helping the helpless.
    "Let them fight 'the good fight'. Someone's gotta fight the war."
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Even if the world sucks and the fight will never end in his favor, someone has to keep it going. He even states at least once that he doesn't really believe that he'll ever be redeemed for his crimes, but keeps trying anyway.
  • Large and in Charge: Angel's a pretty big guy and The Leader of Angel Investigations.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: In Season 1, the revelation that Angel is a vampire was supposed to be a twist back in the day. If you were to tell that to someone with even a tiny amount of knowledge about the series now they would probably laugh at you. This is also the case with his first Heel-Face Turn.
  • Leitmotif: A heroic sounding anthem, later phased out in the third season. Brought back intentionally for a moment in Season 5 when Angel is in desperate need to rediscover his original mission statement of helping the helpless.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Not only did he get paroled from Hell, he was willing to travel back into it and take out the Senior Partners.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Even after becoming incredibly wealthy and having access to a limitless wardrobe, he still wears black all the time.
  • Love Interest: To Buffy.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Literally; "perfect happiness" turns him into Angelus.
  • Mad Artist: Angelus was very protective of his 'work', considering it art. Drusilla was what you might call an extended performance piece.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Angelus was always coiffed in the old days.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Angelus's talent for (often sadistic) mind games and deception are legendary. Though he rarely makes use of it, Angel is still dangerously capable in this regard.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: If there's no evil around to throw himself in front of protecting innocents, he will either run out and find some more or he will wind up defending lesser evils while tormenting himself for doing so. It's a complex.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Part of the reason he leaves Buffy, the other, of course, being his Curse Escape Clause.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The gypsies didn't really think that through. Angel has to spend all of eternity suffering for the crimes of Angelus? Liam was a womanising jerk at worst, but Darla murdered him and a demon spent two centuries murdering and marauding with his face.
  • The Movie Buff: A fan of Charlton Heston movies, particularly The Omega Man. What a surprise. He's also seen enough vampire flicks to formulate opinions on which ones are more accurate. (Frank Langella nailed it.)
  • Mr. Fanservice: Shirtless often. The man likes his tai chi. He really is something to look at, and he's often chained up and tortured. He's even been bound by a vampire dominatrix more than once.
  • Mysterious Protector: Cryptic Guy — in the first season he'd turn up, warn Buffy of some danger, then vanish. It takes a while for Angel to evolve into the Bad Ass Hero he is now.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Creating the Twilight dimension by screwing Buffy, which let thousands of demons invade Earth, which resulted in the destruction of the Seed of Wonder and removed all magic from the world.
  • The Nose Knows: Vampiric super-senses, particularly centred around blood.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Angelus' Irish accent tends to come and go in flashbacks. Furthermore, having lived in America for the past hundred years, Angel speaks with a flawless American accent, though he states that he could speak with an Irish accent again if he wanted to.
  • Not Good with People:
    "I have two modes: Bite and avoid."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Angel is fond of playing this role, often as a Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist. On set, the shorthand for this became "Herb Saunders" (Angel's alias in "Sense & Sensitivity").
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Any idiot can eat somebody. Angelus likes to make artistic statements with the bodies afterward. He infamously posed Jenny Calender like a doll in Giles' bed (staging the scene to resemble a romantic interlude), and tricked a man into thinking his slain sons were still "asleep".
  • Offing the Offspring: An ancient scroll prophesied that Angel is doomed to do this. It's half-correct; Angel slays Connor in one timeline, but he survives in another reality.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    "My friends, we're about to make history. End."
  • Omniglot: He's had a lot of time to practice, and after a while places run out of people to murder, so you move to the next one and learn another language there.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He is rarely called Liam. Lilah once called it a "wussy name".
  • Only One Name: Fred had to lie and say "Angel" is Connor's last name, with Angel using the alias "Geraldo Angel."
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Usually it's a sign of Angelus returning. It can also be a sign of Tranquil Fury, as Wesley finds out.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: It's hard for Boreanaz to maintain Angelus' Irish accent for more than half a minute.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Angel has shown himself able to dig bullets out of his own body when pressed for time.
  • "Open!" Says Me: Angel fights the good fight — against doors.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Angelus in Season 2 has no real plan beyond "screw with Buffy". It isn't until the last few episodes that Acathla arrives and gives him an actual goal to work towards, and even that falls into his general attitude of "I will be as big a dick as I can."
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Connor. It took an entire episode before anybody was allowed to even approach him. As of Season 4, you would do well to avoid even implying his existence.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech:
    • Often lampooned. Jasmine keeps turning his own ultimatums against him (like you've never eaten people!), and Lindsey confesses he just zones out when the yapping starts.
    • In season 5, while he's in full flow of preaching to Illyria about the sanctity of all human life, including her flunky Knox despite the fact that Knox was the one who brought Illyria back and killed Fred, Wesley promptly cuts him short by gunning Knox down right then and there. Angel's response
    Angel: Were you even listening?
  • Perverse Puppet: Briefly becomes one in Season 5 of Angel
  • Psychotic Smirk: Angelus always wears one because he's basically Psycho!Angel.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • Angelus and his constant jibes at the wheelchair-bound Spike. He's got a million of 'em, ladies and gentlemen.
    • When Angelus appears in season 4 of Angel, he uses the word "retarded" often.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: The Senior Partners, upon sending L.A. to Hell (After the Fall), simultaneously turn Angel human at the least convenient time possible.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Angelus mentions his superhearing picking up on Fred and Gunn having sex in an adjacent hotel room, and indulging in A Date with Rosie Palms.
  • The Punishment: Two hundred years of guilt and a prohibition against perfect happiness...Man can those gypsies hold a grudge.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's fond of ballet, Barry Manilow, and Spike's poetry.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Just as he casts off the Angelus persona, Buffy runs him through with a sword and he gets pulled into Hell by Acathla. He comes back later.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: By the time Whistler found him, Angel was homeless and scrounging off of rat blood. (To add insult to injury, he has difficulty catching one.)
  • Riches to Rags: Angelus never had trouble maintaining a nice pad, expensive clothes, or box theater seats. ("I just ate the people who had 'em.") Once cursed and jilted by Darla, he spent years as a homeless bum living on rats.
  • Running Gag: His hair, his lousy singing, his "caveman brow", the leather pants he wore when he was evil and his occasional pettiness despite his advanced age.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: An exhaustive display in Angel season 2, in reaction to Darla being resurrected, tormented and then re-vamped by Wolfram and Hart suits. This culminated with Angel tossing the firm's entire senior staff to the wolves in the form of Drusilla and Darla.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Not only can Angel sniff the air and tell if the soil beneath him has been disturbed, he can glance at a spot of blood and immediately determine who and what it belongs to. This sort of blood hyper-analysis appears to be common to vamps. Spike mentions that you can tell if someone's evil by tasting their blood (it tastes like pennies).
  • Self-Made Orphan: "My parents were great. Tasted a lot like chicken."
  • The Sociopath: Angelus fits the criteria: he's brutally sadistic, violent, highly intelligent, manipulative, ruthless, and only cares about making people suffer. In the very episode where he first returns, "Innocence," the Judge, a demon with the power to incinerate any being who has humanity (more specifically human emotions) tried to fry him, only for Angelus to No Sell it; as stated by Giles, only "true creatures of evil" could survive the Judge's Touch of Death.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Poor Spike is left to rot in a wheelchair while the significantly less cuddly Angelus steals the spotlight.
  • Spiky Hair: Lampshaded on more than one occasion. Angel seems shocked when he views his reflection for the first time in Pylea, implying that his hairstyle is some sort of tragic accident.
    (examining head) "Why didn't anyone tell me about this?"
  • Split Personality Takeover: Whenever Angelus is unleashed.
  • The Sociopath: All normal vampires lack a soul and thus the ability to feel things like empathy and remorse, thus Angelus is one of these, though an exceptionally sadistic one. In fact, in Buffy season 2, Angelus No Sells the Judge's combustive touch, which only works on a being with "humanity" (in this case, emotions).
  • Sadist: Angelus is renowned for being incredibly sadistic in his killings.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: Buffy previously flashed back to Angelus getting re-ensouled; Angel covers everything that happened before and after. It should be noted that this is an inversion of the trope as well, since Angel identifies more with Angelus than with with his original self, Liam - who, by the end of the show, he barely remembers being. It could be said that his grief was more over losing his freedom as a vampire by regaining his humanity than having been a human who was turned into a vampire. With his stages being:
    • Denial: His attempts to continue his life as a vampire despite his re-ensoulment.
    • Defiance: Angel never got to properly experience this stage, since Darla killed all the gypsies who re-ensouled him. He instead took it out on himself during his self-imposed 100 year exile from humanity and vampirekind. Angelus, however, did get to kill Jenny Calendar and an older male relative, both descendants of the gypsies who re-ensouled him.
    • Acceptance: After he met Whistler and Buffy.
    • Betrayal: Either after making love to Buffy and losing his soul, or.... stay tuned...
  • Stalking Is Love: Angel in both his evil and not-evil incarnations. He met and fell in love with Buffy when she was 15. He then stalked her for a year before revealing himself and he's still up it on the fifth season of Angel, despite being burdened with a desk job! (He has "a source" keeping tabs on her in Italy.) Spike thinks it's pathetic.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers:
    • Angel, vampire. Buffy, slayer thereof. Add that to his curse and its consequences if broken, and we have two crazy kids who aren't ever sorting it out.
    • Also with Cordelia. The Powers themselves seem to enjoy interfering (literally, in one case) and stopping them from having a relationship.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Lampshaded repeatedly.
    Xander: Okay, that's it. I'm putting a collar with a little bell around that guy.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Photographic Memory, Super Reflexes, ultra-sensitive hearing and sense of smell in the later seasons. When you re-watch the earlier seasons, you can't help but notice countless situations where, in retrospect, they inexplicably fail to help him. Angel mentioned that he can't control his photographic memory; it just "kicks in on instinct".
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Attempted in "Amends", but he gets saved by a Christmas Miracle.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Despite some initial belligerence, Buffy can't help noting this after their first meeting. Though he's often dubbed Tall, Dark and Broody instead.
  • Team Dad: Lampshaded early on, in which Angel addresses a bickering Cordelia and Wesley as "children."
  • The Teetotaler: After a fashion. Word of God states that Angel's abstinence from human blood is a metaphor for this.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In season 3, Wesley's actions lead to baby Connor being sent to a hell dimension with Holtz, albeit because Sahjhan had tricked him with a fake prophecy that claimed Angel would eventually kill Connor. Regardless, Angel is not happy that Wesley and tries to smother him with a pillow at the hospital, only to be stopped by Gunn and some orderlies and dragged away. All the while, Angel is screaming like a lunatic, angrily swearing to Wesley that he will never forgive him for what happened to Connor.
    Angel: You'd think I'd forgive you?! NEVER!!
  • Token Heroic Orc: Until Spike's Heel-Face Turn, he's the only real heroic vampire in existence; all other vampires are explicitly described as Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Angel Season 2. He gets over it in the appropriately titled "Epiphany."
  • Tranquil Fury: Uses it quite a bit. When he drops the "Tranquil" part, run. For. Your. Life.
  • Vampire Detective: Once he starts up Angel Investigations, he is a vampire taking cases.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Exclusively drinks pig's blood, which turns off some people. note  As Wolfram and Hart's CEO, he can afford to keep himself in otter blood.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Angelus calls Buffy "lover" and "Buff" numerous times, just to remind her how it happened.
  • Thicker Than Water: Like it or not, Darla is the closest thing to family he has. Even his team comes second. In the Season Four finale, Angel agrees to mind wipe his team (and, in fact, the world) in exchange for saving Connor's life. Wesley is rightly steamed when he uncovers this.
  • Think Nothing of It: Much-ridiculed by Spike, who sees it as a cheap act to impress women.
  • Token Heroic Orc: For a long time he was the only heroic vampire around.
  • Torture Technician: He has some experience in this area. The mere threat is enough make people talk.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Darla. Cordelia compares them to an undead Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Wolfram & Hart's stated mission of bringing Angel to their side. Sound pretty far-fetched? The road to Hell is paved with good intentions...
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: "Mmm, Angel! ♥" Though the Immortal ended up out-performing in this regard, as usual.
  • Villain Cred: Even the Master held Angelus in high regard, intending to appoint him Dragon. The Mayor was keen to have Angelus on his team, as well.
    Nostoyev: Used to be quite the terror back in the day. Haven't heard much of you lately, though.
    Angel: Haven't heard much of you, ever.
  • Villainous BSOD: Angel's curse was designed to invoked this by returning his soul and crushing him with guilt.
  • Warrior Poet: Angel gives Buffy a copy of Sonnets from the Portuguese for her eighteenth birthday. The moment highlights their Mayfly-December Romance, as Pop-Cultured Badass Buffy has trouble appreciating the gift.
  • We Can Rule Together: The protracted war between Angel Investigations and Wolfram & Hart LLC comes to an apparent close in A4, when the firm suffers huge losses at the hands of Jasmine and her pet Beast. The firm magically rematerialized with a new office building, but with a worker shortage: Impressed by Angel's ingenuity and ideas, they offer him an ever-increasing suitcase of money — essentially corporate head-hunting — until he finally caves and unilaterally merges his agency into the firm (admittedly to save his son). This leads us into S5 where most of Angel's ideas for reform end up in the conference room wastebasket.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As far as credible villains go, Angelus is not on the same scale as the ascended Mayor but he's a Master Vampire who has been in the game for over two hundred years and is powerful enough to stalemate Buffy, an unusually strong Slayer. His greatest asset, however, (aside from a meticulous brand of viciousness that would make The Joker proud) is his inside knowledge of the Scoobies, which he uses to full effect.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As a human, Liam was held in contempt by his father, who believed that his son would never amount to anything but being a lazy, promiscuous drunk. When he became Angelus, he sat out to prove his father wrong by making a name for himself, namely by becoming the most flamboyantly sadistic vampire ever recorded in human history.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he did as Twilight was apparently to prevent anything like the Fall of Los Angeles from ever happening again.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Unlike Buffy, who flatly refuses to kill humans as she believes they're out of the Slayer's jurisdiction except in the most dire of circumstances, Angel is perfectly capable of and willing to take a human life if he feels the need arises. Case in point: he kills Vanessa Brewer, an Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire with a Disability Superpower who, thanks to Wolfram & Hart, constantly got off totally scot-free before then.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After he gets exposed as Twilight, everybody has this reaction to him, especially after it is revealed he was an Unwitting Pawn to a evil dimension trying to end the world. After he gets possessed by the real Twilight and kills Giles and Buffy is forced to destroy the Seed of Wonder to stop the destruction of the world, the only ones willing to associate with Angel and not try to kill him are Buffy and Faith, and Buffy can't even look at him. Willow, however, has grown past this somewhat, but she still states that she hasn't forgiven him for his actions yet.
  • When He Smiles: He makes everything shiny.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: "I thought I'd take the village."
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Angel would rather be mortal again.
  • The Worf Effect: If someone's going to get punched across the room by the latest big nasty, it will be the immortal, super-powered vampire.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Constantly told to do so while constantly reminded that he can't, or rather, ''shouldn't. He's not an eunch, but it would have worse results.


Charles Gunn

"Notice no matter how uptown we go we always wind up at some stanky hole in the middle of the night?"
Played By: J. August Richards

"The final score can't be rigged. I don't care how many players you grease, that last shot always comes up a question mark. But here's the thing, you never know when you're takin' it. It could be when your duking it out with the legion of doom, or just crossin' the street deciding where to have brunch. So you just treat it all like it was up to you, with the world in the balance, cause you never know when it is."

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.'


Winifred "Fred" Burkle

"Can I say somethin' about destiny? Screw destiny!"
Played By: Amy Acker

"Handsome man saved me from the monsters."

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: Fred is mildly annoyed that she doesn't have much in the way of boobage, as seen when the gang regress to their teenage selves.
    Cordelia: I kind of have filled out even more.
    Fred: And I [looks down, disappointed] apparently ain't gonna.
  • Action Girl: She gradually becomes this, proving herself time and time again in combat situations with all kinds of weaponry.
  • Adorkable: Fred is downright adorable in every possible way. Just watch her try to role play as a vampire.
  • Back from the Dead: In the Angel and Faith, Season 10 comic.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Typically a nice and sweet girl, but she can and will fight when pushed or angered. Case in point: in the Season 4 premiere, the minute she finds out that Connor was responsible for Angel's disappearance all along, she loses her temper and tortures him with a taser.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Cordelia lampshades this in "That Old Gang of Mine", when Fred wrests control of a hostage situation from a violent killer with aid of a crossbow.
  • Big Eater: Fred is perfectly capable of eating her own body weight in waffles without gaining a single pound.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: When she first returns from Pylea, her sanity is not in the best condition due to the years of trauma she's endured.
    Cordelia: What's not to like? She's sweet and adorable and seems to be laughing at something that shrub said.
  • 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. But see Back from the Dead, above.
  • 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.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: In contrast to her shy innocent demeanor; but it does fit with the suggestion that she's Naughty by Night.
  • 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.)
    "My family used to go to The Nutcracker every Christmas, and I had my first sexual dream about the Mouse King!"
  • 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?
    Fred: 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) Ever.
  • 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: During "The Price" and "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.
  • Living Bodysuit: When she's taken over by an inter-dimensional slug in "The Price" and later when Illyria takes her body.
  • Meganekko: Whenever she dons the glasses.
  • 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.
  • Team Mom: After Cordelia and Angel go missing
  • 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.

Former Members


Cordelia Chase

"Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass."
Played By: Charisma Carpenter

"I'm from Sunnydale — we had our own Hellmouth!"

Cordelia was the rich and popular queen of Sunnydale High, until her parents were busted for tax evasion, subsequently losing everything. She moves to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and joins up with Angel, encouraging him to set up a detective agency as a way to make ends meet (for her). Cordelia undergoes a huge amount of Character Development during the series, going from a spoiled, selfish brat to a kind-hearted, selfless individual.
  • Action Girl: Becomes an effective one in Angel. In Buffy, she is not one, leaning more towards Action Survivor.
  • Alliterative Name: Charisma Carpenter plays Cordelia Chase.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Her passion for footwear is noted on several occasions.
  • Alpha Bitch: Was definitely this while at Sunnydale during the first season. She eventually became the Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Disharmony," when she's explaining exactly why she's been so harsh with Angel:
    Cordy: And you know, you didn't just betray me, Angel. You didn't just hurt me. You gave away my clothes.
    Angel: To the needy.
    Cordy: I am the needy!
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Cordelia ascends to becomes a Power That Be, but was only chosen for the job because she had proved that the power wouldn't go to her head, and not once does she call herself a god. However, she is promptly fired when she uses her powers to help the gang. It's worth noting that all of this may have been a plot orchestrated by the season's big bad.
    Skip: Cordelia was chosen to become a higher being because she's such a pure, radiant saint. (scoffs) PLEASE!
  • Back for the Dead In her Season Five appearance.
  • Backhanded Compliment: Any time Cordy tries to be relatively nice, this is the result.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Enough to make Angel nostalgic for Hell.
    • She's often shown as being a fairly poor actress but, strangely, an excellent liar; capable of fooling even Angelus.
    • Later Cordelia evolves into a capable actress; unfortunately, her read-throughs are invariably spoiled by a vision.
  • Bad Liar:
    • It's just as well that Cordy doesn't sugarcoat the truth, because she can't lie to save her life. The exceptions are "Homecoming", when she convinced a vampire she was Faith the Vampire Slayer and fooling Angelus. Presumably on those occasions she doesn't 'think' about acting, and therefore seems more natural.
  • Big Breast Pride
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: The Angel season 3 episode, aptly titled "Birthday," depicted her having a vision that, combined with her accumulated brain damage, left her on the brink of death and on a spiritual journey that ultimately led her to become a half-demon in order to survive and keep the visions.
  • Blessed with Suck: The visions which show people in trouble at the cost of extreme migraines that will eventually kill her.
  • The Brainless Beauty: Was originally led to be this, but then she showed Hidden Depths. It was Lampshaded early in Season 3 when discussing the SAT:
    "Actually, I'm looking forward to it. I do well on standardized tests." (beat) "What? I can't have layers?"
  • Brutal Honesty: "Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass."
  • Bullying a Dragon: Throughout the first season, she took every possible opportunity to pick on and insult Buffy despite full knowledge that she burned her last high school's gym down.
  • Butt Monkey
    Cordelia: Why are these terrible things always happening to me?
    Xander: *cough* Karma! *cough*
  • Buxom Is Better: She's rightly proud of her physical attributes, and frequently wears clothing and jewelry that emphasizes them.
  • Cast from Lifespan: After she took on Doyle's visions. Humans aren't strong enough to handle the visions, and they began to cause her extensive brain damage to the extent that she chose to become a half-demon to survive and keep them.
  • Character Development: Between the two series she goes from a shallow Alpha Bitch to someone who can realistically be said to be deserving of becoming one of The Powers That Be ( Gambit Roulette by Jasmine or not, she's proven herself time and time again) and it happened so gradually no one really noticed.
  • Closet Geek: While working for Angel, she often made references to Star Wars and Star Trek. This could qualify as Hidden Depths, considering her treatment of outspoken nerds in high school.
  • Comically Missing the Point: All too often, someone will make a remark and Cordelia will agree in some shallow, appearance-related fashion.
    Xander: You're talking about messing with powerful magic, and you're weak.
    Willow: I'm okay.
    Xander: You don't look okay. (to Cordelia) Does she?
    Cordelia: You should listen to him. The hair, it's so flat.
  • Commuting on a Bus: She stops regularly appearing from season 3, episode 14 of Angel to her final episode in season 5. First she's on vacation with Groo, then she becomes a higher power, then she spends most of a season controlled by Jasmine until she gives "birth" to her, and then remains in a coma until she passes before the end of the series.
  • The Eponymous Show: Cordy!, her sitcom in the Skipverse. Also an In-Joke at Charisma Carpenter's resemblance to Mary Tyler Moore.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She ascends the throne of Pylea within 48 hours. "Off with their heads", indeed.
  • The Face: Played with. She's the secretary for Angel's detective biz but she can't even use the phone properly. On the other hand, she's the only link to the people he really needs to be in touch with.
  • Fallen Princess: By the end of Buffy season 3, her family's wealth has been seized by tax fraud, leaving her nearly penniless. In early Angel season 1, she's seen living in a crappy, roach-infested apartment.
  • Fainting Seer: Her visions are something akin to "having my skull cracked open and hot lava poured in." In fact, she's probably better described as a Shrieking, Twitching, Convulsing And Then Fainting Seer.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted Trope. Her brownies could qualify as nuclear waste.
  • Finding Judas Unwittingly became Jasmine's corporeal agent on the Earth, gradually losing her entire personality in the process. It was so subtle that no one in Angel Investigations noticed until she was too forgone to save.
  • Friends with Benefits: She may or may not have had something casual going on with Dennis. He was seen helping her bathe, and she joked that the only action she got was with a ghost who was good with the luffa.
  • Gag Boobs: Her substantial bosom was the butt of many jokes on Angel.
  • Gang of Bullies / Girl Posse: The Cordettes. Angel would later liken them to the KGB, but with nicer shoes. Cordelia's "friends" give her a taste of her own medicine when she starts to date Xander.
  • Genius Ditz: Is initially portrayed as a dippy moron in Buffy. And then it's revealed that she was accepted at Ivy League schools and had very high marks on her SAT. Cordelia herself defends herself when the other Scoobies are shocked:
    Cordy: "...what, I can't have layers?"
  • Girl Friday: Though initially confined to the office, Cordelia becomes more proactive in cases after receiving the visions, which are often vague and require her to examine clues to make sense of it. She's also an awful secretary, but her Money Fetish skills help keep Angel Investigations above water.
  • Global Ignorance: "Oh, yesterday your cousin called, with one of those names from your part of England."
    Doyle: ... My part of England?
  • Gold Digger:
    • Thwarted by Doyle's gallantry, which starts making her dating pool look rather pathetic. Her date (a stock broker) cannonballs into his Beamer and races off at first sight of a vamp without the slightest hesitation in leaving Cordie behind to be eaten.
    "All I could think about was: if this wimp ever saw a monster he'd probably throw a shoe at it and run like a weasel! Turns out the shoe part was giving him too much credit."
    • Cordelia contemplates marrying incredibly rich and lonely geek David Nabbit, but accepts that even she has limits.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Not quite as tactless and rude as she was in her Buffy debut, but she can still be very sharp-tongued.
  • The Heart: Increasingly so as time passes, especially after the first-season finale "To Shanshu in L.A." Fred calls her this at one point.
  • Heroic Fatigue: As a human, Cordelia was not meant to shoulder the responsibility of Doyle's visions ("a big cosmic whoops", as Skip calls it). She secretly takes powerful painkillers and undergoes CAT scans that indicate the slow deterioration of her brain. Yet when presented with the opportunity to pass her visions onto someone else (the gallant Groosalugg, and later Angel in an alternate reality), Cordelia refuses, stating that the visions are a part of her and make her who she is.
  • Hidden Depths: Even prior to Character Development, Cordelia was much more than the stereotypical Alpha Bitch she appeared to be. She frequently showed herself to be an intelligent and begrudgingly compassionate person.
    "You think I'm never lonely because I'm so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It's not like any of them really know me. I don't even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in a popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone's so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say."
  • Holy Backlight: Whilst twiddling her thumbs in the afterlife.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Two examples while working with Angel:
    • When Harmony comes to town, Cordelia continues to trust her and demand that her friends give her a fair chance even after discovering she is a vampire, dismissing Angel's warnings that vampires are Always Chaotic Evil and can't be trusted. He's proven right when she sides with the vampire cult she was supposed to be helping A.I. investigate.
    • Then, when Darla shows up pregnant with Angel's child, Cordelia readily defends her from Angel and tries to keep her comfortable, which comes back to bite her (literally) when Darla attacks her. After Angel comes in and saves her, Cordelia even acknowledges that she blew it.
  • Important Haircut: Several. The most notable one is her blonde makeover, which remains even after her return from the afterlife (possibly a Call Back to Buffy's return from heaven on BtVS) — soon to darken back to its original color when Jasmine possesses her.
  • Intimate Marks: She has a tattoo on her back, right directly above her rear. It's the actress's real tattoo, but we've seen it onscreen on the shows a few times.
  • Lady of War: Following a few lessons in swordsmanship by Angel.
  • Living Bodysuit: Revealed in Season 4 to be acting under the control of Jasmine.
  • Mandatory Line: Most of the time her role in Season One was just to appear, act bitchy, then leave.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Charisma Carpenter is noted for her many outreaches to fans, most prominent of which is that, unlike most of her co-stars, she absolutely refuses to charge for an autograph at any convention she attends. She also frequently replies to comments left by fans on her social media.
  • Money Fetish:
    • She can smell money. "Hide some in the office sometime, and watch her. It's uncanny."
    • She feels herself getting warm by a software geek peddling financial advice.
  • Morality Chain:
    • A peek into an alternate timeline shows what would happen to Angel if he didn't have Cordy around. He goes insane.
    • It's lampshaded when The Bus Came Back in Season 5, to give Angel a What the Hell, Hero? speech over being corrupted by Wolfram & Hart.
    Cordelia: I knew you'd be lost without me but—
    Angel: I am lost without you.
  • Most Common Super Power: She certainly stands out among her more petite female co-stars like Buffy, Willow and Fred. This is frequently commented on. Even Amy Acker's screen test has Fred refer to her as "your friend with the giganimous boobs."
  • Ms. Fanservice: And she knows it. When Angel gives her a necklace, she proudly talks of how it emphasizes her breasts.
  • No Badass to His Valet: The only person Angel can't intimidate.
  • Put on a Bus: To L.A.! She then gets put on a bus several times over the course of Angel.
  • Rich Bitch: Until her parents go down for tax evasion. She starts the spin-off series as an impoverished wannabe actress.
  • Riches to Rags: When her father loses all his money to the IRS.
  • Romantic False Lead: Angel immediately ends up in her crosshairs. Luckily, Angel later confesses that he always found the noblewomen of his era (for whom Cordelia is the modern avatar) to be a horrific bore.
  • Second Love: Ironic, since Angel used to find the noblewomen of his era (of whom Cordelia is a modern avatar) to be a horrific bore but Cordelia immediately had a crush on him on Buffy so it's keeping in continuity.
  • Secretly Dying: Since the visions were intended for demons, they begin to physically damage her brain. Skip circumvents this by turning her half-demon.
  • Ship Tease: With Wesley, which ends abruptly and hilariously upon their first kiss, when they realize their complete lack of sexual chemistry. And with Angel in the spin-off series. Tragically their first kiss (that can't be put down to magical influence) is their last one.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Buffy, who used to have the Alpha Bitch role before she became the Slayer and was forced to develop some character. Sometimes however (e.g. "Homecoming") their rivalry in this area comes out into the open.
  • Skewed Priorities: Though they become less skewed over the years.
  • Team Mom: Lampshaded once a baby enters the picture.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Cordelia in "Rm w/a Vu". Within a few hours, Angel's basement is covered wall-to-wall with Cordelia's trophies, there's peanut butter on his bed, his leather chair is ruined, and Cordelia is busily cutting up his linoleum floor to examine the hardwood. By morning, Angel is begging Doyle to help find Cordy a place to stay.
  • Threshold Guardians: Provides an example of a non-adversarial Threshold Guardian; when she invites Buffy to join the popular girls' clique, she forces Buffy to choose between her calling as the Slayer and her desire to be a popular girl.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Zig Zagged in Season Three when Xander cheats on her, effectively ousting her from the Gang. Cordelia attempts to return to her old ways, but Harmony has usurped her position and shut the door. Cordelia returns to aid the Scoobies in the Season Three Finale. Her move to Angel cements her growth as a caring person.
  • Took A Level In Smartass: While the penultimate episode of the first season revealed Cordelia wasn't quite the airhead she seemed, she still seemed of relatively average intelligence. It was only in season three that she was offically established (or retconned) as being very bright (see the quote under Brainless Beauty above.)
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: The Venerable Monarch of Pylea, General of the Ravenous Legions, Eater of Our Enemy's Flesh, Prelate of the Sacrificial Blood Rites, and Sovereign Proconsul of Death.
  • Uptown Girl: She kept her torrid love affair with Xander secret out of fear of what her peers would think.
  • Ultimate Job Security: You can't fire her. She's Vision Girl. *sticks out tongue*. Angel is rudely awakened to this fact after he does fire her.
    Angel: Well, I know she can't type or file. Until today, I had some hope regarding the phone.
  • Waiting for a Break: In the first and second seasons.
    Doyle: I think it's refreshing to see a woman living like this, you know. It means you're not so uptight, you live for the moment— (steps in a bowl of oatmeal) You're disgusting.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: The possibility of intimacy with Angel doesn't comes up until Cordelia glimpses a world in which she never joined the agency. This resulted in Angel inheriting Doyle's visions instead, causing him to go mad.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Possibly caught the condition living in Sunnydale.
  • Woman in Black: While under Jasmine's control.
  • Woman in White: After ascending.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Hanging around Angel and Doyle has ruined her for preening, rich day trader types. (No comment on Wesley.)
  • You Are Worth Hell: Literally, and on multiple occasions.


Allen Francis Doyle

"The good fight, yeah? You never know until you've been tested."
Played By: 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 visions Doyle gets include severe headaches.
  • The Chooser of The One: While complaining that the Chosen One doesn't stock beer in the fridge.
  • The Chosen One: Turns out he's The Promised One, saving a group of Lister Demons from The Scourge
  • Cowardly Lion: He's not a warrior, but he rises to the occasion when his friends are in danger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's a Whedon character, what did you expect?
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Cordelia.
  • Fainting Seer: Due to the extreme pain the visions cause
  • 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: In episode 9 of Season 1, he sacrifices himself to stop a mystical WMD from wiping out everything in L.A.
  • 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: In his case because his father was a Bracken Demon.
  • My Greatest Failure: Refusing to lend aid to a group of pacifist Bracken demons who were trying to escape The Scourge. Later that night, Doyle experienced his very first vision — that of the entire Bracken clan being slaughtered.
  • Nice Guy: Specially towards Cordy
  • 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
  • Obi-Wan Moment: "'You never know your strength until you're tested.' I get that now."
  • Oireland: Averted. 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 fiancé'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: To contrast Angel's more serious "straight" guy
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Doyle was killed after just nine episodes due to Quinn's drug addiction.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He sacrifices himself to stop the Scourge's weapon and atone for the My Greatest Failure tragedy listed above.
  • Sacrificial Lion: As pointed out by Cordelia, he was Angel Investigations' "first soldier down."
  • Sad Clown: Beneath his humor lies a deeply sensitive man haunted by the suffering he's witnessed through his visions, and that denying help to a group of fellow Bracken led to their deaths.
  • The So-Called Coward: Turns out he can be quite brave when he must protect his friends.
  • 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.
  • Willfully Weak: He hardly ever used his demon form because of his discomfort with it.


Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

"Sorry. I think my sense of humor is trapped in a jar somewhere."
Played By: Alexis Denisof

"You know, back in my days as a rogue demon hunter, I once used that very spear to pin down what I thought was a small Rodentius demon. Of course, the poodle's owners weren't very happy."

A replacement sent by the Watcher's Council following Giles' termination. Clean-cut, by the book, and not without an inflated sense of self, Wesley is immediately detested by both Buffy and Faith. Most of his decisions (though well-intentioned) fail spectacularly, such as his attempt to "rehabilitate" Faith when she goes rogue. Like Giles before him, the Council eventually tires of Wesley and lets him go. At a loose end, he becomes a "rogue demon hunter" himself, his travels eventually leading him to LA, where he joins Angel Investigations. As a former Watcher, Wesley is the resident demon expert. He's also a brilliant linguist and a fairly skilled sorcerer. As the series progresses, he slowly becomes more assertive and confident. In spite of the drastic changes he goes through over the course of both series, Wesley's most noteworthy personality traits remain the same—he is dangerously pragmatic, incredibly ruthless, generally unapologetic of even his worst decisions, and more loyal to his own moral compass than to any single person. At his core, though, Wesley is a good man.
  • Abusive Parents: His father used to lock him in the cellar and generally belittled his son in every single way one can imagine.
  • The Alcoholic: Of the functioning variety after his betrayal in season three. He takes up drinking again in season five after Fred's death, only this time he's considerably less functional.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His counterpart in the Skipverse is missing an arm, likely from the same demon who appeared in "Parting Gifts" (but without Angel to help him in this timeline). His fencing skills are still formidable.
    "Ah, Kungai demon. Couple of years ago."
  • Authority in Name Only: During his time as the leader of Angel Investigations during seasons 2 and 3, Angel was often in charge and led several of their missions over him.
  • Badass Biker: Only in his first episode. Those leather pants really chafe his...legs.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Badass Normal: He's possibly the most badass human on the series. One feels he could take on Angel with little problem if he were so inclined.
  • Better as Friends: He and Cordelia come to this conclusion after the Mother of All Awkward Kisses.
  • Brains and Bondage: Eek.
    Angel: Who do we know that has handcuffs?
    Wes: Well, I — ! ...wouldn't know.
  • Break Them by Talking: Wesley is very, very good at psychological warfare. Throughout Angel's entire five year run, there are only two people who are shown to be capable of matching his skill at it—Angelus and Lilah. And even against them he still holds his own. He's also not above using it on his friends if he thinks it's necessary. In fact, Wesley has engaged everyone in psychological warfare at one time or another—enemies, allies, enemies turned into allies, half-insane skittering bug-demons, cyborgs, innocent victims, evil lawyers, ancient demon name it, and Wesley has probably gone toe-to-toe with it in a war of words, and won.
  • British Stuffiness: At first, although he loosens up a lot after joining Angel Investigations, mostly due to Cordelia's influence.
  • Captain Obvious
  • Chekhov's Skill: Specifically, darts.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: When his actions result in baby Connor getting trapped in Quor'toth during Angel season 3. After the damage is done, Fred flat-out tells him that if he had actually talked to the others about it, let alone never trusted Holtz, it never would have happened.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Wesley can be surprisingly ruthless, willingly sacrificing his allies or sending men to their deaths as part of a grand design. In his own words:
    "You try not to get anybody killed, you wind up getting everybody killed."
  • Cunning Linguist: With mixed results. You try arguing prophecy with a giant hamburger.
  • Dating Catwoman: Lilah Morgan, whom he later beheaded. Ah, love.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very Britishly so.
    Client: (upon learning she's not alone in having superpowers, turns to Cordelia) So what's wrong with you?
    Wesley: Where to begin?
  • Death Seeker: Whenever he's morally conflicted, Wesley is uncomfortably reckless with his own life.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight/Dies Wide Open: In the final raid on the Senior Partners, Wesley is assigned to take out Vail, the sorceror. Vail runs him through with a knife, and Illyria is left to tearfully cradle his body.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: As creepily as the show can manage. When he's not being turned into a misogynist rage monster and attacking Fred, he's casually dropping death threats to Gunn, his romantic rival.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Develops an obsessive need for the juice to counter the melancholy of Fred's death. He is seldom entirely sober, as Spike sniffed out.
    • Maybe not drowning, but he certainly takes his sorrows for a swim after his split from AI.
  • Dynamic Character: We see glimpses of his dark side in Pylea (Season 2) and in an alternate universe where the team soldiers on without Cordelia (Season 3). His near-death experience changes him for the worse.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He was "Head Boy" at Academy.
    • Wesley seems blissfully unaware of the connotations - which is understandable, as Head Boy (and Head Girl) is an extremely normal title in British schools.
  • Emergency Impersonation: In the episode "Guise Will Be Guise", where he is forced to impersonate Angel. Right down to quaffing a glass of blood.
  • Ensign Newbie: Wesley's only encounters with vampires thus far have been under "controlled circumstaces"; basically, he's in over his head from the get-go.
  • Eureka Moment: Lampshaded by Angel.
    Lorne: You mean he actually says "Eureka"?
  • Exalted Torturer: He's awfully handy with a knife. Or scalpel. Or arrowhead.
    "I avoided the major organs. He'll probably live."
  • Extraverted Nerd: His character sheet entry reads, "Thinks he's Sean Connery when he's pretty much George Lazenby."
  • Foil: To Giles. The curmudgeonly Watcher never forgot the grief he suffered under Wesley, as Andrew later reports in Season Five of Angel.
  • Fanservice Pack
  • Fatal Flaw: Mistrust of others, and compulsively hoarding every secret to himself.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: His ghost is still stuck working for the Senior Partners in Hell.
  • Fire-Forged Friends/Salt and Pepper: With Gunn in Angel Season Two.
  • Geek Physiques
  • Genius Bruiser
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Ditches his glasses after the events of Angel season 3.
  • Good Is Dumb: The least trustworthy member on Angel's team is also the smartest. What are the odds?
    • Played with. For one thing he's only the smartest if you don't count Fred, for another the reason he's untrustworthy is because he follows his own moral compass even when it conflicts with his loyalty to the team. In some ways he's actually the most moral and selfless of anyone on the team including Angel.
  • Good Is Not Nice: This has been one of his defining characteristics since his early days on Buffy, although it becomes even more noticeable after he takes a few levels in badass. When things are quiet, he can be perfectly amiable, but when there's something bigger at stake, he's more interested in getting results than being nice. Long-term solutions are much more important to Wesley than short-term politeness.
    • A prime example is the second season episode Untouched, where Team Angel is attempting to help Bethany, a young woman who has telepathic powers she can't seem to control. Angel and Cordelia are both very gentle with Bethany, doing their best to help her keep calm and to make sure she feels safe with them. Wesley, on the other hand, after figuring out that her powers were the result of intense psychic trauma from her childhood, intentionally provokes her by mentioning the person who hurt her. She's extremely upset by it, and Angel and Cordelia both berate Wesley for being so harsh, but Angel later admits that it was a useful thing for them to know, because it allowed them to help Bethany in the long run.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Demonstrated this more and more as time went on, but there are hints as early as his appearances in Buffy.
  • The Gunslinger: Type C: The Woo. Wes is generally the guy with guns, though Gunn and Fred occasionally use them. The showy moves are strictly his department.
    • Lampshaded in "Lineage". We cut from slo-mo Wesley firing two pistols in mid-air to Fred, in real time, sarcastically sighing, "Yes, thank you, Wesley, I'd love a gun."
  • Guttural Growler: Justified in the aftermath of his throat-slitting. He adopts a sotto voice for the remainder of the show, and the scar remains visible for a long time.
  • Handicapped Badass: A zombified cop's bullet lands Wesley in a wheelchair for a while, but you don't need legs to load a shotgun! Then there's his Skipverse counterpart, who's a good fighter and formidable fencer with only one arm.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Stealing Angel's baby, then going solo for a while.note 
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In Angel season 3, he actually trusts Holtz, Angel's old Arch-Enemy who is obsessed with getting revenge on Angel however he can, to help him take Connor away. As a result, Connor ends up trapped in a hell dimension, whereas Wesley gets a Slashed Throat from Holtz's right-hand and thrown out of Angel Investigations for his stupidity.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Collapsible wrist-mounted swords.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He kills Skip by shooting a bullet into a tiny hole in his armor, said hole having been created when Angel broke one of his horns.
  • Insistent Terminology: In his first Angel appearance, wants to make sure everyone knows that he's a rogue demon hunter.
    Cordelia: What's a rogue demon?
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: It eventually came back to bite him in Season Three.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: In the comic, he is permanently-bound to one of his old Buffy-era suits. Wesley surmises the Senior Partners are just finding new ways to torment him some more, since the suit and glasses are a reminder of his past self that he left behind.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Becomes fond of these after his Character Development sets in.
  • Jaded Washout: In slow-motion. Wesley is basically the same guy from before the Watcher's Council fired him. On the other hand, he's not eager to rejoin those officious windbags, even when bribed. Over the course of years, he grows so detached from his old values that the demolition of the Council building doesn't even upset him.
  • Klingon Promotion: Became Illyria's de facto consort after shooting the first one.
  • The Klutz: In his early post-Buffy appearances. For the love of god, don't let him near an ax.
  • The Lancer: When Fred is playing the Smart Guy role.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Cordelia.
  • Miles Gloriosus: During his time on Buffy. He gloats to Giles that he can handle himself in a fight, having managed to defeat vampires "under controlled circumstances." When he gets into a real fight, however, he proves totally useless and has to be bailed out by Giles.
  • Morality Chain: Resigns himself to helping Illyria be a good citizen, despite being a pretty lousy role model himself.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's an ex-Watcher, seems to come with the territory.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Two big examples:
    • When Faith begins to go rogue in Buffy season 3, Wesley, after finding out by eavesdropping on Buffy and Giles, calls in a special ops team and arrests her, unfortunately ruining Angel's plan to reach her just as he was beginning to get through to her and kicking off a series of events which leads to Faith becoming Mayor Wilkins' second-in-command. Buffy and the Scoobies already disliked him before, and he only further cements their hatred of him with this screw-up.
    • Then, in Angel season 3, he's fooled by a fake prophecy that claims that Angel will murder his own son, and makes a deal with Angel's enemy Holtz to take him to safety, only for Holtz's second-in-command Justine to slit his throat and steal the baby herself, resulting in a sequence of events that led to Connor being trapped in the hell dimension Quor'toth, where he undergoes Training from Hell and emerges as an Ax-Crazy Antagonistic Offspring. Fake prophecy or not, Angel was understandably anything but pleased with Wesley.
    • Angelus summed it up best:
    Angelus: Good old Wes. Always count on him to tackle a bad situation and make it worse.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Again — Collapsible wrist-mounted swords.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Brought back in After the Fall by the Senior Partners. This is doubly ironic, as Wesley is bound to a "standard perpetuity clause" in his contract, the same as Holland Manners and Lilah. Furthermore, he now serves as liaison to the Senior Partners, taking over from Hamilton (whom Angel killed in the series finale).
  • Perma Stubble: After he Took a Level in Badass.
    Willow: Oh, and it's the Marlboro man.
  • Pragmatic Hero: "You try not to get anybody killed, you wind up getting everybody killed."
  • Properly Paranoid: Wesley is never entirely at ease with a vampire boss, and is always preparing countermeasures against Angel's heel turn. His background as a former Watcher ensures this kind of thinking.
  • Reality Ensues: Before he was assigned to be Buffy and Faith's Watcher, his only encounters with vampires were brief and, in his own words, "under controlled circumstances," arrogantly declaring himself to be capable in the field. Needless to say, when he gets in a real fight later on, he turns out to be completely useless and Giles has to save his ass.
  • Refused by the Call: Wesley's fatal flaw has always been that he considers himself The Hero of the piece. From as early as B3 to as late as A4, Wes has trouble conceiving the basic notion that the story does not revolve around him. He takes it upon himself to make hard choices, and do make what he thinks are the right plays regardless of what others tell him, because at a fundamental level, he's certain that that burden of responsibility for saving the world and protecting everyone falls on his shoulders moreso than anyone else's. Basically every mistake he made through his entire character history has been rooted in this one flaw, from abducting Faith to stealing Angel's son.
  • Replacement Flat Character: To Giles, who groans that Wes has "the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone."
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Buffy even lampshades it:
    Buffy: If we need someone to scream like a woman, we'll give you a call.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His trusty Mossberg 12-gauge. Manages to land only one hit with it, alas.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Due to his own feelings for Fred, isn't particularly fond of her relationship with Gunn, and even less so of her semi-flirtation with Knox. He gets the girl in the end.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Spot of Tea: "You know, there's something about brewed tea you simply cannot replicate with a bag."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Fred.
  • Stalking Is Love: Fred goes for him in the end.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality:
  • Together in Death: In her final scene with Wesley, Illyira allows one selfless gesture by taking Fred's shape, then consoling Wesley that they will be together in the afterlife. Given the non-existence nature of Fred at that moment, which both of them knew about, it slips into Let Them Die Happy. After the Fall shows that this is not the case for a different reason. Fred is in Heaven whereas Wesley is stuck working for the Senior Partners in Hell for all eternity.
  • Too Clever by Half
  • Took a Level in Badass: In his first appearances on Buffy, he was an arrogant, cowardly dork who has constantly ignored and mocked by the Scooby Gang. Over the course of Angel, he becomes a competent demon slayer who even manages to take over leadership of Angel Investigations for a time.
  • TV Genius
  • Turn Coat
  • The Unfettered: Wesley does what is right. It doesn't matter if he has to betray his friends, torture witnesses, sacrifice his chances with the woman he loves, shoot his father dead in cold blood, resurrect his friend's evil alter ego or risk his life and sacrifice his chance at a career to protect a woman who was sadistically torturing him hours before. If Wesley thinks he knows what is needed for the greater good, there is no emotional attachment he won't sacrifice, no anguish he won't suffer, no underhanded method he will not use to achieve it.
    Angel: You do what you have to do to protect the people around you. To do what you know is right, regardless of the cost. You know, I never really understood that. You're the guy who makes all the hard decisions, even if you have to make 'em alone.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Back in Buffy, he overheard that Faith accidentally killed someone. The rest of the team is already on-board with helping her deal with her issues and giving her the support and acceptance she needs in order to not fall to The Dark Side. Wesley's response, on the other hand, is to call in some goons and try to ship her to England to be locked away forever. By the end of the episode, she doesn't trust any of them, resents all of them (because she thinks they aren't trustworthy), and has taken a job as the Big Bad's number two.
  • Weak, but Skilled
  • We Used to Be Friends
    Wesley: I have no idea where Angel is, Lilah, or what happened to him. And I really couldn't care.
    Lilah: Wow. That was cold. I think we're finally making progress. Come on. Doesn't it bother you just a little bit? The not knowing?
    Wesley: That part of my life is dead. Doesn't concern me now.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: After betraying Angel in season 3, he's ultimately welcomed back into the team during season 4.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: When he becomes the leader of Angel Investigations during Angel season 2, he calls his father up in the hopes on getting his approval... only to discover that dear ol' Dad is more concerned with when, what, and how he'll screw up next.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed
  • Zen Survivor: His new, grizzled look is a perfect fit for Los Angeles under permanent midnight. He gets even more philosophical when he's deep into the whiskey.


Krevlornswath "Lorne" of the Deathwok Clan, also known as The Host

"Always leave 'em wanting more, kiddo. That's the rule."
Played By: Andy Hallett

"So I am covered in cherries. The police are just pounding on the door, and Judi Dench starts screaming, "Oh, that's way too much to pay for a pair of pants!""

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.
  • Noble Demon: There's plenty of benign demons in the Buffyverse, but Lorne goes above and beyond the call of duty. His club, Caritas (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.
      (to Gunn) Who's Fluffy? Are you Fluffy?
    • 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."




The Groosalugg

"Hail to you potential client!"
Played By: Mark Lutz

"Angel, you and I have fought side by side on more than one occasion. Fellow warriors, shoulder to shoulder. By now, my counsel must assuredly hold weight, so I beseech you to heed my words: Pomegranate Mist is the wrong color for this room."

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 McCool Name: Groosalugg means "brave and undefeated." That's right, his name advertises the fact that he never loses.
  • 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 Seeker: 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.
  • No Name Given/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": He's known as "The Groosalugg", although he's eventually given the nickname of "Groo".
  • Spock Speak: "Hail, potential client!"
    • This is subverted in one (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.



"You gotta do what you can to protect your family. I learned that from my father."
Played By: Vincent Kartheiser

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.
  • Abusive Parents: It wouldn't be a stretch to say Holtz wasn't sweet and gentle while fashioning Connor into a weapon. And when it looked like Connor might have a happy life with Angel, Holtz killed himself to set Connor against his real father, thus abandoning him in a world he knew nothing about with nothing left to live for except revenge.
  • Adult Fear: If there's anything you don't want to happen to your child, it's happened to Connor: Before he was even born he was wanted by an assortment of evil people, kidnappers, and a very angry demon. When he was only a few months old he was kidnapped and taken into the worst of all hell dimensions; he returned a few weeks later (in Angel's time) all grown up and wanting to kill his father; eventually went fairly insane and murderous, forcing Angel to cut his throat. Was saved by a timey-wimey Deal With The Evil Law Firm and given a normal life in which he had not memory of Angel, and just when Angel was coming to terms with that returned to Angel's life, having no idea who Angel is and then being forced to fight an extremely powerful demon while having no idea how to fight. That's just the big things.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Towards Angel and especially Angelus. Being raised by Holtz will do that to a guy. Even after his Heel-Face Turn in season 4, he had some traits of this; when they had to bring Angelus back to take down the Beast, Connor openly supported dusting Angelus over re-ensouling him, even going so far as to try and stake him while Willow was in the middle of cursing Angelus again.
  • Anti-Antichrist: It was touch and go there for a while. But he ultimately rebels against Jasmine. The only problem is that doing so leaves the poor kid mired in nihilistic, homicidal despair.
  • Avenging the Villain: When Holtz kills himself in such a way as to implicate Angel.
  • Ax-Crazy: Was there ever any doubt it would come to this?
  • Babies Make Everything Better: For a bit.
  • Back for the Finale: "You stop by for a cup of coffee and the world's not ending? Please."
  • Badass Adorable: As Connor Reilly. A polite, good-natured and boyishly handsome young man, but shy, innocent and somewhat awkward. And also he could pull your spine out through your mouth.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For reasons that are easily grasped (being tossed into a giant hell portal as an infant), he really doesn't like magic.
    • Bad parenting. He talks a suicidal cop off a ledge, only to discover a family photo in his wallet. He then proceeds to turn the cop's face into hamburger.
  • The Berserker: He tries to commit Suicide by Cop after Jasmine's defeat, and doesn't care if the Cop has to be Angel.
  • Black and White Insanity: The sad fact is that Connor never really adjusts to our world. Angel is a killer; therefore, he should die. The world is harsh and cruel; Jasmine made it a paradise, so she must be good.
    • He considers himself above Angel Investigations in this respect, accusing them of fighting empty battles and helping to maintain the status quo.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: The Senior Partners offer to do this when he becomes too crazed to control. It comes at a price: Angel has to go join Wolfram & Hart.
  • Creepy Souvenir: His starter outfit is a patchwork of animal hides, or as he elegantly put it, "Things I've killed." And then there was that time he ripped a drug dealer's ear off.
  • Cute Bruiser: All the strength of a vampire, packed into a skinny-ass teen.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He may have picked up the condition from Holtz.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Having spent most of his life in a Death World and put through Training from Hell by Holtz, Connor is so used to horrible things that the sight of Jasmine's true face doesn't even faze him.
  • Consummate Liar
  • Cousin Oliver
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Holtz is perfectly plain about Connor's origins — almost sinisterly so. Although Connor has been drilled to think of his parents as monsters, he is, at heart, angry at them for abandoning him. Angel is obviously torn up about it, and makes a final attempt to reason with him, but Connor is too far gone to hear it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as his parents, but he does have a few great one-liners.
  • Deus Angst Machina
  • Dhampyr: Though he was born to two vampires. He's only mostly human, whatever he is. A good description would be, he has all the strengths of a vampire and all the weaknesses of a human.
    • They get to play around with the implications of a vampire with a human son. Connor isn't averse to many uniquely vampiric weaknesses, and so can go places and do things that Angel can't, but he can die from things that won't kill a vampire, like suffocation or loss of blood. In one of his first episodes back from Quor-toth, Angel loses Connor when he can't follow him into the sunlight, and later has to shield him from a hail of gunfire.
  • The Dragon: To the Beastmaster (AKA Cordelia) and later Jasmine.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Bitterly played with. After all, he's the one who iced Jasmine, and there's no longer any pod people to rule. He acts as an extension of Jasmine's Motive Rant, claiming that the human race was undeserving of her love.
  • Does Not Like Magic: He considers it a crutch, and one that he hardly ever sees work as advertised. "I've pretty much concluded that magic sucks."
  • Double Consciousness: After Wesley inadvertently restores his old memories.
  • The Dreaded: The demons of Quor-Toth were terrified of him. They called him things like "the bringer of torment".
  • Easily Forgiven: Let's count the number of times this happened shall we?
  • Emo Teen: Gets accused of this often. To be fair, the only happy moments in his life were the two weeks after his birth and the reunion with his father that Holtz destroyed.
  • Fake Memories: Angel has Wolfram & Hart change his memories and give him a new life to make him better adjusted. Even once his original memories are restored, he's a lot more grounded.
  • Fantastic Racism: Being raised by Holtz has caused him to be prejudiced against demons. At one point, he openly referred to Lorne as a "filthy demon". Kartheiser even likened him to a kid who was raised by a racist. This includes half-demons as well, which also gives him a dash of Boomerang Bigot: he attacked Cordelia with a knife when he discovered she was half-demon.
  • Final Boss: Of Season 4.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Connor at the end of season four. (Jesus, they ran the gamut with baby tropes and this kid, didn't they?)
  • Good Is Dumb: As a conflicted character, he was constantly switching sides; when fighting at his father's side, he was a bit slower than Angel and not as agile, but when he fought against the good guys, he was like Spider-Man with a cause, decking multiple foes with each blow and always one step ahead.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: And around and around and around he goes.
  • Heroic Bastard
  • Holy Child: Inverted, as only evil demons view him as one. Sahjhan let slip that Connor has a "big future", but in what sense, we don't know yet.
  • I Have Many Names: Connor Angel (name given him by Team Angel at the hospital), Steven Franklin Thomas Holtz (by Holtz), Connor Reilly (with his new family).
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Angel? Gave him up to be sucked into a Hell portal. Darla? Staked herself so she wouldn't try to eat him later. Holtz? Raving maniac who used him as a tool to punish Angel. Cordelia? Completely and utterly mind-screws him into committing betrayals, patricide, and murder. Jasmine? ...You get the picture.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal
  • It Runs in the Family: "A weakness for Slayers. You're definitely his son."
  • Jumped at the Call: Wheter his usual or alternate self, he seems pretty enthusiastic about being a superhuman.
  • The Lancer
  • Laser-Guided Tykebomb: Jasmine, who requires a paradox of sorts to birth herself into our world, is responsible for Darla's pregnancy and Connor's later romantic interlude with Cordelia.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Good luck trying to control him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his first appearance alone, he was practically running circles around Angel, Gunn and the Groosalugg.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: He terrifies the beasts of Quor-toth so much, they flee to Earth just to be rid of him. After that, it's as easy as following the bread crumbs...
  • Likes Older Women: Self-confessed. Targets of his Longing Look include Cordelia, Faith, and Illyria.
  • Loss of Identity: Not only does Angel wipe Connor's memory, but he changes reality so that he's happy and well-adjusted.
  • Made of Iron: He is able to shrug off getting hit by a van and slammed into a building with little to no problem.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Looking at the picture, you'd be forgiven for not thinking he could kick your ass. You're wrong; he could kick your ass and then hand it to you on a silver platter with a singing telegram.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In Quor-Toth, he was called "the Destroyer."
  • Noble Bigot: Connor was brought up to hate demons and magic by the Obliviously Evil Holtz, but has no intention of hurting humans (at first). Wesley even uses this as an excuse for not cluing Fred and Gunn in about him in "Deep Down".
  • No Man of Woman Born: The prophecy said, "There will be no birth." What it meant was that Darla can't deliver a baby, so the only alternative is to stake herself and turn to ash. Hence, no birth.
  • The Nose Knows: He either has a better version than the average vampire or was given a lot more incentive to practice.
  • Not Brainwashed: Due to their blood relation, Jasmine's powers never worked on him. He was just so jaded and messed up by that point that her "peace at the cost of free will" plan seemed like a good deal, even if he never felt the same bliss everyone else did.
    "I knew she was a lie. Jasmine. My whole life's been built on them. I just - I guess I thought this one was better than the others."
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Which is why Sahjhan is so anxious to be rid of him.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: The reason he defended Angel from Linwood's commandos in "Tomorrow".
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up
  • Psycho Supporter: To the Jasmaniacs.
  • Sanity Slippage: With every emotional disaster dumped on him, his stability goes down a tick.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: You can thank Holtz for tying Connor to a tree in the middle of nowhere, then leaving him to escape his ropes and find his way home all on his own. "One time, it only took me five days."
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: After already getting a Plot-Relevant Age-Up, Connor was later also a victim of Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome when they changed his age from sixteen to eighteen to make his relationship with 22-year-old Cordelia less squicky. It didn't help much, considering she views herself as his mother.
    • This is especially amusing considering that, due to the circumstances of Connor's rapid aging, nobody, including Connor himself, can really be sure of exactly how old he is. That doesn't stop several characters from explicitly stating that he's "eighteen", for the first time, in that very same episode, all apparently just to keep the media watchdogs at bay.
    • Given that he's stated to be sixteen the previous season they could simply have made Connor seventeen, the same age Buffy was when she lost her virginity with 243-year old Angel, but, well...
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was one before being sired.
  • Straw Nihilist: He's not overly fond of human reality. Considering he grew up in a hell dimension, that's really something.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Like a ball of rubber bands. Angel conceived him with Darla, who was able to carry him to term with Jasmine's influence. Connor then impregnated Cordelia so she could give birth to Jasmine.
  • Training from Hell: A rather literal case. Angel is horrified to hear him casually explain what Holtz put him through, which included tying him, then only five or six, to a tree and then leaving him to free himself and search for him in the wilderness of a demon dimension with a very bad reputation.
  • Tykebomb: Angel spends the end of season three and all of season four trying in vain to defuse him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In contrast to Buffy and Angel's more technical approach to fighting, Connor is shown relying more on brute force, hitting hard and fast and beating his opponents into submission. On one occasion, he lost to Angel when the latter had amnesia and was mentally a teenager fighting purely on instinct.
  • Unwitting Pawn
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: With Holtz, not Angel.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor
  • Wild Child
  • Younger Than He Looks: Chronologically, he's only three, but due to the different flow of time between Earth and Quor'toth, he's in his late teens.




"I play this game. It's pointless, and annoys me. And yet I'm compelled to play on."
Played By: Amy Acker

"I lived seven lives at once. I was power in the ecstasy of death. I was god to a god. Now... I'm trapped on a roof... just one roof, in this time and this place with an unstable human who drinks too much whiskey and called me a Smurf."

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: Even after being de-powered, Illyria is an incredibly powerful fighter. She can steamroll over most opponents with a minimum of effort and before being de-powered she was no less than a Physical God.
  • A God Am I: She's prone to making grand proclamations of her former Godhood.
    "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: The "blue" part is semi-literal. Illyria was an Eldritch Abomination who experienced reality in ways that humans cannot imagine, and as such she holds 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. It's also debatable as to whether she was ever genuinely evil, just apathetic and operating on an entirely different level. Even Fred's death isn't malicious on her part; Wesley likens it to a viral infection.
  • Blood Knight: She's extremely 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 can no longer manipulate time, talk to plants or experience the world as she once did. It doesn't mean she isn't an intensely powerful warrior who is stronger than the rest of Team Angel.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As of Buffy Season 9, she has been completely drained of all her powers by Severin.
  • 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, along with Rei Ayanami.
  • 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.
  • 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 despite her size..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    Illyria: 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?
    Lorne: Have you ever tried a Sea Breeze?
  • 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."
  • Spy Catsuit: With an impressive range of movement. Maybe it's the bootlegs.
  • 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: Downplayed as 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.