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    Angel 

    Cordelia Chase 

    Allen Francis Doyle 

Allen Francis Doyle (Glenn Quinn)

"One of us has been drinking, and I'm sorry to say it's not me."

A human-demon hybrid, Doyle is chosen as the messenger of the Powers That Be, and sent to help Angel in LA. Doyle receives "visions" from the Powers, described as splitting great migraines with pictures that warn of people in trouble. Doyle has a shady past and is seemingly a coward, but the visions and his numerous underworld sources make him a valuable asset, and he becomes good friends with Angel. Together with Cordelia, the three of them form the nucleus of Angel Investigations.

    Wesley Wyndam-Price 

    Charles Gunn 

Charles Gunn (J. August Richards)

"Lived my whole life in L.A., now I find out there are mountains. A brother should be told."

Orphaned at a young age, Gunn finds himself living on the streets of LA and fighting vampires to survive, eventually forming his own crew of youths from similar backgrounds. After Angel helps the crew out in a turf war against a gang of vampires, Gunn in turn helps Angel and co. in a number of situations, slowly moving away from the streets and becoming a part of Angel Investigations. Street-wise and an accomplished fighter, Gunn nevertheless harbours insecurities that he is nothing more than 'dumb muscle.'

    Lorne 

Krevlornswath "Lorne" of the Deathwok Clan, also known as The Host (Andy Hallett)

"Always leave 'em wanting more, kiddo. That's the rule."

Demonic nightclub owner with the face of Quentin Tarantino, and the dress sense of Liberace. Born in another dimension, Lorne rejected its Proud Warrior Race Guy culture, becoming a pariah. He was overjoyed, then, when he fell into a portal and found himself in Los Angeles. Setting up a karaoke bar on the spot, he brands it a sanctuary, where violence between demons is impossible. Lorne is an empath, who can read people's destinies when they bare their souls — that is, when they sing. He uses this to help people by setting them on their true path. Lorne tries to maintain a neutral stance, but finds himself being drawn into Angel Investigations and eventually becomes a full-fledged member of the team.
  • Actual Pacifist: To the extent that killing Lindsey McDonald under Angel's orders, an act the complete opposite of his pacifistic nature, is one of the implied reasons he developed cancer in recent comics.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Green skin with red horns. He is from another dimension.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: When he disappeared from Pylea, everyone feasted for weeks because they assumed he had committed ritual suicide.
    Landok: Your mother's burden is terrible.
    Lorne: Misses her little green boo, does she?
    Landok: She rips your images into tiny pieces, feeds them to the swine, butchers the pigs and has their remains scattered for the dogs.
    Lorne: (disheartened) Sounds like ma.
  • Anything That Moves: Something of a G-rated version of this trope; he flirts shamelessly with guys and girls alike, but never appears to have a genuine romantic or sexual attraction to anyone. Andy Hallett Hand Waves this by merely stating that Lorne loves "all humans".
  • Bizarre Demon Biology: Mentions that his heart is located in his rear.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He darkens quite a bit when Fred is put in jeopardy. To say nothing of his final scene.
  • Bi the Way: Lorne seems to fit this (or Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?). He's definitely into girls; however, he also is fond of the thought of Angel in leather pants, and freely refers to him as "lover", "sweetie" and scores of other romantic endearments. Lorne also is interested in fashion, culture, art, music and Elton John. He also has a somewhat flamboyantly, stereotypically gay personality. However, his sexuality has never been addressed directly in the show, and the actor considered the character asexual.
  • The Character Died with Him: Following Andy Hallet's death, his character was retired in a self-titled, one-shot comic.
  • Cleopatra Nose
  • The Confidant
  • The Dandy: To paraphrase Mayor Wilkins on Buffy: That is one exciting suit!
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Life of the Party"
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a green-skinned, red-eyed interdimensional demon from a Proud Warrior Race... and the White Sheep of his clan.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • De Fictionalization: Lorne headlines a Las Vegas show in one episode. This was done by having Lorne headline a show in Las Vegas, and filming it.
  • Drink Order: "More Sea, less Breeze."
  • Embarrassing First Name: His full name is "Krevlornswath" in his native dimension, and even he isn't too fond of the shortened nickname. (He has green skin, which apparently made some people think of Lorne Greene from Bonanza).
  • The Empath: And about as reliable as a cheap fortune cookie.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He was originally just called "The Host," stating that he preferred not to go by Lorne because his green skin would cause people to crack Lorne Greene jokes.
  • Fun Personified
  • Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Inverted. As head of the W&H Entertainment Division, Lorne is bogged down with so much work that he has to surgically remove his sleep — and even then he still can't catch up. It becomes clear that it's Lorne's way of assuming his old Caritas role and bringing people together, even at great self-sacrifice.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am a Dwarf Today?: Subverted; Lorne doesn't mind it at all if people mistake his green skin for makeup. Especially if it gets him into Caesar's Palace. The first time this happens, he accidentally runs into a librarian who stammers, "You're—...you're—!!" before sighing, "...from the children's reading program!" At this, Lorne considers dropping by and reading some Harry Potter.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his corporeal body by leaping into the Music of the Spheres, thereby restoring balance to the universe. At least he went out singing.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Our Lady of the Perpetual Sea Breeze.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: As soon as he heard Aretha Franklin's voice, he knew he was home.
  • Incredibly Long Note: Once claimed he can hold a note literally forever.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: On Pylea, for not wanting to be a warrior.
  • Losing Your Head: He can survive decapitation and being cut apart, but only if his body parts aren't then mutilated.
    • Lorne keeps this small detail about himself secret, apparently so as to gauge his friends' grief-stricken reactions to his 'death'. (He isn't impressed with any of them.)
  • Lounge Lizard
  • Love You and Everybody: His actor states that Lorne loves "all humans," thus explaining his ambiguous sexuality.
  • Meaningful Name: On Lorne's homeworld, they drink "Flib liquor," humans are "cows", and they clean out "flehegna" stables. Maybe his nickname was apt.
  • Mentor: Sort of.
  • Mr. Exposition
  • Musical Assassin: He can make stuff explode by hitting just the right note.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much
  • Nice Guy
  • Noble Demon: There's plenty of benign demons in the Buffyverse, but Lorne goes above and beyond the call of duty. His club, Caratas (Latin for "sanctuary") was specifically designed to bring human and demonkind together peacefully.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Lorne's the smiling, happy, carefree member of the team. When he begins to crack in Season 5, it's a sign that everything's about to fall apart. He never really recovers.
  • Opt Out: In the series finale.
  • Out of Focus: In Season Five, Andy Hallett probably spent more time in the makeup chair than he did in front of the camera. On the upside, Lorne did get his own episode (see above) and was featured in the final stretch.
  • The Paladin: Of all the characters in either Buffy or Angel, it is Lorne who is the most morally pure, and the most morally inspirational. If you don't sort of wish you could be a little bit more like him, you have no soul in you at all.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: An overcoat and a trilby, which looks dashing in a Humphrey Bogart-sort of way, but about as inconspicuous as a Ninja Turtle.
    • A baseball cap and sunglasses are enough to disguise him in broad daylight.
  • Person as Verb: Originally known simply as "The Host."
  • The Power of Rock: Karaoke is the only way to put things right!
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: At long last partway into Season Four.
  • Psychic Powers: He can read people's futures. Allegedly only when they sing, but there have been plenty of occasions when he's read people who aren't singing. Each time he brushes it off as them broadcasting unusually strongly because of their emotional state. It happens frequently. He can also mystically sense when Cordelia is about to receive a vision and has the ability to surf her connection to the Powers That Be and tap into her visions as a result. He needs to be touching Cordelia to do this latter but he's even able to tell when Cordelia's being sent fake visions from an earth-based psychic and indicates that it requires genuine skill to be able to work that out as the fakes were very convincing.
  • Red Baron: Ends up becoming one the more benign demon "lords" of L.A. after it is banished to Hell. Lorne is elected the Lord of Silver Lake, and does his very best to make his territory "a Heaven in Hell". (After the Fall)
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's got red eyes because he's a demon, but he's a gentle soul who's pretty sweet and fun company.
  • Sad Clown: His perpetual comic persona starts turning into this in Season Five, mostly after Fred dies. He even gets a whole scene talking about this in "Underneath."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being told his part in Angel's take-down-the-Black-Thorns plan, he tells Angel that he would do it for the sake of their friendship, but after that, he was done and they would most likely never see him again.
  • Sensor Character
  • Shipper on Deck: Leads the movement to pair off Angel and Cordelia. You can't fight love, Cinnamon Buns!
  • Some Call Me Tim
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine... ♪
    • Averted. The lyrics fit the scene exactly. Though the tune is generally considered happy, it is about the listener leaving the singer, and taking all the joy in his life with.
  • Spiky Hair
  • Took a Level in Badass: His last scene. Interestingly, it is obvious that Lorne finds the act disgusting and demoralising; afterwards, he walks out on the team without so much as a goodbye.
  • The Unfavorite: His cousins use their empathic powers to hunt. Lorne used his to read peoples' destinies, and was considered a freak. He preferred music over hunting, even though music doesn't really exist in his dimension.
  • Verbal Tic: Whenever Lorne finishes a sentence he refers to the person he's talking to as some kind of endearment, often a foodstuff: Pumpkin, Angel-cakes, Kiwi, Sweet potato, Muffin.
    • "And stop calling me pastries!
    • This extends to curses, as well. "Aw, fudgesicle!"
    • Back on Pylea they used to call him "fragrant tuber".
    • Backfires when Lorne telephones a coded message for help ("Say 'hi' to Fluffy for me!"), which Fred interprets as just another nickname for someone in Angel's group.
      (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."
    • Well, he did get closure. That's something, at least.

    Winifred "Fred" Burkle 

Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Amy Acker)

(flips through fashion magazine) Why do girls want to look like that? I spent years in a cave starving, what's their excuse?"

Fred was attending college in Los Angeles when she was sucked into a portal and ended up in a demon dimension where humans are slaves. She's there for five years and rather insane before Angel and crew rescue her. Staying with them, she slowly re-adapts to life and becomes a valued member of the team, her incredible intelligence causing her to serve as the brains of the outfit.

    The Groosalugg 

Groosalugg (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.

    Connor 

Connor (Vincent Kartheiser)

"You must be Angel's handsome yet androgynous son."
"It's Connor."
"And the sneer's genetic, who knew?"
— Willow and Connor

Against all laws of the universe, Angel and his sire Darla conceive a son and the result is Connor, who is super-strong, agile, has enhanced senses and healing and is, by all appearances, human. Taken away to another dimension, the Quor-Toth, as a baby, Connor returns a few months later. Due to time flowing differently there, he is now seventeen years old, and an incredible fighter. Harboring a deep hatred for Angel's true nature, Connor is at odds with Angel Investigation just as often as he is fighting alongside them.
  • 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: He did spend his formative years in a hell dimension with Holtz as a dad.
  • 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.
  • Dawson Casting: Albeit only barely, Vincent Kartheiser was 23 when cast as the 17-year old Connor.
  • 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, declaiming 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.
    • 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.

    Spike 

    Illyria 

Illyria (Amy Acker)

"I'd like to keep Spike as my pet."

Illyria is an Old One, one of the ancient demons that walked the earth before the coming of man. Killed millions of years ago, she is reincarnated in Fred's body and intends to rule once again...only to find her army long dead and her temple turned to dust. With nowhere else to go, she remains with the group, seeking to learn how to live in this strange, new world. Still incredibly powerful even in her diminished form, Illyria is a mighty ally to have; but she see human affairs as beneath her and the crew can never be quite sure that she's on their side.
  • Action Girl
  • A God Am I: "I am Illyria, God-King of the Primordium!"
  • Aloof Ally: One can never predict when she'll assist Team Angel, or why. At one point, Illyria rescues Gunn from a torture dimension just so she can throttle him in front of Wesley, apparently to play the You Owe Me card.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Starts off holding zero value for human life, empathy or social conventions. But she is incredibly rigidly honorable - though even her code of honour is hard to grasp.
  • Blood Knight: Is quite fond of fighting and violence in general.
    "I enjoy hurting you."
    "I've been hitting the half-breed. He makes noise."
  • Brought Down to Badass: After being drained of the bulk of her power by Wesley's Mutari generator, she's still quite a bit stronger than most other vampires and demons.
  • Curiosity Causes Conversion
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Demonic Possession: She not only took over Fred's body, but consumed her soul, too.
  • Depower: She's less powerful than she was in her original form. When Fred's body proves unable to contain her power, she gets depowered even further, and even after that she's still quite powerful.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: "Take your best shot, little girl."
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Armies of Doom. She used to have them.
  • Double Consciousness: Fred's personality and memories (which, in a very real sense, is what humans are) are part of Illyria's "shell" as Illyria comments several times.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Referenced in the comic continuation; During her road trip with Gunn, Illyria asks for another turn at the wheel. Gunn flatly refuses, saying that the last time Illyria attempted to drive, she sent twelve cars flying off the freeway. Illyria states that if she can rule the Earth, she can learn to master driving.
  • Eldritch Abomination: One of the few (non-parodic) sympathetic unspeakable horrors from the beyond in fiction.
  • The Empath: Can sense (and is disgusted by) Wesley's grief. In later episodes she also senses his desire for her when she takes Fred's form, and calls him on it when he rejects the idea of sleeping with Fred!Illyria.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: She has Super Strength, can manipulate time, and can talk to plants.
  • Ghost Memory: She has Fred's memories, but not her soul.
  • Glacier Waif: Fast enough to use Waif-Fu, but doesn't really need to.
  • Glory Days: Illyria often talked about the world of her time and how everyone was afraid of her and her kind.
  • God Emperor: Her role before the creation of the world. Coming down to blue-haired Waif-Fu wielder was an adjustment, to say the least.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Her inhuman stoicism makes it hard to see the explosive, homicidal rage in time to steer clear.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Though deeply, deeply unhappy about it.
  • Hero with an F in Good: In the comics, her road to heroism hits a few roadblocks. To prevent a demon from leeching off of Jeremy's energy, she dutifully punches a hole clean through Jeremy's chest. Ouch.
    • In the climax of After the Fall, she reverts to her primordial demon form due to the machinations of Gunn and starts wrecking Los Angeles. The Senior Partners fix her so she returns to 'normal'.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: How she sees herself when she first comes back, when to the others she's still terrifyingly powerful. Then she gets depowered again, to the degree that she can be defeated by Hamilton, a minion of entities she once considered barely worth noticing.
  • Hugh Mann
  • Humanity Ensues
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: In Fallen Angel: Reborn.
  • The Juggernaut: Before having her powers sapped by Wesley's black hole gun.
  • Kick Chick
  • Lack of Empathy: Wesley gets roped into becoming her instructor in this regard. In an ironic twist, Illyria discovers her sense of empathy all too well — with Wesley's death.
  • Living Relic
  • The Magnificent: "I am Illyria, God-King of the Primordium, Shaper of Things!"
  • Marionette Motion: When she first takes control of her new body.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Subverted; she can hold her own against weaker baddies, but on a level playing field, a bruiser like Hamilton spells trouble.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Revealed in the Angel comic series to have a once-in-a-millenium mating cycle, signaled by Illyria going 'into heat'.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That she is able to detect Connor's attraction to her and Wesley's attraction to the form of Fred
  • No Social Skills: Can't talk to me during your meeting? Then I'll kill everyone at the meeting.
  • Noble Demon
  • Physical God
  • Power Incontinence: Her physical form proves to unstable to contain her essence. She's forced to power down permanently, or else explode.
  • Puny Earthlings: Her habit of likening people to vermin, apes, plankton, amoebas, slime...
  • Quizzical Tilt: It usually means you're in for a beating.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Wesley is drawn to Illyria as she's all he has left of Fred.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Well, a coffin.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can:
    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."
  • Spock Speak
  • Spy Catsuit: With an impressive range of movement. Maybe it's the bootlegs.
  • Straw Vulcan
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Super Power Lottery: Before she got depowered, she was probably the single strongest character in the entire Buffyverse. And even afterwards, she was still way more powerful than any of the heroes and most of the villains.
  • Take Over the World: Wes predicts that Illyria will never quit her pursuit of this.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: In exchange for helping her navigate present-day Earth, Wesley makes her swear an oath not to kill people. The rest of Team Angel has a hard time digesting this, mostly assuming that she is somehow plotting instead of keeping her promise.
  • Time Master: Shares Sahjan's ability to traverse other dimensions. In "Time Bomb", she starts tripping through our timestream, though it turns out to be a side-effect of her exploding in the near future. After the Fall shows her warping time erratically every so often.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Oh, the irony.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Exploits her ability to morph into Fred to make failed advances at Wesley, who ironically replaced Knox as her right-hand man. It is kept vague whether she is purely interested in probing Wesley's brain, or if theremnants of Fred's psyche are manipulating her feelings toward Wes — or both?
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Able to alter her physical appearance at will (she is capable of mimicking Fred's persona closely enough to fool Fred's parents, right down to the clothing she wears).
  • Waif-Fu: Somewhat subverted. Illyria certainly doesn't look like she should hit hard, but her fighting style is mostly Mighty Glacier as opposed to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Illyria pushes the outer bounds of why immortality might not be all that great. Nearly every Required Secondary Power imaginable including reincarnation — and her main reward was outliving even her presumably immortal army and pocket dimension temple.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: She debates the idea of traveling to her home dimension, or any world besides this one. In her human form, however, her old buddies would eat her alive.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Causing a drunken Wesley to call her a smurf.

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