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Characters: Angel Other Enemies
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Billy Blim (Justin Shilton)
"I don't hate women. I mean, sure, you're all whores who sell yourselves for money or prestige. But men are just as bad. Maybe worse. They're willing to throw away careers or families or even lives for what's under your skirt."
While appearing to be a normal young man, he was actually a half-demon with contagious, vicious misogyny, and had the power to turn any man he touched or who came in contact with his bodily fluids extremely savage and brutal toward anyone female. And he had no real reason to do this, other than his personal amusement.
- Child by Rape: According to Word of God, they personally believe that Billy was conceived when a demon woman - a good demon woman - was raped by an evil human male. This is just as screwed up as it sounds.
- The Dreaded: By his own family.
- Entry Pimp: The reason he's even in this list. He appears in only two episodes but is by far one of the most controversial and memorable villains in the series.
- Faux Affably Evil
- For the Evulz: His reason for setting men upon women. He just loves watching it.
- Hate Plague: His power to bring out the "primal misogyny" of any man who touched him or came into contact with his body fluids (sweat, blood, etc.). Angel is immune, because, as he put it, he gave up on hate a long time ago; even as Angelus, he killed and tortured people For the Evulz, but never felt any hate or anger towards those he did it to.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Up to Eleven.
- Play-Along Prisoner: He purposely turns himself into the police to get out of his solitary confinement at his family estate. The arresting officers turn out to be a male-female duo, and he induces the man to start fighting with the woman and uses the ensuing chaos to slip away.
- Psychotic Smirk
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He's the nephew of Senator Blim, patriarch of one of the most powerful families in the United States. Like any family, the Blims prefer to keep their 'black sheep' out of the public eye.
- The Sociopath: Among Angel's villains of the week, it's hard to top Billy Blim for clearly falling into this category. The fact that it was actually the normally very cold and amoral Lilah who took him out says volumes.
- Straw Misogynist: Apparently all men are these. Billy doesn't turn men into brutal woman bashers, he just removes their inhibitions.
- Although the characters that say so are villains. Fred disagrees when trying to console Wesley.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Lilah fights tooth and nail to free him, even blackmailing Angel into breaking him out. How does Billy repay her for it? He thanks Gavin, her rival, instead and induces him into beating the mortal shit out of Lilah while he walks away with a Psychotic Smirk.
- Vigilante Execution: Lilah unloading her pistol at him on an airstrip.
"Do you think I ever hesitated when I wanted something? Life's too short. Believe me. I know. Four hundred years, and still too short."
Darla is Angel's sire, the one who turned him into a vampire. The two are together for 150 years, but after Angel is re-ensouled, she kicks him to the curb. The two meet again in Sunnydale, and Angel kills her in defense of Buffy. Years later, Wolfram & Hart bring her back to un-life, hoping she will tempt Angel over to the dark side. Eventually, due to Jasmine's meddling, she becomes pregnant with Connor, her son with Angel, and stakes herself because she can't give birth.
"I don't 'want' anything. My family's gone. My only desire here is to discover if a thing such as yourself can be made to pay for its sins."
Holtz is an vampire hunter from 18th-century Britain whose family was slaughtered by Angelus and Darla. In the past, Holtz briefly caught up with them, but the couple escaped after Holtz took his sweet time in killing Angelus (he views killing the vampire more of a blessing than punishment). A demon named Sahjhan travels back in time and offers to bring Holtz with him to the present day, on the condition that he take Angel out of the equation. Sadly for Sahjhan, he should've studied up more on his new partner, because killing
Angel is the farthest thing from Holtz's mind...
- Abstract Apotheosis: An embodiment of all of Angelus' past victims.
- Accuser of the Brethren: His evil plan was to basically to prevent Angel from redeeming himself.
- Affably Evil: Even if he's manipulating you, he'll still be polite, friendly, and may even offer tea. He has genuine respect for the team and their reasons for helping Angel.
- And Your Little Dog Too: He starts out by getting revenge on Angelus - by harassing the souled Angel. Initially, Angel responds with sympathy and guilt with what his soulless self did to the troubled man - and tries to simply reason with him. When Holtz starts to threaten Angel's (innocent) friends, that's when Angel realizes that more drastic action needs to be taken.
- Arch-Enemy: Arguably fits this trope better then any other villain that Angel has faced. They both have long turbulent pasts with each other and have both preformed deeds that make it personal, from Angelus' killing of Holtz wife and child to Holtz' kidnapping of Conner and eventually causing a giant rift to form between them. They also become foils for each other as Angel is a vampire that attempts to atone for his past deeds for the greater good while Holtz is a human driven to revenge instead of justice.
- Badass: Angelus was the bane of Europe for many, many years. And this man was his boogey man.
- Badass and Baby/Badass and Child Duo: He had to be in that hell dimension, until Connor became old enough to be Bad Ass himself.
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Normal: Competes only with Gunn and maybe Wesley for the title of most Badass Normal in the Buffyverse. According to Wolfram & Hart's records, he's the most successful non-mystical vampire hunter in history, with over three hundred dustings to his credit.
- Fridge Brilliance pushes it Up to Eleven. Remember those MP5A3-toting Mooks he wipes out after showing up in the present? He did that without knowledge of what guns could do, or even what they really were.
- Well, he's from the 18th century, not antiquity. Even if he doesn't know what a semi-automatic can do, it's a fair bet he knew to stay away from them.
- Beard of Evil: Lampshaded by Justine who comments that his goatee rounds out "the creepy stalker look". Holtz discovers razors soon afterward.
- Best Served Cold: "I swore that I would show no mercy. And I won't." His vengeance took centuries, but it was only more potent from the wait.
- Big Bad: Of season 3.
- The Captain: Referred to as "Captain" by his old hunting party.
- The Chessmaster
- Church Militant: He's cozy with some Inquisitores; so much so that he hires a Cardinal to flay Angelus for a while. Also hinted to be a deeply religious man, despite sounding like Satan.
- Cool Shades
- Combat Pragmatist: So Caritas is a sanctuary that prevents violence of any kind within its walls, right? How do you get past that? Here's how: you stand outside, and throw things in - things like grenades, for example. Or flaming barrels of fuel.
- Create Your Own Villain: Angelus and Darla lured him away from his home and brutally murdered his family to get back at him for hunting them. They...come to regret this.
- Cruel Mercy: Somewhat of a speciality.
- Deal with the Devil: And the man manages to screw over the devil. In this case, Sahjhan.
- Holtz plays this role himself, and Wesley knew full well what he was walking into. Wes can only hope that he'll see the inevitable back-stab coming. And he did... kind of. Holtz misdirected Wesley while Justine, pretending to be wounded, slit Wesley's neck.
- Evil Counterpart: The Justine/Holtz relationship is darkly reminiscent of a Slayer's tutelage under her Watcher.
- Fake Brit: Keith Szarabajka is an American actor.
- Fallen Hero: He started out as a force for good, but Angelus and Darla turned him into a revenge-driven monster.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Subverted. It doesn't even slow him down much.
- And oddly inverted — his arrival screws pretty much everyone, due to his uncompromising nature.
- Nonetheless, there are some examples. He dismisses computers as boxes and Styrofoam cups as cotton, and explicitly tells Justine not to bother with any pop culture references around him because he won't get it.
- Foil: Could arguably be considered one to Robin Wood, one of the supporting characters of Buffy season 7. Both lost their families to vampires (ironically, the vampires in question are Angel and Spike, respectively) and sought vengeance. Like Holtz, Wood found positively no solace in Spike's ensoulment or remorse and only cared about his revenge. However, Robin eventually managed to let go of his hate and become a trusted friend and ally to the Scooby Gang, whereas Holtz was single-mindedly consumed by his desire for vengeance to his last breath.
- Good Is Not Nice: Bear in mind that, from his own time, the only thing he did that could reasonably be called evil was his suicide.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Heel Realization: His last words reveal that he knows he's headed to Hell for his actions. And he doesn't give a damn.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Implacable Man: Hell didn't stop this guy. Time, demons, modern-day weapons, deliberately withheld intelligence, unreliable underlings...nothing stops him, only misdirects him, and he'll always adjust.
- Impromptu Tracheotomy: His last request to Justine, to make Angel look like the culprit.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Holtz comforts his vampirized daughter by singing 'Ar Hyd y Nos' (All Through the Night), a Welsh song that later became widely used as a lullaby in England. Holtz can be heard ominously singing it to himself every now and then; it's probably most noticeably played up when he comforts his one surviving daughter by singing to her - then realises she's vampiric and casts her into sunlight to burn.
- It's Personal: Personified.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
- Knight of Cerebus: Holtz's reemergence is a wake-up call that Angel's quest for redemption may be doomed to fail.
- Knight Templar: He definitely has shades of this but is not a pure example. He has high moral standards, and he will avoid harming others if he can. While he does not view those who associate with Angel as evil, he does think them misguided. He even expresses dislike for Justine's black and white viewpoint.
- Last Name Basis: Only Justine gets away with calling him 'Daniel'.
- Literal Genie: Just how Badass is Holtz do you ask? This is the man who makes a deal with a demon, and it's the demon who gets screwed over!
- Manipulative Bastard: One of the best.
- Jasmine spent millennia with god-like power manipulating events to come to Earth, lasted less than a week, and died at the hands of her most loyal servant. Wolfram & Hart spent five seasons with nigh-limitless resources trying to corrupt Angel and all they accomplished in the end was letting him know who to kill. Meanwhile, Holtz had no powers whatsoever, was out of his own time, and had no allies but those he created for himself. And, in half a season, he managed to convince Wesley to kidnap Angel's son, then escaped into a hell dimension with him, raising him to be Angel's worst enemy. Then his assisted suicide actually made things worse between them.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Played with. Angel and Darla were always afraid of him but still didn't think of him as that much of a threat. When Holtz reappears, Angel and Darla realize just how dangerous he really is.
- One-Man Army: Holtz single-handedly took down an entire platoon of Wolfram & Hart's heavily-armed mercenaries. For a human, that's already a Slayer-worthy feat. He did it after waking up from a two-century sleep.
- Pay Evil unto Evil
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: In conjunction with Connor, Holtz ages into a ghastly, traumatized old man — a shell of his former self.
- Though his mind is still as sharp as ever, as Angel discovers horribly.
- The Power of Hate: Attributes it to his own longevity inside a Hell dimension.
- Prophetic Name: Holtz means "wood" in German.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Completely subverted. Holtz is a reminder that just because he's the title character, Angel does not and should not get to wave off what he did in his past.
- Revenge Before Reason: To his last breath, he only cares about getting revenge on Angel for what he did to him, and doesn't care what he has to do to get it done.
- Revenge by Proxy: Family killed? No problem; Holtz redresses the balance by manipulating Wesley into helping steal Connor, thereby raising Angel's son as his own.
- Holtz's revenge comes to fruition, but not in the way he expected: not only did Angel lose his son, but he also had to kill Connor in a way that echoes Holtz killing his vamped daughter.
- Spock Speak
- Staking the Loved One: His dealing with his daughter.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Angel has the utmost respect for Holtz and feels genuine remorse for what he did, never condemning Holtz for what he does. Holtz, however, views Angel as a beast that needs to be put down.
- Thanatos Gambit: His final act is to commit suicide in a manner that simulates a vampire attack, thus leading Connor to believe that Angel killed him.
- Tranquil Fury: You could count the times Holtz raises his voice (or emotes at all) on one hand, but after the centuries pass and his trip to Hell, his rage is the only thing he has left.
- Vampire Hunter
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: More justified than most, but still there.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted. It's made abundantly clear that Holtz only cares about revenge.
- We Have Reserves: Poisoning his demon bodyguards; completely and utterly deceiving his human soldiers, treating them as mere tools to get to Connor; even Connor himself is not immune. (Holtz did move to snap his little baby neck until Angel called him off.)
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Given what he went through, it's damn near impossible not to feel sorry for him.
- Would Hurt a Child: He killed his last child. And if pushed, you know he'll do it again.
"I'll take you to them. Two centuries into the future."
"Through black magic and sorcery?"
"No, on a mule cart. Of course through black magic and sorcery. I'm a demon!"
Sahjhan and Holtz
An intangible demon who seems to harbor a mysterious grudge against Angel. He is a surviving member of the Granok, a race of warriors who reveled in carnage and death and were generally bad dudes. However, they were deemed too chaotic
by Mesektet and Wolfram & Hart, who removed their ability to interact with the physical world.
- Affably Evil
- Been There, Shaped History: He claims to have invented Daylight Savings Time.
- Blood Knight: Comes from a whole species of them.
- Covered with Scars: "Hey, do I look like I need more skin problems?"
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He completely pounds Angel in a fight and nearly stakes him after being re-corporealized.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is quite the sarcastic fellow.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he meets Connor face-to-face, knowing full-well of the prophecy that Connor will kill him, he chats amicably with him before throwing down.
- Fate Worse Than Death: For him, being turned intangible; he can't do anything fun.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: This particular Sword of Damocles is a baby — Angel's, to be precise. Ironically, Cyvus Vail ends up feeling the same way about Sahjhan once he gets corked into a jar.
- Glamour: Capable of switching to his "street face" (actually, Jack Conley without makeup) to blend in public.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: His introductory scene shows him standing around being ominous and demonic...and then lighting up a smoke and looking at his watch impatiently, establishing Sahjhan without a word.
- Hidden Agenda Villain
- Laughably Evil
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "Have a nice summer."
- Made of Iron/Super Strength: The moment he's made corporeal Sahjhan is run over by a two-ton pickup truck. He lifts it off of him and walks away.
- Off with His Head!: He looks baffled right before it happens, too. All that work, to no good end?
- Our Wormholes Are Different: Contrary to their name, Timeshifters do not manipulate time per se. They can move between time and dimensions.
- Prophetic Fallacy: "I don't like to brag but...read any good prophecies lately?"
- Red Baron: "The Timeshifter."
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He went out of his way to prevent Connor from killing him as prophesied, but his actions effectively lead to it happening; by sending Connor to Quor'toth, he turned him into a big badass demon killer.
- Thrown Down a Well: Justine ends up trapping him in a magic urn.
- Time Master
- The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Despite his outdated getup (he can't exactly shop for clothes), Sahjhan is right at home in cushy, image-conscious L.A.
- Wrote the Book: Boasts that he invented daylight savings time, though one could argue that he was joking.
- You Can't Fight Fate: His attempts to circumvent his prophesied death.
- You Look Familiar: Conley previously played Gib Cain, a werewolf hunter of dubious morals, in the Buffy episode "Phases".
- You Talk Too Much: Angel recognizes this as Sahjhan's tactic for disarming his opponents.
Justine Cooper (Laurel Holloman)
The Beast (Vladimir Kulich)
—The Beast and Angel
A large, stony fellow who is reportedly the herald of the apocalypse. Surprisingly crafty — a trait which is met with much suspicion from his old pal Angelus, who never knew The Beast to be so well-organized. In due course, he's revealed to be a mere foot soldier of Jasmine.
- Achilles' Heel: To the point that Angelus is disgusted it worked.
- The Brute
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In their first fight, he easily puts the smackdown on the entire Angel Investigations team, even stabbing Angel in the neck with his own stake.
- The Beast never actually loses a fight. Even a powerful Slayer like Faith was nearly beaten to death with absolutely no injury sustained on his part.
- Dimension Traveller: In one battle with Angel Investigations, they banish him to another dimension... only for him to reappear right behind them unscathed as soon as the portal closes.
- Disc One Final Boss: In season four.
- Dumb Muscle: The Beast even having a plan is a sign that he's working for someone else.
- The Dragon: For Jasmine.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Though this inexplicably changes.
- Hellish Pupils
- Hero Killer: Toodles.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: A knife carved from his "unworthy flesh" as a gift to his Master. Should've gotten a toaster.
- In a Single Bound
- I Want Them Alive: One clue that Connor is somehow linked with these events is that on several occasions The Beast beats him, but declines to finish him off. He does the same to Angel in their first fight.
- Immune to Bullets: Even a point-blank shotgun blast to the face does nothing but knock him off balance for a few seconds. Oh dear.
- The Juggernaut
- Mighty Glacier: Despite being crazy strong and Nigh Invulnerable, he's so slow that, when he fights Angelus, the latter easily dodges his attacks and even finds time to crack jokes and taunt him while doing so.
- Spell My Name with a "The"
- Technicolor Death: The Beast in season 4 dies this way, with sunlight exploding out of him after Angelus punctures his rocky hide.
- To Create A Playground For Evil: Shrouding Los Angeles in permanent night, allowing vampires a twenty-four hour buffet.
- Unperson: Before his arrival, any record or memory of The Beast is erased from history. Only Angelus is unaffected, as he was technically replaced by Angel at the time the spell was cast.
- We Can Rule Together: He tried to pull this with Angelus in 1789. It did not work.
Skip (David Denman)
"How come he's not screamin' in pain?"
"Oh, he is. My will prevents him from bein' heard. I mean, there's only so many, "Oh, my God! The pain! Please make it stops..." you can listen to, before it starts to bug the crap out of you."
— Angel and Skip
- Affably Evil
- Attack Its Weak Point: After Angel tears off his horn, Wesley shoots him in the brain, which turns out not to be immune to bullets.
- Bad Samaritan
- Blade Below the Shoulder: An extendable wrist-blade.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Subverted. At first it looks like he is the epitome of this. Then comes the 4th season reveal...
- Deadpan Snarker
- Distaff Counterpart: In After the Fall, Angel is forced into mortal combat with a "She-Skip".
- Even Evil Has Standards: It depends on the fact that he was working with Jasmine all along. But if he was, even he thinks Billy Blim was monstrous.
- Famous Last Words: "...Well, that ain't right."
- Faux Affably Evil
- Fluffy the Terrible
- Gentle Giant: The image he likes to cultivate with people. It's distressingly false.
- I Let You Win: According to him, he took the fall during the first encounter he had with Angel. Their second fight does lend credence to this.
- Immune to Bullets: While his exoskeleton is too tough for bullets, his squishy insides aren't.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Not him, but how he is undone by Wesley's uncanny marksmanship. In his battle against Angel, the vampire had torn off one of his horns, leaving a tiny hole in the side of his head. Wesley later takes advantage of this and shoots at that hole, killing him in one hit.
- The Jailer
- Large Ham: Intentionally. In "Birthday" when Cordelia meekly asks him if he is Death, here to take her away, he gives an epic Evil Laugh only to later cheerfully and calmly tell her that he's joking.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "I love a story with scope!"
- The Mole: He is working with Jasmine, the Big Bad of the 4th season.
- The Nose Knows: Subtle, but he is able to determine Angel works for TPTB by sniffing the air.
- Pop-Cultured Badass
- Professional Killer: "I'm just a merc. I go where the deal is."
- Punch Clock Villain: He commutes.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet
- Spikes of Villainy
- Spirit Advisor: For Cordelia
- Tempting Fate: "Do those EVER work? I mean really."
"Every moment that passes, I grow closer to my followers. I feel what they feel. I see what they see. We're fusing together, like the cells of a single body. They're my eyes, my skin, my limbs — and if need be, my fists."
A "Power-That-Was" who fell from grace after meddling in the affairs of lower beings, attempting to raise herself to godhood. Several millennia later, she's still at it, using Cordelia as a vessel to 'birth' herself into our world. Jasmine (as she is currently known) possesses a mystical aura which inspires love and servitude within anyone who lays eyes on her.
Matthias Pavayne (Simon Templeman)
A multiple murderer that managed, through a Deal with the Devil
, to delay his own journey to hell through torturing the damned. For the early parts of Season 5, he's responsible for Spike's being dragged to hell.