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The Senior Partners
The Senior Partners
A powerful international and interdimensional law firm. Wolfram & Hart, and its many incarnations in other dimensions, was actually a front organization for the Wolf, Ram and Hart, an ancient cabal of demons known euphemistically as the "Senior Partners" who worked through their powerful principal agents—the Circle of the Black Thorn.
Wolfram & Hart branches, such as the Los Angeles branch, were created over unconsecrated ground. As of 2004, the firm had branches in every major city in the world, as well as satellite offices in many areas of the world where they helped spread oppression and evil.
The Circle of the Black Thorn
The Circle of the Black Thorn
Played By: Leland Crooke, Dennis Christopher, Stacey Travis, Mark Colson, Jeff Yagher
The agents of the Senior Partners on Earth, the Circle are their direct representatives and thus perhaps singularly the most powerful evil force on the planet. Only the most vile of creatures are accepted into their ranks; given the firm's interest in having Angel on their side of the apocalypse, seeing him corrupted enough to be worthy of the Circle is a fond wish. Individual members appear throughout the fifth series, though it is not until near the end that their commonality is actually revealed ahead of the final confrontation.
- Affably Evil: They all seem to get along with each other well enough. Even their entry rituals come across as social mixers.
- Big Bad: For Season 5.
- Cosmopolitan Council: They're a varied group, incorporating demon royalty, vampires (once Angel joins), sorcerors, and even a few humans.
- The Dragon: To the Senior Partners, a role they apparently share to some extent with Marcus Hamilton (though the Circle has more power, since Hamilton is just the liaison).
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They force Angel to sign away his rights to the Shanshu Prophecy to ensure that he would not betray them. It never occurs to them that Angel would kill them simply for the sake of doing good rather than for a divine reward, and that brings about their downfall.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: It's not directly specified whether it was Angel's idea or the Circle's (the trope being invoked if the former, played straight if the latter), but their torturing and his murdering so pure and noble a warrior as Drogyn the Battlebrand is this trope.
- Initiation Ceremony: Angel's is the murder of Drogyn the Battlebrand.
- No Name Given: The human members of the Circle are unnamed.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: That they're incredibly powerful and evil is made clear, what specifically their role as Wolfram & Hart's "agents on earth" entails is not. Basically, they seem to make the world progressively more unpleasant to live in.
- Red Herring Shirts: Angel encounters each one separately throughout Season 5.
- Secret Circle of Secrets: Naturally. They even have chants and Venetian robes.
- Spikes of Villainy: Their logo. ('Cause, you know, thorns.)
- Trojan Horse: How the Circle are defeated. Angel manages to fake a Face-Heel Turn convincingly enough for the Circle to let him join; insodoing, he's able to identify their members, and arrange for them to be assassinated separately by different members of his own team.
"Yes. Fine. Sycophants, worms. Don't writhe all at once."
Played By: Leland Crooke
A powerful and feared demon of an unidentified species and a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's an Archduke, and also the unofficial leader of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He initially appears alongside many demons at the Wolfram & Hart party, and his importance is not revealed until later.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lightly, but it's there.
Lorne: Somehow, I'm making people do things, and I'm controlling them.
Sebassis: Well, then, Pylean, you're making me kill you. Is that consistent with your theory?
- Kneel Before Zod: Plenty of demons kneel before him when he appears. Sebassis, for his part, treats this like something he's obligated to do.
- Monster Lord: Sebassis is considered something close to royalty about demons.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Angel, when they first meet.
Sebassis: So... this is the mighty Angel. I've been told many things about you. Bit of a restless frog, hmm? Making lots of waves in your little swamp.
Angel: Yeah, well, I'm just trying to keep the fly population down.
Sebassis: Yes. Though I do prefer the tales of your counterpart Angelus. Ah, you had flair back then, child.
Angel: Well, I guess we all mellow in our old age.
Sebassis: Your contempt is fragrant.
- Wall of Weapons: He has one behind a sliding door.
- Wasn't That Fun?: At a Halloween party where people are terrified, a monster goes on the loose and one of Sebassis' own people is brutally killed...he decides the party was a success and he had quite a nice time.
"Now, then, let me show you what a real wizard can do."
Played By: Dennis Christopher
A demon and a powerful sorcerer, not to mention a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn. Despite his frail and elderly appearance, he proves to be a formidable enemy of Team Angel.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He makes an early appearance and later turns out to be important indeed.
- Evil Old Folks: Vail appears to be an elderly old man (with demonic red skin of course) and considering how old demons can be, he might very well be one of the oldest characters ever seen in the Buffyverse.
- Evil Sorceror: And an incredibly powerful one at that.
- Obfuscating Disability: He's always seen with his IV and has trouble without it, but when it comes to his fight with Wesley, he discards it rather easily.
- Tempting Fate: Unaware that the sweet, pretty young lady he's threatening is actually an Old One with incredible power, he invites her to take her best shot. As it turns out, her best shot is pretty damn good.
- Your Head Asplode: Illyria punches his head into nothing.
Senator Helen Brucker
Played By: Stacey Travis
A California Senator, client of the law firm Wolfram & Hart and, secretly, a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn and a demon.
- Corrupt Politician: She's naturally this, given that she's actually a demon who's taken over a human body (quite probably, Magnus Hainsley was responsible).
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Gunn throws an axe into her head while she's conducting a phone interview.
Played By: Mark Colson
- Affably Evil: He comes across as an upwardly-mobile professional involved with networking. Listen to the character without looking at him, and, aside from the occasional reference to death, you'd be pushed to guess he's a demon.
- Expy: A very obvious one for Satan. Aside from the name, he's a red demon with a forked tail.
Ed, Leader of the Fell Brethren
Played By: Jeff Yagher
The Grand Potentate of the Fell Brethren and a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn. As a symbol of his status, he wore a more ornate version of the jewels worn by his brethren.
- Faux Affably Evil: He politely requests an organic cola, is caring and warm toward the Holy Child's mother, and generally acts pretty friendly...but it's all a facade. Ed is a lying fundamentalist killer.
Connections to the Senior Partners
The Conduit to the Senior Partners
Played By: Kay Panabaker & J. August Richards
"I like trouble. But I hate chaos." — Mesektet
"I am not your friend. I am not your flunky. I am your Conduit to the Senior Partners." — The Big Cat in Gunn's form
"It's a business, boys. Not a Batcave."
Played By: Adam Baldwin
"Let me say this as clearly as I can. You cannot beat me. I am a part of them. The Wolf, Ram, and Hart. Their strength flows through my veins. My blood is filled with their ancient power."
The replacement liaison for Eve following her collusion with Lindsay to kill Angel — a big no-no as far as the the Senior Partners are concerned. Like Eve, Hamilton shares a direct line with the Partners, though he is vastly more powerful.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Even Angel agrees.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Corporate Samurai: He's equally at home busting down walls or glad-handing clients.
- The Consigliere: To Angel who is pretending to have become corrupted by the firm.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He lays a brutal beatdown on Illyria, an Eldritch Abomination Physical God.
" I gotta tell you, I'm a little disappointed. Didn't think a big scary Old One bled this easily. Maybe it's this skinny little body you chose to infect. Or maybe it's that ray gun they shot you with to keep you from exploding. Or maybe you're just not that cool."
- The Dragon: To the Senior Partners themselves.
- Establishing Character Moment: Spending an entire episode hunting down Eve, slaughtering anyone in his way... just to offer her a pen to sign away her duties and privileges to him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While fighting Angel, he asks why Angel continues to fight despite having signed away his rights to the Shanshu Prophecy. When Angel responds that "the people who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do," Hamilton deadpans, "Yeah, but we won't care."
- Faux Affably Evil: He's impeccably polite, but is an unrepentant killer. Only Hamilton could chat about torture devices and sound like Martha Stewart.
- Final Boss: The last fight of the entire series.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a lawyer. He's a very large lawyer, but he's still intimately familiar with contracts, deals, fine print and associated scheming.
- Humanoid Abomination: Like Eve, he's a Child of the Senior Partners.
- The Juggernaut: His cred is established when he walks into the foyer of W&H and serenely puts his fist through a security guard trying to waylay him, then continues on without so much as a change in expression. When Angel starts fighting him, his first punch doesn't even get a reaction from the guy.
Angel: Did that hurt at all?
Hamilton: Little bit. [punches Angel across the room]
- Load-Bearing Boss: Wolfram & Hart's offices immediately crumble the moment he bites the dust. Mainly because that's the point when the Senior Partners realize what Angel's up to and that's when they begin to get angry, not because of anything related to Hamilton himself.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: See Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: "Terminator in Armani" was used to describe him, and it is apt.
- One-Man Army: Try to imagine an M-1 tank in Armani.
- Really 700 Years Old: He has an acquaintance with Drogyn, an immortal swordsman who's been alive for at least 1000 years.
"Oh, we go way'' back.";;
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Angel in "Not Fade Away".
"The senior partners have expended an awful lot of time and resources into you. Personally, if it was up to me, I would have told them not to bother. You're gutter trash. That's where you should have stayed. Drinking and whoring your way through an unremarkable life. But the fates stepped in and made you a vampire... with a soul, no less. A champion. A hero to the people. And yet, you still managed to fail everyone around you. Doyle, Cordelia, Fred... dead. They're all gone. It's time you followed."
- Red Herring: During the whole episode “Underneath” one is led to believe that Marcus actually is a Senior Partner, thanks to Eve's reaction to him. This is not the case.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Hamilton makes the grave mistake of telling Angel, a vampire, that great power flows through his veins. Angel immediately decides to find out if this is literally true. It is. Whoops.
- Unskilled, but Strong: It's rather clear that Angel's a better fighter even if Hamilton is stronger. After Angel drinks his blood and gets supercharged from it, he takes Hamilton down in under a minute.
"I don't do errands. Unless they're evil errands."
"Funny thing about black and white, you mix it together and you get grey. And it doesn't matter how much
white you try and put back in, you're never gonna get anything but grey."
Another Wolfram & Hart lawyer, she is the rival of Lindsey, the two often vying with each other internally, when they're not trying to make Angel's life miserable. After Lindsey's departure, she begins to climb up the ladder at W&H, bringing her into conflict with Angel time and time again.
- Action Survivor: The Beast slaughters every employee at Wolfram & Hart — except Lilah. She escapes the building with Wesley's help, then later turns up in the sewers, sans stylish clothes and shampoo. She's also pretty handy with a gun, not that it does any good against Angelus.
- Ambition Is Evil: Arguably, the reason she outlasts the other lawyers is because of her sex. She's had to be "quicker, smarter, faster" than any man at Wolfram & Hart.
- Amoral Attorney: By default, since she's from Wolfram & Hart.
- Back from the Dead: An interesting case, since her contract with Wolfram & Hart extends even past her death.
- Becoming the Mask: She cheerfully admits to this.
- Being Evil Sucks: Lilah lives in essentially constant fear that she'll either be betrayed by her co-workers and killed, scapegoated by a superior and killed, or that Angel will get pissed and kill her. The closest things she has to friends are Team Angel and Lindsey, all of whom are her enemies, and her ultimate fate is arguably even worse than Fred's, who at least can no longer suffer. All of this was entirely her choice, mind you - but given the show's themes about redemption, one can't help but wonder if changing her decision really was completely beyond her. As she herself points out in the end, we'll never know for sure.
- Big Damn Heroes: In return for Cordelia helping her get over being beaten by Billy's victims, she shoots the latter, saving Cordelia in the process.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Unapologetically places herself on the side of evil, accepting all its consequences.
- Character Development: Starts out as a Smug Snake who's utterly useless compared to Lindsey, and is constantly afraid of Angel. Over the course of Season 2 and 3, she develops into a much stronger character, stealing Lindwood's position, being able to stare Angel down as an equal, and even shows a more sensitive side with her relationship with Wesley.
- Co-Dragons: With Lindsey. And later his off-brand substitute, Gavin.
- Dating Catwoman: Things get awfully complicated between her and Wesley. More complicated than either of them had ever really imagined it getting.
- Deadpan Snarker: Reaches tremendous levels during the fight against The Beast.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: It's suggested at a few points that she's fallen in love with Wesley. This is ironic, since the whole point of Lilah's seduction was to lure Wesley over to Wolfram & Hart. Their liaisons end up transforming him into a bone fide Ice King, while Lilah's true feelings go unreciprocated.
- The Dog Bites Back: Linwood treats her and Gavin as walking scapegoats during Season 3, shifting blame for his own humiliating defeats to the pair of them without a hint of shame. In Season 4, Lilah goes to a Senior Partner who agrees with her about Linwood's incompetence and cowardice...resulting in Lilah cutting off his head with some office furniture.
- Emotionally Tongue Tied: She never does manage to blurt out her feelings for Wesley. Her 'ghost' tries to, but Wesley cuts her off by decapitating her corpse.
- Enemy Mine: Joins with Angel Investigations in Season 4 to help fight against The Beast/Angelus/Jasmine. She also helps Cordelia fight Billy Blim.
- Even Lawyers Love Their Mamas: She has mentioned that her mother has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home; in one episode they have a phone conversation, during which the mother apparently starts crying when she's told Lilah can't visit that day.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Her point-blank execution of Billy Blim, one of her own clients. Of course, this might be because she was personally hurt by Billy.
- Foil: To Angel.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Her short-lived alliance with Angel Investigations.
- Hello, Attorney!: Lilah is damn sexy, as is observed by a few characters, not least of all Wesley.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: She blackmails Angel into breaking Ax-Crazy Straw Misogynist Billy Blim out of a Prison Dimension... only for Billy to touch her rival Gavin Park and provoke him into brutally beating her, which results in her helping Angel Investigations take him down.
- Klingon Promotion: Elevates herself to senior management by beheading Linwood.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- As mentioned above, she tortures Cordelia and blackmails Angel into helping her spring Billy Blim, only for her to become the first victim of Billy's Hate Plague.
- Decapitating Linwood during a board meeting, thereby assuming his position. In due course, Lilah is stabbed in the neck by Cordelia who leaves her body behind for Angelus to feed on, obliging Wesley to chop off her head due to the gang not realizing Angelus didn't kill her rather than risk her coming back as a vampire.]]
- Married to the Job: The quintessential career woman — and judging by how quick she was to jump Angel's bones, it's not for lack of desire.
From what I hear, bumping uglies with an old man that body-jumped into a vampire
is the closest thing you've had to a meaningful relationship in years.
- Not So Different: She's met her match in Cordelia.
- Pet the Dog: She gets one of these when we learn one of her reasons for working for Wolfram and Hart may be to pay for the care of her senile mother.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Following her beheading, Lilah develops a preference for scarfs. She still wears them in the comic.
- Signed Up for the Dental: Her salary goes toward paying her sick mother's medical bills. (Well, and shoes.)
- Smug Snake: Seasons 1-2; prior to Lindsey leaving, she tended to be rather weak and ineffective.
- The Starscream: Sorry, Linwood. You can only theaten a gal's life so many times before she takes preemptive action.
- Took a Level in Badass: After Season 2, she gained a spine, plus a brain and became extremely friendly.
- The Vamp
- Wicked Cultured: Quotes Shakespeare in conversation and appears to be well versed in The Divine Comedy, especially (big surprise) Dante's Inferno.
"I'm fighting Angel in my own way."
A lawyer for Wolfram & Hart.
- Amoral Attorney: Due to his employment with Wolfram & Hart.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: What he becomes after he is killed by The Beast.
- Professional Butt-Kisser
- No Honor Among Thieves: If Gavin and Lilah can be said to cooperate at all, as both are vying for Linwood's approval. Once Lilah takes over the firm, Gavin is downgraded to her lickspittle.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: His insidious plan to destroy Angel: Drown him in red tape! (No one else is impressed.)
- Smug Snake: While he occasionally keeps up with Lilah in their battles for respect among members of the firm, he never really emerges as a viable threat to Angel Investigations, and he's disposed of by the Beast rather unceremoniously.
- Unknown Rival: Gavin believed himself to be the next Lindsey McDonald, a Magnificent Bastard who could arguably be called Angel's Archenemy (well, he would argue that he could), but he just wasn't the man, lawyer or villain that he'd replaced.
"Actually, the world isn't that complicated: it's designed for those who know how to use it."
Played By: Sam Anderson
"See, for us, there is no fight. Which is why winning doesn't enter into it. We go on, no matter what. Our firm has always been here on Earth... in one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor on the head with a rock for stealing his dinner. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being. And that, friend, is what's making things so difficult for you. You see, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us."
A high-ranking executive at Wolfram & Hart, later promoted to head of its Special Projects Division, i.e. the "Screwing With Angel's Head" division. Holland's not the last to hold this office, given its high turnover
rate. Basically a re-tooled Mayor Wilkins from Buffy
- Above Good and Evil
"It's not about good or evil. It's about who wields the most power. And we wield a lot of it here — and you know what? I think the world's better for it
- Affably Evil: Or possibly Faux Affably Evil, part of Holland's allure is that the audience is never quite sure... and even when he's one, he can change between both with horrifying speed.
- Ambition Is Evil: Symbolized by him.
- Amoral Attorney
- Big Bad: Meets the criteria for the Big Bad of season 1 and the first half of season 2; his machinations leave a lasting impression with Angel throughout the remainder of the season and, arguably, the rest of the series.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A literal case.
- The Corrupter: Very arguable, but his interaction with Lindsey does sometimes give this vibe.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Evil Mentor: For Lindsay and Lilah, although less so for her (of course, she's a rotten apple from the start).
- Evil Old Folks
- Gone Horribly Right: His plan to corrupt Angel works, all right. He brings Darla back, and then has Drusilla turn her back into a vampire after Angel just went through all sorts of hell to try and save her. Then he encourages Darla and Drusilla to go on a massacre, and organizes a wine tasting to celebrate his victory. Darla and Drusilla proceed to crash the party, intending to massacre every Wolfram & Hart employee there out of revenge for being used as pawns. When Angel shows up, Holland begs for help, but unfortunately (for him), he has corrupted Angel to the extent that he simply throws back an Ironic Echo before locking the doors and letting Drusilla and Darla go nuts.
- Ironic Echo: When Angel criticizes him for endangering innocents, Holland simply remarks that he "just can't seem to care." Angel says these exact words to him during the Gone Horribly Right incident mentioned above.
- Karmic Death: Encouraging Darla & Drusilla's killing spree.
- Knight of Cerebus: His introduction sets up Wolfram and Hart as the Big Bad of the entire series rather than the shadowy Man Behind the Man they were in the first half of Season 1, which is what initially moves the show to arc-based storytelling from the episodic structure it had before. He also helped resurrect Darla, leading to her revamping, Connor's birth and all that followed; an arc that dominated more than half of the series.
- Lack of Empathy: This exchange sums it up quite well:
Angel: You set things in motion, play your little games up here in your glass and chrome tower, and people die - innocent people!
Manners: And yet, I just can't seem to care.
- Magically Binding Contract: He is the first sign of how truly binding a deal with Wolfram and Hart can be.
Manners: Oh, no. I'm quite dead. Unfortunately my contract with Wolfram and Hart extends well beyond that.
- The Man Behind the Man: In Season 1.
- Manipulative Bastard: Tempts Lindsey with power and succeeds triumphantly.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: One of the show's most triumphant example.
Angel: You're not gonna win.
Manners: Well... no. Of course we aren't. We have no intention of doing anything so prosaic as "winning." [laughs]
Angel: Then why?
Manners: I'm sorry. Why what?
Angel: Why fight?
Manners: That's really the question you should be asking yourself, isn't it? See, for us, there is no fight. Which is why winning doesn't enter into it. We — go on — no matter what. Our firm has always been here. In one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being. And that — friend — is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us. Welcome to the home office.
Angel: This isn't...
Manners: Well, you know it is. You know that better than anyone. Things you've seen. Things you've, well, done. You see, if there wasn't evil in every single one of them out there why, they wouldn't be people. They'd all be angels. Have a nice day.
- Scars Are Forever: His undead body still bears Darla's bite marks.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Angel won't be saving him from Darla and Drusilla.
"Lilah, this is my corner of the sky. I decide when the sun rises and when it sets."
"This is outrageous! Are you actually telling me that you went over my head?"
A lawyer at Wolfram & Hart and president of the Special Projects Division.
- Adult Fear: Both his sons were taken by the Senior Partners.
- Bad Boss: Even for Wolfram & Hart. Whereas Holland was rather encouraging and rewarded initiative, Linwood makes it abundantly clear that he has no compunction shifting blame to his underlings to save his own oily hide. And of course, being from Wolfram & Hart, he tends to kill those who fail him.
Psychic: "I can't apologize enough, sir."
Linwood: "You're right. You can't. (Laughs) But I'm not without compassion. I'm gonna give you a chance to save your job - and your skin."
(Psychic smiles relieved, then frowns and leans in a bit closer to Linwood)
Psychic: "No, you're not. You're gonna have me killed."
Linwood: "Now, why couldn't you have had that kind of foresight when we needed it?"
(Someone puts a plastic bag over the psychic's head and smothers him)
- The Chessmaster: What he thinks of himself. He really isn't. Holland Manners wouldn't give this guy the time of day.
- Custom Uniform: Unlike other W&H toadies, Linwood doesn't like to wear a tie.
- Dirty Coward: The reason why he provides Angel the code to enter the White Room. And why when Angel's trapped under the sea he does nothing to find him, even though a trapped Angel also works against the firm's plans for the vampire.
- Even Evil Has Love Ones: He apparently had kids, who the Senior Partners took. It's unclear if he gave them willingly as a sacrifice or otherwise, but he shows some slight regret over it.
- Faux Affably Evil: Linwood can turn on a smile, but he can't turn off his smug attitude.
- Kill and Replace: Lilah kills him and replaces him as the head of W&H.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Cares very little for Angel and is willing to kill the vampire if he becomes too troublesome, a direct contrast to the plans the Senior Partners have for him. This comes to bite him in the ass, very hard.
- Off with His Head!: Lilah kills him with a mechanical blade attached to his chair.
- Terms of Endangerment: Angel congratulating him on becoming Connor's godfather — with the added stipulation that, should any harm befall the baby, Linwood will suffer the same injury.
- Would Hurt a Child: Despite his soft spot for children, he's still perfectly willing to have a child kidnapped and dissected.
Played By: Gerry Becker
"It's my ass on the line here. I don't want you to make me look bad."
A lawyer at Wolfram & Hart who, alongside Lindsey Mc Donald
and Lilah Morgan, worked under the supervision of Holland Manners.
- Amoral Attorney: By default, since he's working for Wolfram & Hart. Lee isn't even moral within Wolfram & Hart, since he was poaching clients.
- Boom, Headshot: How he dies. Manners laments this. You just can't get cerebral matter out of carpets.
- Butt Monkey: Not that he doesn't deserve it, but he really does get shit on by just about everyone.
- Characterization Marches On: He started out as The Stoic but evolved into Lilah's Butt Monkey rival.
- Department of Redundancy Department: His assassin rant. "This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin - sent to kill the first assassin - who didn't assassinate anyone until we hired the second assassin to assassinate her!"
"You think I'd have my God hatched out of some schmuck?"
Played By: Jonathan M. Woodward
A scientist at Wolfram & Hart who turned out to be a worshipper of Illyria.
- Affably Evil: Up until his Moral Event Horizon where we become far too disgusted with him to be considered this.
- Asshole Victim: Angel and Spike show little remorse over Wesley's gunning him down, with Spike explicitly stating that he "had it coming." Even Illyria has little concern for him, even kicking his body at Wesley during the subsequent fight.
- Beneath the Mask: "I just mix the potions, y'know?" Sure, you're real humble.
- Consummate Liar: Managed to slip past Lorne's employee screening (read: a capella singing).
- He likely used the same trickery as Dr. Royce ("Unleashed") and ate calendula to prevent Lorne from scanning his aura.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Illyria reacts this way when Knox announces that he is her high priest.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: While Angel is monologuing about how they're the good guys so they have to protect any member of humanity, Wesley kills Knox.
- You Look Familiar: Woodward previously played Holden Webster, an Affably Evil vampire who offers to psychoanalyze Buffy before they duel. ("Conversations With Dead People")
Played By: Danny Mora & Jeffrey Bell
An employee at Wolfram & Hart as well as a former wrestler and Champion. Alongside his four brothers, he was one of the Hermanos Número.
Played By: Stephanie Courtney
An employee at Wolfram & Hart who was charge of the firm's Files and Records, in fact she seemed to be Files and Records personified, as she had access to every file and reference in the firm.
Played By: Matt Caspar
A Wolfram & Hart employee who worked at the mailroom. He was also a servant of Master Tarfall, Underlord of Pain.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: He says he wants to work for Lilah, but he's actually working for Gavin. No, wait, he's working for Master Tarfall, Underlord of Pain.
Played By: Dane Northcutt
The leader of Wolfram & Hart's Special Ops Team.
Dr. Evan Royce
Played By: John Billingsly
A cryptozoologist and an employee of Wolfram & Hart at the Research and Intelligence Department.
"I have never hurt a woman in my life...I just like to watch."
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. They have "rules" around him, such as never leaving him alone with a woman and crucially never let him touch you.
- Faux Affably Evil: Billy is a well-mannered young man with an unassuming voice. He's also a world-class sadist.
- Feed It with Fire: He can absorb the kinetic energy from impacts to enhance his own strength. By punching the concrete a few times, he became strong enough to crack it and overpower Angel.
- For the Evulz: His reason for setting men upon women. He just loves watching it to satisfy his sadistic desires.
- 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. Although he claims to not hate woman and be a Misanthrope Supreme, the fact that he only targets women is highly suspect.
- 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: His default expression, usually exaggerated when he's just done something horrible.
- 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.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else: There's nothing extraordinary about Billy; he's a somewhat handsome young man, of average height and build who doesn't stand out in a crowd.
- 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.
Played By: Vyto Ruginis
An old and wealthy vampire who owned the investment firm Russell Winters Enterprises. A client of Wolfram & Hart, his vast wealth made him one of the most powerful men in Los Angeles, living among humans and using his connections and power to kill with impunity.
- Smug Snake: Winters is extremely confident that he's able to do whatever he wants, as long as he pays his taxes and stays rich. Angel disabuses him of this notion, and he's surprised to say the least.
- Starter Villain: He's the first villain seen in the series.
- Vampires Are Rich: Winters has amassed vast wealth over his time on the Earth (and considering that he's started to lose his human appearance, he must be very old indeed behind the Master and Kakistos).
Dr. Ronald Meltzer
"I'm more than meets the eye."
Played By: Andy Umberger
A brilliant surgeon with the power to sever and reattach his body parts, over which he had some sort of telekinetic control (he could levitate them in the air) thanks to his mastery of psychic surgery after being inspired by a book about how everyone was connected to the world around them due to them sharing molecules. He was also a deranged stalker and a client of Wolfram & Hart, fixating on Melissa Burns after he saved her sight in an operation and they shared a single drink with her, watching her in her apartment by leaving an eye in the area.
- Mad Doctor: Ronald is deeply insane.
- Not So Different: Angel has quite an insight into how Meltzer's twisted little mind works, due to his own history of stalking as Angelus.
Cordelia: What about Melissa has got him going all O.J.?
Angel: Nothing. It's not about her. It's about rage. He's too messed up to deal with a real woman so he creates a fantasy about a girl he barely knows. She'll fail him, and he has to hurt her because when he looks at her, all he sees is how useless he is—
Cordelia: What a fun date you must have been back in your bad vamp days. But, it should give you some insight into the jerks of the world.
- Off with His Head!: Angel knocks his head off, but this doesn't kill him, just incapacitates him.
- To the Pain:
"I developed this injector while working with animals. (Angel pulls out the dart and looks at it. It drops from his fingers) They don’t like their limbs cut off any more than we do and they can hurt you if you get to close. (Angel is gasping, his eyes wide) You’ll feel a slight sinking sensation – that’s your heart slowing down as the paralytic takes effect. Eventually it’ll stop all together."
Anthony "Little Tony" Papazian
Played By: John Capodice
A dangerous crime boss of Los Angeles, and a former client of Wolfram & Hart until he attempted to murder Kate Lockley in a room full of witnesses.
- Dirty Old Man: He leers at Kate and flirts with her.
- Fat Bastard: Tony is a notably overweight criminal.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's oddly personable for a ruthless crime lord.
"You guys, you're working for Little Tony now. [shooting a cop] You'll find I'm stern but fair."
- The Millstone: After he fails to escape and gets himself captured yet again despite the opportunities Wolfram & Hart provided, they see him as a dead weight and drop him as a client.
- Revenge Before Reason: Despite having the opportunity to escape the city and thus avoid life imprisonment, he hangs around to kill Kate. He fails, gets arrested and Wolfram & Hart drop him as a client.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Kate.
Little Tony: You've been running after me for a long time, haven't you, sweetheart? If I'd known how bad you wanted me, I might've had you catch me sooner.
Kate: If I knew how much you needed the exercise I might've let you run a little longer.
- Talking to Plants: He tells his mooks to water his plants and talk to them while he's gone.
Little Tony: And don't forget to water my plants.
Mook: Sure thing.
Little Tony: And talk to them. They like that.one of his mooks to water his plants while he's gone.
The Mac Namaras
Darin & Jack MacNamara
Played By: Douglas Roberts & Scott William Winters
- Badass: Credit where it's due; Darin doesn't bat an eye when Wesley aims a gun at his throat, defiantly snapping, "Screw you".
- Blonde Guys Are Evil: Jack.
- Decoy Damsel: Darin comes to Angel as a client, when he's actually just laying a trap.
- The Dragon: Jack is one to Darin.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted. When Jack is taken hostage, Darin doesn't hesitate to coldly shoot his own brother.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cribb and Trepkos use Darin's own enchanted slavery bracelet to kill him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Darin is killed with one of the bracelets he used to keep the demons imprisoned.
- Siblings in Crime: As brothers, they're co-owners of an illegal fighting ring.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Darin, due to him being the face of * Shoot the Hostage: Darin does this with his own brother.
- Smug Snake: Jack a little moreso than Darin; Jack is prone to sadistically taunting his charges.
- The Sociopath: Darin, who murders his own brother without batting an eye.
Played By: Jennifer Badger
A blind assassin working for Wolfram & Hart as well as their client.
Played By: Rod Rowland
A client of Wolfram & Hart, both a businessman and a dangerous mobster.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a very sardonic, nasty way.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a young son who's going to a good school and seems well-adjusted, but it's averted. He considers his child to be a tool and little more.
- Hypocrite: He doesn't let his son read The Punisher presumably because it's violent, and he's a vicious criminal and unrepentant psychopath.
- Jerkass: Fries is a thoroughly vile piece of work. He's aggressive, rude, short-tempered and basically a repulsive asshole.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being one of the most despicable characters in the series, he gets off scot-free and his intimidation tactics work.
- Taking You with Me: In his attempts to avoid jail, he plants a mystical virus inside his own son which will be activated once he says the magic word, killing the entire population of California. If he's found guilty, he says the magic word.
- Would Hurt a Child: He placed a deadly mystical virus within his own young son as part of his Taking You with Me plan. Essentially, he's turned his own child into a walking time bomb of genocide.
Played By: Victor Raider-Wexler
A rich and powerful member of the Los Angeles elite as well as a powerful Necromancer. He provided demons with dead human bodies to inhabit, using himself as a conduit to "install" them.
The Torture Demon/Holding Dimension Demon
An unidentified demon torturer at the Senior Partners' Holding Dimension. He would ritualistically and repeatedly cut out the heart of the human prisoner. Illyria took the necklace that identified the prisoner and placed it around his neck, forcing him to cut out his own heart until another prisoner took his place.
Played By: Marc Vann
A doctor and scientist that performed certain services to Wolfram & Hart and other extremely wealthy clients. The procedures that he performed included implanting knowledge into people's minds, brainwashing, and giving people x-ray vision.
"An eternity of suffering for your sins. But first, I get to play. Let's get started then, shall we?"
Played By: 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.
- And I Must Scream: Due to his Fate Worse Than Death. While there's no actual screaming, his expression is still one of vacant horror.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Pavayne was an 18th century European aristocrat European aristocrat from the 18th century.
- Badass Longcoat: His Limited Wardrobe consists of a long coat.
- Back from the Dead: Against his will. Pavayne was happy hanging around Wolfram & Hart as a ghost, but Fred's device makes him flesh and blood again...and subsequently he's trapped in a little dark room that immobilizes him completely and left there, forever...
- British Teeth: Pavayne hails from the time of poor dental care, and it shows.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: When Fred is about to re-corporealize Spike, he merely says, "This won't do. This won't do at all."
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Torture is Pavayne's job, hobby and passion. He submits Spike and hundreds of others to vicious physical and psychological torture.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he's far from goofy, it appears he can't hold his own when somebody fights back... then he delivers an impressive Punch Catch and shows he can.
Spike: Not so much fun when we hit back, is it?
- Deadly Doctor: In life, when he was nicknamed "The Reaper", "for performing unnecessary surgery on his patients".
- Deal with the Devil: Pavayne should have gone to hell a long time ago, but has managed to stick around as Wolfram & Hart's resident ghost by torturing the souls of others who died and sending them down to hell instead.
Spike: Cute little racket you've got carved out for yourself. Prying off spirits and sucking 'em down the chute. Kept your own toasties out of the fire, didn't it?
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His torture of Spike, specifically Spike being stripped and then tortured more, has horrible overtones of rape.
- Evil Brit: Very evil and very British.
- Evil Old Folks: He was in his older years when he first died. Of course, as a ghost he's pretty damn old.
- Fate Worse Than Death: While he is already dead, he's ultimately returned to corporeality and forced to live forever in a box that keeps him paralyzed but completely aware, and just to twist the knife, containing a window with an unchanging view...
- Faux Affably Evil: Pavayne is capable of being rather polite, even when he's ripping you apart in particularly sadistic ways.
- Hannibal Lecture: He delivers these from time to time, sometimes summoning his own collection of ghostly images to speak for him.
- Hidden Villain: Pavayne only appears in a single episode, but since Spike's first appearance as a ghost he's been slowly preparing him for Hell. As a ghost, he's been present throughout the entire series, torturing other poor bastards who died in the Wolfram & Hart offices before sending them off to Hell. This means Lee Mercer, Linwood Murrow and Gavin Park all had the pleasure of his company.
- Knight of Cerebus: He stands out as an extremely memorable one-episode villain due to how blatantly terrifying he is. His 'parlor tricks' are utterly horrifying and he's spent thousands of years sending people to hell. Any comedic elements are completely sucked out of the room when he appears.
- Limited Wardrobe: Due to being a ghost.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Although technically dead, Pavayne has mastered being a ghost. He's able to interact with the physical world at his own whims. There's no slamming doors or cheap tricks here; Pavayne can easily reach into the real world and brutally kill. You can't touch him, but he sure as hell can touch you.
- Sadist: He has devoted his entire life and death to the torture of others, which he greatly enjoys.
- Sadistic Choice: Tries pulling one on Spike by threatening Fred and forcing him to choose between her continued life and him becoming corporeal again. Unfortunately for him, Spike isn't the person he used to be and he shoves her out of the way before tossing Pavayne into the re-corporealization machine himself, allowing Angel to beat him down and imprison him.
- Serial Killer: In life, he was a multiple murderer.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: During a rant after being re-corporealized:
Pavayne: Defilers! I'll...cut you into nothing! I'll feast on your brains. I'll swim in lakes of your own blood!
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Due to being played by Simon Templemen. Pavayne has a soft, gentle voice up until his Villainous Breakdown.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Spike starts fighting back, he's thrown for a loop and starts to cower. He recovers quickly, though.
"Hey, I can't be held responsible for how you dress me in your fantasies."
Played By: Sarah Thompson
The first "liaison" to the Senior Partners assigned to Angel. Later revealed to be a child of the Wolf, Ram, and Hart, created to do their bidding.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Angel. She flirts shamelessly with him (as she does with everyone) and he despises her. Lorne eventually tells them to get a room, which they do.
"These are complicated times. Lines become blurry."
Played By: Michael Halsey
A former member of the Watchers' Council, Rutherford Sirk lacked the moral clarity of other Watchers of his generation and found himself doubting about the good fight and the Council's mission, though he was far from the only Watcher corrupted by the knowledge he obtained at the Council.
Tempted by power and ambition, Sirk joined Wolfram & Hart and took along with him several valuable tomes belonging to the Council, including the Devandiré Sybilline Codex.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After his initial appearance in "Home" he subs for an absent Wesley in "Destiny".
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Sirk betrayed the Watcher's Council and Wolfram & Hart.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snark is required reading for a Watcher, and it doesn't go away.
- Evil Brit: By default, due to working for Wolfram & Hart (even before Angel Investigations took it over). And he even managed to betray them.
- Evil Counterpart: To Wesley; both are former Watchers with a first-class education in the Dark Arts, except Sirk is a self-serving backstabber.
- Face-Heel Turn: He was a member of the Watcher's Council before joining Wolfram & Hart; he stole from them when he left too.
- Jerkass: Sirk is a pompous, contemptuous bastard who barely bothers to hide his disdain for others.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When his betrayal is uncovered, Sirk rather wisely decides to make himself scarce. He isn't seen after that.
- Smug Snake: Sirk considers himself to be the smartest person in the room. In reality, he usually comes in at around fourth. Fifth if Wesley is in the room.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After he goes on the run, Sirk isn't seen again. It's unclear whether he had an off-screen comeuppance or a complete Karma Houdini. Considering how the Senior Partners handle betrayal, it's unlikely Sirk had a happy ending.