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    The Senior Partners 

The Senior Partners

"So what's the big plan, Angel? Destroy the Senior Partners, smash Wolfram & Hart once and for all?"
—Holland Manners

The "Wolf", "Ram" and "Hart" are a mysterious cabal of ancient demons. Following mankind's triumph over the demon hordes on Earth, the "Senior Partners" (as they're now called) continued to exert influence through political connections and corruption, unlike their Ax-Crazy contemporaries such as Illyria. In the present day, their organization goes by the moniker Wolfram & Hart and is puppeted by the Partners themselves, who reside in a separate dimension.
  • Amoral Attorney
  • Animal Motifs
  • Army of Lawyers
  • As Long as There Is Evil: Without evil residing in the hearts of every human alive, the firm could not exist.
  • Bad Boss: The firm is known for its unforgiving treatment of its employees. Like forcing them to eat their own livers as punishment for poor performance.
  • Bambification: Hart's sigil is, of course, a stag.
  • Bigger Bads: Angel spends the whole show and all his strength trying to grind their operation to a halt, even for a moment, by destroying their means of influencing Earth. Optimistically, he was just successful enough to make them focus their attention upon him. The downside would be that he now has their attention.
    • As of Season 9, they've been branching out in the Bigger Bad department; their machinations are now starting to affect Buffy and the Scoobies too.
  • Body Surf: The Partners are unable to inhabit our dimension while in their native forms, instead manifesting in the bodies of "lower demons" or using living mouthpieces.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executives: Of a sort.
  • Destination Defenestration: No sooner does a Partner materialize in front of its employees, that Angel lunges for its throat and tackles it through a window.
  • Dimension Lords: The monks of Pylea are hinted to be acolytes.
  • Eldritch Location: Euphemistically known as the "Home Office."
    • Eventually subverted. When Angel demands to be taken there, it's revealed that Earth is the home office.
  • Evil Inc.: The patent holder of cancer is a client.
  • Evil Virtues: Honesty. At Wolfram & Hart, the deal is king: they never break an agreement. This sometimes means they are capable of doing the right thing, albeit for wrong reasons. Better make sure the agreement is very carefully worded, though.
  • Extranormal Institute
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Back in Illyria's time, they were weaklings who were barely superior to vampires. Now, they're extradimensional beings who practically control the world.
  • I Have Many Names: "The Inquisition" and "Khmer Rouge" being among them.
    • It's not even certain if Wolf, Ram & Hart are just pseudonyms. Lilah reports on having met with a "Mr. Suvarta" right before she decapitates Linwood. Though given that Illyria knew them as the Wolf, Ram & Hart during her time, it's likely those are their original names.
  • I Want Them Alive: They have big-time plans for Angel, and killing him is strictly off-limits. Of course, that doesn't stop some subordinates from trying to do so.
  • In the Hood
  • Just the First Citizen
  • Law Enforcement, Inc.: Have their own special ops outfit.
  • Literal-Minded: In one instance, several employees were reported to have been sacked with actual sacks, and Knox mentioned that on at least one occasion they literally fired an employee.
    • As mentioned by Harmony, there are also non-Human resources.
  • Megacorp: Although ostensibly a law firm, they also maintain departments of real estate, entertainment, transmutational science, and Interment Acquisitions (read: grave robbing).
  • Mouth of Sauron: The Conduit. An assortment of Wolfram & Hart brass also fill this role, most notably Marcus Hamilton and Holland Manners (following his death). It's in this capacity that Holland gives his Reason You Suck Speech.
  • No Body Left Behind
  • Occult Law Firm: Of the nefarious variety.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Lee was rudely awakened to this policy while attempting to jump ship to a rival firm. When they found out during a telepathic scan, they promptly blew his brains out.
    • Every employee signs a "perpetuity clause" in their contracts, meaning that once they die, they continue to serve the firm in Hell.
  • Rule of Three: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Hart.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As CEO, Angel offhandedly remarks that they kinda, sorta... "own" the police.
  • Shadow Dictator
  • Take That: Along with ties to fictional corporations like Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne, Wolfram & Hart also works with Newscorp.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Granted, it took them potentially millions of years; Illyria was aware of the original Wolf, Ram and Hart in her own time - but they were to ultimate evil as vampires are to them in the present day. It's immediately pointed out to her that things have rather changed in the intervening aeons.
  • Ultimate Evil: Never properly seen (or heard) on-screen, due to the writers' belief that nothing could match whatever the viewer's imagination conjures up. That said, a Senior Partner does briefly manifest in the body of a lower demon during the company's annual "review" meeting in "Reprise."
  • Villain Cred: Even Sahjhan is familiar with the firm's reputation, being as it exists in other dimensions, as well.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While many of their clients are rich or powerful, the firm is also known to work some cases pro bono, especially when it has an ulterior interest in the client. Lilah even gave the keynote speech at a public school just to get close to a young telekinetic.
    "Can we really change the world? At Wolfram & Hart, We're Counting On It.™"

    The Circle of the Black Thorn 

The Circle of the Black Thorn

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: Izzerial, who 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.
  • Big Bad: As a whole, they are this of series 5.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: They're a varied group, incorporating demon royalty, vampires (once Angel joins), sorcerors, and even a few humans.
  • Corrupt Politician: Senator Helen Bruckner is naturally this, given that she's actually a demon who's taken over a human body (quite probably, Magnus Hainsley was responsible).
  • 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).
    • Well, they probably have more influence on this plain of existence, but in terms of personal power they all die easily enough (Save Cyrus Vail). Hamilton by comparison is the most physically formidable threat in the show, barring possibly the Beast or Jasmine.
  • Expy: Izzerial ("Izzy") the Devil, a very obvious one for Satan. Aside from the name, he's a red demon with a forked tail.
  • 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.
  • Evil Sorceror: Cyrus Vail, a frail, elderly, incredibly powerful warlock.
  • 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.
  • The Illuminati
  • 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 Five.
  • 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.

    The Conduit 

The Conduit to the Senior Partners (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

    Lindsey McDonald 

Lindsey McDonald (Christian Kane)

"You're either with the one with power or you're powerless!"

A young up-and-coming lawyer at Wolfram & Hart, Lindsey finds himself crossing paths with Angel a number of times. Intelligent and amoral (almost), Lindsey comes to see himself as Angel's rival...even if Angel doesn't.
  • Affably Evil
  • Ambition Is Evil: His driving motive his his cynicism and ambitions, as pointed out by his actor:
    ""I still think this cat looks at the glass as being half empty. And so, damn it, I’m going to drink the rest of that water."
  • Amoral Attorney
  • An Arm and a Leg: After threatening Cordelia's life in front of Angel. Bad idea.
    • The shamans at work grafted a (pre-owned) hand onto his stump.
  • Badass: He's got some fighting skills, but physically can't match Angel. His Nerves of Steel are his greatest badassery attribute though; enough to impress Darla and Drusilla to spare him when they massacre everyone at Holland's house.
  • Blood Spattered Innocents: In Blind Date. He's hardly innocent, but he does look appropriately traumatized when the man next to him is shot and it is one of the rare occasions he's trying to do the right thing.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: By Lorne(!) in the series finale.
  • The Cast Show Off: Kane picked up some swordfighting skills in Secondhand Lions, and was probably happy to get more use out of them.
    • And of course singing "L.A. Song" in "Dead End"."
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dirty Business: He waffles a bit, though.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lindsey is wooed by Darla, to the point of confessing he wouldn't "mind" if she were the one to kill him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Why he leaves Wolfram & Hart. And why he helps stop Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire Vanessa Brewer from killing three children.
  • Evil Hand: Subverted. It's not actually evil; just suicidal.
  • Famous Last Words:
    "YOU kill me? A flunky?! I'm not just—! ...Angel kills me. You — Angel..."
  • Freudian Excuse: His dirt-poor childhood. Lindsey resolved never to end up like his father, grovelling to the repo men as he was being evicted.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Until it slams in his face.
  • Hidden Depths: Is an amazingly talented singer and guitar player, and was one of Lorne's favorite regulars at his bar.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Works alongside his lover, Eve, to play Angel and Spike against each other, with the hope of usurping Angel's position at the firm and (if we're aiming high) buying his way into the Circle of the Black Thorn.
  • Iconic Item: The fleur-de-lis bracelet that Lindsey wears throughout the show. It's a keepsake that Christian Kane wears to remind him of his mother, who is from New Orleans.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Is truly appalled by Wolfram & Hart's plot to murder a trio of child seers, and assists Angel in thwarting them. Subverted when Holland dangles a fat paycheck over his head.
    • Lindsey resigns for good in Season Two, ironically after having earned a top position and a replacement hand to boot; he leaves Los Angeles, burying the hatchet with Angel for good. ...Or not. Actually, he was studying for years on how to join the elite Circle of the Black Thorn.
  • It's Personal: Develops this for Angel.
  • Look What I Can Do Now: Returns from Nepal with some cool martial arts tricks, materializing swords out of thin air, and using The Force to...well, close doors. But the point is it looks cool.
    • Lorne makes an offhand reference to Lindsey's "demon-strength", though it isn't elaborated on. This would explain how he's able to keep up with Angel.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Appears to have picked up a couple of Holland Manners' tricks.
  • Minion Shipping: Some occasional sexual tension with Lilah, including a parting ass grab when he leaves L.A.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. Lindsey's kind of upset when Lorne kills him. It was supposed to be Angel!
  • Put on a Bus: And then came back.
  • The Rival: Angel unwittingly provokes Lindsay's wrath at every turn, from ruining his court cases, to stealing his would-be girlfriend (Darla), to having the entire firm handed to him on a silver platter. ..And then Angel has sex with Lindsey's new girlfriend, Eve, under the influence of spell — and oblivious to Lindsey's connection to her. When Lindsey consoles himself that Eve is one of the only things in his life that Angel "never got his mitts on", Eve wisely holds her tongue. A good thing, too, because otherwise his brain might have imploded.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: His exact origin is ambiguous, though he has an Oklahoma license plate on his pickup truck. Angel dismissively calls him a "tiny Texan" at one point; this could be an in-joke directed at Christian Kane, who hails from Dallas.
  • Tattooed Crook: Post-Tibet Lindsey had super magic stealth tattoos that let him hide from the Senior Partners. It doesn't last.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Between Seasons 2 and 5, he apparently learned a bunch of kung-fu and got a bunch of mystical tattoos making him invisible to the Senior Partners.
  • Unknown Rival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are each others' absolute greatest enemies. Angel doesn't. Lindsey's indignant reaction to getting offed by Lorne, of all people, is simultaneously a little sad and deeply, hilariously pathetic.

    Lilah Morgan 

Lilah Morgan (Stephanie Romanov)

"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 & Hartexcept 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
  • 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.
  • Christmas Cake: A season 2 episode (don't remember what) she made a crack about how she should have listened to her mother and had kids so she can sacrifice them to a demon for luck.
  • 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 manages to ride out the humiliating defeats of Season Three, even threatening to throw Lilah to the wolves if it comes to that. Lilah knows a good example when she sees it and, once Linwood pops up again in Season Four, she finks on him to a Senior Partner, who orders him killed.
  • Emotionally Tongue Tied: She never does manage to blurt out her feelings. 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.
  • Foil: To Angel.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Her short-lived alliance with Angel Investigations.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • 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 quick she was to jump Angel's bones (under the influence), it's not for lack of desire.
    Gavin: 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 Series 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.

    Harmony Kendall 

    Holland Manners 

Holland Manners (Sam Anderson)

"Actually, the world isn't that complicated: it's designed for those who know how to use it."

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.

    Lee Mercer 

Lee Mercer (Thomas Burr)

"It's my ass on the line here. I don't want you to make me look bad."

    Gavin Park 

Gavin Park (Daniel Dae Kim)

  • Amoral Attorney
  • 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.

    Linwood Murrow 

Linwood Murrow (John Rubinstein)

"This is outrageous! Are you actually telling me that you went over my head?"

  • Adult Fear: Both his sons were taken by the Senior Partners.
  • Amoral Attorney
  • The Chessmaster: What he thinks of himself. He really is not.
  • 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.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • 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!
  • 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


Eve (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.


Knox (Jonathan M. Woodward)

You think I'd have my God hatched out of some schmuck?

  • 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.
  • Karmic Death
  • 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.
  • The Lab Rat
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He criticizes humans for being deceitful bastards, and (as happens often), Illyria is surprised that a human can take a position like identifying against his own race rather than with it. Knox's reply amounts to agreeing that yes, he does identify with demonkind rather than humanity.
  • No Name Given: Knox is probably his surname, but he's never addressed as anything else.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: As per "the ancient ways," Knox stitched a bunch of occult items just over his heart. The scar is messily stitched together.
  • Saying Too Much: From Angel 5.15 "Shells":
    Knox: I don't just care about Fred - I practically worship it.
    Gunn: You said "it".
    Knox: What?
    Gunn: Not "her". You said "'I worship it".
    Knox: (smirking) Oops.
    • In this context, "it" refers to the Old One Illyria, about to be reborn via the sacrifice of our beloved Fred. Fred is the "her". In this case, Knox believes that only Fred was worthy to be Illyria's host.
  • Sycophantic Servant: A follower of the ancient demon Illyria before he resurrects her and even more of a slavish follower afterwards. Having been dead, Illyria had no direct contact with him until that point.
  • Villainous Crush: On Fred.
  • Wrong Guy First
  • You Look Familiar: Woodward previously played Holden Webster, an Affably Evil vampire who offers to psychoanalyze Buffy before they duel. ("Conversations With Dead People")

    Marcus Hamilton 

Marcus Hamilton (Adam Baldwin)

"It's a business, boys. Not a Batcave."

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.
  • Affably Evil: Impeccably polite and professional - will wring your neck without batting an eye.
  • Amoral Attorney
  • 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?: His brutal beatdown of Illyria.
  • 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: 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.
  • Hero Killer: He made short work of Illyria; bad news for a mere vampire.
  • 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: Is acquaintances with Drogyn, an immortal swordsman who's been alive for at least 1000 years.
    "Oh, we go way back."
  • 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.

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