->''It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. It's the man.''

Angel is haunted by the spirits of people he's killed, and the Scooby Gang suspect an ancient evil is involved.

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles Fourteen million square miles]] of them, and that's not including a lot of natural cave formations and a gateway to Hell.
* AbusiveParents: We get our first mention of Xander's troubled home life, in a reference to him sleeping outside to avoid their drunken squabbles.
* AesopAmnesia: Buffy's resolution in "Lovers Walk" to stay away from Angel gets thrown out the window when she has to intervene to stop Angel from committing suicide.
* [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith A Form You Are Really, Really Not Comfortable With]]: The First appears in the form of Jenny Calender, killed by Angelus in "Passions", plus [[ISeeDeadPeople several other victims]] from before he was ensouled. The First also uses the Jenny form with Buffy, who has her own guilt issues in that area (Buffy failing to kill Angelus in "Innocence" led to Jenny's death).
* AccidentalInnuendo (InUniverse): Joyce is putting up the Christmas decorations; Buffy is thinking about her EroticDream.
-->'''Joyce:''' So, angel's on top again?\\
'''Buffy:''' (startled) What?\\
'''Joyce:''' (holds up an angel and a star) Angel or star?\\
'''Buffy:''' Oh, uh... star. Star.
* ActorAllusion: The maid Margaret is played by Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, who played Princess Margaret in ''Gods and Monsters''.
* AFriendInNeed: Despite their antipathy towards Angel, Giles and Xander work to save him.
* AlwaysABiggerFish
-->'''Willy:''' Apparently there's been a lot of migration out of Sunnydale from the lower inhabitants. Something's scaring them off, and these are things that aren't easily scared.
* AnAxeToGrind: Buffy finds a handy axe lying among the Christmas trees, and chops a hole down into where the Bringers are lurking. And then chops a hole in some Bringers.
* TheAtoner: Xander helps Buffy find out what's wrong with Angel, presumably to make up for his actions re Angel in "Revelations". Averted with Angel, whose sins are so numerous and terrible he believes he can't possibly atone.
* BadassBoast: The First [[CardCarryingVillain talking about how evil it is]]. Buffy is not impressed.
* BadDreams
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Angel decides to kill himself. Jenny!First says "You're not supposed to die, that's not the plan." After Angel leaves she adds, "But it will do."
* BehindTheMask: Carrying on the themes raised in "Becoming", this episode deconstructs Angel the MysteriousProtector and [[StarCrossedLovers Star Crossed Lover]]. He was a drunken hedonist as a human, now crushed under the guilt of hundreds of years of gleefully sadistic evil. A couple of years as Buffy's champion don't even begin to up for that, even if he hadn't spent the time falling for the woman he was supposed to be protecting. Afraid that he doesn't have the strength of character to resist having sex with (and killing) Buffy again, he tries to kill himself.
* BlatantLies: Faith turns down Buffy's offer of Christmas dinner, claiming she's already been invited to a big party. Buffy herself denies it was mum who put her up to inviting Faith. However Faith turns up anyway.
* BreakingSpeech: Plenty of these by the First to Angel.
* CatapultNightmare: When Angel wakes up after dreaming of having sex with Buffy, [[ComingAndGoing then vamping out and biting her]].
* ChekovsGun: The dead Christmas trees.
* ChristmasEpisode
* ChristmasMiracle / DeusExMachina: It begins snowing on Sunnydale, leaving the town in total darkness, and saving Angel from burning. MaybeMagicMaybeMundane.
* ContinuityNod: Joyce claiming that Giles didn't want to share Christmas with them is undoubtedly due to the embarrassing events of "Band Candy".
* CrypticConversation: Buffy is searching through Giles' TomeOfEldritchLore for information on the First.
-->"'A child shall be born of man and goat and have two heads, and The First shall speak only in riddles...' No wonder you like this stuff. It's like reading The Sun."
** LaymansTerms: Giles then sums up what they've found as "[[CardCarryingVillain We're bad and we're not going to get any better]]."
* DisproportionateRetribution: Angelus murders a man because he can't pay his debts from a card game.
* DissonantSerenity: Giles opens the door to find Angel standing there asking for a VampireInvitation. He keeps it together and walks into the kitchen, then comes out with a loaded crossbow. OhCrap.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Unless you're Buffy.
-->'''The First:''' You think you can fight me? I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something that you can't even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin, beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate--
-->'''Buffy:''' Alright, I get it. You're evil. Do we have to chat about it all day?
-->'''The First:''' [[YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith You have no idea what you're dealing with.]]
-->'''Buffy:''' Let me guess. Is it...evil?
* DrivenToSuicide: Angel tries to kill himself by allowing the sunrise to immolate him. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane He's saved]].
* EldritchAbomination: The First briefly morphs into one before disappearing.
* EurekaMoment: Buffy realising the dead Christmas trees reveal the location of the Bringers.
* EroticDream: The First gives Angel these to entice him into sleeping with Buffy and losing his soul.
-->'''Giles:''' You had another dream, with Angel? What happened?
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(long pause)'' We don't need to get sidetracked.
* EvilIsBurningHot: A heatwave envelops Sunnydale; as soon as the First Evil is driven off, the temperature drops rapidly, creating snow.
* EvilPlan: The First wants Angel to kill the Slayer, and in the process turn him back into the evil Angelus. Angel decides to prevent this by committing suicide, but this is also acceptable to the First, as it means Angel can no longer be a weapon against evil.
* EvilSoundsDeep: "DEAD BY SUNRISE!"
* ExactWords: Willy says he's picked up some information from the Underground. "You know, from things that live under the ground."
* EyelessFace: Bringers, or Harbingers. They have a [[BuffySpeak 'no eyes' kinda look]].
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: After Willow says she wants to sleep with him, Oz responds by standing up.
-->'''Willow:''' Where are you going?
-->'''Oz:''' No, I'm not going. Just a dramatic gesture.
** GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After Willow goes into more detail about what she wants from him, [[RagingStiffie he quickly has to sit down again]].
* ForcedToWatch: Angel has a second dream in which Angelus kills a housemaid, only to be shocked to see Buffy staring at him. Cue both Angel and Buffy waking up in their separate beds.
** Buffy says she won't stand around and watch Angel immolate himself if that's what he wants to do. Then it starts snowing.
* FinalBossPreview: The First Evil will return as the BigBad of Season 7.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Angel drinking Buffy's blood comes to pass as the First predicts, [[ProphecyTwist albeit for different reasons]] ("Graduation Day, Part Two").
** What Buffy says to Angel "Strong is fighting! It's hard, and it's painful, and it's every day" is what he puts into practice in the spin-off series ''Series/{{Angel}}''. That series also continues the theme of higher powers (both good and evil) seeking to control or protect Angel for their own purposes.
** The First mentions that Liam was a terrible disappointment to his parents, something Angel relives in detail in his own series.
* FlashbackCut: Showing Angel as the drunken lout he was before being turned into a vampire.
* FriendshipMoment: Affected by the Christmas spirit (actually because spending Christmas alone seems too depressing) the Scoobies try to patch up the differences that tore them apart. Oz reconciles with Willow, Giles and Xander help Buffy find out what's wrong with Angel, Faith accepts the invitation to dinner at the Summer's house. Cordelia however departs for Aspen with some snarky comments at the Scoobies (particularly Xander).
* FriendVersusLover: To prove her relationship with Oz is stronger than her relationship with Xander, Willow [[SexEqualsLove decides to sleep with Oz]].
* {{Frothy Mugs of Water}}: PlayedForLaughs as Willow has a couple of soda bottles in a champagne ice bucket, a sign that her attempt to seduce Oz isn't as grown up as she thinks.
* HaHaHaNo: Giles is less than pleased when Angel (who in their last encounter was torturing him) shows up at his doorstep.
--> '''Angel:''' I'm sorry to bother you.
--> '''Giles:''' ''(stares, then bursts out laughing)'' Sorry. That's just rather funny, coming from you. ''(chuckles)'' "Sorry to bother me."
--> '''Angel:''' I need your help.
--> '''Giles:''' And the funny keeps on coming.
* HardWorkMontage: The Scoobies researching the problem (and eating pizza).
* TheHedonist: Liam
* HoldingHands / SnowMeansLove: Buffy and Angel at the end of the episode. Definitely not JustFriends.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Buffy wishes for a nice quiet Christmas. [[TemptingFate What was she thinking?]]
* HumanoidAbomination. The Harbingers
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: After their erotic dream Angel encounters Buffy in her bedroom wearing a [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere blood-red dress, her hair pinned up to expose her neck]] and her lower lip trembling from repressed emotion -- he has to jump out the window to prevent himself from jumping her.
* IHaveAFamily
-->'''Margaret:''' (terrified) Sir! My son!
-->'''Angelus:''' Oh, he'll make a fine dessert.
* InadvertentEntranceCue: Xander asks who else could have as pathetic a social life as he does. Cue Willow walking through the door.
* InformedJudaism: Willow has to remind the others that being Jewish she doesn't actually celebrate Christmas. She promises to show some Hanukkah Spirit instead.
* IntertwinedFingers: In the Buffy/Angel sex scene.
* IronicEcho: Tormented by his guilt, Angel cries, "Oh god!" The First just sneers. "Cry out. Make a scene."
* InsecureLoveInterest
* IWishedYouWereDead: Inverted when LoveHurts
-->'''Buffy:''' I love you so much... And I tried to make you go away... I killed you and it didn't help. (crying) And I hate it! I hate that it's ''so'' hard... and that you can hurt me ''so'' much. (sobs, then harshly) I know everything that you did, because you did it to me. Oh, God! I wish that I wished you dead. I don't. (whispers) I can't.
* JustLikeMakingLove: Jenny!First urges Angel to pour out all his [[IsThatWhatTheyAreCallingItNow frustration]] into Buffy.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage
-->'''Angel:''' You have to stay away from me.
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(bewildered)'' You came to see me to tell me that I can't see you?
-->''(He starts to move toward her. She backs away.)''
-->'''Buffy:''' Angel, something is doing this to you. You just have to control it, okay? I-I know that you're confused.
-->'''Angel:''' ''(staring hungrily at her)'' I think you're the one who's confused.
* NoTimeToExplain: Buffy to Faith; AesopAmnesia is averted when Buffy stresses that she ''will'' explain, all of it, remembering the lesson of "Revelations".
* LadyInRed: Invoked deliberately by Willow and accidentally by Buffy.
* LeaveMeAlone: Finding Angel distraught in her bedroom, Buffy urges him to let her help. As he's struggling not to throw her onto the bed and have his way with her, Angel snarls at her to leave him alone and leaps out the window.
* LetsWaitAwhile: Oz turns down Willow's offer to lose her virginity, aware she's doing it just to prove she really loves him.
* LittleDeadRidingHood: Although it's a red dress instead of the usual hoodie.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Buffy informs Angel the First has been manipulating him. He says it doesn't matter as he still wants Buffy, regardless of the consequences to them both.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Implied when Angelus is forcing his attentions on the maid; presumably the son she refers to was born out of wedlock.
-->'''Angelus:''' Cry out. Call for help. I'm sure Mistress will believe your behavior beyond reproach. ''(sneers)''
* MindRape: The First tries to pull one on Angel.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Harbingers of Death.
** InUniverse when Buffy walks into Willy's Bar, whereupon the bartender greets 'The Slayer' very loudly. Several vampires make a prompt exit.
* NoMeansYes: When Angel is struggling not to have his wicked way with Buffy, the First is whispering in his ear that Buffy wants him to do it.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Giles is not inclined to help Angel, until he flees out the door after seeing invisible people.
* OminousLatinChanting
-->'''Buffy:''' Alright, ten more minutes of chanting and then you guys have to go to bed.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Faith on finding her TV isn't working.
* PerpSweating: Xander isn't very good at it.
-->'''Willy:''' Doesn't ring a bell.\\
'''Xander:''' (menacingly) How about I ring that bell for you? (hopefully to Buffy) Does the threatening come now?\\
'''Buffy:''' Maybe you shouldn't help.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: When her arguments fail to sway Angel from killing herself, all Buffy can do is beg him not to leave her.
* {{Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil}}: Angelus bullies a servant into agreeing to have sex with him, and ''then'' shows her his NightmareFace.
* ReadyForLovemaking: Oz enters Willow's house to find a candle-lit room, Willow wearing a tight red dress, and BarryWhite's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" playing on the stereo.
* TheReveal: Played with when we discover why Angel was brought out of the hell dimension -- to kill Buffy. However Buffy is not willing to accept this explanation, and the fact that the First is willing to settle for Angel's suicide is an indication she's right.
* SayYourPrayers: One of Angelus' victims says the Twenty-third Psalm.
* SexForSolace: What the First tempts Angel with -- by sleeping with Buffy he can satiate his desire for her and then, by turning evil, be free of guilt forever.
* ShutUpHannibal: Buffy pulls one on the UltimateEvil!
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Oz says he's jealous of Willow's history with Xander.
-->'''Willow:''' But it's a [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend history that's in the past]]! Well, I-I guess most history is in the past...
* SuicideBySunlight: Angel tries to do this, but a miraculous snow shower clouds the sky so the sun doesn't show.
-->'''The First:''' You don't have the strength to kill yourself.
-->'''Angel:''' I don't need the strength. I just need the sun to rise.
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Buffy doesn't actually succeed, but fortunately a Christmas miracle occurs instead.
* TalkingInYourDreams: The First is trying to drive Angel over his DespairEventHorizon, so sends him dreams of his past crimes as Angelus. To further torment him, [[ForcedToWatch Buffy also shares these dreams]]. Then because having sex with Buffy will turn him evil, they start having shared {{Erotic Dream}}s as well.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Buffy trying to talk Angel out of killing himself.
* ThisAndThat: Willow offers to "do that thing" with Oz.
* ThisIsThePartWhere
** When Oz forgives Willow for straying with Xander, she asks if they're supposed to hug now. They do.
** When PerpSweating Willy, Xander asks, "Does the threatening come now?"
* TwistedChristmas
* TwoScenesOneDialogue
-->'''Giles:''' You realize if he [Angel] truly becomes a danger, [[StakingTheLovedOne you may have to kill him]]. [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E22BecomingPart2 Again.]] Can you do that?
-->''Buffy is silent. Cut to Angel in his mansion''
-->'''Angel:''' I can't do it!
* UltimateEvil: The First
* TheUnreveal: We never find out if the First or the PowersThatBe were responsible for bringing Angel out of the hell dimension, or if the snowstorm was due to the sudden drop of temperature or another miracle by the PowersThatBe. In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' spin-off it's revealed that the forces of both good and evil have a vested interest in his survival, so either party could be involved.
* UnwantedAssistance: Buffy tells Xander "Maybe you shouldn't help" after his hilarious attempt to threaten Willy the Snitch. Afterwards, Willy deadpans "You did great, by the way. I was very intimidated by you." Xander buys it.
* VillainsNeverLie
-->'''Buffy:''' Some great evil takes credit for bringing you back and you buy it?
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Faced with an Angel who's going to pieces, Buffy urges Giles to give her something to pummel. Killing the Bringer priests and breaking the First's connection with Sunnydale may or may not have helped with the subsequent ChristmasMiracle.
* WalkingWasteland: The Bringers cause the Christmas trees to wilt over their heads.
* YouCantFightFate: The First tells Angel it's his destiny to be a sadistic killer.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: And at this point in the series, Buffy really doesn't know. Then again she doesn't really care either.