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Man, atonement's a bitch.Angel, a Spin-Off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ran for five seasons on the WB network (1999-2004). Part horror, part melodrama, part neo-noir, with a helping of comedy (a given for Whedon), Angel ran for a respectable five years, never quite escaping the popular shadow of its parent show. The plot centers around the eponymous vampire, cursed by Gypsies who gave him his human soul back - along with two centuries' worth of guilt for all the misery he caused. On Buffy, Angel learned that he could make amends for it and left Sunnydale to pursue this course on his own. He soon cobbled together his own West Coast Team (well, it's the same coast, but you get the idea) and formed an Occult Detective agency to aid him as he challenged the forces of evil. Over the course of its run, the show started with Monster of the Week episodes laced with a hard-boiled, Sin City atmosphere, but later jettisoned it for something more akin to modern fantasy mixed with Ancient Conspiracy. The series dealt with a complex meditation on the nature of good and evil, with Angel himself being an enigma on both sides. Much like Buffy, Angel switched directions on a semi-regular basis; by the fifth season, of the original starring cast of three, only David Boreanaz as the title character remained. Meanwhile, numerous Buffy alumni wound up migrating to Angel, totaling out at five by series' end (not counting numerous crossovers within the 'verse). Highly arc-driven and not especially accessible to the casual viewer, Angel nevertheless gained a devoted following that included numerous television critics. While the network canceled the show abruptly in the fifth season, it still gave Joss and Mutant Enemy enough time to put together a Grand Finale, even beating the finale of Buffy in terms of viewers. Like Buffy, Angel now continues in a canon comic book form, giving fans a chance to see what Joss had planned for future seasons. Has, to one degree or another, greatly influenced Torchwood, which could be considered its British equivalent. (Just compare the page images.) This show has a recap page and character sheet. Angel's adventures continued in a comic named "Angel: After The Fall," published by IDW. The story picks up after Dark Horse's Buffy Season 8. Dark Horse currently publishes the latest continuation: an ongoing series with Faith called Angel And Faith. NOTE: You can find tropes relating to the comic series Angel and Faith on the Buffy page, as that series plays an integral role within "Season 9".
— Angel, "Disharmony"
Like its parent show, Angel contains tons of trope examples. We've split them up into separate pages to avoid having another page which could one day break this site: