Trivia: Angel

  • Blooper: In "Lonely Hearts" during the fight in the apartment, as Angel is thrown into a wall, a cameraman is visible on the opposite side of the screen. He would have been Behind the Black when the episode aired, but is quite obvious in the widescreen version on Netflix and DVD.
  • The Character Died with Him: Hope they weren't planning a reunion show...
    • According to Word of Joss, Doyle was intended to come back as a villain. Glenn Quinn's death scrapped the potential plot.
    • The story creators are allowing this to apply to Lorne even in the comic books, effectively retiring the character in print (from 2010 onwards) following Andy Hallett's death.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Country singer Christian Kane gets to show his stuff after Lindsey gets his hand back, to which Angel pathetically tries to say he's not that good while the rest of the crew is enraptured.
    • Andy Hallett frequently got to showcase his own singing chops.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Cordelia. This worked fairly well on Buffy, but by the second season of Angel, Charisma Carpenter was in her 30s, while Cordelia was supposed to be 20, and it showed. This is all the more noticeable after Fred joined the cast. If you do the math, Fred should be four or five years older than Cordelia, yet Amy Acker was six years younger than Carpenter. They made a point of never explicitly stating Cordelia's age in the entire series, only once having somebody refer to her as "twenty-something."
    • Albeit only barely, Vincent Kartheiser was 23 when cast as the 17-year old Connor.
  • Executive Veto: The series was originally going to be darker in tone, similar to the oppressive feel of Season 3-5. In the scene where Angel bursts into Tina's apartment and finds her dead, the script called for him to taste her blood. This was actually filmed, but edited out from the finished episode; You can see David Boreanaz about to do it, but the camera fades out just in time.
    • The following episode, "Lonely Hearts", was scripted to be even darker that that. In David Fury's first draft (then-entitled "Corrupt"), Kate Lockely was written as a drug-addicted cop who worked undercover as a prostitute. The plot would have also involved Cordelia disguising herself as a working girl. For obvious reasons, the network nixed the idea.
  • Fake Irish: Angelus. David Boreanaz never really got the hang of the Irish accent. Whedon states that they chose not to use the accent when Angel was reverted to a teenager in "Spin the Bottle" because there was no way that Boreanaz could sustain it for a full episode.
  • Fake Nationality: Americans David Boreanaz, James Marsters and Keith Szarabajka playing Irishman Angel and Brits Spike and Holtz, respectively.
    • Juliet Landau (Drusilla) may be American by birth, but she spent her entire childhood in London.
    • Alexis Denisof (Wesley) spent thirteen years in Britain and has developed an excellent British accent that only occasionally slips up (see the usual suspects, such as saying 'data' the American way). This makes it a shock to see him play roles in his natural American accent.
  • Fan Nickname: In her episode recaps, Strega of Television Without Pity refers to the good guys as the MoG, which is an abbreviation of "Ministers of Grace" ("Angels and ministers of grace, defend us" - Hamlet).
    • Strega also (rather unkindly) took to calling Spike "Spicule".
    • Lorne is nicknamed "Cary" (Cary Okie. Geddit?) for no particular reason other than it sounded better than The Host.
    • She got through "Dad" by giving the yet-unnamed Connor various names including Cousin Oliver, Godzookie, Pebbles, Little Ricky, Mearth, Robin T. Frog, Albert Ingalls..
  • Genius Bonus: Izzy, a Devil in business attire. Throwaway gag right? D&D players delineate between Demons, who are Chaotic Evil in alignment, and Devils who are Lawful Evil. Hence, a devil working at a law firm.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: And Starring....that guy from Roseanne as Doyle.
    • So, Bodie was a serial-killing worm all along.
    • Although many would recognize him more for his voice (as mentioned below) Simon Templeman as Matthias Pavayne would also be recognizable to viewers of Charmed, in which he played the Angel of Death.
    • Tracy Middendorf (Tina in the pilot) was the original actress to play Gul Dukat's daughter, Ziyal, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as the babysitter in Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
    • The gym manager in "Judgement" is played by actor/stuntman Keith Campbell, best known for playing the alien perp who leaps off the building in Men In Black.
    • John Kapelos, the hotel manager in "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been", formerly played Donald Schanke, Nicholas Knight's partner for two seasons on Forever Knight. Possibly as part of an in-joke, there's polka music playing in the hotel in one scene: Schanke was a big fan of polka music in FK.
    • Magnus Hainsley's butler is Rolf. Good casting, actually.
      • Virginia from Sunset Beach appears as a bidder representing W&H in "Parting Gifts".
    • Roger Wyndam-Pryce is Roy Dotrice.
    • The Deeper Well is patrolled by Paul Atriedes.
    • John Winchester is no stranger when it comes to catching vampires.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Jossed: in the comic series and Only Human mini. Illyria confirmed that no matter how she tried to be Winifred there is nothing left. All she has is the memory of her, everything she was and is, is gone.
  • Reality Subtext: After Buffy moved to UPN, the WB execs asked if Angel could cut down on their references to it, though to their credit they did allow for some mentions early in season 3 so Angel wouldn't spend the rest of the show thinking Buffy was permanently dead. This gave us Cordy's line "We try not to say the B word too much anymore."
  • Real-Life Relative: In the scene with Angelus and Faith in a donut shop, the cash register is robbed by Eliza Dushku's big brother, Nate. ("Orpheus")
  • Recycled Set: Perhaps not surprisingly, the LA office of Wolfram & Hart was later used as the main part of the LA Dollhouse in that Joss Whedon show.
    • The Hyperion was torn down to make way for the Wolfram & Hart set. However, pieces of it can be spotted in the bank where Illryia and Knox attempt to reopen her palace.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jennifer Garner can be spotted (sort of) amongst the ladies pregnant with demonspawn in "Expecting". You wouldn't know it's her if not for IMDB.
    • Bobby Bacala plays one of Little Tony's mooks with a gift for the obvious. "It's Herb Saunders."
    • Software king David Nabit is played by Michael Bolton. (hee)
    • River Tam played a cursed ballerina in season 3 episode "Waiting in the Wings".
    • A "blink and you'll miss it" role: The Progressive lady, Flo, shows up as a clerk in Wolfram & Hart's records division. It's almost an evil inversion of her more famous character!
    • Another blink and you'll miss it is Renee Walker appearing among the first group of people mesmerized by Jasmine.
    • Holtz is the Harvey Bullockish detective in The Dark Knight, as well as his numerous voice credits including Harbinger.
    • Lieutenant Crashdown has longer hair this time but goes crazy again, and tries to kill Jasmine. You may also recognize his voice as Darth Maul.
    • Sawyer gets the honor of being the first vampire to get dusted in the pilot.
      • Lost fans will also recognize Jin and Bernard as employees of Wolfram and Hart.
    • Hey Hodgins, since when did you work for Wolfram & Hart, and why do you like human sacrifices so much?
      • On that note: Colin Fisher appears as a fanboy of Angelus'. You might also remember him as Dr. Spellman from Avatar.
    • Hey, is Mr. Chase is trying to acquire the same arch that Angel is in season 4.
    • Eliot from Leverage is Lindsey, Attorney at law.
    • You may recognize Kate Lockley from Law & Order or Heroes.
    • Darla is played by the same actress as Rita.
    • Here I thought John Winchester was a good hunter.
    • Spencer Shay was evidently some sort of physics nerd at one point.
    • Zoe appears in a couple of season four episodes as some lady called Jasmine.
    • Most people recognize Connor as a younger and even more irritating Pete Campbell. Younger viewers know him as the kid from Masterminds.
    • Hawkeye has some serious vampire dad issues with Angel.
    • Alistair Duncan, who played Collins (one of the mercenaries working with The Watchers Council) would go on to voice a turian council member in Mass Effect, as well as Alfred in The Batman.
  • Scully Box:
    • In her scenes with Lindsey (Christian Kane), Lilah (Stephanie Romanov) wears high heels to accentuate her height. Kane laughingly referred to the duo as "Boris and Natasha."
    • Hamilton (Adam Baldwin) utterly towers over Angel in his introductory scene, rendering his feel-good personality that much more absurd. As the scene was shot in a parking garage, Baldwin simply stood on the ramped incline.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • This was Andy Hallett's first major acting role, though he had previously guested on Buffy.
    • Not that Amy Acker's acting chops were ever in doubt before but they were raised to absolute new heights with the introduction of Illyria. Several episodes showed just how good she was that she was able to switch back and forth multiple times in the same scene.
  • Throw It In:
    • During Angelus' return in season 4, David Boreanaz improvised a lot of his dialogue. Also during the episode "Spin The Bottle" they had to structure a comedic bit so that Angel and Wesley didn't have to look at each other because neither actor could keep a straight face.
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  • ...and the former Trope Namer for:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There were two different plans spoken of by the writers for how to handle the Fred/Illyria situation in Season 6, which were:
    1. Willow would visit the show and separate Illyria and Fred.
    2. Illyria would begin to absorb Fred's personality.
    • Production hoped to get Sarah Michelle Gellar to reprise Buffy in a Season 5 guest spot, but she was busy filming The Grudge during the only part of the season it would've fit best.
    • Cordelia was supposed to be the one to kill Jasmine, but Charisma Carpenter had just given birth and Real Life continued writing the plot.
      • In general, a lot of Season 4's main plot had to be scrapped after Carpenter's pregnancy. Some suspect that Cordelia's poor treatment for the rest of the show was Joss acting out of spite.
    • Joss Whedon wanted Anthony Stewart Head to make a guest appearance as Giles in "A Hole in the World", but it would've been to pricey for him to fly from England to Los Angeles for filming. Nicholas Brendon offered to join the cast as Xander during season 5, but Joss declined as Xander didn't have enough of an affinity with Angel for him to fit in, and they already had Spike to dish out sarcasm. Because of this, Xander and Giles are the only main characters from the first three seasons of Buffy who do not appear on Angel.
    • Jim Profit from Profit was going to be a Wolfram and Hart employee, but rights issues concerning the character and conflicts with Adrian Pasdar's schedule prevented it from happening.
    • There were plans to make the character of Jhiera from the episode "She" a recurring character, but they never came to more than an indirect mention of her demon species in a later episode.
    • Some sources say that Joss let Alexis Denisof decide Wesley's fate in the final episode, meaning that Wesley could have survived the events of the series.
  • Word of God: Amy Acker claimed in an interview that Whedon would have brought Fred back or had Illyria regain more of Fred's memories if the series had a sixth season.
    • Also revealed to be the process by which Angelus made Drusilla lose her mind.