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** Connor is prophesied to kill Sahjhan, meaning that no one else can. Although he is ''defeated'' in season 3 by being [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a magical urn]]. [[spoiler: Vail is GenreSavvy enough to realize that "urns break" and insists Connor be brought in to finish him properly]].

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** Connor is prophesied to kill Sahjhan, meaning that no one else can. Although he is ''defeated'' in season 3 by being [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a magical urn]]. [[spoiler: Vail is GenreSavvy enough to realize realizes that "urns break" and insists Connor be brought in to finish him properly]].


** Since Ben Edlund (of TheTick fame) was involved in the show through most of season 5, one of the characters even refers to themself as [[ShoutOut being "nigh invulnerable"]].

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** Since Ben Edlund (of TheTick ComicBook/TheTick fame) was involved in the show through most of season 5, one of the characters even refers to themself as [[ShoutOut being "nigh invulnerable"]].


* NewYorkSubway: Not actually in New York, [[CaptainObvious obviously]]. Played with in "The Prodigal", when Angel fights with a rabid demon on the subway tracks, having yanked it out the hatch of a speeding train car. None of the eyewitnesses questioned by Kate saw anything out of the ordinary. ("Just your average, Joe Stink subway guy.")


* MacGyvering: In "The Ring", Wesley struggles to locate a thread which is fine enough to break Angel's shock handcuffs. Cordy offers to use the horsehair wound around her bracelet - a memento from her IRS-impounded pony, [[KeanuReeves Keanu]].

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* MacGyvering: In "The Ring", Wesley struggles to locate a thread which is fine enough to break Angel's shock handcuffs. Cordy offers to use the horsehair wound around her bracelet - a memento from her IRS-impounded pony, [[KeanuReeves [[Creator/KeanuReeves Keanu]].

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* LighterAndSofter: The series is not afraid to poke fun at itself or to throw humor into the show, and where in ''Buffy'' some trauma happens or a character makes a mistake and they can be mired in such a deep depression it lasts for the episode, or that particular storyline, or occasionally for the whole season. Here some trauma happens or a character makes a mistake that is just as big and they are more grown up and equipped to deal with it. They'll mourn, they'll cry, but then they'll pick themselves up, dust themselves off and continue fighting the good fight.

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** Wesley, when he realizes that [[spoiler:his singing to comfort the crying Connor has given away his plan to Lorne]].

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* MistakenFromBehind: When Fred is on the run from her brainwashed friends, she loses them by taking off her jacket and giving it to a stranger with similar hair. In the time in takes her pursuers to see the stranger from the front, Fred manages to hide.


* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Ranging from AnneRice-style pretty boy vamps like Spike and Angel to the grotesque Prince of Lies. Even Dracula-style vampires appear, although Nostroyev's crimes against humanity seem to be confined to the mental images accompanying the line "I was Rasputin's lover!"

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Ranging from AnneRice-style Creator/AnneRice-style pretty boy vamps like Spike and Angel to the grotesque Prince of Lies. Even Dracula-style vampires appear, although Nostroyev's crimes against humanity seem to be confined to the mental images accompanying the line "I was Rasputin's lover!"


* MacGuffinMelee: In Season 4 when several different factions want to get their hands on Angel's baby son.

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* MacGuffinMelee: In Season 4 3 Episode 10 when several different factions want to get their hands on Angel's baby son.


* OutsideContextVillain: Especially Seasons 4 & 5.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: Especially Seasons 4 & 5.


* MythologyGag: Plenty.
** Andrew mispronoucing "vampires" and holding his chin in his hand exactly as in "Storyteller."
** "An underground monster-hunting military organization? [beat] It's happened before."
** Spike opining that "Sex with robots [[OrSoIveHeard is more common than people think!]]"

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* MythologyGag: Plenty.
** Andrew mispronoucing "vampires" and holding his chin
Dana having the memories of past Slayers in his hand exactly as in "Storyteller."
** "An underground monster-hunting military organization? [beat] It's happened before."
** Spike opining that "Sex with robots [[OrSoIveHeard
"Damage" is more common than people think!]]"a nod to the 1992 ''Buffy'' film.


* KryptoniteProofSuit: The [[MineralMacguffin Gem]] of Amarra.

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* KryptoniteProofSuit: The [[MineralMacguffin Gem]] of Amarra.Amara.



-->'''Faith:''' [[IronicEcho Now I got cash. ''And'' a place to stay]].

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-->'''Faith:''' [[IronicEcho Now I got cash. ''And'' And a place to stay]].



* OrSoIHeard: After Angel receives the Gem of Amarra, rendering him impervious to sunlight. Doyle suggests they go check out a few strip clubs which offer a fabulous luncheon buffet... or so he's been told.

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* OrSoIHeard: After Angel receives the Gem of Amarra, Amara, rendering him impervious to sunlight. Doyle suggests they go check out a few strip clubs which offer a fabulous luncheon buffet... or so he's been told.


* NeckSnap: Angel dispatches Griff in this manner ("Rm w/a Vu"). A similar fate awaits the blackmailer's bodyguard demon in "War Zone".
** Angel (and Angelus') seeming favourite way of dispatching targets.

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* NeckSnap: Angel dispatches Griff in this manner ("Rm w/a Vu"). A similar fate awaits This is one of the blackmailer's bodyguard demon in "War Zone".
** Angel (and Angelus') seeming favourite
most consistent way of dispatching targets.demons. Angel (and Angelus) in particular are prone to it, while the humans usually use weapons.


* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Averted. While none of the main characters are magic-users (at least in the way Willow was in [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]), they all find a way of defeating warlocks like Cyrus Vail. Usually with fire.

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* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Averted. While none of the main characters are magic-users (at least in the way Willow was in [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]), ''Buffy''), they all find a way of defeating warlocks like Cyrus Vail. Usually with fire.



* LoveTheme: "Close Your Eyes", Angel and Buffy's theme, returns in the first season episode "I Will Remember You"

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* LoveTheme: "Close Your Eyes", Angel and Buffy's theme, theme from ''Buffy'', returns in the first season episode "I Will Remember You"



* NationalStereotypes: Angel imports English stereotypes from Buffy.

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* NationalStereotypes: Angel imports English stereotypes Mostly imported from Buffy.''Buffy''.



** Wesley and Cordelia also qualify. When they first met in the [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer parent show]], they were unabashedly attracted to each other, and even danced together at the prom. But after sharing one very awkward kiss, they realized they had no real chemistry and that their attraction to each other was more aesthetic than romantic. One would expect their relationship to be pretty awkward after that, but when Wesley joins Angel Investigations, he and Cordelia actually get along really well, alternating between bickering like siblings and watching each others' backs. They clearly adore each other, and the fact that there is absolutely no romantic subtext actually makes it sweeter.

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** Wesley and Cordelia also qualify. When they first met in the [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer parent show]], ''Buffy'', they were unabashedly attracted to each other, and even danced together at the prom. But after sharing one very awkward kiss, they realized they had no real chemistry and that their attraction to each other was more aesthetic than romantic. One would expect their relationship to be pretty awkward after that, but when Wesley joins Angel Investigations, he and Cordelia actually get along really well, alternating between bickering like siblings and watching each others' backs. They clearly adore each other, and the fact that there is absolutely no romantic subtext actually makes it sweeter.


** Wesley and Cordelia also qualify. When they first met in the [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer parent show]], they had crushes on each other, and even danced together at the prom. But after sharing one very awkward kiss, they realized they had no real chemistry and that their attraction to each other was more aesthetic than romantic. One would expect their relationship to be pretty awkward after that, but when Wesley joins Angel Investigations, he and Cordelia actually get along really well, alternating between bickering like siblings and watching each others' back. They clearly adore each other, and the fact that there is absolutely no romantic subtext actually makes it sweeter.

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** Wesley and Cordelia also qualify. When they first met in the [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer parent show]], they had crushes on were unabashedly attracted to each other, and even danced together at the prom. But after sharing one very awkward kiss, they realized they had no real chemistry and that their attraction to each other was more aesthetic than romantic. One would expect their relationship to be pretty awkward after that, but when Wesley joins Angel Investigations, he and Cordelia actually get along really well, alternating between bickering like siblings and watching each others' back.backs. They clearly adore each other, and the fact that there is absolutely no romantic subtext actually makes it sweeter.

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