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* SmallNameBigEgo: While undoubtedly a legitimate threat, he fancies himself much more powerful than he actually is and is convinced he's Angel's ArchEnemy. Angel, for his part, just views him as a persistant annoyance in the grand scheme of things.


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* VillainRespect: He ''hates'' Angel's guts and deeply resents him, but he nonetheless genuinely respects him.


* BeyondRedemption: As of Season 5, Angel and his crew believe this of Lindsey [=McDonald=], considering his [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitions]] and constant trips through the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. It's to the extent that in "[[GrandFinale Not Fade Away]]", [[spoiler:when they team up against the Circle of the Black Thorn, Lorne shoots him dead on Angel's orders; having previously heard Lindsey sing and [[{{Seers}} read his future]], Lorne states outright that Lindsey isn't part of "the solution" and never ''will'' be.]]
-->'''Lindsey''': There's always time for redemption. Isn't that ''your'' whole bit?\\
'''Angel''': You had your chance. I guess some people, they just never change.



* UnknownRival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are [[ArchEnemy each others' absolute greatest enemies]]. Angel doesn't. [[spoiler:Lindsey's indignant reaction to getting offed by ''Lorne'', of all people, instead of Angel himself is simultaneously a little sad and deeply, hilariously pathetic.]]

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* UnknownRival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are [[ArchEnemy each others' absolute greatest enemies]]. Angel doesn't.views him as little more than a pest. [[spoiler:Lindsey's indignant reaction to getting offed by ''Lorne'', of all people, instead of Angel himself is simultaneously a little sad and deeply, hilariously pathetic.]]


* EtherealWhiteDress: After gaining a soul, she posthumously appears to Connor in a white gown, contrasting the [[EvilWearsBlack black-clad]] Cordelia/Jasmine, symbolically trying and failing to act as her son's conscience.



* WomanInWhite:
** She wore a white dress when she sired Liam.
** After gaining a soul, she posthumously appears to Connor in a white gown, contrasting the [[EvilWearsBlack black-clad]] Cordelia/Jasmine, symbolically trying and failing to act as her son's conscience.


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->'''Played By:''' Mark Rolston
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* SuperSpeed: Even in comparison to the supernatural abilities of other vampires and demonstrated in multiple fights against where he was able to move so quickly that Angel appeared incapable of keeping up with him. So much so that in the final fight of the episode he was able to fight Angel and Kate Lockley simultaneously and capture Angel in a full-nelson; no mean feat when we consider Angel's own prodigious fighting ability and super-speed allowing him to [[FlashStep move so fast he appears to teleport}} on multiple other occasions. Also demonstrated when he dodges multiple bullets to move with impunity through an entire police station to capture Kate Lockley.

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* SuperSpeed: Even in comparison to the supernatural abilities of other vampires and demonstrated in multiple fights against where he was able to move so quickly that Angel appeared incapable of keeping up with him. So much so that in the final fight of the episode he was able to fight Angel and Kate Lockley simultaneously and capture Angel in a full-nelson; no mean feat when we consider Angel's own prodigious fighting ability and super-speed allowing him to [[FlashStep move so fast he appears to teleport}} teleport]] on multiple other occasions. Also demonstrated when he dodges multiple bullets to move with impunity through an entire police station to capture Kate Lockley.


* SuperSpeed: Even in comparison to the supernatural abilities of other vampires and demonstrated in multiple fights against where he was able to move so quickly that Angel appeared incapable of keeping up with him. So much so that in the final fight of the episode he was able to fight Angel and Kate Lockley simultaneously and capture Angel in a full-nelson; no mean feat when we consider Angel's own prodigious fighting ability and super-speed allowing him to {{FlashStep}} in multiple other examples. Also demonstrated when he dodges multiple bullets to move with impunity through an entire police station to capture Kate Lockley.

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* SuperSpeed: Even in comparison to the supernatural abilities of other vampires and demonstrated in multiple fights against where he was able to move so quickly that Angel appeared incapable of keeping up with him. So much so that in the final fight of the episode he was able to fight Angel and Kate Lockley simultaneously and capture Angel in a full-nelson; no mean feat when we consider Angel's own prodigious fighting ability and super-speed allowing him to {{FlashStep}} in [[FlashStep move so fast he appears to teleport}} on multiple other examples.occasions. Also demonstrated when he dodges multiple bullets to move with impunity through an entire police station to capture Kate Lockley.

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* SuperSpeed: Even in comparison to the supernatural abilities of other vampires and demonstrated in multiple fights against where he was able to move so quickly that Angel appeared incapable of keeping up with him. So much so that in the final fight of the episode he was able to fight Angel and Kate Lockley simultaneously and capture Angel in a full-nelson; no mean feat when we consider Angel's own prodigious fighting ability and super-speed allowing him to {{FlashStep}} in multiple other examples. Also demonstrated when he dodges multiple bullets to move with impunity through an entire police station to capture Kate Lockley.
* SuperStrength: Also shown to be unusually strong even by supernaturally-strong vampire standards. Demonstrated during his earlier fight with Angel when he is able to leap up to the roof of a high room from a prone position with Angel on top of him with such force that Angel is smashed into the roof with a significant impact.

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* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: Her maternal love for Connor is what prompts her HeroicSacrifice.]]


* BackFromTheDead: Interesting in that she was staked on ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'', came back on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' as a human, killed again and made a vampire by Drusilla, staked herself as a vampire, and then came back as a ghost. Once you've worked for Creator/JossWhedon, you'll ''always'' have a job, even if it means dying four times.

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* BackFromTheDead: Interesting in that she was staked on ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'', came back on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' as a human, killed again and made a vampire by Drusilla, staked [[spoiler:staked herself as a vampire, and then came back as a ghost. ghost.]] Once you've worked for Creator/JossWhedon, you'll ''always'' have a job, even if it means dying four times.



* DeathByChildbirth: The one that stuck.

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* DeathByChildbirth: The [[spoiler:The one that stuck.]]



* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her final death had Darla stake herself while being held by Angel.

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* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her [[spoiler:Her final death had Darla stake herself while being held by Angel.]]



* EvilCounterpart: Like Angel, she was resurrected, but she finds no value in the second chance given her and wanted to be a conscienceless, monstrous vamp again.

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* EvilCounterpart: Like Angel, she was is resurrected, but she finds no value in the second chance given her and wanted wants to be a conscienceless, monstrous vamp again.



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Just when it seems she's finally accepted her humanity and resolved to do some good with the little time she had left, Drusilla walks in and re-sires her.
* HeroicSacrifice: Darla stakes herself to give birth to Connor.

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Just when it seems she's finally accepted her humanity and resolved to do some good with the little time she had has left, Drusilla walks in and re-sires her.
* HeroicSacrifice: Darla [[spoiler:Darla stakes herself to give birth to Connor.]]



* IllGirl: She was dying of syphilitic heart disease. When resurrected as a human, she was ''still'' dying from it.

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* IllGirl: She was dying of syphilitic heart disease. When resurrected as a human, she was is ''still'' dying from it.



* LightIsNotGood - as a human



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Her last heroic action before she can lose her soul to childbirth is to stake herself so Connor can be born. Sure enough, her sacrifice and death as a hero allows the Powers to send her spirit to Connor in a last-ditch effort to redeem ''him.'' [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Her [[spoiler:Her last heroic action before she can lose her soul to childbirth is to stake herself so Connor can be born. Sure enough, her sacrifice and death as a hero allows the Powers to send her spirit to Connor in a last-ditch effort to redeem ''him.'' [[spoiler:It '']] It doesn't work.]]

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* BroughtDownToBadass: Angel casts a spell to recorporealize him, stripping him of his TimeMaster powers and making him killable. Sahjhan, for his part, actually considered it a favor, since doing so allowed him to deal death and destruction himself, his love of which was the reason he was made incorporeal in the first place. That, and when recorporealized, he has the SuperStrength and SuperToughness to not only survive being hit by a truck, but lift it off of him, as well as take Angel on in a straight fight and almost dust him.


* CutYourHeartOutWithASpoon: To the Nazi officer.

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* CutYourHeartOutWithASpoon: CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: To the Nazi officer.


* BodyguardBetrayal: By Lorne(!) in the series finale.
* TheCastShowOff: Christian Kane is a country/rock musician, and is seen strumming his guitar and singing in "Dead End". He also picked up some sword-fighting skills in Film/SecondhandLions, which he shows off in "You're Welcome".

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* BodyguardBetrayal: By Lorne(!) [[spoiler:By Lorne, on Angel's orders, in the series finale.
finale.]]
* TheCastShowOff: Christian Kane is a country/rock musician, and is seen strumming his guitar and singing in "Dead End". He also picked up some sword-fighting skills in Film/SecondhandLions, while working on ''Film/SecondhandLions'', which he shows off in "You're Welcome".



** In "Dead End", Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn practically trip over themselves to compliment Lindsey on his singing despite the fact that he was directly responsible for several catastrophes that Wolfrom & Hart had inflicted on them over the last few months, like trying to burn the scroll that would cure Cordelia from her torment in "To Shanshu in L.A." or resurrecting Darla and helping to sire her as a vampire again (leading Angel to briefly go down a path of darkness that the team had just forgiven ''him'' for in the previous two episodes).
** Averted with Angel, who was antagonistic throughout both "Blind Date" and "Dead End" when Lindsey expressed uncertainty with his moral leanings due to feeling burned by their previous encounters and mainly accepted Lindsey's help after it was clear that the greater good required putting biases aside. While the two do seem to part on fair terms at the end of Season 2, it's immediately subverted when it's revealed that Angel planted a "Cops Suck" sign on the back of Lindsey's car as a parting shot. By the time Lindsey returns in Season 5 to cause havoc and engage in another round of HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, Angel has had enough and [[KilledOffForReal puts a stop to him permanently.]]

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** In "Dead End", Cordelia, Wesley, and Gunn practically trip over themselves to compliment Lindsey on his singing despite the fact that he was directly responsible for several catastrophes that Wolfrom Wolfram & Hart had inflicted on them over the last few months, like trying to burn the scroll that would cure Cordelia from her torment in "To Shanshu in L.A." or resurrecting Darla and helping to sire her as a vampire again (leading Angel to briefly go down a path of darkness that the team had just forgiven ''him'' for in the previous two episodes).
** Averted with Angel, who was antagonistic throughout both "Blind Date" and "Dead End" when Lindsey expressed uncertainty with his moral leanings due to feeling burned by their previous encounters and mainly accepted Lindsey's help after it was clear that the greater good required putting biases aside. While the two do seem to part on fair terms at the end of Season 2, it's immediately subverted when it's revealed that Angel planted a "Cops Suck" sign on the back of Lindsey's car as a parting shot. By the time Lindsey returns in Season 5 to cause havoc and engage in another round of HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, Angel has had enough and [[KilledOffForReal [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal puts a stop to him permanently.]]]]]]



* FamousLastWords: After being shot by Lorne.
-->"'''YOU''' kill me? A flunky?! I'm not just--! ...[[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Angel kills me]]. You -- Angel..."
* FatalFlaw: Lindsey's lack of moral conviction, his resentment of Angel, and his ambition collectively screw him over and ultimately bring him to his ruin. In the first two seasons, he knows that Wolfram & Hart is evil and is very uncomfortable with that, even occasionally helping Angel to sabotage the firm's efforts, but he lacks the strength of character to resist being seduced by the money and power that the firm offers. Even when he finally does leave, his jealousy towards Angel ends up drawing Lindsey back, with his attempts to destroy Angel earning him the wrath of the Senior Partners. Despite joining Angel's attack on the Circle of the Black Thorn and realizing that GoodFeelsGood, Lindsey has ultimately flip-flopped between good and evil too many times for Angel to trust him, and so he has Lorne assassinate Lindsey. If Lorne's final remarks to Lindsey are any indication, these flaws are something that Lindsey would never have been able to overcome, and he would never have been "part of the solution".
** Lindsey's ego with regards to his place in Angel's world also ends up doing him in. If his final lines are anything to go by, it's clear he expected that even if Angel did end up turning on him, it would have been in a grand one-on-one battle between the two of them as a way of putting a cap on their long feud. He doesn't realize that Angel views him as little more than a pest in the grand scheme of things and, as a result, is completely flabbergasted when Angel does the pragmatic thing and has Lorne take him out when Lindsey's guard is down.

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* FamousLastWords: After [[spoiler:After being shot by Lorne.
-->"'''YOU'''
Lorne.]]
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kill me? A flunky?! I'm not just--! ...[[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Angel kills me]]. You -- Angel..."
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* FatalFlaw: Lindsey's lack of moral conviction, his resentment of Angel, and his ambition collectively screw him over and ultimately bring him to his ruin. In the first two seasons, he knows that Wolfram & Hart is evil and is very uncomfortable with that, even occasionally helping Angel to sabotage the firm's efforts, but he lacks the strength of character to resist being seduced by the money and power that the firm offers. Even when he finally does leave, his jealousy towards Angel ends up drawing Lindsey back, with his attempts to destroy Angel earning him the wrath of the Senior Partners. Despite [[spoiler:Despite joining Angel's attack on the Circle of the Black Thorn and realizing that GoodFeelsGood, Lindsey has ultimately flip-flopped between good and evil too many times for Angel to trust him, and so he has Lorne assassinate Lindsey. If Lorne's final remarks to Lindsey are any indication, these flaws are something that Lindsey would never have been able to overcome, and he would never have been "part of the solution".
solution".]]
** Lindsey's ego with regards to his place in Angel's world also ends up doing him in. If [[spoiler:If his final lines are anything to go by, it's clear he expected that even if Angel did end up turning on him, it would have been in a grand one-on-one battle between the two of them as a way of putting a cap on their long feud. He doesn't realize that Angel views him as little more than a pest in the grand scheme of things and, as a result, is completely flabbergasted when Angel does the pragmatic thing and has Lorne take him out when Lindsey's guard is down. ]]



* GoodFeelsGood: Helping Angel destroy the Circle of the Black Thorn makes Lindsey feel pretty good about the fact that he's fighting the good fight for a change. Unfortunately, this is too little, too late, and doesn't save Lindsey from two bullets in the chest.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: His motivation throughout season 5 is that he's pissed that he started in the mailroom at Wolfram & Hart and worked his ass off to become a lawyer while the Senior Partners just ''gave'' Angel the position of CEO overnight.

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* GoodFeelsGood: Helping Angel destroy the Circle of the Black Thorn makes Lindsey feel pretty good about the fact that he's fighting the good fight for a change. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this is too little, little too late, and doesn't save Lindsey from two bullets in the chest.
chest.]]
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: His motivation throughout season Season 5 is that he's pissed that he started in the mailroom at Wolfram & Hart and worked his ass off to become a lawyer while the Senior Partners just ''gave'' Angel the position of CEO overnight.



** Later, when Lindsey tried to join the team in the series finale, Angel had Lorne kill him. Interestingly, Lindsey knew this was coming and was only upset that he was killed by "a flunky".
--->'''Lorne''': You're not part of the solution, Lindsey. You never ''will'' be.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: One minute, he's working for Wolfram & Hart. The next, he's helping Angel. This eventually leads to his HeelFaceDoorSlam.

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** Later, [[spoiler:Later, when Lindsey tried to join the team in the series finale, Angel had has Lorne kill him. Interestingly, Lindsey knew this was coming and was only upset that he was killed by "a flunky". \n--->'''Lorne''': ]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Lorne''':
You're not part of the solution, Lindsey. You never ''will'' be. \n]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: One minute, he's working for Wolfram & Hart. The next, he's helping Angel. This [[spoiler:This eventually leads to his HeelFaceDoorSlam.]]



* IgnoredEpiphany: 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 UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, 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.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: Is He 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, 2, ironically after having earned a top position and a replacement hand to boot; he leaves UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, burying the hatchet with Angel for good. ...Or not.good. Except not really. Actually, he was studying for years on how to join the elite Circle of the Black Thorn.



* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Inverted. Lindsey's kind of upset when [[spoiler: Lorne]] kills him. It was ''supposed'' to be Angel!

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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Inverted. Lindsey's [[spoiler:Lindsey's kind of upset when [[spoiler: Lorne]] Lorne kills him. It was ''supposed'' to be Angel!Angel!]]



* TheRival: Angel unwittingly provokes Lindsey'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.

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* TheRival: Angel unwittingly provokes Lindsey'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 platter, to finally having sex with Lindsey's ''new'' girlfriend, Eve, while under the influence of spell -- and (and oblivious to Lindsey's connection to her.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.



* TookALevelInBadass: Between Seasons 2 and 5, he apparently learned a bunch of kung-fu and [[spoiler:got a bunch of [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoos]] making him invisible to the Senior Partners]].
* UnknownRival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are [[ArchEnemy each others' absolute greatest enemies]]. Angel doesn't. Lindsey's indignant reaction to getting offed by ''Lorne'', of all people, instead of Angel himself is simultaneously a little sad and deeply, hilariously pathetic.
* WildCard: Nobody can depend on Lindsey for anything; he's easily swayed by events and his motivations frequently shift, leading to a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. It's ultimately what gets him killed; Angel knows he's too unpredictable and prone to betrayal to keep alive, and has Lorne kill him.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Between Seasons 2 and 5, he apparently learned a bunch of kung-fu and [[spoiler:got got a bunch of [[PowerTattoo mystical tattoos]] tattoos making him invisible to the Senior Partners]].
* UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler:For all his so-called bravado, he dies furiously complaining about how Angel should have been the one to kill him instead of Lorne.]]
* UnknownRival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are [[ArchEnemy each others' absolute greatest enemies]]. Angel doesn't. Lindsey's [[spoiler:Lindsey's indignant reaction to getting offed by ''Lorne'', of all people, instead of Angel himself is simultaneously a little sad and deeply, hilariously pathetic.
pathetic.]]
* WildCard: Nobody can depend on Lindsey for anything; he's easily swayed by events and his motivations frequently shift, leading to a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. It's [[spoiler:It's ultimately what gets him killed; killed. Angel knows he's too unpredictable and prone to betrayal to keep alive, and has Lorne kill him.]]



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: They are never informed of Fred's death and possession by Illyria. Whenever they show up, Illyria poses as Fred and pretends nothing is wrong.

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: They [[spoiler:They are never informed of Fred's death and possession by Illyria. Whenever they show up, Illyria poses as Fred and pretends nothing is wrong.]]



* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Their daughter met a tragic end. [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Not that they're made aware of it]].

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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Their [[spoiler:Their daughter met a tragic end. [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Not that they're made aware of it]].]]



* {{Foil}}: To Fred's parents, made all the more evident by the fact that her father is also named Roger. Where the Burkles are friendly, supportive, and loving to their child, Roger is cold and harsh towards his son.



* {{Foil}}: To Fred's parents, made all the more evident by the fact that her father is also named Roger. Where the Burkles are friendly, supportive, and loving to their child, Roger is cold and harsh towards his son.



* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Wesley met his end in the series finale, but at last mention, Roger was still alive.

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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Wesley [[spoiler:Wesley met his end in the series finale, but at last mention, Roger was still alive.
alive.]]


* GoodIsImpotent: Seriously, they don't do [=ANYthing=]. Except send nigh-indecipherable visions. They don't have a contingency in case those visions get sabotaged, nor do they seem to offer any assistance if they give the recipient fatal cancer or drives them insane (admittedly, both possibilities were brought up by Skip, an UnreliableNarrator).

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* GoodIsImpotent: Seriously, they don't do [=ANYthing=]. Except send nigh-indecipherable visions. They don't have a contingency in case those visions get sabotaged, nor do they seem to offer any assistance if they give the visions cause the recipient fatal cancer or drives them insane a psychotic breakdown (admittedly, both possibilities were brought up by Skip, an UnreliableNarrator).


* GoodIsImpotent: Seriously, they don't do ANYthing. Except send nigh-indecipherable visions. They don't have a contingency in case those visions get sabotaged, nor do they seem to offer any assistance if they give the recipient fatal cancer or drives them insane (admittedly, both possibilities were brought up by Skip, an UnreliableNarrator).

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* GoodIsImpotent: Seriously, they don't do ANYthing.[=ANYthing=]. Except send nigh-indecipherable visions. They don't have a contingency in case those visions get sabotaged, nor do they seem to offer any assistance if they give the recipient fatal cancer or drives them insane (admittedly, both possibilities were brought up by Skip, an UnreliableNarrator).

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* GoodIsImpotent: Seriously, they don't do ANYthing. Except send nigh-indecipherable visions. They don't have a contingency in case those visions get sabotaged, nor do they seem to offer any assistance if they give the recipient fatal cancer or drives them insane (admittedly, both possibilities were brought up by Skip, an UnreliableNarrator).
* KnightTemplar: The rare Power/agent of the Powers who actually ''does'' anything tends to be this. So far we've met Jasmine (who thought free will was an acceptable price to pay for world peace), and the Potentates from ''Angel: Aftermath'' (who didn't see anything wrong with punishing people ''before'' they committed crimes). With precedent like that, we might be better off without them getting too involved.

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