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* NoodleIncident: The First and the Senior Partners waged a devastating war several centuries ago that only ‘ended’ when the two sides drew up a treaty around the time of the birth of Christ, with their resources being too evenly matched to definitively defeat each other until the First ‘cheated’ by recruiting help from the higher dimensions.

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*SayingTooMuch: The entity controlling Cordelia had already inspired doubt in Connor when it threatened Darla and tried to make him kill an innocent girl, but it further slips up when she warns Darla about the possibility of getting a new throat hole like Lilah did, basically admitting that she killed Lilah rather than Angelus (although in her defence, she was whispering that line to Darla and just forgot to take Connor’s enhanced hearing into account).


* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Subverted. When Connor goes to the [[BadGuyBar North Hollywood Billiards]] after he thinks Dawn rejected him, he's inevitably [[RealityEnsues overwhelmed by sheer numbers]] and would have died if help hand't arrived just in time.

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Subverted. When Connor goes to the [[BadGuyBar North Hollywood Billiards]] after he thinks Dawn rejected him, he's inevitably [[RealityEnsues overwhelmed by sheer numbers]] and would have died if help hand't hadn't arrived just in time.

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* MommasBoy: Connor becomes as such to Darla. When Buffy sees her and her knee-jerk reaction is to throw a stake at her, Connor catches the stake before drawing a knife and attacking her in a rage.


* SubmissiveBadass: [[spoiler:Amy]] calls Willow out on this in chapter 37, remarking that despite all of her magical power and potential, she's still sticking to being sidekick to the Slayer and "hiding behind Buffy's skirt."

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* AmIJustAToyToYou: In chapter 41, when Angel opts to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim push Buffy away]] out of fear of Angelus coming back, Buffy accuses him of treating their relationship like a game.
-->'''Buffy''': How many times has it been, Angel? How many times have you walked out on me now? Because at this point, it's becoming a game now. You-you-you keep dangling this carrot in front of me, you go all [[Series/DawsonsCreek Dawson Leary]] on me every time I'm even close to finding someone new, yet the moment we have a shot at making this work, you pull away. '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Damn. Time.]]''''' And you get to go back to your perfect life in L.A., and I'm the one stuck picking up the pieces and trying to move on with this whole in my heart because I'm "''so strong''."

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* PrecisionFStrike: While several characters swear, they do occasionally dip into language that was never permitted on either TV show:
** In chapter 29, Spike snaps and calls Angel a "fucking bloody tosser."
** In chapter 44, when Angel resolves to BreakHisHeartToSaveHim, Buffy, infuriated and hurt at his attempted excuses, snaps at him to "cut the shit."


* PowerIncontinence: Willow suffers from this after Warren hits her with a magic-disrupting ray gun [[TechnoBabble thing]]

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* PowerIncontinence: Willow suffers from this after Warren hits her with a magic-disrupting ray gun [[TechnoBabble thing]]thing]].


* HumansAreSpecial: According to Whistler, free will is what sets humans apart from demons. Demons kill and main because either they're told to or because of instincts, while humans choose or refuse to do it.

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* HumansAreSpecial: According to Whistler, free will is what sets humans apart from demons. Demons kill and main maim because either they're told to or because of instincts, while humans choose or refuse to do it.


* CannotKeepASecret: Willow confides in Kennedy Angel's DarkAndTroubledPast as well as Buffy's relationship with him, telling her to keep it a secret. Kennedy does the exact opposite and spills the beans to the Potentials and Robin.



** Angel is no slouch either. In chapter 14, his presence is enough to make several vamps go OhCrap.

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** Angel is no slouch either. In chapter 14, 15, his presence is enough to make several vamps go OhCrap.


* GodIsFlawed: Buffy and Whistler discuss this in chapter 18: as Whistler explains, the Powers That Be are all-powerful, but not all-perfect.



* ImmortalImmaturity: Angel and Spike both have this to varying degrees, constantly bickering with one another; in fact, when Buffy breaks up one of their fights, Angel's first response is "He started it!" Kate even compares them to "a couple of kids fighting over the last swing set in chapter 40, and Angel himself gets in on the act in response to Spike's jealousy that [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield only Angel, the Champion of the Powers That Be, can wield Hope's Dagger]]:

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* IKnowYourTrueName: Discussed at length when the Scoobies and A.I. find out that the power of the PowersThatBe, Jasmine included, lies in their true names.
-->'''Willow''': Their ''names''? That's a little weird. Their Kryptonite just a simple "Hi, my name is BLANK?"\\
'''Giles''': It's not so weird if you think about it. In Kabbalistic theology, God's true name - not Yahweh, or Jehovah, but the TRUE name of the Creator - contains too much power for all but the most experienced adept to handle.\\
'''Wesley''': Because they believe naming God would somehow take away His significance. That's it, then. Reveal the name...\\
'''Angel''': ...and the Power becomes powerless.
* ImmortalImmaturity: Angel and Spike both have this to varying degrees, constantly bickering with one another; in fact, when Buffy breaks up one of their fights, Angel's first response is "He started it!" Kate even compares them to "a couple of kids fighting over the last swing set set" in chapter 40, and Angel himself gets in on the act in response to Spike's jealousy that [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield only Angel, the Champion of the Powers That Be, can wield Hope's Dagger]]:



* KlingonPromotion: According to chapter 21's narration, the Master was sired by Aurelius, the vampire who founded the titular order. The Master took over the order by betraying Aurelius and [[MurderByInaction leaving him to die at the hands of a 12th century Slayer]].
* LanguageDrift: In chapter 27, Angel, triggered by a spell cast by Lilah, [[RoomFullOfCrazy draws all over the Hyperion's lobby]], revealing a massive diagram of dimensions and constellations centered around the Earth, along with glyphs written in a language Giles and Wesley can't recognize. Whistler explains that said language is called the Language of the Eternals, ''the'' original language used by the Powers themselves from which Enochian and all other languages evolved; while it's lost to record books and the minds of man, as the messenger for the Powers, he has it hardwired into his brain.



'''[[spoiler:Amy]]''': [''chuckles'': Same old Willow. Trying to pretend that you can be a normal girl, but you're not. You haven't changed. All this power, and you're still just the sidekick to the Slayer. Still hiding behind Buffy's skirt, just like in high school.

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'''[[spoiler:Amy]]''': [''chuckles'': [''chuckles'']: Same old Willow. Trying to pretend that you can be a normal girl, but you're not. You haven't changed. All this power, and you're still just the sidekick to the Slayer. Still hiding behind Buffy's skirt, just like in high school.



* RoomFullOfCrazy: In chapter 27, when Lilah triggers information Jasmine planted in Angel's mind earlier, Angel immediately takes a black marker and draws all over the Hyperion's lobby, revealing a massive diagram of dimensions and constellations centered around the Earth, along with glyphs written in the ancient [[LanguageDrift Language of the Eternals]].



* StrongFamilyResemblance: In chapter 8, Angel remarks that every time he sees Dawn, he sees more of her mother in her. In that same chapter, Spike can tell from a few minutes of observation that Connor is Angel and Darla's son,

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: In chapter 8, Angel remarks that every time he sees Dawn, he sees more of her mother in her. In that same chapter, Spike can tell from a few minutes of observation that Connor is Angel and Darla's son,son.
* SubmissiveBadass: [[spoiler:Amy]] calls Willow out on this in chapter 37, remarking that despite all of her magical power and potential, she's still sticking to being sidekick to the Slayer and "hiding behind Buffy's skirt."


** In chapter 24, Jasmine briefly alludes to the flashback portions of the episode "[[Recap/AngelS05E13WhyWeFight Why We Fight]]," mentioning "a certain incident in a submarine [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII sixty years ago]]" while insisting to Buffy that Angel and Angelus are NotSoDifferent, and Angel has killed humans while ensouled.



* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: "Cordelia" explanation for turning Darla into a human.

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* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: "Cordelia" "Cordelia's" explanation for turning Darla into a human.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Beastmaster resurrecting Darla not only enables her to turn Connor against it, but also puts her in position to inform the Angel Investigations crew about its alliance with the First, leading to teaming up with the Scooby Gang to stop their plans.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Beastmaster resurrecting Darla not only enables her to turn Connor against it, but also puts her in position to inform the Angel Investigations crew about its alliance with the First, leading to them teaming up with the Scooby Gang to stop their plans.


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* OnlyThePureOfHeart: Whistler explains that the Higher Planes are realms of pure tranquility, peace, and goodness, and the cosmic energies there are fatal to any lower beings, human and demon alike. Only purely benevolent beings devoid of darkness and malice can survive there; hence, [[spoiler:Cordelia was made [[SemiDivine half-higher power]] rather than part-demon to allow her to ascend there after the events of "[[Recap/AngelS03E22Tomorrow Tomorrow]]."]]


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* TautologicalTemplar: The Scoobies and Angel's crew discuss this trope at length in regards to Jasmine in chapter 18:
-->'''Whistler''': This disgruntled Power thinks it's doing the right thing. That it's saving the world from itself. In its mind, it's not fighting the good guys... it ''is'' the good guy.\\
'''Buffy''': [[SarcasmMode Yeah, right]]. Such a good guy that it [[GrandTheftMe hijacks the body of one of our friends]], [[DeathFromAbove rains down fire on LA]], [[TheNightThatNeverEnds blocks out the sun]] to turn this city into an all-you-can-eat demon buffet, and lets [[TheDreaded Angelus]] out of his cage to terrorize people!\\
'''Lindsey''': All means to an end, apparently. Everything comes at a price. And world peace? Now ''that's'' an omelet that's gonna need more than a few eggs broken.

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* RealityEnsues: In chapter 44, Willow confides in Lorne that she retains feelings for Oz, but she's gay now, so nothing can really come of it. In an aversion of NoBisexuals, Lorne points out that love isn't all about "what's below the waist."


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* VanHelsingHateCrimes:
** Robin fits this at first. The instant he finds out about Angel's [[DarkAndTroubledPast past as Angelus]], he declares that soul or not, Buffy is a disgrace as a Slayer and tries to stake him the first chance he gets. Of course, after that, he softens his views, especially after reading of Angel's heroic exploits on chat rooms.
** Kennedy is much the same. Her first impulse when she sees Oz in werewolf form is to attack him, though to be fair, that was before she finds out he's in full control over it and is a VoluntaryShapeshifter. Also, when Willow confides in her about Angel's past and makes her swear to keep it a secret, Kennedy immediately blabs to Robin about it and conspires with him to stake Angel, calling Buffy out in front of the Scoobies, Angel's crew, and the Potentials for being willing to associate with him at all; when Buffy points out Angel has a soul, Kennedy retorts, "And that's supposed to make us trust him?"


* HomeBase: The Scoobies and Angel's crew initially use the Hyperion Hotel as such. After [[WhamEpisode chapter 37]], when [[spoiler:Jasmine/the First destroys the Hyperion]], the two teams relocate to Buffy's house in Sunnydale. In chapter 40, Wesley takes the time to snark that they don't have nearly as much operating space in the Summers household as they did in the Hyperion.

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* HomeBase: The Scoobies and Angel's crew initially use the Hyperion Hotel as such. After [[WhamEpisode chapter 37]], when [[spoiler:Jasmine/the First destroys the Hyperion]], the two teams relocate return to Sunnydale and spread out to split resources, water and food, housing different groups of Potentials at Buffy's house in Sunnydale.house, as well as Giles, Anya, and Xander's apartments. In chapter 40, Wesley takes the time to snark that they don't have nearly as much operating space in the Summers household as they did in the Hyperion.

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