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A young woman who becomes a vampire hunter after her twin sister, Julia Cooper, is killed by vampires. Unable to cope with the death of Julia, Justine turns to alcohol and roams graveyards at nights, killing any vampire she encounters.
- Biker Babe: At least, she dresses like one.
- Bound and Gagged: Wesley keeps her like this in a cage in his closet.
- Break the Badass: By the beginning of Season 4, Wesley has so thoroughly broken Justine that he's able to dissuade her from trying to attack him by simply threatening to take away the bucket that serves as a bathroom.
- Broken Bird: Her twin sister's death sent her spiraling into grief and hatred. And that was before Holtz twisted her into his remorseless weapon of vengeance.
- Impaled Palm: Holtz does this to Justine with an ice pick to test her loyalty.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Falls for Holtz, who uses that to convince her to kill him as part of his revenge against Angel.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The genesis of the character came from Elizabeth Röhm's departure from the show.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Wesley flings a set of handcuff keys at Justine and tells her to get lost, and so she does - it's the last we see of her. Unlike many other characters, she didn't even appear in the canonical follow-up comics.
A member of the LAPD, Kate first encounters Angel when both are on the trail of a serial killer with Kate unaware that the killer is a demon. After this, she becomes Angel's friend on the force, though relations turn frosty when she finds out what he's fighting and exactly what he is. Leaves in the second season but returns and joins Angel Investigations in the comics.
- Action Girl: After she uncovers the supernatural underworld of Los Angeles, she proves she's capable of handling it by going toe-to-toe with vampires.
- Agent Scully: Initially, but after finding out about Los Angeles' supernatural side she becomes a fully-blown Mulder, as lampshaded by her dim-witted partner.Kendrick: Come on, Kate. Everybody knows you've gone all Scully. Any time one of these weird cases crosses anyone's desk, you're always there. What's goin' on with you?Kate: Scully is the skeptic.Kendrick: Huh?Kate: Mulder's the believer. Scully's the skeptic.Kendrick: Scully's the chick, right?
- Calling the Old Man Out: She does this at her father's retirement party, while under a magical influence. Her father being her father, he barely bats an eye and just tells her she's an embarrassment.
- Cowboy Cop: When she mistakenly believes that Angel is the Serial Killer she's looking for, she has absolutely zero qualms against searching the Angel Investigations offices without getting a warrant beforehand.
- Economy Cast: The show eventually got around this by turning Kate Inspector Javert. It's mentioned that she spends all hours of the night listening to the police scanner, which would explain why she's always first on the scene.
- Fair Cop: To the point where her colleagues call her 'the pretty one'.
- Friend on the Force: To Angel, before becoming an Inspector Javert.
- Happily Failed Suicide: In the second-season episode "Reprise."
- Inspector Javert: Ends up this towards Angel to the extent that, after a Back from the Dead Darla tells her that Angel was behind a string of murders, Kate unhesitatingly storms the Hyperion with a SWAT team to have him arrested. However, she is forced to accept the truth when Gunn points out that Angel, being a vampire, couldn't possibly have just stormed in and killed someone in their own home unless he was explicitly invited or the residents were already dead.
- Put on a Bus: Elisabeth Röhm left the show to join Law & Order, and Kate drops out of the series. There's no word of where she's gone or why her obsession with the supernatural underworld (especially Angel) just dissipates, making this particular case rather jarring. She returns in the After the Fall comics, where it's revealed that she established an antiquities business and used her business connections to learn more about the supernatural and the occult. During Angel & Faith, Gunn reveals that she's back with the LAPD, now part of their new supernatural crimes unit.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Lampshaded by Kate after her superiors take exception to her growing interest in the macabre. She's later bounced off to the filing room, or something.
- Turn in Your Badge: ...With this as the ultimate result.
- Rogue Agent: He's left to run Gunn's crew when he joins Angel Investigations but gradually oversteps his boundaries.
- We Used to Be Friends: His final appearance has him standing by while other guy is threatening to kill Gunn and the two deciding to stick to their own sides of town after an ambiguous conversation.
A retired police officer and the father of Kate Lockley.
- Asshole Victim: The guy is an unrepentantly awful parent, and drug mule who turns away attempts to help him. He doesn't inspire that much sympathy when he dies.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Kate does this under mystical influence at his retirement party. Trevor, being made of stone, is not moved."Welcome to the end of an era. The old man wants us to believe he could care less about all this attention and free booze. But I know him better than that. He put a lot of years in on the job and made a difference in many lives. And now it's over. It's a huge deal, no matter what he says. In fact, I don't know what he's gonna do with himself. He forgot how to be anything but a cop a long time ago. And maybe that's why I became a cop too. After Mom died, you stopped, you know. It was like you couldn't stand the sight of me. Her face, her eyes looking up at you. But big girls don't cry, right? You said, "Gone's gone and there's no use wallowing." Worms and dirt and nothing, forever. Not one word about a better place. You couldn't even tell a scared little girl a beautiful lie. God, I wanted to drink with you. I wanted you to laugh once with me the way you laughed with Jimmy here or Frank. My best friend, Joanne? Her mom was soft and she smelled like macaroni and cheese. And she would pick me up on her lap and she'd rock me. She said she wanted to keep me for herself that I was good and sweet. Everybody said I was. Do you realize that you have never told me that I'm pretty? Not once in my life. Well, I can't anymore, Dad. I can't campaign for the office of your beloved daughter. You closed your heart after Mom left us and that's it!"
- Grumpy Old Man: Trevor is irritable, sour and overly critical.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason his death is ordered.
- Parental Neglect: To Kate; he closed himself off to her when she needed him most, after the Lockley mother died.
A software engineer who made his first millions developing software that let blind people surf the web.
- Self-Made Man: He rose to riches from humble means through spell craft.
The daughter of Magnus Bryce, a powerful wizard. She was also a socialite in the Los Angeles scene.
- Bodyguard Crush: With Wesley, while he was masquerading as Angel.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a flame-haired firebrand with a forceful personality.
- Hates Their Parent: After her father tries to sacrifice her to a demon, Virginia punches him in the face and cuts him entirely out of her life.Magnus: Don't make me angry.
Virginia: Right. Because then you might do something bad. You were going to kill me! You are not my father anymore.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She chafes under the smothering control and "protection" of her father.Wesley: It's a bad situation.
Virginia: It's a bad situation? It's a waste of a life. I keep waiting for my life to start, and it never does.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She's the daughter of powerful and evil warlock Magnus Bryce.
- Parental Betrayal: Her own father raised her as a lamb for the slaughter, seeking to increase his own powerbase by sacrificing her to the demon Goddess Yeska.
- Rescue Romance: With Wesley, who served as her bodyguard and ultimately rescued her from her father.
Anne Steele / Lily Houston / Chantarelle
Anne: Well, I've seen worse things since. I've seen a fourteen-year-old girl sitting in her own blood after a rough trick and dozens of people just walking right by, so no, vampires, demons, even lawyers pretty much don't impress me.
Ex-vampire groupie whose romanticism came to an abrupt end during a run-in with Spike & Drusilla. After migrating to L.A., she adopted the name "Anne" — in honor of her two-time rescuer, Buffy Anne Summers — and opened a teen shelter, which is how she came into acquaintance with Gunn and his boys. Herself a teenage runaway, Anne is passionately (some might say stupidly) idealistic in her job. She represents an 'on the street' parallel to Angel's mission.
- Ascended Extra: She appeared in one episode in Season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and made another appearance in the Season 3 premiere when Buffy briefly moved to Los Angeles. She popped back up in Angel as a semi-recurring character.
- Back for the Finale: After a long absence, she turns up in the series finale.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: She's mostly unfazed by the presence of the supernatural.
- Damsel in Distress: Twice over on Buffy. She's a good deal tougher on Angel.
- Dumb Blonde: Not the sharpest knife in the drawer in her early years.
- Embarrassing Nickname: After discovering that "Chantarelle" is a type of fungus.
- Have We Met?: Defied In "Blood Money", neither Angel nor Anne recognize one another, despite having met briefly three years earlier. For Angel, who spent centuries in a Hell dimension inbetween, it's been even longer than that. Writer Mere Smith explains: "Joss was like, 'Do you remember everybody you met three years ago, and shared three sentences with?' And I was like, 'Oh, fine, use logic.'"
- I Have Many Names: As a teen, she became attached to a cult led by a "loser preacher" who dubbed her "Sister Sunshine". Afterward, she reinvented herself as "Chantarelle" and became a regular at the Sunset Club. Next, she drifted to Los Angeles and took on the name "Lily Houston". It was during this time that she ran into Buffy, who was herself a runaway and going by an alias: "Anne." Buffy's heroism so inspired her that she decided to adopt Buffy's middle name as her own.
Buffy: I like it. I feel like a "Joan."
- The shooting script for "Lie to Me" gives her birthname as Joan Appleby, but this didn't make it into the cut. Ironically, not only did Anne take her name from Buffy, but Buffy briefly and unwittingly takes her name from Anne after becoming amnesic ("Tabula Rasa").
- Little Hero, Big War: She opuses on fighting poverty and helping kids while everyone else is in the battle of supernatural forces.
- Of Corsets Sexy: As "Chanterelle."
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We never find out her real name; she variously goes by "Chantarelle", "Lily Houston" and finally "Anne Steele".
- Perky Goth: Used to be a regular at The Sunset Club, a gothic night club for vampire poseurs and wannabes. However, most members had never actually seen a real vampire, and thus they naively believed them to be gentle, misunderstood beings, referring to them as the "Lonely Ones."
- The Runaway: She ran away from her home in Sunnydale, to ultimately settle in Los Angeles.
- Shout-Out: When Angel examines her driver's license, Anne's address is listed as "Willoughby Ave." Anne Steele and John Willoughby are characters in Sense and Sensibility.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She wants to believe the best of people.
Vampires, Demons and other Supernaturals
A tongue-less Parasite demon with the reputation of a snitch among the underworld community. He hangs around mostly at Caritas, the karaoke bar that fellow green-skinned demon Lorne runs. He is introduced to Angel by Wesley, who had used his services before, in exchange for money. Afterwards, he is frequently used by Angel for information about the vampires Darla and Drusilla. However, instead of being paid for his services, Angel constantly abuses Merl (both verbally and physically) in order to force him to give him information.
- Bloody Hilarious: Merl was eventually killed by members of Gunn's gang who had gone out of control and started killing demons indiscriminately. When Gunn asks where Merl's body is, Angel casually points at assorted splotches throughout the room.
- Butt-Monkey: His entire role in the series, prior to his death, is to get brutalized by Angel for information.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Angel never pays or thanks him for his help.
- The Informant: His entire role consists of Angel abusing him for information.
- Knowledge Broker: He sells information, primarily to Angel.
- Lovable Traitor: Angel's lack of respect towards Merl is somewhat justifiable given that in his first appearance, Merl tricked him into killing a pregnant woman's demon guardian so that she'd be vulnerable to bounty hunters.
- The Scapegoat: He's a harmless guy but gets targeted by demons.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- One episode where Wesley is the one dealing with him has him actually collect a payment, although it is reduced when he tries to negotiate.
- Merl finally tells off Angel for all the abuse the latter's been subjecting him to and demands an apology. When Angel finally realizes he was wrong and comes around to his home the next day with a box of donuts to apologize, he finds out Merl's been gruesomely murdered by a fanatical demon hunter.
A young art major living at home with her older sister and niece, she is bitten by a werewolf during a night run. She herself eventually becomes a werewolf and a potential love interest for Angel. After becoming a werewolf, she voluntarily comes to Wolfram & Hart every month during the full moon in order to be caged, a similar arrangement Oz had in the Sunnydale High library.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Angel, being Oblivious to Love, needs to be beaten about the head by multiple people before realizing Nina is interested in him.
- Driven to Suicide: She's so depressed over having become a werewolf that she's fully prepared to let Jacob Crane and his clients eat her at a fancy dinner. After Angel saves her, she grows out of it.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Angel does, but to be fair, he does have a type.
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: She was always nude after reverting.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: From other werewolves in the universe, even, with the difference being explained as a separate subspecies. This is largely to take advantage of improved special effects compared to Season 2 of Buffy.
Gwen was born with the ability to generate and control electricity, with the downside being that she can't turn it off, and thus can't make contact with another person. She uses her power to work as a thief for hire, and runs into the gang when hired to steal a mystical artifact. A thief by nature, she shows up when she needs help, but always leaves before things get too hairy.
- Action Girl: She's a skilled female combatant who can use her electric powers to quickly incapacitate foes.
- Aggressive Submissive: Despite her Stripperiffic outfit and coy attitude, she's actually a virgin who Can't Have Sex, Ever due to her powers. When she manages to turn them off, she acts very shyly with Gunn when they're about to sleep together.
- Badass Abnormal: Even without her powers, she's still a capable hand-to-hand fighter.
- Bare Your Midriff: Always all of her outfits have her baring her navel.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With both Angel and Gunn, both who she got to fight early on.
- Berserk Button: Being called a freak. "That's my word. And I get cranky when people like you use it."
- Blessed With Suck: She has incredible electrical powers... which means she can't touch anyone since they're on all the time.
- Braids of Action: Has her hair in a ponytail while carrying out some of her heist.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: She's still a virgin and is unable to be intimate due to her Power Incontinence making her unable to touch anyone. Which is why she steals the L.I.S.A device in "Players", so she's able to turn off her powers and be able to touch again.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Sure, she'll rob you, but she'll do it with such style that it's hard to be mad at her for it.
- Conspicuous Gloves: Wears a pair of long black gloves so she's able to touch people without electrocuting them.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene in "Players" where she strips down to Toplessness from the Back with Gunn putting the L.I.S.A device on her bare back is reminiscent of a couple using contraception. And soon enough they kiss and we get a Sexy Discretion Shot.
- Expy: To Rogue from the X-Men series. Like Rogue, she is unable to touch her fellow humans. Gwen does find a way around it, though.
- Feet-First Introduction: As an adult, the first thing we see of her at her feet as she enters the restaurant to meet Elliot, with the camera slowly panning upwards to show the rest of her.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Definitely invoked when we're introduced to her as an adult. Her entrance into the restaurant to meet her client has her in a red leather Bare Your Midriff outfit with a Sexy Walk that makes every man in the room gape at her. Her client is less than pleased, as he wanted a covert meeting.Elliot: I thought I said discreet.
Gwen: What? [looks down at her outfit] Do you see a nipple?
- I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: When Gunn puts the L.I.S.A device that turns off her powers, him merely brushing her is enough to get a visible reaction from her.Gwen: I think it worked.
Gunn: [runs his hand down her bare back]
Gwen: [OOC Is Serious Business uncharacteristically nervous] It feels good.
Gunn: So if you couldn't touch, I guess that means youve never...
Gwen: [suddenly sits up nervously covering herself with a pillow] Nope... nope.
Gwen: Anyway... um... thanks for [[Accidental Innuendo[invoked] turning me]]... off.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Above all else, she wants to be able to touch people. Her powers can't be controlled, so she wants to get rid of them using the LISA device.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Her fight with Angel in "Ground State" is sexually charged and leads to them snogging when she restarts Angel's heart while trying to zap him.Gwen: I don't usually enjoy the hand-to-hand this much.
- Kimono Fanservice: Dressed up in one to infiltrate Morimoto's party in "Players".
- Magical Defibrillator: She knows how to use her Shock and Awe powers not only stop a heart but how to start it again. She even manages to shock Angel's 200-plus-years-dead heart into beating temporarily.
- Meaningful Name: Raiden is a Japanese god of thunder and lightning. Not a pseudonym, as her parents were addressed as "Mr. and Mrs. Raiden" in her Back Story. It's also a pun on "Gone Raiding."
- Ms. Fanservice: To say Gwen is a beautiful woman would be an understatement and she wears very revealing and tight clothing to go enhance her looks.
- Nature Abhors a Virgin: In her third appearance, Gunn realizes that, because of her powers, she's never had sex. After they steal LISA (an experimental biometric control system), he's kind enough to help her with this.
- Power Incontinence: Her powers are forever on and unable to be controlled.
- Ship Tease: Has a lot with Angel and Gunn, and ends up kissing the former and sleeping with the later
- Shock and Awe: Was born with the ability to generate and control electricity.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a few streaks of hair that are sometimes colored red, others in white.
- Spy Catsuit: For her heists, she wears a skintight catsuit with a Cleavage Window.
- Stripperiffic: She has a revealing and Form-Fitting Wardrobe and seems to enjoy the attention she gets. Justified for a woman who Can't Have Sex, Ever, having someone Eating the Eye Candy is the only sexual attention she can receive.
- The Tease: Dresses and acts very provocatively. This behavior is, however, Freudian, given that her powers ensure that she is a virgin - as she admits in "Players".
- They Do: She loses her virginity to Gunn after he helped her suppress her abilities.
- Touch of Death: She's unable to touch people without electrocuting them, often fatally. Unless you're a vampire, of course.
- Unexpected Virgin: As mentioned above, she can't have sex until her final episode but you wouldn't know it from her coyness and wardrobe.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Makes no appearance on season 5, until she comes back in the Angel (IDW) comics.
- Where Da White Women At?: Says "Hey, Denzel!" when she first meets Gunn. He's later her first sexual partner.
"Phantom" Dennis Pearson
The ghost of a young man who was murdered by his mother. After getting revenge on his mother's evil spirit, he remains "roommates" with Cordelia.
- And I Must Scream: Dennis' spirit was left trapped in the room where he originally died until Cordelia busted down the wall that imprisoned him, finally letting him go free.
- The Dog Bites Back: His mother murdered him and was responsible for his spirit being trapped on earth for decades. His first response to finally getting free is to destroy his mother's spirit.
- Good All Along: Originally the team suspected Dennis murdered his mother so he could run off with a girl she didn't approve of. In reality, it was she who killed him. As soon as Dennis' ghost is free he helps destroy his mother's spirit and proves himself to be a pretty good roommate to Cordelia.
- Monster Roommate: He's a ghost who shares an apartment with Cordelia during the early seasons.
- My Beloved Smother: His mother was beyond controlling, sealing him up in a room in her apartment just to stop him from leaving her alone.
- Nice Guy: He's generally pretty friendly, though it's not worth pissing him off.
- Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: His mother essentially buried him alive, tying him up then constructing a wall to seal him away so he could never leave her.
- Shout-Out: He's sometimes referred to as "Phantom" Dennis.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He tried to run off with a girl his mother didn't approve of. In response, his mother buried him alive behind a wall so he could never leave her.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's not seen again after Cordelia ascends to a higher plane of existence. Presumably he's still haunting the apartment.
The Transuding Furies
- Absolute Cleavage: All three wear low-cut dresses.
- Catchphrase: ""Mmmmmm Angel."
- The Dividual: They seem to share a personality and never appear without each other.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: They tend to just speak one word at a time.
- Old Flame: Their dialogue implies that their former lovers of Angel and they hint that they would take sexual favors from him in exchange for their work.
- Place of Protection: They get hired to cast anti-violence spells on Caritas and The Hyperion Hotel.
- Speak in Unison: They speak together when they mention Angel's name.