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    Bryce 

Magnus Bryce

Played By: Todd Susman

A shrewd and rich businessman ranked high among the Los Angeles elite as well as the father of Virginia Bryce.


    Gio 

Gio

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"As far as I can see, a monster lover ain't no better than a monster. And I kill monsters."
Played By: Khalil Kain

A member of Gunn's Crew after Charles Gunn left it.


  • Berserk Button: Gio doesn't hesitate to bring up his past in Miami, but bringing up one specific Noodle Incident he's covered up makes him lose control.
    Lorne: Miami.
    Gio: Did you say something to me, green boy?
    Gio: Shut up.
    Lorne: Right up until the end, she trusted you. Did you know that?
  • Blood Knight: Gio lives for the kill, taking immense pleasure out of slaughtering demons.
  • Breaking Speech: He gives one to Gunn, taunting him about his failure to save his sister. He later gets served with one from Lorne, who's been able to see into his past, his inner turmoil and intentions when he mockingly sings "Wind Beneath My Wings" at Caritas.
    Gio: Yeah, I think he's one of them. Or maybe you just want to be. Yeah, that's more like it. I bet they won't even let you in their little club. You ain't good enough for the vamps, demons and baby-eating monsters. That's what I'm guessing. Buy them drinks, wine them and dine them, stick up for them. "Oh, yeah, that one's okay". And they still won't put you on. Ain't that a blip?
    Gunn: Shut up.
    Gio: What we heard about his sister might not be right. He was the only one there to see it. Know what I'm saying? You the one let her get vamped, right, Chuck? I wouldn't let no bloodsucker get that close to my sister. And why? Were you thinking that finally she was gonna give it up to you? Was that the plan? And that's why you let her get bit. And then when she was there, all vamped out and hungry you thought you might get that eternal kiss. And when she said, "No," that's when you stuck it to her.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gunn; both are young men fighting demons on the street, but Gio searches them out and starts fights, while Gunn was more concerned with protecting his people.
  • Fantastic Racism: Toward demons.
  • It's What I Do: As he himself says.
    "I kill monsters. That's what I do."
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: By a seemingly meek bug demon.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened in Miami had a huge effect on Gio, sending him running to Los Angeles out of guilt and shame.
  • Off with His Head!: His head is ripped off and eaten by one of the demons he'd been holding hostage.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Gio kills indiscriminately, murdering both evil and peaceful demons without seeing a difference.

    Marcus 

Marcus Roscoe

Played By: Rance Howard, David Boreanaz & Paul Logan

"You don't deserve that body!"

A retired salesman who was adept at forcibly exchanging bodies with young athletic men to engage in adventures.


  • Catchphrase: His line with women. "Have I ever told you, you are a very beautiful woman?"
  • Chekhov's Gun: Marcus has had four heart attacks; when Angel and the gang leave him in the nursing home, he's seemingly started to suffer another one.
  • Dirty Old Man: The whole reason he's pulling his Grand Theft Me Body Surf is to use young, attractive bodies to pick up women.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's an elderly Serial Killer by way of Grand Theft Me.
  • Grand Theft Me: His whole shtick is stealing bodies.
  • Hunk: Not Marcus himself, but this is the type of body he targets to take for joy rides.
  • Kill and Replace: Once he realizes that Angel's body will never wear out and die, Marcus decides to keep it...by killing his old body.
  • Serial Killer: Although he doesn't seek people out with the sole intention of killing; he just steals their bodies, wears them out and lets them die before moving on.
  • Threeway Sex: How he's introduced...not in his original body, of course.
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    Seidel 

Professor Oliver Seidel

Played By: Randy Oglesby

A full professor of theoretical physics at the California Physics Institute.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He sets himself up as a kindly, supportive professor, but he's in reality a scheming weasel who banished Fred and several other promising students to hell dimensions out of fear they'll overshadow his own success.
  • Broken Pedestal: Fred looked up to him and idolized him, and is crushed and furious to discover he banished her to Pylea as a way of Crippling the Competition.
    Fred: I idolized him, and he sent me to hell. Me and God knows how many others who didn't make it back. So-so sure! I'll calm down when he's dead!
  • Crippling the Competition: His reason for sending Fred and other promising students to other dimensions.
  • Evil Is Petty: He opens dimensions to disappear promising young students simply because he's worried they'll become more successful than him.

    Crane 

Dr. Jacob Crane

Portrayed By: Braeden Marcott

The owner of an exclusive Los Angeles restaurant which served rare creatures, including werewolves.


  • Bad Boss: When Team Angel busts into his restaurant to save Nina, they're met with Crane and his mooks. Crane openly admits to Angel that he's willing to let his men die as long as he can serve Nina to his customers.
  • Exotic Entree/I'm a Humanitarian: Crane and his group of social elites consider freshly-turned werewolf to be a delicacy, regardless of the fact that werewolves are still human.

Vampires, Demons and other Supernaturals

    Griff 

Griff

Portrayed By: Markus Redmond

A Kailiff demon and a feared hitman working for an unidentified loan shark.


  • I Lied: He says he'll give Doyle more time, but changes his mind and returns to kill him.
  • Loan Shark: He works for one and, indirectly, as one. He tries to extract money from Doyle.
  • Neck Snap: How he meets his end.

    Maude 

Maude Pearson

Portrayed By: Beth Grant

The owner of the Pearson Arms apartments complex in Los Angeles. The widow of William Pearson, she was the over protective mother to her son Dennis. Maude's afterlife consisted of a period of haunting the home in which she died after killing her own son, for over 50 years until Cordelia Chase took tenancy of the apartment.


  • Ghostly Goals: She wants to keep Dennis trapped with her and kill his girlfriend over and over.
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    Richard 

Richard Straley

Portrayed By: Carlos Jacott

  • Affably Evil: Richard's a very genial guy. He's friendly, kinda dorky and truly loves his fiance. He's also up for eating Doyle's brains with enough Peer Pressure from his family.

    Scourge 

The Scourge

Portrayed By: Lee Arenberg (Tiernan) & Anthony Cistaro (Trask)

  • The Dragon: Trask to Tiernan.
  • Fantastic Racism: They're fanatical race-purists out to kill all demonic hybrids. For extra irony points, they themselves aren't pure. It's been established that truly pure demons are large, Kaiju-esque beasts. Somewhere in the Scourge's bloodline lies some taint of humanity.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: They're so blatantly Nazis that it's downright hilarious.
  • Rousing Speech: It's easy to see how Tiernan became the leader of the Scourge. He's a compelling public speaker.
    ''"The other day, I was asked: Why hunt the mongrel? Doesn't its very inferiority guarantee that it poses no threat? Won't it die of its own innate, mortal stupidity? Let me tell you even the smallest of vermin need be addressed. Half-breeds. Worse. They keep cross-breeding forever diluting our precious demon blood with their weak, simpering humanity. If we allow this to happen it's like giving up the call to evil altogether. It's as good as turning human ourselves. Well, I say never! I say, we will not stop until every half-breed is erased and our purity rules this planet! We will not stop because the higher order demands it!
  • We Have Reserves: Doyle describes them as such. People fight back against them all the time, but their members fully believe in their cause and are willing to die for it.
    Angel: Hard to fight fanatics.
    Doyle: More like impossible.

    Barney 

Barney

Played By: Maury Sterling

  • Breaking Speech: Being an empath demon, he's able to seize on Cordelia's vulnerabilities with ease.

    Alonna 

Alonna Gunn

Played By: Michele Kelly

The younger sister of vampire hunter Charles Gunn.


  • Evil Feels Good: She tries to sell vampirism to Gunn this way.
    "We were on the right track - just on the wrong team. All that rage and hatred we got? We get to keep all that, only on this side there is no guilt, no grief - just the hunt and the kill - and the fun! And come on, how often did we go out in the daylight anyway?"

    Trepkos 

Val Trepkos

Played By: Juan A. Riojas

Val Trepkos was a demon originating in the "Barren Wastelands of Treshok" and a prisoner of XXI.


    Mellish 

Mellish

Played By: Marc Rose

A humanoid demon living in Los Angeles and a prisoner at XXI.


    Cribb 

Tom Cribb

Played By: Markus Redmond

A Lizard demon and a prisoner of XXI.


    Thesulac 

Thesulac Demon

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"What a beautiful, beautiful dance!"
Played By: Tony Amendola

A demon that haunted Hyperion Hotel, feeding on the insecurities and fears of its guests and staff for nearly 70 years.


  • Breaking Speech: He gives a very smug (and successful) one to Angel during the 50s.
    Thesulac: I don't know about you...but I'm stuffed! God, I love people. Don't you? They feed me the worst, and I serve it right back. And the fear and prejudice turns to certainty and hate and I take another bite and mmm, mmm, mmm! What a beautiful, beautiful dance! You got your feelings hurt, didn't you? Stick your neck out, and they throw a rope around it. And you thought you made a friend. News flash, you had! That's what made her the yummiest morsel of all. You reached her. Restored her faith in people. Without you, she would've been just another appetizer. But you plumped her up good. Now she's a meal that's gonna last me a lifetime! Hey, you know what? There's a whole hotel here full of tortured souls who could really use your help. What do you say?
    Angel: [Beat] Take them all.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Thesulac is mostly tentacles. His face is seen, but other than that he seems to be a mass of tentacles within a robe. He uses them as weapons, but Angel uses them right back.
  • Emotion Eater: He feeds off negative emotions, specifically paranoia.
  • Evil Laugh: While delivering his Breaking Speech he's chuckling away.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Angel kills him by connecting one of his Combat Tentacles to a fuse, electrocuting him from the inside out.
  • Slasher Smile: When he's talking to Angel, he can't stop smiling with all his grotesque teeth.

    Deevak 

Jameel/Deevak

Played By: Alan Shaw, Scott L. Schwartz & Christopher Babers

A demon crime lord that surrounded himself with vampires and human thugs and used the cover identity of Jameel.


  • Evil Sounds Deep: In his true form, he has a deep demonic voice.
  • Ironic Echo: Deevak throws Gunn's earlier threat to Jameel back to him.
    "It's survival of the fittest, bro. And right now you're not looking too fit."
  • Knife Nut: He favors an ornamental knife.
  • Large and in Charge: Deevak is massive, one of the largest demons seen in the series.
  • Neck Lift: He does this to Gunn, complete with Ironic Echo.
  • The Reveal: The stool pigeon Jameel doesn't just have information on Deevak - he is Deevak.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Deevak is capable of changing into human form.

    Bethany 

Bethany Chaulk

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Played By: Daisy McCrackin & Madison Eginton

A young woman with telekinetic powers. Bethany's father sexually abused her when she was younger, which caused her to develop her powers.


  • Abusive Parents: She was sexually abused by her father ever since she was a little girl, and of course it's affected her deeply. She's angry, self-loathing and (according to her) sexually promiscuous because it's the only way she knows how to relate to men.
  • Attempted Rape: Bethany is almost raped by two scumbags, but manages to telekinetically smash a dumpster against them, crushing them up against a wall and turning them to jelly.
  • Berserk Button: Any mention of her father, particularly sending her back to him, results in Bethany freaking out. It's hard to blame her.
  • Dramatic Shattering: When she sees her father again, all the glass in the floor she's on shatters.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: When Lilah sends Mr. Chaulk to see Bethany, she's faced with the choice of whether or not to kill him for abusing her for so long. She eventually makes the right choice, or at least the more traditionally moral choice by sparing him...after tossing him out a window and halting him just a few feet before a messy death.
  • Hates Being Touched: Due to her abusive past.
  • Parental Incest: She was a victim of this from her father, from when she was barely five years old. Mr. Chaulk is twisted enough to even see this as a loving relationship and not a vile, predatory act judging by how he shows no fear of her (initially) and seems to think that the way to bring her home is to promise it will be "just the way it was".
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her telekinesis is very impressive, and she had barely started honing it. No wonder Wolfram & Hart saw so much potential in her as a weapon.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: The sexual abuse she endured as a child was a catalyst for awakening her powers, and her attempted rape brings her to Angel's attention.

    James 

James

Played By: Ron Melendez

A vampire and the lover of Elisabeth.


  • Bad Boss: He casually pushes one of his vampire minions into the sun.
  • You Have Failed Me: He kills one of his minions for running away when Elisabeth was killed.

    Jenoff 

Jenoff

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"I don't traffic in wants. I supply needs. Things you gotta have now, or you'll die."
Played By: Patrick St. Esprit

A demon ran a casino out of Los Angeles and had many individuals in his pocket, primarily from his side business in which he would procure requested items at the price of the requestor's soul. The payment was not required up-front, and the individual could live their life until either the merchandise (soul) were in jeopardy of being given to another, or if Mr. Jenoff decided it was time to collect.


    Menlo 

M. James Menlo

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Played By: W. Earl Brown

A demon specialist in explosives with a talent to open safes. As a result, he was wanted by the police. He organized an attempt to steal the Shroud of Rahmon.


  • Guns Akimbo: Menlo is one of few Angel demonic villains to use guns.
  • Only in It for the Money: Whereas Vyasa vaguely claims that the Shroud belongs to "his people", Menlo just wants to sell it and get rich.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With his entire heist team.
  • Villainous Demotivator: Menlo threatens to kill anyone who tries to back out of the heist.
  • Weirdness Censor: The police don't seem to notice that he's a demon, attributing his appearance to severe burns or plastic surgery.

    Vyasa 

Vyasa

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"You're funny. When I crush your head you'll be even funnier."
Played By: Tony Todd

A demon of an unknown species who took part in the heist to steal the Shroud of Rahmon.


  • Ax-Crazy: Vyasa makes it abundantly clear many times that he'd just love to start killing everyone for the sheer joy of it.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Menlo shoots him in the head.
  • The Brute: Easily the strongest and most violent of the heist crew.
  • Fantastic Racism: He refers to Angel as an "overgrown leech" and has a special distaste for humans.
  • Guttural Growler: Due to being played by Guttural Growler extraordinaire, Tony Todd.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Vyasa is constantly on the verge of ripping everybody apart at the slightest provocation.
  • Hot-Blooded: The guy can't go a few minutes without threatening to murder someone.
  • Jerkass Vyasa is impatient, bloodthirsty and racist.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has bright red eyes and is very dangerous.

    Doug 

Doug Sanders

Played By: Pat Healy

"You owe it to yourself to be the best vampire you can be!"

A vampire and the author of Selective Slaughter.


  • Off with His Head!: Angel decapitates him.
  • Ponzi: He's running a vampiric pyramid scheme.
    "One vampire turns two humans into vampires. They each turn two more humans into vampires and they turn two more into vampires and so on and so on. And all it takes for each new vampire to buy their way into our co-op is one, you heard me, *one* human - to be deposited here in our very own food bank."
  • We Can Rule Together: : He succeeds in convincing Harmony, but not Angel.
    "Why are you working with these humans, Angel? You should be maximizing you inner potential, empowering your vampire self."

    Dana 

Dana

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"Strong. Slayer."
Played by: Navi Rawat

"Can't hurt me anymore"

A young woman tormented by the abuse and torture done to her. When she becomes activated as a Slayer she suffers visions from past and current Slayers, flees the hospital she is kept at and tries to make sense of what's done to her.


  • An Arm and a Leg: When she thinks Spike was who tortured her she drugs him and cuts off his hands with a bonesaw as retaliation.
  • Anti-Villain: Picture Elsa of Frozen. Okay, maybe not quite that soft but much of her villainous traits are due to first believing Spike was who tortured her, then down to doing exactly what any Slayer would have done.
  • Ax-Crazy: First the torture, then having to relive what other Slayers had gone through sends Dana off the deep end.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Dana's torture is the long and short end of her psychotic behavior.
  • Beware the Superman: She's the first example of the consequences of Buffy having Willow activating all Slayers worldwide; having been driven Ax-Crazy by torture, gaining the Slayer memories and reliving their lives and deaths drives her completely off the deep end.
  • Call-Back: Spike already has Dana out for blood because he's a vampire. He then lets slip he killed first one then two Slayers. Even when he gets through to her that he wasn't the one who tortured her Dana seeks to kill William the Bloody as vengeance for the two slain Slayers.
  • Destination Defenestration: Spike letting slip he killed the Chinese Slayer leads Dana to doing this.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: After the torture, the visions and the realization she's hunting down the Spike Dana is freaked enough as it is. So when a store clerk surprises her she reacts by breaking his arm.
  • Facial Markings: Dana had taken to putting blood on her face like war paint.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Dana reveals that she thinks Spike is the one who tortured her, as well as believing she is Nikki Wood and the Chinese Slayer he killed. He eventually is able to reason that he did nothing to her, but because he did kill two Slayers that doesn't stop her.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: She nicks a bonesaw while fleeing the hospital and we are left to guess whether she uses it in self defense, not that Dana needs it, but it's only shown used on Spike.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Okay, Spike and Angel were evil. Dana doesn't care that they have a soul now, or who she has to hurt or kill to get at them. Whether Andrew and the Slayers he brought to help her have better luck is Left Hanging.
  • It's the Only Way to Be Sure: Cited by Dana numerous times. "Stake the heart, cut off the head. Keep cutting until you see dust."
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Having the memories of slain Slayers forced upon an already tortured mind makes it a small miracle Dana held it together as well as she had.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Dana is already crazy because of the torture she went through. Now that she relives the previous Slayers as well she resembles a psychotic Faith.
  • Messy Hair: Her unkempt curly locks.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: On the one hand Willow activating every potential Slayer brings on the likes of Kennedy and Satsu. On the other hand, Dana.
    • Spike reveals to Dana he's a vampire. Then that he killed one Slayer. Then he killed another. Even a reasonably sane Dana thinks William the Bloody has to die.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Dana painting on the walls of the hospital ward, trying to make sense of what's happened to her.
  • Not So Different: Despite being taken in by an army of like minded sisters intent on helping her Angel and Spike fear she is too far gone, she had become a monster like they are. Invoked shortly after Dana flees the hospital, looking like a Billy Idol groupie (who stole his look from Spike,) bonesaw in hand in place of a smoke and the same rock tune blasting away during Spike's introduction.
  • The Ophelia: After a lifetime of torture and having centuries of horrors suddenly thrust on her Dana could hardly be anything else but a crazed, Survival Mantra spouting Slayer bent on revenge. She becomes comparatively more sane, but still considered a lost cause.
  • Past-Life Memories: Dana relives what every Slayer went through, quickly twigs who Spike is, at the cost of losing her sanity and when worked up actually believing she is, say, Nikki.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On Spike, first for what she thinks he did to her, then when convinced he wasn't responsible for his admission of killing two Slayers.
  • Slasher Smile: When Spike vamps out in front of her Dana looks like a kid on Christmas, cluing him in there may have been one tiny flaw in his plan.
  • Survival Mantra: "Heart and head. Don't be scared. Stab the heart, cut off the head. Keep cutting until you see dust. It's the Only Way to Be Sure."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Because of tricky legal and copyright issues Dana is never heard from again, what with her being a Angel character and the ongoing comics being considered a continuation of Buffy.

    The Smile Time Gang 

Polo, Flora, Goofus & Ratio Hornblower

Played By: Victor Yerrid, Julianne Buescher, Tim Blaney

  • Affably Evil: Groofus, due to Becoming the Mask. He even writes his own songs! What a guy!
    Groofus: So tomorrow's gonna be a pretty big show, huh?
    Polo: The biggest.
    Groofus: Cool. 'Cause I been workin' on this great new song about the difference between analogy and metaphor- [Polo throws something at him] Man!
    Polo: Are you out of your mind?
    Groofus: Well, we want it to be good, don't we?
    Polo: We eat babies' lives!
    Groofus: And uphold a certain standard of quality "edu-tainment"!
  • Bad Boss: Polo doesn't treat his pals very well, accusing them at times of things they didn't do.
  • Becoming the Mask: Groofus seems to have gone native, appearing more concerned with the show and a high-quality standard of edu-tainment.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: They were apparently responsible for Happy Days Jumping the Shark.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: All of them, but special mention goes to sadistic, short-tempered, hard-drinking and forever-swearing Polo.
  • Eye Scream: Flora tries to do this to Gunn.
    Flora: Give me those pretty eyes!
  • Evil Plan: They want to harvest the souls of LA's children to make themselves rich down in Hell.
  • Evil Redhead: Polo.
  • Fantastic Drug: The "innocence" they harvest from children.
  • Faux Affably Evil: All of them to a certain extent, since they maintain the public face of lovable puppets when they're really a bunch of greedy demons.
  • Four-Man Band: They add up to this.
    • Big Bad: Polo, the leader and easily the most evil of them all.
    • The Dragon: Flora.
    • The Evil Genius/The Brute: Ratio is both responsible for perfecting (and perhaps creating) the device that allows them to steal the souls of children and the most physically imposing.
    • The Dark Chick: Groofus, who's Affably Evil and takes pride in the show.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Polo flies off the handle pretty easily.
  • Jerkass: Polo, who's an aggressive asshole.
  • Muppet: They're clearly more muppets than puppets.
  • Off with His Head!: Groofus is decapitated by Gunn.
  • Sadist: They all take twisted pleasure in torturing poor Gregor Framkin.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Polo, who refers to his underlings variously as, "short-bus bastards" and "dickwad".
  • The Television Talks Back: They use a mystical glamor to talk directly to the children at home and steal their souls.
  • The Unintelligible: Ratio Hornblower, although the other puppets understand him easily.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They specifically target children.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Their entire scheme revolves around stealing souls.
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