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A lawyer at Wolfram & Hart and both an enemy and ally of Angel Investigations.
- Affably Evil: Lindsey has a certain "good ol' boy" charm that downplays the amorality of his actions, and even though he hates Angel, any respect Lindsey shows towards him is completely genuine.
- Ambition Is Evil: His driving motive is his cynicism and ambitions, as pointed out by his actor:"I still think this cat looks at the glass as being half empty. And so, damn it, Im going to drink the rest of that water."
- Amoral Attorney: Not to the extent of his Wolfram & Hart co-workers, but he still uses blatantly illegal means to put his murderous, inhuman clients back on the street. Not to mention the time he and Lilah tried to steal from a charity for homeless teens.
- An Arm and a Leg: After threatening Cordelia's life in front of Angel. Bad idea. The shamans at Wolfram & Hart graft a (pre-owned) hand onto his stump.
- Arch-Enemy: He likes to think of himself as Angel's, but Angel sees him as more of a persistent annoyance than a true nemesis. Compared to the likes of Holtz, Lindsey just doesn't measure up.
- Back for the Finale: After having been absent since Season 2 of Angel, Lindsey returns near the midway point of the Season 5 and is a recurring element throughout the final episodes.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Comes standard with the job. He ditches the suit though after he returns.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Lindsey puts up a good show as a would-be Big Bad for Season 5, but once Team Angel works out his plans, it doesn't take long for Lindsey to be thoroughly beaten and left to the mercy of the Senior Partners.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: In "Blind Date". He's hardly innocent, but he does look appropriately traumatized when the man next to him is shot and it is one of the rare occasions he's trying to do the right thing.
- Brought Down to Badass: In Season 5, he has numerous mystical tattoos on his body which make him invisible to both mystical and technological surveillance, and also grant him the strength to hold his own against Angel. When the tattoos are removed, he still proves to be a Master Swordsman in the series finale, easily slaughtering numerous demons by himself.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: By Lorne, on Angel's orders, in the series finale.
- The Cast Show Off: 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 while working on Secondhand Lions, which he shows off in "You're Welcome".
- Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of Lilah, but he has an understated wit.Lilah: Oh, what's wrong, Lindsey? You bitter cause your girlfriend didn't slit my throat?Lindsey: I think you might be overstating it. I'd say more like "bummed."Lindsey: It's a secret society.Gunn: Never heard of 'em.Lindsey: That's 'cause it's "secret".
- Dirty Business: He waffles a bit, though.
- Disc-One Final Boss: During Season 5; he's a Hidden Villain for most of it, but is defeated before he can release the Wolfram & Hart fail-safe and subsequently placed in a holding dimension by the Senior Partners.
- Easily Forgiven:
- 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 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 HeelFace Revolving Door, Angel has had enough and puts a stop to him permanently.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Once he equips himself with some handy tattoos, he can fight toe to toe with Angel.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lindsey is wooed by Darla, to the point of confessing he wouldn't "mind" if she were the one to kill him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's is highly disturbed by the idea of Wolfram & Hart having three young children killed by Psycho for Hire Vanessa Brewer, which is why he helps Angel stop her. Things come to a head when he discovers the true source of his new hand, and he leaves Wolfram & Hart for good.
- Evil Hand: Subverted. It's not actually evil; just suicidal.
- Famous Last Words: After being shot by Lorne."YOU kill me? A flunky?! I'm not just—! ...Angel kills me. You — Angel..."
- Fatal Flaw: 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 Good Feels Good, 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.
- Freudian Excuse: Lindsey grew up in abject poverty, and constantly has something to prove as a result. He resolved never to end up like his father, grovelling to the repo men as he was being evicted. Angel is unsympathetic, however.Lindsey: I'm talking dirt poor, no shoes, no toilet, six kids in a room. After flu season, we were down to four. I was 7 when they took the house. They just came right in, and took it. And my daddy's being nice, y'know, joking with the bastard while he signs the deed. My choice was to be stepped on or get stepping and I swore I'd never be the guy with the stupid grin on my face - while my life got dribbled out -Angel: Sorry, I nodded off. Get to the part where you're evil.
- Gender-Blender Name: Lindsey is usually a woman's name.
- Good Feels Good: 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.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: 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.
- HeelFace Door-Slam:
- He gets one of these when he tries to leave Wolfram & Hart. Angel first doesn't trust him, then doesn't care, and when he finally does agree to help Lindsey bring down the company, he winds up leaving him behind to get caught. While somewhat understandable, this still probably contributed to Lindsey's decision to stay.
- Later, when Lindsey tried to join the team in the series finale, Angel has 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.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: One minute, he's working for Wolfram & Hart. The next, he's helping Angel. This eventually leads to his HeelFace Door-Slam.
- Hidden Depths: Is an amazingly talented singer and guitar player, and was one of Lorne's favorite regulars at his bar.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Works alongside his lover, Eve, to play Angel and Spike against each other, with the hope of usurping Angel's position at the firm and (if we're aiming high) buying his way into the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Iconic Item: The fleur-de-lis bracelet that Lindsey wears throughout the show. It's a keepsake that Christian Kane wears to remind him of his mother, who is from New Orleans.
- Ignored Epiphany: 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 2, ironically after having earned a top position and a replacement hand to boot; he leaves Los Angeles, burying the hatchet with Angel for good. Except not really. Actually, he was studying for years on how to join the elite Circle of the Black Thorn.
- It's Personal: Develops this for Angel, especially after Angel chops off his hand at the end of Season 1.
- Look What I Can Do Now!: Returns from Nepal with some cool martial arts tricks, materializing swords out of thin air, and using The Force to...well, close doors. But the point is it looks cool.
- Lorne makes an offhand reference to Lindsey's "demon-strength", though it isn't elaborated on. This would explain how he's able to keep up with Angel.
- Manipulative Bastard: Appears to have picked up a couple of Holland Manners' tricks.
- Minion Shipping: Some occasional sexual tension with Lilah, including a parting ass grab when he leaves L.A.
- Mr. Fanservice: A very handsome young man who doesn't hesitate to ditch the shirt, especially in Season 5.
- Nerves of Steel: His greatest attribute; enough to impress Darla and Drusilla to spare him when they massacre everyone at Holland's house.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. Lindsey's kind of upset when Lorne kills him. It was supposed to be Angel!
- Put on a Bus: And then came back.
- The Resenter: Lindsey deeply resents Angel for stealing the affections of Darla and being handed control of Wolfram & Hart on a silver platter after years of struggle and strife failed to get Lindsey anywhere close to that level of power. His comments while presenting his Freudian Excuse to Angel imply that Lindsey also resents the relatively privileged childhood Angel had as a human.
- The Rival: 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, to finally having sex with Lindsey's new girlfriend, Eve, while 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.
- Southern-Fried Genius: His exact origin is ambiguous, though he has an Oklahoma license plate on his pickup truck. Angel dismissively calls him a "tiny Texan" at one point; this could be an in-joke directed at Christian Kane, who hails from Dallas.
- Tattooed Crook: Post-Tibet Lindsey had super magic stealth tattoos that let him hide from the Senior Partners. It doesn't last.
- Took a Level in Badass: Between Seasons 2 and 5, he apparently learned a bunch of kung-fu and got a bunch of mystical tattoos making him invisible to the Senior Partners.
- Undignified Death: For all his so-called bravado, he dies furiously complaining about how Angel should have been the one to kill him instead of Lorne.
- Unknown Rival: He's a known and legitimate threat, but he thinks he and Angel are 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.
- Wild Card: Nobody can depend on Lindsey for anything; he's easily swayed by events and his motivations frequently shift, leading to a HeelFace Revolving Door. 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.
Trish & Roger Burkle
The parents of Winifred Burkle.
- Good Parents: They might be the best parents in the entire Buffyverse, or at least they're the least traumatic. Both of them are good-humored, kind and loving.
- Happily Married: To each other.
- Improvised Weapon: Trish ends up taking out a bug demon with a city bus.
- Locked Out of the Loop: 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.
- Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Both of them are willing to throw down with demons to protect their precious little girl.
- Nice Guy: These two are some of the most easily likable people in the entire Buffyverse.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Their daughter met a tragic end. Not that they're made aware of it.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Roger and Angel bond over their mutual appreciation of Bob Hope.
A silk and linen merchant from Galway in the 1750s.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his harsh criticism of his son, he does truly love him.
- No Name Given: His name is never stated.
- Outliving One's Offspring: First, his son was killed and raised as a vampire, then his daughter was murdered by said vampire son.
- Small Role, Big Impact: A desire to outperform his father's limited expectations of him proved to be a major part in Angelus' desire to be as much of an inhuman monster as he possibly could be.
- Tough Love: He wants to toughen his son up into a real man, spending most of his time being harsh toward him and trying to push him...only when Liam leaves for the final time does his father seem to realize that he may have made a tragic mistake.Liam: Out of my way.Liam's Father: I was never in your way, boy.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Liam sought his father's approval, but at some point was forced to give up.
The father of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce and a member of the Watcher's Counsel before it's destruction.
- Abusive Parent: Its repeatedly hinted through the series that Wesley's childhood was not a happy one.
- Action Survivor: He's one of the few members of the Watcher's Counsel left.
- 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.
- The Ghost: The real Roger Wyndam-Pryce never appears. The most we get is a cyborg doing a very convincing impression of him.
- Jerkass: Roger takes every available opportunity to belittle his son. The cyborg that impersonated him was brusque, rude, and overly critical, and since Wesley couldn't tell that it was an imposter, we can infer that the real Roger is no better.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Wesley met his end in the series finale, but at last mention, Roger was still alive.
Vampires, Demons and Other Supernaturals
- Big Good: They're the ones who guide Angel on his path as The Atoner. Whistler, the good demon who convinced Angel to become a good guy and help Buffy, works/worked for them.
- The Ghost: Angel never makes contact with the Powers themselves. Only Jasmine, a fallen Power herself, appears on-screen.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: The planet is filled with multitudes of incredibly dangerous demons (to the point where a superpowered demonic virus in human form is considered mundane), rampant evil deeds and potential apocalypses are common, hell dimensions have frequent recruiting and even their deities are known to take a stroll on Earth with impunity... but the most the Powers ever do is send infrequent, frustratingly vague visions to a single person; even the Slayer is an entirely human invention created with demonic power. Angel and his crew even lampshade this, outright calling them such names as "The Powers That Screw You" and "The Powers That Sit on Their Behinds."
- Good Is Impotent: 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 the visions cause the recipient fatal cancer or a psychotic breakdown (admittedly, both possibilities were brought up by Skip, an Unreliable Narrator).
- Knight Templar: 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.
- Powers That Be: The Trope Namers.
Angel's sire, the one who turned him into a vampire. The two are together for 150 years, but after Angel is re-ensouled, she kicks him to the curb. The two meet again in Sunnydale, and Angel kills her in defense of Buffy. Years later, Wolfram & Hart bring her back to un-life, hoping she will tempt Angel over to the dark side. Eventually, due to Jasmine's meddling, she becomes pregnant with Connor, her son with Angel, and stakes herself because she can't give birth.
- Action Mom: Being pregnant doesn't stop her from kicking ass.
- Anti-Villain: At first, she's fully evil and villainous; her time carrying Connor to term gives her a soul (albeit a temporary one, which she's sharing with the boy); she immediately begins to feel regret for all of the horrors she's done and grieves for the fact that she won't be able to love Connor once he is born (and takes the soul away from her), making her ultimately sympathetic.
- Back from the Dead: Interesting in that she was staked on Buffy, came back on 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 Joss Whedon, you'll always have a job, even if it means dying four times.
- The Baroness: Though she quickly rebels.
- Big Bad: In Season 2.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: In Season 2 with Drusilla.
- Big Bad Wannabe: After Darla is re-sired as a vampire, she and Drusilla are positioned as the Big Bads of Season Two...for about two episodes. Angel sets the pair of them on fire, then calls it a day. It could be said that Angel's true opponent in Season Two is (unwittingly) himself.
- The Chanteuse: Everybody gets a turn at the mic at Caritas. Julie Benz does her own singing for the song "Ill Wind" by Ella Fitzgerald.
- Characterization Marches On: She's a lot more charismatic and dangerous when she reappears on Angel.
- Death by Childbirth: The one that stuck.
- Depraved Bisexual: It's heavily implied that she occasionally has sex with Drusilla.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Her final death had Darla stake herself while being held by Angel.
- Dying Alone: By the time the Master turned up at her doorstep.
- Ethereal White Dress: After gaining a soul, she posthumously appears to Connor in a white gown, contrasting the black-clad Cordelia/Jasmine, symbolically trying and failing to act as her son's conscience.
- Evil Counterpart: Like Angel, she is resurrected, but she finds no value in the second chance given her and wants to be a conscienceless, monstrous vamp again.
- Faux Affably Evil: As a vampire, Darla keeps up a sweet, charming demeanor that hides the vain, cruel, child killing monster beneath.
- The Fog of Ages: Darla, being even older than Angelus, can no longer remember her human birth name.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: In a flashback, she seemed pretty excited at the thought of Angelus and Spike "driving their poles through each other."
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Just when it seems she's finally accepted her humanity and resolved to do some good with the little time she has left, Drusilla walks in and re-sires her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Darla stakes herself to give birth to Connor.
- High-Class Call Girl: Implied to have once been a well-to-do prostitute in colonial Virginia. She even had property, which is almost unheard of.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Four years later, she's still out to drag Angel back to his evil roots.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Darla's affection for Angel(us) has been fairly constant (albeit often volatile) from the day she sired him.
- Ill Girl: She was dying of syphilitic heart disease. When resurrected as a human, she is still dying from it.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Angelus' unparalleled savagery was one of the things Darla loved most about him.
- Insistent Terminology: With a few exceptions (usually when's she ensouled), she consistently refers to Angel as Angelus, even his post-HeelFace Turn modern incarnation.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Her theme music.
- Lady in Red: A lot of Darla's wardrobe consists of the color.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: She realizes - after demanding an end to her pregnancy - that she loves her son.
- Love Redeems: Her maternal love for Connor is what prompts her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Nay-Theist: "God never did anything for me."
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Darla "looked everywhere" for that gypsy girl as a birthday present for Angel. An attempt to reverse the curse went south when Spike prematurely ate the whole clan.
- No Name Given: "Darla" is a name bestowed on her by the Master. Her birth name is long forgotten, even by Darla herself.
- Pregnant Badass: Actually even tougher in this state; the fetus causes Darla to crave blood all the time, driving her into an unstoppable frenzy.
- Redemption Equals Death: 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. It doesn't work.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Angelus included a fair amount of violence and backstabbing (she left him at Holtz's mercy to save herself, smacked him around over a lover's spat (which Angelus noted that he'd repay when they inevitably reunited), and cheated on him with the Immortal and Drusilla) on top of their insatiable desire for one another.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Darla is a fan of pain.You're hurting me. I like it!
- Tsundere: To Angel."Just because we had a thing for 200 years, don't think you know me!"
- Undying Loyalty: To the Master. As much time as she spent with Angelus, Darla would always return to her sire's service.Angelus: Her precious Master sent for her. You know Darla; Master's pet.
- The Vamp: Juggling Lindsey and Angel as lovers. She seemed to show interest in Lilah, too.
- Victorian Novel Disease: An advanced case of syphilis closed the book on Darla's human life. Upon being revived by Wolfram & Hart, she is shocked to learn that her resurrection as a human came part and parcel with the disease. As she put it, she was dying, and not "someday, but now. Right now."
- Would Hurt a Child: Never averse to feeding on children, Darla becomes especially driven to do so late in her pregnancy, as she finds herself craving purer blood to nourish her child.
- Your Cheating Heart: She cheerfully cheated on Angelus with the Immortal (and Drusilla). Angelus (who slept with Dru whenever it took his fancy) was outraged.
One of a race of demons known as the Granok who thrive on chaos and violence. The Granok are pale and disfigured, with faces covered in scars and markings. Wolfram and Hart made Sahjhan and the rest of his kind immaterial. Mesekhtet (the little girl in the White Room) claims this was because she liked trouble, but hated the chaos the Granok were bringing. Once an immaterial being, however, Sahjhan became capable of teleporting through time and dimensions, earning him the nickname Timeshifter. Despite his capability of time travel, Sahjhan is unable to learn details of his own future, thus can only relies on prophecies of his own fate.
- Been There, Shaped History: He claims to have invented Daylight Savings Time, although he may have just been trying to impress Lilah.
- Blood Knight: Sahjhan comes from a whole species of fight-happy guys.
- Brought Down to Badass: Angel casts a spell to recorporealize him, stripping him of his Time Master 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 Super Strength and Super Toughness 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.
- The Chessmaster: His efforts ultimately do little more than ensure his own demise, but Sahjhan's efforts at manipulating the cast are quite impressive and, if it hadn't been for Holtz being too difficult to control, would have resulted in Connor's death and the biggest threat to Sahjhan being removed.
- Covered with Scars: "Hey, do I look like I need more skin problems?"
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He completely pounds Angel in a fight and nearly stakes him after being re-corporealized. This goes the other way for him eventually; he kicks Connor's ass quite easily but the second that Wesley breaks the memory spell, he gets decimated and decapitated.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is quite the sarcastic fellow."Really? You and me? Buddy cops, latest summer release movie. We iron out our wacky differences and bond? Don't think so.""Love the whole chained-undead look you got goin' on. Really sets off your fern."
- Face Death with Dignity: When he meets Connor face-to-face, knowing full-well of the prophecy that Connor will kill him, he chats amicably with him before throwing down.
- Fate Worse than Death: For him, being turned intangible; he can't do anything fun.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: This particular Sword of Damocles is a baby — Angel's, to be precise. Ironically, Cyvus Vail ends up feeling the same way about Sahjhan once he gets corked into a jar.
- Glamour: Capable of switching to his "street face" (actually, Jack Conley without makeup) to blend in public.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: His introductory scene shows him standing around being ominous and demonic...and then lighting up a smoke and looking at his watch impatiently, establishing Sahjhan without a word.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For Season 3; he creates the Angel vs. Holtz conflict that dominates the latter half of the season (or at least renews it), but because of his being incorporeal, he can't take any direct role until it's too late.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: For a long time, nobody knows what his true goal is; not Angel, not Wolfram & Hart, not even his supposed puppet Holtz knows why Sahjhan wants Angel dead. It's only after his plan is complete that he reveals his motivations.
- Laughably Evil: Sahjhan is responsible for some of the most destructive acts on the show, but he's sarcastic, snarky and a massive amount of fun.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After banishing Holtz and Connor to Quortoth in the mid-season finale, he says, "Have a nice summer."
- Like a Duck Takes to Water: Despite his outdated getup (he can't exactly shop for clothes), Sahjhan is right at home in cushy, image-conscious L.A.
- Made of Iron: The moment he's made corporeal Sahjhan is run over by a two-ton pickup truck. He lifts it off of him and walks away.
- Off with His Head!: He looks baffled right before it happens, too. All that work, to no good end?
- Our Wormholes Are Different: Contrary to their name, Timeshifters do not manipulate time per se. They can move between time and dimensions.
- Prophetic Fallacy: As part of his plan to put a halt to a prophecy about him, he re-writes another. "I don't like to brag but...read any good prophecies lately?"
- Red Baron: "The Timeshifter."
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He went out of his way to prevent Connor from killing him as prophesied, but his actions effectively lead to it happening; by sending Connor to Quor'toth, he turned him into a big badass demon killer.
- Thrown Down a Well: Justine ends up trapping him in a magic urn.
- Time Master: He doens't actually control spacetime, he just can move between time and dimensions, but he nevertheless exploits this ability to manipulate events.
- Wrote the Book: Boasts that he invented daylight savings time, though one could argue that he was joking.
- You Can't Fight Fate: His attempts to circumvent his prophesied death. They end up guaranteeing it.
- You Look Familiar: Conley previously played Gib Cain, a werewolf hunter of dubious morals, in the Buffy episode "Phases".
- You Talk Too Much: Angel recognizes this as Sahjhan's tactic for disarming his opponents.
A formidable and powerful demon, whose body is plated in armor. The demon sports a confident, charismatic personality and frequently makes humorous references to human popular culture and turn-of-phrase, claiming to have watched and loved The Matrix but not loved Gladiator. The history and nature of Skip is largely unknown since much of what Skip says is later revealed to be a lie. Skip is revealed to be a servant of Jasmine who is used to trick Cordelia Chase into becoming a vessel for the possession and birth of Jasmine.
- Attack Its Weak Point: After Angel tears off his horn, Wesley shoots him in the brain, which turns out not to be immune to bullets.
- Bad Samaritan: While acting as Cordelia's Spirit Advisor, he's actually manipulating her into becoming the mortal vessel for Jasmine.Angel: You're saying her ascension was all part of this thing's plan?
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He has a very formidable extendable wrist blade.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: he pretends to be an affable and friendly servant of the Powers That Be, but he's actually a sadistic mercenary serving Jasmine.
- Dark Is Evil: Averted, and then played straight. Despite his intimidating appearance, Skip comes across as disarmingly friendly...but it's played straight when he's revealed to be a self-serving mercenary.
- Deadpan Snarker: An extremely potent one. He nears Sahjhan levels of sarcasm.
- Distaff Counterpart: In After the Fall, Angel is forced into mortal combat with a "She-Skip".
- Even Evil Has Standards: It depends on the fact that he was working with Jasmine all along. But if he was, even he thinks Billy Blim was monstrous, or at least has no respect for him, referring to him as a "runt".
- Famous Last Words: After Wesley shoots him in the head, he still manages a few words."...Well, that ain't right."
- Faux Affably Evil: When we first met Skip, he's affable, friendly, considerate and willing to share his buffalo wings. When he's revealed as The Mole, he shows himself to be a good deal more sadistic and smug.
- Fluffy the Terrible: A large, metallic-skinned demon with red eyes, a wrist blade and incredible strength...who's named Skip. Or Skipper.
- Gentle Giant: The image he likes to cultivate with people. It's distressingly false.Skip: What? You thought a big ol boy like me was weak and couldnt fight? [backhands Wesley across the room] Oh, please.
- I Let You Win: According to him, he took the fall during the first encounter he had with Angel. Their second fight does lend credence to this.
- Immune to Bullets: While his exoskeleton is too tough for bullets, his squishy insides aren't.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Not him, but how he is undone by Wesley's uncanny marksmanship. In his battle against Angel, the vampire had torn off one of his horns, leaving a tiny hole in the side of his head. Wesley later takes advantage of this and shoots at that hole, killing him in one hit.
- The Jailer: For Billy Blim.
- Large Ham: Intentionally. In "Birthday" when Cordelia meekly asks him if he is Death, here to take her away, he gives an epic Evil Laugh only to later cheerfully and calmly tell her that he's joking.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "I love a story with scope!"
- The Mole: He's Jasmine's main string-puller on the ground, working to manipulate Cordelia while posing as a friend.
- The Nose Knows: Subtle, but he is able to determine Angel works for TPTB by sniffing the air.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He's an extremely dangerous foe who runs circles around Angel Investigations, while also being a big fan of The Matrix. Gladiator, not so much.
- Professional Killer: "I'm just a merc. I go where the deal is."
- Punch-Clock Villain: He commutes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Skip has bright red eyes.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: His exoeskeleton
- Spirit Advisor: For Cordelia.
- Tempting Fate: "Do those EVER work? I mean really."
Drogyn the Battlebrand
A mystic warrior who has been alive for at least a thousand years and who had encountered Angel at some point during the twentieth century.
- Ancient Keeper: Of the Deeper Well
- Badass Boast: He makes one when Gunn accuses him of not getting the correct information from his would-be assassin."No one lies when they're at the mercy of my wrath."
- Berserk Button: Since he can't lie, he hates it when someone asks him a question.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: He's somehow unable to lie at all.
- The Comically Serious: Drogyn being involved in a conversation with Spike and trying to figure out Crash Bandicoot are both the source of a few laughs despite Drogyn's eternally stoic demeanor.
- Gate Guardian: Drogyn is the guardian to the "Deeper Well" where the Old Ones are kept.
- Good Is Not Nice: He casually mentions how he tortured an assassin for information for hours.
- The Jailer: To the entombed Old Ones
- Mysterious Past: His origins are shrouded in mystery. Who is Drogyn really? Where did he come from? How did he get his job? Why is he able to live forever? What was his experience with Angel and Hamilton?
- Neck Snap: By Angel.
- Really 700 Years Old: Drogyn is eternally youthful, and has been alive for at least a thousand years.
- The Stoic: Drogyn is always straight-faced and serious. Even when Spike inadvertently presses his Berserk Button, Drogyn mostly keeps his cool.
- We Meet Again: With Hamilton, who he greets as 'Marcus'. They go way back, according to him.
Servants of The Powers That Be. The Oracles were a pair of higher beings - male and female - whose task was to guide the warriors of good, communicating them the will and actions of the Powers That Be, though they did so in exchange for a tribute.
- Ancient Grome: They dress in Roman-esque togas with bronze paint.
- Brother-Sister Team: They are referred in the scripts as "Brother Oracle" and "Sister Oracle"
- Good Is Not Nice: While they serve The Powers That Be and are considered allies, they're still assholes.
- Jerkass: They're irritable, condescending, rude, snobbish, self-important and vain. The female Oracle shows a little more empathy, though.
- Time Master: They are capable of manipulating time, as demonstrated when they folded time to prevent Angel from becoming human.
- Those Two Guys: They are, of course, only ever seen together.
Landokmar of the Deathwok Clan
An Anagogic demon, a member of the Deathwok Clan and cousin of Lorne.
A male demon of an unnamed species and the leading priest of the Covenant of Trombli, making him the de facto ruler of Pylea.
- Arc Villain / Big Bad: For the Season 2 Pylea arc.
- Black Eyes of Evil: He has pure black eyes and is most certainly evil.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Silas has an inhumanly low voice.
- In the Hood: His ceremonial, monk-like robe.
- The Man Behind the Man: While the royal ruler is the face of Pylea's leadership and ostensibly the one in charge, Silas and his Religion of Evil are the true rulers of Pylea. Though they themselves are strongly hinted to have they're own masters. See Below.
- Off with His Head!: Cordelia dispatches him with an axe to the neck, thus releasing his head from his shoulders.
- Religion of Evil: He's the leader of the Covenant of Trombli, which at the very least has ties to Wolfram & Hart and very well may be Pylea's branch of the firm.
- Sinister Minister: Due to being the leader of Pylea's Religion of Evil.
Mother of the Vile Excrement
An aged and bearded Deathwok demon and the mother of Krevlornswath, Numfar of the Deathwok Clan and a third child whom she and her husband devoured. She heaped curses on Lorne both coming and going.
- Abusive Parent: To Lorne, who she despises and whose disappearance she celebrated. She also eats her kids, although this is all par for the course in Pylea.
- Eats Babies: As she tells Lorne, his father was right: they ate the wrong son.
- Girls with Moustaches: She is indistinguishable from any other male Pylean, right down to the beard.
A Deathwok demon and the second brother of Lorne, the first having been eaten by their own parents. When Lorne originally vanished, he apparently danced the "Dance of Joy" for three days.
A vampire and a torturer for hire. He also had a taste for feeding on and killing young children.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald, in addition to being a pedophile and torturer.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: His specialty; when he tortures Angel, he does so with cool and clinical detachment.
- Daywalking Vampire: Briefly, due to the Gem of Amarra. He heads straight to a beach to better indulge his pedophiliac tendencies.
- Faux Affably Evil: He might be a repulsive sadist, but damn if Marcus isn't impeccably polite at all times.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He makes a point of donning his spectacles before he gets to work.
- Homoerotic Subtext: He complimentsa bare-chested Angel on the lack of damage to his skin over 200 years.Spike: Do you two need to be alone, or can we go on to the ouchy part?
- Hyper-Awareness: Like some other vampires, he can sense Angel's soul.
- Lean and Mean: He has a very slender, creepy look to him.
- Light Is Not Good: He's a torturer vampire with pedophiliac tendencies and wears a white shirt.
- Living Lie Detector: Part of what makes Marcus' torture effective is that he knows when someone is lying, even if they just give up false information to make the pain stop.
- Not So Stoic: Although usually eerily calm with a placid expression, he shows much more emotion when he gets the Gem of Amara.
- Pædo Hunt: He's all but outright-stated to be a paedophile.Spike: You like kids, don't you, Marcus? Well, likes to eat. And other nasty things.
- Psycho for Hire: Spike hires him explicitly because Marcus has no interest in the Gem of Amara; his only desire is to hurt people. Unfortunately, he also realizes that the Gem gives him more opportunity to hurt people.Angel: You hired a vampire. What do you think he'll do with it when he finds it? Hand it to you?Spike: Oh, good lord, why didn't I think--? Oh, half a mo. I did! I hired a guy who doesn't care about the ring or anything else except taking blokes apart one piece at a time. It's called addiction. We all have them.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Marcus has a very calm, even voice that is oddly disarming. He's also a merciless torturer.
- To the Pain: He's enamored of pain, and waxes poetic about it to his literally captive audience.''"It's through the pain that we find the truth of who we are. It strips us of our defenses. We are made innocent again, like children. I like children, Angel. I'm here to help you find that innocence here with the light.
- Torture Technician: His entire thing is torture. It's his job, his hobby and his passion. He's legendary for it.Spike: Marcus is an expert. Some say "artist" but I've never been comfortable with labels. He's a bloody king of torture, he is. Humans, demons, politicians, makes no difference. Some say he invented several of the classics but he won't tell me which ones.
- Wicked Cultured: Marcus likes to play classical music (specifically Mozart's Symphony #41) during his torture session.
- Would Hurt a Child: Children are his preferred targets.
A vampire sired by Angelus in 1786 and, in later centuries, a serial killer nicknamed "The Pope" by the Los Angeles press.
- Ax-Crazy: He's been a serial killer for more than 200 years, and joyfully anticipates killing whatever victims he can get his hands on.
- Calling Card: Penn leaves his mark by slicing an upside-down cross on the cheek of each victim. It earns him the nickname "The Pope" by the Los Angeles press.
- Evil Speech Of Evil: Penn enjoys the sound of his own voice, and tends to go on a bit.
- Mad Artist: Penn considers his killings to be his art, but Angel calls him out on his unoriginality and ego. At least he takes Angel's critique.Angel: I'm sorry what I turned you into.Penn: A first-class killer? An artist? A bold re-interpreter of the form?Angel: Try "cheesy hack"." You've been getting back at your father for over 200 years. It's pathetic. You've probably got a killer's shrine on your wall. News clippings, magazine articles, maybe a few candles. Oh, you are so prosaic.
- Room Full of Crazy: Angel accurately pegs Penn as having a shrine to his killings.
- Self-Made Orphan: After becoming a vampire, he killed his entire family.
- Serial Killer: He kills not just for food, but to recreate his first murder of his family and leaves his own calling card.
- Super Speed: 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 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.
- Super Strength: 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.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Penn had an antagonistic relationship with his father, who never approved of him and placed him under pressure. Even after killing him (and his entire family) Penn never got over it and has been reliving that murder for 200 years.
- You Talk Too Much: As is pointed out by Angel and Cordy, Penn has a tendency to keep on talking. It's a wonder he ever got around to killing anyone.
The princess of the demon people from the dimension Oden Tal.
- Buxom Is Better: Her Cleavage Window really emphasizes and pushes up her breasts.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She was intended to be a recurring character, but for whatever reason she never reappeared.
- Cute Monster Girl: She is gorgeous for a demon. Angel even acknowledges it.
- Facial Markings: Just like other Oden-Tal demons.
- Knight Templar: She will do what it takes to free the women of her world, even if it means putting human safety at risk. Angel calls her out on it.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jhiera has Hell-Bent for Leather, Cleavage Window, Buxom Is Better... She's hot, OK?
A powerful demon summoned by Wolfram & Hart to aid them in their fight against the vampire Angel. He could be recognized by his bronze-colored mask and black hood.
- Black Cloak: He wears a sweeping black robe.
- Cool Mask: To hide his Facial Horror.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep, intimidating voice.
- Facial Horror: His true face is partially rotted with maggots squirming around his nose and eyes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Angel kills him with one of his discarded scythes.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Vocah is also known as "The Bringer of Calamity". He's an extremely formidable fighter.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A red-eyed demon in service to the evil Wolfram & Hart.
- Sinister Scythe: He can pull another scythe out of Hammerspace whenever it is discarded or lost.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only makes an appearance in "To Shanshu in L.A.", but his presence has some everlasting consequences on the series.
- He infects Cordelia with a mark that forces her to experience endless visions of those suffering around her. Upon being cured, Cordelia takes the experience to heart and starts to become a more selfless person, as she feels highly motivated to help those in pain.
- Vocah blows up the Angel Investigations offices, forcing them to relocate to the Hyperion Hotel in subsequent seasons.
- He murders the Oracles, taking away one of Angel's means of communicating with the Powers That Be.
- Vocah proves essential in helping Wolfram & Hart to complete the Raising, as he both re-obtains the Scrolls of Aberjian and keeps Angel busy while Lindsey finishes the ritual. This results in Darla's resurrection, which eventually leads to Connor's birth and Jasmine's introduction.
A humanoid demon of an unknown species and an old rival of Angel. The two had met in Juarez in the 1920's, and fought over a woman while Boone was hung over. However, the fight was stopped because of sunlight, and Boone's sense of honor prevented him from taking advantage of that. Boone was left with the doubt of who would win in an evenly matched fight.
- Affably Evil: He's a Blood Knight out to kill Angel, but he's unfailingly polite and very honorable.
- Badass Baritone: Due to being played by Mark Rolston, he has a deep rolling voice.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a nifty long coat.
- Blood Knight: Boone is very orientated on proving his own abilities and having a good fight. He enjoys throwing fists with the best of the best.
- Friendly Enemy: To Angel, who he likes and respects.
- Honor Before Reason: Boone is very much all about honor. Money holds no meaning for him. In fact, he'd rather fight Angel than walk away with 2 million. In fact, the main reason Angel and Boone's original fight ended in a stalemate is because the sun rose, and Boone refused to take advantage of it to beat Angel.
- Power Fist: His main ability involves curling seemingly organic ropes of metal around his fists.
- Uncertain Doom: Boone's fate after his rematch with Angel is unknown, although said fight left a decent amount of Boone's blood on the money that was also in the room at the time.
- Worf Had the Flu: Averted! This guy fought Angel for almost 4 hours straight...while working off a three-day hangover.
A young woman who was employed as a dancer for the Blinnikov World Ballet Corps by Count Kurskov.
A dancer at the Blinnikov World Ballet Corps and the lover of the company's Prima Ballerina until Count Kurskov found out.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With the Prima Ballerina.
The owner of the Blinnikov World Ballet Corps.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The source of his power.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Kurskov is a pretty classic evil count.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He was so obsessed with the Prima Ballerina and so angered by her falling in love with another man that he traps everyone in a time bubble, forcing her to dance for him every single night.
- Love Makes You Crazy: The Count is motivated by his obsessive love for the Prima Ballerina.
- Wicked Cultured: Averted; he might own a ballet, but he doesn't know it as well as he should. He doesn't even recognise a mistake on stage.
An ensign of the United States Navy during World War II and a vampire.
- Affably Evil: He's very polite to Fred despite planning to hold her hostage, and he maintains a reasonably calm demeanor with Angel despite hating him for what he's become.
- Blessed with Suck: Despite all the vampiric powers, the fact that an ensouled Angel turned him means that Lawson isn't one thing or the other. As a vampire, he gets no joy from blood-letting and doesn't have the ability to return to a human life.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: After the Captain is killed, his blood splatters all over a still-human Lawson.
- Death Seeker: It isn't hard to guess that's why Lawson broke into Wolfram & Hart to confront Angel. He wanted to die.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He's completely driven by the need to serve a higher purpose in life, to be guided by a cause giving sense to his actions. While Lawson blames the fact that Angel had a soul when he sired him on the fact that he derives no pleasure from killing and torturing people, Angel believed it was simply because Lawson didn't have a cause to live for.
- A Father to His Men: While he was in charge of his surviving crew members.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: As a vampire he highly resents Angel for turning him, dooming him to a life of desperate misery."You gave me just enough, didn't you? Enough of your soul to keep me trapped between who I was and who I should be. I'm nothin' because of you."
- Nice Guy: Loyal, dedicated and kind. Until he was turned into a vampire, that is.
- This Is Gonna Suck: According to him, his last thoughts as he dies.
- Tragic Villain: Lawson was a good man who was forced into becoming a vampire by circumstances. He gains no joy from his cruel acts like other vampires, making him a miserable outcast wandering the Earth in search of a purpose and unable to find satisfaction from anything. He's too monster to be a man but has too much man in him to fully become a monster.
- Transhuman Treachery: After becoming a vampire, he sees his former crew members as possible meals.
- You Are in Command Now: When his captain dies.
A Siberian vampire who was kidnapped alongside Spike and the Prince of Lies for a Nazi-funded World War II super-soldier project.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: He claims to have been Rasputin's lover.
- Bullying a Dragon: This moron thinks he's badder than Angelus and acts accordingly. It gets him staked very swiftly, and that was when Angel actually had a soul. Had Nostroyev been dealing with Angelus himself, his death would likely have been very prolonged.
- The Butcher: Nostroyev is the "Scourge of Siberia and Butcher of Alexander Palace". Maybe people call him that, maybe he calls himself that.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: He gets a good one. Shame for him it comes to nothing.Nostroyev: I will tear you open and play "Coachman, Spare Your Horses" on the lute of your entrails.
- Smug Snake: Despite his supposed Villain Cred and boasts, Angel takes him out with no trouble at all.
- Villain Cred: Nostroyev expects Angel (or Angelus) to have heard of him, and is outraged that he hasn't. Whether this was because Angel was out of the loop or Nostroyev just isn't the infamous vampire he thinks he is, isn't clear.Nostroyev: Used to be quite the terror back in the day. Haven't heard much of you lately, though.Angel: Haven't heard much of you, ever.
Prince of Lies
An ancient vampire who was captured by the Third Reich during World War II as part of an effort to surgically alter vampires on a psychological level in order to create an army of vampire-soldiers.
- Badass Boast: Due to being such a Large Ham, he's prone to these.Prince of Lies: You think I don't know? I am as ancient as the darkness itself.Angel: [beat] Yeah, you're real old. We know.
- Bald of Evil: As part of his Looks Like Orlok style.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: To the Nazi officer."I will suck the brain from your skull and digest your thoughts like a sour pudding!"
- Evil Laugh: He has a rather awkward laugh that causes everyone else in the room to look curiously at him before he stops, embarrassed.
- In the Back: Angel stakes him in the back while he's making a Badass Boast.
- Laughably Evil: The Prince of Lies is memorable largely for Camden Toy's hilarious comic performance of a hammy old vampire who is completely out of touch with the modern world.
- Large Ham: He acts like he's in a silent movie, exaggerating every single gesture and movement with melodramatic finesse.
- Looks Like Orlok: The Prince of Lies is the most blatant example in the entire Buffyverse, serving as a clear homage.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In spite of his hilarity, it's established that he's a powerful older vampire much like the Master when he effortlessly backhands Angel across the room.