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The Senior Partners
A powerful international and interdimensional law firm. Wolfram & Hart, and its many incarnations in other dimensions, was actually a front organization for the Wolf, Ram and Hart, an ancient cabal of demons known euphemistically as the "Senior Partners" who worked through their powerful principal agentsthe Circle of the Black Thorn.
Wolfram & Hart branches, such as the Los Angeles branch, were created over unconsecrated ground. As of 2004, the firm had branches in every major city in the world, as well as satellite offices in many areas of the world where they helped spread oppression and evil.
- Amoral Attorney: They believe entirely in the cause of evil. And they represent it in court.
- Animal Motifs: The Wolf, the Ram and the Hart.
- Ancient Conspiracy/Been There, Shaped History: Holland boasts the firm has been present ever since the first caveman murdered his neighbor. Institutions like the Spanish Inquisition and the Khmer Rouge have either been influenced by W&H or been W&H, indicating they have been influencing humanity towards violence and abuse of power forever.
- Army of Lawyers: They're an evil law firm, after all.
- As Long as There is Evil: Without evil residing in the hearts of every human alive, the firm could not exist.
- Bad Boss: The firm is known for its unforgiving treatment of its employees. Like forcing them to eat their own livers as punishment for poor performance.
- Body Surf: The Partners are unable to inhabit our dimension while in their native forms, instead manifesting in the bodies of "lower demons" or using living mouthpieces.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of a sort.
- Destination Defenestration: No sooner does a Partner materialize in front of its employees, that Angel lunges for its throat and tackles it through a window.
- Dimension Lord: The monks of Pylea are hinted to be acolytes.
- Eldritch Abomination: Extradimensional reality warpers capable of doing things like dumping Los Angeles in a Hell dimension then just as easily reversing it., as well as the fact that they cannot manifest on Earth without taking a lesser form and intense ritual preparation, as they are simply too powerful to do it.
- Eldritch Location: Euphemistically known as the "Home Office." Eventually subverted. When Angel demands to be taken there, it's revealed that Earth is the home office, the source of the firm's power.
- Evil, Inc.: The patent holder of cancer is a client.
- Evil Virtues: Honesty. At Wolfram & Hart, the deal is king: they never break an agreement. This sometimes means they are capable of doing the right thing, albeit for wrong reasons. Better make sure the agreement is very carefully worded, though.
- Extranormal Institute
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Back in Illyria's time, they were weaklings who were barely superior to vampires. Now, they're extradimensional beings who practically control the world.
- Greater Scope Villains: Angel spends the whole show and all his strength trying to grind their operation to a halt, even for a moment, by destroying their means of influencing Earth. Optimistically, he was just successful enough to make them focus their attention upon him. The downside would be that he now has their attention. As of Season 9, their machinations are now starting to affect Buffy and the Scoobies too.
- I Have Many Names: "The Inquisition" and "the Khmer Rouge" being among them. It's not even certain if Wolf, Ram & Hart are just pseudonyms. Lilah reports on having met with a "Mr. Suvarta" right before she decapitates Linwood. Though given that Illyria knew them as the Wolf, Ram & Hart during her time, it's likely those are their original names.
- I Want Them Alive: They have big-time plans for Angel, and killing him is strictly off-limits. Of course, that doesn't stop some subordinates from trying to do so.
- Invincible Villain: Since the departure of the Old Ones, they've been shaping society so that they can never be permanently beaten. Angel spends five seasons, all his strength and the lives of several friends fighting them. In the end, all he can do is inconvenience them enough that they decide to expend the effort required to crush him.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After years of being untouchable, in the tie-in comics Angel finally manages to kill one and through some trickery banish the other two to another dimension.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.: Have their own special ops outfit.
- Literal-Minded: In one instance, several employees were reported to have been sacked with actual sacks, and Knox mentioned that on at least one occasion they literally fired an employee. As mentioned by Harmony, there are also non-Human resources.
- The Marvelous Deer: A dark invocation of the trope, as the Hart's sigil is, of course, a stag, or as Wesley put it "a hart"
- Megacorp: Although ostensibly a law firm, they also maintain departments of real estate, entertainment, transmutational science, and Interment Acquisitions (read: grave robbing).
- Mouth of Sauron: The Conduit. An assortment of Wolfram & Hart brass also fill this role, most notably Marcus Hamilton and Holland Manners.
- Occult Law Firm: Of the nefarious variety.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In "Sense and Sensitivity," they refusesto help mobster Little Tony after he attempts to shoot up a police station. They consider him Too Dumb to Live, and it would be next to impossible to defend, let alone acquit, a Cop Killer.
- Resignations Not Accepted: Lee Mercer was rudely awakened to this policy while attempting to jump ship to a rival firm. When they found out during a telepathic scan, they promptly blew his brains out. Every employee signs a "perpetuity clause" in their contracts, meaning that if they die in the firm's service, they will continue to work as undead.
- Rule of Three: The Wolf, the Ram, and the Hart.
- Savage Wolves: The Wolf
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As CEO, Angel offhandedly remarks that they kinda, sorta... "own" the police.
- Take That!: Along with ties to fictional corporations like Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne, Wolfram & Hart also works with Newscorp.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: Granted, it took them potentially millions of years; Illyria was aware of the original Wolf, Ram and Hart in her own time - but they were to ultimate evil as vampires are to them in the present day. It's immediately pointed out to her that things have rather changed in the intervening aeons.
- Ultimate Evil: Never properly seen (or heard) on-screen, due to the writers' belief that nothing could match whatever the viewer's imagination conjures up. That said, a Senior Partner does briefly manifest in the body of a lower demon during the company's annual "review" meeting in "Reprise."
- Villain Cred: Even Sahjhan is familiar with the firm's reputation, being as it exists in other dimensions, as well.
- The Villain Knows Where You Live: On the Wolfram & Hart website, if you go to the page to fill out a job application, it simply reads "We know where to contact you. Expect a visit from our recruiters soon."
- Villain with Good Publicity: While many of their clients are rich or powerful, the firm is also known to work some cases pro bono, especially when it has an ulterior interest in the client. Lilah even gave the keynote speech at a public school just to get close to a young telekinetic. Holland's division sponsored a high-profile charity event with the intention of stealing upwards of 95% of the funds raised."Can we really change the world? At Wolfram & Hart, We're Counting On It."
The Circle of the Black Thorn
The Circle of the Black Thorn
The agents of the Senior Partners on Earth, the Circle are their direct representatives and thus perhaps singularly the most powerful evil force on the planet. Only the most vile of creatures are accepted into their ranks; given the firm's interest in having Angel on their side of the apocalypse, seeing him corrupted enough to be worthy of the Circle is a fond wish. Individual members appear throughout the fifth series, though it is not until near the end that their commonality is actually revealed ahead of the final confrontation.
- Affably Evil: They all seem to get along with each other well enough. Even their entry rituals come across as social mixers.
- Big Bad: For Season 5.
- Cosmopolitan Council: They're a varied group, incorporating demon royalty, vampires (once Angel joins), sorcerors, and even a few humans.
- The Dragon: To the Senior Partners, a role they apparently share to some extent with Marcus Hamilton (though the Circle has more power, since Hamilton is just the liaison).
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They force Angel to sign away his rights to the Shanshu Prophecy to ensure that he would not betray them. It never occurs to them that Angel would kill them simply for the sake of doing good rather than for a divine reward, and that brings about their downfall.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: It's not directly specified whether it was Angel's idea or the Circle's (the trope being invoked if the former, played straight if the latter), but their torturing and his murdering so pure and noble a warrior as Drogyn the Battlebrand is this trope.
- Initiation Ceremony: Angel's is the murder of Drogyn the Battlebrand.
- No Name Given: The human members of the Circle are unnamed.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: That they're incredibly powerful and evil is made clear, what specifically their role as Wolfram & Hart's "agents on earth" entails is not. Basically, they seem to make the world progressively more unpleasant to live in.
- Red Herring Shirts: Angel encounters each one separately throughout Season 5.
- Secret Circle of Secrets: Naturally. They even have chants and Venetian robes.
- Spikes of Villainy: Their logo. ('Cause, you know, thorns.)
- Trojan Horse: How the Circle are defeated. Angel manages to fake a FaceHeel Turn convincingly enough for the Circle to let him join; insodoing, he's able to identify their members, and arrange for them to be assassinated separately by different members of his own team.
A powerful and feared demon of an unidentified species and a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's an Archduke, and also the unofficial leader of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Blue Blood: Both figuratively and literally. He and the rest of his demon species has blue-colored blood that they drink like wine from their lower-class slaves. Also as a demon aristocrat, Sebassis is as pompous and decadent as they come.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He initially appears alongside many demons at the Wolfram & Hart party, and his importance is not revealed until later.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lightly, but it's there.Lorne: Somehow, I'm making people do things, and I'm controlling them.Sebassis: Well, then, Pylean, you're making me kill you. Is that consistent with your theory?
- A Glass of Chianti: His race are blood-drinkers just like vampires, he drinks the blue blood of his slave in a glass like wine. Angel uses this method to kill him.
- Kneel Before Zod: Plenty of demons kneel before him when he appears. Sebassis, for his part, treats this like something he's obligated to do.
- Monster Lord: Sebassis is considered something close to royalty about demons.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Angel, when they first meet.Sebassis: So... this is the mighty Angel. I've been told many things about you. Bit of a restless frog, hmm? Making lots of waves in your little swamp.Angel: Yeah, well, I'm just trying to keep the fly population down.Sebassis: Yes. Though I do prefer the tales of your counterpart Angelus. Ah, you had flair back then, child.Angel: Well, I guess we all mellow in our old age.Sebassis: Your contempt is fragrant.
- Wall of Weapons: He has one behind a sliding door.
- Wasn't That Fun?: At a Halloween party where people are terrified, a monster goes on the loose and one of Sebassis' own people is brutally killed...he decides the party was a success and he had quite a nice time.
A demon and a powerful sorcerer, not to mention a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn. Despite his frail and elderly appearance, he proves to be a formidable enemy of Team Angel.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He makes an early appearance and later turns out to be important indeed.
- Evil Old Folks: Vail appears to be an elderly old man (with demonic red skin of course) and considering how old demons can be, he might very well be one of the oldest characters ever seen in the Buffyverse.
- Evil Sorceror: And an incredibly powerful one at that.
- Hero Killer: He kills Wesley in the final episode.
- Obfuscating Disability: He's always seen with his IV and has trouble without it, but when it comes to his fight with Wesley, he discards it rather easily.
- Tempting Fate: Unaware that the sweet, pretty young lady he's threatening is actually an Old One with incredible power, he invites her to take her best shot. As it turns out, her best shot is pretty damn good.
- Your Head Asplode: Illyria punches his head into nothing.
Senator Helen Brucker
A California Senator, client of the law firm Wolfram & Hart and, secretly, a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn and a demon.
- Corrupt Politician: She's naturally this, given that she's actually a demon who's taken over a human body (quite probably, Magnus Hainsley was responsible).
- Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: Sort of, Brucker is a demon herself but being in a human body means she can be killed like any other so has a cadre of vampire bodyguards who also serve as campaign staff.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Gunn throws an axe into her head while she's conducting a phone interview.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Hillary Clinton.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the member of the Circle, assuming of course that she was female before being implanted in her human body.
- Affably Evil: He comes across as an upwardly-mobile professional involved with networking. Listen to the character without looking at him, and, aside from the occasional reference to death, you'd be pushed to guess he's a demon.
- Expy: A very obvious one for Satan. Aside from the name, he's a red demon with a forked tail.
Ed, Leader of the Fell Brethren
The Grand Potentate of the Fell Brethren and a member of the Circle of the Black Thorn. As a symbol of his status, he wore a more ornate version of the jewels worn by his brethren.
- Bald of Evil: A powerful evil with no hair
- Faux Affably Evil: He politely requests an organic cola, is caring and warm toward the holy child's mother, and generally acts pretty friendly...but it's all a facade. Ed is a lying fundamentalist killer.
- Tom the Dark Lord: A demon cult leader with a common human name.
- Human Sacrifice: The rites of Gordabach.
Connections to the Senior Partners
The Conduit to the Senior Partners
A position filled by evil being of enormous power that serves as a Mouth of Sauron to the Senior Partners. The first Conduit was Mesektet, one of the Ra-Tet (a family of avatars of the god Ra). The second Conduit was an unnamed being.
- Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: The second Conduit. It reverts to Gunn's shape after Gunn unknowingly arranges the death of Fred.
- Cats Are Mean: "Big Cat."
- Creepy Child: Mesektet, the first Conduit.
- Eldritch Location: The "White Room."
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Lilah's timid about entering the White Room, mostly because of one employee who went in there and ended up in an asylum as a result.
- Grade-School C.E.O.: Mesektet looks very young indeed to be a major figure within Evil, Inc., though it is unlikely she's actually a young child; she definitely doesn't talk like one.
- Little Miss Badass: Mesektet.
- Little Miss Snarker: Once again, as Mesektet.
- Made of Evil: Nuclear evil.
- Missing Floor: The White Room is accessed by hitting a specific sequence of elevator buttons.
- Mouth of Sauron: To the Senior Partners.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On Gunn, when he tries to get the Conduit's help in saving Fred. It doesn't take kindly to him trying to use it for his own needs.
- Panthera Awesome: The "Big Cat" form.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: Gunn borrowing a 'whisker.'
- Really 700 Years Old
- Replacement Goldfish: The second Conduit.
- Spell My Name with a "The"
- Scary Black Man: DoppelGunn.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Blithely instructing Angel to snap Lilah's neck... which he moves to oblige, completely nonchalant, until she giggles and calls him off at the last second.
- Villainous Rescue: Mesektet's last act was saving Angel and Co. from The Beast during its attack on Wolfram and Hart.
The replacement liaison for Eve following her collusion with Lindsay to kill Angel — a big no-no as far as the the Senior Partners are concerned. Like Eve, Hamilton shares a direct line with the Partners, though he is vastly more powerful.
- Artificial Human: Like Eve, he's implied to be a Child of the Senior Partners.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Even Angel agrees that it's a nice suit.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Corporate Samurai: He's equally at home busting down walls or gladhanding clients.
- The Consigliere: To Angel who is pretending to have become corrupted by the firm.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's a World of Snark, after all. All things considered he's a mild example, more deadpan, less snark, but he gets in some pretty good digs.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He lays a brutal beatdown on Illyria, an Eldritch Abomination Physical God.Marcus: I gotta tell you, I'm a little disappointed. Didn't think a big scary Old One bled this easily. Maybe it's this skinny little body you chose to infect. Or maybe it's that ray gun they shot you with to keep you from exploding. Or maybe you're just not that cool.
- The Dragon: As close to the Senior Partners as Angel and company ever get, though it's suggested that Marcus and by extension Wolfram & Hart's offices on Earth are all actually very low on the cosmic totem pole.
- Establishing Character Moment: He spends an entire episode hunting down Eve, slaughtering anyone in his way... just to offer her a pen to sign away her duties and privileges to him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Lampshaded during the Final Battle, where he asks Angel why the latter continues to fight despite having signed away his rights to the Shanshu Prophecy. Angel retorts that "The people who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do." Hamilton punches him across the room and deadpans, "Yeah, but we won't care."
- Evil Sounds Deep: Adam Baldwin's usual baritone in the body of a merciless killing machine in service to Wolfram & Hart.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Gloating that his blood is imbued with the power of the Senior Partners to a vampire of all beings wasn't exactly a smart move. Angel even lampshades it before taking a nice, long, refreshing drink.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's impeccably polite, but is an unrepentant killer in service to what amount to gods of evil on a cosmic scale. Only Hamilton could chat about torture devices and sound like Martha Stewart.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a lawyer. A very large lawyer, but he's still intimately familiar with contracts, deals, fine print and associated scheming.
- The Heavy: Sent in when Wolfram & Hart decide to try the stick, he's the face and muscle of the perpetually offscreen Senior Partners. Along with the Circle of the Black Thorn, he gives Team Angel a target to punch and serves as the final onscreen fight of the entire series.
- Humanoid Abomination: Like Eve, he's neither demon nor human, but a Child of the Senior Partners. Illyria refers to him as "that creature".
- Implacable Man: Especially in his introduction, which is scripted and filmed as if he's the demonic equivalent of The Terminator.
- In the Blood: His blood is imbued with the power of the Senior Partners, granting him strength that surpasses that of a vampire of — at least — Angel's age. The fact that his power is literally in his blood proves to be the key to defeating him.
- The Juggernaut: His cred is established when he walks into the foyer of W&H and serenely puts his fist through a security guard trying to waylay him, then continues on without so much as a change in expression. When Angel starts fighting him, his first punch doesn't even get a reaction from the guy.Angel: Did that hurt at all?
Hamilton: Little bit. [punches Angel across the room]
- Load-Bearing Boss: Wolfram & Hart's offices immediately crumble the moment he bites the dust. Mainly because that's the point when the Senior Partners realize what Angel's up to and that's when they begin to get angry, not because of anything related to Hamilton himself.
- Neck Snap: How he dies: Angel punches him in the face so hard that his neck breaks.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He stupidly gloats to Angel, a vampire of all beings, that his blood is filled with the ancient power of the Senior Partners. Angel lampshades it before biting and drinking from him.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: "Terminator in Armani" was used to describe him, and it is apt.
- One-Man Army: Try to imagine an M-1 tank in Armani.
- Punched Across the Room: His go-to move.
- Really 700 Years Old: Previously acquainted with Drogyn, an immortal swordsman who's been alive for at least 1000 years.Hamilton: Oh, we go way back.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Angel in "Not Fade Away".Marcus: The Senior Partners have expended an awful lot of time and resources into you. Personally, if it was up to me, I would have told them not to bother. You're gutter trash. That's where you should have stayed. Drinking and whoring your way through an unremarkable life. But the fates stepped in and made you a vampire... with a soul, no less. A champion. A hero to the people. And yet, you still managed to fail everyone around you. Doyle, Cordelia, Fred... dead. They're all gone. It's time you followed.
- Red Herring: During the whole episode Underneath one is led to believe that Marcus actually is a Senior Partner, thanks to Eve's reaction to him. This is not the case.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Runs on these, the better to wear down the heroes' will. They can't fight him physically, but as Wolfram & Hart has done from the start, Hamilton stresses that submission to evil is the only reasonable course of action.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Hamilton makes the grave mistake of telling Angel, a vampire, that great power flows through his veins. Angel immediately decides to find out if this is literally true. It is. Whoops.
- Tom the Dark Lord: A Humanoid Abomination with a slightly preppy name. Applies to every lawyer at Wolfram & Hart to some degree, but most of them are human — Marcus Hamilton is child of the Senior Partners, and in effect a kind of demigod.
- Unskilled, but Strong: It's rather clear that Angel's the better fighter even if Hamilton is stronger. After Angel gets supercharged from drinking the blood of the Senior Partners from Hamilton's neck, he takes the big man down in under a minute.
Another Wolfram & Hart lawyer, she is the rival of Lindsey, the two often vying with each other internally, when they're not trying to make Angel's life miserable. After Lindsey's departure, she begins to climb up the ladder at W&H, bringing her into conflict with Angel time and time again.
- Action Survivor: Sometimes skirting this and Action Girl. The Beast slaughters every employee at Wolfram & Hart — except Lilah. She escapes the building with Wesley's help, then later turns up in the sewers, sans stylish clothes and shampoo. She's also pretty handy with a gun, and manages to fight off and escape Angelus. Had Cordy not been possessed, Lilah likely would have survived.
- Affably Evil: Her interactions with Angel don't really show this (mostly because they transparently hate each other), but there are times when Lilah shows a certain charm and courtesy. It mostly comes out with her clients and with Wesley.
- Ambition Is Evil: Arguably, the reason she outlasts the other lawyers is because of her sex. She's had to be "quicker, smarter, faster" than any man at Wolfram & Hart.
- Amoral Attorney: By default, since she's from Wolfram & Hart.
- Back from the Dead: An interesting case, since her contract with Wolfram & Hart extends even past her death.
- Becoming the Mask: She cheerfully admits to this.
- Being Evil Sucks: Lilah lives in essentially constant fear that she'll either be betrayed by her co-workers and killed, scapegoated by a superior and killed, or that Angel will get pissed and kill her. The closest things she has to friends are Team Angel and Lindsey, all of whom are her enemies, and her ultimate fate is arguably even worse than Fred's, who at least can no longer suffer. All of this was entirely her choice, mind you - but given the show's themes about redemption, one can't help but wonder if changing her decision really was completely beyond her. As she herself points out in the end, we'll never know for sure.
- Big Damn Heroes: In return for Cordelia helping her get over being beaten by Billy's victims, she shoots the latter, saving Cordelia in the process.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Unapologetically places herself on the side of evil, accepting all its consequences.
- Character Development: Starts out as a Smug Snake who's utterly useless compared to Lindsey, and is constantly afraid of Angel. Over the course of Season 2 and 3, she develops into a much stronger character, stealing Lindwood's position, being able to stare Angel down as an equal, and even shows a more sensitive side with her relationship with Wesley.
- Co-Dragons: With Lindsey. And later his off-brand substitute, Gavin.
- Dating Catwoman: Things get awfully complicated between her and Wesley. More complicated than either of them had ever really imagined it getting.
- Deadpan Snarker: Reaches tremendous levels during the fight against The Beast.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: It's suggested at a few points that she's fallen in love with Wesley. This is ironic, since the whole point of Lilah's seduction was to lure Wesley over to Wolfram & Hart. Their liaisons end up transforming him into a bone fide Ice King, albeit until he makes amends with the gang, while Lilah's true feelings go unreciprocated.
- The Dog Bites Back: Linwood treats her and Gavin as walking scapegoats during Season 3, shifting blame for his own humiliating defeats to the pair of them without a hint of shame. In Season 4, Lilah goes to a Senior Partner who agrees with her about Linwood's incompetence and cowardice...resulting in Lilah cutting off his head with some office furniture.
- Emotionally Tongue-Tied: She never does manage to blurt out her feelings for Wesley. Her 'ghost' tries to, but Wesley cuts her off by decapitating her corpse.
- Enemy Mine: Joins with Angel Investigations in Season 4 to help fight against The Beast/Angelus/Jasmine. She also helps Cordelia fight Billy Blim.
- Even Lawyers Love Their Mamas: She has mentioned that her mother has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home; in one episode they have a phone conversation, during which the mother apparently starts crying when she's told Lilah can't visit that day.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Her point-blank execution of Billy Blim, one of her own clients. Of course, this might be because she was personally hurt by Billy.
- Expy: She's very similar to Emma Frost. They both seem to be seemingly businesswomen with irreproachable functions but which show themselves sinister and calculators. Because of their social and professional status, their enemies cannot stop them by the strength, at the risk of showing themselves too in the eyes of the majority of people. Also, Lilah's involvement with Bethany Chaulks is similar to Frost with The Hellions, her class of young mutants.
- Foil: To Angel.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Her short-lived alliance with Angel Investigations.
- Hello, Attorney!: Lilah is damn sexy, as is observed by a few characters, not least of all Wesley.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She blackmails Angel into breaking Ax-Crazy Straw Misogynist Billy Blim out of a Prison Dimension... only for Billy to touch her rival Gavin Park and provoke him into brutally beating her, which results in her helping Angel Investigations take him down.
- Insult Backfire: On one occasion, Cordelia flat-out calls her a "vicious bitch" to her face. Lilah's response?Lilah: So you know me.
- Klingon Promotion: Elevates herself to President of Special Projects by beheading Linwood.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- As mentioned above, she tortures Cordelia and blackmails Angel into helping her spring Billy Blim, only for her to become the first victim of Billy's Hate Plague.
- Decapitating Linwood during a board meeting, thereby assuming his position. In due course, Lilah is stabbed in the neck by Cordelia who leaves her body behind for Angelus to feed on, obliging Wesley to chop off her head due to the gang not realizing Angelus didn't kill her rather than risk her coming back as a vampire.
- Married to the Job: The quintessential career woman — and judging by how quick she was to jump Angel's bones, it's not for lack of desire.Gavin: From what I hear, bumping uglies with an old man that body-jumped into a vampire is the closest thing you've had to a meaningful relationship in years.
- Not So Different: She's met her match in Cordelia.
- Pet the Dog: She gets one of these when we learn one of her reasons for working for Wolfram and Hart may be to pay for the care of her senile mother.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: Following her beheading, Lilah develops a preference for scarfs. She still wears them in the comic.
- Signed Up for the Dental: Aside from a comfortable living, her salary goes toward paying her sick mother's care. (Well, and shoes.)
- Smug Snake: Seasons 1-2; prior to Lindsey leaving, she tended to be rather weak and ineffective.
- The Starscream: Sorry, Linwood. You can only threaten a gal's life so many times before she takes preemptive action.
- Took a Level in Badass: After Season 1, she gained a spine and a brain, and became able to face off with Angel on more or less equal footing - while she was just a Badass Normal human woman, her supernatural pool of resources coupled with her limitless funding in Special Projects made her the most successful adversary from Wolfram and Hart that Team Angel faced.
- The Vamp
- Wicked Cultured: Quotes Shakespeare in conversation and appears to be well versed in The Divine Comedy, especially (big surprise) Dante's Inferno.
A lawyer at Wolfram & Hart Real Estate Division.
- Amoral Attorney: Due to his employment with Wolfram & Hart.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: What he becomes after he is killed by The Beast.
- Mundane Made Awesome: However, by actually using the law instead of assassins or demons, he actually puts Angel in trouble.
- No Honor Among Thieves: If Gavin and Lilah can be said to cooperate at all, as both are vying for Linwood's approval. Once Lilah takes over the firm, Gavin is downgraded to her lickspittle.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: His plans to take out Angel are largely through legal means; he even points out that they can put Angel Investigations out of business simply by pointing out Angel's ID issues with the government.
- Off with His Head!: Gunn beheads the zombified Gavin as a Mercy Kill, unwilling to see someone he knew, even a weasel like Gavin, in such a state.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Shamelessly sucks up to Linwood, and later to Lilah when she ends up in charge.
- Smug Snake: While he occasionally keeps up with Lilah in their battles for respect among members of the firm, he never really emerges as a viable threat to Angel Investigations, and he's disposed of by the Beast rather unceremoniously.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Wolfram & Hart usually send demons and assassins after Angel, and go through grandiose Evil Plans. In "Carpe Noctem," Gavin points out that they can easily put Angel and his crew out of business by simply informing the government of Angel's Undead Tax Exemption; of course, soon after he points this out, Lilah Morgan gives Angel all the documents he needs just to spite him.Gavin: The guy has no social security number, no tax payer ID, no last name as far as I know. How can he go down to the building department, or anywhere else in officialdom for that matter? He's the rat and we're the maze.
- Unknown Rival: Gavin believed himself to be the next Lindsey McDonald, a Magnificent Bastard who could arguably be called Angel's Archenemy (well, he would argue that he could), but he just wasn't the man, lawyer or villain that he'd replaced.
A high-ranking executive at Wolfram & Hart, later promoted to head of its Special Projects Division, i.e. the "Screwing With Angel's Head and other apocalyptic plans" division. Holland's not the last to hold this office, given its high turnover rate.
- Above Good and Evil"It's not about good or evil. It's about who wields the most power. And we wield a lot of it here — and you know what? I think the world's better for it."
- Affably Evil: Or possibly Faux Affably Evil, part of Holland's allure is that the audience is never quite sure... and even when he's one, he can change between both with horrifying speed.
- Ambition Is Evil: Symbolized by him.
- Amoral Attorney:
- Big Bad: Meets the criteria for the Big Bad of season 1 and the first half of season 2; his machinations leave a lasting impression with Angel throughout the remainder of the season and, arguably, the rest of the series.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A literal case.
- The Corrupter: Very arguable, but his interaction with Lindsey does sometimes give this vibe and keeps him from getting out while there was still a chance for him to reform.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Dragonin Chief/Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's much more effective than his Smug Snake superior, Linwood Murrow, the President of the Special Projects Division, which runs quite smoothly under Holland's vicepresidency until his death.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a wife, and, judging from his horrified expression when he realises that Darla and Drusilla killed her, seems to have genuinely cared for her.
- Evil Mentor: For Lindsay and Lilah, although less so for her (of course, she's a rotten apple from the start).
- Evil Old Folks: Holland is clearly into middle age, and his work for Wolfram & Hart speaks for itself.
- Gone Horribly Right: His plan to corrupt Angel works, all right. He brings Darla back, and then has Drusilla turn her back into a vampire after Angel just went through all sorts of hell to try and save her. Then he encourages Darla and Drusilla to go on a massacre, and organizes a wine tasting to celebrate his victory. Darla and Drusilla proceed to crash the party, intending to massacre every Wolfram & Hart employee there out of revenge for being used as pawns. When Angel shows up, Holland begs for help, but unfortunately (for him), he has corrupted Angel to the extent that he simply throws back an Ironic Echo before locking the doors and letting Drusilla and Darla go nuts.
- Ironic Echo: When Angel criticizes him for endangering innocents, Holland simply remarks that he "just can't seem to care." Angel says these exact words to him during the Gone Horribly Right incident mentioned above.
- Karmic Death: Encouraging Angel's corruption and Darla and Drusilla's killing spree comes back to bite him in the neck.
- Knight of Cerebus: His introduction sets up Wolfram and Hart as the Big Bad of the entire series rather than the shadowy Man Behind the Man and benefactors of the Monster of the Week they were in the first half of Season 1, which is what initially moves the show to arc-based storytelling from the episodic structure it had before. He also helped resurrect Darla, leading to her revamping, Connor's birth and all that followed; an arc that dominated more than half of the series.
- Lack of Empathy: This exchange sums it up quite well:Angel: You set things in motion, play your little games up here in your glass and chrome tower, and people die - innocent people!
Manners: And yet, I just can't seem to care.
- Magically Binding Contract: He is the first sign of how truly binding a deal with Wolfram and Hart can be.Manners: Oh, no. I'm quite dead. Unfortunately my contract with Wolfram and Hart extends well beyond that.
- The Man Behind the Man: In Season 1, as the superior of Lindsey, Lilah and Lee, overseeing their activities. Angel doesn't meet Holland until "Reunion".
- Manipulative Bastard: Tempts Lindsey with power and succeeds triumphantly.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: For him, is not about good and evil, its about power, and W&H is power.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: One of the show's most triumphant example.Angel: You're not gonna win.Manners: Well... no. Of course we aren't. We have no intention of doing anything so prosaic as "winning." [laughs]Angel: Then why?Manners: I'm sorry. Why what?Angel: Why fight?Manners: That's really the question you should be asking yourself, isn't it? See, for us, there is no fight. Which is why winning doesn't enter into it. We go on no matter what. Our firm has always been here. In one form or another. The Inquisition. The Khmer Rouge. We were there when the very first cave man clubbed his neighbor. See, we're in the hearts and minds of every single living being. And that friend is what's making things so difficult for you. See, the world doesn't work in spite of evil, Angel. It works with us. It works because of us. Welcome to the home office.Angel: This isn't...Manners: Well, you know it is. You know that better than anyone. Things you've seen. Things you've, well, done. You see, if there wasn't evil in every single one of them out there why, they wouldn't be people. They'd all be angels. Have a nice day.
- Number Two: As Vice-President of Special Projects, he's below Lindwood Murrow, President of Special Projects, in the W&H hierarchy.
- Scars Are Forever: His undead body still bears Darla's bite marks.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Angel won't be saving him from Darla and Drusilla.
A lawyer at Wolfram & Hart and President of the Special Projects Division.
- Adult Fear: Both his sons were taken by the Senior Partners.
- Amoral Attorney: Par for the course at W&H
- Bad Boss: Even for Wolfram & Hart. Whereas Holland was rather encouraging and rewarded initiative, Linwood makes it abundantly clear that he has no compunction shifting blame to his underlings to save his own oily hide. And of course, being from Wolfram & Hart, he tends to kill those who fail him.Psychic: "I can't apologize enough, sir."
Linwood: "You're right. You can't. (Laughs) But I'm not without compassion. I'm gonna give you a chance to save your job - and your skin."
(Psychic smiles relieved, then frowns and leans in a bit closer to Linwood)
Psychic: "No, you're not. You're gonna have me killed."
Linwood: "Now, why couldn't you have had that kind of foresight when we needed it?"
(Someone puts a plastic bag over the psychic's head and smothers him)
- The Chessmaster: What he thinks of himself. He really isn't. Holland Manners wouldn't give this guy the time of day.
- Custom Uniform: Unlike other W&H executives, Linwood doesn't like to wear a tie.
- Dirty Coward: The reason why he provides Angel the code to enter the White Room. And why when Angel's trapped under the sea he does nothing to find him, even though a trapped Angel also works against the firm's plans for the vampire.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He apparently had kids, who the Senior Partners took. It's unclear if he gave them willingly as a sacrifice or otherwise, but he shows some slight regret over it.
- Evil Old Folks: Evil and well over sixty.
- Faux Affably Evil: Linwood can turn on a smile, but he can't turn off his smug attitude.
- Kill and Replace: Lilah kills him and replaces him as the head of W&H.
- The Man Behind the Man: As President of Special Projects, he was the superior of Holland Manners. How is it that Holland is vicepresident and the much less effective Linwood is above him is a case of Fridge Logic never brought up.
- Off with His Head!: Lilah kills him with a mechanical blade attached to his chair.
- Terms of Endangerment: Angel congratulating him on becoming Connor's godfather — with the added stipulation that, should any harm befall the baby, Linwood will suffer the same injury.
- Remember the New Guy?: Never mentioned prior to Season 3, he's introduced as if he's been there all along even though we never even saw him when his new Number Two gets chosen in "Dead End".
- Would Hurt a Child: Despite his soft spot for children, he's still perfectly willing to have a child kidnapped and dissected.
A veteran lawyer at Wolfram & Hart, he was in charge of the Special Projects Reevaluation.
- Bad Boss: Nathan tells Lindsey and Lilah that if Angel kills them both, he'll consider it a win.
- Bald of Evil: There's not a strand of hair on his evil dome.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: It's unclear what happened to Nathan; after Lindsey leaves the firm, he disappears and is 'replaced' by Linwood as the elder lawyer figure overseeing the younger ones (Lilah and Gavin). It's possible, in a case of Fridge Brilliance, he was punished in some way for allowing Lindsey to leave or his offshore accounts where discovered and got eaten by the Senior Partners.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a wife and son.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A glasses wearing villain that cares nothing for those working for the firm.
- The Stoic: Nathan is mostly calm and collected, see how during Lindsey's resignation, which includes gunshots and threats, he never looses his cool, and smoothly calls to "amend the minutes" by having Lilah promoted and an ambulance called for the poor guard that got his foot shot.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: From the point of view of Lindsey and Lilah; whereas Holland Manners gave the pair of them a certain leeway because he had a soft spot for them, Nathan views them only as tools. The possibility that he'll have them both killed looms over them frequently.
- We Have Reserves: As he tells Lindsey and Lilah, they're replaceable.
A lawyer at Wolfram & Hart who, alongside Lindsey McDonald and Lilah Morgan, worked under the supervision of Holland Manners.
- Amoral Attorney: By default, since he's working for Wolfram & Hart. Lee isn't even moral within Wolfram & Hart, since he was poaching clients.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he dies. Manners laments this. You just can't get cerebral matter out of carpets.
- Butt-Monkey: Not that he doesn't deserve it, but he really does get shit on by just about everyone.
- Characterization Marches On: He started out as The Stoic emotionless boy but evolved into Lilah's Butt-Monkey rival.
- Department of Redundancy Department: His assassin rant after Faith kills a demon sent to kill her after she didn't kill Angel. "This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin - sent to kill the first assassin - who didn't assassinate anyone until we hired the second assassin to assassinate her!"
- Jerkass: As Lilah says, he has no people skills. As such, neither Lilah nor Lindsey have any problem when Faith quickly gets sick of Lee and beats him senseless.
- Finding Judas: A villainous variation.
- No Social Skills: According to Lilah.
A lawyer for the firm who represents them during an early clash with Angel
- Auction of Evil: Her Job appears to be attending them and she tries to buy a kidnapped Cordelias new seer eyes.
- But Not Too Black: She appears to be mixed race.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is only in one episode.
- Gender-Blender Name: Mac is often a male name as well.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She retreats as Angel and Wesley fight the demons she was dealing with.
- Sexy Spectacles: She swears a somewhat attractive pair of glasses.
Ilona Costa Bianchi
The CEO of Wolfram and Hart's branch office in Rome.
- Ambiguously Human: She claims that she doesn't need to breath, indicating she's a vampire, but never shows a vamp face.
- Affably Evil: You don't get to rise up in Wolfram and Hart by being a moralist, but over her one episode Ilona comes across as arguably the friendliest and most trustworthy employee of the firm to appear in the series.
- Benevolent Boss: She gives her employees a lot of leeway and even lets one sleep on the job.
- Fangirl: It's hinted that she is one to Angelus, due to showing slight disappointment at not meeting him.
- Gratuitous Italian: She peppers several sentences with Italian phrases.
- Hello, Attorney!: She is head of a law office, and wearing a very form fitting dress.
- Spiteful Spit: Whenever she mentions gypsies she follows this with a spit.
A scientist at Wolfram & Hart who turned out to be a worshipper of Illyria.
- Affably Evil: Up until his Moral Event Horizon where we become far too disgusted with him to consider him this.
- Asshole Victim: Angel and Spike show little remorse over Wesley's gunning him down, with Spike explicitly stating that he "had it coming." Even Illyria has little concern for him, even kicking his body at Wesley during the subsequent fight.
- Beneath the Mask: "I just mix the potions, y'know?" Sure, you're real humble.
- Consummate Liar: Managed to slip past Lorne's employee screening (read: a capella singing).
- He likely used the same trickery as Dr. Royce ("Unleashed") and ate calendula to prevent Lorne from scanning his aura.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Illyria reacts this way when Knox announces that he is her high priest.
- Evil Gloating: In "A Hole in the World," he boasts to Gunn about how he was behind Illyria infecting and killing Fred. He takes particular delight in revealing that it was Gunn's signature that got Illyria's sarcophagus out of customs.
- Karmic Death: Shot by Wesley for his role in the death of Fred, who chose Wesley over Knox.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: While Angel is monologuing about how they're the good guys so they have to protect any member of humanity, Wesley kills Knox.
- The Lab Rat: His job in the Practical Science Division.
- Misanthrope Supreme: He criticizes humans for being deceitful bastards, and (as happens often), Illyria is surprised that a human can take a position like identifying against his own race rather than with it. Knox's reply amounts to agreeing that yes, he does identify with demonkind rather than humanity.
- No Name Given: Knox is probably his surname, but he's never addressed as anything else.
- Please Keep Your Hat On: As per "the ancient ways," Knox stitched a bunch of occult items just over his heart. The scar is messily stitched together.
- Saying Too Much: From "A Hole in the World":Knox: I don't just care about Fred - I practically worship it.Gunn: You said "it".Knox: What?Gunn: Not "her". You said "'I worship it".Knox: (smirking) Oops.
- In this context, "it" refers to the Old One Illyria, about to be reborn via the sacrifice of our beloved Fred. Fred is the "her". In this case, Knox believes that only Fred was worthy to be Illyria's host.
- Sycophantic Servant: A follower of the ancient demon Illyria before he resurrects her and even more of a slavish follower afterwards. Having been dead, Illyria had no direct contact with him until that point.
- Villainous Crush: On Fred.
An employee at Wolfram & Hart as well as a former wrestler and Champion. Alongside his four brothers, he was one of the Hermanos Número, until they were killed and he joined Wolfram and Hart after losing all hope. Decades later he is an elderly and bitter mail room employee.
- Call-Back: In a later episode, where Angel begins to fear that he has lost his path and is no longer a Champion, he has a nightmare where he starts pushing Number Five's mail cart.
- Death Equals Redemption: It's left ambiguous whether or not he's truly redeemed himself, but Angel says that he "died a hero".
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it decades ago.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He is disgusted that his brother's sacrifice is memorialised only by a midget wrestling match.
- He's also surprised that Angel has never heard of his family's victory over "El Diablo Robotica".
- Early-Bird Cameo: Is seen in the background of earlier episodes pushing his mail cart.
- Jaded Washout: Once a Champion of good, he's now so broken down that Wolfram and Hart have him pushing a mail cart rather than actually using his abilities to further their cause.
- Masked Luchador: He wears the mask and apparently helped inspire the luchador movement.
- Scrap Heap Hero
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Still wears his mask.
- You Are Number 6: His name is the number he and his brothers had.
- Catchphrase: "I'm Files and Records. It's my job."
- Electronic Eyes: Her eyes flicker like someone's changing the channel when she's looking up something in her Photographic Memory.
- Photographic Memory: She has every file, reference, backroom dealing and line of history in her brain.
- Plucky Office Girl: Shes a Perpetual Smiler with a chipper tone of voice who filed paperwork.
- You Didn't Ask: After twelve hours of fruitless research Lilah finds out that Gwen has memorized the information shes after and could have told her from the start if Lilah had explained that was what she was after.
A Wolfram & Hart employee who worked at the mailroom. He was also a servant of Master Tarfall, Underlord of Pain.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: He says he wants to work for Lilah, but he's actually working for Gavin. No, wait, he's working for Master Tarfall, Underlord of Pain.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He appears for less than five minutes of a single episode but hes the one who spreads word about Darla's pregnancy to the greater demon and supernatural community.
The leader of Wolfram & Hart's Special Ops Team.
- The Brute: The violent and murderous head of a group of mercenaries serving W&H.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Hauser is fully aware that he's evil and admits as much.
- The Fundamentalist: He believes firmly in the cause of evil (the exact cause and subsequent benefit are a little unclear).
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with his own shotgun.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Angel about his moral compromise in taking over Wolfram & Hart, which sets up much of the internal conflict for Season 5. At least Angel gives him a nice Shut Up, Hannibal! via shotgun blast."You're minuscule. A dust mote on the shelf of that great institution. Now, you think I'm just a trigger-happy jerk who follows orders, but I am something you will never be. I'm pure. I believe in evil. You and your friends, you're conflicted. You're confused. We're not. That is why you are gonna lose, because we possess the most powerful thing in the world... Conviction."
- Would Hurt a Child: He's absolutely willing to kill a small child.
Dr. Evan Royce
A cryptozoologist and an employee of Wolfram & Hart at the Research and Intelligence Department.
- Mind over Matter: He has telekinetic powers and is able to hold a note over an open flame until it burns to ash without burning himself.
- Ninja: He dresses in black robes and is credited as 'Ninja', and seems to operate by stealth, but his skills and powers are no help for a lone human up against a whole cult of vampires.
- Shirtless Scene: Hes introduced meditating with his shirt off.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Hired by Lilah to kill Darla, he gets a very intimidating introductory scene but goes down less than ten seconds into a fight with the Cult of Ul-Thar, a cult of vampires eager to protect the "Miracle Child".
- Golden Translator: A skilled translator of ancient languages albeit a somewhat slow one to Lilahs frustration.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He seems fairly non-malicious despite his employers.
- Serious Business: Hes horrified to learn that Lilah highlighted an ancient Nyazian scroll. Justified given his job.
Young Man in Fez
A psychic used by Lilah to hack into Cordelia's visions, with life-threatening side effects.
- Brain Monster: His brain is visible, quivering as he uses his psychic skills.
- Cool Hat: He wears a fez, which covers up that the top of his skull is missing, exposing his brain.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Angel, for what he did to Cordy, and as a warning to Lilah.
- No Name Given: His real name is unknown.
- Psychic Powers: He's able to inflict fake visions form the Powers That Be and levitate as he does so.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a pretty evil person, but before he does his work there's a scene of him sign gin out some tax forms to make sure he can get paid for it and complaining about the monotony.
- Slasher Smile: He makes a very creepy grin as he starts to inflict a vision filled with fire on Cordelia.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's the last credited character in his sole episode, but its his powers threatening Cordelia's life that first brings the team into contact with Skip as they break Billy Blim out of hell, something which has severe repercussions over the remainder of the show.
While appearing to be a normal young man, he was actually a half-demon with contagious, vicious misogyny, and had the power to turn any man he touched or who came in contact with his bodily fluids extremely savage and brutal toward anyone female. And he had no real reason to do this, other than his personal amusement.
- Ax-Crazy: He takes an unhealthily sadistic enjoyment in driving men into misogynistic frenzies and setting them upon any woman in reach.
- Child by Rape: According to Word of God, they personally believe that Billy was conceived when a demon woman - a good demon woman - was raped by an evil human male. This is just as screwed up as it sounds.
- The Dreaded: By his own family. They have "rules" around him, such as never leaving him alone with a woman and crucially never let him touch you.
- Faux Affably Evil: Billy is a well-mannered young man with an unassuming voice. He's also a world-class sadist.
- Feed It with Fire: He can absorb the kinetic energy from impacts to enhance his own strength. By punching the concrete a few times, he became strong enough to crack it and overpower Angel.
- For the Evulz: His reason for setting men upon women. He just loves watching it to satisfy his sadistic desires.
- Hate Plague: His power to bring out the "primal misogyny" of any man who touched him or came into contact with his body fluids (sweat, blood, etc.). Angel is immune, because, as he put it, he gave up on hate a long time ago; even as Angelus, he killed and tortured people For the Evulz, but never felt any hate or anger towards those he did it to.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The Angel Investigations team is able to confirm early on that he's not fully human; Angel can tell by the smell of his blood and the fact that he didn't need an invitation to enter the Blim estate.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Up to Eleven. Although he claims to not hate women and be a Misanthrope Supreme, the fact that he only targets women is highly suspect.
- Karmic Death: His first act upon being broken out of a Prison Dimension by Lilah is to induce Gavin into beating the hell out of Lilah for kicks. Fittingly, Lilah is ultimately the one to finish him off, shooting him In the Back while he's fighting Angel.
- More Than Mind Control: According to Lilah, this is how Billy's powers work. All men are actually Straw Misogynists deep down; Billy just removes their inhibitions.
- Play-Along Prisoner: He purposely turns himself into the police to get out of his solitary confinement at his family estate. The arresting officers turn out to be a male-female duo, and he induces the man to start fighting with the woman and uses the ensuing chaos to slip away.
- Psychotic Smirk: His default expression, usually exaggerated when he's just done something horrible.
- Sadist: For all his claims that he just "watches", Billy clearly loves watching men brutalise women and knowing that he's the cause of it.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He's the nephew of Senator Blim, patriarch of one of the most powerful families in the United States. Like any family, the Blims prefer to keep their 'black sheep' out of the public eye.
- The Sociopath: Among Angel's villains of the week, it's hard to top Billy Blim for clearly falling into this category. The fact that it was actually the normally very cold and amoral Lilah who took him out says volumes.
- Straw Misogynist: He hates women and enjoys using his Hate Plague to make men beat them up.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: There's nothing extraordinary about Billy; he's a somewhat handsome young man, of average height and build who doesn't stand out in a crowd.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Lilah fights tooth and nail to free him, even blackmailing Angel into breaking him out. How does Billy repay her for it? He thanks Gavin, her rival, instead and induces him into beating the mortal shit out of Lilah while he walks away with a Psychotic Smirk. It comes back to bite him in the ass though.
- Vigilante Execution: Lilah unloading her pistol at him on an airstrip.
- Big Fancy House: As befitting his status as a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of Russell Winters Enterprises.
- Destination Defenestration: Angel shoves him out the window of his high-rise. He burns up in the sun before he even hits the ground.
- Faux Affably Evil: His polite air is nothing but a smug veneer for a true savage.
- Karmic Death: Oh so very much.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's very good at manipulating his victims both personally and financially.
- Must Be Invited: Russell manages to bypass this little barrier by setting his victims up in apartments he owns, thus negating the need for an invitation.
- Nightmare Face: His Game Face is considerably more deformed than most other vampires, to the point of possessing a faint green tinge.
- Sadist: Even for a vampire, he's a sadistic piece of work. He traps his victims into abusive relationships for months, torturing them without even disclosing he's a vampire until the last minute.Tina: He likes pain. I mean, he really does. He talks about it like it's a friend of his.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Thanks to his wealth and connections, he can stalk and kill with impunity.
- Smug Snake: Winters is extremely confident that he's able to do whatever he wants, as long as he pays his taxes and stays rich. Angel disabuses him of this notion, and he's surprised to say the least.Winters: Look at me. I pay my taxes, keep my name out of the paper and I don't make waves. And in return, I can do anything I want.Angel: Really? Can you fly?
- Starter Villain: He's the first villainous character on Angel.
- Vampires Are Rich: Winters has amassed vast wealth over his time on the Earth (and considering that he's started to lose his human appearance, he must be very old indeed behind the Master and Kakistos).
Dr. Ronald Meltzer
A brilliant surgeon with the power to sever and reattach his body parts, over which he had some sort of telekinetic control (he could levitate them in the air) thanks to his mastery of psychic surgery after being inspired by a book about how everyone was connected to the world around them due to them sharing molecules. He was also a deranged stalker and a client of Wolfram & Hart, fixating on Melissa Burns after he saved her sight in an operation and they shared a single drink with her, watching her in her apartment by leaving an eye in the area.
- Mad Doctor: Ronald is deeply insane.
- Not So Different: Angel has quite an insight into how Meltzer's twisted little mind works, due to his own history of stalking as Angelus.Cordelia: What about Melissa has got him going all O.J.?Angel: Nothing. It's not about her. It's about rage. He's too messed up to deal with a real woman so he creates a fantasy about a girl he barely knows. She'll fail him, and he has to hurt her because when he looks at her, all he sees is how useless he is—Cordelia: What a fun date you must have been back in your bad vamp days. But, it should give you some insight into the jerks of the world.
- Off with His Head!: Angel knocks his head off, but this doesn't kill him, just incapacitates him.
- To the Pain:"I developed this injector while working with animals. (Angel pulls out the dart and looks at it. It drops from his fingers) They dont like their limbs cut off any more than we do and they can hurt you if you get to close. (Angel is gasping, his eyes wide) Youll feel a slight sinking sensation thats your heart slowing down as the paralytic takes effect. Eventually itll stop all together."
Anthony "Little Tony" Papazian
A dangerous crime boss of Los Angeles, and a former client of Wolfram & Hart until he attempted to murder Kate Lockley in a room full of witnesses.
- Dirty Old Man: He leers at Kate and flirts with her.
- Fat Bastard: Tony is a notably overweight criminal.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's oddly personable for a ruthless crime lord."You guys, you're working for Little Tony now. [shooting a cop] You'll find I'm stern but fair."
- The Millstone: After he fails to escape and gets himself captured yet again despite the opportunities Wolfram & Hart provided, they see him as a dead weight and drop him as a client.
- Revenge Before Reason: Despite having the opportunity to escape the city and thus avoid life imprisonment, he hangs around to kill Kate. He fails, gets arrested and Wolfram & Hart drop him as a client.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Kate.Little Tony: You've been running after me for a long time, haven't you, sweetheart? If I'd known how bad you wanted me, I might've had you catch me sooner.Kate: If I knew how much you needed the exercise I might've let you run a little longer.
- Talking to Plants: He tells his mooks to water his plants and talk to them while he's gone.Little Tony: And don't forget to water my plants.Mook: Sure thing.Little Tony: And talk to them. They like that.
Darin & Jack MacNamara
- Decoy Damsel: Darin comes to Angel as a client, when he's actually just laying a trap.
- The Dragon: Jack is one to Darin.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted. When Jack is taken hostage, Darin doesn't hesitate to coldly shoot his own brother.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cribb and Trepkos use Darin's own enchanted slavery bracelet to kill him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Darin is killed with one of the bracelets he used to keep the demons imprisoned.
- Siblings in Crime: As brothers, they're co-owners of an illegal fighting ring.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Darin, due to him being the face of
- Shoot the Hostage: Darin does this with his own brother.
- Smug Snake: Jack a little moreso than Darin; Jack is prone to sadistically taunting his charges.
- The Sociopath: Darin, who murders his own brother without batting an eye.
A blind assassin working for Wolfram & Hart as well as their client.
- Achilles' Heel: Because she relies on her extremely sharp hearing to "see" her targets, Angel is invisible to her as long as he's standing still, since he neither breathes nor has a heartbeat.
- Disability Superpower: Has the standard Daredevil-style super hearing to compensate for her blindess.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed with her own walking stick weapon.
- Professional Killer: She's an assassin, working largely for Wolfram & Hart.
- Prophet Eyes: Vanessa has pure white eyes. Even Holland finds her creepy.
- Psycho for Hire: A child-killing psychopath who accepts commissions from Wolfram & Hart.
- Would Hurt a Child: She has no problem whatsoever about killing three blind children.
A client of Wolfram & Hart, both a businessman and a dangerous mobster.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a very sardonic, nasty way.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a young son who's going to a good school and seems well-adjusted, but it's averted. He considers his child to be a tool and little more.
- Hypocrite: He doesn't let his son read The Punisher presumably because it's violent, and he's a vicious criminal and unrepentant psychopath.
- Jerkass: Fries is a thoroughly vile piece of work. He's aggressive, rude, short-tempered and basically a repulsive asshole.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being one of the most despicable characters in the series, he gets off scot-free and his intimidation tactics work.
- Taking You with Me: In his attempts to avoid jail, he plants a mystical virus inside his own son which will be activated once he says the magic word, killing the entire population of California. If he's found guilty, he says the magic word.
- Would Hurt a Child: He placed a deadly mystical virus within his own young son as part of his Taking You with Me plan. Essentially, he's turned his own child into a walking time bomb of genocide.
A rich and powerful member of the Los Angeles elite as well as a powerful Necromancer. He provided demons with dead human bodies to inhabit, using himself as a conduit to "install" them.
- Badass Boast: He gives one to Angel."Who do you think you're talking to? I eat the dead for breakfast, son. And you're just another plate o' bacon and eggs."
- Bald of Evil: Hainsley is bald and has people who annoy him chopped into enough pieces that they wind up in buckets.
- Fat Bastard: Heavy-set and far from the nicest of individuals.
- Necromancer: His talent and his profession. It makes him an extremely dangerous for Angel to have. As he says himself, he eats the dead for breakfast and could dust Angel with zero effort; he doesn't even need a stake.
- Off with His Head!: Angel decapitates him (or, more accurately, his dead body as controlled by Spike) with a serving platter.
- Squishy Wizard: Due to his age and status as a human, Hainsley doesn't pose much of a threat without his powers. Angel rather easily kills him once his abilities are incapacitated.
The Torture Demon/Holding Dimension Demon
An unidentified demon torturer at the Senior Partners' Holding Dimension. He would ritualistically and repeatedly cut out the heart of the human prisoner. Illyria took the necklace that identified the prisoner and placed it around his neck, forcing him to cut out his own heart until another prisoner took his place.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicts this on prisoners in the Holding Dimension. The victims we see on-screen are Lindsey, Gunn, and the torture demon himself.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He ends up a victim of the very same nightmare he helped perpetuate.
- The Quiet One: He never speaks, although his screaming as he starts torturing himself implies that it's not for a lack of ability.
- Self-Harm: Illyria manages to free Gunn from the Holding Dimension by placing the prisoner's binding necklace onto the torture demon, forcing him to continually torture himself per the rules of the dimension.
A doctor and scientist that performed certain services to Wolfram & Hart and other extremely wealthy clients. The procedures that he performed included implanting knowledge into people's minds, brainwashing, and giving people x-ray vision.
- Afraid of Blood: Oddly enough for a doctor who might as well be a butcher."Always messy when you have to open 'em up. That's why I prefer the less invasive procedures. Never got used to the sight of blood. Ugh. Still makes me nauseous."
- Bald of Evil: He's evil and shiny-headed.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After an appearance in the first episode of Season 5, he returns to cause major trouble later in the season.
- Deal with the Devil: And of course, he is the devil in this case. The deal he makes is with Gunn, who wants his brain upgrade back when it starts to wear off.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sparrow is polite and smiling, but is clearly a vile person.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He's a glasses-wearing psychopath.
- Mad Doctor: His sanity is debatable considering that he thinks resurrecting an ancient Eldritch Abomination is a fun way to spend your time.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's never seen again after Illyria's debut episode; all we know is that Spike tortured him for info and got "screams, various fluids, and a name" out of him.
A multiple murderer that managed, through a Deal with the Devil, to delay his own journey to hell through torturing the damned. For the early parts of Season 5, he's responsible for Spike's being dragged to hell.
- And I Must Scream: Due to his Fate Worse than Death. While there's no actual screaming, his expression is still one of vacant horror.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Pavayne was an 18th century English aristocrat.
- Badass Baritone: Simon Templeman is the voice actor of Kain after all.
- Badass Longcoat: His Limited Wardrobe consists of a long coat.
- Back from the Dead: Against his will. Pavayne was happy hanging around Wolfram & Hart as a ghost, but Fred's device makes him flesh and blood again...and subsequently he's trapped in a little dark room that immobilizes him completely and left there, forever...
- Breaking Speech: He delivers these from time to time, sometimes summoning his own collection of ghostly images to speak for him.
- British Teeth: Pavayne hails from the time of poor dental care, and it shows.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: When Fred is about to re-corporealize Spike, he merely says, "This won't do. This won't do at all."
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Torture is Pavayne's job, hobby and passion. He submits Spike and hundreds of others to vicious physical and psychological torture.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he's far from goofy, it appears he can't hold his own when somebody fights back... then he delivers an impressive Punch Catch and shows he can.Spike: Not so much fun when we hit back, is it?Pavayne: [Punch Catch] It's starting to be.
- Deadly Doctor: In life, when he was nicknamed "The Reaper", "for performing unnecessary surgery on his patients".
- Deal with the Devil: Pavayne should have gone to hell a long time ago, but has managed to stick around as Wolfram & Hart's resident ghost by torturing the souls of others who died and sending them down to hell instead.Spike: Cute little racket you've got carved out for yourself. Prying off spirits and sucking 'em down the chute. Kept your own toasties out of the fire, didn't it?
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His torture of Spike, specifically Spike being stripped and then tortured more, has horrible overtones of rape.
- Evil Brit: Very evil and very British.
- Evil Old Folks: He was in his older years when he first died. Of course, as a ghost he's pretty damn old.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Pavayne has a deep, soft voice, which makes him even more intimidating.
- Fate Worse than Death: While he is already dead, he's ultimately returned to corporeality and forced to live forever in a box that keeps him paralyzed but completely aware, and just to twist the knife, containing a window with an unchanging view...
- Faux Affably Evil: Pavayne is capable of being rather polite, even when he's ripping you apart in particularly sadistic ways.
- Hidden Villain: Pavayne only appears in a single episode, but since Spike's first appearance as a ghost he's been slowly preparing him for Hell. As a ghost, he's been present throughout the entire series, torturing other poor bastards who died in the Wolfram & Hart offices before sending them off to Hell. This means Lee Mercer, Linwood Murrow and Gavin Park all had the pleasure of his company.
- Human Sacrifice: Wolfram & Hart sacrificed Pavayne to deconsecrate the holy ground they intended to build their L.A. office on. They needed a particularly evil soul, and Pavayne fit the bill.
- Knight of Cerebus: He stands out as an extremely memorable one-episode villain due to how blatantly terrifying he is. His 'parlor tricks' are utterly horrifying and he's spent hundreds of years sending people to hell. Any comedic elements are completely sucked out of the room when he appears.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Pavayne spent centuries cheating his fate of being sent to hell. Angel's words when leaving him to a particularly unenviable fate?Angel: Welcome to Hell.
- Limited Wardrobe: Due to being a ghost.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Although technically dead, Pavayne has mastered being a ghost. He's able to interact with the physical world at his own whims. There's no slamming doors or cheap tricks here; Pavayne can easily reach into the real world and brutally kill. You can't touch him, but he sure as hell can touch you.
- Sadist: He has devoted his entire life and death to the torture of others, which he greatly enjoys.
- Sadistic Choice: Tries pulling one on Spike by threatening Fred and forcing him to choose between her continued life and him becoming corporeal again. Unfortunately for him, Spike isn't the person he used to be and he shoves her out of the way before tossing Pavayne into the re-corporealization machine himself, allowing Angel to beat him down and imprison him.
- Serial Killer: In life, he was a multiple murderer.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: During a rant after being re-corporealized:Pavayne: Defilers! I'll...cut you into nothing! I'll feast on your brains. I'll swim in lakes of your own blood!Angel: (punches him across the room) You'll shut the hell up!
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Due to being played by Simon Templemen. Pavayne has a soft, gentle voice up until his Villainous Breakdown.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Spike starts fighting back, he's thrown for a loop and starts to cower. He recovers quickly, though. After being made corporeal, he's reduced to ineffectually screaming violent threats before being knocked out by Angel.
The first "liaison" to the Senior Partners assigned to Angel. Later revealed to be a child of the Wolf, Ram, and Hart, created to do their bidding.
- Artificial Human: She appears to be human, but she's not actually one.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Angel. She flirts shamelessly with him (as she does with everyone) and he despises her. Lorne eventually tells them to get a room, which they do.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: After finding out Lindsey is dead, Eve just stays in the collapsing Wolfram & Hart building rather than go and face the Senior Partners' hordes.
- Consummate Liar: Eve's lying abilities are very impressive considering she purposefully comes across as untrustworthy; it's clear Angel would never trust someone working for the Senior Partners anyway.
- Despair Event Horizon: With Lindsey dead, Eve has absolutely nothing in the world: no family, no friends, no job, nothing. She succumbs entirely to despair.
- Dirty Coward: In "Underneath," she goes from angrily swearing she'll never help Angel again and blasting him for letting the Senior Partners take Lindsey to desperately begging him for help and offering him any info he wants as soon as the Partners pinpoint her location.
- Driven to Suicide: After discovering that Angel has Lindsey assassinated, she remains behind in the collapsing W&H building, stating she has nowhere else to go.
- Exact Words: In "Underneath," she repeatedly tells Angel that she'll die if the Senior Partners' enforcer, Marcus Hamilton, catches up to her. When he eventually does, it turns out that he's come to replace her as Angel's liaison, and taking her immortality as well.Angel: I thought you said you were gonna die.
Eve: And now, one day I will.
- It Doesn't Mean Anything: After they have sex under Lorne's unintended magical influence, Eve makes it clear the sex didn't mean anything to her.Eve: Angel, it's not like this is the first time I've had sex under a mystical influence. I went to U.C. Santa Cruz.
- Kissing Under the Influence: With Angel in "Life of the Party."
- Miss Exposition: Due to being a liaison for the Senior Partners, she's privy to knowledge that can be very helpful to Angel and co...when she chooses, of course. When it comes to knowledge of Wolfram & Hart's inner workings, she's very much holding all the keys.
- The Mole: She's secretly working for Lindsey.
- Mysterious Past: We learn very little about Eve's past and origins; she states that she is an alum of UC Santa Cruz, although she doesn't actually come from Santa Cruz.
- Neuro-Vault: Eve says she has information on the Senior Partners, but can only remember it when they want her to.
- Older Than They Look: Hinted at. Eve also enjoys using condescending terms like "kid" and "princess" to refer to Angel and co.Wesley: Still, a pretty powerful position for a young woman.Eve: How exactly can you be sure I'm either of those things?
- Only One Name: She's only known as "Eve". Even the other child of the Senior Partners, Hamilton, got a surname.Angel: Do you even have a last name?Eve: Do you?
- The Power of Love: Eve fell in love with Lindsey, causing her to turn against the Senior Partners and even give up her immortality for him.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She comes across as fairly-obvious (albeit more smug) Lilah 2.0, so much so that Cordelia lampshades it. She gradually gets more of her own personality as her motivations come to life.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Eve has an unnerving ability to do this, which Gunn calls her out on.Gunn: This gonna be a thing with you, jumping out at people, or do you just not have an office of your own?
- Tempting Apple: Eve's entrance (given her name, it's practically obligatory).
- Unholy Matrimony: With Lindsey. Together they try to get to the Senior Partners.
A former member of the Watchers' Council, Rutherford Sirk lacked the moral clarity of other Watchers of his generation and found himself doubting about the good fight and the Council's mission, though he was far from the only Watcher corrupted by the knowledge he obtained at the Council.
Tempted by power and ambition, Sirk joined Wolfram & Hart and took along with him several valuable tomes belonging to the Council, including the Devandiré Sybilline Codex.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After his initial appearance in "Home" he subs for an absent Wesley in "Destiny".
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Sirk betrayed the Watcher's Council and Wolfram & Hart.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snark is required reading for a Watcher, and it doesn't go away.
- Evil Brit: By default, due to working for Wolfram & Hart (even before Angel Investigations took it over). And he even managed to betray them.
- Evil Counterpart: To Wesley; both are former Watchers with a first-class education in the Dark Arts, except Sirk is a self-serving backstabber.
- FaceHeel Turn: He was a member of the Watcher's Council before joining Wolfram & Hart; he stole from them when he left too.
- Jerkass: Sirk is a pompous, contemptuous bastard who barely bothers to hide his disdain for others.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When his betrayal is uncovered, Sirk rather wisely decides to make himself scarce. He isn't seen after that.
- Smug Snake: Sirk considers himself to be the smartest person in the room. In reality, he usually comes in at around fourth. Fifth if Wesley is in the room.
- Waistcoat of Style: He's seen wearing one when giving exposition in "Destiny".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After he goes on the run, Sirk isn't seen again. It's unclear whether he had an off-screen comeuppance or a complete Karma Houdini. Considering how the Senior Partners handle betrayal, it's unlikely Sirk had a happy ending.