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  • Ability over Appearance: Doyle wasn't originally supposed to be an Irishman, but was written as such when Glenn Quinn was cast. The role of Doyle was Quinn's first role where he was able to use his own Irish accent.
  • Acting in the Dark: Charisma Carpenter was reluctant to sign on for "You're Welcome" after having been fired at the end of Season 4. She signed on not knowing Cordelia would be Dead All Along. She says she cried when reading the script.
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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Amy Acker wore her own glasses to play Fred.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Both Amy Acker and Fred are from Texas.
    • Lorne is introduced as a singer at a nightclub. This is how he was discovered by Joss Whedon.
    • Summer Glau has her acting debit in "Waiting In The Wings" playing a ballet dancer. She was actually cast for her dancing.
  • Blooper:
    • In "Lonely Hearts" during the fight in the apartment, as Angel is thrown into a wall, a cameraman is visible on the opposite side of the screen. He would have been Behind the Black when the episode aired, but is quite obvious in the widescreen version on Netflix and DVD.
    • In "I Will Remember You", when Angel tells Buffy time will be reversed and their day of perfect happiness together will be undone, Buffy starts crying. When Angel comforts her, David Boreanaz is clearly heard calling Sarah Michelle Gellar by her real name, instead of her character's name.
  • The Character Died with Him: Hope they weren't planning a reunion show...
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    • According to Word of Joss, Doyle was intended to come back as a villain. Glenn Quinn's death scrapped the potential plot.
    • The story creators are allowing this to apply to Lorne even in the comic books, effectively retiring the character in print (from 2010 onwards) following Andy Hallett's death.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Country singer Christian Kane gets to show his stuff after Lindsey gets his hand back, to which Angel pathetically tries to say he's not that good while the rest of the crew is enraptured.
    • Andy Hallett frequently got to showcase his own singing chops.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Charisma Carpenter disliked Cordelia's seduction of Connor in Season 4, finding it incredibly creepy.
    • Vincent Kartheiser says he quickly lost interest in playing Connor after about four episodes. He disliked that every scene would have him and Angel arguing, and he would then go into a corner to sulk. He said he wasn't surprised when he learned that Connor was The Scrappy to fans as well.
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    • Christian Kane didn't like how Lindsay ended up the whipping boy of Darla and Drusilla, and only returned in the fifth season with a promise he Took a Level in Badass ("I didn't want to be beaten up by girls again"). Even then, he was unhappy with Lindsey impersonating Doyle in Season 5, as he had been good friends with the late Glenn Quinn. Kane also took issue with a throwaway line by Angel referring to him as "a tiny Texan", claiming Joss Whedon put it in there as a Take That! to him.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Cordelia. This worked fairly well on Buffy, but by the second season of Angel, Charisma Carpenter was in her 30s, while Cordelia was supposed to be 20, and it showed. This is all the more noticeable after Fred joined the cast. If you do the math, Fred should be four or five years older than Cordelia, yet Amy Acker was six years younger than Carpenter. They made a point of never explicitly stating Cordelia's age in the entire series, only once having somebody refer to her as "twenty-something."
    • Albeit only barely, Vincent Kartheiser was 23 when cast as the 17-year old Connor.
  • Executive Meddling: In order to get a season 5, the series changed location, Mind Wiped the characters, changed their jobs from detectives to clueless employees of the same evil corporation that had been laboring for years to dismantle, shifted from a Arc based format to a Monster of the Week setup (for the first 1/3 of the season; after that they had at least somewhat of a Story Arc), and transplanted Spike into the show. It worked to some extent, as season 5 was better received than the previous one, though not enough so to bring about season 6. (Joss Whedon tried to leverage the property to obtain an early renewal, but overestimated his own clout and was canceled instead.)
  • Executive Veto: The series was originally going to be darker in tone, similar to the oppressive feel of Season 3-5. In the scene where Angel bursts into Tina's apartment and finds her dead, the script called for him to taste her blood. This was actually filmed, but edited out from the finished episode; You can see David Boreanaz about to do it, but the camera fades out just in time.
    • The following episode, "Lonely Hearts", was scripted to be even darker than that. In David Fury's first draft (then-entitled "Corrupt"), Kate Lockley was written as a drug-addicted cop who worked undercover as a prostitute. The plot would have also involved Cordelia disguising herself as a working girl. For obvious reasons, the network nixed the idea saying it was just too much.
  • Fake Brit:
    • James Marsters and Keith Szarabajka, who also both American, play the British Spike and Holtz, respectively.
    • Juliet Landau (Drusilla) may be American by birth, but she spent her entire childhood in London.
    • Alexis Denisof (Wesley) spent thirteen years in Britain and has developed an excellent British accent that only occasionally slips up (see the usual suspects, such as saying 'data' the American way). This makes it a shock to see him play roles in his natural American accent.
  • Fake Irish: Angelus. David Boreanaz never really got the hang of the Irish accent. Whedon states that they chose not to use the accent when Angel was reverted to a teenager in "Spin the Bottle" because there was no way that Boreanaz could sustain it for a full episode.
  • Fan Nickname: In her episode recaps, Strega of Television Without Pity refers to the good guys as the MoG, which is an abbreviation of "Ministers of Grace" ("Angels and ministers of grace, defend us" - Hamlet).
  • Hostility on the Set: Charisma Carpenter's pregnancy in the fourth season reportedly caused a lot of friction between her and Joss Whedon, as the writers had to heavily rewrite the second half of the season around it. Carpenter reportedly hated the direction her character was taken, which is said to be why Cordelia was written out of the fifth season, a decision that Carpenter only found out about from the press. She was eventually brought back for the 100th episode, only for Cordelia to be Killed Off for Real after Whedon promised her he wouldn't do so. By her account, Carpenter was in tears when she realized how she was being written out of the show.
  • Killed by Request: As the finale approached, Joss Whedon asked Alexis Denisof what he should do with Wesley. It was his suggestion to kill Wesley off in the finale.
  • Looping Lines: On several occasions, Glenn Quinn had to re-record his dialogue, due to his thick accent.
  • Only Barely Renewed: Borderline as of the end of its fourth season. In an attempt to jumpstart the ratings, the producers changed the show's direction completely and brought over Spike. It wasn't enough, and the fifth season was the last. Joss Whedon said in an interview that an attempt to avert this trope led to the show's cancellation. WB's refusal to renew the show until the last possible minute created problems for the cast and crew, as it left them no time to seek new work if the show weren't renewed. Joss requested a quicker decision for the staff's sake, and WB decided to cancel.
  • Orphaned Reference:
    • The death of Kate's father was meant to be much more significant for her character arc than it ended up being. As seen on the What Could Have Been page, she would have become Holtz's disciple with him as a surrogate father to her. But as Elisabeth Rohm chose to leave the show, the death has less meaning for the character.
    • In "A Hole in the World", Angel is desperately trying to reach Willow for help with Fred. This was planned Foreshadowing of Willow returning in Season 6 - but with the show's cancellation it becomes a dropped plot point.
  • Playing Against Type: Two of the notable stars of Firefly appeared on here playing drastically different characters. Adam Baldwin, best known as The Brute Jayne - plays the Sharp-Dressed Man with Creepy Monotone Marcus Hamilton. Gina Torres, instead of Deadpan Snarker Action Girl Zoe, plays the Dark Messiah Jasmine.
  • Post-Script Season: The last (fifth) season was this, albeit one that didn't arise from being renewed at the last second. The long story arc of the third and fourth seasons had come to a close, the characters had moved on to a completely different setting (the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart), several characters set out to be or were forcibly retooled, everyone except Angel had their memories of Connor erased and replaced by a false past, and Spike was added as as regular cast member. The change was apparently done at the network's request. Then, due to conflicting accounts, including the high per-episode cost, the show was cancelled anyway. What makes it a Post-Script Season instead of a retool is that, while it was intended to cover multiple seasons, the cancellation aborted the arc.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mere Smith originally wrote fan fiction on Buffy and Angel, and eventually wrote a spec script for an Angel episode that became "Untouched". She got to become a writer on the series afterwards.
  • Reality Subtext: After Buffy moved to UPN, the WB execs asked if Angel could cut down on their references to it, though to their credit they did allow for some mentions early in season 3 so Angel wouldn't spend the rest of the show thinking Buffy was permanently dead. This gave us Cordy's line "We try not to say the B word too much anymore."
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • In "Orpheus", with Angelus and Faith in a donut shop, the cash register is robbed by Eliza Dushku's big brother, Nate.
    • Alexis Denisof starting dating and eventually married Alyson Hannigan after his stint on Buffy, and as such when Willow shows up for a season four episode her and Wesley behave like old friends even though they barely interacted on the parent show.
  • Recycled Set:
    • Perhaps not surprisingly, the LA office of Wolfram & Hart was later used for Dollhouse
    • The Hyperion was torn down to make way for the Wolfram & Hart set. However, pieces of it can be spotted in the bank where Illryia and Knox attempt to reopen her palace.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Lots of rumors swirl around regarding Doyle's death in the 9th episode and Glenn Quinn's drug problems, which resulted in his death a few years later. Whedon says his death in the first season was intended from the start, but some say the timeline was sped up out of fear it would rub off on his castmates, as both David Boreanaz and Charisma Carpenter were good friends with him.
  • Scully Box:
    • In her scenes with Lindsey (Christian Kane), Lilah (Stephanie Romanov) wears high heels to accentuate her height. They are actually about the same height, but the heels gave her a notable lead on him and the producers loved how it looked. Kane laughingly referred to the duo as "Boris and Natasha."
    • Hamilton (Adam Baldwin) utterly towers over Angel in his introductory scene, rendering his feel-good personality that much more absurd. Baldwin is already quite tall, but as the scene was shot in a parking garage he also stood on the ramped incline.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Alexis Denisof was diagnosed with bells palsy three weeks before shooting Season 5. Many episodes are filmed so that only the right side of Wesley's face could be seen. He eventually made a full recovery.
  • Throw It In!:
    • During Angelus' return in season 4, David Boreanaz improvised a lot of his dialogue "You're preaching to the guy who ATE the choir!" Also during the episode "Spin the Bottle" they had to structure a comedic bit so that Angel and Wesley didn't have to look at each other because neither actor could keep a straight face.
    • Joss Whedon wasn't sure about what to do with Wesley in the finale. So he let Alexis Denisof decide his character's fate.
    • Charisma Carpenter found Cordelia's Rapunzel Hair to be too much of a strain on her head, and asked if she could cut it. Cordelia's haircut became a minor gag in "The Shroud of Ramohn".
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  • Word of God: Amy Acker claimed in an interview that Whedon would have brought Fred back or had Illyria regain more of Fred's memories if the series had a sixth season. Also revealed to be the process by which Angelus made Drusilla lose her mind.
    • The former idea has been used in Angel and Faith, Season 10 comic; after Illyria's death and subsequent resurrection in Buffy, Season 9, she and a recently revived Fred now co-inhabit Fred's body.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: It was admitted that season four turned out this way due to compounding factors, most of all Charisma Carpenter's pregnancy. The overall Myth Arc got so convoluted and off track the retool in the season finale was meant as a fresh start.
  • Written-In Infirmity: David Boreanaz suffered a knee injury during a stunt early in the fifth season, and had surgery on it about halfway through. "Soul Purpose" was both Boreanaz directorial debut but also written to have all scenes staged to keep him stationary, justified as a parasite feeding on him while sleeping and he had increasingly weird dreams. This is also the case with "Smile Time" where Angel is turned into a puppet, Boreanaz only needed to do voice-over work. The directors for other episodes also went out of their way to have him leaning on a desk to try and not put too much strain on the knee.

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