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- "...Doesn't matter what you try. Doesn't matter where I am or how badass you think you've become. 'Cause you know what? I'm Angel. I beat the bad guys."
- ―Angel taunts Lindsey McDonald.[src]
Angel was one of the most well-known vampires in all of vampiric history, legendary for both his savage villainy and his great heroism. Born Liam in 1727 in Galway, Ireland, he was sired by Darla in 1753, taking the name Angelus, and was dubbed The Scourge of Europe, earning notoriety for being one of the most sadistic and brutal vampires in history. Both The Master and the First Evil recognized and appreciated how purely evil Angelus was. He was also known as The Demon with an Angel's Face or The One with the Angelic Face because of his physical beauty. However, in 1898, Angelus was cursed by members of Clan Kalderash as vengeance for killing a member of their clan. They returned his soul, forcing him to live eternally in guilt over the countless crimes he had committed.
In the late 20th century, Angel, as he began calling himself, became an ally and lover (who he still deeply loves) of the current Slayer, Buffy Summers. After the two were forced to realize their limitations as a couple, Angel left Buffy and moved to Los Angeles, where he became a Champion of the Powers That Be and dedicated himself to "helping the helpless" in the hope of achieving atonement.
Eventually, Angel adopted the identity of Twilight and gathered a cabal of humans and demons who had become wary of the rise of multiple Slayers. As Twilight, Angel sought to keep these forces distracted as well as make Buffy grow more focused and stronger, and at the same time, try to keep the Slayers' deaths as low as he could.
Angel was later discovered to be under the control of Twilight, a sentient dimension who had been manipulating him all along to destroy the Earth and recreate itself in the Earth's place. When Angel came to his senses and rebelled against Twilight, it possessed him and battled against the Scooby Gang in the ruins of Sunnydale, where it killed Buffy's beloved mentor and father figure, Rupert Giles, before Buffy destroyed the Seed of Wonder, the source of all the Earth's magic. After being purged of Twilight, Angel, overcome with grief and guilt, fell into a catatonic state.
Upon awakening, Angel, along with Faith Lehane, once again dedicated himself to redemption, this time by resurrecting Giles. He eventually succeeded, and was soon after forced into conflict by Whistler, who wished to unleash a mystical plague over the world to 'save it' after the end of magic, even if it meant killing millions of people. Angel managed to reason with him, causing Whistler to give up his life by sacrificing himself. Once the world was saved, Angel decided to stay in London and help the people who were changed because of the minor plague released.
Angel was born a human named Liam in Galway, Ireland in 1727 to a linen and silk merchant and his wife. At the age of eighteen, Liam had a failed relationship with an aristocrat named Sarah Gilfried. As a result, he became disillusioned with the women of his era, and showed distaste for noblewomen in particular, describing them as "incredibly dull, simpering morons." Above all, he sought to meet someone "exciting" and "interesting." By his twenties, Liam had become a drunken, whoring layabout, whose only real ambition in life lay in someday seeing the world. Liam's father displayed near-constant disappointment in him, and was not reluctant to call him out on his shortcomings. Despite his strained relationship with his parents, he and his little sister Kathy, had mutual affection for each other.At the age of twenty-six, after a habitual night of drunken debauchery and failed attempts to seduce the family's only maidservant, Liam and his father got into a heated argument; enraged by his son's chronically reckless behavior, his father declared that Liam was wasting his life, and slapped him across the face. Liam argued that he was only what his father had made him, and voiced his decision to leave home. Though his father told him that he would only end up homeless and alone, Liam stormed out. He went to a tavern, where, drunk once more, he caught the eye of a seemingly affluent woman. After being kicked out of the bar for fighting, he followed the woman—the vampire, Darla—into an alleyway, where she promised to show him a whole new world, and then sired him. Darla visited his grave afterward, where everything seemed clear to him right before he had his first taste of blood when an grounds keeper caught them and accused them of being grave robbers.
Liam quickly became one of the most twisted and effective vampires to ever exist. The price of such competence: Liam's soul and capability to feel remorse for his actions. As a demon, Liam, now calling himself Angelus, acted on his darkest impulses, and gave in to his every sinful whim.
Liam's body was buried; at some point during the night, he rose again, and in response to Darla's assertion, set about slaughtering his entire village. First, he brutally massacred his own family, whose blood he later described as the "sweetest of all." Believing her brother had returned to her as an angel, Liam's little sister, Kathy, ignorantly invited him inside the family home. He killed her first, and then murdered his mother. As he killed his father, Liam boasted that despite his father's disapproval, he had managed to make something of himself after all. Whilst gloating over his father's corpse, Darla cruelly deflated Liam, claiming that in the end, his father had claimed the victory because his condemnation would haunt Liam for the remainder of his existence, while his father's suffering, while painful, had been very brief. Liam, as Angelus, would later employ this same logic in regard to Drusilla.
- "You told me I wasn't a man. You told me I was nothing. And I believed you. You said I'd never amount to anything. Well, you were wrong. You see, father? I have made something of myself after all."
- ―Liam to his father.[src]
Liam took the name "Angelus", presumably inspired by his sister's mistaken belief that he was an angel. He was later described in historical volumes as the "one with the angelic face", and the "demon with the face of an angel." After leaving Ireland behind, Angelus and Darla cut a bloody swath through Wales and Northern England before reaching London in 1760. During Angelus' first meeting with Darla's sire, The Master, he openly mocked the older vampire, and showed no fear despite the Master's greater age, power and authority. Afterward, he confronted Darla about her decision to remain underground; won over by Angelus' fearlessness, Darla chose to leave with Angelus, and temporarily abandoned her sire and Master.
May, 1764: Angelus and Darla killed the wife and infant son of vampire hunter Daniel Holtz, and turned his young daughter into a vampire, forcing him to destroy her. Holtz then devoted himself to capturing Angelus and Darla, and chased them across Europe. He managed to kill almost four-hundred other vampires in the process.
1765: Angelus and Darla had a near miss with Holtz in Arles after making too much noise by ordering room service and then eating the waiters. Darla fled to Vienna, knocking out and abandoning Angelus in a burning barn and riding off on their only horse. After meeting again in Vienna and eating a troubadour in Madrid, Angelus and Darla became acquainted with the vampires James and Elisabeth.
1771: Holtz tracked Angelus to Rome and captured him. With the assistance of Monsignor Rivalli, Holtz tortured Angelus while trying to figure out how to get Angelus to help him to capture Darla. But instead, Darla came to the rescue with a horde of vampires. Darla declined to kill Holtz, telling Angelus that she was having too much fun tormenting him and he was now "like family." With this, Holtz abandoned his hunt and retired to York until 1773 when a demon named Sahjhan offered to take him to the future in exchange for his promise to kill Angel and Darla in the future.
1786: Angelus sired a Puritan by the name of Penn, who mimicked Angelus by wreaking havoc on his father and killing his family. Over time, he began copying Angelus' "signature" of the time, carving a cross-shaped mark on the face of his victims in order to spite God. The two appear to have maintained a relationship throughout Angelus' time as a soulless vampire, as they were scheduled to meet in Italy before Angelus' soul was restored.
1789: A lone Angelus encountered The Beast in Prussia, standing in a field of bodies. The Beast sought Angelus' aid in killing the Svear Priestesses, a group who wished to banish the Beast, whom he could not kill himself. When Angelus declined to assist the Beast, he was violently attacked, but a group of Svear priestesses banished the Beast while Angelus was passing out.
1860: a young woman named Drusilla from London caught the attention of Darla, who then presented her to Angelus as a gift. Drusilla was "cursed" with the "sight"; the ability of foresight, something her mother saw as "an affront to the Lord." Drusilla and her sisters were all noted to be virgins, and Drusilla was described as being "sweet, pure and chaste." While posing as her priest in order to torment her, Angelus killed her family in front of her, which caused Drusilla to flee to a convent. On the day she was to take her holy orders, Angelus massacred the convent. After having sex with Darla on top of Drusilla, Angelus finally pushed her over the edge into complete insanity. It was at that point that he turned her into a vampire. Drusilla was Angelus' "masterpiece", an everlasting testament of his finest cruelty, as her immortality meant that her torment would never end. Drusilla joined Angelus and Darla, as the duo became a trio.
1880: Desiring a companion of her own, Drusilla sired the mild-mannered and lovesick poet, William, to whom Angelus served as a mentor and role model for a while. William went so far as to consider the elder vampire his sire and "Yoda." Angelus taught William about the art of mass slaughter, including an incident during a wedding party where Angelus beat the groom to death with his own arm. When he realized how much William cared for Drusilla, Angelus had sex with her just to hurt him and teach him a lesson, an action William would never forgive. He abandoned Angelus' mentorship, and took on a reckless, rebellious persona that brought constant danger to Angelus' group, but remained a romantic at heart.
1883: Angelus killed a female servant named Margaret during a luxurious Christmas party in London. The woman had a young son, whom Angelus killed afterwards.1888: William got himself, Angelus, Darla and Drusilla chased out of London and into an abandoned mine shaft in Yorkshire by an angry mob. Angelus and Darla outwardly wondered why they hadn't yet killed William, who had taken the alias "Spike", for his dangerously rebellious behavior. Angelus made an attempt to threaten him with mention of the Slayer, but Spike, who had never heard of the Slayer before, became instantly intrigued, and went on to develop an long-lasting obsession with the idea of killing a Slayer. He would eventually murder two Slayers, and became a particularly renowned vampire as a result.
1890: Angelus attended a production of Giselle by the Blinnikov, a Russian ballet troupe run by Count Kurskov. Despite being soulless, he was moved to tears during the performance. The same year, Angelus and Spike used a trick that involved them holding hands and beheading their enemies with a length of wire in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1894: Angelus and Spike were captured in Rome, Italy by henchmen of The Immortal, a mysterious and seductive being with whom they both had a fierce rivalry. The two male vampires were restrained while The Immortal had a threesome with Darla and Drusilla, something that, incidentally, the female vampires never allowed Angelus and/or Spike to do. Angelus and Spike attempted to take revenge on the Immortal, but failed miserably.
The Kalderash Curse
- "You don't remember. Everything you've done. For a hundred years. In a moment, you will. The face of everyone you have killed — our daughter's face — they will haunt you and you will know what true suffering is."
- ―Kalderash Elder to Angelus[src]
1898: Angelus' unlife took a pivotal turn when he raped and murdered the favorite daughter of a tribe of romani, the Kalderash clan in Borşa, Romania, who had been kidnapped and given to him by Darla as a " birthday present." To avenge her death, the Kalderash cursed him by restoring his human soul, thus afflicting him with a conscience and condemning him to an eternity of remorse for the crimes he had committed while soulless. Bedraggled and dirty, looking like a beggar, he attacked and tried to feed on a woman, but was unable to, hampered by his restored conscience.
June, 1900 (Boxer Rebellion): In China, Angelus tried to resume his life with Darla, who had abandoned him after finding out that his soul had been restored, but found himself able to kill only animals, murderers, and rapists while protecting innocents from Darla. Darla noticed this, angry at his deception and inability to kill innocent humans while Spike had recently killed a Slayer. She confronted him about it gave him the chance to prove himself by feeding on a baby whose parents Darla killed. He refused and instead rescued the child by jumping out of a window.
1902: Angelus fled and lived in self-imposed isolation, controlling the temptation to feed by avoiding humans altogether. He traveled to the United States, and arrived in New York City via Ellis Island.
1920s: Angelus spent some time in Chicago, where he saved a little lap dog from being run over by a car; however, finding himself tempted to feed on the dog's owner, a young woman who tried to seduce Angel, he harshly rejected her. In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Angel had a disagreement with a demon named Boone over a "señorita", for which Boone called him out. Angel fought Boone for three-and-a-half hours until the sun came up and Boone honorably let him go. Angel then spent time in Missoula, Montana during the Great Depression.
World War II: Angel was coerced into undertaking a secret mission by the Demon Research Initiative. When they call him Angelus he informs them that he has shortened his name to "Angel". They sank him to the bottom of the ocean to rescue an American submarine crew from three vampires the Nazis had captured as part of their paranormal research activities: Spike, Nostroyev, and The Prince of Lies. After the American crew had captured the German submarine, the vampires had escaped their bonds and murdered most of the crew; the few survivors sought refuge behind a locked hatch. After the submarine suffered damage from a depth charge, Angel was forced to sire a mortally wounded Ensign Sam Lawson, as he was the only person who was able to repair the damage, and while Angel didn't care about the mission, he needed it to succeed to get the US government to leave him alone, and he needed the submarine so he would not get trapped on the ocean floor. After these events, Angel went underground until the war was over.
1940s: Angel spent some time in Las Vegas, where he gets acquainted with the gangster Bugsy Siegel.
1952: Angel was a resident of the Hyperion Hotel in Los Angeles. During this time, Angel attempted to stay to himself, avoiding interaction with other residents and patrons. Despite the numerous strange incidents, murders and suicides running rampant throughout the hotel (caused by a demon), he looked the other way when his help would have made a difference. After finding a young woman named Judy Kovacs hiding in his room, Angel tried to preserve his isolation, first by disarming and removing the man chasing her, then by ejecting Judy. However, her repeated attempts to interact with him allowed the two to form a budding friendship, which was very surprising and rare for Angel at that time in his life. Meanwhile, hotel staff and residents, including Judy, continued to become warped and Angel decided to help. He discovered the presence of a Thesulac Demon, a paranoia demon affecting the humans in the hotel, but by the time Angel learned how to defeat it and obtained the items required, the entire hotel was overcome with pathological paranoia. Mad with demon-induced hysteria, the hotel residents and staff turned on Judy after their suspicions were raised by a private detective. To save herself, Angel's new friend pointed the mob in his direction, saying he had been found with blood. With rabid fury, they ambushed Angel, beat him, and then hanged him. Embittered by the consequences of becoming close to a human, Angel abandoned Judy and everyone else. Instead of destroying Thesulac, as it was in his power to do, even when the demon gave him the opportunity, he personally gave the vicious demon free reign to prey upon and ravage the inhabitants of the hotel unhindered.
1960s: Angel meets the Rat Pack multiple times in Las Vegas, giving advice to Sammy Davis, Jr.
1967: Angel attends Elvis and Priscilla's wedding reception in Las Vegas, since he attends the first taping of the Carol Burnett Show in Los Angeles.
Late 1970s: In New York, Angel witnessed a robbery at a doughnut shop. After the robber shot the employee and fled, Angel stayed with the man as he died. Unable to resist the sight and smell of the clerk's still-warm blood, Angel succumbed to his urges and fed on the body. Deeply disgusted by his own weakness and realising he could never be a part of human society, Angel fled the shop, and then exiled himself to a life of homelessness, living in alleyways and feeding on rats.
- "I wanna help her. I wanna become somebody."
- ―Angel is motivated to become a force for good.[src]
1996: The reclusive and emotionally tortured Angel was sought out by a demon named Whistler, who persuaded him to join the fight against the evil that had corrupted him and to help the newly-activated Slayer, Buffy Summers. Angel traveled to Hemery High School in Los Angeles, where he witnessed Buffy being called as the Slayer and her initial training under her Watcher, Merrick, as well as her emotional turmoil caused by her new duties and her parents' deteriorating marriage. Filled with a new purpose in life, Angel resolved to help the Slayer, with whom he had fallen in love, and moved to Sunnydale, California, where Buffy was predestined to move the following year.
- "A vampire in love with a Slayer. It's rather poetic... in a maudlin sort of way."
- ―Rupert Giles[src]
Angel had fallen in love with Buffy the moment he'd laid eyes on her in Los Angeles. Soon afterward, he moved into his own apartment in Sunnydale, where he put himself on a strict diet of pig's blood. He didn't show himself until after Buffy had relocated to Sunnydale with her mother; he met her in an alley, at which time he warned her about The Harvest and gave her a silver cross for protection. Though they had a mutual attraction to each other, Buffy was not aware of Angel's vampiric nature until several weeks after their first meeting. They kissed in Buffy's bedroom, which caused Angel to unintentionally reveal his vampire face. Though he fled, Buffy was privy to his secret, and sought to kill him after she mistakenly believed he had attacked her mother. In reality, Angel's sire, Darla, had tricked Joyce Summers into inviting her inside and then bitten her. Angel battled with Darla, and managed to kill her when Buffy involved herself in the fight. Afterward, he revealed that he was unique among his kind for possessing a soul, as a result of the curse placed upon him as a punishment for brutally murdering the favorite daughter of an ancient romani clan. In the following days and weeks, Buffy came to realize that she had fallen in love with Angel. Though they both tried to deny their feelings, they simply could not resist their growing passion, and eventually began dating.Spike and Drusilla's arrival in Sunnydale during Buffy's sophomore year created tension in her relationship with Angel. When she witnessed him talking to Drusilla in a park, he was forced to give Buffy and the Scoobies insight into his particularly bloody history. He was subsequently kidnapped by Spike's minions in order to restore Drusilla to health. Though Buffy managed to rescue him in time to save his life, Drusilla still recovered. She and her lover then sought to reawaken a demon called the Judge to bring an end to the human race. Angel was tasked with traveling abroad to hide one of the pieces of the Judge. Before leaving, he gave her a Claddagh ring for her seventeenth birthday, a traditional courting gift in Ireland. Before he could depart, he was apprehended by Spike and his followers, who planned to have him watch Buffy die at the hands of the newly arisen demon.
They escaped Spike's minions and fled to Angel's apartment, where they consummated their relationship. Because Angel experienced a moment of pure happiness, his curse was lifted and his soul was once again removed. He reverted to his souless state, and swiftly returned to his old ways. Furious and disgusted that Buffy had caused him to feel love, he vowed to destroy her in a way similar to what he had done to Drusilla.
Angelus allied himself once again with Spike and Drusilla and took residence in their factory. Resenting the humiliation he felt because Buffy had made him feel like a human being, Angelus took immense pleasure in tormenting the Slayer and her friends. First, he helped Spike and Drusilla deploy the Judge to incinerate the human race. After Buffy destroyed the Judge, Angelus embarked on a guerrilla campaign, lurking in the shadows, preying on Buffy's classmates, sending her gruesome messages, drawing pictures of her as she slept and leaving them in her bedroom. He even revealed the fact that Buffy had sex with him to her mother Joyce, pretending to be an obsessed, unstable, love-struck boyfriend.
Angelus' reign of terror culminated in his murder of Jenny Calendar, which served him in two ways. First, he eliminated an enemy (Jenny was born Janna of the Kalderash Clan) and destroyed her work just as she had managed to successfully decipher the lost curse which could be used to restore his soul. Second, Angelus used Jenny's death to viciously torment Rupert Giles, Jenny's paramour and the person whom Buffy depended on the most, being her Watcher. Enraged, Giles went out and tried to kill Angelus, though only succeeded in burning down the factory he lived in.
Along with Spike and Drusilla, Angelus then moved to an abandoned mansion. After Angelus orchestrated this masterpiece of terror, Drusilla drew his attention to a new opportunity for destruction and chaos. Angelus widened his focus and began a scheme to awaken the demon Acathla and bring about the end of the world. Buffy was determined to stop him. Not knowing how to preform the ritual, Angelus kidnapped Giles and tortured him, wanting to know how to do it, though also doing it for the sake of his own enjoyment.
In their final fight, Angelus was defeated by Buffy during a full-blown sword fight. Just as Acathla opened the vortex into his hell dimension, Buffy's best friend, Willow Rosenberg, used the ritual Jenny had rediscovered and preserved to restore his soul. Since Acathla could only be stopped by the blood of the individual who activated him, Buffy was forced to impale her beloved Angel to save the world. Impaled on the Slayer's enchanted sword, Angel could only stand there as he was sucked into the closing vortex.
A few months later, Angel was unexpectedly released from Acathla's hell, reappearing in his mansion in a feral state. Because time can flow differently in other dimensions, he had experienced a century of brutal torment while only a few months had passed for Buffy, and had been reduced to a feral state. Buffy aided him in secret, fostering his rehabilitation. Angel remained feral and she had to chain him up, but he eventually broke out and came to Buffy's rescue when one of her classmates turned into a monster and attacked her. Angel killed him and finally recognized Buffy afterward, regaining his sanity.
When they discovered that Angel had returned and Buffy had not told them, Buffy's friends were disgusted and furious, though Angel managed to win back some good faith and acceptance in the gang after he saved Willow from being killed by the corrupt former Watcher Gwendolyn Post. Angel began to suspect that his return from Hell was not accidental, that he must be meant to serve some unknown purpose. That fear—that this purpose was not for the cause of good—grew in Angel's mind at Christmastime as he began to experience what he believed to be hallucinations. However, he was actually being haunted by the First Evil, who claimed to be the one that freed him from Acathla's hell (a claim that remains unconfirmed). The First, able to adopt the appearances of Angelus' victims, drove Angel ever closer to the brink of madness by lashing him with guilt and, ultimately, tempting him to end it all by losing his soul once again and killing Buffy in the throes of passion. In despair, Angel chose to kill himself by waiting outside for the sun to rise, rather than risk the life of his beloved. To Angel's shock and consternation, an apparent miracle occurred and it snowed so heavily that Christmas morning that the sun was blotted out all day. Buffy meanwhile, had stopped the order of monks that were summoning the First, ending Angel's torment. From that moment, he began to entertain the hope that his return might have some purpose for good after all.
When the latest Slayer, Faith Lehane, began to go rogue after accidentally killing the Deputy Mayor, Angel attempted to rehabilitate her and nearly succeeded, but his chances at redeeming her were ruined by the interference of Buffy's new Watcher, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, and a special ops team sent by the Watchers Council, who only succeeded in driving Faith even farther down the path of darkness. Later, when Faith began working for the evil Mayor, Richard Wilkins, as a double agent, the duo attempted to force Angel to revert to his soulless state once again and appeared to succeed; fortunately, this was in fact revealed to be an elaborate ruse masterminded by Buffy and Angel, with some help from Giles, to expose Faith's new loyalties.
After that miraculous snowy day in southern California, Angel and Buffy tried to build an actual relationship, taking in the occasional movie, getting away on more scenic patrols, and enjoying moonlit picnics in the cemetery. But it was not to be. Even before their one and only night together, Angel had worried about Buffy's future with him, his inability to give her a family, or even a remotely normal human life. Upon hearing his own concerns reflected back to him from such disparate sources as Mayor Wilkins and Joyce, Angel at last made the difficult decision to leave Sunnydale and Buffy, hoping to give her some semblance of a normal life. Angel broke up with Buffy in the sewer right before her prom night, but went to the dance to let Buffy have her perfect high school moment.
Before the Mayor's Ascension, Faith infected Angel with the "Killer of the Dead," a poison specifically designed to kill vampires that could only be cured by the blood of a Slayer, in order to distract Buffy. Having failed to bring a dead Faith to Angel to cure him, Buffy forced Angel to feed from her. Even though Angel resisted at first, he was enraged when Buffy hit him enough that he indulged himself on Buffy's blood, almost killing her but stopping before he could drain her completely. Having quickly recovered from his poison, Angel rushed Buffy to the hospital where he stopped the grieving Mayor from smothering Buffy.
Angel promised Buffy that he would stay until Sunnydale High's Graduation Day, to help avert the Mayor's Ascension. He also warned her that, if they survived the ordeal, he would leave without saying goodbye, as it would be too painful to do so. They survived with Angel commanding a small number of fighters to surround the Mayor's vampire henchmen. After the destruction of Sunnydale High, Angel, with a last, long look at the Slayer, kept his final promise and departed for Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, Angel again began to isolate himself from humanity, in order to combat the lust for human blood that had been awakened within him after feeding on Buffy.. Soon enough, he received support in his attempts to redeem himself in the service of others. First, Doyle, a half-Brachen Demon and fellow Irishman with precognitive abilities was sent by The Powers That Be to be Angel's guide. Doyle encouraged Angel not to shy away from human interaction, warning him that isolating himself from humanity would eventually lead to him forgetting why they need to be protected, and feeding on them. Almost immediately thereafter, Angel ran into Cordelia Chase, a former classmate of Buffy's who had moved to Los Angeles to find wealth and fame. The trio formed Angel Investigations, a private detective agency whose mission statement was to "help the helpless." Doing this, Angel attracted the attention of the evil law firm, Wolfram & Hart.
The trio managed to do a lot of good, but when Doyle had a vision of Buffy in danger at Thanksgiving, Angel immediately returned to Sunnydale to help against Hus, a Native American vengeance spirit accidentally set free by Xander Harris' construction crew. However, Angel made his presence known to all of the Scoobies except Buffy under the belief that his presence would only distract and endanger her even more.
Upon discovering the truth, Buffy, hurt that Angel never revealed his presence to her, immediately traveled to Los Angeles to confront him, and the two agreed to stay away from one another for the time being. Just as she was about to leave, however, the two were attacked by a Mohra Demon. Though the duo succeeded in wounding it, the Mohra escaped, and Buffy and Angel immediately tracked it down in the sewers. The two became separated, and Angel seemingly killed the demon, and in doing so, its blood mixed with his own and resurrected him, making him human again. Buffy and Angel revelled in finally being able to be happy together, but Angel soon discovered that the Powers That Be had not yet offered him forgiveness as he had not sufficiently atoned. When Angel was nearly killed by the regenerated Mohra, Buffy managed to slay it with his help. Realizing that he would only ever be a burden to Buffy, and would be unable to protect her as a human, Angel made an impossibly painful decision: he had the Oracles rewind time to reverse his transformation into a human, leaving no one but himself with any memory of the incident.
Eventually, Doyle, Angel's trusted friend and sole connection to the Powers That Be, sacrificed himself to save a group of innocents, leading Angel to become even more protective of those few he held dear. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, who had briefly served as Watcher to both Buffy and Faith Lehane in Sunnydale, arrived in Los Angeles around that time, claiming to be a "rogue demon hunter," a "lone wolf sort" who only worked solo. After their first case, however, Wesley was eager to stay and assist Angel and Cordelia, who had inherited the visions from the Powers that Be from Doyle, in their mission. A few months later, they were joined by lifelong demon fighter Charles Gunn after Angel resolved a vampire-human street conflict that was turning in favor of the former.
During this time, three young Wolfram & Hart associates, Lindsey McDonald, Lee Mercer, and Lilah Morgan, attempted to have Faith assassinate Angel. After an intense battle in which Faith seemed to have the upper hand, Faith broke down and pleaded with Angel to kill her. Even as Buffy, the Watchers Council, and the Los Angeles Police Department pursued Faith, Angel continued to help her. When Faith gave herself up to the police, he and Buffy got into an argument, during which Buffy used her relationship with her new boyfriend, Riley Finn, to attack him. In response, Angel launched a tirade against Buffy, reminding her that, while it was great that she had moved on, he himself could not and had no one with whom to share his pain, culminating in him telling Buffy that she didn't know him anymore and that she had no right to just show up with her "great new life" and tell him how to do things in "his city" before harshly ordering her to go back to Sunnydale. Immediately afterward, Angel regretted his words and traveled to Sunnydale to make amends. Though he ran afoul of Riley and the Initiative in the process, he managed to get to Buffy and apologize, who also apologized for butting into his life, and Angel departed after informing Buffy that he didn't like Riley, much to Buffy's amusement.
Later, Angel and his teammates uncover the Shanshu Prophecy. The prophecy reveals that the vampire with a soul will play a pivotal role in the apocalypse, and upon fulfilling his destiny, would be rewarded by being made human.
The Angel Investigations team enlisted the help of demon karaoke bar-owner, Lorne, initially known only as The Host. Both prescient and empathic, Lorne could sense the futures of humans and demons when they sang. As Angel continued to help the helpless in Los Angeles, his good deeds began seriously to disrupt the plans of Wolfram & Hart. In an attempt to control him, the firm resurrected his sire and former lover, Darla, though she came back as a human rather than as a vampire. Angel became obsessed with Darla on two fronts; at first, he wanted to prove that she was actually back and not just a figment of his imagination and second, he desired to save her when it was revealed that she was dying from the same disease that was killing her before she was sired by the Master. Wolfram & Hart then summoned Drusilla, who turned Darla into a vampire again. Angel felt such deep anguish at his failure to save Darla, and such intense fury at Wolfram & Hart for their machinations, that he fired his crew and embarked on a bitter, ruthless vendetta against both the law firm and the newly reunited Darla and Drusilla. At his darkest moment, Angel allowed Drusilla and Darla to slaughter a number of prominent Wolfram & Hart employees, even locking them in the room to ensure that none would escape.
Eventually, Holland Manners succeeded in completely breaking Angel's spirit by telling him that the power of Wolfram & Hart came from the evil within humanity itself and that nothing Angel did would ever amount to anything; depressed and tortured, Angel had sex with Darla in an attempt to shed his soul, but only found perfect despair rather than perfect happiness. An epiphany followed the desperate act, and Angel realized that his purpose was still to do all the good he could, even if he couldn't do all the good he wanted to. Having hoped to get Angel back, Darla was disgusted and infuriated by Angel's epiphany, and left Los Angeles. The group finally reconciled, and Wesley was appointed the official leader. But Angel's relationship with his teammates, particularly Cordelia, was strained, though things improved rather quickly.
- Angel: "It doesn't."
- Kate: "Doesn't what?"
- Angel: "Mean anything. The greater scheme, the big picture. Nothing we do matters. There's no grand plan, no big win. If there's no great, glorious end to this, nothing we do matters. All that matters is what we do. 'Cause that's all there is. What we do."
- — Angel's epiphany[src]
After the death of Buffy's mother, Angel returned to Sunnydale to comfort Buffy, and the two spent a night discussing how life would continue after Joyce's death. Angel assured Buffy that she was strong and would find her way over time, and offered to stay in Sunnydale as long as she needed him, though she knew that he could not stay for long. Nonetheless, Buffy appreciated that he came, and he remained with her until sunrise.
Afterward, Cordelia was sucked into Lorne's home dimension of Pylea, and the Angel Investigations team followed her. Eventually, after Angel defeated the undefeated Champion of Pylea, the Groosalugg, they returned with a new team member, Winifred "Fred" Burkle, in tow, and learned that Buffy had died.
Devastated by Buffy's death, Angel spent several months mourning her in a Tibetan monastery in Sri Lanka, returning despondent and believing that he had betrayed Buffy by continuing to live while she was dead, though Cordelia assured him that he was in fact honoring her memory by continuing to fight the good fight in Buffy's stead. After Buffy was resurrected a few months later by Willow, Angel was overjoyed and immediately went to meet her between Sunnydale and Los Angeles. Despite his still untarnished love for Buffy, Angel eventually realized his previously platonic love for Cordelia had grown romantic. Before he had a chance to confess his feelings, however, Darla returned, miraculously pregnant. The previous year, Angel had endured trials in order to win a new life for Darla as she was dying. However, Darla had already been given a second chance at life and Angel's prize seemingly went to waste. However, thanks to the one night of passion the two shared together, Darla became pregnant which was thought to be impossible for vampires. Influenced by the soul of the child growing inside her, because she was dead and therefore could not give birth to the child, Darla staked herself, leaving only a crying baby. Angel was overcome with parental love, and named their child Connor, in recognition of his Irish heritage.
2002: False prophecies, time travellers, and betrayal led to Angel losing his infant son to an old enemy, Holtz, who abducted Connor soon after his birth, taking him to the hell dimension Quor'toth, where time passed differently. Wesley unintentionally brought about the kidnapping due to uncovering a false prophecy that stated "the father will kill the son," and Angel attempted to kill Wesley in the hospital; Wesley was subsequently fired from Angel Investigations, while Angel resumed his position as the team's leader. Unexpectedly, Connor returned days later, a young man of 18 or so who had been raised by Holtz to be a warrior and to believe that Angel was a soulless monster. Holtz took his own life in such a way that Connor was led to believe he was killed by Angel, making Connor hate his father and be determined to make him pay for the suffering he had caused Holtz and others. Connor then sank his father to the bottom of the ocean in a steel coffin, while Cordelia ascended to a higher plane, the feelings shared between her and Angel still left unspoken.
Rescued by Wesley from his watery prison, Angel's relationship with Connor was strained. It was complicated further by the return of an amnesiac Cordelia, who preferred to stay with Connor because he told her the truth while the others lied to her (albeit because they thought it was for her own good).
2003: When a very powerful demon known only as the Beast arrived and began an attempt to bring forth an apocalypse, Angel's worst fears were realized when he had to strip himself of his soul and revert to his evil self in order to defeat it, after Cordelia had a vision of soulless Angel facing the Beast in the past which Angel did not recall (It was later revealed that a spell had been cast before the Beast's arrival which erased all reference to it in this dimension, with Angel being immune because he technically didn't exist when the spell was cast). While soulless Angel did indeed overcome the Beast, and was also deft enough to realize that the Beast was a mere "flunky" serving an even more powerful evil; the Beast he knew was only interested in smashing and slaughter, and it was unlikely that it would have become smarter in the years since his initial encounter with him.
Although he was momentarily free to wreak a little havoc of his own while soulless, Angel was recaptured and re-ensouled after a battle with Faith. Faith defeated Angel but when she refused to kill him, he regained the upper hand and drank from Faith, who had injected herself with a powerful drug. Faith (who had almost died in her quest to capture him) and Willow helped to accomplish Angel's restoration via a brief but violent internal mental battle between his soulless and souled states. After his soul was restored, Angel, using information that he had acquired during his freedom, figured out that the enemy he had been battling was a little closer to home than the group had previously considered. He realized that whatever the Beast's "boss" was, it was using Cordelia's body to carry out its plans, and it had seduced Angel's son Connor over to its side, warping the youth further and increasing the gap between Angel and his son. After battling and defeating the divine being known as Jasmine, Angel was offered the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart as their thanks for ending world peace by killing Jasmine. Angel acted against all of his instincts and made a deal with his sworn enemy in exchange for them erasing Connor's memories and giving him a normal life, and trying to find a way to cure Cordelia who had gone into a coma.
Soon after the events in Los Angeles, Angel traveled to Sunnydale to give Buffy an amulet that he had obtained from Wolfram & Hart because he was told that it would play a role in the upcoming battle with The First Evil and had to be worn by someone with a soul, but more than human - a champion. He saved Buffy from getting killed by Caleb, but she insisted that she finish the fight on her own. After the fight concluded, they shared a kiss while being unknowingly watched by Spike, along with The First Evil. Angel wished to fight with her in the battle, but Buffy told him to go prepare his crew for a second front in case the Scoobies failed to stop the First. Angel then discussed with Buffy, Spike, the return of his soul, her feelings for him, the future. and if he had a place in it with her. She told him that it would be a long time, if ever, but she sometimes saw a future with him. Accepting this, Angel returned to Los Angeles to prepare the second front, hoping he would not have to use it, and told Buffy, "I ain't getting any older."
CEO of Wolfram & Hart
Angel's year spent running Wolfram & Hart was one marred with challenge and self-doubt. Trying to battle evil from within the belly of the beast proved to be more difficult than even he had imagined, with the lines of good and evil becoming ever more gray with every action taken, and he soon discovered that his friends and allies in the Scooby Gang, including Buffy, had deemed him untrustworthy. Shortly after Angel assumed control of the law firm, matters were further complicated when Spike appeared as a ghost, emerging from the amulet Angel had given Buffy and that was then sent back to Angel in the mail. Now both possessed souls, and both were still in love with Buffy; they had evolved into very different heroes in the war against evil. Forced to co-exist, they waged a protracted, insidious battle of wills, ending when they finally came to an understanding and accepted their unique brotherhood on their journey to redemption.
When they battled over the Cup of Perpetual Torment- supposedly the key that would determine which of them was the true vampire champion- Spike told Angel "You had a soul forced on you. As a curse. Make you suffer for all the horrible things you've done. Me, I fought for my soul, went through the demon trials, almost did me in a dozen times over, but I kept fighting. Because I knew it was the right thing to do. It's my destiny." Although Angel denied this claim at the time, the fight ended when Spike defeated Angel for the first time in their century-plus association, making Angel believe that Spike was the vampire with a soul spoken about in the Shanshu Prophecy. However, Spike's victory and subsequent role as a champion was later revealed to be part of Lindsey McDonald's plans to undermine Angel's confidence and new position, allowing Angel to regain his focus and faith in himself after a final meeting with Cordelia. With Lindsey out of the way, Spike and Angel came to an understanding that let the two of them operate as a lethal team when the two ended up fighting side-by-side, using their long experience of each other's skills to operate in near-perfect tandem.
While investigating the sinister children's program, Smile Time, Angel was turned into a puppet. Puppet Angel managed to stop Smile Time's plans and save the children of Los Angeles. He remained a puppet for several days until the spell wore off. It was around this time that he realized werewolf Nina Ash was attracted to him, and the pair started dating.
Angel was elated when Cordelia finally awoke from her coma. Cordelia and Angel discussed how skewed he got from his path and how lost he was without her, Cordelia was shocked to learn that he and the others had taken over "Evil Incorporated." Before Cordelia took her leave, she and Angel finally revealed their feelings for each other, culminating in a kiss. The kiss, more than just a symbol of love, was instrumental in Angel returning to his path; Cordelia passed onto Angel a single vision, which came later that night, and Angel realized what he had to do.
Angel was later reunited with his son, Connor, when the latter was forced to fulfill his destiny by killing the demon Sahjhan. As a result of this, Connor's memories were returned to him and he remembered that Angel was his father.
Angel finally understood that he would never be able to completely stop the forces of evil, but that he could temporarily sever the Senior Partners' hold on Earth and stop their apocalyptic plans. To this end, Angel pretended to delve deeper into the darkness and fooled the Senior Partners and his teammates into thinking that he desired to join the Circle of the Black Thorn, the Senior Partners' instruments on Earth. He even went so far as to sign away his candidacy for the Shanshu Prophecy to prove his loyalty, exploiting the Circle's inability to realize that he would do good for its own sake rather than to receive a reward.
Together with his comrades, Angel prepared to destroy the Circle of the Black Thorn, a battle that none of them expected to survive. He instructed his teammates to spend the day as if it was their last as he spent it by visiting Connor who revealed to his father that he regained his memories and appreciated what Angel did for him but wanted to keep it at that. Later that night, Team Angel assassinated the members of the Circle of the Black Thorn with Angel taking on Marcus Hamilton with the help of Connor. In this effort, Gunn was badly wounded (probably mortally), and Wesley was killed. Gunn manages to make it to the meeting point, the alley behind the Hyperion Hotel, where he, Angel, Spike, and Illyria engaged in battle with the dark armies that the Senior Partners had sent against them.
Fall of Los Angeles
During the battle, Angel was teleported away from Gunn and towards the dragon he later befriended, who had been tricked in fighting for Wolfram & Hart; Gunn was dragged away and subsequently turned into a vampire. The Senior Partners sent all of Los Angeles to a hell dimension between moments of time, turning the city into an apocalyptic battlefield full of demons. At the same moment, they rendered Angel human to deprive him of his strength and immortality when he needed it most; unaware of the change, he leaped off a rooftop, breaking his legs and back. He was discovered by Wesley, resurrected as a ghost to act as liaison between Angel and the Senior Partners. The dragon took Angel back to W&H, where he relied on neo-primitive healing salves and incantations to repair his broken body. The process took months, and Angel spent every second awake and in agony; to endure the pain, he spoke to an imaginary Cordelia. Believing he was talking to him, the dragon came to believe its own name was Cordelia. With his body healed, Angel, using various spells and enchantments to provide himself with his vampiric abilities, began patrolling the hell-ridden city with "Cordelia," rescuing citizens and sending them, anonymously, to a safe-house run by Connor, Nina, and Gwen Raiden. His mission was complicated by the deaths of the Demon Lords who had taken control over areas of Los Angeles. Angel declared war on the Demon Lords, challenging them to a battle to liberate the city. Initially alone in the fight, he was soon aided by his old friends, Spike, Illyria, Connor, Gwen, Nina, Groosalugg, Lorne, and Wesley, and successfully tricked the Lords into killing themselves with the Hagan Shafts.
Following their victory, Team Angel returned to their old base, the Hyperion Hotel, where Angel resumed his patrols of the city. After killing a nest of vampires, Illyria revealed to the group that Angel was no longer a vampire, leaving Connor feeling angry and betrayed. When he asked Illyria to seek out the most powerful vampire in "Hell-A", Angel was horrified when she led him to Gunn. Defeating Angel in battle, Gunn undid the magicks keeping Angel alive, reopening every wound he had suffered since turning human. Visited by the spirit of Cordelia, Angel resigned himself to death after receiving a vision from the Senior Partners regarding his role in the Shanshu Prophecy; himself standing alone surrounded by bodies. However, last-minute encouragement from Connor inspired him to keep fighting. Angel's friends healed his injuries, but at the same time, Gunn caused Illyria to revert to her true form. As Illyria prepared to end all existence, Angel devised a plan to stop her; he had Betta George telepathically force Spike and Wesley's memories of Fred into Illyria's mind. The distracted Illyria was then taken down by the Senior Partners' forces. Meanwhile, Connor was mortally wounded by Gunn and died in his father's arms. Realizing that the Senior Partners needed him alive for their plans, Angel provoked Gunn into decapitating him with the Flaming Sword. As planned, the Senior Partners reset the timeline to the last point Angel was alive, the moment before Los Angeles was sent to Hell. This time, Angel rescued Gunn before he was sired and took him to a hospital, and tearfully reunited with a resurrected Connor. However, the Wolfram & Hart building had mysteriously vanished from existence, and everybody remembered their time in Hell, making Angel and his allies city-wide celebrities recognized for their heroism. Giving Cordelia the dragon over to Groosalugg to remain as inconspicuous as possible, Angel reopened Angel Investigations.
- "Powerful people -- governments -- lining up to wipe out the "terrorists" you created. Demons weren't thrilled either. I put on a mask, talk about "Master Plans"... distract them. Keep the body count as low as I can while I push."
- ―Angel explains the Twilight ruse.[src]
At some point, Angel gained new abilities after a meeting with a shape-shifting higher power, including flight and invulnerability, which he quickly used to save a damaged airplane. With governments and demons fearful of the new Slayers created by Buffy and plotting to destroy them, Angel was approached by Whistler, the very same demon who originally put him on his heroic path, and the higher power itself, who presented him with numerous possible future scenarios, those of which that depict Angel fighting alongside Buffy, ending with both of them dying in battle, and insisted that the only way for Angel to save them both was to fight against Buffy, stating that if Angel did not do so, the entire world would go to Hell like Los Angeles did. Though naturally reluctant to deceive Buffy, Angel assumed the identity of "Twilight" and gathered a cabal of those most likely to oppose the Slayer army, consisting of several demons, members of the United States military such as General Voll, and Lieutenant Moulter, as well as Buffy's old enemies Warren Mears and Amy Madison, and her ex-boyfriend Agent Riley Finn, the latter of whom was acting as a double agent for Buffy, though "Twilight" was aware of this fact. His supposed goal was to bring about the end of magic and eliminate all Slayers. However, his true goal was to keep the anti-Slayer forces distracted with his supposed "master plan," thus allowing him to coordinate the anti-Slayer movement and limit the potential damage that might result had these factions struck independently, while at the same time give Buffy a concrete threat to fight against, keeping her focused and ready for the challenges that lay ahead, while also guiding her into a position where she would somehow acquire powers similar to his.
As Twilight, Angel orchestrated the training of rogue Slayer Genevieve Savidge by the warlock Roden, which resulted in the deaths of both threats to Buffy, a mystical missile attack on the HQ of the Slayer Organization and full scale siege on the Tibetan sanctuary set up by Oz and his wife Bayarmaa. During the siege, Twilight left behind his "seconds"—Amy, Warren, and the General—to kidnap Giles, Faith, and Andrew (although he had some trouble recognizing Andrew, most likely due to the brevity of their previous contact). He took them to his "Villain HQ," which was magically cloaked three seconds in the future, though Buffy tracked him down when the cloak was undone by Willow and Amy. Confronted by Buffy—now possessing strength, invulnerability, and flight like his own—Twilight chose to reveal his true identity to her. Though initially enraged by this, Buffy, under the influence of a glowing aura, was moved when Angel explained his plan, and kissed him. The two give in to their passions after being apart for years and start engaging in an act of passionate airborne sex, subsequently finding themselves in a paradise dimension. Giles explains to the others that the current events tie in to a prophecy of a supernatural upheaval where the world shall be recreated after a Slayer changes the world, with Buffy and Angel having been selected to serve as the catalysts of that change. Despite the prospects of eternal happiness with Angel in the new paradise dimension, Buffy chooses to return upon witnessing her friends and family fighting the resulting demonic hordes. Angel agrees to join her, only for the fight to be interrupted when Spike appears claiming to have the answer to the current crisis. Later, Buffy confesses to Angel that it was the "weirdest best day" of her life and tells him that he had her heart. However, given Angel's currently tense relationship with Spike, as well as the Scoobies' current hostility towards him, Buffy asked Angel to help protect the Slayers from the currently-attacking demons while she went with Spike to investigate his claims.While in the midst of doing so, however, Angel encountered the same higher power who granted him his new powers, this time in the form of a winged lion. The power revealed itself to be the very dimension, itself called 'Twilight,' that Buffy and Angel chose to abandon, and insisted that Angel and Buffy finish what they started. To this end, Twilight seemingly possessed Angel and sent him to the ruins of Sunnydale to stop the Scoobies and Spike. Although Buffy was able to keep Angel occupied long enough to destroy the Seed of Wonder, Angel killed Giles before he was returned to normal. Angel awoke to his senses, initally completely unaware of what he had done. Xander quickly jumped on him and started brutally attacking him, grabbing the slayer scythe as he was about to stake him. Angel weakly defended himself, reminding him of his possession (which he quickly realized) yet barely put up a fight against Xander. However, Angel was spared when Buffy saved his life and prevented her friend from killing him. Following this, Angel had been reduced to an apparently catatonic state, with Faith taking care of him in the London flat that Giles left to her as she feels that she was the only person who will not judge Angel for his actions as Twilight due to her past experience with redemption
- Faith: " And I'm all for using the Watcher's files to help people who need help, demons who need killing, the whole nine. But you gotta stop obsessing over every detail of his life. If you wanna take his place without going crazy--"
- Angel: "Take his place? I could never take his place. I'm going to bring Giles back to life."
- — Angel's determination to resurrect Rupert Giles.[src]
In London, Angel was confined to Giles' flat where he remained in a state of intense depression for a prolonged period of time. Faith cared for him and in an attempt to speed up his recovery, read him passages from Giles' old Watchers Diaries. After he heard about a little girl who was playing host to a demon, he suddenly recuperated, donning his redemptive mindset once more. He accompanied Faith to the girl's residence, and as the demon was slaughtered he received a rush of Giles' memories detailing the day he'd fallen in love with Jenny Calendar. On the way back to their apartment, Angel told Faith that Giles' writings about the girl had "opened his eyes" and then sent her on her way, informing her that he could go home alone and wait for her, as she had other things to do.Later, when Faith returned to the apartment after spending several hours in Brixton with her fellow Slayers, she openly questioned Angel about his time under the guise of Twilight. She was particularly interested in knowing if he had murdered Giles in his own right mind, or if he had been taken over by Twilight's influence at the time. While he did not deny that he had been dominated by Twilight during the actual murder, he reminded Faith that he had been himself on many other occasions, and that he now had more blood on his hands than even Angelus. He told her that he wanted to continue Giles' work where he'd left off, helping people in need, and also revealed the true reason why he had recovered so suddenly. He had decided to bring Giles back to life.
One night, Angel saved Nadira's life from a vampire, but fled in order to avoid being seen by Faith's Slayers (most of whom wanted him dead for his actions as Twilight). Faith found him, and asked him how he intended to resurrect someone who had died a natural death. He disclosed that he would work Giles' soul rather than his body; while Faith still seemed skeptical of his plan, she agreed to help him. The pair followed a lead to a demon dealing Mohra blood, which Angel hoped to use to recover Giles' body once his soul had been restored. He tracked down the blood at a demon auction, but just as they had managed to claim it, Angel's old associates Pearl and Nash suddenly attacked. The demon siblings engaged Angel and Faith in battle, but Faith managed detain them by planting Mohra blood in Nash's pocket. The other demons at the auction ran for a chance to get it while Angel and Faith went to examine the basement of the establishment. To their intense disappointment, they discovered in the new magic-less world, Mohra blood did not regenerate dead flesh with stability, but triggered perpetual regeneration until the victim was decapitated. Still determined, Angel began researching other methods of restoring corpses back at their apartment; when Faith came downstairs, he surprised her by speaking in a British accent and asking for tea.
Reliving Giles' memories, Angel chose to visit a cemetery where the Watcher had once witnessed the deaths of his friends at the hands of a Lorophage demon: an insect-like beast that fed on emotional trauma. While there, he followed the scent of blood to a seniors' home, where he came across a deranged young man slaughtering the residents. After taking care of the problem, he sparred with Faith on the roof of their building, and discussed the emergence of a new "it" vampire, Mother Superior, who ran a cult in a nearby church. Angel quickly brought up the possibility that the same Lorophage demon that had killed Giles' friends when he was younger was responsible for the bouts of psychosis blighting the city, as victims of Lorophage attacks oftentimes lost their sanity as a result of their trauma being brought to the surface too suddenly. The two went to an old associate of Giles, Alasdair Coames, for help. Angel realized that a vampire might be controlling the Lorophage through hypnosis. They followed a lead to Mother Superior's church, only to find both the Lorophage demon and a completely sane Drusilla.Angel reminisced about the moment he'd first laid eyes on Drusilla over a century ago. Her purity had driven him to want to mold her into his "masterpiece." Seeing her again with her sanity restored, he desperately asked her how she had managed it, causing her to reveal that the Lorophage demon had consumed the traumatic memories that had caused her lunacy. She had chosen to help people with her newfound clarity, but as Angel was aware, her efforts had gone in vain. He attempted to kill the Lorophage to prevent further problems, but it easily fought him off. Drusilla then offered to remove his suffering. He refused, and along with Faith, left the church. He met Faith's father back at the apartment, and urged her to reconnect with him; he then went to the Easter End of London, to the old house where Drusilla had lived with her family as a human. Drusilla was already there waiting for him, and once again begged him to let her take away his pain. He refused again, and then urgently apologized for what he had done to her as Angelus; however, she declared that she no longer cared. She was able to see that he had attached a magical item known as the Tooth of Ammut to his body, which he intended to use to draw the fragments of Giles' soul trapped in demons and other mystical sources into his body.
When he arrived at the apartment again, he and Faith confronted her father, who revealed that he had come to ask his Slayer daughter to kill a mobster for him. She turned him down, but when the man showed up looking for him, she and Angel were forced to fight him off; in a moment of rage she cut off the man's hand, and in remorse, fled the scene. Angel followed her to Drusilla's church, where she had hoped to have her pain alleviated by the Lorophage. Although they initially accepted Drusilla's gift, Angel convinced her to reject it with the justification that the loss of her pain would only deprive of her of the emotional strength she had gained through maturation. Angel then forced the Lorophage to feed on itself, releasing the torment it had consumed from Drusilla, Faith and its other victims. Drusilla begged Angel not to force her to take back her pain, but as it returned to her body she once again lost all sense. Before running away, she gave Angel a teary and foreboding message, foretelling his dark future involving the three "voices" that would soon come to inhabit his body.
Having saved each other once more, Angel and Faith made an uneasy truce. Faith declared her appreciation to Angel for continuing to believe in her, and as they walked away together, they reflected about Drusilla's past as a saintly human. Faith proclaimed Drusilla to be a mess, and although Angel openly agreed with her, he made the closing statement: "But before she met me, she was beautiful."
Back at the flat, they were surprised to find two young women: Giles' great aunts, Lavinia and Sophie, who had been powerful mystics before magic was removed from the world. After dealing with the unfortunate effects of the aunts magical deals, Angel and Faith were suddenly visited by Willow Rosenberg.
Having already deduced Angel's plan to bring Giles back, Willow dismissed him as he was selfish, stupid, reckless, and delusional to think that his attempts would not end in disaster, particularly after all of the pain and suffering she put Buffy and the rest of the gang through after Buffy's own resurrection. However, despite her misgivings, Willow decided to help Angel with his plans because she herself needed him, stating that she needed Connor to bring magic back to Earth; in order to regain her magic, she needed to travel to another dimension where magic still existed and 'soak up' the energy from there, but the only dimension that could still be accessed from this world was Quor'toth as there were never any portals to Quor'toth in the first place. Having discovered a ritual that might allow her to access Quor'toth using the residual energy in the Scythe as a "battery", Willow needed something from the target dimension to access it in the first place, requiring Connor due to the time he had spent in that world.
Angel was unsurprisingly furious with Willow for wanting to involve his son in her plans, at which point Willow snapped and blasted him for comparing her to him before breaking down in tears and insisting that the Earth was dying without magic and she needed to save it. Seeing Willow's inner turmoil, Angel was more sympathetic and agreed to take her to Connor and talk to him, but made it clear to Willow that it was Connor's choice to go along with her plan. Making their way to Los Angeles, the group reunited with Gunn and Connor, the latter of whom unhesitatingly agreed to Willow's plan because he had seen what was happening and knew that Willow was right. Using the Scythe to carve symbols into Connor's body, Willow managed to open an entrance to Quor'toth in the Hyperion Hotel.
Willow's plan proved successful. In Quor'toth, Connor served as a guide, while Willow reminded Angel about the possible consequences of being in another dimension. They eventually came across dog-like demons who worshiped Connor; wanting to help them, Connor stayed behind. As Willow attempted to open a portal to the World Without Shrimp, they were attacked by the Old One called Quor'toth. Willow tried to fight him off, but was at first overcome. Angel encouraged her by prompting her to reflect on how weak she had become without magic. As Willow regained her confidence, the magic began to corrupt her.In an attempt to calm her, Angel convinced Willow that she was strong enough to fight both the darkness and the demon. Still, she could not control herself, and transformed completely into "Dark Willow." She dropped a mountain on Quor'toth, and preached her desire to rule over the entire dimension. As she rampaged, Angel concocted a plan. Faith launched him into the sky, where he managed to sink his teeth into Willow's throat. His plan worked, and Willow returned to normal and fainted from fatigue. Angel struggled briefly with the urge to continue feeding on her; startled and frightened, he instructed that Faith kill him. She came close to doing so at his request, but was stopped by both Willow and Connor. In the wake of the battle, Angel and Willow managed to reconcile to a degree. She revealed that although she hadn't yet forgiven him, she couldn't hate him either. She allowed him to take the fragment of Giles' soul from the Scythe, and he, Faith, and Connor returned to Los Angeles while Willow and Connor's worshippers escaped to the World Without Shrimp.
Back in London, Angel met up with Whistler at a pizzeria on the anniversary of their first encounter in New York. Angel was furious with him when he realized that he was working with Pearl and Nash, and would have resorted to violence, had Whistler not broken his wrist and ordered him to sit down. After the two reminisced about the day they had met, Whistler criticized Angel for abandoning their plan before its completion. Unphased by Whistler's accusations, Angel justified that his friends had been in danger, and that he had simply wanted to help. He inculpated Whistler for allowing so many people to die for his cause, and for manipulating both him and Buffy in the past. Whistler did not deny this, but calmly revealed that Angel and Buffy's meeting had been predestined long ago. He also told Angel about his parents, a pureblood demon and an agent of the Powers That Be, who had been eliminated as a result of their forbidden relationship.
Surprised by the revelation of Whistler's background, Angel became more sympathetic. Whistler then told him that before the Seed had been destroyed, he had experienced one final vision, relaying a horrid possible future. Whistler told Angel that he wanted his help to prevent it, warranting that having some people die would be better than allowing the world end. Angel admitted his appreciation to Whistler for giving him a purpose, and for allowing him to meet Buffy, but expressed that he wouldn't participate in anything that would sacrifice the lives of innocent people, despite Whistler's fixation on "balance." Angered, Whistler attacked Angel and nearly staked him before managing to stop himself, remarking that Angel was still his "favorite kid" and he didn't want to kill him. Regardless, Whistler warned Angel that he would not be so lucky should their paths cross again.Angel and Faith then traveled to Peru to retrieve the Crown of Coils from a demons' lair. As they fought the demons, the creatures continuously regenerated; according to Angel, people had suspected this to be an ability of the demons themselves, but Angel realized afterward that they had been restored because of the Crown's influence. He was proven right when he tested it on one of the demons' victims—the decomposed corpse became fresh once more, but because the body had no soul, it remained dead. Faith wondered aloud if the Crown would have the same effect as Mohra blood, but Angel had no answer. The two subsequently returned to London, where they put the Crown in Alasdair Coames' care for the purpose of having it studied, and went to the cemetery where Giles' had been buried to exhume his remains. Upon digging up his coffin, they were shocked to find his body missing; upon returning to their apartment, they realized that the body had been taken before it was ever buried, as the ground had been untouched. Nadira and her fellow Slayers arrived unexpectedly, carrying with them the body of a dead Slayer. She expressed to Angel that she was aware of his plan to bring Giles back to life, and ordered him to resurrect the young woman, Marianne, who had been murdered by his "child", Drusilla. Angel refused, and told Nadira that resurrecting Giles was only possible because his life had been so deeply steeped in magic. Angry and stricken by grief, Nadira attacked Angel, and threatened him. She quickly left with her team when she received a text about a possible "solution."
Fed up with her problems with her Slayers, Faith lost patience and blamed Angel for her fellows' lack of trust in her. She made it clear that they were done working together after she finished helping him to bring Giles back. Understanding the truth of her statements, Angel complied without complaint. Together, they went to the funeral home where Giles' body had been brought to piece together that had happened to it. The Fairweather sisters informed them that Ethan Rayne had been on the guest book for the funeral, much to Angel and Faith's confusion, because he had been killed by General Voll during the Twilight crisis. Angel quickly surmised that Eyghon the Sleepwalker had possessed Ethan Rayne during the funeral, and had begun possessing Giles' body since. He also stated that the last fragment of Giles' soul rested within Eyghon.Soon afterward, Angel and Faith came across Nadira and her fellows fighting against zombified Slayers and Giles' body possessed by Eyghon. Angel and Faith immediately joined the battle. When Faith was hit by Eyghon, Angel fought against him, but was injured in the process. Eyhgon then escaped through a broken window.
At Alasdair's, Angel and Faith regrouped their forces. Angel admitted that he had known Eyghon was alive since his time as Twilight, and that the demon owned Giles' soul, which made his resurrection possible in theory. Faith then shared the fact that Eyghon had made a deal with Whistler, Pearl and Nash to create a perfect zombified world without magic. Consequently, this plan tied heavily into the new world revolutionized by Whistler. Angel then decided that he would be the one to attack Eyghon, as he believed that he would be immune to the demon's ability of possession. Spike, who Angel had called earlier for assistance, also appeared at Alasdair's residence.During their reunion, Angel and Spike bickered—as usual—about both each other and Buffy, much to Faith's exasperation. Still, their vehemence was not as strong as it once had been, and they managed to focus on coming up with a strategy. They were interrupted by Eyghon, who had tracked them down at Alasdair's place. Spike and Angel worked together very effectively to defeat Eyghon, and almost succeeded in capturing him, but were hindered when Eyghon possessed Spike's body despite the fact that he already housed a demon. Ehygon attempted to overtake Angel as well, but was met with resistance by the three beings already inhabiting Angel's body. In the midst of battle, Angel became erratic; Angel, Angelus and Giles in turn took over his body. When Giles briefly took control, he managed to decapitate Eyghon, which instantly killed him and ended his control over the dead—the final piece of Giles' soul was absorbed into the Tooth of Ammuk. In the wake of the fight, Angel continued to shift between the three presences, much to Spike and Faith's concern. Because Angel was the only individual with detailed knowledge about Giles' resurrection, they were forced into an unlikely partnership to come up with a new plan to restore Angel's sanity. As Angel suffered from his bout of insanity, he muttered about the death of Jenny Calendar from Giles' perspective. Observing this, Faith and Spike decided it was best to chain him to the wall in her basement. Together, they went to retrieve the Essuary, a magical item within which Giles' soul could be stored, from a den of soul-consuming demons called Enders.
When they returned, Spike was ordered to watch over Angel in the basement while Faith and the others performed the ritual. Spike ranted to a still-deranged Angel about his own insecurities in regards to his relationship with Buffy. Angel regained consciousness at some point, but did not make it apparent until Spike admitted that he had always admired Angel for his ability to move on from Buffy. He spoke up, much to Spike's surprise, and sadly confessed that he hadn't moved on from her either. In gratitude for helping him, Angel gave Spike Harmony's phone number. The following morning, he and Faith caught Spike exiting the bathroom shower with Harmony. He jokingly expressed that if he had set anyone up but Harmony, he would have felt sleazy, and then left to get breakfast with Faith.
Angel prepared to set up Giles' resurrection with a special incantation he found, intending to use Alasdair's artifacts as well. While getting into another argument with Spike, it was interrupted when Faith recieved an unexpected call from Buffy back in San Francisco. Angel instantly questioned her if Buffy was able to come and help them, appearly overtly hopeful and eager. Faith denied this, explaining that she was too busy helping "some sick girl named Dawn." Spike was shocked at her phrasing and tried to remind her she knew Dawn. Angel was puzzled at his outburst along with Faith, expressing a lack of awareness of Buffy even having a sister. Both of them had lost their memories of her since she was losing her magical essence due to the loss of magic, so Angel and Faith would be the first to forget her since they interacted little with her.
As a frustrated Spike left the two (being the only one who actually knew Buffy's connection to Dawn), Angel forced his attention to return to bringing Giles back. As planned, he went to Alasdair to borrow his magical items only to have the archmage refuse him. Tense and becoming increasingly more impatient, he threatened him and then accused Alasdair of working for Whistler, acutely noticing how it was strange that his items have not been raided yet. After turning out wrong in his judgement and the archmage's criticism of Angel's selfish motivations, he somehow won him over and was able to use the magical artifacts. After a deep-to-heart with Faith, the plan was set in motion and the spell was chanted. However, complications arose due to appearances of Whistler, Pearl, and Nash, intending to steal Alasdair's collection. Wanting to buy time, Angel and Faith fought against their enemies fiercely. Eventually, the trio retreated when they got what they wanted. Sophronia, Lavina, and Alasdair successfully finished the incantation and Giles' body was struck with magical energy.
As the others were ordered to focus on their memories of Giles to make sure they pulled it off, Angel expressed his desperate need to fix what he did as he flashbacked to when he had killed him. Successfully, Giles was brought back alive, albeit trapped in the body of his twelve-year old self. Despite this setback and Giles' initial displeasure of being brought back by him under these circumstances, he was undeterred and insisted they would find a way to fix this as well. Angel was noticably flippant of these consequences, too relieved and happy that he had brought Giles back in one piece (more or less) to measure it with the appropriate degree of seriousness recommended. As Giles used his knowledge and experience to pinpoint the location of Whistler, Pearl, and Nash, they set out to oppose them after coming to a consensus that not all of them will make it out alive in the battle.
As Whistler began to distill magic into a ball, Angel immediately tried to stop him, only to be distracted when Nash fought against him instead. Eventually, Nadira arrived and while she was still in no way forgiving of Angel, she seemed to acknowledge that he was not the "true" bad guy, instead launching herself at Nash for her revenge. Angel again attempted to reason to Whistler over the wrongness of killing so many innocent people, not feeling any desire to kill him. Once again, he did not listen and remained fixed in his belief that he was "saving" the world. Angel fought against Whistler, only for him to transform into a blue-horned demon with very strong melting abilities. Nash had gained control of the plague ball, and prepared to drop it on the people below. Lavinia threw Angel another a sword, and he attempted to stop Nash, only for him to easily deflect it.
After Giles threw a magic fire ball, Nash dropped the plague ball. Angel and everyone else immediately tried to catch it, but ultimately could not stop it in time. The people below began to mutate into monsters, Angel and the others looking on in helpless horror.
After ordering Faith to retrieve the pure magic orb, Angel resumed his face-off against Whistler. He once again tried to talk him out of his obsession with releasing the plague across the world, the two conflicting heavily with their differing idealogies. Angel roughly grabbed Whistler's horns and forced his attention to the people transforming into monsters below them, giving a moving speech about how the "necessary losses" were people with lives and that it cost too much to sacrifice so many. While he appeared to somewhat doubt himself, Whistler did not change his mind and insisted it was the only way and that he had gone too far to stop. Shoving him away, he managed to escape Angel and prepared to launch the magic plague across the world. Angel acted quickly and grabbed his wrist. Giving up trying to reason with Whistler, Angel challenged his benefactor to a duel, declaring that, since Whistler had always said that it was always the "big moments" that defined a person, now it was time to find out.
The two traded blows, each trying to seize control of the magic orb. Angel managed to get it and punctured it on one of Whistler's horns, trying to release the pressure to stop the explosion. Whistler somehow saved himself, but the act weakened him and reverted him back to his human form. Angel reiterated the damage he was causing and implored him to stop it. This time, Whistler was convinced and told him he wanted to help despite the cost. Whistler absorbed the magic into his own body so no one would get hurt, but the price was his death. Angel was sad by his passing and took a brief moment to grieve for him before rounding up his group to tend to the changed humans. He helped out with the people, but rejected Alasdair's implication of him becoming the next balance demon.
After Faith's choice to go on her own away from London, Giles informed Angel that he was also leaving for San Francisco to return to Buffy, something he had been expecting. The two share a friendly moment together, Angel telling him that he wanted to stay in London and help the mutated people who needed guiding.
- Giles: "Back to 'helping the helpless'?"
- Angel: "That looks good on a business card. But it's kinda redundant. Sooner or later, we're all helpless. And when that time comes, we all need the same thing. Someone looking out for us."
- — Angel's decision[src]
With Giles and Faith having departed London, Angel initially does what he can to maintain control of the rising magical disturbances, with only the occasional aid from Sophia and Lavinia. However, after meeting with Nadira - whose magical mutation had stabilized and who appeared to possess some insight into the workings of "Magic Town" - Angel has begun to work with her, her insights directing him to locations where he can do specific good, such as preventing Pearl acquiring bottled magic. While investigating recent murders with Sophia and Lavinia's aid, Angel witnessed a newly-turned vampire walking in sunlight and displaying a greater resistance to the usual anti-vampire weapons, confirming that the restoration of magic has changed the rules for new vampires. When Amy Madison approached him for help to resurrect Warren, Angel initially contemplated accepting the request due to his role in Warren's death, but when Amy revealed that her true plan was to lure Willow to London so that she could get revenge, Angel instead confronted her with Nadira, whose innate sympathy with the magic of Magic Town allowed her to turn Amy's traps back on herself and turn Amy into a rat.
While walking along a street after this battle, Angel was shocked to encounter what appeared to be Fred. With Nadira's help, Angel speculatively established that the new rules of magic had caused some old spells to 'reset', resulting in Illyria's resurrection being 'undone' and allowing Fred to exist once again, although she retains memories of her time in Illyria. He is subsequently reunited with Faith when she returns to Magic Town as part of her new job with Zane Pharmaceuticals, but the company's attempt to assist him in assessing Fred's condition results in Illyria taking control once again. However, Angel and Faith are able to contain Illyria long enough for Fred to regain control, Angel reflecting that, despite the complications of Illyria's return, he is grateful that Fred has been restored. To celebrate her return, Angel takes Fred on a trip to Ireland when she expresses a wish to see more of the world, the two visiting Galway to see where Angel grew up, although they become caught up in a plan by various witches to gain power through the fear generated by tours of Angelus's first murder spree and the blood of a Gachnar demon.
When the Scooby Gang found themselves facing the demon Archaeus- the demon who originally turned the Master into a vampire, and hence the source of the Aurelius bloodline- they called Angel for help, during which he learned that Buffy and Spike had started dating again. Although Angel assisted in defeating Archaeus and accepted Buffy and Spike's relationship, he noted to Willow as he left that he doubted that the relationship will last, recognising over the years that Spike seeks relationships that he believes will 'save' him from himself, only to push his partners away and convince himself that his problems are simply unfixable.
Having returned to Magic Town, Angel explains the situation to Faith and Fred after Archaeus manages to abduct Nadira, but while searching for her, he is confronted by Archaeus and Drusilla and temporarily reverted back to Angelus before he manages to collect himself. Archaeus later attempts to call down the spirit of Magic Town itself to ally with him, but despite Archaeus attempting to present himself as open to debate where Angel just wanted to attack him, when the spirit witnesses Angel's allies run to join him despite the danger where Archaeus's forces only obey him out of fear, it allies with Angel to trap Archaeus in the golem body Archaeus had intended to offer the spirit, sealing the demon away.
Personality and traits
- "The greater scheme, the big picture. Nothing we do matters. There's no grand plan, no big win. If there's no great, glorious end to this, nothing we do matters. All that matters is what we do. 'Cause that's all there is. What we do. Today. I've fought for so long. For redemption, for a reward, finally just to beat the other guy but I never got it. [...] All I want to do is help. I wanna help because I don't think people should suffer as they do. Because if there's no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world."
- ―Angel to Kate[src]
Angel tends to be reserved and is often seen as more wounded up and uptight in contrast to other characters, sometimes even rivaling Wesley and Giles. His most prominent and mocked trait was his tendency to be overly gloomy and brooding. Before moving to Los Angeles, he was inclined to spend much of his time alone, and was never open with friends or allies, with the exception of Buffy to an extent, though he still kept quiet about his past from her, as he felt it would disgust her. The sins he committed when souless are constantly at the back of his mind, to a degree where he felt for a very long time that he did not deserve happiness or redemption. He defied Whistler's wishes for him to help Buffy at first, and many years later, when he was offered a chance to live without his vampiric weaknesses with the Gem of Amara, he chose to destroy it instead, justifying that he needed to continue living with his punishment. He also refused Drusilla's offer to remove his pain with her Lorophage Demon because he felt that his guilt drove him to do good and kept Angelus at bay. While Angel's belief in his mission for redemption fluctates frequently over being worth it, he still continued to help others as a champion.
Angel was quite self-detrimental and was prone to long spells of doubt, depression and regret. He still felt that he was far from deserving of contentment, but worked tirelessly to prove himself to his peers and the Powers That Be. Still, for a long time he believed himself a lost cause. When he fed off the body of a shop keeper in a moment of weakness in the 1970s, he resigned himself to a life of homelessness, and was not stirred out of it until Whistler showed him Buffy Summers approximately twenty years later. Though this state of mind changed somewhat when he fell in love with Buffy, it wasn't until he learned about the Shanshu Prophecy that he truly began believing in himself and his actions. Angel was also established as detached from reality, and didn't find many things in his life he could look forward to. Unlike humans, who grow and learn as they age, Angel was frozen in time. He has an almost unhealthy obsession with his destiny; he will follow almost any metaphorical road as long as he believes it will help people (specifically Buffy or himself) to achieve what they were destined for. Because of this, he could easily make dangerous decisions. This was made most obvious when he allowed himself to be manipulated by Twilight for what he believed was the greater good. Under Twilight's influence, he was indirectly responsible for the death of two hundred slayers- defending it on the grounds that more would have died if he had done nothing-, created a dimension with Buffy that threatened to destroy Earth itself, and later and brutally murdered Giles (although it should be noted that Twilight was directly in control of Angel when he killed Giles rather than Angel doing it himself).
Angel was a quiet, private individual. He tended to keep up a stoic and brave face, similar to Oz in that regard. This personality trait partly contributed to his established dislike of parties, preferring to either not be at one or remain on the sidelines if he had to . Despite this, he nonetheless displayed a tendency to throw taunts and insults to his enemies or just those he intensely disliked. Angel also possessed a sense of humor despite his serious personality, usually in the form of dark sarcasm. He was also very self-conscious, and worried what other people thought of him very often. He believed he had little talent with words, and disliked public speaking. During his first year in Los Angeles with Angel Investigations, he displayed an acute lack of people skills, and was very anti-social and reclusive. He worried constantly what people would think of him, and was reluctant to drink blood around his friends. Simply put, Angel had difficulty trusting others, and it took him a long time to feel comfortable around his companions. Eventually, Angel became more comfortable with himself and social interaction the more he connected with people in Los Angeles, noting after a few months that he had come to think of his new colleagues as his family. He could also be unintentionally blunt in his reasonings and manner of speech, though this eventually became less frequent over the years. Angel's speech patterns were also established as cryptic and sometimes abbreviated, much to Buffy and others' frequent irritation. He had a tendency to bottle up his emotions, feelings and problems behind stoicism, causing him to appear difficult to read and secretive. According to his friends and despite his constant objection, he rarely smiled and only openly cried on one occasion.
Angel was also somewhat of a natural nurturing figure, easily sympathizing with the hardships of others and taking it upon himself to be the one to guide them through it. His chivalry and sensitivity frequently made him prone to seeing others as his complete responsibility, specifically "damsels in distress". Angel's protective instincts towards others are intensified towards those he deeply loves, even to the point of being somewhat extreme. This is made most obvious through his interactions with Connor, Cordelia, and Buffy. Because of his borderline martyr complex, Angel has repeatedly sacrificed his own happiness for the sake of the world or individual people who mean a lot to him, such as giving up his humanity to in an attempt to save Buffy from her prophesized death and destroying the Gem of Amara. However, while Angel enjoyed "helping the helpless", he was also especially motivated by the prospect of redemption in the form of Shanshu. The thought that he might someday be forgiven for his past and allowed to live on deeply affected him, causing him to latch on to it immediately. Over the years, Angel became increasingly disillusioned with the Shanshu Prophecy, eventually coming to believe that the prophecy was wholly unreliable, causing him to focus on doing good for the sake of it rather than for a reward. After having been possessed by Twilight he came to believe that redemption would be impossible because of all the damage he had caused with a soul and without.
For most of his ensouled depression, Angel's opinion of people was mostly uncaring and negative despite his newfound guilt for his sins. However, after meeting Buffy and seeing the well of inner strength she possessed, his outlook on humanity slowly changed. He naturally associated them with "always trying", no matter the cost, and more than once made reference to their right to choose over others' attempts to impose their own will on them. Angel admitted on two separate occasions he admired that about people, citing it as one of aspects that drove him to atone, a sharp contrast from his soulless counterpart who did not have faith in the "human condition" and believed their only purpose was to suffer and die. However, unlike Buffy, who adamantly refused to kill humans no matter how evil they were, Angel had no such reservations and would kill a human easily if they murdered or threatened innocents; for example, he unhesitatingly killed the human assassin Vanessa Brewer, whom Wolfram & Hart repeatedly prevented from being brought to justice for her crimes, when she was hired by them to kill three blind children.
Angel admitted to hating the stereotype that vampires sleep in coffins during the day; when the empath demon Barney asked him why he wasn't sleeping in a coffin, Angel angrily explained that the idea of sleeping in coffins originated from "ignorant media" and that vampires are perfectly capable of operating during the day as long as they avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Furthermore, he also had a dislike of churches, though this was due to the fact that he often preyed on nuns while soulless and they brought up bad memories rather than atheism or blasphemy.
Angel's viewpoints on battling evil was often seen as mostly realistic and cynical. It never made much of a true difference in the end, good would never truly triumph over evil because it would always come back. However, Angel would also state that it was important to keep trying because things were important enough to fight for. However, he would eventually convince himself that he could make a difference, redeem himself, and recieve some sort of reward for it. This thought process eventually triggered Angel into a massive depression after being severely thwarted by several obstacles (Wolfram & Hart, Darla's resurrection), changing his outlook and attitude. For a few months, he became more hardened and emotionless to the point he had fired his entire crew from Angel Investigations. Angel would even indirectly kill several human lawyers of Wolfram & Hart by locking them in a room at the mercy of Drusilla and Darla in his obsession to take them down. After a misguided one-night stand with Darla in a moment of weakness, he snapped out of his depression and returned to himself for the most part. Angel would return to his "never winning" belief, but a more elaborated version: "If nothing we do matters, than all that matters is what we do." Following Whistler's self-sacrifice to save the world and the advice he parted with him, Angel gained a certain degree of peace with himself. He stated to Giles that "helping the helpless" was a redundant saying since everyone, including yourself, was at one point helpless and they would eventually need someone as well.
Despite his constant stoicism, Angel was more than capable of forming close bonds with others, particularly his Angel Investigations associates. He could be roused to phenominal anger when they were harmed or threatened in any way, and openly threatened to kill Lilah Morgan when she tortured Cordelia to force him to work for her, and nearly smothered Wesley to death when his actions resulted in Connor being trapped in Quor'toth. He was immensely devoted to those he cared about, and has been shown to be willing to do almost anything for their safety and well-being. Strong examples of this include him wiping an insane Connor's memory so he would live peacefully with new parents and taking away his chance of being together with Buffy as a human under the believed notion that he was saving her from death by constantly risking her life to protect him.  Still, he would on occasion put them below the "bigger picture", particularly the fate of the world. He came very close to ending Cordelia's life to prevent Jasmine from being born, fought ferociously against an insane Connor, lied to his friends and killed his longtime friend and ally Drogyn the Battlebrand to trick the Circle of the Black Thorn into believing that he had been corrupted, and tortured Buffy under the guise of Twilight for an entire year so the world wouldn't be sent to Hell. Of course, he was manipulated into believing Twilight's influence was good, and beat Buffy down to her lowest point so she could be empowered.
Angel also had an obsessive streak in him, most prominently seen when Darla was resurrected by Wolfram & Hart and later with his desire to bring Giles back from the dead. Angel had been seen many times to be obsessively single-minded in his plans or goals, to the point that he occasionally disregarded his moral code and crossed a line; he can be impulsive, often running blindly down any path he believed would help redeem himself and not bothering to think about the consequences of his actions until it was too late, something that Willow criticized him over. Because of this thought process, he often ended up causing more trouble than he prevented. Angel also believed for years that the ends justified the means up to a certain extent and has been seen doing morally wrong acts for the "greater good", examples being Lindsey (he instructed Lorne to kill him), and actions as Twilight. However, after his bad decisions as Twilight, Angel's big picture thinking issue began to lessen and he was much less eager to commit acts with the "the ends justified the means" mentality in mind. This became most clear with when he explicitly told Whistler that he would not help him "save the world" if it meant killing innocents and causing any more collateral damage. Angel seemed to learn his lesson, arguing that Buffy had made him realize that condemning innocent people to die for the "greater good" to such an extreme was wrong and far too costly.
Angel could be considered to an "artist" in many ways. He described evil as an art, and created "masterpieces" out of people through intense physical and emotional torture. Out of all the sins he committed, Drusilla lived on as a relic of the very worst of his immoralities. He had a very artistic slant in regards to villainy, and in a conversation with Spike about the natures of good and evil, said: "I couldn't take my eyes off them (victims). I was only in it for the evil. That was everything to me. It was art... The destruction of a human being." On a more positive note, he was also an excellent sketch artist, and possessed a photographic memory that he used to his advantage. Literally, Angel was the "artist", while Spike was the "poet". Angel's appreciation of arts and theater manifested into an enjoyment of ballets even when he was evil. He would also once admit an interest in mysteries and detective work, partly hinted at earlier on in the name of Angel Investigations.
Angel often naturally adopted a controlling persona around people, especially those he was closest too. Xander once took notice of this, and mockingly called him "Bossy the Cow." However, this also made him a natural leader towards others. He was always one of the first to come up with ideas and usually made quick, effective decisions. Despite his limited knowledge over most pop culture and educational attributes, Angel was usually fairly intelligent in other aspects. He was level-headed and logical most of the time, making him a frequent voice of reason in most situations. Another notable trait of Angel's was his tendency to make life-changing decisions for other people without their consent or knowledge, showing a fairly prominent degree of subconscious self-righteousness. He never did this out of spite, always believing he was only doing the right thing for others. With his loved ones, Angel was especially driven by a desire to make things better for them, even if the latter disagreed with what he wanted them to have. Unfortunately, this makes him very narrow-minded, ornery, and self-willed. Despite his almost trademark stubbornness, he could be impressionable and easily swayed by the thought of destiny. Such cases include his quick acceptance of the taking up the mantle of Twilight because of Whistler and his misguided period in Wolfram & Hart. Angel, while not exactly quick to anger, could become irritated at times. People who have annoyed him most include Spike, Xander and Harmony.
Despite being over two-centuries old, Angel was not the most mature individual. Buffy even compared his maturity to that of a twelve-year-old during one of their reunions. He could be childish, petty and utterly proud. For example, he was annoyed and pretended to be unimpressed when he heard Lindsey singing at Caritas, and showed intense displeasure at Spike for regaining his soul, as it caused him to feel less unique. He also expressed a childish distaste of riding on the back of a motorcycle with other men on two occasions: first, with Wesley, who tried to make him wear a pink helmet, and later, with Spike. Spike also called Angel a "drama queen" and Cordelia once noted that he was melodramatic. He's particularly sensitive to criticism, usually trivial, such as ones about his looks or nit-picky comments about himself. Angel could also be braggy and sometimes pretentious, shown when he recounted stories of his battles to the people of Pylea (who had hailed him a hero) and was even smugly flattered by their continuous admiration of him, admitting to Lorne that it was nice to be not have to deal the moral ambiguity judgments he often got at home.
Angel was prone to unattractive and very obvious bouts of jealousy and possessiveness. Angel himself was very aware of this (though he rarely admitted it), but made little effort to hide it. The most frequent cases of him showing this side of himself stem from Buffy's other romantic relationships, most notably Riley Finn and Spike to a greater extent.
Angel was also a fan of pop culture to some degree, enjoying Barry Manilow's music and being a fan of ice hockey; indeed, part of the reason he originally founded Angel Investigations was because of his liking of old detective novels.
Angel vs. Angelus
- "Look, I'm weak. I've never been anything else. It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. It's the man."
- ―Angel to Buffy[src]
While Liam is a human and Angelus is a vampire, Angel is something else: a demon with a human soul, a hybrid of man and vampire. Angel significantly contrasts with Spike, the other vampire with a soul, whose personality appears to remain fundamentally the same with or without his soul, barring his souled self feeling somewhat guiltier about his past than his soulless self would. With the exception of while amnesiac, Angel has not taken back his birth name of Liam, although Spike occasionally calls him this in order to aggravate him. As Angelus, he considers both the physical and mental destruction of a human being to be artistic, while as Angel, he frequently struggles with his vampiric urges.
Angelus is several times referred to as perhaps the most evil and brutal vampire in existence, even surpassing his comrades in The Whirlwind, murdering more people in his first hundred years of activity then any of them in their entire lives. Angel once told Lindsey McDonald "I'm the greatest mass murderer you've ever met," despite the fact that Lindsey had previously met all the former members of the Whirlwind. Even The Master, an ancient vampire known for his evil, once commented that Angelus was "the most vicious creature [he had] ever met." Besides being a mass murderer, Angelus is also a violent rapist, known for sexually assaulting many of his female victims, such as the romani girl that lead to his being cursed, and possibly Drusilla. He is also known to use the threat of rape as a psychological weapon, shown when he, while locked in a cage, gleefully reveals that "they're not a lot of things I wouldn't mind doing to that [Cordelia's] body. Other than the obvious."
Angel, by contrast, is nearly the complete antithesis of this. He enjoys the feeling of helping people and doing what is right, and desperately desires to atone for the atrocities he committed as Angelus. His soul provides him with constant torment with memories of his past, as his photographic memory allows him to recall, in perfect detail, every single one of the faces of his past victims. While once fighting because he believed he was making a difference in the battle between good and evil, and that he would gain measure of redemption upon completion of this task, he has since altered this view after having an epiphany about his fight, and altered his reasons. He once explained these reasons to Kate Lockley by saying "All I want to do is help. I want to help because I don't think people should suffer as they do, because if there's no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world." He does not always seem to believe it is actually possible for him to gain redemption for his evil actions, once telling Spike that he believes his escape from Acathla's hell was not an escape, but only a "short reprieve," and that he still believes he will go to hell if/when he dies.
The distinction between Angel and Angelus is somewhat blurred. Immediately after regaining his soul, the entity that would come to define himself as Angel initially appeared unaware of what he had done as Angelus, and was initially horrified at the memories of what he had done. Once he was past the initial trauma, he spent some time immediately after regaining his soul simply acting like Angelus with a conscience, secretly horrified with his past crimes but acting like Angelus to the point that he was able to deceive Drusilla and Spike into believing that he was still the same vampire as before. However, he eventually accepted his new status as a vampire with a soul; initially only killing murderers and rapists, when Darla put him in a position where he would have to kill an innocent baby to 'prove' himself, he instead took the child away from Darla. By the 1950s, Angel had developed to a point where he was compared to "Angelus without the sadism," possessing a cynical view of the world and generally uninterested in social interaction without actually wanting to kill anybody. At one point, he briefly attempted to help a young woman escape prosecution for her mixed-race heritage before she turned on him in a panic under the influence of a Thesulac demon, Angel subsequently abandoning the hotel to the demon's influence even after it offered him the chance to kill it, although he eventually atoned for this action by returning to the hotel to eliminate it once and for all.
It takes a few moments for Angel to remember Angelus' actions whenever the curse takes effect. Angel once reverted to Angelus without his curse being broken, due to having been secretly fed a happy pill that, while under its effects, made him experience perfect happiness. The two are indeed shown to be separate personas, both struggling within Angel's mind for control, with Drusilla noting that Angelus is always whispering to Angel in the back of his mind to encourage him to submit to his vampiric instincts, although Angel rejects this idea and claims that he is used to ignoring what people have to say to him. In support of this, Angelus appeared genuinely scared for the first time in his existence when Jasmine threatened to return him to his prison within Angel's mind, where he would be forced to watch forever. When all reference to the Beast was erased from this dimension, Angel was also affected, while Angelus was not, as he did not technically exist when the spell was cast. Further evidence can be found in the fact that Angelus considers himself a separate being to Angel, often referring to Angel as though he were a separate person. Also, when Angel fought with Eyghon the Sleepwalker when Eyghon was fully manifested in this plane, he confidently stated that, while Egyhon could overpower one or two personalities, he was more resistant to Eyghon's influence as he currently had three personas in his body (Angel himself, Angelus, and the soul of Rupert Giles, whom Angel was trying to resurrect); after Eyghon's defeat, Spike, Faith and Alasdair Coames all referred to Angel and Angelus as separate entities in Angel.
Despite them acknowledging each other as separate entities, when speaking of Angelus' crimes, Angel will often refer to him in the first person, talking about Angelus's crimes as his own, but will, at other times, refer to him as a separate entity. For example, when being taunted by the First Evil, Angel cries out, "It wasn't me!" Though the names "Angel" and "Angelus" are typically used synonymously, there is a distinction, which Buffy noticed: when Angelus tried to taunt her by claiming that Angel never really loved her, Buffy adamantly stated, "That doesn't work anymore. You're not Angel." However, he appears to have gone by the name of Angel long before meeting Buffy face to face; he corrects the Demon Research Initiative when they refer to him as Angelus. At one point, Angelus does refer to himself as Angel ("Wrong. I am Angel. At last.")- although this could just mean that he regards himself as the true personality while Angel is "just something that [he is] forced to wear"- and is constantly referred to as "Angel" by both Drusilla and Spike during his time in Sunnydale, suggesting that Angelus, before being ensouled, considered the name to belong to him (indeed, as The Master points out, "angelus" is just the Latin version of "angel"). It is Jenny Calender who first makes a distinction between the two personalities (the Scooby Gang always referred to him as Angel while he was active in Sunnydale, although Angel Investigations- with the exception of Connor- drew a clearer distinction between the two identities when Angelus was released once again), Jenny stating that "Angelus is back" when learning about the true nature of his curse.
Angelus has been shown to resent many of Angel's habits and is disgusted by them, such as his love for Buffy, his loyalty and compassion towards his teammates in Angel Investigations, his twenty-year period of feeding on rat blood after giving into his desires by drinking from a murder victim, and his enjoyment of Barry Manilow. Additionally, due to Angel's relationship with Buffy, Angelus is greatly disgusted by the fact that when soulled, she had made him feel human: when Buffy and Angelus are possessed by the ghosts of a murder-suicide couple and freed from their influence after the ghosts reaffirm their love and kiss, Angelus was so horrified and disgusted by this intimate contact with Buffy that he immediately ran off and frantically scrubbed himself in the fountain of the Crawford Street Mansion, remarking that love had "violated him" and deciding that he needed "a really vile kill" to completely cleanse himself. However, Angelus does not truly hate Buffy, as he bizarrely does not feel pure hatred towards anything, and even seems to lack the ability to do so. This is shared by Angel, who once commented that he had "given up on hate a long time ago," and that he/Angelus never killed purely out of hatred, but rather because of his shear sadism. Unlike Angel, Angelus is unaffected by the Judge, a demon who can incinerate any being with "humanity" (more specifically the ability to feel the complete range of human emotions), thus proving that Angelus is seemingly a complete sociopath who is incapable of experiencing emotions properly. Nonetheless, Angel's seeming inability to hate makes him the only known male being immune to the misogyny-inducing touch of Billy Blim. However, Angelus, despite being purely evil, is capable of great sadness on rare occasions. Ballet in particular has had this effect on him, as he was moved to tears by a performance of Giselle which he attended in 1890. Angel also shares this quirk, and still remains in awe of the ballet. This is also linked to their mutual appreciation of the arts. Although it is only later admitted by Angel, both he and Angelus both (secretly) enjoyed Spike's poetry, although Angelus was always too proud/embarrassed to ever admit it.
Both identities have shown themselves to be skilled improvisational actors, Angelus easily able to win the trust of his victims while Angel has managed to fool such opponents as a random Wolfram & Hart lawyer to the entire Circle of the Black Thorn into believing that he belonged to their respective affiliations. Each possess essentially the same combat style, although Angelus tends to taunt his opponents to put them off-guard, such as when he fought Buffy and the Beast, while Angel is generally a silent combatant unless the other person talks to him first. Both have demonstrated a skilled use of psychology outside of battle; Angel retains Angelus' understanding of the psychosis of such criminals as stalkers, giving him a unique insight into many of his enemies, while Angelus regularly exploits Angel's knowledge of his allies to play on their weaknesses, such as playing on Buffy's natural insecurities about her sexual performance after losing her virginity, mocking Xander's crush on Buffy with the knowledge that Angel got to her first, mentioning Wesley's affair with Lilah where Fred could hear it, revealing Angel's knowledge that Gunn and Fred killed Professor Seidel while Angel had kept quiet about it and let them think he believed the claim that Seidel fell into his own portal, and taunting Connor about the deaths of Holtz and Darla.
Cordelia, while possessed by Jasmine, once commented that Angelus is dangerous because he "lies with the truth," providing enough information to turn his enemies against each other while withholding some crucial details like Angel's own feelings about the topics Angelus is discussing; for example, when talking with Connor, Angelus implied that Darla and Holtz killed themselves because they hated Connor, whereas Darla staked herself for the sole purpose of ensuring Connor's survival (although Holtz's death was an extension of his obsession with punishing Angelus). Despite this shared awareness of each other's thoughts, the two's different natures mean that they still cannot understand their other self, Angelus commenting that he fails to understand Angel's concern with the "human condition," regarding humans' only purpose as being to suffer and die, while Cordelia- albeit when possessed by 'Jasmine'- noted that Angelus appears to have a greater understanding of opponents like the Beast than Angel does.
Another key difference between Angel and Angelus is that Angelus, though pure evil and incapable of feeling love, is known for brutal acts of 'love,' such as giving Drusilla a fresh human heart as a Valentine's Day gift. Additionally, he has been shown to use others' relationships to torment his enemies; in "Passion," for example, he places the recently-slain body of Jenny Calendar in Giles' bed, along with a few clues to make it appear as though Jenny had set up a romantic evening for them. During his stay in Sunnydale, Angelus repeatedly broke into Buffy's home to watch her sleep and drew portraits of her and her mother then left them behind for Buffy to find. Angelus also snuck into Willow's house, killed all of her pet fish, then strung all of them together in an envelope for Willow to find. One of Angelus' most notorious crimes is when he killed three children and set them all up in bed to make them appear to be sleeping, and their father didn't realize the truth until he kissed one of them good night and noticed how cold they were. Angel, by contrast, is often aware of the importance of love even if he often shies away from it because of both his guilt about his past and the curse on his soul, forming strong familial bonds with his teammates at Angel Investigations. He described his relationship with Cordelia as "family" only a few months after they started to work together. During his relationship with Buffy, he gave her a cross, a claddagh ring, and a book of poetry for her birthdays.
Additionally, Angelus is not only an expert in torture, but is a complete sadist. When contemplating torturing Giles for information on how to awaken Acathla, Angelus remarked that the last time that he had tortured someone, they hadn't even invented the chainsaw, and even told Giles that he hoped that he wouldn't reveal the information just so he would have the opportunity to torture him. Indeed, Giles later remarked that Angelus had in fact tortured him for several hours largely for his own amusement. While Angel possesses Angelus' knowledge of torture, and has used it on occasion, such as when he tortured Linwood Murrow to try to learn how to open a portal to Quor'toth to save his son, typically he acquires information by intimidating those enemies who know about his past as Angelus into thinking that he will torture them rather than actually resorting to such measures, to the point where Gavin Park gave in and started talking about what Wolfram & Hart had deciphered after extracting Lorne's latest 'vision' from his mind after Angel appeared in his office before the vampire even touched him.
Another difference between the two is their views on killing humans. While Angelus doesn't hesitate to kill humans and in fact enjoys it, Angel tries not to as much as possible. Angel will kill an evil human if the need arises, shown in his willingness to kill people such as Vanessa Brewer in combat, but will not kill under other circumstances unless he is certain that he has to, as shown most keenly by the fact that he generally avoided killing anyone at Wolfram & Hart directly himself regardless of the valid reasons and varied opportunities he possessed to do so. After Angel got his soul back the first time and was trying to convince Darla to let him rejoin her, she revealed that while he had been killing again- Angel trying to be what Darla expected because he didn't know what else to do with himself- he had only been killing rapists, thieves and murderers, in short, only evil humans.
Angelus' Achilles' heel is his own narcissism and ego: he is prone to excessive talking, and his constant need to taunt his opponents or brag about his accomplishments when he has them on the ropes has often been used against him by his victims, either to try to escape or fight back. Spike once remarked that Angelus "bloody well talk[s] them to death before [he] kill[s] them!" For example, in his final battle with Buffy, Angelus defeats the slayer, but his excessive talking allows her to regain herself and fight back, ultimately beating him. Similarly, when fighting Faith, he is shown to be superior in combat, but his taunts send her into a rage which allows her to beat him back, although he still manages to beat her when she lets her guard down. Although Angel is equally aware of his combat skills and reputation, he typically talks with his opponents prior to battles rather than during, once convincing an opponent not to bother fighting him, and exploiting opportunities to end a fight where Angelus would have allowed his foe to live so that he could mock them before delivering the killing blow.
Overall it would seem that Angel and Angelus are, in general, two separate identities sharing the same body, but their shared memory causes them to consider themselves almost one person. Angel feels remorse over the crimes of Angelus and considers himself to be condemned to Hell for those crimes, but this could be taken as an assumption rather than proof as we have only Angel's feelings about his spiritual status to go on rather than external opinion. However, The Powers That Be seems to believe Angel and Angelus are one as they view him responsible for his actions as he was given missions to by them to atone. Also Angel has referred to himself as Angelus and Angelus has referred to himself as Angel suggesting that they both consider the names interchangeable, although Angelus seems to only do this to taunt others, usually referring to Angel as a separate person, and even correcting those that call him 'Angel', reminding them that his name is Angelus. It is possible that Angel changed his name from Angelus simply to make a distinction between his soulless and ensouled self. It should also be noted that despite having his soul restored, Angel still struggles with the same vampiric urges he has while soulless. However, while soulless, he acts on these urges but when ensouled, his humanity holds him back. Each identity clearly loathes what the other brings to their shared existence, with Angel hating himself for his vampiric urges and "his" crimes while soulless, while Angelus hates Angel for the humanity his soul provides him. When the separate personalities fought during the events of "Orpheus", Angelus expresses pleasure at finally being able to take his frustrations out on Angel for all the things he had made him watch as he was trapped within Angel's subconscious, while Angel simply confirmed that he had waited a long time for the chance to fight his demon self.
- Giles: "There's mention over two hundred years ago in Ireland of Angelus, the one with the angelic face."
- Buffy: "They got that right."
- — Giles and Buffy[src]
Angel's most readily identifiable characteristic was his hair which varied in length. As and human and Angelus he often sported either long, shoulder-length hair, either down or in a loose ponytail. After regaining his soul, he cut his hair shorter by the 1920s, occasionally slicked with a side part. In the next five decades, Angel kept his hair that way until the 1970s where had grew out his hair again. Since the late 1990s during his tenure in Sunnydale, Angel's hair was consistently spiked upward at the front with styling product (a fact that he was apparently unaware of, due to his reaction upon seeing his reflection in a mirror during a trip to Pylea). The length seemed to be slighter shorter around 2002 and while CEO of Wolfram & Hart, he sometimes had his hair combed over. Around the fall of Los Angeles, Angel returned to his notable spiked look. Angel had a very distinct appearance and style of dress, traditionally wearing full-length, black wool dusters, a light brown trench coat, or a shorter leather jacket, black trousers and black dress shoes. Although his dress shirts tend to vary in color, they are often in gem tones and other dark colors. While he initially wore untucked white button down shirts with black dress jackets and a black leather bomber jacket (which he gave to Buffy), he began wearing white undershirts, white and black wife beaters, a red velvet shirt, gray and black soft pullovers and long-sleeved dress shirts in colors such as blue and red. The notable exceptions to this rule were when Angel wore a Hawaiian shirt while undercover, a cream pullover identical to his darker ones to make a customer more comfortable, an uncharacteristic white and yellow striped dress shirt while under Jasmine's thrall and a loud Italian sports jacket (although this last was only because his usual clothes were damaged by a bomb planted by the Immortal and there was nothing else available for him to wear). In 1998, as Angelus, his style somewhat changed, noticeably the black leather pants he wore throughout his this period (something that both Cordelia and Lorne have referenced). As well as the leather pants, his shirts were generally silk button shirts in black and red, as well as paisley button shirt, though his full length black wool duster remained.
Angel has a tattoo of a bird with the letter A in the tail on his back.
While in the Twilight persona, Angel wore a black leather duster along with metal chest armor, black pants, black gloves, black boots and a red, black and gold mask.
Angel has been considered to be physically attractive to others numerous times, noted especially his legendary title as the "one with the angelic face". After his first meeting with Buffy, which left her with a bad impression, she still described him as 'gorgeous', embarrassingly calling him a 'honey' after claiming most girls would find him attractive "if they have eyes" and describing him as a 'hunk' in her diary and that his eyes were 'penetrating'. His looks took not only the interests of Buffy but also Cordelia, Faith, Fred, Kendra Young, Anya Jenkins and various other women. He has even caught the attraction of males. Xander, though in anguish, commented that Angel was "buff" and a very attractive man when first seeing him, the flamboyant Lorne had a tendency to affectionately call him "angelcakes", a homosexual talent manager openly stated Angel was a "beautiful man" without even being properly acquainted while a rude television commercial director assumed he was a male-model. Angel seemed largely surprised or unresponsive to these claims; he did admire himself when looking in a mirror in Pylea, although this could have been simply because he hadn't seen himself for several centuries apart from a brief glimpse after he was turned human by Mohra blood.
Despite this, Spike did criticize his appearance in terms of his hair, claiming he used 'Nancy boy hair gel' and Doyle who, thinking Angel had slept with his love interest Cordelia, described Angel's forehead as "overhanging". Spike had also made note of his forehead, mockingly giving him the occassional insult of "Captain Forehead".
Powers and Abilities
- "You get lucky, you might last ten minutes. Really lucky, and you're unconscious for the last five."
- ―Angel warns Griff of what he's capable of.[src]
Enhanced vampire abilities: Angel had the standard powers and vulnerabilities of a vampire; he was immortal, regenerated damage, possessed superhuman physical attributes, and had heightened senses, able to track people by scent alone. He was also vulnerable to holy items and sunlight, could be killed by decapitation and a stake to the heart, needed to regularly ingest mammal blood to maintain his vitality, and could not enter the residence of a living human without being invited by a resident. Due to his advanced age, however, he was considerably more powerful than an average vampire; for example, he was able to run at such speeds that he appeared to teleport several meters,, was strong enough that he could lift up a heavy security gate, survive explosions and falls from skyscrapers with little injury, and withstand prolonged exposure to sunlight and holy items to no ill effect. He also possessed a high pain tolerance, able to withstand prolonged periods of torture without succumbing.
Advanced combat: Angel was a highly skilled combatant and generally fought unarmed, using circular attacks such as spinning kicks and back hands. In addition to his proficiency in many forms of martial arts, he mastered many varieties of weapons, favoring broadswords and sometimes axes. He is even more dangerous when Angelus takes over, since his soul-less self often fights with no remorse. During his lifetime, Angel successfully stood up to and defeated a wide variety of powerful and skilled opponents, including Buffy Summers, Faith Lehane, Marcus Hamilton and Connor, amongst others. Additionally, Angel beat Spike on numerous occasions, only losing to his protege once, when he was discouraged and suffering self doubt, in their century plus association. Following Darla being sired by Drusilla, a cold, ruthless and driven Angel was shown to have single-handedly defeated around twenty vampires and demons in one fight. Angel even survived a hand-to-hand fight with the ancient vampire Kakistos on one occasion despite living in seclusion for over a decade by the time of their fight. Angel was also able to physically dominate The Beast, forcing the demon to its knees before finally succumbing to The Beast's strength. Even when human, Angel was able to defeat opponents far stronger than him, including briefly getting the better of Spike, before Illyria stepped in, and defeating Charles Gunn who was, at the time, a vampire.
Psychic abilities: Angel also possessed some cognitive abilities; he had a photographic memory and displayed a psychic connection to those he had sired on at least one occasion. While running Wolfram & Hart, he was given Cordelia's visions on her last day on Earth; however, he believed that this was a "one-shot deal," suggesting that this ability was not permanent.
Demonology and Occult aptitude: Because of his age, Angel had immense knowledge of both demonology and history (on occasion rivaling that of Giles and Wesley).
Sorcery: Angel also had some experience in magic, able to perform spells, exorcisms, and glamours, although he preferred to rely on others' expertise if the option was available rather than doing them himself.
Immunity: Though not exactly a "power," Angel was immune to Billy Blim's power to induce misogyny because, as he explained, he gave up on hate long ago, and even as Angelus, he never felt anger or hate towards any of his victims. As Angelus, he was unaffected by the Judge's incinerating touch, as unlike his ensouled self, he had no humanity for the Judge to burn out.
Psychological manipulation: As Angelus, he displayed considerable skill in manipulating others' emotional states, using psychological tactics to attack both the Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations both times when Angel lost his soul, though the most notable example was his driving Drusilla insane. He was also an expert in torture as both Angel and Angelus.
Leadership and tactical skills: Additionally, Angel was highly intelligent, possessed strong leadership skills, and had a natural flair for strategies and tactical planning; although he initially followed Buffy's lead when working with the Scooby Gang, this could have been based around his own social uncertainty after decades of isolation and/or his attempt to help her grow as a Slayer, demonstrating greater skills and confidence when he moved to Los Angeles to set out on his own. Angel also appeared to be a master of intimidation; when Connor broke free of his restraints and beat down Gunn and Fred, Angel, despite his weakened condition after three months trapped at the bottom of the ocean and only a limited amount of recently-ingested blood to restore himself, quickly stood up to Connor and ordered him to sit down, which he did after only a slight hesitation.
Motorist skills: Angel could drive and had a good eye for cars, owning a black 1967 Plymouth GTX and a Dodge Viper, along with an entire garage full of other cars as W&H CEO.
Multilinqualism: Angel could speak several languages, including English, Korean, Tibetan, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Belarusian, Romanian, and German, and attempted to learn the language of the Vinji and Sahrvin demons via an instruction tape
Other abilities: Angel was competent, but uncomfortable, with modern technology; he frequently struggled to understand cellphones (once claiming that they must have been invented by a "bored warlock") and confused computer terminology such as "chatty rooms.". He also knew how to change diapers, but claimed to be more familiar with pins than the "new-fangled fasteners" of disposable brands. He was also a convincing improvisational actor, deceiving Faith and Mayor Richard Wilkins as well as later the Circle of the Black Thorn and his own allies into believing that he had either reverted to Angelus or gone corrupt. Additionally, according to Cordelia, Angel possessed remarkable cooking skills "for someone who's on a liquid diet."
The Fall of Los Angeles
Following the Fall of Los Angeles, Angel was turned human by the Senior Partners as a way to deprive him of his strength when he most needed it. He used various enchantments to keep up the appearance that he was still a vampire and heal the worst of his injuries. However, following the Temporal Fold performed by the Senior Partners, Angel regained his vampire abilities and handicaps. He demonstrated an ability to regenerate limbs, his hands and feet growing back after the traitorous James tore them off during his escape, the team speculating that this change in abilities hints at an upcoming supernatural event.
As Twilight, Angel had obtained new abilities, including flight and invulnerability. The precise source and limit of his new abilities are unknown, but he survived having a tree thrown at him without any apparent side-effects, the tree simply splintering off his chest. He also showed immunity to sunlight and all vampire weaknesses, and his new abilities also seemed to have altered the conditions of his curse, as he had sex with Buffy without losing his soul. His pre-existing abilities, such as his strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and senses, were also greatly enhanced. He had apparently reverted to his original strengths and weaknesses following the destruction of the Seed of Wonder and the "death" of Twilight.
- "I'm not good with people."
A recurring joke is that Angel seemed to have a preference for small, blonde women, as the majority of his love interests were blondes with the exceptions of Cordelia (who had blonde highlights at one point) and Rebecca Lowell.
Angel's love life had never been very active compared to other Buffyverse main characters. This was originally because he held a reluctance to get close to someone and possibly lose his soul. However, he eventually realized he could have "positive sex" through his relationship with Nina.
- Sarah Gilfried: An attractive aristocrat Angel dated as human Liam at age eighteen. Liam, however, quickly lost interest due to her lack of depth and "noblewoman" disposition. As a result he became disillusioned with the women of his time in general and labelled them all as "dull, simpering morons." Liam wished to find someone "exciting" and "interesting", a preference in women he maintained as a vampire later in life.
- Darla: The vampire who turned Liam, Angelus and Darla were lovers for over a century, Darla even leaving The Master to live with her "dear boy." As Angelus, he was fond of Darla's ruthlessness and unpredictability, causing destruction and countless death in their wake. However, neither had any true loyalty towards each other, as they frequently left the other to die on many occasions if it would save themselves. Their twisted romance continued until Angelus was cursed with a soul by the Kalderash Clan. Darla was disgusted with him, and ended their relationship after threatening to kill him. Lost and confused, Angel had originally sought to earn himself back in her good graces since she was all he had ever known, but could not find it in him to kill innoccents anymore. He had only killed robbers and morally wrong criminals, utterly repulsing Darla with his sympathy for humanity. They would reunite years later in 1997 in Sunnydale after finding a path as a champion of the people due to his strong affection for the Slayer, Buffy Summers. Darla had attempted to twist him to give up on redemption and embrace his dark side, showing her disgust with his feelings for a slayer and taunting him by saying Buffy would never be able to fully accept him. Ultimately, Angel had forced himself to stake his sire in order to protect Buffy, though it was later indicated he had carried a degree of guilt over it. Darla was later resurrected as a human by Wolfram & Hart, intending to destroy Angel's high morals and drive him over the edge. Using a mystical powder to make her appear in his dreams, Darla and Angel had many dream encounters together. They were often depicted as sexual, but with a bizarre sense of affection between them. Darla also was able to manipulate the dreams into flashbacks of their past. Upon the realization that Darla was resurrected, Angel became obsessed with finding her. After attempting to frame him in the murder of a human, Angel and Darla had a confrontation near a convenent. Angel's feelings for Darla were established as being ambivalent, as he had threatened to kill her if she killed another innoccent, but also ended up kissing her. Darla did her utmost to manipulate him into losing his soul with her through a "moment of pure happiness". However, Angel mostly resisted and told her that while she had taught him many things, she never made him happy. When she referenced his relationship with Buffy and the happiness he felt with her, Angel was amused at her bitterness and told her that he could never have loved her during their relationship because he didn't have a soul. He informed her of the guilt she would feel eventually over her sins before Darla escaped him. Angel became increasingly obsessed over Darla, drawing several sketches of her in his room during his brooding. As he had predicted, Darla began to feel the burden of her soul and could not come to terms with her horrible past. She had sought out Angel for help since he was the only one who knew what she was feeling. Angel had accepted immediately, greatly sympathizing with his sire. However, when Darla begged him to turn her into a vampire again to remove the guilt, Angel objected. Darla was furious at his refusal, and told him to stay away from her. When Darla was diagnosed to be dying, Angel went to extreme lengths to save her so she would be given a second chance at life, trying to sway her from her desire to be a vampire again. Guided by Lorne, Angel took a dangerous life-or-death trial for her to be granted a second chance and was even willing to die himself if it meant Darla would live again. Ultimately, this noble act granted Darla a possible second chance, but it was too late for her since she had already been resurrected by supernatural means. Angel was furious and deeply distraught, blaming himself for her shortened life. After she had come to terms with her inevitable death, Angel comforted her and promised he would be with her so she would not be alone for her death. However, Lindsey had suddenly appeared with Drusilla, who had turned her back into a vampire to have them be a "family" again; Angel could only look on helplessly. He became determined to stake Darla before she rose into a vampire, but was distracted by Drusilla who briefly fought him. Darla had become a vampire again, attacked him, and left. While they were on different sides again, Angel had willingly locked the Wolfram & Hart lawyers to be fed on by Darla and Drusilla. Alienating himself from his team, he continually trained and was obsessed with finding where Darla and Drusilla were. When he eventually did find them, Angel found he still wasn't able to stake Darla because he still remembered her brief moments of humanity and how much pain she had been through. Managing to harden himself, he rigged his location when he found them again and set both Darla and Drusilla on fire with a cigarette and gasoline, nearly succeding in killing both of them. Some weeks later, a vengeful Darla would return to interfere with Angel's plan to fight the Senior Partners. At the peak of ultimate despair, he forced himself on her in a desperate attempt to escape his depression. After kissing him for a while, Darla pushed him away in anger and confusion. Angel threw her violently across the room and explained he was doing this because nothing mattered to him anymore. Darla stopped resisting and the two proceded to have rough sex in his room. Angel would soon feel immense pain in his chest afterwards, echoing that of losing his soul the first time with Buffy. Darla realized he had not become Angelus after some hesitation and was infuriated. Angel explained he had a "moment of perfect despair" and that's how it's always been with her. He also admitted that his earlier desperation to save her had more to do with himself than genuinely wanting to save Darla, believing that since she had turned him into a monster it would prove he could be redeemed. Finding himself again, Angel was grateful towards her and decided to spare her. However, he firmly told Darla that if she stayed in Los Angeles he would have to kill her. When Darla became pregnant with her and Angel's son, Connor, Darla tells Angel that their son is "the only good thing" that they ever did together; she then stakes herself in order to allow Connor to be born.
- Buffy Summers: In a terrible state of depression to the point he was hiding in alleyways feeding on rats, Whistler (a demon who worked for the Powers) got him off the streets and claimed he had a greater destiny for himself. Initially reluctant and disinterested, he soon allowed him to go along with him but made no promise to be a champion. Whistler guided him to see the calling of the new slayer, none other than 15-year old Buffy Summers. Angel was immediately captivated and awestruck of her, increasing all the more when he saw her struggles to do her duties as well as suffering from the added emotional strain of her parent's deteriorating marriage. Feeling overwhelming affection and sympathy for her, Angel was motivated to start his path as champion and help her in her fight against evil. A year later, he moved to Sunnydale. When reflecting over this, Angel eventually admitted to Buffy he fell in love with her the moment he saw her. This was because he saw her naivety and how she had her heart unprotected and open, causing him to worry of her being hurt by the world around them. Angel was struck with powerful feelings of protectiveness and a deep yearning to be close to her ever since. When they officially met for the first time, Buffy was wary of him, but commented that his name was "pretty." He most often warned her of impending danger and then vanished, much to her annoyance. After Angel was wounded in a fight against The Three, Buffy took him back to her house to treat his wounds. He stayed in her room through the night and following day. When they kissed for the first time, Angel unintentionally revealed his vampiric nature to her, and fled. When Buffy hunted him down in an attempt to kill him after she mistakenly believed he had attacked her mother, he staked Darla to protect her, and revealed that he was unique amongst vampires because he had been cursed with his soul. He felt remorse for all the sins he had committed and genuinely wanted to help her in her cause. Over the course of the next year and a half, their relationship progressed, and the two fell deeply in love. On Buffy's seventeenth birthday, he admitted that he loved her and gave her the Claddagh ring. That night, they slept together for the first time, which resulted in Angel experiencing the "moment of true happiness" required to end his curse. He was alleviated of his soul, and reverted to the guiltless, sadistic Angelus. He taunted Buffy and her friends for weeks on end, stalking her while she slept and leaving numerous corpses to punish her for causing Angel to feel contentment. When he savagely murdered Jenny Calendar and kidnapped Rupert Giles, Buffy was obliged to form an alliance with Spike to finally put a stop to Angelus's reign of terror over Sunnydale. Although she had Willow attempt to return his soul with a spell, it proved ineffective until after Angelus had already opened a gate to hell. In order to save the world, Buffy was forced to drive him through with a sword and send him to Hell in his ensouled state. When he unexplainedly came back from Hell, he collapsed and hugged her adoringly. She took care of him for a while, during which time they agreed that they would just be friends. When Spike returned to Sunnydale mourning his breakup with Drusilla, Buffy and Angel were coerced into helping him find ingredients for a love spell. When they insisted to him that they weren't together, and that they were "just friends", Spike laughed at them and said: "You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love 'til it kills you both. You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other 'til it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Real love isn't brains, children. It's blood. It's blood screaming inside you to work its will." Though in strong denial, Buffy and Angel eventually came to terms with Spike's observation, and attempted to distance themselves to no avail. When Angel attempted to kill himself by standing in the sun, Buffy reacted with desperation and confessed to him that she still loved him, and that he should continue fighting the monster within him. They subsequently gave their relationship another chance until Angel chose to end it, justifying that Buffy deserved a normal life. They attended Buffy's prom together despite having broken up, and Buffy later saved his life by allowing him to drink her blood. After defeating Mayor Wilkins and saving the town, Angel left Sunnydale for good. He moved to Los Angeles, where he began walking his path of redemption with Angel Investigations. Angel was still very heartbroken by their break-up and seemed pained every time she was strongly mentioned. He was also revealed to have kept a picture of her in a book, much to Doyle's surprise. When Doyle recieved a vision of Buffy being in danger, Angel immediately dropped everything and took off back to Sunnydale to protect her. Upon arriving, Angel had withheld himself from revealing to Buffy while he was trying to protect her and instead chose to follow her around secretly to ensure her safety. Giles had criticized him of the unfairness of the action, but Angel remained stubborn. He argued that if she knew he was there, it would only cause her more distractions that could possibly get her hurt and he would just be in the way. Giles had reprimanded him once more and reminded him that it was not his job to keep her safe. Angel became defensive and angry, biting back it wasn't Giles' either, but that wouldn't stop either of them from trying. Nevertheless, he admitted it was painful for him to see Buffy again and be forcefully reminded of the fact that he could not have her. Angel succeded in protecting her and saving his life before returning back to Los Angeles. Buffy followed him to L.A. and expressed her anger that he had hidden his presence from her in Sunnydale. Angel was guilty over unintentionally hurting her, but still believed he had done the right thing. Buffy grudgingly acknowledged she had been in danger and had decided to help him track a Mohra Demon that had attacked theim in the office for them to be even. Angel and Buffy inevitably brought up their painful relationship and how hard it was to see each other when they could never be together. Soon afterwards, Angel was turned mortal by the Mohra demon's blood. Realizing it was permenant, Angel impulsively kissed Buffy in the sunlight. They struggled to redefine their relationship afterwards. Angel was hesitant on rushing into things because there could still be loopholes and though he wanted to be with Buffy, he didn't want to hurt her again. A disappointed Buffy agreed to his logic and claimed that they should keep a distance from each other. However, this ultimately failed as Buffy and Angel were unable to resist the intense sexual attraction between them now that the barrier of losing his soul had been erased. Angel spent most of the day with Buffy eating sweets and making love to her, fully enjoying the perks of being human with her. However, after a brutal failed attempt to beat the stronger Mohra demon, Angel became uncertain and troubled. He sought out The Oracles and upon realizing that Buffy would die sooner if he stayed the way he was, he asked them to change him back. Admiring his sacrifice, they agreed to rewind the day. Angel told Buffy this at the last minute. He confessed he loved her completely, but they couldn't be together when it cost her life and the people they still needed to help against the evil forces. Angel and Buffy shared one last desperate kiss before the day was ultimately turned back and he was once again a vampire. Buffy had no memory of their happiness together and declared to him they should stop seeing each other and try to 'forget'. Angel hide his pain and watched her walk out the door.  Angel fell into a brief depression afterwards and struggled to come to terms with his refreshed pain, causing their business to suffer. He opened up to Doyle about the rewinded day and came to the conclusion that both Buffy and himself belonged to the world fighting evil, not each other. After Faith was back to her killing spree and out of her coma, Angel had called Giles instead of Buffy for information. However, he expressed concern over whatever Faith had done to her, and was implied that at least some of his initial desire to fight Faith was for Buffy's sake. When told of Buffy's new relationship with Riley, Angel shown to be genuinely surprised and pained that she had moved on to someone else. When Buffy arrived to help him in L.A., Angel was at first kind, if not surprised that she had come, and attempted to calmly reason to her that Faith could be changed. However, when it became clear that Buffy was obsessed with vengence, Angel protected Faith and refused to allow her to hurt her. Buffy was jealous and furious by this, hitting him for it. Angel had, on instinct, hit her back, but was immediately regretful that he had done so. After Faith had turned herself in, the argument between the two escalated. Angel remained firm in his belief that Faith could be redeemed, and that Buffy wasn't involved since she was the one that told him to stay away from her. Buffy cruelly used her relationship with Riley as an attempt for retribution. Angel was truly furious with her this time. He reminded her how he couldn't move on because of his curse, and that she didn't know him anymore so it was no business of hers to tell her how he should run things. He ordered a surprised and hurt Buffy to return to Sunnydale. After she had left, Angel was immediately frustrated for his harsh treatment of her. Filled with regret, he decided to follow Buffy back to Sunnydale to make things better. Angel had a confrontation with her current boyfriend, Riley, while he attempted to apologize to her. He expressed extreme contempt and dislike of him, solely because of his jealousy over Buffy being with someone other than him. Driven on by jealousy, Angel had mocked Riley and had no qualms fighting with him without holding back. Buffy soon broke them apart, and allowed Angel to explain himself. He apologized for his rudeness, telling her that he had no right to treat her like that. While Buffy was amused at how he had tried to 'make things better' (fighting with Riley, taunting him etc.), she was grateful he came, acknowledging he had not been entirely wrong. He had offered to help Buffy with any trouble in Sunnydale, but given his tense relationship with Riley, she had declined. On good terms again, Angel left, but not before pointing out how he obviously didn't like her new boyfriend at all. When Buffy's mother passed away, Angel returned to Sunnydale to comfort her. Buffy opened up to him over her guilt over not finding her mother sooner as well as the hopelessness she felt. He remained supportive and encouraging, comforting Buffy by saying she would make it through this despite her doubts. Angel offered to stay longer than a day if she wanted and the two shared a passionate kiss. However, Buffy feared her vulnerability would cause them to sleep together, triggering the removal of his soul. Agreeing with her worries, Angel spent a few more moments holding her in the cemetery until sunrise. After Buffy sacrificed herself in the battle against Glory, Angel left Los Angeles and spent several months at a monastery in Asia in attempt to come to terms with his grief. Upon returning, he refused to mention Buffy's name and did not want to open up about how he felt over her death. He also stated to Cordelia that in his entire existence, no one mattered to him the way Buffy did. After a confronation with James and his obsessive love for his dead lover, Angel started to feel guilty that he wasn't as hopeless over Buffy's death as James was (who literally killed himself) and that it felt like a betrayal to her for existing when she was dead. However, Cordelia assured him it was wrong to think like that because he was stronger than James and that Angel living on was honoring Buffy's memory, not betraying it.  Eventually, Angel was informed of Buffy's resurrection by Willow and left immediately after to meet Buffy off-screen somewhere between Los Angeles and Sunnydale. Buffy later described the encounter as "intense." He also came to Buffy's aid in her fight against Caleb, after which she greeted with a "hello" kiss. Angel showed immediate jealousy and confusion over Buffy's growing connection to Spike, especially when Buffy instructed him to leave to work on the second front and partly because of Spike. Buffy chided Angel for his jealousy and while she loved him, Spike had earned a place in her heart too. She confessed to Angel that she did still have feelings for him, and that she did still want a future for them, but made it very clear that she wasn't remotely ready for a serious relationship. She described if they were ever be together again, it would be a "long time coming. Years, if ever." Angel, as he was leaving and bestowing to Buffy the amulet Spike would use in the final battle, responds wryly: "I ain't getting any older". Following Spike's return to life in Los Angeles, Angel continued to express anger and jealousy over their shared love for her; the two argued frequently about Buffy, and Angel even expressed that Buffy was a "forever love." Angel had, on many occasions, displayed unattractive bouts of jealousy over Buffy's other romantic relationships (most notably her relationships with Riley and Spike). Angel had also assigned a spy to watch over Buffy once she moved to Europe after Sunnydale's destruction since she was no longer close to Los Angeles, justifying it by wanting to make sure she was safe, still habitually concerned and over-protective. He later went with Spike to seek Buffy out in Rome, albeit unsuccessfully, and showed immense jealously toward The Immortal upon discovering that she was dating him. Angel and Spike were left on common grounds when Andrew told them that Buffy loved both of them, and that someday one of them might have her. Over a year later, Angel was manipulated by the mysterious entity Twilight (and Whistler) through word of a prophecy, forcing him to torment Buffy by murdering 200 of her fellow slayers. Angel was naturally reluctant to deceive and fight against her, but Whistler convinced him that being Twilight would prevent the world from going to Hell as well as keep both Buffy and himself alive. Disguising himself as an enemy against Buffy, Angel manipulated all of her true enemies under his leadership to have Buffy become focused and strong, as well as simultaneously keeping them from killing her. After his identity was revealed, Buffy was brought to the brink of despair, but became a superpowered being under the effects of Twilight. While attempting to calm down an enraged and betrayed Buffy, Angel made very heavy, heartfelt claims to her. He had stated to her that there was a reason for the feelings, and that they could never be happy with anyone else. Soon, influenced by the entity, the two suddenly expressed their love for each other, and had passionate airborne sex that led to the birth of a new universe, Twilight, which they later came to discover threatened Earth's existing universe. Angel tried to convince her to stay with him in the Twilight paradise, truly believing the universe was their chance at happiness. Buffy refused him, believing that Twilight was only a trap. Angel told her that it was what she was meant for all along; while Buffy briefly considered Angel's offer, upon hearing Xander's scream of pain, rejected it fully, and justified that she was meant to fight for her family and friends, not personal happiness. Angel, with only brief hesitation, agreed to leave the paradise, choosing to fight by Buffy's side instead. Upon Spike's arrival, Angel quickly expressed jealousy and distrust towards him once again, slightly annoyed that Buffy was going alone to Spike for information. Buffy reminded him Spike would never tell her with him around and that jealousy was beneath him, urging him to help slayers and make up for the damage he caused. Angel reluctantly agreed, though made sure to say he would find her soon. Later, Angel was possessed by Twilight again, and attempted to kill Spike in rage and fought with Buffy over the Seed of Wonder in the ruins of Sunnydale. The battle reached its climax with Angel brutally murdering Buffy's Watcher, Rupert Giles, before Buffy's very eyes. In despair, she completed her duty and smashed the Seed, destroying Twilight's influence for good. Upon the realization that Buffy was crying and that Giles had died, Angel ignorantly attempted to comfort her, only for a furious Xander to push him away from her, and try to kill him. While Buffy eventually functioned well enough prevent her friend's near-staking of him,  in Angel's catatonia, she left him in the care of Faith in London, unable to look at him without feeling disturbed. During a conversation withWhistler, it was revealed that Angel and Buffy had been destined to meet all along. A greater destiny was at work, and foretold that the two of them would either die together, kill each other or change the world (Recreation Prophecy). However, falling in love with Buffy was never part the prophecy, and was a completely unexpected turn of events. At the end of their meeting, Angel expressed his sincere gratitude to Whistler for giving him Buffy and bringing her into his life along with his purpose, admitting that was something he would never be able to repay him for. As soon as Spike arrived in London to briefly help Angel and Faith with Eyghon the Sleepwalker, Buffy had been brought up immediately from Angel to Spike, claiming she "gave him the brush off". Spike had immediately threw in his face his own even more strained relationship with Buffy right back, harshly reminding him of how she still '"couldn't stand to look at him" since Giles died. Not denying this, Angel deduced that Buffy was seeing someone new, appearing less than happy of it. Spike claimed she was getting "chummy" with a cop and he had his suspicions, but left before he could see anything unfold. Dismayed at this new rival for Buffy's affections, Angel seemed to then understand why Spike left, indicating he would've done the same. When he became temporarily insane due to the presence of Giles' soul increasing, Spike had ranted to Angel his insecurities and frustrations over his relationship with Buffy. Oddly, he had assumed that he had moved on from Buffy and he didn't understand how it was possible for him since Spike was struggling to do so himself. At this statement, Angel sadly corrected him. He explained he couldn't give him any advice since he hadn't yet accomplished that either, a more or less obvious omission that Angel still fostered love for Buffy as well. Not that long after, Faith received a call from Buffy back in San Francisco. Angel had immediately questioned if Buffy was able to travel to London to help them fight Pearl and Nash, uncharacteristically enthusiastic. His wishful thinking was soon met with disappointment, as Faith told him Buffy was too busy saving Dawn. Within hours of Giles' resurrection, Angel was happily planning to call Buffy and tell her, knowing she would be glad that Giles was back. However, Giles firmly discouraged it. He took care to remind him that Buffy didn't have time to travel to London when Whistler was an immediate threat and that it was much too soon for her to know. Angel was clearly disappointed, but nevertheless agreed. After Whistler's sacrifice to save the world, Angel said to Giles by the time of his departure that he hoped he would tell him when, if ever, there would a right time for him to see Buffy again; Giles promised he would. Angel finally reunites with Buffy a couple months later to help her battle Archaeus. It was awkward and up in the air between them, but Buffy treated him surprisingly amicable despite their unresolved issues and the two hugged. She accepted Angel's apology and was grateful he brought back Giles. Angel wanted to talk longer with Buffy and catch up, but it was cut short when he found she was dating Spike now. Angel reacted with anger and jealousy, especially over the fact he wasn't given a warning beforehand. He completely shut down talking about it and single-mindedly focused on the mission instead. He helped Buffy's group with Archaeus. After it's all said and done, Angel forced himself to accept Buffy's relationship with Spike as long as she seemed happy, though makes a point of saying "it won't last".
- Kate Lockley: Kate serves as Angel's contact in the police force as he starts his private detective business. The strong possibility of a relationship is hinted at, but ultimately doesn't materialize as she is unable to accept her discovery of his vampire nature, blaming him for the death of her father when her father was killed by vampires and wouldn't invite Angel in to help. Kate frequently expressed distrust of Angel, believing he was responsible for stalking an innoccent human (who was actually Darla), as well as showing hositility towards him when she found him stealing the Shroud of Rahmon. Under the influence of the cloak, Angel had taunted Kate heavily (very reminscent of Angelus), and bit her. While he ended up feeding on her, Angel regained enough control over himself to stop and told her to pretend to be dead. In return, Kate had stopped the police from arresting Wesley. She had also again helped him to go after a newly-turned Darla instead of having him arrested. The two eventually reconcile when Angel saves her life after she attempted to commit suicide after losing her job at the Los Angeles Police Department. When she briefly worked for Angel Investigations after Los Angeles returned to Earth, the two nearly had sex while under the influence of Illyria's pheromones while she was attempting to mate with Connor- Kate noting that it would be a good way to relieve the sexual tension- but the moment soon passed and each of them decided not to bring it up again.
- Rebecca Lowell: A short-lived love interest, Rebecca was an actress who hires Angel as her bodyguard. Learning about his vampire nature, she tried to convince him to sire her, not wanting to become old and unattractive, but her attempts only resulted in Angel briefly reverting to Angelus when she drugs his drink, inducing a feeling of bliss. After this, she leaves the office and is never seen again.
- Cordelia Chase: Angel and Cordelia Chase first met when Cordelia was still in high school in Sunnydale. She was one of Buffy's classmates and a fellow member of the Scooby Gang; the two fought evil together for the better part of three years before moving away separately after graduation. Ironically, the met again in Los Angeles, where Cordelia had settled down in the hopes of becoming an actress. Angel rescued Cordelia from a demon, and subsequently started Angel Investigations together, along with Doyle. Angel was aware of Doyle's infatuation with Cordelia long before she learned about it herself; they mourned his death together, and welcomed the help of Wesley. Together, the trio worked together to solve paranormal mysteries in and around Los Angeles, during which time Cordelia and Angel forged a close friendship. In an effort to remove the visions Doyle had given her, Cordelia had kissed Angel eariler on. He reacted with awkwardness and confusion, trying to tell her she was confusing friendship with something else before Cordelia corrected it, explaining why she did it and that she had no romantic feelings for him. In the early stages of their friendship, Cordelia quickly recognized his fear of being Angelus again and promised him that she would stake him without hesitation if he did go evil again. Ironically, Angel was deeply grateful for this. When Angel was guilty over killing a champion he thought had been evil, Cordelia comforted him and demonstrated her complete belief that he would someday be rewarded with the Shanshu Prophecy because of how great a person he was. When his faith in his mission disappeared and he became obsessed with taking down Darla/Wolfram & Hart, Angel had fired Cordelia from Angel Investigations with Gunn and Wesley. Consequently, their friendship suffered and became estranged for a few months. Cordelia felt so betrayed and hurt by him, she coldly ordered Angel to leave when Wesley lay in the hospitial. Emotionlessly, Angel left. Feeling more and more purposeless, Angel had even threatened Cordelia when she stood in the way of a book he needed to get for information, much to her shock. After sleeping with Darla and finding himself again, Angel decided to make it up to her and the others. Cordelia, however, was not quick to forgive him. Angel made several efforts of trying to connect to her even to the point of agreeing with her almost all the time, causing Cordelia to blow him off by telling him they weren't friends anymore. He was greatly disappointed and upset by this, again trying to show approval of her decision to give Harmony a chance. In the end, Angel would buy Cordelia dozens of new clothes (despite telling Wesley he was going to give her time) and was extremely satisfied with her immediate forgiveness afterwards. After Cordelia's visions began to intensify in pain level, Angel showed great concern for her and frequently asked if she was alright, much to her slight annoyance. He would even buy several brands of food for her (since he had forgotten what she liked) and while Cordelia found it a little too much, she was nonetheless grateful. Angel would also indicate a slight level of attraction to her for the first time when Cordelia was dressed in a bikini for a commercial and was extremely angry when she was rudely criticized in terms of appearance and desirability. His protectiveness cultimated to the point he impulsively threatened to kill the director insulting her, only for an embarassed and angered Cordelia to shoo him away from the set. On one occassion, a shocked Angel would mistakenly assume she told him she loved him when she had actually been talking about Groosalugg. After her furious rejection, he was mildy put out by her lack of concern for him and comically asked if she loved him as a friend. After Buffy's death, Cordelia was the most intuitive to Angel's grief despite his efforts to hide it. Angel initially brushed off her attempts to tell him how he felt over Buffy, but eventually told her how he thought he was betraying her by still exisiting. Cordelia disagreed and made Angel realize he was honoring Buffy's memory by living since that's what she would want. When her visions began to take a toll on her body and mainfest, Angel was immensely worried over Cordelia and barely ever left her side. When she confessed to him her fear of not being able to help him without her visions, Angel replied, "That's not why I need you." Angel's care for her led him to release Billy without knowing who he was because of Wolfram & Hart, as saving Cordelia was most important. They eventually developed romantic feelings for each other, but managed to suppress them for a very long time, as they were uncertain of the opposite party's feelings. When Cordelia wished she had never met Angel and had become an actress instead, she was horrified to discover that Angel had received Doyle's visions instead, and kissed him in order to take them back and save him from insanity. The two later came to realize that they had fallen deeply in love with each other, and arranged a nighttime meeting to discuss their relationship. They were torn apart before the meeting; while Cordelia ascended into a Higher Being, Angel was imprisoned underwater by his son, Connor. When they both returned, they did not pursue their relationship further. Possessed by Jasmine, Cordelia slept with Connor instead, and subsequently fell into a coma when Jasmine attempted to use Cordelia's body to create an independent host for itself. Later, in Angel's perfect-day dream sequence, Angel and Cordelia consummated their relationship, but Angel called out "Buffy!" as he lost his soul, just as he did in Sunnydale years earlier. Angel remained very protective over Cordelia in her sleeping state, and worried about her with the remaining members of Angel Investigations. When Angel and the gang took up shop at Wolfram & Hart, Cordelia seemingly awoke from her coma and was shocked by the events that had transpired in her absence. She used her last day on Earth to put a misguided and disillusioned Angel back on his path or righteousness. Before dying and becoming a genuine Higher Power, she and Angel shared their first and only real kiss. She passed on one final vision to Angel, detailing the Circle of the Black Thorn. Because of her, Angel was able to stop the Apocalypse from coming to fruition from the inside out. Later, after Los Angeles was sent to Hell by the Senior Partners, Angel reunited with an apparition of Cordelia on another plane, who was meant to ease his transition to death. Angel, who had been shown an image of his own dark role in the Apocalypse, had resigned himself to die, but was reassured by Cordelia's spirit that he truly was a Champion of good. Angel sacrificed a chance to move on to the afterlife with Cordelia to return to his fight for redemption.
- Nina Ash: A werewolf who Angel saves from being eaten, she developed feelings for him, as Angel tried to help her deal with being a werewolf. Angel was initially oblivious to her affection towards him (which everyone except him noticed) until Nina asked him out on a date. He was initially reluctant and fearful, as he was worried about his "Gypsy Curse", but eventually (some convincing needed from Wesley's part) he attempts to give it a shot. Angel began to semi-seriously date her, but he traveled to Rome immediately to keep his ex-girlfriend Buffy away from The Immortal, even expressing a desire to be with Buffy again at one point, without so much as a thought of Nina. This relationship establishes that Angel is able to have positive sex (unlike his "perfect despair" moment with Darla) and still keep his soul. The two break up when Angel attempts to send her away to save her from the Senior Partners' inevitable revenge, though he did not tell her this. When Los Angeles gets send to Hell, Nina tells Angel that the reason she had been helping Connor was because he was his son. She acknowledged that he had moved on, but also states that she wants to whatever she can to help him. Later, upon Gunn's arrival in London, he informs Angel on the others, mentioning that Nina is now married. Angel displayed a noticable lack of jealousy, simply saying that it was good for her.
- Drusilla: Angelus tormented the human Drusilla, sired her and kept her on as a companion afterward, regarding her as his greatest work. Angelus continued to be intimate with her after she sired Spike as a mate in order to play with the newer vampire's mind. The two appear to have resumed a sexual relationship after Angel lost his soul in 1998. Once ensoulled, Angel regarded her as an enemy. When Drusilla had come to Los Angeles to turn a human Darla into a vampire once again, Angel had immediately tried to kill them both. After firing his crew and alienated himself even further, he became obsessed with killing Drusilla and Darla no matter what it took. Catching them by surprise, Angel would suddenly set both of them on fire with a lit cigarette and gasoline, nearly succeeding in killing them both.
- The Transuding Furies: The Furies are the three beautiful, powerful beings who cast the anti-demon-violence spell on Lorne's bar, Caritas. When Angel needed the spell removed to fight Gunn's rogue former gang, the Furies tell Cordelia that they will require 'payment' for such an act, and only Angel is 'equipped' to repay the debt (whenever he is mentioned, all three of them say, "Mmm... Angel"). The general tone seems to imply a past sexual relationship between the Furies and Angel.
- Gwen Raiden: A thief with command over electricity, Angel shares a kiss with Gwen after she gives him an electro-shock that (temporarily) reawakens his dead heart. He subsequently flirts with her to make Cordelia jealous while they are trying to protect the Ra-Tet from The Beast, but later seems to develop a slight affection for her; he almost appears jealous when she asks for Gunn's help over his.
- Eve: Angel's liaison to the Senior Partners, she and Angel have a one-time encounter at Wolfram & Hart's Halloween party, when Lorne loses control of his empathic powers and he begins to unintentionally write destinies instead of reading them (he tells Angel and Eve to "get a room," saying that "you could cut the sexual tension with a knife"). When Angel thinks they should talk about it, Eve remarks, "It's not as if this is the first time I've had sex under mystical influence. I went to UC Santa Cruz." After this, however, their relationship becomes increasingly hostile due to Eve's relationship with Angel's old foe Lindsey, particularly following her attempt to infect Angel with a dream-inducing parasite.
- Doyle - Angel's first 'contact' with the Powers That Be, and also the first real friend Angel had made for several decades (The Scooby Gang was generally Buffy's friends rather than Angel's, even before he lost his soul). Although Doyle kept most of his past secret, he and Angel did form a close, if awkward, bond over time, with Angel attempting to help deal with financial difficulties while Doyle encouraged Angel to re-connect with people. After Doyle sacrificed himself in recognition of heroism that Angel had inspired in him, Angel and Cordelia mourned his loss together. Angel would attempt to bring back Doyle through The Oracles, only to have the request turned down under the grounds of it taking away Doyle's noble redemption as well as being a "self-serving" matter. Forced to open up by Cordelia, Angel admitted to her that he missed Doyle and believed it should've been him that saved him and died in his place. He and Cordelia continued to mourn him for several years, even keeping an aborted commercial Doyle recorded shortly before his death as a memento. When Angel found himself facing Doyle's demon father Axtius- ironically a pure-blood supremacist- two years after Doyle's death, Angel remembered Doyle with pride as he reflected on Doyle's last act of sacrifice, taunting Axtius with his inability to accept Doyle for who he was instead of acknowledging the good that Doyle had done with his life.
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce - Initially merely Buffy's second Watcher, Angel and Wesley became closer when Wesley relocated to Los Angeles when he was fired from the Watchers Council, Angel offering Wesley a job when he had trouble working as a 'rogue demon hunter' in recognition of his superior research skills compared to those possessed by him and Cordelia. Over time, Wesley grew from his initially bookish self into a more confident and combatant leader, even taking over the agency for a time after Angel fired the others and remained in charge after his return. Their friendship worsened when Angel had fired him from Angel Investigations along with Cordelia and Gunn so they wouldn't be in the way of his obsession in finding Darla and Drusilla. Despite keeping out of contact with them for months, Angel tried to visit Wesley when he was shot in the stomach but was shooed away by a still-betrayed Cordelia. Having a sudden epiphany, after helping them against some demons, he asked if he could work under Wesley. Hesitantly, Wesley had agreed but still did not entirely trust or forgive him. Wesley was one of the first to forgive Angel's betrayal and the two rekindled their close friendship. He would also have some of his confidence restored when Wesley told him he could overcome his demon side in Pylea. However, their relationship later soured after Wesley stole Angel's son Connor due to a faked prophecy, with Angel being openly resentful and grief-stricken, attempting to even murder Wesley for his actions. They then had a tenuous relationship since, but came to reconcile little by little as Wesley pulled him from the bottom of the ocean and Angel later come to more or less fully forgive him, acknowledging that Wesley was the one that always had to make the hard decisions, though their relationship was never the same as it once was. For some time during the period Los Angeles was sent to Hell, Wesley was Angel's only regular contact— albeit serving as the Liason to the Senior Partners— finally sacrificing his existence to restore Angel and Los Angeles to Earth. In memory of Wesley, Angel had a wing of a library dedicated to Wesley and Fred, sometimes reflecting that he hoped that Wesley and Fred had somehow managed to find each other again after their deaths.
- Faith Lehane - When Faith crosses the line by killing a man, Angel was the first person to try and rehabilitate her but he was interrupted when Wesley tried to hand her over to the Watchers Council. While working for Mayor Wilkins, Faith attempted to remove his soul by seducing him but he rejected her advances, stating that he was in love with Buffy. At this point, Faith harbored a sexual interest in Angel, though this is most likely out of jealousy towards Buffy. In order to gain inside information from the inside about the Mayor's plans, Giles had a dark shaman fake the removal of Angel's soul, and he as "Angelus", pretended to become romantically involved with Faith. Weeks after the exposure of this ruse, Faith's last act in the Mayor's employ was to shoot Angel with a poison called the Killer of the Dead, and it was this that leads into her near-fatal confrontation with Buffy - the only cure being the blood of a Slayer. After awakening from her coma and fleeing Sunnydale, Faith arrived in Los Angeles. Shortly after her arrival, Faith is hired by Wolfram & Hart to kill Angel. After she tortured Wesley, Angel confronted Faith, and during the fight he realized what Faith really wanted; she wanted Angel to kill her. Still holding back, Faith had a breakdown and begged him desperately to kill her. Angel took pity on her and comforted her instead. Angel took her in, and rehabilitated her in his own way be encouraging her to come to terms with the mistakes she had made. He felt sympathy for her due to his shared desire to atone. Angel knew Faith could be saved and did his utmost to protect her when she was at her most vulnerable. Despite his love for Buffy, he had sided with Faith and refused to have Buffy wreck vengeance since it would only make things worse. Angel had prepared to turn himself in for illegally harboring a wanted criminal, only for Faith to make a confession and willingly chose to go to prison for punishment. He visited her periodically, wanting to give her a friend to talk to and check up on her in prison. Angel and Faith often talked about redemption, and if they'd ever accomplish what they wanted, bonding quickly over their shared desire to atone. However she later breaks out, but only because Angel had needed her help, due to Angelus having been restored. Despite the difficulties involved with such a task, Faith made sure he was brought in so he can be re-ensoulled by Willow, even defeating Connor to prevent him from staking his father. Faith also stated Angel is the only one that never gave up on her, a factor that doubtless plays an important role to fight so hard to save him, to the point where Faith takes it upon herself to care for Angel when he is reduced in a catatonic state after his period under Twilight's control despite the fact he killed Giles. The two work together after Angel comes out of his catatonia to and decided to resurrect Giles to atone for his mistake. When Faith admitted to him she didn't think it would work, Angel understood her concerns and entrusted her to be the one to stop him if he went too far trying to set things right. She accepted the responsibility and decided to help him despite her initial doubts Angel could pull it off. When Pat Lehane paid an unexpected visit, he encouraged her to reconnect with him. However, Angel also stood up against her father when he tried to turn her back into a murderer and coldly told Pat Lehane to never contact them again. After Faith turned to Drusilla to 'remove her pain', Angel told her she was not the same person that ran away from her problems. She'd be able to deal it this time and that by removing her guilt, it made her less than what she was. Eventually, she regained her senses and helped him against Drusilla. Moved by his belief in her and how he again proved himself to be the only person who did not give up on her, Faith reiterated her desire to help him bring Giles back. The two however briefly argued over Connor, and how Faith was being the cautious one and advising him to not get Connor killed bringing Giles back. Angel denied her assumption, and mentioned her near-killing of her father in retaliation. Angel and Faith made peace with each other through their journey in Quor'toth after she gave him a pep talk showing her encouragement over Giles and how she admired how easily he could throw away his quest for Connor, saying she wished her own father loved her as much as he did his son. When Angel was briefly trapped in his own body when Giles' soul fully manifested within him- leaving him with Angel, Angelus and Giles inside him- Faith immediately rejected the possibility of simply staking Angel to stop Angelus getting out in favor of the riskier maneuver of confronting the soul-eating Enders to recover the Essuary as a means of extracting Giles' soul, also defending him against Nadira and other Slayers by stating that Angel wasn't Twilight or Angelus, but the man who saved others. After Whistler was defeated, although Faith decided to move on after so many things that she had built for herself were destroyed during her time working with Angel, Angel assured her that he understood her reasons, expressing confidence that she would be fine in whatever path she chose and that he would be available if she decided to come back. When she eventually returned to London as part of her new job with Zane Pharmaceuticals, the two exchanged an awkward but warm hug when they were reunited.
- Gunn - A former street-fighter, Angel comes across him during a case, expressed a desire to want him to work for him. Gunn though, initially refused, as he held a black-and-white outlook on the supernatural, immediately having a distrust of him, being a vampire. After being forced to kill his sister, Gunn's open antagonism towards Angel died down. However, he still refused to work for him and did not trust him. Gunn however let go a little of his prejudice towards him, as he began working part-time for Angel Investigations. At the time Gunn and Angel weren't incredibly close, as Gunn had stated that if Angel lost his soul or became evil again, he wouldn't hesitate to kill him. Angel and Gunn had an argument while they were trying to destroy the Shroud of Rahmon while undercover. Angel wanted him away, but Gunn stayed anyway to help. In an effort to protect him, he had punched Gunn in a failed attempt to get him away. Gunn had punched him back, angrily ordering him not to do it again. As the affects of the shroud began to effect them, Gunn was furious with him for feeding off Kate Lockley, but trusted him enough to destroy the shroud. After firing him from Angel Investigations, Gunn, Wesley, and Cordelia were alienated from Angel. Some months later, he was regretful for his treatment of them and wanted their forgiveness. Gunn was still angry towards Angel, but gave him a chance to prove himself like the others. Conflict between the two culminated when Gunn's former crew goaded him into killing Angel in Caritas, causing Gunn to declare that he was not Angel's friend because of what he is, but refused to kill him since he could at least see they were on the same side as opposed to Gunn's crew now killing anything non-human even if it wasn't actually hurting anybody. Angel appeared to respect his feelings, stating to Gunn, "You'll prove that I can trust you when the day comes that you have to kill me... And you do." However, around the Fall of Los Angeles, Gunn became a vampire and had immediately put the blame on Angel, believing that he could have saved him from this fate. Angel was initially unaware of this, believing him to be dead but eventually came across Gunn, horrified by his now vampire status. He felt guilt and grief over Gunn's fate but knew he had no choice but to fight him. Gunn, however gained the upper hand, driving a sword into his now human body. When realizing that Angel was now human, he was shocked but then stripped Angel of all his vampire glamour, and left him to die. However though, after Gunn had killed Connor, Angel was wild with grief and vengeance, violently beating up Gunn and almost killing him. Because of this, when Los Angeles was sent back to the way it was and Connor had returned, Angel was still understandingly bitter towards him, but still had told him that it wasn't him who had did all those terrible things and that he understands what he's going through, expressing a desire to help him since he himself wants atonement. Later, after the members of Angel Investigations went their separate ways, Gunn and Angel reunite as old friends in London and he embarks on the journey to Quor'toth with him.
- Lorne - Lorne was originally someone Angel contacted for information on particular cases he did, given how Lorne owned a morally ambiguous demon bar named Caritas. He was always reluctant to help, as he wanted to remain neutral in the demon world. Despite that, he helped Angel out on numerous occasions, developing respect and camaraderie towards him. Angel's bond with Lorne was more noticeable during their journey in Pylea where he had encouraged him to make some form of peace with his family, only for the attempt to backfire horribly. Eventually, Lorne was forced to leave his demon bar and joined Angel in the Hyperion Hotel, where he became a member of Angel Investigations. He was a useful and valuable member, even caring for Connor when Angel was away on cases. Lorne and Angel developed a close, brotherly bond (Lorne once describing Angel as "the undead brother he never had.") but he eventually left Angel's team, realizing that life was not for him. Nevertheless, he still held Angel in high regard and they remained close up until his death, which Angel did grieve for when he passed on.
- Fred Burkle - When Angel saves Fred from Pylea, he "vamps out", but rather than his face changing like usual, the demon inside of him comes out completely. After killing two guards, it tries to kill Gunn and Wesley - until Fred, her right hand soaked with blood, lured the demon back to her cave. Fred cared for Angel as he recovered, and remained the only person who wasn't scared of him after learning about his vampire nature. Angel ended up bringing Fred back to Los Angeles with him, taking her in and being the only member of the group who wasn't unnerved by her state of mind. He frequently talked with Fred and encouraged her to get out in public more, eventually even requesting Cordelia to go out and spent time with her. Fred developed a strong crush on Angel, but he showed no acknowledgement of her feelings, treating her simply as a good friend. After seeing a movie with her, Angel swiftly denied it being a date and didn't share Cordelia's concerns that he had to talk to her about it. Eventually being convinced, he expressed to Fred that though he cared for her, he did not return her feelings. She quickly interrupted him by saying she already knew he did not like her like that, and accepted his wish to be just friends. Their moment, however, was interrupted when Angel was told of Buffy's resurrection. He immediately left without a word to meet her, unintentionally causing Fred to feel uncomfortable and disappointed. Fred however, eventually moves on to Gunn instead after learning about Angel's curse, although she and Angel remained good friends, Fred being the only other person present at the birth of Angel's son Connor. Though their relationship was largely platonic and not romantic, Fred did kiss him once to fool passers-by- into thinking they were just a random couple when they were on the run from Jasmine's followers. When she asked if they bought it, Angel replied "I did." Outside of this, they remained very close. Like the rest of his team, Angel was deeply affected by Fred's death, to the point where he briefly considered an attempt to save her that would have killed thousands of others in the process, but eventually decided against it in the end. When Fred was resurrected after the restoration of magic, although shocked to see her again, Angel was clearly grateful to have an old friend back as he set out to determine the reason for her rebirth.
- Connor - Angel's relationship with his son has most often been a rocky one. When Darla was pregnant with him, Connor's soul imbued her with motherly emotions, forcing Angel to realize that the thing she carried possessed a soul. He remained very protective of Darla and his unborn child, and cared for him very lovingly with the help of Angel Investigations after Darla's death. Soon after his birth Connor was kidnapped and brought to Quor'toth where he was raised to despise his father. Upon his return as an adolescent, he immediately attempted to kill Angel, much to Angel's distress and confusion. Connor's short-lived relationship with Cordelia Chase further separated them. Still, Angel loved his son deeply, and made a deal with Wolfram & Hart to grant him a normal human life with no memory of his lineage. After the spell was broken, Connor, having been granted emotional stability by his surrogate parents, rejoined his father in the fight against evil.
- Liam's Father - Angel's father had low expectations of his drunkard, whoring son when both were alive. Liam felt somewhat guilty for his behavior, but remained reluctant to change; after he was sired by Darla, he rose as Angelus and murdered his family, including his father. Upon the restoration of his soul, Angel would later admit to Buffy that he still wondered if his father became so antagonistic as a result of his own failure as a son.
- "There's always been people who hate me... usually with good reason."
- Spike - After William was turned by Drusilla and became Spike, Angelus was initially fond of him and they bonded over their shared love of death and having another male in The Whirlwind. Spike even appeared to idolize him and looked up to him, at least part of his savagery and violence taught to him by Angelus. After twenty years, Angelus and Spike clashed over their different viewpoints of evil and violence. Spike saw it as being nothing for the rush, blindly jumping into any public brawl to have fun. Angelus was evil for the sake of evil and saw it as being an act of "art". Spike's continual public exposure caused The Whirlwind to go into hiding many times to be safe, much to Angelus's disgust. Though allies on the side of good once ensoulled, vampires Angel and Spike have always had a tense, unfriendly relationship. Angel reflected that much of their hostility originates from the fact that Spike, at least in part, wanted to be Angel, noting that every action Spike took was something Angel had done before him: Drusilla turned Spike as a substitute for what she couldn't have with Angelus, Spike attempted to take Angelus's reputation after he was ensouled, later became the second known vampire to repossess his soul, and perhaps most obvious, Spike fell in love with Buffy following Angel's long-lived relationship with her. The most direct cause of their conflict seems to stem from their competition in the area of love; their attentions are very often focused on the same woman, Drusilla or Buffy (though in the case of Drusilla, Angel's interest was very much based on his soulless desire to hurt Spike, whom he knew had become pitifully attached to her). Angel and Spike's relationship worsened when they realized they both loved Slayer Buffy Summers. Angel, while never verbally admitting to it, felt jealous of Spike's relationship with Buffy; the same can be said of Spike in regards to Angel's romance with her. They often have heated, verbal (and sometimes violent) disputes over Buffy. Many characters have pointed out similarities between them; they are both ensouled vampires with intense love for the same woman, but both vehemently deny it, stating that they are nothing alike (Ironically, this was true. Their personalities were somewhat similar and their relationship reflected that of bickering brothers). Though both eventually fight on the side of good, their personalities tend to clash. Spike takes their mission far less seriously, although the two make an effective team against such foes as the guardians of the Deeper Well and their ensuing fight against Illyria. And despite their constant antagonism, there does seem to exist some affection between them, as Spike appeared genuinely happy to see Angel and even hugged him upon their reunion in Sunnydale, and Angelus greeted Spike with a kiss on the forehead upon losing his soul (this was more of a degrading, symbolic gesture than a friendly one). Though he tries to bury it, much of Angel's hatred of Spike also stems from guilt: he turned Drusilla, and was at least in part responsible for the chaos Spike reigned without a soul. Also, following Spike's sacrifice at the Sunnydale Hellmouth, Angel felt that because the Senior Partners had presented him with the Amulet, they had intended he give up his life instead. On the deepest level, Spike exists as a relic of Angel's most deplorable sins; Angel never forsaw a person with so much involvment in his past as Angelus becoming so profoundly involved in his future as a hero. Spike verbally accuses Angel of being a coward on numerous occasions. During Spike's time in Wolfram & Hart, the two appear to have bonded. Angel at least began to accept Spike's presence in his group, though he remained reluctant to acknowledge Spike as a Champion or possible subject of the Shanshu Prophecy. When they traveled to Rome to get Buffy away from The Immortal, they drank together, seemed to have equal concern for Buffy's well-being and shared rather comical jealousy and outrage towards The Immortal when told Buffy was dating him. Angel often sees Spike as a nuisance, and Spike considers Angel very irritating and much too 'noble'. Still, they seem to have developed underlying respect towards each other. Angel and Spike also appear to have a sexual history, which has been implied many times but neither of them seem willing to discuss it. Spike later left Los Angeles and Angel behind, as he recognized Angel had been accurate when he accused Spike of wanted to be him, acknowledging that his interest in the Shanshu Prophesy was based around his rivalry with Angel rather than a desire to be human himself. Since Spike would not be able to be possessed by Eyghon, Angel would contact him from London for assistance. He still clearly viewed Spike as an annoying nuisance, but was able to work together much easier than before with only general bickering. However, Angel and Spike did erupt into a harsh argument over Buffy and their strained relationships with her, much to Faith's irritation. When Giles' soul was fully inside him, Angel became briefly insane and was locked in a basement. Spike ranted to him, revealing his jealousy and insecurities over Buffy as well Angel. When Spike concluded that Angel had moved on from her by finding a purpose and seeing other women, he coherently corrected this assumption and told him he wasn't over her either. Able to relate to his troubles, Angel took pity on him and gave him Harmony's number as a 'thank you'. Spike took advantage of this and proceded to have sex with her. Despite this small act of kindness towards each other, Angel and Spike quickly returned to their quarreling relationship. When he had decided to return to San Francisco to help Dawn, Angel argued against it. However, his reasons for this was because of his fight with Pearl and Nash combined with his preference for Spike to not be near Buffy to 'impress' her.
- The Immortal - The arch-nemesis of both Angel and Spike for many reasons. During their soulless periods, The Immortal had captured and knocked out both Angelus and Spike, while at the same time "concurrently violating" both Darla and Drusilla at the same time(something neither of them had ever let them do) and consequently wounding their pride and dignity. A series of unfortunate events had happened before and after this, causing Angelus to have intense hatred towards the Immortal. A century later, Angel, now a soulled vampire, also hated the Immortal, especially when told by Andrew that Buffy was dating him (A practical joke on his part, as it was a Buffy decoy). He displayed, along with Spike, immense jealousy and outrage over this information, going out of his way to get Buffy away from the Immortal until he, with great reluctance, gave up, though still made a point of saying "he hated that guy."
- Daniel Holtz - Back to the time when Angel was still Angelus, he had cruelly murdered Holtz's entire family sadistically, and only Holtz survived. He had since been consumed with vengeance and grief, spending his entire life tracking down Angelus and Darla, and they were often on the run from him, although the two turned down various opportunities to kill him as they considered him a form of family. Eventually reduced to a hermit after relentless years of chasing them and failing, Holtz made a deal with the demon Sahjahn to be left in 'stasis' until the time came when he could take his revenge. Centuries later, Holtz was reawakened and again preceded to resume his hunt, only to find Angelus now Angel, a soulled vampire. Nevertheless, he continued his quest for revenge, seeing Angel's soul as simply another means of tormenting his enemy, regardless of the fact that Angel's ally Wesley tried to convince him that Angel was not responsible for Angelus's crimes. Angel felt guilt over his actions to Holtz, but had many clashes with him and Holtz never wavered. He eventually, upon the discovery of Angel having a son, he- thanks to Wesley's unintended help-, took Connor as an adopted son and raised him in a hell dimension of Quor'toth, taking Connor away from Angel. Although Angel tried to apologize to the elderly Holtz when Holtz returned to this dimension, Holtz merely pretended to forgive Angel, subsequently arranging for his own murder in a manner that would frame Angel for the crime.
- Xander Harris - Xander had a natural dislike of him, partly because of Xander's large amount of jealousy over Angel and Buffy's relationship(as he had a crush on Buffy at the time) and also because of his black-and-white view of "all vampires are bad." He often showed open hostility towards Angel, constantly showing great disapproval of Buffy loving a vampire and had a great lack of trust in him. Angel also held similar feelings toward Xander, viewing him as a great annoyance and was often frustrated with Xander's difficulty. Angel had also admitted that, while at first denying it, eventually admitted that he did indeed feel jealous of Xander, especially after seeing Buffy seductively dance with Xander at one time. Though knowing that Buffy did not romantically love Xander then, he revealed to her that it bothered him that Xander could be with Buffy during the day and see her in the sunlight, none of which he could do with her. Angel then continued to dislike Xander, even punching him in the face hard once when under the ruse of being Angelus, something he had been wanting to do for a long time. Xander still treated Angel antagonistically, but seemed to have softened up to him a little at one time. When Xander had shown outrage and anger at Angel for feeding off Buffy, he said nothing against the criticism, too guilty to try. However, Angel was shown to be extremely annoyed when Xander was happy to order him around and was forced to work closely with him against The Mayor. This slightly annoyed Buffy, comparing them to bickering old ladies. Once Angel had left Sunnydale for L.A, their rivalry is largely forgotten. They ran into each other briefly when Angel was deterimined to protect Buffy because of Doyle's vision. He was shown to be annoyed and offended when Xander had assumed right away he was evil. Xander later admitted that he still hates the "guts part" of Angel. When Twilight's influence was released completely by the end of magic, Angel and Xander quickly came to blows. Having accidentally killed Giles in his possession, he was furious and full of resentment. Despite Angel's weak attempts at an explanation, he did not actively defend himself as Xander overpowered him, fully prepared to stake him with the slayer scythe. Thankfully, he had halted despite his strong grudge and hatred for Angel, only because a grief-racked Buffy had somehow managed to step in between them. Two years later, the two men are reunited against Archaeus, for once in good terms, Xander had comprehension that Angel don't want to kill the newly ressurected Giles.
- Riley Finn - While not officially introduced, Angel had first seen Riley during his self-appointed mission to preserve Buffy's safety against Shumash Indians through Doyle's vision. He had questioned Willow over who he was after seeing him actively talk with Buffy, showing suspicion and slight jealousy at his overly friendly behavior towards her. Angel would finally come face-to-face with Riley when he was attacked by some Initiative soldiers in an alleyway. Riley had assumed he was soulless again by sleeping with Buffy during her brief L.A. visit. Angel didn't correct this nor try to resolve the situation in a civil manner, challenging him and showing blatant contempt of Riley when he tried to stop him from seeing Buffy. The two broke out into a fight with each other. Eventually pushed into true anger, Angel didn't hold back and easily dispatched of him. Successfully reaching Buffy's dorm, Riley recovered and followed him. When Riley was still hostile, Angel lost any shred of already low patience he had, proceeding to taunt and threaten him into another fight. Riley and Angel traded blows again, only for Buffy to roughly separate them. Buffy decided to talk to Angel and hear him out privately. Angel had dismissively looked over Riley one last time, taunting him with a superior smirk when Buffy wasn't looking. After making amends with her, Angel would then tell Buffy he didn't like him at all.  Later, when taking the form of a masked individual named Twilight, he recruited Riley into his army, making a point of saying he was "very humans first" and that he still didn't understand what Buffy had seen in Riley, still appearing to hold on to old jealousy.
- Lindsey McDonald - A former lawyer of Wolfram & Hart, Lindsey tried to kill Angel on numerous occasions and often proved a difficult foe. Angel also treated Lindsey antagonistically, to point where he chopped off his hand. Lindsey's relationship with Angel became increasingly hostile as he developed a warped interest in Darla, to the point where he tried to attack Angel after learning that Angel and Darla had slept together. Although they achieved a degree of reconciliation after working together to destroy a W&H organ-donation plan that involved taking organs from live subjects- including an old friend of Lindsey's-, Lindsey returned to Los Angeles to try and undermine Angel after he was given complete control of Wolfram & Hart's Los Angeles branch, resenting Angel's success. Lindsey's assumption of the name 'Doyle' earned him Angel and Cordelia's renewed anger at his abuse of their old friend's name, with Angel neatly defeating Lindsey's attempt to activate a failsafe that the Partners had created to kill Angel if he proved to be uncontrollable. However, he was forced to save Lindsey from a hell dimension, in order to acquire information from Lindsey that would help him defeat the Senior Partners. Although Angel later requested Lindsey's aid in the planned last stand against the Circle of the Black Thorn, once Lindsey had dealt with his targets he was shot by Lorne on Angel's orders, Angel reasoning that Lindsey would never be "part of the solution", this last act angering Lindsey with the realization that Angel didn't consider Lindsey important enough to kill himself. Their relationship was quite complex, with Lindsey coming to Angel for help more than once when the actions of Wolfram & Hart were too much for him to stomach. Angel did initially try to help Lindsey find redemption, but eventually gave up on him.
- Lilah Morgan - Through all of her and Wolfram & Hart's schemes, Angel fostered a strong, bitter hatred towards Lilah. Like Lindsey, Lilah desired to have Angel killed despite Wolfram & Hart's policy against it, and Angel proved on several occassions that he had no qualms about killing her if he had to. Following her death, while talking to the Conduit of the Senior Partners, Angel noted that he had liked Lilah as an adversary as he always knew what to expect from her.
- Harmony Kendall - While Angel has never truly hated Harmony, he like many others, viewed her as an annoyance and a nuisance. He gave Harmony a brief chance of working for them because of Cordelia, but ended up distrusting her given her lack of soul and believed she couldn't work for them. Upon the discovery of Harmony being his secretary in Wolfram & Hart, he immediately threatened to kill her, but eventually didn't go through with it. He spent much of his time bossing her around and was rarely ever nice to her. When Harmony betrayed him in the end, he showed no surprise as he had already known she would, promptly causing her to flee. It was later revealed that Harmony was part of the reason he left Angel Investigations, as it had irritated him that she kept bothering him. Angel does appear to have had some degree of appreciation for Harmony, as he left her a letter of recommendation. Reuniting with Harmony, Angel showed annoyance and disdain at her unplanned visit, taking care to remind her of her betrayal and her fleeing during an apocalypse, but nonetheless agreed to help her with someone blackmailing her.
- Pearl and Nash - Under the guise of villain Twilight, Angel had recognized Pearl and Nash's eager involvement in "evolution" and united him in his group supposedly meant to kill Buffy Summers. However, he had manipulated the siblings, his real goal all along had been to focus the two of them with Buffy's other enemies in order to keep her alive and focused against the rising threats. Realizing his betrayal and that he cut the two out of "evolution", Pearl and Nash developed a vendetta against him. Angel had fought the two of them and it was revealed the two of them had sided with Whistler to get their revenge on Angel and fulfill their part in evolution. Angel would fight them again while he attempted to resurrect Giles, and would be openly against each other when Whistler prepared to unleash the plague on humanity.
- Whistler - Whistler had took Angel off the streets during his twenty-year ensoulled depression, setting him on his path for redemption. Angel was initially reluctant, but after seeing the Slayer Buffy Summers being called, he agreed in his desire to help her. Consequently, he held Whistler in high regard for many years. When he came to him with word of the Twilight Prophecy, Angel agreed when told of the consequences of the world going to Hell and Buffy (along with himself) dying in the process. Nonetheless, he expressed his frustration to Whistler over fighting against Buffy and manipulating her masked as "Twilight". However, Whistler was undeterred by Angel's complaints, insisting it was the only way to save the world. After Angel rejected the his destiny partly because of Buffy, their relationship became strained and antagonistic. Whistler was angry with his decision and believed it had been necessary for the world even if cost many lives. Angel was in turn angered with his team-up with Pearl and Nash and denied his belief that the Twilight universe would help when it cost so much. He remarked Whistler had never told him the full details and had been manipulating him and Buffy from the beginning. After telling him his origins and asking if he would help him with bringing magic back (even though it would cost millions of lives), Angel rejected it. He admitted he would always be grateful towards Whistler for giving him a purpose and letting him meet Buffy which was why he wanted to help him, believing he had gone crazy because of the loss of magic. Whistler was furious and stabbed him in the chest, nearly killing him. When he finally unleashed his plague across the London, Angel made many attempts to reason with him, but Whistler remained stubborn. Losing patience, he challenged him and gave up reasoning any further. After draining some of his powers through the plague ball, Angel managed to convince Whistler to stop his plan. When Whistler sacrificed himself to save the world and thanked him for 'saving him', Angel was genuinely sad at his demise and took a brief moment to grief for him.
- Rupert Giles — At first, Giles regards Angel with an even temper (even commenting that his relationship with Buffy was "rather poetic...in a maudlin sort of way"), regarding Angel almost as a peer, sharing books and prophecies with him. But when Angel lost his soul and murdered Jenny Calendar, Giles, devastated to the point of irrationality, set fire to the vampire's warehouse lair and attacked him with a flaming baseball bat, severely beating him before being disarmed by Angelus and rescued by Buffy. When he later needed information, Angelus kidnapped and tortured Giles for hours. After Angel returned from Hell, Giles was upset and wary. He kept a loaded crossbow in hand when talking to Angel, yet he also attempted to help Angel with his hallucinations. Giles and Angel come together again when Angel returned to protect Buffy. Giles seemed to had lost some of his anger toward him and had discussed the Chumash Indian spirits and how they would stop him. Nevertheless, the two argued over Buffy and Angel's fixated focus in protecting her. Giles had criticized him for hiding his presence from her, believing it to be less cruel if he allowed Buffy to see him. Giles had also taken care to remind him that Buffy was not helpless and did not need his "protection". Angel angrily retorted that both of them knew that, but they would still always try to keep her safe anyway. Giles silently acknowledged this, knowing that Angel's natural overprotectiveness and concern over Buffy was something they could both be able to relate over. Angel had also called Giles for information on Faith after she woke from her coma and though Giles was vague over what exactly she had done to Buffy, he had told him she was dangerous and wrecked havoc on Sunnydale. When he starts to work for Wolfram & Hart, Angel calls on Giles for help twice. The first time, when the insane Slayer Dana is on the loose, Giles sends Andrew Wells. The second time, when Angel and his crew need help to cure Fred of the infection that becomes Illyria, Giles tells them Willow is unavailable. Both times there are indications that because of Angel's association with the evil law firm, Giles, like the other Scoobies, no longer trusted Angel. After Angel killed Giles while possessed by Twilight, he expressed a desperate desire to bring Giles back to life. Though usage of Mohra Demon blood became out of the question, it was later revealed that Angel was using a Tooth of Ammuk to absorb fragments of Giles' soul into his body from various locations that were meaningful to the Watcher during his life, in an effort to restore him. As a result, Angel began taking on characteristics and mannerisms of Giles, whose soul increasingly cohabited with Angel's, to the point where Angel was briefly driven insane by Giles's soul inside him and their shared memories of his murder of Jenny in particular. Angel has acknowledged that resurrecting Giles will not totally redeem him, but regards it as one of the mistakes that he must make up for. When Giles was brought back trapped in the body of his pre-teen self, Angel was nonetheless elated and satisfied that he had managed to resurrect him, treating the "minor glitches" quite lightly in comparison to the rest. The two had a brief clash when Giles was angry with Angel for bringing back due his stress at being trapped in the wrong body, but his anger towards him eventually dissipated. Later, Giles expressed his gratitude that Angel had freed him from torment under Eyghon and told him that if he ended up dying again in this battle, he would be able to accept the outcome peacefully. Angel acknowledged this, as he was willing to do the same. After stopping the magical plague from spreading, Angel was on good terms with Giles and both seemed to respect each other. Angel would also ask Giles if he'll tell him when, if ever, there is a right time for him to see Buffy again, something he agreed to do.
- Willow Rosenberg - Angel shared deep affection and mutual confidence with Willow, and not just because she restored his soul not once, but twice; in several occasions he asks for her help, looking at her as a reliable ally and friend. During his initial time in Sunnydale, after Buffy, Willow was probably Angel's closest friend in the Scooby Gang and most friendly towards him, although, as with all the team, his relationship with her was somewhat strained after he came back from Hell following his time as Angelus. After restoring Angel's soul for the second time, they hugged as old friends. However, Willow showed open hostility toward Angel because of his actions as Twilight, momentarily turning him into a frog out of her fury. After Giles died, Faith stated that the entire Scooby Gang, aside from Buffy, wanted Angel dead. Eventually, however, Willow seems to move past a little of her anger towards Angel, as after openly criticizing his desire to resurrect Giles, she reluctantly agrees to help, as she needed Angel's help to bring magic back into the world. Willow, however, slapped him when he criticized her desire to involve Connor, angrily blaming him for everything that had gone wrong, but when she burst into tears out of emotion, Angel tried to comfort out of care and concern for her, agreeing to let Conner chose. Throughout their adventure in Quor'toth, they seemed to slightly repair their relationship. Angel seemed to genuinely show a great deal of care for her, as he has tried to comfort a distraught Willow about absorbing too much dark magic, telling her urgently that he had to trust her. She admitted that she did trust him despite his past actions as Twilight but she just didn't trust herself. Willow unfortunately briefly got taken over by the dark magic, only for Angel to bite her to revert her back to normal. Willow returned the favor, stopping Faith from killing him and telling Angel that he could fight his dark side. When he regained control, the two had suddenly hugged each other in gratitude. Afterwards, Angel and Willow come to a resolution. She told him she understood that he was sorry, that he had believed he was doing the right thing and that it was necessary, but firmly reminded him that it didn't change the fact that what he did was wrong. Willow seriously said to him that she didn't think she could ever really forgive him for what he did, but at the same time, she couldn't find it in her to hate him. Angel was satisfied with this, just glad that she didn't hate him anymore. Keeping her part of the deal, she left the a piece of Giles's soul from the scythe in his hands, before departing to continue her solo quest.
- Oz - Angel and Oz rarely interacted during their brief time in the Scooby Gang, but seemed to get along well enough when seen together, most likely because they shared similar experiences, being a vampire and werewolf, respectively. Oz had agreed to give Angel the Gem of Amara that enabled him to walk in the sunlight under Buffy's request, travelling to L.A as he had a gig there. He had helped him against the threat of Spike and returned back to Sunnydale. They seemed to have a slight bond of camaraderie, as both speak in brief sentences and are, in some ways, similar, each tormented by their fear of what their supernatural side was capable of if deprived of the control their human side provides. They had humorously engaged in a very abreviated, pleasant conversation upon reuniting in L.A., Oz stating that him and Angel were usually "laconic".
- Groosalugg- Angel and Groo have a complex relationship. Initially, Angel was jealous of Groo's relationship with Cordelia upon realizing he did have romantic feelings for her. However, unlike how he treated other romantic rivals( ex. Riley, Spike), he was never openly hostile towards him and treated him with a sense of fairness, although not exactly friends. Groosalugg treated him with great respect and friendliness, being a fellow champion and viewing him as noble. When Groo realized Cordelia loved Angel and not him, he showed no bitterness towards Angel, deciding to be in a sad acceptance. Years later, he assisted him with the Fall of Los Angeles, and Angel gladly accepted his help, viewing him as a useful ally.
- Illyria: Although his relationship with Illyria was initially adversarial, as she had killed Angel once during time slips and then nearly again during the Fall of Los Angeles before being stopped by Spike, Illyria has gone on to develop considerable respect for Angel, agreeing to follow his orders and plans in combat, and later requesting for him to act as her moral guide as she attempts to become a hero her way.
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Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by David Boreanaz
- Angel was supposed to be a one-time character until David Boreanaz was found. David had already been cast at the time of the Unaired Buffy pilot, but did not appear.
- Nathan Fillion, who played Caleb later on in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, auditioned for the role of Angel back in early 1996.
- In the Angel season three episode "Carpe Noctem", in which Angel was victim of a body-switch, he was played by Rance Howard.
- Throughout his time on Buffy, Angel was the only non-human member of the Scooby Gang—Oz possessing human limitations when not in his wolf form—a role taken over sometime after his departure by Spike.
- Angel is the second and last vampiric Big Bad of Buffy.
- Angel was the first vampire to receive a soul and fall in love with a slayer, soon after followed by Spike.
- Angel has a tattoo on his shoulder-blade of a griffin from The Book of Kells, with the addition of the letter 'A' beneath it.
- The first time it was planned that Angel would lose his soul, Joss Whedon was doubtful of David Boreanaz being capable of portraying the cruelty of Angelus; however, Whedon would later come to state that David scared him in "Becoming, Part Two".
- David impressed Joss Whedon so much playing Angelus possessed by the spirit of Grace Newman, a woman, that he was given his own show.
- Angel is a "Fanilow" (a fan of Barry Manilow), particularly loving the song "Mandy". As he tells Lorne, "I think it's kinda pretty." He is also a fan of actor Charlton Heston.
- Angel is an Irish Catholic.
- Angel has appeared in by far the most episodes in the Buffyverse, for a total of 167 episodes. Buffy and Willow are next, with 146 and 147 episodes respectively. He has also appeared in the most seasons of the Buffyverse (all seasons of Buffy and Angel except for Buffy season 6) for a total of 11. He is also the only character to appear in the pilots and finales of both Buffy and Angel.
- After Angel was revealed to be Twilight, he became the only character to be a Big Bad in two different seasons.
- Angel is a fan of ice hockey (we see him watching the game in "Life of the Party") and he hoped Connor would grow up playing ice hockey, one of the reasons being that it is a sport where most games are played indoors, and at night (allowing for vampires to spectate).
- Angel's human name, Liam, is the Irish form of the name William.
- Though Twilight was introduced at the height of the popularity of Stephanie Meyers' Twilight vampire romance franchise, he is in no way a reference to it. Joss Whedon had never heard of Twilight when he chose the villain's name (Although reference to Twilight was included when Twilight was unmasked, Buffy commenting that she had done the vampire thing first and that her vampire was better, Angel subsequently agreeing after his mask was removed).
- Twilight's secret identity was leaked on the Internet months prior to the publication of issue 33.
- Angel/Angelus was the first member of The Whirlwind to be ensouled (in 1898). Darla (in 2000), Spike (in 2002) and Drusilla (in 2010) were also ensouled.
- Angel holds the record of most deaths in the Buffyverse with 6 (However, 4 of them were in either alternate universes or dreams).
- Along with Buffy, Giles, Willow and Xander, he is one of only five characters to appear in both the pilot and series finale of Buffy: "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "Chosen".
- Along with Lindsey McDonald, he is one of only two characters to appear in both the pilot and series finale of Angel: "City Of" and "Not Fade Away".
- Along with Cordelia, he is one of only two characters to appear in the pilot episodes of both Buffy and Angel: "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "City Of".
- Along with Spike, he is one of only two characters to appear in the series finales of both Buffy and Angel: "Chosen" and "Not Fade Away".
- Along with Cordelia and Wesley, he is one of only three characters to appear the 50th episodes of both Buffy and Angel: "Doppelgängland" and "Billy".
- Along with Cordelia, Darla and Harmony, he is one of only four characters to appear in both the first season of Buffy and the final season of Angel.
- Angelus being unaffected by reality altering spells (like the one that erased all knowledge of The Beast) while "dormant" raises questions in regards to his awareness of Dawn Summers, considering the circumstances of her existence (although it may be that Angel had learned about her during a conversation 'off-screen' that granted that knowledge to Angelus as well).
- The distinction between Angel and Angelus changed as both Buffy and Angel progressed. During the period that Angel was without his soul on Buffy, he was still referred to as 'Angel' almost consistently by other characters with them acting as if they were dealing with the same character but now with a different personality (indeed, after he got his soul back Angel would still refer to himself when talking about Angelus's deeds). However later, after Angel gained his own spin-off, a great distinction between the two began to emerge with Angel's soulless self being referred to as 'Angelus' exclusively, with the two gaining a Jekyll and Hyde relationship; each one would discuss the other in the third person with other characters acting as if they were dealing with two separate entities.
Note that while David Boreanaz appears in "The Freshman", the character of Angel does not, as Boreanaz was a stand-in for a character that happened to look like Angel from the back.
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- All 17 canonical issues
- Spike: After the Fall, Part One(Only mentioned)
- Spike: After the Fall, Part Three (Only mentioned)
- Spike: After the Fall, Part Four (Only mentioned)
- Become What You Are
- Boys and Their Toys
- Immortality for Dummies
- Crown Prince Syndrome
- The Wolf, the Ram, and the Heart
- The Long Way Home, Part One (as Twilight)
- The Long Way Home, Part Three (as Angel in dreams)
- No Future for You, Part Four (as Twilight)
- A Beautiful Sunset (as Twilight)
- Time of Your Life, Part One (as Twilight)
- Time of Your Life, Part Four (as Twilight)
- After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back! (as Angel in dreams)
- Retreat (as Twilight)
- Twilight (as Twilight and Angel)
- Last Gleaming
- Live Through This
- In Perfect Harmony
- Daddy Issues
- Women of a Certain Age
- Family Reunion
- The Hero of His Own Story
- Death and Consequences
- Spike and Faith
- What You Want, Not What You Need
- Apart (of Me), Part Two (Only mentioned)
- Guarded, Part Two (Only mentioned)
- Welcome to the Team, Part One (Only mentioned)
- Welcome to the Team, Part Four (Only mentioned)
- The Watcher (only in flashbacks)
- Where the River Meets the Sea
- Lost and Found
- United, Part One
- United, Part Two
- United, Part Three
- United, Part Four
- Fight or Flight
- Those Who Can't Teach, Teach Gym, Part One (Only mentioned)
- Those Who Can't Teach, Teach Gym, Part Two
- Those Who Can't Teach, Teach Gym, Part Three (Only mentioned)
- A Little More than Kin, Part One
- A Little More than Kin, Part Two
- A Tale of Two Families, Part One
- A Tale of Two Families, Part Two
- A Tale of Two Families, Part Three
- A Tale of Two Families, Part Four
- A Tale of Two Families, Part Five
- New Rules, Part One (Only mentioned)
- New Rules, Part Two (Only mentioned)
- I Wish, Part Two (Only mentioned)
- Day Off (or Harmony In My Head) (in cameo)
- Love Dares You, Part Two (Only mentioned)
- Love Dares You, Part Three (Only mentioned)
- Relationship Status: Complicated, Part One
- Relationship Status: Complicated, Part Two
- Old Demons, Part One
- Old Demons, Part Two
- Old Demons, Part Three
- In Pieces on the Ground, Part One (Only mentioned)
- In Pieces on the Ground, Part Five (Only mentioned)
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