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Knox was a scientist at Wolfram & Hart who turned out to be a worshipper of Illyria, and killed Fred by indirectly putting Illyria's essence in her body.


Knox gave Fred a tour of Wolfram & Hart's science lab. Fred became Knox's boss, although the two seem to work mostly as partners, and Knox quickly develops a crush on her. Fred rejects Knox's advances at first, but the two date for a while, sharing a drink after the office Halloween party. Fred eventually decides that they had best remain friends and co-workers, and pursues a relationship with Wesley.

However, he had no morality like his colleagues, etablishing enjoyed when his firm took a bunch of cows and put them in a giant wicker effigy of Krishna doused it with sambuca during a Halloween party.

Knox was a worshiper of Illyria, one of the Old Ones, and the mastermind behind the demon's resurrection in Fred's body. Once Illyria has taken over Fred's body and returned to Wolfram & Hart to recuperate her full powers, Knox reveals himself as her Qwa'ha Xahn, her High Priest. Knox has worshiped Illyria since he was eleven and confesses to spending hours staring at illustrations that represent the demon. Illyria takes Knox to her former site of worship, hoping to break the lock on the portal to her temple. Before she can jump through the portal, she and Knox are confronted by Angel, Spike and Wesley. In his grief for Fred, and rage at Knox's betrayal, Wesley shoots Knox dead. Ironically, Wesley only does so after Angel makes a heroic speech about the sanctity of all human life, even Knox's, and how their willingness to save Knox despite what he had done to them was what made them better than demons. As Knox falls to the ground, dead, Angel turns to Wesley and, slightly annoyed, asks, "Were you even listening?"

However, Illyria openly stated that she didn't care about Knox's death, and even used his body as a projectile weapon against Wesley in the ensuing fight.

Behind the Scenes

  • Woodward said Knox is "a complete indulgence in all of the parts of myself that I am most shy about." After reading the script for "Smile Time" in which it was clear that Knox and Fred were not going to be falling in love, Woodward says he was "very sad but I think it was nice, because it took Knox from all of the ways you thought Knox would be." He had tried to predict the character's arc, he says, but "they picked the one I couldn't even think of. You know something is going happen but they pick the thing you know nobody had been able to figure out."


Season Four:
Deep Down Ground State The House Always Wins Slouching Toward Bethlehem Supersymmetry Spin the Bottle Apocalypse, Nowish Habeas Corpses Long Day's Journey Awakening Soulless
Calvary Salvage Release Orpheus Players Inside Out Shiny Happy People The Magic Bullet Sacrifice Peace Out Home


Season Five:


Just Rewards Unleashed


Hell Bound Life of the Party


The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco Lineage


Destiny Harm's Way


Soul Purpose Damage
You're Welcome Why We Fight


Smile Time


A Hole in the World



Appears (Killed)

Underneath Origin Time Bomb The Girl in Question Power Play Not Fade Away

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