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Liam's father was a silk and linen merchant from Galway in the 1750s.
BiographyHe had two children, an elder son called Liam and a younger daughter apparently half Liam's age called Kathy. He regarded his son as a great disappointment as Liam spent most of his time drinking and having sex with various women he met in taverns. Although Liam claimed that his father was the reason for his low attitude as his father had low expectations of him in the first place, which Liam never felt it worthwhile to correct, his father appeared genuinely upset at the implications of his son's claims and grabbed Liam as he began to walk out of his house, telling him he was never in his way. Despite this overture, Liam walked out and his father angrily called out after him that if he went causing trouble, he was sure to find it, before slamming the door shut on the brink of tears. Liam was later found dead after being sired by Darla and buried.
While everyone else at the funeral was in tears, his father remained silently over the grave long after everyone else had left, weeping only when he was alone and departing only as night set. Later that night, Liam - now Angelus - rose from his grave as a vampire and began feeding off the rest of the village, eventually arriving at his old home, and gained an invitation from Kathy, who believed that he had returned to her an angel. Mocking his father's inadequacy in the face of his new vampiric strength, Angelus smirkingly informed his father that he had made something of himself after all before proceeding to drink from him. However, Darla ultimately deflated Angelus, stating that in the end, Liam may have defeated his father in minutes but his father had been the victorious one over lifetimes because now he would never be able to approve of him .
Angel's issues with his father continued long after the restoration of his soul. Angel once admitted to Buffy that he always wondered if his father was always like that, or if he merely made his father the way he was because of his failure as a son, although Buffy assured him that he could still be grateful to him for being his father if nothing else.
When Angel Investigations took over the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart, Angel attempted to comfort Wesley, who was traumatized over having shot down a highly convincing cyborg duplicate of his father, by recounting how he murdered his own father, to little avail.
When the demon Archaeus- the 'founder' of the Aurelius bloodline as the demon that turned The Master into a vampire- attempted to attack the world, it attempted to take control of Angel by appearing to him as an illusion of his father, playing on Angel's continued desire to win his father's approval, although Spike was able to help him ignore the vision and focus on the current fight.
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by J. Kenneth Campbell.
- Some of Liam's attitude towards his father could be explained by the fact that, at the time when Liam was alive, the cotton industry was taking off and far surpassing the silk and linen trade. Combined with the anti-Catholic laws of the time, this would have made it increasingly difficult for Liam's father to earn a living, thus prompting Liam's increased disinterest in his father's way of life.
- "Angel" (Only mentioned)
- "Becoming, Part One" (Only mentioned)
- "Amends" (Only mentioned)
- "The Prodigal" (Only in flashbacks)
- "Blind Date" (Only mentioned)
- "Spin the Bottle" (Only mentioned)
- "Awakening" (Only mentioned)
- "Lineage" (Only mentioned)
- "Old Demons, Part Three" (in hallucination)