Angel

Angel is an American television series, a spin-off of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David Greenwalt, and first aired on October 5, 1999. Like Buffy, it was produced by Whedon's production company, Mutant Enemy.

The show details the ongoing trials of Angel, a vampire whose human soul was restored to him by gypsies as a punishment for the murder of one of their own. After more than a century of murder and the torture of innocents, Angel's restored soul torments him with guilt and remorse. During the first four seasons of the show, he works as a private detective in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, California, where he and a variety of associates work to "help the helpless" and to restore the faith and save the souls of those who have lost their way. Typically, this involves doing battle with evil demons or demonically allied humans, primarily related to Wolfram & Hart, a law firm. He also has to battle his own demonic nature.

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Angel Logo

The logo for the spin-off show of Buffy, Angel.

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Angel/Angelus

Actor: David Boreanaz

Angel, a vampire, formerly known as Angelus, was an infamously cruel killer until he was re-ensouled by a Roma curse. After decades of guilt over his past atrocities, he allies himself with Buffy and they fall in love. The consummation of their relationship brings him a moment of true happiness, breaking the curse and releasing Angelus upon Sunnydale. Buffy is forced to send him to a hell dimension to save the world. After his release from hell, Buffy and Angel continue to struggle with their ongoing love. Angel breaks off their relationship and moves to L.A. to give her a chance at a more normal life.

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Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

Actor: Alexis Denisof

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (also spelled Wyndam-Price and Wyndham-Price) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Played by Alexis Denisof, Wesley first appeared in nine episodes of Buffy's third season in 1999 before moving over to spin-off series Angel where he became, and remained, a main character for five seasons. Following Angel's final season, the character's story is continued in the 2007 canonical comic book series Angel: After the Fall. Wesley also appears in Buffy and Angel Expanded Universe material such as comic books and novels.

Wesley is introduced as a member of the Watchers' Council; an organisation which trains Slayers to fight monsters such as vampires and demons. Created as an irritating foil for the character of Rupert Giles, he was intended to be killed off shortly after his first appearance, but the character was popular with his creators and was instead written into Angel where he joined a supernatural detective agency. Over the course of Angel, Wesley went through dramatic character developments, becoming darker and less comedic. He was killed in the show's final episode, and appears in a ghostly form in the comic book continuation.


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Winifred Burkle

Actor: Amy Acker

Winifred "Fred" Burkle is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Shawn Ryan and Mere Smith on the television series Angel. The character is portrayed by Amy Acker.
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Illyria

Actor: Amy Acker

Illyria is one of the legendary Old Ones, an original pure demon from the Primordium Age who ruled territory including modern-day California. She was one of the most feared of all the Old Ones and ruled from her citadel, Vahla ha'nesh, which corresponds to modern-day Los Angeles. However, Illyria was defeated and murdered by her many rivals. She is a regular during the last third of Season Five, after she possesses Fred Burkle's body.
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Charles Gunn

Actor: J August Richards

Charles Gunn was a vampire hunter, member of Angel Investigations and, for several months, head of the legal department at Wolfram & Hart, until the rebellion of Team Angel.
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The Host (Lorne)

Actor: Andy Hallett

Krevlornswath "Lorne" of the Deathwok Clan, also known as The Host, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Angel. The character was portrayed by Andy Hallett.
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Doyle

Actor: Glenn Quinn

Allen Francis Doyle is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series, Angel. Doyle was born to a human mother and a Brachen demon father. Doyle never knew his father or anyone on that side of his family, and his own demonic genes didn't physically manifest themselves until he was 21 years old. Doyle also had a psychic connection to "The Powers That Be" which give him prophetic visions of those in need of help accompanied by brutal headaches.
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Connor

Actor: Vincent Kartheiser

Connor, also known as Connor Angel, Steven Franklin Thomas Holtz and Connor Reilly, is a fictional character from the television series, Angel. Created by Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, the character is portrayed by Vincent Kartheiser and earlier, as a baby, by the triplets Connor, Jake and Trenton Tupen.

Within the series, Connor is the son of the central character Angel (played by David Boreanaz) and his lover Darla (Julie Benz), both of whom are vampires. As a child of two dead people, Connor's birth is an impossible one, despite being prophesied and concerns much of the show's third season and from his parents he has inherited many vampire-like powers and abilities. After the infant's painful estrangement from his father, he returns toward the end of the third season as an emotionally inexperienced and mentally unstable teenager who has grown up in a hell dimension and harbors resentment toward Angel. The end of the show's fourth season sees Angel make an enormous sacrifice to rewrite Connor's memories and give him a normal life, and toward the end of the series the father and son finally reconcile. Connor also appears in ancillary media, such as the canonical comic book continuation Angel: After the Fall, set after the end of the television series.