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About Barbara Cartland. Barbara Cartland. Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland was a English writer, during her long career, she wrote over books, making her one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century. She sold over 1, million copies throughout the world, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The world's most famous romantic novelist, she also wrote autobiographies, biographies, health and cookery books, and Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland was a English writer, during her long career, she wrote over books, making her one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century.

The world's most famous romantic novelist, she also wrote autobiographies, biographies, health and cookery books, and stage plays and recorded an album of love songs. She was often billed as the Queen of Romance, and became one of the United Kingdom's most popular media personalities, appearing often at public events and on television, dressed in her trademark pink and discoursing on love, health and social issues.

She started her writing career as a gossip columnist for the Daily Express. She published her first novel, Jigsaw, a society thriller, in It was a bestseller. She went on to write myriad novels and earn legions of fans, she also wrote under her married name Barbara McCorquodale. Some of her books were made into films. She gathered as many wedding dresses as she could so that service brides would have a white gown to wear on their wedding day. She also campaigns for the rights of Gypsies, midwives and nurses.

Barbara Cartland McCorquodale passed away on 21 May , with still unpublished manuscripts, that are being published posthumously. Books by Barbara Cartland. Trivia About The Eternal Colle No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. 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. An epiphany followed the desperate act, [45] 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. 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. 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, 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.

False prophecies, time travelers, 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 dimension of 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. 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 the Orpheus drug.

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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.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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In this effort, Gunn was badly wounded, 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. 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, who returned as a ghost to act as liaison between Angel and the Senior Partners. 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 the dragon 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. Following their victory, Team Angel returned to their old base, the Hyperion Hotel, [62] 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.

As she died, Angel was visited by the spirit of Cordelia to facilitate his passing, but 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 corpses and destruction. 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 beheading 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.

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. Angel takes on the identity of Twilight and assembles an anti-Slayer organization to save the world. Though initially 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 monastery where lived Oz and his wife Bayarmaa. He took them to his headquarters, 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. 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.

Xander quickly jumped on him and started brutally attacking him, grabbing the slayer scythe as he was about to stake him. However, Angel was spared when Buffy saved his life and prevented her friend from killing him. 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 the masked 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.

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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. 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 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.

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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, known as 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. 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.

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.

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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 Sophronia Fairweather , 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. 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. 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 into "Dark Willow. 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.

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She revealed that although she hadn't yet forgiven him, she couldn't hate him either. 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 of Wonder 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.

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.

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  • 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, [90] 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. 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. Angel was puzzled at his outburst along with Faith, expressing a lack of awareness of Buffy even having a sister. 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. 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 thought about 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.

    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. Angel and everyone else immediately tried to catch it, but ultimately could not stop it in time.

    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. 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.

    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, recognizing 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.

    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 soulless 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.

    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 s, 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. Unlike humans, who grow and learn as they age, Angel was frozen in time. This was made most obvious when he allowed himself to be manipulated by Twilight for what he believed was the greater good.

    Angel was a quiet, private individual. He tended to keep up a stoic and brave face, similar to Oz in that regard. He was also very self-conscious, and worried what other people thought of him very often. 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 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. 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. 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 to hating the stereotype that vampires sleep in coffins during the day; when asked 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. 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. For a few months, he became more hardened and emotionless to the point he had fired his entire crew from Angel Investigations. 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. 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 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 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 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 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.

    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 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. Angel's appreciation of arts and theater manifested into an enjoyment of ballets even when he was evil. Xander once took notice of this, and mockingly called him "Bossy the Cow. 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. 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. 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. 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.

    While Liam was a human and Angelus a vampire, Angel was something else: a demon with a human soul, a hybrid of man and vampire.

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    • With the exception of while amnesiac, Angel would not take back his birth name of Liam. Angelus was 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.

      He was 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, enjoyed the feeling of helping people and doing what was right, and desired to atone for the atrocities he committed while soulless. His soul provided him with constant torment with memories of his past, as his photographic memory allowed him to recall, in perfect detail, each face 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 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.

      The distinction between Angel and Angelus was 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 s, 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. 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 often referred 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 taunted by the First Evil, [4] Angel cried out, "It wasn't me! You're not Angel. I am Angel. At last. It was Jenny Calender who first made 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 had been shown to resent many of Angel's habits and was 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 was greatly disgusted by the fact that while with a soul, she had made him feel human: when Buffy and Angelus were 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 did not truly hate Buffy, as he did not feel pure hatred towards anything, and even seemed to lack the ability to do so. Nonetheless, Angel's seeming inability to hate made him the only known male immune to the misogyny-inducing touch of Billy Blim. However, Angelus, despite being purely evil, was capable of great sadness on rare occasions, as he was moved to tears by a performance of Giselle which he attended in Angel also shared this quirk, and still remained in awe of the ballet, [19] linked as well to their mutual appreciation of the arts.

      Each possessed essentially the same combat style, although Angelus tended to taunt his opponents to put them off-guard, such as when he fought Buffy and the Beast, while Angel was generally a silent combatant unless the other person talked to him first. Both demonstrated a skilled use of psychology outside of battle; Angel retained Angelus' understanding of the psychosis of such criminals as stalkers, giving him a unique insight into many of his enemies, while Angelus regularly exploited Angel's knowledge of his allies to play on their weaknesses, such as 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 was 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 would discuss. 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 meant that they still could not understand their other self, Angelus commenting that he failed to understand Angel's concern with the "human condition," regarding humans' only purpose as being to suffer and die, while Jasmine noted that Angelus appeared to have a greater understanding of opponents like the Beast than Angel does. Another key difference between Angel and Angelus was that Angelus, though pure evil and incapable of feeling love, was known for brutal acts of "love", such as giving Drusilla a fresh human heart as a Valentine's Day gift.

      Additionally, he would use others' relationships to torment his enemies; for example, he placed 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. 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 was 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. He described his relationship with Cordelia as "family" only a few months after they started to work together. Additionally, Angelus was not only an expert in torture, but 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. Another difference between the two was their views on killing humans. While Angelus didn't hesitate to kill humans and in fact enjoyed it, Angel avoided it as much as possible. 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 was his own narcissism and ego: he was prone to excessive talking, and his constant need to taunt his opponents or brag about his accomplishments when he had them on the ropes was often used against him by his victims, either to try to escape or fight back.

      Spike once remarked that Angelus "bloody well talk[ed] them to death before [he] kill[ed] them. Similarly, when fighting Faith, he was shown to be superior in combat, but his taunts sent her into a rage that allowed her to beat him back, although he still managed to beat her when she let her guard down. Although Angel was equally aware of his combat skills and reputation, he typically talked 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, whereas Angelus would allow his foe to live so that he could mock them before delivering the killing blow.