Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel Edit
The fictional character Angel is one of the first vampires introduced in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and plays one of the protagonists throughout seasons 1-3, before receiving a spin-off show of his own Angel. Angel is a unique vampire, in the sense that he has a soul and feels more empathy, and does not kill humans for blood. A curse was placed on Angelus, Angel’s alter ego, causing him to become a vampire with a soul. This curse can only be broken when Angel experiences true happiness. Angel is still susceptible to death by wooden stake, must drink blood, and has to avoid
the sun, similar to the classic typecast of a vampire. He is the primary love interest of Buffy throughout his time in the show, however this is considered a forbidden love. Once Angel and Buffy sleep together for the first time, Angel is transformed into his original vampire form Angelus. Angelus embodies the typical vampire in the show, becoming a soulless, blood thirsty creature. Angel is sent to hell by Buffy, but eventually returns once again as a vampire with soul. Angel is no longer a main character on the show after season 3, but receives a spin-off show “Angel” where he moves to Los Angeles to open his own detective agency against supernatural forces. Angel experiences major character development throughout the series. He has a son with Darla, one of the vampires from and love interest from Angelus’ past, who was first introduced in the episode “Welcome to the Hellmouth” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel also falls in love with Cordelia, another protagonist from season 1-3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, however this never experiences the same true happiness he experienced with Buffy. Throughout the series Angel must combat the antagonist Wolfram and Hart, protect the city of LA from evil, and handle supernatural forces, all while still having to deal with his identity as a vampire with a soul.
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