Angel/Recap/S01/E09 Hero

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You never know your strength until you're tested.

Angel Investigations help a clan of half-breed demons (a mongrel race resulting from the breeding of demons and humans) hiding from a fanatical Naziesque group known as the Scourge.

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Tropes used in Angel/Recap/S01/E09 Hero include:

Commander Trask: "You lied to us, half-breed."
Angel: "You catch on quick, football-head."

  • Continuity Snarl: The Whedonverse established on Buffy that pure-blood demons don't exist in this dimension (and those that did would be powerful beings like the Mayor was trying to ascend into in "Graduation Day").
    • Much later the series gave something of an Author's Saving Throw when a drawing of Illyria's true form resembled a giant squid, hinting that the Scourge were a bunch of posers.
  • Cowardly Lion: Doyle

"Well, if it's a fight they want -- can't someone else give it to them?"

Angel: "Certify that the ship is carrying an inspected cargo of medical waste. No one looks inside that ship or stops it from leaving harbor. If they do, I'm going to feel that it's your fault. Then look for me to get a little bit peckish."

Cordy: "What do you think I am, superficial? So you're half demon. That's so far down the list, way under 'short' and 'poor'!

Cordy (voice over): "Okay, we fade up on an aerial shot, downtown, skyscrapers, lights, yada, yada, yada. We hear a Narrator, preferably famous -- maybe that bald Star Trek guy or one of the cheaper Baldwins, and he says: 'It's a big, bad city out there.' Cut to a woman walking down a dark, spooky street - alone. We'll cast some beautiful, young actress, maybe an up-and-coming starlet whose carrier is on the verge of taking off (we see Cordy walking down a dark street). Anyway, she's all nervous, right? Mucho vulnerable. The voice guy says: 'danger lurks around every corner.' Boom! She's attacked by a big, ugly goon, with a knife. She screams: 'Help! Is there no one to help me?' 'Well now there is someone to answer your call. (We see a dark figure in a long trench coat) He'll protect you, (dark guy beats up big, ugly goon), catch you when you fall! You can count on it. (Camera pulls in on Angel's face and he says to the camera:) 'And you can count on me, because I'm the Dark Avenger'."

  • Meaningful Echo: The words Doyle says at the end of the cheesy commercial Cordelia films become painful when the commercial is replayed at the end after he dies. "Is that it? Am I done?"
  • My Greatest Failure: Refusing to lend aid to a group of pacifist Brachen demons who were trying to escape The Scourge. Later that night, Doyle experienced his very first vision — that of the entire Brachen clan being slaughtered.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Scorge wear grey well-fitted uniforms of a cut fashionable in 1940's Europe, and drive trucks and motorcycles from the same era.
  • Neck Snap: Not Quite Dead Doyle survives Angel breaking his neck because he's in Game Face.
  • The Nose Knows

Angel: "I smell something."
Doyle (tasting the food): "Still warm. They left in a hurry."
Angel: "Not food. (Throws a carpet aside revealing a trap door) Fear."

Doyle: "Hey. Is this a private catharsis or can anyone watch?"

"Incredible, isn't it? He makes it all so clear."

Cordy: "Well, the guy is a bona fide hero; would it kill him to put on some tights and a cape and garner us some free publicity?"
Doyle: "I don't see Angel putting on some tights... (Takes a deep breath and shakes his head) Ah, now I do, and it's really disturbing."

"Is that it? Am I done?"

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