Oct. 05, 1999
60 min.
The WB TV Network

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The vampire Angelus, now known as Angel, has a human soul, but committed terrible crimes in the past. Seeking forgiveness and trying to redeem himself, he moves from Sunnydale (and a relationship with Buffy Summers, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") to Los Angeles.

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Allen Francis 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. At that time, Doyle was a third grade teacher and a soup kitchen volunteer married to a lovely woman named Harriet, the love of his life. He didn't take the news of his demonic heritage very well. In spite of Harriet's acceptance of his other side, his marriage ultimately disintegrated. Doyle hid behind the flimsy veneer of a ne'er-do-well hustler and con artist, seemingly more interested in where his next drink was coming from than helping others.

Later, he was approached by a fellow Brachen demon, Lucas, who told Doyle the Scourge, a militant group of pure blood demons, was after all half-breeds and begged for Doyle's help. Doyle turned Lucas away, believing this wasn't his problem. Soon after he received a vision, which he described as "splittin' migraines that come with pictures," in the throes of which he thought he was having a stroke. The vision showed him a group of massacred Brachen demons. Doyle searched the city to find out if what he had seen was real – it was. These visions, which come from The Powers That Be, are what led Doyle to Angel. As Doyle says, "We all got something to atone for," and therefore the two join forces to fight evil in Los Angeles. Once Cordelia Chase joins the team, Angel Investigations is officially formed.

A recurring gag throughout the episodes Doyle is featured in is that he will say something and then say or do something opposite of what he just said (in "City of" he tells Angel it is right to help those in need, and then rudely tells an old lady who asks him for some money to "get a job"; in "Lonely Hearts," he tells two bar patrons violence never solves anything, and then punches one of them out, starting a bar brawl soon broken up by Angel). Also, throughout multiple episodes, Doyle is hustled by other demons who want him to pay off a debt to them and ends up needing Angel's help to escape them.

Doyle soon falls in love with Cordelia, but is afraid she will reject him upon finding out about his demonic heritage. He also forms a close, brotherly bond with Angel, although his combat skills were limited due to his dislike of his demon half, which meant that he rarely transformed despite the greater strength he possessed in that form. Despite Doyle's reluctance to discuss his past, Angel and Cordelia learn about him when Harriet returns to his life, wanting a divorce so she can marry an Ano-Movic demon named Richard (the marriage is called off due to a ritual blessing of the clan requiring Richard to kill Doyle by eating his brain and thus bless his marriage to Harry by passing on the love shared between them before Richard came into Harry's life).

Doyle's past again comes back to haunt him when the Scourge returns, threatening the Listers, another tribe of human/demon hybrids. During the battle, Doyle sacrifices his own life to save his friends, the Listers, and the entire city of Los Angeles from the Beacon, a device which could destroy any being "tainted" with human blood. In doing so, Doyle fulfills the Listers' prophecy of the "Promised One," the bringer purported to save them from the Scourge in the last days of the 20th century. Before Doyle dies, he shares a passionate kiss with Cordelia (who had only recently learned of – and accepted – Doyle's demonic heritage). Unbeknownst to her, he was also passing his visions on to her.

After Doyle's death, he briefly appears in the third season episode "Birthday" and the fifth season episode "You're Welcome," both times courtesy of the Angel Investigations commercial he and Cordelia had made before he died.

In the fifth season of Angel, Lindsey McDonald assumes Doyle's identity in an ultimately failed attempt to convince Angel, Spike, and others that Spike, not Angel, is the subject of the Shanshu Prophecy. Angel and Cordelia both display great anger at this abuse of Doyle's name and legacy.

Powers and abilities

Doyle is a seer who receives prophetic visions from The Powers That Be, usually of people in peril; though the visions cause him great pain, his demon heritage allows him to manage them without suffering any permanent damage. His half-Brachen demon physiology grants him the ability to shift from normal human to demonic appearance (red eyes and green skin adorned with blue spikes), in which he has heightened sense of smell and superior strength, speed, stamina, and dexterity, the last of which allows him to twist his head around in such a manner as to fake a broken neck.

Episode Screenshots

03x20 - A New World
Season 3, Episode 20
05x12 - You're Welcome
Season 5, Episode 12
02x21 - Through the Looking Glass
Season 2, Episode 21
01x11 - Somnambulist
Season 1, Episode 11
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