Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 05, 1999
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
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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Vincent Paul Kartheiser (born May 5, 1979) is known for playing Connor in Angl and Pete Campbell in Mad ...

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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.

Powers and Abilities

Connor possesses the typical abilities of a Buffyverse vampire (minus the vampire fangs): superhuman strength, speed, durability, recuperation, and heightened senses; without their typical weaknesses (sunlight, crosses, holy water). He has been bested in battle by both Faith and Angel; however, he is stronger than most vampires and several forms of demons. During the final battle with Jasmine, while Angel is unable to hurt her, Connor is able to kill her by punching his fist through her head. There is an implication here that Connor is able to damage her more readily due to their relationship, although this isn't made clear.

It is unclear, though, how much damage his living body can endure and heal, as compared to Angel. After his first encounter with the Beast, when Cordelia (possessed at that time by Jasmine) discovered a large bruise on his upper torso, which she believed to be broken ribs, Connor made the comment that he had never broken a bone before, and hadn't even known he could. In a later episode, after being badly beaten and thrown from a sixth-story window by the Beast, and as the sun was slowly being blotted out by the Ra-tet eclipse spell, he asked Cordelia if things were supposed to go dark when someone loses consciousness.

In addition to his innate powers, Connor was trained by his foster father, demon-hunter Daniel Holtz, in hunting and in both armed and unarmed combat in the Demon Dimension of Quor-Toth. Connor recounts to Angel that when he was five or six ("We didn't exactly celebrate birthdays in Quor-Toth"), Holtz would tie him to a tree "and then run away." This practice would require Connor to both escape from bondage, and seek Holtz out in the dangerous wilderness of Quor-Toth. "One time, it only took me five days," Connor said proudly. When Angel expressed his dismay, Connor reminded him that it was these training sessions that were currently enabling them to track the renegade Winifred "Fred" Burkle, who had, by that time, broken away from Jasmine's mind-controlled faction.



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03x01 - Heartthrob
Season 3, Episode 01
05x10 - Soul Purpose
Season 5, Episode 10
01x20 - War Zone
Season 1, Episode 20
05x04 - Hell Bound
Season 5, Episode 04
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