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Encyclopedia > Connor (Angel)
Image:Connor Angel.jpg
Vincent Kartheiser as Connor
First appearance Lullaby (Angel)
Last appearance Not Fade Away (Angel)
Created by Joss Whedon
Name Connor
Status Alive
Species Human-demon hybrid
Notable powers Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, hearing, and smell. See main article for details.
Portrayed by Vincent Kartheiser

Connor also known as "Stephen Franklin Thomas Holtz" and "Connor Reilly", is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program Angel. The character is portrayed by Vincent Kartheiser. Image File history File linksMetadata Connor_Angel. ... Vincent Kartheiser (born May 5th, 1979) is an American film actor, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Not Fade Away completes the arc of Angel, the series. ... Vincent Kartheiser (born May 5th, 1979) is an American film actor, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Joss Whedon Joss Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several television series, most famously Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ... Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Vincent Kartheiser (born May 5th, 1979) is an American film actor, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...



Character History

Connor was born in November 2001 in Los Angeles, California, a "miracle" human child of two vampires, Angel and Darla. His birth was the result of a series of trials his father Angel undertook to save a dying and (at the time) human Darla in season two's The Trial. However, after he passed them, he discovered that Darla, having already died once as a human, could not be saved; humans can only have two chances at life. The life that Angel was owed by passing these trials was used for the miraculous creation of Connor. Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Darla Darla is a fictional character in the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, played by Julie Benz. ...

Connor was introduced in season three's Lullaby. His vampire mother, Darla, unable to physically give birth, staked herself in order for him to be born. For the first few months of his life, Connor became a part of the Angel Investigations family; jointly raised by the entire group at The Hyperion Hotel. Connor was prophesied to murder the time-travelling demon Sahjahn. In an effort to save his life, Sahjahn traveled back and forth through time and rewrote the prophecy to read: "The father will kill the son". Shocked and worried for the baby's safety, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce kidnapped the baby and planned on raising him. However, before he had the chance to leave Los Angeles, the vampire hunter Daniel Holtz ordered his lackey Justine to slit Wesley's throat and take Connor as vengeance for Angel's murder of his own family. After complications involving the lawyers at Wolfram & Hart, who wanted the miracle baby to dissect it, Holtz ran into a dimensional portal into the hellish world of Quor'Toth with Connor in his arms.

Time ran more quickly in Quor'Toth and Connor aged at an accelerated rate; forced to constantly fight for his life in a violent, demonic dimension. Holtz fed him lies about his true father and Connor grew to despise him. Mere weeks had passed since his dissapearance in Los Angeles before the unthinkable happened, Connor returned; now nearly eighteen years old. He discovered a rift in the dimension and was transported into the lobby of the Hyperion Hotel with one goal: to kill Angel. Conflict and confusion were abundant as Connor adjusted to L.A. and was told even more lies by Holtz, who had followed him back into our reality. Eventually, under his own plan, Holtz was killed by Justine in a manner that framed Angel. Enraged, Connor sealed Angel in a box and sunk him to the bottom of the ocean.

Meanwhile, Connor lived on his own, slowly learning to fight the good fight under Fred and Gunn's supervision. Upon Angel's return, relations were still shaky, yet slowly improved. Due to his difficult upbringing, Connor found it hard to develop emotional attachments to people, yet he formed a close bond with Cordelia. When a demon known as The Beast rose from the ground in the very same place that he had been born, Connor felt responsible and as fire rained from the sky, he sought solace in Cordelia's arms. Unknown to him, and to everyone else, was the fact that Cordelia was under the control of a powerful entity who sought dominion over the human race, and who for years had been orchestrating events in order to be fully brought forth into the world. Their night of passion, then, had serious repercussions as it allowed the arrival of Jasmine, an ambiguously evil goddess from another dimension who brought joy and hope to all she encountered. Unfortunately, whilst everyone basked in the glory of Jasmine, Connor did not feel the same inner peace and was left with untold loneliness and isolation, struggling with his inner demons and weary of the constant fight against demons and vampires; all he wanted was to rest. This ultimately led him into a desperate situation where he was willing to hurt not only himself but take others with him. In a final act of love, Angel agreed to take over Wolfram & Hart in exchange for Connor having a completely new life with no memories of his time with Angel. Connor died, killed by Angel's own hand, so that he could be "reborn" into his new life.

He became Connor Reilly, the eighteen-year old son of Lawrence and Colleen Reilly. However, Connor was destined to cross Angel's path again. One day at Wolfram & Hart, Angel had a new client; Connor's new parents. They came to Angel because Connor was hit by a van and had no injuries whatsoever. Soon after, Connor's family was attacked by demons. Having no other choice, Angel informed Connor of his special abilities, but left out that he was his father. As fate designed it, the attacks were not random occurrences. Cyvus Vail, the demon architect of Connor's new life, drew Connor out on purpose. Under threat of returning Connor's memories, Vail forced Angel to have Connor fight one of his enemies: Sahjahn. Connor agreed to the fight, but was outmatched. Meanwhile, Wesley discovered Angel's deception and encountered him at Vail's. No longer trusting Angel, he shattered the Orlon Window, an artifact holding Connor's original memories, which upon breaking restored the memories of everyone in near range and enabled Connor to kill Sahjahn. Angel's world no longer being his own, Connor said goodbye and returned to his family. On the eve of Angel's final battle with the Circle of the Black Thorn, he visited Connor for coffee, where Connor revealed that he knew Angel was his father and was grateful for all he had done for him. Later, when Angel fought Hamilton, Connor showed up to fight by his father's side. As the Senior Partners begin to exact their vengeance, Angel told him to go home and that as long as Connor was all right the Partners can never destroy him.

Powers & Abilities

Connor possesses the typical abilities of a Buffyverse vampire without any of their weaknesses: superhuman strength, speed, durability, recuperation, and senses. Presumably because of his human heritage he is not eternally young; however, this has not yet been determined; given that Lorne's anti-violence spell read his as "demon" rather than human, it is possible, if unlikely. The limits of Connor's superhuman strength have not been determined, but they are demonstrably inferior not merely to the vampire slayer Faith, but also to his biological father's. However, he was stronger than most vampires. Lorne has many meanings. ... Faith Lehane (born December 14, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...

In addition to his native powers, Connor was trained by his foster father, Holtz, in hunting and in both unarmed and armed combat.

Romantic Relationships

  • Sunny.
  • Cordelia Chase.
  • Tracey.


Connor has appeared in:

Connor became a series regular for the show's fourth season. He appeared in 36 episodes overall. He has made guest appearances in the episodes:
Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...

Series 3 (2001, 2002) - Lullaby (birth), Dad, Birthday, Provider, Waiting In The Wings, Couplet, Loyalty, Sleep Tight (kidnapped), The Price (return as a teenager), A New World, Benediction, Tomorrow.
Series 5 (2003, 2004) - Origin, Not Fade Away.

  Results from FactBites:
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In Angel's case, it was the demon Whistler telling him to get off the pot and stop feeling sorry for himself that helped Angel do good, and it was Cordelia's insistance that Angel be tied to the world by loved ones that often pulled him back from his loner bullcrap escapades.
Angel and his friends ended up breaking her spell over themselves, but desperate to hold onto his chance for belonging, Connor -- who was never under Jasmine's spell, being her blood relative -- sold out the A.I. gang and sided with his daughter.
Connor now knew who he really was now, but with the foundation of his false memories, he had an inner-strength that just eluded him before.
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