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Encyclopedia > Winifred Burkle
Winifred "Fred" Burkle

Amy Acker as Fred Burkle in the episode "Waiting in the Wings"
First appearance "Belonging"
Last appearance "Not Fade Away" (As a form of Illyria)
Created by Joss Whedon, Shawn Ryan
Statistics
Name Winifred "Fred" Burkle
Status Deceased
Species Human
Affiliation Wolfram & Hart Practical Science Division, formerly Angel Investigations
Notable powers Fred's skills include:
Portrayed by  Amy Acker

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Biography

Character history

Fred was born in Dallas, Texas to Roger and Patricia "Trish" Burkle. When she reached adulthood and graduated from high school, she moved to Los Angeles for college. Originally majoring in history, Fred took a physics class with Professor Seidel which inspired her to take another path. Around this time, she began working at Stewart Brunell Public Library. In 1996, while shelving a demon language book, a curious Fred recited the cryptic text out loud and was accidentally sucked into a dimensional portal to Pylea. It was later discovered that the portal was actually opened by Fred's jealous college professor, Professor Seidel, who had sent every promising student to it, essentially sending them to their death; Fred was the only one of at least six to return (cf. "Supersymmetry"). In high school or college, Fred was a marijuana user as shown in the Episode, Spin The Bottle. In that episode she asks Wesley and "Liam" for marijuana, and was also revealed to be something of a conspiracy theorist. Dallas redirects here. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The first few hydrogen atom electron orbitals shown as cross-sections with color-coded probability density Physics (Greek: (phúsis), nature and (phusiké), knowledge of nature) is the branch of science concerned with the discovery and characterization of universal laws which govern matter, energy, space, and time. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The two Suns of Pylea. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


For five years, Fred spent an arduous life as a "cow," the Pylean equivalent of a slave. The harsh life of solitude and serfdom took a serious toll on her social skills, as well as her mental health. (When Angel meets Fred she is curled up in a cave, scribbling on the already-covered walls. She had seemingly convinced herself that her previous life in LA had not been real. It was revealed that Fred had once been forced to wear an explosive shock collar.) However, Fred's salvation comes when Angel and his crew arrive in Pylea to find Cordelia Chase, who had become trapped there. It is notable that when Angel's demon came fully to the fore, it attacked just about everyone but Fred- including Charles and Wesley. Despite this shocking display of violence, Angel never seemed to scare Fred. When Pylea is liberated, Fred accompanies Angel and the rest of the gang back to Los Angeles and stays in the Hyperion Hotel to re-adjust to life on Earth and regain her mental stability. Despite several traumatic instances, such as being held hostage by Gunn's old vampire-hunting crew, she adjusts quite well to "normal" life. Her knowledge of physics and mathematics make her an excellent asset when researching and developing strategies. Fred quickly develops a romantic relationship with Gunn, which lasts roughly one year. She is also the object of affection of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, who attempts to step aside after Gunn and Fred started dating, but is still drawn to her. Near the end of her relationship with Gunn, Fred and Wesley share a kiss, but after discovering that Wesley had been in a relationship with Lilah Morgan, her feelings for Wesley cool. Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Cordelia Chase (born December 1980 in Sunnydale, California, died in 2004 in Los Angeles) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Outside view of the property. ... Charles Gunn (born 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Garry Campbell for the cult television program, Angel. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Lilah Morgan first appeared in the episode The Ring of the Angel Series in season one, and would appear regularly in the seasons one and two. ...


Eventually, Fred discovers that it was actually her former professor's fault that she had been trapped in Pylea, and indeed, Professor Seidel had attempted to trap her in another world again. Furious, she plots to kill him, with Wesley's help. Gunn, however, feels that such a brutal act, even against Seidel, will ultimately destroy her, and as a result, in a battle where she is trying to kill him and she is trying to trap him in a hell dimension, Gunn snaps Seidel's neck himself and drops the body into the portal. Unfortunately, this causes a rift between Fred and Gunn, and ultimately ends their relationship.


However, everything changes for Fred when she and the rest of Angel's crew joins Wolfram & Hart. Her memory is altered by a spell and it is unclear how much of Seasons 3 and 4 she remembers differently or at all (everything specific to Angel's son Connor is certainly lost). Fred receives her own laboratory and becomes the head of Wolfram & Hart's Science Division. A major asset to the team, Angel consistently relies on her department to quickly and efficiently solve problems. After going on a few dates with co-worker Knox, Fred begins to have feelings for Wesley again. The two pair for about a week, but the couple's happiness is not to last. Spoiler warning: Wolfram and Hart is an international and inter-dimensional fictional law firm in the television series Angel, its principal human faces being Holland Manners, Lilah Morgan, and Lindsey McDonald. ... Connor, also known as Gay butterfly Angel, Steven Franklin Thomas Fart and Connor Ratface, is a fictional character created by I like man for the television series Angel. ... Spoiler warning: Wolfram and Hart is an international and inter-dimensional fictional law firm in the television series Angel, its principal human faces being Holland Manners, Lilah Morgan, and Lindsey McDonald. ... Spoiler warning: Knox (last name unknown) first appeared in the final episode of the fourth season on the series Angel and was a scientist at the law-firm Wolfram and Hart. ...


A mysterious sarcophagus, allowed through customs by a signature from Gunn, appears in the lab. As Fred examines it, a hole opens in the cover and a breath of wind blows into her face. It turns out that the sarcophagus is a holding cell for Illyria, one of the original, pure-breed demons known as the Old Ones, which is predestined to rise again. The air Fred inhales is actually Illyria's essence, which immediately begins a parasitic existence in her body, eating away at it and making her a shell. Worse still, Knox had worshipped Illyria for years and worked at Wolfram & Hart for the sole purpose of bringing the demon back. Because of his affections for Fred, he chose her as the only one "worthy" to house his god. Stone sarcophagus of Pharaoh Merenptah Detail of a stone sarcophagus in the Istanbul Archeological Museum showing a hunting scene Anthropoid sarcophagus discovered at Cádiz A sarcophagus is a stone container for a coffin or body. ... Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ... In the Buffyverse the Old Ones are the extremely powerful pure-breed demons that once dominated earth before humankind appeared. ...

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Illyria, using Fred as a host body.

As Angel and Spike travel to England to find a cure, Wesley remains in Fred's bedroom with her, comforting her as she fights bravely, but slowly begins to die. Angel learns that the only way to save Fred would be to draw Illyria back to the Deeper Well in England by using her sarcophagus as a beacon. However, thousands of others would die as Illyria's essence cut across the world back to the Well. Thus, Angel and Spike are forced to do nothing. Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ... Spike (aka William The Bloody) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...


As she lies dying, Fred's mind begins to give way. Nearing the end, she panics, stating that Feigenbaum, a stuffed rabbit named for mathematical physicist Mitchell Feigenbaum who studied chaos theory, should be there. When Wesley asks her who Feigenbaum is, Fred replies that she doesn't know. Cradling her in his arms, Wesley stays with Fred until the moment she dies, after which her body is taken over by Illyria. "Why can't I stay?" are Fred's last words. Mitchell Jay Feigenbaum (born December 19, 1944; Philadelphia, USA) is a mathematical physicist whose pioneering studies in chaos theory led to the discovery of the Feigenbaum constant. ... A plot of the Lorenz attractor for values r = 28, σ = 10, b = 8/3 In mathematics and physics, chaos theory describes the behavior of certain nonlinear dynamical systems that under certain conditions exhibit dynamics that are sensitive to initial conditions (popularly referred to as the butterfly effect). ...


According to Illyria, Fred's soul is consumed, making it impossible for her to return from the dead or enjoy an afterlife. Later, though, Illyria states that there are remnants of Fred in the form of her memories, which are a source of confusion for Illyria. On occasion, Illyria takes on the appearance of Fred in order to go about unnoticed and to deal with Fred's parents.


Powers and abilities

Fred is a normal human woman with no supernatural powers. However, her brilliant mathematical mind, immense knowledge of quantum physics and science, and a natural ability in designing inventions make her an important asset of Angel's team; Wesley once says, while addressing most of Angel's crew, "She's smarter than all of us put together." Fig. ... Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...


During this time, Fred also acquires some reasonably good fighting skills, mainly with weapons such as stakes, guns, swords, knives, etc. Later, when Jasmine takes over Los Angeles, she's forced to face down all of Los Angeles on her own, and it is shown that she is also able to hold her own unarmed, effortlessly taking out a few armed Jasminites, including one armed SWAT member. It's seen in Season Three that she likes plants, actually talking to them during her period of mild insanity. In the episode "Spin the Bottle," while she's under the effect of a magical spell, Fred briefly is fascinated with a fern. After undergoing the transformation to Illyria, she can talk to plants while at full power. It's unclear if this is Fred's natural ability augmented or simply an Illyria-based power. Spin the Bottle is episode 06 of season 4 in the television show Angel. ... Illyria is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series Angel. ...


Fred is also portrayed as an innocent, unassuming young woman which often leads people to underestimate her. On many occasions, she has used this to her advantage, such as shocking Connor with a stun gun and knocking out a suspicious lab assistant at Wolfram & Hart. Also, she shows signs of great inner strength and an innate ability to survive on her own despite overwhelming circumstances. This is shown in season four as she attempts to flee from Jasmine's followers, and earlier with her experiences in Pylea. The words stun gun can mean:- An electroshock gun or electric shock baton: these exist in the real world. ...


Romantic relationships

  • Angel — Fred's relationship with Angel was an interesting one: when Angel saved her from Pylea he "vamped out" but rather than his face changing like usual, the demon inside of him came out completely. After killing a dozen guards it tried to kill Gun and Wesley- until Fred, her right hand soaked in blood, lured the demon back to her cave. Fred cared for Angel as he recovered, and remains the only person who wasn't scared by Angel's demon after learning about his vampire nature. When Angel brought Fred back to LA, he took her in and was the only member of the Fang Gang that didn't seem unnerved by her state of mind. She had a crush on him for a time after her arrival, but eventually got over it when she learned about the curse on his soul. Fred cared for his son Connor (she was the only other member of the FG who was present at his birth), both when he was a baby and when he reappeared as a teen, until he betrayed Angel- then she tortured him. When Fred was being killed by Illyria, Angel appeared to be briefly willing to kill millions to save her (the plan didn't work). And ultimately, as Angel's soul had been ripped out of his body to make way for the demon, her soul had been ripped from her body to make way for Illyria. Though their relationship wasn't romantic, Fred did kiss him once to fool passerbys into thinking they were just a random couple. When she asked if he thought they bought it, he replied "I did".
  • Charles Gunn — The two fall in love and start a relationship that lasts for about a year, before they break up after Gunn kills one of Fred's old college professors to prevent her doing it herself. It is implied that feelings continue to linger afterwards.
  • Spike — While technically not a romantic relationship per se, Spike initially flirts with Fred after he materializes at Wolfram & Hart, and his feelings later evolve into affection and esteem. Fred is the first person in Los Angeles to believe that he is "worth saving" and she works tirelessly to find a way to recorporealize him (while denying being taken in by his charm, saying that she simply wants to use Wolfram & Hart's resources for the good that Angel promised). When fighting the demented ghost Matthias Pavayne, Spike sacrifices a chance at becoming corporeal to save Fred's life, and he later chooses to remain at Wolfram & Hart after she is killed by Illyria's usurping of her body.
  • Knox — Fred's assistant in Wolfram & Hart; the two date briefly, but Fred leaves because she wants someone who makes her laugh. Knox apparently has a bizarre obsession with Fred, thus his actions to her vis-à-vis Illyria.
  • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce — Fred and Wesley date shortly after a long build-up, a relationship that might have lasted indefinitely but for her death and possession by Illyria. It seems that Fred's feelings for Wesley never fully developed to love, though he confessed he'd loved her since he'd met her.

Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Charles Gunn (born 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Garry Campbell for the cult television program, Angel. ... Spike (aka William The Bloody) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Spoiler warning: Knox (last name unknown) first appeared in the final episode of the fourth season on the series Angel and was a scientist at the law-firm Wolfram and Hart. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...

Trivia

  • Fred was once a marijuana user.
  • In the episode Deep Down, Fred tortures Connor with a stun gun.
  • Fred (not Cordelia, Wesley or Gunn) was with Angel when Darla staked herself and Connor was born. As Joss Whedon never just does something, the symbolism of this moment has been debated. (Some suggest she represents Madonna. Others say Ilithyia- goddess of childbirth and midwiving.)
  • Fred once admitted her first sexual dream was about the Mouse King from the Nutcracker ballet.
  • When Fred was in Pylea she convinced herself that LA was not real and that her previous life was just a story. When she came back to LA, she convinced herself that Pylea wasn't real and that all of the horrible things that happened to her didn't- that is, until her parents showed up.
  • Fred, when scared or being followed, tends to hide in dark places (something several characters commented on). In Pylea she hide in a cave; at the Hyperion, when Wesley was chasing her, she hid in the abandoned rooms; when she was hunted during Jasmine's takeover, she hid in the sewers.
  • As a possible side affect of her brush with insanity, Fred tends to speak in run-on sentences, moving from one subject to the next, such as: 'I-I never understood that saying 'right as rain.' How is rain right? Or wrong, for that matter. Okay, I suppose if there's a flood it's wrong and speaking of floods, or maybe just being overwhelmed - what's it like to have a vision?"
  • When Fred gets caught up in her work, or is just going crazy, she tends to write on walls and windows, ala John Nash.
  • Fred seems to have a hatred of betrayers: she tortured Connor for betraying Angel, she tried to kill her old professor for sending her to Pylea, and she was the one to tell Wesley never to return to the Hyperion after he kidnapped Connor.
  • Fred was the only member of the Fang Gang that wanted to save Spike. Most of them had a rather hypocritical reason- that he's a vampire. Like Angel. Fred however, argued that he was a vampire with a soul that had died saving the world and as such, was worth saving. Ultimately, Fred discovered a way to bring him back but Spike gave it up to save her. They became fast friends and Spike later told Illyria that he had loved Fred (as a friend).
  • Fred's last words to Angel (Handsome man saves me) are nearly identical to her first words to him.
  • Fred is the 3rd member of the Fang Gang to die (the first two being Doyle and Cordelia).
  • The story Fred asks Wesley to read to her before she dies is The Little Princess.
  • As the show progressed Fred's best friend became Lorne, a Pylean empath demon (Fred was held as a slave in his home dimension). The loyalty and affection Fred had for Lorne was reciprocated; when Fred was being killed by Illyria, the gang went to Eve to get information and Lorne said, "Here's the thing, Eve: You're going to sing for me, and I'm going to read you right now. And here's one more thing: Winifred Burkle once told me after a sinful amount of Chinese food, and in lieu of absolutely nothing, "I think a lot of people would choose to be green. Your shade, if they had the choice." If I hear one note — one quarter-note — that tells me you had any involvement, these two won't even have time to kill you." After her death, he began drinking even more heavily than before, then ultimately left the Fang Gang.

Appearances

Canonical appearances

Angel

The character of Fred appeared in the final four Season 2 episodes of Angel ("Belonging", "Over the Rainbow", "Through the Looking Glass", "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb") before becoming a regular in Season 3, until her death in "A Hole in the World" (episode 5x15), although her body continued to appear as the 'host' of Illria. She appears in a total of 64 episodes (2001-2004). Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Angel is a spin-off of the American television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Belonging is episode 19 of season 2 in the television show Angel. ... Over the Rainbow is episode 20 of season 2 in the television show Angel. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Theres No Place Like Plrtz Glrb is episode 22 of season 2 of the television show Angel. ... A Hole in the World is episode 15 of season 5 in the television show Angel. ...


Non-canonical appearances

Fred also appeares in the Angel expanded universe. She is featured in a number of novels such as Sanctuary, The Longest Night, and Nemesis. Canonicity warning: The following is not considered canonical in the Buffyverse: Sanctuary is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel. ... Book cover A collection of Angel short stories. ... Canonicity warning: The following is not considered canonical in the Buffyverse: Nemesis is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel. ...


 
 

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