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Season 1, Episode 9
Airdate November 30, 1999
Production Number 1ADH09
Written by Howard Gordon
Directed by Tucker Gates
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I Will Remember You
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Parting Gifts
AngelSeason One

Hero is the ninth episode of the first season of Angel, and the ninth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Tony Denman (Rieff), Anthony Cistaro (Scourge Commander), Michelle Horn (Rayna), Lee Arenberg (Tiernan), Sean Gunn (Lucas)

Co-Stars: James Henriksen (Elder Lister Demon), David Bickford (Cargo Inspector), Christopher Comes (Storm Trooper #2), Paul O'Brien (Captain), Ashley Taylor (First Mate)


Plot Overview


Monster of the Week

  • Lister Demons: The Lister is a clan of half-breed demons. Their supernatural abilities (if they have any at all) are not touched on, probably because any sort of power would take away from the parallel to the Jews during the Holocaust.
  • The Scourge: The Scourge is a group of full-blooded demon fanatics who despise half-breed demons like Doyle. So, they hunt down these "unpure" demons and kill them to preserve demonic genetics. The Scourge is not unlike other groups that base their ideals on ethnic cleansing, particularly the Nazis.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1/2/3/4/5 Brechian Demons The Scourage Stabbed Alley
6 First Mate Commander Disintegrated The Scourge HQ
7 Scourge Commander Angel Snapped Neck The Ship
8 Doyle Disintegrated The Ship


There is no licensed music in this episode.

Arc Advancement



  • Doyle: Doyle's secret about being a half-breed demon is outed to Cordelia. He shows her his face just before leaping into the beacon, an act which kills him.
  • Cordelia: When Doyle kisses Cordelia, a blue light passes between them. What this actually means is not explained until the next episode.


  • 1x08 - I Will Remember You: Buffy came through Los Angeles in the last episode looking for Angel. He explains the events of the previous episode to Doyle, but because of the time reversal, Doyle doesn't remember. Doyle also tells Cordelia about the day, making it so only three know what really happened.


The Show

  • Last Appearance: Due to his death, this is the last regular appearance of Doyle in the series.
  • Cannibalized: The opening scene with Cordelia pitching her commercial idea to Angel is directly from the original David Fury script to "Corrupted," the scrapped second episode.

Behind the Scenes

  • Ratings: On its first airing, this episode scored a 5.4/8 in the overnight Nielsen ratings. It was ranked 3rd out of the 15 WB shows which aired that week.

Allusions and References

  • The Man with Two Brains: The Man with Two Brains is a comedy movie starring Steve Martin as a neurosurgeon who has perfected brain transplant operations through a screw-open skull. The second brain is the disembodied brain of a woman, whom Martin's character falls in love with.
Cordelia: Oh, Uh, I know this one! Ah, mask—mask head, ah, the man with two brains!
  • The Love Boat: The Love Boat was a comedic drama that aired on ABC during the late 1970s and mid 1980s. Created by Aaron Spelling, the series took place on a cruise ship featuring a great deal of actual celebrities in guest roles.
Cordelia: Well, it's not exactly the Love Boat, is it?

Memorable Moments

  • Doyle comes to terms withs the Powers That Be and his demon identity in time to kiss Cordelia and save the Listers from the Scourge's beacon device. He leaps into the light of the jewel and pulls the plug, but is killed in the process.


  • Doyle: Too bad we'll never know (morphs into his demons face) if this is a face you could learn to love.


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