Doyle Resurrected: Big, Mean and Green .. with some little blue spikes as well.
"In interviews before Quinn's death, creator Joss Whedon discussed plans for Doyle to return to the show as one of the season's big bad roles. Quinn died before anything could come of the talks."
Doyle was born in Ireland 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, and 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 that 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 that 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 that is the opposite of what he just said (in "City of" he tells Angel that 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 that violence never solves anything, and then punches one of them out, starting a bar brawl that is soon broken up by Angel). In addition, throughout several episodes, he is attacked by demons who want him to pay off a debt to them, and needs 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. Despite Doyle's reluctance to discuss his past, Angel and Cordelia learn more about him when Harriet returns to his life, wanting a divorce so she can marry an Ano-Movic demon named Richard Howard Straley. Harriet later calls the marriage off after learning that obtaining the blessing of the Straley clan would require Richard to kill the ex-husband of his intended bride by eating his brain.
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 city of Los Angeles, from the Beacon, a device which could destroy any being "tainted" with human DNA structures. 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) and laments that they would never know if whether or not she could come to fully love his demon side; this is his way of not only saying goodbye to Cordelia, but also passing his visions on to her.
But that wasn't the last of him, not by far. Axtius was the pure-blood Brachen Demon who was the father of Allen Francis Doyle. Drunk on the beauty of the world around him when he was younger, he slept with a human woman, but abandoned the child under unrevealed circumstances, later coming to loath his 'weakness', concluding that the world could never be beautiful as long as the humans ruled it. To this end, Axtius joined the Coalition for Purity, an organisation dedicated to eradicating humans and half-breeds, but secretly worked to find a means of purging Doyle of his human half so that he could make Doyle the son he had always sought.
He apparently discovered a magic that could accomplish this goal, only to learn upon his arrival in Los Angeles that Doyle had been dead for two years. Learning of the circumstances of Doyle's death, he vowed revenge on Angel and Harry- whom he perceived as 'encouraging' Doyle's human weakness-, sending demons to attack Harry's current dig site while he personally confronted Angel himself, badly beating Angel with a mystical mace before pinning him to a rooftop so that he would be incinerated by the sun, only for Angel's allies to rescue him.
Despite the effort of one of Angel's allies to sow discord in the Coalition by revealing Axtius's connection to Doyle, Axtius was able to quell rebellion by claiming that his past 'weakness' had been purged from him. Tracking the location of a half-breed colony off the coast, Axtius travelled to the island as leader of a large group of Coalition soldiers, only to find himself facing the gathered forces of the island and the majority of the Scooby Gang and Angel Investigations. Although the battle was primarily a draw for the most part, the Coalition forces withdrew after the arrival of Garth, an Old One who had settled on the island centuries in the past, Garth stating that any demon wishing to continue fighting would have to kill him first.
Despite the withdrawal of his forces, Axtius continued to try and attack Angel, only for Angel to outmaneouvre him now that Axtius no longer had the element of surprise. He was subsequently burnt to death by one of his seconds- who possessed the power of pyrokinesis- for his failure.
Meanwhile, after Angel and his crew managed to destroy Wolfram and Hart's L.A. branch in a glorious monster mash battle, they decided it was time to initiate their wild card, a way to hit Angel where it hurt the most. After Doyle's noble sacrifice, his soul had been captured by Wolfram and Hart secretively, thus not allowing him to cross over to meet his eternal fate in Heaven nor Hell. Instead, Doyle was kept in something reminiscent of Limbo, of a dark boxed in room. There, they tormented him for years, leading him to believe that because of his sacrifice, that he was unwanted in Hell, but because of his demon half, he was unwelcome into Heaven.
In this limbo (which he began to define as Hell itself) he slowly over time lost his sanity. Wolfram and Hart created an entity that would often visit him, manifesting as Doyle's brachen-demon form and an evil side, if you will. The demon-Doyle began twisting the facts around, eventually making Doyle himself believe that his death had been the fault of Angel. Finally strong and hellbent on rage and vengeance, Wolfram and Hart felt it necessary to resurrect Doyle then, much the way they were able to resurrect Darla in the past. This Doyle had fully embraced his demon side and was alive for the single purpose of killing Angel, and anyone associated with him....
As explained by Doyle himself:
"Aye... there was this whole big mess of it. Ya know that evil Lawfirm, as it were? Well it seems that when I died, they managed to capture my soul before I passed to my eternity... For five years they secretively held me soul hostage in what I thought was Limbo, unwanted in Hell for my noble cause of death, but Unwelcome in heaven for being part demon.
Ever been isolated in a black room with nothing to do? Aye. Slowly I was driven insane, and then my .. demon half showed up, as it were, as an entity all of it's own, all evil and whatnot? Played with me head a bit. Made me reeeeally wish I could drown my problems away. I ended up losing my mind for awhile and believed Angel was at fault for my death, so I agreed to embrace my demon side and become evil, and was resurrected then to lash out and destroy Angel the way he'd destroyed me...
But after playing the Big Bad for awhile, I came to me senses and discovered it was all a trick, Wolfram and Hart's way of lashing out at angel and hitting him where it hurts for destroying their LA branch and preventing the apocalypse. Took me awhile but I got me head back on proper and now here I am again, atoning for my recent cause of chaos... Fun story eh? So, how's about treatin' me to a Billy D?"
Hello and thanks for reading my reworked plot to carry on what I think would have been a good return for Doyle as the Big Bad. I wanted to put him in a truly sick and morbid situation that would cause him to rise up as evil. Figured Wolfram and Hart would have all the reasons necessary to be pissed off and what to lash out at Angel again, and how better than to do it this way?
I understand this plot is kind of weird, but let's admit, it's Buffy and Angel.. there have been WEIRDER plots that we all seemingly accept, so this one doesn't seem all that too off to me. I always kind of saw it like that subplot in the animated X-men Series, where the character Morph is dead and resurrected, to be corrupted by Mister Sinister.
I wouldn't want Doyle to die again, though. I'd actually like this to come around full circle, so after let's say, what would be a season's worth of episodes or RPG sessions, Doyle would eventually regain his sanity and fight off his rather literal inner-demon, and get control of himself again. Now alive and well, Doyle would then be re-given his painful visions as a means to atone with his recent evil attempted slaughtering of Angel and his crew. Like I said, full circle, getting back to a point of norm' where it's almost as if Doyle never even left.
Just an idea, if anyone is interested, reply here or message me!
I do have other plots;
- One of which is played before his death, a lot could have happened before then.
- Another concludes that he didn't actually die and continues living on well after Wesley, Gunn, Fred and Lorne join the crew.
Have you perhaps maybe have a plot of your own involving Doyle in some way or form? I'd love to hear it! Message me now!
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