H is for Lorne, the Host
I've been calling this the Buffy The Vampire Slayer alphabet, but it is really a Buffy universe alphabet, so includes some characters that only appeared on Angel.
Lorne, known in the first season or two as only The Host, is the first of the Angel-only characters. It's been a number of years since I last watched Angel, and I only watched it a couple of times (as opposed to on re-peat like I did with Buffy) so I apologise in advance for the lack of detail/opinion about these characters. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Born Krevlornswath of the Dathwok Clan, Lorne was a peace-loving Deathwok demon native to the world of Pylea. In 1996 he was sucked through a dimensional portal and wound up in Los Angeles, where he opened a karaoke bar called “Caritas” (Latin for ‘mercy’). Lorne was able to read people’s auras when they sang.
Lorne tended to be a neutral character, on the side of neither good nor evil. As the show progressed, he more and more worked with Angel and the team, eventually joining the staff when they took over Wolfram & Hart.
I liked Lorne – he was one of my favourites amongst the new characters on Angel. He was unique and different from everyone else on either show. His ‘gift’ was very different too – being able to read people when they sang. My favourite episodes from Angel (that I can remember anyway!) were the two when the team travelled to Lorne’s home planet to rescue Cordelia. That world (although being a miserable place) was such a fun diversion from the rest of the season – it was such a contrast to the Lorne we had gotten to know. And Cordelia as queen was just perfect.