Okay I know this may be pedantic. But how do the characters in Buffy and Angel finance themselves?

How could Faith afford that apartment in series 3? Is she getting some financial help from the Watchers Council? And Angel, where does his money come from to buy clothing, blood etc. Does he steal it?

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    Changes to a question are normally to enhance them or bring them on-topic (i.e., instead of a list question, a question about a specific fictional universe.) This, however, is an entirely unrelated question, and should probably simply be posted as it's own question.
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    Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 13:53

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Faith gets her flat courtesy of Mayor Wilkins. Once she starts working for him, he provides for her - we see him giving her a games console and a nasty knife on screen, but it seems sensible to assume that the flat is also part of the package. For the earlier part of the season, when she's living off her own limited resources, we see her in a very low rent motel.

Angel's source of income during his time on Buffy is never revealed. In "Becoming", we find out that Angel is recruited by the demon Whistler on behalf of the Powers That Be to look after Buffy. We can probably assume therefore that it is Whistler who is bankrolling him at this point.

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    Angel is also quite old. He could be living off of several hundred years' worth of accrued interest.
    – Bobwise
    Commented Jan 17, 2014 at 22:08
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    Neither Angel nor Angelus strike me as the type to put something by for a rainy day.
    – Christi
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 1:51
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    @Bobwise - In "Becoming, Part One" it was shown that at the time Whistler met him, in a flashback to 1996 just before B:TVS began, Angel was homeless and living off the blood of rats in alleys, so he probably didn't have any secret bank accounts.
    – Hypnosifl
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 0:01
  • Basement Apartments with no views are very cheap to rent.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 23:25

According to this fan-review from Aintitcool news, Whedon addresses this issue at a comic-con Q&A session. In short, in 'Buffy' Angel gets his money by stealing it. He might be a hero, but he's evidently not above simply robbing people when he needs cash.

If it helps, he probably justifies it by pointing at the good works that he does.

An audience member asked where Angel got all his money. Whedon joked, “He robs. We’re not going to SHOW that.” When the same person asked where Angel gets his clothes, Whedon shot back, “Clearly at one shop!”

For part of the first season of 'Angel', our eponymous hero seems to receive some funding from Whistler (note that he was homeless when he met him) and in later episodes he runs a detective investigation agency with Cordelia in charge of debt collection as well as recovering some cash that he left stashed in the Hyperion hotel in the 1950s.

After they move to Wolfram and Hart, he seems to draw a sizeable salary as Managing Director of the local Division.

  • I always thought the hotel was given to Angel by David Nabbit (David Herman/Michael Bolton) Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 14:43
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    @MichaelLevy - No, he just offers them financial advice. Note that they're already leasing the property, presumably using the money that Angel stashed in his old room; Nabbit: "Ah! I stand ready to fight the good fight, sir! What do you need?" Angel: "Financial advice." Nabbit: "Okay. Good." Angel: "We're making this hotel our new base of operations. Right now we're leasing it for six months with an option to buy." etc. ; buffyworld.com/angel/transcripts/025_tran.html
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 15:10

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