Main Entry: cham·pi·on
1 : WARRIOR, FIGHTER
2 : a militant advocate or defender
3 : one that does battle for another's rights or honor
I’ve met many champions in my life... uh hello…. I am one. When fighting the good fight it’s not easy to come across many. Angel, Wesley, Fred, Gunn, and Illyria are all champions in their own right.
Angel’s a champion for more than one reason. He was once a soulless vampire (going by Angelus), who killed thousands of innocent victims without remorse. He was feared by both the undead, and humans alike. Angelus wasn’t someone you’d like to write home to mom about, but one day he became cursed by the gypsies.
The curse condemned him to an eternal life of torment, courtesy of his own remorse. See, his soul was returned to him. That way, he could suffer over all the pain he caused others. Because of this curse, Angel was driven to help the helpless as though they were family. He continually sacrificed his happiness for the happiness of others. He fought the demons, and fought against evil for the greater good.
Angel has watched loved ones die (some of them in his arms). He gave in to Wolfram & Hart so his son could have a better future. On top of all of this, Angel has done everything in his power to keep me safe. His accomplishments and his sacrifices have been made in an effort to create better tomorrow for the rest of us. Though the journey, and the road to his perfect world has proven to be a difficult one, he hopes that someday his sacrifices will grant him his humanity, and what he wants most of all; Angel has always wanted our forgiveness. I have no doubt in my mind he is fighting for it still.
In recent weeks, I’ve met someone that reminds me a lot of Angel. Their personalities, characteristics, and their pasts share things in common. He’s proven to me he could be a champion, or has already become one underneath his metal exterior. He lived as a human until the enemy took him. Like Angel, he became a feared creature in his universe, and committed indescribable and horrible acts. Then a miracle happened; a necessary spark of humanity returned, and forced him to realize what kind of creature he had been turned into.
It isn’t so difficult to believe that the machine has a heart. I’ve seen a glimpse of his humanity. He grieves, he feels, he protects the little people, and he has proven that his soul is intact. He has begun fighting his own fight for greatness, and can pummel a concrete wall with his fist without breaking a sweat. Kroton is a champion.
"Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be, it's harsh and cruel, but that's why there's us. Champions"~~~ Angel