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Encyclopedia > Watcher (Buffyverse)
Two Watchers: Wesley and Giles
Two Watchers: Wesley and Giles

In the fictional Buffyverse established by the television series Buffy and Angel, a Watcher is a member of a secret organization, the Watchers' Council, which seeks to prepare the Slayer to fight demonic forces. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 91 KB) Summary Screenshot from Buffy. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 91 KB) Summary Screenshot from Buffy. ... Buffyverse is a term coined by fans of Joss Whedons first two television shows to refer to the shared fictional universe in which they are set. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... For the South Korean TV series of the same name, see Angel (2007 TV series). ... A Slayer, in the fictional Buffyverse established by Buffy and Angel, is a young female bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a pure-demon, which gives her superhuman senses, strength, speed, endurance, agility, and healing in the fight against forces of darkness. ...

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Description

Watchers are devoted to tracking and combatting malevolent supernatural entities (and particularly vampires), primarily by locating individuals with the talents required to fight such beings and win. More specifically, Watchers are assigned to Slayers, girls that are part of a succession of mythically powered individuals who are destined to face said foes. Upon a Slayer's demise, her powers are transferred unto a new girl, who is then assigned a Watcher herself. The Watchers' Council trains new Watchers in a private school of some kind. In the fictional world of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, a vampire is a demon of a species which inhabits and animates a human corpse. ...


Notable Watchers include Rupert Giles, Buffy's official Watcher in the beginning of the series and, after being fired by the Council for what was considered an emotional overattachment to the Slayer, her unofficial Watcher for most of the series; and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, who after Giles' firing became Buffy and Faith's Watcher for a short period of time. Gwendolyn Post was an ex-watcher who was fired from the Council for misuse of dark power. Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Faith Lehane (known in the TV series only as Faith)[2] is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, portrayed by Eliza Dushku. ...


Powers and Abilities

A standard Watcher has at least some proficiency in the use of magic. They are students of demonology and as such have a wide knowledge of various incarnations of evil, but their expertise is usually the vampire. In the fictional world of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, a vampire is a demon of a species which inhabits and animates a human corpse. ...


Watchers are typically well versed in hand-to-hand combat techniques, though they generally confine themselves to training Slayers or supporting them in battle, as their relative strength limits their effectiveness in directly engaging vampires.


Shadow Men

The Shadow Men
The Shadow Men

In ancient times, a group known as the Shadow Men use magic to infuse a captive girl with the essence of a demon, thereby creating the First Slayer, whom they use to fight demonic forces. The descendants of the Shadow Men go on to form the Watchers' Council.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The First Slayer (credited as Primitive), also known as The Primeval One (in an invocation spell) was the first in the line of Slayers in the cult tv series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was portrayed by Sharon Ferguson. ...


In 2003, Slayer Buffy Summers uses a strange mystical device to meet with the Shadow Men about the threat she faces from the First Evil. She learns how the Slayers were created and is shown a vision which reveals the First's massive army of Turok-Han Vampires in the Hellmouth.[2] Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ... The First Evil is a fictional villain created by Joss Whedon for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... A Slayer, in the fictional Buffyverse established by Buffy and Angel, is a young female bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a pure-demon, which gives her superhuman senses, strength, speed, endurance, agility, and healing in the fight against forces of darkness. ... Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details about some or all of the Whedonverse productions (Buffy, Angel, Fray, etc. ...


The Shadow Men first appeared in Fray issue #3, and were later shown onscreen in the episode "Get It Done".
Fray is an eight-issue comic book limited series about Melaka Fray, a Slayer in the future, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ... Get It Done is the 15th episode of season 7 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Watchers' Council

Watchers' Council
The Watchers' Council, assembled at their headquarters.
First appearance Welcome to the Hellmouth
Last appearance Never Leave Me
Created by Joss Whedon
Statistics
Name Watchers' Council
Status Active
Purpose Find, train, and support The Slayer
Membership

Key members
Rupert Giles
Quentin Travers
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Merrick
Andrew Wells Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x576, 57 KB) Summary Screenshot from Buffy. ... Welcome to the Hellmouth (Welcome for short) is the very first episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes Never Leave Me is the ninth episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which the Scooby Gang begins to realize the magnitude of their peril. ... A Slayer, in the fictional Buffyverse established by Buffy and Angel, is a young female bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a pure-demon, which gives her superhuman senses, strength, speed, endurance, agility, and healing in the fight against forces of darkness. ... Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Harris Yulin as Quentin Travers. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Merrick (last or first name unknown) is a fictional character in the Buffyverse, he was the first Watcher of Buffy Summers, the Slayer. ... Andrew Wells is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Tom Lenk. ...

The Watchers' Council of Britain is an organization dedicated to finding, training, and supervising Slayers in the fictional Buffyverse. A Slayer, in the fictional Buffyverse established by Buffy and Angel, is a young female bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a pure-demon, which gives her superhuman senses, strength, speed, endurance, agility, and healing in the fight against forces of darkness. ... Buffyverse is a term coined by fans of Joss Whedons first two television shows to refer to the shared fictional universe in which they are set. ...


The Council eventually bases its headquarters in London, England. It tries to locate potential Slayers and then send Watchers to inform and train them. It is not always successful in doing so, and therefore some Slayers are fully trained when they are called, while others know nothing of the heritage or purpose of their power. Each potential Slayer is assigned her own Watcher - a Council employee who is responsible for training the Slayer in combat techniques as well as researching demons, vampires, and magicks. Watchers also maintain diaries chronicling the lives of the Slayers under their charge. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


In late 2002, the Council learns that the First Evil is systematically eliminating potential Slayers around the world in an effort to end the Slayer line. Unfortunately, before this information can be acted on, the Council headquarters is destroyed by agents of The First, specifically Caleb - "At long last. All this time. All the work I've done for you... Blowing up the Council". The Council leadership is killed, and the Council is not able to offer assistance in the struggle against The First.[3] The First Evil is a fictional villain created by Joss Whedon for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Caleb (played by Nathan Fillion) is a fictional character in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe created by Joss Whedon. ...


In the aftermath of the battle with the army of The First and the destruction of the Sunnydale Hellmouth, the Watchers' Council begins the process of rebuilding. The work to be done is considerable, especially in light of the creation of hundreds of active Slayers around the world.[4] The structure of this new Council is unknown, but it appears that Rupert Giles is its new head and is training Andrew Wells as a Watcher.[5] Andrew Wells is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Tom Lenk. ...


According to the comic Fray, a Slayer in the 21st century banishes all demons and magicks from the world. When evil returns, a new Slayer - Melaka Fray - is called. The Watchers' Council in this era apparently retains the resources to locate Slayers. Melaka Fray is approached by her assigned Watcher, but rather than assist or train her, he immolates himself in front of her.[6] Melaka is instead trained by a demon who says that the remaining Council consists of fanatics and fools.[7] Fray is an eight-issue comic book limited series about Melaka Fray, a Slayer in the future, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ...


Methods

The Watchers' Council has been known to use ethically questionable methods to accomplish its goals. The Council employs a trio of operatives known as the Special Operations Team.[8] This team is responsible for some of the more unsavory aspects of the Council's work, such as interrogations, smuggling, and, if necessary, assassinations. When Faith Lehane stakes and kills a human, the Special Ops Team was dispatched to retrieve the rogue Slayer, circumventing local and international authorities.[9] Faith Lehane (known in the TV series only as Faith)[2] is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, portrayed by Eliza Dushku. ...


The Council is also known for placing its principles and perceived goals ahead of the well-being of the Slayer. A test known as the Cruciamentum involves suppressing the Slayer's natural abilities with a drug and pitting her against particularly dangerous vampire on the Slayer's eighteenth birthday. When one particular Watcher, Rupert Giles, defies the rules of the test and interferes in the Cruciamentum of his Slayer - Buffy Summers - he is dismissed from his position immediately.[10] Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ...


In 2001, representatives of the Council visit Sunnydale, California to deliver vital information on the seemingly unstoppable Glory to the Slayer, Buffy Summers. However, the Council refuses to turn over the information until an extensive review of Buffy's abilities is completed. This assessment includes a review of Buffy's combat skills, as well as interviews with many of her closest friends. Eventually, the Slayer turns the tables on the Watchers, declaring that they need her to validate their existence more than she needs their help. She defends the frequent assistance of her friends (Slayers typically operate alone) and demands that Rupert Giles be reinstated as her Watcher, with retroactive pay to the time of his dismissal. The Council agrees to this, changing the nature of the Council/Slayer relationship until the Council's destruction two years later.[11] Glorificus, also known as Glory, The Beast, The Abomination, and That Which Cannot Be Named, is a fictional deity in the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Clare Kramer. ...


Guardians

The Guardians are an organization of long-lived women who developed parallel to the Shadow Men and Watchers. They forge a weapon, the Scythe, for the Slayer to use. They are apparently mistrustful of the Shadow Men and Watchers who followed, as they keep this weapon, along with their very existence, a secret. They allow the Watchers to observe and manage the Slayer for centuries, but all the while the Guardians are watching the Watchers. They remain in hiding until Buffy Summers discovers the Scythe and tracks its origin to an Egyptian tomb, where the last Guardian waits. Immediately after explaining herself to Buffy, the Guardian is killed by Caleb, putting an end to the organization.[1] A Slayer, in the fictional Buffyverse established by Buffy and Angel, is a young female bestowed with mystical powers that originate from the heart of a pure-demon, which gives her superhuman senses, strength, speed, endurance, agility, and healing in the fight against forces of darkness. ... Caleb (played by Nathan Fillion) is a fictional character in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe created by Joss Whedon. ...


List of Watchers

Note: Some Slayers have had more than one Watcher in the course of their careers.

Watcher Slayer(s) Notable Appearance
Giles, Rupert Buffy Summers
Faith Lehane
"Welcome to the Hellmouth"
Wyndam-Pryce, Wesley Faith Lehane
Buffy Summers
"Bad Girls"
Merrick Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film) (non-canon), "Becoming, Part One"
Zabuto, Roger "Sam" Kendra Young Mentioned in "What's My Line, Part One"
Crowley, Bernard Nikki Wood Mentioned in "First Date"
Travers, Quentin Unknown "Helpless"
Post, Gwendolyn Faith Lehane* "Revelations"
Sirk, Rutherford Unknown "Home"
Wyndam-Pryce, Roger Unknown Mentioned in "Lineage"
Wells, Andrew Unknown "Damage"
Harris, Alexander (Xander) Buffy Summers "The Long Way Home, Part 1"

* Watcher fraudulently "assigned" self to Slayer after being expelled from Council.
Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ... Faith Lehane (known in the TV series only as Faith)[2] is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, portrayed by Eliza Dushku. ... Welcome to the Hellmouth (Welcome for short) is the very first episode of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Douglas Petrie for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Bad Girls is Episode 14 of Season 3 of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Merrick (last or first name unknown) is a fictional character in the Buffyverse, he was the first Watcher of Buffy Summers, the Slayer. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 comedy film about a Valley Girl cheerleader (Kristy Swanson) chosen by fate to fight and kill vampires. ... Becoming, Part One is episode 21 of season 2 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Kendra Young (born 1981, died 1998 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and introduced by Marti Noxon for the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Whats My Line, Part One is episode 9 of season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Nikki Wood is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, portrayed originally by April Weeden-Washington and later K.D. Aubert. ... First Date is the fourteenth episode of season 7 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Harris Yulin as Quentin Travers. ... Helpless is the twelfth episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Gwendolyn Post was a fictional character in the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appearing only once in the Season 3 Episode Revelations. ... Revelations is the seventh episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... This article features (recurring) fictional characters who appear as guest stars on the cult television program Angel. ... Home is episode 22 of season 4 in the television show Angel. ... Lineage is episode 7 of season 5 of the television series Angel. ... Andrew Wells is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Tom Lenk. ... Damage is episode 11 of season 5 in the television show Angel. ... Alexander LaVelle Xander Harris (born 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character in the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ... The Long Way Home is the first arc from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight series of comic books based upon the television series of the same name, and is written by creator Joss Whedon. ...


The following have featured with no significant details known about them. Not all of these are true Watchers, some of them are merely operatives on payroll.

  • Blair
  • Hobson
  • Lydia—Wrote a Thesis on William the Bloody
  • Nigel
  • Phillip
  • Robson
  • Faith's first Watcher
  • Giles' father
  • Giles' paternal grandmother (named Edna in a Tales of the Vampires comic by Joss Whedon)
  • Collins, Weatherby and Smith—The Council Special Ops Team
  • Faith's nurse
  • Wesley's thugs
  • The (non-canon) novels and comics, specially those focusing on previous Slayers, show or mention other Watchers including: Michaela Tomassi (The Gatekeeper trilogy), Archibald Lassiter (Giles), Harold and John Travers ( Pretty Maids All in a Row), Yanna Narvik (watched over the Slayer, Sophie Carstensen in Pretty Maids All in a Row), Marie-Christine Fontaine ( watched Slayer, Eleanor Boudreau in Pretty Maids All in a Row), Diana Dormer (the name given to Faith's first Watcher in Go Ask Malice).

Lydia was a fictional character in the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, appearing in the Season 5 Episode Checkpoint and the Season 7 Episode, Never Leave Me. She was portrayed by Cynthia Lamontagne. ... Tales of the Vampires was a miniseries of comic books (later collected in a single trade paperback) set in the Buffyverse. ... The Buffyverse canon consists of materials that are thought to be genuine (or official) and those events, characters, settings, etc. ... Canonicity warning: The following is not considered canonical in the Buffyverse. ... Cover // Information Story by: Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski Artist: Eric Powell Cover Artist: Eric Powell Letterer: Pat Brosseau Colorist: Guy Major Comics: BtVS: Giles Published: Dark Horse Date first published: Oct 04, 2000 Substance: Full color, 32 pages Story description Spoiler warning: Giles has been Buffys Watcher now for... This article is based on the vampire Slayers in the fictional universe created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the Buffyverse. ... This article is based on the vampire Slayers in the fictional universe created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the Buffyverse. ... Canonicity warning: The following is not considered canonical in the Buffyverse. ...

References

  1. ^ a b "End of Days". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. May 13, 2003. No. 21, season 7.
  2. ^ "Get It Done". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. February 18, 2003. No. 15, season 7.
  3. ^ "Never Leave Me". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. November 26, 2002. No. 9, season 7.
  4. ^ "Chosen". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. May 20, 2003. No. 22, season 7.
  5. ^ "Damage". Angel. January 28, 2004. No. 11, season 57.
  6. ^  Whedon, Joss (w),  Moline, Karl (p),  Owens, Andy (i). "Big City Girl" Fray vol. 1,  #1 2001  Dark Horse Comics
  7. ^  Whedon, Joss (w),  Moline, Karl (p),  Owens, Andy (i). "Ready, Steady..." Fray vol. 1,  #3 2001  Dark Horse Comics
  8. ^ "Who Are You". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. February 29, 2000. No. 16, season 4.
  9. ^ "Sanctuary". Angel. May 2, 2000. No. 19, season 1.
  10. ^ "Helpless". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. January 19, 1999. No. 12, season 3.
  11. ^ "Checkpoint". Buffy the Vampire Slayer. January 21, 2001. No. 12, season 5.

List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes End of Days is the 21st episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that sets everything up for the final battle. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... May 13, 2003 The Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the Treasury Department of the United States releases a new 20 dollar note, aimed at defeating the technological advances of counterfeiters. ... Get It Done is the 15th episode of season 7 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... February 18, 2003 An arson attack on an underground train in the Daegu, South Korea claims at least 180 lives with more than 140 injured and dozens missing. ... List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes Never Leave Me is the ninth episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which the Scooby Gang begins to realize the magnitude of their peril. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Chosen, the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is Episode 22 of Season 7. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... May 20, 2003 Christine Todd-Whitman announces that on June 27 she will resign her position as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency [1] [2] The Chelsea Flower Show opens A case of BSE (mad cow disease) in a single cow in Alberta is confirmed by Canadian federal... Damage is episode 11 of season 5 in the television show Angel. ... For the South Korean TV series of the same name, see Angel (2007 TV series). ... January 28, 2004 Milan Babic, the former leader of the breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina (now re-incorporated into Croatia), pleads guilty to crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. ... Joss Hill Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon[3] on June 23, 1964 in New York) is an Academy Award-nominated American writer, director, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. ... Fray is an eight-issue comic book limited series about Melaka Fray, a Slayer in the future, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Fray is an eight-issue comic book limited series about Melaka Fray, a Slayer in the future, written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and drawn by Karl Moline (pencils) and Andy Owens (inks). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Who Are You is the 16th episode of season 4 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Sanctuary is the 19th episode of season 1 of the television show Angel. ... For the South Korean TV series of the same name, see Angel (2007 TV series). ... Helpless is the twelfth episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Checkpoint is the twelfth episode of season 5 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ...

See also

Slayer
Rupert Giles
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce

 
 

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