Bernard Crowley was the Watcher of SlayerNikki Wood, active in New York City in the 1970s. He appeared to be closer to Nikki than typical Watchers were to their Slayers, as he vocally objected to her being forced to undergo the Cruciamentum while pregnant, and made arrangements for her to leave her post as Slayer and hide out with her son, Robin, determined to handle the Watchers Council himself, though she returned shortly after, unable to deny her calling. After Nikki was killed by the vampireSpike, Bernard resigned from the Council and raised her son Robin as his own, relocating to Beverly Hills. He trained Robin to slay vampires just as his mother did. He was apparently a renowned watcher, as Rupert Giles was familiar with him.