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"The Council fights evil. The Slayer is the instrument with which we fight. The Council remains. The Slayers... change. It's been that way from the beginning."
―Quentin Travers[src]

Quentin Travers was a senior Watcher and later one of the last Directors of the Watchers Council.

History

On Buffy Summers's eighteenth birthday, Quentin insisted that Buffy partake in the Cruciamentum, a ruthless rite of passage that involved stripping the Slayer of her powers in order to test her intelligence and practical capabilities. The situation eventually went awry when Zachary Kralik, the vampire that Buffy was meant to fight, escaped and kidnapped Buffy's mother. Rupert Giles subsequently interfered and helped her, and in an ensuing argument, Quentin dismissed Giles from the Council for having a father's love for the Slayer, and left, largely indifferent to and even slightly amused by Buffy's anger.[1]

He later agreed to give Buffy information on Glory, but not until she underwent another series of rigorous trials, threatening to have the Magic Box closed down and Giles deported if she didn't comply. After a confrontation with the Knights of Byzantium, Buffy realized that the Watchers Council needed the Slayer to validate their existence more than she actually needed their help, so she laid down the law, ordering Quentin to reinstate Giles as her official Watcher and be paid retroactively since the day he was fired, to allow her friends to continue to fight alongside her, and to give her the information on Glory. Quentin reluctantly agreed and left.[2]

He, along with most of the other Watchers, was killed in a bomb blast orchestrated by Caleb, the second-in-command of the First Evil. Quentin is possibly the son of Harold Travers, the man who was head of the Watchers Council during the 1940's. (Spike and Dru:Pretty Maids All In A Row) 

Personality and Traits

Quentin was the antithesis of Giles, a domineering, strict and ruthless individual whose regard for the individual soldier was lost in favor of his regard for the mission. The end truly justified the means for him, a concept that may be the only trait that he and Giles shared. While he was on the side of good, his mannerisms and actions were rarely compassionate. Whereas Giles treated his ward with love (inappropriately in Travers' opinion), he referred to the Slayer as a "tool" of the Council. Travers' "hard-nosed" methods were apparently required in a good Watcher.

However, for all his faults, he was clearly an individual of great willpower and personal strength to lead the Council, such determination being shown in the moments prior to his death.

Appearances

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season Three:
Anne Dead Man's Party Faith, Hope & Trick Beauty and the Beasts Homecoming Band Candy Revelations Lovers Walk The Wish Amends Gingerbread
Helpless

Appears

The Zeppo Bad Girls Consequences

(mentioned)

Doppelgängland Enemies Earshot Choices The Prom Graduation Day, Part One Graduation Day, Part Two
Season Five:
Buffy vs. Dracula Real Me The Replacement Out of My Mind No Place Like Home Family Fool for Love Shadow Listening to Fear Into the Woods Triangle
Checkpoint

Appears

Blood Ties Crush I Was Made to Love You The Body Forever Intervention Tough Love Spiral The Weight of the World The Gift
Season Seven:
Lessons Beneath You Same Time, Same Place Help Selfless Him Conversations with Dead People Sleeper Never Leave Me

Appears (Killed)

Bring on the Night Showtime
Potential The Killer in Me First Date Get It Done Storyteller Lies My Parents Told Me Dirty Girls Empty Places Touched End of Days Chosen

Comics

Behind the Scenes

References

  1. "Helpless"
  2. "Checkpoint"

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