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This article is about the father of Wesley. For the cyborg imposter, see Roger Wyndam-Pryce (cyborg).


"You never had any use for me as a child, and you can't bear the thought of me as an adult. Tell me, father, what is it that galls you so, that I was never as good at the job as you... Or that I just might be better?"
―Wesley Wyndam-Pryce to the cyborg posing as his father[src]

Roger Wyndam-Pryce was the father of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce and one of the most respected members of the Watchers Council.

Biography

He led a team that encountered Spike when he was slaughtering a Viennese orphanage in 1963, where Spike killed two of Roger's men before escaping.

His ruthless perspective of the "good fight", his cold demeanor, and his critical attitude towards his son Wesley molded him into a similarly ruthless though rather insecure and resentful man. Unlike his like-minded colleague Quentin Travers, Wyndam-Pryce was one of the few Watchers that survived the bombing of the Council's headquarters by Caleb, the servant of the First Evil.

A cyborg magically disguised as him infiltrated Wolfram & Hart, fooling even his son, Wesley.

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Wesley with Roger.

Behind the Scenes

  • The reference to Roger in Vienna, Austria is likely a reference to Roy Dotrice's portrayal of Leopold Mozart in Amadeus (where most of the film occurs). In the film, Dotrice portrayed Leopold as a disapproving, humorless, subservient-to-the-status-quo and commanding father who haunts his genius son's life and is strongly critical of the company his son keeps. This mirrors the relationship between Roger and Wesley. Both Roger and Leopold are implied to be visiting their sons as inanimate objects and impostors. Wesley believed that the robot was his father when he shot him and feels guilt despite it not really being his father. Il Commendatore, who resembles Leopold's party mask, is portrayed as coming back from the grave as a statue to take the lecherous Don Giovanni (who is compared to Wolfgang by Salieri) to Hell. Salieri then uses Leopold's party mask to act as an impostor while commissioning the Requiem Mass.

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