- "We cannot give you knowledge. Only power."
- ―Shadow Man[src]
The Shadow Men were a trio of powerful African shamans who created the first Slayer by empowering a girl named Sineya with the essence of a powerful demon. The descendants of these men, and subsequent apprentices, would form the Watchers Council. They tried to give the Slayer, Buffy Summers, more power at the cost of her humanity, but Buffy rejected it. Before she was sent back, they gave her a vision of the Turok-Han vampire army, which led her to think that she may have made a mistake by rejecting the power they offered her.