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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 one of the last directors of the Watchers Council.[1]


On Buffy's eighteenth birthday, Quentin insisted that Buffy partake in the Tento di Cruciamentum, a rite of passage that involved stripping the Slayer of her powers and test her intelligence and practical capabilities. He went to Sunnydale to oversee the test, but the situation went awry when Kralik, the vampire Buffy was meant to fight, escaped and kidnapped her mother, Joyce. 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 back to England, slightly amused by Buffy's anger.[2]

Two years later, Quentin agreed to give Buffy information on her new foe Glory, but not until she and her allies underwent another series of tests, 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, and she told them so. Buffy ordered Quentin to reinstate Giles as her official Watcher and be paid retroactively since the day he was fired, to allow her friends continue fighting alongside her, and to give her the information on Glory. Quentin reluctantly complied and left Sunnydale.[3]

Quentin, along with most of the Council, was killed in 2002 in a bomb blast[1] orchestrated by Caleb, the second-in-command of the First Evil.[4]

Personality and traits[]

Quentin was a strict 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. While he was on the side of good, his mannerisms and actions were rarely compassionate: whereas Giles treated his ward with love,[2] Quentin referred to the Slayer as an expendable instrument of the Council, in spite of the Council neither hiring nor paying slayers.[3]

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.[1]

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