- “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]
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.
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.
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.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by Harris Yulin.