"A vampire inlove with a Slayer. It's rather poetic... in a maudlin
sort of way."
"I'll just jump in my time machine, go back to the 12th century, and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show."
Not much is known about Rupert Giles'(Anthony Head Stewart) past. He is Buffy's English Watcher. We know from the episodes "The Dark Age" and "Band Candy" that he was a reckless and rebellious teenager who messed with dark magic.
When Buffy first came to Sunnydale, he tried to get her to accept her duties as Slayer, but she refused. After a while, though, Buffy started to gain more trust in him and he soon became like a father figure to her and her friends. Together, they all faced demons and defeated them. Giles never really disaproved of Buffy's relationship with Angel until the evil Angel killed his love, Jenny. But even then and afterward, he knew that Buffy and Angel were inlove and it wasn't really his place to break them up.
In season three, he had a small fling with Joyce and we find out in "Earshot" that they had sex on the hood of a police car... twice, during the episode "Band Candy" while under the influence of magical candy.
"That is... if you're not too busy having sex with my MOTHER!"
In the episode "Helpless," he was ordered by the Watcher's Council to test Buffy. He was to take away her power and have her face an insane vampire. If she survived, she would then be given her powers back. Giles reluctantly agreed to perform the test, but in the end he helped her out. Because of this, he got fired and a new Watcher, Wesley Windham Price, took his place.
Buffy didn't really get along with her new Watcher that well, and since Giles was still there, she consulted with him and they all worked together. But in the end of season three, Buffy quit the Council. Giles now remains by her side to help her out as her "unofficial Watcher."
I guess that once a Watcher, always a Watcher. No matter what.
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