Giles first came to Sunndale shortly before Buffy arrived
in 1996. He came from "a British Museum, or The
British Museum;" we're not sure which. Over his time
with Buffy, Giles has developed
a bond far deeper than any Watcher/Slayer relationship
has gone before. In fact, he was fired from the Council
of Watchers at the end of "Helpless"
for showing the love of a father towards Buffy.
Giles however, also has a shadowy past
as first hinted at in "Hallowe'en",
when Ethan Rayne called him Ripper, and Giles quite blatantly
punched him to the ground. Shocked? We were stunned. Other
great bits of "Ripperage" include "Band
Candy", when Giles and Joyce
do some "naughty things" on a Police Car bonnet,
and "Faith, Hope and Trick"
when Giles threatens Principal
Giles' time as Buffy's Watcher comes to
an end after the school is gone. Since he feels his Slayer
is no longer a child in need of direction, he attempts
to take his life in a new direction. He opens up a magic
supplies store, called The Magic Box.
The opening of the magic store gave his
life a new directly. Finally, he had a life in the world
other than to play an unwanted Watcher to an adult Slayer.
Interestingly enough, the store ended up being the main
meeting place for all Scooby activities.
He managed to run the store, along with
the help of Xander's girlfriend
Anya, for the better part of
a year. However, the death of his beloved Slayer forced
him to sign over the lease to Anya and skip town. He remained
in his home country until just shortly after Buffy was
brought back from the dead.
He returned to Sunnydale for a short time
to help his Slayer with the transition back to life. In
an ironic twist of fate, he learned that Buffy was more
dependent on him than she ever had been before. It wasn't
healthy for her to rely on him so much when she had to
learn to be independent, so he left once again. This time,
he hoped his leaving would be the final lesson for his
He didn't return again until a year later
after the destruction of the Watcher's Council, signaling
the onset of a potential apocolypse. He began a worldwide
search for potential Slayers, and brought them back to
Sunnydale for Buffy to train. He didn't really stay in
any once place for too long during that time, until the
He struggled with learning how to cope
with a now independent Slayer, and learned that he taught
her more than he bargained for with her. He had a battle
of wills with her for a short time, but in the end he
could do nothing else but help her win the war.
He survived the destruction of Sunnydale,
and left town with the others. Currently, he's living
in England helping to rebuild the new Watcher's Council.
Giles is played by Anthony Stewart Head.
Age: 20 February 1954
Birthplace: Camden, London, England, UK
Schooling: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts