Rupert Giles
Rupert Giles - BTVS
General Information

Gender Male
Aliases Giles, Ripper
Race Human
TV Show Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Credit Anthony Head


Giles is Buffy's Watcher and somewhat of a father figure to her. A Watcher is assigned to every Slayer to train and advise them. He works in the School Library. He meets Buffy and her friends there to research and formulate plans against the supernatural enemies that threaten Sunnydale.


Major Plots

Personality and Traits


TV Series

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 1

  • Welcome to the Hellmouth
  • The Harvest
  • Witch
  • Teacher's Pet
  • Never Kill a Boy on the First Date
  • The Pack
  • Angel
  • I, Robot... You, Jane
  • The Puppet Show
  • Nightmares
  • Out of Mind, Out of Sight
  • Prophecy Girl

Season 2

  • When She Was Bad
  • Some Assembly Required
  • School Hard
  • Inca Mummy Girl
  • Reptile Boy
  • Halloween
  • Lie to Me
  • The Dark Age
  • What's My Line: Part 1
  • What's My Line: Part 2
  • Ted
  • Bad Eggs
  • Surprise
  • Innocence
  • Phases
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  • Passion
  • Killed by Death
  • I Only Have Eyes for You
  • Go Fish
  • Becoming: Part 1
  • Becoming: Part 2

Season 3

  • Anne
  • Dead Man's Party
  • Faith, Hope & Trick
  • Beauty and the Beasts
  • Homecoming
  • Band Candy
  • Revelations
  • Lovers Walk
  • The Wish
  • Amends
  • Gingerbread
  • Helpless
  • The Zeppo
  • Bad Girls
  • Consequences
  • Doppelgangland
  • Enemies
  • Earshot
  • Choices
  • The Prom
  • Graduation Day: Part 1
  • Graduation Day: Part 2

Season 4

  • The Freshman
  • Living Conditions
  • The Harsh Light of Day
  • Fear, Itself
  • Beer Bad
  • Wild at Heart
  • The Initiative
  • Pangs
  • Something Blue
  • Hush
  • Doomed
  • A New Man
  • The I in Team
  • Goodbye Iowa
  • This Year's Girl
  • Who Are You
  • Superstar
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • New Moon Rising
  • The Yoko Factor
  • Primeval
  • Restless

Season 5

  • Buffy vs. Dracula
  • Real Me
  • The Replacement
  • Out of My Mind
  • No Place Like Home
  • Family
  • Fool for Love
  • Shadow
  • Listening to Fear
  • Into the Woods
  • Triangle
  • Checkpoint
  • Blood Ties
  • Crush
  • I Was Made to Love You
  • The Body
  • Forever
  • Intervention
  • Tough Love
  • Spiral
  • The Weight of the World
  • The Gift

Season 6

  • The Bargaining: Part 1
  • Flooded
  • Life Serial
  • All the Way
  • Once More, with Feeling
  • Tabula Rasa
  • Two to Go
  • Grave

Season 7

  • Lessons
  • Beneath You
  • Sleeper
  • Bring on the Night
  • Showtime
  • The Killer in Me
  • First Date
  • Lies My Parents Told Me
  • Dirty Girls
  • Empty Places
  • Touched
  • End of Days
  • Chosen


  • There has been talk for years of a Rupert Giles-based spin-off series or special for the BBC entitled Ripper due to the popularity of the character. As of yet, this project has yet to be developed.


  • "I really don't know how to advise you. Things involved with a computer fill me with a childlike terror. Now, if it were a nice ogre or some such I'd be more in my element." ―Rupert Giles to Buffy Summers; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "I Robot ... You, Jane"
  • "Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after." ―Rupert Giles on life; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Lie to Me"
  • "Be quiet. I won't remind you that the fate of the world often lies with the Slayer. What would be the point? Nor shall I remind you that you've jeopardized the lives of all that you hold dear by harboring a known murderer. But sadly, I must remind you that Angel tortured me... for hours... for pleasure. You should have told me he was alive. You didn't. You have no respect for me, or the job I perform." ―Rupert Giles to Buffy Summers after discovering that she hid Angel's survival to him; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Revelations"