Recently divorced psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane moves back from Boston, MA to his home town of Seattle, Washington, where his ex-policeman father, Martin Crane, and his psychiatrist brother, Niles Crane, also live. He moves into an expensive apartment with his father and his father's newly appointed health care worker from England, Daphne Moon.
Niles is fastidious, snobby and fussy, and has gourmet tastes, and was described by a professional interviewer by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as Obsessive-compulsive. He frequently wears Double breasted suits rather than single breasted which Frasier often wears. He is an admirer of the fine arts including opera, theatre and classical music, drinks fine wine and enjoys French food which he himself cooks, and frequently obsesses about knowing the right people and climbing the social ladder. At the cafe he frequents with Frasier and other friends and family members, Niles' usual is a latte with a "whisper" of cinnamon, and occasionally chocolate shavings or nutmeg (though in at least one episode he eschews nutmeg as upsetting his stomach).
Niles is also very intelligent. In the episode "IQ", it is revealed that his IQ is 156, well above the Mensa range (which is typically around the low 130s).
Physically weak and very uncoordinated, Niles has a long list of phobias and medical conditions, many of which are clearly psychosomatic. Most prominently, he is quite mysophobic, given to wiping his hands after human contact and wiping down chairs in public places before sitting on them. He has nose bleeds when he tells a direct lie, and he faints at the sight of his own blood(and only his own, viewers can assume, as he successfully completed medical school and would have had to deal with the sight of others' blood hundreds of times). When extremely stressed, he is prone to panic attacks and fits of hyperventilation which have, on more than one occasion, seen him lose consciousness. In the season five episode fifteen, "Room Service," Niles suffers from a bout of stress induced narcolepsy, which is caused by his divorce with Maris. He also suffers from a long list of allergies, some exceedingly rare.
In the tenth season, Niles suffered a walking heart attack. He wasn't aware of it for several days, because he experienced referred pain and thought he had a toothache. After a dental checkup finds nothing wrong, Frasier's producer Roz Doyle tells him it's probably a sinus infection, but he also knows that there is a one-in-ten-thousand chance it's his heart. When a number of extremely unlikely events occur to or around him, he consults a doctor and is immediately checked into the hospital for surgery. Subsequent episodes dealt with his recovery and return to normal life.
He is seemingly hopeless at sports, barely able to catch objects even after simple throws (unless Daphne is doing the throwing—then he's suspiciously neat-handed). However, in some episodes he is shown to be fair at basketball. On one occasion, while attending a basketball game, he is fortuitously invited on court during the game's intermission to try his skill (or luck) at scoring from half court, and much to the astonishment of his brother and father (and himself), Niles makes the impossible throw. The brothers are often seen coming or going to squash matches, though Martin once commented in disbelief, "You have to wonder what happens on that squash court." Accompanying Martin on the shooting range one day, Niles discovered that he is an excellent marksman. He is a fair fencer, and has had some lessons in kickboxing. On other occasions he has expressed interest in lifting weights and taking karate lessons, but these ventures are typically laughed at by his father and brother and often amount to nothing. He is also a master speller, having come close to winning the national spelling competition as a youth and spell-checking the graffiti in a bathroom stall at a local coffee cafe with a red marker.
Niles is surprisingly affectionate for a man with his supposed germophobia. He can frequently be seen touching close relations (For example in "Back Talk" when Frasier was suffering back Pain, Niles can be seen rubbing his neck in Frasier's booth) or when making fun of them (he pokes Martin when he drones on and on about the weather and Daphne humorously points out that fact). This may be due to the fact that he is desperate for physical contact due to Maris' cold distance.
He drives a Mercedes-Benz with the license plate 5HR1NK. It is unknown which Mercedes he drives in the latter half of the series, but in the first and second season episodes "The Crucible" and "Seat of Power," respectively, we see him driving a Mercedes-Benz E320. This sits in neat juxtaposition to Frasier's consistent choice of BMW cars.
Like his brother, Niles appears to have liberal political views.
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