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Characters: Artemis Academy And Apollo Academy
aka: Magick Chicks
A partial character list for Magick Chicks. See also:

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    Melissa Hellrune 
The leader of the three protagonists, collectively known to fans as the Hellrune Coven, sixteen year-old witch Melissa Hellrune and her friends have been transferred to Artemis Academy for causing a school-wide gender bending incident back at their old Ghoul School Charybdis Heights. Once at the top of the social ladder, Melissa has immediately found herself little more than a nobody at their new school. She's determined to regain her rightful status as 'queen bee' and immediately begins plotting on how to take down Faith Abbott, the student council president and the single most popular girl in Artemis Academy. All while trying to keep under wraps that they're witches in a school for monster hunters.

  • Alpha Bitch: She used to be this back at her old school and though still the alpha of the coven Cerise's continuous popularity grabs succeeding make it seem as though even that is starting to slip through her fingers.
    • Though her own successes at getting popularity in ways she wasn't comfortable with are starting to tilt that momentum back to her (the victories over Rain in "Muscle Witch", and both Charity and Cerise herself in "Two Words" are signs of it). She's not used to Tiff hugging her or being tossed up in the air in victory.
    • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She may have crossed into this when she revealed while getting a "truth massage" that she no longer cares about being top dog and is more worried about what's becoming of her friends.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Dakota and Anastasia. Melissa and Cerise find them embarrassing even in the middle of their deathmatch.
  • Attack Reflector: Can do this with the help of the Wand. Proves useful when she reflects some of Cerise's Black Magic back at her.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When she temporarily gets turned into a guy, Jacqui asks if she's doing anything after school. Whether or not Jacqui was kidding is up for debate.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Jacqui said this was what Mel did when she defeated Rain (used no magic but pure combat ability to beat the Haughty Combat Corpswoman). Reflecting Cerise's fireball back at her could be another example.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Mel wanted the power of Artemis Academy and got it. Unfortunately, that PLUS the Wand she didn't know she had then let her know something's wrong.
  • Being Good Sucks: This is the exact reason she's being reformed, whether she likes it, or not. And it's taking a magic wand, Tiffany's influence, and a mysterious girl to get it done, but Melissa's determined not to change. It's even reflected in the comic's tagline: "Being good, never felt so BAD!"
  • Blondes are Evil: As evil as you can expect a popularity-obsessed high school girl to be.
  • Break the Haughty: This seems to be the basic goal of her and the Hellrune Coven being sent to Artemis Academy in the first place. It's debatable if its working but its certainly frustrating her to no end.
    • Subverted, in that the Principal of Charybdis Heights sent the Hellrune Coven there specifically to gain information on what goes on at Artemis Academy - their minds are simply wiped after reporting in each time.
    • Double Subverted in that The Wand is intent on forcing Melissa into becoming a better person... whether she wants to or not.
    • And played with given her latest Eerie Cuties appearance lamenting she hates the Wand, Tiff and that there are no boys in Artemis Academy—and she misses boys. A big fall from where she was on top at Charybdis Heights.
  • Cant Get Away With Nothing: Nothing she's planned has worked out the way she's wanted so far. The fact that Cerise has the exact opposite happen only seems to amplify her frustration.
    • Recently she had to face Cerise in combat duels...and it was Cerise who got served Humble Pie thanks to the Wand deflecting her own attack back to the redhead.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: As a result of training with Tiffany, she can punch the ground hard enough to make big chunks of rock rise up.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The magical girl dream from the first page twice now. The first time during her fight with Faith, and then when it turns out she really is a magical girl.
  • Childhood Friends: With Jacqui.
  • Crocodile Tears: Has a spell to generate these when she wants to manipulate someone.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Mel judo-flips Rain without thinking, then launches into kung-fu against her. All the while she's not sure how she's doing it.
    • Facing Cerise's big monster, she pounds the ground to throw up boulders at it—and make it go "sob sob." She then uses the Wand to send Cerise's fireball back at her.
  • Daddy's Girl: ironic for a witch, doubly ironic in that her "Daddy" isn't a daddy at all.
  • Empathic Weapon: The wand she discovers in an early storyline turns out to have a mind of its own, including forcing her to train with Tiffany every morning and showing an image of Tiff dead to guilt-trip Melissa into helping. When Mel faces Cerise, it appears within grab range—and given Cerise then goes for her Fireball to end the fight, Mel doesn't shoo the wand away—and uses it to send that fireball back at Cerise.
    • Morph Weapon: She sees the wand turn into a sword when Ash asks for one, but decides of a better way to stop a frenzied Brooke. Getting it to become a magical megaphone, she screams "SNAP OUT OF IT!" at Brooke to stun the melusine.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Oh, yes indeedy.
  • Evil Is Petty: Whenever Melissa's in "Heel" mode, she'll lash out at anyone who gets on her badside even if it's unprovoked. Layla even wound up without her breasts just because she snarked on her, since Mel couldn't think of a comeback!
  • Extra Parent Conception: Thanks to the complicated circumstances of her birth, she could have anywhere between two to as many as four parents.
  • Glowing Eyes: Happens twice to Melissa.
    • When she was in her first Combat Duel (against Faith), she got them when she tapped into the school—and the power overwhelmed her, turning into a destructive force (that Level 9 magical event that scared Professor Delatorre).
    • After she asserts herself as successor to Faith in front of the Academy's student body, Cerise goes "Empress beats President!" and lays a Hekate-powered hand on Melissa. Mel's eyes glow and the hand shatters as Mel transforms into her Cute Witch Magical Girl outfit, resolved to end this.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Well, she's probably fully human, but she's only half witch. Actually she's Half extradimensional evil overlord and half Magical Girl.
  • Has Two Mommies:
    • Subverted. Melissa doesn't know the person she always thought was her father is a woman, and Dakota has geassed her repeatedly with a magic talisman to keep her from finding out.
    • Double subverted with the revelation that Dakota and Anastasia were fused into one person while pregnant with Melissa and separated back into two people when Melissa's umbilical cord was cut, meaning Melissa quite literally has two mothers. As for her father there are four theories: Anastasia was pregnant, father unknown because Evil Queens get a lot of action, Dakota was pregnant thanks to a pre-battle hookup with the Heavenly Highwayman (the setting's Expy of Tuxedo Mask); both women were pregnant and Melissa is the merged super-fetus; or there is no father and Melissa simply resulted when they fused. Sandi promptly votes for Option 4.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: It mainly depends on which comic she's in and her role in each chapter, since she makes appearances in both.
    • In Eerie Cuties, she's almost always a villain and Layla's primary antagonist. The early parts of the comic had her try to overthrow Layla as Charybdis Heights most popular girl, by trying to steal her boyfriend. And in a set of guest strips, she cast a spell on Layla to take away her boobs, just because Layla snarked on her, and couldn't think of a comeback. She didn't reverse the spell 'til Brooke arrived... begrudgingly.
      • She's even become antagonistict towards Brooke, after learning Ace was her boyfriend, and has decided to steal him from her. Though it remains to be seen if she'll still want him now that Tia's removed the confidence boost she gave him, along with the leftover magic in his body. Which has reverted him back to his old look from the beginning of the comic.
    • Magick Chicks casts her in a somewhat better light, where the primary focus is to try to reform her by turning her into a heroine. But it's been difficult, since she's determined not to change. Even the realization that she's begun to care more about her friends, and less about popularity was enough to surprise her; causing her to literally run away in panic!
  • Heroic BSOD: Everything goes wrong for her pretty much at once. Jacqui might be dead, her "father" is a woman and her parents actually hate each other, Cerise isn't and might never have been her friend, she's not a pureblood witch, among other things. She laments "I don't even have friends...all I have is people I'm pretty sure won't attack me." Tandy gives a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! slap to try to snap her out of it.
  • Humiliation Conga: She's been on one from the word go, but she hits her low point when its revealed that she's a magical girl, complete with an embarrassing outfit. This is an odd example since it's been an absolute nightmare for her, but she has a great number of girls at Artemis singing her praises...which is exactly what she wanted in the first place, just not how she wanted to get there.
  • Irony: In so many ways she hadn't foreseen:
  • Instant Expert: She already knew she was getting physically stronger thanks to her training with Tiffany, but much to her own surprise, she has also somehow become a Kung-Fu Wizard.
  • It's All About Me: She's determined to become Artemis Academy's 'Queen Bee', by overthrowing Faith.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be petty enough to be concerned with something like being the top of the social chain at school, but when Hekate mind-controls two students to kill Faith and Tiffany and destroy the wand Mel admits to not wanting the two of them to get hurt; which says a lot, since she's determined to dethrone Faith.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: With the help of the wand and Tiffany's training, she is capable of kung-fu and judo moves, despite knowing nothing about martial arts. Even depowered, she'd probably be deadly.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Melissa's biological parentage is in such serious question that it's unclear who her mother is, let alone her father. There are two possible mothers, but it's possible that she's a chimera of fetuses from both mothers, or that she was immaculately conceived by a magical event. Oh, and one of her mothers Really Gets Around, so there's absolutely no clues as to who the father would be if she's the mother.
  • Magical Girl: Melissa is revealed to be one in in this strip!
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Averted. Due to magical shenanigans, Melissa's biological mother and father are both in question.
  • Meat Puppet: It would be more accurate to say that the Wand wields Melissa than the other way around.
    • The first time, she just tapped into the power of Artemis Academy and it overwhelmed her, turning her into a wild, mindless force of power even Faith got concerned about. Mel is only stopped when The Wand's taken out of her.
      • And later Professor Delatorre finds out a Level Nine Magical Event happened around the time Mel got the wand. Which this was.
    • After she's shown to be a true Magical Girl, The Wand thinks Tiffany is a good role model to train with and uses Tiff to train Mel's previously "porcelain doll" body to be more able to fight For Great Justice. This involves getting Mel to go through Training from Hell whether willing (she's not) or even conscious (when The Wand senses Tiff one night Mel's still asleep as Tiff does "night training" to help Mel become a better fighter even without magick. It looks like Mel's doing all this in her sleep or at least with her eyes closed). Once Mel finds out about the night training and realizes what happens, she's not happy about it.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While she and the Coven were fairly high on the social ladder at Charybdis Heights, Layla held the distinction of being the most popular girl at the school, despite Melissa's attempts to overthrow her. She'd eventually learn that there were bigger fish than Layla, when they were shipped off to Artemis.
  • Power Levels: Though she's unaware of it she's generated a level nine magical event that has the Artemis staff on edge.
  • Power Makeover: Of a comedic torment variety. Mel got taste in clothes keen enough that Hekate puts up with her antics for this and she's vain. As such, she loudly objects when whatever she wears is transformed into something more utilitary. Her opinion on the Magical Girl outfits is that she'd rather run around naked, thank you very much.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Her goal was to overthrow Faith and claim her position for herself. Mel did become popular at the school, though never in any of the ways she could be proud of. With the trope finally coming into play at the end of chapter 15, when circumstances prompts Faith to abdicate her position to Mel.
  • Secret Legacy: and it is so complicated it's practically Gambit Pileup by itself.
  • Shockwave Stomp: What does Mel do when Cerise conjures a giant beast against her? Punch the ground and cause a good bit of Earth in the form of major boulders to rise up! And cause said beast to go, "sob sob".
  • Squishy Wizard: Originally played straight and exploited by Faith. But after a bunch of training from Tiffany, it gets averted to the shock of all present.
  • Tough Love: Gets this twice from Tandy:
    • When Tandy brings in some taken take-out, Mel's still mourning Jaqcui. Tandy makes it known her first priority is keeping Mel alive and going.
    • When Mel feels her life has been a lie (her "father" is really a woman and her parents really hated each other, Cerise isn't and might not ever have been her friend, she's not a pureblood witch, among other things) and gets wangst in "Things'll never be like they were in my old school!" Tandy delivers a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! slap to snap Mel out of it.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Mel tells the cat the Wand's done nothing to fight Faith. What did it do instead? Give her a dumb costume, control her body, and ruin her love life (obvious downsides). She then adds, "Teach me kung-fu, improve my grades, make me popular at school..." and thinks THOSE might not be QUITE as bad (though possibly not enough to counter the earlier disadvantages). What tilts her into this? Breaking the 3-3 tie with the cat bothering her Siamese as a downside.
  • Unpaused: When exposed to the Wand in the middle of a conversation, she falls into a trance. When the Wand is taken away, she resumes her conversation as if nothing happened until she notices the person she was speaking to is no longer there.
  • Unsound Effect: She sends the fireball back at Cerise with a "BOUNCE".
  • You Are in Command Now: Faith appoints Melissa as the new student council president, moments before she and the others vanish.

    Jacqui Brightmoon 
Childhood friend of Melissa and the second of the protagonists sixteen year-old Jacqui is for all intents and purposes a stereotypical boy crazy high school girl. Like Melissa, Jacqui is a witch who specializes in illusions and glamour. Unlike Melissa and Cerise, Jacqui doesn't seem nearly as concerned with rising to the top of Artemis' social system. Usually the ditz of the group Jacqui's attention span is about as long as the distance to the nearest cute guy. Though easily distracted her moments of competence raise questions of if it's just an act or not...

  • Black Best Friend: To Melissa and Cerise.
  • Childhood Friends: With Melissa.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's undeniably ditzy and not brave, but has quick tactical thinking and has shown herself to be a capable fighter against Chastity. In fact, it's beginning to look like all of it might be an act. Like Melissa and Cerise, she was put under an amnesia spell to spy on Artemis Academy. Unlike Melissa and Cerise, she actually managed to dig up some important information, and reported her findings in a crisp and professional manner.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh, yes.
  • The Ditz: Perhaps, perhaps not.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook / Through His Stomach: Thanks to her side-romance with Paul, she's the only one we know can cook (Faith tried, but was told she's a "terrible cook"). Want some waffles?
  • Friend to All Living Things: She has one of Cerise's magical puppies, and in the camping trip, shows she likes bunnies and recently got a puma to act like a big kitty.
  • Genius Ditz: She sometimes seems to be airheaded, and sometimes comes across as the most clever of the trio, even though chronically Distracted by the Sexy. Also, knows her lore.
    • Dangerously Chloe has a page in which she says she's a straight-A student.
    • And her initial feeling that Rain was "way more suspicious" than Skye was proven right when she sees Rain has "boy parts"—and is the "imposter" Sandi was worried about.
      • And her original suspicion about Faith because she was "sleeping with the enemy" turned out to be correct - although not in the way Jacqui meant it.
  • Glamour: Her speciality.
  • The Glomp: How she helps Faith beat Ash—by glomping his midsection with a little affection. He said nobody could lay a hand on him? Jacqui laid TWO hands—and a cheek and two arms with Unsound Effect GLOMP!) to boot.
  • Hot for Teacher: For Mr. Delatorre.
  • Hot Librarian: The disguise she used to seduce Mr. Delatorre.
  • Lovable Coward: She's the easiest to scare of her coven and Melissa sees her as bit of a cry-baby. Jacqui herself pictured this trait overblown in her illusion during the "sparring" with Chastity, to lull an opponent into incaution.
    • Played straight when Torture Technician Gabrielle threatens to remove her fingernails, the fear of physical pain causes Jacqui to drop her Glamour of Faith...or maybe it was just the idea of her nails being damaged. It's hard to tell...
  • Master of Illusion: This seems to be her specialty, thanks to her Glamour spells.
    • Even Faith realizes this and goes to her when she wants to have an "immersive session" with Madamoiselle Lepommier. Jacqui does an Emergency Impersonation of Faith given the "urgent need" as Faith departs with the teacher. (She's only uncovered after the Torture Technician is ready to affect her nails, and in a panic, drops the Glamour.)
  • Motor Mouth: Its powerful enough to send even Faith running out of the room in horror.
  • Nice Girl: She's the only one of the coven who isn't mean. While going along with the other two and having her own share of tricks and intrigues, she is yet to show ill will toward anyone at all.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Between casting an illusion spell on multiple people at once and disrobing to cover for the fact she's rummaging through her teacher's desk, one has to wonder if she really is a ditz or is it just an act. Dangerously Chloe reveals that she was a straight-A student with no interest in boys until succubus Chloe messed with her personality stats, turning her into a Genius Ditz with a severe case of Distracted by the Sexy hardwired into her brain.
  • Really Gets Around: Second only to Faith, in that regard. How can she strip so quickly? Practice!
    • Dangerously Chloe reveals that it's Chloe's fault thanks to time travel shenanigans.
  • Squee: Her reaction to her teacher, Leandro Delatorre.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: "Merry Witchmas!" has Jacqui in one.
  • She Is All Grown Up: An old photo of hers is shown in Dangerously Chloe where it was shown her younger self had been the next-door neighbor of Teddy, the male protagonist, and wore glasses at the time. Contrast that to her present self.

     Cerise Darkshade 
The third and youngest of the protagonists, fifteen year-old Cerise Darkshade may very well be even more ambitious than Melissa in climbing the social ladder. With a plotting streak that would make Starscream himself proud, Cerise seems to be constantly thinking of ways to overthrow Melissa as leader of the Hellrune Coven and has even used her as a shield against a gender bending beam during the Charybdis Heights incident. Now at the bottom of the social ladder with Melissa and Jacqui, Cerise has set her sights beyond the coven and is now focused on the ultimate victory of reaching the top of Artemis Academy before Melissa can.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Cerise likes Callista, but after witnessing corrupted Skye's dark, hedonistic behaviour, she finds herself falling for Skye even more.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: She's cut Faith's connection to the school and is ready to remake Artemis Academy into her own image after she's stabilized. And make all the girls love her, ready to give Melissa her first threat to her popularity.
    Cerise: Who's popular now, Melissa?
  • Ambiguously Bi: During her original appearance on Eerie Cuties she dismissed Layla as too stuck up for her tastes. When she first learned that Artemis was an all girl's school the first thing out of her mouth was "We're gonna become lesbians," and now she's looking for a girlfriend to boost her popularity amongst the student body.
    • The ambiguity is starting to fade. Following her kissing Calista she remarks at how nice it was before immediately starting to rationalize it. While helping Mel pick out a dress for a date with Ace, she says, "Kissing girls is just fine! I mean, at least girls are gentle, soft and smell nice!" Which gets Jacqui wanting to try kissing girls—and both Cerise and Melissa telling her "PASS!"
    • Her reaction to Savage Skye after Skye's earlier, innocent self drained the excess evil power in a dying Cerise has Cerise even less ambiguous. (A Feral Cerise pounces on Skye and it's implied she's giving "love bites" to the corrupted Skye.)
  • Ambition Is Evil: Cerise wants to become Artemis Acadamy's queen bee and she will do anything, including manipulation and murder, to reach her goal.
  • Attention Whore: See the It's All About Me entry, further down.
  • Bad Boss: She gets angry at Skye for not knowing whether Melissa and the student council were all teleported, even though it was were her plan. Making it her own fault for not making sure it got carried out.
  • Becoming the Mask: She started off wooing Callista to climb the social ladder in her school, but as of late seems to sincerely enjoy spending time with her.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: After Cerise's power is magnified by Hecate's potion, and she antagonizes the Student Council as well as her former coven, her eyes are completely black.
  • Big Bad: This was built up for the longest time and then it finally happened in Chapter 15. She got all the girls who could resist her, namely the Student Council, to go on a camping trip, then severed Faith's psychic connection to Artemis Academy in order to become popular and loved like Faith was. She even spilled the secret that she, Mel and Jacqui were witches, turning the the Student Council on them. Then she used Skye's mind controlled animals in an attempt to get rid of them permanently via teleportation circle.
  • Break the Haughty: Any time she's shown up by Melissa, or whenever Mel gains more recognition than her. The worst two instances being when she was humiliated in front of the entire school, after challenging Mel for the next combat exam. And especially when she thought Hecate was about to bestow her with a new power and make her the Coven's new leader. Except Hecate was talking about Mel, not her.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She's backstabbed Melissa at every opportunity, from shoving Mel into the path of genderbending beam to save herself, to plotting ways to take over, and even tried to cheat for their match at the combat exam. But the worst example, by far, was when she outted Melissa and Jacqui as witches while they were alone and surrounded by the student council!
  • The Corrupter: She got Skye down her path for her Startof Darkness, and it's shown in recent strips after she drinks Hekate's potion that she is becoming "Mr. Inky," a black-skinned being that helps finish it when Skye willingly absorbs the excess energy to save Cerise from dying.
  • Crush Blush: She's recently developed this anytime Skye puts her on the spot about the things they've done in their private time. Particularly when Skye snarks at Cerise's comment about "no one bringing her to her knees."
  • Didn't Think This Through: While she's good at manipulating others and playing on their emotions, she never seems to plan ahead, or have contingency plans in case they fail. It gets lampshaded, by Melissa, here and, by Hecate, here.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The single thing humanizing Cerise is that she genuinely cares about Skye.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why'd Melissa want to date a boy since it won't make her popular.
  • Evil Is Petty: Everything she's done at their new school has been for the sake of one upping Melissa and she doesn't care who she has to step on, or whose feelings she hurts, to do it... except that one time. She's even gone so far as to out her friends as witches and has allegedly teleported them into a volcano!
  • Evil Redhead: Subverted, only in the sense that it isn't Cerise's natural hair color, but it most certainly applies otherwise. She's the most manipulative and generally meanspirited of the Coven, and there's no level she won't sink to in order to get what she wants even if it means betraying her friends, by trying to have them killed.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Turns out she not keen on being second banana to Melissa, which dates as far back as when they were pre-teens.
  • Idiot Ball/Villain Ball: As mentioned in the Didn't Think This Through example, Cerise's main flaw is that she has long-term goals, but often suffers from short-term thinking. Therefore, her success is equally dependent on things simply falling into place for her, then capitalizing on the outcome.
    • At other times, she'll simply walk into a situation blindly, due to excessive self-confidence, without stopping to consider how things could possibly go wrong for her. Such as when she challenged Melissa for the next round of combat exams. She was aware Mel was more powerful than she was, so she tried to cheat by using a tome of forbidden spells, thinking it'd give her the advantage; not knowing what type of power she was actually up againstnote . Which resulted in her being humiliated in front of the entire school.
    • But the most egregious instance, was when she literally showed up on Mel's doorstep to try to kill her while both her parents were home, and was brazen enough to brag about having killed Jacqui and the others by allegedly teleporting them into a volcano. Once again, not knowing what she was getting herself intonote  and was only spared another potential curbstomping thanks to Hecate teleporting Mel's parents to her location.
  • Irony: Melissa seems to have pretty much dropped any effort to regaining her queen bee status and, though she's not fond of Cerise's haughtiness or her methods to get popular, doesn't seem to care either what Cerise does now. But Cerise can't get over how Melissa usurped her former Alpha Bitch status and antagonizes her over reasons as petty as a few of the students liking her.
  • It's All About Me: A picture is worth a thousand words. It's bad enough that she's using Callista to climb Artemisis' social ladder, but she stoops as low as to use a nude painting of herself to hog the spotlight, at her girlfriend's birthday party!
  • Jerkass: She's amoral, disloyal and selfish, with few redeeming qualities. And that was before she drank Hekate's potion and turned completely evil.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: She starts off using immoral means to acquire popularity, but is only somewhat worse than Faith and Melissa. As she grows more and more obsessed with popularity, she uses increasingly underhanded means to get it. But it isn't until she drinks Hekate's potion to bring a witch to their full potential that she becomes unambiguously evil. Upon reaching this point, she secludes the Artemis Student Council as well as her former coven mates, Melissa and Jacqui, with the intention of killing them all. That way, she can use Mind Control to become Artemis Academy's new Alpha Bitch without the interference of these particularly strong willed girls and get rid of the girl she hates most, Melissa.
  • Kamehame Hadoken/Sphere of Destruction: Her latest magick is a fireball she launches at Melissa.
  • Karma Houdini: For much of the earlier parts of the comic, things usually went her way; often completely unscathed. Mel even lampshades it, following yet another of Cerise's "victories", by saying what many fans had been thinking for sometime:
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Lately though she's been having second thoughts to her schemes and even Melissa unwittingly manages to gain a notch after beating one of the Combat Corps students in combat practice without using magick at all. Cerise is beginning to show she might be suffering the strain:
    • Dark Skye ruining Cerise's moment at Callie's party, showing off and promising to meet her with less than clear intent seemed to disconcert her more seriously. (Skye later sees pictures of Cerise in a bikini when she sees Cerise's smartphone—and emails them to herself. This also outrages Cerise. It changes to panic when Skye tells Cerise what she thinks Cerise really wants to do with her inner hedonist—and Cerise runs.)
    • When she gets memory-repressed again after giving her report to the Headmistress, she's shown to have written, "I'm so sorry, Callie." Mainly when she mentioned "vulnerable," Callie came to mind and Cerise blushed as well, hinting her own vulnerability for the archer as well as BEING vulnerable around Dark Skye.
    • Seeing Melissa get a win against Charity, Cerise delves into Forbidden Magicks. She then calls out Melissa, and finds Melissa is MUCH more powerful than she thought. Even the Fireball Cerise uses isn't enough to stop Melissa from giving Cerise her first defeat—and giving Melissa another notch up on Cerise.
  • Kill 'em All: Her biggest attempt to grab popularity and power from Faith, Melissa and anyone else who could stop her involves doing this, by getting rid of them with a massive teleportation circle. She tries to tell Hekate she threw them into a volcano but Hekate points out she hasn't felt Mel's spirit cross the Styx yet.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: But her most recent "power play" has karma finally catch up to her. When Hekate gives Cerise a potion to give to Melissa so the power of Mel's witch blood can be able to negate The Wand's influence on her, Cerise drinks it instead. However, since the potion wasn't meant for HER, the boost in power is about to tear Cerise to pieces. However, a battery is needed to bleed off that power...and Skye more-than-willingly becomes it.
  • Mass Hypnosis: One of her powers after imbibing a potion to magnify her magic. She is able to control most of Artemis Academy near instantly. The stronger willed students are able to resist the immediate effects, but she can still control them with a focused effort.
  • Mass Teleportation: How she tries to get rid of the Artemis Student Council and her former coven mates permanently.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • A perfect example here, where she uses Skye to make Callista jealous, so Callista will agree to go clothes shopping with her, to further her goals.
    • And she continues to pull on Callista's heartstrings to further manipulate her.
    • On the other hand, she seems unsure about her treatment of Skye, maybe there's hope for her after all.
    • Chapter 14 has her deal with this. Dying due to her Phlebotinum Overload, her spirit runs into pre-corruption Skye, who happens to be in the same part of the time-space continuum. And power within her turns Cerise into "Mr. Inky," who brings Skye to Hekate and her overloaded-and-dying self. Which Hekate applauds, as it meant Cerise knew when she needed to do to save herself. Skye is willing to do what she needs to save Cerise...and Cerise apologizes for making her cry. Then they kiss...
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name, Cerise, means cherry. It's later revealed that Cerise still has her... uh... cherry. And her hair in the start of the series was a bright cherry red.
    • After drinking the Amplifier Artifact, she also speaks in black word balloons like Hekate, and has her original black hair in addition to being Unambiguously Evil.
  • Never My Fault: When Melissa tells her parents that Jacqui is dead thanks to Cerise, Cerise is quick to point out all SHE did was drop Jacqui into a volcano; the MAGMA killed Jacqui.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: After Cerise drinks a potion designed to bring a witch to their full potential, she starts getting ripped apart by her own power, since unlike Melissa, the witch the potion was meant for, she didn't have the capacity to handle it. Fortunately for her, something to shunt the excess power into just happens to be brought forth...
  • Power Incontinence: There was a reason that potion wasn't meant for you to swallow yourself, Cerise. Your body couldn't take the power the potion had in it while Melissa's could.
  • Power Makeover: Induced with her in Chapter 14.
    • Power Dyes Your Hair: Subverted:After imbibing a potion to bring a witch to their full potential, her hair turns black like it was when she was younger.
    • Dark Is Evil: The black energy of the potion spread to the rest of Cerise and altered her voice so that Skye didn't recognize her. She became that mysterious being, "Mr. Inky," that Skye ran into earlier. It also gives her Spikes of Villainy on her back as well as Femme Fatalons.
  • The Resenter: Back when she first met Melissa and Jacqui, she was the most popular girl in their school. But as their figures started developing, Melissa became more popular among the boys, and eventually in general. Jacqui doesn't think Cerise ever forgave Melissa for this, and one upping Mel is a major motivation in her popularity grab.
    • Addressed in Chapter 11. Even after Cerise manages to become considered one of the elite and gains, at least currently, immensely more popularity than Melissa, Cerise reacts with a great deal of jealousy towards any attention Melissa does manage to receive. This leads to her going to Forbidden Magicks—and finding Melissa's a lot more than even the Magicks can deal with in battle. Leading to her first defeat—and even MORE attention to Melissa.
    • With Chapter 14, it seems to have carried over to the Coven as a whole, as she's shown throwing a picture of the trio on the floor. Finally fed up with Hekate's favoritism of Melissa over her being the last straw, Cerise foolishly drinks an Amplifier Artifact only to find out her body's unable to handle it. However, someone might have come in to relieve that load before it kills Cerise...
  • Shared Universe: She shows up briefly in a Ménage à 3 Imagine Spot where she helped Sandra used magic against Senna (except not really).
  • The Starscream: Plots to overthrow Melissa, who's learned to recognize such moments just by expression.
    • Lampshaded when girls are contacted via dolls somewhat resembling them... and Cerise gets a Super-Deformed Starscream.
    • Her attempts to gain popularity haven't been successful when they also aim to overthrow Melissa in the process. (The party she threw for Callie ended up having Savage Skye crash it, and her delving into Forbidden Magicks got bounced back at her literally.)
    • And did we mention she drank a potion Hekate meant for Melissa, and Cerise is close to dying because of it? Or not so close now thanks to Skye...
  • Social Climber: From the moment the Hellrune Coven gets transferred to Artemis Academy, she plots ways to overthrow Melissa, by raising to the top of the school's social ladder before Melissa can. Her latest scheme involves pretending to date Callista; thus, using Callista's popularity to gain recognition for herself. She eventually even goes so far as to sever Faith's unintentional, popularity-inducing psychic connection to the school to replace it with her own and kill Faith, Melissa and Jacqui as well as the Student Council with a teleportation circle (target destination unknown as of yet) to ensure they can't stop her.
  • Spanner in the Works: With the Orb, she threw Melissa into it's path. She recently foiled Hekate's plan to corrupt Melissa by swallowing the potion meant for Melissa herself, only seeing it would boost Melissa's power—but not that Cerise's own body couldn't handle the strain of it.
  • Standard Powerup Pose: Did this after taking the vial, at first...
  • Summon Magic: The biggest magic we've seen her use thus far.
    • She can summon a bear chimera named Toby with a love for baconator burgers and a giant bee who's stingers are tipped in a paralytic venom.
    • Her recent "Infinipuppy" summon that her new girlfriend, Callie, tipped her into using brought a lot of puppies to swarm an opponent who had that fear. So she's able to bring in one very big animal, or several very small ones, depending on the situation at one time...though they might linger a bit as the Toby and the bee stayed for a little while instead of one vanishing after the other appeared.
  • Sweater Girl: Done in this Christmas artwork.
  • This Cannot Be!: Her reaction to Mel's Fisted Ground Pound which launches BOULDERS up.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: After Cerise launches a fireball at Melissa, it gets "bounced" back to her thanks to Mel's Wand. And the Oh, Crap look on her face lets us know that another loophole in her Karma Houdini Warranty is about to open up. Last scene has her eyes closed and a flash of light.
    • Unsound Effect: The following strip has her on the ground having plowed a bit of it with a "SKIIIIIIID" as Mel hands Cerise her first loss in Magic Duels.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil / Drunk on the Dark Side: What happened to Cerise after Skye stabilizes her evil from killing her. She's now intent on killing those who can stop her, even her former coven mates and her former girlfriend, Callie.
  • The Unfavorite:
    • When Mel is "corrupted by the Wand" Cerise is asked to give a potion that would amplify a witch's cursed blood to it's fullest potential to Melissa. Hekate had unintentionally led Cerise to believe that she would replace Mel in leading the coven, and the potion was instead for HER, not Mel.
    • Taken to absurd degrees when Cerise manages to turn everyone in the school into Hekate's worshipers and reveals that she tried to teleport Mel into a volcano, she STILL isn't made coven leader because Melissa is still alive.
    • Taken to its utmost extreme when Hekate admits that she wants Melissa to kill Cerise to break the Wand's influence over her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Hekate's Uriah Gambit: when Cerise is killed by Melissa, that would permanently break the Wand's influence over Melissa.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Invoked by Melissa when Cerise lures her and Jacqui into a trap, along with the student council, and the fandom's reaction when Cerise outs them as witches.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Cerise drinks a potion meant to bring a witch up to their full potential. Because she doesn't have the capacity to handle it, she experiences a Phlebotinum Overload, which makes her far more evil than she was before. Even when Skye stabilizes her, Cerise is such that she isn't above killing anyone to get her goals now, especially if they are too far away for anyone else to save them.

    Faith Abbott 
Faith is Artemis Academy's morally grey student council president, the most popular student, and has the student body wrapped around her finger. She's also the most powerful esper in the school's history! A hedonist, she freely abuses her presidential power and wastes no time in "welcoming" the coven (via hazing ritual) to Artemis. With formalities out of the way, Faith immediately sets out to bring the one girl she has no hold over under her charms: Melissa.

    Tiffany Winters 
Like the Hellrune coven, sixteen year-old vampire hunter Tiffany Winters originated in Eerie Cuties where she spent most of her time trying (and failing) to hunt the students of Charybdis Heights. When not at school she's usually either busy with her job at the local department store or continuing her hunt of Eerie Cuties' Layla, a vampire who is oddly enough her best friend as well. An overly-zealous monster hunter, Tiffany is the closest thing the Hellrune coven has to a friend in Artemis Academy after saving them from their first run in with Faith.

Others

    Sandi Mnemonic 
Faith's secretary and student council intel expert, Sandi Mnemonic has a crush on Faith as big as the sun itself and quite literally purrs when praised by her. Despite less than stellar treatment Sandi is intensely loyal to Faith going along with whatever plan she hatches and does whatever she can to please her, even if it leads to physical pain in some cases. She has a massive amount of disdain for Ash, which is reasonable considering he and Faith are more or less dating. She also seems to have accidentally become friends with Jacqui, even though Sandi doesn't like Jacqui and Jacqui's too much of a dingbat to notice... well, basically anything.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Sandi ticks all the boxes, let us count the ways:
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She delivers one to Jacqui, when she offhandedly jokes about Faith sleeping with the enemy, on top of implying she was a traitor. Though Sandi apologizes afterward.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her undying love and loyalty to Faith comes from their childhood. As a kid Sandi's mental powers were out of control and she spoke in random trivia. Faith took her under her wing and after a great deal of time and help Sandi was finally able to get herself under control by imagining her mind as a computer and filing everything away in it's appropriate spot. Her devotion continues to this day.
  • Berserk Button: Never question Faith's loyalty, or her integrity, in front of Sandi. She won't stand for it, not even as a joke, as Jacqui learned the hard way.
  • Butt Monkey: Sandi has found herself in embarrassing situations more than once - from getting slammed by the door at Callista's party, to dryhumping a tree she thought was Faith as a result of one of Jacqui's glamour spells.
  • The Door Slams You: Mentioned in the previous entry, which can be seen, here.
  • Expy: She bares a strong resemblance to Velma Dinkley, both in appearance and because she's the smart girl of the group.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Parodied when a group animals gather around her, despite her attempts to scare them off. Which is further spoofed when the birds and squirrels perch on her head and shoulders, in time for Jacqui to get a picture of it!
    • Cassandra Truth: She had a feeling the animals were evil, and she's proven right when they collect materials for and prepare a massive teleportation circle to kill the entire student council as well as Cerise's former coven mates (as the animals were really mind-controlled by Evil Skye).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Exhibited passively toward anyone who garners Faith's affections, namely: Ash and Tiffany.
  • Meaningful Name: A "mnemonic" (also called a "mnemonic device") is a learning technique aimed at translating information into a form that the human brain can remember better than its original form, and Sandi Mnemonic practically has as much intel as the Akashic Records. This becomes more meaningful when we learn that her powers used to be out of control, and Faith had to help her file the information in her mind by having Sandi imagine that her mind was a computer, and all of the intel as files to be stored in their proper place; a mnemonic in its own right.
  • Meganekko: Look at her folder picture.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Sandi only has eyes for Faith and wants nothing more than the chance to ROCK. HER. WORLD. Which was made explicit when she wound up dry humping a tree, due to Jacqui's glamour spell casting an illusion of her heart's desire: which was the sight of Faith naked and offering to "reward" her.
  • The Smart Guy: She's described as "a living Google" on the cast page of the print edition and is really good with data. So much so, that Faith is genuinely curious whenever she can't find information on any given subject.
  • Technopath: It's been shown multiple times that Sandi had technopathic powers, particularly of the "mental interface" (used for analysis, or to find information on the subject at hand) and super smarts variety.
  • The Unfavorite: According to the comic's editor, Sandi is none too popular with the other students though her close association with Faith helps to offset some of the negativity. For awhile, her only other friend seemed to be Callista, but recent chapters have hinted at the possibility of an unlikely friendship forming between her and Jacqui.
  • This Cannot Be!: When it looks like Faith is the "traitor" Sandy is horrified.

    Ash 
Ash is the ace of Apollo Academy and Faith's more or less boyfriend. Not much is known about Ash at this point beyond the fact that he works (and apparently lives) at a Chinese restaurant, is skilled enough to fight Faith on even ground, take on multiple lesser opponents at once, and is seemingly adored by the girls of Artemis as much as Faith herself.

  • The Ace: For Apollo Academy.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: So very, very much, that it's no surprise that it's bitten him in the ass more than once. Still, it must be said that his smug self-confidence isn't entirely unwarranted, since he fights well enough to rival Faith!
  • Birds of a Feather: See the related entry in Faith's section.
  • Coitus Ensues: Alluded to when he met Faith at the park, to discuss what'd happened at the pool partynote . Except the discussion came after they did, though the act itself occurred offpanel.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ash may be a gentleman, but he'll do what it takes to win a fight; including biting his opponent and he isn't above striking a female either. Provided it's Faith, since he knows she can take it, and Brooke since she almost killed him.
  • Dating Catwoman: It's no secret that he and Faith are seeing each other, despite the competition between their two schools. They've even made out, in plain sight of her fellow students, and have slept together more than once.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Or at least he's yet to be seen with them, be it infiltrating Artemis, dropping in on Faith, or even just walking around.
  • Even Combat Pragmatists Have Standards: See the Would Hit a Girl entry at the bottom.
  • Expy: Of Ranma. Just picture him about a year older and with a soul patch.
  • A Father to His Men: Seen, during the breastplate raid on Artemis, where he saved several of his fellow students. Then acted as a decoy to cover their escape.
  • Loveable Rogue: Despite being from the competing school and leading breastplate raids into Artemis, he's roguishly handsome and charming enough that he's popular with the students there. It also helps that he's skilled enough to trade witty repartee and challenge Faith, herself, whom he happens to be dating, as even she can't resist his charms.
  • Mr. Fanservice: As mentioned in the previous entry, he's a charmer with looks to match. But, when he took off his shirt during his match with Faith, the girls practically fangasm'd.
  • Tempting Fate: As seen in the Bullying a Dragon entry.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: During his second brief guest spot on Eerie Cuties he unknowingly endured three hours of having his energy drained by a Doompanty-charged Chloe and her two lesser succubi minions. When he runs off to go meet up his sparring partner they're left utterly amazed that he was still standing. Did we mention that he was identified as a prime target because of how far they were from him when they first detected his testosterone levels?
    Chloe: This is...impossible! You should be starved of energy by now!
    Ash: I am starved! But nothing a half-dozen angus burgers on the way can't fix!
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Except for when he's at work, otherwise, he usually goes without.
  • Would Hit a Girl: With exception, that is. Ash will only fight Faith because he knows she can take it. More importantly, he knows he can't afford to pull his punches with her if she decides to get serious, considering she's an abnormally powerful high-level esper. Likewise, he only began to fight Brooke seriously, once he realized what he'd gotten himself into.

    Callista "Deadeye" Archer 
The last member of Faith's trio is her best friend, Callista, who's the captain of the school's Archery Club and serves as Faith's lieutenant. As such, she enjoys a fair amount of popularity of her own, due to her "dead aim". She initially appears confident and focused, but is actually rather shy. At least, when it comes to matters of love.

     Tandy 
The captain of the school's Ninja Club and a member of the student council. Best described as "tsundere", she rarely says a word more than she has to, and doesn't seem to make friends easily. But once anyone earns her respect, she opens up a bit, revealing her somewhat softer side - with Gabrielle and Amelia being her closest friends.

  • Aloof Darkhaired Girl: She appears to be emotionally distant and has few friends.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She delivers one to Melissa, when she starts complaining about her life falling apart, even though the school's been taken over, by Cerise, and the rest of student council are believed to be dead. Then gives her a harsh reminder that she isn't the only one who's been effected by Cerise's actions.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Self-appointed, in order to protect Mel, after she's appointed as the new student council president, by Faith.
    • Bodyguarding a Badass: Not that Mel necessarily needs protecting, which she demonstrates by smacking Tandy hard enough to crack the tile of her bathroom wall and leave her with a mild concussion.
  • Ceiling Cling: Spider-who?
  • Expy: Of Rin Tohsaka. From the meg-twin tails, to her tsundere attitude, and she's even a Class S Zettai Ryouki.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Covered in the Armor-Piercing Slap entry.
  • Ninja: A given, since she's the captain of the school's Ninja Club, which isn't in name only. They're the real deal. Tandy has the type of agility one would expect and can appear suddenly, seemingly from thin air.
    • Speaking of the Ninja Club, they've been acting as a resistance group to undermine Cerise's authority, in Tandy's absence. And have even managed to capture Skye and replaced her with Rain, without arousing Cerise's suspicion. Impressive for a group of highschool girls.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: Tandy, during the following exchange, while Melissa helps steady her on her feet after giving Tandy a mild concussion.
    Melissa: [concerned] Uh... are you okay?
    Tandy: [out of of it] S'nuffin... juss a concussion.
    Melissa: [alarmed] Concussion?! But... how are you supposed to protect me?
    Tandy: [speech slurring] S'fine... I juss need to walk it off...
    Melissa: But—!
    Tandy: [irately, making dismissive hand gesture] I said I was fine, Susan!
  • Perpetual Frowner: Tandy's default expression. Or, she simply effects a look of indifference.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair falls past her waist, even though she wears it in twin tails.
    • Godiva Hair: Seen when she steps out of the shower and belts Melissa, but best seen after Mel returns the favor with a magically enhanced bitch-slap!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Directed toward Mel, in chapter 16, once she gets fed up with her moping and complaining, as though she was the only one effected by the teleportation incident.
    Tandy: (at Mel) "You think you're the only one whose life got ruined that day? Gaby and Amelia are DEAD! Faith is DEAD! The school is lost — the world is next! We don't have time for crybabies! Grow some ovaries and WOMAN UP!!
  • Secret Art: She knows a special massage technique that stimulates truth telling, which she first demonstrated on Gabrielle, before using it on Melissa. Which is how Mel realized she was secretly starting to care less about popularity and more about her friends!
  • Tsundere: Tandy's a textbook example (set to "tsun"), even when she warms up to those around her.
    • First seen, when she offeres Tiffany some of her food, out of respect for how she dealt with Faith teasing her.
    • It's also reflected in how she and Gabrielle relate to each other. For all Tandy's griping, she seems to care about her such as when she refers to Gabrielle as "Gaby", when she tells Melissa that she could be dead, along with Amelia and Faith.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gabrielle, who has a knack for beating her at "roche-papier-scissors", which annoys her to no end. But Tandy finds other ways to get even with her. Despite this, it's subtly revealed that Tandy cares about her (seen in the preceding entry).
  • Zettai Ryouki: This actually applies to any of the girls, when they're in uniform. But Tandy gets special mention, since she's also tsundere and and has mega-twin tails; making her a Class S example.

     Leandro Delatorre 
One of the teachers at Artemis.

  • Bishōnen: Oh so very much.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Goes right with the above. Just look at the picture !
  • Cool Teacher: He saved Jacqui from a Scary Librarian by flirting with her. The librarian was actually Jacqui using a glamour spell to achieve just this.
  • Hot Teacher: Jacqui's goes googley eyed over him and she's dating him, by disguising herself as a Hot Librarian.
  • Megane
  • Stoic Spectacles: The only time thus far he's shown any significant amount of emotion being when the principal told him about Melissa causing a level 9 magical event and when Jacqui shows up half naked on his desk after class.

     Hekate 
The goddess of witchcraft.

  • Bad Boss: She shrinks Melissa when Hekate sees the Wand, and begins The Wand gaining more influence over her onetime Favorite. Also doesn't show concern when The Unfavorite, Cerise, drinks a potion meant to help Melissa override the Wand's power over her—here she seems bored. And despite everything Cerise has done for her sake, Hekate still doesn't give a damn about her. She is merely setting up Cerise to be killed by Melissa in order to break the Wand's influence on her.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Cerise thinks that Hekate is about to offer her great power due to the fact that her old favourite, Melissa, has been ruined by the wand. But no, Hekate just wants Cerise to fix her.
  • Incoming Ham: As befitting a being of her stature:
    Hekate: DAUGHTERS! May those that have wronged you beware my wr- Oh... It's you. What is it this time? Your lip gloss the wrong color again?
    Melissa: That was an emergency!
  • The Corrupter: As Melissa is her favourite follower, but is being "ruined" by the Wand, she seeks to empower Melissa's witch blood to its full strength in order to curb the Wand's influence on her. When Cerise takes the potion instead, Hekate offers to allow Skye to take some of Cerise's corruption into herself in order to save Cerise from her Phlebotinum Overload. She does at least warn Skye about the consequences, but Skye ignores them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She frequently makes hilariously cynical comments:
    Hekate: Don't mind her, she's just dying.
    Skye: Dying?! Omigosh! We have to do something!
    Hekate: Don't worry, it'll be good for her.
  • Divine Intervention: Hekate wants Melissa to kill Cerise so as to make her unworthy of the Wand, or for Cerise to kill Melissa to prove herself a worthy successor. When someone else nearly manages to kill Cerise, Hekate intervenes by pulling out the sword and knocking off the imposter's wig.
  • The Fashionista: She loves good clothes offered to her and calls out Savage Skye on her own taste in clothes: "These look Horrendous!"
    • When Chastity is made High Priestess and the Sewing Club makes haute couture fashion, Hekate is thrilled.
  • Get a Room!: This strip.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: She can no longer interact with Melissa directly thanks to the Wand and is thus forced to send her a gift via a proxy. She foolishly chooses Cerise.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She tries to "save" Melissa from the Wand's influence by increasing the power of her witch's blood, which would hopefully block out the Wand's "corruption". But because she was foolish enough to trust Cerise with the Amplifier Artifact, Cerise drinks it for herself.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Melissa was loyal to you before you saw the wand, then what did you do? You went ballistic and shrank her down. It happened to be where pixie dust was, too. Well, it wasn't like turning Mel into a pixie would bypass the Power Incontinence problem she had that forced the wand to be separated from her, right? Or turn her into a Cute Witch Magical Girl, Right? Or put Mel's loyalties to you in jeopardy in the process, RIGHT?!? Whoops... and as a bonus, the Wand now has Mel "corrupted" enough to bring out a potion to force Mel back to you? Way to go, Lady...you turned a loyal witch into a potential threat.
  • Our Gods Are Greater: She is the goddess of witchcraft. She wields a great deal of magical power, but doesn't seem capable of doing much directly, instead choosing to act through mortals.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Traditionally, sacrifices to Hecate include meat or live dogs and lambs. Nowadays, she'll take designer clothing instead. Of course, she first insists, "You know how it works! I'm not one of those attention-whore genies! You need my help, you offer some tribute first!" (Meaning the price for her help isn't "cheap" but can be easily arranged for.)
    • Cerise wins her over with strawberry-kiwi Snapple, though, for a moment.
    • And again when Cerise turns Artemis Academy into her own territory, including converting her classmates into Hekate's followers. Chastity, the Sewing Club President, has become High Priestess and has worked to bring haute couture to Hekate, which delights her to no end.
  • Psychic Powers: She wields more than just magic. She is capable of launching psychic attacks that can take control of or drain other beings.
  • Uriah Gambit: She plans to end the Wand's influence over Melissa by having Melissa kill Cerise. Why? So Melissa can inherit Anastasia's kingdom. Given Cerise has turned into a megalomaniac who'd enslaved Artemis Academy, supposedly killed several of their peers including their own former coven-mate Jacqui, and is now intent on ending this by killing Melissa as well, Hekate might just succeed as it's shaping up to be where There Can Only Be One.

     Skye 
A relatively weak esper with the power to talk to animals.

  • A Darker Me:
    • Post-corruption, her inhibitions become very loose. Part of this could because she took part of Cerise's overwhelming power, and possibly some of Cerise's spirit, into herself in Chapter 14 to save Cerise from dying.
    • She scares Cerise at her locker, first by emailing pictures of Cerise in a bikini from Cerise's own smartphone to herself, then asks her "Go skinny dipping?"
      Skye: You do want to skinny-dip, don't you? I can see it in your eyes! You want to lose your inhibitions! You want to run naked through the forest at midnight! Howl at the moon!
    • Cerise tries to run to class, but Skye zings her with "You can't run from who you really are, Cerise!"
    • Attack Its Weak Point: Skye knows a nibble to Cerise's ear makes her "nothing to fear."
    • Brainwashed and Crazy: After realizing Cerise was really only interested in Callista, she runs away in tears, only to encounter a mysterious being that have its own idea of "what kind of creature she could be." It even unnerves Cerise at the end of "Birthday Suit" when Skye seems to outdo her in everything, and scares Cerise outright when Callie is in danger of being eaten by wolves. It eventually turns out that future Cerise was said mysterious being, and that Skye had allowed this to happen on Cerise's behalf.
    • Clothing Damage: When Skye crashes Callista's party, the outfit she was in earlier is shown with a few tears and stains to it. One girl even asks, "What happened to her!?"
      • Best Known for the Fanservice: When Sandi points out Skye's in "rags," Skye suddenly realizes Sandi's right. Skye then takes off her clothing, going "We can't have that!" and putting Sandi into a Stunned Silence. Faith later admits once Skye's changed to another outfit, "...you seem to have been a good source of entertainment for the girls."
      • Cerise, seeing she'd been trumped in that department, vows to reclaim that spot "Once I figure out how to get even nakeder!" (Earlier, Cerise prided nudity as a "spiritual experience" after giving Callie artwork of herself, nude.)
    • Comic Sutra: She can bring Cerise "to her knees" during "Private Fun Time"
    • Evil Feels Good: During her crazy routine Skye almost dances, and even after it's stopped, still grins like it's the funniest joke of her life.
    • Horse of a Different Color: Her entrance when crashing the party was impressive, but departure on a wolf's back managed to beat it. A nice touch.
    • Murder the Hypotenuse: She orders a pack of wolves to eat Callista.
    • Took a Level in Badass: She doesn't flinch when Callie pulls a bow on her. Because she can bring wolves to bear on Callie—and a chipmunk to destroy her bowstring (and Callie's edge).
    • Yandere
  • All Girls Want Bad Girls: Skye wants a woman with a strong personality as a lover, which is why she loves Cerise and rejects Rain, even if the latter's personality isn't especially weak. In the end, it boils down to this trope.
  • Back Stab: Runs Cerise through with her "big girl sword" while behind Cerise, claiming before she wanted to help. However, this was really someone else impersonating Skye doing so.
  • The Beastmaster: While she can't summon animals on her own, she can take advantage of creatures summoned by other people, as Cerise nearly learns to her dismay.
    • When Callie aims her bow at Skye to get her drop let Cerise go, Skye warns Callie "My babies might take your joke the wrong way." In come several wolves ready to protect "Mama."
  • Character Development / From Nobody to Nightmare: Skye went from a timid challenger to Cerise, to an admirer when she saw Cerise kiss Callista on their date, to someone who thought Cerise liked her too (but was using her to get closer to Callie), to her present Brainwashed and Crazy Evil-Corrupted version 2.0 ready to claim Cerise for her own. And have no guilt about using wolves to eat Callie to do it.
    • At Cerise's locker, she even becomes someone who could cause Cerise to run in panic!
    • But in Chapter 14, we see Skye's motivation for her major change and the noble reason why. We find that Cerise's spirit, who became "Mr. Inky," brought Skye to Cerise before her mortal body, about to be destroyed through Phlebotinum Overload, could die. To save Cerise from dying, Skye's willing to let the extra power corrupt her soul.
  • The Dragon: She seems to be this to Cerise's Big Bad. In Chapter 14, she saves Cerise from dying by taking some of Hekate's excess power, as well as her evil, into herself. It boosts her ability to communicate with animals such that as of Chapter 15, Skye doesn't NEED to be in proximity to get them to do her work. Which helps when they prepare to make a massive teleportation circle to take out the Artemis Student Council, Melissa and Jacqui. In Chapter 18, Rain makes Skye look like The Starscream when she runs through Cerise with her "big girl sword" after Rain impersonates Skye.
  • Expy: She's the Fluttershy in Magick Chicks cast of pony expies.
  • Face-Heel Turn:
    • Showed signs in "Birthday Suit" (chapter 9) when she was ready to have Callie eaten by wolves to take Cerise for herself.
    • Later becomes more brazen in "Imposters" (chapter 12) to where she can even scare Cerise when she knows what the then-redhead would really like to do.
    • After reappearing in "Broken Up" (chapter 14) after her earlier self drains Cerise of excess evil to keep Cerise from dying, is now more savage and openly evil, having also gained some of Hekate's essence.
    • Now in the present chapter ("Whose Idea Was This Again?" #15) she is openly with an evil grin and The Dragon to Cerise's Big Bad.
  • Friend to All Living Things: A benefit of being an animal telepath.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: She had wider eyes pre-corruption, but Skye now has a bit of a squint with an "up-to-something" glint in her eyes. As if she's in the game of love's "next round" against Callie for Cerise.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes:
    • according to Hekate here on her non-uniform appeareance. This also includes what looks like a corset with Tutu and Goth accessories. Though in Skye's defense, she only had that one outing with Cerise and Callie that hinted a "wild child" was what she was going for.
    • And now has a Chrismas variation in this artwork.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Skye has shown no interest in boys, and Rain is actually a boy in disguise, Skye may be aware of this, and has been a bit nasty about rejecting him. Then again, now that we know that Skye and Cerise's powers are entangled, Rain's gender may have nothing to do with it at all.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She displays some very stereotypically feminine behavior, but has only shown interest in other girls. Could also be Single-Target Sexuality, though.
  • Love Makes You Evil: She saves Cerise's life, not just out of compassion, but a willingness to do "anything for her". The Corruption is the price she has to pay.
  • Love Martyr: She willingly takes Cerise's corruption into herself, staining her soul and making her evil, in spite of Cerise's horrible flaws. All to win her love.
  • Purity Personified: Hekate says that there is no malevolence in her aura whatsoever, which is an impressive trait for a mortal.
  • Rhymes on a Dime:
    Big Bad Cerise, so full of power.
    Conquered a school in under an hour.
    And yet, the teensiest nibble on her ear,
    And suddenly she's nothing to fear (nibbles Cerise's ear and stuns her).
  • Showgirl Skirt: Wears one with Fluffy Fashion Feathers in one more styled with Black Swan in this one-shot pic by Cassandra.
  • Slasher Smile: Has one when Cerise tells the campers Faith's lost her connection to the school and obviously now enjoys being Cerise's second.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Her Telepathy is specialized for communicating with animals.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Cerise pretends to like her, but actually just uses her as a tool to make Callista jealous and accelerate the development of their relationship.
    • The Dog Bites Back: Post-corruption, Skye gives Cerise a deep kiss in front of Callista, so possibly Skye has the means to challenge Callie for Cerise. Which include a pack of hungry wolves and a bowstring-chewing chipmunk. It also seriously unnerves Cerise at the end.
      • She also unnerves Cerise more when she meets the redhead at her locker. Seeing Cerise's smartphone has pictures of Cerise in a bikini, Skye emails them to herself. She then paints a disturbing picture of what Cerise's inner heondist would love to do (see the quote under "A Darker Me") with a crazed, evil look in her eyes. It causes Cerise to run in panic.
    • However, with her entry into Cerise and Hekate's meeting, Skye would be the "battery" to relieve Cerise's "power problem"...and play a part in her outdoing Cerise later on...
    • Though now, she knows enough about Cerise to turn her on (with an ear nibble) and "bring her to her knees" during "Private Fun Time."
      • Reverse Mole: This "Skye," however, is revealed to be The Mole for the Ninja Club, now La Résistance. The real Skye was captured by the Ninja Club, stripped naked and bound and gagged.
  • Weak, but Skilled / Heart Is an Awesome Power: She could win over animals in her battle with Cerise until that bee sting caused Toby's pain to override her power. After her corruption, she could command a chipmunk to neutralize Callie's bow and a pack of wolves to attack Callie. She later uses them to set up a massive teleportation circle to get rid of the Student Council, as well as Cerise's former coven mates.

     Rain 
A member of the Combat Corps.

  • A Simple Plan: Rain thought she could defeat Melissa if she took her down before she could cast a spell, which makes sense in theory. Problem was, Mel was no longer a Squishy Wizard like Rain expected her to be.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Excuse me, but are those... boy parts?"
  • Determinator: Following Cerise's takeover of the acadmy, Skye reports that Rain has been acting against them and that she's vowed to bring Cerise to her knees.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: Jacqui referred to Rain's as "angry hair". A few moments later, Rain cofronts Melissa in front of the school, to let her know that things weren't over between them.
  • Expy: Of Rainbow Dash.
  • Gender Reveal: Invoked when Jacqui walks in on him, in the school's shower. Rain seems to be a shapeshifter, though he can only shift his body mass around, not his genitalia.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She has a crush on Skye, but Skye wants a woman with a strong personality, and after her corruption, she gets pretty nasty about it.
  • I Gave My Word: She told Melissa she'd dye her hair if she lost to someone who couldn't tell the difference between kung-fu and judo. The next time Mel sees her, following her loss, Rain's hair is dyed black.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: His absurd plan to win Skye's affections aside, he is also stupid enough to free her even after it is clear that she has fallen into evil. The outcome is predictable.
  • The Mole: Subverted when Jacqui walks in on him, in the school's showers, where he explained that he wasn't a spy. It was simply a means of getting closer to Skye. But it's played straight in chapter 16, where he uses his shapeshifting ability to switch places with Skye, after she's captured by the Ninja Club.
  • Multicolored Hair: It's hard to see since the strip is done in black and white, but since she's an expy of Rainbow Dash, this one's a given. Though she dyes her hair black after losing to Melissa.
  • Sore Loser: Tiffany states that Rain will be wanting a rematch, and sure enough, she doesn't take Melissa defeating her very well.
    • Rain, as well as AJ, didn't like that it seemed Tiffany had been coaching Melissa on the side either.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Rain was unaware Mel had been training with Tiffany for the past month, so she assumed Mel would be easy to beat, so long as she got to her before she could cast any spells. She was wrong.
  • Unknown Rival: After being humiliated by Melissa at her own combat talent, she trains hard, dyes her hair, and gives a big speech only to be deflated by Melissa asking "I'm sorry, but... Have we met?"
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In chapter 12, it's revealed that Rain isn't a girl, but a male student from Apollo Academy, who has the ability to (mostly) shift his body mass to mimic the female form.

     Dakota 

Melissa's "father" who is actually a woman using Glamour to make everyone think she is an extremely buff man. She's actually Melissa's co-mother with Anastasia, but lost the coin toss to determine who was going to play the role of Melissa's daddy.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Her career apparently revolves around hunting down artifacts, swords in particular. She's looking for a weapon that can kill Anastasia.
  • Bad Liar: In spite of her cover story, she frequently refers to the fact that she is a woman and even Melissa's mother, spreading confusion and forcing her to cover things up again using her skull trinket.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Perhaps better described as homicidal sexual tension
  • Combat Pragmatist: Seen when she takes Anastasia by surprise by attacking before the time they agreed on, and by taking advantage of her distraction to unload a pair of Magi Tech flintlock pistols directly in her face, point-blank.
  • Cool Shades: Worn at all times, even indoors.
  • Destination Defenestration: After her attempt to kill Anastasia fails she gets thrown though a french door right in front of Tandy, Sandi and Melissa.
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: Her justification for attempting to kill Anastasia ahead of time, since she assumed Anastasia was planning to do the same if she got the chance.
    Anastasia: [weakly] Y-you promisssed...
    Dakota: (soothingly) Shh... Shhh... It'll all be over soon.
    Anastasia: N-not till Melissa w-was in college...
    Dakota:''' Sorry, 'Stasia, but I had to move up the timeline a little. And we both know you were planning the same fate for me.
  • Expy:
  • Enemy Mine: with Anastasia to raise Melissa, after a prolonged custody battle - emphasis on battle.
  • Fusion Dance: Fused with Anastasia during their final battle as Musical Starlight and Queen Obscuria when the dimension they were falling through collapsed around them and merged them together. As such they could feel each others thoughts, feelings and vices (in her case, Ana's lack of conscience and destructive tendencies). It nearly drove them to suicide until they found out they were pregnant with Melissa.
  • Glamour: she had a skull trinket that allows her to manipulate the minds and perceptions of others. She uses it to keep up her cover as Melissa's father.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She tried to invoke this attacking Anastasia before the end of their truce once she believed it couldn't be put off any longer and was certain she'd found a sword capable of killing her. It didn't work.
  • Magical Girl: Used to be Musical Starlight, the previous owner of Melissa's wand. She didn't mind the job, but wasn't really thrilled about the name. She couldn't do anything about it since it came with the wand though.
  • One-Man Army: She single-handedly repelled the invasion of Montreal by defeating Anastasia's entire army. Including Anastasia, herself.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Anastasia's girly girl. Involuntary, but also necessary if she's going to play the role of Melissa's father. She was not happy to find out the coin toss was rigged.
    Dakota: "I was girly, dammit!"

     Anastasia 

Melissa's mom, formerly (or perhaps not-so-formerly) Queen Obscuria, ruler of the Shadow Dimension and Musical Starlight's nemesis. A shy girl who accidentally banished herself to the Shadow Dimension and worked her way up to evil overlord, it's implied that she's not quite human any more. Her love for Melissa is not in question, however

  • Affably Evil
  • Badass Abnormal: She appeared to be an ordinary highschool student, who practiced magic, before inadvertently stranding herself in The Shadow Realm. Whether it was due to the time spent there, or the teachings from the Lord of Shadows, one thing is clear: she came back as 'something more' than when she left. Being run through with a magic sword had no effect on her and not only survived being shot in face point-blank by a pair magitech flintlock pistols, she rapidly healed soon afterward. And that's after being said to have weakened, due to jointly giving birth to Melissa.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has what is perhaps better described as homicidal sexual tension with Dakota. The one thing they agree on is their mutual love for Melissa.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Melissa goes over a list of several of Cerise's evil deeds, instead of catching Melissa's point that Cerise is dangerous, Anastasia merely experiences nostalgia over her own villainous ventures and tells Cerise that her parents must be so proud.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can't resist messing with Melissa even in the midst of the emotionally thorny revelation of her origin.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She wasn't popular in High School. So her way of dealing with it? Send the popular kids the Shadow Realm. Only to cast the spell wrong and wind up there herself.
  • Enemy Mine: Joins with Dakota to raise Melissa, after a literal custody battle.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite her Lack of Empathy towards anyone else, she genuinely does care for Melissa. She is even willing to give up her grudge against her Arch-Enemy for her sake.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Appears horrified by Melissa's assertion that Cerise may have killed Jacqui, and even more horrified by the idea of Melissa killing Cerise.
  • Evil Overlord: At least, formerly. These days, she's a stay-at-home mom.
  • Expy: Of Queen Beryl from Sailor Moon.
  • Fusion Dance: Fused with Dakota after their battle as Musical Starlight and Queen Obscuria when the dimensional rift they were falling through collapsed around them and merged them together. As such they could feel each others thoughts, feelings and vices (in her case, Dakota's conscience and empathy). It nearly drove them to suicide until they found out they were somehow pregnant with Melissa.
  • Hidden Depths: Jacqui calls her a "milk and cookies and don't wear your dress too short" kind of Mom.
    • And even though she is evil and doesn't mind killing to get what she wants, she does love her daughter and agrees with Dakota when she says that Melissa saved them from killing themselves.
  • Klingon Promotion: She became Queen of the Shadow Realm by overthrowing the Lord of the Shadows, whom she beheaded, at the end of leading a bloody revolt against him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Barring raising Melissa, she really doesn't seem to have any qualms about what she has done in the past. In fact she gets offended just because Dakota kept stopping her (Though Dakota points out she kept targeting her family and friends and wouldn't have had any problems if Anastasia just moved her operations to the next town over).
    • Really, any affection and empathy she has is for her daughter, whom she does love. She was also the one that did the most to raise Melissa, since Dakota was usually away on trips.
      • She displays some affection for Cerise and some distress at Melissa's assertion that Cerise probably killed Jacqui.
  • Like Mother Like Daughter: Guess where Melissa got her obsession with popularity?
  • Never My Fault: "Oh sure make me the bad guy just because I wanted to do a little world domination!"
  • Really Gets Around: As she explained to Mel, being an evil empress got her a lot action. Which is why she she doesn't know who Melissa's father might've been, or whether she was ever actually pregnant to begin with.
  • Retired Monster: Anastasia still retains many of her villainous traits and only stopped because of her decreased power levels and her need to give Melissa a normal life.
  • Shout-Out: She name checks several tropes on the Evil Overlord's list
  • Serious Business: Anastasia's admission that she wasn't very popular in High School elicits a bigger reaction from Melissa than the revelation that her father is a woman.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Dakota's tomboy. she even rigged the coin toss to ensure that she got the role of Melissa' feminine parent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Covered in the Badass Abnormal entry.
  • Voluntary Shape Shifter: According to Dakota, she can transform into a giant snake-woman.

     The Wand 
A mysterious wand of incredible power that appeared after Melissa tried to draw power from the school. Used to belong to the heroine Musical Starlight aka. Dakota.

  • Artifact of Doom: To understand why hearing "level 9 magical event" made even calm Leandro rapidly produce molten bricks out of the rear end, let's remember: EC had an artifact capable of indirectly causing the extinction of the humanity if it goes a little loopy and given enough time. That was classified as level 5. And it doesn't look like the scale is inverted. Yes, "glassed bricks" is an appropriate image here.
  • Blessed with Suck: It grants its chosen owner incredible power, but has strict demands on its owner's conduct in the fight for justice (and comes with an embarrassing outfit to boot).
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: After Tiff mentions "But...Justice!" The Wand puts Mel in her Cute Witch Magical Girl Outfit with in the background "Magical Girl Transformation For Justice!" mentally implied by The Wand.
    • Mel's response to the wand doing this? An exasperated "Oh, come on!" Tiff's? "Squeal!"
  • Clingy Costume: Mel has a lot of trouble taking the outfit off on her own. And the Wand is unlikely to remove it itself until Mel finishes working For Great Justice.
  • The Dreaded: Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft seems to loathe it greatly. Since it is shielded from her divine presence, she tries to use indirect intervention to destroy it and everyone who knows about it. Seeing it is enough to turn her against Melissa by shrinking Melissa without a warning or a good reason.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: As mentioned, in the Blessed with Suck and Clingy Costume examples, it's part of the package. As implied in her second nightmare, Mel would rather be in her underwear in class than in the costume.
  • Emotion Control: It can turn people ready to kill each other into instant friends. Very close friends.
    Mel: No refunds!
  • For Your Own Good:
    • The possessing magic force from nowhere is a harsh mistress. But it seems to improve Melissa.
    • In a later battle against Cerise, Melissa is able to Ground Pound with her fist to launch boulders — something she couldn't do before the Wand.
  • Good Is Not Nice: After Mel refuses to do a physical workout with Tiffany, it magically compels her to mimic Tiffany's movements to a further extent than is probably healthy.
    • And now it's shown to use Mel's body to do so even when Mel's asleep.
  • Heel-Face Brainwashing: One of its powers, though Cerise No Sells it.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Only Melissa seems to have the ability to use it.
    • When Cerise powers up, the Wand comes to Melissa's hand. After Cerise launches a fireball at Melissa, the Wand bounces it back to Cerise after Melissa uses the Wand as a makeshift tennis racquet.
  • MacGuffin: Of the Magic Wand variety.
  • Morph Weapon: You need a sword, Ash? (shimmer) One quick-changed sword I am! Waitasec...you got an idea, girlie?
    • Sonic Stunner: One magical megaphone coming up! (Mel uses it to scream "SNAP OUT OF IT!!" to stun a frenzied and transformed Brooke, which causes her to regain some sanity.)
  • Screwy Squirrel: Hey, listen... what, you don't want to heed me? Fine! <BAM!> Any implied choice was only here as a veneer of politeness, didn't you figure it out yet? I gave you a chance to do it on your own, but Noooooooooo, you prefer it happen "the hard way"...
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: Becomes apparent when it starts reacting happily to Tiffany and forces Melissa to use her as a mentor. The Mystery Girl is also the spirit of the Wand for Mel, though in Dakota's time as Musical Starlight, the spirit took the form of a "damn annoying cheerleader."

     Mystery Girl 
A mysterious girl who first appeared to Mel in her dreams, and in person soon afterward. Since then, she's shown up occasionally, appearing in Melissa's subconscious at different times. Just who she is, what her goals are, or if she has any relationship with The Wand, remains unknown. In chapter 18, she's revealed to be the spirit of the wand while Melissa has it; Dakota remembered when she had the wand, the spirit took the form of a "damn annoying cheerleader.".


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