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Characters: Charmed
The Character Sheet for Showtime's Charmed. Beware of spoilers, only spoilers from the seventh and eighth seasons are meant to be blacked out. All character sheets contain major spoilers. Proceed reading at your own risk.note 

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Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell (Shannen Doherty)

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Prue is the tallest out of herself, Piper, and Phoebe. She was also the wisest of the sisters and handled the fight against evil with great dedication.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In the Season 9 comics.
  • Author Avatar: Constance M. Burge stated that the Halliwell sisters were based off herself and her own Real Life sisters. Three guesses which one Prue was based on.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. Her sisters still pulled it off more than her, though. She even returns in the comic books, too, years after she was Killed Off for Real. 'Course, unlike the TV Show, there was no contract to prevent her from returning.
  • Bound and Gagged: When Bane kidnaps her in the episode "Give Me A Sign", he binds her to a chair and cleave-gags her, he also blindfolds her to prevent her from using her telekinetic powers on him.
  • Brainy Brunette: She is the most smart and intelligent of the sisters.
  • Broken Bird: She becomes emotionally distant after witnessing her mother's death and can't say the words "I love you" to her sisters Piper and Phoebe because it is the last thing she ever said to her mom. Her dad abandoning her and her sisters also didn't help matters as she has developed major trust issues from it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Piper and Phoebe look up to Prue as she is the oldest and most fearless sister, ever since their mom died and their father abandoned them, she has been more of a mother figure toward the other sisters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Piper or Paige, but she can also be quite sarcastic and witty at times, especially toward anyone she doesn't trust, which is often.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She gradually loosens up considerably over the course of the series, especially toward her sisters.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: At the end of Season 3 ("All Hell Breaks Loose"), Prue is Killed Off for Real by a Monster of the Week. Prue had somehow lived through two deaths and bigger bads before, but this is what seemed to trump her in a quick one second death that could have been easily avoided.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Prue is Melancholic- Independent, passionate, hard working, detached, stubborn, often doesn't trust others (particularly strangers), and is not quick to get over a grudge (just ask Phoebe or her dad).
  • Promotion to Parent: Though Grams was still around to take care of them after Patty died and Victor left, Prue took on a lot of responsibilities to help take care of her younger sisters. In fact, in the series pilot, Piper describes her as being more like a mother than a sister.
  • Psychic Powers: She develops telekinetic powers after discovering she is a witch, with her anger being the trigger.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She and her sisters were raised by their grandmother Penny after their mother died and their father left.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her natural hair is an almost black color and she has rather pale skin compared to that of her sisters.
  • Soul Power: From season 2 onwards Prue is able to use Astral Projection, which separates her soul from her body.
  • The Spock: She is the most responsible of the sisters.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She is cold toward most people, with her warm side mostly shown toward her sisters Piper and Phoebe and her season 1 love interest Andy.

Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs)

  • AB Negative: It is revealed that she shares this blood type with Andy in the episode "The Wendigo".
  • Action Mom: From Season 5 onwards.]]
  • Adorkable: Her shyness early in the series easily qualifies. This changes after she takes a level in badass.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "Mr. and Mrs. Witch."
  • Catch Phrase: She called out "Leo! Leo!" so often, it may as well have been a catchphrase.
    Chris: Ever notice at the first sign of trouble, you always call out for Leo?
  • Chef of Iron: Piper is a great cook, so her skills are extra useful in creating potions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily the most snarky of the sisters.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Her entire relationship with Leo. Both endure obstacles at every turn, gut-wrenching heartache, being separated from each other several different times, constant threats against their children, and betrayals from those they thought they could trust. They never gave up, and they got to grow old together and see their children lead full lives.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Piper is Choleric- Stubborn, hot-tempered, and demanding, especially in the later seasons.
  • Having a Blast: Her second power is molecular combustion.
  • Heroic BSOD: Each sister suffers this quite often, but Piper's after Prue is killed by Shax is the crowning example in the series.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: A Yo Yo Plot Point for Piper is her desire to live a life without vanquishing demons in it. It first appears Episode 2 but is explored in more depth in season 2, remaining a sore point for her for the remainder of the series.
  • The Kirk: She becomes The Spock after Prue's death.
  • Mama Bear: Even before the birth of her own children, she had this aspect. Most notable was when a young witch was being held by some demons, she continually blasted the force field protecting the demon's domain until she ripped it apart.
  • Nice Guy: In the early seasons.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: In the beginning, Piper suffers from this because Prue was hard working career woman and Phoebe was adventurous. She felt like the peacekeeper and the most normal one. After Prue died, Piper became the oldest and Phoebe became the middle. Averted when their mother visits Piper on her wedding day.
    Patty: I always knew you'd be the first to get married. You're the heart of this family, Piper.
  • Onee-sama: She was so torn up over Prue's death that, in an alternate timeline where the Charmed Ones were never reformed, she'd dedicated her life to hunting down the demon who killed her. Even in the series timeline proper, she has much trouble accepting Paige into her life through the first quarter of Season 4 and doesn't really learn to trust the girl's judgment until the conclusion of the whole Source!Cole fiasco.
  • Plague of Good Fortune: Whenever things were starting to go right with her life, she would angst about how something was inevitably going to happen to spoil in, in keeping with the Personal Gain Hurts mentality of the show.
  • Pregnant Badass: Enough to go up against an invincible demon and actually manage to knock him down a few times, while deflecting all of his attacks fairly successfully. It turns out being pregnant with Wyatt only made her more powerful, as she could draw upon his powers.
    Paige: You know, this happened a little too easily. What if it's a trap?
  • The Quiet One: At first.
  • Team Mom: Lampshaded at least twice: Phoebe tells Leo to think of Piper as a mom ("I know I do"), and Paige once tells her to stop mothering her and Phoebe.
  • Time Master: What her power was first described as. Season 3 later tells us it's not freezing time, but molecules.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Over the first four seasons, we saw her progress from being the mousiest, most timid of the sisters to the one nobody wanted to screw with.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During the final years of the show, after years of struggling to keep the various facets of her family together, continually having magic interfere in her normal life, losing a sister, and all the other insanity of their lives finally started to wear on her. She becomes increasingly selfish and downright insufferable in later seasons, with her treatment of Leo often verging on Comedic Sociopathy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of tarantulas.

Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano)

  • Badass Normal: Before she got "active" powers on par with her sisters.
  • Black Sheep: She was this initially.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "From Fear To Eternity."
  • Cruel Mercy: "We won't help you commit suicide." Bonus points for her and her sisters wanting to kill the guy she says this to.
  • Dating Catwoman: Her relationship with Cole.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the least snarky of the sisters, but she is no stranger to it either.
  • De-power: In Season 6, a magic court hearing ended with her losing all the powers she'd gained up to that point (though she retains the ability to cast spells). She eventually regains her premonitions in Season 7, but not levitation or empathy.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Freebie."
  • The Empath: In season 6, Phoebe is revealed to be an Empath, a species of immortal magical beings put on earth to help innocents with emotional pain.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: A number of times, Phoebe is briefly turned evil. All the sisters have, but with her it's a particular plot point because not only was her birth was close enough to the Nexus that she's more susceptible to it, her past life was evil as well. The possibility of turning evil becomes one of Phoebe's worst fears.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phoebe is Sanguine- Adventurous, mischievous, somewhat ditzy, and the most spontaneous and impulsive of the sisters.
  • Future Me Scares Me:
    • In a Season 4 episode, Phoebe met her elderly self from the future; Future!Phoebe was a nasty, grouchy and bitter old woman. Phoebe then attempted to learn about the events that led up to this future, to prevent herself from going the same path. It did not work.
    • In "Morality Bites," Phoebe is horrified that her future self murdered a man in cold blood with her powers. The man himself was a murderer, but Phoebe couldn't believe that she would break the rules and do such a thing. This causes the moment that most pronounces her leveling-up in Jerkass to date at the time, setting up an old friend to get killed by demons over a bank heist and thinking nothing of it afterward, to become that much more disturbing.
  • Informed Attractiveness: People on the show talked about Phoebe as if she were the most gorgeous creature to ever walk the Earth. While Alyssa Milano was certainly beautiful, she wasn't significantly more attractive than Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty.
  • Informed Attribute: Her advice column is hugely successful and famous nation-wide, despite most of what the audience hears being stock love advice, or even particularly good advice at that.
  • It's All About Me: In later seasons, but particularly Season 5. After becoming an advice columnist, she repeatedly ignores saving people/her sisters/the world to focus on her advice column, which she treats as being vastly more important than it really is!
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Particularly in the fourth season, where she not only had six different hairstyles, but by the end would make her transition in color from the dark blonde of her earlier years to the almost black hue of her later years.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Writes a highly successful love advice column, despite being utterly hopeless at finding or holding onto love herself. This contradiction is even lampshaded several times within the show itself.
  • Mama Bear: She has her protective moments towards Wyatt, most notably in "Witch Wars":
    Phoebe: See what happens when you make a play for our baby?! Who wants to be next? What's a matter? Scared of me? (shimmers into the demon bar) Well, are you?! Are you?!
  • The McCoy: Phoebe is usually the one to follow her emotions for solutions to problems.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Phoebe is subject to more skin revealing transformations than any other Halliwell on the show.
  • Odd Name Out: Fitting for her initial characterization as the rebellious sister and the one who's most likely to be corrupted by evil, her name is the only one who didn't begin with a hard "P" sound.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Inverted. While she does have to read and pick the letters, Phoebe's advice column really shouldn't take that much time at all to write, but she frequently treats it as being vastly time-consuming and an excuse to ignore saving innocents.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Some think that Phoebe went from a likable, well-meaning ditz to a self-obsessed, selfish Jerk Sue as Alyssa Milano got more creative control. It's even been said that Cole's Batman Gambit-revealing guest return episode in Season 7 had him interacting with Piper rather than Phoebe because Julian had it put into his contract not to work any scenes with Alyssa.

Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan)

  • Arc Welding: The affair between Patty and Sam wasn't originally supposed to have produced a child, but it made for a very convenient excuse when the show needed to introduce another sister.
  • Cassandra Truth: During the Source!Cole fiasco, Paige is the first to realize that Cole is going bad again, but her sisters and Leo dismiss her concerns as jealousy. However, after she is briefly turned into a vampire, Piper also becomes suspicious of Cole since he was initially unwilling to let Phoebe help them. They finally realize that Paige was right all along when Phoebe has a premonition of Cole using demonic powers.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: When Cole altered reality in another bid to get Phoebe to love him, Paige (who was unaffected by the changes due to having orbed out) discovers her counterpart in this new world is dead.
    Paige: This universe sucks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is almost as snarky as Piper, it is actually one of the few things she has in common with her oldest living sister.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sam couldn't have been less involved in Paige's life.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Paige is Phlegmatic- She actually has quite a few similarities to Prue in terms of personality, especially in independence and stubbornness. However, she is also much more easy-going and a lot more ditzy.
  • Healing Hands: At first, being half-Whitelighter meant this was the only power she did not inherit, but by the final season, she was finally getting the hang of it.
  • Heroic Bastard: Her parents (Patty and Sam) obviously weren't married, seeing as they were forbidden from even having feelings for each other. Nobody ever really makes a big deal about this, though.
  • Hurting Hero: As a result of what happened to her adoptive parents.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Her hair is a different color each season. Black in S4, Red in S5, Blonde in S6 and Brown in the last two seasons.
  • Parental Abandonment: As the Elders forbid witch/Whitelighter relationships, Paige had to be given up after she was born.
  • Properly Paranoid: Granted, she absolutely hated his guts, but that didn't mean she was (entirely) wrong about Cole having returned to The Dark Side.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Prue's powers, though this is justified by the fact that the Charmed Ones are prophesied to have a very specific set of powers.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: ORB THE FUCKING GUN, PAIGE!
    • After gaining the ability to remote orb people in Season 7, she never considers orbing out innocents.
    • Combined with Took a Level in Jerkass in the beginning of "Centennial Charmed," with her strategy to invisibly sneak up behind Cole and blow him up from the inside to try and kill him. First, she calls Leo to practice this on him, blowing up and risking the existence of her already-kinda-dead-and-decidedly-good brother-in-law/spiritual guide for no justifiable reason and without a second thought. Despite the dead guy reconstituting and telling her that it's not gonna work, she thinks this proves that her plan is utterly brilliant for killing a past-nigh-invincible conglomerate of Wasteland powers who she's already seen try and fail to kill himself with the sisters' strongest potion. Note that this is on the eve of Cole's birthday, at his lowest and most lonesome point, where he's resorting to telling himself "Happy Birthday" because no one else will.
  • Twitchy Eye: To insane degrees in Seasons 7 and 8.

Andy Trudeau (T.W. King)

  • Agent Mulder: Even before the events of the series, Andy specialized in the more unusual cases and was up to speed on the occult. As Season 1 progressed, he gained more of a reputation in this regard. After learning the big secret, he even said that he always believed in something beyond this world.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He was killed by a demon while trying to help the sisters. He could've been brought back due to a "Groundhog Day" Loop, but he convinced Prue while in the afterlife not to let it happen in order to stop the demon.]]
  • Occult Detective: Of the official police detective kind. His Agent Mulder tendencies meant that he and Darryl were unofficially the experts on the "freaky cases."
  • Properly Paranoid: As more and more unsolved cases somehow involving a Halliwell piled up, Andy became this. After Andy learned the big secret, Prue learned he knew a lot more than he let on.

Darryl Morris (Dorian Gregory)

  • Agent Mulder: An inversion. Even after learning the big secret, he still tries to solve rational cases and "be normal." However, his involvement in strange unsolved cases and his bringing in (what appear to be) psychic girls for consultation make him appear like this trope to his colleagues.
  • Agent Scully: Especially while partnered with Andy. He began to display a more open mind in Season 2 before learning the big secret.
  • Occult Detective: He and Andy became the experts on the "freaky cases," which he resents. After Andy's death, he becomes much more cooperative with the sisters, but also develops even more of a reputation for being associated with paranormal stuff.
  • Properly Paranoid: After Andy's death and before learning the secret himself, Daryl knew the sisters were hiding something. However, in a subversion, he didn't want to know the secret. He did, though, want to make use of their secret to help people when necessary.
  • Put on a Bus: The budget cuts in Season 8 led to Daryl being dropped altogether. "Run, Piper, Run" said he had moved back east with his family.

Dan Gordon (Greg Vaughan)

  • The All-American Boy: He displays some of these characteristics, chiefly by being a friendly neighbor to the Halliwells.
  • Female Gaze: While washing his car, Piper was busy checking out his jean-clad rear.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's subject to Female Gaze and acts as a Love Interest to Piper.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: His reaction to finding out about Piper and Leo's magic. It was so bad Piper had to use maigc to make him forget the whole thing and move on.
  • Promoted To Parent: He had to take care of Jenny while her parents were in Saudi Arabia.
  • Properly Paranoid: He had his suspicions about Leo (though some of this was prompted by jealousy). The suspicions grew over time until he was absolutely certain that Leo was hiding something, which he was.
  • Reincarnation: of Gordon Johnson, husband of P. Baxter and great-grandfather of the Halliwell sisters.
  • Romantic False Lead: Fit the trope by dating Piper and making Leo jealous.
  • Satellite Character: All of his screentime is devoted to giving Piper's life drama in some form.

Jenny Gordon (Karis-Paige Bryant)

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: After Jenny found out that Dishwalla was playing at P3, she snuck into the club to watch the band play even after Dan forbade her to.
  • Damsel in Distress: Consumed by the demon Masselin when she snuck out to P3.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: serves as a toned-down version to Kyle Gwydion, who was The Chosen One destined to vanquish the evil witch Tuatha. She gave him advice and helped him believe in himself.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted, her period is the first thing she and Phoebe discuss.
  • Put on a Bus: Dan mentioned Jenny had moved back to live with her parents again.

Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause)

  • Ascended Extra: Leo was a recurring character for the first season and half of the second. In "Pardon My Past," Krause was added to the main cast.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Like Cole, this happens twice, and the second time is permanent.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While certainly not stupid, his pacifistic leanings routinely kept him out of the fighting. The Elders and other Whitelighters also regularly "sold Leo short" (though this had more to do with his relationship with Piper). However, when the Titans slaughtered many Elders, it was Leo who stepped up, organizing ways to protect the survivors and giving the sisters godly powers to fight the Titans.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: His entire relationship with Piper. Both endure obstacles at every turn, gut-wrenching heartache, being separated from each other several different times, constant threats against their children, and betrayals from those they thought they could trust. They never gave up, and they got to grow old together and see their children lead full lives.
  • The Heart: Lampshaded by Chris, who notes that the Charmed Ones are so dependent on Leo, they'd be absolutely lost without him.
  • Hurting Hero: For a good part of Season 7, Chris' death and Gideon's betrayal cause Leo to become a darker, more pro-active demon slayer in order to protect his family. His anguish and methods put a further strain on his marriage, making this more difficult for everyone.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Being immortal, he's frequently on the receiving end of various calamities, such as Piper occasionally threatening to (or actually going through with) blowing him up, or when Paige testing her vanquishing potions on him.
    Leo: Dammit Paige, can you not practice on me? I may be dead, but it still hurts!
  • Iron Buttmonkey: In addition to his actual job as a Whitelighter, the guy gets regularly beaten, battered and bruised whilst protecting the sisters, often tasked with finding out information from the Elders, constantly gets treated like the punchline to every joke and yet, rarely ever complains about any of these things beyond simple passive-aggressive comments. He's that devoted to his wife and sisters-in-law.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: When Leo first appeared, he seemed like any other handyman. The first hints of what he really was came half a season down the line in "Wicca Envy" and a full explanation a little later in "Secrets and Guys." Of course, every character bio notes he's a World War II veteran that ascended to Whitelighter status.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: For a while regarding Piper's pregnancy with Chris. To be fair, locking him out was easy since he and Piper alike didn't know it was POSSIBLE to get her knocked up in a dimension between life and death, and he had to hang with the Elders for a while immediately afterwards.
  • Man in White: As a Whitelighter.
  • Mr Fix It: Introduced as this.
    • Apparently, his Healing Hands extend to being able to repair burst pipes. Which is especially strange since it's underlined repeatedly that his healing power is triggered through love. So, Cargo Ship?
  • Nice Guy / Dogged Nice Guy: He's one of the nicest characters in the show, so naturally he's often the butt of the joke. Aside from a few passive-aggressive comments, he takes it all on the chin and with remarkable grace.
  • Omniglot: Leo can speak, understand and read every human language.
  • Only Sane Man: As the sisters' Whitelighter, Leo often had to play this role—trying to guide them and ensure their emotions didn't affect their judgment.
  • Papa Wolf: To both Wyatt and Chris.
  • Thrown Down a Well: In Season 8.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he became an Elder, he started using lightning bolts.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Implied to have happened off-screen in Season 8 when two demons who were turned invincible against their will come after his former Magic School students for revenge because he at some point captured the demons and allowed his class to use them for vanquishing practice. Yes, the former pacifistic angel instructed his good magical students to become the Agony Beam for training purposes.

Cole Turner (Julian McMahon) / Belthazor (Michael Bailey Smith)

  • [And I Must Scream: His fate after "Centennial Charmed" would seem to be this and may have been the intent. Trapped in a void, unable to interact with just about anyone, forever denied being with Phoebe, etc. However, it is amazingly subverted, as he has made peace with his fate and found a way to influence the real world.
  • Batman Gambit: He arranged for Drake dè Mon to make an inverted Deal with the Devil which allowed Drake to become human, gain a soul and keep his powers, the catch being that he'd go to Hell if he used his powers for evil and either way he was dead after a year, on the condition that Drake found Phoebe and helped her regain her faith in love. He even arranged for Piper to be attacked and killed by Thorn Demons, a death which subverted Elder Odin's attempts trick Leo into giving up his family life for the Council, proving that love indeed conquers all. All this, revealed through one final appearance at the end of this year-long plan. All this, while stuck in a cosmic void. All this, to preserve his ex's belief in love even after she killed him.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Cole's reasons (well, the main one) for becoming insane and evil in Season 5 is because his powers were demonic and inherently evil which has been known to influence users. Another reason is that Cole was mortal when he absorbed the powers of the wasteland and mortals are unable to handle having magic powers without going insane or worse.
  • Becoming the Mask: Revolving Door Edition.
  • Being Evil Sucks / Being Good Sucks: Until the aforementioned Batman Gambit, he really, really couldn't do anything right.
  • Big Bad: For parts of Seasons 4 and 5.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Twice. Only for an episode the second time, though.
  • Cassandra Truth: Inverted in "The Demon Who Came in from the Cold," where Cole claims to his old brotherhood that he killed the Triad because they were plotting to betray the Source. The top demons remain suspicious of this claim to say the least, but Cole himself was lying about it as a cover. Thing is, as viewers learn in Season 8, the Triad actually was plotting to betray the Source and seize power for themselves. Cole was right; he just didn't know it.
  • Deader than Dead: Paige claims that he is after his second death. Turns out he wasn't. His soul survives, with all of his powers, in the Cosmic Void, still very much capable of affecting the world.
  • Eureka Moment: In the episode "Y Tu Mummy Tambien," Piper and Paige come to Cole for help, only to find him experimenting with different ways in how to kill himself. Piper suggests he take therapy, but Cole rebuffs it, stating he would "rather chop his head off than have it examined." This gives him the idea to conjure a guillotine to do just that. Of course, he never actually gets to use it, because after discussing Jeric, the Monster of the Week, with the sisters, he feels a connection with him and teams up with him.
  • Expy: Is clearly an expy of Angel in Buffy. Reformed demon starts a love affair with female hero, then reverts to evil. Then good again. Then semi-evil (see Season 2 of the Angel series). Aaron Spelling obviously agrees with the saying 'good writers borrow from other writers; great writers steal from them outright.'
  • Good Feels Good: While mortal, he helps to save a woman from a burning car and comments afterwards that it felt good, due to a combination of being able to help others and get some action in his somewhat dull mortal life at the same time. When he returns from death the first time, he uses his powers to save lives and help people for awhile, but eventually being treated like a fearsome scourge or tool instead of a person wore on him.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His father was human and his mother was a demon.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: His reason for turning evil again in Season 5. He wanted to be good, to help, to make up for past sins, but the sisters absolutely refused to even consider that he was anything but evil. To be fair, he does a lot to inspire their distrust even while claiming to want to be good. There's also the part where Cole was a mortal infused with more demonic powers than he could shake a stick at, which in the Charmed universe has clearly been proven to be a toxic combination—not to mention being in part the source of the Halliwells' mistrust. Combine all this, his Sanity Slippage was not surprising in the least.
  • Love Redeems: Subverted. Initially, his love for Phoebe leads him to do good, but it wasn't enough to make up for all the evil he had done. Absorbing a whole lot of demonic powers (twice, and the second time to come back from the first time) didn't help.
    • Going by "The Seven Year Witch" and then the comics, this actually does work in the end, as he's recollected himself in the Cosmic Void to the point of a Heel-Face Turn. No, he doesn't get back with Phoebe; in fact, he doesn't even try to do so. However, the fact that his good side was reawakened after a century of repression by falling in love with her to begin with means this counts.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He's Phoebe-sexual. No interest in anyone else, not even shapeshifters that can take her form.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Even after being told that it's over, he still continues to do anything he can to get back with Phoebe despite the innumerable times she tells him to stop...
  • Suicide by Cop: He gets so depressed over Phoebe's constant rejections and his Sanity Slippage that he tries to provoke the Charmed Ones into killing him. Phoebe realizes what he's doing and refuses to give him what he wants. Cole simply steals the vanquishing potion from her and uses it on himself... only to discover that he now has Complete Immortality and not even the Power of Three can kill him.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: The Charmed Ones, especially Phoebe, adamantly refuse to believe he will ever not be evil, so he goes crazy and decides to go with it.
  • Yandere: Becomes this towards Phoebe.

Chris Perry/Halliwell (Drew Fuller)

  • Back from the Dead: Not really back, considering the Timey-Wimey Ball. It's more the fact that, with the Bad Future averted, Chris is no longer dead. Still considered a win, though.
  • Badass: The whole sixth season is essentially proving how Badass Chris is, especially in terms of mental fortitude.
  • Birth-Death Juxtaposition: Dies, then is born. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Cain and Abel: With Wyatt before Chris went back in time and changed things. Chris was the Abel to Wyatt's Cain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He could snark with the best of them.
  • The Determinator: He will save his brother's soul and stop the Bad Future from happening, come hell and high water. It doesn't matter how many Deals with Devils or other shady things he has to do.
  • Generation Xerox: It's implied in the last episode that Chris is going to follow in the Charmed Ones' footsteps alongside Wyatt.
  • Good Is Not Nice: How he started. He eventually mellows out, but this still pops out occasionally. Extremely Justified considering what he's trying to prevent. Lampshaded by the Valkyrie Mist (yes, they exist) who, despite sharing a kiss with him, responds to his claim that he'd never hurt her by saying he would if he had to.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Like Paige, Chris is half-witch, half-Whitelighter.
  • Jerkass Façade: After the sisters find out who and what he is, he starts acting this way around Piper, who calls her own father in to talk to him under the mistaken belief that Chris hates her. However, Chris explains that, since Piper died when he was only 14 in his timeline, he is only acting as such because he believes that he would not be able to handle the pain of bonding with his mother only to return to a future where she no longer exists.
  • Kid from the Future: He's actually Piper and Leo's second son.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Chris receives Whitelighter abilities, but has powers equivalent to Prue's.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name came from Leo's father, while it's speculated that "Perry" came from the Halliwells' "P"-naming tradition.
  • Morality Chain: For his fiancee Bianca.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dishes out one to Leo in the episode "Spin City." Having earlier been turned into a spider demon, he viciously confronts Leo, who mockingly asks why he hates him. Eventually, the taunts drive Chris over the edge; he throws Leo across the room, and then pins him down and absolutely pummels him all while screaming "You don't know me!" Even after being cured of the demon infection, he continues to beat on Leo, leaving his face bloody in the process, until Piper comes in and pulls him off. Through it all, Leo just lets him vent his frustrations and doesn't even try to fight back.
  • Only Sane Man: It certainly felt like this at times.
  • Parental Abandonment: In the original future, his mom died when he turned 14 and his father was too busy to look after Chris due to his duties as an Elder]], causing Chris to have deep-seated resentment towards Dear Old Dad (which he later gets over). Chris' grandpa had to step in to take care of him as a result. The entire situation is thankfully averted in the altered future, though.
  • The Unfavorite: In the unchanged timeline, to his dad. Of course, the fact that he's not nearly as powerful as Wyatt did little to help. He reacted with real indignation upon learning that Wyatt had powers while still in the womb, so one could imagine that he suffered from something of an inferiority complex]].

Billie Jenkins (Kaley Cuoco)

  • Cain and Abel: She, the Abel, ends up having to kill Christy, the Cain, after she tries to kill Billie and the Charmed Ones. Even if you are not a fan of the Jenkins sisters]], you have to admit that killing the Brainwashed and Crazy sister you spent your life searching for and trying to save up until that point is sad.
  • Cousin Oliver: It was her duty to attract a younger demographic and make the Charmed Ones hip again.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the comics.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Of course, Billie thought it was a [[spoiler:Heel-Face Turn. She got better.]]
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Developed some nifty ideas, like "cyber-scrying" with online maps.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Her "projection" power, which let her do anything she could think about.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Her initial appearance was in head-to-foot vinyl and a black wig that resembled Prue's Season 3 hairstyle. Combined with the Telekinesis and She-Fu she used early on, this led to a belief that they were trying for another Suspiciously Similar Substitute of the character.

    Allies 

Katrina/Kit (Marita Geraghty)

  • Cats Are Magic: She can sense nearby evil creatures.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: Both for laughs in "Cat House" and for drama in "Pre-witched."
  • Evil-Detecting Cat: As mentioned above, she can sense evil. She could see the warlock Rex's normally invisible astral form when he was in the manor.
  • Familiar: For Serena, the witch in the pilot, and then for the Charmed Ones.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Kit is rewarded for her exceptional services as the Charmed Ones' familiar by being transformed into a human by the Elders. (Largely to better enable her to prepare new familiars.)
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: After her transformation, Katrina takes care of cats who are intended to become witches' familiars. She has quite a lot of them under her wing.
  • For Want of a Nail: We learn just how under-appreciated Kit really was when a time-traveling Warlock bumps her off in the past.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappears after the first season or so. When she returns for an episode, she justifies it as being because the sisters were no longer new to the craft and didn't need a familiar anymore.

The Elders

  • Jerkass Gods: Well, that's how the sisters view them—especially Piper due to their opposition to her relationship with Leo.

Penny "Grams" Halliwell (Jennifer Rhodes)

  • Bad Liar: Called out for this in "Charmed Again, Part 1" when she denies having a clue why the Source thinks the Charmed Ones can be reconstituted after Prue dies.
    Piper: You know what, Grams? You were a lousy liar when you were alive, and now as a ghost, you're worse.
  • Dating Catwoman: Her past relationship with the necromancer demon Armand.
  • Does Not Like Men: Her defining trait. To the point she initially doesn't like Wyatt because he wasn't born a girl. Definitely part of her transition from Granola Girl to Crusading Widow, as she would get married four more times to guys who apparently weren't as good as her first husband Allen and this turned her cynical.
  • Granola Girl: In the episode "Witchstock," where Paige gets sent to 1967, we see that she was quite the flower child.
  • Jerkass: Towards men in general, but particularly Victor. She claims her reason for disliking him was because he was never part of the girls' lives growing up, but he counters by pointing out that she refused to let him see them. She definitively proves him right in the finale, when Piper grabs her and Patty from different points in the past, and she comments about Patty's attachment to Victor that "Apparently I hadn't chased him away yet."
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Has apparently been spreading this viewpoint to her granddaughters for years if not decades.
    "How many times have I told you? Men are utensils. You use them, wash them, and throw them in a drawer until you need them again."
  • Mind over Matter: She was telekinetic. Which was passed down to Prue and Paige.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Even in death, Grams is quite a powerful witch.
  • Posthumous Character: Despite dying in the first episode, she's a frequent recurring character.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She was the girls' primary caregiver after their mom died and Grams drove their dad off.
  • Secret Keeper: She was the only one Patty and Sam trusted to know about Paige.
  • Widow Witch: It was the death of her first husband (the girls' grandfather) that knocked her out of her flower child phase.

Patty Halliwell (Finola Hughes)

  • Generation Xerox: In reverse. Just like how Grams dated a demon a la Phoebe and Cole, Patty fell in love and had an affair with Sam (Paige's biological father), just like Piper and her Whitelighter.
  • It Runs in the Family: As with almost all witches on the show, Patty's power to seemingly stop time is derivative of her ancestor Melinda Warren. Her daughter Piper gains the power too.
  • Missing Mom: She got drowned to death while the sisters were children.
  • Nice Girl: She's probably the least dysfunctional member of the family, all things considered.
  • Your Cheating Heart: With Sam. Though Patty and Victor's marriage were already falling apart at the time.

Victor Bennett (Tony Denison, James Read)

  • Badass Normal: For a guy with no powers, he handles demons very well.
  • Cool Old Guy: Victor is such a Cool Old Guy than even in a Bad Future he's considered to be “awesome”, as said by Chris himself, who obviously adores his grandfather.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Victor left the family shortly before Patty's death, causing degrees of resentment among Prue, Piper and Phoebe. However, Victor left due to severe disagreements with Patty and Grams over the sisters' magical heritage and claims that he could never protect them from demons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He was this at times, mostly when he deals with his dead mother-in-law.
  • The Determinator: After being stabbed in the gut, he wills himself to jump down some stairs and throws the demon holding Piper hostage.
  • Indy Ploy: When the girls' maturity was regressed to teenagers and Penny wouldn't undo the spell and Victor wanted it undone, Victor told her to call Patty to break the tie figuring there was a good chance Patty would side with him. It worked.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he was familiar with demons before the series started, as his appearances continued he became more calm around them and was always trusted to watch his grandsons when the need was there.

    Villains 

The Triad

  • Big Bad: Season 8.
  • Disc One Final Boss: In Season 3. They ordered Cole around and schemed to eliminate the Charmed Ones, but it was clear that they answered to the Source.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Triad don't take too kindly to being disappointed by their agents.

Shax (Micheal Bailey Smith)

  • Badass: When you manage to permanently kill off a Charmed One, you definitely count.
  • Blow You Away: His entire motif revolves around using the wind to teleport to places and to kill his enemies.
  • The Brute: In the Source's hierarchy, Shax seems to serve as his main muscle and little else. To give you some context, whilst most upper-level demons' plans revolve around intricate ways to trick the Charmed Ones to get their target, his main way is to crash through doors as loudly as possible and throw air balls at his enemies.
  • Dumb Muscle: He serves as the Source's personal assassin, but doesn't seem to be aware/or care about any of the subtletess most demons posses. In the Season 3 finale, despite the fact that exposure of magic would harm both good and evil, he intentionally attacks the Charmed Ones in brought daylight—TWICE! One thinks that the only reason the Source keeps him around is that he's good at his job.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Despite only appearing in two episodes, he leaves arguably the biggest impact on the series by killing Prue and ending the original Charmed Ones, his actions cause the Charmed Ones' secret to be exposed and gets worse from there.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While never portrayed as being goofy because of his little screen time, you would be forgiving for thinking he was just some random MOTW. Then he kills Prue...
  • Quizzical Tilt: Seems to be his default expression right before he kills someone.
  • The Unfettered: Nothing will stop this guy from reaching his target even if he has attack the Charmed Ones and expose magic to do it.
  • The Voiceless: Despite appearing in two episodes, he only speaks once, two words: "The end."
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Is constantly shown with an open shirt, although in a rare moment of non-Fanservice, this is used more to show just how demonic and wrong looking he is.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In his second appearance, his skin and hair color look more grayish as opposed to his blue coloring in Season 3.

The Source of All Evil (Michael Bailey Smith, Ben Guillory, Peter Woodward, Julian McMahon, Debbi Morgan)

  • Back From The Dead, FOR The Dead: In an episode in Season 8, the Source is resurrected. Piper dispatches him by blowing up a demon he was psychically connected to, vanquishing both.
  • Black Cloak: For his early Season 4 appearances. The cloak became more understated as his appearances progressed.
  • Legacy Character: Season 4 revealed that there have been multiple "Sources" over time, with the most powerful demons of the day seeking to prove their worth when the old one is vanquished and subsequently getting possessed by the true Source.
  • The Man Behind the Man: As early as Season 1, there were infrequent references to a great power in the Underworld. After being named in mid-Season 2, the Source was consistently referred to as the one that everyone answered to.
  • The Nth Doctor: Just look at the list of actors who've played him!

Barbas (Billy Drago)

  • Amoral Attorney: In "Crimes and Witch-demeanors."
  • Breaking Speech: He can do this because of his 'finding fears' power; find it and use it to break the other guy.
  • I Know What You Fear: Barbas' main power, as the Demon of Fear, is to see what his victims' worst fears are and bring them to life.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Crimes and Witch-demeanors," his entire case against the Charmed Ones consists of his lampshading every single selfish, reckless and irresponsible act they've committed, with the intention of convincing the Tribunal to strip their powers. He even "wins" to an extent, with the Tribunal deciding to punish Phoebe by stripping her of her Premonition, as the one most guilty of breaking the personal gain rule.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast / Red Baron: The Demon of Fear.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Says this in "Crimes and Witch-demeanors" after his latest plan gets exposed by Leo and Chris.
  • We Will Meet Again: Barbas implies that he is truly immortal and can never be done in for good with this phrase, "You know I'll be back... Fear always comes back!"

The Seer (Debbi Morgan)

  • Gambit Roulette: Her plan in Season 4. Subverted, though, because she can see the future and knows in advance how everyone will proceed.

The Stillman Sisters — Mitzy (Jenny McCarthy), Mabel (Jennifer Sky) and Margo (Melody Perkins)

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They were some of the dopiest villains the sisters encountered, barely a footnote in The Book of Shadows but they also had one of the most sound plans to defeat the Charmed Ones.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Much like the original Psycho Rangers, the only thing that caused their downfall was their own infighting. (Interestingly, Melody Perkins also worked with the original Psycho Rangers.)
  • Stylistic Suck: To help illustrate the fact that they were rather lame witches, the one spell they wrote was correspondingly bad.
    Blinking faces, blank and ho-hum,
    We are they and they are no one.
    Grant us the Power of Three,
    And turn them into nobody.
  • Terrible Trio: They also qualify as a collective Evil Counterpart to the Power Trio of protagonists. All three of them are trying to steal the Halliwell sisters' powers and prove that they're more than just a trio of blonde bimbos, and they come oh-so-close to succeeding at both. Mabel, the oldest sister, is clearly the leader and the most serious about the whole thing.
  • Theme Initials: Mabel, Mitzy and Margo all have names starting with M, just as the Halliwell Sisters all start with P.

Gideon (Gildart Jackson)

  • The Mentor: He was this to Leo, which makes his betrayal that much worse.
  • Properly Paranoid: He believed that Wyatt was too great a concentration of power and was a threat to all sides, meaning he had to be eliminated. When he learned about Chris' future, he felt justified. It was his own actions that caused that future in the first place.

Zankou (Oded Fehr)

  • And I Must Scream: Disembodied and what's left essentially imprisoned in a container of dim blue light for a very long time. When he was finally freed, he said he already knew about the Avatar threat and that the Source was dead. This meant he was fully aware and conscious during his imprisonment.
  • Bad Boss: He really doesn't like to be questioned, especially after a failure. He once vanquished a demon for essentially saying, "I told you so." He also gained a reputation for losing demons in his schemes—some of which required said deaths to further his goals.
  • Batman Gambit: Zankou is all about this. Telling the Elders that Leo is an Avatar, convincing the sisters that the Avatars are a threat—he knew what their actions would be and banked on it all so he can have his opportunity to seize control.
  • Big Bad: For Season 7.
  • The Chessmaster: He is almost always more than one step ahead of the sisters and even all his failures in the end turn out perfectly for him. His Enemy Mine team up with the sisters against the Avatars truly showed how magnificent he can be. Sadly, he succumbs to impatience, which is what eventually kills off a good portion of demons in Charmed.
  • Enemy Mine: After the Avatars changed the world, Zankou worked out an alliance with the sisters and Leo to return things to normal.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Within hours of being free and whole for the first time in centuries, he shows his chops as the ultimate power-stealing chessmaster by taking a shapeshifter's powers and using them to get close to Kyra to kill her.
  • Eviler than Thou: Seen by the Underworld as this to the Source. The Source imprisoned Zankou because he considered him too much of a threat. Considering his Establishing Character Moment, this was completely justified.
  • Fatal Flaw: Can become rash and impatient when his plans start getting foiled.
  • Near Villain Victory: Easily the one Big Bad that comes the closest of achieving his goal. In fact, he did; he just didn't have enough time to enjoy it.
  • Power Absorption: Has the power to absorb another being's essence to both take their life and obtain their powers. Within minutes of being freed, he puts this to good use by killing a shapeshifter, whose powers come in handy for him both at the end of the same episode and even later on in the season.

Christy Jenkins (Marnette Patterson)

  • Cain and Abel: She, the Cain, tries to torch Billie, the Abel, after she helps the Charmed Ones kill Dumain and the Triad. Christy gets roasted by her own fireball instead.
  • The Dragon: After being tortured for 15 years by the Triad, she eventually becomes their most loyal servant.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Temporarily after she kills the last Triad member; however, when they return for the last few episodes in the finale, she becomes...
    • Dragon-in-Chief: Justified since the Triad doesn't have physical forms at this point, meaning she has to preform their dirty work herself.
  • Hope Spot: Being reunited with her parents weakened her resolve, which prompted the remaining member of the Triad to have them eliminated. This, coupled with other unfortunate events, keeps her on The Dark Side.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is angered when a demon murders her parents shortly after she is reunited with her family, essentially because he was afraid she'd forget their plans and turn good. She punches through his chest and kills him in revenge. She also seems to genuinely care about her sister Billie, which was why Christy's attempt to kill her came as such a shock.
  • No Social Skills: Her upbringing left her lacking a lot of social grace, though exactly how much of the awkwardness was faked is left up in the air.
  • The Ophelia: At first.

Dumain (Anthony Cistaro)

    Others 

Wyatt Halliwell (Jason and Kristopher Simmons (as a child), Wes Ramsey (as an adult))

  • Big Brother Instinct: Even as a toddler, he had this (when he wasn't being competitive for his parents' attention).
  • Big Good: In the future. Unless he's the Big Bad.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Future Wyatt is a cheerful, sweet lug who slaughters a roomful of demons with a gesture—and pretty much slaughters the room itself, too.
  • Brainy Baby: After Wyatt was born, Paige designed a security system to alert the family to demons teleporting into the house. After only two such instances, Wyatt figured out the system was a way of getting attention, so he used his powers to set it off.
  • Cain and Abel: Evil future Wyatt and future Chris had this sort of dynamic going on, although neither seemed particularly willing to kill the other.
  • The Chosen One: He inherited Excalibur, of all things!
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Chris is briefly brought back to his present, evil Wyatt says that he would've killed anyone else for doing what he did. Wyatt even offers Chris forgiveness in exchange for his loyalty.
    • In "Imaginary Fiends," evil Wyatt hesitates to attack his parents and aunts. Leo even gets through to him using The Power of Love, causing evil Wyatt to stand aside and watch on tearfully as his dad broke the curse that'd turned him bad.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: Wyatt tended to put up a blue force field if something evil came too close. Subverted when the plot needed a group to try and turn him by having the evil guy pretend to be nice and good.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: A big concern of the sisters, especially Piper.
  • Maiden Name Debate: Of a sort. Since Piper and Leo were happily married, the baby's last name could have been "Wyatt." But even Leo agreed he should have Piper's maiden name, saying "evil fears it, good magic respects it." Hence the reason "Wyatt" became his first name.
  • Meaningful Name: His first and middle names, Wyatt and Matthew respectively, come from Leo and Paige, respectively. Piper specifically chose these names because of their actions to protect him in "Baby's First Demon."
  • Paint It Black: When a future version of Wyatt arrives in the present in "Imaginary Fiends," a demon named Vicus manages to infect baby Wyatt with evil and future Wyatt suddenly gains an all-black outfit as well as longer hair and a Beard of Evilthe same look he had in the original future.
  • Playing with Fire: He incinerates a couple of demons with a wave of fire. This is a clue that Wyatt is starting to turn evil (again), since fire powers in general are bad, and in particular evil past life Phoebe had similar fire-throwing powers.
  • The Pollyanna: Good future Wyatt is ridiculously cheerful and optimistic.
  • Ret Gone: The plot of "Forget Me...Not" centers around Wyatt's inexplicable disappearance, not only from the Manor but also from the memories of his family. It turns out to be the work of the Cleaners after Wyatt endangered the Masquerade (more than they usually do, anyway).

Agent Kyle Brody (Kerr Smith)

Avatars — Alpha (Joel Swetow), Beta (Patrice Fisher), Gamma (Ian Anthony Dale)

Drake dè Mon (Billy Zane)

  • Punny Name: His last name, presumably added after said inverted deal.

The Seer/Kyra (Charisma Carpenter)

  • Bargain with Heaven: Wants the Charmed Ones and the Elders to make her human in exchange for showing them the Avatars' plan for the future.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good / Being Evil Sucks: Her main reason for wanting to be human. Apparently she can't consciously feel good things because she's a demon despite the fact that she wants to. In context of the series (and even the episode), it's unclear whether she's actually right about this or not.
  • Dark Is Evil: She's a demonic seer, so naturally she's predisposed to evil by default. Bonus points for having a past with Zankou, which implies a checkered history on her part for more than one reason.
    • Dark Is Not Evil: Though by the time we meet her, she is far less evil than she thinks she is.
  • Legacy Character: In Name Only, she's nothing like the previous titular Seer and doesn't even work for anyone like the Source. Though she was once in a relationship with Zankou, hinting that she may not have always been so different.
  • Mood Whiplash: One minute Piper has her in a bright pink dress, and you think she's about to finally turn human if she hasn't already. The next, Phoebe walks into the room, turns out to be Zankou and unleashes a torrent of killer particles on her. It's even invoked in-universe: despite only knowing her for a day, the sisters feel the whiplash enough it compels them to finally join in on the Avatars' plans.
  • No Name Given: Averted when she reveals her true name to Piper.
    • Meaningful Name: As noted by Demian at TWoP, Kyra is the feminine form of Cyrus, which means "far-sighted".
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Started to border on this with Phoebe, to the point of lampshading.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sells out the Underworld the first real chance she gets at becoming human. Bonus points for said chance involving the creation of a future world where the Underworld is basically its own prison.
  • Seers: Yah.

Henry Mitchell (Ivan Sergei)

Coop (Victor Webster)

  • Expy: Of the unnamed Cupid from Season 2, to the point that you have wonder they didn't just bring him back.
  • Love Freak: Being a Cupid, it comes with the territory.

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