"When you're old, all you want to do is stare at the scenery."
Beautiful Dreamer: Howl watches her while she sleeps. In this case, understandable because Sophie is inflicting the curse on herself subconsciously. Thus, the only time it's not active is when she's asleep.
Indy Ploy: Her plan to save Howl. Destroying the castle and escaping with only a small part of it to stop Howl from fighting the main battle. It failed because the Witch of the Waste grabbed Calcifer, forcing Sophie to almost kill the demon.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He fights in the war to destroy as many war ships as possible and diminish the threat the other wizards pose, disregarding loyalty to either side. As he said, it doesn't matter who to support - both are bad.
The Witch of the Waste
Voiced by: Akihiro Miwa (JP), Lauren Bacall (US)
"The best part of that spell, is that you can't tell anyone about it."
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"It looks like your true love is in love with someone else."
The Bully: To Sophie. "You are by far the tackiest."
Deal with the Devil: Like Howl, she sold her heart to a demon and no longer has one of her own.
De-power: Suliman de-powers her as a punishment for losing her way and becoming selfish.
Dirty Old Woman: Post de-powering she spends her time lustingly looking at Howl and making love jokes to Sophie.
Starter Villain: She curses Sophie but is depowered by Sulliman, the true villain.
Token Evil Teammate: Post de-powering, she is briefly this because she is still in pursuit of Howl's heart.
Took a Level in Kindness: After she gets de-powered, she's much nicer and friendlier, even if she does try to steal Howl's heart again. Plus, even then, she certainly wouldn't have agreed to give it back so easily if she was anything like the way she was before.
Villain Decay: After she comes within the vicinity of Suliman (first starting when she has to walk the stairs), she becomes useless.
Woman in Black: Her slinky black dress is a contrast to Sophie's modest green one.
Adaptation Name Change / Recursive Translation: In the book, his name was Michael Fisher. This got translated to "Markl" in the original Japansese release, and the translation carried over back into the English dub of the anime.
I Have Your Husband: Madame Suliman holds Sophie's stepfather (whom she's never met) hostage, forcing Sophie's mother to betray her by planting a Peeping Bug in the castle.
Knight of Cerebus: Before her introduction, the film was a light-hearted romp in a cool castle. Then she attempts to steal Howl's magic with creepy shadow things while he's transforming into a bird monster.
Let's Get Dangerous: In her attempt to trick Howl and take his power away, she forces him into an illusion world where demons surround him and throws her staff at him, seemingly trying to impale him. Let's get dangerous, indeed.
Ominous Latin Chanting: Both when she de-powers the Witch of the Waste and tries to pull the same thing on Howl.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to save Howl from meeting the same fate as the other wizards who couldn't retain their form or lost their way (such as the Witch of the Waste), and she wants to stop the war.
Adaptation Name Change: In the book, the only character resembling her is Fanny Hatter, Sophie's dad's second wife, mother to half-sister Martha and stepmother to Sophie and Lettie. While the film calls Honey Sophie's mother, the official artbook actually refers to her as her stepmother like her book counterpart, which would explain why Lettie bears a much stronger resemblance to her than Sophie.
Abusive Parents: Her only scene, where she talks to Sophie, certainly implies this; working all the time, with the result that she's certainly neglectful, if not deliberately unkind.