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The group consists of five teenage girls who were chosen by the Oracle to become the new guardians of Kandrakar, which means they protect Kandrakar from people and creatures who wish to cause harm to it. For this purpose, they have been given powers over the five elements; Energy, Water, Fire, Earth and Air. The guardians' names are: Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin, whose initials form the title acronym W.I.T.C.H.
- Action Girls: Even when they're not in Guardian form.
- Badass Adorable: They're all are Adorkable cuties protecting the worlds.
- Badass Crew: They are the Guardians of the Veil and know how to kick ass.
- Badass Family: However, they consider one another like family.
- Badass Teachers: Only in the comics. They temporarily become teachers to other kids with magical abilities in the eighth saga.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Cornelia (Blonde); Irma, Taranee, and Hay Lin (Brunette); Will (Redhead).
- Bully Hunter: Initially it was only Will and Cornelia, but the others became involved in keeping Uriah and co. at bay pretty soon.
- Covert Pervert: Too many instances to list. Just go to the Radar subpage and remember it's not even half of what they've done.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: The Guardian outfits only have in common the wings, purple shoes, leggings striped in two shades of green, and tops and bottoms being coloured either aqua green or purple (pink in the cartoon), plus exposed stomach for the first outfits and some kind of gloves in the New Power outfits. Everything else is different... And the end result is always sexy.
- A Day in the Limelight: They each get their own personal story in Lene Kaaberbøl's novels.
- Deadpan Snarker: They all have their moments with Irma as the most sarcastic and Hay Lin as the least.
- Dude Magnets: All of them have caught the attention of more than one guy.
- Evil Twins: Has happened about three times:
- "The Mogriffs" had the girls being impersonated by scapegoating and vicious creatures called, "Mogriffs". They were summoned by Phobos to trick his sister into thinking they wanted to hurt them.
- "I is for Illusion" had Nerissa pretending to be each of the girls in order to shatter the bond between them.
- "P is for Protectors" Nerissa again pretended to be the girls in order for Kadma to not trust them.
- Flight: When they transform. Initially only in the cartoon, but they get this ability in the comic too in the New Power arc.
- Girl Posse: Amazingly enough, the group started (before Elyon left and Will and Taranee arrived) as the closest thing Cornelia had to one. Closest thing because, just as Cornelia wasn't an Alpha Bitch, the girls were true friends with their own opinions and the only ones to care about fashion were Hay Lin (who makes her own clothes) and Cornelia.
- Girl Posse: Amazingly enough, the group started as Cornelia's de-facto girl posse, before Elyon left and Will and Taranee arrived.
- Healing Factor: In the comic they have "Xing-Jing's Gift", that allow them to heal faster than usual, not feel the fatigue from the transformation, and over time healed Taranee's sight.
- Kid Heroes: They start off at the ages of 12 and 13.
- Magical Girl Warriors: A prominent non-anime example.
- Mama Bear: To each other. Shown in "L is for Loser".
- Nice Girls: Despite some of their flaws, all of the girls are brave, loyal, and will fight against anyone who does wrong: Be it either human bullies or more superhuman versions of bullies.
- Older Alter Ego: The Guardian forms.
- One Degree of Separation: Well before ever meeting each other they were connected through the previous generation of Guardians, as Yan Lin personally knew three of them and Kadma and Halinor were keeping tabs on Will and Taranee through the people helped by their charity.
- Personality Powers: Yan Lin explains they all have personality powers: Irma got water because it can't be contained (like Irma when she decides to do something), Taranee got fire because she's the only one reliable enough to be trusted with it (as Cedric points out once, when Taranee gets pissed you must RUN. And he did so), Cornelia got Earth because she tends to function with hard logic, and Hay Lin got Air because she's a dreamer. Will's power remains unexplained until the New Power saga of the comic, when her 'Energy' power is finally defined as that which unites the elements and leads them, balancing between their different personalities. Will fits this archetype after her character develops.
- Physical Goddesses: Where Will, as the Keeper of the Heart, had the potential from the start, the whole group reaches this level in the New Power arc, as shown when Hay Lin picked an hurricane and closed it in a small paper box.
- Power Gives You Wings: In the comic the wings were useless until the New Power arc. In the Arkhanta arc they even admitted they had no idea why they had wings.
- Power of Friendship: Justified. The stronger the bond between the Guardians, the stronger they are when fighting evil. A recurring theme in the comics and show.
- Power Perversion Potential: Irma (in the comic book) and Cornelia (in the cartoon) have both noticed how their Guardian forms are useful to get noticed by older boys.
- Purple Is Powerful: Their Guardian uniforms, though they look more pink in the animated series.
- Sexier Alter Ego: In Guardian form they don't just become older, they get the body they dream of. Made most evident by Will's actual older form (shown in two possible futures) being less busty than the Guardian form, Irma's Guardian form being skinnier than the actual Irma, and the Guardian form of Cornelia, who is the one who is actually happy with her body shape, simply being an Older Alter Ego with Rapunzel Hair and wings.
- She's Got Legs: Their outfits emphatize their shapely legs in different ways.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While a few of them fall under All Girls Want Bad Boys, all of them really want a sweet guy to be with ultimately.
- Teens Are Short: Downplayed. Each of them are short, but that's probably because of puberty.
- Town Girls: Femme - Cornelia, Neither - Will, Taranee and Hay Lin, Butch - Irma.
- True Companions: Even when they fight, that won't stop them from making up later on.
- Underestimating Badassery: Many of their enemies tend to underestimate the girls. Big mistake.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Mildly deconstructed: all of their personal lives suffer for their Guardianship, especially Will and Cornelia. The former has to deal with leadership and the trials of having a single parent while Cornelia has had to sacrifice time from her figure-skating career to save the world. Taranee actually quit at one point because she didn't like the way Candracar treated them and Cornelia has repeatedly shown she'd drop the job if she didn't feel indebted to help the others. Irma and Hay Lin have the least conflicts but even they have their share of problems. Despite these troubles, they still pull together and get the job done while handling their personal lives.
- Wings Do Nothing: Initially their wings are useless in the comics.
Wilhelmina "Will" Vandom
Voiced by: Kelly Stables
And, uh, lightning!The Quintessence Guardian, and the main protagonist. She holds the Heart of Kandrakar, which gives the other girls the power to transform into their guardian forms.
- A-Cup Angst: She's insecure about her lack of a noticeable bust and prefers being in her Guardian form due to the Breast Expansion it gives her.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, Will's eyes were brown, but become red in the cartoon.
- Adaptation Name Change: A minor note. In the comics, her full name was "Wilhelmina"; it was changed to "Wilma" in the cartoon.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The comics showed that Will' s friends from Fadden Hills only hanged out with her because they felt sorry for her parents being divorced. They didn't even like her. It was never shown if this happened to the cartoon Will. One of her enemies tried to trick her into thinking this would eventually happen with the other Guardians, but the Oracle assured her that even he could not see what the future would be.
- Ambiguously Brown: She's on the slightly dark shade of Dark-Skinned Redhead.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Word of God states that she's the strongest of the five because she has control over Quintessence.
- Badass in Charge: The leader of the Guardians and the most powerful of all of them. Inverted in season one of the show as she had no offensive powers, played straight in season two when she gets Quintessence.
- Badass Normal: In season 1, but in season 2, not anymore since she gets her Quintessence powers. Averted in the comic, where she has those powers from the start.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sweet, shy, not entirely confident girl. She will mess you up if you harm or threaten her inner circle, believe it. Case in point: her treatment of Phobos in the fourth story arc. After he gave her an hell of a Mind Rape, she reacted by nearly torturing him to death, and only spared him because she remembered just in time that he wasn't in his real body and had to fix that situation. He escapes, but in their next encounter he finds himself at her mercy and has barely enough time for a Big "NO!" before she disintegrates his soul. Ouch...
- Book Dumb: Especially math. A "C" grade is pretty good for her, according to Hay Lin.
- Bully Hunter: Most evident in the comic: when seeing Uriah and his gang tormenting a dormouse she chased them away, and when she thought they had returned she immediately turned violent (it was actually Matt). She and Cornelia will later involve their friends in the activity of keeping Uriah and co. from tormenting people.
- The Chains of Commanding: A recurring theme in both the comic and the show is that Will has the extra burdens of being the Keeper of the Heart in addition to the usual Guardian duties. This becomes more manageable over time as the girls become a stronger team.
- Character Development:
- From the TV series — By season 2, Will was able to effortlessly manipulate Phobos. She has even has tone down a lot of her Hot-Blooded tendencies.
- From the comics — Will finally finding out how much of a jerk her father is, is what starts her not being so angry at her mother anymore and their relationship improves.
- Character Tics: In the cartoon, Will blows up her hair in frustration.
- The Chessmaster: Has a stint in the second season of the cartoon, and actually succeeded at playing Phobos like a fiddle. If only Cedric hadn't seen that coming and decided to try his luck as the conqueror of the world...
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's really jealous of Matt, causing her to use her powers to sabotage perceived rivals or throw cakes on their heads directly from Kandrakar.
- Closet Geek: If the European opening is to be believed, Will has the Hoenn starters as her bedroom wallpaper.
- Cool Big Sis: To William, her half-brother. She was a little hesitant about him at first, but quickly bonds with him after he is born.
- Curtains Match the Window: In the animated series. Usually not Red Eyes, Take Warning, but if you hit her Berserk Button enough...
- Dark Skinned Red Head: Lighter-skinned than most examples, but she fits.
- Deadpan Snarker: More on the deadpan side.
- Element Number Five: Quintessence in the show, pretty much the same thing but used as Life Energy and Shock and Awe.
- Embarrassing Nickname: The cartoon reveals that her mother calls her, "Pink Perky Poopy Pumpkin".
- Everyone Hates Mathematics: Her worst subject is math.
- Fangirl: Of Cobalt Blue.
- Fiery Redhead: Can be emotional at times and prone to outbursts. Ironically, she seems to have inherited this from her responsible dark-haired mother than her calmer, but less reliable red-haired father.
- Friendless Background: In the comic she came to Heatherfield after effectively losing almost all her old friends when her parents divorced (she just kept one, but that is revealed much later).
- Friend to All Living Things: Her powers give her a strong connection to animals.
- A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Dormouse. More so in the comics, until he dies. Only for a short time in the cartoon.
- Glamour: She has this ability, and has occasionally used it for disguising purpose.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: But in the second season she gains lightning and technopathic skills. Plus, the show Guardians can only transform when Will uses the Heart of KandraKar.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Shown more in the comics. Will often has doubts over her physical appearance, and has said on more than one occasion that she doesn't consider herself beautiful.
- Hot-Blooded: Prone to being emotional than rational.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She still has to miss a target, but the best (and funniest) instance was when she saw a girl who was hitting on Matt while she was away and hit her with a cake thrown from Kandrakar, after remarking she had a good aim when Irma doubted her ability to pull it off.
- The Leader: She's the Keeper of the Heart, and therefore the leader of the Guardians.
- Lethal Chef: Her mother and Matt are terrified by her attempts at cooking because she's as bad as Akane Tendo in her first attempts. Or maybe worse: Akane never confused powdered soap with flour...
- Lightning Can Do Anything: In its most basic form, the Quintessence power just shoots lightning. But it can also animate nonliving things, bring life to technology, giving them their own personalities, turn astral drops into real, living beings, and quite a few other things.
- Mama Bear: She doesn't take threats against her little brother very well. At all.
- Meaningful Name:
- Wilhelmina can be interpreted to mean "protector."
- Will also counts. There's even a villain who claimed that fifth element is willpower.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her father is white and her mother is a still, unspecified ethnicity. Fanon likes to see her as being Middle Eastern.
- Mondegreen: Prior to the point where Will's element in the Transformation Sequence became "quintessence", it was variously heard as "it worked", "big hook", and various other odd phrases. Closed captioning programs had particular difficulty with it. It's changed so that it's audible as "the heart" eventually.
- Name's the Same: In-Universe. As her half-brother William, at least in their shortened versions. This led to amusing results when everyone got them mixed up at a family reunion.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It was her decision not to tell Elyon that the girls were Guardians and Elyon was the lost princess of Meridian, which ultimately allowed Phobos to manipulate Elyon for half the season after telling her the truth and showing her that her friends had been keeping secrets/lying. Cornelia gave her quite a bit of crap over it.
- Not a Morning Person: Frequently in the comics and the supplementary materials mention it, too. Not as much in the show, but the European opening shows her being awoke by her alarm and immediately falling back into bed.
- Not So Different: With Nerissa. Both are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, even if it's morally wrong (especially in regards to Nerissa).
- Painted-On Pants: Her Guardian outfit from the New Power saga includes these.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She's into competitive swimming.
- Pink Heroine: She wears a combination of pink and red, wields the pink Heart of Kandrakar, has a pink transformation sequence, and gains the power of pink lightning.
- Pure Energy: Her power source in the comics.
- Red-Headed Stepchild: To Dean in the comics. To Serena in the TV series. Subverted in that they both actually care about her and don't treat her like the trope, in the show she treats them with distrust until she warms up to them with one issue of the comics being about her finally calling Dean "Dad!"
- Refusal of the Call: At first rejects the idea of being a Guardian, but later accepts it.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Usually prefers gender-neutral clothing, but she can dress up as easily as any of the other girls.
- Shock and Awe: Cartoon only. In season two, Will is finally granted her own elemental ability of Quintessence (also referred to as Aether). Quintessence manifests itself in whitish blue lightning, which she can use to animate inanimate objects, fire offensive lightning bolts and produce a full body pulse, shockwave or discharge of electrical power and energy. In addition, her powers grant her the ability to talk to electrical appliances.
- Shrinking Violet: Shows tendencies of this. However, she can be outspoken when she wants to be.
- In the comicbooks, Will gets dizzy whenever something of dark magic is in motion or near her.
- Will was able to detect Nerissa's location in "F is for Facades", after the woman used her Quintessesnce powers.
- Super Strength: One of her abilities includes superhuman strength.
- Technopath: Also has a strong connection to appliances.
- Teleporters and Transporters: By the end of the show she's the only member of W.I.T.C.H. that can do this, though it's justified as they were in a desperate enough situation for Will to risk using it without the years of training the technique usually requires. Caleb actually teaches her and the others how to do this in the comic.
- Tomboy: Enjoys sports (competitive swimming is her main interest) and frogs.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Cornelia' s Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Name: Justified given how embarrassing her first name is.
- Unkempt Beauty: Her hair is the messiest of the Guardians and her boyfriend doesn't seem to mind in the least. There's a lot of scenes in the comics where Will is shown getting out of bed and her hair is a complete rat's nest... and she looks adorable.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She also doesn't take threats against her boyfriend well. At all. Shagon played this up in the animated series to make her hate him by insinuating he'd done something to Matt which was true, From a Certain Point of View.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: In both the series and comic. Played very darkly in the comics.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Averted in the comics as her power is Pure Energy, sort of played straight in the show as she has no offensive powers in the first season.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Inverted, Will's passion for frogs is so great to be one of her defining characteristics, and its appearances have become a running gag.
- You Are Grounded: Seems to get this even more than the others, maybe because she's the only child of a single mother.
Voiced by: Candi MiloThe Water Guardian. Known for being the class clown at her school, she and Cornelia have a long-standing rivalry. She is close friends with Hay Lin. Despite displaying some jealousy over his friend Martin's girlfriend (who previously had a crush on her), she was starting a relationship with Joel, Matt's bandmate. Ultimately, she chose neither and is currently dating a new character named Stephen.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the form of Andrew Hornby.
- Big Breast Pride: Too bad the one girl she tries to get jealous is Proud Beauty Cornelia...
- Big Eater: Sometimes in the comics and she does have a definite sweet-tooth.
- Big Fun: Irma was slightly chubby in the comics, Depending on the Artist.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Inherited thick eyebrows from her father.
- Book Dumb: More from laziness than anything.
- Break the Haughty: Most seen in "G is for Garbage" and "L is for Loser", which makes her almost lose two of her friends.
- Brutal Honesty: Sometimes in the comic, which lands her in trouble in delicate situations.
- Character Development: In the TV series, Irma is learning to control her temper. And while she has a ways to go, she is making progress.
- Charm Person: One of her powers is some kind of mind control.
- Class Clown: Irma loves to joke around in school.
- Cool Big Sis: Though she thinks of her brother as an Annoying Younger Sibling, she really does care for him.
- Cool Teacher: A possible future shown in the comics is that she becomes this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Easily the snarkiest of the girls.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Her mother still calls her the nicknames she had when she was a baby.
- Fun Personified: The most willing to make her Guardian duty as fun as possible.
- Gag Boobs: To the point of getting Lampshaded by the Italian advertisement of the comics and the official site.
- Genki Girl: She's quite excitable, but loses to Hay Lin.
- A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Turtle. In the comics, Irma has a pet turtle, Leafy, who she tells all her secrets to.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She has shown to have bad control over her temper in the TV series. On two occasions, it made her say some terrible things to her friends, Blunk and Martin. She learns to try and control it in "O is for Obedience".
- The Heart: Sometimes in the comic book.
- Hot-Blooded: Irma is probably worse than Will.
- An Ice Person: Not in personality, but because she has control over water, Irma also has the ability to freeze (and unfreeze) anything she wants.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Her curls manages to stay up regardless what situation she's in.
- It's All About Me: Shows an egocentric attitude in "O is for Obedience", but seems to have gotten over it by the end.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Somewhat self-centered and sometimes speaks before thinking. But, is willing to admit her mistakes and has a noble heart.
- Jumped at the Call: Even more so in the show, Irma was the most psyched to be a Guardian.
- Life of the Party: Knows how to throw a party.
- Making a Splash: Irma is the Guardian of Water.
- Missing Mom: In the comics, Anna Lair is her stepmother. It's still a mystery of what happened to her birth mom.
- Most Common Super Power: Easily the largest of the girls in both her forms, at least in the comics.
- No Indoor Voice: Irma might not know the definition of keeping her voice down.
- Not So Different: With Cornelia. Both are stubborn and can be insensitive at times, but are jerks with heart of gold. They also go through Break the Haughty moments in the cartoon version.
- Quirky Curls: The tips at the end of her hair are curled.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her new costume gives her longer, curlier hair.
- Really Gets Around: A non-sexual version (thankfully) as she's had the most romances in the comics. Not at the same time, mind you.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Cornelia's blue.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the comics, she and Anna were step-mother and step-daughter. The cartoon has them as biological mother and daughter.
- Shock Jock: Known in the show as: "Lair on the Air"!
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: In the form of Andrew Hornby.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: With Cornelia, whom she calls "Corny."
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Instantly goes "boy crazy" to the guy she likes.
- Snark Knight: Makes sassy comments when she's on and off the job of being a Guardian. But, she'll always protect the world with her friends.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Irma's name is usually spelled "Erma".
- Spicy Latina: Never explicitly said in the comics but her fashion sense and accent in the cartoon (which she shares with her brother and mother) seem to hint at this.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Irma loves to eat chocolate ice cream.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cornelia.
Voiced by: Miss KittieThe Fire Guardian, Taranee's hobbies include dancing, math, and photography. She later starts liking Nigel, a former delinquent.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In the comic, she gets increasingly frustrated with her life as a Guardian and comes to feel that she's being manipulated and used by the Oracle, and as such she quits the team, stays out of action and refuses to use her powers for several issues (though she still hangs out with the other girls and helps provide cover stories and alibies when needed). Her place on the team is temporarily filled by Orube, a warrior woman from the planet Basiliade, though the Oracle and the other girls make it clear to Taranee that she is welcome back on the team at any time.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, while she was quite reserved but her cartoon counterpart became nerdier, shyer, and even a Nervous Wreck.
- Affectionate Nickname: Called "sugar plum" by her father in the cartoon.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Mainly Nigel, though she insists he isn't the bad guy her mother thinks he is.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. She and her older brother get along very well.
- Asian and Nerdy: She is half-Asian from her mother's side whom puts great focus on education. Although Taranee is adopted and she might not be half-Asian at all
- Badass Bookworm: She occasionally uses her smarts to defeat her enemies, especially in the show where her knowledge of science saves the day more than once.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Tends to become a pyromaniac when she snaps. Cedric was rather wary of provoking her since the start, but Elyon, in the first saga, managed to get her to snap, and only survived because Cedric grabbed her and ran like hell while she freed from a bubble made specifically to keep her in.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: The most reserved of her friend. But when she snaps, she snaps hard.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Inherited her thick eyebrows from her dad.
- Black and Nerdy: Taranee is so nerdy that she can't wait for summer vacations to end!
- Black Best Friend: To Will, in particular.
- Braids of Action: In the Dreadlock Rasta version.
- Brainy Brunette: Well, maybe she's a "brainy blunette".
- Camera Fiend: Averted. One of Taranee's hobbies is photography.
- Character Development: Especially in the show where she starts out as timid and fearful and eventually becomes a bona-fide badass and a rebellious teenager.
- Cowardly Lion: In the cartoon version. Taranee gets scared easily when doing her guardian duties. She grows out of it.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: A mother variant. She didn't approve of Taranee dating Nigel. She comes around though.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Only in her Guardian form.
- Dreadlock Warrior: In her guardian form.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She wears beads in her hair most of the time.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: The only one whose hair changes after transforming.
- Fake Mixed Race: In-Universe. Taranee seems like this at first, since her mother is Asian. It's later revealed that she's adopted.
- Goggles Do Nothing: After the Xing-Jing's Gift heals her sight in the comic she takes off the corrective lenses from her glasses and replaces them with plain ones, as just ditching her glasses would be suspicious.
- Good Girl Gone Bad: This is what her mother thinks when Taranee starts to date Nigel.
- Good with Numbers: Her favorite subject is mathematics.
- Goth: Invoked in the TV series. Her way of trying to not be a "good girl". Until Nigel tells her that's what he likes about her.
- Hair Decorations: More so in the comics.
- Happily Adopted: The comics reveal that Taranee was adopted after a fire destroyed her biological parents' home and they couldn't care for her properly.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Her first love and boyfriend was Nigel Ashcroft, a red head. In the comics they broke up, but in the TV series they are still together.
- I Just Want to Be Special: In "A is for Anonymous" she fears that no more Guardian life means she'll become an "anonymous wallflower" again. Her best friends prove her wrong.
- In-Series Nickname: In the comics, her friends sometimes refer to her as "Tara".
- Insufferable Genius: Averted. She's one of the smartest girls you will ever know, but she isn't annoying about it.
- Lovable Nerd: She rather have school than summer.
- Meaningful Name: Taranee Cook.
- Meganekko: She even wears glasses after transforming!
- Nerd Action Heroine: Taranee is most nerdy girl of the group.
- Nerds Are Sexy: She's a cute girl and has no problem attracting love interests. Her possible future selves are all in good shape due to her professions (dance instructor and runner). Her Guardian forms are definitely this, as she keeps her glasses in them.
- Number Two: Often becomes this when Will, for some reason, can't lead the group.
- Only Sane Woman: Sometimes has to be this.
- Playing with Fire: Taranee is the Guardian of Fire.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In her Guardian form.
- The Quiet One: The most reserved of her friends.
- Shrinking Violet: More so in the cartoon adaption. Taranee is the most passive of the girls and starts off a nervous wreck. She eventually learns to be more assertive.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She has blue-black hair and is a timid and reserved teenager.
- Specs of Awesome: Wears glasses even when kicking butt.
- Telepathy: One of her powers and the reason why the Guardians don't need telephones to talk between them.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Taranee isn't fond of bugs. Except for butterflies, grasshopper, and crickets.
- Wreathed in Flames: Her zenith form as shown in "Z is for Zenith".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The only one with blue hair (Hay Lin's hair is often described as black).
Voiced by: Christel KhalilThe Earth Guardian, Cornelia is from a wealthy family and is easily one of the most popular girls at school. She enjoys figure skating. At first was head-over-heels for Caleb, but later on realized that they were just friends. Later, she falls for Peter, Taranee's older brother. Averted in the cartoon, where she remains a couple with Caleb and Peter has no interest in her. Close friend with Will and best frenemy with Irma.
- The Ace: Seems like this at first: she's a beautiful blonde from a well-off family who's popular (the novelizations cite her as being one of the "Infielders" at Sheffield Institute) and a gifted figure-skater. Even her friends are a little jealous of her at times.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Cornelia is still a hero in the cartoon, but was more abrasive and rude, especially to the newcomer Will. Thankfully, she gets better.
- Agent Scully: Doesn't believe in magic at first, and that's after about a year of strange events in her presence, effectively controlling everything that happens in her class with her will, telekinetically cleaning her room without meaning, finding out that Irma can manipulate interrogations, seeing Taranee redirect a firework and stop an explosion and Yan Lin putting the Heart of Kandrakar in Will's hand, and only accepts they're doing magic after plants respond to her mood, but may have been in denial due her preference for normality.
- Alpha Bitch: In the show. In the comics she started out as the Lovable Alpha Bitch.
- Battle Couple: With Caleb in the cartoon.
- Berserk Button: One of her pet peeves is affairs of the heart.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Caleb in the cartoon.
- Big Sister Bully: Cornelia could be a little meaner than she had to Lilian. When it was revealed in "U is for Undivided" that Lilian was the Heart of Earth, Cornelia's attitude changed. By the end of the season 2 finale, Cornelia might have averted this trope.
- Big Sister Mentor: She will become this to Lillian since she is the Heart of Earth, and Cornelia is the Earth Guradian.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: More so in the cartoon and even then begins to grow out of it.
- Break the Haughty: Learned how her arrogant and selfish attitude almost made her suffer from them in the TV series, specifically in "F is for Facades" and "N is for Narcissist".
- Broken Ace: She is just as inexperienced in romance as the other girls and has major confidence issues when it comes to dating an older boy, at least at first. It's also shown she doesn't enjoy the spotlight as much as she thinks she would.
- Bully Hunter: Her first encounter with Will (and possibly Taranee) in the comic has her chasing away a gang of bullies and it's implied that she does it often.
- Butt-Monkey: If one of the guardians screws up, chances are Cornelia's the one hit in the face, or drenched in water, or otherwise screwed.
- Character Development: In the TV series — she becomes nicer by each episode. Losing a lot of her narcissism, selfishness, and meanness.
- Cool Big Sis: When she's not fighting with Lillian, that is.
- The Cynic: For being the most grounded, she can also verge into being the most cynical.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often pointing out other people’s bad fashion tastes, as well as making jokes and sarcastic remarks.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Especially in the show.
- Dishing Out Dirt: The Guardian of Earth.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her first appearance in the comic: in quick succession she muses that Irma unwittingly using magic to make sure the teachers only ask her what she has studied is something for beginners, makes an annoyed face as she asks who is the girl that Hay Lin just saluted (it's Taranee, who is at her first day at school), admits that Elyon knows more about the other transfer student (Will, who is in their class), leaves Elyon (her best friend) at the mercy of Irma and Hay Lin's crazed attempts at finding a good penitence for her bad grade, then notices that Uriah and his gang are bullying Will and Taranee and sends the bullies running with a single phrase before effectively adopting Will and Taranee in her group of friends.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Irma, please stop calling her "Corny" (in the comic).
- The Fashionista: Loves shopping and nice clothes. And especially shoes.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Mostly in "N is for Narcissist", but later grows out of the "narcissist" part.
- First Love: In the comics, for Caleb before he became a couple with Elyon.
- Friend to All Living Things: She has a connection to plants, even being able to communicate with them, or "green speak".
- Green Thumb: Provides the trope picture.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Cornelia can be a jerk, arrogant, and selfish...she also is loyal, doesn't like bullies, and will kick the ass of anyone that hurts the people she loves.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: When the Guardians were temporarily Brought Down to Normal at the start of the New Power Saga she was the only one who wasn't freaking out, feeling finally normal. She instead freaks out when they get the titular power up, and had an Oh, Crap! face when she saw it descending from the sky (again in contrast with the girls, who were happy of seeing the incoming magic and getting the power up). It resurfaced in issue #131: when the Guardians were told they were supposed to give up their powers or face a series of tasks to get a new power-up she was for giving them up, and accepted to take the tasks only in exchange for Irma's not making any joke on her for a year (Irma later succeeded in getting permission to joke as much as she wanted).
- In-Series Nickname; See Embarrassing Nickname.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the aforementioned defrosting.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Both her Guardian outfits are based on cocktail dresses.
- The Lancer: If someone's going to argue with Will, it's usually going to be her. When they're on the same page, though, Cornelia will back her up as much as the others.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: While she was this in the comics from the start, she had to grow into this in the cartoon.
- Meaningful Name:
- Her name is the female form of the name "Cornelius," meaning "the horned one" - a reference to her astrological sign, Taurus (which is by extension an Earth sign).
- There's some rather amusing official chibi art of her cosplaying as Taurus, complete with horns.
- In the New Testament, Cornelius was directed by an angel to seek a man named Peter.
- Mind over Matter: Has telekinesis in the comics and gains it in the second season of the show. Her first use of it was to clean her room.
- Most Common Superpower: Mostly in the cartoon, especially in the episode "N is for Narcissist". In the comic, being the only one actually happy with her body shape, her Guardian form is the flattest.
- Narcissist: Shown in full value in "N is for Narcissist", but later Averted it at the episode's end.Cornelia: I'm not just pretty, I'm gorgeous!
- Not So Different: With Irma. Both are stubborn and can be insensitive at times, but are Jerks With A Heart Of Gold. They also go through Break the Haughty moments in the cartoon version.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her season one outfit consisted of a pink sweater and a pink dress.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has long blond hair in human form, but it grows out so that it almost reaches the floor in Guardian form. At times she can even use it as a weapon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Irma's red. This is the main source of their conflicts.
- Rich Bitch: More in the show, though she has her moments in the comics. Not that she flaunts her family's relative wealth or makes a big deal of it.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: With Irma.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: To Caleb in the cartoon but they grow out of it by the end of season 2.
- Small Name, Big Ego: She has a serious case of overconfidence, believing she can handle almost anything on her own.
- Snark Knight: Like Irma, Corny won't hesitate at her job of being a Guardian. She'll make snippy and witty one liners.
- Statuesque Stunner: The tallest of WITCH and can grow even taller thanks to her powers.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Will and Irma's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After going through a lot of Break the Haughty moments, Corny starts to be more sensitive, understanding, and basically matured a lot.
- Valley Girl: At least on the surface.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She does not react kindly towards anyone attacking Caleb and will hunt down just about anyone who threatens him. Justified in that, by the end of the series, her boyfriend is the only main character without superpowers going up against their very powerful, very magical, enemies.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Irma.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Cornelia is terrified of water.
Voiced by: Liza Del MundoThe Air Guardian, Hay Lin is a bit of an airhead. She enjoys art and comic books. Her family manages the Silver Dragon restaurant. She falls in love with Eric Lyndon.
- Adorkable: The most quirky of the girls. She can be considered a slight comic-alien geek at heart because of her love to collect comics and alien collectibles.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Averted. Knows martial arts, but doesn't act all haughty about it.
- Asian Airhead: Type Two, but much smarter than she looks, especially in the comics.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest member of W.I.T.C.H.
- Badass Pacifist: Hay Lin defeated a villain in the comics just by using her optimism.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is the most cheerful, quirky, and eccentric member of W.I.T.C.H. She's also the one who put a hurricane in a paper box small enough to be kept in a pocket.
- Beware the Silly Ones: The most adorkable of the group, but is just as effective in a fight.
- Be Yourself: Taranee explicitly states in the cartoon version that she admire how Hay Lin is just herself, and doesn't care what other people think.
- Big Eater: Implied in "S is for Self".
- The Big Girl: Sometimes in the comic book. She also has previous martial arts knowledge, good enough to knock down a Capoeira practitioner.
- Blow You Away: Hay Lin is the Guardian of Air.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Averted.
- Break the Cutie: She goes into a Heroic B.S.O.D. in "T is for Trauma". She got better.
- Catch-Phrase: "Yap!", "Spacious!", "Out of this world"
- Cheerful Child: A teenager variant. Always a smile on her face.
- Chinese Girl: The only Asian person among the protagonists. Not counting Taranee who is half-Asian but Japanese instead of Chinese.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Much more apparent in the show, though she can get serious just as easily as the others.
- Cloudcuckoolanguage: Sometimes she makes up words like "weirdific" or "rockalicious".
- Cuckoosnarker: Averted; all the five girls have Deadpan Snarker tendencies, but she's probably the least snarky of the group (though she has a very prominent sense of humor).
- The Cutie: She's cute and adorably ditzy.
- Dork Knight: Hay Lin is the most dorky and happy-go-lucky Guardian of W.I.T.C.H.
- Dream Walker: In a sense. Hay Lin is capable of Empathic Precognition; if she's thinking strongly of someone before she sleeps, she can see what will happen to them in the future, like she did with Elyon before her coronation.
- The Fashionista: More artsy than Cornelia, though, as she makes her own clothing.
- Friend to All Children: Implied in F is for Facades with her minor scene with Lillian, Cornelia's younger sister.
- Friend to All Living Things: In the comics, she rescued all the dogs in a not so great shelter. In the cartoon, Hay Lin is quite fond of Mr. Huggles and even owned him for a short time. Until keeping him caused a big problem with the customers in the Silver Dragon.
- Full-Name Basis: Lin is actually her family name. She was called Hay Lin Lin in the animated version, though.
- Genki Girl: She loves life, designing clothes, painting, and sending armies of mooks flying with a wave of her arm.
- Gift-Giving Gaffe: She's next to impossible to find a good birthday gift for, as whavever her friends are planning to give her she somehow manages to always buy herself shortly before her birthday.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has very long pigtails.
- Girly Bruiser: Hay Lin knows some martial art skills.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Wore them often in the earlier issues, but seemed to grow out of it.
- Hidden Depths: The cartoon has Hay Lin reveal some self-esteem issues.
- Identical Grandson: Hay Lin is basically a pig-tailed wearing version of her grandma in her youth.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her New Power outfit wouldn't be out of place at a formal event.
- Kid-Appeal Character: The most childlike and fun-loving.
- Like Brother and Sister: Has this dynamic with Caleb, who lives beneath her family's restaurant when he is on earth.
- Mama Bear: Inverted. She is very protective towards her grandmother.
- Ms. Imagination: Her favorite class is even art.
- Motor Mouth: Comes with being a Genki Girl.
- Nice Girl: The least sarcastic member of the Guardians. She is the first person to treat Blunk kindly and he even calls her "Smiley Girl".
- No Indoor Voice: She's not as bad as Irma though.
- Only Child Syndrome: Averted. She is the only Guardian to be an only child.
- Otaku: Mostly in the comics, where she dreams of meeting aliens and has replicas of the Enterprise.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "T is for Trauma", Hay Lin isn't her usual cheerful, goofy, smiling self... she's quiet, frowning, depressed, and (at the end) very pissed off. WE know that if someone like Hay Lin can resort to this, that means that the Big Bad went too far.
- Perpetual Smiler: About 98% of the time. You should be worried when she's not smiling.
- Qipao: Both her original and New Power Guardian outfits are based on this.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is so long that it nearly touches her ankles. Since the New Power story arc, her air gets longer in Guardian form.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Technically, she's shown with blue hair.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She's the only main character that has an animesque hair color. She's sometimes shown with or described as having black hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: S-grade in her New Power form. Somehow, she manages to pull it off with a long skirt (loincloth-style) and a verytable mane of hair between the twin tails.
Voiced by: Serena BermanThe ruler of Meridian.
- Adaptational Heroism: She's portrayed as consistently naive and misguided in the show during her Face–Heel Turn phase. In the original comics, she was much nastier and more manipulative.
- Adaptational Name Change: The cartoon changed her last name to Brown.
- Badass in Charge: Manages to own the entire W.I.T.C.H. team by herself both in the comic and the animation (twice in the adaptation), and in both versions inflicts Phobos an embarrassing defeat the second time they fight (as much as they can be called fights).
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: Elyon eventually becomes a Sorceress Princess to the Kingdom of Meridian; this is in stark contrast to her brother Phobos, who ruled for many years as a Sorcerous Overlord.
- Body Guard Crush: In the comic, she falls in love with Caleb, who is the captain of her royal guard.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: The Queen of Meridian at only 12.
- Dark Magical Girl: Until she realized that Phobos tricked her, becoming a real Magical Girl.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Her skin is quite dark and her hair's a dirty blonde colour.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times in the show.Nerissa: Caleb is my son. I will not allow Phobos to harm him.Elyon: Yeah, you're Mother of the Year.
- Easily Forgiven: Particularly in the animated series. Granted, she was suckered into it all, but she was warned by the Guardians several times about it and received several hints, but never caught on until it was too late, yet all the Guardians forgive her immediately afterwards for all the times she tried to blast them.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Face–Heel Turn: Goodbye, "friends"!
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In season one of the TV series Elyon wore a matching purple sweater and skirt.
- Heel–Face Turn: "Cornelia! Oh, Cornelia, I'm so sorry!"
- The High Queen: Once she becomes the ruler of Meridian.
- Kick the Dog: Her Mind Rape of Taranee in Issue 4. It ends up blowing up in her face in the end, though.
- Last of Her Kind: Elyon appears to be the last of the royal family of Meridian.
- Light Is Good: She is the Light or Heart of Meridian.
- MacGuffin Super Person: In both the comics and the show Phobos is obsessed with gaining her powers. As is Nerissa in the show as it's implied that Phobos' entire reign was just a ploy the fallen Keeper to obtain the Heart of Meridian.
- Meaningful Name: Elyon means "The Most High" or "Highest" and was the name of the ruling God of Canaan as well as being one of the titles that the Judeo-Christian God possesses. Once you know this, her almost godlike power and place as true ruler suddenly seem very logical.
- Oblivious Adoption: She was unaware of it until Cedric told her about her origins.
- Put on a Bus: In the comic, after the Meridian storyline is over. Like Caleb, she makes occasional cameos later on but is mostly gone from the story. Averted in the animated series, in which she remains an important character in the second season (she didn't appear in the "Nerissa" arc of the comic, aside a special issue completely dedicated to her).
- Rapunzel Hair: Even with her hair tied down in two braids they both reach her waistline.
- Secret Legacy: For the first years of her life, she was unaware of her royal heritage.
- Tears of Remorse: In issue 12 of the comics.
- Teens Are Short: Downplayed. She is short, but that's mostly due to puberty.
- True Blue Femininity: Wears blue as the Queen of Meridian.
- Unwitting Pawn: Mainly in the animated series.
Voiced by: Greg CipesThe leader of the rebels and Cornelia's boyfriend.
- Adaptational Badass: Caleb is a badass rebel leader in the series who is much more of a fighter than the original and doesn't spend most of the series as a flower because of Phobos, either. A fan only familiar with the comics who read this page would likely say "back up a sec, Caleb is giving somebody combat lessons?"
- Arch-Enemy: In the show, particularly the first season, he and Cedric are almost constantly at odds.
- Ascended Extra: He's a fairly minor, though still significant, character in the comic; in the animated series he's one of the main characters and frequently acts as a sort of Sixth Ranger to the girls.
- Badass Longcoat: Caleb usually wears a brown longcoat when going off on missions.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have any powers. He's also one of the biggest badasses.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Cornelia in the cartoon.
- Chick Magnet: Besides Cornelia, Caleb has won the affection of Elyon (initially), Alchemy, and a couple of other Earth girls.
- Child by Rape: Nerissa fooled Julian into thinking she was someone else.
- Combat Pragmatist: Caleb will use anything and everything to get out of a tough situation.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The comics has being a former minion of Phobos before defecting. The cartoon doesn't include that, but he grew up as an orphan and his home was under the control of the cruel Phobos. Both version have him in rebellion.
- Defector from Decadence: In the comic where he was one of Phobos' minions before deserting.
- Disappeared Dad: When he is introduced, Caleb is an orphan. Turns out to be a case of Mistaken For Dead, though.
- Distressed Dude: In the comics, if he's not a flower he's often kidnapped for his unique powers.
- Facial Markings: Has them in the comic in the form of green stripes on his cheeks, they mark him as a former Whisperer that defected from Phobos. Word of God says they weren't included in the show because test audiences found them unnerving.
- Fish out of Water: Has trouble adjusting to Earth in both formats, though he gets better.
- Green Eyes: In the TV series. He shares them with his mother.
- Heroic Bastard: Implied. Julian never mentioned he was married to the Mage aka a disguised Nerissa.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Cartoon-verse. With Aldarn and Blunk in Meridian, and Matt, as of Season 2.
- In the Blood: Averted. Nerissa tries to convince him of this, but he tells her she's wrong.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Caleb is rough around the edges and is quite rude to the girls (especially in season one), but he ultimately is courageous, selfless, and loyal.
- Missing Mom: He never knew his mother. Who is Nerissa.
- Mr. Fanservice: Has a lot of shirtless scenes...
- No Social Skills: Justified. Caleb has a spent a good chunk of his life in a rebellion in Meridian, and isn't accustomed to Earth's culture. In Meridian, he's considered very charismatic and suave.
- Odd Friendship: With both Blunk and Matt.
- The One Guy: In season one, he was the only male friend the girls could count on.
- Put on a Bus: In the comic. He's forced to choose between his duty in Meridian and his relationship with Cornelia — in the end he chooses his duty, leaving Earth and effectively leaving the story (apart from a few cameo appearances later on).
- Later on, there was a What Might Have Been special where the Oracle sends Caleb and Cornelia dreams that show what would have happened if he had stayed on Earth or if she had come with him to Meridian. Both scenarios had unhappy endings.
- Averted in the cartoon adaptation where they manage to have a successful long distance relationship.
- Rebel Leader: Practically his nickname by the girls.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to both Blunk and Matt's Sensitive Guy.
- Snark Knight: Snark at his friends and will always protect them.
Voiced by: Lauren TomHay Lin's grandmother, and previous Guardian of Kandrakar, who first tells the girls of their powers and duties, as well as presenting Will with the Heart of Kandrakar. Acts as The Mentor to the girls in the animated series and to a lesser extent in the comic.
- Age Lift: Visibly younger and more spry in the cartoon series. The comic has her as a white-haired and somewhat frail old lady, who dies in the second issue, and afterwards takes on a sort of Spirit Advisor role.
- Big Good: Becomes the Oracle after Himerish resigns.
- Eccentric Mentor: In the cartoon series. Her comic counterpart is a little less quirky, but still has a certain twinkle in her eyes.
- The Mentor: Much more notably in the animated series, but to some extent in the comic as well.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Yan Lin only comes to her teen granddaughter's waistline.
- Qipao: Subverted by her Guardian form: she wears a (similar-looking) tangzhuang.
- Secret Keeper: In the animated series.
- Spared by the Adaptation: A strange version; in the comic she dies in the second issue, though her spirit lives on in Kandrakar, where she continues to guide the girls from afar and eventually, after having spent some time as the Oracle's closest advisor, becoming the new Oracle. In the animated series, she's notably younger-looking and remains active in Heatherfield as The Mentor and Secret Keeper for the girls throughout the series.
- Passing the Torch: To her granddaughter.
- Strong Family Resemblance: When she was younger she looked exactly like Hay Lin does now, only short haired.
A native of the planet Basiliade who is introduced as the Temporary Substitute for Taranee when she quits the team, and who becomes more of a Sixth Ranger when Taranee returns. She does not appear in the animated series, largely because the story arc that introduced her was never adapted.
- Action Girl: A trained warrior from a warrior culture, she embraces this trope sometimes to the exclusion of everything else.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has black hair and is quite proud and distant when first introduced.
- Book Dumb: This◊ chibi says it all.
- Cat Girl: Her father is one of the straight-up cat people of Basiliade and she retains enough feline characteristics to warrant a Glamour to pass as human when in Heatherfield.
- Dating Catwoman: With Cedric.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out as extremely haughty and dismissive of the other girls, viewing them as pathetic children lacking the warrior instinct, but over time, she loosens up and becomes a lot more friendly to the point of becoming somewhat of a Cool Big Sis figure.
- Does Not Like Shoes: In her natural state.
- Fish out of Water: She's sophisticated enough to realize that tv sets are machines, not magic, but she still needed to be taught that romantic melodrama movies aren't Real Life.
- Freudian Excuse: Two in the comics. First, her father sending her away to train as a child made her view the Guardians' immaturity much more harshly than was warranted and her mentor Luba's Heroic Sacrifice also soured her view on the girls despite Luba doing it to atone for putting the girls in danger in the first place. She does grow out of them and eventually sees the girls as her friends and teammates.
- Lethal Chef: Sort of. Nobody ever ate an Earth dish prepared by her because she will either flood the kitchen or burn whatever she's cooking, even the pasta.
- Look What I Can Do Now!: Strange example: when she returned on Basiliade during the Trials of the Oracle arc and was confronted by the guards of a Garden of Sun, she said she was from Basiliade and had been originally trained in a Garden like that one, but her real training had been received on Kandrakar. The guards, all bigger than her, believed her only after getting the crap beaten out of them.
- Mukokuseki: Probably some kind of Asian, but no one's really sure. Then again, she's not even from Earth.
- Ms. Fanservice: Frequently seen in various states of undress or in the bath (especially in her solo special that has her getting into a bath as Book Ends) and wearing fetishistic costumes (including lingerie and a schoolgirl-esque uniform despite being college-aged). The uniform really caught Cedric's attention.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Basiliadians, both male and female, are trained in martial arts from an early age, and Orube is one of the best warriors. Unfortunately, her mental training hasn't been quite as effective, and she still sometimes has problems controlling her temper.
- Put on a Bus: Returns to Basiliade after Cedric's death.
Voiced by: Steve BlumA "passling" (a smelly, goblin-like creature with the uncanny ability to sniff out portals between worlds) native to Meritian. He's a smuggler by trade, though he prefers being called a "trader" or "businessman."
- All Animals Are Dogs: Chris has often confused Blunk as being a dog. He even pretends to be one in "C is for Changes".
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He's kind of like a little brother to his friends. And despite him being annoying, they love Blunk dearly.
- Canon Foreigner: He's original to the cartoon.
- Character Development: At the beginning of the series he's a bit of a Dirty Coward who only looks out for himself and frequently becomes The Load. He gets better over she course of season one; not only does he becomes far more loyal and brave, but he also begins pulling his weight a lot more. In season two he's become downright useful to have around.
- Chekhov's Gun: Specifically in "I is for Illusion".
- Cowardly Lion: Loses the cowardly part over time and doesn't blink in the eyes of danger. Sometimes.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Usually he's not much use in a fight, but he's surprisingly resourceful when he needs to be, and on occasion even gets a genuine awesome moment."Blunk not scavenger — Blunk warrior!"
- Disappeared Dad: What happened to Blunk's father?
- Dork Knight: Almost to the same extent as Hay Lin.
- Extreme Omnivore: There's little he won't eat if he can keep it down, ex. tea bags found in the trash.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Caleb.
- Insistent Terminology: Insists he's a "discount importer" rather than a smuggler. Even to Cedric in his snake form!
- Mistaken Identity: In "The Stolen Heart", the girls thought that Blunk stole the Heart, but it was actually his evil, nasty cousin, Jeek. They all apologize to him at the end.
- Momma's Boy: Loves his momma.
- Nice Guy: Blunk is really a brave, loyal, and polite little guy.
- The Nicknamer: Will is "Leader Girl", Irma is "Funny Girl", Taranee is "Brainy Girl", Cornelia is "Blondie Girl", Hay Lin is "Smiley Girl", and Caleb is usually referred to as "Best Friend Caleb".
- The Nose Knows: Probably his biggest contribution to the cause is his ability to track people and portals by smell, even garnering the name "bloodhound" at one point. It's a trait of his people, which is ironic because they all have awful body order.
- Our Goblins Are Different: They are called Passlings, and they travel through the dimensions looking for goods to sell.
- The Pig Pen: Has traces of this; he hates taking baths and is never happier than when collecting garbage.
- He freaked out when he accidentally got cleaned up during a car wash.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Caleb's Manly Man.
- Small, Annoying Creature: The only one who doesn't find him annoying seems to be Hay Lin.
Voiced by: Michael GoughThe Big Good of the series and the head of the Council of Kandrakar. He is patient and understanding (to a point), he has great powers and great wisdom, and he is genuinely concerned with the well-being of all — though, as he is sometimes painfully aware of, he is not as infallible as several of the characters seem to think he is. His real name is Himerish.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In the comics, thanks to the manipulations of a disguised Phobos, he has his title as Oracle renounced by the council and spends some time as a Badass Normal before being reinstated. In a later storyline, he makes a grievous error in judgement that nearly destroys Kandrakar, and after the situation is dealt with, he decides that he's not worthy of the title of Oracle, stepping down and Passing the Torch to Yan Lin.
- Demoted to Extra: In the animated series, he has a much smaller role and doesn't even meet the Guardians face-to-face until the second season, probably because Yan Lin is at hand to explain things.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": For much of the comic and all of the animated series, he's only known as "the Oracle." In the comic, it turns out even he himself has forgotten his real name, having placed his old identity behind him when taking up the mantle as the Oracle. During his 10-Minute Retirement he regains the memories of his old life, as well as his real name, Himerish, and when he returns to being the Oracle, he elects to keep his old memories rather than let them go again.
- A God Am I: Subverted in the comic, as he was about to inflict a Laser-Guided Amnesia to Interpol agents trying to discover the Guardians' source of power he compares himself to the Deus ex Machina of ancient Greek theatre, but then immediately states he's not a god, just popping out from nowhere to solve the situation at hand.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Turns out he was one before he became the Oracle.
- Psychic Powers: His most commonly-used powers fall under this definition:
- As fits his title, he has a form of Precognition and can at times come across as The Omniscient, though it does turn out that he's not infallible in this respect.
- He's able to use Telepathy to speak to others, communicate with them through their dreams or even share information.
- On a couple of occasions, he's forced Laser-Guided Amnesia on Muggles who threaten the Guardians, making him a one-man Memory-Wiping Crew.
- He can sense emotions and states of minds in others.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the time. Sometimes he forgets what it's like for normal people and can as a result come across as needlessly harsh or unreasonable, but he genuinely tries to avoid this.
- Underestimating Badassery: Sometimes people forget this guy is near omniscent, and are caught by surprise when he pulls the rug from under them.
Matthew "Matt" Olsen/Shagon
Voiced by: Jason MarsdenWill's boyfriend, as well as a would-be musician.
- Adaptational Badass: The comics makes Matt out to be The Obi-Wannabe. In the cartoon, Matt was a normal guitarist who, after getting fed up with Will ditching him on dates, decided to find out what the hell was going on. After finding out her double life, he decided he wasn't going to stand there and let her get hurt all the time. Not only does he take combat lessons from Caleb, he also gains a massive power boost when he's forced to take up a fraction of the Heart of Earth, putting him at equal (if not greater) footing of Will herself!
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics Matt had grayish-brown hair. Matt in the cartoon had bluish black hair.
- Battle Couple: Lampshaded by Matt himself when he revealed himself as a new Shagon to Will.
- Benevolent Boss: Even as Shagon, he visibly cares for his teammates and doesn’t hesitate to rush in to their aid.
- A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Dormouse. Never seen without Mr. Huggles in the cartoon.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Season 2, where he becomes Nerissa's Dragon and assumes the identity of Shagon.
- Chick Magnet: In the comic there are many girls who had at least a crush on him at some point (including Elyon), and in the animation had both Will and Sondra fighting over him. With a ski duel of sorts.
- Cincinnatus: For Lilian. He's her regent up until she's old enough to have a grasp of her powers.
- Composite Character: Shagon was a hapless man completely unrelated to Matt in the comics.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Only in the cartoon when he turns to Shagon mode.
- Fighting from the Inside: To free himself from Nerissa, Matt has to battle Shagon in his own mind. Not only does he win, but he takes Shagon's powers for his own.
- Friend to All Living Things: Judging by his friendship with Mr. Huggles and the fact that his grandfather owns a pet shop.
- Idol Singer: Has his own music band.
- Large Ham: Occasionally as Shagon."I am getting VERY FRUSTRATED!
- Nice Hat: Wears a particularly nice grey beanie from time to time.
- Painful Transformation: Even after Shagon became Matt's alternate form, Matt's still in pain whenever he transforms into him.
- The Power of Hate: What initially made Shagon strong. The more you hate him, the stronger he gets.
- The Power of Rock: His "right weapon" against Shagon.
- Secret Keeper: Keeps the Will's double life as a Guardian a secret.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Caleb's Manly Man.
- Teach Me How To Fight: Asks this of Caleb.
- Understanding Boyfriend:
- Once he learns about the Guardians, he takes it remarkably well. Seriously, after just learning his girlfriend's secret on the first day, Matt is surprisingly okay with her being a Magical Girl Warrior. Although that may have something to do with Will's Sexier Alter Ego body...
- In the comic he loves Will for who she is, and says that busty, narcisitic, overbearing women is not his type. This was after a woman just like that asked for him in the pet store during Will's shift in an issue. In the end he throws away the phone number she left with Will.
Voiced by: Lloyd SherrCaleb's second-in-command, a native of Meridian.
- The Atoner: In the comic, he starts out as a bad guy but eventually gets a Heel–Face Turn — after which Caleb trusts him enough to make him his Lancer. In the Elyon one-shot comic, he and Elyon encounter a group of people who still remember and hate Vathek for his villainous days, and despite Elyon's protests, Vathek willingly lets them put him on trial because he feels they are justified in their hatred of him.
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice in the animated series.
- The Brute: Is set up as one in the comic, but this is Deconstructed fairly quickly as his Hidden Depths begin showing.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Back when he was a villain, Cedric was able to make him walk around Heatherfield in broad daylight with rather minimalistic disguises. In the very first issue he went at a Halloween party with no disguise at all and wearing his normal clothes. He won the prize for the best costume.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Gets this from Cedric in the comic when he completes his Heel–Face Turn.
- Gentle Giant: Especially in later stories.
- Heel–Face Turn: In the animated series, he was The Mole and on the side of the good guys all along. In the comic, he was originally Cedric's loyal Brute who was sent to the resistance as a mole, but ended up having sympathy for their cause (as well as taking what Will said to heart) and genuinely changed sides.
- Hidden Depths: He's very perceptive.
- Our Orcs Are Different: Like most Meridian natives, he has an orcish appearance. In the comic, he explains to Elyon that the orcish-looking Meridians call themselves the "Galhot" and are the original natives of Meridian. The more human-looking Meridians are called "Escanors" and are actually descended from humans who came to Meridian many generations ago.
- Took a Level in Kindness: When you see what a sweet, nice guy he is, it's pretty hard to believe he was really no better than Phobos or Cedric at first.
Voiced by: Loren LesterCaleb's father. Only appears in the cartoon adaptation.
- Action Dad: Actively involved in the rebellion alongside his son. He's actually the only parent on the show (for good reason) to be aware of the danger the teenagers are in, and one of the few adults who routinely helps them out.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Maybe not as bad as others, but he doesn't mind giving his son a hard time in public about his feelings for Cornelia.
- Bed Trick: Arguably since he thought Nerissa was the Mage, thus making their relationship nonconsensual.
- Disappeared Dad: Turns up part of the way through season 1, having been held captive in the Underwater Mines.
- Good Parents: Oddly combined with Parents as People, as Julian clearly had an interesting life before Caleb was born, and he has not always been present during his son's life.
- Lies to Children: Word of God says that Caleb asked Julian about his mother in the past and what Julian told him was "not the truth." In the same interview, he explains that Julian lied so that no one could hurt Caleb to get to the "Mage," making this justifiable.
- Papa Wolf: Even if his son is the leader of the rebellion. And even if the person he is defending him against is Caleb's mother. If you watch in "Y is for Yield," someone charges at Caleb during the battle only to be knocked aside by Julian.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley BakerCaleb's best friend, and a member of the rebellion.
- The Blacksmith: Since he is not a known rebel, he works here as one with his father.
- Fighting Your Friend: Challenges Caleb to a leadership challenge after Elyon inadvertently brainwashes him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Caleb.
- Mind Rape: By Elyon, though by accident.
- Number Two: Runs the rebellion when the Underground City is under attack.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Implied to the be the blue to Caleb's red.
- The Lancer: One for Caleb within the rebellion.
- Totally Radical: He tries to communicate to Cornelia like this in an early episode and only receives a confused, "Huh?" for his efforts.
A very cute pet Dormouse that Matt gave to Will as a present in the TV series, but he took it back in the second season when it was evident he could handle him. In the comics, he doesn't have the name "Mr. Huggles", but is nonetheless a very important creature in Will's life and the reason that she met Matt.
- Action Pet: Only in the cartoon.
- Adaptational Badass: The comics only has him as a pet doormouse. The cartoon gave him status as a Team Pet who can willfully change into a stronger, more intimidating version of himself.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Brown in the comics, grey in the cartoon.
- Adaptation Name Change: Went from Dormouse in the comics to Mr. Huggles in the cartoon.
- Ascended Extra: He dies in the third saga of the comics. Becomes an important character in the second season of the cartoon.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Only in the TV series, in the 2nd season.
- Cool Pet: After a series of unfortunate events, Matt agrees to take Mr. Huggles again. The cool gets even more so when he can willfully transform into a giant beast and attack enemies.
- A Dog Named "Dog": His name in the comics is "dormouse". Some international releases have him named "Ghiro"... which is the Italian word for dormouse.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: A mouse variant. He was the only one that could tell when Nerissa was pretending to be someone else.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In the comics. He was a stray doormouse who Will saved from getting injured or worse from bullies, with Matt intervening as well. In other words, Dormouse was the reason Will and Matt met and later started to officially date.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He died in the comics. He becomes a Regent of Earth with Matt and Napoleon.
- Team Pet: Especially after "U is for Undivided".
A small, furry creature from the world of Basiliade with strange powers, he followed the Oracle home to Kandrakar and refused to go back home. He was eventually placed in the care of Orube, and became somewhat of a Team Pet to the girls. He doesn't appear in the animated series.
- Funny Background Event: He usually doesn't do much in the actual stories, but provides plenty of these.
- Invisibility: His main power; he can turn invisible at will — except for his tail.
- Meaningful Name: We got his name because the letters on the bottom of his feet can either be spelled as a "W" or an "E".
Voiced by: Mitchell WhitfieldThe evil prince of Meridian. He rules the planet with an iron fist, and wants to steal his sister Elyon's magic to add to his own in order to make his power complete. Main villain of the first season, and a major one in the second. He is the most-recurring villain.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Elyon.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 and he's a secondary Big Bad in season 2 of the cartoon, and has the same role in the first and fourth story arc.
- Bigger Bad: Of the fifth story arc of the comic, and implied to be this overall in that continuity.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the cartoon, but only towards Elyon.
- Deader Than Dead: In the comics: at the end of the fourth story arc, Will disintegrates his soul.
- The Dreaded: For season 1. Notably when Will meets Phobos in The Labyrinth she's terrified (given that the last time she met Phobos he was wrapping her up in vines and grilling her that's understandable).
- Enemy Mine: With the good guys against Nerissa in the cartoon's second season.
- Kick the Dog: Let's just say the he does this a lot.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Does this to Nerissa and Miranda.
- Lust: The lust for power variant.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Meaningful Name: His name means fear and is also the name of the Greek god of fear.
- Obviously Evil: While not quite a full on Card-Carrying Villain, he's pretty close, never attempting to disguise his regime as anything but the oppresive dictatorship it is unless Elyon's around.
- Orcus on His Throne: Phobos rarely does anything for himself- at least, anything that he can't do from the comfort of his home. Heck, Will and Cedric are the only two he even exchanges a single line of dialogue with until episode 26.
- Even worse in the comic: he rarely exchanges words with anyone, and usually gives orders and receives reports through his Whisperers. Cedric and the royal gardener even noted how rare it was for him to leave his throne room and talk to anyone when he went to talk to them, and admitted it meant that the person he was speaking to was either in his favour and getting promoted (for Cedric) or in great trouble (the royal gardener: he had refused the order of creating a barrier of flowers to keep beggars out because he had no idea on how to carry it on, and Phobos transformed his wife and daughter in magical black roses to show him how).
- Pretty Boy: Most of the (female) fans agree that he and Cedric are among the most handsome male characters of the comic/show. Cue to shippings.
- Rapunzel Hair: Not too much in his cartoon appearance, since the main part of it seems to fall to somewhere below his waist, but his comic self has a ton of braids that seem to always be suspended offscreen to keep them from dragging on the ground.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His position for most of season 2.
- Smug Snake: He's very clever, and is not as smug a snake as Cedric, but his overconfidence always gets him in the end.
- Sorcerous Overlord: He's not as powerful as Elyon, but all Meridian royalty are implied to have very potent magical powers, and he's still stronger than all the season 1 Guardians combined.
- Token Evil Teammate Briefly in Season 2.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Well, a sort of dirty straw blond, but it counts.
- Arch-Enemy: From the first episode, Cedric is particularly vexed by Caleb.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: His absorbing of Phobos' power at the end of Season 2 doesn't quite work out as well as he hoped it would.
- Consummate Liar: Also known in-universe as 'Prince of Lies'.
- The Dreaded: In the comic, to the point that Orube was scared when she encountered him unexpectedly on Earth. She grows out of it when she finds out he had been Brought Down to Normal by Kandrakar... Except they should have still feared him.
- Flight: Has once used his shapeshifting to sprout perfectly functional wings.
- How Do I Shot Web?: When he absorbed the combined powers of Phobos, Elyon and C.H.Y.K.N.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Master of Disguise: In the comic, so that he can bring Vathek around on Earth.
- Physical God
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: He is particularly aggravated by Caleb. Lampshaded in the first episode.Cedric: How can someone so small be so troublesome?
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Elias Van Dahl went to the seventeenth century to escape punishment for painting a portrait of Phobos. Cedric tracked him down there.
- Smug Snake: Quite literally.
- Stoic Spectacles: In the comic, he has these when he disguises himself as Cedric Hoffmann.
Voiced by: Grey DeLisleA creepy girl who is also a Beast- the same sort of magical creature as Cedric. Like him, she's one of Phobos's top minions.
- Baleful Polymorph: When the Knights release Phobos from the Infinite City, he turns Miranda into a tiny common spider for leaving him behind when Nerissa freed her. She spends a good deal of the season in this form and in the same cell as the also transformed Cedric until Phobos releases and turns them back to their real forms in W is for Witch.
- Bastard Understudy: She serves Phobos and Nerissa without hassle, but isn't loyal to either of them, betraying them only when the odds look convenient (like with Phobos losing the Final Battle of Season 1, or when she alone is released in A is for Anonymous).
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pretends to be Elyon's friend under Phobos' orders in the first season.
- Canon Foreigner: She's exclusive to the TV Series.
- Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: The story she gives to Elyon of being adopted by Phobos after her parents' death.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: She has four fully blue eyes in her spider form.
- Creepy Child: The face of this sweet little girl hides a spider monster ready to strike. Whether she is actually a child is debatable.
- Dark Chick: She's the only known female underling of Phobos and member of the Knights of Vengeance (discounting Nerissa). She's also one of the most manipulative ones.
- The Dragon: To Cedric after he takes over as the Big Bad.
- Enigmatic Minion: Until the very end, out of all the minions of Phobos, she's the hardest to get insight into.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Her voice turns raspy when she's in her beast form.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: This cute little girl is manipulative and nasty, and that goes without considering her alternate form.
- Faux Affably Evil: She adopts a calm and reserved facade over her deviousness.
- Foil: To Orube. They have both quite a similar appearance and are close to Cedric. But in the comics Orube brings Cedric close to redemption before his death, while in the cartoon Miranda helps Cedric in his own attempt to conquer the Universe.
- Giant Spider: In her beast form.
- Irony: She's ultimately taken down by her former squad mate Sandpit (the very one she worked with on Earth in episode 3).
- Little Miss Snarker:Phobos: Miranda, I demand you release me at once!Miranda: Oh master, I would try, but I might embarrass myself.
- One-Winged Angel: Her spider form to a degree. Miranda's human form is her actual form and she needs to consciously maintain her spider form (any time she is knocked out, she reverts). Cedric on the other hand, defaults to his beast form and does not revert when rendered unconscious. Therefore, while the two have similar abilities, they are clearly not the same type of shapeshifter.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In F is for Facade, she advocates a quick execution for Caleb and his friends against Frost's suggestion of something slow and painful.
- The Sociopath: "Clipping their wings isn't nearly as effective as breaking their spirits."
- Sue Donym: While impersonating as a school girl from Earth, she uses the alias Melinda.
- Vague Age: It's hard to define if her human form matches her actual age.
Voiced by: Kath SoucieThe former Quintessence Guardian. She attempts to rule the world by defeating Phobos and the Guardians.
- A God Am I: Firmly believes she is fit to rule over all life and worlds.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the cartoon. She does appear remorseful over killing her best friend, Cassidy, where in the comics she doesn't. It is also very evident that she loves her son, Caleb and her lover/Caleb's father, Jullian. But father and son know that Nerissa can't be redeemed. Plus her relations with them doesn't stop Nerissa from attacking them.
- Alpha Bitch: Has shades of this in "T is for Trauma".
- Anti-Villain: Subverted; much like Demona (another Greg Weisman villain), she likes to think she's a Type III, but the other characters aren't buying it.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2.
- Brainy Brunette: In the evil, manipulating sense.
- The Chessmaster: Initially the best in the animated adaptation, only losing her spot in the last episodes to Will.
- The Dreaded: Very much so. Quite telling is how the Oracle choose to deal with her assault on Kandrakar in the comic version: ordered the use of the Resonance, a power that risked to destroy Kandrakar itself (it didn't work).
- Dude Magnet: Enforced. In "T is for Trauma", Nerissa brainwashed all the males closest to WITCH (sans Caleb and Matt), to further her own goals.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Word of God says that she does truly love her son, Caleb, and his father. It is not, however, a case of Love Redeems.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the comic she flatly admits to be terrified by the criminals Kandrakar is holding in the Tower of Mists, that are implied to be way more evil than her (as Kandrakar didn't see fit to lock her there after she murdered a fellow Guardian).
- Evil Matriarch: To Caleb in the cartoon.
- Evil Old Folks: In her aged form.
- Evil Wears Black: She wears in her elderly form a black cloak.
- Green Eyes: Significant because she shares them with her son, Caleb.
- Hero's Evil Predecessor: She fits this trope to a T, being the Quintessence Guardian and the Keeper of the Heart long before Will.
- It's All About Me: She cares for no one but herself and her lust for power, doing anything to get what she wants, even cut off allies once she felt she no longer needs them.
- Kick the Dog: Hoo boy, where do we begin? Kidnapping allies, turning Yan Lin against Hay Lin, turning Matt and Mr. Huggles into her servants to attack Will, and those are just some of her Jerkass moments.
- Lady of Black Magic: Calm, calculating, and a powerful mage.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In the cartoon, she's Caleb's mother.
- Lust: The lust for power version, just like Phobos.
- Mama Bear: " Caleb is my son. I will not allow Phobos to harm him."
- Personality Powers: Played for Drama, as she's a Fallen Hero and, being Will's predecessor, she's implied to have had a similar personality to her once. And the potential for Will to fall too actually gets shown in the cartoon when she has a stint as The Chessmaster and effortlessly manipulates Phobos.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to create a peaceful and ordered universe- and because she's a megalomaniac, she sees conquering the whole thing as the best way to do this.
Voiced by: Steve BlumOne of Phobos's commanders, who is later manipulated by Nerissa into forming the Knights of Vengeance. He's an honorable man, despite his allegiance.
- Badass Baritone: When you're voiced by the guy who regularly voices Wolverine, it is essential.
- Badass Cape: He uses it to blind and defeat Frost during their duel for the leadership of the Knights.
- Badass Normal: He's an ordinary Meridianite soldier and one of the most higher-ranking officers of Prince Phobos. In addition, the Knights of Vengeance he leads throughout their existence compose of, in addition to him, a spider shapeshifter, a rock giant, a pile of moving sand, a skeletal hunter and a rhino-riding brute.
- Canon Foreigner: He's exclusive to the TV Series.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In his only appearance in the first season, he's just a disposable officer in Phobos' army. He returns in the second season as the leader of the Knights of Vengeance.
- Cool Helmet: Distinguished from those of the regular Guard by three spikes.
- Defector from Decadence: He switches sides only after being proven how dishonorable Prince Phobos is.
- Determinator: After being thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, he spends the following months by climbing its wall in order to get out. Once he does that at the expense of starving, Nerissa comments on his determination.
- The Dragon: To Nerissa during the first half of the second season.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He cares a lot more about avenging Phobos and/or restoring his throne than he does about helping Nerissa.
- Have You Come to Gloat?: Makes this question to Hay Lin when she comes to his cell to convince him to switch sides.
- Heel–Face Turn: After it becomes obvious that Phobos has no honor whatsoever.
- Irony: Raythor's framed as a spy against Phobos in the first season. In the last part of the second season, he actually becomes the Guardians' spy against Phobos.
- Noble Demon: While he targets enemies of Phobos in the name of revenge, he doesn't come off as overly malicious and serves Phobos mainly because of his oath of servitude. Witnessing his master's lack of respect for his oaths convinces him to side with the heroes.
- Weak, but Skilled: He easily defeats the burlier Frost in B is for Betrayal by simply dodging and allowing the brute to tire himself.
- X Marks the Hero: He has this kind of scar on his left cheek, but this is a Double Subversion because he's a Noble Demon. It's played straight after his redemption.
Frost the Hunter
- An Axe to Grind: Usually he fights with a battle axe.
- The Brute: Shared with Gargoyle and Sandpit.
- Carry a Big Stick: He has used a club as well.
- Dumb Muscle: In the cartoon he's noted to be stupider than Sandpit. Yes, he's stupider than a bunch of living quicksand.
- Have You Come to Gloat?: Makes this question to the Mage when she reveals herself as Nerissa who has indeed come to gloat.
- Rhino Rampage: His mount Crimson.
- The Rival: With Raythor for several episodes.
- Stalker Without a Crush: In A is for Anonymous, he follows the Guardians to Earth, disguises himself with a concealment spell as a regular guy and stalks Taranee around until she confronts him in a seclusive place and he drops his disguise.
- The Voiceless: Did not speak in his first appearance, but gained a voice in Season 2.
Voiced by: Jeff BennettA demonic-looking skeletal man, the Tracker is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A feared tracker and hunter hired by Phobos, the Tracker becomes a recurring villain and joins the Knights of Vengeance, although while the other members were loyal to Phobos, the Tracker joined to get revenge on the rebels he once chased. He is aided by a scary dog named Sniffer, who can track down any scent. The Tracker fights with a glowing chained flail and bat-like creatures.
- Achilles' Heel: His torso has a hole that stores his bats. When he unleashes his bats, the hole is exposed, and attacking it directly pains him greatly. He's killed when Drake leaps inside him through the hole, taking momentary control over his corpse.
- Bat Out of Hell: He has a swarm of these residing under his cape. He can use them both for combat and scouting. They die along with him when he's killed by Drake.
- The Beastmaster: He's aided by his hound Sniffer and a swarm of demonic bats.
- Canon Foreigner: He's exclusive to the TV Series.
- Epic Flail: His weapon. It often glows with green energy.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Coupled with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
- The Grim Reaper: Close enough to it.
- Hell Hound: Sniffer looks close enough to this.
- Implacable Man: He can be slowed down, but once Sniffer has the scent, he's next to impossible to stop.
- Nice Hat: He wears a classically pointed hat.
- No Body Left Behind: After he's killed by Drake entering his body and leaving it, he dissolves and leaves behind only his clothes.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His attire includes red and black.
Voiced by: Kath SoucieOriginally a pool of rebel-consuming quicksand in Torus Filney, he was frozen over by the Guardians. In the second season, Nerissa revives him into a humanoid form to join her Knights of Vengeance. He later has a Heel–Face Turn.
- And I Must Scream: It's implied that Sandpit's situation as a glass lake was this.
- Blob Monster: He's basically a pile of quicksand that usually takes a humanoid form.
- Canon Foreigner: He's exclusive to the TV Series.
- Heel–Face Turn: Sides with Elyon after learning Phobos is truly dishonorable.
- Hidden Depths: According to Raythor, he's smarter than Frost in spite of being living quicksand, implying this or that Frost is really stupid.
- Quicksand Sucks: Sucks and morphs.
- Shifting Sand Land: In his first appearance, he was just a living pit of quicksand that sucked anyone who stepped on him. After Nerissa frees him, he becomes a pile of moving quicksand.
- Taken for Granite: Irma and Taranee combine their powers to turn Sandpit into a glass lake at the end of his debut episode, a form in which he remains until the first episode of the second season.
- Took a Level in Badass: Originally he didn't seem to be able to cause trouble beyond the pit he resided in. After Nerissa revives him by using Quintessence, he's able to move around and demonstrates more versatile usage of his sand powers, making him a more effective opponent.
- Tornado Move: When he transforms into a giant sand tornado, he can blind opponents and transport allies over long distances.
- An Arm and a Leg: The Guardians chop off Gargoyle's left arm during their first battle with him.
- Artificial Limbs: Nerissa gives Gargoyle a new arm made from melted metal, giving him a large club-like weapon in place.
- The Brute: Shared with Frost and Sandpit.
- Canon Foreigner: He's exclusive to the TV Series.
- Cyclops: His appearance is based on this creature.
- Heel–Face Turn: Sides with Elyon after learning Phobos is truly unhonourable.
- Mighty Glacier: He's one of the biggest, strongest and slowest characters of the series.
- The Speechless: While sentient, he can only let out growls and roars in addition to communicating through signs.
Voiced by: Lauren TomWill's single mother. In the cartoon and comics, Susan dates Will' s History teacher; in the latter marries him and gives birth to their son, William Collins.
- Ambiguously Brown: It has yet to be revealed what her ethnicity is. Judging from her name and appearance, she is likely to be somewhere from the Middle East.
- Amicable Exes: With Thomas(Tony in the cartoon).Averted in the comics. Downplayed in the cartoon series.
- Glamorous Single Mother: Downplayed. Susan does take care of her daughter, but they do fight like all mothers and daughters.
- Hypocrite: In "H is for Hunted" it was revealed that Susan lied to Will about seeing Dean again. When Susan started to reprimand Will about promising to get the laundry, Will retorted that she promised to stop seeing her teacher. Then, she really lays into her mom about the hypocrisy when she lied to her daughter on responsibility, while lying to her about seeing her teacher.
- Lethal Chef: She put a cellphone into the soup she was making for dinner.
- Like Parent, Like Child: She can be quite stubborn and sarcastic like Will.
- Mama Bear: She will do anything to protect Will.
- Ms. Fanservice: Susan was always a hot woman, but we get a peek of her in clothing that showed her curvy figure in "H is for Hunted".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Tony' s Red; in personality she has more of Red, but is Blue because she's more responsible than Tony.
Voiced by: Dan GilvezanWill's long lost father. He shows up in his daughter's life unexpectedly and wants to win her love back. In the comics, he's called "Thomas"; in the cartoon series, he's known as "Tony".
- Adaptational Heroism: In the TV series he is heavily implied to be irresponsible and disappeared for months. But now he just wants to reconnect with his daughter. He was a straight up Jerkass in the comics.
- Adaptation Name Change: His first name was changed from "Thomas" to "Tony" in the cartoon.
- Amicable Exes: With Susan. Averted in the comics. Downplayed in the cartoon series.
- Archnemesis Dad: In the comics. But he's finally ridden of by Kadma.
- Cool Car: Shown in "N is for Narcissist".
- Evil Redhead: Averted in the cartoon. Played straight in the comics.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted in both the comics and cartoon. He is more laidback and it turns out that Will adopted her "fiery" status from her dark haired mother.
- The Gambler: Played very seriously and darkly for a youth comic.
- The Gambling Addict: Why he needs the money.
- Greed: His main reason for visiting Will in the comics.
- Jerkass: More so in the comics. Inverted in the cartoon.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Only in the cartoon. It's true, he did leave for months and didn't bother to call or send mail to his only daughter. But, now that he's back, he wants to be a part of Will' s life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Comics only. One would guess that Thomas might go through a Heel Realization when blackmailing his ex-wife and only using daughter to get money...he doesn't.
- Karma Houdini: In the comics, he gets away with what he did and gets the money he wanted, and more, with the condition he'll stay away from Will. He also cheats his accomplice of his share when he doesn't need those pictures on Susan and the judge Cook anymore.
- Long-Lost Relative: A rare version of the relative being the father.
- Open-Minded Parent: Justified since he wants his daughter to love him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Susan's Blue. In personality, Tony is more Blue, but is Red because of his recurring actions of being an irresponsible father.
- Smug Snake: Shades of this.
- The Sociopath: One can make a very good case for Thomas being one in the comics. He feels no shame in manipulating and deceiving his own family for selfish gain, cares about no one but himself, abandons his "allies" as soon as he doesn't need them anymore, and is an unpleasant and repulsive person overall.
Voiced by: Cam ClarkeWill's History Teacher at Sheffield Institue. He is dating Susan, Will's mother and later marries her. In the comics, he and Susan marry and have a son, William Collins.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Noted on it by Will in the cartoon' s second season episode, "J is for Jewel".
- A Boy and His X: A Man and His Lizard. Owns a pet lizard, Mr. Scales, in the TV series.
- Brainy Brunette: He has brown hair and is the History teacher at Sheffield Institute.
- Butt-Monkey: Unfortunately becomes this when W.I.T.C.H. thinks that he was the spy sent to Earth from Cedric in the cartoon.
- Cool Teacher: Tries to invoke this.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Meaningful Name: "Dean" is usually a term for someone who is in charge of something. So, Mr. Collins is the "dean of History", since he teaches it.
- Nice Guy: Dean is quite understanding and pretty cool. Most guys wouldn't even date a woman with a child. What does this guy do? He dates her anyway and bonds with her daughter.
- Parental Substitute: More so in the comics for Will.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the second season episode, "M is for Mercy", Dean manages to pull Susan up to safety...using just one arm and sheer will.
Voiced by: Elisa GabrielliSerena is the fiancée of Tony and future stepmom for Will.
- Alliterative Name: Serena Sanchez.
- Ambiguously Brown: Serena even has an unknown accent.
- Camera Fiend: Averted. It seems to be her profession.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Ms. Fanservice: We first see her in a bikini. And she is gorgeous.
- Nice Girl: Initially, Will thinks Serena is Nerissa in disguise, but is proven wrong. Serena turns out to be a really nice and cool lady. Lampshaded by Blunk.
- Rapunzel Hair: Reaches down to her waist.
- Second Love: To Tony in the cartoon. They're getting married.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's a hottie, has blue hair, is Ambiguously Brown, and is younger than Tony. Now who else does that sound like?
- Wicked Stepmother: Lampshaded and Averted by Serena herself.
He is the son of Dean Collins and Susan Vandom-Collins, thus making him the younger half brother of Will Vandom.
- Cheerful Child: Especially when he's with his big sister.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Like his father.
- Goo Goo Godlike: Shows signs of magical abilities as an infant.
- Mixed Ancestry: His father is white and is his mother's is Ambiguously Brown.
- One Steve Limit: Averted: when Dean's relatives visited after his birth they started calling him Will in Will's presence, resulting in her repeatedly answering what she believed were calls for her until her mother revealed her actual name.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his father.
Voiced by: Byrne OffuttIrma' s cop father.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The comics showed him with gray hair and the cartoon gave him brown hair.
- Beware the Nice Ones: A What If? issue shows that, when attacked, he has no problem using his gun, and has a good aim with it. Too bad he was shooting at the Guardians... And hit Irma.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Especially in the comics.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. Tom is the Chubby Papa to Anna's Skinny Mama.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not quite as snarky as his daughter or wife, but he has his moments.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: In the comics it was revealed that Tom likes to be the "Good Cop" more than being the "Bad Cop".
- Life of the Party: He claims in season one's "Happy Birthday Will", that he is a party animal.
- Passionate Sports Man: He really loves sports.
- Tough Love: He's only tough on his kids because he wants them to grow up as responsible, mature adults one day.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With his wife, Anna Lair. Tom isn't ugly, but when you pair him up with Anna...
Voiced by: Candi MiloIrma's mother, step-mother in the comics. Anna is a housewife or a stay-at-home mom.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. Anna is the Skinny Mama to Tom's Chubby Papa.
- Deadpan Snarker: Guess who taught Irma?
- Doting Parent: She has a tendency to baby Chris.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: In the comics with twins, Mary and Jane Green.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: She resembles Irma so much that it comes as a genuine surprise to discover, in the comics, that they're not biologically related.
- Parental Obliviousness: Anna can be this towards her son's behavior. Interestingly enough, in the comics she seems to understand Irma better even if she's not her biological mother.
- Quirky Curls: The same hairstyle as her daughter.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the comics, she and Irma were step-mother and step-daughter. The cartoon has them as biological mother and daughter.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The only difference between her and Irma is that Anna's hair is slightly longer.
- Sweet Tooth: She loves to make pies and cakes.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With her husband, Tom Lair. Her husband isn't ugly, but Anna is quite the looker.
- Wicked Stepmother: Averted in the comics.
Christopher "Chris" Lair
Voiced by: Cesar FloresIrma's younger brother.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He likes to annoy her a lot and get away with it too.
- Big Sister Worship: Despite his annoying nature to his sister, Chris secretly admires her.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Justified since his mother dotes on him.
- Deadpan Snarker: In-training, anyway. Let's face it, Irma's family's a collective of snarkers.
- Deliberately Cute Child: His "ultimate plan" to get alot of candy in "W is for Witch".
- Ninja Brat: For Halloween in "W is for Witch".
- The Prankster: Just like his big sis.
- Ship Tease: With Lillian Hale.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A younger and male version of Irma.
- Youthful Freckles: He has 3 freckles on each of his cheeks.
Voiced by: Dorian HarewoodTaranee's father. A former lawyer, Lionel now works as a psychologist. He is the more "diplomatic" parent in the Cook household.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. He is the Chubby Papa to his wife's Skinny Mama.
- Does Not Like Spam: Lionel isn't fond of orange marmalade.
- Hello, Attorney!: Lionel was a lawyer and he isn't a bad looking guy.
- Friend to All Living Things: Implied. In "D is for Dangerous", he called Mr. Huggles "cute".
- Irony: Despite his apparent love for animals, Lionel is allergic to fur.
- Nature Lover: Implied in "J is for Jewel".
- Open-Minded Parent: Tends to give his kids a little more slack than his wife does.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to his wife's Red. In the parenting sense; Lionel is more open minded and trusts his children's decisions.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More prominent in the TV series.
Voiced by: Mia KorfTaranee's mother. She is a judge and often shows it when disciplining her children, particularly her daughter.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Only in the comics. She does to Taranee when she thought her daughter had lied to her about where she was going with her boyfriend and friends. To teach Taranee a lesson, Theresa slaps her! Things don't turn out well afterwards.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted. She is the Skinny Mama to her husband's Chubby Papa.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She wear a light purple shirt and slightly dark purple pants in the TV series.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She though Nigel was nothing but a delinquent who would end up getting Taranee in trouble. She learns how wrong she was later on.
- In-Series Nickname: "Terry" by her husband.
- Irony: She's a judge and must have good judgment. But she doesn't seem to have any of it with dealing with her kids. On occasion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's stubborn, jumps to conclusions, and has a tendency to be an overbearing mother. But all she wants is to keep her kids safe. That's a lifetime sentence.
- Knight Templar Parent: Shown most noticeably when Taranee was dating.
- Mama Bear: But she does want to keep her kids safe.
- My Beloved Smother: Has a tendency of this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to her husband's Blue. In a parenting sense, Theresa tends to not listen to her kids.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Instead of "Teresa" she has an "H" in between the "T" and first "E".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced by: Ogie BanksTaranee's older brother.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His goatee in the comics was red. It matched the same as his natural hair color in the cartoon.
- Cool Big Bro: He and his sister get along much better than most sibling of their ages do and when they do fight, it's treated much more dramatically than Irma's spats with Chris and the Hale sisters' arguments.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Of the "mellow, laid-back surfer" variant. Hay Lin even describes him as a "rasta" at one point.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Meaningful Name: Peter actually means stone. As mentioned above, Cornelia is the feminine form of Cornelius. In the New Testament, Cornelius was directed by an angel to seek a man named Peter.
Voiced by: Jim CummingsCornelia's father. He is a manager at a bank.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the show.
- Disappeared Dad: It was revealed in the comics that his father would often leave home for a while, but come back.
- Good with Numbers: Implied since Harold is a manager at a bank. If confirmed, then it's Justified because his job requires him to be this.
- The Quiet One: Of the Hales. Harold tends to have few words.
Voiced by: Nancy LinariCornelia's mother. She's a stay-at-home mom.
- Doting Parent: Can be this way towards both of her daughters.
Voiced by: Alyson StonerCornelia's younger sister. The baby of the Hale family, so she is doted on by her parents.
- Adaptational Badass: The comics has her as Cornelia's annoying sister. The cartoon makes her The Heart of Earth, with untapped potential.
- Ascended Extra: In the comics, Lilian is just Cornelia's doted on, big mouthed sister. In the TV series, Lillian is the Heart of Earth.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Somewhat Justified in the TV series; she sometimes acts or does bratty things because she secretly wants her big sister to hang out with her.
- Cute Witch: In "W is for Witch".
- Friend to All Living Things: Gets along well with both Napoleon and Mr. Huggles.
- A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Cat. She immediately falls in love with Napoleon, the Hale's pet cat, in "B is for Betrayal". The same thing happens in the comic book. Napoleon eventually becomes one of her three regents.
- In-Series Nickname: "Princess" by Matt.
- Magical Girl: The Heart of Earth.
- Oblivious Younger Sibling: Has no idea of her powers as the Heart of Earth.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a lot of pink.
Voiced by: Edward AsnerThe Hale Family's pet cat. He becomes an ally for WITCH in the TV series's second season.
- Action Pet: Only in the cartoon. When Lillian gives him some of her powers.
- Adaptational Badass: He's a regular cat in the comics. He becomes an Earth regent in the cartoon.
- Ascended Extra: In the cartoon. Especially when he becomes one of Lillian' s regents in "U is for Undivided".
- Cool Pet: Mostly to Lillian. See Action Pet
- Dark Is Not Evil: Especially in the cartoon — a black cat and one of the protectors of Earth.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes frequent quips in a dry manner.
- Familiar: For Lillian.
- The Nicknamer: Gives many nicknames to the girls.
- Spanner in the Works: In the comics he, by just being a cat, ends up ruining Phobos' plan to return to the world and kill the Guardians, leaving him defenseless before their retaliation.
- Talking Animal: In the cartoon because Lillian wished she could talk with him.
- Team Pet: A cat this time for WITCH.
Hay Lin' s Family
Voiced by: James SieHay Lin's father and Yan Lin' s son. He helps run the Silver Dragon with his wife and mother.
- Adorkable: When he gets overprotective of his mom and daughter.
- Disappeared Dad: Who Chen's father and Yan Lin's first husband was is still a mystery.
- Momma's Boy: Downplayed. He isn't too clingy too his mother, but he does worry about her.
- Motor Mouth: Especially since he's a nervous wreck.
- Nature Lover: When Chen isn't working he spends his time enjoying nature, especially bird watching.
- Marry for Love: Wanted and got this with Chen.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name is often for those in European royalty. Hinting at her lineage.
- Only Sane Woman: With regards to parenting her and Chen's daughter, Joan is less of a worry wart than her husband.
Voiced by: Candi MiloThe principal of Sheffield Institute.
- British Stuffiness: The cartoon gives her a British accent.
- Butt-Monkey: She sometimes becomes this due to the actions of the girls.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She doesn't say it, but in the comic she's shown to be a former beauty queen.
- Large and in Charge: A heavy set woman and is in charge of running Sheffield.
Voiced by: Michael ReiszTaranee's main love interest throughout the series, a former bad boy trying to change his ways.
- The Atoner: He's desperately trying to shed his former bad boy image to prove to Taranee's mother that he has a genuine interest in his daughter.
- Catch-Phrase: In the show: "Sweet!"
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Once Taranee spends significantly less time with him after getting caught up in her extracurricular activities.
- Deadpan Snarker: Surfaces occasionally throughout both the cartoon series and comics, particularly when dealing with Uriah and his followers.
- Fiery Redhead: Shows more of this in the cartoon.
- Former Teen Rebel: He was previously a member of Uriah's gang, before reforming himself after meeting Taranee.
- Heel–Face Turn: See Former Teen Rebel.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He's a genuinely Nice Guy at heart, but isn't too keen on making this fact known.
- Love Redeems: Nigel's feelings for Taranee and hers to him, is what finally pushed Nigel to cease hanging out with Uriah's gang.
- Odd Friendship: He's revealed to be good friends with Martin.
- Put on a Bus: In the comics, after he and Taranee officially break up, Nigel isn't heard from or mentioned again. He's still Taranee's boyfriend in the cartoon.
- The Quiet One: Nigel is often described as being the "silent, reflective" type.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Martin's Sensitive Guy.
- Troubled, but Cute
Voiced by: Justin ShenkarowHay-Lin's crush and eventual boyfriend throughout the series, who surprisingly moves away in the 5th saga.
- Chick Magnet: "L is for Loser" shows two cheerleaders practically fighting over him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: To lesser extent than Hay-Lin.
- Curtains Match The Windows: In the cartoon Eric has blue eyes and blue hair.
- Hand Behind Head: A frequent gesture.
- Headbutt of Love: Hay Lin and Eric first met when she was roller-blading and ran into his motor scooter.
- Mr. Imagination: His brain is described as being "bursting with imagination".
Voiced by: Dee Bradley BakerA nerdy boy whose feelings for Irma seem to be unrequited.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Irma.
- Expy: Possibly an Expy of Mark Foster from Step by Step and Jeremie Belpois from Code Lyoko.
- Extraverted Nerd
- Geek Physiques: He's scrawny and ungainly in appearance compared with the other boys in the series.
- He Is All Grown Up: It is implied that he grows into a rather handsome young man in the epilogue, which attracts Irma's interest.
- Odd Friendship: He's mentioned to be good friends with Nigel.
- Teen Genius: Particularly when it comes to computers and technology.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Nigel's Manly Man.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Martin is an Honors Student at Sheffield.
Voiced by: Lauren TomA friend of the girls at Sheffield Institute. She is around the same age as the girls, and is wholly ignorant of what Elyon and W.I.T.C.H. do.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Childhood Friends: With Cornelia and Elyon.
- Crush Blush: Towards Caleb in the cartoon's first season.
- Nice Girl: Was so worried about Elyon being missing that she convinced Principal Knickerbocker to call the police. That's true friendship.
- One Name Only: Subverted, sort of. You wouldn't be faulted for only knowing her by her first name, as what is likely to be her surname; Ethel; is mentioned vaguely exactly once (in the Season 1 episode "Divide and Conquer"), by Blunk of all characters, when he's trying to delay Cedric hunting down Will (or Irma, given the red hair comment).Cedric: Tell me about the girl with red hair.Blunk: Cedric mean Ethel? Sorry, she went Denmark. Loves cheese.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Technically, Alchemy's hair is auburn, and there are many characters far more important than her in the grand scheme of things.
Voiced by: Byrne OffuttIrma's first serious crush early into the series, a handsome upperclassman.
- Baleful Polymorph: Irma accidentally turns him into a frog when he attempts some Auto Erotica on her.