"... she's a magical character who — whoda thunk — actually makes stuff happen! Frequently! And it's not generic crap like fireballs or electricity (that makes you a bender, not a magician) — it's geniunely unpredictable phemonena."
Accidental Misnaming: When Gene lands a TV role in "Wish Gone Amiss", the producers call him, "Gene Halper," instead of, "Gene Harper." After Gene expresses a desire to quit the show, Winnie declares that since his contract and his signature give two different spellings of his last name, the studio can't claim ownership of him.
Alliterative Names: At least two of Winnie's alter egos, Fräulein Frankfurtress and Liz Lolly, have these.
Bad Bad Acting: Winnie believes in "Wish Gone Amiss" that the Disney Channel kid-com Boss of the World has this. She declares that even Gene could give a more professional performance, so the two of them decide to fly to Hollywood, and have Gene audition for the channel's next show.
The Bechdel Test: The fact that Winnie and Jessie often have conversations about subjects other than boys means that this series passes the standard version of the test. It actually fails the Reverse Bechdel Test more quickly than it does the normal version-every conversation Gene and Robb have in the Pilot concerns either a woman or a girl.
Bile Fascination: "Wish Gone Amiss" has an in-universe example, in which Robb considers watching Boss of the World for ironic enjoyment. Winnie spares him from witnessing the show's stupidity by asking him to do something "dangerous and irresponsible" instead.
Comically Missing the Point: By the end of "Song of the Siren", Jessie expects Winnie to have learned to refrain from careless use of Mind Control Music. Instead, Winnie proclaims that she'll continue singing whenever she wants, and if she accidentally hypnotizes someone into performing a dangerous act, she can hypnotize other people to solve the problem.
Decision Darts: "Wish Gone Amiss" has the casting directors of Iguana with an Instagram use these to pick an actor, as opposed to judging each candidate individually. Winnie uses her magic to make the dart hit a picture of Gene.
Gene: I thought if you were really magical...you would have done it by now! Winnie: Gene, I can't make her come back if she doesn't want to... Gene: Why not? Winnie:Because magic can't control love... Gene: Are you saying she didn't love me?? Winnie: No! I mean I can't force her to care-I mean-I-
End of Episode Silliness: On the last page of "When the Stranger Calls", Winnie tells the Harper kids that now that she can live among mortals, she might move into a suburban house made of chocolate. She proceeds to transform the Harpers' house into a confectionary palace, and says that "maybe" she'll change it back before Thomas comes home.
Episode Title Card: Each comic has its title written on the top of its cover page, with red font and an exclamation point at the end. The pilot's cover page differed by having the tagline, "Now this exists!" written where the story name would later go.
Hearing Voices: In "When The Stranger Calls", a higher-up from Winnie's realm tries to convince the Harper kids to let him take Winnie away by telling them that Winnie's wanted by the authorities of her realm, and could inflict Cold-Blooded Torture on them if they keep her long enough.
Humans Are Bastards: In-Universe given by Winnie as the explanation for why the magical world doesn't intervene more (such as to prevent disasters or ease suffering)...most of her race wrote off humans as a lost cause eons ago.
I Ate What?: While Winnie assures Jessie and Robb in "Skyway to the Danger Zone" that she shouldn't have trouble adjusting to contemporary human life, she drinks a bottle of Joy. Jessie then tells Winnie that the bottle contains dishwashing soap, and that she shouldn't drink any more of it.
I Choose to Stay: Winnie could have left the Harpers after helping Gene win the bowling tournament he got forced to attend in the Pilot, but she had so much fun with those kids that she decided to live with them.
It Makes Sense in Context: In Peter's article on the Halloween Episode of the original series, he posted this panel from the comic◊ while saying, "Here, have an out-of-context panel from a future story." About five months later, the story "Song of the Siren" placed the panel in this context: Winnie informs Jessie that some people gave her gifts after becoming hypnotized by her singing, and she accepted most of them to act polite.
The pilot relates the series' title to Winnie like so:
Winnie: To you guys, I'm amazing! Where I come from, I'm nothing special...I'm nobody! They told me I'd be miserable here...but I feel I was lied to...You really appreciate me...you make me feel like a star! I fit in better here...in this world...with you...then I ever did back home! I feel..........free!
Missing Mom: The Harper kids' parents are divorced, as mentioned above.
Mundane Made Awesome: For starters, Gene asks Winnie to demonstrate some witchcraft for Robb and Jessie by fetching him some eggs. Winnie fulfills this task by filling the kitchen cupboard with live chickens, proceeding to take two eggs from one of them.
Winnie: Isn't it fascinating? The possibilities are endless! I was playing with it myself for three hours before the drugstore closed on me!
Mundane Utility: "Bedbugs and Broomsticks" has Winnie grant the kids some magical BFGs, so that they can help destroy the bugs. However, since Winnie ultimately finds other means of defeating the bugs, the kids end up only using the guns to clean the remains.
Obvious Beta: "Song of the Siren" looks cruder than most comics, at least for the first nine pages. Peter explained that this was one of the first Free Spirit comics he started drawing, and that editing the April 2014 issue of BANG! The Entertainment Paper didn't leave him with enough time to refine it.
The Keiki story "Haole Berry" has a scene where Beefer throws rocks at Winnie, Jessie, and Gene. He admits to Keiki that he doesn't know who any of them are, but has an inexplicable hatred for them.note The reason probably relates to Peter's announcement that Free Spirit will displace Keiki as a flagship comic.
Really 700 Years Old: Winnie looks and acts like a young adult, but was actually 349 by the time she met Gene.
Secret Keepers: No mortals other than the Harper children know about Winnie performing witchcraft.
Sealed Good in a Can: Winnie fears getting trapped in a mirror. A witch can not escape one by herself, and if no one lets her out before it breaks, she will die.
The pilot lampoons some current pop female singers after Winnie zaps up some tickets for Robb and Jessie to watch "Lady Plastique".
Peter Paltridge: In the original [show's first episode], Robb and Jessie want to see a metal band named "Pond Scum." Here it's been updated to something people would pay for today — a female singer who puts on so much costuming and padding you can't tell who's really under there. Seems like Lady Gaga, but I was thinking of Nicki Minaj, who's so overdone that she literally looks like a plastic doll.
The kids recall in "Skyway to the Danger Zone" that Winnie tried to watch The Big Bang Theory, but found it "too far-fetched!" To put her standards of realistic TV into perspective, they also discuss her developing an interest in Sleepy Hollow.