YMMV / Charmed

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Piper's line about Wyatt "corrupting himself" in "Imaginary Fiends".
    • In a season eight episode, Phoebe calls Piper's glamour "hot," prompting Piper to jokingly remind her that they're sisters. Phoebe's response is to point out that, according to their identities, they're not sisters anymore, but cousins. Which is still squicky for obvious reasons.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • You'd think Victor would be a little more upset that his new bride was actually an evil demon who tried to kill his daughters and kidnap his grandson. He gets a little bit of a pass since his daughter was in the middle of a difficult labor that was bringing his first grandchild into the world, so maybe he decided to push it aside until he could process it properly. And being that he was a recurring character as opposed to a regular, that's plenty of time for him to do so offscreen.
    • Phoebe shows no emotion to her baby's death, even if it was a Fetus Terrible.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Cole Turner: Misunderstood lovesick anti-hero whose fate was the result of others constantly treating him as some thing to be feared or to join with for power rather than as a man? Or gradual Yandere who usually just made things worse and couldn't face up to his own mistakes and move on with his life until it was too late? Or was Cole simply in love with an idealised version of Phoebe, that blinded him to her many, many faults?
    • Did the Charmed Ones become selfish in giving up their lives as protectors, let down all good magical creatures, and only become interested in their own pleasure? Or did they simply retire from a thankless life after putting in years of work, losing a sister, and having to look over their shoulders every second of the day without a moment's peace?
    • Was Penny Halliwell a loving grandmother who invented the power-stripping potion to give her granddaughters a chance at a normal life, or a Manipulative Bitch who was bumped off by the Elders for attempting to Screw Destiny? It seems far too coincidental that she died just before she could use it... Considering she cursed her wedding ring yet allowed it to remain a family heirloom, has a clear disdain for men and was romantically involved with demons herself... there's a serious argument to be made for her being an Evil Matriarch. Particularly since she later reveals that she regularly mind-wiped them and used magic to stop them from fighting, instead of simply disciplining them.
    • Phoebe, misunderstood youngest sister whose family wouldn't allow to be herself resulting in a self-obsessive personality with difficulty maintaining relationships, or someone who demands others make sacrifices for her convenience that she wouldn't make for them, with sadistic tendencies towards her devoted boyfriend Cole? Were Phoebe's Empathy, Visions and her work as an advice columnist a reflection of a genuine desire to help people, or just a manifestation of her persistent need to insert herself into the lives of other people at every opportunity? Furthermore, is her levitation because she's a free spirit, or because she considers herself above everyone else?
    • Leo, a lone voice of reason amongst the group, who reluctantly goes along with morally questionable plans out of his devotion to Piper? Or merely a spineless lapdog, long since brought to heel by his controlling wife and sisters-in-law?
    • Did Kyle Brody really love Paige, or was he just using her to help with his vendetta against the Avatars and she just happened to take the level in dumbass necessary to be duped?
    • Wyatt. The kid's future alignment seems to switch back and forth so often, it makes more sense that his chaotic upbringing has left him already evil and the Good Future is simply the result of a Heel–Face Turn. Him turning evil because of Gideon's betrayal was perhaps understandable, but because of an (demonic) imaginary friend and a cursed teddy bear is just bizarre? Rather, Evil Wyatt makes more sense as simply the culmination of the increasingly petty and selfish attitudes of the sisters in later seasons, coupled with Leo's increasing spinelessness, leaving him as a Spoiled Brat with too much power and no decent role models.
    • The Elders. The Big Good of the show who believe The Needs of the Many and are sometimes forced to do morally questionable actions to keep the forces of evil in check, or simply a collection of Jerkass Gods who desire to keep their monopoly on power at all costs? Especially considering they wanted to wipe out the Avatars despite knowing nothing about them or their motives, just because they were threatening their status as the most powerful faction in the series.
    • The Seer's actions in "Charmed & Dangerous" - a case of Even Evil Has Standards or her using reverse psychology to get the Source to doom himself, thus starting her Batman Gambit.
  • Arc Fatigue: Cole and Phoebe's drama in Season 5. It doesn't help that the show can't seem to decide if Cole is trying to win Phoebe back or seek overall redemption. Likewise Depending on the Writer it's either Phoebe being justified for being suspicious or being a bitch for not understanding. This is partly due to the original idea being for Cole and Paige to fall in love instead (the episode "Sympathy For The Demon" certainly hints at it) - but both actors protesting against it - and Julian McMahon opting to leave to do Nip/Tuck, meaning Cole had to be quickly written out.
  • Ass Pull:
    • There was no mention of this before by either sides but in Season Eight, there seemed to be the Ultimate Power that is more powerful than the Charmed Ones and they are a pair of sisters.
    • Every new big threat after the Source could count, really, seeing how the Source was set up to be THE Greater Scope Villain of the show.
    • Not just major threats, but many things about later seasons just came out of nowhere when, in the context of the show, should have shown up much earlier. The Cleaners and Magic School are two such things that are brought up.
    • The reason given to why Prue's ghost couldn't visit her sisters was that it would prevent them from being able to move on with their lives. However, every other deceased member of their family is free to visit them whenever they want. In fact, it was their dead grandmother who explained this to them during one of her many visits.
    • In Season 8, the Cleaners couldn't help the sisters with the reporters accosting them due too much time having passed and because the sisters have "burned that bridge." This not implies that there was a previously unmentioned time limit in which the Cleaners could act but it also means that they let their dislike of the sisters overshadow their duty to protect the magical world from exposure at any cost.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme "How Soon Is Now?" covered by Love Spit Love. Also "Blame It On The Weatherman" by B*witched from the end of the fifth season premiere.
  • Base-Breaking Character: All the Halliwell sisters to some extent.
    • Prue - kickass and badass feminist icon that stands up for what she believes in? Or a massive hypocrite?
    • Piper - whiny and wangsty broken record, always craving a normal life? Or Stoic Woobie that has a right to want happiness after everything she's been through?
    • Phoebe (most in later seasons) - broken cutie that's finally had enough and just wants to find happiness? Or Creator's Pet that has forgotten her true destiny and become the very thing she feared against in "Morality Bites"?
    • Paige - Replacement Scrappy and one-dimensional annoyance? Or entertaining and fun character that benefits from not being an Expy of Prue?
  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • Overall, this is best known as that show with the three sexy witch sisters.
    • "Coyote Piper" is named for the one Fanservice scene where a possessed Piper does a sexy table dance in a Shout-Out to the movie Coyote Ugly - which is almost a Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
    • "Ms Hellfire" is remembered for being the episode where Prue walks around in sexy black leather outfits to impersonate a hitwoman.
    • Quite a few episodes were marketed around the fact that there would be Fanservice in them. "A Witch's Tail" for Phoebe's skimpy mermaid outfit, "I Dream of Phoebe" for the genie costume, "Valhalley of the Dolls" for the valkyries' Chainmail Bikinis. "The Bare Witch Project" even made a big deal about Phoebe being nude doing Lady Godiva - when it's a two-minute scene at the end of the episode.
    • "Battle of the Hexes" has Billie in a sexy Wonder Woman-inspired outfit and something about a gender equality lesson.
  • Broken Base: The infamous feud between Shannon Doherty and Alyssa Milano still causes heated debates among Charmed fans to this day, despite the fact that the two actresses seem to be at peace with one another now.
  • Cliché Storm: The episode "Chick Flick" parodies all the typical slasher movie cliches when a demon releases psycho killers from horror movies and sends them after the sisters. Since their powers don't work on the killers, the sisters have to follow the typical cliches. And there's a nice little shout out to Psycho.
    Piper: "I'm being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?"
  • Critical Research Failure: Paige's tarot reading for Phoebe and Cole in "Just Harried". For starters there is no Despair card. The Nine of Swords can mean despair and anxiety but there is no 'Despair' in the Major Arcana. And an experienced tarot reader like Paige would know that the Death card is nothing to get freaked out about. The card means sudden change - so it appearing in the Future part of the spread is pretty logical for a Charmed One.
  • Creator's Pet: Billie in Season 8 was widely disliked for this reason. The network had demanded a new Younger and Hipper character that could star in a potential spin-off. Billie was unfortunately viewed as having a combination of all the negative characteristics of the Halliwells - and a plot about her and her long lost sister took prime focus over the actual protagonists of the show. Not helping matters was the fact that two series regulars had to be Put on a Bus to accommodate her, and Kayley Cuoco not being up to the melodrama of the role.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: For those who believe the trope directly below this one caused the show to Jump the Shark.
  • Designated Hero:
    • The Charmed Ones by Series 5, with Phoebe being the worst offender. They spend most of their time complaining about and shirking their responsibilities, ignore saving innocents to focus on their own petty problems and use their status as the Charmed Ones to act like entitled bastards, believing that the world owes them for saving it a few times! The "heroes" also spend their time condemning Cole as irredeemably evil from the moment he returns despite forgiving (or flat out ignoring) Phoebe constantly being in identical situations. It only gets worse from there before it gets better, what with Phoebe's utterly shallow approach to men (especially after being dumped by Jason Dean), Piper's zeal for a normal life overtaking both hers and Leo's duties, Paige's penchant for violent solutions to problems even when it's unnecessary, the girls' thankless habit of enlisting Darryl to risk his life to bail them out of situations, and even Leo subtly absorbing some of the worst "ends-justify-the-means" traits from the sisters, the Elders, and Bad Future Chris.
    • Penny Halliwell is touted as a badass matriarch of the Halliwell line. Yet she is a Straw Feminist of the worst degree, ready to disown her own grandson just because he's a boy - because she believes that all men are inherently evil. Rather than outright showing how horrible these ideas are, the show tries to play her sympathetically - which certainly wouldn't be the case if she were a man. Even though she does learn An Aesop, she occasionally reverts back to her old attitude.
    • Paige in the latter half of Season 4. Her mistrust of Cole is presented as a Cassandra Truth when she's actually wrong. The thing about Paige is that she simply believes Cole has made a Face–Heel Turn of his own free will. Purely because he used to be a demon, despite his demon half getting vanquished before her eyes. She never once considers the possibility that he's being manipulated - which he actually is. She just decides he's evil and tries to convince the sisters of it.
    • Piper in Season 8. Her attempts to get Leo back result in her driving Billie as far away from the sisters as possible and make it easy for Billie's sister to corrupt her and successfully turn her evil. She does this on the suspicion that the two are the evil they need to fight (and everyone - even the Elder she asked - noted it was only a possibility).
  • Designated Villain:
    • Cole during Season 5. It was clear the writers wanted you to sympathize with Phoebe and view Cole as the problem, but many viewers didn't agree. The Charmed Ones continually shun any of his efforts to be a force for good, claiming his powers are inherently evil, even when he uses them to save lives. Eventually Cole grows so miserable that he attempts to goad the sisters into vanquishing him and when Phoebe realises this she actually refuses to grant him a Mercy Kill. After failing to kill himself, Cole finally has a genuine Face–Heel Turn mid-season but only after Phoebe kept harassing and threatening him without provocation, even in the face of his obvious mental disintegration. Unsurprisingly, viewers sympathized more with Cole.
    • The Wizard who sought to kill the Source and take his powers, intending to use it to resurrect his near-extinct brethren. He's immediately declared evil, despite coming across more as a desperate individual, tired of being the Last of His Kind. Then again, he literally is trying to become the Source of All Evil, which doesn't exactly help his case.
    • Savard in "Repo Manor", whose evil plan amounted to training three demons to impersonate the Charmed Ones, siphon off their powers, vanquish the Slave King and free his people from enslavement. Likewise, he earns himself an Alas, Poor Villain moment when the Charmed Ones blast him in the face, causing him to fall and be impaled in the head by a strategically placed, pointy rock. Of course, it's highly unlikely that he and his followers would give up the sisters' powers, or release them for that matter, somewhat mitigating how sorry you should feel for him.
    • Greg the fireman in Season 6. While not presented as a villain, he's an obvious Romantic False Lead. And since Piper and Leo need to get back together to conceive Chris, the relationship is doomed. Rather than let the guy down gently, Chris just lets him think that Piper was cheating on him with Leonote . The guy is clearly heartbroken over it. Somewhat resolved with his brief reappearance in Season 8 as he and Piper appear to be on good terms.
  • Die for Our Ship: Dan, Dan, Dan.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Cole. A villain with some sympathetic qualities of course, but arguably not to the extent some of his fans claim. He was an infamous agent of evil for many years and genuinely tried to kill the Charmed Ones on multiple occasions. However come Season 5 the sisters constantly denouncing him as "irredeemable" becomes rather hypocritical given the sheer amount of times one of them has turned evil or gone off the rails. And unsurprisingly it's usually Phoebe who goes AWOL but always finds swift forgiveness. At this point Cole actually became more sympathetic to the general fandom, by virtue of the heroes being characterized as selfish jerks.
  • Ending Fatigue: The Cole story arc, especially in Season 5.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Leo, enough to make him an Ascended Extra.
    • Cole whose first two seasons are regarded as when the show started Growing the Beard. Despite Seasonal Rot setting in around Season 5, he and Phoebe are still a Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Henry was one of the more popular characters introduced in Season 8.
    • Chris. His appearance on the show sparked massive fan love in Fanfiction.net. His character can be found under TWO character filters, Chris H. and for some reason, Phoebe's boss Elise R. (this probably because his character became popular before FF.net gave him his own place in the list). Apart from that, the Chris H. character filter generates more pages than anyone else on the series. Though this can be explained by the lack of filter in the earlier days of Charmed, it's pretty impressive for a character who was only a regular for one season. Nowadays, Chris fics make up most of the updates and new stories in the fandom.
    • Kyra the Seer. Only appears in three episodes but is fondly remembered - thanks to being witty, entertaining and surprisingly deep. Also she's played by Charisma Carpenter - making this the most high profile of the Buffyverse actor crossovers.
    • Also Melinda Warren. You'd be surprised that the character only actually appears in one episode - in the first season at that. Due to being the start of the Charmed line and possessing all three powers, as well as her interesting backstory, she's a frequent choice for fanfiction. Ditto for Eva, who also was only in one episode - yet enjoys great fan press as The Mentor to Melinda.
    • It was recorded which cast member received the most fan mail and it wasn't any of the leads - it was Finola Hughes. Which would make Patty an Ensemble Dark Horse too.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Well, Evil tends to have more revealing outfits, anyway. And apparently there exists a Demonic Strip Club.
  • Fanon:
    • Fans have a quote that's often attributed to Piper that goes "Life ain't a garden, so quit being a ho". While it is something she probably would say, she never says it at any point in the series.
    • Likewise fans assumed that Piper's unnamed third child in the finale is named Melinda - after the daughter that she had in the alternate future in "Morality Bites". This is ignoring that when Wyatt was thought to be a girl, Piper mentions that was planning to name the daughter after Prue. This eventually became Ascended Fanon in the comics where the child is named Melinda.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Piper and Leo are the One True Pairing for fans. Piper's only other significant love interest Dan has very few fans.
    • Phoebe and Cole, due to the Love Redeems nature of it - and Julian McMahon really making Cole into quite The Woobie.
    • Prue and Andy. Although Prue got two more love interests during her short time, most view Andy as her one true love.
    • Prue and Cole has some traction, due to the Foe Yay aspect (and the fact that their actors were dating).
    • Paige is unique in that she doesn't seem to have a love interest that's liked or disliked more than the others. But Henry is usually accepted as her true love, the chemistry between the two actors making up for the rushed nature of it.
  • Foe Yay: Prue and Cole. Search your heart; you know it to be true. Helped by the fact that their actors dated while on set.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Just Harried" Paige says "Is this a wedding or a coronation?" as a joke. About six episodes later, Phoebe does have a coronation as she becomes Queen of the Underworld.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 is viewed as flawed, but decent. Season 2 is highly divisive, but most fans agree that Season 3 is where the show really got good. That and Season 4 are viewed as the two strongest seasons.
  • Ham and Cheese: The villains, particularly in later seasons. And almost any time the sisters were turned evil.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the pilot episode Prue remarks, "This house is perfectly safe." Piper responds, "Don't say that! In horror movies, the one who says that ends up dying." Poor Prue. May also double as Hilarious in Hindsight, as the exchange seems to be a reference to Scream (1996) which co-starred Rose McGowan.
    • Near the end of 5 season Penny refused to bless Wyatt saying that men should not be trusted with magic powers because they can't use them responsibly. At the end of the episode she learned that not all men are bad after all and gave her blessing. The very next season revolved around Wyatt becoming evil in the future. Only the successful prevention of said outcome thanks to the intervention of his time-traveling brother keeps this from becoming a Broken Aesop as well.
    • Everyone's shock that Future!Phoebe is imprisoned for using her powers for evil and to kill a man in "Morality Bites". Given her increasingly selfish behaviour in later seasons, she ends up doing a lot worse and actually has a much higher bodycount, having either directly or indirectly let people or innocents die out of spite or sheer neglect. This gets addressed in a meta sense in the season 9 comics, through "Morality Bites Back" revisiting the Cal Greene plotline and revealing that the close friend Greene murdered was her boss Elise Rothman. This time the crisis is averted, and thankfully the comics don't seem to be marred by many of the problems the show had—including the tendency to forget that the good guys are supposed to be good.
    • In "A Knight To Remember" the Evil Enchantress nearly kills Paige by blasting her onto the windshield of her car. Rose McGowan would later be involved in a nearly fatal car accident and suffer damage to her eye.
    • "Spin City" has Leo finding out that Chris hates him in the future. When demon Chris is attacking him, Leo mockingly says "Did I miss a school play? Take away your favorite toy? Play favorites with Wyatt?" when it's already known that he wasn't around much in Chris's future. However later on, it's revealed that Piper died when Chris was fourteen. This turns Chris's angst from When You Coming Home, Dad? to a huge Tear Jerker. It's kind of understandable why Chris keeps punching him even after he's been turned back.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Aside from the Scream reference above, there's "Wrestling With Demons". Think about this: Prue and Phoebe defeated the two guys that would later win tag team championships together as part of the Main Event Mafia.
    • The first season episode title "The Fourth Sister" considering they had a fourth sister all along.
    • The aforementioned horror movie line. In the episode "Chick Flick" which is an Affectionate Parody of slasher movies, Prue is the first one to get attacked by the psycho killer.
    • The season 4 premiere has Paige nearly orbing a man's heart out of his body. Rose McGowan would later play a young Cora in Once Upon a Time and her preferred method of dealing with people was ripping their hearts out of their bodies. Additionally in "A Knight To Remember" Rose also plays an Evil Enchantress who tries to make a prince forget his potential bride and marry her, hoping to gain control of his kingdom - something Cora does in the second episode where Rose plays her. And a third one - in "Happily Ever After" Paige falls victim to Snow White's poisoned apple. In Once Upon A Time Cora is Snow White's step-grandmother. It's also hilarious that Paige is skeptical about the fairy tales being real - when in OUAT she is a fairy tale character.
    • Another Once Upon A Time related one; In "Spin City" Paige has to get rid of the Wicked Witch of the 'Enchanted Forest'. Fast forward to OUAT and Paige's actress is the Wicked Witch of the Enchanted Forest.
    • A series of strange coincidences involving Charmed and Professional Wrestling company WWE has been creeping up in recent years:
      • The Nexus, the central point of powerful energy the Manor was built upon, becomes the object of Zankou's demonic ambitions in season 7 (and those of Paul Haas in early season 8). Furthermore, when demons get killed, they go to a desolate place aptly called the Wasteland, where they inevitably end up as food for a hungry serpent beast. Fast forward to 2010 where a Power Stable of young upstarts known as The Nexus start running amok, led by and centered around the ambitions of a man whose Finishing Move at the time is called the Wasteland.
      • Paige's appearance in the fourth season is that of Raven Hair, Ivory Skin and as noted on the main page, her Blood Knight tendencies have earned her the Fan Nickname "Raige" on the Television Without Pity recaps. Fast forward to 2012 where we have a WWE Diva named Paige with black hair and pale skin, known for being violent and aggressive.
      • Slight bonus to that one: in Chris's first appearance he makes the comment of "Stone Cold Paige", in reference to her being frozen by the Titans. WWE's Paige was recently a guest on the podcast of wrestling legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin where she openly admitted to being inspired by Austin.
      • Piper's son Wyatt essentially became the plot of Season 6, in which it's revealed that he's destined to become the Above Good and Evil Overlord of a Bad Future unless someone's attempts to kill/convert him are thwarted. Fast forward to 2012 where we have a WWE Superstar named Bray Wyattnote  who leads a creepy cult "family" and is implied to be a man possessed by an ancient demon, possibly Satan himself. Furthermore, Wyatt Halliwell was born inside the Manor, making him extra susceptible to a Face–Heel Turn thanks to the Manor's Nexus. The man implied to be Bray Wyatt's vessel is the previous character his wrestler portrayed as a former member of the Nexus stable.
    • When Phoebe says of Penny's six marriagesnote , Cole says "I would have stopped at three". Phoebe would eventually be married three times across the series. And she would stop at the third one.
    • In "Enter The Demon" Piper is annoyed that Paige isn't taking her Charmed duties seriously, specifically her potions. Fast forward to "Siren Song" where Paige has been on a kick of hunting demons and experimenting with potions - which Piper complains about. Be Careful What You Wish For.
    • A meta case. Just before the fifth season started filming, Rose McGowan did an interview where she said it was odd that they didn't show Paige dating anyone at all in her first year. She ended the interview saying "I hope I get some action". This becomes hilarious if one watches an extra on the DVD - where Rose talks about how she'd have these one-shot raunchy scenes with interchangeable male actors. She then went to the producers and said "Paige isn't a ho!" - Be Careful What You Wish For indeed.
    • Misha Collins plays a character who calls Phoebe an angel and she replies that she isn't but she could introduce him to one. The actor later joined Supernatural as an angel.
    • The groom-to-be in "The Wedding from Hell" was named Elliot Spencer. For additional hilarity, an episode of Leverage focused on the main cast's efforts to crash a wedding, just as this one did.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The demons know where the sisters live. They can teleport in at any time. They could easily teleport into the house in great numbers at night, when the sisters are sleeping, and kill them in a matter of seconds. Instead they come up with long plots to shame, divide, frame, or otherwise inconvenience the sisters outside the house.
    • Or since they can create spells, why they never bothered to figure one to prevent anyone from teleporting in! It's somewhat sad that the only one savvy enough to do this was Ludlow, who protected his demonic training academy with spells to make it both untraceable unless you already knew its location, as well as impossible to teleport into!
    • The sisters, for all their offensive abilities, do not possess any natural shielding or particular resistance to damage. Demons wouldn’t even need to use demonic abilities to kill them. They could just put a bomb in the house with a ten second fuse and then they’d all be killed before they even found out about it. Also, given how often the sisters were in public (and Phoebe especially had her whereabouts in public known) the demons could even have just had them shot by a human assassin/sniper from a distance (or a demon assassin) rather than following their standard practice of teleporting before them and waiting for the sisters to kill them. If they wanted to kill them by their own hands, they could have just slipped a tranquilised/sleeping potion into their food when the sisters were on one of their many public dates and then taken them captive. Instead all demons seemed to apply the strategy of deciding they needed “more power” to face the sisters and then, when the fight finally came, failing to duck when the vanquishing potion was thrown at them.
    • Plots involving The Source are particular offenders. If you look at "Marry-Go-Round" alone it showed that Cole as The Source could teleport into the house (even into characters' bedrooms while they slept and even with Paige guarding Phoebe's door), disguise himself as one of the sisters to fool the others, cast magic on Phoebe while she was sleeping and even put Paige to sleep with a wave of his hand (the only thing stopping him killing them all seemed to be his love for Phoebe; an excuse that The Source doesn't always have). With such a combination of abilities, it boggles the mind not only that they weren't used in other situations when they'd be useful (the ability to impersonate a Charmed One and render another one unconscious seems like a useful trick) but it also required a serious dose of idiocy that when The Source had it out for the Charmed Ones they managed to survive more than a night.
    • A season, Paige jumps from temp job to temp job. Like she suddenly forgot she had a law degree and had been a social worker. However, she did give reasons for it - her witchy duties and social worker job weren't meshing so well, and she noticed that she always landed the temp jobs she got for a magical reason.
    • Many episodes stress The Masquerade, yet everyone teleports in broad daylight and in severely populated areas. At one point Leo casually orbs out of a diner, doesn't even go to the bathroom or anything, just orbs from his seat.
    • Wyatt has near-godlike powers and Piper constantly goes on about how she wants to give her kids a normal life. Yet she absolutely refuses to bind his powers, even though they could easily give them back to him once he's older, when he'd be able to control them better. It becomes especially ridiculous after the Dragon incident, where numerous people must have been killed as it rampaged across San Francisco.
      • Another layer of idiocy is added to this considering that an earlier episode had Piper meet a pre-pubescent boy who hated having uncontrollable magic powers. The episode ended with her binding his powers for him, then concluding that Grams had done the right thing by binding their powers, giving them (in her own words) "the gift of a normal childhood- the gift of innocence". Plus, Gideon probably wouldn't have come to the conclusion that Wyatt needed to die for the greater good if not for incidents like the aforementioned Dragon summoning.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • If you go on a Charmed forum and bring up which actress you believe was in the wrong during the whole Alyssa Milano/Shannen Doherty feud, you'd better have a hose with you to put out all the flames you're going to cause...
    • Say something bad about Prue or Shannen. It'll take less than a minute for her fans to explode.
  • It Was His Sled: Chris is Piper and Leo's Kid from the Future. When the show first aired, his identity and intentions were a mystery for nearly the whole season.
  • Les Yay: The lesbian vampires. Paige gets a couple, like being kissed by nymphs and mentioning how cute Darryl's wife is. Also, there isn't quite as much Incest Subtext as you would think (a lot less Incest Subtext in Charmed than there is Incest Subtext in Supernatural, for example), but there was an episode where Phoebe was channeling a guy's lust towards Piper. Both sisters are a bit creeped out. Phoebe and Kyra, almost to the point of Lampshading.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • Anytime one of the Charmed Ones screeches "Leo!" in later seasons, summoning him away from life or death emergencies to deal with the most trivial problems whatsoever. This did get lampshaded at least once, when Chris annoyingly asked Piper, "Have you ever noticed that at the least sign of concern, you always call out for Leo?" And considering Chris is Piper and Leo's kid from the future, it suggests that Piper probably keeps doing this in the future while they're raising their kids.
    • In the sixth season finale when Paige is deflecting darklighter arrows from her evil counterpart. She shouts "arrow!" over and over until it's incredibly annoying.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Surprisingly averted by Paige (except to Prue fans), her first season is considered to be one of the best seasons of the show (see Seasonal Rot below). People don't seem to have a problem with Paige the character but rather some of the seasons she was in.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The love triangle between Piper, Leo and Dan in Season 2. Given that Leo already knew Piper was a witch and that she had saved his life in "Love Hurts" - as well as An Aesop at the end of "Morality Bites" that they should try to make their relationship work despite all obstacles - there was never any doubt in the fans' mind that Piper would choose anyone but him. The plot was stretched out across an entire season. It may have eventually been disliked by the creators themselves - as Constance M. Burge protested against Cole's introduction, not wanting another long running love story. Ironically Cole's story (which also had actual relevancy to the plot) was much better received than Dan's.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Cole was treated as an outright villain when he returned in season 5 despite wanting to be good. It was just that Phoebe suddenly decided it was his fault for everything bad that had happened to her, ignoring her own mistakes and refusing to take responsibility for her own actions in the previous season. Many fans felt she treated him unfairly and applauded when he punched her in an alternate reality and when she was killed off briefly in another episode. It didn't help that Phoebe got some really heavy Character Shilling in that season.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Brad Kern is this for many fans, due to him taking over after creator Constance M Burge left. This is quite ironic, as Burge left over Kern's decision to introduce Cole - who is a fan favourite. Burge gets no backlash for being responsible for the much loathed Piper and Dan romance. Kern is usually blamed for the focus on romance, vampy outfits and a Lighter and Softer tone in the fifth season. If they don't blame him, they blame Alyssa Milano. See I Am Not Spock above.
  • The Scrappy:
    • An especially obvious example in its eighth and last season with Billie Jenkins, the main reason why the large majority of fans dislike the last season of the show.
    • Phoebe also was hated after her treatment with Cole. Many fans called post Season Five Phoebe 'PhoeMe'. She was somewhat redeemed in the eighth season for a few fans, her bitchy tendencies lessening, her Serial Romeo lifestyle getting Deconstructed and her outfits becoming less revealing.
    • Billie's sister Christy was this for a while, though she was somewhat Rescued from the Scrappy Heap via Alas, Poor Scrappy.
    • Inspector Sheridan rapidly became this. Aside from her endangering The Masquerade and the sisters both, thus showing the problems with bringing law enforcement into the supernatural realm, her Arbitrary Skepticism and fanatical pursuit of 'justice' because she believed the sisters were criminals and killers made less and less sense as the series went on. At least the FBI agent pursuing the sisters in the first season had a good excuse (he was a demon). Granted, Sheridan did get put in mortal danger (though it was her own fault) and get her memory wiped for a long time, but by the time she remembered everything and could be said to have a valid reason for disliking the sisters, she was so detestable it was bordering on Laser-Guided Karma when she walked in on Zankou and got herself vaporized. Self Disposing Scrappy?
    • Dan and Jenny in Season 2. The first by way of Die for Our Ship, as he was an obvious Romantic False Lead for Piper - and had no personality other than being hot and occasionally jealous. Jenny mainly because she's in four episodes, gets put in the credits, and is then Put on a Bus before she could do anything.
  • Seasonal Rot: Fans are divided on where the show started to go downhill. A lot of fans dislike the second season for its lack of magic and overemphasis on drama in the sisters' lives, plus the pointless love triangle between Dan, Piper and Leo. Many hardcore Prue fans vilified every season after the third for not having her. Seasons 3 and 4 are generally accepted to be the best of the show. Season 5 is arguably the weakest and most despised, as it featured Phoebe's sudden Jerkass ways beginning, fan-favorite Cole being suddenly written as a Designated Villain, a lackluster one hundredth episode, and a return to episodic storytelling after two seasons of arc-driven stories. Season 6 is Love It or Hate It - some despised it for the Piper/Leo drama, the too light and childish storylines and continued awful characterization of Phoebe, while others loved it for returning to the arc-based storytelling, having future Chris, and an epic two-parter finale. Season 7 is much like Season 6 in terms of fans and the last season is largely despised because of Billie but considered to have an excellent finale.
  • Snark Bait: Read the Television Without Pity recaps, particularly from Season 5 onwards.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Morality Bites" - Might does not equal right. The wrong thing done for the right reasons is still the wrong thing. There is a fine line between helping the innocent and punishing the guilty, and it must never be crossed.
    • "Charmed Again Part 2" - A mother is just as capable of being an abuser as a father is.
    • "Battle of the Hexes" - No, women are not superior to men. And neither are men superior to women. Equality between the sexes means that they are equal. If either sex becomes dominant, it's a fiasco.
  • Sophomore Slump: Season 2 is regarded as the weakest of the Prue seasons for its lack of focus on magic, a Romantic Plot Tumour involving Leo, Piper and Dan and overall bad quality of writing. Within the Paige seasons - 4 to 8 - Season 5 is also one of the most despised for a sudden shift to standalone episodes, Lighter and Softer tone and Hotter and Sexier outfits.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Some of the "valuable" items that come into Buckland's look more like cheap import shop goods than priceless old antiques.
    • Interestingly enough, the visual effects themselves are not all that bad, especially when compared to most of the props. Not only are the above-mentioned ‘antiques’ often off the mark, but also the magic items. Most egregious examples are the 'Fearsome Plastic Falchion' of the evil Warlord, the hundreds-of-years old 'poignard' with a laser-sharp engraving, and 'Melinda Warren's blessing cup' - a rather tacky piece of colored glass.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • While there's nothing really bad about Paige and Phoebe's eventual husbands, they were introduced extremely late in the game (about one-third through and two-thirds through season eight, respectively), so it was kind of obvious that the writers were just trying to get Paige and Phoebe hitched before the end of the show.
    • Phoebe and Jason also got together incredibly quick. They've been together two episodes (one of which Jason wasn't even in) and all of a sudden he's asking her to move to Hong Kong with him.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The deaths of Andy, Piper (just before the Reset Button that killed off Prue instead), Prue (following said Reset Button), Cole (the first and maybe second times), and Christy can easily be this.
    • Piper's (delayed) reaction to Prue's death in Hell Hath No Fury definitely counts as well.
    • The ending of Astral Monkey.
  • Testosterone Brigade: As MAD pointed out, Charmed is a show about witches starring Alyssa Milano and two other hot chicks as sisters.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jenny Gordon was important enough to get a spot in the Season 2 opening credits - before getting written out after only four episodes. Word of God is that they realized she served no purpose. Jenny's role could have served as a way to give Dan some more characterization beyond Piper's Satellite Love Interest.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Assimilation Plot / The Evils of Free Will storyline with the Avatars was abandoned after an episode and a half of Utopia with the Avatars letting go of their perfect world on the Charmed Ones' say-so. Might count as a case of Pragmatic Villainy considering they live to try again, but almost makes you wonder if they could ever truly get it to last.
  • Too Cool to Live: Several characters end up dying to The Plot Reaper over the course of the show.
    • Prue, the oldest and most powerful sister, was McLeaned thanks to backstage drama.
    • Cole had to die in order to allow Phoebe to have more love interests once it was clear she and Cole were done.
    • Chris had to go back to his own future eventually, but dying was done to set up Leo's Story Arc in season 7.
    • Drake was only supposed to live long enough to help the Charmed Ones out of their collective funks.
    • Kyra's death was the final push the sisters needed before they could agree with the Avatar's Assimilation Plot.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Phoebe's sabbatical from her advice column to "relax and recharge her batteries". Instead, she spends practically every waking moment complaining about it, obsessing over her column and hanging out at the office, making the entire subplot ultimately pointless.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Cole Turner is this. This is mostly due to the actor being Julian McMahon who greatly appeals to the predominantly female audience, but even without that his story is a fairly good cause. He spent most of his life working for the forces of evil but became good because he fell in love with Phoebe Halliwell. After a great deal of work, he became a normal human. Which in itself may have been his biggest mistake because following that point he lost total control of his house of cards. He ended up being possessed by the Source of all Evil and the Charmed Ones had to vanquish him. (After Phoebe killed a wizard who could have taken the Source's power from Cole.) After he came back, the sisters just flat out dismissed him as evil and didn't trust him from the start. They didn't even bother finding out if he was possessed by evil by an entity that had possessed humans before (even though said wizard and Cole's assistant had practically told them as much). Cole tried over and over again to prove that he was good until he snapped and became evil again (although, to be fair, he has killed several humans and gotten seduced by a siren into almost killing Phoebe). This caused a lot of Phoebe fans to hate Phoebe and feel sympathetic to Cole. Further made worse in retrospect when one realized Cole never would have been infected by The Source if he didn't have to take his powers to save the sisters who were going to be killed, and was only evil due to the source controlling him. And how many times they get to choose between good and evil and have evil actions reversed after becoming good again, but Cole is somehow irredeemable.
  • What an Idiot: The sisters make Billie stop wearing the wig and sunglasses she used to disguise herself while vanquishing demons. It's understandable as a woman walking around in black leather and sunglasses is bound to draw attention. However one wonders why the sisters never tried to have Billie protect her identity with magical disguises - especially considering they were using that particular spell at the time.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Kaley Cuoco as Billie. Why would you give the comedic hip young actress the inconsistently-written melodramatic role from hell?
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Many of Phoebe's outfits (including the Costume Porn of the week) fall into this category, like wearing skimpy clothes not appropiated for workplace, several mismatched pieces or even dresses or blouses that border the Impossibly Tacky Clothes and Rummage Sale Reject territories.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Inverted with Cole. He goes through hell to get back to Phoebe, and all she does is tell him he's evil and try to kill him. Repeatedly. It reached the point where several times he backed off and one where he planned to leave forever, only for Phoebe/someone else to realize he's needed for something and completely mess with his head further. The only reason he turned evil again was on accident and to save all three sisters when they were failing.

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