* AdaptationDisplacement: Just look at how many tropes here are about the cartoon series instead of the original comics. That's mainly because of the [[BadExportForYou lack of availability in the US for a long time]], with Hyperion's translation being CutShort, and Creator/YenPress only beginning to publish the whole series in the US in 2017.
* AntiClimaxBoss:
** After a, for the most part, spectacular second season, things climax with a final battle against [[spoiler: ''Cedric'', who was defeated, like, 100 times before, and even with his new powers, this didn't turn out any different because he [[HowDoIShotWeb has no idea what to do with them.]]]]
** At the end of the [[spoiler:Ragorlang]] saga in the comics, [[spoiler:Edward Folkner, the Ragorlang hunter, is forced to [[KarmicTransformation fuse himself with the Ragorlangs]], when the magical box he had created to capture the Ragorlangs is threatened to be taken away from him.]] He's going to come back some sagas later as a dangerous foe, right? ''Wrong''! In the next issue, the girls [[spoiler: defeat him quite fast at the end of that issue.]]
* AwesomeMusic: Matt's band's songs, "The Will To Love" and "The Demon In Me" are both catchy and touching, though for very different reasons. Having Creator/JasonMarsden play Matt's singing voice as well as his speaking doesn't hurt.
** Both the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsh1ye7ib34 American]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQMXvkqzYH8 European]] intro themes.
* BadassDecay: Cedric and Elyon suffered this in the cartoon series. In the comics, Cedric was a more formidable fighter and gained several different new forms, whereas in the show he's always under TheWorfEffect, while Elyon in the comics had her own agency as a villain and was nigh-invicible once she became the Light of Meridian, while in the show she's a total dupe of her brother and gets imprisoned by Nerissa even as the Light of Meridian.
* BrokenBase: One between the comic fans and the cartoon fans. The comic purists dislike the show for making random changes and inserting more "boy/kid friendly" elements to the story like wacky comedy or obvious comic relief sidekicks (Blunt). Cartoon fans say the story is still well-developed and fixes a lot of the weird things present in the comics that the purists don't acknowledge. To this day, there's still no pleasing. There are some who like both versions for their own qualities, however.
* DorkAge: The issues following the [[spoiler:New Power]] saga up to the comic's cancellation. The action packed and adventurous stories are done away from simple SliceOfLife one-shots with brief storylines in between. What also didn't help was that many of the beloved supporting cast left (rather crudely) to be replaced by generic one-note replacements who couldn't live up to them. [[spoiler:Orube, Cedric, Himerish and Eric]] were just a few of these losses.
* EvilIsSexy: Phobos, young Nerissa, Cedric in human form. Phobos gets special mention for bathing naked a lot in the comic, though he is censored by water or the whisperers holding up a towel around his... [[UnusualEuphemism Fortress Of Kandrakar]]. It also acts as {{foreshadowing}} when [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe Phobos-Possessed-Endarno]] is bathing in one of the issues in the fouth saga]]
* FanPreferredCouple: At the beginning of the television series premiere, Will/Caleb was far more favorable than Cornelia/Caleb. It seemed to die out pretty fast, but still has a strong following in fanfiction, to say nothing of the GirlsLove slash shipping.
** In the comics, this is taken in the form of Caleb/Cornelia vs Peter/Cornelia. While many liked the fantastical aspects of the first romance, many more admit Cornelia would be much happier with Peter, considering he was much less superficial than Caleb. Other favorite couples in the fandom were Hay Lin/Eric and Orube/Cedric (and funnily enough, both pairings were tragically cut short).
* FandomRivalry: With ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', another western MagicalGirl series starring a FiveManBand that uses ElementalPowers and debuted in the same year. Though it's not universal among fans[[note]] In fact, most fans tend to actually be fans of both [[/note]], it is official in a sense that an executive who worked on WITCH derided Winx Club for being produced quickly, stealing the spotlight from his own show and leading ultimately to its cancellation.
* FirstInstallmentWins: In the comics, many fans think that the Meridian saga is the best arc in the series, citing that there was a more mysterious and mystical quality to it that was never truly matched later on.
* FoeYay:
** Orube and Cedric, a canon example.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The animated show had a following on now-defunct Russian ImageBoard 0chan.
** This italian MagicalGirl show is also popular in Japan, it even went so far is to have it's own manga adaptation of the same name.
* GrowingTheBeard: The second season of the show, headed by Disney action veteran Creator/GregWeisman, greatly cut down on the bad comic relief, introduced a very cunning villain in Nerissa, placed more focus on WITCH itself, made the story an interesting battle of wits and trickery, and improved the combat sequences. Shame it ended right after.
* HarsherInHindsight: Irma Lair is the Guardian of Water. Some 16 years after ''W.I.T.C.H'' debuted [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Irma Hurricane Irma]] develops into one of the most devastating hurricanes in history, causing unprecedented flooding and storm surges in Florida and the Caribbean Islands.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Taranee, the Fire Guardian, is a dancer and has a connection to a dragon. In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Firebending's most ancient tecnique is the Dragon Dance, and Firebending itself was learned from dragons.
** Also, Mitchell Whitfield had two previous roles that seemed to lead to his role as Phobos: first as Barry, Rachel's ex-fiance and the "Evil Orthodontist" from ''Series/{{Friends}}'', then [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Norbert]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Klerm]] in another Disney cartoon that aired on Creator/{{ABC}}, ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''.
* IAmNotShazam: ''We're not witches! That's just our initials!''
* JerkassWoobie: The cartoon version of Nerissa. While she does a lot of heinous acts, she's remorseful for killing Cassidy, and she does love [[spoiler:Julian]] and [[spoiler:her son Caleb]]. [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=18329 When Greg Weisman's opinion is asked about her, he responds like this]]:
--> ''That she's complex, interesting and fascinating with the tragic flaw of most great villains. Plus she loved and mourned Cassidy. And in her twisted way, loved [[spoiler:Caleb]] and [[spoiler:Julian]] too. And that makes her at least a little sympathetic. Though, of course, the fact that she killed Cassidy and used her, [[spoiler:Caleb]] AND [[spoiler:Julian]] also undercuts that sympathy more than a little.''
* LesYay:
** "E is for Enemy" has Irma and Cornelia sleeping together, ''with Cornelia's hand on Irma's breast'', as you can see in this [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/50144191@N04/4762060351/ image]].
** The comic has a lot of "moments" for Irma. A comic had this comment from her: "Oh, Will. I love when you take command."
** According to Cornelia, Elyon describes her ideal partner as tall with blonde hair and blue eyes. How would you describe Cornelia's appearance? In the comic, Cornelia says that Elyon always was "more than a friend, but more than a sister".
** In "Happy Birthday Will", Irma teases Will by calling her by Will's mother's [[TastesLikeDiabetes ridiculously saccharine]] pet name for her -- "Pink Poopy Perky Pumpkin" in the English dub, "mon petit lapin rose en sucre" ("my little pink sugar bunny") in French.
** In the very last issue of the comic, all the Guardians tell each other how much they love and appreciate one another... and it's kicked off by what looks a ''lot'' like an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove from Irma to Cornelia.
-->'''Irma:''' I mean... I like you! A very very very big lot! Seeing you in the past really opened up my heart!\\
'''Cornelia:''' Irma? Are you actually being serious for once?\\
'''Irma:''' Silence, Blondie. There are some things I never told you. I have to tell you... You're really beautiful... I mean both on the inside and he outside! The outside is so pretty my eyes hurt!
* MagnificentBastard:
** Nerissa, in both the comic and TV show, is one of the Guardians' most dangerously intelligent foes.
** Phobos is a contender too, but usually ends up as a SmugSnake no matter how impressive his efforts are.
** Similarly, while usually a (literal) SmugSnake, Cedric gets several moments of legitimate magnificence in the comics [[spoiler: and in the TV show's finale.]]
** Shagon in the TV show, by virtue of being savvy and using it well. The only reason he failed is the fact that he understimated Matt's HeroicWillpower
* MoralEventHorizon: Take your pick as to when Nerissa crossed the line.
* TheScrappy:
** Blunk, though it's not so bad as people make it out to be, especially once he's toned down by the end of Season 1. It still says something that a character voiced by Creator/SteveBlum could be so unpopular in the first place.
** In the comics, Matt in [[spoiler: New Power]] saga onwards. [[spoiler: His revelation that he came from Kandrakar - a ''complete'' {{Retcon}} - and his cold attitude don't help.]]
* SeasonalRot: There are many fans who think that the later comics aren't as good as the first few sagas; mostly due to the fact there are no real villains that stick around longer than a couple of issues, and the stories can sometimes come off as {{Anvilicious}}. Where it started varies heavily between fans, though most will say that everything following the New Power arc constitutes the DorkAge.
* {{Squick}}:
** Will's reaction in "T is for Trauma" when Cornelia accidentally brings up the subject of ParentalIncest between [[spoiler:Caleb and Nerissa]].
** In the same episode [[spoiler:when Altermere!Yan Lin tries to steal her granddaughter's boyfriend. Even though she has a youthful appearance, Yan Lin's flirting with her potential grandson-in-law is quite unsettling]].
** Also Irma and Hay Lin's response to MinionShipping with Cedric and Miranda. The second is pretty understandable, as it is both bestiality and pedophilia. Miranda is a little girl that transforms, Cedric is a monster disguised as a man.
** Nerissa [[spoiler: essentially ''raped'' Julian via a BedTrick, and that's how Caleb was born.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: A recurring instrumental rock tune heard throughout season 2 sounds only slightly off from "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Orube was liked by many for being a kick-butt [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior girl]] while also having a gentle, noble side (after going through some character development, [[BreakTheHaughty of course]]), and others found her semi-romance with Cedric engaging. The fact that she was often pushed to the side after the Arkhanta saga and then [[spoiler:booted off the series after the Ludmoore saga]] did not amuse many. Quite a lot of fans also think that Orube [[spoiler: would have been a suitable trainer for girls instead of Matt in New Power saga onwards due to her extensive experience in combat.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** In the first arc of the comics, before the creators got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by the publishers]], they were setting up Elyon to be a WeUsedToBeFriends scenario where she was actively manipulating circumstances on Earth so that her friends, the new Guardians, would be captured and Will would have to surrender the Heart. She explicitly mentions having her [[CallingTheOldManOut adoptive parents arrested]] for [[WasItAllALie lying to her]] and keeping her from her "real" family. Also, she had a crush on Will's crush, Matt, and expressed jealousy about it. This created an ongoing conflict where the Guardians were put into a FightingYourFriend scenario and Elyon [[AntiVillain wasn't completely wrong in her anger and rage.]] Come the second half of the arc, however, Elyon gets [[EvenEvilHasStandards disillusioned by Cedric]] being an UngratefulBastard about Will saving him and from there finds out all the ''other'' deplorable aspects of her brother's regime, Cornelia renews their friendship, Elyon decides to save her adoptive parents from prison, and it's revealed Elyon is the rightful ruler of Meridian and a HopeBringer. Phobos also makes it clear that he's planning to absorb Elyon's powers and kill her at the coronation, when before she was proving to be a formidable ally to him.
** Two noteworthy cases in the post-New Power stories:
*** The Ladies appear out of nowhere for a few issues and then are abandoned without explanation of what they are or where they came from at the start of the final arc.
*** The Runic Wizards' wider organization. They're presented as an organization with the stated goal of destroying Kandrakar, they've managed to give five boys what appear to be the 'dark' counterparts of the Guardians' powers, and after their introduction the only one to have a few appearances is Nashter, who's apparently on the run after being blamed for their operation's failure.
* TooGoodToLast: The TV series, which was cancelled after its second season which many felt [[GrowingTheBeard was a vast improvement over the first.]]
* ToyShip: Lillian and Christopher in "W for Witch".
* UglyCute: Blunk. According to Hay Lin he's "sort of cute."
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Sometimes it can be hard not to find Will as this. Despite the fact her mother is also having trouble adjusting to Heatherfield, Will gives her attitude a lot of the time and shows her very little empathy even though her mother just presumably got divorced. While a child blaming the parent that's still around for a family split is probably TruthInTelevision, this reaches uncomfortable levels in the episode Will's astral drop gains sentience, as her astral drop is far kinder to her mother.
** Happens in the comics as well, leading to many thinking Will was "whiny" and disliking how often her problems took center stage above the other girls' issue (and noting how the other girls didn't make a fuss about their problems as much as she did). She had so many problems it even leads to a point of her [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it after [[spoiler:her dormouse is put to sleep]] in the comics.
** Some find Elyon to become this as the first season of the TV show goes on. She starts out legitimately sympathetic, learning that her whole life is a lie and that her adoptive parents and best friends have been deceiving her, driving her into the arms of her brother who is ''also'' deceiving her and with actual harmful intentions behind it. However, more and more things start to clearly poke holes in Phobos' facade and should reasonably make Elyon start to question everything, and yet she stubbornly refuses to and clings to the belief that her friends are evil and Phobos is good, only pulling a HeelFaceTurn ''after'' Phobos reveals his true colors and tries to kill her, with her friends having to bail her out.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** In the show, Will deciding not to tell Elyon Brown [[LukeIAmYourFather she is Phobos's sister]] and [[ChangelingFantasy the princess and rightful ruler to a magical kingdom]]. She justifies it as Elyon wouldn't [[CassandraTruth believe them]] or would freak out out, and instead decides to have the Guardians keep a close eye on her. (It's implied that Will is remembering her response to learning about her powers and ownership of the Heart of Kandrakar.) Elyon as a result becomes isolated and vulnerable to Cedric's manipulations after he gives her a job at the bookshop and performs a spell that breaks down her mental barriers. This gets lampshaded later on when Cedric and Phobos manage to convince Elyon that everyone is lying to her, including her parents, and turn her against the Guardians.
** "N is for Narcissist" had one. The group is barefoot for almost the entire episode because Blunk requests the girls' shoes so that he can pose as them in the mortal realm after ducking out of a school car wash. [[LosingAShoeInTheStruggle The girls all shed their shoes and socks and depart without them]], and Tamaree promptly [[AgonyOfTheFeet steps on Cornelia's foot by accident.]] Their transformed states give them shoes so it isn't a real problem. However, when all but Cornelia are temporarily de-powered to [[AllYourPowersCombined channel their powers into Cornelia]], it is. They decide to return to the car wash but none of them remember to retrieve their footwear from Blunk, and people start to question why they're barefoot. Namely, Will gets questioned for her shoes suspiciously being gone (even though going barefoot at a car wash isn't unusual to avoid wet shoes, which she could have easily argued that she took her footwear off so it wouldn't get wet and wearing wet footwear would be unpleasant feeling, but apparently didn't). Eventually, the adults realize the trick the girls pulled, and unaware of their heroic secret identities, assume they're being selfish. They're accused of shirking their duties and made to wash a bus, but Cornelia takes the rap. The girls decide to help her wash the bus anyway out of gratitude. Then, at the ''very end'' of the episode, Cornelia's feet get wet from the girls messing around with the cleaning water and she finally realizes none of them have shoes on and opines where hers might be. Took a long time for the [[{{Pun}} shoe]] to drop, huh?
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