YMMV / W.I.T.C.H.

  • Adaptation Displacement: Just look at how many tropes here are about the cartoon series instead of the original comics.
    • Averted in Europe, where the comic is still more well-known, since Disney comics are big in Europe.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: After a, for the most part, spectacular second season, things climax with a final battle against Cedric, who was defeated, like, 100 times before, and even with his new powers, this didn't turn out any different.
    • Mainly because the Guardians went One-Winged Angel as well, while Cedric's new form wound up being more clipped than anything. Otherwise, Cedric would have gone Godzilla on Heatherfield. Poor Cedric; he just can't catch a break.
    • At the end of the Ragorlang saga in the comics, Edward Folkner, the Ragorlang hunter, is forced to 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 defeat him quite fast at the end of that issue
  • Awesome Music: 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 Jason Marsden play Matt's singing voice as well as his speaking doesn't hurt.
  • Badass Decay: Cedric and Elyon suffered this in the cartoon series.
  • Dork Age: The issues following the New Power saga up to the comic's cancellation. The action packed and adventurous stories are done away from simple Slice of Life one-shots with brief storylines in between.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Phobos, young Nerissa, Cedric in human form.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: 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 Girls Love slash shipping.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Winx Club, another western Magical Girl series starring a Five-Man Band that uses Elemental Powers and debuted in the same year. Though it's not universal among fansnote , 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.
  • First Installment Wins: In the comics, many fans think that the Meridian saga is the best arc in the series.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Orube and Cedric, a canon example.
    • Phobos and Will. The animated show has its fair share, too.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The animated show had a following on now-defunct Russian Image Board 0chan.
  • Growing the Beard: The second season of the show, headed by Greg Weisman, 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Taranee, the Fire Guardian, is a dancer and has a connection to a dragon. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, 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 Friends, then Norbert Klerm in another Disney cartoon that aired on ABC, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
  • I Am Not Shazam: We're not witches! That's just our initials!
    • Doesn't stop old history teachers that are now grandparents to claim that the comic is evil. Even though there's clearly dots in the logo + the names...
  • Jerkass Woobie: The cartoon version of Nerissa. While she does a lot of heinous acts, she's remorseful for killing Cassidy, and she does love Julian and her son Caleb. 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 Caleb and Julian too. And that makes her at least a little sympathetic. Though, of course, the fact that she killed Cassidy and used her, Caleb AND Julian also undercuts that sympathy more than a little.
  • Les Yay:
    • "E is for Enemy" has Irma and Cornelia sleeping together, with Cornelia's hand on Irma's breast, as you can see in this 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 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 Anguished Declaration of Love 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!
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Nerissa.
    • Phobos is a contender too but usually ends up as a Smug Snake no matter how impressive his efforts are.
    • Shagon, by virtue of being savvy and using it well. The only reason he failed is the fact that he understimated Matt's Heroic Willpower
  • Moral Event Horizon: Take your pick as to when Nerissa crossed the line.
  • The Scrappy:
    • 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 Steve Blum could be so unpopular in the first place.
    • In the comics, Matt in New Power saga onwards. His revelation that he came from Kandrakar and his cold attitude don't help.
  • Seasonal Rot: There are 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.
  • Squick: Will's reaction in "T is for Trauma" when Cornelia accidentally brings up the subject of Parental Incest. Also Irma and Hay Lin's response to Minion Shipping 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A recurring instrumental rock tune heard throughout season 2 sounds only slightly off from "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many fans think that Orube would have been a suitable trainer for girls instead of Matt in New Power saga onwards due to her extensive experience in combat.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In the first arc, before the creators got Screwed by the Network, they were setting up Elyon to be a We Used to Be Friends 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 adoptive parents arrested for lying to her and keeping her from her 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 Fighting Your Friend scenario and Elyon wasn't completely wrong in her anger and rage. Come the second half of the arc, however, where she gets disillusioned by Cedric being an Ungrateful Bastard about Will saving him, 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 Hope Bringer. 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.
    • Twice 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.
  • Toy Ship: Lillian and Christopher in "W for Witch".
  • Ugly Cute: Blunk. According to Hay Lin he's "sort of cute."
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: 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 Truth in Television, this reaches uncomfortable levels in the episode Will's astral drop gains sentience, as her astral drop is far kinder to her mother.
  • Villain Sue: Nerissa. A Magnificent Bitch of Xanatos proportions (not really odd, considering that the season that introduced her was produced by Greg Weisman), most of the arc involving her is the Guardians trying repeatedly (and failing miserably) to get a one-up on her, and the final battle ending on the Guardians' favor because of a Deus ex Machina. Phobos could also be seen as this, at least on the part of his arc that involved him keeping Elyon under his control (The Guardians had a better "batting average" with keeping him from conquering the world).
  • What an Idiot: In the show, Will deciding not to tell Elyon Brown she is Phobos's sister and the princess and rightful ruler to a magical kingdom. She justifies it as Elyon wouldn't 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.

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