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    Samantha Stephens
Played by: Elizabeth Montgomery

"Oh, my stars!"

An average, normal, typical suburban housewife, who has to juggle household chores, two young children, and a husband in need of support — with a few shortcuts, as she happens to be a witch.

  • Alliterative Name: Samantha Stephens.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe. She starts out the series as a rather cocky confident fiery woman, who is willing to risk setting a murder happy jealous quarterback on her own husband, just to protect the next door neighbour she barely knows. By the final season, when faced with the potential kidnapping of her son by her own mother and aunts, she has to beg her father for help in the few seconds they allow her to speak.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh my stars!". The way she says "Well?" (with two syllables) is also quite distinctive.
  • Cute Witch: One of the best-known examples, and a huge influence on the trope because the show's popularity in Japan helped kickstart the Magical Girl genre.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: More like what Mother Hates as Endora often tries to break up their marriage
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
    (After Darrin's ex-fiancée throws a party with the express purpose of humiliating her) For a while it was kind of hard to tell which witch was which.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blond-haired and too nice for her own good most of the time.
  • Hot Witch: One of the first examples on television.
  • Housewife: To Endora's considerable ire. Especially since there was no real reason, other than Darrin's anti-magical prejudice, that she couldn't complete every single household chore with a twitch of her nose and then spend her days enjoying the leisurely pursuits common among witches. To be fair, Samantha herself seems committed to living a 'normal' mortal life.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: She is several centuries older than Darrin and ages far more slowly than him, which concerns Darrin to no end.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Notice how Elizabeth Montgomery's skirts kept getting shorter and shorter in the last few seasons (and her bra straight up disappeared in the last season). Cranked Up to Eleven whenever she played Serena.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: With Darrin.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The series contradicts itself and her exact age is never stated, but she was born after the 14th century and before the first Thanksgiving.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With respect to her agreeableness with Darrin. In early seasons, she is easily guilted by Darrin whenever she uses her powers, and is constantly apologetic to the point of coming off as an Extreme Doormat. In later seasons, (namely after York's Darrin is replaced by Sergeant), she is slower to give in to Darrin's demands, and even stubbornly goes through with using her witchcraft in spite of his objections to the point that he has no choice but to go along with it.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Successful advertising career or no, Darrin (regardless of who played him) never really had any business being married to Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha. This is somewhat justified for Dick York's Darrin, in that his terrible health problems, which is what ending up causing him to leave the show, took its toll on his appearance.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A throwaway gag shows her raining out a ball game in order to get Darrin to teach her to drive. When this plot point is revisited, the game field is in danger of being washed away by a flash flood.

    Darrin Stephens
Dick York as Darrin
Dick Sargent as Darrin
Played by: Dick York (Season 1-5) and Dick Sargent (Season 6-8)

"So my wife's a witch. Every married man has to make some adjustment."

Samantha's husband, who works for the advertising agency McMann & Tate. He only found out Samantha was a witch on their wedding night and doesn't want her to use her powers because he disapproves of witchcraft, but he is sometimes forced to concede this point when they are in a jam.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so.
    Newscaster's Voice: We may be closer than we think to actually shooting a man to the moon.
    Darrin: (Having found out that Samantha's been to the moon) I could save them the trip.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • His name was changed to "Jean-Pierre" in the French dub.
    • He is "James" in the Brazilian dub, for some reason.
  • George Jetson Job Security: He seems to be in this situation, which is odd, given how often it is said that he is very well-respected in the advertising business, and presumably would get snatched up by another agency if McMann & Tate ever did fire him for more than a few hours.
  • Hypocrite: In one episode in season 2, Darrin gets into a heated dispute with Samantha over catching her using her powers (which she only used because he was rushing her), and strictly forbids her from using them ever again. Later that night when they run out of gas on their way to a party, Darrin tells Samantha to fill it up with her magic, she throws his argument back at him.
    Samantha: No no no (smiles). You're right, I shouldn't use my witchcraft under any circumstances.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: He became pretty much an honorary one after being transformed by Endora, Maurice, Serena, and other witches and warlocks through the series several times.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He very much comes across as a Jerkass at times (especially to viewers in modern times) but he's shown to love Sam and Tabitha very much and at least one episode ("I Confessed") has implied that the real reason he forbids Sam to use her powers is because he knows that bad things will happen if people discover she's a witch.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Samantha is a few hundred years older than Darrin and ages much more slowly, meaning that she will look pretty much the same as she does now when Darrin is elderly.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: With Samantha.
  • Obsessively Normal: Insists that Samantha hide her magic powers, not because of any moral objections to witchcraft or any fear of her being persecuted, but solely because he is obsessed with being "normal".
  • Panicky Expectant Father: While waiting for Tabitha's delivery.
    Man: First child?
    Darrin: How could you tell?
    Man: You're smoking my pipe.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Successful advertising career or no, Darrin (regardless of who played him) never really had any business being married to Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha. This is somewhat justified for Dick York's Darrin, in that his terrible health problems, which is what ending up causing him to leave the show, took its toll on his appearance.
  • Unfazed Everyman: After a while, he takes all the supernatural happenings in stride.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Aside from being married to a witch, a lot of episodes shown that Darrin's life would have been plagued by the supernatural even without Sam. He had been cursed by nymphs, was once sought after by a youth-stealing witch, possessed by ghosts, and his family once owned leprechaun servants.

Played by: Agnes Moorehead

"When will you ever learn that mother knows best? And what mother knows best is how to prove she's right!"

An old-fashioned woman... really old-fashioned. Samantha's mother Endora is the main antagonist of the show, almost always trying to drive a wedge between her and her husband. Although Endora cares deeply for her daughter and grandchildren, her ways of showing it can make little sense to anyone who isn't a thousand-year-old witch.

  • Affably Evil: "Evil" is a rather strong term for her antagonism, but she remains quite friendly towards most members of the household and obviously has a lot of fun doing what she does — especially turning Darrin into various animals.
  • The Ageless: Lampshaded in the first season:
    Endora: I'm just your mother. I won't be around forever!
    Samantha: Wanna bet?
  • And Starring: "Agnes Moorehead as Endora".
  • Control Freak: The notion that Samantha might actually know what's better for her own life than she does is completely inconceivable to her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At least one thing she has in common with Darrin. They are both the snarkiest characters.
  • Drop-In Character: She drops in on Samantha's house so often, she might as well live there. Ironically, her constant presence is lampshaded in one of the few episodes she doesn't appear in.
    Samantha: I'm going home to mother.
    Darrin: What for, Your mother's always here.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite how she constantly tries to end the marriage, the one thing she never does is directly attempt to kill Darrin. In fact, when her husband does kill him, she actually threatens to move in if he doesn't resurrect him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Endora is flanderized to have nothing but contempt for mortals.
  • Flanderization: During the first two seasons, she's just looking out for Samantha, tolerates and actively makes the occasional attempt to get along with Darrin. During the early colour seasons, she makes no secret of the fact that she hates him personally, by the final three seasons, she's an out and out racist, going as far as to refer to Darrin as 'It' on one occasion.
  • Jerkass: Endora more than likely would already be insufferable to deal with as a mortal. But the fact that she has an almost limitless supply of magic makes dealing with her hell, as Darrin fully was aware. On those occasions when she lost her powers, she would pitifully manipulate him into waiting on her hand and foot.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Loves to call Darrin all sorts of "D" names (Darwin, Derwood, Dumbo, etc.) just to get under his skin. She only calls him "Darrin" a total of eight times throughout the series.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Her main role in the story is to engineer many and varied schemes to drive Darrin away.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She admits to being over 1000.
  • The Sociopath: After removing a variety of traffic lights from presumably busy streets all over the world (It Makes Sense in Context), she actually has the nerve to laugh about how removing atleast one of the lights created "A rather monumental traffic snarl".

    Larry Tate
Played by: David White

"You son-of-a-gun!"

Darrin's boss.

  • And Starring: Starting in Season Six, "And David White as Larry Tate".
  • Benevolent Boss: Is very friendly with Darrin and values him as an employee as well as a friend.
  • Catchphrase: "You son of a gun!"
  • Everyone Has Standards: Larry will frequently go along with most of his clients' oddities, no matter how controversial. However, the Christmas episode "Sisters at Heart" shows that he will absolutely not tolerate racism from his clients, and will have no qualms about dropping them on the spot.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is about 10-15 years older than Darrin, and is his best friend in addition to his boss.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He genuinely cares about Darrin and Samantha. Even though he sometimes lets his greed get the better of him, there are occasions when even he will refuse a client's offer if they turn out to be scumbags.
  • Mood Whiplash: He sometimes says that one of Darrin's ideas is terrible, right until a client loves it, at which point he is suddenly all for it.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: One of his most prominent vices is sucking up excessively to clients and potential clients for the sake of profit. The occasions when he decides to value principles over money.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zigzagged. Most of the time he treats Darrin and other employees fairly, but sometimes his pursuit of clients for profit pushes common decency out of the picture.

    Tabitha Stephens 
Played by: Erin Murphy and Diane Murphy

"I don't know why we just don't tell everyone we're witches."

Samantha and Darrin's daughter, born in Season 2.

  • Breakout Character: She had two spin-offs focused on her and became a main character on Passions. Some people even mistake Samantha's name for Tabitha, probably due to it being a witchier-sounding name.
  • Child of Two Worlds: She's part-human, part-witch. Her and Adam's existence are quite controversial amongst the witch community due to being products of a Maligned Mixed Marriage.
  • Children Are Innocent: Despite her and Adam's human heritage being frowned upon by the witch community, almost all the witches who have met them find the two children most endearing. Unfortunately, an season 4 episode shows that, should humans discover the children's witch heritage, they would not be so merciful.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Tabitha and her brother Adam, being half-human and half-witch, were the subject of considerable controversy amongst witches (and probably would have been among humans had the truth about them been known).


Other Witches/Warlocks

Played by: Maurice Evans

"She walks in beauty like the night..."

Samantha's father. The nature of his relationship with Endora is ambiguous.

  • The Danza: Named after his actor, Maurice Evans.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is the most prejudiced member of Samantha's family regarding mortals, so much so that he obliterated Darrin out of sheer spite, which even Endora was appalled by. He eventually develops a grudging respect for Darrin as time goes by.
  • Large Ham: He chews the scenery at every opportunity, and his entrances are accompanied by grand gestures and Shakespearian verse.
  • Overprotective Dad: Is so enraged at Samantha's choice of husband that he magically destroys Darrin. It is telling that even Endora, who is usually Darrin's antagonist, becomes his protector in this episode and blackmails Maurice into restoring him.

    Aunt Clara 
Played by: Marion Lorne

"I've gone and witched the whole thing up."

Samantha's kind, elderly, absent-minded aunt. Her spells often backfire, unintentionally causing chaos, and she regularly messes up her entrances into the Stephens' household, having to be helped out of the closet, the fireplace, or the summerhouse.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most of the time Clara is absent-minded with spotty control over her magic. On those occasions when she gets to firing on all cylinders, however, she's able to put on some fairly serious displays of power that send other witches running.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: She causes the Northeast Blackout of 1965 when she tries to use magic on some candles.
  • Inept Mage: Her spells frequently backfire and produce an effect other than intended.
  • The Kleptomaniac: She cannot help but steal doorknobs from anywhere she goes, no matter the situation.
    • She casually steals a hundred and five doorknobs from the client of the week's house, when she's supposed to be helping with a protest.
    • Halfway though a busy London convention, she waltzed in with a huge doorknob she acquired for her collection:
    Endora: She'd taken it from Buckingham Palace.
  • Noodle Incident: Amongst others, she is introduced stumbling to Samantha's house, having crash-landed on a motorway.
  • Power Incontinence: Regularly suffered from this.
  • Put on a Bus: The character was retired after the death of Marion Lorne in 1968, which is something considering that this show is the Trope Namer for The Other Darrin.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: She is very absent-minded.
  • White Sheep: The sweetest member of Sam's family and the only one who both likes Darrin (and Darrin can't help but be fond of her as well despite his frustration with her out-of-control magic) and is not prejudiced against mortals.

    Uncle Arthur 
Played by: Paul Lynde

"I've just gotta fly, it's in my blood!"

Samantha's uncle and Endora's brother, an incorrigible prankster.

  • Ascended Extra: In-Universe. Paul Lynde first appeared as Samantha's driving instructor, but the rapport Elizabeth Montgomery and the rest of the cast formed with him resulted in the creation of Uncle Arthur as a regular.
  • Black Sheep: Samantha refers to him as such due to his knack for practical joking.
  • The Hyena: He laughs madly very often, especially after he pulls a practical joke.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He's one of the most iconic recurring characters in the series alongside Cousin Serena, but only debuted in season 2.
  • Prone to Tears: Downplayed. It's not unusual for him to disappear to "pout" if Darrin says or does something to upset him, or even engage in almost childish disputes with Endora if he doesn't get his way.
  • The Trickster: His most prominent trait.

    Cousin Serena
Played by: Elizabeth Montgomery (credited as Pandora Spocks)note 

"Innocence is not my bag."

Samantha's fun-loving cousin.

  • Acting for Two: Played by Elizabeth Montgomery.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She's fond of calling Larry "cotton-top", in a way that implies she Likes Older Men.
  • Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity: Like Samantha, she is several hundred years old, but looks very young and behaves like a teenager.
  • Evil Twin: Very much downplayed; Crazy Twin would be more accurate. She looks like Samantha, is kooky, unrestrained, and not at all fond of Darrin, but she's certainly not evil.
  • Facial Markings: A makeup based one on her cheek, usually a heart, but she'll sometimes change it to something else.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: She's one of the most iconic recurring characters in the series alongside Uncle Arthur, but she isn't introduced until the second season. Rumor has it that Serena was originally meant to be Sam's sister, until they decided that they didn't want a case of Remember the New Guy? and thought that a never-before-seen-or-mentioned cousin would raise fewer eyebrows.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her spats with Darrin, she approves of Samantha's marriage to a mortal. This support led to her and Uncle Arthur losing their powers when the Witches Council threatened to de-power Samantha for her mixed marriage. She is also not prejudiced against mortals like the majority of Samantha's family.
  • Large Ham: Elizabeth Montgomery clearly had a blast playing Serena.
  • Likes Older Men: She clearly has a thing for Larry Tate, and once dated an older, rich mortal man when her powers were temporarily stripped away (though that particular case may have been for other reasons). Though in her case, she is actually older than both of them, making this a gender-flipped case.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is as attractive as Samantha (of course) but considerably less modest.
  • The Tease: Is fond of turning guys on for shits and giggles.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Naturally she looks just like Samantha with dark hair.
  • Vocal Evolution: Elizabeth Montgomery's voice for Serena got hammier and hammier.

Played by: Alice Ghostley

A witch who serves as the Stephens' housekeeper/nanny in the final three seasons.

  • Inept Mage: Her spells frequently backfire or otherwise mess up.
  • Power Incontinence: When Esmeralda sneezed, strange objects would temporarily appear, and hilarity would ensure. Also, when she became nervous (and she was nervous a lot), she would become invisible.
  • Prone to Tears: She falls apart (literally fading away) at the slightest hint of criticism.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Aunt Clara, as the Inept Mage of the show.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: She caused the Leaning Tower of Pisa to lean when trying conjure up a sandwich.


    Louise Tate
Irene Vernon as Louise
Kasey Rogers as Louise
Played by: Irene Vernon (Seasons 1-2) and Kasey Rogers (Seasons 3-8)

"What are you trying to hide?"

Larry's wife, and Samantha's closest mortal friend.

  • Prone to Tears: In "Samantha Loses Her Voice," she is on the verge of collapse, and intends on divorcing Larry... all because he didn't choose her to be on his volley ball team.

    Gladys Kravitz nee Gruber 
Played by: Alice Pearce (Season 1-2) and Sandra Gould (Season 3-8)

"I came over for a snoop... uh, a scoop of sugar."

Samantha and Darrin's neighbor from the other side of the street. She can be seen regularly peering into their windows, and witnesses many instances of witchcraft, but is never able to convince her husband Abner of what she has seen.

  • The Cassandra: Abner never believes her, and responds to her crazy stories by telling her to take her medicine. This trope is fortunate, considering the damage she could do to the witches otherwise.
  • Catchphrase: "ABNER!"
  • Nosy Neighbor: She so epitomizes this trope that her name has entered the American lexicon as a shorthand for a busy-body who gossips about their neighbors.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Alice Pearce was replaced by Sandra Gould, Gladys went from a well-meaning but nosy neighbor to an out-and-out antagonist to Samantha.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is frequently subject to this, going back to the early first season.
    '"Nobody asks me. They just say, Gladys, go sit down in front of a cement mixer."''

    Abner Kravitz 
Played by: George Tobias

"Gladys, let's play house. You be the door and I'll shut you."

Gladys' husband. He never witnesses the instances of magic that she tries to bring to his attention, and assumes that she is delusional.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Often snarks about his wife being silly and delusional.
  • Henpecked Husband: Downplayed. He goes along with Gladys's attempts to show him the strange things that she has seen, and allows her to lead him to the Stephenses' door or window repeatedly, and doesn't object to her audacious behavior with anything more than mockery.
  • Heroic BSoD: Experiences one in a hilarious moment when watching a neighborhood fashion show. He sees a woman modeling an eye-catchingly beautiful dress, only for her to turn around and reveal herself as Gladys.
  • Unfazed Everyman: One of the reasons Gladys could never convince him that there was something unusual about Samantha, is that on the rare occasions he did see something strange, he didn't regard it as out of the ordinary. For example, in one episode, Samantha's Dr. Bombay gets turned into a horse. While waiting to be turned back, he passes the time by playing a game of chess. When Abner finds out there's a chess-playing horse at the Stevens house... he challenges it to a game.


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