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     Suzanne Blanchet 

Suzanne Blanchet

The main antagonist of Spellbinder. She is a vengeful witch ghost whom Thea accidentally unleashes into the mortal realm.
  • Anti-Villain: Type Woobie Anti-Villain; she didn't start out evil, but was driven to it after she and siblings were tortured and killed by witch hunters. It's even hinted in the end that Suzanne may actually regret hurting humans in her quest for vengeance, with Thea describing her as having "huge, sad eyes" and an "expression of infinite sadness".
  • Berserk Button: The school's Halloween decorations (depicting witches being killed and tortured) infuriate her, making the school a target. Thea and Eric draw her away by going a step further...burning witch dummies designed to resemble her and her siblings.
  • Big Bad: Ultimately of Spellbinder.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Was on the receiving end of Burn the Witch!...after being Forced to Watch her little brother and sister die in the same way.
  • Dying Curse: As she was burnt at the stake, she swore vengeance against humans. She spends much of Spellbinder trying to make good on this.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: When she's not vapor-y in appearance, Thea describes her as being a pale girl with long, mahogany hair.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The people who killed her and her family are long dead by the time Thea accidentally releases her, but as far as she's concerned all humans are fair game.
  • Morton's Fork: Desperate for the torture to stop, Suzanne confessed to being a witch and falsely confessed to using magic to kill babies and cattle, bewitch corn and cause starvation. As a result of this confession, her brother and sister were also tortured as suspected witches and all three were executed.
  • Murder Into Malevolence: She wants to kill any human she finds because human witch hunters wrongfully tortured and executed her and her family.
  • Not So Different: In the end, Thea realises this about her and Suzanne, seeing her not just as a monster, but a young witch who just wanted to protect those she loved.
  • Prehensile Hair: She has very long hair which she uses attack and strangle people.
  • Relative Button: Thea and Eric exploit the wrongful deaths of her siblings to lure her into a trap.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Somewhat. Suzanne's ghost is apparently stuck in the 'between place' - not of the living world but not truly in the afterlife. Thea accidentally summons her into the living world using a magical ritual, while attempting to summon a different spirit.
  • Vengeful Ghost: Fits this to a tee.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was wrongfully accused of using witchcraft to commit evil acts such as killing cattle and murdering babies, arrested and tortured into confessing. Her innocent younger siblings were also tortured and they were all sentenced to burnt at the stake. For extra Kick the Dog, Suzanne’s siblings were supposed to be strangled before being burnt because they were only kids, but the executioner wasn’t paid enough and so burnt them alive in front of Suzanne. As a result, she hates humans and has vowed revenge on them, killing any humans she comes across although when Thea sends her back to the afterlife, she notices how sad Suzanne looks, possibly indicating she feels remorse.
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     Angel 

Gary Fargeon/ Angel

A major character in Dark Angel. He is a mysterious and powerful being who claims to be Gillian Lennox’s ‘guardian angel’ and helps her to fulfill her heart’s desires and gain more self-confidence. However, over time, Gillian starts to realize he has a more sinister side and begins questioning his motives.
  • Accidental Murder: It turns out that one of the main reasons Angel is Barred from the Afterlife is because he accidentally killed a little girl using a fire spell and was subsequently killed himself in a drink driving accident before he could tell anyone what happened.
  • Antagonist Title: He's the "dark angel" of the fourth book.
  • Anti-Villain: He turns out to be a Woobie Anti-Villain.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Implied this is what happens to him after he finally finds inner peace.
  • The Corrupter: To Gillian, though he does help her become a better person in the long-run in spite of this.
  • Evil Mentor: Eventually to Gillian. She rejects his teachings once she catches on, however.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Downplayed. He's very handsome, with golden blonde curls and violet eyes, but is a rather twisted and manipulative person beneath this.
  • False Soulmate: He's revealed to be this to Gillian. He starts out as the one person who understands Gillian the most and she frequently confides in him, regarding him as being as important to her as David. Angel later claims outright that they're soulmates. However, Gillian gradually becomes alienated from him due to his increasingly disturbing behavior, realizes she doesn't like the person she's becoming under his influence and also comes to realize she doesn't really know much about Angel as a person. It's revealed near the end that David is her real soulmate.
  • Fatal Flaw: His inability to accept responsibility and face up to his mistakes. It leads to him only looking out for himself or caring for his own gratification (regardless of the outcome on other people) and ultimately contributed to his death. It's only after he's been dead a year that he finally starts to overcome this, allowing him to finally find some peace.
  • Great Gazoo: Has shades of this. Due to his ability to fly and become immaterial, he can pretty much go wherever he wants, only Gillian can see and hear him at least until the end, where David can see him too, he's occasionally somewhat wacky and eccentric and has a number of useful powers. He's initially quite helpful towards Gillian, but he gradually displays a much darker and more menacing side. As it turns out, Angel is a ghost and was a witch in his mortal life, which explains his powers.
  • The Hedonist: Was this when he was alive, spending all his time drinking, partying, playing with dangerous magic and so on.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: He is secretly very lonely and wants someone to care about him and understand him. He hopes that Gillian will become this person...though he starts taking drastic measures to try and win her affections.
  • Incest Subtext: To the point where it's pretty much text. He and Gillian have many quasi-romantic interactions, he claims they're soulmates, professes his love for her and at one point tries to possess her boyfriend so they can 'be together properly'. It's later revealed that they're actually related, which Angel knew or at least suspected all along. Admittedly though, they're not Lannister or Targaryen levels of related – they're specifically third cousins. note 
  • It's All About Me: Has this attitude initially, but becomes more selfless after meeting Gillian, whom he genuinely does want to help.
  • Jerkass: He can be selfish, manipulative, irresponsible and downright dangerous at times, though it’s hard not to pity him by the end and he isn’t truly evil. Some of his behaviour is also implied to be a facade to protect himself from the pain of being stuck between worlds and his accidental killing of a child.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Turns out he’s been manipulating Gillian from day one; even before they met. He was actually the one crying like a child to lure Gillian to the icy creek, in the hopes she’d drown and allow him to come back to the mortal plane with her, or just keep her around as a fellow ghostly companion.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He eventually tries to kill David in a car crash, not just to get rid of the competition for Gillian’s affections, but to steal his body and be with Gillian properly. Fortunately, his plan fails and he decides against trying again, as he “didn’t want [Gillian] to hate [him] forever”.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had this reaction after accidentally killing a young girl whilst performing dangerous magic. He ended up getting hammered to try and numb the pain, which ultimately led to his death in a car accident.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: For most of Dark Angel, he's merely referred to as Angel. His real name is Gary Fargeon.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Gillian. Though he does want to make her happy and help her achieve her dreams, his ideas of doing so are increasingly amoral and disturbing, and prove to be quite harmful to others (both physically and emotionally).
  • The Reveal: It turns out in the end that 'Angel' is actually a deceased witch named Gary Fargeon and a relative of the Harman family (he is not considered a Harman himself due to being descended from Emmeth Harman and witches are matrilineal).
  • Romantic False Lead: He’s set up as Gillian’s love interest and even claims to be her soulmate. However, it eventually turns out that David is her real soulmate…and she and Angel are actually distant cousins.
  • Scare the Dog: Gillian's two cats are terrified of Angel. He brushes it off, but it's actually an early hint he's not all that he appears.
  • The Social Expert: He's very good at manipulating or charming people towards a desired end and manages to orchestrate Gillian's rise to popularity almost overnight.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of Dark Angel which allows him to finally find peace and move on to the afterlife.
  • Unfinished Business: Gillian tries to figure out what’s keeping him on earth to set him free and when she does, to convince him of this too. As it turns out, it was having the body of the girl he killed be found, and the girl’s father and Gillian forgiving him for his mistakes and wrongdoings.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: After being told by Circle Daybreak that he was a witch, he decided to use his powers simply to goof off and improve his own life, turning his nose up at their offer to join their organisation and do some real good.

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