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Scarlet Witch

Alter Ego: Wanda Djanga Maximoff

Nationality: Serbian

Species: Genetically altered human

First Appearance: The X-Men #4 (March, 1964)

My mutant ability is to create chaos. To make the improbable a certainty. Sometimes all of this negative energy sends my head spinning too. Sometimes I feel as if I can do nothing but perpetuate the unnatural. But the Avengers are there to keep me grounded. To bring order into my life.
Wanda Maximoff, The Avengers

Scarlet Witch is a Marvel Comics character, known as a longtime member of The Avengers and as the instigator for several arcs like Avengers Disassembled and House of M. She first appeared in X-Men vol. 1 #4 (March, 1964), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Wanda Maximoff, daughter of Erik Lehnsherr/Max Eisenhardt (a.k.a. Magneto), was born with magic-like mutant powers. With her twin brother Pietro (a.k.a. Quicksilver), she was raised in the Wundagore Mountains by Romani. As it turned out, Wundagore served as a prison for the Elder God Chthon who imparted a fraction of his power to Wanda so that she might one day serve as his vessel. Eventually, she and Pietro were unwillingly recruited into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by their father (though neither he nor they were aware of their relationship at the time) through the life debt they owed him after Magneto saved Wanda's life. For a while they were both enemies of the X-Men, but eventually Magneto was imprisoned and, having nowhere else to go, Wanda and Pietro applied for membership in The Avengers along with another ex-villain (Hawkeye/Clint Barton). Captain America accepted them, as the roster was then empty (except for himself), leading to the second incarnation of the Avengers (if we consider the first one to be the founding members plus Cap), which came to be known as "Cap's Kooky Quartet".

Initially, she had a mutant power that was simply referred to as her "hex power" which was basically her pointing in some direction, and some sort of unfortunate event would occur; the name was derived from what the villagers whom Magneto saved her from called her, rather than explicit magic power. This was eventually clarified into the mutant power of "probability". In time, she began to study actual magic with Agatha Harkness, a real witch, and became in truth a witch. During Kurt Busiek's run, she learned that her probability manipulation was fueled by "chaos magic" and learned to tap more deeply into the magic, establishing herself as one of the most powerful Avengers.

Wanda fell in love with and married The Vision, the Avengers' Ridiculously Human Robot, and even had children. Eventually, the marriage fell apart when the Vision was dismantled, lost all of his emotion, and the children were discovered to be unreal. Wanda had used her powers to conceive with the android, and give birth to twin sons, only to later find out that she had drawn on the demon Mephisto's magic, who proceeded to erase their existence. The time-traveling villain Immortus claimed he had set up all these events, including her marriage to Vision, with the goal of driving Wanda insane, since she was the "living anchor of reality" of her universe. He intended to use her to reshape reality to his will, but the Avengers stopped him. Agatha Harkness then suppressed her memory of her children, and it seemed she could move on.

Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

While discussing just how complicated having kids would be for a superhero, Janet/the Wasp slipped up and briefly mentioned Wanda's "kids" to her, leading Wanda to discover the truth and consequently suffer a breakdown. Thus began the arc of Avengers Disassembled, where Wanda lost control of her powers and unconsciously killed off several Avengers, including Vision and Hawkeye, without being physically present — she spent most of the arc being kept company by illusions of her children until the Avengers came to confront her. She was eventually taken out by Doctor Strange, only for Magneto to come and take her to Genosha to atone for his neglect. Her rampage destroyed the Avengers, since they couldn't go on after to the damage she had caused.

Captain America and Iron Man founded the New Avengers and were about to move on, until...

In Genosha, Xavier attempts to help heal Wanda, to no effect. Feeling she is beyond his help, Xavier calls in the X-Men and Avengers to decide on Wanda's fate; before coming to a decision, they decide to see what Wanda herself wants. Pietro, overhearing that this meeting had been called, feels this can only mean they are coming to execute his sister, and before the Avengers and X-Men can arrives, convinces her of a different path: to use Xavier's mind and Wanda's power to rewrite reality and give the people they love their greatest wish. Reality is changed, and mutants become the dominant species, with her family—now the House of Magnus—the ruling class, but Wanda herself a human, with her children alive and with her. This was House of M (check the main article for the details of what happened).

At the climax of House of M, Magneto kills Quicksilver, driving Wanda into total despair; in her madness, she uttered the immortal words: "No more mutants", and reverted the world back to near normal, with one difference: 99% of all mutants were depowered in an event known as M-Day or Decimation. Subsequently, she suppressed her memories and powers and retreated to a secluded life on Wundagore.

For years, Wanda stayed off the comics, with occasional allusions to finding her, fake versions of her appearing, and the aftermath of Decimation dominating mutant stories, until the 2011 Avengers: The Children's Crusade.

In it, the Young Avengers Wiccan and Speed have learned they may be the souls of Wanda's children, reincarnated into the past. They team up with Magneto to find Wanda and get some answers. She was discovered living with Doctor Doom as his engaged bride, with no memory of her past. In the end, it turned out that Wanda's omnipotence and insanity were caused by a cosmic power source that Doom helped her absorb named the Life Force, and that everything was a ploy for Doom to steal the power for himself. Eventually both teams banded together to defeat Doom and cripple him, but the power was released back where it came from, leaving Wanda unable to break the spell that depowered mutants. The X-Men decided to not kill her and instead let her live as a method to pay for her crimes.

In Avengers vs. X-Men, Wanda initially chose to sit out the war between the two groups after being turned away at Avengers Mansion by Vision. After having a premonition that the Phoenix Force would destroy the Earth, she returned to save her ex-teammates, and eventually teamed up with the "Mutant Messiah," Hope, to help disperse the Phoenix and break the spell that prevented new mutants from being born. Captain America offered her a spot in the Avengers once more, where she joined up with the Uncanny Avengers.

After a crucial moment during the AXIS event, Wanda (and Pietro) learned that Magneto wasn't their father, as they'd believed for many years. What's more, they discovered they weren't mutants either—rather both simply humans who were genetically altered by The High Evolutionary after their birth. Unusually for a Retcon like this, the jury's still out on whether it will be permanent (it was quite transparently an executive move to downplay the X-Men and mutant relationship of the Maximoff twins in the Marvel continuity, due to the movie universe).

Following the Secret Wars event in 2015, Wanda headlined her first ongoing title as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative. Although this title was cancelled after 12 issues, in it, Wanda learned that she was the descendant of a long line of Scarlet Witches, making her a Legacy Character. After her series finished, she rejoined the Uncanny Avengers.

Wanda entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Age of Ultron (after having a mid-credits cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier), where she is portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen. This version's powers were originally displayed as telekinesis and some type of telepathy, but eventually followed the comics in being described as chaos magic and low-level Reality Warping. (Details can be found here). She has appeared so far in the two aforementioned films as well as Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, her own series WandaVision (in which she formally gains the moniker of "Scarlet Witch"), on Disney+, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The Fox X-Men movies never formally introduced Wanda before the Disney buyout; at most her name is on the files Mystique sees in X2: X-Men United, and in the Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver's mom asks his younger sister — who does appear in the regular cut — to "go upstairs and bug your sister", implying there is a third Maximoff.

  • Aborted Arc: John Byrne quit West Coast Avengers in the middle of an arc where Wanda had turned evil and was teaming up with her father to help mutants take over the world. The new writers quickly wrapped up as much of the arc as they could and ignored the rest.
  • Action Mom: She initially retired for several real-world years after getting married and having children, but shortly before the children are revealed to be illusions, rejoins the Avengers. She becomes one in Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
  • Actually a Doombot: In the Children's Crusade mini, it was revealed that the Wanda living on Wundagore Mountain after House of M was a duplicate, (which also means that the amnesiac Wanda Hawkeye slept with was a Doombot).
    Hawkeye: You found her in Transia?
    Billy: No, the Wanda we found in Transia turned out to be a Doombot.
    Hawkeye: What?!
  • Adaptation Dye-Job/Depending on the Artist: Marvel generally settles on her hair being brown, but she was originally drawn with black hair (possibly due to the limits of color printing at the time making it difficult to produce brown). The official Handbook gives her hair as auburn, which is another common color, but she's even drawn with bright red hair on occasion.
  • Adaptation Species Change: As the movie rights for the X-Men were owned by Fox, Wanda is not a mutant in Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is instead an enhanced human—her powers were bestowed after a scientific experiment to which she and Pietro volunteered.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Wanda has the dubious distinction of being one of the least dressed Avengers, although that quality was never linked to her personality. In the movies, she dresses in everyday casual clothes, and Joss Whedon even assured Elizabeth Olsen she'd never need to wear the red bathing suit.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: At one point she has Wiccan and Hulkling around for tea, telling him the very bizarre but entirely true story of how she and Vis got married, in the shade of a lovely tree, who was also getting married at the same time.
  • Anti Anti Christ: Chthon selected her on the day of her birth to work as his vessel some day in the future, when Wanda's powers matured, and then unleash chaos and destruction in the world. Wanda successfully resisted and defeated Chthon, and from then on used his evil power for good actions.
  • Anti-Hero: The Witch briefly entered type V territory. Then again she was a Cloudcuckoolander without true control of her actions at the time, so it could arguably simply be Type I at heart. Despite her role as a hero she has continually caused horrific events in Marvel's multiverse with her powers and her unstable mind.
  • The Apprentice: To Agatha Harkness. Their relation began during The Celestial Madonna Saga, and Agatha returned as a ghost mentor in her 2016 solo series.
  • The Atoner: She feels endlessly remorseful about her role in the destruction of most of the mutant species during the House of M incident and became an Avenger to atone. Eventually, along with Hope Summers, she repowers the worlds mutants, but still has not stopped expressing remorse, and a lot of Mutants still haven't forgiven her one iota, with widespread characterisation of her as 'The Pretender' during the Krakoa era, with temporary death leading to a reaction of And There Was Much Rejoicing.
    • However, when she finally stops trying to undo what she did and instead do something better, she uses the opportunity given by her death - one she orchestrated as part of a Thanatos Gambit with Magneto's aid and Toad apparently willingly taking the fall -] to create a Mutant Elysium and permanent back-up to Cerebro deep in the Astral Plane, that also puts every mutant who died before Cerebro was activated/before their mutation developed in the Resurrection Queue, and allows people who want to get resurrected to bypass the Crucible, she finally gets forgiven by both mutantkind and herself, being characterised as 'The Redeemer'.
  • Badass Boast: Geoff Johns gave her a good one in a story where her chaos-based powers allowed her to fuse two cosmic entities, Order and Chaos, into one:
    Wanda: You think your power means anything to me? I work in chaos as others work in clay. I weave together the improbable and the unnatural. I control chaos. So I can control you.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: The source of her chaos magic is a God of Evil, but she uses it for good.
  • Barrier Maiden:
    • Several villains have described her as a "nexus being" who can be used to channel any source of magical energy.
    • In "The Morgan Conquest," Morgan Le Fey uses Wanda's body to bridge the gap between two incompatible magical sources, allowing Morgan to become twice as powerful and Take Over the World.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • The whole point behind her surprise role in Avengers Disassembled, where Wanda, traditionally the nicest person on the team, turns out to be the one who went Ax-Crazy and destroyed the Avengers on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • Even when she's in her right mind, she can get pretty scary when someone hurts her friends or husband. In Ultron Unlimited, half a page is devoted to the shocked reactions of her teammates as they see what Wanda does to one of the villains.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Chthon, the evil god that gave Wanda her chaos magic during "The Yesterday Quest" storyline. We have pages and pages detailing how evil he is, and his master plan to conquer reality, yada yada; and he is defeated in a pair of swift attacks.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Back when she was still considered a mutant, Wanda had developed an antipathy for her own ‘kind’. While standing at Xavier’s grave, she tells Rogue to her face that mutants were halo-polishing martyr seekers and questioned why it was so important for more mutants to be born anyway.
  • Born of Magic: Famed Reality Warper the Scarlet Witch married her fellow Avenger, The Vision. Despite his being a synthezoid, they still wanted children, and used the magic of New Salem to use her probability powers to give her children through a Mystical Pregnancy. It did not end well for her or her thoughtsprog. But then they got better after Wanda went crazy and rebooted reality a few times, retroactively reincarnating her sons into Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd, aka Wiccan and Speed.
  • Break the Cutie: Particularly in House of M, where the writer Brian Michael Bendis envisioned her as the most tragic figure in the Marvel universe.
  • Brother–Sister Incest/Twincest: In Ultimate Marvel she and her brother Pietro are outright stated to be lovers, and for decades people have made jokes about how uncomfortably close they are.
  • Brother–Sister Team: She and Pietro, especially when they are introduced to a new universe.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: During All-New X-Factor, she and Lorna have a day of sisterly hanging-out. Wanda gets plastered at a renaissance faire (though it may have helped that she chugs back five beers in the space of thirty minutes).
  • Cape Snag: She has a pair of cases at the West Coast, and tried a new costume without cape. It didn't stick.
  • The Chosen One: "Nights of Wundagore" reveals that the God of Evil Chthon chose her at birth to receive his magical abilities, in an attempt to create the perfect vessel who would combine the powers of science (her natural mutant power) and sorcery. After her power matures, Chthon takes over her body and tries to use her to Take Over the World.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: Wanda and Pietro, who were just orphaned vagrants at the time, were attacked by a mob with Torches and Pitchforks when Wanda's power first manifested and she did not know how to control them. They were rescued by Magneto, an evil mutant with magnetic powers who recruited them for his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. They accepted, not because they were evil, but just because they did not dare fight against someone as powerful as him.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The Ultimates redesigned her with the likeness of Angelina Jolie.
  • Continuity Snarl
    • What Avengers Disassembled revealed about her had a lot of them—in its very premise given it was established years before that Wanda had already regained her memories of her kids without losing her sanity again. Likewise, so was Doctor Strange saying there's no such thing as Chaos Magic—when he himself used it.
    • The modern reveal that Wanda and Pietro have never been mutants contradicts many past stories that took it as canon that they were mutants. Such as Sentinels targeting them, or the "No more mutants" thing working on Pietro. The X-Men: The Trial of Magneto implies that they are or were mutants, since both were picked up by Cerebro at one point, suggesting that Wanda may have warped reality so that she (and by extension, Pietro) were no longer mutants.
  • Dark Messiah: What she was intended to be by Chthon. Ironically, she actually ended up as something of a Messianic Archetype to mutants, first as a protector and guide of the third Mutant Messiah, Hope Summers (Nate Grey and Cable being the first two) during Avengers vs. X-Men, and then during X-Men: The Trial of Magneto where she officially goes from "Pretender" to "Redeemer." Creating Mutant Heaven does wonders for one's PR.
  • Death Equals Redemption: In one of the more unusual cases, in X-Men: The Trial of Magneto, her death isn't seen as redemption - indeed, it gets a And There Was Much Rejoicing reaction from most mutants (except the ones who actually knew her) who see her as "The Pretender". Then, not only does she come back, but she creates Mutant Heaven in the process, rescuing tens of millions of lost mutant souls. Needless to say, that drastically improves her PR, leading to her being dubbed "The Redeemer." Of course, unknown to almost everyone is the fact that she cooked it up as part of a Thanatos Gambit after Magneto told her about the resurrection process, faking her murder with his reluctant compliance and Toad willingly taking the fall, on the grounds that mutants would never accept the gift freely given.
  • Demonic Possession: She was possessed by Chthon, and by the evil god Set.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Both Avengers Disassembled and House of M depend on Wanda developing a scale of power that she had never even been close to before. This is explained as being a power boost from the Life Force—although writers sometimes forget that and have her back to her reality warping ways.
  • Doing in the Scientist/Doing In the Wizard: Writers continually flip flop between explaining her powers as being purely science-fiction based psychic mutation, magic, and magic created by mutation.
  • The Dreaded: She has essentially become a boogeyman used to scare mutant children on Krakoa, both because she was "a pretender" and because she nearly destroyed the mutant race. After the X-Men: The Trial of Magneto, she becomes 'The Redeemer'. Turns out that creating mutant heaven and singlehandedly rescuing 20 million mutants who were presumed lost for good does wonders for your PR. More generally, though, she is widely feared - and the prospect of her blowing a gasket again is considered terrifying.
  • Fantastic Racism: She experiences this both for her status as a mutant and her mixed marriage to the Vision.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Even during the time they were related (2002 - 2014), Wanda and her half-sister Lorna scarcely interacted. Makes for awkwardness when Wanda pays her a visit in All-New X-Factor to try engage in some sisterly bonding, even without that little detail of the Decimation.
  • From a Single Cell: There was a demon whose existence was tied to a tome of ancient lore, so the Scarlet Witch destroyed it by burning it. The demon eventually returned anyway. The Vision explained all this to a magician, who pointed "You said Wanda burned the book! It does not follow that the book was destroyed! What of its ashes?"
  • Funny Foreigner: Some back-up stories in X-Men: First Class have her and Jean hanging out together, with Wanda playing a little of this role, due to her not-entirely-great grasp of English (kindly ignore how in the original X-Men days, Wanda spoke fluent English from the off).
  • Generation Xerox
    • First used when it was revealed that Magneto was their true father. Magda was depicted as virtually identical to Wanda, and Pietro and Magneto both have white hair.
    • Wanda's spiritual son Wiccan shares her reality warping powers, while his spiritual twin Speed shares her brother Pietro's super speed. A strong physical resemblance to their mother has been pointed out before.
    • And, now that Magneto is no longer her father (and Magda not her mother), she finds out that she is a Legacy Character: her mother was into witchcraft, was visually similar, used a similar suit, and called herself "the Scarlet Witch".
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: After Vision tries breaking up with her (to let Wanda be happy), she heads to the Avengers Mansion kitchen to crack open a tub of Ben and Jerry's.
  • Hot Witch: Mutant powers? Magic? Mutant powers that let her tap into magic? Beautiful brunette with a voluptuous body? No matter which, she qualifies.
  • Iconic Item: Her tiara. She may change her costume, but the tiara is almost always there. You wouldn't recognize her without it.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: The Romani-inspired outfit designed by George Perez surely shows her as Ms. Fanservice more than ever before, but it's often considered to be this type of outfit.
  • Incest Subtext: In the main 616 universe, never intentionally—but still Wanda's relationships with her brother Pietro sometimes look a little too close, especially during the Silver Age. Also, see Brother–Sister Incest above.
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: Her hexes may cause robots to spontaneously develop sentience. This was implied in the Ultimate continuity, leading to Ultron. In the Howard the Duck series, apparently a past encounter with a sentinel lead to it developing a sentient hatred of all superhumans, styling itself as a Punisher like figure.
  • Karma Houdini: There's no small amount of controversy among fans on whether Scarlet Witch has been fairly dealt with for her actions on M-Day. X-Men fans especially feel that she was let off too easily, whereas Avengers fans feel like it's been enough. Rather like the comics.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Wanda is generally depicted as a beautiful, demure, reserved, and powerful user of Chaos Magic.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Nowadays, you can't read Avengers Disassembled and don't know in advance that the Scarlet Witch is behind all that, the mystery of the first half of it. In fact, you would probably buy that story precisely to read about Wanda's intervention in it.
  • Legacy Character: Now that Magneto and Magda are no longer her parents, there is a new quest to discover her real parents. She discovered that her real mother was also into witchcraft, and more: she used a outfit and also called herself "the Scarlet Witch".
  • Leotard of Power: Her well-known attire a.k.a. The red bathing suit, 'nuff said.
  • Levitating Lotus Position: She engages in this from time to time.
  • Love Triangle: Between herself, Vision and Wonder Man. Vision's the one she ends up with in the end. Until things went sour.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: More than once, in fact.
    • First, she and Pietro had a revelation with the Golden Age superhero The Whizzer, who was revealed to be their real father along with the Golden Age heroine Miss America.
    • Later, it is revealed that they were actually the children of their foster father, who appears briefly and kidnaps them.
    • Then they learn that it is Magneto who is their father.
    • Then they go back and learn that it was actually the Maximoffs.
    • And then they learn it wasn't the Maximoffs, but now their mother was one of many Scarlet Witches, and their father is a as-of-yet unknown figure. Oh, and Wanda at least still considers Magneto to be her father/is considered to be his daughter, whether by blood or not.
  • Magical Romani: She is Roma, and has significant magical power. It turns out that not only is her magic partially tied to the elder god living in Wundagore Mountain, her mother is also a Scarlet Witch, meaning there is a definite undercurrent of magic in the peoples' history.
  • Magic is Feminine: While not the first or only magic-user to have served on the Avengers, the Scarlet Witch has often served the role as the team's Token Wizard, most notably from the Kooky Quartet era to the early 2000s.
  • Mama Bear:
    Scarlet Witch: Auntie Emma, you might want to check with their mother first. Because I hear she can be a real bitch.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: The Enchantress put a spell on the Vision so that he loved her, and would steal for her. When he was under the spell, he kissed her, and enjoyed it. Wanda was very angry with him about that. This was primarily to demonstrate how human Vision had become.
  • Most Common Super Power: As with many of the super heroines of the Marvel Universe, Scarlet Witch has some very large breasts.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Scarlet Witch has been this since her first appearance in the comics. She's a very beautiful brunette who usually wears Stripperific outfits (particularly a red bathing suit or other costumes like the ones that she wore at the end of the West Coast Avengers and Force Works team and during the run of Kurt Busiek and George Perez) that are more seductive then her contemporaries Jean Grey, Sue Storm, or Janet van Dyne.
    • The MCU version usually fights in outfits with an Impossibly-Low Neckline, with Elizabeth Olsen expressing discomfort at being the only woman in battle scenes showing cleavage. In WandaVision, she spends most of the second episode in a Lovely Assistant outfit for a magic show, spends all of episode 6 wearing the classic Scarlet Witch leotard from the comics as a Halloween costume, and dons a modernized version of it in the finale that shows off her form though doesn't show as much skin.
  • Must Make Amends: On and off since her return in The Children's Crusade is Wanda trying to find some way, any way to make up for causing the Decimation. The X-Men accidentally sabotaged her first try in Children's Crusade when she'd only repowered one (1) Mutant, and her next attempt in Empyre nearly caused a Zombie Apocalypse. She finally gets it right in X-Men: The Trial of Magneto, after realising that simply undoing what she'd done is impossible, and instead trying to do something better. Cue the creation of Mutant Heaven after a very literal case of Death Equals Redemption.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Needless to say, once she became lucid after Disassembled, she was horrified about killing her ex, and two of her fellow Avengers, to say nothing of the damage she'd done to the others, and seriously considered letting them kill her.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: The underlying theme is her 2016 comic book is that she sensed something going terribly wrong with witchcraft in general.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: Quicksilver's attitude over her the first years. Turned into a I Have No Sister when she told him about her relation with the Vision.
  • Narrator All Along: She's revealed as the narrator for the second half of the 2015 Vision series, and has been narrating events to the Vision's new daughter Viv.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Because of the unpredictable nature of her powers, sometimes they backfire. For example, at the end of "Ultron Unlimited". All the battle-weary Avengers were counting on her to use her powers to break Ultron's body... but she was badly hurt, couldn't concentrate, and made Ultron more powerful than ever instead. If The Cavalry hadn't arrived to save the day...
    • Example not related to her powers during "The Search for She-Hulk". She tries stopping Jennifer, who's having difficulty controlling herself as She-Hulk, from fleeing the scene by collapsing part of the building in front of her. Unfortunately, as Jen tells her, it's not anger that triggers her current Hulk Out. It's fear. And Wanda's just startled her...
    • After Wanda and Vision divorced, she didn't want him to be lonely, so gave him a file of her brain wave patterns so that he could create a companion for himself. Which led to the events - and deaths - of The Vision (2015), when he used the recordings to create a new wife and family.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Her powers are among the most flexible in all of Marvel comics, being able to do whatever Depending on the Writer.
  • Official Couple: With Vision, usually. But she also had a thing going with Captain America shortly before Disassembled happened, and has also been in a relationship with Doctor Voodoo.
  • Old Flame: To Vision after their divorce. Even after his emotions have been removed and reset, he still misses Wanda.
  • The Omnipotent: While Wanda had steadily grown more powerful over the years, the scale she reaches in Disassembled and House of M is far beyond anything she was shown to do—at the peak of her power, she was able to rewrite the Omniverse, as in every universe in every reality. No explanation was given for this, until it was retconned that a previously unmentioned power called the Life Force made her that strong. However, writers occasionally forget (or ignore) this, and tease the idea she is still able to warp reality, with it mainly being suggested that she just needs to channel a suitable power source.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Being part of the Brotherhood, even though she and Pietro never wanted to be part of it, and quit the first chance they got. After that, it's Disassembled and M-Day.
  • Opposites Attract:
    • In Geoff Johns' run on The Avengers, he had Wanda hint at this being the reason why she and Vision are right for each other:
    Chaos: Why should a being like you, a witch who works in chaos, care for this thing of perfect order?
    Wanda: Because chaos and order belong together.
    • In Avengers vs. X-Men she bonds with Hope, who was created by the Phoenix Force to oppose her.
    • She has a very brief crush on Steve Rogers when she first joins the Avengers, thinking to herself that his goodness and gentility was strange but appealing.
    • She also ends up bonding with the time-travelling Teen Jean Grey, despite a bad original meeting, taking her on a sort of spa day to de-stress (which Jean sorely needed). Unfortunately the ghost of Adult Jean had different ideas.
  • Physical Goddess: She has the power to alter probability. At its apex, we go from 'make pitchers of water fall over' to 'make the probability of anything she can think of become 100%,' becoming a Reality Warper who is limited only by the fact that, as one born human, her mind can't always handle it.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Her powers always fluctuated wildly, but post House of M is particularly notable, in that writers don't seem to want to entirely let go of the idea of Wanda as an omnipotent Reality Warper, similar to how writers can't seem to get over the idea of Jean Grey as the Phoenix. For the most part, it's settled at 'obscenely powerful, but not quite omnipotent'.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child:
    • Several Big Bads, such as Immortus and Morgan Le Fay, used her as their power source.
    • The origin of her powers is a combination of her natural mutant abilities and being infused with a portion of the powers of Chthon, an immensely powerful demonic entity, who intended to use her as his host. And still does.
  • The Power of Love: More than mere magic, it's what allowed Wanda to bring Wonder Man back from the dead.
  • Pretender Diss: Because of her role in M-Day being even worsened by her recently being revealed as not a mutant, Krakoans refer to her as “Pretender” and look at her as a sort of boogeyman. Magneto, curiously enough, has been suspiciously quiet on this front. As it turns out, he still sees her as his daughter. After a spectacular case of Death Equals Redemption, she's now referred to as "The Redeemer." The Christ comparisons are not subtle (but given that she created mutant heaven and a safe place for mutant souls for all time, even ones believed lost before manifestation/Cerebro's activation, not entirely unwarranted).
  • Pun: As anyone who hangs around hardware stores can attest, a "hex bolt" is a bolt with a hexagonal head. Many comic book readers don't hang around hardware stores, though.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She and Pietro were only in Magneto's Brotherhood because he saved their lives and demanded that they join him as payment; they refused to kill anyone, used their powers against Magneto to stop him from killing, and joined the Avengers as soon as they were free of him.
  • Put on a Bus: After House of M, she disappeared from the comics for six years, with writers forbidden to use her except in flashbacks or alternate universes. The Bus Came Back in Children's Crusade.
  • Reality Warper: Her probability manipulation could be regarded as a minor form of reality warping. Crossover event Avengers Disassembled cranked her up to full Reality Warper. It's later pointed out that with her level of power, much like Nate Grey, she only stays dead as long as she wants to.
  • Refused by the Call: Is the Scarlet Witch the Celestial Madonna? After all, she started her studies of magic, and the star that announced the coming of the Madonna appeared over the Avengers mansion. But no, the Celestial Madonna is Mantis.
  • Required Secondary Powers: John Byrne theorized this about her power to alter probabilities: if she can do that, he argued, that means she must be altering time retroactively, changing all the events that go into making something improbable. In his Aborted Arc on West Coast Avengers, Byrne used this theory to briefly turn her into a Reality Warper for the first time.
  • Retcon:
    • John Byrne retconned Wanda's children as being pieces of a supervillain's soul via Mephisto, driving her insane.
    • Years later, in Avengers Disassembled, Wanda is hit with several all at once—first the idea that she didn't remember having children (a dropped plotline from decades earlier), then that her magic was all mutant-power based, and that she was a willing member of the Brotherhood.
    • The retcon that Wanda and Pietro were never mutants OR Magneto's children during the AXIS arc.
  • Robosexual: Although the comics fluctuated for some years on how robotic the Vision was. The original version had it that he was a synthetic person, with organs and blood, but made of a type of plastic (hence the term "synthezoid" being used often over "android"). During this period, the Vision would come to consider himself human, and Wanda would always see him as a person first. More machine-like attributes slowly creeped up on him, until finally John Byrne made Vision entirely a robot.
  • Saying Too Much: In All-New X-Factor, a still pretty inebriated Wanda lets slip to Lorna that Quicksilver was only on her team because Havok ordered him to.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: At least some versions of her swimsuit outfit have no back to them, though there is the cape in the way.
  • She's Back: The formation of the second version of Mighty Avengers teased this, but it was really Loki in disguise. Played straight in Children's Crusade #6 — Wanda's alive, repowered, and back to her old self.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Despite having strained family relationships and often uncontrollable powers, Wanda carries herself with an air of composure and elegance whenever she has to save the day. The fact that she often wore beautiful red outfits to battle probably helped to cement the image as well.
  • Solitary Sorceress: When she tries to understand more in depth about the origins of her powers or how far they could extend, she tends to analyze and study by her own.
  • Spirit Advisor: Agatha Harkness returned to guide Wanda in her 2016 solo series, but she's still dead. At the end, she leaves Wanda willingly.
  • Squishy Witch: She has fairly low defense for an Avenger without her powers—but it can't be forgotten that Captain America has trained her in hand-to-hand, as evidenced when in "Nights of Wundagore" she is up against an opponent whose magic is stronger than hers, and she punches him in the face and knocks him off a cliff.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In the Brotherhood of Mutants, so there could be a Designated Girl Fight against Jean Grey, the only X-Woman at the time. And then again in Cap's Kooky Quartet.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: When the Stranger captured Magneto, the original Brotherhood of evil mutants disbanded, and Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch (who had been blackmailed to be part of the group) retired and promised that they would never use their powers on behalf of others. Still, when Iron Man, Giant Man and the Wasp left the Avengers, they saw the news and moved back to America, to try their luck on this other team.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • When she tapped into chaos magic, at the beginning of Kurt Busiek's run. She grew into being arguably the most powerful Avenger (but not as far as with reality warping yet). In fact, several battles had the other Avengers gaining time until she could concentrate and defeat the monster with her magic.
    • In The Bronze Age of Comic Books she took an earlier level in badass under writer Steve Englehart, who made her more assertive and aggressive and had her study real witchcraft with Agatha Harkness, learning to do things like animate inanimate objects and call meteors down from the sky.
    • In JLA/Avengers, the higher levels of magic in the DC universe make Wanda so powerful that she's able to subdue the entire Justice League with one hex.
  • Too Powerful to Live:
    • In House of M and Children's Crusade, several characters try to kill her to prevent her new reality warping powers from destroying the world.
    • Also too powerful to procreate: In Avengers Forever, a Space Phantom explains that Immortus tried to prevent Wanda from having children because, as the Nexus Being of her universe, her biological children would be powerful enough to Take Over the World.
      • The fact that her son William (reborn as Billy Kaplan) once stepped outside of the multiverse at will and rearranged it to his liking at the age of sixteennote  is a good indicator that this fear was apparently not entirely unfounded.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: In her first origin story, she was saved from an angry mob by Magneto. Seems fitting, for a character named "witch".
  • Trauma Conga Line: John Byrne wrote and drew West Coast Avengers for a little over a year, and spent most of the time putting her through one of these. First the Vision was dismantled and his personality erased, effectively ending her marriage. Then she was kidnapped by a secret society trying to use her to create a race of super-mutants. Then her children were revealed to be made from pieces of the devil's soul and erased from existence. Then her memories were erased, she was driven into a catatonic state, and she temporarily went insane, all part of a plot by Immortus to ruin her life and drive her mad.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Apparently self-inflicted House of M, and occasionally the idea she did it to herself (again) is tossed around once remembering her kids after her memories of them were suppressed by Agatha Harkness.
  • Truly Single Parent: Possibly her original children with Vision could be considered solely hers Depending on the Writer, but definitely the children she makes in House of M are from her mind only.
  • Unstable Powered Woman: Despite being one of Marvel's most powerful magic users, Wanda has had a variety of storylines where her fragile mental state has devastating consequences for the universe. It started when she was forced to forget a Deal with the Devil where she and The Vision have their idealized Nuclear Family. Suddenly remembering them starts a psychotic break that triggers Avengers Disassembled and later feeds into House of M, and it often falls to her father, brother, or occasionally Doctor Strange to keep her in check. From 2010 onwards, however, she's mostly been stable and kept herself in check.
  • Unwanted Harem: As was the norm for female characters in Marvel's Silver Age, to demonstrate how beautiful and wonderful they are, unattached men fall in love with them right and left. Wanda had at least a little bit of attraction from just about every unattached man she encountered up until she met Vision: Cyclops, Angel, Mastermind, Toad, Namor, Arkon the Barbarian, and Hawkeye.
  • Weddings for Everyone: Mantis and the Swordsman got married at the end of The Celestial Madonna Saga; and as they were at it, why not get the Vision and the Scarlet Witch married too?
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: Trope Namer. Her power is usually described in the comics as the power to alter probabilities, changing the odds of something happening (Spontaneous Combustion, entropy, changes in weather) from very unlikely to a dead certainty.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The "Darker than Scarlet" arc in West Coast Avengers and the later Avengers Disassembled storyline.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She undergoes a fluctuating life where the good (a family with The Avengers, marriage to the man she loves, having her kids) is outweighed by the bad (her father is a supervillain, her husband gets mindwiped and leaves her, her kids aren't real), along with a number of possessions, kidnappings, and multiple forced amnesia inflicted by her most trusted friends. Then she rewrites the universe. Then she does it AGAIN.


    Agatha Harkness 

Agatha Harkness

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #94 (January 1970)

An old witch from the Salem Witch Trials, she became a significant figure in Marvel continuity, protecting Franklin Richards as his nanny and notably mentoring Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) in real magic. She was eventually killed by Wanda, who went insane. She also had a familiar named Ebony, a weird cat-like creature that could sense the presence of mystical beings.

She made her live-action debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in WandaVision, played by Kathryn Hahn.

  • Amazon Brigade: She's become a member of the Daughters of Liberty alongside Sharon Carter, Toni Ho, Misty Knight and Peggy Carter.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Her son Nicholas is an enemy of her and the Fantastic Four.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Claims to be a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials.
  • Black Magic: She received visions of the future by feeding her cat a petal from a magical flower, then killing the cat.
  • Burn the Witch!: By the people of Salem (not during the witch trials).
  • Character Narrator: She narrates The Vision (2015) and informs readers about tragedies to come in the lives of the Visions for the first arc.
  • Convulsive Seizures: Upon the completion of her formula for receiving visions of the future, she thrashes around on the ground.
  • Cool Old Lady: Awesome old lady who's willing to help the Fantastic Four and babysit.
  • Cool Teacher: First introduced as Franklin Richards' governess. She later became Wanda Maximoff's mentor.
  • Death Is Cheap: Has died more than once. As of 2019 she is alive again.
  • Eye of Newt: Years before, she sought out a rare and magical flower so that she could acquire visions of the future.
  • Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: She's very much a good witch. Her son Nicholas Scratch... isn't.
  • Knowledge Broker: She informs the Avengers about Vision's lies and the danger this poses.
  • Mr. Exposition: Well, Ms. Exposition: She narrates the first few issues of The Vision (2015) and provides context for what is happening and will happen.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her outfits are usually purple and she's a very skilled witch.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After her first death, she just sort of turned up again.


    Emerald Warlock 

Emerald Warlock

First Appearance: Uncanny Avengers Annual (Vol. 2) #1 (2015)

Recognized by many names over the centuries, Dian assumed the alias of Declan Dane and was most commonly known as the Emerald Warlock. At the end of World War II, he was recruited by U.S. Army Major Alan Dakor, alongside The Ghost Dancer and Agatha Harkness, to join the Department of the Uncanny and help stop the threat of Hilda von Hate.He teamed up with the Avengers Unity Division to stop the zombie curse being spread from the site of Hilda Hate's first defeat, discovering the source of the disturbance to be Erida, the Goddess of Hatred. In the aftermath; however, the Emerald Warlock killed his teammate Ghost Dancer and revealed himself to be a force for evil, then turning his sights on the Scarlet Witch.

  • Affably Evil: He strolls the line between this and Faux Affably Evil - he's not particularly malicious, with a pleasant demeanour at almost all times, even taking the time to semi-apologetically explain to someone just why he has to kill him and how it's Nothing Personal, even giving him his dream of flying... before dropping him from a very great height. He also tends to kill people on a whim. On the other hand, when he fights Wanda on the Witch's Road, something approximating his true colours emerges - though he ultimately bows out as a relatively Graceful Loser.
  • Evil Counterpart: He is this for Wanda.
  • Kill the God: Manages to kill Hecate/Hekate the Goddess of Witchcraft so she cannot help Wanda.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Declan Dane, the Emerald Warlock, who's shaping up to be the Arc Villain of the series, is killing all the descendants of a woman who crossed him in 600 B.C.. That adds up to a lot of innocent people slaughtered, and he's dismissive of their pleas for mercy - though he is at least semi-apologetic to the last one, taking the time to explain why he's killing him, and giving his dream of flying... though since this is followed by dropping him from a very great height, that's not much comfort. It later comes out that this was because said ancestor cast a blood spell to banish his family from Ireland and that killing them all had the practical affect of breaking said spell. Now he can return to Ireland and take his revenge on the last as well.

Alternative Title(s): Scarlet Witch 2015