The characters of The Craft: Legacy. Beware potential spoilers.
The Main Four
- Color-Coded Elements: The color of each witch's aura corresponds to the element she's associated with: Lourdes has green for earth, Tabby has orange for fire, Frankie has white for air and Lily has blue for water. This also tends to translate to their clothing.
- Elemental Motifs: Each girl is symbolized with a different element: Frankie air, Lourdes earth, Tabby fire and Lily water. This is reflected in the colors which they wear and their specific abilities.
- Flat Character: Everyone but Lily. She's the only main character who gets any significant character development and story arc, while the other girls only have a few traits to distinguish them as individuals with little in the way of personal arcs or backstories.
- Four-Element Ensemble: Each girl is represented by a different element, corresponding to one of the four 'corners' used in spellcasting: Lourdes is Earth, Lily is Water, Tabby is Fire and Frankie is Air.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Their main motive for exploring witchcraft appears to be simply because having magic powers would be cool (although in Lily's case it also gives her back some confidence and power in her life due to her recent uprooting).
- Nice Girl: All of them are consistently friendly and well-meaning, with no overt personality flaws.
- Satellite Character: Tabby, Frankie and Lourdes increasingly end up as this to Lily. We don't find out much, if anything, about their backgrounds and lives outside of their friendship with Lily, and most of their screentime serves to advance Lily's character and story arc in some way (such as introducing her to witchcraft, helping her cast spells, hanging around with her, causing her angst via a Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure, and turning up in the climax to help her fight the baddie).
Lilith 'Lily' Schechner
An isolated girl who has recently moved in with her new stepfamily and started attending a new school. She finds solace with a coven of witches, with Lily representing Water and West; her arrival allows the coven to perform advanced magic.
- Adoption Angst: She freaks out when she learns she's adopted. It's very justified, because she finds out by stumbling across her adoption documents rather than her mother telling her and she's in her late teens by this point, so her mother had been keeping this from her for nearly two decades. Not to mention she finds out the day of her boyfriend's funeral after he apparently killed himself. She comes to terms with it in the end and sets out to meet her birth mother.
- Boyish Short Hair: Averted. She has a very short, pixie cut hairstyle but is very feminine.
- Camera Fiend: She does photography as a hobby, favoring Polaroids. The first thing she does when she gets to her new home is whip out her camera to get shots of the Big Fancy House.
- Changeling Fantasy: Her birth mother is actually gothic witch Nancy Downs, who gave her up for adoption to protect her. She does still love her adoptive mother, though.
- Child by Rape: According to Zoe Lister-Jones, she was conceived by rape.
- Color Motif: She's frequently seen in blue clothing, due to the association with water.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Lily bears some similarities to Sarah, in particular both of them being natural witches, but also a few differences:
- Lily's relationship with her coven is more positive as they remain friends throughout the entire story, while Sarah's coven turn on her after they are corrupted by their powers.
- Lily lives with her mother and apparently has no father, while Sarah's mother died in childbirth and she lives with her father and stepmother.
- Lily has an increasingly ambivalent relationship with her stepfather, while Sarah seems to have a positive relationship with her stepmother.
- Sarah and Lily never knew their birth mothers, from whom they inherited their powers, albeit for different reasons; Sarah's mother died giving birth to her while Lily was adopted as an infant.
- Cool Loser: She comes across as a normal teenage girl with a trendy fashion sense and an interest in vintage photography (which is in vogue for 2020 teens), yet for some reason she never had friends at her last school and she's dubbed an outcast. Costume designer Avery Plewes even mentions this:"Historically, Lily has had a hard time making friends and is not really an open book [...] I wanted to introduce her to school as kind of trendy, but also not super vulnerable."
- Disappeared Dad: Lily says she's never once met her father, nor even knows his name. Upon learning she's adopted, we see that section of the adoption certificate is left blank.
- Friendless Background: Lily states early on that she didn't have any friends at her last school. Given Helen's comments about there being "d-bags at every school" it's implied Lily was bullied, though it's not elaborated upon.
- Mind over Matter: Lily is shown early on to have the power of telekinesis, using her powers to fling Timmy against some lockers when he makes creepy remarks to her.
- No Periods, Period: Averted when Lily gets her period in class and is roundly mocked for it by other students.
- Oblivious Adoption: Lily discovers she was adopted by Helen as a baby, which Helen apparently never intended to tell her; Lily finds out accidentally when she uncovers her adoption documents. In fairness, Lily looks as though she could be related to Helen and never had any other obvious reason to suspect she was adopted.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name is Lilith, but she always goes by Lily.
- Parent with New Paramour: Type 3. The main source of drama for Lily is that she's just moved in with her mother's boyfriend Adam, who Lily barely knows. She tries to get along with him because her mother really wants to make things work, despite some glaring red flags. It's eventually revealed Adam is a warlock who wants to steal Lily's powers.
- Plagued by Nightmares: She repeatedly has nightmares about snakes, blood and some kind of dark ritual; it's implied to be warning about her stepfather and his pagan cult.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Lily develops a big crush on Timmy after she and her coven cast a spell on him that makes him more sensitive and socially aware, including standing up to students who make sexist or otherwise offensive comments; even Frankie expresses that "woke Timmy" is hot.
- Spin-Offspring: She is revealed to be the daughter of Nancy, one of the main protagonists-turned-main antagonist of the first movie.
- Superpowerful Genetics: It's strongly implied she was born with an affinity for magic inherited from her biological mother Nancy, which is amplified when she joins the coven.
- Trauma Conga Line: Lily gets one in the third act. First the boy she has a crush on commits suicide out of nowhere and she thinks it was her fault because of a love spell she cast; when she confesses this to her friends they ostracize her. Then on the day of said boy's funeral she discovers she was adopted. And then later that same day she finds out her stepdad is a warlock who kidnaps her and tries to threaten her into giving him her powers; he also reveals he murdered her crush and made it look like suicide.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie pull this on Lily when they learn she conjured a second spell on Timmy without their knowledge, believing this is what caused his suicide. This leads to a brief falling-out between them and Lily.
The witch who represents Air and East.
- Blow You Away: In the climax she's briefly able to knock Adam down with a blast of wind.
- Consistent Clothing Style: She's often seen wearing a long, fluffy leopard-print coat.
- Hidden Depths: Given her violent reaction to another girl snidely suggesting she isn't pretty, it's implied she may have insecurities about her physical appearance, though this receives no further elaboration.
- Mind over Matter: Frankie uses telekinesis to smack a mean girl's head back against a wall after she insults her looks.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Frankie serves as this, spending a lot of her screentime energetically making jokes and quips, and engaging in other amusing antics.
The witch who represents Earth and North.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her friends sometimes call her Lou.
- Color Motif: She tends to wear green a lot, including green clothing and green eyeshadow. This is due to her being associated with the earth element.
- Dishing Out Dirt: During the climatic battle, she's able to cause mild ground tremors that briefly distract Adam.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Her safety-pin party dress, which used 200 to 500 real safety-pins. It took two people to get Zoey Luna in and out of the dress, and she couldn't sit in it.
- Trans Tribulations: Averted. Lourdes is introduced as a trans woman. The others tread carefully around the subject of having babies and periods since she can't experience either, but she's rather non-dysphoric about it. As she says "Trans girls have their own magic."
The witch who represents Fire and South
- All There in the Manual: Tabby was scripted as being a "gamer"; this isn't alluded to much in the film, though there is a scene where she wants a turn on Isaiah's gaming console.
- Bait-and-Switch: During the game of 'two truths one lie'. She doesn't like Beyoncé; she loves Beyonce.
- Barrier Warrior: In the movie's climax she conjures up a golden forcefield to trap Adam, but it doesn't hold him for long before he breaks out.
- Big Sister Instinct: She mentions constantly worrying about her little brother's safety (though not stated outright, it's implied it's because her brother is a black boy growing up in a society with a long history of racism towards black people, especially considering at the time the film was made there had been protests and riots about police brutality and bias against black people in the US).
- Color Motif: She tends to wear a lot of red and orange, linking her to the element of fire.
- Hidden Depths: She states at one point that she worries for her brother's safety constantly and wished she had more black friends, but it isn't explored any further.
- Playing with Fire: Tabby has the power of pyrokinesis, which typically manifests as her producing a flame from her finger, like a lighter or blowtorch.
Lily's new stepfather, who is an author and motivational speaker specializing in masculinity.
- Affably Evil: He generally comes across as mild-mannered and polite, rarely loses his temper and is a murderous warlock.
- Big Bad: He's revealed to be the main antagonist, an Evil Sorcerer who wants to steal Lily's powers for himself.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Adam has these when he's first revealed to be a warlock.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His one redeeming trait is that he actually does seem to love his sons, though his idea of creating a better world for them involves driving any 'weakness' out of them and oppressing women.
- Hate Sink: He seems to be a stern but understanding stepfather to Lily, but slowly shows himself to be a controlling leader of a patriarchal cult, and a practicing warlock trying to prey on Lily's power. When he reveals this, he goes on a rant about how women should know their place, and that he murdered Timmy for being a "weak" man when he started showing his sensitive side; its also implied that he killed him due to Timmy's bisexuality and knew that Timmy slept with his son.
- Jerkass: Adam is gradually revealed to be a sexist Control Freak who even thinks a teenage boy who committed suicide was "weak". The third act then reveals he's even worse than what we've seen so far.
- Mind over Matter: In the climax he telekinetically flings Tabby, Lourdes and Frankie to the side as if they're made of paper.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's the embodiment of toxic masculinity; he blatantly looks down on women (especially women with power), despises men who are 'weak' (when they're just being compassionate and respectful of women) and strongly advocates returning to the 'good ol' days' of patriarchy. Given his eldest son feels the need to hide a sexual encounter with another boy, it's also likely he's homophobic too, plus it's implied he killed Timmy for his bisexuality.
- The Social Darwinist: Adam advocates destroying the weakest so the strongest will thrive to his group.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Adam uses this ability to take Helen's form, in an attempt to persuade Lily to give her powers to him. Lily is initially fooled, but then realizes that Helen is acting Out of Character.
- Walking Spoiler: It's near impossible to discuss his character in-depth without mentioning The Reveal about him in the third act.
- Wicked Stepfather: He's Lily's new stepfather and is hinted throughout the film to be controlling and misogynistic, though it's initially kept subtle. In the third act he's revealed to be the main villain.
- Would Hit a Girl: He punches Lily in the face, knocking her unconscious, and intends to torture her to get her to hand over her powers.
Isaiah, Jacob, and Abraham 'Abe' Harrison
Adam's three sons and Lily's new stepbrothers.
- Ambiguously Bi / Ambiguously Gay: Isaiah, who is revealed to have slept with Timmy. The film doesn't elaborate further on his sexuality.
- Best Friend: Jacob is Timmy's best friend, at least until he starts hanging around with the coven more.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Abe tells Lily that Adam is "strict, but he means well." Given that Adam is the Hate Sink Big Bad, that assessment is obviously wrong.
- Manly Tears: Jacob, like his brothers, is conditioned to be a manly man by his father, but he breaks down in tears when he finds out his best friend is dead.
- Missing Mom: The mother of Adam's sons seems to have died in the past since he raised them alone.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Abe is Nice (he's the most friendly and welcoming towards Lily), Isaiah is Mean (he tends to be rude and sullen) and Jacob is Inbetween (he's mostly indifferent towards Lily; he isn't unkind to her but doesn't go out of his way to befriend or include her).
- Secret Relationship: "Relationship" might be an exaggeration, but it's revealed Isaiah secretly had sex with Timmy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There’s no indication of what happens with Adam’s sons now that he’s dead and Lily and Helen are most likely moving out of their house.
Lily's mother; a therapist who raised her as a single parent, but has recently moved them in with her boyfriend Adam.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: A downplayed, lighthearted example. She sometime causes Lily mild embarrassment when she tries to use Gen Z teenage lingo like "all the feels" and "d-bags" (the latter of which she thought meant "dickbags").
- Didn't Think This Through:
- She moves across the country with her teenage daughter to live with her new boyfriend and his family, without previously having a trial-run or letting the kids get to know each other. When things go south, she and Lily are stuck in an increasingly hostile environment where Lily in particular feels unsafe.
- She never told Lily she was adopted and keeps her adoption certificate in an unsecure location where it can be found relatively easily. Lily finds it and understandably freaks out that her mother hid this from her for around seventeen years; Helen could've avoided the entire issue by just being honest with Lily about her adoption from an early age.
- Good Is Dumb: She's a warm, amiable and kindhearted person, but she makes some very stupid decisions.
- Parents as People: She obviously loves Lily, defends her if she's being treated unfairly and did a decent job raising her prior to the film's events, but her rushing to move in with Adam despite the fact their families barely know each other wasn't a great idea. Not telling her she was adopted is also a huge parenting blunder, especially considering she's a therapist and should know better.
- Parents in Distress: When Lily asks where Helen is in the climax, Adam says he's got her tied up somewhere and nothing will happen to her provided Lily cooperates. Lily and her friends presumably rescue her offscreen after defeating Adam, as she looks no worse for wear in the ending.
- The Shrink: She works as a therapist. Which is how she knows Nancy, the birth mother of her adopted daughter.
A popular but mean-spirited jock and Jacob's best friend. He's revealed to have more to him than meets the eye when the coven targets him for a spell.
- Bitch Alert: His first scene involves him loudly mocking Lily in the middle of class for getting her period and leaking through her clothes.
- Bully Turned Buddy: Timmy becomes friends with the coven after they use magic to make him kinder, even opening up to them about being bisexual and sleeping with Isaiah.
- Heel–Face Brainwashing: Timmy goes from a bullying and sexist jerk to a very nice woke guy who befriends the girls after they cast a spell on him to change his personality.
- Hidden Depths: The revelation that he's bisexual, doesn't feel completely comfortable about it, and had a sexual encounter with Isaiah that ended badly puts his character and behavior in a whole new light.
- Jerkass: He's a sexist bully who very publicly mocks Lily for having started her period in class. Lourdes says he's "made all of us cry at some point". However, after the girls cast a spell on him he becomes a more thoughtful and mellow person, even befriending the girls.
- Jerk Jock: He starts out as a classic example of this, then becomes a Lovable Jock who stands up for other students and doesn't tolerate insensitive behavior from his peers.
- Love Interest: He becomes this to Lily in the second act, after his personality shift.
- Missing Mom: Timmy says that his mother died when he was young.
- Never Suicide: Timmy's death is ruled a suicide, but it's revealed he was actually murdered by Adam.
- No Bisexuals: Timmy briefly mentions this idea while coming out to the girls as bisexual, saying if people know a guy has slept with another guy they just say he's gay, but this isn't the case for everyone.
- The One Guy: He becomes a sort of honorary member of the coven, hanging around with them a lot both in school and outside it.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Invoked by the coven via a spell they cast to 'bring him to his highest self'. In a few days he goes from an arrogant, sexist bully to a compassionate and sensitive person who vocally supports equality and justice.