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Joanna Beauchamp

Played by: Julia Ormond
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  • Action Mom: Wendy tells Ingrid and Freya early on that their mother is a Hidden Badass.
  • The Ageless: Her particular type of Immortality, combined with Nigh-Invulnerability. Joanna's been living on earth for centuries ever since she and her sister were cursed.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She starts as the most mature of the main characters, especially in contrast to her sister Wendy, and makes hard decisions to save her daughters.
  • Bi the Way
  • Blatant Lies: her standard modus operandi. It's easier to list things Joanna didn't lie about.
  • Damsel in Distress: often incapacitated in various ways.
  • Dull Surprise: a former partner even berates her for never showing emotion.
  • Easily Forgiven: the girls keep on finding out that Joanna lied to them about yet another thing, and keep on understanding and forgiving.
  • Enemies List: Joanna is trying to compile hers in S01E03, but there are a lot of people who've held grudges toward her over the centuries.
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  • Give Them A Normal Life: Joanna has seen her daughters grow up and die young from their own magic countless times. This time around, she wanted to finally give them a normal life and decided for once to keep their powers a secret from them.
  • Hot Witch: All of the Beauchamp women are beautiful witches.
  • Informed Ability: she's constantly singled out as an immensely powerful witch, but hardly ever does any remarkable feats of magic. When she deals with things, it's often through physical violence or using magic items that come from outside.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Joanna has been cursed to eternal motherhood. What this means is that once both of her daughters inevitably die, she gets pregnant with Ingrid again, and then Freya, starting the process over. Her daughters die, and she's suddenly nine months pregnant again. Yowza.
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  • Nigh-Invulnerability: She's made of some really hard stuff, but with the right spell it's not entirely impossible to counteract her Immortality.
    Wendy: "Even though you're cursed with immortality, you're not really immortal, are you, Joanna? I mean, if someone wanted to kill you, really wanted to kill you, they could. (S01E01)
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Occasionally, British actress Julia Ormond can't hide her accent. Turns into What the Hell Is That Accent? when she actively tries to work against it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Wendy's red, in accordance with the Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one by Freya who just learned she's a witch and gets royally pissed at her mom for trying to convince her she wasn't when she was a child, going to the extent of sending her to therapy.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Julia Ormond unsuccessfully tries to strangle her native British tongue, leaving her with a very strange accent that shifts from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Justified for her character, in that Joanna's several hundred years old and naturally would have had to learn to move with the times.

Ingrid Beauchamp

Played by: Rachel Boston
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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the past, she was in love and under the thumb of Archibald Browning. She also falls under the spell of the Mandragora and only gets involved with Dash Gardiner after he does some quite evil things.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In the very first episode Ingrid attempts to find rational, science-based explanations for supernatural things happening around her, even when it's obvious they don't work.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Her and Freya's particular type of Immortality. As soon as both of them are dead, Joanna is pregnant with Ingrid again. The sisters don't keep their memories, though.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She had trouble believing Wendy that she might be the most gifted witch out of the four of them. So she often underestimates the effects her spells can have.
  • Face–Heel Turn: 1906 Ingrid was well on her way to one, before being accidentally killed by Wendy. Being brought back to life by Athena completed the turn.
  • The Gift: Wendy confirms that – including all of her previous lifetimes – Ingrid has always been the most naturally talented witch of them.
  • Hot Witch: All of the Beauchamp women are beautiful witches.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In episode 2 she tells Wendy how her simple life as a librarian may not be very exciting, but that she was very happy and comfortable with it.
  • Insistent Terminology: She insists on identifying as a rational skeptic.
  • It's All About Me: Whenever something happens to her or with her (or even when she's a passive and accidental onlooker), she insists it's her fault and others have to console her for it. Probably done to make her compassionate and responsible, but it comes across as if she thought she is the cause and crux of every matter.
  • Love Makes You Evil: 1906 Ingrid was very nearly convinced to become evil by Archibald but was accidentally killed by Wendy before she could fully become evil.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Freya's red, in accordance with the Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Her eagerness to use spells grows as soon as she experiences that magic is real first-hand.
  • The Smart Guy: In contrast to Freya's Emotional Powers, Ingrid is very book-smart. Sometimes too much for her own good.
  • Smart People Know Latin: Het Latin knowledge comes in handy when she tries to create or modify spells and it complements her role as The Smart Guy.
  • TV Genius: She's supposed to be smart, so she rattles off some long words (like "cognitive dissonance"), and berates Freya for working in a bar and getting married. She also "identifies the dialect" in a medieval book in French and spontaneously starts speaking Old Norse in the last episode.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Wendy scolds Ingrid several times for biting off more than she can chew when it comes to magic.

Freya Beauchamp

Played by: Jenna Dewan
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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her attraction to black-sheep-of-the-family Killian while being engaged to future doctor Dash is played as this. Ultimately Ultimately subverted, as Killian is a good, compassionate person and not the rotten apple he's painted as.
  • Aura Vision: Even before knowing she's a witch, she's convinced she possesses this power. She does. She can see Killian's soul wherever he is.
  • Born-Again Immortality: Her and Ingrid's particular type of Immortality. As soon as both of them are dead, Joanna is pregnant with Ingrid again. The sisters don't keep their memories, though.
  • Cassandra Truth: Prior to learning about witchcraft, Freya was convinced she had aura vision and that she met Killian in a dream the night before her engagement party. Nobody believed her. As they didn't when she claimed to possess magical powers as a child.
  • Emotional Powers: Freya's magic is powered by her emotions.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Freya and Dash get engaged after just a few months of dating.
  • Hot Witch: All of the Beauchamp women are beautiful witches.
  • One True Love: Freya has clean-cut doctor Dash and bad boy Killian. It's been stated that one is her soulmate and the other is her downfall. Killian is her soulmate.
  • Man Of My Dreams: She dreams of meeting and falling in love with Killian the night before she meets him the first time at her engagement party.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Ingrid's blue, in accordance with the Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic.
  • Sibling Triangle: She finds herself in a type 7 Love Triangle between her fiance Dash and his younger brother Killian, whom she finds herself irresistibly attracted to much to her frustration and confusion.

Wendy Beauchamp

Played by: Mädchen Amick
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Dash Gardiner

Played by: Eric Winter
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  • Broken Ace: Initially, he is so perfect that he borders on Mary Sue. However, his faults float to the surface gradually.
  • Cain and Abel: With his brother Killian. He's the Cain as Killian is revealed to be Freya's soulmate.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In season 2, he's bitter over losing Freya to Killian while slowly falling for Ingrid. He also murders Kyle Hutton and casts a spell that swaps his and Killian's souls, leaving Killian to take the rap for Kyle's murder.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Freya and Dash get engaged after just a few months of dating.
  • Hospital Hottie: He's a doctor, working in a local hospital.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his brother Killian.
    Dash: "Maybe it’s because I didn’t screw up my life. Or because I take responsibility for things. So going after my girlfriends, it’s always been this little game to him." (S01E03)
  • Sibling Triangle: Both he and his brother Killian love Freya. Not for the first time either.





Killian Gardiner

Played by: Daniel Di Tomasso
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  • Black Sheep: According to Dash, Killian is the black sheep of the Gardiner family.
    Dash: "Killian’s always been the black sheep of our family. He got kicked out of every prep school on the East Coast, he can’t hold a job for more than a few months, he’s never had a real relationship with a woman, and for some reason he blames me." (S01E03)
  • Cain and Abel: With his brother Dash.
  • Betty and Veronica: Clean-cut doctor Dash and motorcycle-riding bad boy Killian. It's been stated that one is her soulmate and the other is her downfall.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He even snarks about his and Freya's affair.
  • Girl of My Dreams: He dreams of meeting and falling in love with Freya the night before he meets her the first time at her engagement party.
  • Rescue Romance: In Season 2.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With his brother Dash.
    Dash: "Maybe it’s because I didn’t screw up my life. Or because I take responsibility for things. So going after my girlfriends, it’s always been this little game to him." (S01E03)
  • Sibling Triangle: Both he and his brother Dash love Freya. Not for the first time either.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Which Freya is clearly attracted to.
  • Walking the Earth: As a backstory, no less. He shows up by sailing into town on a boat after having been absent for years, sailing from place to place and doing whatever was available. He mentions having "tended bar on five continents."

Penelope Gardiner / Athena Browning

Played by: Virginia Madsen, Farryn Van Humbeck (young)
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  • Daddy's Little Villain
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her very first scene she passive-aggressively tells her future daughter-in-law Freya how she wants her to be the daughter she never had... by teaching her all about proper etiquette and modest clothing.
  • Foil: To Joanna. While Joanna kept her daughters' powers a secret from them to keep them safe, Penelope drained her sons' magic to fuel her own.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Freya's future mother-in-law.
  • The Reveal: Penelope is revealed to have the distinctive scar that Athena got from Joanna's knife.
  • Rich Bitch: Loaded enough to buy and maintain a very old estate in East Haven.


Archibald Browning

Played by: Matthew del Negro
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  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: shown in a short scene reading a children's book to his little daughter.
  • Fantastic Racism: he considers mortals to be "inferior beings" and claims they should be grateful he deigns to do business with them at all.
  • Obviously Evil: Joanna and Wendy's opinion of him as a cult leader. Unfortunately, Ingrid disagreed...
  • Posthumous Character: he died some 100 years ago. We only see him in Ingrid's flashback-visions.











Adam Noble

Played by: Jason George
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Sacrificial Lion: To show us magic is not to be taken lightly.

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