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From left to right: Owlbert, Luz, Eda, and King. In the background: Hooty.

"Welcome to the Owl House, where I hide away from the pressures of modern life… also the cops… also ex-boyfriends."
Eda Clawthorne

The Owl House is an animated fantasy/horror comedy series produced by Disney Television Animation and created by Dana Terrace. The show premiered on January 10, 2020, serving as the first Disney Channel series of The New '20s.

Luz Noceda (Sarah Nicole Robles) is an enthusiastic teenage girl, who struggles to fit in with her peers due to her overwhelming love for the macabre. One day, whilst en route to summer camp, she stumbles upon a portal to an archipelago within the Demon Realm, a mystical dimension from where all of Earth's myths originate. Upon her arrival, she finds herself crossing paths with Edalyn "Eda" Clawthorne (Wendie Malick), a rebellious yet highly skilled outlaw witch, and her feisty, fuzzy roommate King (Alex Hirsch), both of whom make their home in the eponymous abode.

Though she initially wishes to return to Earth, Luz quickly takes to her magical new environment and makes herself Eda's apprentice, despite lacking any innate magical abilities of her own. Thus begins her journey as a witch-in-training; discovering the secrets of her new home, making new friends, trying new things, and figuring out where she truly belongs.


The first half of the show's second season premiered on June 12th, 2021, and the second half premiered on March 19, 2022. A third season was also announced as being in production a month prior, on May 17, 2021. Comprised of three 44-minute specials, Dana Terrace would later confirm that it will be the final season.

Officially has a Friendly Fandom with Amphibia, which the creators of both series have acknowledged and actively encouraged.


General trope examples:

Oh man, here we go - King's tropes of rage...

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  • Abusive Parents:
    • In "Understanding Willow", we learn that Amity's parents, Alador and Odalia, forced her to end her friendship with Willow, under the threat that if she didn't, they would. Even if that meant preventing Willow from entering Hexside. It's implied to be a social class thing. In "Escaping Expulsion", Amity's parents kept their word and pressured Principal Bump into expelling Luz, Willow and Gus from Hexside only because Odalia finds Amity's newfound friends to be a distraction.
    • Belos manages to be far, far worse than the Blights. While he's Hunter's uncle, he's still the boy's guardian and treats him only as a tool, constantly holding the threat of replacement over him and using emotional and implied physical abuse to keep him in line. It's then revealed any care he seemed to have for Hunter was just another part of his carefully calculated manipulation to control him, and Hunter is really a Grimwalker clone part of a long line Belos keeps killing off for betraying him. When Hunter questions him over the atrocities the emperor has committed, Belos doesn't even hesitate to try killing him.
  • Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Wendie Malick voiced an "owl lady".
  • Aerith and Bob: People in the Boiling Isles have either standard names, like Augustus (Gus), Willow, Gwendolyn, Lilith, Hunter, etc and unusual ones like Boscha, Skara, Alador, Odalia, Edric and Emira, but then you have names are borderline, like Amity.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: One of the nine main covens is the Potion Coven, which involves the creation and application of magic potions. It's also one of the only tracks to not require the user to inherently have magic capabilities, as proven by Luz, Barcus and Eda. However, this is balanced out by the difficulty of potion making.
  • An Aesop:
    • No one should be punished for being "weird" if it's who they are.
    • There's no such thing as a "chosen one". It's the things you do that make you special, not some prophecy written by someone else.
    • One episode "The Intruder" ends with Eda admitting she's cursed, and she drinks her elixer in order to function as a witch. If one likens it to an illness that requires medication, it comes across as a very important lesson: you should never be afraid to share with your loved ones that your have a condition. Eda also makes a point that acknowledging and treating your illness doesn't have to be a bad thing.
    • "Keeping Up A-fear-ances" has the aesop that science isn't perfect, but it's usually right. Scientific medicine isn't trying to "trick" you; it has your best interest at heart, even if it can't cure you. Attempting to go against it is much more dangerous.
    • Luz learns the hard way that it is her duty to find a purpose for her life. In the season 2 episode "Hunting Palismen," after Luz fails to bond with a palisman, she comes to the realization that she had no clue what she truly wanted as both her wishes of becoming a witch whilst also returning home would cancel each other out. At the end, she decides to carve her own palisman with the lesson being that sometimes you would not know what you want to do with your life, and that's perfectly fine and often would take time.
  • All Myths Are True: According to Eda, all the myths of Earth are the result of creatures from the Demon Realm bleeding over to ours. This includes griffons, vampires, and giraffes.
    Luz: Giraffes?
    Eda: Oh, yeah, we banished those guys. Bunch of freaks...
  • All There in the Script: In "Once Upon a Swap", the leader of the vampire ladies that holds Eda-turned-King hostage is named in the credits as Roselle.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: There's a mild running gag about how giraffes are actually from the Boiling Isles and were banished to our world for being "a bunch of freaks." Surprisingly, this has precedence; the Questing Beast of Arthurian Legend was a strange, magical hybrid monster hunted by Sir Pellinore, which modern scholars are pretty sure was based on hazy descriptions of a giraffe.
  • And Call Him "George"!: When Luz first meets King:
    Luz: [hugging King] Eda, he's so cute! Who's a widdle guy? Who's a widdle guy? Is it you? Is it you?
  • Animesque: The show's art style takes quite a few cues from anime despite being a Disney cartoon, particularly in the way most characters' eyes are drawn.
  • Animation Bump:
    • During the Title Sequence, the section with Luz flying on the owl broom is incredibly fluid.
    • Happens again during Eda's fights with Lilith at both the Covention and at Belos' Castle.
    • Luz and Amity fighting Grom while dancing is also very detailed and fluid.
    • Amity's battle with Hunter is seemingly fluid and detailed.
  • Arc Villainess: Lilith seems to be the primary antagonist for most of the first season, then Emperor Belos takes on a more active role.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In "Eda's Requiem," Eda and Raine are in the middle of pulling a Taking You with Me on two of the Emperor's strongest allies, since they both agree that stopping the Emperor is worth it and they have nothing to lose. Then Raine sees a picture of Eda with Luz and King and demands, "Do you have kids?" While Eda tries to deny it, since she feels Luz and King don't care about her and plan on leaving anyway, she also stops casting the spell. Raine is able to help her realize that she does have something worth living for and they'll find another way to stop the Emperor.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The three examples of why Luz's weirdness is making problems at school: Made a fake Griffin and filled the mouth with spiders that swarmed over everything, starred in Romeo and Juliet and used lunchmeat to make fake human guts spill out during the suicide scene, and flipped her eyelids.
  • Art Evolution: A minor but still noticeable example: by the second season, the majority of the characters' irises except Belos are given highlights underneath it giving them a more shinier look, compared to the first season where there was none and the eyes were simply shown with one color.
  • Art Shift: The episodes animated by Sugarcube are done in Toon Boom, while the rest of the series is animated tradtionally on paper with digital ink-and-paint. While there is more obvious tweening in Sugarcube's episodes, their animation for the series is nowhere near as off-model as their work on Star vs. the Forces of Evil (compare the two shows' animation from this studio to the work done for them by Rough Draft Korea).
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Due to her curse, Eda has developed a fascination and love for collecting all things shiny that catch her eye, ala a magpie.
    King: I think it's 'cause she gets distracted by shiny objects.
    Eda: No, I don't!
    King: *Takes out a pen with a flashing diamond end and flicks it on.*
    Eda: *Pupils dilate in excitement.* It sparkles and shimmers and shines and delights; I must have it for my nest!
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In their first appearance Amity's older siblings came off as a couple of Jerkass bullies who passive-aggressively bullied their younger sibling, but in their next full appearance its shown that while their teasing can get out of hand all three do, in fact, love one another.
  • Awful Truth: King isn't the king of anything, and he never was. Eda told him stories and he truly believed her and she never bothered to correct him. When King finds out, he's devastated.
  • Background Magic Field:
    • The Isles has one, generated by the Titan the Isles formed around, which all life in the Isles eventually evolved to wield. When Lilith travels to Earth in the season 1 finale, she can still use magic by harnessing her own internal reserves while Luz's glyphs don't work anymore.
    • "Escaping Expulsion" reveals that the glyphs are basically a Language of Magic, commanding the ambient magic of the Isles to do different things depending on the glyphs and combinations of glyphs used.
    • "Yesterday's Lie" shows that while magical beings can use magic on Earth, without the magic field of the Titan to sustain the effect, it eventually wears off. For example, Eda's Hexas Hold'em cards, after being dumped on Earth, are rendered inert after a couple months. Similarly, magical beings can't replenish their magic while there.
  • The Bet: Luz is a big fan of this trope and will challenge her opponents to some sort of competition when she can, the prize being whatever it is she wants. This tendency has also begun to rub off on Eda.
    • In "I Was a Teenage Abomination", Eda and King make a bet as to which of them is a better teacher, with the loser being humiliated in some way.
    • In "Covention", Luz and Amity make a bet over a witches' duel. If Luz wins, Amity has to admit Luz can be a witch and apologize for being mean to King. If Amity wins, Luz has to give up learning magic.
    • In "Once Upon a Swap", Luz, Eda, and King swap bodies to see which of them has the easier life, with the winner being exempt from cleaning the house.
    • "Wing It Like Witches" has Luz challenge Boscha to a grudgby match on Willow's behalf. If Willow wins, Boscha stops bullying her. If Boscha wins, she gets to use Willow for target practice. Meanwhile, Lilith and Eda have a two-person match with the condition that Eda will surrender herself if she loses.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Hooty is a crazy house demon that's often eating bugs when he should be paying attention. But at the end of the day, he IS the Owl House Demon, and can take on both Lilith and an entire squadron of Imperial soldiers without breaking a sweat, or even taking things seriously.
  • Big Bad: Emperor Belos, ruler of the Boiling Isles. It was through his violent conquering and subjugation of the Isles that led to the outlaw of Wild Magic and decree that no witch outside of himself and his personal Emperor's Coven are allowed to practice all fields of magic at once, keeping the Isles' citizens weak and limited to ensure they wouldn't rise up against him, as well as hoarding all the powerful magical artifacts of the Isles for himself.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: King's introduction. There are quaking footsteps and a big monstrous shadow is cast on the wall... then the diminutive King emerges, wearing bath towels and clutching a rubber duck.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Being Dominican-American, Luz occasionally speaks Spanish. The show also averts Gratuitous Spanish, as Luz only ever code-switches instinctively under understandable circumstances (overwhelming joy, anger), in season two Amity makes an effort to learn a bit of Spanish herself being Luz's girlfriend and all while Luz evidently starts giving King lessons.
    • Luz squeals, "¡Ay, qué lindo!" ("So cute!") when she locks eyes on King for the first time.
    • When Hooty refused to listen to Luz in Hooty's Moving Hassle, she replied in frustration: "¡Oye, no me hable así!" (Hey! Don't talk to me like that!)
    • At the end of Young Blood Old Souls, during a video for her mother, Luz signs off with ¡Deja una luz puesta para mí. Te quiero! (Leave a light on for me. I love you)
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Eda going through her mail in Really Small Problems: "Junk... junk... death hex... Oh, carnival's in town!"
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • The crown Eda had Luz get in the first episode is actually a paper crown from the obvious Burger King spoof Burger Queen.
    • In Luz' world they have a site called "Mew-Tube" (apparently an YouTube rip-off (mostly but not only for) for cat videos).
    • In a flashback into Eda's time as student at Hexside, she was shown to drink (and to dislike) a drink named "Ghoul Aid", an obvious spoof of the American flavored drink mix "Kool-Aid".
    • There's a recurring snack food called "Hex Mix", a Boiling Isles-equivalent of "Chex Mix"
  • Blood Sport: Folks on the Boiling Isles play "grudgby", a rugby-like game where players try to navigate a booby-trapped field and toss a ball into a triangular goal.
  • Breather Episode:
    • "Wing It Like Witches" is a very innocuous sports episode wedged between "Enchanting Grom Fright", where Luz begins to worry about her mom finding out about her not being at summer camp and the Wham Shot at the end where we find out someone has been writing letters as Luz and "Agony of a Witch" where we end on a cliffhanger of Eda being taken away by Lilith while possibly being stuck in her owlbeast form forever and we learn that it was Lilith who cursed Eda.
    • Similarly "Them's the Breaks, Kid" is a cute mostly stakes free story of how Eda and Raine first met sandwiched between the highly emotional "Reaching Out" where Luz deals with being stuck on the Boiling Isles on the anniversary of her father's death, and the absolutely horrifying "Hollow Mind" where Luz and Hunter learn the truth about Belos and just how evil he truly is.
  • Cain and Abel:
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Abominations need verbal instructions in order to function (usually in the form of "Abomination, X"). Higher level Abomination spells don't require this since the user is directly controlling the goo with their magic.
    • Eda occasionally does this, though it's more a sign of her not taking things seriously rather than being truly necessary.
  • Canon Welding:
    • Both Dana Terrace and Alex Hirsch have long implied that The Owl House and Gravity Falls share a universe. As of "Yesterday's Lie" this seems to be confirmed, as Eda is mentioned as using "Marilyn" as an alias in the Human World, the same name as Grunkle Stan's purported ex-wife, who otherwise matches Eda's description to a T.
    • Seeing as how Stan makes an appearance (of sorts) in Amphibia that means that The Owl House shares a universe with that show, too.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: The Boiling Isles has a large cast of unique Recurring Extras that populate background shots. Hexside alone has around 50 different students who all have an established magic track and are instantly recognizable despite usually being seen wearing the school uniform.
  • Character in the Logo: The hole in the "O" of "Owl" is shaped like Owlbert's inanimate form.
  • Child Prodigy: All three of Luz's closest friends at Hexside qualify.
    • Amity Blight is initially introduced as an Academic Alpha Bitch and is stated to be the best student in school, quickly proving herself to be adept in Abomination magic. She later shows that she's more than capable in combat as well, able to hold her own against the Abomiton 2.0 and the Golden Guard and showing just as much, if not more, skill in Abomination magic as her father, who is no slouch himself.
    • Gus Porter is known as one in-universe as well as out; he's a Grade Skipper whose incredible talent with Illusion magic has, unfortunately, caused other students to take advantage of his genius by getting him to do their work for him. While the Illusions track is often looked down on by those in other tracks for not creating tangible magic, Gus proves that Heart Is an Awesome Power by defeating three older students with illusions in "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", and later defeating the head of the Illusion Coven himself, by accident, in "Labyrinth Runners".
    • Willow Park is initially not one of these when she's on the Abomination track, getting poor grades and being known by her peers as "Half-a-Witch Willow" for her ineptitude in magic. Once she switches to the Plant track, though—the type of magic she truly has an affinity for—she quickly unlocks her vast potential and becomes another of the best students in school who is also skilled in combat, able to take down many adult coven scouts from the Emperor's Coven with ease.
  • The Chosen One: Deconstructed and ultimately averted. A wizard offers Luz an opportunity to be the Chosen One and go on a magical quest, handing her a map to a magic staff. The quest is actually a trap created by a demon in order to get to Eda. Luz is disappointed to find that it was all fake and that she's not really The Chosen One. Eda consoles her and advises her to make herself The Unchosen One.
  • The Chooser of the One: The modern day use of Palismen pairing. Witches cannot choose the Palismen they want; the Palismen choose them based on what they want to do with their life.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Luz's glyph magic glows in different colors depending on which glyph she's using (unlike with more traditional witch magic, where each character has their own color). Light is yellow, ice is blue, plant is green, and fire is red.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: The nine covens that are taught at Hexside are different colors, and the students each wear different colored uniforms which correspond to the coven they're studying:
    • Red: Bard.
    • Orange: Beast Keeping.
    • Yellow: Potions.
    • Green: Plants.
    • Blue: Illusions.
    • Indigo: Healing.
    • Violet: Oracle.
    • Magenta: Abomination.
    • Brown: Construction.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Tiny Nose, who was in jail for this in the first episode.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: In "Any Sport in a Storm", Professor Hermonculus makes Willow fall of her staff during the flyer derby match, saying that "his arm slipped". She could have been hurt if she hadn't conjured a giant flower to break her fall. No one in his team approved that.
  • Crapsack World: It's amazing how Luz's unquenchable thirst for novelty and adventure keeps the Boiling Isles such an enticing place, because by every objective metric, it sucks hard. The place is run by a tyrant, everything can and will kill you, and the majority of its people are self-centered Jerkasses.
  • Creative Closing Credits:
    • The season 1 credits consist of several Match Cuts of Luz traversing through several landmarks of the Boiling Isles before meeting back at the Owl House with Eda and King. Luz's expressions and actions change to match the scenery.
    • The season 2 credits have various stylized paintings of the characters.
  • Creator Provincialism: "Hunting Palismen" revealed that Luz and her mother live in Connecticut, the home state of Dana Terrace.
  • Crown of Power: Subverted. The MacGuffin of the first episode, King's demonic crown of power, turns out to simply be an expy Burger King crown that he just really likes.
  • Crush Blush: Amity gets this around Luz multiple times. "Enchanting Grom Fright" reveals she does indeed have a serious crush on the latter, and that her greatest fear was getting rejected.
    • Luz comes down with the same condition after "Escaping Expulsion", accompanied by some very awkward attempts at smalltalk from then on.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Eda wants to express her contempt for the coven day parade by calling it "a fancy way to kiss the emperor's ass", a disapproving look from Luz and her covering King's ears reminds her, that it's not appropriate to curse that way within earshot of her eight year-old adoptive son, so she stops herself before saying "ass" and uses the euphemism "whatever" instead.
  • Cute Creature, Creepy Mouth: One of the beings in the first episode is a small fairy with an oversized mouth full of freakishly human teeth.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The moment Luz first lays her eyes on King, she goes completely nuts, hugs him tightly and talks to him as if he was the world's most adorable pet... much to his horror.
  • Dark Fantasy: While a Denser and Wackier take on the genre (being a family-friendly Disney Channel series), a lot of the tropes that make up the setting it very much in-line with Dark Fantasy. Unlike many of the Summon Everyman Hero fiction novels that Luz is used to, the Boiling Isles is a dog-eat-dog Giant Corpse World populated by witches with inherently deadly Weird Weather, deadly curses, a Wizarding School that makes Hogwarts look safe and accommodating in comparison and all sorts of monsters that literally prowl the streets that are equally likely to eat you, imprison you or rip you off in every sense of the phrase. The plot itself is about a human who finds herself in this world and has had her life threatened and her childish notions of magic and wonder questioned multiple times, a small demon with aspirations of conquest and tyranny and a Con Artist witch under a curse that turns her into a mindless beast, all the while being hunted down by an oppressive regime that has all of the bells and whistles of a Corrupt Church.
  • Death World: In early conceptions of the show, the Boiling Isles was literally Hell. Even toned down, the place makes it very clear right off the bat to any would-be adventurers that it is not fooling around. You want to stay there, you'd better learn not to die.
  • Debut Queue: The first episode only introduced the main characters, Luz, Eda, King and Hooty. Willow, Gus, Amity and Principal Bump debut in the third episode "I Was a Teenage Abomination", Lilith debuts in the fifth episode "Covention", Boscha debuts in the sixth "Hooty's Moving Hassle", and Emperor Belos debuts in the second-to-last episode of Season 1, "Agony of a Witch".
  • Deconstruction: The Owl House has fun tearing down the tropes associated with portal fantasies.
    • Often, the protagonist goes through a portal, gets trapped in another realm and is deemed The Chosen One to stop the Big Bad. That doesn't happen here. In fact, an early episode has Luz told she's the chosen one to go on a quest for a special staff, but it turns out the quest was just a scam from the start.
    • When most characters from Earth step into a fantasy world, they are treated as special and noteworthy. The inhabitants of the Boiling Isles know that humans exist, as they are the ones with round ears, but the general population doesn't have much interest in them.
  • Descriptiveville: Due to the Giant Corpse World setting, most locations on the Boiling Isles are named after the body parts that they're built on or nearby. For example, the two cities that we see in series are Bonesborough (which is nestled in a series of rib-like bones) and Latissa (which is in the armpit, just above the latissimus dorsi).
  • The Dictatorship: The Boiling Isles is on the verge of being one under Belos, if it isn't already. He has absolute power with no legal avenues in place to keep him from abusing his position, and can pick and choose who gets to use what kind of magic, only allowing those in his own personal army to use them all. Dissenters (or even people who just don't "fit in") get branded criminals, thrown in prison, stripped of their magic, or even turned to stone in a public execution. In true dictator fashion, even those closest to him aren't safe, creating a culture of paranoia, distrust, and fear among his inner circle. He also develops a habit of putting up statues of himself. Creepily, his propoganda, pushed on everyone from childhood on, is shown to be incredibly effective, as most citizens are in favor of his rule and don't see his blatant violation of their basic rights as anything other than normal.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Played for Drama in "Agony of a Witch." On a field trip to the Emperor's Castle, Luz strays away from the class to steal the Healing Hat to cure Eda's curse. However, even when Willow and Gus help, they get caught immediately because they didn't consider that the Emperor's castle would have a security system protecting his powerful magic items.
    • This comes up again in "Hunting Palismen" as the main reason Luz can't form a bond with a Palisman; they need a clear long-term goal to do so, but not only is Luz's goal of "becoming a witch" too vague for it to work as one, her other goal of fixing the portal and going home to her mother isn't just fundamentally incompatible with the first, but the fact that she's never really considered what will happen afterward further prevents her from bonding with one.
    • "Yesterday's Lie" also deconstructs portal fantasies further. Luz's plan was to spend the summer in the Boiling Isles and return home in the fall, around the time camp would end. Her mother wouldn't even notice she was gone and she could become a witch! Belos forcing her to surrender the door put the kibosh on that, as the price of Luz returning home would have meant she would have sacrificed her home and mother for the Day of Unity. She finds out that her doppelganger, a Token Heroic Orc basilisk named Vee, was disappointed that Luz, for all intents and purposes, ran away. Vee says that Camila isn't a perfect parent, but she is a loving one and provided the stability that Vee needed as a runaway experiment. Camila herself breaks down into tears when calling out Luz for living out a witch fantasy and realizing that her daughter was lying to her via text message. She asks if she was that bad of a parent.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: In "Hunting Palismen", the Golden Guard can be heard humming the intro's music.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Eda is prone to this.
    • In the episode "Enchanting Grom Fright", when training Luz for her fight against Grom, Edric and Emira conjure the illusion of a giant Eda that treats Luz like a baby. Drawn out by the resulting screaming the real Eda is quite impressed with herself before realizing that somethings going on.
      Eda: Is that supposed to be me? [chuckles] Dang, I look great!
    • In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door" Eda learns to cooperate with her curse and gains a harpy-like Super Mode. After seeing her new form in a reflection, Eda immediately starts posing and admiring herself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Eda's curse is played similarly to a chronic illness, described as incurable but manageable with daily treatment. Despite a few episodes having a Hope Spot, it seems they really are stuck with it.
      • "Keeping Up A-fear-ances" plays with this even more, with Eda's mother spending years trying to find a way to cure Eda's curse through non-traditional methods, dismissing the potions that Eda normally takes to deal with it since they're not a perfect solution. Instead, she attempts to use folk remedies to cure her daughter, which never work, and in at least one case are seen to come from a Snake Oil Salesman. It works as a criticism against alternative medicine.
    • Emperor Belos is often seen consuming magic from Palismen. It's later revealed in "Hunting Palismen" that if he doesn't feed on a Palisman for too long, he would slowly mutate into an Ominous Obsidian Ooze monster due to an affliction related to wild magic. This situation can be compared to a drug addict going through withdrawal.
    • Most of Terra Snapdragon's interactions with Raine plays out like an abuser taking advantage of their victim by using tricks to get them to be obedient. She frequently uses a tea to try and brainwash them into "behaving properly," and is very affectionate with them to the point that they're visibly uncomfortable. That fact that she had held this special interest in Raine since they were a teenager makes things even more creepy. The last detail makes this feels like something a lot more worse in a different context.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Lilith is this way towards Eda. It's why she wants Eda to join the Emperor's Coven so they don't have to keep hunting her. Eda is not interested and insists she's more powerful without being in a coven. This is shown to be true in "Agony of a Witch" when Eda fights Lilith and only loses because of her curse and Lilith using Luz as a shield.
  • Duality Motif: After Lilith performs a sharing spell on Eda, saving the latter from being completely consumed by her Owl Beast curse but also infecting Lilith with it and draining both witches' innate magic; one eye in either sister (Eda's left eye and Lilith's right eye) is now permanently grayed out (looking similar to the Owl Beast's monochrome palette), whilst the other eye retains their normal color.
  • Dungeon Punk: Boiling Isles is modeled after the Medieval European Fantasy setting but with the living standards and culture of the United States somewhere between The '80s and The New '10s.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Over the course of the series it is shown that many of the main and supporting characters have issues and Dark and Troubled Past(s) to deal with. This ranges from Eda dealing with the complications of her curse, Luz's struggles with both the demon and human realms, King's Loss of Identity about his familial past, Lilith dealing with the effects of working for Belos and cursing her sister, Amity's self-worth and anxieties due to her abusive mother, and Willow having some self-esteem issues from getting bullied, among others.
    • Season 2b expands on this even more with Emperor Belos's backstory, and the introduction of his nephew Hunter. Furthermore, even Gus is revealed to have some issues and anxieties as shown in "Labyrinth Runners".
  • Easter Egg: There are certain parts of episodes that have an eye symbol next to a code which translates into a word spelled in phoenic.
  • Eats Babies: When the Bat Queen drops her babies on Eda's doorstep for her to babysit, King mistakes it for a food offering, calling it "fresh meat", to Luz' disgust, but Eda refuses that by says that "witches eating babies is so 1693".
  • Eldritch Location: The Boiling Isles is a Giant Corpse World filled with Mix-and-Match Critters, borderline-Lovecraftian monsters, and Hostile Weather. It's basically what the world would be like if Weirdmageddon were its natural state.
  • Establishing Character Moment: King makes his introduction with his shadow looking like a monstrous creature and him asking "Who dares?" in a deep booming voice...until he steps out in bath towels to show that he's not as evil and malicious as Luz thought he'd be.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: You can expect anything in the Boiling Isles to be a death trap.
  • Evil Overlooker: In the Season 2 Poster, Emperor Belos is seen on a Bridge watching Luz, Eda, and King as the three wander the Boiling isles.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • After "I Was A Teenage Abomination", Willow's uniform in the intro and outro changes from purple to green as it did at the end of the episode when she changed classes at school.
    • The credits at the end of "Young Blood, Old Souls" updates Eda's appearance to her gem being black and one of her eyes being grey as a result of Lilith sharing the curse with her to change her out of her owl form.
    • As of "Seperate Tides", the intro is completely overhauled: the portal is replaced with a flaming eyeball and the scene where Luz explores the Boiling Isles with Eda are changed to a showcase featuring each of the main and supporting cast performing the types of magic crucial to each other. The slides of Willow, Gus and Amity are replaced with ones for Lilith, the Golden Guard and Kikimora, King is replaced with Emperor Belos, and the scene where Luz flies through the Isles with Owlbert is changed to sunset, and the night scene at the Owl House is more detailed with visible Aurora Borialis lights. Finally, when the logo appears, the small gold poof of magic is replaced with magic bursts of the spells Luz learned up to that point — fire, light, ice, and plant magic — and has a border around it.
    • Starting from "Hunting Palismen", the intro changes to incorporate Eda's season 2 outfit, King getting his horn back, and Amity's new hairstyle and hair color, in addition to a different necklace. However, said changes are not reflected in the end credits.
  • Expy: The Titan Trappers share quite a few similarities with the Huntsclan from American Dragon: Jake Long, both are Malevolent Masked Men, are dedicated to hunting down and wiping out a particular group and even wear masks/helmets out of their Arch-Enemy's skull.
  • Faceless Goons: The Emperor’s guards all wear face-concealing plague masks. Anyone else serving the Emperor (like Warden Wrath) also wears that mask. It seems only high ranking members like Lilith can show their faces on duty.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Any attempt to cure Eda of her curse will either be a scam or unreachable.
  • Fair-Play Whodunnit: The identity of the one who cursed Eda is solvable. Since it happened when she was a child it can't be anyone who is younger than her, which removes a huge portion of the cast and leaves just the adults. Of the recurring adults who knew her as a child, it would further narrow it down to Principal Bump and Lilith. Bump turns out to a Reasonable Authority Figure who resolves his past troubles with Eda pretty easily to let Luz enroll at Hexside, so that would leave just her sister Lilith, who is already The Dragon to the Emperor but still has a Friendly Enemy dynamic with Eda because they are sisters. It is revealed to be Lilith in "Agony of a Witch".
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans are not thought of highly in the Boiling Isles, best shown by Amity's early interactions with Luz. Despite this, Luz is able to become relatively well-liked among witches her own age as the series progresses, with Amity in particular ironically falling in love with her.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Willow is referred to as "half-a-witch" due to her ineptitude with magic. It turns out this isn't just a rude nickname but an actual offensive term mocking witches who either have trouble with magic or none at all.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient:
    • The closest thing to a functioning government the Boiling Isles has seems to be the Emperor and his coven acting as peacekeepers. There seems to be no instituted checks and balances in place and law-enforcement can be as brutal as they want, Lilith's constant bending of the rules with no perceived demerits on her part implying that nobody can hold them accountable for any miscarriages of justice they could commit. All practitioners of magic are to join a Coven - which would cut them off from using any form of magic that is not their hat - or be branded a criminal. Any law-breakers, ranging from those who reject joining any covens like Eda or simply being "abnormal" (like making fanfiction or being a Conspiracy Theorist), are sent to the Conformatoriam where they will be imprisoned and tortured at the Warden's leisure. With this in mind, the Boiling Isles is still a lawless cesspit populated by demons who would kill you, eat you, enslave you, rip you off and every other manner of horror with law enforcement either absent or apathetic to it. Just the fact that the Owl House seems to be an Open Secret, yet it takes luring the Owl Lady to the Emperor's castle with Luz as bait in "Agony of the Witch" in order to capture her, is a sign that the Emperor's Coven only has a superficial grip on things.
    • This could be Justified when it is revealed that the Emperor's reign has only existed for 50 years, meaning that while the Emperor's Coven has been around long enough to establish its authority, such authority has yet to sink in ideologically for all of its inhabitants and thus his coven is prioritizing showing force over constructive order. Of course, given Belos' ultimate goal is to kill everyone in the Demon Realm, it's possible he simply doesn't care enough to enforce any rules that don't directly contribute to his plan.
  • Fictional Currency: The inhabitants of the Boiling Isles use "snails" as currency. These aren't actual snails, but coins and notes that they name as such.
  • Fictional Social Network: Social media exists in the Boiling Isles and their equivalent of Instagram is Penstagram.
  • Fictional Sport: A couple have popped up throughout the show.
    • Grudgby is a sport a lot like rugby, but with hoops instead of goals, magic is allowed and whatever team has the highest score at the end of a certain amount of time wins, unless one of the teams catches the Rusty Smidge in which case they automatically win.
    • Flyer Derby is a mix of Tag and Capture the Flag. Two teams of five riding palisimans square off, every player has a flag on the end of their palisman staff. Whichever team captures all of the other teams flags and successfully pins them to their spiked tower wins.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The first letter of every episode spells out "A witch loses a true way".
    • The secret message of Season 1 spells out " Two sisters torn apart, now alone. Two hearts of stone. A curse of feathers and mud. A betrayal of blood".
    • In "The First Day", Luz creates a sock puppet of Eda with two differently colored buttons for eyes, one gold and the other gray, foreshadowing Eda's curse weakening, a side effect of which is mismatched eyes.
    • In season 2, the first letter of each episode also spells out a message, "seek the key, fear the lock".
  • Forbidden Friendship: Between Amity and Willow. Amity's parents forbade her from being friends with Willow because Willow wasn't the "correct" social class.
  • Fossil Revival:
    • "Yesterday's Lie" reveals that the reason that the basilisk in "The First Day" was Not So Extinct is that the Emperor's Coven revived them somehow to study their abilities, and some escaped. One of them, "Vee", managed to slip through to Earth and managed to replace Luz when trying to hide from them.
    • Judging by one of Hunter's books about grimwalkers (see screencap), they were also brought back by Belos for some reason.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Gus's Bucket List, which includes the goals "Finish digging tunnel under Hexside" and "Be the surprise in a giant hollow cake."
  • Fugitive Arc:
    • The whole premise of the show is that Eda is on the run from the Emperor’s guards because she rebelled against the Coven system. Luz has to minimize the amount of people who know of her apprenticeship with Eda as that makes her guilty by association. After Season 1 all Owl House residents (especially Luz) are officially fugitives of the Emperor's Coven, and now includes Lilith, who has become a fugitive for betraying her Emperor.
    • Averted in Season 2. Since Eda and Lilith lost their magic, Emperor Belos and his coven have no reason to subjugate either of them, so they're allowed to roam free without fear of being arrested.
  • Geometric Magic: The circle is the most commonly used shape in witchcraft to summon and contain magic power. In the Boiling Isles, witches have grown a new organ that stores their magic power and now a simple circle drawn in the air is all that needed to access it. The size of the drawn circle indicates how powerful the spell will be and in "The Intruder" it's revealed that a glyph component will briefly appear within the circle as the spell is cast. Because Luz is a human, she has to draw the circle and the glyph on a surface and then make physical contact with it to activate it, a practice used by witches back in the olden days.
  • Giant Corpse World: The Boiling Isles are actually the decaying remains of a gigantic humanoid creature, as shown at the end of the second episode. The season finale episodes reveal that it's called the Titan, and it is apparently the source of all the magic in the Boiling Isles. Other bones exist, seemingly from the same species, but the Isles has the only known complete skeleton.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: Following Season 2, Luz (good) and Lilith (bad) vs. Emperor Belos (evil).
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • When King had Hooty destroy the "boot camp" with the recruits being animated plush puppets because they revolted against him, the "camera" is pointed at the door with stuffing and a bunny head flying around while the actual destruction of the puppets isn't shown.
    • Hooty is capable of separating his "head" from the rest of the owl house and moving to a smaller model house if he needs to travel anywhere. The one time this is demonstrated, the actual process isn't witnessed and we're only treated to Luz, King, and Lilith's horrified and disgusted reactions. All that's visible is the guts left behind in the hole in the door, and Luz has to keep herself from puking at the sight.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: At the end of the first season, it is claimed by Emperor Belos to Luz the Titan itself is this, with Belos acting as a servant of the Titan's will, empowered and corrupted by the Titan's still-beating heart, seeking to gain access to the human world through Eva's portal. Season 2 reveals this to be a lie. Belos has no connection to the Titan, but is working with an entity known as The Collector, who appears to have their own agenda and is likely the true Greater Scope Villain.
  • Gross-Out Show: Far from the entire point but the setting of The Boiling Isles and the magic system definitely lean into this. Luz has her moments too when she was on Earth as she is socially awkward and doesn't seem to as easy to gross out as most people.
  • Group-Identifying Feature: Students at Hexside wear dark gray tunics with different colored sleeves and leggings depending on which track they're enrolled in. Because Luz is enrolled in several different tracks, each of her sleeves have different colors. Also while all the Hexside students wear black boots with their uniforms, Luz keeps her regular white shoes.
  • Growing Up Sucks: It is technically legal (though frowned upon) for young witches to use multiple types of magic, but upon joining a coven as an adult they have all magic aside from their chosen field permanently sealed away. Although, 50 years of propaganda has convinced most of the population that this is actually a good thing.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Emira and Edric Blight. Emira wears earrings and has longer hair, with a tamer fringe compared to Edric's messier quiff - but beyond that, they're essentially identical. They appear to consciously coordinate their outfits outside of school, wearing clothes that are either identical or cut very similarly with minor gender differences, and come in identical colors. And since they're in the same magical track, even their school uniforms are identical.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Season 1 hammers one in about authority figures, both with its Big Bad and with authority figures at school. Just because somebody is an authority figure doesn't mean that they are reliable or trustworthy. Some may have flaws of their own that prevents them from doing what's right, while others may be manipulative and with an ulterior motive.
  • Has Two Daddies: "Understanding Willow" reveals that Willow has two dads.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Any item Eda needs, she seems to have in her hair.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Mattholomule fakes human "artifacts" as a means of usurping Gus from his position as the club president of the Human Appreciation Society even going as far as to send Luz and Gus to detention when the school is notified of Luz's presence. He succeeds in his plan when Gus steps down, though in a Troubled Fetal Position thanks to being drained in Detention. Later episodes and shorts establish him as a Butt-Monkey, especially when Principal Bump is around, and he gets no respect.
      • Season 2 seems to be redeeming him, however. "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" has Mattholomule and Gus be pushed around by a group of students from Glandus who intend to steal the Galderstones for selfish reasons, and actually takes a level in kindness by the end by deciding to side with Gus to fight against them.
    • The three-eyed Boscha is essentially Amity Blight without the Character Development and redeeming qualities. While it is implied she has insecurities, Boscha nevertheless ruthlessly bullies Willow when she suddenly grows in popularity and when Luz challenges her to a Grudgby game, Boscha makes it clear that if she won, she would use Willow as target practice. When Luz forfeits, Boscha decides to use her as target practice, uncaring that she could seriously maim or kill Luz. Throughout it all, Boscha is presented as nothing but a Barbaric Bully with no redeeming qualities.
    • Amity's parents believe in associating with people who are more powerful in their magic. Because of this ideology, they blackmail Amity into ending her friendship with Willow at the threat of ruining her chances at attending Hexside if she continued being friends with her.
    • Emperor Belos reveals himself to be this during the first season finale, first by casually revealing to Lilith that he never had any intention of healing Eda's curse, as well as having no qualms about hurting Luz. Even worse, he regularly abuses Hunter, who is part of a line of clones he keeps killing off, and his coven system is just a lie to force witches into getting sigils, as Belos is really a witch hunter who plans on using the sigils to commit genocide on the Day of Unity.
  • Hidden Depths: Amity likes reading storybooks to kids. She says it's for extra credit, but she shows that she clearly enjoys it much more than that.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Lilith and King drown their sorrows in lots of ice cream in "Keeping Up A-fear-ances" (Lilith to cope with the stress of her curse and parental indifference, King with the latter). Then they get Drunk on Milk.
  • Helping Hands: Eda gets off her staff and one of her hands detaches and is left clutching it. The hand cracks its knuckles, freaking out Luz.
  • Hostile Weather: The rain in the Boiling Isles is boiling hot. Eda says that the Boiling Isles gets this along with other phenomena that are better described as plagues than meteorological events; shale hale, gorenadoes, and painbows (rainbows that turn you inside out when you look at them).
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eda calls giraffes a bunch of freaks only for a quick cut to show that one of her hands came off and is still clutching her staff. Her reaction implies that it's a regular occurrence.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes:
    • Residents of the Boiling Isles know that humans exist, but human culture is apparently rather exotic and mysterious. Eda thinks that deodorant is "human candy", and tosses out several valuable objects, including a literal golden chalice, in favor of a pair of gag springy eyeball glasses.
    • Later episodes show that human biology is just as mysterious. Gus was surprised that Luz didn't have gills when they first met, and Boscha makes a sarcastic comment in "Once Upon A Swap" that suggests she thinks that humans have venom. King even believes Boscha, despite having lived with Luz for weeks prior.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of the first episode, Luz decided to stay in the Boiling Isles rather than return home, at least for the summer, so that she can become a magical witch just like Eda. Eda isn't so sure about the arrangement since Luz is a human, but she reluctantly accepts. In the first season finale, Luz later makes the decision to stay indefinitely, by destroying the Portal Door so Emperor Belos can't use it to threaten Earth or her mother. She apologizes to "Mama" before doing it. In "Yesterday's Lie", she accidentally lets this slip to Camila, who's hurt by it. Making things worse in this regard is that by this point Luz actually wants to make her stay permanent and that literally the only reason she's even trying to find a way back to Earth in the first place is to keep her mom in her life.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The primary setting of the Boiling Isles isn't too bad, but the world the archipelago is in is a bit worse; The Demon Realm.
  • Individuality Is Illegal: Warden Wrath imprisons people simply because they have quirks and strange personalities, like being a Conspiracy Theorist or writing fanfiction of anthropomorphic food falling in love.
  • Innocent Means Naïve: Luz's naivete is a recurring theme in the first season, particularly in the episode "Witches Before Wizards", where she buys into a demon's childish illusion of her own personal YA fantasy quest.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: A variation. The Boiling Isles uses Messenger Crows, which instead of delivering paper messages, sends phone calls to the intended recipient, who can pick them up and talk into them. They’re also strong enough that the sender can instruct them to deliver the recipient to themselves.
  • Instant Runes: This is technically how most witches cast their spells. Visibly, they draw a simple circle in the air, but Luz discovers through her camera that a rune appears inside for a split second before the spell takes effect.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The theme song is a haunting, driven melody that lacks lyrics.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: As of yet Eda's exact age hasn't been revealed in show, but she's clearly (a lot) older than 14-year-old Luz. She was probably designed to fit the witch stereotype, although her voice actress is 70 and doesn't look it.
  • Internal Retcon: Heavily implied. Officially, there has been no petrifications in the Boiling Isles for decades. The statue garden, however, includes several of the wild witches seen in "Agony of a Witch".
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: The Big Bad is Emperor Belos, who has a bounty out for Eda because she's a covenless witch, but otherwise has no personal connection to Eda or Luz. The Dragon for season 1 is Eda's sister, Lilith, who is desperately trying to reconnect with Eda while also getting her into custody in hopes of taming and curing her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • While Amity can act like a real jerk, her reasoning for not wanting Luz's company early on is that whenever she gets near Luz things go badly for her. Objectively speaking, she's completely correct. Luz even admits it. However it can also be Subverted since while that is technically true, Luz never meant any harm and wanted make up and talk to her, but because of Amity's attidute problem, she consistently refuses to hear her out and refuses to acknowledge that those incidents were mainly caused by her own actions.
    • Amity later gets very angry at Luz for reading Amity's diary, even though it was an accident on Luz's part, and was manipulated by the Glight twins. After some reflection, Luz admits that she sees where Amity is coming from and that she should tries to say she's sorry. As an apology, Luz lends Amity a book from the Azura series that she hadn't read yet; this causes Amity to not only accept the apology, but also have a Heel Realization.
  • Language of Magic: In "Escaping Expulsion", Eda, Lilith, and King compare the glyphs Luz uses, and is teaching them about, to words in a language, commanding the Background Magic Field to achieve an effect. Eda stacking the various glyphs on top of each other was like shouting several words at once, causing a Magic Misfire, but arranging them in an array forms a stable "sentence" that can theoretically cast any spell depending on the glyphs used. King even theorizes that the reason that Luz hasn't found any glyphs besides the Light, Fire, Ice, and Plant ones is because all other spells are just various combinations of the four.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For the most part everyone has one outfit, except Hexside students who have two, their uniform and their everyday wear. On special occasions someone might wear a different outfit, but the other 99% of the time it will be the same thing everyday.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Amity, who wears traditionally feminine clothing such as skirts and dresses, wears nail polish (albeit black), and has a pink school uniform as part of her Magic Track, and was confirmed to be a lesbian in a Reddit AMA.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • When Eda asks Luz where magic comes from, she suggests, "from the heart?" Eda says it's true — magic is literally a giant sack of bile bound to a witch's heart.
    • In "Wing It Like Witches", after Amity explains how Boscha is obsessed with grudgby, Luz says that she's "picking up what [Amity is] putting down". Amity looks confused, glances at her armload of books, and says that she's not putting anything down.
    • When Willow tells him his flying skills are sick, Hunter simply stares in bewilderment and comments that he doesn't feel ill.
  • Living Hat: The Choosy Hat, which used to be Hexside's method of sorting students into their magic tracks, but it was discontinued after an unfortunate incident involving the hat and a student.
    Choosy Hat: And now, I FEED!
  • Longing for Fictionland: Implied to be the case with Luz before arriving in the Boiling Isles. She remarks that it's clearly not the PG fantasy world she's dreamed of.
  • Mage Species: Eda, Willow, Gus, Amity, and the other pointy-eared humanoid denizens of the Boiling Isles are born with a natural capacity for magic. Luz is human, and lacks that inherent magical ability. Luz is still capable of magic, but, being human, she has to learn an alternate and more ancient version of it.
    • "Hunting Palismen" reveals that some witches, like Hunter and some members of his family, have the Witch Pointy Ears but are incapable of actually using magic normally. Hunter has only managed to join the Emperor's Coven because Belos made him a Magic Staff that he can use to cast spells, so without it he's powerless.
      • "Hollow Mind" indicates that Belos is a subverted case. He's actually a human, but he artificially gave himself the ability to cast magic the same way witches can.
    • "Knock, Knock, Knocking on Hooty's Door" reveals that Biped demons like Tiny Nose have the same natural capacity for spells that Witches do.
  • Magic Misfire: In "Escaping Expulsion", Eda's attempt to create a "super-glyph" by stacking all the known glyphs on top of each other creates an expanding spiky mass of ice. Lilith negates it by using a glyph array to cancel out the effect.
  • Magic Potion: Potions is one of the nine major Covens under Emperor Belos' rule, and thus one of the tracks of magic taught at Hexside. Potions exist for a variety of effects, and whilst the exact mechanics are not gone into some are highly important. Due to the high training that is needed to make them, many are sold at high prices. A recurring plot point involves Eda attempting to ensure she has enough of a very complicated elixir (complicated enough that she can't make it herself despite being the most powerful witch on the Boiling Isles and a potions expert herself) which she uses to keep her curse under control.
  • Magic Staff: Witches' staves are seen on occasion, most notably in the hands of Eda and Lilith. Eda describes witches' staves as having magic "embedded into them" and each one is topped with a palisman, an animated staturette that acts as a familiar. Eda also explains that they are awarded from magic schools, but she is implied to have made hers independently from the branch of an ancient tree. The staves themselves also seem to have little if any power, being more of a unique perch for the palismans, which actually DO have power.
    • The staff of Emperor Belos is unique in that it seems to be mechanical and lacks a palisman.
    • Word of God is that staves are carved from the wood of a magic tree, which is also implied to be a finite resource that is slowly dwindling.invoked
    • "Hunting Palismen" reveals that staffs are formed when a Palisman bonds with a witch that has a strong desire. The Golden Guard/Hunter's staff turns out to have been made by Belos, and channels artificial magic to make up for his inability to use it himself, implying that the similar staff that Belos wields also does this.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Hexside School houses one of these in its plant magic homeroom/greenhouse, one that's apparently ticklish as shown when Willow quickly rescues a fellow student it tried to snatch up. Willow later learns to create or summon these plants for combat purposes.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Luz and Amity become this when they start dating in Season 2. The former is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak with Boyish Short Hair and an androgynous appearance. The latter is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak who wears more feminine clothing such as skirts and dresses and a pink uniform.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Luz is Spanish for "light"; she casts light magic as her first spell.
    • Willow is named for a type of plant, and she can do plant magic.
    • Alpha Bitch Amity Blight prior to her Character Development; following such, Boscha takes her place. Her first name means "a friendly relationship" while her last name means "something that spoils or damages", especially plants. This foreshadows that she and Willow used to be friends, but Amity broke apart from her and now has an antagonistic dynamic with her, it also foreshadows that she is a deeply lonely individual who is not really allowed to have real friends that compliment her actual personality because of her abusive and status-obsessed parents.
    • Eda on its own means wealthy, and she's a successful potion brewer/ antique dealer. It's also sounds like Edith, which is not only old-fashioned, but means "warfare". A sorceress who proclaims to be the most powerful in the land and whose main element is fire, is not someone you want to ''anger.''
    • Belos is the Greek rendering of the semitic Belu, meaning "lord" or "master".
    • Hunter was named by a literal witch hunter to help carry out his mission.
  • Merged Reality: "Hunting Palismen" reveals that Belos plans to merge the Demon Realm with Earth, eliminating Wild Magic and curing his condition in the process.
  • Might Makes Right: In the Boiling Isles, only the strong make the rules, and thus they are the ones who get respect. Willow however, challenges this notion.
  • Monster Progenitor: "Knock, Knock, Knocking on Hooty's Door" reveals that as the Titan's body decayed, it spawned the various species of demons that call the Isles home. Whether this is the origin of Witches as well is unclear.
  • Muggle in Mage Custody: The normal human Luz is apprenticed to the Witch Eda in return for helping Luz learn magic.
  • Muggles: Luz is a normal human being from Earth that has no magic abilities, though that doesn't stop her from making herself Eda's new apprentice. It's subverted as the series progresses and it's revealed that there are non-conventional ways that Luz can access magic, such as drawing glyphs on paper and using those to make magic work.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Several objects from the human world make their way to the Boiling Isles from time to time. So while people there know humans exist, the objects showing up without context means they have to fill in the blanks, and they quite often get it wrong.
    • As a way to make money, Eda sells things from the human world that she finds at a stall. Said stall has her throw away things like diamond rings while believing that googly-eyed novelty glasses are a valuable treasure.
    • Eda loves Luz's shiny clicky pen. Luz uses it to bribe her into teaching her magic.
    • The "Human Appreciation Society" at Hexside admires human artifacts such as "nail clippers" (a cheese grater), a "food bowl" (umbrella hat), a "weapon?" (Rubik's cube) and a "pay-per-clorp" (paperclip) that produces the "sound of the human ocean" when you flick it.
  • Mutually Exclusive Magic: Enforced. When a witch (or demon) joins a coven, they get a magical mark that prevents them from practicing magic from other covens, and joining a coven is mandatory. There seem to be a fair bit of leeway and overlap, however. All witches can apparently practice relatively minor magic like levitation even with a coven tattoo, and Hieronymous Bump has complete control over Hexside despite only being an Abomination witch.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: When Luz tries talking to a centaur, he says, "My eyes are down here," and it's revealed his face is on his chest.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted. Death and several other words related to it are said openly throughout the show.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • Promos that show Luz presumably passing through the portal to the Boiling Isles is actually the scene where she passes through a magic-proof forcefield to find King's crown.
    • Also, in the promo narrated by Luz herself, when she's talking about the magic school and says "Look, I even got an A+" as the teacher is drawing an A+ on her forehead, that technically isn't true. The A+ was actually for Willow, who was passing off Luz as an Abomination she made, and the teacher was marking her assignment.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Zig-zagged. "Separate Tides" reveals that Luz is incapable of digesting many of the foodstuffs native to the Isles, but is otherwise fine. Unfortunately, what she can eat apparently tends to be rather pricey, and with the portal gone feeding her puts some additional strain on their finances.
  • Non-Heteronormative Society: Word of God has said that discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals is effectively non-existent in the Isles. The openly non-binary Raine was even able to rise up to become the Bard Coven head in season 2, a very prestigious position.
  • No Saving Throw: Discussed. The Season 1 finale says that magic that turns the target to stone can't be blocked or defended against in any way. If someone gets turned into a statue, they're stuck. This is what Emperor Belos intends to do with Eda to Make an Example of Them in the Season 1 finale. He almost succeeds, but triggering Lilith's Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal allows Eda to escape with some help from Luz and her friends.
  • Not the Intended Use: Luz uses a small leyline to the human world to get Internet access on her phone.
  • Offering a Hand:
    • Seems to be a recurring theme between Luz and Amity.
      • The first instance occurs in "Covention" with the Everlasting Oath.
      • Then there's a moment in "Understanding Willow" where Luz offers her hand for Amity to hold, right before Eda sends them into Willow's mind to fix her memories.
      • There's also the moment in "Enchanting Grom Fright" where Amity offers her hand asking for a dance with Luz before both go up against Grometheus the Fear Bringer.
      • Then there's the moment in "Knock, Knock, Knockin' On Hooty's Door" right after Luz and Amity become an Official Couple and Luz, unsure what to do next, awkwardly offers her hand for Amity to hold, with Amity awkwardly accepting.
    • There's a moment in "Eclipse Lake" where Amity, upon seeing Hunter in despair about not finding any Titan's Blood, tells him that he was right about there being similarities between them, and offers up a hand in friendship. However, Hunter, upon seeing the portal key around Amity's neck, tries attacking her in order to get the key, which contains the Titan's Blood he came to find.
      • There's a repeat of this in Hollow Mind where Luz offers her hand to Hunter to help him through the memory paintings, except this time he takes it. The parallel to the scene in Eclipse Lake is rather obvious.
  • Oh, My Gods!: The inhabitants of the Boiling Islands invoke the Titan as we invoke the Abrahamitic God ("So help me Titan", "For Titan's sake" and so on).
  • Old Magic: The indigenous demons and witches of the Boiling Isles evolved a gland on their heart that allows its inhabitants to cast spells on command. However, it is implied that witches were originally able to draw power from the Isles itself in the form of glyphs found in the environment called "Wild Magic", something that Luz discovers and learns how to harness.
  • Ominous Owl: Eda is a witch with an owl motif, owning a staff ending in an owl figurine and living in the eponymous Owl House. In one episode, Luz directly asks how she initially got the moniker of Owl Lady; Eda herself claims that it's because she's incredibly wise, while Hooty and King suggest that the connection might be more literal, due to her tendency to cough up owl pellets and hoard shiny objects in a nest. While those are part of it, the main reason turns out to be she's been cursed to turn into a demonic owl creature if she doesn't regularly take an elixir to prevent the transformation.
  • Open Sesame: When Eda first brings Luz to the Owl House, Hooty the owl face on the front door asks for a password, though Eda has no patience for this and pokes him in the eyes. Hooty complains that she never wants to have any fun, then opens his mouth to let them through.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons are beings native to the Boiling Isles, having originally arisen from the Titan's corpse as it decayed. Most creatures in the show that are not witches or humans are demons. Some seem to be members of specific species, while others are apparently unique, or at least appear wildly different from their parents. Hooty also explains that they are divided into three categories, the so-called three B's:
    • Bug demons are somewhat insectoid, though what passes as insectoid on the Boiling Isles is somewhat loose; Hooty counts as a worm, despite appearing as an owl. The true signifier of a bug demon is that they communicate with each other through dance, though some, like Hooty, can also speak. In addition to Hooty, fairies are in this category.
    • Bipedal demons are essentially witches in all but name. They walk on two legs, and have a bile sack that allow them to perform magic like witches. Unlike witches, they are distinctly non-human, and some may have natural abilities in addition to magic. Warden Wrath and Selene the oracle track student are both in this category.
    • Bestial are demons that are neither insectoid nor humanoid, generally resembling wild beasts. These are the monsters you typically encounter in the wild, and most are non-sapient, though exceptions do exist. Slitherbeasts, selkiedomus and giraffes are in this category.
    • King is eventually revealed to not really belong in any of the categories; He can't communicate through dance, he can't cast spells, and his blood test for bestial demonhood came back negative. It's implied that he belongs to an unknown species, or could be completely unique. "Edge of the World" reveals he's a Titan.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Upon arriving in the Boiling Isles, Luz bumps into a seemingly innocent fairy, who then proceeds to bare a mouthful of giant teeth and screams to have her skin. "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door" reveals that Fairies are a type of demon, belonging to the Bug category.
  • Our Mages Are Different: Luz stumbles across an older way of doing magic. It turns out that spell circles contain runes that represent the spell being cast but are only visible for a split second. Writing the rune down on any object and striking it will allow anyone to cast it, with the object usually destroyed in the process. It later turns out that this works because the Boiling Isles itself assists in fueling spells done this way, as attempting the same thing on Earth renders the inscribed object inert.
  • Our Witches Are Different: Witches in the show are able to do magic thanks to an actual magic organ attached to their hearts. The bile in this organ helps fuel the casting of magic spells, with a major example being the use of spell circles (with the particular spell being cast being based on thought).
  • Pass the Popcorn: Whenever Hooty wails on Lilith or Emperor's Coven members trying to assault the Owl House, Eda picks up binoculars to watch. She can't help but smirk and praise Hooty.
  • The Place: The titular Owl House is Eda and King's home.
  • Pointy Ears: The more humanoid inhabitants of the Boiling Isles tend to have pointed ears, with older individuals usually having longer ones. In "I Was A Teenage Abomination" Willow is able to identify Luz as a human because her ears aren't pointed.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: A few episode titles are puns on the titles of famous works or notable phrases like:
  • Power Limiter: The coven that a witch or wizard joins limits them to performing just that kind of magic. Eda's distaste for them is precisely because of this, as she greatly prefers being a Jack-of-All-Trades.
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • Oh it exists, as Principal Bump revealed in the "Welcome to Hexside" short. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints the class had to be axed from Hexside's curriculum.
    • Magic does, however, seem to be more powerful when performed alongside friends and loved ones; Luz' friends could animate the entire house during their moonlit conjuring, whereas Amity's "friends" couldn't even animate a doll. In the episode "Enchanting Grom Fright", Amity is able to conjure a much larger abomination than she was previously able to, and Luz' spell glyph is far more potent when they dance.
  • Power Parasite: "Hunting Palismen" reveals that the Power Limiter marks of the Covens are designed to siphon off magic from the coven members in order to fuel the combination of the Earth and the Demon Realm in the "Day of Unity".
  • Purple Prose: The Good Witch Azura series seems to be a particularly bad In-Universe offender of this. Eda particularly despises it, to the point where Luz and King weaponize it against her to great effect.
    King: *reading from the book* "You shall not shant do'eth no more harm!" Azura callethed out...
    Eda: So flowery, so awful...
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Owl House trio consists of Luz, a Nightmare Fetishist human girl who wants to be a witch, Eda, a renegade witch who doesn't play by the rules, and King, a tiny demon. In fact, according to the creators, them being a group of outcasts who find acceptance with each other is a major theme of the story.
    • A smaller example are the "Troublemakers" from debuting in "The First Day". A tomboy, coward, and doglike demon whose only trait in common is their tendency to mix magics.
  • Rash Promise: At the end of "Yesterday's Lie", a character is pressured to make a promise which puts them into some pretty bad Conflicting Loyalty. As Luz is getting dragged back to the Boiling Isles, her mother Camila forces Luz to promise that once Luz finds a way back, she has to remain on Earth. Luz agrees in the heat of moment, but once she's back with her friends, it's made clear that she wishes that she hadn't said it. All of Luz's friends, as well as her Love Interest Amity, are on the Boiling Isles. The only reason that Luz wants to go back at all is because she loves her mother with all her heart.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Played with for Principal Bump. In his debut he threatens to dissect Luz when she was posing as an abomination and being an "intruder" in the school and hunts her with Amity through the halls, but then bans her after she escapes. He was also okay with the ethically questionable disciplinary acts the school takes such as brainwashing the students in detention and commets on how he would allow Boscha to get away with murder saying that "it's good for her to try new things". When Eda asks him to enroll Luz, he agrees that it would be a good idea and provide a more rounded education for the students, despite the trouble she caused in a previous episode. He's initially angry at the kids on the Detention Track for mixing magic, thus upsetting the status quo and potentially embarrassing him in front of the emperor's conven's represtentative, but it's only because he needs the funding the Emperor's Coven is offering (which wouldn't be an option if the students didn't conform), and once it's pointed out to him that the representative is really a basilisk who feeds on magic and that those kids actually saved the school, he quickly agrees to allow them to study whatever magic they like. He even speaks in defense of Eda, despite not personally liking her much, because he recognizes that branding her as a criminal is wrong.
    • Inner Willow is revealed to be this, which is amazing since Amity setting Willow's memories on fire warped Inner Willow into a vengeful brain guardian. She rightly points out that Amity has hurt Willow enough already and made things worse with her little pyrotechnics trick but stops to hear her out when Amity confesses the truth of why they stopped being friends. As soon as Amity does, Inner Willow calms down, letting her and Luz finish their work of repairing Willow's mind.
  • The Red Mage:
    • Covens are restricted to a single type of magic, but the Emperor's Coven is exempt from that rule, letting them use all forms of magic.
    • Because Eda refuses to enter a coven, she is skilled in all forms of magic. This naturally causes the aforementioned Emperor's Coven to deem her as a threat who must join them or be eliminated.
    • Luz is on her way to this. After convincing Principal Bump to let her study all Coven tracks of magic to decide what she should eventually join, she becomes a Jack-of-All-Trades of magic. This allows other students (Viney, Jerbo, Barcus, and as of "Labyrinth Runners", Edric, Emira and Mattholomule) to study different types of magic to a smaller degree.
  • Reunion Vow: Played for drama in "Yesterday's Lie". Luz promises Camila that, once she finishes the portal to earth, she will stay for good. This would mean leaving behind her girlfriend and her Found Family for the same friendless life she tried to escape in the first place.
  • The Reveal: Oh, loads of them...
    • Amity was forced to end her friendship with Willow because her parents resented her.
    • Eda was cursed by Lilith when she was little.
    • King was never actually a king. Eda found him when he was a baby not after he lost any powers.
    • Luz is not the only human in the Demon Realm. Also, a basilisk named Vee is taking her place back on Earth.
    • Emperor Belos is actually a powered-up form of Philip Wittebane, the first human to enter the Boiling Isles, and he's a witch hunter working for a dangerous being called the Collector.
    • Hunter is not really Belos’s nephew, but the latest in a long line of “Grimwalkers” (magical undead clones) created by Belos out of the remains of his deceased brother, and all of the previous Grimwalkers have been killed by Belos for betraying him.
    • King is a Titan, and probably the last one remaining in the Demon Realm.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: King takes Eda's elixir in "The Intruder" with the belief that it makes her more powerful. As we see in "Hooty's Moving Hassle", Eda's curse actually weakens her magic, and drinking the elixir brings her back up to normal.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The series generally tends to support that people are good by default and are only made bad by certain circumstances. For example, Amity was only an Academic Alpha Bitch because of her Abusive Parents, and she gets better later on. The same goes for Lilith and The Golden Guard/Hunter.
  • Runic Magic: Luz, being a human, does not have the organ that witches on the Boiling Isles use to access and store magic and has to rely on the older technique of drawing a circle with a rune (or glyph as Luz calls it) inside to invoke a particular spell. In "Adventures in the Elements" it is revealed that these glyphs exist in nature and are perceivable to the eye when looked for, with the glyph for the light spell being a constellation, and the spell for ice being in the snowflakes. Once a glyph has been inscribed, the effect remains dormant until "activated". This makes it function like a scroll and allows Luz to build a stockpile and use them as spell "grenades".
  • Sapient House: The Owl House is personified by a talking owl face named Hooty.
  • Scam Religion: Most witches in the Boiling Isles worship the Titan, believing that Emperor Belos is his prophet and will lead them to utopia during the upcoming Day of Unity. Though the Titan may be indeed alive to some extent, Belos is actually a human witch-hunter and plans to wipe out the entire witch species on the aforementioned Day of Unity. His various dogmas, such as the necessity of the Coven system, exist only to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
  • Screw the Rules, They're Not Real!: The Boiling Isles' coven system forces people to join one particular coven which prevents them from using any form of magic outside of it. The only exception the this is the Emperor's Coven but they have very strict recruitment requirements and are effectively the Emperor's Secret Police. Eda simply never joined a coven and this allows her to use any form of magic.
  • Security Blanket: King's crown works this way. When Luz finds it in the first episode, it turns out to be nothing more than a paper crown from Burger Queen. Eda explains that, if he thinks it makes him powerful, then it does.
  • Series Goal: There are four major ones:
    • Luz's goal is to become a witch.
    • Eda's goal is to manage the curse placed upon her.
    • Lilith's goal is to apprehend Eda and make her join the Emperor's Coven. This is most likely abandoned by the end of the season after she chooses to save Eda from getting petrified, effectively betraying the Emperor in the process. She does apprehend Eda at the beginning though. Afterwards, she spends her time trying to redeem herself for her past actions
    • King's goal is to "reclaim his throne". After Eda reveals to him that she found him as a baby and gave him the idea that he was a king and that he never had a throne, this changes to finding out about his true heritage and finding his father.
    • In season 2 Luz gets the new goal, finding a way to return home to Earth after destroying the portal to keep Belos from obtaining it, then halfway through a new goal is added on top of it, find a way to convince her mom to let her stay in the Boiling Isles, with her Found Family and her girlfriend.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Luz and Amity get a ton of this, especially in the second half of Season 1. It's made very clear that Amity does canonically have a huge crush on Luz; Luz is Oblivious to Love despite Amity eventually becoming barely able to function properly around her by the end of the season, but there are certainly indications that she would gladly reciprocate Amity's feelings if she knew about them. Season 2 would continue the trend when Luz does indeed fully develop a crush back after Amity comes to her rescue in "Escaping Expulsion". After a brief stint of the two being Twice Shy blushing messes around each other and more than a little bit of drama in "Knock, Knock, Knockin on Hooty's Door" with help from Hooty the two girls confess their feeling and become an Official Couple.
    • Raine and Eda get a lot of teasing during the season 2 episode "Eda's Requiem". The two are old friends and constantly blush around each other, while also lightly flirting. "Knock, Knock, Knockin on Hooty's Door" reveals the two use to date but Eda was worried she would hurt Raine and ended up pushing them away.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show Within a Show: Luz's favorite book is Good Witch Azura. In "Lost in Language", Amity is revealed to also be a huge fan of the series, despite being from another dimension. "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" confirms via an archived newspaper article that the books originated on Earth, but a box of the books washed up on the shore of the Boiling Isles due to a Titan's Blood induced Reality Bleed, "Any Sport in a Storm" later revealing that Tibbles has been trying to get people to buy them by making it seem like the author is a witch.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Glyphs are generally seen as forms of magic practice for children by the magic community, since it pulls magic from the world rather than a witch or wizard's internal magic. However, Luz manages to weaponize this tech in ways the Boiling Isles has forgot, proving to be much more dangerous than expects through creativity rather than brute magical force. Learning that its possible to combine glyphs also gives Luz a massive advantage in pulling surprise techniques that other magical people wouldn't know.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs:
    • In "Covention", we get two cases of it at once: Luz Noceda (slob) vs. Amity Blight (snob), and Eda (slob) vs. her sister Lilith (snob).
    • Following Amity's Character Development to Jerk with a Heart of Gold, "Wing It Like Witches" pits Luz, Willow and Amity (slob) vs. Boscha and her Girl Posse (snob).
  • The Social Darwinist: Everyone on the Boiling Isles that we have met so far has shades of this. The entire world seems to operate on the principle of might makes right; power is the one deciding factor in who rules, and altruism or even fairness seem virtually non-existent. Eda doesn't even have a word for "hugging", Boscha and her Girl Posse are surprised when Luz decides to take the fall for one of her friends, and much of Amity's crush on Luz seems to derive from the fact that she's consistently nice even when she doesn't need to be. To further show how much strength is prized the Boiling Isles, there’s a creature called Grom who emerges once a year and will make everyone live out their worst nightmare, and thus only the strongest of witches is selected to take on the foe.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Boscha is essentially Amity Blight without her redeeming qualities and Character Development. A more low-functioning example of one, Boscha loves bullying other students out of the belief that they were weaker and is the one largely responsible for Amity becoming a bully in the first place. In "Wing It Like Witches," Boscha harasses Willow due to her becoming popular at Hexside and wants to use her as target practice if she won a Grudgby game against her. When Luz forfeits the game on her behalf, Boscha happily tries to use her as target practice uncaring that she could seriously hurt or kill Luz.
    • Amity's parents are extremely controlling of their children and make it apparent they care more about their social status. They were the reason Amity ended her friendship with Willow; they blackmailed their own daughter with the threat of making Willow's chances to attend Hexside miserable. They also forced Amity to become friends with the aforementioned Boscha, feeling she would be more impressionable. This is actually turned on its head in season 2: Odalia is actually the more manipulative and sociopathic one whereas Alador is more laidback and somewhat detached.
    • Emperor Belos, the absolute ruler of the Boiling Isles, arrived fifty years ago claiming to be able to speak to the Titan serving as the main setting. He claimed that the witches were performing magic incorrectly and established the coven system as a means of controlling the populace. Those wild witches who refused to conform were sentenced to petrification, an irreversible fate. He later has Lilith Clawthorne work for him under the promise that he would heal the curse that she put on Eda, but reveals later on that not only was he not going to cure Eda, but he was going to have her publicly petrified to serve as an example of what happens to those who go against him. "Hunting Palismen" reveals that, while he seems to try and justify it by claiming it'll create a utopia, his main reason for the "Day of Unity", where Earth and the Demon Realm will be fused together, likely without any warning for most on either side, likely causing chaos and destruction as the Death World of the Isles collides with Earth? Eliminating wild magic for good, which he believes will cure him of his affliction, which he is currently treating by consuming the magic of the unquestionably intelligent palismans. The entire coven system is apparently just a means of gathering up as much magic as possible to prepare for this event, and even Hunter/The Golden Guard, who is Belos's adopted nephew at least, has to tread carefully around him, as the second time that Hunter suggests studying wild magic to find an alternative means of healing Belos he gets a Close-Call Haircut from the Emperor.
  • Spiritual Successor: The strict separation of different forms of magic, and the heroes rebelling for their right to do as many as they want, is quite reminiscent of Divergent, with the bonus of the nature of the separation making a lot more sense.
  • Spoiler Opening: Averted. Until Willow switches to the Plant Magic track at the end of Episode 3, both the opening and closing sequences show the character in their original outfit instead.
    • Similarly, it's not until "Hunting Palismen" that the intro shows Eda's season 2 outfit, King having both horns, and Amity's new haircut.
  • Stalker Shot:
    • In Season 1 "Hooty's Moving Hassle", after Luz, Willow, and Gus accidentally brings the Owl House to life during the Moonlight Conjuring, they decide to take the house out on a joyride. As they control the Owl House, they walk past a demon hunter who appears in the foreground and decides to pursue it with his group.
    • In Season 1 "Lost in Language", after Amity gets the librarian to kick Luz, Edric, and Emira out of the library for causing a ruckus, Edric and Emira invite Luz to come back to the library with them at midnight because they "forgot to check-out" a certain book and to see the effects of the Wailing Star on the library. After Edric and Emira leave, Luz is the last to leave and as she runs off, Amity is revealed to be hiding in the back and gets angry when she hears what they're going to do.
  • Stumbled Into the Plot: This is explicitly the case with Luz. She's not the Chosen One and everything that's happened to her is due either to dumb luck or her own hard work.
  • Summon Magic: Abomination Magic at its most basic tier is the ability to summon a giant Blob Monster to fight for you, the draw back though is they are pretty slow and stupid, but are more or less indestructible. Later in the series though we see through the abilities of higher tier witches that Abomination Magic is actually quite versatile, with witches like Darius the Coven Leader and Amity Blight both using the goo like substance the abominations are made from to do incredible things.
  • Super Cell Reception: Subverted. While Luz is able to send and receive messages from her mother while in the Boiling Isles, it's only because Eda's portal door opens up earthside within walking distance of her house to give her constant access to cell signal and wi-fi. She ends up having to destroy the portal in the season one finale, and the following season's premier show that all her attempts to send messages to her mother fail to get through.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Eda has them, fitting for a witch. Amity, Edric and Emira also possess these having inherited them from their father, Alador.
  • Supernatural Phone: Witches are able to summon scrolls which act as magic smartphones, using them to connect to social networks like Penstagram.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • In "Wing It Like Witches", Eda wins her grudgby bet with Lilith, then when the latter responds to her victory with terror at the thought of the consequences of returning to the Emperor empty-handed yet again, Eda feels bad enough to give Lilith her ring. Willow also shows signs of this when Boscha's team ask Willow if she wants to join them due to her skill, and Willow glances and notices Boscha's expression of terror before politely turning down the offer.
    • In "Eclipse Lake", Eda briefly expresses pity when observing Kikimora's Sanity Slippage of paranoia. Amity empathizes with Hunter when she realizes how similar their situations with Abusive Parents are, and even King feels bad for Hunter when watching him dig his own grave in manic despair.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • Luz does this by studying all the tracks at Hexside, rather than selecting one or even two like the other students.
    • In "Understanding Willow," Gus is trying to decide whether to interview Eda or King. After they do their best to impress him, he chooses Hooty (though he quickly regrets it).
  • Taken for Granite: It's said that the one magic that can't be blocked, reversed, or undone in the Boiling Isles is petrification magic. This is what Emperor Belos intends to do with Eda to Make an Example of Them in the Season 1 finale. He almost succeeds, but triggering Lilith's Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal allows Eda to escape with some help from Luz and her friends.
  • Take That!:
    • "Sense and Insensitivity" takes a number of meta shots at some of the more toxic aspects of artistic jobs; including fans who trash sequels that don't live up to their expectations and publishers who rely on "crunch time" to create content while ignoring or actively endangering the wellbeing of the artists.
    • "Wing It Like Witches" sees Luz partaking in a sport reminiscent of Quidditch, complete with a similar concept of winning automatically by catching the "Rusty Smidge." She echoes common criticisms of the series, and even tops her rant off with "That's such a stupid rule!"
  • Tears of Blood: At the end of the season, Eda's eyes welling up with darkness as she succumbs to her curse, saving Luz, look very well like a tearful goodbye.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The teens featured in "Once Upon A Swap" are extremely cruel.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In "Wing It Like Witches", Luz does not think that Boscha might escalate her pranks on Willow.
      Luz: It's not like she can follow us around all day, right?
      (Gilligan Cut to Luz, Willow and Gus covered in graffiti and garbage)
      Luz: She followed us around all day. She literally followed us around all day.
    • Luz does it again in "Escaping Expulsion", when being tossed around by the Blight Industries Abomi-ton 2.0.
      Luz: At least it can't get me up here...
      (The Abomi-ton extends its legs to reach the rafters Luz is hiding in)
  • Token Human: Luz. While everyone seems to have heard of humans, most of the characters have never seen one and various benign urban legends exist about them.
  • Trapped in Another World: Subverted. Luz helps Eda for a few hours in exchange for being sent home, but when the time comes, she decides to stay in the Boiling Isles instead of going to summer camp and asks to become Eda’s apprentice. Played straight in the season 1 finale when Luz is forced to destroy the portal to prevent Emperor Belos from using it, trapping Luz in the Boiling Isles indefinitely. Though she resolves to find another way home someday, Luz says "I'm sorry, Mom" before destroying the portal, confirming that Luz knows she's destroying her only way back for a long time.
  • Trickster Twins: Edric and Emira Blight are on the playful, prankster-ish side of this trope. They're quick-thinking, talented teen illusionists with a passion for practical jokes. However, they do care for Amity, expressing remorse when a prank went too far and acting protectively of her at times.
  • Tuckerization: Luz was named after Dana Terrace's roommate.
  • Twice Shy: By the second season, both Amity and Luz have feelings for each other but the two girls are too awkward to act out on it, until Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door where Luz finally asks Amity out.
  • Unexpected Kindness: Amity is constantly confused by Luz's attempts to befriend her in "Lost in Language" since all of their previous interactions resulted in Amity either getting in trouble or being publicly humiliated (mostly due to her own actions rather than any malice on Luz's part). This confusion is further reinforced when she comes across Luz apparently stealing her diary.
    Amity: First you embarrass me. Then you wanna be my friend? I don't get you. Pick a side.
  • Unequal Rites:
    • Emperor Belos hates Wild Magic, enforcing the rigid coven system, and plans to use the "Day of Unity, where the Isles will be merged with Earth, in order to eliminate it entirely somehow.
    • "Through The Looking Glass Ruins" reveals that some witches look down on Illusion magic as weak and useless.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: The academic and dedicated student Amity is falling in love with the rebellious and free-spirited Luz.
  • Villainous Rescue: Terra saves Luz and Amity from Kikimora's hand dragon, but only because the emperor has some plans for Luz, which require her to be alive and well.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Posters for Eda are everywhere. She even has one proudly displayed on her living room wall.
  • We Used to Be Friends: "Hooty's Moving Hassle" reveals that Willow and Amity were friends when they were younger, but when Amity started developing greater magical ability, they stopped hanging out. "Understanding Willow" expands on this in that it was Amity's parents blackmailing Amity to end her friendship with Willow under the pretext that they'll prevent Willow from entering Hexside. After the events of "Understanding Willow" they may be on their way to slowly rekindling their friendship thanks to Luz.
  • Wham Line:
    • "THEN WHY WERE YOU SO EASY TO CURSE?!" Said from Lilith to Eda in the episode "Agony of a Witch" during a battle when the former accidentally confesses to cursing the latter when they were younger.
    • "Hollow Mind" has several:
      • "Please, do me a kindness and call me by my real name." Said by Belos to Luz while revealing he is actually Philip Wittebane.
      • "But no-one ever said being a witch hunter was easy." Philip/Belos reveals his plan to to kill all magicals on the Boiling Isles.
  • Witch Classic: Downplayed. Eda looks to have the traditional outfit, personality, residence, pet, and even age associated with the trope. However, not only is her clothing is more modern in its style, with her foregoing a pointy hat, but her elderly appearance is the result of a curse, as her older sister looks like she's in her 30s.
  • Wizarding School: The Hexside School of Magic and Demonics, where Luz makes a couple friends and one rival. She initially sneaks in by posing as her friend's magically created Abomination and ends up getting banned from the premises, but she is eventually allowed to enroll. There are two more schools that are rivals to Hexside — Glandis High and St. Epiderm.
  • Void Between the Worlds: In "Yesterday's Lie, Luz's Flawed Prototype portal door drops her off in a rift between realms, where cubes float out of two pools, whichever one counts as the "ceiling" vs. the floor being determined by how close you are to said pool, which can be used to spy on either realm through mirrors.
  • Weakened by the Light: King claims that demons with large black eyes tend to be sensitive to bright light — this is useful for stunning or Eda's Owl Beast form when she transforms.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Eda, and by extension the rest of the Boiling Isles, doesn't have much concept of what humans do and don't find valuable. For example, she thinks a pair of glasses with fake eyes on the end of springs are worth more than a golden chalice, smartphone, and diamond ring.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In "Separate Tides", when Luz tells Eda how she considers it her fault Eda lost her powers and is left struggling to make money, Eda proceeds to retort with all the good things Luz has done since she came to the Boiling Isles.
    Eda: You think throwing your life away is gonna help me?! Well, it won’t! You helped me find King’s crown when you barely knew me, you saved me from turning to stone, and… you even got me talking to my sister again. So, unfortunately for you… my life is pretty great because I’m friends with Luz the Human.
  • You Have Failed Me: Kikimora did not take Raine's betrayal of Belos that well, and puts them into a Forced Sleep as punishment until the Day of Unity.
  • Your Mom: When King made an attempt at communicating through dance (the main mode of communication of Bug-type demons on the Boiling Islands), he accidentally said something offensive about Hooty's mother and provoked an attack by the same.



Reaching Out (spoilers)

Luz reveals to Amity why she has been Acting Unnatural throughout the Bonesborough Brawl: Today's the death anniversary of Luz's father, and she's been trying to bury the emotional pain of not having to celebrate it with her mother this year due to Luz being trapped in the Demon Realm.

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