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"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 (Gravity Falls, DuckTales (2017)). The show premiered on January 10, 2020, serving as the first Disney Channel series of the 2020s.

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 in the Demon Realm, a mystical dimension from where all of Earth's myths originate. Upon her arrival, she finds herself crossing paths with Eda Clawthorne (Wendie Malick), a rebellious yet highly skilled witch, and her adorably tiny yet feisty monster roommate King (Alex Hirsch), who make their home in the titular 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 magic 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 show was renewed for a second season ahead of the series premiere, which will begin airing in mid-2021.


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  • Abusive Parents: In "Understanding Willow", we learn that Amity's parents 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 it's a social class thing.
  • 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.
  • An Aesop:
    • No one is a "chosen one". It's the things you do that make you special, not some prophecy written by someone else.
    • No one should be punished for being "weird" if it's who they are.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Due to her curse, Eva 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.
    Eva: No, I don't!
    King: *Takes out a pen with a flashing diamond end and flicks it on.*
    Eva: *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.
  • 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.
  • 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 her rudeness 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 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).
    • 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: In Luz' world they have a site called "Mew-Tube" (apparently an YouTube rip-off for cat videos).
  • 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 Owl form forever and we learn that it was Lilith who cursed Eda.
  • Cain and Abel: Eda and Lilith have some of this dynamic though they do seem to genuinely care about each other. Later its revealed that Lilith was the one who cursed Eda out of jealousy for her superior abilities.
  • The Chosen One: Deconstructed. 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.
  • 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: Plant.
    • Blue: Illusions.
    • Indigo: Healing.
    • Violet: Oracle.
    • Magenta: Abomination.
    • Brown: Construction.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Tiny Nose, who was in jail for this in the first episode.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. It turns out that 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 human baby and calls 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans are not thought of highly in the Boiling Isles, despite this Luz is able to become relatively well liked among witches her own age.
  • 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.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Penstagram (Pentagram + Instagram).
  • Fictional Currency: The inhabitants of the Boiling Isles use "Snails" as currency (Not 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.
  • 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 created a sock puppet of Eda with two differently colored buttons for eyes, foreshadowing Eda's curse weakening, which results in Mismatched Eyes.
  • Forbidden Friendship: Between Amity and Willow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Has Two Mommies: "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.
    • The three-eyed Boscha is essentially Amity Blight without the Character Development and redeeming qualities. While it is implied she has insecurities, she 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.
    • 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. It's also not-so-subtly implied that the entire coven system is a lie just so he can keep power for himself and subjugate others more easily.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Human culture is apparently rather exotic and mysterious to the residents of the Isles, Eda thinks that deodorant is "human candy", for example, and tosses out several valuable objects, including a literal golden chalice, in favor of a pair of gag 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 that humans have venom, and King immediately believes it despite having lived with Luz for weeks by that point.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, develops an intense crush on Luz throughout the events of Season 1, 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.
    Luz: Gross! Can I keep that (illustration of the bile sac)?
    Eda: No.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Master of All:
    • 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.
  • 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's first name means "a friendly relationship" while her last name means "something that spoils or damages anything", 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.
    • 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.''
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Object Amazement:
    • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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.
  • Our Mages 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).
    • Luz stumbles across an older way of doing magic in the same episode that Eda explains this. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "Agony of a Witch", Luz believes that the nobility and self-sacrifice of her quest to obtain the Healing Hat will ensure her success. Her belief is ramped up further when Willow and Gus show up to help. However the whole quest comes crashing down when it's revealed that the Emperor's castle quite naturally has a working security system protecting his powerful magic items.
    • When Luz finds out there is a magic school like in her fantasy novels, she wants to be the New Transfer Student and learn magic. Thanks to a Zany Scheme, she gets banned instead. Eda for Luz's sake goes to bargain with Principal Bump, who says he'll accept Luz as a trial student if Eda cleans up her past graffiti and sabotage...and fills out the necessary paperwork. The paperwork freaks out Eda more than a whole day of cleaning. While Bump is a Reasonable Authority Figure, there still needs to be some record of a new student, even a discreet one.
    • Eda keeps warning her sister Lilith that the Emperor is not to be trusted, which she knows as an outcast with a "Wanted!" Poster. Lilith thinks that Eda is being stubborn and proud, because in her mind the Emperor is good, and she doesn't see how serving him would be bad. It turns out the witch thief cursed for the rest of her life has more experience with abuses of power from the Emperor, the Witch's Coven, and the Warden than a privileged attack dog; Emperor Belos tells Lilith he's not going to cure Eda because she's of no use to him with her refusal to give him her Portal Key, despite his deal with Lilith. Instead, he's going to execute her to Make an Example of Them to wild witches and reinforce his power. You can't trust Control Freak fascists to keep their word.
    • Played for Laughs in "Sense and Insensitivity" King submits his and Luz's story under his own name and killing off her character. He is too egotistical to realize that a publisher accepting the book on the spot is a red flag, which Luz could have told him if he hadn't insulted her. It turns out said publisher is exploitative, keeps authors on unfair, tight deadlines to deliver content and can tell when a writer was plagiarizing. This is why you always Read the Fine Print.
    • "Wing It Like Witches" has it when Luz thinks the best way to get Boscha to stop picking on Willow is challenge her and the school team to a Grudgby match. Willow, the Only Sane Man, tells Luz it's a bad idea because none of the trio has played it. Luz convinces her and Gus that if they act like Azura and do a Training Montage with a "dope" soundtrack, they'll be the underdogs who never lose. They definitely put up a strong effort thanks to Amity's experience as well as Willow going Let's Get Dangerous! but Boscha wins due to knowing about a Golden Snitch that gives several hundred points automatically. At the very least, Boscha's power over the team is broken as they thank Luz and Willow for a good game and invite Willow to join.
    • Gus and Willow are considered powerful witches, and a prodigy in Gus's case. They demonstrate their abilities on a regular basis, complete with Gus making sentient doppelgangers. Even though they arm themselves with magical enhancers to protect Luz from Lilith in "Agony of A Witch", she makes short work of them, swatting them like flies. Willow was a Curb Stomp Cushion since she briefly grappled with Lilith using plant magic, but even she falls. Raw talent does not make up for years of experience.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Principal Bump. 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 upsetting the status quo and potentially embarrassing him, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Amity develops a strong crush on Luz and has planned to ask her out to Grom. Only to chicken out at the last minute.
  • 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.
    • King's goal is to "reclaim his throne".
  • 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.
  • 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, making it unclear which world it originated from.
  • 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).
  • 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 seems 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Eda has them, fitting for a witch. Amity, Edric and Emira also possess these.
  • Supernatural Phone: Witches are able to summon scrolls which act as magic cell phones, using them to connect to social networks like Penstagram.
  • 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).
  • 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's 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.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Luz and Amity.
  • 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. Becomes played straight in the season 1 finale when Luz is forced to destroy the portal to prevent Emperor Belos from using it, though she resolves to find another way home someday.
  • Tuckerization: Luz was named after Dana Terrace's roommate.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: The academic and dedicated student Amity is falling in love with the rebellious and free spirited Luz.
  • "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're pretty much on their way to rekindling their friendship thanks to Luz, albeit slowly.
  • Witch 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Eda 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.

"Two witches torn apart, now alone, two hearts of stone, a curse of feathers and mud, a betrayal of blood"


King and the Boiling Isles

King gives a lecture on the demons of the Boiling Isles to Luz.

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