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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Piper's line about Wyatt "corrupting himself" in "Imaginary Fiends".
    • In a season eight episode, Phoebe calls Piper's glamour "hot," prompting Piper to jokingly remind her that they're sisters. Phoebe's response is to point out that, according to their identities, they're not sisters anymore, but cousins. Which is still squicky for obvious reasons.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Despite beliefs that Charmed (1998) was created to follow the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Constance M Burge has said that the network had very little faith in the show when she first pitched it. They didn't think the witchcraft concept was a good sell and only relented when she made the protagonists sisters. Even so, the network kept demanding 'more skin' and marketing around Fanservice, feeling it couldn't stand on its own. Needless to say it lasted eight seasons and was the longest running TV show with female leads for a while.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
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    • You'd think Victor would be a little more upset that his new bride was actually an evil demon who tried to kill his daughters and kidnap his grandson. He gets a little bit of a pass since his daughter was in the middle of a difficult labor that was bringing his first grandchild into the world, so maybe he decided to push it aside until he could process it properly. And being that he was a recurring character as opposed to a regular, that's plenty of time for him to do so offscreen.
    • Phoebe shows no emotion to her baby's death, even if it was a Fetus Terrible.
      • She actualy expressed relief of being rid of its influence but, on the other hand, in the subsequent seasons she was literally obsessing over newborn Wyatt (initially) and fulfilling her motherhood premonitions. Perhaps it was a combination of internalised angst and bad writing.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
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    • Cole’s whole plot in Season 5 leaves plenty of room for this. Was Cole a good guy unfairly blamed for being possessed by the Source against his will, who went crazy as a result of Paige and Barbas using magic to screw with his mind? Was he a former villain trying his best to redeem himself in the face of mistrust and rejection, and only embraced evil again out of desperation? Or was he on his best behaviour as a ploy to get Phoebe back, and showed his true colours once it became clear that was not going to happen? Was Phoebe a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing for blaming Cole for things beyond his control and repeatedly trying to kill him well before he did anything villainous, or was she standing her ground in front of a man who—redeemed or not—felt entitled to have her and wouldn’t respect her boundaries?
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    • Did the Charmed Ones become selfish in giving up their lives as protectors, let down all good magical creatures, and only become interested in their own pleasure? Or did they simply retire from a thankless life after putting in years of work, losing a sister, and having to look over their shoulders every second of the day without a moment's peace?
    • Was Penny Halliwell a loving grandmother who invented the power-stripping potion to give her granddaughters a chance at a normal life, or a Manipulative Bitch who was bumped off by the Elders for attempting to Screw Destiny? It seems far too coincidental that she died just before she could use it... Considering she cursed her wedding ring yet allowed it to remain a family heirloom, has a clear disdain for men and was romantically involved with demons herself... there's a serious argument to be made for her being an Evil Matriarch. Particularly since she later reveals that she regularly mind-wiped them and used magic to stop them from fighting, instead of simply disciplining them.
    • Phoebe: misunderstood but adventurous younger sister with understandable abandonment issues, whose family wouldn’t take seriously and allow to be free resulting in insecurities about herself and her relationships? Or reckless, self-absorbed brat who’d always cause trouble and demand that others take responsibilities and make sacrifices she herself wouldn’t? And in there later seasons, did she take a level in jerkass out of the blue and abandoned her destiny, or was she a Broken Bird suffering from the toll magic had taken on her life?
    • Piper: the greatest witch in history and the heart and soul of the family who, despite longing for a normal life, steps up to be the competent matriarch after Prue's untimely demise and finally earns her happy ending with Leo after much tribulations? Or a whiny, self-obsessed shrew who never really embraced her magical heritage, never experimented with magic unless she was cornered, obsessed over her marriage and children to the point of endangering innocents, and was so entitled to call into question the Great Design and bargains with past foes and Destiny itself just to have her way?
    • What did the Sisters' Personality Powers really tell about them? Was Piper's freezing power a reflection of her being a Shrinking Violet who needed time to process things, and gained an explosive power when she found confidence in her inner strength? Or was it her being so self-centered she'd stop everything at her whim, only to become more prone to go off at the drop of a hat whenever things did't go her way? Were Phoebe's Premonition and Empathy (as well as her work as an advice columnist) a reflection of a genuine desire to help people, or just a manifestation of her persistent need to insert herself into the lives of other people at every opportunity? Was her levitation because she's a free spirit, or because she considers herself above everyone else?
    • Leo: a lone voice of reason amongst the group, who reluctantly goes along with morally questionable plans out of his devotion to Piper? Or merely a spineless lapdog, long since brought to heel by his controlling wife and sisters-in-law? Even Brian Krause himself occasionally mocks Leo as being a "pussy" when participating in Charmed convention panels.
    • Did Kyle Brody really love Paige, or was he just using her to help with his vendetta against the Avatars and she just happened to take the level in dumbass necessary to be duped?
    • Wyatt. The kid's future alignment seems to switch back and forth so often, it makes more sense that his chaotic upbringing has left him already evil and the Good Future is simply the result of a Heel–Face Turn. Him turning evil because of Gideon's betrayal was perhaps understandable, but because of an (demonic) imaginary friend and a cursed teddy bear is just bizarre? Rather, Evil Wyatt makes more sense as simply the culmination of the increasingly petty and selfish attitudes of the sisters in later seasons, coupled with Leo's increasing spinelessness, leaving him as a Spoiled Brat with too much power and no decent role models.
    • The Elders. The Big Good of the show who believe The Needs of the Many and are sometimes forced to do morally questionable actions to keep the forces of evil in check, or simply a collection of Jerkass Gods who desire to keep their monopoly on power at all costs? Especially considering they wanted to wipe out the Avatars despite knowing nothing about them or their motives, just because they were threatening their status as the most powerful faction in the series.
    • The Seer's actions in "Charmed & Dangerous" - a case of Even Evil Has Standards or her using reverse psychology to get the Source to doom himself, thus starting her Batman Gambit.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Cole and Phoebe's drama in Season 5. It doesn't help that the show can't seem to decide if Cole is trying to win Phoebe back or seek overall redemption. Likewise Depending on the Writer it's either Phoebe being justified for being suspicious or being a bitch for not understanding. This is partly due to the original idea being for Cole and Paige to fall in love instead (the episode "Sympathy For The Demon" certainly hints at it) but both actors protesting against it - and Julian McMahon opting to leave to do Nip/Tuck, meaning Cole had to be quickly written out.
    • Piper's reacion when the Angel of Destiny takes Leo away again in Forever Charmed is only mild resignation, and doubles as a subtle lampshade on how much trite and repetitive their constant cycle of separations and reunions had become by that point: not even the characters themselves are surprised anymore.
  • Ass Pull:
    • There was no mention of this before by either sides but in Season Eight, there seemed to be the Ultimate Power that is more powerful than the Charmed Ones and they are a pair of sisters.
    • Every new big threat after the Source could count, really, seeing how the Source was set up to be THE Greater-Scope Villain of the show. Although this mainly applies to the Ultimate Power - as Zankou and the Titans had the justification of having been sealed away (Zankou was sealed away by the Source himself), while the Avatars worked on their own.
    • Not just major threats, but many things about later seasons just came out of nowhere when, in the context of the show, should have shown up much earlier. The Cleaners and Magic School are two such things that are brought up.
    • Magic School is a particularly bad offender that not only clashes with the show's (initial) focus on traditional witchcraft passed down by family line or through covens, but makes no sense with the very premise of the series: the sisters awoke as witches in their twenties because their powers had to be bound to protect them from a warlock. Now, if only there had been a completely evil-proof, death-defying place to safely raise magical children in. With Patty dead, Victor out of the picture, and the girls' lives on the line, there's no way Gams wouldn't unbind their powers and send them over there, especially since she never showed concern about them leading a normal, magic-free life.
    • The reason given to why Prue's ghost couldn't visit her sisters was that it would prevent them from being able to move on with their lives. However, every other deceased member of their family is free to visit them whenever they want. In fact, it was their dead grandmother who explained this to them during one of her many visits. (Granted, the real reason Prue's ghost can't visit is that her actress left the show and refused to allow the producers to use her likeness afterwards.)
    • In Season 8, the Cleaners couldn't help the sisters with the reporters accosting them due to too much time having passed and because the sisters have "burned that bridge." This not only implies that there was a previously unmentioned time limit in which the Cleaners could act but it also means that they let their dislike of the sisters overshadow their duty to protect the magical world from exposure at any cost.
    • And for that matter, the entire "Homeland Security knew about magic all along" subplot from Seasons 7 and 8. Not only does it cheapen Darryl's entire tenue on the show as the law enforcement insider secret keeper, and takes away any sense of threat from Inspector Sheridan, it also makes no sense with many previously established characters (such as the already asspull-y Cleaners) and events: if HS was already in the know, why didn't they intervene with a cover-up when Prue and Piper got caught vanquishing a Demon on camera, or when Phoebe was exposed and imprisoned as a witch in a bad future?
    • The very existence of Simon Marks in Season Eight. Seasons Two and Three made such a big deal about the Elders forbidding Piper and Leo's relationship because Witches and Whitelighter shouldn't be together, not to mention it being the reason why Paige had to be hidden away and her sisters never knew about her until after Prue's death. And yet, there it is, another Witch-Whitelighter hybrid (one year older than Paige, at that!) created solely as an easy obstacle for Paige and Henry's relationship to overcome, all the previously established lore be damned.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The eighth season greatly toned down the skimpiness of the sisters' everyday clothing, by protest of the three actresses.
  • Awesome Music: The opening theme "How Soon Is Now?" covered by Love Spit Love. Also "Blame It On The Weatherman" by B*witched from the end of the fifth season premiere.
  • Base-Breaking Character: All the Halliwell sisters to some extent.
    • Prue - kickass and badass feminist icon that stands up for what she believes in? Or a massive hypocrite who is too powerful and a blatant Wish Fulfillment character?
    • Piper - whiny and wangsty broken record, always craving a normal life? Or Stoic Woobie that has a right to want happiness after everything she's been through?
    • Phoebe (mostly in later seasons) - broken cutie that's finally had enough and just wants to find happiness? Or Creator's Pet that has forgotten her true destiny and become the very thing she feared against in "Morality Bites"?
    • Paige - Replacement Scrappy and one-dimensional annoyance? Or entertaining and fun character that benefits from not being an Expy of Prue?
    • Billie was originally just The Scrappy for many fans when the last season aired, but has been seen in a better light by a portion of the base as years have gone on. To a lot of fans, she's a Cousin Oliver who represents everything wrong with the final seasons (and Kaley Cuoco's acting is divisive). To others, she was a fresh addition who represented a different perspective, and had an interesting story arc.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • Overall, this is best known as that show with the three sexy witch sisters.
    • "Coyote Piper" is named for the one Fanservice scene where a possessed Piper does a sexy table dance in a Shout-Out to the movie Coyote Ugly - which is almost a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
    • "Ms Hellfire" is remembered for being the episode where Prue walks around in sexy black leather outfits to impersonate a hitwoman.
    • Quite a few episodes were marketed around the fact that there would be Fanservice in them. "A Witch's Tail" for Phoebe's skimpy mermaid outfit, "I Dream of Phoebe" for the genie costume, "Valhalley of the Dolls" for the valkyries' Chainmail Bikinis. "The Bare Witch Project" even made a big deal about Phoebe being nude doing Lady Godiva - when it's a two-minute scene at the end of the episode.
    • "Battle of the Hexes" has Billie in a sexy Wonder Woman-inspired outfit and something about a gender equality lesson.
  • Broken Base:
    • The infamous feud between Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano still causes heated debates among Charmed fans to this day, despite the fact that the two actresses seem to be at peace with one another now.
    • The Aesop of "Morality Bites" - is it Can't Get Away with Nuthin' and ridiculously anvilicious? Or is it Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped?
    • And for that matter, which era is better? The Prue years or the Paige years? A lot of it can depend on when someone first started watching the series. Living TV in the UK originally could only air Seasons 4-8 for ages due to the same rights issues that prolonged the first three seasons coming out on DVD.
    • Was Billie the Creator's Pet or the Creator's Pest? Sure she was shoehorned in by Executive Meddling wanting a Younger and Hipper character, as well as a new Ms. Fanservice (as the three leads were getting fed up of the skimpy outfits) - and her arc about finding her sister took over the main season's plot. But then again, the writers resented having to get rid of Leo because of budget cuts (and even took pay cuts to allow for him to appear in the series finale) - and it's possible she was written to be particularly obnoxious in the middle of the season for these reasons.note  By the end of the season, she's essentially lost everything and given a depressing ending - with the only glimmer of hope for her character is Phoebe forgiving her in the Distant Finale.
    • There's also the Genre Shift that started around Season 3 but became very noticeable around Season 5. Season 1 was Low Fantasy, with Season 2 downplaying the magic into an almost Slice of Life formula. Seasons 3 and 4 made things more action-packed but still to a tone resembling the first two. By Season 5, more overt fantasy elements like mermaids, leprechauns and unicorns were introduced. Some fans of the first seasons didn't like this, feeling the show got away from what made it special. Others welcomed the change and enjoyed the more fantastical elements (some in fact feel the first two seasons are too mundane). A lot of this has to do with the Sci Fi Ghetto - where fantasy was seen as incredibly childish in the late 90s and early 2000s, not becoming a more acceptable mainstream genre until the successes of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
    • The Charmed comics definitely fall under here. Some people like them for continuing the series, bringing back old characters, and re-establishing the Charmed Ones as the most powerful witches. Others, however, dislike them for the treatment of old characters, the fact that they've used Shannen Doherty's likeness against her wishes, the fact that they whitewashed Darryl Morris, and the way they've twisted Charmed canon.
    • Which sister hijacked the show for herself? Was it Prue, who always had to be the one to save the day lest we forget she's The Superwitch? Was it Phoebe, with her never-ending drama with Cole, their endless trips through the Heel–Face Revolving Door, and later her string of boyfriends? Was it Piper, with her cyclical marital problems and her most special child in the world whom everybody in the magical community was after? Ask any fan and you'll get a different answer – usually the sister they like the least. (The only consensus is usually that Paige got the short end of the stick in terms of screentime and main plot relevance).
  • Character Rerailment: After Phoebe spent Seasons 5-7 becoming much more selfish, unlikable and obsessed with finding 'the one', Season 8 restored her to a much kinder presence while also deconstructing her Serial Romeo behaviour (showing that she was badly affected by so many failed relationships) - and having her do more selfless things. Basically she was her same self from the first four seasons, just with more Character Development.
  • Cliché Storm: The episode "Chick Flick" parodies all the typical slasher movie cliches when a demon releases psycho killers from horror movies and sends them after the sisters. Since their powers don't work on the killers, the sisters have to follow the typical cliches. And there's a nice little shout out to Psycho.
    Piper: "I'm being stalked by psycho killers and I hide in the shower?"
  • Critical Research Failure: Paige's tarot reading for Phoebe and Cole in "Just Harried". For starters there is no Despair card. The Nine of Swords can mean despair and anxiety but there is no 'Despair' in the Major Arcana. And an experienced tarot reader like Paige would know that the Death card is nothing to get freaked out about. The card means sudden change - so it appearing in the Future part of the spread is pretty logical for a Charmed One.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Phoebe is frequently accused of this in Seasons 5-7. Some other seasons also give her priority in the storylines. One of the things fans find positive about Season 8 is that this levels off.
      • There are several reasons to call this favoritism into question, though: for one, Phoebe is the only sister ever shown to suffer serious and long-lasting consequences for abusing her magic, something all the sisters tended to do more and more as the seasons went by. Also, in the last three seasons, not only is she increasingly Out of Focus, relegated to her own side-plots with little bearing to the general storyline, she's also the only one with no full resolution to any of her character arcs: finding love and starting a family get at least a rushed mention in the flash-forward scene, but balancing personal and magic life, as well as gaining all her active powers back are both left completely hanging. So much for favouritism!
    • A strong case could be made for Piper in the last few seasons. Season 5 still managed to keep a good balance among the sisters, but come Season 6 and the show starts revolving entirely on Piper, her sons and her husband. Paige becomes even more out of focus than Phoebe, goes from one dead-end subplot to the next and is often just used as a cosmic taxi for her sisters. It gets to the point that the series finale is all about Piper's time travels and hardly features Phoebe and Paige at all (though that's partly due to Real Life Writes the Plot and Written-In Absence); even the very last scene of the show is not the three sisters together, but Piper, Leo and their grandchildren.
  • Designated Hero:
    • The Charmed Ones by Series 5, with Phoebe and Piper being the worst offenders. They spend most of their time complaining about and shirking their responsibilities, ignore saving innocents to focus on their own petty problems and use their status as the Charmed Ones to act like entitled bastards, believing that the world owes them for saving it a few times! The "heroes" also spend their time condemning Cole as irredeemably evil from the moment he returns despite forgiving (or flat out ignoring) Phoebe constantly being in identical situations. It only gets worse from there before it gets better, what with Phoebe's utterly shallow approach to men (especially after being dumped by Jason Dean), Piper's zeal for a normal life overtaking both hers and Leo's duties, Paige's penchant for violent solutions to problems even when it's unnecessary, the girls' thankless habit of enlisting Darryl to risk his life to bail them out of situations, and even Leo subtly absorbing some of the worst "ends-justify-the-means" traits from the sisters, the Elders, and Bad Future Chris.
    • Penny Halliwell is touted as a badass matriarch of the Halliwell line. Yet she is a Straw Feminist of the worst degree, ready to disown her own great-grandson just because he's a boy - because she believes that all men are inherently evil. Rather than outright showing how horrible these ideas are, the show tries to play her sympathetically - which certainly wouldn't be the case if she were a man. Even though she does learn An Aesop, she occasionally reverts back to her old attitude.
    • Paige in the latter half of Season 4. Her mistrust of Cole is presented as a Cassandra Truth when she's actually Right for the Wrong Reasons. She simply believes Cole has made a Face–Heel Turn of his own free will because he used to be a demon, despite his demon half getting vanquished before her eyes. She never once considers the possibility that he's being manipulated - which he actually is. She just decides he's evil and tries to convince the sisters of it.
    • Piper in Season 8. Her attempts to get Leo back result in her driving Billie as far away from the sisters as possible and make it easy for Billie's sister to corrupt her and successfully turn her evil. She does this on the suspicion that the two are the evil they need to fight (and everyone - even the Elder she asked - noted it was only a possibility).
  • Designated Villain:
    • Zigzagged with Cole in Season 5. Depending on the Writer, we were either meant to sympathise with Phoebe and view Cole as the problemnote , sympathise with Cole and see Phoebe as irrational for not realising his demonic powers were a Sadistic Choicenote , or find a middle ground with Cole genuinely trying to be good but Phoebe being right that his powers cause more harm than goodnote . Julian McMahon wanting to leave the show precipitated the situation: even though Cole had a genuine Face–Heel Turn, he did so out of desperation after being unable to get the Charmed Ones to vanquish him or do so himself, while Phoebe became increasingly abrasive and aggressive against him, even in the face of his obvious meltdown. This led many viewers to sympathise more with Cole and see the Charmed Ones, Phoebe in particular, as needlessly cruel to an already broken man who embraced evil only because that's what everybody saw in him. Cole also initially planned to accept Phoebe's rejection and leave for good, but after Paige cast a spell on his mind to persuade him to stay and help save Phoebe, he became convinced that Phoebe still wanted him and downright ignored her unambiguous refusal to get back together, resorting to increasingly toxic, manipulative and controlling means in his relentless pursuit of her—raising the question of whether Cole had become a genuine Yandere villain, or if his Sanity Slippage started when Paige forced him to feel emotions that weren't his.
    • The Wizard who sought to kill the Source and take his powers, intending to use it to resurrect his near-extinct brethren. He's immediately declared evil, despite coming across more as a desperate individual, tired of being the Last of His Kind. Then again, he literally is trying to become the Source of All Evil, which doesn't exactly help his case.
    • Savard in "Repo Manor", whose evil plan amounted to training three demons to impersonate the Charmed Ones, siphon off their powers, vanquish the Slave King and free his people from enslavement. Likewise, he earns himself an Alas, Poor Villain moment when the Charmed Ones blast him in the face, causing him to fall and be impaled in the head by a strategically placed, pointy rock. Of course, it's highly unlikely that he and his followers would give up the sisters' powers, or release them for that matter, somewhat mitigating how sorry you should feel for him.
    • Greg the fireman in Season 6. While not presented as a villain, he's an obvious Romantic False Lead. And since Piper and Leo need to get back together to conceive Chris, the relationship is doomed. Rather than let the guy down gently, Chris just lets him think that Piper was cheating on him with Leonote . The guy is clearly heartbroken over it. Somewhat resolved with his brief reappearance in Season 8 as he and Piper appear to be on good terms.
  • Die for Our Ship: Dan is widely disliked because he existed as an obstacle preventing Piper from getting together with Leo.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Cole. He was an infamous agent of evil for many years and genuinely tried to kill the Charmed Ones on multiple occasions. However, come Season 5 the sisters constantly denouncing him as "irredeemable" becomes rather hypocritical given the sheer amount of times one of them has turned evil or gone off the rails. And unsurprisingly it's usually Phoebe who goes AWOL but always finds swift forgiveness. At this point Cole actually became more sympathetic to the general fandom, by virtue of the heroes being characterized as selfish jerks.
    • Downplayed with Chris in that he was ever only shady at worst, not truly evil, but most of his die-hard fans, who clamour that the Charmed Ones and Leo "mistreated and ignored" him before they found out that he's Piper and Leo's second son, seem to forget that he spent the entire first half of season six manipulating and lying to literally everyone, and some of his ends-justify-the-means actions include colluding with demons time and time again, letting some into the Manor with no warning to the Sisters, disrupting Piper's family life, kidnapping Leo, and even one on-screen murder (with another two implied off-screen) to get the Sisters their Valkyrie pendants. Even though his motives turned out to be noble, his actions still left plenty of reason for the Sisters and Leo (and even the audience) to suspect, mistrust and keep him at arm's length.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Leo, enough to make him an Ascended Extra.
    • Cole whose first two seasons are regarded as when the show started Growing the Beard. Despite Seasonal Rot setting in around Season 5, he and Phoebe are still a Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Henry was one of the more popular characters introduced in Season 8.
    • Chris. His appearance on the show sparked massive fan love in Fanfiction.net. His character can be found under TWO character filters, Chris H. and for some reason, Phoebe's boss Elise R. (this probably because his character became popular before FF.net gave him his own place in the list). Apart from that, the Chris H. character filter generates more pages than anyone else on the series. Though this can be explained by the lack of filter in the earlier days of Charmed, it's pretty impressive for a character who was only a regular for one season. Nowadays, Chris fics make up most of the updates and new stories in the fandom.
    • Kyra the Seer. Only appears in three episodes but is fondly remembered - thanks to being witty, entertaining and surprisingly deep. Also she's played by Charisma Carpenter - making this the most high profile of the Buffyverse actor crossovers.
    • Also Melinda Warren. You'd be surprised that the character only actually appears in one episode - in the first season at that. Due to being the start of the Charmed line and possessing all three powers, as well as her interesting backstory, she's a frequent choice for fanfiction. Ditto for Eva, who also was only in one episode - yet enjoys great fan press as The Mentor to Melinda.
    • It was recorded which cast member received the most fan mail and it wasn't any of the leads - it was Finola Hughes. Which would make Patty an Ensemble Dark Horse too.
    • The half-manticore from the season six episode "Little Monsters" is ridiculously popular, considering that he was a oneshot character, a baby, and didn't even have a name. He often is depicted as the next generation of Halliwell's best friend.
    • Despite dying in her debut episode, Bianca from Chris-Crossed is very popular, due to being a badass, her relationship with fellow fan favorite Chris, and the interesting possibilities that she represented. Some were disappointed that we never found out about her life in the changed future or if she and Chris got together again.
    • The amount of mentions, love and fanfictions Mark Chao gets is astounishing, considering he was a one-shot character who appeared in one of the earliest episodes of Season 1 and was dead upon introduction.
    • Drake de Mon remains as one of Phoebe's most popular love interests, despite his short tenor on the show, due to his charming personality, fun episodes, role in helping Phoebe regain her faith in love, and interesting backstory. Many fans wished that the sisters could have saved him, even if he didn't end up as Phoebe's endgame love interest.
    • While acknowledging that their relationship was rushed for the finale and Coop is often a victim in Die for Our Ship to Phoebe/Cole fans, his approach to love and personality has made him a favorite among some fans, especially because his relationship with Phoebe being rushed aside, he does appear to be a good match for her.
  • Evil Is Cool: The series' evildoers have awesome abilities like throwing energy balls and fireballs, among other powers. They tend to be decked out in awesome black clothes and are played by top-notch actors, like Tobin Bell, Ron Perlman, David Carradine, Billy Drago and Oded Fehr among others who frequently steal the show.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Well, Evil tends to have more revealing outfits, anyway. And apparently there exists a Demonic Strip Club. An Evil Costume Switch usually involves Hotter and Sexier clothing.
  • Fair for Its Day:
    • "Charrrmed!" from Season 7 is the only episode in the series to feature a lesbian couple (in a show set in San Francisco!) and one is killed off as a Sacrificial Lamb (they're also not seen interacting). However, neither are portrayed stereotypically, their sexuality is incidental and not used for a Girl-on-Girl Is Hot moment and Paige is extremely determined to rescue Brenda from the demons - treating her the same as any other innocent.
    • "The Eyes Have It" has a surprisingly positive depiction of Romani, in contrast to The 10th Kingdom (which villified them) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which had a sympathetic but still very dark portrayal). While they are Magical Romani and the unflattering slur 'gypsy' is used, they're shown to be sister species to witches, the Hot Gypsy Woman trope is averted with powerful matriarchs like Teresa and Lydia (and while Ava is certainly attractive, she's not exoticised).
  • Fanon:
    • Fans have a quote that's often attributed to Piper that goes "Life ain't a garden, so quit being a ho". While it is something she probably would say, she never says it at any point in the series.
    • Likewise fans assumed that Piper's unnamed third child in the finale is named Melinda — after the daughter that she had in the alternate future in "Morality Bites". This usually ignores that when Wyatt was thought to be a girl, Piper mentions that she was planning to name the daughter after Prue, though the fact is sometimes accounted for by calling her Prudence Melinda. This eventually became Ascended Fanon in the comics where the child is named Melinda.
    • Despite the fact that no La Résistance is ever even mentioned, fans often have Chris be the creator and leader of a resistance again Wyatt in the unchanged future.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Piper and Leo are the One True Pairing for fans. Piper's only other significant love interest Dan has very few fans. Piper's love interest Mark (played by John Cho) in "Dead Man Dating" is quite popular - which is surprising for a one-episode pairing.
    • Phoebe and Cole, due to the Love Redeems nature of it — and Julian McMahon really making Cole into quite The Woobie.
    • Prue and Andy. Although Prue got two more love interests during her short time, most view Andy as her one true love.
    • Prue and Cole has some traction, due to the Foe Yay aspect (and the fact that their actors were dating).
    • Paige is unique in that she doesn't seem to have a love interest that's liked or disliked more than the others. But Henry is usually accepted as her true love, the chemistry between the two actors making up for the rushed nature of it.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Back in the 2000s with those of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sparking "Common Knowledge" that Charmed was created to piggyback off Buffy's success (ignoring Constance M Burge saying that the networks didn't think the witchcraft was a good sell until the characters were made sisters). This has largely died off over time, and there are multiple fans of both.
    • Likewise with those of The Craft, since a spin-off TV series of that was planned but didn't happen largely because of Charmed. Actresses Robin Tunney and Rachel True even called it a rip-off. Again, these days there are fans of both.
  • Franchise Original Sin:
    • Seasons 6 and 7 were criticized for Phoebe's Serial Romeo tendencies and an excessive focus on her love life (though it did mellow off in season 8), with Show Runner Brad Kern in particular taking the heat for it. But the show had previously endured a Romantic Plot Tumor back in Season 2 with the Love Triangle between Piper, Dan, and Leo. That love triangle gets far less fan hate, however, as it was finished by the end of the season, and Piper stayed with Leo for pretty much the entire series afterwards. It also helps that Holly Marie Combs definitely had the chops to make a poorly-written storyline work.
    • Later seasons' criticisms of episodes getting Denser and Wackier can also be traced back to season 2, which had plenty of silly episodes (girls transform animals into their dates, an evil Cupid splitting up couples) and a heap of Narm ("That Old Black Magic" in particular). Writing and production values got better in season 3, leading to the show Growing the Beard — making the later Seasonal Rot that much harder to take.
    • The shameless fanservice the show got attacked for in later seasons (to the point where even the show's stars pushed back against it) was there as far back as season 1 in parts, with Prue wearing some very inappropriate clothing in her office, and the sisters were getting dolled up for nights at P3 as early as season 2. But the stripperiffic Cute Monster Girl costumes didn't really surface until season 5.
    • Some fans hated the Genre Shift towards more overt fantasy elements in season 5. The episode "Once Upon A Time" in season 3 is the first of these, but it isn't disliked by fans too much, mainly because it's only one episode in an otherwise dark season, there is some Adult Fear involved to keep the episode in tone with the rest, and there's no blatant Fanservice. Phoebe and Prue just act like children when they're hit with fairy dust. Had this episode been made two seasons later, they probably would have shoe-horned a Fairy Sexy costume in.
    • While there was a unfavorable change in Phoebe's character in Seasons 5-8 a large portion of fans have marked Season 3 where Phoebe's character began the decline. While season 3 is highly regarded as the best season its generally agreed Phoebe's character derailment is the worst part. The episode "Sleuthing with the Enemy" particularly gets noted as the start of this where she suddenly grows a self centered personality (dumping her responsibilities onto an already stressed Piper and throwing Prue's distrust of Cole in her face) Phoebe also becomes obsessively lovestruck with Cole to the point where she's choosing her love for him over her sisters which began the birth of her later season counterpart.
    • In the same season, Piper's "I want a normal life" wangst begins to worsen. In the episode Once Upon A Time, she indirectly puts a child's life in danger by going on a strike to get her boyfriend back from the Eldes. However she doesn't get it as bad because her scenes with Leo don't take up a large portion of this season, and she still has her occasional snark. Plus the Elders being Jerkass Gods against Piper all season helped more in her favor.
    • In Charmed and Dangerous, the sisters create an explosive potion as a last resort to mimic Piper's stolen power. Come Season Six, just throwing random explosive potions at demons becomes the default way of vanquishing them, a far cry from the creative methods from the earlier seasons.
    • The Protagonist-Centered Morality the Halliwells were accused of in later seasons can be traced right back to Prue. She was frequently put on the moral high ground compared to her sisters, the narrative would bend so that Prue would be either right or otherwise justified, and she would never be called out for her actions like the other two. A lot of the criticisms hurled at Billie's character were pretty much the same flaws that Prue had in her earliest persona - being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad, impossibly overpowered, the narrative favoring her viewpoint over the others. Kaley Cuoco however didn't have as big a fan base as Shannen Doherty, and Prue had the benefit of three seasons' worth of Character Development - making this an early problem that was eventually fixed more or less.
  • Foe Yay: Prue and Cole. Search your heart; you know it to be true. Helped by the fact that their actors dated while on set.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In Marry-Go-Round Paige says "Is this a wedding or a coronation?" as a joke. About six episodes later, Phoebe does have a coronation as she becomes Queen of the Underworld.
    • Also Piper jokingly telling Prue 'you've lived a full life' in "Animal Pragmatism".
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Broke out of it, despite executives worrying. Even with all the excessive Fanservice to draw in male viewers, the show was a ratings hit and lasted for eight seasons. It was even the longest running TV show with female leads until Desperate Housewives broke its record.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Season 1 is viewed as flawed, but decent. Season 2 is highly divisive, but most fans agree that Season 3 is where the show really got good. That and Season 4 are viewed as the two strongest seasons.
    • Within Season 1 itself, creators point to "Dead Man Dating" as the episode where they properly found their feet.
  • Ham and Cheese: The villains, particularly in later seasons. And almost any time the sisters were turned evil.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the pilot episode Prue remarks, "This house is perfectly safe." Piper responds, "Don't say that! In horror movies, the one who says that ends up dying." Poor Prue. May also double as Hilarious in Hindsight, as the exchange seems to be a reference to Scream (1996) which co-starred Rose McGowan.
    • Near the end of 5 season Penny refused to bless Wyatt saying that men should not be trusted with magic powers because they can't use them responsibly. At the end of the episode she learned that not all men are bad after all and gave her blessing. The very next season revolved around Wyatt becoming evil in the future. Only the successful prevention of said outcome thanks to the intervention of his time-traveling brother keeps this from becoming a Broken Aesop as well.
    • Everyone's shock that Future!Phoebe is imprisoned for using her powers for evil and to kill a man in "Morality Bites". Given her increasingly selfish behaviour in later seasons, she ends up doing a lot worse and actually has a much higher bodycount, having either directly or indirectly let people or innocents die out of spite or sheer neglect. This gets addressed in a meta sense in the season 9 comics, through "Morality Bites Back" revisiting the Cal Greene plotline and revealing that the close friend Greene murdered was her boss Elise Rothman. This time the crisis is averted, and thankfully the comics don't seem to be marred by many of the problems the show had—including the tendency to forget that the good guys are supposed to be good.
    • In "A Knight To Remember" the Evil Enchantress nearly kills Paige by blasting her onto the windshield of her car. Rose McGowan would later be involved in a nearly fatal car accident and suffer damage to her eye.
    • "Spin City" has Leo finding out that Chris hates him in the future. When demon Chris is attacking him, Leo mockingly says "Did I miss a school play? Take away your favorite toy? Play favorites with Wyatt?" when it's already known that he wasn't around much in Chris's future. However later on, it's revealed that Piper died when Chris was fourteen. This turns Chris's angst from When You Coming Home, Dad? to a huge Tear Jerker. It's kind of understandable why Chris keeps punching him even after he's been turned back.
    • A Season 6 episode has a subplot where Paige needs to help a co-worker expose a sexually harassing boss. Years later, Rose McGowan came out to say she had been sexually abused on The Doom Generation and raped at one point. And then Alyssa Milano would end up popularizing the 'Me Too' movement.
    • Any scene where Phoebe and Paige are getting along may be somewhat difficult to watch now that Rose McGowan has turned against Alyssa Milano in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.note  They also got into an extremely nasty Twitter row in 2020 that ended with Alyssa blocking Rose.
    • It's a minor gag in Season 1 that Phoebe got the Slut-Shaming nickname "Freebie" in high school - which is then expanded in Season 6 when she goes to her high school reunion. This rather eerily parallels the Slut-Shaming attitude she and Alyssa Milano would get from particularly zealous fans.
    • There's an episode in Season 5 where Paige tries to impersonate someone else and get married pretending to be her. Rose McGowan described an odd feeling in her autobiography, where she had her first wedding in Charmed but also got married three times in her roles before it happened for real.
    "I don't necessarily agree that your wedding day should be the single greatest event in your life, but having it happen on-screen for the first time robbed something from me. All told I was fake married three times on film before my "real" marriage. By then, I was repeating an emotional scene I'd already played. Your entertainment comes at a cost to us performers."
    • The Season 8 plot of journalists constantly invading the Halliwells' lives, and Paige's attempts to fend them off ended up paralleling Rose's own negative experience with the paparazzi. She detailed some extremely disturbing encounters in her autobiography after finishing on the show - including getting chased through the Vatican by a mob of people with phones.
    "Everybody was reporting on anyone well known and you didn't know where the enemy was because it was no longer just the paparazzi or the gossip columnist. It was everybody. I was forced to live a life where I didn't say anything, I didn't do anything, lest I be branded a bad girl. Most were so freaked out by people reporting false items, they just stayed hidden. At least that's what I did."
    • The entire plotline for the second half of Season 4, where Paige tries in vain to warn her sisters that Cole has turned evil again, but everybody dismisses her, calls her delusional and abandons her. This finds a near carbon copy parallel in what Rose went through after publicly accusing Weinstein and receiving the backlash. The episode The Fifth Halliwheel is especially harsh: Paige witnesses first-hand Cole using magic again, so he has her infected with paranoia-inducing magic and proceeds to alternate between terrorising her with his powers and gaslighting her into believing it's all a hallucination, only for her sisters to believe her initial statement was caused by the infective magic too. The parallels with the smear campaign by Weinstein's media team is heartwrecking.
    • The plot of the first season has Prue and Phoebe being estranged and rebuilding their friendship, ultimately becoming close sisters again. It was the opposite way in real life, where the actresses initially got on very well - Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs were bridesmaids at Alyssa Milano's 1999 wedding - but they ended up at complete odds by the third season. The two actresses did end up putting the past behind them in The New '10s however.
    • The twist in "We're Off to See the Wizard" is that said wizard is actually evil. Quite uncomfortable to watch since Armin Shimmerman voiced how much he hated his time on the show, and called the three lead actresses the most difficult performers he'd ever worked with.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: Princess Weekes of The Mary Sue got a lot of criticism for her article "Was Charmed Ever Really a Feminist Show''?" (and her answer to the question was a flat no).
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: A slightly weird one. In Season 8 Paige glamours herself into Janice Dickinson to publicly cry at her fake funeral. When the press were trying to discredit Janice Dickinson for accusing Bill Cosby of raping her, Rose McGowan publicly came to her defence.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The first season episode title "The Fourth Sister" considering they had a fourth sister all along.
    • The aforementioned horror movie line. In the episode "Chick Flick" which is an Affectionate Parody of slasher movies, Prue is the first one to get attacked by the psycho killer.
    • The season 4 premiere has Paige nearly orbing a man's heart out of his body. Rose McGowan would later play a young Cora in Once Upon a Time and her preferred method of dealing with people was ripping their hearts out of their bodies. Additionally in "A Knight To Remember" Rose also plays an Evil Enchantress who tries to make a prince forget his potential bride and marry her, hoping to gain control of his kingdom - something Cora does in the second episode where Rose plays her. And a third one - in "Happily Ever After" Paige falls victim to Snow White's poisoned apple. In Once Upon A Time Cora is Snow White's step-grandmother. It's also hilarious that Paige is skeptical about the fairy tales being real - when in OUAT she is a fairy tale character.
    • Another Once Upon A Time related one; In "Spin City" Paige has to get rid of the Wicked Witch of the 'Enchanted Forest'. Fast forward to OUAT and Paige's actress is the Wicked Witch of the Enchanted Forest.
    • A series of strange coincidences involving Charmed and Professional Wrestling have been creeping up after the show ended:
      • The Pro Wrestling Episode "Wrestling With Demons". Think about this: Prue and Phoebe defeated Booker T and Scott Steiner, the two guys that would later win tag team championships together as part of TNA's Main Event Mafia.
      • The Nexus, the central point of powerful energy the Manor was built upon, becomes the object of Zankou's demonic ambitions in season 7 (and those of Paul Haas in early season 8). Furthermore, when demons get killed, they go to a desolate place aptly called the Wasteland, where they inevitably end up as food for a hungry serpent beast. Fast forward to 2010 where a Power Stable of young upstarts known as The Nexus start running amok in WWE, led by and centered around the ambitions of a man whose Finishing Move at the time is called the Wasteland.
      • Paige's appearance in the fourth season is that of Raven Hair, Ivory Skin and as noted on the main page, her Blood Knight tendencies have earned her the Fan Nickname "Raige" on the Television Without Pity recaps. Fast forward to 2012 where we have a WWE Diva named Paige with black hair and pale skin, known for being violent and aggressive. Slight bonus to that one: in Chris's first appearance he makes the comment of "Stone Cold Paige", in reference to her being frozen by the Titans. WWE's Paige was a guest on the podcast of wrestling legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin where she openly admitted to being inspired by Austin. And the film Fighting with My Family (which is about Paige the wrestler) depicts her getting the name from the character in the TV show.
      • Piper's son Wyatt essentially became the plot of Season 6, in which it's revealed that he's destined to become the Above Good and Evil Overlord of a Bad Future unless someone's attempts to kill/convert him are thwarted. Fast forward to 2012 where we have a WWE Superstar named Bray Wyattnote  who leads a creepy cult "family" and is implied to be a man possessed by an ancient demon, possibly Satan himself. Furthermore, Wyatt Halliwell was born inside the Manor, making him extra susceptible to a Face–Heel Turn thanks to the Manor's Nexus. The man implied to be Bray Wyatt's vessel is the previous character his wrestler portrayed as a former member of the Nexus stable.
    • When Phoebe says of Penny's six marriages,note  Cole says "I would have stopped at three". Phoebe would eventually be married three times across the series. And she would stop at the third one.
    • In "Enter the Demon" Piper is annoyed that Paige isn't taking her Charmed duties seriously, specifically her potions. Fast forward to "Siren Song" where Paige has been on a kick of hunting demons and experimenting with potions - which Piper complains about. Be Careful What You Wish For.
    • A meta case. Just before the fifth season started filming, Rose McGowan did an interview where she said it was odd that they didn't show Paige dating anyone at all in her first year. She ended the interview saying "I hope I get some action". This becomes hilarious if one watches an extra on the DVD - where Rose talks about how she'd have these one-shot raunchy scenes with interchangeable male actors. She then went to the producers and said "Paige isn't a ho!" - Be Careful What You Wish For indeed.
    • Misha Collins plays a character who calls Phoebe an angel and she replies that she isn't but she could introduce him to one. The actor later joined Supernatural as an angel.
    • The groom-to-be in "The Wedding from Hell" was named Elliot Spencer. For additional hilarity, an episode of Leverage focused on the main cast's efforts to crash a wedding, just as this one did.
    • The Latin American Spanish dub of the series shares many voice actors with the Latin American Spanish dub of Dragon Ball Z, of all things. This led to such instances as Andy and Prue sharing the same voice actors as Adult!Goku and Kid!Goku/Kid!Gohan/Kid!Goten, respectively (Mario Castañeda and Laura Torres), leading to some Accidental Innuendo of the really quite squicky kind to anyone paying attention, and Cole being voiced by Frieza's voice actor (Gerardo Reyero) when, while Frieza is infamous for being an unrepentant villain through the entire franchise, Cole is known for having a really protracted Heel–Face Revolving Door through his tenure on the show.
    • This won't be the last time there's a trio of girls who protect the power of magic and fights evil.
    • This show was inspired by the film The Craft, and one of the stars of that film, Rachel True, who is African-American, mocked Aaron Spelling for making the characters sisters, calling it an excuse to not cast any actresses of color. The 2018 reboot would give the sisters a Race Lift to become Latina/bi-racial. And that series would then be attacked for colorism - as only Melonie Diaz identifies as Latina.
    • Rachel True criticising the show is especially amusing if one knows that she starred with three of the cast members before it was on the air - with Alyssa Milano in Embrace of the Vampire and both Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan in Nowhere.
    • Brian Krause playing basically an angel here, and the series finale ends with Phoebe marrying a cupid. One of his post-Charmed roles was the Made-for-TV Movie You're So Cupid - where it's revealed he's Cupid and likewise has two children with powers as a result (although these are girls).
    • Two regarding "Battle of the Hexes" in which Billie wears Wonder Woman-inspired outfit and is taken over by the Belt of Gaea which was once worn by the Amazon queen Hippolyta.
      • Kaley Cuoco, who played Billie, would go on to star in The Big Bang Theory which had an episode where the main characters cosplay as the Justice League of America. And Cuoco's character was dressed as Wonder Woman who is the daughter of Hippolyta.
      • Cuoco would also go on to star as the eponymous character in Harley Quinn (2019), meaning that she now plays a DC character for real.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The demons know where the sisters live. They can teleport in at any time. They could easily teleport into the house in great numbers at night, when the sisters are sleeping, and kill them in a matter of seconds. Instead they come up with long plots to shame, divide, frame, or otherwise inconvenience the sisters outside the house.
    • Or since they can create spells, why they never bothered to figure one to prevent anyone from teleporting in! It's somewhat sad that the only one savvy enough to do this was Ludlow, who protected his demonic training academy with spells to make it both untraceable unless you already knew its location, as well as impossible to teleport into!
    • The sisters, for all their offensive abilities, do not possess any natural shielding or particular resistance to damage. Demons wouldn’t even need to use demonic abilities to kill them. They could just put a bomb in the house with a ten second fuse and then they’d all be killed before they even found out about it. Also, given how often the sisters were in public (and Phoebe especially had her whereabouts in public known) the demons could even have just had them shot by a human assassin/sniper from a distance (or a demon assassin) rather than following their standard practice of teleporting before them and waiting for the sisters to kill them. If they wanted to kill them by their own hands, they could have just slipped a tranquilised/sleeping potion into their food when the sisters were on one of their many public dates and then taken them captive. Instead all demons seemed to apply the strategy of deciding they needed “more power” to face the sisters and then, when the fight finally came, failing to duck when the vanquishing potion was thrown at them.
    • Plots involving The Source are particular offenders. If you look at "Marry-Go-Round" alone it showed that Cole as The Source could teleport into the house (even into characters' bedrooms while they slept and even with Paige guarding Phoebe's door), disguise himself as one of the sisters to fool the others, cast magic on Phoebe while she was sleeping and even put Paige to sleep with a wave of his hand (the only thing stopping him killing them all seemed to be his love for Phoebe; an excuse that The Source doesn't always have). With such a combination of abilities, it boggles the mind not only that they weren't used in other situations when they'd be useful (the ability to impersonate a Charmed One and render another one unconscious seems like a useful trick) but it also required a serious dose of idiocy that when The Source had it out for the Charmed Ones they managed to survive more than a night.
    • Unless of course Cole's affection for the sisters is what allowed him to get that close.
    • A season, Paige jumps from temp job to temp job. Like she suddenly forgot she had a law degree and had been a social worker. However, she did give reasons for it - her witchy duties and social worker job weren't meshing so well, and she noticed that she always landed the temp jobs she got for a magical reason.
    • Many episodes stress The Masquerade, yet everyone teleports in broad daylight and in severely populated areas. At one point Leo casually orbs out of a diner, doesn't even go to the bathroom or anything, just orbs from his seat.
    • Wyatt has near-godlike powers and Piper constantly goes on about how she wants to give her kids a normal life. Yet she absolutely refuses to bind his powers, even though they could easily give them back to him once he's older, when he'd be able to control them better. It becomes especially ridiculous after the Dragon incident, where numerous people must have been killed as it rampaged across San Francisco. Another layer of idiocy is added to this considering that an earlier episode had Piper meet a pre-pubescent boy who hated having uncontrollable magic powers. The episode ended with her binding his powers for him, then concluding that Grams had done the right thing by binding their powers, giving them (in her own words) "the gift of a normal childhood- the gift of innocence". Plus, Gideon probably wouldn't have come to the conclusion that Wyatt needed to die for the greater good if not for incidents like the aforementioned Dragon summoning. This became even more glaring after the comics showed Paige binding her daughters' powers, with full intention of unbinding them when they were old enough to control them, after one of them set the house on fire, which was far less destructive than the dragon incident.
  • It Was His Sled: Chris is Piper and Leo's Kid from the Future. When the show first aired, his identity and intentions were a mystery for nearly the whole season.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of fans watch "The Good, The Bad and the Cursed" solely for the Ship Tease between Prue and Cole.
  • Les Yay: The lesbian vampires. Paige gets a couple, like being kissed by nymphs and mentioning how cute Darryl's wife is. Also, there isn't quite as much Incest Subtext as you would think (a lot less in Charmed than there is in Supernatural, for example), but there was an episode where Phoebe was channeling a guy's lust towards Piper. Both sisters are a bit creeped out. Phoebe and Kyra, almost to the point of Lampshading.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In their battle against the forces of evil, the Charmed Ones have faced some truly genius and charismatic foes. These are the most brilliant that the forces of evil have to offer against The Power of Three:
    • Season 1: "Inspector Rodriguez" is an upper-level demon posing as a police officer to investigate the deaths of his brethren at the hands of the Charmed Ones. Discovering the Charmed Ones' identities, Rodriguez kills his human police partner and then frames their ally Andy Tredeu for the murder. Rodriguez uses the framing to manipulate Andy into getting the Charmed Ones into one place by playing on his love for Prue Haliwell to ensure she brings all her sisters to help confront him as planned. Getting help from the demon Tempus, who locks the Charmed Ones into an endless "Groundhog Day" Loop, Rodriguez is able to use it to recover and improve ways to kill all of them for good, leading to a Near-Villain Victory for the forces of evil. Calm, badass and giving the Charmed Ones their first major defeat by killing Andy permanently, Rodriguez would ultimately show the true power of the Underworld.
    • "Déjà Vu All Over Again" : Tempus, the Demon of Time, is a charismatic, laid back upper-level demon with the ability to control time. Tempus contacts and makes a deal with Inspector Rodriguez to have the Charmed Ones gathter in one place, telling him he has a way to "allow him to improve from his mistakes". Tempus creates a "Groundhog Day" Loop which resets upon Rodriguez's death and sets time to earlier on in the day, and uses it as a way to contact and help Rodriguez improve his method for killing the Charmed Ones. Tempus ensures that each loop stays exactly the same but for the way that the Charmed Ones are killed, to ensure its effectiveness and lead to victory being only one loop away.
    • "Repo Manor": Savard is a crafty demon who will go to any length to free his species from horrible slavery at the hands of the powerful demon the "Slave King". Knowing that only the "Power of Three" can defeat the Slave King, Savard trains three apprentices to try to copy it by learning the motivations of the Charmed Ones and eventually comes up with a scheme to drain their powers using a magic dollhouse. Eventually Savard kidnaps Phoebe Halliwell and replaces her with one of his apprentices to discover if the Power of Three would still be in effect with them. When it succeeds, he does the same with Paige Halliwell. Having his apprentices manipulate Piper Haliwell into finding the Vanquish potion for the Slave King by preying on her wanting her lost husband back, Savard is able to defeat the Slave King and free his people.
    • "Kill Billie Vol. 2": Nomed is a snarky and cunning lower-level demon who desires to vanquish the powerful, demonic Triad to allow the new generation of demons to finally arise from the shadow of the old. Manipulating the Charmed One into an Enemy Mine and correctly deducing their whereabouts from their behaviour, Nomed helps reveal the survival of The Triad and convinces them he will act as their spy to discover the plans of the Triad to use the power draining Hollow. Convincing the Charmed Ones to use the Hollow themselves, Nomed gives them information on the whereabouts of the Triad and sends them there, leading to the end of the old generation of demons. One of the show's most successful villains, Nomed ultimately helps to usher in the rise of the new generation of demons and achieves everything he wants.
  • Memetic Mutation: Prue's "they think we're the demons now" is one of the most remembered quotes from the show.
  • Misblamed: Brad Kern is blamed for a lot of problems with the show, due to him taking over after creator Constance M Burge left. This is quite ironic, as Burge left over Kern's decision to introduce Cole - who is a fan favourite. While Burge gets no backlash for being responsible for the much-loathed Piper and Dan romance, Kern is usually blamed for the focus on romance, vampy outfits and a Lighter and Softer tone in the fifth season.
  • More Popular Replacement:
    • Paige was brought onto the show to replace Prue but she was fleshed out into a completely different character than Prue and is quite popular among fans. Most people who say they prefer the episodes with Prue and dislike the later seasons don't have a problem with Paige herself but rather the difference in tone.
    • Henry is considered the best of Paige's recurring love interests - and he shows up in the eighth season to marry her for good.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The sound of a whitelighter orbing. After Paige joined the show, the sound usually meant that she was about to use her powers to kick someone's ass.
    • All three sisters chanting "the Power of Three will set us free". It never failed to sound badass or epic.
    • Whenever Piper says "oh my" in an adorably precocious way.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Phoebe couldn't live down her behaviour in Seasons 5 and 6 - her horrible treatment of Cole, misuse of powers and shameless Fanservice. This is in spite of her actually getting punished towards the end of Season 6 for this (the other sisters got away consequence-free with the same amount of personal gain as her) and her wardrobe eventually getting toned down. Not to mention she Took a Level in Kindness by Season 8.
    • Fans seem to never fail to bring up that Phoebe once strongly opposed Piper's idea of moving out of the Manor after her marriage to Leo, but then proceeded to move out herself one season later afte her own marriage to Cole, as if that's the apex of Phoebe's hypocrisy. Never mind that the circumstances were completely different: by the point Phoebe moved out, there were two married couples plus one sister living in the Manor, they now had two people capable of orbing and, most importantly, they believed they had vanquished The Source of All Evil and absolved their Charmed destiny.
    • That time Piper almost caused a little girl to get hurt by deliberately ignoring her witch duties because she was on a "strike" to get Leo back from the Elders. It’s particularly notable because it happened early in Season 3, when the Charmed Ones were still all about saving innocents, and because none of the other sisters ever flat-out refused to help an innocent in need unless they were somehow cursed (and that includes even Phoebe at her lowest, as the literal Queen of the Underworld!). What’s worst, Piper did eventually come around and was clearly distraught by the consequences of her selfishness, but she never faced any punishment and the show even treated her temper tantrum as a grand romantic gesture that convinced the Elders to release Leo!
    • There's also the infamous sequence in "Hyde School Reunion", where Phoebe and Paige allow a human to be killed by demons. It's often forgotten that the man was a wanted criminal who escaped thanks to Phoebe being under the influence of a spell, and he endangered many other people's lives, with it only being sheer luck that stopped him from killing anyone. He was also threatening their lives at this point too. So while it was a human death that could have been avoided, he wasn't exactly an innocent.
    • The sisters themselves becoming more selfish. What's often ignored is that this very thing is examined in the final two seasons - where they jump head-first into creating a Utopia with the Avatars and then realise the consequences that come with such a thing. There's also a Season 8 episode where Leo advises Piper to simply avoid hunting demons while they're in disguise, but she outright says she can't ignore it when it's happening in front of her. What's more is that this is the main reason for Billie's Face–Heel Turn towards the end and it's presented as Villain Has a Point. And the finale ensures that the sisters kept fighting demons for the rest of their lives, finding a balance with personal lives and training their children to be able to take over.
    • Wyatt taking over the show in Season 6. Even though his presence was massively toned down already in Season 7, and Season 8 only gave him a couple of focus episodes and few scenes in-between, he was so overexposed in Season 6, with all the major storylines revolving around him while most of the other characters were written poorly and had rather silly side-plots, that many fans remember the last few seasons as completely dominated by him, some sarkily foregoing the traditional "Prue Seasons" and "Paige Seasons" division for the "Sisters Seasons" and "Wyatt Seasons" instead.
    • Kyle Brody darting Paige with tranquilliser and holding Phoebe at gunpoint to get to the Avatars is one of the most shocking scenes in the show's whole run, especially as he then proceedes to try and kill Leo. Despite time rewinding so none of that ever truly happened and main timeline's Kyle being more reasonable, many fans saw that as the moment when he showed his true colours and could never warm up to him again. The show goes to great lengths to give him a Freudian Excuse that the Avatars had killed his parents (or so he thought), present him as Properly Paranoid and his mistrust of Utopia as a Cassandra Truth, even going as far as having the Elders turn him into a Whitelighter to put the emphasis on the well intentioned part of extremist, but a big part of the fandom has remained adamant that Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse and still hates him with a passion to this day.
    • Whenever one of the sisters is hostile to and mistrustful of another's new love interest, but then proceeds to / has just recovered from falling head over heels for her own next beau, fingers get pointed in all directions by the fans recalling events from ten seasons ago when X ruined Y and Z's ship but then purused her own with K. Granted, the circumstances are different each time, but the show does a very poor job at keeping the Aesop consistent on whether it's right to trust the currently besotted sister's guts and give the guy the benefit of the doubt, or the other two sistrs are right and the third should listen to her family who knows better. It also doesn't help that all four sisters' judgement gets severely impaired whenever they're falling for someone, so they get Aesop Amnesia whichever version we're choosing to subscribe to this week and they all come across as hypocritical rather than talking from a place of experience due to their own latest disappointment.
    • The Magical Community was a controversial addition to begin with, and they lost any goodwill from the fans when they turned on the Charmed Ones and sided with Billie and Christy after all the times the Sister had saved their asses. What made them come off as especially entitled and bratty was their falling for a transparent manipulation and not believing that the Charmed Ones couldn’t help them that one time because they got hexed, despite all the magical creatures being, well, magical and familiar with that kind of things. Hardly anyone in the fandom ever forgave them.
    • The show itself is often remembered for the Fanservice because the network emphasised it (to the showrunners' annoyance). For example "The Bare Witch Project" was hyped around Phoebe dressing up as Lady Godiva - when in the episode she only does it in a brief sequence at the end. The Fanservice was only that heavy in Season 5 and 6, and even so the show was far more straight laced than people remember.
    • The amount of times the sisters have cheated death is sometimes mocked, even though the circumstances are usually more nuanced; most of the instances involved time travel or else the sisters only being legally dead but getting revived just in time.
    • Brad Kern couldn't live down not having a picture of Prue in the series finale. He regrets it to this day, claiming it was over budget concerns; the $8000 cost a picture of Shannen Doherty would have required would have meant not being able to bring back one of the other returning cast members.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Surprisingly averted by Paige (except to Prue fans), her first season is considered to be one of the best seasons of the show (see Seasonal Rot below). People don't seem to have a problem with Paige the character but rather some of the seasons she was in.

    • Billie in an odd way. She debuted in Season 8 not replacing anyone, but at the same time that Darryl was Put on a Bus and Leo was eventually written out for ten episodes. This is one of the reasons her character was so badly received.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The love triangle between Piper, Leo and Dan in Season 2. Given that Leo already knew Piper was a witch and that she had saved his life in "Love Hurts" - as well as An Aesop at the end of "Morality Bites" that they should try to make their relationship work despite all obstacles - there was never any doubt in the fans' mind that Piper would choose anyone but him. The plot was stretched out across an entire season. It may have eventually been disliked by the creators themselves - as Constance M. Burge protested against Cole's introduction, not wanting another long running love story. Ironically Cole's story (which also had actual relevancy to the plot) was much better received than Dan's.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Cole was treated as an outright villain when he returned in season 5 despite wanting to be good. It was just that Phoebe suddenly decided it was his fault for everything bad that had happened to her, ignoring her own mistakes and refusing to take responsibility for her own actions in the previous season. Many fans felt she treated him unfairly and applauded when he punched her in an alternate reality and when she was killed off briefly in another episode. It didn't help that Phoebe got some really heavy Character Shilling in that season.
  • The Scrappy:
    • An especially obvious example in its eighth and last season with Billie Jenkins, the main reason why the large majority of fans dislike the last season of the show. While the character had potential, her obnoxious qualities and Plot Tumor of a storyline didn't endear her to many.
    • Phoebe also was hated after her treatment with Cole. Many fans called post Season Five Phoebe 'PhoeMe'. She was somewhat redeemed in the eighth season for a few fans, her bitchy tendencies lessening, her Serial Romeo lifestyle getting Deconstructed and her outfits becoming less revealing.
    • Billie's sister Christy was this for a while, though she was somewhat Rescued from the Scrappy Heap via Alas, Poor Scrappy.
    • Inspector Sheridan rapidly became this. Aside from her endangering The Masquerade and the sisters both, thus showing the problems with bringing law enforcement into the supernatural realm, her Arbitrary Skepticism and fanatical pursuit of 'justice' because she believed the sisters were criminals and killers made less and less sense as the series went on. At least the FBI agent pursuing the sisters in the first season had a good excuse (he was a demon). Granted, Sheridan did get put in mortal danger (though it was her own fault) and get her memory wiped for a long time, but by the time she remembered everything and could be said to have a valid reason for disliking the sisters, she was so detestable it was bordering on Laser-Guided Karma when she walked in on Zankou and got herself vaporized. Self Disposing Scrappy?
    • Dan and Jenny in Season 2. The first by way of Die for Our Ship, as he was an obvious Romantic False Lead for Piper - and had no personality other than being hot and occasionally jealous. Jenny mainly because she's in four episodes, gets put in the credits, and is then Put on a Bus before she could do anything.
  • Seasonal Rot: Fans are divided on where the show started to go downhill.
  • She Really Can Act: Each of the actresses achieved this at various points in the series.
    • Shannen Doherty was felt to be rather wooden in the first season - thanks to Prue's default expressions being sniffing and scowling. The Season 2 premiere where Prue has to deal with the full extent of Andy's death is held up as a turning point for the character and actress. It's the first time in the series that Prue actually deals with the trauma in a realistic way.
    • Holly Marie Combs was the unknown of the group - as the other two were reasonably known beforehand. Within the second episode - where Piper worries about whether she and her sisters are evil or not - she immediately showed what a talent she was. And in Season 4's "Hell Hath No Fury", Piper's furious breakdown at Prue's grave left no doubt in the fans' minds that she could carry the show as the lead witch.
    • Alyssa Milano was held up as the weak link of the cast for the first two seasons - mainly because they didn't play to her strengths with Phoebe. Come Season 3 and the character became more of a Genki Girl, matching Alyssa's gift for comic timing better than drama. But Season 3's "The Good, The Bad and the Cursed" is held up by a lot of fans as a great dramatic moment for her; Phoebe is psychically linked to a man from the past, and feels his pain when he is whipped is genuinely frightening.
    • Rose McGowan had some Replacement Scrappy heat to shake off when she joined. But come "A Paige From The Past" when Paige has to admit what her past was like, and relive the death of her parents again, and many of her detractors were silenced.
    • For some, Kaley Cuoco redeemed herself with Billie's reaction to having to kill Christy in the series finale. Earlier in the season there's "Mr and Mrs Witch", where she's able to appeal to her parents for keeping Christy's existence a secret from her.
    • Brian Krause was viewed as the weakest of the main cast members - with most of his attempted dramatic moments resulting in Narm. Come the Season 6 finale when Chris dies and Leo's subsequent Roaring Rampage of Revenge? He Really Can Act.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • "Morality Bites" - Might does not equal right. The wrong thing done for the right reasons is still the wrong thing. There is a fine line between helping the innocent and punishing the guilty, and it must never be crossed.
    • "Charmed Again Part 2" - A mother is just as capable of being an abuser as a father is.
    • "Battle of the Hexes" - No, women are not superior to men. And neither are men superior to women. Equality between the sexes means that they are equal. If either sex becomes dominant, it's a fiasco.
  • Sophomore Slump: Season 2 is regarded as the weakest of the Prue seasons for its lack of focus on magic, a Romantic Plot Tumour involving Leo, Piper and Dan and no season-long overarching storyline to connect the single episodes. Within the Paige seasons - 4 to 8 - Season 5 is also criticised for a sudden return to standalone episodes, Lighter and Softer tone and Hotter and Sexier outfits.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Some of the "valuable" items that come into Buckland's look more like cheap import shop goods than priceless old antiques.
    • Interestingly enough, the visual effects themselves are not all that bad, especially when compared to most of the props. Not only are the above-mentioned ‘antiques’ often off the mark, but also the magic items. Most egregious examples are the 'Fearsome Plastic Falchion' of the evil Warlord, the hundreds-of-years old 'poignard' with a laser-sharp engraving, and 'Melinda Warren's blessing cup' - a rather tacky piece of colored glass.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • While there's nothing really bad about Paige and Phoebe's eventual husbands, they were introduced extremely late in the game (about one-third through and two-thirds through season eight, respectively), so it was kind of obvious that the writers were just trying to get Paige and Phoebe hitched before the end of the show. Coop and Phoebe especially, given that it had to be blatantly stated exposition that he was the love of her life.
    • Phoebe and Jason also got together incredibly quick. They've been together two episodes (one of which Jason wasn't even in) and all of a sudden he's asking her to move to Hong Kong with him.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The deaths of Andy, Piper (just before the Reset Button that killed off Prue instead), Prue (following said Reset Button), Cole (the first and maybe second times), and Christy can easily be this.
    • Piper's (delayed) reaction to Prue's death in Hell Hath No Fury definitely counts as well.
    • The ending of Astral Monkey.
  • Testosterone Brigade: As MAD pointed out, Charmed is a show about witches starring Alyssa Milano and two other hot chicks as sisters. The vampy outfits, fantasy plots and action-packed nature attracted copious amounts of male viewers.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Jenny Gordon was important enough to get a spot in the Season 2 opening credits - before getting written out after only four episodes. Word of God is that they realized she served no purpose. Jenny's role could have served as a way to give Dan some more characterization beyond Piper's Satellite Love Interest.
    • Paige is an interesting case in that she wasn’t really underdeveloped and was still a main character by all means, well-written enough to avoid the Replacement Scrappy hell, but many fans agree she was underused and didn’t reach her full potential. For one, she was the only sister not to get a focus season in which she was the main driving force for the overall plot (Prue got Season 1, Phoebe Season 3 as well as the second and first haves of Season 4 and 5 respectively, Piper got all the rest). She did have some traction in early Season 7 through her romance with Kyle Brody, but that was ancillary to Piper’s husband becoming an Avatar; later on, technically the main driving force of the Season 8 plot, Billie, was introduced as Paige’s charge, but she ended up having more scenes with Phoebe, and the Charmed Ones-side of that storyline was soon taken over by whether Piper and Leo would reunite yet again anyway. Paige was also plagued by the biggest amount of aborted arcs, such as the already inconsequential temp job mess which faded into nothing as the season progressed, or her becoming headmistress of Magic School, which was suddenly dropped a few episodes later. Many things about Paige’s early characterisation either never paid off, such as her being a former teen alcoholic or a painter, or were dropped and never brought up again, such as her social work degree. Finally, one of her main character arcs – feeling disconnected from the non-magical world – was never resolved as the Distant Finale showed her being a full-time Wightlighter with no ties to the real world besides her husband. In short, Paige is generally agreed to be the sister with the most lost potential.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The Assimilation Plot / The Evils of Free Will storyline with the Avatars was abandoned after an episode and a half of Utopia with the Avatars letting go of their perfect world on the Charmed Ones' say-so. Might count as a case of Pragmatic Villainy considering they live to try again, but almost makes you wonder if they could ever truly get it to last.
    • Witches are a rare species with magic that expresses itself as unique inherited abilities. Despite the potential for a wide array of interesting powers, most witches we see besides the Charmed Ones either have telekinesis or fire-throwing powers.
    • In regards to Phoebe's powers in later seasons. While she wasn't as strong as Prue or Piper, the early seasons did at least put in the effort to showcase Phoebe was strong in her own right. For instance Phoebe would use martial art skills and did her best in the spell and intuition department. She'd use her intuition to at least try and help prevent the outcomes of her premonitions, her powers would always make sure they tried to do something. (In fact the Season 2 episode "The Painted World" is a good example of this) In fact in Season 3 Phoebe and Prue were the two sisters who did most of the fighting while Piper mainly froze things until getting her Molecular Combustion power. After Season 4 however Phoebe's powers stop being as active, only happening once in a while and occasionally kicking an enemy. Then after Season 6 she stops being proactive in general having to rely on Potions or hide behind Paige or Piper as they did all the work. The key difference is the early episodes used other ways to make Phoebe involved with fighting demons, even proving herself useful, in later seasons it's like she doesn't have powers at all.
    • In general, Phoebe's character derailment in the later seasons is a result of the show failing to acknowledge her Trauma Conga Line in Season Four. Her behaviour includes: distancing herself from her sisters and magical heritage, becoming increasingly self-centered, jaded and less bubbly, being obsessed with her sister's baby first and having her own baby at all costs later, and becoming disillusioned about love. This is pretty consistent with depression over losing her sister, her love/husband and her unborn baby in a short span, as well as her guilt over betraying her family and frustration over her dead husband trying to force his way back into her life. Jason breaking up with her because of magic not long after was the final straw, seeing how faster and further her derailment went afterwards. Had the show truly addressed her mental state, Phoebe would have come off as more sympathetic and could have had a character arc about healing, redeeming herself, reconnecting with her sisters and magic, and balancing her new-found maturity with her earlier optimism and carefreeness, rather than just focussing on solving her "love block" by shoehorning a love interest at the eleventh hour as if that were the solution to everything.
  • Too Cool to Live: Several characters end up dying to The Plot Reaper over the course of the show.
    • Prue, the oldest and most powerful sister, was McLeaned thanks to backstage drama.
    • Cole had to die in order to allow Phoebe to have more love interests once it was clear she and Cole were done.
    • Chris had to go back to his own future eventually, but dying was done to set up Leo's Story Arc in season 7.
    • Drake was only supposed to live long enough to help the Charmed Ones out of their collective funks.
    • Kyra's death was the final push the sisters needed before they could agree with the Avatar's Assimilation Plot.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Phoebe's sabbatical from her advice column to "relax and recharge her batteries". Instead, she spends practically every waking moment complaining about it, obsessing over her column and hanging out at the office, making the entire subplot ultimately pointless.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Cole Turner is this. This is mostly due to the actor being Julian McMahon who greatly appeals to the predominantly female audience, but even without that his story is a fairly good cause. He spent most of his life working for the forces of evil but became good because he fell in love with Phoebe Halliwell. After a great deal of work, he became a normal human. Which in itself may have been his biggest mistake because following that point he lost total control of his house of cards. He ended up being corrupted by the powers of the Source of All Evil and the Charmed Ones had to vanquish him. (After Phoebe killed a wizard who could have taken the Source's power from Cole.) After he came back, the sisters just flat out dismissed him as evil and didn't trust him from the start. They didn't even bother finding out if he was influenced by evil from an entity that had possessed humans before (even though said wizard and Cole's assistant had practically told them as much). Cole tried over and over again to prove that he was good until he snapped and became evil again (although, to be fair, this was after three separate characters—Paige, the Siren, and Barbas—used various magics to mess with his head and trick or force him to commit increasingly villainous actions). This caused a lot of Phoebe fans to hate Phoebe and feel sympathetic to Cole. Further made worse in retrospect when one realized Cole never would have been infected by The Source if he didn't have to take his powers to save the sisters who were going to be killed, and was only evil due to the source controlling him. And how many times they get to choose between good and evil and have evil actions reversed after becoming good again, but Cole is somehow irredeemable.
    • Darryl Morris in Season 6 and 7. It’s pretty clear that the show tries to frame his refusal to help the sisters anymore, especially when he won’t help drop the charges against Chris for stealing a car in a demon hunt, as irrational stubbornness – they go as far as having his wife Sheila argue with him for not helping the Halliwells out. Fans however don’t blame him, considering his close brush with death when the Cleaners tried to scapegoat him to protect magic from exposure, and the sisters taking him for granted over and over again, from stealing his soul to enter Valhalla, to forgetting to reverse a half-baked spell they put on him (which they never get called out for). In Season 7, when he partly comes around, he swaps roles with Sheila, who is now presented as a bitch and fake friend for demanding that he stop helping the sisters. Again, fans sympathise with her, considering that Inspector Sheridan flat-out tells her that Darryl’s career, life and freedom are at stake if he continues covering up for whom she suspects to be serial killers. Can you blame either of them for putting the well-being and unity of their own family first?
  • Vindicated by History: The show had a hatedom while it was airing for seeming like a Buffy rip-off, the major cast changes and people who were annoyed at the marketing focusing on Fanservice. These days the show is fondly looked at as setting a benchmark for witch themed TV - and many other short-lived witch shows have been compared to Charmed. In 2012 it was reported that Charmed was the most binge-watched show on VOD.
  • What an Idiot!: The sisters make Billie stop wearing the wig and sunglasses she used to disguise herself while vanquishing demons. It's understandable as a woman walking around in black leather and sunglasses is bound to draw attention. However one wonders why the sisters never tried to have Billie protect her identity with magical disguises - especially considering they were using that particular spell at the time.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Kaley Cuoco as Billie. Why would you give the comedic hip young actress the inconsistently-written melodramatic role from hell?
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Many of Phoebe's outfits (including the Costume Porn of the week) fall into this category, like wearing skimpy clothes not appropriate for workplace, several mismatched pieces or even dresses or blouses that border the Impossibly Tacky Clothes and Rummage Sale Reject territories. Alyssa Milano herself hated these outfits and one of the conditions of returning for Season 8 was for Phoebe's clothes to become more modest.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Inverted with Cole. He goes through hell to get back to Phoebe, and all she does is tell him he's evil and try to kill him. Repeatedly. It reached the point where several times he backed off and one where he planned to leave forever, only for Phoebe/someone else to realize he's needed for something and completely mess with his head further. The only reason he turned evil again was on accident and to save all three sisters when they were failing.

Alternative Title(s): Charmed

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