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Nerissa
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Nerissa Crossnic is a fictional character from the comic book W.I.T.C.H. and the animated series of the same name. She's the primary villain of the Second Arc, Nerissa's Revenge. In the animated series she serves as the primary villain during the second season, and has made several appearances during Season One under her aliases The Mage and Trill. She is the franchise's second most recurring villain.

Chronology: Animated Series

Some 40 years prior to the events of W.I.T.C.H., Nerissa served as the leader of the Guardians of the Veil and as the Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar. However, the Council of Kandrakar feared that the power of the Heart was corrupting her, and took it from her believing that doing so would save her from her newly discovered obsession for power.

Desperate to regain the Heart, the ambitious Nerissa confronted the new holder of the Heart, Cassidy, the Guardian of Water. The pair fought, and Nerissa accidentally sent Cassidy plummeting to her death from the top of a mountain. As punishment for Cassidy's death, Nerissa was sentenced to a lifetime of imprisonment in an ice cave on Mount Thanos. When the Veil was raised, a portal opened in Mount Thanos and Nerissa used it to escape to Meridian. Later, the Mage helped her, hoping that her guilt and an act of compassion would reform her.

Nerissa laid low during Phobos' reign (before and during season 1). She created a new identity that of a good natured red-headed lady called Trill, and used her cunning and magic to gain employment in Phobos' castle, from where she helped the resistance by smuggling people into/out of the castle and by passing on information. Her true nature was not revealed during this time and she actually helped the Guardians a lot saving them at least once from getting caught.

During this period she also took over the identity of her former protector the Mage (who had since died), and became the lover of the future rebel leader's father, Julian. Together they had a child, Caleb, who became the leader of the resistance. Nerissa later revealed that she had given birth to Caleb specifically for the purpose of him becoming the rebel leader (In the comic book continuity, Nerissa did not take on the identity of the Mage who only appears in the animated series, and is not related to Caleb who was created rather than born, and has no parents). Caleb did not learn of his relationship to Nerissa until season 2.

After Phobos' downfall, Nerissa became the primary antagonist and began to move against the Guardians. She freed some of Phobos' minions and set them against the Guardians. Also, she attempted to subvert and disrupt their daily lives on Earth.

Nerissa used the former Guardians to fight the current Guardians in an element versus element battle in which Will had promised not to retreat. At first Nerissa's Guardians, powered by two Hearts, had the upper hand, until Will realized that the former Guardians were strong when fighting their opposite elemental number, but lacked the free will necessary to diversify their attacks in order to fight against a different element. This change of tactics allowed the Guardians to defeat Nerissa and force her to retreat.

When the current Guardians next fought Nerissa, they were able to break her spell of control over the former Guardians. Once Cassidy was freed by Irma (she was thrown in a pool and Irma used her skill to influence minds to dispel Nerissa's brainwashing), the others soon followed. However, before they could press home their advantage, Nerissa absorbed the former Guardians into her Seal, allowing her to access to all of their powers. Only the intervention of the newly freed Phobos prevented her from turning her new elemental powers against the Guardians, and she was forced her to retreat once more.

Nerissa's final defeat came on Halloween, when she attempted to steal the power of the Heart of Earth. After cornering and capturing Napoleon the cat (one of the Regents of Earth) Phobos (disguised as Napoleon) drained Nerissa of her powers and took the Seal of Nerissa, later the Sceptre of Phobos, for his own. He then trapped Nerissa in the Seal along with Elyon, Yan Lin, and the other former Guardians.

Nerissa remained trapped in Weira's jewel, which was the jewel version of the Heart of Meridian, and was passed into the hands of Julian and Caleb. Nerissa remains trapped inside, living out her dream of conquering the universe without realizing that it is an illusion. Nerissa was voiced by Kath Soucie.

Personality

Nerissa is calm and calculating, and she will step on or over anybody in order to further her cause. She even gave birth to a son so that he could overcome her enemies and lay down the foundations for her rise to power. She has an unshakable belief that it is her right to take control of the universe and to reshape it in her own image.

Despite her calm exterior she is prone to fits of emotion (as shown when her son Caleb refused to join with her) and, although she does not show it, Nerissa is consumed by feelings of guilt over Cassidy's death and in one episode when Halinor and Yan Lin say to her "Are you going to destroy us like you destroyed Cassidy, does her memory mean so little to you?" Nerissa responds with strong emotion "You have no idea what she meant to me" before screaming "This is not over" and fleeing, leaving Yan Lin, Halinor and the Guardians alive even though she could quite easily have destroyed them.

She also was not completely heartless, as she genuinely cared for Caleb, having offered him a choice to join her and refusing to let Phobos hurt her son. Also, when Narissa believed she had won and had been able to conquer worlds and unite them under her reign, she had imagined her former lover Julian and her son Caleb at her side, congratulating her on her victory and ruling beside her, indicating she did care and hold high regards for them (though her conquest were merely delusional visions she had while being trapped in a crystal forever).

Nerissa is also a very skilled actress, as she was able to fool everyone, including the Oracle that she was the Mage and Trill without giving away suspicion, until she exposed herself. She was also able to fool Kadma and Will when she was running away from them in order to get Kadma to absorb the Heart of Meridian into the Heart of Zamballa, and fool the Guardians that she did not want them to rescue Yan Lin. It is obvious from that she also has a lot of patience, as she was forced to wait approximately 14 years to get the Heart of Meridian.

In the comic series, Nerissa does not seem to show any feeling of guilt or remorse for what she did to Cassidy and her friends, even going as far as to call her friend Kadma a fool. She shows little feelings towards her Knights of Revenge, keeping them simply for her own use. This can be seen as she ultimately destroyed them by reabsorbing their energy for her own gain. She attacked Kandrakar solely for revenge towards the elders and shows little respect for them, declaring that they cannot stop her.

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Trivia

  • Nerissa's ambitions, goals and actions resemble those of several major marvel comic villains.
    • She desires total universal domination, similar to that of Thanos (albeit the latter desires to destroy the universe in-order to please the Embodiment of Death, while the former desires to bring stability, order and peace to the universe.
    • She recruits several other people and villains to help her fight her enemies, similar to Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur.
      • Her minions the Knights of Destruction/Four Knights of Revenge, function very similar to Apocalypse's Four Horsemen.
      • She even manipulates and brainwash individuals into joining her, and dispose of them the moment she has no use for them anymore, like Apocalypse.


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Media
W.I.T.C.H. | TV Series | Video game | W.I.T.C.H. issues | Music From and Inspired by W.I.T.C.H.
Issues
Arcs: Arc 1: The Twelve Portals | Arc 2: Nerissa's Revenge | Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds | Arc 4: Trials of the Oracle | The Book of Elements | Arc 6: Ragorlang | Arc 7: New Power | Arc 8: Teach 2b Witch | 100% Witch | Ladies vs W.I.T.C.H. | Arc 11: Magical Sovereign

Volumes: Issue 001: Halloween | Issue 002: The Twelve Portals | Issue 003: The Dark Dimension | Issue 004: The Power of Fire | Issue 005: So Be It Forever | Issue 006: Illusions and Lies | Issue 007: One Day You'll Meet Him | Issue 008: The Black Roses of Meridian | Issue 009: The Four Dragons | Issue 010: A Bridge Between Two Worlds | Issue 011: The Crown of Light | Issue 012: The Challenge of Phobos | Issue 013: I Know Who You Are | Issue 014: The End of a Dream | Issue 015: The Courage to Choose | Issue 016: Nerissa's Seal | Issue 017: Don't Close Your Eyes | Issue 018: Remnants of Summer | Issue 019: The Other Side of the Story | Issue 020: A Gust of Hate | Issue 021: Shadows of Tomorrow | Issue 022: A Broken Heart | Issue 023: Goodbye! | Issue 024: Trust Me | Issue 025: Water Shadows | Issue 026: Blackmail | Issue 027: Divided | Issue 028: So Close, Yet So Far | Issue 029:The Lesser Evil | Issue 030: The Chamber of Tempests | Issue 031: The Voice of Silence | Issue 032: Behind the Mask | Issue 033: The Greatest Gift | Issue 034: The Scent of Freedom | Issue 035: Mirrored Lives | Issue 036: Rebel Souls | Issue 037: The Dispute | Issue 038: Desires of the Heart | Issue 039: On the Wings of Remembrance | Issue 040: The Ultimate Secret | Issue 041: The Whole Truth | Issue 042: Beyond All Hope | Issue 043: Tricks of Light | Issue 044: Never Alone, Ever Again | Issue 045: Double Deception | Issue 046: The Power of Courage | Issue 047: The Sands of Time | Issue 048: New Horizons | Issue 049: Between Dreams and Reality | Issue 050: Forever Magic | Issue 051: Out of Control | Issue 052: The Eye of the Book | Issue 053: A Whole New Song | Issue 054: One More Hug | Issue 055: The Day After | Issue 056: The Riddle | Issue 057: The Isle Of Enchantment | Issue 058: Illusions | Issue 059: The The Fire Within | Issue 060: Earth and Air | Issue 061: The World Inside The Book | Issue 062: The Final Chapter | Issue 063: Arrival and Departure | Issue 064: The Screaming Man | Issue 065: When Hope Blooms | Issue 066: Reflections | Issue 067: On Your Side | Issue 068: The Dark Side | Issue 069: New Frontiers | Issue 070: Stop the Presses | Issue 071: Glimmers of Fear | Issue 072: The Green Ray | Issue 073: The Dark Summons | Issue 074: Whisked Away | Issue 075: As You Were, You Are Now | Issue 076: Earth | Issue 077: Of All the Stars | Issue 078: Fire | Issue 079: Water | Issue 080: Emotions | Issue 081: Air | Issue 082: Energy | Issue 083: Return to Kandrakar | Issue 084: Unique Movements | Issue 085: I Am You | Issue 086: In the Heart | Issue 087: A Cold Magic | Issue 088: Which One of You? | Issue 089: The Key to Summer | Issue 090: A Beating Heart | Issue 091: So Much More | Issue 092: No Longer Alone | Issue 093: It Comes From Far Away | Issue 094: The Settlement | Issue 095: Endless Tears | Issue 096: Here On The Heart | Issue 097: The Magic of the World | Issue 098: Sweet After All | Issue 099: A Dive in the Air | Issue 100: 100% Witch | Issue 101: A Rising Star | Issue 102: The First Day | Issue 103: That Which You Aren't | Issue 104: Another World | Issue 105: One Letter From a Dream | Issue 106: Zodiac | Issue 107: It Was Fate | Issue 108: A Father's Heart | Issue 109: Green Truth | Issue 110: Magical Moms | Issue 111: Teamwork | Issue 112: Early Days | Issue 113: The Long Kiss | Issue 114: Return to School | Issue 115: A Special Voyage | Issue 116: The Right Distance | Issue 117: The Best Party | Issue 118: All In A Day | Issue 119: Music In The Air | Issue 120: Lady Giga | Issue 121: Ten Years Later | Issue 122: Mathematically Possible | Issue 123: Lady Crash | Issue 124: A Puppy for a Friend | Issue 125: The Other Part | Issue 126: Lady Kimikal | Issue 127: Embrace | Issue 128: A Single Word | Issue 129: Away From the Heart | Issue 130: A New Friend | Issue 131: The Magic of Emotion | Issue 132: Together Again | Issue 133: Little Magic | Issue 134: Tomorrow | Issue 135: Summer Time | Issue 136: Sportingly Stylish | Issue 137: I Love London! | Issue 138: A Different World | Issue 139: Forever in Our Hearts

Other Comic Books: Core of Kandrakar | Cornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to Be | Elyon: Return of the Queen | Planet Boys | The Year Before | Orube Special | Two Hearts for a Ball (World Cup Special) | Christmas Special 2004 | Christmas Special 2005 | Christmas Special 2006 | Caleb and Elyon - Two Destinies | Halloween Special 2007 | Witch on Stage

Characters
Will Vandom | Hay Lin | Irma Lair | Cornelia Hale | Taranee Cook | Elyon Brown | Lord Cedric | Miranda | Prince Phobos | Alchemy | Nerissa Crossnic | Caleb | Sandra | The Mage | Eric Lyndon | Nigel Ashcroft | Anna Lair | Matt Olsen | Ms. Knickerbocker | Joan Lin | Lillian Hale | Bess and Courtney Grumper | Napoleon | Susan Vandom-Collins | Cassidy | Martin Tubbs | Laurent Clubberman | Uriah Dunn | Chris Lair | Chen Lin | Halinor | Kurt Van Buren | Frost The Hunter | Tracker | Gargoyle | Sandpit | Kadma | Yan Lin | Julian | Theresa Cook | Aldarn | Jeek | Howard Hale | Dean Collins | Lionel Cook | Peter Cook | Raythor | Tynar | Elizabeth Hale | Blunk | Tom Lair | Eleanor Brown/Miriadel | Raphael Sylla | Tony Vandom | Andrew Hornby | Galgheita Rudolph | Herbert Olsen | Joel Wright | Thomas Brown/Alborn | Shagon, the Hate | Tridart, the Despair | Ember, the Pain | Orube | Shinobu Takeda | William Collins | Stephen | Edward Folkner | Mariko Takeda | Foreman Takeda | Erin Peyton | Mr. Huggles | Luke Pradd | Tecla Ibsen | Henry | Ardeh | Ari | Endarno | Maqi | Laura Steedson | Nashter
Episodes
Season 1: It Begins and It Resumes | The Key | Happy Birthday Will | A Service to the Community | The Labyrinth | Divide and Conquer | Ambush at Torus Filney | Return of the Tracker | Framed | The Stone of Threbe | The Princess Revealed | Stop the Presses | Parents' Night | The Mudslugs | Ghosts of Elyon | The Mogriffs | Walk This Way | The Underwater Mines | The Seal of Phobos | Escape from Cavigor | Caleb's Challenge | The Battle of Meridian Plains | The Rebel Rescue | The Stolen Heart | The Final Battle

Season 2: A is for Anonymous | B is for Betrayal | C is for Changes | D is for Dangerous | E is for Enemy | F is for Facades | G is for Garbage | H is for Hunted | I is for Illusion | J is for Jewel | K is for Knowledge | L is for Loser | M is for Mercy | N is for Narcissist | O is for Obedience | P is for Protectors | Q is for Quarry | R is for Relentless | S is for Self | T is for Trauma | U is for Undivided | V is for Victory | W is for Witch | X is for Xanadu | Y is for Yield | Z is for Zenith

Songs
We Are W.I.T.C.H. | W.I.T.C.H. (Theme)
Locations
Sheffield Institute | Heatherfield | Meridian | Arkhanta | Zamballa
Groups
W.I.T.C.H. | Uriah's Gang | C.H.Y.K.N. | Knights of Destruction | Guardians of Kandrakar | The Runics
Objects
Heart of Kandrakar | Heart of Meridian | Heart of Zamballa | Aurameres | Seal of Phobos | Seal of Nerissa | Horn of Hypnos

Elements: Quintessence | Fire | Air | Water | Earth

Other
The Disney Afternoon

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