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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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Issues
Arcs: Arc 1: The Twelve PortalsArc 2: Nerissa's RevengeArc 3: A Crisis on Both WorldsArc 4: Trials of the OracleThe Book of ElementsArc 6: RagorlangArc 7: New PowerArc 8: Teach 2b Witch100% WitchLadies vs W.I.T.C.H.Arc 11: Magical Sovereign

Volumes: Issue 001: HalloweenIssue 002: The Twelve PortalsIssue 003: The Dark DimensionIssue 004: The Power of FireIssue 005: So Be It ForeverIssue 006: Illusions and LiesIssue 007: One Day You'll Meet HimIssue 008: The Black Roses of MeridianIssue 009: The Four DragonsIssue 010: A Bridge Between Two WorldsIssue 011: The Crown of LightIssue 012: The Challenge of PhobosIssue 013: I Know Who You AreIssue 014: The End of a DreamIssue 015: The Courage to ChooseIssue 016: Nerissa's SealIssue 017: Don't Close Your EyesIssue 018: Remnants of SummerIssue 019: The Other Side of the StoryIssue 020: A Gust of HateIssue 021: Shadows of TomorrowIssue 022: A Broken HeartIssue 023: Goodbye!Issue 024: Trust MeIssue 025: Water ShadowsIssue 026: BlackmailIssue 027: DividedIssue 028: So Close, Yet So FarIssue 029:The Lesser EvilIssue 030: The Chamber of TempestsIssue 031: The Voice of SilenceIssue 032: Behind the MaskIssue 033: The Greatest GiftIssue 034: The Scent of FreedomIssue 035: Mirrored LivesIssue 036: Rebel SoulsIssue 037: The DisputeIssue 038: Desires of the HeartIssue 039: On the Wings of RemembranceIssue 040: The Ultimate SecretIssue 041: The Whole TruthIssue 042: Beyond All HopeIssue 043: Tricks of LightIssue 044: Never Alone, Ever AgainIssue 045: Double DeceptionIssue 046: The Power of CourageIssue 047: The Sands of TimeIssue 048: New HorizonsIssue 049: Between Dreams and RealityIssue 050: Forever MagicIssue 051: Out of ControlIssue 052: The Eye of the BookIssue 053: A Whole New SongIssue 054: One More HugIssue 055: The Day AfterIssue 056: The RiddleIssue 057: The Isle Of EnchantmentIssue 058: IllusionsIssue 059: The The Fire WithinIssue 060: Earth and AirIssue 061: The World Inside The BookIssue 062: The Final ChapterIssue 063: Arrival and DepartureIssue 064: The Screaming ManIssue 065: When Hope BloomsIssue 066: ReflectionsIssue 067: On Your SideIssue 068: The Dark SideIssue 069: New FrontiersIssue 070: Stop the PressesIssue 071: Glimmers of FearIssue 072: The Green RayIssue 073: The Dark SummonsIssue 074: Whisked AwayIssue 075: As You Were, You Are NowIssue 076: EarthIssue 077: Of All the StarsIssue 078: FireIssue 079: WaterIssue 080: EmotionsIssue 081: AirIssue 082: EnergyIssue 083: Return to KandrakarIssue 084: Unique MovementsIssue 085: I Am YouIssue 086: In the HeartIssue 087: A Cold MagicIssue 088: Which One of You?Issue 089: The Key to SummerIssue 090: A Beating HeartIssue 091: So Much MoreIssue 092: No Longer AloneIssue 093: It Comes From Far AwayIssue 094: The SettlementIssue 095: Endless TearsIssue 096: Here On The HeartIssue 097: The Magic of the WorldIssue 098: Sweet After AllIssue 099: A Dive in the AirIssue 100: 100% WitchIssue 101: A Rising StarIssue 102: The First DayIssue 103: That Which You Aren'tIssue 104: Another WorldIssue 105: One Letter From a DreamIssue 106: ZodiacIssue 107: It Was FateIssue 108: A Father's HeartIssue 109: Green TruthIssue 110: Magical MomsIssue 111: TeamworkIssue 112: Early DaysIssue 113: The Long KissIssue 114: Return to SchoolIssue 115: A Special VoyageIssue 116: The Right DistanceIssue 117: The Best PartyIssue 118: All In A DayIssue 119: Music In The AirIssue 120: Lady GigaIssue 121: Ten Years LaterIssue 122: Mathematically PossibleIssue 123: Lady CrashIssue 124: A Puppy for a FriendIssue 125: The Other PartIssue 126: Lady KimikalIssue 127: EmbraceIssue 128: A Single WordIssue 129: Away From the HeartIssue 130: A New FriendIssue 131: The Magic of EmotionIssue 132: Together AgainIssue 133: Little MagicIssue 134: TomorrowIssue 135: Summer TimeIssue 136: Sportingly StylishIssue 137: I Love London!Issue 138: A Different WorldIssue 139: Forever in Our Hearts

Other Comic Books: Core of KandrakarCornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to BeElyon: Return of the QueenPlanet BoysThe Year BeforeOrube SpecialTwo Hearts for a Ball (World Cup Special)Christmas Special 2004Christmas Special 2005Christmas Special 2006Caleb and Elyon - Two DestiniesHalloween Special 2007Witch on Stage

Characters
Will VandomHay LinIrma LairCornelia HaleTaranee CookElyon BrownLord CedricMirandaPrince PhobosAlchemyNerissa CrossnicCalebSandraThe MageEric LyndonNigel AshcroftAnna LairMatt OlsenMs. KnickerbockerJoan LinLillian HaleBess and Courtney GrumperNapoleonSusan Vandom-CollinsCassidyMartin TubbsLaurent ClubbermanUriah DunnChris LairChen LinHalinorKurt Van BurenFrost The HunterTrackerGargoyleSandpitKadmaYan LinJulianTheresa CookAldarnJeekHoward HaleDean CollinsLionel CookPeter CookRaythorTynarElizabeth HaleBlunkTom LairEleanor Brown/MiriadelRaphael SyllaTony VandomAndrew HornbyGalgheita RudolphHerbert OlsenJoel WrightThomas Brown/AlbornShagon, the HateTridart, the DespairEmber, the PainOrubeShinobu TakedaWilliam CollinsStephenEdward FolknerMariko TakedaForeman TakedaErin PeytonMr. HugglesLuke PraddTecla IbsenHenryArdehAriEndarnoMaqiLaura SteedsonNashter
Episodes
Season 1: It Begins and It ResumesThe KeyHappy Birthday WillA Service to the CommunityThe LabyrinthDivide and ConquerAmbush at Torus FilneyReturn of the TrackerFramedThe Stone of ThrebeThe Princess RevealedStop the PressesParents' NightThe MudslugsGhosts of ElyonThe MogriffsWalk This WayThe Underwater MinesThe Seal of PhobosEscape from CavigorCaleb's ChallengeThe Battle of Meridian PlainsThe Rebel RescueThe Stolen HeartThe Final Battle

Season 2: A is for AnonymousB is for BetrayalC is for ChangesD is for DangerousE is for EnemyF is for FacadesG is for GarbageH is for HuntedI is for IllusionJ is for JewelK is for KnowledgeL is for LoserM is for MercyN is for NarcissistO is for ObedienceP is for ProtectorsQ is for QuarryR is for RelentlessS is for SelfT is for TraumaU is for UndividedV is for VictoryW is for WitchX is for XanaduY is for YieldZ is for Zenith

Groups
W.I.T.C.H.Uriah's GangC.H.Y.K.N.Knights of DestructionGuardians of KandrakarThe Runics
Objects
Heart of KandrakarHeart of MeridianHeart of ZamballaAurameresSeal of PhobosSeal of NerissaHorn of Hypnos
Locations
Sheffield InstituteHeatherfieldMeridianArkhantaZamballa
Songs
We Are W.I.T.C.H.W.I.T.C.H. (Theme)
Other
The Disney Afternoon
Elements: QuintessenceFireAirWaterEarth

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