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Theresa Magdalena Margarita Ann Russo (née Larkin) is the mother of Alex, Justin, and Max. She runs the Waverly Sub Station with her husband, Jerry. As a mortal, she possesses no powers, but encourages her children's discovery of things such as school and their Latino heritage. She does not like magic, and she can not stand when she finds "magic running amuck in the house".

Theresa Russo is a typical mother. She's fussy, caring, and can be pretty embarrassing. Theresa lives in Waverly Place in Manhattan with her husband, Jerry Russo, and her children: Justin, Alex, and Max.

Trivia

  • She was wildly popular in high school, which she mentions several times, though she skips over the fact that she was the only girl in an all boys' high school.
  • She 'believes' she can play the guitar.
  • She 'believes' people think she's Alex's sister.
  • She doesn't like to admit she's middle aged.
  • She absolutely hates magic and can't handle a wizard class without getting annoyed. However, in Max's girlfriend, she was screaming "I'm a wizard freak!"
  • She thinks that because she's not a wizard, she can't get in trouble with wizard laws.
  • She is infamous for her catchphrase "Knock it off!"
  • She is of Hispanic descent.
  • She has a like/hate relationship with her sisters-in-law, Mickey and Megan Russo.
  • She doesn't understand what magic is used for because in the episode Night at the Lazerama Alex said that on the way home (from the lazerama) she learned a spell that could turn a person into a pair of socks (Arygle, boby, tube knee high into socks turn this guy/girl) she says "Max only wears the same pair of socks anyway, so he could just wear Conscience (portrayed by Hannah Montana's Moises Aries)"
  • She's only taught a brief wizard lesson until the kids start fighting and she yells, "Alright, I quit. Justin, it's on you!!!"
  • She is said to be a fast swimmer in Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana, always winning first place, mostly because she was afraid of swimming and couldn't wait to get out of the water.
  • She is a year and two months younger than Jerry Russo.


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Media
Wizards of Waverly PlaceWizards of Waverly Place: The MovieThe Wizards Return: Alex vs. AlexWizards on Deck with Hannah MontanaSoundtrackVideo GameDisney Channel All Star PartyThe Suite Life on DeckSpellbound
Characters
Alex RussoJustin RussoMax RussoHarper FinkleTheresa RussoJerry RussoZeke BeakermanHershel LaritateMason GreybackJuliet Van HeusenProfessor CrumbsHugh NormousDean MoriartyFelixMonotone WomanChancellor Rudy TootietootieSteve NicholsGigi HollingsworthThe WannabesRileyFrankie/JoeyKelbo RussoJoey • Conscience • RosieGorogTalia RobinsonMiranda HampsonT.J. TaylorOfficer Lamp • Officer Goblin • Dr. Evilini • Alfred • Ronald Longcape Sr.Ronald Longcape Jr. • Mr. Stuffleby • Alucard Van Heusen • Cindy Van Heusen • Frankengirl/Frankie Stein • The Mummy • MacGruder • Chase RiprockBrad SherwoodJerko PhoenixSusanRuby DonahueIsabellaJenny MajorheelyJennette BrocolletiDaphneTutor HatchbackMegan Russo • Archie • Giselle • Javier • Conscience's Conscience • GeorgeWarren NicholsNancy LukeyLisa CucuyDominic • Carmela • Francesca • Evil Alex

Guest Characters: Zack MartinCody MartinLondon TiptonBailey PickettMarion Moseby

Episodes
Season 1: "Crazy 10-Minute Sale" • "First Kiss" • "I Almost Drowned in a Chocolate Fountain" • "New Employee" • "Disenchanted Evening" • "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" • "Alex's Choice" • "Curb Your Dragon" • "Movies" • "Pop Me and We Both Go Down" • "Potion Commotion" • "Justin's Little Sister" • "Wizard School" • "The Supernatural" • "Alex in the Middle" • "Report Card" • "Report Card" • "Alex's Spring Fling" • "Quinceañera" • "Art Museum Piece"

Season 2: "Smarty Pants" • "Beware Wolf" • "Graphic Novel" • "Racing" • "Alex's Brother, Maximan" • "Saving WizTech" • "Harper Knows" • "Taxi Dance" • Baby Cupid" • "Make it Happen" • "Fairy Tale" • "Fashion Week" • "Helping Hand" • "Art Teacher" • "Future Harper" • "Alex Does Good" • "Hugh's Not Normous" • "Don't Rain on Justin's Parade – Earth" • "Family Game Night" • "Justin's New Girlfriend" • "My Tutor, Tutor" • "Paint By Committee" • "Wizard for a Day" • "Cast-Away (To Another Show)" • "Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place" • "Wizards vs. Vampires: Tasty Bites" • "Wizards vs. Vampires: Dream Date" • "Wizards and Vampires vs. Zombies" • "Retest"
Season 3: "Franken Girl" • "Halloween" • "Monster Hunter" • "Monster Hunter" • "Night at the Lazerama" • "Doll House" • "Marathoner Harper" • "Alex Charms a Boy" • "Wizards vs. Werewolves" • "Positive Alex" • "Detention Election" • "Dude Looks Like Shakira" • "Eat to the Beat" • "Third Wheel" • "The Good, the Bad, and the Alex" • "Western Show" • "Alex's Logo" • "Dad's Buggin' Out" • "Max's Secret Girlfriend" • "Alex Russo, Matchmaker?" • "Delinquent Justin" • "Captain Jim Bob Sherwood" • "Wizards vs. Finkles" • "All About You-Niverse" • "Uncle Ernesto" • "Moving On" • "Wizards Unleashed" • "Wizards Exposed"
Season 4: "Alex Tells the World" • "Alex Gives Up" • "Lucky Charmed" • "Journey to the Center of Mason" • "Three Maxes and a Little Lady" • "Daddy's Little Girl" • "Everything's Rosie for Justin" • "Dancing with Angels" • "Wizards vs. Angels" • "Back To Max" • "Zeke Finds Out" • "Alex Magic Unmasked" • "Meet the Werewolves" • "Beast Tamer" • "Wizard of the Year" • "Misfortune at the Beach" • "Wizards vs. Asteroid" • "Justin's Back In" • "Alex the Puppetmaster" • "My Two Harpers" • "Wizards of Apartment 13B" • "Ghost Roommate" • "Get Along, Little Zombie" • "Wizards vs. Everything" • "Rock Around the Clock" • "Harperella" • "Who Will Be The Family Wizard"

Objects
Alex's Wand • Justin's Wand • Max's Wand • Russo Portal
Locations
Waverly Sub Station • Russo Lair • The Loft • Tribeca PrepWizTech
Songs
Everything Is Not What It Seems • A Year Without Rain