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This article is about the television series. For the Italian comic, see W.I.T.C.H..

W.I.T.C.H. is an animated magical girl television series based on the Italian comic book series of the same name, produced by SIP Animation in association and participation by France 3, Jetix Europe (Disney Europe), CNC, PROCIREP, AGICOA, the Poitou-Charentes region and the Charente department. Akin to the comic, the television series follows five ordinary girls: Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin who are endowed with magical powers and become the "Guardians of the Veil". Despite the title of the series, the five main protagonists are magical, yet, ironically, not witches.

Production and development

Two seasons were produced, both of which adapt plot elements from The Twelve Portals and Nerissa's Revenge comic arcs and consist of 26 episodes each. For season 2, SIP Animation brought a new studio for production. SIP Animation completed the full production of W.I.T.C.H. Season 2 around September 2005, and it premiered in the United States, Canada and The UK in June 2006.

Intro sequences

The UK and US versions of the show have different theme songs. The UK introduction shows the girls and their powers in a "story version" with unique footage for the opening, while the US version shows action clips from some episodes and scenes from the W.I.T.C.H. demo reel.

From episode 14 onwards, a new version of "We Are W.I.T.C.H. ", sung by Marion Raven, is used as the show's opening theme, replacing the "demo" version of the theme.

Plot

The Guardians must save Meridian from the evil sorcerer Phobos and Cedric who are searching for Phobos' sister, the long lost princess of Meridian and true heir to the throne. They later find her and the Guardians then set about saving her from Phobos. When Meridian is freed from evil and true heir takes the throne, a new mysterious sorceress named Nerissa frees Phobos' top henchmen and reforms them as the Knights of Vengeance. Once the Guardians learn more about the sorceress and her evil plan of reuniting former Guardians, they are able to defeat the Knights only to have more powerful Knights of Destruction, in addition to the former Guardians attack them.

The Guardians' chief ally is Hay Lin's grandmother Yan Lin, a former Guardian herself, and the one that taught the girls about their magical destiny. They are also helped by Caleb, a heroic soldier from Meridian, leader of the rebellion against Phobos, and Blunk, a frog-like goblin creature (known as a Passling) who takes things from the human world to Meridian (and vice-versa), humorously mistaking everyday objects for other things or items of value. Matt, Will's boyfriend, accidentally learns about Meridian and when he sees the troubles there going on, he learns how to become a warrior to help them. They are also helped by the Oracle, leader of the Universe in Kandrakar, who was the one who chose the Guardians.

Characters

  • Will Vandom (voiced by Kelly Stables) is the daughter of Susan and Tony Vandom, leader of The Guardians of the Veil and the current owner of the Heart of Kandrakar. After an after school snack at Hay Lin's place her grandmother, Yan Lin, informs her of her destiny as Leader of the Guardians. Originally Will had no powers other than flight and the ability to change the Guardians into their mystic forms with the Heart but after the Veil is removed in series 2 she gains the power of Quintessence (Electrokinesis) and she becomes a Technopath which means she can communicate with anything electrical. Will's boyfriend is Matt Olsen.
  • Irma Lair (voiced by Candi Milo) is the daughter of Tom and Anna Lair and Guardan of Water. Irma has the power of flight and can control Water (Hydrokinesis) and after the Veil is removed she gains the power of mind-control. Irma has no boyfriend but Martin Tubbs has a huge crush on her but she has a huge crush on Andrew Hornby.
  • Taranee Cook (voiced by Kali "Kitty" Troy) is the daughter of Lionel and Theresa Cook and Guardian of Fire. Taranee has the power of flight and can control fire (Pyrokinesis and Thermokinesis) and after the Veil is removed she gains the power of Telepathy but only with the other Guardians. Taranee's boyfriend is Nigel Ashcroft.
  • Cornelia Hale (voiced by Christel Khalil) is the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth Hale and Guardian of Earth. Cornelia has the power of flight and can control earth (Geokinesis and Chlorokinesis) and after the Veil is removed she gains the power of Telekinesis as well as being able to change into her Guardian from without the clothes and wings. Cornelia's boyfriend is Caleb.
  • Hay Lin (Liza del Mundo) is Yan Lin's granddaughter and Guardian of Air. Hay Lin has the power of flight and can control air (Aerokinesis), hear miles away using air particles and after the Veil is removed she gains the power of Invisibility. Hay Lin's boyfriend is Eric Lyndon.

Villains

Season 1
  • Prince Phobos (voiced by Mitchell Whitfield) is the main villain of the first season, Tried to steal the throne of Meridian, Elyon's powers, and later steals the Seal of Nerissa. Voiced by Mitchell Whitfield
  • Lord Cedric (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is Phobos' General who has the ability to shape-shift into a man-snake hybrid.
Season 2
  • Nerissa (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a Past guardian of Quintessence who steals the hearts of Meridian and Zamballa, and is main villain of season 2.
  • The Knights of Vengeance are Nerissa's minions to distract the guardians while she steals Elyon's Powers.
  • The Knights of Destruction are Nerissa's minions made to fight the new guardians while she collects the old ones.
  • C.H.Y.K.N. is the group of past Guardians and Nerissa's old friends, who were tricked into her control through flaws in their souls, except for Yan Lin who never gave in and instead is trapped in Nerissa's seal with Elyon.

The Heart

The Hearts are the sources of mystical energy for the worlds they come from. They can be represented by a jewel, a talisman or a living being. Prominently featured in the series is the Heart of Kandrakar, a pendant that allows W.I.T.C.H. to transform. Most of the time a Heart is found to be in the form of living being, as it is for Earth, Meridian, and Aridia.

Setting

Various planets play an important role in the W.I.T.C.H. series. Earth is the home of the Guardians of the Veil, later the Infinite Dimensions while Meridian, Kandrakar and Zamballa are mystical planets that are introduced as the story progresses and the evil forces get stronger. Nerissa briefly visited a place called Aridia, a desert realm in an attempt to steal their Heart (an unnamed male rock giant). But her attempt failed when the Seal of Nerissa signalled that the other members of C.H.Y.K.N. were freed from her control.

Zamballa

Zamballa was first introduced in the season 2 episode "P is for Protectors". Zamballa is a purple world with a jungle stretching out as far as the eye can see. At the centre is a Pyramid, the palace where Kadma lives while the Veil is still in effect. The Zamballans themselves look like walking purple trees. The Guardians learned of Zamballa from Yan Lin, who told them the story of when she was a Guardian and had to protect the world of Zamballa from an attack of Phobos. Kadma led the attack against him. After, the Zamballans were so grateful that they offered her the Heart of Zamballa itself and made her Queen. However, the Veil was raised and cut off Kadma her Guardian friends and other worlds and she had to live there without hope of leaving.

But with the Veil lifted and Nerissa out to control the Ex-Guardians, they agree Kadma must be warned, but Nerissa and her Knights are already there and are glamoured as W.I.T.C.H. destroying Zamballa. Soon Kadma learns of the deception and with Taranee's help she manages to defeat Nerissa. In the next episode, "Q is for Quarry", the Guardians and Kadma team up to defeat Nerissa once and for all and come up with the idea of taking the Heart of Meridian. At first, Will gets the chance to, but refuses, saying that much power will corrupt her. Kadma instead takes it and merges the two Hearts, which form the Seal of Nerissa. Because Hearts cannot be taken by force, soon Nerissa will have two Hearts and Kadma under her control. The Zamballians and the Guardians gather to discuss what should happen next.

Ironwood makes herself Regent of Zamballa and her first act is to banish the Guardians, Yan Lin, Blunk, and Caleb from their world so that Nerissa is never tempted to return. In "Z is for Zenith" the Heart of Zamballa is returned and Kadma abdicates from her throne to live on Earth, while Ironwood takes the Heart and is made Queen herself.

DVD releases

W.I.T.C.H. has been released on DVD in Europe, Australia, the Philippines (also in VCD format), Brazil, and Malaysia containing episodes of the first season which was divided into volumes of varying number of episodes. Each volume contains 2 art cards, each featuring one of the W.I.T.C.H. girls. The first three volumes were released in 2006 on 1 May, 19 June, 21 August respectively. In October 2007 the volumes were re-released as a DVD box set along with the box set of volumes four, five and six. Between all the DVDs, the entire first season of W.I.T.C.H. has been released. "W.I.T.C.H The Complete First Season" has been released as a single set in the US.

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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
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