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Also known as M.O., Mode of Operation; Modus Operandi is the general operations and behavior characteristic to a specific individual or group of individuals. Below is the Modus Operandi and classification of the species of the major magical beings appearing on Charmed who played a pivotal role throughout the series, explaining characteristics the sisters used to differentiate between Good and Evil.

The Charmed Ones[]

Classification: Good Upper Level Witches, Protectors of the Innocent
Modus Operandi: Use active powers, spell casting and potion making abilities to protect the innocent and eliminate the forces of evil.
Invoke the Power of Three to eliminate the Forces of Darkness
Powers and Emotions are tied; bound as One
Notable Example: Piper Halliwell

The Elders[]

Classification: Angelic Beings, High Level Whitelighters
Modus Operandi: Appoint, guide and bestow powers upon mortals and beings who they believe are tremendous paragons of Good transforming them into Whitelighters. watch over the world and humans.
Bestow vast knowledge of magical beings upon Whitelighters and Good Witches.
Notable Example: Ramus

Whitelighters[]

Classification: Angelic Beings, Guardian Angels
Modus Operandi: Guide and protect innocents and future Whitelighters as well as neophyte and high level Good Witches; use their ability of healing to heal an injured party.
Powers and Emotions are tied together
Notable Example: Leo Wyatt

Half-Whitelighters[]

Classification: Magical Being, Child of a Witch & Whitelighter or Non-Magical Being & Whitelighter
Modus Operandi: As the child of a Whitelighter, he or she will be trained to follow in the work of his or her magical parents; protecting the Forces of Good and annihilating the Forces of Darkness
Bestowed with magical powers such as Orbing, Telekinetic Orbing, Shielding, as well as basic Wiccan powers depending on non-Whitelighter parent's heritage and other vast magical powers
If non-Whitelighter parent is a witch, the Half-Whitelighter will develop a varied form of their power tied to orbing; such as Telekinetic Orbing and possibly Combustive Orbing, Molecular Orbing, Deceleration Orbing and so forth.
Powers and Emotions are Bound as One
Like Whitelighters, they are a natural enemy of Darklighters
Notable Examples: Paige Matthews, Wyatt Halliwell, Chris Halliwell

Darklighters[]

Classification: Magical beings, work for the Dark Side, Whitelighter's Evil Counterpart
Modus Operandi: Eliminates those mortals capable of becoming future Whitelighters, eliminate Good humans with Touch of Death
Destroys Whitelighters with poisoned tip arrows shot from crossbow.
Spread evil through impregnation of an innocent.
Some may possibly guide evil witches.
Some Darklighters may be Spirit Killers
Notable Example: Alec

Good Witches[]

Classification: Magical beings, usually human, Practitioners of Good/White Magic
Modus Operandi: Use spell casting abilities and potion making skills to help/protect others or eliminate evil threats. If bestowed with active powers, they will thwart evil beings.
Follows the Wiccan Rede, will not use Wiccan powers for Personal Gain.
Notable Example: Patricia Halliwell

Ghosts[]

Classification: Spirits, Apparitions
Modus Operandi: Guide, watch over, haunt or seek vengence on other beings, human or magical.
Can be further classified as Poltergeists, Phantasms, Evil Spirits or merely an apparition.
Notable Example of Good: Penny Halliwell
Notable Example of Evil: Jackson Ward

Evil Witches[]

Classification: Magical beings, work for the Dark Side, Practitioners of Black Magic.
Modus Operandi: Use spell casting abilties, potion making skills and active powers to harm innocents and Good Witches.
Will often disempower Good Witches if they are in the way of a goal rather than killing them.
Will not hesitate to use powers for Personal Gain and breach the Wiccan Rede.
Notable Example: Tuatha

Warlocks[]

Classification: Magical beings, work for the Dark Side, can be half-human.
Modus Operandi: Hunt and kill Good or Evil Witches for power, will not hesitate to betray other magical beings.
Notable Example: Jeremy Burns

Demons[]

Classification: Magical beings, work for the Dark Side.
Modus Operandi: hunt, track and destroy the innocents, the forces of Good and other magical beings; be they human, warlock, witch or demonic.
can be further classified as Low-Level and Upper-Level.
Serve and answer to the Source of All Evil.
Determined to spread evil throughout the world.
Notable Example: Belthazor

Vampires[]

Classification: Immortal creatures of the Night, a whole different network of Evil beings.
Modus Operandi: Attack humans in human or bat form, draining humans of their blood in hopes of transforming them into Vampires.
Serve their Vampire Queen
Notable Example: Rowan

The Triad[]

Classification: Virtual Emperors of the Underworld; Cabal of 3 High Level Demons; The Evil Power of Three.
Modus Operandi: Infiltrate and monitor the work of Demons in hopes of successfully eliminating the Charmed Ones and all that is Good.
Appear in corporeal or non-corporeal form.
Served under the Source but wanted to take over the Underworld.
Notable Member: Baliel

The Source of All Evil[]

Classification: Ruler Of the Underworld. An ancient Demonic Creature, the most powerful and vilest of all Evil.
Modus Operandi: Eliminates the Forces of Good.
Eliminates those considered a betrayer or traitor of the Dark Side.
Ultimate Goal: To destroy the Power of Three and the forces of good by any means.

Minor Characters Worth Honorable Mention[]

Angels[]

Classification: Beings of Light
Further classified into 3 categories:
Guardian Angels - Protection Spirits
Modus Operandi: Protect charges with an unseen hand of guidance
Act as a charges inner voice, conscience and instinct
Angel of Death
Classification: Powerful angel, possibly second in line to the Angels of Destiny
Modus Operandi: Uses power to bestow death upon those who's time it is to die, bringing their soul and life essence to it's prospective place in the Afterlife.
Angel of Destiny
Classification: most powerful of all good forces and angels.
Modus Operandi: Charts and formulates destinies in accordance to the Grand Design.
Will chart a new destiny for those who are lucky enough to achieve their previous.

Avatars[]

Classification: Neutral Beings, neither Good nor Evil
Modus Operandi: Persuade High Level Beings of Good into their way of thinking
Eliminate those considered a threat to there ultimate goals.
Originally the Avatars were assigned names; Avatar of Force, Avatar of Power, Avatar of Strength - later changed to Letters of Greek Alphabet
Will create a Utopia no matter the costs.
Notable Example: Alpha

Brotherhood of The Thorn[]

Classification: Elite, Very Powerful Group of Upper Level Demons
Modus Operandi: Seek out and eliminate high ranking members of society who they use to achieve goals
Attempt to assimilate their kind into society to infiltrate it in hopes of spreading evil
Seek to eliminate the Forces of Good
Members are bound by Blood Oath
Notable Members: Raynor, Vornac, Belthazor, Klea, Tarkin and Triggs

Bunyip[]

Classification: Monstrous Creature
Modus Operandi: Lies in waters of the Australian Outback
It is said to bring disease and will bring a human to death through drowning if he or she disturbs it's source of food.

Cleaners[]

Classification: Ethereal Neutral Beings
Modus Operandi: Will prevent the exposure of Magic no matter the costs
If magic is exposed amongst the non-magical populous, Cleaners will erase memories, alter events and even roll back the hands of time and remove a magical being they consider a risk to the secrecy of magic
Ultimately a Cleaner will rewrite history if need be

Cupids[]

Classification: Angelic Beings
Modus Operandi: Use their Rings of Love to create relationships through Telepathic Suggestion
Uses Ring to travel through, decelerate, accelerate Time; slowing it down or reversing it.
Notable Example: Coop

Muses[]

Classification: Angelic Beings of Pure Light
Modus Operandi: Guide their charges with an Unseen Hand of Inspiration
Inspire a charge's Passion and Creativity
Notable Example: Melody

Firestarters[]

Classification: Neutral Magical being, can be persuaded to Evil
Modus Operandi: Use power to set ablaze objects or incinerate other beings, human or magical
If persuaded to Evil, they are often found as Bodyguards of the Source or high level demons such as the Triad
Notable Example of Good: Tyler Michaels
Notable Example of Evil: Christy Jenkins

Furies[]

Classification: Demonic Women
Modus Operandi: Act as Judge, Jury and Executioner to anyone they consider an "evil doer" no matter how small the offence and kill them.
Will disable a victim using their sharp talons
Use smoke to make victim's hear the cries of all his or her former victims
Use smoke to seek out portals of unexpressed fury in witches converting them into Furies

Demonic Children[]

Classification: Spawn of Demon & Human, Darklighter and Human, Demon & Demoness, Demoness & Human
Modus Operandi: Trained to follow in Demonic/Evil parent's footsteps
May lure innocents into traps and kill them
Notable Example: Ari, the spawn of Darklighter and Human, with Power of the Touch of Death
Notable Adult Example: Cole Turner, Father was human, Mother was a Demoness

Nymphs[]

Classification: Magical Beings
Modus Operandi: Always found in the company of a Satyr
Tree sprites found frolicking and dancing around in wooded, grassy areas
Use power to nurture and preserve forest and nature.
Use power to access the Eternal Spring
Notable Example: Daisy

Valkyries[]

Classification: Demigoddesses
Modus Operandi: Scout the battlegrounds for dying warriors/soldiers
bring souls to Valhalla in preparation for the Final World Battle
Notable Example: Freyja

Conjurers[]

Classification: Magical beings, often Witches
Modus Operandi: Will use power to create or magnify objects, non-living beings, elements, etc ultimately bringing them to life
Using what already exists such as areas of water or the winds they will magnify it causing storms and tidal waves
Using illustrations found in books, they will bring literary beings to life.
Notable Examples: Evil Enchantress, Wyatt Halliwell

Alchemists[]

Classification: Demonic Scientists
Modus Operandi: create life essences used to possess innocents
will use unique power to transform the Dead into the Living and vice versa
Notable Example: Kierkan

Familiars[]

Classification: Magical Creatures
Modus Operandi: Often found in feline form but can be dogs, horses, snakes, etc.
Guide witches protecting them while they learn the Craft.
Naturally attuned to the seasons and phases of the Moon
Will teach a young witch a heightened awareness of her environment.
Notable Example: Kit

Gargoyles[]

Classification: Ancient Magical Statues
Modus Operandi: Will often be found as part of architecture on sacred grounds or homes of magical beings
Will detect any demonic activity, coming to life weakening and warding off even the most vilest of demons

Genies[]

Classification: Magical Tricksters
Modus Operandi: Found within magical lamps, bottles, containers, etc.
Will offer 3 wishes to anyone who releases him/her from their lamp.
They often grant a wish that has a hidden consequence attached.
Notable Examples: Genie, Jinny

Demi-Gods and Demi-Goddesses[]

Classification: Magical Beings, Half Gods
Modus Operandi: The child of a God and a human
Trained to be Gods & Heroes amongst men, acquire minor magical power from parent God
Bestowed guardianship of parent God's Kingdom
Notable Example: The Valkyries

Gods and Goddesses[]

Classification: Supreme, powerful magical Beings
Modus Operandi: Rule, create, control, and own Lands, Elements, Emotions, Powers, Abilities etc.
They rule their designated land, element, emotion, etc with a power associated to their name.
Some may abuse their title such as The Titans
Notable Example: Gaia, the Goddess of the Earth

Grimlocks[]

Classification: Demonic Beings
Modus Operandi: Steal the eyesight of innocent children to see unique Auras that surround good humans and powerful magical beings
Use power to feed on an Aura, strangling their victims, ultimately killing them
Very powerful
Identification: Albino skin, black suits, whirling red eyes

Guardians[]

Classification: Magical Beings, Good or Evil
Modus Operandi: Charged with protecting ancient grounds, artifacts, other magical beings, mortals, etc
Bestowed with great power and responsibilty to protect said object or being
Notable Examples: Guardians of the Hollow, Guardian Demons, Guardian of the Urn

Gypsies[]

Classification: Semi-Magical Beings
Modus Operandi: Belong to Tribes
Often excercise their Romany culture
May be bestowed with powers similar to those of Witches; Spell casting, potion making, etc.
If bestowed with active powers, such as Foresight they will use it to help/advise others
May invoke powers from magical artifacts
Notable Example: Ava Nicoli

Innocents[]

Classification: Humans, Magical or Non-Magical
Modus Operandi: Often possess something that the Forces of Evil want
May be high rank member of society or merely a child who if attacked benefit the Forces of Evil
Will be hunted, tracked, posessed, captured, sought or destroyed by evil beings
Some may possess a power, soul energy or magical artifact sought by the darkside for evil's gain
May be a paragon of good whose work will lead to consequences for or the destruction of evil
Notable Examples: Dr. Griffiths, Aviva, Janna, Kyle Brody, Henry Mitchell, Miles , etc.

Lords of War[]

Classification: Malevolent Immortal beings
Modus Operandi: Lead armies in wars to achieve goals – usually related to the acquisition of power
Attacks a victim with his Crystal Sword – which captures magical powers
Notable Example: Gabriel Statler

Nexi[]

Classification: Point of immense Spirtual or Wiccan Energy
A Wiccan Nexus: Further Classified as a Magical Battleground for Good & Evil
Modus Operandi: Found at a point equidistant from the 5 Basal Elements: Earth, Fire, Metal, Water & Wood
located at a center of a Pentagram
Home to the Shadow
Called a Suxen in a spell so demons wouldn't use it.
Notable Example: The Halliwell Nexus

Phoenix Witches[]

Classification: Elite Assassin Witches
Modus Operandi: Descendents of those witches burned in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials
They have no allegiance to anyone or anything but their vengence
They will kill any bounty that they are hired to take down
Identification: Born with a distinctive birthmark of a Phoenix rising from the Ashes

Oracles[]

Classification: Neutral Magical Being, Male or Female
Modus Operandi: Use power to foresee the future to advise other magical beings
Can be found under the employ of upper-level demons or advising power magical beings, good or evil.
Notable Example: The Source's Oracle (Evil), Oracle seen at Manor in Oh My Goddess! Part 1

Ordo Malorum[]

Classification: Unholy Hierarchy of High Level Demons
Modus Operandi: Command the war against the Forces of Good
Will capture, kill, and conquer Good Witches who protect the Innocents.
The Generals leading this Hierarchy distribute a Level 2 Weapon amongst their servants to use to destroy the Good
Notable Example: Litvack

Priests and Priestesses[]

Classification: Magical beings; High or Dark
Modus Operandi: Will use their knowledge of rituals to perform ceremonies such as Handfasting, Wiccanings, funerals, wakes, marriages, etc for other magical beings.
Powerful witches can become High Priestesses after Death
Notable Example of Good: Penny Halliwell
Notable Example of Evil: Dantalian

Seers[]

Classification: Demonic Being
Modus Operandi: Uses her ability to see the future to advise other magical beings
Skilled potion and tonic makers.
Will only kill if necessary
Notable Examples: The Seer, Kyra

Skeletal Beings[]

Classification: Demons
Modus Operandi: Hover between Life and Death
Feed on Life Forces to sustain themselves through centuries of Unlife
Seek an unending supply of Life Essence to gain actual Life and immortality
Appear to have control over animals such as birds (crows) that they use to track victims
Require a highly explosive potion and a powerful, properly worded spell to be vanquished; Prior to Necron being vanquished by the sisters, the last group of witches who attempted to vanquish a Skeletal Being were vaporized in the process.
Notable Example: Necron

Soul Traders[]

Classification: Demonic Beings, Rare
Modus Operandi: Will capture and collect the souls of humans
Trade Souls for power, rank, wealth or other magical goods
May make deals with humans, their souls in exchange for something they wish
Notable Examples: Zahn, Sargon

Soothsayers[]

Classification: Magical Healers, Good or Evil
Modus Operandi: Often sought out by magical creatures who have survived an attack
Can offer council to those who need advice
Apply their knowledge of ancient remedies and elixirs to help the wounded
Do not possess any power except their wisdom

Sorcerers and Sorceresses[]

Classification: Dark Magical Beings
Modus Operandi: Use Black Magic and Evil Sorcery to curse, infect, harm and possess innocents or other magical beings
Use innocents as pawns to achieve personal goals
May be Demonic; Demonic Sorcerers
Notable Example of a Sorcerer: The Boss (Magic Hour)
Notable Example of a Sorceress: Kali, Imara

Succubi and Incubi[]

Classification: Former witches who have renounced all human emotion and made a pact with Darkness to protect them self from heartbreak.
Modus Operandi: Succubi attract and lure men and feed on their testosterone
Incubi attract and lure women and feed on their estrogen
May appear in dreams and nightmares
Notable Example: Darla

Witch Doctors[]

Classification: Magical Beings, Watchdogs of Evil
Modus Operandi: Banish evil spirits from demonic footholds
Use unknown magic rituals to find and destroy evil beings
Interpret magic used in a questionable manner as evil
Ultimate Goal: To eliminate evil in all it's shifting guises

Witch Hunters[]

Classification: Humans, may possess magical abilities
Modus Operandi: Often descendants of a generation/family of other Witch Hunters or humans who may have been wronged by a witch
Will seek to lure and destroy any witches
Consider all witches evil and unnatural
May pose as innocents
Notable Example: Jackman

Wizards[]

Classification: Magical Tricksters
Modus Operandi: use ability to create Illusions to achieve personal goals
Will betray anyone to get what they seek
Possess an array of vast magical power
Notable Examples: Wizard, Rathmere

Zodiacs[]

Classification: Astrological Entities
Modus Operandi: Act as animals in the 12-year Chinese Calender
They are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig
The Strongest are the Warrior signs
Other Information: Many years ago, Buddha set up the eternal cycle and each year his sacred staff would be passed to one of the 12 Zodiacs.

The Zodiac who holds the staff would spread his will over the world for the full year, which provided a balance to all things.

If demons get the staff, they would use it to spread evil. Each year the dark monks try to obtain. The only time that a demon could take the staff is in the 12 hour window when the Zodiacs gather to pass the staff.


Zotars[]

Classification: Demonic Beings
Modus Operandi: Belonging to the Demonic Bounty Hunter breed of Demons, Zotars possess more advanced powers than a regular Bounty Hunter
Usually hired to track down fugitive demons
They infiltrate and intercept a fugitive demon's work or call
May offer to work with Good Magical Beings if their goal is the same
They track magical beings by honing in on their bounty's scent
Notable Example: Krell
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