|Birthdate||November 2nd, 1975|
|Birthplace||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Basic Wiccan Powers|
College Student - (Formerly)
Secretary - (Formerly)
Prue's assistant - (Formerly)
Psychic - (Formerly)
Phoebe Halliwell was born on November 2nd, 1975 to Patty Halliwell and Victor Bennett. Phoebe is the youngest Halliwell sister. As a Charmed One, she was the youngest, the oldest being Prue Halliwell, and the middle sister being Piper Halliwell. After Prue's death at the hands of the demon Shax and discovering that she had a younger half-sister, Paige Matthews, Phoebe became the middle sister, the middle Charmed One. Phoebe has since adjusted to her role as mediator between her sisters just as Piper previously was. As a Charmed One, her primary power is Premonition. In season 8, after faking their deaths with the vanquish of the demon Zankou Phoebe took on the alias Julie Bennett. At the end of the series, Phoebe married Coop - a Cupid and has three daughters.
- 1 History
- 2 Charmed Life
- 3 Powers & Abilities
- 3.1 Premonition
- 3.2 Levitation
- 3.3 Empathy
- 3.4 Empathic Manipulation
- 3.5 Loss of Active Powers
- 3.6 Basic Wiccan Powers
- 3.7 Possible Power Advancement
- 3.8 Additional Powers
- 3.8.1 Thermokinesis
- 3.8.2 Possessed By the Woogyman
- 3.8.3 Telekinesis
- 3.8.4 Flight
- 3.8.5 Warlock Powers
- 3.8.6 Banshee Powers
- 3.8.7 Telekinetic Orbing, Whitelighter Powers
- 3.8.8 Unborn Source & The Queen of All Evil
- 3.8.9 Mermaid Powers
- 3.8.10 Superheroine Powers
- 3.8.11 Astral Projection
- 3.8.12 Goddess of Love Powers
- 3.8.13 Valkyrie Powers
- 3.8.14 Genie Powers
- 3.8.15 A Ghost
- 3.8.16 Jinny's Powers
- 3.8.17 Clea's Powers
- 3.8.18 Hulk Phoebe
- 3.8.19 The Hollow
- 4 Romantic Life
- 5 Professional Life
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Death Counts
- 8 Power Loss Counts
- 9 Phoebe's Magical Transformations
- 10 Documentation
- 11 Notable Occurrences
- 12 Etymology
- 13 Notes
History[edit | edit source]
Although Phoebe was born with the power of Premonition, her maternal grandmother Penelope Halliwell bound her and her sisters' powers to prevent the Warlock Nicholas from attempting to come after her and her sisters and destroying them for their powers.
Her father Victor and her Grams would constantly argue about how Victor was merely human and thus unable to protect his own children from the supernatural. A disgruntled Victor eventually left his family, leaving the girls to be taken care of Grams and Patty. On February 28, 1978, Patty was drowned in a lake at Camp Skylark while fiending off the Water Demon. Phoebe and her two older sisters were effectively orphaned and were raised by their maternal grandmother.
As a child, Phoebe was very smart and studious and once earned an award for student of the month, but developed a serious rebellion in her teenage years as she began to cause trouble around school and earned the alias "Freebie" after she was caught making out with ex-boyfriend Todd Marks. At the age of 10 Phoebe was transported by a spell cast by her future self to the year 2002, where she met two older versions of herself, her sister Piper, Piper's husband Leo Wyatt, and Phoebe's future ex-husband Cole Turner. Cole protected her from the demon Kurzon and then she visited the realm of Whitelighters with Leo. After she helped the older Phoebe listen to her heart about marrying Cole, she returned to her own time, where Penny quickly erased her memory of the time travel.
After completing high school, Piper and Prue moved into an apartment together in North Beach, San Francisco where they stayed until their grandmother their grams became ill and they moved back in with her. Prue became engaged to a man named Roger and she asked Piper to be her maid of honor.
Unfortunately, Roger began to hit on Phoebe at her bartending job and sent her flowers. When Prue found out, she accused Phoebe of coming onto him. Devastated at the accusation, Phoebe left for New York City. She also did this because she had evidence that her father, Victor, was living there. Around this time, Penny took a picture of the three. Seeing how disconnected the sisters were, Penny planned to use a potion to strip the girls' powers forever, but she died before she could use it.
Charmed Life[edit | edit source]
Right after her Grams' funeral, Phoebe moved to New York in hopes to find her father. This made Prue angry because she had hated him since he left them. Not much is known about her time in New York, but she has mentioned to have been in a relationship with a man named Clay Rivers while working at the Rainbow Room. Though she loved him and knew he was a good man, he took too many short cuts that wounded him in trouble, and she dumped him eventually.
After living in New York for 6 months, Phoebe returns home, broke and with nothing more than an umbrella and a bag with her own clothes. Prue is reluctant to her moving back, but doesn't kick her out. That night, Phoebe and Piper and playing with the spirit board when the pointer suddenly moves on its own, spelling "ATTIC". To find out more about it, she goes up to the locked attic door; it opens on its own and shows her to the Book of Shadows which is hidden inside an old trunk. By reading the Dominus Trinus spell outloud, the Charmed Ones receive their Wiccan powers. The next day, she tries to convince her sisters that they are witches prophesized by an ancestor named Melinda Warren to be the most powerful force of good the world has ever seen; and though they didn't believe her at first, they become convinced when Prue witnesses herself moving objects and Piper freezing time and getting attacked by her warlock boyfriend Jeremy Burns. Phoebe receives a premonition of two teenagers getting hit by a car ten seconds before it happens, which allows her to prevent it. With all three together, they manage to tap into the Power of Three and vanquish Jeremy.
Unlike her sisters, she embraces her destiny as a Charmed One with open arms, and studies the Book of Shadows very carefully, which comes handy when they are hunted by a warlock named Matthew Tate, and she suggested to revive their ancestor, Melinda Warren. At first, she saw magic as a tool and broke the first restriction in the Wiccan rules: magic should not be used for personal gain. Her violation to this restriction often lands her in more trouble than she expects. She eventually learns to follow the rules, though she's made exceptions at times.
By becoming witches, Phoebe's relationship with Prue improves greatly throughout the season as they begin to talk more often and think of each other as close sisters instead of rivals; their relationship with Piper also progresses throughout the season. On one occasion, Piper goes to Hawaii for a conference and Phoebe and Prue are left to deal with an evil spirit.
Because she grew up without any memories of her parents, Phoebe had always wished to meet them. Her wish comes true when Victor returns to town for a short visit after 20 years of absence; and when they travel back to 1975 when their mom was still alive and pregnant with her. She tried to prevent her mom's death by slipping a note into the Book of Shadows, but changed her mind later since she figured that she had to let go of the past.
Since she was the only sister who was born in the house, she became more connected to the house's spiritual nexus under it, which has the power to strengthen both good and evil. In 1980, Phoebe witnessed her grams fight a demon known as the "Woogyman" in the basement. Ever since then, she had been afraid of going to the basement. On the 1999 earthquake, the woogyman escaped its prison and tried to take over the house by possessing Phoebe. Though she was under its control, Prue and Piper manage to persuade her fight back the power. Phoebe used the spell that grams taught her to banish the demon again. Later, Phoebe added the spell into the Book of Shadows for security incase the demon resurfaces again.
Phoebe and Piper once fought for the affection of handyman Leo Wyatt, but she held no grudge when he chose Piper over her, even encouraging her sister to ask him out on a date. She later finds out that he is a whitelighter; a race of guardian angels for good witches and future whitelighters. She tries to reveal this to her sisters despite him begging not to tell, but Prue and Piper dismiss it... only he orbs into the Manor, poisoned and injured.
On one occasion, her old boyfriend, Clay, comes to town after he stole a cursed Egyptian Urn to persuade Prue to sell it. He tries to re-ignite the old flame, but though he succeeds, Prue discovers that the urn is really stolen and reports this to Phoebe. When she goes to confront him, she makes him realize the deep hole he'd left in Phoebe because of his past mistakes, and tries to turn himself in. When the guardian of the urn attempts to attack Phoebe, Clay shields her with his arm; this selfless act freed him from the urn's curse and he left town after a private conversation with Phoebe.
At the end of the season, Phoebe dies twice, but because of the survival of her sisters, the sorcerer Tempus rewinds time both times to ensure the demon Rodriguez learn from his mistakes in order to kill them all. Phoebe's power of premonition allows her to retain her memories of both times and is able to convince her sisters about the time loop. Though they succeed in ending the time loop, they lose a dear friend: Andy Trudeau.
Season 2[edit | edit source]
In season 2, Phoebe's personality becomes more maturing as well as her knowledge in witchcraft. She begins to create her own spells; her first being a spell to become smart. She returns to college mid-season, studying hard to keep her studies stable.
She, along with Prue and Piper, are forced to face the lake that their mother died in and the demon that killed her. She blames her former whitelighter, Sam for not being able to prevent her death, but eventually learns to cope. Since Sam was frozen when Patty died, Phoebe is forced to relive her last moment and observe what she planned to do in order to vanquish the demon. With her vision and everyone's strategy, they succeed to avenge her.
Though she is close to the people around her, she also has an emotion blockage that seals her away from love, preventing her from finding it for herself. This comes from all the sadness of loss that she had dealt with over the years, that made her feel scared of opening up to love. When a Cupid arrives to ask for her help after a demon stole his magic ring, she uses her experience of this fear to guide the couples that have been broken by him.
Near the end of the season, she faces the challenge of college finals. While studying at the public library, she meets a college student named Charlene Hughes, who has been studying the existence of demons. The next day, she learns of Charlene's death shortly before her spirit appears to her. She helps her move on by vanquishing the demon that killed her and make a pawnshop owner confess that he'd murdered another girl. Though this has taken away her time for the day, she still manages to pass the finals.
Piper and Phoebe face the trial of losing their sister for the greater good when Prue and one of the four Horsemen of the apocalypse become trapped in another dimension. Though they are determined to reverse the spell and free them both at first, she realizes that they will hand the world to destruction if they proceed and change their mind together. When the Source of All Evil begins to destroy the remaining horsemen, Phoebe and Piper free Prue and the fourth horseman, allowing them to save the world without losing their sister.
Season 3[edit | edit source]
At the beginning of the third season, Phoebe receives the active power of levitation; which allows her to float in midair. She meets Cole Turner, a half-demon known as "Belthazor" sent by the Triad to kill her and her sisters. They eventually fall in love imtimately, prompting Cole to fail his mission to protect her. The eventual discovery of his true identity complicates her relationship with her sisters when she fakes his death to protect him. The guilt of lying to them motivates her to eventually tell the truth, first with Leo, and then Piper and Prue. Prue is the only one who's more mad at her betrayal than anyone else.
A few months later, Cole returns to San Francisco while hiding from demonic agents, and starts to do good deeds to be with Phoebe. Though she is dismissive of him at first, she is persuaded when he takes Prue to another dimension to save her, and ultimately changes everyone's minds.
Phoebe is left the only sister standing when Prue accidentally ruins Piper and Leo's long-waited wedding by leaving the house in astral projtective form. Through her astral self, Phoebe is able to discover the source of the constant astral projecting and tell her to start living her own life instead of dedicating herself to the family and the Charmed Ones. She also learns from this experience that Prue's inner self actually rooted for her for faking Cole's death, because she did it all to protect her love.
Near the end of the season, she manages to graduate with a degree in psychology. Cole makes up his mind to lose his powers forever in order to be with her, but it is forced to delay when the Brotherhood of the Thorn attempts to emerge with the human society and Cole infiltrates their base as an agent. Though they manage to stop the Brotherhood from fulfilling their plans, Cole gets captured and his intentions are revealed by the leader, Raynor, who was also Cole's mentor.
By making Phoebe witness Cole's assassination of a witch, Raynor destroys the subject that keeps him good, turning him back to evil once more. When a banshee begins to roam around town, preying on people in pain, Phoebe, Piper and Prue track her down before she could hurt another innocent. This encounter, however, allows the demon to feel the pain hidden within Phoebe and uses it turn her into a banshee as well. Piper then summons Cole to make Phoebe confront her root pain, which works and allows her to become a witch again. Knowing that it was Raynor's work to separate them, she decides to take him back into her arms again.
At the end of the season, Piper and Prue accidentally expose their powers on Live TV while fighting the demon Shax. Piper gets shot by an psychotic Wiccan practitioner while Phoebe goes to the Underworld to make Cole good again. When Leo tells her about the situation, she strikes a deal with the Source of All Evil; that she stays in the Underworld in exchange for the demonic sorcerer Tempus to rewind time to exactly the moment before Shax strikes.
Though time has reversed, Phoebe's absence allows Shax to successfully kill an innocent and send Prue and Piper flying through walls; this subsequently killed Prue, and the Power of Three broke. Phoebe managed to escape the Underworld with Leo and Cole's help.
Season 4[edit | edit source]
After the death of her sister Prue, Phoebe tries to remain strong and collected for Piper's sake.
At her sister's funeral, she meets a woman named Paige Matthews and has a premonition of her getting killed by Shax, the same demon that killed Prue. With Piper too reluctant to help, she decides to team up with Cole to save Paige. They witness Paige inadverdantly orb out from Shax's attacking power and find out that she is a whitelighter (which is only part true). They later discuss this with Leo, who finds the situation weird. With Cole's investigation, they find out that she is a potential Charmed One who may be able to reconstitute the Power of Three. They interrogate their grams and mom and find out that Paige is their younger half-sister, who was abandoned at birth for protection. They prepare to find their sister, but she is already in the house. When all three of them join hands, the Power of Three is recreated just before Shax arrives. Phoebe and Piper convince Paige help them vanquish Prue's murderer, Shax. Paige becomes scared of them and runs off. After their successful mission to stop the Source of All Evil from turning Paige evil, she finally learns to adjust to her life as a witch and her part in the family.
Unlike Piper, Phoebe welcomes their new sister with open arms while easily dealing with Prue's death. Aside from her job as the mediating sister, she also has to deal with Cole's constant dangerous situation since he is hunted by every demonic bounty hunter for betraying the Source. She makes a potion to strip his powers, which succeeds and he becomes fully human.
Season 5[edit | edit source]
Phoebe has to deal with her dangerous and invincible ex-husband Cole Turner who has returned from the Demonic Wasteland. Even she loves him and he loves her, they can't be togeder because he is still a demon (even he sometimes do good stuff, like killing other demons) and she is still a good witch .
Season 6[edit | edit source]
We often see Phoebe being the first to discover facts: Phoebe was the one who first discovered that Leo was a Whitelighter, catching him while levitating to replace a light bulb. Leo made Phoebe swear not to tell her sisters about him. She revealed the truth to her sisters, but they thought she was just joking around. In season six, Phoebe followed a wolf that she saw in the hallway of the Magic School. The wolf lead Phoebe to Enola the shaman, a student at the school, who sent Phoebe on a vision quest to help her see her own future more clearly. On her quest, Phoebe finally managed to reach the portal that took her to the future. There she saw Piper, an older Wyatt, and a younger boy that turns out to be Piper's second son. Paige had become a teacher at the school, Phoebe is pregnant with a little girl, and they are living a life without demons. Wyatt's brother approaches her, saying, "Aunt Phoebe, we need your help," and she is returned to the present to hear Chris asking, "Phoebe, can you help us?" Phoebe thus becomes the first one to know that Chris Perry is actually Chris Halliwell, her nephew and Piper and Leo's second son.
Chris tried to enlist Phoebe's help to get his parents back together, but Phoebe felt that meddling with Piper and Leo's relationship would be wrong. As Chris tried to persuade his aunt to join his cause, Phoebe gets a premonition and they go to a Middle Eastern desert where they rescue a female genie named Jinny from her demonic master. Jinny says that she wrote to Phoebe because her former master, Bosk, is trying to raise an ancient demonic city – the lost city of Zanbar – and she thought that if Phoebe became her master, Phoebe would wish her free so that Bosk could not use her to resurrect the city. Bosk soon attacked the manor, and because of a protective amulet that blocked her Vanquishing Potion, Phoebe wished Jinny free. Apparently, Jinny was actually a Demon, and she could only be freed only at the expense of the one who freed her, so now Phoebe would have to pay the price: she had become a Genie herself, with Chris as her new master. Chris accidentally wished for Leo to get over his issues with Chris, and Phoebe made Leo become very friendly toward Chris. Chris decided to take advantage of the situation and wished for Piper and Leo to sleep together and it worked, just not as he planned: Piper and Leo fall asleep on the floor. Richard Montana takes the genie bottle, with Phoebe in it, and attempts to use it to have Paige love him forever. To make up for his mistake, Richard wishes Phoebe free, and Phoebe and Paige manage to get Jinny back in the bottle.
Season 7[edit | edit source]
Phoebe decides to take a Sabbatical from her job at The Bay Mirror causing Elise to hire Leslie St. Claire, a ghost writer to continue writing Phoebe's column. At first Phoebe finds Leslie annoying and unsuitable for the job because he is a man. They have strong desires for one another but the fling ended when Leslie had to move back to Los Angeles.
Phoebe and her sisters come across a new magical threat, a powerful demon known as Zankou who was imprisoned centuries ago by The Source of All Evil but was then released in 2005 by a group of demons in an attempt to prevent the Gathering Storm - the creation of Utopia by the Avatars.
After hearing about the Gathering Storm, a demonic Seer known as Kyra seeks protection from the demon world in exchange for information she has regarding the looming Avatar threat. Kyra offers the information to the Charmed Ones if they persuade the Elders to make her human. Phoebe and her sisters agree to this and Kyra soon shows Phoebe a vision of the future she had of Phoebe living in a demon free world talking to her future daughter. But just as the sisters were about to make Kyra human, Zankou shapeshifted into Phoebe and destroyed Kyra.
After the incident involving Kyra, the sisters decide to side with the Avatars and assist with the creation of Utopia. However, this Utopia is soon obliterated when Phoebe learns that the Avatars are eliminating humans who cause problems in the new world and how the Avatars are preventing everyone from feeling pain. Phoebe has a premonition recalling all the painful occurrences in her life and convinces her sisters that the world they created is not a Utopia at all. Phoebe and her sisters convince the Avatars to restore the world to how it was before. Phoebe then falls for Drake dè Mon, an ex-Mercury demon who wants to become a teacher at Magic School. They had chemistry indeed but the only problem was he only had a couple of weeks to live. It was revealed that Drake was sent by Cole to help Phoebe not to give up on love. Drake did more than that though, he revealed to Cole seconds before he died that he fell in love with Phoebe.
Phoebe is then the object of a vile Demonic Sorceress known as Imara who swaps bodies with Phoebe for power, beauty and respect in the Underworld and to prevent Zankou from rising to power. She is found outand removed from Phoebe's body forthwith. After which Zankou sends a demon to attack Phoebe and a fellow classmate, Tim, who ends up getting killed. Phoebe is then left guilt ridden because Zankou makes it appear Tim was killed just for knowing Phoebe.
Zankou then acquires the Book of Shadows by weakening the bond Phoebe and her sisters have with the Book and making them lose confidence in themselves and he goes after the Nexus. Phoebe, Piper and Paige discover what Zankou is up to, restore their bond with the Book and locate a spell in it to Banish the Nexus. When Zankou takes in the Nexus, the girls astral selves recite the spell destroying Zankou and making it appear as if they died in the blast.
Season 8[edit | edit source]
When Phoebe and her sisters' astral selves destroyed Zankou and the Nexus, everyone, both mortal and supernatural, believed they were dead because of the blast created by the vanquish. This was their chance to finally lead a normal life. Phoebe's new alias was Julie Bennett and everyone else but her loved ones could only see her "new look". They soon realized, however, that hiding from their identities was a mistake, so after consulting the Department of Homeland Security, Phoebe and her sisters returned to their normal lives.
Phoebe got her old job back and was dating a guy named Dex Lawson, who she had a premonition of marrying. She did marry Dex while under a spell from her ward Billie Jenkins. The marriage was annulled since both participants were not in their right state of mind. Phoebe was no longer romancing Dex. Phoebe lost her faith in her gift, until she had another premonition of the future. She was talking to her older self 6 years from now, and she was still supposed to have a daughter.
Phoebe soon moved out of the manor and got her own apartment in the city.
When Phoebe found out that Billie was the Ultimate Power, she was reluctant to Vanquish her and she and Piper were at a disagreement until a spell was cast on her because of Billie. She and her sisters had to hide out in the Underworld, as the Magic community had turned their backs on them.
Phoebe still works for the Bay Mirror, but doesn't live in her condo anymore. Phoebe is now the mother of her first child, Prue Halliwell II. In Charmed Lives, Phoebe is looking for her keys. She's already late for work and fears that Elise might fire her if she's even later. Coop finds her keys and hands them over. As Phoebe leaves for work, Coop stands at the front door, watching her walk to work as suddenly she is beamed back to him. Phoebe kisses Coop on the cheek, telling him that he didn't have to beam her back just because she forgot her kiss.
Coop tells her he didn't do a thing, but that it was all the work of their baby girl, Prue. Phoebe is troubled. She does not want to leave her baby girl and she is a bit jealous that even her child has a better power, even if she is half Cupid. Coop suggest to call in sick but Phoebe refuses. She has got to go to work. But just as she closes the front door and leaves again, she is beamed right back to Coop and her daughter Prue. Phoebe sighs, telling herself and Coop that this might become a problem. Later that day. Phoebe walks into the living room of the Manor. She sees Piper enjoying some pizza and wonders what happened to the Food Tasting. Piper jokingly says that the meal didn't agree with her. She tells that Melinda is coming into her powers. Phoebe says she knows the feeling and says baby Prue kept teleporting her repeatedly.
Powers & Abilities[edit | edit source]
Phoebe was the one who bestowed the Charmed Ones with their powers through the "Dominus Trinus" spell. Unlike her sisters, Phoebe embraced her destiny with open arms, but unfortunately for her, she gained the power of premonition which, although useful, was not the active power she desired, and so was less able to practice her power as readily as either of her sisters could. This lead to her experimenting a lot with spells, to the point where Prue even nicknamed her in one episode "Little Miss Spell of the Week". Because of the fact that she was the one who researched and experimented with spells the most, she became the Charmed One who was most proficient at writing and casting spells. In fact, her sisters all depended heavily on her to author spells for them, something which even continued into the end of the series, and is now generally recognized as the primary spell-caster, just as Piper known as the primary potion-maker.
Despite her being a Charmed One, Phoebe is considered by many forces of good and evil to be the weakest of the Charmed Ones because of her inferior powers. To be able to defend herself in a fight, she begins to train herself in various forms of martial arts.
Premonition[edit | edit source]
Phoebe's first ability was the power of premonition, a passive power that allowed her to see the future. She triggers this power when she touches or is in presence of something that has to do with what her premonition is about. This power was initially uncontrollable, but in later seasons if she wanted or pleaded for a premonition, she usually got it. While her premonitions are shown as black and white on the show, it is mentioned several times that Phoebe experiences them in colour. As her power grew, her premonitions became more vivid to where they become slightly colored and she can hear and feel what is going on (literally) and to hold her premonition longer.
Her premonitions are triggered by objects or strong psychic auras. This originally only encompassed precognition, to see the future, but grew to include retrocognition, to see the past. Phoebe also developed the skill to trigger a vision in somebody else with similar powers, "sharing" visions with Elders and knowing how to trigger a specific "trap" premonition in someone who had stolen her powers, like she did to Mitzy Stillman in The Power Of Three Blondes. Kyra, a powerful demonic seer, told Phoebe her powers were once limited to psychometry but they grew, like Phoebe's will in time. Phoebe's premonition powers also grew to her visions always revealing the truth, and in Ordinary Witches, it granted her enhanced intuition as she was hiding to anticipate when demons were firing fireballs, and in many instances Phoebe has sidestepped and jumped out of the way of incoming fireballs and energy balls with perfect timing.
By far the most powerful evolvement of this ability seemed to be astral premonition, which was first seen in "The Eyes Have It". This is the ability to actually project oneself into the future and physically experience future events. This means that unlike her normal visions, Phoebe was no longer the unseen observer and could be observed and interacted with by others. Orin first demonstrates this when he shoots her with his power of Optical Thermodynamics, an injury her astral self sustains but which she took back with her, to the present. This new power is seen only three more times during the series run of Charmed, Sand Francisco Dreamin', where Phoebe projects herself to the future scene of a sandman's murder while she sleeps, and The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell, where Phoebe goes on a vision quest to find out how her future will become, during her initial visions she gets attacked by demons and brings the wounds back to the present but eventually sees her true future where she is pregnant and that Piper has two sons, and subsequently figures out that Chris is the son that Leo and Piper will have soon, and Hulkus Pulkus, where Phoebe's visions forces her to astrally project into the the future where she meets a future version of herself. The older Phoebe interacts with her younger self and says she knew she'd be there, once again showing she is actually projecting into the future rather than seeing it.
In the Charmed Comic number, No Rest for the Wicca Phoebe is able to see into Brittany Reynolds's coffin simply by placing her fingertips on the lid, perhaps suggesting that Phoebe could see through into other rooms if she so desired. She also receives a premonition of multiple innocents in danger without touching anything.
Dissatisfaction[edit | edit source]
During the first season Phoebe was very unhappy with her only power being completely passive, unable to really help her fight demons in combat like Piper or Prue. Although her father, Victor, told her it was one of the most rare and desired amongst demons she countered this with "What if what you see isn't what you desire", showing that sometimes she even sees her power as a curse. Although this statement could have been directed at Victor because of the premonition Phoebe had of him stealing the Book of Shadows.
Although eventually she did realize how useful her power was when her premonition helped the Charmed Ones discover that FBI agent Ashley Fallon was really the Wendigo, she nevertheless began taking classes in self-defense, and eventually became very accomplished in hand-to-hand combat. Although being trained in self defense is not a magical talent, Phoebe has often considered it one and even listed it as a substitute for her premonition power in "Awakened" and on occasion it has proven more useful than any power the sisters could possibly possess. For example, when she was disempowered or similarly disarmed, she could always rely on her martial arts training to defend herself.
Levitation[edit | edit source]
Still, despite her coming to terms with her premonition power at the end of season two, at the start of the next season, Phoebe obtained her first active power of levitation or "the ability to defy gravity and float in the air (but not fly)". This power was slightly uncontrollable when she first obtained it but she later gained complete control over it. She cannot usually move horizontally, and in "Once Upon a Time" Prue has to use her telekinesis to move Phoebe over to another side of a cave while she was levitating. Phoebe usually mixed her martial arts and kick boxing with her levitating power to knock out her enemies. In season four, she was able to glide short distances with this power. Phoebe used her levitation ability a total of 27 times during Charmed, the most she used it being in season four with 12 instances, and the least being in season six, with only 3 times that it was used.
Although this power was highly useful up until "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors" (for reasons explained later on) many fans were puzzled by Phoebe's new power. After all, it was never directly or indirectly linked with her first power, which powers always are when they advance in the show and even Prue stated in "Is There a Woogy in the House?" saying "our powers are supposed to advance, not grow at random", which Phoebe's levitation power seems to have done. Nevertheless not even she questioned Phoebe's new power (on-screen), possibly because she wanted to just be happy for her sister and not spoil it.
This puzzling development has led some fans to speculate on the origin of this new active power. One theory is that Phoebe's power of levitation developed from her martial arts skills, especially since the first time she inadvertently activated it Phoebe was trying to do a roundhouse kick and the second time she activated it she was doing a back flip, which as a result became magically amped.
Another is that somehow, by her wishing on a genie, Phoebe accidentally changed the course of development for her powers. This is supported, in fanon, by the fact that she gained the power to levitate in the episode right after the one where she (briefly) gained the power to fly.
A third explanation is that since her power of premonition makes progress to lifting her from the physical plane, her power allowed her to defy gravity as a way to free her temporarily from the hold of the ground.
However, it is never elaborated on in the show so no one will ever know for sure where this new power came from and/or why its development was triggered at that time.
Phoebe received her levitation power again 18 months after the final battle. ("No Rest for the Wicca")
Advancement[edit | edit source]
Phoebe's power of premonition in theory "lifts" her into the premonition against her will; as she said to Prue in the season one episode (Love Hurts), "It's as though I'm being pulled against my will", therefore the natural advancement is that she can lift her body into the air by levitating. This power just like her power of premonition was uncontrollable at first. She mainly activated her power by lifting her arms into the air.
Also by levitating, Phoebe gets a clearer view of her surroundings, which would make it more logical for Levitation to be an advancement to her powers.
Empathy[edit | edit source]
In season six, Phoebe developed the power of empathy. Being an empath allows Phoebe to channel other people's feelings, it can be explained that it is advanced from her power of premonition as it can make her feel the pain of those she sees in her visions, and this power allows her to feel others' feelings in the present. When she first gained this power, she had a tough time holding herself in control as she was constantly surrounded by feelings that could make her act in someone else's place, such as her ex-boyfriend Jason Dean's love for her, and once when an employee felt extremely angry at Elise, Phoebe was overwhelmed by his anger that she knocked her boss in the face. She and her sisters were almost driven to madness by this power because it makes her sense what they want to keep to themselves, which forced them to use a potion to block her power.
She once worried that it would destroy her like it almost destroyed Prue when she got the same power by accident, but Leo remarked that "She wasn't meant to have it, you are". Eventually she learned to gain control over herself and sometimes direct her power at people to read their intentions at will, as demonstrated when she attempted to read Mordaunt in "Sword and the City".
Since powers are tied with emotions and Phoebe can feel others' emotions, it eventually became possible for her to tap into their powers. It was possible that an advanced empathy power meant Phoebe could channel the powers of someone else in a larger radius, or perhaps allow her to replicate other people's abilities. After gaining her empathy power, Phoebe became much more powerful and could vanquish many demons with ease by reflecting their own attacks back at them magically.
Empathic Manipulation[edit | edit source]
The ability to manipulate emotions. Phoebe used this advancement of empathy to kill Cal Greene by overloading his mind with emotions.
Loss of Active Powers[edit | edit source]
Phoebe's upper-level powers were stripped by the Tribunal because she was misusing them, telling her that she had to earn them if she wanted to regain her powers. Throughout the end of season six and beginning of season seven, she only retained the basic powers of an ordinary witch. She received back her premonition power (Styx Feet Under), but still has to show the Tribunal that she isn't misusing her powers to get her other powers back. It is never revealed if she does or does not ever regain her powers of empathy and levitation since the show ended before then.
Note: In Witchness Protection, when Phoebe tries to find information about the Avatars through Kyra by touching her, the jingle used for when Empathy is activated is heard. This may possibly indicate that she regained her empathy much earlier than thought. But as she never displays it again, and never speaks of it even, the sound may be just there for a dramatic effect.
Although later in the season, when Piper and Phoebe's powers are transferred into the bodies of two mortals, Phoebe tells the man that he should be able to sense when the next attack would be coming, though that could just a be a precognition branch of her premonition power. And in Kill Billie Vol. 2, the preliminary episode of Season 8, Phoebe senses the evil in the hidden room at Magic School.
Basic Wiccan Powers[edit | edit source]
Like the other Charmed Ones, Phoebe can also brew magical potions, recite/write spells and scry. She has a reputation in the Halliwell family for being an excellent spell writer and she's often the one called upon to write the much needed power of three spells. Chronogically, Phoebe was the first sister to invent a spell of her own. (The Painted World)
Though she never practiced this skill, she can curse people and objects.
In the episode All Halliwell's Eve, Phoebe, alongside her sisters, were sent back in time to save Melinda Warren from being raised evil however they discovered that they didn't have any powers because they didn't exist yet. But Eva, a witch from a local coven taught the Charmed Ones the power of nature and the original forms of magic. With this knowledge Phoebe was able to create a protective circle and fly on a broomstick with a conical hat to scare away witch hunters. This is then acknowledged that Phoebe is the one who started the traditional creation of flying witches. When Phoebe was returned to her own time she took this knowledge back with her.
In the season seven finale, she and Piper and Paige learn the ability to astral project; something that Prue had taught Leo. This allowed them to distract Zankou long enough for them to retrieve the Book of Shadows which he had stolen from them. Additionally, she used a spell to change her physical appearance.
Possible Power Advancement[edit | edit source]
- In the alternative future of 2009, we saw Phoebe having the power of Electro-Mental Ignitions. It's possible she gets that power in the comic issue Morality Bites Back as shown on that issues's cover.
- Her power of Levitation could advance to Projective Levitation or Flight.
- Her Premonitions could advance to her not having to touch objects and people to recieve a vision, as hinted in Witchness Protection by Kyra, a Seer.
- Her power of Astral Echo could advance to full blown Time Travel.
Additional Powers[edit | edit source]
Thermokinesis[edit | edit source]
She later lost this ability after the Charmed Ones vanquished Kali.
Possessed By the Woogyman[edit | edit source]
When Phoebe was possessed by the Woogyman, she gained the power of conjuration, telekinesis and pyrokinesis, as seen when she set a frame on fire by the staircase. She first used conjuration to summon a baseball bat and knock a gasman who was attacking Piper. She also displayed the rare use of the conjuration ability; she conjured up different colured nail polish.
After the Woogyman was banished, she lost these additional powers. (Is There A Woogy In The House?)
Telekinesis[edit | edit source]
After Leo was poisoned with darkllighter venom, Piper cast a spell to switch powers with Leo and use his powers to heal him. The spell however caused everyone's powers to switch places, giving Prue the power of premonition and Phoebe the power of telekinesis. She used this power multiple times to fend off a darklighter named Alec, but needed full concentration and anger to make it work properly.
Though she always wanted an active power, she found Prue's power not suitable for her, commenting it as a "dress that's too tight". This power was returned to Prue after they cast the same spell to switch their powers back. (Love Hurts)
Flight[edit | edit source]
Phoebe gets the ability to fly after a wish that she accidently made in front of a genie who stole the power from a dragon warlock. Though she found flying fun, she found landing difficult as she needed assistance, crash or a psychic hit to de-activate this power. After they put the genie back in its bottle it reversed all of the wishes they had made including Phoebe's. (Be Careful What You Witch For)
Warlock Powers[edit | edit source]
When Prue was wed against her will by a Dark Priestess to a warlock, the Charmed Ones slowly began to turn evil and turned into warlocks. While Phoebe was a warlock she displayed the powers of blinking, transformation, and telekinesis. Once Piper vanquished the warlock that was bound to Prue, the Charmed Ones became good again and they returned to being witches. (Bride and Gloom)
Banshee Powers[edit | edit source]
Phoebe gained powers of sonic scream, enhanced agility and strength after she was turned into a banshee by another one. The sonic scream allowed her to release a scream of high frequenzy that made it possible to break glasses and kill the one she targeted. Before she could kill anyone, however, Piper summoned Cole, who was the cause of her pain. By confronting her pain, she was transformed into a witch again. (Look Who's Barking
Telekinetic Orbing, Whitelighter Powers[edit | edit source]
When Paige was still learning witchcraft, she accidentally exploded a magical potion and switched bodies with Phoebe. And though their bodies were switched, their powers weren't and Phoebe was renderred with Paige's powers, even though she never used them. They eventually returned to their own bodies. (Enter the Demon)
Unborn Source & The Queen of All Evil[edit | edit source]
While pregnant with the Unborn Source and as the Queen of All Evil, Phoebe displayed the powers of pyrokinesis, to shoot energy beam, transmogrify objects, telekinesis, and could teleport by flaming. All these powers did however not come from her as her position as the queen, rather she gained them from the unborn source that she was carrying. After her pregnancy went further, the fetus' powers grew as well, allowing him to turn Phoebe's head on fire, and eventually take control of Phoebe's body temporarily. These powers were lost when the Seer magically removed the fetus from her body. (We're Off to See the Wizard - Womb Raider)
Mermaid Powers[edit | edit source]
A spell turned Phoebe into a mermaid. As a mermaid, she possessed agility in swimming, sensing and immortality, but also a cold heart. She could also hear the call of sea, to make her want to stay in the ocean, but only if she wants to. Though she was a mermaid, she retained some part of her Wiccan powers since Leo was able to track her, and the fact that she helped Paige and Piper vanquish the demon Necron by joining hands with them. The reason Phoebe became a mermaid was because of her desire to run away from her love for Cole, which made her a vulnerable subject for the spell to help them track a Sea Hag.
Superheroine Powers[edit | edit source]
Phoebe was bestowed the powers of agility, enhanced strength, enhanced senses and super-speed when a young witch named Kevin turned her and her sisters into superheroes to help them fight against a demon named Arnon. She was able to leap across buildings with her speed. Her new powers were removed after the deon Arnon ripped apart the drawing that turned them into superheroes. (Witches In Tights)
Astral Projection[edit | edit source]
When the demon Barbas returns and preys on the Charmed Ones and Cole Turner, he acquires Cole's powers. Phoebe casts an Astral Projection Spell to lure Barbas to the Manor so that they can imprison him in a crystal cage like they did with the Source to vanquish him. She projects from the Manor to Cole's former apartment where Barbas has set up his base. Phoebe also uses the power once again when the demon Zankou attacks the girls and acquires the Book of Shadows and gains control of the Manor. She and her sisters cast the Astral Projection spell to lure Zankou to Magic School to keep him distracted long enough so that they can return to the Manor and cast The Power of Three Spell, reaffirming their sisterly and magical bond with the Book. It is used again during the vanquish of Zankou and the Nexus; so that she and her sisters can live a demon free life, the three sisters project into the basement of the Manor and cast the spell to Banish the Suxen and Zankou along with it.
Goddess of Love Powers[edit | edit source]
When the Titans were relased from their imprisonment, Leo turned Phoebe and her sisters into three Greek Goddesses to help them vanquish the Titans. Phoebe was turned into a Greek Goddess of Love, and so was granted with the power to seduce men and to fade. Her seduction seemed to work by releasing an aura that attracted male mortals. As a Goddess of Love, she was very attracted to men. She could also form a protective shield with Piper and Paige with these powers.
Valkyrie Powers[edit | edit source]
She, along with Paige and Piper, were turned into valkyries when Chris gave them three valkyrie pendants when they attempted to free a trapped Leo. She kept her witches' powers in this form, but also gained telekinesis and the ability to access a traveling portal. As a valkyrie, she retained her Wiccan powers and was able to sense Piper's pain. Although while Piper was still a Valkyrie she was able to tap into her powers through empathy and used telekinesis against Piper.
Genie Powers[edit | edit source]
When Phoebe wished for freedom for a genie named Jinny, she was cursed to become a genie herself. In this form, she was purely able to grant three wishes to the one who picks up the Arabic bottle.
When Richard wished for Phoebe's freedom, he took her place. (I Dream of Phoebe)
A Ghost[edit | edit source]
Phoebe has died multiple times, but only used her spirit powers once to haunt and possess a demon. Since their grams retained her Wiccan powers, Phoebe has probably retained hers as well. (I Dream of Phoebe)
Jinny's Powers[edit | edit source]
As a ghost, Phoebe uses her spirit powers to possess the demon Jinny and gave access to her power to generate fireballs. She probably got access to her other powers, but didn't use them. (I Dream of Phoebe)
Clea's Powers[edit | edit source]
Phoebe used a power-sucking athame to steal the powers of a demon named Clea in order to put an end to their reality show. In this state, she gained powers to shimmer and to throw energyballs. Using these powers, she vanquished Corr and shimmered to a bar to vanquish a bunch of demons to make a point before shimmering back to the attic to have the powers removed again by the athame.
She presumably obtained the power to sense demons, as she was able to shimmer right to the bar without having to look for it. (Witch Wars)
Hulk Phoebe[edit | edit source]
When the magical community was threatened by a deadly virus, she infected herself with the virus to enhance her powers so they may find a cure. In this form, she gained super-strength and agility. Once the cure was made, she returned to normal and delivered the antidote to the entire magical community. (Hulkus Pocus)
The Hollow[edit | edit source]
In the final battle against Christy and Billie, she, Piper and Paige used the Hollow to make them invincible. Because the Hollow is known for absorbing people's magical powers, she and her sisters gained demonic powers after a demon tried to attack them. On their way to Christy and Billie, they also absorbed some other powers to make them more powerful. The demonic powers were removed after the Hollow was released from them. (Kill Billie Vol. 2)
Romantic Life[edit | edit source]
Phoebe has had the most tumultuous love life of all the sisters. Her first boyfriend was named Jimmy. In High School she was once caught making-out with a student named Todd Marks under the bleachers and hence-forth was nick-named 'Freebie', which Phoebe strongly disliked.
Hans Fein[edit | edit source]
During Dream Sorcerer
Hans Fein was Phoebe's boyfriend during Dream Sorcerer. Phoebe and Piper had used the Charm of Love ritual, and cast the Love spell. Phoebe went to Quake and met Hans. Though they had a lovely start, the spell began to get out of hand causing Piper and Phoebe to attract every male with their wanted characteristics. Eventually Phoebe and Piper reversed the spell. By reversing the spell, Hans's memory was erased.
Clay Rivers[edit | edit source]
A while in 1998 and in Feats of Clay
Early in the show, Phoebe's former boyfriend Clay Rivers came to town after helping steal a cursed urn in Egypt. He tried to have Prue auction it off, but when she learned it was stolen she had it removed from the auction. The Guardian of the Urn attacked Clay, but an act of selflessness in saving Phoebe redeemed him and the Guardian disappeared.
Dr. Owen Grant[edit | edit source]
During She's a Man, Baby, a Man!
Phoebe met the young handsome doctor named Owen Grant at a dating service called "Fine Romance" during a demonic investigation. The two felt immediately attracted to each other, but when Phoebe gets a vision of Owen becoming the victim of a succubus, she and her sisters work hard to protect him. After Prue (now a man under the influence of a spell) started a riot in an assembly, she and Owen got arrested. Phoebe asked Darryl to keep him locked up in order to keep him safe. After the succubus was destroyed, he was finally released and went out on a date with Phoebe at P3.
Billy Appleby[edit | edit source]
During Chick Flick
Phoebe's lifelong Prince Charming came to life from an old movie named "Kill It Before It Dies" in the form of a movie character called Billy Appleby. The two had an intimate fling throughout the day until she returned him to the movie, but not before he restored her faith in men.
Cole Turner[edit | edit source]
She started a romance with district attorney Cole Turner, who turned out to be a half-demon named Belthazor, sent to kill the Charmed Ones. Although Cole had started out using her to get close to the sisters, they fell in love. When Cole's demon half was revealed to the Charmed Ones, Phoebe helped him fake his own death and then let everyone, including her sisters, believe he was dead. Phoebe then spent time researching Cole's past, confiding only in Leo that she did not really vanquish Cole. Phoebe eventually told her sisters the truth, and they soon accepted Cole into their lives. A few months later, Cole proposed.
While Cole started getting nightmares of becoming the new Source, Phoebe started to get a bad feeling about her upcoming marriage, so Piper suggested she use magic to find out what her heart felt. Phoebe cast the spell to hear her heart's desire, which ended up summoning her future and past selves. Older Phoebe refused to tell Phoebe about the events of the future for fear of changing things for the worse. Learning a young and vulnerable Phoebe was in the present, Kurzon attacked young Phoebe, but Cole protected her. Leo took little Phoebe to the realm of Whitelighters for protection. Kurzon attacked again, wounding older Phoebe. He was vanquished by the Charmed Ones, but not before older Phoebe told Phoebe to marry Cole. This returned the older and younger Phoebes to their own time.
Phoebe and Cole married, and Phoebe became pregnant. With the pregnancy, she began manifesting the ability to shoot flames from her hands and to teleport. Cole attempted to give up his position of Source of All Evil to an evil Wizard, but failed when Phoebe used her baby's powers to kill the Wizard. She then joined Cole as his queen. Phoebe tried to live the life of evil, and a combination of hormones and demonic potions made her so cranky, she ended up vanquishing five of Cole's best Demons. Then she tried to play both sides of Good and Evil, but realizing she could not, Phoebe rejoined her sisters in opposing Cole. Together they cast a spell which used the power of their ancestors to vanquish Cole.
After Cole died, he ended up in the Demonic Wasteland, where all Demons go after being Vanquished. His Powers as The Source were absorbed by the creature there, but he survived by clinging to his love for Phoebe. Although he tried to get Phoebe to help bring him back to life, she refused and asked him to move on. When Cole learned he could absorb the powers of other demons when they were killed in the Wasteland, he collected an impressive array of abilities and escaped, just in time to save Phoebe's life.
Phoebe was transformed into a mermaid by a spell, but was turned back when she admitted her love for Cole. Phoebe told Cole that while she did love him, their relationship was completely over and pushed through with trying to obtain a divorce. Despite Cole's efforts to pursue her, Phoebe realized how dangerous their relationship could be and tried to move on with her life, by dating other men.
In one final effort to win Phoebe back, Cole cast a spell which altered reality, making it so that the Power of Three had never been reconstituted after Prue's death which meant they would never have met their long lost half-sister Paige. He was disappointed to find that in this other reality, he was trapped in a loveless marriage with Phoebe, who only remained his wife to protect Piper from being killed. By altering reality in this way, Cole resumed his former identity of Belthazor, making him vulnerable to being vanquished. Because Paige also crossed realities, she was able to unite with her sisters to Vanquish Cole once and for all and reversed the effects of his reality warp. Phoebe performed the vanquish herself: after Paige regained her powers and used telekinetic orbing to retrieve the vanquishing potion, Phoebe took it from her and used it to vanquish Cole herself. Cole was so sure of her love for him that he didn't try to escape. Cole is currently trapped in a Cosmic Void, watching over Phoebe. He managed to bring Phoebe together with Drake, who was to restore her faith in love. When Drake later admits he truly fell in love with her, Cole said that was understandable. He also helped bringing Piper and Leo back together. While Phoebe no longer loves Cole, she still has a bond with him. She could feel Cole's presence, but because he was invisible to her, she ignored it. Cole revealed to Drake that he is satisfied with his fate as long as Phoebe doesn't share it.
Miles[edit | edit source]
Phoebe started a relationship with a man named Miles. Their relationship became so intimate that she started having premonitions of his death every time she touched him. Because he was meant to die, her continuous rescues led her to her death. Cole then had a warlock sent back to the past to change this, but eventually the warlock turned to a new path and killed Phoebe and Paige. Piper was able to alter this when she went back in time to the day Miles was shot to death and warned her past self to delay Phoebe.
Jason Dean[edit | edit source]
Three weeks after Wyatt's birth, Phoebe met the new owner of the paper she writes at, Jason Dean (played by Eric Dane). He found his professionalism too demanding, but was also attracted to him. For a while, he went by the name "Cyrano73" and courted her on the net. Eventually, he worked up the courage to ask her out on a date, which she accepted. Few months after they began their relationship, Jason moved to Hong Kong. He asked Phoebe to go with him, but she eventually decided to stay behind. They had a long-distant relationship for almost a year until Phoebe moved to Hong Kong with him to make the relationship work. While in San Francisco, he discovered she was a witch and decided to take time from each other, and eventually parted ways.
Leslie St. Claire[edit | edit source]
Much later, Phoebe decided to take a sabbatical from work. Her editor Elise Rothman, instead of just rerunning Phoebe's column for two months, hired a ghostwriter, Leslie St. Claire (played by Nick Lachey). Phoebe later fell in love with him, though she did not want her column to be written by a male writer. Phoebe eventually got her column back as well as her power of premonitions. Leslie eventually left, feeling that Phoebe had too much to hide for his taste (Phoebe kept standing him up at their dates, and could never explain it as she was doing witch-related activities).
Drake dé Mon[edit | edit source]
Phoebe gained a romantic interest in the new literature teacher at Magic School, and ex-demon, Drake. Unfortunately, his only problem was that he was destined to die two weeks after meeting her because of a deal made with a sorcerer. However, he managed to fulfill his mission; he was sent by Cole's spirit, to restore Phoebe's faith in love.
Dex Lawson[edit | edit source]
In early season 8, Phoebe, under the disguise of Julie Bennett, met an artist named Dex Lawson, who was interested in her column. Phoebe got a premonition of them getting married when they shook hands, and after some advice from Piper, decided to get closer to see if she could find love with him. Eventually, they fell in love. While under a spell from Billie, the two got married. After the spell ended, they decided to stay married to see where it leads. The day after, however, she removed the disguise and told Dex her real identity as Julie and a witch. Unable to handle it, they had their marriage annulled. One week later, she believed herself to be pregnant with Dex's child until she took a second test.
Coop[edit | edit source]
In late season 8, the Elders send a Cupid named Coop to help Phoebe's shattered heart and to find her a new love. Phoebe eventually falls in love with Coop and vice versa. It was revealed in the series finale, Forever Charmed, that the Elders sent Coop to Phoebe, because they were hoping that she would fall in love with him to make up for a little of what she had lost through the years. Although it is "against the rules" for a Cupid to find love, the Elders lifted this restriction for Phoebe, as they did for Piper and Leo. Forever Charmed shows that in the future, Coop and Phoebe are married by the Angel of Destiny in Magic School and that they will have three beautiful daughters.
Professional Life[edit | edit source]
- Unemployed/Multiple Short-Lasting Jobs
Before working[edit | edit source]
Phoebe comes back to San Francisco in the first episode completely broke, owning scarcely more than the clothes on her back, a bicycle and an umbrella, hoping to move back into the Halliwell Manor (which at the time was under residence of Prue and Piper) that had been willed to them by their Grams.
Psychic[edit | edit source]
In "Dead Man Dating" Phoebe wishes to get Prue a really good birthday present but had no money. So seeing an advertisement in the paper for a hotel psychic she briefly worked as a fortune-teller called "The Amazing Phoebe" at a hotel but gave it up after she'd earned enough money to buy Prue's present.
Prue's Assistant[edit | edit source]
In The Wendigo, Phoebe takes on the job as Prue's assistant at Buckland's Auction House however she gives up the job by the end of the episode as she didn't really feel that she could handle the amount of premonitions of the past she would get from all the antique objects at the auction house.
In From Fear to Eternity, Phoebe is hired as a secretary at SWA Properties. Her new boss, having an affair with another man, instructed Phoebe to lie to her husband if he were to call or visit. Unable to lie, she quit her job to keep her self-respect.
College Student[edit | edit source]
Later, she decided to go to college. She went through a year and a half studying psychology, and eventually graduated in late season 3. Phoebe then eventually goes back to college to improve her advice column in Season 7, although it is unknown what ever happens after.
After graduating from college with a B.A in Psychology, Phoebe lands a steady and successful job as an advice columnist for the newspaper, "The Bay Mirror" after the previous advice columnist, Karen departed, Her column is titled "Ask Phoebe." She attends graduate school to further her studies in Psychology while working for the newspaper, but it is not known whether or not she earned any post-graduate degrees. During the run of the show Phoebe becomes somewhat of a celebrity with the general public, this is attributed to her extremely real and insightful advice (possibly a pre-cursor of her future Empathy power). Her popularity can be seen in the many advertisments seen throughout the show entitled "Ask Phoebe: She has all the answers." Also, when Phoebe goes on sabatical, Elise hires a ghostwritter for her, saying that their sales would drop if they pulled her column. In Still Charmed and Kicking, Elise even refers to Phoebe as the "heart and soul" of the paper and everyone who works there is clearly devestated by her apparent "death."
For a short time in Season 7, Phoebe takes a hiatus and Leslie St. Clair gets hired to be a ghost writer for her. In the future, she publishes a best-selling book. She also becomes the editor for an episode when Elise takes a day off and she learns just how hard that job is and is nearly overwhelmed by it, but eventually manages to get everything under control.
During her carrer as an advice columnist, her boss, Elise, was very lenient with her, giving her a lot more leinency than she did with anyone else as long as her column was in in time. For example, the previous columnist Karen Young nearly got fired for just being "sick", but Elise let Phoebe's many different excuses go, even working things around so they'd fit for Phoebe at times. Elise points this out in Scry Hard when she takes a day off and leaves Phoebe in charge, saying that Phoebe owes her for all the times Elise has covered for her.
In the future she will write a book named Finding Love.
Phoebe's appearance underwent more changes than any of the other characters in the series. In the first season she has a bob hairstyle and dresses in modern style. She also favors black dresses when going out. Her hair grows longer as the season progresses. In season two she appears with a tan and her hair has grown longer. Her dress sense is more fashionable. Near the end of the season she starts to wear glasses for reading ("How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans"). She also is seen with a pierced bellybutton. In season three she goes blonde with Prue's help and begins to wear more denim and leather. In "Wrestling With Demons" she temporarily regains her brown hair due to a lost-and-found spell. After the spell is reversed she keeps her brown hair into season four.
In season four Phoebe's look changes several times to reflect her inner changes. Her hair, now quite long, starts out as a sandy-brown colour but goes to a darker colour with long bangs after she accepts Cole's proposal ("Lost and Bound"). When the Source is vanquished, Phoebe cuts her hair shoulder length with a tiny fringe ("The Three Faces of Phoebe"). Towards the end of season 4 when she goes partially evil, her hair goes to an almost black hue and she wears plenty of black clothes and dark colours during her brief reign as Queen. Even after renouncing her crown, her hair remains dark brown. In season five, her hair retains its dark colour and is layered, growing longer as the season progresses. She also wears it up in hairnets on a few occasions ("Baby's First Demon", "Cat House", "Oh My Goddess"). Her dress sense becomes more risque.
In season six Phoebe's look has the most drastic change; she cuts her hair pixie short and wears a lot of skimpy clothes which show off her large number of tattoos. She also has a pierced nose. She allows her hair to grow and has it in curls and ponytails for most of season seven. By season eight Phoebe's hair has grown long again and she wears less revealing outfits, developing a fondness for ethnic designs and patterns. Her future self is shown to have waist-length curly hair in a slightly darker colour and she can be seen wearing a suit to work.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Images from the TV Show[edit | edit source]
Images from the Comics[edit | edit source]
Death Counts[edit | edit source]
During the run of the series and her life as a Charmed One, Phoebe died 8 times.
|Image||Episode||Episode Name||Cause Of Death||Revival|
|150px||1x22||Déjà Vu All Over Again||Killed by an energy ball thrown by demon Rodriguez.||Time was reset.|
|150px||1x22||Déjà Vu All Over Again||Killed by an energy ball thrown by demon Rodriguez a second time after time was reset by Tempus.||Time was reset.|
|150px||5x08||A Witch In Time||Killed by a fire ball thrown by the warlock Bacarra.||Piper, with the help of Leo, went back in time to save her.|
|150px||6x8||Sword And The City||Killed being struck down by a lighting bolt thrown by a Demon.||Leo healed her before her spirit could move on.|
|150px||6x15||I Dream Of Phoebe||An evil genie wished for her death.||Richard wished for The Charmed Ones to be alive.|
|150px||7x07||Someone To Witch Over Me||Killed by a Celerity Demon.||Leo revived her after he became an Avatar.|
|150px||7x19||Freaky Phoebe||Piper and Paige killed her while she was trapped inside an evil witch's body.||Piper and Paige expelled the evil witch's spirit from Phoebe's body, and her soul returned.|
|150px||8x21||Kill Billie Vol. 2||Killed after the manor exploded.||Piper, with the help of Leo, went back in time to save her.|
- In Morality Bites, Phoebe is being burned at the stake and although she is about to die, she is brought back to the past before she does. The future should be changed so she never dies at the stake in any future episode, but there is no guarantee it won't happen.
Power Loss Counts[edit | edit source]
Throughout the series and her life as a Charmed One, Phoebe had lost her powers 15 times.
|Image||Episode||Episode Name||Cause Of Power Loss||Restoration|
|150px||1x10||Wicca Envy||Cast a relinquishment spell with her sisters.||Leo reversed the spell for them.|
|150px||1x17||That 70's Episode||Traveled back in time and lost her powers since she wasn't born yet.||Returned to her time.|
|150px||2x06||That Old Black Magic||Tuatha stripped her powers.||By vanquishing Tuatha reversed all magic she had used.|
|150px||2x17||How To Make A Quilt Out Of Americans||Gail Altman, Helen and Amanda used a potion to transfer her and her sisters' powers to Cryto.||Used the same potion and spell to return their powers to themselves.|
|150px||3x04||All Halliwell's Eve||Traveled to Halloween 1670 and lost her active powers since she wasn't born yet.||Returned to her time.|
|150px||3x07||Power Outage||Andras inflicted Phoebe and her sisters with rage and made them use their powers on each other, thus breaking their bond as sisters and severing the Power of Three.||By re-bonding with each other as sisters, their powers were restored.|
|150px||4x06||A Knight To Remember||Traveled to the Middle Ages, and lost her powers since she wasn't born yet.||Returned to her time.|
|150px||5x08||A Witch In Time||Baccara cast a spell to remove their powers.||Time was reset.|
|150px||5x11||The Importance of Being Phoebe||Piper cast a spell to strip her powers.||Piper reversed the spell.|
|150px||5x15||The Day The Magic Died||All magic was lifted from the world on a holy day for Wyatt's birth.||After Wyatt was born, all magic returned.|
|150px||6x04||The Power Of Three Blondes||The Stillman sisters stole their powers with a spell.||Phoebe and her sisters cast the spell again to restore their powers.|
|150px||6x11||Witchstock||Traveled back in time to 1967 and lost her active powers since she wasn't born yet.||She returned to her time.|
|150px||7x11||Ordinary Witches||Zankou interupted when Phoebe and Piper cast a spell to switch their powers. The interuption caused her powers to flee into another person's body.||They cast the spell to return her powers.|
|150px||7x22||Something Wicca This Way Goes||Zankou stole her powers with a potion.||By vanquishing Zankou, her stolen powers were returned.|
- Phoebe's active powers were stripped away by the Tribunal in "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors" as punishment to her misusage of magic. She later earned back her power of premonition in "Styx Feet Under".
Phoebe's Magical Transformations[edit | edit source]
Throughout the course of the series, Phoebe has been...
Season 1[edit | edit source]
|150px||1x10||Wicca Envy||A mortal.|
Season 2[edit | edit source]
|150px||2x02||Morality Bites||Her future 2009 self (alternate future).|
|150px||2x03||The Painted World||Shrunken while sucked into a painting with two warlocks.|
|150px||2x14||Pardon My Past||Swapped bodies with her past life Pearl Russell due to a spell.|
|150px||2x18||Chick Flick||Stepped into her favourite film Kill It Before It Dies|
Season 3[edit | edit source]
|150px||3x07||Power Outage||Became a mortal after using her powers against her sisters due to her being infected with anger|
|150px||3x13||Bride and Gloom||A warlock.|
|150px||3x21||Look Who's Barking||Banshee|
Season 4[edit | edit source]
|150px||4x04||Enter the Demon||Paige Matthews (Paige cast a spell to switch bodies with Phoebe).|
|150px||4x05||Size Matters||Shrunk to five inches tall by the demon Gammill and covered in clay.|
|150px||4x12||Lost and Bound||A 1950's housewife due to a curse on Grams' engagement ring.|
|150px||4x18-4x20||We're Off to See the Wizard - Womb Raider||Queen of the Underworld.|
Season 5[edit | edit source]
|150px||5x01-5x02||A Witch's Tail||A mermaid.|
|150px||5x03||Happily Ever After||Cinderella.|
|150px||5x05||Witches in Tights||A comic book superhero.|
|150px||5x10||A Witch in Time||A mortal|
|150px||5x10||Y Tu Mummy Tambien||A mummy.|
|150px||5x11||The Importance of Being Phoebe||A mortal|
|150px||5x22-5x23||Oh My Goddess!||A Greek Goddess of Love.|
Season 6[edit | edit source]
|150px||6x01-6x02||Valhalley Of The Dolls||A Valkyrie.|
|6x08||Sword and the City||A spirit|
|150px||6x15||I Dream of Phoebe||A Genie.|
|150px||6x15||I Dream of Phoebe||A Ghost.|
|150px||6x17||Hyde School Reunion||Her teenage self.|
Season 7[edit | edit source]
|150px||7x06||Once in a Blue Moon||A wolf-like creature that came out during a blue moon.|
|150px||7x19||Freaky Phoebe||Swapped bodies with Imara.|
|150px||7x19||Freaky Phoebe||Floating spirit|
Season 8[edit | edit source]
|150px||8x01-8x05||Still Charmed and Kicking - Rewitched||Under a magical disguise with the alias Julie Bennett.|
|150px||8x09||Hulkus Pocus||Turned into a monster by a deadly virus.|
|150px||8x13||Repo Manor||Shrunk to five inches tall and trapped in the dollhouse by the "skank" demons|
Documentation[edit | edit source]
Cole's Notes About Phoebe[edit | edit source]
- PHOEBE HALLIWELL
- POWER: To see the Future and/or Past
- OCCUPATION: Student, San Francisco Community College
- PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: Catering, Quake Restaurant, Reality Assistant,
- Fortune Teller, Buckland's Auction House,
- Convalescent Hospital Worker
- VULNERABILITY: Susceptible to possession by Evil Forces
- KNOWN LOVE INTERESTS: Michael Emmons --Brian Gross
- Hans Fein --------- Clay Muniz
- Eric McLean ------ Ethan Dubrovsky
- Rex Buckland ---- Zack Estrin
- PERSONAL LIKES:
- Favorite Film: "Kill it Before it Dies". (B&W: 1958)
- Favorite Artwork: "The Birth of Venus". Sandro Botticelli
- Favorite Book: "Sense and Sensibility". Jane Austen
- Favorite Song: Bittersweet Symphony
- HOBBIES: Martial Arts, Arts & Crafts, Surfing the Internet
- ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Scorpio
- PERSONALITY PROFILE:
Notable Occurrences[edit | edit source]
- Phoebe briefly swapped powers with her sister Prue, and gained the ability to move objects with her mind. She also swapped bodies with Paige and almost swapped powers with Piper.
- Before Phoebe gained her first defensive power (levitation), she often thought that when her power's did advance she would develop something like flying, which she did, on three instances. Firstly with the theft of the dragon demon's power of flying which she gained at the genie's hand, then when she went to the past she learned to fly on a broomstic and once more when she gained the ability to levitate.
- Phoebe once received hot flashes that were linked to the Succubus, which led the sisters to cast a spell to transform Prue into a man. She also received physical wounds from her psychic connection to Bo Lightfeather, which led to her being beaten.
- She once killed demons using a Power-Sucking Athame, and temporarily gained the ability to shimmer and throw energy balls.
- Phoebe had befriended Kyra the Seer, as Kyra showed her her future daughter, thanks to the Avatars. Only a short time before she was going to help Kyra lead a normal, mortal life, Kyra was unfortunately vanquished by the demon Zankou.
- Cole put Grams' ring on Phoebe once, without knowing that it had a curse on it. Phoebe temporarily became the 1950's housewife that she feared she might turn into by marrying anyone.
- Phoebe is mentioned briefly in the movie "Big Fat Liar" where Amanda Bynes said "I was watching Charmed on the WB last night and right when Alyssa Milano was about to cast a spell on her super cute demon boyfriend..."
- There are several instances on the show that have led to speculation that Phoebe's soul may have some dark leanings: being born in the Manor on the spiritual Nexus, which can be swayed towards good or evil (just like her nephew, Wyatt, who went evil in an alternate timeline); her being the first to be possessed by the Woogyman in Is There a Woogy in the House?; her past life as P. Russell where she was swayed to evil by her warlock lover Anton; her becoming Queen of the Underworld in season four; and her alternate future as shown in Morality Bites, where she was executed for using her powers to punish the guilty.
- Everytime Phoebe has been shown to be truly evil she has had the ability to throw streams of fire. The first time she was shown to do this was in her past life. Back then pyrokinesis was her gift. The second time was when she was pregnant with Cole's baby/The Source's heir. It is possible that Phoebe has retained this from her past life and kept it as a latent ability that only manifests when she is truly evil. This is supported by the fact that Piper retained her past life power (Molecular Immobilization). It could be that because Piper was good in both her past and present lives it stayed as her active power in both but because Phoebe's soul switched sides then her power changed to premontions with firethrowing staying latent until she turns evil again.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Phoebe is the Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοιβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan). Halliwell derives from any of the several places named with the Old English pre 7th Century elements "halig" meaning "holy", plus "well(a)", a well or spring. These places include Halliwell in Lancashire, recorded as Haliwell circa 1200; Holwell in Dorset and Oxfordshire appearing respectively as Halegewelle and Haliwelle in the Domesday Book of 1086; Halwell and Halwill in Devonshire, recorded as Halgewilla in 1086, and Holywell in Northumberland, Kent, Cambridgeshire and Cornwall.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- In the season three episode "Once Upon a Time" we are shown a brief glimpse of Phoebe's personal/legal records Cole is reading from to try and pretend that they have common interests. This reveals seral snippets of personal information such as the fact that:
- Her favorite film is "Kill It Before It Dies" (which is a key point in Chick Flick).
- Her favorite artwork is "The Birth Of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli
- Her favorite book is "Sense & Sensibility" by Jane Austen
- Her favorite song is "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve
- This episode also shows that she shared an "imaginary friend" with her sisters, called Lily, who later turned out to be a Fairy.
- It's mentioned several times that Phoebe's favorite story was Cinderella.
- Phoebe is the only one with Warren trait, the free spirit that means: a pain and troublemaker.
- Phoebe's astrological sign is Scorpio, like her older sister, Prue, her nephew Chris, and her ancestor Melinda Warren.
- When the sisters' ancestor, Melinda Warren, looks into the future with her power of premonition through Phoebe, she tells them that she sees "many more generations of my beautiful daughters". Ironically, Phoebe is the only sister who has three daughters.
- Phoebe is said to have the most turbulent love life of the sisters, like her forbidden relationships with the half demon Cole and her future husband, the Cupid Coop.
- Phoebe is a huge fan of the TV series Sex and the City, even to the point where the 2005 episode "Malice in Wonderland" featured a myriad of references to that show and Phoebe narrating the episode in the style of Carrie Bradshaw.
- Phoebe is a vegetarian.
- Ironically, the most famous real-life Halliwell, Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, once appeared on an episode of Sex and the City as a character named Phoebe over two years before "Malice in Wonderland".
- Her hair and clothing styles change the most out of all the Charmed Ones.
- Phoebe is the first Charmed One whose power advanced. In Season One episode, The Witch Is Back she gained the ability to feel what her innocents in the premonition were feeling.
- In the season 3 premiere episode, The Honeymoon's Over, Phoebe says to Prue that they had a deal that she wouldn't use her active power on her until she has an active power to use on Prue. In this, she foreshadowed her own power.
- Each time that Phoebe gained a power it would be the first episode of a season. Season One, she gained her witch powers, Season Three, she gained the ability to levitate and in Season Six, she gained the abilty of empathy.
- The park where Phoebe has the vision of her future daughter is Marathon Park, in front of Paramount's famous Bronson Gate.
- Phoebe is the only sister who never gained complete control over her first power.
- In A Witch's Tail, Part 1, Phoebe states that she's allergic to shellfish.
- Phoebe was the sister to be the most interested in magic in Season 1 and the sister who was most interested in being a mortal in early Season 8.
- One of Phoebe's daughters will appear in charmed comic issue #1 and her name will be Prue.
- In early Season 1 Phoebe would recite Power of Three spells with her eyes closed.