The unique Charmed noticed Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and later, Paige (Rose McGowan) struggle dozens of demons and different threats that tried to destroy San Francisco… or just kill them. Because the collection progressed, the villains modified fairly dramatically, too, with upper-level demons launched and different magical beings, resembling Avatars, introduced in to shake issues up. Because the sisters grew to become extra highly effective, the menace degree needed to enhance to maintain issues entertaining. Whereas not all of their enemies fairly landed as attention-grabbing antagonists (and, with 178 episodes, there have been lots!), there have been a number of that shined brighter than the others and provided one thing particular to the collection, whether or not bringing out a brand new aspect of one of many characters or the Halliwell sisters as a unit. We’ve put collectively an inventory of the 9 finest villains to return from the collection’ eight-season run.
9. Inspector Sheridan
Inspector Sheridan (Jenya Lano) — first identify unknown — proved herself an annoying and unbelievable menace to the Halliwell sisters throughout Seasons 6 and seven. Earlier than she met her finish within the Season 7 finale, her investigation into the Halliwell sisters and all the mysterious circumstances surrounding their involvement in a lot of San Francisco’s unsolved circumstances put an enormous weight on the sisters and made their life as witches much more tough. She got here near busting them and outing them as witches to the world a few occasions, which made her a menace that the sisters discovered to take extra significantly. What lands her on this checklist is that she is a one-of-a-kind villain on Charmed, the one human to actually get shut sufficient to offer the sisters and Inspector Daryl Morris (Dorian Gregory), the sisters’ inside man with the police, one thing to fret about. In the long run, the sisters simply received fortunate that different means grew to become concerned earlier than Sheridan might uncover the reality, like Kyle Brody (Kerr Smith) having her put right into a coma and later erasing her reminiscences.
8. The Stillman Sisters
The Stillman Sisters — Mabel (Jennifer Sky), Mitzy (Jenny McCarthy), and Margo (Melody Perkins) — the villains in “The Energy of Three Blondes” proved themselves an entertaining and extra highly effective menace than anybody had supposed them to be. Finally, it was their lack of sisterhood, the bond that the Halliwell sisters share, that tore them aside and foiled their plans. Nonetheless, they received fairly far with their plan, additional than most villains ever have the prospect to. Regardless of their disrespectful entry into the E book of Shadows, these low-level witches managed to steal the sisters’ identities and their powers, with Paige retaining her whitelighter skills as their solely method to show themselves to Chris (Drew Fuller). Whereas a one-episode menace, they examined the sisterhood of the Charmed Ones in a manner that no one had earlier than whereas offering sufficient comedic aid to make it a enjoyable episode amidst the chaos.
One other one-episode menace, Vinceres’ look in “Primrose Empath” actually examined Prue individually. After being tricked — by Cole (Julian McMahon), no much less — Prue is led to Vinceres, a shut-in that she believes she wants to assist. Sadly, he’s truly an invulnerable demon that was cursed with empathic skills by one other as demons can’t really feel human feelings and that was the one method to include him. Oh, and he transfers the flexibility to Prue, one which slowly begins to chip away at her as a result of it’s not an influence that she’s meant to have. Because the resident super-witch earlier than her loss of life, this expertise causes fairly a little bit of progress for Prue. She proves herself as a witch, managing to quickly channel the empathic skills to her benefit, powering her up in order that she’s in a position to struggle alongside her astral self for the primary (and solely) time. Since viewers are by no means in a position to see what Prue’s powers would develop to develop into, that is the one style, and it’s clear that Prue would’ve been an almost unstoppable menace if the Supply hadn’t taken her out first.
6. The Seer
The Seer (Debbi Morgan) is without doubt one of the most understated threats all through your complete present. She’s neglected by beings, just like the Supply, that see her as nothing greater than a method to an finish, however does she ever show them unsuitable? In the long run, the Seer is the ultimate menace surrounding the Supply arc in Season 4, the final thread of the Underworld because it was earlier than anarchy and chaos reigned. It’s her wit that retains her alive till Phoebe and Cole’s unborn child (although the jury remains to be out on whether or not or not it was their child in any capability), which Phoebe might barely stand to hold regardless of her energy, overtakes the Seer, destroying her and the opposite surrounding demons. Nonetheless, earlier than her premature demise, she manages to govern the Supply a number of occasions, exhibiting that even much less highly effective beings could make for excellent threats to the Charmed Ones.
5. Nathaniel Pratt
Nathaniel Pratt (Pat Skipper) is the villain in one of many collection’ finest episodes, “Morality Bites,” which noticed the sisters transported to the 12 months 2009 (from 1999) to be taught why Phoebe can be publicly burned on the stake. Pratt is only a means to an finish, however he teaches the sisters an essential lesson about utilizing their powers to punish the responsible, somewhat than to guard the harmless. It began one morning in 1999 when the sisters determine to make use of their powers to make Pratt (unbeknownst to them till after their journey to the longer term) step in his canine’s feces that he’s been leaving on the sidewalk in entrance of their home. Pratt himself might not be a villain just like the Supply however he does present the hazard of people discovering out the sisters’ secret as properly.
Zankou (Oded Fehr), the Huge Dangerous of Season 7, might be probably the most highly effective and harmful enemy the sisters are ever compelled to face over the course of the present. He’s extra clever and intelligent than the Supply, which was positively essential with how unimaginable it appeared to the sisters to have the ability to vanquish the Supply just a few years prior. He manages to take their home, reduce their powers as witches by making them doubt themselves, and trigger fairly a little bit of emotional misery for every of them by making them come face-to-face with innocents that they had misplaced. On each degree, he manages to get the higher hand, leaving the sisters scrambling and uncertain of how they might even cease him. In true Charmed vogue, his finish is sensible, because it’s his desperation for extra energy that turns into his downfall when the sisters are in a position to destroy the Nexus and take Zankou with it.
Christy (Marnette Patterson) is on this checklist, and so excessive up too, as a result of she’s a really distinctive menace to the sisters with quite a few demons serving to to make it so. The story with the Final Energy — a.ok.a. Billie (Kaley Cuoco) — didn’t fairly land how the writers anticipated, however Christy individually is a really attention-grabbing menace to the sisters. It was ingenious, actually, for the ultimate menace to the sisters to be one other set of sister witches, utilized by highly effective demons to take out two potential forces of infinite good so they might keep on with their mission to destroy the world. It’s unhappy what turns into of Christy, regardless of how infuriating she may be. She’s utterly brainwashed by the Triad, unable to see how she’s been used. Her love for Billie is actual, sure, however nonetheless jaded due to being kidnapped at such a younger age. It supplies the Halliwell sisters with an attention-grabbing dilemma, as they hadn’t been put within the state of affairs earlier than to contemplate their attacker’s perspective. The payoff might have been higher, however the character may be very intriguing and fairly highly effective in her personal proper as a firestarter. If solely the writers had put in additional effort to discover Christy’s aspect of issues and given her a extra passable ending than to be killed by her sister.
After all, Shax (Michael Bailey Smith) has to make the checklist, as the one demon to reach killing one of many sisters. Because the Supply’s murderer, he definitely made fairly a little bit of hassle for the sisters, resembling killing Prue and serving to to trigger magic to be uncovered to the world that, ultimately, resulted in Prue dying as an alternative of Piper when time was reversed by Tempest. Shax succeeding in a manner no different demon had left the sisters scarred, conscious of the price of their lives because the Charmed Ones in a manner that they had by no means felt earlier than. So, Shax going after Paige within the Season 4 premiere as Piper and Phoebe be taught Paige is their sister introduced new depths to the drama and made Paige’s introduction much more pressing than it could have been in any other case. Nonetheless, even after over 20 years, not figuring out why Shax was after Dr. Griffith within the first place, which brought on Prue’s loss of life, is so irritating.
1. The Supply
Frankly, no different Charmed villain comes near the Supply. He was the menace of the present, somebody teased from early on and progressively constructed upon till he was lastly revealed within the Season 3 finale and developed in Season 4. The collection put a lot care into slowly build up the Underworld earlier than delving into the Supply, it’s in contrast to the rest that had been carried out on the present. Although he didn’t kill Prue himself, he’s liable for her loss of life, proving himself a fearsome and formidable opponent repeatedly. His makes an attempt to undermine and kill the Charmed Ones stay a few of the most enjoyable episodes of the present, like when he kidnaps Piper and convinces her that she’s been hallucinating being a witch for years inside a hospital for the mentally unwell and the episode that lastly sees him battle towards the Charmed Ones and stealing their powers alongside the best way.
The sisters needed to put extra thought and energy into this vanquish than they did with some other villain, and it emphasised Prue’s loss of life in one of the simplest ways, with Piper and Phoebe dwelling with out their older sister who they at all times deemed to be probably the most highly effective of the group. Even with the Supply vanquished, the writers discovered a method to present Paige as an important a part of the plan, utilizing her powers to do issues that Prue wouldn’t have been in a position to do. A lot thought, care, and time had been spent on the Supply. He even seems once more briefly in Season 8, resurrected by Wyatt’s demon-possessed preschool instructor, and it helps to indicate how sensible and highly effective the sisters had develop into that he wasn’t even alive once more lengthy sufficient to do any actual injury.
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