The 6 Most Heroic Comic Book Witches
It’s that time of year again, the spookiest time of year! Happy Halloween, my henchies! Welcome to my favorite holiday, which calls for a holiday-themed List of Six! In the past, I’ve done lists on comic book ghosts and classic movie monsters, and this year I’ve decided to focus on everyone’s favorite green-skinned, wart-covered cacklers: witches!
Though witches haven’t been gross and scary for years, thanks to the likes of Willow, Hermione Granger and the ladies of Charmed! Witches are actually kind of cute, and a lot of them are heroes. But not every magic-user can be a witch. It takes a special sort of warrior woman to earn this important rank – though I’ll admit, it helps if they have ‘witch’ in their name.
Join me after the jump for some of the coolest, most badass witches in comics!
Adorable, aren’t they? Meet the team of W.I.T.C.H., which isn’t an acronym for anything cool, it’s just their first names: Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin. The W.I.T.C.H. girls are defenders of the universe, controlling the four elemental powers (and heart), much like the Planeteers or the Avatar. They started out life as an Italian comic before spreading across the world, likely due to their adorable popularity. I’ve seen worse witches, but none of them are on this list!
5. Traci 13
You might think Zatanna Zatara would be DC Comics’ coolest witch, but does she even count? Zatanna is a magician and a sorceress, not a witch. There’s a distinction…somehow, somewhere; look, I can’t explain it. But Traci 13 is definitely a witch! As daughter of the intrepid Doctor Thirteen, Traci comes form a long line of Homo Magi, and she has the unique ability to tap into the ‘magic’ of a city, that special spark that makes any city grand. Traci 13 uses her powers to battle magical evil across the globe, but mostly she hung out with fellow teenager superheroes. She was even dating Blue Beetle for awhile, which is all kinds of sweet.
4. Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose
Let’s not judge, people. Tarot may be the most insanely salacious character in the history of comics, but she’s getting close to 100 issues, that’s got to count for something! If you get past the frequent nudity, Tarot is a warrior witch who uses her nature-based magic to battle the forces of evil, often alongside her witch family and her various lovers. Writer and artist Jim Balent goes to great lengths to really dive into Wiccan lore to really make Tarot more than just a ‘witch’ in name only.
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3. Wendy the Good Witch
Did anybody else grow up reading Casper comics and watching Casper cartoons? Then perhaps you also remember Wendy the Good Little Witch! She’s basically female Casper, but instead of doubling down on the ghosties, Harvey Comics decided to pick another horror staple. Wendy is a friendly young witch who likes practicing white magic to help people – unlike her three aunts who practice black magic and wish Wendy was more like them. Sound familiar? Wendy also once showed up in a live action Casper movie spin-off where she was played by Hilary Duff! I’m not sure how that’s relevant, but people still remember Hilary Duff, right?
2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Speaking of TV shows I watched as a kid, my whole family was glued to the screen for Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and in retrospect, I’m not sure why. I can’t imagine that show holds up at all these days. I think we all still had fond memories of Clarissa Explains It All (which probably doesn’t hold up either). But Sabrina Spellman actually debuted as part of Archie Comics as a mischievous teenage witch struggling to deal with both being magical and a teenager. I wish I had magic powers as a teenager.
And wait, so this means magic is real in the Archie universe? Was Jughead aware of this? He could conjure so many cheeseburgers!
1. Scarlet Witch
Surprisingly, the most prominent Witch in comics didn’t start out as a witch. Wanda Maximoff, who likes to dress in red, which one would think is extremely limiting, is a mutant with the ability to conjure oddly defined hex powers. She started out as a bad guy and later became one of the most prominent Avengers – guaranteeing her a spot in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron sequel. But Wanda’s bonafides as a witch come from intense training. Wanda has studied under no less than Marvel’s premiere witch Agatha Harkness…which makes me think Agatha should have made this list, but she’s not appearing in any hugely anticipated movies next year!