Phoebe Halliwell is a fictional character from the American television program Charmed, and one of the four leading characters featured during the series' run. The character is primarily portrayed by actress Alyssa Milano, as well as a few other notable actresses during different stages of the character's life. Initially Phoebe begins the series as the youngest child of three sisters. However, at the start of Season Four she becomes the middle of three sisters after the death of her older sister, Prue Halliwell, and the discovery of a previously unknown fourth sister, Paige Matthews. In 2007, AOL named her the 7th greatest witch in television history.
Although Phoebe was born with the power of premonition, her maternal grandmother Penelope Halliwell bound the powers of her granddaughters to keep the warlock Nicholas from killing them and taking their powers. On the episode that they discovered this, Patty said she had a premonition similar to how Piper manifested Wyatt's powers when she was pregnant with him.
Her father and maternal grandmother argued about Victor being merely human and thus unable to protect his own children from the supernatural. A disgruntled Victor eventually left his family. On February 28, 1978, Patricia was drowned fighting the water demon. Phoebe and her two older sisters were effectively orphaned and were raised by their maternal grandmother Penelope.
Phoebe was a good student, and once earned an award for student of the month. 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. Unlike her sisters, Piper, Prue and later, Paige, Phoebe is more susceptible to turning evil because she is the only one of the sisters who was born in the Halliwell manor.
After completing high school, Piper and Prue moved into an apartment together in North Beach where they stayed until their grandmother Penelope 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 university and went to 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 bind the girls' powers forever, but she died before she could use it.
Out of all the sisters, Phoebe is seen to be the master of spell-writing. Phoebe authored a spell for vanquishing The Source that used the power of the Halliwell's witch ancestors. She also helped The Seer to put the Hollow back in its crypt.
We often see Phoebe being the first to discover facts: Phoebe was the one who first discovered that they are the Charmed Ones, beginning with a series of events with their old spirit board up until she got to the Book of Shadows in the attic. She also was the first one to know that Leo was their 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. 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, we need your help." 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 enough attacked the manor, and because of his 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 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.
For awhile, Phoebe must get used to the fact that she is no longer the youngest sister. At first she doesn't like the idea of stepping into Piper's shoes as Piper is filling Prue's, though in the end Phoebe loves the idea that she finally can have someone around who is younger than her.
Phoebe and her sisters destroyed Zankou and the Nexus. Everyone, both normal and supernatural, believed they were dead. This was their chance to finally get a normal life.
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. She 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 magical community had turned their backs on them.
Phoebe married Coop the Cupid in the series finale and gave birth to three daughters. Phoebe has turned into a warlock, a banshee, the Queen of the Underworld, a mermaid, a superhero, a Greek goddess (of Love), a genie, a ghost, a mummy, a Valkyrie, a witch beast that came out during a blue moon (along with Piper and Paige), a 1950s housewife and was trapped in the body of an evil sorceress.
Her premonitions are triggered by objects or strong psychic auras, making them a form of psychometry. This originally only encompassed precognition, to see the future, but grew to include retrocognition, to see the past, too. Phoebe also developed the power to trigger a vision in somebody else with similar powers, "sharing" visions with Elders and knowing how to trigger a specific "trap" premonition in Mitzy, who had stolen her powers. Kira, 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 one episode, it gives her enhanced intuition as she was hiding to anticipate when demons were firing fireballs, and in many instances Phoebe has sidestepped and jumped out the way of incoming fireballs and energy balls with perfect timing.
At first Phoebe was unhappy with only her passive power of premonition, so she took classes in self-defense. However she realized how useful her power is when her premonition helped to revive Prue from death after a dragon warlock killed her.
In the season 2,episode,"She’s A Man, Baby, A Man!", Phoebe somehow develops a psychic link with a succubus that is seducing and killing men in San Francisco. She is able to see and feel what the succubus does. Towards the end of the episode, she is able to influence the succubus through this link to save Prue. This was possibly a new psychic power, but it is the first and only time it was seen during the series run. Later on Phoebe obtained her first active power of levitation, to defy gravity and float in the air (but not fly). This power was uncontrollable when she first obtained it but she later gained complete control over it. She cannot usually move horizontally, and at one 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 4, she was able to glide short distances with this power. In Season 5, she was able to propel herself through a ventilation duct with this power.
During Phoebes marriage to Cole Turner, Phoebe also gains the power to throw fire. Leo informs Phoebe that the power is an upper level demonic power previous to her joining Cole and becoming the Queen of the underworld. She uses the power to vanquish countless demons during Cole's term as the Source including his demon secretary, and a Nameless Demon who supposedly had the powers of devouring worlds, and invincibility to Witch's magic. However, great as the power, was it was confirmed that this power was in truth the power of Phoebe's child as she was impregnated with the Source's spawn. Later, as the Seer "steals" her child, Phoebe lost all of her offensive (demonic) powers, and she later vows never to use Black Magic ever again when confronting Cole for "Closure."
Season six saw Phoebe develop the power of empathy. Being an empath allows her to channel other's feelings. This initially caused considerable problems, as she would encounter other's emotions and act on their whims and wishes. Her thriving advice column may also be due to her latent empathic abilities. She may have already had the ability to feel other's emotions, thus allowing her to understand others and give such good advice to those in need of it. Her ability to feel and understand others may have just advanced to full blown magical empathy seen throughout season 6. Since powers are tied with emotions and Phoebe can feel other's emotions, she could sometimes tap into their powers. This also allowed her to backfire energy balls and fireballs. When the sisters traveled to the future, it was revealed that Phoebe had used electrical powers to kill a man named Cal Greene, although it was never clarified if this was an expansion upon or usage of an existing power or an entirely new one. This power could also have been tele-empathy, the ability to channel emotions to others. This would have been an attachment to her empathy powers.
Phoebe's powers were stripped by the Tribunal because she was misusing her powers for personal gain. She received back her premonition power, but still has to show the Tribunal that she isn't misusing her powers to get her other powers back. Like the other Charmed Ones, Phoebe can also brew magical potions and recite/write spells. Even in the flash-forward in the series finale, it was never made clear if Phoebe ever did get her powers of levitation and empathy back.
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. She eventually told her sisters, which strained their sisterhood. Cole and Phoebe had a chaotic romance at best, constantly threatened by each their conflicting feelings and doubts, not to mention demonic interference. By the end of season 3, they finally commit to making the relationship work.
In Season 4, Phoebe's half-sister Paige, along with Leo, goes back in time to see why her parents died in a car accident and how she managed to survive. Two spirits, Lulu and Frankie, escape through the time portal and possess Phoebe and Cole. The two go on a crime spree, holding up a jewelry store to take a diamond engagement ring, steal a wedding gown and head to the local church, where a possessed Cole holds a gun to the reverend's throat, forcing him to marry the couple. Before they can say 'I do', the spirits of Lulu and Frankie escape their bodies, leaving Cole, bleeding to death after being shot by Darryl Morris. Leo heals him, and Phoebe and Cole vow to marry each other.
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. Younger Phoebe reminded Present Phoebe of her favorite fairy tale, Cinderella, and her dreams of finding her prince. Older Phoebe admits to Cole privately she never married him, but sacrificed herself to save Cole from a demon attack. The spell reversed itself, and Phoebe decided to go through with the wedding.
On the day of the wedding, Cole uses his evil magic to bring chaos into his bride's life: he made her wedding gown bigger, and reorganized the letters on the tag to say "Millie Platt", blaming the mess on Paige. To make up for it, Paige gives Phoebe an all-natural face cream, but Cole intervenes again, making the cream give Phoebe acne. To prove she is not sabotaging the wedding, Paige casts a vanishing spell to get rid of Phoebe's pimples, but instead make Phoebe disappear completely. In the meantime, Cole, with the help of the Seer, seeks to stop his own "White Wedding" in order to coax Phoebe into a Dark one. While the girls prepare for the ceremony, Cole unleashes a Lazarus Demon and orders him to attack at the White ceremony. The sisters transfer the vanishing spell from Phoebe to Paige. Phoebe's father, Victor Bennett walks her down the aisle, but the Lazarus Demon attacks and eventually Phoebe leaves Cole at the altar. Paige is nearly killed, but Leo heals her and the wedding is canceled.
Just when the girls think there's nothing that can be done, they come up on a Dark chapel in the Mausoleum, and unbeknownst to Phoebe, Leo and her sisters, a Dark Priest marries them. While Cole becomes even more evil, no one knows he is the Source yet. To her shock, Phoebe finds herself to be pregnant; unknowingly, she is carrying the next Source. During 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, as a combination of hormones and demonic potions made her so cranky, she ended up vanquishing a good number of Cole's demons. 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 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, beginning to date other men.
In one final effort to win Phoebe back, Cole became an Avatar. He 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 spell.
Phoebe then dated the new owner of the paper she writes for, Jason Dean (played by Eric Dane). Their relation was very serious and Phoebe even went to live with Jason in Hong Kong. After 15 months, Jason finally finds out Phoebe is a witch, as opposed to her telling him. He reacts negatively, and they ultimately break up.
After Phoebe had a vision about life without demons and her being pregnant, Phoebe does math and decides she needs to find a husband urgently. She uses her empathy to find out if her dates feel love or committed, and if they do not she dumps them. She even went so far as to force her premonitions, so she can have more time for her dates. Her active powers were stripped because of this abuse.
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 immediately fell in lust with him, though she did not want her column to be written by a male writer. After a brief tryst, Phoebe eventually got her column back as well as her power of premonitions. Leslie moved on after his ghostwriting job was over, feeling that Phoebe has too much to hide for his taste (Phoebe kept on standing him up at their dates, and never explained it--she was always doing witch-related activities).
Phoebe gained a romantic interest in the new literature teacher at Magic School, Drake (played by Billy Zane). Unfortunately his only problem was that he was destined to die after two weeks. However, he managed to fulfill his mission; he was sent by none other than Cole, to restore Phoebe's faith in love.
At the beginning of season 8, Phoebe had a premonition that she would marry an acquaintance named Dex Lawson. She decided to pursue a relationship with him, and later married him while under a spell gone awry. Instead of getting the marriage annulled, she convinced Dex to stay married to her. When Phoebe revealed to him she is a witch, Dex had a similar reaction to Jason's (rather negative). He learned that his relationship with Phoebe was solely motivated by spells and premonitions, not Phoebe's own heart. When Phoebe agreed with this conclusion, they annulled the marriage and broke up.
Later in season 8, Phoebe falls in love with a Cupid named Coop. It was revealed in the series finale, that the elders sent Coop to Phoebe 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 for themselves, the Elders lifted this restriction for Phoebe. The finale shows that in the future Coop and Phoebe are married by the Angel of Destiny in Magic School and that they will have three girls. As a sidenote, Phoebe almost fell in love with another Cupid who had to leave her to keep his job.
Phoebe's destined marriage with Coop fulfills the prophecy that her true love's name begins with the letter "C". While it may seem in the beginning that it was Cole, especially since she was married to him (but later divorced), it shows that Cole might have been Phoebe's great love, and Coop is her real soulmate and true love. Once marrying Coop, the two soulmates have three children; all are girls. Names were never given but throughout the 8th season we hear future Phoebe refer to her firstborn as 'ladybug'. Also, it seems as Phoebe and Billie are still close as the finale season showed their relationship and how well they connected and cared for one another, as Billie is seen watching Phoebe's older two daughters as she's on her way to give birth to a third. Phoebe's most notable relationships:
|Clay||Fling||Season 1 (Feats of Clay)||Phoebe's ex boyfriend when she lived in New York. She breaks up with him because of his tendency to lie about his actions.|
|Cole Turner||Ex Husband||Season 3-4||Cole was Phoebe's longest running relationship throughout the series. She falls for him during the third season, not knowing that he's truly a demon named Belthazor sent by The Triad to kill her and her sisters. She finds out about his true nature (3x08 "Sleuthing with the Enemy") and tries to vanquish him. Phoebe's love stopped her from truly vanquishing him and instead, helped him fake his own death. Cole was stripped from his powers during the fourth season (4x08 "Black As Cole"), becoming human in the process. When the Charmed Ones vanquished the Source, the Source's powers were transferred to Cole, without them knowing. Cole and Phoebe get married in mid Season 4. Phoebe later finds out that Cole is the new Source, forcing her to vanquish him and send him to the demonic wasteland. Cole finds a way out of the wasteland during the Season 4 finale and tries to win Phoebe back during the fifth season's early run. Phoebe rejects Cole's love, causing him to turn mad and become obsessed with nothing but getting Phoebe back. Cole turns back time (5x12 "Centennial Charmed") to when he and Phoebe were at their best and very much in love. This action, however, caused his untimely death.|
|Miles||Dated||Season 5 (Sympathy for the Demon, A Witch in Time)||Miles was Phoebe's love interest after Cole. She falls in love with him but later learns that he's pre-destined to die.|
|Jason Dean||Ex-Boyfriend||Season 5-6||Phoebe later began a relationship with her boss, Jason Dean. The relationship was very serious. Phoebe even lived in Hong Kong with him for a while. However during their relationship, she had to lead a double life because of Jason's ignorance when it comes to her Charmed life. Jason faints when he learns Phoebe's shocking secret (because Paige orbs in front of him). He eventually couldn't handle Phoebe's secret, causing them to end their relationship.|
|Leslie||Fling||Season 7||Leslie (portrayed by Nick Lachey) was a ghost writer for Phoebe's column when she went on a sabbatical. They have strong desires for one another (they even had sex in Phoebe's office one time). The fling however ended when Leslie had to move back to Los Angeles.|
|Drake||Fling||Season 7||After Leslie, Phoebe falls for Drake, an ex demon who wants to become a teacher for magic school. They had chemistry indeed, the only problem was he only had a couple of weeks to live. It was revealed that Drake was sent by Cole (7x16 "The Seven Year Witch") 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.|
|Dex Lawson||Ex Husband||Season 8||When Phoebe (magically disguised as Julie) met Dex, she receives a premonition that she will get married to him. The marriage turned out to be the result of a spell Billie had cast to help Phoebe realize that faking her death was a mistake. Phoebe reveals Dex everything, including the fact that she's a witch. Their marriage was annulled after the event. In the end however, Dex questioned Phoebe's feelings for him. If she really did fall for him or if it was because of the premonition she had of them getting married.|
|Coop||Husband||Season 8||Coop was a cupid who was sent by the Elders to help Phoebe find love. Chris later revealed in the finale that the Elders sent Coop, hoping that Phoebe would fall in love with him after all the things they put her through. In Season 3 episode "All Halliwell's Eve," a man revealed to Phoebe (by peeling the skin of an apple) that her true love's name begins with a "C." She thought it was Cole at first, but in the end, it turned out to be Coop.|
Prior to her work at "The Bay Mirror", Phoebe had accepted multiple odd jobs (especially during her six-month stay in New York). Upon her return to San Francisco in the autumn of 1998, she had been a bartender, a hotel lounge psychic, a hospital volunteer, and an executive secretary at SWA Properties, a real estate company.
|Episode||Episode Name||Cause of Death||Revival|
|1x22||Deja Vú All Over Again||Killed twice by an energy ball thrown by demon Rodriguez.||Time was reset both times.|
|2x02||Morality Bites||Her future self is burned at the stake.||By taking the future in a different direction, this course of events never came to pass.|
|4x13||Charmed and Dangerous||Phoebe is thrown against mirror by the demonic guardian of the Hollow, resulting in her being impaled by a shard of glass.||Healed by Leo before cross over.|
|4x14||The Three Faces of Phoebe||Her future self was killed by the demon Kurzon while trying to protect Cole.||The future changed by taking the present in a different direction.|
|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.|
|5x10||Y Tu Mummy Tambien||Her body is weakened so much that she dies.||Cole had her mummified to preserve her body.|
|6x08||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.|
|6x15||I Dream of Phoebe||An evil genie wished for her death.||Richard wished for The Charmed Ones to be alive.|
|6x22||It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World (Part 1)||Get Shot in the Chest.||Leo revived her before crossing over|
|7x07||Someone to Witch Over Me||Killed by a Celerity Demon.||Leo revived her after he became an Avatar.|
|7x19||Freaky Phoebe||Piper and Paige unknowingly 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.|
|8x21||Kill Billie Vol. 2||Killed after the manor exploded.||Piper and Leo, with the help of Coop's ring, went back in time to save her.|
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