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Whereas Prue is the Republican and Piper the Democrat, Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano) is the Liberal of the Halliwell family -- that is, she would be if she bothered to vote at all. Phoebe is a spontaneous, free-spirited young woman. She is a romantic and a dreamer with a rich, poetic imagination. She has no fear of anyone or anything. She'll try anything once, twice if she had a good time. Her motto is: "Don't complain, never explain." And she trusts herself -- always has, always will. She has an electric vitality and her intuition is remarkable, radiant and alive. It lends her an otherworldly sort of beauty. It is one of the strongest aspects of her whole character and is felt powerfully by everything she does.

More adjectives to describe Phoebe? She is adventurous, curious, charming, funny, magnetic, proud and completely confident. She's also a smart-ass and very rebellious. To her credit, she can make the best out of any situation, no matter how bad or hopeless it may seem. Phoebe is a true original, one of a kind, and happy to stay that way. It's not that Phoebe dances to the beat of a different drummer, she's dancing to an entirely different band!

Unlike Prue, with her refined sensibilities, Phoebe is more down to earth and easy going. She shops at thrift stores, has never had a bank account (she never has any money) and has had more "careers" in the last three years than Prue and Piper will ever have in their entire lives. She tried junior college, but was too restless to stay, thought briefly about becoming an airline stewardess, so she could travel around the world for free but hated the uniforms too much. Then the opportunity of moving to New York and staying with her best friend, GILLIAN, presented itself, and Phoebe left San Francisco. (It did not turn out as planned. Some friends should never live together. Phoebe didn't mind living with Gillian. What she minded was living with Gillian, Gillian's boyfriend, and Gillian's boyfriend's brother in a studio apartment). In truth, Phoebe didn't need any reason to leave San Francisco. Phoebe had grown tired of living under the shadow of the "perfect Prue" and wanted to move somewhere where no one knew her, or could compare her accomplishments to those of her sisters. Plus, Prue's fiance Roger had been calling her all the time, sending her flowers at her bartending job, hitting on her during cocktail hour, etc. Unfortunately for Phoebe, Prue found out about Roger's interest in Phoebe. Worse, Prue blamed Phoebe. It didn't help matters that Roger had lied to Prue, telling her that Phoebe was the one who was interested in him. Roger persisted in his innocence and Phoebe took the fall. Devastated and hurt, Phoebe quickly left town.

It was an easy move. Phoebe never really felt attached to family the way Prue or even Piper did. She wanted to travel, see the world, live life, not read about it in books, or see it on the silver screen. Phoebe recognized early on that she was different from her siblings. She hardly even looked like them and she didn't need Grandmother Powell's stares to realize that she took after her father, the man no one would talk about. Phoebe was the black sheep of the family in more ways than one and she knew it. She was also the baby of the family without any of the perks usually associated with being the baby: Phoebe was never spoiled -- in fact she got saddled with the hand-me-downs of Piper and Prue. But Phoebe always loved her sisters, try as she might to do otherwise. While outwardly and publicly she views Prue as judgmental and inflexible, secretly Phoebe admires, and even envies Prue. And what's not to like about Piper? Piper was always there for Phoebe; she even sent her money in New York after Phoebe and Company were evicted from the illegal sublet. Even then, when Phoebe was out on the street with barely enough cash to get home, she didn't panic or became fearful.

There's one more thing you should know about Phoebe. Phoebe went to New York for one other reason: she had reason to believe their father was alive and living somewhere in New York City and she was going to find him. What she found wreaked havoc on the lives of the Halliwell sisters.

Unfortunately, Phoebe's optimism has been known to lead her into careless behavior. Wherever Phoebe goes, there is bound to be a lot of turbulence. She's not the sort of person to make one simple career choice and then settle down in the normal nine-to-five world. Thankfully, her powerful will is up to the many responsibilities she takes on, and her natural extroversion will always keep her in the thick of things. Her intuitive sense is so highly developed and strong, she is able to anticipate events -- hence, Phoebe's witchcraft power: Phoebe has "premonitions" of the future. And, as she becomes more confident with her craft, she will be able to "see" the past, present and future. If Phoebe were to hold your watch, she could "see" your past, present and future. Unfortunately, Phoebe's power comes with a flaw: she will never be able to see her own future.



Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan) is Piper and Phoebe's long-lost half sister. Paige was the result of an affair between their mother and her Whitelighter Sam. Because the Elders strictly forbade witches and whitelighters to become involved, Patty feared for her daughter's life and abandoned her at a church. Paige was adopted by a loving family and had a good childhood. Nevertheless, she began cutting classes and drinking heavily in high school. It took her parents' deaths in a car crash to get her to finally clean up her act. She turned her life around, quit drinking, went to college, and got a job in social services. Paige was excited when she found out she had sisters, but apprehensive on learning she was a witch. Her impulsive and headstrong behavior make it a bit difficult to follow the magical rules that her sisters set up for her. Nevertheless, she has accepted her role as a Charmed One, and has even moved into the Manor.



Exciting, highly emotional and very much alive, Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs), the middle sister, is truly a creative chameleon. She can be dedicated, driven, spontaneous, or cautious -- whatever the situation calls and allows for. She is terribly big hearted and capable of great fellowship and devotion. Even though she can be shy and unassuming, she has many friends -- both male and female -- and truly is the life of the party, if not the planner. She is loyal and can keep a secret. In fact, she prefers to keep secrets, because Piper truly abhors conflicts on any level. The worst thing in the world to Piper Halliwell is the sound of two people engaged in an argument. She will throw up her hands in defeat -- even when she's right -- to avoid conflicts. She is great at mediating and arbitrating, and if her love of food hadn't steered her to a career in the culinary arts, she more than likely would have been a union negotiator or a goodwill ambassador. Piper would have made a huge dent in the divorce rate, if she had only become a marriage and family counselor.

Piper's good nature and big heart won't allow for competition with her siblings. Piper just wants everyone to get along and be happy, preferably in her presence. In the beauty pageant of life, Piper is "Miss Congeniality." She's a modern-day Sally Field, grateful to be liked. She never takes anyone or anything for granted.

Piper is so honest and trustworthy that she often finds herself in the awkward position of knowing everything about everyone. For some reason, people instantly trust her with their deepest, darkest, and most painful secrets. Poor Piper can't ride a cable car without knowing everything about her seatmate's medical history. The postman can't even deliver the mail without sharing his recent gambling addiction lapse, and Piper knows more about the customers in the restaurants she's worked in than even the most trusted of bartenders. Piper is not only a great listener, she's great at giving out solid advice -- when asked, of course. She's a younger, hipper Ann Landers, and if she were on the radio, she would most definitely give Dr. Frasier Crane a run for his money.

People-pleasing Piper's biggest problem, frankly, is saying "no" to anyone or any cause that needs her. It's not that Piper is spineless. Oh no, on the contrary, but Piper simply likes to help others. In fact, she takes their need for her as a sign of flattery. This is usually when the problems begin. Piper is so busy helping and doing for others that she often finds herself running late, being behind, and staying up all hours. Piper is always in some kind of jam. She constantly over commits herself and finds that she has planned far more than she is capable of doing. That's when she becomes nervous and anxious and begins doubting herself. It doesn't help that Piper isn't organized by nature. It's not her fault. Really, she simply doesn't have the time to "get it all together." She tries her best, making lists, buying organizers, etc., but it never really seems to work. She often finds herself making a list for the groceries only to wind up at the store without the list. Thankfully, Piper has the energy to sustain her many projects and demands

Which is why Piper is the perfect chef. Endless creativity, long hours, and working in a hectic, fast-paced environment are perfect for the energetic Piper. She learned early on that food is a great healer and the silent but successful nurturer. Food comforted Piper a lot during her childhood. It was a way for Piper to get close to Grandmother Powell without intruding. It was also a way for Piper to avoid getting in the middle of Prue and Phoebe's endless fights. She could hide in the kitchen, baking away while they fought, then interrupt -- and often end -- their warring with some freshly baked cookies.

Unlike her sisters -- Prue, who is obsessed with making money, and Phoebe, who could care less about money -- Piper is content to make due with what she has. While she has never spent more than she makes, she never saves what she's earned. Happiness to Piper is paramount --happiness and keeping the peace. These two qualities make Piper the perfect girlfriend.

As we all know by now, Piper's boyfriend Jeremy seemed to adore just these qualities in Piper. And, as we also know, things with Jeremy didn't work out. It didn't help that he was a warlock from hell. Piper's relationship with Jeremy definitely affected her relationship with men. She was understandably nervous to get involved again, and went out of her way to make sure any subsequent dates were normal. Forget if they're single, employed, and don't live at home with mom, Piper's first concern is going to be: "are they human?" Until she met Leo.

Leo met Piper when he was assigned to be the whitelighter for the Halliwell sisters. And, although it is forbidden for a whitelighter and a witch to have a relationship, Piper and Leo fell in love. Their courtship was a rocky one and during one of their off-again periods, Piper began dating her next-door neighbor Dan. But, it wasn't long until Leo was back in Piper's life and the two are exploring their relationship to see where it will take them.

Which brings us to Piper's power -- her ability to freeze time -- a power that is a direct result of her inability to be on time -- ever. Unlike Prue, who is cautious, yielding, and respectful of her power, and younger sister Phoebe, who stays up late, waiting for "premonitions," Piper is downright terrified of her powers. She doesn't want to freeze time, and she certainly doesn't want to "freeze" objects, people, or anything else. Unfortunately for Piper, she's able to do all of the above... and more!



Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause) is the Charmed Ones' whitelighter (guardian angel for good witches) and is also Piper Halliwell's husband. Leo died in the World War II battle at Guadalcanal and was reincarnated as a Whitelighter in recognition of the good deeds he had done. He was assigned to the Charmed Ones and quickly fell in love with Piper, which was forbidden by the Elders. Leo's tendency to follow the rules is in complete contrast to the Charmed Ones' tendency to break them. Nevertheless, Piper and Leo managed to stay together and finally got married (once the Elders gave their blessings). Now they want to take their relationship one step further, by trying to have a baby.



Inspector Darryl Morris (Dorian Gregory).  When it comes to good old fashioned police help, Inspector Darryl Morris is always there when the sisters need some aide or advice.