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A mummerboard! You didn't say this was like mumboarding!

—Caleb on a snowboard, Divide and Conquer

Caleb is a fictional character in the W.I.T.C.H. comics and TV series, voiced in the latter by Greg Cipes.

Plot

Comics

Caleb was originally created as a murmurer by Prince Phobos,[1] which are flowers that have been transformed into humanoid beings that make up Prince Phobos's court and are usually intensely loyal to him. However, Caleb somehow developed a will of his own and broke free from his creator, becoming a leader of the rebel forces who opposed Phobos's rule. Quickly establishing himself an intelligent, brave, capable, and kind leader, he rapidly gained popularity among the people of Meridian.[citation needed]

His heart is bound to the Guardian of Earth, Cornelia Hale. Before they met, even before Cornelia realized she had powers, they had dreams and visions about each other and longed to meet the person of their dreams. Eventually, Caleb met Cornelia by rescuing her from drowning in an underwater portal.[2] As Cornelia mentioned later, it's like love at first sight for them both.

With Cornelia's help, he prevented a massive crowd of Meridianites from passing through the Veil into Earth, understanding that the Veil was too fragile to handle such numbers and would result in catastrophe for both worlds. Instead, he sparked hope within the hearts of his fellow rebels, informing them that the Light of Meridian has returned and thus there is a chance to overthrow the evil Prince Phobos.[3]

He not only convinced the people that the Light has returned, but he also played an integral role in convincing Princess Elyon herself that she is the true Light of Meridian. Even though she doubted herself and questioned why Caleb would trust her, Phobos's sister, he never once doubts her goodness and quickly turns her into a symbol of the rebellion.[3]

At Elyon's Coronation, the Guardians saw him in the crowds with the other rebels, waiting and watching to protect the young princess in case Phobos tried to harm her. When Phobos's true evil intentions were revealed, Caleb leapt into action and confronted the dark prince himself. Unfortunately, Phobos recognized Caleb as the Murmurer who broke out of his control and, as punishment for leading the rebellion, Phobos transformed Caleb back into a Murmurer in its most primitive form: a crystal-blue flower.[1]

Horrified and heartbroken, Cornelia entrusted the flower to Vathek for protection until the final battle with Phobos was over.[1] After Elyon emerged victorious, Cornelia took flower-Caleb back to her home on Earth and spiralled into a deep depression, unwilling to lose him. Sadly, her obsession with watching over Caleb in his helpless, petaled-form combined with her hot-tempered depression cut her off from her friends and family,[4] causing W.I.T.C.H. as a whole to fall apart.[5]

Luba, Keeper of the Aurameres and resident of Kandrakar, never approved of the Guardians, but the all-time low companionship among the girls convinced her beyond all doubt that choosing them was a huge mistake. She forces the Aurameres to combine into an Altermere, a dangerous fusion of massive power, in the hopes that this would convince the Congregation of Kandrakar that the girls are selfish and imperfect. Regrettably, the Altermere managed to track down Cornelia, who accidentally absorbs it. Filled with the power of all the Guardians, Cornelia felt strong enough to revive Caleb back into his human form.[5]

Meanwhile, Luba was given one more chance by the Congregation to rectify her mistake and save Cornelia from the overwhelming power of the Altermere. She tried to prevent the Earth Guardian from reviving Caleb, whom she saw as a dangerous creation of Phobos, but was overpowered by a fierce Cornelia. Focusing her power like never before, she nearly managed to return Caleb to life, but Luba broke free at the last moment and transported them all to Kandrakar, where she thought Cornelia would face trial for attacking her.[6]

Left alone somewhere in Kandrakar while Luba informed the Congregation of recent events, Cornelia tried her best to get through to a comatose Caleb, whom she has managed to evolve from a flower into a more Murmurer-like form. Caleb, who was able to hear Cornelia's voice even as a flower, finally gathered enough strength to awaken back into his human form. The couple happily reunited, and although Cornelia suggests they run away from Kandrakar, Caleb convinced her to stay and face the Congregation together. Caleb spoke directly to the Oracle, defending Cornelia's actions and requesting that her powers be returned to her. In exchange, he offers his loyal service to Kandrakar if they agree. They accepted his offer, to Luba's fury. She attempted to attack Cornelia and Caleb, but he knocked her back. Enraged, Luba departed from Kandrakar. The Oracle, greatly stressed from all this, asked Caleb to live up to his promise and bring Luba back safe and unharmed. Caleb immediately set out on his mission, but not before sharing one last kiss with Cornelia.[6]

During his time as a herald of Kandrakar he taught Will how to teleport. Soon after that he fell in the hands of Nerissa,[7] who took away his powers to rejuvenate. Cornelia and the Guardians came to his rescue, Cornelia berated herself for forgetting Caleb and was furious with herself.[8] After his power was taken from Nerissa, he was weakened and placed in the Obliminose Cosmos by the Oracle to heal him.[9] He joined the others to fight Nerissa when she infiltrated Kandrakar.[10][11]

After Nerissa's defeat, he decided to return to Meridian, leaving Cornelia disillusioned. By this act he falls into disgrace with the other Guardians, particularly with Irma, who wished to kick him back to Meridian.[12] Eventually, after being in the presence of Elyon for such a long time, he fell in love with Elyon and it is assumed that his affections are requited.[13]

When both Caleb and Cornelia met again, they had an uneasy time, but after joining hands, they discovered that their feelings have changed, and that even if it didn't work out they will have a special place in their hearts for each other, as dear friends.[14] Later, after Elyon was taken by the Guardians, he was seen walking by her chamber and thinking about her deeply, and admitted to himself he wants her back as soon as possible.[15]

A headshot of Caleb from the show

In the final issue of the final arc, Caleb was seen in Kandrakar wearing the same outfit as the other residents of the Congregation and getting ready to talk with Cornelia during the party, as a friend. However, it is assumed that he was only transported there to be with Elyon and the Guardians, and also since he had temporarily been a herald of Kandrakar.

TV series

Season One

An ordinary fifteen-year-old Meridianite, Caleb is a strong leader of the rebellion against the heartless, power-hungry Prince Phobos.

Caleb and his best friend/second in command Aldarn raided the castle to steal supplies for the rebels. Unfortunately, they were discovered by the guards and end up running for their lives from Lord Cedric, Phobos's right-hand man. The boys stumbled upon Hugongs, ostrich-like creatures that can be ridden, and used them to evade Cedric and the guards. Caleb told Aldarn to escape to the Infinite City while he sought out a nearby portal to Earth. Just as he passed through the portal, Cedric managed to grab him and yank him back into Meridian. Caleb, now a prisoner, was thrown into deep pit with little hope of climbing out and only a smelly Passling named Blunk to keep him company.[16]

They were soon joined by Will, leader of the Guardians. Caleb was taken right in front of the group, who were practicing their magic in front of the portal, and they decided to rescue him, but before they got the chance to follow him into Meridian, a very unsuspecting Will was kidnapped by Lord Cedric and thrown into the same pit as the boy she was supposed to rescue. She and Caleb immediately bicker, with him claiming she's useless and her retorting that she's a Guardian of the Veil and he's a nobody. Meanwhile, while the prisoners tried in vain to escape their cell, the other Guardians followed the Heart of Kandrakar straight to Will. Reunited and empowered, the Guardians were able to fight their way through Meridian back home to Earth, with Caleb and Blunk in tow. As they escaped, Cornelia expresses interest in Caleb.[17] Caleb later returns interest in Cornelia, becoming very jealous of an actor she's fond of.[18]

Reluctantly deciding to stay on Earth for a while in order to search for the true heir to the Meridian throne, Caleb tried to blend in but is often thrown by the many differences between Earth and Meridian. For example, Hay Lin happily designed him some Earth clothing, including a goth outfit, in order for him to blend in better, but he complained that they're too baggy and ridiculous-looking.[19] Even so, he stayed with Yan Lin and her family in the Silver Dragon for the most part, but could be relied upon to help W.I.T.C.H. when they need him - and sometimes when they don't need him.

seeing Cornelia as a quintoguardian

He learned that Blunk stole the key that Vathek, a spy for the rebellion, had secretly tossed down to Caleb while he was imprisoned. Caleb had returned the key to its hiding place so Vathek wouldn't get in trouble, but as Blunk stole it, Vathek was thrown into suspicion and consequently was in great danger. The Guardians helped the young rebel leader return to Meridian and manage to frame another guard, Raythor, for taking the key instead.[19] Caleb later attended Will's birthday party where two girls, Alchemy and Elyon, flirted with him heavily, to Cornelia's annoyance. When the girls overhear that some sort of giant lizard has been sighted at City Hall, Caleb accompanied them and helps fight Cedric.[20]

Throughout his stay on Earth, he smuggled chocolate and other goods to the rebels whenever he can until the Guardians stop him, causing tension between him and the girls.[citation needed] Nevertheless, when Phobos and Cedric spread the rumor that the Seal of Phobos has been found, ultimately leading Caleb into a trap, the Guardians saved him.[21] Growing increasingly frustrated with the rebel leader, Phobos then sent the Tracker to Earth to bring him down. Phobos's attempt is unsuccessful, however, as Caleb and the girls are able to fight off the Tracker and forcefully send him back to Meridian.[22]

When Vathek informed Caleb that Elyon, one of the girls who has flirted with him, is actually Prince Phobos's sister and the rightful heir to the Meridian throne, Caleb was deeply shocked. He and Blunk hurried to keep an eye on Elyon in case Phobos or Cedric tried to kidnap her to Meridian. Unfortunately, he failed.[23] He and the Guardians tried to rescue her from her brother many times afterward, but Cedric has won Elyon's trust and has been lead to believe that her brother is on the right side, and that the Guardians are the ones who are evil. As Elyon is the true ruler of Meridian and thus has immense power equal to all five of the Guardians combined, it's extremely difficult for W.I.T.C.H. to get close enough to talk to her. Despite this difficulty, Caleb and Cornelia managed to get near her. Caleb knelt in front of her and declared that he and the rebels are ready to serve her, an act that caused her faith in her brother to waver.[24]

Next, Caleb had to free Drake and other rebels from the Horn of Hypnos' mind control spell by playing a special melody on a guitar in Heatherfield.[25] Caleb later learnt that his father, Julian who was supposed to have been killed in The Battle of Grey Woods, is still alive. Caleb lead a rescue operation with the Guardians to save his father, and was successful.[26] Caleb was captured and put in a rock quarry to work along with Drake and other rebels. Luckily the Guardians freed him, but he did jump into the battle before he kissed Cornelia (on the cheek).[21] Eventually, Caleb and Cornelia started a full, closer romantic relationship as both deeply love each other. They work together a lot of times, like for instance freeing rebels[27] or prisoners [28]. Once, Aldarn was hypnotized by Elyon into believing the rebellion was wrong and Phobos is good, and because Caleb disagreed with him, Aldarn challenged Caleb for leadership. Caleb proved to be a better warrior and Aldarn was freed,[29] with both participating together in the Battle of Meridian Plains once the rebel base, the Infinite City, was discovered.[30] Cornelia kissed him at the end of the season.[31]

Season Two

Caleb and the girls lead the final battle to free Meridian and were successful in defeating Phobos, but before going into the castle, he finally kissed Cornelia. Elyon learned the truth and became the new Queen of Meridian, and Caleb became her personal bodyguard. However, in his decision to stay in Meridian, tensions arise between himself and Cornelia.[32][33][34][35][36] He eventually decided to win her back by making a complete fool of himself at the ice skating ring. Caleb discovered Cornelia was with Taranee's older brother, Peter Cook, and this made him angry. Cornelia became very upset and broke up with Peter because she doesn't really love him; at least not like she loves Caleb. The two eventually even out the odds and become a romantic couple again.[37]

The Knights of Vengeance captured him later that day, and even after rescuing him and the other rebels, it seemed like Caleb and Julian did not make it out alive. Cornelia cried for him, but Nerissa returned them to safety for some reason.[37] After that, Caleb and Blunk went on many missions far away from the castle, seeking the Knights. When they released Prince Phobos, Caleb tried to defend a currently unavailable Elyon's castle, but failed. Luckily Elyon arrived just in time, but got captured by Nerissa after defeating Phobos.[38]

Caleb learned that Nerissa was a former Guardian, but continued to wonder about her as she always goes easy on him.[39][40] He learnt his father, Julian, fell romantically in love with the Mage seventeen years ago, but Caleb also learnt that the real Mage died eighteen years ago and Nerissa took the Mage's place: meaning Nerissa is Caleb's mother. Caleb has a hard time getting used to this as his attitude goes down while defending Zamballa from the Knights of Destruction.[41]

After Nerissa "failed" to capture Yan Lin,[42] Caleb took a break from the plot until the situation became desperate as the Guardians couldn't defeat Nerissa's team of old Guardians. Will decided to release Prince Phobos, and Caleb and Vathek, though not so sure on the idea, did it. Caleb tried to get Phobos adjusted to human life,[43] but it all ran short when Phobos revealed his true intentions: capturing Nerissa's power for himself.[44] Caleb lead the defense troops in Meridian, but Phobos was too powerful and the rebels retreated to Kandrakar.[45] However at the Battle of the Infinite City, Caleb and Blunk were taken prisoners and are sentenced to death by Phobos. Luckily, Will, Taranee and Raythor (who is now a good guy) rescued both of them.[46] In the final battle for Kandrakar, Caleb and Cornelia fought off evil, and after the Guardians leave to defend Earth, Caleb was able to stop Miranda from destroying the Aurameres. With Lord Cedric defeated, Caleb returned to Meridian with Elyon and continues to live happily.[47] It is assumed that Cornelia and Caleb commute to visit each other both in Meridian and on Earth, as they remain a happy couple.

Appearances

Quotes

We have parties in Meridian. To celebrate the end of famines, we roast and eat an ox.

—Caleb, Happy Birthday Will

Oh yeah? Well I'd like to see Vance Michael what's-his-teeth try to tangle with a giant lizard! Cause I do that...every day!

—Caleb being jealous of Cornelia's celebrity crush on Vance Michael Justin, Return of The Tracker

Trivia

  • Fans have also speculated that, in years to come when the Guardians are adults, Cornelia moves to Meridian to be with Caleb, but visits her Earth family and Guardian friends often. At any rate they remain a romantic couple, as opposed to the comics (which showed an alternate future in which she created an Astral Drop to take her place on Earth so as to be with Caleb in Meridian) wherein they break up but remain good friends
  • Caleb's voice is Greg Cipes and shared the voice of Chiro from Super Robot Monkey Team HyperForce Go, Kevin Levin from Ben 10 and Beast Boy from Teen Titans series.

Gallery

Main article: Caleb/Gallery


References

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