Lord Cedric is a fictional character in the W.I.T.C.H. comics and TV series. Cedric is the right-hand man of Phobos, and acts as the head of his armies. He ran Ye Olde Bookshop in the guise of a human bookseller named Cedric Hoffman to gain Elyon Brown's trust and help lure her to Meridian so that Phobos could steal her powers.

The Voice for Cedric is Dee Bradley Baker in English. One notable voice actor for this character was Ono Daisuke, who played him in the Japanese version of the show.

Plot

TV series

Cedric's role in Season One came mainly in leading the crusade against the Guardians and in finding Phobos' sister before convincing her of Phobos' seemingly benevolent nature.[citation needed] He entered several confrontations with the Guardians while also running a bookstore under the guise of a handsome man to gain Elyon's trust. He adopted a false human identity named Cedric Hoffman, although he presented himself to the Guardians as "Rick Hoffman" to avoid suspicion.[citation needed] From his bookshop, he planned his tactics to defeat the five Guardians. The shop also held an inversion point which Cedric uses to travel back and forth between Meridian and Heatherfield.[1]

At the climax of the first season, Cedric was shrunk into a helpless, minuscule caricature of his snake form by Phobos as a punishment for failure and is imprisoned along with his master after his defeat.[2]

Towards the end of the second season Cedric was released[citation needed] and devoured Phobos in his moment of glory, ingesting the power of Phobos and the Seal of Nerissa which contained the essence of Nerissa, Elyon, Yan Lin, Kadma, Halinor, and Cassidy. Swelling to a tremendous size and becoming nearly invincible, Cedric demanded that the Knights of Vengeance pledge their allegiance to him. Miranda did so because the two were lovers. Frost and Tracker did so. Sandpit, Gargoyle, and Raythor did not because they supported the Guardians.[3]

Sending Miranda to devour the Aurameres, Cedric went to Earth and did battle with the Knights and the Guardians. Meanwhile, inside the Seal (which was inside Cedric), Kadma, Yan Lin, Cassidy, Halinor, Nerissa and Elyon joined their powers to break free. Cedric lost his power and as he fell he coughed up Phobos, and the Seal which separated the Heart of Zamballa` and Weira's jewel which still contained the previous Guardians and Elyon. Phobos passed out from exhaustion built up from fighting to stay alive inside Cedric and Cedric passed out from the mental stress of defeat. The two comatose villains were then incarcerated.[4]

Comics

Cedric was sent to Heatherfield to bring Elyon back to Meridian for Prince Phobos. To this end, Cedric opened Ye Olde Bookshop on Earth and adopted a false human identity.[5] The shop also held a secret portal which Cedric used to travel back and forth between Meridian and Heatherfield.[6] He served under Phobos in the hope that he will one day be granted the honor of becoming a Murmurer.[citation needed]

Cedric was sprung from prison by Phobos, who is posing as Endarno.[7] Cedric was able to travel to Earth and attempted to steal the Heart of Kandrakar from Will, but was thwarted by Matt Olsen.[8] Later, Phobos betrayed Cedric by attempting to have him re-arrested (as he felt Cedric was no longer needed for his plan), but Cedric escaped and stole the Crown of Light in order to get revenge on Phobos. The Crown is taken back by Elyon and Cedric is imprisoned once more.[citation needed]

However, the Oracle saw that Cedric may not be purely evil and, after stripping him of his powers, released him and sets him back up in his book store on Earth.[9] Cedric blamed the Guardians for his losses and vowed to destroy them.[citation needed] His hatred attracted the spirit of Johnathan Ludmoore, who was imprisoned in the Book of Elements. Ludmoore began to use Cedric's hatred to control his thoughts and make him do his bidding, though Cedric is unaware of this, thinking the phenomenon to be a mere headache.[citation needed]

Under Ludmoore's influence, Cedric trapped Matt inside the Book and had the Guardians seek out the magic stones needed to open the Book.[citation needed] Once Ludmoore was released, Cedric believed that he would restore his powers.[citation needed] All throughout this time Cedric and Orube began to form a relationship, as they both are aliens on Earth and could relate to each other. Eventually Cedric realized that he was feeling the human emotion of love.[citation needed]

Once the stones were gathered, the book opened and sucked the Guardians, Orube, and Cedric inside. There Ludmoore restored Cedric's powers and has him face the Guardians and ransom the Heart of Kandrakar. Cedric went along with this until Ludmoore's eye manifestation fired an energy beam at Orube, who tried to dissuade Will from giving in to the ransom demands. Cedric took the blow for her and was wounded badly. At the entrance to the final chapter, the Guardians have no way of entering without ink. Knowing that creatures who die in the book world become ink, Cedric willingly let himself die from the wound. As he does, he told Orube that perhaps all this time his true goal was to find a place to belong. He then turned into ink, which is used to open the gateway to the final chapter.[10]

Powers

Cedric's true form

In his "Cedric Hoffman" form, Cedric is an excellent hand-to-hand fighter.[citation needed] He also possesses the magical ability to transform into a large snake/man hybrid at will.

During the numerous times he battles the Guardians, it is shown that he is capable of shooting energy blasts and raising magical barriers.[citation needed] Cedric is able to sense Will's presence even when she was invisible.[11] Cedric demonstrates the ability to disrupt, erase and reveal the memories of others, like he did with Mr. Collins when he impersonated him.[citation needed] Cedric can trap others in cold, hard impenetrable bubbles, like he did with the Guardians when they returned to Meridian to rescue Taranee.[12] He can take on the appearance of others, like he did with Mr. Collins.[citation needed]

In the comic book, Cedric can transform into his winged version that can enable him to fly.[11] In the comic book, according to Elias Van Dahl, Cedric can make openings in the Veil, though if this was true, then the Veil is rendered useless against the forces of evil, thus leading to a possible error and confusion.

Cedric can force disguised beings back into their original form, as he did with Elyon's parents. He was also the one who taught Elyon how to manipulate and wield her magical powers.[citation needed]

He seems to have some sort of telekinetic power. When he was trying to get off the Horn of Hypnos from Martin, he held out his hand and the Horn raised up towards him.[13]

In the TV series, Cedric appeared to have super-strength when in fights with the Guardians. He is strong enough to snap Cornelia's vines in one second.[citation needed] Cedric appears to be immune to fire in Happy Birthday Will and The Final Battle, as Taranee can send fireballs hurtling towards him, and he just punches them and sends them flying off course. However, her fireballs seemed to affect him in Ghosts of Elyon when she was protecting Cornelia from him. Cedric's main attack is normally using his tail as a whip.[citation needed]

Trivia

  • Cedric's two "lovers", Miranda and Orube, are both similar to one another yet different.
    • They are similar in the sense that Cedric, harbors deep feelings of affection towards both of them, and that they also harbor feelings for him. 
    • They are also different from each other and can be considered the direct opposites of one another. While Orube was helping Cedric, get closer to the good side, to reform him and help him attain Redemption, Miranda was helping Cedric embrace himself as a Villain on the evil side, and She also helped him in becoming the Ultimate Enemy in the TV series.
  • In the TV series, Cedric shares the same name as Actor Rick Hoffman. His Human Identity on Earth is Cedric "Rick" Hoffman.
  • The name Cedric originates from the Welsh name Cedrych, which means 'spectacular bounty'.
  • Cedric is depicted as being the master of deceit, as suggested by his body form: a cross between human and serpent.

Gallery

Main article: Lord Cedric/Gallery


References

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