Now that you're back, my options look a whole lot sweeter!

—Nigel to Taranee, K is for Knowledge

If you're not doin' anything tonight, there's a sweet band playing at the club.

—Nigel asking Taranee on a date, K is for Knowledge

The sweet thing is, that's kinda what I like about you. Glasses and all.

—Nigel to Taranee when she complains of being a good girl, K is for Knowledge

Nige​l Ashcroft[1] (voiced by Michael Reisz)[2] is a recurring character of W.I.T.C.H

Personality

Silent and reflective, Nigel was once part of Uriah's gang. Unlike his friends, however, Nigel is a sweet and caring person. Most of the time, he's pretty shy and quiet, but he won't hesitate to defend his friends and others from bullies.

In the comics, while a part of Uriah's gang, Nigel was reluctant to join in on their pranks and would often try to be the voice of reason against more risky endeavors, though he was barely ever heeded. After developing a crush on Taranee Cook and being sentenced to community service over one Uriah's pranks, Nigel officially leaves the gang and hooks up with Taranee. Nigel begins to gain more confidence in himself and becomes more outgoing as he makes friends with Matt Olsen, Martin Tubbs, and Taranee's own brother Peter.

In the TV series, he seems to enjoy Uriah's pranks and is very open about his crush on Taranee. He cares about the impact his reputation has on her relationship with her mother and likes Taranee for being such a good girl.

Chronology: TV Series

Nigel first appears in It Begins, seen standing in front of a table during the science fair with Uriah and his boys beside him. He looks up when Uriah starts taunting Will as she passes them, but doesn't speak. His first named role was in Walk This Way, waving to Taranee after having asked her to the dance. As a part of Wreck 55, he is hanging out in the gym with Matt and the others of his band, unaffected by the Horn of Hypnos. When the Guardians save the day, he is seen playing with the band for the party. He winks to Taranee and she smiles back.

During the summer break after Nerissa's revival, Nigel was left in town with no one to hang out with but Uriah Dunn. He suggests that while he is seen with Uriah before, he never really hung out with the boy prior to vacation. Through this companionship, Nigel began to pick up bad behaviors including vandalism. When Taranee arrives on campus on the first day of school, he defends her from Uriah and helps her collect her belongs, expressing that he looks forward to seeing her that year. Later that same day, Taranee finds him vandalizing the school statue and he tags her initials with his inside a heart. However, they are found by Principal Knickerbocker and forced to clean the statue while Taranee barely escapes being blamed for the act as well.

This incident leaves a bad impression on Taranee's mother who bans Taranee from associating with him. At the club where they were supposed to meet for a date, Uriah comes along and mocks Taranee again, showing that he had stolen her eyeglasses. Nigel manages to take them back, but is shocked to find Taranee had snuck out of her house and dressed herself up as a delinquent. Nigel is unimpressed by Uriah's attempt at hitting on her. When Nerissa attacks that club to get to Taranee, Nigel is forced to leave the building, not able to find the girl anywhere. He goes to her house and hears her mother yelling at her for sneaking out. He apologies for causing her more trouble and when she complains of always being the good girl, he admits that he likes her for being that way. He returns her glasses to her and kisses her, before sneaking down her balcony and off the grounds.

Following this incident, though Nigel and Taranee did continue to interact, he was mindful of Judge Cook's disapproval of him and chose to keep a distance from Taranee to spare her getting in trouble, which made her angry at him as well as her mother. When Taranee did attempt to call him, her mother found out and confiscated her cellphone.

At some point, Taranee convinced him to begin secretly dating behind her mother's back, though Nigel remained hesitant as to not drive a wedge in her family. On one particular date to a sushi restaurant Princess Sushi, a couple of would-be thieves barged in to rob the building. Taranee and Nigel fought back and when the police eventually arrived, the two teens were framed as being part of the crime. Judge Cook met them at the courthouse, in a panic as she fully believed Nigel had swayed Taranee into becoming a delinquent. However, the owner of the restaurant gave his statement to the police to clear both teenagers. Judge Cook apologized for her previous accusations and while Nigel was fine to forgive this, Taranee was still angry and stormed off. Later that night, Taranee made up with her mother and was allowed to begin dating Nigel, starting with dinner at the Cook residence.

When Irma announced a Battle of the Bands concert for K-ship, Nigel immediately signed up his band, Wreck55 (not knowing that Matt was being controlled by Nerissa's magic). When the band tried to hold practice, Shagon-Matt struggled with Matt's song "The Demon in Me" which worried Nigel until they eventually perfected it. On the day of the concert, Nigel drew straws for the performance order and Wreck55 was to go last, though Matt had gone missing. By the time the show began, he still couldn't find Matt and Bess and Courtney Grumper teased him for losing his opportunity to play before a talent scout. Luckily, Matt returned, freed from Shagon, just in time for their performance. Though Nigel was doubtful when Matt declared they'd play "The Will to Love", a song they hadn't rehearse before, the group did a great job and impressed the talent scout.

Shortly after, Nerissa snuck into Sheffield disguised as new student "Stacy" and cast a love spell on the males of the school, including Nigel. He fought among the other boys for her attention, completely ignoring Taranee, and even gifting "Stacy" with flowers which made his real girlfriend furious. Once Nerissa was defeated, Nigel and the rest of the males were freed from her spell.

Nigel made a brief appearance walking through downtown Heatherfield and barely missed being crushed by Cedric. During the winter break, he joined Taranee on a group date with the other couples of W.I.T.C.H.


Chronology: Comics

Nigel made his first appearance in Issue 1, along with Uriah, Kurt and Laurent. Unlike the others, he didn't enjoy watching Will and Taranee being angry over finding their bicycles thrown onto one pile. Shortly afterwards, he helped Uriah with putting firecrackers into the big Halloween pumpkin, which also made him feel uneasy. Obviously, he was terrified of the result of their dangerous gag and had to help clean up the campus the day after.

In Issue 2, he tried to persuade Uriah into not taking a dormouse to lock it into Martin's locker but is overheard and mocked once more for this. When Will interrupted them, defending Dormouse, Nigel de-escalated the situation and made Uriah to head off with him, Laurent and Kurt.

In Issue 5, Uriah and his gang headed to the museum to proof the stories about the encounter of guests with a monster (from Meridian) true. Once again, Nigel felt uneasy over the late-night visitation and was worried about being caught. When they encountered Cedric and Vathek, they tried to escape but got caught by the police after Kurt smashed the main entrance with a trash bin. At the police station, the boys told what they saw but nobody believed them. Instead, Teresa Cook punished them with ordering them to clean up the museum for three months. Nigel was taken home by his father who embraced the Judge's order along with the other parents. As he cleans the museum with the others, Laurent spies Taranee coming for a visit with her friends and Nigel becomes immediately defensive of her. He waves to her and she returns the greeting.

In Issue 6, Uriah attempts to bully Taranee in revenge for her mother's verdict, but Nigel foils him by drawing Hay Lin's attention to them and forcing Uriah to retreat. Later, he catches the butterfly Taranee had been looking for and leaves it in a box with her name on it.

In Issue 7, Taranee and Nigel go out on a date to the movies. Judge Cook worries over Nigel's previous crime, but Peter defends that the boy is no longer a part of Uriah's gang and that she can trust him.

In Issue 11, Uriah is still bitter about Nigel leaving their group and decides to get revenge by framing him for the theft of another student's watch. This causes a rift between him and Taranee. Luckily, Martin was a witness to Uriah's scheme and after some convincing by W.I.T.C.H., tells the principal the truth which frees Nigel of any wrongdoing but also puts him on Uriah's hitlist. Nigel tails Martin after school, expecting Uriah to counterattack, and manages to step in just in time. Uriah turns the tables on his former friend and nearly crushes him with Martin's bookbag, only to be punched out by the "nerdy" student. Nigel and Martin become good friends, while Taranee, having watched everything while invisible, thinks Nigel is a great guy.

In Issue 13, Judge Cook forbids Taranee to see Nigel, certain he's a delinquent, though Taranee has no intention of following her orders.

In Issue 18, Nigel is playing basketball with Matt when Martin wanders by with new kid Eric. He invites both boys to join the game and Eric accepts, though Matt is hostile towards the boy as he believes Will has a crush on him. Eric figures this out and manages to diffuse his jealousy while inviting the guys to the Silver Dragon on the thinly-veiled excuse see Hay Lin, his actual crush.

In Issue 22, Nigel is in the school courtyard when he's approached by Taranee (actually her astral drop, though Taranee's mind was inside). The two are happily holding hands when Taranee's mother arrives and though they initially fear she'll be angry, she instead invites Nigel for dinner at the Cook household, willing to give him a chance. Taranee is so overjoyed by this, she kisses Nigel right in front of her mother.

In Issue 24, Nigel joins Taranee, Eric, and Hay Lin in writing an article for their school paper about the Rock and Roll Café. When they go for their visit, they find the restaurant closed for that day and end up in a fight with Uriah's gang. The police are called and the whole group is taken downtown. When Judge Cook arrives, she doesn't give Taranee a chance to explain, certain that she lied and was getting into trouble. She slaps her daughter in front of everyone, to Taranee's humiliation and rage.

In Issue 25, Taranee gets into another argument with her mother and flees from her car, only to bump into Nigel on the street and runs to him for comfort.

In Issue 27, on the day Taranee is to leave with the rest if the school for their trip to Redstone, Nigel comes by her house. Judge Cook questions him skipping school for the visit but is led away by Peter while Nigel, presenting Taranee with flowers, bids her a safe trip.

Some time while Taranee is away, Nigel meets his older brother, Daniel. The older sibling holds a grudge against Judge Cook and convinces Nigel to join him in acts of vandalism against the judge and her family, especially Taranee. This strains Nigel's relationship with the Cooks until he finally breaks away from Daniel and apologizes, promising to make amends for what he's done. Taranee accepts him back.

In Issue 37, Taranee made a date with Nigel for after school but was forced to cancel it (to attend the Oracle's trial). Nigel instead goes to the beach to meet up with the other boys (Peter, Matt, and Joel), telling them about Taranee's cancelation while being teased by Joel.

In Issue 43, Nigel is spending time with Taranee, chasing each other around her house and almost leading to a kiss until Peter informs them that their pizza has arrived. Taranee chooses to ignore it and kiss Nigel anyway.

In Issue 44, Nigel and Taranee are returning to her home after a walk around town together, with him recalling how Martin defeated Uriah, not knowing Taranee saw. As they say goodbye at her door, Nigel kisses her.

In Issue 49, Nigel appears in Taranee's flashback, having been with her when she received the news of her acceptance into the Jensen Dance School. He was originally very happy for her until hearing how much of her time it would take up, meaning less time for them to be together. She comforted him on the idea, promising to make time for them, but her mind was also on the new boy she'd met in class, Luke.

In Issue 53, strain is starting to show in Taranee and Nigel's relationship as she tries to share her newfound love of dance with him, but he can't build up enthusiasm for it. In their limited time together, she speaks of nothing but her classes and after she shakes off his hand from where she'd injured herself, he storms away upset by the rejection. Feeling bad about his behavior, he later goes to wait for her outside of Jensen's and apologizes while inviting her out to the Rock and Roll Café where Cobalt Blue is playing, which she happily accepts. However, while at the club, Taranee gets distracted by Sheila and Luke, mistaking the two for having come together but suddenly elated to hear he wanted to invite her. As she loses herself dancing with her new friends, Nigel is left alone, completely forgotten.

In Issue 54, Nigel has had enough and confronts Taranee, telling her to quit dancing as it is driving a stake between them. When he asks her of her feelings towards him, she admits she isn't certain anymore, running off while Nigel stands alone, heartbroken.

In Issue 57, Nigel attempts to call Taranee, but Peter picks up the phone instead. As asked by Taranee, he lies to the boy that Taranee isn't home. Following this, Peter gets the story from Taranee and scolds her for her treatment of Nigel after all he's given up for her, including his own brother.

After this, Nigel does not appear again, hinting that the two have broken up.

In Issue 58, Irma, under the influence of magic, berates Taranee for the way she handled her romance between Nigel and Luke.

In Issue 130, Taranee talks with her new friend Mary Ann about Nigel. She believes that having broken up with him was the right choice, but it still hurts to think about at times.

References

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