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Prince Phobos is a fictional villain in the W.I.T.C.H. comics and the TV series of the same name.

In the comic book he serves as the primary antagonist during the first story arc, and returns to the fourth story arc. In the TV series he serves as the primary villain during the first season, and returns shortly before the end of the second season.

Appearance

Phobos has long blond hair which he usually wears in two long twists or braids. He often wears long robes.

Age

Although Phobos appears youthful, his true age is uncertain.

One interpretation from the comics is that he is an ancient immortal and that he was born shortly after the creation of the universe, which was when the Veil was raised in order to imprison him. Though no specific details are given, it is known that Yan Lin, a mortal human, fought Phobos as a Guardian when she was a young woman,[citation needed] which makes Phobos at least comparable to Yan Lin in age, while leaving open the potential for him to be far older.

In the TV series episode B is for Betrayal, the Oracle tells the Guardians that the Veil was raised 13 years ago when Phobos first came to power. This would also mean that thirteen years ago the ancient Yan Lin was a young woman fighting Phobos[citation needed] although this could be a continuity error.

Personality

Throughout the series, Phobos is portrayed as vicious and immoral. He can be charming and persuasive when he wants to be, as he had Elyon completely taken in and when he convinced her that he was a loving sibling and slowly weaned her away from her friends while also feigning concern for her well-being.[citation needed] However, his true ruthless nature is apparent in his manipulative treatment of those around him[citation needed] as well as his utter lack of sincerity.[citation needed] He is also prone to violent, mood swings.[citation needed] Phobos is an intelligent being but is given to moments of impulsiveness such as when he almost crosses over into Kandrakar to conquer it, forgetting that he swore on the power of Kandrakar and would loose his new power.[1]

It is this overconfident and arrogant side of Phobos's personality that usually contributes to his downfall. Phobos has a taste for decadence, as is shown when he redecorates Kandrakar in red velvet and gold,[2] and has been seen several times in luxurious baths.[citation needed]

Phobos ranks alongside Nerissa as one of the Guardians' most ruthless adversaries. Irma refers to him as "the triple espresso of evil" due to his boundless energy and relentlessness.[citation needed]

Plot

Comics

Prince Phobos took the throne of Meridian some time prior to the first issue, and began to drain the life force of the people in order to fuel his own magical powers.[citation needed] However, realizing that Phobos posed a great threat, the Council of Kandrakar, raised the Veil around Meridian, sealing Phobos inside and cutting it off from all other worlds.[3]

During Arc 1: The Twelve Portals, Phobos' primary concern was his lost sister, Elyon Brown, whose powers, according to both Phobos and the Oracle, are stronger than Phobos',[citation needed] and was spirited away to Earth approximately 13 years prior,[4] so that he could drain her powers and add it to his own.[5] Eventually, Elyon and the Guardians fought back and defeated him.[6]

In Arc 4: Trial of the Oracle, he became the new Oracle, as he used his negative emotions to switch minds with Endarno, the Guardian of the Tower of Mists,[7] the tower in Kandrakar where Phobos, Cedric, Frost, and many other villains were imprisoned. Once he was restored to his rightful body by the Guardians, he realized he has lost and leaps off of a balcony into the never-ending void beneath Kandrakar, declaring that he will "never be imprisoned again".[citation needed]

TV series

Prince Phobos took the throne of Meridian some time prior to the opening of the first season, and began to drain the life force of the people in order to fuel his own magical powers with the aim of becoming strong enough to take over other worlds.[citation needed] However, realizing that Phobos posed a great threat, the Council of Kandrakar, raised the Veil around Meridian, sealing Phobos inside and cutting it off from all other worlds.[8]

Prince Phobos sits on the stolen throne of Meridian in the TV series.

During the Season One, Phobos' primary concern was finding his lost sister Elyon Brown, whose powers are equal to his own[citation needed] and was spirited away to Earth approximately 12 years prior,[citation needed] so that he can drain her life force and add it to his own.[citation needed] With her power, Phobos would be able to break through the Veil and begin his conquest of other worlds.

In the TV series, at first, Phobos is unaware of his sister's identity, and sends his minions to find her, first by searching through birth records,[9] and then using a magical talisman known as the Star of Threbe.[10] After finding her and successfully poisoning her mind against her friends and family,[citation needed] Cedric brought his sister to Meridian and attempted to gain her trust for long enough to drain her of her powers.[citation needed] Despite successfully draining some of his sister's power, Phobos' plans were foiled by the Guardians. He was exposed as a villain, and is imprisoned by Elyon after a heated magical duel.[11]

Following his defeat, Phobos was briefly released by the Knights of Vengeance, but was defeated while attempting to retake his castle from Elyon.[citation needed] He returned again, when the Guardians realized that, as an heir to the throne of Meridian, he was able to break the rule that "A Heart cannot be taken by force", and release him in order to deprive Nerissa of her magical scepter, the Seal of Nerissa (which incorporated the Heart of Meridian), on the condition that he surrender the Seal to them afterwards.[12] However, Phobos broke his vow and instead uses the Seal of Nerissa which he later renamed the "Scepter of Phobos" to reconquer Meridian.[13] After retaking Meridian, Phobos set his sights on Kandrakar, and is on the verge of taking it when he is betrayed by Lord Cedric, who swallows him whole, thus gaining his powers for his own.[1] After Cedric's defeat, Phobos is returned to Elyon's dungeon.[14]

Powers and abilities

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Prince Phobos possesses numerous magical powers, which include:

  • Energy Blasts.
  • Glamour.
  • Transformation.
  • Scrying.
  • Life Force Absorption.
  • Flight,
  • Telepathy,
  • Telekinesis.
  • Illusion.
  • Teleportation.
  • Arcana.
  • Spells and Curses.
  • Summon the Whisperers and Murmurers.
  • Matter Manipulation.
  • Elemental Magic: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Quintessence.

However, even he is unable to create portals in the veil,[citation needed] though in the TV series, he was able to create a portal to the enchanted painting the Guardians were trapped in, in hopes that his minions would go into the painting and finish off the Guardians.[15] Although it could merely be that Phobos could create an entrance to the painting as he cursed the painter within it.

Phobos can transform Cedric into a red, more beastly monstrous version that is able to rival the combined strength of all five Guardians.[6] Phobos also traps his sister Elyon in energy rings after using trickery to overpower her.[citation needed]

He has on numerous occasions proven to be a formidable opponent, wielding powers at least equal to those of his sister, Elyon. For example, when he fought the Guardians of the Veil, he quickly defeated them and would have destroyed them, had Elyon not intervened. However, he had stolen all the power of Meridian and most of Elyon's powers.[11] When he fought them again in Season Two, he no longer possessed the power he had stolen from Elyon or Metamoor and still appeared to be more powerful than all the Guardians put together.[citation needed] In the series he prefers not to fight the Guardians directly until he gets a power boost from draining some of Elyon's power.

Whilst he ruled Metamoor his power appeared to be so great that his moods affected the landscape of Metamoor and to a lesser extent Earth, because Earth and Metamoor are connected by Portals.[citation needed]

Trivia

  • His original name was Prince Phobos Portrait.
  • The name Phobos means "fear, terror, panic" in Greek.[16] The word "phobia" is derived from the name, Phobos.

Gallery

Main article: Prince Phobos/Gallery


References

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