The Avatars are an ancient group of extremely powerful magical beings who can bend the fabric of space-time and reality itself. Unlike other magical beings, their power is said to be unlimited, beyond good and evil. Avatars are not categorized as good or evil; they are neutral. Their desire is to shape the world to their own design; a perfect world or Utopia.
The Avatars are depicted as a peaceful, yet powerful collective whose sole purpose is to create their version of Utopia, a world without evil. However, as discovered by the ancient Egyptians and the Charmed Ones, the price of this perfect world is free will. Despite their devotion to the cause, the Avatars are capable of knowing when the world is not ready for them, and do not force the change upon the world.
Avatars increase their ranks and power by inviting other beings into their collective. As a general rule, they do not force others to join them. Rather, they make their presence known using subtle methods, where those they approach are expected to understand the Avatars at their own pace.
In Ancient Egypt
At one point in time, Avatars ruled over the entire world, but eventually an Egyptian mage named Anubis realized something was wrong and he created a very powerful potion which was the only thing able to destroy them. This potion forced the Avatars to retreat for centuries, as the death of one member would weaken the entire collective, leaving them vulnerable.
Trying to Recruit Cole
The Avatars reappeared in late 2002 when Alpha and the Avatar of Force came to Cole Turner and asked him to join their ranks. Cole initially rejected their offer and attacked them, though they were impervious to his Energy Balls. The Avatars did not fight back, stating that Cole had nowhere else to turn and that him joining them was inevitable.
After Paige unsuccesfully tried to vanquish Cole, he became convinced that she was the reason he and Phoebe weren't together. Despite their warnings that their power should not be used for personal gain, Cole joined the ranks of the Avatars and altered the world so that Paige never joined her sisters. However, Paige was accidentally transported there as well. In this altered reality, Cole was still Belthazor and together with Phoebe, though she did not love him in this reality either. Alpha warned him about his vulnerable state, though Cole refused to listen. He was then vanquished by Phoebe after Paige reunited her sisters. Losing Cole seemingly forced the Avatars to retreat once again.
The Gathering Storm
After Gideon tried to kill Wyatt Halliwell for the greater good, Leo became obsessed with hunting down his accomplice Barbas. The Avatars, as floating heads, manipulated Barbas into going after Chris while pressuring Leo to hunt down Barbas. When the sisters vanquished Barbas, he angrily screamed at the Avatars that they set him up. Meanwhile, when Leo asked the Avatars what they wanted, they replied that they wanted him.
When Leo met with Sandra, she informed him about a coming threat, referring to the Avatars. After she left, a floating head appeared and told Leo not to trust her. The head appeared again some time later, again telling Leo not to trust the Elders.
When Leo was starting to be drawn back to his family and the side of good, the Avatars vanquished a group of Possessor Demons and ordered their leader to possess Leo. The demon attacked Piper, though she realized that it wasn't really Leo. The demon then attacked the Elders at Magic School until the sisters expelled him from Leo with a potion. When Odin zapped Leo with lightning, the sisters transformed into beasts under effect of the Blue Moon. They attacked Odin, though he was able to fend them off. When the sisters woke up, Odin revealed he had sent Leo away. However, when the sisters threatened to stop helping them identify the new power, Odin reluctantly returned him. The sisters confronted the Possessor Demon, though the Avatars vanquished him before he could reveal anything.
The Avatars kept tormenting Leo as the floating heads. When they realized it was not working, Alpha decided to try another way. When Piper and Phoebe convinced Leo to undergo a Vision Quest, Alpha hijacked his quest and explained that they were trying to get Leo to see the truth, that the eternal conflict between Good and Evil would only lead to death and destruction. He then explained their plan to create Utopia.
Their conversation was cut short when Alpha sensed the deaths of Piper and Phoebe at the hands of Sarpedon. When he found them dead in the manor, Leo agreed to join the Avatars in order to save them. Alpha then granted him the powers of an Avatar and Leo was able to resurrect them.
Not long after, Leo began raising high faith for the Avatars before the Halliwell sisters, seeking to create a better world. The Avatars then sought out the disenchanted demonic seer Kyra, granting her a vision of their Utopia to explain to the sisters, which she would show Phoebe in return for being turned human. The powerful demon Zankou, who knew the Avatars' world would be far less than suitable for demons to thrive at all in, caught up to and killed Kyra for her betrayal in short time. This was actually the final straw for the sisters, who, having long desired a normal life, finally agreed to go along with the Avatars' plans. Utopia was then created, a new world order under the watch of the Avatars.
Afterwards, Leo checks with the sisters to see if Utopia has met its promises. However, Leo witnesses that the Avatars are maintaining Utopia in an unexpected manner. They are simply removing anyone who creates conflict from existence. Alpha, the representative of the Avatars, explained that they had modified the way people think, so as to allow people to more easily accept Utopia. Unfortunately some people were beyond hope, and their inner demons began to surface, driving them to cause conflict. This in turn drove the Avatars to deal with the resulting chaos to protect Utopia. Leo asked if they were killing people, but as they said, they simply removed them, vanquishing the one for the sake of the many. They had the obligation to maintain the world they had created, and they wouldn't let anything threaten that.
Zankou discovered a tomb detailing the Avatars' last attempt to create Utopia. He saw that in order to eliminate conflict, the Avatars not only took away free will, but the ability to feel grief, pain, or mourning. No one dies in Utopia, but merely "goes to a better place." Zankou convinced Leo to help him, and Leo agreed: he sacrificed himself to the Avatars, creating conflict by battling demons at a party held in the manor. When his sons Chris and Wyatt couldn't stop crying over the loss of their father, Phoebe, who had been skeptical at first about Leo's dying warning, used her power of premonition and remembered all the losses they'd faced. She realized that Leo was telling the truth, and Chris and Wyatt were simply too young to act the way that the adults had been programmed to act. She helps Piper remember her loss of Leo, and Paige's loss of Kyle Brody. The sisters meet Zankou and learn of the making of the potions. Zankou found an ancient Egyptian Tomb, with all the drawings showing their history with the Avatars. Anubis, the Egyptian God of Rebirth, said "There is a price to pay for Utopia".
To the tone of Phoebe's argument that at least people knew what they were dying for with good and evil, the Avatars promised to rewind the world to as it was before Utopia was created, and said they would retreat until another time, where the people are ready to accept Utopia.
Being Summoned by Piper
In 2005, an Avatar appeared before Piper when the latter summoned her and an Elder. She demanded an explanation as to why the Angel of Death wanted to take Leo away. Though initially appearing at odds with each other, the Avatar and Elder didn't have the authority to answer her question, claiming that neither of them had the power to save Leo, as doing so would greatly disrupt the Grand Design. They gave Piper the information of a higher power who looks over the Grand Design, the Angel of Destiny.
The New Tribunal
The Avatars were one of the many magical beings to gather at Cupid's Temple to discuss the threat of the Old Ones. During the meeting, Gamma acted as their spokesperson. Gamma supported the decision to kidnap those affected by Prue Halliwell's magic and was present when the Tribunal tried to extract information from Tyler Michaels. He and other Avatar representatives were later slaughtered by Prue when she appeared at the temple. As Alpha was not shown to be part of the Tribunal, it can be presumed that a faction of the Avatars still remain.
Powers and Abilities
The power of the Avatars lies in their collective. As such, they possess a virtually unlimited number of magical powers. For this reason, only their most prominent powers are listed. When individuals join the Avatars, they strengthen the collective by adding their powers to it, amplifying each individual power and every member as a whole.
As an entire collective, the Avatars are extremely powerful. One Avatar alone was able to withstand the combined magical assaults of several Elders, all at the same time, without having the need to retaliate. Even Zankou acknowledged the extent of the collective's power, which was why he had to resort to underhanded tactics in order to undermine their agenda.
Though their generic powers are supposedly limitless, the Avatars themselves seem to decline from this way of thinking. Any manipulation of time, space and reality on their behalf drains the group of the magical power they have at their disposal, leaving them at a risk if they used it frivolously. For this reason, members are encouraged to not use their powers for personal reasons like Cole. There are also limits to what they can achieve, as seen when Alpha pointed out to Cole that Avatars cannot control love.
- Active Powers
- Fading: An energy based form of teleportation.
- Reality Warping: The ability to warp the fabric of reality and alter it to one's desire. The Avatars possess this power as a Collective.
- Chronokinesis: The ability to manipulate and control time in all directions.
- Resurrection: The ability to bring the deceased back to life.
- Teleportation Manipulation: The ability to manipulate or stop the teleportation of others.
- Illusion Casting: The ability to create illusions and make the intended target see what they desire.
- Power Granting: The ability to bestow powers upon other beings.
- Power Negation: The ability to cancel out the powers of others. The Avatars could also nullify the power of Crossed, Double-Crossed; disabling it from sucking anymore people in.
- Energy Waves: The ability to fire highly destructive waves of energy, capable of vanquishing multiple targets at once.
- Literary Manipulation: The ability to scan book rapidly absorbing all of their information.
- Electrokinesis: The ability to create strong forces of lightning and electricity.
- Sensing: The ability to locate and find people or objects.
- Optical Energy Blasts: The ability to shoot blasts or beams of energy from ones eyes. The Avatars used this as floating heads vanquishing a tribe of demons.
- Fire Throwing: The ability to project streams of fire from one's hands. Gamma used this ability to attack Prue Halliwell.
- Other Powers
- Immortality: Living for an infinitely long lifespan and having an arrested aging process.
- Immunity: The ability to be completely immune to the powers or magic of other beings.
Book of Shadows
- Avatars are neither good nor evil. They possess immense power and exist outside time and space. The Avatars viewed the constant battle between good and evil as pointless and enlisted Leo to convince The Charmed Ones to assist them in creating a perfect world. When the price for that perfect world proved too high, The Charmed Ones allied with the demon Zankou to undo the false paradise they had helped create.
While immortal and virtually invincible as a collective, individual Avatars can be vanquished by an ancient Egyptian Potion. This potion was created by the mage Anubis when the Avatars tried to create Utopia in the time of Ancient Egypt. None of its ingredients are known. For this reason, only a few vials exist, most of which have been destroyed.
When the potion is thrown and breaks it releases grey smoke, which then enters the Avatar through both the mouth and nostrils, killing them almost instantly like a poison. Once the potion in inhaled, death is unavoidable, unless time is reversed. Kyle Brody tried to use the potion three times, two failed attempts to kill Leo Wyatt and a successful one, killing Beta. Unfortunately Brody himself was killed too in the process by Beta.
- Avatar of Force ("Sam, I Am")
- Unidentified Avatar ("Vaya Con Leos")
- Unnamed Avatars ("Charmageddon")
Notes and Trivia
- The Avatars were the only neutral "big bad" the sisters faced, as other antagonists were shown to be on the side of evil or good in the case of Gideon.
- The Avatars were credited as creature head demons in their first two appearances of season 7.
- They assume names based on the Greek Alphabet. This was not revealed until Season 7, as the Avatars only used their titles in Season 5.
- The 'beyond good and evil' image taps into the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, who used the phrase as a book title, taken from a longer quotation which, in English, says "Whatever is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil". This is particularly fitting for Leo's mental state when he joins the group.
- The method of Fading used by the Avatars changes between Season 5 and 7. They first faded with a shadow-like effect and later faded through light.
The Avatars appeared in a total of 14 episodes and 2 issues over the course of the series.
|Charmed, Season 5|
|#01||"A Witch's Tail, Part 1"||#09||"Sam, I Am"||#17||"Lucky Charmed"|
|#02||"A Witch's Tail, Part 2"||#10||"Y Tu Mummy Tambien"||#18||"Cat House"|
|#03||"Happily Ever After"||#11||"The Importance of Being Phoebe"||#19||"Nymphs Just Wanna Have Fun"|
|#04||"Siren Song"||#12||"Centennial Charmed"||#20||"Sense and Sense Ability"|
|#05||"Witches in Tights"||#13||"House Call"||#21||"Necromancing the Stone"|
|#06||"The Eyes Have It"||#14||"Sand Francisco Dreamin'"||#22||"Oh My Goddess! Part 1"|
|#07||"Sympathy for the Demon"||#15||"The Day the Magic Died"||#23||"Oh My Goddess! Part 2"|
|#08||"A Witch in Time"||#16||"Baby's First Demon"|
|Charmed, Season 7|
|#01||"A Call to Arms"||#09||"There's Something About Leo"||#17||"Scry Hard"|
|#02||"The Bare Witch Project"||#10||"Witchness Protection"||#18||"Little Box of Horrors"|
|#03||"Cheaper by the Coven"||#11||"Ordinary Witches"||#19||"Freaky Phoebe"|
|#04||"Charrrmed!"||#12||"Extreme Makeover: World Edition"||#20||"Imaginary Fiends"|
|#05||"Styx Feet Under"||#13||"Charmageddon"||#21||"Death Becomes Them"|
|#06||"Once in a Blue Moon"||#14||"Carpe Demon"||#22||"Something Wicca This Way Goes...?"|
|#07||"Someone to Witch Over Me"||#15||"Show Ghouls"|
|#08||"Charmed Noir"||#16||"The Seven Year Witch"|
|Charmed, Season 8|
|#01||"Still Charmed & Kicking"||#09||"Hulkus Pocus"||#17||"Generation Hex"|
|#02||"Malice in Wonderland"||#10||"Vaya Con Leos"||#18||"The Torn Identity"|
|#03||"Run, Piper, Run"||#11||"Mr. & Mrs. Witch"||#19||"The Jung and the Restless"|
|#04||"Desperate Housewitches"||#12||"Payback's a Witch"||#20||"Gone with the Witches"|
|#05||"Rewitched"||#13||"Repo Manor"||#21||"Kill Billie: Vol. 2"|
|#06||"Kill Billie: Vol. 1"||#14||"12 Angry Zen"||#22||"Forever Charmed"|
|#07||"The Lost Picture Show"||#15||"The Last Temptation of Christy"|
|#08||"Battle of the Hexes"||#16||"Engaged and Confused"|
|Charmed, Season 10|
|#01||"No Country for Old Ones"||#08||"Love is a Burning Thing"||#15||"The Four Sisters, Part 2"|
|#02||"Magically Malicious"||#09||"Haste Makes Wasteland"||#16||"Happy Ending"|
|#03||"The Perks of Being a Whitelighter"||#10||"The Curious Case of Benjamin Turner"||#17||"Effigy"|
|#04||"Charmed Assault"||#11||"Fear Always Comes Back"||#18||"Tribunal and Tribulations"|
|#05||"Whatever Happened to the Demon with a Soul?"||#12||"Virtue"||#19||"Something Old, Something Prue"|
|#06||"Will o' the Witch"||#13||"Court of Love"||#20||"The Reason"|
|#07||"Hard Knox Life"||#14||"The Four Sisters, Part 1"|