Guardians are demons that possess mortal criminals to help them spread evil. They appear as partially transparent balding men in dark robes, beards, and a rune on their forehead.

They possess human criminals and compel them to carve a demonic rune into an innocent's forehead, usually with an athame. The Guardian then leaves the possessed to absorb the soul of the victim through the rune. To vanquish a Guardian, the rune on their forehead must be pierced with a stake or another sharp object.


In 2000, a demon who had taken the name Judge William Hamilton was assigning Guardians to various criminals in San Francisco, including Emilio Smith. Emilio killed at least one young woman in an alley, and tried to kill Darryl. Prue threw Emilio at a dumpster and the Guardian left him. She then vanquished him by sending a metal rod into the rune on his forehead. Prue later vanquished another Guardian given to Emilio that was trying to kill Cole Turner in the San Francisco Police Department parking lot by sending an athame through the rune on its forehead.

The Judge had several Guardians possess the other courtroom officials, including Public Defender Alan Sloan, in order to cover up his plan. The Guardians gave the court officials superior strength and fighting ability when they battled hand-to-hand with The Charmed Ones. Eventually the mortals were knocked out, and left the possessed to re-merge with the Judge. The Judge, and those guardians with him, were incinerated by Cole Turner.

Powers and Abilities[]

Active Powers
  • Possession: The ability control the bodies of other beings by inserting themselves into the bodies of others. Guardians possess whoever they're assigned to protect.
  • Soul Absorption: The ability to absorb the souls of the deceased.
  • Suggestion: The ability to command others what to do. Guardians do this to protect evil mortals.
  • Sensing: The ability to be able to sense the location of other beings.
Other Powers:

Book of Shadows[]

The Guardians[]


The Guardians drawing


Entry on Guardian Demons

This symbol of darkness
indicates the presence
of a great evil.
An opening by which demons
known as the Guardians
steal an innocent soul.
In exchange, the Guardian
offers protection
of the mortal evil
during his time on earth.
To vanquish a guardian
from whence it came
you must impale it
at its source of power.



Guardians appeared in a total of 1 episode throughout the course of the series.