Matthew Tate was a powerful 17th century warlock with the rare power of Mimicry, which allowed him to replicate any power used against him. He was the one who turned Melinda Warren in after gaining her powers.




Matthew cursed into the locket.

During the time of the Salem witch trials, Matthew seduced Melinda Warren, and copied her powers. He then exposed her as a witch to keep up his own cover. As a result, Melinda was arrested and sentenced to be burned at the stake.

Matthew visited her while she was imprisoned in order to mock her, but it turned out to be a mistake. Melinda managed to strip him of all the powers he stole from her, and used a powerful curse to imprison him inside a locket that he had given to her as a gift. While she herself was inevitably doomed, his sentence was even worse than hers—he had to spend all eternity in oblivion, knowing the sting of betrayal. Only Melinda herself or one of her descendants could open the locket and set him free. Legend states that Matthew must never be freed, or he would destroy the Warren line. Indeed, the eldest Charmed One, Prue, stated they had "never been up against anyone like him before."

Matthew had a son, who was taken in by one of the jurors of Salem. That son went on to marry and had children of his own, continuing the line until Austin Herrick, the last in the family in the 21st century.

Being Freed

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Rex and Matthew.

Rex Buckland and Hannah Webster deliberately gave the locket to Prue in an attempt to steal the Charmed Ones' powers and kill them. Rex and Hannah intended to banish him again once they got the Charmed Ones' powers. When Prue freed Matthew, he knew immediately that Prue was a blood relative of Melinda and went in on her, but Prue flung him across the room—allowing him to copy her power of telekinesis. After a struggle, Matthew telekinetically blew out Prue's window and leaped to the ground. He then killed a lawyer, Arnold Halliwell, and another Halliwell who owned a hardware store. Rex and Hannah finally tracked him down and convinced him that he needed their help to kill the Charmed Ones.

The Charmed Ones summoned Melinda for help, and found her original curse in the Book of Shadows. Piper and Phoebe went to Quake to get the ingredients. However, Matthew tracked them there with Rex and Hannah's help in hopes of getting Piper's freezing power. He missed her, but did manage to collar Phoebe in the kitchen and copy her power of premonition after Phoebe saw him coming after Melinda in the manor. Matthew then toed over to the manor and ran into Melinda, but couldn't goad her into freezing him. He saw a vision of the four witches cursing him back into the locket, and demanded to know where Prue was. Terrified, Melinda made Matthew think Prue had gone to the zoo to get a spotted-owl feather needed to curse him, while she had actually gone to the Museum of Natural History.

Banished Again

Later that night, Matthew came back to the manor, armed with a gun Rex had given him. He telekinetically drew Piper to him and threatened to kill her, hoping that she would freeze him instead. At the last minute, Prue rushed in with the feather, and they were able to curse him back into the locket.  When the Charmed Ones released Melinda back into the realm of the dead, Melinda took the locket with her—likely keeping Matthew trapped for eternity.


History Book

Piper read a history book about Melinda and Matthew's relationship and his betrayal. While most of the text is unknown, the following is revealed.

... and because the warlock had stolen her love, she cursed him into the pewter heart where he could spend eternity knowing the sting of betrayal.

It is also mentioned that "the warlock must never be freed or he will destroy the Warren line."



Matthew is banished into Melinda's locket.

Melinda Warren's Warlock Curse

(To Curse Matthew Tate into Melinda's locket)

Ingredients needed:
assorted herbs,
a Spotted Owl Feather,
a leather bag
and a locket.
Combine the herbs and make it into a fine powder.
Put the powder into the leather bag and add the owl feather.
Put the bag into fire and let it burn while chanting the spell
and holding the locket open, pointed to the to-be-cursed warlock
Outside of Time!
Outside of Gain!
Know only Sorrow!
Know only Pain!

Powers and Abilities

Basic Powers
  • Spell Casting: The ability to cast spells and perform rituals.
  • Scrying: The ability to locate lost objects or people.
  • Potion Brewing: The ability to make magical potions for various effects.
Active Powers
  • Power Mimicry: The ability to replicate any active power when it is used against or while in contact with the user. Matthew used it to obtain the powers possessed by Melinda Warren, though she later stripped them. He later mimicked them again from the Charmed Ones.
Other Powers
  • Immortality: The ability to possess a possibly infinite lifespan and an arrested aging process.
  • High Resistance: The ability to be highly resistant to magical and physical harm.
  • Immunity: The ability to be immune to certain powers, spells or potion. Matthew became immune to the powers he copied.
Through Power Mimicry
  • Blinking: The ability to instantly teleport by blinking. A power that once belonged to an unknown witch. Matthew copied this power when it was used against him.
  • Telekinesis: The ability to move matter with the power of the mind. Matthew's control over the power was advanced and creative, as he could use it to simulate levitation to jump down several floors and land unharmed. Matthew copied this power when it was used against him.
  • Premonition: The ability to see the past, present or future in premonitions. He used it to see the Charmed Ones trapping him in the locket. Matthew copied this power when it was used against him.
  • Molecular Immobilization: The ability to slow the movement of molecules to the point where time appears frozen. Matthew gained this power when it was used against him.

Notes and Trivia

  • Matthew is the first warlock and character to use the power of Blinking. Melinda states that Matthew must have copied it from another witch. However later in the series, Blinking is presented as a Warlock power.
  • It is unknown if Matthew possesses Power Absorption like other warlocks.
  • Although Prue channeled telekinesis through her eyes when Matthew stole it, he still was able to channel it through his hands.
  • In The War on Witches, Matthew was noted to have a descendant named Austin Herrick, who used his powers for good instead of evil.


Matthew Tate appears in a total of 1 episode throughout the course of the series.