"… their hunger for knowledge is your ally. "
Phoebe recalling the Book of Shadows.[src]

The Collectors are a breed of powerful warlocks who possess the power to drain knowledge through needle-like finger protrusions. They also happen to share the ability of blinking and are impervious to bullets. After draining the information from their victim's head, their victim becomes catatonic. A Collector also can restore the information into their victim's head, which in turn revives the person from their catatonic state.


Bayridge Convalescent Hospital[]


Ben Bragg in the hospital

In 1999, Phoebe volunteered at Bayridge Convalescent Hospital where she tended to Ben Bragg, who was the father of Eric Bragg. Ben was a catatonic patient at Bayridge for roughly six weeks and a Collector, posing as a doctor, was getting frustrated with the "long-term maintenance" needed to care for him. It was discovered that Ben was attacked by the Collectors so they could gain information on discovering the Akashic Records. Ben was close to discovering the exact location when he was attacked which proved to be the catalyst for his son's need to finish his work.

Phoebe's premonition[]


Eric being attacked in Phoebe's premonition

For quite some time, the Collectors stalked Eric at the museum, watching him crack away at the map. Once he finally discovered the exact location of the Akashic records they set to go after Eric. But, because Phoebe was volunteering at Bayridge, she was able to get a premonition off Eric earlier ultimately saving his life. The Collectors attacked Eric in his apartment and after Piper and Phoebe intervened Eric managed to escape from the Collectors' grip and run to his dresser. He pulled out a gun and fired a shot into each of the Collector's chests knocking them to the floor. They quickly rose to their feet, their wounds healing automatically. Piper, Phoebe, and Eric ran out of the apartment.

Charmed Ones intervene[]


Dr. Stone with an athame to Piper's throat

After Eric escaped, the Collectors went after everyone in the hospital, draining their minds, looking for Eric. They were unable to find him and thus their plans changed. They knew the best way to get to Eric was through his father. When the Charmed Ones reached Ben's hospital room the Collectors blinked in and out managing to steal the athame from the Rowe coven and hold Piper and Eric hostage. Dr. Stone threatened to cut Piper's throat if Prue used her power. However, Phoebe managed to slam a flower vase onto his head, knocking Piper and the athame free from his grip. Prue used her power to release Eric and catch the athame while Dr. Stone blinked out and back in behind Ben. Prue threw the athame at Dr. Stone but within the nick of time, the two Collectors blinked out with Eric's father.

The Deal[]


The Collectors succeeding in their mission.

The Collectors blinked into Golden Gate Park with Ben Bragg. They felt they now possessed the ultimate bait... to restore Ben's knowledge and let Eric know that he could be restored completely, all Eric needed to do was show up. So they called Eric and planned an arrangement in Oak Grove. Eric, followed by the Charmed Ones, headed after the Collectors hoping they might be able to save Ben. Eric managed to get far enough ahead that he met up with the Collectors well before the sisters showed up. Once he arrived, Ben's knowledge was restored just long enough for him to see his son hold a gun under his chin. As fast as it was restored it was taken away, and Eric ran towards his dad.

Collectors killling each other

The Collectors vanquishing themselves.

Ultimately the Collectors succeeded, they had Eric in their hands and they used their needle-like fingers to steal Eric's knowledge. Phoebe jumped in to save Eric but he was already unconscious and soon the Collector drained Phoebe of her knowledge (well, at least the last 3 weeks) as well. However, Prue and Piper were right behind Phoebe and because of the Collector's hunger for knowledge, they decided to stick around to attack the remaining two sisters. However, due to a spell, Prue and Piper were granted with telepathy and were able to hear the two Collectors planning their charge. With a step ahead of them, Piper was able to freeze the two Collectors in mid-attack and Prue used her power to move them together, ultimately draining each of their brains destroying them both.


With the Collectors vanquished, all of their victims' brain functionality were restored; though Ben, Phoebe and Eric all suffered from amnesia, forgetting the past three weeks.

Powers and Abilities[]

Basic Powers
  • Spell Casting: The ability to cast spell and perform rituals.
  • Potion Brewing: The ability to brew magical potions.
  • Scrying: The ability to locate objects and beings through the use of a map and a scrying crystal.
Active Powers
  • Blinking: The ability to instantly teleport from one location to another by blinking.
  • Transmogrification: The ability to partly or completely transform one's body. The Collectors absorbed knowledge by stretching their fingers into a needle and puncturing the brain of their victim.
Other Powers
  • Regeneration: The ability to instantly heal from sustained injuries.
  • High Resistance: The ability to be highly resistant to physical and magical harm.
  • Immortality: The ability to possess an infinite lifespan and an arresting aging process.

Book of Shadows[]

  • An entry on this breed of Warlock exists in the Book of Shadows, but all that is known of its contents is:
… their hunger for knowledge is your ally.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • The Collectors are similar to the demons known as the Seekers, as they both feed on knowledge. However, the Seekers kill their victims when they drain knowledge, whereas the Collectors leave the victim amnesiac and/or catatonic.
  • Gammill from "Size Matters" is also referred to as The Collector.


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