The Wendigo is the 12th episode of the first season and the 12th overall episode of Charmed.


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When a hideous supernatural creature attacks Piper, she begins to make a strange transformation with similar traits to her attacker. Prue and Phoebe must save her by vanquishing the beast. But at night in the woods, how will they know for sure if it's the creature, or if it's Piper?


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

The Wendigo[]

The Wendigo is a non-dead creature that roams the earth destroying the good-hearted and those in love. His fate is to wander the Earth feasting on human hearts. The first Wendigo was a mortal who was betrayed by his sweetheart. In revenge for the treachery, he slew his love and ate her heart. Rather than savor the warmth of revenge, his heart was in turn, turned to ice. During daylight hours and the phases of the moon, the Wendigo looks as you or I. Beware the Wendigo on the three days of the full moon when his strength and appetite are greatest. Beware being attacked and injured. He duplicates himself by slashing, but not killing his prey.

c.f. Desiderata


Unbecoming the Wendigo tells witches how someone can unbecome a Wendigo. Prue found the entry through the Desiderata entry.

Unbecoming the Wendigo[]

Destroy the Wendigo by melting
his heart of ice, fire is the key
Show no mercy, he will show
none to you. If a person has
been injured but not slain by the
Wendigo, said person will only
be made whole by the complete
destruction of the Wendigo.


  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to boil a pot, drop people's bids at the auction and to divert the flare from Piper to Agent Fallon.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper as a Wendigo to freeze the flare shot at her and Agent Fallon.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see a car crash and to see Andy being attacked.
  • Super Strength: Used by Agent Fallon to snap Billy's neck after he discovered her true nature as a Wendigo and later by Piper to break from the pipe and handcuffs.
  • Power Granting: By transforming into a Wendigo, Piper gained the powers of one.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Darryl does not appear in this episode.
  • Piper and Andy both have the AB-negative blood type. Piper worries because her blood type is very rare if she needs a transfusion, but in reality, AB-negative is almost a universal recipient, since it can receive blood from any other Rh- donors
  • This is the first time that one of the sisters is transformed into another being; in this episode Piper is turned into a Wendigo.
  • In this episode, the girls need a pair of handcuffs and Phoebe has them. In "The Day the Magic Died" a similar scene appears, only with Paige being the one who has a pair. They are both hinted to have been used during sex. When Prue asks "where did you... never mind" as Phoebe gives a smirk. When Paige was giving the handcuffs to Phoebe she says "handcuffs, from last Friday."
  • This is the first time Piper shows a power advancement, as she was able to freeze the Wendigo and the flare. In this episode she remarked she wasn't able to do things like that.
  • This episode scored 5.7 million viewers.
  • Phoebe says that she used to date a mechanic and knows about cars, yet in "Death Becomes Them" she appears to know nothing about cars. It's possible she was pretending not to know anything to flirt with her classmate.
  • Holly has stated in multiple interviews that she really didn't like the yellow contacts.
  • This is the third time one of the sisters has been in the hospital.
  • The park that Andy and Agent Fallon walk though before their stakeout is the same park where the opening scenes of "Enter the Demon" were filmed, Kenneth Hahn Park, 4100 South La Cienega Boulevard in Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles).

Cultural References[]

  • Piper's quote "Big, scary, strong. Kind of like a cross between a werewolf and Charles Manson", is a reference to Charles Manson, who became the leader of a group known as "The Family" and masterminded several brutal murders.
  • Title: The Wendigo. A wendigo is a malevolent being from Native American mythology, and is the monster Piper was attacked by and turned into in this episode.

Continuity Errors[]

  • When Andy introduces the sisters to Agent Fallon, he mistakes Phoebe and Piper.
  • After Billy is killed by Agent Fallon, just before it fades to black, he's clearly seen blinking.
  • During the auction, the white-haired man with a moustache raises number 130, but when Prue sends it flying, the number changes into 145. Later, another bidder raises number 130 twice.
  • When Piper turns into a Wendigo, her clothes are ripping off, but there are no shreds of clothes on the floor or on the chair she was sitting on.
  • The Wendigo rips Andy's shirt off, but in the next shot, when she's looking at him, it's unharmed.
  • When Prue and Phoebe find Andy in the woods, there's a burning tree behind them, but in the next shot, when they start running towards him, it's not there.


Episode Stills[]

Behind The Scenes[]


Andy: Yeah, I've sent for the Coroner's reports.
Agent Fallon : Why? I think it's pretty obvious this case is out of your jurisdiction, Inspector. On the bright side, you don't want it.
Andy: Why is that?
Agent Fallon: This witness collaborates with every other statement. According to their descriptions, this—not animal or human. You didn't blink, I was expecting a response.
Andy: Just tell me what I'm looking for.
Agent Fallon: You believe them? That it's not human?
Andy: Let's just say that recent experiences have taught me to keep an open mind.

Prue: Oh, um, can you get up?
Piper: Back off! What, you think I can't walk now?
Phoebe: Honey, we're just trying to help you.
Piper: Help me? You can't even hold a job.
Prue: Okay, now wait a minute, Piper.
Piper: Oh, save it. Do you always have to be in charge? I'm sorry. What's happening to me?

Prue: Do we have any chains?
Phoebe: I actually do think I have something.
Prue: Okay. Are you back?
Piper: I don't want this to happen to me, Prue. Kill Ashley. This is me talking.
(Phoebe enters. She holds up a pair of handcuffs.)
Phoebe: Here.
Prue: Where did you get those? (Nods head from side to side.) Never mind.

Piper: And Andy, by the way, what did you tell him about why we were all there.
Prue: I told him the truth.
Phoebe: Get out.
Prue: I did. I said what he saw happened was true, that Agent Fallon really was the Wendigo and that had we not vanquished her, that both he and Piper would've been killed. I couldn't think of anything else to say.
Piper: Well, what did he say?
Prue: Not much. He was either too stunned to speak or he actually believed me on some level. This was as close that we've ever come to having an honest conversation.
Phoebe: So maybe Andy's more open to you being a witch than you think.

International Titles[]

  • French: Métamorphoses (Transformations)
  • Finnish: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • Polish: Potwór/t Wendigo (Wendigo Monster)
  • Czech: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • Slovak: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • Russian: Вендиго [Vendigo] (Wendigo)
  • Serbian: Vendigo (Wendigo)
  • Spanish (Spain): El hombre lobo (The Wolfman)
  • Spanish (Latin America): El Wendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): O wendigo (The Wendigo)
  • Italian: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • German: Wendigo (Wendigo)
  • Hungarian: A wendigo (The Wendigo)
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