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Prince Phobos is a fictional villain in the comic book W.I.T.C.H. and the animated series of the same name.

His full name is Phobos Escanor.

In the comic book he serves as the primary antagonist during the first story arc, and returns in the fourth story arc. In the animated series he serves as the primary villain during the first season, and returns shortly before the end of the second season. He is the franchise's most recurring villain.

Personality

Throughout the series, Phobos is portrayed as a vicious and amoral psychopath. Like most clinically diagonosed psychopaths, he can be charming and persuasive when he wants to be as he had Elyon completely taken in and when he convinced her that he was a loving sibling and slowly weened her away from her friends while also feigning concern for her well-being. However his true ruthless nature is all too apparent in his manipulative treatment of those around him as well as his utter lack of sincerity. He is also prone to violent, mood swings. Phobos is an intelligent being but is given to moments of impulsiveness such as when he almost crosses over into Candracar to conquer it, forgetting that he swore on the Heart of Candracar he would not, almost resulting in the loss of his powers. It is this overconfident and arrogant side of Phobos's personality that usually contributes to his downfall. Phobos has a taste for decadence, as is shown when he redecorates Kandrakar in red velvet and gold, and has been seen several times in luxurious baths.

Phobos ranks alongside Nerissa as one of the Guardians' most ruthless adversaries. Irma refers to him as "the triple espresso of evil".

Age

Although Phobos appears youthful, his true age is uncertain; he is known, however, to be very old.

One interpretation from the comic book story arcs is that he is an ancient immortal and that he was born shortly after the creation of the universe, which was when the Veil was raised in order to imprison him. Phobos's age is played down in the animated series, where the Veil was raised within living human memory. Though no specific details are given, it is known that Yan Lin, a mortal human, fought Phobos as a Guardian when she was a young woman, which makes Phobos at least comparable to Yan Lin in age, while leaving open the potential for him to be far older. Phobos may be thousands of years old, indeed.

In the animated series episode "B is for Betrayal", the Oracle tells the Guardians that the Veil was raised 13 years ago when Phobos first came to power, which gives him a significantly different backstory than the comic book although this would mean that thirteen years ago the extremely old Yan Lin was a young woman although this is but one of the many continuity errors in the series. Fans believe that the previous generation of Guardians never actually fought Phobos, and that Yan Lin declaring they did is the actual continuity error.

In the animated series, Phobos is 13 years older than his sister, Elyon. During the first season, Phobos would be 26, and after "Z is for Zenith" he would be 27.

Chronology

Prince Phobos took the throne of the kingdom of Metamoor (known as Meridian in the TV series and in the italian version of the comic), some time prior to the opening chapter of the first story arc/season, and began to drain the life force of the people in order to fuel his own magical powers with the aim of becoming strong enough to take over other worlds. However, realizing that Phobos posed a great threat, the Council of Kandrakar, a realm at the center of the universe, raised a magical shield, known as the Veil around Metamoor, sealing Phobos inside and cutting it off from all other worlds.

Prince Phobos (cartoon)

Prince Phobos sits on the stolen throne of Meridian in the animated series.

During the first story arc/season Phobos' primary concern is finding his lost sister Elyon Brown, whose powers are equal to his own (In the comic book, according to both Phobos and the Oracle, Elyon is even stronger than Phobos himself) and was spirited away to Earth approximately 12 years prior, so that he can drain her life force and add it to his own. With her power, Phobos would be able to break through the Veil and begin his conquest of other worlds.

In the animated series, at first, Phobos is unaware of his sister's identity, and sends his minions to find her, first by searching through birth records, and then using a magical talisman known as the Star of Threbe. After finding her and successfully poisoning her mind against her friends and family, Phobos brings his sister to Metamoor and attempts to gain her trust for long enough to drain her of her powers. Despite successfully draining some of his sister's power, Phobos' plans are foiled by the Guardians during the final installment of the Metamoor story arc/Season one. He is exposed as a villain, and is imprisoned by Elyon after a heated magical duel.

Following his defeat in Season 1 of the animated series, Phobos was briefly released by the Knights of Vengeance early in season 2, but was defeated while attempting to retake his castle from Elyon. He returned again late in Season 2, when the Guardians realized that, as a heir to the throne of Meridian, he was able to break the rule that "A Heart cannot be taken by force", and release him in order to deprive Nerissa of her magical scepter, the Seal of Nerissa (which incorporated the Heart of Meridian), on the condition that he surrender the Seal to them afterwards. However, Phobos breaks his vow and instead uses the Seal of Nerissa which he later renamed the "Scepter of Phobos" to reconquer Meridian. After retaking Meridian, Phobos sets his sights on Kandrakar, and is on the verge of taking it when he is betrayed by Lord Cedric, who swallows him whole, thus gaining his powers for his own. After Cedric's defeat, Phobos is returned to Elyon's dungeon.

In the comic story arc "Trial of the Oracle", he became the new Oracle, as he was found to have used his negative emotions to switch minds with Endarno, who was the guardian of the Tower of Mists, the tower in Kandrakar where Phobos, Cedric, Frost, and many other villains were imprisoned in. Once he is restored to his rightful body by the Guardians, he realizes he has lost and leaps off of a balcony into the never-ending void beneath Kandrakar, declaring that he will "never be imprisoned again".

Powers

Prince Phobos2
Prince Phobos3

Prince Phobos possesses numerous magical powers, which include:

  • Energy Blasts.
  • Glamour.
  • Transformation.
  • Scrying.
  • Life Force Absorption.
  • Flight,
  • Telepathy,
  • Telekinesis.
  • Illusion.
  • Telportation.
  • Arcana.
  • Spells and Curses.
  • Summon the Whisperers and Murmurers.
  • Matter Manipulation.
  • Elemental Magic: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Quintessence.

However, even he is unable to create portals that would link Earth and Meridian, as he himself stated in one episode, though he was able to create a portal to the enchanted painting the Guardians were trapped in, in hopes that his minions would go into the painting and finish off the Guardians (in the comic book, certain facts differ, such as the portal to the painting was an opening in the Veil, and Cedric was the one who opened the portal, though this leads to confusion, for if Cedric could make openings in the Veil, then it is surprising that Phobos cannot, and the Veil erected by Kandrakar is quite useless, and confusion is merely increased by more puzzling facts).

In the final confrontation against the Guardians, Phobos transforms Cedric into a red, more beastly monstrous version that is able to rival the combined strength of all five Guardians, though Will's quick thinking tricked Cedric into wearing the Crown of Light, thus draining the magic infused into him by Phobos away. Phobos also traps his sister Elyon in energy rings after using trickery to overpower her.

He has on numerous occasions proven to be a formidable opponent, wielding powers at least equal to those of his sister, Elyon. For example when he fought the Guardians of the Veil in the final episode of the Meridian story-arc he quickly defeated them and would have destroyed them, had Elyon not intervened. However he had stolen all of the power of Meridian and most of Elyon's powers. When he fought them again in the Nerissa story-arc he no longer possessed the power he had stolen from Elyon or Metamoor and still appeared to be more powerful than all of the Guardians put together.

He appears to be immortal as he has existed since the creation of the Veil which was created soon after the dawn of time. He is hinted to be the source of all evil in creation. Whilst he ruled Metamoor his power appeared to be so great that his moods affected the landscape of Metamoor and to a lesser extent Earth, because Earth and Metamoor are connected by Portals.

Trivia

  • His original name was Prince Phobos Portrait.
  • The name Phobos means "fear, terror, panic" in Greek.[1] The word "phobia" is derived from the name, Phobos.

Gallery


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Behind the Name: Phobos, accessed April 9, 2012.


Season 1
Heroes: W.I.T.C.H. (Guardians) ·Yan Lin · Elyon Brown · Caleb · Blunk · Vathek · Aldarn · Drake · Tynar · The Mage · Alborn· Miriadel
Villains: Prince Phobos · Cedric · Miranda · Tracker · Jeek · Raythor · Frost · Lothar
Items: Heart of Kandrakar · Horn of Hypnos · Map of Portals · Star of Threbe · Seal of Phobos · Book of Secrets · Spike Wheels · Symbols of Elyon
Planets: Earth · Meridian
Episodes: 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25 · 26
Season 2
Heroes: W.I.T.C.H. (Guardians)· Yan Lin · The Oracle · Caleb · Blunk · Luba · Elyon Brown · Vathek · Aldarn · Drake · Tynar · Alborn · Miriadel · Ironwood · Bitterroot · Lillian Hale
Regents of Earth : Matt Olsen · Mr. Huggles · Napoleon
Villains: Nerissa · Prince Phobos · Cedric · Jeek
Knights of Vengeance : Raythor · Tracker · Sandpit · Gargoyle · Frost · Miranda
Knights of Destruction : Shagon · Khor · Tridart · Ember
C.H.Y.K.N. : Cassidy · Halinor · Kadma
Items: Heart of Kandrakar · Aurameres · Heart of Zamballa · Seal of Nerissa · Horn of Hypnos · Tooth of Tonga · Mage Ring · The Great Ring
Planets: Earth · Meridian · Kandrakar · Zamballa · Aridia
Episodes: 01 · 02 · 03 · 04 · 05 · 06 · 07 · 08 · 09 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25 · 26
Arc 1: The Twelve Portals
Heroes: W.I.T.C.H. (Guardians)· The Oracle · Caleb · Elyon Brown · Yan Lin · Vathek
Villains: Prince Phobos · Cedric · Frost, the Hunter
Items: Heart of Kandrakar · Aurameres · Crown of Light · Map of the Twelve Portals · Seal of Phobos
Planets: Earth · Kandrakar · Meridian
Issues: 001 · 002 · 003 · 004 · 005 · 006 · 007 · 008 · 009 · 010 · 011 · 012
Arc 4: Trials of the Oracle
Heroes: W.I.T.C.H. (Guardians) · Orube · Yan Lin · The Oracle · Elyon Brown · Matt
Villains: Endarno · Vaal · Phobos · Cedric
Items: Heart of Kandrakar · Aurameres · Crown of Light · Breath of Time
Planets: Earth · Kandrakar · Meridian · Basilíade
Issues: 037 · 038 · 039 · 040 · 041 · 042 · 043 · 044 · 045 · 046 · 047 · 048
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Issues
Arcs: Arc 1: The Twelve Portals · Arc 2: Nerissa's Revenge · Arc 3: A Crisis on Both Worlds · Arc 4: Trials of the Oracle · The Book of Elements · Arc 6: Ragorlang · Arc 7: New Power · Arc 8: Teach 2b Witch · 100% Witch · Ladies vs W.I.T.C.H. · Arc 11: Magical Sovereign

Volumes: Issue 001: Halloween · Issue 002: The Twelve Portals · Issue 003: The Dark Dimension · Issue 004: The Power of Fire · Issue 005: So Be It Forever · Issue 006: Illusions and Lies · Issue 007: One Day You'll Meet Him · Issue 008: The Black Roses of Meridian · Issue 009: The Four Dragons · Issue 010: A Bridge Between Two Worlds · Issue 011: The Crown of Light · Issue 012: The Challenge of Phobos · Issue 013: I Know Who You Are · Issue 014: The End of a Dream · Issue 015: The Courage to Choose · Issue 016: Nerissa's Seal · Issue 017: Don't Close Your Eyes · Issue 018: Remnants of Summer · Issue 019: The Other Side of the Story · Issue 020: A Gust of Hate · Issue 021: Shadows of Tomorrow · Issue 022: A Broken Heart · Issue 023: Goodbye! · Issue 024: Trust Me · Issue 025: Water Shadows · Issue 026: Blackmail · Issue 027: Divided · Issue 028: So Close, Yet So Far · Issue 029:The Lesser Evil · Issue 030: The Chamber of Tempests · Issue 031: The Voice of Silence · Issue 032: Behind the Mask · Issue 033: The Greatest Gift · Issue 034: The Scent of Freedom · Issue 035: Mirrored Lives · Issue 036: Rebel Souls · Issue 037: The Dispute · Issue 038: Desires of the Heart · Issue 039: On the Wings of Remembrance · Issue 040: The Ultimate Secret · Issue 041: The Whole Truth · Issue 042: Beyond All Hope · Issue 043: Tricks of Light · Issue 044: Never Alone, Ever Again · Issue 045: Double Deception · Issue 046: The Power of Courage · Issue 047: The Sands of Time · Issue 048: New Horizons · Issue 049: Between Dreams and Reality · Issue 050: Forever Magic · Issue 051: Out of Control · Issue 052: The Eye of the Book · Issue 053: A Whole New Song · Issue 054: One More Hug · Issue 055: The Day After · Issue 056: The Riddle · Issue 057: The Isle Of Enchantment · Issue 058: Illusions · Issue 059: The The Fire Within · Issue 060: Earth and Air · Issue 061: The World Inside The Book · Issue 062: The Final Chapter · Issue 063: Arrival and Departure · Issue 064: The Screaming Man · Issue 065: When Hope Blooms · Issue 066: Reflections · Issue 067: On Your Side · Issue 068: The Dark Side · Issue 069: New Frontiers · Issue 070: Stop the Presses · Issue 071: Glimmers of Fear · Issue 072: The Green Ray · Issue 073: The Dark Summons · Issue 074: Whisked Away · Issue 075: As You Were, You Are Now · Issue 076: Earth · Issue 077: Of All the Stars · Issue 078: Fire · Issue 079: Water · Issue 080: Emotions · Issue 081: Air · Issue 082: Energy · Issue 083: Return to Kandrakar · Issue 084: Unique Movements · Issue 085: I Am You · Issue 086: In the Heart · Issue 087: A Cold Magic · Issue 088: Which One of You? · Issue 089: The Key to Summer · Issue 090: A Beating Heart · Issue 091: So Much More · Issue 092: No Longer Alone · Issue 093: It Comes From Far Away · Issue 094: The Settlement · Issue 095: Endless Tears · Issue 096: Here On The Heart · Issue 097: The Magic of the World · Issue 098: Sweet After All · Issue 099: A Dive in the Air · Issue 100: 100% Witch · Issue 101: A Rising Star · Issue 102: The First Day · Issue 103: That Which You Aren't · Issue 104: Another World · Issue 105: One Letter From a Dream · Issue 106: Zodiac · Issue 107: It Was Fate · Issue 108: A Father's Heart · Issue 109: Green Truth · Issue 110: Magical Moms · Issue 111: Teamwork · Issue 112: Early Days · Issue 113: The Long Kiss · Issue 114: Return to School · Issue 115: A Special Voyage · Issue 116: The Right Distance · Issue 117: The Best Party · Issue 118: All In A Day · Issue 119: Music In The Air · Issue 120: Lady Giga · Issue 121: Ten Years Later · Issue 122: Mathematically Possible · Issue 123: Lady Crash · Issue 124: A Puppy for a Friend · Issue 125: The Other Part · Issue 126: Lady Kimikal · Issue 127: Embrace · Issue 128: A Single Word · Issue 129: Away From the Heart · Issue 130: A New Friend · Issue 131: The Magic of Emotion · Issue 132: Together Again · Issue 133: Little Magic · Issue 134: Tomorrow · Issue 135: Summer Time · Issue 136: Sportingly Stylish · Issue 137: I Love London! · Issue 138: A Different World · Issue 139: Forever in Our Hearts

Specials Core of Kandrakar · Cornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to Be · Elyon: Return of the Queen · Planet Boys · The Year Before · Orube Special · Two Hearts for a Ball (World Cup Special) · Christmas Special 2004 · Christmas Special 2005 · Christmas Special 2006 · Caleb and Elyon - Two Destinies · Halloween Special 2007

Characters
Will Vandom · Hay Lin · Irma Lair · Cornelia Hale · Taranee Cook · Elyon Brown · Lord Cedric · Miranda · Prince Phobos · Alchemy · Nerissa Crossnic · Caleb · Sandra · The Mage · Eric Lyndon · Nigel Ashcroft · Anna Lair · Matt Olsen · Ms. Knickerbocker · Joan Lin · Lillian Hale · Bess and Courtney Grumper · Napoleon · Susan Vandom-Collins · Cassidy · Martin Tubbs · Laurent Clubberman · Uriah Dunn · Chris Lair · Chen Lin · Halinor · Kurt Van Buren · Frost The Hunter · Tracker · Gargoyle · Sandpit · Kadma · Yan Lin · Julian · Theresa Cook · Aldarn · Jeek · Howard Hale · Dean Collins · Lionel Cook · Peter Cook · Raythor · Tynar · Elizabeth Hale · Blunk · Tom Lair · Eleanor Brown/Miriadel · Raphael Sylla · Tony Vandom · Andrew Hornby · Galgheita Rudolph · Herbert Olsen · Joel Wright · Thomas Brown/Alborn · Shagon, the Hate · Tridart, the Despair · Ember, the Pain · Orube · Shinobu Takeda · William Collins · Stephen · Edward Folkner · Mariko Takeda · Foreman Takeda · Erin Peyton · Mr. Huggles · Luke Pradd · Tecla Ibsen · Henry · Ardeh · Ari · Endarno · Maqi · Laura Steedson · Nashter
Episodes
Season 1: It Begins and It Resumes · The Key · Happy Birthday Will · A Service to the Community · The Labyrinth · Divide and Conquer · Ambush at Torus Filney · Return of the Tracker · Framed · The Stone of Threbe · The Princess Revealed · Stop the Presses · Parents' Night · The Mudslugs · Ghosts of Elyon · The Mogriffs · Walk This Way · The Underwater Mines · The Seal of Phobos · Escape from Cavigor · Caleb's Challenge · The Battle of Meridian Plains · The Rebel Rescue · The Stolen Heart · The Final Battle

Season 2: A is for Anonymous · B is for Betrayal · C is for Changes · D is for Dangerous · E is for Enemy · F is for Facades · G is for Garbage · H is for Hunted · I is for Illusion · J is for Jewel · K is for Knowledge · L is for Loser · M is for Mercy · N is for Narcissist · O is for Obedience · P is for Protectors · Q is for Quarry · R is for Relentless · S is for Self · T is for Trauma · U is for Undivided · V is for Victory · W is for Witch · X is for Xanadu · Y is for Yield · Z is for Zenith

Songs
We Are W.I.T.C.H. · W.I.T.C.H. (Theme) · Music From and Inspired by W.I.T.C.H.
Locations
Heatherfield · Meridian · Kandrakar · Arkhanta · Zamballa· Aridia
Groups
W.I.T.C.H. · Uriah's Gang · C.H.Y.K.N. · Knights of Destruction · Guardians of Kandrakar · The Runics
Objects
Heart of Kandrakar · Heart of Meridian · Heart of Zamballa · Aurameres · Seal of Phobos · Seal of Nerissa · Horn of Hypnos
Elements
Quintessence · Fire · Air · Water · Earth

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