Throughout history, powerful women have been called witches, and both magic and witchcraft have been used to express feminine power in fiction. These witches, enchantresses, and sorceresses all connect with the elements. Whether humans, fairies, or even goddesses, they channel the arcane forces of the darkness or the light.
Some are good, some are evil, and some just want to make it through high school. This list covers some of the most powerful women in fiction. But who would win in a sorceress smackdown?
This collection of magical matriarchs and spectacular spellcasters runs the gamut from ancient myths to the latest offerings on Netflix. But only one can reign as the most powerful in a magical mega-duel. You decide.
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Reputation: Scarlet Witch has been a member of the Avengers and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and is renowned for her magical abilities.
Signature Accessory: Her red crown, which has yet to make it into the MCU but may appear in WandaVision.
Strengths: She is capable of controlling chaos magic. Her “hex magic” can bend reality around her, and her full powers seem potentially limitless. She’s changed the entire fabric of reality and is immune to the Phoenix Force.
Weaknesses: Certain traumatic events have caused her to make unconscious choices with her power. She eliminates most of the mutants on Earth with only three words: “No more mutants.”
Greatest Magical Feat: She creates an entire reality, the House of M, where she is part of a royal family and mutants rule the Earth.Would she cast the final spell?
Reputation: She’s one of the only Titans to survive their war with the Greek gods, and is frequently referenced in works of fiction as the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, the moon, ghosts, and necromancy.
Signature Accessories: She’s often depicted as holding two torches. She’s also known to have multiple dog familiars, and the sounds of dogs often signal her arriving from the underworld. She’s sometimes represented as three women: the maiden, the mother, and the crone.
Strengths: She was born a Titan and has the power of land, sea, and sky. But she also has some ties to the underworld. Her power comes from the thin area between worlds. She can send out creatures from the underworld to teach people magic.
Weaknesses: Like the other Greek gods, she’s likely vulnerable to Zeus’s thunderbolt.
Greatest Magical Feat: She’s the only person to hear Persephone when she is taken by Hades. She leads Demeter into the underworld to help retrieve her daughter.Would she cast the final spell?
- Photo: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Reputation: Maleficent is widely known throughout the land. She is queen of the moors, the realm where magical creatures exist. She has a scary reputation that only grows over the course of the films.
Signature Accessories: Her horn helmet, staff, and crow.
Strengths: She’s powerful even among her kind, the Dark Fae. She is able to wield magic and her wings make her super formidable.
Weaknesses: Iron can hurt her. Also, extracts from the Tomb Bloom flower is dangerous to her kind. She also has a temper that often gets the best of her.
Greatest Magical Feat: Turning into both a giant dragon and a giant phoenix is pretty impressive.Would she cast the final spell?
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Reputation: Yennefer of Vengerberg has a long life, and a reputation that's grown over time. As a child, she was known only for her hunchbacked and disfigured appearance. She becomes a king’s mage and protects Queen Kalis. In Rinde, she’s known throughout the town for her magic.
Signature Accessory: A star-shaped jewel worn around her neck.
Strengths: She is very gifted at creating portals to teleport herself, and adept at channeling elements like fire and lightning.
Weaknesses: Magic is about controlling chaos. Her traumatic upbringing and questionable emotional management make it difficult for her to not get consumed by her powers.
Greatest Magical Feat: In the Netflix series, she's able to absorb the fires of Sodden Hill and unleash them on the Nilfgaardian army.Would she cast the final spell?