Leo Wyatt

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Leonardo "Leo" Wyatt
Charmed character
A handsome blond man sits in a chair, he is wearing a light purple top, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, blue jeans and a black belt
First appearance Thank You for Not Morphing
Last appearance Forever Charmed
Created by Constance M. Burge
Portrayed by Brian Krause
Gordon Wells
(aged Leo)[episodes 1][episodes 2]
Species Human mortal (1924-1942)
Whitelighter (1942–2003)
Elder (2003–2005)
Avatar (2005)
Human mortal (2005–present)
Family Christopher Wyatt
(father; deceased)
Phoebe Halliwell
Paige Matthews
Prue Halliwell
(sisters-in-law; deceased)
Spouse(s) Piper Halliwell
(married; 2001–present)
(former wife; in a previous life)
Children Wyatt Halliwell
(son; with Piper)
Chris Halliwell
(son; with Piper)
Melinda Prudence Halliwell
(daughter; with Piper)

Leonardo 'Leo' Wyatt is a fictional character from The WB television series Charmed, portrayed by Brian Krause. A possible breakout character included in the writing initially as a love interest beginning in the seventh episode of the first season that initially set Phoebe and Piper quarreling and competing for his attentions, he appeared as a guest star in seven episodes of the first season and six episodes of the second season. Midway through the second season, he joined the main cast and appeared in all but 11 episodes for the rest of the series' run. All together, he appeared in 145 episodes—by far the most of any male character in the series, and the most of any character who wasn't a Halliwell by birth.

For most of the series' first five seasons and part of the seventh, Leo was the Charmed Ones' Whitelighter—a guardian angel and mentor in all things magical to the three sisters as they grow in their power. He directly aids them by his power to trans-locate (Orb) himself and others in space and across some dimensions, but most frequently by healing the sisters or their circle of contacts. He eventually wins Piper's heart, and they marry in 2001. They have two sons, Wyatt and Chris, and a daughter, Melinda.

In the series' fifth, sixth and seventh seasons he became in succession an Elder, and then an Avatar. However, late in the seventh season he became a normal human, albeit one with great knowledge of magic.[episodes 2] As a Whitelighter and later an Elder, Leo had the ability to orb (magically teleport) from place to place. He could also sense his charges (those he guided), that is, he could telepathically hear and locate them. Other powers included hovering, healing physical wounds, and changing his appearance (glamoring). He was nearly immortal, but like all Whitelighters, he was vulnerable to a Darklighter's poison arrow.[episodes 3]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Leo was born May 6, 1924 in San Francisco, California, the son of Christopher Wyatt. He grew up in Burlingame, a southern suburb of San Francisco.

Leo was a medic for the United States Army in World War II with a dream to become a doctor. While taking part in the Battle of Guadalcanal, two friends of his that he grew up with, brothers named Nathan and Rick Lang, were killed on November 14, 1942 which Leo blamed himself for as he felt he abandoned them when he left to help other wounded soldiers in the field. Upon his own death a short time later, Leo was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and became a whitelighter for his good deeds. He was close friends with another medic in his unit, a woman named Natalie, who also became a whitelighter around the same time.[episodes 4]

Leo was married to a woman named Lillian in his mortal life and when he died, he appeared to her in a dream and encouraged her to move on with her life. Like all whitelighters, Leo is a pacifist, disallowed by the Elders to kill. Leo has watched over many of his charges: those who were future Whitelighters and good witches.

In the late 1960s, Leo befriended Penny and Allen Halliwell, the grand parents of the Charmed Ones.[episodes 5]

Whitelighter of the Charmed Ones[edit]

Sometime in the summer of 1998, Leo got his most important assignment yet—he was to be the Whitelighter of the Charmed Ones. Although he (like most of his compatriots) had been watching the Halliwells for all their lives, he didn't actually see them in person until just before Penny's death, when he ran into Prue and Piper walking down Prescott Street, which is where the Charmed Ones house is located.

Shortly after the Charmed Ones (re)discovered their powers, Leo, posing as a handyman, was hired to fix up their house. Since he wasn't supposed to reveal himself as their Whitelighter yet, he used this as an opportunity to keep watch on them[episodes 6] Piper and Phoebe immediately became attracted to him. As Leo worked on their house, Piper and Phoebe competed for his attention, though he found favor in Piper.

Piper and Leo started dating, and consummated their relationship one night. Piper was nervous at first; she hadn't had sex with anyone since her abortive relationship with Jeremy Burns (who turned out to be a warlock). She wound up freezing Leo several times, much to Prue and Phoebe's delight. Over the years, Piper often froze Leo for her personal pleasure whenever they had sex.

When the warlock Rex Buckland tricked the Charmed Ones into giving up their powers, Leo "healed" the Book of Shadows and restored them. Shortly afterward, Leo had to leave town and take another charge, but he watched over and guided the Charmed Ones on many occasions.

When Leo returned, Phoebe discovered him levitating to change a light bulb and he confessed the truth to her. He also told her that as much as he loved Piper, he didn't think their relationship could continue; witches and Whitelighters aren't allowed to date.[episodes 7] He was later shot by a Darklighter's poison arrow while attempting to protect his charge Daisy. He went to the manor for aid, where Prue and Piper learned he was a whitelighter. Piper used a spell to switch powers with Leo, so she could heal him while Phoebe and Prue protected Daisy and vanquished the darklighter in love with Daisy. It was in this episode that Piper found out that love was the trigger to a Whitelighter's power. Although Leo offered to give up being a whitelighter to be with Piper, she didn't want him to turn away from his calling.[episodes 3]

Piper went to the future with Phoebe and Prue, and learned that she and Leo were divorced, and they had a daughter named Melinda Halliwell.[episodes 8] Although Piper still loved Leo, she also wanted a normal romance. Feeling Leo couldn't provide that, she started a romance with her new neighbor Dan Gordon.

When Piper became sick with a terminal illness, the Elders forbade Leo to heal her since it was not caused magically. Leo broke that rule when he saved Piper from the disease.[episodes 9] Because of that, Leo was suspended from being a whitelighter for at least three months, though he remains a purely good person, with no evil in him.

Marriage to Piper and their family[edit]

Leo eventually earned his 'wings' back as well as Piper's heart. He asked Piper to marry him when they got back from the Heavens.[episodes 10] However, the Elders were violently opposed to this. They tried to marry in late 2000, but the Elders forcibly orbed him away just as the ceremony was getting started. It turned out that Cole Turner, who was really the powerful demonic hit man Belthazor, had found out about Leo and Piper's plans to marry under the Elders' noses. He alerted the Triad, who in turn alerted the Elders. The Elders ultimately allowed Leo to return, but placed him on probation to make sure their love wasn't interfering with their duties.

A few months later, a powerful warlock, Eames, was killing many witches and other supernatural beings in hopes of massacring all whitelighters. Natalie came to the Charmed Ones for help after Eames killed her most powerful charge, Vivian, and took her power of deflection—the ability to repel magical attacks (not the same as most upper-level telekinetics' ability to deflect attacks). Natalie was known for keeping a tight rein on her charges. She thought that Leo had allowed the Charmed Ones to become far too reckless, while Leo countered that he'd figured out early on the Charmed Ones' impulsive nature was what made them so great. Natalie also thought Leo's relationship with Piper was clouding his judgment. After their hesitation resulted in Eames killing a witch, Leo asked Natalie to temporarily take over as the Charmed Ones' whitelighter. However, largely due to Natalie's obsession with planning, she ended up dying at Eames' hand herself. The Charmed Ones then orbed up to the Heavens and surprised Eames just as he was starting his planned massacre, and vanquished him. The Elders were so happy with the Charmed Ones performance against Eames they lifted their probation on Leo and allowed him to be engaged to Piper. It was also around this time that Phoebe had confided in Leo that she didn't really vanquish Cole.[episodes 4]

The ceremony was performed by Grams, and the Elders allowed Patty Halliwell to return from the dead for one day to witness her daughter's wedding.[episodes 11] Prue and Phoebe served as bridesmaids. The ceremony was also attended by Victor Bennett, Darryl Morris and Cole. Although the marriage was considered legal in the magical world, it was not in the mortal world, due to Leo and Grams' status as being legally dead.

More than a year later, Piper became pregnant,[episodes 12] she and Leo had their powers swapped by their unborn baby for a short time so they could learn how it felt to walk in each other's lives. In that instance, Piper ended up taking on Leo's Whitelighter duties while Leo got Piper's pregnancy symptoms as well as her powers. The two had trouble controlling each other's powers, although Piper was fairly good at orbing. Piper had been upset that Leo hadn't been there more than he had been, but Leo told her that his love for her was the only thing that kept him sane. Ultimately, they helped each other understand their power and Piper was able to use Leo's sensing power to find Phoebe, while Leo was able to blow up the Siren using Piper's blasting power. Afterwards, their baby reversed the change when they gained a newfound respect for each other and realized that each other's magical duties are actually tougher than they thought.[episodes 13] Piper gives birth to their son, Wyatt Matthew Halliwell.[episodes 14] Piper names the baby Wyatt after Leo's last name for being a very protective father and to honor his past life—thus breaking the tradition of every Halliwell's first name starting with a "P".[episodes 15]

Just before Wyatt was born, Cole altered reality in one final attempt to win Phoebe back. In this reality, Paige (whom Cole blamed for turning Phoebe against him) was killed before her sisters and Leo found out about her. It was shown that Leo and Piper got divorced due to Piper's obsession with avenging Prue's death. However, Paige survived the change when she sneezed herself into a void outside of time and space. In that reality, Leo was able to hear Paige's call and although skeptical of her, aided her in her quest to restore the rightful timeline. They convinced Piper to help them. Paige initially thought they couldn't kill Cole since he'd become invincible by this time. However, Leo realized that if Paige was living the life she would have led in this reality had she survived, Cole had displaced this reality's Cole—meaning that he was Belthazor and thus not invincible. Leo was knocked out during the final battle, but Paige persuaded Phoebe to join hands with an unconscious Piper, reuniting the Power of Three and restoring Paige's active powers. Paige then managed to get the potion away from Cole, and Phoebe vanquished Cole once and for all.

When Piper and Leo's arguing began affecting Piper's powers, Phoebe suggested that they visit a marriage counselor. Piper cast a spell that allowed them to relive the good and difficult times during their relationship, which reminded them of why they got married. But as well as reaffirming their relationship, the session allowed them to realize that they had issues to work out. Unfortunately the spell had the side-effect of sticking Phoebe, Paige and a warlock in a time loop until Piper reversed it.[episodes 16]

Leo's marriage to Piper was somewhat turbulent, especially when he became promoted to an Elder after saving them.[episodes 17] As an Elder, Leo was not allowed to live with his family, though he promised always to watch over them. However, Leo is highly mistrustful of the Charmed Ones' new Whitelighter, Chris Perry, and stays involved in the family's life as he tries to figure Chris out. Chris seems no more fond of Leo than Leo is of Chris, though later it is revealed that Chris is actually Leo and Piper's second son, Chris Halliwell.[episodes 18] and Chris admits to Leo that in the future, he was always there for Wyatt, for the Charmed Ones, but never for him, as he was often eclipsed by Wyatt's "Chosen One" and ultimate power status, leaving him with a near hatred of the future Leo. Chris's presence in the past, coupled with his unerring dedication to saving little Wyatt from the evil that corrupts him, helps them mend the relationship.

Leo loses him, however, when Chris is stabbed by Gideon, a fellow Elder and the headmaster of Magic School. At that point he has realized that Gideon was the one trying to kill Wyatt, believing it to be for the greater good due to Wyatt's great power. Leo also realizes that Barbas had cornered him and made him live his worst fear — killing an elder and the older (evil) Wyatt killing him. He realized that Barbas must have been working with Gideon. While he has lost Chris, he still has the opportunity to save Wyatt, and goes after Gideon, killing him and saving Wyatt from becoming evil.[episodes 19] While on the run and hiding the truth from the other Elders, Leo becomes reunited with his family. When the Elders decide to test's Leo faith once and for all to determine if his destiny is to be an Elder or to be with his family, he is turned mortal with no memory of Piper, her sisters, or his children and is turned back into an Elder after his path had been "chosen". Phoebe and Paige help convince Leo that his true destiny is with his family and when Leo realizes that is true, he is made mortal for good and free to live his life with Piper and their children.[episodes 20] and becomes the headmaster of Magic School, staying with his family.

In season eight, Leo is taken by the Angel of Destiny in exchange for his life, so that Piper will be motivated to fulfill her ultimate destiny.[episodes 21] He is returned to her briefly when she and Billie alone survive the great battle, taking her away to Phoebe's condo and bringing her back to rationality.[episodes 22] He is taken away again when Piper goes back in time to save Phoebe and Paige who were killed, but is ultimately reunited with his family after the final battle ends the way it was destined to and lives out into old age with Piper.[episodes 2]

We learn in the Charmed comic series that Leo and Piper have named their third child, and only daughter, Melinda.

Leo as an Elder[edit]

When Leo was promoted to be an Elder he had to leave his family behind.[episodes 17] However, he managed to watch over them, especially his son, as he was given rights to visit him. However his appointment cost him his marriage to Piper. Chris Perry, the whitelighter from the future, had taken his place as the Charmed Ones' new whitelighter.[episodes 23]

Since Piper and Leo's parting, Piper had become increasingly happy. Alarmed by her change in attitude, Paige and Phoebe told Chris to ask Leo about Piper, but Chris admitted that Leo had been kidnapped. When Paige and Phoebe told Piper that Leo was missing, she was oddly unaffected by the news, not really remembering their parting. But when the sisters finally found Leo, Piper's memories came flooding back. She demanded to know why she did not remember Leo leaving her, and Leo told her that he used his powers to make her forget and not feel as much pain. Not wanting to face the pain and anger she felt toward Leo, Piper became a Valkyrie.[episodes 23] Phoebe and Paige confronted Piper, using a spell to make Piper feel her suppressed emotions. Once confronted with her pain, Piper realized that she did not belong with the Valkyries and returned home. Leo apologized to Piper for taking away her feelings. Piper said that she understood that he was only trying to help, but she told him that since he was still an Elder she would appreciate his keeping his distance so that she might move on with her life.[episodes 23]

Even though Piper tried to distance herself from Leo, she realized how much Leo missed Wyatt and how much Wyatt missed his daddy, so she told him that he could visit as much as he wanted when she was not around. But much to Leo's disappointment, Piper asked him for a divorce when she started to date again. Despite this, they apparently never did divorce.

When a demon used the power of a genie to wish the Charmed Ones dead, Leo's connection to Piper saved the sisters. Even though he and Piper were in a magically-induced sleep, Leo heard Piper's cries for help when her spirit began to move to the afterlife and he healed her. This incident drew Piper closer to Leo, as she was reminded of her connection to him.[episodes 24]

After Leo and Piper were trapped in the Ghostly Plane, Leo revealed he still loved her and they made love and Piper got pregnant with their second child, who happened to be Chris.[episodes 25]

When Leo finally found out that Piper was pregnant again and Chris was their son,[episodes 18] he decided that his place was to stay with his family. Trying to absorb the situation, Leo took his time in approaching Piper about the impending birth of their son and the future of their relationship. While Piper admitted that she thought about them becoming a family again, she tried not to because things had not changed — Leo was still an Elder.

When Leo learned that his mentor Gideon was after Wyatt and that Gideon had killed Chris, Leo avenged his son by killing Gideon, using his powers as an Elder. He returned to be at the side of his family, possibly for good.[episodes 19]

Leo has been hunting for Barbas since he teamed up with Gideon to find Wyatt in the Underworld, and he and the Charmed Ones suspects that Gideon may not be the only Elder who feels that Wyatt may turn evil. Leo was tricked by Barbas into killing the Elder, Zola, who once tried to reach out to Leo to help him.

Leo was not trusted by the Whitelighter Elders, however, he had to return to his status, to prepare for the "Gathering Storm". Unfortunately, he and Piper had planned for him to move back in with them, but he felt that he was too dangerous.

Leo as an Avatar[edit]

Leo was being seemingly haunted by a ghostly headed figure, that turned out to be the lead Avatar, trying to recruit Leo and add his power to the collective. In the Episode (7x07) Someone to Witch Over Me, Leo finally becomes an avatar after Piper and Phoebe are killed and the lead Avatar tells him as an avatar he can save them, which he does with his newfound powers.

Leo then joined the Avatars, and was granted even greater powers. After he informed the Halliwell sisters of his new status,[episodes 26] Leo was a target for Agent Kyle Brody. However, Leo soon became aware that the world the Avatars wanted to make was not the nice world he had hoped for.[episodes 27] To convince the sisters, Leo sacrificed himself by getting angry, thus forcing the Avatars to vanquish him (as the Avatars did to all who have negative feelings), but as he was dying, he relayed a message to Phoebe, who remembered, and then took it upon herself to make sure her sisters felt pain in order to see that what the Avatars were doing was wrong. The sisters worked with Zankou in order to get the Avatars to change the world back so that it was no longer a Utopian community. Time was then turned back to the point before the Avatars changed the world, and Leo was restored, although he no longer had his Avatar powers.[episodes 28]

Now the Elders were left with the question of how to punish Leo for becoming an Avatar. They finally decided to relocate him on Earth and take away his memory.[episodes 20] They said Leo would somehow find his way back and choose between rejoining his family or becoming an Elder full-time. However, the Elders cheated on this test and tricked Leo into rejoining them. But when Phoebe and Paige confronted the Elders on this, Leo came with them. At that time, a dying Piper (she had been poisoned by a Thorn Demon) called out to Leo, urged on by Cole Turner. Leo heard her and chose to "fall from grace". Leo thus gave up his powers and his Elder status and became a mortal human, but he got his memory back. Leo then returned home to Piper and their two sons. Piper was healed from her wound by Wyatt with the help of Drake. The next morning, Leo confesses to Piper that he is actually happy about losing his powers.[episodes 20]

Leo as a human[edit]

Leo and Piper had a hard time adjusting to Leo being a powerless human. After some trouble with Zankou, Piper and Phoebe decided to ask Leo to become the new Headmaster of the Magic School instead of Paige, who wants to try something new. They think Leo is perfect for the position because he's a "walking Book of Shadows": he has lost his powers, but not his knowledge of magic. Paige orbs away as Leo accepts.[episodes 29]

Leo "died" with the Halliwell sisters, adopting the name of Louis Bennett,[episodes 30] but soon got back to his old life and name.[episodes 31]

Leo and Piper went to a magical marriage counselor, but things did not turn out as well as they had hoped. Their counselor needed them to see how each of their lives was in order to get them closer to each other. In order to do this, the marriage counselor had them switch bodies in order to walk a mile in each other's shoes.

The series finale and the future[edit]

In the last season of the series, Leo was the target of the Angel of Death.[episodes 21] The sisters searched for a key to undo his death sentence. Piper summoned both an Elder and an Avatar to give Leo a new lease on life, but both were forbidden to do so. In turn the sisters summoned the Angel of Destiny, who warned them of an impending great evil force, that Leo's death would be the only motivation to give the sisters the will to fight the great evil, in the same manner that their sister Prue's death motivated them to defeat The Source. So Piper begged the Angel of Destiny for a compromise, insisting that if they were to fight for Leo's life instead, that would be even more strongly motivating to defeat said coming great evil. So it's decided that Leo will be frozen in stasis only to be returned if they succeed in defeating this great evil. Only then can they save his life and have him returned to Piper. [episodes 21]

After the destruction of the manor and the deaths of Phoebe, Paige, and Christy Jenkins, Leo was returned as promised by the Angel of Destiny.[episodes 22] Had he not intervened, Piper might have killed Billie Jenkins in an act of revenge for the death of her sisters. With the manor destroyed, Leo and Piper leave the area.

Piper and Leo travel back to the past in the hopes of fixing the present, and save the future so that Phoebe and Paige get to live. After they change things in the past they are able to fix things so that Phoebe and Paige are able to survive in the future. So Leo is returned to Piper, and Coop and Phoebe get married. In the very final episode they are shown to have started a family.[episodes 2]

In the new future, Piper and Leo have another child, a daughter named Prudence Melinda, and Leo returns to Magic School as a teacher. At the end of the finale they finish the Book of Shadows by writing about their lives so all their future generations will be prepared to continue the fight against demons, warlocks, and other forms of evil.[episodes 2] The final shot of them is Leo and Piper, old and still very much in love, walking upstairs past pictures of their whole family hanging on the walls, as they make their way to their bedroom to go lie down - they rest in each other's arms, smiling, content with their lives.

Death Count[edit]

Episode Episode Name Cause of Death Revival
1x21 Love Hurts Shot by darklighter's arrow. Piper switched their powers and used them to heal him before he completely passed on.

Episode footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Jung and the Restless". Charmed. 2006-04-30. The WB. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Forever Charmed". Charmed. 2006-05-21. The WB. 
  3. ^ a b "Love Hurts". Charmed. 1999-05-19. The WB. 
  4. ^ a b "Blinded by the Whitelighter". Charmed. 2001-01-25. The WB. 
  5. ^ "Witchstock". Charmed. 2004-01-11. The WB. 
  6. ^ "Thank You for Not Morphing". Charmed. 1998-10-21. The WB. 
  7. ^ "Secrets and Guys". Charmed. 1999-02-17. The WB. 
  8. ^ "Morality Bites". Charmed. 1999-10-07. The WB. 
  9. ^ "Awakened". Charmed. 2000-02-03. The WB. 
  10. ^ "The Honeymoon's Over". Charmed. 2000-10-05. The WB. 
  11. ^ "Just Harried". Charmed. 2001-02-22. The WB. 
  12. ^ "Witch Way Now?". Charmed. 2002-05-16. The WB. 
  13. ^ "Siren's Song". Charmed. 2002-10-06. The WB. 
  14. ^ "The Day the Magic Died". Charmed. 2003-02-16. The WB. 
  15. ^ "Baby's First Demon". Charmed. 2003-03-30. The WB. 
  16. ^ "Cat House". Charmed. 2003-04-13. The WB. 
  17. ^ a b "Oh My Goddess (Part 1)". Charmed. 2003-05-11. The WB. 
  18. ^ a b "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell". Charmed. 2004-02-08. The WB. 
  19. ^ a b "It's a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World (Part 2)". Charmed. 2004-05-16. The WB. 
  20. ^ a b c "The Seven Year Witch". Charmed. 2005-04-10. The WB. 
  21. ^ a b c "Vaya Con Leos". Charmed. 2005-11-27. The WB. 
  22. ^ a b "Kill Billie Vol. 2". Charmed. 2006-05-14. The WB. 
  23. ^ a b c "Valhalley of the Dolls (Part 1)". Charmed. 2003-09-28. The WB. 
  24. ^ "I Dream of Phoebe". Charmed. 2004-02-15. The WB. 
  25. ^ "The Courtship of Wyatt's Father". Charmed. 2004-02-22. The WB. 
  26. ^ "There's Something About Leo". Charmed. 2004-11-21. The WB. 
  27. ^ "Charmageddon". Charmed. 2005-01-30. The WB. 
  28. ^ "Extreme Makeover: World Edition". Charmed. 2005-01-23. The WB. 
  29. ^ "Scry Hard". Charmed. 2005-04-17. The WB. 
  30. ^ "Still Charmed & Kicking". Charmed. 2005-09-25. The WB. 
  31. ^ "Rewitched". Charmed. 2005-10-23. The WB.