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Piper Halliwell

Piper story


Piper Halliwell is the second Charmed One of the Halliwell Sisters in the television series Charmed, later to become the eldest sister (see below).

She is played by Holly Marie Combs, who is now also a producer of the series.


Piper has the ability to "freeze time", but is more accurately described as suspending motion. Whatever she targets (living or not) will stop in motion for a moment. This power is initially triggered by fear and tends to affect her entire surroundings, with her being unable to control the "unfreezing". With mastery of this power over the seasons, Piper has been able to freeze things for a longer period of time, freeze things more precisely, and better control the unfreezing (in a few episodes, Piper notably unfreezes just the head of a demon so that he can talk but not attack). This ability is called temporal stasis.

Later (in Season 3), Piper developed the more offensive power of blowing things up. It uses a similar hand motion as she does for freezing and thus, she was hesitant to use either power initially, not knowing whether her targets will freeze in place or explode into bits. As with freezing, Piper learned to master this power and can attack with better precision. This ability is known as Molecular Combustion.

However, both powers are reliant on both her hands (to do the blasting/freezing motion) and her eyes (because she needs to see what she is actually freezing/blowing up), and quite a few creatures (good and evil) are resistant or immune to her powers.

Like the other Charmed Ones, Piper can also brew magical potions and recite/write spells.

Piper's Story

Piper Halliwell was born on June 5, 1973 to Patricia Halliwell and Victor Bennett, their second child.

As a witch she developed the power to freeze time.

On March 24th, 1975 she was visited by a future version of herself. It was also on that day that Patty signed a pact with the warlock Nicholas to make him a ring that made him immune to her daughter's powers. After Piper's little sister, Phoebe was born in November 1975, Penny bound their powers to keep Nicholas from killing them and taking their powers. In the early part of the Charmed history, Piper is the middle sister of the three. She begins as meek, shy and very much the arbiter between her sisters Phoebe and Prudence.

Trained as a chef, she works for the bulk of Series 1 at a trendy bar in downtown San Francisco called "Quake". She seems to be widely considered one of the better chefs in San Francisco (where the series is based.) Once the Charmed linage is revealed, Piper is initially shocked, and then disturbed by her new powers, scared that she may hurt someone.

She has been a wendigo, ghost, a fury, a superhero, and a goddess.

She has fallen in love with a ghost, a banker, a construction worker, a warlock and her whitelighter and husband Leo's.

Piper gave up her job as a restaurant manager to open her own club, called P3.

When the Elders issued an ultimatum about Piper and Leo's relationship, Leo proposed to Piper, who, after some hesitation, accepted. They tried to marry in secret but the Elders were told of their plans by Cole and they took Leo away. When the Elders forbade Piper from ever seeing Leo again, Piper decided to go on strike from being a witch. But once she realized that she still had a job to do and she still had to save innocents despite her anger over Leo, the Elders sent him back, giving them a chance to prove that their relationship would not interfere with their jobs.

Leo and Piper were finally married by the ghost of her grandmother Penny in a special ceremony. The sisters' father Victor, Phoebe's half-demon boyfriend Cole Turner and Detective Darryl Morris attended the wedding, and the whitelighter elders sent Patty back to Earth for the day to attend the wedding as a gift.

She earned the power of Molecular Combustion -- speeding up molecules so that they explode.

Leo and Piper had their powers swapped by their unborn baby for a short time, until they learned to appreciate how hard each other's lives are.

In an alternate reality that Cole created, Piper is a renegade demon-hunter, divorced from Leo, concerned only with killing Shax and avenging Prue's death.

Piper was diagnosed with toxemia, during her first pregnancy. But her baby was delivered safely by Paige and Phoebe at the manor and all were surprised to discover that the baby was a boy.

Piper was afraid to leave her baby when she and Phoebe had to find out who placed a bounty on her baby. She named him Wyatt after his daddy and Matthew for his middle name after Paige.

Piper's sight was stolen by a monkey, that was sent by the Crone.

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.

The Charmed Ones met Chris Perry, the whitelighter from the future. Piper was once transformed into a nature goddess to combat the titans, but later returned to normal. While she was a goddess she was able to teleport anywhere at will, could control the weather, throw lightning bolts and sense the location of her sisters. Piper was consumed with anger when she learned that Leo might have to leave her and Wyatt to assume his new position as an Elder, but eventually both of them realized that Leo needed to act for the sake of the greater good.

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.

Piper was able to pull Excalibur out of the Stone, and Mordaunt had manipulated her to enlist a few demons to become her knights, so he can steal their powers to take control of the sword so he can kill the real owner of the sword -- Wyatt. Piper and her sisters were able to stop him, and decided to put the sword away to someplace safe.

Piper had befriended the ugly Beast that kidnapped her so he can get back his son.

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.

When Piper and Leo became stranded in the ghostly plane with Leo shot by a darklighter's arrow and no one around to heal him, their defenses finally came down. When Leo told Piper that he still loved her, they ended up spending the night together. Because his presence at the manor had put his son at risk to the darklighter, Leo finally realized that he needed to take his place as an Elder. So when Paige and Phoebe told Piper that because she and Leo had slept together that Piper was pregnant with Chris, Piper felt that she could not tell Leo about their new son because he had finally been able to accept his new destiny.

Piper had decided to go to Magic School while she was pregnant, since she had protective field and demons couldn't attack her.

The idea of Wyatt being threatened drew Piper and Leo closer together.

Piper had gone into labor with Chris, and while she was at the hospital, she was losing a lot of blood, but she was able to deliver Chris, alive. With Chris being born, Piper and Leo could finally be a family once again.

Piper and Leo were possessed by two Hindu Gods. Piper was possessed by Shakti, the Goddess of Creation, and gained four extra arms and the power to generate electricity.

Piper, Phoebe, and Paige were turned into quarrelling teenagers by Grams.

The Angel of Death had recruited Piper to help him collect more souls to cross over.

Piper could not understand how Leo could make such a tremendous comeback, but she was willing to accept Leo back into her life once again, despite the fact that he told her that he was an Avatar.

But after the world of the Avatars failed, Leo had to deal with the Elder punishment. In the 150th episode, she received help in the form of Phoebes past love, Cole. He helped her and Leo get back together for good (which also made Leo mortal) and restore Phoebe's faith in love.

Piper and her sisters destroyed Zankou and the nexus. Now the normal people and the demons think they are dead. It will be their chance to finally get a normal life.

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