List of Wizards of Waverly Place characters

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Harper Finkle
Wizards of Waverly Place character
First appearance"Crazy 10-Minute Sale" (broadcast order and production order)
Last appearance"Who Will Be The Family Wizard"
Created byTodd J. Greenwald
Portrayed byJennifer Stone
Rachel Dratch
(older Harper) [in "Future Harper"]
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Nickname(s)"What's Her Face" (by Dean Moriarty),
"Harpo" (by Madgalena Larkin),
"Finkle" (by Mr. Frenchy, in "Fashion Week" and Dean Moriarty in "Wizards VS. Vampires: Dream Date")
GenderFemale
OccupationWaitress
(at the Waverly Sub Station)
Tribeca Prep Student(graduated; seasons 1 - 4)
Fashion Designer's Assistant
Chicken at a roller rink
Author
(in "Future Harper")Employee at a Yogurt Shop
FamilyElaine Finkle (mother)
Marty Finkle (father)
unnamed younger brother
Franny (grandmom)
Significant other(s)Justin Russo (crush; season 1-3),
Zeke Beakerman (boyfriend; season 3-present)
 
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The Wizards of Waverly Place cast of season two. (Left to right) David Henrie as Justin Russo, Jake T. Austin as Max Russo, Jennifer Stone as Harper Finkle, Selena Gomez as Alex Russo, David DeLuise as Jerry Russo and Maria Canals Barrera as Theresa Russo. - Can also use cursor to identify.

The following is the list of characters of Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place.

The series centers on the fictional characters of the Russo family, which includes Alex (Selena Gomez), her older brother Justin (David Henrie) and their younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin). The three Russo siblings are wizards in training and live with their Italian-American father Jerry (David DeLuise), a former wizard, and their Mexican-American mother, Theresa (Maria Canals Barrera) who is a mortal. Alex's best friend Harper (Jennifer Stone) also found out about the Russos' wizard powers in season 2. The siblings have to keep their secret safe while living in the mortal world. When they become adults, the three siblings will have a wizard competition to decide who will become the family wizard of their generation and keep his or her wizard powers. Harper used to have a crush on Justin, but now is in love with Justin's best friend, Zeke, who finds out about the Russo's wizard powers in season 4. Alex Russo (Selena Gomez) and Justin Russo (David Henrie) are the only characters to appear in every episode of the series.

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Main characters

Alex Russo

Alex Russo (Selena Gomez) is the only female out of the three Russo siblings, and the middle child. She is sly, rebellious, outgoing, and usually underachieves when it comes to school. She often gets into trouble because of her constant schemes (usually involving magic). She is part Latina and part Italian. Even though she is infamously known for doing the worst in wizard studies and school, and relentlessly torments her older brother Justin, Alex became much more mature throughout the series. Although she's relatively lazy, Alex is very smart. She becomes the Russo family wizard at the end of the series.

Justin Russo

Justin Russo (David Henrie) is Alex's older brother, and the oldest of the three Russo siblings. He is very smart, and is often considered a nerd. He is in numerous clubs and has learned over 5000 spells. He continues his wizard studies in a Monster Hunting course. Unlike Alex, he is an overachiever when it comes to school. He is unathletic, and is very obedient and respectful to his parents and other adults. Justin is responsible, sensible, kindhearted and hardworking. His long-term relationship was with Juliet, a teenage vampire he fell in love with but broke up with her when she became slave to a mummy. Later in the episodes Alex tells the world and Justin's level moves down, so he makes a class with students who got kicked out of WizTech and later falls in love with an angel called Rosie. After telling the truth that he didn't win the wizard competition, Professor Crumbs asks him to take his place. Justin is now the headmaster of WizTech in Professor Crumbs' place. Later in the series he got back together with Juliet.

Max Russo

Max Russo (Jake T. Austin) is the youngest of the three Russo siblings, he is the naive younger brother, who at the beginning of the series is an underachiever (when it comes to wizard school), being far behind his siblings in his magic lessons (as seen in "Potion Commotion"). Even though his full name, Maximilian, is stated by his grandma, he mentions his name is Maximum in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. In a cut scene from "Helping Hand", it is revealed that Max's middle name is Justin, but they didn't tell him to keep him from getting confused. He also made a sandwich called "To the Max". Max, in season 4 has a greater chance to become the family wizard because he is ahead of both Alex and Justin now, also the fact that he is "Maxine" for a short time until the episode "Back to Max". He is now the only mortal Russo sibling, having lost the competition, but he is happy with his new life without magic because this means he can now own the sub station.

Harper Finkle

Harper Finkle
Wizards of Waverly Place character
First appearance"Crazy 10-Minute Sale" (broadcast order and production order)
Last appearance"Who Will Be The Family Wizard"
Created byTodd J. Greenwald
Portrayed byJennifer Stone
Rachel Dratch
(older Harper) [in "Future Harper"]
Information
Nickname(s)"What's Her Face" (by Dean Moriarty),
"Harpo" (by Madgalena Larkin),
"Finkle" (by Mr. Frenchy, in "Fashion Week" and Dean Moriarty in "Wizards VS. Vampires: Dream Date")
GenderFemale
OccupationWaitress
(at the Waverly Sub Station)
Tribeca Prep Student(graduated; seasons 1 - 4)
Fashion Designer's Assistant
Chicken at a roller rink
Author
(in "Future Harper")Employee at a Yogurt Shop
FamilyElaine Finkle (mother)
Marty Finkle (father)
unnamed younger brother
Franny (grandmom)
Significant other(s)Justin Russo (crush; season 1-3),
Zeke Beakerman (boyfriend; season 3-present)

Harper Finkle (Jennifer Stone) is best friends with Alex Russo, and always used to have a crush on her brother, Justin Russo, but now is in a relationship with Zeke Beakerman, Justin's nerdy best friend. Harper is a typical teenager, being self-expressive, but a little insecure at times. Unlike Alex, she is a hard-working student and a fairly positive person, but still connects well with Alex. Jennifer Stone does not appear as Harper in "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" (which was actually the first episode produced, but the sixth episode broadcast—the episode was aired out of production order).

Harper is known for her outrageous fashion ensembles that she designs herself, most of which are "food-themed", such as one outfit seen in the season one episode "Credit Check" which resembled a cupcake. No one ever tells her that her fashion designs are(for the most part) ridiculous. Not only does she create her own clothes but she also makes her own jewelry as seen in the episode "Art Museum Piece", when she starts a booth selling her necklaces made of macaroni, glitter, and knobs from Alex's room. Despite her unseemly fashion choices, she believes it is better to stand out as an individual, and is confident that she will excel at whatever she tries, no matter what people think, and has a habit of laughing out loud when the atmosphere gets tense.

She is oblivious of the fact that Alex, Max and Justin are wizards until the episode "Harper Knows" when Alex finally told her because she felt guilty for not telling the truth to her best friend. This was also the first time Harper experienced the use of magic when Alex gave her a charmed costume with super powers. She is often paranoid of Alex's schemes, especially after she finds out about magic, but reluctantly gets involved anyway. Despite Alex's controlling and manipulative behavior, Harper always sees the good side in Alex and is willing to be accepting of her due to their friendship, to the point where she was the only person who believed that Alex wouldn't participate in a plot that, if successful, would prevent young wizards losing their powers in the Competition. She has known Alex since kindergarten and is always there when Alex needs support. In season three it is revealed that Harper is a cheerleader, which is the only secret Harper has ever kept from Alex, largely due to Alex's typical disdain and mocking attitude towards cheerleaders.

Harper's parents are featured in "Wizards vs Finkles" as traveling showpeople from Romania. They ask Harper to rejoin them for shows but Harper refuses, happy with her life with the Russos while Alex, fascinated with their lifestyle, accept in Harper's place. In the end the commitment and hard work drives Alex away, with Harper's parents leaving for Youngstown, Ohio, for a new gig on good terms with Harper and the rest of the Russos. In "Meet the Werewolves" it is revealed that Harper was born in Nebraska, backstage in a night club, most likely at one of her parent's shows. In "Wizards vs. Vampires: Tasty Bites", when Alex is so fed up with her family's new healthy living, she says, "I'm so desperate, I'm thinking about going to Harper's house", meaning that Harper's house is wild. In "Alex Does Good", Harper blurts out, "It's about time I got some appreciation Mom!", claiming that her mom doesn't appreciate her. Harper moves in with Alex and the Russos in Season three, most likely because of her home. (Although it was also motivated by her father's recent transfer to Pittsburgh and her unwillingness to leave Alex).

In the episode "Future Harper", it's revealed that Harper becomes a famous author, who writes books based on the Russo's wizard adventures, and writes under the name "H.J. Darling" (parody of J. K. Rowling). Alex, Justin, and Max find this out when they go to confront the author of the books (seven books in the series Charmed and Dangerous) that mysteriously mimic their lives. As the older Harper (Rachel Dratch) tells them, she writes her books in the present day because in the future, wizards and magic in general have been outed, and books about magic are no longer so interesting. She doesn't tell the Russo kids who it was that revealed the existence of wizards, other than it happens to be one of the three; the Russos suspect it to be Max (though in a later episode the Russo's are questioned by the government and they trick Justin into revealing that wizards exist); and that she came back in time with the aid of one of the most powerful wizards of all time. This is presumed to be the winning Russo. It's unknown if she ever married someone with the last name Darling, or if she just uses the name H.J. Darling as a way to keep her identity safe in the present day.

In the episode "Third Wheel", after it's discovered Stevie is a wizard, Alex starts hanging out with her more, neglecting Harper. Later in the episode, Harper confronts Alex on how she has been feeling left out. This leads to a heated argument, where Harper reveals her insecurities about how Alex is always taking her for granted and yet she never holds it against her. During this argument, they end up destroying the Homecoming float, which Justin tricked Harper into helping him build by disguising himself as Alex. Mr. Laritate witnesses this and threatens to have Alex expelled. For the sake of their friendship, Harper takes all the blame. Mr. Laritate believes her, considering that Alex never tells the truth, and punishes Harper with one week of detention. Later, Alex somehow sneaks into the detention room and apologizes for what happened. Forgiving her, Harper explains that she only did it because even if Stevie is Alex's new best friend, it's not going to keep her from being a friend to Alex. Alex compassionately says that her relationship with Harper is much stronger than it is with Stevie, by saying that Stevie is her friend, but Harper is her sister. When Stevie later appears to recruit Alex to aid her in a plot to destroy the power transference technology and thus prevent any younger wizards from losing their powers in the competition, Harper continues to believe that Alex will come through and do the right thing even when Justin is convinced that Alex has gone evil. Alex warmly thanks Harper for her faith in her after her true agenda is revealed when she freezes Stevie and allows Stevie's brother Warren to inherit his full powers.

At times Jerry and Theresa like to take credit for Harper being their daughter, as in the episode Marathoner Helper. Justin then says, "C'mon she's not your daughter." And as Alex walks in eating a hot dog with cereal he says, "That's your daughter."

She usually shouts 'See ya in PE' and screams when she is scared or nervous. In Helping Hand, she screams while laughing stating she is scared and happy.

Theresa Russo

Theresa Russo
Wizards of Waverly Place character
First appearance

"Crazy 10-Minute Sale" (broadcast order),
"You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" (production order)

Last appearance"Who Will Be The Family Wizard"
Created byTodd J. Greenwald
Portrayed byMaria Canals Barrera
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GenderFemale
OccupationCo-owner of Waverly Sub Station,
waitress
Spouse(s)Jerry Russo
ChildrenJustin Russo (oldest son),
Alex Russo (daughter/middle child),
Max Russo (youngest son)

Theresa Magdalena Margarita Russo,[1] played by Maria Canals Barrera, is the mother of Alex, Justin and Max Russo and co-owner of the Waverly Sub Station, with her husband Jerry; and is also the slightly more serious one of the couple. Theresa is Mexican American.[2]

Theresa Russo is a typical mother. She's fussy, caring and can be pretty embarrassing. Unlike her children, she is a mortal. She dislikes magic, probably because she was once possessed by a wizard's love spell for twelve years. Theresa lives on Waverly Place in Manhattan with her husband (and former wizard) Jerry Russo (David DeLuise) and her children: middle daughter Alex Russo (Selena Gomez), eldest son Justin Russo (David Henrie), and youngest child Max Russo (Jake T. Austin). She owns a sandwich shop called the Waverly Sub Station with her husband in which her children work. She is overprotective of Justin and Max, but Max especially. She tries to relate with her kids but it doesn't always work.

Theresa stated that she is a "Proud Latina" and tries to get her children to learn about her and their Mexican heritage. In season one's "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet", Theresa states that she once played guitar in an all-girl mariachi band — though when Justin says "I didn't know you played the guitar", Jerry says "she doesn't" – implying that Theresa is not a very good guitar player. This is shown in season 3.

At times, Theresa can be somewhat controlling of her kids and their lives; for example, in "Quinceañera", she completely takes control of the plans for Alex's Quinceañera fifteenth birthday party and turns it into the party that she wants. She refuses to listen to Alex's objections all because she herself never got to have a Quinceañera of her own. This eventually gets so irritating to Alex that she casts a spell to switch bodies with her mother, partially so Theresa would be able to have the Quinceañera that she never got to have. In the end, however, Theresa realizes her mistake and allows Alex to have the party that she wants. Theresa wanted a much girlier Quinceanera (much to Alex's dismay) which is what Theresa likes, which shows you a girlier and more innocent side of her. For example, in 'Doll House' Alex tries to clear out the basement to make her own art studio, and distracts her family with their favorite things from the past. Alex then shows Theresa her old poster of Shaun Cassidy, which is covered with lipstick.

Theresa is the reason why Jerry could not keep his wizard powers. Since wizards are not allowed to marry non-wizards, Jerry chose to give up his powers to his younger brother Kelbo in order to marry Theresa, as was revealed in season one's "Alex in the Middle" – previously unbeknownst to Justin, Alex and Max, when it is revealed that in his family's wizard competition that Jerry was originally the one who got to keep his magic powers. However, Jerry says he does not regret marrying her.

It has been mentioned several times that Theresa hates magic. Being mortal, she finds it difficult to live in a house full of wizards, especially when her children (and sometimes, Jerry) misuse magic in the house, most notably when the boys of the family want to play indoors and either directly or indirectly end up destroying a prized lamp she owns, which always ends up repaired. An example of this is in season one's "Art Museum Piece", when a spell which causes Theresa to go through objects wears off—and she accidentally walks into the front door and she exclaims "I hate living with wizards!" She has also been shown to have very little concern for major issues in the magical world, which don't concern her since she isn't a wizard (including issues that involve her kids losing their powers). She also can be annoyed by the magic futility, was visible in "All bout You-niverse", when Alex broken a magical mirror (and thus trapping herself in a parallel universe), Theresa find out that fix a magical mirror is no different of fix a normal mirror, prompting to she remarks "Magic is Lame". Despite this, when Alex and Justin's antics cause Max to fail the wand quiz in "My Tutor, Tutor", Theresa lends a sympathetic ear to his problem (even supporting his plans to get revenge), and even told Alex to use her magic to make their haunted house scarier in "Halloween". In "Positive Alex", Theresa and Jerry realized that Alex had put a spell on herself to become positive, and they agree to do nothing against it, because they believe that there's nothing wrong in being positive, though they quickly change their minds when the newly optimistic Alex turns out to be unbearably annoying. Ironically in "Retest", despite constantly hit in her family face how their attempts to maintain their magic could be fruitless, she ended up giving a lecture to Megan about how she is going too far in her selfishness and that she, not Jerry, was wrong in their argument about the family powers. But when Megan clearly states that she won't apologize over her actions, Theresa freely added that she isn't a member of the Russo's family anymore, and leaves her for good.

Though normally, Theresa is a kind and caring mother, but she has a prevalent selfish side. For example, in "Retest", when Alex, Max, and Justin were upset over the possibility of losing their powers, Theresa relished the thought of having a normal family, going so far as to suggest turning the wizard lair into a den and, although she has no intention in hurting them, Theresa often hints this fact in a very unkind form. Similarly, in "Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place", she openly refused to let Justin date Juliet at first and freely stated she cared more about her business than her children's happiness, which even Alex was appalled and disgusted by. Alex then cut into the argument as Justin was losing it badly against their parents and fixed everything up, ending with Justin able to date Juliet and their parents happy. In "Marathon Helper", Theresa was too shamed and upset with her family's lack of physical attributes that she said none of her own children are members of her family, openly added Harper is her only daughter, since Harper had taken it on herself to be involved in healthy activities, and later, she goes farther, hurting Justin's feelings by she saying she was not proud of his academic success. Both in "Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place 2" and in "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," she openly remarks since she is the Russos' mother, she doesn't need to care about their opinions and in more than one occasion, she arrogantly expressed the belief that she is immune to the Wizard Rules, since that she isn't (unfortunately, the "Wizard" Rules apply to all normal and supernatural beings that is aware of the Wizard World.). In the episode "Alex's Logo", she was referred to as popular in school, though it turns out she was the first girl admitted to a formerly all-boys school. In "Uncle Ernesto," it is her birthday and Alex encourages her to invite her brother.

Jerry Russo

Jerry Russo
Wizards of Waverly Place character
First appearance"Crazy 10-Minute Sale" (broadcast order),
"You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" (production order)
Last appearance"Who Will Be The Family Wizard"
Created byTodd J. Greenwald
Portrayed byDavid DeLuise
Information
GenderMale
OccupationCook, waiter, former Russo Family Wizard
TitleOwner of Waverly Sub Station
Spouse(s)Theresa Russo
ChildrenJustin Russo (oldest son),
Alex Russo (daughter/middle child),
Max Russo (youngest son)

Jerome Pepe "Jerry" Russo[1] is the father of Alex, Justin and Max Russo and co-owner of the Waverly Sub Station, with his wife Theresa (whom he accidentally insults on occasion). He is also a former wizard, who chose to give up his powers to marry his wife Theresa, a mortal, due to a rule forbidding wizards to marry mortals. Jerry is Italian American.[3]

Jerry Russo is the average father. He is stern, protective and is annoyed by Alex and Max constantly, and even by Justin occasionally. Unlike his children, he does not have powers any more; nonetheless, his children inherited their powers from him, with Max having a fascination of the magic normal humans can do such as microwave popcorn, Alex being a natural at magic yet using it recklessly, and Justin continually trying to improve his magic through knowledge. Jerry lives on Waverly Place, a street in downtown Manhattan with his mortal wife Theresa Russo (Maria Canals Barrera) and his children: middle daughter Alex Russo (Selena Gomez), eldest son Justin Russo (David Henrie), and youngest child Max Russo (Jake T. Austin). He owns a sandwich shop called the Waverly Sub Station with Theresa, where his children work, and, in the season one episode "New Employee" so did Alex's best friend Harper Finkle (Jennifer Stone), although they only did it so they could be together more often. It is mentioned in the season two episode "Make It Happen", that Jerry's original career plan was to be a bull rider. His most popular catchphrase is "But-he-you-she-ALEX!"

Jerry is the typical over-protective father towards his daughter. It was first shown in season one's "First Kiss" when Alex claimed to have had her first kiss. He said "No! She's my little girl! What's his name? I'll make him cry!" (it is almost immediately revealed that Alex lied about having had her first kiss, and when Justin teased her for it, she kissed the first random boy she deemed good enough to kiss in school the next day, who was Matt, giving him a kiss that lasted a few seconds long and catching him off guard by her blunt, surprising way – she had slammed his locker shut when he was using it, right before pulling him by the shirt to direct his face towards hers to be able to kiss – and when he finally recovered from it, he turned around and ran in the direction of Alex, calling out her name to presumably ask her on a date), and continued in "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet" from that same season, when he didn't want to teach her how to ride the carpet because he was afraid she would grow up and leave home. He also was seen putting babyish wallpaper on her walls. When Max is accidentally transformed into a little girl in "Daddy's Little Girl," Jerry is immediately taken in "Maxine" and dotes on her, which does not go unnoticed by a jealous Alex, who tries to get her father's attention to no avail. However, when he becomes aware of Alex's jealousy and sadness, Jerry apologizes to her, explaining that he only did so because Maxine reminds him of Alex when she was little and reassuring her that she will always be his little girl.

He normally isn't OK with her dating, such as in the first season episode "Potion Commotion" when Alex said "That's my new boyfriend!" about her crush Brad Sherwood (Shane Lyons), he said "I'll pick your new boyfriend!" But later on when Brad complimented Jerry, he said "I like your new boyfriend!" When Alex began dating Dean (Daniel Samonas), he liked him at first until Alex revealed Dean wanted to kiss her in season two's "Alex's Brother, Maximan". Jerry said "I never cared for that boy!," when he had just said the other day he liked Dean. When Alex pointed that out he said "That's before I knew he wanted to kiss you! He was using me to get to you! And I fell for it!" In "Alex Charms a Boy" Jerry is no longer overprotective because when he saw Alex and Mason kiss he smiled instead of freaking out, because he knew it was an honest and true relationship. He can be somewhat of a cheapskate; for example, in "Taxi Dance", he is unable to remember the number of the hospital room where Justin was born when he remembers his own lottery ticket number from that same day, and being so cheap that his antics resulted in Theresa giving birth to Alex in a taxicab instead of in a hospital. Notably, before this, Theresa told the kids that Jerry had tried to make her walk to the hospital while she was in labor, to which Jerry replied, "I offered to push you in a shopping cart!". More notable, in "Western Show", when Max's increase of intelligence and maturity make him apply for various colleges, instead of showing happiness for the success of his son, he was upset with the possibility of having to pay for his learning. Additionally, in "Quinceañera," he is reduced to tears when Alex offers to tell him how much her Quinceañera cost.

Jerry is proud of his magical ancestry and teaches his children about the proper uses of magic in "Wizard Training Class" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the lair magically disguised as a food locker in the restaurant. However, his children often disobey his magic rules (Alex, most often being the case), and he has to punish them. He wants his kids to be great wizards, but also wants them to be able to live a life without using their powers since they may not have them in the future, as only one of them will get to keep his/her powers as an adult. Jerry has an younger brother named Kelbo (Jeff Garlin), who is seen in the season one episode "Alex in the Middle", who is the wizard in Jerry's family because Jerry had to give him the powers to marry Theresa.He also has a sister who holds a grudge because Jerry gave is powers to Kelbo and not her. Jerry's children consider him to be more fun than Jerry, and Alex even decides to have Kelbo be her magic teacher, and is revealed to be irresponsible with magic (almost as much as Alex is sometimes) as is shown when Kelbo fails to stop a package of sea chimps that spouts a huge gush of water eventually flooding the wizard lair and turning Kelbo and Alex into sea chimps. Jerry ends up being the one who saves them both, and he reveals a secret that he has kept from Alex, Max and Justin: that he gave up his powers in order to marry Theresa, due to a rule forbidding wizards and mortals from marrying, thus relinquishing his powers to Kelbo in order to marry her. In "Retest" it is revealed that Jerry and Kelbo have a sister, Megan. Megan holds a grudge against Jerry for giving Kelbo his powers instead of her. She lives in an art studio in Paris where she paints pictures. She is similar to Alex because she, like Alex, loves Art and hates hard work, though, unlike Alex, she is unwilling or unable to apologize for her actions. It is most likely their parents are still alive because of references from Alex and Max. Such as in "Future Harper", when Alex is telling Harper about a wizard adventure about her and her brothers, Harper already knows the ending and tells Alex she already told her the story. Alex replies "Oh my gosh I'm starting to sound like Grandma".

Jerry also is a fan of the New York Mets and New York Jets. In several episodes of the series (more so in season one, than in other seasons), Jerry often makes a remark that accidentally insults Theresa, and quickly tries to correct his statement. Such an example is in season one's "Movies", in which Theresa tells Alex that no matter how old she gets that she is not too old to spend time with her family, Jerry responds "Exactly, just look at your mother". Alex then points out that Jerry accidentally called Theresa "old", and he attempts and fails to change the subject.

In Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Jerry gives Justin the family wand and the spell book which Alex steals accidentally wishing her parents never met or fell in love, but it was resolved - ironically by Alex herself, the reckless one out of his three children, who also surprisingly won the Premature Family Wizard competition against Justin, as Justin was the favorite out of the three to win it but lost to Alex, who then gives up her powers so they could compete for their powers when they are old enough.

Recurring characters

The following is a list of recurring characters in the Disney Channel sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place.

Zeke Beakerman

Zeke Beakerman[4] (Dan Benson) is Justin's best friend. Zeke is in the same grade as Justin. He attends Tribeca Prep and is in advanced chemistry along with Justin. He is also part of an Alien Language League; he and Justin often "speak alien" to each other. Zeke's first appearance was in "Movies", but strangely he was known as Zack. They later changed his name to Zeke. He is very impulsive and easygoing. He and Justin are also on the same Quiz Bowl team in "Smarty Pants". Zeke and Justin have tried out for several sports teams, but have apparently failed at all of them. In "Fashion Week", they somehow succeed at talking to models. Zeke got the role of Peter Pan in the school play in "Fairy Tale". In the episode "Wizard For a Day", he is upset when the real aliens do not understand his "alien speak". Zeke and Harper go to "Zombie Prom" together. He is also on the cheer squad, as revealed in "Positive Alex". He runs against Justin in the campaign for Student Body President in "Detention Election", but later he votes for Justin. He continues to assist Justin as student body president. Zeke continues his relationship with Harper in "Alex Russo, Matchmaker?" In "Wizards Unleashed", Zeke and Harper take care of the sub station and share their first kiss. In "Alex Russo, Matchmaker", Zeke is revealed to have hydrophobia and in season 4 he finds out the Russos are wizards.

Mr. Laritate

Mr. Herschel Laritate (Bill Chott) is the principal of Tribeca Prep Sr. High School, which is shown when he calls Alex into the principal's office; humorously, it is shown in "Alex Does Good" that Alex is sent to the principal's office so often that the two have somewhat of a regular routine down, even pouring each other coffee. The last name, Laritate, is a pun of Larry Tate from Bewitched. He loves anything related to the Old West and has decorated his office in that fashion; he also wears a bolo tie. Laritate has an on-and-off relationship with Alex—in that he is disappointed in Alex's lack of work ethic and unwillingness to do well in school, but it is evident that he cares about her through his many efforts to reach out to her. Mr. Lartiate is also the adviser of several activities at the school including the World School Summit at the U.N., Happy Helpers Club and Quiz Bowl, and he teaches a History class and a Marriage and Family class. He once taught the art class. In season two's "Don't Rain on Justin's Parade", Mr. Laritate calls Alex an evil genius, much to Alex's pleasure. He does not have a college degree said in "Franken-Girl". "In Alex's Logo", he is basically Alex's only friend after telling everybody what she really thought of them under a truth spell while giving a speech. It is revealed in this episode he married and has baby named Clementine. After Alex complies it has been a week since the speech and she apologized to everybody she offended. He then embarrassed her on the microphone resulting kids calling her principal's pet. He gave everybody a detention after saying " If anyone throws a T-shirt at me, you all get detention." He also gives Alex detention, during which she smiles at him and says "Thank you". In season 4, Alex crashes his car and he sees how grown up she has become when she admits the truth to him.

Mason Greyback

Mason Greyback (Gregg Sulkin) is first mentioned in Season 2 episode Future Harper when Future Harper tells Alex that she seems irritable and asks if she broke up with Mason yet, implying that she will date a boy named Mason in the future. Mason is first fully introduced as a student in Alex's art class, and as an English boy who has a crush on Alex. They later begin to date. Mason loves to paint. He gives Alex a necklace that lights up when the person who wears it is in love with the person who put it on them. It is revealed that he in fact is a werewolf but doesn't turn Alex into a werewolf when they kiss, because he is a purebred and only mutts turn people into werewolves when they kiss. He helps in the search for Juliet after picking up her scent from her dental floss. It is revealed that he and Juliet used to date (which also reveals Mason doesn't age) and he admits he never stopped loving her, which breaks Alex's heart. She throws away the necklace he gave her and he tries to prove his love for her by going back to the mummy's tomb to find the necklace. Justin, Max, and Juliet come to rescue Alex. Max likes Mason, but Justin hates him for breaking Alex's heart. When Justin tries to make Alex leave the tomb, Mason turns into a werewolf, and starts fighting Justin and Juliet. He is attacking Justin when Juliet bites him, causing him to turn into a wolf permanently. Before his transformation, Alex puts the necklace on him and it lights up. Alex knows now that he truly loves her, but he leaves because as a wolf, he has no control. He leaves the mummy's tomb as he transforms into a wolf. In Wizards Unleashed, it is discovered that Mason has been captured by wizards and being used in TV advertisements. Upon discovering this, Alex manages to retrieve him, and uses magic to revert the transformation, but only succeeds in leaving him with pointy ears, claws, and mass abounds of fur. Though Alex initially has trouble accepting Mason in this new state, she eventually gets over it and Justin manages to fully restore his humanity by playing a magical jawharp at the end of the episode. In "Wizards Exposed," the wizards get caught, and Mason gets caught while he was "admiring his hat." In "Alex Gives Up," they are forced to break up due to a rule that says that werewolves and non-wizards cannot date because the werewolf always ends up eating the human due to their anger management issues. At first, Chancellor Rootie Tootie Tootie appealed the rule, but then Alex, jealous of Lisa Cucuy, who was hitting on Mason, and makes Mason extremely angry by embarrassing him in front of her brother, her parents, and the Cucuy's. Mason then transforms into his half-werewolf form and Chancellor Tootie Tootie, seeing he is incapable of controlling his anger, takes back his appeal, therefore forcing Alex and Mason to break up. In "Journey to the Center of Mason", Mason eats Dean Moriarty (Alex's ex-boyfriend; they broke up when Dean had to move to Ohio) because he is jealous that Alex is spending time with Dean and not him. Alex, Justin, and Max go inside of Mason. While in Mason, Alex,Justin, and Max go into his brain. Alex sees that all Mason does is think about her. When Alex, Justin, and Max come out of him with Dean, Dean leaves because Alex doesn't want him back. After he leaves, Alex and Mason get back together because Alex decided to rejoin the Wizard Competition so she and Mason could be together. In the episode, Dean only refers to Mason as "London Bridges". Mason has the deepest love for Alex and has nicknamed her 'Brown Eyes', 'Little Meatball', and 'Love'. In "Wizard of the Year", Alex breaks up with him for the third time. In the episodes of "Wizards of Apartment 13B", Alex and Harper move in to an apartment on the thirteenth floor where coincidentally Mason is living at. Mason stops at nothing to win Alex back; using Harper's training wand to open Alex's heart to him. Though this turns out for the worse as Alex begins to flirt with an ugly ogre and Felix. In "Ghost Roommate", Mason goes on a date with Lucy, a ghost who is living with Alex and Harper. Alex is jealous that Mason and Lucy went on a date and proceed to find Lucy's long lost true love. Alex is then stuck on the Bermuda Triangle, where magic can't be used. Mason comes to her rescue using Justin's hideous Bermuda shorts. In "Get Along, Little Zombie", Mason is still determined to ask Alex out on a date and even breaking the elevator to spend some time with Alex; exposing the magical thirteenth floor to non-magical residents. Soon, Mr. Laritate discovers the thirteenth floor and gets bitten by a zombie; subsequently gets turned into a zombie. Mason and Alex go on a wild goose chase trying to find Mr. Laritate and end up in a square dance. Alex then realizes that she wants Mason back while Mason was trying to say that maybe he and Alex should just be friends. At the end of the episode, it is shown that Mason and Alex do get back together. In "Who Will be the Family Wizard", Mason comes to the wizard competition to cheer on Alex. He and Juliet meet once again and tell each other no hard feelings from the events that took place in "Wizards vs. Werewolves". Also when Alex loses the competition, he and Alex look deeply saddened due to her losing and ponder breaking up. However, Justin realizes how much Alex needs to win to be happy so reveals she would have won if she hadn't gone back for him and he didn't really win like everyone thought he did. Alex becomes the Russo family wizard and is able to stay with Mason.

Juliet van Heusen

Juliet van Heusen (Bridgit Mendler) is a teenage vampire who falls in love with Justin Russo. The two fight their parents for their love (similar to Romeo and Juliet) and soon are allowed to date. When she was born, her parents let her have a soul so she could socialize in the mortal world, which makes her sweet and down-to-earth, as opposed to most vampires, who are usually heartless and cunning. Juliet is very slow in her development as a vampire, as her fangs have just started to come in. She is very smart and health-conscious and reveals that she wears vanilla-scented perfume to hide her true vampire scent of death and decay. In "Night at the Lazerama", Juliet accompanies Justin on his monster-hunt for a mummy, where they become trapped in the mummy exhibit with a glass roof, in which Juliet falls in danger because of the sunlight, which kills vampires. Justin decides Juliet needs to become the mummy's slave in order to save her life, though he promises to save her one day. The mummy takes Juliet to Transylvania, where she is forcibly imprisoned in suspended animation behind a hieroglyphic, though she never gives up hope that Justin will save her. In "Wizards vs. Werewolves", Justin indeed saves her, and it is revealed that she once dated Mason, Alex's werewolf boyfriend, 300 years ago. When Juliet is scratched by Mason, she is stripped her of her vampire powers, and rapidly ages into an old woman. Because of this, Justin and Juliet are forced to end their relationship. She reveals that she is indeed 2,193 years old, and leaves, making Justin heartbroken. In Moving On, Juliet appears again, happy that Justin has moved on. However, Justin and Juliet reunite towards the end of season 4, Justin having never stopped loving her and Juliet having her vampire powers back thanks to Gorog in order to tempt Justin to join the Dark Side. However, the Russos defeat Gorog and Juliet and Justin are free to be together. Juliet comes back to cheer Justin on at the family wizard competition. When Justin takes Professor Crumbs' place as head master of WizTech, Juliet says she's even happier about that. She and Mason also meet once again and say no hard feelings from the events that took place in "Wizards vs. Werewolves". Justin and Juliet end up being together.

Dean Moriarty

Dean Moriarty (Daniel Samonas) is Alex's boyfriend in the second season. He makes temporary tattoos in the boys bathroom and is interested in cars. In episode Racing he charmed Alex's parents with his car skills. Harper and Justin aren't too fond of him and Jerry seems the same way later on. He can never remember Harper's name. In the episode Alex's Brother Maximan it was shown he likes roller skating and playing with the claw game and winning stuffed animals. The only thing Alex doesn't like about him is that he's horrible at showing his feelings as shown in Saving Wiz Tech Part 1 but it changed in Saving Wiz Tech Part 2. He moved away sometime after that so Alex visited him in his dreams in Wizards vs Vampires: Dream Date she then saw how they were growing apart so they broke up. But he returned in Season 4 "Journey to the Center of Mason" because he wanted to get back together, though she denied it because she likes Mason, and Mason eats him out of jealousy. Dean is later rescued by Alex, Justin, and Max, and learns that Alex has chosen Mason and agrees to back off.

Professor Crumbs

Professor Crumbs (Ian Abercrombie) is the headmaster of WizTech (a reference to Albus Dumbledore). In "Wizard School", he is often seen holding a muffin.(The muffin's crumbs fall in to his beard, hence the name "Crumbs") Professor Crumbs is never seen without his incredibly long beard, even when he was turned into a guinea pig in the episode "Report Card". The only episode where he has been seen without his beard is in part two of season two's "Saving WizTech" when Ronald Longcape, Jr. (Chad Duell) stole the beard. After he was defeated, Crumbs took his beard back. Crumbs is shown how to socialize by Max in "Saving WizTech" and has done some childish things, such as spitting over the edge of the Tower of Evil. In season two's "Saving WizTech", he states that he is 850 years old. He speaks with a British accent, which Alex sometimes makes fun of. Another thing that Alex makes fun of is the fact that he has a smelly beard revealed in Wizards Exposed. In the season 3 finale, he appears to be captured by a government agency with the rest of the wizard elite. However, the season 4 premiere reveals it was all an illusion Crumbs created to "test" Justin and Alex. As each broke it by revealing to government agents and reporters (all also illusions), Crumbs forces them both to start at level 1 of their wizard lessons. In the four-part episode revolving around Floor 13B, Professor Crumbs was surprised about a wizard floor that he did not know of and ended up discovering that Gorog was behind it. Professor Crumbs was captured by Gorog alongside the other inhabitants and was later rescued by the Russos upon Gorog's defeat. In the end of the series finale, Crumbs announces he is retiring, and makes Justin Russo (David Henrie) the new headmaster of WizTech.

Hugh Normous

Hugh Normous (Josh Sussman) was Alex's Wiz Tech friend he first appeared in "Wizard School." He is shown to think of himself as a giant by carrying around tiny things (it's later revealed that his parents are giants). He later appeared in season 2 episode Saving Wiz Tech where he showed Alex his friend Ronald Loncape Jr he later appears in Harper Knows and Hugh's not Normous where he reveals he is adopted, but always reasoned his adoptive parents took him in because his birth parents were the same species. He does not appear in season 3 or the movie. He returned in Ghost Roommate, still thinking he is a giant.

Kelbo Russo

Kelbo Russo (Jeff Garlin) is the uncle of Alex, Justin, and Max, and brother of Jerry and Megan. Unlike Jerry, he is very fun and carefree. Kelbo is a full wizard (Jerry had originally won the competition, but gave up his powers to marry a mortal) who often uses his powers very childishly, and often seems just as irresponsible with them as Alex is with her own. As a recurring gag, in every episode he appears in during the post credits scenes, he makes a prank call to someone. He first appears in "Alex In the Middle", and temporarily becomes Alex's wizard tutor. He reappears in "Retest", it is requested that he, Jerry and their sister Megan re-do their wizard competition, but when Megan refuses, Kelbo hires a magical fish-lawer to help them, but after he informs that there is nothing that he can do, Kelbo decides to move to Atlantis for good. He appears once again in "Dude Looks Like Shakira", and reveals that he is Shakira, but also added that what he has been doing is against the wizard rules, and can no longer control his transformations. The Russos eventually cure him of his illness. Despite his immaturity, naivety and clueless behavior, Kelbo proves to be a very loving and caring uncle, which was visible in his second apparent, and he, unlike Jerry, has no hard feelings for Megan, in fact, he was genuinely happy to see her again. Also in "Dude Looks Like Shakira", Kelbo, in a rare moment of maturity, attempts to confess his crime to the wizard council, even knowing the consequences, in order to free his family from legal issues. Prank calls include: Is your refrigerator running (to Theresa in "Alex in the Middle"), Is your refrigerator running (to Megan in "Retest"), This is the wizards council. We'll be over to break you hands for breaking wizard rules, etc. (to Justin in "Dude looks like Shakira"). It's also shown that he really hates the taste of cinnamon.

Monotone Woman

Monotone Woman (Amanda Tepe) has played numerous characters during the show's first season, as well as one guest appearance in season two. She appears as a random character who speaks with a monotone. Jobs she has held include department store manager, waitress, frozen yogurt store manager, hotel maitre'd, dog show security guard, the information desk lady at Volcano Land (only job in the magic world), art museum security guard, and hot dog vendor. Tepe's only appearance on the show during the second season is in the episode "Wizards vs. Vampires: Dream Date" as the hot dog vendor person. Her name in "New Employee" is Amanda, according to her name tag, but in "Art Museum Piece", her name is Elaine according to Blue Boy. She does not appear in the third and fourth season.

Other recurring characters

. He returned in season 3 with his name changed to Joey. So Justin hired him to serve crepes at a party except he quit when he saw Jerry as a bug.

Minor characters

Film characters

Characters only appear in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.

Guest characters

References

  1. ^ a b Wizards of Waverly Place episode: "The Crazy 10 Minute Sale"
  2. ^ Wizards of Waverly Place episode: "You Can't Always Get What You Carpet"
  3. ^ Wizards of Waverly Place episode: "Quinceañera"
  4. ^ "Smarty Pants", season 2, episode 1 has Zeke in the credits; in "Movies", season 1, episode 9 he is called "Zack".
  5. ^ "The Supernatural", season 1, episode 15, has "Kari Landsdorf" in the credits.