"You didn't think you were the only magical girl in town, did you? The name's Agatha Harkness."
―Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Agatha Harkness is a witch from Salem, Massachusetts, who was accused of practicing dark magic by her own coven during the Salem witch trials. Several hundred years later in 2023, she became enveloped in the Hex, created by Wanda Maximoff. Unfazed by her thrall over the population, Harkness became fascinated and obsessed with attempting to harness Wanda's power. Living under the pretense of the WandaVision sitcom, Harkness posed as the housewife Agnes, a seemingly innocent resident of Westview and Maximoff's nosy neighbor, all the while interfering with her idyllic paradise to her own benefit, by killing Sparky, and possesing an impostor Pietro Maximoff. Having taken on the role of an aunt for Maximoff's twin sons Tommy and Billy Maximoff, Harkness abducted them in an attempt to determine the source of Wanda's power.

Biography

The Salem Witch

Harkness' Trial

"I did not break your rules. They simply bent to my power. Wait. No. I cannot control it! I... If only you would teach me! Help me! Please! Mother, please!"
―Agatha Harkness to Evanora Harkness[src]

Harkness in 1693

In 1693, during the Salem witch trials, Harkness was dragged through the woods by her coven. She begged to be spared but was tied up against a wooden post with magic. Evanora Harkness, her mother, inquired if she was a witch, which she affirmed. Evanora responded by saying she had betrayed her coven, stole knowledge above her place, and practiced the darkest of magic, which Harkness denied.

Harkness is attacked by her mother

The witches tried to kill Harkness with energy beams as Harkness pleaded with Evanora. Harkness continued to cry until her powers took over and she reversed the effect of the beams onto the witches, killing them. Harkness broke free of the post and killed Evanora before taking the brooch off her mother's corpse and flying away.[3]

Westview Anomaly

Welcoming Wanda Maximoff

Harkness arrives in Westview

"Hello, dear. I'm Agnes, your neighbor to the right. My right, not yours. Forgive me for not stopping by sooner to welcome you to the block. My mother-in-law was in town, so I wasn't."
―Agnes to Wanda Maximoff[src]

One day, Harkness sensed a confusing mixture of magical energy coming from the town of Westview. When she arrived there, she discovered it was in a warped reality that appeared like a 50s sitcom, and everyone in it was under the control of former Avenger Wanda Maximoff. Harkness decided she needed to know how Maximoff created this reality, as it was greater than any magic she had seen before, and entered the anomaly, being the only person in it unaffected by it, besides Wanda.

Harkness taking on the identity of Agnes

Harkness decided to sneak herself into Maximoff's family dynamic, under the guise of clueless housewife named Agnes,[4], in order to slowly ease Maximoff out of the fantasy she had made for herself. Agnes was the first neighbor who greeted Maximoff, after she and Vision moved to Westview as a happily married couple. Once Maximoff had introduced herself, Agnes noticed how Maximoff had arranged their belongings so quickly, and Maximoff lied to her that she had used a moving service.

Agnes sharing gossip with Maximoff

Maximoff shared that she was preparing for a special occasion later that day, and instead affirmed Agnes' guess that it was the anniversary of Maximoff and Vision. Agnes' questions about her having no wedding rings and their non-specific anniversary date caught Maximoff off-guard. She offerd to help Maximoff plan their special night, while complaining to her about her deadbeat husband Ralph.

Agnes delivers a pineapple to Vision Residence

Once Wanda realized that her special night was her and Vision treating dinner to Vision's boss Arthur Hart, and his wife Mrs. Hart, she called Agnes to help. Agnes happily agreed, and she arrived at the Vision Residence with a large amount of food, that she and Maximoff could use to cook. She accidentally dropped a pot, which the Harts and Vision overheard. Maximoff rushed out Agnes, so she could use her abilities to cook, despite Agnes' offer to help cook and to exchange gossip.[1]

Committee Meeting

Agnes giving a rabbit to Wanda Maximoff

"Really, how is anybody doing this sober?"
―Agnes to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Agnes had helped Wanda Maximoff and Vision's magic act for the Westview Talent Show, by lending them her pet rabbit, Señor Scratchy, whom she said had previously played Jesus at a Christmas pageant the previous year.

Having exchanged playful banter with Dennis the Mailman, she accompanied Maximoff to a committee meeting Dottie Jones and her group of fellow housewives. She warned Maximoff about Jones' influence on the town, and advised her to get on Jones' good side to make her life easier.

She sat beside Maximoff during the meeting, and later offered alcohol to Beverly, after she was humiliated by Jones. She continued drinking and silently remarked to Maximoff that she was surprised that anyone could stay sober.[5]

Westview Talent Show

Agnes continues disrupting the performance

Agnes was among the audience during the Westview Talent Show, and secretly sabotaged the Magic show of Wanda Maximoff and Vision,[4] which turned comedic due to Vision's intoxication and Maximoff's improvisation. Upon seeing Señor Scratchy on stage, Agnes bragged to the other audience members about the rabbit's star quality.

When Maximoff and Vision brought out the Cabinet of Mysteries, Agnes jokingly offered Ralph to the couple so that he could disappear, which elicited laughs from everybody. With an unintentionally successful show staged by the couple, Agnes was the first to offer a standing ovation among the crowd.[5]

Suspicion about Geraldine

Agnes putting Herb under her control spell

"There's no family. No husband."
"Well, there's nothing wrong with that."
"Hmm... No home."
―Agnes and Vision[src]

Agnes was seen helping Wanda Maximoff buy baby clothes, while they walked through Westview together.[6] Later on, she cast a spell on Herb in order to make him act like he knew about Westview's secret, in order to make Vision suspicious.[4]

Agnes says goodbye to neighbors

When Vision saw them gossiping and approached the two, he deduced that they were talking about something related to them. When Vision tried to leave, Agnes called him over and asked if Geraldine was with Maximoff. She and Herb explain that Geraldine is new to the town, but seems suspicious since has no family nor home in Westview. When Herb tried to explain why Geraldine arrived at town, Agnes stopped him, and instead left the two, saying that she needed to set up her macramé at home.[7]

Babysitter in Need

Agnes offers help

"Do you want me to take that again?"
"I'm sorry?"
"You want me to hold the babies. Should we just take it from the top?"
―Agnes and Wanda Maximoff[src]

With Wanda Maximoff and Vision unable to rest due to their newborn children, Tommy and Billy, Maximoff suggested they need help. Right on cue, Agnes arrived, offering to help them instead of her scheduled jazz-ercise. Agnes' timing aroused Vision's suspicions, which made him tell her not to help them.

Agnes with Vision and Wanda Maximoff

Agnes suddenly shifted in demeanor; she suddenly asked Maximoff if she should repeat her lines and redo the scene from the beginning. This further confused Vision, and shocked Maximoff as she realized Agnes was aware of her created reality as a simulated sitcom. Maximoff declared Agnes would help, so Agnes returned to her persona to take care of the twin babies, using an exercise routine to rock their cribs, spraying lavender on them, and finding dark liquor for the twins.

When the babies suddenly aged themselves up to five years old, Agnes was unfazed, instead contemplating about the uncontrollable nature of children.[2]

Killing Sparky

Agnes later returned to the Vision Residence with exactly the item they need, a new doghouse, which Agnes had brought over after seeing that they have a new pet dog. She subsequently named the family's new dog Sparky.

While Agnes was still there, Wanda Maximoff created a dog tag in Agnes' presence, despite her and Vision's agreement to hide their abilities, attributing to her obliviousness when the boys aged up. When the twins aged again to ten years old, Agnes merely quipped that they hoped Sparky stays the same size.[2]

Agnes holding dead Sparky

When Sparky ran away from the Maximoffs' home, Agnes killed the dog before they could find him.[4] She wrapped him up in a cloth before the Maximoffs arrived at her home, where she broke the bad news, claiming that Sparky had died from eating from her azalea bushes, and that she found him too late.

Agnes then overheard Tommy stating Maximoff could fix the dead, and Agnes asked her if she could resurrect the dead. She then stood by, and agreed as Maximoff advised her children that she could not run away from situations like the boys' aging, or reversing death.[2]

Agnes later brought the fake Pietro Maximoff to the Vision Residence door in order to confuse her further.[4]

Awakened by Vision

Agnes is found by Vision in a trance-like state

"Agnes, it is my intention to reach those outside of Westview and make sense of our situation."
"How? No one leaves. Wanda won't even let us think about it. All is lost."
Vision and Agnes[src]

During Halloween night in Westview, Agnes drove to the outskirts of Westview just nearby the barrier of the Hex. Vision discovered Agnes in her car at an intersection furthest from town, pretending to be frozen in a trance.[4] Agnes told him that she took a wrong turn trying to get to the Town Square Scare, which Vision asked how she got lost in the town she grew up in. Vision decided to use his powers derived from the Mind Stone to take her out of her trance.

Agnes pretends to have a mental breakdown

Agnes then pretended to be shocked to see Vision’s presence, recognizing him as one of the Avengers, and asked if he was here to help. When Vision revealed he didn't know what an Avenger was, Agnes acted confused, asking if she had died. Vision assured her that she had not, and asked her why she would think as much, to which she replied with telling Vision that he himself was dead, as he was killed during the Battle of Wakanda. She later told him that no one could leave Westview and Wanda would not let anyone think about it. She then proceeded to cackle maniacally before Vision put her back in her previous state. Agnes suddenly acted in-character, and drove back towards the center of the city, much to Vision's confusion.[8]

Agatha All Along

Kidnapping Billy and Tommy

Agnes agrees to protect the Maximoff twins

Due to Wanda Maximoff wallowing in her depression, Agnes offered to take Tommy and Billy Maximoff away from her so she could relax. She gave them food and drink whilst letting them watch television, assuring them that their mom would be fine, even though she was not sure herself.[4]

Revealing Her True Self

Agnes comes to assist Wanda Maximoff

"Westview through your lens, Wanda... every little detail in place down to the crown molding. You’re even running illusions miles away at the edge of town. Magic on autopilot. What’s your secret, sister?"
―Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Later, during a confrontation between Wanda Maximoff and Monica Rambeau, Agnes got involved to help Maximoff. She took Maximoff back to her house, and following Maximoff's suspicion concerning where Tommy and Billy Maximoff were, Agnes informed her that the kids were probably playing in the basement.

Harkness reveals herself to Wanda Maximoff

Once Maximoff was down in the basement, she discovered Agnes' lair, moments before being locked in, and Agnes finally revealing herself as the witch, Agatha Harkness. She enthralled Maximoff, revealing herself to have manipulated the recent events, which included controlling Herb, lying to Vision to further distance him from Maximoff, killing Sparky, and sending "Pietro Maximoff" to watch over Maximoff.[4]

Maximoff attempted to read Harkness's mind, but this proved ineffective as Harkness had placed a protection spell around the room with runic symbols and in turn bound Maximoff in magical bonds. She then demonstrated her magical powers to Maximoff including transmutation and mind control and explained to Maximoff that she is capable of performing such magic but on a grander scale. Harkness then demanded to know how Maximoff created the Hex in the first place, but Maximoff was unable to recall how she pulled it off.

Deciding to use a bit more finesse in her interrogation, Harkness plucked a hair from Maximoff's head and used it to open a gateway into Maximoff's memories and to ensure Maximoff would follow her. Harkness revealed she was still holding Tommy and Billy somewhere in her dungeon, and having no other choice Maximoff followed Harkness through the door.

Revisiting Wanda's Past

"It's been fun playing pretend for a while, hasn't it, Wanda? But it's time to look at some real reruns."
―Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff[src]
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Harkness and Wanda Maximoff went through her traumatic life experiences including the death of her parents, HYDRA experimenting on her and her falling in love with Vision as well as her lifelong obsession with sitcoms having grown up watching them in order to learn English. They then witnessed Harkness arriving at S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters and seeing Vision's dead body before going to Westview, where Vision had planned for them to start a life together after the Battle of Wakanda. In her grief, Maximoff created the hex as well as reconstructing Vision seemingly from the Mind Stone.[9]

Westview Confrontation

"Your children, and Vision, and this whole little life you made? This is Chaos Magic, Wanda, and that makes you the Scarlet Witch."
―Agatha Harkness to Wanda Maximoff[src]

Having seen all she needed to put the pieces together Agatha applauded Wanda's display of magic before teleporting outside where she held Tommy and Billy with magical nooses around their throats, Agatha then reveals to Wanda that she is a being long thought to be a myth, a being capable of creating something from nothing with the great power of Chaos magic, Wanda was in fact the Scarlet Witch.[9]

Personality

"I will now make my wife... disappear."
"Are you sure you don't want an audience volunteer named "My husband Ralph?""
Vision and Agnes[src]

Agatha Harkness has been mainly shown by her alias, Agnes. Her quirkiness and humor grant her the main comedic role in the sitcom reality. She is often seen making jokes and comments for comedic relief.

Once she is revealed as the witch Agatha Harkness, her demeanor becomes more sinister, though her personality for the most part seems to be similar to Agnes'.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

"You stole knowledge above your age and station. You practice the darkest of magic."
Evanora Harkness to Agatha Harkness[src]

Master Sorceress: Agatha Harkness is a powerful sorceress capable of manipulating mystical energy for a variety of effects, such as casting spells. Her mystic power manifests as purple energy. According to her, some of her dark powers took years of study to master.

Harkness displaying her dark magic

  • Telekinesis: Harkness was able to close a door with a single movement of her fingers.
  • Mental Manipulation: She was able to make Herb, her neighbor, go along with her plan in confusing Vision. She was also able to control her pet Señor Scratchy. She was able to make Wanda relive her memories using magic via a piece of her hair.
  • Flight: Harkness arrived flying to Westview.
  • Transmutation: Harkness was able to change her appearance and witch costume for that of a normal neighbor. She was also able to change a cicada into a bird and back.
  • Telepathic Immunity: Agatha is immune to telepathic intrusion, as neither Billy Maximoff nor Wanda Maximoff were able to sense her thoughts.
  • Life Draining: Harkness was capable of draining the lifeforces of the witches of her own coven via her magic when they were draining her own.
  • Protection Spells: Using a basic protection spell via magic runes on the walls of the structure beneath her house, Agatha was able to neutralize Wanda's chaos magic. According to her, only the person who cast the spell can use magic in the radius of the protection spell's range.
  • Teleportation: Harkness has the ability to teleport, leaving a distinctive purple smoke each time she uses this ability. She was able to teleport from within the Vision Residence to the street, and at the same time bring Billy and Tommy Maximoff from the basement of her house.
  • Energy Binds: She was able to conjure magical bindings to restrain Billy Maximoff and Tommy Maximoff by their necks.
  • Longevity: Agatha is able to live far beyond a normal human lifespan, having survived for at least 345 years, apparently being in her early 20s in 1693 and still appearing rather youthful in 2023. However, it is currently unknown if Agatha was a victim of The Snap and brought back by Hulk during The Blip, which would put her a few months older than her age in 2018.

Abilities

  • Expert Tactician: Agatha was able to manipulate events within the Westview Anomaly for at least a week, right down to the plots of the sitcom, all while pretending to be enthralled by Wanda Maximoff and hiding her true nature.

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Relationships

Family

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Appearances

Trivia

  • In the comics, Agatha Harkness is a witch who lived through the fall of Atlantis and the Salem witch trials. She was a mentor of Scarlet Witch and the babysitter of Franklin Richards. In the Ultimate Universe she was a foe of the Ultimate Fantastic Four, able to split from one individual to seven.
    • Agnes' marriage anniversary with her husband Ralph (June 2nd), references June 2nd 1692, the day the Salem witch trials began.

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