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Christy: "How could you?"
Billie: "Christy, please. It's over. Just come home."
— Christy and Billie moments before Christy's death.[src]

Christy Jenkins was the firstborn daughter of Carl and Helen Jenkins and the older sister of Billie Jenkins. Both Christy and her sister were latent witches who inherited their magic from their maternal grandmother, and manifested their powers only in adolescence.

Despite seemingly starting off as an innocent and later protegee of the Charmed Ones, Christy was eventually revealed to be on the side of the Triad, blinded by their lies. She manipulated Billie into turning against the Charmed Ones, culminating in a battle where she was killed when refusing to give up her misguided fight.

History

Early Life

Christy was born in 1984 to Carl and Helen Jenkins, and her maternal grandmother was a witch. A few years later, she became the older sister to Billie in 1986. Billie and Christy had a typical sisterly relationship, as they fought like "cats and dogs". Christy loved to get Billie in trouble and was very sneaky about it, as it took Carl and Helen a while to figure it out. Christy was described by Helen as "adoring Billie, and no one could pick on Billie, except for Christy". Christy was revealed to have been "hearing voices", indicating that her telepathy had kicked in before she was abducted.

Captivity

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Christy the night she was taken.

When she was seven years old, Christy was kidnapped by a demon named Reinhardt and placed under the supervision of Scather Demons. The Scathers kept Christy safe in the Underworld in preparation for the return of the Triad, a trio of powerful upper-level demons.

The Triad masterminded Christy's kidnapping because they knew that she and her younger sister would eventually grow up to be extremely powerful witches, and believed that they were the key to the "Ultimate Power". They believed that if they were able to harness the sisters' power, it would be enough to tip the scales from good to evil. Over her years in captivity, they brainwashed Christy, and trained her to believe that evil was good and vice versa, with the help of Dumain, a demon who had been Christy's imaginary friend. They hoped that Christy and Billie would be able to stand against the forthcoming Charmed Ones. Eventually, they planned for the two sets of sister witches to kill each other, drastically tipping the scales in the favor of evil.

After Her Rescue

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Christy at the manor.

After an encounter with a demon that brought back suppressed memories about her sister's kidnapping, Billie began searching for Christy in 2006. After mastering her Projection power, Billie found Christy in the Underworld. With the help of the Charmed Ones, Billie began teaching Christy how to reintegrate and to control her powers. At one point, Christy was kidnapped again by the same Scather demons sent by the Triad, though Billie went back to save her. While they were in the Underworld, Billie convinced Christy to break free. Together, with Christy's pyrokinetic powers and Billie's telekinetic powers, they then vanquished the demons.

Working with the Triad

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Christy summoning the Triad and warning them of danger.

Unknown to Billie and the Charmed Ones, Christy was working together with the Triad. After years of failed attempts to kill the sisters by the Triad and the Source of All Evil, Dumain convinced the Triad to release Christy, with the goal of turning Billie against the Charmed Ones. He believed that if Christy succeeded in convincing Billie that the Charmed Ones were evil, their magic combined with the Triad's would be more than the Charmed Ones could handle. He also believed both sets of sisters would die in the ensuing battle, allowing the Triad to return. The Triad agreed with his plans and promised to make Dumain one of them should it succeed.

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At Magic School

While the Charmed Ones originally believed that the Triad were the major threat they were supposed to face, they learned this was not the case when Leo was not returned by the Angel of Destiny after two of them were vanquished. Candor, the last member of the Triad, reminded Christy that Billie was the "Ultimate Power" and she had to "save" her from the Charmed Ones. When Candor suspected that Christy was wavering after reuniting with Carl and Helen, he sent Noxon Demons to kill her parents. When Christy disocvered this, she angrily killed him. Before Candor died, he told Christy that she had passed her "final test."

Christy later saws an opening to turn Billie against the Charmed Ones when it seemed that they were more concerned with finding Leo than tracking down the Noxons. With Dumain's help, she convinced Billie that the Charmed Ones were selfish and that they needed to be stopped before their powers corrupted them and their progeny. To help her see this, Christy and Billie used a crystal to put the sisters to sleep, allowing Billie to enter their minds and see their inner desires.

The Ultimate Power

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Christy and Billie summon the Hollow.

Billie and Christy faced the Charmed Ones in the manor with both sides empowered by the Hollow. It took "Charmed power" to summon the Hollow, so Billie and Christy used Wyatt Halliwell to summon it as well. The sisters then took Wyatt's powers. As a result, both sets of sisters were evenly matched when they faced each other. The power between them shot out in all directions, blowing up the manor and killing Phoebe, Paige and Christy, leaving Billie and Piper as the only survivors. After the battle, the Hollow returned to its containment.

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Christy and Billie after absorbing the Hollow

Following this destruction, the Angel of Destiny brought back Leo, who stopped Piper from killing Billie. After leaving the destroyed manor, Billie returned to Magic School with Dumain. He suggested that she project herself into the past so they could get the Hollow before the Charmed Ones did. When Dumain tried to get her to focus on the Triad rather than her sister, Billie realized that she and Christy had been tricked and returned to the side of the Charmed Ones.

Leo and Piper went back in time to fix what happened, and with the help of Piper's grandmother Penny and mother Patty recreated the Power of Three to send away the Hollow just as the battle started. Billie, who also traveled back in time, told Christy that they were being used, and tried to persuade her to reverse their course. Christy refused and went back to Magic School, even after Billie told her Dumain tried to get her to go to the Triad first. A disillusioned Billie then realized her sister had turned into a killer, and that Christy was manipulating her as well.

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Christy's vanquish at the hands of her sister, Billie.

Dumain stole Coop's ring, and he and Christy used it to travel back in time to warn the Triad about the possibility of the Charmed Ones getting the Hollow. Just as they arrived, Billie and the Charmed Ones arrived using Billie's projection power, and vanquished the Triad and both past and present Dumain. Billie tried one last time to convince Christy to reject her vendetta. In an act of rage, Christy launched a huge fireball at Billie and the Charmed Ones. Billie telekinetically deflected it back at Christy in self-defense, killing her. Billie immediately broke down in tears, as she was forced to kill her own sister.

Powers and Abilities

Basic Powers
  • Spell Casting: The ability to cast spells and perform rituals.
  • Potion Making: The ability to brew potions.
  • Scrying: The ability to locate a person or object by the use of a scrying crystal and a map.
  • Mediumship: The ability to see and commune with spirits of the dead.
Active Powers
  • Telepathy: The ability to read the minds of others and communicate mentally. Christy's telepathy was shown to be one of the most advanced forms of this power seen in the show. It allowed her to hear and project her own thoughts, sense incoming demonic attacks, and communicate mentally between dimensions, which in turn enables her to be in constant touch with the Triad.
    • Clairaudience: The ability to mentally hear what people outside natural hearing range are saying. Using this, Christy was able to eavesdrop on the Charmed Ones' conversation from Magic School.
    • Channeling: The ability to channel the powers of other beings in order to use them once they are activated. Christy was able to channel the Charmed Ones' spell while she was in psychic contact with them.
  • Pyrokinesis: The ability to create and manipulate fire with the mind. As a Firestarter, Christy could mentally cause objects and beings to burst into flame. She was exceptionally skillful in using this power, being able to ignite objects with remarkable precision and control. For example, she once reduced a demon to ash while not harming the surrounding area, and burned a rope tying her hands behind her back while blindfolded without burning herself. She was also able to free herself from a Crystal Cage by focusing her power on it, killing a nearby demon and throwing a former Triad member a considerable distance in the resulting blast. When augmented by Billie, her pyrokinesis was even powerful enough to vanquish even demons thought invincible.
    • Fireballs: The ability to produce and throw balls of fire. After developing her powers, Christy displayed the ability to generate large fireballs and propel them through the air unsupported.
    • Incineration: A rare and powerful ability to instantly incinerate another being with the wave of a hand or by focusing directly on them.
  • Super Strength: The ability to possess strength beyond humanly possible. Despite it never being truly confirmed, it was possible that Christy might have possessed superhuman strength, as she was able to impale a member of the Triad with her bare arm.
Other Powers
  • High Resistance: The ability to possess high resistance to magical and physical harm, allowing users to survive otherwise lethal powers such as Fireballs.

Notes and Trivia

  • Christy's true nature is a source of much debate within the fandom, as some believe her to be evil, while others view her as misguided due to being raised and manipulated by evil. Reasons for this include;
    • In Christy's warped vision, she truly believed to be doing the right thing, as she believed the sisters were too selfish and corrupted by power to serve the greater good.
    • Although she was raised by them, the Triad feared losing control over Christy if she got too close to the sisters and her parents. Additionally, Christy was outraged when her parents were murdered.
    • During the final battle, Christy had no qualms about using Wyatt for his powers. She was also still determined to kill the sisters after Billie revealed Dumain and the Triad were using them.
    • Once Billie turned on her, Christy attempted to kill even her own sister for her perceived betrayal, causing Billie to realize she was beyond reason.
  • In Season 9, Prue Halliwell revealed that the only reason Christy and her sister were able to stand against the Charmed Ones was because Prue was still bound to the Charmed prophecy in death, holding them back from reaching their true power.
  • Since Tyler Michaels was revealed to be an Archai in season 10, Christy is the only known Firestarter of the series. 

Appearances

Christy Jenkins appeared in a total of 10 episodes throughout the course of the series.

References

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