5 reasons Poppy on The Magicians is nothing like Charlie on Supernatural

THE MAGICIANS (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy) Acquired by NBC Media Village
THE MAGICIANS (Photo by: Eric Milner/Syfy) Acquired by NBC Media Village /
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Felicia Day may play both The Magicians’ Poppy and Supernatural’s Charlie, but that’s where the similarities end.

Felicia Day’s character Poppy debuted on The Magicians last night. One of the best things as a Supernatural fan who is still hurt over the loss of Charlie is that Day is finally back on a show adore. She could have played the big bad and I would have happily tuned in.

The actress is the only real similarity between the two characters, though. Poppy and Charlie are completely different from each other. Well, okay, they are both quirky characters, but that’s something Day brings to all her characters. Here are the five reasons the two characters are nothing alike.

Photo credit: The Magicians/Syfy by Eric Milner Acquired via NBC Media Village
Photo credit: The Magicians/Syfy by Eric Milner Acquired via NBC Media Village /

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Poppy is extremely confident

Do you remember when Charlie first graced our screens? She was nervous and shy. While she loved her music and would act like a complete loveable nerd in private, when she was around others she tended to fold into herself. The strongest in her earlier episodes we saw was when she was LARPing.

Poppy is nothing like the shy Charlie. She’s more like the Charlie that comes back from Oz. Poppy is confident and sure of herself. If something happens, Poppy has no qualms about jumping straight in. It’s fun seeing Day get a chance to play a character like this in more detail.

Poppy already knows all about magic

In The Magicians it was soon clear that Poppy was a former Brakebills student. She was actually a graduate in demonology, and that has certainly become useful. Poppy knows all about magic and how to handle situations that are thrown at her.

When Charlie was first introduced, she had no idea the supernatural world existed. She learned about the leviathans and then about vengeful spirits and then about monsters and evil humans and more. It was fun to see that character growth, but she never really got to show everything she could do once she understood it all. With Poppy, we get a chance to see more.

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Photo credit: The Magicians/Syfy by Eric Milner Acquired via NBC Media Village
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Poppy is a little more twisted than you would initially think

When The Magicians first introduced Poppy, she was kind and sweet. It looked like a good partnership developing between her and Quentin. Then came the twist. Day did warn us about this. Poppy isn’t necessarily going to be someone you want on her side. She looks out for herself and will make twisted decisions because of that.

Charlie would never have hurt others just to get her own way. Well, when Charlie was split in two, she did, but that was completely different. The real Charlie—the one we loved from her introduction in Season 7—always put others first. She literally died putting the Winchesters first. Poppy will never likely do something like that.

Poppy will say what’s on her mind

Worried about beating around the bush with Poppy? You don’t need to. Where Charlie on Supernatural was sometimes afraid to air her thoughts, worried about what others would think or say, Poppy isn’t. Poppy is a woman who will speak freely, regardless of who is in the room. This will certainly cause some problems, but it’s refreshing to see Day in this sort of role.

It would be interesting to see Poppy and Margo up against each other. After all, Margo has a very similar personality.

Photo credit: The Magicians/Syfy by Eric Milner Acquired via NBC Media Village
Photo credit: The Magicians/Syfy by Eric Milner Acquired via NBC Media Village /

Poppy encourages others to be upbeat

Charlie was an upbeat character at times. She had her quirks and was fun to watch, but Poppy takes things to a new level. Poppy is able to make those brooding around her more cheerful and happy. She’s able to pull Quentin out of his broodiness, and nobody has really been able to do that, except possibly Julia.

This can be a good thing, but it may be tiring for other characters. Being forced to be chipper when that’s just not your personality and forced to come out of your shell is difficult.

Next: Why Charlie's death was the worst thing Supernatural could do

Did you catch Poppy on The Magicians? How excited were you to see Day back on your screens? What did you think of the different personality? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Magicians continues on Wednesdays at 9/8c on Syfy, with Day in at least the next two episodes.