Witchblade (Sara Pezzini)

Sara Pezzini

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Sara Pezzini
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Sara Pezzini
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics/Top Cow
First appearance Cyblade/Shi #1: The Battle For Independents (1995)
Created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner
In story information
Alter ego Sara Pezzini
Team affiliations NYPD
Notable aliases Pez, Witchblade
Abilities The Witchblade can act like armor, produce energy blasts and form itself into weapons and extra appendages. It also possesses healing properties.

Sara Pezzini is a fictional comic book superheroine and the main character of the comic book and TV series Witchblade, portrayed in the latter by Yancy Butler. She is an NYPD homicide detective. Her life changed when she came into contact with a powerful ancient weapon known as the Witchblade, which bestows its wielder with impressive powers.


  • 1 Fictional character history
  • 2 Other media
  • 3 See also
  • 4 External links

Fictional character history

Sara Pezzini was born November 18, 1970, and is of Italian descent. Her major enemies are Kenneth Irons (whom she briefly dated before discovering his evil nature) and Ian Nottingham. Sara has above average intelligence, and is very athletic. She has police training in hand-to-hand combat, weapons, and tactics.

As one of the current wielders of the Witchblade, Sara has been granted many unique abilities, including the power to heal herself, to create armor over her skin (as the Witchblade tends to rip away all of her clothes), to shoot energy blasts, to extend razor sharp tendrils and even winged flight. She has yet to explore the full limits of the Witchblade, and thus does not know what other mystical abilities it possesses. When not overly active, the Witchblade can assume the form of a bracelet, allowing her to wear the weapon without drawing attention. The Witchblade is a sentient artifact; as such, Sara does not have complete control over its actions and reactions.

Sara first appeared in Cyblade/Shi #1: The Battle For Independents in 1995. She had wanted nothing more in her life than to be a good cop. As a homicide detective in New York City, life was challenging enough, but for Sara, those were simpler times. While on an undercover case at the Rialto Theater, both she and her partner, Michael Yee (named Danny Woo in the TV series), were mortally wounded. At this same theater was a man named Kenneth Irons, who had brought a gauntlet known as the Witchblade. Irons was in search of the secrets to unlocking its power.

While Sara lay dying, the Witchblade made its choice to include her in the long line of women that it has shared its power with. The mystical artifact healed Sara’s wounds and allowed her to survive the resulting confrontation. Since then, she has seen many things she never knew existed, fought creatures that have no place on Earth, and longed for the days of a typical NYPD detective. But she continues her struggle with the Witchblade, believing that she can do more good with the weapon than without. So the battle for control continues, as Sara learns more about this mysterious artifact of power and struggles to stem its violent nature.

Some of Sara’s allies include The Magdalena, Lara Croft, and Jackie Estacado. One crossover pitted her against Wolverine. In the comics recently, Sara has been through a grueling ordeal fighting off a giant demon (a false “god” summoned by a group of priests), in the midst of which her partner, Jake McCarthy, was left wounded. Before losing consciousness, Jake professed his love for Sara and told her that he always knew about her double life. He now remains in a coma, and Sara has had to deal with a nosy new partner, Patrick Gleason, who has already discovered many of her secrets. Gleason saved her life and it had begun to look like they may become more than just partners, but their date was interrupted when Ian Nottingham abruptly returned to Sara’s life.

Sara discovered she was pregnant, a situation that confounded her, as she has not had sex in over a year. Originally the father was unknown but her partner and lover Patrick Gleason is supporting her and standing by her side. It was revealed in First Born #1 that Jackie Estacado is in fact the baby’s father.

Jackie came to the conclusion that during Sara’s coma Jackie, while possessed by the Darkness itself, used him as a host to father a child, a child of the Darkness and the Balance (witchblade) to upset the balance between the darkness and light. Sara gives birth to a baby girl, but is on the verge of death. Mysteriously, Danielle ends up sharing the Witchblade with Sara. Hope, Sara and Jackie’s daughter, drives off the Angelus and in the end Sara, now wielding half the Witchblade, and her friends return to their lives.

Other media

In the Witchblade television series, Sara is also able to use the Witchblade in certain instances to slow, stop, or even turn back time. However, due to the time-turning ability, things said about the series are often only true for one season or the other. She also has the ability to see and speak with the ghost of Danny Woo, her dead partner.

In order to handle the Witchblade, Sara must first pass the Periculum, a test designed to find if one is worthy of carrying such an amazing weapon. Once a potential user has passed this test, the Witchblade will bond with them at a cellular level and slow the aging process.

In the TV series, it is revealed that Sara was not only adopted, but stolen from her birth mother when she was a baby. It is hinted that her real last name is Connor.

Sara’s main romantic interest in the TV series is Conchobar, a musician who is a descendant or reincarnation of Conchobar mac Nessa.

Sara now finds herself trying to figure out the origins of the weapon she now carries, as well as the purpose that is destined for her. Her arch-nemesis is businessman Kenneth Irons. Irons has a foster son, Ian Nottingham, who is both Sara’s friend and enemy. In the comics, for a time, Sara and Ian became romantically involved. In the television series, Ian was created from the stem cell of Elizabeth Brontë, a former wielder from Sara’s bloodline (possibly her biological grandmother). More so Sara is not simply Elizabeth’s reincarnation but, in Elizabeth’s words Sara is her, hence any relationship would be incestuous. In any event, their relationship is often troubled by a basic clash in personalities; Sara tends to be impulsive and hot-headed, whereas Ian is cold and calculating. A side note should be made that the incestuous undertones of the show did not stop Ian’s advances, nor a brief sexual relationship with another member of Sara’s bloodline who was both physically and genetically identical to her. Sara doesn’t like to cook, and regularly orders Chinese take-out. In the TV series, she also has a friend named Gabriel Bowman who runs a rare artifacts shop. He gave her a drum set on the house. In the comics, Sara has an obnoxious sister, Julie, who sometimes crashes at her apartment and empties the beer from her fridge. In the television series, Julie becomes a villain.

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