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Jake Armstrong
General Information
  • October 8, 1992
  • Male
  • Alive
Relationship Information
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Character Information
First Appearance
Last Appearance
Yeah, Adam should ditch the skull. All those moral merit badges should add up to something.
— Jake, about Adam keeping the Crystal skull. [src]

Jake Armstrong (born October 8, 1992) is the older brother of Nick Armstrong, the son of Richard Armstrong, and Sara Armstrong, the grandson of Royce Armstrong, the boyfriend of Faye Chamberlain, a former witch-hunter, and also a member of the Chance Harbor Circle.

Charming and devilishly handsome, Jake joined a dedicated group of Witch Hunters known as "The True Believers" after leaving Chance Harbor and developed hatred toward witchcraft, swearing to kill all witches in his hometown. He was later known for his feelings towards Cassie and helped her escape from the witch hunters who captured her, only to sail away afterwards. He later returned to protect Cassie, and became an official member of the Circle.

Jake is a member of the Armstrong Family.

Early life

Jake was born on October 8, 1992, to Sara and Richard Armstrong, according to the episode Crystal. Almost two years later his little brother, Nick, was born on August 29, 1994. When he was a few years old, he snuck into his parents car unaware they would later be killed that day. He escaped the boat fire that day and started to block the memory of what he saw and what happened. In his teens he worked at the Boathouse Bar and Grill until he stole money, for which Adam holds a grudge against him. He also dated Faye Chamberlain, leaving her heart broken. He left Chance Harbor and joined "The True Believers", a witch hunter club, after discovering he was a witch. He was not close to Nick when he left and later came back only after Nick had been killed by Charles.

Season One

Main Article: Jake Armstrong/Season One


Jake is a loner very much like Cassie was before coming to Chance Harbor, but also according to Jane Blake "a troubled young man". Jake doesn't care about what anyone thinks of him, more particularly Adam and his girlfriend Faye. The first person he is shown to care about is Cassie, even to the extent of betraying Isaac and the witch hunters. He strangely didn't grieve when his brother Nick died and his lack of emotion surprised Melissa. It's suggested his apathy is due to Jake's belief that "emotion leaves the door open to unwanted emotions such as grief, sadness and possibly love". He hides his real feelings behind his secondary emotions as noted by Faye who knows him the best.

It's shown and mentioned his hatred of witchcraft. Isaac convinced him that witchcraft is what killed his parents, which led him to follow "The True Believers". When Cassie helps him access his blocked memories, Jake discovers that Witch Hunters set the fire at the Boatyard. He now wants nothing more than vengeance against the people he once felt he could trust.

Physical Appearance

Jake has blue eyes and sandy blonde hair like his mother Sara Armstrong, but also resembles his father in someways most notably putting his hands in his pockets. Jake also has an athletic body.

Powers and Abilities

"You have been a great asset."

— Isaac to Jake, about the usefulness of his powers.

Because Jake joined the circle after the binding ceremony, he can do circle magic and at the same time retain his individual power. The full extents of Jake's powers are unknown but it is known that he has more knowledge about witchcraft than the rest of his circle because he trained for two years before the other members discovered they were witches. He also has a lot of knowledge on how to fight and kill other witches he learned from the Witch Hunters. He knows how to mark people to track them down.

  • Channeling: The act of drawing or summoning other forms of energy, by focusing on the magic of another witch.
  • Conjuration: The act of calling, commanding, or summoning an element, object, person, or spirit already in existence.
  • Elemental Control: The act of controlling or manipulating the elements of air, earth, fire, water, and weather. Though not proven false or accurate, witches are believed to possess an unique affinity to particular elements which grants them greater mastery and control when performing.
  • Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events by magical influence. Spells are the most common method exerted by witches to focus their magic. Spells can range from simple commands to a series of words.
  • Telekinesis: The act of controlling and manipulating the movements of objects and persons.
  • Witches Brew: The act of brewing and concocting magical elixirs and potions that contain mystical properties.


Main Article: Jake Armstrong/Relationships

Cassie Blake

Main article: Jake and Cassie

Ever since Jake Armstrong blew into town, Cassie couldn't help but feel a pull towards him, with the both of them bonding over their deceased loved ones. Initially distrustful, Cassie became more friendly with him, and introduced him to the Circle as a witch. Despite everyone's warnings, Cassie finds him charming, as she didn't know him while he grew up with the others, so she made her own opinions on the newly "reformed" Jake. Cassie's friendship with Jake has provoked response from other members of the Circle such as the heartbroken Faye and the jealous Adam. (At first Jake shows no interest in Cassie, but later on he thought Cassie was suppose to be with him as in destiny)

Faye Chamberlain

Main article: Faye and Jake

When Jake lived in town, Faye had a love interest towards Jake. When he comes back, Faye seems very interested in him. It's predictable that Jake used her when he needed her, but he never responded the same way Faye did. After Faye noticing he's back in town, she actually says she was just a girl when she fell for him, and tells him that she didn't miss him.

When Cassie and Jake spend time together, Faye shows jealousy, especially when Cassie kissed him when they were playing Truth or Dare in Beneath. After they kissed, Faye and Cassie have a fight, and she leaves the house. In Jake's side, it's seen he never felt anything for Faye, recently jake and faye seem to be flirting more and more often, even reminicing about their old relationship together.

In Medallion, Jake called Faye over to his house and they hooked up.

In the episode Prom Jake accompanies Faye to prom. Faye tells him 2 years ago, when they were supposed to go to prom together, she had waited for 3 hours for him to show up but he never came. Jake felt guilty and apologized to her telling her that he's sorry he never showed up and she didn't deserve that.

In Family, Jake was determined to save Faye from the witch hunters. After, he expressed that he wished to return her true love and begin the official, serious relationship that she always wanted.

Nick Armstrong

Main article: Jake and Nick

Nick is Jake's younger brother and the two were close. Jake would hear from Nick about his neighbor Cassie Blake and how Jake would like her. Jake seem to care for his brother even though he doesn't express it.

Other Relationships



Jake is the medival variant of Jack. It is also sometimes used as a short form of Jacob.

  • Jack is derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of John. It is often regarded as an independent name. During the Middle Ages it was very common and it became a slang word meaning "man".
  • It was frequently used in fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Jack Horner', and 'Jack Sprat'.
  • American writers Jack London (1876-1916) and Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) were two famous bearers of this name.
  • Jacob comes from the Latin Iacobus, which was from the Greek lakobos, which was from the Hebrew name Ya'aqov.
  • In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) is the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel, and his name is explained as meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter".
  • Other theories claim that it is in fact derived from a hypothetical name like Ya'aqov'el meaning "may God protect".
  • The English names Jacob and James derive from the same source, with James coming from Latin Iacomus, a later variant of Iacobus. Unlike English, many languages do not have seperate spellings for the two names.
  • In England, Jacob was mainly regarded as a Jewish name during the Middle Ages, though the variant James was used among Christians. Jacob came into general use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation.
  • A famous bearer was Jacob Grimm (1785-1863), the German linguist and writer who was, with his brother Wilhelm, the author of 'Grimm's Fairy Tales'.
  • The slang meaning "excellent, fine" is from 1914, American English, of unknown origin.
  • His last name, Armstrong mMeans "strong arm" from the Old English earm and strang. It is said that the armour bearer to a King of Scots acquired this name after he rescued the monarch on a battlefield when the King's horse was killed under him. Because of his strength, he was known as Armstrong.  A famous peron who also has this last name was Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.


Notes and Trivia

  • Jake's powers are not bound to the Circle since he was not there when the Circle bound their powers. However, his bloodline is still bound to them, which allows him to use their Circle magic after Nick's passing.
  • Jake had already found his family Book of Shadows before the rest of the circle even found out they were witches.
  • Jake is a character purely created for the show and who doesn't have any equivalent in the books, unlike Melissa Glaser, who actually is a character inspired and created out of three different characters from the books.
  • Jake and his dad share a habit of putting their hands in their jacket's pockets.
  • Jake seems as the typical 'bad boy' type who is very hard to read. But along the story, we find out that there is a whole lot more to him.
  • Though his character does not exist in the books, he falls in love with Cassie, like Nick Armstrong (his brother) did in the books.
  • He and his current girlfriend, Faye Chamberlain, are the only two Circle members to be seen as young children on the show. Jake in Witness and Faye in Beneath.
  • Jake is one of the two known remaining members of the Armstrong family.
  • His zodiac sign is Libra (Sept 23-Oct 23).  Libra's symbol is the scales, its element is air, and its ruling planet is Venus. Libra is most compatible with someone who is either Gemini or Aquarius.


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