Lionel is a mortal who owns a comic book store in San Francisco and always looked up to his fictional heroes. When his girlfriend was killed by a mugger, he desired to become a hero to avenge her and protect others. His dream was granted by the Demonic Power Broker Raif, who wanted him to kill his enemies.


After gaining powers from Raif, Lionel became the Dark Defender and started fighting crime. One night, he saved Phoebe Halliwell from a mugger and they shared a kiss. Raif confronted Lionel about holding up his end of the deal and nearly suffocated him. Lionel then vanquished a group of Rat Demons and was shocked by his own actions.

Feeling the need to find out who he was, Phoebe and her sisters lured Lionel into a trap. Lionel then took Phoebe to a parking lot, where she unmasked him and learned of his past through a premonition. While they were at the manor, Raif appeared and managed to take control of Lionel through his powers. After knocking out Lionel, Piper froze Raif and the sisters forced him to extract Lionel's powers.

Phoebe later visited Lionel at his store. He asked her out, and Phoebe told him to give her a call when the time was right for both of them.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

As the Dark DefenderEdit

Active Powers
  • Super Strength: The ability to possess magically enhanced strength.
  • Super Speed: The ability to possess magically enhanced speed.
  • Enhanced Hearing: The ability to possess enhanced hearing.
Other Powers
  • High Resistance: The ability to be highly resistant to harm. The Defender was unharmed by Piper's molecular combustion.


Season 5
5.10 With Great Power