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Dad wants me to become a master illusionist, but that's easy. So instead, I'll become an ambassador to the Human Realm and re-establish contact with the giraffes!

Augustus "Gus" Porter is a major supporting character of The Owl House. He is friend with Luz, Willow, and Amity, who attend Hexside School of Magic and Demonics with him.

Appearance

Body

Gus is a young boy, noticeably shorter than Luz, Amity and Willow, with brown skin and dark brown hair with lighter shades. His upper lip is curved, similar to Luz. Like all the witches and demons on the Boiling Isles, he has pointy ears. His eyes are dark blue.

After going through witch puberty, Gus has become taller than before, almost the same height as Luz and Willow. Additionally, his face features have become sharper and more angular, and his eyes now have visible pupils.

Clothing

When attending Hexside, Gus wears a gray tunic with a dark gray belt, cowl, and boots. As he is part of the illusion track, the color of his sleeves and leggings are a light blue. When not at Hexside, he wears a cyan tunic with gray-white sleeves and a black belt. He also wears black tights and brown boots.

Personality

Gus is a young and precocious witch. He is known for being very enthusiastic and excitable; when Luz gives him his nickname, he flips out in sheer joy. Due to being an illusionist, he tends to have a dramatic flair when making statements and presenting things.

He has a huge interest in researching human culture, also happening to be somewhat of an expert on it, and was the president of the Human Appreciation Society at his school, even though his knowledge on humans is often inaccurate. His fascination for humans and their culture has caused him to desire to become an ambassador to the Human Realm. This also extends to re-establish contact with the exiled inhabitants of the Boiled Isles, such as the girafes.

In contrast to his usual gleeful attitude towards most activities and interactions, Gus has admitted to being rather insecure in regards to his age. He feels neglected due to being younger than most others and as such tries acting assertively so as not to be left behind. This has also led him to become very welcoming towards newcomers since he can easily understand and empathize with people in the same situation as himself. Another side to this insecurity is that Gus, advancing to more advanced classes, had found himself being so desperate to befriend his colleagues older in age that he would become oblivious how they would use him to boost their grades. This had led Gus to become very self-conscious of his own naivety.

Background

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History

Augustus Porter is the son of reporter Perry Porter, who wants his son to be a master illusionist.[3][4] Due to his skills in illusion magic, Augustus is one of the youngest students at Hexside School of Magic and Demonics, taking high school-level classes despite being twelve years old. However, due to his young age, he was often overlooked and ignored, and he was gullible to the various students that took advantage of his intelligence. The only place where he felt he mattered was the club he lead, the Human Appreciation Society.[5] Besides the other members of the H.A.S, the only other student he befriended was Willow Park[6], who helped him calm down from an illusionary memory with a breathing exercise he remembers to this day.

Meeting Luz

Augustus meets Luz for the first time after Willow reveals that the human is acting as her abomination. Luz, who knew an "Augustus" back in the Human Realm, nicknames the young witch "Gus," a nickname that the young illusionist excitedly accepts. He later feeds Luz a peanut butter and jelly sandwich during lunch, but nearly blows her cover by doing so. While Principal Bump prepares to dissect Luz, Gus distracts him by spilling some pots of abominations, giving Willow and the human time to escape. Luckily, both Willow and Luz escape Bump and Amity, though Gus breaks the news that the human is officially banned from Hexside.[6]

Adventures with Luz and Willow

On the day of the annual covention, Willow and Gus show up to Eda's stand and show Luz a poster for the event. Though Eda is against her apprentice attending the event, she is forced to go after King and Luz torment her with The Good Witch Azura. In the convention center, Willow and Gus explain the various covens to Luz before excitedly entering the panel of the Emperor's Coven, where they witness a grand presentation announced by Principal Bump and Lilith Clawthorne. Willow and Gus are among the spectators during the duel between Luz and Amity, and later, Eda and Lilith.[7]

Relationships

Luz Noceda

Luz and Gus in "Hooty's Moving Hassle".

Being an enthusiast in human culture, Gus was ecstatic to have a friend like Luz. Luz was the one who initially nicknamed him Gus, a nickname he adopted immeadiatly and proudly. He was eager to learn more about human traditions from her, like the high-five or even about human buckets, treating Luz almost like an almighty being. However, Gus did once used his friendship with Luz for his own gain. When his title in the H.A.S. was threatened in "Something Ventured, Someone Framed", he lied to Luz about her school ban out of desperation, which led to them getting into trouble. He later took responsibility for his actions so Luz would not be punished.

In "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", when Luz comes to visit him while giving him various nicknames, he's able to quickly deduce that her reason for stopping by is so that she can borrow his library card in order to visit Amity. He also talks to her about how he is considering looking into other types of magic after having doubts about illusions.

Willow Park

Willow and Gus in "Hooty's Moving Hassle".

Gus and Willow are good friends. Willow is one of the few friends Gus hangs out with on a regular basis other than the H.A.S, and he was Willow's only friend at the time before Luz came along. Gus has a close relationship with Willow, as seen in "Wing It Like Witches" when Boscha is picking on Willow and took her hair clip, Gus snatches it out of her hair and gives it back to Willow. Willow also shows genuine concern when Gus almost gets hurt during the thorn vault, and offers to help fix his broken flags. Gus is also seen cheering for her during the grudgby game.

In "Labyrinth Runners", it's revealed that, just like Gus being Willow's only real friend in Hexside before Luz's arrival, Willow was Gus' only friend as well, meeting her after feeling sad over the fact that he was used by one of his classmates that he thought to be his friend. Willow helped Gus regain control over his magic, which had gone out of control and was tormenting him, by teaching him a special breathing her fathers taught her that helped him calm down.

Mattholomule

Gus and Mattholomule in "Something Ventured, Someone Framed".

Though Gus welcomed Mattholomule to the H.A.S. with open arms, he quickly began to despise him because of his attitude, and when he challenges for his spot as club president and outs his friend, Luz to the school guards.

In "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", Gus and Mattholomule continue their rivalry while on a quest for the Galdorstones. However, after being pushed around by Bria, Gavin, and Angmar, Mattholomule decides to help Gus scare them away from the ruins, recalling how Gus helped him escape detention and that illusion magic isn't as useless as he thought. Afterwards, Gus asks whether or not the two have become friends, to which Mattholomule responds that he is not sure. While walking away, they jokingly punch each other on the shoulder and laugh, implying that they did become friends.

In "Labyrinth Runners", a photo of Gus and Mattholomule can be seen in Gus' room alongside other photos of his friends, showing that they have grown closer.

King

Gus letting King become his co-emcee in "Enchanting Grom Fright".

Gus doesn't have much interaction with King until "Really Small Problems". In the episode, Gus tries to baby King, much to his annoyance. While struggling to break free, the liquid given by Obvioso to King slips from his pouch and drops to the ground. Some of the liquid from the bottle splashes onto Gus and Willow, making them shrink. Gus is angry at King for making him become smaller, and even calls him a "monster" at one point. Later, King risks his life to save him, Luz and Willow. When King tries to give him and Willow a piece of broken bracelet each as a form of apology, Gus accepts it, saying he always wanted to own a jagged piece of cheap metal.

In "Enchanting Grom Fright", he let King become his co-emcee on Grom night. He becomes concerned when King suddenly runs away from the stage, and had a conversation with him after he finds him outside. He finds out that King has stage fright and encourages him to face his fears. His encouragement boosts King's confidence and makes him go back to continue hosting the show.

In "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", it is shown that Gus convinced King to help him record a greeting on his answering machine.

In "Eclipse Lake", he and King bring music from the basement in preparation for Belos' attack while Luz is sick with the Common Mold.

Amity Blight

Gus and Amity in "Escaping Expulsion".

Gus used dislike Amity, because of her treatment of Willow. However, after Willow makes up with Amity, he considers her one of his friends. Even though he didn't have much interest in "Understanding Willow", Gus shows genuine concern when Amity is voted grom queen in "Enchanting Grom Fright", and cheers for her and Luz when they defeat Grom. In "Wing It Like Witches", he and Amity seem to be on much friendlier terms, and he welcomes her into the house along with Luz, Willow, King and Eda.

They are much closer in "Escaping Expulsion", as Amity is sad that he, Luz, and Willow are expelled from Hexside, which is caused by her mother Odalia. He was also the first of their friends that she came to get upon discovering that Luz was in danger. While fighting the Abomaton, she refers to him as her friend.

In "Eclipse Lake", he helps Amity while Luz is sick with the Common Mold.

In "Follies at the Coven Day Parade", he gives Amity a book to learn how to speak Spanish. After Amity calls Luz a "sweet potato", he gives her two supportive thumbs up.

Powers and abilities

  • Magic: Gus is studying to become a professional witch. Like all witches, his magic comes from a sac of magic bile attached to his heart. Despite the general rule of restricting magical learning to one area of study, Gus has displayed skill in multiple fields.
    • Illusion magic: Gus specializes in magic that involves manipulating perception. These illusions can interact with physical objects and people. He has shown to be quite proficient in illusions, and he is perceptive enough to tell if someone is disgusing themselves using an illusion, such as when he realized a member of the Emperor's Coven had disguised himself as Adrian Graye Vernworth in an attempt to force a coven sigil on Edric, and was able to dispel the illusion to reveal the duplicity. Similar to Willow with her plant magic, Gus' illusion magic becomes much stronger whenever he feels a strong emotion, like extreme sadness or stress, causing his eyes to glow blue, like Willow's eyes glowing green, and allows him to cast magic without a spell circle.
      • Glamour: Gus can change his or a person's appearance similar to a transformation.
      • Illusion duplication: Gus can create tangible copies of himself and others. He can use a copy to take his place when he goes out of class; the copy is independent and sometimes won't do what Gus tells him to do unless Gus uses intimidation.
      • Illusion construct: Gus is able to use his magic to make the shapes of everyday objects, as seen in "Really Small Problems" when he used his magic to make the shape of a vacuum to scare the animals. Gus is even able to make floating captions as seen in "The First Day" when he tried to use one to congratulate Luz on getting into Hexside but accidentally used the wrong caption.
      • Illusionary terrain: As seen in "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", Gus can cover an area about a hundred feet radius with very convincing phantasms. In that instance, he was able to convince Bria that the cemetery's statuesque headstones had turned into demonic angels weeping bleeding tears, that her hands had turned to dust, and that a statue resembling her own corpse was clawing at her. Additionally, he could mask the constructs of her magic and make her spell circles appear to crumble when she drew them to make it appear as if her magic wasn't working. However, he stated afterward that this sort of illusion is difficult and exhausting to cast and maintain. As seen in "Labyrinth Runners", when in a stressful situation, he can unconsciously cover large areas like a significant portion of Hexside in a number of identical replicas of places he remembers going to. These illusions are so well-blended together that they can match locations with objects in reality to give authenticity, like matching a illusion location's stairs with stairs in real-life.
      • Mind illusion: As seen in "Labyrinth Runners", while under a great stressful situation, Gus can unconsciously project illusions from his memories of his own insecurities and fears. He can also cause the ones near him to relive their own traumatic memories. This ability of his is so strong that it can traumatize the ones that get affected by it, as Adrian Graye Vernworth, the Head Witch of the Illusion Coven, was still affected by Gus' mind magic even after the latter turned it off.
  • Strength enhancement: He can enhance the physical abilities of magical beings, like how he makes Willow's plant monster stronger and more muscular.
  • Orator/Comedian: He is excellent at keeping a crowd entertained, as he does in "Enchanting Grom Fight".
  • Staff flying: In "Any Sport in a Storm", Gus is terrible at riding on a witch's staff, but good at flying on one when he stands on it.
  • Human detection: Gus is able to tell apart humans from witches much more than any ordinary witches can.

Sightings

Behind the scenes

Name and basis

The name Augustus is a masculine given name derived from the word Augustus, which means "majestic," "the increaser," or "venerable".

Voice

Gus is voiced by Issac Ryan Brown. During the production of "Agony of a Witch" and "Young Blood, Old Souls", Brown was going through puberty, so his voice was electronically manipulated to make him sound younger. In "Escaping Expulsion", it was stated that Gus had gone through "witch puberty" to explain the change in his voice.

Carter Jones voices a young version of Gus in "Labyrinth Runners".

Debut

Gus debuted in the episode, "I Was a Teenage Abomination".

Foreign voice actors

Language version Actors Notes
Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Máximo Thomas
Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) João Vitor Mafra
Hong Kong Cantonese Nicole Chong Hau Yi (莊巧兒)
Taiwan Chinese Fu Chi-Hui/ Katrina Fu (傅其慧)
Germany German Benjamin Weygand
Denmark Danish Sigurd Philip Dalgas
Spain Spanish Ainhoa Martín
France French Emilie Guillaume
Hungary Hungarian Bálint Maszlág
Israel Hebrew Adam Riftin (אדם ריפטין)
Italy Italian Gabriele Meoni
Japan Japanese Mei Shibata (柴田芽衣)
Malaysia Malay Iqa Zawani
Netherlands Dutch Deante van der Kust
Poland Polish Paweł Szymański (I Was a Teenage Abomination-Through the Looking Glass Ruins)
Jan Szydłowski (Hunting Palismen-Present)
Portugal Portuguese Ana Vieira
Thailand Thai Niramol Gijpinyochai (นิรมล กิจภิญโญชัย)
Turkey Turkish Ece Bozçali

Quotes

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Gallery

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Trivia

  • Gus has coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.[2]
  • His surname is revealed in "Young Blood, Old Souls" through the revelation of Perry Porter being his father.
  • He has a huge fascination with humans, implied to have founded the Human Appreciation Society in Hexside.
    • This may have played a part in his ability to tell apart humans from witches much better than ordinary witches can.
  • Despite his abilities in illusion magic, he also seems to have an interest in other types of magic, such as oracle magic, choosing to wield the Oracle Sphere instead of the Illusion Coven's gift.
    • This is explored further in "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", when he considers branching out to other types of magic, becoming bored with illusions.
  • In "Escaping Expulsion", it is revealed that Gus has undergone witch puberty.

References

  1. "Dana Terrace's AMA". Reddit (September 2, 2020). “Gus: 12”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Molly Ostertag (writer) and Stu Livingston (director) (August 8, 2020). "Enchanting Grom Fright". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 16. Disney Channel.
  3. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine (writers) and Stephen Sandoval (director) (August 29, 2020). "Young Blood, Old Souls". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 19. Disney Channel.
  4. Dana Terrace (writer) and Bridget Underwood (director) (July 17, 2021). "Hunting Palismen". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 6. Disney Channel.
  5. Zach Marcus (writer) and Sabrina Cotugno (director) (March 13, 2020). "Something Ventured, Someone Framed". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 9. Disney Channel.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dana Terrace, John Bailey Owen (writers) and Stephen Sandoval (director) (January 24, 2020). "I Was a Teenage Abomination". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 3. Disney Channel.
  7. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine, Charley Feldman (writers) and Stu Livingston, Aminder Dhaliwal (directors) (February 7, 2020). "Covention". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 5. Disney Channel.
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