- “Now, watch how a real Sorceress dispatches her enemies.”
- —The Sorceress
In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, the Sorceress has the appearance of a blue theropod with a yellow or cream-colored underbelly. She is quite large and stocky, being taller than Bianca and much larger than Spyro. Her attire consists of a golden crown adorned with red jewels, green eyeliner, a white ruff around her neck as well as a gold necklace, adorned with a magenta jewel. After being given a dragon egg by Bianca, the Sorceress is always seen wielding a scepter that contains said egg. She also appears to have purple toenails. In CG artwork, her fingernails appear to be purple as well. Additionally, CG artwork as well as the stained glass windows in her lair depict her with bright red lips or lipstick, something that her actual model lacks.
Interestingly, the Sorceress is one of few characters in the game with fully modeled eyes, as well as one of few, if not the only character in the PlayStation 1 trilogy with fully articulated eyelids.
In the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, her overall silhouette has been made taller and thinner, making her seem somewhat more imposing. She was made pudgier at the same time, with numerous details, such as her arms and legs, appearing fattier and flabby. Along with these features, she's been made to look more extravagant and indulgent than before. She now has a silk vest on, adorned with doilies, and a bejeweled ring on the middle toe of her right foot. She also now has big, gaudy rouge lips to match her windowed depiction. Likewise, her claws are all visibly magenta coloured this time around, matching her older computer-generated look.
The Sorceress was depicted as a malicious, bad-tempered queen and a power-hungry tyrant. She was a dictator who typically sent her minions, the Rhynocs, to do the dirty work for her, not caring about whatever methods they used, whether or not it required violence, as long as they maintained her dominance in the Forgotten Realms. She would also kidnap any well-meaning creature that disobeyed her laws or rose against her. The Sorceress was also said to be very vain, as she once forced the residents of Enchanted Towers to build a statue of her exact likeness but rejected it when she complained that the statue was "too ugly".
It appeared that the only thing she feared was death, as she was willing to do whatever it takes to become immortal, even if it meant killing innocent people. Although there was a possibility that she wouldn't have to resort to the act ("I don't have to kill them; it just keeps them from wriggling around so much!") also showing more of her cruel personality. After her first personal encounter with Spyro the Dragon, she also seemed to fear him, seeing him as a formidable foe.
The Sorceress can conjure magical spells, one of them notable to turn any normal creature into a ferocious monster. Using her wand, presumably provided by the magic of the wand's dragon egg, she can conjure fireballs and launch a large array of electrical energy spheres, as well as release an electrical discharge from her wand to attack at close-range.
Over a thousand years ago, the Sorceress lived alongside the Dragons who ruled the worlds. However, she had an argument with a Dragon Elder one day, and grew so enraged that she banished him and the rest of the Dragons to the other side of the world, making herself queen of the land. Over time, the magic in the worlds suddenly started to dry up, and one by one, most of the portals closed, trapping residents in different cities, landscapes, etc. for years. When her magical power started dwindling, the Sorceress soon realized that the Dragons were the source of all of her and the four worlds' magic.
The Dragons, who are peaceful creatures, chose not to bother with the Sorceress again. They settled peacefully in what is now known as the Dragon Realms. Time passed, and with it, passed the memory of the Sorceress and the aptly named "Forgotten Realms." One day, the Sorceress took in a young rabbit named Bianca as her apprentice and trained her to use magic. Years later, the Sorceress hired a greedy bear from Avalar to keep an eye on any prisoner she held, but unbeknownst to her, he was very untrustworthy.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
The Sorceress, hungry for magical power and eager to take advantage of the Dragons' ignorance, hatched an evil plan. She ordered her Rhynocs and Bianca to steal all of the dragon eggs in the dead of night while the Dragons were asleep after their Year of the Dragon celebration. The Sorceress planned to strip the baby dragons of their wings to create a spell, which would allow her to live forever, much to Bianca's disgust and horror (the rabbit believed that her mistress merely wanted to bring back the dragons and restore the magic back to the Forgotten Realms). That plan failed as Spyro, with the help of the Hunter, Agent 9, Sheila, Bentley, Sgt. James Byrd, and Sparx retrieved all 150 dragon eggs.
When Spyro attempted to advance to a new homeworld in the Forgotten Realms, the Sorceress transformed some unlucky Rhynocs into monstrous beasts intended to destroy Spyro. These creatures, Buzz, Spike, and Scorch, all failed to destroy Spyro and were instead destroyed themselves. Bianca would later turn against the Sorceress after finding out the her mistress's true motive regarding the baby dragons, using their magic to open the castle leading to the Sorceress's Lair in Midnight Mountain. The Sorceress suffered her first defeat when Spyro and Agent 9 took her down by pushing her into the lava pool surrounding the arena. As she was sinking into the lava, the dragon egg that was attached to the top of her wand slipped out, and inside contained the baby dragon, George.
Amazingly, the Sorceress' tough hide protected her from the lava and she survived this initial defeat. Spitefully, she saved up her magic to try and defeat Spyro again in the Super Bonus Round. She failed a final time when Spyro shot her out of the sky while she was in a flying saucer, and she crashed into the pink acid surrounding the arena, this time killing her. Her new wand that contained the last dragon egg flew out, hatching to reveal the boy-girl twin Dragons, Yin and Yang. Finally, peace was restored to the Forgotten Realms, and the Sorceress' vile reign was finally over.
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
A balloon in the shape of the Sorceress appeared in the party where the baby dragons get their dragonflies. The Sorceress balloon scared Hunter, but Spyro explained that it's just a float, and called Hunter a "scaredy cat." She was later going to be mentioned by Ripto in his arena, but was cut.
- “Not afraid? Not afraid?! Why have I been training you all these years?! USE... SOME...MAGIC!”
- —The Sorceress
- “Without the Dragons, the magic in this world will wither away; without magic, I'll die, and so will your ever so slim chance of becoming a sorceress! Now watch how a real sorceress dispatches her enemies.”
- —The Sorceress
- “How would you like some dragon for lunch?”
- —The Sorceress
- “That's it; I've had enough! I'm going to create a monster to end all monsters! And I'm going to send it out to destroy all the dragons, even the little hatchlings! Yes, yes! it will smash them, and crush them, and grind them, and tear them! Oh yes, smear them, and smoosh them, and crack them, and crease them!”
- —The Sorceress
- “What did you think I was going to do with all those dragons? Open a zoo?”
- —The Sorceress
- The Sorceress is one of the darkest villains in the entire Spyro franchise and arguably the darkest villain in the original Spyro trilogy, due to her plan to strip the baby dragons of their wings by killing them to make a spell to make herself immortal. She noted that she didn't have to kill them, "it just keeps them from wriggling around so much!"
- Unlike the other bosses in the game, the Sorceress doesn't have a cutscene that leads up to her first confrontation with Spyro; instead the player is sent straight to the arena. In fact, the Sorceress never verbally interacts with Spyro at all in the entire game.
- Due to graphical limitations, most characters in the original trilogy have textures for eyes that squish to simulate blinking. The Sorceress, on the other hand, has very large, fully modeled eyes, with fully functioning eyelids. She shares the modeled eyes with Sgt. Byrd, though the eyelids are a trait unique to her.
- In the original series, she is the only main antagonist in the original trilogy to die, as Gnasty Gnorc and Ripto are both revealed in the Epilogues to have survived (though this can be presumed otherwise in the Reignited Trilogy).
- In the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the Sorceress has her dragon egg wand in the flashback about her disagreement with one of the dragons, Astor, before she banished the Dragons. However, she didn't acquire a dragon egg for her wand until after Bianca brought her an egg in the prologue of Year of the Dragon.
- She is the only main antagonist from the original trilogy whose voice role was not reprised by their original voice actor, as both Gnasty Gnorc and Ripto were voiced again by Michael Gough and Gregg Berger, respectively.