Taranee was raised in the town of Sesamo, but later moved to Heatherfield. Her best friend is Will Vandom, the leader of W.I.T.C.H.. Taranee is a timid and reserved teenager, even so, she has a boyfriend called Nigel Ashcroft (an ex-member of Uriah's gang), who quit the bad-boy group because Taranee wanted him to, and so he did. She can be a bit of a "goody-goody" at times and always tries to do what's right. Taranee is the most intelligent member of the group, and her favorite subject is mathematics. She loves photography, basketball, dancing, and classical music, but hates bugs except for butterflies, grasshoppers, and crickets.
Her mother is Judge Theresa Cook, and her father, Lionel, is an ex-lawyer turned psychologist. Taranee stated that she believes that they are over-protective of her. Taranee has an older brother called Peter Lancelot Cook, who, unlike the siblings of other fellow W.I.T.C.H. members, is really kind, understanding, and grateful to her and her friends, and has a slight crush on Cornelia, and also loves to surf and skateboard. Taranee was afraid of fire which was one of her most fears, but then got used to her pyrokinesis.
When people toy or play with Taranee's feelings, she gets extremely angry and her powers increase drastically. Even Cedric once stated that her elemental power is the most indomitable of all five elements when at its peak. Her voice is provided by Miss Kittie in the animated series.
Before living in Heatherfield, Taranee lived in another town known as Sesamo. Because of the move to a different town, Taranee was emotionally and mentally affected but understood that she had no choice but to move to Heatherfield because of her parents' new job placement. In the comics, it is stated that a year before moving to Heatherfield, the Cook family went house hunting on their own accord. Taranee, upset by this, wondered off by herself and found a house of her own. Looking through the window, she saw a hypnotic fire dancing inside. When Taranee asked the real-estate agent about the house, he told her that it was abandoned and that nobody had lived there for years. When Taranee and her parents enter the house, the fire Taranee saw disappeared and the house appeared to be empty. The Cook family made the decision to move into this particular house.
In the comics, Taranee moved to Heatherfield just a few days before Will, but in the animated series she moved one year prior to Will. Also in the comics it is stated that Taranee was adopted when she was very young. Neither she nor her brother Peter (who was too young at the time to know) were made aware of this until they were both in their teens.
Comics: In the comics, Taranee bumped into the new girl Will Vandom, just a few days after moving to Heatherfield herself. The two girls became fast friends, and soon became friends with Cornelia Hale, Irma Lair, Hay Lin and Elyon Brown. One night, their local school was throwing a Halloween dance where Cornelia, Irma, Hay Lin and Elyon urge Taranee and Will to come with them. Uriah, the school bully, and his gang play a prank involving firecrackers that puts the girls, and everyone at the party, in harm's way. But after a bit of Taranee's quick thinking and unidentified powers, the girls survive the ordeal without a scratch, or rather, burn. The next day Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin meet at Hay Lin's house to discuss the strange dream that three of the five had. It was then that Yan Lin, Hay Lin's grandmother, informed the girls about their elemental powers, and about Kandrakar (also spelled Candracar), entrusting the Heart of Kandrakar to Will. Animated Series: In the animated series, Taranee had been friends with Irma, Cornelia and Hay Lin since living in Heatherfield. After Uriah's gang picks on the new girl Will at the science fair, Taranee encourages the girls to be nice to her and calls Will over to talk to them. Taranee tells Will that she knows what it's like to be the new girl. While the other girls talk about how they hate Uriah, they somehow exude a bit of their powers. Hay Lin arrives and invites the girls for tea and cookies at her house, as that's what her grandmother had influenced Hay Lin to do. At Hay Lin's, Yan Lin explains about the Guardians and entrusts the Heart of Kandrakar to Will. This is when Taranee and the girls learn about their powers.
In the third saga of the comic books, Taranee is provoked by the Oracle's recent actions, which include not telling Cornelia about Caleb's decision to go back to Meridian and not helping them in their next task. Taranee's last straw is when the nymph Xin Jing's Gift of Regeneration cures her eyesight, as she did not ask for it in the first place, did not want it, and had to wear glasses when she did not need them. Taranee then decides to quit being a Guardian, although she doesn't lose her place as Guardian of Fire. The Oracle is sure she will come back (which of course, she does), but sends for a temporary replacement anyway. The replacement is the warrior Orube, from the Oracle's home planet of Basilíade, who is given no elemental power but excels at martial arts and can shoot energy beams.
Orube goes to live on Earth under the alias of Mrs. Rudolph's niece, Rebecca Rudolph, in order to better understand the other girls and get along with them. Orube is welcome to stay as a Guardian after Taranee's return, but is mostly left out of missions and audiences at Kandrakar in the fourth saga.
Taranee has short black hair (dreads in the Guardian form) with a long braid with beads, brown eyes, and wears black glasses. In the Guardian form, she wears a midriff turtleneck, wristbands (fingerless gloves in New Power Arc), tight teal shorts, striped tights and boots.
Taranee's birthday is March 23, making her an Aries. Like Hay Lin, She is also 13 years old.
Although she is shy and laid-back, Taranee is very determined when she sets her mind on a goal, and is usually the one who reminds her friends of important tasks to be done. Her hobbies include basketball, listening to classical music, photography, and her favorite subject, math. Taranee is very close to her family, which consists of her parents and Peter Cook, her older brother, who is very nice to her and her friends. Though she is very sensitive, Taranee gets annoyed when people hurt or playing with her feelings and could become fully dangerous when that happens.
Taranee has power over fire. Her theme color varies from red to orange and her symbol is a triangle.
Taranee, as the Guardian of Fire, can spontaneously generate and manipulate flame and heat. She can create blasts or continuous streams of flame, though prefers to generate concentrated fireballs when attacking. Taranee has been shown creating whirling discs of fire, pinpoint beams of flame from her finger for precision strikes, and can breathe fire. As of the 'New Power' arc, she gains the ability to become a being of living fire, which boosts her powers significantly. She also becomes a 'human torch' when she becomes one with the fire dragon in .
Using the more thermal aspect of her Guardian powers, Taranee can sense nearby sources of heat and release concussive bursts of heat. Later, she uses her powers in creating pure thermal energy as a defensive barrier that vaporizes nearly all projectiles. She can manipulate the temperature of an object by thought, melting it by adding to its heat, or make it brittle by taking away the objects' heat. She accomplished the feat of defeating Nerissa's soldier, Ember, by absorbing the heat that emanated from her body made of magma. When she get's angry, her powers increase constantly.
Taranee is a telepath, able to read, project, and perceive thoughts. She can project her thoughts outwards similar to talking and is the center of the special psychic link between all the Guardians, who all learn telepathy through her. When she uses her telepathic powers, flames flash in her eyes and, in most cases, the flames are reflected in her glasses. She is able to sense the presence of others, and can understand the meaning of dreams almost instantly. Initially, she could only use her telepathy on the other members of W.I.T.C.H., but as of Ludmoore, was able to read the thoughts of other people as well.
Taranee has shown she is able to:
- Pyrokinesis: Control/manipulate over flame
- Thermokinesis: Generate over heat
- Telepathic powers
- Create balls of fire
- Ignite large wildfires
- Start and extinguish fires
- Breathe fire
- Cause huge, fiery explosions
- Use pure thermal energy as a defensive barrier that vaporizes nearly all projectiles
- Shoot pinpoint flames with her finger
- Sense sources of heat
- Use fire to cut through objects
- Manipulate temperature by thought
- Contact the other Guardians through telepathy
- Read, project, and perceive thoughts of others
- Read other peoples' thoughts, feelings, and memories
- Understand the concept of dreams instantly
- Use her telepathic powers to stun or kill opponents
- Communicate with animals, such as dogs, dolphins, cats and ravens
- Superhuman awareness
- Melt any object or food like chocolate, ice, glass etc.
- Sense the heat presence of others
- Throw blasts of heat energy (heat waves)
- Throw whirling discs of fire and heat
- Absorb the heat of opponents
- Melt objects by multiplying their heat
- Create rings of fire
- Control dangerous infernos
- Create force fields of fire
- Mend objects that are broken
- Shoot beams of orange-ish or red-ish energy
- Take the form of fire on any object
- Form and control fireworks
- Cause metal to become soft and melt
- Use fire as a shield to bounce back attacks
- Use fire to fly
- Taranee's power as her status as a guardian:
The Star of Threbe: Taranee, as well as the rest of the guardians, was rendered powerless due to the power of the Star of Threbe, used to find Elyon. The star renders powerless anyone who might prevent her from returning home. Ironically the star was created with the Heart of Kandrakar.
Season 1 Episodes
- "It Begins and It Resumes"
- "The Key"
- "Happy Birthday Will"
- "A Service to the Community"
- "The Labyrinth"
- "Divide and Conquer"
- "Ambush at Torus Filney"
- "Return of the Tracker"
- "The Stone of Threbe"
- "The Princess Revealed"
- "Stop the Presses"
- "Parent's Night"
- "The Mudslugs"
- "Ghosts of Elyon"
- "The Mogriffs"
- "Walk This Way"
- "The Underwater Mines"
- "The Seal of Phobos"
- "Escape From Cavigor"
- "Caleb's Challenge"
- "The Battle of Meridian Plains"
- "The Rebel Rescue"
- "The Stolen Heart"
- "The Final Battle"
Season 2 Episodes
- "A is for Anonymous"
- "B is for Betrayal"
- "C is for Changes"
- "D is for Dangerous"
- "E is for Enemy"
- "F is for Facades"
- "G is for Garbage"
- "H is for Hunted"
- "I is for Illusion"
- "J is for Jewel"
- "K is for Knowledge"
- "L is for Loser"
- "M is for Mercy"
- "N is for Narcissist"
- "O is for Obedience"
- "P is for Protectors"
- "Q is for Quarry"
- "R is for Relentless"
- "S is for Self"
- "T is for Trauma"
- "U is for Undivided"
- "V is for Victory"
- "W is for Witch"
- "X is for Xanadu"
- "Y is for Yield"
- "Z is for Zenith"
Like the other girls from the comic book series, Taranee has a love life. Nigel was once part of a group of bullies and got into trouble when they broke into a museum and Taranee's mother judged them. Because of this Nigel's friends hold a grudge against Taranee. Nigel, however, defends Taranee against his 'friends'. Later on a special friendship blooms and Nigel and Taranee started dating. Nigel's friendship with his former friends ends, and Nigel starts a new way of life by doing good and making new friends such as Martin, Matt, Eric, and Peter.
Nigel's older brother, Daniel, who was judged and grounded by Taranee's mother, shortly returns to Heatherfield and reunites with his younger brother. This causes a riff between Nigel and Taranee, ending with him breaking up with her unexpectedly. Despite of this their relationship does not stop there. Taranee tries to find out the reason but Nigel ignores her and even starts harassing her with his brother, such as writing the word 'unbearable coward' on her parents' car, which is directed at Taranee. But soon, Nigel is overwhelmed with guilt feeling sorry for what he did. He apologizes to Taranee and to Taranee's parents, and Nigel and Taranee become girlfriend and boyfriend again.
Their relationship starts off good but soon begins to have issues again. Taranee began having dancing lessons which results in taking up a lot of her time and getting new friends. Taranee starts neglecting her four other friends, and even Nigel, who has started to get annoyed at Taranee spending most of her time practicing dancing moves. Taranee befriends a new boy named Luke, who is also part of the dancing group. A friendship starts between them, and Luke becomes interested in Taranee (finding her cute and kind). Soon, Taranee develops feelings for Luke as well, and admits to her brother that she thinks she is not in love with Nigel.
Later on in issue 77, Taranee develops feelings for a boy named Hamza, whom she meets on a vacation at a summer camp. Hamza and Taranee weren't able to communicate well as they both come from different countries and don't understand each other's languages. Despite this, they get together. Taranee began having fantasies of being with him at Heatherfield and introducing him to her friends, but she realizes they weren't meant for each other, considering the distance and the fact that they just met. They soon parted ways and Hamza was never mentioned again.
- Taranee has lived in two houses that have been destroyed by fire.
- She is in the same class as Hay Lin and Irma.
- Her favorite color is red.
- Her birthday is March 23 same day as Gretchen Grundler (Recess).
- Z Is For Zenith
- The Stone of Threbe