Portrayed by "Minka Kelly"
Full Name "Sara Pezzini"
Age 32
Height 5'9"
Build Athletic
Eyes Brown
Hair Brown
Factions NYPD
Occupation Detective
Alignment Hero

Claim to Fame

Sara Pezzini isn't exactly famous. Sure, there was something in the papers a few years back about the detective who was dating billionaire Kenneth Irons, but that disappeared almost as soon as it was news. People with connections to the NYPD or questionable papers may know her as an excellent detective who deals in strange crimes.

Those in the know about mystical artifacts probably don't know Sara, but they may know the Witchblade. Also known as the Balance, it has appeared throughout the ages on the arms of warrior women all over the world.


One of NYPD's finest detectives, Sara is damned good at her job. The problem is, she's not very good at dealing with people, and she's a woman in what is still a man's world. She's been accused of being reckless, impulsive, short-tempered, and short-sighted, but she has one of the best records for solving cases. Skill combined with a complete lack of tact have seen her assigned to the special cases division, a department of the NYPD tasked with dealing with crimes that other detectives have deemed "weird" or "unsolvable." The fact that she continues to solve those crime keeps her head above water with the department - barely.


From the time she was a little girl, Sara wanted to be a detective like her father. She watched cop shows. She played cops and robbers. And she idolized her father. That didn't stop after Vince Pezzini was killed in the line of duty. Despite the fact that she was more than smart enough to go to college, Sara entered the police academy straight out of high school, where she was at the top of her class. She made detective by 26, one of the youngest detectives in the department, and despite butting heads with her chief, was on track to be a star.

Everything changed one night. While following clues from a drug bust, Sara showed up at the Rialto theater with her partner Michael Yee just as a tournament of sorts was being held by billionaire Kenneth Irons. Having recently found an artifact of great power, Irons was in search of someone to wield it. Sara snuck in by pretending to be an escort of one of the crime bosses in attendance. Her partner was not so lucky. Yee was caught sneaking in the back, and Irons was about to have him executed. Sara dove in front of the gunfire.

She should have died.

Instead, the artifact Irons had brought - the Witchblade - chose her.

Healed by the power of the blade, Sara fought off the gangs, burning down the theater in the process. And thus began her tenure as the Bearer. It hasn't been an easy path. The Witchblade has a mind and an agenda of its own, and high standards for its bearer. Irons was the first to try to take it away, but he was defeated, falling from his penthouse to his death. But despite attempts by Sara to give it up and attempts by others to take it away, she and the Witchblade are well and truly bonded.

Over the past few years, Sara has fought demons, ghosts, cultists, assassins, and criminals. She's only begun to learn the history of the blade, including its origins. A few run-ins with Jackie Estacado and the Darkness have given her some clues, but so far her focus has been on coming to terms with the Witchblade itself and balancing what it requires with her job as a detective.

And then there's the Witchblade…

One of thirteen artifacts of power, the Witchblade is the offspring of the Darkness and the Angelus, the balance between darkness and light. Male in character, it has throughout time chosen a female bearer to wield it. The Witchblade has high standards for a bearer and a will of its own. While some have conquered the Witchblade, other bearers have fallen victim to its more base and violent urges, becoming little more than instruments of the blade. Anyone who dares to hold it is up for a fight.

Character Details

Sara is not the easiest person to get along with. She has a (rightfully earned) reputation for having something of a temper, is prone to doing what she thinks is right no matter what, and sees the world in blacks and whites. She believes absolutely in the importance of the law, despite a tendency to bend the rules now and then to get the right results. She's no stranger to turning off the camera in interrogation.

Despite this, she has a deep and abiding desire to protect and serve. She has a hard time turning away from someone who needs help, even if she's prone to staying by herself and being something of a workaholic.


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Character Gallery


World on Fire: The Central Axis (2015)
April 2, 2015: Monsters, time travel, tears in spacetime. Just another Thursday in New York.
(log: 20150402-world-on-fire:the-central-axis-2015 | tags: captain_america corvinus edwin_jarvis fitz howard_stark kara meggan paul_manning peggy_carter simmons witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 04 Apr 2015 18:21)

Primal Force: Hellgate and Leylines
March 30, 2015: Zee follows up with Paul about the Hellgates. Primal Force discovers something about the wya they are situated.
(log: 20150330-hellgatesandleylines | tags: aspect coyote paul_manning primal_force witchblade zatanna | posted: 01 Apr 2015 22:04)

World on Fire: The Talking Horror
March 23, 2015: A warped creature comes through another portal - but this one can communicate.
(log: 20150323-world-on-fire:the-talking-horror | tags: booster_gold fitz paul_manning simmons witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 04 Apr 2015 16:23)

Why So Much Power
March 22, 2015: Jericho arrives at the Triskelian to discuss his findings. Simmons briefs everyone on what she found out at Stark Industries
(log: 20150322-whysomuchpower | tags: aspect emmett-argyle fitz paul_manning simmons skye the_cavalry witchblade | posted: 23 Mar 2015 21:39)

Primal Force: Indian Demons
March 21, 2015: Fenris introduces some of the Primal Force team members
(log: 20150321-indiandemons | tags: coyote fenris primal_force witchblade zatanna | posted: 26 Mar 2015 19:49)

March 18, 2015: Aspect has bad news for Shield
(log: 20150318-transposition | tags: aspect simmons the_cavalry witchblade | posted: 19 Mar 2015 11:37)

Dinner and Saving the world (one conversation at a time)
March 16, 2015 Sara meets with Steve and lets him know she's also working on the case.
(log: 20150316-dinner-and-saving-the-world | tags: captain_america witchblade | posted: 17 Mar 2015 04:16)

Primal Forces: Knight of the Balance
March 15 2015: Fenris hunts a trio of mistfiends only to be hunted himself. Fortunately the Witchblade is at hand.
(log: 20150315-primal-forces:knight-of-the-balance | tags: fenris primal_force witchblade | posted: 18 Mar 2015 12:17)

World On Fire: Missing Persons And The Math
March 15, 2015: Howard Stark visits The Triskelion to speak with FiztSimmons
(log: 20150315-missingpersons | tags: fitz howard_stark paul_manning simmons the_cavalry witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 16 Mar 2015 12:03)

World On Fire: Stark and Ectoplasm
March 14, 2015: Howard Stark finally returns to New York and Pezzini, Manning and Simmons corner him to discuss Simmons' findings
(log: 20150314-starkandectoplasm | tags: howard_stark paul_manning simmons witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 15 Mar 2015 02:18)

The Short Artificially Lit Tea Time Of The SHIELD
March 13, 2015: Various SHIELD agents come and go, talking about various things over coffee and tea. There are no pastries or cucumber sandwiches.
(log: 20150313-the-short-artificially-lit-tea-time-of-the-shie | tags: black_widow emmett_argyle fitz paul_manning shield simmons the_cavalry witchblade | posted: 14 Mar 2015 15:50)

World on Fire: Water For Elephants
March 10, 2015: Another energy surge puts the patrons of the Central Park Zoo in danger of more mutated creatures. Manhattan's heroes come to the rescue and try to find out more about what is happening.
(log: 20150310-world-on-fire:water-for-elephants | tags: booster_gold captain_america fitz peggy_carter power_girl simmons supergirl witchblade world_on_fire | posted: 13 Mar 2015 01:08)

Helicarrier Hijacking: Heart of the Beast
March 01 2015: A team of SHIELD agents and helpful outsiders breach the corrupted Insight to seek out the heart of the problem and put an end to it.
(log: 20150301-helicarrier-hijacking:heart-of-the-beast | tags: aspect fitz magik new_york shield the_cavalry witchblade | posted: 03 Mar 2015 06:28)

Lockdown: Slaughter Swamp
February 28, 2015: S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts to discern the connection between Fracture and the Winter Soldier with a good ol' fashioned group interrogation; it doesn't go quite as planned.
(log: 20150228-lockdown:shield | tags: captain_america falcon fracture mockingbird paul_manning the_cavalry who_is_james_buchanan_barnes? winter_soldier witchblade | posted: 25 Mar 2015 20:33)

Paper Doll
February 22, 2015: Steve stops by Sara's in a rush after finding out she's been shot. The evening takes a far different turn than he expected.
(log: 20150222-paper-doll | tags: captain_america witchblade | posted: 22 Feb 2015 21:51)

Signing On
February 21, 2015: Sara Pezzini investigates a new job opportunity with the Division.
(log: 20150221-signing-on | tags: maria_hill shield witchblade | posted: 21 Feb 2015 23:46)

Chasing Sara
<February 14, 2015>: Someone comes after detective Pezzini
(log: 20150214-chasing-sara | tags: nyc spider-man supergirl titans vorpal witchblade | posted: 16 Feb 2015 04:54)

Magical Rumors Board
January 26, 2015: Bobbi has a lunch meeting with Sara to get some information on who or what might have provided the magic for the HYDRA attack on the Triskelion.
(log: 20150127-magical-rumors-board | tags: mockingbird shield witchblade | posted: 27 Jan 2015 18:22)

Security Breach: Outside Consultation
January 25 2015 Jericho arranges a meet for May, Sara and Hellboy. Chinese Hell-Kings optional
(log: 20150125-security-breach:outside-consultation | tags: aspect fitz hellboy shield the_cavalry witchblade | posted: 27 Jan 2015 04:56)

You look like a girl who could use some pie
January 24, 2015: Sara and Steve touch base after the battle.
(log: 20150124-you-look-like-a-girl-who-could-use-some-pie | tags: captain_america witchblade | posted: 25 Jan 2015 03:13)

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