"Wait. A spell that rewards good children, you and your elves..."
"That was a long time ago."
"Are you Santa Claus?"
"Oh... Well, I'm not, not that. But I don't like that name. It got very commercial, very shopping mall. Look, just call me Nick, asshole.
Alice Quinn and Santa Claus[src]

Saint Nicholas of Bari, also known as Santa Claus, is a Magician that was formerly imprisoned in the Library of the Neitherlands.


Early Life

Searching for an Honest Soul

"Ever heard of Diogenes?"
"Yeah, sad sack philosopher with a lantern, in search of one honest man."
"I was finishing his work to find good people."
"To feel less alone.
—Santa Claus and Alice Quinn[src]

Originally, Nick was obsessed with finishing the spell of the philosopher Diogenes to find kind-hearted people. When he realized that there were few good people left, he instead focused on finding good children with the spell and reward them for their kind nature. However, as his work on the spell progressed, he needed a book from the Library of the Neitherlands to continue it, but it was restricted to the Poison Room.[2]

Meeting Eve

"So? Tell me, what brought you here? Hmm? I've pretty much seen it all-- enchanted capes, rings. This one guy, he rode a sled pulled by flying- what do you call them? Not zebra. Reindeer!"
"Santa Claus?"
"Yeah! Do you know him? He's a really nice guy, right?
Eve and Penny[src]

When through to the Neitherlands, Nick met Eve, who later remarked that Nick was extremely nice, much to the amazement of Penny.[3]

Imprisoned by the Library

Infiltrating the Poison Room

"Come to a point where I needed this book. Restricted. They kept it in this place they call, uh-"
"The Poison Room. Yeah, it killed one of my friends."
"Yeah. It killed some of mine too. I was working with these elf gentlemen. Uh, it was bad.
—Nick and Alice Quinn[src]

One day, Nick sent a few Elves to infiltrate the Library's Poison Room. However, the Elves died in the process and Santa was arrested by the Order of the Library of the Neitherlands for murder and possession of restricted materials.[2]

Suicide Attempt

"I tried to escape early on. Ended up lost in the stacks. They found me, of course, and that's when I tried to kill myself."
—Santa Claus[src]

After he was detained in the Library, Nick attempted to escape but got lost until the Librarians found him. Seeing no other way out, Nick tried to kill himself with the broken edge of a tray. However, the Librarians revived him shortly after and he vowed to never let himself go through that again.[2]

Meeting Alice Quinn

To be added

Escape from the Library of the Neitherlands

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"Can we please not with the Santa stuff right now?"
"Well, could you please not with the angsty, nerdy stuff? Huh? No, because that's who you are, and I don't judge you for it.
Alice Quinn and Santa Claus[src]

To be added

Magic and Abilities


"I know you're not sleeping."
—Santa Claus to Alice Quinn[src]

Wellspring Magic Manipulation: Santa Claus is able to shape and manipulate the energy of the Wellspring to cast spells by writing specific formations with his hands, forming phosphorescent constructs of energy.

"Hey, is all that chimney stuff about you true?"
"Never met one I couldn't crack.
Alice Quinn and Santa Claus[src]
  • Teleportation: Nick is able to travel through chimneys by touching his nose. When Nick and Alice Quinn escaped from the Library of the Neitherlands, he grabbed the mantle of the fireplace in Zelda Schiff's office and teleported out of the Library to return to his sleigh.
  • Pyrokinesis: Nick was able to cool the logs burning in a fireplace to travel through a chimney.
  • Telepathy: Nick was able to tell that Alice Quinn was awake from his cell in the Library of the Neitherlands.






Appearances for Santa Claus

In chronological order:


  • Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nicholas of Bari, was the patron saint of sailer, repentant thieves, and children during the time of the Roman Empire. He became known as Nicholas the Wonderworker because of his intercession, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus.
  • One of Nick's patronage is to the falsely accused. Nick himself was falsely accused of murder on Library property.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Magicians: 4.01: A Flock of Lost Birds (episode)
  3. The Magicians: 1.10: Homecoming
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