For the book character, see Penny.
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Biographical Information
Status Alive
Physical Information
Race Earth Human
Gender Male
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Occupation Student
School Brakebills
Discipline Group Psychic
Discipline Travelers
Organizations The Library
Portrayed by Arjun Gupta
First Appearance Unauthorized Magic
Last Appearance We Have Brought You Little Cakes

William "Penny" Adiyodi[1] is a magician who joins Brakebills along with Quentin and Alice.


Before The Magicians Edit

He spent some time in Florida.

The Magicians Edit

Penny was first seen taking the entrance exam with Quentin and passed, becoming his new roommate. After passing Brakebills preliminary tests, Penny start dating Kady, one of his classmates. Unwillingly, he ended up involved with Quentin, Alice and Kady in the release of the Beast during a seeming failed ritual. Assigned to the psychic class, Penny found himself projected to the other part of the world and was rescued by Henry Fogg and Eliza, who made him aware of the traveler training that he was supposed to undertake.

Because of his psychic abilities, Penny also began having disturbing visions about a woman held in chains in a dark dungeon by a man with his face covered with a swarm of moths, The Beast. Confronted with classmates, Penny discovered that he ended up in Fillory (the real one) with his traveler powers.

Following the meeting with Brakebills' alumni, Penny decided to suppress his skills by means of a tattoo binding, limiting his traveling only to astral projection. However, when the first-year class was sent to Brakebills South to study with Professor Mayakowski, Penny decided to embrace his skills and master them. Unfortunately, during their stay at Brakebills South, he broke up with Kady as a result of disagreements over the nature of their relationship.


Penny, in the colloquial, is an asshole. He actively refuses offers of friendship and punishes his peers for any attempt to connect with him. But this attitude is the product of a lifetime of emotional neglect, for which he cannot be blamed. Also adding to his self-isolation is his magical speciality, which allows him to hear and read minds with little to no effort; a given if the mind isn't shielded. Despite his dislike for others, he has deep feelings for Kady, whom he entered a "friends with benefits" based relationship.


Unlike the books, the television interpretation of Penny is of Indian descent and has dark hair and eyes. He is often seen wearing vests with no shirt underneath and usually a scarf. He temporarily had a tattoo in his arm to control his Traveler powers, but it was removed by Mayakovsky to allow him to fully use his abilities.

Magic and AbilitiesEdit

Penny is a skilled magician, showing success in complex battle magic spells and having two magical disciplines. A testament to his prowess was his success in performing battle magic without having to remove his emotions (unlike his friends). One of Penny's disciplines is psychic: he can hear the thoughts of others with little to no effort.

Penny's second discipline is traveling: a rare, magical power that allows him to travel instantly to other locations and other dimensions. He was at first fearful of this ability and used a tattoo to keep him grounded, giving him the ability to astral project. But he was encouraged by Mayakovsky to travel without restraint, allowing him to become skilled with the ability.

Episode AppearancesEdit

Season 1

Season 2


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