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Finn mac Cool

Finn mac Cool is one of the greatest warriors to come out of Ireland, but he's also a softie at heart (poor guy's fiancée, Grainne, ran out on him). He's also had absolute knowledge ever since he burned his thumb on the Salmon of Wisdom. That doesn't stop him from wanting to look good, though. As the leader of the Fianna warrior band, Finn loves to sculpt his abs and glutes with his buddies at the gym.

Basic Information

NameFinn mac Cool (or Fionn mac Cumhaill)
NicknameFinny. I was born "Deimne," but I got my nickname, "Finn," which means "blond," from my hair color.
Current citySomewhere in the Otherworld, waiting for Ireland to be in danger so I can come back to life and rescue the Irish people.

Work & Education

OccupationProfessional warrior
EducationI trained with my personal war band, the Fianna, from age eight. I also got some insider training from my aunt, a Druidess, and her BFF, a female warrior.


Political viewsI make the rules in the Fianna.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsMy dad's name was Cumhall and my mom's name is Murna. Some people told me that my dad attacked my mom, then was killed in war by the hero Conn of the Hundred Battles. Other people said that, because he was chief of the Fianna, his rival warriors of Clan Morna got jealous and bumped him off.
ChildrenMy son, Oisin, was a great warrior and poet, and my grandson, Oscar, was no slouch on the battlefield, either.
FriendsMost of the Fianna
EnemiesGoll mac Morna, who killed my dad; Diarmaid, a warrior who stole my bride-to-be, Grainne


Relationship statusMarried to Sadb, a princess who was a human, then turned into a deer, then became a human, then a deer again. Yeah.

I've got a few other wives, including Tasha of the White Arms and Aibe, daughter of the High King Cormac mac Airt. I was originally supposed to marry Aibe's sister, Grainne, but she skipped out on our wedding.
Interested inLadies of the Otherworld


Quotations"I've done a lot of bad things. Use your imagination."
– Katy Perry

"Sometimes just when I say hello the right way, I'm like, 'Whoa, I'm so cool.'"
– Robert Pattinson

"Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible."
– Charles Haughey

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."
– Aristotle
BooksAll the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren 
(Politics in ancient Ireland seem simple compared to this.)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 
(Dr. Jekyll's like Diarmaid—my ex-BFF really turned on me.)
Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare 
(What a great warrior he was!)
Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory 
(The awesome tale of my British cuz.)
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George 
Finn mac Cool by Morgan Llywelyn
(My semi-fictional autobiography—not bad.)
On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
Music...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears  
(I love her dance sequence in that gym.)
Born This Way by Lady Gaga 
(My wife loves this song; she was born human, then turned into a deer.)
Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson 
The Salmon Dance by My Chemical Romance 
Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake 
(...especially if the Salmon of Wisdom comes out of that river.)
Somewhere Out There by James Horner 
(Somewhere out there were Diarmaid and Grainne... hiding from me.)
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen 
Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland  
(Who said rainbows were just for the Irish?)
MoviesThe Men Who Stare at Goats  
(A bit of magical thinking in war goes a long way.)
The Deer Hunter 
(I love this movie... but the missus hates it.)
St. Patrick: the Irish Legend 
(It's rumored that my son Oisin met St. Patrick.)
King Arthur 
The Shawshank Redemption 
A Knight's Tale 
Conan the Barbarian 
TV ShowsSpartacus: Vengeance 
Once Upon a Time 
(Fairy tales come to life in an awesome way.)
Band of Brothers 
Adventures of Superman 
(The original—and best—superhero.)
No Ordinary Family 

Activities & Interests

LikesBloodhound puppies
The beauty of untamed nature
My glorious blond hair
Epic Irish poetry
Lovely young maidens
ActivitiesSalmon fishing
Riding mountain bikes through the forest
Taming wild deer
Keeping an eye on my girlfriend
Hanging with my Fianna buddies at the local pub
InterestsIchthyology (study of fishing)
Veterinary studies
Irish culture
Scottish geography (for tracking down the fleeing Diarmaid and Grainne)
GroupsMy Friend Stole My Fiancée and I Didn't Even Get a Lousy T-Shirt
Events in Irish History 

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