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Medea

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    Medea isn’t the kind of girl that most guys would want to bring home to Mom. Not only is she a sorceress with a thing for black magic, she’s also a total serial killer with many a victim to her name. Most famously, she killed her two sons, after her husband, Jason, left her for a pretty young princess. Sure, Medea had a right to be ticked off—she was the one who’d made Jason famous by helping him get the Golden Fleece—but most people would probably agree that executing your children because of your husband’s betrayal is a bit of an overkill.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Medea

    Nickname

    Black Magic Woman

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Sorceress

    Education

    Hecate’s School of Witchcraft

    Beliefs

    Political views

    I really ought to be queen of everything.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    King Aeetes (Dad)
    Eidyia (Mom)
    Helios (Granddad)

    Siblings

    Absytrus (Who I killed)
    Chalciope

    Children

    Mermeros, Pheres (Who I had by Jason and then killed)
    Medus (by Aegeus)

    Friends

    Hecate (My beautiful goddess of choice)
    Circe (My lovely aunt)

    Enemies

    King Aeetes (My father, who never forgave me for helping Jason get the Golden Fleece)
    Abytrus (My brother, who I killed)
    King Pelias (Who I had killed)
    King Pelias’s daughters (Who I tricked into killing their father)
    King Creon (Who I accidentally killed—not that I feel bad about it)
    Glauce (Who I killed)
    Jason (Who hates me, because I killed our kids)
    Eros and Aphrodite (Who made me fall in love with Jason)
    Theseus (Who I tried to kill)


    Whew.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Jason (Until he dumped me and I killed our kids.)
    Married to Aegeus (Until I tried to kill his son, Theseus.)

    Interested in

    I’m through with love.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Merlin 
    Revenge 
    Charmed 
    Dexter (I think of myself as the good kind of serial killer.) 

    Quotations

    “I’m breaking dishes up in here, all nights
    I ain’t gonna stop until I see police lights
    I’ma fight a man tonight”
    – Rihanna

    “In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man.”
    – Friedrich Nietzsche

    “Now and then I think of when we were together,
    Like when you said you felt so happy you could die,
    Told myself that you were right for me,
    But felt so lonely in your company,
    But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember.”
    – Gotye

    “Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family.”
    – Joachim Du Bellay (Yeah, think about that one, Jason.)

    “Love bites.”
    – Def Leppard

    Books

    Medea by Euripides (I kind of have to like this one, right?) 
    “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning 
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth, the Weird Sisters—love this play.) 
    “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath 
    Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen 
    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 
    Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
    “Circe’s Power” by Louise Glück 
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 
    The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

    Music

    Black Magic by the Magic Wands 
    Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye 
    Gangsta by tUnE-yArDs 
    Black Magic Woman by Santana 
    I Don’t Want Love by the Antlers 
    Killing Me Softly by the Fugees 
    Love Bites by Def Leppard 

    Movies

    Snow White and the Huntsman (The Queen doesn’t seem so evil to me.) 
    The Moth Diaries 
    Practical Magic 
    Dark Shadows (Johnny Depp as a vampire? Delicious.) 
    The Craft 
    Fried Green Tomatoes 
    Madea Goes to Jail (This isn’t me, but I think he/she is funny.) 
    The Witches of Eastwick 
    Harry Potter (Love them all!) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Herbal Medicine
    Poison
    Covens
    Samhain
    Bellatrix Lestrange

    Interests

    Fratricide
    Filicide
    Feminism
    Witchcraft
    Revenge

    Groups

    Witches
    Granddaughters of the Sun
    Bellatrix Lestrange Fan Club

    • Spotter's Guide

      Whoa, you’re looking for Medea? We don’t get a lot of requests for her. She’s most famous for killing her own children after her husband, Jason, left her for another woman. She did have a right to be ticked off, but that just seems more than a little overboard. Anyway, she was a mortal, so you’ll have to take a shuttle down to the Underworld if you want to have a chat. But be careful. She’s a really good sorceress with a really bad temper, so you definitely don’t want to get on her bad side.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Thin
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Black
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Cauldron
      Clothing: Dark robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Magic, spells, potions

      Typical Companions:

      Everybody is afraid of her, so… no one

      Known Hangouts:

      The Underworld Magic Shop

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      Medea by Euripides

      This is the play about Medea and we have a ton to say about it.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius

      Check out Medea and Jason’s days with the Argonauts in this ancient poem.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus

      Another version of the Quest for the Golden Fleece by the author often recognized for having the most ridiculous name ever.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus

      Here’s more on Medea, Jason, and the Argonauts. And hey, another fun name.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Ovid gives you all the gory details of King Pelias’s death at the hands of his own daughters—brought to you by the cunning of Medea.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Medea by Seneca

      The Roman playwright puts his own spin on Medea’s revenge.

      Dec 20, 1969

      Medea

      Big time opera star, Maria Callas, stars as the tortured sorceress.

      Dec 20, 1983

      Medea

      Zoe Caldwell takes her turn as Medea in this film.

      Dec 20, 1988

      Medea

      Revolutionary director Lars von Trier puts an artsy spin on the tragedy in this film.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Medea

      Medea goes modern in this TV miniseries.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

      Medea tries to use magical “charmspeak” to convince some young demigods to chop each other into little pieces in this follow-up series to Percy Jackson.