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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