The Morrígan is a triple threat. What we mean is that she does everything with her sisters and BFFs, Badb and Macha, from painting their nails to predicting who will win a fistfight. When they aren't individually chasing people around a battlefield, these three make up a single supergoddess called The Morrígu. Even more than her sisters, the Morrígan is an expert mean girl. But prophecy and sexiness aren't her only superpowers. The Morrígan can transform her body into any animal (usually a crow), and she can also make herself look like anyone at any age. Think: Mystique. Turns out that sex and violence can be pretty persuasive. Unfortunately, being on her good side one time doesn't guarantee you a spot there for life. She's a finicky creature who changes her mind at the drop of a hat. So if you want to slay max dudes in battle, you'd better pray the Morrígan is in a favorable mood that day.
Great Queen, Phantom Queen, She's So Raven
Tir Na Nóg
War goddess. I inspire the great warriors, steel their nerves, encourage heroic deeds, etc. I'm kind of a big deal in the office, actually.
Sidhe Institute of Shape-Shifting and Bloodlust
Why debate policy when you can just kill the guy?
Badb and Macha and I are triplets.
Mechi (don't know, or care, who his father is)
My sisters, Badb and Macha.
The Fir Bolg
In an Open Relationship with:
Warriors. The more valor and blood on their hands, the better. I really want Cúchulainn, but he isn't into it. His loss.
"You say that you are my judge; I do not know if you are; but take good heed not to judge me ill, because you would put yourself in great peril."
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Rooks by Shearwater
So you're looking for The Morrígan, eh? If you're a strong man with valor to spare, sit tight, because she'll probably come to you. Otherwise, she can be an elusive lady. But there's one place you're sure to find her: the battlefield. When there's a fight in full swing, she'll often take the form of a crow and hover around her favorite warriors. She can also make it rain fire on your forces. Be careful when you interact with her, though. If she feels you've offended her, you're likely to meet a gruesome demise.
Age: Varies (sometimes she's a beautiful young woman, sometimes she's a scary old lady)
Build: Varies (see Age, plus the crow thing)
Complexion: Fair-skinned or black-feathered
Hair Color: Red
Facial Hair: None
Scars/marks/tattoos: Possible scars from her fight with Cúchulainn—broken rib, scarred eye, broken leg—but just scars, since all were cured
Clothing: Either a stunning little number or an old torn up cloak. Or black feathers… over her whole body
Type of Weapon: Various animal parts (fangs, claws, horns, etc.) or magic
Pretty much any fields where there's action
The cave of Cruachain
Tir Na Nóg
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
This Irish epic can be compared to Beowulf and El Cid in terms of both epicness and oldness (and the unknown-ness of who first wrote it). It comes from the Ulster Cycle of Irish stories. The Morrígan is a somewhat minor character, but she plays a very active role. She warns the red bull of Queen Medb's (Maeve's) plan to kidnap it; and this is also the infamous story where the Morrígan tries—and fails—to seduce Cúchulainn. Drama ensues.
Dec 20, 1099 - Dec 20, 1199
These cycles are not so much traditionally published works as they are groups of stories with similar themes. As far as stories concerning the Morrígan, the Mythological cycle (which we admit has a confusing name) has lots of descriptions of the Tuatha Dé Danann (The Children of Danu) as well as the stories of the two battles of Mag Tuired (see the Morrígan's Wall for more on this). The Ulster Cycle includes Táin Bó Cúailnge. Though these stories are all very old, the oldest existing collections of them date back to the 12th century.
Dec 20, 1985
This book by Pat O'Shea is a highly-rated fantasy novel for children, with many, many characters from Irish mythology in it. The Morrígan is the antagonist in this book—don't mess with her.
Dec 20, 1994
A Capcom 2D fighting game for CPS II ('90s retro right there) and later for Playstation had a playable character based on the Morrígan. This version of the Phantom Queen wasn't evil, but she was a succubus born in Scotland in the 1600s. Capcom obviously took some liberties with her origin story. The games was made into comics, and they tried to make it into a TV show in 1995, but it only lasted a few (terrible) episodes.
Dec 20, 2019
Christopher Moore's funny novel is about an unsuspecting guy who is saddled with the job of collecting the souls of the dead. The Morrígan, along with her sisters, is yet again the villain.
Dec 20, 2019
The Morrígan's appearances in the DC universe are in her triplicate form. Apparently, the goal of the Morrígan is to destroy every Amazon. Some weird, cultural crossover there.
Dec 20, 2019
Mike Mignola knows his mythology, and Hellboy is the best comic for all our fellow myth-nerds out there. The Morrígan is terrifying and powerful in Mignola's work, but not in a gimmicky way. We approve.
Dec 20, 2019
Occasionally making an appearance in Marvel comics, too, the Morrígan was most recently in a plot arc of X-Factor. She is the villain. No one is surprised.