History Characters / CelticMythology

8th May '17 2:34:04 PM hinezumi
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* CoolCar: In a version, his chariot could turn invisible (in other, it was his charioteer Laeg who did the trick).

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* CoolCar: In a version, his chariot could turn invisible (in other, it His Sickle Chariot was his charioteer Laeg who did decked out with scythes on the trick).rails and wheel hubs, spikes on the wheel rims and the horses' armor, and "heroic spikes" at the front. It cut bloody swathes through an army, kicked up a spray of flagstone-sized boulders, and left furrows "big enough to provide a fort and fortress" in its tracks.



* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Nightmarish disfigurations aside, we don't exactly know if he grew up in size or got muscled up with the transformation, but he definitely became ''much'' more dangerous anyway.
* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form, he is described in the Táin as having MulticoloredHair, four multicolored dimples in each cheek, seven pupils in each eye, and seven clawed fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheFairFolk Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[OneWingedAngel spasm]]...

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* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Nightmarish disfigurations aside, we don't exactly know if the ''Táin'' says that Cú Chulainn's body "swelled like a bladder full of breath" until he grew up in size or got muscled up was "as vast as a [TheOldGods Fomorian giant]" and strong enough to casually kill, at the very least, 100-500 men with a single blow. Another story, ''Fled Bricriu'' (''Bricriu's Feast''), says that the transformation, but he definitely became ''much'' more dangerous anyway.
warp spasm "stretched him until a warrior's foot could fit between his ribs" and made him strong enough to lift an entire castle easily.
* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form, he is described in the Táin as having MulticoloredHair, [FacialMarkings four multicolored dimples in each cheek, cheek], [KaleidoscopeEyes seven pupils in each eye, eye], and seven clawed [AbsurdlySharpClaws clawed] fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheFairFolk [[TheOldGods Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[OneWingedAngel spasm]]...[[SuperpoweredEvilSide spasm]]...
* InASingleBound: His "Salmon Leap" allowed him to clear fortresses, waterfalls, and miles-long bridges in a single bound.



* JustAKid: It wasn't uncommon for Cu Chulainn to be underestimated because of his age

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* JustAKid: It wasn't uncommon for Cu Chulainn to be underestimated because of his ageage.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Seven jeweled pupils in each eye[[note]]Or seven total - three in one and four in the other - if you go by the Wooing of Emer.[[/note]]



* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it's unknown what specific skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from making him scary-looking enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.

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* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite Alongside the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about of his spasms, it's unknown what specific skills or advantages they gave to transformation, it made him (aside from making him scary-looking strong enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way casually kill thousands of armed men with a single blow from his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.sling.



* MulticoloredHair: Described as having hair that starts blond at the ends, red in the middle, and brown at the roots.

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* MulticoloredHair: Described as having hair that starts blond at the ends, tips, red in the middle, and brown at the roots.roots, and spikes up when his SuperpoweredEvilSide comes out.



* OneManArmy: The ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge'' is less Connacht vs. Ulster and more Connacht vs. one incredibly badass teenager.

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* OneManArmy: The ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge'' is less Connacht vs. Ulster and more Connacht vs. one incredibly badass teenager. His [SuperpoweredEvilSide ríastrad/warp-spasm] takes this to absurd levels.



* PowerLimiter: Cú Chulainn wore twenty-seven armored tunics bound as tightly as possible with ropes and belts "so that his sense might not become deranged" when he entered his warp-spasm. Considering that his previous spasms lead him to attacking Conchobar's troops, and hat his charioteer Laeg and Ulster's men are unharmed during his subsequent assault, it seems to have worked.



* RuleOfSeven: Seven fingers on each hand, seven toes on each foot, and seven jeweled pupils in each eye.

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* RuleOfSeven: Seven fingers on each hand, seven toes on each foot, and seven jeweled pupils in each eye. According to the ''Mertowney Mountain Interviews'', some versions of the story even describe his signature spear, the Gáe Bolg, as having seven stacked heads with seven barbs each, taking this UpToEleven.



* SuperpoweredAlterId: The Warp Spasm.
* TechnicolorEyes: Seven jeweled pupils in each eye[[note]]Or seven total - three in one and four in the other - if you go by the Wooing of Emer.[[/note]]

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* SuperpoweredAlterId: StrongFamilyResemblance: One of the more consistent details of ''ríastrad''/warp-spasm is that it causes one eye to swell horribly and fall out of its socket; Cú Chulainn's paternal great-grandfather, Balor of the Evil Eye, was a Fomorian king whose epynonymous eye was described in a similar manner.
* SufferTheSlings: One of Cú Chulainn's signature weapons and listed as one of the twenty-seven feats taught to him by [World'sBestWarrior Scáthach], he was so skilled that he could half a flock of birds with one stone and leave the remaining birds alive but unconscious. His warp-spasm takes this UpToEleven, where he is described as casually killing hundreds, if not thousands of men with a single shot of his sling (called the "thunder feat").
* SuperpoweredEvilSide:
The Warp Spasm.
* TechnicolorEyes: Seven jeweled pupils in each eye[[note]]Or seven total - three in one
''ríastrad''/Warp Spasm. It turned him into a massively-muscled, horrifically disfigured, [TheOldGods Fomorian]-esque giant that could destroy a battlefield with a single sweep of its arm, but could not distinguish friend from foe and four kill anyone in the other - if you go by the Wooing of Emer.[[/note]]its reach.
4th Apr '17 10:17:17 AM Sharysa
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* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it's unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from making him scary-looking enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.

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* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it's unknown what specifical specific skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from making him scary-looking enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In one of the versions, as mentioned above, Cu Chulainn was monstruous even in human form, but it was rarely addressed at all - people instead focused on his otherwise bishie traits.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In one of the versions, as mentioned above, Cu Chulainn was monstruous monstrous even in human form, but it was rarely addressed at all - people instead focused on his otherwise bishie traits.traits.
* VagueAge: As several of his tropes state the weirdness of his chronological age, it's pretty trippy that Cuchullain is around six to ten when his main stories happen. ([[AWizardDidIt Maybe being a demigod made him mature faster?]]) Most people bump his age up to the mid/late teens--he'd still die extremely young in his twenties, but not to a fantastical degree.
4th Apr '17 9:56:50 AM Sharysa
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** In a pretty obscure myth, she was on the receiving end when her son Mechi was killed as a boy. [[ApocalypseMaiden There were three serpents living in his heart that were prophesied to destroy Ireland when he was full-grown.]]



** Also, there is the phrase "Garden of Morrigan," or some variation, in referrence to how battlefields tend to become overgrown with plantlife due to all that fertilizer left behind. Which is also beleived to be the source of her association with ''[[FertileFeet fertil]][[ReallyGetsAround ity]]''.

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** Also, there is the phrase "Garden of Morrigan," or some variation, in referrence reference to how battlefields tend to become overgrown with plantlife plant-life due to all that fertilizer left behind. Which is also beleived believed to be the source of her association with ''[[FertileFeet fertil]][[ReallyGetsAround ity]]''.
1st Apr '17 10:20:59 AM Cieloazul
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* CoolCar: In a version, his chariot could turn invisible (in other, it was his charioteer Laeg who had to do the trick).

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* CoolCar: In a version, his chariot could turn invisible (in other, it was his charioteer Laeg who had to do did the trick).



* FullPotentialUpgrade: Not just his weapon, but his ''chariot'', too.

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* FullPotentialUpgrade: Not just his weapon, but his ''chariot'', chariot too.



* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Nightmarish disfigurations aside, we don't exactly know if he grew up in size or got muscled up with the transformation, but he definitely became ''much'' dangerous anyway.

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* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Nightmarish disfigurations aside, we don't exactly know if he grew up in size or got muscled up with the transformation, but he definitely became ''much'' more dangerous anyway.



* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite the lavishly horrifying descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it's unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from making him scary-looking enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.

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* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite the lavishly horrifying horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it's unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from making him scary-looking enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.
13th Mar '17 2:07:32 PM Cieloazul
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* CarryABigStick: Has a magic club which could kill nine men with a single strike.
* InstrumentOfMurder: His magic harp, Uaithne. Not only its music alone could kill, it supposedly came flying to Dagda's hands every time he called it smashing all the people and things it found in its way.
* MagicMusic: He was such a skilled musician that he could make people cry, cheer, and sometimes ''[[BrownNote kill them]] [[DiedHappilyEverAfter from sheer awesome.]]'' Having a magic harp specifically for that purpose didn't hurt.

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* CarryABigStick: Has a magic magical club which could kill nine men with a single strike.
* InstrumentOfMurder: His magic magical harp, Uaithne. Not only its music alone could kill, it supposedly came flying to Dagda's hands every time he called it smashing all the people and things it found in its way.
* MagicMusic: He was such a skilled musician that he could make people cry, cheer, and sometimes ''[[BrownNote kill them]] [[DiedHappilyEverAfter from sheer awesome.]]'' Having a magic magical harp specifically for that purpose didn't hurt.



* TheBerserker: After warp-spasming. In this state, his already respectable body count usually skyrocketed, including the unlucky allies that were caught in the melee.



* BullyingADragon: Conchobar's 150 boy warriors learned it the hard way.



* CoolCar: In a version, his chariot could turn invisible (in other, it was his charioteer Laeg who had to do the trick).



* DontWakeTheSleeper: Once as a child, when someone was once sent to wake him, Cu Chulainn struck the man in the face so hard that he shattered his skull and killed him. Nobody dared to wake him up ever again.

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* DontWakeTheSleeper: Once as a child, when someone was once sent to wake him, Cu Chulainn struck the man in the face so hard that he shattered his skull and killed him. Nobody Understandably, nobody dared to wake him up ever again.



* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form, he is described in the Táin as having Multicolored Hair, four multicolored dimples in each cheek, seven pupils in each eye, and seven clawed fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheFairFolk Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[OneWingedAngel spasm]]



* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Actually, despite the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it is unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from, you know, turning him scary-looking enough to make everybody sane fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it, and a proof of it is that his already respectable body counts usually skyrocketed after he transformed.

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* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Actually, despite Nightmarish disfigurations aside, we don't exactly know if he grew up in size or got muscled up with the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about transformation, but he definitely became ''much'' dangerous anyway.
* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form, he is described in the Táin as having MulticoloredHair, four multicolored dimples in each cheek, seven pupils in each eye, and seven clawed fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheFairFolk Fomorians]]. Then there's
his spasms, it is unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from, you know, turning him scary-looking enough to make everybody sane fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it, and a proof of it is that his already respectable body counts usually skyrocketed after he transformed.[[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[OneWingedAngel spasm]]...



* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm.

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* LovecraftianSuperpower: The warp spasm. Actually, despite the lavishly horrifying descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it's unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from making him scary-looking enough to make every sane warrior fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it.


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In one of the versions, as mentioned above, Cu Chulainn was monstruous even in human form, but it was rarely addressed at all - people instead focused on his otherwise bishie traits.
27th Feb '17 1:49:08 PM Cieloazul
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* CarryABigStick: Has a magic club which could kill nine men with a single strike.
* InstrumentOfMurder: His magic harp, Uaithne. Not only its music alone could kill, it supposedly came flying to Dagda's hands every time he called it smashing all the people and things it found in its way.



* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form , he is described in the Táin as having Multicolored Hair, four multicolored dimples in each cheek, seven pupils in each eye, and seven clawed fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheFairFolk Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[OneWingedAngel spasm]]

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* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form , form, he is described in the Táin as having Multicolored Hair, four multicolored dimples in each cheek, seven pupils in each eye, and seven clawed fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheFairFolk Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[OneWingedAngel spasm]]



* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Actually, despite the horrifyingly lavish descriptions we enjoy about his spasms, it is unknown what specifical skills or advantages they gave to him (aside from, you know, turning him scary-looking enough to make everybody sane fly away). It is likely, however, that it increased in some way his strength, speed, toughness or all of it, and a proof of it is that his already respectable body counts usually skyrocketed after he transformed.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Although the real name is Setanta while Cu Chulainn means "The hound of Chulainn" (a title he got after killing Chulainn's hound and taking its place)

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Although the real name is Setanta while Cu Chulainn means "The hound of Chulainn" (a title he got after killing Chulainn's hound and taking its place)
26th Feb '17 11:50:59 PM gewunomox
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-->"''Cuchulainn was an unstoppable warrior hero in Irish legend who was renowned throughout the British Isles for his unmatched prowess in combat, his superhuman deeds, his JustinTimberlake-like good looks and his infamous "Warp Spasm" - a violent bloodthirsty berserker rage which caused his face to contort into hideous positions, made his hair to stand up on end, and prompted one of his eyes to bulge out of his head.''" (From his Website/BadassOfTheWeek page.)

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-->"''Cuchulainn was an unstoppable warrior hero in Irish legend who was renowned throughout the British Isles for his unmatched prowess in combat, his superhuman deeds, his JustinTimberlake-like Music/JustinTimberlake-like good looks and his infamous "Warp Spasm" - a violent bloodthirsty berserker rage which caused his face to contort into hideous positions, made his hair to stand up on end, and prompted one of his eyes to bulge out of his head.''" (From his Website/BadassOfTheWeek page.)
3rd Feb '17 3:31:52 AM JustTroper
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* SageLoveInterest: A wise female that tended to speak in riddles nobody could understand. In Cuchulainn, she finally met her match.
22nd Jan '17 10:30:07 PM Sharysa
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* [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman World's Most Beautiful Man]]: Snatched the title out from under Fionn.

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* [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman World's Most Beautiful Man]]: Snatched the title out from under Fionn.
Fionn. Although it helped that Fionn was getting on in years by the time Diarmuid joined the Fianna.
27th Oct '16 3:22:01 PM DustSnitch
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TheAce of the gods, associated with the sun ([[ScienceMarchesOn according to Victorian archaeologists, anyways]]), fertility, and [[{{Badass}} liberating Ireland from the monster Balor]]. Not much is known past that, but he ''did'' have a fling with his hot midwife when she helped his wife give birth safely--the midwife in turn had Cuchulainn, Ireland's greatest hero, and the rest is (alleged) history. He is sometimes considered to be the Morrigan's husband, due to both deities being powerful warriors associated with, well, ''fertility''.

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TheAce of the gods, associated with the sun ([[ScienceMarchesOn according to Victorian archaeologists, anyways]]), fertility, and [[{{Badass}} liberating Ireland from the monster Balor]].Balor. Not much is known past that, but he ''did'' have a fling with his hot midwife when she helped his wife give birth safely--the midwife in turn had Cuchulainn, Ireland's greatest hero, and the rest is (alleged) history. He is sometimes considered to be the Morrigan's husband, due to both deities being powerful warriors associated with, well, ''fertility''.



* WhatDoesHeSeeInHer: He's (possibly) married to ''the Morrígan,'' of all people. Then again, [[NotSoDifferent they]] [[ReallyGetsAround have]] ''[[{{Badass}} a couple]]'' of things in common...[[note]]Followers of both gods emphatically state that they can't stand each other, and this was most likely a Wiccan influence.[[/note]]

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* WhatDoesHeSeeInHer: He's (possibly) married to ''the Morrígan,'' of all people. Then again, [[NotSoDifferent they]] [[ReallyGetsAround have]] ''[[{{Badass}} a couple]]'' ''a couple'' of things in common...[[note]]Followers of both gods emphatically state that they can't stand each other, and this was most likely a Wiccan influence.[[/note]]



* {{Flanderization}}: For [[DarkerAndEdgier some reason]], Goths view her as a [[BrokenBird misunderstood]] and [[TheHighQueen regal persona]] rather than the {{Badass}}, [[HairTriggerTemper ill-tempered]], [[DisproportionateRetribution insanely vengeful]] figure she is in myth.

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* {{Flanderization}}: For [[DarkerAndEdgier some reason]], Goths view her as a [[BrokenBird misunderstood]] and [[TheHighQueen regal persona]] rather than the {{Badass}}, badass, [[HairTriggerTemper ill-tempered]], [[DisproportionateRetribution insanely vengeful]] figure she is in myth.



* {{Badass}}: This is the guy who tied his spilled intestines to a rock so he could keep standing and killed someone AFTER he died. Definitely extremely badass.



* AlasPoorVillain: Consider the deeds of the {{Badass}} DarkActionGirl in her lifetime. Then consider that she was taken down by a piece of cheese while she was taking a bath.

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* AlasPoorVillain: Consider the deeds of the {{Badass}} DarkActionGirl in her lifetime. Then consider that she was taken down by a piece of cheese while she was taking a bath.



* DarkActionGirl: Defeated all her siblings in combat to prove herself {{Badass}}, or so she boasts to her husband as they duel with their egos across the pillows. Not an UnusualEuphemism, as it turns out. She also murdered a pregnant woman and later waged one of the most epic wars in Irish legend to steal a bull (still not an UnusualEuphemism) so she'd be more wealthy than her husband.

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* DarkActionGirl: Defeated all her siblings in combat to prove herself {{Badass}}, badass, or so she boasts to her husband as they duel with their egos across the pillows. Not an UnusualEuphemism, as it turns out. She also murdered a pregnant woman and later waged one of the most epic wars in Irish legend to steal a bull (still not an UnusualEuphemism) so she'd be more wealthy than her husband.
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