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2nd Oct '17 8:18:39 AM LordGro
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* IHaveManyNames: Other Celtic sun goddesses - Grian, Aine, Brighid - may be other names for her.
2nd Oct '17 8:17:40 AM LordGro
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* ThePowerOfTheSun: Her name is cognate to that of other indo-european sun deities and is described as bright and golden. Some curse tablets appeal to the [[LightIsNotGood violent use of her light.

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* ThePowerOfTheSun: Her name is cognate to that of other indo-european sun deities and is described as bright and golden. Some curse tablets appeal to the [[LightIsNotGood violent use of her light.
2nd Oct '17 8:13:49 AM LordGro
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* EvilEye: Her specialty.
27th Sep '17 1:48:05 PM Carliro
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!!!Sulis
The Celtic solar goddess, best known for her worship site in Bath, Somerset.

* EvilEye: Her specialty.
* IHaveManyNames: Other Celtic sun goddesses - Grian, Aine, Brighid - may be other names for her.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Her name is cognate to that of other indo-european sun deities and is described as bright and golden. Some curse tablets appeal to the [[LightIsNotGood violent use of her light.
15th Jul '17 12:49:12 PM Malady
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* HumanoidAbomination: Even when in human form, he is described in the Táin as having MulticoloredHair, [[FacialMarkings four multicolored dimples in each cheek]], [[KaleidoscopeEyes seven pupils in each eye]], and seven [[AbsurdlySharpClaws clawed]] fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheOldGods Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide spasm]]...

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



* 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]]
27th Jun '17 11:33:38 PM Sharysa
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* NeverMyFault: Is very quick to attribute everything that went wrong in the ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge'' despite his own tendency to constantly undermine her.

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* NeverMyFault: Is very quick to attribute everything that went wrong in the ''Literature/TainBoCuailnge'' to Mebd, despite his own tendency to constantly undermine her.
7th Jun '17 3:11:55 PM YpsiFang
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* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Nightmarish disfigurations aside, the ''Táin'' says that Cú Chulainn's body "swelled like a bladder full of breath" until he 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 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], [KaleidoscopeEyes seven pupils in each eye], and seven [AbsurdlySharpClaws clawed] fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheOldGods Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide spasm]]...

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* HulkingOut: His ríastrad or warp spasm. Nightmarish disfigurations aside, the ''Táin'' says that Cú Chulainn's body "swelled like a bladder full of breath" until he was "as vast as a [TheOldGods [[TheOldGods Fomorian giant]" 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 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 [[FacialMarkings four multicolored dimples in each cheek], [KaleidoscopeEyes cheek]], [[KaleidoscopeEyes seven pupils in each eye], eye]], and seven [AbsurdlySharpClaws clawed] [[AbsurdlySharpClaws clawed]] fingers and toes on each hand/foot. He also has blood ties to the [[TheOldGods Fomorians]]. Then there's his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Warp]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide spasm]]...



* 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.

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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] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide ríastrad/warp-spasm]] takes this to absurd levels.



* 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 ''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 kill anyone in its reach.
* TooCoolToLive: Invoked - Cu Chulainn was prophecised to be incredibly accomplished, but also very short-lived.

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* SufferTheSlings: One of Cú Chulainn's signature weapons and listed as one of the twenty-seven feats taught to him by [World'sBestWarrior Scáthach], [[WorldsBestWarrior 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 ''ríastrad''/Warp Spasm. It turned him into a massively-muscled, horrifically disfigured, [TheOldGods Fomorian]-esque [[TheOldGods Fomorian]]-esque giant that could destroy a battlefield with a single sweep of its arm, but could not distinguish friend from foe and kill anyone in its reach.
* TooCoolToLive: Invoked - Cu Chulainn was prophecised prophesied to be incredibly accomplished, but also very short-lived.
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]]''.
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