Real Name: Echidna

Identity/Class: Olympian monster

Occupation: Mother of Monsters

Group Membership: Doom Maidens (Anaconda, Aradnea, Mindblast, Scorpia, Shriek, Titania/Mary MacPherran, Zheng Bao Yu)

Affiliations: Caroline Le Fay, Mr. Raven

EnemiesArgus, Defenders (Elsa Bloodstone, Clea, Hippolyta, Ren Kimura, Misty Knight, Danielle Moonstar, Nova/Frances Hyatt, Dr. Annabelle Riggs, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde);
possibly Argus Panoptes, Hercules (Heracles), Zeus

Known RelativesTyphon (husband), Vârcolac (mate), Cerberus, Hydra, Ladon, Nemean Lion, Orthus, Yarralamundu (sons), Angerboda, Chimaera, Jandlinatjari, Phaea, Maralith, Sphinx, Teumessian Fox (daughters), Phorcys (father), Ceto (mother), Tartarus (father-in-law), Gaea (maternal grandmother/mother-in-law), Gorgons (Euryale, Medusa, Stheno), Graeae (Deinos, Enyo, Pephredo), Scylla, Sirens, Thoosa, Zirnitra (sisters), Pontus (maternal grandfather), Set (paternal grandfather), Damballah, Dragon of the Moon, Siapep, Sligguth, Yamato-no-Orichi (uncles), Ishiti, Tartessus (aunts), Chthon, Hyppus (granduncles), Isuus, Oshtur (grandaunts), Demiurge (great-grandfather), many other distant relatives;
possibly Agathyrsus, Gelonus, Scythes (sons)

Aliases: Ekhidna, She-Viper

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth's oceans

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Marvel Tarot (2007); (seen) Fearless Defenders#11 (January, 2014)

Powers/Abilities: Echidna possesses a humanoid upper body and a sea serpent's lower body. She has a mouth filled with dart-like sharp teeth and clawed hands. She can ensare enemies with her lower body and squeeze her opponent with superhuman strength (on par with Valkyrie; 45 tons). She can swim at superhuman speed (though it is unknown how fast) and breathe underwater. She can seemingly fly (though it is possible Aradnea made her levitate).

Height: (typical) 6'; (full length) 13'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 245 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Green


(Marvel Tarot) - Echidna, daughter of Ceto and Phorcys, gave birth to such monsters as Chimaera, Cerberus, Maralith, the Nemean Lion, the Lernaean Hydra and Angerboda (the first few fathered by Typhon and the last by Vârcolac)

(All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update#3 - Huntsman) - Echidna and Typhon parented the Teumessian Fox.

(Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Other Various Monstrosities - Set) - The Snakes of Many Colors were children of Echidna, daughter of Phorcys, the son of Set.

(Fearless Defenders#11 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past Echidna tasted the flesh of a member of the Asgardians' Valkyrior.

(Mythology) - Zeus allowed Echidna and her offspring to live as a challenge for future heroes after she and Typhon attacked Mount Olympus.

   At some point Echidna stole Hercules' horses to lure him to her and force him to mate with her. She eventually gave birth to Agathyrsus, Gelonus and Scythes.

   Argus apparently slew Echidna in her sleep (she got better by unknown means or it never happened in the MU; same goes for other mythological events).

(Fearless Defenders#11 (fb) - BTS) - Echidna joined Caroline Le Fay's Doom Maidens.

(Fearless Defenders#11) - Echidna, the Atlantean witch Aradnea and a horde of sea monsters arrived at the shore of New Amazonia to offer the Amazons to abandon Hippolyta and join someone else. The Defenders and their allies fought the monsters and the two Doom Maidens. Echidna fought Valkyrie and Ren Kimura before she was impaled through the chest with a sea serpent's tooth by Hippolyta. Echidna couldn't believe it would end for her like this because of La Fey's promises to her...whatever these promises were. Ariadne and Echidna left New Amazonia without further fighting after Caroline offered the Amazons to join her.

(Fearless Defenders#12) - Echidna joined the Doom Maidens in a South American pyramid to summon soemthing evil to Earth. They were attacked by Valkyrie's Defenders, who thwarted the summoning by closing the portal. The Defenders were victorious.

Comments: Adapted by Cullen Bunn (writer) & Will Sliney (artist).

Like her mother Ceto, Echidna is the mother of many monsters. She is far more famous than Ceto in the role as Mother of Monsters in Greek mythology.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Echidna has no known connection to:

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Fearless Defenders#11, p12, pan2 (main image)
Fearless Defenders#11, p16, pan2 (vs Valkyrie)

Marvel Tarot#1 (2007) - David Sexton (writer/design), Doug Sexton (technical consultant), Jeff Christiansen (continuity consultant), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Fearless Defenders#11-12 (January-February, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)

Last updated: 08/20/15

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