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Quote1 Gone! Gone! -- the form of man -- Rise, the Demon Etrigan! Quote2
-- Etrigan src

Etrigan is a demon from Hell who usually found himself allied to the forces of good. Etrigan resembles a squat, muscular human with orange (or yellow) skin, horns, red eyes, and ears resembling bat wings.

Origin

He was originally summoned by the wizard Merlin as part of a last-ditch defense of Camelot against the evil witch, Morgaine le Fey. When it became clear that the kingdom would fall regardless, Merlin sent the demon away and bonded him into a human named Jason Blood to wait until he was summoned.

Centuries later, Jason was called to the crypt of Merlin and discovered a poem that could change him into Etrigan. Unfortunately, he was followed by the long-lived Morgaine who lusted for Merlin's secrets. That led to Etrigan's first major battle, and to the solidification of Morgaine as a major enemy. In addition, he later gained another enemy in Klarion the witch-boy, a permanently prepubescent mage who created trouble with his magic.

Jason Blood's first transformation into the Demon occurred when reading the inscription on the surface of a stone tomb:

Change! Change,
O' form of man!
Release the might from fleshy mire!
Boil the blood
in the heart for fire!
Gone! Gone! -- the form of man --
Rise, the Demon Etrigan!!

Generally, only the last two lines were actively recited, and the words have been known to vary slightly; the phrase "yarva daemonicus etrigan" has occasionally been used, but not consistently.

The poem that released Etrigan was:

Yarva Demonicus Etrigan.
Change, change the form of man.
Free the prince forever damned.
Free the might from fleshy mire.
Boil the blood in heart of fire.
Gone, gone the form of man,
Rise the demon Etrigan!

Some time later, Etrigan began speaking entirely in rhyme, as the result of a promotion, with the rhyming speech being a badge of his new rank in the infernal hierarchy.

The reverse spell was "Gone, gone O Etrigan! Rise again (or once more) the form of man!" The spell itself did not need to be recited by Jason or Etrigan to be effective, merely within their range of hearing. In emergencies when Jason could not speak (such as one time when he was turned into a fly) writing it was sometimes sufficient to effect the change. On one occasion, Blood released Etrigan by using a parody of the spell ("Gone o little man so tame / and rise the demon Whatsisname").

The Great Darkness

Etrigan, along with Swamp Thing, gathered an army to battle the Great Darkness.[1] Etrigan led his army against the Great Darkness, but the Great Darkness consumed him, into itself. While inside the Darkness, Etrigan explained that the Darkness was evil, and it was locked in an eternal struggle with God's light. The Darkness needed knowledge, and learned from Etrigan the concepts of fatalism and inevitability. The Darkness then spat Etrigan back out onto the ground, where Etrigan lay unconscious.[2]

Cosmic Odyssey

Darkseid had captured Etrigan, and he revealed this to Jason Blood.[3] Etrigan and Jason then merged, restoring Etrigan to full power.[4] Etrigan and Darkseid then entered into the Anti-Life's Realm.[5] Etrigan and Darkseid then proceeded to engage the Anti-Life Entity in combat. Just when they were about to be killed by the entity, Doctor Fate, Orion, and Highfather appeared and saved them. The five of them held their own against the entity for awhile, but then Doctor Fate, transported them away, trapping the entity in it's own realm.[6]

Sandman

Etrigan guided Sandman to Lucifer's palace.[7]

Apocalypse Now

The Phantom Stranger sensed a great evil and went to Arkham Asylum to try and assuage the mind of Tenzin Wyatt. Wyatt created a tulpa of rage, which closed in on the home of Jason Blood. Klarion was also closing in on the hime, both he and the tulpa sought retribution. Neither of them knew that Jason Blood had left to meditate in Nepal.[8] Jason Blood continued his meditation in the temple of the Green Dragon Society in Nepal. The Phantom Stranger tried to convince Jason to come back to Gotham, but Jason refuses.[9] At one point, Klarion formed a new 'gang' to exact his revenge on Etrigan. As this was happening, Jason Blood was meditating on his own past, and the Green Dragon Society welcomed 'the Destroyer' to Earth.[10] 'The Destroyer' ended up being the bounty hunter Lobo.[11] Etrigan and Lobo fought, until both of them realized they had the same destructive goals, and they formed an alliance.[12] But Etrigan and Lobo went back to fighting each other and Klarion's gang.[13] Things only got worse when Lobo hijacked a hydrogen bomb and rode his space hog to Meggido to detonate the bomb. Jason Blood had to release Etrigan to save himself, and Etrigan went after Lobo, so Etrigan could detonate the bomb, not Lobo.[14]

War of the Gods

Klarion witnessed Wonder Woman's apparent death at the hands of Circe. Being mischievous, Klarion sent Wonder Woman to the Region Beyond, where she encountered Etrigan and Jason Blood. A fight broke out between Etrigan and Wonder Woman, and Jason had to force the Demon to revert back, before Etrigan killed Wonder Woman.[15]

Political Asylum

Pollster Phil Harrity got hired by Mr. Dingle to find the perfect conservative presidential candidate. Harrity ran the aspects of the perfect conservative through his computer three times, which summoned the Demon Etrigan.[16] Etrigan began running for president. But an assassination attempt almost ruined his campaign.[17] Etrigan eventually got in a fight with Superman. During the fight, Etrigan tried to get the Man of Steel to support his candidacy, but Superman refused.[18] Etrigan almost gained presidency, but it was denied him.[19]

The Eternity Quest

Jason Blood sought out the Eternity Book to help his friend, Harry Matthews.[20] Jason Blood found the Eternity Book, which was owned by a janitor who refused to give it up. Jason released Etrigan, and Etrigan and the janitor fought magically, which alerted Asteroth the demon. Meanwhile, Lobo traveled to Earth, with a bone to pick with Etrigan.[21] Lobo finally reached Earth, and an inevitable fight between Etrigan and Lobo took place. Etrigan ended the fight, and asked Lobo to travel to Hell with him.[22] Etrigan, Lobo, and Harry traveled to Hell to get the Eternity Book, they had trouble finding it amid the chaos. Morax joined up with them.[23] Etrigan and his friends have traced Harry's soul to the Impenetrable Fortress of Flyn, where Belial's heart was.[24] Etrigan and co. arrived at the fort,[25] Etrigan met Hell's new rulers, Remiel and Duma,[26] and Etrigan traded Belial's heart for Harry's soul. However, Merlin had been playing them all along, and supposedly killed Etrigan.[27] The Thing-That-Cannot-Die was upset over the [apparent] death of Jason Blood, and started a fight at Etrigan's funeral. Etrigan, who had not died, interrupted the fight and stopped it.[28]

Hell's Hitman

Jason Blood begrudgingly agreed to let Etrigan go after Asteroth, because Etrigan had helped save Harry Matthew's soul.[29] Etrigan failed to kill Asteroth, and hired Hitman for help Etrigan also pushed Glenda Mark out of his life, and Asteroth revealed his true plans..[30] Etrigan attempted to foil Asteroth's plan by influencing his televangelist friends, but it was too late, Asteroth had already completed his ritual, summoning the mighty Gothodaemon.[31] Etrigan and Hitman launched a full-scale assault on the Gothodaemon, which worked, but caused much chaos in Gotham City.[32]

Underworld Unleashed

When Sentinel and a handful of magic heroes ventured into Neron's realm to reclaim Molly's soul, Etrigan was one of the opponents they had to face, along with Blaze, Blackbriar Thorn and Dementor. Etrigan fought, and underestimated Fate. Once Stevens unleashed the chaotic powers of his right arm, which tried to consume Etrigan, The Demon submitted by transforming back into Blood.[33]

Major Arcana

The Joker had been studying demonology while in Arkham Asylum. Once he broke out, he attempted to summon Satan himself, but instead summoned Etrigan.[34] Etrigan and Joker attacked Batman, but didn't kill him.[35] Etrigan eventually turned from his ways and helped Batman defeat the Joker.[36]

Day of Judgment

Etrigan freed the fallen angel, Asmodel and tricked the Spectre entity into bonding with Asmodel.[37] Etrigan had tor retreat with Asmodel, when Zatanna and Madame Xanadu bound some of the Spectre's energy into Xanadu's crystal ball.[38] Etrigan went to retrieve the magical glove, Hyssa's Fist, but ended up fighting Superboy.[39]

Quiver

After emerald archer Green Arrow's resurrection, Batman and Oliver went to the burnt remains of the Queen mansion, in the hopes of jogging Oliver's memory. Etrigan appeared, and attacked the pair. After a brief altercation Batman and Oliie recruited Blood for his occult knowledge so that he may help them figure out how Oliver could have been resurrected. It was found that Oliver was a Hollow - a soulless husk of a human, created by Hal Jordan with the Spectre's powers to soothe his guilt. Blood called on Etrigan to kill Oliver (being a Hollow left him vulnerable to possession, which could have been very bad). He was stopped in his attempt by a Fire Extinguisher Arrow. Batman, in response to the unusual weapon said, "I will never ever mock your trick arrows again."[40] Later, Batman, Black Canary and Arsenal all assaulted Etrigan because they thought Etrigan was responsible for Green Arrow's death, but Deadman took control of Etrigan's body, forced Etrigan to revert to Jason Blood, and, still in Jason Blood's body, informed the group that Green arrow is perfectly fine, he was just taking a tour of Heaven.[41]

Etrigan eventually lost the restrictions imposed upon him by Merlin which turned him from evil, caused by his "murder" at the exact moment he was transforming from his human guise Jason Blood into his demon self. It turned out that the incident resulted in Jason Blood being able to exert some will over Etrigan's violent nature, whereas previously the two remained separate, only one existing at a time.

Golden Dawn

Ragman attacked a hobo in the city but Etrigan arrived. Ragman left, knowing that Etrigan lost his status as a rhyming demon. The hobo thanked Etrigan for saving him, but Etrigan killed him.[42] Etrigan and Ragman continued their fight in the sewers. The fight was interrupted by Lady Blaze, who offered for Etrigan to join her. Jason Blood told Etrigan not to, but Etrigan agreed.[43] Blaze's army of demons subdued Batman, and Etrigan attacked him, accusing him of interfering in Blaze's plans. Batman fought Etrigan, who tells Batman that he swore allegiance to Blaze, because she promised to return him to his status as a rhyming demon. Batman revealed to Etrigan that Blaze lied, and wasn't going to hold up her end of the bargain. This made Etrigan attack Blaze, which forced Blaze to restore Etrigan's status and old powers. Meanwhile, in the sewers, Ragman, who was holding Dawn Golden as a hostage, was preparing for a ritual that would give him eternal life. Aleister Golden had been controlling Ragman, and Aleister left Ragman's body complete the ritual. Batman and Etrigan appeared, and attacked Aleister. But Aleister stabbed Dawn with a knife, killing her and completing the ritual. Using his newfound power, leister summoned a monster with a thousand tentacles. Etrigan destroyed Aleister, and told a grieving Batman that he needed to let go of Dawn. Etrigan promptly left.[44]

Powers

  • Demonic Physiology: Etrigan is much more powerful than a regular demon. He is mystically enhanced and trained for thousands of years.
  • Magic: Etrigan has a high command of magic; through his prowess in magic, he has enhanced his normal demon physiology, giving him added abilities.

Abilities

  • Occultism: Etrigan is also provided with insight to religious aspects and other forbidden or secret knowledge.
  • Equestrianism[55]

Weaknesses

  • Idols and Talismans: Blood is able to cause Etrigan pain from inside himself, with an idol of an unknown fertility goddess.[56]
  • Crucifixes: The Christian crucifix causes severe pain on contact.[48]
  • Holy Water: Holy water burns Etrigan's skin as if it were corrosive acid.[48]
  • Summoning: Demons can be conjured by those with occult knowledge, and controlled if the summoner is powerful enough.[57]
  • Magic: Etrigan is vulnerable to magic greater than his, such as Merlin's.
  • Order and Chaos: Fate was able to hurt Etrigan with a blade of Order, and made him submit to his right arm of Chaos.[33]
  • According to Lord Scapegoat, Etrigan was born on the 13th day of the 13th month after his parents met.[58]
  • His powers can be extended by other magical devices, such as the Crown of Horns.[59]
  • He is referred to as "Big-Ears" by Lobo.[54]

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Footnotes

  1. Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #49
  2. Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #50
  3. Cosmic Odyssey #1
  4. Cosmic Odyssey #2
  5. Cosmic Odyssey #3
  6. Cosmic Odyssey #4
  7. Sandman (Volume 2) #4
  8. Demon (Volume 3) #9
  9. Demon (Volume 3) #10
  10. Demon (Volume 3) #11
  11. Demon (Volume 3) #12
  12. Demon (Volume 3) #13
  13. Demon (Volume 3) #14
  14. 14.0 14.1 Demon (Volume 3) #15
  15. Demon (Volume 3) #17
  16. Demon (Volume 3) #26
  17. Demon (Volume 3) #27
  18. Demon (Volume 3) #28
  19. Demon (Volume 3) #29
  20. Demon (Volume 3) #31
  21. Demon (Volume 3) #32
  22. Demon (Volume 3) #33
  23. Demon (Volume 3) #34
  24. Demon (Volume 3) #35
  25. Demon (Volume 3) #36
  26. Demon (Volume 3) #37
  27. Demon (Volume 3) #38
  28. Demon (Volume 3) #39
  29. Demon (Volume 3) #42
  30. Demon (Volume 3) #43
  31. Demon (Volume 3) #44
  32. Demon (Volume 3) #45
  33. 33.0 33.1 Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1
  34. Batman #544
  35. Batman #545
  36. Batman #546
  37. Day of Judgment Vol 1 1
  38. Day of Judgment Vol 1 2
  39. Superboy (Volume 4) #68
  40. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #5-6
  41. Green Arrow (Volume 3) #8
  42. Batman: The Dark Knight #3
  43. Batman: The Dark Knight #4
  44. Batman: The Dark Knight #5
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Reign in Hell #2
  46. Reign in Hell #4
  47. Demon (Volume 3) #3
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 Demon (Volume 3) #42
  49. Demon Annual (Volume 3) #2
  50. Demon (Volume 3) #40
  51. Demon (Volume 3) #6
  52. Demon (Volume 3) #41
  53. Demon (Volume 3) #2
  54. 54.0 54.1 Demon (Volume 3) #12
  55. Demon (Volume 3) #49
  56. Demon (Volume 3) #8
  57. Demon (Volume 3) #22
  58. Demon (Volume 3) #19
  59. Demon (Volume 3) #7


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