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Not much has been revealed regarding the origin of the woman calling herself Baba Yaga, but she is presumed to be a witch. It is known she was once confused with Perchta, a Prussian Earth-goddess, and reputed to be the grandmother of Chernobog, the Russian devil. Over many centuries, Baba Yaga would survive, feasting on travelers who wandered through her forest or resided in the house above her underground lair. The witch would mesmerize the women and/or reanimate their remains in order to form a "sisterhood" under her control, which could search for other food.

When the hero Captain Britain was wandering the world with his then-new girlfriend, Meggan, they settled in Baba Yaga's house unaware of it's history. Baba Yaga captured Captain Britain and attempted to subvert Meggan, whose burgeoning shape-shifting powers almost allowed her to succumb. Ultimately, however, Meggan defeated the witch by tapping into some ancient force for good that proved to be Baba Yaga's nemesis. Baba Yaga and her house were totally destroyed in the confrontation.[1]

Another version of Baba Yaga manifested several years later. This version however, was not the true Baba Yaga, but rather, a doppelgänger culled from the mind of Illyana Rasputin, based on the literary Baba Yaga of old Russian stories.

Baba Yaga succeeded in capturing all of the New Mutants, save Illyana, who escaped by teleporting to Limbo. Securing them all in a cage, she intended on eating the New Mutants, but Illyana summoned her brother, Colossus, who tore through the school looking to rescue the younger mutants. Initially, Colossus attempted to combat Baba Yaga's minions in his human form, but when reminded how ineffective the witch's magics were against iron, he shifted into his armored form and fought her head-on. When Baba Yaga's powers failed to stop Colossus, Illyana appeared and banished the old hag away.[2]

Powers

Necromancy: The full powers of the woman known as Baba Yaga remains unknown, but she has exhibited magical powers such as reanimating the dead and manipulating earth and wood, and possibly powers of mesmerism.


Weaknesses

Like most sorcerers, Baba Yaga's magic is restricted by certain rules. As such, her spells are the least effective against materials containing a high iron content. This was how Colossus was able to defeat her when she attacked the New Mutants.


  • The character has a long and bloody history in Russian (and general Slavic) folklore, although she is highly adaptive, and cannot be categorically defined with any ease.
  • Another version of Baba Yaga was featured in flashback in Fables #4, published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint.
  • Another version of Baba Yaga was featured in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

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