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Real Name
Jason Blood, Etrigan the Demon





Base Of Operations


6' 4"

452 lbs (205 kg)



Unusual Features
Horns and other demonic features, Yellow skin


Marital Status

Rhyming Demon

Jason Blood was Bonded together with Etrigan, by Merlin for aiding Morgaine Le Fey in the taking down of Camelot.

Place of Birth


First appearance



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

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.

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 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!

Jason Blood's first transformation into the Demon occured 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 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").

After emerald archer Green Arrow's resurrection, Batman and Oliver recruit Blood for his occult knowledge as to how Oliver could have been resurrected. It is found that Oliver is 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."

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.

Powers and Abilities



Even among demons, Etrigan is considered to be extremely powerful.

Superhuman Strength: He has above superhuman strength (mystically enhanced)

Superhuman Durability: He has a high degree of resistance to injury

Immortality: being an immortal creature, he cannot die.

Superhuman Stamina:

Hellfire Projection: can project hellfire from his body; usually from his mouth.

Sorcery: He has a very high command of magic: other powers include:

  • Mystically Enhanced Fangs and Claws
  • Mystically Enhanced Senses
  • Mystically Enhanced Super Speed
  • Mystically Enhanced Agility
  • Telepathy
  • Limited Precognition

Regenerative Healing Factor: His healing factor can handle an incredible amount of damage, up to recovering from wounds that have removed large sections of his body.

His powers can be extended by other magical devices, such as the Crown of Horns.


Occult Knowledge: Etrigan is also provided with insight to religious aspects and other forbidden or secret knowledge.

Strength level

Class 100+; Etrigan can lift over 100 tons and is said to have strength comparable to Superman.


Demonic Laws: Etrigan has all the limitations usually associated with a demon, including a weakness towards iron.


  • On the parallel world known as Earth-97, Etrigan was a human occultist, and leader of a coven of warlocks known as the Dark Circle. An initiate named Zatanna bargained with Etrigan for inclusion in the Dark Circle, and Etrigan replied by promising her a seat if she succeeded in locating an artifact known as the Green Lantern. Zatanna spent three years in search of the Lantern, and eventually discovered it in the possession of its keeper, Jason Blood. Jason Blood was a pirate, cursed to act as "Keeper of the Lantern". After incapacitating Zatanna, Blood promised to heal her, if she agreed to take up his position as Keeper of the Lantern. Zatanna agreed, and became the new Green Lantern. Note: Zatanna's role as the Green Lantern, is but one of three possible origin stories, and may not necessarily be considered canonical as per Earth-97 continuity. [1]

See Also

Links and References


  1. Tangent Comics: Tales of the Green Lantern #1
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