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Kikimora is a recurring antagonistic character of The Owl House. She is the assistant of Emperor Belos and delivers his orders to other subordinates inside or outside the Emperor's Coven.

Appearance

Body

Kikimora is a red-skinned demon of diminutive stature and childish proportions. She stands several heads shorter than her subordinates, with three-toed, talon-clad arms and legs similar to those of a bird's. Her talons are colored dark brown. Her left eye has yellow sclera and a brownish red iris; inversely, her right eye has red sclera and a yellow iris. Like many of the creatures of the Boiling Isles, her ears are pointed. Her mouth, hidden from view by her veil, is lined with upturned tusks, similar to those of a boar.

Her most defining feature are the conjoined hands which make up her hair: one with fingers that form a fringe which hides her right eye from view, the other is clenched behind her head to form a bun/fist. It is shown in the second season intro that these hands are prehensile, and that the fingers can be used to cast spells, as first seen in "Eda's Requiem". The hands are dark blue with turquoise claws.

Clothing

Being a high-ranking affiliate of the Emperor's Coven, Kikimora wears robes reminiscent of Belos's regalia. These are a white tunic overtop a black ensemble, as well as a high-collared veil which shrouds the lower regions of her face. This veil is fastened by a triangular silver accessory. Due to her taloned feet, she doesn't wear shoes.

Personality

Kikimora is a prim and professional individual, being exceptionally well versed in the accepted history of the Boiling Isles. Being a personal attendant to Belos, Kikimora is immensely loyal to the Emperor and carries out his commandments with visible relish, encouraging a worshipful attitude towards Belos and his vision. Much like Belos, she appears to have a low tolerance for failure or for dissidence. She is particularly subtle in her hostilities, choosing to admonish those who displease her quietly. Regardless, it can be inferred that many of her subordinates are fearful of her.

Despite her high station and her loyalty to Belos, Kikimora appears to be somewhat cowardly when confronted head-on, as Luz is able to intimidate her into compliance by threatening her with a fire glyph. In that regard, she is also a hypocrite, angrily reprimanding Warden Wrath for failing to apprehend Luz and King, despite Wrath at least making an honest attempt to do so.

In "Hunting Palismen", Kikimora appeared to be jealous of the Golden Guard, and sabotaged his mission to get the Bat Queen's palismen so that she could deliver them to Belos herself and gain the Emperor's favor, while at the same time attempting to assassinate the Golden Guard outright, showing that she is willing to conspire against her colleagues and even kill them to remove them as rivals for Belos' favor. By the events of "Eclipse Lake", Kikimora's mental state has degraded, leading her to fits of immense aggression and paranoia, specifically over being outperformed by the Golden Guard. This translates to short-sightedness and abusive tendencies toward her staff that results in them being injured. At several points, she loses composure completely over the prospect.

She seems values her family, as she fears her mother and being utterly distraught at the prospect of being disowned by her family back in her hometown if she failed to attend the family gathering while being torn by her duties with the Emperor's Coven. However, when Terra reveals that Belos wants to give her a promotion, she immediately disowns her family and heartlessly states that her family and hometown can burn, showing that despite her love for her family, she values her career more than them.

Background

Kikimora first appears in an audiovisual transmission to Lilith following her duel with Eda at the covention, softly admonishing her for her failure in subduing the Owl Lady. She advises Lilith to remember the reward that Emperor Belos has promised her for Eda's capture, but is nonetheless mollified by Lilith's renewed promise to succeed in her mission.[1]

Kikimora later eavesdrops in Lilith's soliloquy regarding her mission to capture Eda. She accuses the coven leader of protecting her sister, to which Lilith responds by summoning the troops she has gathered to ambush the Owl House. Later, when her attempted raid is foiled by Hooty, Kikimora summons Lilith before the Emperor after dryly remarking that a bird has perched on her head.

Kikimora later conducts a tour throughout the Emperor's Castle for the children of Hexside, among them Luz, whereupon she lambasts the era preceding the coven system, which she calls the "Savage Ages". She hails the Emperor for supposedly bringing order from this chaotic time. When a disheveled Lilith returns, Kikimora has her tour group unintentionally humiliate her further, telling them to 'wish her luck'.[2]

She announces Belos and later addresses the Isles to announce Eda's impending petrification. At the ceremony, she acts as executioner and operates the relic which accomplishes the procedure. She is startled by Luz's sudden disruption and subsequently intimidated into lowering the magical cage containing Eda. She is present for Belos's announcement afterwards that Eda was spared on the Titan's orders.

Later, in the shadow of the portal he is reconstructing, Belos waves aside Kikimora's offer to apprehend Luz and her companions herself, before dismissing another emissary to keep watch over the Owl House.[3]

A few weeks later, Kikimora welcomes the Head Witches of the main covens to Belos' throne room and lauds their forthcoming "reward": a glimpse of the Day of Unity. During this ceremony, however, Belos is overcome by his illness and ushered away by Hunter, who insists that Kikimora not follow. This causes a spike of jealousy in Kikimora, who eavesdrops on their conversation and overhears Belos' desire for more palismen. She sends her steed to disrupt Hunter's mission and personally steals his quarry. She further leads a fraudulent search for the Golden Guard, during which she insists he perished following the attack, presenting his mask as proof. She is later caught off guard by a glyph combo pieced together by Luz and Hunter which, coupled with sleeping nettles, creates a sleep-inducing smog which subdues her steed and disorients her, allowing Hunter to rob her of the whistle which commands her dragon. Delirious, she attempts to fight back, but is unable to resist the effect of the fog. When she awakes and returns to the Emperor's Castle, she is startled to see that Hunter survived, but grows suspicious when she notes his singed hair would correspond to those of her assailant.[4]

Kikimora briefly appears during a broadcast of Raine's initiation as the head of the Bard Coven. After Raine is caught by Darius and Eberwolf, she uses her magic to incapacitate them using their own seal. She insists that it would be a waste of resources to kill them outright, as finding a replacement for the Day of Unity would take too long.[5]

Kikimora would then replace Hunter as the leader of the operation at the Knee. During the operation, it becomes obvious that she desires revenge against the Golden Guard, even more so than she desires to serve Belos. Her increasingly aggressive and petulant tangents imply that her mentality is rapidly devolving under the strain of her ambitions. This translates to heightened acrimony toward her subordinates, namely the Guard Captain, whom she frequently castigates and even threatens. When her party locates Amity, her paranoia is supposedly validated, and she leads several scouts down an ill-fated plunge through a mining shaft towards Eclipse Lake. Though unseen, the resulting crash injures and incapacitates her and her subordinates, leading King to remark that mine cart chases are more "dangerous" than one might think.[6]

Powers and abilities

  • Magic: As a biped demon, Kikimora is able to use magic via a magical bile sac attached to her heart.
    • Fire projection: As an offensive weapon, Kikmora is able to fire purple bolts of magic from her hands.
  • Coven sealing: Kikimora, using a finger on her head, can use the sigil on a witch's arm to seal them in a form of stasis and stifle their magic.
  • Intimidation tactics: Whilst not a magical ability, Kikimora seems to intimidate many members of the Emporer's Coven, mostly Lilith and the guards. This could possibly be because of her status; being so high ranked in the coven, she has more power over most.

Sightings

Foreign voice actors

Language version Actors Notes
Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Constanza Faraggi
Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) Michelle Giudice
Germany German Sophie Rogall
Spain Spanish Carmen Podio
France French Sophie Pyronnet
Indonesia Indonesian Jheni Rinjo
Italy Italian Emanuela Ionica
South Korea Korean Esther Won (원에스더)
Poland Polish Weronika Łukaszewska
Portugal Portuguese Ana Sofia Santos
Turkey Turkish Zencan Sakal

Behind the scenes

Name and basis

Kikimoras are house spirits from Slavic folklore that can be beneficial or harmful depending on a number of factors, such as their personal feelings towards a home's occupants. In modern colloquial Russian, "kikimora" is used as an insult against people who look "strange" or are weird or annoying.

Voice

Kikimora is voiced by Mela Lee.

Debut

Kikimora debuted in the episode, "Covention".

Quotes

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Gallery

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Trivia

  • In the second season's main theme, Kikimora's claw-like hair opens, revealing that her right eye has a smaller iris and has inverted colors unlike her left eye. This was later shown in the show itself in "Eda's Requiem".
  • In Slavic folklore, the kikimora is a household spirit whose role in the house is usually juxtaposed with that of the domovoy, where one of them is considered a "bad" spirit, and the other, a "good" one. When the kikimora inhabits a house, she lives behind the stove or in the cellar, and usually produces noises similar to those made by the mice in order to obtain food. Kikimory (in plural) were the first traditional explanation for sleep paralysis in Russian folklore.
  • Her imp-like appearance and hair resembling a hand, with one of her eyes covered, is similar to Midna from The Legend of Zelda series.

References

  1. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine, Charley Feldman (writers) and Stu Livingston, Aminder Dhaliwal (directors) (February 7, 2020). "Covention". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 5. Disney Channel.
  2. John Bailey Owen (writer) and Aminder Dhaliwal (director) (August 22, 2020). "Agony of a Witch". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 18. Disney Channel.
  3. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine (writers) and Stephen Sandoval (director) (August 29, 2020). "Young Blood, Old Souls". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 19. Disney Channel.
  4. Dana Terrace (writer) and Bridget Underwood (director) (July 17, 2021). "Hunting Palismen". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 6. Disney Channel.
  5. Dana Terrace (writer) and Amelia Lorenz (director) (July 24, 2021). "Eda's Requiem". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 7. Disney Channel.
  6. Dana Terrace (writer) and Bridget Underwood (director) (August 7, 2021). "Eclipse Lake". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 9. Disney Channel.
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Recurring characters Willow ParkGus PorterAmity BlightOwlbertLilith ClawthorneHunter
Emperor's Coven Members Emperor BelosKikimoraWarden WrathCoven GuardFlora D'splora
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