Definitions

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  • n. an archetypal male antagonist, described mainly as abducting the hero's wife.

Etymologies

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From Russian Кощей (Koščéj), related with кость (kostʹ) "bone".

Examples

  • The god-figure Koschei a sinister character lifted from Slavic mythology overhears this and takes a liking to this middle-aged pawnbroker and self-described "monstrous clever fellow."

    An Adventure of Cynicism

  • And Koschei, as a more-or-less hands-off creator god, who may in fact be the puppet of some even higher creator god, doesn't offer much in the way of a moral compass.

    An Adventure of Cynicism

  • He gets his normal shadow back and has a concluding conversation with Koschei, who offers him several beautiful and nobel women.

    An Adventure of Cynicism

  • In fact, He was created by Koschei to satisfy the imaginings of people like Jurgen's grandmother.

    An Adventure of Cynicism

  • My beloved little one, a retelling of Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless set in the Stalinist era.

    Now It Can Be Told

  • I love that Mike Mignola has plumbed Russian folklore and fairy tales for this latest miniseries, pitting Hellboy against legendary figures like Koschei the Deathless, and his old nemesis, Baba Yaga.

    Can’t Wait for Wednesday

  • This is more traditional Buffy fare, a third-season adventure that involves Ring Day at Sunnydale High School and the arrival of several people from Russian folklore, including Koschei the Deathless and Baba Yaga.

    snakes on a motherfuckin' plane, motherfucker!

  • Toupan, Miramon Lluagor, Sereda, Horvendile, Koschei: the powerful though mortal Ushy of Cabell's fantasies had become five worlds circling five suns in a bent ring, with Earth and Sol making a sixth.

    Covergent Series

  • But Masha's husband is no soldier: he is Koschei, the Tsar of Life, and he spirits her across the steppes to his kingdom, where he is locked, as always, in fierce battle with his brother, the Tsar of Death.

    Boing Boing

  • I've spoken to him myself; he didn't want to stick around here like Koschei the Immortal and force us to carry him out of the Gallery,

    Prague Monitor

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