ORIGIN: RUSSIA, UKRAINE
WHEN: PRESUMED 12TH CENTURY
(A VERY LOOSE) ADAPTATION: VOLDEMORT
Described on Wikipedia as the ‘the immortal archetypal antagonist in Russian folklore’, Koschei is the guy you tell your boyfriend not to worry about. No, he doesn’t have a six-pack or a six-figure salary, but he is a relentless immortal soul that’s out to steal you from your boyfriend. But not really to make you his woman, more to make you his next victim. A lot like Jamie Dornan’s character in The Fall and Christian Bale’s in American Psycho, he embodies himself as an attractive ‘good guy’, in order to lure women. Where Koschei differs to this modern counterpart is that in most adaptations, he’s under a spell that ensures his immortality. He hides his soul inside obscure objects and animals so that it can never be founded and defeated. A sort of Russian version of Voldemort’s Horcrux, but even scarier.