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Baba Yaga: Witch’s Witch

The folkloric hag’s hag, Baba Yaga of Slavic fame, is the consummate witch-crone. She’s likely frightened generations of Russian children over the centuries. She’s most known for her infamous hut, which has great bird legs and which is said to be bigger on the inside than the outside, and is out in the forest somewhere, surrounded by a ring of enchanted skulls.

John Wick, Baba Yaga

“Wait, my nickname’s Baba Yaga….”

She’s also known to fly around in a mortar, steering with a pestle, and nobody gives her crap about it because she’s such a wicked witch.

Baba Yaga is no good, but she’s not entirely evil. She’s mostly just a terrible amount of trouble, and woe to anybody who crosses paths with her, because they’ll be in for it.

So potent is her name and reputation that Keanu Reeves’ title character, JOHN WICK, is nickamed “Babayaga” — apparently because he’s such a badass. I saw (and liked) that movie, and he’s definitely badass.

I am thinking that if the witchy Baba Yaga went at it against some Russian mobsters, she’d do something like this:

John Wick Bar Fight

Wicked Baba Yaga Quotes

Probably something like “Eee hehehehehehehee”

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