Episode 46: Character Study Female Villains in Season 1

cover art in which Merlin wears a headset with microphone and holds up a finger to his lips as if to tell you to be quiet

In today’s episode, MissSnowfox and Momo are joined by Sara to talk about the female villains of the first series of Merlin.

Join us for just under two hours to figure out what the difference between antagonists and villains are, whether Morgana is either one, and also how good (in quality) any of the female villains of Season 1 really were.

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News

Merlin & Arthur touch fest
ACBB Rough Drafts & Summaries due

Resources

Archaeologist_D’s comment on episode 39
Julylilly’s comment on Episode 38

Sara on tumblr
Sara on twitter
Sara on AO3

Definition: Antagonist
Definition: Villain

Myths and Legends Podcast

Statistics

AO3 stats as of 15 June 2019

  • Mary Collins
    • 6 works tagged with “Mary Collins” (Merlin)”
  • Sophia
    • 211 works tagged with “Sophia (Merlin)”
  • Nimueh
    • 531 works tagged with “Nimueh (Merlin)

Top pairings

  • Sophia
    • Sophia/Will → 3 works
    • Sophia/Freya → 3 works
    • Sophia/Morgana → 4 works
    • Sophia/Vivian → 5 works
    • Sophia/Arthur → 53 works
  • Nimueh
    • Morgause/Nimueh → 8 works
    • Merlin/Nimueh → 14 works
    • Nimueh/Uther → 23 works
    • Nimueh/Morgana → 25 works
    • Nimueh/Ygraine → 40 works

Recs & Mentioned Fanworks

Loaded March by Footloose ; Podfic by EchoDeltaNine | Podfic by Trickster24
There Are No Gays in Football by Malu_3

The Falconry Series by Versaphile
In Your Name by Bohemia
Heart in a Headlock by SweetAndSharp [WIP]
Coffeeshop Muffins by Skellerbvvt ; >a href=”https://archiveofourown.org/works/5216882″>Podfic by momo | Podfic by Underlay

The Student Prince by FayJay | Podfic by FayJay
The Warlock’s Quickening by Antares8
A Binding Contract by eldee

The Price of Magic [Nimueh] | edited by NewMoonInTheSummers
World Collapsing [Morgana and Nimueh, AU] | edited by checkmate171
The Pendragon Guide On How Not to Date by mariana_oconner ; Podfic by lunchee

Road of Ruins by momotastic
Fresh Poison Each Weak by lady_ragnell ; Podfic by Kalakirya
Edits of the High Priestesses by witchofthekorcari on tumblr

Credits

Merlisten theme music composed by side_steppings
News music by Mansardian on freesound.org
Interview/Talkback quote music: Monkeys Spinning Monkeys by Kevin MacLeod on freesoung.org
Manip for the cover by brolinskeep, Cover by momo

momotastic on AO3 | tumblr | Podfic | (Pod)Fic updates
misssnowfox on AO3 | tumblr | YouTube | Cosplay

2 thoughts on “Episode 46: Character Study Female Villains in Season 1

  1. Mary Collins wasn’t the only one that had the transportation spell. Morgause did, too, when Merlin poisoned Morgana.

    As for the whole Nimueh discussion, you are assuming that Uther really did love Igraine a lot. But he had an affair while she was still alive. Plus often after someone dies and the person left behind feels like it’s their fault, they make the one dying into a saint. (see Henry VIII and Jane Seymour) and talk themselves into thinking they loved that person more than they did. I wouldn’t have put it past Uther to feel guilty that he didn’t love her more and turn his hatred on Nimueh. However, that being said, I don’t think he deliberately chose Igraine to die just so he could have a son. He probably thought he could control the outcome.
    As for Nimueh, I would have loved her living throughout the whole series and even having her and Morgana at odds as a subplot. I loved her as a character and wrote a couple of stories with her as the villain. She was fantastic to write for.

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