The Widow
Family Unnamed (husband)
Percival (son)

Tilda (adoptive daughter)

Occupation Baron
Status Alive
First appearance "The Fort"
Portrayed by Emily Beecham

Minerva, commonly known as The Widow, is Baron of the Butterfly Territory in the Badlands. She murdered her husband, who was previously a baron, because of his abuse.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Little has been revealed about Minerva's life prior to becoming the Widow. She revealed that as a young child, she was a cog who endured years of sexual and physical abuse, and watched other cog children suffer the same, which undoubtedly helped shape her protective, revolutionary nature. Sometime later, she married a baron, but he ended up being an abuser as well. After suffering for some time under his thumb, and after discovering he sexually abused her [then] personal attendant, Tilda, she stepped up and assassinated him, assuming control over his Barony and deeming Tilda her adoptive daughter and later, Regent. It is further revealed that Minerva once had the same gift as the "dark ones" and was under the tutelage of the abbots at the monastery as a child. She was trained in the martial arts under Bajie, who gave her the nickname "Flea".[1]

Becoming a baron Edit

Like most Barons in the Badlands, the Widow rose to power the traditional way: By killing the former ruler of her territory; in this case her husband. It is presently unknown how she came to be the baron's wife, but similar to Baroness Jade, she ascended from a life of exploitation and poverty and managed to seize power. She killed her husband due to his physical and sexual abuse; specifically, that done to her and her adopted daughter Tilda. This jump-started her crusade to fight for those who could not fight for themselves, primarily women. It is unknown what her husband's baronial crest was, but upon her ascension, she chose a blue butterfly, to symbolize change and beauty.

Although she sees her regent, Tilda as a symbolically adopted daughter, it is speculated whether or not the Widow has other children; while M.K. was in her mansion, she tells him of her missing son, Percival, who has not been mentioned since.[2]

Many people in the Badlands, from cogs to clippers, and even barons, seem somewhat torn on what to make of the Widow; some see her liberation cause as a noble endeavor, while others, primarily those who benefit from the slaveholding system of the Badlands, are fearful that her building the Cogs' confidence and belief in self-awareness will tear their establishment apart from within.

Season one Edit

The Fort Edit

The Widow approaches Sunny

Minerva speaks with Quinn's regent, Sunny.

Through unknown sources, The Widow sent nomads to capture M.K., as his unique abilities are of interest to her plans. While the nomads are successful in capturing M.K., they fail to deliver him to her, due to intervention by Sunny. Upon hearing of this, and knowing that Sunny must have delivered M.K. to The Fort, in Quinn's territory, The Widow and several of her clippers rode out to intercept Sunny. Minerva, remaining seated in her car as they encountered Sunny on Wall Street. After a brief stare down, Minerva's clippers surrounded Sunny. She watched from the car as swords are drawn and a battle ensued. Sunny proceeded to kill The Widows clippers. Despite this, and even with Sunny's sword having gone through the side of her car, dripping blood onto her hand, The Widow remained entirely unphased. With her clippers dead, an exhausted Sunny watched as Minerva stepped out of her car, and approach him. Sunny threatened to kill her, but she simply reminds him that he could not do that due to her title as Baron. Having gotten his attention, she asked Sunny to bring M.K. to her, showing him a book bearing the symbol of Azra. Minerva subtly noted that she questioned Sunny's loyalty to Quinn, and knew of his ulterior motives. Sunny, deep in thought, remained silent as Minerva reentered her car, lastly asking him to let her know if he changes his mind. She was driven off, leaving Sunny alone in the rain.[3]

Fist Like a BulletEdit


White Stork Spreads WingsEdit


Two Tigers Subdue DragonsEdit


Snake Creeps DownEdit


Hand of Five PoisonsEdit


Season Two Edit

Tiger Pushes MountainEdit


Force of Eagle's Claw Edit


Red Sun, Silver MoonEdit


Palm of the Iron FoxEdit


Monkey Leaps Through MistEdit


Leopard Stalks in SnowEdit


Black Heart, White MountainEdit


Sting of the Scorpion's TailEdit


Nightingale Sings No MoreEdit


Wolf's Breath, Dragon FireEdit


Appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. "Nightingale Sings No More"
  2. "Fist Like a Bullet"
  3. "The Fort (episode)"