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This article contains spoilers for Issue 13 of The Wicked + The Divine. Read at your own risk.

"Try to be kinder. You have no idea what people are going through."

Tara is one of the gods of the Recurrence, symbolised by an icon of a Comedy and Tragedy mask. She appeared in the 2010s Recurrence and very little is known about her.


Tara had been objectified and harassed by men since she was eleven. Consequently, she used to be very nervous around the opposite gender. She studied fashion at university, and received top marks even when she tried letting her standards slip. Before becoming a god, she would play gigs to small audiences at pubs, wearing a mask so they would look beyond her appearance. At one such gig, Ananke appeared to her and revealed she was a member of the Pantheon, causing her incarnation. Tara was in her second year at university at the time.[2]

Tara continued to be objectified even more as a god. She was always dissatisfied with her situation, and preferred to perform her own music and poetry behind a mask than perform miracles. This made her unpopular with the public, though they continued to attend her concerts in droves, and she was on the receiving end of much misogynistic and racist abuse. She frequently received rape and death threats on Twitter, and was known to most as 'Fucking Tara'.

At one point, Laura attended a gig by Tara in the West End. During Lucifer's escape, she defaced a poster of Tara and reflected upon her perceived tendency to be attention-grabbing. Tara didn't involve herself in the events surrounding Lucifer's arrest and death, but did release a song about Inanna's death.

Eventually, Tara grew so depressed from the abuse that she asked Ananke to kill her. Ananke agreed, and she wrote a suicide note revealing the pain she had suffered. However, Ananke destroyed the note after she killed her, and framed Baphomet for the murder instead.


Tara was an anglo-Indian woman from a Hindu background.[2] She had long purplish-black hair and brown eyes. She wore blue face paint across the top half of her face, which she often covered with a mask. She was extremely beautiful and statuesque. She was over six foot, and was taller than Baal, especially in heels.[2] One interviewer described her as having a "superhero's physique", and asked her how much surgery she had received to achieve this.


Tara was viewed by others as dramatic and attention-seeking; Lucifer dismissed her as a suspect for the Judge Holmes murder because she believed she would have publicised her involvement. However, she simply wanted to hide behind her mask and music, and despised being a god. She preferred to perform her own music and poetry and found herself unable to live up to the public's expectations of her as a god. She was very reclusive and chose to keep her distance from the other gods, feeling she had little in common with them. 


Very little is known of Tara's powers, but she has very notable performance effects:

  • Performance: She has been shown to create a sensation within her audience that they find appealing. The drawback of this is if she stops performing with her miracles the reaction turns from sweet to intense bitterness and rage.


Tara is the name of a Buddhist meditation deity and a Hindu goddess, as well as a Druidic mother goddess and a Polynesian sea goddess. It is unknown which, if any, of these Tara represents. Tara herself had no idea which goddess she embodied. 


By Tara

"They loved me. No, not me. That was the problem. They loved it."
"If life taught me anything, it's that I'm here for people's pleasure."
"Before I could tear them limb from limb, I used to be nervous around boys. Around men. I heard "Hey beautiful! Hey goddess" turn into "I'm going to rape you, bitch" enough times to know that the former is just the latter with a bow on it."
"All my life I'd been told I was a goddess. Turned out they were fucking right."
"My music, my mask, my clothes. They're all just ways to hide. You're always going to stare. Stare at this, not me."

About Tara

"Fucking Tara."
"We don't know whether she's Buddhist, Hindu or Tara from fucking Buffy."
"I'd love it to be Tara, but this isn't her style. If she did it, she'd want everyone to know. She'd have done an art installation about her very special murder."
"What was it you said, Tara? "If you exist, you're staring at me." It's only because you think crotch-deep cleavage on a meat dress is casual wear, of course."



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  1. Issue 15
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Writer Notes: The Wicked + the Divine #13
  3. Issue 13

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