History Characters / ParaNorman

13th Jun '18 12:09:03 AM IukaSylvie
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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His last name "Hopkins" probably comes from [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hopkins Matthew Hopkins]], the real-life witch-hunter.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: See NamedAfterSomebodyFamous above.

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His last name "Hopkins" probably comes from [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hopkins Matthew Hopkins]], the real-life witch-hunter.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: See NamedAfterSomebodyFamous above.
witch-hunter. This also overlaps with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
11th Jun '18 6:52:51 PM IukaSylvie
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: He thought he was doing the right thing and protecting the townsfolk by [[spoiler:killing Aggie]]. [[FridgeBrilliance The belief that all witches have made a DealWithTheDevil to achieve powers doesn't help]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: He thought he was doing the right thing and protecting the townsfolk by [[spoiler:killing Aggie]]. [[FridgeBrilliance The traditional Christian belief that all witches and warlocks have made a a]] DealWithTheDevil to achieve powers [[FridgeBrilliance doesn't help]].
11th Jun '18 6:50:23 PM IukaSylvie
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* LackOfEmpathy: He [[DissonantSerenity calmly told]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild an eleven-year-old girl]]]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying. [[JustifiedTrope It's not only because of the fear,]] [[FridgeBrilliance but also because of the belief that all witches have made a]] DealWithTheDevil [[FridgeBrilliance to gain powers. So he thought the accused committed a grievous crime to sell her soul to Satan]]. He later subverts this after he had a HeelRealization.

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* LackOfEmpathy: He [[DissonantSerenity calmly told]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild an eleven-year-old girl]]]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying. [[JustifiedTrope It's not only because of the fear,]] [[FridgeBrilliance but also because of the belief that all witches have made a]] DealWithTheDevil [[FridgeBrilliance to gain powers. So he thought the accused committed a grievous crime to sell her soul to Satan]]. He later subverts this after he had a HeelRealization.



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His last name "Hopkins" probably comes from [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hopkins Matthew Hopkins], the real-life witch-hunter.

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His last name "Hopkins" probably comes from [https://en.[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hopkins Matthew Hopkins], Hopkins]], the real-life witch-hunter.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: He thought he was doing the right thing and protecting the townsfolk by [[spoiler:killing Aggie]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: He thought he was doing the right thing and protecting the townsfolk by [[spoiler:killing Aggie]]. [[FridgeBrilliance The belief that all witches have made a DealWithTheDevil to achieve powers doesn't help]].
11th Jun '18 6:46:32 PM IukaSylvie
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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His name is Hopkins the surname of Matthew Hopkins, the real-life witch-hunter.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: ZigZagged. [[spoiler:He did hang an eleven -year old girl because he was scared of her, when she wasn't harming anyone, but he's realized how monstrous that was now that her curse is making him and the others suffer the same fate.]] He and the other zombies are not menacing [[spoiler:anymore]] and they don't mean to harm anyone. He's only trying to find a way to [[spoiler:break the curse so he and the other zombies can be free and he can atone for what he did to Agatha.]]

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: His last name is Hopkins the surname of "Hopkins" probably comes from [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Hopkins Matthew Hopkins, Hopkins], the real-life witch-hunter.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: See NamedAfterSomebodyFamous above.
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NotEvilJustMisunderstood: ZigZagged.Zigzagged. [[spoiler:He did hang an eleven -year old girl because he was scared of her, when she wasn't harming anyone, but he's realized how monstrous that was now that her curse is making him and the others suffer the same fate.]] He and the other zombies are not menacing [[spoiler:anymore]] and they don't mean to harm anyone. He's only trying to find a way to [[spoiler:break the curse so he and the other zombies can be free and he can atone for what he did to Agatha.]]
10th Jun '18 6:03:01 PM IukaSylvie
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* FatalFlaw: Fear-induced HorribleJudgeOfCharacter was his downfall.



* LackOfEmpathy: An unusual example where a character is no {{sociopath}}. He [[DissonantSerenity calmly told]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild an eleven-year old girl]]]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying. {{Justified}} because he was too scared of her to care about her feelings. He later subverts this after he had a HeelRealization.

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* LackOfEmpathy: An unusual example where a character is no {{sociopath}}. He [[DissonantSerenity calmly told]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild an eleven-year old eleven-year-old girl]]]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying. {{Justified}} [[JustifiedTrope It's not only because of the fear,]] [[FridgeBrilliance but also because of the belief that all witches have made a]] DealWithTheDevil [[FridgeBrilliance to gain powers. So he was too scared of thought the accused committed a grievous crime to sell her soul to care about her feelings.Satan]]. He later subverts this after he had a HeelRealization.


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* TemptingFate: "I'll not risk damnation on these good people!". Cue him and the other judges being [[AndIMustScream damned to walk the earth as the undead]].
3rd Jun '18 11:07:27 PM IukaSylvie
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* NotSoAboveItAll: He freaks out and becomes more terrified of the zombies on learning [[spoiler:they executed a twelve-year old girl for ''seeing ghosts'', just like he can. When the flashback ends and they're surrounding him, Norman cringes away, expecting them to hurt him. Understandably, he calls them out for what they did and for leaving him with the responsibility to save Agatha with a storybook]].

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* NotSoAboveItAll: He freaks out and becomes more terrified of the zombies on learning [[spoiler:they executed a twelve-year an eleven-year old girl for ''seeing ghosts'', just like he can. When the flashback ends and they're surrounding him, Norman cringes away, expecting them to hurt him. Understandably, he calls them out for what they did and for leaving him with the responsibility to save Agatha with a storybook]].



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The only time Norman gets angry at someone in the film is when he learns that [[spoiler:the zombies killed a twelve-year old girl for seeing ghosts, and they expect him to clean up their mess. It says something that he tosses a book on the ground while calling them out]].

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The only time Norman gets angry at someone in the film is when he learns that [[spoiler:the zombies killed a twelve-year an eleven-year old girl for seeing ghosts, and they expect him to clean up their mess. It says something that he tosses a book on the ground while calling them out]].



The legendary WickedWitch of Blithe Hollow. Her fame is what raised the town's economy and her curse is equally famous. As the DarkMagicalGirl, Agatha serves as Norman's EvilCounterpart.

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The legendary WickedWitch witch of Blithe Hollow. Her fame is what raised the town's economy and her curse is equally famous. As the DarkMagicalGirl, Agatha serves as Norman's EvilCounterpart.



* DarkMagicalGirl: A rare BigBad example. She is TheHero Norman's EvilCounterpart and ShadowArchetype, who became a VengefulGhost [[BrokenBird due to her bitterness and pain]] upon the DarkAndTroubledPast (where she was killed by the townspeople who [[spoiler:feared her powers despite she did nothing evil]]). As with most DarkMagicalGirl, she's eventually saved by her heroic {{Foil}}.

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* DarkMagicalGirl: A rare BigBad example. She is TheHero Norman's EvilCounterpart and ShadowArchetype, who became a VengefulGhost [[BrokenBird due to her bitterness and pain]] upon the DarkAndTroubledPast (where she was killed by the townspeople who [[spoiler:feared her powers despite even though she did nothing evil]]). As with most DarkMagicalGirl, she's eventually saved by her heroic {{Foil}}.



** When Norman tells her her story, Agatha says she doesn't like it, attacks him again and again, and painfully screams as Norman finishes telling her her story.

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** When Norman tells her her story, Agatha says she doesn't like it, attacks him again and again, and painfully screams in pain as Norman finishes telling her her story.



* WhamLine: "[[spoiler:Aggie... My name was Aggie...]]"

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* WhamLine: "[[spoiler:Aggie...[[spoiler:"Aggie... My name was Aggie...]]""]]



* TheAtoner: He seeks to redeem the harm he's caused when he [[spoiler:ordered Agatha's execution.]]

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* TheAtoner: He seeks to redeem the harm he's caused when he [[spoiler:ordered Agatha's ordered [[spoiler:Agatha's]] execution.]]



* BreakTheHaughty: What his KarmicTransformation did to him; a KnightTemplar was damned to walk the earth as the undead that could only beg for release.



* DissonantSerenity: He was eerily calm when he told [[spoiler:a twelve-year old girl]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying.

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* DissonantSerenity: He was eerily calm when he told [[spoiler:a twelve-year [[spoiler:an eleven-year old girl]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying.



* HateSink: He and the other judges started the whole mess by sentencing an [[spoiler:innocent [[WouldHurtAChild young girl]]]] to death just for [[ISeeDeadPeople talking to the dead]], complete with {{poor judge of character}}, [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], {{dissonant serenity}}, and [[LackOfEmpathy total apathy]]. Ultimately {{Subverted}} when it's revealed that he only ordered her death out of genuine fear and [[WellIntentionedExtremist best possible intentions]] and that he [[TheAtoner seeks to redeem the harm he's caused]].

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* HateSink: He and the other judges started the whole mess by sentencing an [[spoiler:innocent [[WouldHurtAChild young girl]]]] to death just for [[ISeeDeadPeople [[spoiler:[[ISeeDeadPeople talking to the dead]], dead]]]], complete with {{poor judge of character}}, [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], holier-than-thou contempt]], {{dissonant serenity}}, and [[LackOfEmpathy total apathy]]. Ultimately {{Subverted}} when it's revealed that he only ordered her death out of genuine fear and [[WellIntentionedExtremist best possible intentions]] and that he [[TheAtoner seeks to redeem the harm he's caused]].



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: {{Pun}} aside, he believed Agatha to be a WickedWitch without noticing she was innocent. {{Justified}} because he was scared of her [[ISeeDeadPeople powers to talk to the dead]]. As such, this is {{Averted}} after he had a HeelRealization.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: This was his FatalFlaw. {{Pun}} aside, he believed Agatha to be a WickedWitch without noticing she was innocent. {{Justified}} because innocent [[JustifiedTrope because]] he was scared of her [[ISeeDeadPeople [[spoiler:[[ISeeDeadPeople powers to talk to the dead]]. As such, this is dead]]]].
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{{Averted}} after when he had a HeelRealization.meets Norman, whom he sees as the last hope to break the curse.



* LackOfEmpathy: An unusual example where a character is no {{sociopath}}. He [[DissonantSerenity calmly told]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild a twelve-year old girl]]]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying. {{Justified}} because he was too scared of her to care about her feelings. He later subverts this after he had a HeelRealization.

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* LackOfEmpathy: An unusual example where a character is no {{sociopath}}. He [[DissonantSerenity calmly told]] [[spoiler: [[WouldHurtAChild a twelve-year an eleven-year old girl]]]] [[ToThePain how she was to be hanged by the neck until she dies]] as she was crying. {{Justified}} because he was too scared of her to care about her feelings. He later subverts this after he had a HeelRealization.



* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: ZigZagged. [[spoiler:He did hang a twelve-year old girl because he was scared of her, when she wasn't harming anyone, but he's realized how monstrous that was now that her curse is making him and the others suffer the same fate.]] He and the other zombies are not menacing [[spoiler:anymore]] and they don't mean to harm anyone. He's only trying to find a way to [[spoiler:break the curse so he and the other zombies can be free and he can atone for what he did to Agatha.]]

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* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: ZigZagged. [[spoiler:He did hang a twelve-year an eleven -year old girl because he was scared of her, when she wasn't harming anyone, but he's realized how monstrous that was now that her curse is making him and the others suffer the same fate.]] He and the other zombies are not menacing [[spoiler:anymore]] and they don't mean to harm anyone. He's only trying to find a way to [[spoiler:break the curse so he and the other zombies can be free and he can atone for what he did to Agatha.]]
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* WiseBeyondHisYears: What he says to [[spoiler:Aggie]] regarding revenge doesn't sound like something that would come out of an 11-year old's mouth.

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* WiseBeyondHisYears: What he says to [[spoiler:Aggie]] regarding revenge doesn't sound like something that would come out of an 11-year eleven year old's mouth.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The thought of [[spoiler:an innocent 11-year-old girl]] being sentenced to hanging is very unsettling.
* FreudianExcuse: {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she was an innocent 11-year-old girl, Agatha]] was executed by the townspeople who thought her ability to talk to the dead to be witchcraft. But as Norman points out, it's still only an ''excuse'' - she's a [[spoiler:scared, angry child]] lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her to understand that her violent cursing of the town and its people is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The thought of [[spoiler:an innocent 11-year-old eleven year old girl]] being sentenced to hanging is very unsettling.
* FreudianExcuse: {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she was an innocent 11-year-old eleven year old girl, Agatha]] was executed by the townspeople who thought her ability to talk [[spoiler:for talking to the dead to be witchcraft.dead]]. But as Norman points out, it's still only an ''excuse'' - she's a [[spoiler:scared, angry child]] lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her to understand that her violent cursing of the town and its people is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.



* UsedToBeASweetKid: Long ago, she was just a sweet little girl who loved her mother. After [[spoiler:the townspeople had accused her of witchcraft and executed her, Agatha came back as a vengeful spirit that could only think about forcing those who killed her to suffer like they made her suffer.]]

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: Long ago, she was just a sweet little girl who loved her mother. After [[spoiler:the townspeople had accused her of witchcraft and executed her, Agatha came back as a vengeful spirit VengefulGhost that could only think about forcing those who killed her to suffer like they made her suffer.]]



* HateSink: He and the other judges started the whole mess by sentencing an [[spoiler:innocent [[WouldHurtAChild young girl]]]] to death just for [[ISeeDeadPeople talking to the dead]], complete with {{poor judge of character}}, [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], {{dissonant serenity}}, and [[LackOfEmpathy total apathy]]. Ultimately {{Subverted}} because he only ordered her death out of genuine fear and best possible intentions, and now that he [[TheAtoner seeks to redeem the harm he's caused]].

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* HateSink: He and the other judges started the whole mess by sentencing an [[spoiler:innocent [[WouldHurtAChild young girl]]]] to death just for [[ISeeDeadPeople talking to the dead]], complete with {{poor judge of character}}, [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], {{dissonant serenity}}, and [[LackOfEmpathy total apathy]]. Ultimately {{Subverted}} because when it's revealed that he only ordered her death out of genuine fear and [[WellIntentionedExtremist best possible intentions, intentions]] and now that he [[TheAtoner seeks to redeem the harm he's caused]].
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* FreudianExcuse: {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she was an innocent 11-year-old girl, Agatha]] was executed by the townspeople who thought her ability to talk to the dead to be witchcraft. But as Norman points out, it's still only an ''excuse'' - she's a scared, angry child lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her to understand that her violent cursing of the town and its people is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.

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* FreudianExcuse: {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she was an innocent 11-year-old girl, Agatha]] was executed by the townspeople who thought her ability to talk to the dead to be witchcraft. But as Norman points out, it's still only an ''excuse'' - she's a scared, [[spoiler:scared, angry child child]] lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her to understand that her violent cursing of the town and its people is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.
3rd Jun '18 5:26:34 PM IukaSylvie
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* FreudianExcuse: {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she was an innocent 11-year-old girl, Agatha]] was accused of witchcraft and executed by the townspeople. But as Norman points out, it doesn't excuse her of her crimes.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: [[spoiler:While her FreudianExcuse is sympathetic, it's still only an ''excuse'' - she's a scared, angry child lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her to understand that her violent cursing of the town and its people is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.]]

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* FreudianExcuse: {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she was an innocent 11-year-old girl, Agatha]] was accused of witchcraft and executed by the townspeople. townspeople who thought her ability to talk to the dead to be witchcraft. But as Norman points out, it doesn't excuse her of her crimes.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: [[spoiler:While her FreudianExcuse is sympathetic,
it's still only an ''excuse'' - she's a scared, angry child lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her to understand that her violent cursing of the town and its people is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.]]do.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: Norman calls her out on her behavior when they confront each other. She excuses her own actions by remembering what [[spoiler:the zombies did to her in life]], but Norman says she has done just as much, if not even more bad than they ever had, and that her behavior has turned her from a victim to a bully.
--> '''The Witch''': They hurt me!\\
'''Norman''': So you hurt them back?!\\
'''The Witch''': I wanted everyone to see how rotten they were!\\
'''Norman''' You're just like them, [[spoiler:Agatha]]!\\
'''The Witch''': No, I'm not!\\
'''Norman''': You're a bully!\\
'''The Witch''': No I'm NOT!
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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: His openness about his [[ISeeDeadPeople abilities]] leaves him [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized]] from the rest of the town, who somewhat justifiably think he's crazy for talking to ghosts that no one else can see.



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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: He is your standard popular DumbJock, but his popularity seems to come in part from being actually a [[LovableJock nice person.]] And rarely for the trope, he expresses fear and distrust of socially outcast groups [[spoiler: despite being a member of [[StraightGay one such]] [[ManlyGay group]] himself, showing that even members of socially discriminated groups can still be fearful and prejudiced.]]



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: While Alvin is a pretty stereotypical example of TheBully, everyone sees him as a complete loser who's not much higher on the social ladder than Norman. Even his ''victims'' think he's pathetic.



* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:When she is finally able to find peace with the help of Norman, Agatha DisappearsIntoLight to move on to the afterlife upon realizing that the only thing she really wanted was [[IWantMyMommy to see her mother again after the townspeople separate them]]]].

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:When she is finally able to find peace with the help of Norman, Agatha DisappearsIntoLight to move on to the afterlife upon realizing that the only thing she really wanted was [[IWantMyMommy to see her mother again after the townspeople separate them]]]].again]]]].



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Of the WickedWitch archetype. [[spoiler: She was not an evil old crone practicing black magic, but a scared little girl with abilities she didn't understand who was ''executed'' by the townspeople for something she had no control over, which is [[TruthInTelevision much closer]] to what the Salem Witch Trials actually were in real life.]]



* FreudianExcuse: Yes, she created an evil curse that rises the dead every year, but it's hard to blame her when the souls she cursed are those of [[spoiler:the people who killed her only for being different.]]

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* FreudianExcuse: Yes, {{Deconstructed}}. [[spoiler:Even though she created was an evil curse that rises innocent 11-year-old girl, Agatha]] was accused of witchcraft and executed by the dead every year, but townspeople. But as Norman points out, it doesn't excuse her of her crimes.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: [[spoiler:While her FreudianExcuse is sympathetic,
it's hard to blame still only an ''excuse'' - she's a scared, angry child lashing out in the only way she knows how, and Norman forces her when to understand that her violent cursing of the souls she cursed are those of [[spoiler:the town and its people who killed her only for being different.is understandable, but still not justified or the right thing to do.]]



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype:
** Of the HangingJudge archetype. [[spoiler:He legitimately did [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what he thought was best]] and his decision wasn't motivated by sadism or cruelty, but by a values system that [[ValuesDissonance all the people of Blithe Hollow agreed with.]]]]
** Of the the stereotypical zombie characters. [[spoiler:He and his fellow zombies have come to regret their actions over the [[FateWorseThanDeath hundreds of years]] they've been dead, and in the climax, it's ''[[{{Irony}} the zombies]]'' who flee in terror from the hordes of [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters bloodthirsty townspeople.]]]]



* HateSink: He and the other judges started the whole mess by sentencing a [[spoiler:[[WouldHurtAChild young girl]]]] to death just for [[ISeeDeadPeople talking to the dead]], complete with {{poor judge of character}}, [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], {{dissonant serenity}}, and [[LackOfEmpathy total apathy to her feelings]]. Ultimately {{Subverted}} because he only ordered her death out of genuine fear and best possible intentions, and now that he [[TheAtoner seeks to redeem the harm he's caused]].

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* HateSink: He and the other judges started the whole mess by sentencing a [[spoiler:[[WouldHurtAChild an [[spoiler:innocent [[WouldHurtAChild young girl]]]] to death just for [[ISeeDeadPeople talking to the dead]], complete with {{poor judge of character}}, [[KnightTemplar self-righteousness]], {{dissonant serenity}}, and [[LackOfEmpathy total apathy to her feelings]].apathy]]. Ultimately {{Subverted}} because he only ordered her death out of genuine fear and best possible intentions, and now that he [[TheAtoner seeks to redeem the harm he's caused]].
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