History Literature / WhichWitch

12th Mar '18 5:37:23 AM TropeRoper
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''Which Witch?'' is a children's fantasy novel by Creator/EvaIbbotson.

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''Which Witch?'' is a 1979 children's fantasy novel by Creator/EvaIbbotson.
4th Feb '18 12:15:07 PM TropeRoper
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* *When Lester suggests that Belladonna cheat in the competition, he reasons that "cheating is evil, and he wants evil ".

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* *When ** When Lester suggests that Belladonna cheat in the competition, he reasons that "cheating is evil, and he wants evil ".
4th Feb '18 12:14:44 PM TropeRoper
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* ExactWords: A lot of the magic in the story runs on this, which means a lot of fuss for Arriman (who has to acquire materials, like corpses, princesses) and accounts for a great deal of LoopholeAbuse.
** All the witches in the contest technically accomplish their feats, itís just that the first two witches have bad luck and the next two get hampered by their own issues. [[spoiler: Mabel summons a kraken that turns out to be a baby, Ethel imprisons someone in a tree but he turns out to enjoy it, Nancy creates a bottomless pit but pushes her sister into it and is disqualified, Mother Bloodwort turns a set of princesses into birds but turns into a coffee table and is disqualified. Only Madame Olympia and Belladonna actually succeed to pull off their feats accurately and successfully.]]
* *When Lester suggests that Belladonna cheat in the competition, he reasons that "cheating is evil, and he wants evil ".
** The Wizard Watcher is created to watch for the arrival of a new wizard. [[spoiler: Once Terrence appears, its job is done, but Belladonna gives it a new duty: to watch over the new wizard.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: Of a sort. Mabel sets about summoning the Kraken, and she ''does''. [[spoiler:It's the baby Kraken, though]]. Arriman is so annoyed that he wants to give her no points at all, but relents when the other judges remind him that she technically ''did'' do what she said she would.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Of a sort. Mabel sets about summoning Because most of the Kraken, and she ''does''. [[spoiler:It's the baby Kraken, though]]. witches Arriman is encounters are hideous and inept, he goes out of his way to invoke this so annoyed that he wants to give her no points at all, but relents when wonít marry any of the other judges remind first five witches in the competition. It only fails with the last two, who are sufficiently beautiful and manage to suitably impress him that she technically ''did'' do what she said she would.with their power.
4th Feb '18 12:05:12 PM TropeRoper
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* Foreshadowing: Belladonna states that she feels blacker when Terence is around. [[spoiler: Terence is later revealed to be the new Wizard.]]


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* HenpeckedHusband: Ethel Feedbag summons a put-on husband and his obnoxious family to imprison in trees. [[spoiler: He begs to stay in his tree as itís pretty much rescuing him from his family, so it works against her.]]


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Nancy, [[spoiler: after throwing her sister into the bottomless pit she created.]]
3rd Dec '17 3:29:57 PM caffeinatedkate
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* Autocannibalism: The finale of Madame Olympia's musical performance piece, giant plague rats attack and eat each other and the last one standing eats itself.

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* Autocannibalism: {{Autocannibalism}}: The finale of Madame Olympia's musical performance piece, giant plague rats attack and eat each other and the last one standing eats itself.
3rd Dec '17 3:29:12 PM caffeinatedkate
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* Autocannibalism: The finale of Madame Olympia's musical performance piece, giant plague rats attack and eat each other and the last one standing eats itself.



* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Esmeralda the gypsy assures Arriman that a new dark wizard ''is'' coming, but is very rude about the whole thing and of course can't tell when or where the successor will come.

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Esmeralda the gypsy assures Arriman that a new dark wizard ''is'' coming, but can't tell him when or where this successor will come and is very rude about the whole thing and of course can't tell when or where the successor will come.thing.



* TheBluebeard: Parodied with Sir Simon Montpelier, whose murdering of his seven wives ends up being PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:When he comes back to life, he does absolutely nothing but talk about how he killed the wives, until everyone is desperate to be rid of him.]]



* TheBluebeard: Parodied with Sir Simon Montpelier, whose murdering of his seven wives ends up being PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:When he comes back to life, he does absolutely nothing but talk about how he killed the wives, until everyone is desperate to be rid of him.]]
3rd Dec '17 3:08:10 PM caffeinatedkate
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Belladonna, the only white witch, is beautiful while the dark witches are all hideous. But Arriman, who is the darkest wizard of England, is very handsome, and Belladonna ''aspires'' to be evil.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Belladonna, the only white witch, is beautiful while most of the dark witches are all hideous. But Madame Olympia, the nastiest of the dark witches, is beautiful too and Arriman, who is the darkest wizard of England, is very handsome, and Belladonna ''aspires'' to be evil.
13th Nov '17 12:53:27 PM Roo
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* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one isn't in a deeper trance than that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.

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* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one isn't in a deeper trance than is still aware enough of her surroundings that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.
13th Nov '17 12:52:41 PM Roo
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* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one isn't in a deeper trance than that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.


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* PetTheDog: Though Mother Bloodwart is at least nominally an evil witch, she's generally kind to Belladonna -- even if she finds her white magic uncomfortable.
24th Jul '16 1:08:06 PM rjd1922
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Meanwhile, for Belladonna, it's LoveAtFirstSight when she sees Arriman. She's determined to win at all costs, but there's a minor setback: she's not a dark witch at all. In fact, she's a white witch, who can only perform good magic. But luck seems on her side when she meets an orphan boy named Terrance Mugg, whose pet worm, Rover, appears to be Belladonna's familiar, capable of giving her dark magic. With Terrance and Rover on her side, Belladonna is certain to win. But will she come out on top, when one of the group resorts to underhanded methods to win?

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Meanwhile, for Belladonna, it's LoveAtFirstSight when she sees Arriman. She's determined to win at all costs, but there's a minor setback: she's not a dark witch at all. In fact, she's a white witch, who can only perform good magic. But luck seems on her side when she meets an orphan boy named Terrance Terrence Mugg, whose pet worm, Rover, appears to be Belladonna's familiar, capable of giving her dark magic. With Terrance Terrence and Rover on her side, Belladonna is certain to win. But will she come out on top, when one of the group resorts to underhanded methods to win?



** We find out that Matron hates Terrance and goes out of her way to be horrible to him (up to and including [[spoiler:trying to kill his pet worm]]) is because [[spoiler:when he was a baby, he once bit her finger.]]

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** We find out that Matron hates Terrance Terrence and goes out of her way to be horrible to him (up to and including [[spoiler:trying to kill his pet worm]]) is because [[spoiler:when he was a baby, he once bit her finger.]]



* MamaBear: The thing that pushes Belladonna to do the first remotely black thing in her life is watching Matron (who [[KickTheDog had tried to squish Rover, earlier]]) yell at Terrance and try to drag him away. It angers Belladonna so much that she halts Matron by turning her partially into a tree.

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* MamaBear: The thing that pushes Belladonna to do the first remotely black thing in her life is watching Matron (who [[KickTheDog had tried to squish Rover, earlier]]) yell at Terrance Terrence and try to drag him away. It angers Belladonna so much that she halts Matron by turning her partially into a tree.



* NiceGuy: Terrance. [[spoiler:Surprising, considering that he's destined to be come an evil darker wizard than Arriman...]]

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* NiceGuy: Terrance.Terrence. [[spoiler:Surprising, considering that he's destined to be come an evil darker wizard than Arriman...]]
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