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21st Jul '17 10:37:52 PM darkemyst
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* Mye and Hex were drowned as witches proving their innocence in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' before being resurrected as zombie slaves by an actual magic user.
20th Jul '17 1:53:55 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* This can happen to [[spoiler: Rennie]] in ''VideoGame/TearRingSaga'', if neither Runan nor [[spoiler: Mintz]] arrive in time and seize the castle she's about to be publically executed. If they do, she joins their group some chapters later.

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This can happen to [[spoiler: Rennie]] in ''VideoGame/TearRingSaga'', Rennie]], if neither Runan nor [[spoiler: Mintz]] arrive in time and seize the castle she's about to be publically executed. If they do, she joins their group some chapters later.later.
** In the backstory, [[spoiler: [[BrotherSisterTeam Zeek and Karla's]] whole family]] was executed in this manner, kicking off their DarkAndTroubledPast.
13th Jul '17 12:30:02 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] are near-universally feared, loathed, and ostracized throughout Tamriel. They are often killed on sight wherever they are found. The use of fire is common, as the majority of vampire bloodlines have a [[KillItWithFire weak to it]].
20th Jun '17 3:21:59 PM Fireblood
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', the characters are transported back in time to old Salem. Someone ends up tied to a stake with kindling piled around their feet before the episode is out. Ironically, it was Darrin who ended up accused of witchcraft for having used a match. ''Bewitched'' spent several episodes in Salem, either 4 or 8. It was a sizable chunk of that season.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', the characters are transported back in time to old Salem. Someone ends up tied to a stake with kindling piled around their feet before the episode is out. Ironically, it was Darrin who ended up up
accused of witchcraft for having used a match. ''Bewitched'' spent several episodes in Salem, either 4 or 8. It was a sizable chunk of that season.



* It wasn't uncommon to burn UsefulNotes/{{Japanese Christian}}s, whether at the stake or not, during the persecutions that took place in the times of Japanese isolation. Some of the victims were: St. Marina Omura, St. Tecla Hashimoto and her whole family, the martyrs of Nagasaki in either 1622 or 1632, Michael Kuzuriya aka the Good Samaritan from Nagasaki, etc.
20th Jun '17 2:58:44 PM Fireblood
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The "swimming" of witches, one of the most famous methods of interrogating a suspected witch, had the virtue of being both pointless and redundant. Popular belief makes it out as a MortonsFork, saying that if the 'witch' floated, they'd pull her out and kill her. If the "witch" drowned, on the other hand... well, they were still dead, they just weren't a witch. Actually she would be tied to a rope: if she did float, they would pull her out, and the fact would be regarded as incriminating (of course sometimes they wouldn't do quick enough, and she'd still drown-"floating" could also be achieved by trickery with the ropes). If she sank, they would pull her out all the same, but cleared of charges. The ducking stool is an unrelated, non-lethal device of punishment where a woman was ducked in cold water for being a public nuisance of some sort.

Nowadays the number of victims is estimated to be around fifty thousand victims (not just of burning, but also drowning and hanging) in all of medieval and early modern Europe. This is bad enough, though far lower than the number of several millions which were made up by some enlightenment writers, and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The Nazis]], who claimed that a [[ConspiracyTheorist Jewish/Freemason-controlled church]] wanted to eradicate wise Germanic women, along with some neopagan writers.

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The "swimming" of witches, one of the most famous methods of interrogating a suspected witch, had the virtue of being both pointless and redundant. Popular belief makes it out as a MortonsFork, saying that if the 'witch' floated, they'd pull her out and kill her. If the "witch" drowned, on the other hand... well, they were still dead, they just weren't a witch. Actually she would be tied to a rope: if she did float, they would pull her out, and the fact would be regarded as incriminating (of course sometimes they wouldn't do this quick enough, and she'd still drown-"floating" could also be achieved by trickery with the ropes). If she sank, they would pull her out all the same, but cleared of charges. The ducking stool is an unrelated, non-lethal device of punishment where a woman was ducked in cold water for being a public nuisance of some sort.

Nowadays the number of victims is estimated to be around fifty to sixty thousand victims (not just of burning, but also drowning and hanging) in all of medieval and early modern Europe. This is bad enough, though far lower than the number of several millions which were made up by some enlightenment Enlightenment writers, and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany The the Nazis]], who claimed that a [[ConspiracyTheorist Jewish/Freemason-controlled church]] wanted to eradicate wise Germanic women, along with some plus certain neopagan writers.writers (who claimed the dead were members of an underground pagan religion, for which no good evidence exists).
31st May '17 5:01:27 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Literature/{{Eldraeverse}}'': The [[https://eldraeverse.com/2012/06/23/trope-a-day-outgrown-such-silly-superstitions/ seeress Merriéle]], founder of the Church of the Flame, was executed in Somáras by the traditional fire of purification, resulting in her ascension via a pillar of light and flame that not coincidentally turned the city of Somáras into the bay of Somáras. Modern eldraeic hypotheses suggest that either she was carrying a {{Precursor}} artifact that contained antimatter or the [[DeusEstMachina Transcend]] somehow traveled back in time to inspire her "visions" and nuke her executioners from orbit.
** Incineration is still the Empire of the Star's preferred method of capital punishment, though they reserve it for crimes that cannot be recompensed like murder rather than silly notions like "heresy", and they prefer to use a fusion torch.
31st May '17 2:19:02 PM Dravencour
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When a community with a superstitious mindset suspects someone of magical or [[StockSuperPowers otherwise unusual powers]], especially if unexplained stuff such as kids disappearing has been happening, their response will usually be to root the person out to take the blame and to take some burning at the stake.

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When a community with a superstitious mindset suspects someone in their midst of magical or [[StockSuperPowers otherwise unusual powers]], especially if unexplained stuff such as kids disappearing has been happening, their response will usually be to root the person out to take the blame and to take some burning at the stake.
31st May '17 2:16:03 PM Dravencour
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When a community with a superstitious mindset suspects someone of magical or [[StockSuperPowers otherwise unusual powers]], especially if unexplained stuff such as kids disappearing has been happening, their response will usually be to root out a witch to take the blame and to take some burning at the stake.

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When a community with a superstitious mindset suspects someone of magical or [[StockSuperPowers otherwise unusual powers]], especially if unexplained stuff such as kids disappearing has been happening, their response will usually be to root the person out a witch to take the blame and to take some burning at the stake.
16th May '17 2:59:49 PM Linda58
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The [[VillainOfTheWeek Unsub]] of the "In The Blood" episode is obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials and believes that he is killing witches. The team manage to stop him just before he burns a woman at the stake. The episode does point out that no one was burnt to death at the Salem trials.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': The [[VillainOfTheWeek Unsub]] of the "In The Blood" episode is obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials and believes that he is killing witches. The His first few victims are either crushed or hanged, and the team manage to stop him just before he burns a woman at the stake. The episode does point out that no one was burnt to death at the Salem trials.


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* Averted in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Out of Time" Sara is stranded in Virginia during the Salem Witch Trials and accused of being a witch for "corrupting" the local women ("In my defense, they were happily corrupted"), and is nearly hanged by the locals. Complete with cries of "Hang the Witch!", which while possibly more accurate, is sadly a lot less catchy than "Burn the Witch!".
11th May '17 7:55:24 PM ThorirPP
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* In Iceland, from 1625-1683, 21 people were executed by burning after being accused of witchcraft (which could include just keeping magical talismans in their homes). All but two of these people were male, as men were believed to be the only people capable of being witches in Icelandic society. There's an interesting, albeit somewhat cheesy, museum dedicated to Icelandic witchcraft in the 17th century in the town of Holmavik, in the West Fjords.

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* In Iceland, from 1625-1683, 21 people were executed by burning after being accused of witchcraft (which could include just keeping magical talismans in their homes). All but two one of these people were male, as men were believed to be the only people capable of being witches in Icelandic society. There's an interesting, albeit somewhat cheesy, museum dedicated to Icelandic witchcraft in the 17th century in the town of Holmavik, Hólmavík, in the West Fjords.
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