History Main / BurnTheWitch

14th Mar '17 10:05:05 AM CosmicFerret
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* It wasn't uncommon to burn {{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.

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* It wasn't uncommon to burn {{Japanese 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.
14th Mar '17 7:58:06 AM nighttrainfm
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** It's not literally burning at the stake, but the Doctor is nearly thrown out of the airlock in a Burn the With moment in "Midnight."

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** It's not literally burning at the stake, but the Doctor is nearly thrown out of the airlock in a Burn the With Witch moment in "Midnight."
12th Mar '17 11:21:30 PM CaptEquinox
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*** This episode earned J.K. Rowling a serious reprimand from a BBC Radio commentator, speaking about the fact that in reality, innocent women were burnt to death and there was no such escape.
---> They were tortured precisely because of the belief that is presented in the Harry Potter books: the witch finders thought they had to inflict serious pain on the 'witch' because otherwise the Devil's charm would prevent her from being hurt. So many studies show that these real women died horrible deaths after enduring unbelievable torture that I find it astonishing that, even in fiction, their deaths can be so lightly written off. Many of the women designated as witches were perceived as dangerous outsiders or in some way different from the society in which they lived. I quarrel with JK Rowling's sweeping rewrite of their history which once again denies these women their voice and gives us, the reader, an easy way out from observing their pain. Because after all the women didn't get hurt, they weren't caught up in power struggles and they didn't die. Tell that to Joan of Arc!
11th Mar '17 9:53:21 AM karstovich2
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This trope is often the climax of a classical WitchHunt in media, with plenty of TorchesAndPitchforks to go around. These are not historically accurate, for the most part, being depicted in places and times when there were no witch-hunts, or misrepresenting ones that did occur. In particular, one of the most famous episodes of witch-hunting, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials Salem Witch Trials]], featured ''no'' burnings at all. The convicted were hanged -- and indeed, those who "confessed" were held to answer more questions and freed when the hunt was stopped. In reality, in England and in English colonies like Massachusetts, burning at the stake was reserved for women who killed their husbands, even in self-defense, and for heretics. There was some overlap as heretics were often accused of witchcraft.

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This trope is often the climax of a classical WitchHunt in media, with plenty of TorchesAndPitchforks to go around. These are not historically accurate, for the most part, being depicted in places and times when there were no witch-hunts, or misrepresenting ones that did occur. In particular, one of the most famous episodes of witch-hunting, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials Salem Witch Trials]], featured ''no'' burnings at all. The convicted were hanged -- and indeed, those who "confessed" were held to answer more questions and freed when the hunt was stopped. In reality, in England and in English colonies like Massachusetts, burning at the stake was reserved for women commoner traitors (noble traitors of both sexes were [[OffWithHisHead beheaded]]; commoner male traitors were [[RasputinianDeath hanged]], [[CruelAndUnusualDeath drawn, and quartered]]), women who killed their husbands, even husbands (even in self-defense, self-defense; this was seen as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petty_treason a form of treason]], hence the use of the same punishment), and for heretics. There That said, there was some overlap overlap, as heretics were often accused of witchcraft.
27th Feb '17 1:26:20 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In Federico Andajhazi's ''The Alchemist'', this happens to [[spoiler: Inés de Torquemada and her daughters, though they suffocate in the pyre rather than burn to death.]]



* In ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', it looks like [[spoiler: the first Mycale]] was subjected to this. [[spoiler: She found a way to cheat on death, however: [[GrandTheftMe by having her soul take over the bodies of different women]] through the years. In the story proper, her latest host is a 14-year-old girl named Kati.]]
* This can happen to [[spoiler: Rennie]] in ''VideoGame/TearRingSaga'', if neither Runan nor 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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* In ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', it looks like [[spoiler: the first original Mycale]] was subjected to this. [[spoiler: She found a way to cheat on death, however: [[GrandTheftMe by having her soul take over the bodies of different women]] through the years. In the story proper, her latest host is a 14-year-old girl named Kati.]]
* This can happen to [[spoiler: Rennie]] in ''VideoGame/TearRingSaga'', if neither Runan nor Mintz [[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.
27th Feb '17 1:23:10 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Theatre/IlTrovatore'' by Verdi, anyone? Everything began with a witch burning, and a {{Roma}} woman taking revenge for it...

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* ''Theatre/IlTrovatore'' by Verdi, anyone? Everything began with a witch burning, and a the daughter of one of the {{Roma}} woman victims taking revenge for it...


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* This can happen to [[spoiler: Rennie]] in ''VideoGame/TearRingSaga'', if neither Runan nor 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.
25th Jan '17 8:40:37 PM merotoker
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* The ComicBook/ScarletWitch was mistaken for an actual witch when her mutant hex power first manifested and would have been burned at the stake by Balkan villagers along with her brother ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} if not for timely intervention of SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}. (Who much later was revealed to be their father). An issue of ''Avengers West Coast'' shows an alternate reality where Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were captured by the villagers and burned at the stake.

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* The ComicBook/ScarletWitch was mistaken for an actual witch when her mutant hex power first manifested and would have been burned at the stake by Balkan villagers along with her brother ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} if not for timely intervention of SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}.ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. (Who much later was revealed to be their father). An issue of ''Avengers West Coast'' shows an alternate reality where Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were captured by the villagers and burned at the stake.



* In the Disney movie, ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Esmeralda almost suffers this fate at the hands of Frollo after she refuses to submit to him. (She is not accused of being a witch in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original book]]). [[note]] Well, if you want to get picky, she ''was'' accused by a young woman of being a witch, but she was ''charged'' with (and hanged for) being a murderer. [[spoiler: She is, of course, neither]].[[/note]]

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* In the Disney movie, ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Esmeralda almost suffers this fate at the hands of Frollo after she refuses to submit to him. (She is not accused of being a witch in [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original book]]). [[note]] Well, if you want to get picky, she ''was'' accused by a young woman of being a witch, but she was ''charged'' with (and hanged for) being a murderer. [[spoiler: She is, of course, neither]].[[/note]]neither.]][[/note]]



** {{Invoked}} by Daenerys as both a punishment for deceiving her and for a bit of BloodMagic of her own.
** {{Inverted}} by Melisandre, a witch who burns people.

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** {{Invoked}} {{Invoked|Trope}} by Daenerys as both a punishment for deceiving her and for a bit of BloodMagic of her own.
** {{Inverted}} {{Inverted|Trope}} by Melisandre, a witch who burns people.



* "Burning Times" by IcedEarth refers to the witch hunts.

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* "Burning Times" by IcedEarth Music/IcedEarth refers to the witch hunts.



* [[spoiler: Michel]] from ''VisualNovel/TheHouseInFataMorgana'' is impaled to death and then crucified for three days and finally burnt at the stake as he was accused of being a devil's child due to [[spoiler: being intersex.]]

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* [[spoiler: Michel]] from ''VisualNovel/TheHouseInFataMorgana'' is impaled to death and then crucified for three days and finally burnt at the stake as he was accused of being a devil's child due to [[spoiler: being intersex.]]intersex]].
30th Dec '16 2:46:17 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** {{Invoked}} by Daenerys as both a punishment for deceiving her and for a bit of BloodMagic of her own.
** {{Inverted}} by Melisandre, a witch who burns people.
28th Dec '16 4:58:49 PM zarpaulus
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%%* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' %% Zero Context Example. Please write up an actual example. Movie lines quoted without context are not an example.

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%%* * ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' %% Zero Context Example. Please write up an actual example. Movie lines quoted without context are not an example.has the infamous "Witch Trial" scene where a rather vocally pyromaniac mob accuses a woman of being a witch and Sir Bedeviere attempts to use logic to ascertain whether she actually is one.
28th Dec '16 11:51:37 AM LordGro
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* All together now: [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "What do you burn apart from Witches?"]]
** ''More witches!''

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* All together now: [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "What do you burn apart from Witches?"]]
** ''More witches!''
%%* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' %% Zero Context Example. Please write up an actual example. Movie lines quoted without context are not an example.
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