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2nd Dec '16 12:49:12 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'', as a series whose protagonist is the reincarnation of Joan of Arc, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urYuIvZ2seg includes]] a scene that features Joan's fiery martyrdom.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Joan was one of the ''Puella Magi'' and the GrandFinale of the TV series shows her with her Soul Gem in her hands as she's about to be burned at the stake.]]
* In ''Anime/RageOfBahamutGenesis'', as Joan of Arc is about to be publically burned, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94LB3KTGQMI the crowds try to save her]] and fight the local knights for her. [[spoiler: Joan is so broken by her ordeals ''on top'' of watching the populace being hurt for her sake, she [[DespairEventHorizon gives in to despair]] and [[FaceHeelTurn inhales the demon's concoction]], which turns her into a {{Tykebomb}} of a demon and flies away with one objective: slay the Archangels holding Bahamut's seal.]]
2nd Dec '16 12:36:46 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has this when a mystical trap causes Lelouch to see images of C.C.'s past, including multiple gruesome "deaths" -- one of which was, of course, burning at the stake. Justified in that C.C. is both [[HealingFactor immortal]] and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ageless]], meaning she did indeed live through the time when people were doing this sort of thing. It doesn't help matters that official sources both inside and outside the anime call her a witch.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has this when a mystical trap causes Lelouch to see images of C.C.'s past, including multiple gruesome "deaths" -- one of which was, of course, burning at the stake. Justified in that C.C. is both [[HealingFactor immortal]] and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ageless]], plus she became immortal when she was a servant/slave girl in medieval times, meaning she did ''did'' indeed live through the time when people were doing this sort of thing. It doesn't help matters that official sources both inside and outside the anime call her a witch.
2nd Dec '16 12:35:13 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In ''Magical Chappy'', when Chappy and her brother come to Earth, they decide to not tell anyone about their powers to avert being burned at the stake.

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* In ''Magical Chappy'', ''Anime/MahouTsukaiChappy'', when Chappy and her brother Jun come to Earth, they decide to not tell anyone about their powers to avert being burned at the stake.


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* 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.]]
27th Nov '16 6:55:28 PM PaulA
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* ''Creator/DavidDrake'''s short story ''The Dancer in the Flames'' involves a witch who reaches through time while being executed in this way and contacts an officer in the Vietnam War via his pyromania. It ends badly for him.

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* ''Creator/DavidDrake'''s Creator/DavidDrake's short story ''The "The Dancer in the Flames'' Flames" involves a witch who reaches through time while being executed in this way and contacts an officer in the Vietnam War via his pyromania. It ends badly for him.
5th Nov '16 11:08:30 AM zarpaulus
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*** In fact the Imperium needs psykers, Astropaths for communication and Navigators to guide starships through the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp]], and just about every branch of the Imperial military uses sanctioned psykers, there are even many Inquisitors who are psykers. While those who are too weak to use for those purposes can be fed to the God Emperor. So, needless to say, a lot of Inquisitors try to take psykers who aren't involved with Chaos alive.


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* In ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' this used to be the Urth Orthodox Church's policy with psychics, but after the Eskatonic Order showed that their powers could fight the Symbiots the Church began to grudgingly accept "Penitent" psychics. Though the [[ChurchMilitant Temple Avesti]] still likes to go on Witch Hunts, making them extremely unpopular among the populace, at least one Avestite has been burned at the stake for accusing a well-loved [[ActualPacifist Amalthean]] healer of heresy.
5th Nov '16 10:39:52 AM zarpaulus
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** Another comic, illustrating the early Church's stance on witchcraft, had King Europe accuse Queen Europe of being a witch, only for the Pope to burn ''him'' for heresy.
3rd Nov '16 12:14:50 AM Kirayoshi
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** Stephen Fry jokingly shouted "Burn the witch!" when Victoria Corin's "anxiety dream" (in which Stephen Fry asked the panel, "Why was [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the March Hare]] so important to the Aztecs?") came true.
27th Oct '16 9:23:09 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' series, Witted people who are caught are hanged over water, chopped to pieces and burned. Superstition holds that this is done because otherwise their spirit might escape or even allow them to come back to life. It's considered a horribly evil thing to do by those of Old Blood, but the Wit ''does'' allow this to happen under very specific circumstances.
19th Oct '16 10:48:31 PM foxley
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* In "Literature/LoreLay" by Clemens Brentano, Lore Lay is accused of sorcery. When she stands trial before the bishop, she asks to be burnt as a witch, because she does no longer want to live.

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* In "Literature/LoreLay" ''Literature/LoreLay'' by Clemens Brentano, Lore Lay is accused of sorcery. When she stands trial before the bishop, she asks to be burnt as a witch, because she does no longer want to live.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': In ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'', the Circle of Hands includes a symbolic witch-burning as part of the ceremony to open their conference. This shows that they understand very little about the actual supernatural world, and are running mostly on partly-remembered rituals and traditions.
8th Oct '16 6:18:06 AM justanid
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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 UsefulNotes/SalemWitchTrials, 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 UsefulNotes/SalemWitchTrials, [[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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