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19th Jun '18 2:03:12 AM SebastianGray
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* The majority of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' magic users -- and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' psykers -- end up in this manner. Unusually for this trope, many of the witches actually ''are'' in contact with malign supernatural beings. Even in the ''comparatively'' LighterAndSofter ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' one inquisitor's position is: "The question is not how to separate the innocent from the guilty. The question is how many I can burn."
** Another inquisitor offered a nice quick death from his sword (practically considered a wonderful gift in this CrapsackWorld) to a host of accused already bound on their pyres if any one of them would confess -- unfortunately none did, or even could, as he had drugged every single one beforehand. They burned to death, and the inquisitor just made a passing thought about how he was saving their souls. Bastard.
** One witch hunter burns a 6-year-old girl at the stake because her parents went to a mad scientist to heal her broken leg and ended up mutated as a result. The witch hunter got her drunk because he knew that she was an innocent who just had the misfortune to have the traveling doctor be an insane lunatic, but she couldn't be allowed to live because of the mutations.
** Hell, in ''[=40K=]'', if the witch is deemed dangerous enough, they'll [[EarthShatteringKaboom burn the whole]] ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom planet]]'' [[EarthShatteringKaboom just to be safe]].
*** Well, it ''IS'' the only way to be sure...
** Warhammer 40,000 is actually somewhat nuanced on the subject. There's a distinction between ''psykers'' and ''witches''. Psykers have an innate connection with the warp. There's always a chance they could be possessed, but they can (provided that they're strong enough, and receive the proper training, and are lucky not to attract a dangerous demon, they can survive. ''Witches'', on the other hand, are those who deliberately use rituals and spells to draw power form the warp, usually by making some pact with some malevolent warp entity / demon. Also, inquisitors and witchhunters are a very numerous and diverse. Some of them are diehard witch-burners, others are compromising pragmatists, others are severe radicals who will use witches for their own purposes.
*** 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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The majority of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' magic users -- and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' psykers -- end up in this manner. Unusually for this trope, many of the witches actually ''are'' in contact with malign supernatural beings. Even in the ''comparatively'' LighterAndSofter ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' In one inquisitor's position is: "The question is not how to separate the innocent from the guilty. The question is how many I can burn."
** Another inquisitor offered a nice quick death from his sword (practically considered a wonderful gift in this CrapsackWorld) to a host
piece of accused already bound on their pyres if any one of them would confess -- unfortunately none did, or even could, as he had drugged every single one beforehand. They burned to death, and the inquisitor just made background material a passing thought about how he was saving their souls. Bastard.
** One
witch hunter burns a 6-year-old girl at the stake because her parents went to a mad scientist to heal her broken leg and ended up mutated as a result. The witch hunter got her drunk because he knew that she was an innocent who just had the misfortune to have the traveling doctor be an insane lunatic, but she couldn't be allowed to live because of the mutations.
** Hell, in ''[=40K=]'', if the witch is deemed dangerous enough, they'll [[EarthShatteringKaboom burn the whole]] ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom planet]]'' [[EarthShatteringKaboom just to be safe]].
*** Well, it ''IS'' the only way to be sure...
** Warhammer 40,000
In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is actually somewhat nuanced on the subject. There's a distinction between ''psykers'' and ''witches''. Psykers have an innate connection with the warp. There's always a chance they could be possessed, but they can (provided that they're strong enough, and receive the proper training, and are lucky not to attract a dangerous demon, they can survive. ''Witches'', on the other hand, are those who deliberately use rituals and spells to draw power form the warp, usually by making some pact with some malevolent warp entity / demon. or daemon. Also, inquisitors and witchhunters are a very numerous and diverse. Some of them are diehard witch-burners, others are compromising pragmatists, others are severe radicals who will use witches for their own purposes. \n*** In fact 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.GodEmperor. So, needless to say, a lot of Inquisitors try to take psykers who aren't involved with Chaos alive. If a witch is deemed dangerous enough however, they'll [[EarthShatteringKaboom burn the whole planet]] just to be safe.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' the religious fanatics of [[TheTheocracy House Cawdor]] and members of the [[TheFundamentalist Cult of Redemption]] possess an intense loathing of psykers and Wyrds, believing that the best fate for such witches is immolation by [[FireBreathingWeapon flamer weaponry]]. During the 1st and 2nd Edition of the game Redemptionist Crusade even had a rule that they would automatically burn any Wyrd they capture at the stake unless their comrades could rescue them.
13th Jun '18 8:57:52 AM VicGeorge2011
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* Music/CultureClub's "The War Song" has the line "Like a Philistine, we're burning witches too."
12th Jun '18 3:50:09 PM nifer
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*Celina, a witch in ''Webcomic/{{Imp}}'' has her house burned down after a priest visits her home town and convinces them she's a devil worshiper.
23rd May '18 4:09:32 PM LadyPedantica
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* ''Series/{{Salem}}'': {{Averted|Trope}}; as in the actual witch trials, convicted witches are sentenced to hang, never to burn. Giles Corey is pressed to death (to coerce him into entering a plea), as he was in real life.

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* ''Series/{{Salem}}'': Mostly an {{Averted|Trope}}; as in the actual witch trials, convicted witches are sentenced to hang, never to burn. with the exceptions of the Barker family and Giles Corey Corey, who is pressed to death (to coerce him into entering a plea), as he was in real life.
10th May '18 11:42:45 AM greasy-mech
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* Music/{{Taylor Swift}}'s "I Did Something Bad" from her 2017 album ''reputation'' has the following lines: "They're burning all the witches even if you aren't one/They got their pitchforks and proof/Their receipts and reasons"
10th May '18 5:24:21 AM memememememe
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Also see TheWitchHunter, although a Witch Hunter is someone who hunts witches professionally, while this trope tends to refer to [[TorchesAndPitchforks an angry mob]]. See also KillItWithFire and related tropes for the logic (such as it is) for this.

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Also see TheHeretic, who is also a victim of this form of justice, but with a difference: the Witch is sentenced to incineration for deadly supernatural activity, while The Heretic is similarly sentenced to incineration for ThoughtCrime. TheWitchHunter, although a Witch Hunter is someone who hunts witches professionally, while this trope tends to refer to [[TorchesAndPitchforks an angry mob]]. See also KillItWithFire and related tropes for the logic (such as it is) for this.
5th May '18 8:59:16 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'': during a visit to [[LovecraftCountry Solomon Island]], it's revealed that the infamous [[HauntedHouse Black House]] is the direct result of an impulsive witch-burning back by an angry mob; the accused didn't want to leave her house and actually be burnt at the stake, so the crowd ended up just burning it to the ground with her inside it. Lore reveals that the "witch" was indeed a mage, but was innocent of the crimes she was accused of and mainly [[HeroWithBadPublicity a victim of a smear-campaign]] by TheIlluminati, who didn't appreciate her turning down their membership offer.
2nd May '18 12:15:04 AM AirofMystery
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** During [[TheHighMiddleAges the Middle Ages proper]] witchcraft wasn't a major crime -- lethal magic was treated essentially as a subsection of poisoning, and punished accordingly with death, though not by burning, while lesser offenses could only lead to a fine or corporal punishment. Only with TheLateMiddleAges and the publication of the infamous ''[[Literature/MalleusMaleficarum Malleus]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum Maleficarum]]'' did the mass witch hunts begin. Prior to this, the Church's position was largely that witches were not even real.

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** During [[TheHighMiddleAges the Middle Ages proper]] witchcraft wasn't a major crime -- lethal 'cunning folk' were practitioners of low-level magic that were generally not persecuted legally, unless they were accused of cheating their customers out of the supposed effects of the magic sold. Lethal magic was treated essentially as a subsection of poisoning, and punished accordingly with death, though not by burning, while lesser offenses could only lead to a fine or corporal punishment. Only with TheLateMiddleAges and the publication of the infamous ''[[Literature/MalleusMaleficarum Malleus]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum Maleficarum]]'' did the mass witch hunts begin. Prior to this, the Church's position was largely that witches were not even real. real - or rather, that magic was not real, simply illusions of the Devil.



** The Spanish Inquisition actually refused to do this after the late-16th century, but even before then they were rather 'lax' on witchcraft -- the Grand Inquisitor himself pronouncing the tales of mass "sabbats" unlikely and unsupported by any evidence -- and most accused survived with "minor" torture and fairly small official punishment, as the Inquisition was more concerned about Moors (Castile-Leon having only conquered Granada in 1492, the region and its Muslim people being something of an ongoing problem until the last of them were ethnically cleansed in the early 17th century) than peasant superstitions. But this didn't stop non-Royal and non-Church town authorities (i.e. about 2/3 of all towns) from holding Witch Trials and hanging 'witches', or angry mobs from doing likewise.

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** The Spanish Inquisition actually refused to do this after the late-16th century, but even before then they were rather 'lax' on witchcraft -- the Grand Inquisitor himself pronouncing the tales of mass "sabbats" unlikely and unsupported by any evidence -- and most accused survived with "minor" torture and fairly small official punishment, as the punishment. The Inquisition was more concerned about Moors (Castile-Leon having Moors, the remnant population of Muslims in Spain: Castile-Leon had only conquered Granada in 1492, so the region and its Muslim people being were something of an ongoing problem for the Christian rulers until the last of them were ethnically cleansed in the early 17th century) than peasant superstitions.century. But this didn't stop non-Royal and non-Church town authorities (i.e. about 2/3 of all towns) from holding Witch Trials and hanging 'witches', or angry mobs from doing likewise.
22nd Apr '18 12:05:24 PM LordGro
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Nowadays the number of victims is estimated to be around fifty to sixty thousand (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 killed Jews and Christians, plus certain neopagan writers (who claimed the dead were members of an underground pagan religion, for which no good evidence exists). Alleged witches continue to be killed, tortured or exiled from their homes in various parts of the world to this day, mainly south Asia and Africa, though this is no longer officially sanctioned by the state.

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Nowadays the number of victims is estimated to be around fifty to sixty thousand (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 killed Jews and Christians, Nazis]] claimed that a [[ConspiracyTheorist Jewish/Freemason-controlled church]] wanted to eradicate wise Germanic women, plus certain neopagan writers (who claimed the dead were members of an underground pagan religion, for which no good evidence exists). Alleged witches continue to be killed, tortured or exiled from their homes in various parts of the world to this day, mainly south Asia and Africa, though this is no longer officially sanctioned by the state.
21st Apr '18 7:32:42 PM Art199
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Nowadays the number of victims is estimated to be around fifty to sixty thousand (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, plus certain neopagan writers (who claimed the dead were members of an underground pagan religion, for which no good evidence exists). Alleged witches continue to be killed, tortured or exiled from their homes in various parts of the world to this day, mainly south Asia and Africa, though this is no longer officially sanctioned by the state.

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Nowadays the number of victims is estimated to be around fifty to sixty thousand (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, killed Jews and Christians, plus certain neopagan writers (who claimed the dead were members of an underground pagan religion, for which no good evidence exists). Alleged witches continue to be killed, tortured or exiled from their homes in various parts of the world to this day, mainly south Asia and Africa, though this is no longer officially sanctioned by the state.
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