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21st Jul '17 12:13:05 PM Malady
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': [[spoiler:Aleister]] uses a flying broomstick to rescue Touma from falling, in New Testament 18's Epilogue.
29th Jun '17 4:06:52 PM TheKaizerreich
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* CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. WordOfGod says she doesn't really need a broom to fly (since everyone in the games can fly anyway), but uses it because she consciously goes for a Western witch look, and that obviously includes the broom.

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* CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. WordOfGod says she doesn't really need a broom to fly (since everyone in the games can fly anyway), but uses it because she consciously goes for a Western witch look, and that obviously includes the broom. She also has a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic with Alice Margatroid, so on the occasion that Alice rides on the broom as well, naturally Marisa sits forward while Alice sits sideways. Marisa eventually also started SkySurfing on the broom as an attack or simply RuleOfCool, which due to her mini-reactor added to the end makes it closer to a RocketRide.
29th Jun '17 3:57:21 PM TheKaizerreich
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As brooms [[DifficultButAwesome aren't exactly designed]] to be ridden upon. Riding one would require really good balance so as not to fall off, especially when really high up. Prospective witches and warlocks should also try not to land wrong while sitting on their brooms either or you'll end up [[GroinAttack "Riding the Rail"]] if you know what I mean. At some point, witches were portrayed as riding the brooms side-saddle, similar to how women traditionally rode horseback.

Another—considerably more NSFW—explanation involves sex and drugs, in a certain sense. Accounts from the 16th century revealed that witches' potions contained hallucinogens that, when consumed, gave the sensation of flying. As oral ingestion put them at risk of overdosing, suspected witches applied these hallucinogenic potions topically. It turns out the most effective places for absorption through the skin were on the armpits … and in their lady parts. Guess what they used to apply the ointment. That's right, ''riding'' a broom is really a 500-year-old DoubleEntendre.

Upright vacuum cleaners are a modern subversion of the broom idea. And atleast one show moved on to a witch flying on ''Roombas'', as an ultra-modern broom.

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As brooms [[DifficultButAwesome aren't exactly designed]] to be ridden upon. Riding upon, riding one would require really good balance so as not to fall off, especially when really high up. Prospective witches and warlocks should also try not to land wrong while sitting on their brooms either or you'll end up [[GroinAttack "Riding the Rail"]] if you know what I mean. At some point, witches were portrayed as riding the brooms side-saddle, similar to how women traditionally rode horseback.

Another—considerably
horseback. If two witches are shown together, the difference in how they sit on their brooms usually relates to a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic.

Another (considerably
more NSFW—explanation NSFW) explanation involves sex and drugs, in a certain sense. Accounts from the 16th century revealed that witches' potions contained hallucinogens that, when consumed, gave the sensation of flying. As oral ingestion put them at risk of overdosing, suspected witches applied these hallucinogenic potions topically. It turns out the most effective places for absorption through the skin were on the armpits and in their lady parts. Guess what they used to apply parts, where the ointment. That's right, broom turned out to be quite handy. In other words, ''riding'' a broom is really a 500-year-old DoubleEntendre.

Upright vacuum cleaners are a modern subversion of the broom idea. And idea; and atleast one show moved on to a witch flying on ''Roombas'', as an ultra-modern broom.
7th Jun '17 3:17:21 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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* During the Fantasia arc of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' , the party meets a attractive (but agressive) witch Morda who rides flying broomstick casually. Isidro is quick to note how impressive it is to see an "actual witch" just to annoy the group's resident non-flying witch Schierke.

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* During the Fantasia arc of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' , the party meets a an attractive (but agressive) witch Morda who rides flying broomstick casually. Isidro is quick to note how impressive it is to see an a "actual witch" just to annoy the group's resident non-flying witch Schierke. Schierke.
7th Jun '17 3:13:41 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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* During the Fantasia arc of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' , the party meets a attractive (but agressive) witch Morda who rides flying broomstick casually. Isidro is quick to note how impressive it is to see an "actual witch" just to annoy the group's resident non-flying witch Schierke.
2nd Jun '17 10:32:09 AM ScrewySqrl
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Upright vacuum cleaners are a modern subversion of the broom idea.

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Upright vacuum cleaners are a modern subversion of the broom idea.
idea. And atleast one show moved on to a witch flying on ''Roombas'', as an ultra-modern broom.


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** In the TV version, Professor of "Modern Magic" Croix flys on a Roomba.
1st Jun '17 1:57:53 PM HighCrate
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* CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. WordOfGod says she doesn't really need a broom to fly (since everyone in the games can fly anyway), but uses it because she consciously goes for a Western witch look, [[GenreSavvy and that obviously includes the broom]].

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* CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. WordOfGod says she doesn't really need a broom to fly (since everyone in the games can fly anyway), but uses it because she consciously goes for a Western witch look, [[GenreSavvy and that obviously includes the broom]].broom.
24th Apr '17 1:59:16 PM RustyBill
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* [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Robert A. Heinlein's]] novella ''MagicInc'' includes a witch riding a broom the proper way.
** Another Heinlein novella, ''{{Literature/Waldo}}'', has antigravity vehicles that consist of a horizontal cylinder (containing the mechanisms) with power receptor antennae at the rear. When mounted in a transparent hull, they resemble flying broomsticks, and are referred to as such.
24th Apr '17 1:33:38 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Double-subversion in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura does not ride a broomstick, but she uses her MagicWand like this after she captures the Fly card.

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* Double-subversion in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura does not ride a broomstick, but she uses her MagicWand like this after she captures the Fly card.card [[spoiler: until she upgrades it into a Sakura card [[PowerGivesYouWings and it lets her grow wing]].]]


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* A ''Manga/GhostSweeperMikami'' episode was about two flying brooms built centuries ago by Doctor Chaos. [[spoiler: They have a tragic backstory, as they belonged to a páir of StarCrossedLovers whose souls are bound to them.]]
23rd Apr '17 8:45:35 AM dsneybuf
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* Winnie from ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'' has a broom that can quickly fly people to anywhere in the world, and also turn them invisible while traveling.

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* Winnie from ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'' ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit2014'' has a broom that can quickly fly people to anywhere in the world, and also turn them invisible while traveling.
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