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1st Oct '17 7:39:53 AM CG-Druid
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* This is true for the warocks and witches in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. This series has never shown a witch who has used her powers for the good. If they were not evil and killed humans, then the witches were at least selfish Jerks.
18th Sep '17 5:58:26 AM Doug86
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* ''Literature/TheDragonKeeperTrilogy'':Deliberately inverted. Danzi tells Ping that Sorcerers are not bad people, however, necromancers have proven to be total bastards.

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* ''Literature/TheDragonKeeperTrilogy'':Deliberately ''Literature/DragonKeeperTrilogy'':Deliberately inverted. Danzi tells Ping that Sorcerers are not bad people, however, necromancers have proven to be total bastards.
16th Sep '17 7:40:01 AM Veanne
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* The Old Testament in the Bible states that "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". This has been a contentious subject as the translated term and the original have been confused, and there is debate as to whether or not the original intent was to describe all magic users, harmful magic users, or if the original term more accurately translated as [[MasterPoisoner "Poisoner"]] (though technically there were multiple original terms translated to Sorceror or Witch in the Bible including both the word for "Poisoner" and the word "Magus" as in one of the Magi like the three that visited baby Jesus). However, according to the traditional Jewish understanding of the Bible, specific types of magic are forbidden, as is superstitious behavior. For example, doing things because of omens, telling the future by reading the clouds, using objects as charms or to divine the future, necromancy[[note]]Here, "necromancy" refers to summoning the spirits of the dead to try and divine the future or hidden knowledge, and not to creating zombies... though that is frowned upon as well most likely[[/note]], and consulting with spirits are all forbidden, although there is debate about what each of the terms in Leviticus means.

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* The Old Testament in the Bible states that "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". This has been a contentious subject as the translated term and the original have been confused, and there is debate as to whether or not the original intent was to describe all magic users, harmful magic users, or if the original term more accurately translated as [[MasterPoisoner [[PoisonIsEvil "Poisoner"]] (though technically there were multiple original terms translated to Sorceror or Witch in the Bible including both the word for "Poisoner" and the word "Magus" as in one of the Magi like the three that visited baby Jesus). However, according to the traditional Jewish understanding of the Bible, specific types of magic are forbidden, as is superstitious behavior. For example, doing things because of omens, telling the future by reading the clouds, using objects as charms or to divine the future, necromancy[[note]]Here, "necromancy" refers to summoning the spirits of the dead to try and divine the future or hidden knowledge, and not to creating zombies... though that is frowned upon as well most likely[[/note]], and consulting with spirits are all forbidden, although there is debate about what each of the terms in Leviticus means.



* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], magic is often seen as primal and dangerous. The main magic users, sorceresses like Circe, are almost always villains. The Greeks had laws against magic that prefigured many of those later revived under Christian kings in the early modern period {{witch hunt}}s.

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* In [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], magic is often seen as primal and dangerous. The main magic users, sorceresses like Circe, Circe or Medea, are almost always villains. The Greeks had laws against magic that prefigured many of those later revived under Christian kings in the early modern period {{witch hunt}}s.
3rd Sep '17 3:21:43 PM Stinkoman87
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** There's also The Consulate on the plane of Kaladesh. There, it's criminal to use any but a couple specific forms of magic related to crating {{Magitek}}. As a child, Chandra, a RandomlyGifted [[PlayingWithFire pyromancer]], was marked for death because of this.
28th Jul '17 9:35:02 PM thatother1dude
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* There is such a thing as a good witch in ''Manga/SoulEater'', but they're pretty rare, and they tend to [[VanHelsingHateCrimes get targeted along with the bad ones]]. There seem to be forms of magic besides witchcraft, though.
** Eventually subverted in the manga, as even though their magic makes almost all witches predisposed toward being [[OrderVersusChaos chaotic]], that doesn't make them evil. [[spoiler:It's why Kid is able to bring a truce between the Witches and DWMA.]]

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* There is such a thing as a good witch in ''Manga/SoulEater'', but they're pretty rare, and they tend to [[VanHelsingHateCrimes get targeted along with the bad ones]]. There seem to be forms of magic besides witchcraft, though.
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though. Eventually subverted in the manga, as even though their magic makes almost all witches predisposed toward being [[OrderVersusChaos chaotic]], that doesn't make them evil. [[spoiler:It's why Kid is able to bring a truce between the Witches and DWMA.]]
18th Jul '17 3:12:48 PM Malady
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* In TheDemonsLexicon, humans have very little power on their own. Magicians have to get their power by making [[DealWithTheDevil deals with demons]], typically sacrificing innocent people as payment. It's apparently addictive too.

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* In TheDemonsLexicon, ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'', humans have very little power on their own. Magicians have to get their power by making [[DealWithTheDevil deals with demons]], typically sacrificing innocent people as payment. It's apparently addictive too.
20th Jun '17 9:11:14 PM KillerClowns
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* With [[MagicalRealism the supernatural options turned on]], ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' magic follows the rules that superstitious medieval people of the era believed in, with some HollywoodSatanism thrown in for taste. Which is to say, it's earned by bargaining with {{Satan}}, and more than evil enough to justify screaming "BurnTheWitch" when your chaplain brings you a probable servant of Satan's Own.

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* With [[MagicalRealism the supernatural options turned on]], ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' magic follows the rules that superstitious medieval people of the era believed in, with some HollywoodSatanism thrown in for taste. Which is to say, it's earned by bargaining with {{Satan}}, and more than evil enough to justify screaming "BurnTheWitch" when your chaplain brings you a probable servant of Satan's Lucifer's Own.
20th Jun '17 9:09:29 PM KillerClowns
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* With [[MagicalRealism the supernatural options turned on]], ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' magic follows the rules that superstitious medieval people of the era believed in, with some HollywoodSatanism thrown in for taste. Which is to say, it's earned by bargaining with {{Satan}}, and more than evil enough to justify screaming "BurnTheWitch" when your chaplain brings you a probable servant of Satan's Own.
21st May '17 12:50:44 PM nombretomado
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* In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-rise-of-the-steam-soul The Rise of the Steam Soul]] from TheWanderersLibrary mages wage ware against each other with no regard for its effects on others, killing thousands and destroying most of the land.

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* In [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-rise-of-the-steam-soul The Rise of the Steam Soul]] from TheWanderersLibrary ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'' mages wage ware against each other with no regard for its effects on others, killing thousands and destroying most of the land.
20th May '17 1:31:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''VagrantStory'' describes magic as an unnatural act only possible by using The Dark, and dooms the user to an incomplete death.

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* ''VagrantStory'' ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' describes magic as an unnatural act only possible by using The Dark, and dooms the user to an incomplete death.
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