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22nd Feb '17 5:32:33 AM Kakai
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* The Hell-bards of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' are an elite unit whose job is hunting down witches who didn't register with the government or committed a crime.
21st Feb '17 9:31:57 AM NottellingYou
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** Over the course of the series, Harry develops a reputation in the supernatural community as a thug who [[spoiler: occasionally murders gods and talks flippantly to angels]], and because they don't know most of the details of the cases or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality understand his motivation]], they default to a view of him much like this trope.

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** Over the course of the series, Harry develops a reputation in the supernatural community as a thug who [[spoiler: occasionally [[spoiler:occasionally murders gods and talks flippantly to angels]], and because they don't know most of the details of the cases or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality have the ability to understand his motivation]], they default to a view of him much like this trope.
21st Feb '17 9:30:51 AM NottellingYou
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* Within the ''Literature/{TheDresdenFiles}'', wizards and witches view the [[MagicKnight Wardens]] somewhere between cops, witch hunters, and the bogeyman. Even Harry Dresden, a magical heavyweight as wizards reckon these things, has nightmares about them.

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* Within the ''Literature/{TheDresdenFiles}'', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', wizards and witches view the [[MagicKnight Wardens]] somewhere between cops, witch hunters, and the bogeyman. Even Harry Dresden, a magical heavyweight as wizards reckon these things, has nightmares about them.
21st Feb '17 9:30:24 AM NottellingYou
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* Within the ''Literature/{TheDresdenFiles}'', wizards and witches view the [[MagicKnight Wardens]] somewhere between cops, witch hunters, and the bogeyman. Even Harry Dresden, a magical heavyweight as wizards reckon these things, has nightmares about them.
** In one of Harry's cases, the crime scenes are magically tagged with the quote "Suffer not a witch to live."
** Harry famously looks the part, even though he's the sort of person a witch hunter would hunt.
** In one of the short stories Karrin Murphy, Harry's sometimes-sidekick and cop chick, explains how Harry's moments of power are so viscerally terrifying that she understands how people could start hunting witches.
** Over the course of the series, Harry develops a reputation in the supernatural community as a thug who [[spoiler: occasionally murders gods and talks flippantly to angels]], and because they don't know most of the details of the cases or [[BlueAndOrangeMorality understand his motivation]], they default to a view of him much like this trope.
** In a moment of desperation, [[spoiler: the Wardens recruited Harry. He gets to experience the trope from the other side.]]
20th Feb '17 8:43:04 AM Kooshmeister
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* One of these guys, referred to as simply "The Witchfinder," plays a small but important role in the [[TheDungAges DungAges]] prologue of ''Literature/TheFestering''. He's less interested in actually finding witches (assuming any exist) and more interested in just having a lot of political and religious clout in the English town of Garth, accusing and executing people on a whim in order to instill fear in the locals. His main role in the story is having PatientZero for ThePlague executed and buried without treatment and study, thereby ensuring the disease will return to threaten future generations in Garth.
12th Feb '17 2:46:55 PM Morgenthaler
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A whole religion made of these guys is a ChurchMilitant, but they don't actually have to be [[BadassPreacher ordained]], or even a part of church structure. When they are, it's usually ChurchPolice. While some of them were specifically trained to perform their duties, they tend to be freelancers, working alone or within a small team (institutionalized witch-hunting is a slightly different matter in trope terms). Since they often face the need to investigate the nature of the threat before [[BurnTheWitch dealing with it]], many are more than a bit of an OccultDetective. And, of course, a Witch Hunter is quite a case of TheHunter. If a witch hunter is also adept at using magic, and lives in a more modern or contemporary setting, he may be a BlueCollarWarlock.

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A whole religion made of these guys is a ChurchMilitant, but they don't actually have to be [[BadassPreacher ordained]], or even a part of church structure. When they are, it's usually ChurchPolice. While some of them were specifically trained to perform their duties, they tend to be freelancers, working alone or within a small team (institutionalized witch-hunting is a slightly different matter in trope terms). Since they often face the need to investigate the nature of the threat before [[BurnTheWitch dealing with it]], many are more than a bit of an OccultDetective. And, of course, a Witch Hunter is quite a case of TheHunter.HunterOfMonsters. If a witch hunter is also adept at using magic, and lives in a more modern or contemporary setting, he may be a BlueCollarWarlock.
7th Feb '17 3:20:59 PM margdean56
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** The Omnian Church ([=Pre-=]''Discworld/SmallGods'') used to hunt down and burn witches. But then again, they used to burn just about everybody. Now they just give witches informational pamphlets, which isn't nearly as bad. (Granny Weatherwax's view is that they hunted old women who didn't know what was going on - if they'd tried burning ''actual'' witches, they wouldn't have done so for long, as the Cunning Man found out.)

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** The Omnian Church ([=Pre-=]''Discworld/SmallGods'') used to hunt down and burn witches. But then again, they used to burn just about everybody. Now they just give witches informational pamphlets, which isn't nearly as bad. (Granny Weatherwax's view is that they hunted old women who didn't know what was going on - -- if they'd tried burning ''actual'' witches, they wouldn't have done so for long, as the Cunning Man found out.)



* Witch Smellers were found in some African tribes, and the hunts they kicked off could be devastating in their effects. But they didn't always have it there way. According to legend some Zulu witch hunters tried this on UsefulNotes/ShakaZulu. He outsmarted them and it ended [[KillEmAll badly for them]].

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* Witch Smellers were found in some African tribes, and the hunts they kicked off could be devastating in their effects. But they didn't always have it there their way. According to legend some Zulu witch hunters tried this on UsefulNotes/ShakaZulu. He outsmarted them and it ended [[KillEmAll badly for them]].
7th Feb '17 3:15:49 PM margdean56
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The grim, broody, [[BadassLongcoat badass-longcoated]], and [[NiceHat nice-hatted]] guy who's always prepared to lead a WitchHunt. But beware, for this guy, as much as he is [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]] and [[SoulsavingCrusader soul-saving]], often [[KnightTemplar leaves that pesky sort-them-out trade to the Lord]]. And he tends to be [[PrinciplesZealot a bit creepy]] about [[LawfulStupid his principles]]. He can be seen handing out the TorchesAndPitchforks, "BurnTheWitch" is a solution he is eager for indeed. Due to these traits, a witch hunter is usually the one to commit VanHelsingHateCrimes either out of racism or mere cruelty and profit.

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The grim, broody, [[BadassLongcoat badass-longcoated]], and [[NiceHat nice-hatted]] guy who's always prepared to lead a WitchHunt. But beware, for this guy, as much as he is [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]] and [[SoulsavingCrusader soul-saving]], often [[KnightTemplar leaves that pesky sort-them-out trade to the Lord]]. And he tends to be [[PrinciplesZealot a bit creepy]] about [[LawfulStupid his principles]]. He can be seen handing out the TorchesAndPitchforks, and "BurnTheWitch" is a solution he is eager for indeed. Due to these traits, a witch hunter is usually the one to commit VanHelsingHateCrimes either out of racism or mere cruelty and profit.
12th Jan '17 7:57:21 AM Theriocephalus
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* Following in the steps of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and Robert E. Howard, Paizo Publishing's ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' now [[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/base-classes/inquisitor features an Inquisitor class]]. The iconic Inquisitor, could not fit this trope better without a burning heretic at her feet. The Inquistor class even has an archetype (class variant) ''called'' Witch Hunter, who drops some of the Inquisitor's abilities to counter beasts and discerning lies and alignments for abilities aimed at arcane spellcasters.

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* Following in the steps of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and Robert E. Howard, Paizo Publishing's ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' now [[http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/base-classes/inquisitor features an Inquisitor class]]. The iconic Inquisitor, Inquisitor could not fit this trope better without a burning heretic at her feet. The Inquistor class even has an archetype (class variant) ''called'' Witch Hunter, who drops some of the Inquisitor's abilities to counter beasts and discerning lies and alignments for abilities aimed at arcane spellcasters.
11th Jan '17 9:12:18 AM SebastianGray
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