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20th Feb '18 11:06:41 AM Sharlee
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The Vain Sorceress' youthfulness is often related to a specific power, where the character has to maintain their appearance by [[LifeDrinker sucking energy from the young]] -- if not be an outright vampire. Evil sorceresses tend to be far more [[IJustWantToBeBeautiful obsessed with the perfection of their appearance]], and go to further lengths to maintain it than good ones will. They may even go so far as to pull a GrandTheftMe, stealing a younger, prettier body to act as the vessel for their soul. In any case, they ''have'' to be the FairestOfThemAll... by any means necessary.

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The Vain Sorceress' youthfulness is often related to a specific power, where the character has to maintain their appearance by [[LifeDrinker sucking energy from the young]] -- if not be an outright vampire. Evil sorceresses tend to be far more [[IJustWantToBeBeautiful obsessed with the perfection of their appearance]], and go to further lengths to maintain it than good ones will. They may even go so far as to pull a GrandTheftMe, stealing a younger, prettier body to act as the vessel for their soul. In any case, they ''have'' to be the FairestOfThemAll... by any means necessary.
necessary. If the Vain Sorceress can't achieve her desired beauty via her own power, she may [[DealWithTheDevil bargain with a greater evil]] to receive it in exchange for [[WorkingForABodyUpgrade services rendered]].
6th Feb '18 11:52:12 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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This leans close to being an AlwaysFemale trope, as male characters who acts this way are usually depicted as [[{{Bishonen}} very fey]] if not [[SissyVillain outright effeminate]]. Works that believe AllWomenAreVain are just about guaranteed to have at least one Vain Sorceress running around.

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This leans close to being an AlwaysFemale trope, as male characters who acts this way are usually depicted as [[{{Bishonen}} very fey]] if not [[SissyVillain outright effeminate]].{{Sissy Villain}}s. Works that believe AllWomenAreVain are just about guaranteed to have at least one Vain Sorceress running around.
13th Dec '17 3:44:12 PM lalalei2001
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* In the ''HuggaBunch'' TV Movie from the 80s, Witch/Queen Admira keeps herself young looking with the use of "young berries" which the 8-year-old heroine tries to procure for her aging grandmother. Of course, in the end she gets her karmic comeuppance when the key that unlocks the glass case in which the young-berry tree is kept gets left inside the case, after which time the sorceress [[RapidAging rapidly ages]] and dies.

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* In the ''HuggaBunch'' ''Film/TheHuggaBunch'' TV Movie from the 80s, Witch/Queen Admira keeps herself young looking with the use of "young berries" which the 8-year-old heroine tries to procure for her aging grandmother. Of course, in the end she She gets her karmic comeuppance when the key that unlocks the glass case in which the young-berry tree is kept gets left inside the case, after which time the sorceress [[RapidAging rapidly ages]] and dies.
21st Sep '17 12:19:44 PM Rapua
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory Elizabeth Bathory]] is the historical UrExample. She was a sixteenth century Hungarian countess and serial murderer who believed she could maintain her youth and beauty by [[LifeDrinker drinking]] and [[BloodBath bathing in the blood]] of young women. She also heavily inspired the changing of the vampire myth from the [[LooksLikeOrlok hideous eastern-european rat-faced ghoul]] to the modern [[VampiresAreSexGods beautiful but deadly]] aristocrat.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory org/wiki/Elizabeth_Báthory Elizabeth Bathory]] Báthory]] is the historical UrExample. She was a sixteenth century Hungarian countess and serial murderer who believed she could maintain her youth and beauty by [[LifeDrinker drinking]] and [[BloodBath bathing in the blood]] of young women. She also heavily inspired the changing of the vampire myth from the [[LooksLikeOrlok hideous eastern-european rat-faced ghoul]] to the modern [[VampiresAreSexGods beautiful but deadly]] aristocrat.
14th Sep '17 1:04:15 AM Robbyn
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* In ''Anime/TheLegendOfSnowWhite'', the Queen wants to [[GrandTheftMe steal Snow White's body]] instead of eating her heart. And it's revealed that she's not actually the Queen, but stole ''her'' body instead when she was a child. She (or even 'it') may have spent ''generations'' {{Body Surf}}ing from beauty queen to beauty queen...



* In Anime/TheLegendOfSnowWhite, the Queen wants to [[GrandTheftMe steal Snow White's body]] instead of eating her heart. And it's revealed that she's not actually the Queen, but stole ''her'' body instead when she was a child. She (or even 'it') may have spent ''generations'' {{Body Surf}}ing from beauty queen to beauty queen...
13th Sep '17 8:56:15 PM NOYB
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* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' {{Prequel}} ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'', a sorcerer's appearance seems to be connected to their mental image. While the original sorcerer Belgarath deliberately goes for either the old vagabond storyteller look or the hale and hearty old man appearance (and is still in remarkable physical shape, come to think of it, enough that ''many'' women find him ''very'' attractive), his daughter Polgara always looks quite stunning. She notes that an old women is called a "crone" for a reason, and cronehood isn't exactly her idea of a positive impression.

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* In Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' {{Prequel}} ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'', a sorcerer's appearance seems to be connected to their mental image. While the original sorcerer Belgarath deliberately goes for either the old vagabond storyteller look or the hale and hearty old man appearance (and is still in remarkable physical shape, come to think of it, enough that ''many'' women find him ''very'' attractive), his daughter Polgara always looks quite stunning. She notes that an old women woman is called a "crone" for a reason, and cronehood isn't exactly her idea of a positive impression.



* In the novel ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', Howl himself is extremely vain about his appearance, claims to be thousands of years old, and has a reputation for seducing pretty girls and taking their souls [[spoiler:the stealing souls is figurative of him being TheCasanova and a rumor he spread himself, and he's actually a young guy from Wales in "our world"]].

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* In the novel ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', Howl himself is extremely vain about his appearance, claims to be thousands of years old, and has a reputation for seducing pretty girls and taking their souls [[spoiler:the stealing souls is figurative of him being TheCasanova and a rumor he spread himself, and he's actually a young guy from Wales in "our world"]]. The Witch of the Waste also keeps herself looking young and beautiful [[spoiler:through a deal with a fire demon]] and is much older than she appears.
13th Sep '17 8:39:39 PM NOYB
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This leads close to being an AlwaysFemale trope, as male characters who acts this way are usually depicted as [[{{Bishonen}} very fey]] if not [[SissyVillain outright effeminate]]. Works that believe AllWomenAreVain are just about guaranteed to have at least one Vain Sorceress running around.

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This leads leans close to being an AlwaysFemale trope, as male characters who acts this way are usually depicted as [[{{Bishonen}} very fey]] if not [[SissyVillain outright effeminate]]. Works that believe AllWomenAreVain are just about guaranteed to have at least one Vain Sorceress running around.



Contrast the WickedWitch, who is equally villainous but lacks the beauty, and the HotWitch, who has the beauty but lacks the obsession. If this person is also much older than they seem, then they are ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. Such a villainess may be TheVamp, but the Vain Sorceress doesn't have to have the [[MadonnaWhoreComplex unchaste relationships or the overtly sexualized appearance that characterize that trope]]; rather, she may prefer and achieve the image of a beautiful ProperLady.

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Contrast the WickedWitch, who is equally villainous but lacks the beauty, and the HotWitch, who has the beauty but lacks the obsession. If this person is also much older than they seem, then they are ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. Such a villainess may be TheVamp, but the Vain Sorceress doesn't have to have the [[MadonnaWhoreComplex unchaste relationships or the overtly sexualized appearance that characterize that trope]]; rather, she may prefer and achieve the image of a beautiful ProperLady. What defines this trope is the obsession with beauty, not necessarily with using it to seduce people.
1st Sep '17 3:20:59 PM Epicazeroth
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* In ''Literature/TheWitcher'' world it's so common that it not only gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but outright {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. Virtually all the sorceresses are like this, at least in the Northern Kingdoms. This is due to the fact that while magical talent is distributed pretty evenly among population, it is, for all its {{Anachronism Stew}}s, a late Medieval period, when a woman's purpose in life was marriage and motherhood. So, only girls who had a chance to take up magic were the ones with the worst marriage prospects -- read, butt-ugly at best, if not outright cripples. Furthermore, there's a matter of prestige -- [[WeirdTradeUnion Mages Guild]] couldn't allow its members to soil its image by their ugliness, which leads to the Circle of Sorceresses consisting entirely of "... pseudo-pretty women with the cold, bitter eyes of ugly girls." [[DoubleStandard Wizards mostly go for the respectable, wizened look instead]]. But then, Sapkowski ''loves'' to deconstruct everything.

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* In ''Literature/TheWitcher'' world it's so common that it not only gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, but outright {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. Virtually all the sorceresses are like this, at least in the Northern Kingdoms. This is due to the fact that while magical talent is distributed pretty evenly among population, it is, for all its {{Anachronism Stew}}s, a late Medieval period, when a woman's purpose in life was marriage and motherhood. So, only girls who had a chance to take up magic were the ones with the worst marriage prospects -- read, butt-ugly at best, if not outright cripples. Furthermore, there's a matter of prestige -- [[WeirdTradeUnion Mages Guild]] couldn't allow its members to soil its image by their ugliness, which leads to the Circle of Sorceresses consisting entirely of "... pseudo-pretty women with the cold, bitter eyes of ugly girls." [[DoubleStandard Wizards mostly go for the respectable, wizened look instead]].instead]], though those who don't tend to range from "average but distinguished" to "{{Bishonen}}". But then, Sapkowski ''loves'' to deconstruct everything.
16th Aug '17 12:21:56 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' normally has the appearance of a 10-year old girl (being a vampire, she doesn't age), but switches to a [[SexierAlterEgo sexy]] [[OlderAlterEgo adult woman]] form if she wants to be taken seriously - at least by adults - or wishes to flaunt her adult form's sex appeal (particularly to [[{{Shotacon}} 10-year-old Negi]], and often while '''naked'''; she seems to like seeing his flustered and embarrassed reaction).

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* Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' normally has the appearance of a 10-year old girl (being a vampire, she doesn't age), but switches to a [[SexierAlterEgo sexy]] [[OlderAlterEgo adult woman]] form if she wants to be taken seriously - at least by adults - or wishes to flaunt her adult form's sex appeal (particularly to [[{{Shotacon}} 10-year-old Negi]], Negi, and often while '''naked'''; she seems to like seeing his flustered and embarrassed reaction).
20th Jun '17 8:22:15 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Aversa from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a curious case, in that she's always shown as TheVamp but her actual VainSorceress traits only actually appear [[spoiler: when she has a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the player not only recruits her, but deploys her in ''Hot Spring'' Scramble.]]

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
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Aversa from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a curious case, in that she's always shown as TheVamp but her actual VainSorceress traits only actually appear [[spoiler: when she has a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the player not only recruits her, but deploys her in ''Hot Spring'' Scramble.]]
** Nuibaba from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' not only [[AdaptationalAttractiveness gets prettied up]] in the remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', but becomes this. She abducts and sacrifices "young and comely" (read: cute) Rigelian girls to keep herself young and pretty, and now she wants to sacrifice either [[spoiler: Alm or Celica]] because [[spoiler: as Brand Bearers, they might "grant" her immortality if they're made into {{human sacrifice}}s.
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