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25th Apr '16 5:42:06 PM fausto
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk9EEpPQ7A4&list=PLQKlHp9A8xVTRbu_ZejFngB7EhEWhgPDo&index=10 Tamara Samsonova]], the "Granny Ripper," who murdered at least 11 victims, allegedly including her own husband. She not only cooked and ate body parts, but was a practitioner of black magic and astrology, even tearing out pages from her spell books and including them with some of the bodies. In her own country, she is often called "BabaYaga" in reference to the fairytale character.
15th Apr '16 4:40:55 PM DrNoPuma
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* In ''Literature/WarrenTheThirteenth'', Annaconda is described in her first appearance as a witch. It initially just seems like the author's way of describing how cruel she is, but then we learn that "witch" is absolutely literal. She and her sisters are genuine, black-magic-casting witches who crave power.
6th Apr '16 5:40:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Mega-City One has been attacked by the Sisters of Death many times, who combine the wicked witch archetype with EldritchAbomination. As allies of the Dark Judges (and the ones responsible for turning them into living dead), they're undead spirits who consider life itself a crime and whose powers are so vast that they took over most of the Judge force and blacked out the sun.

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Mega-City One has been attacked by the Sisters of Death many several times, who combine the wicked witch archetype with EldritchAbomination. As allies of the Dark Judges (and the ones responsible for turning them into living dead), they're undead spirits who consider life itself a crime and whose powers are so vast that they took over most of the Judge force and blacked out the sun.
6th Apr '16 5:39:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Mega-City One has been attacked by the Sisters of Death many times, who combine the wicked witch archetype with EldritchAbomination. As allies of the Dark Judges (and the ones responsible for turning them into living dead), they're undead spirits who consider life itself a crime and whose powers are so vast that they took over most of the Judge force and blacked out the sun.
21st Mar '16 3:08:12 PM arbane
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* The Hag bosses from ''The VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''. Complete with boiling cauldron and [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian]] tendencies.
27th Feb '16 10:25:32 PM Scabbard
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* Yubaba from ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', [[spoiler: but not her sister, who just looks like one]]

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* Yubaba from ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', [[spoiler: but not her sister, who just looks like one]]one]].
23rd Jan '16 9:28:48 PM TARINunit9
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** Kammy Koopa in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games.

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** Kammy Koopa in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games. Bedlam also sports the Wicked Witch look, crossing over into LivingShadow territory for the rest of her character.
16th Jan '16 5:40:12 PM arbane
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* The obscure '40s heroine Mother Hubbard was a ''heroic'' Wicked Witch who used her magic to fight ThoseWackyNazis, evil soul-stealing gnomes, and baby-eating ogres.
9th Nov '15 5:13:14 PM NoirGrimoir
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The WickedWitch archetype is a classic staple of {{Fairytales}} everywhere. It used to be that just about every witch was wicked, and if a non-evil female magic user appeared in folklore, she'd be referred to with a term like "sorceress" or "fairy godmother" instead, but in modern times that's not always the case. A lot of the trappings of WickedWitch are shared by her good or neutral counterparts, such as [[FlyingBroomstick Broomstick riding]] and wearing [[RobeAndWizardHat pointy hats]]. Still there are some red flags to watch out for to decide if the witch you're dealing with is good or may in fact be wicked.

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The WickedWitch archetype is a classic staple of {{Fairytales}} everywhere. It used to be that just about every witch was wicked, and if a non-evil female magic user appeared in folklore, she'd be referred to with a term like "sorceress" or "fairy godmother" instead, but in modern times that's not always the case. A lot of the trappings of WickedWitch are shared by her good or neutral counterparts, counterpart the WitchClassic, such as [[FlyingBroomstick Broomstick riding]] and wearing [[RobeAndWizardHat pointy hats]]. Still there are some red flags to watch out for to decide if the witch you're dealing with is good or may in fact be wicked.



Usually uses BlackMagic. Sister tropes include CuteWitch, HotWitch, and WidowWitch. Not to be confused with WitchSpecies.

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Usually uses BlackMagic. Subtrope of WitchClassic. Sister tropes include CuteWitch, HotWitch, and WidowWitch. Not to be confused with WitchSpecies.
9th Nov '15 5:11:11 PM NoirGrimoir
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->''"And in the cottage in the clearing there lived a wicked witch."''

This quote, or one very much like it, can be found in hundreds of places. A lot of those places are {{Fairy Tale}}s. When confronting a fairy tale witch you can, via the magic of BeautyEqualsGoodness often tell the good from the bad. The Wicked Witch check list is as follows (have more than about four of these and you have yourself a bad one):

# Very old, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld verging on the ancient]].
# {{Widow|Witch}}ed, often [[BlackWidow by choice]].
# Wrinkled skin.
# [[SinisterSchnoz Large hooked nose]].
# Warts.
# Facial hair.
# Long pointy chin.
# [[RedRightHand Unhealthily colored skin]], sometimes going past a sickly greenish tinge to a biologically impossible straight-out green.
# If she doesn't have green skin and gray hair it will be [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette pale skin and black hair]].
# Long stringy hair or a [[PrimAndProperBun severe bun]].
# Missing teeth.
# If teeth are present they will be irregular or decayed.
# [[EvilWearsBlack Dresses in black]].
# Wears a [[RobeAndWizardHat pointed black hat]].
# [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Speaks to animals]], [[AllWitchesHaveCats often her cat]], which is black ([[DarkIsEvil notice a]] [[EvilWearsBlack theme here?]]).
# [[{{Familiar}} Keeps other "unwholesome" pets]] like [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]] or a [[SpidersAreScary tarantula]].
# Lives in a strange or simply just isolated cottage, usually [[SolitarySorceress all by herself]].
# [[GigglingVillain Cackles.]]
# Makes potions, often in a large MagicCauldron and with ingredients like EyeOfNewt.
# [[FlyingBroomstick Flies around on a broom]] (bit of a give away on its own really).
# [[ChildEater Eats children]]
# {{Curse}}s people, often by [[BewitchedAmphibians turning them into frogs]].

Which is odd really, seeing as - apart from the last four items - these may just as well describe someone's granny in a pre-industrial society. Even the "potions" could be harmless, if someone just interpreted preparing folk remedies the wrong way (this sadly contributed to the large number of women burnt as witches over the centuries). 22 could also work, depending on [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior how you define "cursing"]].

Good witches tend to be [[CuteWitch young and pretty]], or at least have [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave aged gracefully]]. If your subject is nice to look at, but evil, you may well have a VainSorceress instead.

Perhaps because [[MostWritersAreMale most bards were male]] back then, wizards get better press, seeming to get more "good" and sage-like with age. But then again, there was a time when "witch" literally meant "person who [[DealWithTheDevil received magical power from the devil]]", which would make a non-evil witch an oxymoron[[note]]This connotation would explain why good female mages in modern-based stories are called witches, while those in medieval/historical fiction are not[[/note]]. If a non-evil female magic user appeared in folklore, she'd be referred to with a term like "sorceress" or "fairy godmother" instead.

She's an "earthy" version of the EvilSorcerer (but obviously not CloserToEarth), and might also come in HollywoodVoodoo flavor. It's likely that every witch in existence will be this trope in a setting where MagicIsEvil. There might also be some overlap with the WickedStepmother and the EvilMatriarch; however, royalty tends to be [[HotWitch beautiful]].

In settings tending more towards MagicRealism than typical fantasy worlds, their magical powers will be downplayed, but their prophecies will have a bad habit of coming horribly true, especially if they get insulted or snubbed.

Usually uses BlackMagic. Compare CuteWitch, HotWitch, WidowWitch, and VainSorceress. See also WitchSpecies.

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->''"And in the cottage in the clearing there lived a wicked witch."''

This quote, or one very much like it, can be found in hundreds of places. A lot of those places are {{Fairy Tale}}s. When confronting a fairy tale witch you can, via the magic of BeautyEqualsGoodness often tell the good from the bad. The Wicked Witch check list is as follows (have more than about four of these and you have yourself a bad one):

# Very old, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld verging on the ancient]].
# {{Widow|Witch}}ed, often [[BlackWidow by choice]].
# Wrinkled skin.
# [[SinisterSchnoz Large hooked nose]].
# Warts.
# Facial hair.
# Long pointy chin.
# [[RedRightHand Unhealthily colored skin]], sometimes going past a sickly greenish tinge to a biologically impossible straight-out green.
# If she doesn't have green skin and gray hair it will be [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette pale skin and black hair]].
# Long stringy hair or a [[PrimAndProperBun severe bun]].
# Missing teeth.
# If teeth are present they will be irregular or decayed.
# [[EvilWearsBlack Dresses in black]].
# Wears a [[RobeAndWizardHat pointed black hat]].
# [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Speaks to animals]], [[AllWitchesHaveCats often her cat]], which is black ([[DarkIsEvil notice a]] [[EvilWearsBlack theme here?]]).
# [[{{Familiar}} Keeps other "unwholesome" pets]] like [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakes]] or a [[SpidersAreScary tarantula]].
# Lives in a strange or simply just isolated cottage, usually [[SolitarySorceress all by herself]].
# [[GigglingVillain Cackles.]]
# Makes potions, often in a large MagicCauldron and with ingredients like EyeOfNewt.
# [[FlyingBroomstick Flies around on a broom]] (bit of a give away on its own really).
# [[ChildEater Eats children]]
# {{Curse}}s people, often by [[BewitchedAmphibians turning them into frogs]].

Which is odd really, seeing as - apart from the last four items - these may just as well describe someone's granny in a pre-industrial society. Even the "potions" could be harmless, if someone just interpreted preparing folk remedies the wrong way (this sadly contributed
Welcome to the large number dark side of women burnt as witches over the centuries). 22 could also work, depending on [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior how you define "cursing"]].

Good witches tend to be [[CuteWitch young and pretty]],
classic witch, step lightly or at least have [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave aged gracefully]]. If your subject is nice to look at, but evil, [[ImAHumanitarian you may well have a VainSorceress instead.

Perhaps because [[MostWritersAreMale most bards were male]] back then, wizards
get better press, seeming eaten]].

The WickedWitch archetype is a classic staple of {{Fairytales}} everywhere. It used
to get more "good" and sage-like with age. But then again, there was a time when "witch" literally meant "person who [[DealWithTheDevil received magical power from the devil]]", which would make a non-evil be that just about every witch an oxymoron[[note]]This connotation would explain why good female mages in modern-based stories are called witches, while those in medieval/historical fiction are not[[/note]]. If was wicked, and if a non-evil female magic user appeared in folklore, she'd be referred to with a term like "sorceress" or "fairy godmother" instead.

She's
instead, but in modern times that's not always the case. A lot of the trappings of WickedWitch are shared by her good or neutral counterparts, such as [[FlyingBroomstick Broomstick riding]] and wearing [[RobeAndWizardHat pointy hats]]. Still there are some red flags to watch out for to decide if the witch you're dealing with is good or may in fact be wicked.

* '''Appearance''': Because BeautyEqualsGoodness and EvilMakesYouUgly,
an "earthy" evil witch tends to be old and wrinkly, perhaps with warts and a SinisterSchnoz, and maybe even green or sallow skin, or [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette unhealthy pale skin]]. And of course [[EvilWearsBlack they wear black]]. In fact, if they hit any of the [[PersonalAppearanceTropes evil appearance tropes]] you'll want to watch out. On the otherhand, if they are beautiful, but still evil, she mightn't be a witch at all, but a VainSorceress.
* '''Habits''': This character tends to [[SolitarySorceress live alone in isolated environments]], especially [[LostWoods creepy forests]] or [[TheHedgeOfThorns thorny wastelands]] where it's easy to find your way in and never find your way back out. Sometimes her house is ObviouslyEvil, but it's just as likely she lives in a GingerbreadHouse or other attractive building, so as to lure in her favorite prey: children. Sometimes [[ChildEater she eats them]], or sometimes she [[PoweredByAForsakenChild uses them as fuel or ingredients for her magic]], but even if she does neither, most evil witches seem inexorably [[ChildHater destined to give kids the worse—and last—days of their lives]]. This character also loves to [[EvilLaugh cackle]] and she may say something along the lines of [[TheWizardOfOz "I'll get you my pretty!"]]. And while [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches in general love black cats]], the wicked ones also have a thing for creepy and evil animals like [[SpidersAreScary spiders]], [[SnakesAreSinister snakes]], [[CreepyCrows crows]], [[GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals toads or bats]].
* '''Powers''': While a good witch tends to be an [[GreenThumb earthy nature child]], the bad
version of practices BlackMagic and TheDarkArts and probably [[HollywoodSatanism trucks with the EvilSorcerer (but obviously not CloserToEarth), and devil]] [[ReligionOfEvil or some other]] [[DarkSide power of evil]]. A good witch might brew a potion to [[UtilityMagic make your laundry smell nice]], but a wicked one might brew a potion with a [[EyeOfNewt Dead Man's Toe]] to give you hives. They are also come in HollywoodVoodoo flavor. especially prone to throwing around {{Curse}}s at people they don't like or [[GypsyCurse really just anyone that happens to cross their path]]. [[BalefulPolymorph Turning people into animals]] seems to be a favorite, as far as curses go.

It's likely that every witch in existence will be this trope in a setting where MagicIsEvil. There might also be some overlap with the WickedStepmother and the EvilMatriarch; however, EvilMatriarch, however royalty tends to be [[HotWitch beautiful]].

beautiful]]. In settings tending more towards MagicRealism than typical fantasy worlds, their magical powers will be downplayed, but their prophecies will have a bad habit of coming horribly true, especially if they get insulted or snubbed.

It's also worth noting that many aspects of the WickedWitch (an old woman in mourning black, living alone, loves children, has a cat) are perfectly ordinary things you might expect from a widowed older woman, twisted to make them sound evil. The origins of the WickedWitch herself are most likely a way to vilify women that certain people thought were leading immoral lives, or wanted to take advantage of.

Compare EvilSorceress of which this tends to be a more 'earthy' version.

Usually uses BlackMagic. Compare Sister tropes include CuteWitch, HotWitch, WidowWitch, and VainSorceress. See also WitchSpecies.
WidowWitch. Not to be confused with WitchSpecies.
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