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23rd Jun '16 12:34:21 PM captainpat
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** Gregory Maguire's novel ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is a revisionist look at the characters and the land of Oz. The story centers on a green girl named Elphaba who grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West. Over the course of the book, Elphaba gradually acquires the stereotypical attributes of this trope (except the ugliness- while never ''pretty'' per se, she's repeatedly described as having strong features that could easily tip into the stereotype, including a [[CleopatraNose hooked nose]], but they come together strikingly on her).

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** Gregory Maguire's novel ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is a revisionist look at the characters and the land of Oz. The story centers on a green girl named Elphaba who grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West. Over the course of the book, Elphaba gradually acquires the stereotypical attributes of this trope (except the ugliness- while never ''pretty'' per se, she's repeatedly described as having strong features that could easily tip into the stereotype, including a [[CleopatraNose hooked nose]], nose, but they come together strikingly on her).
21st Jun '16 11:56:33 PM PaulA
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* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, and "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/079.htm The Three Princes and Their Beasts]]", collected by Creator/AndrewLang, one of the brothers gets lost in TheLostWoods and encounters a wicked witch who turns people to stone.
9th Jun '16 10:39:49 AM 8BrickMario
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The wicked witch 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 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.

* '''Appearance''': Because BeautyEqualsGoodness and EvilMakesYouUgly, an 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.

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The wicked witch 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 a wicked witch are shared by her good or neutral 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.

* '''Appearance''': Because BeautyEqualsGoodness and EvilMakesYouUgly, an evil witch tends to be old and wrinkly, perhaps with warts and a SinisterSchnoz, SinisterSchnoz or pointy chin, 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 However, if her beauty is the otherhand, if they are beautiful, but still reason for her evil, she mightn't be a witch at all, but she's probably a VainSorceress.



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.

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It's also worth noting that many aspects of the WickedWitch wicked witch (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 wicked witch herself are most likely a way to vilify women that certain people thought were leading immoral lives, or wanted to take advantage of.
9th Jun '16 10:35:59 AM 8BrickMario
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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 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.

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The WickedWitch wicked witch 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 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.
5th May '16 1:14:02 PM MsChibi
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* Clow Reed's PsychoExGirlfriend in the dubbed version of the first OVA to ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''. In the original, she was merely a water-diviner whose business was disrupted by Clow Reed, and who was sealed up voluntarily. She was also not actually his girlfriend, though she did have feelings for him that may or may not have been reciprocated. And, since she is described as his lover, they [[DidTheyOrDidntThey probably]] at least slept together once. In the dub, she was formerly Clow Reed's student, and eventually his long-term girlfriend, until she decided she wanted more power and headed on over to TheDarkSide, and Clow Reed broke up with her and sealed her away because she was dangerous.

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* Clow Reed's PsychoExGirlfriend in the dubbed version of the first OVA to ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''. In the original, she was merely a water-diviner whose business was disrupted by Clow Reed, and who was sealed up voluntarily. She was also not actually his girlfriend, though she did have feelings for him that may or may not have been reciprocated. And, since she [[note]] She is described as his lover, which implies that they [[DidTheyOrDidntThey probably]] at least slept together once. once.[[/note]] In the dub, she was formerly Clow Reed's student, and eventually his long-term girlfriend, until she decided she wanted more power and headed on over to TheDarkSide, and Clow Reed broke up with her and sealed her away because she was dangerous.
5th May '16 1:13:03 PM MsChibi
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* Clow Reed's PsychoExGirlfriend in the dubbed version of the first OVA to ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''. In the original, she was merely a water-diviner whose business was disrupted by Clow Reed, and who was sealed up voluntarily. In the dub, she was formerly Clow Reed's student, and eventually his long-term girlfriend, until she decided she wanted more power and headed on over to TheDarkSide, and Clow Reed broke up with her and sealed her away because she was dangerous.

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* Clow Reed's PsychoExGirlfriend in the dubbed version of the first OVA to ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''. In the original, she was merely a water-diviner whose business was disrupted by Clow Reed, and who was sealed up voluntarily. She was also not actually his girlfriend, though she did have feelings for him that may or may not have been reciprocated. And, since she is described as his lover, they [[DidTheyOrDidntThey probably]] at least slept together once. In the dub, she was formerly Clow Reed's student, and eventually his long-term girlfriend, until she decided she wanted more power and headed on over to TheDarkSide, and Clow Reed broke up with her and sealed her away because she was dangerous.
5th May '16 1:11:09 PM MsChibi
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* Clow Reed's PsychoExGirlfriend in the dubbed version of the first OVA to ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''. In the original, she was merely a water-diviner whose business was disrupted by Clow Reed, and who was sealed up voluntarily. In the dub, she was formerly Clow Reed's student, and eventually his long-term girlfriend, until she decided she wanted more power and headed on over to TheDarkSide, and Clow Reed broke up with her and sealed her away because she was dangerous.
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.
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