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4th May '16 10:39:14 AM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', fear of "[[RidiculouslyHumanRobot synths]]" from the Institute kidnapping and replacing loved ones for nefarious purposes is rampant, such that loved ones will often turn their guns on one another based on the mere suspicion of being a synth. [[spoiler:One of your companions, a loyal Brotherhood of Steel Paladin, is not even spared by his own kin when he is discovered to be a synth, even though he had his memories of being a synth wiped (although it doesn't help that [[FantasticRacism the Brotherhood hates synths with the fury of a thousand nuclear warheads]]).]]
20th Apr '16 3:21:50 PM nighttrainfm
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* Parodied in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', answering the FridgeLogic of many people who may think "If a witch was caught, wouldn't they use their powers to escape?" about such hunts; with the witches and wizards, using, well, ''magic''. Harry reads up on history that says any Witch Hunts that genuinely caught a witch and tried to [[KillItWithFire burn them at stake]] would be fruitless, as the magicians would just use a 'Flame-Freezing' charm to make the fire harmless and only cause gentle-tickling. An individual called Wendelin the Weird liked doing that so much that she let herself be caught 47 times in various alias and disguises, giving TooKinkyToTorture an interesting variation.
** Also played straight by Barty Crouch Sr., who started massive witch trials during and after Voldemort's first reign. He prosecuted Ludo Bagman for inadvertently giving a Death Eater spy information, gave the order for Sirius Black to be sentenced without trial, and eventually sentenced his own son to life in prison. Note only one of these three was actually guilty.

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Parodied in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', answering the FridgeLogic of many people who may think "If a witch was caught, wouldn't they use their powers to escape?" about such hunts; with the witches and wizards, using, well, ''magic''. Harry reads up on history that says any Witch Hunts that genuinely caught a witch and tried to [[KillItWithFire burn them at stake]] would be fruitless, as the magicians would just use a 'Flame-Freezing' charm to make the fire harmless and only cause gentle-tickling. An individual called Wendelin the Weird liked doing that so much that she let herself be caught 47 times in various alias and disguises, giving TooKinkyToTorture an interesting variation.
** Also played straight by Barty Crouch Sr., who started massive witch trials during and after Voldemort's first reign. He prosecuted Ludo Bagman for inadvertently giving a Death Eater spy information, gave the order for Sirius Black to be sentenced without trial, and eventually sentenced his own son to life in prison. Note that only one of these three was actually guilty.
28th Mar '16 8:36:25 PM Mdumas43073
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* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' is about the (literal) witch hunt at Salem. It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical intended as an allegory]] for [=McCarthyism=].

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* Creator/ArthurMiller's ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' is about the (literal) witch hunt at Salem. It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical intended as an allegory]] for [=McCarthyism=].
28th Mar '16 8:34:43 PM Mdumas43073
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There is a menace in this community. They may look like us, but they are not us. They lurk among us, waiting for their chance to do us harm. Anyone could be one of them: your neighbor, your friend, even a member of your family. But don't be fooled, they're only pretending to be your loved one. In reality, they are a [[BurnTheWitch witch]]/[[ValuesDissonance Jew]]/[[PaedoHunt child molester]]/[[TheMole mole]]/[[RedScare Communist]]/[[ReligionOfEvil devil worshipper]]/ShapeShifter! We must root out this menace and destroy them, no matter what steps we have to take. After all, the community's safety is far more important than niceties like civil rights and due process, right?

A trope that came into its own in TheFifties as a metaphor for paranoia about Communists in the United States. A community believes that some of its members are secretly enemies in disguise, and attempts to find out which. Hysteria rises, often due to one or more people trying to take advantage of the fear to satisfy personal grudges or advance themselves politically. Inevitably, innocent people are accused, often dying or having their lives ruined.

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There is a menace in this community. They may look like us, but they are not us. They lurk among us, waiting for their chance to do us harm. Anyone could be one of them: your neighbor, your friend, even a member of your family. But don't be fooled, they're only pretending to be your loved one. In reality, they are a [[BurnTheWitch witch]]/[[ValuesDissonance Jew]]/[[PaedoHunt child molester]]/[[TheMole mole]]/[[RedScare mole]]/[[DirtyCommunists Communist]]/[[ReligionOfEvil devil worshipper]]/ShapeShifter! We must root out this menace and destroy them, no matter what steps we have to take. After all, the community's safety is far more important than niceties like civil rights and due process, right?

A trope that came into its own in TheFifties as a metaphor for [[RedScare paranoia about Communists Communists]] in the United States. A community believes that some of its members are secretly enemies in disguise, and attempts to find out which. Hysteria rises, often due to one or more people trying to take advantage of the fear to satisfy personal grudges or advance themselves politically. Inevitably, innocent people are accused, often dying or having their lives ruined.
22nd Feb '16 1:30:59 PM oceanlover4evr
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* ''Webcomic/{{Clockwork}}'': Literally--humans who can use magic, being [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity a danger to themselves and those around them]], are aggressively hunted down by the government in a desperate attempt to wipe magic out for good. Mercia's government has garnered particular opposition from Arcadia for taking it upon themselves to police Arcadia's citizens as well, seizing any they suspect of magic for execution overseas.
13th Feb '16 7:45:50 AM mashpotato
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*''Film/TheSisterhoodOfNight'' centers heavily on the witch hunts that follow allegations that a secret society of teenage girls are performing Satanic rituals in the woods that involve physical and sexual abuse of girls they lure into their cult.
5th Dec '15 7:27:56 PM Dravencour
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Today, the Witch Hunt has become synonymous with ''any'' wild, unfounded hunt for a nebulous 'enemy', in which actual ''evidence'', if such exists in the first place, is scarce. The careers of many prominent people have been broken during Witch Hunts.

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Today, the Witch Hunt has become synonymous with ''any'' wild, unfounded hunt for a nebulous 'enemy', in which actual actual, fact-based ''evidence'', if such exists in the first place, is scarce. The careers of many prominent people have been broken during Witch Hunts.
5th Dec '15 7:27:19 PM Dravencour
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A trope that came into its own in TheFifties as a metaphor for paranoia about Communists in the United States. A community believes that some of its members are secretly enemies in disguise, and attempts to find out which. Hysteria rises, often due to one or more people trying to take advantage of the fear for their personal grudges or advancement. Inevitably, innocent people are accused, often dying or having their lives ruined.

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A trope that came into its own in TheFifties as a metaphor for paranoia about Communists in the United States. A community believes that some of its members are secretly enemies in disguise, and attempts to find out which. Hysteria rises, often due to one or more people trying to take advantage of the fear for their to satisfy personal grudges or advancement.advance themselves politically. Inevitably, innocent people are accused, often dying or having their lives ruined.
28th Nov '15 4:30:15 PM nombretomado
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** He had good reason to think the plan would work, given the MarvelUniverse's history of anti-mutant hysteria. Oddly, the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' books have hardly ever used the "mistaken identity" part of the trope, instead having the Witch Hunt focus on actual mutants who don't happen to have any dangerous or useful powers, and are thus easy prey.
** Then there was the ''SecretInvasion'' event, where Skrulls ''had'' infiltrated Earth's superhero community. Though while there was rampant suspicion and paranoia, things rarely went further than that and an actual Witch Hunt was averted for the most part.

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** He had good reason to think the plan would work, given the MarvelUniverse's history of anti-mutant hysteria. Oddly, the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' books have hardly ever used the "mistaken identity" part of the trope, instead having the Witch Hunt focus on actual mutants who don't happen to have any dangerous or useful powers, and are thus easy prey.
** Then there was the ''SecretInvasion'' ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' event, where Skrulls ''had'' infiltrated Earth's superhero community. Though while there was rampant suspicion and paranoia, things rarely went further than that and an actual Witch Hunt was averted for the most part.
26th Nov '15 11:58:45 PM nombretomado
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* {{Subverted}} in a ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch depicting a Salem-era witch trial. The sketch makes the expected jokes about it being an obvious KangarooCourt until the last minute, when it turns out the defendant actually ''is'' a witch. He uses his magic to intimidate the court into finding him innocent.

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* {{Subverted}} in a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch depicting a Salem-era witch trial. The sketch makes the expected jokes about it being an obvious KangarooCourt until the last minute, when it turns out the defendant actually ''is'' a witch. He uses his magic to intimidate the court into finding him innocent.
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