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24th May '18 1:38:50 PM StFan
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By default, anyone from a Witch Species is disqualified from BadassNormal status (MuggleBornOfMages not withstanding); they can still, however, [[FightsLikeANormal fight like a normal]], as well as be BroughtDownToBadass.

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By default, anyone from a Witch Species is disqualified from BadassNormal status (MuggleBornOfMages not withstanding); notwithstanding); they can still, however, [[FightsLikeANormal fight like a normal]], as well as be BroughtDownToBadass.



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* The witches from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' are girls and women who's powers suddenly awaken. However, it is strongly implied that [[HotWitch Valette]] is young witch [[TheOphelia Aria]] [[DrunkWithPower Godspell's]] mother. Not because she is her caretaker, but because her nemesis and Aria's brother [[TheHero Tasha]] [[TheGunslinger Godspell]] has dreams in which Valette invokes nostalgic memories of his mother. [[spoiler: Not to mention that Tasha himself turns out to be one of two mages.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has Hwa Ryun, a member of the Red Witch tribe, a people that tends to give birth to the supernaturally gifted Guides.



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* In ''{{Film/Halloweentown}},'' people refer to "humans" as if they were a separate race from witches and warlocks, even though they look exactly the same. Also, witches and warlocks can lose their magic, which presumably makes them totally normal humans (it's unclear if they retain the [[WizardsLiveLonger thousand-year lifespan]]). The main characters are {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, though this doesn't seem to impact their magical abilities (or at least, wouldn't if their mother [[IJustWantToBeNormal had TOLD them they were witches]]).

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* In ''{{Film/Halloweentown}},'' ''Film/{{Halloweentown}},'' people refer to "humans" as if they were a separate race from witches and warlocks, even though they look exactly the same. Also, witches and warlocks can lose their magic, which presumably makes them totally normal humans (it's unclear if they retain the [[WizardsLiveLonger thousand-year lifespan]]). The main characters are {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, though this doesn't seem to impact their magical abilities (or at least, wouldn't if their mother [[IJustWantToBeNormal had TOLD them they were witches]]).



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* The witches from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' are girls and women who's powers suddenly awaken. However, it is strongly implied that [[HotWitch Valette]] is young witch [[TheOphelia Aria]] [[DrunkWithPower Godspell's]] mother. Not because she is her caretaker, but because her nemesis and Aria's brother [[TheHero Tasha]] [[TheGunslinger Godspell]] has dreams in which Valette invokes nostalgic memories of his mother.
** [[spoiler: Not to mention that Tasha himself turns out to be one of two mages.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has Hwa Ryun, a member of the Red Witch tribe, a people that tends to give birth to the supernaturally gifted Guides.

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* The witches [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Strigoi]] from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' are girls Romanian mythology is said to work on the same basic principle. Instead of biting humans to infect them with TheVirus, a Strigoi can become human again, marry, and women who's powers suddenly awaken. However, it is strongly implied that [[HotWitch Valette]] is young witch [[TheOphelia Aria]] [[DrunkWithPower Godspell's]] mother. Not because she is her caretaker, but because her nemesis and Aria's brother [[TheHero Tasha]] [[TheGunslinger Godspell]] has dreams in which Valette invokes nostalgic memories of his mother.
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bear children -- who will all go on to mention that Tasha himself turns out to be one of two mages.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has Hwa Ryun, a member of
also become vampires after death. A MonsterProgenitor who proliferates the Red Witch tribe, a people that tends species by getting to give birth to know someone in the supernaturally gifted Guides.biblical sense.



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* The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Strigoi]] from Romanian mythology is said to work on the same basic principle. Instead of biting humans to infect them with TheVirus, a Strigoi can become human again, marry, and bear children -- who will all go on to also become vampires after death. A MonsterProgenitor who proliferates the species by getting to know someone in the biblical sense.
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* The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Strigoi]] from Romanian mythology is said to work on the same basic principle. Instead of biting humans to infect them with TheVirus, a Strigoi can become human again, marry, and bear children -- who will all go on to also become vampires after death. A MonsterProgenitor who proliferates the species by getting to know someone in the biblical sense.
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** Also from the TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting: the Vistani-- UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} people by way of Franchise/UniversalHorror films-- have a magic talent no other humans (or demihumans, for that matter) have: the ability to travel the Mists safely. This may make them a downplayed example.

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** Also from the TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting: the Vistani-- Vistani -- UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} people by way of Franchise/UniversalHorror films-- films -- have a magic talent no other humans (or demihumans, for that matter) have: the ability to travel the Mists safely. This may make them a downplayed example.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Eldar]] are all psychic, the 40k 'verse's equivalent of magic. Worth noting that only Eldar from Craftworlds are like this: the [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar's]] psyker potential has been severely atrophied over millennia of not using them, due to their fear of attracting the attention of [[GodOfEvil Slaanesh]].
*** Among the Craftworld Eldar, the ones from Ulthwe tend towards excellent psyker potential, sometimes theorized to be due to the craftworld's close proximity to the Eye of Terror. So, they're like a sub-Witch Species ''for'' the Witch Species.
** The increased potential for mutations among human psykers (caused by drawing their power from the twisting and corrupting Warp) means that a fair number could be considered a separate species. A few psyker sub-groups, such as Navigators, actually do constitute a separate branch of humanity. Also, though it varies from edition to edition, the suggestion has often been made that 40K humans in general are on the verge of evolving into this, hence all the psykers. Psychic ability itself seems to be genetic. People who use psychic powers are born that way, altho it is possible for a non-psyker to draw power from the warp with the right (obviously heretical) rituals and incantations.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
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** [[Characters/Warhammer40000Eldar Eldar]] are all psychic, the 40k 'verse's equivalent of magic. Worth noting that only Eldar from Craftworlds are like this: the [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar's]] psyker potential has been severely atrophied over millennia of not using them, due to their fear of attracting the attention of [[GodOfEvil Slaanesh]].
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Slaanesh]]. Among the Craftworld Eldar, the ones from Ulthwe tend towards excellent psyker potential, sometimes theorized to be due to the craftworld's Craftworld's close proximity to the Eye of Terror. So, they're like a sub-Witch Species ''for'' the Witch Species.
** The increased potential for mutations among human psykers (caused by drawing their power from the twisting and corrupting Warp) means that a fair number could be considered a separate species. A few psyker sub-groups, such as Navigators, actually do constitute a separate branch of humanity. Also, though it varies from edition to edition, the suggestion has often been made that 40K humans in general are on the verge of evolving into this, hence all the psykers. Psychic ability itself seems to be genetic. People who use psychic powers are born that way, altho although it is possible for a non-psyker to draw power from the warp with the right (obviously heretical) rituals and incantations.



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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, witches can be male or female, mutant or baseline human (though the mutants may have a lot of internal power to use), and almost all of them require a lot of training first. It's a bit different in Whateley, since there are also actual Wicca, and following that is separate from being able to use magic. (And anybody can use a BIT of magic.)

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', witches can be male or female, mutant or baseline human (though the mutants may have a lot of internal power to use), and almost all of them require a lot of training first. It's a bit different in Whateley, since there are also actual Wicca, and following that is separate from being able to use magic. (And anybody can use a BIT of magic.)



* The unicorns of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are this with regard to other ponies. Only they are able to use magic and all of them are born with this ability. However, studies are required to acquire advanced magic, and many of them end up pursuing entirely non-magical interests, never learning anything more powerful than telekinesis (which is quite useful for species with no fingers).

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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The unicorns of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are this with regard to other ponies. Only they are able to use magic and all of them are born with this ability. However, studies are required to acquire advanced magic, and many of them end up pursuing entirely non-magical interests, never learning anything more powerful than telekinesis (which is quite useful for species with no fingers).fingers) and [[FantasticLightSource lighting up the horn]].



** The [[WordOfGod official word]] on unicorns is that, other than telekinesis, they typically only learn magic related to whatever their "special talent" is. For example, one of Rarity's magical talents is finding gems, which she can use to embellish the clothes she makes; Shining Armor is a whiz at the protective magic that he would need for his job as head of the royal guards; etc. Twilight Sparkle can learn and perform any spell because her special talent is ''magic itself'', making her the ''third'' most powerful pony in existence after the sun- and moon-controlling [[GodEmperor God Princesses]]. This is made clear onscreen in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]], where we meet another unicorn like Twilight, "the great and powerful Trixie" (who, as a stage magician, is not actually as powerful as her theatrics make her look). However, it is also implied because of Trixie's lack of drive to learn magic. We're introduced to other magically-gifted unicorns such as Sunset Shimmer (who was Celestia's former student before she was kicked out and left for Earth) and Starlight Glimmer, who is very magically talented despite a lack of formal education.

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** The [[WordOfGod official word]] on unicorns is that, other than telekinesis, they typically only learn magic related to whatever their "special talent" is. For example, one of Rarity's magical talents is finding gems, which she can use to embellish the clothes she makes; Shining Armor is a whiz at the protective magic that he would need for his job as head of the royal guards; etc. Twilight Sparkle can learn and perform any spell because her special talent is ''magic itself'', making her the ''third'' most powerful pony in existence after the sun- and moon-controlling [[GodEmperor God Princesses]]. This is made clear onscreen in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]], "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]", where we meet another unicorn like Twilight, "the great and powerful Trixie" (who, as a stage magician, is not actually as powerful as her theatrics make her look). However, it is also implied it's because of Trixie's lack of drive to learn magic. We're introduced to other magically-gifted unicorns such as Sunset Shimmer (who was Celestia's former student before she was kicked out and left for Earth) and Starlight Glimmer, who is very magically talented despite a lack of formal education.



* In Azande belief witchcraft derives from a hereditary organ said to be found near the liver.

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* In Azande belief belief, witchcraft derives from a hereditary organ said to be found near the liver.



12th May '18 3:48:30 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/SeventhSon'': In the film, witches are not the same species as humans, although they look the same and can have children with them.
6th May '18 2:45:52 PM CnHGirl
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' seems to treat magical ability as either a random genetic mutation or a variant of a Mendelian trait, depending on the context. It is possible for Muggles to have a magic child like Hermione and Lily, who are referred to as Muggleborns, and two magic individuals will have a magical child. Occasionally, a "pureblood" child will have no magical ability, called a Squib, which is pretty much considered the worst thing that can happen to a pureblood family [[FantasticRacism (other than marrying a non-pureblood)]]. What makes it tricky is that a non-magic/magic couple will have magic children, like Seamus Finnigan. A non-magic person, Muggle or Squib, cannot also gain magic ability later on; they have to be born with it. The concept of a WitchSpecies is taken to its logical conclusion in this series, replete with FantasticRacism[[note]]Mudblood is a slur for Muggleborn meaning "dirty blood" and is the in-universe equivalent of TheNBomb[[/note]], the start of a race war between Muggleborns and Purebloods, and a magical supremacy uprising led by the BigBad eerily similar to the rise of the Nazi party.
6th May '18 2:41:36 PM CnHGirl
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' seems to treat magical ability as either a random genetic mutation or a variant of a Mendelian trait, depending on the context. It is possible for Muggles to have a magic child like Hermione and Lily, who are referred to as Muggleborns, and two magic individuals will have a magical child. Occasionally, a "pureblood" child will have no magical ability, called a Squib, which is pretty much considered the worst thing that can happen to a pureblood family [[FantasticRacism (other than marrying a non-pureblood)]]. What makes it tricky is that a non-magic/magic couple will have magic children, like Seamus Finnigan. A non-magic person, Muggle or Squib, cannot also gain magic ability later on; they have to be born with it. The concept of a WitchSpecies is taken to its logical conclusion in this series, replete with FantasticRacism[[note]]Mudblood is a slur for Muggleborn meaning "dirty blood" and is the in-universe equivalent of TheNBomb[[/note]], the start of a race war between Muggleborns and Purebloods, and a magical supremacy uprising led by the BigBad eerily similar to the rise of the Nazi party.
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9th Apr '18 2:00:30 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Finns are this according to the EncyclopediaExposita page about mages. Most of them can use spells to some degree and being regarded as a mage by Finland standards requires having enough inherent power to be able to see spirits. The Finns encountered in the story proper are either powerful enough to considered mages or non-mages that have yet to shown using even the most minor spell.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Finns are this according to the EncyclopediaExposita page about mages. Most of them can use spells to some degree and being regarded as a mage by Finland standards requires having enough inherent power to be able to see spirits. The Finns encountered in the story proper are either powerful enough to be considered mages or non-mages that have yet to be shown using even the most minor spell.
4th Apr '18 9:53:31 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Finns are this according to the EncyclopediaExposita page about mages. Most of them can use spells to some degree and being regarded as a mage by Finland standards requires having enough inherent power to be able to see spirits. The Finns encountered in the story proper are either powerful enough to considered mages or non-mages that have yet to shown using even the most minor spell.
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* In the ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series, use of [[FunctionalMagic Symbology]] usually requires [[PowerTattoo tattooing special symbols on the user's body]]. However, some species have these symbols already inscribe on their DNA, allowing them to use Symbology innately. Some species, such as the [[SpaceElves Nedians]] and [[WingedHumanoid Featherfolk]] have this happen in all members of their species, while others, such as Lemurisians and Expellians [[spoiler:with Nedian ancestors]], have this happen in only a small number of individuals.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarOcean'' ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' series, use of [[FunctionalMagic Symbology]] usually requires [[PowerTattoo tattooing special symbols on the user's body]]. However, some species have these symbols already inscribe on their DNA, allowing them to use Symbology innately. Some species, such as the [[SpaceElves Nedians]] and [[WingedHumanoid Featherfolk]] have this happen in all members of their species, while others, such as Lemurisians and Expellians [[spoiler:with Nedian ancestors]], have this happen in only a small number of individuals.
25th Mar '18 4:24:19 AM jormis29
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** A TAINT IN THE BLOOD by Creator/SMStirling pays homage to Williamson with a similar witch-shapeshifter-vampire species, the Shadowspawn, updating the scientific rationale for their powers. As in Williamson, the genes are scattered throughout the population, ranging from slight traces to terrifyingly powerful concentrations. People with a small degree of Shadowspawn heritage might have psychic powers. Those who have a high percentage but not enough to be true Shadowspawn tend to turn into bloodthirsty serial killers.

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** A TAINT IN THE BLOOD by Creator/SMStirling ''Literature/TheShadowspawn'' trilogy pays homage to Williamson with a similar witch-shapeshifter-vampire species, the Shadowspawn, updating the scientific rationale for their powers. As in Williamson, the genes are scattered throughout the population, ranging from slight traces to terrifyingly powerful concentrations. People with a small degree of Shadowspawn heritage might have psychic powers. Those who have a high percentage but not enough to be true Shadowspawn tend to turn into bloodthirsty serial killers.
31st Jan '18 2:19:00 PM UchuuFlamenco
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* A race of witches with their own land appears in the 2000s rebooted season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'', in episode "Land of Witches".



* The Magistocrats in ''WesternAnimation/NeoYokio''. They possess magical abilities and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unusual haircolors]]. The historical backstory in the first episode reveals that the ancestors of the magistocrats were shamans and mystics from "the old country," but it's unclear if those those shamans and mystics inherited their powers or gained them through other means.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' witches are an especial case of supernatural creatures, albeit very humanoid and have cat familiars that grant them powers. The familiar only works with supernatural creatures such as witches and ghosts (like Slimmer).



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' witches are an especial case of supernatural creatures, albeit very humanoid and have cat familiars that grant them powers. The familiar only works with supernatural creatures such as witches and ghosts (like Slimmer).
* A race of witches with their own land appears in the 2000s rebooted season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'', in episode "Land of Witches".
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