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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.
# [[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.
# [[GigglingVillain Cackles.]]
# Makes potions, often in a large cauldron 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). 21 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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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Yubaba from ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', [[spoiler: but not her sister, who just looks like one]]
** [[spoiler:Slightly applies to Yubaba's sister, as despite her kind nature she's not above using violence to get what she wants. This is exemplified by her sending paper familiars after Haku and cutting him up badly with them for stealing something from her.]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' had Beryl, [[ShesAManInJapan Zoisite]], Emerald, Nehellenia, Badiane, Kaguya... just to name a few.
** The Witches 5...
*** Most of those are undeniably wicked, but they're also {{Hot Witch}}es.
* ''Anime/GoLion'', known as ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' in America has Honerva/Haggar, an [[RecycledInSpace alien witch]] [[AllWitchesHaveCats complete with cat]].
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' intentionally subverts the Wicked Witch archetype with [[spoiler:Anthy]], who is a witch who acts like a princess. She is victimized by her brother, a prince who acts like a witch, and she eventually falls in love with [[spoiler:Utena]], a princess who acts like a prince.
* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' has Shibiretta, one of the employees of Eternal.
* ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has Majorina, one of the enemy commanders.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' portrays witches in general as AlwaysChaoticEvil, but [[TheChessmaster Medusa]] and {{Arachn|idAppearanceAndAttire}}e in particular are the {{Big Bad}}s of various points of the story.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Angela, a cute little girl witch.
* The Witches from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are very, very far from the classic image of the "Witch", being much closer to [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] or the ''youma'' of classic ''mahou shoujo'' shows than anything else. [[spoiler:Also, apart from witches that grew from former familiars after their parent witch was killed, every single witch used to be a MagicalGirl]].
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[[folder:Ballads]]
* In the Literature/ChildBallads "[[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/ch034.htm Kemp Owyne]]", the stepmother, [[FairestOfThemAll out of jealousy at her beauty]], turns her stepdaughter into a dragon; the title character must kiss the dragon to restore her.
* In the Child ballad "[[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/ch036.htm The Laily Worm and the Machrel of the Sea]]", the stepmother transforms both her stepchildren.
* In ''Literature/WilliesLady'', Willie's mother, who cursed her daughter-in-law to die in childbirth.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* [[MeaningfulName Frau Totenkinder]] in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' is any unnamed Wicked Witch in fairy tales. She's been shown specifically to have been the Wicked Witch in "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}", "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", "Literature/TheFrogPrince", and "Literature/HanselAndGretel", but she got better after the oven incident. (This is explained in the ''1001 Nights of Snowfall'' prequel.)
** Totenkinder is actually a bit of a subversion because she's not actually evil, just self-servingly neutral, and only looks the way she does by choice.
* Another partial monkeywrench is the Prarie Witch, a forties-era villain created by James Robinson in ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}''. She's leggy and sexy and doesn't actually practice magic, but she's got the green skin, hat, and flying broom.
* Mordred from DC's old anthology horror series, ''The Witching Hour'', fits the bill. To a lesser extent so does her daughter, Mildred, but not her granddaughter, Cynthia, who is more of a HotWitch. These three were later adapted into aspects of the Furies in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' by Creator/NeilGaiman.
* Hilda Spellman from ''Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' certainly counts as one with her pointy hat, long nose, warts, crooked teeth, flying broomstick and propensity to put hexes and curses on anyone she sees fit to. Her sister, Zelda, however, is far more the fairy godmother type, and their niece, Sabrina, is the quintessential CuteWitch.
** The above was true in stories before the late 1990s; with the success of the sitcom, Archie averted this by adapting some of the sitcom's elements into the comics. Thus, they gave Hilda and Zelda makeovers that made them look and act more like typical modern women.
* Most of the stories that Comicstrip/LittleLulu tells to Alvin feature an evil witch named Witch Hazel (No, not [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes that]] Witch Hazel), and her niece (also a witch) named Little Itch.
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[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]
* BabaYaga.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/stories/birch.html The Wonderful Birch]]", a Wicked Witch [[BalefulPolymorph turns the heroine's mother into a sheep]] and uses [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] to [[WickedStepmother take her place]]; she has the sheep killed and feeds it to the woman's husband, although the daughter does not eat and manages to bury the bones. Then she does everything in ''Cinderella'' and then, after the wedding, enchants her stepdaughter [[BalefulPolymorph into the form of a reindeer]] after the wedding and puts her own daughter in her place.
* In "Literature/BrotherAndSister" the WickedStepmother not only drives off the title characters with her cruelty, but, being a witch, tries to enchant them into animal forms (and succeeds with Brother). She also [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath murders]] Sister after her marriage and replace her with her own daughter.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/jacobs/english/laidlyworm.html The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh]]", the stepmother, [[FairestOfThemAll out of jealousy at her beauty]], turns her stepdaughter into a dragon; she is disenchanted by her brother.
* In "Literature/KateCrackernuts", the [[GreenEyedMonster envious]] WickedStepmother has a Wicked Witch turn her stepdaughter's head into a sheep's head.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/hopomythumb/stories/ebsenwitch.html Esben and the Witch]]", when Esben and his brothers stay at the witch's, she tries to murder them in their sleep. Fortunately, Esben shifted around the nightcaps so she murdered her own daughters instead; then, when they go to the king, he proceeds to rob her of her treasures one by one.
* "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" is held captive by a witch, who demanded her in return for her father's life, because he had stolen [[WackyCravings rampion from her for his pregnant wife]]. As are [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/rapunzel/stories/petros.html Petrosinella]] and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/rapunzel/stories/fairang.html The Fair Angiola]], whose mothers had robbed the witch and had to pay the same price.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/witch.html The Old Witch]]", the two girls go into service for the old witch; one, by being friendly to things she meets on the way, succeeds in tricking her out of gold, but the other fails.
* A witch kidnaps "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/buttercup.html Buttercup]]" in order to eat him.
* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/015.htm The Witch]]", the WickedStepmother intentionally sends her children to a Wicked Witch, who tries to set them {{Impossible Task}}s; through the advice of their grandmother and kindness to the objects about her house, they escape.
* "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/007.htm The Witch In The Stone Boat]]" kidnapped a princess, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting taking her form]] and place, and sending her to her brother as a bride, but the princess's son knew she was not his mother, and the true princess came back three times, and the third time, the prince managed to free her.
* In "Literature/TheWhiteDove", a Wicked Witch gets two brothers to promise her their [[YoungestChildWins younger brother]] for their safety; then she kidnaps the younger brother and tries to destroy him with {{Impossible Task}}s.
* In "Literature/{{Puddocky}}", when the girl steals parsley from the witch, the witch has her come work for her, and eat all the parsley she likes, but when young men start to quarrel because of her beauty, she turns the girl into a toad.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/69jorinde.html Jorinde and Joringel]]", a witch who disguises herself as an owl and or a cat turns Jorinde into a nightingale, and Joringel has to go save her.
* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/197.htm The Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch]]", a witch breaks into the heroine's house and eats her older sisters (though the incident was the sisters' fault for leaving the door open).
* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/077.htm The Nine Pea-hens and the Golden Apples]]", a witch prevents the prince and his love from meeting a second time.
* In " Literature/{{Prunella}}", Prunella is a Wicked Witch's prisoner, because she had taken fruit from the witch's tree, and she assigns {{Impossible Task}}s; only with the help of the witch's son does she survive.
* The eponymous characters in "Literature/HanselAndGretel", end up lost in the woods, and find their way to a house (made of cake and bread), which is owned by a wicked witch, who's also a cannibal.
* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'', the heroine's brother accuses her of this.
-->''"By the kindness of your heart have you been deceived, O king," said he. "Your son has married a girl who has lost a hand. Do you know why she had lost it? She was a witch, and has wedded three husbands, and each husband she has put to death with her arts. Then the people of the town cut off her hand, and turned her into the forest. And what I say is true, for her town is my town also."''
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon likes this trope:
** In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', Queen Grimhilde transforms herself into a very impressive Hag of a witch, including all the classic physical features, in order to pull one over on Snow White. Interestingly she was originally a VainSorceress who put on the whole 'hook-nosed woman' look as a disguise.
** In fact, she's so effective as a Witch that she is resurrected to grand effect in the Disney comic books.
** Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is technically an [[TheFairFolk evil fairy]], but still invokes the look and feel.
** [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Mad Madam Mim]] appeared as Merlin's adversary in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', and had all the generic traits of a Wicked Witch. Interestingly her subsequent appearances in the various Disney comics turned her into ChaoticNeutral verging on ChaoticGood.
** Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (also a member of a fairy race, but is considered a wicked witch to merfolk)
** Mother Gothel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' ''might'' count - we're not ''entirely'' sure she's a witch.
* Hydia and her two daughters Reeka and Draggle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie'', although Reeka and Draggle are rather incompetent at it.
* The town in WesternAnimation/ParaNorman once executed a supposed witch in its past, and is now filled with cheesy attractions and shops depicting her as this, which [[InsufferableGenius Salma]] finds historically inaccurate. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope And she's right.]] The witch was really just a little girl that could [[ISeeDeadPeople speak to ghosts.]]]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action ]]
* Voodoo fortuneteller Elzora from ''Film/EvesBayou''. The movie taking place in relatively recent times, she's aware of the imagery and seems to enjoy playing it up as part of her fortuneteller act, and gets cheap laughs from scaring children.
* The BigBad of ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' [[spoiler: Helena Markos]], the Witch of Sighs. She's very old, has wrinkled skin, cackles, and eats people.
* Loads of these are present and seen plaguing the fictional village of Augsburg in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters''.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Karen Brewer from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' believes that the next door neighbor Mrs. Porter is one, and that her real name is Morbidda Destiny. The sitters would waver on whether or not they really believed this (and one of the ''Little Sister'' books revealed that even Mrs. Porter's granddaughter could not be sure whether it was true). Kristy eventually reasoned that Mrs. Porter could not be a real witch because when the Brewers' cat left a dead mouse on her doorstep she brought it over to demand that they dispose of it, rather than keeping to use in her potions.
* The TropeCodifier was Creator/ETAHoffmann's story ''The Golden Pot'', which was quite popular in an English translation during the early 19th century. The very wicked witch in this tale is a wrinkly old woman with the missing teeth that make her pointed nose almost meet her pointed chin, wearing a tall black hat, has a spooky black cat that she talks to, lives in a small cottage full of taxidermied animals and such, and cooks up a potion in a cauldron as a "love" charm for the young woman who comes to see her.
* In John Barnes's ''Literature/OneForTheMorningGlory'', witches, with the rarest of exceptions, fully ''look'' the part.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', where the witches are actually named "Wicked Witch" (of the East and West).
** Countless reviews and analyses of TheFilmOfTheBook have said that, pound-for-pound, The Wicked Witch of the West is overall the hands-down most evil character to have ever been portrayed in film. It's also the TropeCodifier for witches being green-skinned.
** The sequel ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'' introduced Mombi, the mildly wicked witch who brought Jack Pumpkinhead to life with her Powder of Life. Later in [[Literature/LandOfOz the series]], in the Thompson novels, Mombi becomes a full-fledged Wicked Witch, the former Wicked Witch of the North.
** 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).
* The Other Mother in ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' offers us Rhea, in ''Literature/WizardAndGlass''.
* Literature/{{Discworld}} witches are a monkeywrench, they [[DarkIsNotEvil deliberately look the part]] but are generally benevolent acting as doctor, judge, defence against supernatural threats and generally keeping the community in order. However, that doesn't always mean they're [[GoodIsNotNice nice]].
** In fact, Granny Weatherwax is rather disappointed that she has perfect teeth and an unblemished, rosy complexion. However, she refuses to admit that she ever cackles.
** We also get the occasion played straight (Black Allis, a frequently mentioned example of what happens when witches go bad) and {{inverted|Trope}} (Lilly Weatherwax, an evil ''fairy godmother'')
** The unfortunate results of using the traits of old women to "identify" witches is also deconstructed from time to time, especially in the Tiffany Aching novels. Tiffany is first inspired to become a witch after witnessing the ostracism of an innocent, lonely, slightly odd old woman just because she was suspected of being a witch (by a community which wasn't familiar with the more positive examples mentioned above).
** The BonusMaterial in ''The Illustrated [[Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen Wee Free Men]]'' includes a "wicked witch" called Brenda Loveknot as part of the toad's backstory, who cursed Princess Sandy of Brokenrock to be stunned by a falling hamster on her 18th birthday. However, Loveknot insists she's not evil, just fulfilling a necessary narrative role, and the "curse" was placed by arrangement with the king on the understanding that it would [[LawOfNarrativeCausality inevitably]] lead to Sandy marrying a handsome prince.
* Completely averted by Morwen in the ''EnchantedForestChronicles''. She is a witch, and still practices magic, [[KindheartedCatLover owns a dozen or so cats]], and wears black robes, but is also very practical, sensible, friendly, and attractive in a motherly way.
** Also parodied with her colleague Archaniz, who looks and acts the part down to the poisonous garden... because she's the Chairwitch of the Deadly Nightshade Gardening Club. She also grows ordinary daisies in the garden and worries about witches getting a reputation for being too kind and helpful and thus getting swamped by people asking for assistance.
* Creator/RoaldDahl's novel ''TheWitches''.
* The utterly [[AxCrazy psychotic]] Witch Sisters, Morag and Mallenroh of TerryBrooks' ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]''. Beautiful, cold, and utterly evil, they've turned the Wilderun into a disaster, and spent several thousand years warring with one another and kidnapping/murdering anyone who gets in between them. The Ilse Witch of ''TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' is a more [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic]] [[DarkMagicalGirl version]] who was, coincidentally, raised by Morag and Mallenroh's brother, [[EvilSorcerer The Morgawr]].
* In ''TheWitcher'' series women with talent for magic but no money for sorceress' training tend to end up getting the reputation, if not always the personality of a Wicked Witch.
* In CSLewis's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', the White Witch of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' and the Lady of the Green Kirtle of ''Literature/TheSilverChair''.
* Although most witches in the ''Literature/DorrieTheLittleWitch'' books are good, some are this trope, and end up the antagonists of some books.
* Maelga, in ''Literature/TheForgottenBeastsOfEld'', is the sorceress Sybel's closest neighbor; one of the only people willing to live near the mysterious and frightening Eld Mountain. She's only a ''little'' bit wicked; she and Sybel end up good friends after Sybel receives the baby, Tam, and turns to Maelga for advice. Maelga steals a cow -- refusing to let Sybel do it -- so they can feed Tam, and leaves a jeweled broach in its place, making many peasants hopefully leaving the barn door open after. She does dispense curses and potions to the villagers, though.
* In JohnMilton's ''ParadiseLost'', the figure of Sin is compared to these:
-->''Nor uglier follow the Night-Hag, when call'd\\
In secret, riding through the Air she comes\\
Lur'd with the smell of [[HumanSacrifice infant blood]], to dance\\
With LAPLAND Witches, while the labouring Moon\\
Eclipses at thir charms. ''
* In Creator/JohnMoore's FracturedFairyTale, ''Literature/TheUnhandsomePrince'', Emily's mother wasn't ''really'' wicked, but she definitely had leanings in that direction, and certainly looked the part. And she did turn Prince Hal into a frog (although, to be fair, he was trying to steal something from her at the time).
* In Creator/EDBaker's ''Literature/TheWideAwakePrincess'', several casting fell magic. One tries to trap Gwendolyn with a spinning wheel, which leaves Annie wondering how that works, since an evil fairy cast the {{curse}}.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs'', Halloween's problems started with this. (They blame LFrankBaum.)
* In PoulAnderson's ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions'', Mother Gerd claims to be merely summoning a sprite, but given that she recites the Lord's Prayer backwards, and warns Holger not to pray or cross himself, it's clearly a devil.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The fact that old spinster Do˝a Clotilde presents almost all the characteristics listed above except the obvious magic powers becomes a RunningGag in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho''.
* Bandora from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', as well as her American counterpart, Rita Repulsa from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* There were about six of these in ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''.
* Witchiepoo from ''HRPufnstuf''.
** Another Krofft example (as well as a male example) is Hoodoo from ''{{Lidsville}}'', who is an evil magician who rides a flying hat.
*** Which is lampshaded in one episode where the two end up meeting through a dating service. It was up to the heroes to break up the relationship.
* Amy's mom in an early ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode, "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E3TheWitch The Witch]]" may not physically resemble the classic witch archetype, but she was certainly wicked ([[FreakyFridayFlip bodyswapping with Amy to relive her youth]]). Later seasons proved that Amy was also leaning toward the wicked side. Then there's Willow at the end of Season Six...
** Also spoofed with Willow being annoyed over witch stereotypes. There's also the PlayedForLaughs scene in "Once More With Feeling" when Xander says that evil witches might be responsible, only to shut up when Willow and Tara give him the hairy eyeball. And in "Family" where the Scoobies give Tara cliched presents like broomsticks and crystal balls.
* Subverted and lampshaded in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "All Halliwell's Eve", when Prue, Piper, and Phoebe prepare for a Halloween party dressed as a nature witch, Glinda, and Creator/{{Elvira|MistressOfTheDark}} respectively, and Phoebe comments on Prue's costume;
-->'''Phoebe''': Hook-nosed hags riding broomsticks - that's what we're celebrating. Personally I am offended by the representation of witches in popular culture
-->'''Prue''': Which is why you're dressed as mistress of the dark?
-->'''Phoebe''': This costume happens to be a protest statement.
-->'''Prue''': I am so impressed that you can make a protest statement and show cleavage all at the same time.
** The plotline for that episode involves the Halliwell sisters being sent to 17th century Salem to protect one of their ancestors. To ward off a mob, Phoebe uses her levitation powers to fly toward them while seemingly riding a broomstick. As she told her sisters, "I'm embracing the cliche."
** Another couple of episodes feature Wicked Witches. One that features FairyTaleMotifs has a WickedWitch freed from being imprisoned in a magic mirror - and she tries to kill the sisters by using fairy tale items. You guessed it - she dies by getting melted. The other Wicked Witch appears in the sixth season causing trouble for magical creatures - she is indeed seen in a black hat cackling by a cauldron.
* Carrionites from ''Series/DoctorWho.''
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Dreams in the Witch-House" (based on an Creator/HPLovecraft story by the same title), the witch is a decrepit old woman who forces various men to sacrifice children for her spells.
* In ''TheWorstWitch'' TV series HalloweenEpisode, Miss Hardbroom speaks against this trope. Mildred wears a Halloween mask meant to evoke the WickedWitch stereotype and gets scolded. Mildred runs into a trio of true Wicked Witches later on but they're normal women who just look a little rough from living in the forest. Miss Hardbroom mocks the trope even more "I suppose they had long warty noses and green skin".
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' played with this one. A WickedWitch (in fact referred to as ''THE'' Wicked Witch) lives at the top of the beanstalk where she eats mortals for dinner. She's a HotWitch now but this dialogue implies it wasn't always so...
--> '''Zelda:''' It's the Wicked Witch!
--> '''Sabrina:''' Wicked? But she's so pretty.
--> '''Hilda:''' Oh! She's had a ''lot'' of work done.
** In "The Crucible" Harvey references the trope when Sabrina is accused of being a witch. He says she can't be one because witches are old and ugly - [[Film/TheWizardOfOz and melt when you throw water on them]] (which he does to Sabrina).
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''BroomHilda''
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The "Trick or Treat" table of ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' features a cartoonish witch, complete with large hooked nose, missing teeth, and pointy black hat.
* The Wicked Witch of the West in ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz'', of course.
* The Sea Hag in ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth''.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'', there's a condition called Hag's Syndrome that makes the setting's {{Hot Witch}}es and {{Cute Witch}}es look as close to the part as they can -- when their powers first manifest, their skin and hair turn green and their eyes red -- and, in a ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', water melts their skin. Actually a subversion, as a witch that has this isn't necessarily wicked -- their spells are more powerful than other witches, but it's entirely possible for a good witch to have the condition.
* The Witch class in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' ''can'' be this sort of witch, if they want. They are not bound to do it, but all the child-smelling, cauldron-bubbling goodness is there in their basic class features.
** The "Hag" monster type in both Pathfinder and D&D is a Wicked Witch as a monster type - an evil, magic-using, AlwaysFemale man-eating monster that resembles a hideous old woman.
** Played with in the Kingmaker adventure path, there they characters will meet an old woman with a long pointy nose, weedy hair, green skin, and magical power who lives alone in a swamp with her giant flaming scarecrow. [[spoiler: She's actually a sorceress who is cranky because she's tired of people assuming she's an evil witch and mostly just wants to be left alone.]]
* Likewise ''Heroes of the Feywild'' introduces a Witch class to [[TabletopGame/PointsOfLight 4th Edition]]. While they can be as good or evil as any class, they were the first true magic users, and the gods still have a vendetta against them. As such they tend to be viewed as this trope and act in secret.
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* The Witch in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' is a subversion of sorts: her evil deeds happened in the backstory and during the story itself she does more to help the protagonists than hinder them. They blame her nevertheless.
* Elphaba, the witch in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', is...well, exactly what you'd expect. [[HollywoodNerd Except]] [[HotWitch not.]]
* Mother Hare in ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', though her magic mostly runs along the lines of crystal balls and potions, and she isn't ever called a witch (though at one point, another character mockingly tells her, "Go home and ride your broomstick!"). She's an AffablyEvil old clairvoyant who avows that GoodIsDumb and creates the titular AppleOfDiscord.
* The witches of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' are, if [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation not necessarily wicked]], still suspiciously close to this trope.
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* Gruntilda from ''{{VideoGame/Banjo-Kazooie}}''.
** Plus her sisters in the sequel.
* Partially monkeywrenched in newer ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games. Some of the most annoying generic enemies are witches, but they're all rather attractive and young looking. They still dress the part though, and fly around on brooms. Subverted entirely by the Belnades family, a clan of witches who have assisted the Belmont clan in destroying Dracula many times.
** The closest example to a Wicked Witch in the series is Actrise from ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'', and she retains her youthful beauty. She had to slaughter her children in exchange for it...
** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon Circle of the Moon]]'' plays this straight as opposed to the cute/hot witches in later games.
** And then played ''completely'' straight with BabaYaga herself, in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow Lords of Shadow]]''. Sure, she's helping you, but she quite clearly put Gabriel in a DeathTrap music box for her own amusement, and is responsible for driving [[TragicMonster Malphas]] to insanity. She ''would'' have become young and presumably beautiful (the DeathTrap contained a blue rose she needed for a youth potion), had Zobek not killed her offscreen (when he realized she was [[spoiler:working for Satan]]).
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has Koume and Kotake. Their combined form, Twinrova, is young and pretty, though.
** Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' -- unlike their counterparts in the main ''Zelda'' universe, Termina's Koume and Kotake are kindly and helpful (though still hideous) crones, rather than wicked witches.
** The witches Twinrova appear in all their evil glory in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]''. In a fully linked game, [[HijackedByGanon they're the power behind the big villains of those games]].
* Probably Cackletta in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]''.
** Kammy Koopa in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' games.
* All witches in ''VideoGame/{{Aveyond}}''. Except once where two feuding witches repeatedly curse each other and one "curses" the other with unending beauty. She's still quite evil, though.
* Many of the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' games featured evil witches. Hagatha in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone'', Lolotte in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella'', and Malicia in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'' were their respective games' main antagonists. Unnamed witches caused lesser mischief in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown'' and ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder''.
* BabaYaga in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'' and ''[[VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV IV]]''.
* The Pumpkin Zone boss in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins''.
* Witches appear as enemies in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', but Hagravens fit the typical description better and pack deadly explosive fire magic. Hagravens are frequently seen leading covens of Witches, and most Witches ultimately plan to ''become'' Hagravens.
* Mima from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fits this trope. In fact, she's so old that she's a ghost. Her disciple Marisa is a CuteWitch, though.
** Shinki also fits, even though she's closer to being a PhysicalGod. Her daughter(?) Alice is half this and half CuteWitch, since Alice is not a human (anymore).
** When Patchouli is not a CuteWitch, she's a Wicked Witch who traffic with the Scarlet devil.
** It's strongly implied that the Wicked Witch image is the reason Byakuran was imprisoned, despite her kindness.
* VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} added witches as a second ranged hostile mob in the Pretty Scary Update (version 1.4). They attack by throwing negative status effect splash potions (slowness, poison, damage, & weakness) at the player and use positive status effect potions (healing, fire resistance, & swiftness) to heal/protect themselves.
* A pivotal character in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series is a shapeshifter called Flemeth who first appears as a wrinkled crone living in a cottage (in a swamp) with her daughter. The Chasind call her Witch of the Wilds and tell their children she'll eat them if they don't behave ("Bah! As if I had nothing better to do!"). She's ''extremely'' powerful, near-immortal, fond of the odd EvilLaugh, and no-one seems to have a clear idea what she is or what she's after. Oh, [[spoiler: and she'll go Maleficent on you and turn into a DRAGON if you mess with her.]]
* [[spoiler:Barbara Jagger]] of AlanWake has slight shades of this, which are turned UpToEleven in her portrayals by the game's HeavyMithril band. Of course her true nature is a bit [[HumanoidAbomination more complex]].
* ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'' has Granny Rags, an old crone given the Mark of The Outsider who occasionally requests Corvo to help her with nefarious rituals.
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* Both Red and Clare are called witches in ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked''. There is a real witch as well, but she's as tragic as she is scary.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Lady Noga is a classic Wicked Witch (while also being a SpacePirate captain). She is very reminiscent of BabaYaga in both her appearance, Slavic accent, and her love for eating children.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2011/01/31/5-05/ Colindra says she has to take care of her looks or be taken for a witch.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', "witch" is one of the titles that stays with the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Troll Empress]], [[spoiler: even in other universes]]. This is in direct contrast with Feferi, her descendant, and Jade, [[spoiler: her great-granddaughter by adoption]], both of whom are {{Cute Witch}}es.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', the WickedStepmother [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/brothersister-21/ is also the wicked witch who cursed the springs.]]
* In ''FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?625 Toast's characterization of Dusk.]]
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* A Wicked Witch called Witch Hazel appeared in the {{WesternAnimation/Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Trick or Treat'' where she helps Huey, Dewey, and Louie get candy from WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. She later appeared in a variety of Disney Comics.
** To be more specific, in ''Trick or Treat'', Witch Hazel styles herself as the classic Halloween Witch, and while going out for a joyride stirring up trouble and frights, she witnesses Donald's cruel trick on his nephews, [[EvenEvilHasStandards which moves her "black heart"]] into offering her assistance to the boys. First, she attempts to speak diplomatically to Donald, but, after he yanks on her nose and douses her with a bucket of water, she finds the "quacking rogue" so offensive that she has Huey, Dewey, and Louie help her concoct a potent potion to jinx Donald with.
* A different Witch Hazel appears in a number of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts, starting with ''Bewitched Bunny''.
** Both Witch Hazels were voiced by JuneForay, who also played assorted witches (usually with the same voice) in the "{{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s" segments in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* Marge and her sisters appear as Wicked Witches in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in the "Easy-Bake Coven" segment of "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror VIII".
** The winner of the costume contest in "Treehouse of Horror XVI" is a hideous witch. She is disqualified for not wearing a costume as she is a real witch. Angered, she [[BecomingTheCostume turns everyone into their costumes]].
* Shadow Weaver from ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' ([[TheFaceless moreover, we never see her face...]])
* The little-known cartoon, ''The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane'' featured a witch named Velma Van Damme, who was apparently responsible for the headless horseman that terrorized the folks of Sleepy Hollow.
* The Witch Sisters from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''.
* The Wicked Witch (usually going by the name "Wicked") in ''{{Cyberchase}}.''
* Hogatha from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' is a short, dumpy hag who's bald (but wears a wig), snorts when she talks (which is how she got her name, apparently), rides a vulture, and can cast evil spells. Most of her schemes either involve trying to find ways to make herself beautiful or force handsome princes to marry her (and naturally, the smurfs always get caught in the middle of these plans).
* The witch from the eponymous ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' episode "The Witch" is teleported from her appearance in ''Literature/HanselAndGretel''. She's basically a checklist of the typical portrayal: fat, ancient, monstrous appearance, tattered clothes, eats children, cackles and flies around on a broom (although she has bat wings...) She also tries to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe force Alfred to marry her]].
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* The Witch of Barcelona, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enriqueta_MartÝ Enriqueta Marti]], who kidnapped, killed, and ate children in pre-{{W|orldWarOne}}W1 Spain.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonarda_Cianciulli Leonarda Cianciulli]], who killed three women, turned their body fat into soap (in one case giving it to her neighbours) and used their blood as an ingredient for cakes, which were eaten by her friends, her son, and herself. Not only was she a firm believer in divination and magic, but she admitted her victims were human sacrifices offered for the protection of her son.
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