->'''Mr. Lundie:''' They were indeed horrible destructive women. I dinna suppose you have such women in your country?\\
'''Tommy Albright:''' Witches?\\
'''Jeff Douglas:''' Oh, we have 'em. We pronounce it differently.
-->-- ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}''

A SubTrope of ParentheticalSwearing, this is a line of dialogue used for GettingCrapPastTheRadar, or that at least always leads to many raised eyebrows and jokes amongst the online fandom. Basically, Bob calls Alice a "witch." The context and inflection, however, strongly imply that, in a world free of {{Media Watchdog}}s and censors, he would have used a different epithet -- one that rhymes with "witch" but starts with a B. Extra-fun if the woman in question really does have magic powers, justifying the word.

Keep in mind simply using witch as a insult does not make an example. Calling someone the bride of hell is an insult all its own. To add, "bruja" and "strega" can be used as insults in their respective languages (Spanish and Italian) for a mean lady, and bear no resemblance to stronger words.

Most prevalent in WesternAnimation. See also ThisIsForEmphasisBitch, which can be used to set up this trope. It's often used when [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerizing]] a work for broadcast, when the version seen in videos, movie theaters, or [=CDs=] does say "bitch."
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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In the English versions (both [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] and [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]) of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', [[DubNameChange Lita]] often used "witch" as an insult. Considering it was a MagicalGirl show, it could sometimes be taken literally, though.
** Ditto in one episode where Serena refers to Zoycite as "that witch" (English dub only - [[ShesAManInJapan Zoicite was male in the original Japanese]].
* [[InuYasha Inuyasha]] uses this in the anime (dub). A lot. Plus, he says it in a particularly demeaning manner. You can't really miss it.
-->(To Kagura, numerous times): You witch!\\
(To Tsubaki): You witch!
* From American volume 37 of ''OnePiece'':
-->'''Franky:''' [[AccidentalMisnaming Spanda]]!!! You son of a sea witch!!
* In the dubbed version of ''DragonBallZ'''s ''The History Of Trunks'', the title character, [[spoiler:after having Android 18 beat him up and then aim a death attack at him]], utters "Go ahead. Do it! You... WITCH!"
* In the ''DigimonAdventure'' dub, during the Angewomon / [=LadyDevimon=] [[CatFight slap fight]]:
-->'''Izzy:''' I know I shouldn't watch this, [[MaleGaze but I can't take my eyes off them!]]\\
'''[[TagalongKid Ka]][[CheerfulChild ri]]:''' *[[OutOfCharacterMoment angrily pumping her fists]]* You get her, Angewomon! That's right! Knock that witch's block off! '''GO!'''
* In [[Anime/{{Bakugan}} Bakugan New Vestroia]] English dubbed episode 4, Elfin (Marucho's new guardian) says to Mylene (who has just captured some innocent Bakugan) "Give me back those Bakugan you witch!"

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Ubiquitous in MarvelComics of the 1970s through the early 1990s.
* One issue of the print comic ''{{Nodwick}}'' had a scene where the StupidGood cleric Piffany calls an evil cleric a "word-that-rhymes-with-ditch-but-starts-with-B" before engaging her in battle. While the word "witch" was not itself used, this still seems to be the same principle, made {{Badbutt}}.
** This is pretty par for the course with Piffany. She's literally so pure that she has trouble finding ways to concisely express her more extreme feelings without tarnishing her incorruptible goodness.
* In one issue of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', Arrowette refers to the AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse as "rhymes with witches".
* In ''Ultimate X4'' (an UltimateMarvel X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover), the two teams have just identified the villainess and the Thing says "Let's go put that rhymes-with-witch through some changes."
* Inverted later on in the ultimate continuity, when Iceman calls the Scarlet Witch the 'scarlet B word'.
* We can probably safely guess that Comicbook/{{Empowered}} means it when she calls her teammate Sistah Spooky "a literal witch. Boo, hiss."
* The ''Film/BatmanReturns'' adaptation did this to the line "Life's a bitch. So am I.", rather diluting the impact of the phrase.
* ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}: Guardians of Gotham'' #2 has Batman calling Catwoman this. Yes, despite all the blood and upskirt shots present in the rest of the comic, calling a woman a bitch is apparently drawing the line.
* Issue #31 of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'', "Trick Or Beatings" has the girls in Halloween gear laying a smackdown on the Gangreen Gang. Blossom, dressed as a witch, originally had the line "Prepare to be ''witch''-slapped!" before it was changed to a more kid-friendly line.

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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Amy]] delivers this line to [[VideoGame/PaperMario64 Kammy Koopa]] right after Team ZAP has defeated Kammy in chapter 63 of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX'':
-->'''Amy''': [[NoIndoorVoice YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE IT YOU WITCH WITH A B!]]
* This is [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Applejack]]'s favored insult for Luna in ''FanFic/FrigidWindsAndBurningHearts''. Captain Braveheart also uses this several times, though he's not afraid to use the B-version as well.
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[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]

* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': Perdita calls Cruella, "A devil, a-a witch."
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', one of the lines to Ursula's VillainSong, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn0CsgV4rrs&NR=1 "Poor Unfortunate Souls"]], is "They weren't kidding when they called me, well, a ''witch''." Indeed they weren't.
* ''WreckItRalph'': The word "Glitch" is used instead of "Witch", but it's the same principle. Especially when [[spoiler: King Candy/Turbo]] yells "So long, glitch!"

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[[folder: Film -- Live-Action ]]

* This line from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' demonstrates the same idea:
-->'''Auntie Em:''' ''(to Miss Gulch)'' For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!
** And this is ''after'' Dorothy called Miss Gulch a [[{{Foreshadowing}} "wicked old witch"]] in regards to her desire to take Toto away to be destroyed.
* Ivan Ooze, the BigBad of ''[[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie]]'', refers to Dulcea as "that miserable, manipulating, loathsome she-devil of a witch!"
* In the [[{{Bowdlerised}}TV friendly version]] of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVersusTheWorld'' Ramona says she's "dabbled in being a witch" when in the theatrical version she says "bitch".
** May be justified, in that the film seems to take place in some sort of video game world. A witch is just another job one could do.
* From ''Film/EllaEnchanted'': The narrator who always speaks in rhymes says "And so she left them, scratching their newly found itches/Glad to be rid of them.... witches."
* In Disney's ''HocusPocus'', Winnie does this in a ShoutOut to EltonJohn during "I Put a Spell on You":
-->'''Winnie:''' Now the witch is back! And there's hell to pay.
* In ''TheWomen'', Joan Crawford as Crystal Allen: "There is a name for you, ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel."
* In ''Film/TheGoonies'', Andi calls Mama Fratelli "you gross old witch." Which is probably more an indicator of Andi's personality than it is censorship, since there's plenty of swearing elsewhere in the movie.
* Inverted in ''TheCraft'' where Chris refers to Nancy and her friends as "the Bitches of Eastwick", though they actually are witches.
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''UnderTheDome'' the BigBad Jim Rennie doesn't swear, so when he's irritated with a woman he'll call her, "that rhymes-with-witch!"
* There's one in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Man In The Brown Suit''.
* There ''is'' a book called ''Son of a Witch''. [[Literature/{{Wicked}} And considering who his mom is...]]
* ''Disney's Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Beauty and the Beast'' refers to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid's'' Ursula as "the sea witch (spelt with a 'b')."
* In the ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Mage: the Ascension]]'' novel ''[[http://www.sff.net/people/kevin.a.murphy/penny.html Penny Dreadful]]'', this seems to be Penny's favorite way of making the word "witch" from a simple description into an insult.
* Almost averted in the first ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' book. One of the character almost calls the protagonist a "bitch" but she's talking to her mom so she switches to "witch" part way.
* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', Aslan enters into a bit of this. Granted, he's talking to The White Witch, but from the way it's phrased... Probably unintentional on the author's part, though. It's worth noting that Jadis [[InsistentTerminology insisted on being referred to as a Queen]], so Aslan was probably deliberately pushing her BerserkButton as well.
-->Do not cite the Deep Magic to ''me'', [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch witch]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''HomeImprovement'': Tim and Jill are discussing Wilson's new friend in front of Brad, and Jill refers to her as a witch. Brad says "Mom, I'm old enough, you can use the B-word." In this case, Jill really did mean "witch" (and not as an insult); the woman was a practicing Wiccan.
* In ''WillAndGrace'', during one of Karen and Jack's fights, Jack stage-whispers "Rhymes with witch."
* In an episode of ''UglyBetty'', Betty and Hilda have a big blowout on Thanksgiving over a lawer. Later Justin tries to sneak some stuffing while Hilda's back is turned.
-->'''Hilda:''' [back still turned] Put it back!\\
'''Justin:''' [to Santos] How does she do that?\\
'''Santos:''' She's a bit of a witch.\\
'''Betty:''' Give or take a letter...
** Also this trope was mentioned by name (in reference to Wilhelmina) during the series recap at the beginning of season three.
* ''ModernFamily'': Claire is planning a haunted house for Halloween, and Gloria is going as a ''bruja'' (Spanish for witch). Jay warns her to not be late or Claire will turn into a "rhymes with ''bruja''".
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' has Laura suspecting that her husband has been seeing another woman. In confronting the supposed other woman, Laura says "you witch" right before pouncing on her and engaging in a physical fight. To Laura's embarrassment [[spoiler:it turns out that the woman is innocent. What Laura mistook for a love note was only lyrics to a song the woman had written.]]
* ''Series/USAHigh'' the kids overhear an argument between two teachers and Ashley is [[FelonyMisdemeanor horrified]] that the husband calls his wife a witch.
** [[spoiler: The argument was them rehearsing for the wife's play]] so either they were censoring themselves since they were in a school or the [[spoiler: play's author]] wasn't a fan of cursing.
* ''{{Series/Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'': In the season 1 episode ''The Witch'', Amy mentions that before [[ParentalAbandonment he left]], her father would get in fights with her mother, calling her a witch. Amy ''thought'' that this was ParentheticalSwearing, but realized later on that it was [[ExactWords exactly what he meant.]]
* In ''{{Alphas}}'', Gary's autism lends people to trying to censor their swearing around him, which leads to this line:
--> '''Gary''': That witch took my phone!
--> '''Dr. Rosen''': What witch?
--> '''Gary''': The witch. That's the word my mom uses when she's angry. She uses another word, too.
:: Half-amusingly, Bill absently calls the woman a bitch immediately after Gary's done with his tirade.:
* In the ''{{Grimm}}'' episode "Season of the Hexenbiest", Nick tells Adalind that [[BroughtDownToNormal she doesn't have to be]] a [[WitchSpecies Hexenbiest]] to be a witch.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'''s Vince Masuka pulls this one regarding lieutenant Pascal's approaching him over a "woman's smell" on a shirt, a forensic impossibility that she thinks would prove her fiancé [[ProperlyParanoid was cheating on her]].
-->''Oh no, it's that crazy witch.''
* A meta example: the premiere episode of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' is called "Bitchcraft". And oh, do the main characters live up to it.
* Brought up when MysteryScienceTheater3000 screened TouchOfSatan. One of the young protagonists makes small talk at a store by mentioning her reputation in town thusly.
-->'''Melissa''': They say in this town that I'm a witch.
-->'''Crow T. Robot''': It only RHYMES with witch!
* Pops up in the ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' Friday the 13th episode. When Sabrina is confessing that she's a witch[[note]]She's allowed to do so on Friday the 13th[[/note]], Valerie assumes she's invoking this trope. She says "I know you can be a little cranky sometimes but..."
* In ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'' when Carla is forced to tell a patient he can't go to a family gathering, he immediately calls her a "mean old witch". He's surrounded by children at the time so who knows what he ''really'' meant?
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[[folder: Music ]]

* ColePorter's song "Mr. and Mrs. Fitch" was published in the transparently {{Bowdlerise}}d version shown below; the original version, in the musical ''Gay Divorce'' had a different word rhyming with "Fitch," which [[SoundEffectBleep the drummer had to play over]]:
-->Now men who once knew Missus Fitch\\
Refer to her as a witch,\\
While the girls who once loved Mister Fitch\\
Say he always was a son of the rich.
* Music/OutKast sing this in the {{Bowdlerise}}d version of "Roses":
-->Caroline... see, she's the reason for the word ''"witch"''.
** Heck, even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhSnkR-mFXc the music video]] does more, as there is one kid who writes on the blackboard "Learn to divide, witch" and even shows a [[VisualPun LITERAL actual witch]] portraying the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]]!
* The Capitol Steps song "Chung Girl" is [[RippedFromTheHeadlines based on an incident]] reported by Connie Chung of Newt Gingrich's mother whispering to her, in reference to Hillary Clinton: "She's a bitch." The song ends with Mrs. Gingrich telling Connie another thing:
-->People say you are a certain word\\
It's that one you've overheard\\
It rhymes with Maury Po-'''VICH!'''
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* KellyKelly called Vickie Guerrero a "greedy, power hungry witch". If only she'd been allowed to cut that promo a few months later when CMPunk blurred the lines of what could be said on PG television.
* Complete with VisualPun, ZackRyder showed up dressed as a witch for Halloween around EveTorres (read: the ManipulativeBitch who kicked him in the balls on live TV). This exchange between Eve and Teddy Long followed:
--> '''Eve:''' So you really think I'm a witch?
--> '''Teddy:''' You're just one letter off.
* In ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}'' Ashley Cartier invokes this in her rap verse.
--> "I may be prissy and very rich/But get me mad and you'll see a witch"
* Early on in the McMahon-Helmsley Era, Wrestling/JimRoss gets called out by Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon for insulting her.
--> "She's acting like something that sounds like witch and starts with a B."
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[[folder: Role Playing Games ]]

* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', the way that [[TheGoodKing King Joseph Race]] screams "You witch!" at [[WickedWitch Willa]] heavily suggests this. Later, Johnny "bricking" Gat lets the Fright Knights know that [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch This Is for Emphasis, Witch!]]

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': "Look Down".
-->'''Prostitute:''' Listen you old bat/Crazy bloody witch/Least I give me customers some pleasure in return.
* ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}'', as mentioned. In some productions, Jeff says "We just ''spell'' the word differently."
* In ''Theatre/LouisianaPurchase'', the "don't sue us" OpeningChorus includes the lines:
-->If you're sons of millionaires,\\
Don't start trembling in your breeches\\
When a character declares\\
That you're dirty sons-of-riches.
* Anna Russell, in her synopsis of ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', carefully detailed in her English accent that Hagen's "mother was a Gi''bich''." Her other classic Wagner parody, ''Schreechenrauf'', actually includes the line "Gudrune, die Götterdämmerung Gibich". (Wagner, of course, properly accented "Gibich" on the first syllable.)

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', the achievement awarded for performing your first Torture Attack is "I'm A Bit... I Mean Witch."
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', of all games. Johnny Sasaki refers to Meryl as a 'witch' in the second prison scene.
* Bane's GratuitousSpanish "Bruja"[[note]] "witch", duh![[/note]] for Dr. Young in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' certainly evokes this.
* Roger Wilco in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest IV'' stammers such a line when he is held captive by the The Latex Babes of Estros.
* In the ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' FanRemake, Hagatha confronts Graham and Valanice and starts her EvilGloating. Graham tries to argue with her, but can't quite spit out the insult.
-->'''Graham:''' Why you... you...\\
'''Hagatha:''' Witch?\\
'''Valanice:''' (mordantly) I'm ''sure'' it would have rhymed...
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', [[MusicalAssassin Demyx]] says "Man, why's [[JerkAss Larxene]] gotta be such a witch?"
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' averts this, because the witches are scary enough that accusing someone of being a witch is ''worse'' than calling them a bitch.
** Also its M rated so they can and do say "bitch" in it.
* The cutscene that plays when ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'' is opened contains a Space Marine growling "This planet is ''ours'', [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch witch!]]" after mortally wounding an Eldar Farseer (often referred to as "witches/[[XtremeKoolLetterz wyches]]").
** Of course, not only is the Farseer actually a witch. In 40k, being a "witch" is incomprehensibly much worse than being a bitch. It even goes above "HERETIC!".
* Arguably justified in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' when Locke is initially asked to go and rescue Terra. His response is "This better not have anything to do with that Magitek-riding, Imperial witch!!!" One could say that since Terra was a magic-user, he could actually mean a witch in the literal sense except for the fact that he expresses so much shock not long afterwards when Terra, Locke, and Edgar are in a battle and Edgar has to literally it spell out to Locke that Terra had just used magic.
* One of [[{{Mabinogi}} Lezzaro's]] random speech bubbles contains this,
--> '''Lezzaro:''' Eluned... that witch. She must be spreading weird rumors again.\\

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/10p3 This page]] of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* "Son of a witch!" is a common expression in ''BrunoTheBandit''.
* Not a dialogue example, but ''Rhymes With Witch'' is the name of a side comic done by [[SomethingPositive Randy Milholland.]]
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' features this little exchange between [[TheMunchkin Red Mage]] and [[ButtMonkey Black Mage]]:
-->'''RM:''' Huh. That Matoya is one crazy witch.\\
'''BM:''' That's ''almost'' how I'd put it...
* ''{{Homestuck}}'' has a running catchphrase "[=BLUH=] [=BLUH=] [=HUGE=] [=BITCH=]". On [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004824 this page]] it is changed to "[=HUGE=] [=WITCH=]". Even though the lady in question is not a Witch, but a Seer.
** Betty "Batterwitch" Crocker, anyone?
* This insult is reserved to [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Jadis]] in the ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' (mostly ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' uses it but it's also acknowledged in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' ([[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-133-Forsaken-184751515 here]] it's the very first word spoken by her ex.)) sometimes even her son ([[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]]) gets "son of a witch" like [[http://pika-la-cynique.deviantart.com/art/GND135-Philosophisauce-203007921 here]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Tarantulas occasionally refers to FemmeFatale Blackarachnia as 'witch' on ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. And no, this show does not use magic...
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Sam, while possessed by an ArtifactOfDoom and beginning to turn into a dragon, calls RichBitch Paulina a shallow little witch.
* This memorable exchange on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
-->'''[[DarkMagicalGirl Raven]]:''' Terra.\\
'''[[TheMole Terra]]:''' Raven.\\
'''Raven:''' [[EtTuBrute Traitor!]]\\
'''Terra:''' Witch!
** The line refers to [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the comics]], where Terra's JerkAss DeadpanSnarker comicbook version would refer to her 'friends' with horrible nicknames. "Witch" being a favorite for Raven, given her powers and habits. [[note]]Terra actually got the nickname from Cyborg, who affectionally calls Raven "Witch." After the Terra fiasco, Raven doesn't allow anybody else than Cyborg to call her "Witch"... presumably because Terra made it too painful.[[/note]]
* Any time Scrooge [=McDuck=] calls Magica de Spell "You witch!" or "That witch!" on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. {{Lampshaded}} in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4012113/1/Not_Worth_Ten_Cents this fan fic]].
* ''MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': Jenny is choking on [[PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize Vexus']] exhaust. She manages to get out "What a... witch!"
* Lampshaded on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. After Marge is revealed to be an actual witch, Bart exclaims, 'Well, I'll be a son of a witch!'
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'': Used a couple times against [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the sorceress-queen]] (who more than earned it), and Supertrooper renegade Darkstar (who really hasn't). Killbane's really fond of the insult.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': When the heroes say witch they usually mean witch, but when the Trix witches themselves say it it sounds like they wish they were anywhere but a fluffy magical girl show.
-->'''Stormy:''' Being in this room gives me potions class nightmares!\\
'''Darcy:''' Well, get over it, witch.
** The 4Kids dub sometimes had the Trix pronounce "witch" as wi''-atch'' when their emotions were particularly strong.
* The ''FairlyOddparents'' episode where [[TheWestern they traveled to the Old West]] and met Vicky's [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor]]:
-->'''Cosmo:''' Even in the Old West, she's a heartless evil witch!
* In the wake of [[spoiler:frying the mole Aqualad's brain]] the villains have take to calling [[spoiler:Miss Martian]] as a witch in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
* Copperhead calls Cheetah a witch in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' after she slashed him for getting a little too close to her.
* In one episode of ''{{TMNT 2003}}'', April does an ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' homage with a giant insect queen, but since it's a kids' cartoon it has to be this:
-->Get away from him, you witch!
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