"WITCH, n. (1) Any ugly and repulsive old woman, in a wicked league with the devil. (2) A beautiful and attractive young woman, in wickedness a league beyond the devil."
This is what the Cute Witch
often grows up to be
, if she grows up
, and if she doesn't lose her powers at a certain age. Whether a member of a Witch Species
or an ordinary human, she is a Mysterious Woman
with strange, magical, or seemingly magical powers, at least in the eyes of other characters or the audience. She also happens to be sexy or at least elegant. While the Wicked Witch
is traditionally ugly on the outside and evil on the inside, she's the exact opposite, beautiful and charming. Because Beauty Equals Goodness
, she's usually at least somewhat benevolent. If she's less than completely noble in her intentions, she'll be a Loveable Rogue
or Affably Evil
at worst. She might keep a black cat and a broom, but rarely wears the full witch outfit. Usually, the Hot Witch either dresses in stylish ordinary or modern clothing, or else very revealing attire. In the latter case she's often presumed to be a sexy villain
, but often turns out to be a Good Bad Girl
The Hot Witch is not a Cute Witch. The Cute Witch is a Magical Girl
who wears the stereotypical (or maybe just traditional) paraphernalia of witches and is cute in the "adorable" or Japanese kawaisa
sense. She's also typically not yet out of her teens, or at least looks like it
. When you see her, you think "Awwww". In contrast, the Hot Witch is attractive in a Western sexy, elegant, mysterious
way. She's invariably in at least her later teens, if not her 20s or older. When fanboys see her, they think "Hello, Nurse!
The Hot Witch is usually
not a Vain Sorceress
or a Black Magician Girl
, either. The Vain Sorceress is obsessed with using magic to maintain her beauty. If the Hot Witch uses magic to stay beautiful, it is not an obsession that clouds her ability to have other concerns. The Black Magician Girl
's primary characteristic is the use of magic for offense, and is usually an Action Girl
. The Hot Witch's powers and personality are of a more subtle and mysterious nature. If they're using their magic to only appear
beautiful to others, see Master of Illusion
. If they actually change their own, usually ugly form to something beautiful to tempt someone, see Shapeshifting Seducer
It should be noted that this trope is much Older Than They Think
, given that the original descriptions of a witch was a young, attractive, and wise woman, before it was changed to the ugly, evil hag much more commonly known today.
Contrast Wicked Witch
. Also, don't confuse this trope for another type of Hot Witch.
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Anime & Manga
- Umineko: When They Cry has an entire gaggle of witches, all of which either fall into this trope or Cute Witch. All of them are incredibly powerful nigh-reality warpers in frilly dresses.
- Dorothy from M─R, who is a sexy version of the Wicked Witch of the West!
- Two witches in Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics fit this trope - the one in "The Iron Stove" (who more closely resembles a succubus than a typical witch) and the one in "The Water Nixie" (who wears a pink see-through dress). Both witches are the villains of their respective episodes. (Both of these episodes were not dubbed into English.)
- Schierke's teacher Flora from Berserk was a Hot Witch back in her day. We see a glimpse of her youthful appearance when she dies and holds back Grunbeld to allow Guts and his nakama time to escape, as Flora retains her youth for a few pages.
- True Witch Fabia Crozelg of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid is shown to have an Older Alter Ego that turns her into this, giving her a more developed body in a less developed witch-based barrier jacket.
- Majorina from Smile Pretty Cure! can transform from an ugly, old Wicked Witch into a young, tall Hot Witch.
- In Nanatsu No Taizai, Merlin makes her grand entrance when the mysterious cloaked figure following King Arthur around turns out to be a gorgeous, raven-haired beauty in thigh-high boots, a jacket that she doesn't even bother to close up in the front, and tiny, tiny shorts. All black, with heart-shaped buttons, including one on her shorts just above her crotch.
Art and Photography
- The scantily-attired Hot Witch is a staple of Halloween-themed pin-up art, both vintage and modern.
- This 2000 Halloween cover◊ from The New Yorker magazine. She wears highly erotic high heels, stockings with garters and a very tight and revealing dress. She has nice legs and nice boobs. And she's riding her broomstick very sexily. Wow.
- Desire's story in The Sandman: Endless Nights features a witch who is naked all the time. Payment for her services is a sausage.
- Pretty much the entire point of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, who, like all the witches in that series, is an extremely voluptuous woman who wears very little clothing.
- Zatanna in The DCU, who is a very beautiful (as comic-book superheroines almost invariably are) woman whose costume is a tuxedo, but with fishnet stockings instead of pants. Arcanna, Marvel Comics's Alternate Company Equivalent of Zatanna, in the Squadron Supreme. Her costume is a leotard, fishnets, boots and a short jacket.
- The magic team "The Witches" in the Marvel Universe were made with this trope in mind. A Blonde, Brunette, Redhead trio, all of whom dress in Bare Your Midriff outfits. And it is later established that the bisexual Jennifer Kale used to be an exotic dancer. And one of the members, Satana, is now the magical support for the Thunderbolts.
- Winnowill from ElfQuest isn't a witch per se, but she probably qualifies as an evil sorceress, especially in her human disguise as Lady Venovel.
- Magica De Spell from Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge comics and Ducktales is young, evil, and would probably be count as hot if she were a human and not an anthropomorphic duck. She has gorgeous black hair and is quite lady-like.
- The Scarlet Witch from The Avengers, even though technically her "magic" is a mutant ability, although, Depending on the Writer, she sometimes knows 'real' magic, too. She's also very beautiful, like most comic-book superheroines, and wears an all red costume.
- Dark Dimension native and current Sorceress Supreme, as well as Doctor Strange's lover Clea is always portrayed as beautiful, her Mystical White Hair giving it a supernatural quality. (Her wicked mother Umar slightly, but not as much; Beauty Equals Goodness is often a common theme for Strange's supporting cast, as most of his enemies are hideous demons.) Clea hasn't appeared for a while, but Word of God has hinted she may soon make her presence known greatly, saying she is one ideal candidate for Sorcerer Supreme of Earth (Strange having lost the title due to his use of destructive dark magic during Dark Reign.)
- The Mighty Thor features several:
- As a young Asgardian, Amora started out as a very minor goddess with very minor magical skills, but her breathtaking beauty was undeniable. Over the centuries, she used her looks to seduce and beguile various wizards and sorcerers and convinced them to teach her their most powerful magic. Millennia later, she has become one of Asgard's most powerful spellcasters, and has devoted a large portion of her magic to enhancing her beauty and powers of seduction even further, thus gaining her the title by which she is most widely known: 'The Asgardian Enchantress'.
- Amora's younger sister Lorelei is also beautiful, but is far less powerful magically (and far less intelligent). Like her big sis, she has designs on poor Thor, though she winds up as Loki's only intermittently appreciated girlfriend.
- Karnilla is another Asgardian woman who is widely known for her stunning beauty, and widely feared for her awesome magical power. She rules the sub-kingdom of Nornheim, and both holds her throne and defends her kingdom almost entirely by dint of her personal power.
- The furry witch, "The Mink" by Kjartan Arnorsson, was originally a Bookworm who discovered an actual book of magic with functional spells. While she eventually uses her magic to make herself beautiful, that is basically an afterthought after spending considerable time mastering her power and no one is hurt by that indulgence.
- The youngest of the three witches who hosted DC Comics horror anthology The Witching Hour (representing the maiden in The Hecate Sisters) was a stacked blonde whose usual attire was a high-collared leotard.
Film - Animated
- Queen Elsa from Frozen possesses both icy, elegant beauty, and ice powers equal to those of a cruel winter Goddess. Despite appearances (and a few unfortunate accidents) to the contrary, she isn't the least bit evil, just very sad and isolated.
- Maleficent◊ from the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, is an evil fairy and a variant of this in earlier scenes. She gets less attractive in later ones.
Film - Live Action
- Sleepy Hollow:
- Katrina Van Tassel. She is the beauty of Raven Hair, Ivory Skin variety and her cleavage was quite revealing. The patterns she was drawing on the floor were protection runes. She is a good and beautiful witch.
- The Witches of Eastwick. The title characters are played by Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. All three of them are gorgeous women that toy with dark magical powers. They form a really hot Blonde, Brunette, Redhead trio.
- In early casting for The Wizard of Oz Gale Sondergaard was going to be a Wicked Hot Witch of the West,◊ but when the studio decided to go with a conventionally ugly witch she bowed out, not wanting to put up with long hours in the makeup chair. In the actual film, Glinda (who, while beautiful, isn't exactly "hot") claims "only bad witches are ugly". (Of course, that brings up the question of just why she felt the need to ask Dorothy what her intentions were when she assumed she was one...)
- Jennifer (Veronica Lake) in I Married a Witch, is a beautiful woman. She starts out evil, wanting to seduce the engaged protagonist just out of pure malice but then falls in love with him after accidentally drinking the love potion she meant for him, triggering her High Heel-Face Turn. She and the protagonist eventually get married and live happily ever after.
- Alicia in Night Watch and Day Watch. All female Others use spells that create the illusion of makeup. It can be assumed that making themselves attractive is the first thing new witches try to learn. Interestingly, the Dark Others's version of the spell is called Burqa, which makes about as much sense as wearing an actual burqa to avoid wearing makeup.
- Tabitha from Delicate Fire :'Behold the Enchantress', is a stunningly beautiful red-haired witch whose magical powers function only because she is hot. As an Enchantress, she uses her beauty itself as a focus for her abilities, as opposed to magical words, gestures, or material components. Naturally, her powers are centered around influencing (or outright controlling) men and women, which she happily does in order to get what she wants.
- Medea from the tale of Jason and the Argonauts in Classical Mythology. She is known in most stories as an enchantress of witchcraft and able to make magical potions. As all heroines of classical mythology, she's extremely beautiful.
- Circe, the seductive sea witch, most known from The Odyssey. She's fabulously beautiful and plays The Vamp to Odysseus. Circe's favourite entertainment is to turn her guests into animals.
- The Dresden Files:
- Molly Carpenter. She gets her looks (pin up model looks) from her mother. As well as her magic. While Harry isn't remotely interested in her, having known her since, as he put it, when she was 'somewhere between training wheels and training bra', he notes that she is drop dead gorgeous. She has, on prior occasion, used her good looks to her advantage.
- Averted during Molly's tenure as the Ragged Lady. Living homeless and mentally unbalanced while receiving Training from Hell from the Leanansidhe, Molly was lucky to achieve basic hygiene, much less hotness.
- In Oscar Wilde's The Fisherman and his Soul, the one who tells the Tall, Dark and Handsome Fisherman how to get rid of his soul so he can court a beautiful mermaid is a beautiful red-headed witch. She bitterly lampshades the trope via lamenting how the Fisherman is hung up on the mermaid when he should be smitten with her due to her own beauty.
- Played with in the Books Of Swords: Dame Yoldi is described as a still very good-looking woman of middle years, who looks as though she must have been gorgeous in her youth. She serves as Court Mage and seeress to Sir Andrew, and is also his wife.
- James Cobb wrote a short story techno-thriller "Cav" where one of the soldiers is a former model turned Wiccan Action Girl.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has Evil Redhead Melisandre, the Knight Templar priestess who specialises in Blood Magic. A possibly unusual example in that many characters, while thinking that she's beautiful, note that there's something just wrong about her looks. Also notable is that on the two occasions she needs to seduce a man for her Deus Sex Machina powers, the one who accepts seems to have no interest in sex whatsoever and only wants the magic to work, and the other man refuses because her good looks and promise that it would be the best sex ever can't overcome the fact that he's scared shitless of her.
- Amanda Jennings, from Robert A. Heinlein's "Magic, Inc." would appear at first to be a formerly very hot witch. However, magic makes many things possible and we do get to experience her full hotness later on in the book.
- Laeshana in The Quest of the Unaligned. Starts the book working on her graduate thesis for the College Of Magic, ends it as one of the top five most powerful mages in Caederan and the fiancÚ of Crown Prince Alaric. (They have since married.)
- The Salem Sisters, a combination witch coven and close-harmony singing group in the Monster Mash noir City of Devils are all very attractive. Even the crone.
- Deconstructed in The Witcher. The Witcherverse is a distinctly dark Low Fantasy setting, meaning that a woman's status and value is ultimately determined by her marriageability. This means that the only women allowed to study magic are some combination of ugly, deformed, dirt-poor, unwanted and/or orphaned. However, the Lodge of Sorceresses has certain standards of appearance, not to mention that social manipulations the Lodge favors are a lot easier to pull off when you have some sex appeal to work with. This means that all sorceresses are expected to improve their appearance through magic, and they do. However, removing the trauma of being unwanted your entire upbringing is more difficult to do, which leads to all sorceresses being "pseudo-pretty women with the hard, cold eyes of ugly girls".
Live Action TV
- Charmed: All the sisters are hot witches or hot sorceresses, and they all have a lot of Ms. Fanservice moments. 90% cleavage shots! Played with in one episode where the three sisters dress as witches (Prue as a Wicked Witch, Piper as Glinda of The Wizard of Oz, and Phoebe as Elvira) for a Halloween party;
Personally I am offended by the representation of witches in popular culture. Piper:
Right, which is why you're dressed as the 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. Phoebe: Thanks.
- Chloe, Lana and Lois when they were possessed by evil witches in Smallville, "Spell". All three are very beautiful, with Chloe being a voluptuous blonde, Lana willowy, pale, with long dark hair, and Lois being a Statuesque Stunner. While possessed by the witches, they gain the personalities and magic powers of the witches.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Willow and Tara. Both women were undeniably attractive for the most part, they avoided the stripperiffic outfits common to the trope and both tended to be quiet and shy, especially Tara. Exceptions were a dream sequence of Xanders where both wore revealing dresses and played up their lesbian relationship and a dream sequence of Willows in the same episode where Tara had a Toplessness from the Back scene. Witches, or "Wicca" as they are called in the series, are an ambiguous Witch Species, magical ability is implied to run in families, but Willow (stated to be the most powerful witch on the planet at one point) has no lineage at all.note
- If the term is applied to all magic-users (the distinction being unclear in the Buffyverse), Giles would certainly count as a male example. He is not a particularly powerful magic-user, but he is extremely knowledgable and experienced with plenty of Sexy Librarian and/or All Girls Want Bad Boys (when he was a teen) to cover the "hot" aspect of the trope.
- Amy is introduced in the first season as a second generation witch trying out for the cheerleader team (following in her mother's footsteps on both counts). Of course, it turns out her mom forced her to switch bodies so she could relive her own glory days.
- Ms. Calendar is a confident, leggy, brunette, and a self-described Techno-pagan (who combined then-modern computer science with traditional magic, specifically from her Romani heritage).
- Samantha Stevens is a blonde with cheekbones and legs to die for. She's a witch who comes from a supernatural world and she has the power to warp reality of the mortal world.
- Samantha's dark shadow counterpart is her not-so-nice identical cousin, Serena. She was also played by Elizabeth Montgomery. She dressed a lot more sexily.
- Adalind Schade in Grimm is a seductive beautiful blonde Hexenbiest (the in-universe term for a Witch) when not showing her real face.
- Shota in Legend of the Seeker, who's noted as using her magic to keep her youth and good looks intact. She is finally shown as an old woman in a Bad Future episode, as the episode's Big Bad has put a Rada'Han around her neck.
- Invoked initially with Lilith in the Doctor Who episode "The Shakespeare Code." Lilith almost always appeared with her attractive, human-looking face, while her "mothers" were always hideous, clearly non-human hags. Later when they are revealed to be aliens instead of witches.
- BBC/Starz series The White Queen:
- Queen Elizabeth, consort to King Edward IV (not the more famous daughter of Henry VIII). It is strongly implied that her mother, Jacquetta Woodville, was Hot Witch in her youth, although by the time the series begins, she's more of a handsome witch of middle years. In Real Life, both Jacquetta and Elizabeth were accused of witchcraft, although neither was ever convicted, and the charges were obviously politically motivated; no serious historian today gives any credence to the charges, much less to the idea that either woman possessed actual supernatural powers. By contrast, just about every historical account agrees that Elizabeth really was a great beauty. The series, though, makes her and her mother real witches.
- Elizabeth's daughter, Elizabeth (the grandmother of the famous Queen Elizabeth), starts out as a three-year-old Cute Witch helping her mother and grandmother summon a storm to attack Richard Neville and George Plantagenet, but matures into a Hot Witch by the end of the series. Richard III even says "You have grown beautiful, Elizabeth."
- Ichabod Crane's wife in Sleepy Hollow, now deceased but visiting him in dreams and a member of the good coven trying prevent the rise of the Four Horsemen. She is of the Raven Hair, Ivory Skin variety as well as having a deepish bosom delightfully exposed by her 18th century decolletage.
- Into the Woods, the witch transforms herself from ugly to hot. It is revealed that she was also beautiful in the backstory, and that her ugliness was a side-effect of the curse she fell under after losing the magic beans. It's subverted when it's revealed that the price for regaining her beauty is losing her magic powers.
- Wicked's Elphaba is the Hollywood Nerd variety (in the play at least). Even green face paint can't diminish the good looks of the actresses playing her. Stephen Schwartz has explicitly said that she's not supposed to be ugly — she's beautiful, but people are prejudiced against her because of her green skin.
- Jessica from Dragon Quest VIII is the game's primary offensive spellcaster, is drawn very attractively, is considered exceptionally attractive in-story, and gets more (and more Stripperiffic) costumes than any other character. She even gets an entire skill tree dedicated to distracting enemies with sex appeal.
- Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow has the Witch enemies, voluptuous redheads in very slinky, low-cut purple dresses. Then in the DS games, they become blonde and have bigger breasts.
- Deneb from the Ogre Battle series. She's the really hot Series Mascot, appearing in most and possibly every game. She also created the other mascot, the Pumpkin Head, through horrible magical experiments in the first game. Everyone forgives her because she's hot. In "Knight of Lodis" she even gets a special version of the charm spell that has much higher hit rate than normal. She's just that sexy.
- In City of Heroes, you can fight a coven of Hot Witches in Croatoa. You can even build your own if you wanted, with Fanservice elements.
- Nine/Konoe A. Mercury from BlazBlue, one of the Six Heroes is a witch that taught magic to all humanity. And even with modest clothes, she still manages to be hot with those huge tracts of lands.
- Touhou fandom is full of Self-Fanservice, but Byakuren Hijiri is indicated to be this in canon, having given up her humanity for eternal youth and body-enhancing spells. (She started out as a Buddhist nun, so this is a pretty huge fall from grace.) Although the "body-enhancing spells" are generally assumed to be more along the lines of Super Strength, as fans presume her to have already been beautiful even before giving up her humanity.
- Trouble Witches features a few hot witches, some of the most prominently sexy ones includes:
- Aqua Seep Seal, a genius pop-idol who has well-endowed and womanly figure and wears a sexy two-piece outfit both on and off stage.
- Lyla Arctauras is a Belly Dancer who's not afraid to show off her midriff, and her hips don't lie either.
- Lili Reacmaier, Amalgam's first daughter who is not only a hot witch with a well-endowed figure (arguably moreso than Aqua), but she's also a hot witch.
- Amalgam herself. Even after having six kids, she doesn't look any less hot.
- The Sorceress class from Vanillaware's beat em up game Dragon's Crown is an Exaggerated Trope example, having Breasts near Gag Boobs level in size.
- The Black Mage Dressphere from Final Fantasy X-2 is clearly meant to evoke this. While not as Stripperiffic as some of the game's other outfits, the costume has the conical hat and plenty of attention to the midriff and cleavage.
- Morrigan from the Dragon Age series is lands squarely here, especially due to her tendency to (like her mother) use her sexuality as a tool and weapon.
- The Dust Witch from chapter 2 of Everyday Abnormal wanders the desert naked, has cool glowing tattoos that slide off to form a spell circle and will totally rip out your soul to make that unkillable zombie army you wanted.
- Lilium Lashiec from Heart Core was not only one of the most beautiful witches in the many worlds, but arguably also one of the most powerful ones, being able to fight evenly against Royce of all people with the mightiest of spells. Long white hair, a nice tan, revealing outfit and a large chest to boot was enough of a reason for him to marry her. And he also wanted her powers, wich is why he killed her later on, but that plan backfired when their daughter was born.
- The Whateley Universe has plenty. Fey is a red-headed potential Queen of the Sidhe down to the pointy ears, and is just that gorgeous. Her magic is even nature-based, since she can draw mana from ley lines and natural forces (throwing a lightning bolt at her has proved to be a serious error). Fey is one of the goodguys, but Hekate is not. While Hekate is a gorgeous European Exemplar, she tends to use magics so dark that even the Superhero School faculty don't know them. And Majestic is a strikingly sexy brunette of great power, which is unsurprising given that she is the avatar or reincarnation of Juno.
- The Sorceress from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) lives a solitary existence guarding the Castle Greyskull with her magic and gifts of prophesy. All the while wearing a skin-tight feathered outfit with a miniskirt and high-heeled boots. The re-imagined version from the revival series wore less
- Witch Hazel (voiced by June Foray), who prides herself on being "the ugliest one of all," becomes a young and beautiful redhead with a slender yet curvy build in "Broomstick Bunny," when Bugs Bunny gives her a beauty enhancing elixir disguised as tea (whether or not he did this deliberately is unknown), after she's reminded of Paul, her dead pet tarantula, by Bugs' Puppy-Dog Eyes. To Hazel, however, being beautiful was a bad thing, so after drinking the tea, she dashes to her magic mirror and meekly asks (in a softer, sexier voice) the genie in the mirror if she's still ugly. The genie, after seeing Hazel's sexy new appearance, lunges to grab her after giving a Bob Hope-like "ROWR, ROWR," but she escapes him on her flying broomstick. He chases her on his Magic Carpet, slowly gaining on her too.
- The 'Cat Witch' (as she is identified in the credits) in Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King. She is much younger and hotter than her two companions: possibly representing the Maiden in The Hecate Sisters.