Wicked Witch

aka: Evil Witch
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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 Tales. When confronting a fairy tale witch you can, via the magic of Beauty Equals Goodness 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):

  1. Very old, verging on the ancient.
  2. Widowed, often by choice.
  3. Wrinkled skin.
  4. Large hooked nose.
  5. Warts.
  6. Facial hair.
  7. Unhealthily colored skin, sometimes going past a sickly greenish tinge to a biologically impossible straight-out green.
  8. If she doesn't have green skin and gray hair it will be pale skin and black hair.
  9. Long stringy hair or a severe bun.
  10. Missing teeth.
  11. If teeth are present they will be irregular or decayed.
  12. Dresses in black.
  13. Wears a pointed black hat.
  14. Speaks to animals, often her cat, which is black (notice a theme here?).
  15. Keeps other "unwholesome" pets like snakes or a tarantula.
  16. Lives in a strange or simply just isolated cottage.
  17. Cackles.
  18. Makes potions, often in a large cauldron and with ingredients like Eye of Newt.
  19. Flies around on a broom (bit of a give away on its own really).
  20. Eats children
  21. Curses people, often by 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 how you define "cursing".

Good witches tend to be young and pretty, or at least have aged gracefully. If your subject is nice to look at, but evil, you may well have a Vain Sorceress instead.

Perhaps because 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 received magical power from the devil", which would make a non-evil witch an oxymoronnote . 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 Evil Sorcerer (but obviously not Closer to Earth), and might also come in Hollywood Voodoo flavor. It's likely that every witch in existence will be this trope in a setting where Magic Is Evil. There might also be some overlap with the Wicked Stepmother and the Evil Matriarch; however, royalty tends to be beautiful.

In settings tending more towards Magic Realism 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 Black Magic. Compare Cute Witch, Hot Witch, Widow Witch, and Vain Sorceress. See also Witch Species.


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     Anime and Manga  
  • Yubaba from Spirited Away, but not her sister, who just looks like one
    • 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.
  • Sailor Moon had Beryl, Zoisite, Emerald, Nehellenia, Badiane, Kaguya... just to name a few.
    • The Witches 5...
      • Most of those are undeniably wicked, but they're also Hot Witches.
  • Go Lion, known as Voltron in America has Honerva/Haggar, an alien witch complete with cat.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena intentionally subverts the Wicked Witch archetype with 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 Utena, a princess who acts like a prince.
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! has Shibiretta, one of the employees of Eternal.
  • Smile Pretty Cure! has Majorina, one of the enemy commanders. Crooked nose? Yes. Occasional cackling? Yes. Rides a broom? Yes. Casts hexes? Yes, albeit from her inventions. Crystal ball to spy on others? Yes, though she doesn't use it too much. Old and ugly? Yes, until she shouts "Majorina time!" and turns into her Evil Is Sexy form.
  • Soul Eater portrays witches in general as Always Chaotic Evil, but Medusa and Arachne in particular are the Big Bads of various points of the story.
    • Averted with Angela, a cute little girl witch.
  • The Witches from Puella Magi Madoka Magica are very, very far from the classic image of the "Witch", being much closer to Eldritch Abominations or the youma of classic mahou shoujo shows than anything else. Also, apart from witches that grew from former familiars after their parent witch was killed, every single witch used to be a Magical Girl.
  • True Witch Fabia Crozelg of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, who dresses in a black witch outfit, flies around on a broom called Hell Gazer, commands several devil familiars, and specializes in a wide variety of Curses. When Church Knight Sister Chantez sees her, she mentions that she's practically her complete opposite professionally. She's also the villain of the Library arc, spying on the Vivid cast and later capturing them one by one.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, Mystical Sands is a witch that the heroes have to defeat to progress. She controls sand and laughs constantly as the heroes fight her sand worm minions.


     Comic Books  
  • Frau Totenkinder in Fables is any unnamed Wicked Witch in fairy tales. She's been shown specifically to have been the Wicked Witch in "Rapunzel", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Frog Prince", and "Hansel and Gretel", 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 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 Hot Witch. These three were later adapted into aspects of the Furies in The Sandman by Neil Gaiman.
  • Hilda Spellman from Sabrina the Teenage Witch 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 Cute Witch.
    • 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 Little Lulu tells to Alvin feature an evil witch named Witch Hazel (No, not that Witch Hazel), and her niece (also a witch) named Little Itch.
  • Casper's friend Wendy is a Cute Witch, but she has three very wicked aunts.
  • Suske en Wiske: An Tanneke in De Zeven Snaren (but she becomes a good character in the end), Alwina in De Schat van Beersel, Kovertol in De Tuf-Tuf-Club, De Zwarte Madam in De Zwarte Madam, Ham Leyn Wecks in De Mysterieuze Mijn, Jeanne Panne in Jeanne Panne.
  • Nero: Appear in albums like Hela De Heks and De Groene Patreel.
  • Jommeke: Haakneus, Pierehaar and Steketand, who also appear in creator Jef Nys' other series, Langteen & Schommelbuik.
  • Donald Duck: Magica De Spell in the comic strips.
  • Popeye: The Sea Hag.
  • Douwe Dabbert: Wredulia and the Heksen van Eergisteren.
  • Paulus De Boskabouter: Eucalypta the witch, Paulus' archnemesis.

     Fairy Tales/Folklore 
  • Baba Yaga. Although she may also count as a nature spirit of sorts too.
  • In "The Wonderful Birch", a Wicked Witch turns the heroine's mother into a sheep and uses shapeshifting to 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 into the form of a reindeer after the wedding and puts her own daughter in her place.
  • In "Brother and Sister" the Wicked Stepmother 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 murders Sister after her marriage and replace her with her own daughter.
  • In "The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh", the stepmother, out of jealousy at her beauty, turns her stepdaughter into a dragon; she is disenchanted by her brother.
  • In "Kate Crackernuts", the envious Wicked Stepmother has a Wicked Witch turn her stepdaughter's head into a sheep's head.
  • In "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.
  • "Rapunzel" is held captive by a witch, who demanded her in return for her father's life, because he had stolen rampion from her for his pregnant wife. As are Petrosinella and The Fair Angiola, whose mothers had robbed the witch and had to pay the same price.
  • In "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 "Buttercup" in order to eat him.
  • In "The Witch", the Wicked Stepmother intentionally sends her children to a Wicked Witch, who tries to set them Impossible Tasks; through the advice of their grandmother and kindness to the objects about her house, they escape.
  • "The Witch In The Stone Boat" kidnapped a princess, 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 "The White Dove", a Wicked Witch gets two brothers to promise her their younger brother for their safety; then she kidnaps the younger brother and tries to destroy him with Impossible Tasks.
  • In "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 "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 "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 "The Nine Pea-hens and the Golden Apples", a witch prevents the prince and his love from meeting a second time.
  • In " Prunella", Prunella is a Wicked Witch's prisoner, because she had taken fruit from the witch's tree, and she assigns Impossible Tasks; only with the help of the witch's son does she survive.
  • The eponymous characters in "Hansel and Gretel", 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 The One-Handed Girl, 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."

    Films — Animated 
  • The Disney Animated Canon likes this trope:
    • In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 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 Vain Sorceress 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 Sleeping Beauty is technically an evil fairy, but still invokes the look and feel.
    • Mad Madam Mim appeared as Merlin's adversary in The Sword in the Stone, and had all the generic traits of a Wicked Witch. Interestingly her subsequent appearances in the various Disney comics turned her into Chaotic Neutral verging on Chaotic Good.
    • Ursula from The Little Mermaid (also a member of a fairy race, but is considered a wicked witch to merfolk)
    • Mother Gothel from Tangled might count - we're not entirely sure she's a witch.
  • Hydia and her two daughters Reeka and Draggle from My Little Pony The Movie, although Reeka and Draggle are rather incompetent at it.
  • The town in ParaNorman once executed a supposed witch in its past, and is now filled with cheesy attractions and shops depicting her as this, which Salma finds historically inaccurate. And she's right. The witch was really just a little girl that could speak to ghosts.

    Films — Live-Action  
  • Voodoo fortuneteller Elzora from Eve's Bayou. 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 Big Bad of Suspiria 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 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
  • All but one in the film The Witches. Anjelica Huston's portrayal of the Grand High Witch's true face is actually more horrifying than its book counterpart.
  • The prequel film Oz: The Great and Powerful features three witches. One is evil all along, one turns evil and one remains good. The Wicked Witches both have natural monstrous forms but can use an enchantment to disguise themselves as beautiful. When Theodora becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, she loses her beauty and gains the iconic green skin. The Flying Broomstick thing turns out to be something she does to mock Oscar.

  • Karen Brewer from The Baby-Sitters Club 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 Trope Codifier was E. T. A. Hoffmann'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 One for the Morning Glory, witches, with the rarest of exceptions, fully look the part.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, where the witches are actually named "Wicked Witch" (of the East and West).
    • Countless reviews and analyses of The Film of the Book 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 Trope Codifier for witches being green-skinned.
    • The sequel The Marvelous Land of Oz introduced Mombi, the mildly wicked witch who brought Jack Pumpkinhead to life with her Powder of Life. Later in the series, in the Thompson novels, Mombi becomes a full-fledged Wicked Witch, the former Wicked Witch of the North.
    • Gregory Maguire's novel 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 hooked nose, but they come together strikingly on her).
  • The Other Mother in Coraline.
  • Stephen King's The Dark Tower offers us Rhea, in Wizard and Glass.
  • Discworld witches are a monkeywrench, they 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 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 (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, seen in Witches Abroad and 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 Bonus Material in The Illustrated 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 inevitably lead to Sandy marrying a handsome prince.
  • Completely averted by Morwen in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She is a witch, and still practices magic, 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.
  • Roald Dahl's novel The Witches. Dahl stated that his witches are Always Female and always hate children. They dedicate their lives to killing children. He also gives some telltale signs to spot a witch.
    • They're bald. As they cover this up by wearing wigs 24/7, a woman scratching her head a lot is sure to be one.
    • They have cats' claws instead of fingernails. So they're always wearing gloves
    • Their nostrils have pink rims, to help them smell out children. Which apparently smell of fresh dogs' droppings.
    • Their eyeballs flash different colours. You can apparently see fire and ice dancing there if you look hard enough.
    • They have no toes. Yet they squeeze their feet into pointed shoes anyway - which is excruciating.
    • Their saliva is blue, and they use it as pen ink.
  • The utterly psychotic Witch Sisters, Morag and Mallenroh of Terry Brooks' 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 The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara is a more sympathetic version who was, coincidentally, raised by Morag and Mallenroh's brother, The Morgawr.
    • Brooks seemed to have liked this trope, because he also made one of the chief antagonists of his Magic Kingdom of Landover series an evil, beautiful witch too. Nightshade is the only antagonist who shows up in every book of the series, and she has the most powerful magic in all of Landover after the land itself.
  • In The Witcher 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 C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, the White Witch of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the Lady of the Green Kirtle of The Silver Chair.
  • Although most witches in the Dorrie the Little Witch books are good, some are this trope, and end up the antagonists of some books.
  • Maelga, in The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, 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 John Milton's Paradise Lost, 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 infant blood, to dance
    With LAPLAND Witches, while the labouring Moon
    Eclipses at thir charms.
  • In John Moore's Fractured Fairy Tale, The Unhandsome Prince, 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 E. D. Baker's The Wide-Awake Princess, 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 Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs, Halloween's problems started with this. (They blame L. Frank Baum.)
  • In Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions, 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.

    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 Running Gag in El Chavo del ocho.
  • Bandora from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, as well as her American counterpart, Rita Repulsa from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • There were about six of these in Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
  • Sid and Marty Krofft had a female example in Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf and and a male example in Hoodoo from Lidsville, 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, "The Witch" may not physically resemble the classic witch archetype, but she was certainly wicked (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...
    • When Willow turns evil she gains enough dark magic power to be described as "the most powerful Wiccan in the Western Hemisphere". Which of course would make her the Wicked Witch of the West.
    • Also spoofed with Willow being annoyed over witch stereotypes. There's also the Played for Laughs 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. Willow however still gets moved by the cuteness of a little girl dressed as a wicked witch for Halloween.
  • Subverted and lampshaded in the Charmed episode "All Halliwell's Eve", when Prue, Piper, and Phoebe prepare for a Halloween party dressed as a nature witch, Glinda, and Elvira 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 Virginia 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 Fairy Tale Motifs has a Wicked Witch 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.
    • Paige and Phoebe were both wicked witches in their past lives, though Paige's is referred to as 'The Evil Enchantress' - and is given a Lady of Black Magic portrayal.
  • Carrionites from Doctor Who.
  • Hexenbiest when they voge in Grimm
  • In the Masters of Horror episode "Dreams in the Witch-House" (based on an HP Lovecraft story by the same title), the witch is a decrepit old woman who forces various men to sacrifice children for her spells.
  • In The Worst Witch TV series Halloween Episode, Miss Hardbroom speaks against this trope. Mildred wears a Halloween mask meant to evoke the Wicked Witch 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".
    • In the series finale, the girls accidentally wake up the Wicked Witch from Sleeping Beauty - and she curses everyone to fall into the same eternal sleep.
    • The Off-Witch school inspector Mistress Broomhead is quite close to this as well. She tries her best to close the school down...until Miss Cackle discovers that she's an old school classmate - whose been wicked since childhood. She apparently turned all her teachers into snakes and tried to encase the school in a block of ice.
    • Most stereotypes are subverted by the evil Harriet Hogweed - which is why she is able to pass for the good witch Lucy Fairweather.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch played with this one. A Wicked Witch (in fact referred to as THE Wicked Witch) lives at the top of the beanstalk where she eats mortals for dinner. She's a Hot Witch 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 - and melt when you throw water on them (which he does to Sabrina).
  • There are many instances of wicked witches in Supernatural, including the Wicked Witch of the West and the witch from Hansel and Gretel.
  • Arabela has two, both living in the Fairy Tale Kingdom. One is the witch from Hansel and Gretel, and one acts as an assistant to the main villain.


    Newspaper Comics 
  • Broom Hilda
  • Angus Og: Granny McBrochan has all the attributes of the classic wicked witch; living in a remote cottage, magical cats, purveyor of curses and potions, and a cauldron. In practice she is a mostly benign feature in the lives of most Drambegians. Her wrath is mostly confined to Angus, and goodness knows but he deserves it at times.


     Tabletop Games  
  • In Witch Girls Adventures, there's a condition called Hag's Syndrome that makes the setting's Hot Witches and Cute Witches 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 Shout-Out to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 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 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, Always Female 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. 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 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.

  • The Witch in Into the Woods 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 Wicked, is...well, exactly what you'd expect. Except not.
  • Mother Hare in The Golden Apple, 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 Affably Evil old clairvoyant who avows that Good Is Dumb and creates the titular Apple of Discord.
  • The witches of Macbeth are, if not necessarily wicked, still suspiciously close to this trope.

  • LEGO has featured a few, starting with the witch in the Fright Knights theme, one in the Castle Fantasy Era, and one in the LEGO Minifigures theme.
  • Playmobil has featured several witches as well. Most of them have a hairstyle that combines the stringy hair and bun styles, and a hooked-nose-and-glasses piece has been used on most of them. The witches in the "Fi?ures" theme encompass the classic traits, because the first has the nose, stringy hair and sickly skin, while the second has the warts and the messy hair with bun.

     Video Games  
  • Gruntilda from Banjo-Kazooie.
    • Plus her sisters in the sequel.
  • Partially monkeywrenched in newer 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 Castlevania 64, and she retains her youthful beauty. She had to slaughter her children in exchange for it...
    • Circle of the Moon plays this straight as opposed to the cute/hot witches in later games.
    • And then played completely straight with Baba Yaga herself, in Lords of Shadow. Sure, she's helping you, but she quite clearly put Gabriel in a Death Trap music box for her own amusement, and is responsible for driving Malphas to insanity. She would have become young and presumably beautiful (the Death Trap contained a blue rose she needed for a youth potion), had Zobek not killed her offscreen (when he realized she was working for Satan).
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has Koume and Kotake. Their combined form, Twinrova, is young and pretty, though.
  • Probably Cackletta in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  • All witches in 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 King's Quest games featured evil witches. Hagatha in King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne, Lolotte in King's Quest IV: The Perils Of Rosella, and Malicia in King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride were their respective games' main antagonists. Unnamed witches caused lesser mischief in King's Quest I: Quest For The Crown and King's Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder!.
  • Baba Yaga in Quest for Glory I and IV.
  • Sabāsa, The Pumpkin Zone boss in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
  • Witches appear as enemies in 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 Touhou fits this trope. In fact, she's so old that she's a ghost. Her disciple Marisa is a Cute Witch, though.
    • Shinki also fits, even though she's closer to being a Physical God. Her daughter(?) Alice is half this and half Cute Witch, since Alice is not a human (anymore).
    • When Patchouli is not a Cute Witch, 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.
  • 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 Dragon Age 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 Evil Laugh, and no-one seems to have a clear idea what she is or what she's after. Oh, and she'll go Maleficent on you and turn into a DRAGON if you mess with her.
  • Barbara Jagger of Alan Wake has slight shades of this, which are turned Up to Eleven in her portrayals by the game's Heavy Mithril band. Of course her true nature is a bit more complex.
  • Dishonored has Granny Rags, an old crone given the Mark of The Outsider who occasionally requests Corvo to help her with nefarious rituals.
  • Everybody Edits has a the witch smiley, obtained from magic coins.
  • These characters are possible in The Sims, either by creating one outright, or having a good or neutral witch/wizard study or use the Dark Arts. (Which, in the Sims, are limited to things like sending bees after other Sims.

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     Western Animation  
  • In Adventure Time the episode "The Witch's Garden" has a witch who has haggish features, green skin, and a back so bent over she is in the shape of an arch. She uses her walking stick for magic, and curses Jake for eating one of the donuts in her garden.
  • A Wicked Witch called Witch Hazel appeared in the Classic Disney Short Trick or Treat where she helps Huey, Dewey, and Louie get candy from Donald Duck. 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, 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 Looney Tunes shorts, starting with Bewitched Bunny.
  • Marge and her sisters appear as Wicked Witches in The Simpsons in the "Easy-Bake Coven" segment of "Treehouse of Horror 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 turns everyone into their costumes.
    • The Wicked Witch from Hansel and Gretel appears in another "Treehouse of Horror" episode.
  • Shadow Weaver from She-Ra: Princess of Power (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 Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf.
  • The Wicked Witch (usually going by the name "Wicked") in Cyberchase.
  • The Smurfs had a few:
    • Hogatha 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).
    • Far worse than Hogatha was Chlorhydris, who was so full of hate that she wanted to make the entire world feel the same way, eradicating everyone's ability to feel happiness and love. While such goals are not uncommon for villains in a series like this, Chlorhydris did some downright sadistic things in pursuit of it, like kidnapping the wood elf Laconia and using her wand to kill the flowing plants in the forest - not caring in the least that doing so was causing Laconia to die an agonizingly slow death as she felt their pain. (Unlike most villains in the series, Chlorhydris was given a backstory; apparently, she was once in love with a wizard who left her at the altar, and apparently, the heartbreak not only caused her to fit this Trope well, it was enough for her to want to deny all of creation what she had once had.)
  • The witch from the eponymous Alfred J. Kwak episode "The Witch" is teleported from her appearance in Hansel and Gretel. 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 force Alfred to marry her.
  • Hama from Avatar: The Last Airbender; she was a normal Waterbender until she was captured and imprisoned by the Fire Nation, where she developed a twisted version of the ability called Bloodbending. Hama uses this power to torture innocent Fire Nation citizens via People Puppets, and she is only stopped when Katara turns her power against her... which is exactly what Hama wanted to happen.
  • Mother Mae-Eye from the Teen Titans episode of the same name was sort of a supervillain version of the witch in Hansel and Gretel. She initially appeared as a grandmotherly old woman, but her true form was a hideous old hag with warty, green skin and three eyes. She was able to brainwash the Titans into thinking she was their mother using the magical - and addictive - pies she made, all the while planning to turn them into one, and when found out, was able to grow to giant size and use them as weapons.
  • Angelica appears as one in the Rugrats episode "Ghost Story" - complete with pointed hat, broomstick and cackling.
    • The trope appears again in their Affectionate Parody of The Wizard of Oz. Three guesses which character Angelica plays.
    • Kimi dresses as one for the show's second Halloween Episode - and thoroughly terrifies Chuckie with her cackling

     Real Life  
  • The Witch of Barcelona, Enriqueta Marti, who kidnapped, killed, and ate children in pre-WW1 Spain.
  • 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.
  • Allegedly Annie Palmer, The White Witch of Rose Hall.

Alternative Title(s):

Evil Witch