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Playing With: Witch with a Capital B
Basic Trope: A character calls another (female) character a witch, where the word bitch would be more appropriate.
  • Straight: Alice cheats on Bob, who then calls her a witch.
  • Exaggerated: Alice kills Bob's entire family, burns down his house and kicks his dog a few times, but Bob still insists on calling her a witch
  • Downplayed: Alice uses magic to do something bad to Bob, who calls her a witch.
  • Justified:
    • Alice really is a witch and did all those heinous things with her magic.
    • Bob is so overwhelmed with anger that "witch" is the only good insult he could think of.
    • Bob doesn't like to use misogynistic slurs, even if a woman is being mean to him.
    • The story takes place in a world where "bitch" is only used to mean "female dog" and "witch" is used as a misogynistic insult.
    • The "bitch/witch" switch was done as a censorship measure so it can air on TV (whether in America or overseas).
  • Inverted: "Burn the bitch!"
  • Subverted: "Alice you wicked little bitch..."
  • Double Subverted: "...y witch!"
  • Parodied:
    • "ALICE YOU FUCKING SHIT-HEADED WITCH!"
    • Bob calls an actual female dog a witch.
    • Alice is an intelligent dog riding a broom stick and raining magical destruction down from the sky. Everyone is confused as to which one to go with.
    • People curse using phrases such as "Son of a witch" and "Payback's a witch".
  • Zig Zagged: In front of kids or the Swear Jar, Bob will call Alice a witch, but other times he'll call her a bitch.
  • Averted: Bob has no problems with using the B-word
  • Enforced: Bob can't say "bitch" because he's either in the presence of children or he's the star of a TV show that is kid- or family-friendly.
  • Lampshaded: "Why 'witch'? 'Bitch' would have gotten the point across much better"
  • Invoked: "Alice you bi-" "You can't say that here!" "-g fat witch!"
  • Exploited: An actual witch uses the fact that everyone throws "witch" around as an insult to misdirect people who accuse her of witchcraft.
  • Defied: "I don't care if I'm allowed to say it or not! You are still a bitch!"
  • Discussed: "Nobody around here is ever willing to use the B-word"
  • Conversed: "What is so heinous about calling her a bitch?"

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