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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original play, although he is the BiggerBad in there as well, Danforth comes off as a conflicted {{well intentioned extremist}} who only refuses the pardons because he believes it would cause a panic and lead to anarchy, and upholding the law is of the utmost importance to him. In the film, however, he's a psychotic {{knight templar}} {{hanging judge}} who blatantly enjoys sending people he ''knows'' are innocent to their deaths, and openly insults anyone who questions him or sympathizes with the people he murders. In this case, it is due his characterization [[CompositeCharacter was merged with the character of Judge Hathorne in the original play]], whose personality was like that. Although Hathorne is in the film as well, he is a total nonentity since his characterization has been taken on by Danforth.
* BiggerBad: Even [[WordOfGod Miller himself]] thinks so.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original play, although he is the BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain in there as well, Danforth comes off as a conflicted {{well intentioned extremist}} who only refuses the pardons because he believes it would cause a panic and lead to anarchy, and upholding the law is of the utmost importance to him. In the film, however, he's a psychotic {{knight templar}} {{hanging judge}} who blatantly enjoys sending people he ''knows'' are innocent to their deaths, and openly insults anyone who questions him or sympathizes with the people he murders. In this case, it is due his characterization [[CompositeCharacter was merged with the character of Judge Hathorne in the original play]], whose personality was like that. Although Hathorne is in the film as well, he is a total nonentity since his characterization has been taken on by Danforth.
* BiggerBad: Even [[WordOfGod Miller himself]] thinks so.
Danforth.



--> '''Giles:''' This is a hearing; you cannot clap me for contempt of a hearing.
--> '''Danforth:''' Oh, it is a proper lawyer!

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--> '''Giles:''' -->'''Giles:''' This is a hearing; you cannot clap me for contempt of a hearing.
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'''Danforth:''' Oh, it is a proper lawyer!lawyer!
* GreaterScopeVillain: Even Miller himself thinks so.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: He's portrayed as the BiggerBad in the play because he symbolises most if not all the judges that took part in the witch trials (Hathorne is a seperate character in the play). Ironically, the one actually named Danforth in real-life fell more on Hale's side of things and helped to ''stop'' the witch trials.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: He's portrayed as the BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain in the play because he symbolises most if not all the judges that took part in the witch trials (Hathorne is a seperate character in the play). Ironically, the one actually named Danforth in real-life fell more on Hale's side of things and helped to ''stop'' the witch trials.

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** This is of course historically inaccurate as the real Samuel Parris was not voted out of office, but resigned in 1696, years after the trials ended (though his position by that point was clearly untenable in part due to the trials). He was actually preaching elsewhere as late as 1711.


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** Parris did not even actually graduate from Harvard. He left school early to take over his deceased father's sugar plantation in Barbados, so his inflated sense of self is shown greatly in this line.


[[spoiler:By the end of the play, she's fled from town with Mercy Lewis, getting away from everything [[KarmaHoudini scot-free]]. However, as the epilogue tells us, [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty she eventually turns her life to prostitution and doesn't live until the age of 18]].]]

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[[spoiler:By the end of the play, she's fled from town with Mercy Lewis, getting away from everything [[KarmaHoudini scot-free]]. However, as the epilogue tells us, [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty she eventually turns her life to prostitution and doesn't live until to the age of 18]].]]


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--> '''Proctor:''' I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation.

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--> '''Proctor:''' I have trouble enough without without. I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation.



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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The core of his "God is dead!" speech is using his last words to chew out the entire town and especially Danforth for the murderous paranoia of the witch trials.

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* CloudCuckooLander: Downplayed, but still. His rambling about Martha reading strange books gets her accused of witchcraft.


* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: Mostly with regard to Reverend Parris.
--> '''Putnam:''' I do not think I saw you at Sabbath meeting since snow flew.
--> '''Proctor:''' I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation.



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: He gets hanged at the end, and so did the real-life John Proctor.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: He gets hanged at the end, and so did the real-life John Proctor.]]



* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence: At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]

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* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence: KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler: At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]



* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini: Flees Salem scot-free, avoiding any form of repercussion.]]
** [[spoiler: KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Ultimately turns life to prostitution and dies before she turns 18.]]
* ManipulativeBitch

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* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Flees Salem scot-free, avoiding any form of repercussion.]]
** [[spoiler: KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler: Ultimately turns life to prostitution and dies before she turns 18.]]
* ManipulativeBitchManipulativeBitch: It really shows when Mary tries to confess their deception; Abagail controls the proceedings without any trouble at all, and Judge Danforth takes her every word as gospel.



* {{Narcissist}}

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* {{Narcissist}}{{Narcissist}}: She doesn't care one bit that her lies are ruining the lives of others, as long as she stays out of trouble. And she's perfectly willing to let Elizabeth Proctor be executed so she could have John to herself.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The real John Hale was an enthusiastic supporter of the witch trials, and didn't change his mind until public opinion started to turn against him and his own wife was accused of being a witch.



* BiggerBad: Danforth. Even [[WordOfGod Miller himself]] thinks so.

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* BiggerBad: Danforth. Even [[WordOfGod Miller himself]] thinks so.



* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: He had stones pressed onto his chest to try and get him to squeal; the only thing he would say was, [[DefiantToTheEnd "More weight."]] Even though it happened off-screen in the play, that doesn't make it any less awesome.]]

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* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: He had stones pressed onto his chest to try and get him to squeal; the only thing he would say was, [[DefiantToTheEnd "More weight."]] " Even though it happened off-screen in the play, that doesn't make it any less awesome.]]


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* EthnicMagician: Ann Putnam claims that she "has knowledge of conjuring." It's implied that she's a practitioner of some form of folk magic, since Abagail enlisted her for their ritual in the forest.
* OutOfFocus: She abruptly disappears from the narrative after the first scene, and is only mentioned in passing afterwards.


* AGodAmI: Claims to be "God's finger".
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini:Flees Salem scot-free, avoiding any form of repercussion.]]

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* AGodAmI: Claims to be "God's finger".
finger" in the movie.
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini:Flees KarmaHoudini: Flees Salem scot-free, avoiding any form of repercussion.]]


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* BrokenBird: She saw her parents murdered right in front of her when she was just a child. After that tragedy, she was raised by her greedy uncle (who just so happened to be the clergy) and was used by a man she was in love with, only to be later told by said man that she was nothing to him. Not to mention that with the rumors of her no longer being a virgin, she would have never been married or hired.

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* BrokenBird: She saw her parents murdered right in front of her when she was just a child. After that tragedy, she was raised by her greedy uncle (who just so happened to be the clergy) and was used by a man she was in love with, only to be later told by said man that she was nothing to him. Not to mention that with the rumors of her no longer being a virgin, she would have never been married or hired. So while her actions were inexcuseable, you can't help but see why she doesn't care about anybody in town.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: Attempts to do this on Elizabeth so she can have John fully to herself.
* {{Narcissist}}:

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Attempts to do this on Elizabeth ''twice'' so she can have John fully to herself.
herself. It's mentioned that she drank blood in order to place a charm to kill Elizabeth whilst in the woods, and she uses the witch trials to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft in order to have her hanged.
* {{Narcissist}}: {{Narcissist}}



* {{Yandere}}: She attempts to use the witch trials as a way to murder John Proctor's wife. The idea that Proctor might be a little averse to marrying his wife's murderer never even occurs to her.

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* {{Yandere}}: She attempts to use Even though Proctor has long broken off the witch trials affair with her, she still loves him and believes that he does as a way to murder John Proctor's wife.well. The idea that Proctor might be a little averse to marrying his wife's murderer never even occurs to her.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Gets all of his money robbed of him by Abigail.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Gets He gets all of his money life savings robbed of him by Abigail.Abigail. He is also voted out of office in the epilogue and is mentioned to have never been seen again after that.


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* {{Sadist}}: He is pretty insistent on hanging people regardless of them being guilty or innocent.


* TheAtoner: Due to his affairs with Abigail, the sin that has stemmed from the affairs has made John's life a living hell as he struggles to find a way to repent.

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* TheAtoner: Due to his affairs with Abigail, the The sin that has stemmed from the affairs his affair with Abigail has made John's life a living hell as he struggles to find a way to repent.



* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]

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* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence: At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Proctor after the arrest of his wife. MilkingTheGiantCow has been used as well.

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Proctor after the arrest of his wife. MilkingTheGiantCow has been used in the film as well.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Flees Salem scot-free, avoiding any form of repercussion.]]
** KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:Ultimately turns life to prostitution and dies before she gets to turn 18.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Flees [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini:Flees Salem scot-free, avoiding any form of repercussion.]]
** [[spoiler: KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler:Ultimately Ultimately turns life to prostitution and dies before she gets to turn turns 18.]]



* {{Narcissist}}: To put it shortly.

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* {{Narcissist}}: To put it shortly.



* {{Yandere}} / CuteAndPsycho: She attempts [[spoiler: successfully]] to use the witch trials as a way to murder John Proctor's wife. The idea that Proctor might be a little averse to marrying his wife's murderer never even occurs to her.

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* {{Yandere}} / CuteAndPsycho: {{Yandere}}: She attempts [[spoiler: successfully]] to use the witch trials as a way to murder John Proctor's wife. The idea that Proctor might be a little averse to marrying his wife's murderer never even occurs to her.



* GoodCopBadCop: When Tituba is questioned, Parris is the bad cop and Hale is the good cop.

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* GoodCopBadCop: When Tituba is questioned, Parris is plays the bad cop and (threatens to whip her) and Hale is the good cop.cop (wants her to be saved by God).



-> I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College!

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-> --> I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College!



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Hale, who listens to Proctor and the other townspeople at every turn, and even tries to back them up when they appeal to Danforth in act 3. Even after this fails, he genuinely tries to get the convicted to confess purely because he wants to save them.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Hale, who Hale listens to Proctor and the other townspeople at every turn, and even tries to back them up when they appeal to Danforth in act 3. Even after this fails, he genuinely tries to get the convicted to confess purely because he wants to save them.



* HangingJudge: Becomes something very similar over the course of the play. Danforth is even called out as such by Giles:

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* HangingJudge: Becomes something very similar He becomes this over the course of the play. Danforth is He's even called out as such by Giles:



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Danforth is a composite of several judges, while ironically the one actually named Danforth fell more on Hale's side of things and helped to ''stop'' the witch trials.
* InspectorJavert: Danforth, who vows he would hang 10,000 men for challenging the law and never be swayed.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Danforth He's portrayed as the BiggerBad in the play because he symbolises most if not all the judges that took part in the witch trials (Hathorne is a composite of several judges, while ironically seperate character in the play). Ironically, the one actually named Danforth in real-life fell more on Hale's side of things and helped to ''stop'' the witch trials.
* InspectorJavert: Danforth, who Danforth vows he would hang 10,000 men for challenging the law and never be swayed.



* DefiantToTheEnd: [[FamousLastWords "More weight!"]] This happened in real life, too.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Giles]], who had stones pressed onto his chest to try and get him to squeal; the only thing he would say was, [[DefiantToTheEnd "More weight."]]

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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[FamousLastWords [[spoiler:[[FamousLastWords "More weight!"]] weight!"]]]] This happened in real life, too.
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Giles]], who He had stones pressed onto his chest to try and get him to squeal; the only thing he would say was, [[DefiantToTheEnd "More weight."]]"]] Even though it happened off-screen in the play, that doesn't make it any less awesome.]]


* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence: At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]
* OnlySaneMan

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* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence: KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]
* OnlySaneManOnlySaneMan: He thinks of himself as this before all of the madness starts. By the time the trials are in full swing, he truly is.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She's attracted to Proctor because of his dissident nature and gruff personality.



* ConsummateLiar
* DarkMessiah

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* ConsummateLiar
ConsummateLiar: The townspeople heel at her every world because she's so damn good at playing the ChildrenAreInnocent angle.
* DarkMessiahDarkMessiah: As a StrawHypocrite: the town thinks she's the lynchpin of their battle against witchcraft; in reality, she's just a girl trying desperately to cover he own wrongdoing.



* {{Yandere}} / CuteAndPsycho

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* {{Yandere}} / CuteAndPsychoCuteAndPsycho: She attempts [[spoiler: successfully]] to use the witch trials as a way to murder John Proctor's wife. The idea that Proctor might be a little averse to marrying his wife's murderer never even occurs to her.



* ItsAllAboutMe

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* ItsAllAboutMeItsAllAboutMe: It's pretty obvious that he sees his position merely as a means of wealth and prestige. When Abigail is accused of witchcraft, he doesn't care one bit about her safety and the potential dangers; he's merely concerned about the blow to his reputation.



* SmugSnake

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* SmugSnakeSmugSnake: His sense of self-importance is ''way'' out of proportion to his actual usefulness.
-> I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College!



* HeelRealization: His encounter with the Proctors makes him realize that many of the accused witches are probably innocent. He...doesn't take it well.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Hale starts of like this, all too eagerly applying his knowledge of witchcraft to sign away the lives of 72 people. He quickly gets over it, but by then things have already gotten out of hand.



* TheSpock

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* TheSpock
TheSpock: There absolutely nothing emotional about the man. You could replace him with a robot programed to apply the law and barely know the difference.



* CompositeCharacter: Danforth's a mix of several judges.

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* CompositeCharacter: Danforth's a mix of several real-life judges.



* KnightTemplar

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* KnightTemplarKnightTemplar: He's committing what amounts to judicial murder, in full knowledge of the fact, simply because he cares more about upholding the inviolability of the law than messing with people's lives.



* TokenMinority

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* TokenMinorityTokenMinority: Justified in this case, since she's a slave brought into a Puritan colony from the Caribbean.


* DirtyOldMan: A 35-year-old man having an affair with a 17-year-old girl is already pretty eyebrow-raising. But in real life, it was a ''61''-year-old man having an affair with a ''12''-year-old girl.

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* DirtyOldMan: A 35-year-old man having an affair with a 17-year-old girl is already pretty eyebrow-raising. But in real life, it was a ''61''-year-old man having an affair with a ''12''-year-old girl.eyebrow-raising by today's standards.

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* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence: At the end of the film white reciting the Lord's Prayer.]]

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* DeadpanSnarker


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* OnlySaneMan


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Portrayed by Creator/WinonaRyder in the 1996 film.


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[[folder:Reverends]]
!!Reverend Samuel Parris
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The minister and leader of Salem's church. Because of his greedy personality, he is disliked by most citizens. He is more concerned about his reputation than the well-being of his sick daughter Betty. He is also more concerned about his missing niece, Abigail Williams, and the money taken by her, than for the lives of Williams' and the other girls' victims.

Parris was also the owner of the slave Tituba.

Portrayed by Bruce Davison in the 1996 film.
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!!Tropes applicable to Samuel Parris:
* {{Foil}}: To Hale. Parris is sycophantic, corrupt, greedy, and self-serving, while Hale is empathetic, compassionste, and selfless. Ironically, by the end of the play they are working together for the exact same goal, for entirely different reasons.
* GoodCopBadCop: When Tituba is questioned, Parris is the bad cop and Hale is the good cop.
* ItsAllAboutMe
* JerkAss: His narcissistic and self-centered persona gets him a lot of hate from the public.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Gets all of his money robbed of him by Abigail.
* SmugSnake
* VillainousBreakdown: When Proctor refuses to sign a confession.

!!Reverend John Hale
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A well-respected minister that doubles as an expert on witchcraft. Gets called in to Salem to examine the witchcraft trials and Parris's daughter Betty, who has fallen into a mysterious illness after being discovered participating in the rituals in the woods that start the play.

He originally advocates the trials, believing that there are witches in Salem, but later realizes how bad the trials really are, and struggles to convince the women accused of being "witches" to live by confessing to a lie rather than dying for telling the truth. [[spoiler:He fails to influence anyone or save a single life, and he lives on with the guilt of all of the lost lives.]]

Portrayed by Rob Campbell in the 1996 film.
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!!Tropes applicable to John Hale:
* TheAtoner: By the end, for his part in the trials.
* BreakTheCutie: In the beginning, Hale is full of exuberance and intellectual glee, which fade significantly by Act Two. [[DespairEventHorizon This is shattered completely]] by [[spoiler:Proctor's death]].
* FailureHero: Despite his reputation as a witchcraft specialist and his being called to Salem in the hopes of disproving any notion of supernatural activity, he is duped by Abigail and the other girls into believing it. As a member of the court, his role is to provide wisdom and knowledge, but [[spoiler:his advice falls on deaf ears due to Abigail's manipulations, and he quits when he sees the innocent John Proctor accused. By the final scene, his only goal is to have the condemned prisoners falsely confess so that they might live, but he fails to convince a single one of them. He fails completely, and doesn't even get to be a DoomedMoralVictor, but rather lives on with the guilt of knowing he played a major part in so many deaths]].
* {{Foil}}: To Parris. Parris is sycophantic, corrupt, greedy, and self-serving, while Hale is empathetic, compassionste, and selfless. Ironically, by the end of the play they are working together for the exact same goal, for entirely different reasons.
* GoodCopBadCop: Hale being the good cop and Parris being the bad cop. While questioning Tituba, Parris threatens to flog her to death before Hale intervenes, suggesting a more peaceful option.
* KnightInSourArmor: By the end of the play. Starting off an intellectual, he changes from idealistic to completely cynical. In the end, [[spoiler:he attempts to convince Goody Proctor to persuade John to abandon his moral ideals so that he may live, reflecting Hale's own change in paradigms from valuing religious law to simply valuing that a human being makes it out alive, regardless of the moral cost. It doesn't work]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Hale, who listens to Proctor and the other townspeople at every turn, and even tries to back them up when they appeal to Danforth in act 3. Even after this fails, he genuinely tries to get the convicted to confess purely because he wants to save them.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Hale reaches this point at the end, actively advising the accused to confess to witchcraft so that they'll live, even though he knows they're innocent.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Hale after Proctor's "God is dead" line.
-->'''Hale''': I denounce these proceedings, I quit this court! ''*leaves and slams the door behind him*''
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!!Judge John Hathorne
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The presiding judge over the witch trials. Cold, ignorant, antagonistic, he constantly denies any new developments regarding the events in the town.

Portrayed by Robert Breuler in the 1996 film.
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!!Tropes applicable to John Hathorne:
* HangingJudge: Becomes something very similar over the course of the play.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: His only real moment of emotion in the play occurs in the final scene, where he appears almost joyful that Proctor considers falsely confessing to witchcraft.
* TheSpock

!!Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth
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A judge whose primary loyalty is to himself and to his position.

He's even seen by Miller himself as the play's ''true'' antagonist, who described him in a ''NY Times'' article with the following description: "... [t]he rule-bearer, the man who always guards the boundaries which, if you insist on breaking through them, have the power to destroy you. His 'evil' is more than personal, it is nearly mythical. He does more evil than he knows how to do; while merely following his nose he guards ignorance, he is man's limit."
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!!Tropes applicable to Thomas Danforth:
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original play, although he is the BiggerBad in there as well, Danforth comes off as a conflicted {{well intentioned extremist}} who only refuses the pardons because he believes it would cause a panic and lead to anarchy, and upholding the law is of the utmost importance to him. In the film, however, he's a psychotic {{knight templar}} {{hanging judge}} who blatantly enjoys sending people he ''knows'' are innocent to their deaths, and openly insults anyone who questions him or sympathizes with the people he murders. In this case, it is due his characterization [[CompositeCharacter was merged with the character of Judge Hathorne in the original play]], whose personality was like that. Although Hathorne is in the film as well, he is a total nonentity since his characterization has been taken on by Danforth.
* BiggerBad: Danforth. Even [[WordOfGod Miller himself]] thinks so.
* BigShutUp: Judge Danforth does this to Reverend Parris when he's about to question Mary Warren.
-->"EVERYONE SHUT UP!"
* CompositeCharacter: Danforth's a mix of several judges.
* DeadpanSnarker:
--> '''Giles:''' This is a hearing; you cannot clap me for contempt of a hearing.
--> '''Danforth:''' Oh, it is a proper lawyer!
* HangingJudge: Becomes something very similar over the course of the play. Danforth is even called out as such by Giles:
-->'''Giles''': He means to hang us all!
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Danforth is a composite of several judges, while ironically the one actually named Danforth fell more on Hale's side of things and helped to ''stop'' the witch trials.
* InspectorJavert: Danforth, who vows he would hang 10,000 men for challenging the law and never be swayed.
* KnightTemplar
* RulesLawyer: Danforth mocks Giles as one, which later [[LoopholeAbuse turns out to be true]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Danforth and the judges start out this way, and it all goes downhill from there...
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!!Giles Corey
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A friend of John Proctor who is very concerned about his own land, which he knows Thomas Putnam is trying to steal by getting the girls to accuse Giles' wife, Martha, of witchcraft. Giles gains this information from an anonymous source, whom he declines to name, as he knows that this person would be persecuted. [[spoiler:He is subjected to being pressed by stones when he refuses to plea "aye or nay" to the charge of witchcraft.]]

Portrayed by Peter Vaughan in the 1996 film.
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!!Tropes applicable to Giles Corey:
* CoolOldGuy: Giles Corey, both here and in {{real life}}.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[FamousLastWords "More weight!"]] This happened in real life, too.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Giles]], who had stones pressed onto his chest to try and get him to squeal; the only thing he would say was, [[DefiantToTheEnd "More weight."]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Averted with Giles, as he really did die in real life as the play portrayed, allowing his sons to keep the land that he would leave to them. By confessing or denying the accusation, his land would have been forfeit, but instead he kept silent, never confirming or denying the accusations, only asking for [[spoiler:more weight to be pressed on him, until he was crushed to death]].
* LoopholeAbuse: Giles knows that he will be put to death if he confesses, and that if he pleads innocent, he will not be believed. Therefore, he refuses to plead at all, knowing that he will die regardless, and that by refusing to plead, his land will not be forfeit, and instead his sons can inherit.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Giles' innocent accidental accusation of witchcraft against his wife.
* RulesLawyer: Danforth mocks Giles as one, which later [[LoopholeAbuse turns out to be true]].
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Giles intentionally keeps on saying "more weight" while pressed so he won't lose his property, so he gave his life to protect his name for his children. To make it more awesome, his ThanatosGambit broke the XanatosGambit of his accusers. If he confessed, then as a witch his property is confiscated, but if he denied it and was still convicted (almost certain to be the case) then he'd also lose his property. [[TakeAThirdOption His third option]] exploits a loophole. He didn't break it entirely because he still died but he destroyed the main goal. What makes this truly awesome is that this particular part of the story ''really did happen''.]]
* TortureIsIneffective: [[spoiler:Giles is tortured to death by having stones piled onto him but refuses to give either a plea or a confession, meaning that his property would pass to his children.]]

!!Tituba
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Tituba is Reverend Parris's slave from Barbados. Parris seems to have owned and purchased her in Barbados back in his time as a merchant. She cares for the children and prepares a potion for the girls to attract the men and boys they fancy, Abigail wants to kill Elizabeth Proctor for John Proctor. Additionally, she attempts to raise the spirits of Ann Putnam's dead children at their behest. During the first scene of the play, she is turned in by Abigail and responds by claiming that four women in Salem are witches.

She is not seen again until the final scene of the play taking place in the jail. [[spoiler:By this point the events have troubled her to the point that she is haunted by hallucinations and hysteria. She and Sarah Good (whose infant child died in prison) are both mentally unsound by this point.]]

Portrayed by Charlayne Woodlard in the 1996 film.
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!!Tropes applicable to Tituba:
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:She's on the brink of madness by the end.]]
* ATasteOfTheLash: In the movie adaptation, this is used on Tituba in front of Abigail and others.
* TokenMinority

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