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* RealityEnsues: During the 2017 series, After Esmeralda was tricked to into giving Agatha her powers, she tries to adjust to the normal, non-magical life, but considering she's been a witch and trained to use her powers for nearly her whole life, she does a terrible job adjusting herself to the normal life. Also she occasionally misses having powers.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: 2017 series: There just happened to be an evil witch trying to take over Cackle's Academy on the exact day Mildred ended up there, and tried (and failed) to take her entrance exam, giving her a chance to prove herself worthy of the school.

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* TakenForGranite: Indigo Moon's fate after she gained magic. Also nearly happens to Mildred's mum and to Mildred herself, but as a result of being zapped by the evil Indigo Moon, who also threatened to do the same to Miss Hardbroom.

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* ThemeTuneCameo:
** In the 2017 series, the show's theme tune appears in one episode as a piece of music played (badly) by Ethel and in another one played by Enid.
** In the 1998 series, that show's theme tune appears from time to time in the show as it is the school's song.


* BrotherChuck: No explanation is given (on-screen) as to where Miss Bat went after season 2 of the '98 series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia. Mrs Tapioca also vanishes in the middle of Season 2.

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No explanation is given (on-screen) as to where Miss Bat went after season 2 of the '98 series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia. Mrs Tapioca also vanishes Mongolia.
** At the end of season 2 of the '17 series, Esme has her magic restored. However
in the middle of Season 2.following season, she is not studying at Cackles and no explanation is given as to why.



* ADayInTheLimelight: Happened twice in the television series where the story would focus on Sybil's class whilst the main cast were away. "The Unfairground" is one for Jadu - the only plot where she has a proper role. "Sorcery & Chips" and "Which Witch Is Which?" act as these for Ruby too.

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Happened twice in the 1998 television series where the story would focus on Sybil's class whilst the main cast were away. "The Unfairground" is one for Jadu - the only plot where she has a proper role. "Sorcery & Chips" and "Which Witch Is Which?" act as these for Ruby too.too.
** In the 2017 series, Maud has one in the first season in the parents night episode. Enid had a few of these in the following seasons as well.



* GirlishPigtails: Mildred keeps these during ''The Worst Witch''. At the end of the first episode of ''Weirdsister College'' she cuts them off after Nick and Ethel make fun of her. Maud is mentioned to have them in ''A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch''.

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Mildred keeps these during ''The Worst Witch''. At the end of the first episode of ''Weirdsister College'' she cuts them off after Nick and Ethel make fun of her. her.
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Maud is mentioned to have them in ''A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch''.Witch''.
** In the 2017 series, in the first episode of the third season, Sybil briefly dons these while trying to imitate Mildred.


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* NoOntologicalInertia: In the 2017 series:
** When Mildred's mother revokes her powers, the nullifying spell she placed on her model of the castle deactivates as well.
** In the finale [[spoiler: when the evil Indigo Moon is defeated, the storm she summoned vanishes and Mildred turns back from having part of her face turned to stone.]] Averted however [[spoiler: in that the evil Indigo's damage to the castle remains.]]


* HugeSchoolgirl: Enid Nightshade in the book series was described as very large and shy, though really she had a secret evil (ish) spark that she used her size and relative newness to the school to disguise, much to Worst Witch Mildred's chagrin. In the '98 series, however, Enid was played be a very small (and more visibly spunky) actress.

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* HugeSchoolgirl: Enid Nightshade in the book series was described as very large and shy, though really she had a secret evil (ish) spark that she used her size and relative newness to the school to disguise, much to Worst Witch Mildred's chagrin. In the '98 both TV series, however, Enid was played be a very small (and more visibly spunky) actress.


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** Further justified in the TV series where it's established that she had no real knowledge of magic before arriving at Cackle's, so her ineptitude is more based on a lack of experience rather than her just being bad.


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* LoopholeAbuse: Miss Hardbroom encourages Mildred to use this in the pilot of the 2017 series; she makes it clear to all of those in the room that no witch can interfere in the duel between Ada and Agatha Cackle without forfeiting their status as witches, which were affirmed when they were accepted at the Academy, but as Mildred ''didn't'' pass her entrance exam, such a rule doesn't apply to her...


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** In the '17 series, the change in actor for Maud is attributed to a game of magical Hide and Seek that got out of hand.


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*** This is even more a part of her character in the 2017 series, where she feels that she is in direct competition with her older sister Esmerelda, who is widely acknowledged as Cackle's best student for years, with Ethel developing a vendetta against Mildred because she unintentionally thwarted Ethel's attempt to really impress the staff in her entrance exam.

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** Another subversion is adapting the second book's plot - where there's a monkey in Enid's room and they assume Mildred has turned Ethel into an animal again (until it's revealed to be Enid's cat). In the books they found out about Ethel getting turned into a pig, but they didn't in the TV series. Here however the monkey is found wearing Ethel's tie, and Ethel is also lying down after Enid made the set fall on her - so her not being in the courtyard with everyone else gives them more reason to suspect Mildred.


* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Adaptations vary on whether Ethel is evil or just arrogant, but in the 2017 series in particular she repeatedly shows an inability to understand why she is hated for her constant vendetta against Mildred, to the point that the season three finale [[spoiler:sees her create a threat against Cackle's solely so that she can stop it and be the 'hero', incapable of understanding the difference between her creating a situation and Mildred's genuine efforts to help others]].



* FaceHeelTurn: Maud in "The Worst Witch Strikes Again", where she stops being Mildred's friend and becomes friends with Ethel. Carried over into the '98 series in two episodes.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Maud in "The Worst Witch Strikes Again", where she stops being Mildred's friend out of jealousy and becomes friends starts hanging out with Ethel. Carried over into the '98 series in two episodes.


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** Ultimately subverted in ''The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star'' and the third season of the 2017 series, which sees Mildred acquire a dog that she calls 'Star', who becomes her new broomstick partner.


The series follows the adventures of Mildred Hubble, a BookDumb student at the aforementioned school, and her friends Maud Moonshine (changed to Maud Spellbody for the US release, and Maud Warlock for the movie) and Enid Nightshade, as they get into all sorts of mischief, while being tormented by nasty [[AlphaBitch Ethel Hallow]]. Meanwhile, they are always under the watchful eyes of school principal Amelia Cackle, the extremely strict Miss Constance Hardbroom and her polar opposite, Miss Bat (the books state that there are more teachers). [[FilmOfTheBook The Movie]] adds broomstick trainer Madame Spellbinder, while the television series added Miss Crotchet as a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Miss Bat in the third season, a caretaker named Mr. Blossom and made P.E. teacher Miss Drill an AscendedExtra.

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The series follows the adventures of Mildred Hubble, a BookDumb student at the aforementioned school, and her friends Maud Moonshine (changed to Maud Spellbody for the US release, and Maud Warlock for the movie) and Enid Nightshade, as they get into all sorts of mischief, while being tormented by nasty [[AlphaBitch Ethel Hallow]]. Meanwhile, they are always under the watchful eyes of school principal headmistress Amelia Cackle, the extremely strict Miss Constance Hardbroom and her polar opposite, Miss Bat (the books state that there are more teachers). [[FilmOfTheBook The Movie]] adds broomstick trainer Madame Spellbinder, while the television series added Miss Crotchet as a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Miss Bat in the third season, a caretaker named Mr. Blossom and made P.E. teacher Miss Drill an AscendedExtra.


* ItsPronouncedTroPay: Charlie pronounces the word 'duccio' in a reversal spell wrong. He pronounces it 'duck-ee-oh' (and Ethel is turned into a duck by accident) when it should be 'dooch-ee-oh'.

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* ItsPronouncedTroPay: ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Charlie pronounces the word 'duccio' in a reversal spell wrong. He pronounces it 'duck-ee-oh' (and Ethel is turned into a duck by accident) when it should be 'dooch-ee-oh'.


* PowerTrio: Mildred, Maud and Enid. Later, ''Weirdsister College'' had Mildred, Cass, and Ethel, and ''The New Worst Witch'' had Hettie, Mona and Cressie.

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* PowerTrio: Mildred, Maud and Enid. Later, ''Weirdsister College'' had Mildred, Cass, and Ethel, and ''The New Worst Witch'' had Hettie, Mona and Cressie. The 2017 series adds a second PowerTrio with Sybil, Clarice and Beatrice.


* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The series is known in France as Amandine Malabul (which is [[DubNameChange Mildred Hubble's name in French]]). All of the books were prefixed with her name, and a subtitle. For instance, the fourth book, ''The Worst Witch All at Sea'' became ''Amandine Malabul: La Sorciere a Peur de l'eau'' ("Mildred Hubble: The Witch with a Fear of Water").
** ''Weirdsister College'' became known as ''Eine Lausige Hexe in Cambridge'' ("The Worst Witch in Cambrige.")Fitting, as the show itself was ''Eine Lausige Hexe'', which would be ''The Lousy Witch''.



* MarsVenusGenderContrast: Discussed in the 'Witch vs Wizard' debate in "Sweet Talking Guys".

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* MarsVenusGenderContrast: MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Discussed in the 'Witch vs Wizard' debate in "Sweet Talking Guys".


* CaliforniaDoubling: As this was a joint UK-Canada production, a few episodes were filmed in Canada. These usually take place outside the school, explained away as special trips for Mildred and friends. They're all still implied to take place in the UK though.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Both TV adaptations avert this by updating the books. The 1998 series has several mentions of computers and the internet (with at least two episodes where they are important to the plot) and Ruby Cherrytree is keen on gadgets. In the 2017 version Mildred has a mobile phone, although once she gets to Cackle's it is confiscated by Miss Hardbroom. Instead, the witches use 'mag-lets' - magical tablets that are phones in all but name.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Magic spells at least in the 1998 series where they tend to be long latin(ish) sentences and as Agatha and her associates found out they take so long to caste that the potential victim has plenty of time to simply run away before they can finish. Futhermore mispronouncing a single syllable or saying the spell a bit too loud can have dramatically different effects than what was the spell casters intent. [[note]] To turn someone into a pig the spell is Alverix Orcus, Transfrogamorphus, Spotticus, Trotticus, Transferus Porcus [[/note]]


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