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* BlackWidow: Madame Olympia, who went through quite a few husbands.

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* BlackWidow: Madame Olympia, who went through quite a few husbands.husbands, all dead or disappeared in mysterious circumstances...



* PetTheDog: Though Mother Bloodworth is at least nominally an evil witch, she's generally kind to Belladonna -- even if she finds her white magic uncomfortable.

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* PetTheDog: Though Mother Bloodworth is at least nominally an evil witch, she's generally kind to Belladonna -- even if she finds her white magic uncomfortable. That's because she's the only witch who has the patience to [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe help her with her dementia]].


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** Also fittingly as mundane profession she runs a beauty salon where she employs her magic to con women into relentlessly buy her products.


* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Arriman is named for Ahriman, a GodOfEvil in Persian mythology. This is explicitly stated, although he did change the spelling.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Arriman is named for Ahriman, a GodOfEvil in Persian mythology. This is explicitly stated, although he did change the spelling.and his parents chose this name to invoke this trope.


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* RealityEnsues: Reality hits hard in almost every magical number of the contest:
** Witch n°1 talks in verses and wants the mermaids to do the same. The mermaids feel that is ridiculous, also because they are her aunts;
** Witch n°2 manages to accomplish her task (confining a woman, a man and a child in different trees), but the man is so unhappy with his family life that he doesn't want to get out;
** Witch n°5 wants seven princesses. You'd expect seven virginal beauties, but in a world where monarchies have of all but died out, she gets a RagtagBunchOfMisfits of different ages and not that beautiful;
** Madame Olympia wants to [[spoiler: murder Belladonna]] by selling her a poisoned corset, but soon acknowledges that no one does really wear a corset anymore.
* ShipperOnDeck: Lester, Mr. Leadbetter and Terrence are all convinced that Belladonna is the most suitable to be Arriman's wife. [[spoiler: To their endless delight they're correct.]]


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* {{Tsundere}}: Arriman is extremely capricious to his staff and doesn't want the little kraken around, but actually he's very attached to both.


Of the witches in the area, the pickings are slim. His options are Mabel Wrack (the daughter of a mermaid-turned-human), twins Nancy and Nora Shouter, the uncouth Ethel Feedbag, the ever-befuddled Mother Bloodwart, sinister Madame Olympia, and sweet Belladonna. To choose, Arriman proposes a contest for them: they must all perform acts of black magic for him, and whoever does the most evil thing will be his wife.

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Of the witches in the area, the pickings are slim. His options are Mabel Wrack (the daughter of a mermaid-turned-human), eternally bickering twins Nancy and Nora Shouter, the uncouth Ethel Feedbag, the ever-befuddled Mother Bloodwart, Bloodworth, sinister Madame Olympia, and sweet Belladonna. To choose, Arriman proposes a contest for them: they must all perform acts of black magic for him, and whoever does the most evil thing will be his wife.



* AffablyEvil: Most of the evil characters in the book are either LaughablyEvil or this. The trope is particularly strong with Arriman, though: Though he is known as one of the worst black wizards in the world, he's generally pretty genial and polite. He has a tendency towards temper tantrums or petty revenge when he's annoyed, but he's a decent employer to his servants, a gracious host to his guests, and, in the end, [[spoiler:both a loving husband to Belladonna and good mentor to Terrence.]]



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Belladonna is hated by pretty much every other witch in the coven, because she's a good witch. The only one who's at all kind to her is Mother Bloodwart, and even she isn't too comfortable talking about Belladonna's... differences.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Belladonna is hated by pretty much every other witch in the coven, because she's a good witch. The only one who's at all kind to her is Mother Bloodwart, Bloodworth, and even she isn't too comfortable talking about Belladonna's... differences.



* BalefulPolymorph: Poor Mother Bloodwort has a tendency to transform into a coffee table when she gets stressed or upset. Unfortunately, she's also extremely forgetful, which means she has a hard time remembering the counter-spell.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Poor Mother Bloodwort Bloodworth has a tendency to transform into a coffee table when she gets stressed or upset. Unfortunately, she's also extremely forgetful, which means she has a hard time remembering the counter-spell.



* CuteWitch: Belladonna.

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* CuteWitch: Belladonna. Though she's somewhat older than the traditional Cute Witches (she's at least in her twenties), she definitely fits the trope -- she's certainly much too sweet, pure and innocent to classify as a HotWitch, even though she has the beauty.



** All the witches in the contest technically accomplish their feats, itís just that the first two witches have bad luck and the next two get hampered by their own issues. [[spoiler: Mabel summons a kraken that turns out to be a baby, Ethel imprisons someone in a tree but he turns out to enjoy it, Nancy creates a bottomless pit but pushes her sister into it and is disqualified, Mother Bloodwort turns a set of princesses into birds but turns into a coffee table and is disqualified. Only Madame Olympia and Belladonna actually succeed to pull off their feats accurately and successfully.]]

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** All the witches in the contest technically accomplish their feats, itís just that the first two witches have bad luck and the next two get hampered by their own issues. [[spoiler: Mabel summons a kraken that turns out to be a baby, Ethel imprisons someone in a tree but he turns out to enjoy it, Nancy creates a bottomless pit but pushes her sister into it and is disqualified, Mother Bloodwort Bloodworth turns a set of princesses into birds but turns into a coffee table and is disqualified. Only Madame Olympia and Belladonna actually succeed to pull off their feats accurately and successfully.]]



* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwort tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one is still aware enough of her surroundings that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Mother Bloodwort brags about her former beauty, and spends most of the book trying to remember a spell to make her young and gorgeous again. [[spoiler: In a surprisingly sweet moment, her wish at Arriman and Belladonna's wedding is to have the spell given to her--but once she casts it, she looks at herself in the mirror and decides she'd much rather be her old, forgetful self than so young. The narration reveals that she lived out the rest of her days quite happily.]]

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* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwort Bloodworth tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one is still aware enough of her surroundings that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.
* IntergenerationalFriendship:
** Terrence and Belladonna become fast friends, though he's a child and she's an adult.
** Belladonna and Mother Bloodworth also count. Mother Bloodworth is old enough to be Belladonna's grandmother, but she's the only other witch who actually gets along with Belladonna.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Mother Bloodwort Bloodworth brags about her former beauty, and spends most of the book trying to remember a spell to make her young and gorgeous again. [[spoiler: In a surprisingly sweet moment, her wish at Arriman and Belladonna's wedding is to have the spell given to her--but once she casts it, she looks at herself in the mirror and decides she'd much rather be her old, forgetful self than so young. The narration reveals that she lived out the rest of her days quite happily.]]



* PetTheDog: Though Mother Bloodwart is at least nominally an evil witch, she's generally kind to Belladonna -- even if she finds her white magic uncomfortable.
* PrincessClassic: Humorously averted with Mother Bloodwort's demand for seven princesses for her entry in the competition. Arriman summons the seven, but they range from a 92-year-old crone to an American woman in motorcycle gear to a newborn baby. Hey, they're all ''technically'' princesses...

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* PetTheDog: Though Mother Bloodwart Bloodworth is at least nominally an evil witch, she's generally kind to Belladonna -- even if she finds her white magic uncomfortable.
* PrincessClassic: Humorously averted with Mother Bloodwort's Bloodworth's demand for seven princesses for her entry in the competition. Arriman summons the seven, but they range from a 92-year-old crone to an American woman in motorcycle gear to a newborn baby. Hey, they're all ''technically'' princesses...


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* VainSorceress: Madame Olympia, who is by far the most sinister and dangerous of the witches -- but also the most beautiful one, other than Belladonna.


* BottomlessPit: A non-video-game example, created for one of the challenges.

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* BottomlessPit: A non-video-game example, created for one of BalefulPolymorph: Poor Mother Bloodwort has a tendency to transform into a coffee table when she gets stressed or upset. Unfortunately, she's also extremely forgetful, which means she has a hard time remembering the challenges.counter-spell.



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Belladonna, the only white witch, is beautiful while most of the dark witches are hideous. But Madame Olympia, the nastiest of the dark witches, is beautiful too and Arriman, who is the darkest wizard of England, is very handsome, and Belladonna ''aspires'' to be evil.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Belladonna, the only white witch, is beautiful while most of the dark witches are hideous. But Madame Olympia, the nastiest of the dark witches, is beautiful too (although the narration points out that she's officially an enchantress, like Circe or Morgan le Fay--they're beautiful, but "it is an evil beauty"), and Arriman, who is the darkest wizard of England, is very handsome, and Belladonna ''aspires'' to be evil.



* BottomlessPit: A non-video-game example, created for one of the challenges.



* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Mabel's familiar, Doris, is an octopus

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: All six of the witches agree that Madame Olympia is a horrible, miserable woman. Yes, they're nasty people (except Belladonna) who delight in causing unhappiness and pain, but none of them are murderous cheats like her.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Mabel's familiar, Doris, is an octopusoctopus.



* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one is still aware enough of her surroundings that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.

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* HeroicBSOD: Well, Nancy isn't exactly ''heroic'', but [[spoiler: she goes through this after Nora falls into the bottomless pit that Nancy herself created. She becomes near-catatonic, never leaving her tent and barely talking. This is finally reversed when Terrence undoes the spell and rescues Nora from her fate.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart Bloodwort tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one is still aware enough of her surroundings that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.to.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Mother Bloodwort brags about her former beauty, and spends most of the book trying to remember a spell to make her young and gorgeous again. [[spoiler: In a surprisingly sweet moment, her wish at Arriman and Belladonna's wedding is to have the spell given to her--but once she casts it, she looks at herself in the mirror and decides she'd much rather be her old, forgetful self than so young. The narration reveals that she lived out the rest of her days quite happily.]]


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** Madame Olympia exploits this to enter the competition. The rules state that all "witches of Todcaster" are to participate, so she forces Myrtle (a banshee who was ''supposed'' to be the seventh witch in the contest, but was too sick to come along) to sell her her home and thus technically become a witch living in the area, allowing her to join.


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** Averted with Belladonna. The name refers to a deadly plant, so it would be perfect for an evil witch...but she's as kind and good as they come, so it's much closer to the literal translation, "beautiful lady."


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* PrincessClassic: Humorously averted with Mother Bloodwort's demand for seven princesses for her entry in the competition. Arriman summons the seven, but they range from a 92-year-old crone to an American woman in motorcycle gear to a newborn baby. Hey, they're all ''technically'' princesses...


* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:The resurrected Sir Simon]] is paired off with one of the witches who didn't win the hand of the dark wizard. They fall in love remarkably fast, due to the machinations of the dark wizard's servants, who think they'd be a good match.

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* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:The resurrected Sir Simon]] is paired off with one of the witches [[spoiler: Madame Olympia]], who didn't win the hand of the dark wizard. They fall in love remarkably fast, due to the machinations of the dark wizard's servants, who think they'd be a good match. [[spoiler: It helps that each is already planning to kill each other, as one is TheBluebeard and the other a BlackWidow]].


* SickeninglySweethearts: [[spoiler:When Arriman finally meets Belladonna, his new bride, they instantly start calling each other pet names and wanting to be wed the next day at the latest.]] Arriman's assistant is not amused.
* SingleMindedTwins: Nancy and Nora are identical, have exactly the same animals as familiars, and constantly bicker about the same subject matter.



* SickeninglySweethearts: [[spoiler:When Arriman finally meets Belladonna, his new bride, they instantly start calling each other pet names and wanting to be wed the next day at the latest.]] Arriman's assistant is not amused.
* SingleMindedTwins: Nancy and Nora are identical, have exactly the same animals as familiars, and constantly bicker about the same subject matter.


* Foreshadowing: Belladonna states that she feels blacker when Terence is around. [[spoiler: Terence is later revealed to be the new Wizard.]]

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: Belladonna states that she feels blacker when Terence is around. [[spoiler: Terence is later revealed to be the new Wizard.]]


''Which Witch?'' is a children's fantasy novel by Creator/EvaIbbotson.

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''Which Witch?'' is a 1979 children's fantasy novel by Creator/EvaIbbotson.


* *When Lester suggests that Belladonna cheat in the competition, he reasons that "cheating is evil, and he wants evil ".

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* *When ** When Lester suggests that Belladonna cheat in the competition, he reasons that "cheating is evil, and he wants evil ".


* ExactWords: A lot of the magic in the story runs on this, which means a lot of fuss for Arriman (who has to acquire materials, like corpses, princesses) and accounts for a great deal of LoopholeAbuse.
** All the witches in the contest technically accomplish their feats, itís just that the first two witches have bad luck and the next two get hampered by their own issues. [[spoiler: Mabel summons a kraken that turns out to be a baby, Ethel imprisons someone in a tree but he turns out to enjoy it, Nancy creates a bottomless pit but pushes her sister into it and is disqualified, Mother Bloodwort turns a set of princesses into birds but turns into a coffee table and is disqualified. Only Madame Olympia and Belladonna actually succeed to pull off their feats accurately and successfully.]]
* *When Lester suggests that Belladonna cheat in the competition, he reasons that "cheating is evil, and he wants evil ".
** The Wizard Watcher is created to watch for the arrival of a new wizard. [[spoiler: Once Terrence appears, its job is done, but Belladonna gives it a new duty: to watch over the new wizard.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: Of a sort. Mabel sets about summoning the Kraken, and she ''does''. [[spoiler:It's the baby Kraken, though]]. Arriman is so annoyed that he wants to give her no points at all, but relents when the other judges remind him that she technically ''did'' do what she said she would.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Of a sort. Mabel sets about summoning Because most of the Kraken, and she ''does''. [[spoiler:It's the baby Kraken, though]]. witches Arriman is encounters are hideous and inept, he goes out of his way to invoke this so annoyed that he wants to give her no points at all, but relents when wonít marry any of the other judges remind first five witches in the competition. It only fails with the last two, who are sufficiently beautiful and manage to suitably impress him that she technically ''did'' do what she said she would.with their power.

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* Foreshadowing: Belladonna states that she feels blacker when Terence is around. [[spoiler: Terence is later revealed to be the new Wizard.]]


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* HenpeckedHusband: Ethel Feedbag summons a put-on husband and his obnoxious family to imprison in trees. [[spoiler: He begs to stay in his tree as itís pretty much rescuing him from his family, so it works against her.]]


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Nancy, [[spoiler: after throwing her sister into the bottomless pit she created.]]


* Autocannibalism: The finale of Madame Olympia's musical performance piece, giant plague rats attack and eat each other and the last one standing eats itself.

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* Autocannibalism: {{Autocannibalism}}: The finale of Madame Olympia's musical performance piece, giant plague rats attack and eat each other and the last one standing eats itself.


* Autocannibalism: The finale of Madame Olympia's musical performance piece, giant plague rats attack and eat each other and the last one standing eats itself.



* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Esmeralda the gypsy assures Arriman that a new dark wizard ''is'' coming, but is very rude about the whole thing and of course can't tell when or where the successor will come.

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Esmeralda the gypsy assures Arriman that a new dark wizard ''is'' coming, but can't tell him when or where this successor will come and is very rude about the whole thing and of course can't tell when or where the successor will come.thing.



* TheBluebeard: Parodied with Sir Simon Montpelier, whose murdering of his seven wives ends up being PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:When he comes back to life, he does absolutely nothing but talk about how he killed the wives, until everyone is desperate to be rid of him.]]



* TheBluebeard: Parodied with Sir Simon Montpelier, whose murdering of his seven wives ends up being PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:When he comes back to life, he does absolutely nothing but talk about how he killed the wives, until everyone is desperate to be rid of him.]]


* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Belladonna, the only white witch, is beautiful while the dark witches are all hideous. But Arriman, who is the darkest wizard of England, is very handsome, and Belladonna ''aspires'' to be evil.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. Belladonna, the only white witch, is beautiful while most of the dark witches are all hideous. But Madame Olympia, the nastiest of the dark witches, is beautiful too and Arriman, who is the darkest wizard of England, is very handsome, and Belladonna ''aspires'' to be evil.


* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one isn't in a deeper trance than that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.

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* HypnotizeThePrincess: The seven princesses that Mother Bloodwart tries to turn into black swans have all been hypnotized into compliance by Arriman. Though the German one isn't in a deeper trance than is still aware enough of her surroundings that she can complain when the transformations don't go the way they're supposed to.

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