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Basic Trope: A suspected witch is burned at the stake.

  • Straight: Helen is burned at the stake for accusations of witchcraft.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Helen is marked with a branding iron and exiled from her hometown.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
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    • The townsfolk realize Helen is not a witch and don't burn her.
    • Helen the witch is sentenced to death—for murder, not for witchcraft.
    • "We don't burn witches around here..."
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then she is caught casting spells and she is burned.
    • Helen was framed by someone who hates witches.
    • "...We hang them!"
  • Parodied:
    • The townsfolk start flipping out and burning people for the smallest of things. They farted? They were trying to conjure up a tornado. At a funeral for a loved one? Attempting to start a Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Helen, a fire witch, is "burned" at the stake for accusations of witchcraft.
    • Helen accuses Alice of witchcraft and uses magic to tie her up at a stake and burn her down.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Suspected witches are not burned.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "How are things in your town?" "Not bad, actually. We recently burned a witch."
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  • Invoked: Alice convinces the townsfolk that Helen should be burned at the stake for witchcraft when she is caught doing what they think is magic.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice takes advantage of the townsfolk's skeptical opinions of Helen, convincing them that Helen is a witch and no good can come of her being allowed to live among them.
    • Several unfortunate and unexplained occurrences are happening within the town (i.e. drought, famine, dead or missing children and/or livestock, etc.). Taking advantage of the superstitious townsfolk, Alice places the blame on Helen by claiming that she has been using witchcraft to conjure up said occurrences, resulting in Helen being burned at the stake while Alice is commended for exposing her.
    • Helen became a scapegoat and let herself be burned at the stake so that she can store up her mana through fire.
    • The Corrupt Church uses the charge of "witchcraft" to get rid of the traditional shamanesses/"wise women" who are a threat to the belief system they are trying to impose upon the population, claiming such women are malefactors in league with Satan.
  • Defied:
    • Helen does everything she can to hide her witchcraft.
    • The townsfolk refuse to burn Helen at the stake, even after she is revealed to be a witch. Instead they try to find a more humane solution.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Warlocks and witches once lived peacefully with Muggles, but then an accident occurred involving the use of magic, killing many innocent people in the process. In their anger, the townsfolk gathered together to have all magical beings burned at the stake, a practice that would continue over the years until only a scarce number remained within the town, hiding in secret.
    • The villagers are incredibly bad at telling the difference between a witch and a muggle and end up killing a lot of innocent people.
  • Played For Drama: Helen really is a witch and has placed a curse on the town and it's citizens. And now that she's gone, no one can reverse the spell.

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