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Basic Trope: A practitioner of magic lives in a remote area, usually alone.

  • Straight: Hecate lives in a small house in the woods with her cat, where she works on her potions and spells.
  • Exaggerated: Hecate lives on Farside Island by herself, with no phone, no Internet, etc.
  • Downplayed:
    • Hecate lives on a dead-end street.
    • Hecate lives in a rural part of Hawaii, or the Deep South.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Hecate lives with her family (and of course her Right-Hand Cat) in the city.
  • Subverted:
    • Hecate lives in an apartment building.
    • Hecate lives with a spouse or significant other, a family, and/or roommates.
    • Hecate is not a witch as most people would think of it, but rather a Wiccan.
    • Hecate owns a little magic shop in town, and interacts with lots of people on a daily basis, giving them potions and spells for all sorts of problems.
    • Hecate has children.
    • Hecate isn't a witch, just a manufacturer of certain illegal drugs.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She lives by herself, has few (if any) friends, and rarely if ever goes out.
    • She spends a lot of time by herself.
    • She is not associated with any sort of coven or group; she is a solo practitioner.
    • She doesn't live there. She lives in a small house on the outskirts of town with only her cat, and doesn't have a lot of friends outside of work.
    • Her children have long since grown up and left, and they rarely come visit her.
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    • She prefers to live and work alone, away from people, for both safety reasons and avoiding the law.
  • Parodied: Hecate lives in Antarctica with penguins.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Hecate is shown living with people, other times, alone.
  • Averted:
    • Hecate lives among other people, whether fellow magicians or Muggles, or both.
    • There are no mages of any kind In-Universe.
    • Hecate isn't a witch, or is only one in the aforementioned religious sense.
  • Lampshaded: "Over the river and through the woods, to Hecate's house we go!"
  • Invoked: Hecate decides she wants to live by herself so she can study and work in peace.
  • Exploited: Hecate practices the Dark Arts, where no one will bother her. (Or, where she can more easily deal with victims.)
  • Defied: Hecate uses her magic to help people, and as such, decides it would make more sense to live where people are.
  • Conversed: "Why do almost all witches live in some far-away place anyway? Do they have something to hide?" "Well yes, their magic obviously. The Church is not fond of them."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The solitude makes Hecate eventually Go Mad from the Isolation, turning her from a cute or Hot Witch into a crazy Wicked Witch.
    • Townspeople get suspicious of Hecate living all by herself, and, whether they know she is a witch or not, start bothering her because "Why would anyone want to live alone like that?"
  • Reconstructed:
    • Hecate tells the towns people who came to bother her that she prefers the quiet of nature, as she is fond of reading alone, and the townspeople can see the point, so they leave her alone.
    • Hecate still lives alone for the most part, but starts visiting people occasionally, and may even make a friend or two.
  • Implied: Hecate gives some vague clues that she at least used to live alone, or maybe still does, even if now she might go outside occasionally.
  • Played For Laughs: On the few occasions that someone visits her, Hecate displays hilariously terrible people skills due to being unused to having other people around her.

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