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Witch

Witches are one of the monsters seen listed on the whiteboard. Operations bets on them.

Physical Description & AttributesEdit

A single Witch can be seen during the beginning of the Purge, appearing as an ugly, hag-like humanoid with long white hair, pale skin, and black eyes and lips. She wears a long, tattered black dress and cloak, and has long black fingernails.

She can be seen during the opening of the Purge, flying out of an elevator and grabbing one of the security guards, using powerful magic to suck the soul and/or life force from his body, which manifests as a flailing, screaming copy of the guard made of glowing blue energy. She then flies away with his soul in tow, cackling madly.

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It is unknown what object summons them. 

InspirationEdit

Witches have been a staple character in horror stories and Halloween folklore for several years with the main iconic image going back as far as the Grimm's Fairy Tales of the 1800s, such as "Hansel and Gretel," a fairy tale loosely based on the Slavic tale of Baba Yaga. The origins of witches actually date back to pagan folk magic of from Ancient Europe, later distorted and corrupted by the later Christian Church erroneously distorting it into a form of devil worship. Witchcraft is still an active religion today under the New Age movement.

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A witch stealing the soul of a security guard.

The stereotypical witch of legend is generally depicted as an ugly old woman having long white, green or blue hair and wearing long black dresses or cloaks and a conical hat with a brim, a holdover from the witch persecution of the Middle Ages. Among their powers, witches were believed to cast spells and curses, turn themselves and others into animals and to fly through the air on a magic broomstick. They were also accompanied by animal familiars such as cats or ravens.

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A witch in her cube during an early version of the elevator scene.

 

The witch seen on the movie was very likely based on Haggis from Pumpkinhead, or the Evil Queen from the Disney animated movie Snow-White and the Seven Dwarves.