Every story needs a villain.
Villains can take many forms: a tyrant, an oppressor, a terrible storm, or a character’s own nature. The best villains, the ones we love to hate, are purely evil for evil’s sake.
Fairy tales are no different. They sport a wide array of baddies for us to boo and provide heroes with suitable obstacles to overcome. And one of the most popular villains in fairy tales is the wicked old woman, often called a crone.
Some great examples of crones include the witch from Hansel and Gretel and the witch who tricks Rapunzel’s parents into giving her up.
But what makes a crone so compelling a villainess? And how can you spot one in a story?
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