History Film / PansLabyrinth

8th Apr '18 10:13:38 AM dwightmoody
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** At the finale, blood is supposedly needed to open the magic portal.

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** At the finale, blood is supposedly needed to open the magic portal.
4th Mar '18 1:47:44 PM djPROUDGEEK
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: One of the biggest criticisms among detractors of the movie is that the Spanish Civil War is shown as having no moral complexity, with Republicans who seem to have no flaws fighting Fascists who seem to have no good qualities.
30th Jan '18 3:02:22 AM TheWildWestPyro
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It's set in 1944, just after the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (a favorite period for Mexico-born Creator/GuillermoDelToro, the film's writer and director) with UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}'s democratically elected socialist government overthrown by UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco's Falangists (Spanish Fascists or "National-Catholics") and the new government attempting to weed out the last traces of LaResistance. The story centers on Ofelia, an only child whose widowed mother Carmen [[GuessWhoImMarrying has agreed to marry]] the ruthless Captain Vidal to provide for them. In turn, he expects her to bear him a son.

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It's set in 1944, just after the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (a favorite period for Mexico-born Creator/GuillermoDelToro, the film's writer and director) with UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}'s democratically elected socialist left-wing government overthrown by UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco's Falangists (Spanish Fascists or "National-Catholics") and the new government attempting to weed out the last traces of LaResistance. The story centers on Ofelia, an only child whose widowed mother Carmen [[GuessWhoImMarrying has agreed to marry]] the ruthless Captain Vidal to provide for them. In turn, he expects her to bear him a son.
17th Oct '17 12:33:42 AM Psychadelico
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Should not be confused with ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', which is considerably LighterAndSofter, although their premises and sensibilities are comparable.
19th Aug '17 12:03:09 PM XFllo
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* OffscreenTeleportation
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They disguise themselves as insects.

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* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They The Faun's fairies disguise themselves as insects.



* PluckyGirl: Ofelia.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: It doesn't actually work. Captain Vidal aims his pistol at a wounded revolutionary, who weakly pushes it away once, twice, then rests his hand over the barrel. Vidal just shoots him.
* PragmaticVillainy: Captain Vidal was annoyed that he killed two innocent hunters he mistook for rebels only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.

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%% * PluckyGirl: Ofelia.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: It doesn't actually work. Captain Vidal aims his pistol at a wounded revolutionary, who weakly pushes it away once, twice, then rests his hand over the barrel. Vidal just shoots him.
* PragmaticVillainy: Captain Vidal was annoyed that he killed two innocent hunters he mistook for rebels only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.



* PreMortemOneLiner: "He won't even know your name." *BANG!*
* PsychoForHire: Captain Vidal.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Captain Vidal.

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* PreMortemOneLiner: "He won't even know your name." *BANG!*
*BANG!* [[spoiler: Mercedes to Vidal, who wanted his son to know all about him, his father's clock, etc.]]
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* PsychoForHire: Captain Vidal.
%% * RageAgainstTheReflection: Captain Vidal.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Pale Man, adding to the already existing [[EyelessFace eye]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere horror]].

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Pale Man, Man has red eyes, adding to the already existing [[EyelessFace eye]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere horror]].



* SchmuckBanquet: The Pale Man's cursed feast.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Almost certainly applies if you can't accept that the magic is real.
* ShamedByAMob: Captain Vidal near the end of the movie.
* ShoutOut: In the commentary, Creator/GuillermoDelToro points out many shoutouts to Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/StephenKing, several surrealist painters, and many others.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Mercedes won't even bother to let Vidal finish his speech at the end.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This movie simultaneously pits the two ends of the scale against each other.

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* SchmuckBanquet: The Pale Man's cursed feast.
feast. Ofelia was instructed not to touch it and not to eat under any circumstances, but she could not resist those delicous-looking grapes. Too bad it woke up the horrible creature...
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* ShootTheShaggyDog: Almost certainly applies if If you can't accept that the magic is real.
* ShamedByAMob: Captain Vidal is shamed by the rebels near the end of the movie.
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* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Vidal when he finds out he will not win promptly tries to break Mercedes and the rebels by a speech about his greatness. Mercedes won't even bother to let Vidal finish his speech at the end.speech.]]
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* TheSouthpaw: Ofelia, in that it is a subtle sign that she actually is a changeling. Also the first KickTheDog moment for her stepfather, who tells her to use the right hand instead.

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* TheSouthpaw: Ofelia, in that it Ofelia is left-handed. It is a subtle sign that she actually is a changeling. Also the first KickTheDog moment for her stepfather, who tells her to use the right hand instead.instead, though it was quite common to try to correct children in that time.



* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack: "Mercedes' Lullaby" is the dominant musical motif of the film. Other themes make an appearance, though.

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* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack: "Mercedes' Lullaby" is the dominant musical motif of the film.
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Other themes make an appearance, though.



* TortureAlwaysWorks: Vidal seems to think so, but it's ultimately subverted.
* {{Unperson}}: "He won't even know your name." Ooh, that stings...

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%% * TortureAlwaysWorks: Vidal seems to think so, but it's ultimately subverted.
* {{Unperson}}: "He won't even know your name." [[spoiler: Vidal and Carmen's son will be probably brought up by kind Mercedes, but she promises her evil father his son will never hear about him.]] Ooh, that stings...



%% * WhatTheHellHero: Ofelia and the grapes.
* WickedStepmother: Vidal becomes an evil, intimidating step-father to Ofelia. The word "wicked" is a bit too mild.

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%% * WhatTheHellHero: Ofelia eats the grapes when she was strongly instructed not to. Two fairies were killed because of her and the grapes.
she escaped just in time, almost devoured herself. The Faun is harsh and berates her thoroughly.
* WickedStepmother: Vidal becomes an evil, intimidating step-father to Ofelia. The word "wicked" is a bit too mild.mild to describe him.
19th Aug '17 11:49:22 AM XFllo
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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers used for the US release 1) gave no clue that the actual film was in Spanish, and 2) made it look like a ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' type family fantasy. FAMILY FANTASY. REALLY.
** Driven home on the [[CoversAlwaysLie cover of the DVD]], which promises that the movie is "on the same altar of HighFantasy as ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy," and throws another mention of ''The Lord of the Rings'' on the back of the cover, obviously trying to make whoever buys it believe that the movie is going to be just like it. If anything, it's more of an UrbanFantasy, and certainly not HighFantasy as Wiki/TVTropes defines the term.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers used for the US release 1) gave no clue that the actual film was in Spanish, and 2) made it look like a ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' type family fantasy. FAMILY FANTASY. REALLY.
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fantasy -- which is of course wrong. Driven home on the [[CoversAlwaysLie cover of the DVD]], which promises that the movie is "on the same altar of HighFantasy as ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy," and throws another mention of ''The Lord of the Rings'' on the back of the cover, obviously trying to make whoever buys it believe that the movie is going to be just like it. If anything, it's more of an UrbanFantasy, and certainly not HighFantasy as Wiki/TVTropes defines the term.



* NoNameGiven: The Faun has no name; it is simply "The Faun." The English title seems to confer the name "Pan" on him, but that's just by way of sounding evocative. Del Toro has said the Faun is not meant to be Pan, who was far too sexual a character for this kind of story.
* NothingIsScarier: The Pale Man seen is a ''horrifying'' example of this. Unusually for this trope, he's not hidden in the shadows and shown only in flashes, but shown with total clarity, brightly lit and totally unmoving. Ofelia comes through the door...doesn't move. Ofelia picks up the plate that has his eyes sitting on it...doesn't move. Ofelia examines the paintings on the ceiling that show him skewering and eating babies...doesn't move. Ofelia notices a [[InferredHolocaust massive piles of shoes]] in the corner...doesn't move. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ofelia takes one of the grapes from the table......]]

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* NoNameGiven: The Faun has no name; it is simply "The Faun." Faun". The English title seems to confer the name "Pan" on him, but that's just by way of sounding evocative. Del Toro has said the Faun is not meant to be Pan, who was far too sexual a character for this kind of story.
* NothingIsScarier: The Pale Man seen is a ''horrifying'' example of this. Unusually for this trope, he's not hidden in the shadows and shown only in flashes, but shown with total clarity, brightly lit and totally unmoving. Ofelia comes through the door...doesn't move. Ofelia picks up the plate that has his eyes sitting on it...doesn't move. Ofelia examines the paintings on the ceiling that show him skewering and eating babies...doesn't move. Ofelia notices a [[InferredHolocaust massive piles of shoes]] in the corner...doesn't move. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ofelia takes one of the grapes from the table......]]
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19th Aug '17 6:10:31 AM XFllo
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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Ofelia's father was a tailor that worked for Captain Vidal, and when Carmen is telling the story of how he found her again after her husband's death, even his dinner guests make remarks about how convenient it was that he did. Given the behavior he exhibits throughout the film, it's not too hard to imagine he may have killed Ofelia's father for a chance at her mother.
* NeverSayDie: Also, never say "pregnant."

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Ofelia's father was a tailor that worked for Captain Vidal, and when Carmen is telling the story of how he found her again after her husband's death, even his dinner guests make remarks about how convenient it was that he did. Given the behavior he exhibits throughout the film, it's not too hard to imagine he may have killed Ofelia's father for a chance at her mother.
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19th Aug '17 6:09:36 AM XFllo
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* FingerTwitchingRevival: The Pale Man.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: On the way to her new home, she follows a big bug to find a pagan-esque statue in the woods. Later she follows the same bug to find the large stone structure in the labyrinth by her house, and the Faun.
* FoodChains: Don't eat the food on the table means, ''don't eat the food on the table''. It can be explained, though, that Ofelia likely hadn't had a chance to eat fresh fruit for a long while. Also, she had been sent to bed without supper, so was more hungry than usual.
* ForbiddenFruit: The grapes.
* ForegoneConclusion: The film opens with Ofelia, lying on the ground, with BloodFromTheMouth -- or, in this case, her nose.
** Although the blood is flowing ''backwards'' - so maybe not so foregone after all.

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%% * FingerTwitchingRevival: The Pale Man.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: On the way to her new home, she Ofelia follows a big bug to find a pagan-esque statue in the woods. Later she follows the same bug to find the large stone structure in the labyrinth by her house, and the Faun.
* FoodChains: Eating food for fairies is never a good idea, especially if you are warned not to do it. Don't eat the food on the table means, ''don't eat the food on the table''. It can be explained, though, that Ofelia likely hadn't had a chance to eat fresh fruit for a long while.while because of the war. Also, she had been sent to bed without supper, so was more hungry than usual.
* ForbiddenFruit: The grapes. Ofelia is not allowed to eat anything, but the food on Pale Man's table look delicious, especially the grapes.
* ForegoneConclusion: The film opens with Ofelia, lying on the ground, with BloodFromTheMouth -- or, in this case, her nose.
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nose. Although the blood is flowing ''backwards'' - so maybe not so foregone after all.



* GlasgowGrin: Vidal gets half of one. Which he then stitches up himself. Squick.

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* GlasgowGrin: Vidal gets half of one. Which one when he finds out that Mercedes is spying for the rebesl. He tries to capture her, but she slashes his mouth with a knife that was on her. He then stitches up himself.himself up. Squick.



* GrotesqueGallery: The Pale Man.
* GuessWhoImMarrying
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Ofelia herself at the end.]]
** [[spoiler:The doctor shows mercy and euthanizes the captured rebel, even though he surely knows it will cost his own life.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Pedro, the leader of the rebels.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Pale Man. Ohh, The Pale Man.

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%% * GrotesqueGallery: The Pale Man.
%% * GuessWhoImMarrying
* HeroicSacrifice:
HeroicSacrifice: The doctor shows mercy and euthanizes the captured rebel, even though he surely knows it will cost his own life.
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** [[spoiler:Ofelia herself at the end.]]
** [[spoiler:The doctor shows mercy and euthanizes the captured rebel, even though he surely knows it will cost his own life.]]
%% * HeroOfAnotherStory: Pedro, the leader of the rebels.
%% * HumanoidAbomination: The Pale Man. Ohh, The Pale Man.



* InkblotTest: The foreshadowing towards [[spoiler:Carmen's pregnancy hemorrhage as Ofelia's book inks the shape of a bleeding uterus, drenching the pages in red]].

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* InkblotTest: The foreshadowing towards [[spoiler:Carmen's pregnancy hemorrhage hemorrhage]] as Ofelia's book inks the shape of a bleeding uterus, drenching the pages in red]].red.



* KickTheDog: The scene with two farmers and a bottle of wine. This scene single-handedly establishes Captain Vidal as psychopathic sadist. Cut it and he could easily pass as a right-winged UnscrupulousHero fighting terrorists/dirty commies.
* KillHimAlready: Mercedes should probably have [[spoiler:killed Vidal when she had him at her mercy to avert the BittersweetEnding, However, according to WordOfGod: Mercedes' knife was intended to be too small to inflict serious damage on as formidable an opponent as Captain Vidal. On a symbolic level, such a fearsome monster as Captain Vidal needed something equally fearsome to finish him off. Such is the nature of a fairy tale.)]]
** More cynical explanation is FemaleAngelMaleDemon trope at work. [[spoiler:Killing is bad, Mercedes is good.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Ofelia's final fate.]]
* LaResistance -- The rebels of course. Overlaps somewhat with TheRemnant, since by the time the movie takes place (1944) the Republicans had already lost the war, and there were only a few isolated pockets of resistance remaining.

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* KickTheDog: The scene with two farmers who were just hunting rabbits and a bottle of wine.wine -- Vidal smashes the son's face with it, and then shoots the desperate father and finishes off the son with a shot. This scene single-handedly establishes Captain Vidal as psychopathic sadist. Cut it and he could easily pass as a right-winged UnscrupulousHero fighting terrorists/dirty commies.
* KillHimAlready: Mercedes should probably have [[spoiler:killed Vidal when she had him at her mercy to avert the BittersweetEnding, BittersweetEnding. However, according to WordOfGod: Mercedes' knife was intended to be too small to inflict serious damage on as formidable an opponent as Captain Vidal. On a symbolic level, such a fearsome monster as Captain Vidal needed something equally fearsome to finish him off. Such is the nature of a fairy tale.)]]
** More cynical explanation is FemaleAngelMaleDemon trope at work. [[spoiler:Killing is bad, Mercedes is good.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Ofelia's final fate. She is a lovely child, kind and good, but she dies -- at least for this real world.]]
* LaResistance -- LaResistance: The rebels of course.rebels. Overlaps somewhat with TheRemnant, since by the time the movie takes place (1944) the Republicans had already lost the war, and there were only a few isolated pockets of resistance remaining.



* LivingLabyrinth

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%% * LivingLabyrinth



** When the Captain welcomes Ofelia and the pregnant Carmen to the villa, he says ''"Bienvenidos"'' to them, the Spanish form of "welcome" that one would use in addressing multiple people when at least one is male (you'd say "Bienvenidas" to two women.) This would instantly telegraph to a Spanish-speaking audience whom he ''really'' cares about (especially since the baby's sex is still unknown.)
** Although del Toro gets the point across for non-Spanish speakers too by having the Captain wait until he's checked Carmen's pregnant belly before he welcomes them.

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** When the Captain welcomes Ofelia and the pregnant Carmen to the villa, he says ''"Bienvenidos"'' to them, the Spanish form of "welcome" that one would use in addressing multiple people when at least one is male (you'd say "Bienvenidas" to two women.) This would instantly telegraph to a Spanish-speaking audience whom he ''really'' cares about (especially about, especially since the baby's sex is still unknown.)
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unknown. Although del Toro gets the point across for non-Spanish speakers too by having the Captain wait until he's checked Carmen's pregnant belly before he welcomes them.



** Also the scene when [[spoiler:Mercedes breaks free from Vidal and attacks him with a knife she had concealed]]. Up until that point [[spoiler:she]] was addressing [[spoiler:him]] in the formal form ("usted"), but here changes to the informal form ("tú"), which at the time was considered a HUGE disrespect to someone of higher rank. Which of course, makes the ensuing scene '' all the more cathartic''!
*** On a similar note, the line: "[[PrecisionFStrike Motherfucker]], don't you dare touch the girl. You won't be the first pig I've gutted." The insult in Spanish is "hijo de puta", which means "son of a bitch". The thing is, in Spain "son of a bitch" is considered way more offensive than "motherfucker" is in English. Actually, it's considered ''THE worst insult'' you can say to a person. Add this to the previous point and you have ''one hell of a line'' in its original language.
* TheLostWoods
* MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest

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** Also the The scene when [[spoiler:Mercedes breaks free from Vidal and attacks him with a knife she had concealed]]. Up until that point [[spoiler:she]] was addressing [[spoiler:him]] in the formal form ("usted"), but here changes to the informal form ("tú"), which at the time was considered a HUGE disrespect to someone of higher rank. Which of course, makes the ensuing scene '' all the more cathartic''!
*** On a similar note, the
cathartic!
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line: "[[PrecisionFStrike Motherfucker]], don't you dare touch the girl. You won't be the first pig I've gutted." The insult in Spanish is "hijo de puta", which means "son of a bitch". The thing is, in Spain "son of a bitch" is considered way more offensive than "motherfucker" is in English. Actually, it's considered ''THE THE worst insult'' insult you can say to a person. Add this to the previous point and you have ''one hell of a line'' in its original language.
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* TheLostWoods
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* MamaBear: Mercedes near the climax, even more than Carmen, who actually proves to be a fairly weak person.
* MauveShirt: Garcés and Serrano are the biggest examples. Others, like [[AnArmAndALeg Frenchie]], the stuttering rebel, the Guardia Civil captain and the troop medic, either recur or are given slight characterization against the masses.

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* MamaBear: Mercedes is a maternal figure to Ofelia, and she violently protects her near the climax, even more than Ofelia's real mother Carmen, who actually proves to be a fairly weak person.
* MauveShirt: Garcés and Serrano are the biggest examples. Others, like [[AnArmAndALeg Frenchie]], the stuttering rebel, the Guardia Civil captain and the troop medic, either recur or are given slight characterization against the masses. They all die in the course of the movie.
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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses

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* EyelessFace (combined with EyesDoNotBelongThere:) The Pale Man has his eyes ''in his hands''. Gah!
** And lest we forget: Captain Vidal + Sunglasses = Devil. (Although Captain Vidal - Sunglasses = Devil too.)
* FacePalm: The faeries (and us in the audience) when Ofelia eats the grapes.
* TheFairFolk: Initially they look like large, winged walking sticks. But with a bit of metamorphosis they can turn into humanoid faeries, though brown and with leaves for wings. Plus, the Faun, who seems to be made out of rotting wood.
* FairyTale
* FamousLastWords: Vidal seems to have put a lot of thought into what he will say when/if the time comes. [[spoiler:[[ShutUpHannibal When that time comes]], [[BoomHeadshot however...]]]]

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* EyelessFace (combined with EyesDoNotBelongThere:) EyelessFace: The Pale Man first looks like he has no eyes whatsoever. They are in his hands.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere:
The Pale Man has his eyes ''in his hands''. Gah!
** And lest we forget: Captain Vidal + Sunglasses = Devil. (Although Captain Vidal - Sunglasses = Devil too.)
hands''.
* FacePalm: The faeries (and us in the audience) cover her face with their hands when Ofelia breaches the Faun's order and eats the grapes.
* TheFairFolk: Initially they look like large, winged walking sticks. But with a bit of metamorphosis they can turn into humanoid faeries, though brown and with leaves for wings. Plus, the Faun, who The Faun belongs to this kind as well and he seems to be made out of rotting wood.
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* FamousLastWords: FamousLastWords:
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Vidal seems to have put a lot of thought into what he will say when/if the time comes. [[spoiler:[[ShutUpHannibal When that time comes]], Subverted as we never hear it because he is [[ShutUpHannibal made shut his face]] and [[BoomHeadshot however...]]]]killed]].



-->But Captain, to obey -- just like that -- for obedience's sake... Without questioning... That's something only people like you do.
* [[FantasyForbiddingFather Fantasy Forbidding Parent]]: Ofelia is chided for reading too many fairy stories when she's supposed to have outgrown them. Her stepfather is outright hateful of them, her mother just considers it childish, [[spoiler:but when she throws the mandrake into the fire as proof of its superstition, the plant's pain kills her]].

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-->But -->''But Captain, to obey -- just like that -- for obedience's sake... Without questioning... That's something only people like you do.
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* [[FantasyForbiddingFather FantasyForbiddingFather: Fantasy Forbidding Parent]]: Parent. Ofelia is chided for reading too many fairy stories when she's supposed to have outgrown them. Her stepfather is outright hateful of them, her mother just considers it childish, [[spoiler:but when she throws the mandrake into the fire as proof of its superstition, the plant's pain kills her]].



* FauxFluency: American actor Creator/DougJones, the Faun, actually learned his lines ''and'' Ofelia's lines in phonetic Spanish, not knowing it himself. His voice was dubbed over anyway... But ''still!'' Not only did he need to learn Ofelia's lines so he would know when to speak, but he couldn't ''hear the actress'' because the servos in the costume were so loud. He was lipreading her lines in a language he didn't speak.
** Doug Jones' effort did not go to waste, however, as it allowed the dub actor to seamlessly synch his readings with the mouth movements, to the point where very few people realize Jones' voice was dubbed over at all.
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* EveryoneHasStandards: The Faun [[WhatTheHellHero pretty much loses his shit]] when he finds out Ofelia got two of his three fairy buddies eaten by the Pale Man.
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