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10th Jul '16 2:02:08 PM HeraldAlberich
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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Tristan says he would do the following for Victoria - bring her back her weight in gold, find a diamond the size of her hand and chop off a polar bear's head. The last one acts as a MomentKiller.

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Tristan says he would do the following for Victoria - Victoria: bring her back her weight in gold, find a diamond the size of her hand hand, and chop off a polar bear's head. The last one acts as a MomentKiller.



* YoungestChildWins: Played with. Septimus, the youngest prince, is the last heir left standing - because he murdered most of the others. But in a meta sense, he is the prince that has the most screen time and plot relevance.

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* YoungestChildWins: Played with. Septimus, the youngest prince, is the last heir left standing - because standing--because he murdered most of the others. But in a meta sense, he is the prince that has the most screen time and plot relevance.
7th Jul '16 3:59:19 PM fearlessnikki
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The mistake that leads to Yvaine and Tristan meeting the lightning pirates foreshadows that [[spoiler: two people can use the candle to travel into the heavens with the rest of the stars, as the two of them do in the end]].



* HeroicFantasy: Set in a high magic world but the stakes aren't high enough to qualify as HighFantasy, and emphasis is on the adventures of the characters rather than a battle of good vs evil.



* PetTheDog: Although Victoria is the local AlphaBitch, she does still have a midnight picnic with Tristan and treats him cordially.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Presumably the book's Tristran was changed to the movie's Tristan because the latter is simply easier to say.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Presumably the book's Tristran was changed to the movie's Tristan because the latter is simply easier to say. The movie is a bit LighterAndSofter than the book, eliminating most of the sex to innuendos and trimming down the violence. Neil Gaiman called the movie and book two different interpretations of the same story.



* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Una doesn't seem to have aged much in at least twenty years--though spending most of her time transformed into a bird during those years might have halted the aging process.

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* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Una doesn't seem to have aged much in at least twenty years--though spending most of her time transformed into a bird during those years might have halted the aging process.ageing process.
* TakeAThirdOption: An accidental example. Tristan lights the Babylon Candle and tells Yvaine to "think of home". She ends up thinking of ''her'' home, which is the sky. And Tristen thinks of his home in Wall. The result is that they end up in the clouds. [[FromBadToWorse During a thunderstorm]].


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The unicorn that comes to help Yvaine is last seen being trapped in Lamia's fire in the inn before Tristan and Yvaine escape. There's no sign of a body when Septimus's men find the area, so it either burned to death or escaped when Lamia ended the spell.
6th Jul '16 3:01:11 PM fearlessnikki
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* AllMenArePerverts: Bernard is ecstatic when he gets to help Yvaine undress for her bath. However subverted when Tristan and Yvaine admit their love and presumably sleep together; one of the ghost!princes tells the others to come and watch, but they're not interested.



* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Tristan says he would do the following for Victoria - bring her back her weight in gold, find a diamond the size of her hand and chop off a polar bear's head. The last one acts as a MomentKiller.



* LighterAndSofter: The book is a bit darker and more adult, with explicit sex and violence. The movie is a bit more tongue-in-cheek, emphasising some of the comedy and relying more on GettingCrapPastTheRadar.



* NamedByTheAdaptation: The witches were collectively known as the Lilim in the book. In the film their roles are expanded to become Lamia, Mormo and Empusa.



* ThemeNaming: Lamia, Mormo and Empusa are the names of various vampiric creatures in Greek mythology.

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* ThemeNaming: ThemeNaming:
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Lamia, Mormo and Empusa are the names of various vampiric creatures in Greek mythology.mythology.
** The members of the royal family are all named after numbers in some way.


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* YoungestChildWins: Played with. Septimus, the youngest prince, is the last heir left standing - because he murdered most of the others. But in a meta sense, he is the prince that has the most screen time and plot relevance.
1st Jul '16 10:15:10 AM HeraldAlberich
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-->'''Old Pirate:''' 'It's alright, Captain! We always knew you was [[spoiler:a whoopsy]]! ''[other pirates shove him to the back of the group]''
* ShoutOut: In the montage of Tristan and Yvaine's time on Captain Shakepeare's ship, there's one scene where she plays the piano with the Captain. A reference to her previous piano-playing role in Film/LittleWomen?

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-->'''Old Pirate:''' 'It's It's alright, Captain! We always knew you was [[spoiler:a whoopsy]]! ''[other pirates shove him to the back of the group]''
* ShoutOut: In the montage of Tristan and Yvaine's time on Captain Shakepeare's ship, there's one scene where she plays the piano with the Captain. A reference to her previous piano-playing role in Film/LittleWomen? ''Film/LittleWomen''?
1st Jul '16 9:55:10 AM MrDeath
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* JacobMarleyApparel: The princely ghosts, who have the clothes (or lack thereof, for Primus who died in his bath) and injuries (burns, smashing, axe in head) they had at death.

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* JacobMarleyApparel: The princely ghosts, who have the clothes (or lack thereof, for Primus who died in his bath) and injuries (burns, smashing, axe in head) they had at death. Primus can be seen appropriating the tails of his brothers' coats or cloaks to cover himself in some scenes.
1st Jul '16 9:49:06 AM MrDeath
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* EnemyMine: Sort of. At the end of the film we have a hero/villain team-up (between Tristan and Septimus) to take down a more dangerous villain (Lamia), but the two characters weren't enemies beforehand--in fact, they'd never ''met'' (though Septimus did beat up Tristan's mentor, Captain Shakespeare).

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* EnemyMine: Sort of. At the end of the film we have a hero/villain team-up (between Tristan and Septimus) to take down a more dangerous villain (Lamia), but the two characters weren't enemies beforehand--in fact, they'd never ''met'' (though Septimus did beat up Tristan's mentor, Captain Shakespeare). Septimus lampshades it nonetheless -- he points out while neither of them can trust the other, neither do they have much choice but to work together.
19th Feb '16 6:44:47 PM HeraldAlberich
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* ImportantHaircut: Captain Shakespeare cuts Tristan's hair during the TrainingMontage. Being a fantasy realm, [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange his hair somehow ends up even longer]], befitting his new look and [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]].
19th Feb '16 3:29:11 PM HeraldAlberich
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* {{Animorphism}}: Lamia stops by a goatherd's hut and offers to buy his goat. When he points out that one goat isn't enough to pull her cart, she decides to turn him into another goat and take them both. The hapless goatherd gets dragged along by the villains for most of the rest of the film.

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* {{Animorphism}}: {{Animorphism}}:
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Lamia stops by a goatherd's hut and offers to buy his goat. When he points out that one goat isn't enough to pull her cart, she decides to [[BalefulPolymorph turn him into another goat goat]] and take them both. The hapless goatherd gets dragged along by the villains for most of the rest of the film.film.
** Ditchwater Sal similarly turns Tristan into a mouse for the journey to Wall Market, keeping her ExactWords by changing him back when they arrive.



* BalefulPolymorph: Both instances of {{Animorphism}} are applied by witches to unwilling subjects: Lamia turns Bernard into a goat, and Ditchwater Sal turns Tristan into a mouse.



* IronicEcho: "What's it to be? Heads or tails?" When Lamia initially meets Dishwater Sal, the latter offers her half of a rotisserie rabbit with this line. When they next cross paths, [[spoiler:it's a PreMortemOneLiner--Lamia blasts off Sal's head]].

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* IronicEcho: "What's it to be? Heads or tails?" When Lamia initially meets Dishwater Ditchwater Sal, the latter offers her half of a rotisserie rabbit with this line. When they next cross paths, [[spoiler:it's a PreMortemOneLiner--Lamia blasts off Sal's head]].



* TheMoonIsAlwaysFull: The film takes place over the course of a week, and yet the moon is full in every nighttime scene from beginning to end.



* ThePowerOfLove: In the movie's ending, anyway. [[spoiler:Eating the heart of a star bestows long life, but having one give her heart to you by falling in love works just as well.]]



* ThePowerOfLove: In the movie's ending, anyway. [[spoiler:Eating the heart of a star bestows long life, but having one give her heart to you by falling in love works just as well.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: In ProtectiveCharm: The glass flower that Dunstan purchases from the movie's ending, anyway. [[spoiler:Eating the heart of witch's stall with a star bestows long life, but having one give kiss is left in Tristan's baby basket along with him. It provides total protection from a witch's harmful magic, preventing Ditchwater Sal from applying her heart BalefulPolymorph until he trades it back to you by falling in love works just as well.]]her, and forcing Lamia to attack him with thrown objects and [[spoiler:Septimus's]] animated dead body instead.
18th Feb '16 7:46:09 PM HeraldAlberich
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* {{Animorphism}}: Lamia stops by a goatherd's hut and offers to buy his goat. When he points out that one goat isn't enough to pull her cart, she decides to turn him into another goat and take them both. The hapless goatherd gets dragged along by the villains for most of the rest of the film.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Una disappeared for years and is presumed dead, and Septimus is known to have killed several of his older brothers, but he is still deeply offended that everyone assumes he must have killed Una as well. As he points out, he would have no ''reason'' to kill her, given that Stormhold is an HeirClubForMen--as a daughter she was always behind him in the line of succession anyway.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Una disappeared for years and is presumed dead, and Septimus is known to have killed several of his older brothers, but he is still deeply offended that everyone assumes he must have killed Una as well. As he points out, he would have no ''reason'' to kill her, given that Stormhold is an HeirClubForMen--as a daughter she was always behind him wasn't a competitor in the line of succession anyway. anyway.



* EvilPrince: Septimus. It's a tradition in Stormhold that the princes be evil--they're encouraged to kill each other off, proving that the survivor will be a strong king. Primus is an aversion, and the bishop supports him as the first potential benevolent ruler, but though he takes precautions against Septimus's assassination attempts, he's killed anyway when he happens to get in Lamia's way.

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* EvilPrince: Septimus.Septimus, and presumably most of his brothers, though none of them get a chance to perform evil acts onscreen. It's a tradition in Stormhold that the princes be evil--they're encouraged to kill each other off, proving that the survivor will be a strong king. Primus is an aversion, and the bishop supports him as the first potential benevolent ruler, but though he takes precautions against Septimus's assassination attempts, he's killed anyway when he happens to get in Lamia's way.



* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Subverted twice, then played straight.
* FalseSoulmate: Victoria to Tristan.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After he's changed into a woman, Bernard spends most of his screentime staring at himself or sneaking looks at Yvaine.

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* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Subverted twice, then played straight.
straight--when Lamia is controlling [[spoiler:Septimus's]] dead body via VoodooDoll and making it fight Tristan, he tries to take it out by dropping a chandelier on it, but severs the wrong rope twice before he finds the right one. When he does, he also uses the rope to lift himself up to Lamia's balcony before she can [[spoiler:cut out Yvaine's heart]].
* FalseSoulmate: Tristan wholeheartedly believes he and Victoria to Tristan.
are meant for each other. He learns better over the course of the film.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After he's [[GenderBender changed into a woman, woman]], Bernard spends most of his screentime staring at himself or sneaking looks at Yvaine.



* GenderBender: Bernard, the goatherd chap gets this treatment as part of Lamia's ruse to lure Yvanne into a trap. At least Lamia was good enough to give him a decent rack.
** {{Animorphism}}: Billy the goat gets this as well.

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* GenderBender: Bernard, the goatherd chap chap, gets this treatment as part of Lamia's ruse to lure Yvanne Yvaine into a trap. At least Lamia was good enough to give him a decent rack.
** {{Animorphism}}: Billy the goat gets this as well.
rack. He keeps his deep male voice.



-->'''Primus:''' [sitting in a bathtub] "... and it is the largest in all of Stormhold-" [flicks water with a smile] "-so they say."
-->'''Yvaine:''' "Um- how nice for you."
* GreekChorus: The dead princes.

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-->'''Primus:''' [sitting ''[sitting in a bathtub] "... bathtub]'' ... and it is the largest in all of Stormhold-" [flicks Stormhold--''[flicks water with a smile] "-so smile]''--so they say."
-->'''Yvaine:''' "Um- how
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'''Yvaine:''' Um--how
nice for you."
you.
* GreekChorus: The dead princes.princes, BarredFromTheAfterlife, have nothing better to do than follow their brothers around and comment on the action to each other.



* AHeadAtEachEnd: A miniature elephant with heads at both ends is seen in a cage when Dunstan makes his visit to the market.
* HeroTrackingFailure: In the movie, during the final BossBattle, Lamia hurls spells and makes rows of windows dramatically explode one after the other but seems persistently unable to hit Tristan or Yvaine ''who are running away in a straight line'', [[OutrunTheFireball staying just in front of the explosions]]. They don't even get a scratch from the flying shards.
** Arguably FridgeBrilliance. During that scene, when Yvaine and Tristan run away from the exploding windows, they run back ''towards'' the witches and away from the only door that they can escape through. So instead of hurting them, the witch just cuts them off and drives them back. Also she needs to cut out Yvaine's heart and eat it, and killing her with broken glass before it's cut out would probably reduce the quality. She's not ''trying'' to hit them, she's just terrorizing them ForTheEvulz.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Captain Shakespeare, he's also a not-so-secret {{transvestite}}.
* HighDiveEscape: Septimus' escape from Captain Shakespeare's ship when cornered by the crew is to crash through the window and jump into the water.
* HookedUpAfterwards: Tristan's parents might count, though for them it's more that they've been reunited.
* IWasQuiteALooker: The witch sisters. We only see what Lamia's youthful self looks like - but they all intend to restore their youth and beauty.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: In the film, the wall on the border of the magical land is only chest high, yet an old man guards a gap in it.
** Possibly FridgeBrilliance. Who's to say you'd end up in the same place if you climbed over it than if you went through the gap?

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* AHeadAtEachEnd: A miniature elephant with heads at both ends is seen in a cage when Dunstan makes his visit to the market.
market. When Lamia calls Ferdy a "two-faced dog," he takes no offense and merely offers to sell her one.
-->'''Ferdy the Fence:''' I can get you one of them. Very good guard dogs; they can watch the front door and the back door at the same time.
* HeroTrackingFailure: In the movie, during the final BossBattle, Lamia hurls spells and makes rows of windows dramatically explode one after the other other, but seems persistently unable to hit Tristan or Yvaine ''who are running away in a straight line'', line,'' [[OutrunTheFireball staying just in front of the explosions]]. They don't even get a scratch from the flying shards.
** Arguably FridgeBrilliance. During
shards. Given that scene, when Yvaine and Tristan run away from the exploding windows, they run back ''towards'' the witches and away from the only door that they can escape through. So instead of hurting them, the witch just cuts them off and drives them back. Also she needs to cut out Yvaine's heart and eat it, and killing her with broken glass before it's cut out would probably reduce the quality. She's she's likely not ''trying'' to hit them, she's just terrorizing them ForTheEvulz.
ForTheEvulz and herding them back towards her.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Captain Shakespeare, Shakespeare puts on a gruff facade, but has carefully arranged matters so that he doesn't need to engage in much actual violence. When he meets Tristan and Yvaine, he's delighted to be able to confide in them, since they aren't from Stormhold and don't know or care about his fearsome reputation. He's also a not-so-secret {{transvestite}}.
CampGay and {{Crossdresser}}.
* HighDiveEscape: Septimus' Septimus's escape from Captain Shakespeare's ship when cornered by the crew is to crash through the window and jump into the water.
* HookedUpAfterwards: During the AwesomeMomentOfCrowning at the end, Captain Shakespeare (a closet CampGay) and Humphrey (himself getting married to Victoria, and not having been implied to be gay) share a look, with Victoria looking rather confused. Meanwhile, Tristan's parents might count, though for them it's more that they've been reunited.
(who only met once, on the night of his conception) are reunited.
* HumanityEnsues: Billy the goat is transformed into a human to play the part of an innkeeper in Lamia's trap. He still acts like a goat, bleating and chewing on people's clothing. [[ThisWasHisTrueForm He reverts to his goat shape when the unicorn kills him.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: The witch sisters. We only see what Lamia's youthful self looks like - like, but they all intend to restore their youth and beauty.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: In the film, the The wall on the border of the magical land is only chest high, yet an old man guards a gap in it.
** Possibly FridgeBrilliance. Who's
it--but then, who's to say you'd end up in the same place if you climbed over it than if you went through the gap?



* IronicEcho: "What's it to be? Heads or tails?"

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* IronicEcho: "What's it to be? Heads or tails?"tails?" When Lamia initially meets Dishwater Sal, the latter offers her half of a rotisserie rabbit with this line. When they next cross paths, [[spoiler:it's a PreMortemOneLiner--Lamia blasts off Sal's head]].



* JerkJock: Humphrey.

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* JerkJock: Humphrey.Humphrey gets a line that implies he's been bullying Tristan since their school days--specifically that he whupped him in their fencing lessons.



* KingOnHisDeathbed: The king of Faerie gets a scene like this shortly after his passing, where he tells his four remaining sons the conditions for getting the throne.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Lamia, well duh.
* LargeHam: RobertDeNiro as the lovable Captain Shakespeare
** WorldOfHam: Mark Strong and Michelle Pfeiffer ham up their roles as Septimus and Lamia

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* KingOnHisDeathbed: The king of Faerie Stormhold gets a scene like this shortly after before his passing, where he tells his four remaining sons [[GameBetweenHeirs the conditions for getting the throne.
throne]].
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Lamia, well duh.
Lamia specializes in offensive enchantments, and dresses to the nines as soon as she restores her youth.
* LargeHam: RobertDeNiro Creator/RobertDeNiro as the lovable Captain Shakespeare
** WorldOfHam: Mark Strong
Shakespeare. Creator/MarkStrong and Michelle Pfeiffer Creator/MichellePfeiffer also ham up their roles as Septimus and LamiaLamia.



* MachoCamp: Captain Shakespeare.
* MadeASlave: ''Twice'', to poor [[spoiler:Una.]]

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* MachoCamp: Captain Shakespeare.
Shakespeare may be CampGay in a TransparentCloset, but he's still a pirate captain with a not-entirely-undeserved fearsome reputation.
* MadeASlave: ''Twice'', to poor [[spoiler:Una.]][[spoiler:Una]]. How she was lost to [[spoiler:the royal family of Stormhold]] is unknown, but she ends up enslaved to a witch, only to be freed when the witch dies. Unfortunately, the witch is killed by a more badass witch, who immediately takes possession of her magical chain.



* MeaningfulEcho: What do stars do best?

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* MeaningfulEcho: What do stars do best?best? [[spoiler:They shine.]]



** The children of the Lord of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... [[NumericalThemeNaming and so on]]. Their [[OutnumberedSibling only]] sister Una counts as well, Una meaning 'single' or 'one'.

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** The children of the Lord of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... [[NumericalThemeNaming and so on]]. Their [[OutnumberedSibling only]] sister Una counts as well, Una "Una" meaning 'single' "single" or 'one'."one."



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Who knew traveling scenes could be so dramatic?
* NeutralFemale: During the final confrontation in the witches' lair, [[spoiler:Una]] is utterly useless to the point where [[spoiler:Tristan tells her to go outside, and she simply says "Okay" and runs out]]. Her doing so is a bit GenreSavvy as well: she would just get in the way and she knows it.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Who knew traveling scenes could be so dramatic?
dramatic? Primus in his carriage, Septimus on his horse, and even Lamia in her little goat-pulled cart all get sweeping helicopter shots with bombastic music. So does the ''Caspartine'', but as an airship, it's already awesome.
* NeutralFemale: During the final confrontation in the witches' lair, [[spoiler:Una]] is utterly useless to the point where [[spoiler:Tristan tells her to go outside, and she simply says "Okay" and runs out]]. Her doing so is a bit GenreSavvy as well: she She would just get in the way and she knows it.



* NumericalThemeNaming: The children of the Lord of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... and so on. They also each have the appropriate Roman numeral as a clothing motif, which is how Tristan identifies Septimus when the two end up at Lamia's hideout.
* TheObstructiveLoveInterest: Victoria, of course.

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* NumericalThemeNaming: The children of the Lord King of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... and so on. They also each have the appropriate Roman numeral as a clothing motif, which is how Tristan identifies Septimus when the two end up at Lamia's hideout.
* TheObstructiveLoveInterest: Victoria, of course.
hideout.



* PeoplePuppets: Of the corpse kind. [[spoiler: Septimus is animated by one of the witches to engage in a sword fight with the protagonist.]]

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* PeoplePuppets: Of the corpse kind. [[spoiler: Septimus kind, via VoodooDoll. [[spoiler:Septimus is animated by one of the witches to engage in a sword fight with the protagonist.]]



* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Captain Shakespeare's Lightning Pirates don't actually ''pirate'' per se, but make a solid living poaching lightning from thunderstorms, so they may be merely The ''Pirates Who Do Something Else''. The career paths of Shakespeare and crew still offer plenty of opportunities to evade the law (Lightning-Marshalls at that), to amass fortunes on the black market and for combat badassery [[strike:on the high seas]] in the wild blue yonder, so their Pirate work resumes are still quite [[{{Pun}} aglow]]. It's also a point that this is by design: Shakespeare has a very fearsome ''reputation'' but in reality he hates fighting and bloodshed. His crew just pretends he's a terrifying rogue while knowing the truth since they love the guy.

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Captain Shakespeare's Lightning Pirates don't actually ''pirate'' per se, but make a solid living poaching lightning from thunderstorms, so they may be merely The ''Pirates "The Pirates Who Do Something Else''. Else." The career paths of Shakespeare and crew still offer plenty of opportunities to evade the law (Lightning-Marshalls at that), to amass fortunes on the black market market, and for combat badassery [[strike:on the high seas]] [[SkyPirate in the wild blue yonder, yonder]], so their Pirate work resumes are still quite [[{{Pun}} aglow]]. It's also a point that this is by design: Shakespeare has a very fearsome ''reputation'' but in reality he hates fighting and bloodshed. His crew just pretends he's a terrifying rogue while knowing the truth since they love the guy.



* ThePowerOfLove: In the movie's ending, anyway.
* RealityChangingMiniature: Lamia is able to use a voodoo doll to kill [[spoiler:Septimus]] and then puppet his corpse to fight Tristan.
* RomanticFalseLead: Victoria.
* SecretSecretKeeper: It turns out Captain Shakespeare's entire crew was this, regarding his [[spoiler:cross-dressing.]]
-->'''Old Pirate''': ''It's alright, Captain! We always knew you was [[spoiler:a whoopsy!'']]
* ShoutOut: In the montage of Tristan and Yvaine's time on Captain Shakepeare's ship, there's one scene where she plays the piano with the Captain. A reference to her previous piano-playing role in LittleWomen?
* SoundtrackDissonance: Septimus and his men ambush Captain Shakespeare's boat, in a massive fight, to the tune of [[spoiler:the Can-Can,]] which [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn is playing on Shakespeare's gramophone]].
* SkyPirate: Captain Shakespeare and his crew.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Tristran, changing the BittersweetEnding of the original into a genuinely HappyEnding.]]
** Also Bernard.
* SpoiledBrat: Victoria. In the original book, she was actually SpoiledSweet, whereas here her only sweetness is that she's nice to Tristan out of pity, and stops being nice the minute she actually expects something of him. Otherwise, she [[ItsAllAboutMe only thinks of herself.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: In the movie's ending, anyway.
* RealityChangingMiniature: Lamia is able
anyway. [[spoiler:Eating the heart of a star bestows long life, but having one give her heart to use a voodoo doll to kill [[spoiler:Septimus]] and then puppet his corpse to fight Tristan.
* RomanticFalseLead: Victoria.
* SecretSecretKeeper: It turns out Captain Shakespeare's entire crew was this, regarding his [[spoiler:cross-dressing.
you by falling in love works just as well.]]
* RealityChangingMiniature: Lamia is able to use a VoodooDoll to kill [[spoiler:Septimus]] and then puppet his corpse to fight Tristan.
* RomanticFalseLead: Victoria is only Tristan's love interest as a means to set him on his quest; with a nudge from Captain Shakespeare, he figures out his true feelings in short order.
* SecretSecretKeeper: It turns out Captain Shakespeare's entire crew is this, regarding his [[spoiler:cross-dressing]].
-->'''Old Pirate''': ''It's Pirate:''' 'It's alright, Captain! We always knew you was [[spoiler:a whoopsy!'']]
whoopsy]]! ''[other pirates shove him to the back of the group]''
* ShoutOut: In the montage of Tristan and Yvaine's time on Captain Shakepeare's ship, there's one scene where she plays the piano with the Captain. A reference to her previous piano-playing role in LittleWomen?
Film/LittleWomen?
* SoundtrackDissonance: Septimus and his men ambush Captain Shakespeare's boat, in a massive fight, to the tune of [[spoiler:the Can-Can,]] Can-Can]], which [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn is playing on Shakespeare's gramophone]].
* SkyPirate: Captain Shakespeare and his crew.
crew have the look, though their illegal activities consist of less piracy (because Shakespeare [[spoiler:abhors violence]]) and more poaching of lightning during storms.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Tristran, changing the BittersweetEnding of the original into a genuinely HappyEnding.]]
** Also Bernard.
]] Also, Bernard the goatherd.
* SpoiledBrat: Victoria. In the original book, she was actually SpoiledSweet, whereas here her only sweetness is that she's nice to Tristan out of pity, and stops being nice the minute she actually expects something of him. Otherwise, she [[ItsAllAboutMe only thinks of herself.]]herself]].



* StarsAreSouls: When Tristan and Yvaine die they become Twin Stars.
* StealthPun: [[spoiler:When Primus is killed his blood is [[BlueBlood blue]]]]. Whether or not this is true for all natives of Faerie is never fully explained. (However, we do see Captain Shakespeare's nose bleed red blood during his scuffle with Septimus.)
* SuccessionCrisis: It's apparently tradition for Faerie's royal family for the last male heir standing to be crowned King regardless of birth order -- resulting in candidates killing each other off. The king's seven sons partook in this before their father changed the rules.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Una doesn't seem to have aged much in at least twenty years - though being partly transformed into a bird for most of those years might have halted the aging process.

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* StarsAreSouls: When Tristan and Yvaine die is old (Yvaine remains eternally youthful), they become Twin Stars.
* StealthPun: [[spoiler:When Primus is killed his blood is [[BlueBlood blue]]]]. Whether or not this is true for all natives of Faerie is never fully explained. (However, we do see Captain Shakespeare's nose bleed red blood during his scuffle
[[spoiler:use the Babylon Candle to return to Yvaine's home, and Tristan becomes a star along with Septimus.)
her]].
* SuccessionCrisis: It's apparently a tradition for Faerie's of Stormhold's royal family for the last male heir standing to be crowned King regardless of birth order -- resulting order--resulting in candidates killing each other off. The king's seven sons partook in this before this, but not fully; three are left when their father changed [[GameBetweenHeirs changes the rules.
rules]] and immediately dies.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Una doesn't seem to have aged much in at least twenty years - though being partly years--though spending most of her time transformed into a bird for most of during those years might have halted the aging process.



* ThresholdGuardians: The Wall Guard, both figuratively and literally.

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* ThresholdGuardians: The Wall Guard, both figuratively and literally. Turns out rather atypically since he actually prevents Tristan from crossing, so Tristan has to get around him with his dad's help.



* TrainingMontage: In the movie. Tristan [[TookALevelInBadass gets a level in badass surgically injected into him]] by TheCaptain.

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* TrainingMontage: In the movie. Tristan [[TookALevelInBadass gets a level in badass surgically injected into him]] by TheCaptain.



* TookALevelInBadass: Tristan.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Tristan. Tristan goes from "a boy who works in a shop" to a confident, sword-wielding adventurer, and later [[spoiler:King of Stormhold]]. Captain Shakespeare's TrainingMontage provides a lot of the growth.



* {{Tsundere}}: Yvaine is actually a Type B. She is initially hostile to Tristan for understandable reasons - being knocked out of the sky, chained up and forced to walk so many miles. She calms down pretty soon and warms to him. When she fears he's going to choose Victoria instead, she simply becomes sad rather than angry.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler: Tristan being the last remaining male heir to the royal line and the one who ends up becoming king is a complete surprise to him (and his uncles, who'd previously killed each other off to seize the throne.)]]
* VainSorceress: Lamia and her sisters' motivation.

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* {{Tsundere}}: Yvaine is actually a Type B. She is initially hostile to Tristan for understandable reasons - being reasons--being knocked out of the sky, chained up and forced to walk so many miles. She calms down pretty soon and warms to him. When she fears he's going to choose Victoria instead, she simply becomes sad rather than angry.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler: Tristan [[spoiler:Tristan being the last remaining male heir to the royal line and the one who ends up becoming king king]] is a complete surprise to him (and his uncles, who'd previously killed each other off to seize the throne.)]]
throne).
* VainSorceress: Lamia and her sisters' motivation.motivation--eating the heart of a star will restore their youth and beauty.



* WalkingShirtlessScene: Primus, considering he's murdered while in the bath - and ghosts stay the way they were when they died.
* WeaponWieldsYou: At the end, the witch Lamia controls [[spoiler: Septimus']] body, however she only bothers with animating the sword (and hands/arms), letting the rest of his body dangle behind it. Septimus' ghost cringes as he watches his former body get abused in such a way.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: Parodied to a wacky extent with the crew. [[spoiler:Hilariously subverted with Shakespeare.]]

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* VisualPun: When [[spoiler:Primus]] is killed, his blood is [[BlueBlood literally blue]].
* VoodooDoll: Lamia uses a simple doll of clay to break two of Septimus's limbs--and when she tosses it [[spoiler:into a fountain, he floats up into the air and drowns. She later pulls it back out and animates his body with it]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Primus, considering he's murdered while in the bath - bath--[[JacobMarleyApparel and ghosts stay the way they were when they died.
died]].
* WeaponWieldsYou: At the end, the witch Lamia controls [[spoiler: Septimus']] Septimus's]] body, however she only bothers with animating the sword (and hands/arms), letting the rest of his body dangle behind it. Septimus' His ghost cringes as he watches his former body get abused in such a way.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: Parodied to a wacky extent with the SkyPirate crew. [[spoiler:Hilariously subverted with Shakespeare.]]
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A 2007 film adaptation of Creator/NeilGaiman's book [[Literature/{{Stardust}} of the same name]]. While certain liberties were taken, it remains a relatively faithful adaptation. When a star falls from the sky, Tristan Thorn sets out to find a fallen star for Victoria the girl he's in love with, only to find that the "star" is a human woman named Yvaine... and that three evil witches want to capture her. Yvaine is also being chased by heirs to the throne of the magical kingdom of Stormhold who seek Yvaine's ruby necklace.

With an AllStarCast comprised of Creator/CharlieCox, Claire Danes, RobertDeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Mark Strong, the film is said to remind viewers of ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Although the movie contains a different ending from the book, it's successful at playing straight many of the often clichéd fantasy elements in an intelligent and entertaining way.

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A ''Stardust'' is a 2007 film adaptation of Creator/NeilGaiman's book [[Literature/{{Stardust}} of the same name]]. While certain liberties were taken, it remains a relatively faithful adaptation. When a star falls from the sky, Tristan Thorn sets out to find a fallen star for Victoria the girl he's in love with, only to find that the "star" is a human woman named Yvaine... and that three evil witches want to capture her. Yvaine is also being chased by heirs to the throne of the magical kingdom of Stormhold who seek Yvaine's ruby necklace.

With an AllStarCast comprised of Creator/CharlieCox, Claire Danes, RobertDeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Creator/ClaireDanes, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, and Mark Strong, Creator/MarkStrong, the film is said to remind viewers of ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Although the movie contains a different ending from the book, it's successful at playing straight many of the often clichéd fantasy elements in an intelligent and entertaining way.




* AbductionIsLove: Tristan starts out trying to force Yvaine to come back to England with him to show her to Victoria, then the two subsequently fall in love. Of course, by that point Yvaine isn't Tristan's captive and she's going with him as a favour to a friend.
** Yvaine also gives us this gem, about when she's abducted for love...
-->'''Yvaine''': But of course! Nothing says "romance" like the gift of a kidnapped injured woman! I'm not going anywhere with you!
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie goes in a different direction from the book, introduces numerous changes in both the plot and the characters. [[TropesAreNotBad However, it's not a bad story by any means]].

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\n* AbductionIsLove: Tristan starts out trying to force Yvaine to come back to England with him to show her to Victoria, then the two subsequently fall in love. Of course, by that point Yvaine isn't Tristan's captive and she's going with him as a favour to a friend.
**
friend. Yvaine also gives us this gem, about gem when she's abducted for love...
-->'''Yvaine''':
Tristan first tries to convince her to come with him:
-->'''Yvaine:'''
But of course! Nothing says "romance" like the gift of a kidnapped injured woman! I'm not going anywhere with you!
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie goes in a different direction from the book, introduces numerous changes in both the plot and the characters. [[TropesAreNotBad However, it's not a bad story by any means]].means.]]



* AdaptationExpansion: The Lightning Pirates get a brief mention in the book, but have a significant plot in the movie.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The Lightning Pirates get a brief mention in the book, but have a significant plot subplot in the movie.



* AdaptationalVillainy: Septimus and Lamia were both villains in the book, but are more villianous in the movie: Septimus kills more people and is more ruthless, while Lamia is considerably more sadistic.
** Victoria goes from SpoiledSweet in the book to a SpoiledBrat (or RichBitch)
* {{Adorkable}}: Tristan.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Lamia]]. Where the book played it straight, it is [[PlayingWithaTrope played with]] in the film: imagine the scene in the castle [[spoiler: of the witches, after Lamia's sisters die, and how the film would have ended if she truly were regretting it.]]
* AuthorAppeal: The director of the movie, Matthew Vaughn, liked the original story so much that he thought it could be a movie a lot like ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: AdaptationalVillainy:
**
Septimus and Lamia were both villains in the book, but are more villianous in the movie: Septimus kills more people and is more ruthless, while Lamia is considerably more sadistic.
** Victoria goes from SpoiledSweet in the book to a SpoiledBrat (or RichBitch)
a RichBitch).
* {{Adorkable}}: Tristan.
Tristan begins the movie a hapless shopboy, head over heels for the village RichBitch (who humors him out of pity). He earnestly sets out on his adventure to prove his love for her, and even after TakingALevelInBadass, remains sweet, forthright, and good-natured.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Lamia]]. [[spoiler:Lamia.]] Where the book played it straight, it is [[PlayingWithaTrope played with]] in the film: imagine the scene in the castle [[spoiler: of the witches, after Lamia's sisters die, and how the film would have ended if she truly were regretting it.]]
it]].
* AuthorAppeal: The director of the movie, Matthew Vaughn, Creator/MatthewVaughn, liked the original story so much that he thought it could be a movie a lot like ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.



* BarredFromTheAfterlife: The dead princes can't pass on until a new King of Faerie is chosen. [[spoiler: They're understandably unhappy about all of them dying before getting crowned -- luckily for them, they have a long-lost nephew in Tristan.]]

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* BarredFromTheAfterlife: The dead princes can't pass on until a new King of Faerie Stormhold is chosen. [[spoiler: They're understandably unhappy about all of them dying before getting crowned -- luckily crowned--luckily for them, they have a long-lost nephew in Tristan.]]



* BerserkButton: You really shouldn't betray [[MarkStrong Septimus]], or mock him for that matter. To be fair, Ferdy couldn't make clear he wasn't trying to mock Septimus, given that he was cursed by Lamia so that he could only communicate with chicken sounds.

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* BerserkButton: You really shouldn't betray [[MarkStrong Septimus]], Septimus, or mock him for that matter. To be fair, Ferdy couldn't can't make clear he wasn't isn't trying to mock Septimus, given that he was cursed by Lamia so that he could can only communicate with chicken sounds.



* BigNo: Lamia gives a SkywardScream when Tristan and Yvaine escape with a Babylon candle and her knife instead lodges in the wall of the inn.
** Tristan does the same thing later on [[spoiler: when he hears from the gate guard that Yvaine was captured by Lamia.]]

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* BigNo: BigNo:
**
Lamia gives a SkywardScream when Tristan and Yvaine escape with a Babylon candle and her knife instead lodges in the wall of the inn.
** Tristan does the same thing later on [[spoiler: when he hears from the gate guard that Yvaine was captured by Lamia.]]Lamia]].



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Lamia and her sisters.

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Lamia and her sisters.sisters; Lamia is the blonde.



* BrokenAesop: You don't have to just be a shop boy, you can go out and have adventures and be a boy momentarily working in a shop! Don't worry if you're not born special! Except Tristan [[spoiler: is the son of a magical princess.]]

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* BrokenAesop: You don't have to just be a shop boy, you can go out and have adventures and be a boy momentarily working in a shop! Don't worry if you're not born special! Except Tristan [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is the son of a magical princess.]]princess]].



* ButtMonkey: Poor Bernard. First he gets kidnapped by Lamia, who turns him into a goat to drive her cart, then he gets put into a girl's body, almost trapped in a burning inn, kidnapped and kicked around by Septimus, before finally making an appearance at the end sequence looking surprisingly happy for all he's been through.
** Probably because everybody who did those things to him had died horribly and the people who were nice to him just became King and Queen. I'd be happy, too.
** Also, he dies in the book, so he's probably thankful for living at all.
** According to the DVD commentary he was found by Captain Shakespeare and joined his crew.
* CampGay: Captain Shakespeare of the Caspartine
* CastFromHitPoints: Lamia. Well, more "Cast From Youth," as each spell she uses drains a little bit of the good looks she got from eating the last of the previous star. This leads to a funny scene where she repeatedly tries to use magic to undo signs of age in one spot on her body only for it to cause signs of age to appear on another spot.
* CelestialBody: [[ItWasHisSled Yvaine is a star]].
* ChekhovsGun: Loads and loads -- the glass flower, the silver chain, the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Babylon candle]], the tube of lightning, the spell Lamia casts on Ditchwater Sal, and [[ChekhovsGunman Tristan's mother]].
* CombatPragmatist: The Pirate Crew. When facing [[spoiler:Septimus' men]] they bow, and while their opponents do the same out of courtesy, they take the chance to get the first strike.

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* ButtMonkey: Poor Bernard. First he gets kidnapped by Lamia, who turns him into a goat to drive her cart, then he gets put into a girl's body, almost trapped in a burning inn, kidnapped and kicked around by Septimus, before finally making an appearance at the end sequence looking surprisingly happy for all he's been through.
** Probably
through--probably because everybody who did those things to him had died horribly and the people who were nice to him just became King and Queen. I'd be happy, too.
**
Also, he dies in the book, so he's probably thankful for living at all.
** According
all, and according to the DVD commentary he was found by Captain Shakespeare and joined his crew.
* CampGay: Captain Shakespeare of the Caspartine
''Caspartine'', but only in the privacy of his cabin. He puts on an act for his crew, though [[TransparentCloset they saw through it long ago]].
* CastFromHitPoints: Lamia. Well, more "Cast From from Youth," as each spell she uses drains a little bit of the good looks she got from eating the last of the previous star. This leads to a funny scene where she repeatedly tries to use magic to undo signs of age in one spot on her body only for it to cause signs of age to appear on another spot.
* CelestialBody: [[ItWasHisSled Yvaine is a star]].
star.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Loads and loads -- the loads--the glass flower, the silver chain, the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Babylon candle]], the tube of lightning, the spell Lamia casts on Ditchwater Sal, and [[ChekhovsGunman Tristan's mother]].
* CombatPragmatist: The Pirate Crew. When facing [[spoiler:Septimus' [[spoiler:Septimus's men]] they bow, and while their opponents do the same out of courtesy, they take the chance to get the first strike.



* DecoyProtagonist: An inversion, a Decoy ''Villain''. Septimus seems like he should become a major problem for the heroes. [[spoiler: Not only is he actually Tristan's uncle, but the only time he actually meets the two main characters is in the film's climax, just in time to help fight the [[BigBad Big Bads]] and get killed.]]
** And before, Secundus - he gets a great entrance, only [[spoiler: to be pushed a minute later from the window.]]
** Played straight with Tristan's father at the beginning - although he is important. To get the real protagonist, he and [[spoiler:Una]] go into the back room and have ''fun''...

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* DecoyProtagonist: DecoyProtagonist:
**
An inversion, a Decoy ''Villain''. Septimus seems like he should become a major problem for the heroes. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not only is he actually Tristan's uncle, but the only time he actually meets the two main characters is in the film's climax, just in time to help fight the [[BigBad Big Bads]] and get killed.]]
** And before, Secundus - he Secundus--he gets a great entrance, only [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to be pushed a minute later from the window.]]
window]].
** Played straight with Tristan's father at the beginning - although beginning--although he is important. To get the real protagonist, he and [[spoiler:Una]] go into the back room and have ''fun''...



* DestinationDefenestration: Secundus's fate at the hands of Septimus during the KingOnHisDeathbed scene -- [[BlackComedy much to their father's delight]].
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Yvaine's. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Tristan''': Couldn't you have done that earlier?
* EnemyMine: Sort of. At the end of the film we have a hero / villain team-up (between Tristan and Septimus) to take down a more dangerous villain (Lamia), but the two characters weren't enemies beforehand -- in fact, they'd never ''met'' (though Septimus did beat up Tristan's mentor, Captain Shakespeare).

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* DestinationDefenestration: Secundus's fate at the hands of Septimus during the KingOnHisDeathbed scene -- [[BlackComedy scene--[[BlackComedy much to their father's delight]].
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Yvaine's.Yvaine can only shine bright enough to [[spoiler:destroy Lamia utterly]] when she is feeling true love for Tristan after he comes to rescue her. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Tristan''': -->'''Tristan:''' Couldn't you have done that earlier?
* EnemyMine: Sort of. At the end of the film we have a hero / villain hero/villain team-up (between Tristan and Septimus) to take down a more dangerous villain (Lamia), but the two characters weren't enemies beforehand -- in beforehand--in fact, they'd never ''met'' (though Septimus did beat up Tristan's mentor, Captain Shakespeare).



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Una disappeared for years and is presumed dead, and Septimus is known to have killed several of his older brothers, but he is still deeply offended that everyone assumes he must have killed Una as well. As he points out, he would have no ''reason'' to kill her, given that as a daughter she was always behind him in the line of succession anyway.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: The 98-year-old Irish sheperd guarding The Wall is somehow proficient in Shaolin Kung Fu in spite of living in 19th to early 20th Century England all his life.
* EvilPrince: Septimus.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Una disappeared for years and is presumed dead, and Septimus is known to have killed several of his older brothers, but he is still deeply offended that everyone assumes he must have killed Una as well. As he points out, he would have no ''reason'' to kill her, given that as Stormhold is an HeirClubForMen--as a daughter she was always behind him in the line of succession anyway.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: The 98-year-old Irish sheperd shepherd guarding The Wall is somehow proficient in Shaolin Kung Fu in spite of living in 19th 19[[superscript:th]]- to early 20th Century 20[[superscript:th]]-century England all his life.
* EvilPrince: Septimus. It's a tradition in Stormhold that the princes be evil--they're encouraged to kill each other off, proving that the survivor will be a strong king. Primus is an aversion, and the bishop supports him as the first potential benevolent ruler, but though he takes precautions against Septimus's assassination attempts, he's killed anyway when he happens to get in Lamia's way.
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