Created By: ssfsx17 on February 21, 2011 Last Edited By: ssfsx17 on March 10, 2011
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Magical Flutist

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  • create redirect from "Magical Flautist"

This character is notable for having a flute or some other instrument, playing tunes that give a feeling of mystery or magic, and being quite mysterious himself. Bonus points if this character is a representation of nature or has the power of mind control.

See also: Elemental Powers, Friend to All Living Things, Magic Music, Wandering Minstrel

Anime and Manga

Fairy Tales

Film
  • Clash of the Titans remake -- Subverted: The soldiers with Perseus have made camp, and one of them pulls a flute out of a bag. This film being what it is, you expect it to do something magical. He starts playing... and he's terrible, and nothing special happens. The lead soldier asks to see it, breaks it in half, and throws it aside. The player just gives him a level look, pulls another flute out of the bag and starts playing it just as poorly as before.
  • The Dark Crystal - Jen's split flute comes in handy for identifying the true shard and in a bonding scene with fellow Gelfling Kira.
  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) -- Tony plays a harmonica to increase his telekinetic powers.
  • Kill Bill - Bill plays a wooden flute which lends to his mysteriousness.
  • Live and Let Die -- One of James Bond's opponents is a man who plays the role of the voodoo loa Baron Samedi. Bond once encounters him while he's playing a flute. After apparently being killed by venomous snakes, at the end he appears riding the front of a train, indicating that he may be the real Baron Samedi.
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory -- Wonka uses a flute to issue commands to the Oompa-Loompas.

Literature
  • Edgar Pangborn -- His short story "Tiger Boy" might count. The eponymous youth plays a set of pan pipes, runs wild and naked, and has a fully-grown tiger as a companion. The pipes attract a mute teenage village boy to Tiger Boy's side (possible echoes of the Pied Piper). However, he's not actually magical - it's a feudal, post-holocaust world. (He's certainly not immortal either.)
  • The Elenium -- A young girl ,the Goddess Aphrael, who seemingly doesn't talk but does play the flute is named Flute by our heroes.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe -- The faun Mr. Tumnus (the first Narnian we meet) played a flute lullaby to Lucy on her first trip to Narnia.
  • Xanth -- Chester Centaur's magical talent is to manifest and play a magical flute.

Live-Action TV

Mythology And Folklore
  • Classical Mythology -- The Greek god Pan could induce fear and panic with his pipes.
  • Native America Southwest -- Kokopelli is this, mixed with the fertility role, thus giving a new meaning to his flute

Opera

Tabletop RPG

Theater

Video Games
  • Fire Emblem Elibe -- Nils plays the flute, allowing one character to make an extra move, and later in the game, providing status buffs.
  • The Legend of Zelda series -- Link, although he himself is not very mysterious since he is the player-character. His instrument also varies from game to game: recorders, ocarinas, pan pipes, etc. Sometimes, though, such as in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Link gets his flute from a character who plays this trope straight.
  • Mushihime-sama BUG PANIC! -- A mysterious girl who appears in the cutscenes named Sora
  • NiGHTS -- The titular character herself plays the invisible flute.
  • Ōkami -- Waka, who is also named after a form of Japanese poetry
  • Seiken Densetsu 3 -- A magic flute summons a big goggles-wearing turtle at beaches.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 -- A magic whistle can be used to skip whole worlds.

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes -- A few shorts have parodied The Pied Piper:
    • Porky Pig played the Piper in a couple of cartoons. In one he has to contend with a cat angry with him for ridding Hamelin of rats.
    • Sylvester tried to make a flute to capture Speedy Gonzalez and friends. Also, Sylvester Jr. found that he could attract different animals by adding holes to the flute.
  • Shrek Forever After -- The Pied Piper is a bounty hunter, his flute adjustable to whatever creature he wanted to hypnotize (in this case, ogres).
  • The Smurfs And The Magic Flute -- Peewit stumbles upon the magic flute of the Smurfs that makes whoever listens to it dance to its tune. It ends up in the possession of a thief named Matthew Mc Creep who uses it to make people pass out from the dancing so he can rob them.

Real Life
  • The japanese shakuhachi is strongly associated with the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism, who used the instrument as part of their meditative process. When the Meiji government cracked down on the previous bakufu and all associated religions, they specifically attacked the practice of playing the shakuhachi.
Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • February 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I suggest a different title so as not to be confused with "The Character Sheet for The Magic Flute."
  • February 22, 2011
    DerScotten
    A Little Snow Fairy Sugar: the title character, using her flute to create snow.
  • February 22, 2011
    Arivne
    Film

    Tabletop RPG
  • February 22, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Magic Flautist? (Or "Flutist" if you think the correct spelling is too obscure)
  • February 22, 2011
    Fanra
    Literature:

    • In The Elenium a young girl ,the Goddess Aphrael, who seemingly doesn't talk but does play the flute is named Flute by our heroes.

  • February 22, 2011
    TonyG
    • A few Looney Tunes shorts have parodied The Pied Piper:
      • Porky Pig played the Piper in a couple of cartoons. In one he has to contend with a cat angry with him for riding Hamelin of rats.
      • Sylvester tried to make a flute to capture Speedy Gonzalez and friends. Also, Sylvester Jr. found that he could attract different animals by adding holes to the flute.
    • In Shrek Forever After, the Pied Piper is a bounty hunter, his flute adjustable to whatever creature he wanted to hypnotize (in this case, ogres).
  • February 22, 2011
    VicGeorge2010
    Western Animation:

    • Peewit in The Smurfs And The Magic Flute, who stumbles upon the magic flute of the Smurfs that makes whoever listens to it dance to its tune. It ends up in the possession of a thief named Matthew Mc Creep who uses it to make people pass out from the dancing so he can rob them.
  • February 24, 2011
    henke37
    One of the La Blue Girl series was about a pair of flutes. It was a while since I watched it, but I think it might count.
  • February 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Live And Let Die. One of James Bond's opponents is a man who plays the role of the voodoo loa Baron Samedi. Bond once encounters him while he's playing a flute. After apparently being killed by venomous snakes, at the end he appears riding the front of a train, indicating that he may be the real Baron Samedi.
  • February 25, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Just use something more recognizeable, like from the Legend Of Zelda series, for the page image.
  • February 25, 2011
    Fanra
    In the first Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory film, Wonka uses a flute to issue commands to the Oompa-Loompas.
  • February 25, 2011
    LeeM
    Edgar Pangborn's short story "Tiger Boy" might count. The eponymous youth plays a set of pan pipes, runs wild and naked, and has a fully-grown tiger as a companion. The pipes attract a mute teenage village boy to Tiger Boy's side (possible echoes of the Pied Piper). However, he's not actually magical - it's a feudal, post-holocaust world. (He's certainly not immortal either.)
    • NB This troper knows he's referenced this story numerous times, but it seems to fit here too, so...
  • February 25, 2011
    ssfsx17
    @ neoTYPism -- But there is a page image from the Legend Of Zelda series. It's an image of Link meeting the flute boy, whose flute has the power to control the duck that lives in the weathervane.
  • February 25, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Arguably a subtrope of Elemental Powers, in which said element is audio and its ability to tap into the mind.
  • February 25, 2011
    Ronka87
    I'd go with a title that makes it evident it's about flutists--general magic is just too close to Magic Music.

    Also, compare Wandering Minstrel.
  • February 25, 2011
    TooBah
    Subverted in the recent Clash Of The Titans movie--the soldiers with Perseus have made camp, and one of them pulls a flute out of a bag. This film being what it is, you expect it to do something magical. He starts playing... and he's terrible, and nothing special happens. The lead soldier asks to see it, breaks it in half, and throws it aside. The player just gives him a level look, pulls another flute out of the bag and starts playing it just as poorly as before.
  • February 25, 2011
    Chabal2
    Would Bill in Kill Bill count?
  • February 25, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I wasn't denying there was. It's just that there are TWO page images right now, (IIRC it's supposed to have just one image displayed on the page, and the others would be linked to, or something)) in which case I think it would be better to go with the Legend Of Zelda one than the other one. @ ssfsx17
  • February 25, 2011
    AmazinglyEnough
  • February 26, 2011
    Wristmilk
    Cantus from Fraggle Rock played a magical forked pipe.
  • February 26, 2011
    Josech
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The faun Mr. Tumnus (the first Narnian we meet) played a flute lullaby to Lucy on her first trip to Narnia. (At least, in the film he did. I don't have the book handy to check if he did in the original as well.)
  • February 26, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Video Game Example: Nils from Fire Emblem Elibe plays the flute, allowing one character to make an extra move, an later in the game, providing status buffs.
  • February 26, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Mythology And Folklore
    • The Greek god Pan could induce fear and panic with his pipes.
  • February 26, 2011
    MetaFour
    Regarding The Legend Of Zelda, in many of the games Link plays an ocarina, rather than a flute.
  • February 26, 2011
    Rainbow
    Amiboshi from Fushigi Yuugi
  • February 27, 2011
    Kain
    Does Kokopelli count?
  • February 28, 2011
    Momochi
    The titular character of NiGHTS plays the invisible flute.
  • February 28, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Did you see both of earlier comments? @ ssfsx17
  • February 28, 2011
    ssfsx17
    @ neoYTPism : I saw them, but I fail to see why Zelda is more deserving of the top spot than Okami, or why Zelda should exclusively have the page image rights at the expense of Okami.
  • February 28, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^ Pick one or the other, then. I think Zelda is more recognizable, but it's up to you which to keep.
  • February 28, 2011
    troacctid
    The term for a person who plays the flute is a Flutist (alternately, Flautist). So, this trope should be called Magical Flutist.
  • February 28, 2011
    dotchan
    I don't think Fiddler On The Roof counts. His purpose is explained in the initial monologue and title drop: he symbolizes the Jewish people, trying to carve out a living amongst a hostile environment. And I think only the Protagonist can see him anyway.
  • February 28, 2011
    DAN004
    • Naruto's Tayuya is this and Musical Assassin. She can manipulate demonic dolls using it, as well as casting illusions.
  • March 3, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Switching to Magical Flutist on Saturday. Not using Magical Flautist because the spelling won't get associated with "Flute" correctly on Google.
  • March 3, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    • Chester Centaur's magical talent in Xanth is to manifest and play a magical flute.
  • March 3, 2011
    UnicornBlood
    I find it's funny you say "herself" when the first picture on the page is a guy...
  • March 3, 2011
    Ghilz
    Don't put two page images on an article please. If you want more than one, make a collage.
  • March 3, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Is there page with rules on page images?
  • March 4, 2011
    troacctid
  • March 4, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Are there server limitations for static content or something?
  • March 6, 2011
    Sackett
    Pied Piper?

    Can't remember the name, but don't we already have trope around that as the archetype for flute characters?
  • March 8, 2011
    ssfsx17
    ^ Well, it's been a while and people still can't remember. I also checked the works pages for which this trope would have been the most prominent.
  • March 9, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Launching on Saturday. The page images will be edited into a collage to appease the static server gremlins.
  • March 9, 2011
    Sheora
    I would put a redirect from Flautist. Both forms of the word are grammatically acceptable (it's actually contested among Flutists).

    Examples to add:
    • Kill Bill - Bill plays a wooden flute which lends to his mysteriousness.
    • The Dark Crystal - Jen's split flute comes in handy for identifying the true shard and in a bonding scene with fellow Gelfling Kira.
  • March 10, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^ Do you have to be so snarky about it?

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