* The ending: [[spoiler:Captain Vidal, the main villain, is surrounded by rebels while carrying his baby son. Realizing that he would soon be killed, he hands his son to another character, Mercedes, and calmly requests that the child is later told of his heroic exploits. Mercedes cuts him off, stating "No. He won't even know your name." right before her brother, a fellow rebel, draws a pistol and shoots the Captain in the face.]]
** [[{{Woolseyism}} Added awesome in the French dub]] in which she switches her way to address him from formal ''vous'', as due to someone of his rank, to informal ''tu'', and she sounds like she's been ''waiting for so long'' to use it to his face and kick him off his pedestal.
* It should be added that [[spoiler:destroying the rebels and passing on his name were the only things Vidal seemed to care about; having the first denied him was bad, but when Mercedes denies him the second, it's really the only time in the film you see him look genuinely upset about something.]]
** When she [[spoiler:breaks free from Vidal's torture and [[GlasgowGrin slices his cheek open]]. From the inside.]]
*** Complete with the utterly ''awesome'' line [[spoiler:"You're not the first pig I've gutted."]] Oh, yes.
**** And his earlier line - [[SuicidalOverconfidence "For God's sake, she's just a woman"]].
**** [[spoiler: [[{{PrecisionFStrike}} Motherfucker]].]]
* Garcia closing in on Mercedes, and everything looks hopeless. Then, a gunshot. And there's just enough time after the gunshot is heard but before there's any effect to wonder who fired and where it came from, when [[spoiler: the whistling bullet hits Garcia in the shoulder. And then the other shoulder. And he just keeps rocking back and forth as he's hit by bullets before one blows his brains out, and '''[[TheCavalry the fucking cavalry]] appears''']].
* Vidal [[spoiler: stitches his own cheek back together without anything more than a grunt of pain]].
* Doctor Ferreiro gets a quieter, more subtle one when he [[spoiler: euthanizes a captured rebel rather than heal him for more torture, as he was ordered]]. Vidal asks why the doctor disobeyed, to which the doctor responds, "Because to obey orders just like that, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight for the sake of obeying]]... [[MyCountryRightOrWrong that is something that only people like you do, Captain]]." [[spoiler: [[FaceDeathWithDignity Ferreiro's death immediately afterwards is one of the most beautiful and dignified deaths this troper has ever seen.]]]]
* Guillermo del Toro ''himself'' gets one for giving normally typecast actors a chance to break out. del Toro was under much criticism by several directors in the Spanish movie industry for casting many of the actors in roles that apparently did not suit them. One director predicted that the movie would be a huge flop due to his choices in actors, going on to say that ďobviously you donít know these things because youíre MexicanĒ. del Toroís response? ďItís not that I donít know it-- itís that I donít give a fuck.Ē When Panís Labyrinth premiered (and was subsequently an enormous hit), the Spanish director had no choice but to apologize for his remarks.
** For a specific example Sergi Lopez, who played Captain Vidal, had only been known for comedic roles. With this film he portrayed one of the most terrifying and evil villains of the last decade.
* Another meta example: Doug Jones, who played the Faun, does not speak Spanish. So he learned all of his lines phonetically - and even though he was later overdubbed by a Spanish speaker, his efforts mean that the overdubbing is nearly seamless. Furthermore, he had to learn all of Ofelia's lines as well (so he would know when to speak), and was essentially acting while deaf - the servos in his costume were so loud that he couldn't hear her actress speak.
* Guillermo del Toro sat next to Creator/StephenKing during a showing; in the commentary, he said watching King - [[NightmareFetishist no stranger to horror]] - squirming in his chair during the Child Eater scene was akin to winning the Oscar.
* This movie got a 22-MINUTE standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
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