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->"''I happen to believe that family is the source of all the joy and all the horror in our lives both. That's my starting point in every tale.''"

Guillermo del Toro Gómez (born October 9, 1964) is a critically acclaimed filmmaker and author from Mexico, widely known for his work on the SpeculativeFiction genre. He is perhaps best recognized by moviegoers as director of the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film series, as well as his best-received film, ''Film/PansLabyrinth''.

Del Toro is notoriously known for turning down high-budgeted SummerBlockbuster movies to work on smaller, independent projects. So far he has rejected offers to direct ''Film/IAmLegend''; ''Film/OneMissedCall''; ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''; ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', and even ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''. He did, however, accept an offer to work on the ''Film/TheHobbit'' film series, but ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''-helmer Creator/PeterJackson wound up taking over the director's spot, with del Toro staying on as a writer. Another famed characteristic of Del Toro is [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder being attached to so many things]] that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_del_Toro#Future_projects his "future projects"]] are very different than [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_del_Toro_filmography what actually comes out]].

He is currently developing ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'', which he is producing at Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. He also announced that he made [=DreamWorks=] his animation home and has already worked on a few projects, including ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. The full press release can be read [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3id8b4313a40c3bc11cb00b07f74df9f4a here]].

He made his literary debut with co-author Chuck Hogan in 2009, with the release of a vampire novel, ''Literature/TheStrain''. It is the first part of a trilogy of novels. He was also hoping for a final sequel to the Hellboy movies until a reboot was announced in 2017.

His pet project is adapting Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' for the big screen. Despite backing from Creator/JamesCameron and tentative agreement by Creator/TomCruise to star, the project was [[ExecutiveMeddling cancelled by Universal]]: partly because they thought it unlikely for a CosmicHorrorStory film to make money at the box office, and partly because del Toro refused to [[{{Bowdlerise}} tone down some of its elements so that it would likely be rated PG-13]] (his proposed script would definitely catch an R). He has also adamantly refused to include a TokenRomance. He made attempts to find financing with 20th Century Fox, but more recently stated that he wished to put the project on hold due to its similarity to Creator/{{Ridley Scott}}'s ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The latest news concerning the project seems to indicate that Legendary is open to funding the film and he has compromised on his desire for an R-rating, but he will likely not begin production until after ''Crimson Peak'' and the ''Pacific Rim'' sequel have been released.

Is a frequent collaborator with Creator/RonPerlman and [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Mike Mignola]]. He is also OneOfUs being an avid gamer who cites games like ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' as being his favorites and he was developing ''Insane'', as well as ''VideoGame/SilentHills'' with Creator/HideoKojima before both got cancelled. He is also friends with fellow Mexican directors Creator/AlfonsoCuaron and Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu, the three being collectively known as "The Three Amigos of Cinema."

Not remotely related to actor Benicio Del Toro.
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!!Films:

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** ''Film/{{Cronos}}''
** ''Film/{{Mimic}}'' (His only OldShame, because the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio]] changed his ending. You can see that he put a lot of love into the rest of it, however.)
** ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone''
** ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' and its sequel, ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''.
** ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' (His most acclaimed work)
** ''Film/PacificRim''
** ''Series/TheStrain'' (Directed the feature-length pilot episode and co-wrote the teleplay with novel collaborator Chuck Hogan.)
** ''Film/CrimsonPeak'' (Starring Creator/MiaWasikowska, Creator/TomHiddleston, and [[{{Series/Supernatural}} Jim Beaver]]. It also reunites him with ''Pacific Rim'' stars Burn Gorman and Charlie Hunnam)
** ''Film/TheShapeOfWater'' (a FantasticRomance set during the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar)
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}''

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[[folder: As Director only: ]]

** ''Film/BladeII''

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[[folder: As Writer only: ]]

** ''Film/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark''

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[[folder: Other Work: ]]

* ''Hellboy: The Science of Evil'', a video game based on the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film series which was published by Creator/{{Konami}}. (Writer)
* ''Literature/TheStrain'' (Novel, 2009), and its sequels, ''The Fall'' (2010) and ''Night Eternal'' (2011); all with Chuck Hogan.
* ''Franchise/TheHauntedMansion'' (Upcoming film, [[http://heatvision.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/07/guillermo-del-toro-to-bring-disneys-haunted-mansion-ride-to-the-bigscreen.html with a screenplay by Del Toro]], based on the ride at Disneyland.)
* ''Literature/{{Trollhunters}}'' ({{Young Adult|Literature}} novel, developed into an animated series)
* ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated'' (Producer)
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' (Formerly directing and co-writing, but after several years in DevelopmentHell he stepped down as director, and remains as a co-writer with Creator/PeterJackson (and his usual writing team).
* ''Insane'' (horror video game originally intended to be released in 2013; currently canceled as a result of THQ's bankruptcy, but with the intellectual rights transferring to del Toro).
* ''Film/JuliasEyes'' (producer)
* ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' (executive producer)
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' (executive producer)
* ''Film/{{Mama}}'' (executive producer)
* ''Film/TheOrphanage'' (executive producer)
* Intro for ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E2TreehouseOfHorrorXXIV Treehouse of Horror XXIV]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' (executive producer)
* ''VideoGame/SilentHills'' (a ''Franchise/SilentHill'' game, collaborating with Creator/HideoKojima, now cancelled)
* ''VideoGame/DeathStranding'' (collaboration with Creator/HideoKojima, in an acting role[[note]]though technically he serves as an [[InkSuitActor ink suit]] for a character played by another, to-be-determined actor.[[/note]])
* ''Film/PacificRimUprising'' (as producer)
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!!Tropes common to his works include:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: His works tend to have lots of these. Reaches its height at ''Pacific Rim'', where almost every named character has an impossibly cool name (probably an homage to ''Gundam's'' unusual character names).
** He also counts as this. His name, Guillermo Del Toro means "William of the Bull".
* BittersweetEnding
* BreakTheCutie: Many of his films feature children in extreme peril.
* CelebrityResemblance: [[WebVideo/HonestTrailers The Honest Trailer]] for ''Pacific Rim'' calls del Toro "the Latino Creator/PeterJackson". The pictures shown reinforces their resemblance.
* ClockworkCreature: ''Film/{{Cronos}}'' and the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movies have both featured creatures powered by clockwork. A clock also features prominently in ''Film/PansLabyrinth''.
* CreatorThumbprint: Slime, aspects of ClockPunk (or at least, clocks), things in jars (often PeopleJars), and references to Roman Catholicism. The supernatural is extremely common, and he's also greatly interested in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar.
** As seen in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', ''Film/BladeII'', ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', ''Film/PacificRim'' and ''Series/TheStrain'', he loves giving his monsters prehensile throat appendages.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Most of his films feature sympathetic monsters.
* TheFairFolk: Seen in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movies and ''Film/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark''.
* FracturedFairyTale
* GenreThrowback: ''Film/CrimsonPeak'' is one for Gothic Romance.
* HumansAreBastards: See DarkIsNotEvil; often, it's the humans who are far worse than any monster.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted and played straight.
* KidsAreCruel: A recurring theme in his work. Partially a deliberate subversion of the ChildrenAreInnocent movie cliche, and partially allegedly drawn from his own childhood experiences.
** Although don't let that and the aforementioned BreakTheCutie trope lead you to believe he hates kids: he has a few of his own, and mentioned he plays video games with his daughter. Awww...
* LonelyRichKid: His father won the Mexican lottery when he was little, built a Chrysler dealership empire from the money, and Guillermo was living in a gigantic mansion by the time he was seven. He said if his sister wasn't around, he could have genuinely died of boredom as a child in that place.
* MagicRealism
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: His depictions of supernatural creatures often deviate from the norm.
* SceneryPorn: Most of his films include this in some capacity.
* SignatureStyle: In addition to his CreatorThumbprint, his films often favor a specific and small palette (amber for ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', blue-green for ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' and yellow/blue for night/day in ''Film/BladeII'').
** He also likes a particular type of creepiness; "I have a sort of a fetish for insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things,"
** ....and seriously, what is his problem with Father Figures?
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Despite a reasonable amount of cynicism, there is a good amount of optimism in his films.