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->''"You have thirteen hours in which to solve the Labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us...forever."''
-->-- '''Jareth, the Goblin King'''

''Labyrinth'' is a 1986 Creator/JimHenson film executive produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas, a musical fantasy starring Music/DavidBowie and Creator/JenniferConnelly (and David Bowie's package). Sarah is an unhappy teenager, who hides from life in fantasy tales to the point of dressing up in a long flowing dress and acting [[{{LARP}} bits of script]] in the park. The cause of her unhappiness is her father's remarriage and the resulting half-brother, Toby (played by concept artist Creator/BrianFroud's son [[TheDanza Toby]]), about a year old at the time of the action. One night, in a particularly big sulk, she wishes that the Goblin King (called Jareth) would come and take Toby away -- which, to her horror, he immediately does. He then offers her a dream-fulfillment crystal if she'll agree to forget Toby, which she refuses. Jareth gives Sarah a chance to rescue Toby; he takes her to his realm, where she must find her way through the Labyrinth to Jareth's citadel before thirteen hours elapse. In this she is aided by various goblins and monsters whose allegiance to Jareth is highly conditional or non-existent.

An [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth:_The_Computer_Game adventure game]] based on film was released by LucasArts, written by DouglasAdams. It had some meta humor, in that it began with the player taking on the role of someone going to see the ''movie'', with an annoying nerd yammering on about FridgeLogic in the film (such as ''why'' did Sarah eat the peach?) before [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Jareth appears to pull the player into the Labyrinth.]]

Is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', and was itself Spiritually Succeeded by ''Film/MirrorMask''. Although a box office flop, it has since become a CultClassic.

The film is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids mainly]] aimed at children, but has plenty to engage an adult audience -- not least of all David Bowie's [[MemeticMutation area]], a [[{{DrinkingGame/Labyrinth}} few fan-made drinking games]], and the many, many tropes available for hunting...

It should not be confused with ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', which is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not aimed at children]].

Creator/BrianFroud, who designed much of this film, later published an art book entitled ''The Goblins of Labyrinth'' featuring humorous biographies of the various goblins written by Terry Jones. Many of the illustrations are concept art made for the film, with some small deviations (Sarah, for instance, is a redhead).

A four-novel [[OELManga English manga]] sequel called ''ReturnToLabyrinth'' was published by Creator/{{Tokyopop}} over 2006-10.

Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment announced a graphic novel prequel detailing the backstory of Jareth in early 2012; DevelopmentHell kicked in and it won't be arriving any sooner than 2014. In the meantime, Archaia's most recent Free Comic Book Day compilations both included stories about other characters from this film ("Hoggle and the Worm" in 2012, and a story featuring Sir Didymus in 2013).

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: The '''only''' time that Jareth gets Hoggle's name right is on the occasion of the "If she ever kisses you..." threat. He's just as bad with Mayor Spittledrum's name in the manga.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Their [[UglyCute adorableness]] is debatable but this trope fits the goblins quite well.
* AdultFear: At the beginning, after Sarah wishes that the goblins would take Toby away and leaves the room, Toby stops crying and then she goes back into his room and discovers that he's gone!
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The Cleaners.
* AffablyEvil: Jareth.
* AgentPeacock: Jareth.
* AllJustADream: Lampshaded, then subverted. Twice. Possibly.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Averted -- it draws elements from folklore and fairy tales, but is not based on any one story (though the basic premise is similar to Maurice Sendak's ''Outside Over There'').
* AndroclesLion: Sarah saves Ludo from some goblins and he returns the favor by becoming her companion. He later saves her twice over with his ability to call upon rocks: first when the bridge over the Bog of Eternal Stench collapses, and second when their party proves outnumbered in the goblin city.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: A CGI-based one, as a barn owl swoops above and around the titles.
* ArcWords: "You have ''no power'' over me!"
** "It's not fair!"
** "[[TemptingFate It's a piece of cake!]]" or a variation thereof. This always leads to [[spoiler: Jareth or the Labyrinth itself increasing the difficulty level considerably]]. For example, when Sarah exclaims this after solving a logic puzzle in her path, [[spoiler:the floor falls out from underneath her and drops her into an oubliette from which she only escapes thanks to Hoggle's help]].
* BadBadActing: Sarah's moments of acting for rehearsing her play, or when she's being deliberately melodramatic ("GOBLIN KING, GOBLIN KING!") are obviously intended to be bad acting. Unfortunately, they're not really any different from the rest of Connelly's performance, leaving there to be no real line between when she's just a drama queen teenager and when she needs to [[LetsGetDangerous get serious]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Kicks off the entire plot.
* BishieSparkle: Jareth, of course.
* {{Bishonen}}: The creator of ''Return to Labyrinth'' actually referred to Jareth as one. Too bad the comic's art beyond the cover didn't follow true to that word; there were many a disappointed fan after opening the book...
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Creator/MCEscher stairs scene -- and everything else as well. It's a [[LivingLabyrinth magical Labyrinth]] that constantly shifts and readjusts itself, and most of the walls and doors are alive.
** UpToEleven during "Within You".
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Well, Jareth isn't exactly EVIL, but still...
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Goblin King claims to be generous with Sarah by living up to her expectations: taking Toby away at her request, being frightening when Sarah expected him to be, and setting up the entire adventure for her "benefit".
** Until you realize [[spoiler: he's performing ''her play'' in front of her.]]
* BookEnds: The barn owl in flight -- arriving in the beginning to observe Sarah in the park, and leaving at the end after seeing her celebrating with her friends. The significance of this is that by the end, the audience knows full well what it really is (namely, Jareth's shapeshifted form).
* CannotTellALie: [[KnightsAndKnaves A guard who always tells the truth; its counterpart always lies.]] The trick isn't figuring out which is which, but posing a question that would get the same answer from either.
-->Guard 1: Is that right?
-->Guard 2: I don't know; I've never understood it!
* ChangedMyMindKid: Hoggle.
* ChangelingTale: The result of Sarah's wish.
* ChekhovsArmory: Sarah's entire bedroom. Plush Didymus, plush Ludo, the musicbox with Sarah's PimpedOutDress, a Jareth-looking statue, a print of that Escher drawing, it's all there. Not to mention, there's a picture of DavidBowie with Sarah's actress mother in the scrap book and in the mirror, although this is not a CelebrityParadox at work. That relates to AllThereInTheManual backstory: The novelization explains that this fellow is ''Jeremy'', the fellow actor she left the family for. He gave Sarah, who found him glamourous and charming, the music box.
* ChekhovsGun: A line she forgot from a play.
-->'''Sarah''': [[spoiler:You have no power over me.]]
* CirclingMonologue: In their climactic confrontation, Jareth circles Sarah as he explains how "generous" he has been to her up to this point.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Marvel did one (Type 1 in that it retold the story) as a tie-in when the film hit theaters; spanning three issues, it was collected into one volume afterward.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* ConspicuousCG: The owl in the opening credits, and the chair Sarah throws through the bubble.
* CrystalBall: Jareth likes to juggle these around and use them for SinisterSurveillance of Sarah as she makes her way through the labyrinth. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick made the obvious reference of David Bowie [[AccidentalInnuendo waving balls in front of her face.]]
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Jareth threatens to have Hoggle suspended headfirst over the Bog of Eternal Stench, if he betrays him.
* DaddysGirl
* DancePartyEnding: One of the earlier examples of this trope.
* TheDanza: Toby, played by illustrator/creature designer Creator/BrianFroud's son Toby.
* DeconstructorFleet: Of the fairytale heroine genre.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Well, not defeat, but more like "battle to a draw". Still, Ludo doing so impresses Sir Didymus enough to make peace and call him a friend.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The point of this movie. It's about the transition from childhood to adulthood, and Sarah does just that... in the presence of DavidBowie. Wait, what?
** Also, the line "The excitement of David Bowie" from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT_xpFZe20A trailer]] takes a whole new meaning now that his [[MemeticSexGod crotch]] has gone [[MemeticMutation memetic]].
* DownTheRabbitHole
* DreamBallet: "As the World Falls Down" ("I'll place the moooon/Within your heart").
* DrillTank
* EasilyForgiven: Hoggle confesses to Sarah that Jareth told him to give her the peach, and then says he doesn't ''deserve'' to be forgiven. She still does.
* EightiesHair: Especially Jareth, who is all new romantic-y looking. How many {{anime}} characters copied that cut?
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Within You". (In-story, it's the just-short-of-thirteen o'clock number.)
* EndlessCorridor: When Sarah first enters the Labyrinth, it appears to be this.
* MrFanservice[=/=]PerverseSexualLust: Pretty much everyone on the internet ever wants to get into Jareth's tights.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Jareth seems to have some kind of glitter fetish.
* EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding
* EvilBrit: Jareth.
* TheEvilPrince: Though he bears the title of king, Jareth acts more like a spoiled prince who'd rather be doing anything but actually ''ruling'' the goblins.
* ExactWords: "I have sworn with my life's blood, none shall pass this way without ''my'' permission!"
** When Sarah finally simply ''asks'' his permission, that works, although it seems he had never considered that.
* ExpandedUniverse
** In OELManga form, there's Tokyopop's ''Return to Labyrinth'', which picks up the story with a now-teenaged Toby and [[spoiler: adult Sarah, the latter now with a {{Literal Split Personality}}]].
** Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment's prequel will be a traditional graphic novel telling Jareth's origin story. (It won't be compatible with ''Return to Labyrinth'', which came up with its own backstory for the character.)
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Less than thirteen hours pass in the goblin world over the course of Sarah's journey -- and in Sarah's world, less than ''six'' hours pass over the course of the film. (This is largely Jareth's doing, owing to his RealityWarper abilities.)
* FacePalm: Hoggle does this when Sarah says to Jareth that the labyrinth is a "piece of cake."
* TheFairFolk: Most of the goblins don't fit this trope, but it describes Jareth ''perfectly''. Arrogance, rules lawyering, and being as unfair as possible while claiming he's being totally fair.
* FemaleGaze: There's a reason the internet is more than a little bit obsessed with David Bowie's crotch.
** Better yet, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvGRl03XAPI it was intentional]]. Bowie's design was meant to look like a young girl's dream rock star.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero /TheChick: Sarah
** TheLancer: Sir Didymus
** TheSmartGuy: Hoggle
** TheBigGuy: Ludo
** TeamPet: Ambrosius
* FreudianExcuse and FreezeFrameBonus: One of the newspaper clippings has Sarah's actress mother dating in the newspaper...DavidBowie? WordOfGod said this was intentional. It's not a CelebrityParadox, but ''is'' related to the AllThereInTheManual backstory: The novelization explains that ''this'' fellow is "Jeremy", the fellow actor she left the family for. Which explains why the Goblin King looks like David Bowie -- her mother effectively left her father for him!
* FurryConfusion: Sir Didymus, some sort of dog-knight, is astride a normal-looking dog.
* GRatedDrug: The peach.
* GentleGiant: Ludo.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "What kind of magic spell to use?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViftZTfRSt8 Coke-snorting "magic spell"?]]
* GiantPoofySleeves: The sleeves on Sarah's fancy dress are probably bigger than Jareth's hair.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals
* GravityScrew: The Escher room is this for Sarah.
* GrowingUpSucks: Subverted, in that Sarah comes to the realization that while she cannot let childhood nostalgia and fantasy overtake her life, they are things that are important to remember and learn from "every now and again" as she enters adulthood.
* HakunaMatata: "Chilly Down" is this crossbred with a VillainSong.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hoggle.]]
* HelpingHands: They were trying to help Sarah after she fell into the oubliette, but "She chose dooowwnnn!"
* TheHerosJourney: The plot actually follows this pretty clearly.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Two of Jareth's outfits have high collars.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Upon ending up in a garbage dump outside the Goblin City, Sarah is distracted for a while by a mock-up of her bedroom back home, leading her to believe the adventure was all just a dream. Even after the lady from the dump barges inside, she's still content to sit and idle for a while with her dolls and toys. But the facsimile is too perfect; it also included a copy of her play, which reminded her about her mission to save Toby.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Sir Didymus, a chivalrous, fox-like knight who rides a sheepdog called Ambrosius. This is also an example of FurryConfusion, in that we have a normal, barking and growling canine serving as mount for an anthropomorphic canine (or possibly a squirrel or skunk) who can walk and talk, but also barks and growls along with his mount on occasion.
* HulkSpeak: Ludo.
-->'''Ludo:''' Ludo sad!
* HumongousMecha: Guards the gates to the Goblin City; AllThereInTheManual material reveals that its name is, in fact, "Humongous".
-->'''Humongous''': '''''[[WhoDares WHO GOES?]]'''''
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: How Sarah [[spoiler:wins, at the end]]. ''"[[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore You have no power over me!!]]"''
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: Averted, as the only reason the baby is kidnapped is because Sarah wished for that to happen.
* IntangibleMan: During "Within You", Jareth phases ''through'' Sarah.
* ItsAllJunk: The junk heap scene gives the trope its name.
* KnightsAndKnaves: However, [[spoiler:it's rigged, and even though Sarah takes the right door, she ends up falling into the Oubliette. See the Trope page for KnightsAndKnaves for the likely reason why this sort of puzzle is often a MortonsFork]].]]
* {{LARP}}: Sarah's (isolated) hobby.
* LargeHam: Jareth, played by David Bowie.
-->'''Jareth''': Nothing? ''Nothing?'' '''''NOTHING, tra-la-la?'''''
* LaughWithMe: Just before the "Magic Dance" sequence, Jareth laughs, then demands that his goblins join in. Once they do, he shuts them up for the song. Much the same happens after Sarah is trapped in the oubliette.
* LifeIsntFair: Boy, does Sarah learn ''this'' the hard way...
** In fact, she learns it ''very'' quickly, and reminds Hoggle of the fact when she steals his jewels and ''he'' accuses ''her'' of not being fair. Touche.
* LivingLabyrinth
* LordErrorProne: Sir Didymus.
* LosingYourHead: The Fireys.
* LotusEaterMachine: The ball, and the replica of her bedroom afterwards.
* LovableTraitor: Hoggle.
* MagicalLand: The Labyrinth.
* MakeAWish: All Sarah has to do is wish for her baby brother to disappear, and goblins ferry him away.
* MalevolentMugshot
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: Reciting a line from a play]] defeats the Goblin King. Really, that's what finally stops him.[[note]]There is a parallel between this and what got the adventure started in the first place. Sarah makes a long histrionic speech exhorting the Goblin King to come spirit Toby away; the goblins are notably unfazed. He immediately turns up, however, when Sarah makes the request in direct terms. Compare to her reciting her highly poetic line at the end, only to finally cast Jareth away when she declares him powerless.[[/note]]
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: If Jareth had settled on just giving Hoggle orders then there would have been no problem, especially since Hoggle is a dyed-in-the-wool misanthrope. However, Jareth just can't seem to stop insulting Hoggle, belittling him, physically mistreating him, and issuing dire threats (it was probably his threat to dump Hoggle into the Bog Of Eternal Stench that finally tipped the scales). [[spoiler: The manga reveals that Jareth makes good on his threat]].
* MultipleHeadCase: The Fireys.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Alternate Universe, with a touch of All In Their Heads for "As the World Falls Down". All four song-and-dance numbers take place in the MagicalLand; moreover, unlike many musicals they aren't spread out amongst the main characters -- the Fireys get one and Jareth gets the other three, suggesting that singing is simply a way they communicate with others and/or amuse themselves.
* MustMakeAmends: The plot of the movie follows this.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Hoggle, after giving Sarah the peach. Also Sarah herself, when she realized the goblins had ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor listened]]'' when she wished they'd take Toby away.
* NobodyCanDie: Purposefully invoked by the filmmakers.
** There are things more significant than death at stake here: this isn't a battle of mortality, this is a battle of the spirit; a battle between going with what's easy vs attaining some form of self realization. Death is easy, being someone you can live with is harder.
* NoSongForTheWicked: Completely inverted -- the only characters who sing are the villain, his minions, and a menacing WackyWaysideTribe.
* NothingIsScarier: Toby begins crying absolutely uncontrollably, and Sarah says, "I wish the goblins ''would'' come and take you away-- right now." And ''instantaneously,'' there is silence, and the audience (and Sarah) realize that's ''exactly what happened.''
* OminousOwl: Jareth's shapeshifted form is that of a barn owl.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The entire labyrinth...although it's not really judging cleverness so much as the ability to think "outside the box".
* {{Oubliette}}
-->'''Hoggle:''' Oh don't act so smart. You don't even know what an oubliette is.
-->'''Sarah:''' Do you?
-->'''Hoggle:''' Yes. It's a place you put people... to forget about 'em!
* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts: This movie managed ''two'' Movie Tie-In Music Videos, both of which have Bowie as himself: "Underground" sends him into a mysterious alley where he meets seemingly half the puppet cast (no VideoFullOfFilmClips here!) and "As the World Falls Down" has Hoggle bearing witness to a LoveBeforeFirstSight situation (a woman falls for Bowie via a photo, he falls for her via a painting). The latter initially went unaired when the single release was cancelled, but both videos have since been featured on career-spanning Bowie compilations.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They're a bunch of small sprites that Hoggle sprays like bugs, and they tend to bite.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: In folklore, one of the main attributes of goblins is that they steal babies. Jareth looks mostly human (if he wasn't a stolen baby himself).
* PaintedOnPants: Jareth.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: This bookends the movie's opening credit sequence, which panned ''down'' as it followed the barn owl's flight.
* ParentalAbandonment: The novelization says that Sarah's mother, an actress, walked out on the family and took up with a charming fellow actor named Jeremy. While most of this is AllThereInTheManual material, in the film there is a picture of the mother with a male co-star in Sarah's scrapbook, and he looks ''awfully'' like Jareth...
* PimpedOutDress: Sarah's ultra-puffy dream dress.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: The Bog of Eternal Stench. It not only stinks with a odor that's too horrible to describe, it curses anyone who puts so much as a foot in its waters with the same odor - forever.
* PolitenessJudo
* PopStarComposer: Well, who do you ''think?''
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Sarah's BFG. In fact, Hoggle is so gobsmacked that she calls him a friend is enough [[spoiler: to instigate his HeelFaceTurn]].
* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: A goblin does this to himself near the beginning of the film after being told to shut up by the others.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Sarah must solve the Labyrinth within 13 hours.
* RealityWarper: The Labyrinth is essentially Jareth's plaything; he's capable of altering time and space at will. [[spoiler: But he holds no power over humans who enter his realm unless they give themselves willingly.]]
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: When Sarah mutters to her colicky infant brother, "I wish the goblins would come and take you away. Right now," she has no idea they are listening.
* RoadSignReversal: Sarah draws arrows on the ground to show which path she's already taken. When she's not looking, goblins flip and turn the tiles with the arrows on them, so she loses her way.
* RummageSaleReject: Almost a literal one with the Junk Lady.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted. A goblin tries to escape the battle in the climax by going into his home, but the rocks summoned by Ludo crash into his house.
-->'''Goblin:''' I've had enough. I'm going to bed! *''Rocks enter his home''* Oh, get out of my house!
* SeniorSleepCycle: The Wise Man falls asleep mid-sentence, much to the chagrin of his talking hat.
* SeveredHeadSports: Although the heads aren't severed, the film has the fire-starters who remove their heads and use them to play something akin to volleyball. While singing. Naturally, this concerns the protagonist. She gets even more concerned when the they try to remove ''her'' head.
* ShoutOut
** Amongst the books in the panning shot of Sarah's room are ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre'' and ''Outside Over There'' by Maurice Sendak; the latter picture book (1981) is particularly significant because it's about a girl rescuing her sibling from goblins, though it's a ''much'' simpler and different tale. (According to Brian Froud in the ''Empire'' retrospective, "The link between his work and ours was only noticed well into production", as the concept of goblins stealing babies is well-established folklore and the original jumping-off point for the project.) Henson's "artistic debt" to Sendak's work is acknowledged in the end credits.
** Sarah's dream is right out of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" in more ways than one. Plus, it's the result of [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs her consuming a bewitched fruit]].
** "You remind me of the babe" is a direct reference to the ending of ''Film/TheBachelorAndTheBobbySoxer'' (1947).
** As Sir Didymus rides through the Goblin City to rejoin his allies, he cries [[Main/TheLoneRanger "Hi-ho Silver, away!"]]
* SlouchOfVillainy: Jareth's preferred way of "sitting" in his throne. (Used to provide the trope's page image.)
* SmoochOfVictory: Sarah gives Hoggle one after he helps her escape the Fireys -- not knowing that Jareth had warned him that if she ever did that, he'd make good on his threat of the Bog of Eternal Stench...
* TheSoCalledCoward: Hoggle.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: "I wish the goblins would take you away - right now! ...Toby?"
* SpiritualSuccessor: The second of a Spiritual Trilogy; see the main description.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jareth for Sarah.
* StarringSpecialEffects: The vast majority of the inhabitants of the Labyrinth are these, after all.
* {{Steampunk}}: The mecha at the Goblin City's gates.
* SurroundedByIdiots: "Well, laugh!" No wonder Jareth fancies Sarah, he's probably desperate for a conversation with someone with a IQ above one digit.
* TakeOurWordForIt: For obvious reasons, the odor of the Bog of Eternal Stench. In fact, when Sarah asks if all it does is smell, Hoggle says, "Believe me, ''that's'' enough." And judging by the look on Sarah's face when she finally sees the place, he's right.
* TalentDouble: Used for the contact juggling, which Bowie himself was unable to do. Thankfully. (In other words, someone else is playing with Bowie's balls!)
* TemptingFate: ''Never'' say the Labyrinth is "a piece of cake." Especially to Jareth's face. You will swiftly regret it.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The look on Jareth's face when Sarah finally remembers her line and stands up to him is priceless.
* [[Main/ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself This Is Something She's Got To Do Herself]]: Once Sarah and her friends reach the castle, she tells them she has to face Jareth alone, [[Main/GenreSavvy "Because that's the way it's done."]] [[spoiler: And that IS the way it is in the forgotten script for her play...]]
--> '''Sir Didymus''': Well if that is the way it is done, then that is the way you must do it.
* TrollBridge: Sir Didymus' bridge.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Jareth has several costume changes as the film progresses.
* VillainousCheekbones: Jareth, of course.
* VillainousCrush: Currently provides the page quote.
* VillainSong: This film is pretty much ''Villain Songs -- The Movie!'' (Well, seriously, when someone like David Bowie is playing the villain, he's obviously going to have quite a few of them.)
** "Magic Dance" and "Within You" for Jareth (the latter is also an ObsessionSong, shading into VillainLoveSong).
** "Chilly Down" for the Fireys.
* VillainLoveSong: "As the World Falls Down".
* VisualInnuendo: Jareth playing with his crystal balls while wearing skin-tight leggings.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Jareth.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Or thirteen (goblin time being what it is) Toby will become one of them if Sarah doesn't solve the Labyrinth by then. The ballroom dance sequence climaxes just as the clock strikes twelve, as per the ''Cinderella'' motif. [[spoiler: When she defeats Jareth, it's just as the clock strikes thirteen; when Sarah and Toby are returned to their world, it's midnight there.]]
** In a {{subversion}}, Jareth actually ''spins the hands on his clock forward'' after Sarah works up the nerve to boast that the Labyrinth is a piece of cake.
* WickedStepmother: The stepmother invokes this, saying Sarah insists on treating her like one.
* WorldBuilding: As is normal when Creator/JimHenson and Creator/BrianFroud work together, with no small assist by Terry Jones; the tie-in book ''The Goblins of Labyrinth'' (written by Jones and featuring Froud's concept art) goes into hugely goofy detail about their society and folklore.
* {{Yandere}}: Jareth certainly has his moments...
* YellowBrickRoad: Although she is of course running around (and often getting lost) in a deadly maze, Sarah has only one goal: to find Toby in the center of the labyrinth and every step she takes is to try to get her further towards that goal.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: When Sarah tells Jareth the Labyrinth is "a piece of cake", he proceeds to magically reduce her remaining time to solve it.
-->'''Sarah:''' That's not fair!
-->'''Jareth:''' You say that so often. [[DeadpanSnarker I wonder what your basis for comparison is]].
* YouRemindMeOfX: "[[VillainSong You remind me of the babe...]]"
* [[spoiler: YourMindMakesItReal: Heavily implied - Jareth even outright states that he was everything she ''wanted'' him to be.]]
** [[spoiler: Which is why when Sarah realizes that she's the one in control, not Jareth, he instantly loses all power.]]
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'' "Thank goodness, all those David Bowie crotch jokes are over!" "Hey, look at that bulge..." "SHUT UP!!!" ''