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Imagine ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' [[XMeetsY meeting]] ''Literature/TheBoyInTheStripedPyjamas'', then joined by ''TheWindThatShakesTheBarley'' with a sizable portion of [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm The Brothers]] [[{{Grimmification}} Grimm]] thrown in.

You'll get...

''Pan's Labyrinth'' (Original Spanish title: ''El laberinto del fauno''), a dark, modern-day fairy tale, complete with [[TheFairFolk fairies]], [[SecretTestOfCharacter Secret Tests Of Character]], and monsters -- not all of them supernatural.

It's set in 1944, just after the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (a favorite period for Mexico-born Creator/GuillermoDelToro, the film's writer and director), with Spain's democratically elected socialist government overthrown by Francisco Franco's Falangists (Spanish Fascists or "National-Catholics") and the new government attempting to weed out the last traces of LaResistance. The story centers on Ofelia, an only child whose widowed mother Carmen [[GuessWhoImMarrying has agreed to marry]] the ruthless Captain Vidal to provide for them. In turn, he expects her to bear him a son.

Ofelia and her mother are taken to a villa in the mountains near an old labyrinth (the titular Faun's one) to be near Captain Vidal for the birth while he hunts down rebels. She is quickly [[BrokenMasquerade taken into]] a ChangelingFantasy about how she is [[RagsToRoyalty secretly princess]] of the underworld fairy kingdom, lost to humanity for many ages. The Faun and his labyrinth were one of many made by her father, the King of the Underworld, as gateways in the hope she would return.

As [[MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest she undergoes trials to prove her soul is uncorrupted]] by [[HumansAreBastards living among humans]], so do the rebels, her mother, and her nursemaid and only friend Mercedes.

Warning, this film is a TearJerker. A ''profoundly disturbing'' TearJerker, as well as a great source of horror. For those of you who [[RRatedOpening missed the R rating]] ...[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids this fairy tale is very definitely not for children]].

It is notable that many {{squick}}s and nightmares were induced by this movie due to it being advertised as "family friendly". Especially in Europe, trailers shown only mentioned the fantasy parts. The fact that it takes place during Franco's regime is completely ignored, as is every mention of gruesomeness. Rated everything from 12+ (France, Japan, Iceland, Taiwan) to 21+ (Singapore) in cinemas.

Now the subject of an upcoming [[TheMusical musical adaptation]] written by Del Toro himself, with Gustavo Santaolalla (''Film/{{Babel}}'', ''BrokebackMountain'' and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'') and Music/PaulWilliams composing music/lyrics, respectively.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Ofelia.
* AdultFear: For a film with supernatural terrors as scary as the Pale Man, it's an accomplishment that the most chilling moments in the film come from the very real evils of Fascism and the authoritarian, sociopathic figures that it attracts.
** [[spoiler:For mothers: [[DeathByChildbirth You die of childbirth]] leaving your little daughter with only your new husband, who turns out to be a sociopath [[WickedStepmother wicked stepfather]] who has no qualms to kill her if she someday gets on his way.]]
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: NOPE! Guillermo Del Toro states that everything in the film was real.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of the film [[spoiler: nearly every established character is dead, including the protagonist.]]
* AstralCheckerboardDecor
* AudibleSharpness: During the shaving scene and during the scene with the eyeless man, first a key, then the knife
* {{Badass}}: The rebels are replete with badasses, of course. Vidal is an inverted evil badass. And Mercedes is a more understated but no less determined badass when her moment to shine comes.
-->"[[PrecisionFStrike Motherfucker]], don't you dare touch the girl. You won't be the first pig I've gutted."
* BerserkButton: If one is to hurt children, one will provoke a level of wrath one would not expect to see from [[ActionGirl Mercedes]].
** The Faun ''really'' hates being disobeyed. [[spoiler: Actually a subversion, since knowing when to disobey in spite of this is part of the Secret Test of Character. In his final scene, he's proud of her for disobeying him.]]
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Mercedes, just before being rescued by the rebels, preferred to take her own life than give her pursuers the satisfaction. [[FateWorseThanDeath Or worse]].]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Ofelia dies from her wounds on Earth but is reunited with her true parents of the Underworld.]]
* BigBad: Vidal
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: When the rebels save Mercedes from the Captain's henchmen right before they're going to [[strike:kill]] [[FateWorseThanDeath take her back]] and inflict ColdBloodedTorture on her.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: Captain Vidal, though this is because he has a severe mouth injury.
* BloodKnight: Captain Vidal
* BloodMagic: The plant that the Faun gives Ofelia to heal her mother requires a few drops of fresh blood daily in order to work.
** At the finale, blood is supposedly needed to open the magic portal.
* BreakTheCutie: Having fun yet, Ofelia?
* BrickJoke: The lottery ticket.
* BrokenMasquerade
* BulletproofHumanShield: Averted, when Vidal turns his gun on the senior hunter, who's being restrained by a soldier. The soldier sees what's about to happen, and quickly changes his position to holding the man at the side, rather than directly behind him as the man's body would most likely have not protected him from Vidal's close range gunshot.
* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: The Faun, even when in plain sight, can only be seen by those who "know where to look" and are ready to believe. Or so says WordOfGod Creator/GuillermoDelToro on the DVDCommentary.
* ChangelingFantasy: An early scene even emphasizes that Ofelia is left-handed, a feature of changelings from folklore.
* ChekhovsGun: The knife Mercedes rolls up in her dress after cutting potatoes.
** And the sedative the doctor leaves on Ofelia's mother's bedside.
** The chalk comes up again, too.
* ChildEater: The Pale Man. This is made very clear just from looking at his lair, which includes among other things his collection of children's shoes. This is overt Holocaust imagery.
* ClassicVillain: Vidal, who mainly represents Pride and absurd amounts of Wrath.
* ClockKing: Captain Vidal
* CoDragons: GarcÚs and Serrano to Vidal.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Captain Vidal likes to do this on his captives, most of the time to extract information, but [[YouHaveFailedMe other]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness times]] [[ForTheEvulz not]].
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* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: The soldiers on horseback were ambushed just before they were about to recapture TheMole.
* CoupDeGrace: The soldiers on both sides do a single shot to the head.
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: It is indicated that our world is a CrapsackWorld compared to the other one early on. Later footage subverts this, or at least makes you wonder about the priorities of the one doing the comparison.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The various fairy creatures are certainly frightening, but may not be malevolent. It's humans you should watch out for. On the other hand, there's also the Pale Man.
** Also the Underworld "knew neither pain nor sunlight", which implies this.
* DarkReprise: A dark''er'' reprise - Mercedes' [[IronicNurseryTune wordless lullaby]] to Ofelia, both while she's worrying about her mother and [[spoiler: [[DiedInYourArmsTonight while she lays dying.]] ]]
* DeathByChildbirth: Carmen
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Ofelia.
* {{Determinator}}: Captain Vidal, who is beaten up and down but still keeps kicking so many times in the movie's finale that it's almost a RasputinianDeath.
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: See DiedInYourArmsTonight.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Mercedes and the rebels find Ofelia mortally wounded and the heartbroken Mercedes holds and sings to her as she dies]].
* DisappearedDad: Captain Vidal's father was killed when his son was a boy, and it's implied that his death haunted Vidal all his life. Hence why he wants his own son so badly.
** Ofelia claims her father was a deceased tailor. The faun, however, tells her that he's actually king of the underworld [[spoiler:and she meets him at the end]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: The children's shoes piled in the den of the Pale Man are eerily reminiscent of the Holocaust. Given the movie is set in [[WorldWarII 1944]] this is likely intentional.
* DoomedMoralVictor: Ofelia, paralleling the Republican side in the actual UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar.
* DoomedNewClothes: GenreSavvy Ofelia tries to [[DefiedTrope avert this trope]]. [[DoubleSubverted It doesn't work.]]
* DownTheRabbitHole
* EatenAlive: Two of the three fairy guides receive this fate by the Pale Man.
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: From the obvious (the tree the frog resides under is shaped like a ram's head) to the more subtle (the bannisters in the house ''also'' have ram's heads, and the headboard of the mother's bed has details shaped like ram's horns. The opening of the tree is also intentional vaginal imagery.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: For Vidal - "It's the right hand." He's in the movie for less than ten seconds and we already have him pegged as a cold bastard obsessed with "correct" ways of doing things. Then he murders two prisoners with a bottle a bit later, just in case you didn't get it the first time.
* EveryoneHasStandards: The faun [[WhatTheHellHero pretty much loses his shit]] when he finds out Ofelia got two of his three fairy buddies eaten by the Pale Man.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The film's TagLine states: "Innocence has a power evil cannot comprehend." Which is presumably why, at the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Vidal can't see the Faun standing right in front of him.]]
* EyelessFace (combined with EyesDoNotBelongThere): The Pale Man has his eyes ''in his hands''. Gah!
** And lest we forget: Captain Vidal + Sunglasses = Devil. (Although Captain Vidal - Sunglasses = Devil too.)
* FacePalm: The faeries (and us in the audience) when Ofelia eats the grapes.
* TheFairFolk: Initially they look like large, winged walking sticks. But with a bit of metamorphosis they can turn into humanoid faeries, though brown and with leaves for wings. Plus, the Faun, who seems to be made out of rotting wood.
* FairyTale
* FamousLastWords: Vidal seems to have put a lot of thought into what he will say when/if the time comes. [[spoiler:[[ShutUpHannibal When that time comes]], [[BoomHeadshot however...]]]]
** [[spoiler: Dr. Ferraro]]'s last words are fairly memorable as well:
-->But Captain, to obey - just like that - for obedience's sake... without questioning... That's something only people like you do.
* [[FantasyForbiddingFather Fantasy Forbidding Parent]]: Ofelia is chided for reading too many fairy stories when she's supposed to have outgrown them. Her stepfather is outright hateful of them, her mother just considers it childish, [[spoiler:but when she throws the mandrake into the fire as proof of its superstition, the plant's pain kills her]].
* FaunsAndSatyrs
* FauxFluency: American actor Doug Jones, the Faun, actually learned his lines ''and'' Ofelia's lines in phonetic Spanish, despite speaking none of the language. His voice was dubbed over anyway ... but ''still!'' Not only did he need to learn Ofelia's lines so he would know when to speak, but he couldn't ''hear the actress'' because the servos in the costume were so loud. He was lipreading her lines in a language he didn't really speak.
** Extra (if belated) VisualEffectsOfAwesome kick in for those who don't realize until '''after''' watching the movie the Faun's voice is dubbed.
* FingerTwitchingRevival: The Pale Man.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: On the way to her new home, she follows a big bug to find a pagan-esque statue in the woods. Later she follows the same bug to find the large stone structure in the labyrinth by her house, and the Faun.
* FoodChains: Don't eat the food on the table means, ''don't eat the food on the table.'' (Though, since it was wartime, it was likely that Ofelia hadn't eaten or seen fresh fruit in a long while. And she had been sent to bed without supper, so was more hungry than usual)
* ForbiddenFruit: The grapes.
* ForegoneConclusion: The film opens with Ofelia, lying on the ground, with BloodFromTheMouth -- or, in this case, her nose.
* FracturedFairyTale
* FrogsAndToads: For her first task, Ofelia must retrieve a golden key out of a giant toad's stomach.
* GenreSavvy: Ofelia. When she's not WrongGenreSavvy.
* GlasgowGrin: Vidal gets half of one. Which he then stitches up himself. Squick.
* GoodIsNotNice: Going along with DarkIsNotEvil above, the Faun is frightening and downright mean at times, but he's on Ofelia's side...or so we assume.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In some scenes, the gory section is either shown or shown an initial effect (e.g. sawing off the leg, or smashing a person's face). Other gory scenes are skipped (e.g. torture scene, or cutting the captain's mouth).
* GrievousBottleyHarm: In a horrific scene, Vidal beats a man's face in with a bottle. Notably averts the GoryDiscretionShot.
* GrotesqueGallery: The Pale Man.
* GuessWhoImMarrying
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Ofelia herself at the end.]]
** [[spoiler:The doctor shows mercy and euthanizes the captured rebel, even though he surely knows it will cost his own life.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Pedro, the leader of the rebels.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Played with. The depiction of Franco's fascist regime, as well as the Holocaust imagery hinted at in the Pale Man's lair, certainly has echoes of this, as does the Faun's insistence that Ofelia not be tainted by human contact. As the film goes on, though, we see many examples of courage, integrity, and compassion from various human characters, even in the grim and hopeless circumstances they find themselves in.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Vidal orders Dr. Ferraro to treat the wounds of a rebel he is torturing so that he can be tortured some more. The man begs Dr. Ferraro to kill him, and Ferraro obliges by giving a lethal injection.
* IdiotBall: ''The Pale Man scene is built on this.'' After several warnings from the faun and her book, Ofelia decides to eat fruit from the Pale Man's table; do note, however, that before doing so she has to shoo away the fairies that are warning her, and that the table is situated [[TooDumbToLive next to pictures of the Pale Man eating children, and a pile of damaged, discarded children's shoes.]]
* IHaveManyNames: The Faun.
* ImaginaryFriend: All the fairies might (possibly) be in Ofelia's imagination.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted]]
* InkblotTest: The foreshadowing towards [[spoiler: Camen's pregnancy hemorrhage as Ofelia's book inks the shape of a bleeding uterus, drenching the pages in red.]]
* InvertedTrope: According to WordOfGod, in this movie, set in Falangist Spain, it's courageous ''dis''obedience, rather than blind obedience, that is the true virtue. This is nearly the opposite of pretty much any normal fairy-tale. Dr. Ferraro gets a ReasonYouSuck line aimed at Vidal to this effect.
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%%* JustFollowingOrders: Subverted.
* KickTheDog: The scene with two farmers and a bottle of wine. This scene single-handedly establishes Captain Vidal as psychopathic sadist. Cut it and he could easily pass as a right-winged UnscrupulousHero fighting terrorists/dirty commies.
* KillHimAlready: Mercedes should probably have [[spoiler: killed Vidal when she had him at her mercy to avert the BittersweetEnding, However, according to WordOfGod: Mercedes' knife was intended to be too small to inflict serious damage on as formidable an opponent as Captain Vidal. On a symbolic level, such a fearsome monster as Captain Vidal needed something equally fearsome to finish him off. Such is the nature of a fairy tale.)]]
** More cynical explanation is FemaleAngelMaleDemon trope at work. [[spoiler: Killing is bad, Mercedes is good.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Ophelia's final fate.]]
* LaResistance - The rebels of course. Overlaps somewhat with TheRemnant, since by the time the movie takes place (1944) the Republicans had already lost the war, and there were only a few isolated pockets of resistance remaining.
* LetsGetDangerous: Mercedes at first comes off as a gentle woman, and she considers herself a coward. This facade lasts right up until it comes time to have her BigDamnHeroes moment.
* LightIsNotGood: It's our bright world with sunlight that can feel pain, according to the exposition backstory. Also, the Pale Man lives in a place vaguely shaped after the interior of a church coloured in rich golden light.
* LivingLabyrinth
* LostInTranslation: When the Captain welcomes Ofelia and the pregnant Carmen to the villa, he says ''"Bienvenidos"'' to them, the Spanish form of "welcome" that one would use in addressing multiple people when at least one is male (you'd say "Bienvenidas" to two women). This would instantly telegraph to a Spanish-speaking audience whom he ''really'' cares about (especially since the baby's sex is still unknown).
** Although del Toro gets the point across for non-Spanish speakers too by having the Captain wait until he's checked Carmen's pregnant belly before he welcomes them.
** The Faun [[spoiler: (and later the Fairy court)]] use the vosotros (2nd person plural) form when addressing Ofelia, rather than t˙. Not only does add a bit of atmosphere to the characters, since this sort of address was the norm in medieval Spanish, but it also overlaps with the ''RoyalWe.''
* TheLostWoods
* MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest
* TheMagicGoesAway: The Labyrinth is one of the last (if not ''the'' last) of the portals the King of the Underground Realm opened for his daughter to return home through. [[spoiler: When Ofelia messes up her second task, the Faun proclaims that the magical world will fade along with her eventual death.]] However, by the end of the film, [[spoiler: it is said that the Princess left traces of her existence in places where people could find them if they looked carefully.]]
* MagicalRealism
* MamaBear: Mercedes near the climax, even more than Carmen, who actually proves to be a fairly weak person.
* MauveShirt: GarcÚs and Serrano are the biggest examples. Others, like [[AnArmAndALeg Frenchie]], the stuttering rebel, the Civil Guardia Capitan and the troop medic, either recur or are given slight characterization against the masses.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Are the fantasy creatures real, or the product of a lonely girl's imagination? Up in the air, although the director insists that ''he'' believes the fairies are real. And if they're not, that actually creates a few plot holes.
* MeaningfulName: Girls named [[{{Hamlet}} Ofelia]] don't tend to have happy endings.
** Also, depending on your interpretation of the above trope, she may really be TheOphelia.
* MercyKill: Dr. Ferraro kills a wounded rebel soldier at his insistence, to spare him from more torture.
* MilkyWhiteEyes: The Faun appears to be aged and blind when he first appears, but grows more youthful in appearance as the film progresses.
* MonstrousHumanoid: The Pale Man is a pale, skeletal, humanoid [[TheFairFolk creature]] with [[EyesDoNotBelongThere eyes on the palms of its hands]] that usually sits at the head of a table laden with an [[FoodChains enchanted feast]]. Anyone who eats the food wakes him up and, [[IAmAHumanitarian well...]]
* NeverSayDie: Also, never say "pregnant."
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers used for the US release 1) gave no clue that the actual film was in Spanish, and 2) made it look like a ''{{Narnia}}''-type family fantasy. FAMILY FANTASY. REALLY.
** Driven home on the [[CoversAlwaysLie cover of the DVD]], which promises that the movie is "on the same altar of HighFantasy as ''TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy", and throws another mention of ''The Lord of the Rings'' on the back of the cover, obviously trying to make whoever buys it believe that the movie is going to be just like it. If anything, it's more of an UrbanFantasy, and certainly not HighFantasy as TVTropes defines the term.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The brutal deaths of those two fairies (and lots of other terrible things) could have been avoided if Ofelia had not eaten those two grapes.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: After Ofelia refuses to let her innocent newborn brother's blood to be spilled for her final test, she's shot by Vidal. As she lies dying, the blood from her wounds fulfills the test's requirements and she's finally allowed to reunite with her parents in the underworld.]]
* NoNameGiven: The Faun has no name; it is simply "The Faun." The English title seems to confer the name "Pan" on him, but that's just by way of sounding evocative. Del Toro has said the Faun is not meant to be Pan, who was far too sexual a character for this kind of story.
* OffingTheAnnoyance: If it wasn't just ForTheEvulz, this was the reason Captain Vidal killed those two farmers. He'd told them to be quiet and take their hats off a few times beforehand.
* OffscreenTeleportation
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They disguise themselves as insects.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: Del Toro says that the Pale Man is his conception of the classic, child-eating ogre of fairy tales.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Pedro's killing of Vidal for the murder of Ofelia.]]
* PluckyGirl: Ofelia.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: It doesn't actually work. Captain Vidal aims his pistol at a wounded revolutionary, who weakly pushes it away once, twice, then rests his hand over the barrel. Vidal just shoots him.
* PragmaticVillainy: Captain Vidal was annoyed that he killed two innocent hunters he mistook for rebels-only because his men didn't check on them thoroughly, thus wasting his time, and killing innocent civilians would probably incite the townspeople to support the rebels.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Motherfucker, don't you dare touch the girl. You won't be the first pig I've gutted."
* PreMortemOneLiner: "He won't even know your name." -BANG!-
* PsychoForHire: Captain Vidal.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Captain Vidal.
* RagsToRoyalty
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Pale Man, adding to the already existing [[EyelessFace eye]] [[EyesDoNotBelongThere horror]].
* ReverseMole: Mercedes and Doctor Fereiro.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The band of guerrilla fighters in the hills are depicted as overtly heroic, though they do noticeably execute the fascist prisoners in a scene that mirrors the summary executions of their own members early in the movie.
* RuleOfScary
* RuleOfThree: Three tests to prove her worth. Three items to be collected. Three times Ofelia goes to the Labyrinth, three times the Faun comes to her in her room. Three doors made with chalk. Three fairies. You get the picture.
* SceneryPorn: One of the most visually stunning movies in recent years.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In short, is it better to play it safe and obey or to take the chance and be disobedient when you don't trust the authority in question? This theme is foreshadowed, in microcosmic form, in Ofelia's bedtime story for her unborn brother.
* SchmuckBanquet: The Pale Man's cursed feast.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Almost certainly applies if you can't accept that the magic is real.
* ShamedByAMob: Captain Vidal near the end of the movie.
* ShoutOut: In the commentary, Creator/GuillermoDelToro points out many shoutouts to Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/StephenKing, several surrealist painters, and many others.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Mercedes won't even bother to let Vidal finish his speech at the end.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This movie simultaneously pits the two ends of the scale against each other.
* SoftGlass: Subverted in a scene early on which has Captain Vidal smashing a man's face in with a wine bottle. The ''bottle'' doesn't break.
* TheSouthpaw: Ofelia, in that it is a subtle sign that she actually is a changeling. Also the first KickTheDog moment for her stepfather, who tells her to use the right hand instead.
* SpiritualSuccessor: WordOfGod identifies this film as the second in a loosely connected trilogy started by ''TheDevilsBackbone'' and to be concluded with a ghost movie set in the '70s.
* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack: "Mercedes' Lullaby" is the dominant musical motif of the film. Other themes make an appearance, though.
* ThemeTuneCameo
* TheOphelia: Ofelia is very young, but shows signs of perhaps growing into this trope -- she is keenly sensitive, adores stories and books, and is eager to chase after fantasies. To outsiders she may well look like a girl who is not all there.
* TooDumbToLive: Ofelia, in ignoring the warnings of the fairies, during her disastrous face-off against the Pale Man. Though, in following the fairy tale motif, it was ''faerie'' food which is almost always glamoured to make it seem like irresistible, ImpossiblyDeliciousFood. Not to mention she hadn't eaten in at least a day so she was probably starving.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: The underworld on the other hand.]]
* ToThePain
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Vidal seems to think so, but it's ultimately subverted.
* {{Unperson}}: "He won't even know your name." Ooh, that stings...
* VaderBreath: The Pale Man.
* WhatTheHellHero: Ofelia and the grapes.
* WickedStepmother: Father actually, Vidal to Ofelia. But "wicked" is a bit too mild.
* WouldHurtAChild: Captain Vidal.
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler:The Faun, although he's pretty effective at playacting otherwise.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Almost all the real-world characters, but Carmen (Ofelia's mother) most of all.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: When the giant toad pukes up its insides.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: According to her WrongGenreSavvy mother Carmen, Ofelia reads too many fairy tales.
** Or maybe ''[[GenreSavvy Right Genre Savvy]] mother'', we never find out for sure...

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