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''Stardust'' is a 2007 film adaptation of Creator/NeilGaiman's book [[Literature/{{Stardust}} of the same name]]. While certain liberties were taken, it remains a relatively faithful adaptation. When a star falls from the sky, Tristan Thorn sets out to find a fallen star for Victoria the girl he's in love with, only to find that the "star" is a human woman named Yvaine... and that three evil witches want to capture her. Yvaine is also being chased by heirs to the throne of the magical kingdom of Stormhold who seek Yvaine's ruby necklace.

With an AllStarCast comprised of Creator/CharlieCox, Creator/ClaireDanes, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, and Creator/MarkStrong, the film is said to remind viewers of ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Although the movie contains a different ending from the book, it's successful at playing straight many of the often clichéd fantasy elements in an intelligent and entertaining way.
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!!''Stardust'' contains examples of:
* AbductionIsLove: Tristan starts out trying to force Yvaine to come back to England with him to show her to Victoria, then the two subsequently fall in love. Of course, by that point Yvaine isn't Tristan's captive and she's going with him as a favour to a friend. Yvaine gives us this gem when Tristan first tries to convince her to come with him:
-->'''Yvaine:''' But of course! Nothing says "romance" like the gift of a kidnapped injured woman! I'm not going anywhere with you!
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie goes in a different direction from the book, introduces numerous changes in both the plot and the characters. [[TropesAreNotBad However, it's not a bad story by any means.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the book, the eldest of the Lilim has black hair and wears red. In the movie, Lamia has blonde hair and wears green.
* AdaptationExpansion: The Lightning Pirates get a brief mention in the book, but have a significant subplot in the movie.
* AdaptationalBadass: Tristan learns to sword fight in the movie, the witches use more combat-oriented spells, and Septimus was a poison master in the book, while in the movie, his preferred weapon is a knife (using poison only once), and he fights with blades.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Septimus and Lamia were both villains in the book, but are more villianous in the movie: Septimus kills more people and is more ruthless, while Lamia is considerably more sadistic.
** Victoria goes from SpoiledSweet in the book to a SpoiledBrat (or a RichBitch).
* AdaptationNameChange:
** Tristan Thorn was Tristran Thorn in the book. The director has said that this was initially a typo that they decided to run with.
** Captain Shakespeare of the ''Caspertine''; in the book, the ship Tristran and Yvaine travel on is the ''Perdita'', and its captain is named Alberic. They were renamed to acknowledge that the captain in the film is effectively a new character, with a different personality and backstory and a larger role in the plot.
* {{Adorkable}}: Tristan begins the movie a hapless shopboy, head over heels for the village RichBitch (who humors him out of pity). He earnestly sets out on his adventure to prove his love for her, and even after TakingALevelInBadass, remains sweet, forthright, and good-natured.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Lamia.]] Where the book played it straight, it is [[PlayingWithaTrope played with]] in the film: imagine the scene in the castle [[spoiler: of the witches, after Lamia's sisters die, and how the film would have ended if she truly were regretting it]].
* AllMenArePerverts: Bernard is ecstatic when he gets to help Yvaine undress for her bath. However subverted when Tristan and Yvaine admit their love and presumably sleep together; one of the ghost!princes tells the others to come and watch, but they're not interested.
* {{Animorphism}}:
** Lamia stops by a goatherd's hut and offers to buy his goat. When Bernard points out that one goat isn't strong enough to pull her cart, she quips, "Hmm. You're quite right," [[BalefulPolymorph turns Bernard into another goat,]] and takes them both. The hapless goatherd gets dragged along by the villains for most of the rest of the film.
** Ditchwater Sal similarly turns Tristan into a mouse for the journey to Wall Market, keeping her ExactWords by changing him back when they arrive.
* AuthorAppeal: The director of the movie, Creator/MatthewVaughn, liked the original story so much that he thought it could be a movie a lot like ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler: Tristan gets the throne and his queen while his mother, father, and Capt. Shakespeare look on approvingly.]]
* BalefulPolymorph: Both instances of {{Animorphism}} are applied by witches to unwilling subjects: Lamia turns Bernard into a goat, and Ditchwater Sal turns Tristan into a mouse.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: The dead princes can't pass on until a new King of Stormhold is chosen. [[spoiler: They're understandably unhappy about all of them dying before getting crowned--luckily for them, they have a long-lost nephew in Tristan.]]
* BadassGrandpa: The old man guarding the Wall apparently has had a lot of time to practice (having been there for 80 years).
* TheBeard: Victoria may be one to Humphrey, who's seen winking at [[CampGay Shakespeare]] during the wedding.
* BerserkButton: You really shouldn't betray Septimus, or mock him for that matter. To be fair, Ferdy can't make clear he isn't trying to mock Septimus, given that he was cursed by Lamia so that he can only communicate with chicken sounds.
* BigBadEnsemble: Lamia and her sisters are a [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]], plus the various competing princes. By the end, though, Lamia is the last villain standing, so she probably takes precedence as ''the'' BigBad.
* BigNo:
** Lamia gives a SkywardScream when Tristan and Yvaine escape with a Babylon candle and her knife instead lodges in the wall of the inn.
** Tristan does the same thing later on [[spoiler: when he hears from the gate guard that Yvaine was captured by Lamia]].
* BlackComedy: The scene where the princes drink a toast to their quest for the ruby, [[spoiler:after which Tertius and the Bishop drop dead from poisoning]].
* BlueBlood: When [[spoiler:Lamia cuts Primus's throat in the bath, he bleeds blue.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Lamia and her sisters; Lamia is the blonde.
* BluntYes: The opening exchange between Dunstan and the Wall Keeper.
--> '''Guard:''' I'm charged with guarding a portal to another world, and you're asking me to ''just let you through''?!
--> '''Dunstan:''' ''[as-a-matter-of-factly]'' Yes. Because, let's be honest, it's a field. Look, do you see another world out there? No, you see a field. Do you see anything non-human? No. And you know why? Because it's a field!
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Tristan says he would do the following for Victoria: bring her back her weight in gold, find a diamond the size of her hand, and chop off a polar bear's head. The last one acts as a MomentKiller.
* BrokenAesop: You don't have to just be a shop boy, you can go out and have adventures and be a boy momentarily working in a shop! Don't worry if you're not born special! Except Tristan [[spoiler:is the son of a magical princess]].
* TheBully: Humphrey. Maybe Septimus too.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Bernard. First he gets kidnapped by Lamia, who turns him into a goat to drive her cart, then he gets put into a girl's body, almost trapped in a burning inn, kidnapped and kicked around by Septimus, before finally making an appearance at the end sequence looking surprisingly happy for all he's been through--probably because everybody who did those things to him had died horribly and the people who were nice to him just became King and Queen. Also, he dies in the book, so he's probably thankful for living at all, and according to the DVD commentary he was found by Captain Shakespeare and joined his crew.
* CampGay: Captain Shakespeare of the ''Caspartine'', but only in the privacy of his cabin. He puts on an act for his crew, though [[TransparentCloset they saw through it long ago]].
* CastFromHitPoints: Lamia. Well, more "Cast from Youth," as each spell she uses drains a little bit of the good looks she got from eating the last of the previous star. This leads to a funny scene where she repeatedly tries to use magic to undo signs of age in one spot on her body only for it to cause signs of age to appear on another spot.
* CelestialBody: [[ItWasHisSled Yvaine is a star.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Loads and loads--the glass flower, the silver chain, the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Babylon candle]], the tube of lightning, the spell Lamia casts on Ditchwater Sal, and [[ChekhovsGunman Tristan's mother]].
* CombatPragmatist: The Pirate Crew. When facing [[spoiler:Septimus's men]] they bow, and while their opponents do the same out of courtesy, they take the chance to get the first strike.
* CurbStompBattle: The elderly Wall guard administers one to Tristan.
* DanceOfRomance: Tristan and Yvaine's dance on the ship where [[spoiler: Yvaine starts glowing as she's realizing her feelings for him]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Tristan and Yvaine.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Lamia]] actually survives the book.
* DecoyProtagonist:
** An inversion, a Decoy ''Villain''. Septimus seems like he should become a major problem for the heroes. [[spoiler:Not only is he actually Tristan's uncle, but the only time he actually meets the two main characters is in the film's climax, just in time to help fight the [[BigBad Big Bads]] and get killed.]]
** And before, Secundus--he gets a great entrance, only [[spoiler:to be pushed a minute later from the window]].
** Played straight with Tristan's father at the beginning--although he is important. To get the real protagonist, he and [[spoiler:Una]] go into the back room and have ''fun''...
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "You'll always be our Captain, Captain."
* DestinationDefenestration: Secundus's fate at the hands of Septimus during the KingOnHisDeathbed scene--[[BlackComedy much to their father's delight]].
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Yvaine can only shine bright enough to [[spoiler:destroy Lamia utterly]] when she is feeling true love for Tristan after he comes to rescue her. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Tristan:''' Couldn't you have done that earlier?
* EnemyMine: Sort of. At the end of the film we have a hero/villain team-up (between Tristan and Septimus) to take down a more dangerous villain (Lamia), but the two characters weren't enemies beforehand--in fact, they'd never ''met'' (though Septimus did beat up Tristan's mentor, Captain Shakespeare). Septimus lampshades it nonetheless -- he points out while neither of them can trust the other, neither do they have much choice but to work together.
* EngagementChallenge: From Victoria to Tristan. As Yvaine points out, this only ''shows'' that Victoria is a FalseSoulmate.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Una disappeared for years and is presumed dead, and Septimus is known to have killed several of his older brothers, but he is still deeply offended that everyone assumes he must have killed Una as well. As he points out, he would have no ''reason'' to kill her, given that Stormhold is an HeirClubForMen--as a daughter she wasn't a competitor in the line of succession anyway.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: The 98-year-old Irish shepherd guarding The Wall is somehow proficient in Shaolin Kung Fu in spite of living in 19[[superscript:th]]- to early 20[[superscript:th]]-century England all his life.
* EvilPrince: Septimus, and presumably most of his brothers, though none of them get a chance to perform evil acts onscreen. It's a tradition in Stormhold that the princes be evil--they're encouraged to kill each other off, proving that the survivor will be a strong king. Primus is an aversion, and the bishop supports him as the first potential benevolent ruler, but though he takes precautions against Septimus's assassination attempts, he's killed anyway when he happens to get in Lamia's way.
* EvilVersusEvil: Toward the climax, Septimus vs Lamia.
* ExactWords: Ditchwater Sal promises Tristan that she'll get him to Wall Market, leaving him there in the exact condition he is at that moment. [[BalefulPolymorph She never said anything about his condition during the journey.]]
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Subverted twice, then played straight--when Lamia is controlling [[spoiler:Septimus's]] dead body via VoodooDoll and making it fight Tristan, he tries to take it out by dropping a chandelier on it, but severs the wrong rope twice before he finds the right one. When he does, he also uses the rope to lift himself up to Lamia's balcony before she can [[spoiler:cut out Yvaine's heart]].
* FalseSoulmate: Tristan wholeheartedly believes he and Victoria are meant for each other. He learns better over the course of the film.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After he's [[GenderBender changed into a woman]], Bernard spends most of his screentime staring at himself or sneaking looks at Yvaine.
* FreezeFrameBonus: [[spoiler: After Tristan finds the ruby, he sets the souls of the seven princes free. While six of them become white spirits and float upwards (presumably to Heaven), Septimus, the most evil of the brothers, becomes a red spirit, and heads downwards to... that other place.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The mistake that leads to Yvaine and Tristan meeting the lightning pirates foreshadows that [[spoiler: two people can use the candle to travel into the heavens with the rest of the stars, as the two of them do in the end]].
* GagBoobs: Lamia's breasts suddenly deflate after she uses too much magic.
* GameBetweenHeirs: Before he dies, the king of Stormhold announces that his heir will be the one who manages to obtain the ruby necklace he threw into the sky. But it all gets complicated when it crashes onto Yvaine's star and falls to Earth...
* GenderBender: Bernard, the goatherd chap, gets this treatment as part of Lamia's ruse to lure Yvaine into a trap. At least Lamia was good enough to give him a decent rack. He keeps his deep male voice.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The director even ''admitted'' that he wanted to create a movie for kids that had a heavy dose of Parental Bonus. For example, this scene with Primus talking to Yvaine:
-->'''Primus:''' ''[sitting in a bathtub]'' ... and it is the largest in all of Stormhold--''[flicks water with a smile]''--so they say.\\
'''Yvaine:''' Um--how nice for you.
* GreekChorus: The dead princes, BarredFromTheAfterlife, have nothing better to do than follow their brothers around and comment on the action to each other.
* HappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler: Tristan and Yvaine are crowned King and Queen and rule for a long time before finally returning to Yvaine's home.]]
* AHeadAtEachEnd: A miniature elephant with heads at both ends is seen in a cage when Dunstan makes his visit to the market. When Lamia calls Ferdy a "two-faced dog," he takes no offense and merely offers to sell her one.
-->'''Ferdy the Fence:''' I can get you one of them. Very good guard dogs; they can watch the front door and the back door at the same time.
* HeroTrackingFailure: In the movie, during the final BossBattle, Lamia hurls spells and makes rows of windows dramatically explode one after the other, but seems persistently unable to hit Tristan or Yvaine ''who are running away in a straight line,'' [[OutrunTheFireball staying just in front of the explosions]]. They don't even get a scratch from the flying shards. Given that she needs to cut out Yvaine's heart and eat it, she's likely not ''trying'' to hit them, she's just terrorizing them ForTheEvulz and herding them back towards her.
* HeroicFantasy: Set in a high magic world but the stakes aren't high enough to qualify as HighFantasy, and emphasis is on the adventures of the characters rather than a battle of good vs evil.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Captain Shakespeare puts on a gruff facade, but has carefully arranged matters so that he doesn't need to engage in much actual violence. When he meets Tristan and Yvaine, he's delighted to be able to confide in them, since they aren't from Stormhold and don't know or care about his fearsome reputation. He's also a not-so-secret CampGay and {{Crossdresser}}.
* HighDiveEscape: Septimus's escape from Captain Shakespeare's ship when cornered by the crew is to crash through the window and jump into the water.
* HookedUpAfterwards: During the AwesomeMomentOfCrowning at the end, Captain Shakespeare (a closet CampGay) and Humphrey (himself getting married to Victoria, and not having been implied to be gay) share a look, with Victoria looking rather confused. Meanwhile, Tristan's parents (who only met once, on the night of his conception) are reunited.
* HumanityEnsues: Billy the goat is transformed into a human to play the part of an innkeeper in Lamia's trap. He still acts like a goat, bleating and chewing on people's clothing. [[ThisWasHisTrueForm He reverts to his goat shape when the unicorn kills him.]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: The witch sisters. We only see what Lamia's youthful self looks like, but they all intend to restore their youth and beauty.
* ImportantHaircut: Captain Shakespeare cuts Tristan's hair during the TrainingMontage. Being a fantasy realm, [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange his hair somehow ends up even longer]], befitting his new look and [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]].
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: The wall on the border of the magical land is only chest high, yet an old man guards a gap in it--but then, who's to say you'd end up in the same place if you climbed over it than if you went through the gap?
* InterspeciesRomance: Stars and humans. [[spoiler:In the book, this means they can't have offspring. In the movie, they have no problem with this.]]
* IronicEcho: "What's it to be? Heads or tails?" When Lamia initially meets Ditchwater Sal, the latter offers her half of a rotisserie rabbit with this line. When they next cross paths, [[spoiler:it's a PreMortemOneLiner--Lamia blasts off Sal's head]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: What Victoria seems to think, even after Tristan flat out tells her to "get over herself."
* JacobMarleyApparel: The princely ghosts, who have the clothes (or lack thereof, for Primus who died in his bath) and injuries (burns, smashing, axe in head) they had at death. Primus can be seen appropriating the tails of his brothers' coats or cloaks to cover himself in some scenes.
* JerkJock: Humphrey gets a line that implies he's been bullying Tristan since their school days--specifically that he whupped him in their fencing lessons.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: [[spoiler: At the end, Lamia nearly kills Tristan and Yvaine, but stops when she sees her sisters' bodies, and then lets them go, as immortality means nothing without them. When they leave, she shuts the door, and reveals that she was kidding, to lure Yvaine into a sense of security (happy stars give more years).]]
* KingOnHisDeathbed: The king of Stormhold gets a scene like this shortly before his passing, where he tells his four remaining sons [[GameBetweenHeirs the conditions for getting the throne]].
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Lamia specializes in offensive enchantments, and dresses to the nines as soon as she restores her youth.
* LargeHam: Creator/RobertDeNiro as the lovable Captain Shakespeare. Creator/MarkStrong and Creator/MichellePfeiffer also ham up their roles as Septimus and Lamia.
* LettingHerHairDown: Inverted. Yvaine's hair is down at first but she and Tristan don't properly begin to fall in love until she starts wearing it up.
* LighterAndSofter: The book is a bit darker and more adult, with explicit sex and violence. The movie is a bit more tongue-in-cheek, emphasising some of the comedy and relying more on GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* LongLostRelative: Una to the princes of Stormhold. [[spoiler:Septimus recognizes her before he gets killed off. Tristan is also one, as her son.]]
* MachoCamp: Captain Shakespeare may be CampGay in a TransparentCloset, but he's still a pirate captain with a not-entirely-undeserved fearsome reputation.
* MadeASlave: ''Twice'', to poor [[spoiler:Una]]. How she was lost to [[spoiler:the royal family of Stormhold]] is unknown, but she ends up enslaved to a witch, only to be freed when the witch dies. Unfortunately, the witch is killed by a more badass witch, who immediately takes possession of her magical chain.
* MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality: On this side of the Wall, a star is a giant ball of gas and a falling star is a lump of rock and metal, but on the other side of the Wall stars are immortal women who float in the sky and shine at night (unless someone hits them and knocks them down). A fallen star crossing the Wall turns into a lump of rock and metal.
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Bernard checks him/herself(?) out after Lamia transforms him into a girl. Though his sex is changed, Lamia didn't do as good a job with transforming his voice, so he replies with a masculine voice when he tries to serve poisoned wine to Tristan in the stable.
* MatchCut: After the scene where Septimus kills his soothsayer for being a traitor, he asks his men, "So, do we continue west?" He then throws his runes into the air. One of them flies at the camera and as it flips, is used to transition to Lamia standing on the top of a cliff using her runes.
* MeaningfulEcho: What do stars do best? [[spoiler:They shine.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** The children of the Lord of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... [[NumericalThemeNaming and so on]]. Their [[OutnumberedSibling only]] sister Una counts as well, "Una" meaning "single" or "one." [[spoiler:With this in mind, with a name like '''Tri'''stan, the protagonist being a member of the royal family [[WalkingSpoiler should have been a dead giveaway.]]]]
** The witches are named after demons from Greek mythology said in some myths to be daughters of Hecate, the goddess of witches.
* TheMoonIsAlwaysFull: The film takes place over the course of a week, and yet the moon is full in every nighttime scene from beginning to end.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Who knew traveling scenes could be so dramatic? Primus in his carriage, Septimus on his horse, and even Lamia in her little goat-pulled cart all get sweeping helicopter shots with bombastic music. So does the ''Caspartine'', but as an airship, it's already awesome.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The witches were collectively known as the Lilim in the book. In the film their roles are expanded to become Lamia, Mormo and Empusa.
* NeutralFemale: During the final confrontation in the witches' lair, [[spoiler:Una]] is utterly useless to the point where [[spoiler:Tristan tells her to go outside, and she simply says "Okay" and runs out]]. She would just get in the way and she knows it.
* NeverTrustATrailer: In an aversion of TrailersAlwaysSpoil, the [[CampGay exact]] [[PlayingAgainstType nature]] of Robert De Niro's role as Captain Shakespeare was not spoiled by trailers, making TheReveal in the movie a total surprise.
* NowWhat: One of the seven brothers says this [[spoiler:once Septimus, the last of them, dies. They were supposed to acquire a ruby from their father, which would make the winner the new king and release the ghosts, but with all seven deadů Thankfully, Tristan, being Una's son, turns out to be eligible and they're able to pass on.]]
* NumericalThemeNaming: The children of the King of Stormhold, Primus, Secundus, ... and so on. They also each have the appropriate Roman numeral as a clothing motif, which is how Tristan identifies Septimus when the two end up at Lamia's hideout.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Michelle Pfeiffer's English accent often slips and sometimes completely vanishes.
* OopNorth: Ditchwater Sal's voice.
* PeoplePuppets: Of the corpse kind, via VoodooDoll. [[spoiler:Septimus is animated by one of the witches to engage in a sword fight with the protagonist. Cue hilarious cut to the rest of the princes' ghosts looking at Septimus' ghost, who looks flustered and confused.]]
* PetTheDog: Although Victoria is the local AlphaBitch, she does still have a midnight picnic with Tristan and treats him cordially.
* PhosphorEssence: Yvaine glows more brightly the happier she is.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Captain Shakespeare's Lightning Pirates don't actually ''pirate'' per se, but make a solid living poaching lightning from thunderstorms, so they may be merely "The Pirates Who Do Something Else." The career paths of Shakespeare and crew still offer plenty of opportunities to evade the law (Lightning-Marshalls at that), to amass fortunes on the black market, and for combat badassery [[SkyPirate in the wild blue yonder]], so their Pirate work resumes are still quite [[{{Pun}} aglow]]. It's also a point that this is by design: Shakespeare has a very fearsome ''reputation'' but in reality he hates fighting and bloodshed. His crew just pretends he's a terrifying rogue while knowing the truth since they love the guy.
* ThePowerOfLove: In the movie's ending, anyway. [[spoiler:Eating the heart of a star bestows long life, but having one give her heart to you by falling in love works just as well.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: Presumably the book's Tristran was changed to the movie's Tristan because the latter is simply easier to say. The movie is a bit LighterAndSofter than the book, eliminating most of the sex to innuendos and trimming down the violence. Neil Gaiman called the movie and book two different interpretations of the same story.
* ProphecyTwist: Everyone knows that possessing the heart of a star is the key to living forever. [[spoiler: Turns out it works just as well [[ThePowerOfLove metaphorically]] as literally.]]
* ProtectiveCharm: The glass flower that Dunstan purchases from the witch's stall with a kiss is left in Tristan's baby basket along with him. It provides total protection from a witch's harmful magic, preventing Ditchwater Sal from applying her BalefulPolymorph until he trades it back to her, and forcing Lamia to attack him with thrown objects and [[spoiler:Septimus's]] animated dead body instead.
* RealityChangingMiniature: Lamia is able to use a VoodooDoll to kill [[spoiler:Septimus]] and then puppet his corpse to fight Tristan.
* RomanticFalseLead: Victoria is only Tristan's love interest as a means to set him on his quest; with a nudge from Captain Shakespeare, he figures out his true feelings in short order.
* SecretSecretKeeper: It turns out Captain Shakespeare's entire crew is this, regarding his [[spoiler:cross-dressing]].
-->'''Old Pirate:''' It's alright, Captain! We always knew you was [[spoiler:a whoopsy]]! ''[other pirates shove him to the back of the group]''
* ShoutOut: In the montage of Tristan and Yvaine's time on Captain Shakepeare's ship, there's one scene where she plays the piano with the Captain. A reference to her previous piano-playing role in ''Film/LittleWomen''?
* SoundtrackDissonance: Septimus and his men ambush Captain Shakespeare's boat, in a massive fight, to the tune of [[spoiler:the Can-Can]], which [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn is playing on Shakespeare's gramophone]].
* SkyPirate: Captain Shakespeare and his crew have the look, though their illegal activities consist of less piracy (because Shakespeare [[spoiler:abhors violence]]) and more poaching of lightning during storms.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Tristran, changing the BittersweetEnding of the original into a genuinely HappyEnding.]] Also, Bernard the goatherd.
* SpoiledBrat: Victoria. In the original book, she was actually SpoiledSweet, whereas here her only sweetness is that she's nice to Tristan out of pity, and stops being nice the minute she actually expects something of him. Otherwise, she [[ItsAllAboutMe only thinks of herself]].
* SpottingTheThread: Septimus suspects that his soothsayer is not being honest, in spite of the guy's claims that he's following what his runes tell him. To test his loyalty, Septimus promptly asks the soothsayer some questions about himself that he knows are true. He sees that the runes land with the symbols facing up if the answer is yes. Then he asks if begging or pleading has ever convinced him to spare a traitor, something he knows is ''not'' true. This causes him to notice that the runes land with the symbols facing down if the answer is "no". Septimus then has the soothsayer throw the runes as high as he can. While they're still in the air, he asks, "[[WhamLine Do you work for my brother]]?" [[OhCrap The soothsayer's face turns to shock as the runes land with the symbols facing up]]. When they stop moving, Septimus fatally stabs his treacherous soothsayer through the heart.
-->'''Septimus:''' So, do we continue west?
* StarsAreSouls: When Tristan is old (Yvaine remains eternally youthful), they [[spoiler:use the Babylon Candle to return to Yvaine's home, and Tristan becomes a star along with her]].
* SuccessionCrisis: It's apparently a tradition of Stormhold's royal family for the last male heir standing to be crowned King regardless of birth order--resulting in candidates killing each other off. The king's seven sons partook in this, but not fully; three are left when their father [[GameBetweenHeirs changes the rules]] and immediately dies.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Una doesn't seem to have aged much in at least twenty years--though spending most of her time transformed into a bird during those years might have halted the ageing process.
* TakeAThirdOption: An accidental example. Tristan lights the Babylon Candle and tells Yvaine to "think of home". She ends up thinking of ''her'' home, which is the sky. And Tristen thinks of his home in Wall. The result is that they end up in the clouds. [[FromBadToWorse During a thunderstorm]].
* TerribleTrio: The three witches: Lamia, Mormo, and Empusa.
* ThemeNaming:
** Lamia, Mormo and Empusa are the names of various vampiric creatures in Greek mythology.
** The members of the royal family are all named after numbers in some way.
* ThisIsThePartWhere: By Captain Shakespeare: "This is the part where you tell me who you are and why you're up here."
* ThresholdGuardians: The Wall Guard, both figuratively and literally. Turns out rather atypically since he actually prevents Tristan from crossing, so Tristan has to get around him with his dad's help.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Septimus effectively lobs a sword to kill Empusa.
* TitleDrop: Tristan brings Victoria a lock of Yvaine's hair, which has turned into stardust after crossing the wall. This does not happen in the book.
* TrainingMontage: Tristan [[TookALevelInBadass gets a level in badass surgically injected into him]] by TheCaptain.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Yvaine chooses a blue gown when she has the pick of Captain Shakespeare's wardrobe. [[spoiler:Una]] also wears a blue dress.
* TooDumbToLive: After discussing that his brothers will try to kill each other for the throne, Secundus doesn't see anything suspicious about his father asking him to stand with his back to his siblings, next to a [[DestinationDefenestration large open window]]. Septimus takes advantage of this.
* TookALevelInBadass: Tristan goes from "a boy who works in a shop" to a confident, sword-wielding adventurer, and later [[spoiler:King of Stormhold]]. Captain Shakespeare's TrainingMontage provides a lot of the growth.
* {{Transparent Closet}}: The ship's crew [[spoiler:always knew their captain was gay]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Yvaine is actually a Type B. She is initially hostile to Tristan for understandable reasons--being knocked out of the sky, chained up and forced to walk so many miles. She calms down pretty soon and warms to him. When she fears he's going to choose Victoria instead, she simply becomes sad rather than angry.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler:Tristan being the last remaining male heir to the royal line and the one who ends up becoming king]] is a complete surprise to him (and his uncles, who'd previously killed each other off to seize the throne).
* VainSorceress: Lamia and her sisters' motivation--eating the heart of a star will restore their youth and beauty.
* VillainsNeverLie: Witches lie all the time, but if they actually give their word they seem to generally keep it. Lamia promised not to harm Ditchwater Sal during their first meeting, and lets Sal live despite her rage at Sal slipping her a Lambas Grass mickey (though all bets are off the second time they meet), while Sal herself ''does'' keep her end of the bargain with Tristan and delivers him to the Wall unharmed (though the manner in which she does so is kind of dickish).
* VisualPun: When [[spoiler:Primus]] is killed, his blood is [[BlueBlood literally blue]].
* VoodooDoll: Lamia uses a simple doll of clay to break two of Septimus's limbs--and when she tosses it [[spoiler:into a fountain, he floats up into the air and drowns. She later pulls it back out and animates his body with it]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Primus, considering he's murdered while in the bath--[[JacobMarleyApparel and ghosts stay the way they were when they died]].
* WeaponWieldsYou: At the end, the witch Lamia controls [[spoiler: Septimus's]] body, however she only bothers with animating the sword (and hands/arms), letting the rest of his body dangle behind it. His ghost cringes as he watches his former body get abused in such a way.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The unicorn that comes to help Yvaine is last seen being trapped in Lamia's fire in the inn before Tristan and Yvaine escape. There's no sign of a body when Septimus's men find the area, so it either burned to death or escaped when Lamia ended the spell.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: Parodied to a wacky extent with the SkyPirate crew. [[spoiler:Hilariously subverted with Shakespeare.]]
* YoungestChildWins: Played with. Septimus, the youngest prince, is the last heir left standing--because he murdered most of the others. But in a meta sense, he is the prince that has the most screen time and plot relevance.
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