''The Adventures of Pinocchio'' (''Le Avventure di Pinocchio,'' AKA ''Storia di un Burattino'' ("The Story of a Marionette") is UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}'s most famous FairyTale, first published in 1883. Its author, ''Carlo Collodi,'' wrote a great deal for children, but ''Pinocchio'' is the only one of Collodi's tales to have been translated into the English language.

An old Italian woodcarver, Geppetto, receives a piece of wood which looks perfect for making a puppet. The wood is magical, and the puppet comes to life. Geppetto calls it Pinocchio [[MeaningfulName (which means "pine nut")]] and tries to bring it up as his son. Yet the task is anything but easy, as Pinocchio tends to be cheeky, naughty, disobedient, and all too susceptible to the bad influence of liars and false friends. Pinocchio tumbles from one disastrous adventure to another, but things take a turn for the better when he meets the Blue Fairy, who promises him that he can one day become "a real boy" if he changes his ways.

In [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940,]] Creator/{{Disney}} made an animated film based on this story, simply called ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}.'' It scores a 2 on the sliding scale of adaptation modification. In 1936, ''Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy'' published his retelling of the ''Pinocchio'' story in the Soviet Union called ''The Golden Key.''

Since it's in the public domain, you can read it [[http://www.literaturepage.com/read/pinocchio.html here.]]

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!! ''The Adventures of Pinocchio'' features these tropes:

* AbuseMistake: When Pinocchio escapes after being created, Geppetto is mistaken for an [[AbusiveParents abusive dad,]] but he only wants to catch his son to scold him.
* AccidentalMurder: Pinocchio throws a mallet at the Cricket in retaliation for scolding him, [[spoiler: seemingly killing it.]]
* AesopAmnesia: Each chapter Pinocchio gets hit on the head with a lesson and vows to keep to the straight and narrow, from which he invariably strays again in the next.
* AlasPoorVillain: Lampwick's death. He is a very bad boy, but his comeuppance is really sad.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Blue Fairy looks like a human here, and is called the Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: The Land of Toys.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Pinocchio started out as a sentient block of wood. Mangiafuoco's puppets are also sentient.
* AntiHero: Pinocchio genuinely loves Geppetto and the Blue Fairy, but ''dear God,'' is he a reckless irritant.
* AuthorTract: This is a whole text dedicated to teach that if you are a disobedient child and don't go to school, you will be tortured, bound, and killed. The book has some shades of social criticism in the Fox, the Cat, and the Coachman.
* BackForTheFinale: The Cricket, the Fox, the Cat, and Lampwick reappear in the last chapters.
* BalefulPolymorph: The children who turn into donkeys in the Land of Toys. [[spoiler: They are sold to unsuspecting adults who think they're buying normal donkeys.]]
* BellyOfTheWhale: Gepetto, and later also Pinocchio get trapped in the belly of the Terrible Dogfish.
* BigEater: The Cat and the Fox. Just look at the amount of food they wolf down during the dinner at the "Red Lobster Inn."
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Fox, the Cat, and the Coachman.
* BornOfMagic: Pinocchio is brought to life by being a puppet made of magical wood.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Since this is a moral tale, Pinocchio always faces some kind of punishment for his misdeeds.
* CassandraTruth: Geppetto didn't believe that it was the log and not Mastro Cherry who was mocking him. Mastro Cherry tried to do so, with no success.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the belly of the Dogfish, Pinocchio meet a fatalist old tuna fish. [[spoiler: Later said tuna decided to imitate Pinocchio and escaped from the Dogfish's mouth and also helped Pinocchio and Geppetto to reach the coast.]]
* CostumePorn: Medoro the Poodle's ensemble is beautifully described.
* DeadpanSnarker: Geppetto in Chapter 2:
--> "What brought you here, friend Geppetto?" "My legs."
* DepravedDwarf: The Coachman, who is also known as the Little Man.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Pinocchio in Chapter 15. Thanks to reader demands, the Cricket, the Owl, and the Crow tend to his injuries.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Although Pinocchio is being a jerk a lot of the time when things go wrong for him, there is at least one instance where his comeuppance seems far from reasonable: [[spoiler: after promising to go to school and work, Pinocchio is informed that the monster that swallowed his father is in the local harbor. The other boys egg him on, telling him to bunk school and come to see it. He refuses, saying he will go after school. When they tell him that the beast will be gone by then, he agrees to miss one day of school to see the creature that *swallowed his father.* The boys turned out to have tricked him, and of course Pinocchio gets into a fight, is arrested for a murder than he didn't commit, and lands up in another series of horrible misadventures.]] Perhaps if things hadn't gone so badly he would have continued bunking school, though.
** Lampwick. Sure, he's a bit of a brat, who bunks off school, and causes trouble, but he's still a little boy, who could have changed. And is there really any need for him to die?
* DitzyGenius: Pinocchio. He is awesome in school, but he is an HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.
* DoNotCallMePaul: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Geppetto hates being called "Polentina," maybe because the color of his wig looks like the same color of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polenta polenta]] (a typical Italian pudding like food made from maize flour).
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Pinocchio has to endure some struggle to become a real boy.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** Everyone calls Mastro Antonio, "Mastro Cherry" because of his cherry-like nose.
** Lampwick's real name is "Romeo," but he is too slim, hence the nickname.
** The Coachman a.k.a. the Little Man is just known in those nicknames.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Pinocchio may be irresponsible and bratty, but he won't accept bribes. A few weasels learn this the hard way.
* FaceOfAThug: Mangiafuoco definitely has this.
* FalseFriend: The Fox and the Cat feign being friends to Pinocchio to steal his coins. And they almost try to ''kill'' Pinocchio.
* FatBastard: The Coachman is also fat.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are several hints that the Fox and the Cat are [[BitchInSheepsClothing not the kindhearted crippled philanthropists they seem to be]] before they steal Pinocchio's money. Like when they tell Pinocchio that education and studying is how they became crippled. And when they arrive at the inn on their way to the field of miracles (a non existent field the two made up where money grows on trees) to eat and rest (the real reason being as a place they could lose Pinocchio, in order to attack him in disguise later), the narrator states that they were very sick and could only eat 35 mullets and 25 chickens for dinner, and leave Pinocchio to pay for it all (under the excuse that [[BlatantLies they were so polite, they did not want to him offend him by not giving him the honor of paying the bill.]]) And if that weren't enough for Pinocchio to see through, when they attack him in disguise later for his money, Pinocchio [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids cuts off the Cat's paw.]] The next day, when Pinocchio sees the Cat has lost his paw too, he [[TooDumbToLive does not put two and two together.]] So sadly, not realizing any of these useful warnings, he is tricked into burying his money in the field of miracles, and while he goes to wait in the city, the two dig up his money and Pinocchio is robbed.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Blue Fairy.
* GrowsOnTrees: {{Invoked|Trope}}. The Fox and the Cat make Pinocchio believe that if he plants his coins, plants of money will grow. It's a lie.
* HeroicSacrifice: Pinocchio decides to die instead of Mangiafuoco's puppets and offers himself to be burned. Mangiafuoco spares the puppets after noting this.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Pinocchio is far too trusting with shady individuals, most notably, the Fox and the Cat.
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: The Coachman lures kid to a horrible fate.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Each chapter is headed with a summary of its events.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The Fairy states this to be the case with Pinocchio when he [[spoiler: [[OnlyMostlyDead weeps over her grave.]] [[note]] He felt guilty because the grave marker said she died from a broken heart after Pinocchio abandoned her [[/note]]]] Noting that it means, in spite of his faults, he does have a good heart and in that, he has a possible chance for redemption. Mangiafuoco also counts because he sympathizes with Pinocchio.
* KarmaHoudini: The Little Man is undoubtedly the most horrible person in the book, but he gets away scot-free.
** {{Averted|Trope}} with The Fox and the Cat. As Pinocchio, The Fox and the Cat are all punished at different stages of the book for their varying levels of wickedness, and the good characters (e.g. Geppetto, the Fairy, the Talking Cricket, and sometimes Pinocchio as well) tend to be miraculously rewarded in the most unlikely ways, it may be a safe assumption that the villains of the book (none of which get any comeuppance except for the Fox and the Cat) are headed for trouble as well.
* KidsAreCruel: Pinocchio is a jerk and a hedonist, despite all Geppetto does for him.
** His classmates are worse.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: The Crow and the Owl, who for some reason are doctors.
* LaserGuidedKarma: At the end of the story [[spoiler: the Cat eventually got blind for real, the Fox was forced to sell his own tail for a living, and now they're both alone and miserable. They try to ask Pinocchio help, but he reminds them all what they did to him and that they had it coming.]]
* LeftForDead: [[spoiler: Pinocchio after the Fox and the Cat hang him in Chapter 15. This was originally meant as the ''end of the story.'' Fortunately, in Chapter 16, he gets better.]]
* LemonyNarrator: The narrative frequently addresses the reader directly.
* LivingToys: Not quite this trope but it's close enough.
* MeaningfulName: Pinocchio means "pine nut."
* MoralityPet: The Fairy is this to Pinocchio.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Maiden is actually first seen as a ''living corpse.''
* ParentalSubstitute: The Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair.
* PleasureIsland: The base for the {{Trope Namer|s}}, the ''Disney'' version. Here, you will have a life with lots of fun, no school, no responsibilities, but you will convert into a jackass.
* PlotHole: At the start, Pinocchio doesn't know how to read, but he can read perfectly the marker of the Fairy's grave. How did he learn to read? The ''Luigi Comencini'' version fixes this by making a peasant read it to Pinocchio.
** When Pinocchio first runs away from Geppetto's house, a little after he's created, it's stated that he has no ears because Geppetto "had forgotten to make them!" Later in the story are several references to Pinocchio's ears, especially when they turn into donkey's ears.
* PoliceAreUseless: The authorities don't do anything about all the antagonists. When they actually lay down the law, it's on the good guys. Pinocchio actually gets jailed just for being robbed, and when all the prisoners are set free for no reason except that the emperor feels like it, he's not released until he says he's a thief.
* ProtagonistTitle: Both ''The Story of a Puppet'' and ''The Adventures of Pinocchio'' refer to Pinocchio, the protagonist of this story.
* PublicDomainCharacter
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: At one point, Pinocchio finds a huge snake with smoke coming out of its tail blocking the path. Pinocchio can't get past it, but he falls down and gets stuck in the road... The snake, after seeing the funny scene of Pinocchio's legs sticking out of the road, thrashing wildly, literally [[DieLaughing laughs itself to death.]]
* ScareEmStraight: Collodi originally conceived this as a [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2011/10/carlo_collodi_s_pinocchio_why_is_the_original_pinocchio_subjecte.html gruesome morality tale.]]
* SissyVillain: The Coachman has a rather effeminate voice.
* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: The Cricket in Chapter 14.]]
* SpoilerTitle: Most of the chapter titles follow the InWhichATropeIsDescribed formula, which reveals several plot points. Curiously, there is a goof in the Land of Toys first chapter, because it is mentioned that Pinocchio will convert into a donkey but the donkey transformation happens in the next chapter. This is comically {{averted}} with the title of Chapter 35:
--> ''Pinocchio Finds In The Body Of The Dog-Fish.... Whom Does He Find? Read This Chapter And You Will Know''
* SupernaturalAid: The Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair.
* TalkingAnimal: There are lots of them, so talking donkeys don't surprise anyone.
* TallPoppySyndrome: As you know, the Blue Fairy promised him he'd become a real boy if he's always well-behaved and gets good grades in school. Then one day, the other boys tell him that the monster whale was seen near their place, and that they should skip school to look for it. Pinocchio hesitates, but then decides to join them because he cares about Geppetto. When they go to the sea, no whale. Pinocchio gets suspicious, and wants to know what's going on. Then, the other boys tell him, that they'll look bad if he's an A-student, but if everyone in class was as lazy as they are, they'd be just average.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Lampwick is this for Pinocchio.
* TransformationTrauma
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: The Cricket, after being crushed by Pinocchio, and then turning up alive in Chapter 16.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mastro Cherry and Geppetto. One minute they're beating the crap out of each other thanks to the mischief of the talking piece of wood that would eventually become Pinocchio, the next they're shaking hands and renewing their friendship.
* WellThisIsNotThatTrope: The opening of the book:
--> "Once upon a time... There was a king! No, there was a piece of wood."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mastro Cherry only exists in the story to discover the wood that would become Pinocchio and give it to Geppetto. Adaptations usually [[AdaptedOut adapt him out,]] mix [[CompositeCharacter Geppetto with him,]] or [[AscendedExtra give him a bigger role.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[spoiler: The donkeys, and their treatment was very much TruthInTelevision at the time. Strikingly, being {{Talking Animal}}s doesn't make any difference in this universe.]]
* WonderChild: Pinocchio himself, natch, brought to life by Geppetto's wish for a child.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Fox and the Cat try to kill Pinocchio; and The Coachman...
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair. {{Justified|Trope}} because she is a fairy.
** Specifically, she is an {{Expy}} of the Virgin Mary, whose traditional blue scarf is often mistaken by little children for blue hair.
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