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This character is notable for having a flute or some other wind instrument, playing tunes that give a feeling of mystery or magic, and for being quite mysterious themselves. Bonus points if this character is a representation of nature or has the power of mind control or summoning.

See also: ElementalPowers, FriendToAllLivingThings, MagicMusic, WanderingMinstrel.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'' -- The title character, using her flute to create snow.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' -- Amiboshi
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' -- Tayuya is this and MusicalAssassin. She can manipulate demonic dolls using it, as well as casting illusions.
* From ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', this is how Aladdin summons Uugo, and how Pisti can befriend animals.
* ''MaiHiME'' -- The mysterious white-cloaked [=HiME=] who uses a flute to control Yatagarasu. [[spoiler: Better known as the FaceHeelTurn-ed Shiho.]]
* Lena of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' uses a flute to summon and manipulate a vine-like substance.
* In the Makaiju arc of TheNineties ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Ail uses his flute and his MagicMusic to summon and control the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week.]]
* In one of the DragonBallZ {{non serial movie}}s, Future Trunks befriends one of these. His name is Tapion, he plays a magical ocarina [[spoiler: and has one half of a GodOfEvil sealed in his body.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs and the Magic Flute'' and its 2008 prequel ''The Flute Smurfers''. See also Western Animation.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* ''ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'' -- The titular character is this.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' remake -- Subverted: The soldiers with Perseus have made camp, and one of them pulls a flute out of a bag. This film being what it is, you expect it to do something magical. He starts playing... and he's terrible, and nothing special happens. The lead soldier asks to see it, breaks it in half, and throws it aside. The player just gives him a level look, pulls another flute out of the bag and starts playing it just as poorly as before.
* ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' - Jen's split flute comes in handy for identifying the true shard and in a bonding scene with fellow Gelfling Kira.
* ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain'' (1975) -- Tony plays a harmonica to increase his telekinetic powers.
* ''KillBill'' - Bill plays a wooden flute which lends to his mysteriousness.
* ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' -- One of Film/JamesBond's opponents is a man who plays the role of the voodoo loa Baron Samedi. Bond once encounters him while he's playing a flute. After apparently being killed by venomous snakes, at the end he appears riding the front of a train, indicating that he may be the real Baron Samedi.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' -- Mr. Wonka uses a flute key to summon the Oompa-Loompas when he needs to issue a command to them.
* ''Film/SevenFacesOfDrLao'' -- Pan uses his pipes on Angela as the audible equivalent of a LovePotion (though he ultimately points her towards her local would-be suitor rather than himself.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Edgar Pangborn -- His short story "Tiger Boy" might count. The eponymous youth plays a set of pan pipes, runs wild and naked, and has a fully-grown tiger as a companion. The pipes attract a mute teenage village boy to Tiger Boy's side (possible echoes of the Pied Piper). However, he's not actually magical - it's a feudal, [[AfterTheEnd post-holocaust]] world. (He's certainly [[AnyoneCanDie not immortal]] either.)
* ''TheElenium'' -- A young girl [[spoiler:,the Goddess Aphrael,]] who [[spoiler:seemingly]] doesn't talk but does play the flute is named Flute by our heroes.
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' -- The faun Mr. Tumnus (the first Narnian we meet) played a flute lullaby to Lucy on her first trip to Narnia.
* ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' -- Chester Centaur's magical talent is to manifest and play a magical flute.
* The Rat Piper in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' (the ''real'' one, not the stupid-looking kid) works very hard at maintaining this image. Maurice and Keith [[LegendaryImpostor trade on his reputation]].
* The [[EldritchAbomination Blind Idiot God]] Azathoth in the CthulhuMythos enjoys himself some flute music, which undoubtley be at least extremely [[BrownNote unpleasant]] to human listeners.
* The Piper of ''TheKeysToTheKingdom'', who is based on ThePiedPiperOfHamelin, uses his pipes to control children and rats.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', playing the flute in the woods is what led to Tom's capture by TheFairFolk.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', Rachel initially uses a flute to cast spells, as per the trope. However, it turns out that just whistling can do as well.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''FraggleRock'' -- Cantus played a magical forked pipe.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* ''ClassicalMythology'' -- The Greek god Pan could induce fear and panic with his pipes.
* Native American US' Southwest -- Kokopelli is this, mixed with the fertility role, thus giving a new meaning to his flute
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[[folder:Opera]]
* ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' -- Naturally, and there are also magic bells involved.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' spellcaster monster [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mystic_Piper Mystic Piper]] lets you draw a card and if it's a level 1 monster card an extra one, once.
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' -- [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]] have pipes that they can use to create magical effects.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''FireEmblemElibe'' -- The WanderingMinistrel Nils plays the flute, allowing one character to make an extra move, and later in the game, providing status buffs. By contrast, his older sister Ninian does the same with a MagicDance.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series -- Link, although he himself is not very mysterious since he is the player-character. His instrument also varies from game to game: recorders, ocarinas, pan pipes, etc. Sometimes, though, such as in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', Link gets his flute from a character who plays this trope straight.
* ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama BUG PANIC!'' -- A mysterious girl who appears in the cutscenes [[spoiler: named Sora]]
* ''NiGHTS'' -- The eponymous character herself plays the invisible flute.
* ''{{VideoGame/Okami}}'' -- Waka, who provides the page image, is named after a form of Japanese poetry. His appearance is always announced by the sound of a flute, and he tells cryptic, yet accurate prophecies.
** Then from the sequel, ''{{VideoGame/Okamiden}}'', there's Kurow, who not only bears an uncanny resemblance to Waka, but in the same vain as him plays a flute. [[spoiler:Fittingly, he is a [[ArtificialHuman doll copy]] of Waka in the first place, down to a similar WeaponOfChoice.]]
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' -- A magic flute summons a big goggles-wearing turtle at beaches.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' -- A magic whistle can be used to skip whole worlds.
* ''DynastyWarriors'' -- Zhen Ji's primary weapon is a magic flute that she also uses to hit people over the head.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' -- Eiko, a [[WhiteMage white mage]] and [[SummonMagic summoner]], can use flutes as [[InstrumentOfMurder weapons]].
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand3'' -- At one point, Wario must play on a flute to summon the Fire Snakes from their pots so they can be used as platforms.
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[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' -- A few shorts have parodied ''The Pied Piper'':
** Porky Pig played the Piper in a couple of cartoons. In one he has to contend with a cat angry with him for ridding Hamelin of rats.
** Sylvester tried to make a flute to capture Speedy Gonzalez and friends. Also, Sylvester Jr. found that he could attract different animals by adding holes to the flute.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Forever After'' -- The Pied Piper is a bounty hunter, his flute adjustable to whatever creature he wanted to hypnotize (in this case, ogres).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'' -- Peewit stumbles upon the magic flute of the Smurfs that makes whoever listens to it dance to its tune. It ends up in the possession of a thief named Matthew [=McCreep=], who uses it to make people pass out from the dancing so he can rob them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Wileykit can send people into a trance by playing a sort of ring-shaped ocarina.
* The ''Pixie & Dixie'' short "Pied Piper Pipe" has Mr. Jinks, inspired by the Pied Piper story, create a flute to torture the meeces with. They get back at him by placing a dog whistle in the flute so Jinks can get beaten up a nearby bulldog.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Japanese ''shakuhachi'' is strongly associated with the ''Fuke'' sect of Zen Buddhism, who used the instrument as part of their meditative process. When the Meiji government cracked down on the previous bakufu and all associated religions, they specifically attacked the practice of playing the shakuhachi.
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