[[folder:Book examples]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The Other Mother. Some say her ''only'' desire to eat children's lives; others say she's a {{Woobie}} who truly wants to love and be loved but just can't control her hunger.
** Alternately, she might not see the difference between loving children and eating their lives. Just like how she doesn't see the difference between loving someone enough to know what's genuinely best for them, or giving them everything they want.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The audiobook version has a ''weird'' song sung in the middle of chapter 5. It's related to the plot of the story, but comes out of nowhere, is the only one, and is never touched upon again.
* CompleteMonster: [[TheSociopath The Other Mother]], the BigBad. She invites children who are unsatisfied with their current life into her world and lets them live the life they've always wanted. After she convinces the children that she loves them, she then tricks them into allowing her to sew buttons into their eyes, then sucks their life out and steals their souls. She also cheerfully disfigures and tortures the beings she creates to assist her in capturing children, just because they try to resist her.
* IronWoobie: Coraline. Unlike her movie counterpart, she never whines and always tries to keep a decent attitude despite the things she goes through.
* ParanoiaFuel: Be afraid of buttons. Be VERY afraid.
** One of the quotes from reviews on the back cover of the book says, ''"You'll never look at buttons the same way again."'' The quote was from Creator/TerryPratchett.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Full of distinctly Freudian terror, but the true creepiness of the book isn't always apparent to kids, who might see it as just a book about scary monsters.

[[folder:Movie examples]]
* AccidentalInnuendo: "Mothers don't eat daughters, do they?" (Only in Fanfiction and RuleThirtyFour, we hope.)
* AwesomeMusic: Bruno Coulais' score for the movie is stunning, particularly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LLHUQQ9cmM&list=PLDCD67CE98D531DCE&index=2 the opening theme]], which really does evoke a sense of the world through the eyes of a child.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny MY KINGDOM-M-M-M-M FOR A HORSE!!!]]'''
* CompleteMonster: The Other Mother, again. See the book examples for details.
* CultClassic: Slowly, but surely.
* EarWorm: TheyMightBeGiants spend some time [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRPS3XlRYLk&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=10 makin' up a song about Coraline...]]
** Knowing that the movie was originally planned as a musical with songs by TheyMightBeGiants, it's probably fair to say that a good number of these were averted. The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxz7IDa65HQ "Careful What You Pack"]] (which eventually wound up on Their 2007 album The Else) was originally written for this movie, and ''damn'' but it's catchy.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGuJXsBqLRA&feature=PlayList&p=DCD67CE98D531DCE&index=6 I'm known as the siren of all seven seas, the breaker of hearts by the bay...]]"
* EnsembleDarkHorse: The Other Wybie is ''insanely'' popular among the fanbase.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: More like "[[RedScare Everyone is Lenin in Russia]]", according to [[http://yrnetwork.com/media/news.aspx?uid=1908 this]] article.
* HellIsThatNoise:''' "GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK! GIVE IT BACK!" '''
* HilariousInHindsight:
** From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91nfNp7MVIw this clip]]:
-->'''Coraline''': "[[VideoGame/{{Antichamber}} Huh? How can you walk away from something and still come back to it?]]"
** A retroactive one, KeithDavid before this movie, didn't believe in [[Film/TheThing1982 Voodoo Bullshit]] and in this he's playing a cat fighting a witch.
* {{HSQ}}: Breaks the record for PG-rated films.
* JerkassWoobie: Coraline.
* MemeticMutation:
** [-☻_☻-]
** The official website has a section where you can add button eyes to pictures. Let your imagination runs free...
*** Coraline's hat has gained quite a following too.
*** Real-life example: A contest was held on the official site, where winners would receive custom-made Nike Dunks sneakers, which are made to look stitched together with patches, feature big, black buttons on the sides, and the soles are blue with white stars, much like the shirt the Other Mother makes for Coraline.
* MemeticSexGoddess: Other Mother, oddly.
* MisaimedMarketing: During the TV broadcast of the movie they aired an advertisement for [[{{Lalaloopsy}} a brand of dolls]] that have [[NightmareFuel buttons for eyes]].
* ParanoiaFuel: The doll. Think about it. A foreign object that transforms and moves around your house when you're not looking. And it turns out to be [[spoiler:the Other Mother's spy]]. Which implies [[spoiler:the other mother]] can see through buttons. Sleep tight.
* ToyShip: Coraline and Wybie. Most of the time, it seems this trope is the main reason why the latter was added to the film version of the story, even though WordOfGod states that it was because he didn't want Coraline to be lonely and talking to herself. It's still painfully obvious on Wybie's side, though.
** And that the producer Bill Mechanic wanted Selick to put in lots and lots of kids. Adding Wybie helped Selick to satisfy that need as well.
* UncannyValley: Done on purpose. Those eyes...
** Not to mention the Other Mother's skin in her final form.
** Gaiman is something of a fan of this trope. Half of the persona for Islington in Series/{{Neverwhere}} came out of the budget special effects cupboard in the form of 3M light reflective fabric and... black contact lenses.
** Also, there's the fact that the stop-motion in the other world is ever so slightly ''off'', especially during the circus scene. It's hardly enough to be noticed, but enough to be unnerving.
** For the shots down the tunnel to the Other House, the two cameras used to get a 3D effect were set a bit farther apart, warping the perspective enough to make you realize something was up. In other words, when you looked down the tunnel, you were seeing it through a pair of eyes that no human can have.
** When Coraline is searching for the lost children's souls, and she goes into Bobinsky's apartment, Bobinsky is seen dashing around in the background. Anytime you see him, particularly as he's winding around the rafters, it seems like he doesn't have bones. The effect is ''profoundly'' unsettling.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: About halfway through the movie, try to remind yourself that the movie is stop-motion and not CGI. No, you can't.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Yes, despite being terrifying, this movie is appropriate for kids, so long as they can handle a good scare every now and then. Oddly enough, the ABC Family airing slaps it with a TV-14 rating.
* TheWoobie: Coraline, [[spoiler:the ghost children, other father, other Wybie, and arguably the real Wybie.]]