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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The]] [[EldritchAbomination Beldam]], or the [[FauxAffablyEvil Other Mother]], from both the book and [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} movie]], is a [[WickedWitch sinister temptress]] who [[BitchInSheepsClothing lures children into her otherworldly lair with the promise of a better life]]. The Other Mother spoils them and subtly draws them more and more into the world, eventually convincing them to [[EyeScream sew buttons onto their eyes]] to stay in her realm forever. Once they do, however, she [[WouldHurtAChild murders them]] and [[AndIMustScream locks away their souls]] so as to replenish her energy. She has repeated the process with three children (in the movie, this includes the sister of the owner of the apartment the gateway between worlds is in), and tries to do the same to the titular Coraline. Upon her defiance, the Other Mother kidnaps her parents and forces her into a horrifying game of finding the dead children's eyes. She also casually [[BadBoss disfigures her own servants]] when they resist her, turning the Other Father into an abominated slug. The Other Mother also claims she [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her own mother, as well]]. Once Coraline wins the eyes, the Other Mother still attempts to catch her, and sends her severed hand into the real world to pursue Coraline once she escapes her clutches. In the film, she also forces the [[ApologeticAttacker Other Father]] into attacking his "daughter," and she murders the [[spoiler:Other Wybie]] after [[HeelFaceTurn he had helped Coraline escape]]. Throughout both works, despite her claims of how much she loves the children she lures into her trap, it's clear that she sees them as nothing more than toys that she disposes of after she's bored with them. The Other Mother is one of the most twisted villains in children's literature and stands as a prime example of [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor being careful what you wish for]].

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* 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.
* GeniusBonus: The book is that much more enjoyable for those who know a bit about TheFairFolk in British folklore. The Other Mother is as likely as not one such folk, who would often kidnap and sometimes devour children. The portal between Coraline's regular world and the magical world where the Other Mother has power is one of many such gateways in folklore (which sometimes look like little doors). The stone with a hole in it that Coraline uses to find the other childrens' souls is significant because [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone adder stones]] are said to help see through fairy or witches' illusions (among ''many'' other uses, such as healing, warding off evil, finding things, etc). The mushrooms surrounding the old well is a fairy ring; another supernatural thing where [[http://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-folklore/do-you-dare-enter-fairy-ring-mythical-mushroom-portals-supernatural-003677 not-so-good things]] happen to those who step in it, so [[spoiler: Coraline using it to trap the hand was a very smart move on her part]]. Finally, [[spoiler:one of the dead children being revealed to have [[OurFairiesAreDifferent butterfly wings and a love of eating flowers]] suggests that the [[TheFairFolk Other Mother]] [[{{Cannibal}} doesn't just hunt human children]].]]
* 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.
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[[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.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Wybie. Some of Coraline's character development is changed or removed completely in order to focus on him. [[spoiler: Most notably, he comes to Coraline's rescue at the last minute in the ending; in the book, Coraline didn't ''need'' saving, because she was setting a trap the entire time.]] Others however, [[ApprovalOfGod including Neil Gaiman]] find that he was a neccessary character in order to make the narrative more fluid and to give Coraline someone to talk to.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny MY KINGDOM-M-M-M-M FOR A HORSE!!!]]'''
* 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.
* GeniusBonus: Going with the book's implication that the Other Mother is a member of TheFairFolk, her ability to transform things into something else (rats into mice, a pumpkin into the Other Father) is very similar to the glamour that Fairies use to lure humans. Leaving a doll behind when she takes a human also calls to mind Fairies leaving an inanimate object behind in place of the abductee. Said object also resembles the person stolen.
* 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.
** The first time we see Coraline's mother (the real one), she's in a jumper with a bob haircut and her laptop casts a bluish glow all over her, making her look like [[Film/InsideOut Sadness.]]
* {{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.
* MisaimedMarketing: During the TV broadcast of the movie they aired an advertisement for [[{{Toys/Lalaloopsy}} a brand of dolls]] that have [[NightmareFuel buttons for eyes]]. They also made real-life replicas of the "Little Me" doll, which would be a horrible gift to anyone scared of this film.
* {{Narm}}: The scene where Coraline finds the first soul/eye, specifically the Ghost Boy's dialogue. "Bless you, Miss, you found me! But there are two still lost." The cheery tone combined with the line itself makes it sound more like a bit "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Princess is in another castle]]."
** "I ''hyave'' to go ''byack''!" Somehow, Creator/DakotaFanning's line delivery got away from her a little on that one.
* 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. Button-eyed dolls and "made like me" dolls will seem scary after watching it.
* 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.
* UncannyValley: This can be expected where there are {{Creepy Doll}}s. But actual people with buttons as their eyes? Ouch. The fact that the film itself is made with real dolls makes the effect even greater.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: About halfway through the movie, try to remind yourself that the movie is stop-motion and not CGI. No, you can't.
** Many people who saw the movie in it's initial release were not impressed because ''they didn'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.]]
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