->''"You have thirteen hours in which to solve the Labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us...forever."''
-->-- '''Jareth, the Goblin King'''

''Labyrinth'' is a 1986 Creator/JimHenson film executive produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas written by Creator/TerryJones, a musical fantasy starring Music/DavidBowie (and [[BestKnownForTheFanservice his package]]) and Creator/JenniferConnelly. Sarah is an unhappy teenager, who hides from life in fantasy tales to the point of dressing up in a long flowing dress and acting [[{{LARP}} bits of script]] in the park. The cause of her unhappiness is her father's remarriage and the resulting half-brother, Toby (played by concept artist Creator/BrianFroud's son [[TheDanza Toby]]), about a year old at the time of the action. One night, in a particularly big sulk, she wishes that the Goblin King (called Jareth) would come and take Toby away -- which, to her horror, he immediately does. He then offers her a dream-fulfillment crystal if she'll agree to forget Toby, which she refuses. Jareth gives Sarah a chance to rescue Toby; he takes her to his realm, where she must find her way through the Labyrinth to Jareth's citadel before thirteen hours elapse. In this she is aided by various goblins and monsters whose allegiance to Jareth is highly conditional or non-existent.

An [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth:_The_Computer_Game adventure game]] based on this film was released by Creator/LucasArts, written by Creator/DouglasAdams. It had some meta humor, in that it began with the player taking on the role of someone going to see the ''movie'', with an annoying nerd yammering on about FridgeLogic in the film (such as ''why'' did Sarah eat the peach?) before [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Jareth appears to pull the player into the Labyrinth.]]

Is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', and was itself Spiritually Succeeded by ''Film/MirrorMask''. Although a box office flop, it has since become a CultClassic.

The film is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids mainly]] aimed at children, but has plenty to engage an adult audience (David Bowie's physique, a [[{{DrinkingGame/Labyrinth}} few fan-made drinking games]], and the many, many tropes available for hunting...).

It should not be confused with ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', which is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not aimed at children]], although they are similar films in many ways.

Creator/BrianFroud, who designed much of this film, later published an art book entitled ''The Goblins of Labyrinth'' featuring humorous biographies of the various goblins written by Creator/TerryJones. Many of the illustrations are concept art made for the film, with some small deviations (Sarah, for instance, is a redhead).

A four-novel [[OELManga English manga]] sequel called ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'' was published by Creator/{{Tokyopop}} over 2006-10.

Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment announced a graphic novel prequel detailing the backstory of Jareth in early 2012; DevelopmentHell kicked in on that, but in the meantime Archaia's Free Comic Book Day collections from 2012 onward have each included a story about other denizens of the Labyrinth, which were compiled in a special 30th Anniversary book in 2016. (They also reissued A.C.H. Smith's {{Novelization}} of the film in 2014.)

!!This film provides examples of:

* ThirteenIsUnlucky: The time limit Sarah has to rescue Toby is 13 hours.
* EightiesHair: Especially Jareth, who is all new romantic-y looking. How many {{anime}} characters copied that cut?
* AbsurdlyLongStairway: Sarah tries to reach her baby brother Toby through what is not only an insanely long set of stairs, but ones designed to look like M.C. Escher's "Relativity".
* AccidentalMisnaming: The '''only''' time that Jareth gets Hoggle's name right is on the occasion of the "If she ever kisses you..." threat. He's just as bad with Mayor Spittledrum's name in the manga.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Their [[UglyCute adorableness]] is debatable but this trope fits the goblins quite well.
* AdultFear: At the beginning, after Sarah wishes that the goblins would take Toby away and leaves the room, Toby stops crying and then she goes back into his room and discovers that he's gone!
* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The Cleaners.
%%* AffablyEvil: Jareth.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Possibly]] the reason why Jareth resembles the man her mother seems to have left her father for.
* AgentPeacock: Jareth.
* AllJustADream: Lampshaded, then subverted. Twice. Possibly.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Averted--it draws elements from folklore and fairy tales, but is not based on any one story (though the basic premise is similar to Creator/MauriceSendak's ''Outside Over There'').
* AloofBigSister: Sarah's apathetic attitude towards her half-brother is what kick-started the entire plot.
* AndYouWereThere: Everything in Sarah's room is in the Goblin King's world (as well as her dog), such as the Sir Didymous doll on her bed.
* AndroclesLion: Sarah saves Ludo from some goblins and he returns the favor by becoming her companion. He later saves her twice over with his ability to call upon rocks: first when the bridge over the Bog of Eternal Stench collapses, and second when their party proves outnumbered in the goblin city.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: A CGI-based one, as a barn owl swoops above and around the titles.
* AntagonistTitle: Jareth's SupervillainLair is located at the very end of the titular Labyrinth which Sarah has to beat.
* ArcNumber: The film puts a lot of emphasis on the number '''13'''. Sarah has thirteen hours to rescue her half-brother, the entire climax lasts around thirteen minutes, and Jareth has thirteen {{Mooks}} overall.
* ArcWords:
** "You have ''no power'' over me!"
** "It's not fair!"
** "[[TemptingFate It's a piece of cake!]]" or a variation thereof. This always leads to [[spoiler: Jareth or the Labyrinth itself increasing the difficulty level considerably]]. For example, when Sarah exclaims this after solving a logic puzzle in her path, [[spoiler:the floor falls out from underneath her and drops her into an oubliette from which she only escapes thanks to Hoggle's help]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Kicks off the entire plot.
* BehindTheBlack: The first trick in the Labyrinth is that the turns from the first hallway are concealed by ForcedPerspective and Sarah can't see them until a resident worm points this out. From her perspective she should be seeing them edge-on and they shouldn't have been hidden at all. This may be a magical effect, but the worm's bemused reaction implies Sarah literally has NoPeripheralVision.
* BishieSparkle: Jareth, of course.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Creator/MCEscher stairs scene -- and everything else as well. It's a [[LivingLabyrinth magical Labyrinth]] that constantly shifts and readjusts itself, and most of the walls and doors are alive.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Goblin King claims to be generous with Sarah by living up to her expectations: taking Toby away at her request, being frightening when Sarah expected him to be, and setting up the entire adventure for her "benefit".
** Until you realize [[spoiler: he's performing ''her play'' in front of her.]]
* BookEnds: The barn owl in flight -- arriving in the beginning to observe Sarah in the park, and leaving at the end after seeing her celebrating with her friends. The significance of this is that by the end, the audience knows full well what it really is (namely, Jareth's shapeshifted form).
* BrokenAesop: A mostly meta example. The film is about growing up and putting childish notions and toys aside - but Jim Henson's success came from remaining a child at heart (see "The Magic Store" from ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''), so Henson had to include the final scene in which the characters tell her they'll be there if she needs them.
* CannotTellALie: [[KnightsAndKnaves A guard who always tells the truth; its counterpart always lies.]] The trick isn't figuring out which is which, but posing a question that would get the same answer from either.
-->'''Guard 1:''' Is that right?\\
'''Guard 2:''' I don't know; I've never understood it!
%%* ChangedMyMindKid: Hoggle.
* ChangelingTale: The result of Sarah's wish.
* ChekhovsArmory: Sarah's entire bedroom. Plush Didymus, plush Ludo, the musicbox with Sarah's PimpedOutDress, a Jareth-looking statue, a print of that Escher drawing, it's all there. Not to mention, there's a picture of Music/DavidBowie with Sarah's actress mother in the scrap book and in the mirror, although this is not a CelebrityParadox at work. That relates to AllThereInTheManual backstory: The novelization explains that this fellow is ''Jeremy'', the fellow actor she left the family for. He gave Sarah, who found him glamorous and charming, the music box.
* ChekhovsGun: A line she forgot from a play.
-->'''Sarah''': [[spoiler:You have no power over me.]]
* CirclingMonologue: In their climactic confrontation, Jareth circles Sarah as he explains how "generous" he has been to her up to this point.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Marvel did one (Type 1 in that it retold the story) as a tie-in when the film hit theaters; spanning three issues, it was collected into one volume afterward.
%%* ComingOfAgeStory
* ConspicuousCG: The owl in the opening credits (notably, one of the first CGI creatures in a movie), and the chair Sarah throws through the bubble.
* CoolLoser: Sarah appears to have no friends, and goes on no dates, in spite of looking like Jennifer Connelly. However, the novelization notes she has at least one school chum, and her interest in fantasy worlds could well be blinding her to what she could be enjoying in the real one. Being depressed over her mother leaving the family has probably also contributed to her isolation.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The peach dream is bright, colorful, and full of people compared to the drab, muddy Labyrinth. Sarah is intrigued by the glamour, but made uncomfortable by how everyone seems to be drunk and fondling each other. People laugh at Sarah mercilessly after she falls for a prank, and she wanders through it dazed, self-conscious, and completely alone. It is not helped by how Jareth stalks her throughout most of the song, and how everyone is staring at her. When Sarah realizes it's a dream and breaks out, it devolves into ''everyone trying to grab her''.
* CrystalBall: Jareth likes to juggle these around and use them for SinisterSurveillance of Sarah as she makes her way through the labyrinth.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Jareth threatens to have Hoggle suspended headfirst over the Bog of Eternal Stench, if he betrays him.
* DancePartyEnding: One of the earlier examples of this trope.
* DeconstructorFleet: Of the fairytale heroine genre.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Well, not defeat, but more like "battle to a draw". Still, Ludo doing so impresses Sir Didymus enough to make peace and call him a friend.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The point of this movie. It's about the transition from childhood to adulthood, and Sarah does just that... in the presence of Music/DavidBowie.
** The most frightening part of the movie is when Hoggle, under Jareth's command, gives Sarah a peach that knocks her unconscious and transports her into an illusionary fever dream world in which her agency is compromised and Jareth dances with her. Note that Jareth is obsessively in love with Sarah. Just replace "dancing" with something else and...yeah.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Sarah finds out quickly that insulting a powerful RealityWarper in his own domain by telling him that the Labyrinth is a "piece of cake" is a bad idea; Jareth responds to this by fast-forwarding the clock an hour.
* DoubleEntendre: After Hoggle hears Sarah's cries for help, Jareth steps in to remind him of his job and quips:
-->'''Jareth:''' "I've just noticed your [[BallsGag lovely jewels]] are missing."
* DownInTheDumps: Sarah wakes up from her dream with the enchanted peach to find herself in a junkyard, with the Junk Lady showing her a facsimile of her own bedroom that's buried under a pile of junk.
* DownTheRabbitHole: A modernistic version (for TheEighties), with Sarah moving from a normal 'present day' into a MedievalStasis MindScrew world.
* DreamBallet: "As the World Falls Down" ("I'll place the moooon/Within your heart").
* DrillTank: The goblins drive a variation, a sort of tank with numerous drills, straight at Sarah.
%%* DullSurprise: Creator/JenniferConnelly as Sarah.
* DungeonBypass: Sarah did try to solve the Escher Room... but chose to take a LeapOfFaith when she thought it was the easiest way to get to Toby.
* EasilyForgiven: Hoggle confesses to Sarah that Jareth told him to give her the peach, and then says he doesn't ''deserve'' to be forgiven. She still does.
* EasterEgg: There are seven Jareth faces hidden in the scenery throughout the film.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Within You". (In-story, it's the just-short-of-thirteen o'clock number.)
* EndlessCorridor: When Sarah first enters the Labyrinth, it appears to be this.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Jareth seems to have some kind of glitter fetish.
%%* EveryoneComesBackFantasyPartyEnding
* EvilBrit: Jareth.
* TheEvilPrince: Though he bears the title of king, Jareth acts more like a spoiled prince who'd rather be doing anything but actually ''ruling'' the goblins.
* ExactWords: "I have sworn with my life's blood, none shall pass this way without ''my'' permission!" Sarah throws Sir Didymus for a loop by simply asking for his permission, which apparently nobody (including Didymus himself) had ever thought of before.
* ExpandedUniverse
** In OELManga form, there's Tokyopop's ''Return to Labyrinth'', which picks up the story with a now-teenaged Toby and [[spoiler: adult Sarah, the latter now with a {{Literal Split Personality}}]].
** Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment's prequel will be a traditional graphic novel telling Jareth's origin story. (It won't be compatible with ''Return to Labyrinth'', which came up with its own backstory for the character.)
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Less than thirteen hours pass in the goblin world over the course of Sarah's journey -- and in Sarah's world, less than ''six'' hours pass over the course of the film. (This is largely Jareth's doing, owing to his RealityWarper abilities.)
* FacePalm: Hoggle does this when Sarah says to Jareth that the labyrinth is a "piece of cake."
* TheFairFolk: Most of the goblins don't fit this trope, but it describes Jareth ''perfectly''. Arrogance, fond of ExactWords promises, and being as unfair as possible while claiming he's being totally fair.
* FakeOutOpening: A princess is running across a verdant field onto a medieval bridge, speaking to an unseen opponent. Oops, it's starting to rain - Sarah is wearing jeans under that dress, and runs into a quite modern town.
* FemaleGaze: There's a reason the internet is more than a little bit obsessed with David Bowie's crotch. Better yet, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvGRl03XAPI it was intentional]]. Bowie's design was meant to look like a young girl's dream rock star.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Jareth is clearly attracted to Sarah.
* FreezeFrameBonus: One of the newspaper clippings has Sarah's actress mother dating in the newspaper... Music/DavidBowie? WordOfGod said this was intentional. It's not a CelebrityParadox, but ''is'' related to the AllThereInTheManual backstory: The novelization explains that ''this'' fellow is "Jeremy", the fellow actor she left the family for. Which explains why the Goblin King looks like David Bowie -- her mother effectively left her father for him!
* FurryConfusion: Sir Didymus, some sort of dog-knight, is astride a normal-looking dog.
%%* GRatedDrug: The peach.
* GainaxEnding: The movie's oddness culminates when Sarah enters the castle of Jareth the Goblin King and pursues her baby brother Toby through an Creator/MCEscher maze while Jareth sings a final VillainSong. The world then crumbles and Jareth gives a WeCanRuleTogether speech as Sarah recites lines from the play she's {{trapped in|TVLand}}side. [[spoiler:After she recites the final line -- [[ShutUpHannibal "You have no power over me!"]] -- Jareth is forced to return Sarah and Toby home. Sarah heads upstairs to her room, where all the goblins inexplicably appear for a final celebration -- except Jareth, who flies away from Sarah's window in the form of an owl.]]
%%* GentleGiant: Ludo.
* GiantPoofySleeves: The sleeves on Sarah's fancy dress are probably bigger than Jareth's hair.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Sarah has plenty of stuffed toys in her room.
* GravityScrew: The Escher room is this for Sarah.
* GrowingUpSucks: Subverted, in that Sarah comes to the realization that while she cannot let childhood nostalgia and fantasy overtake her life, they are things that are important to remember and learn from "every now and again" as she enters adulthood.
* HakunaMatata: "Chilly Down" is this crossbred with a VillainSong.
* HandGagging: A goblin does this to himself near the beginning of the film after being told to shut up by the others.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hoggle]] was evil or something, then switched sides.
* HelpingHands: They were trying to help Sarah after she fell into the oubliette, but "She chose dooowwnnn!"
* TheHerosJourney: The plot actually follows this pretty clearly.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Two of Jareth's outfits have high collars.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Upon ending up in a garbage dump outside the Goblin City, Sarah is distracted for a while by a mock-up of her bedroom back home, leading her to believe the adventure was all just a dream. Even after the lady from the dump barges inside, she's still content to sit and idle for a while with her dolls and toys. But the facsimile is too perfect; it also included a copy of her play, which reminded her about her mission to save Toby.
* {{Homage}}: The film pays a debt to ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre''. To drive the point home, a copy is in Sarah's room.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Sir Didymus, a chivalrous, fox-like knight who rides a sheepdog called Ambrosius. This is also an example of FurryConfusion, in that we have a normal, barking and growling canine serving as mount for an anthropomorphic canine (or possibly a squirrel or skunk) who can walk and talk, but also barks and growls along with his mount on occasion.
* HulkSpeak: Ludo.
-->'''Ludo:''' Ludo sad!
* HumongousMecha: Guards the gates to the Goblin City; AllThereInTheManual material reveals that its name is, in fact, "Humongous".
-->'''Humongous''': '''[[WhoDares WHO GOES?]]'''
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: How Sarah [[spoiler:wins, at the end]]. ''"[[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore You have no power over me!!!]]"''
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: The goblins steal children
* IntangibleMan: During "Within You", Jareth phases ''through'' Sarah.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: [[spoiler:Sarah chooses to face Jareth alone and asks her friends not to follow her in the showdown.]]
* ItsAllJunk: The junk heap scene gives the trope its name.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Initially Hoggle towards Sarah. And even Sarah towards baby Toby.
* KnightsAndKnaves: However, [[spoiler:it's rigged, and even though Sarah takes the right door, she ends up falling into the Oubliette. See the Trope page for KnightsAndKnaves for the likely reason why this sort of puzzle is often a MortonsFork]].
* {{LARP}}: Sarah's (isolated) hobby.
* LargeHam: Jareth, played by David Bowie.
-->'''Jareth''': Nothing? ''Nothing?'' '''''NOTHING, tra-la-la?'''''
* LaughWithMe: Just before the "Magic Dance" sequence, Jareth laughs, then demands that his goblins join in. Once they do, he shuts them up for the song. Much the same happens after Sarah is trapped in the oubliette.
* LifeIsntFair: Boy, does Sarah learn ''this'' the hard way...
** In fact, she learns it ''very'' quickly, and reminds Hoggle of the fact when she steals his jewels and ''he'' accuses ''her'' of not being fair. Touche.
* LivingLabyrinth: The labyrinth is like alive in some manner and probably changes shape or something.
* LivingStructureMonster: The movie features a number of creatures that are basically part of the architecture of the eponymous maze. These include the talking door knockers, and the talking walls which give false alarms to passersby.
%%* LosingYourHead: The Fireys lose their heads.
%%* LotusEaterMachine: The ball, and the replica of her bedroom afterwards.
%%* LovableTraitor: Hoggle.
%%* MagicalLand: The Labyrinth.
* MakeAWish: All Sarah has to do is wish for her baby brother to disappear, and goblins ferry him away.
%%* MalevolentMugshot
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: If Jareth had settled on just giving Hoggle orders then there would have been no problem, especially since Hoggle is a dyed-in-the-wool misanthrope. However, Jareth just can't seem to stop insulting Hoggle, belittling him, physically mistreating him, and issuing dire threats (it was probably his threat to dump Hoggle into the Bog Of Eternal Stench that finally tipped the scales). [[spoiler: The manga reveals that Jareth makes good on his threat]].
* MrFanservice: Jareth. Being played by David Bowie will do that for a character.
* MundaneObjectAmazement: Sarah offers Hoggle some plastic costume jewelry as a bribe to help her, thinking he won't care much for it. Since human things like plastic don't exist in the Labyrinth, Hoggle is quite awed by them.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Alternate Universe, with a touch of All In Their Heads for "As the World Falls Down". All four song-and-dance numbers take place in the MagicalLand; moreover, unlike many musicals they aren't spread out amongst the main characters -- the Fireys get one and Jareth gets the other three, suggesting that singing is simply a way they communicate with others and/or amuse themselves.
* MustMakeAmends: The plot of the movie follows this.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Hoggle, after giving Sarah the peach. Also Sarah herself, when she realized the goblins had ''[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor listened]]'' when she wished they'd take Toby away.
* NobodyCanDie: Purposefully invoked by the filmmakers.
** There are things more significant than death at stake here: this isn't a battle of mortality, this is a battle of the spirit; a battle between going with what's easy vs attaining some form of self realization. Death is easy, being someone you can live with is harder.
* NoSongForTheWicked: Completely inverted -- the only characters who sing are the villain, his minions, and a menacing WackyWaysideTribe.
* NothingIsScarier: Toby begins crying absolutely uncontrollably, and Sarah says, "I wish the goblins ''would'' come and take you away-- right now." And ''instantaneously,'' there is silence, and the audience (and Sarah) realize that's ''exactly what happened.''
* OminousOwl: Jareth's shapeshifted form is that of a barn owl.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The entire labyrinth...although it's not really judging cleverness so much as the ability to think "outside the box".
* {{Oubliette}}
-->'''Hoggle:''' Oh don't act so smart. You don't even know what an oubliette is.\\
'''Sarah:''' Do you?\\
'''Hoggle:''' Yes. It's a place you put people... to forget about 'em!
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: They're a bunch of small sprites that Hoggle sprays like bugs, and they tend to bite.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: In folklore, one of the main attributes of goblins is that they steal babies. Jareth looks mostly human (if he wasn't a stolen baby himself).
* PaintedOnPants: Jareth's infamous pants.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: This bookends the movie's opening credit sequence, which panned ''down'' as it followed the barn owl's flight.
* ParentalAbandonment: The novelization says that Sarah's mother, an actress, walked out on the family and took up with a charming fellow actor named Jeremy. While most of this is AllThereInTheManual material, in the film there is a picture of the mother with a male co-star in Sarah's scrapbook, and he looks ''awfully'' like Jareth...
* PimpedOutDress: Sarah's ultra-puffy dream dress.
* PintSizePowerhouse: Didymus is very short, but very strong.
* ThePlace: Sarah must cross the eponymous Labyrinth to save her half-brother.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: The Bog of Eternal Stench. It not only stinks with a odor that's too horrible to describe, it curses anyone who puts so much as a foot in its waters with the same odor - forever.
* PolitenessJudo: Sir Didymus won't let anybody pass his bridge without his permission. While Ludo tries to fight, and Hoggle sneaks past, Sarah simply asks him politely if she can have permission.
* PopStarComposer: Well, who do you ''think?''
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Sarah's BFG. In fact, Hoggle is so gobsmacked that she calls him a friend is enough [[spoiler: to instigate his HeelFaceTurn]].
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Sarah must solve the Labyrinth within 13 hours.
* RealityWarper: The Labyrinth is essentially Jareth's plaything; he's capable of altering time and space at will. [[spoiler: But he holds no power over humans who enter his realm unless they give themselves willingly.]]
* RealTime: At the beginning of the movie's climax, a clock reads that there are thirteen minutes left. The entire climax lasts around thirteen minutes.
* RescueArc: The entire point of the film is to rescue Toby.
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: When Sarah mutters to her colicky infant brother, "I wish the goblins would come and take you away. Right now," she has no idea they are listening.
* RoadSignReversal: Sarah draws arrows on the ground to show which path she's already taken. When she's not looking, goblins flip and turn the tiles with the arrows on them, so she loses her way.
* RummageSaleReject: Almost a literal one with the Junk Lady.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted. A goblin tries to escape the battle in the climax by going into his home, but the rocks summoned by Ludo crash into his house.
-->'''Goblin:''' I've had enough. I'm going to bed! *''Rocks enter his home''* Oh, get out of my house!
* SeniorSleepCycle: The Wise Man falls asleep mid-sentence, much to the chagrin of his talking hat.
* SeveredHeadSports: Although the heads aren't severed, the film has the fire-starters who remove their heads and use them to play something akin to volleyball. While singing. Naturally, this concerns the protagonist. She gets even more concerned when they try to remove ''her'' head.
* ShoutOut
** Amongst the books in the panning shot of Sarah's room are ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre'' and ''Outside Over There'' by Creator/MauriceSendak; the latter picture book (1981) is particularly significant because it's about a girl rescuing her sibling from goblins, though it's a ''much'' simpler and different tale. According to Brian Froud in the ''Empire'' retrospective, "The link between his work and ours was only noticed well into production", as the concept of goblins stealing babies is well-established folklore and the original jumping-off point for the project--but Sendak actually considered suing over the matter. That the Fireys were originally called "Wild Things" didn't help. (Henson changing that and acknowledging an artistic debt to Sendak in the end credits served to placate the author.)
** Sarah's dream is right out of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" in more ways than one. Plus, it's the result of [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs her consuming a bewitched fruit]].
** "You remind me of the babe" is a direct reference to the ending of ''Film/TheBachelorAndTheBobbySoxer'' (1947).
** As Sir Didymus rides through the Goblin City to rejoin his allies, he cries [[Radio/TheLoneRanger "Hi-ho Silver, away!"]]
** One of the short stories in the ''Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary'' comic book anthology is about a nervous, very small goblin named [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinjee]] that has been given the job of piloting a new version of the Humongous gate guardian robot.
* SissyVillain: Jareth.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Jareth's preferred way of "sitting" in his throne.
* SmoochOfVictory: Sarah gives Hoggle one after he helps her escape the Fireys -- not knowing that Jareth had warned him that if she ever did that, he'd make good on his threat of the Bog of Eternal Stench...
* TheSoCalledCoward: Hoggle.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: "I wish the goblins would take you away - right now! ...Toby?"
* SpeculativeFictionLGBT: It has Bowie in it... playing an ambiguous goblin in a high fantasy setting. The weird and wonderful all come together to make a camp classic.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The second of a Spiritual Trilogy; see the main description.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jareth for Sarah.
* StarringSpecialEffects: The vast majority of the inhabitants of the Labyrinth are these, after all.
* {{Steampunk}}: The goblins use a lot of stuff like this, most notably the mecha at the Goblin City's gates.
* StormingTheCastle: The film's climax, naturally.
* SurroundedByIdiots: "Well, laugh!" No wonder Jareth fancies Sarah, he's probably desperate for a conversation with someone with a IQ above one digit.
* TakeOurWordForIt: For obvious reasons, the odor of the Bog of Eternal Stench. In fact, when Sarah asks if all it does is smell, Hoggle says, "Believe me, ''that's'' enough." And judging by the look on Sarah's face when she finally sees the place, he's right.
* TalentDouble: Juggler Michael Moschen performs Jareth's right arm during the moments where he's contact juggling the crystal balls. This required him to spend many hours practicing until he could do the routine without looking (since he needed to keep his head averted so it wouldn't appear in the shot) and with his arm jammed in another person's armpit.
* TemptingFate: ''Never'' say the Labyrinth is "a piece of cake." Especially to Jareth's face. You will swiftly regret it.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The look on Jareth's face when Sarah finally remembers her line and stands up to him is priceless. It's less OhCrap, and more sad disappointment.
* ThisIsSomethingShesGotToDoHerself: Once Sarah and her friends reach the castle, she tells them she has to face Jareth alone, [[GenreSavvy "Because that's the way it's done."]] [[spoiler: And that IS the way it is in the forgotten script for her play...]]
--> '''Sir Didymus''': Well if that is the way it is done, then that is the way you must do it.
* ToiletHumour: There's some...''[[{{Gasshole}} interesting]]'' noises coming out of the Bog of Eternal Stench.
* TrollBridge: Sir Didymus' bridge.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Jareth has several costume changes as the film progresses.
* VillainousCheekbones: Jareth, of course.
* VillainousCrush: Currently provides the page quote.
* VillainSong: This film is pretty much ''Villain Songs -- The Movie!'' (Well, seriously, when someone like David Bowie is playing the villain, he's obviously going to have quite a few of them.)
** "Magic Dance" and "Within You" for Jareth (the latter is also an ObsessionSong, shading into VillainLoveSong).
** "Chilly Down" for the Fireys.
* VillainLoveSong: "As the World Falls Down".
* VisualInnuendo: Jareth playing with his crystal balls while wearing skin-tight leggings.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Jareth.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Or thirteen (goblin time being what it is) Toby will become one of them if Sarah doesn't solve the Labyrinth by then. The ballroom dance sequence climaxes just as the clock strikes twelve, as per the ''Cinderella'' motif. [[spoiler: When she defeats Jareth, it's just as the clock strikes thirteen; when Sarah and Toby are returned to their world, it's midnight there.]]
** In a {{subversion}}, Jareth actually ''spins the hands on his clock forward'' after Sarah works up the nerve to boast that the Labyrinth is a piece of cake.
* WickedStepmother: The stepmother invokes this, saying Sarah insists on treating her like one.
* WorldBuilding: As is normal when Creator/JimHenson and Creator/BrianFroud work together, with no small assist by Creator/TerryJones; the tie-in book ''The Goblins of Labyrinth'' (written by Jones and featuring Froud's concept art) goes into hugely goofy detail about their society and folklore.
* {{Yandere}}: Jareth certainly has his moments...
* YellowBrickRoad: Although she is of course running around (and often getting lost) in a deadly maze, Sarah has only one goal: to find Toby in the center of the labyrinth and every step she takes is to try to get her further towards that goal.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: When Sarah tells Jareth the Labyrinth is "a piece of cake", he proceeds to magically reduce her remaining time to solve it.
-->'''Sarah:''' That's not fair!\\
'''Jareth:''' You say that so often. [[DeadpanSnarker I wonder what your basis for comparison is]].
* YouRemindMeOfX: "[[VillainSong You remind me of the babe...]]"
* YourMindMakesItReal: Heavily implied; after all, [[spoiler: Jareth even outright states that he was everything Sarah ''wanted'' him to be -- which is why when she realizes that she's the one in control, not Jareth, he instantly loses all power]].
* YourMom: "Your mother was an aardvark!"
'' "Thank goodness, all those David Bowie crotch jokes are over!" "Hey, look at that bulge..." "SHUT UP!!!" ''