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A character that is notable for having a flute or some other kind of wind instrument, playing tunes with it 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, summoning, or [[WarpWhistle teleportation]]. The flute itself might be an InstrumentOfMurder, and the flutist might be a MusicalAssassin, but not always.

A SnakeCharmer is a subtrope. See also: ElementalPowers, FriendToAllLivingThings, MagicMusic, WanderingMinstrel.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'': The title character, using her flute to create snow.
%%* ''Manga/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.
* ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs and the Magic Flute'' and its 2008 prequel ''The Flute Smurfers''. See also Western Animation.
* In ''ComicBook/TheCourageousPrincess'', Irgerat usurped his brother's throne via a magic flute, that turns out to be able to summon literally any magic effect the player wants. The protagonist, after using it to defeat him and the dragon pursuing her, ends up breaking it in half since it's too powerful an InfinityPlusOneSword for anyone to possess.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'': The titular character is this.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'': The Pied Piper is a bounty hunter, his flute adjustable to whatever creature he wanted to hypnotize (in this case, ogres).
* "Sahara" [[note]] The 2017 Animation [[/note]]: Omar, the BigBad of the movie, possesses a magic flute carved from the bones of an ancient snake deity. When he plays it, the music allows him to control snakes. He can use it to make them dance for his snake-charming performance, or keep them from escaping him (as demonstrated when Eva tries to leave). [[spoiler: Later, Ajar steals the flute to keep it out of Omar's hands, and at some point, breaks it during a struggle.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''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.
* ''Film/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.)

* 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.)
* ''Literature/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/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Grover the Satyr often uses flutes (all versions of them, in fact) to cast nature-based spells. Among them include one that [[spoiler: causes a Titan to assimilate into an enormous oak tree during the final battle with Kronos]]. That's what I'd call a FateWorseThanDeath.
* ''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 Franchise/CthulhuMythos enjoys himself some flute music, which undoubtley be at least extremely [[BrownNote unpleasant]] to human listeners.
* The Piper of ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', who is based on Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin, uses his pipes to control children and rats.
* In Ruth Frances Long'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.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'' has Johannes Lillegard, a sorcerer who wields a set of pipes which are said to have originated with the original Pied Piper. He uses them to control rats, dogs, and [[UniquenessValue the copies of children]] [[WouldHurtAChild whose suffering he sells]] [[IndustrializedEvil to supernatural creatures for power.]]
* [[spoiler: Virginia Dare]] in ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' apparently plays her flute for a living. She also uses it to cast spells.
* At one point in the story of ''Literature/ThisImmortal'', the group of protagonists encounters some satyrs in the forest, prompting Conrad to produce shepherd's pipes out of nowhere and causing a dancing frenzy among the satyrs with his music. At the end of the book, Myshtigo theorises that Conrad may be the [[Myth/GreekMythology god Pan]] in disguise when recalling that incident.
* In the ''Literature/FelixCastor'' series of novels, the titular character favored medium of channeling his ability to bind ghosts is by playing tunes on a tin whistle that reflects the ghost's nature.
* In the ''Bedlam's Bard'' series by Creator/MercedesLackey, the main character Eric Banyon is a [[MagicMusic Bard]] whose primary instrument is the flute.
* In the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series, [[BlowYouAway Air Master]] Nigel Barrett uses a flute for such spells as summoning the sylphs. He started out with a metal one, but when it didn't feel quite right, he had a glassblower make him a glass one instead.
* In Creator/RobertRankin's novels, mysterious guru's guru Hugo Rune has [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard many titles]], among which is the Reinventor of the Ocarina. It's revealed in ''The Book of Ultimate Truths'' that the reinvented ocarina allows travel to the Forbidden Zones.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/FraggleRock'': Cantus played a magical forked pipe.

* ''Myth/ClassicalMythology'': The Greek god Pan could induce fear and panic with his pipes.
* Myth/{{Native American|Mythology}} US Southwest: Kokopelli is this, mixed with the fertility role, thus giving a new meaning to his flute

* ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'': Naturally, and there are also magic bells involved.

* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'':
** The war poet Wifred Owen has an encounter on the battlefield with a strange being he calls the Piper.
** The title of the episode "Boatswain's Call" refers to the old-fashioned whistle the mate carries. The narrator soon learns that it's no ordinary call.

[[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.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]] have pipes that they can use to create magical effects.
* The iconic ''[[TabletopGame/PathFinder Pathfinder]]'' bard, Lem, wields a silver flute as his primary instrument and casts powerful magic with it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'': The WanderingMinstrel 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]]
* ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams'': The eponymous character himself/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/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': [[TheDragon Ōtengu]] uses his flute to cast a hypnotic spell over unsuspecting ''yōkai''.
** Mannen-dake is the only flutist in the game who actually uses the instrument as a weapon.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'': Will uses a flute both to play magical songs and as a blugeoning device.

[[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/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.
* The 1930 ''WesternAnimation/ScreenSongs'' short "In the Good Old Summer Time" has a gag where a hippo's flue brings inanimate objects to life and follow him. Even a stereotypical Jewish pig's clothes fly off of him to follow the sound.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' has the Piper Maliflua, who can control animals with her flute like the Pied Piper, but only one kind of animal at a time; she uses a different flute for each animal.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 132, Mr. Cat somehow gets hold of a magic flute and tries to use it to lead a bunch of sheep into a trap.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Volpina uses her flute to conjure hyperrealistic illusions. [[spoiler:The real holder of the Fox Miraculous, Rena Rouge (aka Alya) also has this power.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has the bounty hunter [[MusicalAssassin Scaramouche]], who (as part of his MagicMusic powers) can play a magical flute that allows him to [[ImprovisedGolem create and control a giant golem]] out of surrounding stone rubble through [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]].

[[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.