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YMMV: Corpse Bride
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: This web reviewer repeatedly refers to Emily as "date rapey". Considering she at one point uses magic to pull Victor away from Victoria and back to the world of the dead against his will, the reviewer might have a point.
  • Complete Monster: Lord Barkis Bittern, despite his snobbery, he at least seems to care about his bride, but in reality, he's a male Gold Digger. In a flashback image, we see a shadowy figure attacking, robbing, and killing Emily, the title character. Later on in the film, it's revealed that Barkis was her fiancÚ and murderer, and is thus responsible for her depression. After marrying Victoria, he plans to rob her blind and murder her as well. Unfortunately, her parents are broke, and marrying Victoria to him for wealth he doesn't actually have. When he learns this, he tries to kill both Victor and Victoria out of frustration.
  • Ear Worm: "The Remains of the Day", Dear God!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Bonejangles, the walking, talking, singing, swinging skeleton voiced by Danny Elfman himself.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: One possible interpretation is that the dead are lost souls in purgatory, explaining Emily being redeemed in the end.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Victor/Emily as opposed to Victor/Victoria. Though if the fans invoke Die for Our Ship, they might be missing the point...
  • Genius Bonus: The bar in the underworld is called "The Ball & Socket". It's a great place, in fact one could call it a "hip joint"!
  • Hollywood Homely: Victoria has 'the face of an otter' and is a disgrace to her family.
    • Ironically, Victoria's one of the most HUMAN-looking of the puppets in this production.
    • Likely, her parents say this just because they are assholes who need someone to look down on.
  • Memetic Sex God: Emily, so very much. Having Helena Bonham-Carter as her voice actress only strengthened this further.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Lord Barkis Bittern crossed the line a long time ago after he murdered Emily in cold blood to steal her dowry.
  • The Woobie: Emily could qualify, in a... weird way. She was killed by the man she fell in love with, then she's rejected by her new (unwilling) husband, and THEN she ends up letting him go although he was ready to join her in the afterlife. Damn, she really needs a hug.
    • To be honest, all three of the leads have their Woobie moments. Almost all of which are caused by Barkis, one way or another. Victor in particular is definitely a Woobie — the animators on the film started in an interview that they endeavored to make Victor as pathetic as possible.

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