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* KillEmAll: What happened to [[spoiler: the townspeople at the end of the film after they were transformed into rats and force to go into the lake to drown. The only survivors were the Fisherman and the baby, who were innocent characters and the innocent was killed before the townspeople were transformed into rats.]]

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* KillEmAll: What happened to [[spoiler: the townspeople at the end of the film after they were transformed into rats and force to go into the lake to drown. The only survivors were the Fisherman and the baby, who were innocent characters and the innocent woman was killed before the townspeople were transformed into rats.]]



* MindControlMusic: Per tradition the Piper's flute allows him to mind-control the horde of rats to lead them to their dooms. [[spoiler:It can also mind-control an entire town of humans (and only those who the Piper wants to) in addition to transforming them into what the Piper wants (in this case, rats).]]

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* MindControlMusic: Per tradition tradition, the Piper's flute allows him to mind-control the horde of rats to lead them to their dooms. [[spoiler:It can also mind-control an entire town of humans (and only those who the Piper wants to) in addition to transforming them into what the Piper wants (in this case, rats).]]



* NonMaliciousMonster: The rats are ultimately this, they're destructive disease-ridden vermin to Hamelin, but are ultimately animals following their instincts to survive, also they're willing to share resources and keep each other safe. This is in contrast to the very malicious and evil humans of Hamelin.
* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby he rescues from the empty town; who the Fisherman takes far away to a better place to live in.]]

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* NonMaliciousMonster: The rats are ultimately this, this as they're destructive disease-ridden vermin to the town of Hamelin, but are ultimately animals following their instincts to survive, also survive. Also, they're willing to share resources and keep each other safe. This is in contrast to the very malicious and evil humans of Hamelin.
* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:Even though the film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned, the Fisherman, who was one of the few people left alive, was able to rescue an abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby and he rescues from ends up taking the empty town; who the Fisherman takes far away baby to a better place to live in.in signifying some hope for the remaining survivors of Hamelin.]]


* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble that the rats had caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other being willing to share resources and food while portrayed in a soft and "alive" way with realistic designs and movements and even including StockFootage of live rats to enforce this. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, with only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, the Fisherman and the baby).
* JabbaTableManners: The town leaders themselves. Whenever a scene of them eating occurs, they are shown greedily shoving food down their throats accompanied with loud smacking. They also throw food everywhere even full pieces that they only took one bite out of.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Most of Hamelin's inhabitants meet their ends when the Piper transforms them into rats and uses his flute to lure them all to their deaths via drowning, as he did to the rats that the citizens had hired him to get rid of. Special mention goes to the Jeweler, who is the last one to die, as he turns around and vainly begs for mercy before the Piper intensifies his melody and sends the Jeweler plummeting to his watery grave. Another mention is the butcher who was shown happily slaughtering animals being killed by a rat trap as he tries following the rat horde.]]
* KillEmAll: What happened to [[spoiler: the townspeople at the end of the film after they were transformed into rats and force to go into the lake to drown. Only the Fisherman and a baby survive thanks to not being corrupt or greedy.]]

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble that the rats had caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other other's well-being by being willing to share resources and food while with each other. The rats are also portrayed in a soft and "alive" way with realistic designs and movements and even including StockFootage of live rats to enforce this. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, or gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, manner. {{Averted}} with the Fisherman, the innocent woman and the baby who were the only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, in the Fisherman and the baby).
town of Hamelin.
* JabbaTableManners: The town leaders themselves. Whenever a scene of them eating occurs, they are shown greedily shoving food down their throats accompanied with loud smacking. They also throw food everywhere even full pieces that they only took one bite out of.
everywhere, which is what caused the rats to invade the town of Hamelin.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Most of Hamelin's inhabitants meet their ends when the Piper transforms them into rats and uses his flute to lure them all to their deaths via drowning, as he did to the rats that the citizens had hired him to get rid of. Special mention goes to the Jeweler, who was responsible for the innocent woman's death and is the last one to die, as he turns around and vainly begs for mercy before the Piper intensifies his melody and sends the Jeweler plummeting to his watery grave. Another mention is the butcher who was shown happily slaughtering animals before the rats' invasion and he ends up being killed by a rat trap as he tries following the rat horde.]]
* KillEmAll: What happened to [[spoiler: the townspeople at the end of the film after they were transformed into rats and force to go into the lake to drown. Only The only survivors were the Fisherman and a baby survive thanks to not being corrupt or greedy.the baby, who were innocent characters and the innocent was killed before the townspeople were transformed into rats.]]


* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The townspeople experienced this when they started transforming into rats. Either some of the townspeople had rat heads on a human body or some had human heads on rat bodies, most notable is the Jeweler who retains his human head up to his death.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the middle point of the film watching Hamelin and the Piper's arrival from afar with curiosity. [[spoiler:He returns in the last 5 minutes after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, he searches the empty Hamelin until he hears an abandoned baby, who he rescues and takes away with him to a better place to live.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and the town leaders are especially corrupted. The only good people in town are the woman, Fisherman and the baby who all either refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk (woman and Fisherman) or simply can't do so (the baby).

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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The townspeople experienced this when they started transforming into rats. Either some of the townspeople had rat heads on a human body or some had human heads on rat bodies, bodies. The most notable example is the Jeweler who retains his human head as his body transforms into that of a rat's, right up to his death.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the middle point of the film watching the town of Hamelin and the Piper's arrival from afar with curiosity. [[spoiler:He returns in the last 5 minutes of the film after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, as he searches the empty town of Hamelin until he hears the cries of an abandoned baby, who he baby. He then rescues the baby and takes it away with him to a better place to live.live in.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and the town leaders are especially corrupted. The only good people in the town are the young and innocent woman, the Fisherman and the baby who all either refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk (woman and Fisherman) or simply can't do so because of their age (the baby).



* DarkIsNotEvil: The Piper might look scary and resemble a DarkLord with his big hood, but he's ultimately one of the nicer characters in the film. He doesn't even takes action against Hamelin after they cheat him out of his payment, at least until [[spoiler:he finds the innocent woman dead after the Jeweler and 2 other elites assaulted and killed her, at which that point all bets are off and he makes the whole town pay for their cruelty and greed.]]
* DerangedAnimation: Since the designs of the city and the characters were based on German Expressionism and medieval German art, the movie tends to evoke this. Like for instance, there were a couple of scenes where the rats are shown to be much larger in scale than the buildings and the people themselves. It all helps to make us know how corrupt and cruel Hamelin in its entirety is.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble the rats caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other being willing to share resources and food while portrayed in a soft and "alive" way with realistic designs and movements and even including StockFootage of live rats to enforce this. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, with only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, the Fisherman and the baby).

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* DarkIsNotEvil: The Piper might look scary and resemble a DarkLord with his big hood, but he's ultimately one of the nicer characters in the film. He doesn't even takes take action against the town of Hamelin after they cheat cheated him out of his payment, at least payment. It's not until [[spoiler:he finds the innocent woman dead after the Jeweler and 2 two other elites assaulted and killed her, at which at that point point, all bets are off and he makes the whole town pay for their cruelty and greed.]]
* DerangedAnimation: Since the designs of the city and the characters were based on German Expressionism and medieval German art, the movie tends to evoke this. Like for instance, there were a couple of scenes where the rats are shown to be much larger in scale than the buildings and the people themselves. It all helps to make us know see how corrupt and cruel the town of Hamelin is in its entirety is.
entirety.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble that the rats had caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other being willing to share resources and food while portrayed in a soft and "alive" way with realistic designs and movements and even including StockFootage of live rats to enforce this. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, with only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, the Fisherman and the baby).


* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged with the Pied Piper himself. On the one hand, his motivations for [[spoiler: luring the townspeople to their deaths]] was not only because he didn't get paid, but also because [[spoiler:he witnessed the death of an innocent woman.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: he actually committed genocide]] in this version by [[spoiler: leading the townspeople to their deaths]] whereas in the original fairy tale, the worst he did was lure the children away to never be seen again, [[spoiler:however, considering he spared an innocent baby and the Fisherman who were all but stated to be the only pure souls left after the woman's death, it does give him some heroic points.]]
* ArtShift: There are some scenes where the rats are shown in live action. This was done to show that the rats are more alive than the majority humans, who are always portrayed in a robotic or wooden manner.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged with the Pied Piper himself. On the one hand, his motivations for [[spoiler: luring the townspeople to their deaths]] was not only because he didn't get paid, but also because [[spoiler:he witnessed the death of an innocent woman.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: he actually committed genocide]] in this version by [[spoiler: leading the townspeople to their deaths]] whereas in the original fairy tale, the worst he did was lure the children away to never be seen again, [[spoiler:however, again. [[spoiler:However, considering he spared an innocent baby and the Fisherman Fisherman, who were all but stated to be the only pure souls left after the woman's death, it does give him some heroic points.]]
* ArtShift: There are some scenes where the rats are shown in live action. This was done to show that the rats are more alive than the majority of the humans, who are always portrayed in a robotic or wooden manner.



** {{Downplayed}} with the Fisherman as he has a similar design to most of the townspeople though is far more "soft" and organic-looking, and he is an innocent character as well [[spoiler:who gets spared by the Piper thanks to his niceness and is even able to have a happy ending by saving an abandoned baby and taking it to a new, better home]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While all of the corrupt and cruel townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown in karmic fashion, the young innocent woman was murdered without the Piper being able to save her, the Piper himself vanishes after the townspeople are drowned and Hamelin is left empty; but the benevolent Fisherman is spared by the Piper and rescues the only other pure soul left that the Piper also spared: a baby, taking the child to a better place to live in.]]

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** {{Downplayed}} with the Fisherman as he has a similar design to most of the townspeople though townspeople, although his design is far more "soft" and organic-looking, and organic-looking compared to the other townspeople. And he is an one of the few innocent character as well characters [[spoiler:who gets spared by the Piper thanks to his niceness and is even able to have a happy ending by saving an abandoned baby and taking it to a new, better home]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While all of the corrupt and cruel townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown in karmic fashion, the young innocent woman was murdered without the Piper being able to save her, her and the Piper himself vanishes after the townspeople are drowned and Hamelin is left empty; but empty. But the benevolent Fisherman is spared by the Piper and rescues the only other pure soul left a baby that the Piper also spared: a baby, spared, taking the child to a better place to live in.]]


* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and the town leaders are specially corrupted. The only good people in town are the woman, Fisherman and the baby who all either refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk (woman and Fisherman) or simply can't do so (the baby).

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* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and the town leaders are specially especially corrupted. The only good people in town are the woman, Fisherman and the baby who all either refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk (woman and Fisherman) or simply can't do so (the baby).


* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby he rescues from the empty towm; who the Fisherman takes far away to a better place to live in.]]

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* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby he rescues from the empty towm; town; who the Fisherman takes far away to a better place to live in.]]


* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the middle point of the film watching Hamelin and the Piper's arrival from afar with curiosity [[spoiler:returns in the last 5 minutes after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, he searches the empty Hamelin until he hears an abandoned baby, who he rescues and takes away with him to a better place to live.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the middle point of the film watching Hamelin and the Piper's arrival from afar with curiosity [[spoiler:returns curiosity. [[spoiler:He returns in the last 5 minutes after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, he searches the empty Hamelin until he hears an abandoned baby, who he rescues and takes away with him to a better place to live.]]


* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the start of the film watching Hamelin and the Piper from afar [[spoiler:returns in the last 5 minutes after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, he searches the empty Hamelin until he hears an abandoned baby, who he rescues and takes away with him to a better place to live.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the start middle point of the film watching Hamelin and the Piper Piper's arrival from afar with curiosity [[spoiler:returns in the last 5 minutes after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, he searches the empty Hamelin until he hears an abandoned baby, who he rescues and takes away with him to a better place to live.]]


* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby he rescues from the empty tow; who the Fisherman takes far away to a better place to live in.]]

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* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby he rescues from the empty tow; towm; who the Fisherman takes far away to a better place to live in.]]



* SwarmOfRats: Like in the original fairy tale, the rats end up overtaking the town of Hamelin which prompts the town to request the Piper's help to get rid of. [[spoiler:At the end the townsfolk all become one when the Piper decides to pay their kindness back.]]

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* SwarmOfRats: Like in the original fairy tale, the rats end up overtaking the town of Hamelin which prompts the town to request the Piper's help to get rid of. [[spoiler:At the end the townsfolk all become one when the Piper decides to pay their kindness "[[SarcasmMode kindness]]" back.]]


* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged with the Pied Piper himself. On the one hand, his motivations for [[spoiler: luring the townspeople to their deaths]] was not only because he didn't get paid, but also because [[spoiler: he witnessed the death of an innocent woman.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: he actually committed genocide]] in this version by [[spoiler: leading the townspeople to their deaths]] whereas in the original fairy tale, the worst he did was lure the children away to never be seen again, [[spoiler:however, considering he spared an innocent baby and the Fisherman who were all but stated to be the only pure souls left after the woman's death, it does give him some heroic points.]]

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged with the Pied Piper himself. On the one hand, his motivations for [[spoiler: luring the townspeople to their deaths]] was not only because he didn't get paid, but also because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he witnessed the death of an innocent woman.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: he actually committed genocide]] in this version by [[spoiler: leading the townspeople to their deaths]] whereas in the original fairy tale, the worst he did was lure the children away to never be seen again, [[spoiler:however, considering he spared an innocent baby and the Fisherman who were all but stated to be the only pure souls left after the woman's death, it does give him some heroic points.]]



* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and the town leaders are specially corrupted. The only good people in town are the woman, Fisherman and the baby who all refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk.

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* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and the town leaders are specially corrupted. The only good people in town are the woman, Fisherman and the baby who all either refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk.townsfolk (woman and Fisherman) or simply can't do so (the baby).



* DarkIsNotEvil: The Piper might look scary and resemble a DarkLord with his big hood, but he's ultimately one of the nicer characters in the film. He doesn't even takes action against Hamelin after they cheat him out of his payment, at least until [[spoiler:he finds the innocent woman dead after the Jeweler and 2 other elites assaulted and killed her, at which that point all bets are off and he makes the whole town pay for their cruelty and greed.]]



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble the rats caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other being willing to share resources and food while portrayed in a soft and "alive" way. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, with only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, the Fisherman and the baby).
* JabbaTableManners: The town leaders themselves. Whenever a scene of them eating occurs, they are shown greedily shoving food down their throats accompanied with loud smacking.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble the rats caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other being willing to share resources and food while portrayed in a soft and "alive" way.way with realistic designs and movements and even including StockFootage of live rats to enforce this. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, with only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, the Fisherman and the baby).
* JabbaTableManners: The town leaders themselves. Whenever a scene of them eating occurs, they are shown greedily shoving food down their throats accompanied with loud smacking. They also throw food everywhere even full pieces that they only took one bite out of.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Most of Hamelin's inhabitants meet their ends when the Piper transforms them into rats and uses his flute to lure them all to their deaths via drowning, as he did to the rats that the citizens had hired him to get rid of. Special mention goes to the Jeweler, who is the last one to die, as he turns around and vainly begs for mercy before the Piper intensifies his melody and sends the Jeweler plummeting to his watery grave. Another mention is the butcher who was shown happily slaughtering animals being killed by a rat trap as he tries following the rat horde.]]



* MindControlMusic: Per tradition the Piper's flute allows him to mind-control the horde of rats to lead them to their dooms. [[spoiler:It can also mind-control an entire town of humans (and only those who the Piper wants to) in addition to transforming them into what the Piper wants (in this case, rats).]]
* NoNameGiven: Other than the Piper himself via the title, no one in the film is given a name.
* NonMaliciousMonster: The rats are ultimately this, they're destructive disease-ridden vermin to Hamelin, but are ultimately animals following their instincts to survive, also they're willing to share resources and keep each other safe. This is in contrast to the very malicious and evil humans of Hamelin.
* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:The film ends with the now deserted Hamelin being abandoned by its only inhabitants left: The Fisherman and a baby he rescues from the empty tow; who the Fisherman takes far away to a better place to live in.]]



* SwarmOfRats: Like in the original fairy tale, the rats end up overtaking the town of Hamelin. [[spoiler:At the end the townsfolk all become one when the Piper decides to pay their kindness back.]]
* TransformationTrauma: The ending [[spoiler: where the Pied Piper transforms the townspeople into rats and you can see the townspeople panicking as this is taking place.]]

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* SwarmOfRats: Like in the original fairy tale, the rats end up overtaking the town of Hamelin.Hamelin which prompts the town to request the Piper's help to get rid of. [[spoiler:At the end the townsfolk all become one when the Piper decides to pay their kindness back.]]
* TransformationTrauma: The ending [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:When the Pied Piper transforms the townspeople into rats and you can see the townspeople panicking as this is taking place.place right before they fall under the thrall of the flute and mindlessly follow the Piper to their watery graves.]]


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While all of the corrupt and cruel townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown in karmic fashion, the young innocent woman was murdered without the Piper being able to save her, the Piper himself vanishes after the townspeople are drowned and Hamelin is left empty; but the uncorrupted Fisherman survives and rescues the only other pure soul left: a baby, taking them to a faraway better place to live in.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: While all of the corrupt and cruel townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown in karmic fashion, the young innocent woman was murdered without the Piper being able to save her, the Piper himself vanishes after the townspeople are drowned and Hamelin is left empty; but the uncorrupted benevolent Fisherman survives is spared by the Piper and rescues the only other pure soul left: left that the Piper also spared: a baby, taking them the child to a faraway better place to live in.]]


* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged with the Pied Piper himself. On the one hand, his motivations for [[spoiler: luring the townspeople to their deaths]] was not only because he didn't get paid, but also because [[spoiler: he witnessed the death of an innocent woman.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: he actually committed genocide]] in this version by [[spoiler: leading the townspeople to their deaths]] whereas in the original fairy tale, the worst he did was lure the children away to never be seen again.
* ArtShift: There are some scenes where the rats are shown in live action. This was done to show that the rats are more alive than the humans.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged with the Pied Piper himself. On the one hand, his motivations for [[spoiler: luring the townspeople to their deaths]] was not only because he didn't get paid, but also because [[spoiler: he witnessed the death of an innocent woman.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler: he actually committed genocide]] in this version by [[spoiler: leading the townspeople to their deaths]] whereas in the original fairy tale, the worst he did was lure the children away to never be seen again.
again, [[spoiler:however, considering he spared an innocent baby and the Fisherman who were all but stated to be the only pure souls left after the woman's death, it does give him some heroic points.]]
* ArtShift: There are some scenes where the rats are shown in live action. This was done to show that the rats are more alive than the humans.majority humans, who are always portrayed in a robotic or wooden manner.



** Subverted with the Fisherman as he has a similar design to most of the townspeople, but is an innocent character as well.
* BittersweetEnding: More on the bitter side, but in the end, [[spoiler: while all of the townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown and the young innocent woman was murdered; the innocent fisherman is the only one to survive and he ends up taking an abandoned baby to a better place away from the now deserted village.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The townspeople experienced this when they started transforming into rats. Either some of the townspeople had rat heads on a human body or some had human heads on rat bodies.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and even the town leaders are corrupted.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Even though the original fairy tale had the Pied Piper lure the children of Hamelin away to never be seen again, this version contains a bit of violence, a darker and gloomier atmosphere, [[spoiler: a rape and murder scene of an innocent woman and the Pied Piper transforming all of the townspeople into rats and leading them to the lake to drown.]] Also, the Pied Piper's appearance is much darker and more mysterious than the jester like appearance in other interpretations.
* DerangedAnimation: Since the designs of the city and the characters were based on German Expressionism and medieval German art, the movie tends to evoke this. Like for instance, there were a couple of scenes where the rats are shown to be much larger in scale than the buildings and the people themselves.

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** Subverted {{Downplayed}} with the Fisherman as he has a similar design to most of the townspeople, but townspeople though is far more "soft" and organic-looking, and he is an innocent character as well.
well [[spoiler:who gets spared by the Piper thanks to his niceness and is even able to have a happy ending by saving an abandoned baby and taking it to a new, better home]].
* BittersweetEnding: More on the bitter side, but in the end, [[spoiler: while While all of the corrupt and cruel townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown and in karmic fashion, the young innocent woman was murdered; murdered without the innocent fisherman Piper being able to save her, the Piper himself vanishes after the townspeople are drowned and Hamelin is left empty; but the uncorrupted Fisherman survives and rescues the only one to survive and he ends up other pure soul left: a baby, taking an abandoned baby them to a faraway better place away from the now deserted village.to live in.]]
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: The townspeople experienced this when they started transforming into rats. Either some of the townspeople had rat heads on a human body or some had human heads on rat bodies.bodies, most notable is the Jeweler who retains his human head up to his death.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The Fisherman shows up at the start of the film watching Hamelin and the Piper from afar [[spoiler:returns in the last 5 minutes after the Piper is finished with drowning the rat-humans, he searches the empty Hamelin until he hears an abandoned baby, who he rescues and takes away with him to a better place to live.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The town of Hamelin is not a nice place to live in as all the townspeople are greedy and petty and even the town leaders are corrupted.
specially corrupted. The only good people in town are the woman, Fisherman and the baby who all refuse to fall into the rabbit hole of greed and cruelty of the other townsfolk.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Even though the original fairy tale had the Pied Piper lure the children of Hamelin away to never be seen again, this version contains a bit of violence, a darker and gloomier atmosphere, [[spoiler: a heavily implied rape and murder scene of an innocent woman and the Pied Piper transforming all of the townspeople into rats and leading them to the lake to drown.]] Also, the Pied Piper's appearance is much darker and more mysterious than the jester like appearance in other interpretations.
* DerangedAnimation: Since the designs of the city and the characters were based on German Expressionism and medieval German art, the movie tends to evoke this. Like for instance, there were a couple of scenes where the rats are shown to be much larger in scale than the buildings and the people themselves. It all helps to make us know how corrupt and cruel Hamelin in its entirety is.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For all the trouble the rats caused, the film portrays the rodents in a sympathetic light by showing that they merely follow their nature and care about each other being willing to share resources and food while portrayed in a soft and "alive" way. Meanwhile, the humans of Hamelin are either stupid, ruthless, corrupt, selfish, greedy, perverted, gluttonous or all of the former while portrayed in a deranged mechanical manner, with only 3 of the whole population being potrayed as good people (the woman, the Fisherman and the baby).



* KillEmAll: What happened to [[spoiler: the townspeople at the end of the film after they were transformed into rats and force to go into the lake to drown.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: The young and innocent woman who falls in love with the Pied Piper ends up being raped and murdered by the Jeweler and his companions later on in the film.]]

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* KillEmAll: What happened to [[spoiler: the townspeople at the end of the film after they were transformed into rats and force to go into the lake to drown. Only the Fisherman and a baby survive thanks to not being corrupt or greedy.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The young and innocent woman who falls in love with the Pied Piper ends up being raped and murdered by the Jeweler and his companions later on in the film.]]



* SwarmOfRats: Like in the original fairy tale, the rats end up overtaking the town of Hamelin.
* TransformationTrauma: The ending [[spoiler: where the Pied Piper transforms the townspeople into rats and you can see the townspeople panicking as this is taking place.]]

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* SwarmOfRats: Like in the original fairy tale, the rats end up overtaking the town of Hamelin.
Hamelin. [[spoiler:At the end the townsfolk all become one when the Piper decides to pay their kindness back.]]
* TransformationTrauma: The ending [[spoiler: where the Pied Piper transforms the townspeople into rats and you can see the townspeople panicking as this is taking place.]]]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler:The Fisherman proves that he truly was worthy of being spared the grisly fate of the other townsfolk when he takes an abandoned baby with him to a better home away from the now deserted Hamelin, rather than any treasure or resources left behind by the people.]]
* YouDirtyRat: Surprisingly inverted, it's the rats who are portrayed the most "alive" in comparison to the sin-filled inhabitants of Hamelin, with the rodents merely doing things following their nature and being rather selfless even when they don't need to. In addition to not being portrayed as any uglier or prettier than real rats.


* BittersweetEnding: More on the bitter side, but in the end, [[spoiler: while all of the townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown and the young innocent woman was murdered; the fisherman was the only one to survived and he ends up taking in a baby who was abandoned to a better place.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: More on the bitter side, but in the end, [[spoiler: while all of the townspeople were transformed into rats and fell into the lake to drown and the young innocent woman was murdered; the innocent fisherman was is the only one to survived survive and he ends up taking in a baby who was an abandoned baby to a better place.place away from the now deserted village.]]


* ArtShift: There are some scenes where the rats are shown in live action and then are stop motion animated in the next scene. This was done to show that the rats are more alive than the humans.

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* ArtShift: There are some scenes where the rats are shown in live action and then are stop motion animated in the next scene.action. This was done to show that the rats are more alive than the humans.

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