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* AnimatedAdaptation: Sad enough to scar your childhood, featuring Glynnis Johns and Christopher Plummer. Available [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3RZh1yaqxM here.]]


* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. The Swallow repeatedly warns the Happy Prince that it needs to leave for Egypt and return to its flock, but the Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the latter's repeated pleas. He ''does'' eventually allow the bird to leave after his last eye had been gifted away, but the Swallow offers to stay because it felt guilty about the Prince being unable to see anymore.

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* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. The Swallow repeatedly warns the Happy Prince that it needs to leave for Egypt and return to its flock, but the Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the latter's repeated pleas. He ''does'' eventually allow the bird to leave after his last eye had been gifted away, but the Swallow offers to stay because it felt guilty about the Prince being unable to see anymore.


* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ultimately, the Swallow never rejoins its flock, and the Prince's gifts go unnoticed by the rest of the village. Both are disposed of once they see the Prince's now-shabby state, but [[DeusExMachina God sends His angels to retrieve their remains]] and welcome them into the kingdom of Heaven.]]

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* BitterSweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ultimately, the Swallow never rejoins its flock, and the Prince's gifts go unnoticed by the rest of the village. Both are disposed of once they see the Prince's now-shabby state, but [[DeusExMachina God sends His angels to retrieve their remains]] and welcome them into the kingdom of Heaven.]]


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* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. Happy Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the latter's repeated pleas.

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[[spoiler:Ultimately, the Swallow never rejoins its flock, and the Prince's gifts go unnoticed by the rest of the village. Both are disposed of once they see the Prince's now-shabby state, but [[DeusExMachina God sends His angels to retrieve their remains]] and welcome them into the kingdom of Heaven.]]
* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. The Swallow repeatedly warns the Happy Prince that it needs to leave for Egypt and return to its flock, but the Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the latter's repeated pleas.pleas. He ''does'' eventually allow the bird to leave after his last eye had been gifted away, but the Swallow offers to stay because it felt guilty about the Prince being unable to see anymore.

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* TearsFromAStone: The Happy Prince is a statue, but on the first meeting with the Swallow he apparently cries to the point where his tears awaken the bird.


* HumansAreFlawed: Given Wilde's sarcastic tone seen in the descriptions of the human characters. Also provoked in the end where the humans do not acknowledge Happy Prince's sacrifices and see him as an old, ugly statue decorated with a dead swallow, [[DramaticIrony all while the readers know what's really going on.]]

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* HumansAreFlawed: Given Wilde's sarcastic tone seen in the descriptions of the human characters. The people the Prince and Swallow help are at least grateful for their MysteriousBenefactor giving them means to survive with, but there are also many townsfolk who aren't so kind. Also provoked in the end where the humans do not acknowledge Happy Prince's sacrifices and see him as an old, ugly statue decorated with a dead swallow, [[DramaticIrony all while the readers know what's really going on.]]


* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Just before the Swallow dies, the Prince, thinking he's just leaving for Egypt, asks it to kiss him on the lips before it goes. The Swallow obliges, and promptly drops down dead at his feet.]]

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* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Just before the Swallow dies, the Prince, thinking he's the former is just leaving for Egypt, asks it to kiss him on the lips before it goes. The Swallow obliges, and promptly drops down dead at his feet.]]


* SamaritanSyndrome: The Happy Prince can't abide seeing people in misery when he can sacrifice the precious jewels and metals he's made of to help them get out of their poverty.

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* SamaritanSyndrome: LastKiss: [[spoiler:Just before the Swallow dies, the Prince, thinking he's just leaving for Egypt, asks it to kiss him on the lips before it goes. The Swallow obliges, and promptly drops down dead at his feet.]]
* SamaritanSyndrome:
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The Happy Prince can't abide seeing people in misery when he can sacrifice the precious jewels and metals he's made of to help them get out of their poverty.poverty.
** Likewise, the Swallow insists on getting back en route to Egypt to join the rest of its flock, but seeing the Prince's sorrow over the village people makes it stay to do as the Prince commands. And when both of the Prince's eyes are gifted away, the Swallow remains to tell the statue stories and deliver the gold leaf from his body.

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* ShoutOut: One of the villagers the Prince commands the Swallow to help is a [[Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl little match-girl]] who hasn't sold any of her wares, often gets beaten if she doesn't return with profit, and is working in the middle of a harsh winter.

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* SymbolicallyBrokenObject: The Happy Prince's heart of lead breaks with a loud crack at the same moment that the swallow dies.


* DoubleEntendre: The description of the Reed is full of these.

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* InLoveWithLove: The Swallow.

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* TalkingAnimal: The Swallow.
* {{Seers}}: Happy Prince

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* %%* TalkingAnimal: The Swallow.
* %%* {{Seers}}: Happy Prince


* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. Happy Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the later's repeated pleas.

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* ButNowIMustGo: Subverted. Happy Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the later's latter's repeated pleas.


-->"Who are you?" [The Swallow] said.
-->"I am the Happy Prince."
-->"Why are you weeping then?"

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-->"Who are you?" [The Swallow] said.
-->"I
said.\\
"I
am the Happy Prince."
-->"Why
"\\
"Why
are you weeping then?"



* TheSeer: Happy Prince

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* TheSeer: {{Seers}}: Happy Prince

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* GildedCage: The Prince more or less lived in one of these when alive, since he wasn't even allowed to experience sadness and felt shocked when he looked onto the town as a statue and saw mostly poverty and misery.

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