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For years, Jacob had delighted at his grandfather's tales of growing up during World War II in an orphanage run by Miss Peregrine and populated by children like himself. Well, not quite like himself. These children were peculiar. Very peculiar.

Today, Jacob is 16 and has outgrown these silly fairy stories… but when his grandfather is killed under strange circumstances, Jacob has only his grandfather's stories and a collection of strange photographs to follow as he finds himself delving deeper into his grandfather's past, where he learns that these silly fairy stories are neither silly nor fiction… and the peculiar children his grandfather spoke of might still be alive…

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is Ransom Riggs's debut novel, and mixes real antique snapshots with a haunting narrative to paint a world where peculiar children might conceivably exist.


The series by Ransom Riggs:

  1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  2. Hollow City
  3. Library of Souls
  4. A Map of Days (Released in 2018, the first book of the new trilogy)
  5. The Conference of the Birds (Released in 2020, the second book of the new trilogy)
  6. The Desolations of Devil's Acre (Released in 2021, the third and final book of the new trilogy)

A film adaptation of the first book, directed by Tim Burton, was released on September 30th 2016.

This page contains tropes (and spoilers!) for the whole series.

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    The books contain examples of 
  • Addictive Magic: Jacob suspects the loops' magic works like this.
    It was as if just being here had some kind of narcotic effect on me; like the loop itself was a drug—a mood enhancer and a sedative combined—and if I stayed too long, I’d never want to leave.
    If that were true, I thought, it would explain a lot of things, like how people could live the same day over and over for decades without losing their minds.
  • Adult Fear:
    • A sinister group of once-human monsters stalk a group of children with the intention of either experimenting on them or eating them. The more human ones have infiltrated pretty much every strata of human society that could help them, while the more abominable ones are super strong, high endurance giants that are invisible. Even if they knew what was going on, odds are Jacob's parents would be all but powerless to protect him.
    • Driven home with the case of Miss Avocet, whose loop was invaded and whose charges were used as hostages to force her to surrender to the wights. When she and her partner complied, the wights simply fed the children one by one to their hollowgasts.
  • Advertised Extra:
    • The girls in the pictures on the cover of the novels fit this trope to different extents. This seems to be a bit of an Enforced Trope; their characters correspond with particularly striking photographs:
    • Subverted with Olive, on the first book's cover. She's not on the same level of plot-relevance as Jacob or Emma, sure, but she's one of the most talkative and genuinely helpful members of the supporting peculiar cast. She also becomes more relevant in the second book.
    • Sam, the girl on Hollow City's cover, plays this completely straight, showing up for a single chapter that borders on a Shoot the Shaggy Dog/Bizarro Episode, as she has no relevance on anything before and is outright said to be a peculiar who was never saved and died during the Blitz.
    • The boy on the cover of Library of Souls doesn't actually appear in the book but was used as a propaganda poster by the Claywings.
    • The girl on the cover of The Conference of the Birds does not appear until the very end and is unnamed. The following book reveals her name to be Sophie.
    • The girl on the cover of The Desolations of Devil's Acre only appears on one page, has no lines and is unnamed.
  • Alliterative Name
    • Bronwyn Bruntley
    • Fiona Frauenfeld
    • Bekhir Bekhmanatov
    • Melina Manon
  • Anachronism Stew: Many deliberate examples, including one instance of a wight scientist in a Victorian-era laboratory singing a Fleetwood Mac song. Justified by the fact that many characters pass through different time periods using the time loops.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Jacob to Emma late in Hollow City, followed by a True Love's Kiss.
  • Author Appeal: The books are full of strange, anonymous, antique, Spooky Photographs that Ransom Riggs had discovered, and these photos heavily influence the structure and content of the books. The series also takes place in Florida where Ransom Riggs grew up and still live to this day.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Jeffrey Dahmer was a wight.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Why Sam refuses to leave her normal sister behind and go with the peculiars.
  • Black Speech: The hollowgast's wheezes and snarls are actually their language. Jacob can understand it, speak it, and use it to control them.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Emma attempts this on Jacob to make him go back to his own time period where he'll be safe. It doesn't work. Mutually tried at the end of Library of Souls, and it still doesn't work.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The peculiar sheep's wool in Hollow City, and the ambrosia and peculiar sheep's wool again in Library of Souls.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: For all the peculiar children, but particularly Jacob.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Hollows, with emphasis on the "Cthulhu" part. They've got a roughly humanoid frame, but their mass of Combat Tentacle tongues are so much stronger and longer than their limbs that they use them as substitutes for their arms and legs, which are functionally vestigial.
  • Dem Bones: Enoch re-animates skeletons from the Ghost Ship to fight the hollowghasts.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second book, there's Miss Peregrine, who is arrested in bird form and actually, was never even in the book to begin with, and the third demotes most of the children, who are captive for a large part of it, leaving the focus on Jacob and Emma.
  • Deus ex Machina: In the first book, it's set up that the peculiar children, who've been living in a this loop for near a century, cannot leave it, or they will age forward and die. This creates a difficult situation for Jacob and Emma. But come Library of Souls, a plot device has reset the ages of everyone involved to match their bodies, and it's hand waved away.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Jacob's grandfather dies in his arms at the start of the book.
  • Dining in the Buff: Millard Nullings is an Invisible Streaker and often eats his meals while naked (much to Miss Peregrine's chagrin).
    Miss Peregrine: How many times must I tell you, polite persons do not take their supper in the nude!
  • Eldritch Abomination: As weird as the kids are, they look positively normal next to the hollowghasts and wights...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Mr. White expresses his disgust at fellow wight soldier when said soldier begins sexually harassing Emma.
  • Extranormal Institute: Miss Peregrine's Home counts.
  • Eye Scream: Jacob kills a hollowgast this way.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Jacob first manages near-total control over a hollowgast after spending an entire night's sleep communicating with it subconsciously. The trick to taking control over the entire herd of them is falling into a coma along with them.
    • Also, the crazy old man in Library of Souls counts big-time. He says seemingly nonsense about dust-mothers (Mother Dust, without whom Jacob would've died in Abaton.), damned librarians (could be seen as Jacob, or even better, Abe (or Abe's soul), in Abe's case stolen by Bentham), and blessed cartographers (Perplexus Anomalous).
  • Generational Magic Decline: It is believed by some that the peculiars of the story are descended from a handful of peculiars who were extremely powerful and the size of giants. As they multiplied, their powers diluted, and as they became less powerful, they shrank.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The nature of the time loops.
  • Happy Ending Override:
    • The ending of Library of Souls makes it seem as if Jacob and Emma will live out the rest of their lives together. A Map of Days makes it clear that Emma still has feelings for Jacob's grandfather Abe. This complicates the relationship to the point that they eventually break up and Jacob meets a new love interest named Noor. In The Conference of the Birds, Jacob and Emma decide that they are better off as friends.
    • Also, it turns out that Caul, the primary antagonist of the series, was only temporarily defeated and the second trilogy revolves around his return.
  • Healing Factor: Sam, who can have entire chunks of her body completely torn apart without even a little bit of bleeding, and the wound completely heals up within a day or so. Millard believes that since she never lived in a loop, and such a profoundly powerful ability would have made her famous among peculiars, that she eventually took a wound she couldn't recover from during the Blitz and died. A foolish sport fighter in the third book also demonstrates accelerated healing, but his arrogance toward the hollow he's facing off against serves him poorly.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Bentham, Miss Peregrine's brother, assists the children into infiltrating Caul's fortress, but later betrays them. However, in the climax, he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to stop his brother.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Subverted. While normals in general do pose a real threat to peculiars, there are a number of examples of them being helpful. It is even implied that the governments of some nations are aware of the peculiars' existence and have cooperated with them to some extent in the past. Conversely, there are also instances of peculiars being cruel to normals.
  • An Ice Person: Miss Wren's aide Althea has ice powers so strong she can fortify a building with ice in minutes.
  • I Choose to Stay:
    • In the end, Jacob chooses to stay with the children in looking for surviving ymbrynes.
    • He comes very close to leaving in Hollow City, only for everything to go to hell when the wights capture everyone. He's not going anywhere.
  • The Infiltration: Caul is able to capture Jacob and the other peculiars by pretending to be Miss Peregrine in bird form.
  • Island of Mystery: Cairnholm—it's got quasi-time travel, and an Extranormal Institute… as well as the less-than-glamorous trappings of a small remote Welsh island. Subverted in that it's far from the only loop, but it brings Jacob into the story.
    It was my grandfather's island. Looming and bleak, folded in mist, guarded by a million screaming birds, it looked like some ancient fortress constructed by giants. As I gazed up at its sheer cliffs, tops disappearing into a reef of ghostly clouds, the idea that this was a magical place didn't seem so ridiculous.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In The Conference of the Birds, Jacob comments upon his and Noor's arrival in Miss V's loop that he'd imagined something more welcoming waiting for them. He says that just once he'd like to see something such as a nice shade-dappled glen in a forest, "Just once, something like the portals in kids' books."
  • Made of Plasticine: Sam, although it's justified since it's her peculiarity.
  • Meaningful Name: All ymbrynes are named for the birds they transform into.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Jacob's father, Franklin, and his aunt, Susie, always thought that their father was cheating on their mother with another woman because they found letters addressed to him from a woman who called herself "E." It turned out to be Emma, and he wasn't cheating on his wife with her, having already broken off his relationship with her, even though she continued to pine for him.
  • Muggles: Called variously "normals", "non-peculiars", "mortals", and in old Peculiar, "coerlfolc".
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: In A Map of Days, Noor calls her foster-father what is initially said as "fart-face," though Jacob explains that she actually refers to him using another word starting with "f" that he can't use.
  • No Immortal Inertia: If a child leaves the loop for too long, time will catch up to them and they will rapidly age, to grisly effect. When the ymbrynes destroy the titular loop at the end of the third book, the rule is subverted. Each person's age is reset to their loop age, allowing them to age forward at a normal speed when taken out, though this only seems to apply to the group present at the closing.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: The books initially offer no help as to how "ymbryne" is pronounced. They eventually provide "im-brinn", while the film makes it "im-breen". The audiobooks also use "im-brinn".
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Jacob regards most of his relatives as this. The only family members he's close to are his grandfather Abe and his Aunt Susie.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the first book, once the children realize that their time loop is continuing past when it should reset, which means they're going to get bombed very soon due to the lack of lifesaving reset.
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: In The Conference of the Birds, the list of ingredients for a formula that the wights are planning to use to revive Caul is found on the back of a grocery list.
    Miss Peregrine took it from him and began to read. Her brow furrowed almost immediately. "Is this a joke?" Horace leaned over to peek at it. "Quail eggs... jellied eels... cabbages..." "Oh no, that's a grocery list," Nim said, hands fluttering as he reached for the paper and turned it over in the ymbryne's hands. "Other side."
  • Older Than They Look: Anyone who has lived inside a loop for an extended period of time.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Sam reacts this way to being impaled. Apparently, it's happened before. Millard thinks that in the end, she suffered a wound too severe to shrug off.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: In order to keep the children safe, Miss Peregrine has hidden them away in a little pocket of time where it has been September 3rd, 1940 ever since… September 3rd, 1940. Because the loop was formed under duress, she must make sure the time resets just before a German bomb falls on the Home, and the children have not aged since that day, though they remember each iteration of the day. It is mentioned that other ymbrynes have created similar time loops as refuges for other groups of peculiars.
  • Punny Name: Several of the peculiars have puns in their first or last names relating to their unique abilities.
    • Millard Nullings is invisible, therefore his appearance is null.
    • Bronwyn Bruntley is all brawn and can take the brunt of any heavy object.
    • Hugh Apiston hosts bees inside his body, making him a living apiary.
    • Claire Densmore has a backmouth, meaning she has more teeth...which is dens in Latin.
    • Horace Somnusson has prophetic dreams, and "somn" is a Latin root for "sleep". His name may also be based on "horoscope".
  • Secret Legacy: Grandpa Portman left some pretty big shoes for Jacob to fill. He fills them quite nicely.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: Jacob is stuck working in a grocery store at the beginning of the story, and he desperately wants out, but his family owns the business and turns a blind eye to his attempts to get fired. He gets out of it after his grandfather dies, with the idea that his "only job was getting better".
  • Spooky Photographs: Used as spectacle and illustration throughout the books. And the best part is that they are all real antique photos collected by the author (and several of his friends and fellow hobbyists) before he ever started writing the story.
  • Theme Naming: The ymbrynes are all named after the birds they can turn into.
  • There Are No Therapists:
    • Averted in the first book, where they're used for plot reasons instead. When Jacob is traumatized and having nightmares, his parents send him to a competent, professional, realistic-sounding therapist to deal with the grief and trauma. Too bad the therapist is a wight using Jacob for leads about the Cairnholm loop.
    • When Jacob returns home at the end of the series, his parents put him back in therapy, which now fails because he knows his impossible experiences are entirely real.
  • Time-Travel Romance: A major problem in Emma and Jacob's relationship, as Emma's years would catch up with her if she entered the present day.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • A lot of the peculiar children in Hollow City, once they start using their abilities to fight the hollowghasts and the wights. Special mention goes to:
    • Emma, for burning a hollowghast's tongue off.
    • Hugh, for summoning an army of bees to kill the wights that had taken the others captive.
    • Jacob, whose ability develops over the course of the story to not only seeing the hollowghast, but also being able to sense them, speak their language, and ultimately control them.
    • An interesting inversion of this trope occurs with the hollowghasts. When they "level up" into wights, they actually become less powerful, losing their massive strength and invisibility. They still view this as a plus, however, because becoming a wight allows them to pass as human and (in their view, at least) be one step closer to the possibility of becoming immortal.
  • Trapped in the Past: Jacob, in Hollow City.
  • Trilogy Creep: It was a trilogy, however, A Map of Days was released in 2018. This book is said to be the start of a new trilogy, but it takes place following the events of the third book and features the same characters on a new adventure.
  • The Shadow Knows: A hollow is invisible to common people until it's about to eat. (Read: "Until it's too late") However, its shadow is always visible.
  • The Tunguska Event: Comes up as a plot point. It was apparently caused by the attempt of renegade peculiars and their allies to gain eternal youth without being confined to loops, utilizing the site of a long-disused time loop in the Siberian tundra for their experiment.
  • Wham Line: When Jacob asks Emma what made his grandfather peculiar:
    Emma: He could see the monsters.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Before Jacob joins the other peculiars on their journey at the end of the first book, Emma warns him that the time loop will close once they leave it, and it will be very difficult for Jacob to return to his own time again, if he even can. He nonetheless agrees to go with them after going back to say goodbye to his father.

    The film contains additional examples of
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Miss Peregrine was a bit more matronly in the books, though not ugly. Here, she's rather clearly a stunning woman.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Shelley, the Smart Aid manager, disliked Jacob in the book because he was always trying to get fired when the company kept him on due to nepotism. In the film, this is omitted and Shelley is supportive and helpful.
  • Adaptational Modesty: In the books, when ymbrynes transform into birds, they don't take their clothes with them. This was changed for the film. Justified in that, while Eva Green often gets naked in her movies, this is a family-oriented film.
  • Adaptation Expansion: We get to see more of the sense of routine in the loop, we see a few kinds of peculiarity never appearing in the books, and we actually witness, through storytelling/flashback, the failed experiment that created the hollowgast.
  • Adaptation Name Change: An extremely minor case, but Jacob, who never went by Jake in the books, always does in the film.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Jacob in the books is a very teenagery Deadpan Snarker who frequently gets irritated. In the film, Jake is a lot more innocent and kind.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • Emma's character now has Olive's peculiarity with wind elementalism on top of it, and Olive now has Emma's pyrokinesis.
    • In addition to the Prophetic Dream ability he has in the books, the film version of Horace can project the images from his dreams into the air through his right eye using a special lens.
    • In the books, wights do not have the peculiarities they had before their transformation. In the film, the wights shown still have their unique traits from when they were peculiars. For example, Mr. Barron is a Shapeshifter, and two Canon Foreigner wights include a cryokinetic man and half-monkey woman.
    • The method by which the hollows become wights is different. In the books it’s achieved by absorbing a peculiar’s soul, in the film it’s by consuming a peculiar’s eyes. It's more of a visual metaphor for devouring souls, since eyes are often referred to as "windows to the soul".
    • Jake can see hollows, but considering the very different and more happy ending, it's left unclear whether his more developed ability to communicate with and control them exists in this version.
  • Adapted Out: Ricky, Jacob's only friend, is left out of the film.
  • Age Lift: In addition to changing Olive's power from floating to fire, the film also ages her up to be of an age with Emma and Jake, while simultaneously aging down Bronwyn to be a small girl. Enoch is older than the book version, and Fiona, Millard, and Hugh are all younger than the book portrays them.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: For most of the movie Enoch displays quite a bit of annoyance at Emma ignoring his crush on her in favor of Abe or Jake, while at the same time he ignores Olives pining after him. Near the end of the movie he realizes this.
  • All There in the Manual: The wights are never named as such in the film; you'd have to have read the books to know their title. The most they're called here are "bad peculiars".
  • Almost Kiss: Between Jake and Emma before Enoch interrupts them.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The twins, who never speak, wear full-body costumes that cover their faces, and whose faces don't indicate anything when seen. They're never referred to by pronouns, and it's further complicated by Jacob seeing them as boys in the book, yet their Gorgon nature could indicate they're female given that the most famous ones are. They are played by boys, but this could be irrelevant given the lack of any gender indication in the film.
  • Animal Motifs: Miss Peregrine's human form is much more like her bird one here in comparison to the book, with talon-like nails, jerky avian movements, constantly-open eyes, and a peregrine-inspired wardrobe.
  • Ascended Extra: The masked twins. They only feature in a couple of photographs in the book, which give no clear indication of their peculiarity, and they are never seen in person. Here, they're under Miss Peregrine's care and they're gorgons.
  • Axe Before Entering: Barron shapeshifts his hand into an axe and chops through the door to the ymbrynes' holding room to get to Jake.
  • Benevolent Boss: Jacob's manager, Shelley, not only drives Jacob to his grandfather's home when Abe's own son couldn't be bothered, but she backs him up with a 0.357 when Jacob cries out that intruders had broken into Abe's home.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes Abe's stories about the hollows, the wights, or any of the peculiars. His own son even leaves him completely defenseless by stealing the key to his gun safe, to catastrophic results.
  • Composite Character:
    • Whilst Mr. Barron is the film counterpart of the unnamed wight who killed Abraham Portman and stalked and manipulated his grandson Jacob in the form of psychiatrist Dr. Golan, his position as leader of the wights and Faux Affably Evil nature are taken from Miss Peregrine's evil brother; Caul Bentham.
    • Shelley the manager combines the same character from the book with Jake's friend Ricky, taking his role in the investigation at Abe's house.
    • The twins are based on the clownish ballerinas in the book, with more generic costumes here, yet their source of oddity seems to take the "eerily hidden faces" aspect from a photo in the book of two girls with their backs to the camera.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Tim Burton cameos as a confused fairground-goer during the battle between the hollowgasts and Enoch's skeletons.
  • Death by Adaptation: Miss Avocet is killed by a hollowgast, while she survives in the book. Her literary counterpart eventually dies in the final book of old age.
  • Death by Irony: Olive can conduct fire. She's temporarily frozen to death.
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted by Olive, a Nice Girl who doesn’t have any temper to speak of. For added irony her peculiarity is actually to make fire.
  • Gender Flip:
    • Jacob’s male psychiatrist Dr. Golan from the novel is played by actress Allison Janney in the film. Subverted in that, like in the book Dr. Golan turns out to be the false identity of a male wight- here, he can shapeshift.
    • The very fact that female wights exist in this version is one. In the books, they (and by extension, hollowgast) are exclusively male for a very well-defined reason. Specifically, they were jealous of ymbrynes, who could only be female, which is what led them to conduct the ritual. Though it's not unreasonable that other peculiar women would be jealous of ymbrynes' peculiarities.
  • Dangerous Windows: Miss Avocet is snatched from the room by a hollowgast breaking through the window.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The long journey Jake undertakes to finally be reunited with Emma. It's only shown in a couple of key shots.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: As in the book, but the sense of repetition and the peculiars' familiarity with the day is shown with more events, like a fallen baby squirrel that must be replaced in its tree every day, and the addition of a hollow in the loop which must be killed every day like clockwork, always falling exactly into the outline drawn by Miss Peregrine.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mr. Barron is killed by one of the hollowgasts he created because he assumed Jake's form, resulting in the hollowgast consuming his eyes because it believed he was Jacob.
  • Idiot Ball: Granted, Jake would have never found Abe's body and heard Abe's last words if he had stayed on the porch like Shelley asked, but the way he goes to investigate is exceptionally foolish. He goes to a mangled fence, in the middle of the night, picks up a flashlight with fresh blood on it, thus contaminating forensic evidence, and then goes through the mangled open hole to look around in a place with thick underbrush and many closely packed large trees. He could have been easily ambushed and killed.
  • Implausible Deniability: People buy the cover story, hook, line and sinker, that feral dogs ripped down the screen door to Abe's home from above head height, and mangled a rather sturdy steel fence, not to mention ate Abe's eyes while leaving the rest of his corpse untouched.
    "Dogs always go for the soft parts first."
  • Judgment of Solomon: Invoked in a brief visual gag. When Miss Peregrine walks by the twins, they're unsuccessfuly having a tug-of-war over a teddy bear. She actually does split it, tearing it down the middle, and gives each twin a half, satisfying them both.
  • Karmic Death: Mr. Barron is killed by having his eyes devoured by a hollowgast; the same thing he did to countless peculiar children over the years.
  • Lighter and Softer: The book was more young-adult in tone, with stronger language, brutal violence, and even a less kind protagonist. The film is more fantastical in its darkness, features clean dialogue, and makes Jake more agreeable, or at least not so defensive.
  • Look Both Ways: One of the wights gets hit by a train in the 2016 loop because he wasn't accustomed to such fast-moving vehicles.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The wight who had been stalking Jacob throughout most of his life goes unnamed in the book, but uses several aliases. These including "Mr. Barron" when posing as Jacob's fifth grade bus-driver and "Dr. Golan" as Jacob's psychiatrist; the later of which the other characters continue to refer to him as, even after The Reveal. The film uses the former alias as the wight's actual name.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the final confrontation, Mr. Barron basically ensures his own death when he shapeshifts into Jacob's form and is killed by a hollowgast.
  • Parental Abandonment: While Jacob's dad is physically present, he is so wildly irresponsible, and detached, that Jacob gains absolutely no benefit from him being nearby. In fact, the few times Jacob's father actually pays any attention to his son, it's always in a way to serve as The Millstone, as well as utterly insulting him and Abe.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The ending and the events leading up to it are much different than in the first book, as well as having several characters acting somewhat differently and/or being vastly different characters than in the book. These changes can be explained by the filmmakers wanting a more action-packed finale and to avoid tying the film's story to a sequel that may never surface. The changes work to make the film work either as a standalone piece or as part of a potential series.
  • Race Lift: Whilst his race is never explicitly mentioned in the novel, based on both the photograph the character was based on that was included in the book and the fact that wights are stated to be so indistinctive that they can look like anyone else with simple prosthetics; it can be assumed that the wight who stalked the Portmans is Caucasian. In the film, his counterpart Mr. Barron is played by African-American actor Samuel L. Jackson. However, he is a shapeshifter in the film, and does take on Caucasian forms as disguises.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite Mr. Barron's taunts, Jacob's accuracy with Miss Peregrine's crossbow is actually pretty good. Crossbows are notorious for being easy to use and learn, but difficult to aim. Despite that, Jacob does manage to hit hollows with difficult shots on numerous occasions, even once shooting around Enoch to hit the hollow that was trying to kill him, wounding that same hollow numerous times while running from it, and sliding down the roof, and while he did miss Mr, Barron, the misses were very, very close, only an inch or two would have made the difference.
    • Horace's ability to project dreams is completly and utterly useless in a fight, with Barron faking distress for a second when this ability is used on him before laughing it off and shove Horace aside.
  • Running Gag: Jacob trying to hit the wights like Miss Peregrine, and missing literally every time. Lampshaded by Mr. Barron.
  • Shout-Out:
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: In the final moments of the film, Emma plants a kiss on Jake while the latter tries to explain how he got back to her.
  • Single Substance Manipulation: Emma Bloom, who can manipulate air (such as making air bubbles to breathe underwater, or blowing powerful wind gusts). A side effect of her power is her body is lighter than air, and she would float away helplessly without a pair of heavy iron boots to weigh her down.
  • Spot the Imposter: In the climax, Barron shapeshifts into Jake so Emma and Enoch don't know who is who as both stand side by side. Barron can't see the hollowgast approaching, however, and since he looks like Jake, he is subsequently killed by it.
  • Stop Motion: Used to depict the objects Enoch animates.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Miss Avocet is suddenly killed by a hollowgast in a middle of a speech.
  • Take Me Instead: Miss Peregrine offers herself up for the life of Jake.
  • Taken for Granite: Combined with Literally Shattered Lives. The twins are revealed to be gorgons. They petrify one of the wights and once she becomes a statue, she falls to her death, shattering into pieces... perhaps to ensure we know she won't be trapped as a statue forever. Apparently that would be too cruel, even for a wight.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Downplayed, but present. At the start of the movie, Jacob's school mates respond to seeing him work at a retail establishment by taking an item from the display he's setting up, and then throwing it back, ruining the display before walking out of the store, laughing. Later in the movie, when Jacob is looking for the children's home, his father pays two teenage strangers to "guide" him there, and they direct Jacob through a bog while laughing at him from the safety of a paved road, and then later tell him, to his face, that they would only be willing to spend time with him when they're paid. Then there's Enoch, although in his case, it's more of being a Crazy Jealous Guy to Olive. Enoch does get better about it though.
  • Time Passes Montage: A time lapse is used to show the loop resetting, with a visual rewind of the time the inhabitants lived through.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: How the loops work, at least in the movie. At first when Jake enters and leaves the loop, the same amount of time seems to have passed on both sides (excepting for the reset within the loop). If anyone from within the loop spends too long in Jake's time (2016, when the loop is stuck in 1943), they will rapidly age until they are the age they would have been in 2016 (as shown with a flower). When the loop collapses, anyone inside is returned to the moment the loop was created. But then when the wight who killed Jake's grandfather dies in a loop months before that happened, and the loop collapses, Abe was never killed even though it was in the personal past of both Jake and the wight. Despite the aging effect of leaving a loop in the future from said loop, doing it in the past does not seem to have a de-aging effect. And then at the end Jake is somehow able to go from 2016 back to 1942 by navigating loops (presumably without making them collapse, which their ymbrynes would not have agreed to). Confused yet?
  • Un Spoken Plan Guarantee: Jake's plan for the final confrontation is not revealed and thus goes down almost as planned.

Alternative Title(s): Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children


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