He is, however, perfectly willing to fuck with time and reality.
And also steal your infants.
He didn’t steal anything. She literally asked him to take the baby. Don’t make him the bad guy just because she was a shitty sister.
I think you are severely misinformed as to how baby ownership works.
It was not her baby to give.
David Bowie is unquestionably the villain.
Which do you think existed first, modern custody legislature, or the goblin king?
The girl was entrusted by her parents with the care and custody of the child. By the laws governing the goblin king and his transactions, the girl was the current rightful owner of the child and made a deal with the king to take the child. Perhaps you’re not familiar with english folklore. Fae have rules, they’re tricksters, they can be sneaky, but they never break the rules.
Slammin’ it down in the Labyrinth fandom tonight, kids.
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…the whole point of the movie is that Sarah is her own villain, for crying out loud. The villains are all inside her, whether they’re her parents or specifically her stepmother or her brother for being inconvenient or Jareth. That’s why it’s a coming of age story. Her quest, her growing up, is about seeing others for who they are—whole, real people, with real reasons for what they do—and not obstacles or nuisances or interruptions. Coming to value the world around her as much as her interior one. (Which does NOT mean giving up her interior world—that’s why it ends with the “should you need us” scene.) Her whole arc with Hoggle is basically a fable-ized version of that exact coming to terms.
Also all of the above stated is true re: Jareth and fairies and rules, of course. But the key with Jareth, as it usually is with fairies, is consent. He can’t do anything she doesn’t agree to, though he can make navigating that consent very tricky. Which is the other half of the above realization, of course—in order to see people as people and not as villains, Sarah has to realize that she has power over herself, her actions, her choices, her perceptions. This moment of her growing that little bit up is a transitional moment, which is why the entire episode is catalyzed by fairies, but fairy tales are very rarely really about the fairies. They’re about the results thereof.
Jesus Christ, you ALL missed the point. Jareth is the fantasized version of the man Sarah’s mother ran off with, leaving Sarah and her father alone. When Toby came along, Sarah put herself in the mother role regarding Jareth. He wanted her with him, just like the real Jareth wanted her mom. She had to make the choice to keep her family together or run off with Jareth. She chose the opposite of her mother.
Look at the damned photos on the mirror. David Bowie is in the pictures with her mother when they did that play together.