May 27, 2017 at 07:15PM
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.
What do you think existed first, the goblin king, or the desperate need to make girls into villains?
Sarah (which is the girl’s name, by the way) said something a bit mean-spirited after her father and stepmother dumped responsibility for her baby brother on her without asking her first. By the laws governing the goblin king and his transactions, the goblin king didn’t have to do shit; he’s the fucking king, and he took Toby out of pure spite, a desire to toy with her. Perhaps you’re not familiar with English folklore and its obsession with pretending women are always to blame. Fae have rules, they’re tricksters, they can be sneaky - and just because they never break the rules doesn’t mean that they’re not bad guys.
What is incredible here is how overt the movie makes it that Jareth is NOTHING but the villain in this story
Oh sure he is 110% convinced he is a good guy, and a romantic figure and in love with her - but note even in his plea for her to stop fighting and be his queen he literally tells her that if she does so she’ll have to obey his every order and follow his every whim for all time.
Jareth doesn’t actually give a rats ass about Sarah, if he did he wouldn’t be working so hard to make her life miserable, he is in love with the IDEA of being in love with her, and could care less about her as a person.
There is a reason Sarah is able to defeat him by telling him “Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me.”
Jareth is looking for someone who he can terrify into following his every whim. Someone who will buy into the idea that romance is a matter of the powerful king being “kind” enough to “notice” a normal girl, and then fuck with her. However the moment Sarah asserts that they are equals, that they are in a position of mutual power and he can not rule her… Jareth loses all interest in her, because what he was looking for was not romance or following her whims, but her fear and obedience (which he literally says to her and I quote: “I ask for so little. Just fear me. Love me. Do as I ask, and I shall be your slave.” Jareth has no fucking clue what the fuck love is, he honestly believes love is a woman being terrified of a man and doing whatever he asks of her.).
In short Labyrinth is fully and truly NOT a tale that presents a powerful supernatural man taking interest in a young human girl as romantic, instead it treats that as a horrible nightmare, but one that can be overcome by asserting your own authority and remembering that no matter what YOU are just as, if not more powerful than that glam rock fae king could ever be.