The phrase Pied Piper is often used to suggest one who leads others down a questionable path.

I cannot, however, think of the best term to use to describe a "child" following said Pied Piper, in a analogous usage of the story.

What are some ideas for this? Ideally one could use it in a way that someone would rapidly understand the analogy, without requiring a detailed explanation from yourself.

  • 4
    Sheep! Rather than a mouse.
    – Kris
    Aug 22 '14 at 6:34
  • I love it! Good one.
    – dthree
    Aug 22 '14 at 6:45
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    Lemming comes to mind :)
    – mplungjan
    Aug 22 '14 at 9:18

In addition to sheep and lemming, which others have suggested:

  • Single-word adjective: Enchanted or charmed.

  • Single-word noun: follower.

  • Adjectival expression: to have drunk the kool-aid or to be under the spell.


If you wish to emphasize the thrall under which the piper holds his subject, consider minion

A follower or underling of a powerful person, especially a servile or unimportant one. [Oxford Dictionary Online]

If the innocence of the adherent is the focus, perhaps the noun, naif (or naive)

One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical. [American Heritage Dictionary]


Q.The best term to use to describe a "child" following said Pied Piper.

A. Sacrificial lamb

Reasons- Lambs are young and innocent as are children. Lambs are animals that flock together so can be led.

A. Drunken sailor

Reasons - A sailor is a low ranking member of an armed force who has been trained to follow orders. An intoxicated person can easily be duped.

A. Zombie

Reasons - Zombies follow in large groups with minimal instincts. They respond to noises to search out the living to satisfy their hunger.

  • 1
    This answer would be stronger if supported by references that support your reasoning (e.g a dictionary definition of "sacrificial lamb"). Dec 26 '16 at 0:13

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