History Creator / HansChristianAndersen

19th Feb '18 4:15:06 PM Chariset
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* EsotericHappyEnding: Most of the DiedHappilyEverAfter endings -- Andersen meant them to be unambiguously happy because the characters were going to Heaven, but to the modern ear a story that ends with the main character dead isn't all that happy.
19th Feb '18 4:13:28 PM Chariset
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%%* AnimateInanimateObject: The shoes in "The Red Shoes".

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%%* * AnimateInanimateObject: The shoes in "The Red Shoes".Shoes" not only compel the poor heroine into an InvoluntaryDance, they dance off with her severed feet after she has them amputated.



* EsotericHappyEnding: Most of the DiedHappilyEverAfter endings -- Andersen meant them to be unambiguously happy because the characters were going to Heaven, but to the modern ear a story that ends with the main character dead isn't all that happy.



* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Most obviously in "The Red Shoes," where the heroine has her feet chopped off because her cursed shoes won't come off and won't stop dancing.



%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Eliza in "The Wild Swans" turned {{curse}}d toads into red poppies.

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%%* * IncorruptiblePurePureness: Eliza in "The Wild Swans" turned is so sweet that she can turn {{curse}}d toads into beautiful red poppies.



%%* MouseWorld: "Thumbelina".

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%%* * MouseWorld: "Thumbelina"."Thumbelina" features one, with the tiny protagonist having adventures among the small creatures of the forest.



%%* NamelessNarrative: Used in several of his stories.

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%%* * NamelessNarrative: Used in several Many of his stories.stories don't name the characters and merely refer to them by their titles, e.g. 'the mermaid' and 'the prince' in "The Little Mermaid."


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* {{Pride}}: A common FatalFlaw. Vain characters, or characters who refuse to humble themselves, often get humbled by circumstance.
30th Dec '17 2:07:39 PM MackWylde
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: As the writer of so many beloved fairy tales, his works fall right off the idealistic end of the scale.
4th Sep '17 9:31:56 AM lalaTKG
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* NatureIsNoNice: "A drop of water" is about a scientist who looks at a drop of water in a magnifying glass and his horrified to find it full of tiny EldritchAbomination like creatures tearing eachother apart.

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* NatureIsNoNice: NatureIsNotNice: "A drop of water" is about a scientist who looks at a drop of water in a magnifying glass and his horrified to find it full of tiny EldritchAbomination like creatures tearing eachother apart.
21st Aug '17 7:27:03 PM Prometheus117
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* ''[[VideoGame/FateExtra Fate Extra CCC]]'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', where he is a Caster-type Servant.

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* ''[[VideoGame/FateExtra Fate Extra CCC]]'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', where he is a Caster-type Servant. Contrary to fellow famous writer Creator/WilliamShakespeare, his appearance is that of a [[OlderThanTheyLook child]] but with [[VocalDissonance the baritone voice of a fully-grown man]], representing how he has a childish mind capable of writing his fairy tales, but still carrying all his adult life experiences. He also loves [[{{Deconstruction}} tearing down the motivations of those around him]] [[{{Reconstruction}} but fully capable of acknowledging their strengths as well]].
16th Jul '17 12:18:53 PM Homemaderat
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* "Literature/TheGirlWhoTrodOnTheLoaf"
16th Jul '17 12:06:10 PM Homemaderat
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* "Literature/TheTinderBox"



* "Literature/TheTinderBox"

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* "Literature/TheTinderBox"



* AndIMustScream: "The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf", in which the cruel, vain protagonist becomes a statue in Hell, able to hear everything said about her on Earth, almost all of which is nasty [[spoiler: until an angel begins to cry for her and sets her soul free]].



%%* BreakTheHaughty: "The Wicked Prince" and "The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf".

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%%* BreakTheHaughty: "The Wicked Prince" and "The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf".Prince"



* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Dying horribly (which appears to be intended as happily) and going to Heaven seems to be Andersen's idea of the ultimate HappyEnding. Averted, however in "The Nightingale", which has a regular HappyEnding: the protagonist, thought to be already dead by everyone, survives after all.

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* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Dying horribly (which appears to be intended as happily) and going to Heaven seems to be Andersen's idea of the ultimate HappyEnding. Averted, however in "The Nightingale", "Literature/TheNightingale", which has a regular HappyEnding: the protagonist, thought to be already dead by everyone, survives after all.



%%* {{Disneyfication}}: A lot of his works has been adapted into animated features for kids, most of them naturally being done by Disney. ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' also fell into this, [[FollowTheLeader despite being done]] by Creator/DonBluth.

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%%* * {{Disneyfication}}: A lot of his works has been adapted into animated features for kids, most of them naturally being done by Disney. ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' also fell into this, [[FollowTheLeader despite being done]] by Creator/DonBluth.



** "The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf". Not wanting to visit your family because you're ashamed of how poor they are, and using the loaf you're supposed to give them as a stepping-stone to stop your shoes getting muddy? Kind of a JerkAss move. She did also have a habit of torturing animals for fun...worth going to Hell for?



%%* GossipEvolution: "It's Perfectly True".

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%%* * GossipEvolution: "It's Perfectly True".True" shows how the true story evolves into so many different versions with every teller still insisting, it's Perfectly True.
9th Jul '17 11:04:06 AM Bootlebat
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* NatureIsNoNice: "A drop of water" is about a scientist who looks at a drop of water in a magnifying glass and his horrified to find it full of tiny EldritchAbomination like creatures tearing eachother apart.
1st Jul '17 3:40:19 PM nombretomado
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TheOtherWiki says he was also quite possibly bisexual, so that's fun too. It's also noted that Andersen himself, his eccentric behavior and arrogance usually led to him getting kicked out by the various nobles who housed him.

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TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki says he was also quite possibly bisexual, so that's fun too. It's also noted that Andersen himself, his eccentric behavior and arrogance usually led to him getting kicked out by the various nobles who housed him.
13th Jan '17 9:52:53 PM JM1982
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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Many modern adaptations of "The Red Shoes" have Karen finding a less painful way of removing the title ClingyMacGuffin, and the story ends with her still alive.
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