History DisproportionateRetribution / FairyTales

14th Feb '14 4:33:56 PM Luigifan
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** This has been claimed to be a social commentary on the feud between Catholics and Protestants. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement That is all we will say about it.]]
8th Feb '14 12:00:47 AM SuperLlama
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* The nursery rhyme Goosey Goosey Gander ends with "There I met an old man who would not say his prayers/So I took him by his left leg and threw him down the stairs."
20th Jan '14 12:58:37 PM Nakayama90
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* In ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'', the title character rids the town of its rat infestation, but is then denied the gold he'd been promised in return for helping them. His response? The piper ''lures their children away with his music'', and their fate afterward varies depending on the version - but in almost every version, the townspeople never see their children again.

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* In ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'', the title character rids the town of its rat infestation, but is then denied the gold he'd been promised in return for helping them. His response? The piper ''lures their the townspeople's children away with his music'', and their fate afterward varies depending on the version - but in almost every version, the townspeople never see their children again.
7th Jan '14 6:03:29 AM FirebirdMaximus
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* In the original version of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", the Beast threatens to kill a poor merchant for taking one of his roses as a gift for his youngest daughter unless he sends his daughter to live with him forever. Compare this to the Disney version where the Beast starts out as more of a JerkAss but only ''imprisons'' Maurice for trespassing as opposed to threatening him with murder.



* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's story ''The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf''. The protagonist is a vain, selfish and cruel young girl who tortures insects and uses the bread she's supposed to bring to her poor family as a stepping stone to avoid dirtying her shoes. Her punishment? Becoming a statue in Hell. And for bonus points, she [[AndIMustScream is able to hear everything heard on Earth about her]]. [[spoiler: She stays in this state for a long time, until an angel starts to cry for her and sets her soul free.]]
* In ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'', the title character rids the town of its rat infestation, but is then denied the gold he'd been promised in return for helping them. His response? The piper ''lures their children away with his music'', and their fate afterward varies depending on the version - but in almost every version, the townspeople never see their children again.
* Literature/{{Prunella}} is imprisoned and given {{Impossible Task}}s by a WickedWitch because she took plums from a branch that extended over the road.
* {{Rapunzel}} [[Disney/{{Tangled}} (not the Disney version)]] was taken from her parents as an infant because of this trope. According to the fairy tale, when Rapunzel's mother was pregnant, the family lived next door to a witch with a garden full of rampion (a kind of cabbage), which the mother was craving desperately. She finally made her husband go steal some for her, and he was caught by the witch. When he explained why he was stealing the rampion, she agreed to spare him, but demanded that they give her the baby as payment. Admittedly, it ''was'' pretty jerkish to steal the rampion instead of knocking on the door and asking to buy or barter some, but a baby is still a pretty hefty price to pay for salad greens.
* ''The Red Shoes'', also by Andersen, is the story of a spoiled girl that wears her red shoes to church and vainly fawns over them. Her shoes are cursed to dance when she chooses to attend a lavish party after her adopted mother's death. The shoes continue to dance against her will on and on, even after her feet have been severed. An angel declares that she will dance even after she dies as a warning against vanity.



* {{Rapunzel}} [[Disney/{{Tangled}} (not the Disney version)]] was taken from her parents as an infant because of this trope. According to the fairy tale, when Rapunzel's mother was pregnant, the family lived next door to a witch with a garden full of rampion (a kind of cabbage), which the mother was craving desperately. She finally made her husband go steal some for her, and he was caught by the witch. When he explained why he was stealing the rampion, she agreed to spare him, but demanded that they give her the baby as payment. Admittedly, it ''was'' pretty jerkish to steal the rampion instead of knocking on the door and asking to buy or barter some, but a baby is still a pretty hefty price to pay for salad greens.
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's story ''The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf''. The protagonist is a vain, selfish and cruel young girl who tortures insects and uses the bread she's supposed to bring to her poor family as a stepping stone to avoid dirtying her shoes. Her punishment? Becoming a statue in Hell. And for bonus points, she [[AndIMustScream is able to hear everything heard on Earth about her]]. [[spoiler: She stays in this state for a long time, until an angel starts to cry for her and sets her soul free.]]
* ''The Red Shoes'', also by Andersen, is the story of a spoiled girl that wears her red shoes to church and vainly fawns over them. Her shoes are cursed to dance when she chooses to attend a lavish party after her adopted mother's death. The shoes continue to dance against her will on and on, even after her feet have been severed. An angel declares that she will dance even after she dies as a warning against vanity.
* In the original version of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", the Beast threatens to kill a poor merchant for taking one of his roses as a gift for his youngest daughter unless he sends his daughter to live with him forever. Compare this to the Disney version where the Beast starts out as more of a JerkAss but only ''imprisons'' Maurice for trespassing as opposed to threatening him with murder.
* Literature/{{Prunella}} is imprisoned and given {{Impossible Task}}s by a WickedWitch because she took plums from a branch that extended over the road.
* In ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'', the title character rids the town of its rat infestation, but is then denied the gold he'd been promised in return for helping them. His response? The piper ''lures their children away with his music'', and their fate afterward varies depending on the version - but in almost every version, the townspeople never see their children again.
14th Dec '13 10:17:30 PM Nakayama90
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* In ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'', the title character rids the town of its rat infestation, but is then denied the gold he'd been promised in return for helping them. His response? The piper ''lures their children away with his music'', and their fate afterward varies depending on the version - but in almost every version, the townspeople never see their children again.
22nd Jan '13 4:22:51 PM Goldfritha
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* Rapunzel [[Disney/{{Tangled}} (not the Disney version)]] was taken from her parents as an infant because of this trope. According to the fairy tale, when Rapunzel's mother was pregnant, the family lived next door to a witch with a garden full of rampion (a kind of cabbage), which the mother was craving desperately. She finally made her husband go steal some for her, and he was caught by the witch. When he explained why he was stealing the rampion, she agreed to spare him, but demanded that they give her the baby as payment. Admittedly, it ''was'' pretty jerkish to steal the rampion instead of knocking on the door and asking to buy or barter some, but a baby is still a pretty hefty price to pay for salad greens.

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** In the version they collected, the queen did not send her daughter to be killed; she drove into the forest, ordered her out to collect roses, and then ordered the carriage onward while she was gathering them.
* Rapunzel {{Rapunzel}} [[Disney/{{Tangled}} (not the Disney version)]] was taken from her parents as an infant because of this trope. According to the fairy tale, when Rapunzel's mother was pregnant, the family lived next door to a witch with a garden full of rampion (a kind of cabbage), which the mother was craving desperately. She finally made her husband go steal some for her, and he was caught by the witch. When he explained why he was stealing the rampion, she agreed to spare him, but demanded that they give her the baby as payment. Admittedly, it ''was'' pretty jerkish to steal the rampion instead of knocking on the door and asking to buy or barter some, but a baby is still a pretty hefty price to pay for salad greens.
19th Jan '13 9:32:20 AM Nakayama90
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* ''The Red Shoes'', also by Andersen, is the story of a spoiled girl that wears her red shoes to church and vainly fawns over them. Her shoes are cursed to dance when she chooses to attend a lavish party after her adopted mother's death. The shoes continue to dance against her will on and on, even after her feet have been severed. An angel declares that she will dance even after she dies as a warning against vanity.



* The Red Shoes is the story of a spoiled girl that wears her red shoes to church and vainly fawns over them. Her shoes are cursed to dance when she chooses to attend a lavish party after her adopted mother's death. The shoes continue to dance against her will on and on, even after her feet have been severed. An angel declares that she will dance even after she dies as a warning against vanity.
9th Dec '12 5:50:13 PM Goldfritha
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* Literature/{{Prunella}} is imprisoned and given {{Impossible Task}}s by a WickedWitch because she took plums from a branch that extended over the road.
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5th Dec '12 10:04:52 AM Silvermoon424
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** It gets even worse; in the earliest versions, it was Snow White's actual ''mother,'' who was actually the one who wished for Snow White to be as beautiful as she was. Imagine your own mother, not a wicked stepmother, clamoring for your death because you're more beautiful than she is; something she herself asked for.
17th Oct '12 10:36:31 PM Nymphonomicon
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* In the original version of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", the Beast threatens to kill a poor merchant for taking one of his roses as a gift for his youngest daughter unless he sends his daughter to live with him forever. Compare this to the Disney version where the Beast starts out as more of a JerkAss but only ''imprisons'' Maurice for trespassing as opposed to threatening him with murder.

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* In the original version of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", the Beast threatens to kill a poor merchant for taking one of his roses as a gift for his youngest daughter unless he sends his daughter to live with him forever. Compare this to the Disney version where the Beast starts out as more of a JerkAss but only ''imprisons'' Maurice for trespassing as opposed to threatening him with murder.murder.
* The Red Shoes is the story of a spoiled girl that wears her red shoes to church and vainly fawns over them. Her shoes are cursed to dance when she chooses to attend a lavish party after her adopted mother's death. The shoes continue to dance against her will on and on, even after her feet have been severed. An angel declares that she will dance even after she dies as a warning against vanity.
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