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8th Sep '17 10:36:33 AM fearlessnikki
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* The cartoon unicorn on J.D's diary in the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Unicorn" was a pretty apt symbol for the head-in-the-clouds doctor. However, it was also there to prove a plot point: J.D. insists that the cutesy unicorn was a mighty horse with a sword on its head, when he imagines the drawing coming to life, saying "You know I'm a unicorn!" Accepting the truth is a major theme of the episode.

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The cartoon unicorn on J.D's diary in the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Unicorn" was a pretty apt symbol for the head-in-the-clouds doctor. However, it was also there to prove a plot point: J.D. insists that the cutesy unicorn was a mighty horse with a sword on its head, when he imagines the drawing coming to life, saying "You know I'm a unicorn!" Accepting the truth is a major theme of the episode.


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** ''Theatre/KingLear'' is loosely based on a fairy tale. The first scene has the titular king demanding that his daughters demonstrate how much they love him - which is straight out of ''Cap O' Rushes''. In the original tales, the youngest daughter says something the father misinterprets; here she merely refuses to flatter his ego and ends up banished. The play was massively unpopular because it turned a fairy tale ending into a massive DownerEnding instead.
28th Aug '17 7:49:06 AM Malady
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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' features a quest to rescue someone before the clock strikes twelve - as well as goblins, trolls and fairies. Sarah also gets to briefly [[{{Cinderella}} go to a ball]] with a PimpedOutDress. Jareth also warns Hoggle that if Sarah kisses him, he'll turn him into a prince (which is apparently AFateWorseThanDeath in this universe). Since Sarah is a lover of fairy tales (her first scene has her essentially LARP-ing in a park), this is pretty justified.

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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' features a quest to rescue someone before the clock strikes twelve - as well as goblins, trolls and fairies. Sarah also gets to briefly [[{{Cinderella}} [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} go to a ball]] with a PimpedOutDress. Jareth also warns Hoggle that if Sarah kisses him, he'll turn him into a prince (which is apparently AFateWorseThanDeath in this universe). Since Sarah is a lover of fairy tales (her first scene has her essentially LARP-ing in a park), this is pretty justified.



* ''Literature/SistersNoWay'' by Irish author Siobhan Parkinson is a modern retelling of Cinderella (the protagonist is called [[MeaningfulName Cindy Ellis]]). Her father marries her teacher, who has two daughters of her own, and they're in constant clashes. It turns out that the prince analogue [[spoiler: is the older sister's ex-boyfriend]].

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* ''Literature/SistersNoWay'' by Irish author Siobhan Parkinson is a modern retelling of Cinderella (the protagonist is called [[MeaningfulName Cindy Ellis]]). Her father marries her teacher, who has two daughters of her own, and they're in constant clashes. It turns out that the prince analogue [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is the older sister's ex-boyfriend]].
12th Apr '17 4:56:51 AM fearlessnikki
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%%* ''Film/PrettyWoman'' is often called an adult version of Cinderella.

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%%* * ''Film/PrettyWoman'' is often called an adult version of Cinderella.Cinderella. The protagonist is a HookerWithAHeartOfGold who is dolled up to pass as a rich man's girlfriend.



%%* ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''

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%%* ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren''* ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren'' is a CyberPunk story where a bunch of children are kidnapped in obvious parallels to Hansel and Gretel, and the village idiot must save them.


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* ''Literature/SistersNoWay'' by Irish author Siobhan Parkinson is a modern retelling of Cinderella (the protagonist is called [[MeaningfulName Cindy Ellis]]). Her father marries her teacher, who has two daughters of her own, and they're in constant clashes. It turns out that the prince analogue [[spoiler: is the older sister's ex-boyfriend]].
7th Apr '17 4:17:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Pretear}}'', plain and simple. Although, considering it's based on "Literature/SnowWhite", maybe that's not really surprising.

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* ''{{Pretear}}'', ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'', plain and simple. Although, considering it's based on "Literature/SnowWhite", maybe that's not really surprising.
23rd Mar '17 1:09:01 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Link, Zelda, and Ganon(dorf) of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are always different characters in different circumstances with each incarnation, but at their core, Link is a knight saving Princess Zelda from the monster.

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* Link, Zelda, Link and Ganon(dorf) Zelda of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are always different characters in different circumstances with each incarnation, but at their core, Link is a knight saving Princess Zelda from the monster.monster (who's usually Ganon(dorf), but not always).
11th Mar '17 4:34:46 PM Synchronicity
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* Link, Zelda, and Ganon(dorf) of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are always different characters in different circumstances with each incarnation, but at their core, Link is a knight saving Princess Zelda from the monster.
20th Feb '17 2:23:45 PM Gaby007
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** Terrence Higgs pledges himself to Dorea, becoming her devoted Knight. After dyeing his hair green, he gains the nickname "Green Knight" as the Arthurian figure.
16th Feb '17 7:36:19 PM bwburke94
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* ''Literature/TalesoftheBigBadWolf'' uses Red Riding Hood and The Wild Swans as a guide to establishing characters and themes for two separate volumes, "Tales of the Big Bad Wolf" and "Queen of Swans."



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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' In [=SBurb=], all players are given a particular class and aspect that determines their powers. The classes are themed around typical HighFantasy character types such as 'prince', 'witch', and 'knight'. Then there's the kingdoms of Derse and Prospit who double up this trope with ChessMotifs, as well as the fact that all Sburb players are considered to be princes or princesses of one or the other. Then there's Terezi loving dragons and Tavros liking fairies (and since god tier trolls possess wings, they're sort of fairies as well) and Feferi being an actual princess. Of course, all the fantasy elements are mixed with a good deal of [[ScienceFantasy science fiction and technology]] as well.
* The ''"Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On" arc'' of ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' has both general fairy tale motifs and more specifically Swan Lake allusions in it's dream sequences to symbolically communicate information to the main character (Jareth)[[note]]Things like: "Your love interest is replaced by an impostor", "Your parents are messing with you again" etc.[[/note]]. The fair folk don't do simple.
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* ''Literature/TalesoftheBigBadWolf'' uses Red Riding Hood and The Wild Swans as a guide to establishing characters and themes for two separate volumes, "Tales of the Big Bad Wolf" and "Queen of Swans."

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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' In [=SBurb=], all players are given a particular class and aspect that determines their powers. The classes are themed around typical HighFantasy character types such as 'prince', 'witch', and 'knight'. Then there's the kingdoms of Derse and Prospit who double up this trope with ChessMotifs, as well as the fact that all Sburb players are considered to be princes or princesses of one or the other. Then there's Terezi loving dragons and Tavros liking fairies (and since god tier trolls possess wings, they're sort of fairies as well) and Feferi being an actual princess. Of course, all the fantasy elements are mixed with a good deal of [[ScienceFantasy science fiction and technology]] as well.
* The ''"Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On" arc'' of ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' has both general fairy tale motifs and more specifically Swan Lake allusions in it's dream sequences to symbolically communicate information to the main character (Jareth)[[note]]Things like: "Your love interest is replaced by an impostor", "Your parents are messing with you again" etc.[[/note]]. The fair folk don't do simple.
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* ''Literature/TalesoftheBigBadWolf'' uses Red Riding Hood and The Wild Swans as a guide to establishing characters and themes for two separate volumes, "Tales of the Big Bad Wolf" and "Queen of Swans."
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** Blake Belladonna is inspired by ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast''. In her opening trailer, her partner is a LittleBitBeastly man called Adam, which is the real name of the Beast. Her own name captures the "Bella" element. Blake's "beauty" is alluded to by her distancing herself from Adam and the White Fang because their policies are too "beastly" for her.
** Yang is inspired by ''Literature/{{Goldilocks}}''. She's extremely protective of her golden locks, and will become violent if her hair is damaged. In her opening trailer, she fights "Junior", and a DJ that is wearing a bear-mask.

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** Blake Belladonna is inspired by ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast''. In her opening trailer, her partner is a LittleBitBeastly man called Adam, which is often said to be the real name of the Beast. Her own name captures the "Bella" element. Blake's "beauty" is alluded to by her distancing herself from Adam and the White Fang because their policies are too "beastly" for her.
** Yang Xiao Long is inspired by ''Literature/{{Goldilocks}}''. She's extremely protective of her golden locks, and will become violent if her hair is damaged. In her opening trailer, she fights "Junior", and a DJ that is wearing a bear-mask.


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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' In [=SBurb=], all players are given a particular class and aspect that determines their powers. The classes are themed around typical HighFantasy character types such as 'prince', 'witch', and 'knight'. Then there's the kingdoms of Derse and Prospit who double up this trope with ChessMotifs, as well as the fact that all Sburb players are considered to be princes or princesses of one or the other. Then there's Terezi loving dragons and Tavros liking fairies (and since god tier trolls possess wings, they're sort of fairies as well) and Feferi being an actual princess. Of course, all the fantasy elements are mixed with a good deal of [[ScienceFantasy science fiction and technology]] as well.
* The ''"Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On" arc'' of ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' has both general fairy tale motifs and more specifically Swan Lake allusions in it's dream sequences to symbolically communicate information to the main character (Jareth)[[note]]Things like: "Your love interest is replaced by an impostor", "Your parents are messing with you again" etc.[[/note]]. The fair folk don't do simple.
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8th Feb '17 11:29:45 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* In the MegaCrossover ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', fairy tale motifs frequently crop up, with Harry being frequently referred to as something of a KnightInShiningArmour.
** Harry himself calls Warren a 'Knight in Shining Feathers', accurately judging him to be a KnightInSourArmour.
** Leaving aside the appearance of TheFairFolk in the form of the Winter and Summer Courts, the basic premise of the story is an inverted ChangelingFantasy, with the reveal that James Potter was really Thor incarnated as a mortal. Furthermore, Harry is also described as being 'fey' on an increasingly regular basis, coming off as inhuman more and more often.
*** [[spoiler: ''Ghosts of the Past'' reveals an even straighter version of the Changeling tale, with Jean Grey's twin sister having been stolen at birth by Sinister and replaced with a dead infant, making it look like a tragic case of SIDS, being raised by Sinister as Madelyne 'Maddie' Pryor.]]
** The finale of Book I starts off as a StormingTheCastle scenario, with a twist - all the captives are male, locked away by a serpent (Lucius Malfoy, often described in serpentine terms) and a number of the key players in the storming are female (especially [[spoiler: Jane Foster, who reveals 'the castle', HYDRA's HQ, forcing it out of its pocket universe, to rescue Thor]] and Carol, who [[spoiler: is going in to rescue her great-grandfather, Steve - though he doesn't know of the relation and she's only just found out.]])
7th Jan '17 7:55:20 PM JoeMerl
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' follows the theme/basic plot of "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" (the original, mind you, not Creator/{{Disney}}'s LighterAndSofter version) [[spoiler:in Sayaka's arc]], to tragic conclusion. The other motif is ''{{Faust}}'', but that's most definitely not a fairytale.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' follows the theme/basic plot of "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" (the original, mind you, not Creator/{{Disney}}'s LighterAndSofter version) [[spoiler:in Sayaka's arc]], to tragic conclusion.conclusion: the character in question makes a deal to save a boy she has a crush on, but he's ObliviousToLove and chooses someone else; however, instead of dying, she [[spoiler:turns into a mermaid-like monster]]. The other motif is ''{{Faust}}'', but that's most definitely not a fairytale.
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