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29th May '17 1:46:58 PM JoeMerl
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* StealthPun: The title characters of "Brother and Sister" are named John and Jane. John is turned into a deer. [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/bonus-art/#.WSyIQPUrLrc They're John and Jane Doe]].
26th May '17 2:22:11 PM JoeMerl
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** In "The Twelve Huntsmen," the king's last request was an ArrangedMarriage for his son, despite him already being engaged to the protagonist.
26th May '17 2:05:36 PM JoeMerl
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* DisposableFiance: Naturally, there are a few; unless you count villains like in "Maid Maleen," their own flaws are "ArrangedMarriage candidates when the male lead is already in love with protagonist." Fortunately, they're treated sympathetically: the one from "The Twelve Huntsmen" apparently didn't want to marry Prince Aster anyway, while the girl from "Sweetheart Roland" [[PairTheSpares seems to hook up with the Shepherd instead]].



%%* KillEmAll: "The Death of the Little Hen"

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%%* * KillEmAll: Every major character dies in "Bird, Mouse and Sausage," and EVERYBODY dies in "The Death of the Little Hen"Hen."



%%* LoveAtFirstNote: Added to "King Thrushbeard"

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%%* * LoveAtFirstNote: Added to In "King Thrushbeard"Thrushbeard," this is a scene added to the story--he hears the princess singing, and thus falls for her despite her [[RoyalBrat less-than-charming]] personality.



* MindControlEyes: In "Sweetheart Roland," his eyes turn [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] when the WickedStepmother's spell kicks in.



%%* OffWithHisHead: In "Maid Maleen."

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%%* * OffWithHisHead: In The villainess at the end of "Maid Maleen.""
** The WickedStepmother in "Sweetheart Roland" tries to decapitate Dulcia in her sleep, but Dulcia switches places with the wicked stepsister so that [[OffingTheOffspring she dies instead]].



%%* OurGhostsAreDifferent: In "The Little Shroud" and "Brother and Sister"
* PairTheSpares: The end of "Sweetheart Roland" implies that Ivy and the shepherd will get together.
%%* ParentalAbandonment: All-Fur describes her plight as this.

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%%* * OurGhostsAreDifferent: In "The Little Shroud" and Shroud," he apparently can't "rest" in his grave as long as his mother is grieving. In "Brother and Sister"
Sister" the sister's ghost is oddly active, even able to nurse the baby she had right before she died!
* PairTheSpares: The end of "Sweetheart Roland" implies that Ivy and the shepherd will get together.
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together. Even Dulcia's father, now widowed from the WickedStepmother, seems to be hitting it off with somebody new.
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ParentalAbandonment: All-Fur describes her plight as this.this. Technically, she ran away from home, albeit for [[ParentalIncest a good reason]].



%%* ParentalMarriageVeto: Maid Maleen.

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%%* * ParentalMarriageVeto: Maid Maleen.Maleen says that she will only marry Orland, while her father wants her to marry somebody else. She gets locked in a tower for her trouble.



%%* RoyalBrat: The Princess in "King Thrushbeard"

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%%* * RoyalBrat: The Princess in "King Thrushbeard"Thrushbeard." The whole story is basically a case of BreakTheHaughty.
22nd May '17 10:36:08 AM JoeMerl
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* ChildMarriageVeto: The princess of "King Thrushbeard" -- and boy, does she use it

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* ChildMarriageVeto: The princess of "King Thrushbeard" -- and boy, does she use itit.
* CompositeCharacter: The Grimms' version of "The Springing, Singing Lark" mentions in passing that the princess' father is a sorcerer; in this version, she is, and [[PrincessesRule seems to run the kingdom herself]].



%%* {{Curse}}: in ''Brother and Sister''

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%%* * {{Curse}}: in In ''Brother and Sister''Sister,'' the brother, John, is turned into a deer; in "The Singing, Springing Lark," Marcus and everyone else in his palace turn into lions during the day; and three women in "A Tale With a Riddle" are turned into flowers.



* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]]: This sets off the plot of "All Fur." When she turns out to be as beautiful as her [[MissingMom deceased mother]], her father goes mad and insists on marrying her as replacement.

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* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]]: This sets off HypnotizeThePrincess: In "The Singing, Springing Lark," Marcus is put under a spell to forget Svetlana and marry the plot of "All Fur." When she turns out to be as beautiful as her [[MissingMom deceased mother]], her father goes mad and insists on marrying her as replacement.villain, Valdis, instead.



* StrongFamilyResemblance: This sets off the plot of "All Fur." When the main character turns out to be as beautiful as her [[MissingMom deceased mother]], her father goes mad and insists on marrying her as replacement. She runs away.
** In "Snow White and Rose Red," the girls initially mistake one prince for his missing brother.



* WalkingTheEarth: Svetla does this searching for Marcus in "The Singing, Springing Lark"

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* WalkingTheEarth: Svetla Svetlana does this searching for Marcus in "The Singing, Springing Lark"
20th May '17 11:22:23 PM JoeMerl
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%%* {{Adorkable}}: The king of "Brother and Sister," especially [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/brothersister-19/#.UHggxlHZ3dI here]].
%%* ArrangedMarriage: The prince in "Maid Maleen."

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%%* * AdaptationExpansion: "Snow White and Rose Red" adds a scene of Snow White and the Bear talking during the winter, and then another where the girls see a sign about the missing prince and meet his brother. Neither was in the Grimms' version but they help set up the ending better.
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{{Adorkable}}: The king of "Brother and Sister," especially [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/brothersister-19/#.UHggxlHZ3dI here]].
%%* ** Since pretty much every romance in these stories involves characters hooking up [[FourthDateMarriage after only a few meetings]], the artists compensate by making all of them ridiculously adorable together.
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ArrangedMarriage: The prince in In "Maid Maleen."Maleen," both she and her prince ([[NamedByTheAdaptation Orland]]) have arranged marriages; she refuses hers and thus gets locked in a tower, and he goes through with his because he thinks she's lost to him forever.



%%* CrushBlush: In "Brother and Sister" and "Snow White And Rose Red"

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%%* * CrushBlush: In Quite a few of the stories, most notably "Brother and Sister" (between the king and Jane) and "Snow White And Rose Red"Red" for both canon couples.



%%* DamselInDistress: The wife in "A Tale With A Riddle."

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%%* * DamselInDistress: The wife in "A Tale With A Riddle."Riddle" is turned into a flower, but will return to normal if her husband can pick her out from two other flowers.



%%* DancesAndBalls: In "All Fur."

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%%* * DancesAndBalls: In Three of them in "All Fur."Fur," which she attends in her three beautiful dresses and dances with the King.



* DepravedDwarf: A mythical one serves as the villain in "Snow White and Rose Red".

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* DepravedDwarf: A mythical one serves as the villain in "Snow White and Rose Red".Red."



%%* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: "The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage."]]

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%%* * DownerEnding: [[spoiler: "The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage."]]Sausage" and "The Death of the Little Hen."



%%* FemmeFatalons: The Bride in "Maid Maleen".

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%%* * FemmeFatalons: The Bride in "Maid Maleen".Maleen" has long fingernails.



%%* GirlInTheTower: Maid Maleen.

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%%* * GirlInTheTower: Maid Maleen.Maleen is set in a tower for seven years for refusing to go through with her ArrangedMarriage.



%%* LastRequest: The queen in "All-Fur."
* TheLostWoods: In "Brother and Sister", they actually live quite nicely there

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%%* * LastRequest: The queen in "All-Fur."
In "All-Fur," the protagonist's mother tells her husband not to remarry unless he can find a woman as beautiful as her. He manages to find one, [[ParentalIncest though there's a LITTLE problem]]...
* TheLostWoods: In "Brother and Sister", they actually live quite nicely therethere.



%%* LoveAtFirstSight: The king and Sister in "Brother and Sister"

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%%* * LoveAtFirstSight: The king and Sister in In "Brother and Sister"Sister," the King hears that the fawn they're chasing lives with a girl in the woods, goes to meet her, and proposes at their first meeting.



%%* NurseryRhyme: At the end of "Maid Maleen."

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%%* * NurseryRhyme: At the end The Grimms' version of "Maid Maleen."Maleen" ends with one about her being stuck in the tower; the comic adapted this by having some children playing around the tower after she's already left.



%%* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In "Snow White And Rose Red"

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%%* * OurAngelsAreDifferent: In "Snow White And Rose Red"Red," a childlike angel keeps them from falling off a cliff.
16th May '17 12:42:13 PM JoeMerl
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%%* BalefulPolymorph: The heroine of "A Tale With A Riddle."

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%%* * BalefulPolymorph: The heroine of "A Tale With A Riddle."Riddle," along with two other women, are turned into flowers.



** The night scene in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter" is done in blues.

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** The night scene FlashForward in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter" is done in blues.



%%* EngagementChallenge: GenderFlipped in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."

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%%* * EngagementChallenge: GenderFlipped in "The Farmer's Clever Daughter."Daughter"--the king agrees to marry her if she can solve his riddle.



* RaceLift: Several cases.
** "A Tale with a Riddle" has one of the transformed women and her husband as black people.

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* RaceLift: Several cases.
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All the fairy tales are European, but the characters vary. For example, "A Tale with a Riddle" has one of black protagonists, while the transformed other cursed women and her husband as black people.are AmbiguouslyBrown.
1st Mar '17 3:19:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* RaceLift: Several cases.
** "A Tale with a Riddle" has one of the transformed women and her husband as black people.
1st Mar '17 3:03:19 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: "Snow White and Rose Red" makes Snow White a blonde, and she's the more gentle of the two sisters.
28th Feb '17 10:40:52 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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%%* DirtyCoward: The Dwarf from "Snow White and Rose Red".

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%%* * DirtyCoward: The Dwarf from "Snow White and Rose Red".Red". When the bear attacks him, he (mistakenly thinking he wants him for food) tries to get the animal to go after Snow White and Rose Red instead, saying they'd make a better meal.



* TheMarvelousDeer: A deer is one of Rose Red and Snow White's protectors in the forest.

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* TheMarvelousDeer: TheMarvelousDeer:
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A deer is one of Rose Red and Snow White's protectors in the forest.forest.
** In "Brother and Sister", the king and his hunting party pursue the [[BalefulPolymorph transformed]] John, because a majestic white deer wearing a golden collar is an enticing quarry to them.



* NamelessNarrative: Averted, as several characters who were nameless in the original stories are named here.

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* NamelessNarrative: Averted, Averted in many cases, as several characters who were nameless in the original stories are named [[NamedByTheAdaptation named]] here.



* RedheadInGreen: Rose Red in "Snow White and Rose Red", when she isn't dressed in warmer colors.



* TrueBlueFemininity: Snow White in "Snow White and Rose Red" typically wears light blue, which helps underscore the fact that she's more of a homebody than Rose Red.



* YouWontLikeHowITaste: The Dwarf tries this on the Bear in "Snow White and Rose Red".

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* YouWontLikeHowITaste: The Dwarf tries this on the Bear in "Snow White and Rose Red". But the Bear's not after him for food, so it doesn't work.
* YouthfulFreckles: Rose Red in "Snow White and Rose Red" has them to underscore her adventurousness.
24th Feb '17 4:32:13 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* BlowingARaspberry: In "Snow White and Rose Red", Rose does this to the dwarf after he [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike complains about Snow cutting off part of his beard]].



%%* TheSouthpaw: Snow White

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%%* * TheSouthpaw: Snow WhiteWhite in "Snow White and Rose Red". She apparently has enough dexterity to use right-handed scissors.
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