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->''[[MissingTrailerScene Lips red as blood. Hair black as night. Bring me your heart, my dear, dear Snow White.]]''
-->-- '''Queen Ravenna'''

''Snow White and the Huntsman'' is an action fantasy film based on the Literature/SnowWhite fairytale. It stars Creator/KristenStewart as Snow White herself, with Creator/ChrisHemsworth as the Huntsman, and Creator/CharlizeTheron as the Queen (named Ravenna). It was released in 2012, the [[DuelingMovies same year as another]] Snow White retelling, ''Film/MirrorMirror''. Where that film recasts the story as a more light-hearted adventure, this is a darker telling.

In a land ruled by tyranny, the {{vain| sorceress}} and [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] Queen Ravenna learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White, is destined to surpass her not only as the "Fairest One of All" but also as the kingdom's future ruler. But then the Queen learns from her Magic Mirror that the only way to remain in power is to [[IAmAHumanitarian consume Snow White's heart]] and achieve immortality. Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest and Ravenna recruits the Huntsman Eric to find and kill Snow White. Eric, however, takes pity on the young princess and teaches Snow White the art of war. Now, with the aid of eight dwarves (played by among others Ian [=McShane=], Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and [in his final film] Bob Hoskins) and the duke's son William (Sam Claflin), Snow White begins a rebellion to bring down her stepmother once and for all.

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!!''Snow White and the Huntsman'' exhibits the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Averted when the dwarfs are sneaking in through the sewers.
-->"We move as one. ''(get stuck)'' After you."
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Ravenna. Who wouldn't be, knowing that they were FairestOfThemAll?
* ActionDressRip: The Huntsman rips Snow White's dress so she can move through the forest easily.
* ActionGirl: Snow White.
* AdaptationalBadass: Snow White. Also the Huntsman, and William, who is closest in the movie to the traditional prince role.
* AdaptationExpansion
* AfterActionPatchup: The Huntsman gets a gash below his collarbone after fighting the troll. A woman from the village he and Snow White stay the night at patches him up and we get a shot of [[MrFanservice Chris Hemsworth's]] [[ShirtlessScene abs]].
* TheAgeless: Ravenna has apparently "lived twenty lives", but still appears to be relatively young-looking. As does her brother.
* TheAlcoholic: The Huntsman takes a swig before doing anything, including teaching a young girl to use pointy objects, giving romantic advice, giving a heartfelt speech...
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: This one doesn't live under a bridge, he ''is'' the bridge.
* ArcSymbol: The three drops of blood.
* AnAxeToGrind: A large axe is the Huntsman's weapon of choice. The dwarves fight with much smaller pickaxes.
* AnimalMotifs: CreepyRavens for Ravenna, [[MagpiesAsPortents magpies]] for Snow White.
* AnnoyingArrows: [[spoiler: Averted. [[TearJerker Sadly.]]]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted. For example, Snow White's plate armour is visibly tarnished in many shots, showing that it actually stopped sword blows.
* ArrowCatch: William does this trick, and then [[CatchAndReturn fires it back along]] with one of his own to demonstrate his archery skill.
* ArrowsOnFire: Snow White awakens to one landing in near her head, and quickly realizes that Finn and his soldiers have tracked her down, and are setting fire to the village buildings. William also uses these in his introduction as an adult, to set fire to tinder he's thoughtfully strewn in the path of a convoy that gets ambushed.
* AscendedExtra: The Huntsman's role is much larger and more important than in the original fairy tale.
* AttemptedRape: Finn tries to do this to Snow White in prison while she's lying on her bed. However, she strikes his face with a nail.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Ravenna completely trashes Snow White in their battle, only being defeated by BondVillainStupidity
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:Snow White's coronation.]]
* BackFromTheDead
* BackToBackBadasses: William and the Huntsman against an evil, magical flock of ravens.
* {{Badass}}: The Huntsman takes on several soldiers at once in defence of Snow White. The dwarves also kick-ass.
* BadassBoast: "I will give this [[CrapsackWorld wretched world]] the Queen it deserves."
* BadassPrincess: Snow White and Ravenna.
* BadassInDistress: The Huntsman during his battle with the troll.
* {{Bambification}}: Averted with the White Hart, who looks more regal and majestic than cutesy.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight with Snow White, but inverted with Queen Ravenna, who was the FairestOfThemAll and evil.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Deliberately averted by the village of women. [[spoiler:They all [[BeautyIsBad gave themselves facial scars]] so that Ravenna doesn't prey on them with her life-stealing magics]]. Snow White herself spends a good portion of the movie covered in dirt and grime, but it isn't treated as if it detracted from her beauty.
** Even though he's covered in grunge, the Huntsman is still an insanely attractive fellow throughout the film.
* BettyAndVeronica: Though the LoveTriangle is only hinted at, it's clear that devoted childhood friend William is the Betty while initially reluctantly helpful, alcoholic older man Eric is the Veronica to Snow White.
* BigBad: Queen Ravenna.
* BigFancyCastle
* BigNo: Used twice. Once by Snow White when the troll is about to kill the Huntsman, [[spoiler:and once by the Huntsman when Ravenna is about to kill Snow White after poisoning her with an apple.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Ravenna first appears to the King as a fragile yet beautiful prisoner of war, and once she later gets engaged to the King, she is cordial to the young Snow White. However, the night of their wedding Ravenna murders the King, imprisons Snow White, and usurps the kingdom.
* BlackWidow: Ravenna marries the king and kills him on their wedding night. [[spoiler:She claims to have done this several times before.]]
* BlindSeer: Muir, the lead dwarf.
* BlondesAreEvil[=/=]BlondGuysAreEvil: Queen Ravenna and [[TheDragon her brother]] Finn. Ravenna deliberately plays up HairOfGoldHeartOfGold when first introduced, though.
* BloodMagic:
** This is part of how Snow White was conceived: her mother pricks her finger on a rose, bleeds into the snow, and then wishes for a daughter with rose-red lips and snow-white skin.
** [[spoiler:This is also how Ravenna originally obtained immortality and her sorceress powers. During the destruction of her childhood village, her mother chants an incantation and performs a rite involving pricking young Ravenna's finger and bleeding it into a bowl of milk. Her mother hoped Ravenna's new powers could avenge the village's destruction.]]
* BookEnds: Snow White escapes from her prison by striking Finn in the face with a nail when he [[AttemptedRape molests]] her. [[spoiler:Snow White's journey ends when she performs a similar attack on Finn's sister Ravenna: Snow White abruptly stabs her in the stomach while Ravenna is focused on [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lecturing her]].]]
** Both the beginning and end of the film [[spoiler:feature a crowning ceremony]].
* BoringReturnJourney: Justified in that when Snow White was leaving the castle, she was alone or with a small number of companions and she came back with an army, making it much easier to go where she wanted in safety.
* BraidsOfAction: Snow White puts her long hair in a braid when she leads the Resistance against the Queen's kingdom.
* BraveScot: The Huntsman. [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Sort of.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Ravenna. [[spoiler:Her title as FairestOfThemAll is taken from her by Snow White, who also causes her powers to wane. Snow White, her salvation, escapes and the man she hires to catch her decides to help her instead. Her brother, the only person she loves is killed. She fails to take Snow White's heart after poisoning her with the apple. And finally, she is stabbed to death by one fairer than herself.]]
* BreastPlate: Averted. Snow White is shown wearing regular plate armor.
* BrotherSisterIncest: See incest subtext below.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: The Huntsman and Snow White, respectively.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: The Huntsman, whose speech prior to [[spoiler:[[TrueLovesKiss kissing Snow White awake]]]] [[TearJerker touched everyone]].
* TheCaligula: Ravenna. Also her possible relationship with her brother mirrors ideas about the original Caligula, see Incest Subtext below.
* CapeSwish: Ravenna turns into a flock of ravens upon doing this.
* CastFromLifespan: Almost. Using dark sorcery causes Ravenna to age; however, she can restore her youth and vigour by feeding upon other girls' beauty.
* CatchAndReturn: On hearing that Snow White is in TheLostWoods, William decides that the quickest way to find her is to hook up with [[TheDragon Finn]]'s men who are also searching for her, by posing as a mercenary. As Finn rides through a village, he's annoyed to find a bow-holding William InTheHood, blocking his path.
-->'''William:''' Do you need a bowman?
-->'''Finn:''' I have a bowman. ''(to his bowman)'' Kill him.
-->''(The bowman fires at William, who does an ArrowCatch, then fires it back along with one of his own into Finn's bowman)''
-->'''William:''' I said, [[IronicEcho do you need a bowman?]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Snow White utilizes the one combat skill we witness her learning during the final battle. Also ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: she had that knife in her boot for almost the entire movie, but only used it at the end.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: Creator/CharlizeTheron really gets all the ham out of her system when Queen Ravenna demands that Snow White be brought to her after her initial escape.
* TheChosenOne: Snow White.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: [[spoiler:[[TearJerker The Huntsman tells a comatose Snow White of how she reminds him of his former wife, and how she's made him the man he once was]].]]
* CoolCrown: Ravenna's crown, complete with spikes. Snow White's crown in the last scene.
* CostumePorn: Queen Ravenna's many outfits.
* CoveredInMud: The Huntsman when we are first introduced to him.
* CrapsackWorld: It ''was'' a pretty swell place to live. Then Ravenna came along.
* CreepyRavens: The evil queen's theme, including her name, revolves around ravens. She can even turn into a flock of them.
* [[CreepyUncle Creepy Step-Uncle]]: Finn likes to watch Snow when she's trapped in the castle.
* CryForTheDevil: Ravenna, who was taken from her mother by her homeland's king.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Played with. There is a lot of overt and undisguised Christian imagery in the movie, but in the end, the bishop that [[spoiler:crowns Snow White]] does it not in the name of God (as it would have been in a real-world medieval setting), but "in the name of everything good in the land".
** Though given that the land also features benevolent fairies that probably aren't Christians it may simply be that the ceremony is designed to cover all bases.
** At the very beginning of the movie, Snow White recites the Lord's prayer.
*** All of this actually points to an interesting RealLife phenomenon in which Pagan (i.e. non-Christian) theologies would 'hide' in Christian rituals (which is part of why, should the legends be believed, Saint Brigid even exists--she was originally a goddess of Ireland). Taking this into account, it may be that the very obvious magic in this world means that Christianity is a bit subtler.
* CurbStompBattle: Interestingly, the Huntsman gets his butt kicked three ways from Sunday in his battle debut. To be fair, however, the Huntsman is shown to be completely hammered while this happens.
** [[spoiler:Snow White vs. Ravenna in the climax. Snow White couldn't lay a finger on her until she [[EvilGloating stopped to gloat]].]]
* DarkerAndEdgier[=/=]{{Grimmification}}: {{Exaggerated}}. The film is even darker than most of non-bowdlerized Grimm fairy tales.
** Especially when you compared it with ''Film/MirrorMirror''.
* DarkFantasy: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but still present.
* DarkWorld: Under Ravenna's rule, the land suffers and the people starve.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** The Huntsman definitely has his moments.
** A couple of the dwarves are also pretty snarky too.
** Also Ravenna.
-->'''Ravenna:''' How is it an innocent young girl makes a fool of my brother? Armed only with a nail. If she'd had a sword she'd have taken my kingdom.
* DeathGlare: The Queen does this frequently.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Snow White's parents both die a few minutes into the film.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Twice. Once from [[spoiler:William]], after he learns Snow White is still alive. Then later, from [[spoiler:Eric]] once he learns of Snow White's identity and gets his head together.
* DerailingLoveInterests: [[spoiler:Averted with class. Both love interests are flawed but both are good, worthy men that even fight in sync to protect and support their future queen.]]
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: [[spoiler:That Ravenna would bring back your wife, Huntsman?]]
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:Many people did not expect the Huntsman to be the one to kiss Snow White awake; it was assumed that since William's character was the closest to a "prince" that he would fulfill that role.]]
** [[spoiler:Although just as many people were not surprised that it was the Huntsman's kiss that woke Snow White. After all, the Huntsman has been [[AscendedExtra upgraded to titular character]] ''and'' he is played by {{hunk}}y actor ChrisHemsworth.]]
*** It doesn't help that, in spite of having a fair amount of screen-time in the film, [[NeverTrustATrailer William is barely even seen in the trailer]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** [[spoiler:Gus the dwarf dies in Snow White's arms after protecting her from being shot with an arrow.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Snow White. She "dies" in William's arms but the [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Huntsman's kiss revives her]] later.]]
* DiegeticSwitch: When one of the eight dwarves is killed (what - there was one too many?) another dwarf sings at his funeral. Cut to SceneryGorn as the song "Gone" is continued by Ioanna Gika as our heroes continue on their quest.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The king, when he meets Ravenna. He's so entranced by her that he forgets his grief over his wife and resolves to marry her ''the next day''. Ultimately played for drama.
** Although, it's probably not that he FORGOT entirely to grieve for his wife; he probably wanted something or someone to console him and ease the pain, and frankly a hot chick does that task all too well.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Queen Ravenna. [[SurpriseIncest With the exception of her brother Finn.]] Probably justified.
-->'''Ravenna:''' I was ruined by a king like you once. I replaced his queen, an old woman. And in time, I too would have been replaced. Men use women. They ruin us. And when they are finished with us, they toss us to the dogs like scraps.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ravenna is barefoot for most of the movie.
* DoomedByCanon: When the dwarves are introduced, there's eight of them. Given that the story typically features seven, it's pretty easy to guess that one will bite it at some point.
* DontGoInTheWoods: The Dark Forest will kill you. It's just a matter of when. Even Ravenna won't go in there.
-->'''Ravenna:''' One of my prisoners has escaped there.\\
'''Huntsman:''' Well then he's dead.\\
'''Ravenna:''' ''She.''\\
'''Huntsman:''' She is certainly dead.
* TheDragAlong: The Huntsman. A several stages of the story, he wants no part.
* TheDragon: Finn. A perfect example of a Dragon that's more evil than the BigBad.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Snow White, after taking a bite from Ravenna's [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink poisoned apple]]. [[spoiler:The Huntsman unknowingly]] kisses her awake.
* TheDungAges: Save Ravenna (who takes milk baths) and her brother Finn, everyone is covered in grunge.
* EasilyForgiven: Snow White forgives William for leaving her at the castle, under the grounds that they were children at the time. This adds a depth to her anger after the Huntsman, an adult who is capable of navigating the woods where death is 99.9% certain--''while drunk''--abandons her in the women's village.
* EliteMooks: Humanoid monsters made from fragments of broken glass.
* EmotionalBruiser: The Huntsman, who initially hides behind a mask of [[DeadpanSnarker cynicism]], becomes this thanks to CharacterDevelopment.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ravenna and Finn genuinely care about each other, [[spoiler:and she's absolutely devasted when he dies.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Huntsman. Even the ''credits'' don't list his real name (it's "Eric", apparently)[[note]]The subtitles on the DVD do[[/note]].
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: It's still a fairy tale after all.
* EvilAlbino: Finn is pale enough to qualify.
* EvilLaugh: The Queen in many of the promos. One that's very bitter.
* EvilMatriarch: The Queen is technically Snow's stepmother after all.
* EvilIsPetty: Finn comes across as this when William joins his group. He orders one of his group to shoot William for no apparent reason.
* EvilSorceress: The Queen.
* FacelessGoons: The queen's warriors, whether they're magically conjured glass monsters or normal humans with dark helmets covering their faces, or both such as the Dark Army in the beginning.
* FailureKnight: The Huntsman.
* TheFairFolk: Hinted at but ultimately subverted. The fairies are a little creepy, clearly powerful and make the Dwarves nervous but are actually benevolent.
* FairestOfThemAll: Of course! This is the TropeNamer's tale.
* FairyTale: A DarkerAndEdgier take on the BrothersGrimm fairy tale "Literature/{{Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs}}".
* FallenPrincess: Snow White, after Ravenna takes over.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Finn is impaled on a jagged tree stump by the Huntsman. It's not pretty, but it's very, very satisfying to see this total monster get what he deserves.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Naturally comes with having extremely attractive actors as the main leads.
** Ravenna has her breasts emphasized early on in the film in her wedding scene, and a couple of her dresses emphasize her back.
** Chris Hemsworth has a practically-shirtless scene, the purpose for which is pretty unnecessary and quite clearly just an excuse to show off his abs.
** Snow's grey and brown dress has a habit of slipping down her shoulders.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Ravenna is polite and courteous towards Snow White when they first meet. It doesn't last long.
* FeatherMotif: Ravenna is strongly associated with crows, to the point of often having black feathers, symbolizing evil, on her dresses.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based off the original "Literature/{{Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs}}" fairy tale.
* FisherKing: When Snow White's father dies and Ravenna takes over, the land withers. After [[spoiler:Snow White is crowned, the land starts to return to normal.]]
* FisherKingdom: When the land withers, the kingdom's population collapses into poverty and despair.
* {{Foil}}: Snow White vs. Ravenna, and the Huntsman vs. William.
* FracturedFairyTale: The film follows the general premise of the fairy tale, but twists its element in different ways.
* FreudianExcuse: Ravenna's behavior is explained through a childhood flashback and the way a previous king treated her.
* FriendToAllLivingThings[=/=]AllLovingHero: Snow White. As a child, Snow White nursed a baby magpie back to health from a broken wing; when she escapes, magpies guide her through the sewers and to a WhiteStallion. When confronted by a hostile giant troll, Snow White screams at and stares at it sympathetically to defuse the situation. [[spoiler:The Sanctuary's deity, The White Hart, which hadn't shown itself to other mortals, appears for her and grants Snow White its blessing]]. And even towards [[BigBad Queen Ravenna]], Snow White feels sorrow rather than hatred and rage towards her for her actions.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler:Ravenna used to be a normal young girl who lived in an Arctic village. Now she is a powerful immortal sorceress determined to lay waste to kingdoms for the sole sake of maintaining her youth and powers.]]
* GenderBender: [[spoiler:The Queen transforms into William to trick Snow into eating the apple.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Ravenna is a schemer who leaves most of the fighting to her subordinates, but she can certainly look after herself.
* [[ManInTheIronMask Girl In the Iron Prison]]/GirlInTheTower: Once Ravenna usurps the kingdom, she locks Snow White away in a prison for several years instead of killing her immediately.
* GetOut: After the Queen's mooks drop off her magic mirror.
-->"Out. [[ChewingTheScenery OOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUTTTT!]]"
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Ravenna seems to be a [[ClassicVillain near-classic]] evil queen.
* TheGoodKing: Snow White's father is said to have been this.
* GoodParents[=/=]DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Snow White's parents were good and loving parents, and die minutes into the movie.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The castle guards completely miss seven dwarves who undoubtedly reek of sewerage sneaking behind their backs.
* GutturalGrowler: The Huntsman.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted with William (who fights almost exclusively with bow and arrow) and Snow White (using a sword and shield in the climactic battle).
* HandsOnApproach: An early ShipTease moment is when Eric hands Snow White back her knife, then shows her how to use it.
* [[spoiler:HappilyEverAfter: Subverted. The ending is more [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] than happy.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler:Twice, sort of. Eric's wife died prior to the start of the story, and given the state he's in when the audience is first introduced to him, her death still badly haunts him. Then again, when Snow White falls into her death/coma. He tells the dead/unconscious Snow White that she had the same kind of strength and inspired similar feelings of worth in him that his wife did, and that they both deserved better.]]
* HeldGaze: Snow White and William upon seeing each other for the first time since they were kids.
** At the end of the movie between Snow White and the Huntsman, who also do this a couple of other times throughout the movie.
** Ravenna and Snow White, [[spoiler:after Snow White stabs her]].
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Snow White rides into battle in full armour, but no helmet. [[IdiotBall In a battle where they are storming a castle and getting a lot of things dropped, poured and thrown on them]]. Actually that might qualify as FridgeLogic, Snow White is the leader and symbol of the rebellion, so she has to be recognizable to give hope to her fellow rebels and the oppressed population. Helmeted fighters tend to be FacelessGoons, and Snow White is a princess. But maybe they could have gotten a gold plated helmet for her that sort of looked like a crown.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Snow White is just about the only notable character who uses a sword. Everyone else uses axes, bows, daggers, a cane, and so forth. The only exception is her father, the King.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gus takes an arrow for Snow White.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom: Ravenna has a [[PimpedOutCape particularly impressive cape]] featuring a feathered high collar.
* TheHighQueen: Snow White's mother. [[spoiler:Snow White herself becomes one in the ending.]]
* HoldingHands: Snow White and the Huntsman do this more times than you'd expect as they are running away from Finn and his men.
* HopeSproutsEternal: Snow White's mother found a rose growing in the middle of a harsh winter, and prayed that she'd have a daughter with the strength and beauty of that rose. Later Queen Ravenna finds a flower growing in the desolate Dark Forrest, implied to have [[FertileFeet grown as a result of Snow White's passing]]. [[KickTheDog She makes a point of crushing it]].
* HotWitch: Ravenna.
* {{Hunk}}: Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman.
* HurtingHero: The Huntsman, a war hero and a widower, turns to [[DrowningMySorrows alcohol]] to ease his pain.
* IceQueen: Queen Ravenna. As the BigBad, she never gets defrosted.
* IdiotBall: The only times Ravenna and Finn let go of it seems to be when they pass it to the other. Examples include Finn revealing to the Huntsman that Ravenna lied about bringing his wife BackFromTheDead before securing Snow White and later that he raped and killed the Huntsman's wife. Ravenna tells Snow White exactly how to kill her. And when the heroes are stuck right outside Ravenna's castle, the guards wait until the gate is opened to pour boiling oil on the heroes and set it ablaze.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:The Huntsman impales Finn on a tree.]]
* ImprobableAntidote: TrueLovesKiss is needed to wake Snow White from her comatose state, although this is never mentioned in the film.
** If not in the film, where IS mentioned that it is needed? It's not in the Grimms' fairy tale either. Is it in some additional material to the movie?
*** It comes from Disney's version of Snow White originally, but the concept has been copied and used in so many places ever since that people now assume it to be part of the original story and expect it in every version made.
** The simple answer is that they didn't know it would wake her up; William and Eric both kiss a comatose Snow White as a LastKiss when they think she's lost to them.
* IncestSubtext: Queen Ravenna's relationship with her brother Finn flirts with incest several times. Especially when Ravenna bathes in front of him and, later, he gives her a not-so-brotherly kiss on the shoulder. She repeatedly reminds him that he vowed to protect her. And there's the rather... charged scene where they exchange "I gave you everything"s.
* InformedAttractiveness: Snow White is played by Creator/KristenStewart, who isn't ugly by any stretch of the imagination. Still, it's a little hard to swallow her as FairestOfThemAll against Creator/CharlizeTheron, even given that some of it's regarding inner beauty in the film (though that in itself comes off as an InformedAttribute, because Ravenna has no inner beauty).
* InformedAttribute: Snow White is supposed to be so loving, compassionate and full of life that people fall in love with her only by looking at her. Characters mention it over and over again. Yet she never displays a greater amount of emotion or caring than several other characters of the film or even less then them.
* InstantExpert: Snow White knows how to ride a horse and fight with sword and shield, despite never having had an opportunity to develop those skills, what with being locked in a tower for years.
* InstantWakingSkills: In the scene where Finn's army invades the village Snow White is taking refuge at, a flaming arrow lands near Snow White whilst she is sleeping and she wakes ''instantly'', and is out of bed in mere seconds.
* JeanneDArchetype: Snow White is given the JoanOfArc treatment in many ways. She acts as a symbol of resistance to a foreign usurper, fights in plate armour, and is considered something of a living saint.
* JustInTime: The Huntsman, William and the Dwarves arrive just in time to stop Ravenna from cutting out Snow White's heart.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Finn was killed by the husband of one of the many people he raped and murdered. Ravenna dies by the hand of the person she'd been trying to kill for the whole movie.]]
* KeystoneArmy: Seemingly played straight with the Dark Army in the opening who shatter like glass upon any heavy impact. [[spoiler:Double subverted in that the Dark Army was just bait and a way for Ravenna to gain access to the king to seduce him, with her real human army easily taking over the castle, and in the climax the Dark Army returns in a more primitive form and slaughtering the rebel forces with ease.]]
* KneelBeforeFrodo: The people at the Duke's castle kneel in awe before Snow White.
* KneelBeforeZod: The Queen's guards force the Huntsman to kneel before Ravenna.
* LadyOfWar: Snow White becomes one to take back her kingdom.
* LastBastion: Duke Hammond's castle.
* LaResistance: Duke Hammond leads a fairly ineffective one until Snow White shows up and galvanizes them.
* LargeHam: The Queen, and ''how.''
** Hamminess must run in the family, because her brother Finn definitely has his moments as well. Some of the best examples are when he makes the mistake of revealing to the Huntsman that Ravenna lied to him about being able to bring his wife back ''before'' he hands Snow White to him, and of course, shortly afterwards when the Huntsman pushes him into a pit of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
---> '''Finn:''' My sister has many powers. She can take life away, or sustain it. But she can't bring your wife back from the dead, [[YouFool you FOOL]]!!
---> '''Finn:''' (screaming from the pit of mushrooms) I ''WILL'' FIND YOU!!!
* LifeDrinker: The Queen is shown draining the LifeEnergy of an unfortunate woman to rejuvenate herself.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Snow White and Ravenna.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: William and Snow White. They used to play with each other as kids and were constantly bickering.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: The soldiers in the Queen's army are seemingly made of obsidian, and shatter when attacked. This is how they are killed in the first battle by the King's army. However, in the end battle, the soldiers are shown to be able to [[PullingThemselvesTogether Pull Themselves Together]] when shattered by William and the Huntsman.
* TheLostLenore - [[spoiler:Sara, the Huntsman's [[BackStory late wife]], [[MyGreatestFailure whom he failed to protect]]. The Huntsman even feels that Snow White [[YouRemindMeOfX reminds him of Sara]], which in a sense makes Snow White his ReplacementGoldfish.]]
* TheLostWoods: The Dark Forest and the Sanctuary. One is an evil forest and one is full of fairies, but they're both undoubtedly ancient forests filled with strange creatures. However, the Huntsman, being one of the only people to have survived entering the Dark Forest before, has learned that while it ''is'' treacherous and filled with dangerous creatures, the ''real'' danger is that it is full of hallucinogenic spores. Combined with the superstitions of the average person of the time, a person wandering the Dark Forest perceives it as much more hellish.
* LoveInterests: [[spoiler:Even though there was NoRomanticResolution at the end, William is assumed to be a love interest for Snow White as she kissed him (even though it was [[FoeYay actually Ravenna]]). The Huntsman may also qualify, but it is never made clear as to whether or not he actually developed romantic feelings towards Snow White. Before she is revived, he mentions that she inspires feeling of worth in him in a fashion similar to his late wife.]]
* LoveTriangle: [[spoiler:Subverted. You'd expect one between William, the Huntsman, and Snow White, but it is only implied and never directly addressed, to some people's frustrations and others' jubilation.]] [[spoiler:It is speculated that this is to be a major subplot in the sequel, as it is never made clear if Snow White did end up falling in love with the Huntsman or William.]]
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: During the final battle given all the DeathFromAbove being hurled down on them. Snow White's troops form a mantlet with their shields after breaking into the castle, and they're the only defense possible against the shard-warriors; most of their wooden shields are eaten away by the time the Queen is defeated.
* MagicMirror: Here, it is an outright MirrorMonster which at one point looks like a shout-out to [[http://voltashow.com/Kevin-Francis-Gray.2830.0.html this sculpture]].
** Arguably subverted. Finn looks upon Ravenna while she talks to the mirror-man... Only to find that she's talking to nothing, implying that it's all just in her head.
* MagpiesAsPortents: Magpies are all over this film. One appears right before Snow White is to be led to the Queen and murdered, two appear later to lead her to her horse. Basically, any time something happens, either one or two magpies will appear to portend it, whichever is appropriate. Not that anybody comments on this.
* MakeUpIsEvil: Ravenna wears ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow. Snow White's red lips do not qualify as they are supposedly natural.
** Plus that they are more pinkish than blood-red, even though the Queen explicitly requested "lips red as blood".
* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Ravenna's and Finn's mom invoked dark powers to protect her children. But whenever she intended for her daughter to become a monster it is not clear.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: This is how Ravenna usurped Snow White's kingdom in the first place. [[spoiler:And she'd already done it to countless other kingdoms in the past, considering her [[Really700YearsOld immortality]]...]]
* ManlyTears: The Huntsman cries TearsOfRemorse [[spoiler:over Snow White's comatose body, lamenting the fact that he failed to protect her and his wife.]]
* MeaningfulName: Snow White, naturally. Also, the the Queen's name, Ravenna, is clearly a reference to her CreepyRavens theme.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy / FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Land is clearly based on medieval Britain, and various regional accents amongst the cast (RP, Cockney, Scots etc) are used to complement the setting -- Indeed, all location shooting took place in some very picturesque sylvan and mountainous regions of the UK. Christianity exists among natural deities, fairies, trolls, dwarves, and dark magic. It's also alluded that the huntsman is a veteran of TheCrusades. Also shown is a Muslim-esque fishing village, where the women wrap their hair and hide their faces. Snow White also says the Lord's Prayer in the beginning of the movie.
* MedievalStasis: Assuming Ravenna's boast about how long she's lived is accurate and not simply hyperbole (which could be debatable based on her less-than-stable state of mind), than in the past 800 to 1400 years humans have not progressed at all past the plate armor knights on horseback phase (seen in her childhood flashback).
* MirrorMonster: The Magic Mirror itself, as well as the obsidian shard warriors.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Ravenna.
* {{Mordor}}: Ravenna's FisherKing influence has turned the land into this.
* MrFanservice: Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman) and Sam Claflin (William).
* MsFanservice: Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron both.
* MushroomSamba: The Dark Forest is filled with hallucinogenic spores.
* MyGreatestFailure: The Huntsman [[spoiler:letting his beloved wife out of his sight only for her to be captured, raped and eventually killed.]]
** For William, [[spoiler:riding away with his father instead of going back and saving Snow White. Snow points out that he can't exactly blame himself, considering how old he was at the time.]]
* MythologyGag: This bit:
---> '''Beith:''' Hi-ho, lads, it's off to work.
---> '''Quert:''' If he starts whistling, I'll smash his face in.
* {{Narcissist}}: The Queen, naturally.
* NaturalSpotlight: On Snow White in the scene with her lying comatose in a white gown.
* NeckLift: Ravenna does this to poor Greta while draining her life force.
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** The quote at the top of the page is never said by Ravenna, and the Magic Mirror never shatters like it does in one of the trailers.
** The trailers showed Ravenna being cool, elegant and sexy and didn't show much of her substantial hammy side.
* NoImmortalInertia: [[spoiler:Both Finn and Ravenna age rapidly upon their deaths.]]
* NonchalantDodge: [[spoiler:Ravenna spams this against Snow White, without even having to look.]]
* [[spoiler: NoRomanticResolution: Snow White is [[ShipTease teased]] with both William and the Huntsman, but doesn't officially end up with either of them by the end. KristenStewart states in an interview that Snow White doesn't have any time to think about potential romance with William or the Huntsman, as they ''are in the middle of a war'', and Snow White is extremely socially deprived from being locked in that tower for ten years.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:Apparently, Ravenna's death causes her stolen beauty to be returned to those of her victims who are still alive (most notably the village girl from near the beginning of the film).]]
* NostalgiaFilter: When William starts talking about how he followed Snow White everywhere and she inspired him, Snow White remembers it quite differently and mentions how they used to fight all the time. [[spoiler: In actuality, it's the first clue that he's not the real William but a transformed Ravenna.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Said almost verbatim by Ravenna to Snow White during the climax.
-->'''Snow White:''' [[ShutUpHannibal I'm everything you're not!]]
* NothingCanStopUsNow:
--> '''Ravenna:''' ''You cannot defeat me!''
* OffingTheOffspring: Ravenna wants to take Snow White's heart because this will give her {{Immortality}}.
* OhCrap: Ravenna's face after [[spoiler:Snow White stabs her]].
* OnceUponATime: The film starts off with this, said by the Huntsman in a narration of Snow White's birth and childhood.
** Later, in the Sanctuary, it's revealed that the magpies [[spoiler: are being controlled/inhabited by a pair of benevolent fairies.]]
* OneToMillionToOne: When Ravenna is interrupted from [[spoiler:taking Snow White's heart]] in the snowy woods, she shatters into a swarm of ravens.
** And the White Hart who turns into a flock of doves [[spoiler:when shot with an arrow.]]
* OnlyICanKillHim: Ravenna can only be thwarted by [[FairestOfThemAll the person of fairest blood]], [[TheChosenOne who just happens to be Snow White]].
-->'''Ravenna:''' ''By fairest blood is it done!''\\
'''Snow White:''' ''[[spoiler:(stabs Ravenna, effectively killing her)]] And only by fairest blood is it undone.''
** Notably, a RedShirt with unusually good initiative does the exact same thing much earlier in the movie and stabs the queen right in the chest, she seemingly shrugs it off and kills him effortlessly (though the stabbing is shown to have at least drained a bit of her stolen life mojo).
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: The Huntsman has a Scottish accent, which clashes with Chris Hemsworth's lovely Australian accent every so often, but for the most part it holds up well. Somewhat justified as his character is drunk half the time.
** Charlize Theron's English accent slips in and out, too.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Yep. They're no different here than they are in any other fantasy setting.
* PantomimeAnimal: At one point when the dwarves are sneaking into the castle they walk on the other side of a horse that's between them and the guards.
* PermaStubble: Both the Huntsman and William have short facial hair which is longer than usual stubble but still not quite a beard.
* PimpedOutDress: Ravenna wears many elaborate dresses throughout the course of the film. Also, Snow White's dress in the last scene.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Interestingly, never really touched upon in the film. TrueLovesKiss is never mentioned, although some think that the Huntsman was thinking of his wife when he kissed Snow White awake, and that was what made the kiss proportionate to one of true love.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: The (rather short) [[TheBookOfTheFilm novelization of the film]] downplays the more grandiose high fantasy elements of the plot, and tries to tell a slightly more grounded human story. Notably, it mostly eliminates the subplot about Snow White being TheChosenOne and an incarnation of Life and Ravenna being a WalkingWasteland and an incarnation of Death. Also, instead of being an ancient evil who simply DoesNotLikeMen and has made a hobby of killing kings, in the novel Ravenna is a gypsy woman seeking revenge personally against the King, Snow White's father, for a pogrom against her village he supposedly ordered many years ago when she was a child.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: The Huntsman, before proceeding to knock out all of Finn's men and send Finn himself flying into a pit of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
--> '''Huntsman''': ''I want her BACK!''
* PrettyInMink: One of Ravenna's many elaborate outfits.
* PrincelyYoungMan: William is advertised as "[[PrinceCharming The Prince]]" in the movie posters, but he is a Duke's son, not an actual prince.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Ravenna and Finn are able to send people flying with casual blows.
* RainOfArrows: As Snow White and her followers are riding towards the castle. The Queen's archers send a barrage of arrows through the air, taking down a number of Snow White's army.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: [[spoiler: Finn is heavily implied to be a serial rapist and murderer. He even [[EvilGloating boasts about his crimes]] to the husband of one of his victims, and [[KarmicDeath it doesn't end well for him]].]]
* RatedMForManly: Snow White might be the [[{{Xenafication}} Xenified]] heroine, but between the [[AnAxeToGrind axe-wielding]] Huntsman who has gone into the dark forest and survived twice and the arrow-shooting William who attacked the queen's men on a regular basis, there's loads of testosterone to go around.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Snow White.
* RealMenLoveJesus: The first lines of the adult Snow White, and future action heroine, are ''The Lord's Prayer''.
* Really700YearsOld: [[spoiler:In Queen Ravenna's words, she has lived at least 20 lifetimes. It's also implied that her sorcery allows her brother immortality through her healing his injuries.]]
* RebelLeader: Snow White becomes this when she reaches the Duke's castle.
* RescueRomance: InvokedTrope by Ravenna, who makes herself appear to be the [[FalseInnocenceTrick prisoner of her own Dark Army]]. The king 'finds' her chained up in a carriage after supposedly defeating them, and immediately falls for this beautiful DamselInDistress.
* LaResistance: Those who oppose the Queen flock to the Duke's castle.
* ResignedToTheCall: The Huntsman [[spoiler:is initially reluctant to help Snow White (or to obey the queen's order to "hunt her down", for that matter). He changes his mind when [[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack he realizes that he has left her in trouble]].]]
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:William joins Finn's pursuit of Snow White because he knows it will lead him to her.]]
* RightfulKingReturns[=/=]InItsHourOfNeed: The climactic battle.
* RomanticFalseLead: An interesting example. Viewers who are familiar with the fairy tale may assume that William (the PrinceCharming figure) will be Snow White's love interest. [[spoiler:Viewers judging from the title may assume that Snow White ends up with the Huntsman. In reality, however, there is no real love interest in this film. Though it is the Huntsman's kiss that breaks the spell.]]
* RousingSpeech: Snow White gives one to the [[LaResistance Resistance]] to inspire them to take back Ravenna's kingdom rather than continue hiding.
* RoyalBlood: Snow White's royal ancestry is part of why she is TheChosenOne.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: You could say this about both Snow and Ravenna, though what they're fighting for is obviously on completely opposite ends of the spectrum. King Magnus also leads his knights into battle in the prologue, and William and his father go with Snow White's army to assault Ravenna's castle.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The film makes heavy use of symbolism and foreshadowing.
* RuleOfThree: Three drops of blood, spilled three times.
* SavedForTheSequel[=/=]SequelHook: To keep the first film's focus on feminism and war, the implied LoveTriangle between Snow White/William/[[spoiler:The Huntsman]] is [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds most likely going to be addressed]] in further sequels (there are plans for two).
** It is rumoured that William will get a new LoveInterest in the second movie.
* SceneryPorn: The film has lots of incredibly beautiful nature shots. [[SceneryGorn And no fewer shots of desolate and burnt-down landscapes]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Huntsman and William switch roles during the movie. At the beginning, The Huntsman is cynical, macho, and somewhat coarse, while William shows more refined emotions, especially whenever Snow White is concerned. However, [[spoiler:The Huntsman is visibly more heartbroken than William over Snow White's death.]]
** Played with ''especially'' in [[spoiler:the death scene and afterward; William panics and [[InelegantBlubbering is completely inconsolable]], but the Huntsman, despite his emotions, [[NervesOfSteel calls for a healer]]. William wants to go on a near-suicidal charge with disheartened soldiers, using Snow White's death as a rallying point; the Huntsman [[DrowningMySorrows gets really, really drunk]].]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Snow White looks quite angelic in her white gown.
** Played with when the only time the Huntsman comments on Snow White's beauty is when he tells her that she looks fetching in mail, ''not'' a dress.
* ShipTease: Mostly between the Huntsman and Snow White, because the only real moments she gets with William he [[spoiler:turns out to be the [[{{Shapeshifting}} Queen in disguise]].]]
* ShoutOut: The sleeves of Snow White's first dress are reminiscent of those on the dress worn by Disney Snow White.
** The part where Snow White enters the Dark Forest while fleeing capture. The manner in which she mourns her horse's loss as it gets stuck in the bog is reminiscent of how [[TheNeverEndingStory Atreyu]] mournfully watching Artax die in the Swamp of Sadness.
** The part where Snow White gets lost in the Dark Forest and gets into a TroubledFetalPosition is reminiscent of when an utterly dejected Bella Swan gets into that same position in the forest after Edward Cullen leaves her in the ''New Moon'' film.
** When the eight dwarfs appear, their blind leader Muir is seen wearing a beaked mask like the ones worn by plague doctors during TheMiddleAges. In effect, he's [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Doc]]. Could also be a mythology gag.
** [[spoiler:The White Hart]] in the Sanctuary is a clear ShoutOut to [[spoiler:the Forest Spirit in ''PrincessMononoke'']]. [[spoiler:He even gets abruptly shot by the bad guys in a similar manner as he's meeting with the protagonist!]]
** One of the dwarves starts singing the Disney film's "Heigh-ho" song [[spoiler:while sneaking into the royal castle.]]
** Halfway through her shapeshifting spell, the Evil Queen looks ''exactly'' like [[Literature/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort]]. In addition, she also resembles [[TheSlenderManMythos the Slender Man]]. The shapeshifting itself even looks remarkably like the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T-1000]].
** The coat-of-arms of Snow White's kingdom looks suspiciously like the [[LordOfTheRings The White Tree of Gondor]]. Snow White's initial flight from the castle while on a white horse, pursued by about a dozen faceless black riders on black horses, is visually quite similar to Arwen's race to Rivendell when pursued by the Ringwraiths.
** Under Ravenna's rule, [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe the land is locked in an eternal state of winter, which only starts to lift when Snow White starts to gain power]].
* ShutUpHannibal:
** Early in the film, the Evil Queen walks up to a random prisoner and starts tormenting him with her usual DoesNotLikeMen spiel. Instead of politely listening to her ranting, in mid-speech the guy grabs an unsecured dagger from the guard holding him and straight up stabs her in the chest (which gives him more smarts and initiative than 99% of Fantasy genre characters). Sadly, she's enchanted and can only be killed by TheChosenOne, and kills the poor guy for his defiance.
** [[spoiler:Snow White finally confronts Ravenna in battle and the latter has the former on the ropes. When Ravenna sneers at Snow White for having led her followers to their deaths in their attack on her kingdom, Snow White uses this chance to stab Ravenna in the heart.]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Sam Claflin (William) appears for about a second in the trailer, and even then you have a hard time telling that it's him.
** In fact, the voiceover makes it look like they're showing ''the Huntsman'' in that shot.
* SmugSnake: Queen Ravenna
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:Snow White takes a bite from the disguised Ravenna's poisoned apple while in a snowy forest, and subsequently enters a death/coma.]]
** [[spoiler:During a flashback revealing the time when Ravenna's childhood village was destroyed, this tragedy either occurs during a snowy season or in a snowy location.]]
* SomethingAboutARose: Snow White's mother is inspired by a rose blooming in winter, and hopes that her child will have the strength and courage of the flower.
* SorcerousOverlord: Queen Ravenna is a powerful VainSorceress who has usurped the throne.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Ravenna's crown sports tall and menacing "spires".
* SpiritedYoungLady: Snow White.
* Squick: The apple that Ravenna [[spoiler:in the guise of William]] tricks Snow White into eating. After she takes a bite it turns black and moldy and ''grows hair.''
* StalkerWithACrush: It is mentioned that Finn watches Snow White quite often while she's in prison, but doesn't come in because his sister won't let him.
* StartOfDarkness[=/=]WhenItAllBegan: We are shown a flashback of Ravenna's past, and how her mother was taken away when their village was attacked and destroyed. Her mother tells her to avenge her, and thus started Ravenna's evil exploits.
* StockScream: A mook hit by an arrow lets out a Wilhelm scream as he [[RailingKill falls over a railing]].
* StormingTheCastle: Snow White and her army attack Ravenna's castle in the climax.
* StupidEvil: When the Huntsman is about to deliver Snow White to Finn, Finn [[EvilGloating gloats that Ravenna will not keep her bargain]] to resurrect the Huntsman's wife. If he had kept his mouth shut, [[NearVillainVictory the bad guys would have won]].
** Not a sure thing, as the Huntsman was already suspicious. From the queen's reputation to their evasions of his questioning as to why it was so important to get Snow White out of the forest alive, he'd have to be blind if those didn't raise flags.
* SuperStrength: Ravenna and Finn.
* SymbolicBlood:
** When the king dies, he knocks over a chalice full of red wine.
** [[spoiler:When Finn is killed by the Huntsman, Ravenna spills black ink on a piece of parchment.]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: When Queen Ravenna, [[spoiler: disguised as William]], says that Snow White must hate her for what she's done, Snow White responds that she used to, but that she now feels only sorrow. Later, you can see a pitying look on her face before she [[spoiler: stabs and kills Ravenna.]]
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:One of the dwarves saves Snow White's life by taking the arrow aimed at her.]]
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: The poisoned apple, of course.
* TheQueensLatin: While originally a German fairy tale, all of the characters (except the Huntsman, who has a Scottish accent) have English accents regardless of the actor's origin.
* ThisIsReality: {{Invoked}}. One of the trailers states that "this is not a FairyTale".
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: [[spoiler:Very likely, the mirror. All of Ravenna's magic is perceived by the other characters... except for the talking mirror. When Finn watches Ravenna speaking to the mirror, he sees only her.]]
* TomboyPrincess: As a child, Snow White likes climbing trees and playing with boys.
* TonightSomeoneKisses: The trailer left people thinking that William's kiss would wake Snow White. [[spoiler:But as it turns out, the [[TrueLovesKiss Huntsman kiss does]], and [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend William's kiss pretty much didn't mean anything]].]]
* TooDumbToLive: Sure Finn, keep taunting the Huntsman about [[spoiler:how you raped and murdered his wife]]. It's not like he won't get pissed at you.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Ravenna on several occasions, although [[FanDisservice not always in a good way]].
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: Ravenna's flashback shows her mother being taken away when their village was attacked. Her mother's cry to "avenge us" was what probably triggered Ravenna's StartOfDarkness.
* TroubledFetalPosition: When Snow White is lost in the Dark Forest.
** [[spoiler:Queen Ravenna writhes into this position whenever her magically conjured youth and/or sorceress powers falter significantly.]]
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: Whilst the film recognises Snow White as the FairestOfThemAll, what defines her from Ravenna and what is ultimately more important is her inner beauty.
* TrueLovesKiss: Made obvious by the ClimacticMusic that plays after [[spoiler:the Huntsman kisses Snow White.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: It's surprising how little anyone bats an eyelid when Snow White casually walks out, perfectly alive, of the castle wherein she was laid out ''while dead''. Apparently, in this universes, TrueLovesKiss can just do that.
** Perhaps the poisoned apple was only meant to disable and not kill? Maybe the heart still needed to be beating. It could have worn off. [[FridgeLogic Not that the others would have known that.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: William. [[spoiler:His kiss fails to awaken Snow.]]
* UnstoppableRage: Don't taunt the Huntsman about how he failed to protect his wife.
* UseYourHead: Finn headbutts the Huntsman at one point, [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom sending him flying]].
* VainSorceress: Ravenna.
* VictorianNovelDisease: During Snow White's childhood, her mother suffered from and died from some malady that involved a fever.
* VillainSong: Ravenna gets one that plays over the credits.
* VillainousBreakdown: Ravenna has one rather early on when Snow White first escapes the castle.
* WarriorPrince: William.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of Ravenna's MagicMirror is unknown.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Huntsman tries to leave Snow White, and is asked how he can possibly be that cold.
* WhenTreesAttack: Snow White is clawed at by trees in the Dark Forest during a drug trip.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler:Finn and Ravenna miss out on their chances of killing both the Huntsman and Snow White because [[EvilGloating they're too busy gloating]].]]
* WickedStepmother: Only barely. Ravenna did marry the king before she took over.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Snow White and William/[[spoiler:The Huntsman]].
* WolverineClaws: Ravenna wears some intimidating-looking silver claws on her hands as a part of her [[CostumePorn elaborate outfits]].
* WomanInBlack: Ravenna, in most of the movie. Part of being a foil to a girl named Snow White and all.
* WomanInWhite: Snow White. [[spoiler:The Resistance dresses Snow White in a white gown when she's in her coma/death. When Snow White later wakes she gives the Resistance a RousingSpeech while wearing this white gown.]]
** Ravenna also has a moment where she submerges herself in a white liquid and emerges white from head to toe.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:A flashback reveals that Ravenna and Finn were the sole survivors when their childhood village was pillaged and destroyed. Guess what the Queen does to her and others' kingdoms now?]]
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Snow White. Played with in that the movie emphasizes that this a combination of both her inner and outer beauty.
* WormThatWalks: The soldiers in the Dark Army at the beginning, as well as the monsters at the end, are both made up of some kind of magical glass or other substance.
* WouldHitAGirl: When the dwarves capture Snow White and the Huntsman, one suggests gutting Eric and leaving Snow to rot. "I don't like hurting girls." Another dwarf says casually that he does, so the first dwarf says that's all right them.
* WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied: As a form of EvilGloating, Finn tells the Huntsman of how [[spoiler: he raped and killed Sara, the Huntsman's wife,]] and how she cried for him but he wasn't there. Bad idea. [[spoiler:The Huntsman kills him by impaling him on a tree.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Ravenna pulls one to gain the king's sympathy.
** [[spoiler:Snow also does the same thing to get Ravenna close enough for her dagger.]]
* {{Xenafication}}: In this version, [[JeanneDArchetype Snow White]] goes JoanOfArc on her enemies.
* XMeetsY: ''Disney/SnowWhite'' meets ''Film/LordOfTheRings''.
* YeGoodeOldeDays[=/=]TheDungAges: Both are used, depending on whether times are good or times are bad. In the beginning of the movie under the reign of King Magnus, the kingdom was prosperous, while everything is dirty and grimy when Ravenna is queen.
* YouKilledMyFather: Invoked during the climax, by Ravenna rather than Snow.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Snow White reminds the Huntsman of his deceased wife, and some could even consider her to be a ReplacementLoveInterest.
--> '''Huntsman''': ''You remind me of her. Her heart, her spirit...''
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everyone hates Ravenna. They're also completely terrified of her. While talking with Snow White in the forest [[spoiler:in the guise of William]], she even admits this.
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