[[caption-width-right:300:Not as creepy as the burger king, but still...]] A classic folktale.

OnceUponATime, there was a little girl called Goldilocks whose hair was the color of gold. One day, she took a walk in the woods and came to a house where three bears lived - a papa bear, a mama bear and a baby bear. The bears weren't home, but they'd left their door unlocked, and so Goldilocks came in.

There were three bowls of porridge she tasted. Papa Bear's was too hot, Mama Bear's was too cold, but Baby Bear's was just right. Goldie ate Baby Bear's food, for she was hungry. Then there were three chairs she tested. Papa Bear's was too hard, Mama Bear's was too soft, but Baby Bear's was just right or it would've been if it hadn't broken under her.

Then there were three beds she tested. Papa Bear's was too hard, Mama Bear's was too soft, but Baby Bear's was just right, and she fell asleep there.

Then the bears came home. They saw the evidence of the break-in, the eating of porridge, the sitting in chairs, the sleeping in beds. Goldilocks didn't wake up until they got there, so you can guess how it ends.

Like many FairyTales, this one has evolved over the years. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldilocks According to that other wiki]], the original tale was probably that of Scrapfoot the vixen (as in a fox), who was an unwelcome guest at the bears' castle (yes, you read right. ''Castle''). Robert Southey apparently heard this tale from an uncle and was the first to publish it. However, he accidentally thought it was the wrong kind of vixen, [[AdaptationSpeciesChange which got her changed into a mean old woman]] who, after not being invited around to the bears' place, [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot decides to go check it out for herself]]. She falls out the window and is never seen again. Goldilocks as we know her only turns up in Joseph Cundall's version 12 years later and only to stop confusion with other old ladies in other fairy tales. Nor was she the only little girl; for a long time, she was dubbed ''Silverhair'' (and Creator/GeorgeMacDonald did a ShoutOut to the tale in ''The Golden Key'' by that title).

Full text [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/goldilocks/index.html here]], with a link to many variants of it.

As with other fairy tales, we have seen Goldie and the bears get [[FracturedFairyTale fractured until they are shattered]]. Notable adaptations include ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyAndTheThreeBears''. We've also seen her get added to the lineup of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'', which makes her not only an adult but also a BadassPrincess.

!!This story provides examples of:

* AnAesop: Usually along the lines of, Don't break into people's houses and use their things without permission. [[FantasticAesop Especially if they're talking bears.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: For Goldilocks, anyway. Though she brought it upon herself by breaking into their house.
* BearyFriendly: The bears are usually shown as a quiet little family, just understandably annoyed at Goldilocks for messing with their things.
* CatchPhrase: Baby Bear: "My X is ''just'' right!"
* DumbBlonde: What else would you call a girl who enters a house without permission, steals food, breaks furniture, and then goes to sleep at the scene of the crime?
** One owned by ''bears'' no less.
* FairyTale
* FracturedFairyTale: Many, but arguably the two best known are from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' and Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Revolting Rhymes''.
* FunnyAnimals: The Bears live in a house, sit in chairs, sleep in beds, and eat porridge!
* KarmaHoudini: Goldilocks does manage to get away in some variants. Dahl explicitly mentioned this. Though it is just a little girl who got lost in the woods and thoughtlessly used some of their accommodations so perhaps this trope is a little harsh.
* MeaningfulName: Goldilocks has locks of golden hair. (Or in older variants, Silverhair.) Not to mention Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear.
* NuclearFamily: Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear, who live in a nice little house in the forest.
* OralTradition
* RuleOfThree: Three bears, three bowls of porridge, three chairs, three beds.
* SchmuckBanquet: Three bowls of freshly-cooked porridge just sitting there unattended? [[WhatAnIdiot Eh, what could go wrong]]. (An UnbuiltTrope in this story, because the meal wasn't specifically set there to lure passing humans; Goldilocks was just greedy.)
** In one BugsBunny story, the bears ''did'' intend to lure someone. Bugs becomes their victim because Mama Bear made carrot soup instead of porridge.
* SleepingSingle: Implied how else could Papa Bear's bed be too hard, but Mama Bear's too soft? (Of course, nowadays there are beds with adjustable hardnesses on each side, but still.)
%% * SurvivalistStash
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Goldilocks has no difficulty getting into the bears' house. In most tellings the bears leave the door open while they go out.
* TooDumbToLive: Hey, look, a mysterious unlocked house in the middle of the creepy woods. Lets go inside!