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->''"But scarcely had she touched the spindle when the magic decree was fulfilled, and she pricked her finger with it. And, in the very moment when she felt the prick, she fell down upon the bed that stood there, and lay in a deep sleep."''

A king and queen, childless for many years, finally succeed in giving birth to a little girl, and invite all [[TheFairFolk the fairies]] they can think of to celebrate. Unfortunately, they [[RevengeSVP forget or otherwise ignore one,]] who shows up at the christening anyway and {{curse}}s the girl to one day prick her finger on a spindle and die. None of the fairies can dispel the curse, but the youngest one succeeds in softening it from death to a death-like sleep.

The king and queen order all the spindles in their kingdom to be burnt, but the young princess finds one they happened to miss. She finds an old woman sitting there spinning: in some versions an innocent civilian; in others the Wicked Fairy in disguise. The princess is fascinated and asks if she can try spinning. Predictably, the moment she picks it up, the curse comes into effect, and she, accompanied by the rest of the castle, falls into a deep sleep.

Many years later, a prince (sometimes a king) makes his way into the now-overgrown sleeping castle, and finds the princess. He wakes her (iconically with a [[TrueLovesKiss kiss]]) and they [[LoveAtFirstSight fall in love]] and marry (and eventually have offspring).

Unfortunately, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his mother]], who has ogre blood, is jealous of the prince's new wife, and when the prince leaves on matters of state, she demands to have the princess's young children, and then the princess herself, killed and cooked for her supper. The cook manages to hide the unfortunate family and fool the queen with various cooked animals instead. This all comes to naught when the queen hears the princess and her kids at the cook's house, however, and she prepares a big pot of nasty, venemous creatures to kill them. Fortunately, the prince arrives home [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]], and the queen falls into the pot of nasties, dying a KarmicDeath and leaving everyone to live HappilyEverAfter. (In an alternate ending, the queen, thinking wife and kids are safely dead, realizes her son may not be so happy about that and tries to pass herself off as the princess. The prince works it out by [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything asking the marriage bed]]. Queen is duly put to death and prince is reunited with princess and kids.)

This, at least, is the full plot of the Creator/CharlesPerrault version of the tale. In most modern versions, starting with [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm the Grimms']] "Briar Rose" (''Dornröschen''), the second part of the story, in which the princess must cope with the jealous queen, is omitted. The Grimms in fact included the German version of this part as a separate tale (called "The Mother-in-Law"), ending with the king sentencing his own mother to death.

Still older versions of the same tale type, among them "Literature/SunMoonAndTalia", replace the prince with an already married king. In these versions, [[ValuesDissonance he rapes the princess]] while she lies sleeping and she gives birth to twins before waking up when one of the babies sucks the splinter out of her finger. The cannibalistic queen in this case is the king's wife. Compare "Literature/TheBrownBearOfTheGreenGlen".

Unsurprisingly, Creator/{{Disney}} disregarded these earlier versions when they animated ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' in 1959, following the Grimms in omitting the whole second part of Perrault's tale, and incorporating several songs from the 1890 ''Sleeping Beauty'' ballet by Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky.

''Curse of Briar Rose,'' the first of the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' games, uses a sort of composite of the Grimm and Perrault versions to create a backstory for the sleeping princess, who has been sealed inside a castle in Scotland for a thousand years. When the prince kissed her, it woke up everyone in the castle ''except'' her, and he himself died from her curse. Now, the seal on the castle is broken, and giant briar plants are escaping into the city. Briar Rose herself is a significant character in the series, and more parts of her story are revealed as the subsequent games unfold.

There's also an anime version that's a part of ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' (from 1989), based on the Grimms' "Briar Rose".

Both the [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/index.html Perrault text]] and the [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/stories/littlebriarose.html Grimms' "Briar Rose"]] can be read online.

!!"Sleeping Beauty" and its variations contain the following tropes:

!!! Tropes found in Part I of Perrault's "Sleeping Beauty" and the Grimms' "Briar Rose":

* {{Curse}}: By the wicked fairy.
* CurseEscapeClause: The last good fairy modifies the curse of death to a death-like sleep, which is still a curse, but the sleep can be broken.
* DamselInDistress: The eponymous princess.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: In Perrault, the curse hits "about fifteen or sixteen years later"; with the Grimms, it's on Briar Rose's ''15th'' birthday.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: The Perrault version implies that the good fairy was considerate enough to give the Princess some dreams of the Prince that would come to wake her up, showing her what kind of guy he was and all.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: ''Only'' in the Grimms' "Briar Rose" does the prince actually kiss the sleeping princess.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: ... and Princes.
* TheFairFolk: Don't snub them. The bad fairy seems to be a BlackSheep among a generally benign species, though.
* FauxDeath: Don't worry, she's only sleeping.
* TheHedgeOfThorns: And usually the prince is the last of a lot, and the only one who doesn't die on this. Also, the TropeCodifier.
* KarmaHoudini: The wicked fairy.
* LawOfInverseFertility: In both the Grimms' and Perrault's version, the princess's parents had long wanted and never had a child.
* LoveAtFirstSight: The prince and the title character fall in love with each other at their first meeting.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The princess is asleep for 100 years, but remains a 15-16 year old girl.
* ParentalAbandonment: In Perrault's version, the king and queen are not put to sleep. Instead, they leave the castle as soon as the fairy is done putting everyone else to sleep. Averted in the Grimms' version, where the king and queen are put to sleep with their daughter.
* PrinceCharming: Not like those other princes [[Literature/SunMoonAndTalia we don't talk about.]]
** Possibly also the princes who died trying to save Sleeping Beauty.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: In Perrault's version, the sleep that falls over the rest of the castle is not part of the curse, but an additional enchantment cast by the good fairy over the castle's servants so that the Princess will not have to wake up alone and without aid in a hundred years. Nobody bothers to ask the servants how ''they'' feel about waking up in a hundred years with all their family and friends dead.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The Sleeping Beauty everybody remembers is mostly the Grimms' -- the whole second part of Perrault's tale has become almost unknown.
* RevengeSVP: The wicked fairy takes not being invited to the baptismal celebrations rather personally. In Matthew Bourne's adaptation, the wicked fairy herself allowed the king and queen to have the child in the first place. Unfortunately, the king forgot to invite her to the baptismal celebrations afterward, and the wicked fairy took the apparent lack of gratitude personally and vowed her revenge.
* RipVanWinkle: After a century-long sleep, much has changed - including the fashions. Upon rescuing the princess, the prince notes that she dresses like his great-grandmother did, but refrains from telling her.
* RuleOfSeven: In Perrault's version, the princess has seven fairy godmothers (eight if you count the wicked fairy). Does not apply to the Grimms' version, where there are twelve good fairies.
* TheTragicRose: Ninety-nine princes died on the thorns before the last one succeeded.
* TrueLovesKiss: In Perrault's version, the princess wakes by herself when the prince enters her chamber; in the Grimms' version, the prince wakes her with a kiss. However, both times the prophesied 100 years of sleep were up, so even in "Briar Rose" the kiss is not the condition to break the curse.
* YouCantFightFate: To thwart the bad fairy's curse, the king has all the spindles in his kingdom destroyed, all to no avail.

!!! Tropes found in Part II of Perrault's "Sleeping Beauty":

* BigDamnHeroes: The prince/king shows up just in time to disrupt the queen's plans.
* FakingTheDead: The cook hides Sleeping Beauty and her children in a secret room and makes the queen believe they are dead (and cooked and eaten).
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: The prince's evil mother, who is secretly an ogre. Note that this is a totally different character from the wicked fairy that cursed the princess in the first part.
* HappilyEverAfter: Finally after the death of the Prince's mother, the couple is allowed to be happy with the children.
* ImAHumanitarian: The prince's evil mother wants to eat the princess's two babies and finally, the princess herself.
* JustInTime: Sleeping Beauty, her children and the merciful servants are already lined up with their hands tied and are just about to be pushed into the queen's SnakePit, when the king unexpectedly returns to the castle, causing the execution to stop and the queen's evil plan to blow up.
* KarmicDeath: When her cover blows, the evil queen throws herself into the snake pit which she prepared for Sleeping Beauty, her children and the cook.
-->''[T]he Ogress [...] threw herself head foremost into the tub, and was instantly devoured by the ugly creatures she had ordered to be thrown into it for others.''
* MercifulMinion: The cook that is ordered to kill and serve Sleeping Beauty and her children, but cleverly substitutes a lamb, a goat kid, and a hind (female deer).
* ObnoxiousInLaws: The evil mother.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: The evil mother who wants to eat the princess and her children.
* SecretRelationship: The prince does not tell his parents about Sleeping Beauty or his two children. He only reveals their existence after his father dies.
* SnakePit: The ogress queen orders a large tub to be "filled with toads, vipers, snakes, and all sorts of serpents" as a means to execute Sleeping Beauty, her children, and the disobedient cooks. But when the king returns before the execution is carried out, the ogress throws herself into the pit and is "instantly devoured".
* WickedCultured: The ogre queen orders Sleeping Beauty and her children served with a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauce_Robert sauce Robert]]''.
-->''"I will eat the Queen with the same sauce I had with her children."''