[[caption-width-right:267:Who's afraid of the guy behind the tree?]]

->''"Little pig, little pig, let me come in!"''\\
''"Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!"''\\
''"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!"''

"The Three Little Pigs" is a {{Talking Animal}}s story that was written in the 1840s. The young pigs of the story's title move out of their mother's house to seek their fortune, but it is hindered by the fact that there is TheBigBadWolf out there with intentions of eating them. The first little pig builds his house out of straw, but the wolf blows it down and eats him. The second little pig builds his house out of sticks and meets the same fate. The third pig, however, being the brains of the outfit, builds his house out of bricks, which the wolf cannot blow down. The wolf makes several attempts to trick the pig into coming out of the house, but fails each time. Finally, he tries going down the pig's chimney, but is cooked in a pot that the pig puts there.

Among the many retellings that have been made of the story, perhaps the best known is Creator/WaltDisney's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1933]] [[Disney/ThreeLittlePigs cartoon version]]. Creator/{{Activision}} also created a game based on the story called ''{{VideoGame/Oink}}''

Various versions of "The Three Little Pigs" and related tales can be read [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0124.html here]].
!! Tropes used "The Three Little Pigs":

* AnAesop: The little pig who works hard and uses intelligence to choose the strongest building material is the one who beats the wolf.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: In the Creator/JosephJacobs version, the third little pig eats the wolf. Pigs are technically omnivores, but they are a prey item to wolves.
* TheBigBadWolf: Co-TropeMaker, along with Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.
* BlowYouAway: The wolf blows away the house of straw and the house of sticks of the first two pigs.
* JustDesserts: The third pig in Creator/JosephJacobs' version does not stop at boiling the wolf to death, but also eats him "for supper".
* KarmicDeath: The wolf gets himself killed in his attempts to eat the pigs, and in Creator/JosephJacobs' tale it is him that gets eaten in the end.
* PerspectiveFlip: A popular way to make this story into a FracturedFairyTale:
** The popular children's book ''The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'', narrated by the wolf.
** There also was a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon [[UnreliableNarrator told from the wolf's perspective]].
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh11A41klL4 an earlier one]] set to Johannes Brahms' ''Hungarian Dances''
** Finally, there's one book that takes this to the logical extreme, pitting three little ''wolves'' against a bullying, vandalizing ''pig.'' [[spoiler:They wind up becoming friends in the end.]]
%%* PredatorsAreMean
%%* RuleOfThree
* SavageWolf: The wolf is depicted as a villain out to eat the protagonists.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Many versions omit the deaths of the first two pigs and the wolf at the end of the story.