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->''I guess [[AdaptationDisplacement you think you know this story.]]\\
You don't. The real one's [[BloodierAndGorier much more gory.]]\\
The [[AdaptationDecay phony one]], the one you know\\
Was cooked up [[OlderThanTheyThink years and years ago]]\\
And made to sound [[LighterAndSofter all soft and sappy]]\\
Just to keep [[ChildrenAreInnocent the children]] happy.''
-->-- '''Creator/RoaldDahl''''s '''''Literature/RevoltingRhymes'''''

The act of allegedly de-[[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerizing]] a story, but going to [[DarkerAndEdgier the other extreme]] instead: Making it [[IncrediblyLamePun Grimm]][[GrimDark dark]].

It is a common belief that most traditional {{Fairy Tale}}s were designed to inform kids via metaphor about a potentially harsh world in a time where children worked and traveled and were essentially treated more like miniature adults than "kids". But originally, fairy tales were told to many different audiences, adults included, and were generally simple folktales to entertain peasants rather than teach lessons. Only after they were first recorded by early folklorists did the stories obtain morals and, eventually, kiddie-friendly endings that removed the graphic violence and occasional CruelTwistEnding.

It becomes popular to return a story to its non-sanitized roots or to pervert the popular Disneyfied version. Sometimes this includes throwing in more modern NightmareFuel. If done poorly, this can spoil the appeal of the adapted story without adding any real value. A common example of Grimmification is having Literature/LittleRedRidingHood survive the well known version... but be [[BreakTheCutie scarred by the events]] -- varying from just becoming jaded and cynical, to becoming [[AxCrazy completely psychotic]].

A subtrope of DarkerAndEdgier. Commonly also includes HotterAndSexier and BloodierAndGorier. See also FracturedFairyTale. Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm%27s_law Grimm's Law]]. The opposite is {{Disneyfication}}.

Technically, this trope ''isn't'' [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker]] and [[RapeAsDrama Rape-ier]], but looking at the examples below you'd be forgiven for thinking this.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* There's a {{Hentai}} story out there (its English version called, rather uncreatively, ''Alice In Sexland'' if you're ''really'' curious about it -- although that's still more creative than the Japanese name, where the first half is "Alice First" and the second half is "Alice Second") where, after all the rape and wanton sex Alice goes through, she finds out that [[spoiler:she's dead and Wonderland is actually the afterlife]]. If you take out all the rape and wanton sex, [[PornWithPlot it's actually a pretty good re-interpretive take on the story]]: the rape, occurring when she [[spoiler:dies and goes to Wonderland]] is actually played as [[RapeAsDrama drama]], and ends up extremely grimmified.
** FridgeBrilliance: Once Alice enters Sexland, the only real serious rape she or her friends undergo is at the hands of the Red Queen, [[spoiler: the only other person in Sexland that isn't ''from'' Sexland, and therefore is free to do as she wishes instead of fulfilling Sexland's purpose of helping people who are emotionally [[MindScrew fucked-in-the-head]] from sexual abuse]].
*** Holy shit, it's a metaphor for [[spoiler: colonialism]]. PornWithPlot indeed!
* Kano Yasuhiro has a one-shot horror manga called ''Snow in the Dark''. Think Literature/SnowWhite, but with a well-intentioned (and naturally, horribly misunderstood) Queen and a SoulJar Snow White, who gets possessed by her evil (and dead) mother. The day is saved by a slaying/suicide. The author manages to work in a mildly happy ending anyway.
* ''JinRohTheWolfBrigade'' features a grimmified re-telling (or possibly the original version) of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', the events of whom run parallel with the actual happenings of the movie.
** It is the same version that Gaiman used in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', point of fact.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/MiyukiChanInWonderland'' is an [[{{Ecchi}} erotic]], [[GirlsLove very lesbian]] rendition of Creator/LewisCarroll's ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]''. The series focuses on Miyuki, a Japanese schoolgirl who finds herself pulled into several nonsensical worlds populated by [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily-dressed females]] who want to have their way with her.
* Kaori Yuki, of course. Everything that she ever writes based on anything will always be this in her hands. ''LudwigKakumei'' for example is about a necrophiliac, perverted prince and has some of the most twisted versions of fairy tales ever. In the first chapter, Snow White is an incestuous bitch who liked manipulating people. And then she dies.
** In ''LudwigKakumei'', Yuki keeps all the original unpleasant aspects of the original fairy tales, then adds her own, twisting the stories further and further.
** Lampshaded during the Cinderella arc, when the author mentions the stepsisters mutilating themselves. In their retelling, the shoe is to big, and said sisters tell that it's not the problem.
* ''PandoraHearts'' is a a manga based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' (even though the book isn't technically a fairytale) that can be very dark, violent and sometimes creepy.
* There are whole manga anthologies dedicated to {{Guro}} versions of Grimm's fairy tales, titled ''Cruel Grimm Tales'' (Zankoku Grimm Douwa) or variations thereof. Also note that this are usually aimed at a {{Josei}} audience.
* ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'', the Nippon Animation series about Grimm's fairy tales, uses this in the Hansel and Gretel episode, where both the white bird and the witch turn into demons. However, the series as a whole averts this trope - most episodes are no more dark than the original stories. The Cinderella episode actually [[{{Disneyfication}} leans more towards the opposite trope]].
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Creator/AlanMoore has done this several times.
** ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is an example of this done with {{Public Domain Character}}s. While he reintroduces some parts {{bowdlerise}}d in the past, such as Captain Nemo being Indian (Creator/JulesVerne originally meant for Nemo to be Polish, but Verne's publisher made him change it to avoid offending the Russians. Obviously the publisher didn't care about offending the British), he also adds a lot of sex and violence completely absent from the originals. However, he was [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] these works rather than claiming to be recreating the original. As well, excessive sex and violence were common in the Victorian penny dreadfuls it's openly inspired by.
** ''Lost Girls'' re-tells the stories of ''PeterPan'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', and ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' as allegories for the extremely sexual (sometimes abusive) experiences of their main characters. Captain Hook, for instance, is a pedophile who nearly rapes Tinkerbell to death, and Peter grows up to be a prostitute.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'': That entire series is basically the textbook definition of this trope.
** Some of the versions of the characters in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' are far darker, others are spot-on with the original story, and still others are changed for the better. For example, the Big Bad Wolf's reformation and redemption... completely absent in many (if not most) of the old stories.
*** Then again the BBW didn't slaughter hundreds of people in the fairy tales.
** Beauty's Beast becomes less beastly when Beauty is happy with him; to become the strongest, most effective possible warrior, he has to get Beauty severely annoyed.
** One instance deconstructs this. Riding Hood is perfectly and totally innocent even though it's implied that what [[BigBad the Adversary]] has his sorcerers do to her was basically rape.
*** More like [[GrandTheftMe identity theft]].
** And then there's Snow White, whose Seven Dwarfs were [[DepravedDwarf depraved as hell]] and are implied to have done horrible horrible things to her during her time with them before she got fed up and killed them all. There's a ''reason'' she does not take kindly to any mention of them.
* Zenescope's comic series ''ComicBook/GrimmFairyTales''.
* NeilGaiman told one of the grimmest versions of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. However, at the end the storyteller points out that the only thing that matters is how people think of the story.
** Gaiman actually took his version from a history book called "The Great Cat Massacre" that has a chapter on folk tales of pre-revolutionary France.
*** "The Great Cat Massacre" has a version even older and shorter.
* ''PenthouseComix'' included a strip about an adult version of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'' who was a werewolf hunter, who was known to have sex with some of the werewolves before killing them.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's dad gives ''Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie'' this treatment after being forced to read it to Calvin one time too many. [[NoodleIncident We don't get to hear either version]], but Calvin and Hobbes are too scared to sleep afterwards.
-->'''Calvin:''' Wow. The story was different ''that'' time!\\
'''Hobbes:''' Do you think the townsfolk will ever find Hamster Huey's head?
** Even more of an example of this trope was Calvin's version of the tale of Goldilocks. Calvin's dad stopped reading when the three tigers divided Goldilocks into big, medium, and small pieces, which they dipped in the porridge.
* ''NightmaresAndFairyTales'' is pretty much made up of this trope. Even the happy endings result in some sort of grisly or frightening encounter.
* Marian Churchland's ''Beast'' was initially inspired by "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" but rather than being darker than the original tale, ''Beast'' is a more ambiguous and low key story about a female sculptor who takes a commission from a shadowy, mysterious being who lives in a slightly decrepit old house in the suburbs.
* The Queen of Fables, an enemy of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] and {{Superman}}, controls Grimmified versions of fairy tale scenarios and characters (including those from the fairy tales of Krypton, [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} Atlantis]] and [[MartianManhunter Mars]]).
* ECComics' "Grim Fairy Tales" stood famous fairy tales on their head, often by giving them a horror twist.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3813281/1/Poison_Apple Poison Apple]]'' featured an Alternate Continuity thematically based around "Literature/SnowWhite", including hearts cut out and of course, the titular poisoned apples.
* ''FanFic/{{Downfall}}'' is headed in this direction post- [[spoiler: chapter 18.]]
** And especially in wake of the events of [[spoiler: chapter 20]]
* A very common tool in [[WesternAnimation/{{MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic}} MLP:FIM]] fanfics and fanart. Well, the source is very soft, so it does require some darkening to be worth a non-childish fic, but some people take this up to eleven.
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''Film/{{Freeway}}'' is at its core a modern remake of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', with Little Red cast as a good-natured, but tactless and illiterate juvenile delinquent (It's Little Red Riding ''Hood''! Get it?), the Big Bad Wolf as a sexual predator/serial killer/famous child psychologist, and the woodsman as the one cop who's willing to believe the foul mouthed little guttersnipe over the famous shrink.
* You can find sexual subtext in "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" if you look, and not very hard. In the film ''Film/TheCompanyOfWolves'', you don't have to look at all.
** The book ''The Company of Wolves'' was based on was a collection of short stories (''Literature/TheBloodyChamber'' by Creator/AngelaCarter) that essentially did this with a dozen or so different fairy tales.
** It's worth mentioning that in 18th-century France, where the tale was first collected in its modern form, the red cloak was the sign of a prostitute.
*** Though in the area of Germany where Creator/TheBrothersGrimm collected their tales, the red hood was part of the traditional clothing for young girls.
* The movie ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm'' does this in spades. The [[TheBlank face stealing]] gingerbread "girl" is particularly squicky.
* The most prominent use of this is for ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': [[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American [=McGee=]'s video game adaptation]] and the upcoming MarilynManson movie ''Phantasmagoria''. However, the original book was a satire of children's stories, and the version most people are familiar with never underwent much [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]. For some reason, people seem eager to equate the bizarre with the gruesome.
** Also, the Cheshire Cat is insanely creepy, and ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' lends itself to [[DarkerAndEdgier many alternate and creepy interpretations]].
** There's also a '70s-era porn version of ''Alice in Wonderland''.
** ''Film/SuckerPunch'' takes this to its logical extreme by turning the story into a violent, [[FetishFuel hyper-sexualized]] action movie. Directed by [[ZackSnyder the same guy]] who did ''ThreeHundred'', ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' and the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake.
* They pull one with ''WatershipDown''. The main story itself isn't the brightest, but the movie is darker.
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', ''Film/SleepyHollow''... Tim Burton has proven that one can make rather a good career out of this trope alone.
** ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is a questionable one since one could argue that the tunnel scene alone makes the original film, ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' much darker and scarier than Burton's version
* In the original "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}" FairyTale, the prince is blinded, and the heroine's SwissArmyTears restore his eyesight. In Disney's adaptation ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', of all places, the villain, in an odd moment of Grimification in an otherwise Disneyfied story, [[spoiler:''stabs and kills him'', and Rapunzel holds her dead lover in her arms before her tears bring him back to life]].
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''. At the very least, it's DarkerAndEdgier.
** In the same vein, ''Film/RedRidingHood'' is a DarkerAndEdgier (and sexier) retelling of the titular fable. Only now the wolf is less of a wolf and more of a werewolf and there's a lot more religious fanaticism, courtesy of GaryOldman.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror'' is something of a response to the Disney film, adding psychological elements to the story and deconstructing both the WickedStepmother and Snow White.
* The 1978 Czech film ''Panna a Netvor'' ''(The Virgin and the Monster)'' does this with "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast". The imagery is considerably darker than in the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast more well]]-[[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast known films]], the castle a crumbling and desolate place instead of a wondrous one, and the Beast a genuinely inhuman-looking bird-monster hybrid who kills a frightened bystander on-screen and keeps on HearingVoices in his head that try to persuade him to either kill and eat the Beauty or kill himself.
* ''Film/{{Oyayubihime}}'' is an InNameOnly adaptation of Thumbelina, where a girl shrinks down the boy she's been stalking and kidnaps him, trying to torture him into loving her.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Gregory Maguire does this in all of his books based on fairy tales, but most of all in ''Literature/MirrorMirror''. Turning the Wicked Stepmother into Lucrezia Borgia, with all of the historical significance of the Borgia family, would do that. However, Lucrezia [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade never poisoned anyone]], and was [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold quite a nice lady]].
* Parodied in several ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books with the works of the Sisters Grim, whose tales seem to consist ''entirely'' of the bits Disney left out.
** Also in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Susan does this with the fairy tales she reads to her young charges, but not by changing their events. She keeps the events exactly the same, but defines their morals as, "If you're a hero, you can get away with anything because no one asks any inconvenient questions."
* Andrzej Sapkowski's ''The Last Wish'' and ''Sword of Destiny'' anthologies of short stories from the ''[[TheWitcher Witcher Saga]]'' mostly follow the formula of the main character coming upon a somewhat altered and twisted version of a classical fairy tale, discovering the dark secret behind it all that makes it even more twisted, and seeing it to the usually-grisly end. For instance, "Literature/TheBeautyAndTheBeast"? The Beauty is [[spoiler: a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent particularly nasty kind of a vampire]] that is trying to make the Beast lose what little humanity he still has.]] What's perhaps even more messed up is that she is doing it out of love. As for the Beast himself, he was cursed by [[spoiler:a priestess of a ReligionOfEvil that he ''raped''.]]
* Francesca Lia Block's short story collection ''The Rose and the Beast'' retells several fairy tales and, as usual for this author, stuffs them with erotica.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's short story "Snow, Glass, Apples" gives a very good reason ''why'' the evil queen would want to knock off Snow White... and why she might not have been so evil in doing so. (In general, it's disturbingly common for Grimmified versions of "Literature/SnowWhite" to involve {{vampire}} motifs, what with her being an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette and all.) Full story posted [[http://www.holycow.com/dreaming/stories/snow-glass-apples here]].
** His treatment of ''{{Narnia}}'' in "The Problem of Susan".
* Creator/TanithLee and Creator/AngelaCarter both wrote works where [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimm's]] and [[Creator/CharlesPerrault Perrault's]] fairy tales were retold as horror stories.
** Not all of them in Angela Carter's case, though: ''Literature/TheBloodyChamber'' starts off with one of Grimm's creepiest stories retold as French gothic horror; but "Literature/PussInBoots" becomes a Restoration-style sex farce.
** Lee's version of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" was a science-fiction love story; nothing horrible about it at all. On the other hand, she's another author who decided to go for the Snow-White-is-a-vampire reinterpretation, and another version she wrote of "Beauty and the Beast" for ''Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears'' depicts the Beast as an outwardly perfect human who kills ugly people and keeps the incongruously beautiful body parts of them on display in a secret room of his castle and his exterior changes to reflect his interior (aka an ugly Beast) when Beauty leaves him.
* AnneRice's ''Sleeping Beauty'' trilogy retold that [[Literature/SleepingBeauty particular fairy tale]] as a work of erotica. That Rice, whose Vampire books are squicky enough as is, chose to publish them under a pseudonym should tell the reader all one needs to know about them.
* The psychotic Red Riding Hood is used in ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm'' series.
** [[spoiler: She does get better.]]
* RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}'' is partial Grimmification -- the original fairy tale does involve the king's incestuous urges towards his daughter, but in ''Deerskin'' he actually ''acts'' on them. Throw in the fact that what seems to be the demon/ghost of the princess's dead mother blames ''her'' for it, and the fact that the princess [[spoiler:miscarries her father's rape-baby]] and you've got something definitely not meant for children.
* ''[[Literature/ThePrincessSeries The Stepsister Scheme]]'' revolves around three fairy tale princesses, and at one point the most feared assassin this side of the mountains is mentioned, The Lady of the Red Hood. She's apparently going to show up in one of the sequels.
* ''Waking Rose'' is a modern day version of Sleeping Beauty in which the protagonist, Briar Rose, is attacked and put in a coma [[spoiler:by a group of corrupt doctors who kill people in long comas and sell their organs on the black market.]]
* ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'' is a modern day adaptation of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" - in which the "Beauty" (a poor girl named Lindy Owens) lives alone with her sleazy drug-user father who ultimately basically sells her into slavery to the "Beast" (a teenage boy under a spell) after trying to break into the Beast's house to steal stuff. [[spoiler:And later, the Beast has to rescue Lindy from another drug dealer, who implies that her father sold her to him as well, most likely for prostitution.]]
* The ''Snow White, Blood Red'' series of anthologies have quite a few stories that invoke this trope, although there are also plenty that don't.
** For example, Creator/EstherFriesner wrote a version of "Literature/SnowWhite" where the "evil stepmother" was actually quite a religious woman who sent Snow away [[spoiler: to keep the king from sexually abusing her]].
* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/RevoltingRhymes'' is all over this trope as may be expected from the page quote. A handful of examples:
** It has Little Red Riding Hood as a femme fatale with a pistol always ready in her knickers
** It points out that Goldilocks is a thief (not really subtext that though)
** The prince in Cinderella is revealed as [[spoiler:a psychopath and she marries a jam-maker instead]]
* The poem "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young" by Wilfred Owen gives [[Literature/TheBible Genesis 22:6-13]] a grisly updating: Abraham refuses the angel's order to spare his son and instead sacrifices him "and half the seed of Europe" in trench warfare.
* Following the ''Snow White, Blood Red'' series of anthologies, a series of novels were published as well.
** ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'' is a psychological take on ''Literature/SnowWhite'' with elements of GreekMythology.
** ''Briar Rose'' is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty as the story of a Holocaust survivor.
* In James Thurber's ''The Little Girl & the Wolf'' has Red Riding Hood taking an automatic out of her basket and shooting the wolf, because it is not as easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.
* Mercedes Lackey's ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' novels are re-tellings of fairy tales in Victoarian/Edwardian/WWI-era Britain.
* As mentioned in the page description, ironically largely {{averted}} by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm [[TropeNamer themselves]]. While their ''Kinder- und Hausmärchen'' contains levels of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence that will probably be rather shocking to modern readers only familiar with {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed versions of the stories, they actually {{Bowdlerized}} quite a bit of the sex and violence out of the original tales they collected, to make the book [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids suitable for family reading]].
* ''Literature/BlackCompany'' casually does this at one point, mentioning character who was protpotype of all Sleeping Beauty stories in this world. As it turns out, she never woke up. Worse, certain nobleman married and [[{{Squick}} raped her]] to have a heir. She never even knew she had given birth. [[spoiler: And two of children grew up to become ones of the most feared and despised people in history, [[EvilOverlord Lady]] and [[AxeCrazy Soulcatcher]].]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Syfy is fond of movies and series like ''Series/{{Alice 2009}}'' and ''Series/TinMan'' which Grimmify traditional stories.
** They have a new one coming out based on Little Red Riding Hood, appropriately called ''Red'' ([[Film/{{Red}} not that one]]), where the titular character is the descendant of the original, and her family works as cops by day, werewolf hunters by night.
** In their ''Series/FaceOff'', expect this trope whenever the artists are asked to do anything fairy-tale related, as in the finale of the first season. Which involved Little Red Riding Hood with a gun arm, among other things. (Although Laura's Swan Lake makeups were actually an aversion.)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had an episode where Literature/HanselAndGretel were evil creatures who fed off of paranoia and hatred. They would appear, fake their own deaths, and then use this as an excuse to rile a town up to a witch hunt. Both Buffy and Willow were nearly burned at the stake, ''by their own mothers''.
* The ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' and ''Series/OnceUponATime'' TV series.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' the season 3 episode "Bedtime Stories" deliberately invokes this trope, with [[spoiler: a comatose girl imagining Grimmified versions of a couple fairy tales to be wrought upon poor, innocent bystanders]], prompting Sam to give a speech about how the "original" Grimms' tales were much darker and edgier.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The music video for Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Sonne" has a darker take on "Literature/SnowWhite": She's a gold dust addict who abuses the dwarfs (played by the six band members).
* There's a Music/{{Vocaloid}} song called "Okizari Tsukiyoshō" ("Tale of Abandonment in a Moonlit Night"), composed by Music/{{mothy}}, featuring Rin and Len as Literature/HanselAndGretel where [[spoiler: the witch they kill is Miku, who raised them after kidnapping them when they were babies]].
** Vocaloid's "Alice in Wonderland" is devoted to this trope. Whether the result is terrifying or BlackComedy shall be left as an exercise to the listener.
** For Music/{{mothy}} Moonlit Abandonment is actually rather light...here's his take on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ceA2XZqDA The Little Match Girl]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ivVN41ZDvs Peter Pan]]. Have a nice ruined childhood!
* SoundHorizon's 7th Story CD Märchen (German for "fairytale") is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fairytales]]. They're quite dark, being based on the Grimm versions instead of the Disney versions, and then there's also a hint about there being a "real" side and a "fantasy/ lie" side to them and the fantastic events being metaphors for more mundane, but equally (or, in some cases, more) dark events (Idoko/Goldmary falling into a well, dying and her younger sister spreading the plague, for example).
** Although even without that extrapolation, some of them are still considerably darker and more twisted than the Grimm versions in the plain text, probably one of the biggest cases being "Kuroki Okami no Yado" (based on The Man in the Gallows), which in Grimm was a very short thing about a woman who tries to feed some guests by stealing a liver from a criminal who'd been hanged. That night, the criminal knocks on the door and an exchange takes place that's basically him asking for his liver back. In Kuroki Okami no Yado, it's implied that the old lady's actually been doing that for a while to feed the guests at her inn, and the story really focuses on a girl she took in and subsequently ''murdered'' and hung for her liver. Said girl had already been through a war that had devastated her village and had been sold to the old lady. And, by the way, the song makes clear that they aren't sure if the old lady's actually a guy.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Grimm'', by Fantasy Flight Games. It's a bit complex, but essentially, the FairyTales of the Brothers Grimm were already sanitized from the true events, and due to the influence of a magical book and a mysterious woman called Melusine, they have been given a sort of eternal life in an alternate reality. Since its formation, every fairytale ever imagined or read has been added. How much of the nastiness of the setting is simply because the truth behind the tales -- where there was truth -- was nastier than what passed into fiction, and how much is because of the influence of the Rotten King -- Humpty Dumpty, now existing in a maddened and twisted state of [[TheUndead Undeath]] due to the unsuccessful efforts to restore him as he was before his fall -- is not entirely clear.
* Then there's ''[[JAGSWonderland Wonderland]]'', a horror RPG for the [=JAGS=] universal system. Wonderland is real, but it's an otherspace where logic and reason completely break down and the major personages of ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' are basically [[EldritchAbomination the Great Old Ones]], seeking to reduce humanity to its base elements so they can figure out why we keep mucking up the universe with higher reasoning. Oh, and Wonderland also takes the form of a mental illness not unlike schizophrenia, only you can physically interact with the "hallucinations" and "go down the rabbit hole." [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness And did we mention it's contagious?]]
** Though it's unique as, unlike many Grimmifications, [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding is far more then just possible.]]
** Not nearly as grim as that, but still rougher than the original ''Alice'' stories, are Gary Gygax's AD&D modules based on Wonderland: ''Dungeonland'' and ''Beyond the Magic Mirror''.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' is all about this. The intro to one splatbook involves several classic fairy tales with a ''[[NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'' twist - the Big Bad Wolf is a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken werewolf]], Snow White becomes a [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem vampire]] (of course), all told to impress a [[TheFairFolk True Fae]]...
* The card game ''Scary Tales'' revolves around twisted versions of fairy tale characters fighting over the crown of the late king.
* The Llorwyn/Shadowmoor setting for MagicTheGathering undergoes a periodic cycle of this, alternating with {{Disneyfication}}.
* Warhammer's Beastmen army is often presented with shades of extremely dark fairytale weirdness, to emphasise their nature as the horrible things in the woods that mankind would be best off avoiding. The sixth edition Beastmen army book (2003) introduced this aesthetic, though it seems to have taken a back seat in the more recent (2009) edition, which paints the Beastmen more as hell-bent on destroying all civilization than lurking in the woods and luring travelers to their doom.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* StephenSondheim's musical ''IntoTheWoods'', a deconstruction of fairy tales, spends its first act telling the combined stories of "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk", "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood", "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}", and "Literature/{{Cinderella}}", along with an original story along the same lines about a baker and his wife that want to have a child and live next door to the witch from "Rapunzel". Then the second act examines the aftermath of everyone's selfish behavior and the bloodshed that ensues.
** It also uses the less extreme version of the standard Grimmification of "Little Red Riding Hood" -- her song "I Know Things Now" being even more blatantly about lost innocence than the original story was.
*** The wolf's, er, prominent genitalia in the filmed version. And the double entendres in "Hello, Little Girl". "Look at that flesh, pink and plump!" And the mentions of "carnality". He actually hip-thrusts at the audience at the end.
*** The Wolf and Prince Charming are traditionally played by the same actor. This is no accident.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* [=McFarlane's=] Twisted Fairy Tales. The fourth series of the [=McFarlane's=] Monsters series of statuettes/action figures was themed around the Grimmification of fairy tales and children's stories, to the extent of nightmarish images mostly involving BodyHorror, and combining this with a good deal of FetishFuel and FanService for the sufficiently-twisted collector. Red Riding Hood is dressed in a dominatrix-style bikini outfit, wields a large carving knife and holds the disemboweled wolf with dead grandma pouring out of its innards. Peter Pumpkin-Eater is [[ImAHumanitarian a cannibal]] who stores dismembered body parts in a hollow pumpkin, Little Miss Muffet wears a [[OfCorsetsSexy pink corset]] and faces down with a GiantSpider, Humpty Dumpty has maggots crawling out of his broken corpse and Gretel is in a goth/dominatrix outfit and fishnets mopping up blood [[http://www.spawn.com/features/monsters4/main.html All cheerfully chronicled in the form of a storybook on this promotional webpage]].
** [=McFarlane=] preceded this with the Twisted Land Of Oz line. Toto has become a fearsome, gigantic dragon-dog, Dorothy is subjected to bondage by evil munchkins, The Tin Woodman was a cyborg zombie thing and the Scarecrow was a corpse stuffed with straw and being eaten by crows. Todd [=McFarlane=] and his artists can be hired to provide entertainment at childrens' birthday parties, and they can also read bedtime stories to your kids for a special fee.
** Only Todd [=McFarlane=] would grimmify ''Christmas'' to the point of being horrific. Santa Claus is obese, hunchbacked, wears a gas mask over his bare skull and has [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]-esque bladed gloves. Mrs Claus is, of course, almost naked. The elves have been zombified and wield blades. Rudolph wields an axe and is being held back by, uh, fairy lights and leather belts. A six-armed melting snowman and a deformed Jack Frost round out the collection. Todd [=McFarlane=] as his artists can also make appearances at your Christmas parties and carolling sessions.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesGrimm American McGee's Grimm]]'' is a platform game where you perform a literal version of this: the player character is a sarcastic, ugly little dwarf named Grimm who's tired of "cutesy" fairy tales, so he goes around messing them up and making them gruesome and scary again. He takes on various tales from Creator/TheBrothersGrimm and other sources, from classics like "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" and "Literature/PussInBoots" to more obscure tales like "The Girl Without Hands" and "A Boy Learns What Fear Is".
** He also (accidentally) subverted this when he got to Red Riding Hood. It manages to be LighterAndSofter (if you ignore the random curse words) than the original by having the wolf get a mercy killing via ax to the stomach: a far better fate than drowning in a well or starving to death. The original is far darker (no friendly woodsman for one).
*** Although the part with keeping the Woodsman was intentional -- he comments on the original version where she dies, but decides to stick with a modification of the more familiar version.
* ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]'', which chronicles the now orphaned and mentally insane Alice's battle for sanity, in what can be only described as a goth child's nightmare come true.
** Its sequel, VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns, is even grimmer -- Wonderland has turned into a CrapsackWorld, and in the real world, [[spoiler:Alice is being "treated" by a PsychoPsychologist who wants her to forget everything so he can pimp her out as a child prostitute; oh, and he was also responsible for the fire that killed Alice's family from the first game]]. [[spoiler:If this Troper remembers right, he also raped Alice's sister, leaving her in a Catatonic State RIGHT BEFORE setting Alice's home on fire.]] When you get down to it, it's even darker than the original tale was.
* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series is an (arguably effective) Grimmification of Greek myths (and several sword-and-sandal movies) wrapped around a new storyline. While a lot of things are gorier, some things ''were'' {{bowdlerise}}d, or at least abandoned due to {{squick}}: the fact that several Olympians are married to their sisters, for example. Zeus in the second game, however, is '''not''' an exaggeration. He was '''that''' much of a bastard. Ares, Theseus, Perseus, however, they definitely get the Grimmification. Athena gets reduced to TheChick.
* Bulleta/B.B. Hood of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' is implied to be Red Riding Hood in the AxCrazy category, motivated by a combination of sheer self-serving greed and her traumatic experiences to hunt monsters. According to Capcom, the character's idea is to be HumansAreBastards in full effect, and ''man'' did they do their job well.
** Of course, there's an even more Grimmified AlternateCharacterInterpretation that states that she was already AxCrazy to begin with, and killed her own Grandmother during one of her psychotic episodes.
* The indie game ''ThePath'' is a psychological horror game inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. You take one of six sisters based on the character (including innocent little Robin and gloomy {{Goth}} Ruby) on a path through "the woods". Despite you being instructed to "go to grandma's house, and don't stray from the path", you're ''supposed'' to wander off the path, confront the metaphorical (or sometimes literal) wolf, and quite possibly get scared out of your mind.
* Text adventure game ''Bronze'' by Emily Short is an adaptation of the "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" story where the Beast has inherited a DealWithTheDevil from his predecessors, and the servants of the castle are spirits rather than metamorphosed living people. Also, one of the possible endings lets the player [[spoiler: break the curse by killing the Beast.]]
* ''Fairytale Fights'', ohhh so much.
* ''VideoGame/AliceIsDead'' is a Grimmified take on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', which features [[spoiler:the Rabbit and Alice]] as contract killers. [[spoiler:The Rabbit]] is the main character.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Red from ''NoRestForTheWicked'' is ''literally'' AxCrazy and BackFromTheDead: she also got better. There are a number of wolf skins in her cottage, though according to her, the wolves left the forest when the moon disappeared.
** "Literature/HanselAndGretel" gets a very dark reimagining as well: [[spoiler: The Witch is the cannibalizing, insane mother of Hansel and Gretel who is [[HumanoidAbomination no longer human.]] Oh, and the townsfolk are planning to burn the protagonist of "The Girl Without Hands" for the witch's crimes because they care more about assuaging their guilt for letting their children fall prey to the witch and other dangers of the forest than actual justice.]]
* ''NoRoomForMagic'' plays the "Red Riding Hood deeply affected by her experiences" concept for laughs. Hoodie is somewhere between TheDitz and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} because, after eating her grandma, the wolf decided to raise her. Hoodie is completely oblivious to this fact, even when "Grandma" does things like eat her homework.
* Red from ''Webcomic/EverAfter'' is very much on the AxCrazy end of the spectrum, using a saw as her WeaponOfChoice. Her introduction scene has her taking the saw to the guards and one of the nurses of the asylum in a bloody rampage before being subdued by Puss-In-Boots. Thanks to Dr. Crooked, they get better.
* [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=275 Not even Frosty is safe, it seems]].
** ''VGCats'' LOVES grimmifying cute everybody's-happy tales for shock value. Heck, about a third of all their comics involve this nowadays.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/03/14/under-cheshire/ where one grimmification is exchanged for another.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The pic above comes from the DeviantART user [[http://jeftoon01.deviantart.com/ jeftoon01]], who has been working diligently on a "Twisted Princess" series, where he imagines what the {{Disney}} heroines would look like if they became {{Femme Fatale}}s. Besides the WickedWitch version of [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] above, we also have a [[GhostlyGoals revenant]] version of Disney/{{Mulan}}, a {{Golem}} Literature/{{Cinderella}}, and a DarkActionGirl MagicKnight version of [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]]. By the way, his portrayal of Snow White illustrates the DarthWiki main page.
* Another artist who does this with Disney characters is [[http://rinoatilmitt.deviantart.com/art/DISNEY-QUICKIES-65180707 rinoatilmitt]]. [[LiloAndStitch Stitch]] may give you nightmares.
** And it's actually not as bad as some of the early concepts for what he might look like in the movie.
* The "Snow-White-as-vampire" motif is very popular on DeviantArt as well. [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=vampire+snow+white# Here are some examples.]]
* The FurryFandom has its own takes on Little Red Riding Hood, some of which have ended up pretty good, others, not so much. A few variations likely to be found:
** The wolf is a hero. The villain can range between pretty-much all the human characters likely to be found in the setting.
** Red and the wolf are lovers. Usually including an age-up for Red, this one can turn out surprisingly good.
** Various combinations of species and gender swapping.
** Making one or more characters werewolves.
** And, or course, given TheInternetIsForPorn, there are outright pornographic takes on the story, essentially using the framework of the story as an excuse for gratuitous sex.
** There's at least [[http://h0lyhandgrenade.deviantart.com/art/Wolf-156729371 one comic]] that parodies the concept of a "sexy" wolf man. After pointing out how weird the eating/sex parallels are, Little Red concludes that the Wolf needs professional help and skips away.
-->"I CAN'T HELP THAT I WAS BORN A METAPHOR, OKAY?!"
** Not related to FurryFandom but also a Grimmification of The Red Riding Hood is [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/299838 Dirty Doll Creations' version]].
* The [=hitRECord=] story ''Literature/{{Moonflowers}}'' has a VERY dark portrayal of TheFairFolk, even considering the antagonists are the already unpleasant [[TheWildHunt Wild Hunt.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptkeeper'' tells the story of "Literature/SleepingBeauty" with a twist: she was a {{vampire}} who lured unsuspecting would-be suitors to their deaths.
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