* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: There supposedly exists a poem version of the story where Bluebeard is a regular man, the bride is very selfish, and the room is merely an empty room for Bluebeard to gather his thoughts. The bride, not being able to bear the thought of her husband keeping secrets from her, opens the room, and when Bluebeard finds out, he merely divorces her.
** This is almost certainly referring to the Edna St. Vincent Millay sonnet "Bluebeard" ([[http://www.bartleby.com/131/23.html here]]).
** There is also an absolutely hilarious [[EasternEuropeanAnimation Soviet cartoon]] called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pVX32r6RFM The Very Blue Beard]]" in which the Bluebeard gets to tell his own side of the story to a detective. One wife was fashion obsessed, the other health obsessed, the third believed in an open relationship - well, sorry, love, that's the way it turned out.
*** In case you're wondering, [[spoiler: Brides #1 and #2 were literally TooDumbToLive, and Bride #3 did poor Bluebeard in after he caught her with another man, presumably making up the classic fairy tale to save face. He's somehow alive, however, since he is telling all this to the narrator.]]
* CompleteMonster: The titular Bluebeard seems to be at first a rich gentleman who wins the heart of a young maiden. In truth, Bluebeard is a SerialKiller who selects his victims by seducing them into marriage before cutting open their throats and hanging their bodies in his mansion. When the young maiden's curiosity leads her to find the one forbidden room in Bluebeard's mansion filled with the bodies of his previous victims, Bluebeard attempts to slaughter her as well in a fit of rage. With little motivation to couple his spree-killing aside from occasionally being depicted as greedy, the [[UrExample original incarnation]] of Bluebeard defined, and still stands as the most infamously brutal incarnation of, [[TheBluebeard one of the most terrifying modern serial killer tropes]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Some versions (including Fitcher's Bird) give the moral "It's ok to betray someone's trust as long as you aren't caught."
** Perrault ends his story with the moral that a woman sticking her nose in her husband's affairs will ruin a perfectly good marriage - even if said affairs include murdering countless women.[[note]] It should be noted, however, that Perrault might have been [[SarcasmMode being sarcastic]] here; there are other examples of him telling perfectly immoral stories with an immoral Aesop in order to cause a repulsion from the reader against the fact that this Aesop sometimes happens. The most well-known example is the fable of the Wolf and the Lamb. The Wolf decides to eat the Lamb, gives a fallacious reason for it, the Lamb is obviously right, the Wolf eats him anyway, and the Aesop given is "The law of the strongest is always the best". Yet you can bet that Perrault didn't believe a single word of that as a moral value. [[/note]]
* {{Fanon}}: Due to the popularity of a British pantomime by George Colman, Bluebeard was frequently depicted as Turkish or Middle Eastern throughout the nineteenth century. His last wife was given the Arabic name Fatima. The nature of the story makes this orientalization of the story rife with ValuesDissonance by today's standards. Andrew Lang insisted that Bluebeard was European and objected to his illustrator including oriental elements in the illustrations for ''The Blue Fairy Book''.
** These depictions have since fallen out of favor, as the story is by and large no longer used in pantomime. More modern adaptations of the story (such as the Creator/CatherineBreillat film and the Bluebeard episode of ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'') have kept the characters and setting European. (Both adaptations give the wife European names - the movie names the wife Catherine and the anime names her Josephine.)
* FridgeLogic: Why did Bluebeard murder his very first wife? No versions of the story are forthcoming with any explanation...
** Does a serial killer really need a reason to kill someone? The first wife was probably killed to give him an [[DisproportionateRetribution excuse to kill the others]].
** In ''The Seventh Bride'', the Bluebeard figure steals something from each of his wives--sight, voice, life, etc. While he doesn't necessarily ''intend'' to kill them, he certainly doesn't seem to care if they don't survive the process.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Perrault did not write Bluebeard or any of his other stories for children, yet they were commonly marketed to children for centuries. Bluebeard frequently appeared in fairy tale collections for children until the early twentieth century. This is Lampshaded in ''Literature/TheShining'' when one night Jack drunkenly read the story to Danny - scaring the ever-loving shit out of him and making Wendy furious.