* FridgeHorror: This tale and similar 'animal bridegroom' stories is meant to deal with a young girl's fear of an arranged marriage, reassuring her that however frightening he looks at first, he will be kind and gentle to her at night.
* SignatureScene: The young bride riding her bear-husband through the woods is the iconic image of the story, frequently illustrated or used on covers.
* WhatAnIdiot: The bride comes off like this, what with paying ''no attention whatsoever'' to her own husband when he asks her to stick to one little condition. Of course, given the marriage age of that time period (early to mid-teens), the story is often taken as an allegory for most girls' immaturity at that age.
** In other variants, it's the parents who are idiots and they don't have the excuse of being too young to know better. What do you do when your daughter and her (supposed) animal husband arrive for a visit? Spy on them long enough to notice that he's cursed, and what do you know--he's a really handsome man once he's taken off that animal skin! [[SarcasmMode Barging into their room and throwing the pelt into the fire without even explaining yourselves first is going to do]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero wonders]]''.
** Some versions are a bit kinder to the bride. While she does look at her husband at night, she honestly thinks she's helping break the curse (she wasn't told that the curse would break if she didn't look at him for a few more nights, and she was supposedly given a cure by a kindly wise woman, later revealed to be the troll stepmother).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Don Bluth was preparing for an AnimatedAdaptation for this, but the project was scrapped as his company went bankrupt after the box-office failure of ''TheSecretOfNIMH''.