* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: There are lots of possible underlying meanings to the story, mostly to do with growing up and/or [[FreudWasRight sex]]. The color of the girl's hood is usually given some significance -- even though subsequent collection of French folk tales found that it was a detail that Perrault added; the folk tales do not specify the color of the hood. A more likely symbol occurs in the regional variants that have her choose between a Path of Pins and a Path of Needles - girls learning to be young women were said to be "gathering pins," while needles had a definite sexual meaning (prostitutes would even indicate their profession by wearing needles in their sleeves).
* FantasticAesop: Don't talk to rapists or your grandmother will get eaten. Or something like that.
* FreudWasRight: A common interpretation of the tale is as an Aesop about a young girl's burgeoning sexuality, with the wolf standing in as a sexually aggressive man. The red hood is often interpreted as representing menstruation, carnality, virginity, or sin in general.
* NightmareFuel: Perrault kills off Grandma, then has Little Red tricked into becoming a cannibal, and then she too meets a gruesome end in the wolf's jaws. Sleep tight kids.
* OlderThanTheyThink: This story's origins are [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/6142964/Fairy-tales-have-ancient-origin.html Even older than Perrault]].