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Provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Oh HELL yes.
- Aside Glance: Multiple examples throughout her story in the first movie.
- When she throws a magazine over the side of her treehouse and causes a car to crash into a tree. At the sound of the crash, she blinks and gives a startled look at the camera.
- When she is retrieving Granny's recipe book from the vault, the woodpecker asks her, "Are they gonna get your recipes?" Red turns and says "Not today," to the bird. The camera is positioned in such a way that it looks like she is speaking to the camera.
- When Japeth denies having just spoken normally, she gives a dissatisfied look to the camera.
- Bound and Gagged: In Boingo's cable car in the first one. At a couple of instances in the second movie as well.
- Brick Joke: Red's story is the setup for a couple of these. For instance, during "Be Prepared" while in the mine cart, Red is nearly collected by an avalanche that turns out to have been started by Granny.
- Broken Pedestal: Red does not really like it when she discovers Granny has hidden her own double life as an extreme sports athlete from her.
- Cassandra Truth: Sort of. When Red calls Granny from Japeth's shack, Granny slips on something and emits a yell in pain, causing Red to figure something's wrong, so when the call hangs up:Red Puckett: Mr. Goat, my granny's in trouble! I've got to find a way around the mountain, fast!Japeth: [singing] Well you came to the right goat! [pops off his rocking horns]Red Puckett: Oh, good! More singing....
- Crazy-Prepared: Even though Red could not have anticipated the encounter with the Wolf after she falls from the cable car, for some odd reason, she carries a can of "Wolf-Away Spray".
- Cute Bruiser: As the Big Bad Wolf finds out the hard way.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a lot of witty lines.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Red is a black belt.
- Flat "What.": Gives one when she sees Japeth with helicopter horns. She gives a Big "WHAT?!" when the Wolf is revealed to be a reporter.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Besides the Wolf-Away bit, there's the text of that magazine Red is reading in the treehouse, and a foreshadow to the reveal that Boingo is the bandit - he tries grabbing for her basket at the moment she slips from the cable car and falls.
- Friend to All Living Things: Parodied. Creatures in the forest all greet Red by first name, Boingo and others included, when they see her. According to Flippers, the only crime Red has ever committed has been flying a swarm of hummingbirds over a river without a license. The Wolf is seen observing that bit of "Great Big World" from a bush, and comments, "Whoa! Creepy!" Red would be a full version of this trope if not for the fact that in the Wolf's story, there's a scene where she viciously beats him up, which in Red's defense would be reasonable self-defense since she thinks he's trying to kill her.
- Funny Background Event: When Red is in the treehouse, she throws her magazine away in exasperation. It lands on a passing car, startling the driver, who drives right into a tree. Before impact, the scene cuts to a close-up of Red's face. You can see her freeze up and give a startled glance to the camera while a tree can be seen shaking in the distance.
- Genre Savvy: She takes the threatening note the vandal throws through Granny's store's window seriously, and acts on her own judgment rather than what others tell her to do. Also, right before she falls out of the tram, Red correctly guesses what the Bandit's plan is, although not realizing that the Bandit happens to be Boingo, the only other person in the car with her. And unlike other versions of the tale, she clearly is not fooled by the Wolf's Granny disguise for a second (the first thing she says upon seeing him is, "What? Who are you?").
- Ink-Suit Actor: Some say that Red's face, to some extent, bears some of Anne Hathaway's face qualities.
- "I Want" Song: "Great Big World"
- Ironic Echo: In two consecutive scenes.
Granny Puckett: A trip up the mountain is too dangerous for a little girl.Red Puckett: I'm not so little anymore!
- When calling Granny at the roadside payphone:
Woodpecker: Are you going somewhere far away?Red Puckett: No, the world is too dangerous for me! [Throws her arms up in the air, exasperated, and unwittingly tosses her magazine... onto a passing car's windshield]
- In the very next scene, when Red is in the treehouse:
- Ironic Echo Cut: Gets one in her first call with Granny.Red Puckett: [voiceover] With the Goodie Bandit on the loose, recipes were becoming an endangered species. I decided to call Granny. If anyone would know what to do, she would.[Cuts to Granny sewing while on the phone]Granny Puckett: I don't know what to do. I'm just a tired old lady.Red Puckett: Your recipes are the most famous in the whole forest, Granny! What if they get swiped? It could wipe you out! Maybe I should bring you the recipe book, just for safekeeping!
- Jump Scare: Twice in her retelling of the first encounter with the Wolf.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: There's a reason why there's a picture at Granny's house of Red in a martial arts uniform, with the caption "Red Puckett: Forest Regional Karate Champion".
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: Red transporting her granny's recipe book is the basis for her story.
- Meaningful Name: Lampshaded:Red Puckett: They call me "Red" because of this red hood I wear.Nicky Flippers: What about when you're not wearing it? (beat)Red Puckett: (quietly) I usually wear it.
- Medium Awareness: When Red is singing "Great Big World", depending on your perspective, she may be singing to herself, to the creatures she passes, to the police detectives who are interviewing her, or to the camera.
- No Flow in CGI: The directors went for a Stop Motion look and feel in order to justify this inevitability. Red only has four fingers and the likeness of a doll.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Has one episode confronting Boingo at the end. When she arrives at the top tram terminal, Red is still hanging on to the side of the car and watching Boingo and Dolph. They start walking away. She is not seen again until Boingo tells Dolph, "You ask yourself, 'Where do I see me in five years?'" and she replies, "How about behind bars?" at which point we see Red now standing at the bottom of the ramp, despite us not seeing her walking over from where she was hiding a moment earlier.
- Oh, Crap!: Several moments for Red. Namely, her reaction to the Wolf unmasking himself, for one. Then there's her reaction during the treehouse scene to a glass window being shattered, which leads her to discover the break-in at Granny's store. Also, her face right before the mine cart crashes at the end of "Be Prepared".
- Only Sane Man: Red is this during the entire mine cart scene with Japeth.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When introducing herself to Flippers, Red says she pretty much always wears her red cloak/cape thing. After her Broken Pedestal moment with Granny, she removes it. She is not seen wearing it again until when Granny uses it during the tramway rescue.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Red escapes from the Wolf by handing her hooded cloak off to some hummingbirds, who fly it away. The Wolf takes the bait and chases it off a cliff into a river. This despite the fact that the Wolf's retelling of the scene shows him chasing Red's cloak, and from his POV, you can clearly see there are no legs under it, nor is it imitating the motions of a running person.
- Pensieve Flashback: When Red retells the confrontation with the Wolf at Granny's house to Flippers, he tries to trick her and asks if Kirk burst in right after the "what big facial qualities" bit. Immediately, the scene cuts to that part of the meeting. Red is on the opposite side of the Wolf and Granny from wear she is in the original scene, and has her hands out in a brace position when Kirk comes in. After a few seconds of the Wolf reacting, Red waves her hands and says, "No! No! Not yet!" and all of the on-screen action freezes in time. With a dismissing wave of her hand, the scene rewinds.
Nicky Flippers: And then the Axeman Cometh?Red Puckett: You got it.(Inside the flashback, Kirk bursts through the window)Red Puckett: Only, he was screaming.Kirk: [weakly] Aargh? [Red glares at him]Red Puckett: Like a maniac!
- A second later:
- Skirt over Slacks: In the first movie, Red wears a blue skirt over blue jeans. In the second movie, she ditches the skirt. Justified, because anyone who has lived or hiked in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Montana or Wyoming (where the high alpine environments and vegetation are similar to the settings of the movie) knows that it's a good idea to wear pants to protect your knees from mosquito bites or avoid scraping your knees on rocks. Red obviously knows this.
- Slow-Motion Pass-By: Red gives a very disgusted Death Glare at the Wolf as she leaves from her questioning and passes him, on the way to his questioning. Topped with an overdone dramatic soundtrack.
- Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Lampshaded wonderfully by Stork when Red finds out that Granny is living a secret life as an extreme sports athlete:Granny Puckett: Honey, don't look at your granny like that.Red Puckett: I'm sorry, I thought you were Triple G! Or are you the Bandit?(Beat)Det. Bill Stork: Awkward! [awkwardly side-steps out of the room]Granny Puckett: You're being ridiculous, Red.Red Puckett: I'm being ridiculous?! You're off living... La Vida Loca, risking your life for some dumb thrills! And I'm supposed to stay home and be your happy little delivery girl?!Tommy: I have a...Nicky Flippers: Coffee break, anyone?Chief Grizzly: Uh, yeah. [Everyone files out except for Red and Granny]Det. Bill Stork: Who's got my keys?Raccoon Jerry: You think Granny would mind if I went through her garbage?Chief Grizzly: Excuse us.[Everyone exits, leaving Granny alone with Red]
- Waif-Fu: Red is a proficient martial artist (she's a black belt and the region champion, and even has a photo of herself in a martial arts uniform on the wall in Granny's house). Too bad her moves are ineffective against rabbit ears.
- Was It All a Lie?: Red found out about her Granny's double life. She felt betrayed because Granny never lets her do anything. Granny thought Red was happy and it was important that she deliver her goodies as their ancestors had done. Granny realized she deserves more in life.
- Voiced by: Glenn Close
- Badass Grandma: She likes to live life "to the extreme".
- Never Mess with Granny: She easily takes down the extreme team backed by Boingo.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Being middle-aged, she pretends to be eccentric around Red. Because of this, her "What? Who's there?" is interpreted as her being her eccentric self by Red.
- Voiced by: Jim Belushi
- The Big Guy: Interestingly enough, Flippers points this out when he accuses him of being the Goody Bandit.
- Demoted to Extra: Shows up much later and does much less in the second film.
Wolf W. Wolf
- Voiced by: Patrick Warburton
- Deadpan Snarker: Second only to Red.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Flippers lampshades it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a wolf, he's generally a nice guy once you get to know him.
- Raised by Wolves: Although interestingly enough they didn't raise him to be a savage.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Towards Red.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: His alibi reveals that he in fact thought that Red was the Goody Bandit...and for some reason he hangs out with a talking squirrel.
- Voiced by: Cory Edwards
- Motor Mouth: Talks so ridiculously quickly that the police need to use a tape recorder to understand him.
- Keet: He's extremely excitable. It gets even worse when he tries coffee for the first time.
- The Unintelligible: Speaks so fast it's hard to understand him. The police have to use a tape recorder and slow it down to hear what he's saying.
- Voiced by:David Ogden Stiers
- Expy: Nick Charles, from The Thin Man movies.
- Genre Savvy: He becomes suspicious of Boingo when he notices that he appears in all four of our heroes' alibis.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Although interestingly enough, his nickname is the same as his last name.
- Voiced by: Benjy Gaither
Provides examples of:
- Brick Joke / Gilligan Cut: After "Be Prepared", Japeth isn't seen again. But then at the end, when Red, the Wolf, Granny and Twitchy are at the outdoor bar:The Wolf: So, how 'bout that new delivery system?
Red Puckett: Well, it beats riding a bike, that's for sure.
[Cuts to Japeth riding a mine cart filled with food]
Japeth: [to the "Be Prepared" melody] Oh I've got horns to hold the muffins, and I've got horns to hold the pies....
- Butt-Monkey: Repeatedly in the second film. And always foreshadowed in song.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Or lyrics, for that matter. During Red's mine cart ride, when the avalanche hits, Japeth goes "Ohhhhh an avalanche is coming and I do not feel prepared / It's running like a mountain lion, I must say that I'm scared / But if not for the witch's spell you'd hear just how I scream / But since I'm only singing I'll just yodel 'til we're creamed!"
- The Chew Toy: In the second film.
- Crazy-Prepared: "Be Prepared" should be considered a medley of this, as he showcases to Red all of his horn sets that he has made himself to prepare himself for anything. After the mine cart he and Red are in goes airborne, he escapes with a pair of horns fitted with helicopter rotors. Red is rather shocked to see this.
- Cursed with Awesome: Japeth says he can't speak, only sing. Possibly the best song in the whole film.
Red Puckett: I'm looking for Granny Puckett's house?
- Circumvented by Rule of Funny when Red shows up at Japeth's shack and finds him rocking on the front porch:
Japeth the Goat: [singing] Graaaaaaaanneeee Puckeeeet...
Red Puckett: Could you stop singing for one moment?
Japeth the Goat: [singing] No I can't, I wish I could, but a mountain witch done put a spell on me, 37 years agoooooooo, and now I gotta sing every thing I saaaaaaaaayyyyyy...
Red Puckett: Everything?
Japeth the Goat: [speaking] That's right.
Red Puckett: You just talked! Just now!
Japeth the Goat: Oh, did I? [singing] Did I? Dididididodadidididoooo...
[Red gives an annoyed Aside Glance to the camera]
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Japeth has a map of the mine tunnel system hanging on a wall in his shack. When Red is taking a look at the map, you'll see places with names like Puckett Grove, Sam Hill, Kanbar Kanyon, Murphy's Low, Boulderdash, the Blue Yonder, Beehive, and Old Man's Cave (this last one is kind of hard to tell because Red's head is partially blocking it from view). Also there is a marker for a water tower and a misspelled "You are here" point marker.
- Freeze frames are necessary to get all of the Swiss Army Horns that Japeth uses during "Be Prepared". You'll notice that one set of his antlers is apparently a campfire set with hot dogs and s'mores on the ends, for instance. Even a Mohawk style is saying a lot.
- Heli-Critter: The helicopter horns he uses to escape from the mine cart, Played for Laughs. Red escapes the mine cart in a more improvised method - she turns her hooded cloak into a parachute.
- Implausible Deniability: Japeth can only sing everything he says:Red Puckett: [unimpressed] Everything?Japeth: [speaking] That's right.Red Puckett: You just talked! Just now!
- Mine Cart Madness / Rollercoaster Mine: Japeth's system of mine carts. Later harnessed for speedy pastry delivery (though it's not explained if it caught on quickly, given that the section of track accidentally destroyed by Twitchy would need to be rebuilt).
- Noodle Incident: Whatever he was cursed by a mountain witch 37 years ago for.
- Rule of Funny: Japeth's horns, which include a set with garden tools and a set that gives him a Mohawk Indian appearance.
- Running Gag: Getting injured in the second film
- Shout-Out: The sign over Japeth's shack (visible when Red is walking up the hill to the front porch) reads Pecos Mining Co., a clear reference to the mythical American cowboy Pecos Bill. The "Outpost 23" sign is not related.
- Swiss Army Appendage: For Japeth, horns, of all possibilities, as much as Red gets annoyed with his inability to stop singing about them. He is prepared, with sets that have: bottle openers, keychains, built-in TV remotes (though if he gets good reception up in the mountains is anyone's guess), jar openers, wigs, a set that functions as a coat rack for his other sets, garden tools, clothesline, the ability to cook s'mores and weiners, even a set that lets him FLY.
- Worth It: In the second film, when he realizes he's probably going to die, he smashes his banjo and starts singing Il Paliacchi.
- Voiced by: Andy Dick
- Ax-Crazy: By the last act of the film, he seems to have lost quite a bit of sanity, if his mood swinging Evil Laugh is anything to go by.
- Big Bad: Of the first film.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a good associate to Red until his true colors are shown.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Subverted.
- Demoted to Extra: Only appears in one scene in the sequel.
- Killer Rabbit: You see this cute bunny? Well, don't be fooled. He is the villain of the movie.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mood-Swinger: At one point, he goes from screaming to laughing to crying in under seven seconds.
- Recurring Extra: Having a minor role in every single character's story is the biggest sign that he had something to do with them.
- The Sociopath: He doesn't care if anyone gets hurt if he tries to put up his "Boingo Snax" or his very ambitious franchise expansion plans if "phase three" is anything to go by.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Carrot crumpets.
- Villain Song: Top Of The Woods.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Various lines from him and his Villain Song imply that being disrespected and and picked on is what drove him to be evil.
- Would Hurt a Child: If putting Red in a Cable car with lit dynamite isn't an example, we don't know what is.
Hansel and Gretel
- Voiced by: Bill Hader & Amy Poehler respectively
Provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Despite their constant boasting about how evil they are, they are surprisingly understanding towards their henchmen, even offering them cookies. They are also very loyal to each other, with no sibling rivalry whatsoever.
- Anything but That!!: "Not broccoli!"
- Balloon Belly: After their defeat.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Utilized repeatedly in order to correct their plans when they go awry.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: And a surprisingly stable one at that.
- Card-Carrying Villain: They love nothing more than demonstrating and bragging about their 'evilness'.
- Cute Is Evil: Beware the little kids in lederhosen.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted; the extent of their tragic backstory is that their parents never spent money on snacks for them.
- Does Not Like Spam: They hate broccoli.
- Enfant Terrible: Taken to ludicrous extremes.
- Evil All Along: Ultimately.
- Evil Is Hammy: And then some.
- Fat Bastard: They are both unusually pudgy considering they claimed to have never had any sweets growing up. They are certainly this by the end.
- For the Evulz: And proud of it.
- Gambit Roulette: There was no guarantee that Red would taste the truffle mixture or that she would be able to identify the missing ingredient.
- Laughably Evil: See 'Evil Is Hammy'.
- The Napoleon: Both of them.
- Obviously Evil: Complete with hair shaped like horns and even a flaming background at one point.
- One-Winged Angel: On truffle power.
- Slasher Smile: Almost constantly.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: (Plan A) Use themselves as extortion material in order to acquire the super-truffle recipe from Abigail. (Flaw) Abigail escapes. (Plan B) Lure her into a trap and extract the recipe by force. (Flaw) Red locates the hideout and 'requests' backup. (Plan C) Tap Red's phone to locate the HEA agency's headquarters and storm them with the small army of pigs they hired before the film even started. (Flaw) Wolf and Twitchy survive, rescue red and raid the villainous lair with a troupe of Kung-fu yodellers; while Abigail still refuses to cooperate. (Plan D) Use their 'kidnapped toddler' façade one last time, to capture Wolf and Twitchy and trick Red into completing the recipe for them; enabling them to double-cross Verushka. (Flaw) The heroes fight them and steal the super-truffles back from them. (Plan E) Manipulate Red into attacking them on her own and taking the truffles back from her by force...if it wasn't for Wolf's Batman Gambit, they would have won.