Grimm Fairy Tales is a comic book series by Zenescope. Each issue is a frame story in which someone with a problem meets one of two women, Sela or her evil nemesis Belinda. They will be given a book containing an "original" fairy tale, much darker in tone than traditional fairy tales, that mirrors their situation. In the end, one of three things will happen: the person will see the error of their ways and change, the person will fail to see the error of their ways and fall victim to some unfortunate circumstances, or they will fail to see the error of their ways and supernatural forces from the story will act directly to punish them. The series is typically very over-the-top, although this does not stop it from being entertaining by any means.The series has led to a number of spin-offs, including The Wonderland Trilogy and Neverland which drop the Frame story format and focus on one of the five worlds which make up the series 'verse, The Piper; a four-issue-long treatment of the Pied Piper, and Inferno, which continues the story of the Dante sisters. Besides connections in their own continuity, the series has also crossed over with 1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad, The Dream Eater SagaCrisis Crossover and the UnleashedCrisis Crossover.There also an animated series in the works featuring the voices of Lena Headey, Briana Evigan, Chris Hardwick and Robert Forster. Here's a preview of the pilot.
Grimm Fairy Tales provides examples of the following tropes:
Body Horror: The entire Wonderland storyline seems to LOVE this one, it's usually the end result of what the new "resident" becomes... or at the VERY least, a newbie has to go through it just to become a new resident of Wonderland.
Boxed Crook: This is how Robyn Locksley (a.k.a. 'Robyn Hood') is recruited into the Realm Knights organisation. So long as she stays off the radar and operates within the parameters given in her missions, she is allowed to stay out of jail.
Break-Out Character: Britney Waters/Red Riding Hood. She gets heavy promoted, is in quite a few covers(almost as many, if not more than Sela) and has her own spin off title. May also cross over into Wolverine Publicity. Robyn Hood also seems to have entered this territory.
The Bus Came Back: Most of the readers of Sela's storybook in GFT early issues come back in the Myths and Legends. It is reveled in that title that they are falsebloods with powers of their own. Samantha Darren even replaces Sela as Earth's Guardian
Card-Carrying Villain: Belinda, as well as Timmy for a short time. Belinda is starting to change her ways as of issue 60.
Most notably done in "Blue Beard". After going in a room and seeing what can only be described as horrifying beyond belief, Blue Beard confronts her and she ends up stabbing him. Before he dies, it turns out that all he wanted was a trusting wife and had no intention of hurting her: she saw what she wanted to in the room.
The Piped Piper ends up being a double whammy since it's done not only in the story, but in the story within a story as well: In the fairy tale, the piper not only runs off with the children, but upon returning them after finally getting the rest of his payment, he turns them all into mutant rats as a punishment to the entire town, which sucked since only the brothers (and even at that, just the one) had short-changed him. And to the guy that was reading the story: he isn't able to convince his brother not to short change the hitman or simply call the hit off... so the guy ends up kidnapping his son and seems more than willing to kill him. It ends with the father on the phone with him while he gets a box with his brother's cut off ears and his son's jersey, with the hitman telling him to get the money together because his son was calling for his mother...
In "Three Snake Leaves", the scientist protagonist successfully cures his wife of her cancer with a snake-gene based elixir. And ends up losing his wife and his youngest son when the serum reduces her mentality to that of a snake. Making things worse is that he hadn't even done anything that was really wrong, just tried to save his dying wife. Belinda is just a Jerk Ass that way.
The Dreaded: Most of the big villains of the series. The Dark One, being the Big Bad, is of course this. The Jabberwocky is this in Wonderland, even after he is thought to have been killed. The Being is even more so that even the Dark One is afraid of him.
The Jabberwocky, while punchable, appears to be this. One of his other names is even R'lyeh. While most of his creations are traditional Wonderland characters, those he unleashes on the Earth in the end drop the pretense entirely. Not to mention his massive tentacled lair, which leaves Calie incapable of even describing it.
The Dream Eater is also an example. Sure he may look like a shriveled old man, but that is just to mask its nightmarish real form.
Fan Disservice: In Grimm Fairy Tales presents: Return to Wonderland, Callie is seen laying on a table, naked and covered with food in all the right places. Then we get to see the Mad Hatter leering over her and looks rather... disgusting... and obviously about to rape her. It's only made worse by the fact that 1.) they show his tongue which looks just as disgusting as he does, if not worse and 2.) this is suppose to be her uncle.
Fanservice: Every cover includes a scantily-clad woman.
Iconic Outfit: Sela's Snow White inspired costume and it's variants. Ironically, she didn't start wearing it until the series turned into a action fantasy title and even they she didn't always wear it.
Jack the Ripper: The first Mad Hatter was him. In a strange twist, he is one of the more noble and somewhat heroic versions of the Hatter, which says a lot about how nasty the next two are.
The Juggernaut: The Dream Eater, despite not at all looking like it. The few who try to take him on learn the hard way. The Being is another example, possibly even more than the Dream Eater. For example, he takes on The Dark One and swats him away like a fly, causing him to revert to his human form.
Krampus: Turns up trying to kill Robyn in Grimm Fairy Tales 2013 Holiday Edition.
Legacy Character: The Mad Hatter. There have been 4 shown thus far and almost all of them insane monsters, with the exception of the fourth who is reveled to be Violet Liddel in a possible future.
Oh Crap: Quite a few victims in both the main story and fairy tales give this face.
Older than They Look: Many characters are. Helps that they are immortal or at least long-lived. Calie Liddel, who for the most part is a normal human, plays this straighter as she looks far to young to be the mother of a teenager. Granted she was quite young when she had Violet, but still.
Peking Duck Christmas: In Grimm Fairy Tales 2013 Holiday Edition, Sela, Liesel, Britney and Robyn end up ordering 'disgusting amounts' of food from General Tso's Chinese restaurant after their Christmas feast is destroyed in a battle with Krampus's minions.
Remix Comic: The April Fools comics, which are 90% taken from other stories, but given parody dialogue. Generally they include at least one original page per story however, frequently as a big finale.
Used in a few stories, but most notably in "The Three Snake-Leaves" where a scientist's attempt to cure his wife's cancer by using a serum based on snake genes leads her to be overcome by snake instincts, as per the wife in the "original fable" and, as a consequence, their youngest son ends up Swallowed Whole by his mom.
In The Piper, snakes are outright referred to as "Not of God."
Satan Is Good: Not necessarily good per say, but loyal to God and seeking redemption. She simply does her job watching over the vilest of souls. The stories crossed Satan with The Dark One who fits the reputation more than well enough.
Save the Villain: Calie is very intent on doing this in the final issue of Escape from Wonderland. There is a possible ending shown in which she succeeds, as well as one in which she abandons it and just kills him. She eventually decides to Take a Third Option and returns him to human form. Unfortunately his mind is too far gone to save, but at the very least it robs him of the Healing Factor that previously made him unkillable.