A classic folktale.Once Upon a Time, there was a little girl called Goldilocks whose hair was the color of gold. One day, she took a walk in the woods and came to a house where three bears lived - a papa bear, a mama bear and a baby bear. The bears weren't home, but they'd left their door unlocked, and so Goldilocks came in.There were three bowls of porridge she tasted. Papa Bear's was too hot, Mama Bear's was too cold, but Baby Bear's was just right. Goldie ate Baby Bear's food, for she was hungry. Then there were three chairs she tested. Papa Bear's was too hard, Mama Bear's was too soft, but Baby Bear's was just right — or it would've been if it hadn't broken under her.Then there were three beds she tested. Papa Bear's was too hard, Mama Bear's was too soft, but Baby Bear's was just right, and she fell asleep there.Then the bears came home. They saw the evidence of the break-in, the eating of porridge, the sitting in chairs, the sleeping in beds. Goldilocks didn't wake up until they got there, so you can guess how it ends.Like many Fairy Tales, this one has evolved over the years. According to that other wiki, the original tale was probably that of Scrapfoot the vixen (as in a fox), who was an unwelcome guest at the bears' castle (yes, you read right. Castle). Robert Southey apparently heard this tale from an uncle and was the first to publish it. However, he accidentally thought it was the wrong kind of vixen who, in turn, got changed into a mean old woman who, after not being invited around to the bears' place, decides to go check it out for herself. She falls out the window and is never seen again. Goldilocks as we know her only turns up in Joseph Cundall's version 12 years later and only to stop confusion with other old ladies in other fairy tales. Nor was she the only little girl; for a long time, she was dubbed Silverhair (and George MacDonald did a Shout-Out to the tale in The Golden Key by that title).Full text here, with a link to many variants of it.As with other fairy tales, we have seen Goldie and the bears get fractured until they are shattered. We've also seen her get added to the lineup of the Dark Parables, which makes her not only an adult but also a Badass Princess.
This story provides examples of:
- An Aesop: Usually along the lines of, Don't break into people's houses and use their things without permission. Especially if they're talking bears.
- Bears Are Bad News: For Goldilocks, anyway. Though she brought it upon herself by breaking into their house.
- Beary Friendly: The bears are usually shown as a quiet little family, just understandably annoyed at Goldilocks for messing with their things.
- Catch Phrase: Baby Bear: "My X is just right!"
- Dumb Blonde: What else would you call a girl who enters a house without permission, steals food, breaks furniture, and then goes to sleep at the scene of the crime?
- One owned by bears no less.
- Fairy Tale
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Many, but arguably the two best known are from Fables and Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes.
- Funny Animals: The Bears live in a house, sit in chairs, sleep in beds, and eat porridge!
- Karma Houdini: Goldilocks does manage to get away in some variants. Dahl explicitly mentioned this. Though it is just a little girl who got lost in the woods and thoughtlessly used some of their accomodations so perhaps this trope is a little harsh.
- Nuclear Family: Mama, Papa, and Baby Bear, who live in a nice little house in the forest.
- Oral Tradition
- Rule of Three: Three bears, three bowls of porridge, three chairs, three beds.
- Schmuck Banquet: Three bowls of freshly-cooked porridge just sitting there unattended? Eh, what could go wrong. (An Unbuilt Trope in this story, because the meal wasn't specifically set there to lure passing humans; Goldilocks was just greedy.)
- In one Bugs Bunny story, the bears did intend to lure someone. Bugs becomes their victim because Mama Bear made carrot soup instead of porridge.
- Too Dumb to Live: Hey, look, a mysterious unlocked house in the middle of the creepy woods. Lets go inside!