"Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!"
"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!"
Tropes used "The Three Little Pigs":
- An Aesop: The little pig who works hard and uses intelligence to choose the strongest building material is the one who beats the wolf.
- Ascended To Carnivorism: In the Joseph Jacobs version, the third little pig eats the wolf. Pigs are technically omnivores, but they are a prey item to wolves.
- The Big Bad Wolf: Co-Trope Maker, along with Little Red Riding Hood.
- Blow You Away: The wolf blows away the house of straw and the house of sticks of the first two pigs.
- Just Desserts: The third pig in Joseph Jacobs' version does not stop at boiling the wolf to death, but also eats him "for supper".
- Karmic Death: The wolf gets himself killed in his attempts to eat the pigs, and in Joseph Jacobs' tale it is him that gets eaten in the end.
- Perspective Flip: A popular way to make this story into a Fractured Fairy Tale:
- The popular children's book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, narrated by the wolf.
- There also was a Looney Tunes cartoon told from the wolf's perspective.
- And an earlier one set to Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dances
- Finally, there's one book that takes this to the logical extreme, pitting three little wolves against a bullying, vandalizing pig. They wind up becoming friends in the end.
- Predators Are Mean
- Rule of Three
- Savage Wolf: The wolf is depicted as a villain out to eat the protagonists.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Many versions omit the deaths of the first two pigs and the wolf at the end of the story.