Fairy Tale Episode

Once upon a time, there was this troper who decided to come up with an idea for a brand new trope. This is essentially a trope where different fairy tales are often retold, often in in new or hilarious ways. The most common fairy tales that are told are Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, etc.

If a fairy tale is often derailed and ends significantly different than how they originally end, then this is a Fractured Fairy Tale.

Compare: Storybook Episode, Parody Episode, Rhyming Episode

Related to Paranormal Episode and Off to See the Wizard

Contrast: Twice Told Tale


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • An early episode of Ouran High School Host Club is titled "Haruhi in Wonderland". Among all things, it features Honey as the White Rabbit, the twins as the twin Cheshire Cat, Tamaki as the Mad Hatter, and others. There are also four actually five Alices: The twins as Alice A and B, Tamaki as Alice C, and finally Haruhi as the 'true' Alice. And at the end we get Mori as Alice D.
  • One chapter of Yandere Kanojo features the cast in a Cinderella world, with Reina as Cinderella and Nanami and her gang as the stepmother and sisters. She bullies them instead. She also ends up with the Wizard (fairy grandmother stand-in), who is played by Tanaka, instead of the prince (who is played by Shiratori). Turns out it was All Just a Dream from Reina.
  • Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru had the OVA titled Tsunderella, which recast Takako as Cinderella while the main protagonist, Mizuho, gets recast as the Prince. Similarly, many other characters from the series get set in roles befitting Cinderella.

Comic Books
  • In The Mighty Thor back-up-feature "Tales of Asgard", a version is told of Little Red Riding Red. While the Goddess Idunna is taking her golden apples to the Ruler of the Gods Odin and wearing red, the Wolf Fenris shapeshifts into a human to get close to her, then attacks her. However Harokin the Hunter uses his magic sword to banish Fenris to the Netherworld. The story lampshades this by saying it was eventually adapted into Little Red Riding Red.
  • The Marvel Fairy Tales Elseworlds retell different fairy tales from around the world with the X-Men, The Avengers, or Spider-Man in the main roles.

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Our Miss Brooks has Cinderella for a Day. A mysterious shoe salesman lends Miss Brooks a custom-made gold slipper until midnight. Miss Brooks is treated to several Cinderella-style presents, from the same mysterious donor, that allow her to attend the masquerade ball at the country club in style. It turns out the shoe salesman was a millionaire gambler who had placed a bet with a expert shoemaker that he could find a feet that would perfectly fit the custom made slippers. The gifts were partly his reward to Miss Brooks, and partly for laughs.
  • The Suite Life on Deck had an episode that put the main characters into different fairy tales. They ha fallen asleep in class and the fairy tales themselves were all just dream they were having.
  • An episode of Charmed had the sisters finding out that at one point in time all fairy tales were actually true, and they have to battle against an evil witch who finds out by asking her magic mirror that she isn't the most powerful witch in the world because the Charmed Ones are. To fix this, she puts the sisters into different fairy tale roles in order to kill them — Phoebe becomes Cinderella, Paige is Snow White, and Piper is Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place had an episode in which a spell forces Harper to live out the Cinderella story, with Mrs. Russo as the stepmother, Alex as the fairy godmother, and Zeke as the prince. Unusually for this trope, they do nothing to change the characters' appearance or setting, but Harper does get wear a lavish, purple dress for the ball.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch the TV show had a couple of episodes playing with fairy tale tropes. In one, a troll kidnaps Sabrina in order to force her to be his bride, he locks her in a tower and its up to Harvey to save her. In true Rapunzel fashion Sabrina casts a spell to make her hair absurdly long and Harvey climbs her tresses in order to get into the tower. In another episode Sabrina drops some magical beans which cause a giant beanstalk to grow in her back yard. Harvey ends up at the top of it but rather than a giant being there, there is an evil witch in a gingerbread house like in Hansel and Gretel. And she is prepared to fatten up and then eat Harvey.
  • The whole of the first season of Once Upon a Time is an inversion as it's several fairy tale beings unknowingly trapped in the "real" world thanks to the Evil Queen's spell.
  • The Supernatural episode "Bedtime Stories" has fairy-tales inspired murders (a nice old woman eats people who got lost in the wood, for example). It turns out to be the work of a comatose girl's projected spirit, who influences people to act like the fairy tales she heard her father narrating.
  • The Monkees: "Fairy Tale"

Web Animation
  • Happy Tree Friends had "Dunce Upon A Time" which is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, with Lumpy as the giant.

Western Animation