The act of allegedly de-bowdlerizing
a story, but going to the other extreme
instead: Making it Grimmdark
It is a common belief that most traditional Fairy Tales
were designed to inform kids via metaphor about a potentially harsh world in a time where children worked and traveled and were essentially treated more like miniature adults than "kids". But originally, fairy tales were told to many different audiences, adults included, and were generally simple folktales to entertain peasants rather than teach lessons. Only after they were first recorded by early folklorists did the stories obtain morals and, eventually, kiddie-friendly endings that removed the graphic violence and occasional Cruel Twist Ending
It becomes popular to return a story to its non-sanitized roots or to pervert the popular Disneyfied version. Sometimes this includes throwing in more modern Nightmare Fuel
. If done poorly, this can spoil the appeal of the adapted story without adding any real value. A common example of Grimmification is having Little Red Riding Hood
survive the well known version... but be scarred by the events
— varying from just becoming jaded and cynical, to becoming completely psychotic
A subtrope of Darker and Edgier
. Commonly also includes Hotter and Sexier
and Bloodier and Gorier
. See also Fractured Fairy Tale
. Not to be confused with Grimm's Law
. The opposite is Disneyfication
Technically, this trope isn't Darker
, but looking at the examples below you'd be forgiven for thinking this.
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Anime and Manga
- There's a Hentai story out there (its English version called, rather uncreatively, Alice In Sexland if you're really curious about it — although that's still more creative than the Japanese name, where the first half is "Alice First" and the second half is "Alice Second") where, after all the rape and wanton sex Alice goes through, she finds out that she's dead and Wonderland is actually the afterlife. If you take out all the rape and wanton sex, it's actually a pretty good re-interpretive take on the story: the rape, occurring when she dies and goes to Wonderland is actually played as drama, and ends up extremely grimmified.
- Fridge Brilliance: Once Alice enters Sexland, the only real serious rape she or her friends undergo is at the hands of the Red Queen, the only other person in Sexland that isn't from Sexland, and therefore is free to do as she wishes instead of fulfilling Sexland's purpose of helping people who are emotionally fucked-in-the-head from sexual abuse.
- Kano Yasuhiro has a one-shot horror manga called Snow in the Dark. Think Snow White, but with a well-intentioned (and naturally, horribly misunderstood) Queen and a Soul Jar Snow White, who gets possessed by her evil (and dead) mother. The day is saved by a slaying/suicide. The author manages to work in a mildly happy ending anyway.
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade features a grimmified re-telling (or possibly the original version) of Little Red Riding Hood, the events of whom run parallel with the actual happenings of the movie.
- It is the same version that Gaiman used in The Sandman, point of fact.
- CLAMP's Miyuki-chan in Wonderland is an erotic, very lesbian rendition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The series focuses on Miyuki, a Japanese schoolgirl who finds herself pulled into several nonsensical worlds populated by scantily-dressed females who want to have their way with her.
- Kaori Yuki, of course. Everything that she ever writes based on anything will always be this in her hands. Ludwig Kakumei for example is about a necrophiliac, perverted prince and has some of the most twisted versions of fairy tales ever. In the first chapter, Snow White is an incestuous bitch who liked manipulating people. And then she dies.
- In Ludwig Kakumei, Yuki keeps all the original unpleasant aspects of the original fairy tales, then adds her own, twisting the stories further and further.
- Lampshaded during the Cinderella arc, when the author mentions the stepsisters mutilating themselves. In their retelling, the shoe is to big, and said sisters tell that it's not the problem.
- Pandora Hearts is a a manga based on Alice in Wonderland (even though the book isn't technically a fairytale) that can be very dark, violent and sometimes creepy.
- There are whole manga anthologies dedicated to Guro versions of Grimm's fairy tales, titled Cruel Grimm Tales (Zankoku Grimm Douwa) or variations thereof. Also note that this are usually aimed at a Josei audience.
- Grimms Fairy Tale Classics, the Nippon Animation series about Grimm's fairy tales, uses this while still keeping the show appropriate for children. in the Hansel and Gretel episode, where both the white bird and the witch turn into demons (and the witch's house is presented as much scarier than in the story). "The Iron Stove" is also darker than its source by including a conflict between the princess and the witch over the prince.
- The Death Note fanfic Poison Apple featured an Alternate Continuity thematically based around "Snow White", including hearts cut out and of course, the titular poisoned apples.
- Downfall is headed in this direction post- chapter 18.
- And especially in wake of the events of chapter 20
- A very common tool in MLP:FIM fanfics and fanart. Well, the source is very soft, so it does require some darkening to be worth a non-childish fic, but some people take this up to eleven.
- Freeway is at its core a modern remake of Little Red Riding Hood, with Little Red cast as a good-natured, but tactless and illiterate juvenile delinquent (It's Little Red Riding Hood! Get it?), the Big Bad Wolf as a sexual predator/serial killer/famous child psychologist, and the woodsman as the one cop who's willing to believe the foul mouthed little guttersnipe over the famous shrink.
- You can find sexual subtext in "Little Red Riding Hood" if you look, and not very hard. In the film The Company of Wolves, you don't have to look at all.
- The book The Company of Wolves was based on was a collection of short stories (The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter) that essentially did this with a dozen or so different fairy tales.
- It's worth mentioning that in 18th-century France, where the tale was first collected in its modern form, the red cloak was the sign of a prostitute.
- Though in the area of Germany where The Brothers Grimm collected their tales, the red hood was part of the traditional clothing for young girls.
- The movie The Brothers Grimm does this in spades. The face stealing gingerbread "girl" is particularly squicky.
- The most prominent use of this is for Alice in Wonderland: American McGee's video game adaptation and the upcoming Marilyn Manson movie Phantasmagoria. However, the original book was a satire of children's stories, and the version most people are familiar with never underwent much Bowdlerization. For some reason, people seem eager to equate the bizarre with the gruesome.
- They pull one with Watership Down. The main story itself isn't the brightest, but the movie is darker.
- Tim Burton has proven that one can make rather a good career out of this trope alone with Sleepy Hollow ("The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") and Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).
- In the original "Rapunzel" Fairy Tale, the prince is blinded, and the heroine's Swiss Army Tears restore his eyesight. In Disney's adaptation Tangled, of all places, the villain, in an odd moment of Grimification in an otherwise Disneyfied story, stabs and kills him, and Rapunzel holds her dead lover in her arms before her tears bring him back to life.
- Snow White & the Huntsman. At the very least, it's Darker and Edgier.
- In the same vein, Red Riding Hood is a Darker and Edgier (and sexier) retelling of the titular fable. Only now the wolf is less of a wolf and more of a werewolf and there's a lot more religious fanaticism, courtesy of Gary Oldman.
- Snow White: A Tale of Terror is something of a response to the Disney film, adding psychological elements to the story and deconstructing both the Wicked Stepmother and Snow White.
- The 1978 Czech film Panna a Netvor (The Virgin and the Monster) does this with "Beauty and the Beast". The imagery is considerably darker than in the more well-known films, the castle a crumbling and desolate place instead of a wondrous one, and the Beast a genuinely inhuman-looking bird-monster hybrid who kills a frightened bystander on-screen and keeps on Hearing Voices in his head that try to persuade him to either kill and eat the Beauty or kill himself.
- Oyayubihime is an In Name Only adaptation of Thumbelina, where a girl shrinks down the boy she's been stalking and kidnaps him, trying to torture him into loving her.
- Gregory Maguire does this in all of his books based on fairy tales, but most of all in Mirror, Mirror. Turning the Wicked Stepmother into Lucrezia Borgia, with all of the historical significance of the Borgia family, would do that. However, Lucrezia never poisoned anyone, and was quite a nice lady.
- Parodied in several Discworld books with the works of the Sisters Grim, whose tales seem to consist entirely of the bits Disney left out.
- Also in Discworld, Susan does this with the fairy tales she reads to her young charges, but not by changing their events. She keeps the events exactly the same, but defines their morals as, "If you're a hero, you can get away with anything because no one asks any inconvenient questions."
- Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny anthologies of short stories from the Witcher Saga mostly follow the formula of the main character coming upon a somewhat altered and twisted version of a classical fairy tale, discovering the dark secret behind it all that makes it even more twisted, and seeing it to the usually-grisly end. For instance, "The Beauty And The Beast"? The Beauty is a particularly nasty kind of a vampire that is trying to make the Beast lose what little humanity he still has. What's perhaps even more messed up is that she is doing it out of love. As for the Beast himself, he was cursed by a priestess of a Religion of Evil that he raped.
- Francesca Lia Block's short story collection The Rose and the Beast retells several fairy tales and, as usual for this author, stuffs them with erotica.
- Neil Gaiman's short story "Snow, Glass, Apples" gives a very good reason why the evil queen would want to knock off Snow White... and why she might not have been so evil in doing so. (In general, it's disturbingly common for Grimmified versions of "Snow White" to involve vampire motifs, what with her being an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette and all.) Full story posted here.
- His treatment of Narnia in "The Problem of Susan".
- Tanith Lee and Angela Carter both wrote works where Grimm's and Perrault's fairy tales were retold as horror stories.
- Not all of them in Angela Carter's case, though: The Bloody Chamber starts off with one of Grimm's creepiest stories retold as French gothic horror; but "Puss in Boots" becomes a Restoration-style sex farce.
- Lee's version of "Beauty and the Beast" was a science-fiction love story; nothing horrible about it at all. On the other hand, she's another author who decided to go for the Snow-White-is-a-vampire reinterpretation, and another version she wrote of "Beauty and the Beast" for Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears depicts the Beast as an outwardly perfect human who kills ugly people and keeps the incongruously beautiful body parts of them on display in a secret room of his castle and his exterior changes to reflect his interior (aka an ugly Beast) when Beauty leaves him.
- Lee had several different versions of Snow-White, one story in Tanith Lee collection had Snow being the loyal daughter to her dead mother. Unfortunately, the mother was a satanist witch and Snow took after her. The stepmother was a benevolent sorceress trying to free the kingdom of Snow White's taint and killed her with an apple with an eucharist in it. The prince who revived Snow White was a resurrected Jesus Christ and he reincarnates her as a dove, so the story ends happily ever after. A more recent Snow White tale done as a crime story/horror had the king as a wealthy painter who obsessively makes paintings about an otherworldly beautiful, pale-skinned girl with black hair. The painter marries a gorgeous blonde woman before dying. Disturbed by his fascination with the paintings, the wife looks for who it might be. Searching around town, she discovers the woman who's a tiny but extraordinarily beautiful trapeze artist and the spitting image of the paintings. This Snow White is also the 7 dwarves by way of her height, and the 'queen' sets out to seduce (this Snow White is impoverished and greedy enough to do some 'gay for pay')and kill her rival with a poisoned apple before burying her in ice. The 'resurrection of Snow White' in this instance, is nothing more than the ice she's encased in thawing just enough for her well-preserved corpse to be found by other people.
- Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy retold that particular fairy tale as a work of erotica. That Rice, whose Vampire books are squicky enough as is, chose to publish them under a pseudonym should tell the reader all one needs to know about them.
- Specifically the Prince who wakes Beauty up is a member of the foremost ruling family amongst a federation of kingdoms, including Beauty's. As demanded by tradition, the Prince and his mother take in lesser royalty and teach them humility and noblesse oblige by turning them into S&M sex slaves for commoners to rape at will (in fact when we are first introduced to Beauty, the prince is busy buggering a prince older than him). Unsurprisingly the Prince is not the guy that Beauty finally ends up with. At the time of the story Anne Rice was fascinated by homosexual men and so there are many instances of minor princes getting raped as they are universally handsome and well-built while the commoners are extras off of Deliverance (Beauty oddly comes out of this, the least preyed upon).
- The psychotic Red Riding Hood is used in The Sisters Grimm series.
- Robin McKinley's Deerskin is partial Grimmification - the original fairy tale does involve the king's incestuous urges towards his daughter, but in Deerskin he actually acts on them. Throw in the fact that what seems to be the demon/ghost of the princess's dead mother blames her for it, and the fact that the princess miscarries her father's rape-baby and you've got something definitely not meant for children.
- The Stepsister Scheme revolves around three fairy tale princesses, and at one point the most feared assassin this side of the mountains is mentioned, The Lady of the Red Hood. She's apparently going to show up in one of the sequels.
- Waking Rose is a modern day version of Sleeping Beauty in which the protagonist, Briar Rose, is attacked and put in a coma by a group of corrupt doctors who kill people in long comas and sell their organs on the black market.
- Beastly is a modern day adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" - in which the "Beauty" (a poor girl named Lindy Owens) lives alone with her sleazy drug-user father who ultimately basically sells her into slavery to the "Beast" (a teenage boy under a spell) after trying to break into the Beast's house to steal stuff. And later, the Beast has to rescue Lindy from another drug dealer, who implies that her father sold her to him as well, most likely for prostitution.
- The Snow White, Blood Red series of anthologies have quite a few stories that invoke this trope, although there are also plenty that don't.
- For example, Esther Friesner wrote a version of "Snow White" where the "evil stepmother" was actually quite a religious woman who sent Snow away to keep the king from sexually abusing her.
- Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes is all over this trope as may be expected from the page quote. A handful of examples:
- It has Little Red Riding Hood as a femme fatale with a pistol always ready in her knickers
- It points out that Goldilocks is a thief (not really subtext that though)
- The prince in Cinderella is revealed as a psychopath and she marries a jam-maker instead
- The poem "The Parable of the Old Man and the Young" by Wilfred Owen gives Genesis 22:6-13 a grisly updating: Abraham refuses the angel's order to spare his son and instead sacrifices him "and half the seed of Europe" in trench warfare.
- Following the Snow White, Blood Red series of anthologies, a series of novels were published as well.
- In James Thurber's The Little Girl & the Wolf has Red Riding Hood taking an automatic out of her basket and shooting the wolf, because it is not as easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.
- Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters novels are re-tellings of fairy tales in Victoarian/Edwardian/WWI-era Britain.
- As mentioned in the page description, ironically largely averted by The Brothers Grimm themselves. While their Kinder- und Hausmärchen contains levels of Family-Unfriendly Violence that will probably be rather shocking to modern readers only familiar with Disneyfied versions of the stories, they actually Bowdlerized quite a bit of the sex and violence out of the original tales they collected, to make the book suitable for family reading.
- Black Company casually does this at one point, mentioning character who was protpotype of all Sleeping Beauty stories in this world. As it turns out, she never woke up. Worse, certain nobleman married and raped her to have a heir. She never even knew she had given birth. And two of children grew up to become ones of the most feared and despised people in history, Lady and Soulcatcher.
Live Action TV
- Syfy is fond of movies and series like Alice (2009) and Tin Man which Grimmify traditional stories.
- They have a new one coming out based on Little Red Riding Hood, appropriately called Red (not that one), where the titular character is the descendant of the original, and her family works as cops by day, werewolf hunters by night.
- In their Face/Off, expect this trope whenever the artists are asked to do anything fairy-tale related, as in the finale of the first season. Which involved Little Red Riding Hood with a gun arm, among other things. (Although Laura's Swan Lake makeups were actually an aversion.)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer had an episode where Hansel and Gretel were evil creatures who fed off of paranoia and hatred. They would appear, fake their own deaths, and then use this as an excuse to rile a town up to a witch hunt. Both Buffy and Willow were nearly burned at the stake, by their own mothers.
- The Grimm and Once Upon a Time TV series.
- In Supernatural the season 3 episode "Bedtime Stories" deliberately invokes this trope, with a comatose girl imagining Grimmified versions of a couple fairy tales to be wrought upon poor, innocent bystanders, prompting Sam to give a speech about how the "original" Grimms' tales were much darker and edgier.
- The music video for Rammstein's "Sonne" has a darker take on "Snow White": She's a gold dust addict who abuses the dwarfs (played by the six band members).
- Vocaloid's "Alice in Wonderland" is devoted to this trope. Whether the result is terrifying or Black Comedy shall be left as an exercise to the listener.
- Sound Horizon's 7th Story CD Märchen (German for "fairytale") is about fairytales. They're quite dark, being based on the Grimm versions instead of the Disney versions, and then there's also a hint about there being a "real" side and a "fantasy/ lie" side to them and the fantastic events being metaphors for more mundane, but equally (or, in some cases, more) dark events (Idoko/Goldmary falling into a well, dying and her younger sister spreading the plague, for example).
- Although even without that extrapolation, some of them are still considerably darker and more twisted than the Grimm versions in the plain text, probably one of the biggest cases being "Kuroki Okami no Yado" (based on The Man in the Gallows), which in Grimm was a very short thing about a woman who tries to feed some guests by stealing a liver from a criminal who'd been hanged. That night, the criminal knocks on the door and an exchange takes place that's basically him asking for his liver back. In Kuroki Okami no Yado, it's implied that the old lady's actually been doing that for a while to feed the guests at her inn, and the story really focuses on a girl she took in and subsequently murdered and hung for her liver. Said girl had already been through a war that had devastated her village and had been sold to the old lady. And, by the way, the song makes clear that they aren't sure if the old lady's actually a guy.
- ASP's "Im Märchenland'' is playing with Fairy Tale and Alice in Wonderland motives while telling about a Wonderland where everything is trying to catch (and probably kill) the protagonist.
- Grimm, by Fantasy Flight Games. It's a bit complex, but essentially, the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm were already sanitized from the true events, and due to the influence of a magical book and a mysterious woman called Melusine, they have been given a sort of eternal life in an alternate reality. Since its formation, every fairytale ever imagined or read has been added. How much of the nastiness of the setting is simply because the truth behind the tales — where there was truth — was nastier than what passed into fiction, and how much is because of the influence of the Rotten King — Humpty Dumpty, now existing in a maddened and twisted state of Undeath due to the unsuccessful efforts to restore him as he was before his fall — is not entirely clear.
- Then there's Wonderland, a horror RPG for the JAGS universal system. Wonderland is real, but it's an otherspace where logic and reason completely break down and the major personages of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are basically the Great Old Ones, seeking to reduce humanity to its base elements so they can figure out why we keep mucking up the universe with higher reasoning. Oh, and Wonderland also takes the form of a mental illness not unlike schizophrenia, only you can physically interact with the "hallucinations" and "go down the rabbit hole." And did we mention it's contagious?
- Though it's unique as, unlike many Grimmifications, Earn Your Happy Ending is far more then just possible.
- Not nearly as grim as that, but still rougher than the original Alice stories, are Gary Gygax's AD&D modules based on Wonderland: Dungeonland and Beyond the Magic Mirror.
- Changeling: The Lost is all about this. The intro to one splatbook involves several classic fairy tales with a World of Darkness twist - the Big Bad Wolf is a werewolf, Snow White becomes a vampire (of course), all told to impress a True Fae...
- The card game Scary Tales revolves around twisted versions of fairy tale characters fighting over the crown of the late king.
- The Llorwyn/Shadowmoor setting for Magic: The Gathering undergoes a periodic cycle of this, alternating with Disneyfication.
- Warhammer's Beastmen army is often presented with shades of extremely dark fairytale weirdness, to emphasise their nature as the horrible things in the woods that mankind would be best off avoiding. The sixth edition Beastmen army book (2003) introduced this aesthetic, though it seems to have taken a back seat in the more recent (2009) edition, which paints the Beastmen more as hell-bent on destroying all civilization than lurking in the woods and luring travelers to their doom.
- Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, a deconstruction of fairy tales, spends its first act telling the combined stories of "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", along with an original story along the same lines about a baker and his wife that want to have a child and live next door to the witch from "Rapunzel". Then the second act examines the aftermath of everyone's selfish behavior and the bloodshed that ensues.
- It also uses the less extreme version of the standard Grimmification of "Little Red Riding Hood" — her song "I Know Things Now" being even more blatantly about lost innocence than the original story was.
- The wolf's, er, prominent genitalia in the filmed version. And the double entendres in "Hello, Little Girl". "Look at that flesh, pink and plump!" And the mentions of "carnality". He actually hip-thrusts at the audience at the end.
- The Wolf and Prince Charming are traditionally played by the same actor. This is no accident.
- McFarlane's Twisted Fairy Tales. The fourth series of the McFarlane's Monsters series of statuettes/action figures was themed around the Grimmification of fairy tales and children's stories, to the extent of nightmarish images mostly involving Body Horror, and combining this with a good deal of Fetish Fuel and Fanservice for the sufficiently-twisted collector. Red Riding Hood is dressed in a dominatrix-style bikini outfit, wields a large carving knife and holds the disemboweled wolf with dead grandma pouring out of its innards. Peter Pumpkin-Eater is a cannibal who stores dismembered body parts in a hollow pumpkin, Little Miss Muffet wears a pink corset and faces down with a Giant Spider, Humpty Dumpty has maggots crawling out of his broken corpse and Gretel is in a goth/dominatrix outfit and fishnets mopping up blood All cheerfully chronicled in the form of a storybook on this promotional webpage.
- McFarlane preceded this with the Twisted Land Of Oz line. Toto has become a fearsome, gigantic dragon-dog, Dorothy is subjected to bondage by evil munchkins, The Tin Woodman was a cyborg zombie thing and the Scarecrow was a corpse stuffed with straw and being eaten by crows. Todd McFarlane and his artists can be hired to provide entertainment at childrens' birthday parties, and they can also read bedtime stories to your kids for a special fee.
- Only Todd McFarlane would grimmify Christmas to the point of being horrific. Santa Claus is obese, hunchbacked, wears a gas mask over his bare skull and has Freddy Krueger-esque bladed gloves. Mrs Claus is, of course, almost naked. The elves have been zombified and wield blades. Rudolph wields an axe and is being held back by, uh, fairy lights and leather belts. A six-armed melting snowman and a deformed Jack Frost round out the collection. Todd McFarlane as his artists can also make appearances at your Christmas parties and carolling sessions.
- American McGee's Grimm is a platform game where you perform a literal version of this: the player character is a sarcastic, ugly little dwarf named Grimm who's tired of "cutesy" fairy tales, so he goes around messing them up and making them gruesome and scary again. He takes on various tales from The Brothers Grimm and other sources, from classics like "Cinderella" and "Puss in Boots" to more obscure tales like "The Girl Without Hands" and "A Boy Learns What Fear Is".
- He also (accidentally) subverted this when he got to Red Riding Hood. It manages to be Lighter and Softer (if you ignore the random curse words) than the original by having the wolf get a mercy killing via ax to the stomach: a far better fate than drowning in a well or starving to death. The original is far darker (no friendly woodsman for one).
- Although the part with keeping the Woodsman was intentional — he comments on the original version where she dies, but decides to stick with a modification of the more familiar version.
- American McGee's Alice, which chronicles the now orphaned and mentally insane Alice's battle for sanity, in what can be only described as a goth child's nightmare come true.
- Its sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, is even grimmer — Wonderland has turned into a Crapsack World, and in the real world, Alice is being "treated" by a Psycho Psychologist who wants her to forget everything so he can pimp her out as a child prostitute; oh, and he was also responsible for the fire that killed Alice's family from the first game. If this Troper remembers right, he also raped Alice's sister, leaving her in a Catatonic State RIGHT BEFORE setting Alice's home on fire. When you get down to it, it's even darker than the original tale was.
- The God of War series is an (arguably effective) Grimmification of Greek myths (and several sword-and-sandal movies) wrapped around a new storyline. While a lot of things are gorier, some things were bowdlerised, or at least abandoned due to squick: the fact that several Olympians are married to their sisters, for example. Zeus in the second game, however, is not an exaggeration. He was that much of a bastard. Ares, Theseus, Perseus, however, they definitely get the Grimmification. Athena gets reduced to The Chick.
- Bulleta/B.B. Hood of Darkstalkers is implied to be Red Riding Hood in the Ax-Crazy category, motivated by a combination of sheer self-serving greed and her traumatic experiences to hunt monsters. According to Capcom, the character's idea is to be Humans Are Bastards in full effect, and man did they do their job well.
- The indie game The Path is a psychological horror game inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. You take one of six sisters based on the character (including innocent little Robin and gloomy Goth Ruby) on a path through "the woods". Despite you being instructed to "go to grandma's house, and don't stray from the path", you're supposed to wander off the path, confront the metaphorical (or sometimes literal) wolf, and quite possibly get scared out of your mind.
- Text adventure game Bronze by Emily Short is an adaptation of the "Beauty and the Beast" story where the Beast has inherited a Deal with the Devil from his predecessors, and the servants of the castle are spirits rather than metamorphosed living people. Also, one of the possible endings lets the player break the curse by killing the Beast.
- Fairytale Fights, ohhh so much.
- Alice Is Dead is a Grimmified take on Alice in Wonderland, which features the Rabbit and Alice as contract killers. The Rabbit is the main character.
- Red from No Rest for the Wicked is literally Ax-Crazy and Back from the Dead: she also got better. There are a number of wolf skins in her cottage, though according to her, the wolves left the forest when the moon disappeared.
- "Hansel and Gretel" gets a very dark reimagining as well: The Witch is the cannibalizing, insane mother of Hansel and Gretel who is no longer human. Oh, and the townsfolk are planning to burn the protagonist of "The Girl Without Hands" for the witch's crimes because they care more about assuaging their guilt for letting their children fall prey to the witch and other dangers of the forest than actual justice.
- No Room For Magic plays the "Red Riding Hood deeply affected by her experiences" concept for laughs. Hoodie is somewhere between The Ditz and a Cloudcuckoolander because, after eating her grandma, the wolf decided to raise her. Hoodie is completely oblivious to this fact, even when "Grandma" does things like eat her homework.
- Red from Ever After is very much on the Ax-Crazy end of the spectrum, using a saw as her Weapon of Choice. Her introduction scene has her taking the saw to the guards and one of the nurses of the asylum in a bloody rampage before being subdued by Puss-In-Boots. Thanks to Dr. Crooked, they get better.
- Not even Frosty is safe, it seems.
- VG Cats LOVES grimmifying cute everybody's-happy tales for shock value. Heck, about a third of all their comics involve this nowadays.
- Parodied in The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, where one grimmification is exchanged for another.