Not just any big bad wolf, but THE Big Bad Wolf. The one with the Three Little Pigs, or Little Red Riding Hood, or both. When the Big Bad Wolf appears in works of fiction, there are usually some common themes included, such as his predation on children, pigs and innocent young women in red, his knack for disguising himself (used to fool Little Red Riding Hood), and his powerful lungs (used to destroy the two of the Three Little Pigs' houses). Adult-oriented fairytale retellings since the seventies or so have developed a tradition in which he is often either a werewolf or a wolfwere (a wolf who turns into a human). He's also been known to appear in sheep's clothing. This character is a common target of Alternative Character Interpretation, when adding an example, please specify how the Big Bad Wolf is portrayed. The character is usually a savage wolf, but please note that the character doesn't have to be a genuine wolf to fit this trope. Those are traditional characteristics of the character, but Alternative Character Interpretation can go quite far. Not to be confused with a Big Bad who's a wolf, though sometimes they are, or with Bad Wolf (although that name is inspired by this character, as mentioned among the examples). See also Big Bad Wolf the movie. For big wolves (whether or not, strictly speaking, bad), please see Canis Major.
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- In an advertisement for The Guardian, the three pigs, on trial for boiling the wolf alive, confess that they set him up as part of an Insurance Fraud scheme when it is revealed that the wolf had asthma.
- He appeared in one commercial for Super Golden Crisp cereal. Fortunately for Red, she had Sugar Bear to help her deal with him this time. It's hard to find it these days, but you can see it here at the 4:34 point.
- This commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios. (Clearly, Red has a lot of friends among cereal mascots. Incidentally, the Wolf's voice is done by Kelsey Grammer here, with Red played by a young Carrie Fletcher.)
- The Big Bad Wolf shows up in an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs for a PSA about smoking, as he attempts to blow down a little pig's house and ends up coughing terribly from too much smoking.
- Another Big Bad Wolf has COPD. With the proper medication from his wolf doctor, he enjoys life with his happy wolf family- and makes the pigs worried he might blow their house down!
- A PSA for whooping cough vaccinations has an unvaccinated grandmother turn into the Big Bad Wolf when she picks up her infant grandchild.
- The Big Bad Wolf shows up in Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood, and The Fox and The Wolf.
- Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is filled to the brim with Little Red Riding Hood references (the original, unsanitised version) with main character Kazuki Fuse filling the role of the wolf. Sympathetically, mind.
- Jabra, a member of the CP-9 organization from One Piece, can turn into a wolf thanks to his Zoan-type Devil Fruit. He loves to mock his opponent, in this case Sanji, into thinking that he surrendered only to reveal that it was a trap and that you should never trust a big bad wolf. Though, he's also a bit of a subversion in that while the rest of CP 9 revel in their jobs, especially assassination, Jabra sees killing as business, dirty business, but just business. He hates drawing out pain and causing suffering, and seeks to end fights with the kill-strike as fast as possible.
- Wolfrun from Smile Pretty Cure! is based off of this trope. During the episode where Miyuki was sucked into Cinderella, he used his powerful lungs to create a powerful wind that toppled the pumpkin carriage. In another episode, he disguised himself as a human (which the Big Bad Wolf would sometimes do). His true form is that of a fairy who played this role in fairy tales back in the Magical Land. He was hunted and despised, which made him easy for Joker to brainwash him.
- In the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, Leon had a card called "Forest Wolf" among his fairy-tale themed cards that was based on the wolf in the story of Little Red Riding Hood (and he had a card depicting her, too), dressed in a nightgown who could attack opposing monsters by swallowing them. (But if it was destroyed, the opponent would get the monster back, symbolizing how the Huntsman in some versions were able to rescue its devoured victims by cutting him open). When Rebecca (his opponent) asked if it was the Big Bad Wolf, he replied, "That's another story." (Being somewhat of an authority on such stories, he wasn't joking.)
- Disney has one version, Zeke Wolf, who is pathetic and always fails to get the three little pigs. His son Li'l Bad, who is friends with the pigs, is ashamed of him.
- In Fables, The Big Bad Wolf is known as Bigby. He's a great hero, with doing the Big Damn Heroes routine as one of his specialties. But he did very bad things a long time ago, and he is still feared and hated by many. Because the other fairytale animals distrust him, Bigby became a reverse werewolf so that he can pass as a human. His blowing abilities come from his father, the North Wind.
- In Promethea, TBBW is a primordial monster, fueled by all fear of darkness and predators. He's pretty much invincible.
- Barnabus Benjamin Wolf in BB Wolf and the 3 LPs is a farmer and blues singer who is a victim of Fantastic Racism on the part of the pigs. When the youngest pig has his home burned and his family killed, BB goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and kills two of the pigs before he is arrested and executed for the murder of the two pigs and his own family.
Films — Animation
- In Hoodwinked, the Big Bad Wolf turns out to be an intelligent but bumbling Intrepid Reporter and a Master of Disguise, modeled on Irwin Fletcher. As it turns out, he is neither trying to attack Red Puckett (who he thinks was the villain due to an eavesdropped conversation that has a poor reception) nor responsible for the goody thefts that cause the story's main conflict. He is actually a good guy who ends up helping Red catch the real villain in the end.
- He's a character in the Shrek movies, still wearing Red Riding Hood's Grandmother's nightgown and bonnet. He's actually one of the good guys, and is best friends with the pigs, but can still huff and puff and blow a house — or a squad of the villain's mooks — down with ease.
- Cap'n O. G. Readmore Meets Little Red Riding Hood stars Readmore, an anthropomorphic cat who has been in and out of a lot of storybooks and is generally convinced that he can do 'better' than the average character. His punishment for his attitude is being physically turned into the Big Bad Wolf so his hunger keeps overwhelming his brain, leading him to eat the grandma, despite regretting it immediately afterwards, and get into some sticky situations.
Films — Live-Action
- Freeway, being loosely based on the Little Red Riding Hood story, has Kiefer Sutherland playing Bob Wolverton, a serial rapist and murderer.
- Hard Candy is one particularly disturbing modern version of Little Red Riding Hood, with a girl who calls herself Haley in the role of Little Red Riding Hood as well as the woodsman. An Internet pedophile named Jeff fills the role of the Big Bad Wolf, luring Haley over to his place under false pretenses and then starts trying to get her drunk. It goes downhill from there, but maybe not exactly in the way Jeff had planned...
- In The Woodsman, the main character is not the Big Bad Wolf. Or is he? In this dark drama about a man who was recently released from 12 years in prison for raping a child, "The Woodsman" and "The Big Bad Wolf" exist only as underlying archtypes for who he wants to be and who he fears to be.
- Max Cady repeatedly refers to himself as "the Big Bad Wolf" in the remake of Cape Fear. This actually holds some appeal for Sam Bowden's teenage daughter.
- The Big Bad Wolf has a few cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit as one of the Toons who live in Toon Town.
- Red Riding Hood has the Big Bad Wolf as a werewolf capable of telepathic conversations with the heroine. There are various suspects for the human identity of the wolf; the grandmother (who's rather creepy,) the heroine's boyfriend (who wants her to leave town with him, which is what the wolf asks her to do) are the most prominent. The wolf is in fact the heroine's father, which puts his very predatory behaviour towards his own daughter in a rather more disturbing light.
- The Company of Wolves, based on one of the Angela Carter stories mentioned in the Literature section, is the Trope Codifier for the Big Bad Wolf being a werewolf or reverse werewolf.
- Lady in the Water has the Scrunt, a supernatural wolf that camouflages in the grass and is the natural predator to the Narfs, a kind of water nymphs. He is also the Big Bad of the film, as he wants to kill the only remaining Narf, Story.
- In Van Helsing, the werewolves are very big but not truly bad until Dracula become their master after their first midnight. Justified as werewolves are the only monsters who can kill the vampire lord and thus they become this trope to him.
- The Into the Woods film adaptation has the wolf played by Johnny Depp but his song introduces him more as a creepy child stalker. However, he's still hungry for Red Riding Hood and her Grandma.
- "The Three Little Pigs" has the Big Bad Wolf.
- "Little Red Riding Hood". Except in the versions where he's a Big Bad Werewolf.
- "The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids", which has similar motifs to Little Red Riding Hood - the malevolent wolf tricks seven young goats with disguises and swallows all but the youngest, who together with their mother is able to rescue the others.
- "The Wolf And The Fox" involves a wolf, sometimes identified as the Big Bad Wolf, enslaving a fox to help it hunt for food with the greedy and gluttonous wolf getting the lion's share. In contrast to the cunning fox, the wolf is a poor hunter who has no sneaking skills, and bumbles any attempt to steal food from the farmer. Eventually the fox concocts a scheme in which they invade the farmer's cellar and ransack it for food. While the wolf loudly eats all he can, the tricky fox takes only a little bit and escapes, alerting the farmer in the process. The overstuffed wolf is unable to escape, and is killed by the farmer, undone by his own greed.
- The Wolf appears in "The Goat and Her Three Kids", a Romanian variant of "The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids".
- The archetype appears in several of Aesop's Fables, usually representing violence and gluttony, such as in "The Wolf and the Lamb" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is a book supposedly told by "A. Wolf" that has the wolf claiming that he just had a very bad cold (sneezing) and the pigs were refusing to give him sugar to bake his poor granny a cake. Oh, and he ate the pigs after he sneezed because it's like seeing a cheeseburger lying around.
- In the Discworld novel Witches Abroad, the main villain warps reality so it'd be like fairly tales. This includes making a wolf think he's a person. The wolf suffers horribly, stuck between species, and begs for a Mercy Kill.
- In The Sisters Grimm, the Big Bad Wolf is Mr. Canis. He has actually become a good friend with the three little pigs and apparently the story of Little Red Riding Hood is very different: the one that everyone knows is a lie that the woodsman made up to make himself famous while Mr. Canis lost all his memories in the incident. However, the real Big Bad Wolf is a dangerous and feral spirit who the good-natured Mr. Canis has to fight for control. Red Riding Hood later accepts the Wolf's spirit into herself to help fight the villains.
- In the Little Wolf books, the Big Bad Wolf is the title character's uncle, a Jerkass and a Villainous Glutton who threatens to eat his own nephew more than once. He eventually dies when he explodes from eating too many baked beans. This doesn't prevent him from appearing in later books as a ghost.
- The roles of the wolf and pigs are reversed in The Three Horrid Little Pigs — the wolf is a friendly builder while the pigs are crude hooligans who were forced out of home by their mother.
- The Loups of The Book of Lost Things are the descendants of the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood, who seduced and had children with him. She later had other women couple with wolves to produce more Loups, some willingly and others not.
- Angela Carter's collection of Darker and Edgier fairy tale retellings The Bloody Chamber contains a couple of variations on the Big Bad Wolf.
- In the children's book, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig" three young wolves are sent out into the world by their mother and are promptly harassed by a big bad pig. The wolves are far smarter than their porcine counterparts and bricks are their starting point-unfortunately, their antagonist is cleverer than his counterpart, and uses heavy demolitions to bring down their ever-heavier fortifications. Finally one of the wolves gets the idea to make the house out of flowers, and the pig is converted to the side of good by the pleasant aroma.
- In The Wolf's Tale, the Wolf isn't interested in eating people, only chicken and other animals. However, Red is convinced that Predators Are Mean and tries to force him to become a vegetarian, stopping him from hunting properly and making him sick in the process. He disguises himself as Grandma (who is away) so that he can eat the chicken in her basket, and in the end he only wants to get away.
- Henry Whelp, the protagonist of Dust City, is the son of the Big Bad Wolf, who is in prison for the murder of Red and her grandmother. Henry believes that his father was put up to it in some way. As it turns out, the murder was committed under the influence of tainted fairy dust, which turns animalia like the Whelps violent.
- Wolfgang of Big Bad Detective Agency is actually innocent of destroying the three pigs' homes — the worst thing he ever did was steal chickens, and he prefers tending his garden these days. He teams up with the fourth pig to find the real culprit. The culprit is the pigs' mother, who missed them and wanted them to come home.
- In Wolf Won't Bite! the three pigs capture the wolf and force him to perform tricks for them. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
- The Big Bad Wolf in The Big Bad Wolf and Me has fallen on hard times — no one believes in him anymore, and a little boy helps him get his confidence back.
- In Little Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!, the Wolf is a vegetarian... most of the time. He claims to have mistaken Red and her grandmother, both self-absorbed Jerkasses, for apples.
- Meanwhile, the Wolf in No Lie, Pigs (And Their Houses) Do Fly, is a social outcast with allergy problems who just wants to be friends with the pigs...but saw no harm in eating them when his intrusions caused them to panic and accidentally kill themselves. He befriends the last pig, who teaches him how to use his allergies to help others, on the condition that he not eat meat.
- The Wolf decides to pull a Heel–Face Turn in Big Bad Wolf is Good, only to be ostracized and distrusted by the other animals. He finally earns their trust when he rescues a missing duckling and returns it to its mother.
- In Little Red's Riding 'Hood, the Wolf is portrayed as a monster truck named Tank.
- The Wolf in Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood is a sympathetic character who lost his pack to the Huntsman, and who ultimately befriends Red while the Huntsman turns out to be a villain.
- In The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark and Ula Li'i and the Magic Shark, the Wolf is an amphibious Magic Shark. The shark ultimately pulls a Heel–Face Turn when he learns how to cook his own food instead.
- The Fractured Fairy Tale series Seriously Silly Stories riffs on the trope a few times. In "Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs", the wolf is a friendly hippie who must drive the three pigs, portrayed as Jerkass land developers, away from his forest. Meanwhile, in ''Little Red Riding Wolf", the characters' roles are reversed, with a Big Bad Girl terrorizing the innocent Little Red Riding Wolf. However, Little Red's grandmother is much bigger and badder than she is.
- While human, Wolfgang in Grimmtastic Girls is that version of Red Riding Hood's Big Bad Wolf, and she has a (reciprocated) crush on him. While he is suspicious and appears to be allied with the villains, it turns out that he's actually a good guy, and only wanted to join their secret society so he could spy on them. He's afraid of being like his uncles, who really were evil.
- In The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf is pointedly the same wolf from The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, as his rap sheet states. Despite this, he’s the first member of the team to invoke the change to good, and is the one most insistent on keeping it.
- In Supernatural, when a ghost is making a town re-enact fairy tales (not as cutesy as it sounds, this is Supernatural, after all), a young man with a Wile E Coyote tattoo gets hypnotised into being the Big Bad Wolf. He attacks three overweight builder brothers, killing two and injuring one (the Three Little Pigs), then murders an old lady and abducts her granddaughter (Little Red Riding Hood). He's freed from control as Sam stops the ghost, just as Dean, acting out the part of the huntsman, is about to kill him.
- It shows up in Charmed, and is defeated when it swallows Piper whole, only for her to blow it up from the inside with her powers.
- In Grimm, the actual creatures who inspired the Big Bad Wolf legends are the Blutbaden, who are basically werewolves by a different name.
- Once Upon a Time reveals that Red Riding Hood herself is actually the storied wolf. Her red cape is what keeps her wolf form at bay.
- In the early 2000s, a Belgian children's puppet TV show, "De Grote Boze Wolf Show" ("The Big Bad Wolf Show"), centered around a fairy tale wolf who boasted to be a "Big Bad Wolf", but actually rather THOUGHT he was.
- In Monty Python sketch for German television, also seen in the film Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1982) featured a low-budget version of Little Red Riding Hood where John Cleese plays Little Red Riding Hood and a little dog is used as the wolf.
- Wolf in The 10th Kingdom is a werewolf who works for the Evil Queen (and is also the grandson of the original big bad wolf). However, he reforms and ends up marrying the heroine in the end.
- Sesame Street:
- The Big Bad Wolf is a relatively harmless version of the character who eventually gives up chasing the pigs and takes up bubble-blowing as a hobby. He has a kindly brother named Leonard who gets along well with pigs and explains that he isn't like the Big Bad Wolf at all.
- In one skit, the wolf stops chasing Little Red Riding Hood when they both get angry at the Huntsman when they find out he chopped down a tree they both liked, and then they both start to chase after him.
- Rose from Doctor Who uses "Bad Wolf" as an alias after merging with the Time Vortex.
- This is playfully turned in on itself in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe book Time Lord Fairy Tales with a Twice-Told Tale version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in which the heroine is aware of the stories of a Bad Wolf in the woods — but she's patterned on Rose...The actual villain turns out to be a Zygon instead.
- This is one of Koragg the Knight Wolf's Motifs in Power Rangers Mystic Force, along with Black Knight. He eventually turns out to be the powerful and noble Leanbow, father of the main protagonist, who was brainwashed into becoming evil and later joins the good guys.
- A MAD page from 1962 imported the Big Bad Wolf (from Disney's lot in Burbank, apparently) to huff and puff and blow the Berlin Wall down.
- Years later, in Sergio Aragonés "A Mad Look at Fairy Tales", he tries and fails to blow the Pigs' brick house down, only to stop, gasping for breath; then he storms off, throwing away a box of cigarettes as he does. (Implying that those are the reason he couldn't.)
- Sergej Prokofiev's musical tale Peter and the Wolf features a big dangerous wolf.
- Sam Sham and the Pharaohs' "Little Red Riding Hood" is sung from the point of view of the Big Bad Wolf, and is sung as a sort of love song, where the Wolf decides to disguise himself so Red won't be frightened away. The fact that this would pretty much prove that he's untrustworthy, thus derailing his chances at getting her to trust him, are lost on him.
- The music video for the VAST song "Pretty When You Cry" has lots of visual references to Little Red Riding Hood.
- The Green Jelly song "Three Little Pigs" updates the classic folk tale for modern times (to hilarious effect), but keeps the Big Bad Wolf as its Big Bad.
- The hit single "Big Bad Wolf" by Duck Sauce, complete with a sample of wolf howling!
- Both the lyrics and music video for "Someone's In The Wolf" by Queens of the Stone Age make references to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.
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- One cartoon depicted a city of pigs and straw skyscrapers, with a wolf driving towards it thinking, "Oh man... I've been away too long."
- In another cartoon, he was at a psychiatrist, telling the doctor that he's still been dressing like Red Riding Hood's grandmother ever since that incident. (And understandably finds it bizarre.)
- The Bret Harte poem "What the Wolf Really Said to Little Red Riding-Hood" presents the wolf as a somewhat romantic Stalker with a Crush who disguises himself as Red's grandmother because he is too shy to approach her as himself.
- The Wolf pursues Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. Basically played straight, although with disturbing overtones about what his actual intentions toward Red are. Traditionally, the wolf suit is as Anatomically Correct as the production feels they can get away with. And since the Wolf is standing like a human (for obvious reasons), it's a lot more obvious than it would be on an actual wolf.
- In The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, the Wolf ends up eventually befriending the three pigs after his trial.
- The Wolf in The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood is a well-meaning character who joins forces with Grandma to teach the bratty Little Red Riding Hood a lesson.
- In Baby Bear and the Big Bad Wolf, the Wolf is, strangely, the same character as the witch in Hansel and Gretel. They are defeated by Goldilocks, the pigs, Baby Bear, and Hansel and Gretel invoking Never the Selves Shall Meet.
- In The Disappearance of the Three Little Pigs, a Film Noir-style mashup of fairy tales, B. B. Wolf is the shady owner of the Howl Hole nightclub.
- Red: The Red Riding Hood Musical is an adaptation of the original fairy tale, and an exporation of the different versions of the story. The Wolf is played straight, albeit with a profoundly creepy stalker-y vibe to him. Right up until the end, when the story tellers start arguing over which version of the ending they should re-enact, at which point the "wolf" (played by one of the storytellers) starts arguing with Red and Grandma over which one of them gets eaten, and whether or not he gets shot.
- In a Russian adaptation of the Red Riding Hood story, the brutish Wolf is aided by a fox who secretly plans to let the Wolf be chased out of the forest after he eats Red. They are eventually dealt with by the woodsman and Red's friends — a bear, a rabbit, and a grass snake.
- In "Holka Polka", the Wolf is actually one of the main protagonists, and claims to be afraid of little girls.
- In Ever After High, Mr. Badwolf is a teacher at the title school. He fell in love with Red Riding Hood during his story and married her, having two daughters with her.
- The Path is an unusual indie art game that is a modern horror adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood. You play as six different girls, all with names that evoke the color red, and each girl has a Mind Screw encounter with a "wolf".
- World of Warcraft has the Opera event in Karazhan, which sometimes tells the tale of Little Red Riding Hood — the wolf is the boss encounter, chasing after one of the players designated as the girl (and turned into a gnome in appropriate attire)
- Activision's Oink! has, of course, the Big Bad Wolf from the Three Little Pigs (given the name Bigelow B. Wolf) using his breath to knock down bricks in the wall that the pigs (controlled by the player) try to patch up before he blows a big enough hole to capture them. His breath, due to Atari 2600 graphics, looks like a laser beam, and becomes part of his Vacuum Mouth when it makes contact with any of the pigs.
- Telltale's The Wolf Among Us is a video game adaptation of the Fables comic books and thus features Bigby Wolf as the main protagonist who has reformed as the sheriff of Fabletown. Why sheriff? Because they thought Bigby was the only one tough enough for the job.
- The MOBA Arena Of Fate which has Little Red Ridding Hood facing against her Big Bad Wolf Fenrir, as in the same Fenrir of Norse mythology.
- The Big Bad Wolf appears in King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne as one of the quest characters the player must get rid of in his adventure, directly spoofing Little Red Riding Hood.
- In the Sharp X1 game Sanbiki no Butasan, the wolf is the biggest and baddest of the animals trying to thwart the pig's quest to build houses of straw, sticks and bricks. However, all it takes to dispatch this wolf is a hammer.
- In Lobotomy Corporation, one of the abnormalities you have to manage is "The Big And Might Be Bad Wolf". It appears as a very large, seemingly-friendly cartoon-esque wolf that can be placated by feeding it agents, which you regain the next day. Let its mood drop too low, however, and it will escape containment, gain a much more lean form, and live up to the "big" and "bad" parts of its name.
- In The Three Little Cyberpigs, a Too Smart for Strangers PSA, one of the pigs accidentally invites the Big Bad Wolf to his house through an Internet chatroom. This has consequences in the sequel when the same pig, who is convinced from his experience with the Big Bad Wolf that wolves are Always Chaotic Evil, teams up with a wolf-hating duck to try and bully a friendly wolf out of a skateboarding chatroom they're all members of. Fortunately, his siblings convince him that this was wrong and he apologizes.
- In Annyseed, our Big Bad Wolf character is Count Tarrorviene. He seeks the blood of a younger vampire in order to release him from the trappings of his victorian blood machine.
- In Ever After, The Big Bad Wolf appears to be something similar to the Promethea one — a formless monster of pure fear, which may or may not exist mainly inside the head of the hopelessly-insane Red Riding Hood. Ever After has more-or-less stalled, but Big Bad and his pet chainsaw-wielding crazygirl have also put in a fairly major appearance in the still-progressing Sugar Bits.
- The The Order of the Stick Stick Tale "Little Red Riding Hoodlum" casts Belkar as the wolf. The wolf's villainy is considerably downplayed from the original story; he only wants one of the muffins Red (Haley) is carrying. He locks Red's "grandparent" (V) in a closet, then tries to pretend that he's the grandparent who's polymorphed into a wolf, but Red sees right through it. He ends up being knocked out and becomes a druid's animal companion.
- In Kevin & Kell, Kell and her son Rudy claim to be descended from the Big Bad Wolf. Kell later proves it by blowing all the leaves off their home, and later the layer of shedded fur that was causing gridlock in Domain. Note that along with them, Kell's brother Ralph has the same claim. So does Kell's daughter Coney and Ralph's daughter Corrie (and Corrie's clone Mary). What makes those last claimants unusual is that Coney's a rabbit and Corrie and Mary are sheep.
- In Tales of the Big Bad Wolf Maximilian Wolfram is a reclusive king of wolves who meets the Red Riding Hood proxy, Elanore Redley, and deliberates what to do with the young girl who shows an affinity for magic. His approach to dealing with her unnerves the hunter in her life.
- The Big Bad Wolf appears in Doctor Lollipop. Unfortunately for him, he's promptly Swallowed Whole, along with Red, by a hungry raptor.
- Whenever Looney Tunes spoofs either Little Red Riding Hood or Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf usually appears as an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- The Trial of Mr. Wolf has the wolf on trial. In his testimony, he tries to convince the jury that Red and her grandma were trying to kill him for his fur coat. No one buys it (despite the fact that the jury is made up entirely of wolves), especially after the wolf says, "And if I'm lying, I hope to get run over by a streetcar!" and a streetcar smashes through the courtroom and runs him over. He then says, "Okay, maybe I did exaggerate a little..."
- The Turn-tail Wolf has the BBW explaining to his nephew how the Three Pigs had bullied him and stolen his tail. But he's an Unreliable Narrator and he really lost it in a swinging door.
- In Little Red Riding Rabbit, the wolf and Bugs Bunny end up joining forces against Red Riding Hood, because she's just that annoying.
- The Big Bad Wolf sides with Bugs Bunny in The Windblown Hare after Bugs realizes that the Three Pigs conned him into buying the straw and stick houses before the wolf came by. With Bugs's help, the wolf successfully destroys the brick house.
- The Three Little Bops revamped the story as being set in a jazz club where the three little pigs are a hot band. The Big Bad Wolf only resorts to blowing the clubs down when the pigs refuse to let him and his lousy trumpet jam with them. The wolf actually becomes a fairly competent musician after he dies and goes to hell.
One of the pigs: The Big Bad Wolf, he learned the rule: you gotta get hot to play real cool!
- Little Red Walking Hood involves Red eventually being saved by Elmer Fudd (in his first appearance), who hits the Big Bad Wolf with a mallet.
- In Red Riding Hoodwinked, Sylvester the Cat teams up with the Big Bad Wolf so that he could get at Tweety Pie, whom Little Red Riding Hood brings to her grandmother. Of course, the Big Bad Wolf is constantly forgetful of Little Red Riding Hood's name and gets prompted by Sylvester from time to time. However, Little Red's grandmother is no pushover, as she knocks both the Big Bad Wolf and Sylvester off the bus she's driving at the end of the story.
- Tex Avery:
- The character Wolfie, who made his debut in "Red Hot Riding Hood", is either a Casanova Wannabe lusting after Red, or being chased by Droopy. Avery created another interpretation of the character for Three Little Pups in the '50s: a slow-witted, deadpan bungler with a Southern drawl (which voice artist Daws Butler would later reuse for Huckleberry Hound).
- Anther Droopy cartoon has Zeke assuming the part of the wolf, but he's not interested in Red, just the food she carries. Droopy fools him into stealing a basket full of seafood; live seafood, as in lobsters whose claws are not strapped.
- Tex Avery's first MGM cartoon Blitz Wolf cast the Big Bad Wolf in the role of Adolf Hitler.
- Avery also pitted a BBW against a baby pig (modeled after Red Skelton's "Mean Widdle Kid" character) in One Ham's Family. The cartoon was set at Christmas, so the Wolf disguised himself as Santa Claus. The piglet eventually deals with the wolf himself and presents him as a fur coat to his parents.
- In Loopy De Loop, the wolf is a kind and helpful character who takes it on himself to give wolves a better name, and was only trying to help Red Riding Hood and the three pigs. Unfortunately, his intentions are often misunderstood and he is constantly the victim of Amusing Injuries.
- Alexander Graham Wolf, the Wile E. Coyote Expy from the Raggedy Ann cartoon The Great Santa Claus Caper is identified by Comet as the Big Bad Wolf. His main villainous act in-story is taking over Santa Claus's toy factory, encasing toys in his invention, and forcing children to pay for them. The Wolf is eventually redeemed through The Power of Love.
- The Big Bad Wolf appears in "Pigs in a Polka", where the story is told to the tune of many of Johannes Brahms' "Hungarian Dances", specifically No.5, No.7, No.6 and No.17 (in that order). The pigs defeat him by tricking him into falling down an elevator shaft.
- In the Dutch series De Fabeltjeskrant, the Wolf turns out to be only bad because of his short temper and loneliness, and softens after being shown kindness by the other fable characters.
- Disney has its own version of the Big Bad Wolf: An utter failure of a Card-Carrying Villain who made his first appearance in the 1933 short The Three Little Pigs, and was the subject of the popular song 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf'. He later reappeared in the short's sequels, and, as of late, he has officially been made part of the Disney Villains franchise and can even be seen occasionally roaming Disney parks.
- One cartoon where he appeared but both the Pigs and Riding Hood seemed absent was in an old Mighty Mouse cartoon, where he was the only one not invited to Mother Goose's party. The reason why became apparent when he crashed it to get even, but fortunately, the super-heroic mouse showed up to deal with him.
- In a Woody Woodpecker cartoon, Woody decides to mess up the story completely. After finding out that the Wolf simply mugged Red on the road and took her basket, he manages to get to the house before the Wolf does, convinces Granny to go to a ball game, and then turns the tables on the wolf, dressing up in Granny's clothes and tricking him in a similar fashion, then driving him away after driving him crazy. Unfortunately, when Granny comes home, she's upset; apparently, she and the Wolf had been secretly dating.
- Disney Junior's Goldie & Bear has the Big Bad Wolf, or "Big Bad," as a somewhat comic and goofy, bumbling villain who's trouble for the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and the two title characters. This may or may not be the same Disney Big Bad Wolf mentioned above, though he too is voiced by Jim Cummings. As a relatively softer version of the character, he has occasional Pet the Dog moments — when his schemes cause serious harm, he's usually genuinely remorseful.
- The Wolf in the Russian film Gray Wolf & Red Riding Hood is portrayed as a Villainous Glutton who devours numerous characters (including a doctor who fixed his teeth) over the course of the story until the people he ate revolt, blowing him up from the inside.
- In the short film "Fetch", Red Rid Riding Hood is chased by a frightening-looking Big Bad Wolf with Glowing Eyes of Doom. Subverted in the end when it turns out that all he wants is to play fetch.
- In Petya and Little Red Riding Hood, a Genre Savvy Boy Scout named Petya enters the world of a Little Red Riding Hood cartoon. Petya proceeds to utterly derail the story — he distracts the wolf, warns Grandma ahead of time that the wolf is coming, tricks him into eating a Sleeping Dummy, and takes Red's place when confronting him. The wolf is dismayed when Petya doesn't give the traditional "What big..." exchange. When Petya's plan backfires, Red returns the favor by summoning two hunters for a Big Damn Heroes rescue.
- Big bad wolves appear in several episodes of Simsala Grimm In "The Wolf and Seven Kids", the wolf's White Sheep son "convinces" him and his wife to quit eating meat. In "Little Red Riding Hood", the wolf is a Dumb Muscle brute who is manipulated by a flea on his back, and in "The Three Little Pigs" the pigs' snoring scares the wolf away.
- The Big Bad Wolf appears in an episode of Tales from the Crypt, in an ultraviolent adaptation of "The Three Little Pigs". This version of the wolf is one of the more intelligent and cunning ones; he eats and kills the first two pigs by tricking them into opening the door instead of simply blowing the house down (which he already tried) and frames the third for the crime with the help of an all-wolf jury. When the third pig escapes and takes revenge on the wolf, he ultimately revives as a zombie and kills the third pig.
- In The 7D the Wolf is a scam artist who dupes Sneezy into blowing down the three pigs' houses, while he actually intends to steal their families' food. When he tries again on Red Riding Hood, Sneezy takes Red's place and blows the Wolf back to the time of the dinosaurs.
- The Big Bad Wolf's son Wolfy is a recurring character in Super Why! — he can be a bit of a bully and is definitely a prankster, but the main characters consider him a friend and he rarely causes intentional harm. The Big Bad Wolf himself turns up in the episodes focusing on Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs (both major characters in the show.
- The Big Bad Wolf makes a cameo in Bubble Guppies, dressed up as Red's grandma. However, he means no harm and is actually very nice.
- The Piggsburg Pigs! had two Comic Relief antagonist: the wolves Huff and Puff (which contrasted with the really evil and scary monsters that the main characters normally encounter) but still were clearly based on the Big Bad Wolf.
- The Big Bad Wolf in TaleSpin is a flamboyant Sky Pirate named Don Karnage.
- In one Czech cartoon, the Big Bad Wolf is a predatory Villainous Glutton who is happy to eat inanimate objects, too, stalking and swallowing a garden gnome before going after Red and Grandma. When he eats a radio, which Red and Grandma play within his body, he goes to a human doctor for help. The doctor releases Red and Grandma and puts balloons in his stomach. The wolf falls and drowns when the balloons float out, and is mourned by the other predators in the forest he came from.
- In The Big Bad Wolf, a black lamb disguises himself as the Big Bad Wolf to play a prank on the other sheep. This becomes a problem when the real Big Bad Wolf abducts a lamb, who has to be rescued by Little Boy Blue, Little Bo Peep, and an animated scarecrow.