Not just any Big Badass Wolf
, but THE Big Bad Wolf. The one with the Three Little Pigs
, or Little Red Riding Hood
, or both.
Since this character is a common target of Alternate Character Interpretation
: When adding an example, please specify how
the Big Bad Wolf is portrayed.
Please note that the character doesn't have to be either badass nor a wolf to fit this trope. Those are traditional characteristics of the character, but Alternate Character Interpretation can go quite far. Thus: Sometimes but far from always
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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.
- 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 werewolf so that he can pass of 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.
- 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 particulary 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.
- 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.
- In the Little Wolf books, the Big Bad Wolf is the title character's uncle and 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.
- 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 tatoo 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.
- In the series Teen Wolf, any of the werewolves could be considered this, but special mention goes to the Alpha wolves. They're much larger than their omega and beta counterparts, possess blood red eyes, and they can turn into a full-wolf form at will. Both of the Alphas seen so far, Peter and Derek Hale, demonstrate these traits plus superior strength and endurance at numerous points in the show.
- 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.
- A 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. However, he reforms and ends up marrying the heroine in the end.
- The Big Bad Wolf in Sesame Street 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.
- 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.
- Sergej Prokofiev's musical tale Peter And The Wolf also 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!
- 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.
- 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 The Zantabulous Zorceror of Zo, this archetype is represented by Shaykosch the Deathless Wolf. An enormous wolf who is defeated by a hero each generation, only to rise again for the next. Though the actual Big Bad name is only used as a term in gameplay mechanics.
- 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)
- 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.