These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Awesome Art: James Jean's covers were striking, emotive and haunting, and for which he won 6 consecutive Eisner Awards for Best Cover Artist. It's likely he could have pushed his streak further if he hadn't retired from the comic book industry
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The story where Bigby has to save one of his sons from being attacked by monsters (revealed to be his brothers). The battle's narration stretches quite a few lines, apparently causing natural catastrophies hundreds of miles away, making mundy's go insane and.. causing two-headed cows to be born? ... what? It also makes Snow see The North Wind the same way Bigby sees him, resulting in her calling him an "evil man." Cue the end of the chapter however, and, with the exception of Bigby's brothers being introduced as minor roles in the story, none of this is ever mentioned again.
Beauty cheating on Beast by briefly making out with Prince Charming. Never mind how Charming points out that Beauty clearly returned his kiss and doesn't seem all too happy in her marriage, contrary to her words. Apart from Bufkin accidentally referring to having witnessed it to Beauty on a later occasion, this is never mentioned again.
Complete Monster: When Hansel and Gretel were captured as children by Frau Totenkinder, who was trying to sacrifice their lives to demons for youth and power, they fought back and burned her alive in her own oven. Hansel found he enjoyed the sight of watching witches burn. With this newfound bloodlust, Hansel set out to make as many witches suffer as he could, not caring that all too often, victims of his witch hunts were innocent girls. Hansel subjects them to torture and deaths for his own gratification without a twinge of remorse. His crowning moment of evil is after he discovers Gretel had been taking an interest in magic. He murdered her on the spot before fleeing the Fable community to align himself with their great adversary as his Inquisitor general, putting himself in charge of hunting down those who might prove disloyal to the Empire. Hansel is one of the Empire's most feared and zealous leaders who uses his position to satisfy his need for torture and domination.
Genius Bonus: Plenty of the characters who are not explicitly named or only slowly implied. Not to mention; in the first Jack of fables book, we see a black janitor named "Sam" who doesn't seem to remember where he is. By the end of the book, he starts running very fast and we see that the tigers had been turned into butter, and Revise shouts that he thought he had him censored - who's he talking about? Little Black Sambo.
Hollywood Homely: A subversion with Mrs. Sprat who is very fat and very homely, and also a Perpetual Frowner and Battle Axe Nurse. In Fables #100, Snow White calls her on the fact that she is both ugly and mean, and that is why no one likes her. In a "The Reason You Suck" Speech moment, Snow explains that she herself is beautiful but can be quite a bitch at times, but her beauty lets her get away with it. Likewise, a woman can be ugly as sin but have a pleasant and charming personality, and that will let people get close to her. Since Mrs. Sprat is both ugly and mean, she needs an attitude adjustment before she pisses off the wrong person.
Could be considered to be played straight eventually. In the beginning Nurse Spratt had a much more cartoony and haggard appearance. When she became a bigger part of the story, while she didn't look as pretty as the other female fables (not yet, anyway), her appearance was a bit less exaggerated.
This may also be attributed to the fact that Mark Buckingham was given more of a chance to add detail to her facial expressions since she had more panel time devoted to her than previously, where she was either a wordless background character or a minor character with a couple of word balloons.
Idiot Plot: Inverted; almost every character seems to be hyper-competent and highly articulate. One explains this by pointing out that even the world's greatest human in a given field still has only a lifetime to practice, and the Fables have had several hundred years and counting.
Some consider Jack taking advantage of an emotionally devastated Rose Red in order to have sex with her in The Great Fables Crossover to be the point where he stops being the guy you love to hate, causing the reader to just hate him instead. On the other hand, given his treatment of the Snow Queen, he was a villain nearly from the very beginning. His worst act may have been selling his own son to demons to save his own skin.
Totenkinder sacrificed every child on the planet to fuel her own power against Mister Dark in The Unwritten crossover.
Bigby Wolf in his origin story. A wolf bigger than a clydesdale horse. Half its mouth is covered in blood. Standing on top of knights, soldiers, and civilians eaten alive in a gory burning field. Looking the reader right in the eyes.
What Totenkinder engineered to happen to Yusuf.
One cover featuring witchhunter Hansel drowning two women.
Tear Jerker: "A Frog's Eye View" from 1001 Nights of Snowfall.
Boy Blue's death, and the wake that follows with nearly every single one of the fables mourning.
Darien's death in "Cubs in Toyland". It really hits hit home when right before sacrificing himself, he cries and asks why he has to die when he's still just a kid, who never got to do anything yet.
In Peter and Max, it's revealed that most Fables are now sterile due to a trick from Max. To get around Snow and Bigby's children, it's revealed that Frau Totenkeinder created a potion that could cause Fables to reproduce. It's the potion Bluebeard used on Bigby and Snow in Storybook Love that lead them to conceiving the kids. However, it's also revealed Totenkeinder was hoping the pair would fornicate under the spell's effect, meaning she essentially set up a Batman Gambit to get Snow and Bigby to date rape each other.
Some of the more feminist fans who started reading the series because of the number of female characters were angered by the degree to which Snow becomes totally committed to life as a wife and mother and gives up all non-family activities after her children are born.
Writer Cop Out: Bigby and his children meet again after five years and their reunion gets no focus at all??