YMMV: Hans Christian Andersen

  • Anvilicious
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: In The Cripple, a paralyzed boy manages to drag himself out of bed and attempts to walk so that he can save a caged songbird from a cat creeping up on it. Everyone celebrates the child's improved state, but in true Andersen fashion "the bird, of course, had died of fright."
    • A number of Andersen's stories end with the protagonists dead, but this is considered a good thing because they are going to a better afterlife, leaving the miseries of this world behind.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Most of his famous fairy tales are unironically more popular overseas than his own country, Denmark.
    • The Little Mermaid got unironically more popular in Japan than his own country, Denmark, Since Japanese storytellers actually love telling stories about Mermaids.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Pretty much his entire canon really, particularly "The Little Match Girl". Also "The Red Shoes"; in this age of consumerism and 24-hour advertising, a girl condemned to a painful death for wanting a nice pair of shoes can be outright Nightmare Fuel.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight/"Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
  • Nightmare Fuel: There's a story about a fir tree that dreams of being a Christmas Tree because of the honour and the glory. Getting cut down hurts like getting your legs cut off. It has one evening of Christmas glory... then it is stuck in the attic to slowly die, like Christmas Trees do.
    • The hellish punishment in The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf. The Red Shoes, where the heroine is only saved from damnation by having her feet chopped off. And the literal nightmare in Aunt Toothache, featuring the Anthropomorphic Personification of aforementioned ailment, who has drills and tongs and similar implements for fingers. It is possible to go on...
  • Tear Jerker: Andersen was a master at tugging the old heartstrings.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • The Woobie: Most of his protagonists.