YMMV / Little Red Riding Hood

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Big Bad Wolf. While people know him to be a predator who tricks a little girl into telling him about her grandmother, other versions have a more disturbing take on him. The song, "Little Red Riding Hood", has him be a Stalker with a Crush who just wants to walk with Red through the woods. Other darker versions have him be a sexual predator who tries to take Red by force— this was, indeed, the original interpretation.
    Charles Perrault: From this story one learns that children, especially young girls, pretty, courteous and well-bred, should never talk to strangers, for it is not unheard of for a wolf to provided with his dinner this way. I say "wolf", but not all wolves are of the same type; there is one kind with an amenable disposition— neither noisy, nor hateful, nor angry, but tame, obliging and gentle, who follow girls in the streets and even into their homes, and it is these gentle wolves are most dangerous of all.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In some versions where the wolf tricks the girl into eating some of Grandma's dead body and blood, a cat suddenly comes to call her a slut because she eats her grandma... then the cat is never heard again. Clearly Grandma lives in a very strange neighborhood.
  • Crack Pairing: Red/Wolf. It exists.
  • Critical Research Failure: When one is talking about fairy tales, one often comes across areas of their history where this trope and Cowboy BeBop at His Computer come up. It of course doesn't help that even people who make it their lives work studying some of these tales, still don't know the full roadmap, so it becomes hard to judge the average troper to know everything, but some prominent examples are as follows.
    • A lot of big deal is often made about the symbolism of the red cape to the story's supposed metaphor. Why this is a problem is that Perrault's version written down in the 17th Century is the first known to even make a big deal about the colored cape. The story was told for centuries before there was a red hood to be symbolized.
    • Likewise there is untold amount of speculation from Perrault's having the wolf ask for red to strip off her clothes to get into bed naked with him is a sexual metaphor. This besides the general assumption that the story itself has pedophilia undertones. Problem again coming from what people are picking up on are remnants of older tales where sex in itself is sometimes included. Others nipped this in the tail so to speak as attitudes changed from region to region and century to century.
    • This of course comes in general to Hotter and Sexier variants where what some people may consider themselves to be a Fractured Fairy Tale are really reconstructing something Older Than They Think.
    • The werewolf part also comes up from time to time. Some may think the idea of turning the wolf into a werewolf or shapeshifter is a modern twist. While never a mainstream idea, some areas of France did in fact have versions of the story in which the wolf is called a "loup garou" their term for werewolves. For people scared of werewolves, the addition of the talking wolf being one was no real stretch of the imagination. Indeed, depending on the version the wolf may be anything from an ogre to a vampire to even a tiger.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The wolf is sometimes mistakenly called the Big Bad Wolf, which is the title of the wolf from The Three Little Pigs and not the wolf from this story.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The wolf crosses it in the versions where he feeds Red her dead grandmas remains.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Perrault kills off Grandma, then has Little Red tricked into becoming a cannibal, and then she too meets a gruesome end in the wolf's jaws. Sleep tight kids.