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* KillItWithFire: The dragon's preferred method of killing its enemies: [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]] to light the dry grass and suffocate them in heat and smoke. Much later on, this was also how the brothers killed the witch.

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* KillItWithFire: The dragon's preferred method of killing its enemies: [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]] to light the dry grass and suffocate them in heat and smoke. Much later on, this was is also how the brothers killed the witch.



** The dragon also gets beheaded multiple times, though it's because there were seven heads. Interestingly, only six of those heads were cut off; the last one stayed intact even as the younger brother's animals killed it.

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** The dragon also gets beheaded multiple times, though it's because there were seven heads. Interestingly, only six of those Later on these seven heads were cut off; are brought to the last one stayed intact even king's palace on his daughter's wedding day as trophies, which also helps the younger brother's animals killed it.brother fire ChekhovsGun.


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** In the same scene, he also says (in response to the marshal's lie about dragons not having tongues) that "liars ought to have none."


** After the huntsman kills the dragon, the marshal cuts his head off while he sleeps. Fortunately, his {{Talking Animal}}s save him.
** The treacherous marshal is executed by having four bulls dismember his body.

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** After the huntsman younger brother kills the dragon, the marshal cuts his head off while he sleeps. Fortunately, his {{Talking Animal}}s save him.
** The Later on, the treacherous marshal is executed by having four bulls dismember his body.



* MagicWand: The witch's wand, unique in that it works not by waving it and verbalizing a spell, but by tapping it on other people (and animals!) to [[TakenForGranite turn them to stone.]]



** In a BlinkAndYoullMissIt example during the same scene, the younger brother had both his father and his foster-father (the huntsman) at his wedding and loaded them both with treasures.

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** In a BlinkAndYoullMissIt BlinkAndYouMissIt example during the same scene, the younger brother had both his father and his foster-father (the huntsman) at his wedding and loaded them both with treasures.



** In the first section, the poor broom-maker brings gold from the golden bird three times to his brother.

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** In the first section, the poor broom-maker brings gold from the golden bird three times to his brother. (The third time was the bird itself.)


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** The magic root is used to reverse a beheading and bring someone back to life three times. Although unlike the other uses of this trope in the story, they were not three recurring attempts in one scene.


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* SuperSpeed: The hare says that the magic root lies two hundred hours away from where the story takes place. The lion tells it to retrieve the root in twenty-four hours and ''actually gets it done!''


* CoolSword: The younger brother picks up a sword from a church, which can only be lifted by the WorldsStrongestMan.



* DragonsAreDemonic: It eats virgins and is slain by a sword that was found on church grounds.



* KillItWithFire: How the brothers killed the witch.

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* KillItWithFire: How The dragon's preferred method of killing its enemies: [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]] to light the dry grass and suffocate them in heat and smoke. Much later on, this was also how the brothers killed the witch.



* PetTheDog: Although he won TheBet, the younger brother allowed the innkeeper to keep his property and even the thousand gold coins that was wagered against it. Presumably this was because the brother was moving up to royalty anyway, but it's still a show of generosity.

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* PetTheDog: Although he won TheBet, the younger brother allowed the innkeeper to keep his property and even the thousand gold coins that was wagered against it. Presumably this was because the brother was moving up to royalty anyway, but it's still a show of generosity.generosity, or as the story puts it, "it [was] done according to mercy."
** In a BlinkAndYoullMissIt example during the same scene, the younger brother had both his father and his foster-father (the huntsman) at his wedding and loaded them both with treasures.


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* WorldsStrongestMan: A surprisingly irrelevant plot point, but the inscription at the church where the younger brother finds the CoolSword says "Whosoever empties the cups will become the strongest man on earth, and will be able to wield the sword which is buried before the threshold of the door."


* BearsAreBadNews: They certainly are for the poor guards of the old king! When the younger brother's bear tried to enter the palace, he swiped his paws on a couple of guards to break their ranks and gain entrance. Averted generally for the brothers, each of whom has a loyal bear companion.

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* BearsAreBadNews: They certainly are for the poor guards of the old king! When the younger brother's bear tried to enter the palace, he it swiped his its paws on a couple of guards to break their ranks and gain entrance. Averted generally for the brothers, each of whom has a loyal bear companion.



* DragonsVersusKnights: The dragon is noted to have killed many a knight before the younger brother came along.



* ForgottenPhlebotinum: In the second section, which may have originally been a separate story, there's no mention of gold coins magically appearing under pillows. Possibly subverted, however, in that it explains how the younger twin can easily come up with a thousand gold pieces to cover a little bet he makes with an innkeeper when he returns to marry the princess. (It's also completely averted with the healing herb the younger twin's hare brings to resurrect his master; once they've got it, they use it again [[DeathIsCheap every time they need someone resurrected]].)

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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: In the second section, which may have originally been a separate story, there's no mention of gold coins magically appearing under pillows. Possibly subverted, however, in that it explains how the younger twin can easily come up with a thousand gold pieces to cover a little bet TheBet he makes with an innkeeper when he returns to marry the princess. (It's also completely averted with the healing herb the younger twin's hare brings to resurrect his master; once they've got it, they use it again [[DeathIsCheap every time they need someone resurrected]].)


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* HeroesPreferSwords: The younger brother finds and picks up a special sword to slay the dragon with.


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* MightyRoar: The lion gains entrance to the palace simply by roaring at the guards, who promptly scurried away.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The younger brother's aforementioned CoolSword. There was a whole thing about emptying cups just for him to be able to wield it. Wield it he does and the dragon is slain, and then... no further mention of it.


* ChekhovsGun: The seven dragon tongues that the younger brother cuts and keeps in the princess's handkerchief becomes a crucial plot point in proving he was the one who slew the dragon and not the marshal.



* GreenEyedMonster: Upon hearing that his older brother had been sleeping in the same bed as his wife (although with a sword between them so that nothing intimate would happen), the younger brother quickly decapitated him out of a fit of jealous rage. Immediately {{zigzagged}} upon him realizing he had just killed his brother and savior. DeathIsCheap is invoked soon after and all is back to normal.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Upon hearing that his older brother had been sleeping in the same bed as his wife (although with a sword between them so that nothing intimate would happen), the younger brother quickly decapitated him out of a fit of jealous rage. Immediately {{zigzagged}} To his credit, he immediately reversed course upon him realizing he had just killed his brother and savior. DeathIsCheap is invoked soon after and all is back to normal.



* KillItWithFire: How the brothers killed the witch.



* MultipleHeadCase: The dragon has--''[[OffWithHisHead had]]''--seven heads.

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* MultipleHeadCase: MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The dragon has--''[[OffWithHisHead had]]''--seven heads.younger brother once he realized that he had beheaded his brother and savior in a [[GreenEyedMonster green-eyed moment of monstrosity]]. Fortunately for him, DeathIsCheap!



* PetTheDog: Although he won TheBet with the innkeeper, the younger brother allowed him to keep his property and even the thousand gold coins that was wagered against it. Presumably this was because the brother was moving up to royalty anyway, but it's still a show of generosity.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: This one has--''[[OffWithHisHead had]]''--seven heads.
* PetTheDog: Although he won TheBet with the innkeeper, TheBet, the younger brother allowed him the innkeeper to keep his property and even the thousand gold coins that was wagered against it. Presumably this was because the brother was moving up to royalty anyway, but it's still a show of generosity.



** The lion meanwhile tasted three wines on its FetchQuest, the third being the one he was sent for.

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** The lion meanwhile tasted three wines on its FetchQuest, the third being the one he it was sent for.


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* TongueTrauma: The younger brother removes a tongue from each of the slain dragon's seven heads as proof of his victory. It later acts as a ChekhovsGun.


** The treacherous marshal is executed by having four bulls dismember his body.



** The treacherous marshal is executed by having four bulls dismember his body.


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* SweetTooth: The younger brother's bear turns out to be this, because it likes licking sweet things. It is for this exact reason it was sent to fetch some of the king's confectionery.


* TheAlcoholic: Funnily enough, the younger brother's lion is this. It often gets intoxicated and oddly, it is for this exact reason that the lion was sent to fetch some king's wine from the palace. To ensure it got the right wine for its master, the lion kept tasting some of the wine offered and ended up slightly inebriated on the way back!



* TheBet: The younger brother had bets with his innkeeper that he could obtain foods and drinks that the King ate and drank. The innkeeper naturally disbelieved him, and so the younger brother sent each of his animal companions to fetch these items for him. It eventually escalated from betting money to the innkeeper's house and yard against the brother's thousand gold coins, the wager resting on whether the brother can marry the princess or not. Of course, the brother wins that bet too (although he allowed the innkeeper to keep his property as well as the gold coins).



* FetchQuest: The younger brother sends each of his animal companions to the palace to fetch him various foods or drinks that the King consumes, in order to win TheBet.



* LoyalAnimalCompanion: The brothers each have a lion, a bear, a wolf, a fox and a hare for companions.

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* LoyalAnimalCompanion: The brothers each have [[PantheraAwesome a lion, lion]], [[BearyFriendly a bear, bear]], [[NobleWolf a wolf, wolf]], [[CunningLikeAFox a fox fox]], and [[RascallyRabbit a hare hare]] for companions.


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* MultipleHeadCase: The dragon has--''[[OffWithHisHead had]]''--seven heads.


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** The dragon also gets beheaded multiple times, though it's because there were seven heads. Interestingly, only six of those heads were cut off; the last one stayed intact even as the younger brother's animals killed it.
* PetTheDog: Although he won TheBet with the innkeeper, the younger brother allowed him to keep his property and even the thousand gold coins that was wagered against it. Presumably this was because the brother was moving up to royalty anyway, but it's still a show of generosity.


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** In the first section, the poor broom-maker brings gold from the golden bird three times to his brother.


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** The lion meanwhile tasted three wines on its FetchQuest, the third being the one he was sent for.


In the second section, the two boys (who incidentally are identical twins) are young men and set out to seek their fortunes. First they travel together, and acquire a matching set of faithful animal companions (which are also twins, or at least littermates). Then they go their separate ways, and the story follows the younger brother, who saves a princess from a dragon and wins her hand. They live happily for a while until the young man goes hunting in a mysterious forest, where a witch turns him to stone. The elder brother, having received a portent that his sibling is in trouble, comes to visit and is mistaken for his twin. He lets the mistake stand so he can borrow his brother's authority to find out what's going on, then goes out to the forest and rescues his younger brother from the witch. The brother who is married to the princess, though grateful to be rescued and glad to be reunited with his sibling, has an attack of jealousy when he learns that his elder brother has been living his life, but is reassured when he gets home and his wife asks him why he has been behaving strangely distant and sleeping separately from her for the last few days. The end.

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In the second section, the two boys (who incidentally are identical twins) are young men and set out to seek their fortunes. First they travel together, and acquire a matching set of faithful animal companions (which companions: in order they are hares, foxes, wolves, bears, and lions (all of which are also twins, or at least littermates). Then they go their separate ways, and the story follows the younger brother, who saves a princess from a dragon and wins her hand. They live happily for a while until the young man goes hunting in a mysterious forest, where a witch turns him to stone. The elder brother, having received a portent that his sibling is in trouble, comes to visit and is mistaken for his twin. He lets the mistake stand so he can borrow his brother's authority to find out what's going on, then goes out to the forest and rescues his younger brother from the witch. The brother who is married to the princess, though grateful to be rescued and glad to be reunited with his sibling, has an attack of jealousy when he learns that his elder brother has been living his life, but is reassured when he gets home and his wife asks him why he has been behaving strangely distant and sleeping separately from her for the last few days. The end.



* AndroclesLion: The brothers acquire their loyal and helpful animal companions by sparing the lives of the creatures' parents.
* BackFromTheDead: After the younger brother defeats the dragon, he is murdered by the marshal, who steals the credit. His animal companions restore him to life using a rare plant the hare knows how to find.

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* AndroclesLion: The brothers acquire their loyal and helpful animal companions by sparing the lives of the creatures' parents.
parents. Of note is that their sparing lives comes five times, and includes a literal lion.
* BackFromTheDead: AppliedPhlebotinum: The magic root in the second section, used to [[DeathIsCheap cheapen death]].
* BackFromTheDead:
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After the younger brother defeats the dragon, he is murdered decapitated in his sleep by the marshal, who steals the credit. His animal companions restore him to life using a rare plant the hare knows how to find. This happens to him again when the lion put his head on backwards the first time, which necessitated yet another round of decapitation-and-resurrection.
** This also happens to the older brother, who was decapitated by the younger brother out of a fit of jealous rage. It played out the exact same, with the older brother none the worse for wear afterwards.
* BearsAreBadNews: They certainly are for the poor guards of the old king! When the younger brother's bear tried to enter the palace, he swiped his paws on a couple of guards to break their ranks and gain entrance. Averted generally for the brothers, each of whom has a loyal bear companion.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: After the huntsman kills the dragon, the marshal cuts his head off while he sleeps. Fortunately, his {{Talking Animal}}s save him.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: A couple of instances.
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After the huntsman kills the dragon, the marshal cuts his head off while he sleeps. Fortunately, his {{Talking Animal}}s save him.him.
** The treacherous marshal is executed by having four bulls dismember his body.


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* GreenEyedMonster: Upon hearing that his older brother had been sleeping in the same bed as his wife (although with a sword between them so that nothing intimate would happen), the younger brother quickly decapitated him out of a fit of jealous rage. Immediately {{zigzagged}} upon him realizing he had just killed his brother and savior. DeathIsCheap is invoked soon after and all is back to normal.


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* OffWithHisHead: The younger brother (twice, thanks to a case of HeadTurnedBackwards) and the older brother. Both of them get better.


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* RuleOfThree: Several times.
** A bumblebee lands three times on the hare's nose before it awoke.
** Speaking of the hare, it scratches on the princess's leg three times before she pays attention to it.


[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/60twobrothers.html Read it here.]]

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[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/60twobrothers.html [[https://americanliterature.com/author/the-brothers-grimm/fairy-tale/the-two-brothers Read it here.]]
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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: In the second section, which may have originally been a separate story, there's no mention of gold coins magically appearing under pillows. Possibly subverted, however, in that it explains how the younger twin can easily come up with a thousand gold pieces to cover a little bet he makes with an innkeeper when he returns to marry the princess. (It's also completely averted with the healing herb the younger twin's hare brings to resurrect her master; once they've got it, they use it again [[DeathIsCheap every time they need someone resurrected]].)

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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: In the second section, which may have originally been a separate story, there's no mention of gold coins magically appearing under pillows. Possibly subverted, however, in that it explains how the younger twin can easily come up with a thousand gold pieces to cover a little bet he makes with an innkeeper when he returns to marry the princess. (It's also completely averted with the healing herb the younger twin's hare brings to resurrect her his master; once they've got it, they use it again [[DeathIsCheap every time they need someone resurrected]].)


* ForgottenPhlebotinum: In the second section, which may have originally been a separate story, there's no mention of gold coins magically appearing under pillows.

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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: In the second section, which may have originally been a separate story, there's no mention of gold coins magically appearing under pillows. Possibly subverted, however, in that it explains how the younger twin can easily come up with a thousand gold pieces to cover a little bet he makes with an innkeeper when he returns to marry the princess. (It's also completely averted with the healing herb the younger twin's hare brings to resurrect her master; once they've got it, they use it again [[DeathIsCheap every time they need someone resurrected]].)

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* FlowerFromTheMountaintop: The hare's journey to fetch the magic root from a distant mountain to save the huntsman.


* StandardHeroReward: The king has promised that the man who saves his daughter will get his hand in marriage and inherit the kingdom.

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* StandardHeroReward: The king has promised that the man who saves his daughter will get his her hand in marriage and inherit the kingdom.


* DragonsPreferPrincesses: The princess is about to be sacrificed to a dragon when the younger brother rescues her. It's mentioned that it's actually virgins the dragon prefers, but all the other virgins in the kingdom have been eaten already.



* RescueRomance: The princess falls in love with the younger brother as soon as he rescues her from the dragon.



* StandardHeroReward: The king has promised his daughter to anyone who rescues her from the dragon; after the younger brother rescues her, he also gets made viceroy of the kingdom.

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* StandardHeroReward: The king has promised that the man who saves his daughter to anyone who rescues her from the dragon; after the younger brother rescues her, he also gets made viceroy of will get his hand in marriage and inherit the kingdom.

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* WickedWitch: She lives in the forest and turns everyone she meets into stone.

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