"Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!"
"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!"
"The Three Little Pigs" is a Talking Animals story that was written in the 1840s. The young pigs of the story's title move out of their mother's house to seek their fortune, but it is hindered by the fact that there is The Big Bad Wolf out there with intentions of eating them. The first little pig builds his house out of straw, but the wolf blows it down and eats him. The second little pig builds his house out of sticks and meets the same fate. The third pig, however, being the brains of the outfit, builds his house out of bricks, which the wolf cannot blow down. The wolf makes several attempts to trick the pig into coming out of the house, but fails each time. Finally, he tries going down the pig's chimney, but is cooked in a pot that the pig puts there, and ends up eaten by the third pig himself, though several adaptations have the first two pigs escaping safely from the wolf and hiding inside the third pig's house.
Various versions of "The Three Little Pigs" and related tales can be read here.
"The Three Little Pigs" provides examples of:
- An Aesop: The little pig who works hard and uses intelligence to choose the strongest building material is the one who beats the wolf.
- Ascended to Carnivorism: In the Joseph Jacobs version, the third little pig eats the wolf. Pigs are technically omnivores, but they are a prey item to wolves.
- The Big Bad Wolf: Co-Trope Maker, along with "Little Red Riding Hood".
- Bowdlerize: In one of the most popular retellings, instead of having the wolf getting caught in the third pig's pot and eaten, he instead simply becomes tired from trying to blow down the house and settles down for a nap next to a pond nearby; as he slumbers, the third pig sneaks out and cuts the wolf's belly open, rescues his (still alive and whole) brothers from inside, and puts heavy stones in their place inside the wolf. When the wolf later awakens, he attempts to take a drink from the pond, only for the weight of the rocks to cause him to fall in and sink to the bottom, where he promptly drowns. Still not exactly family friendly, but at least all three pigs survive and aren't cannibals.
- Brainy Pig: Averted for the pigs who make their houses out of straw and sticks, and some adaptations will have them be straight-up stupid, inverting the trope. The pig who builds the brick house is definitely the most sensible, so he's at least a downplayed example, but some adaptations play it straight and have him be smart and strategic.
- "Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin!"
- "Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!"
- Chimney Entry: The Wolf in the end tries to enter the brick house like this, unintentionally falling into a cauldron full of boiling water that the pig had left at the bottom for him.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: In versions where the first two pigs die, don't expect the third to care.
- Go Fetch: In the original Joseph Jacobs version, the third pig is accidentally caught climbing down an apple tree by the wolf and manages to escape by making the latter chase after an apple.
- Just Desserts: The third pig in Joseph Jacobs' version does not stop at boiling the wolf to death, but also eats him "for supper".
- Karmic Death: The wolf gets himself killed in his attempts to eat the pigs, and in Joseph Jacobs' tale it is him that gets eaten in the end.
- Pain-Powered Leap: In tamer versions, upon landing in the pot in the fireplace, the Wolf bounces back up the chimney in pain rather than being cooked.
- Perspective Flip: A popular way to make this story into a Fractured Fairy Tale:
- The popular children's book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, narrated by the wolf.
- There also was a Looney Tunes cartoon told from the wolf's perspective.
- And an earlier one set to Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dances.
- Finally, there's The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, a book that takes this to the logical extreme, pitting three little wolves against a bullying, vandalizing pig. They wind up becoming friends in the end.
- Predators Are Mean: He's the Big Bad Wolf.
- Rule of Three: Presumably the reason there are three little pigs.
- Savage Wolf: The wolf is depicted as a villain out to eat the protagonists.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Many versions omit the deaths of the first two pigs (generally by having them run to the next pig's house) and the wolf at the end of the story.
- Super Breath: The wolf easily "huffs and puffs" and blows down the house of straw and the house of sticks of the first two pigs. The house of bricks of the third pig, in the other hand, is another thing...