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Love At First Sight / Fairy Tales

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  • In "Faithful John", Faithful John is unable to keep the new king from looking in the forbidden room, and so the king instantly falls in love with a portrait of a princess.
  • In "The Maiden Without Hands", the king falls in love with the maiden as soon as he meets her stealing pears from his orchard.
  • In "The Six Swans", the king finds the heroine alone in the woods, not speaking to anyone, and falls in love with her beauty.
  • In "Brother and Sister", the king also finds Sister in the woods and wishes to marry her at once.
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  • In "The White Bride and the Black One", the king falls in love with a portrait of the heroine.
  • In "Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf", Helena the Beautiful falls in love with Prince Ivan almost as soon as he kidnaps her.
  • In "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener", after the young gardener attempted to kidnap her, and her father demanded that he get rid of a hill to prove that he was capable of keeping her from danger, the Greek princess hopes that he will succeed in getting rid of the hill.
  • In "Rapunzel", "The Fair Angiola", "Petrosinella", and "Snow-White-Fire-Red", the heroine falls in love with the prince as soon as he gets into the tower. (In all but "Rapunzel", the heroine is instrumental in their escape; she could have escaped on her own.)
  • In "Kate Crackernuts", the prince and Katie fall in love as soon as he recovers his health, and meanwhile, his brother and her sister have fallen in love at sight.
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  • In "Vasilissa the Beautiful", the Tsar falls in love with Vasilissa the Beautiful on sight — having first been intrigued by her weaving and sewing abilities.
  • The Arabian Nights tale of "Prince Camaralzaman and Princess Badoura"... hoo boy. The Prince and Princess, living at opposite ends of the world, respectively decline arranged marriage and get locked in towers to think it out. A good fairy and evil djinn come to blows over which of the two is the most beautiful mortal alive. They end up sticking both in the Prince's bed and comparing them, but can't decide, so they decide to let the mortals decide. Binding the Princess in magical slumber, they wake the Prince, who exclaims over her beauty ("Are you the woman my father meant for me? I had no idea!"), fails to wake her, and finally goes back to sleep. They do the same thing for the Princess, who is even more enamored of the Prince, so the immortals judge the Prince the most beautiful mortal, return the sleeping Princess to her bed, and leave the story entirely. The Prince and Princess awake the next morning, realize they're not sleeping next to the beauty from the night before, and go storming around asking "Where's that gorgeous dreamboat I fell in love with last night?!" Not only that, but the Princess makes a threat of killing herself if her father doesn't show her the man she loves. These two have never spoken to each other, never seen each other awake, know absolutely nothing of the other except that they're gorgeous. And the Princess is willing to kill herself rather than not have her Prince.
    • The Prince and Princess are said to look alike, to the point where the Princess can masquerade as the Prince for months (including getting married to another princess! long story). My classmates wondered if it's the girl who looked very butch or the boy who looked very effeminate — as they said, "Would you marry a girl who looked like you?"
    • They look alike? This could be perfectly rationalized as both of them being siblings without knowing: not having grown up together they would lack the Westermarck Effect that prevents people from hopelessly falling in love with their close relatives. In fact, in real life it's common for siblings who never saw each other during childhood to fall in love at first sight.
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  • In "The Story of the Black Cow", the princess sees a lock of the hero's golden hair and insists she must see its owner to be happy. When he's kidnapped and taken to her, he instantly forgets all else.
  • In The Grateful Beasts, Ferko's beauty is such that the princess admires him at once.
  • In Iron Hans, the princess, as soon as she noticed the prince because of his golden hair, calls him to come to her.
  • In The King Who Would Be Stronger Than Fate, the princess is so taken with the young man's looks that she alters the order of his execution to one ordering their marriage.
  • In The One-Handed Girl, the king's son falls in love with the heroine as soon as he finds her in the woods.
  • In The Princess on the Glass Hill, the princess is much taken by Boots just seeing him ride up the hill in a suit of armor.
  • Double Subverted in Madame d'Aulnoy's The Princess Mayblossom. The cursed princess glimpses the ambassador for a king, falls madly in love with him, and elopes, only to discover he's a horrible person. When she is rescued, however, the ambassador's king had followed him, and she falls in love with him immediately and lives happily ever after.


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