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  • Adorkable: Lisbeth from "The Old Woman in the Woods" is full of endearing awkwardness and enthusiasm. Just watch her gush over the things she receives thanks to her key.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Japanese opening and ending themes.
    • The English theme, with its earnest attempts at capturing childhood innocence, is also quite beloved and iconic.
      Hey Come along and join the fun
      It's the time for fairy tales
      Magical kingdoms in the sun
      Come along, come along

      Meet friendly elves and witches too
      In the world of fairy tales
      Enchanted castles wait for you
      Come along, come along

      To where life is a fantasy
      And every story ends so happily

      This is the place where dreams come true
      A world of fairy tales for you!
  • Complete Monster:
    • "Bluebeard": Bluebeard is a seemingly charming rich gentleman, but in truth is a vicious Serial Killer who keeps the corpses of his murdered wives locked in a dark room. When his previous wife discovered his dark secret, he murdered her in a blind rage. Seeking a wife who would not disappoint him, Bluebeard woos a young maiden, Josephine, and coerces her into marriage, offering her riches and all his treasures, but warns her not to enter his cellar, for fear of her discovering his dark secret. When Josephine disobeys him—he had given her the keys to all the rooms—and discovers all of his previous victims, Bluebeard flies into a rage and chases her throughout the mansion, sword in hand, intent on killing her for her disobedience. Vengeful and unforgiving, masked by a polite exterior, Bluebeard was just as vile as his literary counterpart.
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    • "The Six Swans": The wicked queen marries the kind king, whereupon she attempts to murder his seven children. When this fails, she turns his six sons into swans, forcing his one daughter to stay mute for six years and sew special shirts to break the curse. The Queen proceeds to murder her husband, finding her stepdaughter with a new family, whereupon she throws her stepdaughter's baby into the woods to die and frames the princess for it in an attempt to have her burnt as a witch.
  • Die for Our Ship: Both Snow White and her Prince are blasted for getting together, when the fans preferred Snow White with her and the Prince's friend Klaus. The Prince is accused of "stealing" Snow White from Klaus (because according to the fandom Klaus is "owed" love by Snow, whereas in-story he never chased after her), whereas Snow is called a shallow Gold Digger for choosing the Prince over Klaus (because again according to them, a girl must marry a guy that she doesn't romantically like, just because he was nice to her). Problem is... she dreamed about Klaus. You don't generally dream about people that you do not romantically like.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • There are a lot of viewers who think the stepmother from "The Six Swans" is very attractive, if only on a physical level. Given her nice figure, sharply beautiful face, and flattering wardrobe, it's not hard to see why.
    • The witch from "The Iron Stove" seems more a beautiful and young succubus than a classic witch.
  • Funny Moments:
    • In Cinderella, the King suddenly tries to get the Queen to dance with him. Hilarity Ensues.
    • In The Golden Goose, one gets to actually see Hans and the people in the forced queue caused by the titular Goose. It's genuinely funny.
    • Despite the fact that they are supposed to be scary, some of the more demonic characters come off as more funny than scary. Special mention goes to the Devil in both "Bearskin" and "The Faithful Watchmen", with the former being Affably Evil and the latter being more of an oaf, and Beelzebub in "The Naughty Spirit", especially when he starts acting like a gameshow host.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Very, VERY popular among Latin-Americans who saw this series as children during The '90s. It still gets reruns in Colombia on Canal Caracol.
  • Iron Woobie: Princess Elise from "The Six Swans" is a living testament to endurance for loved ones, as despite all the tragedies and hardships she faces, she remains true to her vow of silence out of loyalty to her beloved brothers, even to the point of nearly dying for crimes she was innocent of since trying to defend herself would involve breaking it. Even when she's about to be executed, she cries quietly but refuses to say a single word, thinking of her swan brothers...
  • Love to Hate: All the villains to some extent, but the Queen in "The Six Swans", The Step-Mother in "Brother and Sister" and The Witch in "The Iron Stove" in particular. They are all evil through and through, but they are just so gleeful in their wickedness, it's kind of hard not to find them entertaining.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Some fans have claimed that including "King Grizzlebeard/Thrushbeard" here is a bad thing, since the tale is seen as misogynistic for supposedly shaming women into submitting to men. In reality Helena wasn't punished for mocking her suitors and not wanting to marry any of them... but for being an immature, stuck-up and needlessly cruel Royal Brat who treated people like shit when they didn't deserve it.
    • Similarly, some fans apply Draco in Leather Pants to none other than Bluebeard and blame Josephine for being his target. Sure, Josephine did go through Acquired Situational Narcissism after marrying him and being suddenly showered in riches, but it still doesn't compare to Bluebeard killing the women he married before her and then trying to murder her for finding out.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The stepmother from "The Six Swans" crossed into "truly irredeemable" either when she killed her husband the king, or when she kidnapped the princess's infant son, leaving him for dead, and made it look like she ate him.
    • The witch in "Rapunzel" crosses it when not only she cuts Rapunzel's hair off with a knife, but beats her with her walking stick and comes dangerously close to killing her and her unborn son. And not only that, but unlike in the original where the Prince falls off the tower on his own, she pushes him off the window.
    • It was bad enough when the original Wicked Stepmother from Brother and Sister killed Rose aka the Queen/Sister and had her replaced with her own daughter, but it wasn't not much better in the anime version when she "only" captured Rose... but then not only she took her to a very creepy mountain, but mocked her when she woke up and was horrified at her terrible situation.
  • Narm:
    • Jorinde's song in "Jorinde and Joringel". The lyrics use certain phrases like "Flower Power" which sound incredibly awkward and out of place.
      I am but a little bird and you can see me fly
      I'm just a little bird, my love for you can fill the sky
      At the appointed hour, remember love has power
      So never fear should you shed a tear
      Remember the red flower
      Your love's magic lies in Flower Powernote 
    • In "The Six Swans", the Hot Witch's Karmic Death becomes this because it's so very stupid. Who the fuck tries to attack other people with wind magic while standing next to a not-fully out pyre?!
  • Nightmare Fuel: There are many examples, now in their own section.
  • Popular with Furries: The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and Mrs. Fox from The Marriage of Mrs. Fox have some recognition amongst the furry fandom. Mrs. Fox's cute cat maid also gets attention, being a totally loveable Genki Girl.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • The Latin-American Spanish dub had several VA's that either were kinda well-known or would become very famous some years later: Patricia Acevedo note , Araceli de León note , Luis Alfonso Mendoza note , Elsa Covián note , Rocío Garcel note , María Fernanda Morales note , Genaro Vásquez note , Martín Soto note , Juan Alfonso Carralero note , Belinda Martínez note , Salvador Delgado note , Jesús Barrero note , Yamil Atala note , Cristina "Cris" Camargo note , Mónica Manjárrez note , Laura Ayala note , Eduardo Tejedo note , José Luis Orozco note , Ricardo Mendoza note etc.
    • Some of the people from the original Japanese version were quite well-known too, including: Mitsuko Horie note , Ryusei Nakao note , Kenichi Ogata note , Mami Koyama note , Chieko Honda note , Hiromi Tsuru note , Masami Kikuchi note , Hideyuki Hori note , Unshō Ishizuka note , Kōichi Yamadera note , Shigeru Chiba note , Miyoko Aso note , Yuriko Yamamoto note , Mayumi Tanaka note  etc.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The titular fox from "The Wolf and the Fox" is jumped on by some viewers who feel like him setting up the wolf to die at the end of the episode was too cruel. Never mind that said wolf had practically threatened the fox into either being his slave or being eaten alive, forced him to go search for food during the winter, and later started denying him of the food he'd find for himself.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Leonora, in "The Frog Prince" is not looked back on too fondly, for being a lying spoiled brat who actually ends up killing the frog amid throwing a tantrum out of disgust, and immediately fears for her own fate should her father find out, but due to some fairy tale mumbo-jumbo ends up breaking the spell and living happily ever after with the handsome prince.
    • Likewise the King in "Rumplestiltskin", is remembered as an unduly harsh Jerkass towards Gretchen, the miller's daughter, after her father's boast of her spinning straw into gold. He openly concedes he realizes the poor girl, who arrives and tries to explain her father's fallacies, is frightened and threatens to have not just her father punished for his lies, but her as well if she cannot perform the task by the next morning, going on to justify his threats and near tyranny as proper ruling. After finding the gold the next morning, he forces Gretchen, who only wants to go home, to spin more gold for another night claiming he is falling in love with her, all the while threatening her life should she fail once again. To top it all off, many consider him unattractive when compared to the other male love interests in the show.
  • Strangled by the Red String: As the "Snow White" story ends, we're told Snow White married...not Klaus, who's her oldest friend, who helped her to escape from her stepmother, who nearly managed to get her to the protection of his uncle's castle, whom she dreamed about and missed and who searched nonstop to find her again. This is understandable, since you could argue they're more Like Brother and Sister than anything else and that Snow White isn't a prize Klaus automatically earns by helping her out — but then we learn she marries Klaus's friend the Prince, who only shows up in the last fifteen minutes of the story and whom she never says a word to. Granted, this is whom she married in the original fairy tale, but if Klaus was going to receive so much more development than his friend, why didn't they just make it so that he was the Prince?
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Some English home video releases of the "Beauty and the Beast" episode include a song by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy that sounds very similar to "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The series' rendition of "Rapunzel" has the aftermath of Rapunzel and the Prince's separation, with the now blinded Prince searching for his lost love non-stop for several years. The poor guy is seen leaning on a walking stick, his injured eyes perpetually closed, calling out to Rapunzel in despair... which makes their reunion, the Prince being healed by Rapunzel's Swiss Army Tears, his meeting his and Rapunzel's son where he immediately acknowledges the kid as such and the three's return to the Prince's kingdom among the cheers of the crowds as sweet as possible.
    • Brother and Sister is made of this from the start to the end, including: Rudolf/Brother trying to protect Rose/Sister from their Wicked Stepmother by shielding her from the whippings, Rose hugging Rudolf when he's transformed into a stag, Rose's kidnapping by the Wicked Stepmother, Rose using what's all but stated to be Astral Projection (somehow) to breastfeed her child, the King's Anguished Declaration of Love to Rose's soul...
    • "The Coat of Many Colors" is about a princess whose father went mad after his wife died and attemped to marry his daughter due to the Strong Family Resemblance. Aleia seemed to be a Daddy's Girl up until her dad went nuts, and she's traumatized by the events to the point where she is constantly reminded of it.
    • The scene in "Beauty and the Beast" where Beast looks at himself in a water pond, then lets out a strangled shout and throws a stone at the refection of his horrible face before leaving in despair. Maria watches over him from a window and is quite depressed at the sight. From the same story, there's the death of Maria's father, something that doesn't happen in the original fairy tale.
    • It's hard to point out at a specific sad moment in "The Six Swans" since there are so many... but Elise and her brothers' fall from grace, Elise panicking to a near Heroic BSoD when the Wicked Stepmother first appears in her castle and then corners and threatens both her and her newborn child, the reveal that her stepmother killed her father, her horror when her baby son disappears and her near execution via being burned at the stake for an infanticide she never commited are among the biggest ones. Before she and the Swan Princes earn their happy endings anyway.
    • "Godfather Death" ends with the protagonist giving up his life for the princess. After tricking Death once more, Death kills the protagonist in retaliation, explaining that everyone is equal in death, but as the protagonist is dying, he retorts that he knew the risk and did it anyway, and said that Death couldn't understand why he would do that, then proceeds to die. Godfather Death's remorseful expression seals it.
    • In "The Magic Heart" Lisbeth and the Old Witch are transformed into donkeys by Frederick as revenge for casting him out in the desert. He then sells them to a farmer who agrees to work the Witch to her full strength even though she's physically frail, and then breaks his promise not to work Lisbeth when the Witch ends up dying from being worked too hard. Evil as she was, working a frail old woman in her state to the point of death is a cruel fate even for her, and even Frederick wonders if he was too hard on her before learning of her fate. When he returns to the farm, he is furious to find the farmer whipping Lisbeth nonstop until she collapses in pain, only whipping her harder as she squeals helplessly. Luckily Frederick immediately intervenes and realizes Lisbeth has suffered enough, eventually restoring her to human form.
    • Lisbeth's backstory is pretty sad too, as she was a child when the Witch kidnapped her from her real home and she had been made to do the Witch's bidding her entire life while under the influence of her dark magic. She clearly regrets all of her actions and pleads for Frederick's forgiveness once she is returned to normal.
  • What an Idiot!: If Bluebeard didn't want the murders of his wives to be revealed, then why on Earth did he establish the rather dumb "test of character" in which he'd give each one keys to all the rooms in his household, including the cellar where he kept the corpses? Looks like he never thought that his "habit" to deliberately and fatally bait his spouses would backfire on him one of these days, like it did when his last wife Josephine and her especially her protective older brothers trashed his plans to left and right...
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show is clearly aimed for kids. However, it contains many scenes of intense cruelty (such as a princess being falsely accused of killing her baby in the episode "The Six Swans", characters being beaten by abusive guardians in "Brother and Sister" and "Rapunzel", and the main character being framed by his brother's cruel trick in "The Water of Life"), as well as semi-frequent use of violence and Nightmare Fuel. One episode is based on the Grimms' story "Allerleirauh", which features a princess fleeing from her father who wants to marry her. Another, which actually went undubbed, "The Crystal Ball" features a wicked witch who literally drains the youth and beauty from a young princess...every night. The darkest episode was perhaps "Bluebeard", which features the title character killing his wives and nearly kills the most recent one until her brothers save her. Much of the dark imagery was toned down for the English dub, but the show was still quite dark considering its target audience. The catch? This show was aired on Nick Jr., which is known today for very sugary shows such as Dora the Explorer.
  • The Woobie:
    • Princess Alea from "The Coat of Many Colors". Her insane father tried to force her to marry him, she narrowly escaped burning to death when the castle caught fire, and she ends up all alone in a foreign kingdom. It's no wonder the poor girl is traumatized.
    • Gretchen from "Rumplestiltskin", who's caught in a terrible situation because of her dad's lies to impress the Jerkass King, and has it worse when the one who helps her out turns out to be a huge jerk too.


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