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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Bunny's apology to Mirror just before his death. Up until this point, the series has made it quite clear that she didn't regret abusing and mistreating him in the slightest. Was her apology genuinely sincere, born out of a last-minute sudden repentance, or was she lying just to make him feel better in the moments before he died?
    • Daphne. Wise Beyond Her Years or a Mary Sue? Consider the evidence: In every argument she and Sabrina have over the course of the series, she's always the one who's right and Sabrina's always the one who's wrong (even when Sabrina actually has a legitimate point in her side of the argument), she never has to undergo any real Character Development like Sabrina does, she never makes any major mistakes or has to learn any important lessons like Sabrina does, and her one supposed Fatal Flaw—her lack of caution—comes off as more of an Informed Flaw than anything, since it never causes her or anyone around her any real trouble. The best illustration of this is when she suddenly intervenes in the middle of a fight between the Wicked Queen and Baba Yaga, two of the most powerful and dangerous witches among the Ever Afters, and begins reprimanding them despite her very panicked family begging her very strongly to be quiet and stay out of it. If this were A Song of Ice and Fire or Harry Potter or even The Lordofthe Rings, this sort of behavior could easily have gotten Daphne killed, but since her instincts are always supposed to right, she walks away unscathed with her meddling having succeeded in getting the two witches to drop the fight and work together, and her family doesn't even chew her out about it afterwards.
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  • Funny Moments: The gingerbread man in book 4 accusing Sabrina of being a "bakist".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Being trapped in a mirror for hundreds of years and having to deal with cruel owners made Mirror bitter and led him to become the Master.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • For the readers, we have the illustration of Little Red Riding Hood at the end of the second book. Sure, the description of the sweet Little Red Riding Hood with the smile of a serial killer is disturbing in its own right, but the picture... it fills in the little gaps in the imagination that were best left blank.
    • Also, the thought of the more unpleasant fairy tale characters being both alive and at large, and the idea that the terrible things some of them did actually happened... It becomes Fridge Horror of finest caliber.
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    • At one point, the flesh literally melts off the bones of one character.
    • Briar's death. Essentially, she gets swatted by a dragon and cracks her skull against a tree.
    • Everything about this picture, depicting Little Red Riding Hood on the Jabberwocky. Not only is Red still sporting her Slasher Smile, but the Jabberwocky is equally terrifying.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Sabrina is often put into this position during her arguments with Daphne (and to a lesser extent Relda). She's always depicted as the one in the wrong and Daphne as the one in the right, but while Sabrina is often wrong (since she has a tendency to make major mistakes or make the wrong assumptions about people about once per book), she still makes a legitimate point in each major argument she has with her little sister over the course of the series. (It's only because Sabrina takes her side of the debate way too far in each book due to whatever Compressed Vice she has for that installment that she ends up being the one to lose the argument.):
    • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: Relda does seem to be under the delusion that all of her neighbors are fairy tale characters, and is offering no evidence to back her wild claims, and none of the people of Ferryport Landing seem to have anything magical about them. To any logical person, Relda clearly appears to be out of her mind, and someone of such an unsound mental state is not a suitable guardian for children (no matter how harmless her delusion seems to be). It's only when Relda gets kidnapped by a giant that there's finally proof her claims are true.
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    • The Unusual Suspects: The Grimms have no way of knowing which of the Ever Afters in Ferryport Landing had a role in Henry and Veronica's kidnapping, and any of them could be the culprit(s), so it's impossible to really trust any of them (besides Mirror and Mr. Canis) at this point.
    • The Problem Child: Relda (or Canis or Uncle Jake) isn't always going to be around to protect the girls when they get attacked by dangerous Ever Afters, and so they really should learn magic to protect themselves in tight spots.
    • Once Upon a Crime: The life of a fairy tale detective is a pretty dangerous one, and it's only getting more dangerous for Sabrina and Daphne as of late. Since little girls aren't meant to be in such dangerous situations, maybe it'd be better if they moved to a safer locale.
    • Tales from the Hood: Canis's control over the Big Bad Wolf is starting to fade, and the Grimms have no idea when Canis will lose control completely and the Wolf will break free and go on a rampage again, and so they really should be a little more uneasy around Canis at the moment.
  • Tear Jerker: Briar's death in book 7. Not only was it an extremely unpleasant way to go, but it becomes more saddening when we find out that Jacob was planning to propose.
  • Wangst: Sabrina does try to run away a few times.


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