Top Nine Fairy Tales That are Secretly Badass

July 14, 2011
Anyone with kids knows the visceral pain of having to sit through another reading of a fairy tale. If you focus on the actual origins for some of the world's most familiar bedtime stories, the kids might have to sleep on rubber sheets for a month, but at least the parents would be entertained.

9. Hansel and Gretel

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Perhaps the most evil villain in all of fairy-tale-dom is the evil queen from the original "Snow White." She's the Leona Helmsley of children's literature, if Leona had brains and a personality.

The original version called "Little Snow-White" is actually a much more frightening tale as evidenced by the queen's original request. The queen doesn't just order the woodsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart. She also asks for her lungs and liver. The woodsman still helps Snow White escape without harm but he kills a bear and brings back its liver and lungs instead, which the queen immediately whips up into a tasty stew and eats, presumably with some fava beans and a nice chianti.