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10 Gruesome Fairytale Endings That Will Make You Rethink About Happy Ever After

Disney did a great job sugarcoating the fairytales we grew up with.

Fairy tales always make people dream about living a fantastic life, filled with laughter and love and seemingly free from troubles. However, some Disney fairy tales that we’ve come to love and the stories that made every girl dream about a “happily ever after” moment with a prince to sweep them off their feet were actually based on original stories that had morbid twists and gruesome endings.

It turns out that companies like Disney have done a perfect job in sugarcoating the truth found in those children’s fairy tales so as to give these readers the happy ending that they’ve always hoped for.

Here are 10 original fairy tale endings that may ruin your childhood:

#1. Snow White

We are all familiar with how the Queen sent out the Huntsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart. It was a pretty accurate version from Disney except that in the original story the Queen had asked for the princess’ lungs and liver to be served to dinner.

Snow White also didn’t wake up from the prince’s magical kiss.

He carried her body to the castle but she awakened when she was jostled by a horse. Who knows what the prince would do to her “dead” body.

#2. The Little Mermaid

In the classic Disney animated film version, Ariel successfully turned into a human so she can finally be with prince Eric and marry him. The happy ending is that there was a big wedding attended by humans and Ariel’s people in the underwater world. However, the original story from Hans Christian Andersen had two different endings in which Ariel’s fate is to die.

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In the first version, the mermaid saw the Prince marry someone else and she is disheartened. She was given a knife which she may use to kill the prince, but she refused and jumped into the ocean instead. She then turned into froth and died. A revised version saw the mermaid becoming a “daughter of the air” who was waiting to rise up to heaven.

#3. Sleeping Beauty


The original Sleeping Beauty story will convince you that Disney is giving people false hopes about ever after. Sleeping Beauty was put in a sleeping spell because of a prophecy, not because she was cursed. A kiss from a prince didn’t wake her up.

The king saw her asleep and then raped her.

She got pregnant and gave birth nine months after to two kids – while she’s still asleep. One of her kids sucked her finger which removed the piece of flax that was keeping her in her sleep status. She then woke up and found out about her rape and realized she’s already a mother.

#4. Cinderella

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Cinderella has a morbid twist in the Brothers Grimm version. One of the evil stepsisters cut off her toes while the other also cut off her heel so both can easily fit into that tiny glass slipper.


Eventually, the prince found out the truth about the owner of the glass slipper. When the stepsisters realized that they had to win Cinderella’s favor, they went to her wedding but their eyes were pecked out by birds.

#5. Goldilocks and The Three Bears

We know about how Goldilocks stumbled upon a house that belonged to a family of bears. She went inside and found that there were three bowls of porridge sitting on the table. She tried each one of them and found that baby bear’s porridge tasted the best. The bear came home to find that she slept on baby bear’s bed. She woke up and runs to escape from the home.

In the 1837 original version, there were two possible endings. In the first, the bears actually caught the blonde intruder, ripper her apart and made her their meal. In the other version, Goldilocks jumps out the window but it was told that she either fell and broke her neck or she was arrested for breaking in and was sent to a correction house.

#6. Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan brings a lot of adult themes, like how Peter brought Wendy to Neverland so she can be a mother figure to all the Lost Boys. Eventually, Wendy fell in love with Peter and then asked him about how he feels for her.

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And his response? He is like Wendy’s faithful son. Ouch.

#7. Beauty and the Beast

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The popular Disney version mostly stayed true to the original story except for minor details. Belle’s father was once rich but he got into a major debt. The animated feature also left out the part where Belle actually had two wicked sisters who are jealous of her. The Beast would allow Belle to go home but she shouldn’t be gone for over a week.

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Her sisters would tell her to stay home for more than a week, in hopes that the Beast will be angered and eat her alive once she returns to him.

#8. Red Riding Hood

So Red Riding Hood came to visit grandma, who was actually the wolf in disguise. When she discovers this, she ran off and was saved by a woodsman. In the original story by Charles Perrault, though, there was no happy ending.

The wolf has given Red false instructions to get to grandma’s house. Foolishly, she followed his advice and ends up being the wolf’s meal. And that’s how the story ended; the moral is to not take a stranger’s advice.

#9. Rumpelstiltskin

The original tale of Rumpelstiltskin tells of this creature who can spin straw into gold. A girl was sold out by her father, telling the king that she can spin straw into gold. But the girl will soon face death if she can’t perform what is asked of her. She asked help from Rumpelstiltskin, who wanted her first born child as a reward, to which she agreed.

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Soon, after giving birth, the girl can’t give up the baby. Rumpelstiltskin makes a deal that he won’t take the child if the girl can guess his name. One night she overheard him singing and mentioning his name, so she was able to guess it correctly. Rumpelstiltskin stayed true to his promise and vanished. In another version, Rumpelstiltskin got so angry he ripped himself in half.

#10. Hansel and Gretel

This tale about siblings Hansel and Gretel who got lost in the forest is one that we will always remember as kids. They ended up in a wicked witch’s house and were enslaved so they can be “conditioned” to become her meal.

In the French version, the antagonist was a devil, who in the end, got tricked by the kids. The devil wanted one of the children to be on a sawhorse to bleed. The children acted innocent as if they don’t know how to get on the sawhorse. The devil’s wife volunteered to demonstrate and as soon as she laid down, the kids slashed her throat and rushed to their escape.

H/T: Listverse, Huffington Post


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