Once upon a time, there was a traditional fairy tale, with a beautiful princess, a charming prince, a wicked witch and a “happily ever after”.
We all know the Disney versions of the classic fairy tales but the original folk tales have been around for centuries and are often darker and more frightening than the Hollywood versions. What they do have in common, and what makes us come back to these stories time and again, are the wonderful fairy tale characters.
The same characters crop up time and again in different forms: the meddlesome fairy, the cruel Queen, the big bad wolf and the misunderstood princess. But there are also some strong female fairy tale characters hiding in the classic stories, as well as fairy tale couples you’ll root for, sinister baddies and tragic heroes and heroines.
We’ve made a list of some of our favourite characters from the most obvious and famous fairy tales through to some of the more overlooked characters from fairy tale books..