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The Big Bad Wolf is a wolf and a fictional villain in many fairy tales, such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.


Medieval people did not like wolves because wolves would eat their sheep and other animals, so sometimes the big bad wolf in the story is supposed to be a wolf and does not represent anything else. But other times the wolf is symbol for something else. There are two main ways to look at symbols in Little Red Riding Hood: In one, the girl Riding Hood is a symbol for the sun. She is eaten by the wolf, who is a symbol for winter or night. Little Red Riding Hood escaping from the wolf's belly is like the sun rising again the next day or spring coming again the next year.

In folklore

Aesop's Fables

  • "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
  • "The Dog and the Wolf"
  • "The Priest and the Wolf"
  • "The Wolf and the Crane"
  • "The Wolf and the Lamb"
  • "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"

Grimm's Fairy Tales

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

Musical works by Sergei Prokofiev

In other things

There are also modern versions of the Big Bad Wolf. For example, in the graphic novel series Fables, Bigby Wolf lives with other fairy tale characters who have run away to the real world and works as a detective.

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