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From the the Disney version:

  • Evil Is Cool: Maleficent is famous for being a villain TV Tropes Made of Win Archive.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Maleficent yells "No! It cannot be!" just before confronting Phillip and turning into her dragon form. The next time such a line is used, it's during the infamous PTSD sequence in Metroid: Other M where Samus says that exact phrase when breaking down from seeing her archnemesis, Ridley, a space dragon, revived.
  • Love to Hate: Maleficent.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Maleficent again. Yes, she was an evil witch with no good qualities personality wise, but hot damn she was cool and classy.
  • Older Than They Think: Much of the music and songs were heavily borrowed from Tchaikovsky's music for the ballet of the same name. For instance, Once Upon a Dream, the movie's most notable song? Boom. In some parts, it's actually taken a step further: some parts of the movie's incidental music actually use movements from Tchaikovsky's original ballet with slight reorchestrations in some places! One of the most prominent examples is the use of Puss in Boots and the White Cat as the music with which Aurora pricks her finger.

From the original version.

  • Fridge Horror: In versions that include the entire castle's servants to fall asleep for one hundred years too. Think about it, they wake up and find that everyone they know outside of work is dead, the world is now foreign to them, and they lost everything solely because the fairies wanted them to continue working for this one princess.
    • It's generally handwaved by having the Fairies extend the spell to the castle AND its surroundings, making sure that the servants' loved ones will fall asleep with them and then wake up when the Princess does. (Plus Medieval castles were more like fortresses than simple buildings, and daily life often took place within their protective walls; it's pretty logical to assume that the servants' families were included in the sleepy deal by proxy, at least as long as they lived and worked there.)
  • Fridge Logic: Why didn't they just tell the princess about the curse? To some, it seems like that could've saved them a lot of trouble...
    • They maybe thought that would make her end up afraid of everything. It seems that they were sheltering her.
  • Values Dissonance: In one or two older versions, the king rapes a comatose girl, and they live happily ever after once they get rid of his pesky wife. Except in the variation where the comatose girl eats the babies when she wakes up.
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