"Grube's Fairytales" is the eleventh episode of Season 3 of Teen Titans Go! and the one hundred and fifteenth episode overall. It first aired on 22 October 2015 on Cartoon Network.
Robin tries to teach the Titans valuable life lessons by reading them fairytales, but the others co-opt his stories and spin them into their own twisted yarns.
Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, Ann and Beast Boy are playing a board game when Robin, dressed as a bard, enters while playing his panflutes. Raven sarcastically notes Robin's pantaloons, but Starfire mistakes them for man diapers, angering Robin. He explains that Bards tell stories that instill morals and character.he is going to tell the Titans three tales of adventure and morality to build their moral and character, which is his latest plan. Raven notes that Robin does that anyway, but Robin says they never listen and has resorted to theatrics to teach them. Beast Boy groans as he asks him if there was a problem about his 'character and morals,' to which Robin replies 'everything.' Cyborg asks for snacks, but Robin says that reminds him of a story about children with large appetites who were cast into the forest. He is interrupted by Cyborg and Beast Boy, who recognize the tale as Hansel and Gretel and ask to tell it. Robin protests as only the bard can tell the story, but Cyborg tells him to pee-pee in his man diaper and Beast Boy begins telling the story.
At a house that is shaped like a T, Hansel and Gretel (played by Beast Boy and Cyborg, respectively) eat everything in the house and are kicked out. Hansel and Gretel's only chef (played by Ann) also gets kicked out, because she was always forced to cook rocks and dirt for the children. The three find themselves lost in a forest, which Hansel says has witches. Chef Annie becomes very terrified as a witch (played by Robin), who lives in a house made of candy, greets them and suggests they eat the candy house. Hansel notes that the witch lives in the house and probably gets hair stuck everywhere, but Gretel tells him to focus on the gumdrops. They agree to cook and eat the witch's house, not noticing that the witch is plotting to eat them (but not Chef Annie) once they finish. Another witch (played by Raven), who lives in a house made of appetizers, catches Chef Annie, Hansel and Gretel's attention and suggests they eat her house first which they agree to. The two witches start arguing when a third witch (played by Starfire) draws Hansel, Chef Annie and Gretel's attention to her house (which is made of meat and potatoes). The three head to the third house and start cooking and eating it as the third witch starts to argue with the other two. As the three witches argue, Chef Annie, Hansel and Gretel cook and eat all three houses, thank them for the food and leave. The witches note that their houses are gone and begin to cry as they cannot afford others. As the story ends, Cyborg and Beast Boy say that Hansel and Gretel enjoyed a three-course meal while the witches froze to death in the long winter that followed. Beast Boy claims that the moral of the story is to not make houses out of food as it's dumb.
Robin argues that it isn't a moral and Raven asks if they can leave. He says that she can't until he tells the tale of a girl who wants to leave her tower, but Raven notes he is talking about Rapunzel and decides to tell the story fast so that at least one of them can leave. In the story, Rapunzel (played by Raven) is trapped inside a tower with a lizard (played by Ann) when a prince (played by Beast Boy) asks to enter. Raven narrates that while the tower had no stairs, Rapunzel had long, healthy fingernails. The prince is disgusted by the fingernails and Rapunzel decides that she'll have to escape the tower on her own. She fashions her fingernails into weapons and escapes the tower with the lizard, now a ferocious dragon. When another prince (played by Robin) asks to marry her, he also presents a nail file and a water fountain for them, but Rapunzel and the dragon refuse him. Raven concludes the story by saying Rapunzel and her dragon buddy went on to live a life filled with adventure and that the moral of the story is to forget boys and get paid.
Robin complains that they're ruining the stories, but Starfire says she enjoyed Rapunzel's story. Beast Boy's stomach growls and he asks if they can eat. Robin, however, says that eating is what they all do and that he has another story about eating. He warns the Titans not to interrupt him and begins telling the tale of a girl in a red hood who met a large wolf. Starfire recognizes the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" and ignores Robin when he asks that he tell the story.
In the story, Red Riding Hood (played by Starfire) is heading to her grandmother's house to give her a basket of goodies with her cat, Ginger (played by Ann). However, they become hungry and eat all of the food in her basket. A wolf (played by Robin) approaches her, but Red Riding Hood says she cannot dally as she and Ginger are on her way to her grandmother's house. The wolf calls her lovely to help her grandmother, but Red Riding Hood says she isn't as she ate all of her snacks and is still hungry. The wolf says he could go for a bite as well, but Red Riding Hood consumes him and spits out his jacket, regretting that she didn't save any for her grandmother while Ginger slowly runs from the scene, not wanting to go to prison. Three wolf babies (played by Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy) search for their father as they are lost and their mother is sick. Little Red Riding Hood disguises herself as the wolf, but the wolf babies note that he looks different, drawing attention to his long eyelashes, small nose and tiny teeth. Her stomach growls and the wolf babies say they are hungry as well. Little Red Riding Hood decides to take them to her grandmother's house where they start to eat her. Starfire claims the moral is that if you eat the wolf, you must adopt his identity and raise his children as your own.
Robin becomes upset as he believes his stories didn't teach the Titans anything. However, Raven says that Hansel and Gretel taught them to eat proper meals, Starfire says that Rapunzel showed them the value of independence and Beast Boy claims Little Red Riding Hood taught them to be responsible for their actions. Cyborg and Beast Boy, however, say that the most important thing they learned is that Robin wears man diapers. As the other Titans laugh, Robin sheds a single tear.
For a full transcript of "Grube's Fairytales", click here.
Food Content: The Titans mention about eating. The story of "Hansel and Gretel" features the eponymous characters eating three houses — one made of candy, another made of cheese, and the third made of meat and potatoes. Little Red accidentally eats her grandmother's food.
Running Gags: Robin being interrupted by a Titan. Robin's pantaloons being mistaken as "man diapers".
Deaths: According to Cyborg at the end of his story, the three witches froze to death following the winter season. The wolf is eaten by Starfire.
The interpretation of a fairytale is based off of "Rapunzel", a princess who is rescued from a tower thanks to her long, flowing hair.
Raven cutting her fingernails shorter is similar to Disney's version of the original story – Tangled – where Flynn Rider cuts off most of Rapunzel's hair that causes it to lose its power, much to her "mother's" despair.
At the start, the Titans appear to be playing the boardgame, Candyland
During Hansel and Gretel, Chef Annie is an obvious reference to - [sml.wikia.com/wiki/Chef_Pee_Pee], a character from popular Youtuber SuperMarioLogan. In Rapunzel, Ann looks like Pascal, Rapunzl's chameleon friend. And in Little Red Riding Hood, Ann resembels -[].
In her story, Raven's red gem on her forehead is missing.
The Image Gallery for Grube's Fairytales may be viewed here.