"He stripped off his skin and tossed it into the fire and he was in human form again." -
Hans the Hedgehog
"Hans the Hedgehog" is a Brothers Grimm tale of a half man, half hedgehog. When the
creature comes to the aid of a king lost in the woods, the king agrees to give him
anything he desires for his aid. The hedgehog asks for his daughter's hand in marriage.
When the King agrees but then deceives the hedgehog, the hedgehog captures the
daughter and returns her to the king pierced and bleeding from his spikes. The king
reads his threat and finally concedes, and the hedgehog promises never to harm his
daughter again. On his wedding night, the hedgehog takes off his skin and burns it,
revealing a handsome young man underneath.
Like Hans the Hedgehog, the Wildermann Larry in the story is seriously misunderstood
because he's not like everyone else, and is uncontrollably stuck in a state of half man,
half beast. His violence is uncontrollable, and the damage he does is a consequence of
his circumstances rather than his intentions. But while the hedgehog is able to remove
his spikes and show his true "inner beauty" if you will, Larry is unable to overcome his
obstacles and remains a prisoner of his duality until death.