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22nd Jul '17 8:04:33 AM caringguy
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were supposedly photos of actual fairies (small and winged, not the [[TheFairFolk other]] [[TheWildHunt kind]]) in 1917. A numbers of celebrities were caught up in the hype, including Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, before the sisters who took the photos confessed they were fake. They still claimed to have seen actual fairies, and one sister would later insist that [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cc/Cottingley-sunbath.jpg one]] of the pictures (the lowest-quality one, incidentally) was real. Also served as the inspiration for [[DuelingMovies two]] films in [[ExtyYearsFromNow 1997]]: ''Film/PhotographingFairies'' and ''Film/FairytaleATrueStory''.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were supposedly photos of actual fairies (small and winged, not the [[TheFairFolk other]] [[TheWildHunt kind]]) in 1917. A numbers of celebrities were caught up in the hype, including Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, before the sisters cousins who took the photos confessed they were fake. They still claimed to have seen actual fairies, and one sister cousin would later insist that [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cc/Cottingley-sunbath.jpg one]] of the pictures (the lowest-quality one, incidentally) was real. Also served as the inspiration for [[DuelingMovies two]] films in [[ExtyYearsFromNow 1997]]: ''Film/PhotographingFairies'' and ''Film/FairytaleATrueStory''.
4th Jul '17 9:13:50 PM Gatordragon24
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* Willo from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a fairy who looks like a [[PlantPeople plant-based organism]], with her clothes and body appearing to be merged to a certain degree. She may be the size of a small child, but with her wand and seedlings, she's a powerful damage champion that specializes in explosive area damage.
29th Jun '17 1:45:46 PM Sharysa
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* ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'' is a FantasyKitchenSink set in Ireland, where the traditional version of TheFairFolk are {{Nature Spirit}}s... and TheWildHunt is a hundred-strong group of warriors terrorizing the rural areas, whose leader the Horned Hunter is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[NatureIsNotNice predators.]] They cursed the Asian-American protagonist and her family to impending death in a ritual hunt called [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the Fairy Raid,]] which has pissed off a growing number of deities.
29th Jun '17 10:58:54 AM BulletproofLlama
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** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has Azumi (Zoe in the English dub), whose Human Spirit form is Fairymon (or Kazemon).
25th May '17 8:37:04 PM SAMAS
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* A small, sometimes childlike, humanoid between one and three feet tall. Leprechauns are the most common type seen, but other types such as Brownies, Redcaps or Spriggans are often common. [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] and even [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] may also fall into this category.
* An impossibly beautiful/graceful human-sized humanoid, often with pointed ears. Usually an [[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]] in all but name with more overt magical nature or ability than your "standard" Fantasy Elves. Sometimes they ''are'' that work's version of Elves. Other common variations are water (often called Nereids or Undines) or tree/forest Fay (usually called Nymphs or Dryads). Others may have animal features, such as a stag's head, goat legs, or a fox's tail, or plant features like wooden skin or vines wrapping around their body (especially Nymphs/Dryads). These always seem to be near or at the top of the fairy totem pole. They'll usually be called some variation of "Fae" or "Sidhe"[[note]]pronounced "Shee"[[/note]].

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* A small, sometimes often old-looking or childlike, humanoid between one and three feet tall. Leprechauns are the most common type seen, but other types such as Brownies, Redcaps or Spriggans are often common. [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] and even [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] may also fall into this category.
* An impossibly inhumanly beautiful/graceful human-sized humanoid, often with pointed ears. Usually an [[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]] in all but name with more overt magical nature or ability than your "standard" Fantasy Elves. Sometimes they ''are'' that work's version of Elves. Other common variations are water (often called Nereids or Undines) or tree/forest Fay Fey (usually called Nymphs or Dryads). Others may have animal features, such as a stag's head, goat legs, or a fox's tail, or plant features like wooden skin or vines wrapping around their body (especially Nymphs/Dryads). These always seem to be near or at the top of the fairy totem pole. They'll usually be called some variation of "Fae" or "Sidhe"[[note]]pronounced "Shee"[[/note]].



But these are hardly the full extent of what Fairies can be. Just as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] can encompass many related creatures, fairies can include other mythological/fantasy creatures such as [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]], [[NatureSpirit Nymphs]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Merfolk]], [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]], and [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]]. They often hang around with animals (especially Unicorns), which might possibly be Fay (or the equivalent) themselves. Fay animals, on their part, may resemble a normal animal, or could have wings, unnatural skin/fur tones, or even anthropomorphic features, such as a Humanlike face or even body.

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But these are hardly the full extent of what Fairies can be. Just as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] can encompass many related creatures, fairies can include other mythological/fantasy creatures such as [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]], [[NatureSpirit Nymphs]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Merfolk]], [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]], and even [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]]. They often hang around with animals (especially Unicorns), which might possibly be Fay (or the equivalent) themselves. Fay animals, on their part, may resemble a normal animal, or could have wings, unnatural skin/fur tones, or even anthropomorphic features, such as a Humanlike face or even body. These can also encompass other creatures, such as Kelpies, Cait Sith(''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII no]]'') or {{Unicorn}}s.



Borrowing from British mythology, Fairies are often divided into Courts. The most common are the ''Seelie'' or Summer Court, and the ''Unseelie'' or Winter Court. Summer fairies are usually depicted are being more benevolent (for a given value of benevolent), and tend to include types like Sprites, Nymphs, Satyrs and High Elves. Winter Fairies on the other hand are typically seen as wicked, and include types like Redcaps, Boggarts, Trolls, and Dark Elves. This isn't always a case of AlwaysChaoticEvil, however, and it's just as possible for a Summer Fairy to kidnap a child as a Winter Fairy is to save you from a blizzard. Some works play it straight, while others see it as lighter and darker shades of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue and Orange]].

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Borrowing from British mythology, Fairies are often divided into Courts. The most common are the ''Seelie'' or Summer Court, and the ''Unseelie'' or Winter Court. Summer fairies are usually depicted are being more benevolent (for benevolent(for a given value of benevolent), and tend to include types like Sprites, Nymphs, Satyrs and High Elves. Winter Fairies on the other hand are typically seen as wicked, and include types like Redcaps, Boggarts, Trolls, and Dark Elves. This isn't always a case of AlwaysChaoticEvil, however, and it's just as possible for a Summer Fairy to kidnap a child as a Winter Fairy is to save you from a blizzard. Some works play it straight, while others see it as lighter and darker shades of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue and Orange]].
21st May '17 1:24:27 AM Toren
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* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': Faeries only are seen in the world, when winter comes, as it is their duty to bring it to the world. Citizen of the world can't actually see their real appearances, instead of they only perceive a blue blur, thus don't think of them as actual people, but as a natural phenomenon.
22nd Apr '17 3:05:59 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/FaeryLegendsOfAvalon'', the titular faeries come in various shapes and sizes. The player character is small by human standards, but there are faeries who are even smaller. Their wings and other attributes vary, but are generally insect-derived (dragonflies, butterflies, etc). They can also be a variety of colours — your own character can be particularly striking, if you use the [[CharacterCustomization character creator]]. They raise in attractiveness from FairySexy to {{Gonk}}.
16th Apr '17 11:20:45 AM Galacton
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Fairies today are thought of as little or human sized WingedHumanoid with butterfly wings, that fly around [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles in a sea of sparkles]], and have magical powers (including granting wishes). [[UnbuiltTrope This is not the original concept]]; genuine folkloric fairies are nasty, dangerous, powerful, and never winged.

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Fairies today are thought of as little or human sized WingedHumanoid with butterfly wings, that fly around [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles in a sea of sparkles]], and have magical powers (including granting wishes). [[UnbuiltTrope This is not the original concept]]; genuine folkloric fairies are nasty, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]], dangerous, powerful, and never winged.
15th Apr '17 11:08:08 AM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', any humanoid or animal with an aura are counted as a fae. The drow, drowussu and vanir (light elves) are the dominant kind. There are also fairies, also known as Locust Queens, who are small humanoid/insect hybrids, and are considered vermin by the Drow.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', any humanoid or animal with an aura are is counted as a fae. The drow, drowalath (black drow), drowussu (grey drow) and vanir (light elves) are the dominant kind.kinds. There are also fairies, also known as Locust Queens, who are small humanoid/insect hybrids, and are considered vermin by the Drow.
6th Mar '17 2:23:12 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Spites (often corrupted in “Sprites” in peasant folklore) are a kind of diminutive forest spirit found in woodlands throughout the Old World, and especially in the vast enchanted forest of [[TheLostWoods Athel Loren]]. In a callback to old fairy folklore, they’re universally cruel tricksters with extremely nasty tempers, and not to be trifled with lightly. They’re adept shapeshifters, and can appear as glowing orbs of light, tiny elves riding beetles or black birds or skeletal horses, diminutive winged humanoids, odd-looking forest animals or anything else they’ve a mind to.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Spites (often corrupted in into “Sprites” in peasant folklore) are a kind of diminutive forest spirit found in woodlands throughout the Old World, and especially in the vast enchanted forest of [[TheLostWoods Athel Loren]]. In a callback to old fairy folklore, they’re universally cruel tricksters with extremely nasty tempers, and not to be trifled with lightly. They’re adept shapeshifters, and can appear as glowing orbs of light, tiny elves riding beetles or black birds or skeletal horses, diminutive winged humanoids, odd-looking forest animals or anything else they’ve a mind to.
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