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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.
6th Mar '17 2:16:47 PM Theriocephalus
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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 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"), 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]].



** The actual Fairies, so-called, are portrayed in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' as ''TheFairFolk'' style; people are afraid of them, they are very dangerous, and have a Queen and King reminiscent of Titania and Oberon in some ways, and horned gods like Cernunnos in others.

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** The actual Fairies, so-called, are portrayed in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' as ''TheFairFolk'' style; and are very much TheFairFolk; people are afraid of them, they are very dangerous, and they have a Queen and King reminiscent of Titania and Oberon in some ways, and horned gods like Cernunnos in others.
6th Mar '17 2:00:31 PM Theriocephalus
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[[caption-width-right:320:Even in the same game, they're different.[[note]][[spoiler:Although, the bottom-right one is the result of evil magic.]][[/note]]]]

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* 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 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.

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* 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 (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 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]].
5th Mar '17 10:32:55 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Faeries appear in multiple sets and planes as diminutive winged humanoids.
** In Lorwyn, they're often particularly insect-like, with insectoid legs and antennas, and are cruel and mean-spirited tricksters. Unlike other depictions, they don't live particularly long, often just a few years, and send their lives pursuing amusement, often at the expense of others. They're particularly fascinated by the dreams of other races, which they frequently harvest. The faeries and their Queen, Oona, are also [[spoiler:the only creatures not affected by the Great Aurora that periodically turns the idyllic Lorwyn into the dark and haunted Shadowmoor and back]]. There's also a variant of faeries named [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=%21Groundling+Pouncer groundlings]], which do not have wings.
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* In Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements, fairies are magical females that can transform into their own unique fairy forms. The Keepers themselves are this, but with ElementalPowers thrown in as well.

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* In Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements, ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', fairies are magical females that can transform into their own unique fairy forms. The Keepers themselves are this, but with ElementalPowers thrown in as well.



** The [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Category:Fey_Type This list]] is just ''some'' of the canon and fan-made species.

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** The [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Category:Fey_Type This list]] is contains just ''some'' of the canon and fan-made species.



* ''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 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 “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.



* The ballet ''La Sylphide'' (or ''The Sylph'') - the protagonist falls in love with a beautiful fairy with rainbow wings. He abandons his mortal fiancee to chase after her. WickedWitch Old Madge tells him she is unable to be with him as she will always fly away. She then presents him with a magic scarf that will prevent her from flying away. [[spoiler: It makes her wings fall off and she dies]].

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* The ballet ''La Sylphide'' (or ''The Sylph'') - -- the protagonist falls in love with a beautiful fairy with rainbow wings. He abandons his mortal fiancee to chase after her. WickedWitch Old Madge tells him she is unable to be with him as she will always fly away. She then presents him with a magic scarf that will prevent her from flying away. [[spoiler: It makes her wings fall off and she dies]].



* The fairies of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. At first they restored hearts. Starting with the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', the Great Fairies could also grant gifts, like extra powers and more item carrying capacity. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' we met fairies who had been broken apart into dozens of littler fairies, and you had to restore them...and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' introduced us to the Queen of the Fairies, who looks like a little girl. Also, they constantly switch from being winged to wingless and having insect-like antennae or not.

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* The fairies of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. At first they restored hearts. Starting with the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', the Great Fairies could also grant gifts, like extra powers and more item carrying capacity. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' we met fairies who had been broken apart into dozens of littler fairies, and you had to restore them... and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' introduced us to the Queen of the Fairies, who looks like a little girl. Also, they constantly switch from being winged to wingless and having insect-like antennae or not.



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' - they inhabit the Living Wood and will give the player a gift if they save their home.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' - they ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'': They inhabit the Living Wood and will give the player a gift if they save their home.



* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' - Big fairies, small fairies, fairies with wings, fairies with tails, fairies that glow, fairies that don't, fairies with or without silly hats. You name it.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' - ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'': Big fairies, small fairies, fairies with wings, fairies with tails, fairies that glow, fairies that don't, fairies with or without silly hats. You name it.



* The fairies from the ''SpyroTheDragon'' games. Mostly serve as checkpoints.

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* The fairies from the ''SpyroTheDragon'' ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' games. Mostly serve as checkpoints.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' have always had a few creatures that are based on fairies and fairy-like creatures. Many of them are [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter small adorable creatures]] like Clefairy, Roselia and Snorunt. All of them belong to an egg group (a classification of Pokemon that can [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction breed with each other]]) called the Fairy egg group (including SeriesMascot Pikachu). It wasn't until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' that Fairy was introduced as an actual type. It was introduced to [[{{Nerf}} combat the overpowered]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon types]]. Many older Pokemon [[{{Retcon}} were given the new type]]. These range from the previously mentioned Clefairy, to more mystic ones like Gardevoir and devious ones like Mawile. The Fairy-types introduced in later generations include the elegant and stately Florges, the mischievous key-stealing Klefki, Ribombee, which approaches the traditional winged humanoid image by way of being a humanoid bee, and the [[OlympusMons legendary]] Xerneas, [[TheMarvelousDeer a massive deer]] and effectively a god of rebirth.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' have always had a few creatures that are based on fairies and fairy-like creatures. Many of them are [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter small adorable creatures]] like Clefairy, Roselia and Snorunt. All of them belong to an egg group (a classification of Pokemon that can [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction breed with each other]]) called the Fairy egg group (including SeriesMascot Pikachu). It wasn't until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' that Fairy was introduced as an actual type. It was introduced type in order to [[{{Nerf}} combat the overpowered]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon types]]. Many types]], and many older Pokemon [[{{Retcon}} were given the new type]]. These range from the previously mentioned Clefairy, to more mystic ones like Gardevoir and devious ones like Mawile. The Fairy-types introduced in later generations include the elegant and stately Florges, the mischievous key-stealing Klefki, Ribombee, which approaches the traditional winged humanoid image by way of being a humanoid bee, and the [[OlympusMons legendary]] Xerneas, [[TheMarvelousDeer a massive deer]] and effectively a god of rebirth.



* 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, who are small humanoid/insect hybrids.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' ''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.hybrids, and are considered vermin by the Drow.



* ''Webcomic/TheWolfAtWestonCourt'' Faeries are [[OneGenderRace all-female]] human-sized creatures with pointed ears, retractable wings, and a penchant for gun powder. They have no apparent ''magical'' advantage over other races, but they pride themselves in their powerful military. At the time of the story, they wear World War I-esque uniforms (with open backs for the wings) and their canon accent is standard American.

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* ''Webcomic/TheWolfAtWestonCourt'' ''Webcomic/TheWolfAtWestonCourt'': Faeries are [[OneGenderRace all-female]] human-sized creatures with pointed ears, retractable wings, and a penchant for gun powder. They have no apparent ''magical'' advantage over other races, but they pride themselves in their powerful military. At the time of the story, they wear World War I-esque uniforms (with open backs for the wings) and their canon accent is standard American.
5th Mar '17 9:12:40 AM Theriocephalus
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* Similar rules (as in ''Ars Magica'') apply to TheFairFolk in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Unlike most other beings, they don't have a Motivation. Rather, they have something they adopt as a passing fancy, a role they enter into because it seems dramatically appropriate at the time. Oh, and they [[EldritchAbomination come from the chaos outside reality]], and eat souls. Basically, they're role-playing gamers, Creation is their gameworld, and your [=PCs=] are just [=NPCs=] to them. Usurprisingly, they have a hard time with concepts like empathy and consequences.

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* Similar rules (as as in ''Ars Magica'') Magica'' apply to TheFairFolk in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Unlike most other beings, they don't have a Motivation. Rather, they have something they adopt as a passing fancy, a role they enter into because it seems dramatically appropriate at the time. Oh, and they [[EldritchAbomination come from the chaos outside reality]], and eat souls. Basically, they're role-playing gamers, Creation is their gameworld, and your [=PCs=] are just [=NPCs=] to them. Usurprisingly, they have a hard time with concepts like empathy and consequences.


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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 skeletal horses, diminutive winged humanoids, odd-looking forest animals or anything else they’ve a mind to.
26th Feb '17 11:01:25 AM Luppercus
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* A fairy befriends Flora in episode "Adventures on Big Island" of the 2000s ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' series.
25th Feb '17 3:42:22 PM vtarira
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* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' takes the [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] trope and adjusts it to fit the [[RegencyEngland Georgian-era]] setting. The basic concept, as [[FootnoteFever one of the many easy-to-miss footnotes]] explains, is that logic and magical ability are diametrically opposed; humans have great powers of logic and very little magical skill, while Faeries have tremendous magical power but most of them would be considered severely mentally ill by human standards. Accordingly, they don't even need wings since they can travel wherever on Earth they want via the King's Roads, and they wear clothes that are made of broken dreams or are "[[FictionalColor the color of heartbreak]]" or that sing or scream. They also have tremendous powers that no human can fight while simultaneously having a wide variety of [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weaknesses]], and are shown to stay out of human affairs less for the standard reasons than because they just don't care--they'd rather be at their all-night balls. In other words, they're a ShadowArchetype of what human British society was like at the time.
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