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21st Jun '16 1:18:35 PM Malady
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** Machen's [[http://www.ghostbox.co.uk/boxes/the_white_people.pdf "The White People"]] is the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis transcription]] of a [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant young girl's]] diary mentioning the strange advices of [[EvilMentor her nurse]], encounters with "nymphs", mysterious ceremonies and [[CampbellCountry ancient roman ruins]].

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** Machen's [[http://www.ghostbox.co.uk/boxes/the_white_people.[[https://maggiemcneill.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-white-people-by-arthur-machen.pdf "The White People"]] is the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis transcription]] of a [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant young girl's]] diary mentioning the strange advices of [[EvilMentor her nurse]], encounters with "nymphs", mysterious ceremonies and [[CampbellCountry ancient roman ruins]].
18th Jun '16 1:29:50 PM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'', [[spoiler:the cryst-fairies are manipulating everyone towards their malevolent ([[EvilVersusEvil and occasionally conflicting]]) agendas. Tiz, Agnès, Ringabel, Edea, and Kaiser Oblivion all discover this the hard way.]]
1st Jun '16 11:40:44 PM PaulA
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* The elves in ''Literature/AmongOthers'' aren't malicious, but they don't see the world the way humans do (either literally, or in the sense of having the same value system).
31st May '16 8:23:16 AM LordGro
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* In a vein much similar to the above banshee and dullahan, there's also the Germanic wight which, contrary to its modern portrayal as an undead being, was originally a kind of dwarf or imp-like Fey.
31st May '16 8:13:34 AM GlassRain
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* In a vein much similar to the above banshee and dullahan, there's also the Germanic wight which, contrary to its modern protrayal as an undead being, was originally a kind of dwarf or imp-like Fey.

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* In a vein much similar to the above banshee and dullahan, there's also the Germanic wight which, contrary to its modern protrayal portrayal as an undead being, was originally a kind of dwarf or imp-like Fey.



** In Sweden there were also the Tomte and Vittra... The Tomte was a benevolent gnome-like creature that helped farmers take care of their animals and [[FertileFeet make the soil provide a good harvest]]. But if he was disrespected he'd likely [[UnstoppableRage kill every single animal on the farm, tear down the barn]] and/or [[WalkingWasteland turn the soil barren and unable to support any life ever again]]... The Vittra, however, were much more unpredictable than the Tomte. They looked like and behaved like regular humans, but they lived "underground", in a parallel reality to our own. They were just about as likely to bless humans and give them riches and fortune for little to no reason as they were to curse them to AFateWorseThanDeath for absolutely no discernable reason. A quick and easy way to ''really'' get them pissed off at you was to build your house on top of their house.

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** In Sweden there were also the Tomte and Vittra... The Tomte was a benevolent gnome-like creature that helped farmers take care of their animals and [[FertileFeet make the soil provide a good harvest]]. But if he was disrespected he'd likely [[UnstoppableRage kill every single animal on the farm, tear down the barn]] and/or [[WalkingWasteland turn the soil barren and unable to support any life ever again]]... The Vittra, however, were much more unpredictable than the Tomte. They looked like and behaved like regular humans, but they lived "underground", in a parallel reality to our own. They were just about as likely to bless humans and give them riches and fortune for little to no reason as they were to curse them to AFateWorseThanDeath for absolutely no discernable discernible reason. A quick and easy way to ''really'' get them pissed off at you was to build your house on top of their house.



* Stories of the "Little People" pervade the legends of many North American tribes. The Cherokee in particular have many legends surrounding them, and group these fairy-like beings into three clans; the Rock People, the Laurel People, and the Dogwood People. The Laurel people were considered to be friendly and playful, and often played games with children. The Dogwood People were stern, serious, and preferred to be left at peace. The Rock People, who dwelled in caves far away from human settlements, were feared, as it was believed that disturbing them would provoke their wrath, and whomever did so would have some horrible calamity befall them. Cherokee in more isolated regions to this day still believe in the legends, and it is said that if a child has an ImaginaryFriend, this is actually the Little People playing with them.

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* Stories of the "Little People" pervade the legends of many North American tribes. The Cherokee in particular have many legends surrounding them, and group these fairy-like beings into three clans; the Rock People, the Laurel People, and the Dogwood People. The Laurel people were considered to be friendly and playful, and often played games with children. The Dogwood People were stern, serious, and preferred to be left at peace. The Rock People, who dwelled lived in caves far away from human settlements, were feared, as it was believed that disturbing them would provoke their wrath, and whomever did so would have some horrible calamity befall them. Cherokee in more isolated regions to this day still believe in the legends, and it is said that if a child has an ImaginaryFriend, this is actually the Little People playing with them.



* In ''The Discarded Image'' Creator/CSLewis used as a general summation of creatures from this tradition the term Longaivi (Long-Livers becaused they, well, lived a long time). One thing interesting he pointed out was that that in later eras they underwent {{Grimmification}} to the point where they were little different from demons, while the earlier Medieval ones could be benevolent as well as malevolent in their erratic behavior. The later cute fairies, according to this, were in fact a reaction to a reaction.

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* In ''The Discarded Image'' Creator/CSLewis used as a general summation of creatures from this tradition the term Longaivi (Long-Livers becaused because they, well, lived a long time). One thing interesting he pointed out was that that in later eras they underwent {{Grimmification}} to the point where they were little different from demons, while the earlier Medieval ones could be benevolent as well as malevolent in their erratic behavior. The later cute fairies, according to this, were in fact a reaction to a reaction.



* The deranged, fickle and bizarre inhabitants of The Sixth Dimension from the movie Film/ForbiddenZone share lots of traits witt the Fair Folk. Of Course, [[WorldGoneMad ''everyone's'' deranged in this movie]], but the inhabitants of The Sixth Dimension layer on top a slice of Fleischer-style surrealism to make them look even crazier.

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* The deranged, fickle and bizarre inhabitants of The Sixth Dimension from the movie Film/ForbiddenZone share lots of traits witt with the Fair Folk. Of Course, [[WorldGoneMad ''everyone's'' deranged in this movie]], but the inhabitants of The Sixth Dimension layer on top a slice of Fleischer-style surrealism to make them look even crazier.



* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', the Faeries appear, led by Morgan Le Fay. While it was an UnbuiltTrope at the time the book was written, the Faeries are much more the alien and malicious type. Although [[ItMakesSenseInContext Robin Hood and Maid Marien]] argue whether they are Faeries or not.

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* In ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', the Faeries appear, led by Morgan Le Fay. While it was an UnbuiltTrope at the time the book was written, the Faeries are much more the alien and malicious type. Although [[ItMakesSenseInContext Robin Hood and Maid Marien]] Marian]] argue whether they are Faeries or not.



** "Fairy Gold" has an elf get a human to kill a troll in return for fairy gold. It does the usual effect of vanishing -- except that by the time it does it, it has moved full circle around the town, making many people happy by letting them buy somthing by selling something they were encumbered with. There's laughter when it vanished, but it's not quite clear whether the elf lord appreciates what he did.

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** "Fairy Gold" has an elf get a human to kill a troll in return for fairy gold. It does the usual effect of vanishing -- except that by the time it does it, it has moved full circle around the town, making many people happy by letting them buy somthing somtehing by selling something they were encumbered with. There's laughter when it vanished, but it's not quite clear whether the elf lord appreciates what he did.



** The fairy mistress was a natural for CourtlyLove, with her magical ability to come and go secretly, and her magical taboos, which played nicely into the spirit of obeying one's lady no matter how capricious she was and how arbitary her commands were. In some tales, such as ''Parthenope de Blois'', her fairy origin is only hinted but makes the events of the story clear.

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** The fairy mistress was a natural for CourtlyLove, with her magical ability to come and go secretly, and her magical taboos, which played nicely into the spirit of obeying one's lady no matter how capricious she was and how arbitary arbitrary her commands were. In some tales, such as ''Parthenope de Blois'', her fairy origin is only hinted but makes the events of the story clear.



* Creator/CharlaineHarris in her ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' series would have it both ways with Claudine and Claude. The former aspires to be an angel and tries to do good whilst the latter is amoral at best but both chose to live amongst humans. Then there is Niall Brigant, [[spoiler:the grandfather to the two and Sookie Stackhouse's great-grandfather]], a fairy prince who has a benign but distant regard for humanity yet sees the benefits of tapping into human industries. Others of their kind have a distinct hatred for humanity and all that it represents. This tension over human contact [[spoiler: and interbreeding leads to a civil war and some use mankind as its fodder]].

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* Creator/CharlaineHarris in her ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' series would have it both ways with Claudine and Claude. The former aspires to be an angel and tries to do good whilst the latter is amoral at best but both chose to live amongst among humans. Then there is Niall Brigant, [[spoiler:the grandfather to the two and Sookie Stackhouse's great-grandfather]], a fairy prince who has a benign but distant regard for humanity yet sees the benefits of tapping into human industries. Others of their kind have a distinct hatred for humanity and all that it represents. This tension over human contact [[spoiler: and interbreeding leads to a civil war and some use mankind as its fodder]].



** The "Lingerers" as described in ''Morgoth's Ring'', elven spirits are so powerful that their body can't quit hold it and it burns their body away leaving them in a shadowy form. The "Unbodied" are elves that actually died and refused to obey Mandos' summons. Some of these had actually worked for Morgoth. These are the one's to fear while Lingerers are generally nice if strange and unpredictable. These perhaps corespond to the Seelie and the Unseelie.

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** The "Lingerers" as described in ''Morgoth's Ring'', elven spirits are so powerful that their body can't quit hold it and it burns their body away leaving them in a shadowy form. The "Unbodied" are elves that actually died and refused to obey Mandos' summons. Some of these had actually worked for Morgoth. These are the one's to fear while Lingerers are generally nice if strange and unpredictable. These perhaps corespond correspond to the Seelie and the Unseelie.



* Played almost painfully straight with the world of Mark Chadbourn's ''Literature/TheAgeOfMisrule'' and subsequent series' in the same world. AboveGoodAndEvil, BlackAndGrayMorality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, TheUnfettered, PayEvilUntoEvil abound in a CrapsackWorld, and thats just the Tuatha Dé Danann. Their [[EvilCounterpart "evil" counterparts]], the [[EldritchAbomination Fomorii]]... are worse.

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* Played almost painfully straight with the world of Mark Chadbourn's ''Literature/TheAgeOfMisrule'' and subsequent series' in the same world. AboveGoodAndEvil, BlackAndGrayMorality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, TheUnfettered, PayEvilUntoEvil abound in a CrapsackWorld, and thats that's just the Tuatha Dé Danann. Their [[EvilCounterpart "evil" counterparts]], the [[EldritchAbomination Fomorii]]... are worse.



** In the mid-season finale of the third season, we hear of a character known as [[spoiler:The Black Fairy, a fairy who was banished years ago for pracitising dark magic.]]

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** In the mid-season finale of the third season, we hear of a character known as [[spoiler:The Black Fairy, a fairy who was banished years ago for pracitising practicing dark magic.]]



** This isn't altogether limited to Lorwyn, although the 'fairytale' nature of the setting certainly emphasized the various creatures' relevant traits. It's canon that the elves of Llanowar on the 'default' plane of Dominaria consider the life of a tree more important than that of a human, and while Magic's faeries may be the small winged pixie type in general, well, see the flavor text on [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=171 Scryb Sprites]] if you think they're in any way, shape, or form harmless.

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** This isn't altogether limited to Lorwyn, although the 'fairytale' 'fairy tale' nature of the setting certainly emphasized the various creatures' relevant traits. It's canon that the elves of Llanowar on the 'default' plane of Dominaria consider the life of a tree more important than that of a human, and while Magic's faeries may be the small winged pixie type in general, well, see the flavor text on [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=171 Scryb Sprites]] if you think they're in any way, shape, or form harmless.



** Fourth Edition also has ''Heroes Of The Feywild'' which goes indepth into the home dimension of the fae, from the perspective of both mortal visitors and locals. It also details the various courts, all of which often fit this trope, but especially the Winter Court, which follows a fae prince who is the living embodiment of LoveMakesYouEvil. It also introduces Pixies as a PC race.

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** Fourth Edition also has ''Heroes Of The Feywild'' which goes indepth in-depth into the home dimension of the fae, from the perspective of both mortal visitors and locals. It also details the various courts, all of which often fit this trope, but especially the Winter Court, which follows a fae prince who is the living embodiment of LoveMakesYouEvil. It also introduces Pixies as a PC race.



** Their "good" cousins, the Craftworld Eldar, are little better. Fulfilling the classic stereotype of fairies and elves manipulating humans with little regard for their wellbeing, the Eldar once diverted an Ork invasion towards the human Hive world of Armageddon and instigated a war which left ''millions'' dead and most of the planet in ruins, to save a Craftworld with only 10,000 Eldar living on it. That said, the Eldar can [[IDidWhatIHadToDo possibly justify this atrocity]] by the fact that A) they're a DyingRace, and B) [[HumansAreBastards the Imperium would certainly do the same to an Eldar Craftworld if the situation were reversed]].

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** Their "good" cousins, the Craftworld Eldar, are little better. Fulfilling the classic stereotype of fairies and elves manipulating humans with little regard for their wellbeing, well-being, the Eldar once diverted an Ork invasion towards the human Hive world of Armageddon and instigated a war which left ''millions'' dead and most of the planet in ruins, to save a Craftworld with only 10,000 Eldar living on it. That said, the Eldar can [[IDidWhatIHadToDo possibly justify this atrocity]] by the fact that A) they're a DyingRace, and B) [[HumansAreBastards the Imperium would certainly do the same to an Eldar Craftworld if the situation were reversed]].



* Norwegian poet Creator/HenrikWergeland used elves as henchmen for the good guys in some of his more farcical plays. In one of his later plays, the fair folk trope is played straight, as the ''hulder'' herself abducts the titular character into the mountain to make him do the dirty work for her (This Hulder is plain evil). The abduction trope is subverted as the hulder´s daugher is lured out of the mountain by a young poet, and the fair folk wants him dead for it.

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* Norwegian poet Creator/HenrikWergeland used elves as henchmen for the good guys in some of his more farcical plays. In one of his later plays, the fair folk trope is played straight, as the ''hulder'' herself abducts the titular character into the mountain to make him do the dirty work for her (This Hulder is plain evil). The abduction trope is subverted as the hulder´s daugher daughter is lured out of the mountain by a young poet, and the fair folk wants him dead for it.



* The ''Mer'' from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' are [[OurElvesAreDifferent essentially elves]], except each race has its own disturbing trends. The Dunmer, or "Dark Elves", are generally xenophobic, treacherous, slave-owning pricks at the best of times - And incestuous, power-hungry, demon-worshipping, rotting-diseased-flesh-eating madmen at their worst. The Bosmer, or "Wood Elves" are a bunch of plant-worshipping ''cannibals'' who have the power to morph together into a nigh-unstoppable EldritchAbomination whenever their homeland is threatened. The Maormer, or "Tropical Elves", are an exiled race of elves who follow an undying king and have perfected magic dealing with sea serpents. And the Altmer, or "High Elves", are arrogant bastards who've begun worshipping [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The Daedra]] like their ancestors did, despite that not being a very good idea then, either...
** Take this as an example. Mannimarco, the king of all necromancers, a dark lord and worshipper of multiple Daedric Princes, and the BigBad of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, is an Altmer, one of the self-styled "High Elves".

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* The ''Mer'' from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' are [[OurElvesAreDifferent essentially elves]], except each race has its own disturbing trends. The Dunmer, or "Dark Elves", are generally xenophobic, treacherous, slave-owning pricks at the best of times - And incestuous, power-hungry, demon-worshipping, demon-worshiping, rotting-diseased-flesh-eating madmen at their worst. The Bosmer, or "Wood Elves" are a bunch of plant-worshipping plant-worshiping ''cannibals'' who have the power to morph together into a nigh-unstoppable EldritchAbomination whenever their homeland is threatened. The Maormer, or "Tropical Elves", are an exiled race of elves who follow an undying king and have perfected magic dealing with sea serpents. And the Altmer, or "High Elves", are arrogant bastards who've begun worshipping worshiping [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The Daedra]] like their ancestors did, despite that not being a very good idea then, either...
** Take this as an example. Mannimarco, the king of all necromancers, a dark lord and worshipper worshiper of multiple Daedric Princes, and the BigBad of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, is an Altmer, one of the self-styled "High Elves".



** The Ayleids, also known as the Heartland High Elves, are notorious among humans for their cruel reign over the enslaved humans of Cyrodiil. They worshipped Daedra, practiced necromancy, and crafted artifacts whose nature cannot be easily recreated.

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** The Ayleids, also known as the Heartland High Elves, are notorious among humans for their cruel reign over the enslaved humans of Cyrodiil. They worshipped worshiped Daedra, practiced necromancy, and crafted artifacts whose nature cannot be easily recreated.



* ''VideoGame/YearWalk'', being based on ancient Swedish folklore and tradition, has five fair folks referred to as "The Watchers" who are all very alien in approach and demanour.
** The first one is the Huldra who looks like a beautiful woman clad in white with sticks protouding out of her. She either lives in, or ''is'', the biggest, oldest tree in the forest. She [[CompellingVoice leads men astray with her ethereal voice]] and, like a [[HornyDevils succubus]], [[OutWithABang kills them by having sex with them]]. However, she's the friend of colliers, can bless hunters' hunts and if blood is offered willingly to her she might lend her assisstance... provided she doesn't drain you dry.

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* ''VideoGame/YearWalk'', being based on ancient Swedish folklore and tradition, has five fair folks referred to as "The Watchers" who are all very alien in approach and demanour.
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** The first one is the Huldra who looks like a beautiful woman clad in white with sticks protouding protruding out of her. She either lives in, or ''is'', the biggest, oldest tree in the forest. She [[CompellingVoice leads men astray with her ethereal voice]] and, like a [[HornyDevils succubus]], [[OutWithABang kills them by having sex with them]]. However, she's the friend of colliers, can bless hunters' hunts and if blood is offered willingly to her she might lend her assisstance...assistance... provided she doesn't drain you dry.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' (and in its SpinOff s ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' and ''Webcomic/DownTheStreet'') The Fair Folk is the (magical) [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] between HeavenAndHell and [[TangledFamilyTree one ''happy'' family]] so all related to the token fair teammate [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]]. They seem to actually invoke InterspeciesRomance to increase their numbers and make the magic family tree *somewhat* healthier and accidentally created the WitchSpecies (those hybrids who aren't strong or fair enough) in the process so any magical talent implies Fair(y) Relatives. They also do everything any selfrespecting fae of this trope does, the child stealing included and... let's just say that almost all things NightmareFuel and FridgeHorror in the series have something to do with them.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' (and in its SpinOff s ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' and ''Webcomic/DownTheStreet'') The Fair Folk is the (magical) [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] between HeavenAndHell and [[TangledFamilyTree one ''happy'' family]] so all related to the token fair teammate [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]]. They seem to actually invoke InterspeciesRomance to increase their numbers and make the magic family tree *somewhat* healthier and accidentally created the WitchSpecies (those hybrids who aren't strong or fair enough) in the process so any magical talent implies Fair(y) Relatives. They also do everything any selfrespecting self-respecting fae of this trope does, the child stealing included and... let's just say that almost all things NightmareFuel and FridgeHorror in the series have something to do with them.


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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Some inhabitants of the Subfusc, as well as some of the things leaving it for the mortal realm (or waking up in it) seem to be this, most notably the [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] and the [[HairRaisingHare Vorpal Pook]].
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* Creator/RobertEHoward wrote several stories, the best known of which is the BranMakMorn story "Worms of the Earth", featuring a race that lived in Britain before first the Picts, then the Celts, drove them underground where they mutated from their already unpleasant orginal selves into reptilian abominations.

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* Creator/RobertEHoward wrote several stories, the best known of which is the BranMakMorn Literature/BranMakMorn story "Worms of the Earth", featuring a race that lived in Britain before first the Picts, then the Celts, drove them underground where they mutated from their already unpleasant orginal selves into reptilian abominations.
26th May '16 9:38:27 PM Qube
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** Take this as an example. Mannimarco, the king of all necromancers, a dark lord and worshipper of multiple Daedric Princes, and the BigBad of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, is an Altmer, one of the self=styled "High Elves".

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** Take this as an example. Mannimarco, the king of all necromancers, a dark lord and worshipper of multiple Daedric Princes, and the BigBad of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, is an Altmer, one of the self=styled self-styled "High Elves".
26th May '16 9:38:09 PM Qube
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** Take this as an example. Mannimarco, the king of all necromancers, a dark lord and worshipper of multiple Daedric Princes, and the BigBad of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, is a Dunmer. And he's among one of the first Dunmer seen in the entire franchise.
*** Mannimarco is actually a millenia old Altmer* not a Dunmer as his origins lie in the Psijic Order and Alinor/Summerset Isle.

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** Take this as an example. Mannimarco, the king of all necromancers, a dark lord and worshipper of multiple Daedric Princes, and the BigBad of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, is a Dunmer. And he's among an Altmer, one of the first Dunmer seen in the entire franchise.
*** Mannimarco is actually a millenia old Altmer* not a Dunmer as his origins lie in the Psijic Order and Alinor/Summerset Isle.
self=styled "High Elves".
26th May '16 9:19:42 PM Westbrook
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** They're split into the Summer (Seelie) and Winter (Unseelie) Courts, ruled over by Queens Titania and Mab respectively. Summer is generally more benevolent, while Winter is more malicious. They're obsessed with obligations-- everything, from food and drink to information, has to be traded for, and there is no going back on a deal with the Fae. Accepting gifts from the Fae is a very bad idea, as it means your are in undefined debt to them, and giving them a gift is seen as a horrible insult. They are very vulnerable to anything with iron in it, and see its use as incredibly cruel. They CannotTellALie, but that's ''far'' from saying they're truthful; very careful attention needs to be paid to ExactWords when dealing with the fae, since they love LoopholeAbuse. [[note]]Changelings also exist, as the children of human-fae pairings: they look human until puberty, when they start developing characteristics similar to their fae side, and generally come to choose to be a faerie or human.[[/note]] Any Fae can also be summoned by speaking its name three times. They will answer the summon, but may not be the happiest of beings to be summoned.

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** They're split into the Summer (Seelie) and Winter (Unseelie) Courts, ruled over by Queens Titania and Mab respectively. Summer is generally more benevolent, while Winter is more malicious. They're obsessed with obligations-- everything, from food and drink to information, has to be traded for, and there is no going back on a deal with the Fae. Accepting gifts from the Fae is a very bad idea, as it means your you are in an undefined debt to them, and giving them a gift is seen as a horrible insult. They are very vulnerable to anything with iron in it, and see its use as incredibly cruel. They CannotTellALie, but that's ''far'' from saying they're truthful; very careful attention needs to be paid to ExactWords when dealing with the fae, since they love LoopholeAbuse. [[note]]Changelings also exist, as the children of human-fae pairings: they look human until puberty, when they start developing characteristics similar to their fae side, and generally come to choose to be a faerie or human.[[/note]] Any Fae can also be summoned by speaking its name three times. They will answer the summon, but may not be the happiest of beings to be summoned.



** The biggest example of how the courts can defy type: according to the author, the Erlking, leader of TheWildHunt, is Summer. SantaClaus is Winter. The one mention of Santa so far says trapping him in a circle is something nobody would ever dare try, but it in no way suggests that he's a BadSanta. (But it [[FridgeBrilliance makes perfect sense]] - He's known to be active on December 25th, and the Courts' power shifts with the seasons, after all. The power it would take to be Santa, or to be the reality that Santa is based on... a Summer fae would ''never'' have it ''four days after the winter solstice.'') Santa represents [[HopeBringer generosity in a time of bleakness]]. Further said, Kringle is Mab's King and Erlking is Titania's King. Within them, they show the traits not often seen in their Queens (Kringle's benevolence against Mab's cold demeaner and Erlking's love of hunt to Titania's compassion.)

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** The biggest example of how the courts can defy type: according to the author, the Erlking, leader of TheWildHunt, is Summer. SantaClaus is Winter. The one mention of Santa so far says trapping him in a circle is something nobody would ever dare try, but it in no way suggests that he's a BadSanta. (But it [[FridgeBrilliance makes perfect sense]] - He's known to be active on December 25th, and the Courts' power shifts with the seasons, after all. The power it would take to be Santa, or to be the reality that Santa is based on... a Summer fae would ''never'' have it ''four days after the winter solstice.'') Santa represents [[HopeBringer generosity in a time of bleakness]]. Further said, Kringle is Mab's King and Erlking is Titania's King. Within them, they show the traits not often seen in their Queens (Kringle's benevolence against Mab's cold demeaner demeanor and Erlking's love of hunt to Titania's compassion.)
19th May '16 3:06:19 PM Eievie
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Modern society has lived with the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed version of Fairies for so long--the {{Fairy Godmother}}s of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' and ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'', Tinker Bell in ''PeterPan''--that it seems hard to imagine that some would consider Fairies evil.

And yet, some of them were. The Fairies of old weren't [[FairyCompanion cute little bewinged Pixies who fluttered happily around humans]]. Elves didn't [[ChristmasElves make children toys]] or [[HiddenElfVillage live deep in forests with no interaction with mortals]]. At best, they would interact with humans with either no thought to the consequences of their actions (the LittlePeople who put RipVanWinkle to sleep)[[note]]That was the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his crew; however, traditionally, the line between fairies and ghosts has… not been sharp.[[/note]] or as tricksters that delight in the mess they're making of mortal lives (Oberon, Puck, and the rest in ''AMidsummerNightsDream''). At worst, they're like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/EmperorJoker with magic]]; otherworldly horrors who kidnap humans for use as playthings to assault, torture, or eat--or sometimes even ''worse'' things ("Literature/TamLin"). The Fair Folk almost always live in the LandOfFaerie, and may be depicted as an InhumanlyBeautifulRace. They are usually vulnerable to ColdIron.

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Modern society has lived with the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed version of Fairies fairies for so long--the {{Fairy Godmother}}s of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' and ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'', Tinker Bell in ''PeterPan''--that it seems hard to imagine that some would consider Fairies evil.

And yet, some of them were. The Fairies fairies of old weren't [[FairyCompanion cute little bewinged Pixies pixies who fluttered happily around humans]]. Elves didn't [[ChristmasElves make children toys]] or [[HiddenElfVillage live deep in forests with no interaction with mortals]]. At best, they would interact with humans with either no thought to the consequences of their actions (the LittlePeople who put RipVanWinkle to sleep)[[note]]That was the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his crew; however, traditionally, the line between fairies and ghosts has… not been sharp.[[/note]] or as tricksters that delight in the mess they're making of mortal lives (Oberon, Puck, and the rest in ''AMidsummerNightsDream''). At worst, they're like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/EmperorJoker with magic]]; otherworldly horrors who kidnap humans for use as playthings to assault, torture, or eat--or sometimes even ''worse'' things ("Literature/TamLin"). The Fair Folk almost always live in the LandOfFaerie, and may be depicted as an InhumanlyBeautifulRace. They are usually vulnerable to ColdIron.



In a manner of speaking, the old version of the Faerie has been replaced with AlienAbduction. In both cases, you have [[TheGreys creatures]] who are ineffable and don't understand humanity, who randomly abduct humans, play with them, and return them with [[YearOutsideHourInside Time]] [[YearInsideHourOutside Loss]] and occasionally [[TouchedByVorlons strange powers/afflictions]]. Periodically, there are tales of those who have dealt with them and benefited, but for the most part, mundanes are merely their playthings.

Frequently found in concert with {{Grimmification}}, as the original folklore of the darker breeds of fae needs little exaggeration. Compare and contrast FairyCompanion, WitchSpecies, OurElvesAreBetter, OurFairiesAreDifferent, OurGoblinsAreDifferent, OurMermaidsAreDifferent, NatureSpirit, and AllTrollsAreDifferent. See also ChangelingTale, a specific subtrope having to do with fairy abduction, {{doppelganger}}s, [[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers and the like]]. Not to be confused with ChangelingFantasy, which is a type of CinderellaSituation.

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In a manner of speaking, the old version of the Faerie fairies has been replaced with AlienAbduction. In both cases, you have [[TheGreys creatures]] who are ineffable and don't understand humanity, who randomly abduct humans, play with them, and return them with [[YearOutsideHourInside Time]] [[YearInsideHourOutside Loss]] and occasionally [[TouchedByVorlons strange powers/afflictions]]. Periodically, there are tales of those who have dealt with them and benefited, but for the most part, mundanes are merely their playthings.

Frequently found in concert with {{Grimmification}}, as the original folklore of the darker breeds of fae fairies needs little exaggeration. Compare and contrast FairyCompanion, WitchSpecies, OurElvesAreBetter, OurFairiesAreDifferent, OurGoblinsAreDifferent, OurMermaidsAreDifferent, NatureSpirit, and AllTrollsAreDifferent. See also ChangelingTale, a specific subtrope having to do with fairy abduction, {{doppelganger}}s, [[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers and the like]]. Not to be confused with ChangelingFantasy, which is a type of CinderellaSituation.
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