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18th Nov '17 1:20:36 AM Theriocephalus
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** The early short "Bingbong of Brackenwood" features another group of similar beings, perhaps an early "draft" of the [=YuYu=] or perhaps something different. They resemble tiny featureless humanoids that glow a soft yellow like a candle, and with flames for hair. Bingbong finds them in a clearing, dancing in a circle while others play pipes and drums. He runs in to join them, at which point the humanoids look at each other, nods, and begin to dance faster and faster around Bingbong as their yellow glow turns orange, then red... [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth until Bingbong looks down to find them all lying dazed on the ground]], at which point he loses interest and wanders away.

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** The early short "Bingbong of Brackenwood" features another group of similar beings, perhaps an early "draft" of the [=YuYu=] or perhaps something different. They resemble tiny featureless humanoids that glow a soft yellow like a candle, and with flames for hair. Bingbong finds them in a clearing, dancing in a circle while others play pipes and drums. He runs in to join them, at which point the humanoids look at each other, nods, nod, and begin to dance faster and faster around Bingbong as their yellow glow turns orange, then red... [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth until Bingbong looks down to find them all lying dazed on the ground]], at which point he loses interest and wanders away.
14th Nov '17 11:48:24 AM BeerBaron
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* Franchise/TheElderScrolls has [[OurElvesAreBetter the races of Mer]], but they have very little in common with the Fair Folk. The occasional cases of BlueAndOrangeMorality among the races of Mer comes more down to culture than anything else and there are plenty of situations of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch.
** The [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Daedra]] however, fulfill the image of the Fair Folk. They will grant gifts to those who please them, but are just as often prone drive them into insanity or acts of great evil. Many stories involving a Daedric Prince will leave the one striking a deal with the Prince coming out of the situation cursed in some manner. The Daedric princes are also bound by the concepts they embody, for example, Meridia, prince of light and life energies, has been both the BigBad of one DLC and the BigGood of one of the games. Meridia hates those who tamper with life and the dead and thus fanatically hates necromancers which makes many assume she is good, but she was willing to support the [[AbusivePrecursors the Ayleids]] because they did not practice necromancy. Another story involves the prince Namira, prince of rot and disease gifting a young man with the plague after he gives her a coin, thinking she's just a very ill beggar. The disease, however allows him to become BeneathNotice and thus a very good spy. Others like [[TheAlcoholic Sanguine]] who tends to prefer making mischief. In general the Daedra tend to display the general BlueAndOrangeMorality of the Fair Folk trope, and can be benevolent, mischievous, or evil.
** The same world also has Spriggans, half-plant half-woman things who are not too fond of visitors to their forests.

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[[OurElvesAreBetter race of Mer (Elves)]] that is or ever has been is at least a {{Downplayed}} version of the trope. All exhibit some qualities as a race that are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bizarre or plain alien]] to human sensibilities, and frequently clash with the races of Mer]], but they have very little in common men (and perhaps just as frequently, with ''each other''). The extinct [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwemer]] are probably the Fair Folk. The occasional cases straightest example, with contemporary sources and modern researchers alike painting them as mysterious with abilities well beyond what any other race on Tamriel could compare with. It is Downplayed in part because many of BlueAndOrangeMorality among the races of Mer comes differences come down more down to culture than anything else and there are plenty of situations instances of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch.
** The Played Straight by the Daedra, both the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] and the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Daedra]] however, fulfill lesser Daedra]]. All are pre-creation spirits ("et'Ada") who made no sacrifices during the image creation of Mundus, the Fair Folk. They will grant gifts to those who please them, but are just as often prone drive them into insanity or acts of great evil. Many stories involving a Daedric Prince will leave the one striking a deal with the Prince coming out of the situation cursed in some manner. The Daedric princes are also bound by the concepts they embody, for example, Meridia, prince of light and life energies, has been both the BigBad of one DLC and the BigGood of one of the games. Meridia hates those who tamper with life and the dead mortal plane, and thus fanatically hates necromancers retain their CompleteImmortality. The 17 most powerful and prominent Daedric spirits are the Daedric Princes, each of whom has a particular sphere, which makes many assume she is good, but she was willing to support the [[AbusivePrecursors the Ayleids]] because are said to [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embody]] and govern from [[EldritchLocation their planes]] of Oblivion which they did not practice necromancy. Another story involves inhabit and rule. While the prince Namira, prince vast majority of rot and disease gifting a young man with the plague after he gives her a coin, thinking she's just a very ill beggar. The disease, however allows him to become BeneathNotice and thus a very good spy. Others like [[TheAlcoholic Sanguine]] who tends to prefer making mischief. In general the Daedra tend to display the general are seen as wholly evil by most mortals, they are technically beings AboveGoodAndEvil who operate on their own BlueAndOrangeMorality aligned with the spheres over which they govern. How they feel about the mortal races varies from Prince to Prince; many enjoy being worshiped, some just enjoy [[IncrediblyInconvenientDeity toying with mortals' lives for their own amusement]], but all of them have demonstrated a willingness to reward mortals they find particularly helpful, loyal, or amusing. For additional information, please see [[Characters/TheElderScrollsDaedra The Elder Scrolls: Daedra]] sub-page.
** A number of other species exist in Nirn who qualify. To note:
*** Spriggans are a race of [[PlantPeople tree spirits]] who typically take the basic form of tall, humanoid females made of wood. They are revered as "[[GaiasVengeance Nature's Guardians]]" and are associated with Kynareth, one
of the Fair Folk trope, Nine Divines and goddess of the heavens, winds, and elements. Despite this reverence, Spriggans are usually hostile toward any trespassers in their domain.
*** Nymphs are a type of nature spirit most commonly found in the Iliac Bay region. They take the form of beautiful, [[FullFrontalAssault naked]], long-haired women and attack using mystical [[PlayingWithFire fire spells]]. Though rumored to be [[ExtremeOmnisexual highly sexual beings]], most are rather shy and rarely approach mortals on their own.
*** The Hist are a race of [[TimeAbyss ancient]], [[WiseTree sentient]], giant spore-trees native to Black Marsh. They are worshiped by the [[LizardFolk Argonians]] who drink the sap of the Hist to grow,
and can be benevolent, mischievous, or evil.
** The same world also has Spriggans, half-plant half-woman things who are not too fond
communicate with the Hist via visions transmitted in the sap. It is said that the Hist were the original inhabitants of visitors Tamriel, and that they were originally from one of the 12 [[CreationMyth "worlds of Creation"]] that were shattered by [[TheAntiGod Padomay]] and then coalesced by [[GodOfGods Anu]] to their forests.create Nirn.
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* In ''Fanfic/TheCrystalCourt'', the Courts are portrayed as ambivalent to the matters and suffering of humans (which they are usually the cause of), kidnapping babies or forcing human musicians to play until their hands bled. They even seem to have a contempt for their own kind as well, leaving their own children with human families as changelings and desiring to execute Ruby and Sapphire for their inter-court romance (even though their respective courts were under a truce).
5th Nov '17 12:03:17 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/{{Diogenes Club}}''

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29th Oct '17 5:47:15 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In one BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama, Jamie has been giving it some thought, and has decided that the Doctor must be one of the FairFolk. (Ironic, as he's actually an alien.)
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27th Oct '17 2:18:51 AM PaulA
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** Another notable Irish fairy is the Gancanagh. A handsome and vain male, the Gancanagh is your basic {{Casanova}} who goes around seducing human women, and carries around a pipe, which can be a big clue as to his identity. However, it is said to be extremely unlucky to meet him, and the women he seduces will fight to the death for his affection.

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** Another notable Irish fairy is the Gancanagh. A handsome and vain male, the Gancanagh is your basic {{Casanova}} [[TheCasanova Casanova]] who goes around seducing human women, and carries around a pipe, which can be a big clue as to his identity. However, it is said to be extremely unlucky to meet him, and the women he seduces will fight to the death for his affection.
20th Oct '17 3:46:21 PM Theriocephalus
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** The rusalka in "[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/127803/1/the-incredibly-thrilling-investigation-of-storm-kicker/the-adventures-of-skunk-mane-and-stalker-mare The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker]]". It looks like an earth pony, but just slightly... [[UncannyValley wrong]], and it's described as a trickster spirit that uses what appears to be a form of vocal glamour/mind control to turn ponies into thralls and force them to dance with it, and it's perfectly happy to kill them if they, say, [[FelonyMisdemeanor miss a dance step]], [[ForTheEvulz or if it gets bored]]. It apparently considers this a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality justifiable way to alleviate its loneliness]].

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** The rusalka in "[[http://www.''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/127803/1/the-incredibly-thrilling-investigation-of-storm-kicker/the-adventures-of-skunk-mane-and-stalker-mare The Incredibly Thrilling Investigation of Storm Kicker]]".Kicker]]''. It looks like an earth pony, but just slightly... [[UncannyValley wrong]], and it's described as a trickster spirit that uses what appears to be a form of vocal glamour/mind control to turn ponies into thralls and force them to dance with it, and it's perfectly happy to kill them if they, say, [[FelonyMisdemeanor miss a dance step]], [[ForTheEvulz or if it gets bored]]. It apparently considers this a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality justifiable way to alleviate its loneliness]].
20th Oct '17 3:41:41 PM Theriocephalus
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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''[[note]]That very much depends which version you're talking about; even in the Disney movie she tries to have Wendy killed[[/note]]--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 ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''). At worst, they're like ComicBook/TheJoker [[ComicBook/EmperorJoker with magic]]; otherworldly horrors who kidnap humans for use as playthings to assault, torture, or eat--or sometimes even ''worse'' things (some versions of "Literature/TamLin"). The Fair Folk almost always live in the LandOfFaerie, and may be depicted as an InhumanlyBeautifulRace. They are usually vulnerable to ColdIron, though not always. (Dullahan are weak to gold.)

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Modern society has lived with the {{Disneyfi|cation}}ed version of fairies for so long--the long -- the {{Fairy Godmother}}s of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' and ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'', Tinker Bell in ''PeterPan''[[note]]That very much depends which version you're talking about; even in the Disney movie she tries to have Wendy killed[[/note]]--that killed[[/note]] -- 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… 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 ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''). At worst, they're like ComicBook/TheJoker [[ComicBook/EmperorJoker with magic]]; otherworldly horrors who kidnap humans for use as playthings to assault, torture, or eat--or eat -- or sometimes even ''worse'' things (some versions of "Literature/TamLin"). The Fair Folk almost always live in the LandOfFaerie, and may be depicted as an InhumanlyBeautifulRace. They are usually vulnerable to ColdIron, though not always. (Dullahan are weak to gold.)



* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' plays this trope dead straight with Rosine, a fairy-like Apostle who likes to carry kids off in order to turn them into her creepy little pseudo-elves in a rather twisted version of the ChangelingFantasy. The real Elves of the series, such as Puck, are more the benevolent version. Oddly, while the real Elves are indeed harmless, they have a very serious case of BlueAndOrangeMorality. Puck, for instance, seems to forget that he's living in a CrapsackWorld, finds being a {{Jerkass}} a more repellent trait than [[OneManArmy carving one's way through walls of enemies and civilians alike]], and follows Guts primarily to [[ItAmusedMe partake in the adventure]]. [[AudienceSurrogate Not unlike the reader…]]

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' plays this trope dead straight with Rosine, a fairy-like Apostle who likes to carry kids off in order to turn them into her creepy little pseudo-elves in a rather twisted version of the ChangelingFantasy. The real Elves of the series, such as Puck, are more the benevolent version. Oddly, while the real Elves are indeed harmless, they have a very serious case of BlueAndOrangeMorality. Puck, for instance, seems to forget that he's living in a CrapsackWorld, finds being a {{Jerkass}} a more repellent trait than [[OneManArmy carving one's way through walls of enemies and civilians alike]], and follows Guts primarily to [[ItAmusedMe partake in the adventure]]. [[AudienceSurrogate Not unlike the reader…]]reader...]]



* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''. "The Corpse" has Hellboy exposing a changeling and performing a number of difficult tasks for it so that The Fair Folk will return the baby he replaced. The story ends with the fairies discussing how few children have been born to them lately and [[TheMagicGoesAway how they may eventually fade away]], which likely inspired in part ''The Golden Army''--see below under Film. Said changeling, seeking vengeance against Hellboy, becomes the driving force behind an army of fae seeking to restore the glory days. Restoring the good old days, or going out with a bang, they don't seem to be picky. Resurrecting an ancient sorceress named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Queen of Blood]] ([[spoiler:aka, [[MerlinAndNimue Nimue]]]]) to lead the army adds destroying the world to the list.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''. "The Corpse" has Hellboy exposing a changeling and performing a number of difficult tasks for it so that The Fair Folk will return the baby he replaced. The story ends with the fairies discussing how few children have been born to them lately and [[TheMagicGoesAway how they may eventually fade away]], which likely partly inspired in part the Hellboy movie ''The Golden Army''--see below under Film.Army''. Said changeling, seeking vengeance against Hellboy, becomes the driving force behind an army of fae seeking to restore the glory days. Restoring the good old days, or going out with a bang, they don't seem to be picky. Resurrecting an ancient sorceress named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Queen of Blood]] ([[spoiler:aka, [[MerlinAndNimue Nimue]]]]) to lead the army adds destroying the world to the list.



* The Fairy of the Desert in Madame d'Aulnoy's "The Yellow Dwarf" could count as one of these - she is a wise but malevolent being who looks more like a witch than a stereotypical fairy. She is allied with the Yellow Dwarf, and when Princess Toutebelle breaks her promise to marry the dwarf, the Fairy of the Desert and the Yellow Dwarf show up at her wedding to wreak havoc at the celebration.

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* The Fairy of the Desert in Madame d'Aulnoy's "The Yellow Dwarf" could count as one of these - -- she is a wise but malevolent being who looks more like a witch than a stereotypical fairy. She is allied with the Yellow Dwarf, and when Princess Toutebelle breaks her promise to marry the dwarf, the Fairy of the Desert and the Yellow Dwarf show up at her wedding to wreak havoc at the celebration.



** Lily and Fix, the [[LadyAndKnight Summer Lady and Summer Knight]], appear at an Asgardian function and are quite helpful to Harry, offering the benefit of their own experiences of change, though Loki remarks that he paid them in information - however, he also adds that they did want to help, but the Fae being the Fae, it has to be EquivalentExchange. During the same chapter [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Mar-Vell]] mentions that he barely got away from [[TheVamp Maeve,]] the Winter Lady, with his virtue intact.

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** Lily and Fix, the [[LadyAndKnight Summer Lady and Summer Knight]], appear at an Asgardian function and are quite helpful to Harry, offering the benefit of their own experiences of change, though Loki remarks that he paid them in information - -- however, he also adds that they did want to help, but the Fae being the Fae, it has to be EquivalentExchange. During the same chapter [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Mar-Vell]] mentions that he barely got away from [[TheVamp Maeve,]] the Winter Lady, with his virtue intact.



** 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 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.

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** In Sweden there were also the Tomte and Vittra... The 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 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 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.



* The caoineag is a Scottish version of the banshee. The problem? She also has a bit of the dullahan's philosophy--meaning she sometimes seeks out and kills people [[ForTheEvulz on her own initiative.]]

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* The caoineag is a Scottish version of the banshee. The problem? She also has a bit of the dullahan's philosophy--meaning philosophy -- meaning she sometimes seeks out and kills people [[ForTheEvulz on her own initiative.]]



** A lot of the less human friendly Russian ''nezhit'' and ''nechist'' such as the leshay, the vodyanoy, the kikimora and the like are quite similar to the less fair kinds of TheFairFolk.

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** A lot of the less human friendly Russian ''nezhit'' and ''nechist'' such as the leshay, the vodyanoy, the kikimora and the like are quite similar to the less fair kinds of TheFairFolk.the Fair Folk.



* The fey of Maggie Stiefvater's books ''Lament'' and ''Ballad'' are exactly this - entirely devoid of empathy, governed by rituals and care only about their own pleasure, thinking of humans as little better than playthings. Nuala, being a ''leanan sidhe'' is an exception; she is very close to humankind and is thus capable of human feelings. However, even she has a distinctly cruel and exploitative side... (it goes with the territory considering what type of faerie she is.)

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* The fey of Maggie Stiefvater's books ''Lament'' and ''Ballad'' are exactly this - -- entirely devoid of empathy, governed by rituals and care only about their own pleasure, thinking of humans as little better than playthings. Nuala, being a ''leanan sidhe'' is an exception; she is very close to humankind and is thus capable of human feelings. However, even she has a distinctly cruel and exploitative side... (it goes with the territory considering what type of faerie she is.)



** ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions'' has this in the guise of local [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] - inhumanly beautiful, callous, afraid of sun, iron and holy names, manipulative, and in league with demonic powers against the world of humans.

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** ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions'' has this in the guise of local [[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]] - -- inhumanly beautiful, callous, afraid of sun, iron and holy names, manipulative, and in league with demonic powers against the world of humans.



* ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' (by Holly Black and Tony [=DiTerlizzi=]) feature a number of fae creatures, along with the ways to deal with them and/or protect oneself from them. Spiderwick's daughter, in her unknowing youth, accepted food from the fae [[spoiler: and as a result has no desire to eat human food...she would starve to death if the tiny faeries didn't bring her food regularly]].

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* ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles'' (by Holly Black and Tony [=DiTerlizzi=]) feature a number of fae creatures, along with the ways to deal with them and/or protect oneself from them. Spiderwick's daughter, in her unknowing youth, accepted food from the fae [[spoiler: and as a result has no desire to eat human food... she would starve to death if the tiny faeries didn't bring her food regularly]].



** 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 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.

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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-- 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 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.



** Among the Winter Court... Well, sure, the Leanansidhe wants to turn her poor beleaguered godson into a dog, but that's because as far as she's concerned he'd be much safer and happier as one of her hounds than he is at the moment. ([[HurtingHero She might have]] [[IronWoobie a valid]] [[BeingGoodSucks point there]]) And Maeve once [[spoiler:ordered monsters to attack Chicago]] as part of a BatmanGambit because she was worried that [[spoiler:the Faerie Courts hadn't moved against the Red Court because of Mab's bizarre behavior]], leading to a chain of events that saved a significant portion of the White Council. As Harry says in ''Changes,'' "Even in Winter, the cold isn’t always bitter, and not every day is cruel."
** 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 demeanor and Erlking's love of hunt to Titania's compassion.)

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** Among the Winter Court... Well, well, sure, the Leanansidhe wants to turn her poor beleaguered godson into a dog, but that's because as far as she's concerned he'd be much safer and happier as one of her hounds than he is at the moment. ([[HurtingHero She might have]] [[IronWoobie a valid]] [[BeingGoodSucks point there]]) And Maeve once [[spoiler:ordered monsters to attack Chicago]] as part of a BatmanGambit because she was worried that [[spoiler:the Faerie Courts hadn't moved against the Red Court because of Mab's bizarre behavior]], leading to a chain of events that saved a significant portion of the White Council. As Harry says in ''Changes,'' "Even in Winter, the cold isn’t always bitter, and not every day is cruel."
** 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 demeanor and Erlking's love of hunt to Titania's compassion.)



* The AlternateUniverse version of Tir Gwyngelli in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''Literature/TheGrailAndTheRing'' is {{Fairyland}} - the version of Tir Gwyngelli popular in many travellers' tales.

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* The AlternateUniverse version of Tir Gwyngelli in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''Literature/TheGrailAndTheRing'' is {{Fairyland}} - -- the version of Tir Gwyngelli popular in many travellers' tales.



-->''Can you wonder that the People of the Hills don't care to be confused with that painty-winged, wand-waving, sugar-and-shake-your-head set of impostors? Butterfly wings, indeed! I've seen Sir Huon and a troop of his people setting off from Tintagel Castle for Hy-Brasil in the teeth of a sou'-westerly gale, with the spray flying all over the Castle, and the Horses of the Hills wild with fright. Out they'd go in a lull, screaming like gulls, and back they'd be driven five good miles inland before they could come head to wind again. Butterfly-wings! It was Magic - Magic as black as Merlin could make it, and the whole sea was green fire and white foam with singing [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]] in it. And the Horses of the Hills picked their way from one wave to another by the lightning flashes! That was how it was in the old days!''

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-->''Can you wonder that the People of the Hills don't care to be confused with that painty-winged, wand-waving, sugar-and-shake-your-head set of impostors? Butterfly wings, indeed! I've seen Sir Huon and a troop of his people setting off from Tintagel Castle for Hy-Brasil in the teeth of a sou'-westerly gale, with the spray flying all over the Castle, and the Horses of the Hills wild with fright. Out they'd go in a lull, screaming like gulls, and back they'd be driven five good miles inland before they could come head to wind again. Butterfly-wings! It was Magic - -- Magic as black as Merlin could make it, and the whole sea was green fire and white foam with singing [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]] in it. And the Horses of the Hills picked their way from one wave to another by the lightning flashes! That was how it was in the old days!''



* ''The Chronicles of Fairie'', a series by O.R. Melling, fits this trope nicely. The trope is subverted, though, in that fairies you meet are sympathetic...to a degree. They're willing to go to almost any length to get what they want.

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* ''The Chronicles of Fairie'', a series by O.R. Melling, fits this trope nicely. The trope is subverted, though, in that fairies you meet are sympathetic... to a degree. They're willing to go to almost any length to get what they want.



** ''Here Abide Monsters''. A SpeculativeFiction novel including flying saucers. Nevertheless, the people of Avalon - the AlternateUniverse into which the protagonists stumble via a CoolGate - are The Fair Folk.

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** ''Here Abide Monsters''. A SpeculativeFiction novel including flying saucers. Nevertheless, the people of Avalon - -- the AlternateUniverse into which the protagonists stumble via a CoolGate - -- are The the Fair Folk.



** We're catching up fast, and have [[TeenGenius Artemis]], who in the first book plans to ''[[ScrewYouElves extort from the elves]]''. The brilliant part? [[spoiler:It WORKS and he pulls a KarmaHoudini and utterly gets away with filching a SHITLOAD of gold while managing to avoid any real negative consequences. It helps that he gave half of it back in a bargain to help fix his sick mother, but still....]]

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** We're catching up fast, and have [[TeenGenius Artemis]], who in the first book plans to ''[[ScrewYouElves extort from the elves]]''. The brilliant part? [[spoiler:It WORKS and he pulls a KarmaHoudini and utterly gets away with filching a SHITLOAD of gold while managing to avoid any real negative consequences. It helps that he gave half of it back in a bargain to help fix his sick mother, but still....still...]]



* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' features one of these as a boon companion for Kvothe in his "present-day" years. However, at the end of the book, [[spoiler: he confronts the Chronicler and tells him they both know the truth about the demons roaming the countryside. There are no such things as demons; just very ''nasty'' fae]]. Despite the ominous hints, Bast still clearly cares greatly for Kvothe and seems to have a somewhat compatible sense of right and wrong...his perspective on the world is just very different, and he can be exceedingly selfish. That Bast looks fairly moral to the reader is largely because Bast's selfishness covers his love for Kvothe, so his actions are usually in Kvothe's best interests as well as his own. He shows something of a nastier side in ''TheWiseMansFear''.

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* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' features one of these as a boon companion for Kvothe in his "present-day" years. However, at the end of the book, [[spoiler: he confronts the Chronicler and tells him they both know the truth about the demons roaming the countryside. There are no such things as demons; just very ''nasty'' fae]]. Despite the ominous hints, Bast still clearly cares greatly for Kvothe and seems to have a somewhat compatible sense of right and wrong... his perspective on the world is just very different, and he can be exceedingly selfish. That Bast looks fairly moral to the reader is largely because Bast's selfishness covers his love for Kvothe, so his actions are usually in Kvothe's best interests as well as his own. He shows something of a nastier side in ''TheWiseMansFear''.



** Witches and Wizards actually fit the definition quite closely: they're a parallel society of magical beings who live by different laws, and often, different morals, to ordinary humans 'muggles'. In fact, they are effectively a law unto themselves. As for their treatment of 'muggles', even the nicest tend towards a kind of benevolent condescension, while others treat them with contempt, and others still treat as dim animals to be hunted for fun, and all regard them with a buried fear. They conceal themselves by, and specialise in, enchantments that manipulate the perceptions and alter the memories of those humans they encounter. Their court is under the earth, inaccessible to ordinary mortals. Reality around their older dwellings can be a bit strange - Hogwarts, for instance, is an outright EldritchLocation. They whisk children (magical children, admittedly) off to their world, from which they often never return - and if they do, it is often very different to how they left. And the nastier examples of their kind toy with, torture, hunt, and kill 'muggles' for fun. Hell, Harry himself even fits as a variation on the changeling myth: an otherworldly child left with a human couple to raise, one they ''know'' isn't human, who they simultaneously hate and fear, around whom increasingly weird things happen, and then who is eventually claimed by his people from their secret magical land.

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** Witches and Wizards actually fit the definition quite closely: they're a parallel society of magical beings who live by different laws, and often, different morals, to ordinary humans 'muggles'. In fact, they are effectively a law unto themselves. As for their treatment of 'muggles', even the nicest tend towards a kind of benevolent condescension, while others treat them with contempt, and others still treat as dim animals to be hunted for fun, and all regard them with a buried fear. They conceal themselves by, and specialise in, enchantments that manipulate the perceptions and alter the memories of those humans they encounter. Their court is under the earth, inaccessible to ordinary mortals. Reality around their older dwellings can be a bit strange - -- Hogwarts, for instance, is an outright EldritchLocation. They whisk children (magical children, admittedly) off to their world, from which they often never return - -- and if they do, it is often very different to how they left. And the nastier examples of their kind toy with, torture, hunt, and kill 'muggles' for fun. Hell, Harry himself even fits as a variation on the changeling myth: an otherworldly child left with a human couple to raise, one they ''know'' isn't human, who they simultaneously hate and fear, around whom increasingly weird things happen, and then who is eventually claimed by his people from their secret magical land.



** The elves from this series also display some traits of TheFairFolk. The Light elves keep those traits under an affable exterior and a charade of friendliness to the local CrystalDragonJesus, the Dark elves are openly uncaring about mortal affairs.

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** The elves from this series also display some traits of TheFairFolk.the Fair Folk. The Light elves keep those traits under an affable exterior and a charade of friendliness to the local CrystalDragonJesus, the Dark elves are openly uncaring about mortal affairs.



* There are several types of mythical beings in Literature/RonjaTheRobbersDaughter, ranging from "mildly annoying with BlueAndOrangeMorality" to "EldritchAbomination", but the Subterranean Ones who lure people to their underground dwellings with beautiful song are most likely related to TheFairFolk.

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* There are several types of mythical beings in Literature/RonjaTheRobbersDaughter, ranging from "mildly annoying with BlueAndOrangeMorality" to "EldritchAbomination", but the Subterranean Ones who lure people to their underground dwellings with beautiful song are most likely related to TheFairFolk.the Fair Folk.



* The elves in ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'' like people to have strong feelings for them - whether that's love or hate doesn't matter, they will take both. They are considered evil by the librarians, and while some people work together with them, most humans agree that they are dangerous - which doesn't stop them from going to the parties thrown by the elf ambassador of Liechtenstein. Of course, Lord Silver has no scruples about hypnotizing humans, so not everyone may be there out of their own free will...
* ''Literature/ACurseDarkAsGold,'' a [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] of the {{Rumpelstiltskin}} tale, features "Jack Spinner" - who can spin straw into gold, re-weave ruined wool into perfect cloth, knew some of the mill's historical owners personally, and always bargains for payment in the form of items with high sentimental (not monetary) value.

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* The elves in ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'' like people to have strong feelings for them - -- whether that's love or hate doesn't matter, they will take both. They are considered evil by the librarians, and while some people work together with them, most humans agree that they are dangerous - -- which doesn't stop them from going to the parties thrown by the elf ambassador of Liechtenstein. Of course, Lord Silver has no scruples about hypnotizing humans, so not everyone may be there out of their own free will...
* ''Literature/ACurseDarkAsGold,'' a [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] of the {{Rumpelstiltskin}} tale, features "Jack Spinner" - -- who can spin straw into gold, re-weave ruined wool into perfect cloth, knew some of the mill's historical owners personally, and always bargains for payment in the form of items with high sentimental (not monetary) value.



* Queen Mab, the Lady of the Lake and Frik in ''Series/{{Merlin|1998}}'' (1998). Mab is the BigBad of the story, and is depicted as a sociopath who means well, but cannot comprehend the consequences of her actions, the Lady is on Merlin's side, but she is fickle and unpredictable, and on a whim gives Merlin an impression that Mab killed his mother (she only arrived just after she had died of childbirth), and Frik simply does whatever he finds most amusing, when he isn't bossed around by Mab - [[spoiler:until he gets turned into a mortal, anyway]].

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* Queen Mab, the Lady of the Lake and Frik in ''Series/{{Merlin|1998}}'' (1998). Mab is the BigBad of the story, and is depicted as a sociopath who means well, but cannot comprehend the consequences of her actions, the Lady is on Merlin's side, but she is fickle and unpredictable, and on a whim gives Merlin an impression that Mab killed his mother (she only arrived just after she had died of childbirth), and Frik simply does whatever he finds most amusing, when he isn't bossed around by Mab - -- [[spoiler:until he gets turned into a mortal, anyway]].



** The Dark Eldar, in spades. [[WordOfGod According to 5th Edition Dark Eldar codex writer Phil Kelly]], the Dark Eldar were designed with a "faerie-tale elves" look and feel, and it shows; wild hunts on defenceless human cities and worlds to snatch captives, mirrors that shatter and kill the people they're reflecting, witch-like Haemonculi covens that make deals in abstract payments such as your ability to laugh. The fourth Chaos god of excess, Slaanesh (a god that rewards and delights in endless rape and torture)? It was birthed by the Eldar's distant ancestors' incessant hedonism...and the Dark Eldar ''exceed them''. The Dark Eldar are beautiful, soulless horrors, exactly like the fey folk of old. One character in a Dark Eldar codex passage [[DiscussedTrope explicitly refers to them as such]].

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** The Dark Eldar, in spades. [[WordOfGod According to 5th Edition Dark Eldar codex writer Phil Kelly]], the Dark Eldar were designed with a "faerie-tale elves" look and feel, and it shows; wild hunts on defenceless human cities and worlds to snatch captives, mirrors that shatter and kill the people they're reflecting, witch-like Haemonculi covens that make deals in abstract payments such as your ability to laugh. The fourth Chaos god of excess, Slaanesh (a god that rewards and delights in endless rape and torture)? It was birthed by the Eldar's distant ancestors' incessant hedonism... and the Dark Eldar ''exceed them''. The Dark Eldar are beautiful, soulless horrors, exactly like the fey folk of old. One character in a Dark Eldar codex passage [[DiscussedTrope explicitly refers to them as such]].



* The Scalders in ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' are the remnants of the fae people, stranded after the bulk of their species shut themselves off from the world to avoid the horrors of the ForeverWar that the setting is engaged in. Instead of giving up, the Scalders found that there was a whole lot of fun to be had in a warring world - there were plenty of things (and people) to burn or drown, as the race is comprised of elemental fire and water.

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* The Scalders in ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' are the remnants of the fae people, stranded after the bulk of their species shut themselves off from the world to avoid the horrors of the ForeverWar that the setting is engaged in. Instead of giving up, the Scalders found that there was a whole lot of fun to be had in a warring world - -- there were plenty of things (and people) to burn or drown, as the race is comprised of elemental fire and water.



** Some Nobles actually ''are'' fae in origin - the third edition Power of Silver, for example, is of Daoine Sidhe extraction.

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** Some Nobles actually ''are'' fae in origin - -- the third edition Power of Silver, for example, is of Daoine Sidhe extraction.



** ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'', a modern-day fantasy setting, has fairies taking the place of TheGreys - Seelie and Unseelie encounters involving abductions, lights in the sky, traumatic repressed memories, and [[RoswellThatEndsWell rumors of two Seelie being captured near Roswell...]]

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** ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'', a modern-day fantasy setting, has fairies taking the place of TheGreys - -- Seelie and Unseelie encounters involving abductions, lights in the sky, traumatic repressed memories, and [[RoswellThatEndsWell rumors of two Seelie being captured near Roswell...]]



* In ''[[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies]]'', ghosts managed to pick up a couple of Fair Folk traits - for example, when traveling the Ghost Sky ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which is believed to be full of ghosts]]), it's considered horribly bad luck to refer to it by its name, so most skysailors use names like the Good Sky. The setting is drawn in very broad strokes, though, meaning that further comparison of ghosts and fairies is really up to the GameMaster.

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* In ''[[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies]]'', ghosts managed to pick up a couple of Fair Folk traits - -- for example, when traveling the Ghost Sky ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which is believed to be full of ghosts]]), it's considered horribly bad luck to refer to it by its name, so most skysailors use names like the Good Sky. The setting is drawn in very broad strokes, though, meaning that further comparison of ghosts and fairies is really up to the GameMaster.



** Or if you're a pretty Japanese boy, they may just simply kidnap you to be their pet, regardless that you're trying to save the world - which happens to [[TheStoic Raidou]] in ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' in a side quest.

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** Or if you're a pretty Japanese boy, they may just simply kidnap you to be their pet, regardless that you're trying to save the world - -- which happens to [[TheStoic Raidou]] in ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'' in a side quest.



* The Folks in ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' want you dead with a few small exceptions. The "Faeries" are simply the denizens of a realm of the Netherworld created when people dreamed of an afterlife of paradise...but that still doesn't stop the "paradise" from being filled with dozens and dozens of deceased souls that turned into angry Folks that want to kill you.

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* The Folks in ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' want you dead with a few small exceptions. The "Faeries" are simply the denizens of a realm of the Netherworld created when people dreamed of an afterlife of paradise... but that still doesn't stop the "paradise" from being filled with dozens and dozens of deceased souls that turned into angry Folks that want to kill you.



* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. The [[PlantPeople sylvari]] are largely idealistic, honorable, and romantic - except for the Nightmare Court, who believe that these values weaken them and seek to corrupt their brethren by torturing them into a DespairEventHorizon (which also pollutes their HiveMind, the Pale Tree, and any future sylvari that might be born from it). Notably, the sylvari moral code actually comes from the writings of a pacifistic centaur and human; [[spoiler: an optional plotline involves the player character discovering that there is more than one Pale Tree, and having to hide that fact from the Nightmare Court - while the sylvari from one of the other trees is still kind, if a bit standoffish, it's specifically brought up that other communities of sylvari might not be nearly as benevolent.]]

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* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. The [[PlantPeople sylvari]] are largely idealistic, honorable, and romantic - -- except for the Nightmare Court, who believe that these values weaken them and seek to corrupt their brethren by torturing them into a DespairEventHorizon (which also pollutes their HiveMind, the Pale Tree, and any future sylvari that might be born from it). Notably, the sylvari moral code actually comes from the writings of a pacifistic centaur and human; [[spoiler: an optional plotline involves the player character discovering that there is more than one Pale Tree, and having to hide that fact from the Nightmare Court - -- while the sylvari from one of the other trees is still kind, if a bit standoffish, it's specifically brought up that other communities of sylvari might not be nearly as benevolent.]]



** The fifth and final fair being of ''Year Walk'' is the Church Grim, a guardian spirit of a sacrifical animal (or executed criminal) with a human's body and a ram's head... Actually, it might be more accurate to say that it's a ram's head wearing a coat... And under said coat is nothing, except [[BeatStillMyHeart the Heart of the Universe]]...

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** The fifth and final fair being of ''Year Walk'' is the Church Grim, a guardian spirit of a sacrifical animal (or executed criminal) with a human's body and a ram's head... Actually, actually, it might be more accurate to say that it's a ram's head wearing a coat... And and under said coat is nothing, except [[BeatStillMyHeart the Heart of the Universe]]...



* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' Peaseblossom, the pixie featured in many of the strip's dream sequences, is at best capricious with a '''very''' mercurial temperament. At worst some of her "bright ideas" are kind of... [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/never-wake/ fatal.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' Peaseblossom, the pixie featured in many of the strip's dream sequences, is at best capricious with a '''very''' mercurial temperament. At worst some of her "bright ideas" are kind of... [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/never-wake/ fatal.]]fatal]].



* A lot of the spirits from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Especially Koh, a giant centipede spirit who delights in [[FaceStealer stealing people's faces....]]

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* A lot of the spirits from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Especially Koh, a giant centipede spirit who delights in [[FaceStealer stealing people's faces....faces...]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', the leprechauns that Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews meet aren't evil ''per see'', but they ''are'' willing to kill anyone who trespasses on their property, even by dumping them into a snake pit in their castle. (This almost happens to the protagonists, but when the Leprechaun King finds out that they were invited by the leprechaun who brought them there - despite the fact that the leprechaun in question is a SnakeOilSalesman - [[SacredHospitality he decides they can't do that]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' has two Faeries visit the mortal realm on vacation, posing as Canadian exchange students. They're immediately established as mischievous by playing pranks on Gem and friends. They like the mortal realm so much they lure two of Sabrina's friends to the Faerie Realm intending to make them eat some Faerie food - so they can take their place in the mortal realm. Oh and they're racist against mortals too.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', the leprechauns that Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews meet aren't evil ''per see'', but they ''are'' willing to kill anyone who trespasses on their property, even by dumping them into a snake pit in their castle. (This almost happens to the protagonists, but when the Leprechaun King finds out that they were invited by the leprechaun who brought them there - -- despite the fact that the leprechaun in question is a SnakeOilSalesman - -- [[SacredHospitality he decides they can't do that]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' has two Faeries visit the mortal realm on vacation, posing as Canadian exchange students. They're immediately established as mischievous by playing pranks on Gem and friends. They like the mortal realm so much they lure two of Sabrina's friends to the Faerie Realm intending to make them eat some Faerie food - -- so they can take their place in the mortal realm. Oh and they're racist against mortals too.
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:: However he then emphasizes that they're anything but, abducting a little girl for seven years who then dies of sorrow, and putting thorns in humans' beds to punish them for interfering with their trees.

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:: However he then emphasizes that they're anything but, abducting a little girl for seven years who then [[DeathByDespair dies of sorrow, sorrow]], and putting thorns in humans' beds to punish them for interfering with their trees.
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* ''Fanfic/TheStanfordAdventureClub'': Zantabraxus is identified as a Hmong variant of this. When Klaus Wulfenbach is wounded while he was fighting in the Vietnam war, she expresses her gratitude for defending her country by abducting him from his bed to make him her consort. Klaus didn't mind really much being married after [[FairySexy meeting her]].
** Her twin children have quite interesting abilities, even if Gil's are more developed: he SpeaksFluentAnimal , has HealingHands and can fly and use pyrokinesis.
** EquivalentExchange seems to be a thing with fae folk: since Gil often helped Ardsley and gave him gifts, Ardsley finds himself in his debt and could be forced to do Gil's bidding. Gil is genuinely horrified to learn this detail.
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