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19th Feb '17 3:47:25 AM Dravencour
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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 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 ("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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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 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 ("Literature/TamLin").(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.)
12th Feb '17 5:59:11 AM spydre
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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.

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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 ''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.
12th Feb '17 5:58:06 AM spydre
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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.

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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 ''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.
8th Feb '17 7:04:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In the beginning of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie meets a superstitious old peddler who recites line from the poem by William Allingham posted as the Trope Quote, clearly believing that the "mysterious workers" who work in the factory have something to do with the Fair Folk. Of course, this is a subversion; the Oompa Loompas are friendly, harmless creatures, and are ''not'' fairies. If anything, Wonka himself behaves more like one of the Fair Folk.

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* In the beginning of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie meets a superstitious old peddler who recites line from the poem by William Allingham posted as the Trope Quote, clearly believing that the "mysterious workers" who work in the factory have something to do with the Fair Folk. Of course, this is a subversion; the Oompa Loompas are friendly, harmless creatures, and are ''not'' fairies. If anything, Wonka himself behaves more like one of the traditional Fair Folk.Folk archetype.
8th Feb '17 6:57:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In the beginning of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie meets a superstitious old peddler who recites line from the poem by William Allingham posted as the Trope Quote, clearly believing that the "mysterious workers" who work in the factory have something to do with the Fair Folk. (Of course, this is a subversion; the Oompa Loompas are friendly, harmless creatures, and are ''not'' fairies.)

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* In the beginning of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie meets a superstitious old peddler who recites line from the poem by William Allingham posted as the Trope Quote, clearly believing that the "mysterious workers" who work in the factory have something to do with the Fair Folk. (Of Of course, this is a subversion; the Oompa Loompas are friendly, harmless creatures, and are ''not'' fairies.)fairies. If anything, Wonka himself behaves more like one of the Fair Folk.
6th Feb '17 12:10:34 PM TheNerevarine
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* The Eldritch in ''[[ComicBook/LadyDeath Medieval Lady Death]]'' are heavily inspired by the Melniboneans in ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': a brutally and immoral race of fae humanoids that despises humanity and regularly goes on killing sprees against them known as "{{the wild hunt}}s".
28th Jan '17 1:10:51 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Elves of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' have a bit of this trope, seeing how they [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]] and don't consider this to be in any way reprehensible, while considering lying as bad as murder. It doesn't help that they will [[DisproportionateRetribution besiege you if you cut down too many trees and then proceed to devour your flesh]]. Since the game perspective in Fortress Mode is [[ElvesVersusDwarves from the dwarves]], though, they tend to be seen more as annoying than terrifying. \\
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A more fitting example are the Night Trolls, who resemble the more ogrish and monstrous kinds of Unseelie fairies. Occasional marauders who live in caves, they kidnap mortal spouses and corrupt them into similar beings, when they aren't simply eating their flesh. Their grotesque features are even procedurally generated, so that no two Night Trolls are alike.

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
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The Elves of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' of have a bit of this trope, seeing how they [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]] and don't consider this to be in any way reprehensible, while considering lying as bad as murder.murder and having an active cultural dislike for self-control. It doesn't help that they will [[DisproportionateRetribution besiege you if you cut down too many trees and then proceed to devour your flesh]]. Since the game perspective in Fortress Mode is [[ElvesVersusDwarves from the dwarves]], though, and elven soldiers only carry wooden weapons and armor, they tend to be seen more as annoying than terrifying. \\
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A more fitting example are the Night Trolls, who resemble the more ogrish and monstrous kinds of Unseelie fairies. Occasional marauders who live in caves, they kidnap mortal spouses and corrupt them into similar beings, when they aren't simply eating their flesh. Their grotesque features are even procedurally generated, so that no two Night Trolls are alike.
19th Jan '17 8:06:21 PM PaulA
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* The AlternateUniverse version of Tir Gwyngelli in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'' 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 ''[[{{Celydonn}} The Grail and the Ring]]'' ''Literature/TheGrailAndTheRing'' is {{Fairyland}} - the version of Tir Gwyngelli popular in many travellers' tales.
15th Jan '17 2:11:38 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The White Walkers are malevolent magical creatures who take human children offered to them, reminiscent of changelings.
** The Children of the Forest are mysterious, magical, forest-dwelling creatures who have long contested with humans and have been fading as TheMagicGoesAway.
13th Jan '17 12:35:35 PM MagBas
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-->'''Jace''': Faeries are the offspring of [[VillainSue angels and demons]], with the beauty of angels and the viciousness of demons. A [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] might attack you, if you entered its domain, but a faerie could make you dance until you died with your legs ground down into stumps, trick you into going for a midnight swim and drag you screaming underwater until your lungs burst, fill your eyes with faerie dust until you gouged them out at the roots--

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-->'''Jace''': Faeries are the offspring of [[VillainSue angels and demons]], demons, with the beauty of angels and the viciousness of demons. A [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] might attack you, if you entered its domain, but a faerie could make you dance until you died with your legs ground down into stumps, trick you into going for a midnight swim and drag you screaming underwater until your lungs burst, fill your eyes with faerie dust until you gouged them out at the roots--
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