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1st Feb '16 6:22:37 PM nombretomado
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* TadWilliams seems to like this one, as he uses variants on it in several of his works:
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* TadWilliams Creator/TadWilliams seems to like this one, as he uses variants on it in several of his works:
19th Jan '16 10:27:34 AM nombretomado
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* In AaronAllston's ''DocSidhe'' the Fair Folk are just as morally varied as humans are. Furthermore, the Fairy World has advanced at the nearly same rate as the human world, so fairies in the 1990s have 1930s level technology, mixed with magic (which is no longer called magic because it can be studied scientifically). And they've interbred with humans so many times as a result of changelings and other visitations that most are nearly human height. And one of the fairies is a CaptainErsatz of Franchise/DocSavage.
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* In AaronAllston's Creator/AaronAllston's ''DocSidhe'' the Fair Folk are just as morally varied as humans are. Furthermore, the Fairy World has advanced at the nearly same rate as the human world, so fairies in the 1990s have 1930s level technology, mixed with magic (which is no longer called magic because it can be studied scientifically). And they've interbred with humans so many times as a result of changelings and other visitations that most are nearly human height. And one of the fairies is a CaptainErsatz of Franchise/DocSavage.
17th Jan '16 5:48:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''StarControl II: The Ur-Quan Masters'' portrays the Arilou Lalee'lay as patronizing LittleGreenMen who were behind the myths of The Fair Folk, and fit the trope as enigmatic allies with "plans" for humanity.
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* ''StarControl II: The Ur-Quan Masters'' ''VideoGame/StarControlIITheUrQuanMasters'' portrays the Arilou Lalee'lay as patronizing LittleGreenMen who were behind the myths of The Fair Folk, and fit the trope as enigmatic allies with "plans" for humanity.
16th Jan '16 8:38:27 AM Morgenthaler
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Trope that doesn't exist.
** ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales'' has a closer connection to the fair folk, as the first presentation of Melian describes her as a "fay", and the link between Lúthien and hemlocks (a rather poisonous plant associated with {{witchcraft}}, for instance in Theatre/{{Macbeth}}) persists all the way to {{the Lord of the Rings}}. In the [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Tale of Beren and Lúthien]], the area between Sauron's fortress and Thingol's realm is the battleground for a gigantic WizardDuel between Melien (Thingol's wife) and Sauron. In that place Sauron's evil spells cause part of the nastiness but Melian's spells tend to keep anyone out Thingol doesn't want in his realm, even allies. They appear like Fair Folk because of UnfriendlyFire rather than from pleasure for tormenting mortals.
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** ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales'' has a closer connection to the fair folk, as the first presentation of Melian describes her as a "fay", and the link between Lúthien and hemlocks (a rather poisonous plant associated with {{witchcraft}}, witchcraft, for instance in Theatre/{{Macbeth}}) persists all the way to {{the Lord of the Rings}}. In the [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Tale of Beren and Lúthien]], the area between Sauron's fortress and Thingol's realm is the battleground for a gigantic WizardDuel between Melien (Thingol's wife) and Sauron. In that place Sauron's evil spells cause part of the nastiness but Melian's spells tend to keep anyone out Thingol doesn't want in his realm, even allies. They appear like Fair Folk because of UnfriendlyFire rather than from pleasure for tormenting mortals.
5th Jan '16 11:12:33 PM narm00
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*** ''Dreaming'' also has other types of fae with even less connection to humanity: Thallain are essentially {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the Kithain, being AlwaysChaoticEvil and given to monstrous practices by inclination. The inanimae are fae spirits bound to the elements who find the mysteries of fleshy existence deeply puzzling (they call said mysteries the "Heart Riddle", and have spent centuries trying to figure them out). The adhene are fae who were barred from Earth a very long time ago, only now finally able to return thanks to various supernatural cataclysms, and are as a result often even more inhuman and capricious than the Kithain.
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*** ** ''Dreaming'' also has other types of fae with even less connection to humanity: Thallain are essentially {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the Kithain, being AlwaysChaoticEvil and given to monstrous practices by inclination. The inanimae are fae spirits bound to the elements who find the mysteries of fleshy existence deeply puzzling (they call said mysteries the "Heart Riddle", and have spent centuries trying to figure them out). The adhene are fae who were barred from Earth a very long time ago, only now finally able to return thanks to various supernatural cataclysms, and are as a result can be often even more inhuman and capricious than the Kithain.
5th Jan '16 8:28:47 PM Galacton
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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 (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 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 (sexually) 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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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 (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 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 (sexually) 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.

Frequently found in concert with {{Grimmification}}. Compare and contrast FairyCompanion, WitchSpecies, OurElvesAreBetter, OurFairiesAreDifferent, OurGoblinsAreDifferent, OurMermaidsAreDifferent, 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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Frequently found in concert with {{Grimmification}}. 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.
3rd Jan '16 6:29:06 AM narm00
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*** And a few [[GoingNative Go Native]] and decide that Creation and its inhabitants are simply too much fun to do away with. Their stories and struggles are enticing, and it turns out that when you're stronger then the average [[PunyMortals mortal]] by far, its pretty easy to live your chosen Narrative (Unless you piss off the Wyld Hunt, a returned Solar, or a Lunar, who will kill, destroy, or eat you respectively).
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*** And a few [[GoingNative Go Native]] and decide that Creation and its inhabitants are simply too much fun to do away with. Their stories and struggles are enticing, and it turns out that when you're stronger then the average [[PunyMortals [[PunyEarthlings mortal]] by far, its it's pretty easy to live your chosen Narrative (Unless you piss off the Wyld Hunt, a returned Solar, or a Lunar, who will kill, destroy, or eat you respectively).

** This is in marked contrast to the earlier ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', where the PlayerCharacter Changelings were actual ([[HalfHumanHybrid half-]])Faeries using [[HumanityEnsues human disguises]] to protect themselves from Disbelief, in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. Though the Kithain were fae souls shaped by human experiences, some -- especially the Redcaps and Sluagh, and the Sidhe of both Courts just after their return to the Tellurian -- were often chillingly inhuman and capricious, at least when played right. Some sub-groups -- the Leanhaun Sidhe for example -- were specifically meant to reflect the more traditional view of The Good People as rapacious and unsympathetic to their mortal victims.
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** This is in marked contrast to the earlier ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', where the PlayerCharacter Changelings were are actual ([[HalfHumanHybrid half-]])Faeries using [[HumanityEnsues human disguises]] to protect themselves from Disbelief, in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness. Though the Kithain were are fae souls shaped by human experiences, some -- especially the Redcaps and Sluagh, and the Sidhe of both Courts just after their return to the Tellurian -- were are often chillingly inhuman and capricious, at least when played right. Some sub-groups -- the Leanhaun Sidhe Sidhe's House Leanhaun, for example -- were are specifically meant to reflect the more traditional view of The Good People as rapacious and unsympathetic to their mortal victims.victims. *** ''Dreaming'' also has other types of fae with even less connection to humanity: Thallain are essentially {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the Kithain, being AlwaysChaoticEvil and given to monstrous practices by inclination. The inanimae are fae spirits bound to the elements who find the mysteries of fleshy existence deeply puzzling (they call said mysteries the "Heart Riddle", and have spent centuries trying to figure them out). The adhene are fae who were barred from Earth a very long time ago, only now finally able to return thanks to various supernatural cataclysms, and are as a result often even more inhuman and capricious than the Kithain.

* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' The Elves ([[AmbiguousSituation who might just be Venusians or the Court of Roses]]) kicked the Jotun off of their homeworld and killed a good majority of them in the process. They come down to Earth occasionally to wipe out the last of the Jotun as well as casually torture humans.
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* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'': The Elves ([[AmbiguousSituation who might just be Venusians or the Court of Roses]]) kicked the Jotun off of their homeworld and killed a good majority of them in the process. They come down to Earth occasionally to wipe out the last of the Jotun as well as casually torture humans.
2nd Jan '16 10:44:14 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/CharlaineHarris in her ''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 ''TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' ''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]].
28th Dec '15 10:29:22 PM Qussow
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fixing a broken link
*** And a few [[GoneNative Go Native]] and decide that Creation and its inhabitants are simply too much fun to do away with. Their stories and struggles are enticing, and it turns out that when you're stronger then the average [[PunyMortals mortal]] by far, its pretty easy to live your chosen Narrative (Unless you piss off the Wyld Hunt, a returned Solar, or a Lunar, who will kill, destroy, or eat you respectively).
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*** And a few [[GoneNative [[GoingNative Go Native]] and decide that Creation and its inhabitants are simply too much fun to do away with. Their stories and struggles are enticing, and it turns out that when you're stronger then the average [[PunyMortals mortal]] by far, its pretty easy to live your chosen Narrative (Unless you piss off the Wyld Hunt, a returned Solar, or a Lunar, who will kill, destroy, or eat you respectively).
25th Dec '15 12:10:13 PM Morgenthaler
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Added namespaces.
* EmilieAutumn's story included in the re-release of her first album, Enchant, is about one of the fair folk falling in love with a human. And the resulting mess.
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* EmilieAutumn's Music/EmilieAutumn's story included in the re-release of her first album, Enchant, is about one of the fair folk falling in love with a human. And the resulting mess.

* InkubusSukkubus' song "Away with the faeries", and potentially a good deal of their other songs as well.
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* InkubusSukkubus' Music/InkubusSukkubus' song "Away with the faeries", and potentially a good deal of their other songs as well.

* ThePogues ''Sit Down by The Fire''
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* ThePogues Music/ThePogues ''Sit Down by The Fire''

* The faeries in ''Stolen Child'' by LorenaMacKennit think they are doing the child a favor by kidnapping him, because "The world's more full of weeping, then you can understand."
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* The faeries in ''Stolen Child'' by LorenaMacKennit Music/LorenaMacKennit think they are doing the child a favor by kidnapping him, because "The world's more full of weeping, then you can understand."
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