Created By: MysticSongbird on August 13, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on November 25, 2013

Wing Fic

Non-winged characters suddenly have wings.

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Wings are cool. People with wings tend to be even cooler, athough they themselves might not exactly agree.

So, by logic, taking characters without wings and giving them wings should be extra cool!

That's where Wing-fics come in.

"Wing-fic" is a term for fan-fiction in which most, one or two, or, in some cases, all of the characters suddenly have wings; even if they normally wouldn't have them in their universe.

That said, wing-fics tend to be all over the map as far as genre goes, and thus, each seperate one has an overall different feel and, often-times, completely different ways of dealing with the subject. So, it is common for them to get a little cracky at times, and, in some cases, a bit wangsty, mainly due to the But, Your Wings Are Beautiful types of fic (which often share an uncanny likeness to most Hurt/Comfort fics). Sometimes, the fic involves a Wing Pull, especially in more action-orientated Wing-fics.

It is also common for wing-fics to have a healthy dose of symbolism, as Winged Humanoids tend to be commonly associated with angels or souls of sorts. The symbolism tends to get even heavier if the wings have specific characteristics pertaining to the nature of the character who has them. Of course, while symbolism is not completely out of place in wing-fics, there's always a chance that said symbolism isn't exactly meant to well, symbolize, anything

It should also be noted that wing-fics are often very similar to creature-fics, which involve a character becoming a creature of sorts

See also: Fan Fic, Rule of Symbolism,Wing Pull, Feather Motif, and Winged Humanoid

Notable Examples

  • this is a list of wing-fics for the Harry Potter franchise (Warning: some NSFW)
    • Another notable wing-fic of Harry Potter is a Harry/Draco Slash Fic by the name of Angels and Devils which, can be found here (warning: a bit NSFW).
  • There is currently a Buffy fic floating around, in which Dawn messes around with some magic and ends up a fairy.
  • There are many of the kind but,''City on the Head of a Pin'' is a rather unique Sherlock wing-fic, which one can find more information on in the "General" section of the Fan-fic reccomendations for the series.
  • This is a common type of fan-fiction among the Supernatural fandom, mostly due to the inclusion of Angels (even though their wings are invisable in series).
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • August 13, 2012
    abk0100
    I can't really help, since I didn't know this existed until now, but, yes, definitely tropeworthy.
  • August 13, 2012
    ccoa
    Feather Motif would be a good trope to reference here.

    I know I once read a Final Fantasy VII AU fic in which Aeris falls from the city where the winged people live and breaks her wings, and the party members, who have wings but can't fly, help her get back, but I can't remember the name of it and my google-fu is failing.
  • August 13, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    oh, thanks, I forgot about that trope!

    and, if you find that fic, be sure to tell me, alright? Thanks for the help~
  • August 13, 2012
    surgoshan
    • There's a Buffy fanfic floating around where Dawn messes with magic and ends up a fairy.
  • August 13, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    Is there a known title for that fic?
  • August 13, 2012
    Nocturna
    Is this only cases where everyone has wings, or do cases where only a few characters get wings also count? Also, do winged creature!fics (where characters are changed into being some sort of magical creature) count?

    If so, aside from the preponderance of Veela!fics in Harry Potter fandom, most of which bestow wings upon the part-Veela(s), there's a fic where Harry turns into some sort of original magical creature, one of the defining features of which are large black-feathered wings, the feathers of which are soft when Harry's in a good mood, but hard and razor-sharp if someone he cares about is threatened. If that counts, I should be able to track down the name of it without too much trouble.
  • August 13, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    It was said in the article that most characters, if not all of them, in some cases... should I make the distinction clearer? Also, I don't think that winged creature!fcs count but, I'm actually not too sure...

    And, I think that Harry Potter fic might count, if Harry stays more human-like as opposed to being a great big anthropomorphic bird creature. If that's the case, then, sure, could you find the title, please? Thank you for your contribution~
  • August 13, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ Well, that's what I was asking: is it only "most"? Or do cases where only one or two characters get wings count? The Harry Potter fic would fall under the latter.

    Also, most creature!fics (at least that I've encountered) keep the characters humanoid.
  • August 13, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    oh, okay, thanks ^_^

    I'll try and figure out how to clarify that, and add the creature!fic thing, if I can *nods*

    actually...does anyone have any ideas of where I could put in the creature!fic thing? I'm a little stuck there...
  • August 13, 2012
    Nocturna
    As for the name of the fic I mentioned earlier, it's Angels And Devils ([1] or [2])--and it turns out I remembered wrong: Harry's not an original magic creature, he's a Seraphim.

    This page might be of interest to you, as well.
  • August 13, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    Thanks, I'll be sure to add that to examples.
  • August 13, 2012
    Duncan
    Most of the ones I've read are along the lines of Hurt Comfort Fic, treating the wings as an Informed Flaw or Informed Deformity, where the winged person is initially ashamed and tries to hide them, but then the Power Of Love comes and the winged person is Suetiful All Along.

    Oh hey, I typed all that and then discovered But Your Wings Are Beautiful, which is the trope I'm describing, but may be just a subtrope of this. Carry on.
  • August 13, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    actually, the fact that wing-fics tend to be Hurt/comfort fics is very helpful, thanks!
  • August 17, 2012
    NightNymph
    Okay Mystic Songbird, I have a way for you to find potentially a lot of examples, though you may want to lump them all. I might be able to some research for you (although the subgenre is not my usual kind of fanfic) if you don't decide to lump (though there might be too many examples to list if you do not)...

    In the Supernaturalverse, Castiel is an angel with wings. However, with the popularity of the Dean/Castiel pairing in fanfic, it is not uncommon to have fanfic where Dean also becomes an angel or angel hybrid and gains wings whether by some means of being associated with Castiel, some type of phlebotinum, or due to the popular fanfic theory that Dean is actually an earthbound/fallen/whatever form of the archangel Michael (for who Dean is a vessel, and fallen angels are - at least in one case - "reborn" human in the verse, so that's where the theory comes from). These may or may not be of the But Your Wings Are Beautiful variety, depending on the circumstances.

    To a much lesser extent, there are also at least a few Sam wingfics as well, though likely there are as many (or more) "Sam becomes a winged demon" as "Sam becomes an angel" due to the fact that poor Sam is the chosen vessel of fallen angel Lucifer rather than for the angel Michael. (And he's infected with demon blood by Azazel in universe, so the seeds are already planted for "Sam becomes a demon.") These fics would be much less likely to fall into the But Your Wings Are Beautiful category and much more likely to be Sam is an evil winged badass.

    So likely if you search fanfic sites for Dean and wingfic, you'll likely find some... though keep in mind that you'll likely come across a lot of wing-kink fics where Castiel has the wings and Dean is "admiring" them (or to a lesser extent Sam is admiring them, or both Dean and Sam), and those do not count as Castiel actually does have wings in universe (they just aren't normally visible). Searching for Sam and wingfic will likely be easier, though the same cautions do apply.

    Phew that was a lot of info dump. I can do some research for you if you like - just let me know if you want specific examples or a "lump" version - since there are potentially a bunch of these fics in the Supernaturalverse, so listing all of them might be really long.
  • August 17, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    oh, thanks, Night Nymph, I really appreciate it ^_^ and, really, I was looking for notable examples but, I think that might be a bit harder to do so "lumping" might work best until more famous (or highly reccomended) fics are found. And, I accept your offer of helping with research. After all, I am absolutely terrible with fan-fic searching! Thank you for your help ^_^
  • August 19, 2012
    bwburke94
    There is a rather infamous Death Note fic titled The Shinigami Wing Deal, but it's NSFW and likely violates P5.
  • August 19, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    Um...I'm sorry but, could I please ask what P5 stands for again? I'm horrid with...with...what was the word again? Lingo? I don't think that's the right one...hm...
  • August 19, 2012
    Nocturna
    P5 is the committee for reviewing works to determine whether they violate the wiki's content policy.
  • August 19, 2012
    animeg3282
    The content policy is no porn and pedo stuff is banned.
  • August 19, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    Ah,thanks ^_^ ... does M rated work count against that?
  • August 19, 2012
    animeg3282
    M rated is OK just as long as it isn't porn.
  • August 19, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    okay...cause one of the notable examples in an M rated slash fic... thanks for the information ^_^
  • August 20, 2012
    SafariMonkey
    May be related to Wing Pull?
  • August 20, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    definately.
  • August 20, 2012
    MysticSongbird
    • definitely
    sorry, I fail at spelling.
  • November 21, 2013
    SafariMonkey
    As an example, Twilight Sparkle gains wings (and Alicorn status) in quite a few fanfics (a few are listed here, the full list would be many more.) This was canonised in the Season 3 finale, when she got wings and became a princess. There are also other vaiations, such as the whole Mane 6 growing wings.
  • November 22, 2013
    Snicka
    Please don't Pot Hole Exactly What It Says On The Tin in the laconic.
  • November 23, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ Fixed.
  • November 24, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Does it have to be fanfiction?
  • November 25, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ How would you define a non-fanfic example?
  • November 25, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    A story about a human (or another not normally winged creature) who gains wings. For example:
    • Black and Blue Magic: Harry Houdini Marco is given a balm by a travelling magic salesman which causes him to sprout wings.
  • November 25, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ That'll belong to another trope, I think.
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