Created By: DragonQuestZ on January 7, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on January 8, 2011

Fairy Godmother

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A fairy tasked with helping out the protagonist of a tale, whether it's granting wishes, or other things. Why this is so is almost never said, although some stories will have an organization of them.

This is also a highly Discredited Trope these days, usually associated with the most archaic parts of Fairy Tales, even though this trope is a lot more recent than most of those stories.

A Sub-Trope of Our Fairies Are Different.

Compare Fairy Companion, God Was My Copilot.

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  • January 7, 2011
    The Fairy Godmother was the antagonist of Shrek 2.
  • January 7, 2011
    Leanansidhe is Harry Dresden's Fairy Godmother, who protects him from dangers of Nevernever... in her own way.
  • January 7, 2011
    • Played with in Witches Abroad, where the protagonists are trying to stop a fairy godmother from making the peasant girl marry the prince.
  • January 7, 2011
    In the Myth Adventures series the Mob has a Fairy Godfather.
  • January 7, 2011
    • In Witches Abroad, Magrat is also (temporarily) a Fairy Godmother, having been left a wand with a tendency to reset to pumpkins by Desiderata Hollow.
      Ella: Everyone gets two. The good one and the bad one. You know that. Which one are you?
      Magrat: Oh, the good one. Definitely.
      Ella: Funny thing. That's just what the other one said, too.
  • January 7, 2011
  • January 7, 2011
    Gonna say it because no one did: How Did We Miss This One?
  • January 7, 2011
    It's played straight too, it's just so useful that writers can't resist it. Although they often disguise the fairy godmother as something else.
  • January 7, 2011
    "Gonna say it because no one did: How Did We Miss This One?"

    Some are so well known that I find many assume we already have it. This seemed to be one of them, but I learned we didn't have it when I wrote up Our Fairies Are Different.
  • January 8, 2011
    Video Game example:
  • January 8, 2011
    • Trope Codifier is Charles Perrault's version of ''Cinderella'.
    • Deconstructed in Ella Enchanted, with a godmother who's a fairy but is inconspicuous about it, and another fairy who has a bad habit of going to the christenings of complete strangers and giving them magical gifts they don't want or need.
    • In The Ugly Duckling by AA Milne, the protagonist (a princess, not a duckling) has a relative who fits the fairy godmother role, though technically she's actually a great-aunt.
  • January 8, 2011
    In Mercedes Lackey's Tales Of The Five Hundred Kingdoms series, "fairy godmother" is a trade taken up by women who can't fill the roles that "the Tradition" tries to shoehorn them into and end up with great magical power as a result. The job of being a fairy godmother involves being Genre Savvy enough to use the Tradition against itself to minimize the harm done to everyone involved; they were originally actual fairies, but eventually the role got handed down to human women and the "fairy" part was only retained as a title.