Created By: LavonPapillon1 on August 3, 2017 Last Edited By: LavonPapillon1 on August 12, 2017

The Malevolent Fairy

Evil Fairy Godmother; a Fairy Godmother that curses their godchild rather than blesses them.

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Brought on from the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother (and fairies as a whole) is pictured as a kind, selfless and synonymous with that of hope, light and Happily Ever After.

The Malevolent Fairy on the other hand does not give blessings. In-fact, if you see the Malvolent Fairy, bow down and hope that she is feeling merciful that evening. There is no running from them. You will get hurt somehow, but maybe things won't turn out as bad if you cooperate. Instead of dealing in blessings, dreams and wishes your heart makes, this Fairy dabbles in creating doom, using dark, unholy powers to curse their wards.

Their motivations vary. Maybe they're just evil by nature. Maybe you gave them great disrespect in some way and decides to "bless" you or your newborn baby with a cruel and unusual fate. While the fairies themselves won't always be in literal black, they are almost always dark, dealing in dark magic in contrast to his or her more sugary sisters.

Sub-Trope of The Fair Folk and Fairy Godmother.

See also Evil Wears Black, Grimmification and Jackass Genie.


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    Comic Books 
  • Hadeon the Destroyer from Fables was a fairy who crashed Briar Rose's christening uninvited, wanting to bestow her own "gift" upon the newborn child. Because she was uninvited to the calling unlike her sister (and For the Evulz), her gift was for the child to prick her finger and die.

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    Film - Live-Action 
  • Maleficent in Maleficent fits this trope just like her animated counterpart. As revenge for betraying her and amputating her wings just to become king, Maleficent interrupts Aurora's christening and curses her with a fate where she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal sleep. Deconstructed, as she eventually grows to love Aurora like a daughter, who even begins to call her her "fairy godmother."
  • Lucinda in Ella Enchanted not only "blesses" Ella with the "gift of obedience", but when Ella pleads and begs for her to remove the "gift", Lucinda is offended and refuses, declaring arrogantly "everybody loves my gifts." She not only shows no interest in why Ella would want it removed, but while Ella chained herself to a tree to try and avoid obeying Edgar's order to kill Char, Lucinda frees her and orders her to go to the ball. This is in contrast to her original novel counterpart, who designs her gifts to help children develop into proper adults, only to realize the error of her ways when she experiences her gifts first-hand.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In the original Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, the King and Queen invite all of the fairies in the land sans one (or her actual godmothers, depending on what version you're reading). Carabosse, the one who was left out felt spited and decided to curse the princess with death.


    Live Action TV 
  • The Black Fairy from Once Upon a Time acts as this. Whereas most fairies bless select children and distribute light magic across the realms, the Black Fairy kidnaps children so that she turns them into her slaves in the Dark realm, uses dark magic to an extent that she was able to singlehandedly threaten all of the realms and created the Dark Curse that caused the series' premise.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • August 3, 2017
    I think, despite what the namespace said, the fairy tale example shouldn't be in the Literature folder. I think we usually call the folders for that "Fairy Tales" or "Folklore".
  • August 3, 2017
    • Lucinda in Ella Enchanted. She gives Ella the "gift" of obedience which make her take orders from anybody. However, Lucinda doesn't do it out of spite, but by not understanding how her "gifts" are really harmful and not helpful.
  • August 4, 2017
    At first, I thought this was about alternative skin colors of traditional fantasy characters... Guess I spent too much time on the internet. :-/

  • August 4, 2017
    Why not call it Wicked Fairy? Then it can't be confused with a fairy with dark skin color and/or African ethnicity.
  • August 5, 2017
    Seconding Wicked Fairy.
  • August 5, 2017
    Thirding Wicked Fairy. I'd also drop the appearance-related talk in the description, since that isn't what defines the trope.

    I'd also say that there are two very different tropes at play here: one is when it relates to simply evil Fair Folk, another when this is a direct counterpart to the Fairy Godmother, with a direct and personal interest in a specific character.
  • August 5, 2017
    I think Wicked Fairy would be better than the current name, but I would favor Malevolent Fairy instead. Particularly due to examples like Film/Maleficent, where the fairy is inarguably intending to cause harm towards the cursed characters, but not portrayed as generally evil.

    I also think that the current description seems only tenuously linked to the idea of a Fairy Godmother and more about evil or malicious fairies in general, so the description should probably be clarified so it's obvious whether or not the fairy godmother parallels are part of the trope criteria or not. Note that godparents are people selected by the child's parents, generally because the parents believe the godparents will care for their child, while most of the current examples are about the fairy from Sleeping Beauty, who was not only not the child's godmother, but was deliberately excluded from her christening.

    A harmful fairy gift given at a christening or to a newborn baby does play off the idea of a fairy godmother, but to me, that seems to be a plot trope about the "gift"/curse (the circumstances of its giving, and whatever consequences it brings) rather than a character trope about the fairy who gives the gift. As a plot trope, e.g., something like Christening Curse (or possibly Fairy Godmothers Curse, even though most examples will probably not technically be godparents), that could encompass both malicious curses from malevolent fairies (e.g., the Sleeping Beauty examples) and misguided "gifts" that end up being harmful (e.g., Lucinda from Ella Enchanted).
  • August 5, 2017
    I'm up for either Wicked Fairy or Malevolent Fairy.
  • August 6, 2017
    I threw another bomb but will replace it with a hat once this has a better name.
  • August 7, 2017
    Lilth, the villain of Witches Abroad, is an evil fairy godmother who thinks she's a good fairy godmother because she gives people fairy tale lives, whether they want them or not.