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-> '''Theo:''' You're pretty hard-boiled, Tinkerbell.\\
'''Applecore:''' Call me that name again and you'll be wondering how your bollocks wound up lodged in your windpipe — from below. Just because we don't get to your side of things much anymore doesn't mean we don't know anything. 'If you believe in fairies, clap your hands!' If you believe in fairies, kiss my rosy pink arse is more like it. Now are you going to shut your gob or not?
-->-- ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers''

Basically all the various kinds of fairies in folklore.

Fairies today are thought of as little or human sized WingedHumanoid with butterfly wings, that fly around [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles in a sea of sparkles]], and have magical powers (including granting wishes). [[UnbuiltTrope This is not the original concept]]; genuine folkloric fairies are nasty, dangerous, powerful, and never winged.

Although these vary depending on the story (hence the trope title). Much like [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]], what classifies as "Fairie" is often as varied as "Mammal". Three standard forms stand out, however:

* A tiny WingedHumanoid between one and twelve inches tall. Variations include [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation skin]] or [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hair]] colors, type of wings (iridescent or butterfly-like are the most common), what they wear (if anything), and often whether or not they generate their own light. Usually called some variation of "Fairy", "Sprite", or "Pixie".
* A small, sometimes childlike, humanoid between one and three feet tall. Leprechauns are the most common type seen.
* A human-sized humanoid, often with pointed ears. Usually an [[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]] in all but name with more overt magical nature or ability than your "standard" Fantasy Elves. Sometimes they ''are'' that work's version of Elves. May or may not have wings.

But these are hardly the full extent of what Fairies can be. Just as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] can encompass many related creatures, fairies can include mythological/fantasy creatures such as [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]], [[NatureSpirit Nymphs]], and [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]].

A common form is a FairyGodmother, who gives characters help with wishes. Although modern stories will heavily add BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.

Sylphs, the original ElementalEmbodiment of wind as envisioned by Paracelsus, are usually depicted as fairies.

{{Fairy Tale}}s often involve fairies, at least they do nowadays, but that term comes from Madame d'Aulnoy's ''Les Contes de Fées''. The original folk tales seldom involved them, and even if they did, it was only in Western European folklore.[[note]]Creator/TheBrothersGrimm expurgated all the Fees in their first edition on the grounds that they were French, not German, folklore.[[/note]]

A SuperTrope to:
* TheFairFolk
* FairyCompanion (a fairy hanging around giving help)
* FairyInABottle
* FairyGodmother
* FairySexy
* HouseFey
* {{Leprechaun}} (most common Irish, as well as [[BizarreSexualDimorphism male]] fairy in fiction)

OurElvesAreBetter is a SisterTrope, as they share much of the folklore.

Compare OurAngelsAreDifferent, OurMermaidsAreDifferent.

Not to be confused with a euphemism for homosexuals.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''DigimonAdventure'' has Palmon's Ultimate Form - Lilymon. She takes the form of a pink flower pixie with the power to shoot energy out of a "Flower Cannon". Her Mega Form - Rosemon - is quite similar though overlaps with LadyOfWar.
* In ''WandabaStyle'', one of the characters [[ImaginaryFriend sees invisible fairies]] that look like small, bald, musclebound, winged men.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' focuses heavily on a [[CelticMythology Dullahan]] who rides a headless horse disguised as a motorbike around modern day Japan.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has the fairies that live in the cave where Excalibur resides. Like everyone else they can't stand him.
* In ''{{Berserk}}'', the {{Fairy Companion}}s Puck and Evarella (stated to be of a race called ''Pisky'') are revealed to actually be [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1144-125/berserk/chapter-24.html a sort of wind spirits.]]
* ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita'': They're about 10 centimeters tall, don't have wings, grin stupidly constantly, have undefined supernatural powers, and really like sweets. Oh, and they're apparently evolved from normal humans (who are still around, but dying out).
* The second story arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' introduces an MMO called ''[=ALfheim=] Online'', with all players assuming playing as fairies. By the end of the arc, everyone from SAO is playing, with each player using a different race:
** Kirito selects a Spriggan, a race that specializes in illusory magic and treasure-finding (making this race fairly unpopular, since neither skill is useful in combat).
** Leafa, the second story arc's deuteragonist, is a Sylph, and as such specializes in wind-based magic and high agility.
** Asuna plays an Undine. Her race's forte is support and healing magic and underwater combat. She also has an alternate Sylph character.
** Lizbeth selects Leprechaun as her race. While having no combat specializations, it's an ideal class for item crafters.
** Silica plays a Cait Sith. Aside from being agile, Cait Siths are the only race in the game that can be beast tamers.
** Klein rolls a Salamander, specialists in fire-based magic and possessing naturally-enhanced strength.
** Agil picks Gnome as his race. Gnomes specialize in earth-based magic and, among the other fairy races, are quite massive.
* In ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'', King and his sister, Elaine, are long living child-like wingless humanoids capable of levitating themselves and other things. King, though, can transform himself into an older, fatter version of himself as he sees it as a form of respect when dealing with royals and others.
* In the ''PrettyCure franchise'', all fairies are different, 99% of them are small, animalic {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s and every series show another kind of fairies from different worlds. Most fairies can transform into something, e.g. {{Transformation Trinket}}s or humans, some of them have special powers to support the heroines. They are also the series' mascots. And a few [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo mascots]] [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure are]] [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure able]] [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure to]] [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure fight]], two of them are even heroines themselves.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Fairies in ''Proof'' are dangerous carnivores that can easily kill humans in swarms. Female fairies are only a few inches tall; males are ''much'' larger than humans and have no wings. Their society and behavior is fairly insectoid, in that the females dramatically outnumber males, and males are usually eaten after mating.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements, fairies are magical females that can transform into their own unique fairy forms. The Keepers themselves are this, but with ElementalPowers thrown in as well.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBlueBlurOfTermina'', fairies are brightly colored winged humanoids around Sonic's general size, instead of the tiny, winged orbs of light from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the original game]].
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Tinker Bell of ''Disney/PeterPan'' included elements such as ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve.
** The Disney version is now the main character of ''Franchise/DisneyFairies''. Except that Disney keeps trying to call them "pixies" or (when male) "sparrow men".
* The blue fairy of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. She appears as a full sized woman with exceptionally large wings. Naturally she's dressed in blue.
* The fairies of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Shorter than the average human but larger than dwarves, all take the forms of sugary older women. They have wings but they can make those disappear. It appears they can't do magic without their wands. WordOfGod claimed that Maleficent is also a fairy - one that takes the form of a green-skinned horned sorceress.
* The fairy godmother of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. Appears as a kindly older woman with no wings but seems to have to sing to get her magic to work.
* Ralph Bakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' has human(ish)-sized elves with wings, elves without wings, and tiny winged fairies, too.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' has fairies that look like flying praying mantises... which can shape shift into more human like shape when shown a picture of what they're "supposed" to look like.
** The [[EyesDoNotBelongThere Pale Man]], a monstrous, child-devouring fae.
* ''Film/{{Willow}}'' has a scene with a whole swarm of tiny, glowing fairies...and their enormous, hovering queen, Cherlindrea.
* The fairies in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' look like your stereotypical little magical flying sparkly things, but they bite. Sarah ''thought'' they were kind and wish-granting and was surprised and horrified to see Hoggle coming after them with an insecticide gun.
* The Shobijin, Mothra's twin fairy companions, in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films. They stand about six inches tall and are able to teleport short distances as well as understand what the monsters are saying...Oh, and they can summon Mothra as well to aid them.
* Both ''Photographing Fairies'' and ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' are (loosely) based on the Cottingley Fairies.
* Many fairies appear in ''{{Maleficent}}'', Disney's PerspectiveFlip / TwiceToldTale adaptation of their 1959 classic ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Here, "fairy" is used to identify any magical creature that inhabits the Moors, much like how Scandinavian countries would use the term "troll" for a similar purpose. Fairies range from [[WingedHumanoid Winged Humanoids]] like the title character, to small pixies, to [[PlantPerson Plant People]], and all manner of water, dew, and stone fae. And just like actual folklore, ColdIron burns them and is their one true weakness, a fact which is a major plot point throughout the film.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Fairies - especially the complicated character of Tinker Bell, a friend of Peter and a great enemy of Wendy at the same time - are very important in ''Literature/PeterPan'' books by James Matthew Barrie. It is said that since they are so small, they can only feel one emotion at a time. Unfortunately for Wendy, [[{{Yandere}} Tinker Bell decides to feel possessive jealousy at that particular time]].
* In {{Elfstruck}}, she makes a ticking noise like a clock and her wings are silver and crystal, with visible gearwork inside.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Faeries run the gamut from [[TheFairFolk achingly beautiful, frighteningly amoral Sidhe]] to tiny, pizza-loving pixies to hulking trolls to centaurs and humanoid Billy Goats Gruff and even SantaClaus. Almost everything that's not a mortal, vampire, or demon is a Faerie. All of them are burned by iron.
** Of course, being called by the name "Fairy" is a BerserkButton for some, who prefer to be called Sidhe, or whatever their individual species is named. The Sidhe in particular compare it to calling a human "ape."
* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'', the Fain are mistaken for fairies by the toddler Alexa. ("Fainies") It's a bit of a twist, considering that they're thought beings and so they don't have an actual form without a host.
* ''Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles''.
* The short story "Ever After" by Susan Palwick is about a fairy godmother who takes a young woman under her care. The girl is well aware of the Cinderella type myths and is looking forward to finding a prince to marry. The twist comes when we find out that [[spoiler:the "fairy godmother" is actually a vampire who is changing the girl into her vampire daughter]].
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe (according to [[AllThereInTheManual Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]) fairies are non-intelligent creatures that reproduce by laying eggs and metamorphosing like insects, and can't do anything more impressive than ward off predators with weak magic or be summoned to serve as decorations. The good press Muggles give them is a matter of some confusion to wizards. They can't speak either.
* "Fairy" or "The People" in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is a catch-all term for all non-human sapients, which includes Centaurs and Demons, and Unicorns before their extinction, as well as more obviously fey creatures like Elves, Pixies, Sprites, Gnomes, Gremlins, Goblins and Dwarves. Only Sprites have natural wings, other species use mechanical ones, and they're a metre tall on average (though one character is said to be 'barely half a metre' tall, and they could find clothes to fit a 13-year-old human, so there's obviously a high standard deviation). In most People, magic gives healing ability, invisibility, hypnotism, and the ability to speak any language; only a few, called 'warlocks', can use it for anything more complicated, like playing with the flow of time. They also have [[MagicAIsMagicA very strict rules]] they must follow to use their magic. They have to perform certain rituals to recharge their magical energies, and forfeit their magical ability when they break certain rules. Each species also has certain unique qualities, such as sprite's wings, demonic metamorphosis, and dwarven {{Fartillery}}.
** ...Though the ability to speak any language, while perhaps helped along by a bit of magic, actually comes from the fact that the People's Gnomish is the ancestor of all languages (including American Dog!).
** It is also noted that all of the fairy species evolved from [[PteroSoarer ''pterosaurs'']] of all things towards the end of the Cretaceous.
* ''Literature/MerryGentry'''s fey relations resemble the FairFolk of the Old World in name, power, appearance and moral ambiguity. But with [[FetishFuel that special LKH twist]].
* Elphin from ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'' is a thousand-year-old fairy who looks like a teenage girl with wings, is abnormally strong for her size, skewers people with her magic spear and is vulnerable to cold iron. She can also summon lightning, much to [[WeCanRebuildHim Fatalle's dismay.]]
* ''Literature/BonesOfFaerie'' has faeries that are humanoids with powers. Though not immortal, they have a longer life span, and can be identified by their white hair.
* The Fairies in TheSookieStackhouseMysteries look like beautiful humans except for their pointed ears. Claudine chooses to cover hers with her hair, while her brother Claude had them surgically altered. They are allergic to lemons and iron and Vampires are very attracted to their blood.
* Shows up in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' canon
** Strictly speaking the Nac Mac Feegle from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', being small humanoid beings from Fairyland, probably count as fairies. They prefer "Pictsies". Several other weird beings that are probably fairies appear in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', mostly based on Richard Dadd's painting "The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke".
** Discworld mythology also counts any supernatural being who exists to bring something or take it away as a fairy. The Tooth Fairy is the most famous, but ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' introduces the Hair Loss Fairy, the Veruca Gnome, and various others. In the same book Ridcully off-handedly mentions "them little buggers that live in flowers, used to collect 'em myself as a lad". the Tooth Fairies, so called, are actually not fairies at all but a franchise operation employing humans. They ultimately work for a creature akin to a proto-bogey-man, who collects the teeth to prevent a very ancient sort of posession magic, although this isn't generally known.
** The actual Fairies, so-called, are portrayed in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' as ''TheFairFolk'' style; people are afraid of them, they are very dangerous, and have a Queen and King reminiscent of Titania and Oberon in some ways, and horned gods like Cernunnos in others.
* The fairies/hobgoblins of ''The Stolen Child'' are largely in the FairFolk mold, with the twist being that they were all human originally. They kidnap a human child and, though some mystical process not fully explained, turn him or her into a fairy, while one of their own makes himself into the child's double and replaces him or her. They're functionally immortal until they turn themselves back into humans, and don't age in any normal way (although they're implied to be odd-looking), and are just generally [[WildChild uncivilized]] and self-interested.
* The Anakim, servants of the Nephilim in ''Angelology'' are short, albeit human sized, and of delicate build with yellow eyes and insectile wings, as opposed to the avian ones of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Nephilim]].
* In Brandon Sanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' series one of the main characters has a companion windspren named Syl that takes the traditional fairy form and she really is different even from other windspren who mostly just look like streaks of mist and lack self awareness. [[spoiler: This is because she's actually an honorspren]]
* Done with almost religious fervor in the ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' and [[Literature/LandOfOz its sequels]]. Creator/LFrankBaum wanted to distance his "American fairy tale" from the old fairy tales of Europe, so he went out of his way to make them different. For instance, none of Baum's fairies fly, with only a couple possible exceptions. Fairies in Baum's universe are on a god-like level, immortals ruling over various aspects of nature (an entire pantheon is given in ''Tik-Tok of Oz'').
* The fair folk in JackChalker's ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series take the place of our world's natural processes. They live eternal, but sadly limited, lives.
* The Rooftoppers in TadWilliams ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' quadrology although they don't have wings. Rather they use birds, bats and rats as transport.
* ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'', also by TadWilliams, is set in AnotherDimension populated by all kinds of fairies. The ruling class, however, seems to resemble standard elves more, including the attitude. Actually, this novel plays with [[OurFairiesAreDifferent all]] [[OurElvesAreBetter three]] [[TheFairFolk elf]] [[{{Reconstruction}} tropes]].
* Cicely Mary Barker's (and her successors') ''Literature/FlowerFairies'', who are the standard "tiny winged humanoid" but resemble their flower in appearance and personality (for instance, the Buttercup fairy is cheerful and "sunny"). Basically very small dryads.
* The fairies in ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}''. Despite the whole "Looking like insects and birds to most people" thing, for the most part, they resemble traditional fairies... And then you get to their [[BlueAndOrangeMorality rather alien moral system]], as well as their bizarre history. Oh, and by the way, [[spoiler: unicorns are the ancestors of all fairies.]]
* ''[[Literature/WingsQuartet Wings]]'' by Aprilynne Pike is completely built on this trope. Fairies are actually highly evolved plants who resemble humans. They don't have wings, though, but they do 'blossom'.
* In the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', the fey are insane people who use the [[BioAugmentation toy maker]] to make monsters. They also apparently ''actually'' think they're Celtic fairies, and lapse into Irish when angry.
* In ''TheTwelfthEnchantment'' fairies actually are [[spoiler:the undead.]]
* In ''TheIronKing'' by Julie Kagawa, faeries are [[spoiler:born from the dreams of humanity and sustained by humans and other fey remembering them]]. This leads to you having not just the traditional fey (TheFairFolk) represented by the Summer (Seelie) and Winter (Unseelie) Courts, but the [[spoiler:Iron Fey that named the series. The Iron fey are born from dreams of science and technology, of innovation and industry, and thus are not only immune to iron, but are essentially walking faerie krptonite. They also do not try to capture you in favors as much as the "oldblooded" fey, as they call the older fey species. Ferrum, their first king, was born when mankind first started to forge iron]].
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/OnFairyStories'', he describes the little and winged conception as the sophisticated and literary creature, not rooted in folklore.
* In Creator/RebeccaLickiss's ''Literature/EccentricCircles'', Aelvirum is careful to point out that he's an elf, not a fairy.
* In Creator/RuthFrancesLong's ''Literature/TheTreacheryOfBeautifulThings'', even the little, winged Foletti, like PrettyButterflies, are still nasty.
* ''Literature/AFantasyAttraction'' has a fairy popping in to steal a cookie, and a pixie causing trouble is also mentioned.
* The races on Emis, the world of ''Literature/ToughMagic'', are fairy, leprechaun, pixie and sprite. However, as they are about human size and without wings; the only distinguishment between them and regular humans is the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unusual colors of their skin, hair and eyes]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Episode 13 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has a sketch about fairies on the police force. For once in the series, "fairy" is not synonymous with "poofter."
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has several episodes with the Sidhe, a fairy race associated with the legends of England and Ireland. They're blue-faced and many carry [[MagicStaff magic staffs]]. A Sidhe can entrance a human and can be placed inside a human child to take full control later in life. The two in "The Gates of Avalon" had been banished and were seeking a human prince to sacrifice so the daughter could return to Avalon. Pixies, another race, sometimes work with them.
** Queen Mab also makes an appearance in the Dark Tower episode. She is a mischievous trickster.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has the tiny, winged vareity who grant wishes.
* There was a horror-themed show on CITV (name forgotten) that had a segment on a girl wishing she could see a fairy one day and finding some at the bottom of her garden. Unfortunately, instead of being happy, wish-granting creatures they were these horrible little creatures with large teeth that bit her... and after she found them, they started turning up everywhere, causing her to cage them to stop from being attacked, but they just kept on coming...
* In ''Series/TorchWood'' fairies are actually children snatched out of time and turned into creatures humans initially see as light, but who have a true form of a gremlin-like monster. They choke people with rose pedals that wrong the children they'd chosen to join them and spontaneously cause severe weather.
* In ''PowerRangersMysticForce'' a fairy is actually a '''[[HumongousMecha zord]]'''. The Mystic Sprite belongs to the (what else) Pink Ranger.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' fairies can only be seen by children, though adults can see them if they believe and a spell can be cast to make them innocent again. Along with trolls, fairies live in 'in-betweens' - windows, doorways, shadows - and thus are able to cross over into our world. They are able to do so freely during midnight when the world itself becomes an in-between. After the fairies' debut episode, the sisters apparently created a spell that allows them to see fairies from then on as they appear frequently in the series. They are also notorious for stealing things - which results in a CrowningMomentOfFunny when (taking Paige's advice too literally) the fairies return everything they ever stole from Henry, including things he lost in high school.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Look back far enough into history and you'll find that just about every culture, country and locality has their own local variation of fairy-like creatures. For example, GreekMythology has [[MsFanservice Nymphs]], Naiads and Dryads (water and tree spirits respectively), fawns, satyrs, centaurs and other semi-divine races of creatures, usually a OneGenderRace.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The butterfly fairy in ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' hangs out in flower gardens and entices players with her attractive looks.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Category:Fey_Type This list]] is just ''some'' of the canon and fanfic species.
** ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' pixies are noted for being one of the few truly playable high ECL (basically you get racial abilities instead of a higher character level) races, thanks to their strong racial ability scores, invisibility, spell-like abilities and flight.
*** As of ''Heroes Of The Feywild'', Pixies have become an official PC race for 4th Edition. Along with Satyrs and Hamadryad.
* In the {{Mystara}} supplement ''Tall Tales of the Wee Folk'', a centaur scholar claims that fairies are, in fact, the Immortals (gods) of a previous iteration of the multiverse. They helped nurture and preserve the Sphere of Life when opposing forces dominated the cosmos, and will do so again when the present Life-dominated reality yields to the Sphere of Death in an ever-repeating cycle. Until then, the fairy folk -- pixies, sprites, leprechauns, sidhe, wood imps, drakes, brownies, pookas -- retain their immortality but their power is diminished.
* Fairies in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Fantasy'' are living illusions. Their magic can be as easily destroyed by iron as they are. Of course, due to the modular nature of GURPS, Fairies can be built in countless other ways resembling other examples on this page.
* Both ''Changeling'' gamelines in the ''World of Darkness'' series use the Fae:
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' splits its changelings up into Kiths; the Kithain, European-style fairies, range from Boggans to [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Nockers]] to [[TheTrickster Pooka]] to [[ExtremeOmnivore Redcaps]] to [[CantArgueWithElves Sidhe]] to [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]]. And that's just the Kithain -- you've got the Nunnehi (Native American fae), the Inanimae (elemental embodiments), the Hsien (Asian "small gods")...
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' has [[TheFairFolk the True Fae]], which are so different from one another as to give you whiplash. Not only that, but every single of them ends up different over the years; what may have been a man-eating giant a century ago could turn into La Belle Dame Sans Merci (or Baba Yaga). There's even a True Fae transforming robot (his alt is a motorcycle). Then you have the changelings, their escaped servants, who are split up into Seemings (general patterns of their durances in Arcadia) and Kiths (specified durances). A Ogre kept in a charnel pit may turn into a Gristlegrinder or an Oni, a Beast kept as a falcon may be a Windwing or a Cleareyes, or a Wizened forced to maintain his Keeper's estate may turn into a Chatelaine or a Drudge, or some combination if you use optional rules. And then you have the [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent hobgoblins]]...
* Fairies in ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' are treated much like roleplayers in the 5th edition of the game. Put simply, faeries subconsciously take on roles from human stories and reenact them with (usually) unwitting humans to obtain the vitality they crave. This trait makes faeries difficult to combat (except by apotropaic magics) since in many cases their "death" is part of the story and only provides additional vitality.
* Similar rules (as in ''Ars Magica'') apply to TheFairFolk in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Unlike most other beings, they don't have a Motivation. Rather, they have something they adopt as a passing fancy, a role they enter into because it seems dramatically appropriate at the time. Oh, and they [[EldritchAbomination come from the chaos outside reality]], and eat souls. Basically, they're role-playing gamers, Creation is their gameworld, and your [=PCs=] are just [=NPCs=] to them. Usurprisingly, they have a hard time with concepts like empathy and consequences.
* Faerie Folk in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' and the ''Palladium RPG'' comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be less than six inches or up to three feet tall, cute or horrendous, friendly (for [[BlueAndOrangeMorality a given value of such]]) or mean, and have varying powers. And of course, this being ''Rifts'' and all, can take almost as much damage as a modern Armored Personnel Carrier. Also, don't eat their food. They seem to have a penchant for [[IncreiblyLamePun Incredibly Lame]] {{Visual Pun}}s involving the name of their food and what [[BodyHorror Transformations]] or charm effects it causes. For example, Tarts tend to make women extremely amorous, and you should stay the hell away from the Frog's Legs, unless that's what you want.
* In ''Arcana Evolved'', the faires are made when either "Loresong" or "Quickling" Faen, essentially Elves and Halflings secrets a sticky substance that becomes a crystalis and within 7 days time, the faen permanently metamorph into a Spryte.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Most fairies in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' are of TheFairFolk mold, but Titania's attendants are generally more common portrayed as child-sized winged creatures.
* Tinker Bell in the original ''PeterPan'' is basically similar to Disney's version, except she isn't a humanoid figure but just a floating point of light.
* The ballet ''La Sylphide'' (or ''The Sylph'') - the protagonist falls in love with a beautiful fairy with rainbow wings. He abandons his mortal fiancee to chase after her. WickedWitch Old Madge tells him she is unable to be with him as she will always fly away. She then presents him with a magic scarf that will prevent her from flying away. [[spoiler: It makes her wings fall off and she dies]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The fairies of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. At first they restored hearts. Starting with the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', the Great Fairies could also grant gifts, like extra powers and more item carrying capacity. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' we met fairies who had been broken apart into dozens of littler fairies, and you had to restore them...and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' introduced us to the Queen of the Fairies, who looks like a little girl. Also, they constantly switch from being winged to wingless and having insect-like antennae or not.
** And of course there's the [[SparkFairy spark fairies]] seen from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' onwards with the little dragonfly wings.
* The fairy familiar of ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the "fairies", called Magypsies, look like men in heavy makeup and dresses. Apparently, they transcend mortal genders as well as mortal lifespans.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the original game]], a Fairy gives the player an item that enables them to breathe underwater.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' - they inhabit the Living Wood and will give the player a gift if they save their home.
** They appear as enemies in ''Final Fantasy Legend II'' and ''III'''.
** Faerie is a summon in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and heals the party. She has wings of a bird rather than the traditional dragonfly or butterfly wings.
** There's also the recurring summon Sylph that appears either as one or a group of fairies. The traditional attack "Whispering Wind" drains HP from the enemy and gives it to the party. In ''Revenant Wings'' Sylph instead deals non-elemental damage with "Aero".
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', faeries (spelled as such in the fan translation) protect the [[WorldTree Mana Tree]] and require Mana to live. They can harmlessly inhabit the head of a human, allowing them to live away from the Mana Holyland for extended periods of time, but can't inhabit a new human until the chosen human dies. And the one faerie who follows around the heroes [[spoiler:eventually becomes the new Mana Goddess.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' - Big fairies, small fairies, fairies with wings, fairies with tails, fairies that glow, fairies that don't, fairies with or without silly hats. You name it.
* ''LaTale'', [[ElementalEmbodiment sylph]] show up in this form on the icons for all of the Wizard's Wind skills, as well as generic fire [[SpellMyNameWithAnS faeries]] in the Lair of the Evil Dragon instance, and [[NoExportForYou eventually]] the Xenadia area.
* Fairies in Gust's ''[[AtelierSeries Atelier]]'' series of games are males the size of little boys and dressed in green. The only exceptions are their old village leader, and the hideous muscle-bound "fairy" from ManaKhemia 2.
** Also, despite the fact that they don't age physically, faeries can age in personality. This becomes a minor plot point in the third AtelierIris game, in which an npc gets majorly weirded out by a fairy talking like an old man.
* Fairies are also recurring {{Mook}}s in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', and occasionally appear as bosses. Here, they keep the mischievousness of most depictions of fairies, but some pranks go too far, like shoving someone off a cliff or setting them on fire. As spirits of nature, should they die, they just pop up back, good as new, as long as the element they embody exists, and they don't see why this doesn't really apply to anybody but fairies. Unfortunately, TheFogOfAges and general idiocy are constants for them (they ''never'' learn from their mistakes due to their ResurrectiveImmortality). The smartest and strongest fairy, Cirno, is literate, has a modicum of power (though many still tower before her), and some memory capacity, but is considered an extreme rarity among fairies.
** There are a few fairy minibosses, but only one fairy boss, Cirno, in the main series. She has become highly popular, and even has [[GaidenGame her own game]], ''Fairy Wars'', where all named fairies (and one [[NoNameGiven unnamed]]) in the series appear, three of which (the Three Fairies of Light) are the main antagonists.
* The fairies from the ''SpyroTheDragon'' games. Mostly serve as checkpoints.
* The faeries in ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' are wingless creatures who are roughly three feet tall, and only appear in the LostWoods-like "Faery Realm". Some are helpful to you, while others (later in the game) are not.
* In ''VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}}'', once you get the Diviner Sensation ROM (or Isis's Pendant in the remake), you can summon fairies to restore your health and, by equipping it with another [=ROM=] at specific spots, key fairies which unlock many things necessary for HundredPercentCompletion.
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'': Ruby is the stereotypical winged fairy. The other non-villanous playable characters, and the final boss, are fairies as well, but they look more like [[PointyEars long-eared]] humans.
* One boss in the MegaManZero series is called Sol Titanion. It is a fire-specialized robot who is inspired by the fairy queen Titania.
* The GameboyAdvance installment of ''TacticsOgre'' gives you fairy units, and they are typical foot-tall-winged-girl {{Squishy Wizard}}s. One hit splatters them but they make for good [[TheMedic healers.]]
* Faeries are a playable race in later ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' games. Their small size restricts them from most weapons and armor, but they make excellent mages, priests, and (funnily enough) ninjas.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' introduces Fairy as an ElementalRockPaperScissors type, and given that types apply to dozens of Pokémon species they come in all shapes and sizes. Most are {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s even by ''Pokémon'' standards, but a few skew closer to TheFairFolk by being especially dignified instead (ProperLady Gardevoir and TheMarvelousDeer Xerneas) or showing malicious or mischievous traits (deceptive Mawile and key-stealing Klefki). Regardless of how they appear, all Fairy Pokémon have aspects of TheFairFolk through the Rock-Paper-Scissors system; they're able to [[TheDragonSlayer slay dragons]], doing double damage to Dragon-types and being ''immune'' to their attacks. Their only weaknesses are to ColdIron (meaning [[ExtraOreDinary Steel-type attacks]]) and [[PoisonousPerson Poison-type attacks]].
** On a side note, Jigglypuff's new-found ability to smack dragons around like they're made of balloons is the subject of many hilarious fancomics. You've never seen anything funnier than a Salamence and Garchomp freaking out at a Jigglypuff just sitting there.
** Before that, there was a Fairy "egg group", a breeding classification that meant all the cutesy ones could breed with one another.
* The faeries of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' are tiny, flying, mostly-female humanoids, who live in a blue-tinted magical kingdom where sheep and cows can talk. The fairies are responsible for things like the weather changing, crops growing and teeth being collected. There is also a Faerie Mafia.
* Holly, the player character of ''Plantasia'', looks almost exactly like a normal human, albeit with pointed ears and pink hair. She can apparently pull clothes out of nowhere to disguise herself as a human, as seen in the intro of the game, and can make multiple shovels, watering cans, weeding tools, and extermination tools work simultaneously on the field, depending on how many of the tool she has and how many are available for her to use at the time. She can also fly or at least hover, despite having no visible wings.
* In ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' you can capture various types of "pixies". The Pixie a blond that looks like she's wearing a swimsuit; the Fairy a "traditional" looking fairy; the Succubus a green haired woman that shows a lot of ass; the Incubus a male fairy and the Leprechaun who looks as you would expect. You would collect each type and unleash them just before a battle to cause quick damage. The direction the enemy would enter the screen would indicate which type of fairy to use. Once you had all 50 pixies you could visit the queen of the pixies to get a magic wand that would allow you to attack with all 50 pixies at once, no matter the direction the enemy entered the battle.
* In ''VideoGame/SolomonsKey'', fairies are summoned by obtaining the Bell of Lyrac, and collecting ten fairies gives Dana an extra life.
* The spring fairies in VideoGame/ValleyOfUnicorns are horses with fairy wings. They're the second least common species on the site in terms of color variations, and the majority have been released only during events or for real-money purchases.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' offers a wide selection of TheFairFolk to serve as the Fairy race - from the standard Pixie, to Oberon and Titania themselves, to Trolls and Jack Frost. Other entities commonly associated with the race such as Setanta and Tam Lin sometimes join them.
* The planet Vubble from ''VideoGame/{{Meteos}}'' is home to a species of bubble-like StarfishAliens that resemble fairies. They are 10 cm in height, breathe out bubbles, sport butterfly wings, loathe all sharp objects, and spend their free time skating on the surface of Vubble's foamy oceans.
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* Since all the characters in ''DailyGrind'' are [[FunnyAnimal talking animals]], the Fae are, of course, big glowing spiders. They also claim to have no free will but say that they're animated by the spirit of [[{{God}} Lord Cyrios]] in everything they do.
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'' any humanoid or animal with an aura are counted as a fae. The drow, drowussu and vanir (light elves) are the dominant kind. There are also fairies, who are small humanoid/insect hybrids.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has "Regional Fairies". They have spots on their shoulders showing which "region" they live in. They learn magic and make their own wings, and they don't gain ''names'' until they've come of age.
** ''Webcomic/CityFace'', which is {{canon}} for ''Gunnerkrigg'', shows the regional fairies offering important advice to pigeons and magpies. Their dialogue hints that they don't distinguish between lengths of space and lengths of time--and the twin sisters Ogee and Torus can never be seen at the same time by humans, because they occupy the same space and time, but at different periods along a non-linear time scale.
* Giselda of ''Webcomic/{{Seekers}}'' is a Wingling, not a Fairy. And she'll be sure to correct you.
* The wold of ''VirtualPetPlanet'' has a race of Pixies that basically run everything. Some of them even sell curious wares.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has the Fairy Doll Spell. The user's mind temporarily leaves the body to inhabit a tiny version of themselves with wings. Great for communication/scouting, not so great for fighting. Unknown if there are real fairies though.
** The introvert Dex gains summoning magic through mysterious means. His main summon is a fairy companion, since he's lonely. He acknowledges that she's not a real fairy, and is guided by his own desire for friendship.
** [[spoiler: Susan gets a fairy spell as well, which independently acts on the emotions and desires [[BrokenBird Susan herself doesn't want to express]]. She briefly mistakes it for one of Nanase's fairy dolls.]]
* The Fey in the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'' are fairly BadAss swords-and-sorcery fairies. Smart people don't mess with them.
* Fairies in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' (fairy-tale and space arcs) look like [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0423.htm this]]. (In the contemporary arc the same beings are fictional aliens from Merlin's [and now Arthur's] webcomic.)
* subverted in ''SoDamnBright'' by Flikker and others, who seem to be basically humans with some unspecified difference, and butterfly wings growing from their backs. No magic powers or ability to fly has been shown, and they seem to have sexual relations with humans ( a dating site asks if you are looking for "fae" or "anthro", and on another occasion Flikker mentions that one of the other human characters didn't strike her as the sort who might be "faesexual" ).
** Flikker sheds her lower wings at one stage, this apparently being a mark of ageing or growing up. Fairies seem to shed and regrow their wings from time to time.
* ''WebComic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'' features a pixie named Flint. He's very small and from a distance resembles a glowing shape with wings. Griswold, the elf, rescused him some time before the comic began and is very protective of him, threatening Dearg after Dearg tried to eat him.
* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick has Celia, an air elemental sylph (originally one of matched set of four). She sometimes [[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat forgets the differences]] between herself and mortal creatures.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-02.html the innkeeper expects a disguised fairy who reward the kind and generous after testing them in disguise.]]
* Greg in ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'' is a college frat type transformed into the winged human-sized variety, [[http://atarmslength.smackjeeves.com/comics/1453581/fairy-tale-2/ and he's none to pleased about it.]]
** Plus Britt and 2Q, who are of the cute winged pixie variety.
* ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' (and it's spin offs like ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'') has TheFairFolk type and most are human sized and wingless (pointy ears are common but not required) except to date the Green Fairy who is small winged and FairySexy.
* ''Webcomic/FairyDust'''s fairies are tiny, have insect wings and could live indefinately, but have short life spans due to being vulnerable to predators. Seeing friends crushed or devoured is such a common occurence that they evolved a selective amnesia to protect them from PTSD. Their dust is usually an effective natural defense, as long as they see the threat coming in time. Fairy dust is sometimes used as a recreational drug ans has sufficient market value to interest organised crime.
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* {{Everything2}} has detailed [[FauxToGuide instructions]] of how to [[BlackComedy gather]] [[http://everything2.com/title/Pixie+dust#DonJaime pixie dust]].
* In ''ArcanaMagi'', some fairies, so far, work for Avalon Tech Enterprises. One fairy is on the Board of Directors and another fairy is a scientist dealing with chemicals and diseases
* {{Felarya}} has size-changing, man-eating fairies.
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* ''TheFairlyOddparents''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''' "Third Race" aka "Oberon's Children" leans more towards TheFairFolk variety: AllMythsAreTrue (though not necessarily "accurate"), and these "fairies" basically include all sorts of legendary creatures, from Norse and Egyptian gods to Shakespearean characters.
* Willow from ''AKindOfMagic''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieFairytopia''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAFairySecret''
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' fairies are human-sized [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]] from different planets all around the Magic Dimension. Though they're not always nice, they usually try to help people and protect the realms from evil. They also only have wings when they're transformed.
* ''Star Fairies''
* The fairies from the Amalgamated Do-Gooding Fairies in ''Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?''
* In a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' short, [[TheBarnum Grunkle Stan]] tries to pass off [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131226224524/gravityfalls/images/8/88/Short8_fairy.png this thing]] as a fairy.
* The G3 and G4 iterations of Franchise/MyLittlePony have fairy-like creatures called "Breezies". Basically they're ponies with antennae and insect wings, much like stereotypical fairies.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' also has changelings who are closer to TheFairFolk. They resemble a cross between [[BigCreepyCrawlies winged-insects]] and [[BodyHorror partially decomposed corpses of ponies]]. They have the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting perfectly mimic a pony's appearance]] (although [[LackOfEmpathy their nasty personalities]] give them away) and can become more powerful as [[EmotionEater they feed on someone's love]]. Their favorite tactic is draining the love from others that is intended for the one [[ChangelingTale they captured and copied]] which is what they did to Princess Cadence before her wedding.
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were supposedly photos of actual fairies (small & winged, not the [[TheFairFolk other]] [[TheWildHunt kind]]) taken in 1917. A numbers of celebrities were caught up in the hype, including {{Arthur Conan Doyle}}, before the sisters who took the photos confessed they were fake. They still claimed to have seen actual fairies. Also served as the inspiration for [[DuelingMovies two]] films in [[ExtyYearsFromNow 1997]]: ''Photographing Fairies'' and ''[=FairyTale: A True Story=]''.
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