Often in fiction, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairy creatures]], fireflies or other magical insects get depicted as simple little points of light rather than going for a full design for something so tiny we'll never get a good look at it.

The obvious inspiration is fireflies. It's funny how fireflies often end up behaving in usual and rather magical ways. In a way, it's an example of the connection between light and magic.

Do not confuse with ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes; this trope is about EnergyBeings or FacelessMasses that may or may not [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkle]]. See also GhostLights.
* Used in ''InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island'' for the spirits of the dead.
* This ''used'' to be how Tinkerbell in ''PeterPan'' was always depicted, based on the theatrical practice of using a small light reflected from a mirror and a tinkling bell, until {{Disney}} came up with its marvelous design for the [[Disney/PeterPan film]].
** It still is in pantomimes.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Navi is depicted as a ball of glowing light with dragonfly wings sticking out.
** The same is used for fairies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''.
*** The Healing Fairies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' are also the same way.
* The fairies in the first ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' game are little balls of light of various colors. The ones in the fourth game, however, are far more detailed.
* In the 1999 film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the fairy characters have this form at the beginning of the movie, when they arrive, and at the end, when they leave.
* The ghosts/angels in the opening of ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' are seen as celestial bodies that flicker when they speak.
* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' has this regard to the Sidhe. They are depicted as blue points of light, but due to Merlin's magic powers, we get some lovely FX shots of them in all their scary magical glory.
* All the ''AnimalCrossing'' games have fireflies shown as points of light, until you catch one of them.
* ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': The scenes with Ray's family have ''both'' detailed fireflies and points of light....maybe fireflies that are farther away?
* Done with the tail-end UFO in ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
* Bit from ''{{Tron}}'' is the personification of an on-off bit. It is basically a Disney sidekick fairy [[InSpace in Cyberspace]].
* The Pyreflies in Disney's ''AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' were depicted this way, more or less.
* This trope actually becomes motive for ''murder'' in ''Furuhata Ninzaburou'' a very eccentric editor decides to change the lime-green points of light to ''red'' points of light for the hell of it. The original artist flipped out and bashed the editor's head in. (Art is SeriousBusiness.)
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The nanogenes in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]].
** The Megara from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E3TheStonesOfBlood "The Stones of Blood"]].
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the microscopic [[SiliconBasedLife crystalline aliens]] referred to humans as "[[HumansAreUgly ugly bags of mostly water]]."
* A magical spell in ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'' summons a small swarm of fairies that circle Jack until an enemy approaches, at which point they go kamikaze on the enemy. The fairies never appear as anything more than yellow sparks.
* Some of the smaller [[ElementalEmbodiment spren]] in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' are described as this such as lifespren (small green sparks) and rotspren (tiny red points of light).
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Fear, Itself", Willow summons a fairy like this to guide her out of the haunted house. However, the spell is warped by the demon haunting the place.
* Fairies in ''VideoGame/{{Stonekeep}}'' can apparently switch between spark-fairy mode and detailed mode.
* Flying points of light (presumably insects) are an important plot element in one Are of ''[[{{Myst}} Uru]]''. They're attracted to your character, but dislike crossing water or getting rained on.
* The fairy in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is shown on screen as a ball of golden light. When you get a closer look, though...
--> '''Dean:''' ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "...Nipples?"]]''