Based on the Disney Animated Canon's take onPeter Pan's famous fairy/pixie Tinker Bell. This series expands on her and the other fairies she lives with. The franchise was launched in late 2005 and includes chapter books (including three done by Gail Carson Levine), six movies released direct to DVD in the USA but in cinemas in other countries (Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Pixie Hollow Games, Secret of the Wings and Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy), a comic published in several countries, dolls, and other merchandise.There are some differences from the "official" continuity, mainly in Tinker Bell's characterization—Tink is now a Plucky GirlMacGyver, to fit more into the trends in the target demographic.Disney wanted to develop this franchise since the early 2000's but it was stalled for other projects, and the first of the movies was already nearly-done. When management changed and John Lasseter became Chief Creative Officer, he screened it, claimed it was "virtually unwatchable", and ordered a complete overhaul. Disney Toon Studios, which made those sequels, ditched their hand-drawn equipment for CG and are now completely focused on this franchise, as well as the newer series called Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars movies.Compare Disney Princess.
Alternate Continuity: Several aspects of Pixie Hollow are different between the books and the movies. (ex, seasons, when a fairy first arrives in Pixie Hollow, etc)
In the films, fairies bring seasons to the mainland; they do no such thing in the books.
The first movie is centered around Tinker Bell trying to take on another talent because the life of a tinker fairy is quite unglamorous in comparison to nature talents. The Trouble With Tink states that Tink never wanted to do anything besides fixing pots and pans.
In the books the "clothing talent" fairies are able to tell a fairie's or a sparrowman's measurements with a glance and have new clothing for them before they get settled into their rooms. In the movie Tinker Bell's clothing does not fit because the clothing talents haven't been able to measure her and thus she has to mend her dress herself.
Bobble and Clank made it sound like they'd prepared the room long before Tink showed up, as soon as they got wind of the birth of a new fairy, clothing included, knowing neither if they were waiting for a Sparrow Man or a Fairy. It looked like a unisex robe that she put on, but she cut it to her own fit.
General implication is that it was destroyed (along with most of Pixie Hollow) in a volcanic eruption.
Bamboo Technology: Everything in Pixie Hollow is made from natural items, such as leaves, wood, seeds and pebbles. There are even teapots made out of acorns and dresses out of flower petals.
Be Careful What You Wish For: When everyone gets wishing madness in Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand, and Tink accidentally wasting the Mirror of Incanta's last wish by wishing Blaze would be quiet in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
This warning is specifically given when Lyria tells the story of The Mirror of Incanta: "Wish only good will or no good will come to you. For the treasure you seek, you may yet come to rue!" Tink misses this part.
Bishie Sparkle: Especially Terrence in the graphic novels, due to his talent, and the other fairies have shades of this too. Pixie dust is necessary, you know.
Disneyfication: In the Peter Pan novel and Disney's adaptation, fairies were closer to The Fair Folk. In the movies, they're responsible for taking care of nature and are a lot nicer overall in both continuities. It actually works out pretty well.
Elemental Powers: Some fairies have talents that fit into this trope, including the control of plants, water, snow, light and wind.
Fairy Sexy: Some of the outfits worn are this, including Tink's signature dress.
Five-Token Band: The usual American races are represented in Tinker Bell's group of friends in both adaptions including distinctions for blonde, brunette and redheaded white girls for some reason.
Flanderization: Inverted; Tinker Bell's feisty, jealous and sadistic side from the original Peter Pan novel is mostly gone in this series. That version of Tinker Bell probably would have tried to assassinate Vidia in the first movie (this is the same fairy that almost got Wendy killed because she was getting too close to Peter after all). May overlap with Took a Level in Kindness.
Garden Garment: All of the fairies wear leaves and petal based clothes.
Genius Loci: Never Land. It occasionally stretches or shrinks to help the fairies.
Have a Gay Old Time: Mostly averted - the males of Tink's species are usually called "sparrow men" rather than "fairies", which is a well-known slang term for something else. The overseer of dust fairies in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, however, is addressed as "Fairy Gary".
Although "Fairy" could be something to add on to anyone who's the head of that particular talent. As the head of the Tinker Fairy's is called "Fairy Mary"
Hartman Hips: Tinker Bell is, well, bell-shaped. As are most of the fairies.
Hold Your Hippogriffs: As Tink tells Prilla, fairies don't say "Hello" or "Sorry" they say "Fly with you" and "I'd fly backwards if I could."
From the movie: "Splinters, Clank!" "Teetering Teapots!" "Who gives a pile of pebbles about the mainland?"
Limited Wardrobe: The fairies wear the same outfits nearly all the time, although some seem to have a different outfit for every season. In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tink both averts and plays this straight by wearing an outfit with pants and long sleeves under her iconic dress.
Also, when Tink is packing for her journey, we see her pick two identical dresses from her wardrobe, consider them both and then put one away announcing that one isn't for traveling.
As of this writing (May 2010) Terrence has been featured in the most recent toyline, perhaps due to his expanded role in the most recently released movie.
Translation Convention: The fairies speak English in human voices, but in the third movie, it's revealed that humans like Lizzy can only hear them sounding like tinkling bells. In spite of this, in The Pirate Fairy, James Hook can understand Zarina and the other fairies, and translates for the pirates.
James makes a lot of sense at the end, because Captain Hook can somewhat understand Tinker Bell when she's crying about Peter and Wendy. So logically, he had to pick up an understanding at some point.
Alternatively, Gwendolyn Carlisle in "Fairies and the Quest for Never Land" can communicate with the fairies in English.
Vague Age: How old are they supposed to be, again?
In the first film Tinker Bell seems to be born as an adult.
So does that make her a newborn? How much time has passed between the second and first movies? What about the sparrow men? None of them seem to have any facial hair (besides Fairy Gary,) and none of the fairies have underarm or leg hair, which might imply that they're younger, or it might just be something unique to their species. Pixie Hollow in general doesn't seem to recognize age whatsoever. Do fairies have birthday parties?
Fairies in this series have celebrations to commemorate when they created.
Veganopia: Almost; fairies are lacto-vegetarians. They drink mouse milk and eat mouse milk cheese.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: There's an insane number of fairies whose talents are unbelievably lame or overspecialized. Such talents include helper talent, polishing talent, water-drawing talent, butterfly-herding talent, hibernation bedtime story telling talent, and the talent of knowing exactly when to flip over a pancake.
The Artifact: Tinker Bell's outfit. Its simplicity looks really out-of-place compared to the far more elaborate and detailed wardrobes of the other fairies.
Artifact of Doom: The wand in Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand. If you thought the One Ring was bad...
Baleful Polymorph: Rani is transformed into a bat by mermaid song in the second book, with her consciousness trapped inside. By the end, the bat agrees to trade places with her, becoming a kind of Greek Chorus in her mind.
An Arm and a Leg: Rani really is put through the wringer in the novels. She has Prilla cut off her wings to be able to swim and ask the mermaids for assistance. As the only wingless fairy, she needs to ride a bird to fly, but not even the other water fairies can explore underwater like Rani can.
Broken Aesop: Tinker Bell in a Fairy Fix tried to teach An Aesop about not thinking you can fix everyone's problems and not forcing everyone to conform to your definition of perfection, and that flaws make your friends more interesting, but it ended up coming off as suggesting you should never try to fix peoples' problems, even if they ask you to, because flaws are always a part of who you are and should never be done away with, even if they cause problems for others. Also, it seemed to teach that you should only stick to what you're good at and not look for new ways to help others, as Tinker Bell branching out from pots, pans and other simple fix-its is what causes all the problems. Possibly this was intentional and it actually is a Family-Unfriendly Aesop.
Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Prilla is in charge of this (somehow.) She's kind of an advocate, playing with kids to boost their belief and specifically asking them to clap for the fairies during emergencies.
Ignored Epiphany: In "Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg", Vidia has to pluck a feather from a golden hawk, who sends the pain it feels to her:
"She could have acknowledged then and there how much plucking hurt. She could have admitted she'd been cruel to pluck Mother Dove. She could have recognized that pain is pain, whether it's pain to others or pain to oneself. She could have sworn not to inflict pain on purpose ever again. But instead, she convinced herself that the hawk was the one who'd been cruel. She decided he'd made the pain worse than it really was."
Mirror Routine: Fawn pranks Beck this way in "Fawn and the Mysterious Trickster".
Needle in a Stack of Needles: In "Vidia and the Fairy Crown", the queen's missing crown was accidentally placed in a room full of duplicate crowns. in this case, there was no secret test— the fairies had to figure out which was which through trial and error.
Shown Their Work: According to the inside flap of Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan was one of Gail Carson Levine's favorite books as a child. In selfsame book, we find out that Captain Hook's blood is purple and it's one of only two things he's afraid of - something directly from Barrie's book that you don't find in most adaptations.
Unreliable Illustrator: Even though Gail Carson Levine describes Prilla as looking like an adult in most respects in Fairies and the Quest for the Egg, illustrator David Christiana draws her as looking like an eight-year-old child.
Wicked Cultured: Captain Hook, so much that he snores in iambic pentameter.
Zettai Ryouiki: An unusual variation of this as Bluebell achieves this with her leg warmers. They shift between grade B and C from scene to scene.
Tropes from the movies and shorts:
Action Girl: Zarina in Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy is even more this trope than the other fairies.
Anachronism Stew: The picture of the red-headed fairy wearing purple was colored in with markers. Markers weren't invented until the 1940's, and markers for children wouldn't become available until even later.
Buffy Speak: "No, no, this is supposed to be a rock arch, not a twisty... branchy... tree arch!"
Call Forward: The Pirate Fairy has plenty of them including James being a younger Captain Hook, the birth of the alligator that would later bite off his hand, James having to use a hook to keep himself afloat on his debris while out in the ocean and the ship that picks him up having a younger Smee aboard it, James being able to (somewhat, with some inability at points) understand Fairy.
Cats Are Mean: Mean in the beginning, but later sedated by catnip.
Chatty Hairdresser: Rosetta is this, without the hairdresser part. But in the "bloopers" in the second movie's special features, she can be seen giving a manicure to an owl... Yes, you read that correctly.
Chekhov's Gun: In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescueearly in the movie, Tinker Bell examines the underside of the car belonging to Lizzy's father, and manages to figure out what makes it run. Later in the movie, after Lizzy's father has captured Vidia and intends to take her to the London museum, Tinker Bell uses this knowledge to stop the car, delaying him from reaching the museum long enough for Lizzy to catch up with him (with the help of the other fairies) and convince him to release Vidia.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The colors of the fairies' clothing typically has something to do with their talent; e.g., Water faries wear blue, Light fairies wear yellow, Garden fairies wear pink, and Winter fairies wear pale blue.
Distracted by the Sexy: In the first movie, when Tink first shows up in her classic mini dress, Bobble and Clank quickly forget the fight they were having just seconds ago. Considering that Tink is the poster girl for the Fairy Sexy trope, this isn't much of a shock.
Does Not Like Shoes: Fawn doesn't wear any in Great Fairy Rescue and some of the Pixie Previews that seem to be set around that time period.
Expy: Not sure if it would count, but Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is just a more dramatictized verson of the Tink North of Neverland book.
Fantasy-Forbidding Father: The Great Fairy Rescue has Lizzy's father and his single-minded insistence that his nine-year-old daughter shouldn't 'waste her time' on silly things like using her imagination or being a child.
Flat Earth Atheist: The only reasonable explanation for how scientists who would have been observing things like the lifecycles and development of insects under controlled conditions, could have possibly failed to note that there was something other than natural forces at work.
Graceful Loser: Glimmer doesn't mind healthy competition from the other fairies, and congratulates Rosetta when she performs well in one of the games. By contrast, her partner Rumble is a Sore Loser.
Hand Signals: Tinker Bell must describe to Lizzie all she wants to know about fairies without being able to communicate verbally.
Heel-Face Turn: Tink yelling at Vidia from Tinkerbell "When have you ever done anything for someone else?" Then in Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, she tells the group her role in getting Tink fairy-napped and they forgive/console her, later she pushes Tink out of the way and gets captured herself when Lizzy's father tries to capture Tink in a jar.
This is also Zarina's story arc in The Pirate Fairy.
Inksuit Actor: Several fairies, including Rosetta and Terence, bear striking resemblances to their voice actors.
Ironic Echo: On the first day of the Pixie Hollow Games, Rosetta shows up all dolled up and wearing a dress instead of something more suitable to a competition. She justifies this to Chloe by saying they've got no chance of winning anyway and "If we're going to look bad, we might as well look good doing it." Later, after Rosetta chokes and drops their position to dead last for the final race, Chloe sadly repeats this.
Body Language variant: Throughout the Games, the Storm Fairies' trademark gesture is a thumbs up, reinforcing their plan to win "One for the thumb". At the end, Glimmer gives her partner another thumbs up and a smile then smirks as she turns it around.
Jerk Jock: Pixie Hollow Games has Rumble, the male half of The Ace Storm Fairies team.
Just in Time: Lizzy and the fairies stop Lizzy's Dad just before he reaches the museum entrance.
Karma Houdini: Lizzy's father has a very large collection of pinned anthropomorphic butterflies. At best the movie ends with the implication he'll stop doing that in the future.
Magic A Is Magic A: Disney is surprisingly good with this trope. Anything that's not a bug, bird or bat needs pixie dust to fly, period. Fairies outside of a talent can't do that talent if it requires magic, and aren't very good if they can.
Magic Mirror: The Mirror of Incanta, which grants three wishes.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Secret of the Wings, Lord Milori has his Snowy Owl knock off the snowmaker off the bridge and into the stream, which gets stuck near the limitless ice on the winter shore, causing the snowstorm. This then causes the existence of the rest of Pixie Hollow to be threatened as it threatens to kill the Pixie Dust Tree. And yet, he becomes a Karma Houdini.
The various incidents that befell all the other Garden Fairies who previously participated in the Pixie Hollow Games.
The One Guy: While there are men in Pixie Hollow, they are very outnumbered compared to women. The only recurring males in the series that aren't Cameos are Terence, Bobble, Clank, and Fairy Gary.
Opposing Sports Team: In Pixie Hollow Games, the Storm Fairies Glimmer and Rumble are the team to beat, having swept the competition for four years straight and earning four champion rings. Their rallying cheer for this game is "One for the thumb!" Rumble plays this completely straight, while Glimmer is portrayed more sympathetically.
Science Is Wrong: A major point of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and it's surprisingly Anvilicious about it too. Some viewers were soured by the film's Awkward, if not downright Warped Aesop (do we really need a children's film where a skeptical biologist is the antagonist?)
Separated at Birth: Tinker Bell discovers she has a fraternal twin in Tinker Bell and the Secret of The Wings. Both get born from the same laugh but Tinker was the one who reached the Pixie Dust Tree in Pixie Hollow while Periwinkle got lost by the wind and reached the Pixie Dust Tree's branch in the Winter Woods.
Don't Split Us Up: Tinker and Peri try to found a way to be able to cross the border between the warm side and the Winter Woods and be together, since warm fairies's wings can get freeze at the cold weather and winter fairies's wings can't take hot temperatures.
Ship Tease: Terence and Tink, and it goes into Trolling Creator territory in Secret of the Wings with this exchange: speaking about Terence, Peri asks, "Is he your boyfriend?", Tink looks up and away and goes "Uuuhhhh...", and then they cut to the next scene.
Shout-Out: It might be coincidence, but Terence's "Forever is a pretty long time, so I hear" line is pretty similar to the "Forever is an awfully long time" line from the '03 movie.
In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, after Tinker Bell gets lost in a forest and ends up in a clearing, cute woodland bugs come out, surround her, and help her find her way ala Snow White.
Bobble and Clank are clearly a shout out to the great slapstick movie team Laurel and Hardy, especially when Bobble says "It certainly is".
Lizzie's crashing against the tree on her flight is a lot like the scene from "Kiki's Delivery Service".
Tink's frantic attempt to disable the car by pulling the fuel lines and wires, like Mrs. Brisby does with the tractor in The Secret of NIMH.
Start of Darkness: In Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, one particular member of Zarina's crew is a young man named James, who would later become Captain Hook.
Stay in the Kitchen: During the Pixie Hollow Games, Rumble mockingly tells Rosetta that garden fairies should focus on staying pretty — then laughs and pretends to apologize, adding that she already is.
What the Hell, Hero?: In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, after Tinker Bell tells the trolls everything she's done and been through in her effort to make the scepter and fix the Moonstone (which often involved getting angry with Terence), one of the trolls looks at her and declares, "You're not very nice!"