No, you can't tinker her bells.
"You're a... you're a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don't know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you're a very nice tiny person and what am I saying..."
A particular form of Our Fairies Are Different
, namely a pixie that's young, female and attractive. Doesn't generally wear too many clothes
, sometimes just leaves or flower petals. If the fairy is far smaller than human, Fridge Logic
The trope has at least some historical basis going back to Greek Mythology
, where just about every Nymph was Ms. Fanservice
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- Disney's cashing in on the sexy Tinker Bell thing with the Disney Fairies spinoff.
Anime & Manga
- Luis Royo's painting "Wings of Dreams" (contained in the art book Malefic) shows a nude fairy (riding a rat and menaced by a snake) with the caption "The story of snowy days, or fairies and moons. A place where long ears don't reduce the size of breasts, where butterfly wings don't force legs closed, where moonlight doesn't weaken a sensuous look and where danger doesn't wake up fear but challenge."
- A lot of Jasmine Becket-Griffith's work invokes this.
Films — Animation
- Fantasia has lengthy segments of tiny, (non-detailed) nude fairies who bring dew, Autumn, and frost during the Nutcracker suite.
- Crysta from FernGully.
- Peter Pan: Tinker Bell. Since it was a different day, her first appearance lacked a Magic Skirt.
- The Blue Fairy from Pinocchio is a slender fair-skinned blonde that wears an elegant glittery blue dress. When she offers the position of conscience to Jiminy Cricket he is somewhat dumbstruck by her beauty.
- Elinore from Wizards, who is ditzy and the size of a full-grown human.
- An obscure animated movie called The Magic Voyage had a Moon Fairy named Marilyn who fits this trope.
Films — Live-Action
- The Green Fairy Absinthe from Moulin Rouge!. Indeed, most depictions of the Green Fairy fall under this — but Moulin Rouge! has Kylie Minogue. Who is briefly voiced by Ozzy Osbourne.
- Narnia: In the 2005 film version, dryads can only become visible as blowing leaves, flower petals, etc., but they often take the shape of sexy humanoids wearing nothing but the petals.
- Peter Pan: Tinker Bell.
- The Ghost of Christmas Past in the 2004 film musical of A Christmas Carol has this appearance.
- Laughing Sisters, barmaids and Fanservice in Bloody Fist tavern, Waterdeep. They also help deal with "problem customers". And always giggle.
- Holly Black's Modern Tales of Faerie series portrays many types of faeries as much more beautiful than mortals — if a little bit inhuman-looking along with it.
- Holly from Artemis Fowl.
- A male example: Tybalt, the Cait Sidhe king from Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, definitely falls into this category and almost always appears in tight leather pants.
- Applecore in The War of the Flowers. Theo is somewhat disturbed when people ask if they're together, and to learn that the size difference can apparently be resolved through (magical) surgery.
Live Action TV
- Supernatural: Dean is attacked by a fairy (one too small for the audience to see) and gets distracted for a couple of seconds when he realizes it's a "tiny naked lady".
- All the fairies of Once Upon a Time have been played by attractive young women.
- Homestuck: Vriska convinces boy skylark Tavros to make a stand for daring and derring do, don his plucky "Pupa Pan" costume and fly to fight the horror awaiting which turns out to be her waiting in a skimpy fairy costume. At this point he falls into her web and her black widow motif goes Up to Eleven.
- Celia from The Order of the Stick is a human-sized fairy called a "Sylph". She's elemental-kin rather than fairy, even though in OotS sylphs aren't Always Female. Also, there are her cousins: Earth counterpart (though she doesn't looks like Pech) who was just quietly offed, and Fire who was killed off-screen. Celia was "lucky" enough to be "only" petrified.
- The Best Fairy Ever, in Axe Cop. She's dating Sockarang, who has to spend a lot of time brewing growth potions for her.
- In El Goonish Shive, the attractiveness of Nanase's fairy doll avatar is used to increase sales at the comicbook shop and on a meta level as fanservice.
- While more innocent fairy costumes are popular among young girls for fancy dress parties and Halloween, Hotter and Sexier versions of fairy costumes are popular with older teenagers and adult women for Halloween.