"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. The trope has at least some historical basis going back to Classical Mythology, where just about every nymph was Ms. Fanservice (which is why we used to call promiscuous women nymphomaniacs). However, the Trope Codifier is Disney's iconic Tinker Bell.
open/close all folders
- Disney's cashing in on the sexy Tinker Bell thing with the Disney Fairies spinoff.
Anime & Manga
- Puck and Evarella, the Fairy Companions of Guts and Schierke respectively, are very much this. Interestingly, the male elf, Puck, is practically naked (though he lacks genitals), whereas Evarella has something of a skirt to hide her womanly parts.
- Subverted by Rosine, who first appears as this. However, she isn't actually an elf but an Apostle, and once she goes One-Winged Angel, what started as Fanservice turns into Fan Disservice.
- The people of the Flower Star in Hana no Ko Lunlun are beautiful humanoid creatures and some have butterfly wings. Fairy Nubo is a handsome male humanoid with butterfly wings.
- In Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, Miyuki lands on two lingerie-clad flower fairies named "Lily" and "Violet." It's implied that she interrupted a romantic romp...and (of course) they want her to join them.
- Rosario + Vampire:
- The Lilith mirror sprite is very attractive. She also wears a sheer slip as clothing, leaving very little if anything at all to the imagination. In the anime, it's blue, but still pretty see-through.
- 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."
Films — Animation
- Fantasia has lengthy segments of tiny, (non-detailed) nude fairies who bring dew, Autumn, and frost during the Nutcracker suite.
- Crysta, the female lead from FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a pretty, young fairy who wears a midriff-bearing red dress.
- Peter Pan: Tinker Bell. Since it was a different day, her first appearance lacked a Magic Skirt. The popular claim is that she is modeled after Marilyn Monroe. It's not hard to see how someone would come to that conclusion.
- 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. Additionally she was modeled after Jean Harlow, noted blonde bombshell of the era.
- The Tooth Fairy from Rise of the Guardians is portrayed as a pretty woman with hummingbird-like features.
- Every fairy, male or female, in Strange Magic is fairly attractive except for their king, who is a case of Adipose Rex. The two Fairy Princesses in it play it straight - Dawn is a blond, blue-eyed Princess Classic, while older sister Marianne is a brunet Action Girl. The Bog King certainly thinks this is the case with Marianne.
- The movie Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure feature Red as a sexy fairy.
- Elinore from Wizards, is a human sized fairy with a very transparent Stripperiffic outfit.
- Hercules has a group of nymphs playing around before getting chased by Phill. They have a very brief appearance in the movie, though some get featured in few episodes of the tv show, in particular Phil's girlfriend Syrinx, is very attractive.
Films — Live-Action
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: 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.
- They're only briefly seen in Labyrinth but the fairy Sarah sees is an attractive, scantily clad female. Too bad fairies are vermin that bite people. Arguably, the (human-sized) Spear Counterpart of this trope is the Painted-On Pants-wearing Goblin King, who's one of the most famous examples of The Fair Folk and of Mr. Fanservice.
- Oona from Legend (1985).
- The fairies in Pan's Labyrinth try to adopt this appearance for Ofelia as A Form You Are Comfortable With, but they're not very good at it; their natural form is something more like a praying mantis.
- Laughing Sisters, barmaids and Fanservice in Bloody Fist tavern, Waterdeep. They also help deal with "problem customers". And always giggle.
- Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales series portrays many types of faeries as much more beautiful than mortals — if a little bit inhuman-looking along with it.
- 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.
- The Dresden Files describes most Fae as being of unearthly beauty. Even the ones you could step on. Harry's buddy Toot-Toot is just as beautiful as the Lords of Faerie, just scaled down to about six inches. The small fae are never described in any sexual terms, but the human-sized ones like Maeve, Lea, Aurora and Mab are an entirely different story.
- This applies in the book version of Peter Pan, too; Tinkerbell is described as "slightly inclined to embonpoint".
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".
- Once Upon a Time:
- The Blue Fairy's outfit is painted on. Although, while in Storybrooke, the fairies' human personas are nuns, so they dress more conservatively, even after regaining their memories and power.
- Tinker Bell wears a short green dress similar to the one in Disney's animated version of Peter Pan.
- The spin-off introduces us to the fairy Silvermist, who it turns out had a fling with Will Scarlett.
- Faries in True Blood are considered extremely attractive and enticing (specially towards vampires, who find their blood deeply intoxicating). Played with, since it turns out their ethereal looks are an illusion projected into other minds and their real forms are less pleasant-looking, resembling goblins. With that said, those with fae ancestry not only inherit their limited powers, but their beauty too such as Sookie Stackhouse and her brother Jason though he only got the looks. This trope gets lampshaded by Holly Cleary when she complains that Andy's daughter (a Half-Human Hybrid) seduced her son using her fairy charm.
- The butterfly fairy from Farfalla, who's wearing nothing but a gossamer robe and a smile.
- A common trait of the Fairest from Changeling: The Lost. All changelings are shaped by the purposes for which they were used while they were in Arcadia, and the Fairest are those changelings who were made to satisfy the aesthetic or sexual whims of their Fae masters. As a result, even those Fairest who started out unattractive will come out the other side looking quite pretty... although whether you consider that a good thing depends on your perspective. Many other changelings are similarly warped by their Durance, coming out of Arcadia looking significantly different from how they did when they entered. Sometimes, it results in this trope, but other times, not so much.
- The raksha of Exalted can reshape their physical forms at will, which means they'll usually give themselves the sexiest body they can manage (assuming they're not trying to scare you, at least). This satisfies their famously enormous egos, while also making a great lure for drawing mortals close to feed on.
- Nymphs in Dungeons & Dragons are so supernaturally beautiful that, depending on the edition of the game, they're capable of blinding or even outright killing mortals who see them (the death effect was typically caused by seeing them naked).
- The eponymous character from La Sylphide (or The Sylph). She's a beautiful fairy that attracts the protagonist enough to chase after her on his wedding day.
- Pixies in Shin Megami Tensei games tend to be depicted like this (an example◊, from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne). This is to help emphasize how they're among the few supernatural creatures not likely to rip your throat out the instant they see you.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Great Fairies from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time wear ridiculously little clothing — they're more wrapped up in vines than anything else. Though to some players, they come off as more creepy than sexy...
- Though in Hyrule Warriors, they're definitely sexy.◊
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the "attractive young Great Fairies" return (after being replaced in Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap by more abstract-looking fairies), but instead of vine-clothing, they have Godiva Hair, a much higher polygon count, and no creepy voice.
- During the second battle with her (not counting the battles where she's possessing someone) in Oracle of Ages, Veran reveals her "hideous" true form to be a dark blue Great Fairy... with the same face, the same curvaceous body, and an even skimpier outfit. Yeah, sure, hideous. Right.
- Betilla the Nymph and her sisters in Rayman Origins, who have large breasts and ridiculously wide hips that swivel every time you save one of them.
- The pixies in Shining the Holy Ark generally show a lot of skin. The Pixie is in what seems like a skin-tight swimsuit. The Succubus likes to show off her ass. While the Incubus provides some eye-candy for the ladies. Also the Queen of the pixies shows a lot of cleavage.
- Tiki◊ and the rest of her kin in Dragon's Crown fall into this by virtue of every single one of them being Expies of Tinkerbell and her fairy friends. Tiki especially; the only outward differences between her and Tinkerbell is that Tiki has Girlish Pigtails and is drawn by George Kamitani, which means her physical features are more pronounced.
- The Fairies in Dungeon Keeper 2, who are way sexier than the in the first game.
- Stormlord's fairies are naked blondes with wings.
- Bravely Default has Airy, a crystal fairy comes with Zettai Ryouiki, being the Big Bad, she follows the tradition of having many forms, which one of them takes it Up to Eleven by crossing Bishonen Line, the other two alternate forms on the other hand...
- Its sequel has the same thing with Anne, Airy's equally evil older sister
- Fantastic Night Dreams Cotton has the bikini-wearing redhead Silk.
- The NSFW Bloomin' Faeries! relies on the increasingly kinky hijinks of a mischievous fairy who wears (at most) a long loincloth, and a halter that barely contains her head-sized breasts. When other fairies appear, they wear variants of the same costume.
- 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.
- Tinkerbell yet again in Cheshire Crossing, or at least Peter seems to think so thanks to suddenly having puberty thrust upon him. She reciprocates enthusiastically. As for the problem of scale? This is a Massive Multiplayer Crossover which includes Alice In Wonderland, so there are workarounds.
- In The Wolf At Weston Court Elgin finds the Faeries "intriguing" for this reason. On their part, the Faeries don't make an effort to be sexy, but the open-backed clothes must draw attention.
- The Legend of Neil features a remarkably slutty fairy in a leaf bikini.
- The various faeries in Neopets. Not too fanservicey, as it is a site used by kids, but their depictions are still quite good-looking.
- In Tales of MU it's considered taboo for nymphs to wear any clothing, due to their infamous beauty being considered a gift from nature. Thus, Amaranth runs around stark naked all the time, except for her Nerd Glasses. Except when she's in private, wherein she wears clothing for the texture.
- The Tooth Fairy from The Fairly Oddparents is recognized as the most beautiful fairy.
- Titania, the Bean Sidhe, and the Lady of the Lake from Gargoyles. In the case of Titania, Greg Weisman is on record stating that 'she's got it, so she flaunts it'.
- Sabrina: The Animated Series:
- A variation where the faeries are two attractive teenagers named Dawson and Felicity (wonder what that's referencing). Although they're disguised as humans, all they need to do is hide their wings and feelers.
- Cassandra invokes this when she gets the part of Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She gets excited about dressing up in a sexy costume since Harvey will be acting alongside her.
- The Spring Spirit in the Samurai Jack episode The Four Seasons of Death. A beautiful slender wood nymph with pale white skin, long flowing hair, almost completely transparent wisps of cloth covering her lady bits, and a soft gentle voice provided by Grey Delisle.
- 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.