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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 [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]], 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 humanoid, usually with [[WingedHumanoid insect wings]], between one and twelve inches tall. Variations other than size include [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation skin]] or [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair hair]] colors, the type of wings they have, 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, often old-looking or childlike, humanoid between one and three feet tall. Leprechauns are the most common type seen, but other types such as Brownies, Redcaps or Spriggans are often common. [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] and even [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]] may also fall into this category.
* An inhumanly beautiful/graceful 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. Other common variations are water (often called Nereids or Undines) or tree/forest Fey (usually called Nymphs or Dryads). Others may have animal features, such as a stag's head, goat legs, or a fox's tail, or plant features like wooden skin or vines wrapping around their body (especially Nymphs/Dryads). These always seem to be near or at the top of the fairy totem pole. They'll usually be called some variation of "Fae" or "Sidhe"[[note]]pronounced "Shee"[[/note]].

Regardless of size, many fairies also have [[WingedHumanoid wings]], usually iridescent or Butterfly-like. Whether or not they have wings, and what kind they have, are often another difference between fairy species'.

But these are hardly the full extent of what Fairies can be. Just as [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] can encompass many related creatures, fairies can include other mythological/fantasy creatures such as [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]], [[NatureSpirit Nymphs]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Merfolk]], and even [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]]. They often hang around with animals (especially Unicorns), which might possibly be Fay (or the equivalent) themselves. Fay animals, on their part, may resemble a normal animal, or could have wings, unnatural skin/fur tones, or even anthropomorphic features, such as a Humanlike face or even body. These can also encompass other creatures, such as Kelpies, Cait Sith (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII no]]'') or {{Unicorn}}s.

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

Borrowing from British mythology, Fairies are often divided into Courts. The most common are the ''Seelie'' or Summer Court, and the ''Unseelie'' or Winter Court. Summer fairies are usually depicted are being more benevolent (for a given value of benevolent), and tend to include types like Sprites, Nymphs, Satyrs and High Elves. Winter Fairies on the other hand are typically seen as wicked, and include types like Redcaps, Boggarts, Trolls, and Dark Elves. This isn't always a case of AlwaysChaoticEvil, however, and it's just as possible for a Summer Fairy to kidnap a child as a Winter Fairy is to save you from a blizzard. Some works play it straight, while others see it as lighter and darker shades of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue and Orange]].

{{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 (fairies may not be harmless, and this can range from impulsively acting without consequence to outright wickedness)
* FairyCompanion (a fairy hanging around giving help)
* FairyInABottle
* FairyGodmother
* FairySexy
* HouseFey
* {{Leprechaun}} (most common Irish, as well as [[BizarreSexualDimorphism male]] fairy in fiction)
* SparkFairy

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

Compare OurAngelsAreDifferent, OurMermaidsAreDifferent.

Not to be confused with a euphemism for gay men.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/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.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has Izumi Orimoto (Zoe in the English dub), whose Human Spirit form is Fairymon (or Kazemon).
* In ''Anime/WandabaStyle'', one of the characters [[ImaginaryFriend sees invisible fairies]] that look like small, bald, musclebound, winged men.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' focuses heavily on a [[Myth/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 ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the {{Fairy Companion}}s Puck and Ivalera (stated to be of a race of Elves) are revealed to actually be [[http://www.mangareader.net/96-1144-125/berserk/chapter-24.html a sort of wind spirit.]]
* ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined'': 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/TheSevenDeadlySins'', 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 ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise, ''all'' fairies are different. They don't even look remotely human, being {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s instead, and every series shows another kind of fairies from different worlds. Most fairies can transform into something, e.g. {{Transformation Trinket}}s or humans, and some of them have special powers to support the heroines. A few [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo mascots]] [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure are]] [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure able]] [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure to]] [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure fight]], and two of them are even heroines themselves.
* In ''Anime/CardcaptorSakura'', many of the spirit forms of the Clow Cards appear humanoid, with a majority of them resembling elves or fairies.
* A few of the tiny humanoid variety appear in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia.'' They, along with the other [[FantasyKitchenSink magical creatures of the world]], are InvisibleToNormals, and they're the [[InterspeciesFriendship close friends]] of both [[TheMeanBrit England]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Norway]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': Faeries appear in multiple sets and planes as diminutive winged humanoids.
** In Lorwyn, they're often particularly insect-like, with insectoid legs and antennas, and are cruel and mean-spirited tricksters. Unlike other depictions, they don't live particularly long, often just a few years, and send their lives pursuing amusement, often at the expense of others. They're particularly fascinated by the dreams of other races, which they frequently harvest. The faeries and their Queen, Oona, are also [[spoiler:the only creatures not affected by the Great Aurora that periodically turns the idyllic Lorwyn into the dark and haunted Shadowmoor and back]]. There's also a variant of faeries named [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=%21Groundling+Pouncer groundlings]], which do not have wings.

[[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.
* Fairies in [[PolishMedia Polish comic book]] series ''[[ComicBook/LilIPut Lil i Put]]'' (Lil and Put) have coal-black skin, humanoid bodies with what appear to be cross between antennae and horns on top of their heads. They live in dark caves, are [[HigherTechSpecies technology obsessed and appear to be the most tech advance race in the land]] (to the point of making references to contemporary objects in contrast to series medieval setting) [[Theatre/PeterPan1904 Their language sounds like ringing of a bell]] which is represented by [[PictorialSpeechBubble drawings of bells in their speech bubbles]] (which leads to a [[VisualPun lot of variation depending on what their expressing at the moment.]] )

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* 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]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the vaguely Tolkienian Light Elves of Alfheim -- to the point where Prince Faradei is described as the in-universe inspiration for Legolas -- and the Faerie Courts of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', who are a fairly quintessential example of TheFairFolk. Even the Summer Fae can be a bit alien.
* ''Fanfic/TheirMidnightRevels'': There are some differences in Miranda and Ariel’s interactions with Thomas and Edith that are contrary to typical folklore portrayals. For example nothing goes wrong when Edith and Thomas eat the food in Faerie, perhaps because they are enchanted already, or because Miranda and Ariel swore that they were under their magical protection, nothing would happen to them. Also Miranda and Ariel make it clear that nothing is being done with Edith or Thomas’ free will. They ask them to join the Revels and later ask them to remain in Faerie letting them know all of the consequences beforehand.
** While O’Brien mentions the possibility that Sybil's child may be a changeling, one look shows that he is not, perhaps because Bobby was not taken by either his own free will or his parents'. Also, Miranda and Ariel’s characters evolve when they realize that they love Edith and Thomas.
* In ''Fanfic/TheCrystalCourt'', [[AdaptationSpeciesChange instead of aliens, here all of the gems are presented as different kinds of fairies]], their powers depending on what Court they belong to.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* 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 (or at least say the magic words "bibidi bobidi boo").
* Ralph Bakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' has human(ish)-sized elves with wings, elves without wings, and tiny winged fairies, too.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': The fairies look like [[FairySexy attractive]] humans with butterfly wings. They're very small, except the film operates on [[MouseWorld their scale]]. The have knights who can fly despite being fully armored. They live in a kingdom with other sentient races and seem to be the ruling class.
* Fairies also have a pivotal role in ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' and an environmental message.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'':
** Fairies that look like flying praying mantises... which can shapeshift 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. In the "Return of Mothra" films, they are accompanied by Fairy Mothra, essentially a toy-sized Mothra that acts as a guardian and transport.
* Both ''Film/PhotographingFairies'' and ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' are (loosely) based on the Cottingley Fairies.
* Many fairies appear in ''Film/{{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.
* Fairies appear prominently in ''Leapin' Leprechauns'' and it sequel ''Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns'', in the second film their queen joins the main cast of Leprechauns in their quest.

* 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 ''Literature/{{Elfstruck}}'', she makes a ticking noise like a clock and her wings are silver and crystal, with visible gearwork inside.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Faerie is more of a descriptor for certain kinds of creatures from the spirit world, particularly the ones that originate from the region called, well, Faery. The most prominent of the fay races is the incredibly humanoid, [[TheFairFolk achingly beautiful, frighteningly amoral Sidhe]] (pronounced as "She"). Others run the gamut from tiny, pizza-loving pixies, to hulking trolls, to centaurs and humanoid Billy Goats Gruff, and even possibly SantaClaus. Everything that shows up in the books that's not a mortal, vampire, deity, or demon is likely a kind of Faerie. All of them are burned by iron. Of course, to the Sidhe specifically, being called a "Fairy" is considered to be a slur, similar to calling a human an "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 that special LKH twist.
* Elphin from ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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'' and are very much TheFairFolk; people are afraid of them, they are very dangerous, and they 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 Creator/JackChalker's ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series take the place of our world's natural processes. They live eternal, but sadly limited, lives.
* The Rooftoppers in Creator/TadWilliams ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' quadrology although they don't have wings. Rather they use birds, bats and rats as transport.
* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'', also by Creator/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 ''Literature/TheTwelfthEnchantment'' fairies actually are [[spoiler:the undead.]]
* In ''Literature/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 ''Literature/TheHobbit'', the word "fairy" is occasionally used, but seems to be synonymous with [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]], much as ''The Hobbit'' refers to "goblins" where the same creatures in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are called "orcs".
* 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]].
* The ''Literature/JohnGolden'' series from Creator/RagnarokPublications has fairies create pocket-dimensions in computer networks. This necessitates humans called "Debuggers" physically entering them in order to slay the fae within. Otherwise they might play havoc with the data around them--or steal the souls of users.
* The Aellisar from the ''Literature/ClandestineDaze'' books are a modernized 21st century society which employs covert agents to influence events in the human world. They have their own countries, technology, and SpySpeak.
* The fae in ''Literature/StrangerAndStranger'' are taller than humans, gifted with a powerful type of magic called a Blessing,rarely have wings, and tend to isolate themselves from humans. For example, the fae of Duircean, where the book is set, live in a forest. The fae also practice something called "snatching", where they cast a spell over a human child to turn them into a changeling faerie (which they actually have legal right to do).
* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' takes the [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] trope and adjusts it to fit the [[RegencyEngland Georgian-era]] setting. The basic concept, as [[FootnoteFever one of the many easy-to-miss footnotes]] explains, is that logic and magical ability are diametrically opposed; humans have great powers of logic and very little magical skill, while Faeries have tremendous magical power but most of them would be considered severely mentally ill by human standards. Accordingly, they don't even need wings since they can travel wherever on Earth they want via the King's Roads, and they wear clothes that are made of broken dreams or are "[[FictionalColor the color of heartbreak]]" or that sing or scream. They also have tremendous powers that no human can fight while simultaneously having a wide variety of [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weaknesses]], and are shown to stay out of human affairs less for the standard reasons than because they just don't care--they'd rather be at their all-night balls. In other words, they're a ShadowArchetype of what human British society was like at the time.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'': Faeries only are seen in the world, when winter comes, as it is their duty to bring it to the world. Citizen of the world can't actually see their real appearances, instead of they only perceive a blue blur, thus don't think of them as actual people, but as a natural phenomenon.
* ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'' has various kinds of fairies, both humanoid and non-humanoid, though the only one to make an appearance so far is the Leanan Sidhe. Leanan Sidhe can designate a human (or multiple humans) as their lover, giving them inspiration but draining their life force in exchange. They are also invisible and intangible to everyone and everything that isn't their lover.
* Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway has two types of fairy: the benevolent cowsies and the ugly, malevolent goblins.

[[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.
** According to seasons 3 and 4, all fairies in the ONCE-verse are not all good wish granters and not always humanoid. The "Black Fairy" is said to be the most evil and most powerful dark fairy and also the giant demonic Chernabog (yes, [[http://www.doctordisney.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/night-on-bald-mountain-chernabog.jpg THAT]] Chernabog) is also heavily implied to also be a fairy.
* 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 petals that wrong the children they'd chosen to join them and spontaneously cause severe weather.
* In ''Series/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.
* The fairies in ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'' are known as Seelies. They are among the Downworlder species (species that are part demon) and have the distinction of also being part angel. They cannot tell lies, but are still considered untrustworthy. Meliorn is a Seelie that has an affair with Isabelle and helps Clary and Jace open a portal to another dimension in "The World Inverted".
* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': Fairies are all pale and wear light-colored clothing. Aside from that, they look basically like humans, though also [[BizarreAlienReproduction grow from mushrooms]]. They fit many of the folktale cliches, such as making exploitative deals with the humans, or switching others for their children.
* Zapped is a British TV series revolving around an office worker who is accidentally zapped into a fantasy universe. The laws of this fantasy land are enforced by big burly thuggish brutes called fairies whom can shapeshift into a more traditionally fairy-like small and agile form for traveling.

[[folder:Myth & Religion]]
* 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, Myth/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.

* The butterfly fairy in ''Pinball/{{Farfalla}}'' hangs out in flower gardens and entices players with her attractive looks.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
** [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Category:Fey_Type This list]] contains just ''some'' of the canon and fan-made species.
** 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 ''Arcana Evolved'', the fairies are made when either "Loresong" or "Quickling" Faen, essentially Elves and Halflings, secrete a sticky substance that becomes a chrysalis, and within 7 days time, the faen permanently metamorphs into a Spryte.
** In the TabletopGame/{{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'' come 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 [[IncrediblyLamePun 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, Burgundy wine turns you that color, and you should stay the hell away from the Frog's Legs, unless that's what you want.
* ''TabletopGame/TheSmallFolk'' has fairy folk whose ancestors were very traditional, but who've moved with the times to survive in the modern world.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Spites (often corrupted into “Sprites” in peasant folklore) are a kind of diminutive forest spirit found in woodlands throughout the Old World, and especially in the vast enchanted forest of [[TheLostWoods Athel Loren]]. In a callback to old fairy folklore, they’re universally cruel tricksters with extremely nasty tempers, and not to be trifled with lightly. They’re adept shapeshifters, and can appear as glowing orbs of light, tiny elves riding beetles or black birds or skeletal horses, diminutive winged humanoids, odd-looking forest animals or anything else they’ve a mind to.

* 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 ''Theatre/{{Peter Pan|1904}}'' isn't a humanoid figure but just a floating point of light, and her voice is represented by the tinkling of bells.
* 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]].

[[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 butterfly wings.
** The true form of Veran, [[EvilSorceress Sorceress of Shadows]] and BigBad of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'', is that of an evil fairy.
* 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/BravelyDefault'' has Airy, a crystal fairy [[spoiler: who turns out to be the BigBad and a despicable liar who serves an EldritchAbomination.]]
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/LaTale'', [[ElementalEmbodiment sylphs]] 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy''.
** Also, despite the fact that they don't age physically, faeries can age in personality. This becomes a minor plot point in the [[VideoGame/AtelierIris3GrandPhantasm third Atelier Iris game]], in which an npc gets majorly weirded out by a fairy talking like an old man.
* Fairies are also recurring {{Mook}}s and/or RedShirts in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', and occasionally appear as bosses. They're still mischievous like most depictions of fairies, but sometimes they take it too far, like pushing people off cliffs or setting them on fire as "pranks". They aren't actively malicious (which puts them ahead of most of the [ToServeMan man-eating]] {{Yokai}} in the setting), they just assume that everybody has ResurrectiveImmortality since they have it. They also suffer from some problems like TheFogOfAges and general stupidity, meaning they never learn their lessons. There are fairies who live in Hell, too, as evidenced by Clownpiece, who's strong enough to be the KingMook boss of the fifth stage in ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom''.
** Special mention deserves to go to Cirno, one of the franchise's more popular characters. She calls herself the strongest being in Gensokyo, [[BoisterousWeakling but is only a Stage 2 boss at best]]; on the other hand, it has been noted by other characters that she's abnormally strong for a fairy. She also calls herself a genius, which is only true when compared to other fairies, since she's literate and her attention span is slightly longer than average. Since she's immortal like all fairies, her GaidenGame ''Fairy Wars'' doesn't use a LifeMeter, but rather a "Motivation Meter", and if it empties [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny she forgets what she was doing]] [[NonStandardGameOver and wanders off to do something else]].
* The fairies from the ''VideoGame/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/LaMulana'', 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 ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series is called Sol Titanion. It is a fire-specialized robot who is inspired by the fairy queen Titania.
* The UsefulNotes/GameboyAdvance installment of ''VideoGame/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.
* Fairies appear as heroes (and therefore, usually antagonists to the player) in both the original ''VideoGame/{{Dungeon Keeper}}'' and its sequel. In both games they are humanoid with dragonfly-type wings and fly, but are of a similar size to human heroes. They are potent spellcasters and fast-moving but rather weak in combat and have few hit points, making them both [[GlassCannon Glass Cannons]] and [[FragileSpeedster Fragile Speedsters]]. In both games, they can be converted to the player's side.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' have always had a few creatures that are based on fairies and fairy-like creatures. Many of them are [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter small adorable creatures]] like Clefairy, Roselia and Snorunt. All of them belong to an egg group (a classification of Pokemon that can [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction breed with each other]]) called the Fairy egg group (including SeriesMascot Pikachu). It wasn't until ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' that Fairy was introduced as an actual type in order to [[{{Nerf}} combat the overpowered]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon types]], and many older Pokemon [[{{Retcon}} were given the new type]]. These range from the previously mentioned Clefairy, to more mystic ones like Gardevoir and devious ones like Mawile. The Fairy-types introduced in later generations include the elegant and stately Florges, the mischievous key-stealing Klefki, Ribombee, which approaches the traditional winged humanoid image by way of being a humanoid bee, and the [[OlympusMons legendary]] Xerneas, [[TheMarvelousDeer a massive deer]] and effectively a god of rebirth.
* 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.
* The combo fairies of ''Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'' resemble flying balls of light that circle around Donkey Kong in larger numbers the longer his combos get.
* Kyu from ''VideoGame/HuniePop'' is a love fairy, which means basically she goes out to hopeless young men and helps them find romance. She can also produce a device for tracking women, and turn invisible and change colour at will. She's also TheLadette.
-->'''Kyu, after eating pizza''': Mmmmmm, ''fuck'', that's good! Yo, I'm about to bust a nut over here!"
* In ''VideoGame/FaeryLegendsOfAvalon'', the titular faeries come in various shapes and sizes. The player character is small by human standards, but there are faeries who are even smaller. Their wings and other attributes vary, but are generally insect-derived (dragonflies, butterflies, etc). They can also be a variety of colours — your own character can be particularly striking, if you use the [[CharacterCustomization character creator]]. They raise in attractiveness from FairySexy to {{Gonk}}.
* Willo from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a fairy who looks like a [[PlantPeople plant-based organism]], with her clothes and body appearing to be merged to a certain degree. She may be the size of a small child, but with her wand and seedlings, she's a powerful damage champion that specializes in explosive area damage.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Since all the characters in ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', any humanoid or animal with an aura is counted as a fae. The drowalath (black drow), drowussu (grey drow) and vanir (light elves) are the dominant kinds. There are also fairies, also known as Locust Queens, who are small humanoid/insect hybrids, and are considered vermin by the Drow.
* ''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 ''Webcomic/VirtualPetPlanet'' has a race of Pixies that basically run everything. Some of them even sell curious wares.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Nanase's 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.
** 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 has an item-summoning spell that, when she tries to summon one of Nanase's Fairy Dolls, winds up creating a fairy not unlike Dex's, which independently acts on the emotions and desires [[BrokenBird Susan herself doesn't want to express]].]]
** Eventually, it's revealed that there are, in fact, real fairies. [[spoiler:They're the "immortals" that have been part of the storyline all along. Why they stopped using that name is unclear, but Heka insists on continuing to use it, on the grounds that there's more than one type of creature with immortality and they need to have distinct names.]]
* The Fey in the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'' are fairly badass swords-and-sorcery fairies. Smart people don't mess with them.
* Fairies in ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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.]]
* ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'':
** Greg 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/CharbyTheVampirate'': The faeries of Kellwood are split into the Seelie and Unseelie courts and are size shifting humanoids with butterfly like wings and an attraction to power.
* ''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.
* ''Webcomic/TheWolfAtWestonCourt'': Faeries are [[OneGenderRace all-female]] human-sized creatures with pointed ears, retractable wings, and a penchant for gun powder. They have no apparent ''magical'' advantage over other races, but they pride themselves in their powerful military. At the time of the story, they wear World War I-esque uniforms (with open backs for the wings) and their canon accent is standard American.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{Defection}}'': Fairies are any sentient being not currently residing in their dimension of origin, I.E. A dimensional traveler. Strange things happen when you aren't where you are supposed to be.
* Website/{{Everything2}} has detailed [[FauxToGuide instructions]] of how to [[BlackComedy gather]] [[http://everything2.com/title/Pixie+dust#DonJaime pixie dust]].
* In ''Literature/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.
* ''{{Literature/Moonflowers}}'' is a FantasyKitchenSink set in Ireland, where the traditional version of TheFairFolk are {{Nature Spirit}}s... and TheWildHunt is a hundred-strong group of warriors terrorizing the rural areas, whose leader the Horned Hunter is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[NatureIsNotNice predators.]] They cursed the Asian-American protagonist and her family to impending death in a ritual hunt called [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the Fairy Raid,]] which has pissed off a growing number of deities.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Eleenin's fairies are summoned to help in combat, rather than being a FairyCompanion. Also, they're transparent.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Willow from ''WesternAnimation/AKindOfMagic'' is a humanoid fairy.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieFairytopia'' and ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAFairySecret'' has Barbie and friends as fairies.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is about fairies that have taken up the task of watching over a miserable human child in need. There is, however, a distinction between a fairy and a fairy godparent. Fairies are able to roam free in fairy world, living as they please. By going to the Fairy Academy, a fairy can become a fairy godparent and get assigned to a godchild. Fairy godparents have more power in reality warping than normal fairies, and are trained in happy wishmaking, as shown in "This Is Your Wish".
** The leader of the fairies is a muscular Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger-inspired character named Jorgen Von Strangle. This is because creator Creator/ButchHartman thought it would be funny to have the fairy leader be someone you'd least expect, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was the first thing that came to his mind.
* ''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.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' one episode briefly features an actual fairy, which is accidentally killed by Soos, to the horror of the twins. In another episode, one acts as a mosquito and tries to bite Stan, and it is later shown that fairy dust acts as as {{unicorn}} knock-out gas.
* 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]][[spoiler: which is what they did to Princess Cadence before her wedding.]]
* The fairies from the Amalgamated Do-Gooding Fairies in ''Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?''
* ''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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia'', Fairies are actually another ''race'' of Filly entirely. One of the main characters, Will, is one of them.
* The French series ''WesternAnimation/AvezVousDejaVu'' features two. One, "la fée fagot" (the faggot[[note]]In the British sense of "bundle of sticks"[[/note]] fairy), is the "tiny flying humanoid" type and grants wishes, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext but only to wood]] ([[Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio Pinocchio]] is a frequent recipient/victim). The other, human-sized, is a [[TheSlacker lazy bum]] who uses magic to do everything without ever getting up from her couch.
* A fairy befriends Flora in episode "Adventures on Big Island" of the 2000s ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' series.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies Cottingley Fairies]] were supposedly photos of actual fairies (small and winged, not the [[TheFairFolk other]] [[TheWildHunt kind]]) in 1917. A numbers of celebrities were caught up in the hype, including Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, before the cousins who took the photos confessed they were fake. They still claimed to have seen actual fairies, and one cousin would later insist that [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cc/Cottingley-sunbath.jpg one]] of the pictures (the lowest-quality one, incidentally) was real. Also served as the inspiration for [[DuelingMovies two]] films in [[ExtyYearsFromNow 1997]]: ''Film/PhotographingFairies'' and ''Film/FairytaleATrueStory''.