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

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

Do not confuse with ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes; this trope is about EnergyBeings or FacelessMasses that may or may not [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkle]]. See also WillOTheWisp (point of light that leads unwary travelers into danger) and HitodamaLight (floating flame that represent ghosts).
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[[AC:Anime & Manga]]
* This trope actually becomes motive for ''murder'' in ''Furuhata Ninzaburou'' a very eccentric editor decides to change the lime-green points of light to ''red'' points of light for the hell of it. The original artist flipped out and bashed the editor's head in. (Art is SeriousBusiness.)

[[AC:Film-Animated]]
* The Pyreflies in Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' were depicted this way, more or less.
* The Blue Fairy from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' first appears as a bright light that looks like a star before [[BallOfLightTransformation taking the form of]] a beautiful woman. Then she departs in the same way.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': The scenes with Ray's family have ''both'' detailed fireflies in the foreground and points of light in the background. Because the stars look like fireflies that are just further away, one of the fireflies has [[StarCrossedLovers tragically (and ironically) fallen in love with a star.]]

[[AC:Film-Live Action]]
* In the 1999 film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the fairy characters have this form at the beginning of the movie, when they arrive, and at the end, when they leave.
* The ghosts/angels in the opening of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' are seen as celestial bodies that flicker when they speak.
* Done with the tail-end UFO in ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
* Bit from ''Film/{{Tron}}'' is the personification of an on-off bit. It is basically a Disney sidekick fairy [[InSpace in Cyberspace]].

[[AC:Literature]]
* Some of the smaller [[ElementalEmbodiment spren]] in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' are described as this such as lifespren (small green sparks) and rotspren (tiny red points of light).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry summons a tiny glowing pixie named [[PunnyName Elidee]] to serve as a guide in ''Literature/SummerKnight''. She has a body, but you have to look very closely.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Fear, Itself", Willow summons a fairy like this to guide her out of the haunted house. However, the spell is warped by the demon haunting the place and her own lack of focus, leading to her being chased around by a swarm of little floating lights.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The nanogenes in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]] are floating pinpricks of light, much larger than "nanogenes" would imply.
** The Megara from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E3TheStonesOfBlood "The Stones of Blood"]].
* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' has the Sidhe depicted as blue points of light, but due to Merlin's magic powers, we get some lovely FX shots of them in all their scary magical glory.
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the microscopic [[SiliconBasedLife crystalline aliens]] referred to humans as "[[HumansAreUgly ugly bags of mostly water]]."
* The fairy in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is shown on screen as a ball of golden light. When you get a closer look, though...
--> '''Dean:''' ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "...Nipples?"]]''

[[AC:Theatre]]
* Tinkerbell in ''Theatre/PeterPan'' and adaptations is commonly depicted as a glowing ball of light (dragonfly wings optional), based on the original medium using a small light reflected from a mirror and a tinkling bell.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* All the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games have fireflies shown as points of light, until you catch one of them.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', any game ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' or later (unless it's ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'') depicts fairies as a ball of glowing light with dragonfly wings. Additionally in ''Ocarina of Time'', the air of the Kokiri forest is full of small, flying dots of light.
* A magical spell in ''VideoGame/{{Nox}}'' summons a small swarm of fairies that circle Jack until an enemy approaches, at which point they go kamikaze on the enemy. The fairies never appear as anything more than yellow sparks.
* The fairies in the first ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' game are little balls of light of various colors. The ones in the fourth game, however, are far more detailed.
* Fairies in ''VideoGame/{{Stonekeep}}'' can apparently switch between spark-fairy mode and detailed mode.
* Flying points of light (presumably insects) are an important plot element in one Are of ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}''. They're attracted to your character, but dislike crossing water or getting rained on.

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