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Based on the Disney Animated Canon's take on Peter 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 as a counterpart to the Disney Princess franchise that would catch the interest of older girls and includes two series of chapter books (Disney Fairies, set after the movie, and The Never Girls, set in the present day), junior novels (three done by Gail Carson Levine), seven 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, The Pirate Fairy, and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast), a comic published in several countries, dolls, and other merchandise. There would also be two now-defunct online games based on the movies, Pixie Hollow Online (an MMO) and Disney Fairies: Fashion Boutique.

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There are some differences from the "official" continuity, mainly in Tinker Bell's characterization—Tink is now a Plucky Girl MacGyver, to fit more into the trends in the target demographic. The books are not of the same continuity as the films, containing many different characters and conceptual differences (Mother Dove, for example, was a major factor in the Never Land of the books).

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. Disneytoon Studios, which made those sequels, ditched their hand-drawn equipment for CG and were then completely focused on this franchise, as well as the newer series called Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars movies.

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Come Secret of the Wings, the series began to be phased out due to sales figures not matching to Disney's expectations. As such, further films have been cancelled for the time being, with Legend of the Neverbeast being the last entry in the franchise. With the closure of Disneytoon Studios following sexual misconduct allegations towards John Lasseter, the fate of the film series remains indefinite.

Compare Disney Princess and Frozen.

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    List of Disney Fairies books 

    Gail Carson Levine's trilogy 
  1. Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (2005)
  • Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand (2007)
  • Fairies and the Quest for Never Land (2010)

    Graphic Novel Series (Original Series) 
  1. Prilla's Secret (April 13, 2010)
  2. Tinker Bell and the Wings of Rani (June 22, 2010)
  3. Tinker Bell and the Day of the Dragon (October 26, 2010)
  4. Tinker Bell to the Rescue (December 7, 2010)
  5. Tinker Bell and the Pirate Adventure (March 1, 2011)
  6. A Present for Tinker Bell (July 19, 2011)
  7. Tinker Bell: The Perfect Fairy (January 17, 2012)
  8. Tinker Bell and Her Stories for a Rainy Day (includes four short stories, including "The Impossible Portrait," "Dulcie's Sweets," "Butterfly's Wings," and "Stories Under the Rain") (April 20, 2012)

    Graphic Novel Series (Reboot) 
  1. Tinker Bell and Her Magical Arrival
    • Adaptation of the Tinker Bell film.
  2. Tinker Bell and the Lucky Rainbow
  3. Tinker Bell and the Most Precious Gift
  4. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
    • Adaptation of the film of the same name.
  5. Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games
    • Adaptation of the special of the same name.
  6. Tinker Bell and Blaze
  7. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings
    • Adaptation of the film of the same name.
  8. Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
    • Adaptation of the film of the same name.
  9. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
    • Adaptation of the film of the same name.
  10. Tinker Bell and Her Magical Friends
  11. Tinker Bell and the Flying Monster
  12. Tinker Bell and the Not-So-Secret Secret

    Guidebooks 
  • Welcome to Pixie Hollow

    Others 
  • The Petite Fairy's Diary: A oneshot manga about a fairy named Petite, who is trying to discover her talent before the Moon Banquet, where all fairies are to showcase their talents to Queen Clarion.

Tropes regarding the franchise as a whole:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The novel states that Tinker Bell is a tinker who mends the pots and pans. Disney Fairies ran wild with this.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Terence in the books is fairly scruffy-looking, with thrown-together-looking clothes and messy hair. The movies make him out to look like most non-threatening Teen Idols- wispy features, high cheekbones and dewey hair.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Silvermist was perfectly normal in the chapter books, being somewhat clever, hard-working and with her main character trait being a calm, unflappable demeanor. The movies turn her into a complete space-case who can't even tell irony or exaggeration from fact ("And she just exploded!" "*gasp!* She exploded!?").
  • Adapted Out: Mother Dove, Rani and Prilla are major, major characters in the first book, and reappear in both the chapter books and sequel novels. The movies drop them all entirely, as well as more background characters like Fira, Dulcie, Lily and more.
  • Aerith and Bob: Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Iridessa, Vidia, Bobble (although his real name is Phineas), Clank... compared with Terence, Mary, Rosetta and others. The books continue this, with odd names such as Prilla, Fira and Rani interacting with some very plain, ordinary names in side characters.
    • "Terence" is a possible Shout-Out to Terry Moore, creator of Strangers in Paradise. The guidebook even says he likes strawberry cake, just like Moore's pixie character, Kixie.
  • All There in the Manual: One for the bookverse and one for the movieverse, as well as a few other books.
  • Alternate Continuity: Several aspects of Pixie Hollow are different between the books and the movies. The continuity is essentially 100% different — the origin of Pixie Dust/Fairy Dust, the status of Mother Dove (major in the novel; not a thing in the movies), and more. Moreover, the books treat Peter Pan as events of the recent past — the films clearly are prequels (set many years in the past of the original movie).
    • In the films, fairies bring seasons to the mainland; they do no such thing in the books. There are no Winter Fairies in the books, and nothing mentions a fairy's weakness to cold weather.
    • 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 fairy'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.
    • Lost Treasure is The Film of the Book of Tink, North of Never Land, yet the movies are prequels to the Peter Pan movies and the books are set some time after them.
    • An odd one, but, Vidia's characterization is different. In the books, she never befriends Tink and her friends (in fact, being consistently characterized as an insincere, often cruel fairy usually getting one moment to taunt the lead character in each book), but in the movies, she becomes a member of the core 6. Unofficial second in command at that.
    • The books are effectively an entirely different continuity with regards to the Mother Dove character. In the books, she is responsible for the creation of Pixie Hollow, the egg that keeps everyone on Never Land permanently young, and even the fairy dust! In the movies, she never appears, and the dust comes from a magical jewel that creates "blue dust".
    • Numerous characters from the books do not appear in any movie. In fact, the main characters of the first book are Rani, Prilla and Vidia, with Mother Dove and Tinker Bell being very important. Only Vidia and Tink appear in the film series at all. Fira is the main Light Fairy as well, and does not appear elsewhere. The movies swap in Rosetta, Fawn, Iridessa and Silvermist, none of whom appeared in the first novel at all, as part of the Main Cast.
    • Fairies in the books feature many traits never shown in the movies. Book fairies never say "sorry", "excuse me" or call someone "Miss _____". They say things like "Fly with you" (be well) or "I'd fly backwards if I could" (I'm sorry). Additionally, they always refer to humans as "Clumsies" as a casual term.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 0. The Pixie Dust Tree was destroyed in a battle, and the fairies' existence was in peril, but Never Land saved them with Mother Dove.
    • Tinker Bell's personality is spikier in the books than in the films, where she is very kindhearted and a bit naive, only losing her temper once or twice.
  • 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.
  • Born as an Adult: Fairies come into the world as teens/young adults.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the Peter Pan novel, it's stated that Tinker Bell mends the pots and pans for the fairies (given "Tinker" is in her name). In Disney Fairies, Tink becomes a miniature MacGyver. And it works.
  • Clock Punk: The Tinker Fairies use this a lot.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Tink and her dress.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Never Land, for all its wonders, is fraught with deadly peril - not to mention any fairy anywhere could potentially drop dead from disbelief at any time.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Vidia, especially in her focus book. While impolite, short-tempered, cruel and sarcastic, she was not a thief, and only the resentment from being treated like one made her consider stealing the Fairy Crown at all.
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Light fairies such as Iridessa control and manipulate rainbows.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Well, you do gotta have the fairy dust.
  • 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 adaptations, including distinctions for blonde, brunette and redheaded white girls for some reason. (Fawn was likely supposed to be Latina, but has been recast twice with white actresses and redesigned, so it's hard to tell now.)
  • Flanderization: Inverted; Tinker Bell's feisty, jealous and sadistic side from the original Peter Pan novel is mostly gone in the movie 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. Or Took a Level in Jerkass considering the movies at least all play before she meets Peter.
    • The books keep Tinker Bell's famous temper and jealousy, though she is kind and gentle to her friends. She openly despises Vidia, and is shown in the first novel as having very little patience for the new fairy, Prilla.
  • Formally Named Pet: Mr. Twitches, Lizzie's pet cat.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Animal fairies such as Beck and Fawn. Tinker Bell... not quite so much.
  • 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, however, is addressed as "Fairy Gary".
    • "Fairy" could be something to add on to anyone who's the head of that particular talent, as the head of the tinker fairies is called "Fairy Mary". Fira isn't called "Fairy Fira", but even though she's the head of the light fairies, the others tend to treat her more like a very talented peer than a boss (likely due to her age).
  • 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.
  • MacGyvering: Tinker Bell, oh so much.
  • Made of Good: They are stated to be born of a child's first laugh.
  • Meaningful Name: Many of the fairies have a name relating to his or her job.
  • Merchandise-Driven: The series of books led to a handful of toys made — usually simple one-piece plastic things. The movies were a driving force in getting Disney Fairies dolls into stores, and each successive movie led to a big push for one particular character (Secret of the Wings for Periwinkle, The Pirate Fairy for Zarina, and Legend of the Never Beast for a redesigned Fawn).
  • Our Fairies Are Different
  • Prequel: The film series is set before Tinker Bell hooks up with Peter Pan. All three book series are set after she leaves him and comes back to Pixie Hollow.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In both mediums the fairies are surprisingly strong for their size. Zarina actually blocks a sword from a human being and can throw blades many times her size.
  • Plucky Girl: Tinker Bell.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Queen Clarion, with her shiny crown and dress made of Pixie Dust.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The forest critters and bugs.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Tinker Bell items around the holidays have her in her green dress trimmed with fur. Or the dress will be red.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Inverted; most characters are female.
    • In the movies, you can see plenty of male extras in the background.
    • And more than a few male major characters.
  • The High Queen: Queen Clarion (sometimes called Queen Ree in the books).
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Vidia.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: The Season Ministers, Bobble, Clank, and the bird of prey.
    • 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.
  • Utopia: Pixie Hollow is basically a commune.
  • Vague Age: How old are they supposed to be, again?
    • In the first film Tinker Bell seems to be born as an adult. All of the fairies seem to be the same generic "young adult" age, save a handful of backgrounders, Queen Clarion and Lord Milori. Essentially, Fairies in positions of power tend to look a bit aged.
    • 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.
  • Winged Humanoid: Well, natch.
  • Wolverine Publicity: To the point that much of the later merchandise comes in two editions: one "All Tink, All the Time" and one "Oh, Yeah, Other Characters Exist Too".
  • Wrench Wench: Tinker Bell, as well as all Pots-and-Pans and Metalworking-talent fairies. Tink takes it to Gadgeteer Genius.

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