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Pixie Tricks is a children's book series written by Tracey West. In it, an eight-year-old girl named Violet meets a fairy named Sprite, who is tasked by Queen Mab to find 14 fairies (or pixies) that have escaped into the human world and send them back to the fairy world by tricking them into doing something contrary to their normal behavior.

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  • Accidental Hero: Violet's cousin Leon falls into this four times throughout the series (in books 2, 3, 4, and 8 respectively).
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  • Aerith and Bob: Finn, Robert B. Gnome, and arguably (Bogey) Bill have completely normal-sounding first names compared to the other fairies, who are named things like Jolt, Ragamuffin, Sport, Fixit, Meanie, and Spoiler. Aquamarina and Buttercup are sort of in between.
  • Anti-Villain: The pixies range from fairly harmless to various shades of Obliviously Evil, Blue-and-Orange Morality, and It Amused Me all the way up to being outright malicious, but the stand-out examples for this would be Greenie and Ragamuffin. Greenie mostly just goes along with his brother Meanie's scheme to kidnap and sell people's dogs, and he admits that he never cared about the money; he just liked the dogs. Ragamuffin appears for only 11 pages in one book. Her crime? Stealing people's socks. And beyond that, she is perfectly friendly to Violet and Sprite and even gets excited about the matching outfit they give her to trick her.
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  • Big Bad: Wizard Finn.
  • Creepy Crows: Old Tom, Wizard Finn's pet crow.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Sprite is a sprite.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Wizard Finn, of the "wicked wizard" type.
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  • Green-Eyed Monster: Spoiler messes up Sprite's plans because she's jealous of him getting the attention from Queen Mab.
  • Griping About Gremlins: Jolt. And Rusella, for an odd value of "gremlin".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Spoiler, though she was never really evil in the first place (she started working for Finn out of jealousy).
  • The High Queen: Queen Mab.
  • Idiosyncrazy: A variant of it in that each of the fourteen pixies (except Finn) has their own sort of gimmick or tendency in what kind of trouble they cause:
    • Pix loves to play and wants everyone to play with putting them under his spell so they'll want to do nothing but play. He was tricked in book 1 by making him do work.
    • Jolt is a gremlin who messes with gadgets (particularly video games) and loves to play video games. He was tricked in book 2 by making him read a book.
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    • Aquamarina is a water sprite who causes faucets to leak but turns people into fish if they see her. She was tricked in book 3 by getting her on dry land.
    • Bogey Bill is a goblin who likes scary things and making people scared. He was tricked in book 4 by making him say something sweet.
    • Buttercup is a sprite who likes to give people the hiccups. She was tricked in book 4 by scaring her.
    • Fixit is an elf who messes up toys because he is angry at children for being ungrateful for his hard work making them. He was tricked in book 5 by making him smile.
    • Rusella is a message gremlin, who mixes up messages to cause communication problems. She was tricked in book 5 by making her eat alphabet soup.
    • Sport is a sprite who helps a soccer team cheat so that they always win. She was tricked in book 6 by "beating her fair and square" by temporarily disabling her magic powers.
    • Ragamuffin likes clothes, especially socks, and steals people's socks (so they can't find a match when they need one). She was tricked in book 6 by convincing her to wear clothes that match.
    • Greenie and Meanie are dwarves who kidnap people's dogs so they can sell them and get rich. They were tricked in book 7 by "getting them both to obey", which in this case involved convincing them to make money from another product of the human world instead. (They are the only pixies who went back of their own accord rather than being swept away.)
    • Hinky Pink changes the weather. He was tricked in book 8 by making him tell the truth about the weather.
    • Spoiler appears in several books to ruin the main characters' plans for tricking the pixies. She was finally tricked in book 8 by convincing her to help them instead (at the suggestion of Queen Mab, who still believes that Spoiler is good deep down...and turns out to be absolutely right).
    • Wizard Finn doesn't have a gimmick; he is simply the leader of the pixies and wants to take over the human world. He was tricked in book 8 by the protagonists standing strong despite him trying to break them apart.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Spoiler and possibly Meanie. Fixit might also qualify, as his anger seems to stem from underappreciation rather than true malice.
  • Ladyella: Rusella.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Leon in book 3 when he becomes part fish.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Red Team in book 6 as a result of the Pixie of the Week, though it's implied that the other team isn't really all that bad without the supernatural assistance.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Greenie and Meanie.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Among the cast, there are at least three standard winged sprites plus a water sprite, an elf, a goblin, two dwarves, a gnome, a gremlin, a "message gremlin", a human-sized wizard, and...whatever kind of fairy Pix, Ragamuffin, Hinky Pink, Spoiler, and Queen Mab are.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Fixit, though he's implied to be more akin to a Christmas Elf (albeit a spiteful one).
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Not exactly a mermaid (we don't have a trope for "Our Supernatural Humanoid Aquatic Creatures Are Different"), but Aquamarina otherwise fits, being a water sprite. She has the ability to breathe underwater and can transform people into fish.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Robert B. Gnome. (Though he's not actually all that weird.)
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Bogey Bill.
  • Meaningful Name: Most of the pixies.
  • Poke the Poodle: Some of the pixies' acts of troublemaking are genuinely harmful. Others...not so much.
  • Species Surname: Robert B. Gnome.
  • Sue Donym: Wizard Finn attempts to run for mayor under the name "Wiz Finnster".
  • The Trickster: Several of the pixies qualify, though Rusella is probably the best example.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Some of the "tricks" used to send the pixies back seem like this. Who would think you could end all of Rusella's chaos by convincing her to eat alphabet soup of all things?
  • Weather Manipulation: Hinky Pink's power.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Sprite to Spoiler.
  • When He Smiles: When Fixit finally smiles at the end of book 5, Violet realizes that she feels sorry for him and tells him that she would have made him a toy of his own even if she didn't need it to trick him (by making him smile).

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