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A type of Sidekick. A character is accompanied by a Fairy Creature, usually of the tiny variety and not one of the mean ones (at worst, this character has a mischievous streak). The Fairy often lends a magical helping hand, which doesn't always work out as planned. Hilarity Ensues.

These seem to be extremely common in video games, to the point of turning into a Discredited Trope. One reason for their popularity among developers is that fairies are easy to work with; a speck of light with wings doesn't need much animation.

See also Exposition Fairy. There's often some crossover with Empathy Pet, Fairy Godmother, and since fairies are generally depicted as cute girls or women, Fairy Sexy. Compare Mentor Mascot.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the manga Aqua Knight, heroine Ruliya saves a caterpillar from her brother when the two are children. The lucky bug metamorphoses into a butterfly-like fairy named Pinoque, who crosses paths with Ruliya again years later during her quest for knighthood.
  • One of the most notable in anime is Cham Hau of the fantasy Humongous Mecha series Aura Battler Dunbine, who sat in the main character's cockpit and shouted encouragement to him. She's also the only character confirmed by Word of God to have survived the series' "Everybody Dies" Ending.
  • The Berserk manga has two fairy companions (referred to as Elves in the series) — Puck, who accompanied Guts during his two-year run as the Black Swordsman but tends to hang around with Isidro now, and Ivalera, who is Schierke's supervisor and tends to dish out magical exposition when Schierke is busy.
  • Yuno from Black Clover gains a spirit companion called Sylph, who is the wind spirit.
  • Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura starts out as one of these, and is that way much of the time even after his true form is revealed. His true form is like a mane less male lion with wings and armor, but that is not actually what he is.
  • In Dragon Knights, once the fairies are wiped out by a mysterious force, the surviving ones join up with the heroes.
  • Freya, the little fairy-like alien from Doraemon: Nobita's Drifts in the Universe, also the sole female member of the Space Knight cadets.
  • Falan Fa from Garzey's Wing.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, besides Michel and Poyo, Rena fits this the most, as she has no combat abilities but sticks around to heal the Tree of Life. She also delivers exposition at times.
  • The creator and staff of the above series liked Cham so much that she was given an Expy in the form of Lillith Fau for their later, notably more Sci-Fi work, Heavy Metal L-Gaim. And in an intentional case of Actor Allusion, both characters are voiced by Maria Kawamura. Cham and Lilith even get to meet in Super Robot Wars 4 and Super Robot Wars Compact.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: England and Norway both have these, in addition to a plethora of other magical creatures.
  • To some degree, Fool of Kaleido Star. The OAV hints he's actually the reincarnation of a human court jester who had a Bodyguard Crush on the princess he once served.
    • Fool also counts as a deconstruction. He can be pretty annoying sometimes, his advice is not flawless, Sora thinks she has completely gone mad when she sees him at first, and when she falls in a state of wangst for a while, she actually stops seeing him until she picks herself up.
  • Lily of La Corda d'Oro.
  • While not technically a fairy, Reinforce Zwei from Lyrical Nanoha acts like this towards her Meister, Hayate. Certainly not helped by her 30cm-ish tall figure. She is capable of assuming the size of a human child, but it isn't useful in combat due to draining her mana.
  • Primera from Magic Knight Rayearth helps Lantis with magic out of gratitude for his freeing her from rubble.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • The first team that Negi and Kotarou faced as prize fighters in the Magic World Story Arc of Negima! Magister Negi Magi was a Tiger Man and his Fairy Companion. This particular fairy companion was a lot stronger than most of the usual ones, making effective use of plant based magic to entangle their opponents and fire massive beams. Of course, once the Tiger Man went down, she gave up immediately since she is just a small fairy.
    • Albert Chamomile (or Chamo-kun) doubles as this and an animal companion. He is technically a cat-elf fairy... that looks just like an ermine.
  • In Ojamajo Doremi, Doremi and friends all had one. Notably, we do not see Onpu's until the first episode of season 2.
  • Every team has at least one fairy in the Precure franchise. In some years each Cure has their own fairy, and in a few series they become the Cures' Transformation Trinkets. In still other parts of seasons, they might even become Cures themselves!
  • In the Sailor Moon manga, each of the Planet Senshi has a Sprite that basically looks like a chibi version of their respective ward, though they never appeared in other continuities. At one point, Usagi was going to have a pet fairy named Diana, The idea was scrapped, but the name was retained for Artemis & Luna's daughter.
  • Combined with Ghost in the Machine to create the Guardian Charas in Shugo Chara!.
  • Rein and Fine from Twin Princess of Wonder Planet got a pair in season 2.
  • The Sweets Spirits in Yumeiro Pâtissière are fairies who have to partner with humans and help them make sweets in order to become pastry chefs themselves.

    Asian Animation 
  • The six Royal Teeniepings from Catch! Teenieping allow Romi to transform into different forms depending on what Teenieping she uses, and often help her in catching and defeating Teeniepings. Heartsping is her personal companion and is the Teenieping that travels with her the most.
  • The fairy prince Kukuru in Flower Fairy helps his human friend An'an to round up and fight other fairies. In Season 2, An'an's human friends get their own fairy sidekicks as well, those being Goddess Pupra's daughters Luna, Lushu, and Lulu.

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    Fan Works 
  • Tatl Beryllia in The Blue Blur of Termina. After being separated from her brother and the Skull Kid, and injuring herself in the process, she was forced to work with Sonic until they can find them.
  • Krysta for Lightning Dawn in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic. Named after a certain other animated fairy.
  • Ambers in Blue Au-niverse are a small, moth-like gem designed by Pink Diamond to help off-color gems socialize. Blue Pearl gives Nora one for her 23rd birthday to help her socialize with other people.

    Films — Animation 
  • Allowing for cultural differences, Mushu the dragon in Mulan might count.
  • Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather are a bit of this and a bit of Fairy Godmother for Sleeping Beauty.
  • Strange Magic: Marianne, who herself is a fairy, has even smaller fairies that appear to be a different species that performs this trope.
  • In Barbie: Princess Charm School, all students at the titular school have a "personal princess assistant" in the form of a pixie sprite who resembles the princess (or lady royal) they assist when it comes to their interests and personalities. For example:
    • Blair's sprite is named Grace who, while a bit of a klutz, is very helpful, supportive and a good friend.
    • Hadley's sprite is named Caprice and she's sporty/athletic like Hadley is.
    • Isla's sprite is named Harmony, which doubles as a Meaningful Name because the definition of the name is "the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions with a pleasing effect," reflecting Isla's love and passion for creating music.
    • Delancy's sprite is named Wickellia, which also doubles as a Meaningful Name since the sprite is mean-spirited like the student she assists (at least until Delancy reforms).

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Tiffany Aching, in the Discworld young adult novels, has the Nac Mac Feegle, who are probably best considered a warped take on this trope. Yes, they're technically fairies; they just happen to be six inch-high Violent Glaswegian "Pictsies!". Note, however, that calling them fairies in front of their faces is considered suicide.
  • Dreamscape Voyager Trilogy: Hymn fits this trope in the waking world, as she is only a few inches tall and hides easily on Cassidy's person. She seems somewhat surprised to realize this. In her own world, or when the Leviathan is brought into the waking world, she takes her true form.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Harry Dresden has what amounts to a Hero Secret Service of faeries led by Toot-Toot. Not really a sidekick as Toot-Toot only shows up occasionally.
    • In Summer Knight, though, Toot gives him a Fairy Companion to guide him to the Winter and Summer Ladies in exchange for the latest pizza. This fairy, which is to Toot-Toot what Toot-Toot is to Harry, leaves after she finishes her job.
    • Arguably his godmother the Leanansidhe, too, although as one of the Sidhe she's less a sidekick and more a very powerful and dangerous nonhuman sorceress who sometimes helps him because she's made deals or something.
  • Beatrice Shakespeare Smith in Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I by Lisa Mantchev is accompanied by 4 fairies throughout her adventures: Mustardseed, Cobweb, Peaseblossom and Moth, of A Midsummer Night's Dream fame.
  • This is also the basis for the novel How To Ditch Your Fairy. Most people have one, but they can't see or communicate with it. They only know that they have one because they have particularly good luck in one area of life.
  • The Francesca Lia Block novel I Was a Teenaged Fairy uses this trope as its basic plot.
  • Peter Pan accompanied by Tinker Bell. Trope Codifier if not Trope Maker.
  • Quite a few stories involving Santa Claus, such as The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus and Silver Spurs, give him Fairy Companions to accompany him on his sleigh ride. Usually, they unlock the door when the house doesn't have a chimney. (Such stories make you wonder why he bothers with chimneys at all but that's another matter.)
  • Syl from The Stormlight Archive is not exactly this, but she often takes a form similar to the classic fairy companion, though without wings.
  • In the first book of the Sword of Truth series, Kahlan has a companion by the name of Shar, who is a night wisp. Shar helped Kahlan keep her sanity when she traveled through the boundary, but as a result of the boundary, as well as Darken Rahl's influence and power, she and her kind are dying.
  • Subverted in the offbeat novel Top Dog. The hero (a dog) attends a meeting held by the evil side of the setting's battle between the forces of good and evil with a tiny sprite spy hidden in his ear. After the meeting, he sends her off to report what they have heard to the other good guys and she happily flies off and gets swallowed by a bullfrog.
  • Applecore from Tad Williams' War of the Flowers is a classic example.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Subverted in Buffy's fourth season Halloween episode "Fear, Itself" when Willow tries to create a fairy to guide her and the Scoobies out of the haunted house and it ends up chasing her. Scary fairy.

  • The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Spivey, a Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.

Spivey: There'sacoupletravellersahead! Weshouldfeedthem.
Harold: Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold?
Spivey: Oh, well... Desna gives me wings!
Misty: Her heart is made out of gold?! How do you know? [Visibly starts to ponder whether she should reach in, pull it out and check]
Harold: Y'know, with the Good Outsiders, I wouldn't be surprised.
Misty: [Grabs Spivey and shakes her] She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold?
Koya: Misty, that's not how we usually hug!
Jade Regent, episode 13

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition can have that via leadership feat or as a familiar. Known fairy-like familiars include: Grigs (MM 1), Pixies (MM 1), Sylphs (MM 2), Thorn (MM 3), Petal (MM 3), Eladrin Coure (Bo ED).
    • This is also one suggestion for Pixie adventurers in the 4th Edition book Heroes of the Feywild. Of course, being Player Characters, they tend to be quite a bit more badass then most examples.
    • In 5e, Warlocks who take the Chain Pact get access to a wider number of familiars then the other classes, including a Sprite, presumably meant to invoke this.
  • One kind of Azata (Chaotic Good Outsider) in Pathfinder looks like the iconic butterfly-winged fairy, and is available as a familiar to characters with the Improved Familiar feat.
  • The Small Folk are supposed to keep out of sight of humanity, but there are hints that some human "magicians" actually have or had the aid of one or more of these beings.
  • Muses in Talislanta are accompanied by Sprite-like creatures called Whisps. Which is amusing, as the Muses themselves are fairy-like, making them and the Whisps each other's Fairy Companions.


    Video Games 
  • 4 Elements: You have a fairy that guides you through the tutorial (and optionally later parts of the game), lets you use power-ups, and can give hints in the hidden object/spot the difference levels if needed.
  • Agent Aika gives every player a fairy companion called a Pran. And yes, they do have their own personalities, and will frequently mouth off to your army commanders. They also have a bad habit of refusing to use their magic to help you at the worst possible time.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures has "Naggi the patronising firefly" pestering you with obvious at during the tutorial level, much to The Nerd's annoyance. Bet you can't guess who she's a parody of?
    Naggi: Hey! Listen! I'm Naggi The Patronising Firefly, and I'm here to help-
    Nerd: Oh fuck no...Go away!!
    Naggi: Press the "A" button to jump! Hold it down to jump higher!
    Nerd: Jump button to jump? You're a fucking genius! Now leave me alone!
    • You also have the option to shoot her dead, once you reach the end of the tutorial level, which many players tend to do.
      Nerd: (after shooting her) You want to hold my hand through a video game?? I'm the fuckin' Nerd! Bitch!
  • Fiona's ending in Arcana Heart showed her being accompanied by one in the Elemental World in her quest to become human again.
  • In the first two games in the Awakening series, Princess Sophia is guided by Mira, a fairy assigned to her by the Fairy Queen. Starting with the third game, Mira is replaced by a fairy owl named Ran.
  • The eponymous character of Astyanax has a fairy sidekick named Cutie, who drags him into another world to fight the forces of the dark wizard Blackhorn. She occasionally appears as a power-up item, allowing the hero to refill his magic supply, or change the shape of his magic weapon. She's also in love with him, and at the end she gets reincarnated as a human back in Astayanax's own world.
  • Zigzagged in Baten Kaitos. The player is the Fairy Companion for Kalas.
  • Following in the footsteps of its inspiration Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has the Carabosse which offers almost the exact same functions, albeit with some limited offensive capabilities and the ability to spot breakable walls as well.
  • In the Bravely series:
    • Bravely Default has Airy, the titular "Flying Fairy." Just take off the "F" and you get her name! Take off the other F and you get her true nature.
    • Bravely Second has Anne. She's an inversion in that she's the bad guy's companion, not yours. She's also just as big of a Manipulative Bitch as her younger sister Airy.
    • Bravely Default II:
      • An unusual example is revealed in a mid-game plot twist. Adelle turns out to be a fairy in disguise, although she plays with the trope in that she's a frontline combatant just like the other party members.
      • Edna turns out to be a fairy companion for The Heavy Adam, and is manipulating him into helping her destroy the world by summoning the Night's Nexus.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has, among others, a summonable fairy familiar that can use items to heal you and cure status changes.
  • In Child of Light, Aurora has a newborn elemental spirit as her companion named Igniculus. He's quite helpful, incorporating bright light to slow down and/or stun enemies, as well as illuminating brightly to unlock certain chests or light up dark passages.
  • In Dawn of Mana, Keldy can't cast magic at all (and until near the end of the game, seems to be nothing more than a Badass Normal caught up in events beyond his control); his fairy companion Faye does it for him. It's eventually revealed that fairy + tree maiden + Mana Sword = Mana Tree.
  • In Destiny The Ghosts serve as this to their Guardians, doing things like unlocking doors and decoding messages while the Guardian does all the major combat and exploring.
  • Dragalia Lost has Notte, the loyal fairy friend of Euden and Zethia. She acts as the game’s cute fairy mascot, and is the first person that Euden can count on when things get tough. As for why she’s with Euden and Zethia, she was once from the Fairy Kingdom as a young girl, but after the incidents involving Euden’s birth, the fairy king, Finlorda, decided to wipe away Notte’s memories and have her act as a sort of guardian for him, in case anything were to happen. Nedrick also has one in the form of Jinlorda, the Fairy Prince, although he is human sized.
  • In Dragon Quest IX, your Player Character has one of these. She is called Stella and acts as an adviser to the player.
  • In a stretch, Montblanc in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Doesn't get much more fairy in that setting than Moogles, kupo! Hurdy in the sequel fills a similar role, although he joins much later and isn't as vital to the story.
  • In the Japan-only Gaia Master series by Capcom, the fairy Variel acts as tutorial and referee. She's also a secret character in the Dreamcast game.
  • In Genshin Impact, Paimon is a fairy who serves as the Traveler's guide and Ms. Exposition, although her ditziness means she frequently ends up relegated to comedic relief and emergency food.
  • During the early planning stages of God of War, they were considering a subversion in a fairy companion that gets horribly killed in the second stage.
  • Lilli in RosenkreuzStilette, and Strudel in the sequel Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel. The latter can also assist by creating ice sculptures that act like Rush Coil and Rush Jet, and Both fairies act as expies of Beat once you find the Black Forest Treasure in their respective games.
  • In Trials of Mana, the main character you choose will share a body with a Faerie from the Sanctuary of Mana. Said character will also double as The Chosen One. Faeries are also seeds for the Mana Tree.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne:
    • The protagonist's first demon ally is Pixie. Although, through the evolution and fusion systems, it can become any number of other creatures, some more horrible than others. However, keeping whatever creature would be considered the "descendant" of the original fairy all the way through the end of the Bonus Dungeon will cause it to turn back into its fairy form... but far, far more powerful.
    • Shows up again in the Digital Devil Saga Optional Boss fight with the Demi-Fiend, clearly powered-up, slinging dark matter around. Mind you, the rest of his demonic allies are clearly not pixies!
  • And Pixie returns as the first mandated demon ally in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.
  • Splatoon 2 features an example in a Fictional Video Game. During the Knight vs. Wizard Splatfest, Pearl and Marina make reference to a new Role-Playing Game, which apparently features the in-universe mascot Fresh Fish as a fairy that guides the player.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • The main character is traditionally accompanied by a dragonfly named Sparx who acts as a dynamic Life Meter of sorts, with his color and/or presence indicating how many hits Spyro can take before dying.
    • Zoe the fairy, while Sparks only speaks in speedway stages in the third game, Zoe is quick to stop you in the middle of your path and remind you of stuff you've already known for a while.
  • In Sumire, a flower spirit guides Sumire, advising her what to do throughout the day.
  • A cute, diminutive fairy princess named Sugar is one of the 4 Guardian Beasts a player can be accompanied by In the GBA game Summon Night: Swordcraft Story.
  • Super Paper Mario actually features a lot of different 'Pixl' partners who are basically powerups that can be switched out. You also have your (mostly) constant companion Tippi, who actually serves an important purpose in the plot...

  • The Best Fairy Ever from Axe Cop. Abilities include a shrinking poison spray, a giant poison spray, and the capability to fly inside a bad guy and either slice or punch her way out.

    Western Animation 
  • The Fairly OddParents! basically uses this Trope as its premise.
  • Glitter the legwarmer-clad Fairy from Kidd Video.
  • Lady Lovely Locks had the Pixietails, adorable woodland creatures with strong magical powers who always helped her out of a jam. The evil Duchess Ravenwaves had the Comb Gnomes as counterparts to them.
  • As mentioned above, Spryte from The Legend of Zelda (1989) TV series.
  • Tikki and Plagg from Miraculous Ladybug; they serve as the heroes' Transformation Trinkets by performing a Fusion Dance with them. There are other kwamis that play the same role for the other Miraculous users, meaning even the main villain gets his own Fairy Companions.
  • Phineas and Ferb's Storybook Episode casts Isabella as Isabel the Water Sprite, sent to guide Phineas and Ferbalot on their quest to find the sword Excaliferb.
  • Glomer, the awful little Gremlin thingie in the Punky Brewster cartoon.
  • Rainbow Brite has her Sprites, especially Twink.
  • Winx Club has several different companions depending on the location.
    • The Winx got a bunch of Pixie companions in season 2, and they were popular to the point that they got their own Spin-Off a few years later. The pixies have all their own unique powers, such as Amore making people fall in love and Lockette having the ability to find things. They stuck around for season 3 and made an appearance for both movies.
    • In season 4, when the Winx opened the Love and Pet shop, they each got their own Fairy Pet. Aside from flying, they didn't have any powers, but they still tried to help the Winx on occasion.
    • Season 5 introduces the Selkies, who are similar to the Pixies in that they are more active in helping the Winx. Initially guarding the portals to each world in the oceans of Andros, they bond to the Winx and become their guides and companions in the waters and the Infinite Ocean.