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Make a wish, dearie.

"The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But... before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger — on the spindle of a spinning wheel — and DIE!"
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

Brought on from the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother (and fairies as a whole) is pictured as a kind, selfless and synonymous with that of hope, light and Happily Ever After.

The Fairy Devilmother, on the other hand, does not give blessings. In fact, if you see the Fairy Devilmother, bow down and hope that she is feeling merciful that evening. There is no running from her. You will get hurt somehow, but maybe things won't turn out as bad if you cooperate. Instead of dealing in blessings, dreams, and wishes your heart makes, this Fairy dabbles in creating doom, using dark, unholy powers to curse their wards.

Their motivations vary. Maybe they're just evil by nature. Maybe you gave them great disrespect in some way and decides to "bless" you or your newborn baby with a cruel and unusual fate. While the fairies themselves won't always be in literal black, they are almost always dark, dealing in dark magic in contrast to their more sugary sisters.


Sub-Trope of The Fair Folk and Fairy Godmother.

See also Evil Wears Black, Grimmification and Jackass Genie.


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    Comic Books 
  • Hadeon the Destroyer from Fables was a fairy who crashed Briar Rose's christening uninvited, wanting to bestow her own "gift" upon the newborn child. Because she was uninvited to the calling unlike her sisters (and For the Evulz), her gift was for the child to prick her finger and die.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In the original Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, the King and Queen invite all of the fairies in the land sans one (or her actual godmothers, depending on what version you're reading). Carabosse, the one who was left out, felt spited and decided to curse the princess with death.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Maleficent in Maleficent fits this trope just like her animated counterpart. As revenge for betraying her and amputating her wings just to become king, Maleficent interrupts Aurora's christening and curses her with a fate where she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an eternal sleep. Deconstructed, as she eventually grows to love Aurora like a daughter, and the princess even calls her her "fairy godmother."
  • Lucinda in Ella Enchanted not only "blesses" Ella with the "gift of obedience", but when Ella pleads and begs for her to remove the "gift", Lucinda is offended and refuses, declaring arrogantly "everybody loves my gifts." She not only shows no interest in why Ella would want it removed, but while Ella chains herself to a tree to try and avoid obeying Edgar's order to kill Char, Lucinda frees her and orders her to go to the ball. This is in contrast to her original novel counterpart, who designs her gifts to help children develop into proper adults, only to realize the error of her ways when she experiences her gifts first-hand.

  • Two separate-but-related cases from The Dresden Files:
    • Harry Dresden himself has an actual fairy godmother named Leanansidhe, who wants the best for him - in her own, very special way. Most reasonable humans would consider her way dangerously insane at best... and Lawful Evil at worst.
    • Actually crowding Lea out in terms of both reputation and active involvement in the books over the course of the series, though, is her immediate superior Queen Mab. It's basically understood everywhere in the supernatural community that one simply does not cross the Queen of Air and Darkness lightly because, aside from being fully as powerful as being one of only two known primary acting rulers of Faerienote  in the setting would imply, her retribution can also be spectacularly cruel and creative even by the standards of her notional peers — and that fearful respect is all by itself a good part of what lends weight to for example the Unseelie Accords (incidentally her creation).
  • Lilith, the villain of Witches Abroad, is an evil fairy godmother who thinks she's a good fairy godmother because she gives people fairy tale lives, whether they want them or not.
  • Subverted in Dealing with Dragons when Princess Alianora does not receive a christening curse from a wicked fairy, starting a whole series of failed attempts to invoke various fairy tale tropes on Princess Alianora's behalf.
    Cimorene: She put a curse on you?
    Alianora: No. She ate cake and ice cream until she nearly burst and danced with Uncle Arthur until two in the morning and had a wonderful time. So she went home without cursing me, and Aunt Ermintrude says that that's where the whole problem started.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Black Fairy from Once Upon a Time acts as this. Whereas most fairies bless select children and distribute light magic across the realms, the Black Fairy kidnaps children so that she can turn them into her slaves in the dark realm, uses dark magic to an extent that she was able to single-handedly threaten all of the realms, and created the Dark Curse that caused the series' premise.

    Video Games 
  • EverQuest and Everquest II both feature Brownies, which can best be described as mischievous fairies or pixies without the wings that let them fly around. In both games, most of them attack player characters on sight. EQ2 also features the Arasai, an evil version of the Fae, a playable race of fairies. The Arasai were created by corrupting the flowers that the Fae themselves bloom from upon birth, and are quite malicious.
  • In Kingdom Hearts I, Maleficent takes Riku under her wing under the guise of a protecting, more traditional Fairy Godmother. She rescues him before he is consumed by the darkness when Destiny Islands falls, grants him authority over the Heartless and even guides him to Kairi. This is all one big ruse of course, using Riku as a pawn in her machinations.


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