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Motifs using characters, creatures, and settings from classic Fairy Tales to represent characters or ideas, for example, a love interest being equated with a Knight in Shining Armor. Modern day Cinderella stories commonly mine this fairy tale trope as well.

Many of them are, in fact, Dead Unicorn Tropes. Dragons, unicorns, fairies, and knights are in fact exceedingly rare in fairy tales. For tropes actually found in fairy tales, see Fairy Tale Tropes.


Fairytale Motifs are used to add romance to a story, especially one set mainly in the grim and gritty real world. The fact that most people have read the fairy tales means that the symbolism isn't likely to be lost.

Most of these are also quite likely to be found in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, a Fairy Tale Free-for-All, and of course in a Fractured Fairy Tale.

Fairytale Motifs differ slightly from Mythical Motifs. While the former features specific fairy tale characters — such as Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty — it also includes general, archetypal examples, usually a "species" rather than one particular person/animal. The latter tends to use specific characters belonging to a recognizable mythology. For example, most people recognize a unicorn when they see one, but the creature itself has a rather vague history and there is no named unicorn who was the "first of its kind." Therefore, it's a Fairytale Motif. Pegasus, the winged horse, on the other hand, is one specific character from Greek myths with a Canon history, making it a Mythical Motif.


Some fairytale motifs include:

  • Dragons: Western dragons can be used to represent very strong or fierce characters, where as eastern dragons are more likely to be wise.
  • Fairies: The more popular versions of the fairy are carefree, innocent creatures, usually associated with little girls. May indicate a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, since "away with the fairies" is another way to say "constantly daydreaming" or "slightly crazy." The fairies taken from older traditions, such as Celtic Mythology, aren't quite so cutesy — in fact they're downright malevolent at times. Modern literature increasingly employs this version of the fairy-folk, usually as tricksters.
  • Knights: Often, a very noble character, akin to the Knight In Shining Armor, however, the symbolism linked to a knight could easily be used for a Knight Templar character as well (perhaps due to the association in the trope name).
  • Royalty: Generally used to represent power, wealth or prestige. These are often used in High School settings to refer to "the popular kids".
    • Princess: Often the Alpha Bitch, however, a wealthy or popular girl of any sort will often be equated to a princess (for an example of this comparison, look no farther than this site). A Queen will often refer to the same stereotype, especially if there is a corresponding?
    • King: Generally the leader of a group or organization or the reigning champion of something (i.e. "The King of Table Tennis"). In the aforementioned High School settings, the king will often be a Jerk Jock. A Prince also will employ similar motifs, especially with a "princess" character around.
  • Unicorn: The mythological "horse with a horn," although many different descriptions of them exist. Usually pure, gentle and noble, but there are exceptions. Being able to draw a unicorn's attention is generally a Virgin Power because they are strongly associated with chastity, and often a motif for young girls.
  • Wolves: Initially they were savage monsters that attack travelers and devour live stock and while the wolf's image has been getting better in modern times, increasingly being seen as a "spirit of the wild," people can't quite get over The Big Bad Wolf. While the wolf is an animal motif at the same time, the wolf as a threat to young girls/ sexual predator seems to have its roots in the fairy tale.
    • In Germanic countries, the wolf is (or was historically) the equivalent of the Devil - they even have an expression about them that's interchangable with "Speak of the Devil".


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto: Some members of the Otsutsuki Clan from both Naruto and Boruto have this motif.
    • Kaguya Otsutsuki is named after and based on Princess Kaguya from the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, one of the oldest Japanese legends. Her Tailed Beast form and epithet of the Rabbit Goddess also draw inspiration from the Moon Rabbit.
    • Momoshiki Otsutsuki introduced in Boruto: Naruto the Movie is inspired by the folklore hero Momotaro the peach boy and his animal shaped attacks of monkey, pheasant and dog are based on the familiars of Momotaro.
    • Momoshiki's servant, Kinshiki Otsutsuki, is based on the folklore heroKintaro the Golden Boy, a giant of a youth with supernatural strength raised by a mountain witch to become a warrior of unsurpassed martial skill. The giant axe wielded by Kinshiki is based on the signature weapon of Kintaro.
    • Urashiki Otsutsuki is based on the title character of the Japanese fairy tale Urashima Taro, a fisherman who saved a turtle who then took him to the undersea palace of the dragon king as a reward for his kindness. In the fairytale, the Palace of the Dragon King has a Year Inside, Hour Outside timeflow which is used as the basis for Urashiki's sealing jutsu which freezes Toneri in time for ten thousand years. Like Urashima, Urashiki is also a fisherman and wields a fishing rod as his main weapon.
    • The Boruto manga introduces Isshiki Otsutsuki, who is currently using Jigen as a vessel, and implied to have come to Earth with Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. Isshiki is named for a fairy tale character in his case Issun-Boshi. Like the diminutive Issun, Isshiki's fights with needle like weapons and his power to shrink himself.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena uses a Fairytale Motif (the romance fairytale of the Prince as male love interest saving the Princess) for major drama. Gender roles in fairy tales are throughly played with, explored, subverted and deconstructed, sometimes in the most brutal ways imaginable.
  • Skip Beat! 's Kyouko seems to believes that fairies are real, and very often acts following Cinderella-like Fairy Tales tropes, seeing the (mostly villainous) characters she interprets as princesses under a curse. There is not Wrong Genre Savvyness, just a girl whose life has been so horrible she just prefer to believe she could be rescued and become a Real Princess, even if she knows it isn't. Pity nobody had informed her how The Fair Folk and the Old Fairy Tales truly are...
  • Princess Tutu mixes Magical Girl tropes and fairy tale motifs with references to specific stories and ballets. The first season mostly plays the typical fairytale structure straight (outside of the fact that the princess is saving the prince), only to defy it in the second season when the characters rebel against their assigned fairy tale roles as the prince, princess, villain and knight and decide to (literally) rewrite the story.
  • Monster uses a fairy tale (or several) to foreshadow the antagonist's modus operandi.
  • Cowboy Bebop uses the tale of Urashima Taro as a constant recurring motif and theme, with most of the characters having connections to it, most literally Faye.
  • Prétear, plain and simple. Although, considering it's based on "Snow White", maybe that's not really surprising.
  • Cyber Team in Akihabara invokes many fairy tales motifs, but the main one is the wish of 13 year old protagonist Hibari for meeting and falling in love with a fairy tale prince and live Happily Ever After with him. Her Character Development is essentially to get rid of that mindset, usually via Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • AR∀GO: City of London Police's Special Crimes Investigator uses a great many motifs from fairy tales and mythology in general, and it tends to go with the older versions of the stories.
  • Gaba Kawa actually follows the theme/basic plot of "The Little Mermaid", becoming more obvious about it in the final two chapters.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica follows the theme/basic plot of "The Little Mermaid" (the original, mind you, not Disney's Lighter and Softer version) in Sayaka's arc, to tragic conclusion: the character in question makes a deal to save a boy she has a crush on, but he's Oblivious to Love and chooses someone else; however, instead of dying, she turns into a mermaid-like monster. The other motif is Faust, but that's most definitely not a fairytale.
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum has had allusions to various fairytales involving apples, but so far the most prominent motif seems to be the resemblance of the siblings' lives to an in-universe fairytale about a man named Mary and his three little lambs offending a goddess.
  • Alice from Mahou Tsukai no Yoru possesses magic which revolves around fairy tales.
  • The manga Snow White with the Red Hair is based on the tale of "Snow White". (The title literally means "Red-haired Snow White".) The first chapter in particular has a lot of tributes to the original story.
  • Ponyo was inspired by the Little Mermaid. It's shown a lot with the whole 'true love' theme...and Ponyo being, ya know, a fish girl turned human.
  • The first six episodes of Sailor Moon's fifth season are heavily inspired by The Snow Queen fairy tale. There are also elements from Snow White - a lot of magic mirrors and a villainess that envies the heroine's beauty - and Sleeping Beauty - a forest of thorns blocks the way to the castle.
  • THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, as expected from the title, has a whole lot of Cinderella imagery. There's lines about becoming princesses, glass slippers, clocks striking midnight, and episode titles that reference aspects of the fairy tale are everywhere. It keeps with the theme of unknowns becoming famous.

    Comic Books 
  • In one obscure Wonder Woman story, a trio of psychotic lesbians who called themselves THEM! kidnapped a girl named Cathy and made her their slave. Cathy was portrayed as Cinderella, THEM! as the evil stepmother and stepsisters, and Wonder Woman as the Fairy Godmother.
  • In Runaways, Klara wears a red cape like Little Red Riding Hood, is married to The Bluebeard, and summons thickets of thorns to defend herself a la Sleeping Beauty. She even has her own Prince Charming... or rather, Princess Powerful.

    Fan Works 
  • Based on the RWBY series below, the Various Vytal Ventures fanfic expands upon many established Fairytale Motifs, particularly with the inclusion of Granny Classic grandma Amber Rose, the grandmother of Ruby who makes appearances in two separate chapters.
  • In the Mega Crossover Child of the Storm, fairy tale motifs frequently crop up, with Harry being frequently referred to as something of a Knight In Shining Armour.
    • Harry himself calls Warren a 'Knight in Shining Feathers', accurately judging him to be a Knight in Sour Armour.
    • Leaving aside the appearance of The Fair Folk in the form of the Winter and Summer Courts, the basic premise of the story is an inverted Changeling Fantasy, with the reveal that James Potter was really Thor incarnated as a mortal. Furthermore, Harry is also described as being 'fey' on an increasingly regular basis, coming off as inhuman more and more often.
      • Ghosts of the Past reveals an even straighter version of the Changeling tale, with Jean Grey's twin sister having been stolen at birth by Sinister and replaced with a dead infant, making it look like a tragic case of SIDS, being raised by Sinister as Madelyne 'Maddie' Pryor.
    • The finale of Book I starts off as a Storming the Castle scenario, with a twist - all the captives are male, locked away by a serpent (Lucius Malfoy, often described in serpentine terms) and a number of the key players in the storming are female (especially Jane Foster, who reveals 'the castle', HYDRA's HQ, forcing it out of its pocket universe, to rescue Thor and Carol, who is going in to rescue her great-grandfather, Steve - though he doesn't know of the relation and she's only just found out.)
  • In the crossover Black Sky, Dorea and Xanxus are frequently compared to a princess and a dragon, with the twist that Dorea is the kind to marry the dragon rather than seek to escape him.
    • Terrence Higgs pledges himself to Dorea, becoming her devoted Knight. After dyeing his hair green, he gains the nickname "Green Knight" as the Arthurian figure.
  • A Northern Dragoness gives us the classical pattern of the fair princess - Daena Targaryen - locked away in a tower by a cruel dragon - her brother Baelor - and saved from this fate by a good-hearted man from noble birth - Jonnel Stark. It does subvert a little bit the habitual motif as Jonnel does not fight Baelor for Daena's hand but relies on a promise made to his father by the previous monarch to give a royal princess as a bride to the Stark heir.
  • As indicated by the title, The Changeling Sequence makes use of Changeling Tale. When Bruce Wayne is introduced to his biological son Damian, he immediately compares him to a cuckoo in a robin's nest, referring to the fact a changeling is a child who doesn't belong in the family because of his fey origins.
  • In SilfofinaDragon's Sengoku Basara fanfics, Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura's son Masa has been compared to a merman, while his Split Personality Sei is similar to Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kyogoku Maria's sorcery is like that of the witches from The Odyssey and Snow White respectively.

    Films — Animation 
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade draws on (and quotes) the more traditional darker version of "Little Red Riding Hood" for its story of a relationship between a young terrorist girl, and a 'wolf' from the elite Kerberos Panzer police. The anime film makes the point that such relationships are always fated to end badly.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pan's Labyrinth features a fairy princess reincarnated as a young girl in the Spanish Civil War. As she's an avid fairy tale reader, she has little trouble believing in her true destiny. There's some amount of in-universe qualities to this as well, notably when Ofelia shows the fairies pictures of what they're 'supposed to' look like in her storybook - and they transform into them to please her.
  • Labyrinth features a quest to rescue someone before the clock strikes twelve - as well as goblins, trolls and fairies. Sarah also gets to briefly go to a ball with a Pimped-Out Dress. Jareth also warns Hoggle that if Sarah kisses him, he'll turn him into a prince (which is apparently A Fate Worse Than Death in this universe). Since Sarah is a lover of fairy tales (her first scene has her essentially LARP-ing in a park), this is pretty justified.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army has lots of fairy tale motifs, including fairies, elves and trolls.
  • Edward Scissor Hands uses lots of elements of Beauty & the Beast, putting the story from the Beast's perspective.
  • Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet:
    • The Gardener grew a magical rose that puts ladies into sleep — probably for a hundred years — if they get hurt by its thorn. From Sleeping Beauty. However, a kiss did not wake them up, and the rose was actually used to invoke the coma.
    • The Gardener managed to grow fast-sprouting beans and he used their stalks to carry him up to windows of New York apartments which he robbed. From Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • Maid in Manhattan is an obvious Cinderella story. The protagonist is a maid in a hotel, also of an ethnic minority. There's a degree of classism between her and her love interest - who is a rich white senator. Yes there is also a ball where she isn't recognised by anyone - and she has to leave before midnight.
  • Rachel in Crazy Rich Asians has been mockingly referred to as Cinderella, seeing how she was able to date Singapore's most eligible bachelor. Her "fairy godmothers" are Peik Lin and Oliver who dressed her up for the wedding ceremony. Also after running away from the wedding reception, there was a shot of her bare feet, as if she had lost her heels (she was simply holding them).

  • The Discworld revels in playing with every Fairytale Motif it can get its hands on. For example, to paraphrase Granny Weatherwax, unicorns are just big angry horses that come to a point. However, it plays the Virgin Power part straight:
    Granny: I could hold it with a feather.
    Nanny Ogg: Oh? Oh!
  • Jacqueline Wilson's Midnight involves an idealistic young girl obsessed with the fairy characters of her favourite author. The fantasy and idealism represented by the fairies are her escape from a world of cynical, self-obsessed people.
  • It seems that the entire 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey was created so she could play with every fairy tale trope ever created, from fairy godmothers to the dragon and the princess.
  • In Of Mice and Mooshaber, the country suffers under the terror of Albin Rappelschlund, but the rightful ruler is Duchess Augusta and people rumour she's hiding somewhere and that her restoration will bring them hope. There are rural inns in the capital, despite the fact that the country has also underground transport system and flights into space are common. Several everyday objects like cakes are described in such terms that they easily gain symbolic meaning, like in fairy tales.
  • Sisters... No Way! by Irish author Siobhan Parkinson is a modern retelling of Cinderella (the protagonist is called Cindy Ellis). Her father marries her teacher, who has two daughters of her own, and they're in constant clashes. It turns out that the prince analogue is the older sister's ex-boyfriend.
  • Tales of the Big Bad Wolf uses Red Riding Hood and The Wild Swans as a guide to establishing characters and themes for two separate volumes, "Tales of the Big Bad Wolf" and "Queen of Swans."
  • In The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign, the alien White Queen is told about Alice in Wonderland, and- much to the storyteller's surprise- identifies with the titular character. Although Alice was human and vulnerable, in contrast to the White Queen's alien strength, both saw themselves as just normal people in a strange land.
    White Queen: I fell out of my world. [points to human storyteller] And into your world.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Scrubs:
    • The cartoon unicorn on J.D's diary in the episode "My Unicorn" was a pretty apt symbol for the head-in-the-clouds doctor. However, it was also there to prove a plot point: J.D. insists that the cutesy unicorn was a mighty horse with a sword on its head, when he imagines the drawing coming to life, saying "You know I'm a unicorn!" Accepting the truth is a major theme of the episode.
    • The seventh season episode "My Princess" has Dr Cox telling his son about his day at the hospital - dressed up as a fairy tale. The ill patient is a Damsel in Distress, her illness is a monster attacking her, JD is the village idiot, Elliott is a princess and Cox has himself appear as a Knight In Shining Armour. Jordan also cameos as a Wicked Witch.
  • Sherlock has Moriarty narrating a fairy tale about a knight named Sir Boast-a-Lot (representing Sherlock), with Lestrade cast as King Arthur. Later, Sherlock's brother Mycroft accuses him of wanting to be a "dragon slayer," backing up the knight motif and making Charles Augustus Magnussen the dragon by association. However, a shot of Sherlock exhaling cigarette smoke hints that he might be in danger of becoming a dragon himself. Magnussen also refers to John as Sherlock's "damsel in distress".
  • The Charmed episode "Malice In Wonderland" had demons exploiting Alice in Wonderland to corrupt innocents. One demon disguised herself as a white rabbit, luring teens with Alice-like names (Alistair, Alexis etc.) underground and driving them mad. When Billie gets sucked in, she's chased by an army of playing cards and put on trial.
  • Two episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?:
    • "The Tale of the Final Wish" - the protagonist is a fairy tale lover and is constantly teased for it. She makes a wish that everyone would leave her alone - and everyone ends up in an enchanted sleep. Also includes a couple of Shout Outs to Alice In Wonderland and Snow White.
    • "The Tale of the Pinball Wizard" - the protagonist gets sucked into a pinball game with a fairy tale theme. He must fight a Wicked Witch and help a Princess Classic regain her throne. However despite this, it's infamous for having a massive Downer Ending.
  • The personalities and character arcs of the kids from Stranger Things all match up to a character type from Dungeons & Dragons:
    • De facto leader Mike is a Paladin.
    • Gentle peacemaker Will is a Cleric.
    • Upbeat and cheerful Dustin is a Bard.
    • Down-to-earth realist Lucas is a Ranger.
    • Powerful psychic Eleven is a Mage.
    • Tomboy Max categorises herself as a "zoomer", but her ability to pick a lock and get around quickly makes her a perfect Rogue.

  • Fairy tale motifs are found in lots of William Shakespeare's plays, most prominently in his festive comedies and romances. Often his protagonists and characters are members of aristocracy or magical creatures, and his settings have elements of magic.
    • The Merchant of Venice: Portia is an extremely wealthy and amazingly beautiful heiress associated with gold. Several noble men try to gain her hand in marriage and her inheritance. There are three caskets made of three metals, and Portia gives to her betrothed a ring to recognize her.
    • As You Like It: The rightful ruler is hiding in magical forest with fairy tales creatures. The characters are from royal court.
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in magical forest near Athens with fairies and other fairy tale creatures. It's full of magic tricks.
    • The Tempest is set on magical island. There is a monster Caliban and Prosperos's invisible servant, a magical creature Ariel. Ferdinand is a prince whose ship got lost and wrecked on the island.
    • The Winter's Tale combines pastoral idyll with royal court. It is set in two Kingdoms — Bohemia and Sicily, and the main characters are of Royal Blood. Sicilian princess was doomed to death as a baby, but she was saved by Bohemian shepherds and raised as one of them. Bohemian prince falls for her.
    • King Lear is loosely based on a fairy tale. The first scene has the titular king demanding that his daughters demonstrate how much they love him - which is straight out of Cap O' Rushes. In the original tales, the youngest daughter says something the father misinterprets; here she merely refuses to flatter his ego and ends up banished. The play was massively unpopular because it turned a fairy tale ending into a massive Downer Ending instead.
    • Macbeth begins with three witches brewing a potion and predicting the future, has the protagonist (an aristocrat) scheme to become king, features an appearance from a ghost haunting him, and the plot resolution hinges on a literally-worded prophecy.

    Video Games 
  • The Night of the Rabbit: The game premise, a kid who follows a rabbit into a magical world, is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.
  • The Longest Journey: The game features two worlds, one the scientific world of Stark and the other Arcadia, a fairy tale-like world.
  • Rule of Rose: The game is a World of Symbolism, so these are superfluous. Your save-point is a makeshift knight (labelled "Bucket Knight") sworn to remember your story; every main character is labelled a "Prince" or "Princess" (except Jennifer, the "Unlucky Girl"); there are many storybook presentations in the style of a Fractured Fairytale, summarising the events of the chapter to come; the enemies are animal-themed imps; and the whole game is arguably a Coming-of-Age Story about Jennifer working through her past traumas and moving on, but promising to never forget.
  • The Wonderland Dreams expansion of Shadowverse is heavily focused on characters and stories from numerous classical tales such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Swan Lake and even the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • A Witch's Tale is built upon these. Aside from familiar ones, like Snow White and Hansel and Gretel, it also has references to The Snow Queen, A Thousand And One Nights and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Princess Kaguya is a reference to Kaguya-hime, a princess in Japanese folklore who came from the moon.
  • The Dark Parables series effectively runs on this trope. It references and intertwines literally dozens of classic fairy tales, and even those which have not been actively present in the series thus far often appear in a passive form such as illustration.
  • The TaishoXAlice series of visual novels does a different take on fairy tales, folktales, and their female protagonists... by turning them all into men. Even Alice and the Big Bad Wolf are included.
  • Link and Zelda of The Legend of Zelda are always different characters in different circumstances with each incarnation, but at their core, Link is a knight saving Princess Zelda from the monster (who's usually Ganon(dorf), but not always).
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 villains run by this. For example, the one whose motif is The Snow Queen is An Ice Person.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: The setting and many characters are deliberately inspired by various fairytale, literature and historical references from around the world. The setting focuses on four kingdoms that have become beacons of civilisation in a world swarming with Monsters of Grimm, creatures of anonymity that threaten humanity's existence and which were named after the Brothers Grimm.
    • Ruby Rose is inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. She's a small, optimistic girl with a signature hooded, red cloak. She sleeps with a wolf mask and, in her opening trailer, fights an army of beowulfs in an isolated forest.
    • Weiss Schnee is inspired by Snow White. Her name translates to "White Snow", she dresses in white and blue, and her signature power is snow-themed. She is the heiress to a very powerful family.
    • Blake Belladonna is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. In her opening trailer, her partner is a Little Bit Beastly man called Adam, often said to be the real name of the Beast. Her own name captures the "Bella" element. Blake's "beauty" is alluded to by her distancing herself from Adam and the White Fang because their policies are too "beastly" for her.
    • Yang Xiao Long is inspired by Goldilocks. She's extremely protective of her golden locks, and will become violent if her hair is damaged. In her opening trailer, she fights "Junior", and a DJ that is wearing a bear-mask.
    • Melanie and Miltia are inspired by Snow-White and Rose-Red. They're twin sisters carrying the red (Miltia) and white (Melanie) themes of the original twins.
    • Cinder Fall, the main antagonist, is inspired by Cinderella. Cinder's name was originally drafted as "Cinder Ella" before being finalised as "Cinder Fall" and her footsteps are accompanied by the sound of tinkling glass as an allusion to Cinderella's glass slippers. Her attacks are fire-based and she uses glass weapons. Although she has fire dust woven into her clothing, her glass attacks are singled out as not being her Semblance. When she infiltrates the CCT, she has to be "home by midnight"; as the clock chimes midnight, she flees the CCT while her clothes transform. Her mask is left behind on the floor.
    • Team JNPR are all characters from history/myth with their genders flipped. Jaune from Joan of Arc, Pyrrha from Achilles, Nora from Thor, Ren from Mulan.
    • Penny Polendina is inspired by Pinocchio. She's not a real girl (being a robot), fights by controlling floating swords attached to her by thin wires like puppets on strings and she hiccups whenever she's lying, serving as an obvious tell, like Pinocchio's growing nose.

  • Homestuck In SBurb, all players are given a particular class and aspect that determines their powers. The classes are themed around typical High Fantasy character types such as 'prince', 'witch', and 'knight'. Then there's the kingdoms of Derse and Prospit who double up this trope with Chess Motifs, as well as the fact that all Sburb players are considered to be princes or princesses of one or the other. Then there's Terezi loving dragons and Tavros liking fairies (and since god tier trolls possess wings, they're sort of fairies as well) and Feferi being an actual princess. Of course, all the fantasy elements are mixed with a good deal of science fiction and technology as well.
  • The "Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On" arc of Roommates has both general fairy tale motifs and more specifically Swan Lake allusions in it's dream sequences to symbolically communicate information to the main character (Jareth)note . The fair folk don't do simple.

Alternative Title(s): Fairytale Motif


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