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The Disney Fairies (also known as Tinker Bell) movies are a series of animated films and shorts in the Disney Fairies franchise, created by the now-closed Disneytoon Studios.

Entries include:

  1. Tinker Bell (2008): The first in the series which shows how Tinker Bell came to be and her adjustment into the fairy world.
  2. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009): Tinker Bell ends up accidentally destroying a magical moonstone of Pixie Hollow and goes on a quest to find a replacement.
  3. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010): While at a summer camp, Tinker Bell is accidentally captured in a trap and has her first interaction with humans while her friends try to rescue her.
  4. Pixie Hollow Games (2011): A 30-minute special that focuses on Rosetta aiding a fellow garden fairy named Chloe to try to win the titular games.
  5. Secret of the Wings (2012): Tinker Bell ends up visiting the snow area of Pixie Hollow called the Winter Woods, normally forbidden to warm fairies, where the the winter fairies live. There she finds out she has a twin sister named Periwinkle, and working together, they try to reunite both fairies of their respective sides.
  6. The Pirate Fairy (2014): A dust-keeper fairy named Zarina, who ran away from Pixie Hollow after her magic dust experiments went wrong and cause her to be banned from studying them further, suddenly returns and steals the blue dust necessary for fairies to fly. Tinker Bell and her friends give chase, and find that she has thrown in with several pirates and must contend with them to retrieve the fairy dust.
  7. The Legend of the Neverbeast (2015): Fawn finds an unfamiliar creature in the woods and tries to both help and protect it from fairies that could see it as a threat.

A seventh film and an eighth film were planned, but were ultimately cancelled due to story problems and the series' lack of profit, further sealed by the closing of Disneytoon Studios in 2018.

The movies would also be divided into several parts for half-hour airings on Disney Junior as a pseudo-television series.

Tropes in this series include:

  • Action Girl:
    • Zarina is even more this trope than the other fairies, having become a swashbuckler like her human pirate crew and a scheming thief towards her own people as well.
    • The female Scout Fairies, like Nyx, are trained to be this in order to protect Pixie Hollow from threats such as dangerous animals.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In The Pirate Fairy when Zarina uses her alchemy to switch the main fairies' talents, Tinker Bell becomes a water fairy.
    • Also in The Pirate Fairy, Captain Hook sings "Cause the blue fairy dust surely packs a mighty wallop." In The Avengers (2012), Captain America says about Loki (played by Hook's voice actor Tom Hiddleston) "this guy packs a wallop."
  • Aerith and Bob: Some of the fairies have names alluding to their talents, like "Tinker Bell" or "Iridessa". To be fair, "Rosetta" is a real name, but one of the dust-keepers is plain named "Terence".
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Zarina combines representative elements of various Fairy talents with yellow and blue Pixie Dust to simulate those talents. She calls her new talent Pixie Dust Alchemy, and the methods she uses resemble alchemy from the time of Isaac Newton.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Fireflies act like affectionate puppies.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: Unlike the hand-drawn Peter Pan, the movie is animated using computer-generated imagery.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Japan uses "Fairy Song" as the theme song for the first film and "You Were" for the second film.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The Minister of Spring.
  • Anachronism Stew: The picture of the red-headed fairy wearing purple was colored in with markers. Markers weren't invented until the 1940's, and markers for children wouldn't become available until even later.
  • Androcles' Lion: Zigzagged. Fawn's relationship with Gruff starts out like "The Lion and the Mouse", with Fawn removing a thorn from Gruff's paw. Turns out he was going to protect Pixie Hollow whether the fairies wanted him to or not.
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: The Secret of the Wings has an all-but-outright-stated (and later confirmed) example, since Queen Clarion and Lord Milori tell Tinker Bell and Periwinkle the same story about why warm fairies and frost fairies remain separate, and since Lord Milori never flies.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Bugs have human-like eyes! Also, butterfly and ladybug wings have to be painted in these movies.
  • Asian Airhead: Silvermist, especially in the later movies.
  • Bad Liar: Tink when Bobble and Clank question her about the moonstone in the second movie.
  • The Bait: Fawn lures Gruff into a trap set by the scout fairies, but only after she thinks he's become a Tragic Monster.
  • Be Yourself: Tinker Bell tries to become something other than a tinker when she learns that tinker fairies never go to the mainland. Guess how well that works out.
  • Big Entrance: Tink, Terence, and Blaze flying in on Tinker Bell's cotton boll balloon at the last minute in the Autumn Festival in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. Lampshaded by Queen Clarion with a hushed "Now that's an entrance!"
  • The Big Guy: Clank.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Tink's various houses, and pretty much the inside of everything a fairy can go inside.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Bobble and Clank.
  • Brick Joke: In The Stinger for Pixie Hollow Games, Rosetta wears her new ring on her thumb.
  • Buffy Speak: In the second film, when Tink thinks she's at the right location, but isn't.
"No, no, this is supposed to be a rock arch, not a twisty... branchy... tree arch!"
  • Call-Forward:
    • Tinker Bell has a cameo by the Darling House. The repaired music box also plays the tune to "You Can Fly" from the original movie.
    • The Secret Of The Wings has a similarly subtle one to Peter Pan, when Tinker Bell and Periwinkle are comparing favourite things, one of them they mention explicitly is The second star to the right.
    • The Pirate Fairy has plenty of them including James being a younger Captain Hook, the birth of the alligator that would later bite off his hand, James having to use a hook to keep himself afloat on his debris while out in the ocean and the ship that picks him up having a younger Smee aboard it, James being able to (somewhat, with some inability at points) understand Fairy.
  • Canon Character All Along: James from The Pirate Fairy is actually a younger Captain Hook.
  • Canon Foreigner: The main six characters (and Queen Clarion, kind of) all appeared in the novels, but most of the other characters, including Periwinkle and Zarina, were invented for the movies, and their existence was never even hinted at in the book series.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Zarina strikes one atop a plant after putting all of Pixie Hollow to sleep with poppy pollen in The Pirate Fairy.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Since they work with sapient animals, fairies are largely vegetarian, although they do have dairy (from mice!) and consume eggs (presumably unfertilized). There's even an egg-collecting talent.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Scribble makes a valiant effort with Nyx in Legend of the Neverbeast, alas to no avail. His pitch even suggests he's on What's Up, King Dude? terms with Queen Clarion, referring to her as "QC, Claire".
  • Casting Gag: Lucy Hale plays Periwinkle in The Secret of the Wings. She had replaced Mae Whitman in the pilot for Bionic Woman.
  • Cats Are Mean: Mean in the beginning of the third film, but later sedated by catnip.
  • The Cavalry: In The Secret of the Wings, Dewey tells Lord Milori (off screen) about Tink and Peri's plan to try to save the Pixie Dust tree by frosting it. Just when Peri and her friends are about to give up because the tree is so big, cue a platoon of frost fairies flying in to save the day.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Used for Lost Treasure, Great Fairy Rescue and Legend of the NeverBeast.
  • Chatty Hairdresser: Rosetta is this, without the hairdresser part. But in the "bloopers" for second movie's special features, she can be seen giving a manicure to an owl... yes, you read that correctly.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue: Early in the movie, Tinker Bell examines the underside of the car belonging to Lizzy's father, and manages to figure out what makes it run. Later in the movie, after Lizzy's father has captured Vidia and intends to take her to the London museum, Tinker Bell uses this knowledge to stop the car, delaying him from reaching the museum long enough for Lizzy to catch up with him (with the help of the other fairies) and convince him to release Vidia.
    • In The Secret Of The Wings, Tinker Bell is warned about damaging her wings while they are frozen, and later, an odd flash occurs when her wings exactly overlay Periwinkle's. Later, they end up too brittle to repair damage to them due to the cold, and it's that self-same touching method that completely restores them.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The colors of the fairies' clothing typically has something to do with their talent; e.g., Water faries wear blue, Light fairies wear yellow, Garden fairies wear pink, and Winter fairies wear pale blue.
    • Exaggerated in The Pirate Fairy — the different kinds of talent-based pixie dust created by Zarina are each a different color, corresponding to their respective talents, and when Tink and her friends have their talents switched, their dresses get splashes of color not unlike Aurora's dress after Flora and Merryweather's color quarrel.
  • Composite Character: Several movie characters are composites of different book characters:
    • Movie Tink has Book Tink's appearance, talent, and temper, but Prilla's Genki Girl personality, main character status, and storyline about finding her talent. The sequence in which she tries her friends' talents only to fail miserably at all of them mirrors a similar sequence from Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, in which Prilla attempts to discover her own talent through similar means.
    • The movies' version of Queen Clarion occupies the role Mother Dove filled in the novel continuity. Movie Clarion has Book Clarion's name and title, Mother Dove's wise, maternal personality, and a totally new, very sparkly design.
    • Lord Milori is just a gender-swapped version of the Minister of Winter, but he has the same Fictional Disability as Rani from the books. Like Rani, he can't fly, so he rides around on a white bird (Rani's was a dove, Milori's is a snowy owl). He and Rani even have similar color schemes, although the similarities don't go much further than that.
  • Continuity Cameo: The credits of the first movie contain drawings of the original cast from the Disney Fairies books.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: After getting doused with rainbow-colored pixie dust in The Pirate Fairy, Tinker Bell and her friends have swapped talents that they have trouble controlling at first, but suddenly master them when they need to stop the flying frigate and save Zarina.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: Fairy Gary tells Zarina that the day anyone finds pink Pixie Dust is the day he'll trade in his kilt for trousers. Just a couple scenes later:
    Zarina: "Tink! Get Fairy Gary some trousers, cuz I just made pink Pixie Dust!"
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Pixie Hollow Games focuses on Rosetta and Chloe.
    • Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast is more of a Fawn story (to the extent that Ginnifer Goodwin (the voice of Fawn) is billed above Mae Whitman in the end credits). See Out of Focus below.
  • Dead Guy on Display: In The Great Fairy Rescue, how Tinker Bell and Vidia felt when they saw the wall of specimen display cases containing pinned butterflies. They rightfully feared that might happen to fairies if they get caught.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Terence, after Lost Treasure. He was easily the second-main character in the second film, but was reduced to a line or two in each of the other films!
    • Periwinkle after The Secret of the Wings. She only had a non-speaking cameo in The Pirate Fairy.
  • Disney Death: Fawn dies when the storm explodes near the end of Legend of the Neverbeast. Fortunately, Gruff is able to revive her with a kind of energy that is almost, but not entirely, unlike Swiss-Army Tears.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: In the Pixie Hollow Games, realizing the're about to lose to the last place garden fairies, Rumble breaks their cart with his magic. When the garden fairies do cross the finish line though, they're declared the winners. The Queen explains to Rumble that Glimmer didn't cross the finish line with him and his win didn't count - turns out she didn't want to win by cheating.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the first movie, when Tink first shows up in her classic mini dress, Bobble and Clank quickly forget the fight they were having just seconds ago. Considering that Tink is the poster girl for the Fairy Sexy trope, this isn't much of a shock.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Wendy Darling at the end of Tinker Bell.
    • Smee, Captain Hook, and the crocodile in The Pirate Fairy.
  • Everyone Can See It: All the Dust Keeper fairies can tell that Terrence has a mile wide crush on Tink.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Glimmer may have been part of the reigning champions, but she's so disgusted by her partner's cheating that she has them eliminated.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Exaggerated at the end of The Pirate Fairy by Tinker Bell, Iridessa, and Silvermist, diffracting moonlight through a diamond solitaire and bouncing it off mirrors and a splash from a water droplet, casting hundreds of points of light across a stadium full of fairies.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: The Great Fairy Rescue has Lizzy's father and his single-minded insistence that his nine-year-old daughter shouldn't 'waste her time' on silly things like using her imagination or being a child.
  • Fiery Redhead: Bobble. "I SAID SEVEN!"
  • The Film of the Book: Lost Treasure is one for Tink, North of Never Land (and the "outtakes" on its DVD reference Vidia and the Fairy Crown). Otherwise, the movies cover original stories.
  • Flanderization: Over time, Silvermist has gone from a bit silly to flat-out weird and Iridessa's gotten more anxious and panicky.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: The only reasonable explanation for how scientists who would have been observing things like the lifecycles and development of insects under controlled conditions, could have possibly failed to note that there was something other than natural forces at work.
  • Get Out!: Tinker Bell says this to Terence after the latter accidentally breaks the scepter in Lost Treasure.
  • Graceful Loser: Glimmer doesn't mind healthy competition from the other fairies, and congratulates Rosetta when she performs well in one of the games. By contrast, her partner Rumble is a Sore Loser.
  • Green Gators: Crocky the baby crocodile from The Pirate Fairy is light green, albeit with a yellow belly.
  • Hand Signals: Tinker Bell must describe to Lizzie all she wants to know about fairies without being able to communicate verbally.
  • Hartman Hips: Many of the female fairies, but particularly Fawn and Rosetta.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Tink yelling at Vidia from Tinker Bell "When have you ever done anything for someone else?" Then in Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, she tells the group her role in getting Tink fairy-napped and they forgive/console her, later she pushes Tink out of the way and gets captured herself when Lizzy's father tries to capture Tink in a jar.
    • This is Zarina's story arc in The Pirate Fairy.
  • Here We Go Again!: A strange subversion of this is used just before the climax of Great Fairy Rescue, rather then the ending.
    Tinker Bell: Look, Lizzie's Father trapped Vidia in a jar while she was saving me. We have to hurry and rescue her.
    Rosetta: Here we go again.
  • Hero Antagonist: Nyx is the primary antagonist in The Legend of the Neverbeast. She and the other Scout Fairies are charged with protecting Pixie Hollow from harm, which puts them at odds with Fawn, who often takes in injured baby predators.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bobble and Clank.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Tinker Bell whenever she's ticked off.
  • Hurt Foot Hop: Tink gets the receiving end of this in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure after kicking the compass.
  • An Ice Person: The Winter fairies.
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • Tinker Bell gets this when she first appears in her green mini-dress partway through the first movie.
    • When he resumes his position as captain, James puts on the Captain Hook hat and coat, he later starts holding a boat hook in one hand.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Pretty much sums up Tink in the first movie. She wants to be anything that gets her to the mainland instead of a boring tinker fairy.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Neverbeast's only purpose is to protect all living things in Pixie Hollow, a mission he continues to carry out no matter how much the fairies stupidly get in the way.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: "Ease the sheet and get ready to gybe!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Several fairies, including Rosetta and Terence, bear striking resemblances to their voice actors.
  • Interspecies Romance: Teased between Zarina and James, a young Captain Hook. This serves a narrative purpose, as either a Mythology Gag or a Call-Forward to the titular character's relationship.
  • Ironic Echo: On the first day of the Pixie Hollow Games, Rosetta shows up all dolled up and wearing a dress instead of something more suitable to a competition. She justifies this to Chloe by saying they've got no chance of winning anyway and "If we're going to look bad, we might as well look good doing it." Later, after Rosetta chokes and drops their position to dead last for the final race, Chloe sadly repeats this.
    • Also, early in the film, when it's revealed that Rosetta has a fear of dirt despite being a garden fairy, one of her fellow fairies tell Chloe "pretty ironic, isn't it?" When Rosetta tells Chloe they'll be using the dirt shortcut for the final race, Chloe is shocked and Rosetta tells her "pretty ironic, huh?"
    • Then there's this one in The Pirate Fairy. Vidia spots the shell of the hatched crocodile egg and thinks she can turn it into a boat, then realises to her dismay that...
    Fawn: (Singsong voice) You're thinking like a tinker.
    Vidia: (Groans)
    • Later on however, after she makes a contraption that knocks out one of the pirates, she has a hint of pride in her voice in this exchange with Tinker Bell.
    Tinker Bell: Nice work.
    Vidia: Just thinking like a tinker.
    • Body Language variant: Throughout the Games, the Storm Fairies' trademark gesture is a thumbs up, reinforcing their plan to win "One for the thumb". At the end, Glimmer gives her partner another thumbs up and a smile then smirks as she turns it around.
  • Jerk Jock: Pixie Hollow Games has Rumble, the male half of The Ace Storm Fairies team.
  • Just in Time: Lizzy and the fairies stop Lizzy's Dad just before he reaches the museum entrance.
    • Also, in Secret of the Wings the Winter/Frost Fairies frost the Pixie Dust Tree just before the frost takes over the other seasons, saving the tree via stasis.
  • Just Think of the Potential!: Zarina's experiments with Pixie Dust in The Pirate Fairy, which are expressly forbidden, prove to be a useful talent that she calls "alchemy".
  • Karma Houdini: Lizzy's father has a very large collection of pinned anthropomorphic butterflies. At best the movie ends with the implication he'll stop doing that in the future.
  • Knockout Gas: The poppy pollen in The Pirate Fairy.
  • Life Saving Misfortune: In The Pirate Fairy, while Tinker Bell and crew were forced by Rosetta to hide when she saw the poppy mist, Zarina had gassed everyone in the stadium to sleep. Clank managed to avoid the same fate since he had earlier left to use the bathroom.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Gail Carson Levine's trilogy and some of Disney's follow-up novels, the films are arguably the lightest and softest incarnation of the franchise (barring Never Girls, although that's debatable). The Gail Carson Levine books all centered on high-stakes, life-or-death catastrophes (namely a hurricane, a flood, and a battle with an evil dragon), and several fairies are injured and/or killed in every installment (Never Say "Die" and Bloodless Carnage are both noticeably averted). The movies, in comparison, are far more lighthearted in tone, and there are no character deaths at any point. The book fairies with the darkest storylines were all Adapted Out or significantly overhauled to make the tonal shift work, and the backstory of Pixie Hollownote  was changed to remove all references to former Glory Days and the volcanic eruption that ended them. In the movies, the setting is generally peaceful and utopian, and there are no natural disasters.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Periwinkle, a Frost Fairy, is Tinker Bell's long lost twin sister; while both were born of the same baby's laugh, Tink reached the Pixie Dust Tree while Peri was lost by the wind and reached the Pixie Dust Tree's branch in the Winter Woods.
  • Literal Bookworm: In Secret of the Wings, Tinker Bell looks for information on why her wings sparkle in the library. Specifically, she seeks out the book Wingology, but the pages relevant to her question have just been eaten by a bookworm. Said bookworm quickly makes itself scarce.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Disney is surprisingly good with this trope. Anything that's not a bug, bird or bat needs pixie dust to fly, period. Fairies outside of a talent can't do that talent if it requires magic, and aren't very good if they can.
  • Magic Mirror: The Mirror of Incanta, which grants three wishes.
  • Magic Skirt: Not a single thread moves, on anyone.
    • Except for Terence...
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Bobble's goggles, which make his eyes look huge.
  • Man in a Kilt: Fairy Gary.
  • Mineral Macguffin: The moonstone in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
  • Mood Whiplash: Ha! Mrs Perkins fainting after seeing Lizzie fly... oh no! Vidia can't escape.
  • Motivation on a Stick: In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, used in the dust mill to make a millipede run on a wheel to help with the dust sifting process.
  • Mystical White Hair: Almost all Winter fairies have white hair.
  • Mythology Gag: Multiple examples...
    • In an older promo, the sequence of Tinker Bell using a wand to tap on the Disney Fairies logo to change its form into Disney Fairies: Pixie Hollow is a reference to a similar sequence in the Fast Plays that were shown on DVD releases before the actual movie.
    • Tinker Bell:
      • The opening shows Tink being born from a baby's first laugh, and before she arrives in Pixie Hollow, she seems to be in Kensington Gardens.
      • The girl who the music box belongs to at the end is called Wendy, and the closed captioning on the DVD makes it clear that she is indeed Wendy Darling. The music box itself plays "You Can Fly".
    • In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell's travel outfit strongly resembles the outfit Disney gave Peter Pan, even to having a red feather in her hat.
    • In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Lizzie's father moves the minute hand of Big Ben.
    • In Secrets of the Wings, Tinker Bell's favorite star is The second one to the right.
    • The Pirate Fairy is even more full of them:
      • That baby crocodile Rosetta wind up befriending? He swallows a ticking clock and ends up chasing James.
      • James imprisoning Zarina in a lantern after revealing his true colors.
      • Although he still has both hands, James takes to holding a boat hook in one of them.
      • The pirates use fairy dust to fly the ship to the world via the "Second Star".
      • James boasts of his "Eton education".
      • "I am not a cod fish!"
      • James hides a key in a hollowed-out edition of Treasure Island. In the book Peter Pan, it is said that he's the only one Long John Silver fears.
  • Neat Freak: Terrence. "Gotta keep that workspace clean!".
  • Never Say "Die": Averted in Legend of the NeverBeast. While explaining to Fawn that Gruff is still good, Tink mentions that if Gruff hadn't pushed her out of the way of a falling tree, she would've been killed.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The teaser for Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is largely comprised of scenes that never happened in the actual movie and show different characterizations - for example, Lizzie carries around Tink in a jar and declares that "every museum will want one!"
    • Many of the trailers for the first movie were very different than the actual movie.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Secret of the Wings, Lord Milori has his Snowy Owl knock off the snowmaker off the bridge and into the stream, which gets stuck near the limitless ice on the winter shore, causing the snowstorm. This then causes the existence of the rest of Pixie Hollow to be threatened as it threatens to kill the Pixie Dust Tree. And yet, he becomes a Karma Houdini.
    • In the beginning of The Pirate Fairy, Zarina committed the taboo of tampering with pixie dust after being warned by Fairy Gary not to as it was too volatile. She winds up destroying the dust depot and some of Pixie Hollow as a result.
    • A more literal example happens near the climax of Legend of the Neverbeast Nix, a Knight Templar scout, destroys one of the lightning rods the titular beast is using to drain the energy from a cursed storm, making a bad situation much worse.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Zarina, the titular character from Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy.
  • No Name Given: Dr. Griffith's first name is never made known.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Gruff in Legend of the Neverbeast. The fragments of his role in fairy history suggest that he's a threat, while in fact he protects Pixie Hollow from the effects of the Comet of Doom.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The stinkbug incident in Lost Treasure.
    • The various incidents that befell all the other Garden Fairies who previously participated in the Pixie Hollow Games.
    • What happened the last time Zarina had Blue Dust duty in The Pirate Fairy. Apparently she touched the Blue Pixie Dust, but the consequences are never discussed.
    • The reason Rosetta "still can't sit up straight" in Legend of the Neverbeast.
  • Once More, with Clarity: The encounter between Tinker Bell and Gruff. The first time it looks like Gruff's become a Tragic Monster and tries to kill her. Tink's retelling adds the context of Gruff saving her life.
  • The One Guy: While there are men in Pixie Hollow, they are very outnumbered compared to women. The only recurring males in the series that aren't Cameos are Terence, Bobble, Clank, and Fairy Gary.
  • Opposing Sports Team: In Pixie Hollow Games, the Storm Fairies Glimmer and Rumble are the team to beat, having swept the competition for four years straight and earning four champion rings. Their rallying cheer for this game is "One for the thumb!" Rumble plays this completely straight, while Glimmer is portrayed more sympathetically.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: These ones are born from new babies' first laughs and are responsible for various natural phenomena. Also, the males are referred to as "Sparrow Men".
  • Out of Focus: Many previously important characters (Terence, Zarina, Clank, Bobble, Fairy Mary, and all the Winter Fairies, including Periwinkle and Lord Milori), were nowhere to be found in Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, which focused on Fawn. Even Tink, despite the fact that her name appears in the title, and the others in her "core group" (Vidia, Silvermist, Rosetta, and Iridessa), had significantly smaller roles than usual.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Played with in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, when Terence and Fairy Gary try to go to an owl for help, but all the owl says is "hoo".
  • Painting the Colors on the Leaves: The fairies bring the seasons to the mainland.
  • Palate Propping: Nyx jams her stick into a hawk's beak to keep it from eating Tinker Bell.
  • Palette Swap: Many of the extras comprise of the same fairy models with differently-colored clothing, skin and hair.
    • This is actually a plot point in The Secret Of The Wings, in that Periwinkle is Tink with wild, white hair and a different dress.
  • Parental Neglect: Lizzy's father, who is too busy with his research to give her a second thought.
  • Pirate Booty: The Mirror of Incanta is stowed away among some pirate booty.
  • Pirate Girl: Zarina in The Pirate Fairy.
  • Placebo Eureka Moment: Terence and the owl in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, after Lizzie opens the cage after Tinker Bell got stuck for a while, Tinker Bell slowly gets out and then flies as fast as she could to the window while Lizzie tells Tink to wait and says that she's not going to hurt you and then Tink flies to the corner of the ceiling.
    Lizzie: Don't be afraid. I just want to be your friend.
  • Prodigal Hero: Zarina in The Pirate Fairy. As a Dustkeeper, she is forbidden from tampering with Pixie Dust. When her experiments with the Dust cause a potted plant to grow out of control and destroy the Dust Depot, she is fired as a Dustkeeper and flees Pixie Hollow in disgrace. A year later, after she's become a pirate captain, put all of Pixie Hollow to sleep with poppy pollen, and stolen the Blue Dust essential to Fairy society, her friends appreciate the value of her "alchemy" talent and welcome her back, including her former boss.
  • Puppy Eyes: In "The Great Fairy Rescue", Tinkerbell notices a butterfly trapped in a jar by Dr. Griffiths and it makes her puppy eyes to convince her to set it free.
  • Redhead In Green: The tinker fairies with red hair since the color of clothing for tinker fairies is green.
  • Relationship Reveal: Queen Clarion and Lord Milori in The Secret of the Wings, as both …And That Little Girl Was Me and an In-Universe public display of affection.
    Dewey: I didn't know they were going to do the smoochy, smoochity. Guess they're telling people now.
  • Retcon: In the first movie, we see winter fairies with the Minister of Winter (as well as this movie being their only appearance) and no problems would occur if a non-winter fairy was to enter their part of the hollow (besides getting chilly) and vice versa. Come Secret of the Wings, the minister is replaced with Lord Milori, and the problem of wings in different climates is a plot point.
  • Rip Van Winkle: Gruff comes out of hibernation when a Comet of Doom causes a storm that threatens Pixie Hollow, which only happens once every 972 years.
  • Running Gag:
    • The fireworks launcher hooking someone on the leg and flinging them into the air in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
    • Fairy Mary always calling out to someone name Lucinda to stop slacking off.
  • Scenery Censor: Subverted in The Great Fairy Rescue. At one point, Tink is shown sitting with her bare feet sticking out of the tiny bathtub in Lizzie's dollhouse, making it appear as though she's bathing in the nude. She then steps out, where it's revealed that she actually only took off her shoes and is still fully clothed.
  • Scenery Porn: The animation style is so beautiful to watch.
  • Science Is Wrong: A major point of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Rumble does not take losing well, even when it's just a single round in the Pixie Hollow Games and his team's still highly-ranked and regarded.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: The Owl in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
  • Separated at Birth: Tinker Bell discovers she has a fraternal twin in Tinker Bell and the Secret of The Wings. Both get born from the same laugh but Tinker was the one who reached the Pixie Dust Tree in Pixie Hollow while Periwinkle got lost by the wind and reached the Pixie Dust Tree's branch in the Winter Woods.
    • Don't Split Us Up: Tinker and Peri try to find a way to be able to cross the border between the warm side and the Winter Woods and be together, since warm fairies's wings can get freeze at the cold weather and winter fairies's wings can't take hot temperatures.
  • Serendipitous Survival: In The Pirate Fairy, Clank leaves the stadium to use the bathroom, just before Zarina unleashes clouds of sleeping dust that put everyone to sleep. Clank returns to his seat, asking a knocked out Bobble if he missed anything, before it finally dawned on him what had happened.
  • Ship Tease: Terence and Tink, and it goes into Trolling Creator territory in Secret of the Wings with this exchange: speaking about Terence, Peri asks, "Is he your boyfriend?", Tink looks up and away and goes "Uuuhhhh...", and then they cut to the next scene.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, after Tinker Bell gets lost in a forest and ends up in a clearing, cute woodland bugs come out, surround her, and help her find her way ala Snow White.
    • Bobble and Clank are clearly a shout out to the great slapstick movie team Laurel and Hardy, especially when Bobble says "It certainly is".
    • Lizzie's crashing against the tree on her flight is a lot like the scene from "Kiki's Delivery Service".
    • Tink's frantic attempt to disable the car by pulling the fuel lines and wires, like Mrs. Brisby does with the tractor in The Secret of NIMH.
    • In Secret of the Wings, there's apparently a book in Pixie Hollow's library that titled "Beauty and the Bees".
    • In The Pirate Fairy, Zarina's crew prepares for her some tea, Earl Grey, hot.
    • Zarina's pirate outfit comes with a single hoop earring with three beads, which is identical to the bracelet child Kida loses a the start of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • Show Within a Show: "Fairy Tale Theater".
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being the antagonist, Vidia made no appearances in the trailers for the first Tinker Bell movie, outside of a two-second appearance in a sneak peek.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Dr. Griffith steadfastly refuses to believe in Fairies and their magic; even after a livid Tinker Bell flies up in his face and gives him a stern jingling over how he's been treating his daughter, he sees her as just a fascinating curiosity to show off at the museum. His skepticism finally comes crashing down when he sees Lizzy flying with Tink and her friends.
  • Snarky Non Human Side Kick: Blaze.
  • Snipe Hunt: Vidia sending Tinker Bell to catch the sprinting thistles.
  • Snow Means Cold: Unless it's frost.
  • Something Else Also Rises: Bobble's goggles "popping" at the sight of Tink in her Fairy Sexy new threads.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Tink loses her temper and gives a long, furious diatribe to Lizzie's dad in "The Great Fairy Rescue". From his perspective, all we hear is a very angry bell ringing.
  • Southern Belle: How Rosetta sounds when she speaks.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Beck, Fawn and presumably other animal fairies.
  • Spring Is Late: The climax of the first movie.
  • Start of Darkness: In Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, one particular member of Zarina's crew is a young man named James, who would later become Captain Hook.
  • Status Quo Is God: Justified, as the stories are mostly self-contained standalones and there wasn't any guarantee that there would be another entry in the series. Just about the only substantial thing that sticks is Vidia's Heel–Face Turn from The Great Fairy Rescue.
    • At the end of Secret of the Wings, it turns out Tink broke her wings in the climax, which can't be fixed... only to be healed when Tink and Peri put their wings together.
    • Legend of the NeverBeast ends with Gruff going back to sleep for another millennia, eliminating any chance that he can return during the series.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: During the Pixie Hollow Games, Rumble mockingly tells Rosetta that garden fairies should focus on staying pretty — then laughs and pretends to apologize, adding that she already is.
  • Stopped Dead in Their Tracks: In 'Secret of the Wings', in a dramatic moment Tinkerbell and Periwinkle plead with Lord Milori to let them stay together, revealing that they are sisters. He stops suddenly, back-turned, and we pan to a sorrowful look on his face.
  • A Storm Is Coming: And fairies can't fly with wet wings...
    • It's later established that if a 'warm' fairy's wings get frozen, or a winter fairy's wings get too warm, they can break and are impossible to repair... unless you have someone with the same exact wings...
  • Suddenly Speaking: Tinker Bell, having been The Voiceless in animation and only spoken in comics prior to this. The Voiceless trope in Disney Fairies mimicks the pre-adaptation depiction of fairy speak as a Mythology Gag: when humans are involved (with Lizzy in Great Fair Rescue), as fairies are consistently heard as jingles. Most of the films are heard from the fairy perspective, which abides the Translation Convention of depicting the primary language of the fairies as dialogue in the viewer's language.
  • That Came Out Wrong: "I don't want to be just a... a stupid tinker!" -cue hurt faces from Bobble and Clank-
  • Terms of Endangerment: Vidia regularly refers to Tink as "Sweetie" throughout the first movie. Not necessarily a sign to run away, but her tone is pretty hostile. Thankfully, Vidia drops this during The Great Fairy Rescue and it doesn't spring up again... unless you count the books.
  • Third-Person Person: Rumble.
  • Those Two Guys: Again, Bobble and Clank.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In Pixie Hollow Games, Chloe and Rosetta fill these respective roles as the two representatives for the Garden Fairies in that season's games.
  • Troll Bridge: Guarded by actual trolls!
  • Toilet Humor: In Legend of the NeverBeast, one of the Animal Fairies is training a baby skunk how to target its... special ability. It's about to misfire until Nyx shows up and casually stops it by putting its tail over its butt.
  • Toyless Toy Line Character: The usual "girls' show rules" apply of male and/or evil characters getting the shaft. Vidia always toed the line of Good Is Not Nice in the books, but it wasn't until her Heel–Face Turn in the third movie that she went from Toyless Toy Line Character to having a ton of merch.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: The Garden Fairies have always performed poorly in the Pixie Hollow Games. Chloe's response to this is a rallying cheer of "Dig deep and break the streak!"
  • Unwanted Assistance: Tink feels this way toward Terrence after his annoying actions cause Tink to break her scepter.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In the first film when Vidia accidentally reveals she let the Sprinting Thistles loose on purpose, Queen Clarion punishes her into rounding them all up and returning them to Needlepoint Meadow as fast as she can, prompting her to fly off in anger and is not seen again for the rest of the movie.
  • Villain Song: The Pirate Fairy features "The Frigate That Flies".
  • Wasteful Wishing: In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, when Tinker Bell finds the lost mirror with only one wish left, she unknowingly uses the last wish to get Blaze to be quiet for just a minute.
  • Weather Dissonance: In The Secret of the Wings, Winter starts to invade the warm seasons in Pixie Hollow thanks to a snowmaker made by Tink, Clank, and Bobble falling into the path of some drift ice.
  • Wham Line: In the first film when Vidia accidentally reveals her thistle plot to everyone:
    Vidia: Maybe I should’ve told you to capture the hawk instead of the thistles!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: More or less due to the limited time in the films, however.
    • Coincidentally, Mouse stops appearing after the first couple of movies. Possibly justified in that the later movies take place away from Pixie Hollow and/or where Tink works and lives.
    • Zarina and her fairy dust alchemy isn't followed up after her movie, despite the implications that her talent-changing dust could have on Pixie Hollow's operating structure.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: Tinker Bell, the youngest of the tinker-talent fairies, has a close personal relationship with Queen Clarion throughout the films. She even helps reunite Queen Clarion and Lord Milori.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell gives one to her friends for breaking their promise in helping her get to the mainland after they told her that it doesn't matter now that she discovered her talent.
    Tinker Bell: If you really want me to be happy, you would help me get to the Main Land, like you promised!
    • In Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, after Tinker Bell tells the trolls everything she's done and been through in her effort to make the scepter and fix the Moonstone (which often involved getting angry with Terence), one of the trolls looks at her and declares, "You're not very nice!"
  • Will They or Won't They?: Played with in Tink & Terence's relationship. They basically act like friends, with no hint of a romance aside from a very close friendship, but it's obvious that's where the fans are supposed to think it's going (even other characters do). There's a gag in The Secret of the Wings where Periwinkle asks Tinker Bell, "Is he your boyfriend?", and Tink just goes "Uhhhhh..." and the scene cuts away.
  • Winter Royal Lady: The Minister of Winter.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Periwinkle doesn't take over the story, but, since she's a Breakout Character and it was shortly after her first appearance in Secret of the Wings that the series was announced to be cancelled due to low toy sales, merchandise has been shilling her every chance they get. She was in The Pirate Fairy for two thirty-second cameos but got more merchandise for that movie than Iridessa, Fawn, and Vidia combined, all three of whom were present throughout the main plot!
  • You Don't Look Like You: Fawn got a more toyetic redesign for Legend of the NeverBeast, along with a new voice actor. A deleted scene features a sarcastic Vidia questioning "Are we even sure that's really her?" after her makeover.