|Type :||Magical energy entity|
|Notable distinctions :||Extradimensional|
Extraterrestrial-esque abduction of humans
|Main weaknesses :|| Magic|
|Culture(s) of origin :||European folklore|
|Native range :|| Avalon|
|First appearance :||Clap Your Hands If You Believe...|
Fairies - also known by many others names, including faerie, fairyfolk, fairey, fae, sidhe or ultraterrestrials - are powerful and mischievous energy entities of magic. They originate from another dimension, and are ruled by the fairy king Oberon. Many different castes and types of fairy exist. Fairies are known to abduct firstborn human sons to Avalon, and in this respect are commonly behind UFOs, close encounters and crop circles.
Fairies are powerful extradimensional entities of magic and energy. They apparently have a true form in their home dimension, in which they can only be described as "beings" and are too bright for a human to visually make out. When fairies come to Earth, they manifest in human form, although how human the fairy appears depends on what kind of fairy it is - most fairies like redcaps and leprechauns can appear in fully human form, but certain other fairy classes' human forms on Earth may instead be miniature and/or possess wings and glow brightly. In the earthly realm, fairies are completely invisible to humans, with a few exceptions - a fairy can allow a human to see it if it chooses so, and a human who has been to the fairy realm and has returned can see all fairies on Earth regardless. It also seems that fairies' presence at least sometimes shuts down all electronic and electrical lights in the immediate vicinity. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Fairies are very powerful beings, capable of many great and significant magical and supernatural feats, and one leprechaun implied that fairies' magic is even greater than angels'. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe... onwards) Fairies can transfigure objects into different and weaker or stronger forms, can animate and control inanimate miscellanea, and can mystically cause a human to suffer the effects of a certain negative miscellanea (such as being poisoned with belladonna, getting sick, or being stretched and pulled apart by chariot-driven ropes) without that miscellanea actually being present. (LARP and the Real Girl) Fairies such as leprechaus, tinkerbells and redcaps can also exhibit bursts of superhuman strength in combat. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
As creatures of energy, fairies can apparently sense, smell and differentiate different forms and variations of energy - fairies can smell souls (which to them "give off a certain perfume") and thus tell if a person is soulless, and they can also track the scent of a person's soul once that person has been to the fairy realm. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe..., Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 6)
Fairies can cross between the earthly plane and the fairy world (or be summoned to Earth by certain spells), (Clap Your Hands If You Believe..., LARP and the Real Girl) and they can transport humans from Earth to the fairies' dimension. Fairies can open portals to their world on the earthly plane, which work in a very similar manner to the tractor beams of UFO lore - the portal levels any vegetation it touches, and it can either transport humans caught under it to the fairy realm or expunge humans back to Earth. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...) Alternatively, a fairy can transport a human to the fairy realm just by teleporting back to their world with the human in tow. (LARP and the Real Girl) It has also been claimed that fairies such as leprechauns know 'backdoors' in and out of even immensely secure realms such as Lucifer's cage, and it has been implied that even archangels like Michael and Lucifer wouldn't be a threat or deterrent to a fairy. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Fairies are known to have eccentric and mischievous behaviour patterns, but can still be very dangerous. Fairies wish to abduct humans to their realm (and can if a human makes a deal with a leprechaun), but they're only interested in taking firstborn sons. Very little is known about what happens to the firstborns abducted by fairies, except that the first thing to happen to them is to be taken to a probing table, and that they will never be returned to Earth once they've been taken (unless the abducted human proves very troublesome upon arrival). A fairy expert speculated that the firstborns abducted are taken to Avalon and made to service King Oberon. Fairies such as elves love and relish cream, although cream also has a similar intoxicating effect on fairies to alcohol's effects on humans, and thus consuming too much cream can cause fairies to pass out in the night. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...) Despite most fairies being dangerous, cunning and mischievous, there are 'good fairies' who are pacifistic and benevolent towards humans. (LARP and the Real Girl)
Though very powerful and difficult to get rid of, there are some means of banishing, harming and/or controlling fairies. All fairies hate iron, which is non-fatal but still painful to them if shot with it, and thus iron can be used to momentarily stun and weaken a fairy like a leprechaun. "Dark" fairies such as leprechauns are also vulnerable to silver, which will burn them on contact. Another major fairy weakness is grains - when a grain substance such as salt or sugar is spilled in front of a fairy, that fairy, no matter how powerful, will be bound to stoop and count each of the spilled grains before the fairy can do anything else. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Magic and spells, as well as being one of fairies' main strengths and powers, can also be used against them. One of the spells used for summoning fairies to Earth will also bind the summoned fairy to obey the caster as their master and do the master's bidding. Also, just as there are spells for summoning fairies to Earth, there is also a counter-spell for banishing all the summoned fairies back to their realm. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe..., LARP and the Real Girl)
Types of fairyEdit
There is are multiple different types and castes of fairy, and it is said that fairies have a very wide variety of different forms and subspecies.
Elves are hardworking builder fairies, which appear on Earth as humans the size of dolls. Despite their very small size, elves are very skilled at constructing clockwork-based devices such as toys and clocks, and at improving and upgrading them to be very popular selling products. Elves can be brought to the earthly world by leprechauns when the latter fairies are summoned. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
"Good fairies" are benevolent and pacifistic fairies, who do not kill humans of their own will nor wish to harm them. They are very powerful and are able to warp reality and time and space, although they can be bound by a summoning spell. (LARP and the Real Girl)
Leprechauns are a powerful type of fairy, who can be summoned to Earth to make a deal, and can apparently bring other fairies such as elves to the earthly dimension with them. Leprechauns are intelligent and cunning, and usually attempt to cheat, trick and manipulate their human summoners and enemies by offering them a tempting deal, but leprechauns are also deadly and formidable in combat when threatened. Leprechauns' aim is apparently to cheat those who make deals with them out of their firstborn, and to get as many other firstborn children as they can taken away to the fairy realm. Leprechauns are apparently dark fairies, as they can be burned on contact by silver. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Redcaps are brutal, sadistic and merciless killers, who act as the brutes and thugs of the fairyfolk. When an abducted firstborn returns to Earth, a redcap can be sent to the earthly realm after them, apparently to kill them. Redcaps appear to, rather than going up to and killing their victims outright, stalk and follow them around, then gradually begin to close in for the kill, at which point they will brutally attack and beat their target. Redcaps appear on Earth as unshaven men wearing bloodred hats, and they are capable of highly violent superhuman strength in a fight. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
'Tinkerbells,' called so for their resemblance to the fictional Disney fairy character of that name, are very small but rather aggressive fairies. When a tinkerbell is in the earthly world, it has the outward appearance of a flying sphere of multi-coloured light, but if one able to perceive fairies squints closely, they'll apparently see the tinkerbell as a tiny naked lady with wings. Despite their very small stature, tinkerbells are able to fly and move at very quick speeds, and can easily knock humans back with significant force. However, it seems that a tinkerbell only attacks a person when they look at or comment on its naked female form. Tinkerbells can be logically killed by microwaving them in a microwave oven, which causes them to explode like any conventional living thing. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Other creatures of AvalonEdit
Though not specifically identified as being fairies, there are multiple other beings and entities known to be natives of Avalon. They include:
- Flying monkeys - Evil creatures resembling winged monkeys, which were part of the Wicked Witch's army in Oz. (Slumber Party)
- Fairy Devil - Fairies apparently have their own Devil, who is a different being to Lucifer and is implied to be even more powerful. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Culture and hierarchyEdit
Very little is known about fairies' hierarchy and culture, though they apparently have a monarchy-ruled society in Avalon, with Oberon as their king. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...) The fairy realm apparently also has some form of justice system, as humans who are discovered to have bound and enslaved good fairies will face a "fairy tribunal" in Avalon. (LARP and the Real Girl) It is known that fairies, like humans and angels, have a Devil, but theirs is a different Devil to Lucifer. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Little is known about fairies' history, except that the majority of the fairyfolk live in the fairy realm, and are led and ruled over by the king Oberon. Throughout history, fairies have apparently been coming to the earthly realm to abduct human firstborn sons to the fairy realm. In recent times, while fairies have continued their firstborn-abducting activities on Earth, they now cover up their activities and presence (as well as the crop circles caused by the portals fairies use to abduct their firstborn victims) with alien lore of close encounters and UFOs and abductions. It is thought that in this respect, fairies' firstborn-abducting activities are likely in fact the truth behind alien abductions and UFO sightings. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
Hunts and encountersEdit
- In late 2010 - early 2011, Elwood, Indiana clockmaker Mr. Brennan summoned and made a deal with a leprechaun; to revitalise his business's popularity in exchange for his firstborn son. While the leprechaun did indeed make Brennan's business popular again by bringing in elves to build and improve the clock products, he also used the deal with Brennan to give the fairies free reign to stay in Elwood and abduct more of the town's firstborns. Over the following two months, the fairies abducted four firstborns, while the leprechaun, under the alias of UFO-theorist Wayne Whittaker, helped cover the fairies' activities up as close encounters. When Sam and Dean came to Elwood to investigate, Dean was abducted to Avalon, but sent back to Earth when he fought back against his fairy captors, though the fairies did send a redcap after him. After the brothers pieced together the truth about the fairies and Brennan's involvement, Sam used a counter-spell to reverse the spell which had summoned the fairies; sending all the fairies in Eldwood back to their world, and presumably putting an end to the local firstborn abductions. (Clap Your Hands If You Believe...)
- In early 2013, Gerry summoned and bound a good fairy, Gilda, to do his bidding. Gerry forced Gilda to begin harming and later killing his Moondoor rivals; having her use her powers to kill Ed Nelson, Lance Jacobsen and Jaime Parker among others, then to kidnap Charlie. Gilda was freed when Charlie destroyed Gerry's spellbook, and the former subsequently returned to her realm, taking Gerry with her to face a fairy tribunal. (LARP and the Real Girl)
- At some point after Dorothy Baum and the Wicked Witch disappeared in 1935, James Haggerty made a deal with a fairy to get poppy extract after learning it could be used to harm the Witch. (Slumber Party)
Fairies are mythical supernatural/metaphysical/preternatural beings in European folklore. Contrary to modern culture's depiction of fairies as tiny, winged, benevolent humanoids, the fairies of original folklore were depicted as being malicious and mischievous. Generally, fairies are described as appearing human and possessing magical powers. Fairies' origins and exactly what they are is unknown, but theories have been put forward - among these theories are that fairies could be either: pagan gods who had been demonised with the coming of Christianity, fallen angels who weren't evil enough to become demons in Hell, spirits of the dead, an elemental species distinct from angels and humans, or a race who lived in a hidden, secret world after being driven out by invading humans.
- According to Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 6, there are many other types of fairies besides those shown on Supernatural, such as:
- Dwarves, which are constantly mining precious gems and thus are usually too busy to bother humans.
- Goblins, which are small and mischievous and hold lifelong grudges against whomever crosses them.
- Brownies, which clean up humans' houses in exchange for room and board.
- Gnomes, who can act to humans as gardeners.
- It also indicates that changelings, which were featured in The Kids Are Alright, are in fact a type of fairy rather than a monster.