|Aggressivity||Low to Medium|
|Place of origin||England|
|Related species||Brownie, Duende, Elf, Fairy, Gnome, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Imp, Kobold, Leprechaun, Tomte|
|Behind the Scenes|
Pixies (a.k.a. piskies) are tiny humanoid beings from British folklore which are similar to - but originally distinct from - Fairies. They're most commonly portrayed as small humanoids with pointy ears and a mischievous disposition. Like Fairies, they tend to be depicted with wings nowadays. In modern contexts the word Pixie is usually acceptable as a synonym for Fairy.
The stories of Pixies originate in the areas of Devon and Cornwall. They're described as childlike humanoids which are mostly benign but mischievous and enjoy dance and frolic. Sometimes, the queen of Pixies is called Joan of Wad, and their king is Jack O'Lantern. They're sometimes presented as having an enmity with Fairies, and there have been documented wars between the two races. They're often seen wearing rags and will gladly accept good clothes as valuable gifts if offered.
Depictions in popular culture
- In Brett Davis' The Faery Convention, Pixies are a distinct type of Faeries and the only ones who can fly. They resemble one-foot-tall human miniatures with leathery wings, and are known to inhabit trees, which distinguish them from the larger, wingless, ground-based Faeries.
- In Harry Potter, Fairies and Pixies are distinct but related species. They're both diminutive winged humanoids; the main difference being that Fairies are harmless and more humanlike while Pixies are electric blue in color, have large pointed ears and are extremely violent towards humans.
- In the Disney Fairies franchise, the terms "Pixie" and "Fairy" appear to be synonymous. While Tinker Bell was originally identified as a Fairy by J. M. Barrie; the animated Walt Disney adaptation from 1953 refers to her as a Pixie. The later movies reverted to calling her species "Fairy", but maintain terms such as Pixie dust (in Barrie's original it's called "Fairy dust") and their homeland being known as Pixie Hollow.
- In the premiere episode of the fifth season of Face Off, the contestants were challenged to create an ensemble of mythical creatures including a Pixie (as well as Faun, Troll, Ogre and Witch).