“The fair (and not-so fair) folks”

Films: The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

Alias: Thimbletack the Brownie/Boggart, Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin, the goblins (Redcap), Mulgarath the Ogre, the mole troll, sprites, the griffin, the Sylphs

Type: Mystical

Location: Forest/Civilized Area/Eldritch location

Height/Weight: Ranges from that of mice to trucks.

Affiliation: Good (Thimbletack, Hogsqueal, sprites, griffin), Neutral (sylphs), Evil (the rest)

Summary: Sometimes, you just want to sit back and wonder if deep within the woods, there's a whole new world beyond our sight. Well first of all, never let that mindset die out, and also, one man took the risk of seeking it out. It ended...interestingly.

History: Long ago in the early 20th century, mild-mannered recluse Arthur Spiderwick uncovered the existence of the Faeries. Basically, the entirely of supernatural creatures invisible to the naked eye. He spent years documenting their world in a special field guide, but he had to live in a hexed circle around his house to prevent the less than savory ones from getting their hands on it. Unfortunately, he inadvertently stepped out of bounds saving his daughter Lucina, and was spirited away by Sylphs. Now years later, a modern family owns his estate, and a young boy has found his book. This is no good thing, as his discovery has gotten the attention of Mulgarath, a viciously cunning Ogre out to get the book, learn all of his kind's secrets, and take over both man and Faerie. Now, the boy and his family must get the book out of his grasp by any means necessary.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: The troll gets smashed by a incoming car, Redcap and his goblin minions are reduced to green innards after getting caught in an explosive tomato sauce trap, and Mulgarath manages to grab the book in his bird form...only to be snatched and eaten piece by piece by Hogsqueal. Soon afterwards, Lucina meets Spiderwick again, and the two get to depart to the Sylphs' realm in peace now that the book is in good hands.

Powers/Abilities: All Faeries cannot be seen by human eyes, though Brownies can become visible if they want to. They also turn into strong yet cruel and ferocious Boggarts if angered. Hobgoblins can grant people "the Sight" by spitting in their eyes, thus allowing them to see all Faeries. Mulgarath can shapeshift into anything, while the Sylphs can transport people to a special realm that only they inhabit, though at least griffins can enter as well.

Weakness: Anything conventional. Though Boggarts can be pacified by honey, Hogsqueal is hopelessly addicted to birds, Goblins can be hurt by salt and tomatoes of all things, and Mulgarath, for all of his power, is vulnerable in whatever form he turns into.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-Needless to say, the odd morality of most of these creatures is bound to keep you on your toes. While guys like the Brownies and Hobgoblins are endearingly friendly (Hogsqueal's major hankering for Mulgarath's horrid demise notwithstanding), even they have their unsavory habits. The true terrors await with Mulgarath's forces, he himself looking like a demonic tree-gorilla, and his minions being utterly savage goblins and trolls that look more like ravenous lizard-men. And keep in mind that this is hardly a pocket's worth of the creatures that Spiderwick recorded in life.

Trivia: -The book series this film was based on had an actual field guide of Faeries released with it. It’s an interesting read, with all sorts of weird interpretations of popular beasts of folklore, such as cocatrice's that look like frilled lizards and wyverns that look more like birds.

-Rather bizarrely, the lead child actor, Freddy Highmore, plays both the older and the younger brother in this film. Can you just stop and imagine for a second how long it took for us to realize that?! Our minds were rather blown, is what we're saying.

Image Gallery

"RUN! They're going to show us Spongebob Season 6 re-runs!"

"Kill those who thought my cap looked silly!"

Count his blessings. At least the Harry Potter buffs didn't jump on this.
Where does one thing begin and end here?!

This Shrek cosplay has gone too far!

If I lived under the ground my whole life, I'd mistake those kids for easy prey as well.
Closer? Hopefully not in Jersey.

"Do you wish to talk about the bees, our lords and saviors?"

Cue the Seinfeld theme a few minutes after this.

This redesign for Pig from Back at the Barnyard isn't doing it for me.

ACK! A rejected Ent from the Planet of the Apes!