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A fairy tale is a type of mythic story often involving magical aspects and an elemental lesson to be learned by children.

The term can also be used in a derogatory manner in reference to something that the speaker might find absurd or ridiculous. Some Cardassians, such as Dukat, thought the Celestial Temple was a Bajoran "fairy tale" before the Bajoran wormhole was discovered in 2369. They also thought the same about ancient contact, at least until 2371. (DS9: "Explorers")

Chief O'Brien frequently read his daughter Molly fairy tale stories such as Rumpelstiltskin at bedtime. (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")

O'Brien later told Nog the Great Material Continuum sounded like a Ferengi fairy tale, but Nog told him it was real. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River")

"Smiley" O'Brien thought our universe and its Humans not being slaves to the Alliance sounded like a fairy tale, although one he would like to believe in. (DS9: "Crossover")

The Adventures of Flotter, a series of children's holonovels, utilized a fairy tale aesthetic and style. Naomi Wildman enjoyed the holoprograms during her time aboard the USS Voyager. Several adults aboard Voyager had similarly enjoyed these fairy tale-style adventures during their own childhoods. (VOY: "Once Upon a Time")

The title of the episode that introduces The Adventures of Flotter: Once Upon a Time, references a famous, common opening line of Western fairy tales.

Fairy tale literature

Earth fairy tales include:

Fairy tale beings

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