From the thread: Fairies and the Fairy Type: Why Fairies aren't a bad idea for a type
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The word "fairy" is from the kanji 妖精, which means "wicked, vicious spirit". It doesn't automatically translate to something like Tinkerbell in anyways.
I think it's because of Sylveon that the "fairy" type is being negatively viewed by some. I once made a blog post on how Sylveon's design looks like those creatures from magical girl anime shows - and Sylveon just looks like it can fit in a show like Madoka Magica without any trouble at all. I think THAT's part of the problem why people seem to think the overall fairy-type is a bad idea because it looks so 'girly', 'magical-anime-ish', 'stupid-moe' (yes, I heard someone saying that somewhere). Sylveon's image kinda brought it on people. Look at the pictures in the spoiler and you'll see what I mean.
Pokemon itself isn't meant to be anything like those kinds of anime where girly girl magical fantasies are happening (I know Madoka isn't that kind of anime, but let's just go with the overall impression). Yet somehow, Sylveon's introduction kinda brought that on people because it's design just screams "Hey I'm MEANT to target the little girlies because I'm so cute and magical!". So people assume the fairy-type itself is all like that. And with the pokemons they introduced as fairy-types, it's not exactly doing anything to help get rid of that impression.
Jigglypuff - the pink cuddly singer.
Marill - the blue cuddly mouse.
Gardevoir - the guardian angel similar to those female elves you see in MMOs
They're all either very cute or feminine in appearance.
If they had actually introduced a pokemon like Mismagius as a fairy-type, then people might've had a different impression since Mismagius is actually a ghost-type that's more like an evil witch. Or introduce a trickster fairy pokemon that looks similar to Sabyele. If they keep introducing fairy-type pokemons that are cute or feminine, it's not going to do them much justice because no matter how we scream "FAIRIES AREN'T TINKERBELL!!", the impression won't go away easily.
The fairy-type isn't a bad idea - it's that they released girly-ish pokemons as fairy-types that made this whole debate, imo. We need some actual fairies that aren't cute/feminine. Personally, I'd be all for faires that look like trolls depicted in those Europeon folktales.