D is for...Dragons!
I couldn't write about fairy tales and not include Dragons! They're not included in a lot of fairy tales, but I still think they can be classed as fairy tale creatures.
Ok, I had to add that last one because it's just so cute! I think dragons tend to pop up more in fantasy and quest-type stories, but I love the old cliché where Prince Charming has to save the Princess from a terrible fire breathing dragon, and then they live happily ever after! (Most recently seen in Shrek!) I love it when dragons pop up in stories - King Arthur stories have dragons in them, and then there's more recent things like Harry Potter (Hungarian Horntail, anyone?) and Game of Thrones, which I think is my favourite thing at the minute that includes dragons!
I also love dragons as a creature - they can fly, and they can breathe fire! If they really existed, we wouldn't have a chance! Although it would be nice to own one as a pet - you'd never have enemies then!
There's also a quote by G. K. Chesterton about dragons that I like, that I'll leave you with:
"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."