The average Never fairy stands at five inches tall (12.7 cm). Fairies can appear to be of any ethnicity in both the movies and books, although they usually have button noses and slanted eyes. In the films, however, it appears that some features and talents may be more likely to go together: for example, all ice-talent fairies have either white or black hair, and many light-talent fairies had dark hair and skin. Each fairy's wing design is unique, there are no two that are exactly the same, at least except for twins born of the same laugh (following the events of Secret of the Wings). Fairy speaking is difficult for humans to understand; to them, all fairies sound like the jingling of bells, but a select few are able to process what fairies are saying, such as Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
Each fairy has a talent - that is, a skill (whether magic or mundane) that he or she is born with the ability and knowledge to perform. Never fairies use their talents to contribute to their communal society in both continuities, and in the movies, bring seasons to the Mainland.