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Who would win in a 3 way fight the Harpy, Mermaid or the Fairy?

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Posted 11/22/08
i like the fairy pic but i go with the harpy XD
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In Greek mythology, a harpy was any one of the mainly winged death-spirits[2] best known for constantly stealing all food from Phineas. The literal meaning of the word seems to be "that which snatches" as it comes from the ancient Greek word harpazein which means "to snatch".
The harpy could also bring life. A harpy was the mother by the West Wind Zephyros of the horses of Achilles (Iliad xvi. 150). In this context Jane Harrison adduced the notion in Virgil's Georgics that mares became gravid by the wind alone, marvelous to say (iii.274).
Though Hesiod (Theogony) calls them two "lovely-haired" creatures, harpies as beautiful winged bird-women are a late development, in parallel with the transformation of the siren, a "creature malign though seductive in Homer, but gradually softened by the Athenian imagination into a sorrowful death angel". On a vase in the Berlin Museum, a harpy has a small figure of a hero in each claw, but her head is recognizably a Gorgon, with goggling eyes, protruding tongue, and tusks.

A mermaid is a mythological aquatic creature that is half human, half aquatic creature (e.g. a fish or dolphin). Various cultures throughout the world have similar figures. The word is a compound of mere, the Old English word for "sea," and maid, which has retained its original sense. Mermaids appear to have the torso of a fish and the body of a woman.
Much like sirens, mermaids would sometimes sing to sailors and enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing them to walk off the deck or run their ships aground. Other stories have them squeezing the life out of drowning men while attempting to rescue them. They are also said to take humans down to their underwater kingdoms. In Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid it is said that they forget that humans cannot breathe underwater, while others say they drown men out of spite.
The sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as mermaid-like; in fact, some languages use the same word for both bird and fish creatures, such as the Maltese word 'sirena'. Other related types of mythical or legendary creature are water fairies (e.g. various water nymphs) and selkies, animals that can transform themselves from seals to humans.

Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Their origins are less clear in the folklore, being variously dead, or some form of angel, or a species completely independent of humans or angels. Folklorists have suggested that their actual origin lies in a conquered race living in hiding, or in religious beliefs that lost currency with the advent of Christianity. These explanations are not always mutually incompatible, and they may be traceable to multiple sources.
Much of the folklore about fairies revolves about protection from their malice, by such means as cold iron (fairies don't like iron and will not go near it) or charms of rowan and herbs, or avoiding offense by shunning locations known to be theirs. In particular, folklore describes how to prevent the fairies from stealing babies and substituting changelings, and abducting older people as well. Many folktales are told of fairies, and they appear as characters in stories from medieval tales of chivalry, to Victorian fairy tales, and up to the present day in modern literature.
Although in modern culture they are often depicted as young, sometimes winged, females of small stature, they originally were depicted much differently: tall, radiant, angelic beings or short, wizened trolls being some of the commonly mentioned. Diminutive fairies of one kind or another have been recorded for centuries, but occur alongside the human-sized beings; these have been depicted as ranging in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child. Even with these small fairies, however, their small size may be magically assumed rather than constant.
Wings, while common in Victorian and later artwork of fairies, are very rare in the folklore; even very small fairies flew with magic, sometimes flying on ragwort stems or the backs of birds. Nowadays, fairies are often depicted with ordinary insect wings or butterfly wings.
Various animals have also been described as fairies. Sometimes this is the result of shapeshifting on part of the fairy, as in the case of the selkie (seal people); others, like the kelpie and various black dogs, appear to stay more constant in form.

hmmm i don know which 2 vote u decide.
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Posted 11/23/08 , edited 11/23/08
i going with Harpy but it could go any way its a hard one to pick but my vote is Harpy
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i think the fairy would win.
Posted 12/9/08
I would go for mermaid.,.,
if the mermaid would take down the fairy and harpy in the underwater world those two cannot do anything that can beat the mermaid i guess....
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i think the fairy..
because fairies can do all what they want to do..
and they have different powers not seen by others..

i also like the mermaid..
agree to the person above me..
those two can do nothing if they will be brought by the mermaid to the under water
or in the ocean.. harhar^^

the harpy also sounds interesting
even though it's my first time to notice such elements..
i learned these harpies can control the lives of the people..
if they wished for a person to die immediately then this will come true..
i think i have seen this kind of things before..

oohh..!..in Hercules!
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Posted 12/23/08
Harpy. It can fly and is fearsome with its talons.
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Much as I like mermaids, she's no siren. Even were she, harpies are always female and that fairy looks to be female to me, so her voice would have no power. Mermaids are out for me automatically, I think she'd be able to defend herself well enough below the sea against the two air-type creatures. She'd best stay hidden though, I don't think she'd have much of a chance, personally.

Harpies are notorious for being foul, ugly, nasty creatures that'd rip someone to shreds as soon as look at them. Besides the talons and the attitude of a scorned woman with license to kill, they're also creatures created to punish and destroy. Also, in Dante's Inferno, they tear apart the forest of trees created from the souls of those who have committed suicide. I believe this tie in from Greek mythology towards Dante's own "adventure" renders a Harpy a very, very dangerous creature.

Fairies on the other hand, while not always small, are capable of glamour. Illusion-casting and a penchant for mischief and malice make them an equally. They're gifted in twisting mortal lives, but are weak to iron and running water. Hence, mermaid would beat her. Fairies have a much wider base of lore and legend about them, from malicious courts to benevolent courts, and plenty of history to back them up. To go through everything each and every unique species could do would be hard to. Fairy, being such a broad term, gives little insight into which specific breed we'd be dealing with. Is it a kelpie? A Leanan Sidhe? Banshee? Elf? Even dwarves are considered fairies. Based on the picture, I'd say we'd be dealing with a Fairy Queen. This renders her very powerful, magic wise.

Did you also know that mermaids are considered fairies?

Here's my conclusion. Harpy > Mermaid > Fairy <Harpy. Harpy beats Mermaid in wickedness and cunning, Mermaid who beats the Fairy because of lore and running water, and Fairy beats Harpy through superior magical ability.
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KiraHatake wrote:

i like the fairy pic but i go with the harpy XD

I also am going with harpy, she'd rip the wings right off the fairy!

but I think the mermaid would be a problem, birds arn't natural swimmers her wings
would get wet and the mermaid wouldn't have to lift a finger! she'd just watch her drown


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KiraHatake wrote:

i like the fairy pic but i go with the harpy XD

I also am going with harpy, she'd rip the wings right off the fairy!

but I think the mermaid would be a problem, birds arn't natural swimmers her wings
would get wet and the mermaid wouldn't have to lift a finger! she'd just watch her drown



hehehhe awesome =D

ok you got a point there but hey you never know she might have something up her sleeve
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Posted 12/4/09

KiraHatake wrote:


RingMaster13 wrote:


KiraHatake wrote:

i like the fairy pic but i go with the harpy XD

I also am going with harpy, she'd rip the wings right off the fairy!

but I think the mermaid would be a problem, birds arn't natural swimmers her wings
would get wet and the mermaid wouldn't have to lift a finger! she'd just watch her drown



hehehhe awesome =D

ok you got a point there but hey you never know she might have something up her sleeve :D


Which the harpy or the mermaid?

uhhhmmmmm, okay I think if they were seriously going at it, Harpy could go and scoop the mermaid outta the water like eagles do and watch her flop around on land.

mermaid could wait just under the water intill the harpy comes close and shot out her arm and drag her in by her wing! Once she's wet you know the rest!


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harpy cause of its claws and they rilly sharp proby would kill you if you get hit once but fairy can use magic and can fly also i dont think the mermaid could win i dont know wich to chose harpy or fairy hm
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Who would win in a 3 way fight the Harpy, Mermaid or the Fairy?

The Harpy


The Mermaid


The Fairy




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Mermaid would win if it was a water fight cause she can drown them all!!!!
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