Ouphes are small humanoid creatures. They are often associated with the (green) natural world, and are related to faeries and possibly gremlins. All ouphes tend to be small in stature (about the size of a dwarf or kithkin) with pointed ears, but otherwise vary widely in appearance, including the human-like brownies and pyknites, and the animalistic brown ouphes. The first creature to bear the type was Brown Ouphe in Ice Age (though the Shelkin Brownie from Legends and Niall Silvain from The Dark were retroactively issued errata to become Ouphes as well.
Most ouphes are asocial, and many are hostile toward artifice. They have a reputation for being extremely annoying.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- "Ouphe" is an old Germanic word, possibly Old English or Icelandic, meaning "elf child" or "one left by the fairies." 
- In the Grand Creature Type Update the creature types Brownie, Niall-Silvain and Pyknite were all changed into Ouphe. In the The Grand Creature Type Update Update Gremlin was dropped in favor of Ouphe (Phyrexian Gremlins), but this was reversed in Mirrodin Besieged.
- The subtype Ouphe is preferred over Fairie when the creatures aren't little humanoids with wings. It took a while before this distinction became clear. For example Shelkin Brownie used to be a Faerie, while Fyndhorn Brownie used to be a Brownie. Now, both are Ouphes. On the other hand, Mark Rosewater supposes that if Ouphe would return, they might get consolidated creature type-wise. Most likely as green fairies.
- Gilder Bairn appears in many casual decks, because of the unique counter-doubling ability.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Magic Arcana. (May 15, 2008.) "Ouphe! There It Is!", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Jenna Helland. (April 18, 2008.) "Ask Wizards", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (November 21, 2018.) "Ouphes on the Beeble scale?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater. (November 24, 2018.) "What about leprechauns, brownies, and various other related non-winged tricksy fairies from folklore as non flying green fairies?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- Tom Jenkot. (August 11, 2010.) "Ouphe Affection", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.