Fairies are underused in modern fantasy, in my opinion. There's no better "big bad guy" than a little bastard who can mind your mind in two
Going after a dragon with an AC of 9  - that's bravery
Talking animal (i.e. halfling) in an ogre king's castle - that could happen in NOD.
Tenggren's design for the Evil Queen in Snow White.
This, my friend, is a paladin.