Flabébé is a small Pokémon with a white upper half and a green lower half. It has beady eyes, a pink blush mark on each cheek, long, notched ears, and a small, pointed nose. On top of its head are several spheres of pollen that form a crown. It has stubby arms and a tail, but no visible legs. Flabébé is a female-only species with no male counterpart. It is one of the shortest and lightest Pokémon in existence.
Flabébé is usually seen holding the yellow stigma of a flower, called a “Fairy Flower” in the anime. The flower has three stamens and rounded petals that can be red, yellow, orange, blue, or white. It also has a short green stem with three small leaves. Its crown is made from the flower's pollen, which has healing properties. Flabébé can control and draw power out of the flower but is unsafe without it. However, it will continue searching until it finds a flower that it likes. The animehas shown that if one of the petals on a Flabébé's flower falls off, it will be unable to float around. According to Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster and Gurkinn in A Festival Reunion!, the White Flower Flabébé is rare and difficult to find.
In A Festival Reunion!, Goh caught one Blue, Yellow, Red, and Orange Flower Flabébé each in Shalour City. A White Flower Flabébé also appeared in the episode, marking the form's anime debut. The episode ended with Goh running after her to catch her, which he was revealed to have succeeded at in The Cuteness Quotient!. In Under Color of Darkness!, all of the Flabébé evolved into Floette, and Goh released his White Flower Floette in the episode's ending.
Multiple Orange Flower, Yellow Flower, and Blue Flower Flabébé appeared in the opening sequence of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. This movie also marked the Blue Flower Flabébé's debut.
In Facing the Grand Design!, multiple Red Flower, Orange Flower, Yellow Flower, and Blue Flower Flabébé were living near Grace Tower. This episode also marked the main series debuts of the Blue Flower and Yellow Flower Flabébé.
Flabébé appears to be based on fairies and nymphs, in particular Antheia due to its flower wreath-like "crown" upon its head, as well as possibly Chloris. It may have also been inspired by the concept of insect pollination, considering its small stature and grasp upon the flower's female organ, the stigma.
Flabébé may be a combination of フラワー flower and bébé (French for baby).