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20th Aug '16 9:47:27 AM SilverSupernova
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* On ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'', the troll has a monstrous appearance and the weakness of turning to stone. It also harasses people anonymously over the internet.
6th Aug '16 9:10:19 PM PixelKnight
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[[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} grey-skinned aliens that can use computers and wear glasses]]? [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Tusked and mohawked]] practitioners of HollywoodVoodoo? Or perhaps something that guards bridges from [[Literature/ThreeBillyGoatsGruff errant goats?]] [[{{Troll}} Or could they simply be beings who entertain themselves at the expense of others?]]

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[[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} grey-skinned aliens from another universe that can use computers and wear glasses]]? [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Tusked and mohawked]] practitioners of HollywoodVoodoo? Or perhaps something that guards bridges from [[Literature/ThreeBillyGoatsGruff errant goats?]] [[{{Troll}} Or could they simply be beings who entertain themselves at the expense of others?]]
1st Aug '16 5:59:30 AM johnnye
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* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', where the gods argue at creation what elves, dwarves, and trolls should be like (as quoted above), with the [[ContinuitySnarl massive disagreement]] creating [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]]. Oddly enough, the only trolls we have seen are the "Sea Trolls". Lord Hinjo and Lien [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0507.html discuss the differences]] between land trolls and the aquatic trolls they encounter.

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* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', where the gods argue at creation what elves, dwarves, and trolls [[OurMonstersAreDifferent should be like (as quoted above), like]] (see page quote), with the [[ContinuitySnarl massive disagreement]] creating [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]]. Oddly enough, Snarl]], which eventually forces them to remake the world from scratch. The only trolls we have seen in the strip itself are the "Sea Trolls". aquatic trolls called "scrags": Lord Hinjo and Lien [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0507.html discuss the differences]] between these and land trolls and the aquatic trolls they encounter.trolls.
26th Jul '16 9:59:24 AM PixelKnight
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays with the dual meaning by having [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]] turn out to be actual grey-skinned creatures with horns. Further reveals have shown that they're HumanoidAliens, with BizarreAlienBiology implying that they're closer to insects than humans, divided into varieties with different blood colors that to some extent determine traits, abilities, and lifespan. They're a HigherTechSpecies whose society runs on BlueAndOrangeMorality and lots of violence. They're almost all bisexual (because gender is vestigial) and have weird forms of romance(troll reproduction requires this); many are either psychic or psychotic. [[spoiler:Most of the less-savory aspects of their culture are not natural, but were engineered by malevolent outside forces. Prior to the pressing of an in-universe ResetButton, trolls were a peaceful species.]] Personality-wise, there's a great deal of variation within the 12 trolls in the cast (and [[GenerationXerox their ancestors]]): from {{Anti Hero}}es to {{Anti Villain}}s, [[TheWoobie Woobies]] to {{Smug Snake}}s, monsters to {{Messianic Archetype}}s. However, they are similar to mythological trolls in that they are nocturnal and sensitive to sunlight. As in, sunlight can blind them. Permanently.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays with the dual meaning by having [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]] turn out to be actual grey-skinned creatures with horns. Further reveals have shown that they're HumanoidAliens, with BizarreAlienBiology implying that they're closer to insects than humans, divided into varieties with different blood colors that to some extent determine traits, abilities, and lifespan. They're a HigherTechSpecies whose society runs on BlueAndOrangeMorality and lots of violence. They're almost all bisexual (because gender is vestigial) and have weird forms of romance(troll reproduction requires this); this), and many are either psychic psychic, psychotic, or psychotic.both. [[spoiler:Most of the less-savory aspects of their culture are not natural, but were engineered by malevolent outside forces. Prior to the pressing of an in-universe ResetButton, trolls were a peaceful species.]] Personality-wise, there's a great deal of variation within the 12 trolls in the cast (and [[GenerationXerox their ancestors]]): from {{Anti Hero}}es to {{Anti Villain}}s, [[TheWoobie Woobies]] to {{Smug Snake}}s, monsters to {{Messianic Archetype}}s. However, they are similar to mythological trolls in that they are nocturnal and sensitive to sunlight. As in, sunlight can blind them. Permanently.
26th Jul '16 9:57:24 AM PixelKnight
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays with the dual meaning by having [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]] turn out to be actual grey-skinned creatures with horns. Further reveals have shown that they're HumanoidAliens, with BizarreAlienBiology implying that they're closer to insects than humans, divided into varieties with different blood colors that to some extent determine traits, abilities, and lifespan. They're a HigherTechSpecies whose society runs on BlueAndOrangeMorality and lots of violence. They're almost all bisexual (because gender is vestigial) and have weird forms of romance(troll reproduction requires this); many are either psychic or psychotic. [[spoiler:Most of the less-savory aspects of their culture are not natural, but were engineered by malevolent outside forces. Prior to the pressing of an in-universe ResetButton, trolls were a peaceful species.]] Personality-wise, there's a great deal of variation within the 12 trolls in the cast (and [[GenerationXerox their ancestors]]): from {{Anti Hero}}es to {{Anti Villain}}s, [[TheWoobie Woobies]] to {{Smug Snake}}s, monsters to {{Messianic Archetype}}s. However, they are similar to mythological trolls in that they are nocturnal and sensitive to sunlight.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays with the dual meaning by having [[{{Troll}} internet trolls]] turn out to be actual grey-skinned creatures with horns. Further reveals have shown that they're HumanoidAliens, with BizarreAlienBiology implying that they're closer to insects than humans, divided into varieties with different blood colors that to some extent determine traits, abilities, and lifespan. They're a HigherTechSpecies whose society runs on BlueAndOrangeMorality and lots of violence. They're almost all bisexual (because gender is vestigial) and have weird forms of romance(troll reproduction requires this); many are either psychic or psychotic. [[spoiler:Most of the less-savory aspects of their culture are not natural, but were engineered by malevolent outside forces. Prior to the pressing of an in-universe ResetButton, trolls were a peaceful species.]] Personality-wise, there's a great deal of variation within the 12 trolls in the cast (and [[GenerationXerox their ancestors]]): from {{Anti Hero}}es to {{Anti Villain}}s, [[TheWoobie Woobies]] to {{Smug Snake}}s, monsters to {{Messianic Archetype}}s. However, they are similar to mythological trolls in that they are nocturnal and sensitive to sunlight. As in, sunlight can blind them. Permanently.
30th Jun '16 8:40:19 PM PaulA
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* Trolls in Creator/DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/{{Tamuli}}'' series are semi-intelligent, simian creatures who can't die of natural causes. They (and their gods) become ''very'' important in the ''Tamuli''.
** It's also interesting to note that it's later revealed that trolls and humans are related species, both evolving from creatures called Dawn Men, making them sort of analogous to Neanderthals.
*** Neanderthals ten feet tall with eternal youth, arrow-proof skin, fur, giant fangs and jaws strong enough to crack a skull, mouths large enough to bite a human head off, and arms long enough to knuckle-walk. So, maybe not ''exactly'' like Neanderthals. Maybe a much, much earlier hominid like Gigantopithecus, with magical overtones.

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* Trolls in Creator/DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/{{Tamuli}}'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' series are semi-intelligent, simian creatures who can't die of natural causes. They (and their gods) become ''very'' important in the ''Tamuli''.
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''Tamuli''. It's also interesting to note that it's later revealed that trolls and humans are related species, both evolving from creatures called Dawn Men, making them sort of analogous to Neanderthals.
*** Neanderthals ten feet tall with eternal youth, arrow-proof skin, fur, giant fangs and jaws strong enough to crack a skull, mouths large enough to bite a human head off, and arms long enough to knuckle-walk. So, maybe not ''exactly'' like Neanderthals. Maybe a much, much earlier hominid like Gigantopithecus, with magical overtones.
Men.
15th Jun '16 3:09:23 PM margdean56
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* When it comes to mythological trolls, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/funextras/stories/dovrefjell.php#.Vk5aWIRBClM Kaja Foglio's adaptation]] of ''The Cat on the Dovrefjell'' actually hit the nail on the head. Certain legends even described the males of the species as being hideously ugly, but the females ([[CuteMonsterGirl tails and occasional other weird features notwithstanding]]) as quite attractive by human standards. (For an example of this in modern media, do a Google search for "Cutefase.") The beautiful troll females described in the story above (as well as in the Foglios' ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' story, see the comic books folder) are known as Huldra. To further complicate matters, Huldra are considered to be related to both trolls and TheFairFolk. They prefer human men, though. This is consistent with actual Myth/NorseMythology, in which a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldra huldra]] (or huldre) is generally speaking a beautiful, if [[{{tsundere}} tempermental]] woman with a cow tail and unusual strength; they're both trolls, TheFairFolk, and confusingly, ''also'' a type of "Alf" (Elf, that is).

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* When it comes to mythological trolls, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/funextras/stories/dovrefjell.php#.Vk5aWIRBClM Kaja Foglio's adaptation]] of ''The Cat on the Dovrefjell'' actually hit the nail on the head. Certain legends even described the males of the species as being hideously ugly, but the females ([[CuteMonsterGirl tails and occasional other weird features notwithstanding]]) as quite attractive by human standards. (For an example of this in modern media, do a Google search for "Cutefase.") The beautiful troll females described in the story above (as well as in the Foglios' ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' story, see the comic books folder) are known as Huldra. To further complicate matters, Huldra are considered to be related to both trolls and TheFairFolk. They prefer human men, though. This is consistent with actual Myth/NorseMythology, in which a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldra huldra]] (or huldre) is generally speaking a beautiful, if [[{{tsundere}} tempermental]] temperamental]] woman with a cow tail and unusual strength; they're both trolls, TheFairFolk, and confusingly, ''also'' a type of "Alf" (Elf, that is).
15th Jun '16 2:57:39 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' trolls are short, stocky, warty, grey-green, ugly and materialistic. They are also more technologically advanced than most of the rest of the world, live underground, and have beards, making then [[CaptainErsatz stand-ins for Dwarves]]. Naturally, [[ElvesVersusDwarves the elves and trolls don't get along well]]. And when you cross an elf with a troll you apparently get a Dwarf who's a MagnificentBastard [[TheTrickster Trickster]] with a major Freudian Excuse.

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* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' trolls are short, stocky, warty, grey-green, ugly and materialistic. They are also more technologically advanced than most of the rest of the world, live underground, and have beards, making then them [[CaptainErsatz stand-ins for Dwarves]]. Naturally, [[ElvesVersusDwarves the elves and trolls don't get along well]]. And when you cross an elf with a troll you apparently get a Dwarf who's a MagnificentBastard [[TheTrickster Trickster]] with a major Freudian Excuse.



* At least two different kinds of trolls have appeared in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. The first are Asgardian trolls, exemplified by [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor-villains]] Ullik and Geirrodur. Asgardian trolls very much resemble the Scandinavian trolls mentioned below, but are superhumanly strong - Ulik is on par with Thor, for example. The second kind were a group of myriad-seeming humanoid creatures of various colors who, among other things, hunted a young mutant for his ability to transmute elements; this group has had two story appearances to date spanning four comics.

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* At least two different kinds of trolls have appeared in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. The first are Asgardian trolls, exemplified by [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor-villains]] Ullik and Geirrodur. Asgardian trolls very much resemble the Scandinavian trolls mentioned below, but are superhumanly strong - Ulik -- Ullik is on par with Thor, for example. The second kind were a group of myriad-seeming humanoid creatures of various colors who, among other things, hunted a young mutant for his ability to transmute elements; this group has had two story appearances to date spanning four comics.
25th May '16 12:57:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SerenityRose'', trolls are big hairy creatures with almost completely featureless faces[[http://www.heartshapedskull.com/2008/10/15/goodbye-crestfallen-page-045/]], conjured by witches to defend the Inconsolable Wood from intruders, and are specifically designed to take orders from any witch.

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* In ''SerenityRose'', ''Webcomic/SerenityRose'', trolls are big hairy creatures with almost completely featureless faces[[http://www.heartshapedskull.com/2008/10/15/goodbye-crestfallen-page-045/]], conjured by witches to defend the Inconsolable Wood from intruders, and are specifically designed to take orders from any witch.
23rd May '16 12:26:59 PM Divra
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'': "The trolls of Glittertind" are shown to be one of the factions that rise up to repel the [[AlienInvasion Enelsian invaders]]. The trolls essentially look like large (in the 15 ft-range) big-nosed and coarse-featured humans who dress in stereotypical 19th-century Norwegian clothes and are strong enough to bodily hurl alien tanks into the ocean.
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