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4th Jun '17 11:55:02 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** The spiritual heirs of the trolls in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' are the Ogres, who can ramp up their strength and be more intimidating but aren't too strong against mental whammies. Thanks to the game's Kith system, they range from all-devouring maw (Gristlegrinder) to stone-skinned tank (Stonebones) to giant (Gargantuan) to river hag (Water-Dweller). One of the books in the line contains an actual Troll Kith that relies on both brute strength and cunning.
*** On the other hand, ''The Lost'' does feature ''Hobgoblins'', bizarre hedge-dwelling monsters that explicitly fall under this trope.



* The trolls of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' aren't too smart, and are also known for their prodigious strength and size. They also have the quality of being [[HealingFactor able to regenerate]] most forms of damage, even [[GoodThingYouCanHeal losing their heads]]! Only [[KillItWithFire fire]] or acid will keep them down for long. This depiction was very probably originally derived directly from Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions''; the earliest illustrations of [=D&D=] trolls closely match Anderson's description.

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The trolls of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' aren't too smart, and are also known for their prodigious strength and size. They also have the quality of being [[HealingFactor able to regenerate]] most forms of damage, even [[GoodThingYouCanHeal losing their heads]]! Only [[KillItWithFire fire]] or acid will keep them down for long. This depiction was very probably originally derived directly from Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions''; the earliest illustrations of [=D&D=] trolls closely match Anderson's description.
23rd May '17 11:56:07 AM StFan
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* ''TheNoddyShop'' had a family of trolls that were tiny, ugly-cute people. The mother and father were mischievous rather than outright mean, while the son didn't want to be that way.


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* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' has a family of trolls that are tiny, ugly-cute people. The mother and father are mischievous rather than outright mean, while the son doesn't want to be that way.
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7th May '17 9:39:13 AM MotherofTides
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** His book, ''Trolls'', expands upon them. They're described as a mostly peaceful race of ExtremeOmnivores (all those stories about them being brutes stem from encounters with bad trolls who like eat people and other trolls) whose culture has a fascination with storytelling. Appearance wise, they tend to vary-ranging from the shape of the nose, to skin pigmentation, [[MultipleHeadCase to number of heads]]-but a common feature is a long tail that they tie trinkets to, each one telling a different tale: pieces of wood represent passionate love stories, feathers, quirky comedies, stones, fables with hard lessons, and bones, sorrowful tragedies. Very rarely a born troll maidens, who resemble [[CuteMontserGirl beautiful human woman, save for some unique quirk-pointy ears, tails, brambles growing from their backs, etc.]]- who occasionally [[InterrspeciesRomance find love among humans]]. They are cherished among trolls for their mortality-[[OlderThanTheyLook while a troll maiden will outlast most humans]], [[TheAgeless comparing her lifetime to a regular troll is like comparing a wild flower to a tree]].

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** His book, ''Trolls'', expands upon them. They're described as a mostly peaceful race of ExtremeOmnivores (all [[ExtremeOmnivore extreme omnivores]](all those stories about them being brutes stem from encounters with bad trolls who like eat people and other trolls) whose culture has a fascination with storytelling. Appearance wise, they tend to vary-ranging from the shape of the nose, to skin pigmentation, [[MultipleHeadCase to number of heads]]-but a common feature is a long tail that they tie trinkets to, each one telling a different tale: pieces of wood represent passionate love stories, feathers, quirky comedies, stones, fables with hard lessons, and bones, sorrowful tragedies. Very rarely a born troll maidens, who resemble [[CuteMontserGirl [[CuteMonsterGirl beautiful human woman, save for some unique quirk-pointy ears, tails, brambles growing from their backs, etc.]]- who occasionally [[InterrspeciesRomance [[InterspeciesRomance find love among humans]]. They are cherished among trolls for their mortality-[[OlderThanTheyLook while a troll maiden will outlast most humans]], [[TheAgeless comparing her lifetime to a regular troll is like comparing a wild flower to a tree]].
4th May '17 1:08:24 PM Golondrina
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* ''{{Spellforce}}'' trolls are large, grey-skinned humanoids who speak entirely in "whine", can do marvellous things with rocks, and are about the only Dark race with decent missile attacks that don't count as magical. Their turrets are also [[GameBreaker ludicrously overpowered]].

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* ''{{Spellforce}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Spellforce}}'' trolls are large, grey-skinned humanoids who speak entirely in "whine", can do marvellous things with rocks, and are about the only Dark race with decent missile attacks that don't count as magical. Their turrets are also [[GameBreaker ludicrously overpowered]].
29th Apr '17 10:49:56 PM Xtifr
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* In Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear's ''A Companion To Wolves'' trolls fit into the "big ogrish" type physically. They can also move through rock and earth as easily as humans do through water and have a hivelike setup with a queen as the only fertile female, sterile female worker/soldiers and males whose only function is to impregnate the queen.

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* In Sarah Monette Creator/SarahMonette and Elizabeth Bear's Creator/ElizabethBear's ''A Companion To Wolves'' Wolves'', trolls fit into the "big ogrish" type physically. They can also move through rock and earth as easily as humans do through water and have a hivelike setup with a queen as the only fertile female, sterile female worker/soldiers and males whose only function is to impregnate the queen.
27th Apr '17 9:11:17 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* ''Literature/{{Mithgar}}'' has Trolls as another name for Ogrus, the largest members of the diverse species that also includes Rucks (Goblins) and Hloks (Hobgoblins or Orcs). They stand twelve feet tall, have stony, nigh-impenetrable skin, and enjoy indulging in petty sadism. One notable Ogru guards Modru's gatehouse, while another acts as his personal torturer.
24th Apr '17 12:48:05 AM Ryulong
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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), and many are either psychic, psychotic, or 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.

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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), and many are either psychic, psychotic, or 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. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Except for two of them]].
16th Apr '17 11:08:20 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Pointy eared, horned and green with a {{Funetik Aksent}}.
* Trolls in ''Webcomic/PragueRace'' are horned with tails which will just keep growing and lose their sense of self over time without taking the "changeling option".
1st Apr '17 7:44:39 AM Kakai
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* Trolls in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' vary wildly in size and degree to which they are humanlike, going from humanoid moving mountains to fanged people, but they all love to eat human meat.
22nd Mar '17 10:42:30 AM DustSnitch
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* Trolls in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[{{Potterverse}} universe]] are strong, large, and not too possessed of smarts. There's nothing really unique about them. The first troll we meet is depicted like a wild animal let loose, but we later meet trolls who are somewhat smarter (at least in that they can be hired as thugs). Apparently, a rather optimistic wizard once tried to teach trolls ballet. It didn't end well for him. The trolls seen later were mentioned as [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything 'comparing the size of their clubs.']]

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* Trolls in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[{{Potterverse}} universe]] ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe are strong, large, and not too possessed of smarts. There's nothing really unique about them. The first troll we meet is depicted like a wild animal let loose, but we later meet trolls who are somewhat smarter (at least in that they can be hired as thugs). Apparently, a rather optimistic wizard once tried to teach trolls ballet. It didn't end well for him. The trolls seen later were mentioned as [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything 'comparing the size of their clubs.']]
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