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24th Jan '17 8:30:01 PM N1KF
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Just about every fantasy world has at least one race whose defining characteristic is that they're short. They typically fill the role of "comic relief" in an adventuring group (when they're not the protagonists), and often serve as the "cute" race in a FiveRaces setup. Not always, though; the LittlePeople can be made to fit pretty much any of the FiveRaces, with the exception normally being High Men (that spot's always reserved for taller races). If any race of the LittlePeople is to be considered tall compared to the rest of those races, it's most likely gonna be a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]]. Because they resemble a child, there's a good chance the LittlePeople [[ChildMage are magic users]].

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Just about every fantasy world has at least one race whose defining characteristic is that they're short. They typically fill the role of "comic relief" in an adventuring group (when they're not the protagonists), and often serve as the "cute" race in a FiveRaces setup. Not always, though; the LittlePeople Little People can be made to fit pretty much any of the FiveRaces, with the exception normally being High Men (that spot's always reserved for taller races). If any race of the LittlePeople Little People is to be considered tall compared to the rest of those races, it's most likely gonna be a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]]. Because they resemble a child, there's a good chance the LittlePeople Little People [[ChildMage are magic users]].



* The LittlePeople in Robert E. Howard's and Arthur Machen's fiction (not related, but have very similar, if vague descriptions) are AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures that form a degenerate civilization in places where the Celtic people believed TheFairFolk to dwell, and occasionally kill people or rape women crossing their territory for [[ForTheEvulz no particular reason]]. The [[HalfHumanHybrid offspring]] born from the latter cases are always mentally retarded and physically [[BeautyEqualsGoodness at least slightly deformed]], and they seem to [[GeneticMemory subconsciously know the language of their fathers]] though how that is possible is never actually explained. There's more than a sprinkling of ReptilesAreAbhorrent associated with them as well, especially in the Howard story "Worms of the Earth".
* The LittlePeople who work for Mr. Tiny in the ''Literature/CirqueDuFreak'' series. While the small, blue-hooded, (mostly) mute Little People are minor characters in the beginning, one of them, Harkat Mulds, quickly becomes a major character.

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* The LittlePeople Little People in Robert E. Howard's and Arthur Machen's fiction (not related, but have very similar, if vague descriptions) are AlwaysChaoticEvil creatures that form a degenerate civilization in places where the Celtic people believed TheFairFolk to dwell, and occasionally kill people or rape women crossing their territory for [[ForTheEvulz no particular reason]]. The [[HalfHumanHybrid offspring]] born from the latter cases are always mentally retarded and physically [[BeautyEqualsGoodness at least slightly deformed]], and they seem to [[GeneticMemory subconsciously know the language of their fathers]] though how that is possible is never actually explained. There's more than a sprinkling of ReptilesAreAbhorrent associated with them as well, especially in the Howard story "Worms of the Earth".
* The LittlePeople Little People who work for Mr. Tiny in the ''Literature/CirqueDuFreak'' series. While the small, blue-hooded, (mostly) mute Little People are minor characters in the beginning, one of them, Harkat Mulds, quickly becomes a major character.



** The Dragonlance setting introduced the Kender, which served as a different take on the LittlePeople at the time (even if it was considered the [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] race due to annoying players playing up the kender's natural curiosity, fearlessness, and kleptomania). This helped evolve the Halfling in later editions past "hobbits with the serial numbers filed off".

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** The Dragonlance setting introduced the Kender, which served as a different take on the LittlePeople Little People at the time (even if it was considered the [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] race due to annoying players playing up the kender's natural curiosity, fearlessness, and kleptomania). This helped evolve the Halfling in later editions past "hobbits with the serial numbers filed off".



* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' also has Gnomes and Dwarves as its LittlePeople.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' also has Gnomes and Dwarves as its LittlePeople.Little People.
21st Jan '17 8:38:29 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Series/PitBoss'', a documentary series on AnimalPlanet that focuses on a talent agency based out of Los Angeles that specializes in and is run by little people that doubles as a non-profit pit bull rescue.


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* ''Series/PitBoss'', a documentary series on Creator/AnimalPlanet that focuses on a talent agency based out of Los Angeles that specializes in and is run by little people that doubles as a non-profit pit bull rescue.
25th Dec '16 2:28:02 PM MiddleEighth
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*Although ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' averted the trope by having no race of small folk, ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' rectified this lapse by having any number of small folk races running around the rebooted C'hou. Some outworlders are small folk as well, such as Theecat.
24th Dec '16 11:38:47 AM nombretomado
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* The comic relief bit is oh-so-averted in ''{{Arcanum}}''. Gnomes are {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who [[spoiler:organize the mass kidnapping and rape (by ogres) of human women to breed [[HalfHumanHybrid half-ogres]] for use as a bodyguard race]].

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* The comic relief bit is oh-so-averted in ''{{Arcanum}}''.''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''. Gnomes are {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who [[spoiler:organize the mass kidnapping and rape (by ogres) of human women to breed [[HalfHumanHybrid half-ogres]] for use as a bodyguard race]].
25th Sep '16 11:09:04 AM DaibhidC
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* In works by Creator/TerryPratchett, all the LittlePeople tend to be [[TheNapoleon violent and mean tempered]].

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* In works by Creator/TerryPratchett, all ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has dwarfs, pictsies (ViolentGlaswegian smurfs), goblins (mostly peaceful edge folk with a surprising talent for mechanisms), and gnomes (the least detailed, although [[Discworld/TheLightFantastic the LittlePeople tend first to appear]], but known to be [[TheNapoleon violent and mean tempered]].good shoemakers).
30th Jun '16 8:03:51 PM nombretomado
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* The Matoran and Agori of {{Bionicle}}

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* The Matoran and Agori of {{Bionicle}}
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15th Jun '16 9:15:21 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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-> '''Brock:''' Kids? You're kiddin' right? They're achondroplastic dwarves.

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-> '''Brock:''' Kids? You're kiddin' right? They're achondroplastic dwarves.dwarfs.



-->--'''Dr. Venture''' showing his sensitivity; ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.

Just about every fantasy world has at least one race whose defining characteristic is that they're short. They typically fill the role of "comic relief" in an adventuring group (when they're not the protagonists), and often serve as the "cute" race in a FiveRaces setup. Not always, though; the LittlePeople can be made to fit pretty much any of the FiveRaces, with the exception normally being High Men (that spot's reserved for taller races, always). If any race of the LittlePeople is to be considered tall compared to the rest of those races, it's most likely gonna be a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]]. Because they resemble a child, there's a good chance the LittlePeople [[ChildMage are magic users]].

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-->--'''Dr. Venture''' showing his sensitivity; ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.

-->--''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''

Just about every fantasy world has at least one race whose defining characteristic is that they're short. They typically fill the role of "comic relief" in an adventuring group (when they're not the protagonists), and often serve as the "cute" race in a FiveRaces setup. Not always, though; the LittlePeople can be made to fit pretty much any of the FiveRaces, with the exception normally being High Men (that spot's always reserved for taller races, always).races). If any race of the LittlePeople is to be considered tall compared to the rest of those races, it's most likely gonna be a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]]. Because they resemble a child, there's a good chance the LittlePeople [[ChildMage are magic users]].



Not to be confused with LittlePeopleAreSurreal, DepravedDwarf, or the [[WesternAnimation/LittlePeople animated series of the same name]]. Should be distinguished from RealLife little people, lest you sound like Dr. Venture above.

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Not to be confused with LittlePeopleAreSurreal, DepravedDwarf, or the [[WesternAnimation/LittlePeople animated series of the same name]]. Should Also not to be distinguished from confused with RealLife little people, lest you sound like Dr. Venture above.
above -- for tropes relating to humans with dwarfism, see LittlePeopleAreSurreal and DepravedDwarf.
23rd Oct '15 4:47:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheLegendOfZeldaMinishCap'' gives you the titular Minish. Your NiceHat / ExpositionFairy [[spoiler:(who is a Minish himself, cursed by the BigBad into said hat form)]] also doubles as a way to shrink down to their size, thereby enabling interaction with them.

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* ''TheLegendOfZeldaMinishCap'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' gives you the titular Minish. Your NiceHat / ExpositionFairy [[spoiler:(who is a Minish himself, cursed by the BigBad into said hat form)]] also doubles as a way to shrink down to their size, thereby enabling interaction with them.
19th Oct '15 6:31:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* The TropeCodifier, of course, are Creator/JRRTolkien's Hobbits, and also Dwarves (''LordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'').

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* The TropeCodifier, of course, are Creator/JRRTolkien's Hobbits, and also Dwarves (''LordOfTheRings'', (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'').



* In LloydAlexander's ''PrydainChronicles'' series, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Doli]], [[TheEeyore Gwystal]] and the rest of TheFairFolk are smaller than humans in size.

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* In LloydAlexander's ''PrydainChronicles'' Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/PrydainChronicles'' series, [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Doli]], [[TheEeyore Gwystal]] and the rest of TheFairFolk are smaller than humans in size.



* The LittlePeople who work for Mr. Tiny in the CirqueDuFreak series. While the small, blue-hooded, (mostly) mute Little People are minor characters in the beginning, one of them, Harkat Mulds, quickly becomes a major character.

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* The LittlePeople who work for Mr. Tiny in the CirqueDuFreak ''Literature/CirqueDuFreak'' series. While the small, blue-hooded, (mostly) mute Little People are minor characters in the beginning, one of them, Harkat Mulds, quickly becomes a major character.
19th Sep '15 1:37:45 PM nombretomado
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* The ancestral High Ones in ''ElfQuest'' were as tall as humans, [[spoiler:being shapeshifting extraterrestrials]], but over the course of time many of their descendants evolved into shorter forms.

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* The ancestral High Ones in ''ElfQuest'' ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' were as tall as humans, [[spoiler:being shapeshifting extraterrestrials]], but over the course of time many of their descendants evolved into shorter forms.
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