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5th Dec '17 11:09:54 AM MadAnthony94
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* Averted comedically in ''Literature/{{Grailblazers}}'' by Creator/TomHolt. Toenail the dwarf (brother Hangnail, cousin Chillblain) is about 3 feet tall, clean-shaven, and decidedly ''not'' a warrior. He goes and hides in baskets or under tables when trouble threatens. Dwarves in general are servants to the knightly class; they're the ones who clean the floor and polish the armor. They are also extremely clever at solving puzzles, riddles, and crosswords; since they're too short to reach the pool table and too weak to throw darts, that's all they have to do at the pub on their nights off.



* Averted comedically in ''Literature/{{Grailblazers}}'' by Creator/TomHolt. Toenail the dwarf (brother Hangnail, cousin Chillblain) is about 3 feet tall, clean-shaven, and decidedly ''not'' a warrior. He goes and hides in baskets or under tables when trouble threatens. Dwarves in general are servants to the knightly class; they're the ones who clean the floor and polish the armor. They are also extremely clever at solving puzzles, riddles, and crosswords; since they're too short to reach the pool table and too weak to throw darts, that's all they have to do at the pub on their nights off. [[note]] This is a reference to Mallory's Arthurian lore, where knights were often attended by dwarfs (though it's unclear if Mallory meant people with a genetic condition or actual mythical creatures) [[/note]]




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* ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' keeps the bit about being skilled smiths (with the exception of the main character's friend, Blitz) but throws in some odd tidbits: they evolved from maggots, come from a world of pure darkness and sunlight gradually turns them to stone, and there's a certain population among them with divine blood which is taller and more attractive (by self-proclamation). And most of these differences come [[UnbuiltTrope straight from Norse mythology]].
27th Nov '17 1:05:50 PM NOYB
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* The Seven Dwarves in Series/OnceUponATime. Grumpy gets the most screen time for some reason and fits the trope to a T.

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* The Seven Dwarves in Series/OnceUponATime.''Series/OnceUponATime''. Grumpy gets the most screen time for some reason and fits the trope to a T.
27th Nov '17 1:02:08 PM NOYB
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** Among the playable races (Human, Elf, Dwarf, and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition later]] [[HornedHumanoid Qun]][[ProudWarriorRaceGuy ari]]), the Dwarves are unique in one way: they cannot be mages. For whatever reason (believed to be their constant exposure to Lyrium, the magic mineral that boosts spellcasting in other races) they lack a connection to the Fade, and thus cannot draw on it to use in spells like the other races can. The only Dwarves who are anywhere near averting this restriction are Dagna, a scholar who learned how to enchant things through sheer optimistic determination, and a Dwarven [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisitor]], who was given the ability to open and close Rifts between Thedas and the Fade by [[spoiler: ancient Elven technology]] and being either insanely (un)lucky or being guided by the hand of the Maker (who Dwarves don't believe in, because of the aforementioned Fade insensitivity). Oddly enough, Dwarf-descended Darkspawn that can use magic are fairly common.

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** Among the playable races (Human, Elf, Dwarf, and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition later]] [[HornedHumanoid Qun]][[ProudWarriorRaceGuy ari]]), the Dwarves are unique in one way: they cannot be mages. For whatever reason (believed to be their constant exposure to Lyrium, the magic mineral that boosts spellcasting in other races) they lack a connection to the Fade, and thus cannot draw on it to use in spells like the other races can. The only Dwarves who are anywhere near averting this restriction are Dagna, a scholar who learned how to enchant things through sheer optimistic determination, and a Dwarven [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisitor]], who was given the ability to open and close Rifts between Thedas and the Fade by [[spoiler: ancient Elven technology]] and being either insanely (un)lucky or being guided by the hand of the Maker (who (whom Dwarves don't believe in, because of the aforementioned Fade insensitivity). Oddly enough, Dwarf-descended Darkspawn that can use magic are fairly common.
16th Nov '17 1:01:35 PM Henker
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*** The third are the Dark Iron dwarves, who have black skin and red eyes and were until recently enslaved by a massive fire elemental (that they summoned in a failed attempt to destroy the other two clans). They're pyromaniacs and were written as AlwaysChaoticEvil until their leader joined the Alliance in ''Cataclysm'', live deeper underground than their Ironforge cousins, are much more educated in magic, and stealth. After they joined the Alliance, playable Ironforge Dwarves gained the option to become Mages, Warlocks, and Rogues suggesting an intermixing of culture between the two. The fact that the king of the Ironforge's daughter married the Dark Iron emperor, and her son, and future king, is half Ironforge-and-half Dark Iron, has caused much [[TurnOutLikeHisFather consternation]] among the dwarves.

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*** The third are the Dark Iron dwarves, Dwarves, who have black skin and red eyes and were until recently enslaved by a massive fire elemental (that they summoned in a failed attempt to destroy the other two clans). They're pyromaniacs with strong magical abilities and were written as AlwaysChaoticEvil until their leader joined the Alliance in ''Cataclysm'', live deeper underground than their Ironforge cousins, are much more educated in magic, and stealth. After they joined the Alliance, playable Ironforge Dwarves gained the option to become Mages, Warlocks, Mages and Rogues Warlocks suggesting an intermixing of culture between the two. The fact that the king of the Ironforge's daughter married the Dark Iron emperor, and her son, and future king, is half Ironforge-and-half Dark Iron, has caused much [[TurnOutLikeHisFather consternation]] among the dwarves. As of ''Battle For Azeroth'', Dark Iron Dwarves have become a playable race for the Alliance.
4th Nov '17 4:46:03 PM iowaforever
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** Dwarves in ''Warhammer'' have one special niggle that sets them apart from other dwarves in fiction: their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is RevengeBeforeReason. They have a big book called the Book of Grudges, and if you ever wrong a dwarf, they write it down in the book. Grudges all have set standards for fulfilment, usually {{disproportionate|Retribution}}ly high, and they will never stop until it is repaid. ''[[{{Determinator}} Ever]]''. Classic example: a ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' Dwarves vs. Empire battle report that resulted in heavy casualties for both sides was justified by a backstory that explained why the Dwarves were attacking: six years ago, the lord underpaid the Dwarven workers who built the castle by ''twelve pennies'' - as far as the lord (and sane real-life human beings) are concerned, it's simply a matter of a few missing coins, but to the Dwarves, ''[[SeriousBusiness you have cheated them out of money, and for that, you must]]'' '''''[[SeriousBusiness die]]'''''. In a more modern example of this, during the Battle of Grimspike Pass, an Orc shaman became too powerful and exploded, causing the pass to collapse and kill ten thousand Dwarf warriors who were standing under it. After the battle, the Dwarves declared vengeance, but not against the Orcs, but the pass itself. In their own words, they won't stop until Grimspike Pass is "mined to exhaustion and the rocks of the pass are as dust". Seriously.
*** They take their honour extremely seriously as well. How seriously? Well, what does a Dwarf do if he or she cannot fulfil a grudge? Well, they become shamed in the eyes of Dwarven society and become Slayers. They cut their hair into a huge mohawk, take a huge battleaxe and no body armour, and seek out battles with the biggest, meanest beasties they can find [[DeathSeeker in the hopes that they die]]. Some of the most successful (or alternatively, ''least'' successful) Slayers are veteran warriors who have killed everything from demonic personifications of primal rage to dragons the length of football pitches. And they do all this because [[HonorBeforeReason honour demands it]]. The only alternative to being a Slayer is being a submarine crewman: Dwarves hate and fear water with unrivalled fervour. The majority choose to become Slayers. Yeah.

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** Dwarves Dwarfs in ''Warhammer'' have one special niggle that sets them apart from other dwarves in fiction: their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is RevengeBeforeReason. They have a big book called the Book of Grudges, and if you ever wrong a dwarf, they write it down in the book. Grudges all have set standards for fulfilment, usually {{disproportionate|Retribution}}ly high, and they will never stop until it is repaid. ''[[{{Determinator}} Ever]]''. Classic example: a ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' Dwarves Dwarf vs. Empire battle report that resulted in heavy casualties for both sides was justified by a backstory that explained why the Dwarves Dwarfs were attacking: six years ago, the lord underpaid the Dwarven Dwarfen workers who built the castle by ''twelve pennies'' - as far as the lord (and sane real-life human beings) are concerned, it's simply a matter of a few missing coins, but to the Dwarves, Dwarfs, ''[[SeriousBusiness you have cheated them out of money, and for that, you must]]'' '''''[[SeriousBusiness die]]'''''. In a more modern example of this, during the Battle of Grimspike Pass, an Orc shaman became too powerful and exploded, causing the pass to collapse and kill ten thousand Dwarf warriors who were standing under it. After the battle, the Dwarves Dwarfs declared vengeance, but not against the Orcs, but the pass itself. In their own words, they won't stop until Grimspike Pass is "mined to exhaustion and the rocks of the pass are as dust". Seriously.
*** They take their honour extremely seriously as well. How seriously? Well, what does a Dwarf do if he or she cannot fulfil a grudge? Well, they become shamed in the eyes of Dwarven Dwarf society and become Slayers. They cut their hair into a huge mohawk, take a huge battleaxe and no body armour, and seek out battles with the biggest, meanest beasties they can find [[DeathSeeker in the hopes that they die]]. Some of the most successful (or alternatively, ''least'' successful) Slayers are veteran warriors who have killed everything from demonic personifications of primal rage to dragons the length of football pitches. And they do all this because [[HonorBeforeReason honour demands it]]. The only alternative to being a Slayer is being a submarine crewman: Dwarves Dwarfs hate and fear water with unrivalled fervour. The majority choose to become Slayers. Yeah.



** The Tau themselves seem to fulfill some of the functions of dwarves in the 40,000 Verse. They are shorter and stouter than humans, they have a weak presence in the Warp (meaning they're not very magical), they have a highly ordered and stratified society, and a strong warrior culture... At least when it comes to the Fire caste. And only when compared to other Tau, who are largely peace-loving and lack any aggressivity.

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** The Tau themselves seem to fulfill some of the functions of dwarves in the 40,000 40K Verse. They are shorter and stouter than humans, they have a weak presence in the Warp (meaning they're not very magical), they have a highly ordered and stratified society, and a strong warrior culture... At least when it comes to the Fire caste. And only when compared to other Tau, who are largely peace-loving and lack any aggressivity.aggressiveness. Their technology is also far beyond the Imperium's in many cases, with sleek MiniMecha and hover tanks that can run circles around their more traditional Imperial counterparts and standard issue guns that can reach further and hit twice as hard as a bolter. What they do lack compared to "traditional" dwarves is physical strength, as Tau infantry are even weedier than Guardsmen and will die quickly in the face of meaningful assault.
30th Oct '17 5:27:20 PM darkemyst
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* Dwarves in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books at least follow the blunt-speaking and stolid parts, which caused [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity To Ensue]] when Gilderoy Lockhart hired a bunch of surly dwarves for Valentine's Day. Lockhart dressed them up like cupids and set them up working as letter-carriers, which they did not seem to enjoy and nor did anyone else, least of all the other teachers. However, that's the only major appearance of dwarves in the entire series.

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* Dwarves in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books at least follow the blunt-speaking and stolid parts, which caused [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity To Ensue]] when Gilderoy Lockhart hired a bunch of surly dwarves for Valentine's Day.Day in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]''. Lockhart dressed them up like cupids and set them up working as letter-carriers, which they did not seem to enjoy and nor did anyone else, least of all the other teachers. However, that's the only major appearance of dwarves in the entire series.
16th Oct '17 9:35:46 AM MBG
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16th Oct '17 9:31:33 AM MBG
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* It's heavily implied that dwarves in ''Manga/DungeonMeshi'' largely fit the usual stereotype (smithing, fighting, mining, straightforward). Senshi, the main dwarf of the series, is considered [[SquareRaceRoundClass a very atypical dwarf]], being a BunnyEarsLawyer, NatureHero, and SupremeChef, who can handle himself in a fight but prefers peace first, and admits to not knowing the first thing about ores. Nonetheless, he still has a few traditional dwarven elements in him, such as a distrust of magic and favoring an axe.



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7th Oct '17 10:37:32 AM Zaptech
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See also FiveRaces. Not to be confused with LittlePeopleAreSurreal or DepravedDwarf -- once again, dwar'''''ve'''''s are fantasy creatures; dwar'''''f'''''s are short humans (except in the Literature/{{Discworld}}), and nowadays the polite term for the latter is "little people."

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See also FiveRaces. Not to be confused with LittlePeopleAreSurreal or DepravedDwarf -- once again, dwar'''''ve'''''s are fantasy creatures; dwar'''''f'''''s are short humans (except in the Literature/{{Discworld}}), Literature/{{Discworld}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}), and nowadays the polite term for the latter is "little people."
1st Oct '17 7:44:54 PM Glaurung
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* Website/TheFantasyNovelistsExam warns against the use of this trope.
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