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18th Sep '17 10:10:22 PM azbyc15243
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* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline]]'': The nine races of Alfheim Online are essentially many flavors of elves (the name even ''means'' "Elf Home"). Plays with the superior race thing, since Alfhiem Online IS a VR Game and everyone is, in the end, just a bunch of gamers. However, there is still a lot of racial tension due to the game set up...at least, until the rebooted version after the events of the Fairy Dance arc, which makes it practically disappear since the differences are now just essentially gaming style. See [[http://swordartonline.wikia.com/wiki/Races_of_ALfheim_Online here]] for a quick breakdown of the different races and links to further info.

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* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline]]'': ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': The nine races of Alfheim Online are essentially many flavors of elves (the name even ''means'' "Elf Home"). Plays with the superior race thing, since Alfhiem Online IS a VR Game and everyone is, in the end, just a bunch of gamers. However, there is still a lot of racial tension due to the game set up...at least, until the rebooted version after the events of the Fairy Dance arc, which makes it practically disappear since the differences are now just essentially gaming style. See [[http://swordartonline.wikia.com/wiki/Races_of_ALfheim_Online here]] for a quick breakdown of the different races and links to further info.
17th Sep '17 2:11:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Armageddon MUD}} both subverts this trope and plays it straight.

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* {{Armageddon VideoGame/{{Armageddon MUD}} both subverts this trope and plays it straight.
2nd Sep '17 12:27:40 AM Killerweinerdog
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*** And then the ''Trespasser'' DLC twists it even further: [[spoiler:The waking world and the [[DreamLand Fade]] used to be one and the same, and the Elvhen Empire ruled it all. However, the so-called "gods" of the elves, or Evanuris, were actually just very powerful mages and leaders who bickered among themselves as much as they ruled over the Elvhen. The only person keeping them in check with Mythal, who was not only the most benevolent but arguably the most powerful of the Evanuris as well, and she would often use her stabilizing influence to keep things from getting out of hand. However, Mythal was murdered by the others, and one of her closest friends, both to punish the Evanuris and to prevent them from destroying the world in their greed for power, sealed the Evanuris away in the Fade and separated it from the waking world. However, since the Elvhen Empire was literally built both in the Fade and the Waking World, the seperation of the two had disastrous consequences, and the empire subsequently crumbled, both literally and figuratively.]]

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*** And then the ''Trespasser'' DLC twists it even further: [[spoiler:The waking world and the [[DreamLand Fade]] used to be one and the same, and the Elvhen Empire ruled it all. However, the so-called "gods" of the elves, or Evanuris, were actually just very powerful mages and leaders who bickered among themselves as much as they ruled over the Elvhen. The only person keeping them in check with Mythal, who was not only the most benevolent but arguably the most powerful of the Evanuris as well, and she would often use her stabilizing influence to keep things from getting out of hand. However, Mythal was murdered by the others, and one of her closest friends, both to punish the Evanuris and to prevent them from destroying the world in their greed for power, sealed the Evanuris away in the Fade and separated it from the waking world. However, since Since the Elvhen Empire was literally built both in the Fade and the Waking World, the seperation of the two had disastrous consequences, and the empire subsequently crumbled, both literally and figuratively.]]
2nd Sep '17 12:26:47 AM Killerweinerdog
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*** And then the ''Trespasser'' DLC twists it even further: [[spoiler:The waking world and the [[DreamLand Fade]] used to be one and the same, and the Elvhen Empire ruled it all. However, the so-called "gods" of the elves, or Evanuris, were actually just very powerful mages and leaders who bickered among themselves as much as they ruled over the Elvhen. The only person keeping them in check with Mythal, who was not only the most benevolent but arguably the most powerful as well, and she would often use her stabilizing influence to keep things from getting out of hand. However, Mythal was murdered by the others, and one of her closest friends, both to punish the Evanuris and to prevent them from destroying the world in their greed for power, sealed the Evanuris away in the Fade and separated it from the waking world. However, since the Elvhen Empire was literally built both in the Fade and the Waking World, the seperation of the two had disastrous consequences, and the empire subsequently crumbled, both literally and figuratively.]]

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*** And then the ''Trespasser'' DLC twists it even further: [[spoiler:The waking world and the [[DreamLand Fade]] used to be one and the same, and the Elvhen Empire ruled it all. However, the so-called "gods" of the elves, or Evanuris, were actually just very powerful mages and leaders who bickered among themselves as much as they ruled over the Elvhen. The only person keeping them in check with Mythal, who was not only the most benevolent but arguably the most powerful of the Evanuris as well, and she would often use her stabilizing influence to keep things from getting out of hand. However, Mythal was murdered by the others, and one of her closest friends, both to punish the Evanuris and to prevent them from destroying the world in their greed for power, sealed the Evanuris away in the Fade and separated it from the waking world. However, since the Elvhen Empire was literally built both in the Fade and the Waking World, the seperation of the two had disastrous consequences, and the empire subsequently crumbled, both literally and figuratively.]]
29th Aug '17 7:17:27 PM Killerweinerdog
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*** And then the ''Trespasser'' DLC twists it even further: [[spoiler:The waking world and the [[DreamLand Fade]] used to be one and the same, and the Elvhen Empire ruled it all. However, the so-called "gods" of the elves, or Evanuris, were actually just very powerful mages and leaders who bickered among themselves as much as they ruled over the Elvhen. The only person keeping them in check with Mythal, who was not only the most benevolent but arguably the most powerful as well, and she would often use her stabilizing influence to keep things from getting out of hand. However, Mythal was murdered by the others, and one of her closest friends, both to punish the Evanuris and to prevent them from destroying the world in their greed for power, sealed the Evanuris away in the Fade and separated it from the waking world. However, since the Elvhen Empire was literally built both in the Fade and the Waking World, the seperation of the two had disastrous consequences, and the empire subsequently crumbled, both literally and figuratively.]]
18th Aug '17 10:25:23 AM DeeChan87
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** However, as the story goes on, and a few rewrites were made, the trope is heavily Deconstructed. The elves' [[FantasticRacism sense of their own superiority]] allows them to be manipulated by elven supremacist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Ragnar]], who overthrows the government and installs a fascistic military dictatorship bent on exterminating humanity.
16th Aug '17 9:05:06 PM Abodos
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** That said, the series does have races similar to elves. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' has the Kokiri, who seem to be rather traditional examples of wood elves, complete with nature-based deity and seemingly eternal childhood. Meanwhile, the Sheikah can have lifespans of centuries and are one of the oldest races in Hyrule. They exhibit great magical prowess, as well as amazing fighting skill and spiritual knowledge. Any game's version of Impa is usually an adviser to the royal family and Zelda's personal bodyguard as a result. However, they do physically age like any other human race in the series, with the oldest of them looking no better than a dried-up corpse.

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** That said, the series does have races similar to elves. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' has the Kokiri, who seem to be rather traditional examples of wood elves, complete with nature-based deity and seemingly eternal childhood. Meanwhile, the Sheikah can have lifespans of centuries and are one of the oldest races in Hyrule. They exhibit great magical prowess, as well as amazing fighting skill and skill, [[TribeOfPriests spiritual knowledge.knowledge]], and, as of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', an innate proficiency with {{Magitek}}. Any game's version of Impa is usually an adviser to the royal family and Zelda's personal bodyguard as a result. However, they do physically age like any other human race in the series, with the oldest of them looking no better than a dried-up corpse.
11th Aug '17 8:05:51 PM DingoWalley1
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* ''WebOriginal/URealmsLive'', the Elves, being one of the oldest races, are essentially the leaders of the Realm, housing 7 powerful Kingdoms and some of the most powerful warriors and wizards, including Virgo Sunsword of the illustrious Sunsword family. The other races that even attempt to be powerful or influential, like Dwarves and Gnomes, appear to mimic the Elves.
** Dwelves, hybrids of Dwarves and Elves, on the other hand, are regularly hunted by Dwarves and tend to reside in Elven lands, where they are treated as equals, at least under the law.
** Gobolfs, deformed Elves with traits similar to Goblins, are cowardly, asthmatic creatures that Elves disdain but tend to let live.
9th Aug '17 8:00:35 AM thatmadork
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** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', elves have the highest ability score modifiers (two positive, no negative), a base movement of 5 (as fast as your average horse), their career list lacks many of the sucky human ones like [[JokeCharacter the peasant]], and if you want to be a wizard you don't have to pay tuition. Of course, these fat bonuses come at the cost of one ''massive'' drawback: ''you're and elf and you have to play like one'', in a setting where everyone is extremely racist and hostile to them and will try to take an axe or a pitchfork or [[KillItWithFire a torch]] to them.
7th Aug '17 8:06:00 PM azbyc15243
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* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline ALfhiem Online]]'''s Nine races are essentially many flavors of elves (the name even ''means'' "Elf Home"). Plays with the superior race thing, since Alfhiem IS a VR Game and everyone is, in the end, just a bunch of gamers. However, there is still a lot of racial tension due to the game set up...at least, until the rebooted version after the events of the Fairy Dance arc, which makes it practically disappear since the differences are now just essentially gaming style. See [[http://swordartonline.wikia.com/wiki/Races_of_ALfheim_Online here]] for a quick breakdown of the different races and links to further info.
* Averted in ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' The elves have an inferior military both in number and quality. Due to ability of individuals to ''Rank Up'' into a higher species, lifespans are fairly similar across the board at the lowest tiers for a sentient species.

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* ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline ALfhiem Online]]'''s Nine ''[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline]]'': The nine races of Alfheim Online are essentially many flavors of elves (the name even ''means'' "Elf Home"). Plays with the superior race thing, since Alfhiem Online IS a VR Game and everyone is, in the end, just a bunch of gamers. However, there is still a lot of racial tension due to the game set up...at least, until the rebooted version after the events of the Fairy Dance arc, which makes it practically disappear since the differences are now just essentially gaming style. See [[http://swordartonline.wikia.com/wiki/Races_of_ALfheim_Online here]] for a quick breakdown of the different races and links to further info.
* Averted in ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests''. The elves have an inferior military both in number and quality. Due to ability of individuals to ''Rank Up'' into a higher species, lifespans are fairly similar across the board at the lowest tiers for a sentient species.species.
* ''LightNovel/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'' has dark elves, which are a blend of the Norse dark elves and the elves from English folklore. The "better" part of this trope is subverted, as they aren't all that different from humans. Aside from a longer lifespan, their only other advantages are some minor supernatural abilities ([[HeartIsAnAwesomePower though these can still be very effective in a fight]]). They can interbreed with humans to produce part-elven offspring.
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