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27th May '16 2:08:55 PM Luppercus
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***Although in the show are more akin to zombies, in the books the White Walkers look more closely to High Elves; mysterious mystical light-skinned creatures with long white hair. Their females can even seduce men.
27th May '16 2:06:30 PM Luppercus
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* The Children of the Forest are basically the Wood Elves version in ''GameOfThrones''.
25th May '16 3:01:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* '''[[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Elves]]:''' Since all elves are (or think themselves to be) more attractive than humans, they often develop intimate relations and the results of all this canoodling are Half-Elves. These guys have half the coolness of their elf parent, but half the suck of their human side (including mortality, or worse by far, facial hair). They are usually outcasts, or if not outcasts, then have embraced one of their parentages to the exclusion of the other (usually the Elf part, because humans suck).
** Pure-blooded Elves will usually treat Half-Elves far worse than they treat normal Humans. Expect High Elves to sneer at them or pity them, dark elves to damn them as mongrels and try to kill them, whilst humans tend to stand, point, gawp slack jawed and go "Oooo!" at them. Only rarely will Half-Elves be treated as equals, which gives them a {{Angst}} rating on par with the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire. Elves may even disavow the existence of Half-Elves altogether, because [[NoTrueScotsman no Elf would ever]] associate with such an inferior species. It's not unlikely for the parent to be ridiculed or exiled, as well.[[note]] Disturbingly close to 19th Century "[[HalfBreedDiscrimination Tragic Mulatto]]" stories (see the entry in PassFail).[[/note]]

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* '''[[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Elves]]:''' Since all elves are (or think themselves to be) more attractive than humans, they often develop intimate relations relations, and the results of all this canoodling are Half-Elves. These guys have half the coolness of their elf parent, but half the suck of their human side (including mortality, or worse by far, facial hair). They are usually outcasts, or if not outcasts, then have embraced one of their parentages to the exclusion of the other (usually the Elf part, because humans suck).
** Pure-blooded Elves will usually treat Half-Elves far worse than they treat normal Humans. Expect High Elves to sneer at them or pity them, dark elves to damn them as mongrels and try to kill them, whilst humans tend to stand, point, gawp slack jawed and go "Oooo!" at them. Only rarely will
suck). Half-Elves be treated as equals, which gives them a {{Angst}} rating on par with the FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire. Elves may even disavow the existence of Half-Elves altogether, because [[NoTrueScotsman no Elf would ever]] associate with such an inferior species. It's not unlikely for the parent to be ridiculed or exiled, as well.[[note]] Disturbingly close to 19th Century "[[HalfBreedDiscrimination Tragic Mulatto]]" stories (see the entry in PassFail).[[/note]]
12th May '16 10:05:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Jacqueline Carey's duet of novels, ''Literature/TheSundering'', is effectively [=LotR=] from the BigBad's point of view. The elves aren't called elves (the name used is Ellylon) but they are in all but name. It's downplayed in that yes, the Ellyl are ageless, pretty, magical, and the favorite children of the lead Valar-expy. They are so perfect that humans have waged war on them out of envy for their gifts. They are also smug, self-righteous KnightsTemplar who are perfectly willing to genocide other races if they think it is their creator's will and will never admit to being wrong.

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* Jacqueline Carey's duet of novels, ''Literature/TheSundering'', is effectively [=LotR=] from the BigBad's point of view. The elves aren't called elves (the name used is Ellylon) but they are in all but name. It's downplayed in that yes, the Ellyl are ageless, pretty, magical, and the favorite children of the lead Valar-expy. They are so perfect that humans have waged war on them out of envy for their gifts. They are also smug, self-righteous KnightsTemplar {{Knight Templar}}s who are perfectly willing to genocide other races if they think it is their creator's will and will never admit to being wrong.
12th May '16 2:51:30 AM PrussianInk
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It is exceedingly common for Elves to come in multiple breeds, all better than you in some way or another. Usually they'll come in an archetypal trinity, these garden varieties being:


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Some common varieties beyond those three include:
6th May '16 6:01:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''GaiaOnline'' has two type of elves. Elftechs, which are what would happen if you took the Labtechs from the ZombieApocalypse arc and made them into Santa's elves. They were almost all brutally murdered by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie Santa Riding a Giant Yeti with a Machine Gun surgically attached to its arm.]] Don't even ask.

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* ''GaiaOnline'' ''Website/GaiaOnline'' has two type of elves. Elftechs, which are what would happen if you took the Labtechs from the ZombieApocalypse arc and made them into Santa's elves. They were almost all brutally murdered by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie Santa Riding a Giant Yeti with a Machine Gun surgically attached to its arm.]] Don't even ask.
5th May '16 11:38:42 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* '''TheFairFolk:''' If Wood Elves are {{Magical Native Americsn}}s, then these guys are TheSavageIndian. Elves of this variety may be portrayed as dangerous and inscrutable creatures of magic -- in which case they may overlap and share traits with {{Precursors}}, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairies]], [[PhysicalGod gods]], or [[OurGnomesAreWeirder other]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent mythological]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent creatures]]. [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] started out as the [[DarkIsEvil Dark Elf]] [[OlderThanTheyThink version of these]]. The Fair Folk are the oldest type of elves, from a period when people truly believed in a magical race of supernatural beings living on a [[YearOutsideHourInside separate dimension]] that would [[ChangelingTale snatch up your children]] and [[AliensStealCattle livestock]] if not properly appeased with offerings or warded off with ColdIron. Other cultures associated pygmies with The Fair Folk, as a sort of WitchSpecies. Compare TheGreys (vs. LittleGreenMen), which fulfill the traditional [[RecycledInSPACE sci-fi]] archetype of TheFairFolk [[OurFairiesAreDifferent vs. Fairies]] as misremembered AncientAstronauts. If that is the case, you have:

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* '''TheFairFolk:''' If Wood Elves are {{Magical Native Americsn}}s, American}}s, then these guys are TheSavageIndian. Elves of this variety may be portrayed as dangerous and inscrutable creatures of magic -- in which case they may overlap and share traits with {{Precursors}}, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairies]], [[PhysicalGod gods]], or [[OurGnomesAreWeirder other]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent mythological]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent creatures]]. [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] started out as the [[DarkIsEvil Dark Elf]] [[OlderThanTheyThink version of these]]. The Fair Folk are the oldest type of elves, from a period when people truly believed in a magical race of supernatural beings living on a [[YearOutsideHourInside separate dimension]] that would [[ChangelingTale snatch up your children]] and [[AliensStealCattle livestock]] if not properly appeased with offerings or warded off with ColdIron. Other cultures associated pygmies with The Fair Folk, as a sort of WitchSpecies. Compare TheGreys (vs. LittleGreenMen), which fulfill the traditional [[RecycledInSPACE sci-fi]] archetype of TheFairFolk [[OurFairiesAreDifferent vs. Fairies]] as misremembered AncientAstronauts. If that is the case, you have:
5th May '16 11:38:13 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* '''Dark Elves (Frequently [but not always] Drow):''' Dark Elves are usually closer to TheFairFolk, except these guys are organized as cities or civilizations and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil bent on evil]], rather than "just" operating on an [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien morality]]. These guys will wear [[EvilMakeover black leather bondage gear]] when they aren't wearing SpikesOfVillainy, speak in the BlackSpeech, and [[KickTheDog kick dogs]]. They may also be philosophers like their High Elf brethren, but unlike High Elves, they will espouse [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] or even [[TheSocialDarwinist darwinistic]] views on the world. They use the same weapons as the others, only their blades are ''serrated''. Despite living [[BeneathTheEarth in caves]] they're [[EvilIsSexy still gorgeous]]. Unlike other Elves, some Dark Elves may have [[BeardOfEvil facial hair]].

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* '''Dark Elves (Frequently [but not always] Drow):''' (often called ''Drow''):''' Dark Elves are usually closer to TheFairFolk, except these guys are organized as cities or civilizations and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil bent on evil]], rather than "just" operating on an [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien morality]]. These guys will wear [[EvilMakeover black leather bondage gear]] when they aren't wearing SpikesOfVillainy, speak in the BlackSpeech, and [[KickTheDog kick dogs]]. They may also be philosophers like their High Elf brethren, but unlike High Elves, they will espouse [[TheSocialDarwinist Darwinistic]] or [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] or even [[TheSocialDarwinist darwinistic]] views on the world. They use the same weapons as the others, only their blades are ''serrated''. Despite living [[BeneathTheEarth in caves]] caves]], they're [[EvilIsSexy still gorgeous]]. Unlike other Elves, some Dark Elves may have [[BeardOfEvil facial hair]].



* '''TheFairFolk:''' Elves may be portrayed as dangerous and inscrutable creatures of magic -- in which case they may overlap and share traits with {{Precursors}}, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairies]], [[PhysicalGod gods]], or [[OurGnomesAreWeirder other]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent mythological]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent creatures]]. [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] started out as the [[DarkIsEvil Dark Elf]] [[OlderThanTheyThink version of these]]. The Fair Folk are the oldest type of elves, from a period when people truly believed in a magical race of supernatural beings living on a [[YearOutsideHourInside separate dimension]] that would [[ChangelingTale snatch up your children]] and [[AliensStealCattle livestock]] if not properly appeased with offerings or warded off with ColdIron. Other cultures associated pygmies with The Fair Folk, as a sort of WitchSpecies. Compare TheGreys (vs. LittleGreenMen), which fulfill the traditional [[RecycledInSPACE sci-fi]] archetype of TheFairFolk [[OurFairiesAreDifferent vs. Fairies]] as misremembered AncientAstronauts. If that is the case, you have:

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* '''TheFairFolk:''' If Wood Elves are {{Magical Native Americsn}}s, then these guys are TheSavageIndian. Elves of this variety may be portrayed as dangerous and inscrutable creatures of magic -- in which case they may overlap and share traits with {{Precursors}}, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairies]], [[PhysicalGod gods]], or [[OurGnomesAreWeirder other]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent mythological]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent creatures]]. [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]] started out as the [[DarkIsEvil Dark Elf]] [[OlderThanTheyThink version of these]]. The Fair Folk are the oldest type of elves, from a period when people truly believed in a magical race of supernatural beings living on a [[YearOutsideHourInside separate dimension]] that would [[ChangelingTale snatch up your children]] and [[AliensStealCattle livestock]] if not properly appeased with offerings or warded off with ColdIron. Other cultures associated pygmies with The Fair Folk, as a sort of WitchSpecies. Compare TheGreys (vs. LittleGreenMen), which fulfill the traditional [[RecycledInSPACE sci-fi]] archetype of TheFairFolk [[OurFairiesAreDifferent vs. Fairies]] as misremembered AncientAstronauts. If that is the case, you have:
5th May '16 10:55:22 PM canIusethishandle
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* The Manakete race from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' hits nearly all the markers listed on this page: crazy-long longevity (one Manakete, Tiki, had a ''2000 year long nap''), exotic-coloured hair (lime-green, [[HalfHumanHybrid usually]]), a spiritual connection to the dragon deity Naga, eternally youthful and beautiful appearances, innate magic powers, lithe frames, and of course, pointed ears. The only thing missing is the 'better-than-thou' attitude--of the 3-4 possible Manaketes you can acquire in the game, not one of them asserts that their race is superior.
24th Apr '16 8:51:26 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', elves are the default humanoid creature type for green. Most of them qualify as High Elves or Wood Elves.

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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', elves are the default humanoid creature type for green. Most of them qualify as High Elves or Wood Elves.Elves, but a few unusual varieties show up on some planes:


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** The biometallic plane of Mirrodin, where the line between organic life and metal got rather blurred, was home to elves that grew complex spikes and sheets of copper from their bodies.
** While the Selesnyan elves of Ravnica are fairly standard, the Devkarin elves of the Golgari Swarm deviate from the trope standard by being dedicated necromancers obsessed with rot and death. There are also the elves of the Simic Combine, bald, largely extinct, and almost uniformly {{Mad Scientist}}s, and generally disliked by the other two types. They're technically all still Wood Elves, but the Devkarin are more focused on the "death" part of the cycle of life and death, and the Simic elves get a bit... creative in their goal of preserving life.
** By WordOfGod, there used to be elves living in the gothic horror-inspired plane of Innistrad, too, but they were driven to extinction by the horrors in the night.
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