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15th Jan '18 7:40:53 AM RossN
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** Ariane, Danuvians, Mandalans, Marukans, Mirin, Muses, Phantasians, and Thaecians can all easily be called Elves with the serial number filled off. Most of them are as beautiful, magical, and spiritually superior as the best examples of elvishness.

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** Ariane, Danuvians, Mandalans, Marukans, Mirin, Muses, Phantasians, and Thaecians can all easily be called Elves with the serial number filled off. Most of them are as beautiful, magical, and spiritually superior as the best examples of elvishness.
13th Jan '18 12:36:06 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar'' has the Dark Elves of Shurifon. Despite their name and appearance, they are more akin to Wood Elves since they live in a huge forest and are at peace with nature. Overall they are physically more capable than anyone else on the planet [[spoiler:barring a short period of time in the day when they are as weak as newborn kittens due to being a transplanted species from another world]]. The main character Kenshi is the only one who is stronger [[spoiler:and he isn't exactly a normal human either.]]



* The gigantic Zentradi from the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series zigzags this trope. They are effectively immortal, generally disciplined, remained in stasis in terms of technology & development, and have been retconned post-[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]] to sport pointy ears. At the same time, the Zentradi do not shy away from physical combat, they have no concept of beauty or art, and their only observable resemblance to culture prior to meeting humans was war.
* In ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle'', elves are [[InconsistentDub alternately called]] Hahaze and Onburu. They have an unusually high resistance to magical spells[[spoiler: , resulting in them being used as bodyguards for important people in the Kingdom of Viegald]]. They have long, pointy ears and {{Cute Little Fangs}}, and have super speed when they need it. Fern, the resident Hahaze, takes to his Elvish smugness in the form of being the SnarkyNonHumanSidekick. They live in a {{Hidden Elf Village}} in the woods where they hunt. They seem to have some Celtic influences.



* In ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle'', elves are [[InconsistentDub alternately called]] Hahaze and Onburu. They have an unusually high resistance to magical spells[[spoiler: , resulting in them being used as bodyguards for important people in the Kingdom of Viegald]]. They have long, pointy ears and {{Cute Little Fangs}}, and have super speed when they need it. Fern, the resident Hahaze, takes to his Elvish smugness in the form of being the SnarkyNonHumanSidekick. They live in a {{Hidden Elf Village}} in the woods where they hunt. They seem to have some Celtic influences.

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* In ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle'', elves ''Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar'' has the Dark Elves of Shurifon. Despite their name and appearance, they are [[InconsistentDub alternately called]] Hahaze more akin to Wood Elves since they live in a huge forest and Onburu. They have an unusually high resistance to magical spells[[spoiler: , resulting in them being used as bodyguards for important people are at peace with nature. Overall they are physically more capable than anyone else on the planet [[spoiler:barring a short period of time in the Kingdom of Viegald]]. They have long, pointy ears and {{Cute Little Fangs}}, and have super speed day when they need it. Fern, the resident Hahaze, takes are as weak as newborn kittens due to his Elvish smugness in the form of being a transplanted species from another world]]. The main character Kenshi is the SnarkyNonHumanSidekick. They live in only one who is stronger [[spoiler:and he isn't exactly a {{Hidden Elf Village}} in the woods where they hunt. They seem to have some Celtic influences.normal human either.]]



* The gigantic Zentradi from the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series zigzags this trope. They are effectively immortal, generally disciplined, remained in stasis in terms of technology & development, and have been retconned post-[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]] to sport pointy ears. At the same time, the Zentradi do not shy away from physical combat, they have no concept of beauty or art, and their only observable resemblance to culture prior to meeting humans was war.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}'' elves are TheEmpire, and they're not particularly good-looking either, since they have MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily and vertically-slitted eyes. They're still tall and skinny, with long hair, though.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheDemonMages'': there ''are'' various types of Drow elves, which vary in skin color, hair color, and magical resistances. The snobby attitude isn't present, however.



* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheDemonMages'': there ''are'' various types of Drow elves, which vary in skin color, hair color, and magical resistances. The snobby attitude isn't present, however.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}'' elves are TheEmpire, and they're not particularly good-looking either, since they have MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily and vertically-slitted eyes. They're still tall and skinny, with long hair, though.



* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** Averted with elves in general. They're just another race of humans, not a separate species. The only “elfy” traits they share with elves from other works are that they have fine features and pointy ears. And in Ketafa they're second-class citizens and treated like crap.
** As'taris is haughty, but not because he's an elf; he feels superior to the four because he's skahs (warrior class) and they're tirin (noncombatants).



* Played with in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'', where they're the ''antagonists''. They're not evil per se, but are ''very'' xenophobic, arrogant and the author compares their society to UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan. There are, however, genuinely nice elves, some of whom [[spoiler: live among humans]], and others who are more in the gray area. In other words, they're just as varied as Tolkien's elves, albeit more "humanized". Still, they're given something of a DoingInTheWizard treatment, but still have a mystical, if realistic, element about them.
** 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.

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* Played with in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'', where they're ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': In ''The Warmistress of Equestria'', the ''antagonists''. They're not evil per se, but deer are ''very'' xenophobic, arrogant and the author compares their society to UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan. There are, however, genuinely nice elves, some [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of whom [[spoiler: live among humans]], and others who are more in the gray area. In other words, they're just as varied as Tolkien's elves, albeit more "humanized". Still, they're given something of a DoingInTheWizard treatment, but still have a mystical, if realistic, element about them.
** However, as the story goes on, and a few rewrites were made, the trope is heavily Deconstructed.
[[SpaceElves The elves' Eldar]] in many respects, primarily in schemes [[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.and]] [[{{Jerkass}} haughtiness]].



* ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': In ''The Warmistress of Equestria'', the deer are [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of [[SpaceElves The Eldar]] in many respects, primarily in schemes [[FantasticRacism and]] [[{{Jerkass}} haughtiness]].

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* ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'': In ''The Warmistress of Equestria'', Played with in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'', where they're the deer ''antagonists''. They're not evil per se, but are [[{{Expy}} Expies]] ''very'' xenophobic, arrogant and the author compares their society to UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan. There are, however, genuinely nice elves, some of [[SpaceElves whom [[spoiler: live among humans]], and others who are more in the gray area. In other words, they're just as varied as Tolkien's elves, albeit more "humanized". Still, they're given something of a DoingInTheWizard treatment, but still have a mystical, if realistic, element about them.
** However, as the story goes on, and a few rewrites were made, the trope is heavily Deconstructed.
The Eldar]] in many respects, primarily in schemes elves' [[FantasticRacism and]] [[{{Jerkass}} haughtiness]].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.
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** Averted with elves in general. They're just another race of humans, not a separate species. The only “elfy” traits they share with elves from other works are that they have fine features and pointy ears. And in Ketafa they're second-class citizens and treated like crap.
** As'taris is haughty, but not because he's an elf; he feels superior to the four because he's skahs (warrior class) and they're tirin (noncombatants).



* The Na'vi from ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' are blue-skinned, pointy-eared, lithe cat people who live in tune with nature, tame the wild beasts, have an innate link with the spirit of their world, and shoot 6-foot long arrows to impale helicopter pilots. Despite the science fiction aspects of the film, they're a lot more Wood Elf than {{Space El|ves}}f.
* Desconstructed in ''Film/{{Bright}}'': elves are {{superior| species}} in every way to other races, have the highest number of [[WitchSpecies Brights]] among them and are said to manipulate society into their favor, which lead to humans and orcs resenting them as pompous and privileged snobs. In addition, their fighting prowess, superhuman strength, speed and immortality makes them look like [[ImplacableMan horror monsters]] rather than badass super-elves like Legolas in ''Lord of the Rings''.



* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shifts away from this somewhat. In it, Thranduil is portrayed more like a proud (or arrogant) High Elf who belittles someone of lesser stock, while in truth, the only High Elf in the region was Galadriel - although the pride of the Royal House of the Sindar would legitimately give Thrandruil reason to be proud. But by the time of ''the Hobbit'', the only High Elves left in Middle Earth are Galadriel, Elrond, Glorfindel and the Elves in Rivendell and some in the Grey Havens. The rest in Mirkwood and Lórien are either Sindar, Silvan (the most rustic of Elves) or a combination of the two.
* The Na'vi from ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' are blue-skinned, pointy-eared, lithe cat people who live in tune with nature, tame the wild beasts, have an innate link with the spirit of their world, and shoot 6-foot long arrows to impale helicopter pilots. Despite the science fiction aspects of the film, they're a lot more Wood Elf than {{Space El|ves}}f.

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* ** ''Film/TheHobbit'' shifts away from this somewhat. In it, Thranduil is portrayed more like a proud (or arrogant) High Elf who belittles someone of lesser stock, while in truth, the only High Elf in the region was Galadriel - although the pride of the Royal House of the Sindar would legitimately give Thrandruil reason to be proud. But by the time of ''the Hobbit'', the only High Elves left in Middle Earth are Galadriel, Elrond, Glorfindel and the Elves in Rivendell and some in the Grey Havens. The rest in Mirkwood and Lórien are either Sindar, Silvan (the most rustic of Elves) or a combination of the two. \n* The Na'vi from ''{{Film/Avatar}}'' are blue-skinned, pointy-eared, lithe cat people who live in tune with nature, tame the wild beasts, have an innate link with the spirit of their world, and shoot 6-foot long arrows to impale helicopter pilots. Despite the science fiction aspects of the film, they're a lot more Wood Elf than {{Space El|ves}}f.



* Desconstructed in ''Film/{{Bright}}'': elves are {{superior| species}} in every way to other races, have the highest number of [[WitchSpecies Brights]] among them and are said to manipulate society into their favor, which lead to humans and orcs resenting them as pompous and privileged snobs. In addition, their fighting prowess, superhuman strength, speed and immortality makes them look like [[ImplacableMan horror monsters]] rather than badass super-elves like Legolas in ''Lord of the Rings''.



* The Alteriens from the ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' series are similar to elves in appearance. In addition, they have many abilities that could be perceived as magic. They can, for example, fly, teleport, time travel, manipulate energy and see possible futures.
* The Elves (the main family of fairies) in Creator/EoinColfer's ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series are pure [[SpaceElves Space Elf]] even though they live underground as they carry plasma rifles and their wings are [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear-powered]]. There are fat ones, sweaty ones, ones with skin problems (on those pointy ears, no less), a ''lot'' of foul mouthed ones and facial hair. The trope is still played pretty straight in that Elves (as well as all the other Fairy races) see themselves as better than humans.
* Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series has the Dragaerans. They stand an average of seven feet tall and have lifespans exceeding 1,000 years. They have slender builds and do not grow facial hair. The race was created when the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Jenoine]] combined human stock with various animals to create various strains, which organized into Houses of the Dragaeran Empire. Some of these strains have pointed ears, though not all. Interestingly, they refer to themselves as humans and practice FantasticRacism towards actual humans, whom they refer to as "Easterners." In some areas, they're called "elfs" and call humans "dwarfs."
* Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels subvert the Dark Elf version of this trope: this world's dark elves don't live underground, are nihilists rather than spider fanatics, and dress like they just walked out of the medieval edition of ''GQ''. Morley Dotes, the protagonist's sort-of-friend, fits the half-elf trope minus the low self-esteem, as he's half dark elf and has inherited several levels of badass from his elven side (multiclassing in ChickMagnet).\\\
High elves in the Garrett novels stick with their image, including being bigoted against their own half-elven offspring. Seldom seen in the novels, they're a bunch of uptight snobs, albeit more middle-class than "noble".
* Kristen Britain's ''Literature/GreenRider'' series has the Elt or Eletians, elves in all but name. They're incredibly arrogant and very conscious of how much innate magic they have compared to humans. On occasion, though, the human characters will call them on it--and on how unhelpful they can be when the fate of the world is at stake. The trope is also subverted when [[spoiler:the villain of the first book is an Eletian gone bad]].



* Kristen Britain's ''Literature/GreenRider'' series has the Elt or Eletians, elves in all but name. They're incredibly arrogant and very conscious of how much innate magic they have compared to humans. On occasion, though, the human characters will call them on it--and on how unhelpful they can be when the fate of the world is at stake. The trope is also subverted when [[spoiler:the villain of the first book is an Eletian gone bad]].
* The Alteriens from the ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' series are similar to elves in appearance. In addition, they have many abilities that could be perceived as magic. They can, for example, fly, teleport, time travel, manipulate energy and see possible futures.



* On the humorous side of things, Creator/EstherFriesner's ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' series has the Welfies, which are kind of a cross between elf and fairy and are snooty enough for both. In Welfie society, males are tall and willowy with the long blond hair and the pointy ears but are expert archers and rangers. How they hide in the woods wearing sequin-encrusted pink leotards is anybody's guess. Welfie warriors (a male-only occupation) are the only tribesmen allowed to eat meat besides the elders. Welfie elders communicate only psionically. All Welfies can change their size and do so as a matter of fashion. When they're small, they live in mushrooms and housing shortages are created when tall Welfies are ''a la mode''. Female Welfies are expected to remain subservient and "foot it fleetly upon the merry greensward, ho" whilst gathering flowers and moonbeams and generally being all pretty and stuff. Some of them resent this.
* The Tiste of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' are basically elves minus the pointy ears. As a general rule, they are taller than humans, more slender, more beautiful, long-lived and can look back on an ancient civilization. They are also a massive [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruction]], alien to the realm of the Malazan Empire and perceived as such. Also, neither Tiste people is known for any kind of crafts or archery. There are, however, half-bloods where they have interbred with humans.\\
The particular types are:
** Tiste Andii, the Children of Darkness, or [[{{Expy}} Drow Expies]]. Black-skinned and white-, black- or red-haired, the Andii are a clear case of DarkIsNotEvil. If not for [[WarriorPrince Anomander Rake]] finding causes for them to fight for, they would also probably all die of ennui, as their long lives have made them apathetic to everything.\\
Ironically, their main group -- Anomander Rake's followers -- live in a floating castle, Moon's Spawn, while the remnants of Silchas Ruin's followers, the Andii of Bluerose, do live in an UndergroundCity, but have interbred with humans so much there are only a handful of pure Andii left.
** The Tiste Edur, the Children of Shadow, or [[{{Expy}} Wood Elves]]. Ruthless isolationists living in forest villages in a cold northern climate and following a rigid hierarchy, having mostly forgotten their history after the disappearance of their leader, Father Shadow. They think they are better than everyone else, but are seen as barbaric by others and looked down upon by both the Andii and the Liosan. Grey-skinned and brown- or red-haired.
** The Tiste Liosan, the Children of Light, or [[{{Expy}} High Elves]]. That's what they think they are, but anyone who has ever encountered one agrees that LightIsNotGood and one CantArgueWithElves. They are the most isolationist of the three Tiste peoples, living in their own realm and looking down their noses at everyone else. They are also, despite [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar their posturing]], the [[PlayedForComedy least effective in combat]]. White-skinned and silver- or gold-haired.



* Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series has the Dragaerans. They stand an average of seven feet tall and have lifespans exceeding 1,000 years. They have slender builds and do not grow facial hair. The race was created when the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Jenoine]] combined human stock with various animals to create various strains, which organized into Houses of the Dragaeran Empire. Some of these strains have pointed ears, though not all. Interestingly, they refer to themselves as humans and practice FantasticRacism towards actual humans, whom they refer to as "Easterners." In some areas, they're called "elfs" and call humans "dwarfs."

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* Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series has The elves in the Dragaerans. They stand an average of seven feet tall ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Riftwar]]'' saga by Raymond Feist were originally a single race, kept as slaves by the ancient Dragon Lords. When the Dragon Lords vanished, they split into four groups. The Eledhel descended from the outdoor slaves, and have lifespans exceeding 1,000 years. They have slender builds became fairly typical Wood Elves, complete with a Tree Top Town. The house slaves, who worked more closely with their masters, became the Moredhel, surface-dwelling Dark Elves who spend much of their time fighting each other or the other inhabitants of the world. The Eldar, who specialized in skilled or scholarly work, withdrew from the world and do not grow facial hair. The race was created became High Elves. A fourth group, the Glamredhel, were driven mad by the disappearance of the Dragon Lords; the final break between the Eledhel and Moredhel came when the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Jenoine]] combined human stock latter waged a war of extermination against the Glamredhel. [[spoiler:A small group of surviving Glamredhel are found later on in the story, in a HiddenElfVillage.]]
* The inhabitants of Stormhold in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', who come across as essentially amoral humans
with various animals to create various strains, which organized into Houses of the Dragaeran Empire. Some of these strains have pointed ears, though not all. Interestingly, they refer to themselves as humans and practice FantasticRacism towards actual humans, whom they refer to as "Easterners." In some areas, they're called "elfs" and call humans "dwarfs."ears -- particularly the male rulers, who [[PlanetOfHats wear the hat]] of being a bunch of [[TheEvilPrince Evil Princes]].



* The Elves (the main family of fairies) in Creator/EoinColfer's ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series are pure [[SpaceElves Space Elf]] even though they live underground as they carry plasma rifles and their wings are [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear-powered]]. There are fat ones, sweaty ones, ones with skin problems (on those pointy ears, no less), a ''lot'' of foul mouthed ones and facial hair. The trope is still played pretty straight in that Elves (as well as all the other Fairy races) see themselves as better than humans.
* Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels subvert the Dark Elf version of this trope: this world's dark elves don't live underground, are nihilists rather than spider fanatics, and dress like they just walked out of the medieval edition of ''GQ''. Morley Dotes, the protagonist's sort-of-friend, fits the half-elf trope minus the low self-esteem, as he's half dark elf and has inherited several levels of badass from his elven side (multiclassing in ChickMagnet).\\\
High elves in the Garrett novels stick with their image, including being bigoted against their own half-elven offspring. Seldom seen in the novels, they're a bunch of uptight snobs, albeit more middle-class than "noble".
* The Tiste of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' are basically elves minus the pointy ears. As a general rule, they are taller than humans, more slender, more beautiful, long-lived and can look back on an ancient civilization. They are also a massive [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruction]], alien to the realm of the Malazan Empire and perceived as such. Also, neither Tiste people is known for any kind of crafts or archery. There are, however, half-bloods where they have interbred with humans.\\
The particular types are:
** Tiste Andii, the Children of Darkness, or [[{{Expy}} Drow Expies]]. Black-skinned and white-, black- or red-haired, the Andii are a clear case of DarkIsNotEvil. If not for [[WarriorPrince Anomander Rake]] finding causes for them to fight for, they would also probably all die of ennui, as their long lives have made them apathetic to everything.\\
Ironically, their main group -- Anomander Rake's followers -- live in a floating castle, Moon's Spawn, while the remnants of Silchas Ruin's followers, the Andii of Bluerose, do live in an UndergroundCity, but have interbred with humans so much there are only a handful of pure Andii left.
** The Tiste Edur, the Children of Shadow, or [[{{Expy}} Wood Elves]]. Ruthless isolationists living in forest villages in a cold northern climate and following a rigid hierarchy, having mostly forgotten their history after the disappearance of their leader, Father Shadow. They think they are better than everyone else, but are seen as barbaric by others and looked down upon by both the Andii and the Liosan. Grey-skinned and brown- or red-haired.
** The Tiste Liosan, the Children of Light, or [[{{Expy}} High Elves]]. That's what they think they are, but anyone who has ever encountered one agrees that LightIsNotGood and one CantArgueWithElves. They are the most isolationist of the three Tiste peoples, living in their own realm and looking down their noses at everyone else. They are also, despite [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar their posturing]], the [[PlayedForComedy least effective in combat]]. White-skinned and silver- or gold-haired.
* The elves in the ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Riftwar]]'' saga by Raymond Feist were originally a single race, kept as slaves by the ancient Dragon Lords. When the Dragon Lords vanished, they split into four groups. The Eledhel descended from the outdoor slaves, and became fairly typical Wood Elves, complete with a Tree Top Town. The house slaves, who worked more closely with their masters, became the Moredhel, surface-dwelling Dark Elves who spend much of their time fighting each other or the other inhabitants of the world. The Eldar, who specialized in skilled or scholarly work, withdrew from the world and became High Elves. A fourth group, the Glamredhel, were driven mad by the disappearance of the Dragon Lords; the final break between the Eledhel and Moredhel came when the latter waged a war of extermination against the Glamredhel. [[spoiler:A small group of surviving Glamredhel are found later on in the story, in a HiddenElfVillage.]]
* On the humorous side of things, Creator/EstherFriesner's ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' series has the Welfies, which are kind of a cross between elf and fairy and are snooty enough for both. In Welfie society, males are tall and willowy with the long blond hair and the pointy ears but are expert archers and rangers. How they hide in the woods wearing sequin-encrusted pink leotards is anybody's guess. Welfie warriors (a male-only occupation) are the only tribesmen allowed to eat meat besides the elders. Welfie elders communicate only psionically. All Welfies can change their size and do so as a matter of fashion. When they're small, they live in mushrooms and housing shortages are created when tall Welfies are ''a la mode''. Female Welfies are expected to remain subservient and "foot it fleetly upon the merry greensward, ho" whilst gathering flowers and moonbeams and generally being all pretty and stuff. Some of them resent this.
* The inhabitants of Stormhold in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', who come across as essentially amoral humans with pointed ears -- particularly the male rulers, who [[PlanetOfHats wear the hat]] of being a bunch of [[TheEvilPrince Evil Princes]].
11th Jan '18 5:44:35 PM reddragon32145
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* This trope gets played to its logical conclusion in APracticalGuideToEvil: The elves of Golden Bloom are technically aligned with the side of Good to such an absurd degree that they consider basically all non-heroes to be evil scum and are so xenophobic and isolationist that any human who comes close to their kingdom in the Golden Bloom is killed without warning. They are nevertheless undeniably better, with a small unit of elven troops reportedly able to slaughter battalions of conventional troops with no casualties.
** The greater whole of the elvish race also goes against the usual trope. Rather than a small, isolated society they control a massive continent-spanning empire where interbreeding with other races is common. The Elves of the Golden Bloom used to be a part of this empire but they either left or were kicked out for being xenophobic.
3rd Jan '18 5:54:28 AM NubianSatyress
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** The Bosmer, or Wood Elves, of Valenwood are the shortest race in Tamriel and possess darker reddish/brown skin than their Altmeri cousins. They are nimble and quick as a race, making for excellent scouts, thieves, and hunters. The Bosmer are considered [[ArcherArchetype the finest archers]] in all Tamriel, with it even being said that they were inventors of the bow. Their ancestors rejected the formal traditions of Aldmeri culture, splitting off to live simple lives more in tune with nature. They struck an agreement with [[OurGodsAreDifferent Y'ffre, the Forest God of Valenwood and the first et'Ada to transform into the Ehlnofey]], known as the Green Pact; in exchange for Y'ffre's patronage, they have sworn never to harm any plantlife in Valenwood (though they can import timber from other regions of Tamriel when necessary), and must live on an almost exclusively carnivorous diet (with a few [[LoopholeAbuse loopholes]]). They have been assimilated by every incarnation of the Aldmeri Dominion. They are led by the "Silvenar," who is a literal representation of the Bosmer people. (Changing in both body and mind to match the current state of the Bosmeri people.)

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** The Bosmer, or Wood Elves, of Valenwood are the shortest race in Tamriel and possess darker reddish/brown skin than their Altmeri cousins. They are nimble and quick as a race, making for excellent scouts, thieves, and hunters. The Bosmer are considered [[ArcherArchetype the finest archers]] in all Tamriel, with it even being said that they were inventors of the bow. Their ancestors rejected the formal traditions of Aldmeri culture, splitting off to live simple lives more in tune with nature. They struck an agreement with [[OurGodsAreDifferent Y'ffre, the Forest God of Valenwood and the first et'Ada to transform into the Ehlnofey]], known as the Green Pact; in exchange for Y'ffre's patronage, they have sworn never to harm any plantlife in Valenwood (though they can import timber from other regions of Tamriel when necessary), and must live on an almost exclusively carnivorous diet (with a few [[LoopholeAbuse loopholes]]). They have been assimilated or subjugated by every incarnation of the Aldmeri Dominion.Dominion, in which they are treated as [[EnslavedElves second-class citizens (at best)]] to the Altmer. They are led by the "Silvenar," who is a literal representation of the Bosmer people. (Changing in both body and mind to match the current state of the Bosmeri people.)
3rd Jan '18 3:39:56 AM 123redone
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** The Altmer, or High Elves, hail from the Summerset Isles in the southwest of Tamriel. They are tall with golden skin and lean frames, and are the primary descendants of the Aldmer, the first race of Mer. As such, determining when Aldmer history ended and where Altmer history began is nigh impossible. Though non-Altmer scholars are loathe to admit, the truth is that Tamriel [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas owes much of its art, science, philosophy, language and religion]] to the Altmer, who are also the [[WitchSpecies most magically-gifted of all races]]. However, they are often viewed as [[CulturalPosturing haughty and snobbish]], looking down on the other races of Mer as "degenerates" and believing [[FantasticRacism the races of Men to be even worse]]. For centuries, they led a mighty empire known as the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]]. In the late 2nd Era, their empire was crushed in a CurbStompBattle by [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]] and the [[HumongousMecha Numidium]], forcing them to join an Empire of Men by conquest for the first time in history. During the reign of the Septim Empire, they quietly bode their time and rebuilt their shattered nation. When the Septim Dynasty ended as a result of the Oblivion Crisis, the Dominion rose once again, this time led by the religious extremist (and even more fantastically racist) [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]].

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** The Altmer, or High Elves, hail from the Summerset Isles in the southwest of Tamriel. They are tall with golden skin and lean frames, and are the primary descendants of the Aldmer, the first race of Mer. As such, determining when Aldmer history ended and where Altmer history began is nigh impossible. Though non-Altmer scholars are loathe to admit, the truth is that Tamriel [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas owes much of its art, science, philosophy, language and religion]] to the Altmer, who are also the [[WitchSpecies most magically-gifted of all races]]. However, they are often viewed as [[CulturalPosturing haughty and snobbish]], looking down on the other races of Mer as "degenerates" and believing [[FantasticRacism the races of Men to be even worse]]. For centuries, they led a mighty empire known as the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]]. In the late 2nd Era, their empire was crushed in a CurbStompBattle by [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]] and the [[HumongousMecha Numidium]], forcing them to join an Empire of Men by conquest for the first time in history. During the reign of the Septim Empire, they quietly bode their time and rebuilt their shattered nation. When the Septim Dynasty ended as a result of the Oblivion Crisis, the Dominion rose once again, this time led by the religious extremist (and even more fantastically racist) [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]].Thalmor]] of the Aldmeri Dominion.



** The Bosmer, or Wood Elves, of Valenwood are the shortest race in Tamriel and possess darker reddish/brown skin than their Altmeri cousins. They are nimble and quick as a race, making for excellent scouts, thieves, and hunters. The Bosmer are considered [[ArcherArchetype the finest archers]] in all Tamriel, with it even being said that they were inventors of the bow. Their ancestors rejected the formal traditions of Aldmeri culture, splitting off to live simple lives more in tune with nature. They struck an agreement with [[OurGodsAreDifferent Y'ffre, the Forest God of Valenwood and the first et'Ada to transform into the Ehlnofey]], known as the Green Pact; in exchange for Y'ffre's patronage, they have sworn never to harm any plantlife in Valenwood (though they can import timber from other regions of Tamriel when necessary), and must live on an almost exclusively carnivorous diet (with a few [[LoopholeAbuse loopholes]]). They have been assimilated or subjugated by every incarnation of the Aldmeri Dominion, in which they are treated as [[EnslavedElves second-class citizens (at best)]] to the Altmer. They are led by the "Silvenar," who is a literal representation of the Bosmer people. (Changing in both body and mind to match the current state of the Bosmeri people.)

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** The Bosmer, or Wood Elves, of Valenwood are the shortest race in Tamriel and possess darker reddish/brown skin than their Altmeri cousins. They are nimble and quick as a race, making for excellent scouts, thieves, and hunters. The Bosmer are considered [[ArcherArchetype the finest archers]] in all Tamriel, with it even being said that they were inventors of the bow. Their ancestors rejected the formal traditions of Aldmeri culture, splitting off to live simple lives more in tune with nature. They struck an agreement with [[OurGodsAreDifferent Y'ffre, the Forest God of Valenwood and the first et'Ada to transform into the Ehlnofey]], known as the Green Pact; in exchange for Y'ffre's patronage, they have sworn never to harm any plantlife in Valenwood (though they can import timber from other regions of Tamriel when necessary), and must live on an almost exclusively carnivorous diet (with a few [[LoopholeAbuse loopholes]]). They have been assimilated or subjugated by every incarnation of the Aldmeri Dominion, in which they are treated as [[EnslavedElves second-class citizens (at best)]] to the Altmer.Dominion. They are led by the "Silvenar," who is a literal representation of the Bosmer people. (Changing in both body and mind to match the current state of the Bosmeri people.)
1st Jan '18 10:29:36 AM TheNerevarine
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* The Nordic Coven in the {{Film/Underworld}} series is a vampire bloodline with elf-like characteristics. They live in a [[HiddenElfVillage secluded fortress]], strongly resemble elves physically and have straight-up magical powers unlike anything normal vampires possess. They do avert having [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace unnatural beauty]] (while most members have MysticalWhiteHair, their leader is a plain-looking CoolOldGuy) and [[CantArgueWithElves lack elves' arrogance]]. In fact, they are extremely [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire kind and friendly in contrast to most vampires]], but with that said BewareTheNiceOnes also happens to be their hat, since while pacifistic, they can kill [[FlashStep you in a blink of an eye]].

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* The Nordic Coven in the {{Film/Underworld}} ''{{Film/Underworld}}'' series is a vampire bloodline with elf-like characteristics. They live in a [[HiddenElfVillage secluded fortress]], strongly resemble elves physically and have straight-up magical powers unlike anything normal vampires possess. They do avert having [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace unnatural beauty]] (while most members have MysticalWhiteHair, their leader is a plain-looking CoolOldGuy) and [[CantArgueWithElves lack elves' arrogance]]. In fact, they are extremely [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire kind and friendly in contrast to most vampires]], but with that said BewareTheNiceOnes also happens to be their hat, since while pacifistic, they can kill [[FlashStep you in a blink of an eye]].
1st Jan '18 10:25:41 AM TheNerevarine
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* The Nordic Coven in the {{Film/Underworld}} series is a vampire bloodline with elf-like characteristics. They live in a [[HiddenElfVillage secluded fortress]], strongly resemble elves physically and have straight-up magical powers unlike anything normal vampires possess. They do avert having [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace unnatural beauty]] (while most members have MysticalWhiteHair, their leader is a plain-looking CoolOldGuy) and [[CantArgueWithElves lack elves' arrogance]]. In fact, they are extremely [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire kind and friendly in contrast to most vampires]], but with that said BewareTheNiceOnes also happens to be their hat, since while pacifistic, they can kill [[FlashStep you in a blink of an eye]].
27th Dec '17 4:22:59 PM Wyldchyld
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* [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace Very, very pretty]] to the point of {{fetish|Fuel}}ism. (Those pointed ears...) Very often they are [[{{Elfeminate}} of androgynous appearance]].

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* [[InhumanlyBeautifulRace Very, very pretty]] to the point of {{fetish|Fuel}}ism.fetishism. (Those pointed ears...) Very often they are [[{{Elfeminate}} of androgynous appearance]].



* In Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, the Elves are both Better and [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different]]. They are a race genetically engineered as {{Super Soldier}}s in a long-ago war -- ageless, superhuman in all physical characteristics, and made to look like [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hot pointy-eared chicks]] because, well, [[FetishFuel they could.]] They are protected by genetic copyright laws which say that no human can have their powers and appearance, and only Elves are allowed to live in [[MagicalLand Alfheim]]. (Ironically, Alfeim has become an overcrowded housing project because all elves crave the honor of living there, and since they don't die, the population just goes up and up. Or so our semi-reliable source says).

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* In Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, the Elves are both Better and [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different]]. They are a race genetically engineered as {{Super Soldier}}s in a long-ago war -- ageless, superhuman in all physical characteristics, and made to look like [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hot pointy-eared chicks]] because, well, [[FetishFuel they could.]] could. They are protected by genetic copyright laws which say that no human can have their powers and appearance, and only Elves are allowed to live in [[MagicalLand Alfheim]]. (Ironically, Alfeim has become an overcrowded housing project because all elves crave the honor of living there, and since they don't die, the population just goes up and up. Or so our semi-reliable source says).
27th Dec '17 9:36:19 AM TheNerevarine
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* Desconstructed in ''Film/{{Bright}}'': elves are {{superior| species}} in every way to other races, have the highest number of [[WitchSpecies Brights]] among them and are said to manipulate society into their favor, which lead to humans and orcs resenting them as pompous and privileged snobs. In addition, their fighting prowess, superhuman strength, speed and immortality makes them look like [[ImplacableMan horror monsters]] rather than badass super-elves like Legolas in ''Lord of the Rings''.
24th Dec '17 11:00:32 AM nombretomado
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* [[PermaShave No facial hair. Period. They don't grow it and never have to shave.]] This is pervasive to the point a PermaStubble or ''[[GoodHairEvilHair beard]]'' on an elf would be mind shatteringly weird. Half-Elves can often grow facial hair to show how inferior they are or to show a preference to their human heritage. In that case, it'll probably be a fashionable, ErrolFlynn-esque business. Averted in Dark Elves since all [[BeardOfEvil goatees are evil]].

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* [[PermaShave No facial hair. Period. They don't grow it and never have to shave.]] This is pervasive to the point a PermaStubble or ''[[GoodHairEvilHair beard]]'' on an elf would be mind shatteringly weird. Half-Elves can often grow facial hair to show how inferior they are or to show a preference to their human heritage. In that case, it'll probably be a fashionable, ErrolFlynn-esque Creator/ErrolFlynn-esque business. Averted in Dark Elves since all [[BeardOfEvil goatees are evil]].
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