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12th Jan '17 2:11:53 PM Nixkat
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* The Eliwan of ''TabletopGame/MagiNation''
23rd Nov '16 4:52:17 AM Morgenthaler
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There are certain races in SpeculativeFiction that appear to occupy an equivalent niche that elves do in a fantasy setting: the idealized, CloserToEarth culture reaching toward utopian ideals, or the inscrutable, ominous [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] for whom WeAreAsMayflies. Or both at once, of course.

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There are certain races in SpeculativeFiction that appear to occupy an equivalent niche that elves do in a fantasy setting: the idealized, CloserToEarth culture reaching toward utopian ideals, or the inscrutable, ominous [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] for whom WeAreAsMayflies. Or both at once, of course.
course. Similar to AngelicAliens, but Alien Angels are defined more by their ethereal appearance than their own perception of being an "enlightened" species compared to others.
2nd Nov '16 2:33:29 PM Codefreak5
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* There's also the asari from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Monogendered blue-skinned women with [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld incredible lifespans]], low-level telepathy and ''high''-level [[GravityMaster gravity manipulation]]. Other races need to be exposed to element zero ''in utero'' to develop those gravity powers, but asari have them inherently [[spoiler: thanks to some prothean genetic engineering.]] They've been in space the longest of any sentient species [[spoiler: in this cycle]], and the ones who rub this in are often the targets of "ScrewYouElves"

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* There's also the asari Asari from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Monogendered blue-skinned women with [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld incredible lifespans]], low-level telepathy and ''high''-level [[GravityMaster gravity manipulation]]. Other races need to be exposed to element zero ''in utero'' to develop those gravity powers, but asari have them inherently [[spoiler: thanks to some prothean genetic engineering.]] They've been in space the longest of any sentient species [[spoiler: in this cycle]], and the ones who rub this in are often the targets of "ScrewYouElves"



* The Asari from [[Franchise/MassEffect]] also fit into this sub-trope. They are an entirely monogendered female race, and have contact telepathy. They are often objectified by other starfaring races.

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* The Asari from [[Franchise/MassEffect]] Franchise/MassEffect also fit into this sub-trope. They are an entirely monogendered female race, and have contact telepathy. They are often objectified by other starfaring races.
17th Oct '16 5:59:36 AM Eievie
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'''Elves In Space''' ''[-(main article: OurElvesAreBetter)-]''

Standard fantasy elves or [[CallARabbitASmeerp equivalent beings]] with SerialNumbersFiledOff... [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Spaaaace!]]]] These are surprisingly common in science fiction and TabletopGames (compare UrbanFantasy and ScienceFantasy). AncientAstronauts may count if they are not merely ''mistaken'' for elves, but ''actually are'' elves [[DoingInTheWizard who turn out to be an alien race]].

'''Enlightened Mystic Race''' ''[-(main article: ProudScholarRaceGuy)-]''

Personality-wise, they may be aloof and detached, or (in the case of empathic types) quite gregarious. Either way, they have a tendency to be more mystical or philosophical than most of the other species in the setting. These are almost by definition a {{Proud Scholar Race|Guy}}, and they are typically pitted against ProudWarriorRaceGuy in a straight application of ElvesVersusDwarves.

Like other {{Proud Scholar Race Guy}}s, theye guys are the most likely characters to have PsychicPowers (possibly confined to a [[BizarreSexualDimorphism single gender]]) and the most likely characters in the setting to be [[TechnicalPacifist Technical]] or {{Actual|Pacifist}} PerfectPacifistPeople, in contrast to the warlike ProudWarriorRaceGuy, who are ironically more likely to be literal Elves In Space.

'''Mystic Alien Intruders''' ''[-(compare: TheFairFolk)-]''

These are beings that fill the same function as TheFairFolk in the story or in popular consciousness, except that they (usually) [[EldritchAbomination Descended From Outer Space]]. This is ''very commonly'' associated with TheGreys, although not always. LittleGreenMen can replace {{Leprechaun}}s. AlienAbduction may take the place of a ChangelingTale. When they aren't snatching up our children, [[YearOutsideHourInside unnaturally extending our lifespans]], or performing mystic rites on us for shits and giggles and impregnating our virginal ''(swear to god!)'' women-folk, thus leading to HalfHumanHybrids. They may be {{Sufficiently Advanced|Alien}}, or [[AncientAstronauts older than the hills]]. See also TimeAbyss. One thing they share in common is they are invariably [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Inscrutable]]. See also TelepathicSpacemen.

'''Psychic GreenSpaceBabe Variety'''

An oddly specific and [[OlderThanTheyThink not-so-recent]] phenomenon. For some reason, certain Space Elves tend to manifest as an AlwaysFemale GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe with PsychicPowers. Sometimes known as "blue hotties", they're more likely to be [[GoodColorsEvilColors blue than green]].[[note]]Possibly because of the "LittleGreenMen" stigma about [[SciFiGhetto science fiction]], and the fact that green skin is more likely than blue to look like you have a horrible fungal infection.[[/note]] Sometimes they are part of a [[{{Matriarchy}} Sexy Matriarchy]].

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\n* '''Elves In Space''' ''[-(main article: OurElvesAreBetter)-]''

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Standard fantasy elves or [[CallARabbitASmeerp equivalent beings]] with SerialNumbersFiledOff... [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Spaaaace!]]]] These are surprisingly common in science fiction and TabletopGames (compare UrbanFantasy and ScienceFantasy). AncientAstronauts may count if they are not merely ''mistaken'' for elves, but ''actually are'' elves [[DoingInTheWizard who turn out to be an alien race]].

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'''Enlightened Mystic Race''' ''[-(main article: ProudScholarRaceGuy)-]''

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Personality-wise, they may be aloof and detached, or (in the case of empathic types) quite gregarious. Either way, they have a tendency to be more mystical or philosophical than most of the other species in the setting. These are almost by definition a {{Proud Scholar Race|Guy}}, and they are typically pitted against ProudWarriorRaceGuy in a straight application of ElvesVersusDwarves.

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are beings that fill the same function as TheFairFolk in the story or in popular consciousness, except that they (usually) [[EldritchAbomination Descended From Outer Space]]. This is ''very commonly'' associated with TheGreys, although not always. LittleGreenMen can replace {{Leprechaun}}s. AlienAbduction may take the place of a ChangelingTale. When they aren't snatching up our children, [[YearOutsideHourInside unnaturally extending our lifespans]], or performing mystic rites on us for shits and giggles and impregnating our virginal ''(swear to god!)'' women-folk, thus leading to HalfHumanHybrids. They may be {{Sufficiently Advanced|Alien}}, or [[AncientAstronauts older than the hills]]. See also TimeAbyss. One thing they share in common is they are invariably [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Inscrutable]]. See also TelepathicSpacemen.

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An oddly specific and [[OlderThanTheyThink not-so-recent]] phenomenon. For some reason, certain Space Elves tend to manifest as an AlwaysFemale GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe with PsychicPowers. Sometimes known as "blue hotties", they're more likely to be [[GoodColorsEvilColors blue than green]].[[note]]Possibly because of the "LittleGreenMen" stigma about [[SciFiGhetto science fiction]], and the fact that green skin is more likely than blue to look like you have a horrible fungal infection.[[/note]] Sometimes they are part of a [[{{Matriarchy}} Sexy Matriarchy]].
27th Sep '16 1:14:49 PM NhazUl
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* ''Film:TronLegacy'': The [=ISOs=] (Isomorphic Algorithms) are more like Cyberspace Elves, but fit the bill. Unlike anything else in Kevin Flynn's Grid, they were not written by him, but generated by the system itself. He describes them as "profoundly naïve" and "unimaginably wise" and hails them as a miracle and the answer to every question ever asked by mankind. ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' go on to establish them as a PerfectPacifistPeople with a sophisticated culture, clothing and architecture unlike the utilitarian {{Cyberpunk}} Basic programs. [[spoiler: [[RuleOfDrama Naturally]], [[FantasticRacism they are doomed]]]].

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* ''Film:TronLegacy'': The [=ISOs=] (Isomorphic Algorithms) are more like Cyberspace Elves, but fit the bill. Unlike anything else in Kevin Flynn's Grid, they were not written by him, but generated by the system itself.itself, and even he is far from fully understanding their code. He describes them as "profoundly naïve" and "unimaginably wise" and hails them as a miracle and the answer to every question ever asked by mankind. ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' go on to establish them as a PerfectPacifistPeople with a sophisticated culture, clothing and architecture unlike the utilitarian {{Cyberpunk}} Basic programs. [[spoiler: [[RuleOfDrama Naturally]], [[FantasticRacism they are doomed]]]].
27th Sep '16 1:12:11 PM NhazUl
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* ''Film:TronLegacy'': The [=ISOs=] (Isomorphic Algorithms) are more like Cyberspace Elves, but fit the bill. Unlike anything else in Kevin Flynn's Grid, they were not written by him, but generated by the system itself. He describes them as "profoundly naïve" and "unimaginably wise" and hails them as a miracle and the answer to every question ever asked by mankind. ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' go on to establish them as a PerfectPacifistPeople with a sophisticated culture, clothing and architecture unlike the utilitarian {{Cuberpunk}} Basic programs. [[spoiler: [[RuleOfDrama Naturally]], [[FantasticRacism they are doomed]]]].

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* ''Film:TronLegacy'': The [=ISOs=] (Isomorphic Algorithms) are more like Cyberspace Elves, but fit the bill. Unlike anything else in Kevin Flynn's Grid, they were not written by him, but generated by the system itself. He describes them as "profoundly naïve" and "unimaginably wise" and hails them as a miracle and the answer to every question ever asked by mankind. ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' go on to establish them as a PerfectPacifistPeople with a sophisticated culture, clothing and architecture unlike the utilitarian {{Cuberpunk}} {{Cyberpunk}} Basic programs. [[spoiler: [[RuleOfDrama Naturally]], [[FantasticRacism they are doomed]]]].
27th Sep '16 1:11:31 PM NhazUl
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* ''Film:TronLegacy'': The [=ISOs=] (Isomorphic Algorithms) are more like Cyberspace Elves, but fit the bill. Unlike anything else in Kevin Flynn's Grid, they were not written by him, but generated by the system itself. He describes them as "profoundly naïve" and "unimaginably wise" and hails them as a miracle and the answer to every question ever asked by mankind. ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'' and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' go on to establish them as a PerfectPacifistPeople with a sophisticated culture, clothing and architecture unlike the utilitarian {{Cuberpunk}} Basic programs. [[spoiler: [[RuleOfDrama Naturally]], [[FantasticRacism they are doomed]]]].
24th Sep '16 10:41:43 AM sharkmug
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* VoltronLegendaryDefender re-interprets the Alteans as a race of Space Elves, who use a blend of technology and magic in their ongoing conflict with the Galra Empire (who are run by your standard ProudWarriorRaceGuy )
8th Jul '16 9:53:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', naturally.
** Also, their "Dark Kin", the Dark Eldar are Space Dark Elves, a particularly terrifying example of Dark Elves no less.

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* The Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', naturally.
''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', who started out quite literally as ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s High Elves InSpace. Humanoid, pointy-eared, [[FantasticRacism condescending to the lesser races]], and powerful [[PsychicPowers psykers]] in lieu of having actual magic, they're a DyingRace after the fall of their empire and now live primarily in a handful of Craftworlds -- {{Hidden Elf Village}}s crossed with planet-sized starships. Their name is even the one Tolkien's elves used for themselves.
** Also, their "Dark Kin", the Dark Eldar Eldar, are Space Dark Elves, a particularly terrifying example of Dark Elves no less.
8th Jul '16 9:43:37 PM Theriocephalus
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* The ''wess'har'' in Karen Traviss' ''Wess'har Wars'' series. Tall, slender, ancient and dedicated to , often aggressively to the point of genocide, depending on the faction, preserving the ecological balance.

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* The ''wess'har'' in Karen Traviss' ''Wess'har Wars'' series. Tall, slender, ancient and dedicated to , preserving the ecological balance, often aggressively to the point of genocide, depending on the faction, preserving the ecological balance.faction.
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