Created By: Lyorias on July 16, 2011 Last Edited By: JohnDiFool on January 27, 2013

Neapolitan Elves

Elves come in three flavours in the same work

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What's more delicious than chocolate icecream, strawberry icecream OR vanilla icecream? All of them together! Besides, it's easier to explain the concept of 'icecream' to someone and say it tastes like three things than to make three different desserts.

So many people do this particular brand of 'Our Elves Are Better' it deserves it's own trope. Usually, it will be High Elves (restrained, civilized, noble), Wood Elves (wild, tree-hugging, fun-loving) and Dark Elves (evil, Machiavellian, sneaky).


- Warhammer Fantasy

- Warhammer 40K: Eldar, Dark Eldar and the Exodites

- Dungeons & Dragons: Eladrin are the High Elves and Wood Elves are just 'Elves'
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  • July 16, 2011
    Warcraft: High Elves/Blood Elves and Night Elves (Wood Elves).
  • July 17, 2011
  • July 17, 2011
    I suggest that the Laconic be adjusted to say something like "Elves come in three flavours in the same work".
  • July 17, 2011
    • The Elder Scrolls takes this a little further; there are three races of elves ("Mer"), plus orcs (who are technically also mer, but don't fit the eleven archetype), three races of humans ("Men"), one race which has ancestors from both and two beast races.
  • July 17, 2011
    Anything about Dungeons and Dragons will have to specify which edition. If you are counting Eladrin as a type of elf instead of a type of celestial, I suspect you mean the 4.0 version.

    Also, more often then not, the truth is somewhat more complicated.

    If you were to be talking about 3.0/3.5, they have High Elves (default), Grey Elves (actually closer to your High Elf description), Wood Elves, Wild Elves, Grey Elves, Aquatic Elves, flying elves and probably a few more I can't remember at the movement.

    See [1] for the many different ways of classifying Elves in Tolkien's universe. They started out as three clans, but the clans don't really correspond to your classifications. You can also divide them into Light (High) Elves, Grey Elves and Dark Elves, but Dark Elves in Tolkien's universe are actually Sylvan (Wood) Elves, and Grey Elves are somewhat halfway between Wood Elf and High Elf.
  • July 17, 2011
    ^ Yes, Tolkien's classifcation of Elves is a lot more complex than some of the RP Gs or works based on RP Gs that followed after, although this might still be a trope for some of those.
  • July 17, 2011
    They're usually three of the varieties found in Our Elves Are Better.
  • July 17, 2011
    There is another, similar trope in ykttw, but less specific. Any work that has 2 or more versions of the same our monsters are different. I don't think we need this trope as well.
  • July 17, 2011
    I think that this particular variation is that common, it deserves its own trope.

    It's practically ubiquitous in fantasy-setting Roguelikes, especially those with the concept of alignment. For instance, in Ancient Domains Of Mystery, you can choose between High Elf (Lawful), Grey Elf (Neutral), or Dark Elf (Chaotic).
  • October 26, 2011
    If this is still considered tropeable, it is a subtrope of Multicultural Alien Planet.
  • December 17, 2011
  • December 17, 2011
    The Elder Scrolls fit this trope to a T with the High Elf 'Altmer', the Wood Elf 'Bosmer' and the Dark Elf 'Dunmer'... until we met the Snow-elf 'Falmer' in Skyrim. A number of other elvish or pseudo-elvish races have existed in the mythology for a while, but always in the sense of "They existed once, and are now extinct, but check out those nifty ruins they left behind!" or "They totally exist, in some other part of the world that you don't get to visit. Yet."
  • January 27, 2013
    Our Elves Are Better covers this. Discarding.