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->'''Gabe:''' It's not gay if it's an elf.\\
'''Tycho:''' I'd love to know why you have a rule for that.
-->-- ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''

With the rest of FiveRaces set this may vary, but there's a distinctive trend to portray all [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] (male and female) as particularly feminine, males in particular being rather [[DudeLooksLikeALady androgynous]], in range from PrettyBoy or {{Bishounen}} to AmbiguouslyGay. Often used to [[UnsettlingGenderReveal cause dumbfounded confusion]] on reveal.

"[[PermaShave No facial hair]]" clause helps, but it's only a little part of the image -- other beardless peoples are immune to this even while wearing [[BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins braids and beads]] ''and'' being one of the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture prototypes]] for elves. One of probable reasons why feminine qualities of elves are played up is the [[{{Foil}} intentional contrast]] between Elves and [[ElvesVsDwarves their traditional opposites]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]], who are basically [[RatedMForManly hypermasculine]]: stout, muscular, hairy, axe-swinging drunks (which depending on the portrayal may apply to female dwarves as well).

Remember that elves and dwarves contrast along several lines: SlobsVersusSnobs, HarmonyVersusDiscipline, RomanticismVersusEnlightenment, and especially nature versus technology. Thus it makes sense that races that fit so well into the MotherNatureFatherScience trope would even match the trope's gender implications: elves are feminine because ''nature'' is feminine, and all dwarves masculine because ''technology'' is masculine. This dichotomy also helps the both of them contrast against the mundane humans, who fit quite neatly between the two on all of these spectrums, including gender expression.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Card Games ]]

* Averted with ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s burly [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45442 Eighth Edition Elvish Champion]].
** Played straight with the elves of Lorwyn / Shadowmoor. Their society revolves around the virtue of beauty, and they punish transgressions with disfigurements. [[ScrewYouElves The other folks don't like them]].
* Treated as a special ability in ''[[GraveRobbersFromOuterSpace Berserker Halflings From the Dungeon of Dragons]]''--the "Way Too Pretty Elf" is male, but is affected by cards that normally work on females.

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* In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' an actor who plays a girl too well was asked whether he by chance has some elf up in the bloodline.
* Parodied in John Brosnan's ''Have Demon, Will Travel'' where elves are an entire race of {{Camp Gay}}s.
* The two principle characters of the ''{{Nightrunner}}'' books are [[OurElvesAreBetter Aurenfaie]]. Both are repeatedly described as pretty, and Seregil disguises himself as a woman without much difficulty.
* Elves in ''QuantumGravity'' tend to be thin and delicate-looking. Do not mistake this for weak. Elves are still fulfilling the archer [[IncrediblyLamePun archetype]] fairly often, and the author does recognize how much strength it takes to pull a decent-to-large-sized bow back.
* In A.R.R.R. Roberts' parody of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', ''The Soddit'', Wood Elves and High Elves become Wild Elves and Coward Elves. The accompanying illustration makes it clear that the Wild Elves are based on OscarWilde, and the Coward Elves on NoelCoward.
* Averted by Creator/JRRTolkien. While his elven women are [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman quite feminine]], his elven men are manly. They are handsome but they are also mighty warriors and kings. This leads into OurElvesAreBetter.
** The FilmOfTheBook, however, makes the male elves (particularly Legolas) look somewhat androgynous. This gets {{Lampshaded}} in the extended cut of ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'', where Kíli mistakes a male elf for a maiden.

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* Elven deities in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are often noted to be "androgynous" in looks; the artist responsible for the picture of chief elf god Corellon Larethian from the ''Deities and Demigods'' sourcebook took this to its logical conclusion with [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/images/dd_gallery/dd1/Corellon_p63.jpg a totally FABULOUS rendition]] (two words: ''rainbow eyeliner'').
* The Elves in ''TabletopGame/SmallWorld'' are depicted as overly thin, androgynous types carrying baskets of flowers.

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[[folder:Theatre]]

* A source of many jokes in Martin Pearson's musical ''LordOfTheRings'' parody, ''TheUnfinishedSpellingErrorsOfBolkien''.

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* Blood elves and high elves (but not night elves) in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. If a player-character blood elf jumps, there's a chance he will do a pirouette in mid-jump, regardless of gender. Joked about at length, including the blood elf male flirt, "don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?", and Johnny Awesome being mistaken for a girl and called "Jenny" by a character in Hillsbrad.
** Male night elves are somewhat more masculine, but even they will occasionally do a somersault when they jump.
** To be fair, though, they are only effeminate in comparison to the other males in the game, especially when compared to their allies the Horde. And they were even more so in the beta for ''Burning Crusade''.
* Bisexual elf Zevran from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' mentions this as the reason he and other elves were chosen as assassins. Most humans found them pleasing to look at, which increased the chances they'd be successful in their jobs. Zevran himself is a prime example of this trope at work - drunken dwarf Oghren even comments that Zevran's got "small breasts for a gal".
** Similarly, Fenris of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. He's more masculine than some examples, but between the lean elven body model and pretty face, he hits the PrettyBoy mark. It's even lampshaded by Hawke's uncle Gamlen if a male Hawke romances Fenris.
---> ''"So, you're into elves, huh? I guess I don't have to ask which one of you's the girl."''
* Elves in ''{{Majesty}}'' are androgynous-looking, tend to have {{Gender Blender Name}}s, and have voices somewhere between tenor and contralto.
* Lieutenant Yaha of {{Drakengard}} 2 is a CampGay DepravedHomosexual who is obsessed with party member Urick to the point that he gave up his ability to feel pleasure for the ability of charm. He spends his boss battle making creepy remarks towards both Urick and Nowe.
* More-or-less averted in ''{{Rift}}'': Although smooth-faced and clearly intended to be attractive (even if Kelari are a bit eerie-looking), elven men are too sinewy and rawboned to be called {{Pretty Boy}}s.
* Mostly averted in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' by virtue of elves being nothing but a lowercase 'e' on the screen. However, their leadership positions are titled "queen" and "princess"... even when the elves in those positions are male.
** As shown in the page image, the community has a habit of portraying all elves as [[ScrewYouElves girly, tree-hugging, pansy hippies.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Tera}}'': High Elf males are {{Bishounen}} to the point of looking girly, just without breasts.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' uses the AmbiguousGender of the Elves as a RunningGag, to the extent that, in the subtitles, the Elvish children refer to their parental units as "parent" and "other parent" rather than "mother" and "father".
** Worth mentioning is that the AmbiguousGender of Vaarsuvius (one of the aforementioned parents) has been a running joke for a long time (even if it wasn't meant to be ambiguous at first). Also, the children are adopted, so any of the four gender combinations for two people is possible for V and his/her spouse.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' poked fun at this too:
---> '''[[StraightGay Justin]]''': "...[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-02 and meet many, many handsome elves.]]"
** Subverted later when Justin admits he likes his men manly.
* In ''DMOfTheRings'', Aragorn in particular seems to look at any Elf and think it's a woman, even when they're male. For the most part however he just plays it up to annoy Legolas' (AKA Leggo Lass) player.
** Even invoked when he's trying to [[http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=951 get laid with Éowyn]], but the DM doesn't want to because he's having to play her:
---> '''Éowyn:''' This ''[Aragorn hitting on the DM as her]'' is just too weird.\\
'''Aragorn:''' Oh, come on, you said she was hot! "Tall, slim, and graceful, with golden hair", you said.\\
'''Éowyn:''' That's the same description I gave you for Legolas.\\
'''Aragorn:''' Like I said: '''hot!'''
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' where it's {{averted}} and seemingly {{exaggerated}} at once. The male [[OurElvesAreDifferent Drow]] are masculine, larger than humans, and typically [[PrettyBoy fairly attractive]]. They seem somewhat effeminate when compared to the Drow ladies, however, who are typically [[AmazonianBeauty larger and stronger than the males]], although still [[CuteMonsterGirl blatantly feminine]].
* In ''Mindflayed'' a barman [[http://mindflayed.0nyx.com/comic011.html called]] an elf "missy". That's when we [[BerserkButton get to know the elf wasn't]]. Later an idiot paladin made the same mistake three times -- the first time another member of the party held Lomylith back, but on the third, this guy [[DestinationDefenestration had to leave a high tower via the window]].
* Used to point up the gender stereotypes in ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': male high elves (who come from a gender-equal race) are swishy, while male drow (who come from a matriachal society) are masculine. However, male high elves are still manly enough to be jealous as all hell of a drow who "slept [his] way to this position".
* ''d20monkey'' has "[[http://www.d20monkey.com/2011/03/14/over-the-rainbow/ the description of that elf NPC]]". Discovering that the elf is male rather... [[UnsettlingGenderReveal surprised]] Brett.
* Averted in ''DubiousCompany'', the sex of the elves in the series are easily distinguishable, except for [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Elly]]. He is mistaken as a girl at least once by everyone, and [[SelectiveObliviousness consistently]] by [[AbhorrentAdmirer Marty]]. Tiren [[GirlishPigtails cursing]] him didn't help matters either.
* Done very specifically with [[Webcomic/LookingForGroup Cale]], but, in an aversion, ''not with elves as a whole''. Note, that this is barely apparent to the readers, if at all.
* Elon and Rolan of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' are both somewhat femenine, in particular in hairstyle. The former has girlish bangs and ponytail, whilst Rolan has narrow braids in his long hair and multiple earrings. Tanna (actually female) also queries whether someone calling "princess" is referring to Elon, [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/429 much to his annoyance]].
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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Fredrik K.T. Andersson (the author of {{Pawn}}) has a mostly-NSFW series of drawings about adventures of "the bard [[ReallyGetsAround who knocks up every critter in creation]]" (though evidently was too drunk at the time to remember half of those... encounters). Elves were the only beings with whom he [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/The-Bard-Shes-a-GIRL-.3575084.html had]] some [[http://andersson.elfwood.com/The-Bard-Shes-a-HE.3577649.html problems]].
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' FanArt: "[[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=1604.msg1016057#msg1016057 A common mistake when dealing with elves]]".
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' subverts this in the case of half-elf Steff, who is genderqueer and dresses as a female. To humans and most other non-elves, she comes off as beautiful and feminine. To elves, she looks awkwardly masculine, like a bad drag queen.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory features a parody of evil anime {{bishonen}} (and [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Char]]), in the form of a literal space elf who looks, dresses, and poses like a woman... and sounds like Creator/BelaLugosi.
* The Breezies from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', which are basically [[OurFairiesAreDifferent pony fairies]], all look ''incredibly'' feminine. Just try and guess [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2014/3/2/564894.PNG which one of these is male.]][[note]]Seabreeze, the one on the right[[/note]]. The rest are anybody's guess.
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