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What is it about pointy ears?

For some reason, the fastest, most reliable way to establish someone (or thing) is not human is to give them {{unusual|Ears}}ly pointy ears. Whether it be [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], [[SpaceAlien aliens]], or [[OurMonstersAreDifferent stranger fare]], having those ears point skyward is all it takes to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman knock them down]] ([[CantArgueWithElves or up]]) a peg.

The size, shape and length of the ears can vary, and this affects the nature of the species they're on. Normal ears with a slightly pointy tip? Probably a HumanAlien or an elf, but might be a demon or even a vampire, so be on your guard. Long and tubular pointy ears that are a bit ratty? Then it's a filthy monster/mutant that is AlwaysChaoticEvil and must be [[KillItWithFire purged with flame.]] Dog-like ears that move, with tufts of fur? Probably a BeastMan or WolfMan, back away slowly without making eye contact. Or perhaps long, gracefully arching ears? Then they're ''obviously'' [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] or something ''far'' above mere human, and must be treated with respect and humility because they have all kinds of kickass magic and martial prowess.

Here's a short list of these pointy-eared inhuman hobgoblins:
* [[RubberForeheadAlien Aliens]], most prominently ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Vulcans.
* [[BeastMan Beast Men]] or part animal {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, most prominently the WolfMan.
* [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] and [[TheFairFolk Fairies]], most commonly any of the Creator/JRRTolkien variety and its derivatives.
* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] and [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Monsters]], usually {{O|urOrcsAreDifferent}}rcs and Goblins.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]], especially those that [[LooksLikeOrlok Look Like Orlok]].
* {{Mutants}}, as is the case of several ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' like Nightcrawler.

A subtrope of UnusualEars.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Elves in ''RecordOfLodossWar'', ''ThoseWhoHuntElves'', ''RuneSoldierLouie'' and many other imitators of ''Lodoss''. Dwarves, such as Ghim, have smaller, less pointy ears that look a bit more humanoid.
** ''Lodoss War'' was the TropeCodifier for "jigokumimi" on elves; that specific style of long, tapered ear bled into ''every'' following depiction of elves in Japanese media and even into a large number of western productions, most notably {{Warcraft}}.
* Henry in ''ChibiVampire''.
* Inverted in ''Anime/TheBigO'', where all of the humans in Paradigm City have pointed ears. It's probably just the art style, but the show is so full of MindScrew (it's the TropeNamer for TomatoInTheMirror) that you can't be sure of anything.
* The Zendtraedi of ''{{Macross}}'' have these, and Zentraedi/Human hybrids sometimes express these in later series. A {{Retcon}} as Zentradi from the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' series had normal ears, but after ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]]'' depicted their Zentreadi with pointed ears, the convention was picked up by later Macross productions.
** The Zolans in ''[[Anime/{{Macross7}} Macross 7 Dynamite]]'' have even more extreme pointed ears.
* Agito of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', who also has bat wings and a pointed tail, giving her a demon-like look (if they come from ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', at least).
* The HalfHumanHybrid [[TheFairFolk Fairy]] people of ''Manga/UbelBlatt'' Have particularly prominent angular ears. The more fairy blood they have, the longer the ears
* Princess Theodora of ''MahouSenseiNegima''. In fact, quite a few [[BeastMan Beast Men]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]], and other non-human humanoids in the Magic World have these.
* The demons (youkai) in ''{{Saiyuki}}''.
* Ryoko in ''TenchiMuyo!'' has long, pointy ears... without the points.
** Along with Mihoshi, though hers are more subtle. This being the only time the word "subtle" can be applied to Mihoshi.
*** Long and kinda squared-off ears are a common visual shorthand for HumanAliens in TenchiMuyo world. Most off-world characters have them, especially if they're from Jurai or Seniwa. And [[CatGirl Wau]], of course, have nekomimi.
*** The Juraians are actually are the only ones who lack them, along with CuteLittleFangs, since they're basically just a different race of humanity with some artificial enhancements.
* Hiruma from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is the only one in the entire series with special ears since it's about normal humans, but Hiruma has elf ears nevertheless.
** Probably because he's a DevilInPlainSight?
* The demons in ''{{SHUFFLE}}!'' have [[UnusualEars jigokumimi]], while the gods have shorter pointed ears.
* Ashura in his clan in ''RGVeda''.
* The demons of ''ChronoCrusade''.
* The [[BeastMan catlike]] race of Ctarl-Ctarl in ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
* The Abliarsec royal family in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars''.
* The Count in ''{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* The Medicine Seller from ''{{Mononoke}}''.
* Wei Zhijun, a Contractor from Darker than Black, has pointy ears for no apparent reason.
* The Raalgon from ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' surely count.
* Mainly subverted thus far in ''{{Berserk}}''. The main character has pointy ears, as well as roughly half the cast (including extras) early on. As of yet, there is no explanation for this, at least in-story; it may just be artistic/some weird way some people from Midland are different from people in real life, but that doesn't explain the lack of new characters with pointy ears. Then again, it may be because [[ArtEvolution the author's style has shifted]], and he decided to keep Guts' ears as [[SuperPoweredEvilSide symbolic]]. Elves, however, still play this straight.
* Most of the human-looking demons in ''Manga/InuYasha'' have pointed ears to establish their inhuman status, most notably Shippo, Kagura, Kōga and Lord Sesshomaru.
* The half-elf Tiffania Westwood from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''. She has to cover them [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer to avoid the prejudices against her people.]]
* A lot of the aliens and gods in ''DragonBall'' have pointed ears.
** This has actually been a minor plot point, as they helped Piccolo long-distance eavesdrop on Goku's conversation with Trunks near the beginning of the Android arc.
* In ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'', the [[TerribleTrio Musk Dynasty warriors]], Herb, Lime and Mint, have slightly pointed ears, hinting of their partially animalistic descent.
* In ''{{Slayers}}'', Elves, such as [[GenkiGirl Memphis]], have the classic small, pointed ears, although Mellyroon, an Elf from a NonSerialMovie, inexplicably has bigger ears. On the flip side, Brau Demons have large, grotesque pointed ears. Zelgadis, a chimera, has decent-sized elfish ears because a Brau Demon was implanted into his genetic makeup via magic.
** Filia Ul Copt (a gold dragon who is usually in human form) is also revealed to have these in some [[http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9478/slayerstry.jpg official art]], although most of the time you can't see them because of her [[NiceHat hood with large green orbs on the sides]]. Other members of her race, while in human form, also have them. However, Milgazia of the Golden Dragon clan that serves the Water Dragon King in Dragon Valley and keeper of the Claire Bible however, has rounded ears in human form. His draconic true form is hinted at instead in the shape of his eyes and pupils in anime, manga and novel art.
* Some [[{{Claymore}} Claymores]] have pointy ears, and seeing that they are [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]], the amount of yoki an individual has might have something to do with it.
* Kurumu from ''RosarioToVampire'' has these in her [[HornyDevil succubus]] form.
* Merry from ''YumekuiMerry'' has these.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' demons have long, pointed ears. Rin, being a half-demon, has only slightly pointed ears when his sword, which seals his demon powers, is sheathed.
* While he's not yet been seen in the games, the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' manga featured a pointed eared alien named Kreatz who was on Samus's squad back in her federation days. Kreatz and his partner Mauk (a hairy pig alien) were clearly designed to be shout-outs to the two founding extraterrestrial members of ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s Federation, the Vulcans and the Tellarites. Interesting because the races' personalities were inverted for Kreatz and Mauk (Kreatz's species being the insulting violent one and Mauk's being proud intellectuals but assumed to be ProudWarriorRaceGuy (s) due to their appearances).
* In ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion'', Shizuki and Yuzuki, who are both demons and twins, have pointed ears.
* Many of the gods and demons in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' have elven looking ears.
* Guild members in ''LastExile'' have pointed ears, along with many nobles.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* There's Moloch in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', but it went totally unacknowledged there as well as in [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the film]] (and was much more subtle).
* Several comic books in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' feature characters of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sephi the Sephi]], who very humanlike but with pointy ears. Fae, Aleco Stusea, and that one girl who was an obvious {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Princess Zelda]]. We don't hear that much about the latter two, but Fae was said to be a thousand years old, and was believed (at least by [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan Kenobi]]) to be immortal.
* The SubMariner, a HalfHumanHybrid of man and mermaid has these.
** In ''Iron Man Noir'', this is the mark of Captain Namor's pirate crew; they slice their ears to resemble shark fins.
* ''{{Elfquest}}'', duh.
* Many characters in the comic ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', including the main character Cheetah when she goes to human form.
* The elves in ''PoisonElves'' have exceptionally long, and very pointy, ears.
* Northstar and Aurora have slightly pointy ears (though [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes artists forget]]). An ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'' story claimed it was because their mother was a Norse elf, but that story was unceremoniously disposed of later on; apparently their ears are just like that.
* Captain Marvel aka {{Shazam}}'s greatest enemy and EvilCounterpart, Black Adam has pointy ears for no adequately explained reason.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', one of the many subtle (as opposed to screamingly blatant) touches that makes C'hou different from Earth is that there are elves with the requisite pointy ears. However, WordOfGod asserts that they're merely a pointy-eared race of humans.
* Fan works set in [[TolkiensLegendarium Middle-earth]] mention the pointy ears of elves far more often than Creator/JRRTolkien's original books. In some fan stories, characters identify elves by their ears. An elf might disguise itself as a mortal man by covering its ear tips. (Tolkien does not use the ears. In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', characters can identify elves by hearing their voices.)
** In ''FanFic/AFarGreenCountry'', Nellas covers her ears. Some other characters [[PaperThinDisguise see through the disguise]] and know that Nellas must be an elf.
** In ''FanFic/TheGamesOfTheGods'', Rachel covers her elf ears and passes as a mortal woman. Most people suspect nothing, and accept Rachel as an uncommonly beautiful human. Rachel's elven voice raises no suspicion unless she sings too much.
** ''FanFic/HomeWithTheFairies'' has Maddie finding creatures that might be elves, fairies or nymphs. Maddie needs a glimpse of pointed ears (hidden under hair) to decide that they are elves.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The Na'vi of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' have fairly long pointed ears set high on their heads.
* Count Orlok, from ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', and his [[LooksLikeOrlok myriad impersonators]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* PiersAnthony and Robert E. Margroff's ''Kelvin of Rud'' series has two races of humans, one with round ears and the other with pointed ears. Ultimately this turns out not to have any great significance beyond a lame pun.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's hobbits have slightly pointed ears (described as such in a letter to an illustrator, but never in the narrative). On the other hand, his Elves' ears are only ever wrote about once, calling them "leaf-shaped" in a posthumously published glossary of Noldorin tongue. This is essentially the origin of the entire "pointy-eared elf" meme in modern fantasy; "leaf-shaped" is generally interpreted as "pointy".
* PeterPan in a few adaptations (most notably [[Disney/PeterPan the Disney one]]), to give some more emphasis on the "pan" part of his name.
** In the prequel fanfic to the Disney version, ''FanFic/JustALittleBitOfPixieDust'', Peter starts out with normal ears, which become pointy when he starts making too much contact with the fairies from Pixie Hollow.
* The [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] of ''TheStrandsSeries'' by Gael Baudino seem to have pointy ears, although it is never actually mentioned directly in the books. Still, it is implied several times when people who have recently been transformed into Elves because of their [[MagicGenetics Elven heritage]] are encouraged by other Elves to cover their ears with their hair, so that they may move around in public without being recognized.
* In an otherwise mundane Verse, EmilyOfNewMoon has slightly pointed ears.
* Though their ears are never described in the novels themselves, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Yuuzhan Vong]] from the NewJediOrder are often illustrated with prominent pointed ears. Otherwise, they're fairly humanlike (or would be if not for their cultural fixation on ritualized tatooing, scars, and general BodyHorror).
* In the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' novels, humans living near the Westfolk view them as barbarians for a number of reasons, including the claim that they crop their children's ears at birth. Jill takes one look at the long, delicately scalloped ears of the Westfolk and realises this is nonsense.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' [[TheFairFolk elves]] have pointy ears, as do [[HalfHumanHybrid humans with elf-blood]]. It's implied that they ''seem'' to have the "long, graceful" version, but this is {{Glamour}}, and they're really closer to the "ratty and inhuman" type.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Gnomes from ''Series/SpecialUnit2''.
* The Vulcans from ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** And their distant kin, the Romulans and the Remans.
** Several other ''Franchise/StarTrek'' races. Halanans and Ramurans both have ''two'' points on each ear (and otherwise look human), while Arkenites have long ears that sweep backwards into points along the skull (as well as lumpy, bulbous bald heads and amber/green eyes).
** From ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', we also have the Ocampa.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Hylians from the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series are distinguishable from regular humans (yes, such a race exists in the Zelda series) and similar-looking races by their ears. They don't exactly fall towards the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman lower measures]], though, as the main characters in the games are traditionally Hylians.
** It's mentioned in some games that the big ears are so Hylians can "hear the voices of the gods". Notably, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf's ears go from normal to pointed after obtaining the Triforce of Power.
** Also, early in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', pointy-eared girls are noted as being targeted by him for capture.
** The Kokiri also have pointed ears as do the Sheikah. Both of these are required from a storyline perspective as Link thought himself a Kokari and Zelda [[spoiler:pretends to be a Sheikah]]. They also have other traits however that set them apart such as eternal childhood for the Kokiri and red eyes and dark skin for the Sheikah.
* Some of the races in the ''{{Warcraft}}'' series fall under this. Mainly the [[OurElvesAreBetter Blood Elves and Night Elves]]. Their ears are so long and pointy that they extend ''past their head'', making them the best example for this trope in Western video games.
** Oddly enough, elven rangers in Warcraft II had neat slightly pointed ears of roughly human size... in artwork and character portraits. The actual sprite has those huge flapping sheets. Of course, with such small figures running around the screen, the excessively long ears might been simply a way to say 'elf' at that resolution. WarcraftIII, however, has both units and character portraits in 3D, and as a result, the elongated ears have snuck back into portraits and became canon.
** Many other races have pointy ones.
*** Troll males have elongated ears, while females have theirs shortened as a part of enhancing the CuteMonsterGirl appeal.
*** Goblins and orcs have a more humanlike ear shape with a slight point.
*** So do draenei, though theirs evoke the stern Spock expy feeling, being aliens and all.
*** Worgen also have these for a different reason, due to their being [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lupine]] [[WolfMan in]] [[FunnyAnimal appearance]]. Other HumanoidAnimal such as [[ALoadOfBull tauren]] and [[PandaingToTheAudience pandaren]] avert this as their animal counterparts don't have pointed ears either.
* Magus from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has them (as does the GoldfishPoopGang that serves under him), but it's unclear whether or not this is due to his lineage, AWizardDidIt, or a ShoutOut to ''DragonBall''.
* Pointed ears and CuteLittleFangs are the one truly consistent physical trait that all ''NipponIchi'' aka ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' "Humanoid" demons share, while the humans (and the angels, such as Flonne [[spoiler: although she gains them both, along with a tail, when she [[{{Unishment}} becomes a fallen angel]]]]) don't have them.
** As do the demons of ''MakaiKingdom''.
* The elf-like inhabitants of whatever world the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series takes place on have exceptionally long ears, with a total "ear-span" that is usually three to four times the width of their faces. Subverted in that the ears are not used to indicate anything supernatural about them - they seem to just be quirky-looking humans, and have been referred to as humans on more than one occasion.
* Rena, uniquely among the Expelians in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory''. (and its [[AnimatedAdaptation anime]], ''Star Ocean EX''), [[spoiler:because she's actually Nedian; the other Nedians have the same UnusualEars]]. The Vanguardians who play a minor role in ''Star Ocean: Till the End of Time'' seem to have a similar appearance. It's also mentioned in the in-game dictionary that some Expellians started to develop pointed ears within the last four hundred years.
** Members of the Fellpool and Highlander races in ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 First Departure]]'' have ears like this. Featherfolk, which are native to the same planet, do not (though they are {{Winged Humanoid}}s).
* Myuria Tionysus, and the entire race of Morphus in the game ''StarOceanTheLastHope'' exhibit extremely long ears, sticking out at an impossible angle. [[spoiler: This is implied to be because they are an offshoot of the Nedians.]]
** The Morphus aren't the only race in ''SOTLH'' to display dramatically sharp ears; the Eldarians also have very Vulcan-like points.
* Everyone's favorite greedy AntiHero/[[VideoGame/WarioWare game designer]], [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]], has pointy ears. He doesn't seem to be a supernatural being, though, at least not any more than Mario himself. His partner in the [[SuperMarioBros Mario]] spin-offs, Waluigi, also has this trait.
* Bird and dragon Laguz in ''FireEmblem: Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' have pointed ears in their humanoid forms.
** The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]] in the other Fire Emblem games sometimes have these, as well. The lack of them is what sets [[HalfHumanHybrids half-dragons]] apart.
* Ghaleon in ''{{Lunar}}'', despite apparently being fully human. The Beastman race (such as Mel, Jessica, Leo, and Mauri) also have them.
* [[spoiler:Gulcasa]] in ''YggdraUnion''.
* Serene in ''RivieraThePromisedLand''.
* In ''BunnyMustDie'', Bobomboi and Chelsea have these.
* The demon Lilica of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''.
* ''CityOfHeroes'' features several lengths of pointy ears in its character creator.
* [[EternalSonata March and Salsa's]] ''actual'' ears arch out to the side. (They also wear things in their hair that seem intended to evoke bunnies.) They're not explicitly called elves, but the idea is the same. Although you're also nice to March because, in addition to being able to mop up the floor with enemies like her sister Salsa, she's just so ''sweet'' that you'd come off as a jerk to treat her otherwise.
* ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has the [[CuteMonsterGirl Gria]] and the Rev.
* The [[PlayingWithFire Fire Clan]] from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' have ears with two points (the usual pointed tips, and elongated, pointed lobes). It's not the [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation first thing]] [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair you notice]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning about them]], though.
** In ''Dark Dawn'', the beastmen tend to have animal-like ears. Sveta in particular has the "pointy ears with tufted ends" variety.
* In [[{{Lineage2}} Lineage II]] all races except the Humans have pointed ears. This is to show how the Humans were created as [[spoiler: unintentionally inferior and flawed]] in the world's creation myth. The Kamael have pointed ears because [[spoiler: they are genetically altered elves essentially created to be living weapons.]]
** Interestingly, Elves, Dark Elves and Fairies in the game have the standard anime-style ''jigokumimi'' while Orcs, Dwarves and Kamael ears only taper to more Vulcan-like points. The game's graphics don't render the point on Dwarf ears very well so they look round, even though official art depicts them with Tolkienesque 'leaf shaped' ears.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}'', "Humans" or Daevas from both Asmodian and Elyos races can have either human ears or pointed ears. In character creation, the one slider "Ear Shape" allows various ears shapes: large human ears to short human ears, then short pointy ears to long pointy ears.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has an... interesting history with this trope. Basically, ZUN can't draw ears, and usually hides them behind hair or hats. When he does draw them they turn out pointy regardless of whether they probably should. The first character to get ears, [[GreenEyedMonster Parsee]], is widely accepted as having Pointy Ears in fanon, and has had them semi-canonized by ''[[AllThereInTheManual Wild and Horned Hermit]]''.. The next, Orin, is a CatGirl, so the fandom mostly pretends that she only has cat ears[[note]]her portrait had two sets of ears[[/note]]. Then ''Double Spoiler'' gave ears to its Tengu protagonists, leading to something of an uproar in the fandom. Now some fans have decided that all {{youkai}} have PointyEars, others stick with them for Parsee and the tengu, and the rest just stopped caring.
** Even more strange for Parsee since the ''hashihime'' youkai is the vengeful spirit of a cheated ''human'' housewife...
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', all elves and some half-elves have pointy ears, the ears of the elves are pointier however, [[FantasticRacism much to the disfavor of the half-elves.]]
** It seems to vary by the individual: although none of them have ears as pointed as the elves, Botta's are quite tall, Kvar's rather shorter, and Yuan's are perfectly rounded, just to name a few examples. [[spoiler: Raine and Genis deliberately style their hair to cover their ears to hide the lack of points.]]
* A few [[OriginalGeneration original]] characters in the ''KingdomHearts'' series have pointed ears, like Master Xehanort, Xigbar and Saïx. The reason that they have pointed ears is unclear, but seeing as the three men all have SupernaturalGoldEyes and ''BirthBySleep'' shows that Braig (Xigbar's original persona) gains the gold eyes and pointy ears at the same time, they could be another sign of giving into Darkness.
** It turns out it's because [[spoiler: they're actually ''becoming'' Xehanort, according to ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'']].
* Half of the races in ''{{Rift}}''. Interestingly enough, this applies whether or not you split {{humans|ByAnyOtherName}} and [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] by faction. (The Defiant, however, have the edge on pointy ears.)
* Fatima of ''LuminousArc2'' has pointy ears, but she seems to be a normal human/witch and no one in-game comments on them.
* The ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series has Numans/Newmans, a genetically engineered race that resemble elves. In the original series, the ears were different between the two instances. In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' Nei and Neifirst have very long pointed ears that go past their heads. Rika in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' has smaller pointed ears with bits of black on the ends. ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'''s Newman race have differing ears depending on their class. Hunter Newmans have ears like Nei, while Forces have long pointed ears that stick out from the sides of their heads almost horizontally. In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarZero'', Newman ears are much smaller, but still pointy. ''PhantasyStarUniverse'' and its portable spinoffs, along with ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'', allow players to determine the shape of their newman's ears thanks to their powerful character creators.
* Grimsley from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has pointy ears for.. Some reason. It's probably to emphasize he's a dark type trainer however he's one of the only - if the only- characters in the franchise to have PointyEars.
* The High Entia in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' are {{winged humanoid}}s who also have pointy ears. Quite are few of them are part {{H|umansByAnyOtherName}}oms, and are (generally) distinguished by their smaller wings and lack of the aforementioned pointy ears.
* {{V|ampiresAreSexGods}}ivi has them by example in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' WordOfGod states that being "ascended" by magic gives you these, as can be seen on champions like [[FallenAngel Morgana]], [[BlowYouAway Janna]] and [[TheMedic Soraka]]. Oddly, it only seems to affect women as male champions like Ryze don't display them.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' elves obviously have them; many characters refer to them as "[[FantasticSlurs knife ears]]" for it. Kossith have slightly pointed ears as well, but as the majority of them are also [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Qunari]] and tend to be seven or eight feet tall with horns, most people either avoid them entirely or find other things to comment on besides their ears.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' the Elvaan and Tarutaru races have similar looking pointed ears.
** Their racial {{Expies}} in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' likewise have pointed ears, with the option to customize just how pointy they are.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'', Captain Olimar, and by extension all of Hocotate's inhabitants, sport pointy ears alongside [[{{Lilliputians}} their small size]].
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''FateStayNight'' doesn't have any elves at all, however that does not stop them from from adding in Caster, though you can only see it [[AllThereInTheManual in supplemental materials.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/TheSecondReproduction'', the demons have pointy ears, among other characteristics.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The Jägermonsters of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', SuperSoldiers created by the Heterodynes to serve as military personnel.
* The angels in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' have these. Since demons are basically fallen angels, this makes some sense. Angels have some [[InvisibleToNormals obfuscation abilities]], so nobody [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight comments]] on them.
* The immortals in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', complete with LampshadeHanging by Mr. Verres. Immortals' ears are [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1109 super-long]], and more so with age. Elves, which are [[HalfHumanHybrid half-immortals]] in EGS, have [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=995 more conventional]] pointy ears.
* In ''Webcomic/{{DDG}}'', Netta and Callista have pointy ears. By implication, so do all the other guides.
* ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'' and all other Ferin have pointy ears set on the level of their jawline.
* Malène the Succubus in ''Webcomic/NotQuiteDailyComic'' has pointy ears (and HellishPupils).
* The Cyll of ''Linburger''.
* Most of the common vampires in ''Webcomic/SchoolBites''.
* Everyone in ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}'' has really long, pointy ears. In the words of the author, this is "for no adequately explained reason other than that this is not Earth, so why not?" Also, they're a ShoutOut to ''JakAndDaxter''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', given the [[StickFigureComic limited art form]], the only kind of ears at all visible are Pointy Ears (unless you're an animal). True for elves, goblins, hobgoblins, sylphs, and a few others. Mocked with Pompey, a ''half''-elf, who has a pointy ear… [[FashionableAsymmetry on only one side]].
** Also the reason Half-Elves won't ever feature more prominently in the story. The Giant just can't take them seriously.
* Draculaura in ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' has fairly subtly pointed ears.
* In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', creatures of Faerie and most Moreaus (animals that have been [[UpliftedAnimals Uplifted]] to a humanoid form) have pointed ears.
* Everyone in ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' has this, and each different demographic of elf is defined by their ear design.
* In ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'', elves and trolls have these.
* Aisha, who's an elf, from ''Webcomic/SlimyThief'' has pointy ears. She a thief and elves are uncommon where she's living, so she covers her ears with a veil to not bring attention to her.
* ''Webcomic/{{Karin-dou 4koma}}'': Tamaryu (dragon) and Sara (snake) have pointy elfish ears that are usually hidden by their hair. Elly (demon), however, has longer and pointier ears that sprout perpendicularly from her head.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Aelita of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has elf ears in her Lyoko form.
* Saffi, Dorkus, Molotov, Samy, and Peep on ''JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Beast Boy of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', and they're also green (the ears).
* Timber Wolf from ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'', fittingly because he's the WolfMan of the team.
* Many races of characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' have Pointy Ears. Among the main protagonists, you have Sadlygrove (Tristepin) and Evangelyne -- probably Yugo too, but it's hard to tell under the NiceHat.
* Knock Out out of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has pointy ears, adding to his cute, impish design.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.modernplasztika.co.hu/audioful_eng.html Audio ears]]. Devoted cosplayers won't need their fancy latex ears anymore.
** That particular site has been found to be a hoax, but [[http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Ear_Pointing there is actual ear pointing surgery available.]]
* Some people are actually born with one or both ears pointed. However, it's usually operated on when they're young.
** Occasionally they straighten out on their own as the baby grows.
* If you sleep so one of your ears is folded when you're young, that ear will grow slightly pointed.
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