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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 or cat-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.
** If they're also aliens, then you have SpaceElves.
* [[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/XMen like Nightcrawler.

A subtrope of UnusualEars.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Elves in ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', ''Anime/ThoseWhoHuntElves'', ''Anime/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 ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''.
* All vampires in ''Manga/{{Karin}}''.
* 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 Zentraedi of ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' have these, with Zentraedi/Human hybrids sometimes expressing these in later series. A {{Retcon}} as Zentraedi from the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' series had normal ears, but after ''[[Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove Do You Remember Love?]]'' depicted its 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 ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', 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 ''Manga/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 ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''.
* Ryoko in ''Anime/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 ''Anime/TenchiMuyo world. Most off-world characters have them, unless they're from Jurai or Seniwa (Juraians have normal ears, since they're basically just a different race of humanity with some artificial enhancements; Seniwans like Mihoshi have much smaller traditional pointy ears and CuteLittleFangs). And [[CatGirl Wau]], of course, have nekomimi.
* Hiruma from ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' has pointy ears that make him look downright demonic, but he's human.
* The demons in ''VisualNovel/{{SHUFFLE}}!'' have [[UnusualEars jigokumimi]], while the gods have shorter pointed ears.
* Ashura in his clan in ''Manga/RGVeda''.
* The demons of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''.
* The [[BeastMan catlike]] race of Ctarl-Ctarl in ''Manga/OutlawStar''.
* The Abliarsec royal family in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars''.
* The Count in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* The Medicine Seller from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}''.
* Wei Zhijun, a Contractor from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', has pointy ears for no apparent reason.
* The Raalgon from ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' surely count.
* Mainly subverted thus far in ''Manga/{{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/TheFamiliarOfZero''. She has to cover them [[FantasticRacism to avoid the prejudices against her people.]]
* A lot of the aliens and gods in ''Manga/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 ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', the [[TerribleTrio Musk Dynasty warriors]], Herb, Lime and Mint, have slightly pointed ears, hinting of their partially animalistic descent.
* In ''LightNovel/{{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 Manga/{{Claymore}}s 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 ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has these in her [[HornyDevil succubus]] form.
* Merry from ''Manga/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 warriors]] 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 ''Anime/LastExile'' have pointed ears, along with many nobles.
* Ilulu from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. This can probably be chalked up to her lack of skill with transforming since all the other dragons have normal ears in their human forms.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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 inspired by [[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 Obi-Wan Kenobi) to be immortal.
* The ComicBook/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.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', duh.
* Many characters in the comic ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', including the main character Cheetah when she goes to human form.
* The elves in ''ComicBook/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 ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'s greatest enemy and EvilCounterpart, Comicbook/BlackAdam has pointy ears for no adequately explained reason.
* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} of the ComicBook/XMen has pointy ears. Given his overall demonic appearance it's something of a surprise he doesn't have horns.
* Initially, ComicBook/{{Morbius}} [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Living Vampire]] did not have them, but later artists started adding them after which they quickly became a standard part of his appearance.
* The shape-shifting Skrulls in Marvel Comics have pointed ears as part of their default appearance. Depending on the individual (and/or [[DependingOnTheArtist the artist]]), they can be anything from just slightly pointy to huge and bat-like.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfics ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11989539/1/Hakkōna Hakkōna]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12023508/1/Kaitō-Kokoro Kaitō Kokoro]]'': When Kiku is in his true [[spoiler:[[VoluntaryShapeShifter nekomataneko form]], in addition to having human ears, he also has pointy cat ears.]]
* 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 [[Franchise/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.

[[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]].
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010''.
* Blink from ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. Although why the ability to create portals would also give her pointy ears isn't known. It could be just a peculiar side-effect of having teleportation abilities since Nightcrawler and Azazel also have them.
* [[BadassGrandpa Yoda]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''. Very long and pointy, they are.
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' reveals the title character to be hiding these under her skin-tight black cap, appropriately for a [[TheFairFolk fairy]].
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The vampires in the film sport very bat like ones.

* Creator/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.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's [[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium legendarium]], 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 written about once, referred to as "leaf-shaped" in a posthumously published glossary of Noldorin. This is essentially the origin of the entire "pointy-eared elf" trope 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 ''Literature/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, ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' has slightly pointed ears.
* Though their ears are never described in the novels themselves, [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Yuuzhan Vong]] from the Literature/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.
* Lampshaded in the ''Literature/CalLeandros'' series, where the pointy ears are pretty much the ''only'' thing the stories got right when they turned the hideous, murderous Auphe into elves.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Elves and tricksters have the "basically human" type of point. For the former, it's because they are classified as [[{{transhuman}} humanoid mana breeds]]. For the later, it's AFormYouAreComfortableWith.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' artwork, were-cat Szelma has mildly pointed ears.
* [[Literature/{{Eldraeverse}} Eldrae]] have pointed ears, along with other Fae traits.
* Mrs. Gorf from ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' has pointy ears. She can also wiggle them and stick out her tongue, turning kids into apples.
* ''Literature/PrincessesOfThePizzaParlor'': Elves are marked by them, even half-elves, as Gwenevrael has "lightly pointed ears", as said in the first book.
* The fairies in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' often have pointed ears. The two half fairies Mark and Helen Blackthorn also have some.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Eddie Munster (a werewolf) from ''Series/TheMunsters'' and ''Series/TheMunstersToday''.
* 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.
* In the comics to the series ''Series/{{Angel}}'' there are two [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demons]] named Nash and Pearl. Both have also pointed ears. Both of them look also more elvish anyway.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the Eldar are a race of elf-like aliens with pointed ears, and are the [[SpaceElves futuristic equivalents]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s elf factions: Craftworld Eldar to High Elves, Exodites to Wood Elves, and Dark Eldar to Dark Elves.
* Pretty much every version of elves in just about every RPG setting, with ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' being the Trope Codifer for the genre.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' pointy ears are a distinctive trait of both the Martian royal and priest castes, as well as possibly the Ancient Martians they are descended from.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' nearly every metahuman race (elves, dwarves, orcs, trolls, etc) has pointed ears, as such the anti-metahuman hate group Humanis Policlub uses a rounded human ear as their logo.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Hylians from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series are distinguishable from regular non-Hylian humans (such as the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Holodrumians, Labrynnans]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Ordonians]]) by their pointy ears. They don't exactly fall towards the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman lower measures]], though; not only are the franchise's two main heroes, Link and Zelda, always Hylians, but the Kingdom of Hyrule itself is Hylian-dominated. According to [[http://www.gamekult.com/actu/miyamoto-la-wii-u-et-le-secret-de-la-triforce-A105550.html this interview]] with Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, this was inspired by [[Disney/PeterPan Disney's Peter Pan]].
** It's mentioned in some games that the big ears are so Hylians can "hear the voices of the gods." Notably, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', Ganondorf's ears go from normal to pointed after obtaining the Triforce of Power, despite him being Gerudo, not Hylian.
** Early in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', Ganondorf orchestrates the kidnappings of several pointy-eared girls. Because Hylians are rare in this game, and Zelda is a Hylian and likely in disguise, by sending his minions to look for elf-eared females he stands a decent chance of nabbing her. Unfortunately for him, Link and his sister are also Hylians, and [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive the latter's kidnapping kicks off the adventure]].
** The bird-like Rito in ''The Wind Waker'' have noticeably pointy ears.
** The Kokiri also have pointed ears, as do the Sheikah. Both of these are required from a storyline perspective, as in ''Ocarina of Time'' Link thought himself a Kokiri and Zelda [[spoiler:pretends to be a Sheikah]]. They have other traits, however, that set them apart, such as eternal childhood for the Kokiri and red eyes for the Sheikah.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', even the ''monkeys'' have similarly long ears.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'' features the mouse-like [[{{Lilliputians}} Minish]], who have extremely long, pointed ears.
** The imp Midna in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' has strange long, jagged pointed ears. They seem fairly inflexible, and are longer in combined length than the rest of her head. They even look like they might even be sharp enough to give you a papercut.
** Demon Lord Ghirahim of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' has [[FashionableAsymmetry only one pointed ear]] in his normal form; the other, rounded, ear is hidden under his hair. His final form does have both ears pointed.
** While the Gerudo have regular ears in ''Ocarina of Time'' (per the official art), the ones in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Breath of the Wild]]'' have ears just as pointy as the Hylians' and Sheikah's.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** 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.
** Elven rangers in ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' 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. ''VideoGame/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.
** 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.
** Alien race Draenei have almost human-like ears slightly pointed, though theirs evoke the stern Spock feeling.
** Worgen 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 ''Creator/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.
* Demons of ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' have pointy ears.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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 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.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]] generally have these in their humanoid forms. Half-breeds sometimes inherit them, but not always.
** Bird and dragon Laguz in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' have pointed ears in their humanoid forms.
** The Avatar of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has pointy ears thanks to [[spoiler:being the son of a dragon god]].
* The Beastman race in the ''Franchise/{{Lunar}}'' series (such as Mel, Jessica, Leo, and Mauri) have ears ranging from pointy to {{unusual|ears}}. Ghaleon also has pointy ears but this goes unremarked upon in the games. [[note]]But not in spin-off manga, which elaborates that Ghaleon is the SoleSurvivor of a Vile Tribe sister-race that once ruled Vane.[[/note]]
* [[spoiler:Gulcasa]] in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''.
* Serene in ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand''.
* In ''VideoGame/BunnyMustDie'', Bobomboi and Chelsea have these.
* The demon Lilica of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' features several lengths of pointy ears in its character creator.
* ''VideoGame/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.
* 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.
** Most of the humanlike summons also have these kind of ears.
* In ''VideoGame/Lineage2'' 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 ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/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. ''VideoGame/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 humanoids with MercurysWings who also have pointy ears. Quite are few of them are part [[HumanAliens Homs]], 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.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' the Elvaan and Tarutaru races have similar looking pointed ears that are long and stick out quite a bit, not unlike Hylians circa ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''
** Similar race in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' have pointed ears, with the option to customize just how long and pointy they are.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has the [[CuteMonsterGirl Gria]] and the Rev.
* The Hocotatians of the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' series have these, as well as Yellow Pikmin.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has the Inklings, a race capable of shapeshifting between squid and humanoid forms. While on their humanoid forms, they sport pointy ears [[MorphicResonance meant to look like squid fins]].
* The title character from ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' has these, because she's half-genie.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The [[OurElvesAreDifferent Races of Mer (Elves)]] possess the standard fantasy "Elf" version. The royal families of the Bretons (a race of UnevenHybrid offspring of Man/Mer relations thousands of years ago) are said to still have slight points to their ears, showing their Mer ancestry.
** Some other non-Mer (at least, as far as we know) beings also possess pointed ears, including [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giants]], [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblins]], [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogres]], and Rieklings.
** Scamps are the [[TheGoomba weakest]] and [[FunSize smallest]] known form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]], and possess very long, triangular pointed ears in the LooksLikeOrlok vein.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Caster from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has these, though they're usually concealed by her [[InTheHood sinister-looking hood]].
* In ''VisualNovel/TheSecondReproduction'', the demons have pointy ears, among other characteristics.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Guardians (and any later bearers of Original Augments) in ''Webcomic/{{RetroBlade}}'' all have pointy ears. The longer an Augment is borne, the pointier the ears become. [[http://retrobladecomic.com/webcomic/page07 The Guardians themselves]] (having borne Augments for Millennia), have long pointed ears resembling a goats, but a new bearer's ears would be a bit closer to human.
* 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 ''Franchise/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 earů [[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 ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' has fairly subtly pointed ears.
* In the ''Roleplay/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/KarinDou4koma'': 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.
* The elves of ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}} have six-inch long, tapered ears that stick out from the sides of their heads. (Although they are flexible enough to be comfortably slept on or tucked into hoods.)
* In ''Webcomic/QuantumVibe'' many first generation inhabitants of L-5 habitat were genetically engineered to have pointed ears. Nicole is a descendant and has the ears, though she usually covers them with her hair.
* Aside from his green skin, ''{{Webcomic/Zukahnaut}}'''s alien protagonist is just a pair of pointy ears removed from looking like a fairly passable (if ugly) human.
* People from Sønheim in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn''.
* Yayne and Sparkes Lukanta from [[http://thewretchedoneswebcomic.com The Wretched Ones]], along with various minor characters, has these.
* ''Webcomic/DraculaRulerOfTheNight'': Dracula and his brides naturally have them due to being vampire. When Helsing first inspects Lucy after her second bite, her ears being partially mishappen along with the pale skin alerts him to the vampire attacks. When she turns completely, it goes full pointed. [[spoiler: When Minerva, Lucy's mother, reveals she's a vampire during an attempted rescue, her ears are one of the first features to change.]] Mina's likewise start morphing after she gets bitten as well.
* ''Webcomic/WalkingInTheDark'' has this as a features of vampires and they can hide them to blend in with normal people.
* ''Webcomic/{{Newman}}'' has pretty much all the characters have these since they're of various fantasy types: gnomes, elves, vampires, dwarves, pixies, etc.
* ''Webcomic/{{Tales from the Interface}}'' has an green alien named Babu who has pointy ears.
* In ''Webcomic/DaughterOfTheLilies'', elves have extra-long pointed ears that extend past their heads, while orcs' ears are pointed but only elongated by an inch or two. Brent, an UnevenHybrid, has only a slight point to his ears from his orc grandparent.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Sidhe (Elves), and Isokist (Aliens) have them, among others.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Aelita of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has elf ears in her Lyoko form.
* Saffi, Dorkus, Molotov, Samy, and Peep on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Beast Boy of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', and he's also [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation green]].
* 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.
* Dawn of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Revenge of the Island]]'' has this in her design to go with her MysticalWaif appearance, leading to the ambiguity if she's human or not.

[[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.