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Tropes associated with Cutter
- Cool Sword: New Moon.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: They get even longer as he gets older.
- The Hero: Essentially the main character of the whole story.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Skywise. Well, according to Word of God they also shag, but since Everyone Is Bisexual the trope is in place.
- Love Triangle: With Leetah and Rayek.
- Papa Wolf: He loves his children dearly and he's also fiercely protective of them when they're in danger. This also extends to his whole tribe, since one of his biggest priorities is keeping them all safe.
- Tomato in the Mirror: And he does not take this well.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's deathly afraid of heights. He gets over it by the time of the Kings of the Broken Wheel arc.
Tropes associated with Skywise
- Berserk Button: Skywise is usually calmer and more collected than Cutter, but threatening Cutter's life is guaranteed to make him angry.
- Deadpan Snarker: If there's a snarky remark to be made, it's usually from Skywise.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cutter, though the "heterosexual" part is questionable since all elves are bisexual and Word of God has confirmed that he and Cutter do have sex.
- The Lancer
- Loveable Rogue
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Probably the straightest of the Pini Elves, his best friend Cutter being the major exception.
- Parental Abandonment: Both his parents died on the day he was born (his father was killed before his birth, his mother shortly after). As a result, he was raised by the whole tribe.
- Sexy Man, Instant Harem: Whenever the Wolfriders meet a new group of elves, he always attracts at least one or two female elves.
- The Trickster
Tropes associated with Ember
- Always Someone Better: With Cutter. With some lessons, she learns to be her own person.
- Blade on a Stick: She tries her best to learn to handle a sword, like her father, but the spear turns out to be a better fit.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Fiery Redhead
- Odd Friendship: Manages to become friends with Trinket, despite the fact Ember is a serious and hardworking girl whilst Trinket is a shameless Spoiled Brat. This is all the odder given Trinket's a troll, given elves and trolls share a mutual disdain for each other.
- The Chief's Daughter
Tropes associated with Treestump
- An Axe to Grind
- Badass Beard
- Cool Old Guy: He's the oldest male member of the tribe (and the oldest overall) when the story starts, but he can still kick ass with the rest of them.
- Romancing the Widow: To Clearbrook.
Tropes associated with Rillfisher
Tropes associated with Dewshine
- Fragile Speedster: Very lithe, very quick, very easily hurt.
- Love Triangle: First with Scouter and Tyldak; later, with Scouter and Tyleet.
- Marry Them All: Becomes lifemates with Scouter and Tyleet both.
Tropes associated with Nightfall
- Action Girl: Most of the female Wolfriders are this, but she's the most prominent example.
- Better as Friends: Her and Cutter.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Her and Redlance.
- Weakness Turns Her On: She and Redlance first got together partly because she felt protective of him.
- Kissing Cousins: With Cutter.
Tropes associated with Redlance
- Angst Coma: He sometimes "retreats inside himself."
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Cowardly Lion:
- Green Thumb: He's a tree-shaper, which gives him control over plants.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Nightfall.
- Meaningful Rename: His name was originally Redmark, but it was changed to Redlance after he saved Bearclaw from a sabertooth by impaling it with a spear.
- Non-Action Guy: He's a good hunter, but not much of a warrior.
- Papa Wolf: Despite the above, he's typically the one left behind to guard the children, and admirably holds his own against a troll.
- Redhead In Green
- Wife Husbandry: To Nightfall.
Tropes associated with Tyleet
Tropes associated with Strongbow
- Archer Archetype: His entire tribe are expert marksmen, but they still call him when they absolutely need something dead in one shot.
- The Quiet One: Rarely speaks aloud, preferring to mindspeak. Amusingly, his daughter Chitter is a Motor Mouth who keeps demanding he speak to her instead.
- Papa Wolf: Don't threaten his children. He'll kill you, elf or no elf. (But he'll feel guilty about it for a while.)
- Perpetual Frowner: Even his heartfelt smiles tend to look sardonic.
- The Stoic: When he shows emotion, things are bleak. (Or exceptionally joyful.)
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Even though Bearclaw wasn't his father.
Tropes associated with Moonshade
- Proper Lady: In one story, a besotted elf tries to mold her into one. She eventually puts on a Pimped-Out Dress to make him understand this just ain't her.
- In the Final Quest, she dons a silken gown made from preserver webbing, which she swiftly adapts to.
- Undying Loyalty: Prefers exile or death to being parted from Strongbow, even when he's wrong. She gets quite irritable when she has to go off with Ember's group while her mate engages Djun's citadel.
- Her loyalty to Strongbow is hard pressed during the Final Quest arc, when she yields to the "pull of the call" from the Palace, and willingly gives up her mortality. This does not, however, change her love for him.
- Statuesque Stunner: Moonshade in the form of a Palace Dweller and high one.
Tropes associated with Dart
- Archer Archetype
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: When most of the Wolfriders leave Sorrow's End to meet up with Cutter, he stays behind to teach the Sun Folk archery.
Tropes associated with One-Eye
- Eyepatch of Power: Subverted
- Meaningful Rename: His name was originally Woodhue, but it was changed after he lost his eye.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Tropes associated with Clearbrook
- Cool Old Lady: She's the oldest female Wolfrider, but she's still friendly, amiable and can still fight alongside the others.
- Important Haircut: She cuts off her braid out of grief when One-Eye is killed.
- Rapunzel Hair: She wears her hair in a very long braid until One-Eye is killed. She later grows it back out.
Tropes associated with Scouter
- Love Triangle: With Dewshine and Tyldak; later, with Dewshine and Tyleet.
- Marry Them All: Dewshine and Tyleet.
Tropes associated with Pike
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Bard
- Higher Understanding Through Drugs: Dreamberries unlock tribal memories to weave stories, but he'd laugh if you called him an Erudite Stoner
Tropes associated with Rain
Tropes associated with Rainsong
- Babies Ever After: She and Woodlock have two children at the first issue and a third later in the series, a huge family even by Wolfrider standards. Word of God confirms that at least part of this is a biological overcompensation after Madcoil decimated the tribe by killing Rain, Joyleaf, Bearclaw, Longbranch, and Brownberry.
Tropes associated with Woodlock
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Tropes associated with Wing
Tropes associated with Bearclaw
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The conflict between the elves and humans that's left several dead? It's pretty much completely his fault.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Joyleaf's Blue.
- Posthumous Character: He died six years before the story begins, having been killed in a fight with Madcoil.
Tropes associated with Joyleaf
Tropes associated with Leetah
- Abduction Is Love
- The Chief's Daughter
- Darkskinned Redhead
- Green Eyes
- Healing Hands
- Love Triangle: With Cutter and Rayek.
- These Hands Have Killed
- Morality Chain: Rayek would probably be an out and out villain if it weren't for her influence.
- Tsundere: More dere than tsun.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Leetah has a phobia about unusual natural phenomena completely out of her control, such as solar eclipses and being out in the open during violent storms.
Tropes associated with Rayek
- Ambiguously Evil
- Break the Haughty
- Heel–Face Revolving Door
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk
- Insufferable Genius
- Love Triangle: With Leetah and Cutter.
- Mind over Matter
- Psychic Powers
- The Rival: To Cutter.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Tropes associated with Savah
Tropes associated with Suntop/Sunstream
Tropes associated with Mender
- Anything That Moves: If you're an elf and physically capable of sex, Mender will seduce you eventually. Even willing to have sex with humansnote For Science!
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Healing Hands
- Combat Medic
Tropes associated with Ahdri
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Statuesque Stunner: It is implied that she grows to full height under the Palace influence, but shapes back to "sensible" size when she helps Cutter in the Final Quest.
Tropes associated with Shenshen.
- Genki Girl: From the beginning as a Sun elf.
- The Medic: Her apprenticeship with Old Maggoty makes her a competent medic, using natural roots and herbs.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Shenshen is longing for more work, and after some consideration, she decides to use her midwife skills among humans. But to not alienate herself completely, she makes Leetah work some shapeshifter magic on her to make her human in appearance.
Tropes associated with Winnowill
- Big Bad
- Biomancy: She started out as a healer but became this over time, able to shapechange herself and create mutant monstrosities. Her power to heal is comprehensive enough that she can reshape organisms into mutant horrors.
- Evil Wears Black
- Fantastic Racist: Considers the existence of the Wolf Riders an abomination because they're genetically related to their wolves. Also fairly hypocritical when you consider her own activities, which produced Two-Edge.
- Good Powers, Bad People: The most powerful healer alive; while most with this talent only know one way to apply it (lay on hands, subject gets better), Winnowill takes great pleasure in using her powers to twist and deform organisms, subjecting them to unimaginable tortures.
- Healing Hands: Subverted as she can use the same power to inflict pain and prefers to do so.
- Pretty in Mink / Fur and Loathing: The white fur on her outfit could go either way.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Lord Voll
Tropes associated with Lord Voll
- Affectionate Nickname: Ember calls him "Old Bird".
- Friend to All Children: He's very fond of elf children, mainly because the Gliders haven't had any children of their own for hundreds of years.
Tropes associated with Aroree
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Becomes utterly love-sick for Skywise and ventures all over the world searching for him... then finds out he's been snatched thousands of years into the future.
- Desperately Craves Affection: It's implied that the reason she's so attached to Skywise is that she didn't even have any friends before meeting him, since she frequently refers to him as her Only Friend.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: For Skywise...until she goes through round after round of Break the Cutie.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Become Dull Eyes of Unhappiness when Lord Voll is murdered and most of the Gliders die. She eventually recovers while living with the Wolfriders.
Tropes associated with Tyldak
- Cursed with Awesome: Tyldak was transformed at his own request into a flying creature that retains only a few elfin features. This isn't a particularly sane request by human standards, but the elves seem to take it in stride.
- Deal with the Devil
- Love Triangle: With Dewshine and Scouter.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Kahvi.
Tropes associated with Khavi
- Boisterous Bruiser
- The Lad-ette
- Parental Incest: She came disturbingly close. After Tyldak died, she had sex with his son so she could have a baby with at least some of the father's genes. Thus was Teir born.
- Proud Warrior Race Gal
Tropes associated with Vaya
Tropes associated with Venka
- Morality Pet: For Two-Edge. He really betters himself for her sake.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- The Stoic
Tropes associated with Yun
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Tropes associated with Adar
Tropes associated with Nonna
Tropes associated with Shuna
Another race introduced to Abode by the High Ones. The trolls evolved from small burrowing mammals that the High Ones rescued from their dying world; it's unclear if these "burrowers" were kept as pets or treated as slaves by the High Ones. However, the proto-trolls attacked the slumbering elves when they began to descend to Abode, causing the castle to crash and be stranded, then fleeing the wrath of the primal humans. Taking refuge underground, they evolved into their present state.
- Fantastic Racism: Trolls and elves don't get on. After finding out their shared origins, this really becomes a source of contention between the races.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Trolls are skilled with the use of metal-work and have ironworks and primitive labor-saving devices despite their neighbors being stuck firmly in the Stone Age.
- Jerkass: This seems to be a racial characteristic of all Elfquest Trolls.
Tropes associated with Picknose
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be pushed around a lot, but he's a survivor. When Guttlekraw's northern trolls attacked Greymung's kingdom, he rescued Oddbit and Maggoty and fought his way to the surface, keeping them alive until eventually they fell into Guttlekraw's hands as well. He survived as a slave, escaped with the help of the Wolfriders, and then took command of Greymung's former clans to fight beside the elves to defeat Guttlekraw, after which he became king of the now-united trolls.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's clearly horrified by the cannibalistic traits of the northern trolls, to the point he can't even bear to admit outright what they did to the dead after conquering Greymung's kingdom.
- Hidden Depths: Despite how trolls hate sunlight, he did pretty well at surviving on the surface. He's actually a very loving spouse and father. He gambles, but it's known he refuses to cheat when he does it. He even seems to have a very small, hidden respect for Cutter and Bearclaw.
- No Respect Guy: He's pushed around by the elves, his wife, his grandmother-in-law and his daughter.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite how little respect he gets, he still has a huge sense of pride and tries to assert his authority, even if only self-perceived, whenever he can.
- Unfortunate Name: According to Word of God, his name is a very respectable one in trollish, as it refers to the size and shape of his pronounced nose. Unfortunately, humans tend to read as a reference to a nasty personal habit.
Tropes associated with Oddbit
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's built like a Stone Age fertility goddess statue; wide hipped, big butted, round-bellied and with large, saggy breasts. By troll standards, she's the height of loveliness.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: As mentioned below, by Troll standards, she's the ideal woman, with her ample curves, large nose, thick lips and her "feminine charms" (read: being greedy, deceitful, opportunistic, manipulative, coy, vain and fickle). Elves and most human readers find her appearance and/or her attitude disgusting.
- Gold Digger: Although to Trolls this is just how women should behave, since male trolls have to prove their worth to female trolls by giving them all the gold they desire.
- Gonk: By elf or human standards, anyway. To Trolls she's apparently Ms. Fanservice incarnate.
Tropes associated with Maggotty
- Alchemy Is Magic: She brews magical potions in an alchemical fashion.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Although it's not like this makes her much different from your average troll.
Tropes associated with Trinket
- Daddy's Girl: Picknose absolutely dotes on her.
- Interspecies Romance: She once considered the elf Mender as a potential lifemate, though that eventually ended.
- Odd Friendship: Elves and trolls generally hate each other, but she's formed a surprising friendship with Ember, despite the fact that Ember will have no truck with her spoiled attitude — or perhaps because Ember is strong-willed enough to stand up to her.
- Spoiled Brat: Both her parents have evidently spoiled her rotten.
- Third-Person Person: She never uses "I" or "Me" when she can use "Trinket" instead.
Tropes associated with Greymung
- Adipose Rex: King of the Trolls, and as fat as they come.
- Badass Decay: An in-universe example- in his youth, Greymung was an ambitious firebrand who personally led his supporters into rebellion against Guttlekraw, removing his monarch from power and becoming king himself. By the present time, centuries of kingly living have taken their toll, leaving Greymung fat, lazy and cowardly. By the time Guttlekraw and his forces invade, he is described by Picknose as not being fit to lead his warriors into battle.
- Dirty Coward: He talks tough and likes to throw his weight around, but the moment he comes face to face with actual danger he trembles like a leaf.
- Fat Bastard: Probably the poster child for this trope in the entire series. In retaliation for Cutter humiliating him, he attempted to have both Cutter and the entire Wolf Rider tribe killed via exposure by tricking them into the desert and then trapping them there. Before that, he was responsible for the loss of Ekuar's leg, a punishment for when Ekuar overheard him scheming against Greymung, to say nothing of the abuses he continued to heap upon the old elf after he became king.
- Jerk Ass: Aptly described by Picknose as being a spiteful old toad, being demonstrably vindictive and meanspirited even when compared to the other trolls.
- Karmic Death: Ousted Guttlekraw and usurped his kingdom. Centuries later, he would die at the hands of Guttlekraw.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Greymung appeared all of one times in the original quest, where his most notable action was to deceive the Wolf Riders and strand them in the desert. With this one action, Greymung indirectly set in motion virtually all the events of the series.
Tropes associated with Guttlekraw
- Bad Boss: He believes in the principle of ruling through fear. He enslaved the southern trolls after eating their king alive.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He eats the flesh of both elves and trolls.
- King Evil: We're talking "mutilate your slaves repeatedly". Even his subjects don't shed so much as a tear when he's overthrown.
Tropes associated with Two-Edge
- The Chessmaster
- Freudian Excuse: Oh gods yes! He's essentially a Child by Rape born of Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male. His mother tortured his father, the troll Smelt, to death apparently for kicks, and then used to torture him both physically and with her Psychic Powers until he escaped from the prison cell she locked him in. He knew he would not be accepted
- Gadgeteer Genius: He has a knack for forging metal that surpasses any other trollish smith. He invented the concept of full-plate armor.
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Half elf, half troll.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Rhymes on a Dime: A symptom of his mental illness. Stops after Leeta's partial cure.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: The trolls are pretty wary of him due to his half-elf nature, but they at least respect him for his skills in forging.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As dangerous and deadly as he can be, it's hard not to pity him. In-Universe, even Leetah feels sorry for him once she touches his mind and learns of the horrors he suffered and Winnorwill's hands.
Tropes associated with Petalwing
- Ambiguous Gender: Petalwing is never referred to with gendered pronouns, only as "it". It's likely that Petalwing and the other Preservers don't actually have genders or sexes.
- Our Fairies Are Different: They resemble fairies, but they're called Preservers since they can make a sticky web-like substance that puts anyone they wrap it in into a sort of suspended animation.
- Small, Annoying Creature: Cutter definitely views Petalwing as this at first.
- Team Pet: Arguably
Tropes associated with Ekuar
- An Arm and a Leg: One of his arms is missing (along with one of the fingers on his remaining hand) thanks to the trolls torturing him since he was a child.
- Badass Grandpa: Ekuar is an old, old elf, but his rock-shaper abilities and willpower make him a force to be reckoned with if provoked.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Generally a very kindly, eccentric old man who wouldn't hurt a fly. When it comes down to it though, he can use his powers to DEADLY effect if he so chooses, and he won't hesitate when the chips are down.
- Baldof Awesome: There isn't a single hair on that head of his.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's a rock-shaper, giving him the ability to manipulate rock.
- Friend to All Living Things: A kindly optimist, Ekuar is amiable to everyone and everything regardless of species, even the trolls who butchered him and stole his life. He is even willing to extend this kindness to Winnowill, not that she is appreciative of it.
- Honorary Uncle: An unwilling variation- Tinker has declared Ekuar to be a secondary papa, much to Ekuar's bemusement and Picknose's fury.
- Iron Woobie: Probably the most singularly abused individual in all of Elfquest, Ekuar manages to maintain a sunny disposition and kind attitude despite everything he has been through in his long life.
- Made a Slave: When he was young, he was captured by the trolls and forced to use his powers to serve them by digging tunnels. In order to keep him in his place, he was repeatedly tortured and mutilated.
- The Mentor: Served as this for Rayek, helping him to hone his powers.
- Morality Pet: for Rayek.
- Trauma Conga Line: His entire life was just one horrible disaster after the other. First, after locating the palace of the High Ones with his friends, he was captured and enslaved by Guttlekraw and his trolls. Then, he would spend untold centuries laboring under the earth with little food or water, treated somewhere between a pack mule and a tool by his overseers. All of his escape attempts failed, and Guttlekraw responded by relieving him of body parts, one after the other. Then, for overhearing Greymung plotting against Guttlekraw, he lost his leg. He would be separated from his friends, and left to labor alone in the darkness of Greymung's kingdom. By the time Rayek found him, he was practically a torn up, breathing corpse. It's a miracle he has sanity at all after everything he has been through.