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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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's deathly afraid of heights.
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
- 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
- The Chief's Daughter
- Always Someone Better: With Cutter. With some lessons, she learns to be her own person.
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.
- 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.
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
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
Tropes associated with Newstar
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.
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
Tropes associated with Ahdri
Tropes associated with Winnowill
- Big Bad
- 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.
- Evil Wears Black
- 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
Tropes associated with Yun
Tropes associated with Skot
Tropes associated with Krim
Tropes associated with Chot
Tropes associated with Adar
Tropes associated with Nonna
Tropes associated with Shuna
- Jerkass: This seems to be a racial characteristic of all Elfquest Trolls.
Tropes associated with Picknose
Tropes associated with Oddbit
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: As mentioned below, by Troll standards, she's the ideal woman.
- 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
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Although it's not like this makes her much different from your average troll.
Tropes associated with Trinket
Tropes associated with Greymung
Tropes associated with Guttlekraw
- 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!
- Gadgeteer Genius
- 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
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