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"Elvis" sounds a lot like "elvish" and looks a lot like "elves", making for a comedically useful stock pun.

The incongruity between the decidedly ethereal and long-lived elves and the earthy and [[UndignifiedDeath very much mortal]] and [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll hedonistic]] Music/ElvisPresley arguably just makes it funnier. Of course, [[OurElvesAreBetter some versions of elves]] ''are'' earthy and hedonistic, in which case it makes an awful lot of sense. And sometimes this is [[{{Glamour}} all an act]] designed to let them steal human children, which just proves the MoralGuardians were [[TheNewRockAndRoll right about that hip-thrusting Lothario the whole time]].

His immortal supernatural heritage may be used to explain [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet his "disappearance"]]; that is, [[Film/MenInBlack Elvis is not dead, he just went]] to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the Undying Lands]].

Then again, sometimes there's no significance to it at all, it's just an IncrediblyLamePun.

For some reason, no-one ever makes these jokes about [[Music/ElvisCostello Elvish Costello]].


* An advert for Yellow Pages had a man at a fancy dress party dressed as an elf, surrounded by other people dressed as Elvis. He mentions that "[his] invitation definitely said ''elves'', OK?"

* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' included one reference to "Elfis" at some point in a parody version of itself.
* The Elvis Impersonator Spellvis from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' isn't an elf, but his music is MagicallyDelicious to women.

* One of the earliest examples is Creator/EmmaBull's ''Literature/WarForTheOaks'', where the rock band has Elvish lead guitar and bass players, and a faerie roadie.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', everyone keeps asking Buddy (a parody of every dead rock star, ever, but especially [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Holly Buddy Holly]])[[spoiler:as, you know, Buddy's real name "Imp y Celyn" translates as "Bud of the Holly."]] if he's elvish. (Which is worrisome for Buddy in certain kinds of company, because dwarves and trolls have a standing blood feud against elves.) At the end of the book, [[spoiler:after he's saved from an alternate universe in which he dies in a carriage accident,]] someone comments that there's a new guy working in the chip shop, and she could ''swear'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There%27s_a_Guy_Works_Down_the_Chip_Shop_Swears_He%27s_Elvis he looks elvish]]. In the AnimatedAdaptation, he looks and dresses like Elvis.
** A quick gag in ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', when the dying down of an elf's glamour and imperiousness is described as "the elvish was leaving the building".
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden once went on a tangent on how more than one Elvis could be worded as ''Elvises'' and then noted how that sounded like he was talking like [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum]] trying to say "Elves." Gentleman Johnny Marcone was more than slightly bemused and confused after hearing this particular tangent.
** He also once accused Thomas of dressing too much like fat end-of-his-career Elvis. Thomas is a vampire, not an elf, but White Court vampires have a similar too-pretty-to-be-human allure.
* The short story "The Return of the King" by Susan Wade and Don Webb.
* In ''Literature/QuantumGravity'', [[OurElvesAreBetter Zal]] does just about every genre of music, but is referred to as a rock star. And the incongruity earns him little love back home.

* ''[[Series/MuppetsTonight Muppet Classic Theater]]'': The last story is "The Elves And The Shoemaker". Rizzo the Rat exclaims "A story about Elvis?" Gonzo tries to correct him, but sure enough in the story, the elves all look and act like Elvis. And they make blue suede shoes.
* In the ''Series/DueSouth'' episode "[[Recap/DueSouthS1E10GiftOfTheWheelman Gift of the Wheelman]]", where the robbery suspects are dressed as Santas, the police accidentally round up Elvis impersonators for questioning instead of Christmas elves.
* In ''Series/TheNanny'' animated Christmas episode "Oy to the World", Fran and Brighton Sheffield meet Santa's chief elf Elfis, [[AndYouWereThere being played by Niles]], who briefly impersonates Elvis in his first scene.

* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' had a comic in which SantaClaus put out a Help Wanted ad for new elves, but it was misspelled and he ended up with a bunch of Elvis impersonators instead.

* In the ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' Chilean parody [[http://ladrillos.tripod.com/ "El Señor de los Ladrillos"]], the Elves became "the Elvis".
* A UK Christmas card has a queue of Elvis impersonators outside Santa's workshop, while he says to Rudolph "''What'' did you write on the want ad, again?"

* Tom Smith did a rockabilly song called "Return of the King" about ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' Elf-descendant Aragorn chock full of Elvis gags and his usual atrocious puns.

* [[http://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoonview.asp?start=&search=main&catref=gca0362 This cartoon.]]
* An installment of Mother Goose and Grimm

* ''The Mark And Brian Radio Program'' gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeJm9JFPrO4 Elfis]].

* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9669 Elvish Impersonators]]. ("Elvish Impersonators" is also an ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' guild, though it's unclear if there's any causal connection between the two.)
* ''Murphy's Rules'' (a compendium of nonsensical rules, funny errata and other game weirdness) included Elvish Presley in a list of annoying [=NPCs=] for players to encounter (along with [[{{Spoonerism}} Sailbad the Sinner]] and [[IncrediblyLamePun Uselysses]]).

* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Elvish_sunglasses "Elvish Sunglasses"]]. Among other things, they give you the "Rock Out" ability while you're wielding a musical instrument. The [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Mysterious_Island_Arena#If_advertised_with_rock_band_flyers Mysterious Island Arena]] also gives you the Elvish effect for 20 adventures if you choose the option Try To Get Into The Music.
* In ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'', Lewton will say "Thank you very much" with an Elvis accent when a wizard informs him that glamours are "an elvish thing".
* In ''[[VideoGame/WarhammerOnline Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning]]'', the player can grow Elvish Parsley.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', one April Fools joke introduced the Bard class - a new hero class which would attack enemies via ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' minigame. Had this actually been introduced, one could have expected to find lots of Night Elf or Blood Elf [[strike:rockstars]] Bards. As a ShoutOut to this trope, the Bards on the World of ''Warcraft'' announcement were Blood Elves.
** [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Sig_Nicious Sig Nicious]] is an actual in-game bard of sorts, being the rhythm guitarist of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' mascot band Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain.
* ''[[VideoGame/MySims My Sims Kingdom]]''. Forest Of The Elves. One is your classic wood elf, the other IS A ROCK STAR!!!
* ''[[VideoGame/SeriousSam Serious Sam II]]'' has planet Ellenier, populated by Elvians. [[http://www.gameslave.co.uk/imageviewer.cfm?img=4211&title=Serious-Sam-2 Just look at their King!]].
* In a bonus level in ''[[VideoGame/{{Gex}} Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko]]'', there's a poster of a Christmas elf resembling Elvis named Elfis.

* [[http://www.elfonlyinn.net/d/20030205.html This]] ''Webcomic/ElfOnlyInn'' strip, setting up for an elvish wedding.
--> '''Woot''': Then, as the music reaches a climax, you and Lord Elf will walk down this path, which will be carpeted with rose petals, to be married before THE KING!!!
--> '''Megan''': Goodness!
--> '''Megan''': This is very lovely, Woot. Thank you. But just to be safe, when you say "the King", you're not talking about a Vegas-style Elvis impersonator, are you?
--> '''Woot''': Uh, of course not.
--> '''Herman''' (dressed as Elvis): That's not what you told me.
--> '''Woot''': Herman, I distinctly said "ELVISH" impersonator.
--> '''Megan''': *sigh*
* [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-8-79/ This strip]] of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' has a character making a not-so-subtle jab at Roxy, the elf bard:
--> "Oh come now, my dear! Are you an Elvish performer, or merely an Elvish impersonator?"

* [[http://www.massdist.com/Massdist1/elvish/elvish%20page.htm This webpage]].
* ''Roleplay/DorfQuest'' features "Presley", the Shadar-Kai bard.

* Larry's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP5hQMi-8lE silly song]] in ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'''s Lord of the Rings parody had him dressed as Elvis (and emulating his style) while singing a song about being in love with a girl who speaks Elvish. The reaction from the Legolas parody? "You're not a real elf! You're an ''Elvish Impersonator!''"
* Melfis, the leader of the Elves in the videogame of ''Faxanadu'' was in two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster.'' He shared some facial features (not to mention the wardrobe) of the singer, but with...blue skin.
* In the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/{{ChalkZone}}'', the head [[ChristmasElves Christmas Elf]] is a Elvis Presley lookalike.