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A Loroi from ''Webcomic/{{Outsider}}'', a Vulcan from ''Franchise/StarTrek'', an Elerian from ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'', a Na'vi from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', a Minbari from ''Series/BabylonFive'', an Asgard from ''Series/StargateSG1''.[[/labelnote]]]]

There are certain races in SpeculativeFiction that appear to occupy an equivalent niche that elves do in a fantasy setting: the idealized, CloserToEarth culture reaching toward utopian ideals, or the inscrutable, ominous [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] for whom WeAreAsMayflies. Or both at once, of course.

When they are not behaving as a [[OurElvesAreBetter standard fantasy elf]] or, as is often the case, an [[ProudScholarRaceGuy enlightened mystic race]] such as [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcans]] or [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'vi]], they are off [[AlienAbduction beaming up humans]], [[AliensStealCattle cattle]], and [[ChangelingTale children]] just like their Fair Folk ancestors.

Sometimes the elf-like race are implied to be AncientAstronauts themselves, misremembered or otherwise. Sometimes they are literal Elves InSpace or at the very least have elf-like characteristics such as longevity and PointyEars.

Some anthropologists [[WildMassGuessing have speculated]] that the tendency to imagine any foreign intruders who are different from us as ElvesVersusDwarves is hard-wired, like the theory that humans are hard-wired to imagine [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] because of our [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes bad experience]] with snakes. By this logic, we have an innate tendency to classify "powerful" cultures as inscrutable, slender ([[TheGreys tall]] and/or [[LittleGreenMen diminutive]]) beings who were [[MagicalNativeAmerican here before us]], have better tools and are [[WitchSpecies not to be messed with]], versus [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame swarthy, hairy fellows]] who are industrious, engage in untouchable occupations such as mining, and are migrants. Space Elves would thus occupy an extreme niche in the spectrum.

Your Space Elves may be:

'''Elves In Space''' ''[-(main article: OurElvesAreBetter)-]''

Standard fantasy elves or [[CallARabbitASmeerp equivalent beings]] with SerialNumbersFiledOff... [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace In Spaaaace!]]]] These are surprisingly common in science fiction and TabletopGames (compare UrbanFantasy and ScienceFantasy). AncientAstronauts may count if they are not merely ''mistaken'' for elves, but ''actually are'' elves [[DoingInTheWizard who turn out to be an alien race]].

'''Enlightened Mystic Race''' ''[-(main article: ProudScholarRaceGuy)-]''

Personality-wise, they may be aloof and detached, or (in the case of empathic types) quite gregarious. Either way, they have a tendency to be more mystical or philosophical than most of the other species in the setting. These are almost by definition a {{Proud Scholar Race|Guy}}, and they are typically pitted against ProudWarriorRaceGuy in a straight application of ElvesVersusDwarves.

Like other {{Proud Scholar Race Guy}}s, theye guys are the most likely characters to have PsychicPowers (possibly confined to a [[BizarreSexualDimorphism single gender]]) and the most likely characters in the setting to be [[TechnicalPacifist Technical]] or {{Actual|Pacifist}} PerfectPacifistPeople, in contrast to the warlike ProudWarriorRaceGuy, who are ironically more likely to be literal Elves In Space.

'''Mystic Alien Intruders''' ''[-(compare: TheFairFolk)-]''

These are beings that fill the same function as TheFairFolk in the story or in popular consciousness, except that they (usually) [[EldritchAbomination Descended From Outer Space]]. This is ''very commonly'' associated with TheGreys, although not always. LittleGreenMen can replace {{Leprechaun}}s. AlienAbduction may take the place of a ChangelingTale. When they aren't snatching up our children, [[YearOutsideHourInside unnaturally extending our lifespans]], or performing mystic rites on us for shits and giggles and impregnating our virginal ''(swear to god!)'' women-folk, thus leading to HalfHumanHybrids. They may be {{Sufficiently Advanced|Alien}}, or [[AncientAstronauts older than the hills]]. See also TimeAbyss. One thing they share in common is they are invariably [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Inscrutable]]. See also TelepathicSpacemen.

'''Psychic GreenSpaceBabe Variety'''

An oddly specific and [[OlderThanTheyThink not-so-recent]] phenomenon. For some reason, certain Space Elves tend to manifest as an AlwaysFemale GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe with PsychicPowers. Sometimes known as "blue hotties", they're more likely to be [[GoodColorsEvilColors blue than green]].[[note]]Possibly because of the "LittleGreenMen" stigma about [[SciFiGhetto science fiction]], and the fact that green skin is more likely than blue to look like you have a horrible fungal infection.[[/note]] Sometimes they are part of a [[{{Matriarchy}} Sexy Matriarchy]].

[-''This is a {{supertrope}} discussing references to Space Elves in various tropes, including: OurElvesAreBetter, ProudScholarRaceGuy, TheFairFolk and/or TheGreys. Examples of each type would also fall under such other tropes.''-]

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!!Examples of Traditional Elves In Space

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The Abh in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'', who are genetically-engineered humans originally bred to be a slave race. Interestingly, the pointy ears bit is a physical trait restricted to the Imperial Family, all other Abh have normal looking ears.
* The Raalgons of ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''.
* In terms of appearance, the pointy-eared Drule from the fifteen-vehicle version of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' would certainly count, although their culture is more like the Soviet Union [[RecycledInSpace In Space.]]
* The beautiful, willowy cloned denizens of ''The Anime/{{Robotech}} Masters''' city ships fit the bill pretty well. Zor Prime and Musica could scarcely look more elfin.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* The Elves in ''Comicbook/ElfQuest''. They ironically didn't take on elf form [[AncientAstronauts until after]] they were stranded on Planet Abode, and didn't get back ''into'' space for about 20,000 years.
* There are some elven beings in ''Franchise/StarWars'' comics, including the Jedi Master [[MeaningfulName Fay]]. Fay was unfortunately a one-issue wonder.
** The ''Comicbook/MarvelStarWars'' comics had a major story arc dealing with Space ''Dark'' Elves: the Nagai are a race of tall, slender, pale, androgynously beautiful aliens with angular features and pointed ears who try and conquer and enslave the galaxy.
** And the Literature/NewJediOrder's Yuuzhan Vong are what happens when the mindset of Space Dark Elves meets the appearance and brutality of Space Orcs. Their backstory revealed in the last book makes it plain that they were once more traditional examples before being attacked and nearly destroyed by a race of vicious cyborgs. The Vong succeeded in fighting them off, but in the process [[HeWhoFightsMonsters became even worse then their enemy]]. This is also, not incidentally, where their extreme technophobia comes from.
** On the subject of the Star Wars EU, the Chiss have elements of this trope. They're xenophobes who consider themselves superior to the other species in the galaxy and rarely leave [[HiddenElfVillage Chiss space]], going so far as to capture and imprison trespassers. They're taller than humans and are all in great shape due to their efficient metabolism. They have their own independently-developed technology, which is as good as, if not better than, the stuff everyone else is using, including their [[AgonyBeam rather nasty]] signature weapon, the [[RayGun charric]]. They [[MartialPacifist never strike first, but merrily crush anyone who tries to attack them]]. What does their (Obviously Just Better) society call itself? The Chiss ''Ascendancy''. Anything you can do, they can do better, indeed. Worthy of note is the fact that Chiss Force-users are exceptionally rare, neatly avoiding the magic-user aspect of the trope.
** The species that most resembles elves physically are the Sephi. They are intelligent, refined, and have a tendency toward haughtiness, though some can be just as ugly as baseline humans. Their lifespan is typically between 200-450 years. They do not dwell in their homeworld's few forests and force-sensitives are no more common than most races. Fay's species is never stated, but it is widely accepted that she is a Sephi.

[[AC: Film]]
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' has actual Dark Elves in space. They somehow existed before light in the universe and the Asgardians/Aesir fought a war with them 5,000 years ago to prevent their dark lord Malekith from destroying the universe. Now the realms have aligned right for him to try again and the few [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svart%C3%A1lfar Svartalfar]] have awoken from stasis. Also Thor mentioned Aelfheim (the realm of the Light Elves in [[NorseMythology Norse mythology)]] was one of the inhabited realms in the first movie a few times.


[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* The Alteriens in Adam R. Brown's ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' are actual space elves that have the capacity for limited shapeshifting. In their true form, they have the elven ears, slightly larger than normal eyes, and no eyebrows. They tend to be exceptionally attractive in either their concealed (human) forms or in their true forms. Alteriens are capable of 4th dimensional movement (teleportation and time travel). They have a host of other abilities and actually inspired an ancient legend that lead to the mythologies of elves, fairies and the Fair Folk.
* The Taredhel of (Feists [[Literature/TheRiftWarCycle Demonwar Saga]]) were the first amongst slaves; magic users, lovers and diplomats of the Valheru. They eventually left to the stars conquering an empire of planets. Not nice.
* The [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies (including elves)]] of the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series are traditional, native-to-Earth fairies, with magic that does some things, but they're also very high-tech and in a distinctly sci-fi setting. A fairy space probe plays a part in "Atlantis Complex," among other things.
* The Silfen in Peter F. Hamilton's ''Literature/CommonwealthSaga'' are almost physically identical to traditional elves and were the [[AncientAstronauts inspiration for elf legends]] (those legends were specifically of TheFairFolk and their morality proves to be [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] in a somewhat similar fashion).
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' [[ScienceFantasy mixes fantasy and science fiction]], and the series is implied to take place on some other planet, to which humans had been brought. Some of these humans were subject to genetic manipulation, producing the "Dragaerans", who are [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]]. Humans in the setting sometimes call them faerie or elves, and on one occasion, a Dragaeran refers to humans as dwarves.
* The Darhel in John Ringo's ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' series resemble a cross between elves and japanese ''kitsune'' and are the basis for both in earth folklore. They are a ProudMerchantRace and complete bastards.
* Unaging. Physically beautiful. Able to read minds and control the emotions of others. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Pure evil.]] ''[[Literature/TheDraka Homo drakensis]]'' is possibly the only literary example of Space ''Drow''.
* The ''wess'har'' in Karen Traviss' ''Wess'har Wars'' series. Tall, slender, ancient and dedicated to , often aggressively to the point of genocide, depending on the faction, preserving the ecological balance.
* The Liaden from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Literature/LiadenUniverse novels. Although to call them this is as much as an oversimplification as it is in most other cases, it does merit special mention for being {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''the second book''.
--> He glanced up, smiling. "It's my Uncle Richard's fancy that Liadens are the 'little people' of Old Terra's legends. Thus, Arthur Galen, Johnny, Nora, and Annie Galen. And their foster brother, the king of Elfland."
* The Taykan from the ''Literature/ConfederationOfValor'' series are the GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe variety. They're an elf-shaped race with pastel "hair" (it's actually a sensory organ), superior senses to humans, and the ability to produce pheromones that can get virtually any mammal in the mood. Because their di'Taykan life stage is sexually mature but infertile, EthicalSlut has become their racial hat. Thanks to PopculturalOsmosis from humans the Taykan are well aware of their physical similarity to classical elves and apparently find the comparison amusing: [[TheHero Torin Kerr]] once met a di'Taykan named [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Celeborn]].
* As yet, ''The Honerverse'' doesn't have Space Elves but Graysons, a short, stocky, stubborn race of humans whose dome cities make an acceptable substitute for underground kingdoms, who, once they opened up showed a considerable talent for the tech side of things and who sequester their women, make for more than plausible Space Dwarves. Likewise the Skrat, genetically engineered by the Mesans into their thugs are acceptable Space Orcs.
* In the Five Galaxies of the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series, most oxygen-breathing species are humorless, psychologically inhuman, and at most only roughly humanoid. Not so the Tymbrimi, one of the few Galactic clans to ally with Earthclan; ''they're'' telepathic tricksters with nearly maladaptively compulsive senses of humor, lactating mammals almost exactly like those on Earth, and so humanoid they can be mistaken for Humans in bad lighting, especially when they use their almost-but-not-really shapeshifting ability. Nobody in-universe has any explanation for why they're so Human-like, since there's no genetic resemblance. In short, telepathic marsupial Space Elves.
* The Eldritch of M.C.A. Hogarth's ''Literature/{{Paradox}}'' universe are humanoid, graceful, psychic, very long-lived, and isolationist. They're also [[spoiler: a HumanSubspecies that left earth millennia ago like the Pelted, and are dying out from genetic engineering related infertility and inbreeding.]]
* Eubian Aristos are Space Dark Elves. Universally attractive with pale skin, glittery black hair, red eyes with an [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Always Lawful Evil culture]] and with MindRape as their hat.

* The Ythrian BirdPeople in ''Literature/TechnicHistory'' have traits of Tolkienite elves, being honorable and aesthetically inclined and InHarmonyWithNature(especially the air of course). However they are very much a downplayed version.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Castithans in ''Series/{{Defiance}}''. The Tarr family at least has the Machivallian tendencies and hedonism of Dark Elves, whether this applies to the race in general is uncertain. Their son at least seems to be a bit better. Meanwhile the Liberata are Space Dwarves who used to be [[ProudMerchantRace more typical of the race]] (they still are physically) but are now a ServantRace.
* The Nox from ''Series/StargateSG1'' are an ActualPacifist race who also happen to be SufficientlyAdvancedAliens with the power to turn invisible, [[BackFromTheDead bring back the recently deceased]], and even teleport people and objects over short distances in addition to having floating cities. They also happen to come off as condescending toward "younger", more primitive races, even when what they're trying to teach falls flat due to technological differences allowing them to do their things that the younger races cannot. [[BenevolentPrecursors The Asgard]] are an example as well, but they legitimately respect the humans and give them technology little by little, teaching them how to use it responsibly and build it as they go, and ultimately pass on their legacy to them when they finally meet their end.

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* The Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', naturally.
** Also, their "Dark Kin", the Dark Eldar are Space Dark Elves, a particularly terrifying example of Dark Elves no less.
** The planet-bound Exodites are essentially Wood Elves; they live off the land, have a harmonious relationship with their planets, don't really get involved in fights unless the place they live in is threatened. They aren't as prominent as their fantasy counterparts, probably because they can't really get involved in the galactic struggle. So, [[OutOfFocus they stay in the background]], [[ApocalypseHow until the galactic struggle comes looking to involve them]].
* The Three Galaxies sub-setting of the ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' RPG has the imaginatively named Star Elves. They are one of the leading races of the United Worlds of Warlock, a spacefaring, magic-using civilization. The High King of the Star Elves has even served as the leader of the U.W.W. parliament for thousands of years.
* The [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] of [[TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Golarion]] are literally from a foreign planet in the same solar system.
* TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'s elves are, by definition, elves in space in a non-standard fantasy setting (that links multiple fantasy settings). Of course, Spelljammer ''is'' D&D [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]], so the elves are hardly the only fantasy race to have settled the Spheres.
** The Reigar could be considered the Space Elf concept taken UpToEleven -- being a tall, slim, androgynously beautiful, unguessably ancient race possessed of vast powers and operating on a BlueAndOrangeMorality that even Elves find maddeningly bizarre.
* TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} has several subversions usually HumanAliens with elegant customs and a few unusual traits but which behave like humans or even worse. The Zhodani are humans dominated by a curious psiocracy and the Darrians are humans for whom everything is ForScience The Vilani when first encountered seemed a little like this but when you got to know them it turns out they were just humans with an extreme taste for GoodOldWays.
** The Droyne, despite their rather ugly appearance, are probably Traveller's closest proximity.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The [[RubberForeheadAliens dominant species]] of the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' games [[PointyEars resemble elves]] that live on an alien planet (even if they [[CallASmeerpARabbit refer to themselves as humans]] in-game).
* The ''[[VideoGame/PhantasyStar Phantasy Star Online]]'' series features space elves, the most prominent being Newmans, the superior humanoid aliens with PointyEars and an overall inclination towards [[FunctionalMagic Techniques]] over physical combat.
** The original RPG series also featured the natives of the planet Dezoris, green-skinned magic users, Newmans, meanwhile, were depicted as space [[CatGirl Cat]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Girls.]]
* The Pork Elves in ''KingdomOfLoathing'' fled to the moons to get away from rude and smelly adventurers. Unfortunately, their living space is confined within the shield generator, because all that cosmic radiation can cause some serious mutations.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* The non-canon side comic featured on the ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' website, called "Space Age", is a {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW comic that paid subscribers can read for a small fee. It features an alternate universe from the main comic, where the titular "drow" have advanced into the age of space travel and skin tight {{Latex Space Suit}}s.
* The Loroi from ''Webcomic/{{Outsider}}'' are blue space elves. Aside from being [[BlueSpaceBabe mostly-female]] and psychic, they've got an explicit [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy "warrior elf"]] [[http://well-of-souls.com/outsider/outsider050.html thing]] [[http://well-of-souls.com/outsider/outsider078.html going]].
-->'''Jardin:''' Ah, the old [[GoodCopBadCop "good elf, bad elf"]] routine. About ''fifty'' impertinent things to say raced through my mind...
* In the Spanish webcomic [[http://www.afrikislife.net/eagerscout/ Eager Scout]], Carl is a space prince elf...who travels along the sister of the most feared {{Space Pirate|s}} in the universe.

[[AC:{{Western Animation}}]]
* The Nourasians from ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' come complete with magical arrows.
* The {{Mayincatec}}-themed tall, slender, pointy-eared aliens from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' G1 episode "Sea Change" -- complete with being close to nature and having supernatural abilities.
** The Japanese-themed aliens in "Mask Of the Nijika" don't look as elfin as the above-mentioned example, but they're still a spiritual people with pointed ears and psychic powers.

!!Examples of the Enlightened Mystic Race

::''See ProudScholarRaceGuy for more examples.''

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The Abh in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'', with a good helping of CantArgueWithElves -- they're world conquerors and we're supposed to ''sympathize'' with them.

[[AC:{{Comics}}]]
* The Guardians of the Universe from ''Franchise/GreenLantern''. Not tall at all, but immortal? Check. Has incredible powers? Check (the Green Light that empowers the Corps). [[TheSpock Aloof and distant]]? Check. ''[[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue With 'Em]]? [[ScrewYouElves They'd like to think so...]]
** Also, an all-female offshoot of the Guardians called the Zamarons falls well enough into the BlueSkinnedSpaceBabe variety.
* The Kymellians from ''Comicbook/PowerPack'' fit the bill. Their powers are even often described as magic. Of course, they don't look like Elves -- they're a race of pretty white ''horse'' people, which of course brings to mind unicorns and pegasi and other such Elf-Friend critters.
* The Comicbook/SilverSurfer's utopian homeworld of Zenn-La.
* The Watchers from Creator/MarvelComics are a race of tall, pale, vastly wise and powerful immortals who wear drapery all the time.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'vi]] are [[OurElvesAreDifferent Wood Elves]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* The chieri from Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' series. Space Elves bordering on {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, they possess lifespans reaching into thousands of years and extraordinary [[PsychicPowers psionic abilities]]. They were once a spacefaring people, but have since gone into "retirement" on the titular planet. Can get somewhat pedantic when dealing with humans. The chieri are the ultimate in [[OneGenderRace hermaphrodites]] with each individual able to physically shift from male to female (or remaining somewhere in the middle) depending on what is going on in their sex lives. However, this overly-complicated reproductive model (completing a gender switch in perfect sync with one's partner can be tricky in the heat of the moment) has resulted in a dwindling population problem that neither their powers nor their technology seemed able to fix. They have a [[HalfHumanHybrid noticeably easier time procreating with humans]], and indeed the offspring of these unions often have some of their chieri parent's traits, notably atypically powerful (for humans) {{ps|ychicPowers}}ionics and exceptional longevity. However, they may also manifest the chieri's gender-swapping trait, which has led to some families with chieri blood warning against homosexual relations because "If you lie down with a man, you may rise up as a woman!"
* The Taysans in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' novels are the oldest of the three galactic superpowers, with a stable culture stretching back many thousands of years. They consider themselves enlightened and civilised compared to the 'barbarians' in the rest of the galaxy. Slightly taller and definitely stronger than humans, they have silver or, more rarely, golden skin.
* In addition to the many live action TV examples from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (see below), the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse portrays the Deltans as this - spiritual, emotionally controlled, older than humans and with a near-mystical sense of peace that comes with their "evolved" philosophies and [[EthicalSlut sexualities]].
** The Vedala, as portrayed in the novel [[Literature/StarTrekDepartmentOfTemporalInvestigations ''Forgotten History'']], fit the bill perfectly. They're generally benevolent, older than other spacefaring races, very advanced and isolationist, and seem ever-so-slightly smug about their status in relation to younger "child" races. Behind their reasonable manner is the clear belief that [[OurElvesAreBetter Vedala are better than you]].
** The Caeliar in ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'': isolationist, peaceful, convinced of their own superiority and not afraid to express it, as well as dedicated to scientific and philosophical pursuits while ignoring the wider galaxy.
* ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' has the Tendu. They are admittedly small monkey-frog creatures without advanced technology, not as physically strong as humans, but they have allu which can do basically anything, they take care of their environment, they don't have war, they can potentially live forever... With time this characterization is deepened and made more complex, though, and there are times when they can be argued with.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Robot Trilogy'' the Spacers, although humans in origin, are this: long-lived (they live for 300-400 years), technologically advanced people who live in an utopistic society where robots do every manual work and have no crime (it turns out to be a CrapsaccharineWorld though). In contrast, the Earthmen pretty much resemble dwarves with their living in underground cities and [[ElvesVersusDwarves the conflict between the two "races"]].

[[AC:{{Live-Action TV}}]]
* The Minbari of ''Series/BabylonFive'' like to see themselves as [[OurElvesAreDifferent High Elves or Grey Elves]], especially the scholarly Religious Caste. However, when they think no one else is looking, they are highly arrogant and racist. The Warrior Caste are also extremely violent and brutal whether or not anybody's looking, and start a RoaringRampageOfRevenge for almost any offense. Their claim that Minbari Never Lie gets ignored all the time, when they think they can get away with it, and for "honor." They did manage to keep the supposedly sacred [[ApeShallNeverKillApe Minbari Shall Never Kill Minbari]] rule in effect for a thousand years, but eventually that goes out the airlock too. Nonetheless, many of them are entirely decent folk. Think of Klingons that look like hairless Vulcans with bony skull-crests. They're also one of the oldest, most advanced spacefaring species aside from the {{Precursors}} themselves.
* [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock and his Vulcan ilk]] are scholarly, long-lived, [[PointyEars pointy-eared]], [[FourTemperamentEnsemble phlegmatic]], and psychic.
** Vulcans are also vegetarian, and consider their way of life superior to humans'. There are already Vulcan examples in CantArgueWithElves... because you can't.
** Not only that, Vulcans are [[OurElvesAreDifferent High Elves]], Romulans are [[OurElvesAreDifferent Dark Elves]]. And it doesn't stop there. Klingons are Space Orks and Ferengi are Space Goblins. Then there are the Tellarites, who are Space ''Dwarves'', complete with a rivalry with the local elves in the Vulcans.
** It could be argued that the Mintakans of TNG episode 'Who Watches The Watchers' are the equivalent of [[OurElvesAreDifferent Wood Elves]].
** The Metrons are also pictured as being elven: A tall, powerful but aloof race, with grey skin, white hair, shimmering silver clothing and gladiator-style shoes.
* [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Betazoids]] are a race of CloserToEarth {{telepath|y}}s. Like Spock, [[TheChick Troi]] was a HalfHumanHybrid, but rather than promoting [[StrawVulcan detached logic]], her entire job was to [[InvertedTrope help everyone be more in touch with their emotions]]. If Ambassador [[GrandeDame Lwaxana]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Troi]] was any indication, Betazoids saw themselves as the Federations's own [[PlanetOfHats planet of]] [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Elves]].
* [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine The Bajorans]] are a {{Proud Scholar Race|Guy}} who have been living as LaResistance for the past few decades, and seem rather fond of reminding everyone. They do not have any mystical abilities themselves, but their [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Prophets"]] do.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' {{deconstructed|Trope}} this trope with the naive, sheltered, [[WeAreAsMayflies short-lived]] Ocampa. They went further to turn this trope on this ear with Lon Suder, an AxCrazy Betazoid, Seska, a rather [[{{Jerkass}} unpleasant]] Bajoran [[spoiler: who turned out to be an even less pleasant [[TheMole Cardassian agent]] ]], and, of course Tuvok, the [[StrawVulcan Vulcan]] security officer who was more like a GrumpyBear, who took on SergeantRock traits later in the series.
* The Time Lords from ''Series/DoctorWho'' were a deconstruction, as their society had atrophied and became, depending on the era, either stagnant and decadent or rigid and stuffy, while still retaining their controlling attitude and sense of entitlement and mental superiority. The Doctor was a DefectorFromDecadence and on numerous occasions made disparaging remarks about his species, particularly about how boring they were.
* The Ship of Lights from the original ''Series/BattlestarGalactica.''

[[AC: Tabletop Games]]
* The Ur-Obun in ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' are a deeply philosophical and spiritual species with innate psionic abilities and a connection to the {{Precursors}}. But unlike most examples they had barely begun to explore their own system when humanity contacted them and they're now a subject race of House Hawkwood, though they're better treated than every other alien race in the Known Worlds. They also have a "dark" counterpart in their savage cousins the Ur-Ukar.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The Draenei from ''WorldOfWarcraft'', although judging by appearance they're closer to Space Goats. They fled in a giant crystal spaceship after their home world was invaded by demons. Those that remained became the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Eredar]].
* There's also the asari from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Monogendered blue-skinned women with [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld incredible lifespans]], low-level telepathy and ''high''-level [[GravityMaster gravity manipulation]]. Other races need to be exposed to element zero ''in utero'' to develop those gravity powers, but asari have them inherently [[spoiler: thanks to some prothean genetic engineering]]. They've been in space the longest of any sentient species [[spoiler: in this cycle]], and the ones who rub this in are often the targets of "ScrewYouElves".
* The Syreen from the ''VideoGame/StarControl'' series of games.
* The Protoss from ''Franchise/StarCraft''.
* The Elerians from the second and third ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' games.
* The Numans/Newmans of the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series are often sardonically referred to as "space elves" due to their {{flanderization}} as a race. Their role in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' most closely fits the archetype, despite the fact they were still genetically-engineered by humans.
* The Lunarians from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', who as their name indicates hail from the moon. They're originally from Earth, but left thousands of years ago to escape the UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} concept of impurity, which they claim is the source of all death. Apparently it worked, but they're kind of jerks about it anyway.
* ''Franchise/StarOcean''
** The Nedians from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' are this along with being literal elves in space. They're extremely intelligent, possess technology far more advanced than anyone else in the galaxy, and can use [[FunctionalMagic symbology]] without having to tattoo themselves like most other species because [[WitchSpecies the prerequisite symbols are already written on their DNA]]. They once ruled the entire galaxy and claim to have [[HiddenElfVillage completely isolated themselves for the good of the universe]]. [[spoiler:Turns out they were tyrants who isolated themselves because they ended up destroying their homeworld in a civil war after the bioweapons they created to put down a series of colonial rebellions left them severely weakened and ripe for the rebels to tear apart.]]
** The Morphus from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar]] to the Nedians. "Morphus" is not actually the true name of their species, but means "Enlightened One" in their original language. Instead of complete isolation, they live on an enormous and very well hidden space station and act as secret guardians of galactic peace. [[spoiler:It is very heavily implied that they are Nedians who violently split off because they disagreed with the policy of complete isolation.]]

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* The Cotyorites from ''Webcomic/TheLydianOption'' are a philosopher race who are "not dangerous to anything but your time."

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Not from a matriarchy or a female-dominated race, but other than that, Mira Nova from ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' fits the bill perfectly.

!!Examples of Mystic Alien Intruders

::''See also TheGreys for similar species.''

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* The Oni from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' behave this way, and are strongly implied to be the [[AncientAstronauts inspiration]] for Japan's Oni myths.

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* The nameless "Yellow Aliens" who gave Comicbook/AnimalMan his powers. In the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, it has been {{retcon}}ned that they actually ''are'' TheFairFolk, more or less, and that they only disguised themselves as aliens because they figured [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith Buddy could accept that more easily.]]

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* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', given their habits toward humans.
* ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' and his people start out as this, but are revealed to be a FriendToAllLivingThings in the [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental fiction]].
* The Water Beings from ''Film/TheAbyss''.

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* [[TheGreys Mr. Grey]] and his enemy, from ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'' by Creator/StephenKing, masquerade as this [[{{Glamour}} to deceive]] impressionable humans from their [[ToServeMan true intentions]] which means they fit the bill [[TheFairFolk quite nicely]], [[EldritchAbomination come to]] [[PuppeteerParasite think of it]].
* Inverted in ''A Midsummer Night's Gene.'' A U.F.O. fangirl is tremendously disappointed when she realizes she hasn't been abducted by aliens, but by ''fairies.''
* [[TechnicHistory Sarrogasso of Lost Starhips]] is about a race of aliens that entrap passing starships much as the sirens entrapped ships in TheOdyssey.

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* The Asgard from ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* The Streibs from ''Series/BabylonFive'' are TheGreys.
* The aliens who gave Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero his super suit.

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* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' explicitly notes the similarity of AlienAbduction to changeling tales. There are quite a few [[TheFairFolk True Fae]] that imitate aliens, especially TheGreys, but only because they've been reading humanity's subconscious. Even they don't know if aliens are real.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The Ariloulaleelay from ''StarControl 2'' live in another dimension, are as old as dirt, and imply that they performed experiments on humans in the past.

!!Examples of Psychic GreenSpaceBabe Variety
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* Both Starsha and Trelaina from ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Star Blazers]].''

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* Zhaan from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* The sexy [[OurBansheesAreLouder Banshees]] from ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies.'' Also a {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}}.
* The all-female society in the ''StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Lorelei Signal."

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