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06:25:49 AM Oct 5th 2010
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Cut this from the ElfQuest entry:

  • That's a bit of a stretch. True, the first humans we meet are genocidal religious fanatics, but we later learn just how much of that is Bearclaw's own fault - largely because the writers (who are, after all human themselves) were uncomfortable that they'd given this impression. The evil humans (who may be superstitious and ignorant, but not stupid) do have reasons for what they do (usually greed or religious fanaticism), and are at least recognized as being fantastically dangerous by any elves who are familiar with humans. Humans who worship elves have usually been manipulated into doing so by villainous elves (especially Winnowill) or mistaken the elves' very real magical powers for signs of divinity. Given the choice, heroic elves prefer to deal with humans as equals, and any humans that get to know them soon learn how to argue with them. If they tend to win arguments with random humans they encounter throughout the story, it's because the arguments tend to be some variation on "No, I'm actually not a demon."

Just because it's a roundabout way of saying it's a Justified Trope...and also something of a Justifying Edit.
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