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Mary Elle Fanning (born April 9, 1998 in Conyers, Georgia) is an American actor from Georgia.

She is the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, but is gaining recognition as a star in her own right.


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Tropes about Elle Fanning:

  • Big Little Sister: Elle towers over her older sister, who only comes up to Elle's nose.
  • Break the Cutie: A few examples from her roles:
    • In Twixt, she plays an orphan girl who is murdered (and possibly also molested) by a corrupt pastor.
    • In Ginger and Rosa, her character is a young girl growing up in Cold War-era London, who grows increasingly fearful of an impending nuclear apocalypse.
    • In Maleficent, she takes on the role of Aurora, who starts out as an incarnation of Incorruptible Pure Pureness, but has an emotional breakdown when she discovers that not only is she cursed, but the woman she saw as her "fairy godmother" was the reason she was cursed in the first place.
    • In The Neon Demon she is eventually murdered and eaten.
    • In Live By Night she goes to California to be an actor but becomes an addict and implied porn-star. When she returns to Ybor City, she becomes a preacher it's only an act, she doesn't believe in God. She winds up killing herself after confessing her act to Joe.
  • The Cast Show Off: In Teen Spirit, she plays Violet, a girl who enters a televised talent show in the vein of America's Got Talent. Elle did all of her own singing, live on set and not in post production. She first showed off her singing chops in public at the 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival, where she and Woodkid sang a duet of "Never Let Me Down", and she wowed the audience with her surprisingly mature voice.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: She has an impressive death count considering her age. She’s died in Live By Night, Galveston, The Neon Demon and Twixt so far.
  • Creepy Child: As Virginia in Twixt. She even manages to pull off a disturbing Slasher Smile near the end.
  • Fake Brit: In Ginger And Rosa, Maleficent and in the title role in Mary Shelley. She manages to pull the accent off quite well.
  • Fiery Redhead: As Winnie in The Boxtrolls. Subverted with her character in Ginger and Rosa, who comes off more as an Emo Teen.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Fellow actor Chloë Grace Moretz called her an "ethereal forest elf."
  • Mistaken Identity: She used to get mistaken for her big sister. Now that she's gotten older and made more of a name for herself as an actor, it's lessened.
  • Punny Name: This Vogue short turns her name into creative tongue-twisters.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Though only 5'9", her lithe build tends to make her look taller. And in the company of her sister, the nearly half foot height difference make Elle look much taller.
  • Teens Are Short: A real-life aversion as she reached her full height of 5'9 at around twelve.
  • Time-Shifted Actor:


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