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What is it about pointy ears?

For some reason, the fastest, most reliable way to establish someone (or thing) is not human is to give them unusually pointy ears. Whether it be elves, aliens, or stranger fare, having those ears point skyward is all it takes to knock them down (or up) a peg.

The size, shape and length of the ears can vary, and this affects the nature of the species they're on. Normal ears with a slightly pointy tip? Probably a Human Alien or an elf, but might be a demon or even a vampire, so be on your guard. Long and tubular pointy ears that are a bit ratty? Then it's a filthy monster/mutant that is Always Chaotic Evil and must be purged with flame. Dog or cat-like ears that move, with tufts of fur? Probably a Beast Man or Wolf Man, back away slowly without making eye contact. Or perhaps long, gracefully arching ears? Then they're obviously elves or something far above mere human, and must be treated with respect and humility because they have all kinds of kickass magic and martial prowess.


Here's a short list of these pointy-eared inhuman hobgoblins:

A subtrope of Unusual Ears.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Elves in Record of Lodoss War, Those Who Hunt Elves, Rune Soldier Louie and many other imitators of Lodoss. Dwarves, such as Ghim, have smaller, less pointy ears that look a bit more humanoid.
    • Lodoss War was the Trope Codifier for "jigokumimi" on elves; that specific style of long, tapered ear bled into every following depiction of elves in Japanese media and even into a large number of western productions, most notably Warcraft.
  • All vampires in Karin.
  • Inverted in The Big O, where all of the humans in Paradigm City have pointed ears. It's probably just the art style, but the show is so full of Mind Screw (it's the Trope Namer for Tomato in the Mirror) that you can't be sure of anything.
  • The Zentraedi of Macross have these, with Zentraedi/Human hybrids sometimes expressing these in later series. A Retcon as Zentraedi from the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series had normal ears, but after Do You Remember Love? depicted its Zentreadi with pointed ears, the convention was picked up by later Macross productions.
  • Agito of Lyrical Nanoha, who also has bat wings and a pointed tail, giving her a demon-like look (givent that her character design is based off of Etna from Disgaea).
  • The Half-Human Hybrid Fairy people of Ubel Blatt Have particularly prominent angular ears. The more fairy blood they have, the longer the ears
  • Princess Theodora of Mahou Sensei Negima!. In fact, quite a few Beast Men, Demons, and other non-human humanoids in the Magic World have these.
  • The demons (youkai) in Saiyuki.
  • Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo! has long, pointy ears... without the points.
    • Along with Mihoshi, though hers are more subtle. This being the only time the word "subtle" can be applied to Mihoshi.
    • Long and kinda squared-off ears are a common visual shorthand for Human Aliens in ''Tenchi Muyo! world. Most off-world characters have them, unless they're from Jurai or Seniwa (Juraians have normal ears, since they're basically just a different race of humanity with some artificial enhancements; Seniwans like Mihoshi have much smaller traditional pointy ears and Cute Little Fangs). And Wau, of course, have nekomimi.
  • Hiruma from Eyeshield 21 has pointy ears that make him look downright demonic, but he's human.
  • The demons in SHUFFLE! have jigokumimi, while the gods have shorter pointed ears.
  • Ashura in his clan in RG Veda.
  • The demons of Chrono Crusade.
  • The catlike race of Ctarl-Ctarl in Outlaw Star.
  • The Abliarsec royal family in Crest of the Stars.
  • The Count in Gankutsuou.
  • The Medicine Seller from Mononoke.
  • Wei Zhijun, a Contractor from Darker Than Black, has pointy ears for no apparent reason.
  • The Raalgon from Irresponsible Captain Tylor surely count.
  • Mainly subverted thus far in Berserk. The main character has pointy ears, as well as roughly half the cast (including extras) early on. As of yet, there is no explanation for this, at least in-story; it may just be artistic/some weird way some people from Midland are different from people in real life, but that doesn't explain the lack of new characters with pointy ears. Then again, it may be because the author's style has shifted, and he decided to keep Guts' ears as symbolic. Elves, however, still play this straight.
  • Most of the human-looking demons in InuYasha have pointed ears to establish their inhuman status, most notably Shippo, Kagura, Kōga and Lord Sesshomaru.
  • The half-elf Tiffania Westwood from The Familiar of Zero. She has to cover them to avoid the prejudices against her people.
  • A lot of the aliens and gods in Dragon Ball have pointed ears.
    • This has actually been a minor plot point, as they helped Piccolo long-distance eavesdrop on Goku's conversation with Trunks near the beginning of the Android arc.
  • In Ranma ½, the Musk Dynasty warriors, Herb, Lime and Mint, have slightly pointed ears, hinting of their partially animalistic descent.
  • In Slayers, Elves, such as Memphis, have the classic small, pointed ears, although Mellyroon, an Elf from a Non-Serial Movie, inexplicably has bigger ears. On the flip side, Brau Demons have large, grotesque pointed ears. Zelgadis, a chimera, has decent-sized elfish ears because a Brau Demon was implanted into his genetic makeup via magic.
    • Filia Ul Copt (a gold dragon who is usually in human form) is also revealed to have these in some official art, although most of the time you can't see them because of her hood with large green orbs on the sides. Other members of her race, while in human form, also have them. However, Milgazia of the Golden Dragon clan that serves the Water Dragon King in Dragon Valley and keeper of the Claire Bible however, has rounded ears in human form. His draconic true form is hinted at instead in the shape of his eyes and pupils in anime, manga and novel art.
  • Some Claymores have pointy ears, and seeing that they are half-demon, the amount of yoki an individual has might have something to do with it.
  • Kurumu from Rosario + Vampire has these in her succubus form.
  • Merry from Yumekui Merry has these.
  • In Blue Exorcist demons have long, pointed ears. Rin, being a half-demon, has only slightly pointed ears when his sword, which seals his demon powers, is sheathed.
  • While he's not yet been seen in the games, the Metroid manga featured a pointed eared alien named Kreatz who was on Samus's squad back in her federation days. Kreatz and his partner Mauk (a hairy pig alien) were clearly designed to be shout-outs to the two founding extraterrestrial members of Star Trek's Federation, the Vulcans and the Tellarites. Interesting because the races' personalities were inverted for Kreatz and Mauk (Kreatz's species being the insulting violent one and Mauk's being proud intellectuals but assumed to be warriors due to their appearances).
  • In Hekikai No Aion, Shizuki and Yuzuki, who are both demons and twins, have pointed ears.
  • Many of the gods and demons in Kamisama Kiss have elven looking ears.
  • Guild members in Last Exile have pointed ears, along with many nobles.
  • Ilulu from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. This can probably be chalked up to her lack of skill with transforming since all the other dragons have normal ears in their human forms.
  • Members of the strongly telepathic Jirel species in Space Battleship Yamato 2199, including Miezela Celestella and Mirenel Linke.

    Comic Books 
  • There's Moloch in Watchmen, but it went totally unacknowledged there as well as in the film (and was much more subtle).
  • Several comic books in the Star Wars Expanded Universe feature characters of the Sephi, who very humanlike but with pointy ears. Fae, Aleco Stusea, and that one girl who was inspired by Princess Zelda. We don't hear that much about the latter two, but Fae was said to be a thousand years old, and was believed (at least by Obi-Wan Kenobi) to be immortal.
  • The Sub-Mariner, a Half-Human Hybrid of man and mermaid has these.
    • In Iron Man Noir, this is the mark of Captain Namor's pirate crew; they slice their ears to resemble shark fins.
  • ElfQuest, duh.
  • Many characters in the comic Gold Digger, including the main character Cheetah when she goes to human form.
  • The elves in Poison Elves have exceptionally long, and very pointy, ears.
  • Northstar and Aurora have slightly pointy ears (though sometimes artists forget). An Alpha Flight story claimed it was because their mother was a Norse elf, but that story was unceremoniously disposed of later on; apparently their ears are just like that.
  • Captain Marvel aka Shazam's greatest enemy and Evil Counterpart, Black Adam has pointy ears for no adequately explained reason.
  • Nightcrawler of the X-Men has pointy ears. Given his overall demonic appearance it's something of a surprise he doesn't have horns.
  • Initially, Morbius the Living Vampire did not have them, but later artists started adding them after which they quickly became a standard part of his appearance.
  • The shape-shifting Skrulls in Marvel Comics have pointed ears as part of their default appearance. Depending on the individual (and/or the artist), they can be anything from just slightly pointy to huge and bat-like.
  • The shape-shifting Durlans, like Reep Daggle, have large pointed ears in their orange default form. Those who've been made unstable by the fallout from the Six Minute War have lost this form, and instead have an unsteady default that looks more like a bunch of writhing tentacles of variable coloration.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): The kreel have Pointy Ears with large convex incised helixes.

    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfics Hakkōna and Kaitō Kokoro: When Kiku is in his true nekomataneko form, in addition to having human ears, he also has pointy cat ears.
  • In With Strings Attached, one of the many subtle (as opposed to screamingly blatant) touches that makes C'hou different from Earth is that there are elves with the requisite pointy ears. However, Word of God asserts that they're merely a pointy-eared race of humans.
  • Fan works set in Middle-earth mention the pointy ears of elves far more often than J. R. R. Tolkien's original books. In some fan stories, characters identify elves by their ears. An elf might disguise itself as a mortal man by covering its ear tips. (Tolkien does not use the ears. In The Lord of the Rings, characters can identify elves by hearing their voices.)
    • In A Far Green Country, Nellas covers her ears. Some other characters see through the disguise and know that Nellas must be an elf.
    • In The Games of the Gods, Rachel covers her elf ears and passes as a mortal woman. Most people suspect nothing, and accept Rachel as an uncommonly beautiful human. Rachel's elven voice raises no suspicion unless she sings too much.
    • Home with the Fairies has Maddie finding creatures that might be elves, fairies or nymphs. Maddie needs a glimpse of pointed ears (hidden under hair) to decide that they are elves.
  • In the Peter Pan prequel fanfic Just a Little Bit of Pixie Dust, Peter starts out with normal ears, which become pointy when he starts making too much contact with the fairies from Pixie Hollow.
  • In the Three Houses fanfic Youll Get No Answers From The Blue Sea Star, the fact that Sothis has these becomes something of a plot point, since Rhea and Seteth possess them as well, but deliberately hide them. It also becomes part of a running joke about human ears being inferior.

    Films — Animation 
  • Peter Pan: Peter has pointy ears, to give some more emphasis on the "pan" part of his name.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blink from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although why the ability to create portals would also give her pointy ears isn't known. It could be just a peculiar side-effect of having teleportation abilities since Nightcrawler and Azazel also have them.
  • Yoda from Star Wars. Very long and pointy, they are.
  • Maleficent reveals the title character to be hiding these under her skin-tight black cap, appropriately for a fairy.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The vampires in the film sport very bat like ones.
  • Hawk the Slayer. Crow, the elf archer, has pointed ears that he reveals when he first takes off his hood. This along with his constantly stoic expression leads to inevitable Vulcan jokes from MSTing viewers.

  • Piers Anthony and Robert E. Margroff's Kelvin of Rud series has two races of humans, one with round ears and the other with pointed ears. Ultimately this turns out not to have any great significance beyond a lame pun.
  • In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, hobbits have slightly pointed ears (described as such in a letter to an illustrator, but never in the narrative). On the other hand, his Elves' ears are only ever written about once, referred to as "leaf-shaped" in a posthumously published glossary of Noldorin. This is essentially the origin of the entire "pointy-eared elf" trope in modern fantasy; "leaf-shaped" is generally interpreted as "pointy".
  • The Elves of The Strands Series by Gael Baudino seem to have pointy ears, although it is never actually mentioned directly in the books. Still, it is implied several times when people who have recently been transformed into Elves because of their Elven heritage are encouraged by other Elves to cover their ears with their hair, so that they may move around in public without being recognized.
  • In an otherwise mundane Verse, Emily of New Moon has slightly pointed ears.
  • Though their ears are never described in the novels themselves, the Yuuzhan Vong from the New Jedi Order are often illustrated with prominent pointed ears. Otherwise, they're fairly humanlike (or would be if not for their cultural fixation on ritualized tatooing, scars, and general Body Horror).
  • In the Deverry novels, humans living near the Westfolk view them as barbarians for a number of reasons, including the claim that they crop their children's ears at birth. Jill takes one look at the long, delicately scalloped ears of the Westfolk and realises this is nonsense.
  • Discworld elves have pointy ears, as do humans with elf-blood. It's implied that they seem to have the "long, graceful" version, but this is Glamour, and they're really closer to the "ratty and inhuman" type.
  • Lampshaded in the Cal Leandros series, where the pointy ears are pretty much the only thing the stories got right when they turned the hideous, murderous Auphe into elves.
  • Journey to Chaos: Elves and tricksters have the "basically human" type of point. For the former, it's because they are classified as humanoid mana breeds. For the later, it's A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • In Dora Wilk Series artwork, were-cat Szelma has mildly pointed ears.
  • Eldrae have pointed ears, along with other Fae traits.
  • Mrs. Gorf from Wayside School has pointy ears. She can also wiggle them and stick out her tongue, turning kids into apples.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: Elves are marked by them, even half-elves, as Gwenevrael has "lightly pointed ears", as said in the first book.
  • The fairies in The Mortal Instruments often have pointed ears. The two half fairies Mark and Helen Blackthorn also have some.
  • The City Of Brass: The daeva are all immediately distinguishable from humans by their pointed ears, although some individual tribes have additional distinguishing features. Since they were Cursed into humanoid forms by Suleiman himself, this may have been intentional.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Eddie Munster (a werewolf) from The Munsters and The Munsters Today.
  • Gnomes from Special Unit 2.
  • The Vulcans from Star Trek.
    • And their distant kin, the Romulans and the Remans.
    • Several other Star Trek races. Halanans and Ramurans both have two points on each ear (and otherwise look human), while Arkenites have long ears that sweep backwards into points along the skull (as well as lumpy, bulbous bald heads and amber/green eyes).
    • From Star Trek: Voyager, we also have the Ocampa.
  • In the comics to the series Angel there are two half-demons named Nash and Pearl. Both have also pointed ears. Both of them look also more elvish anyway.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the Eldar are a race of elf-like aliens with pointed ears, and are the futuristic equivalents of Warhammer's elf factions: Craftworld Eldar to High Elves, Exodites to Wood Elves, and Dark Eldar to Dark Elves.
  • Pretty much every version of elves in just about every RPG setting, with Dungeons & Dragons being the Trope Codifer for the genre.
  • In Rocket Age pointy ears are a distinctive trait of both the Martian royal and priest castes, as well as possibly the Ancient Martians they are descended from.
  • In Shadowrun nearly every metahuman race (elves, dwarves, orcs, trolls, etc) has pointed ears, as such the anti-metahuman hate group Humanis Policlub uses a rounded human ear as their logo.

  • Draculaura in Monster High has fairly subtly pointed ears.

    Video Games 
  • Hylians from The Legend of Zelda series are distinguishable from regular non-Hylian humans (such as the Holodrumians, Labrynnans, and Ordonians) by their pointy ears. They don't exactly fall towards the lower measures, though; not only are the franchise's two main heroes, Link and Zelda, always Hylians, but the Kingdom of Hyrule itself is Hylian-dominated. According to this interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, this was inspired by Disney's Peter Pan.
    • It's mentioned in some games that the big ears are so Hylians can "hear the voices of the gods." Notably, in Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf's ears go from normal to pointed after obtaining the Triforce of Power, despite him being Gerudo, not Hylian.
    • Early in The Wind Waker, Ganondorf orchestrates the kidnappings of several pointy-eared girls. Because Hylians are rare in this game, and Zelda is a Hylian and likely in disguise, by sending his minions to look for elf-eared females he stands a decent chance of nabbing her. Unfortunately for him, Link and his sister are also Hylians, and the latter's kidnapping kicks off the adventure.
    • The bird-like Rito in The Wind Waker have noticeably pointy ears.
    • The Kokiri also have pointed ears, as do the Sheikah. Both of these are required from a storyline perspective, as in Ocarina of Time Link thought himself a Kokiri and Zelda pretends to be a Sheikah. They have other traits, however, that set them apart, such as eternal childhood for the Kokiri and red eyes for the Sheikah.
    • In Majora's Mask, even the monkeys have similarly long ears.
    • The Minish Cap features the mouse-like Minish, who have extremely long, pointed ears.
    • The imp Midna in Twilight Princess has strange long, jagged pointed ears. They seem fairly inflexible, and are longer in combined length than the rest of her head. They even look like they might even be sharp enough to give you a papercut.
    • Demon Lord Ghirahim of Skyward Sword has only one pointed ear in his normal form; the other, rounded, ear is hidden under his hair. His final form does have both ears pointed.
    • While the Gerudo have regular ears in Ocarina of Time (per the official art), the ones in Breath of the Wild have ears just as pointy as the Hylians' and Sheikah's.
  • Warcraft:
    • Mainly the Blood Elves and Night Elves. Their ears are so long and pointy that they extend past their head, making them the best example for this trope in Western video games.
    • Elven rangers in Warcraft II had neat slightly pointed ears of roughly human size... in artwork and character portraits. The actual sprite has those huge flapping sheets. Of course, with such small figures running around the screen, the excessively long ears might been simply a way to say 'elf' at that resolution. Warcraft III, however, has both units and character portraits in 3D, and as a result, the elongated ears have snuck back into portraits and became canon.
    • Troll males have elongated ears, while females have theirs shortened as a part of enhancing the Cute Monster Girl appeal.
    • Goblins and orcs have a more humanlike ear shape with a slight point.
    • Alien race Draenei have almost human-like ears slightly pointed, though theirs evoke the stern Spock feeling.
    • Worgen have these for a different reason, due to their being lupine in appearance. Other Beast Men such as tauren and pandaren avert this as their animal counterparts don't have pointed ears either.
  • Magus from Chrono Trigger has them (as does the Goldfish Poop Gang that serves under him), but it's unclear whether or not this is due to his lineage, A Wizard Did It, or a Shout-Out to Dragon Ball.
  • Pointed ears and Cute Little Fangs are the one truly consistent physical trait that all Nippon Ichi (Disgaea, Makai Kingdom, etc.) "Humanoid" demons share, while the humans (and the angels, such as Flonne although she gains them both, along with a tail, when she becomes a fallen angel) don't have them.
  • The elf-like inhabitants of whatever world the Jak and Daxter series takes place on have exceptionally long ears, with a total "ear-span" that is usually three to four times the width of their faces. Subverted in that the ears are not used to indicate anything supernatural about them - they seem to just be quirky-looking humans, and have been referred to as humans on more than one occasion.
  • Rena, uniquely among the Expelians in Star Ocean: The Second Story. (and its anime, Star Ocean EX), because she's actually Nedian; the other Nedians have the same Unusual Ears. The Vanguardians who play a minor role in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time seem to have a similar appearance. It's also mentioned in the in-game dictionary that some Expellians started to develop pointed ears within the last four hundred years.
    • Members of the Fellpool and Highlander races in First Departure have ears like this. Featherfolk, which are native to the same planet, do not (though they are Winged Humanoids).
  • Myuria Tionysus, and the entire race of Morphus in the game Star Ocean: The Last Hope exhibit extremely long ears, sticking out at an impossible angle. This is implied to be because they are an offshoot of the Nedians. The Eldarians also have very Vulcan-like points.
  • Everyone's favorite greedy Anti-Hero/game designer, Wario, has pointy ears. He doesn't seem to be a supernatural being, though, at least not any more than Mario himself. His partner in the Mario spin-offs, Waluigi, also has this trait.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • The Beastman race in the Lunar series (such as Mel, Jessica, Leo, and Mauri) have ears ranging from pointy to unusual. Ghaleon also has pointy ears but this goes unremarked upon in the games. note 
  • Gulcasa in Yggdra Union.
  • Serene in Riviera: The Promised Land.
  • In Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils, Bobomboi and Chelsea have these.
  • The demon Lilica of Arcana Heart.
  • City of Heroes features several lengths of pointy ears in its character creator.
  • Eternal Sonata: March and Salsa's actual ears arch out to the side. (They also wear things in their hair that seem intended to evoke bunnies.) They're not explicitly called elves, but the idea is the same. Although you're also nice to March because, in addition to being able to mop up the floor with enemies like her sister Salsa, she's just so sweet that you'd come off as a jerk to treat her otherwise.
  • The Fire Clan from Golden Sun have ears with two points (the usual pointed tips, and elongated, pointed lobes). It's not the first thing you notice about them, though.
    • In Dark Dawn, the beastmen tend to have animal-like ears. Sveta in particular has the "pointy ears with tufted ends" variety.
    • Most of the humanlike summons also have these kind of ears.
  • In Lineage 2 all races except the Humans have pointed ears. This is to show how the Humans were created as unintentionally inferior and flawed in the world's creation myth. The Kamael have pointed ears because they are genetically altered elves essentially created to be living weapons.
    • Interestingly, Elves, Dark Elves and Fairies in the game have the standard anime-style jigokumimi while Orcs, Dwarves and Kamael ears only taper to more Vulcan-like points. The game's graphics don't render the point on Dwarf ears very well so they look round, even though official art depicts them with Tolkienesque 'leaf shaped' ears.
  • In Aion, "Humans" or Daevas from both Asmodian and Elyos races can have either human ears or pointed ears. In character creation, the one slider "Ear Shape" allows various ears shapes: large human ears to short human ears, then short pointy ears to long pointy ears.
  • Touhou has an... interesting history with this trope. Basically, ZUN can't draw ears, and usually hides them behind hair or hats. When he does draw them they turn out pointy regardless of whether they probably should. The first character to get ears, Parsee, is widely accepted as having Pointy Ears in fanon, and has had them semi-canonized by Wild and Horned Hermit.. The next, Orin, is a Cat Girl, so the fandom mostly pretends that she only has cat ears.note  Then Double Spoiler gave ears to its Tengu protagonists, leading to something of an uproar in the fandom. Now some fans have decided that all youkai have Pointy Ears, others stick with them for Parsee and the tengu, and the rest just stopped caring.
    • Even more strange for Parsee since the hashihime youkai is the vengeful spirit of a cheated human housewife...
  • In Tales of Symphonia, all elves and some half-elves have pointy ears, the ears of the elves are pointier however, much to the disfavor of the half-elves.
    • It seems to vary by the individual: although none of them have ears as pointed as the elves, Botta's are quite tall, Kvar's rather shorter, and Yuan's are perfectly rounded, just to name a few examples. Raine and Genis deliberately style their hair to cover their ears to hide the lack of points.
  • A few original characters in the Kingdom Hearts series have pointed ears, like Master Xehanort, Xigbar and Saïx. The reason that they have pointed ears is unclear, but seeing as the three men all have Supernatural Gold Eyes and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep shows that Braig (Xigbar's original persona) gains the gold eyes and pointy ears at the same time, they could be another sign of giving into Darkness.
  • Half of the races in Rift. Interestingly enough, this applies whether or not you split humans and elves by faction. (The Defiant, however, have the edge on pointy ears.)
  • Fatima of Luminous Arc 2 has pointy ears, but she seems to be a normal human/witch and no one in-game comments on them.
  • The Phantasy Star series has Numans/Newmans, a genetically engineered race that resemble elves. In the original series, the ears were different between the two instances. In Phantasy Star II Nei and Neifirst have very long pointed ears that go past their heads. Rika in Phantasy Star IV has smaller pointed ears with bits of black on the ends. Phantasy Star Online's Newman race have differing ears depending on their class. Hunter Newmans have ears like Nei, while Forces have long pointed ears that stick out from the sides of their heads almost horizontally. In Phantasy Star Zero, Newman ears are much smaller, but still pointy. Phantasy Star Universe and its portable spinoffs, along with Phantasy Star Online 2, allow players to determine the shape of their newman's ears thanks to their powerful character creators.
  • Grimsley from Pokémon Black and White has pointy ears for... Some reason. It's probably to emphasize he's a dark type trainer however he's one of the only - if the only- characters in the franchise to have Pointy Ears.
  • The High Entia in Xenoblade are humanoids with Mercury's Wings who also have pointy ears. Quite are few of them are part Homs, and are (generally) distinguished by their smaller wings and lack of the aforementioned pointy ears.
  • Vivi has them by example in Brain Dead 13.
  • In League of Legends Word of God states that being "ascended" by magic gives you these, as can be seen on champions like Morgana, Janna and Soraka. Oddly, it only seems to affect women as male champions like Ryze don't display them.
  • Dragon Age elves obviously have them; many characters refer to them as "knife ears" for it. Kossith have slightly pointed ears as well, but as the majority of them are also Qunari and tend to be seven or eight feet tall with horns, most people either avoid them entirely or find other things to comment on besides their ears.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • The Hocotatians of the Pikmin series have these, as well as Yellow Pikmin.
  • Splatoon has the Inklings, a race capable of shapeshifting between squid and humanoid forms. While on their humanoid forms, they sport pointy ears meant to look like squid fins.
  • The title character from Shantae has these, because she's half-genie.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The Races of Mer (Elves) possess the standard fantasy "Elf" version. The royal families of the Bretons (a race of Uneven Hybrid offspring of Man/Mer relations thousands of years ago) are said to still have slight points to their ears, showing their Mer ancestry.
    • Some other non-Mer (at least, as far as we know) beings also possess pointed ears, including Giants, Goblins, Ogres, and Rieklings.
    • Scamps are the weakest and smallest known form of lesser Daedra, and possess very long, triangular pointed ears in the Looks Like Orlok vein.
  • In Fate/Grand Order, Medea, Circe and Semiramis all have pointy ears. No explanation is given, but it's presumed that this is a trait of magi from the Age of Gods. Though why this would be the case only for female magi and not, for example, the Caster version of Gilgamesh is unclear. Elizabeth Bathory also has pointy ears most likely due of her alleged Dragon Ancestry. Her grown-up self, Carmilla, does not have these due of having more emphasis on vampire-like image.
  • White Noise 2: One of the creatures, Darcy, has pointy ears.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Comics 
  • Everyone in Chirault has really long, pointy ears. In the words of the author, this is "for no adequately explained reason other than that this is not Earth, so why not?" Also, they're a Shout-Out to Jak and Daxter.
  • The fae in City of Trees have traditional pointed elf ears.
  • The half-elf Merlow in Court Of Roses has pointy elven ears that wiggle in his sleep, much to everyone's amusement.
  • In Daughter of the Lilies, elves have extra-long pointed ears that extend past their heads, while orcs' ears are pointed but only elongated by an inch or two. Brent, an Uneven Hybrid, has only a slight point to his ears from his orc grandparent.
  • In DDG, Netta and Callista have pointy ears. By implication, so do all the other guides.
  • Dracula: Ruler of the Night: Dracula and his brides naturally have them due to being vampires. When Helsing first inspects Lucy after her second bite, her ears being partially mishappen along with the pale skin alerts him to the vampire attacks. When she turns completely, it goes full pointed. When Minerva, Lucy's mother, reveals she's a vampire during an attempted rescue, her ears are one of the first features to change. Mina's likewise start morphing after she gets bitten as well.
  • Everyone in Ears for Elves has this, and each different demographic of elf is defined by their ear design.
  • The immortals in El Goonish Shive, complete with Lampshade Hanging by Mr. Verres. Immortals' ears are super-long, and more so with age. Elves, which are half-immortals in EGS, have more conventional pointy ears.
  • The Jägermonsters of Girl Genius, Super Soldiers created by the Heterodynes to serve as military personnel.
  • Ingress Adventuring Company: The main character Toivo Kissa and his daughter Rosemary have the pointy ears of their elvish heritage.
  • The elves of ''Inverloch have six-inch long, tapered ears that stick out from the sides of their heads. (Although they are flexible enough to be comfortably slept on or tucked into hoods.)
  • Karin-dou 4koma: Tamaryu (dragon) and Sara (snake) have pointy elfish ears that are usually hidden by their hair. Elly (demon), however, has longer and pointier ears that sprout perpendicularly from her head.
  • People from Sønheim in Leif & Thorn.
  • The Cyll of Linburger.
  • Lovely Lovecraft: Noyes and Azalea both have Pointy Ears, a unique trait among human or supposedly human characters, although no one in-story remarks on them.
  • The angels in Misfile have these. Since demons are basically fallen angels, this makes some sense. Angels have some obfuscation abilities, so nobody comments on them.
  • In My Roommate Is an Elf, elves and trolls have these.
  • Newman has pretty much all the characters have these since they're of various fantasy types: gnomes, elves, vampires, dwarves, pixies, etc.
  • Malène the Succubus in Not Quite Daily Comic has pointy ears (and Hellish Pupils).
  • In Quantum Vibe many first generation inhabitants of L-5 habitat were genetically engineered to have pointed ears. Nicole is a descendant and has the ears, though she usually covers them with her hair.
  • The Guardians (and any later bearers of Original Augments) in RetroBlade all have pointy ears. The longer an Augment is borne, the pointier the ears become. The Guardians themselves (having borne Augments for Millennia), have long pointed ears resembling a goats, but a new bearer's ears would be a bit closer to human.
  • Actually a plot point in RPG World as far as the early strips when Hero encounters Cherry. Keen-eyed viewers will note her ear being mishappen though likely to just brush it off as part of the early art of the series and, curiously, she keeps them hidden behind her hair past that point. Later on however when the protagonists are making their way through a forest and get ambushed by elves. The one leading attack exposes her as a elf by pointing out her pointed ears.
  • Most of the common vampires in School Bites.
  • Aisha, who's an elf, from Slimy Thief has pointy ears. She a thief and elves are uncommon where she's living, so she covers her ears with a veil to not bring attention to her.
  • Tales from the Interface has an green alien named Babu who has pointy ears.
  • Yayne and Sparkes Lukanta from The Wretched Ones, along with various minor characters, has these.
  • Terinu and all other Ferin have pointy ears set on the level of their jawline.
  • In The Order of the Stick, given the limited art form, the only kind of ears at all visible are Pointy Ears (unless you're an animal). True for elves, goblins, hobgoblins, sylphs, and a few others. Mocked with Pompey, a half-elf, who has a pointy ear… on only one side.
    • Also the reason Half-Elves won't ever feature more prominently in the story. The Giant just can't take them seriously.
  • Walking in the Dark has this as a features of vampires and they can hide them to blend in with normal people.
  • Most of the people appearing in The Weave have pointy ears — hardly surprising, as they are The Fair Folk. After her first contact with fairy magic, protagonist Tally's ears appear pointier, too.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, demons, including the half-demon Yokoka and Mao, have pointy ears.
  • Aside from his green skin, Zukahnaut's alien protagonist is just a pair of pointy ears removed from looking like a fairly passable (if ugly) human.

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  • Truth in Television: some cogenital conditions, like Stahl's ear or Williams syndrome may produce pronouncedly elf-like pointy ears on humans.
  • Audio ears. Devoted cosplayers won't need their fancy latex ears anymore. That particular site has been found to be a hoax, but there is actual ear pointing surgery available.
  • Some people are actually born with one or both ears pointed. However, it's usually operated on when they're young. Occasionally they straighten out on their own as the baby grows.
  • If you sleep so one of your ears is folded when you're young, that ear will grow slightly pointed.

Alternative Title(s): Pointed Ears


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