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Basic Trope: There are many different varieties of elves, but they're all better than you.

  • Straight: High Elves are wiser and more magical than you. Wood Elves are more in tune with nature than you. Space Elves are more advanced than you. Dark Elves may be evil, but they're still cooler than you. All kinds of elf are well aware with this and often act superior to other races because of it.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Elves have a few better senses than the other races and live a bit longer, but overall they're not entirely superior to other races and they're just as prone to stupid decisions.
  • Justified:
    • Since elves live longer, they have more time to learn and practice crafts, so an elf who dedicates his life to something will likely become much better at it than anyone with a shorter lifespan could.
  • Inverted: Humans advance quicker and build better civilizations than the High Elves and Space Elves. Dwarves are Closer to Earth than the wood elves. Goblins are far scarier than any Dark Elf.
  • Subverted:
    • Elves appear to be beautiful, wise, advanced, and the like, but actually they are just as flawed as other races. The elves the audience originally sees were chosen specifically because they had such "elfy" qualities, so they could give the impression that elves were a superior species to other races that weren't familiar with actual elven society.
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    • Elves only appear highly advanced and enlightened because they're capable of putting on spectacle and flashy demonstrations that impress the other races (and hopefully the audience too), and they like to show off. What non-elves don't see is that the Hidden Elf Village has the same problems as any other place.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Turns out, every elf (including the ones that don't appear to possess stereotypical elven qualities) has a special inborn talent for magic that no other race possesses.
    • While elves aren't better in every way, they do have the other races beat in spectacle and flashy demonstrations.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • All races are equal and see each other as such.
  • Enforced: "Humans are so boring. I want to write about a race that's cooler. Hey, elves are commonly portrayed as being better than humans- I'll use them. I just have to make sure I make them original enough that I don't get sued."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "We high elves are superior to all other races. The humans are rude, the dwarves are greedy, the goblins are violent, the wood elves are primitive, the space elves are overconfident, and the dark elves are assholes."
    • "We wood elves are superior to all other races. The humans are destructive, the dwarves care about nothing but metal, the goblins are savages, the high elves are snooty, the space elves don't care about nature, and the dark elves are evil."
    • "We space elves are superior to all other races. The humans are weak, the dwarves are obstinate, the goblins barely even have space travel, the high elves are close-minded, the wood elves can't look beyond the dirt, and the dark elves should just all go kiss a black hole."
    • "We dark elves are superior to all other races. The humans are prey, the dwarves are stupid, the goblins are ridiculous, the high elves are useless, the wood elves are cowards, and the space elves are indecisive."
    • "Are all elves proud racists? That really doesn't look good for the 'shiny sparkly perfect elf' image they have going."
  • Invoked: The elves use a eugenics program to make sure that newborn elves will always be beautiful, graceful, and generally better all around.
  • Exploited: Other races feed the elves' delusions of superiority so they'll be easier to 'take care of' if the need arises.
  • Defied: Elves share their better magic and technology with other races, and try their best to get along with a minimum of Fantastic Racism.
  • Discussed: "We high elves sure do get along with each other. I wonder if the wood elves, the goblins, or the dwarves envy us?"
  • Conversed: "Are those elves going to mock the humans for being inferior again?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Elves' Fantastic Racism annoys the other races. Enough incidents, major and minor, pile up to led to an alliance founded on Screw You, Elves!. Magical/Advanced/Intune with nature as they may be, they can't fight everyone at once.
    • Being immortal, with talents and skills coming naturally to them, elves are notorious procrastinators: after all, with their immortality, they have all the time in the world to do whatever they please. Men have no such luxury, and have a better sense of time and urgency along with that 'ambition' thing elves seem to look down on. Thanks to this, they end up blowing right past elves in regards to technology and developments, and by the time the elves realize what's happening the humans have started colonizing other planets while they're still stuck in their treetop villages.
  • Reconstructed: Elves' Fantastic Racism annoys the other races. Over time, they are soundly beaten by other races in their specialty (dwarves and their stone cutting, humans and war, halflings in music etc.). The elves then integrate into other civilizations and end up thriving and being much nicer overall than they were. It is sometimes Condescending Compassion or Innocently Insensitive but only a token retain the smug haughtiness the race in general possessed previously.
  • Played For Laughs: Some humans and dwarves start imitating bits of elvish culture and get it hilariously wrong.
  • Played For Drama: Elves start to believe their own hype, and take their beliefs to a lethal conclusion.

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