A fantastical humanoid race characterized by their lithe frame, great finesse, youthful appearance despite long lifespans, and pointy ears. Codified by Tolkienian literature.
In anime-styled works, elves' characteristic were further stylized into simply a "human with pointy ears", with them almost always have blonde hair. As a result, they are often indistinguishable from half-elves. Many works (particularly NSFW) also exploit elves' longetivity by either depicting them as being more endowed than ordinary human or as a "loli baba" (mature adult in child-like body) stereotypes.
Notable elf characters
- Alleyne and Echidna from Queen's Blade
- Arwen, Celeborn, Elrond, Galadriel, and Legolas from The Lord of the Rings
- Aura Bella Fiora and Mare Bello Fiore from Overlord
- Aura Shurifon from Tenchi Muyou!
- Deedlit and Pirotess from Record of Lodoss War
- Eina Tulle, Riveria Ljos Alf and Ryu Lion from Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
- Elven Forest Maker, Dark Elven Forest Ranger & Cerestia of Life from Last Origin
- Emilia from Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
- Erufuda-san and Kuroeda-san from Elf-san wa Yaserarenai.
- Feel Nilvalen from No Game No Life
- Frieren from Sousou no Frieren
- High Elf Archer from Goblin Slayer!
- Kokkoro from Princess Connect!
- Link and Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda
- Marielle from Log Horizon
- Myucel Foalan from Outbreak Company
- Shera L. Greenwood from Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu
- Tiffania Westwood from Zero no Tsukaima
- Tuka Luna Marceau and Yao Haa Dushi from Gate - Jieitai Ka no Chi nite Kaku Tatakaeri
- Zel from Ishuzoku Reviewers