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Elves are one of the most popular mythical creatures in fantasy films and video games these days. But what do we really know about them apart from what we can observe in J.R.R. Tolkien’s work? These supernatural beings belong to the Germanic mythology. They were originally characterized as magical and beautiful creatures living in the woods.
This notion of elf was distorted through time. Some writers even related elves to fairies, often using these two terms interchangeably. Elves became more and more popular after Tolkien’s work was published. His depiction of elves is probably the closest one to the original myth. J.K. Rowling then introduced a new version of these creatures: slave (most of them) housekeepers and servants known as house-elves.
Thanks to their recently acquired massive popularity, elves managed to get all the way to the Eastern world and into Anime. They are probably the most interesting and fascinating mythical creatures out there and we’re always happy to have them in Anime as well. That’s why we’re dedicating this list to them, our Top 10 Anime elves!
10. Aura Bella Fiora from Overlord
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2015 – Sep 2015
This little dark-elf girl is the older of the two twin guardians on the sixth floor of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. Unlike her brother, Mare, Aura is very confident, joyful and always willing to go on an adventure no matter the risk. Of course, if there is something that makes her worried, that’s her master’s safety.
Aura is capable of using powerful magic and she excels at fighting and taming magical beasts. For her special skills, Ainz Ooal Gown commanded her to lure out the Wise King of the Forest (which, despite the scary name, turned out to be just an oversized chubby hamster). This shows how much Ainz trusts and appreciates her.
9. Genis Sage from Tales of Symphonia: The Animation
- Episodes: 11 OVAs
- Aired: Jun 2007 – Oct 2012
Genis is Raine Sage’s younger brother, a half-elf and a powerful little mage. He’s quite gloomy and shows a certain dislike of humans as a consequence of his tragic past. Deep down however, Genis has a bright spirit.
As the good elf he is, he’s considerably smart and knowledgeable, especially in his use of magic. He can sense the amount of mana around him and he uses that as an advantage in fights. Despite his small size and look (he doesn’t exactly look like the powerful average elf), Genis can be a formidable opponent and should not be underestimated.
8. Echidna from Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi / Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2009 – Jun 2009
Echidna is both one of the hottest and strongest elf-girls in the realm. She is even said to be strong enough to win the Queen’s Blade, though she doesn’t care about that. She’s a loner unlike most elves and she hates to be lectured by the elders of her kind.
Echidna works as a mercenary and she is quite deadly as such. She’s also a lover of snakes, as we can see in her armor scales, the design of her sword and shield, and of course, her pet snake, Keltan. When she’s not fighting though, this elf hottie shows her perverted and sadistic nature. She happens to love flirting and harassing other women.
7. Eina Tulle from Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka / Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2015 – Jun 2015
Eina is the half-elf Guild receptionist. She looks a lot more to the classical portrait of elves than the aforementioned characters. She is the typical elf beauty with big pointy ears, who’s calmed and rational at all times and always has something wise to say about everything.
Eina is as cautious and conservative as we would expect from an elf, often getting nervous around Bell when the topic of love is brought up. Of course, good girls dig bad boys and she’s clearly more interested in adventurers like Bell rather than in men who are as cautious as her.
6. Aura Shurifon from Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari / Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
- Episodes: 13 OVAs
- Aired: Mar 2009 – Mar 2010
Aura is a dark-elf princess, daughter of King Shurifon and heir to the Shurifon Kingdom. She’s also a member of the Junrei Guard as she is a very skilled fighter and a fearsome seikijin (a type of anthropomorphic mecha) pilot. It’s not a big surprise that such a formidable warrior princess has a serious, almost uptight personality.
However, once we get to know her better we can see that her mood changes drastically depending on the time of day. She can actually be quite girly at times, so it’s also no wonder that she’s secretly (or not so secretly) in love with Kenshi.
5. Tuka Luna Marceau from Gate
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2015– Sep 2015
Tuka fits right in the stereotypical depiction of elves. She’s a beautiful 165-year-older who looks like a 17 year old teen. Of course, she’s got her elven pointy ears and she’s also a master archer. However, despite her skills, age and wisdom, she is a very fragile and scary elf-girl.
Tuka is mostly joyful but a little unstable since she lost her father. It gets a little weird every time she calls Itami “father”. Still, mental stability aside, she proves to be a valuable asset for Itami and the Third Recon.
4. Tiffania Westwood from Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo / The Familiar of Zero: Rondo of Princesses
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2008 – Sep 2008
Now this is the kind of elf-babe that will make you nosebleed. Tiffania is not just another half-elf on our list. To begin with, no other elf on this list (or at all perhaps) is as well-endowed as our lovely Tiff.
However, behind those huge breasts, hides a pure heart and an innocent spirit. So innocent in fact that she’s capable of asking Saito to touch her breasts to find out whether they are real. But most importantly, she’s an avid magic user, skilled in the use of Elemental magic and Void magic. Thus, this elf hottie is more than just a pretty face (and a pair of breasts), Tiff certainly honors her race.
3. Feel Nilvalen from No Game No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2014 – Jun 2014
Fii definitely looks the way we would expect from a hot elf-girl. She has some breathtaking physical attributes as well as the characteristic elven pointy ears, and a captivating presence. She also has that magic aura that immediately lets you know you’re in the presence of a higher life-form.
Fii is an elf who turned her back on her kind in order to help her human friend. She is Chlammy Zell’s game partner and helps her win every single game by cheating with the use of her magic. Fii is so fond of Chlammy that she’s willing to risk her own life for her. However, neither her powerful magic nor her determination, seem to be match to Sora and Shiro’s intellect.
2. Myucel Folan from Outbreak Company
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Dec 2013
As a half-elf, Myucel Folan is despised by elves and humans alike. She is, of course, extremely ashamed of her lineage, which is why she hides her elven ears. This half-elf half-human girl works for the Holy Empire of Erdant as Shinichi’s maid.
Fortunately for her, Shinichi doesn’t really mind the fact that she’s a hybrid and he actually treats her as a friend. Eventually, Shinichi’s friendship has a positive influence on Myucel and she grows confident enough to uncover her ears in public. Also, as a former soldier, our beloved elven maid is said to be quite skilled in the use of magic.
1. Marielle from Log Horizon
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Mar 2015
Marielle is Marie Sakamoto’s curvy avatar in the world of Elder Tale. She is an elven cleric and a woodcrafter. As a cleric, she is exceptionally skilled in the use of white magic, healing spells and defensive abilities. She’s also the leader of the Crescent Moon Alliance guild.
This beautiful elf-girl is overly cheerful and energetic, often seen jumping on people and squeezing them, which is not so common for a cleric. Despite her playful nature, Marie is a 28 year old woman, and as such she is respected by her friends and even treated as the elder sister.
Dark Elf (Bikini Warriors)
That’s it for our list of elfin Anime characters. As always, I encourage you to tell me about your favorite pointy eared characters or if I should have included any others. I do know I left out some big ones such as Puck from Berserk, the Dark Elf from Bikini Warriors and pretty much all the girls from Tears to Tiara.
Also, you may (or may not) have noticed that almost all of my selections were females. That’s because there are very few male elf characters in Anime. I want to highlight the fact that there’s plenty of room left (in my opinion) in the world of Anime for more elf characters, especially male elves. Tell me if you agree! ☺