D&D 5E Elfitis-Elves Most Popular Race?

Zardnaar

Legend
Elfitis has been in D&D since 1E with the various Elf subraces.

It seems it's a recurring trend no edition has reigned in with Elf subraces probably outnumbering any other races.

5E has continued this trend. PHB+DMG had 4 subraces.

Since 2E I have just assumed it's because Elves are popular. New players however haven't experienced Elfitis though so it's new to them.

Is it as simple as Elves= pretty humans, Tolkein influence or mechanics aka Elf for every occasion.
 

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Parmandur

Book-Friend
Elfitis has been in D&D since 1E with the various Elf subraces.

It seems it's a recurring trend no edition has reigned in with Elf subraces probably outnumbering any other races.

5E has continued this trend. PHB+DMG had 4 subraces.

Since 2E I have just assumed it's because Elves are popular. New players however haven't experienced Elfitis though so it's new to them.

Is it as simple as Elves= pretty humans, Tolkein influence or mechanics aka Elf for every occasion.
Elves are the second most popular Race choice, after Human. Followed by Half-Elf.
 







Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Elves are more or less human, only really differing in ways that make them better 1 smarter, prettier, more graceful, more magical, and they don’t grow old. But unlike humans, it’s considered acceptable for every little group of them to be a mechanically unique race.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Elves are more or less human, only really differing in ways that make them better 1 smarter, prettier, more graceful, more magical, and they don’t grow old. But unlike humans, it’s considered acceptable for every little group of them to be a mechanically unique race.

And they're good aligned generally often percieved as CG.

Humans tend towards NE I mean N.
 

And they're good aligned generally often percieved as CG.

Humans tend towards NE I mean N.
look as far as I am concerned there are only three real alignments, LE, NE, CE and unaligned but I am a pessimist so that might just be me.

I have never gotten making races alignment based as elves are all over the map but usually what the author likes or thinks is right.
 





Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Not surprising. Pretty humans that live for centuries?
Yeah I suppose it is very much that elfs are presented as idealised humans - and exist as such in everything from Tolkien to Star Treks Vulcans.

be an interesting study in psychology and myth
 

Elves are beautiful, long-lived, skillful, perceptive, magical. In Tolkien's work, they are Humans++, and pretty much everyone knows it, but they have to migrate to a legacy server because version updates have deprecated core parts of their code.

And it's worth noting the other two races that have risen up to potentially threaten the Human-Half-elf-Elf triune complex: tiefling and dragonborn. Two races both featuring a blend of human-like traits and traits associated with a powerful, dangerous, charismatic otherworldly creature. Neither one of them actually has threatened it. But the potential remains for such a thing to occur, especially given the clear trend of rising popularity for dragonborn.

Honestly, though, we don't even really need anything more than the beauty angle. Stereotypically "beautiful" characters are just straight-up more common than other archetypes. You see it most plainly in, for example, the incredibly lopsided distribution of races in World of Warcraft's Horde after the Burning Crusade expansion came out: almost everyone wants to be a Blood Elf, because Blood Elves are Horde members that are pretty.

You can't fight evil if you don't look cute.
 

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