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    Just going with the D&D theme here. I can't recall a single movie where an elf type character was teleported to modern earth. There has to be one and a dozen more though.

    Closest I can think of are aliens on earth movies like ET or the one episode ofbthe Bionic Man where the alien woman said something like our spacecraft "had no beauty or grace".

    Any with elves or wizards or even dwarves? I would think an elf would be easy. Put Spock ears on and actor or actress and you're an elf. Give them a hat of disguise and the special effects budget goes down even further. There has to be one out there someplace between Charmed and I zombie lol.

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    There's Elf. He's technically a human but he was raised by elves. The Smurfs are kind of elflike too.
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    Bright and Hellboy 2 are the only immediate examples that I can think of where you have some kind of fantasy elves in the modern world. I've not read the Dresden files, but I understand there are elves there too. And, of course, the MCU has space dwarves, although we haven't seen any pop up on earth; and also we had dark elves pop up in perhaps the most forgettable MCU film (Thor 2).

    EDIT: I'm sure you can find something via TV tropes if you want it https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UrbanFantasy

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    Sorta-kinda Artemis Fowl. Hellboy 2.

    Iím pretty sure I heard someone talk about some kinda anime about a portal opening up between modern Japan and some fantasy world. That might have elves in it. Someone more knowledgeable in the anime than me hopefully will comment.

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    Iím pretty sure I heard someone talk about some kinda anime about a portal opening up between modern Japan and some fantasy world. That might have elves in it. Someone more knowledgeable in the anime than me hopefully will comment.
    That would be GATE. It does indeed have elves (of multiple, D&D-ish varieties) in it. However, almost all the action takes place in the confines of the fantasy world, not on Earth.
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    I can only point to a couple novel/manga series with that as the premise. Elf-san wa Yaserarenai is a comedy manga series mostly about fantasy world women who come to Japan and wind up with various common health issues - obesity, sore muscles, strain injuries, beer bellies, etc - while acclimating to life in a contemporary urban environment, and finding themselves seeking advice from a diet specialist at a local clinic. It comes with a pretty heavy erotic art style - very fleshy - though the health advice is fairly reasonable.

    The other is Nihon e Youkoso Elf-san which is novel-turned-manga about a young Japanese man who has been travelling to another fantasy world in his dreams every night where he's an adventurer only to wake and go back to his life as a salary man. Until one day where he dies in the fantasy world and wakes up with his Elf companion now in our world. It's pretty fluffy all around, with the expected fish-out-of-water bits where the Elf comes to love modern cuisine or is spooked by things like cars and television, but it's generally on the cute side of things. They eventually start going back and forth to the other world together, so it becomes half Isekai adventure and half slice-of-life contemporary fantasy with an Elf girl.

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    Just going with the D&D theme here. I can't recall a single movie where an elf type character was teleported to modern earth. There has to be one and a dozen more though.

    Closest I can think of are aliens on earth movies like ET or the one episode ofbthe Bionic Man where the alien woman said something like our spacecraft "had no beauty or grace".

    Any with elves or wizards or even dwarves? I would think an elf would be easy. Put Spock ears on and actor or actress and you're an elf. Give them a hat of disguise and the special effects budget goes down even further. There has to be one out there someplace between Charmed and I zombie lol.
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    Book, not a movie, but the Billibub Baddings series by Tee Morris has a D&D dwarf transported into 1930s era Chicago. (Only read the first one, apparently he wrote at least one other).

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    As a fantasy fan and someone who likes thinking of interacting magic systems and settings, I see the appeal of this type of movie/book, but I also think it would lack a lot of the "hook" a lot of movies/books have.

    Elves/fey tend to have a timeless, alienness to them. Some stuff like Dresden Files has fey in modern times, but that's not what you mean. For a fantasy elf to be transported to the modern world, I don't see much "extra" that has beyond a modern elf being exposed to the modern world.

    This seems even more true if you believe literature/cinema should be a commentary on society. (I don't think it always necessarily should be.) If it should, then I'm not sure what commentary this could make (while doing a good job at least) that wouldn't be better served by a human, since the audience (humans) could relate with the protagonist better that way. The alienness of an elf, combined with the alienness of a fantasy/cliche-medieval worldview, divorces the audience from the person more than it would from a medieval human.

    That said, the idea of a fantasy comedy (sorta like Elf maybe) where an elf or half-elf gets transported to modern times and has over-reactions to most everything sounds quite entertaining.

    I'll also note, for some settings, medieval elves transported to modern settings would likely sicken and die, from either exposure to unbelief, metal, or technology. But I'd assume a good story would use an elf that doesn't have those weaknesses.

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    A Troll in Central Park? Anyone?

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    Shadowrun fiction is full of elves granted most of them were born into the world in the years since Magic returned and more likely to pack a pistol than a spell
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeenLeen View Post
    As a fantasy fan and someone who likes thinking of interacting magic systems and settings, I see the appeal of this type of movie/book, but I also think it would lack a lot of the "hook" a lot of movies/books have.

    Elves/fey tend to have a timeless, alienness to them. Some stuff like Dresden Files has fey in modern times, but that's not what you mean. For a fantasy elf to be transported to the modern world, I don't see much "extra" that has beyond a modern elf being exposed to the modern world.

    This seems even more true if you believe literature/cinema should be a commentary on society. (I don't think it always necessarily should be.) If it should, then I'm not sure what commentary this could make (while doing a good job at least) that wouldn't be better served by a human, since the audience (humans) could relate with the protagonist better that way. The alienness of an elf, combined with the alienness of a fantasy/cliche-medieval worldview, divorces the audience from the person more than it would from a medieval human.

    That said, the idea of a fantasy comedy (sorta like Elf maybe) where an elf or half-elf gets transported to modern times and has over-reactions to most everything sounds quite entertaining.

    I'll also note, for some settings, medieval elves transported to modern settings would likely sicken and die, from either exposure to unbelief, metal, or technology. But I'd assume a good story would use an elf that doesn't have those weaknesses.
    I think I'm imagining something semi serious and semi magical like Charmed where some Wizard elf guy or Bard elf female, lets make it a good of one and bad of the other, ended up in modern times.

    There"d be a little magic, a little out of place humor, some X-files like guy hunting them down then maybe siding with one after wrongly siding with the other.

    Heck, in my D&D world I had an atomic test open a teleportation circle to 1960 Nevada.

    There are a lot of movies out there. I am used o being able to find one for whatever I thought up lol.

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    It wasn't a whole book/series/etc, but I remember reading a short story about something similar. A father-daughter duo of steampunk pulp heroes are transported to earth by their nemesis, where they're horrified to find that the local version of humanity is a mix of good and evil and ...just not heroic. It's a bit different in that they lose their 'elfiness' in the transportation and have to adapt to being corruptible humans without any steampunk gagetry.

    The story is Steam Girl And it seems to only be printed in the anthology Steampunk!, if anybody's curious.
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    Not an elf, but a fantasy character: Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time. (1991)

    Weird dwarf-thing with pointy ears: Masters of the Universe (1987)

    'Transported to modern times' on a technicality, in that the protagonist loses about 12 years to a curse and jumps from the era before cell phones are ubiquitous to modern times: the October Daye series of books. (There are some fae that get time-displaced by a full century in that series too, but the greater culture of Faery around them exists side-by-side with humanity throughout.)

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    There's probably some Reverse Isekai anime out there that do this.

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    Half the urban fantasy genre touches on that, but I'm drawing a blank on the specific key words "elf" and "newly arrived from elsewhere".

    Thematically Tinker / Elfhome is probably closest, except that 95% of the book's point of view takes place on the fantasy side of the teleport.

    Hmm. Would the Harry Dresden series count? The fey are common recurring characters who mostly for whom Earth isn't home despite the all the business and pleasure travel to Earth they seem to do.
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    It's not an elf, but one of the "Magic Kingdom of Landover" books does send the court wizard from the magic kingdom to the decidedly not magic modern Earth at the time it was written.

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    There's probably some Reverse Isekai anime out there that do this.
    Devil is a Part-Timer! is almost exactly this, with the only difference being that it's demons and angels being dropped from the fantasy world into ours instead of elves. From a thematic standpoint it's bang on - beings that have lived for hundreds of years having to learn how to live in modern society with (almost) none of their magical powers.

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    Devil is a Part-Timer! is almost exactly this, with the only difference being that it's demons and angels being dropped from the fantasy world into ours instead of elves. From a thematic standpoint it's bang on - beings that have lived for hundreds of years having to learn how to live in modern society with (almost) none of their magical powers.
    Some of the Supernatural and Buffy stories are about beings getting dumped into Earth that are totally out of their element as well. Xander's fiance is a great version of this, and is a long term character.

    On a side note, I hate Devil is a Part-Timer. Killing him is completely just for his crimes, and the story trying to make him a good guy is atrocious.
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    The original Howl's Moving castle also had a scene in which Howl takes Sophie and his apprentice to meet his parents. He doesn't tell them that he's not native to their fairytale world until they've been transported to 90s Britain, and then tells them to act natural as his family doesn't know that he's a wizard. It's flat out one of the best bits in the book.
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    I do vaguely remember once reading a novel where a bunch of assorted fantasy creatures were dumped into our world by some magical accident. One of them was the king of the elves, who became the main antagonist, because he went around "correcting" things with his magic. I distinctly remember a scene where he turned all the fissile material in a nuclear plant into oak trees. No idea what the book was called, that must have been close to 20 years ago.
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    I know of Arcanum a comic that was published on Thrillbent.

    It was about Elfs reappearing in the world. And it's not peaceful at all. Basically Elf Raider use their magic items against modern day policeman and they are super effective.

    Keep in mind these are ancient racist Elfs.

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    The 10th Kingdom mini-series has Trolls and a fantasy werewolf/shapeshifter end up in our world. Bit it mostly takes place in the fantasy world.

    The Fables comics (that both the Once upon a time and Grimm tv-show is based one) have fairytale creatures escaping an evil tyrant into our world. Bonus points for the discussion between the tyrant and his advisors about invading our world, and one of them pointing out that our weapons would absolutly obliterate their magic.

    The problem with Fables is that it lacks elves (at least i think so) and it starts when the creatures have already adjusted to our world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durkoala View Post
    The original Howl's Moving castle also had a scene in which Howl takes Sophie and his apprentice to meet his parents. He doesn't tell them that he's not native to their fairytale world until they've been transported to 90s Britain, and then tells them to act natural as his family doesn't know that he's a wizard. It's flat out one of the best bits in the book.
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    Also the Witch of the Waste follows them to Wales, and that's how she gets hold of Howl.

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    Someone mentioned Gate upthread. On that note: Cop Craft.

    Cop Craft is basically like Gate a decade after a war between both sides. It takes place on an island in our world near the gate(which is in the middle of the ocean somewhere.) One of the two main characters is a 20-something elf woman of high status who has practically no knowledge of earth except having learned some conversational Japanese.

    I'd say it hits this thread's theme pretty well. Unfortunately, the anime suffers from low-budget-itis, but the artists and voice actors have put a lot of love into it anyway, so it's still pretty decent.
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    Well, technically he is a Troll, but he is a rebellious, good troll who likes to be nice and make flowers (as opposed to the rest of the trolls who like to destroy things and be mean). My memory is that the triggering incident was him growing a giant flower that popped out of his house.

    As for elf-in-modern-times movies, I hope the next time somebody makes a D&D movie they have it start with an elf wizard turning himself and a giant dragon into stone. Fast forward 5000 years and somebody in a museum breaks both spells, but the dragon is elsewhere. So they have to go on a quest across the country to fight the dragon, which will ultimately set up its lair in the gold depository at Fort Knox. Things to include would be an orkish motorcycle gang, asking a nurse "what god of healing do you worship", somebody turning into a bard (complete with seduce living class feature and restriction), and moonshine-swilling, coal-mining dwarves to fix the "magic vorpal sword of dragon slaying".

    Then the sequel could be Dungeons & Dragons 2: The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
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    As for elf-in-modern-times movies, I hope the next time somebody makes a D&D movie they have it start with an elf wizard turning himself and a giant dragon into stone.
    This reminds me of another bit of pop culture that broadly fits the category: Disney's Gargoyles. The main cast aren't elves but explicitly fit the 'fantastic being jumped from Medieval Times with Magic to The Modern Day,' and there are also elves in the 'Puck and Oberon' sense in the mix as well.

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    The ElfQuest graphic novels by Wendy and Richard Pini eventually head in this direction. I think a lot of this series is even online, now.

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    Huh that is suprisingly hard (well I can remember the manga Kitten Champion mentioned but they aren't particularly good and probably not the kind you were thinking of.) https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.p...fTemporalWater and linked tropes might be a starting point for searching, but haven't seen one from a brief scan.

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    Mercedes Lackey has a fair number of books dealing with Elves IN the modern world, if not specifically transported there.
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