A race in the Elder Scrolls video game series.
Dunmer, also known as Dark Elves, are the dark-skinned Elven peoples of the Eastern Empire. "Dark" is variously understood to mean "dark-skinned," "gloomy," and "ill-favored by fate." The Dunmer and their national character embrace these various connotations with enthusiasm. In the Empire, "Dark Elves" is the common usage, but in their Morrowind homeland, and among their Aldmeri brethren, they call themselves the "Dunmer". The dark-skinned, red-eyed Dunmer combine powerful intellect with strong and agile physiques, producing superior warriors and sorcerers. On the battlefield, Dunmer are noted for their skilled and balanced integration of the sword, the bow and destruction magic. In character, they are grim, aloof, and reserved, distrusting and disdainful of other races. Life in the volcanic terrains of Vvardenfell has made them very resistant to fire; they laugh in the face of enemies lobbing fireballs at them.
Dunmer are treated distrustfully by other races. They are often proud, ruthless, cruel, and young female Dark Elves are well known for their promiscuity. While the skills and strengths of the race makes them very powerful, vengefulness, ages-long conflicts, betrayals, and ill reputation prevent them from gaining more significance.
An enemy dark elf will most frequently be encountered as Bandit Bowmen or as a Bandit Ringleader.
1. A subculture of elf society; members are known to wear black almost exclusively, listen to Alien Sex Fiend, and mope. Not very popular with mainstream elf society, needless to say. Second most popular choice for Vampire: The Masquerade players in non V:TM LARPing, after vampires.
2. A dark-skinned, underground dwelling, evil society of elves in Dungeons and Dragons. This does not work as science (how the hell do you increase melanin levels without sunshine?) or as tokenism (the black guys are evil? Huh...).
1. 'Wait, I'm playing as a DARK Elf, see? I'm still cool, aren't I, guys?'
'The fuck you are, poindexter.'
2. See 1.
Megaman Zero 2/3.
Originally called the Mother Elf, she was created to end the Maverick Wars. Afterwards she was sealed away to prevent the misues of her power. But the evil Dr. Weil captured and corrupted her, turning her into the evil Dark Elf. This event sparked the Elf Wars.
The corruption was removed upon the destruction of Omega, Zero's original body.
"Before she was called the Dark Elf, she had another name..." ~Original X