Why does Nightcrawler get called "elf" by the X-Men? I thought he was a mutant human like the rest.

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The actual nickname (given by Wolverine) was "Fuzzy Elf". The reason was (from "Appearance" in http://marvel.wikia.com/Kurt_Wagner_%28Earth-616%29) :

  • His body is almost entirely covered with a fine indigo-colored fur.


    It was Chris Claremont's scripting that evolved him into the swashbuckling hero he is today. Claremont stated that he took the idea that Nightcrawler thought "it was incredibly cool to be blue and furry."

  • Nightcrawler has pointed ears

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Here's a card where the "Fuzzy Elf" nickname is stated (if http://marvel.com/universe/Nightcrawler is not enough of a source):

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It's because he has pointy ears. Elves have pointy ears, hence the nickname. But it's strictly a nickname; he is a mutant human, not an actual elf.


The answer to this is (and you may have to think about it a little) that Rogue and Wolverine call him Elf or Furry Little Elf because he looks like a blue furry little elf. That is the simplest and most straight forward answer I have ever given in my 43 yrs. But this is the answer to your question.

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    Does this answer say anything that other existing answers do not? Sep 25, 2014 at 0:44
  • Since you're new to the site, think about what you could add to a question that already has an accepted answer. Perhaps you could improve your answer by showing illustrations of a 'classic elf' (whatever that may be in our collective opinion) and Nightcrawler side by side, pointing out the similarities.
    – Sindi
    Sep 25, 2014 at 2:14

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