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    Sports Elf

    In the original plays Sportacus was actually an elf, wasn't he? He had some strange magic and abilities besides his athletic prowess. He appeared in Goggi's TV set in the first show and brought flowers back to life in the second show, for example.

    Do you think Sportacus could still be considered an elf in the TV series? I've heard some jokes before about how his ears are always tucked in his hat. You also have Robbie calling him the blue elf in the show now and then, though that may just be a wink and a nod. I like to think he really is slightly above average for a hero because he's not even human...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnGry View Post
    In the original plays Sportacus was actually an elf, wasn't he? He had some strange magic and abilities besides his athletic prowess. He appeared in Goggi's TV set in the first show and brought flowers back to life in the second show, for example.
    Something like that. I think there's more information about this in the pre-stageplay books that were published. I would like to get those translated some day, but they are not short, so it would be a real task to do so. But yes, he is classified as an elf. It's an Icelandic thing.

    Do you think Sportacus could still be considered an elf in the TV series? I've heard some jokes before about how his ears are always tucked in his hat. You also have Robbie calling him the blue elf in the show now and then, though that may just be a wink and a nod. I like to think he really is slightly above average for a hero because he's not even human...
    There isn't an official backstory to the Sportacus that we see on TV. "Official" as in never actually portrayed in any official sense. However, there were a few conceptualized backstories, but none of them were related to elves, so I don't think he's considered an elf any more. In Icelandic, his name is still Íþróttaálfurinn, which has become a proper noun and now actually directly translates to Sportacus, but if you cut it up into its root parts, Íþrótta & álfur, his name is still kind of "The Sports Elf." Maybe in the Icelandic dub there are still traces of him being a legitimate elf. I'd be interested to find out if that was the case.
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    I read something online about there being some sort of "Icelandic Elf School" where you can be taught some folklore? It would be nice if there was a way to take that course online. Just going off wikipedia for that tidbit. I wish I could read the original books that Magnus had written, too.

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    Sports Elf

    Is Sportacus even called an elf in the TV series? I know it is in the Icelandic dub because his name legit translates to "The Sports Elf." But the only thing that's reminiscent of him besides Magnús of course, is his hat. Other than that, I didn't even know he was an elf. Also I think we can agree that Glanni Glæpur í Latibær is superior to Afrám Latibær.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmpcdos5 View Post
    Is Sportacus even called an elf in the TV series? ... Other than that, I didn't even know he was an elf.
    The reason why this information may be confusing to new people, is that Magnus' character was changed from a "SportsElf" to that "slightly-above-average" (read: Superhero) thingy.
    I assume that Nickelodeon didn't find the original elf, or gnome, idea fitting for an American audience, which is why they changed Magnus' role to something more familiar for the younger peeps in the US.

    All in all, it's just one of those lesser known trivia things about the show.
    You can draw parallels between the stage plays and the tv show, but ultimately they will never be the same thing.
    The character from the stage plays, Íþróttaálfurinn, was a sports elf, whereas the blue guy in the tv show most certainly was a "Supahero"..

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    Lol, watching a full grown man rave about his possessions in Icelandic is ironically funny.

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    In the US an elf is something religious and/or extremely attached to the Christmas event. Iceland uses it as a myth or in a fairytale. Those are not compatible and it could be one of the reason they didn't use it. Who knows.

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    Re: Sports Elf

    Elves are not religious & possess no sacred status within the US. They are associated with Santa Claus who gives kids presents, so an elf on a children's show would likely be well received.

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    Official or not I still like to think of him as en elf. No human could live on bread and fruit alone and no human would go comatose from sugar. Well, forgive me if I'm being ignorant, there probably are people like that out there but I think it's unlikely that Sportacus is on of them. I love the theory that his ears are always tucked in to hide their elfness.

    I read somewhere, I think it was on Tumblr, that in Icelandic myth it's rude for a non-elf to call an elf an elf, and that's why Sports looked so upset when Robbie told him that the kids had been calling him 'the blue elf'. Basically I can't be convinced he's not an elf!

    There may also be something up with Robbie considering he eats so much yet never puts on weight and is still pretty toned and flexible. Magic, I tell you!

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    Does anyone have a count of how many times he was called an elf in the tv series? I know it was AT LEAST 3 times....probably more.

    Even if the series never specifically states it.....you guys are right...it isn't hard at all to draw tons of parallels. He always is leaping and jumping around, lives in the sky, weird vegan diet....etc. I love the fan theories that say Robbie is a Dark Elf....lots of parallels in folklore that fit that too.


    The original books from the 90s have more of the Elf lore in them I know.

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    I think it's fun to think of TV Sportacus as an elf as well. He is at least an elf in the Icelandic dub, where Sportacus is his personal name but he is more often called by his title, Íþróttaálfurinn ("The Sports Elf"). I think sometimes they say "elf" instead of "superhero" too.

    Does anyone know where the fan theory that Robbie is a "fae" comes from?? I mean I get why you would think he was magic, that is obvious and I agree, but why "fae" in particular? And why that spelling?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotten Robot Hound View Post
    Does anyone know where the fan theory that Robbie is a "fae" comes from?? I mean I get why you would think he was magic, that is obvious and I agree, but why "fae" in particular? And why that spelling?!
    Oh I'm aware of 'Fae!Robbie'. Idk why it's spelt as Fae (perhaps a shorter spelling for Fairy?). And I guess the fairy!au because fairies and elves could perhaps co-exist better and perhaps sounds more appealing than just an 'elf and a wizard' or 'elf and a human'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutiejea View Post
    Oh I'm aware of 'Fae!Robbie'. Idk why it's spelt as Fae (perhaps a shorter spelling for Fairy?). And I guess the fairy!au because fairies and elves could perhaps co-exist better and perhaps sounds more appealing than just an 'elf and a wizard' or 'elf and a human'.
    Hm, yeah, that does make sense. Thanks for explaining. I was just a bit baffled by the fact that everyone seemed to use that version instead of "fairy" which is way more common. So it made me wonder if there was some meaning distinction between the two, or another reason. To my understanding "faerie" is an older variation of the word that is used in fantasy more than in any other context nowadays, but I personally think it sounds a bit pretentious I've even studied stuff like this at university. But maybe people just like how "fae" sounds and looks. Someone could have started it and others latched on.

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    Faerie is a place. It's where fairies, elves and such live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnLearnEd View Post
    Faerie is a place. It's where fairies, elves and such live.
    I know that. But you can use it as a name for the creature too.

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    Re: Sports Elf

    In Breakfast at Stephanie's, in Robbie's drawing of his plan, Sportacus looks more like an elf.

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    In my opinion, it's implied that the show's Sportacus is actually human. That's why the whole 'if you try your best, anything is possible' message keeps being relayed - because Sportacus tried his best, and he got to that level legitimately, as a human.

    And Robbie doesn't really do anything that would require being a 'fae' except possibly the whole 'turning around to change costumes' thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOtter View Post
    And Robbie doesn't really do anything that would require being a 'fae' except possibly the whole 'turning around to change costumes' thing.
    Stefan once confirmed over on instagram that Robbie is 'Magical' but didnt explicitly mention where the source of his 'powers' came from. And the renaissance fandom being... well... themselves... it became a popular headcanon that Robbie being a fairy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutiejea View Post
    Stefan once confirmed over on instagram that Robbie is 'Magical'
    But Stefan doesn't write the scripts, right? You'd have to ask Mark Valenti or Magnus.

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