In SF/fantasy, an Elder Brother Race is wise and noble, usually as a result of unusually long life spans and/or an ancient heritage, yet similar enough to the 'younger' races to evoke hero worship. Examples of Elder Brother Races include Classic Star Trek's Vulcan race, Tolkein's elves, and Babylon 5's Minbari but not Vorlons (who are too godlike). Like an older brother or a mentor figure, Elder Brother Races often become annoyed with the foolishness of 'younger' races.

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