Public Domain Super Heroes
The Boy Elves?

Real Name


First Appearance

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (December 6, 1964)

Original Publisher


Created by

Romeo Muller & Robert L. May


The boy elves took part in a song and were seen helping make toys for Santa Claus but, none were named save Hermey (whose elf status is unclear, see notes).


  • The character of Rudolph is not in the public domain and, thus, cannot be used without permission. He was created in 1939 by Robert L. May and his first appearance was renewed. However, he has been popularly referred to as "Santa's 9th Reindeer."
  • Like the character, the song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, is NOT in the public domain so avoid using details which are original to it.
  • The copyright year in Roman numerals for the special was mis-marked as MCLXIV (1164) instead of the correct MCMLXIV (1964). This invalidates the copyright under U.S. law at the time, which required a valid date of copyright be affixed to the production meaning that still images from the special and all of the characters unique to it are, as a result, in the public domain.
  • The name in this article is a conjecture based the characters appearances.
  • Hermey, interestingly enough, is the only elf to not have pointed ears like the others. Some fans have suggested he might actually be human, explaining why he doesn't feel comfortable in his elf duties.
  • Although not major characters (save the aforementioned Hermey, no others were named onscreen) in the special, one of them was prominently featured alongside the Tall Elf and the Elf Foreman in the television commercials and subsequent print ads produced for General Electric for the special's original broadcast.