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14th Apr '18 8:14:02 AM snichols1973
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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox con-artist. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a Junior Ranger Scout but was bullied and muzzled by the other scouts for being a fox and considered untrustworthy.]] At that point, he decided that if others were going to consider him as sneaky and untrustworthy [[FantasticRacism just for being a fox]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil then he might as well be just that]]. His partner in crime is also a fox, specifically a fennec who exploits his small size and being a RidiculouslyCuteCritter in hustles by pretending to be a child. Averted with Gideon, however: Although he is also a fox, Gideon is poor at critical and lateral thinking, though he has a keen memory.

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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox con-artist. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a Junior Ranger Scout but was bullied and muzzled by the other scouts for being a fox and considered untrustworthy.]] At that point, he decided that if others were going to consider him as sneaky and untrustworthy [[FantasticRacism just for being a fox]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil then he might as well be just that]]. His Finnick, his partner in crime is also a fox, specifically a fennec who exploits his small size and being a RidiculouslyCuteCritter in hustles by pretending to be a child. Averted with Gideon, however: Although he is also a fox, Gideon is poor at critical and lateral thinking, though he has a keen memory.
14th Apr '18 8:12:44 AM snichols1973
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* Junjie, one of the antagonists from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', is a devious trickster of a fox who resents Shifu for being chosen as master of the Jade Palace instead of him. He is ready use deception and sneak attacks to exploit his opponents' weaknesses. He prefers not to get his paws dirty, but let his snow leopard mooks do the rough stuff.
** Mei Ling the Rogue, Shifu's one time love interest, has a flirtatious and devious personality, even though she's aware that a romantic relationship between her and Shifu can never be, even willingly going to jail after Junjie blackmailed her into stealing the Imperial Crown.
7th Apr '18 9:31:08 PM nombretomado
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See FantasticFoxes and {{Kitsune}} for the myths, legends, and fables that inspired this trope. Compare ThoseWilyCoyotes, for another stereotypically clever wild dog. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel a certain Desert Fox]], even if he ''was'' quite a cunning one.

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See FantasticFoxes and {{Kitsune}} for the myths, legends, and fables that inspired this trope. Compare ThoseWilyCoyotes, for another stereotypically clever wild dog. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel a certain Desert Fox]], even if he ''was'' quite a cunning one.
4th Apr '18 11:05:08 PM snichols1973
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* One of the past lives of Clark Kent on ''Series/TheAdventuresOfLoisAndClark'' was as "The Fox," a Robin Hood/Zorro type hero. (Zorro is the Spanish word for "fox.")
* ''Series/TheSwampFox'', a Disney mini-series that ran for eight episodes as part of the ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'' in 1959, featuring Creator/LeslieNielsen before he was known for comedy as American Revolutionary War general Francis Marion, nicknamed "The Swamp Fox". The theme song went: "Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat, Nobody knows where the Swamp Fox at; Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, hiding in the glen, He'll ride away to fight again."
** In real life, General Marion was noted for his extensive use of guerrilla warfare and maneuver warfare which was considered unorthodox for its time, and was noted for quick surprise attacks against the British and equally quick withdrawal from the field. He also managed to elude the British forces by travelling along the South Carolina swamp paths.

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* One of the past lives of Clark Kent on ''Series/TheAdventuresOfLoisAndClark'' ''Series/LoisAndClark'' was as "The Fox," a Robin Hood/Zorro type hero. (Zorro is the Spanish word for "fox.")
* ''Series/TheSwampFox'', a Disney mini-series that ran for eight episodes as part of the ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'' series in 1959, featuring Creator/LeslieNielsen before he was known for comedy as American Revolutionary War general Francis Marion, nicknamed "The Swamp Fox". The Its theme song went: remarks: "Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat, Nobody knows where the Swamp Fox at; Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, hiding in the glen, He'll ride away to fight again."
** In real life, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Marion General Marion Francis Marion]] was noted for his extensive use of guerrilla warfare and maneuver warfare which was considered unorthodox for its time, and was noted for quick surprise attacks against the British and equally quick withdrawal from the field. He also managed to elude the British forces by travelling along the South Carolina swamp paths.
4th Apr '18 10:59:27 PM snichols1973
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* Don Diego de la Vega, , better known as Series/Zorro, who fought for justice back in the olden days when California was still a Spanish colony; as a BilingualBonus, "zorro" means "fox" in Spanish, which is even referenced by the theme song of the 1950's series: "Zorro, the fox so cunning and free..."

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* ''Series/TheSwampFox'', a Disney mini-series that ran for eight episodes as part of the ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'' in 1959, featuring Creator/LeslieNielsen before he was known for comedy as American Revolutionary War general Francis Marion, nicknamed "The Swamp Fox". The theme song went: "Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat, Nobody knows where the Swamp Fox at; Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, hiding in the glen, He'll ride away to fight again."
** In real life, General Marion was noted for his extensive use of guerrilla warfare and maneuver warfare which was considered unorthodox for its time, and was noted for quick surprise attacks against the British and equally quick withdrawal from the field. He also managed to elude the British forces by travelling along the South Carolina swamp paths.
* Don Diego de la Vega, , better known as Series/Zorro, ''Series/{{Zorro}}'', who fought for justice back in the olden days when California was still a Spanish colony; as a BilingualBonus, "zorro" means "fox" in Spanish, which is even referenced by the theme song of the 1950's series: "Zorro, the fox so cunning and free..."
30th Mar '18 8:41:32 PM costanton11
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** ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' features Br'er Fox, who's clever enough to think up a Tar Baby (trapping Br'er Rabbit with his own temper), but isn't as clever as he thinks he is -- something Br'er Rabbit can use to his advantage, and does.

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** ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'' ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'' features Br'er Fox, who's clever enough to think up a Tar Baby (trapping Br'er Rabbit with his own temper), but isn't as clever as he thinks he is -- something Br'er Rabbit can use to his advantage, and does.
11th Mar '18 11:48:39 AM WolfMattGrey
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* ''[[Literature/ReynardTheFox Le Roman de Rénart]]'' is an anthology of tales about a cunning fox called Renart who outwits other animals (see [[AC:{{Folklore}}]]). Those stories were satires of medieval society at the time it was written. They were loosely adaptated in an animated series, ''WesternAnimation/MoiRenart''.

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* ''[[Literature/ReynardTheFox Le Roman de Rénart]]'' is an anthology of tales about a cunning fox called Renart who outwits other animals (see [[AC:{{Folklore}}]]).the Folklore folder above). Those stories were satires of medieval society at the time it was written. They were loosely adaptated in an animated series, ''WesternAnimation/MoiRenart''.
11th Mar '18 11:47:04 AM WolfMattGrey
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* ''[[Literature/ReynardTheFox Le Roman de Rénart]]'' is an anthology of tales about a cunning fox called Renart who outwits other animals (see [[AC:{{Mythology}}]]). Those stories were satires of medieval society at the time it was written. They were loosely adaptated in an animated series, ''WesternAnimation/MoiRenart''.

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* ''[[Literature/ReynardTheFox Le Roman de Rénart]]'' is an anthology of tales about a cunning fox called Renart who outwits other animals (see [[AC:{{Mythology}}]]).[[AC:{{Folklore}}]]). Those stories were satires of medieval society at the time it was written. They were loosely adaptated in an animated series, ''WesternAnimation/MoiRenart''.
10th Feb '18 11:57:52 AM ZombieAladdin
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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox con-artist. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a Junior Ranger Scout but was bullied and muzzled by the other scouts for being a fox and considered untrustworthy.]] At that point, he decided that if others were going to consider him as sneaky and untrustworthy [[FantasticRacism just for being a fox]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil then he might as well be just that]]. His partner in crime is also a fox, specifically a fennec who exploits his small size and being a RidiculouslyCuteCritter in hustles by pretending to be a child.

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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox con-artist. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a Junior Ranger Scout but was bullied and muzzled by the other scouts for being a fox and considered untrustworthy.]] At that point, he decided that if others were going to consider him as sneaky and untrustworthy [[FantasticRacism just for being a fox]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil then he might as well be just that]]. His partner in crime is also a fox, specifically a fennec who exploits his small size and being a RidiculouslyCuteCritter in hustles by pretending to be a child. Averted with Gideon, however: Although he is also a fox, Gideon is poor at critical and lateral thinking, though he has a keen memory.
28th Jan '18 11:59:01 AM EDP
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* Lila Rossi in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is turned in the fox-themed supervillain Volpina, with her only power being hyperrealistic illusions that dispel with touch. Thanks to her cunning she's one of Hawk Moth's most successful minions, getting Ladybug to surrender ''twice'' thanks to a judicious use of her powers and only failing due unrelated events she had no way to anticipate exposing her illusions for what they were.

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* Two examples from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
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Lila Rossi in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is turned in the fox-themed supervillain Volpina, with her only power power, inspired by the Fox Miraculous, being hyperrealistic illusions that dispel with touch. Thanks to her cunning she's one of Hawk Moth's most successful minions, getting Ladybug to surrender ''twice'' thanks to a judicious use of her powers and only failing due unrelated events she had no way to anticipate exposing her illusions for what they were.were.
** Rena Rouge, the actual (temporary) holder of the Fox Miraculous, proves her cunning in her first outing, taking a single illusion to distract the [[VillainOfTheWeek Sapotis]] long enough for Ladybug to defeat them.
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