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15th Feb '17 12:06:54 AM rva98014
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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox conman. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a boy scout but was bullied out of it by the other scouts for being a member of the predator species]]. At that point, he decided that if others treat 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 conman. con-artist. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a boy scout Junior Ranger Scout but was bullied out of it and muzzled by the other scouts for being a member of the predator species]]. fox and considered untrustworthy.]] At that point, he decided that if others treat 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.
6th Feb '17 6:18:06 AM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Prince Vladimir is a villainous example. He can outsmart all of his opponents while tricking them into doing exactly what he wants them to do.
1st Feb '17 12:50:34 AM morane
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*** Foxes are tolerated in towns and cities as they keep varmint in control. They are natural predators for rabbits, hares and rats and often clean off carrions and roadkills.
31st Jan '17 4:36:44 PM LadyJafaria
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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox conman. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a boy scout but was bullied out of it by the other scouts for being a member of the predator species]]. At that point, he decided that if others treat him as sneaky and untrustworthy [[FantasticRacism just for being a fox]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil then he might as well be just that]].

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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Nick Wilde, who's a fox conman. As it turns out, this plays into his backstory: [[spoiler:when he was a child, he wanted to be a boy scout but was bullied out of it by the other scouts for being a member of the predator species]]. At that point, he decided that if others treat 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.
29th Jan '17 9:30:02 AM Nepeta
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* ''Webcomic/AlabasterTheDoomedSession'' 's [[MeaningfulName Renart Azeban]] lives and breaths this trope.
24th Jan '17 4:12:45 AM Luppercus
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* Rosalee in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' is a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent fox-like Wesen]] and is very cunning.
9th Jan '17 10:14:39 PM merotoker
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Foxes occupy a unique place among AnimalStereotypes. They can be good guys, bad guys, or completely neutral, but they're always [[GuileHero crafty, clever, and cunning]]. Their sly nature sometimes results in illegal activies, so it's not uncommon to see them portrayed as thieves or con-artists; in other words, they're a classic TricksterArchetype. Although it is not unknown for them to be ''too clever''; another term for TooCleverByHalf is "outfoxing yourself". Sometimes this trope invoked under the phrase [[CrazyEnoughToWork "crazy like a fox"]] for when the [[GambitRoulette brilliant plan]] seems crazy to anyone [[CrazyAwesome who isn't quite as brilliant]].

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Foxes occupy a unique place among AnimalStereotypes. They can be good guys, bad guys, or completely neutral, but they're always [[GuileHero crafty, clever, and cunning]]. Their sly nature sometimes results in illegal activies, activities, so it's not uncommon to see them portrayed as thieves or con-artists; in other words, they're a classic TricksterArchetype.[[TheTrickster Trickster Archetype]]. Although it is not unknown for them to be ''too clever''; another term for TooCleverByHalf is "outfoxing yourself". Sometimes this trope invoked under the phrase [[CrazyEnoughToWork "crazy like a fox"]] for when the [[GambitRoulette brilliant plan]] seems crazy to anyone [[CrazyAwesome who isn't quite as brilliant]].



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]]

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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]]
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** Which refers to the Japanese term 'kitsune kao', and traditionally someone with those features is held to be this clever. The opposite is a round, wide face, 'tanuki kao', [[spoiler:which makes sense, considering the end of the film.]]

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** Which refers to the Japanese term 'kitsune kao', and traditionally someone with those features is held to be this clever. The opposite is a round, wide face, 'tanuki kao', [[spoiler:which makes sense, considering the end of the film.]]film]].



* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' has a character [[NoNameGiven known only as]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Altea's Uncle]], [[RedBaron The Fox]] and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Altea's Fox Uncle]]. He's possibly the most intelligent and cunning character in the series, with his debut having him getting Diabolik easily arrested (with him being savvy enough that, had he been in command, Diabolik would have been [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident 'accidentally' shot in the process]] in case Diabolik somehow escaped Ginko's latest measures to keep him caught until execution, as he in fact did) and his latest appearance at the time of this writing showing him easily manipulating Diabolik (a {{Chessmaster}} on his own) into killing a group of terrorists and ''keeping Diabolik under surveillance just to enjoy the show''. [[SpotlightStealingSquad For obvious reasons, he doesn't appear often]].

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* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' has a character [[NoNameGiven known only as]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Altea's Uncle]], [[RedBaron The Fox]] and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Altea's Fox Uncle]]. He's possibly the most intelligent and cunning character in the series, with his debut having him getting Diabolik easily arrested (with him being savvy enough that, had he been in command, Diabolik would have been [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident 'accidentally' shot in the process]] in case Diabolik somehow escaped Ginko's latest measures to keep him caught until execution, as he in fact did) and his latest appearance at the time of this writing showing him easily manipulating Diabolik (a {{Chessmaster}} [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] on his own) into killing a group of terrorists and ''keeping Diabolik under surveillance just to enjoy the show''. [[SpotlightStealingSquad For obvious reasons, he doesn't appear often]].



* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': Fox, an incorrigible chicken thief (see also [[AC:{{Literature}}]]).



* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': Fox, an incorrigible chicken thief (see also [[AC:{{Literature}}]]).
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': the fox is definitely pretty cunning. He manages to outsmart a couple of wolves by giving them the wrong direction.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': Fox, an incorrigible chicken thief (see also [[AC:{{Literature}}]]).
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'':
''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': the fox is definitely pretty cunning. He manages to outsmart a couple of wolves by giving them the wrong direction.



** Literature/ReynardTheFox is a classic TricksterArchetype from French folklore. Classic enough to [[AKindOfOne rename the whole species after himself]].

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** Literature/ReynardTheFox is a classic TricksterArchetype [[TheTrickster Trickster Archetype]] from French folklore. Classic enough to [[AKindOfOne rename the whole species after himself]].



* ''Literature/TheFantasticMrFox'' by Creator/RoaldDahl. A children's classic wherein a fox and his family help the rest of the burrowing creatures rob three evil farmers.

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* ''Literature/TheFantasticMrFox'' ''Literature/FantasticMrFox'' by Creator/RoaldDahl. A children's classic wherein a fox and his family help the rest of the burrowing creatures rob three evil farmers.



* The crafty female tribute "[[NoNameGiven Foxface]]" in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is describe by Katniss as sly and elusive. Foxface demonstrated her cleverness by figuring out the path into the Careers'supply pyramid and reached the bulk of supplies, takes an unnoticeable amount of food, and then runs back to the safety of the woods.
* Tom [=McCaughren's=] ''Run With the Wind'' and its five sequels (think ''WatershipDown'' but with Irish foxes instead of British rabbits). All of them are depicted as being cleverer than any of the other animals but a few are crafty even for foxes, like Old Sage Brush, a blind TricksterMentor or Hop-Along, who uses an eclipse to fool a hare into thinking he can leap high enough to take a bite of the moon.

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* The crafty female tribute "[[NoNameGiven Foxface]]" in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is describe described by Katniss as sly and elusive. Foxface demonstrated her cleverness by figuring out the path into the Careers'supply Careers' supply pyramid and reached the bulk of supplies, takes an unnoticeable amount of food, and then runs back to the safety of the woods.
* Tom [=McCaughren's=] ''Run With the Wind'' and its five sequels (think ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' but with Irish foxes instead of British rabbits). All of them are depicted as being cleverer than any of the other animals but a few are crafty even for foxes, like Old Sage Brush, a blind TricksterMentor or Hop-Along, who uses an eclipse to fool a hare into thinking he can leap high enough to take a bite of the moon.



* Kitsunefoxy in ''Webcomic/GaiGin'' is a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]] [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight with fox tail and ears]], and [[JerkAss has a habit of telling elaborate lies about her supposed friends behind their backs]].

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* Kitsunefoxy in ''Webcomic/GaiGin'' is a [[PettingZooPeople Petting {{Petting Zoo Person]] Pe|ople}}rson [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight with fox tail and ears]], and [[JerkAss has a habit of telling elaborate lies about her supposed friends behind their backs]].



* Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch02-pg11/ Loki's first form]].

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* Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'' [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch02-pg11/ Loki's first form]].



* Mr. Fox in ''RegularOrdinarySwedishMealTime'' lives up to his name in full. This is a guy who manages to strategically win against the Chef in almost anything, is not afraid to [[CombatPragmatist play dirty]] when he doesn't (like pulling a gun on his opponent during an arm wrestling match), and ''loves'' playing pranks on the chef, like stealing all the toilet paper when he's on the toilet [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and sending him links leading to Rebecca Black's Friday]].

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* Mr. Fox in ''RegularOrdinarySwedishMealTime'' ''WebVideo/RegularOrdinarySwedishMealTime'' lives up to his name in full. This is a guy who manages to strategically win against the Chef in almost anything, is not afraid to [[CombatPragmatist play dirty]] when he doesn't (like pulling a gun on his opponent during an arm wrestling match), and ''loves'' playing pranks on the chef, like stealing all the toilet paper when he's on the toilet [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and sending him links leading to Rebecca Black's Friday]].



* Fox (birth name "Janine [[PunnyName Renard]]") of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Though her husband Xanatos is [[TropeNamer better known]] than she is for trickery, she's had her moments. Also notable is that among the canid ThemeNaming of her old team, the Pack, [[MeaningfulName her name represents]] [[OddNameOut the only one that isn't a pack animal]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
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Fox (birth name "Janine [[PunnyName Renard]]") of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Renard]]"). Though her husband Xanatos is [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers better known]] than she is for trickery, she's had her moments. Also notable is that among the canid ThemeNaming of her old team, the Pack, [[MeaningfulName her name represents]] [[OddNameOut the only one that isn't a pack animal]].



* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'': "[[LoveableRogue Swiper]], no swiping."

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* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'': "[[LoveableRogue "[[LovableRogue Swiper]], no swiping."



* Trope averted in the Columbia studio's TheFoxAndTheCrow cartoons, where the fox is kind of prissy, naive, and a constant patsy to the trickster crow.

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* Trope averted in the Columbia studio's TheFoxAndTheCrow ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow'' cartoons, where the fox is kind of prissy, naive, and a constant patsy to the trickster crow.
8th Jan '17 12:48:38 PM wootzits
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%%* ''Manga/KaiketsuZorori'' deserves to be at the top.
* Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is a fox demon possessing the body of a human boy. He's [[TheChessmaster as cunning as the trope would indicate]]. He always used to be a lot more a {{jerkass}} than he is now.
** His arms and legs were once paralyzed during a fight. [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/articles/76000/kurama-yoko-kurama_76694_2_med.jpg?cache=1287643827 He still wins]]
** Later all of his plant powers are sealed inside his body. He wins by wounding himself on the enemy's blade and planting seeds into the open wound.

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%%* ''Manga/KaiketsuZorori'' deserves * ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichimaru Gin gets nicknamed [[AnimalMotifs "Fox Face"]] by Ichigo fairly early on. He has proceeded to be at earn that nickname [[ThePlan throughout the top.
* Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is a fox demon possessing the body of a human boy. He's [[TheChessmaster as cunning as the trope would indicate]]. He always used to be a lot more a {{jerkass}} than he is now.
** His arms and legs were once paralyzed during a fight. [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/articles/76000/kurama-yoko-kurama_76694_2_med.jpg?cache=1287643827 He still wins]]
** Later all of his plant powers are sealed inside his body. He wins by wounding himself on the enemy's blade and planting seeds into the open wound.
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* {{Kitsune}} in ''Anime/PomPoko'' were driven from their homes the exact same way tanuki are, by human cities expanding into their hills and forests. However, instead of declaring all-out war on humans, kitsune found a more cunning solution. They used their transformation skills to ''become'' humans and live in their society. You can still distinguish them by their pointy, angular faces that vaguely resemble a fox's snout.

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* ''Manga/HyperPolice'': Kyuubi-fox Sakura is an [[{{Kitsune}} 8-and-1/5 tailed version]]. She tends to fall into TooCleverByHalf role.
%%* ''Manga/KaiketsuZorori''
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'': Tomoe is a LittleBitBeastly fox demon. While most of the time he is regular asshole, he is both intelligent and cunning.
* ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'': The Medicine Peddler, but you'll only notice if you're ready to read between the lines quite a bit. His {{Kitsune}}-mask-like face is ''not'' the only reason for this comparison -- but it certainly helps.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The titular character has a fox-monster spirit inside him. He has come up with some diabolical {{Indy Ploy}}s to get him through tough fights, even though he is [[CharacterDevelopment (at least initially)]] largely an IdiotHero.
* ''Anime/PomPoko'':
{{Kitsune}} in ''Anime/PomPoko'' were driven from their homes the exact same way tanuki are, by human cities expanding into their hills and forests. However, instead of declaring all-out war on humans, kitsune found a more cunning solution. They used their transformation skills to ''become'' humans and live in their society. You can still distinguish them by their pointy, angular faces that vaguely resemble a fox's snout.



* Kyuubi-fox Sakura in ''Manga/HyperPolice'' is an [[{{Kitsune}} 8-and-1/5 tailed version]]. She tends to fall into TooCleverByHalf role.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichimaru Gin gets nicknamed [[AnimalMotifs "Fox Face"]] by Ichigo fairly early on. He has proceeded to earn that nickname [[ThePlan throughout the series.]]
* The Medicine Peddler from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'', but you'll only notice if you're ready to read between the lines quite a bit. His {{Kitsune}}-mask-like face is ''not'' the only reason for this comparison -- but it certainly helps.
* Occasionally, Manga/{{Naruto}} shows some shades of this, even though he is [[CharacterDevelopment (at least initially)]] largely an IdiotHero.
* Megumi from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is often compared to a fox, being nicknamed Kitsune-onna (fox lady) by Sanosuke and others, having fox ears pop up above her head, and one memorable ImagineSpot by Saitou.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is a LittleBitBeastly fox demon. While most of the time he is regular asshole, he is both intelligent and cunning.
* An old fox from ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'', a guardian of the mountain, becomes Ame's sensei, teaching him everything he needs to learn about the wild. Near the end of the movie, the old fox [[spoiler:gets flattened by a falling tree, leaving Ame to leave his human life behind]] and live as a wolf and the mountain's new guardian.

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* Kyuubi-fox Sakura in ''Manga/HyperPolice'' is an [[{{Kitsune}} 8-and-1/5 tailed version]]. She tends to fall into TooCleverByHalf role.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ichimaru Gin gets nicknamed [[AnimalMotifs "Fox Face"]] by Ichigo fairly early on. He has proceeded to earn that nickname [[ThePlan throughout the series.]]
* The Medicine Peddler from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'', but you'll only notice if you're ready to read between the lines quite a bit. His {{Kitsune}}-mask-like face is ''not'' the only reason for this comparison -- but it certainly helps.
* Occasionally, Manga/{{Naruto}} shows some shades of this, even though he is [[CharacterDevelopment (at least initially)]] largely an IdiotHero.
*
''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Megumi from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is often compared to a fox, being nicknamed Kitsune-onna (fox lady) by Sanosuke and others, having fox ears pop up above her head, and one memorable ImagineSpot by Saitou.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is a LittleBitBeastly fox demon. While most of the time he is regular asshole, he is both intelligent and cunning.
*
''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'': An old fox from ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'', fox, a guardian of the mountain, becomes Ame's sensei, teaching him everything he needs to learn about the wild. Near the end of the movie, the old fox [[spoiler:gets flattened by a falling tree, leaving Ame to leave his human life behind]] and live as a wolf and the mountain's new guardian.guardian.
* Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is a fox demon possessing the body of a human boy. He's [[TheChessmaster as cunning as the trope would indicate]]. He always used to be a lot more a {{jerkass}} than he is now.
** His arms and legs were once paralyzed during a fight. [[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/articles/76000/kurama-yoko-kurama_76694_2_med.jpg?cache=1287643827 He still wins]]
** Later all of his plant powers are sealed inside his body. He wins by wounding himself on the enemy's blade and planting seeds into the open wound.



* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': Fox, an incorrigible chicken thief (see also [[AC:{{Literature}}]]).
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': the fox is definitely pretty cunning. He manages to outsmart a couple of wolves by giving them the wrong direction.



* Fox, an incorrigible chicken thief from ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' (see also [[AC:{{Literature}}]]).
* The film version of ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' (see [[AC:{{Literature}}]]) has the fox in the same role as in the novel, with a disarmingly guileful [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Geordie (i.e. Newcastle) accent]].
* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' the fox is definitely pretty cunning. He manages to outsmart a couple of wolves by giving them the wrong direction.

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* Fox, an incorrigible chicken thief from ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' (see also [[AC:{{Literature}}]]).
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''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'': The film version of ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' (see [[AC:{{Literature}}]]) has the fox in the same role as in the novel, with a disarmingly guileful [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Geordie (i.e. Newcastle) accent]].
* In ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' the fox is definitely pretty cunning. He manages to outsmart a couple of wolves by giving them the wrong direction.
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** [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Generation I]] had Vulpix and Ninetales, which were Kitsune-based. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Gen VI]] has Fennekin, which appears to be based on a desert fox. It's evolutions Braixen and Delphox takes it even further.

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** [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Generation I]] had Vulpix and Ninetales, which were Kitsune-based. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Gen VI]] has Fennekin, which appears to be based on a desert fox. It's evolutions Braixen and Delphox takes take it even further.
15th Nov '16 3:24:41 AM Chilliwack
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*** Being rather cute doesn't hurt either, as a lot of people will readily give scraps to a fox that's loitering nearby, and foxes can quickly learn that humans often have food to give.
21st Oct '16 9:40:02 PM nombretomado
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* The film version of ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' (see [[AC:{{Literature}}]]) has the fox in the same role as in the novel, with a disarmingly guileful [[BritishAccents Geordie (i.e. Newcastle) accent]].

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* The film version of ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' (see [[AC:{{Literature}}]]) has the fox in the same role as in the novel, with a disarmingly guileful [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Geordie (i.e. Newcastle) accent]].
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