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15th Jun '17 12:58:25 PM rafi
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* [[ClassyCatBurglar Ireyon]] of newer Danish ''Paperinik'' stories fits the clichés, since she is a cunning thief who runs a Robin Hood-like operation of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. (Fun fact: in some of her appearances, the artist was Mårdön Smed, who is the creator of ''Hieronymus Borsch'', above.)

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* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': [[ClassyCatBurglar Ireyon]] of newer in Danish ''Paperinik'' stories fits the clichés, since she is a cunning thief who runs a Robin Hood-like operation of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. (Fun fact: in some of her appearances, the artist was Mårdön Smed, who is the creator of ''Hieronymus Borsch'', above.)
14th Jun '17 1:47:29 PM REV6Pilot
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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 activities, so it's not uncommon to see them portrayed as thieves or con-artists; in other words, they're a classic [[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]].

This stereotype is, to some extent, TruthInTelevision: Foxes do live in family groups like wolves, though they tend to hunt by themselves, and they are more known for stealing farm animals in the dark of the night than outright attacking them in broad daylight. The "crazy like a fox" part has roots in real fox behavior as well; red foxes have been known to [[ObfuscatingInsanity jump around and act crazy]] to entice curious rabbits into coming closer.

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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 activities, so it's not uncommon to see them portrayed as thieves or con-artists; in other words, they're a classic [[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 [[CrazyAwesome crazy to anyone [[CrazyAwesome who isn't quite as brilliant]].

This stereotype is, to some extent, TruthInTelevision: Foxes do live in family groups like wolves, though they tend to hunt by themselves, and they are more known for stealing farm animals in the dark of the night than outright attacking them in broad daylight. The "crazy like a fox" part has roots in real fox behavior as well; red foxes have been known to [[ObfuscatingInsanity jump around and act crazy]] to [[SchmuckBait entice curious rabbits into coming closer.
closer]].



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]].
Fox]], even if he ''was'' quite a cunning one.
1st Apr '17 2:40:42 PM DaibhidC
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* "The Fox" by Music/SteeleyeSpan is about an urban fox who can outwit the hunt, leading them into the town where it knows the terrain and they don't.
-->You can hound me, now you've found me,
-->But I'm far more cunning than you.
-->I'm a shy fox, I'm a sly fox,
-->And I'll teach you a lesson or two.
28th Mar '17 4:42:52 AM Vos
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* Alef from ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''.
19th Mar '17 4:25:35 AM Rorosilky5
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* Zorua and it's evolution Zoroark from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''.
** [[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 take it even further.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Zorua and it's evolution Zoroark from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''.
''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. The former is even called the Tricky Fox Pokemon.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Generation I]] ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' had Vulpix and Ninetales, which were Kitsune-based. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Gen VI]] Kitsune-based.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''
has Fennekin, which appears to be based on a desert fox. It's evolutions Braixen and Delphox take takes it even further.
4th Mar '17 11:41:35 PM legendaryweredragon
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* ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'': The film version (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]].



* ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'': The film version (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]].
4th Mar '17 11:35:25 PM legendaryweredragon
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* The fox in ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' helps the protagonists survive in the wild and avoid the humans chasing them. Without his help, they probably would have either starved or been caught.
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.
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