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27th Jul '16 11:04:55 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Nick Wilde in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', a consummate con man. Interestingly, he is conned right back by a rabbit, which is also commonly depicted as a trickster in folklore.

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* Nick Wilde in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', a consummate con man. Interestingly, he is conned right back by Judy Hopps, a rabbit, which is also commonly depicted as a trickster in folklore.
31st May '16 3:43:55 AM Doug86
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* In ''Imperial Lady'' by AndreNorton, Silver Snow's maid Willow turns out to be a fox spirit in disguise.

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* In ''Imperial Lady'' by AndreNorton, Creator/AndreNorton, Silver Snow's maid Willow turns out to be a fox spirit in disguise.
16th Apr '16 7:46:34 AM fruitstripegum
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* ''Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio'' contains 86 tales of Chinese fox spirits, most of whom assume female form to deceive humans.

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* ''Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio'' ''Literature/StrangeStoriesFromAChineseStudio'' contains 86 tales of Chinese fox spirits, most of whom assume female form to deceive humans.
30th Mar '16 3:31:01 AM FerristheWheel
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Not to be confused with a lesser known fox spirit, Cheonho, which is a divine animal that supposedly protects kings. Cheonho have golden fur and possess clairvoyance, as well as one tail split into nine pieces rather than a Gumiho's nine tails.
24th Mar '16 7:55:05 AM TonyG
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* Nick Wilde in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', a consummate con man. Interestingly, he is conned right back by a rabbit, which is also commonly depicted as a trickster in folklore.
22nd Mar '16 8:28:14 PM Willbyr
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Gumiho are the Korean version of the legend. Their traditional depiction is far darker than the Japanese version, being [[AxCrazy demonically blood-thirsty]] and having a [[ToServeMan taste for human flesh]] -- though in some tales they seem to just adore humans and [[PinocchioSyndrome wish to become one]]. It was believed that a fox that lived 1000 years would become a gumiho. Gumihos can change their form, although they nearly always retain some fox-like aspect such as paws, a tail, ears, eyes, or their voice. They were believed to eat either human hearts or human livers to survive, and some myths state that eating enough of these will allow the gumiho to become human. In other myths, a gumiho who abstained from killing and eating meat, or lived undetected with a human man for 1000 days, would lose its evil nature and become a human woman. Korean Gumihos' distinctive trait is that Gumihos tend to suck some of a man's life energy (Ki) by inserting a 'fox orb' (Yeowu-gusul) into that person's mouth via kissing (which is shown in South Korean Drama Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox). However, this process can also work in ''reverse'', as any man swallowing that orb can gain some special skills (such as astrology).

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Gumiho are the Korean version of the legend. Their traditional depiction is far darker than the Japanese version, being [[AxCrazy demonically blood-thirsty]] and having a [[ToServeMan taste for human flesh]] -- though in some tales they seem to just adore humans and [[PinocchioSyndrome wish to become one]]. It was believed that a fox that lived 1000 years would become a gumiho. Gumihos can change their form, although they nearly always retain some fox-like aspect such as paws, a tail, ears, eyes, or their voice. They were believed to eat either human hearts or human livers to survive, and some myths state that eating enough of these will allow the gumiho to become human. In other myths, a gumiho who abstained from killing and eating meat, or lived undetected with a human man for 1000 days, would lose its evil nature and become a human woman. Korean Gumihos' distinctive trait is that Gumihos tend to suck some of a man's life energy (Ki) by inserting a 'fox orb' (Yeowu-gusul) into that person's mouth via kissing (which is shown in South Korean Drama Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox).''Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox''). However, this process can also work in ''reverse'', as any man swallowing that orb can gain some special skills (such as astrology).



* Reynardine of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is based on the tale of Reynard the Fox.

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* Reynardine of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is based on the tale of Reynard the Fox. He starts out as a snarky, rather sinister body-snatching spirit but gradually becomes a mentor and guardian of sorts to Antimony.
12th Feb '16 10:16:48 AM Prfnoff
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* There are several {{Palette Swap}}ped fox girls in the Korean MMORPG ''LaTale''. One variety is even called Gumihos. They were so popular the company later added them as a pet.
** Similarly, they are an enemy in ''MapleStory'', although they appear as multi-tailed foxes rather than girls with multiple tails and ears.

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* There are several {{Palette Swap}}ped fox girls in the Korean MMORPG ''LaTale''.''VideoGame/LaTale''. One variety is even called Gumihos. They were so popular the company later added them as a pet.
** Similarly, they are an enemy in ''MapleStory'', ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', although they appear as multi-tailed foxes rather than girls with multiple tails and ears.
15th Jan '16 3:04:34 PM margdean56
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* ''Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio'' contains 86 tails of Chinese fox spirits, most of whom assumed female form to deceive humans.
* The sequels to the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' series has a Huli Jing show up (sort of): a priest explains that he was always sort of shunned because his father had been tricked into marrying a fox-woman, who turned back into a fox some time after he (the priest) was born. The judge (and everyone else) stare at him in silence for a while, because it's blindingly obvious that the wife ran off with another man, the father passing it off as the fox spirit going back to the wild.

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* ''Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio'' contains 86 tails tales of Chinese fox spirits, most of whom assumed assume female form to deceive humans.
* The One of the sequels to the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' series has a Huli Jing show up (sort of): a priest explains that he was always sort of shunned because his father had been tricked into marrying a fox-woman, who turned back into a fox some time after he (the priest) was born. The judge (and everyone else) stare at him in silence for a while, because it's blindingly obvious that the wife ran off with another man, the father passing it off as the fox spirit going back to the wild.



* Mat, from the ''Wheel of Time'' series, carries a Fox-head medallion which is indicative of his reputation as a trickster.

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* Mat, from the ''Wheel of Time'' series, carries a Fox-head fox-head medallion which is indicative of his reputation as a trickster.
15th Jan '16 3:01:05 PM margdean56
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The fox is no different. Foxes are a nocturnal hunter, with an eerie, haunting cry, and a reputation for almost supernatural cunning and cleverness. It is no surprise that their mythological counterparts draw their inspiration from these traits.

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The fox is no different. Foxes are a nocturnal hunter, hunters, with an eerie, haunting cry, and a reputation for almost supernatural cunning and cleverness. It is no surprise that their mythological counterparts draw their inspiration from these traits.



Since the fox is very clever, it is often depicted as a trickster, using cunning to get what it wants. In this guise it may be benevolent, teaching a lesson to the deceived, but more often it is only out for its own amusement or advancement or even completely malicious.

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Since the fox is very clever, it is often depicted as a trickster, using cunning to get what it wants. In this guise it may be benevolent, teaching a lesson to the deceived, but more often it is only out for its own amusement or advancement advancement, or even completely malicious.



In keeping with being able to deceive, some legends paint foxes or fox spirits as shapeshifters, able to assume other forms under certain conditions or even at will. Quite often, the assumed form would be human but would retain some fox-like characteristics.

Asian nine-tailed fox spirits and Inuit fox spirits could transform into humans, usually beautiful girls.

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In keeping with being able to deceive, some legends paint foxes or fox spirits as shapeshifters, able to assume other forms under certain conditions or even at will. Quite often, the assumed form would be is human but would retain retains some fox-like characteristics.

Asian nine-tailed fox spirits and Inuit fox spirits could can transform into humans, usually beautiful girls.



Foxes are nocturnal and associated with the Moon, they are also extremely graceful animals, like cats. For these reasons, they are often associated with the feminine. If it is a shapeshifter, it will assume the form of an attractive female.

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Foxes are nocturnal and associated with the Moon, Moon; they are also extremely graceful animals, like cats. For these reasons, they are often associated with the feminine. If it is a shapeshifter, it A shapeshifting fox will assume the form of an attractive female.



The feminine association is much weaker in European culture where the archtypical fox tended to be represented as male.

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The feminine association is much weaker in European culture where the archtypical archetypical fox tended tends to be represented as male.



In Scandanavian myths, foxes created the Northern Lights, called Fox Fire. In Japan, Marsh-lights are sometimes referred to as Kitsune-bi meaning "fox fire."

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In Scandanavian myths, foxes created the Northern Lights, called Fox Fire. In Japan, Marsh-lights marsh-lights are sometimes referred to as Kitsune-bi meaning "fox fire."



Gumiho are the Korean version of the legend. Their traditional depiction is far darker than the Japanese version, being [[AxCrazy demonically blood-thirsty]] and having a [[ToServeMan taste for human flesh]] -- though in some tales they seem to just adore humans and [[PinocchioSyndrome wish to become one]]. It was believed that a fox that lived 1000 years would become a gumiho. Gumihos can change their form, although they nearly always retain some fox-like aspect such as paws, a tail, ears, eyes, or their voice. They were believed to eat either human hearts or human livers to survive, and some myths state that eating enough of these will allow the gumiho to become human. In other myths, a gumiho who abstains from killing and eating meat, or live undetected with a human man for 1000 days would lose its evil nature and become a human woman. Korean Gumiho's distinctive trait is that Gumihos tend to suck some of a man's life energy (Ki) by inserting a 'fox orb' (Yeowu-gusul) into that person's mouth via kissing (which is shown in South Korean Drama Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox). However, this process can also work in ''reverse'', as any man swallowing that orb can gain some special skills (such as astrology).

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Gumiho are the Korean version of the legend. Their traditional depiction is far darker than the Japanese version, being [[AxCrazy demonically blood-thirsty]] and having a [[ToServeMan taste for human flesh]] -- though in some tales they seem to just adore humans and [[PinocchioSyndrome wish to become one]]. It was believed that a fox that lived 1000 years would become a gumiho. Gumihos can change their form, although they nearly always retain some fox-like aspect such as paws, a tail, ears, eyes, or their voice. They were believed to eat either human hearts or human livers to survive, and some myths state that eating enough of these will allow the gumiho to become human. In other myths, a gumiho who abstains abstained from killing and eating meat, or live lived undetected with a human man for 1000 days days, would lose its evil nature and become a human woman. Korean Gumiho's Gumihos' distinctive trait is that Gumihos tend to suck some of a man's life energy (Ki) by inserting a 'fox orb' (Yeowu-gusul) into that person's mouth via kissing (which is shown in South Korean Drama Series/MyGirlfriendIsANineTailedFox). However, this process can also work in ''reverse'', as any man swallowing that orb can gain some special skills (such as astrology).



In Scandinavian myth, the fox is a trickster, using guile to catch its prey (or just [[JerkAss mess with others for the hell of it]]). It is also responsible for foxfire - the old name for the Aurora Borealis and the phosphoric light given off by decaying plant matter. There is also the Brunnmigi, foxlike creatures sometimes referred to as [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] that are known for tainting water.

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In Scandinavian myth, the fox is a trickster, using guile to catch its prey (or just [[JerkAss mess with others for the hell of it]]). It is also responsible for foxfire - -- the old name for the Aurora Borealis and the phosphoric light given off by decaying plant matter. There is are also the Brunnmigi, foxlike creatures sometimes referred to as [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] trolls]], that are known for tainting water.



Reynard is an anthropomorphic fox that appeared in multiple European fables as a trickster. In basically all non-censored versions he plays the role of a [[VillainProtagonist black-hearted robber baron]], whose only saving grace is that his opponents Noble the lion, [[BearsAreBadNews Bruin the bear]], and (most of all) [[SavageWolves Ysengrim the wolf]], are equally greedy and vicious, but not as smart. He's well enough known in France that the entire Fox species was renamed after him.

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Reynard is an anthropomorphic fox that appeared appears in multiple European fables as a trickster. In basically all non-censored versions he plays the role of a [[VillainProtagonist black-hearted robber baron]], whose only saving grace is that his opponents Noble the lion, [[BearsAreBadNews Bruin the bear]], and (most of all) [[SavageWolves Ysengrim the wolf]], are equally greedy and vicious, but not as smart. He's well enough known in France that the entire Fox species was renamed after him.



Foxes, like most animals in Native American myth, could speak and were believed to be able to remove their fur and become a woman, often in order to trick a human into believing that they, themselves, were human. Stealing the fur would prevent her from returning to her fox form.

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Foxes, like most animals in Native American myth, could speak and were believed to be able to remove their fur and become a woman, women, often in order to trick a human into believing that they, themselves, were human. Stealing the fur would prevent her them from returning to her their fox form.
16th Dec '15 5:19:02 PM nombretomado
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* Ahri(archaic Korean for 'Beautiful') from ''LeagueOfLegends'' draws on Korean myth's description of Gumiho. As a spellcaster, her main attacks resemble Yeowoo-bool('fox fire'), and her 'Orb of Deception' skill seems to be based on Gumiho's yeowoo-gusuul. Plus her backstory explains that after she achieved semi-human form, she began seducing and killing humans to complete her transformation, but as she became more and more human she developed a human conscience.

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* Ahri(archaic Korean for 'Beautiful') from ''LeagueOfLegends'' ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' draws on Korean myth's description of Gumiho. As a spellcaster, her main attacks resemble Yeowoo-bool('fox fire'), and her 'Orb of Deception' skill seems to be based on Gumiho's yeowoo-gusuul. Plus her backstory explains that after she achieved semi-human form, she began seducing and killing humans to complete her transformation, but as she became more and more human she developed a human conscience.
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