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27th Nov '16 3:16:40 PM Goldfritha
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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, 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, or even completely malicious.
malicious. It does tend to be more clever than wise, and often ends up the victim of its own pranks.
23rd Nov '16 10:09:05 PM Darth_Meow_504
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* In RealLife, calling a girl foxy (as an adjective) is a compliment, implying she is sexually attractive. On the other hand, it can refer to attractive older men who are referred to as {{silver fox}}es. In China, calling a woman ''huli jing'' implies that she's a homewrecker, so it is sort of similar to the English word 'bitch'. Calling a woman a vixen is similarly a comment on her attractiveness, with the added connotations that she is free-spirited or, alternatively, mean-spirited. A vulpine grin has fox-like characteristics - it often indicates the wearer is cunning or tricking the recipient.

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* In RealLife, calling a girl foxy (as an adjective) is a compliment, implying she is sexually attractive. On the other hand, it can refer to attractive older men who are referred to as {{silver fox}}es. In China, calling a woman ''huli jing'' implies that she's a homewrecker, so it is sort of similar to the English word 'bitch'. Calling a woman a vixen is similarly a comment on her attractiveness, with the added connotations that she is free-spirited or, alternatively, mean-spirited. A vulpine grin has fox-like characteristics - it often indicates the wearer is cunning or tricking the recipient. Also drawing on the fox as trickster concept, to be "outfoxed" means to be outsmarted or conned, and to be "crazy like a fox" is to seem foolish or insane but actually crafty and one step ahead of the competition.
18th Oct '16 7:37:16 PM DraceEmpressa
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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. A shapeshifting fox will assume the form of an attractive female.

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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. A shapeshifting fox will assume the form of an attractive female.
female. Even if a shapeshifting fox take form of a human male in eastern culture, odds are high that they are {{Bishonen}}.
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.
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