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Multiple Tailed Beast
Something has more than one tail, or a tail that is split half way up.


(permanent link) added: 2011-10-14 21:25:19 sponsor: NoirGrimoir (last reply: 2011-11-23 16:17:36)

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Also Split Tailed Beast.

No creature in nature has more than one tail. Not so in fiction. Any creature at all can have more than one tail, often to establish it's other-worldliness. Sometimes the tails look like they might come from different creatures entirely. Usually such a creature is some form of supernatural or semi-divine spirit being, elemental or demon. Youkai especially are known for having multiple tails, the most famous of which that does is the Kitsune, which is depicted with up to nine tails. The Nekomata is another commonly portrayed multi-tailed youkai, which has the appearance of a two-tailed cat.

This trope comes in two main forms:

  • A Split Tail: in which the creature has what appears to be a single tail starting from the base of its spine but it splits partway along into two or more tips.
  • Full Multiple Tails: in which the creature has more than one complete tail springing directly from the base of its spine.

Compare Kitsune, most instances of which will fall under this trope. Doesn't have anything to do with Twin Tails.

Examples:

Anime And Manga
  • Kuro the demon cat from Ao no Exorcist has two tails of the split version.
  • Obligatory Touhou example, Yakumo Yukari has her familiar a Kitsune, Ran, and Yukari is so powerful that her familiar has her own familiar, Chen, a nekomata (however she doesn't show any of the classical nekomata misfortunes, and acts like more like a simple Nekomimi
  • Naruto the titular character and a few others are the containers for various multi-tailed animals. (Wanna guess which one is Naruto?)
  • Moro, the female Wolf God that raised San in Princess Mononoke had a two-pronged split-tail.
  • Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito stars two kitsunes, one with nine tails and one with just two.

Film
  • King Ghidorah, who appears in several Godzilla movies. He has two long tails.

Literature

Live-Action TV

Mythology
  • The Seth Animal, the creature that the Egyptian god Seth is supposed to have the head of, has a forked tail.
  • Aside from the nekomata and Kitsune, there are other Youkai with multiple tails. The Isonade is a giant shark with three tails (one larger and barbed), the Orochi is a Giant serpent with eight heads and sometimes eight tails, and the Raiju, or Thunderbeast, is depicted as various animals, sometimes described with multiple tails.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons. The demon lord Demogorgon has two tails. The Warped Beasts also have multiple, flail-like tails.

Web Comic

Video Games
  • Many species in Pokémon have multiple tails, such as Vulpix (six), Ninetales (obvious), and Tauros (three). Espeon has a forked tail with two tips, as do Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. Buizel and Floatzel have two (they even use them as propellers), as well as Ambipom and Electivire. There are also some ambiguous cases such as Grovyle (which has branching fern leaves for a tail) and Suicune (which has two ribbons for a tail).
  • Miles "Tails" Prower in the Sonic the Hedgehog series has two tails, and frequently uses them to helicopter around.
  • In the video games of Harry Potter, there are several references to the Gytrash, which are ghostly dogs with forked tails. The gytrash is a creature in English folklore, though only the Harry Potter games describe it with a forked tail.
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