This may or may not become it's own trope, go on a page about foxes in mythology in general, or be soft split on the current Kitsune page, depending on how things are decided in the forum thread and how many examples accrue here. Since many Asian mythologies have the same roots, it is not surprising to find similarities between them. One of these is the fox spirit - a shapeshifting trickster whose natural form is that of a fox with up to nine tails. Kitsune By far the best known outside of its country of origin, the kitsune is the Japanese version of the myth. Kitsune were neutral tricksters in general, but could also be malicious or benevolent. See the main page for a full description and examples. Gumiho Gumiho are the Korean version of the legend, and are always sadistic and malicious in nature. It was believed that a fox that lived 1000 years would become a gumiho. Gumihos can change their form, although they 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 for 1000 days would lose its evil nature and become a human woman. Huli Jing The Chinese huli jing can be either a good or evil spirit. Like kitsune and gumiho, huli jings are shapeshifters, and often assume the forms of beautiful young women. Indeed, the Chinese believed that they were entirely made up of feminine energy (yin or jing) and needed to gather masculine energy (yang) to survive. Evil huli jing would often seduce or posses important men in order to trick them or consume their life force (yang). They were also known to seduce or mislead the innocent away from Dharma. Good huli jing are often featured in love stories with human men.
Examples of Gumiho
Examples of Huli Jing