Created By: Surenity on February 5, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on September 20, 2013
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Fox Hunting

The sport of fox hunting as depicted in fiction

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Fox Hunting was once a favorite sport of the upper-class, involving the use of a pack of trained dogs followed by uniformed hunters on horseback, sometimes carrying guns. Though practiced around the world, it was especially popular in the United Kingdom, resulting in this turning up in a lot of British fiction, until it was made illegal in 2004. In recent decades, attitudes toward the sport have shifted and it's typically seen as cruel and inhumane, hence the fact that it doesn't show up in fiction quite as often as it did before the 1950's. Although, there were still plenty of fictional depictions even back then which made the audience sympathize with the fox.

Examples

Comics
  • One Lucky Luke story has a Quintessential British Gentleman and his butler seek their fortune in the Far West, the butler makes repeated mention of having witnessed a fox hunt that ended in the manor library.
  • One story in Roger the Dodger had him finding a fox and having to smuggle it past some fox hunters (this was around the time the ban was being campaigned for).
  • X-Men when Mastermind was using his illusions to bring Jean Grey into the Hellfire Club, one of the setpieces was a fox hunt—with a human quarry.

Film
  • Disney's Mary Poppins. After Mary, Bert and the children jump into one of Bert's sidewalk chalk drawings, they end up riding horses that were originally on a merry-go-round. They encounter a fox hunt, and Bert saves the fox (who has an Oirish accent) from the hounds.
  • Omen 3: The Final Conflict. During a fox hunt, two of the priests hunting Damien Thorn try to attack him. He uses his demonic powers to control the hounds and make them kill one of the priests.
  • At the end of their short "Ants in the Pantry", The Three Stooges go fox hunting with the rich socialites they'd been hired by to exterminate pests in their house. Curly has a cold, and picks up a skunk thinking it's a fox. Moe and Larry pass out due to the smell, as does their horse.

Live-Action Television
  • The Goodies episode "Hunting Pink" is about Tim becoming obsessed with fox hunting.
  • An episode of CSI NY had a teenaged girl who'd recently accompanied a more well off friend on a fox hunt in Britain as the Victim of the Week (a case of Did Not Do The Research, since while hunts still go on, they use scent trails rather than foxes and although they did mention they were illegal they implied the ban was being flouted). Said friend killed her because she was jealous her father paid more attention to the friend.
  • In the British "adult" puppet show Mongrels Nelson's grandfather was killed in a fox hunt.
  • Northern Exposure: Maurice tries to entertain a visiting British noblewoman by having a fox hunt, but a group of activists rescue the fox before the scheduled hunt. Ed volunteers to be a human fox for the hunt.

Western Animation
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  • February 5, 2012
    CaveCat
    • Two Looney Tunes cartoons featured fox hunting: 1943's "Of Foxes And Hounds" and 1952's "Foxy By Proxy".
  • February 5, 2012
    foxley
    The Goodies episode "Hunting Pink" is about Tim becoming obsessed with fox hunting.
  • February 6, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Disney's Mary Poppins. After Mary, Bert and the children jump into one of Bert's sidewalk chalk drawings, they end up riding horses that were originally on a merry-go-round. They encounter a fox hunt, and Bert saves the fox (who has an Oirish accent) from the hounds.
    • Omen 3: The Final Conflict. During a fox hunt, two of the priests hunting Damien Thorn try to attack him. He uses his demonic powers to control the hounds and make them kill one of the priests.
  • February 6, 2012
    Chabal2
    One Lucky Luke story has a Quintessential British Gentleman and his butler seek their fortune in the Far West, the butler makes repeated mention of having witnessed a fox hunt that ended in the manor library.
  • February 6, 2012
    Bisected8
  • February 6, 2012
    SKJAM
    • X Men when Mastermind was using his illusions to bring Jean Grey into the Hellfire Club, one of the setpieces was a fox hunt--with a human quarry.
  • February 6, 2012
    TrustBen
    • The climax of The List of Adrian Messenger takes place at a fox hunt, one that has drawn a number of anti-hunt protesters.
  • February 6, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • In the British "adult" puppet show Mongrels Nelson's grandfather was killed in a fox hunt.
  • February 6, 2012
    TonyG
    There have been three Classic Disney Shorts about fox hunting: The Oswald The Lucky Rabbit short "The Fox Chase", the Silly Symphony "The Fox Hunt" and the Donald Duck and Goofy cartoon also called "The Fox Hunt". All three have the same punchline: the main character catches a Smelly Skunk instead, and the hunting party scatters.
  • February 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Northern Exposure: Maurice tries to entertain a visiting British noblewoman by having a fox hunt, but a group of activists rescue the fox before the scheduled hunt. Ed volunteers to be a human fox for the hunt.
  • February 6, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    • David Dickinson's novel Death in a Scarlet Coat opens with a British fox hunt, the participants gathered and enjoying their beverages while waiting to start. The hunt is cancelled when the host's corpse is brought back to the house.
  • February 6, 2012
    JeepEep
    Possible page name: The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable Referring of course to the Oscar Wilde quote "The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable." Make a good page quote too.
  • February 6, 2012
    TonyG
    ^That would be too long and confusing to be a title, but it would make a great opening quote.
  • February 6, 2012
    Telcontar
    One episode of Downton Abbey had them going fox-hunting.
  • February 6, 2012
    peccantis
    Foxhunting happening in media = People Sitting On Chairs in media. Where is the trope part?
  • February 7, 2012
    Surenity
    The attitudes media takes toward said hunting? Also it's a bit different from just regular hunting.
  • February 8, 2012
    chicagomel
    I did a slight edit-it's CSI NY it appeared in, not the regular CSI.

    And, it'd be too common to be a trope?
  • February 8, 2012
    SKJAM
    A fox hunt plays a part early on in the Anthony Trollope novel Can You Forgive Her?, demonstrating the riders' personalities and financial circumstances.
  • February 10, 2012
    Antigone3
    I don't know if this would count, but at one point in the Malloreon Our Heroes see a group of nobles in the middle of a fox hunt. It's pointed out that foxes aren't native to the area, they have to be shipped in so they can be hunted and killed.
  • February 28, 2012
    Surenity
    If I made this something like Fox Hunting Episode would it be less People Sitting On Chairs -ish? I can probably name a bunch of tropes that are like this one content-wise.
  • March 1, 2012
    littlemissmuffet
    An old Captian Marvel comic featured the Silvana family pursuing the depowered Marvel family in a fox hunt.
  • March 1, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    This appears in To The Manor Born. Besides the obligatory fox hunting episode, Richard wears the red hunting outfit (to indicate "high-class British") in a television commercial.
  • March 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^The link you want is "[[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]".
  • March 1, 2012
    surgoshan
    Literature
    • Set in early 19th century Europe, the Aubrey Maturin series only rarely (mostly, it occurs at sea) mentions the pursuit of the fox. Notably in the second book, the first half of which is land-locked, as they're between wars at the time.
  • March 2, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    The Fantastic Mr Fox and The Animalsof Farthing Wood touched on this, what with their fox protagonists and all.

  • March 3, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Columbia had Fox and Crow in "A Hunting We Won't Go" (1943). Somewhat subverted in that while Crow is looking to collect the bounty on the Fox, the Fox is also hunting him.

    Frank Tashlin, an old Warner Bros. alum who also created Fox and Crow, directed "Dumb Like A Fox" for the same studio. Released in 1940, it preceded Bugs Bunny and Droopy's fox-hunting jaunts by several years. Mel Blanc voiced both the savvy fox and scrappy puppy.
  • March 4, 2012
    chico
    Alfred Hitchcock uses a fox hunt to set up the climax of his film Marnie.
  • March 4, 2012
    BOFH
    Literature
    • In the Night's Dawn trilogy, hax hunting is a tradition on the colony world of Norfolk.
  • March 28, 2012
    Manateehugs
    Manga/Anime in Berserk the Band of the Hawk accompany the royal court on a fox hunt. Guts actually scares the fox back towards the hunters. Griffith uses the opertunatey to work on wooing Princess Charlotte.

    Hayley ^_^
  • March 28, 2012
    Duncan
    In The Film of The Musical of Auntie Mame, Mame, Mame goes on a fox hunt to impress her husband's family, though she's never even ridden a horse before. She ends up getting lost, falling off her horse, and then the fox randomly climbs into her lap just as everyone else gallops up.
  • March 28, 2012
    Doryna
    Top Gear did their own version of fox hunting, but replaced the fox with a small Japanese off-road vehicle painted to look like a fox. Clarkson drove the car, while Hammond was part of the group of "hunters" on horseback. Clarkson eventually crashes into a ditch and can't get out. Back in the studio, his co-presenters claim the dogs caught up to him off-screen and ate him.
  • August 6, 2013
    Thranx
    I think fox hunting is definitely tropeable. Perhaps the main text should also mention how often fox hunting in fiction turns into Hunting The Most Dangerous Game. Two examples:

    Comics
    • In The Invisibles Sir Miles and his fellow evil conspirators repeatedly show up dressed for fox hunting. Their preferred quarry are homeless teens, though.

    WesternAnimation
    • The Futurama episode 31st Century Fox is devoted to fox hunting. Bender becomes an enthusiastic hunter until he finds out that the foxes being hunted are robotic. Following a series of shenanigans, Bender winds up replacing the fox in the final hunt.
  • August 6, 2013
    jatay3
    Fox hunting as we remember it was a replacement for boar hunting when the boar played out. That is why they use the swarms of hounds, horses, and riders which seem more suited for a big, ponderous, but dangerous animal then a small and sly one best hunted by a small group of Stealth Experts such as a man or two with rifles.
  • August 7, 2013
    Arivne
    The Disney The Fox And The Hound example under Western Animation is a Zero Context Example because it has no information about any fox hunt that appeared in it.

    That information needs to be added or the example deleted.
  • August 7, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    This example was already posted by Manateehugs earlier (^x6) but since to me it's a bit lacking in content (no offense), I decided to write a new one.

    Anime And Manga
    • Berserk is set in a Medieval European Fantasy world so naturally fox hunting is a favourite pastime of the nobles. The noblemen are always accompanied by an honor guard, a position that is traditionally reserved for the highest order of knights, the White Dragon Knights. When the king decides to grant this honor to the commoner born Griffith and his mercenary group, the Band of the Hawk, this makes the noblemen angry enough to try assassinating him via Hunting Accident. The hunt itself is depicted as somewhat decadent and especially princess Charlotte considers it downright cruel.
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