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->'''Aelius:''' I think that if someone tried to rob you in the street, you'd pick his pocket, sell him a better knife and probably offer him a job as a tax collector.
->'''Basso:''' I choose to take that as a compliment.
-->-- ''The Folding Knife''

A trickster is a character who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior. The Trickster openly questions and mocks authority, encourages impulse and enthusiasm, seeks out new ideas and experiences, destroys convention and complacency, and promotes chaos and unrest. At the same time, the trickster brings new knowledge, wisdom and many AnAesop. Even when punished horribly for his effrontery, his indomitable spirit (or plain sheer foolishness) keeps him coming back for more.

Tricksters can be anything from gods of chaos, bedeviling heroes for a few laughs, to master manipulators who use cruel ploys and {{sadistic choice}}s. They can also be [[GuileHero heroes]] (or more likely [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]]) who make up for a lack of strength or bravery with manipulation, [[CrazyPrepared planning]], or just plain [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty cheating]]. The trickster is often a MasterOfDisguise and may have magical or super-powers. They're often found WalkingTheEarth.

In mythology and religion, the trickster deity breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously but usually, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain albeit unintentionally]], with ultimately positive effects. Often, the bending/breaking of rules takes the form of tricks or thievery, and their actions often end up ''changing'' the rules in the process of breaking them, much like an act of "civil disobedience". Tricksters can be cunning or foolish or both; they are often funny even when considered sacred or performing important cultural tasks. Despite this nuanced characterisation, tricksters are unfortunately prone to being [[HijackedByJesus Hijacked By Satan]] in modern adaptations.

In modern literature the trickster survives as a character archetype. Often too, the Trickster is distinct in a story by his acting as a sort of catalyst, in that his antics are the cause of other characters' discomfiture, but he himself is left untouched.

The Trickster is NOT the same as the {{Jerkass}}. While the Trickster may be mischievous, impudent and uppity, he is not necessarily openly malevolent or sociopathic; in fact, in many cases ([[GreekMythology Prometheus]], for example) Tricksters are ''more'' friendly to humanity [[JerkassGod than the gods are]].

Compare MessianicArchetype and TheFool. May overlap with NominalHero, particularly if the trickster is doing it purely for fun.

!!Sub Tropes
[[index]]
* TheBarnum
* BlitheSpirit
* ConMan
* TheChessmaster
* ChessmasterSidekick
* ClassyCatBurglar
* CleverCrows
* CunningLikeAFox
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Doppelganger}}
* FantasticFoxes
* FixingTheGame
* TheGadfly
* TheGambler
* GentlemanSnarker
* GentlemanThief
* GreatGazoo
* GuileHero
* HeadsOrTails
* HighSchoolHustler
* KarmicTrickster
* {{Kitsune}}
* LovableTraitor
* MagnificentBastard
* ManipulativeBastard
* MasterOfIllusion
* MoochingMaster
* OpportunisticBastard
* PlayfulHacker
* RascallyRabbit
* RascallyRaccoon
* ScrewySquirrel
* ServileSnarker
* [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Shapeshifter]]
* TheSnarkKnight
* TheSpook
* StrangePondWoman
* TheTramp
* ThoseWilyCoyotes
* TrenchcoatBrigade
* TricksterMentor
* TricksterTwins
* {{Troll}}
* TurnCoat
* TwoHeadedCoin
* TheUnfettered
* VillainousHarlequin
* TheWonka
[[/index]]

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Domino's Pizza mascot The Noid.
* The Trix Rabbit.
* [=McDonald=]'s Hamburglar.
* Mayhem, played by Dean Winters [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9eqj7xRzk0 as seen here]].
* Chester Cheetah from the recent series of Cheetos Commercials
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Vash the Stampede from ''{{Trigun}}''. [[spoiler: Knives Millions]] too, to a large extent.
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'':
** The homunculi, especially Envy.
** Edward Elric definitely fits this trope himself, especially when dealing with more corrupt alchemists.
* The Mad Hatter in ''AngelSanctuary''.
* The Count from ''{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* Count D. from ''PetShopOfHorrors''.
* Tomie from ''Manga/{{Tomie}}''.
* Xelloss in ''TheSlayers''. He even refers to himself as a "trickster priest." ("fuzaketa puriisto", "the playful priest"; sometimes translated as "roguish priest" or "mysterious priest".)
* Holo from ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''.
* The Sinners in ''ChronoCrusade'', particularly Aion.
* Naruto Uzumaki from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' crosses this trope with {{Determinator}}.
* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Joseph Joestar]], to the Nth frickin' degree. "Your next words will be..."
* [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma Youichi]] from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has both Kazumi Asakura and Haruna Saotome acting like this on occasion.
* Blue (Green in the US) in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.
* [[MasterOfDisguise Duplica the Ditto trainer]], [[ScrewySquirrel Zorua]], and various Ghost Pokémon in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
* Kaworu Nagisa in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Johann Liebert from ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
* Satoko Houjou from ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''.
* Many characters in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Haruhi herself included.
* ''SeitokaiNoIchizon'' has Chizuru.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'s'' Gin Ichimaru. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Bonus points for]] [[CunningLikeAFox not one,]] [[SmugSnake but two]] trickster AnimalMotifs.
* The unnamed female protagonist from ''{{Trickster}}'' by Aro Hiroshi.
* Xerxes Break from ''PandoraHearts''.
* WordOfGod says [[TheWonka Romania]] from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' is one.
* Izaya from ''{{Durarara}}''.
* In ''MayoChiki'', [[{{Ojou}} Kanade]] runs circles around most other characters. Or make them run circles around her, at any rate.
* Niou Masaharu from ''ThePrinceOfTennis''. It's even his in-universe nickname.
* Hisoka from ''HunterXHunter''.
* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno Gasai]] from ''FutureDiary''.
* Monkey D. Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece''. The fact that he's also an IdiotHero makes his opponents wonder whether he's really this or just [[BornLucky really lucky]].
* [[WarriorMonk Chantez Arpinion]] of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', a [[NunTooHoly highly mischievous nun]] who uses a deceptive fighting style that utilizes SuperSpeed, DoppelgangerAttack techniques, {{Invisibility}}, and [[BlatantLies bald-faced lying]]. In fact, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment her first full scene]] had her cheerfully lying to the CloneJesus [[CrystalDragonJesus analogue]] of her Church just so she could have an opening in their sparring match. A later chapter reveals that she used to be a StreetUrchin before the Saint Church took her in, which likely influenced this part of her personality.
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[[folder: Collectible Card Games]]
* In the TabletopGame/YuGiOh OCG, the Ghosttrick Archetype's effects revolve around flipping monsters face-down and protecting themselves as long as they are face-down. In effect, they act like pranksters or mischievous spirits: popping out and scaring people, then running away and hiding.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Trickster]] from TheFlash.
* [[SpiderMan Spider-Man]], whose actions end up teaching him his own wisdom.
* {{Deadpool}} is an insane mercernary, so he does odd things and disrepects authority, but cops are okay, provided they're not trying to arrest him.
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Impossible Man.]]
* TheJoker and ComicBook/TheRiddler.
* Mr. Mxyzptlk from {{Superman}}.
** Which, interestingly enough, leads to Superman having to resort to trickster methods just to get rid of him.
* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]
* Nightcrawler, ComicBook/{{Gambit}}, and Iceman of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''.
* Jaeger of the aboriginal sci-fi comic ''{{Finder}}''. Although he ''seems'' random and impetuous, his behavior is bound by the code of the titular super-scouts, but also his designation as a ritual scapegoat in his mother's native culture.
* [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V]], though a rather dark one.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan, according to some people interviewed for the 80s cartoon DVD of the titular character, serves as a trickster in the DC Comics mythos of heroes.
* ''SamAndMax'''s titular duo functions as one of these - Max provides the impulsiveness, Sam provides the {{Aesop}} and they both contribute to the chaos.
* ComicBook/{{Loki}}, Marvel's version of the Norse God of Mischief and Lies. Varies from out-and-out villain to anti-hero, depending on the writer and the incarnation (for example, de-aged Loki is a lot less malevolent than his previous, older self).
* The Cloud Gremlins in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2 . Doesn't help their quoting the appropriate [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Shakespeare play]] too.
* Maelstrom, Cosmic Marvel's version.
--> I can't feed you to a giant demonic dragon if you're '''asleep'''! Where would the fun be in '''that?'''
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[[folder:Film]]
* Creator/CharlieChaplin
* Many of the characters EddieMurphy has portrayed are Tricksters.
* Film/TheMask (explicitly linked to [[NorseMythology Loki]]) and most other characters played by Creator/JimCarrey, some mentioned elsewhere on this page, some not - such as Creator/AndyKaufman (''Man on the Moon''), a RealLife trickster figure who would be called a troll today.
* Mushu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' II.
* From ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Han Solo, to a degree. In the Brian Daley novels he pulls a wide array of tricks, with a playfulness that nicely offsets his grimmer, mercenary side.
** Yoda. Though he would technically be more along the lines of TricksterMentor, it's usually assumed that he likes practical jokes for their own value, too.
* [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]]. ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]'' Jack Sparrow.
** In the commentary of the first film, during the scene where he tricks the two ''Interceptor'' guards into arguing, allowing him to slide out of the frame, sneak aboard and get behind the wheel before they even realise he's gone, the writers joke that they consider this scene akin to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
* You need a name with a bit of style. Mixed with... romance. Something like... [[Film/MirrorMask Valentine]].
* Kayako and Toshio from ''Ju-on'' (and the remake series, ''Film/TheGrudge'').
* Tyler Durden of ''Film/FightClub'' is a more malicious, destructive example.
* Film/{{Ferris Bueller|sDayOff}}
* The MarxBrothers, particularly Groucho. And by extension, Roland T. Flakfizer from ''BrainDonors''
* Flip from ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland''.
* Reg Dunlop from ''Film/SlapShot'', as he hoodwinks a town.
* [[BigEater Meeko]] from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', although he's a bit less of trickster and more of an outright thief.
* The short comedy ''Film/HaroldOfOrange'' was made to show how this trope would be played out in RealLife.
* Mr. Nick from ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus''. Yes, he's the Devil but he seems more interested in playing games than damning souls, [[spoiler: to the extent that he actually tries to prevent Parnassus' daughter from going into Hell and when she does says, "Damn, I won" in a tone of regret]].
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has Loki, the on-screen incarnation of the comic book character of the same name who, in turn, was based on [[NorseMythology the Norse God of trickery and chaos]]. When he returns post-banishment in ''Film/TheAvengers'', he's decidedly less tricksterish, being now bent on revenge and subjugating Earth. In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' Loki is more tricksy than ever, and his [[MasterofIllusion powers of illusion]] drive much of the plot.
* Quicksilver from ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': The Cheshire Cat.
* The Drode in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* MilesVorkosigan.
* Puck from ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm''. Given that he's supposed to be Shakespeare's Puck (from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''), this is unsurprising.
* Br'er Rabbit from ''SongOfTheSouth'' [[OlderThanTheyThink based on]] African-American folktales, is the American version of this archetype.
* Characters/BugsBunny, the former TropeNamer, is claimed to be a cross between Br'er Rabbit and [[MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], himself an example.
* El-ahrairah, the rabbit {{folk hero}} in ''WatershipDown'' is stated to be based on Br'er Rabbit. As a punishment for his trickery, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou all the creatures of the world were set against him]] ([[JustSoStory and rabbitkind)]]... which just means he has to be ''extra''-tricksy to escape from them.
* ''TheGrinch'' and ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' both fit this archetype to a t. And they do look almost quite similar in their live action incarnations.
* Merry and Pippin from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' are also ThoseTwoGuys.
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Granny Weatherwax]]. You don't have to have a sense of humour to be a Trickster!
* Also, Moist von Lipwig.
* Scrappy the kangaroo from "The Last Continent". Acknowledged in exposition as a trickster god and therefore the sort of guy who puts a land mine under a seat cushion for a bit of a chuckle.
* Other Discworld trickster gods are Hoki the Jokester (banned from Dunmanifestin for pulling "the old exploding misteltoe trick") and the dwarfish mine-spirit Agi Hammerthief.
* Randal Patrick [=McMurphy=] from ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''. The novel's author, Ken Kesey, was something of a real-life example as well: he helped kick-start the hippie movement and drove around America in a painted bus handing out hallucinogens like candy. Then when he was on the run from the police he fled to Mexico and later went back over the border on horseback dressed as a cowboy.
* The Meddler of the ''{{Firekeeper}}'' novels, who is known for having seemingly good intentions but never stopping to consider the consequences.
* The Marquis of Carabas in ''{{Neverwhere}}'' by NeilGaiman. He is named after the alias used by Puss In Boots, a Trickster character in his own right.
* Neil also wrote [[Literature/AnansiBoys his own story]] about Anansi, going by the name of Charlie Nancy. He has... well, ''two sons who inherit his powers''.
* Wednesday in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', to say nothing of [[spoiler:Low Key.]]
* Creator/NealStephenson very evidently likes to both use and reference this archetype; [[MeaningfulName Hiro Protagonist]] is a Trickster/Technologist in ''Literature/SnowCrash'', as are many of the key figures of both ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' and ''Literature/TheDiamondAge''. In ''The Diamond Age'', [[PlayfulHacker The Hacker]] is explicitly namechecked as a modern trickster archetype, and in ''Cryptonomicon'' Enoch Root discusses with Randy the way various cultures have interpreted the archetype - from worship (Athena) to deep distrust (Loki). Root himself plays the role of TricksterMentor in ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle''. Jack Shaftoe is the Trickster in spades as is, to a lesser extent, Eliza
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.
* Colin in JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos''. Always ready to pull a stunt whenever they need a distraction.
* Harlequin, as seen in the story ''"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman'' by Creator/HarlanEllison.
* Neil Gaiman's "Harlequin Valentine".
* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', Tabaqui the Jackal.
-->''"All thanks for this good meal," he said, licking his lips. "How beautiful are the noble children! How large are their eyes! And so young too! Indeed, indeed, I might have remembered that the children of kings are men from the beginning."\\
Now, Tabaqui knew as well as anyone else that there is nothing so unlucky as to compliment children to their faces. It pleased him to see Mother and Father Wolf look uncomfortable.''
* Kyprioth is the trickster god of TamoraPierce's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' but the human Aly gives him a run for his money.
* [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Paladine]] in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels. His greatest trick was doubtless passing himself off as the god of law, majesty, and nobility.
* Robin Goodfellow in the ''CalLeandros'' series. His species is a puck.
* Aiken Drum in Julian May's ''Literature/SagaOfTheExiles'', exiled for such pranks as altering a dam's configuration so that a giant penis sticks out of it, peeing water. [[spoiler: and that's ''before'' he gets super powers]]
* Willy Wonka of Roald Dahl's ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' ([[AdaptationOverdosed and its many adaptations]]) is a TricksterMentor ''and'' the trope namer for another trickster subtrope -- TheWonka.
* John Taylor from the {{Nightside}} novels, sometimes.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Fred and George Weasley.
** Dumbledore has shades of the TricksterMentor.
** Peeves is also a good example, but the Twins prove their superiority when, in Book Five, they leave and order Peeves to "Give her (Umbridge) hell from us." And Peeves salutes!
* Foxface in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', known for being TooCleverByHalf.
* The ShapeShifting Gloamglozer in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles''. The creature itself admits to being "a trickster, a liar, a cheat and a fraud."
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has Sol. In addition to his life of travelling the earth to screw things up in as many places as possible, he has actually once been called a trickster in the books.
* Pocket in ChristopherMoore's ''Literature/{{Fool}}''.
* Coyote in his ''CoyoteBlue''.
* RepairmanJack. Even though he's an "urban mercenary" he prefers using his wits to solve a problem than violence and his violent solutions often show a twisted sense of humor.
* Mat Cauthon of the ''WheelOfTime'' novels.
* ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy'' has Simkin.
* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', ''The Phoenix Exultant'', and ''The Golden Transcedence'', the Neptunians. All of them. They live that far out to live a wild life in which sending people computer viruses is considered high spirits. In ''The Golden Transcedence'', Diomedes comments that he would steal a ship to carry out their plan, but he's surprised that inner-system people like Phaethon and Atkins would.
* Colin from the post-Apocalypse novel ''{{Literature/Malevil}}''. Shrewd, often a pain in the ass, and as Emmanuel's favorite friend allowed to get away with a lot.
* In Creator/RafaelSabatini's ''Literature/{{Scaramouche}}'', Andre-Louis plays this role on stage and in life. This aspect of the character comes out even more so in the [[Film/{{Scaramouche}} 1952 film]].
* Ulric Skakki in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Golden Shrine'' trilogy.
* Tzigone from ''CounselorsAndKings'' is a highly intelligent and playful street performer/thief (with latent magical abilities, though she really only starts developing those in the second and third books) who enjoys mocking her stratified society and overturning its rules wherever possible. Unlike some tricksters, though, when push comes to shove she's plainly one of the good guys.
* Francisco d'Anconia from ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
* Robin Goodfellow from ''Literature/AnElegyForTheStillLiving'' talks in riddles, plays practical jokes, manipulates anyone he can get his hands on and implies that he is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Trickster Archetype.
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' believes himself to be this, but Murphy points out that he's actually very predictable, despite his occasional surpassing cleverness; he just has authority problems.
* Zosim the Trickser God is a minor member of the pantheon in ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'', though [[spoiler: he's ultimately revealed to be the BigBad, manipulating everybody to try and become top god]]. Interestingly, though the rest of his pantheon are clear counterparts to the Greco-Roman gods, Zosim himself resembles [[NorseMythology Loki]] far more than he does [[ClassicalMythology Hermes]].
* In ''Literature/RainbowsEnd'', Mr. Rabbit deliberately invokes this archetype, teasing both friends and foes with his technological prowess and bizarre sense of humor. In the on-line world, he is nearly a god, and he likes to leave virtual carrot ends in other people's virtual worlds.
* In the NewJediOrder, the goddess Yun-Harla is a trickster venerated by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Yuuzhan Vong]] and is one of their premier deities (to the point that most of the Vong's intelligence network is actually overseen by her priests, the deception sect). Midway through the series, Jaina Solo (Han and Leia's daughter) begins deliberately taking on aspects of Yun-Harla to mess with the Vong's heads and becomes a trickster in her own right as a result.
* In the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Love and War'', the 25th century New Age Travellers have a trickster god they just call the Trickster (who doesn't appear to be related to the ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' character). During Jan's vision quest, he [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith appears to Jan]] as "Arlan Jardolz, the Betalan comedian" and to Ace as Vic Reeves.
* Hirahim Lightfoot in the cosmology of Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheWarGods''. Notable in that unlike other deities who were created or fathered by the head deity Orr, he appeared from nowhere and not even Orr seems to know his origins.
* Lestat de Lioncourt, ''brat prince'', from ''{{The Vampire Chronicles}}''.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Trixie the Halloween Fairy and Addison the April Fool's Day Fairy are fond of pranks and tricking people.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Q and his son, from ''Franchise/StarTrek''. And Squire Trelane of Gothos (books have him as a Baby Q, but that's not quite in canon.
* Most of ''Series/TheATeam''. Especially [[CrazyAwesome Murdock]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Doctor, in practically every incarnation.
** TheMaster certainly qualifies as well.
** The Celestial Toymaker from the days of the First Doctor.
* Megan from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.
* Flabber from ''{{Beetleborgs}}''.
* Colonel Hogan from ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
* Londo Mollari from ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* Shawn Spencer from ''Series/{{Psych}}''.
* Merlin and Trickler ([[ShapedLikeItself it's in the name]]) from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
* Lucy Ricardo of ''Series/ILoveLucy''.
* ''The'' Trickster from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.
* The Trickster from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', who is revealed to be [[spoiler:the ArchangelGabriel]]. He's also known to some as Loki. He once spent an entire episode [[TheyKilledKennyAgain killing Dean over a hundred different times]] ([[BlackComedy all humorous]]) just to teach Sam [[YouCantFightFate a lesson.]] In the war between the ArchangelMichael and [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]], he chooses [[TookAThirdOption neither side]], wanting to help the humans, who most of the [[spoiler: other]] angels don't seem to care about.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Claude Rains.
* Osawa Eriko in ''Series/{{Boss|2009}}''.
* Alex Russo from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
* Every strategist on ''Series/{{Survivor}}''.
* Uncle Arthur from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.
* Avon from ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
* Gaius Baltar from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', although more out of desperation than anything.
* Rumplestiltskin in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Very, very much so -- and he's pulled his tricks on ''everyone''.
* Arguably, Sue Sylvester from ''{{Glee}}''.
* Artemus Gordon from ''Series/TheWildWildWest''.
* This goes to the whole team of ''Series/{{Leverage}}''.
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[[folder:Opera]]
* The eponymous character in ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'' and ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro'' (it's the same guy). At the time of publishing "Marriage" (the sequel in canon, but made into an opera long before the first story), this kind of character being the lead in an opera was unheard of. Combined with Figaro being a commoner, it caused quite a stir in the music world. Needless to say, now they're some of the most beloved and famous operas in the world.
* The titular ''GianniSchicchi'' is this trope amped to ridiculous levels. His GambitPileup he makes up on the fly, hinging on the other characters' greed both for him to prevail in the end and get off with impunity.
* An incredibly dark version of this is [[FalseFriend Iago]] from ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' (sometimes spelled Otello for the opera).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* If there is one professional wrestler who qualifies, it's Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. And to a lesser extent, his nephew Chavo (at least after Eddie's death).
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}
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%% This is just a list of the names of characters. Dont' uncomment until it has some information included.
%% [[folder: Religion and Mythology]]
%% * NorseMythology
%% ** Loki
%% ** Odin Often overlooked... which if you think about it, is just the way he wants it.
%% * NativeAmericanMythology:
%% ** Coyote
%% ** Raven
%% * JapaneseMythology: Tengu
%% * Weesagechak
%% * Nanabush / Nanabozho
%% * Spider Woman
%% * Anansi / Anancy / Aunt Nancy
%% * [[NativeAmericanMythology Kokopelli]]
%% * [[ClassicalMythology Hermes]]
%% * Prometheus
%% * [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwydion Gwydion]]
%% * Eshu
%% * Legbara
%% * {{Merlin}}
%% * Afrekete
%% * Br'er (pronounced "bruh", for "brother") Rabbit / Compe' Lapin
%% * Sun Wukong (Son Goku) / Monkey in ''JourneyToTheWest''
%% * [[CelticMythology Puck / Robin Goodfellow]]
%% ** Manannan [=MacLir=], Aengus Og, and the Morrigan.
%% * Reynard le Goupil (Reynard the Fox)
%% * TillEulenspiegel
%% * Hershel of Ostropol
%% * [[CunningLikeAFox Kitsune (Fox)]]
%% * {{Tanuki}} (Raccoon dog)
%% * Badger
%% * {{Satan}} (and Lucifer)
%% * {{Dracula}}
%% * Maui
%% * Harlequin
%% * Mr. Punch
%% * [[Literature/TheBible Jacob]]
%% * Rare trickstress version: Eris
%% * [[Literature/{{Ramayana}} Hanuman]]
%% * Although [[JapaneseMythology Susano'o]] has been labeled as a Trickster God, he's quite a subversion due to being a lot more barbaric and bloodthirsty than other examples, although he did have one moment of genuine Trickster-ness with how he disposed of {{Orochi}}.
%% * [[EgyptianMythology Thoth]]
%% * [[UsefulNotes/AztecMythology Tezcatlipoca]]
%% ** Subverted in that he was at the same time an authority figure, and a very important one at that. The only times he was really trickster-ish where mainly when he wanted to annoy his brother, Quetzalcoatl.
%% ** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huehuecoyotl Huehuecoyotl]] "Very Old [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Coyote]]."
%% * Nasreddin Hodja (in Persian- and Turkic-speaking countries)/Juha (or Joha or Guha or Goha or...) (in Arabic-speaking countries), the [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Sufi Muslim]] Trickster.
%% * Athena, in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', though you wouldn't know it from her more [[TheSmartGirl modern]] portrayals.
%% ** Odysseus himself too.
%% * [[Literature/PussInBoots Puss in Boots]]
%% * [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heyoka Heyoka]]
%% * Uzume
%% * Inanna. In one Sumerian myth, she tricks her grandfather Ea into giving her the ''me'' (the arts and skills of civilization) by getting him drunk.
%% * Jacob
%% * [[ArsGoetia Asmodeus]].
%% * In a set of Middle Eastern animal fables, Kalila and Dimna, two trickster jackals, serve [[KingOfBeasts the king lion]] and nearly always outsmart other animals, definitely including him.
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* The Ragabash Auspice in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''. Also all the Nuwisha or Werecoyotes.
** Also the Corax or Wereravens, although to a lesser extent.
* A watchtower is devoted to this concept in TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening, the Acanthus. A fifth of mages in existence, and all of them devoted to the trickster concept of the Fool Tarot.
* The pooka from ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has its typical [[DarkerAndEdgier pitch black takes on it]].
** The Deceiver is a weaker EldritchAbomination who is one of the bigger players in the GambitPileup in the setting.
** The Laughing God is one of the [[HaveYouSeenMyGod few surviving gods of the Eldar]], whose followers are the [[MonsterClown Harlequins]] ([[NinjaPirateZombieRobot space elf ninja clown acrobat librarians]]). On a smaller scale, there's a direct reference to this archetype in the latest Space Wolves codex: Lukas the Trickster, a [[AlmightyJanitor low-ranking]] SpaceMarine who replaced one of his hearts with a [[AndIMustScream stasis bomb]] that [[TakingYouWithMe goes off on his death]]. The whole archetype is part of the Space Wolves' hat. The majority are {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s to varying degrees, and many of the younger ones have a real fondness for harmless (or sometimes, not-so-harmless) [[ScrewySquirrel practical jokes]]. Lukas is a prime example on how extreme the Space Wolves' rebellious nature can be, since he doesn't even respect superiors within his own chapter as much as any other character.
* Taken at face value with the Trickster Archetype in ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the Trickster Disadvantage.
* Lunar {{TabletopGame/Exalted}}. Quoth Robert "The Demented One" Vance:
-->''[[TheFairFolk Raksha]] are the drunken sorority girls to the Lunar's fratboy, except the Lunar's fratboy is a world-walking trickster-god werewolf.''
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'': Rinley, the Troublemaker. Rinley's job is twofold: first, to be TheHeart and provide a social glue holding the group together; and two, to mess with them in the process. If you need someone to break into a building through a window it doesn't actually have, switch people's hearts, push a pompous character like Leonardo into a koi pond or tell a story so convincing it deceives even people who saw what actually happened, you should get Rinley to do it.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Early plays frequently featured StockCharacters of this type, usually underlings or servants--a trope solidified by the plays of Creator/{{Plautus}}. This was carried on into the ''CommediaDellArte'' and Elizabethan plays, such as the works of Creator/{{Shakespeare}}.
* Robin Goodfellow from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''--otherwise known as Puck.
* Tranio from ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''--named for a similar character in Plautus' play ''Mostellaria''.
* Pseudolus from ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' is an [[CompositeCharacter amalgam]] of every character of this type in Plautus. [[MeaningfulName His name means]] "[[ConsummateLiar liar]]", by the way.
* In some of Tomson Highway's plays, Nanabush is a prominent character but can either not be seen or fully recognized by most characters in part symbolizing a loss and marginalization of (Canadian) native culture.
* Cirque du Soleil's ''KOOZA'' doesn't mess around -- its GentlemanSnarker trickster figure is ''named'' The Trickster. Other trickster figures in Cirque include:
** The Queen of the Night and the King of Fools in ''Theatre/LeCirqueReinvente''
** Madame Corporation and the Great Chamberlain in ''Nouvelle Experience'' (GreatGazoo)
** Le Baron and Eddie in ''Saltimbanco'' (separate characters but played by the same actor), as well as the Baroques (a BlitheSpirit ''species'')
** Brian Le Petit in ''Mystere'' (ScrewySquirrel)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime's'' Nabooru, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''' Midna, and hauntingly with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask's'' Skull Kid.
* Illidan Stormrage from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': He managed to deceive demon lords and to gain their powers (The vision of Sargeras, for example). He had a cunning and inventive intellect- he was the first demon hunter, using the powers of the Burning Legion against itself. His "gift" for the nightelves slightly reminds at the Titan Prometheus, too. The arcane is compareable to fire: It can lead both to high cultural advantages (the elves of the magical kingdom Quel'thalas were admired even by the mages of Dalaran for their perfection in the arcane arts) and immense destruction). Additionally, Illidan had traits of an Anti-Hero.
** Actually, the Night Elves already had magic, but abandoned it after nearly destroying Azeroth by overusing/abusing it. Prometheus did bring fire to the humans, while Illidan brought hellfire to the Night Elves.
* Kefka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' falls squarely into the "evil trickster" mold, then becomes [[MonsterClown something even worse]].
* Yuffie Kisaragi and Cait Sith from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''
* Namine from ''KingdomHearts''
* {{Highly Visible|Ninja}} [[PhantomThief Thief]] Kay Faraday of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''.
* Juppo and Meg from the {{Suikoden}} series are "tricksters" by occupation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] and [[ScrewySquirrel Tewi Inaba]].
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Remember 11}}'', Yuni is (rightfully) called Trickster in the opening credits, to go with the game's Jungian tones.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon Black and White]]'' introduces us to Zorua/Zoroark and Cottonee/Whimsicott. Cottonee has Prankster as one of its abilities, and Zorua can actually disguise itself as another Pokémon to trick its enemies.
* Lance Galahad sure is one in ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', especially when he plays a few ones on Fritz from the very beginning.
* In ''VideoGame/{{The Elder Scrolls}}'' Lorkhan, the god that a lot of things trace back to, is said to be this. It's a trait shared by some of the beings closely related to him.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* AprilFoolsDay in the webcomic ''Webcomic/HolidayWars'' is a shapeshifting prankster.
* Coyote and Reynardine (based somewhat on the above-mentioned Reynard the Fox) from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.
* Chaos of ''Webcomic/LifeAndDeath''. Plays cross-dimensional golf, teaches people to hold their tempers in the most obnoxious way possible, and can be a show off. [[BewareTheNiceOnes DO NOT piss him off though.]]
* [[AMagicalRoommate Mermaids]] are, as a culture, deliberately annoying. In an inversion of typical sirens, mermaid musicians can actually cause shipmen to suicide crash simply due to the utter cacophony.
--->"I know! To regain our surprise, let's perform [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Morning Screams!"]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}:
** ''John Egbert. You cannot hope to beat Egbert in a prank-off. He is simply the best there is. It also seems to run in the family.
** A more supernatural example in the vein of Coyote is Godcat, who is just as likely to teleport you into a paddock across town in the middle of a heavy rainstorm for giggles as he is to save you from an explosion by summoning a convenient couch floating in midair.
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the tortoise is a Trickster, able to [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/4/ easily subvert another's beliefs]].
* In ''TheWaterPhoenixKing'', the goddess Ailari, patron of travelers, messengers, merchants, inns, freedom, and fortune. Her various servants and champions all embody these aspects in different ways, starting with Anthem's protests that she's nobody's servant, thankyouverymuch, and Gilgam's shameless [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyering]] and outright deceptions to see justice done without giving her away. (Vish even has Hermes' winged sandals, for all his Lawful inclinations.)
-->'''Vish:''' ...Lady Luck. My Goddess. Yours now. Sanctifier of Journeys, Lady of Crossroads, Gallows-Girl of Thieves and the Courts of Night.
* Nudge from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' is [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/trickster/ a classic trickster]]. She eventually discovers that she is the kind of trickster who makes people want to punch her.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'', [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/151.htm Holland]].
* Sam "Some of my people have even survived after uttering the phrase 'Watch This!'" Starfall, of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00288.htm Sam claims this is good for humanity.]] (Also, his species.) Many other characters have elements of this as well; heroine Florence Ambrose is even [[UpliftedAnimal a relative of Coyote's]].
* In ''ThistilMistilKistil'', [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch02-pg22/ Loki, true to form.]]
* [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]] is the resident one in the [[FanFic fan]][[{{Webcomic}} comic]] ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' and its SpinOff s (''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' and ''Webcomic/DownTheStreet''), but his [[TangledFamilyTree whole]] [[TheFairFolk family]] has shades of this.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' the totemic spirit Raven once tricked Thief into thinking that he had died and was now in his own personal hell where he owned everything (and there was nothing left to steal). Then, several comics after "reviving him" tried to collect on the debt Thief owed him, instead Thief [[INeverSaidItWasPoison tricked Raven]] into admitting that he was never dead.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* [[SurvivalOfTheFittest Liz Polanski]]. Oh Liz. This is a character who starts out her game ObfuscatingInsanity by slicing the head off a dead body and carrying it around, smearing her face with makeup, and overall trying to make herself look as AxCrazy as possible in front of other students so they'll leave her alone. She then one-ups herself by [[spoiler:pouring melted aluminum all over her collar to deactivate it]]. And it ''works''.
* The [[WebVideo/HitlerRants YouTube parodies]] of ''[[Film/{{Downfall}} Der Untergang]]'' turn Hermann Fegelein into a Trickster ArchEnemy of Hitler. Everything that goes wrong in the Third Reich can be attributed to Fegelein and his antics. Himmler helps him out on it too on at least one occasion, and is pretty explicitly said in the parodies to also have been a major trickster.
* While Beltane and Thorn both see themselves as tricksters among the students at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse, they are nothing compared to Sun Wu Kong, who has been plaguing Bladedancer ever since his first appearance.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Eris from ''SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'' spends all of her time playing tricks on the protagonist (along with all the mortals in the story) and well, just causing general chaos. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUQYCf4OXyg&feature=related just listen to this theme song]]
* Characters/BugsBunny: the classic KarmicTrickster.
* [[ScrewySquirrel Daffy Duck]] (originally)
* [[NighInvulnerable The]] [[BehindAStick mynah]] [[{{Leitmotif}} bird]]
* WoodyWoodpecker
* [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]]
* WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale
* WesternAnimation/MartinMystery
* Heather from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''
* Norman from ''FiremanSam''
* The Genie from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* Crash and Eddie from ''IceAge 2''.
* Bart Simpson from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Br'er Rabbit from ''SongOfTheSouth'' and the original stories. In [[WaltDisney Disney's]] adaptation, and all adaptations since then, the pronunciation has been "''brayer''", as if it were a mispronunciation of "brier", when, in actuality, "Br'er" is supposed to be pronounced as "bruh", meaning "Brother". This character is deconstructed in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'', where "Br'er" is correctly pronounced.
* Norm the Genie from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
* Digeri Dingo from ''TazMania''. He often tricks Taz into doing dangerous things for his own profit. To keep him from being TheScrappy, he's got some of the wittiest, most hilarious lines in the series and could possibly fall into EnsembleDarkHorse status because of this.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has Puck. "What fools these mortals be!" Coyote, Raven and Anansi. Xanatos (yes, [[TropeNamer that Xanatos]]) very much patterns himself after the mythological trickster. On his website, Greg Weisman was once asked about including the Egyptian god Seth, and [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=7368 noted]] that "He's basically a Trickster figure[...]and I already have four of those to play with."
* The Dingo family in ''BlinkyBill'', but mostly Danny and Daisy.
* Hexadecimal of ''ReBoot''. Off the wall, powerful and above all, an artist.
* Heloise of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* WordOfGod describes ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' versions of Spidey himself and the Green Goblin this way.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', one of the first things Raimundo does is pants Omi and complain about the mat beds.
* The Magic Man from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' lives solely to knock heroes down a peg.
* Discord from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' looks and acts like a Trickster, but beneath it there's a hidden side of malice. Also, when push comes to shove and trickery fails, he's not above just CuttingTheKnot to get what he wants. Princess Celestia from the same show is a good version of this trope; fans don't call her [[FanNickname "Trollestia"]] for nothing.
* T.J. Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. King Bob was this as well before he became king of the playground.
* Loki, from Marvel's animated feature ''[[ThorTalesOfAsgard Thor: Tales of Asgard]]''.
* Stitch from ''{{Lilo and Stitch}}''.
* June from ''KaBlam'' is basically a female, human, eleven-year-old version of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny
* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', before he [[CharacterDevelopment developed as a character]].
** Varrick from the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
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