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[[caption-width-right:232: The She-Fox]]

->''"There are a million ways to help people, to make the world a better place... Ways that don't have anything to do with fists and guns and corpses!"''

->''"I'm just saying. You think you've got a shot, take it. I'm not worried."''

Vixen is a DC Comics character created by Creator/GerryConway. The character was created c. 1978, intended to become the protagonist of a new series (and consequently the first headlining black female in the DC lineup). However, the DC Implosion cancelled many ongoing titles of the time and ended the plans for new ones. What was intended as her debut story ended up published in ''"Cancelled Comic Cavalcade''" #2 (Fall, 1978), an edition only available to DC employees. But the character was not forgotten. Her official introduction to the reading public was ''"Action Comics''" #521 (July, 1981).

Mari Jiwe [=McCabe=], while growing up in an African village, heard the legend of the “Tantu Totem” from her parents. She was the daughter of Reverend Richard Jiwe, the village priest, who was her sole caretaker, as poachers, lead by a man named Kwesi, killed her mother years ago. Reverend Jiwe himself was killed by his half-brother (Mari’s uncle) General Maksai. Makasai wanted the Tantu Totem, which had been in Reverend Jiwe’s possession.

Now orphaned, she fled to America. She set up an identity for herself as Mari [=McCabe=] and used her beauty to become a well-known fashion model in New York City. She used her newfound wealth to travel the world. On a trip back to Africa, she came across her uncle, and stole back the Tantu Totem, using its power to become the Vixen.

She's never really been a solo hero, appearing on many teams including the ComicBook/SuicideSquad, the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey.

The ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' relaunch of the entire DC Universe in September 2011 reintroduced Vixen as part of the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational. Her origin was subsequently tweaked a little with the ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'' relaunch in 2016 - her father gave her the Tantu Totem for safekeeping just before his brother killed him, and she escaped with it, becoming Vixen later in life after getting involved with a kidnapping case.

She was a recurring character on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' and, consequently, its comic book series. Additionally, she made appearances in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.

Starting in August 2015, Mari has been appearing across Creator/TheCW's Series/{{Arrowverse}}, first appearing in [[WesternAnimation/{{Vixen}} her own animated web series]], voiced there by Creator/MegalynEchikunwoke. In December 2015, it was announced that Echikunwoke would be reprising the role (in live action) on ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. Season two of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' introduces a [[LegacyCharacter previous Vixen]], Mari's grandmother Amaya Jiwe, played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers.

The tropes on this page refer much more heavily to her comics version than the DCAU one.

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!!Tropes associated with Vixen include:
%%* EightiesHair
* AbsoluteCleavage: Vixen’s costume has changed with the times, but her most famous outfit is a form-fitting yellow/orange body suit with a long cleavage.
* ActionGirl: Being one of the more physical superheroines of DC.
* AmazonianBeauty: Vixen usually possesses a muscular yet voluptuous figure for her great body.
%%* AnimalEyeSpy
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: She uses an Animal Alias (a vixen is a female fox), and has the ability to copy the abilities of any animal she can think of.
* ArchEnemy: Aku Kwesi, the murderer of her mother.
* BadassNormal: Any of the many times she's had her Tantu Totem stolen.
* TheBeastmaster: With the ability to communicate with animals, she can override the natural predator/prey instinct found in most wild animals.
* ButNotTooBlack: Some issues of the 2006 ''Justice League of America'' series drew criticism for portraying Vixen with European features and fluctuating skin tones.
* CallingYourAttacks: In her solo miniseries and one-shot, she shouts out the name of the animal that she is using the powers of.
* CaptainEthnic: When she was in the Ultramarine Corps with Goraiko (Japanese monster with a rising sun motif) and Fleur de Lis (French swordswoman with a name and costume inspired by her namesake symbol), just to name a few. Vixen is the only one with any character development, and that's only because she subsequently joined the Justice League.
* ClarkKenting: She is a maskless hero, although the rest of her costume [[AbsoluteCleavage may be enough of a distraction]] - or maybe she just has a public ID, since she's a supermodel in her civilian identity.
** While Vixen did wear a mask at the beginning of her career, her identity is definitely public knowledge by now. In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' run, she showed up at the title hero's house in-costume, and Animal Man's wife was shown {{Fangirl}}ing over the fact that a popular supermodel was in her living room.
** In her ''Rebirth'' origin, virtually the first thing she does after deciding to become Vixen is announce it on TV.
%%* ClothingDamage: A lot.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: In ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' she was drawn to look like Geena Davis... which is odd because Davis is not black (according to Rags Morales, she was originally supposed to be based on Grace Jones).
* EnergyAbsorption: While the full extent of Vixen’s control over the morphogenetic field is unknown, she has on occasions drawn pure energy from it and displayed this energy as a force field and energy claws.
* EvilUncle: Her uncle killed her father, his brother.
* FemmeFatalons: Vixen's claws/nails are particularly sharp and tough, enabling her to rend through a variety of substances, such as fabric, wood, cinder block and even soft metals with ease.
* {{Flight}}: Mimicking a bird allows her to fly.
* HealingFactor: When generating a couple different animals, though the most notable are earthworms and snakes.
* MegaManning: In addition to her Animal Mimicry, Mari was temporarily able to mimic the abilities and skills of other metahumans and superheroes, such as Superman, Black Lightning, and was even capable of generating her own Green Lantern power ring. This ability was later revoked by its source, Anansi the Spider, who had deliberately altered her powers to push her to be a better hero, so she could be worthy of her animal-based abilities.
* MostCommonSuperPower: Most of the time.
* MsFanservice: She is very busty and her most famous outfit is a yellow/orange body suit that is very form-fitting with a really long cleavage.
* NighInvulnerability: Took a punch from a BrainwashedAndCrazy Superman and is still here to tell the tale.
* TheNoseKnows: Many animals have a sense of smell that trumps that of a human, so it would be relatively simple for her to copy the senses of (say) a dog. Her ''Rebirth'' one-shot showcases this by having her copy a bear's sense of smell.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her parents are dead by the time she becomes Vixen, both before and after the New 52.
* PoisonousPerson: When channeling a cobra.
%%* PowersAsPrograms
%%* PsychicBlockDefense
* RealityWarper: With the help of Animal Man, using the Morphogenetic Field, she created her own universe.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Pre-New 52, Vixen is frequently reminded of the time ''she punched a hole in Amazo''.
* RetCanon: When Vixen rejoined the Justice League after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', she was given her look from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* SassyBlackWoman: While she's generally a nice person, she has absolutely no qualms about speaking her mind, and is quite proficient in sarcasm. Which led to interesting verbal conflicts with Amanda Waller when they bickered at the time Vixen served in her ComicBook/SuicideSquad.
* ShesGotLegs: Through her form-fitting orange/yellow body suit, Vixen is shown to have a pair of muscular yet long shapely legs that probably come from her powers and the fact that she's a model.
* ShockAndAwe: When channeling the abilities of an electric eel.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Vixen also has the ability to communicate with animals.
%%* SpiderSense
* StatuesqueStunner: In her more muscular portrayals and, of course, she's a model.
* SuddenNameChange: Her name was originally given as [="Marilyn MacCabe"=] in her 1978 mini-series, which had been scrapped and reprinted in an anthology titled ''"Cancelled Comic Cavalcade"''. After her official debut in Action Comics, her name was revised to [="Mari Jiwe McCabe"=] and has stuck that way ever since.
* SuperpowerLottery:
** Originally she could only mimic a few animals at a time with the Tantu Totem. Eventually, pre-''New 52'', not only did she not need the totem for powers, she could mimic the characteristics of absolutely any animal at any time, without losing control. She was also temporarily able to mimic the abilities of other metahumans and superheroes, such as the Kryptonian abilities of Superman, Red Arrow's archery skills, Black Lightning's fulgurkinesis, and could even generate her own copy of Green Lantern's ring. This power was later removed and her original animal mimicry was restored.
** In her ''Rebirth'' origin, the totem connects her to every animal on the planet, allowing her to borrow their abilities.
* SuperReflexes: When mimicking a fast animal such as a cheetah.
* SuperSenses: Most animals have senses that are superior to humans in one way or another.
* SuperSpeed: When mimicking a fast animal such as a cheetah.
* SuperStrength: When mimicking a large strong animal, such as an elephant.
* UpgradeArtifact: The Tantu Totem originally, a fox-shaped talisman, which enables her to tap into the "morphogenetic field" of the Earth. This allows Vixen to mimic the abilities of any animal she can think of, by simply focusing on a specific animal's abilities and then drawing it directly from the field. Pre-New 52, she got to a point where she didn't need it.
* WallCrawl: Mimicking spiders, insects, etc. allows her to walk on walls.
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