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Tanuki are often paired with {{Kitsune}}, usually as rivals with [[WeakButSkilled less raw power and ambition but more skill at shapeshifting and trickery]] - a famous expression is "the fox has seven disguises, but the tanuki has eight". In fact the term ''kitsune-tanuki'' ([[AlternateCharacterReading pronounced "kori"]]) exists to refer to them collectively, and can also be used to mean a sly or deceptive person. Likewise the fortunetelling game [[OuijaBoard Kokkuri]] is written with the characters ''kitsune-dog-tanuki''.[[note]]Either a reference to [[EvilDetectingDog the ability of dogs to detect shapeshifters]], or to {{Tengu}} (whose name is written as "heavenly dog").[[/note]]

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Tanuki are [[TanukiKitsuneContrast often paired paired]] with {{Kitsune}}, usually as rivals with [[WeakButSkilled less raw power and ambition but more skill at shapeshifting and trickery]] - a famous expression is "the fox has seven disguises, but the tanuki has eight". In fact the term ''kitsune-tanuki'' ([[AlternateCharacterReading pronounced "kori"]]) exists to refer to them collectively, and can also be used to mean a sly or deceptive person. Likewise the fortunetelling game [[OuijaBoard Kokkuri]] is written with the characters ''kitsune-dog-tanuki''.[[note]]Either a reference to [[EvilDetectingDog the ability of dogs to detect shapeshifters]], or to {{Tengu}} (whose name is written as "heavenly dog").[[/note]]

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* One of your opponents in ''Gururin'' is a drunk tanuki who seems to prefer wine over sake. And now you've heard of ''Gururin''.


* Episode 28 of Anime/TimeBokan features a tanuki robot, complete with shape-shifting.

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* Episode 28 of Anime/TimeBokan ''Anime/TimeBokan'' features a tanuki robot, complete with shape-shifting.shape-shifting.
* ''Gauche the Cellist'' has a small tanuki as one of the titular character's teachers.



* In the Japanese localized version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'', the male newscaster for Zootopia News Network is a racoon dog named Michael Tanuyama, whose appearance is like the tanuki from Japanese folklore complete with a straw hat and a leaf on his head.

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* In the Japanese localized version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'', the male newscaster for Zootopia News Network is a racoon raccoon dog named Michael Tanuyama, whose appearance is like the tanuki from Japanese folklore complete with a straw hat and a leaf on his head.



* ''VideoGame/KeioFlyingSquadron'' has a tanuki named Dr. Pon as one of the characters.

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* ''VideoGame/KeioFlyingSquadron'' has a tanuki named Dr. Pon as one of the characters. They also show up as statues.
* Hit the wrong bell in ''Drop Rock Hora Hora/Drop Off'' for the PC engine and a tanuki drops onto you.
* The plot of ''Hana Taaka Daka!'' for the PC engine is kicked off when a tanuki kidnaps a fox's girlfriend. The enemies also revert into small tanukis when defeated.
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' has as one of the treasures in the Great Cave Offensive a "Raccoon Doll" that's probably supposed to be a tanuki. Also, there's Pon, who makes his first appearance in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' and becomes a recurring character in the Kirby-verse afterward.
* The main character of ''Batten Tanuki no Daibouken'' is a tanuki who happens to be a martial arts expert. The cover also features a real tanuki--frankly, that seems to be the most memorable part.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' has the [[https://megaman.fandom.com/wiki/Shigaraky Shigaraky]] who launches...orbs...from between its legs.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaBaseballBatMan'' has them in statue form.

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* Episode 28 of Anime/TimeBokan features a tanuki robot, complete with shape-shifting.

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* The anime ''Manga/KeepYourHandsOffEizouken'' includes a tanuki appearing during the Motion Picture Club's first project meeting which distracts Asakusa and Mizusaki. Kanamori openly compares her to a tanuki during production for the Robot Club's promotional short (complete with a brief CutawayGag of [[https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/738/994/901.png Asakusa with a tanuki-esque domino mask and a magic leaf on her head]]) and jokingly refers to her as a tanuki after throwing a net over her in Episode 11. Additionally, [[https://www.1999.co.jp/itbig67/10671893b_m.jpg one piece of merchandise]] for the show is a plushie of [[BunnyEarsLawyer Asakusa]] in a tanuki kigurumi. This motif is likely due to her overall appearance, since in Japan people with round faces and wide eyes are often described as having "tanuki faces," and is additionally compounded by Asakusa's wide-brimmed hat and genial smile, also traits common among depictions of tanuki in folklore. A degree of AuthorAppeal also seems to factor into it given that the manga's author frequently retweets clips of tanuki on his Twitter account.

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* The Amanojyaku Labyrinth arc of ''Manga/KamisamaNoIutoori'' features these in statue and symbol form.


* The ''VideoGame/KikiKaiKai'' series of CuteEmUp games features a Tanuki named Manuke (translated as Rocky the Raccoon), who was originally the FinalBoss from within the original arcade game, but has since became a playable character from within the second entry in the series. Manuke also appears as a boss in ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]''.

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* The ''VideoGame/KikiKaiKai'' series of CuteEmUp games features a Tanuki named Manuke (translated as Rocky the Raccoon), who was originally the FinalBoss from within the original arcade game, but has since became a playable character from within the second entry in the series. Manuke also appears as a boss in ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]''.Symphony]]'' and ''Pop n' Pop''.


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** ''Samurai Warriors'' 3 has the Murasame Castle Mode, in which one can find 33 tanukis in order to unlock a character.

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* ''Sengoku Choujuu Giga'', Tokugawa Ieyasu is [[https://www.anime-planet.com/anime/sengoku-choujuu-giga/videos/206579 represented as a tanuki]].


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* A tanuki shows up as one of the party guests at the end of VideoGame/PsychoFox.
* ''VideoGame/KeioFlyingSquadron'' has a tanuki named Dr. Pon as one of the characters.

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* In ''Gourmet Warriors''/''Gurume Sentai Barayaro'' for the SNES, the second phase of one of the bosses is a robotic tanuki.

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->''"...tanuki seem to exist simultaneously in this world and the otherworld. In folklore, they are tricksters, often portrayed as somewhat bumbling and potbellied, with a penchant for drinking sake, changing shape and impersonating Buddhist monks. One of the tanuki's most famous characteristics is its gargantuan scrotum, which it employs for all sorts of creative shape-shifting--numerous woodblock prints and other images illustrate the powers of this magnificent paraphernalia."''
-->--''The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore''

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* A blue tanuki is the boss of Waphoon in ''Go Go! Mile Smile!''. It attacks by throwing bottles of sake at Mile and Yard and uses its leaf to warp from platform to platform to avoid being hit himself.

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* ''Anime/BNABrandNewAnimal'': Michiru used to be human, then she suddenly transformed into a tanuki beastman. She initially tries to pass herself off as a raccoon, but it's quickly pointed out her tail doesn't have enough rings. She also has a limited shapeshifting ability to change parts of her body into those of other species, and RubberMan her arms and tail, though it takes her a while to learn how to re-assume human form (which ordinary beastmen can do).


* In the Japanese localized version of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the male newscaster for Zootopia News Network is a racoon dog named Michael Tanuyama, whose appearance is like the tanuki from Japanese folklore complete with a straw hat and a leaf on his head.

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* In the Japanese localized version of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'', the male newscaster for Zootopia News Network is a racoon dog named Michael Tanuyama, whose appearance is like the tanuki from Japanese folklore complete with a straw hat and a leaf on his head.

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* ''Manga/YuunaAndTheHauntedHotSprings'' has Koyuzu Shigaraki, a young tanuki who usually takes the form of a little girl with tanuki ears and a tail. She can transform herself and others into other people or objects by using leaves. She still isn't very good at shapeshifting herself, which is why she still has her ears and tail in her human form.

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* The Arcade/Super Famicom puzzle game ''Dharma Dojou'' has tanukis as one of the blocks the character needs to clear. They also show up in the ending.

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