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"Oh my god, what is that? It's like a fox, but kinda looks like a girl."
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A subtrope of Beast Man, a Fox Man is a character with foxlike traits. Typical features are pointy ears, nose, fur, and the all-important bushy tail. Most vulpinoid characters tend to be based off on red foxes — other species are far rarer.

Their personality tends to be sly, intelligent and cunning, and if you encounter one you can bet that they are some sort of trickster or con artist. They are depicted in both positive and negative light, ranging from heroic if tricksy people, to annoying but ultimately harmless, to morally grey characters with Hidden Depths, to simply being villains.

Characters of this variety fall on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism as Little Bit Beastly to Beast Man. For varieties that are actual foxes — ranging on the scale from Funny Animal to Nearly Normal Animal — see Fantastic Foxes.


See also Kitsune, a page on foxes in Japanese folklore and mythology. A supertrope to Foxy Vixen.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Renards in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? are mostly human-like in appearance, only having fox ears and tail. They are known for possessing unusual and powerful magic.
  • Renamon of Digimon Tamers is a bipedal fox with yellow fur and piercing blue eyes.
  • O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan!: Inari fox Tamamo and her sisters assume a glamor that makes them look human so they can live in the human world. Those who can see past the glamor, such as 99.9% of the student body of Tamamo's school and one Sensei-chan, see the sisters as bipedal, humanoid foxes.

    Fan Works 
  • Teana's Travels: Aspatrians are a race of vulpine sapients, who were under the control of a vicous dictatorship who violently oppressed and objectified women and children (to the point where they literally weren't considered people). The League caught wind of this thanks to an escaped slave, and promptly leapt in and deposed the dictator and his armies. The Aspatrians, now much happier and more stable, were made a "protectorate" of the Tripartate.

  • Amaranthine Saga: Amaranthines are shapeshifters who can change between a "speaking form", which is humanoid with some inhuman and animalistic traits, and a "truest form", which is an unusually large form of whatever animal their clan is aligned with. Fox-clan Amaranthines are thus a subtle version of this in speaking form, appearing as humans with vulpine ears, tails or eyes. Unusually, however, most of the foxes focused on in the series are silver foxes, not the typical reds (although Lady Nona and her sister are red foxes).
  • The Book Of Deacon, by Joseph Lallo, has malthropesnote  who look like fox-people and are hunted down as vermin by the humanoid races. Practically to extinction on the continent where most of the stories take place.
  • In The Dark Profit Saga most breeds of Gnoll look like canine halflingsnote , Fennekin are a Demi-gnoll breed with more fox-like features and large ears.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? has the Renards, a rare race from the Far East who are known for having fox-like ears and a tail. They're unique among the races as they're integral to the creation of a Killing Stone, which rips a renard's soul out of their body to allow the holder to use whatever magic that renard could. Ishtar wanted to force Haruhime to create a Killing Stone for her so she could use her magic to overrun the Freya Familia.
  • Log Horizon:
  • Tour of the Merrimack: In the final book, a planet with is discovered whose primary sapient inhabitants are bipedal, foxlike marsupials at an approximately stone-age level of development.
  • The Red Vixen Adventures: The Foxen are alien race that happen to look like anthropomorphic foxes have a culture strongly resembling Edwardian England.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Grimm:
    • The Wesen usually have animal-based alternate forms. Fuchsbau are the ones based on foxes. In accordance with animal stereotypes, they're generally considered to be less than trustworthy, being cunning, mischievous and sly. Rosalee Calvert is part of the main cast, making the Fuchsbau the second most prominent Wesen to appear.
    • Vulpesmyrca are bigger black fox wesen, with less human shaped heads, larger fox like ears and much more pronounced fangs. They also possess enhance physical strength and speed, and who commonly work as mercenaries and prey upon Willaharas (rabbit wesen) for their feet.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The 3rd edition Oriental Adventures sourcebook has a hengeyokai race with the Shapechanger type, who can switch between humanoid, animal and hybrid forms; 3.5 removes the Shapechanger type, making them Humanoids (resulting in some Gameplay and Story Segregation, as they're still described like Magical Beasts).
    • The vulpins are a race of foxlike humanoids with a reputation as formidable warriors and very capable and honorable leaders. Unfortunately, some human societies and religions never accepted them and hunted them to their brink of extinction.
  • Pathfinder has a race called kitsune, although despite the name they're only nominally related to traditional kitsune in Japanese mythology. Pathfinder kitsune are based on the 3.5 fox hengeyokai, but Nerfed by removing the animal form (which instead becomes a "disguise" that higher-level kitsune can learn by spending a feat) and making the hybrid form their true form. They also have a reputation as tricksters who use their guile and charms to get what they want, and have a racial rogue archetype based on fitting this stereotype.
  • Fading Suns has Vulpanthropes, a species created as shock troops by a noble with Mad Scientist leanings from human and fox DNA. They proved more prolific than expected and have come to plague isolated human settlements on many planets.

    Video Games 
  • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter: Hortensia has fox ears. Concept art shows she was going to have a tail too, like Lin, but her final design doesn't have one.
  • Dark Cloud 2: The Hunter Fox and its Palette Swap Red Fox are legless, floating fox folk with a Gentleman Adventurer motif. Unfortunately for the protagonists, humans seem to be their game of choice.
  • Dragon Quest: The Fencing Fox, Night Fox, and Volpone monsters are agile aristocrats who wield rapiers and are capable of doing magical dances to befuddle opponents, reduce tension, or heal.
  • Dungeon Fighter Online: Hunter Von, a Pandemonium resident who is part of the Adventurer's Guild. He resembles a fennec.
  • The Elder Scrolls: The Lilmothiit were a vulpine beast race who once inhabited Black Marsh. They were said by some to be related to the feline Khajiit of Elsweyr. The Lilmothiit were a nomadic tribal group, but became extinct long before the games began.
  • Fate/EXTRA: Tamamo-no-Mae, who is actually a facet of the sun goddess Amaterasu. She's commonly mistaken for a fox, and while she doesn't mind she points out that foxes did not exist in Japan during that era, and that the animal in her legend was more likely a wild jackal that got confused with the fleeing woman.
  • Fire Emblem Fates has Kitsune as a Character Class. They’re depicted as Little Bit Beastly characters, with fox ears and a tail, and the ability to turn into an actual fox for their attacks. Their chief, Kaden, is very friendly, and puts a lot of value into repaying kindness, but can become very dangerous when someone is after the fur of himself, or his daughter, Selkie. Kaden even straight up lures Corrin into a trap in Conquest, and him and the generic Kitsune enemies in that chapter can use illusions to avoid combat temporarily.
  • Jade Empire: The Forest Shadow and her fox-spirit servants look like six-foot-tall anthropomorphic fox women with two tails. They're said to take human form to test humans with tricks.
  • Paladins: The Vulpin are humanoid fennec foxes, and smaller than humans. Their hat is medicinal alchemy, although Pip, the playable representative of the species, prefers using potions as weapons.
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?: Cardomon is one, although she's pretending to be a Cat Girl because her master, Sir Sweet, hates foxes. She appears as a boss in the Demon Sea Aria. She tends to be extremely flirty but will attack at a moment's notice.
  • Spirit Tales: The Lunar Fox tribe is one of the three playable races. They begin as humans with fox ears and tails, and eventually gain the ability to transform into a full humanoid fox form. They're also the setting's magic specialists.
  • Stellaris: You can bump into randomly-generated fox people, in both regular and mushroom-infested varieties. Their homeworld may or may not be Lylat, depending on rolls.
  • The Tenth Line: Rik is a Kobold, a humanoid fox whose fur is sought after by hunters.
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul: Foxiers are a race of fox-eared people who excel at archery. They also have Korean three-part names, as opposed to the more Western-styled names of basically everyone else.
  • World of Warcraft: The Battle for Azeroth expansion introduced the vulpera, a group of fox people native to Zandalar. A number of them have also formed a pirate crew known as the Bilge Rats.


    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-953 is not a Kitsune, but an evil being from Korea called a Kumiho. This is compared in-universe to "the difference between a Cherokee Indian and a New Delhi Indian". She takes advantage of the confusion when it suits her.

    Web Videos 
  • Dice, Camera, Action!: Shemeshka the Marauder is an Arcanaloth that appears as a fox-like woman in elaborate evening gowns and spectacles.note 


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