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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 see them you can bet that they are some sort of trickster or con artist. Despite this, however, they are depicted in both positive and negative light, where they can be annoying but ultimately harmless, morally grey characters with Hidden Depths, or simply a villain.


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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    Fan Works 
  • Aspatrians from Teanas Travels 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.

  • Joseph Lallo's The Book of Deacon series 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:
  • In the final Tour of the Merrimack book, a planet with DNA-based life is discovered (which is a nasty problem for all the scientists on the expedition). The primary sapient inhabitants are a group of bipedal, foxlike marsupials at an approximately stone-age level of development.

    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 
  • The vulpins of Dungeons & Dragons are a race of foxlike humanoids having a reputation to be 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.
  • 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.
  • Pathfinder has a race called kitsune, although despite the name they lack relation to traditional kitsune in Japanese mythology. In Dungeons & Dragons 3.0, the Oriental Adventures sourcebook had a hengeyokai race with the Shapechanger type, who could switch between humanoid, animal and hybrid forms; 3.5 removed the Shapechanger type, so the official update made them Humanoids (resulting in some Gameplay and Story Segregation, as they were still described like Magical Beasts). Pathfinder kitsune were based on the 3.5 version of fox hengeyokai, but Nerfed by removing the animal form (which instead became a "disguise" that higher-level kitsune could learn by spending a feat) and making the hybrid form their true form.

    Video Games 
  • Hortensia from Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter has fox ears. Concept art shows she was going to have a tail too, like Lin, but her final design doesn't have one.
  • Hunter Von from Dungeon Fighter Online, a Pandemonium resident who is part of the Adventurer's Guild. He resembles a fennec.
  • The Lilmothiit from The Elder Scrolls 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.
  • Tamamo-no-Mae from Fate/EXTRA, 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.
  • Cardomon from Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? is one, although she is pretending to be a Cat Girl because she heard 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 moments notice.
  • The Vulpin from Paladins are humanoid fennec foxes that are smaller than humans. Their hat is medicinal alchemy, although Pip, the playable representative of the species, prefers using potions as weapons.
  • Rik from The Tenth Line is a Kobold, a humanoid fox whose fur is sought after by hunters.
  • From Dark Cloud 2 come the Hunter Fox and its Palette Swap Red Fox. Legless, floating fox folk with a Gentleman Adventurer motif. Unfortunately for the protagonists, humans seem to be their game of choice.
  • The Fencing Fox, Night Fox, and Volpone monsters from the Dragon Quest series fit the bill. They're agile aristocrats who wield rapiers and are capable of doing magical dances to befuddle opponents, reduce tension, or heal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You can bump into randomly-generated fox people in Stellaris, both in regular and mushroom-infested varieties. Their homeworld may or may not be Lylat, depending on rolls.

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    Web Original 
  • The SCP Foundation brings us SCP-953. She 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 
  • Shemeshka the Marauder, from Dice, Camera, Action!, is an Arcanaloth that appears as a fox-like woman in elaborate evening gowns and spectacles.note 


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