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Kitsune (狐 Kitsune, lit. Fox), also known as Yōko (妖狐 Yōko, lit. Yōkai Fox) are yōkai foxes.

They have other names such as Bake-Gitsune (化け狐 Bake-Gitsune, lit. Monster Fox) or Henge-Gitsune (変化狐, lit Transforming Fox) or Yōkai-Gitsune (妖怪狐 Yōkai-Gitsune).

Description

Kitsune in as just simple foxes without any supernatural powers.

Kitsune from the 1996 anime

Hakusanbō's Yōko appeared in the form of humans with long silver hair, either straight or fuzzy, with two locks hanging in front of them. Their faces are covered with white fox masks that are tied around with string. They wear pale green yukatas with blue obi tied around their waists and sandals.[1]

Behavior

Classes & Ranks

Kitsune comes in mainly two classifications; the benevolent Zenko and the mischievous Yako.

Other Types

Kyūbi-no-Kitsune (九尾の狐 Kyūbi-no-Kitsune, lit. Nine-Tailed Foxes) is a higher form that Kitsune take upon gaining nine-tails, regardless of the class above. They become very powerful, some matching the level of gods.

History

Powers and Abilities

Throughout the series, they have used various magical or supernatural abilities.

Shapeshifting: The general ability of the kitsune is the ability to shapeshift, similar to that of the Tanuki. Yako yet cannot perform transformations.

Fire Manipulation: Kitsune are able to manipulate fire to create strange lights in the sky or for offensive means.

  • Fox Fire (狐火 Kitsunebi): The Kitsune can produce floating fireballs which can also be used as an attack.[2]

Teleportation: Kitsune can appear and disappear at will, some appearing in the form of a fireball before revealing themself.[1]

List of yōkai foxes

Name Country Type Debut Series
Byakko (Kitsune) Japan Fox N/A
Chiko Japan Chiko
Yōko Clan
GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Hakusanbō Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Hakusanbō 5th Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018)
Kiko Japan Kiko
Yōko Clan
GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Konko Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996)
Konta Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996)
Kūko Japan Kūko
Yōko Clan
GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Kūko (leader) Japan Kūko
Nine-Tailed Fox
GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007 film)
Kyō Japan Hanyō Shōsetsu Gegege no Kitarō ~Shu no Oto~
Mimishiro Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996)
Osan-Kitsune Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007)
Qi China Nine-Tailed Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Shippo Japan Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996)
Tamamo-no-Mae China Nine-Tailed Fox GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Tenko Japan Tenko
Yōko Clan
GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Yako Japan Yako
Yōko Clan
GeGeGe no Kitarō (Shonen Magazine)
Yōko (World Mysteries) Porogon Island Fox World Mysteries
Yurugu Africa Fox Saishinban Akuma-kun

Legend

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 33
  2. GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Sen Monogatari

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