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Kitsune
Species information
Sentience

Sentient

Skin colour

Varies

Eye colour

Varies

Hair colour

Varies

Related species
Native range

Japan[1]

Alias
Distinction

Feed on life-force through memories, without drinking blood[4]

Status

Extant

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"On my honour and my word as a kitsune. Please! You can't leave a fox without a real tail! That's why the ones you cut didn't hurt. They're badges of honour. But my real tail is in the middle, it's tipped with white, and if you cut me there; you'll see blood and it will leave a stump."
Misao[src]

A kitsune, also known as a fox-spirit[2] or a were-fox,[3] is a supernatural being often equated with a vampire. A kitsune is a fox capable of taking human form (usually female), and survive by draining life-force. Unlike vampires, they do this without drinking their blood.[4] They, too, are incapable of entering human dwelling places without invitation.[4] While they are more powerful magically than werewolves, werewolves are considered more savage in their bloodlust.[5]

DescriptionEdit

"Well, every single source I checked agrees that kitsune possess girls and then lead boys to destruction. What kind of destruction depends on where you look. It can be as simple as appearing as a will-o'-the-wisp and leading you into a swamp or off a cliff, or as difficult as shapeshifting."
Meredith Sulez[src]

A kitsune's true form is that of a fox, with a white-tipped tail. They can achieve up to eight[6] additional tails as badges of honour, which can be removed without pain.[7] Nine-tailed kitsune are able to freely cross from one world to another.[8] The additional tails are usually invisible, but are made visible if one needs to use their full power.[9] They are capable of shapeshifting into whomever they like.[10] However, they are unable to do this perfectly, always having some small identifying flaw.[11]

Kitsune feed on life-force, just as vampires do. However, they do this through stealing memories rather than through drinking blood.[12] They store others' memories in star balls, in which they also store a measure of their own power. The destruction of a kitsune's star ball means their death.[13]

They are known to use malach to possess girls, and lead boys to destruction, whether that be by luring them into swamps or off cliffs.[14] Other kitsune, such as those that lived on the Shogun's estate, caused less destructive mischief, and were even useful to the Shogun in that they fed on the rats and insects that would otherwise destroy the crops.[15]

Some kitsune are like gods and goddesses, testing humans and rewarding them if they succeed.[16] Inari Saitou claimed to be a Kitsune Goddess.

WeaknessesEdit

Kitsune are vulnerable to iron,[17] and are greatly wounded if their real tail is removed.[7] They can be killed by the destruction of their star ball,[13] regretting their actions (known as the Sin of Regret)[18] or by blessed weapons.[18] They can also be contained in jars bearing particular Japanese characters, as Shinichi and Misao were at Unmei no Shima.[19]

Notable kitsuneEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Elena Gilbert: They were kitsune, evil fox spirits from Japan. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 1)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "He was too relaxed to think of hunting, and he wasn't at all sure that kitsune – fox-spirits, which Shinichi claimed to be – could be hunted." (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 15)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shinichi: I'm the kitsune – the were-fox, you could say – who's been messing with your town, idiot. (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 34)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The kitsune is often thought to be a sort of cousin to Western vampires, seducing chosen men (as most fox spirits take on a female form) and feeding directly on their chi, or life spirit, without the intermediary of blood. Thus one may make a case that they are bound by similar rules to the vampire. For example, they cannot enter human dwellings without invitation..." (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 40)
  5. Stefan Salvatore: Of course, the kitsune, the foxes, are much more powerful magically, but werewolves tend to kill before they think. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 5)
  6. Meredith Sulez: But they can have up to nine tails, and the more tails they have, the better at everything they are. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 12)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Misao: You can't leave a fox without a real tail! That's why the ones you cut didn't hurt. They're badges of honour. But my real tail is in the middle, it's tipped with white, and if you cut me there; you'll see blood and it will leave a stump. (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 38)
  8. Meredith Sulez: Theyre supposed to be able to cross over freely from one world to another. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 12)
  9. "The extra ones usually were invisible, he gathered, as he neatly caught her in a kekkai as well." (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 27)
  10. Inari Saitou: A fox, silly girl. They can turn into anything they like, don’t you know? Even humans. Why, one could turn into you and your best friend wouldn't know the difference. (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 21)
  11. Meredith Sulez: Yes, but always with some small flaw if you have the wits to notice it. They can never make a perfect replicate. (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 21)
  12. Elena Gilbert: If vampires are obsessed with Power, kitsune are obsessed with memories. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 1)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Meredith Sulez: We found they're called hoshi no tama. And that translates to ‘star balls’. Each kitsune puts a measure of their power into one, along with other things, and destroying the ball is one of the only ways to kill them. If you find a kitsune's star ball, you can control the kitsune. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 12)
  14. Meredith Sulez: Well, every single source I checked agrees that kitsune possess girls and then lead boys to destruction. What kind of destruction depends on where you look. It can be as simple as appearing as a will-o'-the-wisp and leading you into a swamp or off a cliff, or as difficult as shapeshifting. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 12)
  15. Inari Saitou: Mukashi-mukashi, or as you say, long ago in the times of legend, a great Shogun became angry at all the kitsune on his estate for the mischief they made. For many long years they were up to all sorts of pranks, but when he suspected them of ruining the crops in the fields, that was it. He roused every man and woman in his household, and told them to take sticks and arrows and rocks and hoes and brooms and flush out all the foxes that had dens on his estate, even the ones between the attic and the roof. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 30)
  16. Meredith Sulez: Some of them are supposed to be like gods and goddesses who sort of test you, and if you pass the test they reward you. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 12)
  17. Damon Salvatore: Iron. They do badly against iron – they're demons. (The Return: Nightfall - Chapter 33)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Meredith Sulez: But, then, other stories say that kitsune can be killed by the Sin of Regret or by blessed weapons. (The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 12)
  19. The Return: Shadow Souls - Chapter 30

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