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"The Trickster represents the quality of randomness and chance in the universe, without which there could be no freedom. (...) The cosmos is interesting rather than perfect, and everything is not part of some greater plan, nor is all necessarily under control. "
― Starhawk, in The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess (1979), p. 231
"The trickster, the riddler, the keeper of balance, he of the many faces who finds life in death and who fears no evil; he who walks through doors."
― Christopher Paolini, in Brisingr (2008)
"I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down, and then I'll be gone back into the darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack."
― John Constantine (DC/Vertigo Comics)
"It seems you like tricking, but you hate to be tricked!! You may have lived for over 10,000 years. But to compete with my skills, you need another decade!!"
― Joseph Joestar to Kars (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: Battle Tendency)
"These things create chaos and mischief as easy as breathing...Tricksters target the high and the mighty, knock 'em down a peg, usually with a sense of humor – deadly pranks, things like that."
― Bobby Singer (Supernatural)

The power of character who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior.

Also Called

  • Fool
  • Jester
  • Joker
  • Manipulative Charisma
  • Master Manipulator
  • Mastermind
  • Mischief Mastery
  • Puppeteer
  • Sneak
  • Supreme Con Man
  • The Cunning One
  • The One Who Lurks in The Shadows
  • Topnotch Actor
  • Ultimate Grifter

Properties

User is a Trickster: a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior. The Trickster openly questions and mocks authority encourages impulse and enthusiasm, seeks out new ideas and experiences, destroys convention and complacency, and promotes chaos and unrest. At the same time, the trickster brings new knowledge and wisdom. Even when punished horribly for their effrontery, their indomitable spirit (or sheer foolishness) keeps them coming back for more.

Tricksters can be anything from gods of chaos, bedeviling heroes for a few laughs, to master manipulators who use cruel ploys and sadistic choices. They can also be heroes (or more likely anti-heroes) who make up for a lack of strength or bravery with manipulation, planning, or outright cheating. The trickster is often a master of disguise and may have magical powers.

In mythology and religion, the trickster deities break the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously but usually (albeit unintentionally) with ultimately positive effects. Often, the bending/breaking of rules takes the form of tricks or thievery. Tricksters can be cunning or foolish or both; they are often funny even when considered sacred or performing important cultural tasks.

Associated Powers

Relationships

  • Con Artist
    • A variation of the trickster archetype.
  • Deceiver Deity Physiology
    • Transcendent version of the trickster archetype.
  • Gadfly
    • A variation of the trickster archetype.
  • Rebel
    • The user is closely related to rebellious tendencies. Commonly apprehensive and opposed to authority, may be for a good reason (A good-willed Trickster against a tyrannical government) or an antagonistic manner (Opposing the system to deceivingly overtake it).
      • Sosuke Aizen (Bleach) and Hajime Nagumo (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou)

Variations

Powerful Tricksters can reach nearly or even fully divine status:

Flaws/Weaknesses

  • Due to their very nature, Tricksters may be unable to stay away from trouble.
  • Since some tricksters are physically weak, they are limited to outsmarting the opponent by using tricks to win.
  • May be unable to trick those with Reality Perception.
  • People may find the user untrustworthy due to their nature of causing mischief and manipulating others.

Example Characters

See also The Trickster and Tricksters.

=Anime/Manga

  • Chelsea (Akame Ga Kill!)
  • Zora Ideale (Black Clover)
  • Gin Ichimaru (Bleach)
  • Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
  • Aion (Chrono Crusade)
  • Utsugi Tsukimiya (A Destructive God Sits Next to Me)
  • Truth (Goblin Slayer)
  • Hisoka Marrow (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Shaiapouf (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Shippo (Inuyasha)
  • Joseph Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Shuuya Kano (Kagerou Project)
  • Flip (Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland)
  • Haku (Naruto)
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
  • Boruto Uzumaki (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
  • Taikoubou (Houshin Engi)
  • Caesar Clown (One Piece)
  • Capone Luke Bege (One Piece)
  • Charlotte Pudding (One Piece)
  • Donquixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
  • Jabra (One Piece)
  • Krieg (One Piece)
  • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
  • Usopp (One Piece)
  • Teufel Diabolos (Senyu)
  • Xelloss (The Slayers)
  • Hideyoshi Soya (The Law of Ueki)
  • Misogi Kumagawa (Medaka Box)
  • John (UnOrdinary)
  • Malty S Melromarc (Rising of the Shield Hero)
  • Lazar (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's)

Cartoons

  • Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Cosmos (IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)
  • Megamind (Megamind)
  • Discord (My Little Pony series)
  • Lotso (Toy Story 3)
  • Murdoc Niccals (Gorillaz)
  • Woody Woodpecker (Woody Woodpecker)
  • Luan Loud (The Loud House)
  • Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Mother Gothel (Tangled)

Comics

  • John Constantine (DC Comics)
  • Mister Mxyzptlk (DC Comics)
  • Bat-Mite (DC Comics)
  • Joker (DC Comics)
  • Mammon (Image Comics)
  • Flip (Little Nemo)
  • Gwenpool (Marvel Comics)
  • Impossible Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Loki (Marvel Comics)
  • Mystique (Marvel Comics)
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • White Spy, Black Spy and Grey Spy (Spy vs. Spy)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Tricksters (Mythology)
    • Saci (Brazilian Folklore)
    • Anansi the Spider (African Mythology)
    • San Martin Txiki (Basque Mythology)
    • Kuma Lisa (Bulgarian Mythology)
    • Sun Wukong (Chinese Mythology)
    • Puck/Robin Goodfellow (English Folklore)
    • Reynard (Various European Mythology)
    • Dionysus/Bacchus (Greco-Roman Mythology)
    • Hermes/Mercury (Greco-Roman Mythology)
    • Prometheus (Greco-Roman Mythology)
    • Kitsune (Japanese Mythology)
    • Tanuki (Japanese Mythology)
    • Coyote (Native American Mythology)
    • Loki (Norse Mythology)
    • Māui (Polynesian Mythology)
    • Billy the Kid (Real Life)
    • Brer Rabbit (African-American Mythology)

Literature

  • Cheshire Cat (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
  • Hoki (Discworld)
  • Agi Hammerthief (Discworld)
  • Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • Peeves (Harry Potter)
  • Setne (Kane Chronicles)

Live Television

  • The Trickster & His Brigade (Doctor Who/The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • The Master (Doctor Who)
  • Q (Star Trek: TNG)
  • Gabriel (Supernatural); also called Loki
  • Tricksters (Supernatural)
  • Kitsune (Teen Wolf)
    • Noshiko Yukimura
    • Nogitsune

Video Games

  • Araskes (Destiny)
  • Hazama/Yuuki Terumi (BlazBlue)
  • Queen of Maggots (The Cat Lady/Downfall Remake)
  • Joker (Persona 5)
  • The Contessa (Sly Cooper)
  • Dr. M (Sly Cooper)
  • Cyrille Le Paradox (Sly Cooper)
  • Yukari Yakumo (Touhou Project)
  • Tewi Inaba (Touhou Project)
  • Trickster (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Loki (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Puck (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Erevan Ilesere (Forgotten Realms)
  • Tzeentch (Warhammer 40k)
  • Cegorach, the Laughing God (Warhammer 40k)
  • Mephet'ran the Deceiver (Warhammer 40k)
  • The Changeling, the Trickster of Tzeentch (Warhammer 40k)
  • Lukas Strifeson (Warhammer 40k)
  • Fizz, the Tidal Trickster (League of Legends)
  • Zoe, the Aspect of Twilight (League of Legends)

Other

  • Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice)
  • Carrotjuice (Channel Awesome)
  • Coyote (Gunnerkrigg Court)
  • Reynard (Gunnerkrigg Court)
  • Jane Crocker (Homestuck); via spiral sucker
  • Jake English, Roxy Lalonde, Dirk Strider (Homestuck); via significant contact with other people in Trickster Mode
  • SCP-1447-1 - Tulpa (SCP Foundation)
  • SCP-1848 (SCP Foundation)
  • Saturn Deer (SCP Foundation)

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