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The ability to use the abilities/powers of the trickster archetype. May be sub-power of Transcendent Physiology.

Note that this is essentially definition of archetype/concept.

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

Capabilities

User is (or can draw power from) 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, wisdom and many An Aesop. Even when punished horribly for their effrontery, indomitable spirit (or plain 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 just plain cheating. The trickster is often a Master of Disguise and may have magical or super-powers.

In mythology and religion, the trickster deities breaks 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.

Applications

Variations

Powerful Tricksters can reach nearly or even fully divine status:

Associations

Limitations

  • Their very nature makes Tricksters unable to stay away from trouble.
  • Wisdom isn't their strong suit.
  • Since some tricksters are just so 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.

Known Users

See also The Trickster and Tricksters.

Folklore/Mythology

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

Literature

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

Television

  • Gabriel (Supernatural); also called Loki
  • The Trickster & His Brigade (Doctor Who/The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • The Master (Doctor Who)

Cartoons

  • Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)
  • Megamind (Megamind)
  • Lotso (Toy Story)
  • Discord (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Woody Woodpecker (Woody Woodpecker)

Comics

  • John Constantine (DC)
  • Mister Mxyzptlk (DC)
  • Batmite (DC)
  • Joker (DC)
  • Flip (Little Nemo)
  • Impossible Man (Marvel)
  • Loki (Marvel)
  • Mystique (Marvel)
  • Spider-Man (Marvel)
  • Mammon (Image)

Manga/Anime

  • Xelloss (The Slayers)
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
  • Joseph Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Shippo (Inuyasha)
  • Hisoka (HunterXHunter)
  • Gin Ichimaru (Bleach)
  • Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
  • Flip (Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland)
  • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
  • Jabra (One Piece)
  • Caesar Clown (One Piece)
  • Usopp (One Piece)
  • Donquixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
  • Teufel Diabolos (Senyu)

Video Games

  • Queen of Maggots (The Cat Lady/Downfall Remake)
  • Hazama/Yuuki Terumi (BlazBlue)
  • Yukari Yakumo (Touhou Project)
  • Tewi Inaba (Touhou Project)
  • The Contessa (Sly Cooper)
  • Dr. M (Sly Cooper)
  • Cyrille Le Paradox (Sly Cooper)
  • Trickster (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Loki (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Puck (Valkyrie Crusade)

Other

  • Jane Crocker (Homestuck); via spiral sucker
  • Jake English, Roxy Lalonde, Dirk Strider (Homestuck); via significant contact with other people in Trickster Mode
  • Carrotjuice (Channel Awesome)

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