Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.
This week’s topic is Tricksters
A great prank is always amusing. Many an adventure start with a well placed trick. They are even more amusing when performed by those with god like powers.
Sadly, this will be the last Tough Travels post. I came to the meme late and I didn’t always manage to post but I really enjoyed this meme. Thanks, Nathan!
Tricksters are some of my favorite characters, so onwards:
Loki: of course I have to start with the main trickster in the Marvel Universe, both on screen and the comics. Loki is one of the major villains in the MU.
The Joker from DC Comics, of course.
Pretty much every pantheon of ancient gods have their tricksters: some Native American tribes have the Coyote, Roman gods have Mercury, and the Egyptians have Set. Greeks had more: clever Odysseus, Eris the Discord goddess, Hermes the messenger/ trickster god, along with Prometheus who stole the fire from gods to humans. Pretty much every Greek god was known for tricking humans one way or another, and each other, as well.
Robin Hood plays often tricks on the Sheriff of Nottingham and his minions. Admittedly, the adult versions of Robin’s legends don’t always emphasize that side of him.
The Bastard god from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Curse of Chalion, Palading of Souls, and Hallowed Hunt.
Puck, from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream was Fairy King Oberon’s court trickster.
Rumplestiltskin from fairy tales and to a degree in the Once Upon a Time TV-show.
Puss in Boots from fairy tales. One of my favorites. Loved him in the Shrek movies, too.
Jack from the comic book Fables was so good a trickster than few people want him to stick around long.
Bugs Bunny is a cartoon character always playing tricks on others and many cartoons are fantasy.
Q from Star Trek: the Next Generation. One of my favorite tricksters ever!