trickster stories

The Odyssey is a strange, adventurous tale of a grown man trying to get home after fighting in a war. He’s on that long journey home, and it’s filled with traps and pitfalls. He’s cursed to wander. He’s always getting carried out to sea, always having close calls. Huge chunks of boulders rock his boat. He angers people he shouldn’t. There’s troublemakers in his crew. Treachery. His men are turned into pigs and then are turned back into younger, more handsome men. He’s always trying to rescue somebody. He’s a travelin’ man, but he’s making a lot of stops.

He’s stranded on a desert island. He finds deserted caves, and he hides in them. He meets giants that say, “I’ll eat you last.” And he escapes from giants. He’s trying to get back home, but he’s tossed and turned by the winds. Restless winds, chilly winds, unfriendly winds. He travels far, and then he gets blown back.

He’s always being warned of things to come. Touching things he’s told not to. There’s two roads to take, and they’re both bad. Both hazardous. On one you could drown and on the other you could starve. He goes into the narrow straits with foaming whirlpools that swallow him. Meets six-headed monsters with sharp fangs. Thunderbolts strike at him. Overhanging branches that he makes a leap to reach for to save himself from a raging river. Goddesses and gods protect him, but some others want to kill him. He changes identities. He’s exhausted. He falls asleep, and he’s woken up by the sound of laughter. He tells his story to strangers. He’s been gone twenty years. He was carried off somewhere and left there. Drugs have been dropped into his wine. It’s been a hard road to travel.

In a lot of ways, some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back. And you’ve had close calls as well. You have angered people you should not have. And you too have rambled this country all around. And you’ve also felt that ill wind, the one that blows you no good. And that’s still not all of it.

—  Bob Dylan, excerpted from his Nobel Acceptance Lecture

I’m afraid to check whether they’ve turned Loki evil again tbh. i know they will eventually but honestly why have villain Loki when you can have “chaotic-good-sometimes-chaotic-neutral-depends-on-the-mood-and-also-turns-into-a-cat-version-of-his-brother-to-annoy-him-Loki”

i mean i know which i find more compelling

A trickster is a character who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior. A trickster is usually known for their possible sadistic behavior, tendency to mock authority, chaotic nature, intelligence, etc.

Write a story in which a trickster is your main character.

shizukateal  asked:

The portal seems to have the same effect on Joey that the lollipop juju had with Jane, any thing to say about that?

Yeah, it seems like a Neverending Story thing. AURYN–the medallion that grants any wish–has a corrosive effect on humans, even as it makes them all-mighty.

Bastian quickly becomes attached and obsessed with AURYN, compelled to hold onto it against logic and reason. 

Also, AURYN changes Bastian’s race, making him an “oriental prince” (this book is from like 1970 or something ok? its not me.) 

Which blows a huge hole in the “The trickster kids are a joke about the kids actually being white”, because the kids’ original races have absolutely nothing to do with their caucasian color pallette.
That’s all an AURYN thing. In other words, as I’ve said before, trickster mode was perfect and Homestuck is good actually. 

There’s my thoughts.

Thing I’d like to do someday: write a show based around mythological figures in a modern setting, the main characters being Coyote, Loki, Anansi, and Sun Wukong. Sun Wukong’s probably the primary main character, due to having the best reputation by the end of his story, though I’d prefer to make it pretty equal in focus.

The twist: Coyote is played by someone Caucasian, Loki is played by someone Chinese, Anansi is played by someone First Nations, and Sun Wukong is played by someone African. Because these are all trickster gods, and one of the core concepts of trickster figures in mythology is that they overturn social conventions and break taboos, and I can’t think of a better way to automatically, visually emphasize this in this current time period. Beyond that, I have no qualifications for the actors other than that they feel like a trickstery sort of person - the roles would be open to all ages and genders.

Also, they would be played by different actors in flashbacks, possibly different actors in every flashback, to emphasize that these are the forms they have chosen to mess with people in modern society. Each character would have some sort of tell that follows them from form to form, though - Sun Wukong always has yellow hair (because he’s always described as a golden coloured in the stuff I’ve see), Loki has a scar/multiple scars on or around their mouth, and… I’m not sure what Anansi and Coyote would have, but it would be good.

rosegold-s  asked:

I'm taking a mythology summer course and the current theme is trickster gods, so naturally all I can think about is Solas (and your wonderful musings on him)

Oh, thank you! You know, I really recommend the book “Trickster Makes This World,” it has really neat explanations about the jurisdictions of trickster gods. I’m tempted to anonymously mail a copy to Patrick Weekes.

Basically, it’s super fruitless to try to stop trickster gods from changing the boundaries between worlds (either tearing down or building up) and between elements of society, between life and death, awake and dreaming. Causing all good and bad change, being the element of uncertainty that keeps things moving. Challenging what is socially acceptable, changing the stagnantly unchangeable on levels unthinkable, when even other gods quail at the rich upheaval – that’s the one thing that Trickster is in charge of, that’s their dominion.

You can’t bind the Trickster’s actions because great change will always happen eventually, even to heaven and the unchanging gods. You can’t stop Trickster from causing that kind of transformation because they are literally that element of transformation embodied.

It’s a super fascinating topic, and one that gets more fascinating when the Trickster claims he’s not a god, and goes on to – almost against his will – keep unraveling and destroying the status quo of the existing world. More than once. It’s amazing. I love this story.

Double Agent Vader Fic: Shape-Changer

*casually drops in after a week’s absence with surprise fic*

So I didn’t think I would ever write the beginning of Vader’s double agent career, but marajadesbutt sent me an ask about what Anakin’s initial motivation for turning double agent was, and to my surprise, fic happened.

I pondered a lot of different ways all of this could have started, but ultimately, Anakin rebuilds himself in the image of the survival narratives of Tatooine slavery. So it seemed fitting that everything should begin with a story.

(Also ftr I’m going with the idea that Palpatine actually drained Padmé’s life force to keep Anakin alive, since imo that makes the most sense of how Palpatine knows that she’s dead at all.)

His Master liked to say that Vader was born in fire on Mustafar. But Ekkreth was born in the desert.



Tatooine hadn’t changed.

The suns still blazed, and the heat still beat down, and the sand still got everywhere. That last, especially, was true. Vader could feel it grinding against his metal bones.

He didn’t feel the heat anymore, not within this climate controlled life support suit. And he didn’t feel the burning of the suns, either, or need to shield his eyes against the light or his skin against the biting wind. But he still felt the sand. That would never change.

He almost welcomed it.

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Allegory through Allusion: An Introduction Post.

“allegory -  a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning.”

Like all good games, Homestuck tries very hard to teach the reader how to engage with it. Homestuck cues the reader into how to read some of its narrative vagueness through the use of literary allusion. This includes allusions to anime, games, books, movies and entire cultural and philosophical movements. 

In this series, we’ll go over some of the biggest examples of Homestuck using references to clue the reader into what it’s doing. Hopefully, you’ll come away from these essays with a new insight into Homestuck’s logic–especially later on, where Homestuck outright finishes character arcs and thematic climaxes through this approach. 

I’m numbering these posts from simplest to most complex, and roughly from least to most plot impact, too. 

[1. Dragonball Z, The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride, Peter Pan & SAW -
Plot Structure & Character arcs]

[2. The Neverending Story -
Trickster Mode, Muse/Lord & The Fundamental Rules of Paradox Space]

[3. Earthbound & Mother 3-
Absolutely Safe Capsules, Dramatic Tension & The Diegetic Reader (You!)]

[4. The Gnostic Creation Myth -
Literally fucking everything. A Non-Exhaustive review.]

[All of these essays are finished, and accessible to Patrons.
They will be released once a week, every Monday from now on!]

This post exists for introduction purposes and as an easy link once all of them are uploaded, but please reblog the individual essays instead, as old reblogs of this post will be outdated and lack the correct hyperlinks!]

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That’s all for now.

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Finn the trickster hero

Finn is a lot of things–a military genius, a conscientious objector, a crack shot, an iconoclast–but beyond the realm of military and politics he also has mythological qualities in embodying certain archetypes, and to me the most prominent is that of the trickster.

Trickster figures are recognizable by distinguishing traits such as solving problems by wit and resourcefulness, actions that upset the social order, humor, crossing boundaries between realms, and physical transformation. Finn’s story contains all of these and more, with the effect that he plays the trickster’s role, a bearer of the unexpected and an agent of change.

A trickster is first and foremost defined by, well, trickery. Some tricksters are conspicuously lacking in physical force, such as Jacob in the Old Testament of the Bible in contrast to his stronger brother Esau. Some are depicted as smaller, weaker animals compared to their adversaries, such as Reynard the Fox in Western European fables in comparison to the wolf Isengrim, or Bre’r Rabbit of the Southern United States in comparison with Bre’r Fox. Other times martial prowess simply isn’t a big part of their story, such as Coyote of the Crow and Plains tribes’ mythologies and Prometheus in Greek mythology. Rather than physical force the trickster often uses some flaw in their opponent, such as vanity or cruelty, to get out of a tight situation or win the prize in a situation where they are at a disadvantage.

This is true of Finn, who made and executed a plan to steal a TIE fighter and rescue a Resistance pilot from under the First Order’s nose. In doing so he ingeniously exploited a flaw in the First Order’s organization by claiming it was Kylo Ren who wanted the prisoner–Ren, who reports directly to Snoke and is not a part of the strict military hierarchy that Hux so prizes, who has his own agenda and will act for it rather than his given orders, as he demonstrated more than once in The Force Awakens.

If Finn had tried to claim the prisoner transfer order had come from Hux or Phasma he may well have been required to verify the command, given that both these figures operate within the standard military system. But Ren? Who was going to question him and risk his explosive temper, short of Hux or Snoke himself?

In other words, Finn used the personal and organizational failings of his oppressors to brilliant effect in planning and executing his escape, and this planning made it possible for him and Poe to reach the TIE fighter without a single shot fired. Once they flew the TIE and hit a (literal) snag shots were fired indeed, in a sequence I have analyzed at length. A confrontation was inevitable at some point anyway, but it was due to Finn’s clever subterfuge that he and Poe were able to get so far without attracting deadly attention. This is itself a significant achievement that may have saved their lives when they were seriously outnumbered and Poe had endured physical and mental torture.

Finn also uses a subtle trick on the Resistance but of a different sort, which I will discuss near the end in the section about the trickster as communicator.

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I tripped over my keyboard and kept going on this Steve/Loki AU.

Steve froze. He knew that name. In Earth’s myths it was as famous a name as Odin and Thor. But Thor and Odin turned out to be very real and very alien and not much like the myths bearing their names. Loki was the notorious trickster in those stories of old, and Steve didn’t know if those stories were any more accurate than the ones about Thor.

So, is there really a Loki? Tony asked Thor one night when they were all relaxed and hanging out.

Thor’s face had done something funny, flinching like he was in pain before turning smooth and affable as ever. Yes, Thor answered. And then immediately changed the subject.

The myth in question was studying him now, sending a prickle of unease along his spine.

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    things i’ll forever love: Kurama’s willingness to go along with Kuwabara’s pranks
    I RLY WANNA GO MORE INTO THIS TBH, like playing around with Kurama’s playful side, god i love him

Trickster of the Month - January 2017

New year, new month, new Trickster to highlight.

This month we’re taking a look at a Trickster from a story that highlights the problems with medical care in a capitalist society. I’m talking, of course, of  Graverobber from Repo! The Genetic Opera.

For those who haven’t heard of this Gothic Cult Classic, Repo! tells the story of Shilo, daughter of Nathan and while he is a brilliant surgeon and doctor he is sworn to the service of Rotti Largo. Rotti is the head of GeneCo, a company that specializes in “genetic perfection” that provides various upgrades to the human body through organ transplants and physical updates like plastic surgery. GeneCo will gladly finance your surgeries, however if you fail to pay they send their RepoMen after you…

What Shilo doesn’t know is that her father is Rotti’s best “legal assassin” – a dreaded RepoMan- who goes forth to reposes organs and other biomaterial from those who cannot pay their debts. And one of the bargaining chips that Rotti holds over Nathan to keep him in line is his wife’s death and the fact that Shilo is “sick” with the same “blood disease” that killed his wife. It’s due to this reason Nathan keeps Shilo away from the dangers of the world, keeping her locked away like a princess in a tower, unable to have friends or even simply go outside.

But, like all teenagers, Shilo finds ways around her father’s restrictions and manages to get outside. It’s there she runs into the Graverobber, a mysterious drug dealer of the substance Zydrate – the miracle injectable anesthetic that makes GeneCo’s surgeries possible but is also highly addictive for users seeking escape from the dark world they live in due to its almost nirvana-like feeling. Graverobber acts as the “door” to introduce Shilo to the world around her, inspiring her to try and leave her situation.

Graverobber also serves as a narrator, introducing us to the world of Repo! and the problems they face. He is mysterious and somehow manages to show up several times right when he’s needed to help Shilo, even escorting her home after an encounter with Rotti’s daughter, Amber Sweet. He fills the typical role of a Trickster as the dweller on the threshold, representing the beauty and dangers of the outside world that Shilo longs to join. He acts a guide to the world he inhabits, knowing it’s ins and outs but willing to break the rules. Most notably by being an unlicensed dealer of Zydrate, something punishable by death or imprisonment in his word. He cares little for the rules and standards set forth by GeneCo and Rotti Largo, stealing profits from the large company through his Zydrate dealing. He is almost a Hermes-like character as he is a thief, a storyteller, and a guide, even dealing with the dead as they are the source of Zydrate, it can be harvested from corpses as it seems to linger in the brains of individuals who took it in life.

A complex character played to perfection by Terrance Zdunich, who is also one of the masterminds behind Repo! in the first place. He would go on to help create another cult classic and play another Trickster in The Devil’s Carnival, taking on the role of Lucifer himself to judge souls sent down to hell for their earthly sins. But that’s another thing entirely.

Graverobber’s Trickster lesson is simple: survive by any means necessary, especially when there are larger and more powerful forces out there who would happily see you killed. But do not fear them, they deserve neither your respect or your fear. They are not your master and you should not bow down to them, no matter what they promise you in return.

Title: Opening Gambit

Chapter: Oneshot

Fandom: Tamora Pierce, Tortal, Trickster’s Series


A decision had to be made soon, and what a choice to make. It was almost unfair to have to do this twice. Wasn’t the first time around enough?

Queen Dovasary Bailtang Haming of the Kyrpish Isles sat in one of the many conference rooms that dotted the palace. She was waiting for her spymaster, and sometimes adviser, to arrive.

Ten years had passed since the Great Revolution had brought the Krypish Isles back into Raka hands and their queen had worked hard to make sure the land and all its residents, Raka and Luarin alike, had prospered. The years had seen her grow taller and her features sharper. She looked more like a cat now the she ever had, with her high cheekbones and high forehead. While young, her youth was hardly commented on by her peers or subjects. Intelligent, wise,fair, intense and strong were the words that most often came to mind when talking of the queen. Some took her age to mean she would be weak, but they always learned their folly soon enough.

For this meeting she was dressed simply. She wore a black gown made of crinkled silk with neat green embroideries on hem and sleeve. Her hair was styled in braids that were wrapped at the top of her head and decorated with cooper drops to resemble the crown she wore for formal occasions. Even her jewelry was plain; a cord of gold that wrapped her neck, simple earrings of the same metal, and only two rings: the black kudarung symbol of her household, and a simple gold band with a large emerald- the sign of a widow in the isles.

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Hynpos myth event Day 12: Favourite deity pair/group or myth creature
Kitsune are fox spirits in Japanese mythology with the ability to shift into human form. They often become beautiful young women and can act as guardians, friends, lovers, and wives but can also be tricksters. There are stories of being able to tell them by the fact they retain their tail in human form. The wiser and older the spirit the more tails it will have.