‘Wait till they get a load of me!’

Jack_Nicholson_As_The_Joker

This week, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, Nathan is taking us travelling once again through the tropes of fantasy.  This week the topic for discussion 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.

  1. Gods: Loki – I guess this is the most obvious choice but it’s also the first that sprung to mind.  The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  2. Fae: Puck – Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream ‘Now, when thou wakest, with thine own fool’s eyes peep.’
  3. Animal: Coyote: thinking of two series for this one, Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.
  4. Vampire: Greyfriar from the Vampire Empire books by Clay and Susan Griffiths.  Greyfriar disguises himself as a human!
  5. Magician: The Weasley twins from Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  Pair of pranksters.
  6. Human: again, two for this one: Locke Lamora from Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard series and the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  Pirates – you just can’t trust ’em.
  7. Shape Shifters: Kitsume called Suzume – from M L Brennan’s Generation V – Suzume is actually a fox who can shift into a human form.  She has a great sense of humour and is always pulling tricks!

I leave you with a little rhyme from a fairytale character trickster:

“Tomorrow I brew, today I bake,
And then the child away I’ll take;
For little deems my royal dame
That Rumpelstiltzkin is my name!”

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12 Responses to “‘Wait till they get a load of me!’”

  1. Carmen

    I only know the Wisley twins, the Joker and off course, Rumpelstiltzkin. The latter can never refuse a good deal, like the devil, I guess.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Everybody knows Rumplestilizkin don’t they? He is a very slippery sucker indeed!
      Lynn 😀

  2. proxyfish

    Beware, the trickster comes in many forms! Locke is definitely my favourite choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Locke, and then of course that obviously makes me think of Jean (le sigh!)
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Suzume! Enough said… 🙂

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Loki came to mind right away when I thought about tricksters. Who I didn’t think of was Suzume! But of course, how could I have forgotten? She’s perfect.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Suzeume just popped into my head at the very last minute and yet actually I think her and Loki are the two perfect choices! Sad times that there will be no more touch travels 😦
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    Loki is an obvious choice but he is the archetypal trickster, I also have Puck, Fred and George Weasley, and Rumpelstiltskin on my list. I love your Dread Pirate Roberts choice; I adore The Princess Bride film 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, he’s obvious but also perfect. I love Puck as well for this one. The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films – I just never get tired of it – that and Labyrinthe.
      Lynn 😀

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