Since this one appears a lot in anime, I figured it must have some root in Japanese mythology.
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A fox that lives a thousand years turns into a Kumiho- like its Japanese and Chinese counterparts the kitsune and the huli jing. Also known as gumiho, Kumiho is a creature that appears in the oral tales and legends of Korea and are similar to European fairies. It can transform into a beautiful women and seduces men to kill and eat. Sometimes, they take the form of a bride to devour a groom after his wedding.
The current Japanese kitsune can sometimes be evil and sometimes good, but the Korean counterpart, over the years, has become a symbol of evil. It’s not a benign trickster who delights only in fooling people. There is no doubt that the Kumiho is an evil creature- unlike the fox of Japanese folklore, who will sometimes change into a woman to marry a man who has been kind to it. The kumiho never appears as a benevolent figure. It is a demoness. Legends tell that while the Kumiho is capable transforming its appearance, there is still something persistently fox-like about it.
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