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The heraldic fox and the wolf are similarly depicted, and can appear as charges or supporters. Medieval literature praised the fox for its wit, intelligence, and cunning, but it was also seen as a sign of ambition.


In many cultures, the fox is regarded as a trickster figure who is intelligent, sly, crafty, and cunning. This perception is so strong in many western cultures that it has given rise to the phrase "Sly like a fox."


In the Christian bible, the figure of Herod is likened to a fox. Medieval Europe regarded the fox as skilled at using clever tricks to deceive people and sometimes even associated the animal with the devil.


Shamanic cultures regard the fox with some measure of esteem, as an animal with the magical ability to shift form. In ancient Mesopotamia, the fox's behavior was observed for the purpose of prophesying the future.