I learned about a creature in Japan that is also in Korea when I lived in Korea that I consider a real villain in Japan. This creature seems initially harmless, but there are terrible stories about the creature in Japan. In Japan, they are called “Kitsune yokai,” and in Korea, they are called “Gumi -ho.” In Korea, I watched a cute comedy/drama series called “My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox.” The show portrayed the Nine Tailed Fox as innocent and rather like a sweet little puppy in human form that is eternal, eats too much meat, doesn’t understand anything, and is a beautiful young woman with long black hair. You couldn’t always see her nine tails, but at times, you could, and the TV show showed her tails as something beautiful and mystical. It showed that she had been living for generations and generations on end, and when she began growing hair on her hands like a dog, she wept. She had to be loved in order to keep her human shape. The guy she fell in love with on the show was scared to death of her, but he also loved her and couldn’t see her hurt. She was extremely expensive to have around because she had to pig out on meat all the time, and she almost broke him. He finally got over his fear, and she began becoming human.
To accompany the Korean nine tailed fox, on the show, there was a tokabee. A tokabee is also a mythical creature that comes in the form of a bad child with supernatural powers and only causes mischief.
This nine tailed fox is also in Japan. However, the Japanese don’t see her as a sweet little puppy that needs to be loved as the Korean television show showed her. In the Korean show, they showed the guy who she fell in love with as completely scared of her. She was always threatening to eat the guy’s liver. That is what the nine tailed foxes do in Japan. I have read some really terrible stories about the nine tailed fox in Japan. The Korean one was supposed to be evil too, but the Japanese stories are much bloodier than the Korean television show I watched.
This nine tailed fox can be painted into a picture as a fox with nine tails, and then, come to life as a beautiful young woman with long black hair that all the men are attracted to, and the men had better beware. She eats the men’s livers. If you read Japanese mythology and history, there are real women who have been labeled as nine tailed foxes. The nine tailed foxes are not only beautiful, but smart, magic, and eternal. They are a kind of oriental witch. There are many bloody stories in Japanese history claiming a nine tailed fox caused it all.
The nine tailed fox was supposed to originally come from China, and there are stories about nine tailed foxes in China too. The original woman the Japanese decided was a nine tailed fox was a woman who came from China. As far as I am concerned, if you are looking for a villain in Japan, I would consider these nine tailed foxes real villains.