from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that swindles or plays tricks.
- n. A mischievous or roguish figure in myth or folklore, often an animal, who typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mythological figure responsible for teaching others through the use of guile and treason.
- n. One who performs a trick.
- n. An impish or playful person.
- n. A fraud (person who performs a trick for the purpose of unlawful gain).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who tricks; a deceiver; a tricker; a cheat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To play tricks.
- n. One who practises tricks; a deceiver; a cheat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who plays practical jokes on others
- n. someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
- n. a mischievous supernatural being found in the folklore of many primitive people; sometimes distinguished by prodigious biological drives and exaggerated bodily parts
But the trickster is willing to become the prince of thieves in order to get power among the gods.
The deadly trickster is for rogues and maybe rangers, basically some luck powers.
Lévi-Strauss’s argument hinges on two facts about the Native American trickster: (1) the trickster has a contradictory and unpredictable personality; (2) the trickster is almost always a raven or a coyote.
Stone is well known as a trickster, and for his ability to spin magic out of nothing, even an ordinary phone call.
The trickster was a pretended monk who dwelt there before me and at whose death I was present.
In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and conventional behavior.
Personally I'm okay with the artist as "trickster," but in this case the trickster-aspect manifests itself more in the area of the passive aggressive.
Rushdie's Nobu is neither present nor dead; instead he is the "trickster," symbolizing a learning lesson Rushdie wanted to express.
To me this IS a reboot, what makes it interesting is having a "trickster" figure like Jack, and the lovable bad guy Barbossa, and hopefully the ever-loyal sidekick Gibbs, entering a fresh new story.
Loki, of course, is the name of the "trickster" of the gods in the Skaldic pantheon and one of the original trolls.