The kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit. These spirits are often seen with multiple tails, the most powerful having nine tails. It is said that with every century they have lived they gain another tail. Kitsune temperaments vary, some being good, helpful, and associated with the fox god Inari. Others are tricksters and lead people into misfortune. Some powers of the kitsune include the ability to possess people, transform into a human shape (though they are always revealed by their shadow or reflection which shows their fox form), and can create a fire called kitsunebi that they use lead people off the paths at night into the dangerous unknown.