trickster

Someone who likes to play jokes or tell fibs is a trickster. If you're a trickster, your favorite holiday is probably April Fools' Day.

While we commonly use the noun trickster for anyone who plays pranks or cons you out of a dollar, the trickster is also a classic character in mythology and folklore. These trickster figures are usually smart and canny rule breakers. In Greek mythology, Hermes is often seen as a trickster, and in West African stories, a spider named Anansi is the epitome of the trickster.

Definitions of trickster
  1. noun
    someone who plays practical jokes on others
    synonyms: cut-up, hoaxer, practical joker, prankster, tricker
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    bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler
    someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
  2. noun
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
    synonyms: beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker
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    bluffer, four-flusher
    a person who tries to bluff other people
    chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, gouger, grifter, scammer, swindler
    a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
    decoy, steerer
    a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
    dodger, fox, slyboots
    a shifty deceptive person
    betrayer, double-crosser, double-dealer, traitor, two-timer
    a person who says one thing and does another
    defalcator, embezzler, peculator
    someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
    falsifier
    someone who falsifies
    finagler, wangler
    a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods
    counterfeiter, forger
    someone who makes copies illegally
    fortune hunter
    a person who seeks wealth through marriage
    figurehead, front, front man, nominal head, straw man, strawman
    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
    dissembler, dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, phony, pretender
    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
    imitator, impersonator
    someone who (fraudulently) assumes the appearance of another
    fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
    a person who makes deceitful pretenses
    liar, prevaricator
    a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
    misleader
    someone who leads astray (often deliberately)
    charlatan, mountebank
    a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
    obscurantist
    a person who is deliberately vague
    sandbagger
    someone who deceives you about his true nature or intent in order to take advantage of you
    two-timer
    someone who deceives a lover or spouse by carrying on a sexual relationship with somebody else
    utterer
    someone who circulates forged banknotes or counterfeit coins
    card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy
    a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
    clip artist
    a swindler who fleeces the victim
    coiner
    a maker of counterfeit coins
    con artist, con man, confidence man
    a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
    Judas
    someone who betrays under the guise of friendship
    mimic, mimicker
    someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress)
    name dropper
    someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
    paperhanger
    someone who passes bad checks or counterfeit paper money
    false witness, perjurer
    a person who deliberately gives false testimony
    craniologist, phrenologist
    someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
    quack
    an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
    ringer
    a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
    roper
    a decoy who lures customers into a gambling establishment (especially one with a fixed game)
    shill
    a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
    charmer, smoothie, smoothy, sweet talker
    someone with an assured and ingratiating manner
    fabricator, fibber, storyteller
    someone who tells lies
    Tartufe, Tartuffe
    a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
    welcher, welsher
    someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager
    whited sepulcher, whited sepulchre
    a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
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    offender, wrongdoer
    a person who transgresses moral or civil law
  3. noun
    a mischievous supernatural being found in the folklore of many peoples
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    spiritual being, supernatural being
    an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
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