Tiger is one of the Old Gods in the Anansi Boys novel, and comes from West-African mythology. He is the main antagonist in the Anansi Boys novel and is the god of all big cats, savagery, and the hunt.
Significance in narrative Edit
At the meeting of the Old Gods at the House on the Rock, Mr. Nancy steps in as the "warm-up" man and and tells the crowd of Old Gods a story about how he stole Tiger's balls and blamed it on Old Monkey, which is why to this day, Tiger chases monkeys.
Charlie Nancy first meets Tiger when he travels to the end of the world in his search to find a way to get rid of his brother, Spider.
Later in the story, Bird is hunting Charlie Nancy and Spider. When Spider is captured by Bird, it is revealed that Bird has been working for Tiger all along. Tiger wants to reclaim his stories and plunge the world once again in savagery and darkness.
In the end, Spider and Charlie defeat Tiger and capture him in his cave in the end of the world.
Significance in mythology Edit
Tiger and Anansi lived in pre-historical Africa, where Tiger first owned all the stories; sad stories about the hunt, blood, and death. After some time, however, Anansi stole all of Tiger's stories and was the focal point in funny stories about trickery and being clever.