“Herr Tod” is a gruesome play on words and stories. Mr. Fox is a rogue from English folklore, who murders young women most brutally. Mr. Tod is a character from Beatrix Potter children’s books, a gentleman fox who threatens clueless ducks and antagonizes his badger neighbor. Tod is an English word for fox, but in German it means “death”. So Herr Tod is Mr. Death, and indeed the fox is death personified to the animals it eats.