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"Legend tells of creatures - sometimes cats, sometimes other beasts, but most often, wolves - that can change shape, and walk as men. Legend says that this gift, or curse, granted them the reason of men, the instinct of wolves, and a strength far surpassing either species. Legend states that this fusion of man and beast, immune to all harm save silver or fire, who towers over mere mortals, powerful beyond imagining - Damn, I wish I was that guy!"
― Peter Stubbe, Peter Is the Wolf
"Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright."
― Maleva (The Wolf Man)
"Little girls, this seems to say,
Never stop upon your way.
Never trust a stranger-friend;
No-one knows how it will end.
As you're pretty, so be wise;
Wolves may lurk in every guise.
Handsome they may be, and kind,
Gay, or charming — never mind!
Now as then, 'tis simple truth —
Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth!"
― Charles Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood

The power to use the abilities of a werewolf. Variation of Mythic Physiology and Canine Physiology. Opposite to Wolfwere Physiology.

Also Called

  • Homo Lupus Physiology (Human Only)
  • Lycan Body/Form/Physiology
  • Lycanthrope Body/Form/Physiology
  • Lycanthropy
  • Lycanthropy Body/Form/Mimicry/Transformation
  • Werewolf Body/Form/Mimicry/Transformation
  • Wolfman Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology

Capabilities

User with this ability is a werewolf, a human or humanoid being with the ability to transform into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse and/or lycanthropic affliction via a bite or scratch from a werewolf, or some other means. This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon.

Long story short, most depictions are unable to change back into their base form like when the full-moon disappears, only changing when the full-moon is active, and in more unique cases, capable of transforming freely any time when needed without the requirement of a full moon.

The user gains the traits of werewolves, most obvious being ability to change into a wolf with the natural characteristics inherent to both wolves and humans, including senses, stamina, agility, etc. In addition werewolves are often attributed strength and speed far beyond those of wolves or men and may have them in lesser amount even when untransformed.

Other than this, details vary considerably: some are limited to single form which ranges from completely animal to man-wolf (humanoid with fur, claws and fangs); some can shift between human, wolf-man (humanoid wolf) and pure wolf; while others are able to choose to what extent they want to change, including what parts. Their wolf-form may be completely natural wolf in form, something resembling a Dire Wolf, or even something directly from the darkest dredges of human fear for wolves. Although some wolf instinct is likely to influence a werewolf in transformed state, this varies from completely animal mind to perfectly aware human, even to the stereotypical monster lusting for blood.

Although it is very commonly linked to werewolves, they aren't all vulnerable to silver or other traditional weaknesses. For some these are no more or less harmful than any other metal or substance, some are essentially un-killable for anything else.

Applications

Variations

Werewolf Types

Depending of what is the cause of the condition:

Associations

Limitations

  • Applied electricity, medicine, or enzymes may prevent transformation.
  • Can be outmatched by Supernatural Hunter Physiology.
  • May be connected to the phases of the Moon (Full Moon in particular) and either only be able to transform or be involuntarily forced to change during one. However in most depictions, werewolves don't possess this sort of weakness, allowing them to transform freely.
  • May be vulnerable to silver, wolfs-bane and/or other traditional werewolf weaknesses, or be harmed only by them.
  • May cause changes of mental abilities/personality.
    • May include loss of memory of human emotion and life.
    • May include loss of self-control.
    • May include shift towards canine level of intelligence/instincts.
  • May be vulnerable to other Lycanthropes natural attacks.
  • If werewolves and vampires are natural enemies, may be vulnerable to their bite.
  • May be vulnerable to various canine weaknesses such as high pitch or loud noises or foul smell.

Known Users

See Also: Werebeast Tropes, especially Our Werewolves Are Different.

Folklore/Mythology

  • Lycaon (Greek Mythology/Folklore)
  • Luison (Guarani Mythology)
  • Werewolves (Mythology/Folklore); near global

Anime/Manga

  • Sajin Komamura (Bleach)
  • Wolf (Blood Lad)
  • Sasha Dejanstahl Voban (Campione!)
  • Hiroshi Inaba (Cuticle Detective Inaba)
  • Werewolf (Dance in the Vampire Bund)
  • Bete Loga (Danmachi)
  • Gabumon (Digimon Adventure)
  • Ai (Dragon Crisis)
  • Olivier/Loup-Garou (Heartcatch Pretty Cure! Movie)
  • The Captain (Hellsing)
  • Loup Garou (Highschool DxD)
  • Nate Mitotsudaira (Horizon In The Middle of Nowhere)
  • Batanen Fujioka (Hyper Police)
  • Shiho Shishido/Shirō (Jitsu wa watashi wa)
  • Chain Sumeragi (Kekkai Sensen)
  • Werewolves (Luger Code 1951)
    • Yonaga
  • Kotaro Inugami (Negima! Magister Negi Magi)
  • Elbia Hanaiman (Outbreak Company)
  • Lupusregina Beta (Overlord)
  • Riza Wildman (Princess Resurrection)
  • Ginei Morioka (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Jinrou (Shiki)
  • Ruhuya (Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!)
  • Kiss (Sorcerer On The Rocks)
  • Free (Soul Eater)
  • Holo (Spice and Wolf)
  • Hank (To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts)
  • Kaito (UQ Holder)
  • Ame (Wolf Children)
  • Yuki (Wolf Children)
  • Akira Inugami (Wolf Guy Wolfen Crest)
  • All wolves (Wolf's Rain)
    • Darcia (Wolf's Rain)
  • Reus Silverlion (World Teacher)
  • Lyca (Zombie-Loan)

Live Television

Movies

  • Ted (Bad Moon)
  • Jordan Sands (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf)
  • Hunter Sands (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf)
  • Wolfman (Cirque du Freak)
  • Quentin Collins (Dark Shadows)
  • Werewolves (Dog Soldiers)
  • Leng Linqi/Cold Blood (The Four)
  • Ginger (Ginger Snaps)
  • Wayne and Wanda (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Wayne's and Wanda's Kids (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Werewolves (The Howling series)
  • Tony Rivers (I Was A Teenage Werewolf)
  • Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy's "Hombre Lobo" film series)
  • Michael Corvin (Underworld); vampire-werewolf hybrid
  • Lycans (Underworld)
  • Werewolves (Underworld)
  • Gabriel Van Helsing (Van Helsing)
  • Velkan Valerious (Van Helsing)
  • Will Randall (Wolf)
  • Lou Garou (Wolfcop)
  • Lawrence Talbot/Wolfman (The Wolfman)
  • Sir John Talbot (The Wolfman)
  • Cayden Richards (Wolves)

Comics

Cartoons

  • Lawrence Talbot (Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman)
  • Werewolves (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Blitzwolfer (Ben 10)
  • Bashmouth's Species (Ben 10: Reboot)
  • Werewolf (Big Top Scooby-Doo!)
  • Ty Parsec/Wirewolf (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)
  • Wolfie (Casper's Scare School)
  • Wulf (Danny Phantom)
  • Fangface (Fangface)
  • Weredad (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Werewolves (Monster High)
    • Clawdeen Wolf
    • Clawd Wolf
    • Howleen Wolf
    • Romulus
    • Silvi Timberwolf
  • Wolf (Monster Mash)
  • Bernard (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • Wolfy Kids (PJ Masks)
    • Howler (PJ Masks)
    • Rip (PJ Masks)
    • Kevin (PJ Masks)
  • Colleen (Road Rovers); one off
  • Winnie Werewolf (Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School)
  • Papa Werewolf (Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School)
  • Shaggy Rogers (Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf)
  • Werewolves (Tara Duncan)
  • Cody (Total DramaRama); Episode 3 only

Literature

  • Werewolves (Bitten)
  • Werewolves (Demon Accords)
    • Stacia Reynolds
  • Grubbs Grady (The Demonata)
  • Werewolves (Discworld)
    • Angua von Überwald
  • Will Blake (Goosebumps)
  • Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)
  • Fenrir Greyback (Harry Potter)
  • Werewolves (Hemlock Grove)
    • Peter Rumancek (Hemlock Grove)
    • Nicolae Rumancek (Hemlock Grove)
    • Christina Wendall (Hemlock Grove)
    • Hermilla (Hemlock Grove)
  • Werewolves (The Howling)
    • Eddie Quist (The Howling)
    • Masha Quist ('The Howling')
  • Luke Garroway (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Maia Roberts (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Woolsey Scott (The Infernal Devices)
  • Jordan Kyle (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Bat Velasquez (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Werewolves (ONSET)
    • Michael O'Brien
  • Lycaon (Percy Jackson)
  • Werewolves (Shadow Falls)
    • Lucas Parker
    • Fredericka
    • Will
    • Mrs. Parker
    • Mr. Parker
    • Monique
  • Chameleons (Shadow Falls); via Species-Shifting
    • Kylie Galen
    • Mario Esparza
    • Malcolm Summers
    • Francyne
    • Hayden Yates
    • Roberto Esparza
  • Women of McDonaldland (Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland)

Video Games

  • Valkenhayn R. Hellsing (BlazBlue)
  • Father Gascoigne (Bloodborne)
  • Yugo the Wolf (Bloody Roar)
  • Werewolves (Castlevania series)
  • Cornell (Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness)
  • Lycanthropes (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow)
  • Jon Talbain/Gallon (Darkstalkers)
  • WereGarurumon (Digimon)
  • Lycan (Dota 2)
  • Werewolves (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Undead Werewolves (The Elder Scrolls: Online)
    • Faolchu (The Elder Scrolls: Online)
  • Wulvers (God of War 2018)
  • Mackenzie Hunt (Havenfall is for Lovers)
  • Sabrewulf (Killer Instinct)
  • Warwick (League of Legends)
  • Maritima Malcolmia (Libra of the Vampire Princess)
  • Wolf Woods (Mega Man Star Force)
  • Volf (Ninja Gaiden)
  • Kevin (Seiken Densetsu 3)
  • Werewolves (The Sims 2/3)
  • Wolfgang (Skylanders)
  • Wolf Demon (Tekken Tag Tournament)
  • Kagerou Imaizumi (Touhou Project)
  • Fenrir (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Kagenui (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Sirius (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Werewolves (Veil of Darkness)
  • Akira Inugmai (Wolf Guy)

Tabletop Games

  • Lythari (Forgotten Realms)
  • Skin Wolves (Warhammer Fantasy)
  • The Garou (Werewolf: The Apocalypse)

Known Objects

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