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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

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

Also Called

  • Lycan Physiology
  • Lycanthrope Physiology
  • Lycanthropy
  • Lycanthropy Mimicry/Transformation
  • Werewolf Mimicry/Transformation
  • Wolfman 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.

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.
  • May be vulnerable to silver, wolfs-bane and/or other traditional werewolf weaknesses, or be harmed only by them.
  • May include loss of memory of human emotion and life.
  • May include loss of self-control.
  • 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

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

Anime/Manga

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

Film/Television

  • Werewolves (Being Human)
  • Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy's "Hombre Lobo" film series)
  • Alcide Herveaux (True Blood)
  • Tony Rivers (I Was A Teenage Werewolf)
  • Werewolves (Supernatural)
    • Garth Fitzgerald IV
  • Werewolves (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
    • Daniel Osbourne/Oz
    • Veruca
    • Nina Ash
    • McManus
  • Niklaus Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals); via Vaewolf Physiology
  • All Werewolves (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
    • Mason and Tyler Lockwood
    • Hayley Marshall
  • Werewolves (Teen Wolf)
    • Derek Hale
    • Peter Hale
    • Scott McCall
    • Liam
  • Werewolf(bittenTV Series)
    • Elena Michaels
    • Clayton Danvers
    • Jeremy Danvers
    • Nick Sorrentino
  • Werewolves(Shadowhunters TV Series)
    • Luke Garroway
    • Maia Roberts
  • Ted (Bad Moon)
  • Wolfbloods (Wolfblood)
  • Dyson (Lost Girl)
  • Mason Greyback (Wizards of Waverly Place)
  • Wolfman (Cirque du Freak)
  • Wolfman/Lawrence Talbot (The Wolfman)
  • Sir John Talbot (The Wolfman)
  • Leon (The Curse of The Werewolf)
  • Peter Rumancek (Hemlock Grove)
  • Werewolf(The Gates)
    • Brett Crezski
    • Lexie Wade
    • Lukas Ford
  • Cayden Richards(Wolves)
  • Will Randall (Wolf)
  • Lupine wavelength haemovariform/Werewolf (Doctor Who)
  • Michael Corvin (Underworld); vampire-werewolf hybrid
  • Lycans (Underworld)
  • Werewolf (Underworld)
  • Tommy Dawkins (Big Wolf on Campus)
  • Lou Garou (Wolfcop)
  • Quentin Collins (Dark Shadows)
  • Jacob Black (Twilight Saga)
  • Jordan Sands (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf)
  • Hunter Sands (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf)
  • Leng Linqi/Cold Blood (The Four)
  • Little Red Riding Hood a.k.a. Ruby (Once Upon a Time)
  • Ethan Lawrence Talbot/"Ethan Chandler" (Penny Dreadful)
  • Gabriel Van Helsing (Van Helsing)
  • Werewolves (Dog Soldiers)
  • Ginger (Ginger Snaps)
  • Werewolves (The Howling series)
  • Various Werewolves (Power Rangers/Super Sentai)
    • RJ (Power Rangers Jungle Fury); formerly
    • Gou Fukami (Juken Sentai Gekiranger); formerly

Comics/Cartoons

  • Cheryl Lansing (Marvel Comics)
  • Jeffrey Winters (Marvel Comics)
  • Hugo von Stahl (Marvel Comics)
  • Kenneth Long (Marvel Comics)
  • Layla Linski (Marvel Comics)
  • Lou Hackett (Marvel Comics)
  • Lydia Varadi (Marvel Comics)
  • Wolfsbane (Marvel Comics)
  • Raymond Coker (Marvel Comics)
  • Tom Burke (Marvel Comics)
  • Ursula Beers (Marvel Comics)
  • Peter Snubb (Marvel Comics)
  • Anthony Lupus (DC Comics)
  • Mikola Rostov (DC Comics)
  • Gary Hampton/Wolf-Man (Image Comics)
  • Elder Brood (Image Comics)
  • Lawrence Talbot (Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman)
  • Colleen (Road Rovers); one off
  • Massey Wolf Spirit (Martin Mystery)
  • Phantom Werewolf (Martin Mystery)
  • Wayne & Wanda (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Wayne's & Wanda's Kids (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Werewolf (Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School)
  • Werewolf By Night/Jack Russell (Marvel Comics)
  • Werewolves (Monster High)
    • Clawdeen Wolf
    • Clawd Wolf
    • Howleen Wolf
    • Romulus
    • Silvi Timberwolf
  • Winnie Werewolf (Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School)
  • Shaggy Rogers (Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf)
  • Ty Parsec/Wirewolf (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)
  • Blitzwolfer (Ben 10)
  • Werewolves (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Werewolves (Tara Duncan)

Video Games

  • Sabrewulf (Killer Instinct)
  • Jon Talbain/Gallon (Darkstalkers)
  • Free/The Man with the Demon Eye (Soul Eater)
  • Warwick (League of Legends)
  • Yugo the Wolf (Bloody Roar)
  • Wolfgang (Skylanders)
  • Valkenhayn R. Hellsing (BlazBlue)
  • Volf (Ninja Gaiden)
  • Akira Inugmai (Wolf Guy)
  • Undead Werewolves (The Elder Scrolls: Online)
    • Faolchu (The Elder Scrolls: Online)
  • Werewolves (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Kevin (Seiken Densetsu 3)
  • Father Gascoigne (Bloodborne)
  • Kagerou Imaizumi (Touhou Project)
  • WereGarurumon (Digimon)
  • Fenrir (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Kagenui (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Sirius (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Lycan (Dota 2)
  • Wolf Woods (Megaman Star Force)
  • Werewolves (The Sims 2/3)

Literature

  • Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)
  • Fenrir Greyback (Harry Potter)
  • 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 (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
  • Grubbs Grady (The Demonata)
  • Wolf Woods (Megaman Star Force)
  • Peter Rumancek (Hemlock Grove)
  • Nicolae Rumancek (Hemlock Grove)
  • Eddie Quist (The Howling)
  • Masha Quist (The Howling)
  • Werewolves (Bitten)
  • Werewolves (Discworld)
    • Angua von Überwald
  • Women of McDonaldland (Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland)
  • Lycaon (Percy Jackson)

Tabletop Games

  • Lythari (Forgotten Realms)

Known Objects

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