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16th Jan '16 10:07:32 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Beasts in Yharnam are often being mistaken with Werewolves thanks to their furs and wolf-like appearance. [[spoiler: They are, in truth, a hybrid species created by people injected with the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]] distributed by the [[ReligionOfEvil Healing Church]], and some are BodyOfBodies artifically created by the [[{{Necromancer}} School Of Mensis]] for their rituals. They are more close to [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] rather than Werewolves.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Beasts in Yharnam are often being mistaken with Werewolves thanks to their furs and wolf-like appearance. [[spoiler: They are, in truth, a hybrid species created of various creatures infected by people injected with the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]] distributed by the [[ReligionOfEvil Healing Church]], and some are BodyOfBodies artifically created by the [[{{Necromancer}} School Of Mensis]] for their rituals. They are more close to [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] rather than Werewolves.]]
16th Jan '16 10:06:24 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Beasts in Yharnam are often being mistaken with Werewolves thanks to their furs and wolf-like appearance. [[spoiler: They are, in truth, a hybrid species created by people injected with the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]].]]
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Beasts in Yharnam are often being mistaken with Werewolves thanks to their furs and wolf-like appearance. [[spoiler: They are, in truth, a hybrid species created by people injected with the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]].Ones]] distributed by the [[ReligionOfEvil Healing Church]], and some are BodyOfBodies artifically created by the [[{{Necromancer}} School Of Mensis]] for their rituals. They are more close to [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] rather than Werewolves.]]
16th Jan '16 10:00:53 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Beasts in Yharnam are often being mistaken with Werewolves thanks to their furs and wolf-like appearance. [[spoiler: They are, in truth, a hybrid species created by people injected with the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Great Ones]].]]

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25th Aug '15 12:08:30 AM narm00
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* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had a supplement with a character who was a were-''[[SpiderPeople spider]]'', of all things, imitating a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].
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* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had a supplement with a character who was a has were-''[[SpiderPeople spider]]'', spiders]]'', of all things, imitating a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]].vampires]] (helped by both being blood-drinkers). ** Similarly, [[RevenantZombie the Risen]] also pass themselves off as vampires.
25th Jun '15 8:19:45 AM merotoker
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When a VoluntaryShapeshifter's alternate form is mistaken for ''another'' monster by humans. The [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lore behind werewolves is myopic at best]]. Some werewolves are {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s, others are {{Curse}}d or [[ViralTransformation infected]] with InvoluntaryShapeshifting. Thus, it's easy to assume that if you see any character working and living a human life by day, but running through the woods and howling at the moon by night, then you should at least pack a SilverBullet in case you run into them on a full moon... right?
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When a VoluntaryShapeshifter's {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er's alternate form is mistaken for ''another'' monster by humans. The [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lore behind werewolves is myopic at best]]. Some werewolves are {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s, Shapeshift|ing}}ers, others are {{Curse}}d or [[ViralTransformation infected]] with InvoluntaryShapeshifting. Thus, it's easy to assume that if you see any character working and living a human life by day, but running through the woods and howling at the moon by night, then you should at least pack a SilverBullet in case you run into them on during a full moon... right?

A subtrope of OurWerebeastsAreDifferent and NotUsingTheZWord, where multiple kinds of werewolves exist in a work but the word "werewolf" itself is only used in-universe to refer to one specific variety. Contrast NotAZombie (where a person [[GenreBlind refuses to acknowledge]] the existence of zombies [[TooDumbToLive when confronted with one]]) and ActuallyNotAVampire (where a normal person is mistaken for a supernatural monster). If someone has to actually keep ''saying'' that they're "TotallyNotAWerewolf", [[TemptingFate beware]]: They may also be MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and one should consult InsistentTerminology for more details. Should the VoluntaryShapeshifter be mistaken for the monster by other members of ''its own'' species, this may be due to the romantic phenomenon of AttractiveBentSpecies.
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A subtrope of OurWerebeastsAreDifferent and NotUsingTheZWord, where multiple kinds of werewolves exist in a work but the word "werewolf" itself is only used in-universe to refer to one specific variety. Contrast NotAZombie (where a person [[GenreBlind [[GenreBlindness refuses to acknowledge]] the existence of zombies [[TooDumbToLive when confronted with one]]) and ActuallyNotAVampire (where a normal person is mistaken for a supernatural monster). If someone has to actually keep ''saying'' that they're "TotallyNotAWerewolf", "Totally Not A Werewolf", [[TemptingFate beware]]: They may also be MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and one should consult InsistentTerminology for more details. Should the VoluntaryShapeshifter {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er be mistaken for the monster by other members of ''its own'' species, this may be due to the romantic phenomenon of AttractiveBentSpecies.

* The MarvelUniverse has the mutant Wolfsbane from ''NewMutants'', who had to be reassured she was not a werewolf, as they were considered to be demons where she was from and her wolf like appearance caused her much self loathing. ** [[SpiderMan J. Jonah Jameson's]] son, the astronaut John, is not a werewolf either but has an alien weapon that makes him look like a wolfman. He is considered a godly savior by said aliens.
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* The MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the mutant Wolfsbane from ''NewMutants'', ''Comicbook/NewMutants'', who had to be reassured she was not a werewolf, as they were considered to be demons where she was from and her wolf like appearance caused her much self loathing. ** [[SpiderMan * Franchise/SpiderMan. J. Jonah Jameson's]] son, Jameson's son the astronaut John, is not a werewolf either but has an alien weapon that makes him look like a wolfman. He is considered a godly savior by said aliens.

* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Hiko]] in Creator/{{Vathara}}'s ''Walk Through the Valley'' was mistaken for a werewolf by a member of LaResistance working with him at night because that's when his KaleidoscopeEyes change from blue to [[GlowingEyesOfDoom amber]]. He also possessed AbsurdlySharpClaws, which he used to tear apart the people who'd conquered Kwannon and their {{Mind Control}}led collaborators, when he wasn't hacking them apart with a sword. Hiko wasn't a BalefulPolymorph or a VoluntaryShapeshifter, though; instead, he underwent a {{Metamorphosis}} into one of the more human-looking {{Cat Boy}}s in fiction, leaving him with no tail or any visible changes to his ears. Oh, and werewolves were ''not'' said to be real in this universe.
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* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Hiko]] in Creator/{{Vathara}}'s ''Walk Through the Valley'' was mistaken for a werewolf by a member of LaResistance working with him at night because that's when his KaleidoscopeEyes change from blue to [[GlowingEyesOfDoom amber]]. He also possessed AbsurdlySharpClaws, which he used to tear apart the people who'd conquered Kwannon and their {{Mind Control}}led collaborators, when he wasn't hacking them apart with a sword. Hiko wasn't a BalefulPolymorph or a VoluntaryShapeshifter, {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er, though; instead, he underwent a {{Metamorphosis}} into one of the more human-looking {{Cat Boy}}s in fiction, leaving him with no tail or any visible changes to his ears. Oh, and werewolves were ''not'' said to be real in this universe.

* While the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' are {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s thanks to alien technology, in ''Megamorphs #3'', they meet some German soldiers and can distinctly make out one calling Cassie a "werewolf."
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* While the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' are {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Voluntary Shapeshifters]] thanks to alien technology, in ''Megamorphs #3'', they meet some German soldiers and can distinctly make out one calling Cassie a "werewolf."

* MercyThompson is a ''walker'', not a werewolf. Even if she does hang around with them a lot.
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* MercyThompson Literature/MercyThompson is a ''walker'', not a werewolf. Even if she does hang around with them a lot.

* As one of the ridiculous questions she has to discuss with her opponent, [[Literature/DivineBloodNovels Eija Semezou]] is asked whether she prefers vampires or werewolves. She protests that the layman's terms are too vague for a response. ** Some of the local goths mistake Eija and Hel for various supernatural creatures. They're actually underestimating. * In ''Wolf in Shadow'' Rhian can transform into a wolf and people assume that she is a werewolf. Actually, her ability comes from an ancient Celtic brooch which is infused with the power of the sorceress/goddess Morgan le Fay who was the queen of shapeshifters. A character more familiar with supernatural matters concludes that this more closely resembles demonic possession and derives from ancient elf/fae magic. Werewolves are said to exist in that universe but their characteristics are not discussed. Ironically, a Totally Not a Vampire character assumes that she is a powerful witch who found a way to use wiccan magic to shapeshift. ** Totally Not Vampires are referred to as "suckers". While they feed on life energy contained in human blood and are damaged by sunlight, they are quite different from stereotypical fictional vampires. The people who have to fight them use [[InsistentTerminology insist on the name "sucker"]] to remind everyone of the differences.
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* Literature/DivineBloodNovels: As one of the ridiculous questions she has to discuss with her opponent, [[Literature/DivineBloodNovels opponent Eija Semezou]] Semezou is asked whether she prefers vampires or werewolves. She protests that the layman's terms are too vague for a response. ** response. Some of the local goths mistake Eija and Hel for various supernatural creatures. They're actually underestimating. * In ''Wolf in Shadow'' Rhian can transform into a wolf and people assume that she is a werewolf. Actually, her ability comes from an ancient Celtic brooch which is infused with the power of the sorceress/goddess Morgan le Fay who was the queen of shapeshifters. A character more familiar with supernatural matters concludes that this more closely resembles demonic possession and derives from ancient elf/fae magic. Werewolves are said to exist in that universe but their characteristics are not discussed. Ironically, a Totally Not a Vampire character assumes that she is a powerful witch who found a way to use wiccan magic to shapeshift. ** shapeshift. Totally Not Vampires are referred to as "suckers". While they feed on life energy contained in human blood and are damaged by sunlight, they are quite different from stereotypical fictional vampires. The people who have to fight them use [[InsistentTerminology insist on the name "sucker"]] to remind everyone of the differences.

* Bligh from ''Literature/TheDogs'' objects to be called a werewolf, preferring to be thought of as a kind of "half-dog" (or "dawg," [[FunetikAksent as he says it]]. The other characters that are changed into this form, Andrew and Cody, acquiesce to the title. {{Lampshaded}} when Stephen, Andrew's brother, asks them if they changed because of a full moon. [[spoiler:(They didn't.)]]
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* Bligh from ''Literature/TheDogs'' objects to be called a werewolf, preferring to be thought of as a kind of "half-dog" (or "dawg," [[FunetikAksent as he says it]]. The other characters that are changed into this form, Andrew and Cody, acquiesce to the title. {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Stephen, Andrew's brother, asks them if they changed because of a full moon. [[spoiler:(They didn't.)]]

* ''Series/TrueBlood'': [[spoiler:Sam]]'s not a werewolf, he's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifter shifter]], thank you very much. Werewolves genuinely exist--and yes, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent they're different]]. ** He's not a big fan of [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent werecats]] either.
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* ''Series/TrueBlood'': [[spoiler:Sam]]'s not a werewolf, he's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifter [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shifter]], thank you very much. Werewolves genuinely exist--and yes, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent they're different]]. ** different]]. He's not a big fan of [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent werecats]] either.

* {{Grimm}} has "Blutbaden" which are wolf-like Wesen; the term used to refer to creatures on the show. * In ''TheVampireDiaries'', Tyler notices Caroline's abnormal strength and speed and accuses her of being a werewolf like him. She laughs and reveals that she's a vampire instead. * In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', the 'werewolf' is their mentor, a Wolf Style master, whose energy was out of balance due to an attempt to ''rip the wolf spirit out of him'' by the BigBad a few episodes prior. Once he gets better, he becomes a [[SixthRanger wolf-themed Ranger.]] (He wasn't the series' first "werewolf," but they were NotUsingTheZedWord back in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''; Zen-Aku was called 'the wolf beast' until they knew his name.)
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* {{Grimm}} ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' has "Blutbaden" which are wolf-like Wesen; the term used to refer to creatures on the show. * In ''TheVampireDiaries'', ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Tyler notices Caroline's abnormal strength and speed and accuses her of being a werewolf like him. She laughs and reveals that she's a vampire instead. * In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', the 'werewolf' is their mentor, a Wolf Style master, whose energy was out of balance due to an attempt to ''rip the wolf spirit out of him'' by the BigBad a few episodes prior. Once he gets better, he becomes a [[SixthRanger wolf-themed Ranger.]] (He wasn't the series' first "werewolf," but they were NotUsingTheZedWord NotUsingTheZWord back in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''; Zen-Aku was called 'the wolf beast' until they knew his name.)

* ''QuestForGloryIV'' has the gypsies, whom the superstitious townsfolk think are werewolves. Their leader laughs at the idea, saying "Cross my palm with silver; you'll not see me flinch!" The hero has some experience with this, having befriended a tribe of Leopardmen in [[QuestForGloryIII the previous game]]. * Inverted in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' with Worgen druids, who [[NotUsingTheZWord are actual Worgen]], but can shapeshift into other animal forms through druidic spells unrelated to their natural lycanthropic abilities. * A dialogue option in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' allows you to mistake Beckett for a Werewolf in your first face-to-face meeting. He finds it funny. ** [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything Unless you're a Gangrel]], instead your character fanboys over his power and asks if he can teach you that discipline.
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* ''QuestForGloryIV'' ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' has the gypsies, whom the superstitious townsfolk think are werewolves. Their leader laughs at the idea, saying "Cross my palm with silver; you'll not see me flinch!" The hero has some experience with this, having befriended a tribe of Leopardmen in [[QuestForGloryIII [[VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII the previous game]]. * Inverted in ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' with Worgen druids, who [[NotUsingTheZWord are actual Worgen]], but can shapeshift into other animal forms through druidic spells unrelated to their natural lycanthropic abilities. * A dialogue option in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' allows you to mistake Beckett for a Werewolf in your first face-to-face meeting. He finds it funny. ** funny. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything Unless you're a Gangrel]], Gangrel]]; instead your character fanboys over his power and asks if he can teach you that discipline.

* ''{{Sorcery 101}}'' distinguishes werewolves from ''wolf-demons'', which are sort of the opposite: supernatural wolves that can assume a mostly-human form. * ''{{Spinnerette}}'' has a rather long arc starting out with both the heroes and the villains chasing something that appears to be a werewolf. The heroes end up catching a three headed guardian of the underworld. The villains run into an EldritchAbomination the former was trying to hunt down. There wasn't a single werewolf involved in the story, unless we count one of the heroes.
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* ''{{Sorcery ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery 101}}'' distinguishes werewolves from ''wolf-demons'', which are sort of the opposite: supernatural wolves that can assume a mostly-human form. * ''{{Spinnerette}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' has a rather long arc starting out with both the heroes and the villains chasing something that appears to be a werewolf. The heroes end up catching a three headed guardian of the underworld. The villains run into an EldritchAbomination the former was trying to hunt down. There wasn't a single werewolf involved in the story, unless we count one of the heroes.

* Techwolf of the WhateleyUniverse looks like a seven foot tall werewolf all the time. He's not. He's just under a curse. And Bloodwolf can transform into a werewolf shape because he's a mutant: he's an Avatar who has captured the spirit of the werewolf. However there are real werewolves out there. And Paige has been turned into a werecat. (Werecougar, specifically...) ** In fact, the werewolves are the local Native American tribe.
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* Techwolf of the WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse looks like a seven foot tall werewolf all the time. He's not. He's just under a curse. And Bloodwolf can transform into a werewolf shape because he's a mutant: he's an Avatar who has captured the spirit of the werewolf. However there are real werewolves out there. And Paige has been turned into a werecat. (Werecougar, specifically...) ** specifically…) In fact, the werewolves are the local Native American tribe.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' had an episode where Ben was attacked by an alien matching the description of a local werewolf myth, and the previously unknown [[MegaManning "collect DNA"]] function of his [[TransformationTrinket Omnitrix]] activated, slowly transforming him into a duplicate of it. The cast drew the obvious false conclusion.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' had an episode where Ben was attacked by an alien matching the description of a local werewolf myth, and the previously unknown [[MegaManning [[PowerCopying "collect DNA"]] function of his [[TransformationTrinket Omnitrix]] activated, slowly transforming him into a duplicate of it. The cast drew the obvious false conclusion.

* ''ShamanKing'' has Boris Tepes Dracula, a descendant of the original Dracula whose family use shaman powers to mimic vampires. Specifically he uses blood as a medium to channel bat spirits, forming a cloak which can split into bats. When he bites someone he absorbs more blood into the cloak while injecting some back in - since this blood is still under his control he can then use the victims as PeoplePuppets. * Arystar Krory from ''DGrayMan'' is an Exorcist who unknowingly gained an [[EmpathicWeapon Innocence]] that takes the form of fangs and compels him to drain the blood of [[TheHeartless Akuma]]. Since most of the Akuma he attacked were in human form, he thought he had become a vampire who was killing helpless humans.
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* ''ShamanKing'' ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has Boris Tepes Dracula, a descendant of the original Dracula whose family use shaman powers to mimic vampires. Specifically he uses blood as a medium to channel bat spirits, forming a cloak which can split into bats. When he bites someone he absorbs more blood into the cloak while injecting some back in - since this blood is still under his control he can then use the victims as PeoplePuppets. * Arystar Krory from ''DGrayMan'' ''Manga/DGrayMan'' is an Exorcist who unknowingly gained an [[EmpathicWeapon Innocence]] that takes the form of fangs and compels him to drain the blood of [[TheHeartless Akuma]]. Since most of the Akuma he attacked were in human form, he thought he had become a vampire who was killing helpless humans.

* The MarvelUniverse has [[OurVampiresAreDifferent plenty of vampires]]. ComicBook/{{Morbius}} differs from the rest by his scientific origin (combined with DNA of a vampire bat), and the fact that he is very much a living being. How much this trope applies varies [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]. * In the MarvelUniverse anyone with super powers is mistaken for a mutant until their origin is known to the public. (Mind you, people prone to fearing mutants for their powers ''aren't'' likely to be comforted by the fact that for you it was [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks mongoose blood]] instead of [[SuperpowerfulGenetics inborn]].)
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* The MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse has [[OurVampiresAreDifferent plenty of vampires]]. ComicBook/{{Morbius}} differs from the rest by his scientific origin (combined with DNA of a vampire bat), and the fact that he is very much a living being. How much this trope applies varies [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]. * In the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse anyone with super powers is mistaken for a mutant until their origin is known to the public. (Mind you, people prone to fearing mutants for their powers ''aren't'' likely to be comforted by the fact that for you it was [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks mongoose blood]] instead of [[SuperpowerfulGenetics inborn]].)

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18th Jun '15 11:38:18 PM justanid
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* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness had a supplement with a character who was a were-''[[SpiderPeople spider]]'', of all things, imitating a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. * A werebat from ''[[{{Ravenloft}} Children of the Night: Werebeasts]]'' made a point of dressing and acting like a vampire to throw off potential monster-hunters.
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* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had a supplement with a character who was a were-''[[SpiderPeople spider]]'', of all things, imitating a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. * A werebat from ''[[{{Ravenloft}} ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'s Children of the Night: Werebeasts]]'' Werebeasts'' made a point of dressing and acting like a vampire to throw off potential monster-hunters.
16th May '15 8:22:16 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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* In the first episode of ''GravityFalls'', Mabel is seen dating a guy who is believed to be a zombie. After her brother confronts them with his findings, the "zombie" turns out to be [[TotemPoleTrench five gnomes standing on each other's shoulders]].
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* In the first episode of ''GravityFalls'', ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Mabel is seen dating a guy who is believed to be a zombie. After her brother confronts them with his findings, the "zombie" turns out to be [[TotemPoleTrench five gnomes standing on each other's shoulders]].
12th May '15 3:56:56 PM nombretomado
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* In the MarvelUniverse anyone with super powers is mistaken for a mutant until their origin is known to the public. (Mind you, people prone to fearing mutants for their powers ''aren't'' likely to be comforted by the fact that for you it was [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks mongoose blood]] instead of [[SuperpowerfulGenetics inborn]].)
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* In the MarvelUniverse anyone with super powers is mistaken for a mutant until their origin is known to the public. (Mind you, people prone to fearing mutants for their powers ''aren't'' likely to be comforted by the fact that for you it was [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks mongoose blood]] instead of [[SuperpowerfulGenetics inborn]].)
7th May '15 7:56:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''CityOfHeroes'', the War Wolves of the [[NoSwastikas Fifth Column and the Council]] were created through scientific means. They are immensely strong, and howl like wolves, but they aren't actually werewolves.
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* In ''CityOfHeroes'', ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the War Wolves of the [[NoSwastikas Fifth Column and the Council]] were created through scientific means. They are immensely strong, and howl like wolves, but they aren't actually werewolves.
28th Apr '15 12:19:13 PM thatother1dude
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That's Not Using The Z Word, because they ARE equivalent to werewolves.
** Played straight by the fanbase. If you ever ask why Worgen don't have tails like werewolves usually do, this trope name will be the response shouted at you.
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