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Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) has a problem. Well, several problems. He's an average high school student with few friends, he's a mediocre player on a losing basketball team, and the girl of his dreams won't even look twice at him. His dad works at a hardware store, and he's generally the ButtMonkey of the entire high school. Life sucks. Scott just wants to be recognized, to be special, to be the guy that everyone wants to hang with.

He's about to discover that "special" runs in his family. It's called lycanthropy.

Released in 1985, ''Film/TeenWolf'' shares many elements with ''Film/IWasATeenageWerewolf'' (1957, starring Michael Landon), and helped to revive the popularity of the werewolf in pop culture. It was followed by an [[WesternAnimation/TeenWolf animated series]], and a sequel, ''Teen Wolf Too'', starring Creator/JasonBateman as Scott's cousin (who is also a werewolf). ''Series/TeenWolf'', an InNameOnly {{revival}} that went decidedly DarkerAndEdgier is currently airing on {{MTV}}.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Pamela doesn't give Scott a moment's notice until she finds out about his animal side.
* ArchEnemy: Mick [=McAllister=], the star player of the rival basketball team.
* BettyAndVeronica: In this case, brunette Boof is Betty, and unattainable blonde Pamela is Veronica.
* BigGame: ''Winnnnnnnn in the end! I'm gonna win in the ennnnnnnd!''
* BodyHorror: Scott's first on-screen transformation.
* BreakUpToMakeUp: Scott and Pamela. [[spoiler: In the end, he picks Boof.]]
* [[BringMyBrownPants Bring My Yellow Pants]]: Harold Howard vs. Vice Principal Thorne. Point goes to Harold.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Harold's "great power" speech to his son was a deliberate reference to ''SpiderMan''.
* CoolLoser: Scott is supposed to be a bit of a loser, but he's cool enough to have a few friends and get invited to cool parties. He's even got a doting female admirer.
* DeanBitterman: Vice Principal Thorne
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Harold, Scott's mother, and Thorne.
* FreakyIsCool: Everyone is freaked when they first see Scott transform, but once they get a load of his sweet basketball skills, they love him!
* FunTShirt: Easily half of Stiles' wardrobe.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: See Getting Crap Past the Radar below.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: For once by complete accident. During the scene at the end on the bleachers pay attention to a guy sitting with a red jacket on his lap. As people get up to walk away, you'll notice the guy had his pants unzipped for some reason.
* HandsOnApproach: Scott teaches Pamela how to bowl.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: At first, then...
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Scott has a freakout on this theme when he finds out he's a werewolf. He's got enough problems without it. Then he finds out about his high school's apparent furry fandom.
* InTheBlood: Scott learns he has to keep a leash on the Wolf after a confrontation at the prom nearly ends in violence. His dad had earlier related a similar tale of werewolf rage from his own youth.
* {{Jerkass}}: Vice Principal Thorne. In school, he used to harass Harold and Scott's mother until Harold transforms into a werewolf and threatens him to leave them alone. Then he takes it out on Scott until Harold reminds him again (see Papa Wolf below).
* JerkJock: Mick.
* LastNameBasis: "Stiles" is probably his last name, though we never learn for sure.,
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Chubby and Boof. Stiles is apparently a LastNameBasis.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Although Michael J. Fox is mostly impeccable at being a FakeAmerican, he briefly slips back into his Canadian accent when he says "sorry", pronouncing it like "sorey".
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Werewolves automatically change during a full moon, but also can undergo VoluntaryTransformation. They maintain their minds, but they have to [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength be more careful with their strength]].
* OutsideRide: Stiles' favorite pastime is surfing on the roof of a car. It becomes Scott's favorite pastime as well, until his father chides him.
* PapaWolf: Harold Howard vs. Vice Principal Thorne.
-->'''Harold Howard:''' I want you to leave my son alone. He's a good kid... he's just having a tough time right now. Okay? '''''*Snarl...*''''' \\
'''Vice Principal Thorne:''' [[BringMyBrownPants [promptly wets himself out of fear] ]] \\
'''Harold Howard:''' I knew I could count on you, Rusty.
* ParalysisByAnalysis: Scott opens the movie at the free throw line. He's clearly thinking too hard and bricks it.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Give me... a keg... of beer."]]
* TransformationTrauma: Psychological rather than physical; Scott's first transformation doesn't appear to be painful, but more "Holy shit I'm turning into a monster!" Most of the rest of the trauma seems to be social, until he discovers that FreakyIsCool.
* WasItAllALie: Harold didn't so much as lie, but never told Scott about it.
-->'''Harold:''' I was hoping I didn't have to. Sometimes it skips a generation, and I hope it would pass you by.\\
'''Scott:''' Well, dad, it ''didn't'' pass me by! It landed right in my face!
* WolfMan: A light comedy version.
* YouSexyBeast
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