When a {{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 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 during a full moon... right?

WRONG. They're not ''that'' kind of werewolf. The UniverseBible defines the rules and requirements for being a "werewolf," and this individual doesn't fit the description of the creatures that bible ascribes the terminology to. But at least they'll forgive you--they must deal with this confusion all the time. Depending on the individual's demeanor, some may even play off the confusion.

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 [[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 "Totally Not A Werewolf", [[TemptingFate beware]]: They may also be MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and one should consult InsistentTerminology (and possibly SuspiciouslySpecificDenial) for more details.

Should the {{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.

!!Examples of being mistaken for a werewolf:


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the mutant Wolfsbane from ''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.
* The X-Men once fought an entire team of wolf-like mutants calling themselves the Dominant Species, and managed to stop them from forcefully recruiting a teenage mutant named Wolf Cub. Unsurprisingly, Wolfsbane ended up mentoring him at the Xavier School.
* Franchise/SpiderMan. John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson's son, may occasionally turn into a ferocious Man-Wolf, but he's not a werewolf. He's a guy who found an alien gem on the moon that's supposed to turn the bearer into a lupine PhysicalGod, but it doesn't work very well in our dimension, making him lose control. He's also explicitly not bothered by silver, as one WrongGenreSavvy opponent found out the hard way.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] on one occasion in ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'', when Cap, in the process of searching for the missing John Jameson (who'd been working as his pilot), assumed reports about a wolf-man in rural New England were about John and went to find him. It turned out to be an entire town of actual werewolves, resulting in the notorious [[DorkAge Cap-Wolf story]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[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 {{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 [[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."
** On another occasion, she morphs into a wolf at an amusement park and gets seen mid-transformation. Fortunately, she happened to be in the park's haunted house, so the people just assumed it was AllPartOfTheShow.
* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' Saga, a group of the local Quileute Indians can turn into wolves [[VoluntaryShapeshifting at will]] (or [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting accidentally]] if they get angry or stressed), during which they keep their human minds. They're called "werewolves" through three different books, but near the end of the final one, Edward suddenly explains that they're actually "shape-shifters," while this world apparently includes actual "werewolves" who fit the modern perception (full moons, etc.) more closely. Arguably comes off as an AssPull, since this basically just makes it so that a werewolf-hating member of the BigBadDuumvirate doesn't have an excuse to kill them all.
* Literature/MercyThompson is a ''walker'', not a werewolf. Even if she does hang around with them a lot.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has at least five completely different magical creatures that could be classified as "werewolves," not one of which works in horror movie fashion. Getting them mixed up can potentially be fatal. The trope is averted because they're all referred to as werewolves and there is no InsistentTerminology.
** The unstoppably destructive loup-garou, a person cursed to turn into a wolflike demon. If you don't have its one, specific weakness handy, run.
** ''Hexenwulfen'', people using an addictive ArtifactOfDoom to turn into a wolf. Merely human when separated from the artifact, but beware BadPowersBadPeople. Because of its druglike effects, even someone who starts out with the best of intentions [[TheDarkSide doesn't stay that way long]].
** Berserkers, people who can channel animal spirits but don't actually transform. BadassNormal and crazy, but basically human.
** Actual werewolves, magic-users who know only one single VoluntaryShapeshifting spell. More dangerous than a real wolf because they have a human's mind, but they don't have the self-control issues of the previous types.
** At least one [[spoiler:wolf who can turn into a ''human'' at will]].
* Wolf from the ''Wolf & Raven'' TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} short stories was originally intended to be a werewolf, until the author was told that Weres in that Verse are animals who assume human form, not vice versa. The character was therefore re-written as a human physical adept with an intense -- [[JekyllAndHyde sometimes too intense]] -- spiritual bond to the Wolf totem.
* Literature/DivineBloodNovels: As one of the ridiculous questions she has to discuss with her opponent 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.
** For those who are curious...there are three types of werewolves.
** Dabblers; Shapeshifters who use transformative magics to turn themselves into a wolf, or wolf-like being. This is considered INSANELY dangerous, and stupid. It causes severe mental and physical stress,
** Therianthropes: A race of non-humans, who naturally have the ability to turn into a perfectly normal wolf. Or, rather, wolves who evolved the ability to turn into a human, and eventually reached the point where they are more human then wolf. Natural mimics, they are indistinguishable from humans. Some can turn into things OTHER then a wolf.
** Cursed. People under a curse to turn into a ravenous wolf-monster every full moon. So...basically, your standard werewolf.
* 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.
* Oddly inverted in ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul''. Greg fits the standard werewolf tropes a lot more than do the species of werewolves described in the mythology, of which he is not a member.
* In Creator/BruceCoville short story "Little Monsters," the protagonist finds little statuettes of monsters that turn out to be real creatures TakenForGranite. The one that looks like a werewolf, however, is actually their pet dog. During the full moon, he turns into a vaguely humanoid "wolf-man" creature.
* 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. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Stephen, Andrew's brother, asks them if they changed because of a full moon. [[spoiler:(They didn't.)]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', when newly-revived zombie Windle Poons is introduced to the MonsterMash of the Fresh Start Club, he assumes the hairy and wolf-like Brother Lupin is a werewolf. Lupin corrects him, he's a were''man''. Every full moon, some of his hair falls out and he starts walking on two legs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens all the time on ''Series/DoctorWho'', although it is possibly a subversion. The Doctor has admitted he makes up some of the technobabble because he doesn't want to say "It's magic" so a "Lupine Wavelength Hamaevoform" fits the NotUsingTheZWord aspect of this trope. Also, the various Vampires from ''Curse of Fenric'', ''Smith and Jones'', ''Vampires of Venice'', ''State of Decay'', etc.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': [[spoiler:Sam]]'s not a werewolf, he's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shifter]], thank you very much. Werewolves genuinely exist--and yes, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent they're different]]. He's not a big fan of [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent werecats]] either.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' introduced "skinwalkers", who can transform into wolves (or dogs, at least) and are distinct from the ''actual'' werewolves who do transform with the lunar cycle, but into humans with evil eyes and bad teeth. However, they do share a number of characteristics, including the ability to [[ViralTransformation infect people by biting them]], and an allergy to silver. Not very surprising, then, that the brothers thought they were hunting a werewolf when they started looking into the skinwalker.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' has "Blutbaden" which are wolf-like Wesen; the term used to refer to creatures on the show.
* In ''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 NotUsingTheZWord back in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''; Zen-Aku was called 'the wolf beast' until they knew his name.)
* The main character, Maddy, of ''Series/{{Wolfblood}}'' is very [[InsistentTerminology insistent]] that she, her family and Rhydian are not werewolves, they are [[NotUsingTheZWord Wolfbloods]].

[[folder:Tabletop Game]]
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'': Vampires, werewolves, Pooka changlings, Devourer demons and mages all had powers which could let them turn into wolves. So what happened if you put one of each on a stage to perform this trick in front of mortal witnesses? The vampire gets the expected mundane reaction, the werewolf drives witnesses into hallucinations and denial, the changeling leaves all but the least banal of viewers remembering it as a vague dream, the demon won't be able to pull it off because the collective disbelief of the viewers blocks the use of the transformation and the mage explodes because the universe doesn't like people turning into wolves.
** ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' too. Changelings, Vampires, Prometheans, Sin-Eaters, and Mages can all access powers that allow them to turn into a wolf or other animal, in addition to the actual Werewolves.
** Don't forget ''Changing Breeds''; that book contained rules for werewolf-like transformations... including wolves.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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 of various creatures infected by 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.]]
* In ''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.
* When the 2005 trailer for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' was released, fans and reviewers quickly attached a 'werewolf' label to the depiction of Link being transformed into a wolf. Nintendo did respond saying that only the 'wolf' part was accurate; Link's transformation was revealed to be a FisherKingdom effect caused when Link is exposed to the Twilight Realm.
* ''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 [[VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII the previous game]].
* Inverted in ''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 ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' allows you to mistake Beckett for a Werewolf in your first face-to-face meeting. He finds it funny. [[DevelopersForesight Unless you're a Gangrel]]; instead your character fanboys over his power and asks if he can teach you that discipline.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery 101}}'' distinguishes werewolves from ''wolf-demons'', which are sort of the opposite: supernatural wolves that can assume a mostly-human form.
* ''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.
* ''Webcomic/WildeLife'' has a main character, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Cliff]], who has been able to [[TransformationIsAFreeAction instantly]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting change]] into a wolf for as long as he can remember; he can think and speak normally in both forms. [[WeirdnessMagnet Oscar]] asks if "werewolf" is the correct term, and Cliff admits that he has no idea, but that it's what he's always used. They keep saying "werewolf" even after learning that Cliff is technically an "[[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent animal-person]]," and that not all of the others are wolves.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Techwolf of the 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…) In fact, most of the local Native American tribe who own the land Whateley is on are were-folk of various kinds. There is also a ''wolf-were'', Lupine (she is a wolf spirit who incarnated into a human body), who is also a mutant and hence a student at Whateley.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Timberwolf from the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon is one of these, especially when first captured. Lampshaded by Bouncing Boy:
--> -looks at some scratches on Lightning Lad from Timberwolf-
-->'''Bouncing Boy''': Hope you don't turn into one of those things.
* One Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had a mysterious wolf-like animal roaming through the city every night, and Goliath is seen researching werewolves as a possible cause. It turns out it's actually Fox, whose [[UnholyMatrimony engagement present]] is an ArtifactOfDoom. Her fiance Xanatos has no fewer than ''four'' plans to get it off of her.
* ''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 [[PowerCopying "collect DNA"]] function of his [[TransformationTrinket Omnitrix]] activated, slowly transforming him into a duplicate of it. The cast drew the obvious false conclusion.

!!Examples of being mistaken for other monsters:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''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 ''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.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', witches are humans with the power to change into animals. Blair is an animal with the power to change into a human. It actually makes a huge difference, as Maka and Soul just needed Soul to eat one witch's soul to become a Deathscythe, but eating Blair's soul instead made them lose all the progress they'd made so far.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The 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]].
* [[ComicBook/XMen Mutants]] in the Marvel Universe frequently end up being mistaken for various supernatural creatures. For example, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} may have a forked tail and his teleports smell of sulfur, but he's no demon. Storm and her tribe thought she was a goddess until Professor Xavier found her and explained what mutants were. The more recent character Oya was nearly killed for being a witch when her temperature manipulation powers emerged.
** The inverse happens as well, with anyone with super powers being mistaken for a mutant until their origin is known to the public. You'd think it wouldn't matter that the guy who set you fire with his mind got his powers from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks mongoose blood]] instead of [[SuperpowerfulGenetics genetics]], but [[FantasticRacism it apparently does]].
* In one arc in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', the characters' {{Masquerade}} is threatened by a journalist who, being WrongGenreSavvy, assumes that their near-immortality means that they must be vampires.
* DC comic ''TheMovement'' had Christopher, AKA Burden, a young gay man whose extremely religious parents thought he was possessed, resulting in his emerging shapeshifting powers creating him a demon-looking alt form. It took a while before before he accepted the fact that neither his shapeshifting or his orientation made him possessed.
* ''ComicBook/StreetFighterVsDarkstalkers'': Has Rashid entering Anakaris' tomb believing it to be an alien ruin, and mistakes him for an alien despite him being actually a mummy. Donovan Baine also mistakes Akuma as just another Darkstalker, but he is just a superpowered human martial artist that looks demonic.

* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has at least three books where the protagonists, who turn into animals with alien technology, go to other parts of the world (the Amazon, Inuit territory and the Australian desert) and get mistaken for the local culture's version of shapeshifting spirits.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer,'' Buffy believes that a DemonicDummy is killing people for their organs. However, it turns out that the dummy is actually hunting the demon who's responsible, and thought that Buffy was the culprit when he saw her use her SuperStrength.
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the large majority of super-powered people were either Gifted people, the Avengers, and Inhumans. Because of this, when Ghost Rider is introduced in season 4 as the very first supernatural being of the show, people initially assume he is an Inhuman, and are sceptical when he insists he actually got his powers from a DealWithTheDevil.
* Olivia Moore, the protagonist from ''Series/IZombie'', justifies her ability to sense how people were killed by telling her partner she is a [[PsychicPowers psychic]]. This is actually a lie to cover the much [[DarkSecret darker]] truth on the matter- she actually is a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]] whose precognitive flashes are [[EatBrainForMemories memories from the brains she eats]] at the morgue.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': The monster in the black and white episode "Monster Movie" was actually a shapeshifter, but the boys kept confusing it for other monsters because it emulated all of them because of its love for the universal horror classics, to the point that it seemed like a straight-up MonsterMash before it turned out to just be the one monster. What clued them in that something was up is because its appearances didn't fit the description of the other monster species at all, such as a ClassicalMovieVampire instead of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent savage, but otherwise able to pass for human vampires]] they're used to.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' has were-''[[SpiderPeople spiders]]'', of all things, imitating [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] (helped by both being blood-drinkers).
** Similarly, [[RevenantZombie the Risen]] also pass themselves off as vampires.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** This tends to happen pretty often in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil''. Hunters are for the most part poorly informed about the supernatural, many of them have completely incorrect belief on it ([[ChurchMilitant The Malleus Maleficarum and the Long Night]] are both convinced [[{{Demonization}} every single supernatural creature is either a demon or connected to the Demons]], and Les Mysteres believe them to all be connected to spirits), and there are plenty of monsters who don't even fit any of the established categories, so confusion between multiple types is common occurrence.
*** ''Slashers'' mentions that many particularly wild Mutants slashers are occasionally mistaken for demons or werewolves.
*** It doesn't help either that most supernatural species [[VampireVarietyPack come themselves in a wide variety of subspecies]], and an archetypal mythological monster can sometimes match the descriptions of several subspecies from different species at the same time. [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Vampires]], [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changelings]], [[TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial Beasts]] and [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] each have at least one subspecies matching the HornyDevil[=/=]EnthrallingSiren archetype. Another Promethean subspecies, the Osirians, pretty much ''are'' mummies in appearance and regarding some of their abilities, despite having no relation to [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse the "true" Mummies]]. Most supernaturals practice at least one form of ritualistic FunctionalMagic (Rites for werewolves, Blood Sorcery for vampires, Ceremonies for [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin-Eaters]]...) that is distinct from the one used by [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mages]]. Both [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Demons]] and [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Fae]] can make {{Magically Binding Contract}}s. And that's not even getting into the fact there are around two to three different types of creatures fitting the definition for "Demons" (the [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken the Maeljin]], [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent the Unchained]], [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil the Demons the Lucifuge are ascended from]]...) despite having ''nothing'' to do with each other.
** Heroes from ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'' have a similar problem to Hunters; seeing how they usually have to learn about the supernatural from scraps, and the creatures they hunt, Beasts, can appear as any form of mythological monsters, many of them initially assume ''all'' supernaturals are Beasts. One of the Heroes provided in ''Conquering Heroes'', Micheal Bellinger, occasionally hunts down supernaturals who turn out to be unrelated to the Begotten, usually causing him to leave disappointed in the middle of the fight.
** Amusingly enough, fangame ''TabletopGame/DragonTheEmbers'' has the Werewolves, of all people, being the one ''making'' this type of mistake. A frequent reason they end up fighting Dragons is because they mistake them either for spirit invaders or people possessed by them, [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken both things they fight on regular basis]]. The game also mentions that more than once Hunters have mistaken a Dragon for a Vampire and tried to KillItWithFire - a good tactic against Vampires, who burn like dry kindling, but just an annoyance to Dragons.
** In other fangame ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', it's very common for [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Hunters]] to mistake [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] for another kind of "[[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening witch]]".
*** An example can also be found on the antagonist lists for Princesses. Among the differents Creatures of the Darkness the Hopeful fight, there are two kinds, the Mnemosyne[[note]]humans who lost their last shred of integrity while [[TheCorruption Darkened]] but didn't have their body warped enough to become mindless monsters[[/note]] and the Cataphractoi[[note]]sentient Darkspawns born from the death of someone who crossed the DespairEventHorizon[[/note]], who frequently get mixed up because they are both [[HumanoidAbomination completely human-looking]] and capable of [[MonsterLord controlling lesser Darkspawns]]. Making such a mistake actually is quite dangerous, since a key difference between the two is that Mnemosyne are {{Squishy Wizard}}s, while Cataphractoi have a ''very'' powerful OneWingedAngel form.
** In other fangame ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', one of the main reason [[MadScientist Geniuses]] have a hard time dealing with supernaturals is because of this trope: Mania, the energy they get their power from, occasionally ends up creating beings called Manes, which are physical manifestations of discredited theories, and can occasionally give birth to strange creatures such as dinosaurs, nazi sorcerers, aliens and even a specific representation of angels and demons. Because of this, it is somewhat difficult for them to figure out which supernaturals are Manes, and which ones are entirely different creatures born from another source.
*** Similarly, because both [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mages]] and Geniuses are human-looking supernaturals capable of bending the laws of physics and gaining their powers through a form of EnlightenmentSuperpowers, it's not unusual for Geniuses to mistake a recently awakened Mage for one of them, and for Mages to mistake a recently Inspired Genius for a Mage. The Scholastics and the Free Council have an agreement specifically created so they can exchange members should that sort of thing happen.
* A werebat from ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'s Children of the Night: Werebeasts'' made a point of dressing and acting like a vampire to throw off potential monster-hunters.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate'', when Rue transforms himself into a [[TheGoomba harmless Pollywog]] to sneak up on some bandits, the girl he rescues assumes that the Pollywog is his true form, and it takes a while for Rue to correct this mistaken first impression.
* A frequent point of comedy (and irritation) for Lady Zozo in ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess'', who gets called a "zombie" by just about every bad guy she meets. She constantly has to remind them that she's {{not a zombie}}, but a {{necromancer}}.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-03-16 Sarah]] (because of her own bitter experience) and Elliot assume that Grace's transformation is the result of some [[MadScientist Tedd]]'s [[TransformationRay experiments]]. [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm Oops]]... Later a straight variant (Though Dan eventually retcons 'vampire' to in fact be the correct term), [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-21 when we learn why]] Susan [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-10-29 despises]] "[[Literature/{{Twilight}} vampire romance]]":
--> '''Grace''': "What was it? The monster."
--> '''Susan''': "It used to be human. Some people use magic to try and achieve immortality by turning themselves into parasites. The immortals call them aberrations, and... ''[beat]'' You know what? Screw it, it was a vampire."
--> '''Grace''': "Really?!"
--> '''Sarah''': "A vampire?!"
--> '''Susan''': "''No, not really'', but it was a monster that used to be human, hypnotized young women and sucked blood out of their necks. It doesn't matter what I say, you two are going to hear 'vampire'."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the first episode of ''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]].