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[[caption-width-right:250:Chewbacca's evil twin.]]

->''"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."''
-->-- ''Film/TheWolfMan1941''

Subtrope of OurWerewolvesAreDifferent, dealing with a BeastMan that has wolf features, but retaining human proportions. [[MonsterMash Together]] with Count {{Dracula}}, the {{Mummy}}, and FrankensteinsMonster, this is generally considered to complete the set of "classic" [[MonsterMash horror monsters]]. Unlike the other three, however, there is no single specific source of popular werewolf lore.The closest claim to such a source in literature might be GuyEndore's classic novel ''TheWerewolfOfParis'', but cinema seems to have been more definitive in terms of shaping the concept.Hence, Lon Chaney Jr.'s character (LawrenceTalbot) from the 1941 film ''[[Film/TheWolfMan1941 The Wolf Man]]'' is usually regarded as providing the template that others have followed.

However, far and away the most popular conceit is that a werewolf is a human who has somehow ([[BalefulPolymorph especially against his will]]) become able to temporarily transform ([[InvoluntaryShapeshifting usually unwillingly]]) into a wolf that goes on to run wild ([[AlternateIdentityAmnesia rarely remembering their romp]]). Usual methods include a ViralTransformation spread by being bitten, but a lot of depictions show lycanthropy as solely hereditary. Other popular causes include {{curse}}s and typical MadScientist experiments. Some lycanthrope characters use the Wolf Man as a PartialTransformation.

In older horror films ({{Universal|Horror}} era up into TheSeventies), the transformation usually took the form of getting hair and fangs but otherwise remaining human. (The "classic" Wolf Man appearance is not entirely dissimilar to the symptoms of a rare genetic disorder, hypertrichosis.) With the advent of more sophisticated make-up and visual effects, techniques have been developed that allowed more wolflike features on humanoids, such as giving a character a wolf's muzzle and ears. {{Phlegmings}} are popular for modern versions.

Depending on the adaptation, he [[NonhumansLackAttributes may or may not have]] [[Film/TheMonsterSquad nards]]. Also generally equipped with fearsome claws, despite real wolves having blunt toenails instead. Usually switches between running on two legs and RunningOnAllFours.

Subtrope of MonstrousHumanoid.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A 2011 theatrical ''AT&T'' commercial features various characters including a wolf man that get transported into various universes.
* A business woman changes in search of hunger in a 1988 ''Hershey's Bar None'' commercial.
* In a teaser for the ''[[VideoGame/BloodyRoar Bloody Roar 2]]'' video game, a man wolfs out as part of a scare tactics demonstration.
* A man becomes a werewolf from stressing over the frustration of his credit card bill in a ''Capital One'' commercial.
* A teenage werewolf scarfs down a can of ''Chef Boyardee'' beef ravioli and changes back to human.
* A 2009 ''Mighty Taco'' ad features a werewolf running from the fuzz with two bags of food in his paw.
* In a classic ''New York Telephone'' Dial-a-Joke spot, a transformed wolf man reverts to his human state while listening to a funny joke over the phone.
* A ''Sonic Burger'' commercial features a bashful werewolf enjoying a Blazin' BBQ Loader Burger, which sears most of the fur off of his face and body.
* In a ''Victoria's Secret'' commercial, a woman clad in silver lingerie tames a wolf man in the forest.
* A well-dressed job applicant turns into a werewolf as part of his interview for security guard in a local ''Westaff'' spot from 2012.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Liru from ''Anime/MagicalPokaan'' turns into a cute little puppy with anything round, strangely enough, except for the full moon.
* Wolf familiars Arf and Zafira of ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'', who are shown as capable of shifting from giant wolves, to this, to full human (i.e., no wolf ears or tails), to FunSize versions of the first two forms. And just to punctuate the Wolf Man image, Arf's first on-screen transformation into a wolf was accompanied with a full moon in the background.
* ''Anime/WolfChildrenAmeAndYuki'' is about an InterspeciesRomance between Hana and an unnamed Wolf Man, whose death leaves her to struggle with raising their children (who, as the title indicates, have inherited their father's Wolf Man traits).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Marvel character ''ComicBook/WerewolfByNight'', real name [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Jack Russell]]. While the way his werewolf form has been portrayed over the years has varied, he has always looked more or less like a Wolf Man.
* Mikola Rostov from ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'' was a Russian fencing instructor cursed to become a werewolf every full moon. He tried to escape his curse by moving to world of perpetual sunlight. This was not as successful as he might have hoped.
* Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair) of the NewMutants (X-Men, X-Force, Excalibur, X-Factor...) has an interim form of a bipedal wolfgirl/woman (often wearing a leather jacket and some form of trousers). This has become the default 'combat form' for her recent outings. Her fully-wolf 'sensitive senses' form is almost never seen these days.
* John Jameson, son of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson, has served as a member of Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'s rogues gallery as Man-Wolf after being exposed to a moonstone that mutated him into a werewolf.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', [[WellIntentionedExtremist Argent]] is a permanent, non-shifting, Wolf Man.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[DarkMagicalGirl Rider]] of ''Fanfic/FlyOrFall'' is the Fairy of Wolves, so she has these characteristics when transformed, although of the CuteMonsterGirl variety.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''[[Film/TheWolfMan1941 The Wolf Man]]'' (1941) as stated above is one of the main TropeMakers, though perhaps it is more the TropeCodifier and the slightly earlier ''Film/WerewolfOfLondon'' (1935 - not to be confused with the much later ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'') was the TropeMaker. Also [[Film/TheWolfman2010 the 2010 remake]] starring Benicio Del Toro as LawrenceTalbot.
* The now-lost 1913 Thanhouser film, ''The Werewolf'', was perhaps the UrExample, although the few--and admittedly vague--descriptions suggest they used a dog or wolf/dog mix for the werewolf rather than making up a human.
* The movie ''Film/TeenWolf'' and the AnimatedAdaptation, ''WesternAnimation/TeenWolf: The Animated Series'', featured a light comedy version of this.
* Jack Nicholson in ''Film/{{Wolf}}''.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Lupin's transformation has him with human-like proportions, bald, and extremely underfed.
* The 1961 HammerHorror ''Film/TheCurseOfTheWerewolf'' (a loose adaptation of GuyEndore's ''TheWerewolfOfParis'') starred OliverReed as the werewolf, humanoid in shape but with a more wolfish and frightening appearance than in the Lon Chaney Jr. film.
* Michael Landon in the 1957 film ''Film/IWasATeenageWerewolf'', who turns into a wolfman through hypnotherapy.
* ''The Werewolf'' (1956) has Duncan Marsh, the first on-screen character to turn into a wolfman through scientific means rather than supernatural causes.
* Dean Stockwell in the 1973 film ''The Werewolf of Washington''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunksMeetTheWolfman'' not only has a character named LawrenceTalbot, but [[spoiler:Theodore becomes a weremunk as well.]]
* ''The Werewolf of Woodstock'' (1975) starred Tige Andrews as Bernie, a werewolf who got his lycanthropy through an electrical power surge.
* Ron Chaney (grandson of Lon Chaney, Jr.) in ''Film/HouseOfTheWolfMan'' (2009) plays one like his grandfather, but bit more bestial.
* Subverted with the Wookiees of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe, which, while not humans who transform, rather closely resemble a Wolf Man due to being upright, humanoid dog-like creatures.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* GuyEndore's 1933 novel ''TheWerewolfOfParis'' ( a tale of a 19th century French Werewolf) is one of the most important Werewolf novels.
* The "Wolf and Raven" stories, which are part of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'s'' ExpandedUniverse, feature a man who is possessed by Wolf, one of the many animal totems of the world, which grants him powers and mannerisms similar to the classic Wolf Man (as well as a SplitPersonality, of sorts). This is very different from the game's usual take on werewolves.
* The [[ProudWarriorRace Canim]] of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' are a whole ''species'' of wolfmen - specifically, nine-foot tall wolfmen with enormous physical power and durability and who can live for hundreds and hundreds of years. And they are ''extremely'' competent warriors and fighters, who control a much larger continent with a much more expansive civilization than the Alerans. The only reason Alera remained unconquered by the Canim was because they generally didn't care about Alera, beyond the nation of Narash, which would occasionally launch raids at Alera.
* The ''Literature/{{Bordertown}}'' series has Wolfboy, a human who was targeted by an offended elf, and found himself permanently transformed into this. (She was actually meaning to transform him into a ''dog'', but magic doesn't work so well in Bordertown.)
* The ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' has Poledra, who turns out to be a ''natural'' wolf able to shapeshift into a human, a trick she learns from patiently watching sorcerors. Belgarath meets her after he tries his hand at shapeshifting (in the early days of magic, when the sorcerors had to find out everything by themselves), and after they eventually marry, Belgarath spends a lot of his time in wolf form and starts to consider it as natural as his human form. Belgarion, the series' main character, has the time of his life when he gets invited by Poledra to try it too.
* Werewolves in Literature/{{Discworld}} vary enormously in their powers and appearance. The best example of this trope is probably Ludmilla Cake, who is a perfectly presentable young lady for three weeks out of the month, and a perfectly well-behaved Wolf Woman for the remaining week.
* The Erasers from the Literature/MaximumRide series.
* ''TheDresdenFiles'' has four different kinds.
** Lycanthropes have the genetic disorder that causes continuous hair growth on their bodies and their change is mostly mental, they tap into a primal rage and strength. They are most connected with this trope.
** Werewolves are people who have mastered one particular spell that allows them to turn into a wolf. The Were-form is often bigger than a normal wolf because they are using their image of a wolf as opposed to an natural wolf.
** Hexenwolves make a DealWithTheDevil to get an AmplifierArtifact that turns them into a beast that is larger and more powerful than a Were-form, but it is addictive.
** Loup-Garu are people who were cursed. They and their descendants will transform into a huge Anthropomorphic Wolf on the full moon. They have a weakness to Inherited Silver as it has an element of sacrifice to it.
** Bob has stated that the ViralTransformation is something that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent is something that Hollywood took from Vampires]].
* [[MeaningfulName Ulf]] Turesson differs from most wolfmen in that he is about ten - but then, he appears in a Swedish children's novel called ''Jag är en varulvsunge'' - "I am a werewolf ''cub''". (Also, his condition is [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane probably]] just a child-friendly version of a psychosis, not a true metamorphosis.)
* [[spoiler: Luke]], Maia and her pack in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The way werewolves in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' are shown varies over the seasons. They started out as a feral-looking wolfmen, walking on two legs but with a wolf-like head. Later they are [[RetCon portrayed]] as quadruped and without a muzzle. The season 8 comics show them as a hybrid of the two, able to walk on two legs but running on four.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' showed a 'special' kind of werewolf that differs the ''Buffy'' one (because they are a subspecies). They walk on two legs, have powerful jaws but lack the thick coat of fur. And, [[spoiler:sometimes wind up on someone's buffet table.]]
* All of the werewolves in ''Series/TeenWolf''. Beta wolves are the best example of this, being humanoid with wolf-like features. Alphas are more like the classic werewolf. And there's also a type that can go fully into wolf form, too.
* Wolf from ''Series/TheTenthKingdom''.
* The main character from the aptly-named ''BigWolfOnCampus''.
* Eddie Munster from ''Series/TheMunsters'' was the werewolf child of a Frankenstein's Monster and Countess {{Dracula}}. You really have to question the genetics of that.
--> [[TheSimpsons Apu]]: If your mother was a vampire and your father was a Frankenstein, how come you are a werewolf?
-->'''Butch Patrick:''' Huh, I never thought of that. Doesn't make sense, does it? But what does make sense is putting your children in the hands of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Kidkill]] here.
** Eddie Munster from ''MockingbirdLane'' [[spoiler:turns into a bona-fide werewolf in the pilot's teaser, prompting the family's move to Mockingbird Heights.]]
* George from ''Series/BeingHuman'' turns into a sort of wolf-man creature during his "time of the month".
* Jiro/Garulu of ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' can transform from human to wolfman at will.
* Gou from ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' had this issue when he first appeared.
** His counterpart RJ in ''PowerRangersJungleFury'' had a similar affliction, though it didn't show up until later, and culminated with him gaining control and becoming the Wolf Ranger.
* Parodied: [[Series/ThirtyRock Werewolf bar mitzvah/Spooky, scary/Boys becoming men/Men becoming wolves...]]
* In Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's WidgetSeries ''Solstrom'', the gentle horror pastiche "Howling Wind" has a dreary hotel turned into a Gothic HellHotel. The puzzled, elderly owner decides he will just conduct business as usual, but as the episode progresses, it becomes clear that his hair [[Main/EinsteinHair permanently frizzing out]] when the transformation occurred was just the first stage of his slowly turning into this. [[spoiler:TheStinger reveals his final, classic Hollywood wolfman form. At least he's a ReluctantMonster -- as he's preoccupied with being a good host, he never loses his pleasant-at-heart nature.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Tooth and Claw": The Doctor and Rose encounter a boy who transforms into a humanoid-looking werewolf (of alien origin, naturally).
* Apparently the case for [[spoiler: Ethan Chandler]] of ''Series/PennyDreadful''.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* ''Manhua/{{Bloodline}}'' has the wolf girl, Shuizhi Shi.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Aaaa-ooooooooooo! "Werewolves of London" by [[TooCoolToLive Warren Zevon]].
* "The Animal" by Music/{{Disturbed}} celebrates this trope on all its lupine glory.
* "Howl" by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine, a verse of which is paraphrased from the page quote.
* "Moonchild" by FieldsOfTheNephilim.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* One appears on the playfield of ''Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt'', and is featured in the "Werewolf Countdown" mode.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Werewolves, wolfweres (wolves that could take human shape) and greater wolfweres could half-change, thus gaining a hybrid mostly human body.
* Not surprisingly, the game ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' was all about these, as is its successor, ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken''. Werewolves in both have a hybrid form (Crinos in ''Apocalypse'', Gauru in ''Forsaken'') and the wide range of other werecreatures in both old and new Worlds of Darkness have such forms as well.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has a virus which turns people into mindless Neanderthal types which get stronger and vicious during the full moon. However, they don't gain animal traits, beyond the extra hair. What Shadowrun does have are Shapeshifters, as in normal animals of all varieties spontaneously giving birth to magically active stock able to take on human form. Plus all the dragons who've learned the ability...
** The "Loup Garou" critter is a human infected with a virus that increases hair growth and recedes his gums, making his teeth look like fangs. His murderous activities aren't linked to the full moon, but follows an even 28-days-cycle.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' brings us the Wulfen, werewolves InSpace. With guns.
* Werewolves can take this form in the ''{{Rolemaster}}'' campaign setting ''Shadow World''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3E sourcebook ''Bestiary'' Second Edition. Were-Creatures (such as werewolves) could have a "Beast-Man" form, an anthropomorphic blend of human and animal.
* Michael Stackpole's ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' ''Wolf and Raven'' short story "If as Beast You Don't Succeed" in Ka•Ge magazine Volume 1 Issue 12. Wolfgang Kies can turn into a half-man half-wolf form.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: The Beast Within''.
** Averted: [[spoiler:Von Zell, Von Glower, and Gabriel]] all turn into full-fledged wolves, albeit [[ConspicuousCG obviously computer rendered]] ones. However, the in-game opera "Der Fluch Des Engelhart" plays this trope straight with the actors donning wolf masks.
* One level of ''[[VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan Osu! Tatake! Ouendan 2]]'' has the group cheering on a werewolf as he struggles to keep from transforming in front of his girlfriend. Made more difficult for him because he transforms just by seeing things that are round, including balls, ice cream, and bald heads. If the player fails the song, the poor lug gets carted off to the pound. The actual ending of the stage has him finally transform in front of his astonished girlfriend (set off by her ''eyes''), who turns out to be happy because she loves dogs.
** Poor kid's name is even Goro Okami, with the kanji for "Wolf Boy" on his shirt.
* Werewolves are a common enemy in the PC game ''VideoGame/{{Nocturne}}'', appearing in all but one chapter, and they can be killed with any weapons; it's just that silver bullets kill them a lot faster.
* Saberwulf of ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''
* J. Talbain of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
* Tinek/T'Nique/whatever from ''[[VideoGame/StarOcean1 Star Ocean]]''. Despite the series borrowing heavily from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' he's the only thing that comes close to being a shapeshifter in any of the games.
* Kevin from ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' is a beastman that turns into a full wolfman at night. This effectively gives him two sets of moves to the other characters' one.
** He's essentially a LightningBruiser that turns into a MightyGlacier that's more mighty than Glacier.
* Berserkers in ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'' can be given the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lycanthropy]] ability.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Worgen, a race of Wolfmen that infects others through biting. Though most Worgen are feral, the Kingdom of Gilneas manages to create a "cure" that, while not removing the curse, allows the Worgen to retain their human minds while in Worgen form. The Gilnean Worgen were added to TheAlliance as a playable race in the third expansion, ''Cataclysm''.
* Yugo Ogami of the aforementioned ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'', the first (and also the last) beast the player can turn into is a Werewolf - [[http://www.i-mockery.com/shorts/altered-beast/3.gif preceded by a]] TransformationSequence - which is a muscular and furry man with a wolf head.
* Gerhalt from ''VideoGame/ShiningForce II'' becomes this upon promotion. It is unknown whether or not he has the ability to return to his human form.
* Kagerou Imaizumi from ''{{Touhou}} 14'' is a Wolf-Woman, despite her masculine name. And despite having very prominent wolf nature, she's actually a calm person-- she wears a long gown!
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has the fanged, green, and hairy Jagermonsters. They mix elements of the Wolf Man, JekyllAndHyde, and SuperSoldier. On top of that, they're just plain goofy. Unt don' anybody forgetink ze silly German akzent! Und die ''hatszen''.
* One of the supporting characters in ''[[http://www.noroomformagic.com/ No Room for Magic]]'' is Roy, [[http://www.noroomformagic.com/d/20050915.html whose dad turned him into a werewolf]] so that he could survive gym class. [[http://www.noroomformagic.com/d/20051208.html It's made him less shy, but he feels compelled to sniff strangers' butts]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-14/ what happened to one man they tried to make an ubermensch of.]]
* While [[spoiler: Jade's [[PhysicalGod God Tier]] form]] in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' starts out as simply LittleBitBeastly with a few behaviors resembling those of a domestic dog, she's still mostly human... until [[spoiler: [[BigBad the Condesce]]]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy takes control]] and [[spoiler: turns her [[FanNickname Grim bark]]. While not changing in outward appearance except for [[spoiler: the darkness of her skin]] and the [[TechnicolorEyes stylistic effect]] of turning her irises [[spoiler: into the Green Sun]], her primal, canine rage has been brought out enough that there is a lycanthropic character to her transformation.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - There exists a species of wolf men in the Tower. We get to see one. He gets hit severely in the schnauze.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Averted in this ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article, when the campers are attacked by what is obviously [[http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/671049 Bigfoot Man]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!'' did a parody of the original ''The Wolf Man'' with an obvious Lon Chaney Jr. parody coming to Dexter for help with his werewolf problem. Freakazoid, after forcing him to suffer numerous indignities, ultimately cured him by dumping him into the internet and back out again. This same episode even parodied the frame-by-frame transformations of the original Wolfman, for both the Lon Chaney Jr. {{Expy}} and Freakazoid himself. It was the best CrowningMomentOfFunny in a series full of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did it during a ''[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]]'' episode where Ned Flanders becomes a werewolf.
* ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole'' has one that's similar to LawrenceTalbot but a ''lot'' whinier and mopier. He's often used [[DeusExMachina to transform a visiting character into a werewolf]].
* In the Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' where Jimmy makes a machine that accidentally turns Sheen into a werewolf, Jimmy ask to Goddard info about them but Ms. Fowl comes out of nowhere saying the page quote and explaining about them. She justify her knowledge about werewolves saying she married one before.
* "WesternAnimation/DanVs the Wolfman".
* The ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' segment "Were-Kaz" has Kaz drink hair growth formula and become a wolf-like beast, complete with a ShoutOut to the frame-by-frame transformation scene from 1941 film.
* Referenced in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', when Jake asks Adam what's the difference between a werewolf and a wolfman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterForce'', one of the protagonists, Luke, is the grandson of the protagonist from ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'' and assumes a similar "BeastMan with lupine features" look when he transforms. Strangely, Niles Lupon, who cursed Luke's grandfather in this continuity, looks like a hulking anthropomorphic wolf when ''he'' transforms.
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