* AdaptationDisplacement
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: DannyElfman, you've done it again.
* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler: Sir John Talbot]] is a literal and figurative monster. Cursed with lycanthropy decades before the film, [[spoiler:Sir John]] murdered his wife accidentally and allowed his young son Lawrence to be sent to an asylum to have the memory of the werewolf tortured out of him. When Lawrence's brother was going to leave the [[spoiler:Talbot]] home, [[spoiler:John]] didn't lock himself up on the full moon with the express intent of transforming and tearing his son apart. He allows himself to transform outside his cage shortly after, killing many innocent people and infecting the returned Lawrence. He allows Lawrence to transform and go on a killing rampage so he'll be blamed for the killings and be sent back to the asylum for more torture and insanity. [[spoiler:Sir John]] had given his Indian manservant Singh a gun with silver shells to stop him should he ever lose control, but upon Lawrence's return to the manor to settle things with his father, he finds Singh's butchered corpse and [[spoiler:John]] gleefully informing him he'd removed the powder from the shells years ago. Seeing his curse as power, [[spoiler:John Talbot]] believes that he is the superior species and can do whatever he wants to anyone, even his own sons who he views as nothing more than possessions.
* CrazyAwesome:
** Sir John is a proper, English gentleman who's also a keen shot with a rifle, a keen liar/actor, and a great hunter as he is dressed in different furs and his home is decorated with different stuffed beasts is a testimony of this. [[spoiler:He's completely INSANE and a werewolf to boot.]]
** May also be a perspective of the movie as a whole.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The showdown between Wolf Man!Lawrence and [[spoiler:Wolf Man!Sir John.]]
* DesignatedVillain: Inspector Aberline is really only an antagonist so far as he's trying to kill the hero. [[spoiler: Sir John is the actual villain of the story.]]
* FanMyopia: [[http://gawker.com/5475773/twilight-totally-invented-werewolves-and-the-wolfman-is-just-copying Karla Patterson]] thinks you guys ripped off ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''!
* HeroAntagonist: Inspector Aberline. He's just a cop doing his job and trying to stop Laurence from killing again.
* IronWoobie: Lawrence at the end, when he [[spoiler:goes off to kill his father.]]
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:Sir John.]]
* OneSceneWonder: An uncredited Creator/MaxVonSydow, in the extended version, as the mysterious man who gives Lawrence the silver cane.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Admit it... the transformation sequences are pretty awesome, just as Rick Baker's incredible makeup effects. No wonder they won an Oscar for Best Makeup.
* TheWoobie / TheChewToy: You can't help but feel pretty crappy for Lawrence after his time in the asylum. You feel pretty crappy for him for most of the movie!

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