Scott Howard (Creator/MichaelJFox) 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.

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, ''Teen Wolf'' 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]], the DistaffCounterpart ''Film/TeenWitch'', 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 Creator/{{MTV}}.

!! 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.
* BookEnds: Scott misses his free throws in the beginning of the film. He [[DownToTheLastPlay makes them to win]] the BigGame at the end.
* 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
* DownToTheLastPlay: The final game against the Dragons comes down to Mick fouling Scott at the end while the Beavers are down by 1, and Scott having to make two free-throws to win.
* 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: 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: None of the censors apparently noticed the FunnyBackgroundEvent of the background extra with the open fly.
* HandsOnApproach: Scott teaches Pamela how to bowl.
* HellIsThatNoise: Scott sees a kid blowing a whistle that's making a high-pitched sound that's hurting his ears. He got the kid to stop who complains the whistle is broken. A confused Scott noticed it was a dog whistle.
* 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 already. 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 doesn't think much of his students. 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.
* MassOhCrap: Everyone is shocked when Scott transforms in front of them.
* NoodleIncident: The coach tells Scott that his rules for life include never playing cards with a man with the same first name as a city, and never getting involved with a women with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. He never explains how he came by these pearls of wisdom.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Chubby and Boof. Stiles is apparently a LastNameBasis.
* OhCrap:
** Scott has a moment of shock when he realizes that he's about to transform into a werewolf for the first time.
** Towards the end of the film, Scott is utterly shocked after beating up Mick at the prom.
** Vice Principal Thorne has this reaction merely at the sound of Harold Howard's voice.
-->'''Thorne:''' You stay away from me.
* 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".
* OpposingSportsTeam: The Dragons, versus our heroes, the Beavers.
* 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."]]
* SinsOfOurFathers: Vice Principal Thomas' dislike of Scott is because of a confrontation he had with Scott's dad, years ago. Harold eventually confronts Thomas over this.
* 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.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: The Beavers are introduced as a terrible team. Their local rivals are the Dragons, establishing their relationship sheerly through mascots. However, with the help of Scott outside of his wolf form, the Beavers win the big game.
* 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!
* WhamShot: After an exchange designed to make the audience (and Scott) believe Harold thinks Scott is masturbating, Scott finally obeys his dad's request to open the door, in full on wolf-mode - only to see a wolfed-out Harold looking back at him.
-->'''Harold:''' [[{{Understatement}} An explanation is probably long overdue.]]
* WolfMan: A light comedy version.
* YouSexyBeast