Everything's Worse with Wolves
aka: Everything Is Worse With Wolves
As if being lost in a spooky forest weren't bad enough...
So you're out in the wilderness having a jolly time. Then you feel like you're being followed. You ignore it at first and keep going. Then you become aware that you are being hunted. Congratulations, you are being hunted by a wolf.
At first glance, you would think that dealing with a wolf is not so bad as dealing with a bear
. However, there's one thing to keep in mind.
Wolves. Hunt. In. Packs.
In Real Life
, this almost never happens. On the rare occasions that it does, it is usually because the victim has a dog with them, which causes the wolves to attack for territorial purposes, or it's just a single, sick wolf. Except when it isn't, of course... just ask the next of kin of Kenton Joel Carnegie, a 22-year-old geology student who found out why a pair of wolves walking behind you is not a good thing.
Contrast with Big Badass Wolf
, which normally deals with one wolf. This deals with multiple wolves.
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Anime and Manga
- In One Piece, there are wolves guarding the fifth floor of Impel Down. They were moved there from Level 2 so they wouldn't kill all the other beasts there!
- Subverted earlier when the crew was in Upper Yard. The wolves appear menacing at first, but after their leader is impressed by Nami's ferocity, they join the campfire.
- Some of the wolves in the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin manga are bad. But it's averted with those who help Gin and his pack go to the Underworld to save Cross and her puppies.
- White Fang - For a Disney film, the scenes where the characters are being hunted by a pack of wolves in the opening 20 minutes or so is almost downright terrifying.
- Season Of The Witch
- A pack of mystic wolves are the main antagonists in Wolfen.
- The Grey. This is the plot of the movie. The survivors of a plane crash in Alaska not only have to survive the elements, but survive the pack of wolves that is chasing them down.
- Wolf Town
- Wolves take predatory interest on Dan after he jumps from the ski lift and breaks his legs in Frozen.
- Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
- Look Whos Talking featured a group of wolves during the final act of the film. Played for Laughs.
- Subverted, like many other tropes, in Hoodwinked, where the Wolf is a Fletch Expy trying to get to the bottom of a major story. The sequel dumbs him down even more.
- The Grey, which is basically this trope The Movie.
- Inverted in The Jungle Book.
- Inverted at first in The Fifth Elephant then played straight after the Big Badass Wolf who's keeping them in line dies and they revert to their natural instincts, which include killing any werewolves they come across, (even Angua). She doesn't begrudge their hostility though, she knows and accepts that they have some pretty good reasons to hate werewolves.
- J. R. R. Tolkien liked this one. Packs of intelligent wolves (called Wargs) threaten the main characters of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
- In a story by Saki, two men, the heads of feuding houses, are badly injured and trapped in the woods. No sooner do they decide to put their differences aside do they hear a rustling in the bushes. One man can see their presumed rescuers coming. When the second man asks if they are his men or the other man's men, the first man answers with one word. "Wolves."
- While he's watching the Alphas in action in The Dresden Files, Harry notes that humans in this age of guns and helicopters have forgotten just why we used to be afraid of wolves, and that there are several very good reasons.
- The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase: In the novel that gave its name to the series, an alternate England where packs of wolves roam the 19th century Yorkshire countryside, the young heroine is almost killed when one such pack attack a train. She's only saved when the man sharing her carriage stabs the wolf that's got in with them to death.
- During the "War of the Five Kings" in a A Clash Of Kings it's become apparent that an enormous pack of wolves, possibly numbering in the hundreds, is roaming the Riverlands under the leadership of a fearless direwolf, presumably Arya's former pet Nymeria. The pack has apparently grown stronger by the events of A Dance With Dragons.
- In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch has a pack of wolves that serve as her secret police. The pack's Alpha, named Maugrim, even acts as her second-in-command.
- Spiral Knights has Wolvers, they are quick, depending on the breed can inflict status effects, and if they're accompanied by an Alpha, their attack increases, players will often be killed by a pack of wolvers at least once in their in-game life.
- The Note had wolves as early encounters.
- As did Vagrant Story.
- In Red Dead Redemption, wolves are tough, highly aggressive, persistent, have a knack for showing up precisely when you don't need them do, love to kill your horses, and attack in waves. You gun down four or five of them, look around, and the coast seems clear, only for another batch to arrive just as you put your gun away.
- In World of Warcraft, many Wolf-type enemies have an ability that causes them to howl and alert other nearby wolves of the player's presence, effectively swamping you if you're not very careful.
- In the game Gun, wolves pop up from time to time. They're quite big.
- Wolves act as enemies in the forested areas in Friday The13th.
- In Sly 3, there is a huge wolf called Lupis Gigantormus that roams Holland.
- In Dragon Age: Origins you'll occasionally run into packs of wolves as enemies. There's even one specific encounter on the overworld map that can be especially vicious on higher difficulties, a rare form of That One Random Encounter.
- In Skyrim, it's not uncommon for a player to find themselves being attacked by two or three wolves at once. They're rather easy to kill, but they are quite large. However, they can become Paranoia Fuel if you can hear the howls but are unable to see them or know the direction the howls come from.
- The worst part of the wolves however is that they may infect you with Rockjoint plague which severely reduce your fighting ability.
- Wolf packs are one of the worse non-zombie threats in the Cataclysm roguelike. They're made all the worse by the fact that their letter color can make them very hard to spot before they're on top of you.
- In Minecraft, wolves normally mind their own business, and can even be tamed and used as guard animals. But if you attack a wolf, it and its whole pack go berserk and try to kill you.
- Latter portion of the cemetery stages in Medi Evil feature wolves.
- In order to leave the cemetery, you have to fight two stone wolves which guard it.
- In Age of Empires II, Age Of Empires III, and Age Of Mythology, wolves are the archetypical wild predator of the wilderness. Actually, if Age of Empires II is played without the expansion, wolves are the only predator in a game, that ranges geographically from Europe to the Middle East, to Asia. Age of Mythology is also the only game of the series where wolves can actually be hunted for food, otherwise they are just a menace deadly to villagers.
- Assassins Creed III: A wolf pack attacks Conner after he kills a buck near their territory. As a credit to how tough they are, the wolves slow him down for maybe, like, twelve seconds.
- Also of note is that Conner's Animal Motif - besides the eagle that all Assassins identify with - is that of a wolf, to indicate his predatory hunting style. The name "Conner" even means "lover of wolves".
- In Heroes of Might and Magic V, wolves are one available type of neutral monster. Their individual stats are average, comparing poorly with the human soldiers one level below except for their VERY high initiative, but their two special abilities are this trope done in a very dangerous form. Not only can each stack summon an equally large stack once per battle, but when one wolf stack attacks the enemy, ALL wolf stacks able to attack that enemy will do so as a free action. This is as painful as it sounds.
- Played with in Tasakeru, where wolves are one of the eight sentient species. The other species think they're scary, primitive, carnivorous savages, but they're just following very old traditions.
- The Wolf Apocalypse in Gunshow, which was caused by God who had forgotten Jesus's birthday, and was trying to make it up to him.