Be a man. Be a wolf. Not a Teen Wolf. Be a werewolf.
Teen Wolf was revamped in 2011 by MTV, and focuses more on the drama and angst of being a werewolf. A few of the elements of the story have been changed and this series tries to take a different route from the original. Starring Tyler Posey as Scott, this Teen Wolf takes a Darker and Edgier feel to it.The series revolves around social outcast Scott McCall, a young lacrosse-playing student at Beacon Hills High. Scott's life drastically changes when he is bitten by a werewolf, which in turn transforms him into one of these mythical creatures. He must henceforth learn to balance his problematic new identity with his day to day teenage life. The following characters are instrumental to his struggle: Stiles, his best friend; Allison, his girlfriend, who comes from a family that partakes in werewolf hunting; and Derek, a mysterious werewolf. Throughout the show, he strives both to keep his loved ones safe and maintain the relationships and secrets he shares with each person around him. The theme of "finding your place" is a prevalent undertone that is mirrored by the pack mentality of the werewolves.Has a Character Sheet. It's locked again, unfortunately.Seasons 1, 2 and 3a (3b, or the second half of season 3, airs in January 2014) are all available on MTV.com, which is great because this show is really addicting. The series has been renewed for a 4th season as well.
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Abandoned Warehouse: The second season headquarters of Derek and his pack, with a couple of subway cars thrown in for good measure. The third season sees Derek move out of the subway and into a high rise loft. Beacon Hills seemingly possesses an extraordinary number of very large, abandoned buildings. These are frequently the scene of supernatural conflicts.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Werewolf claws, despite looking almost like 'normal' sharpened human nails, can substitute a knife to cut cable and rake through metal effortlessly.
Abusive Parents: Gerard Argent molded his daughter into a genocidal lunatic and was willing to kill his own son and granddaughter to cure his cancer by becoming a werewolf.
Isaac's father issues punishments that go above and beyond what would be deemed acceptable by normal parenting standards. He is shown thrown plates and glasses at his son upon hearing Isaac is failing a class and has locked Isaac in a freezer in the basement for punishment. Judging from the countless amount of scratch marks Scott and Derek discover inside said freezer, Isaac has been locked in there on far more than just one occasion.
Academy of Adventure: Beacon Hills High School has officially become this, but most of the student body is unaware of the supernatural nature of the strange events and murders in town. They also have no idea about the growing number of werewolves among their classmates. Werewolves and other supernatural creatures battle inside the school, human sacrifices are committed on the premises (by an evil druid who doubles as the English teacher) and the entire school orchestra was possessed during a concert (again by the English teacher).
Action Girl: Kate and Allison Argent are both hunters, so it comes with the job.
Action Survivor: Stiles, who's an untrained human among werewolves and hunters.
Action Duo: Stiles works this with pretty much everyone, but special mention goes to Derek, where they share this dynamic practically every time they're on screen together. When they're not too busy snarking at each other, of course.
Actor Allusion: Certainly not intentional, but Michael Hogan (Gerard Argent) also played a bitter, genocidal-against-people-with-abilities, Jerkass in Smallville.
Finstock: Yes, unless you'd rather...play with yourself.
Stiles: I already did that today, twice.
Adorkable: Scott, Stiles and Isaac could all qualify for this trope.
Adults Are Useless: Played straight and averted, depending on the episode and season. Most of the teens have to check in with their parents on a regular or semi-regular basis. And once Scott's mother finally learns about her son's werewolf issues, she becomes much more involved and informed in the kids' activities.
Melissa McCall is a top-notch nurse. Scott is in awe of his mother's skills when she saves Danny's life as his lung was collapsing.
And then she zaps Ethan and Aiden's superwolf form with a defibrillator in 3x10! Talking about Action Mom!
Dr. Deaton and Ms. Morrell could count as aversions as well, except that they often seem to be deliberately less useful than they could be.
Adult Fear: Sheriff Stilinski's reaction and horror at Stiles' kidnapping is a very accurate portrayal of every parent's worst nightmare of losing their children.
In "Fury", when Matt shoots Scott, Stiles' father is locked in another room when he hears the gunshot. He panics and begins shouting for his son and Scott, not knowing what is happening or who was hurt. Made worse because Scott's mom saw her own son shot and Matt refused to let her go to Scott, despite her pleas.
Alpha Bitch | Lovable Alpha Bitch: Lydia is the most popular and ruthless girl in school, with parties so grand that she doesn't even bother with invitations. Allison, however, is privileged enough to be graced with her softer side (and fashion sense) from Day 1.
Alliterative Name: The show seems to be a fan of this, even for characters whose full names we don't know: Allison Argent, "Stiles" Stilinski, Melissa McCall, Sheriff Stilinski, Dr. Deaton, Ms. Morrell
In the third season when Stiles is talking loudly about needing to lose his virginity and Danny responds that he would help him out, Stiles thinks it sweet of him to offer and wants to know if he's serious. He's not.
Anti-Hero: Derek is a member of the Nineties Anti-Hero mould, complete with leather, bitter misanthropy, and resorting to violence as a primary solution. He also dips a bit into the Classical Anti-Hero pool in an Asuka Langley Sohryu way, as his bitterness and violent behaviour have bitten him in the ass more than once and he's fundamentally lonely and self-loathing under the scowl.
Anything That Moves: Lydia - in a ten-minute span in one episode, she flirts with Jackson (her boyfriend), Scott (her friend Allison's boyfriend) and Mr. Argent (her friend Allison's father).
In "The Tell", Lydia flirts with Stiles as well, though she was drugged at the time.
Although it appears to be mostly an act as she only goes as far as flirting and kissing. In the episode "Formality" she states she won't be the type of girl who lifts her skirt to get what she wants. Then again, since she did make out with Scott in "Lunatic", maybe she meant she wouldn't lift her skirt now that Jackson has dumped her.
In "Tattoo", she starts the first day of the school year having spent the night with a hot jock. When she gets to school she then proceeds to assess all the new freshmen for likely candidates. Fortunately thanks to Dawson Casting it looks a lot less creepy than it would in real life.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Subverted or averted. Scott has difficulty at first believing that the murderer in season 3 is a druid, but quickly changes his tune once Stiles reminds him he is a werewolf. And when Lydia starts hearing voices in "Motel California", Allison automatically believes her because of everything else the group has been through.
Archer Archetype: Allison is eternally practical, best demonstrated in Season 3 when she breaks into an abandoned bank while the boys are talking about breaking into the bank and corrals Cora and Boyd more efficiently than even her father, and independent (mostly due to an internalized fear of being weak). She also shoots things with arrows.
The spiral in season one, which represents a werewolf vendetta.
The triangular triskelion in season 3, which is the calling card for the Alpha Pack, and the tree that appears in the opening credits and Lydia's drawings.
Artistic License - Pharmacology: Wolfsbane is super poisonous. Super even to the touch absorbed through the skin poisonous. To everyone. Stiles should have died back in Season 1 just from touching that wolfsbane rope Derek wrapped around Laura's grave. Then there's Lydia's party, which should have ended with everyone dead from the laced punch instead of the unhappiest Mushroom Samba ever. And you'd better believe Coach Finstock isn't going to have so much as numb lips after blowing into a whistle filling with enough wolfsbane that merely blowing the whistle spread it into the air and made all the werewolves... still just hallucinate rather than EVERYONE DYING and also that's not how whistles even work.
In traditional Chinese medicine wolfsbane is often used as a remedy for various ailment. They do this by neutralizing the aconite content to almost nothing via quite a few processes. The wolfsbane used by hunters in the show might have been purchased in a Chinese herb shop so it will only be harmful to werewolves. And there are many varieties of wolfsbane with various degrees of toxicity.
Ask a Stupid Question...: When Scott and Stiles try to tell Jackson that Lydia might be turning into a werewolf, his response warrants this reaction from Stiles.
Ax-Crazy: Gerard and Kate Argent. And they'll gladly use an axe to chop some werewolves in half, too.
Kali of the Alpha Pack has some serious shades of this, mixed with Blood Knight.
Badass: All of the werewolves, by definition, are stronger, faster, and have better reflexes than they did as humans, allowing them to serve as exceptional combatants and pull off some impressive (and excessive) martial feats.
BadassAdorkable: Scott is more painfully earnest and kind than expected from any teenage boy outside of a Disney film, literally bounces with excitement when told he made first line in lacrosse, and has rushed into battle and held his ground against Derek, Peter, all three of Derek's betas, and the Kanima. Stiles emphasizes awkwardness as endearing, being entertaining and overly enthusiastic about things no other character cares about (like circumcision and being attractive to gay men), but see Badass Bookworm below. Isaac, on the other hand, is primarily a violence-obsessed beast who is as obsessed with reveling in his newfound power after a lifetime of weakness as Erica (just with less cleavage and seducing men), but he cried while taking the pain from a puppy with cancer, which melted numerous hearts and hinted that he actually had one.
Badass Bookworm: Stiles has an exceptional mind for research, having gleaned the essentials of werewolf existence from the Internet and observing Scott, and was able to train Scott to control himself more efficiently than Derek (though Derek being a born werewolf doesn't exclude him from being a singularly terrible teacher). As for Badass, he stands up to Derek on more than one occasion, Chris Argent at least once, and ran into battle against a fully-wolf Peter and threw a Molotov cocktail at him despite sarcasm "being [his] only defense".
The Argents. Even (or especially) Mrs. Argent, whom we never actually see in combat, but who is consistently described by fans as the most terrifying character, in spite of being on a show about werewolves.
What's left of The Hales, Derek and Peter. Peter is season one's Big Bad, Derek becomes the Alpha after killing him. In season two, Peter orchestrates his resurrection by posessing Lydia.
Badass Normal: Deaton, the Veterinarian. Completely unflinching in the face of the Big Bad Wolf, even after getting a chair thrown at him. "We. Are. Closed." The Argents and werewolf hunters in general also make a freaking point of being this, using wolfsbane-laden arrows and bullets to take down wolves.
When Derek is poisoned and dying, he vomits black fluid.
Jackson vomits similar-looking black fluid briefly, which Derek explains as his body rejecting whatever it is that turns someone into a werewolf after being bitten.
Derek breaks Erica's arm when she was poisoned, draining black venom from her bloodstream and kickstarting her Healing Factor.
Gerard by the bucketload after being dosed with mountain ash and bitten by Derek.
Back from the Dead: Through her hallucinations, Peter instructs Lydia on how to resurrect him with the promise of ridding Lydia of her visions
Betty and Veronica: Season Two arguably has two: Scott is the Archie to Allison's Betty and Erica's Veronica, whereas in a gender swapped example, Lydia looks to be the Archie to Stiles' Betty and Jackson's Veronica.
And now we have a couple new ones: Allison is the Archie to Scott's Betty and Isaac's Veronica, while Lydia's the Archie to Stiles's Betty and Aiden's Veronica.
In Season One, Scott and the others deal with a mysterious Alpha werewolf who turns out to be Derek's Evil Uncle Peter. There's also Allison's aunt Kate, who has a part in the Alpha's Start of Darkness
In Season Two, it looks to be the Kanima, but the role goes to Gerard Argent, Chris's father and Allison's grandfather. The Kanima is however The Heavy.
In Season Three, the Alpha Pack holds the role collectively. Although their leader Deucalion is implied to be more than just an Alpha werewolf. Also the Homicidal Dark Druid aka Jennifer Blake.
Big, Badass Wolf: The Alphas and any other werewolf who can shift into a true wolf form.
The Big Bad Wolf: The Alpha in season one, Peter Hale. In true fairy-tale like style, he's the season's Big Bad, nigh-indestructible and psychopathic.
Blue Bishōnen Ghetto: Most of the guys in the show range from drop-dead gorgeous to just very, very pretty. Examples include Scott, Stiles, Derek, Jackson, Danny, Boyd and Isaac.
Depending on your type, you could add in Mr. Argent, Peter Hale, random extras on set... It's actually kind of ridiculous and unfair. Not that any of us fangirls are complaining.
Bolivian Army Ending: Season Two ends with the already-weakened werewolves, Erica and Boyd surrounded by the Alpha pack, who appear to be itching for a fight.
Book Dumb: Scott. He's failing several subjects in school, but he can cook up an Indy Ploy in a tight spot.
To be fair, he's ONLY failing due to werewolf drama and it's implied that normally his grades are good. When he gets a paper with a failing grade, there's a comment that says, "Not like you," Stiles says he just needs to study, and Coach Finstock seems confident that Scott can get his grades back up so he can be on the lacrosse team next season.
Bottle Episode: "Night School", takes place...well, in the high school at night. It has Scott, Stiles, Lydia, Allison and Jackson form a temporary alliance while trying to evade the Alpha.
The third season's "Motel California" similarly traps the students at a motel while the deadly events happen.
Bound and Gagged: The hunters like using this method. For example Chris had himself and Allison bound up and gagged as a training exercise and Gerard did this to Erica and Boyd once they'd been captured.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Scott by the Alpha in "Night School". He snaps out of it pretty quickly, but still...
Jackson as the Kanima. Can be snapped out of it when people he cares about are in danger to be hurt by him.
Break the Cutie: Multiple characters, notably Scott in season 1, Allison in season 2 when her mom dies, and [ Derek when he kills his first love.
Brick Joke: A dramatic use of one. Throughout the series, all the werewolf incidents are dismissed as mountain lion attacks. In "The Tell", the school parent teacher conference seems to be under attack by the alpha. Turns out after Mr. Argent shoots it, it was a mountain lion.
Scott attempts to literally sniff out the other werewolf on his lacrosse team. He crashes into his teammates, causing them to fall so that they are in one place long enough to smell them. When he falls on top of Danny, Danny says, "It's Armani," referring to his aftershave. Scott flirtatiously says, "It's nice." Viewers are left to simply see this scene as Ho Yay/Fanservice until four episodes later, when Scott is chasing down the Kanima using his sense of smell, and realizes he smells... Armani. It leads him to realize that the Kanima is seeking out Danny.
Buffy Speak: Many of the characters use this on occasion, but Stiles is by far the worst offender during his Motor Mouth tangents.
Bullet Seed: A variation where Stiles can spit a highlighter cap to ceiling of a classroom (and then catch it).
Bullying a Dragon: Jackson has a bad habit of being an utter dick to Derek, Peter, and Chris before he found out about how dangerous they were.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Coach Finstock; ambiguously crazy, competent coach and economics teacher. May or may not be talking to a team member that doesn't even exist.
Butt Monkey: Derek. Shot, poisoned, apparently murdered, tortured and beaten by way of setting the stakes and showing off the worst the baddies can offer. Nothing good happens to him. Even becoming an Alpha by Season One's end only makes his situation worse.
And Greenberg from the lacrosse team. He seems to be the bane of Coach Finstock's existence. If he exists, anyway, since the producers have put forth the possibility that there IS no Greenberg.
California Doubling: Inverted; the show takes place in Northern California, but is shot in Atlanta. Effective Season 3, though, principal shooting will actually move back to California; the show won a lottery that will reward it tax credit for shooting.
Call Back: The school principal demands that whatever happened in the library be fixed, and also demands, "And what... the bloody hell... is this?"... holding up Gerard's sword.
Can Not Spit It Out: Much of the mystery in Season One stems directly from the fact that while Derek actually talks quite a bit, he never just gets to the point when he can be cryptic instead. "No, I didn't bite you Scott." and "The Argent's hunt werewolves." would have literally taken seconds to get out the very first time he met Scott.
Chekhov's Gun: Stiles points out that the events occurring in "Motel California" are similar to when Lydia unintentionally poisoned everyone with wolfsbane during her birthday. While he's saying it to explain his fears that someone might be manipulating her again, it actually foreshadows that the wolves present were doused with wolfsbane hidden inside the coach's whistle, which is why they're hallucinating.
The Chessmaster: Gerard Argent spends all of Season Two playing everybody like a fiddle. The season finale reveals that for the latter half of the season, Scott was one step ahead of him.
Scott: Everybody said Gerard always had a plan. I had a plan too.
Clear My Name: Stiles and Scott falsely accuse people/werewolves of murder a lot. The accusation of Boyd and Cora is particularly stupid because it was stated to be physically impossible for them to have done it and because there are a ton of others who could have done it. Did they forget that five other alphas, a werewolf serial killer, and people with access to cutting implements were in town?
In season two, Gerard Argent wants to use this trope to survive cancer.
Also, Erica had severe epilepsy which required anti-seizure medications with pretty bad side effects themselves, which didn't always work for her anyway. The bite took care of all of that, leaving her healthy, beautiful and confident.
Dark Is Not Evil: Averted and subverted throughout the show, as there are werewolves who are more good/neutral, werewolves who are bad, creatures that are involuntarily evil, people that are purely evil, and so on.
Gage Golightly (Erica) is the new youngest at 19 during the second season.
Daniel Sharman (Isaac), is 26, despite his character supposedly being the same age as, or younger than, the other teenage characters. He is in fact even older than Tyler Hoechlin (Derek), who is 25 in real life, which is also his implied age on the show.
Crystal Reed (Allison) is 28.
Deadpan Snarker: The whole cast in spades, but special props go to Mrs. McCall.
Deal with the Devil: An Alpha werewolf and "the bite". Selling your humanity for power, health, and popularity doesn't seem like much at first until:
The full moon turns you into a homicidal jerk
The Alpha forces you to kill with him or die.
The Hunters turn up to (at best) bully you or (at worst) turn you into a pin cushion before cutting you in half.
Determinator: Many of the characters have their moments, but one of the best definitely comes from Stiles.
When the Kanima paralyzes Derek and then traps them in a lap pool, Stiles keeps the much heavier Derek and himself above water for over two hours without any assistance.
This wouldn't be amazing at all for the werewolves, but Stiles is human, and a pretty unathletic and scrawny one at that. Even veteran water polo players would've had extreme difficulty in that type of situation.
Let's not also forget the time Stiles more-or-less made his way across the police station - which was, at the time, a battleground between the Argents, the Kanima, and the werewolves - in order to reach and/or rescue his father. Crawling on the ground; on his belly; with the majority of his body still paralyzed from the Kanima's venom.
As of Season 3, he's not in fact dead. He's an FBI agent, and is apparently an asshole.
Discriminate and Switch: Sorta. In one episode, Scott is banned from a school dance, shows up anyways, and when his coach starts chasing him, he comes across an openly gay classmate and convinces him to dance with him. When the coach catches up to him and starts yelling, the whole gym thinks he's yelling about the two boys dancing together rather than the fact Scott isn't supposed to be at the dance. Also a scene showing Scott's intelligence, especially since he came up with that ON THE FLY.
Lydia flirts with Stiles in the fifth episode when he came by to see if she was okay - much to his delight, at least until he finds out that she's only doing so because she was really drugged up and thought he was Jackson.
By the end of the second season, Lydia is at the very least aware of Stiles' feelings for her, and does actually seem to care about him, but its unknown whether the attraction is even remotely reciprocated, considering her and Jackson's relationship.
Ditto by the end of season three. After a period of playing the field, she seems to have settled with Aiden as her boyfriend for now. Although she did kiss Stiles to stop his panic attack.
Dope Slap: Stiles gives one to Scott when Scott says he might go to Derek for help about being a werewolf.
The Dreaded: Gerard Argent's own family views him as this due to his experience at and thrill in hunting werewolves; they regard him as dangerous due to his disregard for the Code in favour of murdering any werewolf he can find, but even Victoria is too afraid of him to do anything but defer to his authority.
Driven to Suicide: Scott, Isaac, Boyd, and Ethan almost get there in "Motel California", by a combination of their guilt and fears. Stiles, Lydia, and Allison manage to derail all of the attempts.
Druid: One of the villains in season 3 is a dark Druid, aka a "Darach".
The Twins, by the end of season 3A, have done some pretty appalling things - even aside from the general mayhem caused by their pack, they've directly helped to kill Boyd and come close to killing Scott, Cora and Isaac at various times. While Ethan underwent something of a Heel-Face Turn and was actively trying to save Derek and Cora by the mid-season finale, Aiden does absolutely nothing to apologise or make up for his actions, yet they're both treated as being part of the 'good guys' in the cheerful musical montage that closes the half-season out.
Similarly, Deucalion not only gets a free pass for a decade of trying to slaughter his way to ultimate power, he also gets his eyesight restored in the final battle against Jennifer.
This is normal for the show. Note that Peter is still lurking around, at least somewhat trusted, despite having been a classic Monster Lord in season one and possessing Lydia in season two. Allison has never shown even the slightest guilt or contrition over what she did to Boyd and Erica, and her actions helped contribute to worse things that happened to them later on. Chris Argent participated in the abduction and torture of the school principal, helped his wife shove a knife through her chest and shot up the Beacon Hills Police Station. He has never suffered any punishment for these actions, which are legally felonies. This list goes on and on.
Enemy Mine: Scott, Allison, Chris, and Kate versus the Alpha in the season one finale.
Then not-so-Alpha Peter with Derek versus Gerard and Kanima!Jackson in season two.
Empowered Badass Normal: Lydia has no super powers to speak of, save for being a banshee which gifts her with the ability to find death, as well as being able to take the Screaming Woman trope Up to Eleven since her banshee screams can be heard by werewolves for miles around.
Enter Stage Window: Stiles does this to the McCall residence in "Second Chance at First Line", giving Scott's mother quite the scare.
Even Evil Has Standards: Chris Argent, who follows the Hunter's Code and believe that werewolves should only be eliminated if they pose a clear and viable threat to humans.
Evil Redhead: Lydia, particularly in "Lunatic." Way to blatantly manipulate Allison and Scott.
Extra-Strength Masquerade: Beacon Hills, full stop. Werewolves and other supernatural creatures battle each other, frequently inside the high school or the hospital. Human sacrifices happen left and right. People get shredded by werewolves and kanimas. Flocks of birds smash through windows and kill themselves. The entire high school orchestra gets possessed in the middle of a performance! Yet most people think that Beacon Hills is just a pleasant town with an oddly high number of accidental deaths, murders and/or wildlife attacks. Ironically, the heroes are the only ones making any effort to cover up what is going on, and usually from specific people rather than the whole town.
Eye Colour Change: Alpha's have red eyes. Betas have orange/topaz eyes, but they can have blue eyes when they take an innocent life.
Eye Scream: A snake crawls out of Jackson's eye in a season 2 episode.
Face-Heel Turn: In "Visionary", Deucalion appeared to be a level-headed, decent guy before Gerard Argent jammed a couple of flashbang arrows into his eyes, blinding him. Now that his sight has been restored by Jennifer/the Darach—and his life was spared by Scott and Derek—it's unclear whether he'll have a Heel-Face Turn.
The Family That Slays Together: The Argent family is comprised of nothing but werewolf hunters, as the profession has passed down the bloodline from one generation to to the next through practice and training. Gerard taught Kate and Chris how to hunt, and in turn, Kate and Chris trained Allison.
Fantastic Racism: Though it may be justified as werewolves are dangerous creatures, the Hunters' treatment of Derek in "Pack Mentality" comes off looking almost like a hate crime.
As does Aunt Kate's invading Derek's home and taunting him with the description of her 'murdering Derek's sister and cutting her into pieces for bait' in "The Tell."
Victoria Argent commits suicide after being bitten by Derek, preferring death to becoming a werewolf, even though she knows that it is possible to retain self-control as one. Her husband actually helps her kill herself, and her father-in-law endorses the act.
Foreshadowing: Each season's opening sequence (aside from season 1, which didn't have one) is basically nothing but this.
A Friend in Need: Stiles doesn't waver when his best friend goes through his...wolfish tendencies. He offers support and stands by his side even when he tried to kill him in one of his transformations. So far, he's Scott's confidant and Secret Keeper.
Hidden Depths: Stiles is also seen somewhat frustrated with Scott at times, particularly in "The Tell" when he's got things to tell him, but Scott doesn't have his phone on.
Scott and Stiles with Derek a lot of the time, especially in season one.
Chris Argent is starting to become this with at least some of the werewolves. Especially since they are fighting the same foes on multiple occasions. Notably, he was seemingly okay to find Allison working with Isaac to track the Darach, and even starts working with them both himself.
Peter Hale, as of late season two. Does not mean anyone really trusts him.
Ethan, who seems to regret what he is involved in, possibly because he is not really a bad person or possibly because he has fallen in love with Danny.
Functional Magic: Basically absent from seasons one and two, where the only supernatural phenomena explicitly depicted were always related to werewolves. With the introduction of the druids in season three, actual spellcasting, possibly Rule Magic and/or Theurgy (with a healthy dose of Blood Magic for flavoring), has been introduced.
Gay Bar Reveal: When Scott and Stiles pursue the Kanima into the Jungle.
Scott: "Dude! Everyone in here's a dude! I think we're in a gay club!"
Stiles (surrounded by drag queens): "Man, nothing gets past those keen werewolf senses, huh Scott?"
Genre Blind: There's at least one Horror Movie Stupidity Cliche in any given episode. The first episode takes the cake, though. Two teenagers— one of them asthmatic— search for the other half of a corpse. At night. In the woods.
Genre Savvy: Stiles is much more aware than Scott of the 'rules' governing werewolves and chides him for not recognizing wolfsbane. He also is more focused on the werewolf plot than Scott much of the time - however, to be fair, Scott is busy thinking up ways to help/and/or/save any and everyone who could be in danger from the supernatural events.
He also, noticing that Scott is showing signs of being a werewolf, proceeds to read what seems to be every book in the library and EVERY POSSIBLE WEB PAGE on werewolves.
Derek parodies this when he talks to Scott in the second episode.
In the sixth episode, Stiles tries to do experiments with Scott's heart-rate by throwing Lacrosse balls at him.
in the season finale:
Scott: Don't say it was too easy. Whenever someone says it was too easy bad things happen."
When Erica and Boyd are in the woods, Boyd stops because he thinks he heard something. Erica points out that that means they should run, not stop.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Out bowling, Lydia bowls a perfect frame, after a game of lackluster throws. Allison tells her she should stop sucking for Jackson's benefit.
Lydia: Believe me, I do 'plenty' of sucking for his benefit.
Another instance in the second episode, again with Lydia when she was talking to Scott about him not playing.
Lydia: I prefer my boyfriend to be at peak performance.
In the season 2 opener, Stiles and Scott try to persuade Jackson to help them search for a missing Lydia who they believe is becoming a werewolf. Jackson tells them to worry about the search party instead.
Jackson: You've got this all backwards McCall. When I was with Lydia, you should've seen the scratch marks she left on me.
In the eleventh episode of season 2, when Coach Finstock is finally going to let Stiles into a lacrosse game.
Stiles: I'm playing? On the field? With the team?
Finstock: Yes! Unless you'd rather play with yourself!
In the seventh episode of season 3, Allison and Scott end up hiding in a closet, standing face-to-face closely together, resulting in him getting a bit excited. Apparently he has less control over that than he does over his werewolf transformations. Allison chastises him and turns around, which causes him to remark that that only makes it worse...
Season 3 episode 2, fists anyone?
There will probably be a lot more of these as the censors don't seem to mind showing teenagers with active sex lives.
The Ghost: Greenberg, a member of the lacrosse team who it is possible may only exist in the mind of Coach Finstock
Good Parents: Surprisingly for a show of this kind, almost all of the parents who appear or are mentioned onscreen fall into this category. Despite having a Disappeared Dad, Scott's mother clearly loves him and works long hours at the hospital to provide for him; Stiles' father accepts his Genius Ditz son for who he is and often shows pride or affection towards him; and Allison's parents both care for her a great deal. Even Lydia's divorced mother and Jackson's adoptive parents appear to genuinely want the best for their children. The Argents do however lose points on a number of fronts, most notably in the case of Victoria, as Allison would have probably preferred a live werewolf mother to a dead one and of course Gerard, who ordered his daughter-in-law's death, and later revealed his willingness to kill his son and granddaughter as well.
He Who Fights Monsters: Most of the Argent family. Their role seem to be keeping supernatural creatures in line, but can be just as cruel as the werewolves. Chris Argent is more of a Knight Templar, but has no qualms about threatening sixteen-year-olds. Victoria is fine with torturing ordinary humans that do not even know werewolves exist just to create job vacancies for Hunters. Kate and Gerard were outright psychopathic Manipulative Bastards.
Healing Factor: All the wolves have it. Sometimes they even come back from apparent death.
Healing Hands: Not necessarily "healing" but Isaac was able to take some of the pain away from a dying dog. Presumably all werewolves have this ability as well.
Scott portrays this ability as well, taking some of the pain from a woman who had been in a ten car pileup.
Jennifer acquires the power to heal even seemingly permanent injuries after sacrificing three doctors.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Viewers can look forward to seeing whether Derek is going to be a good guy or a bad guy in any given episode. He is never genuinely evil though.
Chris Argent has come a long way from when he was hostile towards werewolves by default to now seeing some of them as valuable allies.
Isaac starts off his werewolf career as what seems like a potential bad guy, but he gets better.
Ethan, who may never have been truly evil in the first place based on Scott's judgment, decides to stop Kali from killing Derek. To get his brother to back him, he recruits Lydia, guessing that Aiden will not be willing to allow Kali to hurt her either. It works.
Allison is apparent skilled in gymnastics and archery and is willing to be a bad girl at some points despite her normally good girl complex. Though, being the daughter of a werewolf hunter, such should be anything but a surprise.
Lydia's a lot smarter than she seems, having a good head for science and often dumbs herself down because she's the Alpha Bitch and for Jackson's benefit.
Jackson is very much the Only Sane Man at the start, and the only person the least bit curious about all the weird things happening to Scott.
Homoerotic Subtext: Quite a bit between Scott and Stiles, in the traditional best-friend type. He seems utterly unfazed by Stiles coming in his window, hanging off his roof, etc.
Stiles (to Scott): Do you enjoy hurting me?
Stiles also has his own copy of the key to the house.
Scott has no problem with Stiles walking in on him showering.
Stiles wonders if Danny doesn't like him and asks Scott about it, saying, "Am I unattractive to gay guys?" Although Scott completely ignores this. He later asks Danny himself if he finds him attractive.
Derek does not care for anyone's personal boundaries. If you slow down any scene which involves Derek getting a little too close... Well...
Any scene between Derek and Scott is going to come off this way. In fact, as written, Derek is the Angel to Scott's Buffy.
Any scene between Derek and Jackson. Namely when Derek forces Jackson against walls and intimidates him. All of which while Jackson is COMPLETELY naked, except for one flimsy towel around his waist. Did I mention that all of the above takes place in a locker room?
Stiles using a shirtless Derek to get Danny to help him.
Stiles: You may bat for the other team, but you still play ball, don't you, Danny?
Danny: You're a horrible person.
Actually, this happens a lot. Scott pins Danny down and smells him during lacrosse practice, Derek really enjoys pinning Stiles to walls, and the males in this series are just really really touchy-feely.
AND IT IS GLORIOUS.
Honey Trap: Used repeatedly, by both female and male characters.
Kate Argent insinuated herself into Derek's life by seducing him for the sole purpose of gathering enough information to murder his entire family.
Erica took on this role a couple of times, notably with Stiles and Jackson.
Ethan and Aiden in Season 3 are also serving as this, seducing Lydia and Danny because one of them is 'important' for an unspecified reason. Ethan ends up falling in love with Danny, and Aiden eventually does likewise with Lydia.
Lydia turns the tables, luring Aiden away from Ethan so that Scott and Stiles can ask him some questions. Aiden is surprised that Lydia is willing to have anything to do with him after he helped murder Boyd, but it doesn't prevent him from accepting her advances.
Jennifer does this with Derek, both to get his help and because she is infatuated with him.
How Do I Shot Web?: Werewolves do not instinctively know how to use all of their potential powers. Knowledge and training appear to be major factors in what exactly they are capable of doing. As an Alpha in season one, Peter exhibited a broader range of powers than any other Alpha shown except for deceased Hale matriarch Talia. Even as a Beta, Peter possesses powers that Derek had no idea of how to use even though he had become an Alpha.
Peter: what's this they're throwing at me? A molotov cocktail? Let's hold on to it while Scott yells at Allison to grab her bow, ready an arrow and fire it at me. Then let's raise the bottle high so she can get a good aim. Sigh.
Scott: when both Deaton and Derek and his pack are in danger, sends his human friends to fight an Alpha pack when even Derek can't take them down, while he goes to save Deaton - which he fails to do fyi, it's a human after all who saves Deaton. Good call there.
Allison: her ex-boyfriend is a gifted werewolf on the way of becoming a True Alpha, but no, let's not call him when going after a psychotic supernatural killer, let's bring a beta who's not even confident in his abilities and go after the killer armed with nothing but a knife.
Lydia: after telling Scott she'll stop fighting whatever her ability is in order to help him prevent another killing, receives a text, leaves without telling him and goes wandering around school in the dark with a deranged supernatural killer on the loose.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Scott isn't chuffed about getting bitten since it involves near-death experiences, Derek trying to recruit him, getting hunted by the Argents, getting hunted by the Alpha, painful full moons and complications with Allison. In the first season he bargains with Derek for a cure.
If I Can't Have You: Partially subverted. Matt says he isn't the type of guy to say this to Allison, then later says it seriously.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Alpha in season 1 literally slams his entire arm straight through Derek's chest and then flings him into a building.
Ineffectual Death Threats: Derek is constantly making these...towards certain people. He's always threatening to rip out Stiles' throat or cut off his head, but he never comes close to following through on any of his threats and protects Stiles on numerous occasions. His enemies, however, are a completely different story...
Lampshaded by Peter in the only way he knows how, re: snarkily.
Scott: If you... hurt her, if you even touch her—
Peter: Scott, if I may interrupt your listing of the top five most impotent-sounding threats for a moment...
In Name Only: Aside from the title and a few character names (protagonist Scott, best friend "Stiles" Stilinski, coach Bobby Finstock), the series goes well out of its way to be completely different from the original film, specifically tone wise and going for a style similar to The Vampire Diaries.
As of season two's finale, Jackson is a werewolf and Lydia is human.
Invisible Parents: Only parents that are directly relevant to the major characters appear to exist. Minor characters seemingly have no parents (hence Boyd and Erica becoming werewolves and deciding to run away apparently having little ripple effect). Even Isaac, whose parents are dead, has no clearly-defined legal guardian and alternates between living with Derek or Scott.
And Gerard was totally willing to use this on a very human Stiles as well.
Jerk Jock: Jackson is the lacrosse team's star player and full on douchebag, being self-absorbed and extremely petty.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Derek. He may seem like a rival and is a bit of jerk to Scott and particularly Stiles, but he seems to genuinely care for his new brother, Scott and even his sometime-sidekick Stiles. For example, he places himself at serious risk to rather unsuccessfully provide cover for Stiles to escape the Kanima, as well as rescuing Scott from being killed by Victoria Argent.
Jackson flipflops between this and Jerk Ass. He genuinely seems to like Allison, and has a few tender moments with Lydia, but mostly he's a jerk.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Lydia references this trope, warning Allison over the phone that Scott might fall off of it, starting with being 26 minutes late for dates and eventually ending up at domestic violence.
Allison: "No, please don't. I'm - I'm sure he's on his way, he's only" *checks time on phone and sighs* "26 minutes late."
Lydia: "You hear that? First it's, 'he's only 26 minutes late.' A month later, it's, 'he only hits me when he's drunk.' Slippery slope, Allison, slippery slope.
Karmic Death: It was implied that Gerard might die after his defeat in season two. His master plan you ask ? To cure his cancer by becoming a werewolf. Only after Scott tampers with his medicine, does Gerard's body rejects the werewolf bite, and he starts violently oozing black goo. Of course this is just an implication, so we are still gonna have to wait for season three.
Kate in the season one finale is killed by Peter in retaliation for the death of his family.
Victoria Argent commits suicide instead of becoming a werewolf.
Erica is killed by Kali in the beginning of season 3 due to the actor leaving; they eventually show the exact scene of the character's death, mirroring the following example...
Boyd is killed by the Alpha pack specifically, Kali after a battle between Kali and Derek.
In the mid-season finale of season 3, Jennifer kills Kali and is in turn killed by Peter, having first been severely wounded by Deucalion.
Klingon Promotion: This is how Betas and Omegas most often manage to ascend to the status of Alpha, by killing an existing Alpha.
Knight Templar: Kate, Gerard and Victoria Argent without question. While the family tradition may have begun as defending humans from werewolves, things have progressed to the point where intimidation, torture and murder of humans and werewolves alike is considered morally-justifiable by them. Chris seems to not want to become this, but is increasingly complicit in his family's more brutal acts.
Lampshade Hanging: Courtesy of Kate Argent, who does not approve of her stooge's lame jokes.
"A dog joke? Really? You're gonna go there and that's the best you got?"
Of all the cars in the school's parking lot, Derek stumbles in front of Stiles' in Magic Bullet. "You've gotta be kidding me, this guy is everywhere."
Left the Background Music On: A rare serious and even creepy example, revealed in 3.04. That weird, rhythmic chanting that played during all the promos for the season? Yeah, turns out that people hear that right before they're garroted and have their throats slashed and heads bashed in. To clarify, Lydia discovers an audio recording of the high school's band teacher being attacked by the killer, and after his body hits the piano keys, the chanting swells seemingly as part of the soundtrack... and then Lydia lowers her head to the speaker, indicating that it's part of the recording she's been listening to.
Le Parkour: Just about all the wolves use this, but Derek most commonly.
Ley Line: Beacon Hills has unusually strong telluric energy currents running through it, making certain locations appropriate for magical rituals. Unlike traditional ley lines, these currents are not straight lines. Their presence may explain why the city is a Weirdness Magnet.
Lightswitch Surprise: Scott came home, closed the window, turned on the lights and BAM! There was Derek, sitting in a chair expectantly. Stiles went to Scott's house, went to his room, closed the door, turned on the lights and saw Scott sitting in a chair.
He's wearing a red hooded shirt the night he's almost killed by Mrs. Argent.
Living Lie Detector: Derek, Scott, and most any werewolf courtesy of their Super Senses. They can tell lies through smell and quickened heartbeats. Also, sexual attraction.
Lock and Load Montage: Chris Argent and his associates preparing to hunt down Derek, Scott, and the Season 1 Alpha.
Allison's preparations to hunt down Derek for the death of her mother.
Locked Out of the Loop: Lydia. Which is a mistake, given that she's been hallucinating Peter Hale all season. Also Danny. Most of the main teen cast would claim him as a friend and he's currently dating a werewolf, but they still haven't told him about the town's supernatural goings on.
Love Dodecahedron: Scott likes Allison. Jackson is dating Lydia. Stiles is single. However, Allison broke up with Scott, and Jackson seems to like flirting with Allison. Stiles has liked Lydia since the third grade, but Lydia doesn't care about Stiles. Lydia likes Scott and likes having her trophy boyfriend Jackson. Scott doesn't have any real feelings for Lydia, but the full moon and misinformation causes Scott to fulfill Lydia's affair and slap Stiles in the face.
Jennifer falls in love with Derek, and tries to recruit him to help her. Unfortunately for her, he just is not evil.
Ethan undergoes a Heel-Face Turn because he falls in love with Danny. His brother Aiden initially disapproves, but ultimately does the same because of Lydia.
Made of Iron: Justified for werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Their bodies naturally have a much more powerful Healing Factor than humans.
Mama Bear: Ms. McCall does not react kindly to Mr. Argent's implication that her son is dragging down his daughter.
A darker example would be Mrs. Argent, who seriously threatens Scott with violence and on one attempt tries to murder him after finding out he's a werewolf.
Manipulative Bastard: Peter Hale started out the series by manipulating his niece into coming to Beacon Hills through a carefully murdered deer so he could kill her and become Alpha. He stays this... personable for his entire life. And afterwards.
Gerard Argent, meanwhile, all but forces his daughter-in-law to commit suicide and then uses that tragedy to drive his granddaughter into a rage-filled vendetta against the local Alpha to get him into a position where Gerard could force Derek to give the bite and cure his cancer. Not even mentioning blackmailing Scott into acting as his spy by threatening his mother.
Deucalion proves this as well. He initially comes looking to recruit Derek, killing Erica in the process, forcing Derek to kill Boyd (albeit accidentally) and otherwise manipulating events, even killing his own Alpha and allowing the rest of the Alpha Pack to believe it was Derek's fault, all to acquire the ultimate goal of getting Scott to going the Alpha Pack in the end, not Derek.
Meaningful Echo: Scott said it to Allison at the formal, then after the fight, the exchange is reversed.
Allison: Why did you do that?
Scott: Because I love you.
It only becomes meaningful in hindsight, but Allison echoing Kate by shouting "COME ON!" to goad an unseen adversary foreshadows how very like Kate she becomes over the course of the season.
Meaningful Name: The family of werewolf hunters have the last name Argent, which means silver.
Which is brought up in "Wolf's Bane" and "Alpha Pact". The latter episode reveals that the legend of silver killing werewolves actually comes from the Argents.
Jennifer: Argent. The French word for silver... Interesting how truth becomes altered by legend when it's not actually the metal silver that kills werewolves, but the family.
A "stile" is literally a means of passage over obstacles. Stiles himself manages to help pretty much everyone during the course of the series.
Danny's last name, Mahealani, means full moon in Hawaiian.
Messy Hair: There is not a strand of Coach Finstock's hair that sticks in the same directions as any other; he's like an anime character, in keeping with his character as eccentric hard-ass who probably doesn't own a comb.
Metaphorically True: A lot of the lies and half-truths that Scott and Stiles have been using to hide the werewolves would fall into this category. Stiles even gets caught in an Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap! moment by his father when the alibis start blending together.
Sheriff Stilinski: So you lied to me?
Stiles: That depends on how you define lying.
Sheriff Stilinski: Well, I define it as not telling the truth, how do you define it?
Stiles: Pff...reclining your body in a horizontal position.
Missing Mom: Mrs. Stilinski, who died several years before the show. Isaac's mother as well.
Mistaken for Prank Call: The Alpha in Season 1makes sure this will happen. The call—someone is breaking into the high school—would not normally have been ignored as such, except there was an anonymous tip-off telling the Sheriff's office that there would be prank calls on that very topic.
Monster Lord: Alphas all the way. While Betas are limited to Wolf Man, Alphas can fully shape-shift into huge, half-wolf forms. They're also stronger, heal better, and are the only type which can create more werewolves.
Peter. He may be a manipulative bastard but it's hard not to feel some sympathy towards the guy when you consider that nearly his entire family was burned alive and as a result of the same fire, he was stuck in a catatonic state for six years, slowly healing "cell by cell" and driven mad.
Matt. He drowned and died when he was only nine years old at a friends house thanks to the actions of a drunken swim team. Then when the coach revived him he was told not to tell anyone, and the entire team promptly forgot about the incident.
Jennifer was the emissary to Kali's pack before Kali turned on them to join the alpha pack severely disfiguring Jennifer and leaving her for dead.
Moral Myopia: The Series. 'Literally every time someone has called someone else out for keeping secrets, they've had a bigger one. Scott calls out Derek for withholding information while hiding that Gerard's blackmailing him. Chris calls out Allison while hiding that he knows where Gerard is and has been in regular communication with him. Actually, this has been kind of recurring for Chris: he gives a speech to Scott about how tragic it is that his entire family's dead and blames it on werewolves, ignoring the fact that his family died as a result of their own homicidal actions including killing entire families. Even more ironic was the fact that Chris himself helped his wife commit suicide by shoving a knife through her chest!
Mr. Fanservice: All the younger male characters - with the exception of Stiles - seem to spend an oddly significant amount of their time shirtless, but Derek is heading into Taylor Lautner territory.
The scene in Season 2 when Derek hallucinates himself naked in the big empty white space for no apparent reason? It was literally added because Tyler Hoechlin had bulked up for the second season and he was surprised he didn't have any shirtless scenes.
Mugging the Monster: Narrowly averted, thanks to Allison. Coach Finstock should probably thank her for his continued health.
Matt: Werewolves, hunters, kanimas. Itís like a frickiní Halloween party every full moon. Except for you, Stiles. What do you turn into?
Stiles: Abominable snowman, but itís more of a wintertime thing. You know, seasonal.
Muggles Do It Better: Werewolf hunters can be extremely effective and deadly in their usage of modern weapons and technology. Stiles himself has even proven this from time to time, like when he pelted the Alpha with a self-igniting molotov cocktail.
Never My Fault: Pop quiz, a child nearly drowns because you were too busy feeding your underage swim team booze to keep him away from the pool. Is it a) your fault for being irresponsible on twenty different levels or b) the child's fault for not knowing how to swim? Nice job, Mr. Lahey; no one will mourn you, especially not Matt.
New Transfer Student: Allison is introduced this way at the beginning of season one. Though Scott eyes (or should it be, hears? Both?) her before she's even introduced to the class.
The Alpha twins Aiden and Ethan, who play the trope especially straight in that it is unclear as to who exactly is passing for their "parents", as none of the other Alpha pack members look old enough to pass themselves off as such. They just sort of show up on the first day of school and proceed to strut around.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Scott is well-meaning in his desire to help Jackson, who is turning into a Kanima and murdering people, and does not want to kill him or let Derek do so. However, by protecting Jackson, he technically bears some responsibility for the murders that Jackson subsequently commits, including those of a fair-sized chunk of the Beacon Hills Police Department.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: A villain on villain variation. Deucalion used to be an alpha who had a good nature. That changed when Gerard stabbed his eyes and mad him blind, setting the events of Deucalion discovering how to become what he is now into motion and assemble the alpha pack that is unleashing hell on everyone this season.
"Lunar Eclipse" ends season 3A with most of the villians having disposed of each other in one way or another. Ennis is killed by Deucalion; Kali is killed by Jennifer; Deucalion is healed by Jennifer (albeit out of spite), reversing the damage that helped cause his Face-Heel Turn; Aiden is driven to a Heel-Face Turn by Kali threatening Lydia (and, along with Ethan, by having fallen for the targets Deucalion sent them to seduce); and Jennifer herself is mortally wounded by Deucalion and finished off by Peter.
Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: In the pilot, this is what motivates Stiles and Scott to go into the woods looking for half a body in the middle of the night. This, of course, leads to Scott getting bitten.
Stiles: You're the one bitching that nothing happens in this town.
No Sense of Personal Space: Derek had no qualms about pinning Scott to whatever wall was around every time they were in a scene together for the first few episodes. Once their blatant antagonism was over, he moved onto better pastures and started getting into the spaces of everyone else.
Derek also has a tendency to have this with Stiles, breaking into his house, pushing him up against a wall, and basically car jacking him on two occasions. This works both ways, as a majority of the episode "Magic Bullet" has Stiles babysitting a weakened and shirtless Derek dying under the influence of poison.
No Ontological Inertia: Derek said there's a rumor that a turned Beta may be able to be cured by killing the Alpha who turned them. However, it doesn't say what happens to any other Beta's the Alpha may have turned, so it would at most be situational, or, it could just be a Motivational Lie Derek told in order to get Scott to cooperate with his plans.
Not Now, Kiddo: Stiles gets this a lot. In "Night School", he while the rest of the group are barricading the door from the Alpha, he is trying to point out the 20-foot windows.
Not Quite Dead: Derek, in Lunatic. In the previous episode, he gets clawed in the back by the Alpha, while Scott and Stiles make a run for it. We see him hit the ground, but he turns out to be fine.
The backstory of the Darach, as revealed in "The Overlooked" - "Julia", as she was then, was mutilated by Kali and left for dead. It's implied that Kali may have realised this, thanks to her werewolf senses, but left her to bleed out 'peacefully' out of a twisted sense of compassion.
The Alpha twins in "Lunar Eclipse"; Jennifer snaps their neck (in their merged Voltron form) and leaves them for dead. It's a handful of scenes and a few hours of story time before they unmerge and Cora realises they're still (barely) alive.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Lydia. She outsmarts Jackson by knowing a cougar and a mountain lion are the same thing, then plays dumb again asking "Isn't it?" She also has a 5.0 GPA.
Oh Crap: Scott has one in the pilot when he learns that the werewolf hunter from the forest is the father of the girl he has the hots for.
Stiles has one as well when he realizes that he's surrounded by both an Alpha Peter Haleand his human accomplice.
Offing the Offspring: Gerard Argent was willing to kill his son and granddaughter to become a werewolf and cure his terminal cancer.
Offscreen Teleportation: Derek seems to appear out of nowhere in the weirdest places, including the boys' locker room.
Derek spends more time time in the boys' locker room than most of the boys on the lacrosse team, but nobody ever seems to notice him at the school.
Only Friend: From what's seen, Scott seems to be Stiles' only friend. And possibly vice-versa. At least until the Love Interest pops up.
Despite being the obvious Alpha Bitch, this also appears to be true for Lydia whose only friend seems to be Allison. Jackson has some other friends floating around, such as Danny.
While Scott's made friends with more people (Allison, Isaac, Danny, even Boyd and Erica before they died), Stiles has Scott and... Scott. He's not really friends with Allison or Lydia or Isaac, it's more mutual tolerance of each other than actual friendship.
Only Sane Man: Jackson in that everybody but him cheers on Scott's rather miraculous change of athletic ability. He almost seems frustrated that no one else thinks that something is wrong with Scott - even his girlfriend starts hitting on Scott.
However, as the story progresses, Jackson seems to be falling very far and very quickly on the scale of actual sanity.
Now the role has been doubly passed onto Stiles (for Jackson and Scott), and Lydia (for Allison).
Although I wouldn't really call Lydia sane as of the second season.
Of Derek's pack, Boyd is easily the most level-headed, including Derek.
Oral Fixation: Stiles has a tendency to over-work his mouth in more ways than being witty. Chewed up lacrosse gloves, overabundance of curly fries, and an underused highlighter cap to name a few of the victims.
Our Werewolves Are Different: They transform when angry, aroused, or otherwise feeling strong emotions or increased heart rate and can tap into advanced senses, reflexes, coordination, regenerative abilities and strength even when not transformed. There are differing levels of the curse as well, some being more animalistic. Wolfsbane also has some effect, though what it is at this point is unclear. Scott doesn't like it.
At this point, we can tell that one form, Nordic Blue Monkshood, has the ability to kill a werewolf when encased in a bullet. Another form can cause pain and breathing problems to a werewolf when one is in close proximity and perhaps trigger a transformation by raising the heart rate. However, under certain conditions, wolfsbane can even be beneficial to werewolves.
Pain can keep betas from transforming and can even revert them back to human form.
Out-of-Character Alert: When Stiles kidnapped Jackson and didn't want Jackson's parents to realize he was missing, Stiles sent a text from Jackson's phone impersonating him to explain why Jackson didn't come home, but since the text ended with "love you" to his parents, they know something was wrong because Jackson hasn't been able to say that to them since he found out he was adopted.
And Sheriff Stilinski will not hesitate to pistol whip anyone who's stupid enough to hurt his son.
Parental Issues: Each and every one of the main characters has this. Scott's dad left him. Stiles' mom died. Lydia's parents went through a divorce and forced Lydia to choose which one of them she wants to live with. Derek, obviously, since his whole family was killed by rogue hunters. Jackson was adopted and has never met his birth parents, which causes him to strive to be the best at everything he does to prove himself to the biological parents he's never met.
Allison at first sight would seem to have the least parental issues. Her parents are Happily Married, although they do force her to move around a lot. Because they're werewolf hunters. But then her mother gets bitten by Derek and commits assisted (by her husband) suicide, in Allison's bedroom, rather than become a werewolf. Grandpa Gerard wholeheartedly endorses the act, mostly because he wants his granddaughter to become unhinged.
Parental Substitute: Ms. McCall often acts like a mother to Stiles and isn't at all surprised that he has a key to her house.
Ms. McCall: Scott?
Ms. McCall: (points at the key in Stiles' hand) Key.
Stiles: (looking proud) Yeah. I had one made.
Ms. McCall: That doesn't surprise me... actually, it kind of scares me.
Police Are Useless: The Beacon Hills cops aren't incompetent by any means. But they don't know what they're up against and aren't equipped to handle it if they did know. The fact that the sheriff's teenaged ADHD son is the one who most consistently puts the clues together doesn't help their image.
Poor Communication Kills: Scott claims that this is the main reason why all of the characters are having so many problems in season two. He points out that nobody trusts anyone else and this lack of communication between the werewolves and even the other humans was eventually going to get someone killed.
Also, most of the plot of the first five episodes in season one could have been skipped if Derek had just taken five minutes out of brooding and told Scott he hadn't been the one to bite him.
Victoria Argent wasn't able to talk to Allison one last time before Victoria kills herself before she is able to tell her daughter what led to her death. Of course, whether she would have admitted to trying to murder Scott is open to debate.
Melissa knows about werewolves generally, the existence of the Alpha Pack and the fact that many of the current mysterious deaths are sacrifices of some kind. She has apparently opted not to tell Sheriff Stilinski what she knows, leaving it up to the teenagers to decide if/when it is appropriate for him to be brought into the loop. She does not end up spilling what she knows until they are both tied up in a root cellar, in the middle of the woods, by an evil druid, waiting to become the next round in what has been multiple trios of human sacrifices.
Principles Zealot: Hunter rules require that any Hunter that becomes infected with lycathropy must die, either by suicide or at the hands of their fellows. Chris Argent helps his wife Victoria kill herself when this happens to her. It is also implied that he would do it to Allison too if she were ever bitten.
They also really like Canon cameras, Apple computers, Samsung phones, Adidas clothing, and Pandora. Cool Alpha werewolves favor Ice Breakers as a way to combat dog breath. Occasionally they are subtle, but often fairly obvious, making sure to show closeups of the products and their labels.
Pro-Human Transhuman: Scott. He cares deeply for humans and innocents, even trying to protect the Argents when possible. In contrast Derek is fine offering the "gift" of Lycanthropy to those who crave it, outcasts, the emotionally damaged and with health problems. Scott is particularly upset at this because of the active hunting werewolves face, making that much more likely the new converts die... Assuming they don't kill someone first.
Put on a Bus: In the Season 3 premiere, Jackson is mentioned to have moved to London with his father after breaking up with Lydia. Lydia gets over this by taking Allison on a double date under the guise of helping her get over Scott.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Every member of Derek's pack was a confirmed misfit before being turned into a werewolf. Scott and Stiles both consider themselves to be misfits as well. The group of heroes counts as well, with werewolves (Scott, Derek, Isaac, Cora), werewolf hunters (Allison, Chris), a cop (Sheriff Stilinski), a nurse (Melissa), a druid (Dr. Deaton), a normal human (Stiles), and a banshee (Lydia).
Ravens and Crows: Dramatically disrupting the first day of the year at the Beacon Hills High School.
However, it is a subversion as not all Alphas are evil.
Red Herring: Practically a plot necessity for this kind of show, several people were heavily hinted at as the Alpha in Season 1 and later the Kanima and it's master in Season 2, only to turn out as Red Herrings. Most notably the veterinarian Deaton as the Alpha and the chemistry teacher as the master of the Kanima.
Retired Badass: Dr. Deaton. He repeatedly states he's retired, but the end of season two sees him back in action going after Gerard.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The motive of several villains so far Peter Hale is avenging the Hale fire in season 1, Matt is after Lahey and the swim team for nearly drowning him, Gerard claims to be on one against all werewolf kind for Kate's death, but is really just plotting to get the bite to cure his cancer. Alison goes on a brief one after her mother's suicide. In season 3A Jennifer Blake makes multiple human sacrifices in order to gain the power to avenge herself on Kali and the rest of the Alpha pack.
Derek's Triskelion tattoo, which specifically represents the three types of werewolf: Alpha, Beta, and Omega.
Stiles and his dad's saying about incidents: "One is an accident, two is a coincidence, three is a pattern."
The above phrase is mentioned by Lydia in the season three premier, concerning how she's been attacked by animals twice (a deer and her dog). Immediately after, a flock of crows crash through the windows and terrorize the class.
It gets a callback in "Overlooked" where Stiles brings it to the hospital and it shatters when he hits "Voltron Wolf" (Aiden & Ethan) over the head with it. Gets another callback in "Lunar Ellipse", where Stiles uses a new (aluminum) bat to keep the root cellar from collapsing.
Also Stiles wanting to know if gay guys find him attractive.
Coach Finstock yelling at Greenberg, a member of the lacrosse team who may only exist in his head
As of season three, people try to explain Lydia's abilities by saying she's psychic; when corrected, they snap in irritation that she's "something!"
Boyd, at first. The whole barely-ever-speaks thing he sometimes has going on doesn't help much, either. Of course, then he got completely skewered by Allison...
Scooby-Doo Hoax: Zig-zagged in "Motel California", the most suicide-heavy motel in California. Lydia hears the voices of the aforementioned suicide victims, implying that the place is haunted as all get out, a hypothesis supported when the werewolves (including Ethan) start acting... out of character and hallucinating. As the episode unfolds, it seems as though what is driving the four boys to attempt suicide (except Isaac, because he's a survivor, damn it) caused the previous 198. But, at the end, it's revealed that the boys' erratic behaviour was caused by being dosed with wolfsbane by Coach Finstock's tampered whistle. Except the whistle tampering was done by the Darach, a Druid with legitimate power who tries to subvert Stiles's attempt to save Scott from a suicide attempt by psychically rolling the lit flare back onto the gasoline puddle. And we still have no idea if the motel was actually haunted or if Lydia can just hear the dead, given that Lydia actually stated that the number of suicides isn't actually that mathematically improbable. And they would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling kids.
Secret Relationship: Scott and Allison tried this, using Stiles as their liaison. It didn't work.
Shipper on Deck: A couple of them. The most notable so far have been Stiles as a Scott/Allison shipper; Allison setting up a Stiles/Lydia pairing for the winter formal; Matt seemed to be a fan of Derek/Stiles; and Jackson was a Danny/Matt shipper before things went scaly-crazy.
Shirtless Scene: Scott, he seems to go on without one for about one-third of the whole pilot episode, if not more. This occurs significantly less in following episodes.
Derek gets one in the fourth episode. He really spends a disproportionate amount of his time shirtless.
Jackson's been getting in on the action as well.
Rumor has it that Stiles will be getting in on the shirtless action in season 2, as well.
Lockerblocked by Scott in Ice Pick. So close.
The second season opening manages several shirtless scenes within 30 seconds.
Obligatory whenever Aiden and Ethan do their Fusion Dance. Oddly, they do not also have to remove their pants or shoes.
Shouldn't We Be In School Right Now?: Averted, simply by moving a lot of the action into the school. Which, for reasons that are unclear, conveniently has lots of vacant hallways, classrooms, offices and the locker room during the middle of the school day. It is also seemingly unlocked 24 hours a day and individuals who are neither students nor faculty can come and go as they please, thus allowing for things like fights with blind Alpha werewolves in the music room in-between periods.
Scott, Scott, Scott... Animals are going berserk all over town. Heretofore unknown werewolves are attempting to abduct his friends from the hospital where his mother works. Said friend was severely injured by said werewolves. What is Scott most worried about? His tattoo!!!
Derek, too, in "Motel California". The rest of the pack think he died, but he survived to drag himself to Jennifer Blake, who he then proceeds to have sex with instead of, you know, CALLING THEM TO REASSURE THEM THAT HE IS ALIVE. Distracted by the Sexy and Out-of-Character Moment, much? With the reveal of Jennifer Blake being the Darach, and the implication that the virgin sacrifices gave her some sort of seduction powers, Derek's prioritizing getting lucky can be seen as a combo-platter of Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror.
Social Services Does Not Exist: Seriously, Beacon Hills apparently has nobody keeping track of wayward teenagers, even if they are attending public school seemingly without any parents. The sheriff's department might notice if they go missing, or turn up dead, but that is about it.
Spoiled Brat: Both Lydia and Jackson come from very wealthy families who appear to give them whatever they want. In Jackson's case, this includes a brand new Porsche.
Start of Darkness: Deucalion used to want peace and an end to senseless killing before Gerard murdered several members of his pack unprovoked and blinded him then one of his remaining pack mates tried to kill him.
Ethan also counts, even if Lydia called it within seconds of seeing him. That he was openly checking out Danny probably helped call that one.
Super Cell Reception: Zig zagged. The cell phones that almost every teen carries have never fallen into any of the usual dead battery or no service cliches. It would be completely implausible, seeing as how they are in the middle of the suburbs. Oftentimes, the phones worked into the plot without breaking it, with missed and interrupted calls taking the places of complete silence.
Unfortunately for Derek, when he was feeling the incapacitating effects of the wolfsbane bullet, he received a painful sensory overload from the overwhelming noise and activity happening in the school. Especially from the school bell that happened to be placed right above him.
Too Dumb to Live: By default, anyone who doesn't watch their step in this show, there being at least one serial killer throughout each season. Special mention goes to Scott and Stiles:
Half of Derek's conversations with them start with something like "You idiot! You could have gotten yourself (and me) killed!".
Hell, Scott got the bite because he and Stiles were looking for the body of a woman that had been cut in half. They were deep in the woods before it occurred to them that the killer might still be prowling around. It is. It finds Scott...
And Stiles uses this very reasoning to explain why Scott should listen to him.
Stiles: How about Iím always right, and you should never disagree with me ever, ever for the sake of your wolflihood.
Lydia went to the lacrosse field alone at night when there had been a multitude of 'animal attacks' in town, to the point where there even was a police enforced curfew. Yet she goes to look for Jackson in a place where no one was likely to hear her scream for help. Little surprise that she gets attacked by Peter. Not learning from that experience, she also goes off alone into the darkened halls of the school, alone, at night, with violent werewolves and an evil druid running amok, because her Alpha boyfriend supposedly sent her a text message saying they needed to meet right away. Even though he was in the same room with her when she got it, and there was no reason she couldn't have tried to leave with him, or at least tell Scott, whom she was standing next to, where she was going.
Took a Level in Badass: Several characters in season two - Scott can now beat the crap out of two betas at once without breaking a sweat; Derek goes from being a pretty badass Beta werewolf to being the badass Alpha. Allison gets trained by her hunter family and transforms from helpless little girl to badass with a bow.
Transformation Is a Free Action: When Ethan and Aiden combine, people mainly stand around with dread instead of trying to do anything to stop them. The one exception is when the darach took the opportunity to attack while they were indisposed. After that, they waited for her to be distracted so they could finish transforming without her notice.
Transhuman Treachery: The fullness of the moon triggers a shift in personality for werewolves, which can be overcome by experience (Derek) or a special focus (Scott). Then, there are cases like Isaac, Erica, and Boyd, who are generally more bully-like regardless of the lunar phases.
Troubled, but Cute: Derek, to some extent. Scott seems to be rapidly heading in this direction.
True Companions: Scott's pack, consisting of himself, Stiles, Allison, Lydia, and Isaac, are all very close in their friendships; if one needs help, the others will do whatever it takes to help them. The two characters that go above and beyond even this, though, are Scott and Stiles, who love one another like brothers.
Two-Teacher School: Averted. We've seen the economics teacher/lacrosse coach, chemistry teacher, English teacher, French teacher/guidance counselor, and math teacher. All but the math teacher have appeared multiple times.
Urban Fantasy: Werewolves, lizardmen, witchcraft, and magic all taking place in a modern-day California town.
The Unreveal: "Hey look! They're showing us the Alpha transforming into a human— ...Oh wait. You can't tell who it is with that shadowy silhouette."
Unreliable Narrator: Used by name in-universe. When Gerard Argent and Peter Hale each tell the events surrounding Deucalionís origin story and the death of Derekís girlfriend, they both distort facts or outright lie to make themselves look better and/or more sympathetic. The audience knows theyíre lying thru the use of Unreliable Voiceover and the other characters call them out on it.
Unwitting Pawn: Chris, Victoria and Allison Argent, along with the rest of the hunters, have no idea that they are just enabling Gerard's plot to become a werewolf in order to survive terminal cancer. The ultimate however is Jackson, who does not even remember transforming into the Kanima, much less the murders that it commits at the direction of Matt.
Lydia TRIES to be this. With anyone. Including Scott. And Allison's dad. While Allison is in the room. Neither of them notice. She does eventually succeed with Scott.
After a childhood of feeling sickly and unattractive due to her epilepsy and the meds she had to take for it, Erica wants as much attention as she can possibly get when the bite makes her healthy and beautiful. It goes to the degree of overcompensation.
Van Helsing Hate Crimes: It becomes fairly clear over time that the Argent's and their fellow hunters enjoy what they do and some of them are not all that interested in whether any given werewolf they kill is really a threat to anybody, or if they are a werewolf at all as opposed to simply being associated with one somehow.
Their willingness to tolerate Scott is due to a complicated mix of him being a minor, not having killed anyone and being important to Allison. Even so, this is a very tenuous tolerance as shown by Gerard stabbing Scott in the gut and Victoria trying to murder him because they were still dating despite their having been ordered to break up.
The Virus: Seems to be the case with lycanthropy, but mainly to those who have been turned and never wanted to be a werewolf to begin with. Some people, like Derek and other members of the Hale family, are naturally born with it.
Viral Transformation: Anybody bitten by an Alpha werewolf either dies or becomes a werewolf themselves. Except for Lydia, who is somehow immune.
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: For Scott, Stiles, Allison, and Isaac. Somewhat more murky on Lydia (who has no idea of the goings-on until the end of the second season) and Jackson (who's unknowingly the creature that's a threat).
Walking Shirtless Scene: All of the male werewolves have their shirtless moments, but Derek really seems to be competing for the grand prize of shirtlessness.
Was Once a Man: Scott, Isaac, Erica, and Boyd were all humans before receiving the bite. Derek, Laura, and Cora are confirmed to have been born as werewolves. But for any other wolf, either one is possible until otherwise stated.
Weirdness Censor: Scott and Stiles often have werewolf-related conversations in the halls of the school or in the locker room while surrounded by lots of people.
No one notices Scott breaking a locker off it's hinges in the middle of the hallway.
Coach flat-out states that he does not want to know why Stiles has chains (to bind Scott during the full moon) in his locker.
Also, no body seems to notice that Scott leaves frantically, right after the game in the second episode, both times. Right after he injures Jackson (which they also pay no mind to, except really Lydia), and right after he wins the game for them (except Stiles and Allison).
Scott bashing his head into the wall, repeatedly, during school, anyone?
New werewolf Isaac Lahey leaves visible claw marks across the locker doors without anyone commenting on it.
On two occasions Ethan has allowed himself to be beaten bloody in front of his classmates. Nobody seems to notice that he is perfectly healed almost immediately afterward. Especially notable was the second time, where he was bleeding from the mouth quite a bit. Just hours later he was making out with Danny, who never so much as questioned whether his jaw hurt.
Weirdness Magnet: Beacon Hills definitely draws some interesting people to it. And Stiles often laments his tendency to be a human form of this as well.
Wham Line: In "Alpha Pact," Stiles continually talks to an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of Papa Stilinski. Stiles is very frosty towards him. At the end of the episode, Stiles says to Scott, "If I don't make it back... Your dad's in town."
Losing Allison is actually a justified fear for Scott, as Allison is his anchor and the thing that helps him control his wolf side. Losing her could mean losing control and hurting someone, and considering that Scott appears to generally be a pacifist and sweetheart, it makes sense that losing Allison and potentially losing control would be his biggest fear.
Also, Scott doesn't just hallucinate losing Allison to Jackson. His hallucination has Jackson in Kanima form. And given that the Kanima kills people, it's not just about her leaving him, but possibly her dying. His priorities are definitely not skewed when put in the proper context.
Motel California counts for this as well. Boyd, Issac, Scott, and Ethan all have hallucinations about the things from their past (and present) they fear. For Boyd, it's his sister's death; for Issac, it's his abusive father; Scott is afraid of his mom dying; Ethan has a particularly graphic moment where he hallucinates his brother Aiden's face moving under his skin.
What You Are in the Dark: Stile's answer to Peter Hale's proposition in the season one finale. Of course, the latter said he could tell he was lying, so there's definetly more to this.
Who's Laughing Now?: Zigzagged with Isaac and Erica. They don't seem to channel their anger at those who tormented them once they turn to werewolves. Then they reveal they do have greivance they want to rectify, but only act on them opportunistically.
Wolf Man: Of course, a wolf teenager. Betas develop claws on their hands and feet, grow sideburns, and have lupine and savage facial features. Alpha wolves have the ability to become full wolves, though it isn't used as much because it's harder for them to stay in control (and because of CGI restrictions).
Worst Aid: The treatment of Erica's seizures is downright unrealistic. During her first one in "Shape Shifted", Allison instructs Scott to put her on her side while she's seizing. In reality, she would flail violently enough to smack him away if he tried that. You're meant to wait out the seizure and put them on their side afterwards in case they vomit.
In "Restraint", Scott goes ahead and picks her up even though, again, that would be nearly impossible with a real seizure victim. Of course, she was conscious and talking, so maybe Kanima poison-induced seizures are different.
Lydia is smart so she should know that you don't Kiss someone who is having a panic attack.
The Worf Effect: The quickest way to show that a bad guy/antagonist means trouble is to have them beat up or harass Derek. Poor guy...
Derek spent the whole first season being outclassed by the alpha and harassed by hunters that he couldn't harm for fear they would declare all out war on him. Even after he became alpha, the kanima easily disabled him. He can barely control his own pack. He once got taken out by Lydia. He was never pitched as the best or most trained, it's just the newly bitten wolves and most humans that can't match him. Worf could totally take Derek.
In his defense he seems to be getting better in fighting, actually being on defense against the Kanima, going on against Ennis, going against Kali for half an episode, he does seems a little suicidal some moments, so maybe that's something to think about?
Thought it may had something to do with her being poisoned with mistetloe, and Jennifer using that as a bargain for getting Derek on her side
Even after gaining powerful healing abilities by sacrificing three doctors, Jennifer cannot truly heal the grievous disfiguring wounds inflicted on her by Kali, and relies on Glamour to conceal her true form and appear beautiful.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Quite a few instances, several of them very different. Stiles seems to think he's in a buddy superhero show, Scott thinks the universe is simplistic with a clear villain to defeat that being Derek. We quickly learn that it's a lot more complicated. Lydia seems to think she's the main character of a chick-flick - and doesn't realize she'd be the bad guy in that situation.
Stiles does, however, show shades of being Genre Savvy in regards to werewolves, recognizing wolfsbane and signs of lycanthropy.
Yandere: Jennifer Blake, aka the Darach, develops a huge torch on resident hottie Alpha werewolf Derek Hale. She advises him to pretend to be dead for a while and not call his pack. Meanwhile she uses her psychic powers and some good old fashioned poison to get them to commit suicide and leave Derek all alone.