YMMV / Teen Wolf

For the 2011 TV series:

  • Abandon Shipping: A fair portion of the fandom is completely okay with the Allison/Isaac and Scott/Kira pairings that started happening in Season 3. The same goes for Stiles/Malia and Derek/Braeden in Season 4.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Narrowly defied by Holland Roden, who brought up to Jeff Davis that maybe Peter gas-lighting Lydia and using her as his marionette might influence Lydia's comfort levels when in the same room with him.
    • Played entirely straight after the events of "Motel California". Scott's suicide is heavily implied to be genuine, Isaac was mindfucked to the point of hiding under the bed in a catatonic state, Boyd hallucinated his dead sister and tried to drown himself, Ethan nearly cut himself in half, and Lydia had to hear the final moments of several of the past suicides in the hotel, and it's never brought up again or have any form of aftermath.
    • Also Derek. Yes, he's stoic, but given the sheer amount of mental trauma the guy has gone through, he really should be a wreck by now- even ignoring the fact that he gets ripped to shreds physically every five minutes, his near constant loss of agency would be enough to drive anyone to breaking point.
    • Season 4 in general is guilty of this. 3B was far darker than previous seasons, with Stiles — a character who already had a huge Guilt Complex — possessed by the nogitsune, almost killing Scott and trying to commit suicide to save everyone else. Then there's Allison's death — the first death of a major character who is Lydia's best friend, Isaac's girlfriend, Chris's last family member and Scott's first love. The pack even breaks apart with Isaac and Chris Argent leaving for France. You'd think Season 4 would have the pack acknowledge the trauma, grieve for Allison, reassure Stiles that none of it was his fault and preferably get some group therapy. Instead they plunge straight into trips to Mexico and lacrosse practice, and the past few months are barely mentioned. Especially highlighted as previous trauma's like Matt trying to kill them in Season 2 and Scott, Stiles and Allison going into limbo in 3A — which were much less intense than 3B — were actually explored with counseling sessions, nightmares and support from their parents, while the characters are given zero screen-time of them recovering after season 3B.
    • Averted with Liam. After being bitten by Scott in order to save him from a wendigo; he's been kidnapped, poisoned, left in a well to die, nearly immolated, and beaten badly by a berserker. That's just the physical half of it: not being able to tell anyone about his transformation into a werewolf has him feeling isolated, being put on the Deadpool has made him extremely paranoid and the berserker encounter still haunts to nearly PTSD-like levels. Keep in mind that he's still a 15-year-old freshman and all of the above-mentioned incidents have occurred in the time-span of less than a month. Arguably, his reaction to everything that has happened makes him the most normal person in the entire setting.
  • Awesome Music: Much like the show that inspired it, this show is packed with lots of alternative and indie pop.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Scott has shown that he can be very smart and clever when he wants to be. However, since becoming a werewolf, he has experienced a serious drop in his grades, mostly because Scott was still trying to adjust to his new found life as a werewolf. This was causing Scott to lose focus of his schoolwork. In Season 1, it was noted on one of his tests that his low grade or low score was not like him, which means that Scott usually got better grades before becoming a werewolf. As of Season 3 onwards and especially Season 5, Scott's overall grades improved and he even got into AP Biology, which is considered to be a very challenging class. Scott is also an aspiring veterinarian, which is a career in the medicinal field. It's not that Scott is dumb, it's that he's too distracted by all of the issues around him.
  • Broken Base: Started out in Season 3, and is in full effect since Season 4. Fans are divided over perceived Seasonal Rot, Alternate Character Interpretation, They Changed It, Now It Sucks and Ship-to-Ship Combat. Characters are derided as The Scrappy or fingered as Base-Breaking Character, and even innocent bystanders are drawn into the struggle. Supposed to get a reality show on MTV in 2016.
    • The Scott/Stiles fight in Season 5 is a huge one, with fans divided over which character is in the right and laying blame on the other side. About the only thing the fandom unites on is agreeing that the conflict is unnecessary anyway, given Scott and Stiles have had an unbreakable friendship despite angst and drama surrounding them for years and the fight only harmed the relationship that has been the foundation of the show since the start.
  • Cargo Shipping:
    • In the fandom, a fair amount of fans seem to ship Stiles/his jeep. He is, after all, the Launcher of a Thousand Ships, and he's clearly very attached to it... It really doesn't help that the Season 2 credits have established couples appearing together with Scott with Allison, Jackson with Lydia, and... Stiles with his jeep.
    • There is also a section of fans who ship Derek/his Camaro.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Gerard Argent, the Big Bad of Season 2, kills an innocent Omega werewolf, and declares that all werewolves in Beacon Hills are to be hunted down and killed regardless of their innocence. He claims to be doing this to avenge his daughter Kate, but it's clear he has a different agenda, as he brainwashed Kate into the racist werewolf hunter she is and had her seduce Derek and burn down his family's house, and when his daughter-in-law Victoria is bitten by a werewolf, Gerard forces his son Chris to kill her. He also manipulates his granddaughter Allison's grief to brainwash her as he did Kate, turning her into a ruthless werewolf hunter herself. Later on, he kills the Kanima master and takes control of the beast, and uses it to threaten an unwitting crowd at a lacrosse game, unless Scott brings him Derek. In the season finale, we learn Gerard's true motive — to become a werewolf himself to cure his cancer, and take over as Alpha. He uses the Kanima to take everyone hostage, even saying he would kill his own son to help his own survival. When that plan fails, he orders the Kanima to kill everyone. In Season 3, we learn that in his past, when the werewolf Deucalion wanted peace between werewolves and hunters, Gerard kills Deucalion's pack and the hunters who agreed with him. Gerard also blinds Deucalion with flashbang arrows and frames him for the killings. Gerard makes a return in Season 5, when Chris reluctantly seeks his help to stop the Beast of Gévaudan, and even then Gerard is doing this to immortalize himself and is willing to kill anyone working behind his back.
    • Jennifer Blake, the Big Bad of Season 3A, is the Darach, a corrupted who killed twelve innocent people, and fully intended on killing three more, in cold blood for power. She tried to kill Danny just because he had info that might endanger her, set up Psychic-Assisted Suicide on four traumatized teenagers, and was partially responsible for Boyd’s death because she insisted on maintaining her facade. Likewise, she tried to kill Lydia purely because she knew too much. She never shows the slightest remorse, but keeps on pathologically justifying herself. When Chris Argent confronts her on her murders she smiles and says that they are "sacrifices." While she was nearly killed by the Alpha she once followed, it mattered not that said Alpha couldn't bring herself to do the deed, and for all her eloquent speeches that she needs to stop the Alpha Pack for the good of many, this is proven false as she never interferes when they hurt people. She is simply out for revenge and her own interests.
    • The Nogitsune possessing Stiles, the Big Bad of Season 3B, mentally and emotionally torments him, forces him to torture his friends, and go on constant murder sprees. When originally summoned decades ago, it was summoned by Kira's mother at an internment camp to avenge her American lover, but instead massacres the internment camp, prisoners and guards alike, before finally being subdued. In the present, he sets up multiple traps, including sabotaging an electric cable killing several people and rendering Isaac Lahey comatose, has an arrow shot into Coach Finstock's stomach and lets a bomb go off in the Sheriff's station, all while pretending to be Stiles in front of Scott. Stiles's best friend, before twisting a sword in Scott's gut. When he's separated from Stiles, he takes control of the Oni soon after killing Allison Argent. He later leads the Oni on a massacre at the local hospital and police station. In the final showdown, he plans on having Scott kill Stiles, citing it as the only way he can be defeated, simply because it sees it all as a game.
    • Theo Raeken, the Big Bad of Season 5, is a childhood friend of Scott and Stiles, seemingly looking to join Scott's pack, Theo is in fact working with the Dread Doctors in their Chimera experiments; having a hand in the abduction, and torturous experimentation of teenagers, and the following deaths. Disturbed since youth, Theo calmly had his sister freeze to death in a river just so the Dread Doctors would transplant her heart into him. After straining Scott and Stiles's friendship (killing two chimeras in the process), Theo uses Hayden's life to try to get Liam to kill Scott for his True Alpha powers and kill Liam himself in turn for them. When that fails, Theo abducts Lydia then drives her out her mind in order for him to resurrect dead Chimeras as his Pack, leaving her catatonic. With the Beast of Gévaudan on the loose, Theo seeks to kill it so he can take its power. To that end, he also sells Malia out to the Desert Wolf. When he learns how to take power from others, he does just that to two members of his pack, killing them. When all his plans fail, Theo makes a final attempt to kill everyone just out of spite.
    • The Beast of Gévaudan, also from Season 5, is know as history's most famous and vicious werewolf. In the 1700s, he was credited with killing 112 people, but the Doctors claimed it was closer to 500. His identity was discovered by Marie Jeanne Valet to be her own brother, Sebastian Valet. When he confessed, he was proud of his crimes, and wanted to be remembered for the horrors he caused. When his sister opposed him, he was willing to kill her with no hesitation or remorse. In the present day, the Beast is resurrected by the Dread Doctors, but doesn't remember his former identity. As he tries to piece his memory together, he goes on a new killing spree. Once he's resurrected via his vessel Mason Hewitt, he is content with erasing him and kills the Dread Doctors, prepared to pick up where he left off.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Twice for Scott so far in the series.
    • In Season 3A episode "Lunar Ellipse", he breaks through Jennifer Blake's mountain ash barrier to save his and his friends' parents from being sacrificed, becoming a True Alpha in the process.
    Scott: I'm an Alpha now.
    • In Season 4 "Smoke and Mirrors", he breaks free of Kate's Berserker spell and furiously faces off against Peter who planned the whole thing. Then when Peter threatens Liam Scott embraces his true nature and fights back with greater super strength, totally handing Peter's ass to him.
  • Die for Our Ship: Pretty much anyone who dates Derek or Stiles, but mainly Braeden and Malia.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Happens frequently to Peter Hale. He is devious, manipulative, often sadistic, violent, and generally only looks out for No. 1, even when he seemingly doesn't. And yet, he is so charming, sexy, and witty, that it is really tempting to wonder if he's just misunderstood.
    • Theo is working with the Dread Doctors and smashes the hand of the man who pretended to be his father because he screwed up once by writing a false signature. But as he's good-looking and when around the oblivious Pack acts helpful (really pushing them in the direction that he wants them to go), many fans can't bring themselves to hate him.
    • An almost literal example with Kate Argent. While she's undoubtedly a monster, she likes wearing lots of leather, and looks damn good in it. It's really hard not to look at her in those tight pants and shirts and say "if only she was slightly less psychotic. . . "
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Erica. Many fans loved having a female werewolf in the cast and were disappointed when Gage Golightly left, leading to her character's abrupt off-screen demise.
    • Danny is greatly beloved by the fandom despite having relatively little time onscreen. He even got a boyfriend and more impact on the storyline out of it in Season 3.
    • Isaac proved to be so popular, his role got significantly expanded.
    • Sheriff Stilinski and Ms. McCall are also very popular with fans, probably due to them both being Good Parents with very snarky personalities.
    • As of Season 3, Ethan and Kali have gotten a pretty good following as well.
    • Braeden has her detractors, but also a solid group of followers.
    • Deputy Parrish is rather well-liked.
    • In Season 5, the members of the Chimera Pack alternate between this, and The Scrappy, depending who you ask. The one exception to this, if Reddit is any indication, is Corey, who's reaching Isaac-levels of popularity.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Kate, despite being borderline sociopathic, is quite attractive. Actually a plot point, given that she sexually manipulated Derek as a stepping stone to her Moral Event Horizon of burning almost all of his family alive.
    • Peter Hale. Scott's mom certainly agreed on the sexy front, mostly due to being out of the loop on the 'evil'.
    • The entire Alpha Pack, with Ennis arguably being the only one falling short of looking like a model (he is also the first to die).
    • Jennifer the Darach. Subverted in that she is using Glamour to conceal her disfiguring injuries and be super-seductive.
    • Many fans were rather disappointed in Season 4 when Garrett and Violet turned out to be shortlived villains.
    • As of Season 5, Theo Raeken certainly fits the bill.
  • Fanon: Although never confirmed in canon, many fans generally accept John as being the Sheriff's first name.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Some fans like to forget that Season 3 and everything after it ever happened, since that means that Jackson, Erica, and Boyd are either dead or forever in London. Add that to the general divisiveness that is Season 3 and some of its characters (the twins Aiden and Ethan, Deucalion, Jennifer, Malia) or some plot conclusions about Cora in general, Derek (and Cora) leaving, Allissac, among other minor ones, and you get a popular point of Fanon Discontinuity. Also, like many other shows, Teen Wolf wasn't very well known during its first season and mostly gained its popular fanbase during the second, so most of the popular fanfiction pieces were written in the ten month hiatus between Season 2 and 3 and therefore accidentally or on purpose ignore Season 3.
    • Even more so from Season 4 onwards. Season 3 at least has some popular aspects that a fair portion of the fandom accept, like Stiles's possession arc, Lydia discovering her banshee abilities, and Isaac and Danny getting bigger roles. However the death of Allison and departure of Isaac at the end of Season 3, total exclusion of Danny in Season 4, and Derek's departure in Season 5 result in this happening in a big way.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Sterek. As in Stiles/Derek. So prominent in the fandom that of all fics online, a solid 90% or more ship the pairing. It also earned the award of being the 6th most reblogged pairing. On Tumblr.
    • Scott/Kira and Malia/Kira are very popular among the fandom.
    • A lot of people — including the majority of the fandom, the actors, and apparently even the wardrobe crew — would like to see Sheriff Stilinski and Melissa McCall end up together.
  • Follow the Leader: This is the basic premise of Teen Wolf: A teenager who's given lycanthropy powers he doesn't want and ends up having to save his supernaturally inclined town from demons, with help from an older, mystical adviser, a Muggle Best Friend, a shallow girl who's smarter than she initially appears (and who later gains the power to see people in danger), a former creature-turned-human with No Social Skills who's also dating the Muggle Best Friend, a Tagalong Kid that acts like a younger sibling, and two significant others that hail from races that typically don't get on well with werewolves. Now, why does all of that sound familiar?
  • Genius Bonus, also Stealth Pun: Stiles's line "Be a Man. Be a Werewolf. Not a Teen Wolf, but a Werewolf." In Old English, from whence the word Werewolf derives, 'wer' means man.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 was mostly the typical "normal teen is now a werewolf" story, but Season 2 slowly moved away from that. By the time Season 3 started, the show had developed a complex plot with a lot of interesting mythology and was trying to become truly compelling television.
  • He Really Can Act: While Dylan O'Brien was considered one of the stronger actors in the show from the start, his role as Stiles was mostly restricted to Plucky Comic Relief and Deadpan Snarker, raising questions of how well he could play roles outside that range. Then in Season 3b, he took on the void!Stiles arc, playing the thousand-year old evil nogitsune spirit controlling his body. His performance was lauded as one of the best villains in the whole show and proved him as the truly exceptional, stand out actor of the cast. In one episode in particular O'Brien expertly played normal Stiles, the nogitsune, the nogistune pretending to be Stiles and a broken, traumatized Stiles at the end
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The episode in which Scott battles the Kanima in the library came out less than a week after The Amazing Spider-Man, which featured a similar scene. Hell, the Kanima/Jackson himself is an expy of sorts to The Lizard.
    • Given his ego, Jackson would probably be gratified to know that it took two guys to replace him. His girlfriend and best friend respectively split a pair of identical twins between them after Jackson left Beacon Hills.
    • Back in Season 1, Derek was furious about Scott howling through the school PA system, late at night, in an effort to attract the Alpha, because he was worried it would "attract the entire state to the school?!". Since then, werewolves and Kanima have fought inside the building (often during the school day!), teachers have disappeared, murders have been attempted, and the locker room has been trashed multiple times. It almost never provokes a prompt response from anybody, even during the daytime when the building is filled with students and faculty!
  • Hollywood Homely: Gage Golightly is a very pretty girl, but Erica is initially portrayed as unpopular weird girl with Messy Hair.
    • Though makeup (and the lack thereof) does a pretty good job making her appear less pretty than some of her classmates, there isn't much to be done to hide her more. . . obvious assets.
    • Stiles generally isn't considered very attractive and fails miserably with girls, despite the fact his actor Dylan O'Brien isn't far off Jackson's looks. To the show's credit, in early seasons they do give Stiles a buzz cut which does a good job making him look younger and gawkier, and dress him in baggy t-shirts and plaid layers so the already lean O'Brien appears much more gangly and scrawny than he in reality. They've also never had Stiles shirtless in contrast to the other guys near-episodic shirtless scenes.
  • Ho Yay: Got its own page.
  • Iron Woobie: Derek.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both Isaac and Erica post-transformation thanks to the fact that both are Drunk with Power. Both come from heartbreaking pasts, both decide to lash out the most cruel of ways. This stopped as the series progressed until Isaac completely lost the Jerkass portion and Erica became much more relatable and likable as a character.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Stiles. He gets shipped with anyone who's ever appeared on the show. And sometimes those who haven't, too. Whether or not he's even interacted with some of these people on screen doesn't seem to matter, either.
    • It is less intense with Scott, but due to constant friendly interaction with nearly everyone he is heading this way.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Yeah, the Derek death fakeouts aren't really effective anymore.
  • Love to Hate: Kate Argent really isn't a good person, and especially her treatment of Derek regularly pushes her into TheSociopath territory, making viewers wish for her imminent demise, but damn, she has a nice swagger.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Peter Hale is full of bad touch! It'd probably be easier to count the scenes he's in that don't have elements of this. The list includes Scott, Stiles, Melissa McCall, Allison, and most importantly, Lydia.
    • Kate's also pretty skeevy, with her comments on Scott's big brown eyes and... everything about the way she acts around Derek, especially considering their mutual backstory. Turned Up to Eleven when her interactions are with the actually teenaged Derek, played by the rather young-looking Ian Nelson.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • To Gerard Argent, this is a daily bridge. See Complete Monster. His definite points of evil so far are threatening to kill Scott's mother, force his son to kill his wife, turn Allison into a perfect replacement for Kate, and beating Stiles half to death. He also essentially started the werewolf/hunter war in Beacon Hills, as we learn in season 3A.
    • As tragic as Peter's backstory is and how suave he may be, it's hard to get past the fact he killed his niece for her Alpha powers. He may have crossed it in series when he tried to force Scott to kill his friends in Night School.
  • Narm: The hashtags that MTV puts up in the corner on every important scene in a new episode. They can really kill the mood.
    • Whenever a werewolf runs on all fours. It looks about as ridiculous as one would expect a human using both their hands and feet to run at a fast pace. The crew seemed to notice given how it got dropped after a few seasons.
    • Lydia's mother saying "oh honey" when Tracy throws up black murky liquid and a feather. It's delivered in such a fashion, you would think she was comforting a child having a temper tantrum.
  • Narm Charm: It isn't the best show of the decade by a long shot, but it's fun and somehow still appealing to a fairly large demographic.
  • One True Threesome: Scott/Allison/Isaac seemed to be headed there in Season 3, especially as they moved into more of a love triangle dynamic during Season 3. Jeff Davis certainly wasn't helping matters by stating that he doesn't like love triangles and making ambiguous comments like "agreed". Then things developed ...differently.
    • Scott/Stiles/Lydia is pretty popular by Season 5, largely because they're the only original cast members left and by this point have gone through hell and back together more times than they can count.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The reason Scott got a tattoo at the beginning of Season 3 is because his actor did.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While there are definitely people out there who still dislike her, Malia did gain more fans during Season 4.
    • Ethan and Aiden proved to be much more entertaining than the other Alphas.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Malia often gets vilified in fanfic, due to her being perceived as coming between two fan-favourite pairings. She's joined by eternal boyscout Jordan Parrish in Season 5, due to the poor man having some romantic tension with Lydia.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 4. Although 3A was criticized for Jackson, Erica, and Boyd's departures, Cora's characterization, and a rocky season finale, there were still some popular aspects, such as a more united group, Ensemble Darkhorses getting more focus, Lydia's development, Melissa and the Sheriff in the know), and 3b was incredibly well-received. However, Season 4 lost Allison, Isaac, and Danny, and gave zero time to the characters recovering or even discussing the traumatic events of 3B. Then Malia was thrown as one of the True Companions despite 3B leaving her true allegiances ambiguous and put her in a relationship with Stiles with zero build up apart from their utterly loathed hook up in the basement of a mental institution, which most viewers prayed was Stiles hallucinating. About the only relationship or pack bonding arc was Liam becoming Scott's beta, while Kira had barely any scenes outside of her relationship with Scott, and Lydia and Derek were sidelined. Add in a main plot far less compelling and more plot-holey than previous seasons with the "secret" Peter/Kate team up revealed way in advance leaving no tension, the episode-to-episode villain being a deadpool list rather than a more personal enemy like Gerard or Jennifer, an utterly underwhelming reveal Meredith was somehow involved, a bunch of filler episodes, Scott and Stiles's parents struggling with money which led to nothing, and nonsensical finale with Scott managing to beat Peter for... undetermined reasons.
  • Ship Mates: Scott/Stiles fans often pair with Allison/Lydia and later Kira/Malia. Meanwhile Scott/Kira, Allison/Isaac and Lydia/Stiles — all of which were simultaneously canon or teased during 3b - form a natural fleet of shipmates. Boyd/Erica are often included in either of those line ups.
    • Stiles/Derek ship mates are more complicated, especially later on with having to get their canon love interests out of the way. In early seasons Sterek fans paired with Scott/Allison and Jackson/Lydia. Scott/Isaac also became a popular mate, and there's also Lydia/Cora, Scott/Kira, Kira/Malia...
  • Ship Sinking: The Scott/Allison and Isaac/Allison ships officially became impossible once Allison died.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The creators of the series noted that they planned to make a werewolf that someone could kiss, or rather make the werewolf sexy. What they have done is made the werewolf look like the one from The Werewolf Of London from the 1930s. Strangely averted with Aiden and Ethan, who are just handsome guys with red eyes and fangs, but none of the facial swelling or excess hair that Scott and Derek habitually exhibit (probably to save on makeup time and money).
    • The CGI deer and mountain lion look pretty cheap, while the Alpha resembles a gorilla with more claws and glowing red eyes. The Alpha also looks quite stop-motion-esque every time it's chasing someone.
    • Peter Hale's Alpha form actually looks pretty good and scary through most of season one, where it's seen mostly in silhouette through a combination of CG and oversized stuntmen in suits. Then you get to see it in all it's glory in the last two episodes. . . and it's a really cheesy low-budget CGI creature that would have looked more real if it had been cell-animated. Notably, the show minimized it's screen time in those two episodes, and didn't attempt another fully-CGI monster until the second half of Season 5.
    • At times the CGI can be acceptable, at other times the CGI is painful.
    • Season 3 episode "Fireflies" has werewolves walking in a dark hallway with glowing eyes... and at times you can see their eyes casting lights in the walls.
    • Deucalion's "demon wolf" form.
    • In "Lunar Ellipse", Jennifer uses the shards of glass from the shattered skylight to kill Kali. The skylight was made of an opaque (or at least very dirty) glass. But the shards are all perfectly clear.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Matt was this in Season 2, due to being perceived as a romantic rival to Scott. Ceased when he turned out to be the Kanima's Master and was subsequently killed.
    • Cora picked up the role in Season 3A due to her incredibly ambiguous backstory and the fact that most of her behaviour was identical to Derek when he's in one of his worst moods. Ceased to be an issue when she, too, left after finishing her arc.
    • Parrish in Season 5. Some people are disturbed by his sexual hallucinations of Lydia, which are hinted to be part of their supernatural connection, because she's a high school girl — albeit a legally adult one at 18. There's also lots of Die for Our Ship, since the show ship teases a possible relationship between Lydia and Parrish, while also hinting at possible feelings between Lydia and Stiles. Yet others are irritated that Parrish has slowly taken on a greater role on the show, after starting out as a Mauve Shirt in Season 3B.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The series is more a Darker and Edgier version of Big Wolf on Campus.
    • Beacon Hills being a literal beacon for supernatural creatures is reminiscent of Sunnydale and the Hell Mouth.
  • Squick:
    • When Jackson goes through his transformation into the kanima in Season 2, he hallucinates eating a snake. A few moments later he sees it slither out of his eye.
    • Season 3: flies in wounds. Just any time bugs show up, really. Somehow, this show made fireflies scary.
    • There are repeated implications that when Kate slept with Derek, he was young enough for it to be statutory rape. In Season 4, she reverts him mentally and physically to a 16-year-old so he will trust her again and continues manipulating him in a sexual manner, while she's roughly twice his age.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Boyd: an intriguing character who gets almost no development until "Motel California" — and then he's killed off an episode later. And unlike the deaths of Erica and Allison, he wasn't killed because the actor wanted to leave.
    • Likewise Danny who had was a solid recurring character during the first three seasons and one of the few human characters. At the end of Season 3 he revealed he'd known about the supernatural all along...and promptly vanished forever.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • When the Alpha was being burned by the self-igniting molotov, DAMN did it look awesome.
    • The smoke effects for the Oni are movie quality, particularly when one is doing some swordplay.
  • What an Idiot: Most of the cast does this multiple times, most notably Allison in Season 2 and Scott and Derek every few episodes. Trusting Peter/Gerard/any of the villains also goes under this.
  • The Woobie:
    • Everyone does the round robin on this one, although the one who's consistently deserving of a hug and a blanket is Isaac. It's to the point where Word of God has essentially made him into a designated Woobie; case in point, when asked if Isaac would be treated not like crap in Season 3, Jeff Davis only response was a snarky, "Where's the fun in that?"
    • Scott turns out to be a pretty big woobie, after 3A, and particularly "Frayed" and "Motel California", where he nearly dies over the guilt he's been carrying around about everything. Twice.
    • Stiles has taken this up to eleven after being possessed by the Nogitsune. Being stuck in a basement with a steel trap on his leg as a demonic figure tells him riddles, hallucinating constantly and never quite sure when he's awake or not, having panic attacks in the middle of school, forced to kill and torture people including his friends, and being tricked into thinking he has the same illness that killed his mother. Every tear he cries in Season 3B is like a knife in the heart.
      • And that's not even considering that the disease his mother died of made her think Stiles was trying to kill her, that Stiles does actually blame himself for her death worries his dad does too and is terrified his father see's him as a burden he never wanted.
    • As of Season 5, most of the Chimeras are this, but two of note are Tracy and Corey:
      • Tracy is a girl suffering from supposed night terrors who gets experimented on and turned into a kanima-werewolf hybrid and, in her fugue state, kills her own father, and is killed herself before she can be saved by Malia.
      • Corey, meanwhile, has not been having a good sophomore year: his boyfriend is turned into a chimera and poisons him, which causes his arm to necrotize and require a skin graft. This, in turn, makes him targeted and transformed. He's understandably terrified when he starts healing quickly, and Scott's brusque treatment of him to gain access to his memories doesn't help calm him down either. The kid needs a hug, badly.
      • Kira becomes this in Season 5 when her Kitsune side begins to take control over her at certain parts which leads her to deal with the revelation she has an evil side she can't control that's almost killed a Chimera, nearly forced her to murder her own mother and seemingly actually kill a Chimera, to which she has no memory of and gets arrested for it after wandering miles out of Beacon Hills and snapping back to reality only to be confused as to how she got out there. It's get bad to the point that she's forced to leave Beacon Hills after discovering the Dread Doctors had gotten hold of her before she came back to the town in the premiere.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
    • Jennifer Blake's gutting backstory doesn't excuse her actions, but she does get more humanized as a result of it.
    • Matt as well. Controlling Jackson as the Kanima into ruthlessly murdering others is nothing that can be overlooked but when the victims are revealed to be those who almost let him drown, he doesn't come off as utterly monstrous.
  • Written-In Absence: As his actor was filming something else, Agent McCall had to return to the FBI offices in San Francisco to explain why he used his gun with deadly force, and didn't come back for the rest of Season 4.
    • Explains in "Condition Terminal" that he has to leave for a while — presumably because Seth Gilliam was filming for The Walking Dead. He returns in "Ouroboros."


For the 1985 movie:

  • Values Dissonance:
    • In the original movie, Stiles has a very unfortunate line when Scott is trying to tell him about being a werewolf:
    Stiles: Look, are you gonna tell me you're a fag? Because if you're gonna tell me you're a fag, I don't think I can handle it.
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