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Characters associated with the Marvel Comics series Werewolf by Night.

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The Titular Werewolves

    Jack Russell / Werewolf by Night 

Jack Russell / Werewolf by Night

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #2 (1972)

Victim of an ancient family curse, Jack Russell struggled for years with his bestial alter-ego. But over time has conquered his inner demons. Now he fights the dark forces that plague our world. He is an enforcer of justice, an avenger of shadows, and a Werewolf By Night.


  • '70s Hair: Jack (logically) sports it in his appearances during the 70s, but sometimes goes back to it in later years, notably in Witches #1 (2004) and X-Factor #242 (2012).
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Jack developed shades of this after Marvel Comics Presents #54-59 in 1990. He sported longer hair, rode a motorcycle, wore a leather jacket with nothing under it, and suddenly started using colloquialisms. His attitude changed accordingly, from a guy suffering under his curse to reveling in it. After volume 2 he kept the hair and the motorcycle, but The Dark Age of Comic Books was shed.
  • The Alcoholic: In WbN volume 2 Jack drowns his sorrows about the curse in large quantities of booze. He even drinks while driving a car.
  • Angst: After nearly killing Buck Jack’s mood progressively edges towards suicidal. Things start to look up again, until he hits absolute rock-bottom in WbN volume 2.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Whether he's man or beast he's very protective towards his little sister.
  • Break the Cutie: In the time between volumes 1 and 2 the curse breaks Jack beyond recognition.
  • Character Development: Jack has been around since 1972 and has changed quite dramatically over the years. A wide-eyed teenager dragged into all kinds of supernatural mayhem against his will (1970s) → a leather-clad motorcycle riding Anti-Hero living life to the fullest (late 80s-early 90s) → a downtrodden alcoholic doing everything in his power not to have to face reality (late 90s) → a suicidal hotheaded Jerkass looking for a fight (late 2000s) → a pleasant guy looking after monsters when the rest of the world would rather kill them (early 2010s).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jack is one, usually in combination with Self-Deprecation.
  • Depending on the Artist: Jack's werewolf form varies depending on whose drawing him, most artists have him resemble Lon Chaney Jr, while some give him a more wolf like head. When he showed up in X-Factor he was given a tail.
  • The Drifter: Though his home base is Los Angeles, Jack never stays in one place for very long.
  • Enemy Within: As mentioned in X-Factor #224, human Jack vs werewolf Jack is a constant struggle.
  • Fake Defector: His stint with the Night Shift is a case of this, especially considering one of his old foes, Tatterdemalion, was also on the team.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Jack mostly uses "stinking" to express displeasure. Possibly justified by his heightened senses, particularly smell, and his human mores remaining in effect. "Stinking" could well become quite the pejorative term if you really know how foul something smells.
  • I Am a Monster: It varies, but Jack occasionally sees himself as this. Other times he is more accepting of himself, crossing over into I Am What I Am; often he fluctuates between the two.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Finding a cure for his condition is what drives Jack in most of his adventures. Even though in Tomb of Terror #1 he admits he sees his werewolf side as his true self and loves the freedom it comes with, he still wants it to end.
  • Informed Ability: Many of Jack's powers and abilities as described in the Official Marvel Handbooks are never shown in-story. For example, it's said Jack is a practiced magic user who often casts spells, yet he is only shown doing so one single time (in Marvel Comics Presents #54).
  • Limited Wardrobe: While the shirt or jacket he wears (if he wears one) may differ, it seems Jack has stocked his wardrobe to the brink with green pants.
  • Magic Pants: Jack manages to ruin his clothes with alarming regularity, but in the majority of cases his pants stay firmly on.
  • Meaningful Name: A Jack Russell Terrier is a breed of dog.
  • The Nicknamer: Especially Morbius is on the receiving end of this in later years: Morb, Mikey-boy, M., Dracubilly... Ironically, in Morbius v2, Morbius responds to someone else calling him "Mike" with "I prefer Michael".
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Jack inherited the curse from his father, and is forced to change during the three nights a month the moon is full. His werewolf self grows progressively more violent over time, and the pain that accompanies the transformation increases with each full moon. He eventually gains some control over the change with the help of The Three Who Are All, enabling him to transform outside the full moon as well. For a while this control extends to no longer having to change at all during the full moon and retaining his mind at all times, but those days don’t last.

    Initially the werewolf looks like a typical wolfman à la Lon Chaney Jr. Starting with Moon Knight #29 (1982), his appearance becomes more wolfish, still standing on two legs but with a fully lupine head. This change is explained as his werewolf self regressing ever further after an experiment to gain more control went badly.
  • Painful Transformation: Until he is helped by The Three Who Are All, each transformation is more painful than the last. And it’s not just on a physical level: Jack describes part of the transformation as if his soul is being ripped apart. After he gains control of, the changes become more bearable. But then the full moons come with the added side-effect of glimpsing hell.
  • Punny Name: A jack russell is a kind of terrier. But Jack is a nickname for Jacob and Russell is the Americanized equivalent of his ancestorial name, Rusoff, so it’s not like his parents intentionally named him after a dog.
  • Redhead In Green: The red-furred werewolf runs around in torn-up green pants a lot.
  • Resist the Beast: Jack often tries this while subject to involuntary transformations brought on by the full moon; sometimes it works, usually it doesn't.
  • Self-Deprecation: A habit of Jack’s. Upon changing into a werewolf through the sheer force of will for the first time: “It might’ve been the ugliest one on record, but it was still a miracle.”
  • Slasher Smile: Jack is quite capable of them, especially in WbN volume 2. Even more so if he couples it with a couple of razor-sharp teeth.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: Jack goes from denial to anger to acceptance to seeing his condition as a blessing to self-destruction and back again. In Marvel Zombies 4 #3 he claims he’s gone through all five stages of grief and has finally reached acceptance. Teammate Morbius thinks he simply no longer cares whether he lives or dies.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Due to his transformations, Jack spends half of the time shirtless.
  • Walking the Earth: Jack mostly rides his motorbike across North America but ends up in Italy on at least one occasion.
  • Wolf Man: How wolf-like Jack's werewolf form looks fluctuates, but he always retains somewhat human proportions, and walks on two legs. Other werewolves, even those subject to the same curse such as Jack's niece Nina, may look much more wolf-like.

    Jake Gomez / Werewolf by Night 
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Jake in his human and wolf form

First Appearance: Werewolf By Night Vol.3 (2020)


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Supporting Characters

    Lissa Russell 

Lissa Russell

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #2 (1972)

Sister of Werewolf By Night and mother of Vampire By Night.


     Phillip Russell 

Phillip Russell

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #2 (1972)

Jack's stepfather whom he barely gets along with, and the feeling seemed mutual. Later, revealed to be the younger brother of Jack's birth father and their relationship rapidly improved.
  • Parental Substitute: After he comes clean to his stepchildren about how he's their parental uncle their relationship noticably improves to the point Jack calls him "Dad".
  • Wicked Stepfather: How Jack's view of him started off but eventually they moved past it.

    Buck Cowan 

Buck Cowan

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #4 (1972)

Best friend of Jack Russell. A reporter and former screen play writer.


    Topaz 

Topaz

First Appearance: Werewolf By Night #13 (1974)

A young woman born with incredible magical powers. She becomes Jack's companion and lover.

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    Raymond Coker 

Raymond Coker

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First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #1 (1973)

Raymond Coker is a Jamaican immigrant once cursed with lycanthropy.


  • Bash Brothers: His and Jack's wolf forms view each other in a much friendlier light then their human forms after fighting a pair of vampires together.
  • Foreshadowing: His werewolf status was hinted at from his first appearance with him carrying books on the subject, sitting cross-legged in his apartment in his underwear with incense burning to perform the spell that keeps him form changing and getting angry at Jack for simply asking him about werewolves.
  • Palette Swap: His wolf form is essentially Jack's but with red eyes and black fur.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Werewolf Jack against a pair of vampires, made harder that the former's wolf form works on simple instinct while Raymond retains some control of his transformed state or at least for a brief time.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene:

Enemies

    Maxwell Grant 

Maxwell Grant

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #2 (1972)

The chaffeur of Jack's step-father, who blackmailed him and his wife on orders from The Committee.


  • The Brute: Grant is one head taller than everyone else, and Jack thinks that he is probably strong enough to kill a man with his bare fists. He even manages to give the Werewolf a good thrashing before losing his composure upon realizing that he isn't fighting someone in a costume.
  • Starter Villain: Even with his strength, Maxwell is just a human bully squeezing money out of his employer. He ends up dying in his introductory issue.

    Agatha Timly 

Agatha Timly

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #3 (1972)

Agathanote  was a wannabe occultist who captured Jack in order to find the ancient spellbook Darkhold, which used to be in his father's possession.


  • Psychic Powers: She has some telepathic skills, which able her to sense Jack's transformation to his Werewolf form after he escapes from her clutches.
  • The Unfought: After the deaths of her husband Nathan and her assistant Kraig, she tried to do a magical incantation without the help of the Darkhold, and ends up burning to death.

    Kraig 

Kraig

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #3 (1972)

Agatha's misshapen right-hand man, who obeys her every order.


  • Artificial Limbs: He lost his right hand due to an unknown incident, and had it replaced with an artificial one with sharp metal talons.
  • Berserk Button: If he thinks he's being laughed at, he'll lash out at the supposed perpetrator.
  • The Dragon: To Agatha, since she provided him with his new right hand and doesn't "laugh" at him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is killed by an errant lightning bolt striking his metallic hand, which he had raised to slay the Werewolf.
  • Third-Person Person: He refers to himself by his own name.

    Miles Blackgar 

Miles Blackgar

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #4 (1972)

A scientist who bought Castle Russoff from Jack's step-father and moved it to an island in his possession to do his research in peace.


  • And I Must Scream: The fate of both him and his daughter after her gorgon like gaze is cast back at them trapping them as statues.
  • Evil Cripple: He's confined to a wheelchair after the Werewolf throws him out of a window.
  • Mad Scientist: He experiments on people in his castle laboratory on an isolated island transforming them into monstruous, deformed freaks.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Combines a color and an old English word for spear.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In order to perfect the ray that he believes will turn his daughter into a normal human one day, he keeps testing it on unwilling test subjects that keep turning into freaks.

    Marlene Blackgar 

Marlene Blackgar

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First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #4 (1972)

Miles's daughter who was born a Mutant.


  • And I Must Scream: Victims of her gorgon like gaze remain conscious within their stone prisons, this is the fate that befalls her and her father.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She became much more devoted to her father after he almost died in the hands of the Werewolf.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When she tries to turn the Werewolf into stone the second time, she doesn't realize that he's standing on front of a mirror until it is too late and she and her father are turned into stone instead.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: She has blank white eyes.
  • Mutant: Of the rare variety whose powers are active from birth.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Inherited from her father.
  • Sinister Shades: She hides her deadly eyes behind a pair of sunglasses.
  • Taken for Granite: She has the power to turn people into stone with her gaze and they're still conscious within the stone.

    Sarnak 

Sarnak

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Alter Ego: Sidney Sarnak

First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #9 (1973)

Sarnak was a former sound engineer who became a villain for hire when his counterfeit production was discovered and he almost burned to death. He was hired by The Committee to cause chaos in Los Angeles. Created the Tatterdemalion, one of his former pawns.


    Hangman 

Hangman

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Alter Ego: Harlan Krueger

First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #11 (1973)

As a kid, Harlan grew to idolize silver screen heroes, and wanted to fight evil just like them. He however developed an extremely black-and-white view of the world, and became a vigilante when no law-enforcement agency wanted to hire him.


  • Badass Normal: Despite lacking any super-powers, he's outright beaten a werewolf and the original Spider-Woman in combat.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: You're bad in any sense of the word? You'll meet the Hangman.
  • Death by Irony: After switching his methods to wiping out "bad influences" on society by killing the cast and crew of a slasher movie, he's stabbed to death with his own scythe by a film critic who had unwittingly fed him information.
  • In the Hood: He wears a hood fashioned after ones worn by medieval executioners.
  • The Jailer: He imprisons women to "protect from corruption of the outside world".
  • Knight Templar: He wants to rid the world of evil, but doesn’t believe in that pesky thing called ‘the law’. He was even court-martialed because he killed Nazis a little too gleefully during World War II.
  • Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice along with his trusty noose.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: See Knight Templar above. Leads ot his death when he accidentally kills a woman, leaving him too overwrought to notice someone sneaking up behind him.

    Atlas 

Atlas

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Alter Ego: Steve Rand

First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #22 (1974)

Rand was an actor in Hercules-esque movies who is now out of touch with reality, confusing himself and others with the roles from his last movie, and is out to get those he thinks is responsible for the accident that left him scarred.


    DePrayve 

DePrayve

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Alter Ego: Dr. Winston Redditch

First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #24 (1974)

Dr. Redditch was a scientist who sought create a way to suppress the aggressive portions of human brain. When he tries the mixture of his creation for that purpose, he chooses the wrong beaker that does the exact opposite and is turned into hulking brute who names himself DePrayve.


  • For the Evulz: DePrayve rants about two things: revelling in evil is fun and how sickening his good side is.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Winston, a nice guy scientist who seeks to make the world a better place and DePrayve, all the evil in Winston unleashed who seeks to spread misery and destruction for fun.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: DePrayve chose to call himself that because he "is depraved". Simple as that.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Deciding that testing on animals is not enough, Winston decided to test his findings with himself unfortunatly his wife had moved the chemicals he was using around while he was distracted.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: DePrayve is physically stronger than his good side Winston.

    Dr. Glitternight 

Dr. Glitternight

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First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #27 (1975)

An evil sorcerer who seeks to kill everyone in the world and turn their souls into a personal demon army. He was formerly a member of the Five-Who-Are-All, a group of mystical cosmic beings who banished him from their ranks.


  • Bald of Evil: And he has a slightly larger chranium than a normal human's, since he is actually a former cosmic being.
  • Big Bad: Of Werewolf by Night vol. 1, as his plans pose a threat to the entire humanity.
  • Chest Blaster: He shoots beams of "black light" out of his chest to harm his opponents.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He thinks the Werewolf was a demon created and sent by Taboo to kill him.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He is a practitioner of dark mystic arts.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes constantly alternate between black and white.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He calls himself doctor. Doctor of what, nobody knows.
  • Your Soul Is Mine!: He has an ability to steal souls, which he uses to bind their owners to his will and create demons.

    Belaric Marcosa 

Belaric Marcosa

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First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #34 (1975)

Marcosa was an evil aristocrat who used his status to hold parties that would end in a slaughter, and steal his victims' souls afterwards. His soul still resides in his old house, and torments anyone who steps inside.


    Tatterdemalion 

Tatterdemalion

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Alter Ego: Arnold Paffenroth

First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #9 (1973)

One of Sarnak's vagrant army, he later strikes out on his own and wages war on the wealthy by destroying their stuff.


  • Ascended Extra: He starts out as Sarnak's unnamed but memorable main henchman in volume one before returning with his own codename and gimmicks in Jack's post-series appearances.
  • Eat the Rich: This is his motivation; he doesn't steal money, jewelry, and expensive things; he just destroys luxury goods and cash and brutalizes the wealthy.
  • Expansion Pack Past: When he turned up in Dazzler, he got a sympathetic backstory as a failed stage entertainer.
  • The Pig-Pen: He has weaponized it; rather disgustingly, he takes advantage of his poor hygiene by throwing his filthy, reeking cloak over people in battle.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears one to hide his face.

    Aelfric the Mad Monk 

Aelfric the Mad Monk

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Alter Ego: Aelfric

First Appearance: Werewolf by Night #3 (1973)

A twelfth century monk who turned his back on God to devote himself to Satan, and author of the arcane scrolls that became the Darkhold. Burned at the stake in 1149, his spirit lived on to wreak havok in the twetieth century.


  • Expy: Of Abdul Alhazred, author of The Necronomicon in the Lovecraft Mythos.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: A Villain of the Week but his actions resulted in most of the events of the series. He wrote the scrolls of black magic that centuries later amateur warlock Baron Gregor Russoff would bind together into the Darkhold. An action that would result in the awakening of the dormant lycanthropy curse in his bloodline that he would pass on to his son and daughter.

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