Listen up, fangbangers. Werewolves are here to swoop in and take over this vamp-centric phenomenon (through vampire shows and their own series to boot!), but they're by no means newbies. They've been around just as long as their blood-sucking brethren and are finally ready to take the limelight (err, or the moonlight?). Even before the original Wolfman film 70 years ago, werewolves had been wrecking havoc under the full moon for centuries, and now they're even stealing hearts with their sensitive sides and impressive abdominal muscles (that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!). They may be mysterious, temperamental, furry (sometimes), and somewhat predictable (beware the full moon!), but we at SideReel are all about the wolfboys (and girls!), so without further ado, here are our 10 favorite werewolves (watch out, #10 is kind of spoiler-ific!):
1. Jacob Black, Twilight
Okay, so technically Jacob is a shapeshifter, not a werewolf, though that careful distinction isn't technically made until the abomination that is the 4th book (we do not speak of BD), but I'm not going to split hairs for the sake of this post. Logistics aside, Jacob has every desirable quality a werewolf should have -- washboard abs, bulging biceps, 108 degrees of heart-melting hotness... What? These aren't characteristics of all traditional werewolves? Well, I still approve. Sure, Jacob is only like, 16... but he has the body of a 25-year-old! It says so in the books! You can't fault me for drooling.
2. Alcide Herveaux, True Blood
We haven't seen him in werewolf action yet, but I have a feeling we're all going to prefer him in human form, anyway. Shirtless human form. We've only just met him so far, but I'm already lovin' that he's slightly mysterious and dangerous, yet gentle at the same time, and probably a little more bad-ass than his emo 'tude is letting on at the moment. As long as he's doin' what he's gotta do in minimal clothing, I'm down for the ride!
3. Oz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Before he became a Family Guy vocal staple, and prior to his stint as E's arch nemesis on Entourage, Seth Green was Buffy's resident teen wolf. Unlike most traditional werewolves, Oz had the ability to somewhat control his wolfy outbreaks despite the moon's ominous patterns. He may not have had the impressive god-like physique of some of my favorite wolfmen, but he made up for it in musical talent!
4. Scott Howard, Teen Wolf
Speaking of teen wolves, I'm goin' old school on this one. Looking back, this hoop-shooting lycan may not look nearly as cool as I'm sure he was back in the day, but wasn't Michael J. Fox just sooo dreamy back then? Seriously, was he? 'Cause this movie was kind of before my time...
5. Scott McCall, Teen Wolf
Good news: the 80s classic lives on with this upcoming new MTV series, Teen Wolf. I guess it's a little too early to deem him one of my favorites, but I beg to differ -- this series is gonna kick some RJ Berger butt. Werewolves need to step it up, anyway, if they want to compete with the whole vampire trend! Tyler Posey of Lincoln Heights stars in the TV remake, and he looks way more bad-ass than the 80s-tastic Michael J. Fox and Jason Bateman versions!
6. Remus Lupin, Harry Potter
Lycanthropy may be more of a curse than a benefit for poor Professor Lupin, but he makes it work. Rather than giving him heightened senses and super strength, his condition makes Lupin haggard and ill around the times of his transformation, and is basically a slave to the moon's patterns. It certainly helps to have a wizard lady friend who loves him to stand by during the hardest times, along with a supportive band of friends, and a place to hide! He gets extra points for maintaining his moral code and loyalty to Dumbledore despite his wolfy ways, unlike his evil fellow wolf, Fenrir Greyback.
7. Madison, Supernatural
She (yes, she!) may have only appeared in one episode, but I gotta give props to her for representing for the she-wolves! Madison painted a sympathetic portrait of weres, despite the many evils that face the Winchester boys, through her short-lived romance with Sam (and its heart-breaking ending). While things may not have ended well for her, Madison showed heart and determination over her lycan impulses, making the ultimate sacrifice to keep others safe from her monster side.
8. Luke Cates, Wolf Lake
Yup, believe it or not, before Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley made it big as brooding vamp Stefan, he heated things up on the short-lived series Wolf Lake. Seriously, though. He got naked. Like, a lot. With some Skinemax-worthy sexy time on the lake shore. Don't ask me how that was cool for CBS (and don't ask how that TV GOLD ever got canceled), because I never watched it myself, but... you can catch up on reruns on the Syfy channel!
9. Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World
Okay, so I'm kind of cheating with this one, because Cory isn't actually a werewolf (as far as we know), but it was only like, the most ridiculously awesome Halloween episode ever! Cory has a scare when he suspects that he's going to turn into a werewolf after getting bitten by a strange animal. Of course, this was not the case, but compared to some of the weird/unrealistic happenings in the later seasons, an actual werewolf wouldn't have been that far-fetched...
10. Tyler Lockwood, Vampire Diaries
So we don't actually know if Tyler is a werewolf, so this is just a prediction, but all signs left over from the first season point to "probably." If the books ring true in this case, I think he'd be a welcome addition to the modern werewolf family (and maybe a good excuse for me to start watching more regularly come season 2), though he does have some big shoes to fill!
Got a favorite wolf boy (or girl) that didn't make the list? Share below!