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Werebeasts in Monster High.

Werebeasts are a type of monster present in the Monster High universe. They are living monsters that possess both human and animal qualities.

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Werebeasts in the Monster High franchise are anthropomorphic creatures who do not transform (Until "Welcome to Monster High", they are finally for the first time shown to transform). Clawdeen Wolf is the series' featured werewolf character, as well as her siblings Clawdia Wolf, Clawd Wolf, and Howleen Wolf, and friends Romulus, Dee O'Gee and Brocko. They are for the most part human, with subtle animal qualities such as canine ears and fangs. (But they might be just anthropomorphic wolves and not humans). A key feature in their monster heritage is their rapid hair growth, which is similar to fur, much to Clawdeen's displeasure, as she has to shave 2-3 times a day.

Clawdeen shares several characteristics with the Lon Chaney, Jr. character, including canine characteristics such as fur and claws. Werewolves have a strong sense of smell, which is referred to as "the nose knows", which was said by Clawdeen in "Fashion Emergency", Clawd in "Scaris: City of Frights", and Howleen in Twyla's 13 Wishes diary.

She also has trouble controlling her inner wolf when she sees a full moon, or a full moon-like object such as a spotlight.[1]

Toralei Stripe, Meowlody, Purrsephone, Catrine DeMew and Catty Noir are werecats, which are much more animal like than their canine monster counterparts. Unlike Werewolves, they seem to be covered in fur, have tails, and even have cat-like noses in the webisodes. When Toralei was shown as a baby, she was literally just a kitten with human-like hair. Possible werecats include: the animal girl, catgirls and the catboys.

In "The Nine Lives of Toralei", there were four weredogs: a bulldog, a purple poodle and two unknown type of dogs.

Etymology

Therianthropy refers to the metamorphosis of humans into other animals. Therianthropes are said to change forms via shapeshifting. Therianthropes have long existed in mythology, appearing in ancient cave drawings.

Notes

  • There has been a wererat-like student as a backgrounder character in one webisode: "Bad Scare Day".

References

  1. "Talon Show"