Why Do You Love Werewolves?

– Points to the title – it seems like such a simple question, right? Why do you love werewolves? But once you stop to actually think about it, it’s a bit more difficult to answer. What is it about these shapeshifting beings that you love so much? This is a post for all of you werewolf fans, one for you to let your voice be heard.

After overhearing someone ramble on about how they don’t understand why people like werewolves so much because “they’re just big smelly dogs with no self-control,” I got to wondering what it is about werewolves that people love so much.

I’m not asking why you want to be a werewolf, but why you like werewolves. Why do you enjoy werewolf movies, books and shows? What is it about the character that you find so entertaining and enthralling?

In most horror movies and books featuring werewolves, they’re these terrifying and ferocious beasts. Once in wolf form they have no control over their actions, their only thoughts are to hunt and kill. What makes them scarier in these stories is that you usually don’t know who the wolf is. If you like these stories, the frightening ones with werewolves that scare the hell out of you – why?

In other stories, usually young adult novels or girly romance novels, the werewolves are simply misunderstood people looking for love. They are angsty and want nothing more than to be loved for what they are. Why do some of you love these wolves?

Is it the scary monster draws you in, or the desire for humanity? There are many types of werewolves and we all have our reasons for loving them, what are yours? I know people that love all kinds of werewolves, to the point where they go out of their way to read every werewolf book they can get their hands on. They love werewolves as a whole – good and bad. But why? What is it about these magical beings we can’t get enough of?

Let me know in a comment below why you love werewolves. I’d love to hear from all of you.

– Moonlight

About the Author
Moonlight loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.


By moonlight

One of the writers for werewolves.com, as well as vampires.com.


  1. You know, my love of werewolves is more or less a side effect due to my love of wolves in general. they are beautiful , fierce, loyal and graceful animals, they only hunt and kill to eat, they fight amongst themselves for structure like we humans do and they always remain united. I wear a wolf’s tooth necklace, an item I have also given to my closest friends as I consider them my “pack”. To me werewolves, especially in such a varied media these days have been shown to be just as variable as people are and it’s not so much the wolf in the being that drives certain ones to be “monsters” but more the man. As soon as the person realises they have the power they go nuts from it and let it rule them, if they were more balanced as people it wouldn’t be such an issue. But that’s my view. I like werewolves for their potential.

    1. I love werewolves for their wolf part, wolves are amazing creatures, wolves are always loyal to their pack, their family and their surroundings, they are smart, they know how to starve and they never hunt just for fun or just for the pleasure of killing. It’s not a man corrupted by a wolf, it’s a wolf corrupted by a man, if werewolves really existed (which they don’t), it would be the wolf part with its ME that would be the better one, and the human part, on the contrary, they would have to learn to overcome. I love Werewolves because of their tragic fate in most human fiction, I love Werewolves because they have been unfairly corrupted in human stories, just as both wolves and werewolves paid for humans to believe in hunters and Christians, their castes who have always hated wolves and werewolves

  2. My love of Lycanthropes as a fictional race is mainly based on my own preferred view of them: people who have to tame a beast inside of them or people who have to come to grips with their unique identity. I personally have never been a great fan of the idea that the human can’t fight back against their wolf instinct during their transformation (full-moon or not). I always feel that if a werewolf is strong enough to overcome their base instincts and turn their wolf-side to their advantage, they prove that they are worthy of the power that fate has given them. They choose not to become the monster that society expects them to be. This is the kind of werewolf I admire (and write about) and this is what has cemented them as one of my favorite fictional beings of all time.

  3. I love them because of all the power and the freedom they represent there so strong and fast and wild that they have so many options they don’t always need to kill just to kill in legends and they don’t always just have no control at all but I guess as a whole it’s the perfect mix between mans world and the wild world and the option to live in both

  4. In my early childchood I liked very much dogs. But when I was hmmm, about 12 I have spotted myself that wolves are better than dogs, they are wilder, more independent, stronger, faster than dogs. Just better.
    And I thought “It would be great to be a wolf, or better, a man and a human at once” – a werewolf.

  5. I love werewolves mainly for the beauty and fierceness. But truly they are great! Especially if they go full wolf

  6. I’ve always loved werewolves, i even remember when i started, i was 3 or 4 years old, and there was an old movie on tv about them, i remember i’d never heard their legend before, so when my father told me about it and made some funny/scary representations i got fascinated, when i saw the movie (it was not for kids, but that didn’t matter xD) it was as if i had found my true love, i don’t really know which part of the movie touched my heart, i thinks it was when he transformed, it was so amazing, my childish mind couldn’t conceive that a man turned into an animal, or maybe it was the loss of control and feral insticts that attached me, or the fact that he didn’t remember the bunch of bad things he did,or could be that at the last scenes his girlfriend realised it was him and treated him as a human being… i don’t know the whole movie was traumatising and awesome xD

    I guess my love for them is because they are still people, no matter how they look like, and the movie showed it. I think it’s a value lesson not only for werewolves it’s for all the people.

  7. I would have to say that i like werewolves for the thought of the beast within. I my self am a pretty plain person but i have thoughts of how cool destroying things and just causing destruction is. What i love is that werewolves are humans but they have the power to cause destruction and mayham. Just being able to go crazy with that kind of power seems exciting to me. Besides that it doesn’t hurt that they’re part wolf. I love dogs and since wolves and dogs are closely related i like wolves as well.

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  9. I think it has to mostly be due to the duality they represent. Also because of the challenges in being one. Been a huge fan of werewolves my entire life.

  10. I love werewolves because of the stories one can tell about them. To me, the best werewolf stories are the ones that really stick to the roots of the myth, in which the werewolf inside represents all of man’s capacity for evil. The werewolf is the devil on your shoulder after a caffeine binge. It’s your dark side, high on all the wrong drugs and just itching to go wild in all the wrong ways. I don’t prefer werewolves that don’t fit this description because to me, that’s the CORE of the werewolf itself. Removing that to fulfill sexual fetishes and romantic fantasies just…It’s like writing a romantic novel about Charles Manson or Ted Bundy or something. I don’t mind compelling characters, but I don’t want to fall in love with monsters. And that’s what werewolves are: monsters. Meant to haunt nightmares, not saunter through daydreams. That’s how I feel, anyway.

  11. It really IS a hard question to answer…All I know is that my love for them started early because of Goosebumps. :)

  12. I love werewolves because they have a strong sense of family. They are also a good literature tool for bringing up human nature. I agree with some of the above posts that it is the human half that corrupts. The wolf half just gives the potential for power. the loyalness and Affection that they are sometimes depicted with are great also. Werewolves thoughts feelings and charateristics are very much alive in each and every person. They are easily relatible to and fun to read about.

  13. I love werewolves. I used to be vampire fan, but SM kind of ruined that for me. Wasn’t until I read Patrica Briggs series was when I fell in love. Just the simple idea of werewolves is weird, crazy, and yet exotic. It’s hard for me to believe that life is as simple as it’s portrayed as. This type of subject, paranormal, attracts me because it isn’t normal and it feels right… and it makes me happy. Werewolves are beautiful, dominate creatures that so happen to have super powers… yes I would love to become a werewolf, and yes I would love an alpha for a mate.

  14. I love werewolves because of the energy they put out, they taught me to be strong and caring for others. They taught me what it feels like to be a creature of the night, No matter how many times my friends say werewolves are stupid and vampires are better I will keep my faith in werewolves, they are my friends, they are my family, they are what I am :)

  15. Well I have always loved werewolves. In the first nightmare I ever had was my mother turning into a werewolf and at 6 that will scare you stupid. I dont think I knew what they were before that. Later my drean changed and I was a werewolf working for God. Sometimes I think they have to be real. I have writen hundreds of short stories and one full length book all about werewolves. So if any one is interested in reading them let me know.

  16. Werewolves are a metaphor for the human soul, and our eternal limbo between the world of humans and that of beasts. They are both a symbol of fear and one of hope (hope that we will all find a way to control the inner beast that lurks in all of us). I love these creatures because of what they represent, weather they be able to control themselves or not. Further more, being a bit of an outsider in my own community, I can relate to these beasts in the sense of being misunderstood, or even feared. In the metaphorical sense, I am no more human than they, and they no more beast than I. We represent some of the same values all the same.

  17. I wish I could be a Benandanti werewolf. I LOVE the way they fight the evil Malandanti, an evil group of witches. The Benandanti werewolves could one day be my hero. *Looks off far into the distance*

  18. i honestly love werewolves for the fact that they are just like us wishing to be loved by humans and be loved for who they are.they are like us looking for love in this empty world like everyone else but people cast them out for how they act and who they are.i wish i could be loved just like the werewolves are at every ending, (the happy endings). i also love how G they are with killing people and regreting what they did but learning how to move on in there life. And WHO DOESNT LOVE WEREWOLVES FOR HOW LOVEABLE AND UNREASIABLE THEY ARE!!!!!

  19. I love werewolves because the are like me. When angry they tear people apart. When they are tamed they are just people. They love to eat to, but when they do eat they are still skinny just like me. In fact i love werewolves and wolves so much i wish that someday i can be a werewolf.

  20. Pretty much I am enthralled by the raw feral power and freedom they represent and embody. On the metaphorical level they are an exquisite representation of a human’s animal instinct and nature that is beaten into submission and denied by modern life. They are in a way, an effigy of of my desire to completely cast off modern/city living and reconnect in a more direct way to nature and it’s ferine balance.

  21. i love werewolves because there are angry alll time an in really life behind the moon light they are so strong like peoples i wan’t tobe werewolf not to kill peoples but to protect peroples from another peoples and for this i love them WEREWOLF is my passion…!!!

    1. Ardian,look inside yourself,not outside.That is the only way you will find the beast.Inside yourself.

  22. I love werewolves because they are strong, confident, intelligent, and protective everything I wish I was. They have been made out to be mindless blood crazed animals by those who do not understand them and fear them, but this is wrong. I belive a werewolf would be the best most loyal freind one could ever have and the most passionate and protevive lover any one could wish for.

    1. You know what we should go on a search to r real werewolves and bring back real evidence to scare a lot of people.

  23. Being a long time fan of the Were-Creature lore, I find it disturbing that so many ‘fans’ of the genre come off as crazy nut-jobs who either believe themselves to be an actual Werewolf or they ask outright for help to ‘become’ one. Freud and Jung could write entire compendiums based on the responses from this page alone. I like the idea that Wolves are only one aspect. Were-Bears, Were-Cats, Were-Birds, Were-Lizards, etc. offer a multitude of intriguing possibilities. Imagine Were-Beast battles for the supremacy of all packs. Forget ‘Vampires’, THAT would be a story worth reading.

  24. Why cant we all go wild like a WEREWOLf or Wolf . When you think about it humans are animals and why cant we behave like animas do, Well any whey I Like them becasue they are strong,cool,fast,there pack is like there family. I also Love Wolves maby thats why I like WereWolves being able to go Wild and kill with your pack. Well I have ALOT more reasons but that is a snippit of Why I like WEREWOLVES and Wolves :D

  25. There is a dark,animalistic side to every human soul.I think this is what attracts all of us to werewolves,the beastial side of man.In a way,we are all werewolves,are we not?

  26. I am a werewolf. But i don’t go furry and bear fangs. No what makes me a werewolf is I am loyal to my family and they to me. We need each other to feel complete. thier is love in our pack and we protect each other. Their is order amongst us that builds a bond between us. I am a werewolf because of my relation and understandance of them.

  27. I guess I like them because of all the good and the bad ,they have the instincts of a wild animal but they control themselves ,they love and protect their pack and chosen mate !!but there is so much more:)

  28. I agree with you, Duke. Wolves are almost different to other animals. Their not all for themselves, they stick together and fight to the end! Werewolves aren’t exactly like real wolves, so I’m actually so-so with em.

  29. I think its the monster that draws me. You know, its usually some weak/nerdy person, always being pushed around and whatnot. And then they finally get pushed far enough or the full moon rises, and out comes this terrifying, ferocious beast. A monster. I like the idea of something so awful, so terrible and blood thirsty inside of us.

    1. That’s good I want to see one for real not just in movies i need to hear one howling outside my house in Agawam MA.

  30. I love werewolves because I think animals (Wolves being my favorite) are superior to humans. I think that animals are perfect, and the idea that people can embody that enthralls me.

    1. Well I think its time to find one for real not just talking about it we need to really find it.

    1. Where I live there a lot of woods I need to hear one howl at note to know they’re actually there Im Not talking about movies. I also want it to scare my neighbors in agawam MA.

  31. I love the thought of werewolves. Supernatural creatures. Its more of a hope. That life isn’t as human and boring as it shows. I love wolves as it is. My favorite animal. As far as I can remember living with my grandparent I have always been into the supernatural world. Wishing and wanting more of it in my life. Something about it. The thought of the possibility that an ordinarily boring human can be changed into this amazing mythical creature. Im more talking about shifting into an actual wolf. Not sure if that’s the wright one but its the one I dream about. Being able to change from an everyday life into a wolf, running fast and free on all four. With the wind rushing through your fur. The amazing smells you can’t smell with a human nose. Hearing all the sounds of nature in front of you and farther away. There’s no worries with being a human when your in wolf form. Just you on all fours and the sounds of calming nature. N as far as killing? What happens as a wolf stays as a wolf.

    1. I want to see one for real not just talk about it at note I want to hear it howling outside my window.

  32. I live in Agawam MA theres a lot of woods I want to know if anyone on here can find a real warewolf out here just lookup Robinson parkbin agawam MA. or come to live out here to find the warewolf.

  33. I love the passion for life they evoke, somewhere between society and nature, but not a slave to either, like a forest trickster. Their sensuality is uninhibited as well.

  34. I’m not commenting because I like werewolves. I do like werewolves but that’s not my point. I am a proud member of Team Rose. We are all about helping the world in every way possible. This means picking up trash. Today I saw a bunch of idiotic teenagers throwing their trash all over the school grounds. I was the one who ended up picking it all up. Our planet is in a terrible state. I mean, even grave yards have trash in them. Talk about disrespecting the dead. My point is to get all of you to help Team Rose. Help us help our Earth.

  35. I am an almost adult teen and I love romantic werewolves book and also some of horror werewolf books it depends on what it is if it is like teen wolf or underworld horror I will like it, anyway the reason I love werewolves that are romantic because it makes me daydream about finding your soulmate and it makes people understand that kindness even makes a person love and admire a werewolf who is a scary beast for humans and horror because sometimes when werewolves are not in control they harm the bad guys or Girls like they deserve which I find awesome and it also helps us to kinda know real facts about real wolves in reality and I sometimes feel that i have lot of common things with werewolves like for example Derek hale from teen wolf likes colour black and is badass and loves nature and steak and has Chevrolet camaro and he is an Alpha black wolf that what I also like and some things I have in common with Derek hale.

  36. I love Werewolves of how they fight and that they only want their human mates to love them and of how they protect them, they kinda resemble me for loving my family and friends and that my family and friends are huge number so i consider them as a pack and me and my cousins and families and friends play their ranks like i am soon to be Alpha because i am oldest kid so that makes my mom Luna and dad Alpha and my best friend beta and also loving nature, steak to eat, camping, hiking, you get to daydream and fire your imagination it is better than no imaginations or empty mind also my most fav actors like Tyler Hoechlin, Taylor Lautner, Scott Speedman, Tyler Posey, Ian Bohen, Hugh Jackman, Jay Ryan did werewolf or similar to werewolf movies, Tyler Hoechlin acted as Derek Hale from teen wolf , Taylor Lautner acted as Jacob Black from Twilight , Scott Speedman acted as Michael Corvin from underworld, Tyler Posey acted as scott mccall also from teen wolf, Ian Bohan acted as Peter hale also from teen wolf, Hugh Jackman acted as a wolverine logan or james his birth name from Marvel, Jay Ryan acted as Vincent Keller from beauty and the beast tv show and also that i love the romantic werewolves books too for example like wolf gift graphic novel by Anne Rice and stories from books app on phone and also quotev, wattpad, animes , i just love Werewolves cuz they are cool, badass, can be romantic, Furry, and because sometimes they resemble us and also they make us want to not judge people so much and be kind or nice to them.

    i am sorry if it is too much because of how i love werewolves or doesn’t make sense, English is my second language.

  37. Not only are they supernatural, but they have the power to destroy the evil that’s already in our messed-up world. These very powerful beings are in my opinion (and many others) hounds of God, sent to earth to protect families and the lives of many. Say, if a pack of werewolves planned to stop a small-town serial killer, people wouldn’t have to mourn the loss of their loved ones, or even their early lives or memories for that matter. They protect the people whom they are close to and the people who they love. In most of these movies they are shown as these vicious predatory, animals with no self-control over their actions but most of the time that’s not entirely true. Especially for one who has been transforming for decades or even years. The change can be controlled in some cases, in others, how I see it, it all depends on the person and their state of mind or simply their background and where they come from. It’s all in the person’s character. Same as humans act out on their “natural instincts” these wolves can too. I believe there is a 100% chance of self-control when becoming or being turned into a werewolf. They just must look for something to keep their humanity tied to, whilst in wolf form. Having the power to devour villages and entire cities, the speed, the strength, the agility, the sense of smell, the hearing, the sharp claws and teeth, the smart mind of a wolf/natural hunter and their overall anger that makes them even stronger (as it does with any human as well). I believe that is one of the greatest gifts of a lifetime. The ability to stand by your loved ones, be able to protect them at all costs, smell and hear whether they are dying or still alive is an amazing power. Not only can you help them fast enough to keep their hearts beating for longer, but you can get help before the real damage is done. And with that power obviously comes great responsibility, as they say. Most of the time they will have someone who will help them control their instincts as a wolf. And some others don’t, now those are the ones people should be afraid of. The ones who were alone and never had someone to help them control their abilities, or simply allowed them to kill and endanger their own species. There are all kinds of reasons why a lot of people love werewolves. Others even try to become like them. Another thing a lot of people don’t know is that there are many. Many different types or kind or “races” as one may describe, of werewolves. Many people don’t know that, but ask yourself this… why are most of them different in every movie or series? Some bigger or smaller, others in early shift stages, others in mid (which is bipedal), and a lot of other in full wolf form? There are many kinds of wolves out there. Some suffer when they change, others don’t (usually because their used to the pain, or because they know how to simply give into their wolf self). Not all are murdering psychos who will only kill anything in their path. But I believe the reason for that is because they have been misguided, or never had or knew what they were put here to be or do. Many of them are corrupted by the bad of society in their human form, others know how the world works so they know what to do. It’s like a baby when they are born (not saying they are born that way, simply saying the wolf inside them is young and has no sense of direction in the early years/stages of itself). It all depends on how they’re treated or taught throughout their lifetime, that’s why I mentioned before that it all depends on the persons background or history. Now in the movies, of course they are made to be seen as “things” who don’t belong amongst humans. Like wrong pieces in the right puzzle. The people who make the movies might know the history of a werewolf, but they only see or know the bad parts of them. A savage animal whose instinct is to kill and devour, with a hunger for only flesh and blood. Same way they see vampires. They’re seem like monsters from some people’s perspective, but maybe if they weren’t so many bad people in our past we could, in today’s age live among them and in peace. So, the reason why I love werewolves is because I understand them a lot better than many people who only see images and hear old savage stories of their insatiable hunger for humans.

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