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How Famous Fictional Werewolves Deal With Their Moonlit Condition

Even though werewolves are generally accepted as fiction, if you were to find yourself bitten by one of these hairy beasts, there are plenty of famous werewolves out there to guide you through a world that doesn't take kindly to lycanthropes.

According to werewolf legend, they have a tendency to struggle with shame over their condition, suffering from loneliness and self-isolation. From the overwhelming hunger to the painful transformations, werewolf life can be a challenge. They do best when they're part of a pack, working with other werewolves or close allies to control their urges and avoid detection. These quasi-quadrupeds are capable of becoming loyal, healthy companions. Just don't cross them or give them too much grief, especially when the moon is full.

Some of the most notable TV and movie werewolves learn to adapt the hard way, while others are aided by a supportive community. If you're a newly converted lycanthrope, get your pen and pad ready. You might want to take a few notes on how to survive a werewolf attack and subsequently live as a werewolf.

  • Oz Gets By With A Little Help From His Friends On 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

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    How He Survived: Oz succumbs to the wolf-like condition after being bitten by his cousin during a play fight. This taciturn teen formulates a plan with the rest of the Scoobies - Buffy, Xander, and Oz's girlfriend, Willow - to avoid making any bad digestive decisions when he transforms. When the moon is full, Oz locks himself in a cage and has his friends watch over him in shifts.

    How It Worked Out: It's definitely a struggle. Once Oz enrolls at UC Sunnydale with Willow and Buffy, he meets another werewolf named Veruca, who proves more comfortable with her lycanthropy. He dumps Willow for Veruca, but through a series of unfortunate events, ends up slaying and eating his new werewolf girlfriend.

    A distressed Oz flees to Tibet, where he works with monks to control his urges.

  • How He Survived: Reverend Lester Lowe hides behind his clerical collar to avoid detection. The man of the cloth is in such denial about his true nature that he justifies his lycanthropy as a blessing from God. The transformed Reverend Lowe is convinced he is cleaning up Tanker Hill by devouring the immoral and evil.

    How It Worked Out: This werewolf preacher loses it over the course of the movie, especially after a few teens come after him in wolf form and take out one of his eyes with fireworks. One of the teens, Marty, eventually ends Reverend Lowe with a silver bullet.

    The lesson: Don't compartmentalize your werewolf status, and don't legitimize carnage with a holy book.

  • How He Survived: Welshman Lawrence Talbot is bitten by a werewolf while attempting to save a friend. He confines himself to the countryside, distraught over his transformation. Eventually, obsessed with finding a cure, Talbot works with a gypsy woman to track down Dr. Henry Frankenstein.

    How It Worked Out: People continue to pile up around Talbot as he pursues an antidote to his affliction. Throughout the course of the original The Wolf Man series, he encounters the Frankenstein monster and Count Dracula. Eventually, a man named Dr. Edelmann gives him the elixir he needs to return to normal human life.

    Talbot ends his search for a remedy with quite a bit of blood on his paws. Perhaps he should have figured out how to curb his hunger during his journey.

  • How He Survived: Bitten out of vengeance by Fenrir Greyback as a four-year-old, wizard Remus Lupin is taught to keep his werewolf status secret from the beginning. Lycanthropes have a negative reputation among the Hogwarts crowd, and Dumbledore takes the sensitive young Lupin under his wing, knowing he will be a powerful asset in the coming conflict against the Dark Lord Voldemort.

    How It Worked Out: Lupin grows into an insecure yet smart Gryffindor wizard. Dumbledore asks him to head the Defense Against the Dark Arts program, but he wears his wolfdom like a curse, believing he's a burden to everyone around him. Despite this, he becomes a great mentor to Harry Potter.

    Lupin rallies with other members of the Order of the Phoenix against Voldemort, gaining more confidence and comradery. He perishes fighting for the cause during the Second Wizarding War.

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