Werewolves have always been a popular subject in pop culture, and especially movies - from Lon Chaney Jr.'s classic Wolf Man movies of the mid-20th century to more modern hits like True Blood and Twilight. And like other magical creatures from pop culture, werewolves are derived from folklore. The earliest werewolf reports come from Europe in the Late Middle Ages, when people were accused of "lycanthropy" - in other words, being a magical shapeshifter who preyed on humanity.
And just like witches and vampires, the pop-culture version of werewolves we know and love today looks a lot different than their traditional counterparts. Some of the most common werewolf tropes have been around for centuries, while others are modern inventions.
Here are some werewolf tropes and where they came from, whether it be from myth, movie, or in some cases, both.
A Werewolf In Human Form Is Identifiable By Distinct Features
A Werewolf Can Only Be Slain With A Weapon Made Of SilverPhoto: Stephen King's Silver Bullet / Paramount Pictures
A Werewolf Can Only Change With The Full MoonPhoto: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein / Universal-International
Werewolves Have A Commanding Sexual PresencePhoto: Twilight / Summit Entertainment
A Werewolf Is Created By The Bite Of Another WerewolfPhoto: Wolf / Columbia Pictures
Werewolves Are Cursed ForeverPhoto: The Wolfman / Universal Pictures