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Rhiannon Held’s Top 10 Favorite Werewolves
I’ll start this off with a little note that these are my top ten favorite werewolves, subject only to my idiosyncratic taste and whim, not the top ten most influential or famous ones. Several you probably won’t have heard of—in fact, I’m hoping so, so you can go out now and discover them too!
Van Helsing, Van Helsing
Who doesn’t like a little Hugh Jackman? Despite its many faults, I love this movie for atmosphere and looks. The nod to black and white horror movies is great, and the masquerade scene captures the bright, beautiful, sharp allure of the vampires perfectly. Van Helsing himself is a decent guy trying to do a decent job, which is something I always want to see more of, so I include him even though he’s not a werewolf for long.
The Underworld movies are also a guilty pleasure of mine primarily for their atmosphere. While some of the older vampire characters can be kind of dried-up and boring, and the protagonist—once you realize how much of her supposed personality is her leather-clad ass—can be kind of bland, Lucian is one of the more interesting characters. His people got a shit deal, and he’s fighting to fix that for them.
Ruby, Once Upon a Time
I’m sure Red Riding Hood being the wolf herself isn’t a new idea, but Ruby certainly does it with style. In a fairytale world populated with characters who are sometimes a bit evilly evil, or goody good, she’s confident and self-assured, but still struggles with her wolf side in a way that’s easy to identify with.
Dyson, Lost Girl
Dyson has had his moments of stupid, over the series, but he definitely makes up for it the rest of the time. He has a great mixture of feeling grounded in the present with a passion for life, but being influenced by his deep past. He’s also refreshingly pragmatic, willing to kill when necessary, but also willing to avoid violence if that’s the best course. And he’s hot, of course.
Derek, Kate Daniels series (Ilona Andrews)
I’m not completely caught up on the series, so if he dies horribly in the latest book, no one tell me! I love Derek because he’s the epitome of a rather sweet, slightly naïve secondary character getting caught up in the bad shit that inevitably goes down when the protagonist rides into town. How he can still be sweet when we know lycanthropy has a good chance of sending him homicidal is one of the mysteries of good characterization. But as the somewhat innocent one, he reminds us of just what the protagonist is fighting to save.
Billy the werewolf, Harry Dresden series (Jim Butcher)
Billy’s another steady, decent guy caught up by the whirlwind of the protagonist passing by in the plot. Even if his efforts are sometimes misplaced or outmatched, you know that he doesn’t care that he’s a secondary character, he’s going to keep on fighting for the side of good anyway. He also has the added bonus that while it’s only in small bursts, we get to see him grow up and grow into himself over the books, which is a ton of fun.
Ruby Cates, Wolf Lake
Here’s the one that I suspect many of you won’t have heard of. Wolf Lake was an amazing TV series back in the early 2000s—amazing not for the plotting or acting (which were still good!) but for doing something original with their werewolves. It featured a town with a whole functioning society of werewolves, even going to far as to hint at their history. All the werewolf characters on the show are cool in various ways, but Ruby (another Ruby, I know!) is the one who ventured out to interact with the rest of the world.
Professor Lyall, Parasol Protectorate series (Gail Carriger)
Professor Lyall is delightful, not just because as a bespectacled intellectual, he forms a fun contrast to the burly, growling, soldierly types. He’s the beta, and holds his position of power against all comers with great aplomb. In fact, his intelligence gives him an almost ninja-scary level of competence that I love to see winning out over grunting and throwing punches.
In best sidekick fashion, I find Monroe to often be the most interesting character on the show. He does occasionally struggle with his violent side, but you can really tell how he’s had enough time and practice setting that aside to really develop into himself and be self-confident. He’s knowledgeable and is great at applying his knowledge to problems when other characters want to just bite or shoot them. And his love of clocks and crush on Rosalie are just adorable.
Adam, Mercy Thompson series (Patricia Briggs)
Continuing my unintentional trend of ignoring protagonists, my top werewolf is a love interest instead of the main character. In my defense, I would have picked Mercy herself, but she’s not actually a werewolf! I enjoy Adam not just for being a hunk, but also for being an alpha who considers his actions carefully and has a deep sense of hon
Rhiannon Held is the author of SILVER, the first book in an urban fantasy series from Tor. The second, TARNISHED, will be out in 2013. In her day job she works as a professional archaeologist. Unfortunately, given that it’s real rather than fictional archaeology, fedoras, bullwhips, aliens, and dinosaurs are in short supply. Most of her work is done on the computer, using databases to organize data, and graphics programs to illustrate it.
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