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Shape Shifters, Weres & Supes, Oh My!
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Information about all the strange creatures in True Blood - vamps, shifters, weres, and supes - plus traditional vampire lore.
| All About Shape Shifters |
If you know a thing or two about our furry friends, now's your chance to speak up and share your knowledge with our community!
| Supes: ||In the world created by Charlaine Harris, which True Blood is based on, any supernatural being can be called a 'supe.' A supe was Sookie's nickname for vampires, weres, shifters, maenads, gods and goddesses and all kinds of beings other than humans.|
|Shape Shifters:|| Shape Shifters of some sort have appeared in almost every culture. They are generally able to change whenever they choose, though some of them must change at the Full Moon.|
In True Blood, a shape shifter can become any animal s/he chooses, or sometimes turns into the last animal they saw. Sam Merlotte keeps a painting of a collie in his office, because that is his preferred form.
The most famous shape shifter was Dracula, who could become both a wolf and a bat.
|Weres:|| The most familiar were is of course the classic wolf man, or werewolf. The curse of the werewolf and the illness in which one believes themselves to transform into a wolf is called lycanthropy.|
In True Blood, only Werewolves are called Weres. Others specify the animal they become - Were-Tigers, Were-Panthers, etc.
|Theriomorph:|| In The Dresden Files any thing that shape-shifts from human form to animal form is called a Theriomorph. |
Example: Lupine theriomorphs include all kinds of wolf-related shifters.
Other theriomorphs include: were-panthers, were-bears, were-tigers etc.
|Berserkers:||The Berserkers, pronounced bare-sarkers, were a breed of Viking Warriors who experienced a kind of rage in battle called berserkergang. During the berserkergang, they were believed to be impervious to weapons, though they wore no armor. They often wore wolf or bear skins to frighten the enemy, and some were said to actually turn into their animal. After the battle, when the rage subsided, the Berserkers were left in a weakened state as though they had been ill. The Berserkers drew their strength from Odin and were believed to have the power to imbue weapons with magic.|
|Skin-Walkers:||In Navajo culture, a skin-walker is a kind of Sorcerer who can take the form of various animals, especially by wearing the skin of that animal. They were also believed to be able to borrow another person's skin or body by looking into their eyes. They were sometimes believed to take an mutated form of the animal and human, like the Wolf Man, called therianthropy.|
Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man, 1941
| As Larry Talbot, Lon Chaney, Jr. became the Cinema's most famous face of The Wolf Man.|
During a visit to a 'Gypsy palm reader who is spooked when she sees a pentagram in Talbot's palm, he is warned of impending danger. Later, he is attacked by a wolf and finds that he has become cursed to become a therianthropic wolf on the night of the full moon.
I Was a Teen-aged Werewolf,
| A similar curse befalls Michael Landon in |
I Was a Teen-aged Werewolf.
Lycanthropy as symbol of the trials of puberty became a popular theme in the movies, the most popular of which was Michael J. Fox's Teen Wolf from 1985.
David Selby as Quentin Collins in Dark Shadows
| Dark Shadows|
The first Gothic soap opera on daytime TV, mesmerized audiences in the 60s and 70s with vampires and other members of the undead.
Heartthrob David Selby played cursed lycanthrope Quentin Collins, an artist who longed to become human once again by eating the bloom of the wolf-bane plant on the night of the full moon before his animal nature could consume him and drive him to kill.
| Feminism hit the Were community big time in 2000 with the release of Ginger Snaps. |
Sisters Ginger and Brigitte are obsessed with death and dealing with a curse of a different kind wherein menstruation is symbolized by lycanthropy.
Who: Michael Sheen As Lucian
|In the movies Underworld and Underworld : Evolution, Lycans, or Werewolves, were once slaves of vampires, acting as their daytime guardians. The Lycans rebelled when Lucian's Vampire lover was killed by her own father for carrying a Were/Vamp hybrid child. In the first movie, Lucian leads a rebellion against the aristocratic Vamps as he seeks to combine the two species in a descendant of the first Vampire and Werewolf who were brothers in the Corvinus line.|
Who: Scott Speedman as Michael Corvin
| What: Werewolf/Vampire hybrid - the super SUPE!|
As warrior Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is tracking werewolves, she notices the pack is following a young med student named Michael Corvin. Unbeknown-st to Michael, he is a descendant of the Corvinus clan, who spawned the first Vampire and Werewolf in the persons of two brothers, one bitten by a bat, one bitten by a wolf.
The Werewolf leader Lucian hopes to turn Michael into a Vampire/Werewolf hybrid, which would be stronger than both and might bring an end to the war between the species.
Who: Benicio Del Toro
From: Wolf Man
| What: In 2009 audiences will get a remake of the classic |
Wolf Man starring Benicio Del Toro.
Who: Jack Nicholson & Michelle Pfeiffer
| What: Werewolf who eventually becomes a wolf for good.|
Mild-mannered Editor Will Randall (Nicholson) hits what he thinks is a dog with his car after a party where he finds out he'll probably lose his job. When he gets out to help the animal, it turns out to be a wolf which bites him and runs off. As the full moon approaches, Randall begins to feel livelier - and wilder - than ever before. Things heat up when he meets his boss's black sheep daughter Laura Alden (Pfeiffer) who has a wild streak of her own.
WOLF was released in 1994 and also starred James Spader.
Who: Michale Pare (Uncle Ted)
From: Bad Moon
| What: Werewolf|
Uncle Ted (Michael Pare), who has a secret, turns to his family's love to cure him from his curse. Finds his only redemption is through the family dog, Thor.
From: An American Werewolf in London
| What: Werewolves|
The locals told them to stay off of the moors.
Two Americans backpacking across Europe should have heeded the warning. One ends up as dinner while the other ends up in the hospital, until the moon is full, that is, when he becomes
An American Werewolf in London
(released in 1981)
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The first release from 1942 film is a masterpiece of Noir film-making and the creature is more suggested than shown. The principle character, Irena, has no idea of her heritage. In the 1944 sequel The Curse of the Cat People, Irena's spirit haunts the daughter of her former lover, who has trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy. Despite the lurid title, the film is actually a sort of noir coming of age film with very little horror.
The 1982 film featured Natassia Kinksi in her film debut and a David Bowie soundtrack. The plot darkens as Irena discovers that her parents were brother and sister, and now her only hope of having a relationship is to mate with her evil brother, Paul (Malcolm McDowell.) Paul has no conflict with his need to kill when he mates, but Irena chooses a path of self-sacrifice rather than put the man she loves at risk.
| Okay, I know what you are thinking...but hear me out.|
The Shaggy Dog grossed more at the box-office than Ben Hur. It talked about the legend of the Borgia family who used shape-shifting against their enemies. And it featured Fred McMurray.
This film is a light-hearted romp in black and white and is well worth seeing. It maintains a Disney-esque feel without becoming saccharin or silly. And it features shape-shifting, so it is relevant, right?
This all applies to the 1959 original and not to the horrid 2006 Tim Allen remake. There was a 1976 sequel (The Shaggy DA) which wasn't too bad and 1988 Made-for-TV continuation of the series but they lacked the charm and balance of the original.
| || What: Wolverine, from the X-men.|
He's a human that has been modified and now "changes" at will.
| ||What: Odo, one of the "Founders" from Star Trek Deep Space Nine, can change to other forms from his natural form (gelatinous blob). He's not very good at forming a humanoid because he was raised in a bucket.|
Who: Michelle Pfeiffer
| What: Shifters who are cursed to change form at night|
Ladyhawke, like Princess Fiona from Shrek, was one form by day, another by night, but neither could change at will.
In a twist on half-day curse, Sir Gawain marries "loathly" Dame Ragnelle to find that she is a beauty under a curse. Because a Good Knight has married her, she may be beautiful either in the day when they are with others or at night when they are alone. When she asks him to choose, he acknowledges her own sovereignty by letting the choice be hers and frees her of the spell completely.
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Photo at Left:
Leda and Zeus (as a Swan),
El Prado Museum, Madrid.
Photo by Caracas1830 (2006)
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| ||What:This website came in handy for me when I started to read up on the subject of Lycans. It is a documented Therianthropy Timeline dated clear back 140,000 BCE. It suggests that from long ago we are all connected to the wolf. Also there are several intries that have people turning into wolves and vice versa.|
owner of Merlotte's Bar,
Sookie's boss and would-be suitor.
Preferred Form: Collie
Why?: They're big but people don't fear them.
the moon is full, but can change at will and into other animals, and when asleep can't control it.
Abilities: can change into any animal
Challenges: Finding love with someone who can handle his abilities
Waitress at Merlotte's Bar,
| Type: Shifter|
Preferred Form: Pig
Changes when: At the full moon and at will.
Challenges:Convincing Sam Merlotte to Join Maryann Forrester. Staying in Maryann's good graces.
| What:Werewolf. |
Portrayed by Taylor Lautner in the 2009 film, New Moon, Jacob Black is part of a Quileute wolf pack. They are not Werewolves in the classical sense, but shifters who happen to take the form of a wolf.
TRUE BLOOD: Shifters, Weres, and other Supes:
| || What: The Maenad (mythical creature) that is seen at the end of Episode 10 on True Blood with her boar standing in the middle of the road when Tara wrecks her car.|
Maenads were females devotees of Dionysus, the greek god of wine. Often they would dance and enter a frenzy state of sex, drinking and they would loose all self control. In this state they would go into the forest to hunt and kill animals even humans with their own bare hands, sometimes devouring them. And you can see this rituals in some episodes of True Blood, of course!
Male Fairy Female Fairy
Type: Fairy (Faery)
Preferred Environment: The Fey World
Pysical changes: Can have ears surgically altered to blend in among humans
Abilities: can drift in and out from the Fey World; some have telepathic powers; irresistably beautiful to vampires and humans
Challenges: allergic to iron and lemons; promotion to Angelhood
| || Type:|
| Type: Jettaturs|
Preferred Form: Fortune tellers and clergy.
Why? It is appropriate to use magic in these roles.
Changes when: Provoked.
Abilities: Evil Eye, manual projection, glamouring, revenge.
Challenges: Although red peppercorn shaped amulets are used to ward off the reptilean supes, it is the actual red pepper which is effective as many of them cannot take the heat from pepper spray based weaponry.
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|warlock285||weres and Shapeshifters||7||Dec 15 2010, 12:39 AM EST by PiratesLady|
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Weres and Shapeshifters
The ability to change form has been part of mythology and magical practise for centuries. In mythology gods were well known for it, particularly the Nordic god Odin who was well known to change his form. Zeus would shapeshift in order to seduce women and goddess alike. The famous wizard Merlin was well known for his power to change his appearance.
Shapeshifting goes back to primitive tribal ritual and shamanic rites - people would wear wolfs skin and in ritual become the wolf before hunting to take on the wolves ability to hunt; creating their magic from ritualistic dramas. Shamans would shift in the spirit world into various animals on their vision quests and to commune with all manner of spirits.
True blood identifies the following distinctions:
Were creature: Generally refers to a man who can shapeshift but also indicates a single form, a human who can only take one other form e.g Alice (wolf form), Crystal (panther form)
Shapeshifter: Can take any form they choose e.g Sam
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