Teen Wolf

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Name: Teen Wolf
Abbreviation(s): TW
Creator: MTV
TV series
June 5, 2011 – September 24, 2017
2020's Film
January 26, 2023
Medium: TV
Country of Origin: USA
External Links:
1980's Film
at IMDb (1985)
at Wikipedia (1985)
at IMDb (1987)
at Wikipedia (1987)
Animated series
at IMDb (1986)
at Wikipedia (1986)
TV series
at IMDb (2011-17)
at Wikipedia (2011-17)
Official Website (2011-17)
2020's Film
at IMDb (2023)
at Wikipedia (2023)
Teen Wolf by Lelia, featuring season 2 characters: Allison, Derek, Jackson, Lydia, Stiles, and Scott
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Teen Wolf is an MTV television show based on the Michael J. Fox's filme Teen Wolf from 1985.

In September 2021 actor Linden Ashlby -- Sheriff Stilinski -- confirmed fur Twitter his participation in the new film Teen Wolf in production and announced by Paramount+, but Dylan O'Brien who previously had also confirmed his participation affirmed that he will not be in this movie in an exclusive interview with Variety on March 9, 2022. Teen Wolf: The Movie it will also serve as a starting point for an upcoming unrelated television series, Wolf Pack, based on a novel by Edo van Belkom.

Canon Overview

Character Cast

Main Characters:

Recurring characters include: Sinqua Walls as Vernon Boyd, Gage Golightly as Erica Reyes, Keahu Kahuanui as Danny Mahealani, Jill Wagner as Kate Argent, Adelaide Kane as Cora Hale, Bianca Lawson as Marin Morrell, Meagan Tandy as Braeden and Ryan Kelley as Jordan Parrish

Characters that are mostly fanon are Laura Hale, Talia Hale, and Claudia Stilinski.

Another rather popular character is one who has never really been seen. Many theories surround the character Greenberg, who is only really referenced by Coach Finstock. Many believe he is Jared and had a single scene, where he throws up on the lacrosse bus in season two.


Teen Wolf fandom is very active on Tumblr. Many fans of the show like to reblog gifs that say "This show is a gift." Because of tumblr's inability to search terms using a "/", portmanteaus are very commonly used. See List of Teen Wolf Ship Names for many common ship names.

Many fans who had joined the fandom during seasons one or two were disappointed with the later seasons.[1] In particular, fans who were excited or at least optimistic about any aspect of the show's politics being progressive in early seasons became disillusioned.[2]


See also: List of Teen Wolf Ship Names

Canon pairs:

Non-canon pairs:


Gen Relationships:

Homophobia in Teen Wolf

One of the more interesting aspects of Teen Wolf is that the universe created by Jeff Davis is notably free of homophobia[3]. This translated to a world where Danny, was the only openly gay character on the show, he was met with no backlash from the sports team he's on, the student body or anyone in the town. Aiden, Mason and Corey were the next main gay characters, all suffering no acts of homophobia and each having happy relationships.

Fans embraced this concept, and many Sterek shippers see it as one of the reasons why Teen Wolf could be the first show to successfully introduce a male/male relationship between previously-assumed-to-be-straight characters.[4]

By the start of season 4, however, many fans had become disillusioned and instead began to argue that TPTB were simply engaging in queerbaiting.[5]


For the full list of challenges on Fanlore, see Category:Teen Wolf Challenges, see also List of Teen Wolf Challenges
See also List of Teen Wolf Challenges

TPTB Interactions with Fandom


Many of the cast as well as the creator/executive producer Jeff Davis is on Twitter and answer questions from fans. Some, like Colton Haynes who plays Jackson on the show, like to have fun with fandom.


Last nights episode was gold for all you #sterek fans! What was your favorite part?

Tyler Posey and Tyler Hoechlin refer to themselves as "T Twice."[6]

Fans appreciate commentary from actors and Jeff Davis that acknowledges Sterek and/or slash interpretations[7], but there have also been arguments over whether some of these remarks constitute queer baiting.[8]

Fanfiction Contest

See the Teen Wolf Fanfiction Contest

On August 24, 2012, Teen Wolf announced that it would host a fanfiction contest. Most submissions were Sterek, but the winner was a Stiles gen fic called "Side Effects," by lokiloo.

The Collective

In July 2014, MTV announced it would create a subsite called The Collective specifically to house Teen Wolf fanworks.[9] Reactions were mixed, with most early ones focusing on MTV's Terms of Service.[10][11]

Fanon and Fanwork Tropes

briecheesie's Tumblr graphic on the difference between Teen Wolf canon and fanon circa season 2. Note that Scott, the main character, does not appear in the fanon image, and Danny's head has been pasted on his body.
See individual character pages for character-specific fanon.

A majority of the fandom shifts the focus of their fanworks to Stiles or Derek, treating them as the main characters,[12] even in non-Derek/Stiles pairing fanworks. Additionally, the show's protagonist Scott McCall is often assumed to be or is portrayed as an idiot.[13] In this context, the revelation of Scott's secret plan to defeat Gerard at the end of season 2 was a surprise to many.

Common Tropes

  • Backstories or pre-canon or canon AU fanfic featuring Derek's dead family.
  • Derek and/or Stiles and/or Derek's pack rebuild/renovate the Hale house.
  • Wolfsbane acts as a sex pollen.
  • Future fic where Derek and/or Allison becomes a Deputy.
  • Somebody adopts Isaac, usually Melissa or Derek.
  • Deceased characters are alive, or are resurrected; most often Erica, Boyd, Allison, and sometimes even Laura.
  • Someone who doesn't know finds out about werewolves, usually Danny or the Sheriff. (This trope is now jossed, because as of the end of season 3 all of the major characters know about werewolves.)
  • Until season three, werewolves and the Kanima were the only supernatural elements on the show. However, since the fandom's beginning, all manner of fantasy creatures and human magic users have populated the fanfic, including kitsune, who were added to the show in season 3b.
  • All Human AU with no supernatural elements.
  • Crossovers. On the AO3 at least, Teen Wolf is most frequently combined with Supernatural, as well as other werewolf canons and The Avengers.[14]

Werewolf-Specific Tropes & Fanon

Although Teen Wolf has its own werewolf mythology, fans have either embellished or ignored parts of it in fanworks. A major difference between canon and fanon is werewolves' wolfed-out appearance. On the show, they have cosmetic and prosthetic enhancements, but are still humanoid; in a lot of fanfic and fanart, they can change completely into wolves and are sometimes mistakenly adopted as pets by a human character (usually Stiles). Frequently, in fanfic, the full shift is referred to as the "alpha shift" or is reserved for the alpha (usually Derek). In the show, only Talia Hale (and now Derek), in a flashback, has been shown to appear as a wolf, and they are the exception that proves the rule.

Fanfic often dwells on werewolf instincts and the differences between werewolf and human psychology beyond the full-moon killing instinct that is referenced on the show.


Fanfic rules for werewolf pack dynamics are often far removed from canon: requiring an Anchor, sensing if other pack members are in pain, sensing where they are, touching a pack member to take away their pain or help them heal faster, etc. On the show, "anchors" are mentioned a few times to mean anything that helps a werewolf keep in control, but in fanfic, the use of anchors can verge on the Sentinel and Guide trope. Meanwhile, taking away pain is a canon werewolf ability (introduced in the second season), but works on anyone, pack or no; pack fanon is generally far more developed than pack rules in canon. The proximity healing factor is complete fanon invention, though interestingly, something similar appeared on the show after the fanon--Derek successfully heals his sister Cora Hale, but drains all his alpha power in the process.

A lot of fanart depicts pack snuggles [3] or the pack as a family. No snuggling happens on the show.

Alphas and Betas and Omegas, Oh My

The terms "alpha", "beta", and "omega" are used on the show itself to describe certain categories of werewolf, with an emphasis on differences in powers/strength. Alphas can turn humans into werewolves, and their eyes glow red; betas are not as strong, and their eyes glow yellow. Omegas are werewolves without a pack. Until season three broke the rule by introducing an Alpha Pack, it was implied that the alpha was also by nature the leader of the pack and that there would be only one per pack. It is assumed in fanfic, but never? explained in canon, that Laura Hale somehow "inherited" the alpha powers after the rest of the pack died in the fire (including, presumably, the previous alpha). Canon shows Peter becoming alpha by killing Laura, but fanfic also addresses how the line of succession works in more peaceful circumstances.

Just to make things more confusing, the panfandom trope Alpha/Beta/Omega means something completely different from the show's use of the terms "alpha", "beta", and "omega". The trope Alpha/Beta/Omega predates Teen Wolf fandom, but is now very popular in this fandom.


The idea of mates as a variant of the soulmate trope predates Teen Wolf, but quickly became common in Teen Wolf fic.[15] It is often combined with other tropes like knotting, marking, and possessiveness.


Knotting was already popular when Teen Wolf appeared on the scene, but the trope fit with the werewolves so well that there is a substantial body of knotting fanfic in this fandom.[16]


The fandom has created a shared universe called NECKZ 'n THROATS which is a semi-Mundane AU (mundane in the sense that it does not engage with the canon concerns of monster-fighting) in which werewolves are known and the fanwork is focused to some extent on the characters interacting with or working for a genre of magazines that caters to the werewolf population.


Teen Wolf RPF represents a very small slice of the Teen Wolf fanwork pie; there are more than 100 times the number of FPF fanworks as RPF fanworks on the Archive of Our Own.[17] Teen Wolf RPF was a small enough fandom to be part of Yuletide 2012 (9 stories), 2013 (3 stories), and 2014 (4 stories).

The most popular RPF pairing is the real life counterpart to the most popular fictional pairing in the fandom: Tyler Hoechlin/Dylan O'Brien aka Hobrien.[18] Other ships include Colton Haynes/Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien/Tyler Posey (RPF counterpart to Sciles), and Ian Bohen/JR Bourne.


See individual character and relationship pages for more example fanworks.


For a full listing of TW fanfiction on Fanlore, see Category:Teen Wolf Fanfiction

Fan Art

See also Category:Teen Wolf Art







Livejournal Communities

Dreamwidth Communities



Fannish Tumblrs

Other Resources


  1. ^ For example, see this tumblr post by feferi with 294 notes: i can’t believe teen wolf got cancelled after the second season [1]
  2. ^ undated addendum to a tumblr post by lierdumoa: NOTE: This post was written prior to the end of season 2 Teen Wolf. I more than anyone know that show devolved into a misogynist, racist, abuse apologist rape promoting piece of infected shit, so obviously anything good I might have said about the show in this post was from a place of innocence, not realizing how truly terrible the show would grow to become. Queer Advocacy and Slash Fandom: Then and Now, Archived version
  3. ^ AfterElton interview with Jeff Davis, last acessed on January 10th, 2013
  4. ^ For example, see Saucery's meta essay on why she thinks Sterek could become canon: Fanon to Canon: A Journey, posted 15 July 2012.
  5. ^ For example, see this tumblr conversation between colethewolf, von-gelmini, and your-lobster, last accessed 28 June 2014.
  6. ^ Comic Con 2011 cast interview
  7. ^ For example, this July 1, 2013 tweet posted by Keahu Kahuanui, the actor who plays Danny, was retweeted 900+ times and screencapped and reblogged over 3000 times on Tumblr, all within a week.
  8. ^ See a rebuttal at mylittlewerewolf's tumblr, On “Queer Baiting" and Sterek, posted June 10, 2013. "Jeff Davis and co. not queer baiting Sterek fans when they say they like the ship, appreciate the dedication of Sterek fans, or tell fans who ask about their scenes together that they’ll have a scene in X episode. All canon evidence for 3 seasons has pointed to the two characters barely being allies, much less lovers. If it doesn’t affect or influence the actual canon of the show, it’s not queer baiting, it’s the cast and crew having some fun with a segment of the fanbase."
  9. ^ [mashable.com/2014/07/21/teen-wolf-mtv-collective/ 'Teen Wolf' Fans, You Can Stop Scouring Tumblr for Fan Art], posted July 21, 2014. Accessed July 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Hey, Teen Wolf fandom, Mtv has something for you!, posted July 21, 2014. Accessed July 23, 2014.
  11. ^ A few highlights from their User Content Submission Agreement, posted July 21, 2014. Accessed July 23, 2014.
  12. ^ A lot of fans who read the fanfic first or became aware of Teen Wolf through fannish osmosis circa 2012 have commented that they did not know that Scott was the main character of the show due to fandom's fascination with Derek and/or Stiles. For example, see the Teen Wolf slash report episode.
  13. ^ Circa 2011-2012, there was a period where Tumblr fans frequently repeated variations on the phrase "Scott is a potato"[2], either as a way of saying that Scott was bland and not the sharpest stick or just because everyone else was doing it. Other fans began protesting this meme on the grounds that the origin of the meme was a slur against people with Down Syndrome. See Potato Wank on the Fail Fandomanon wiki.
  14. ^ The fandom filter on the Teen Wolf tag page lists Supernatural (176), Harry Potter (55), The Avengers (2012) (44), Vampire Diaries (TV) (31), Doctor Who (25), Sherlock (TV) (18), Suits (TV) (17), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (15), Doctor Who (2005) (13). (Accessed 1 April 2013)
  15. ^ As of 23 August 2014, 1,612 of the 2,461 fics tagged "Mates" on the AO3 are for Teen Wolf. To compare to another large fandom with supernatural elements, only 233 fics tagged "Mates" are for Supernatural. Overall, there are 46,925 Teen Wolf fics and 79,679 Supernatural fics on the site, so 3.4% of Teen Wolf fics use the tag versus 0.29% of Supernatural fics. See the fandoms filter on the Mates page.
  16. ^ As of 31 March 2013, 334 of the 928 knotting fanworks on the AO3 are for Teen Wolf. (These numbers may be partially attributed to the overall popularity of Teen Wolf on the AO3. 2.2% (334 of 14884) of the works are tagged with Knotting vs. 2.8% (144 of 5177) of Supernatural RPF, the second most popular fandom for knotting. However, knotting is far more popular in Teen Wolf than in Supernatural (.3%) or Sherlock (.2%), both large active fandoms. See the fandoms filter on the Knotting page.
  17. ^ On 28 October 2013, there were 246 Teen Wolf RPF fanworks and 27773 Teen Wolf fanworks on the AO3. 44 works were listed under both fandoms. 246/27975 or .9% of total Teen Wolf related fanworks on the AO3 are RPF.
  18. ^ As of 28 October 2013, 161 fanworks or 65% of Teen Wolf RPF posted to the AO3 are Tyler Hoechlin/Dylan O'Brien.