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It'll be like nothing you've ever felt before... the pine needles underfoot, the air rushing over your fur, your brothers and sisters at your side. Your mind won't want to believe it. It will tell you a wolf is invading your body, trying to take over. And if you believe that, for even a moment, you'll black out, and lose control. Like you have every other night you've turned. But if you give into the wolf, you'll realize the truth. You are the wolf. And when you accept that, you will finally be in control.
Anita to Red Riding Hood src

Werewolves, also known as children of the moon,[1] are a species featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. They are native to the Enchanted Forest, and first appear in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.

Werewolves are based on the wolf from the fairytale of "Little Red Riding Hood", and are an allusion to Tod and other foxes from the Disney film The Fox and The Hound.


Werewolves are humans who uncontrollably shapeshift into a wolf during full moon. The clothes on their body are transformed as well, and reappear when they return to human form. If the werewolf hasn't learned to control the transformation, they turn into wild, bloodthirsty beasts capable of harming or even killing the people they love. After transforming back into human form, the werewolf does not remember what happened. However, if the person learns how to master control of themselves while in wolf form, they remain in control of their actions, and will remember everything. ("Red-Handed", "Child of the Moon")

Werewolves are immensely strong, and their only known weakness is their vulnerability to silver. Silver and witchcraft are the only known ways to kill them. They are also very strong and fast in human form, which Ruby demonstrated when she rescued Dr. Whale from committing suicide. They have enhanced smell and hearing, even in human form, and are able to track down a person simply by following their scent. Werewolves are able to communicate telepathically whilst in wolf form. According to the Huntsman, they are emotional creatures. ("Red-Handed", "The Crocodile", "In the Name of the Brother", "Shadow of the Queen")

A person becomes a werewolf if they are bitten and turned by another werewolf. The curse is passed down to their offspring; Red Riding Hood inherited it from her mother Anita, who inherited the curse from her own mother and father. The shapeshifting seems to begin during puberty, as Red was thirteen when she started turning into a wolf. ("Red-Handed")

It seems that the ability to shapeshift into a werewolf is lost over time; this happened to Granny when she grew older. However, their smell and hearing is still enhanced and marks that they had from being scratched by a wolf can still affect them whenever there is a full moon. ("Red-Handed", "Child of the Moon")

Due to their dual nature, werewolves are good at reading the body language and behavior of dogs, as Ruby demonstrates when Pongo is upset because of what happened to his owner. Similarly, dogs can sense the dual nature of werewolves when they're in human form, as Toto demonstrates when he barks at Ruby because she is part wolf. ("The Cricket Game", "Ruby Slippers")


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Before First Curse

After First Curse

After Third Curse

After Sixth Curse

Known Werewolves


Props Notes

Costume Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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