Top 5 Scariest Werewolves In Literature – Part 2

It seems that the full moon, once again, is
upon us–and you know what that means, right? It’s time to rear our meta-transformative
heads skyward and howl until our lungs give in–but that’s a poorly conceived lycan stereotype–and
thankfully for us, the werewolves that make their way onto this particular list are far
more concerned with global domination than they are with skulking away on a mountain-top,
alerting vigilant villagers as to their existence. These are finely tuned hunting machines! And believe me–these lycanthropes could certainly
give their blood sucking counterparts a run for their money. Let’s take a look. Hello horror fans, what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Werewolves In Literature–Part
2. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, of course–that
scene was from 2003’s Underworld–starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman as both
the hunter and the hunted respectively–and as many of you will agree–is a downright
awesome film whichever side of the eternal divide you fall on. It also leads us to an important point–I
saw many, many suggestions in our last video–and it’s safe to say that you lycan loyalists
are incredibly passionate, shall we say, when it comes to their literature. And yes, there are some awesome novels deservedly–but
what we’re concerned with, are the mechanics of these werewolves–the stuff that gets us
thinking. Let’s begin. Kicking off at Number 5–Wolfgang von Uberwald,
Discworld And it is music to my lowly ears to hear the
name of the late, great–eternal imagination of one of the most unique and wholeheartedly
distinct writers of recent times, Sir Terry Pratchett, right here on Top 5 Scary Videos. And really–without detracting from the werewolf-ness
of this list, it really is important to note the creative achievements of this brilliant
man–Discworld is one of the most unique series ever created. And of course, in tune with that uniqueness–we
have one of the rare occasions where Discworld got a none tongue-in-cheek dose of horror. And how would Sir Terry do that? Of course–Nazi Werewolves. But, obviously, fantasy Nazi Werewolves. You see, whilst we’ll touch on this later–there
is a literary vein often mined by writers when applied to lycanthropy–much similar
to their vampiric counterparts. If you’re an all-powerful beastial creature
of myth and legend–more often than not, you treat people like trash and you want to take
over the world. Go figure, right? The City of Ankh-Morpork is central to the
Discworld series–and it’s protection is down to the City Watch. One of those Watchmen, is Captain Angua–who
just so happens to be a kind and noble werewolf. His brother though–Wolfgang? He’s a piece of work. You see, the two of them are descendents of
a long line of werewolves, and because of that–Wolfgang believes in his divine right
to superiority and domination. He views anything other than a pure-blood
werewolf such as himself as an abomination, and so because of that–he believes it’s
pretty much open season when it comes to feasting on the peasantry. In his family’s ancestral seat of Uberwald,
Pratchett’s home-county of everything horror–Wolfgang steps up his master plan to take over Discworld
in the most ruthless and relentless manner possible. During the events of The Fifth Elephant, Wolfgang
reinstates the ancient rule of The Game–where a human victim is chased for sport by a vicious
and relentless pack of werewolves–although, similar to the age-old tactics of aristocracy–Wolfgang’s
version of The Game is rigged–and it’s a pretty unsightly and unfair bloodbath. However, I’ll leave you all to discover
Wolfgang’s ultimate fate. Swinging in at Number 4–Fenrir Greyback,
Harry Potter And you may be thinking–what the hell, Harry
Potter? Jack–come on dude. But I’d say, hear me out–and tone it down
a bit, because when you actually hold a lens to this tooth and claw-ridden character in
particular, Fenrir Greyback is messed up. Put it this way. To cut a long story short–this guy didn’t
join Voldermort’s cause because he believed in the Death Eater’s ideological stance
on Wizarding superiority. He joined for one reason. If he allied himself with the Death Eater’s–Fenrir
would have a larger pool of potential victims to turn into other lycans–particularly children. In his own words–bite them young, and raise
them away from their parents–raise them to hate normal wizards. Fenrir Greyback is a werewolf, who is so bitter,
twisted and corrupted by the fact that he was infected with lycanthropy–that his sole
purpose on Earth is to infect as many other innocent people–particularly kids–and inflict
them with the same pain that he feels. Metaphors aside–I should reiterate that this
is a children’s book. Yeah. And it doesn’t stop there, because it gets
personal. As the series explains, Remus Lupin, the kind
and noble protector of Harry Potter throughout the later novels–who just so happens to also
be a lycan, was in turn, infected by Fenrir. But do you know why? It wasn’t just a chance occurrence that
Mr. Lupin was a lycan–it was because when he was a kid, Remus’ father, Lyall Lupin–who
was an employee at the Ministry of Magic, publicly stated that werewolves deserved nothing
less than death following the murder of two innocent muggle children at the hands of Fenrir
and his werewolf pack. When he heard those remarks, you know what
Fenrir Greyback did? He didn’t get revenge on Lyall. He waited–bided his time, and on Remus’
fifth birthday–he snuck into his bedroom, attacked him–and bit him–infecting him as
a werewolf for the rest of his life. He infected the guys infant child on his birthday. Yeah, I mean, it’s pretty clear that Fenrir
Greyback is an evil and vile werewolf that holds a grudge–but compared to some of the
most evil of his literary counterparts, this guy makes it personal. Next up at Number 3–The Howling And yeah, I mean the whole novel–because
although there are a few terrifying individuals in particular–the entire village of Drago,
California deserves it’s spot on this list–and we’re also going to slap on The Howling
II on this list–because Gary Brandner’s series only proves to get groser and groser
the more Lycan scar tissue that’s added. And it’s a little bit confusing really,
because it’s important to note that the third entry of The Howling Series, 1985’s
Echoes–completely rewrites the events of the first two books–which is an odd thing
for an author to do, but forget about that–we’ve got Roy and Marcia to contend with–and they’re
angry. First released in 1977 and written by Gary
Brander–in some sense, The Howling is perhaps the most tame depiction of lycans on this
list–but it’s in the savagery and innate will to commit violence, far removed from
the rationale of the human mind, that allows it to earn it’s spot here. There is no humanity left behind in this series–just
the primal hunger of the beast. It’s a difficult trait to pull off, but
when it’s done right–it’s certainly effective. You see, other than some pretty painful transformations–the
werewolves in The Howling series are pretty cut and shut. For the most part, they’re wolves–not at
all like their depiction in the 1981 movie of the same name, which you may or may not
be aware of. And yeah, side note–that movie’s awesome. But despite that, these wolves are phenomenally
written–aptly taking their literary space as completely different creatures. You see, part of the curious allure of lycanthropy
is the humanoid remnants left behind–that otherwise human form–albeit far more toothy–and
far more hairy. In Brander’s novel, however–all of that
is done away with–and in the wild, particularly in the mountain region of Drago, California–the
howling heard on the edge of town could be man or wolf alike–and that’s exactly where
they want you. Also, that’s without detailing the bleak
tragedy told throughout the events of the first novel–which is pretty far flung from
the events of the film, and you should certainly give it a read if you haven’t. But, it’s in the second novel where Brandner
really takes a terrifying turn into the mechanics of these visceral werewolves–and no spoilers,
but if you were waiting for some kind of anthropomorphics–yeah, The Howling II has… a sort of version of
that? Pretty gross. Coming in at Number 2–Lycanthrope Wamphyrii,
Necroscope And yeah–I’m not entirely sure what else
to call them, because if you were expecting this list to be exclusively non-vampire, I
hate to break it to you–but Brian Lumley has something to say on the matter. And, admittedly, whilst it may be a little
sacrilege to honor the Crimson Lords here–The Necroscope version of lycanthropy, truly–is
something else entirely. As a brief overview to Brian Lumley’s phenomenal
horror fantasy series–vampires in Necroscope are a species known as the Wamphyri–and ancient
species of creature from an alien dimension known as Starside/Sunside–who have existed
on our world for millennia through the use of two interdimensional portals. Their vampirism is bestowed up them by a sort
of leech-like parasite that forms a symbiotic bond–grand them an infinite lifespan, untold
powers–and the need to sustain it all by means of blood. Pretty cool, right? Well, that same leech–in several cases throughout
the Wamphyrii’s history–has a tendency to infect non-human creatures–often wolves
or foxes–which, in the technicalities of this list, certainly adhere to the principles
of lycanthropy. You see, in several cases–these Wamphyri
wolves can assume a human-esque form to lure pray toward them–to infect and further spread
their leech–as is seen with The Dweller. However, in other cases–true Lycan’s have
been bred purposefully–by means of infecting a Wamphyrii egg with the vampiric disease
of lycanthropy–in most cases, to horrific and immensely powerful results. One of those resulting Vampire Werewolf hybrids,
was Radu Lykan–the Dog Lord–who was exiled from Sunside/Starside to Earth–where he resigned
himself, in classic werewolf fashion–to dominating the planet, and spreading his unique Wamphyrii
leech to a new, unified empire of Werewolf Vampires. Now, whilst Radu is an acception–as well
as several other minor characters–it’s also important to note that Lycanthropy in
this series–more often than not–goes wrong, and the results are–well, completely and
utterly horrifying. And also disgusting. I hope you’re sensing a theme here. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–The
Garou, World of Darkness And, you know what guys–I saw so many of
you passionately advocating for this entry to make our list–and I’ll hold my hands
up and admit. I’m sold. I’m completely sold. After delving into the inner workings of Werewolf:
The Apocalypse and Werewolf: The Forsaken–I’m relatively certain that The Garou are some
of the most complete and utterly compelling monsters of horror ever penned. And I say penned in the loose term, because
although there are a vast wealth of novels written in this universe–the bulk of World
of Darkness is based upon a fantasy tabletop series, which you may be familiar with, particularly
if you’re a fan of Vampire: The Masquerade–but that’s by the by, because I’m fairly certain
that we can all agree on one thing. Tabletop is literature. If it’s of a written form–it’s literature,
it doesn’t have to be a novel penned in 1887 for it to be worthy of merit–it just
has to be good. And believe me, The Garou certainly earn their
place at the top of the pile. Although relatively difficult to get a hold
of now, the subsequent Werewolf novels of the series detailed the origin of the titular
Garou–and conceptually speaking, it bites a little bit closer to the bone. As told in Garou oral history, this secret
civilization of Lycans have always existed–clawing on to their existence by means of their eternal
duty to Gaia–maintaining the balance of nature. Essentially, what sets the Garou apart–as
that they are the arbiter of humanity. If human civilization gets too out of control–the
Garou sweep in and cull an out of control population. In its purest form–World of Darkness lays
out the true meaning of the Lycan and their Human counterparts. The Hunter–and The Hunted. And not only that, but these eternal predators
have established complete mastery of their transformation–harnessing the ability to
pretty much appear as any werewolf that you’ve ever seen in fiction. Their tribes are numerous–they have complete
and utter domination over their planet–and in the truest terms, The Garou are a literal
force of nature. Well, there we have it horror fans–our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Werewolves in Literature–Part 2. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from todays video though,
let’s first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from over the
past few days. First up. Mimi Katzen says– Where’s my popcorn! This is gonna be good! What’s your favorite literary monster, Jack? —Hey Mimi! And I’m glad you’ve got the popcorn confidence–but
sheesh–that is a difficult question. Oh man. There are so many to pick… You know what, I’m gonna stick with the
classic and say Frankenstein’s Monster. And finally, peaceturtleinfinity says– Jack, can you introduce yourself as Sir Weird
Beard in your next video? — …. Ermmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Well, I guess I could outroduce myself as
that? Sure. Why not. Well, unfortunately, that’s all we’ve
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