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Were is a general term used as a prefix to indicate a type of shapeshifter, in relation to the mainstream concept of therianthropy (e.g. werewolves, werecats, etc).

Were and furry[edit]

In the furry fandom, "were" is a colloquial term to describe both fans of were-animals and therians.[citation needed] Were interest overlaps both the furry and transformation fandoms, combining aspects of both; people who call themselves weres may[clarify] also be fans of these other genres.

Unlike furry characters, "were-animals" are generally more bestial and less intelligent, usually controlled more by animal instinct and impulses rather than intellect, often to violent results.[clarify][citation needed]

History[edit]

In the late 1990s, were fans originally gathered in the Usenet's newsgroup, alt.horror.werewolves, to discuss their interest in werewolves and other shapeshifting or humanoid animals from horror and mythology.[citation needed]

As time passed, three distinctive groups formed:[clarify][citation needed]

  • Fans of horror werewolves and other were-animals.
  • People who liked roleplaying werewolves and were-animals.
  • People who felt a personal, spiritual connection with werewolves or were-animals. Eventually thisl faction became their own group.[clarify][citation needed]

Views and community[edit]

Though originally a horror sub-fandom,[clarify] not all{{who}] weres are horror fans. Some[who?] prefer to see werewolves (and other were-animals) as more natural creatures,[clarify][citation needed] which aren't inherently violent or horrific, so that any violent actions they take are a return to a wild state of being.[clarify][citation needed] Were-fandom has a significant environmentalist streak because of this.[citation needed]

They enjoy the company of other like-minded weres, and sometimes meet at howls to commune with nature.[citation needed]

Art[edit]

Weres are generally interested less in anthropomorphic styled art than semi-human animals;[clarify] much of were art is either based on wildlife painting styles, or roleplaying game styles.[citation needed] Were-art has become a term and style in and of itself in the furry fandom.[citation needed]

See also[edit]