She-Wolf Wants to Know: Who’s Your Favourite Female Werewolf?

A. Quinton — Oct. 22nd 2011

Academic, writer, publisher, friend and fellow werewolf enthusiast Dr. Hannah Priest has a terrific post up on her blog, She-Wolf, in which a number of contributors (including your humble servant) make a case for our favourite female werewolves. Hannah’s the authority on lady lycanthropes, so the results of this poll will be canonical – we’ll be logging the results with the Library of Congress and Wolfram Alpha.

The nominees are:

  1. Kelsey ‘Boobs’ Bornstein (in ‘Boobs’ by Suzy McKee Charnas)
  2. Sergeant Angua (in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series)
  3. Wolfgirl’ (in The Company of Wolves)
  4. Nina (in Being Human)
  5. Kitty Norville (in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville books)
  6. Brigitte Fitzgerald (in Ginger Snaps: Unleashed)
  7. White Fell (in Clemence Housman’s The Were-Wolf)
  8. Leah Clearwater (in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series)

I nominated Brigitte Fitzgerald, but she’s up against some pretty tough company. Read through each contributor’s analysis and post your vote (or write in your own) on the She-Wolf blog, then come back here and defend your choice (unless you picked Brigitte).

  • I would replace No. 8 Leah Clearwater with Randi Wallace from the 1990s TV series “She Wolf of London.”

  • Vsloboda

    My #1 is Elena from Kelley Armstrongs Women of the Otherword.

  • Anonymous

    from the list presented, I agree with your choice. Brigitte is a complicated character, both pitiable, relatable, and admirable, with a compelling story. It’s a shame the third movie was so awful, I liked her so much I would really have preferred one where she got out of that damn basement, somehow regained a degree of humanity, and continued on. Ah well. I also really liked Kelsey, because what picked-on teen wouldn’t have loved to turn into a werewolf and killed their bully? Morality isn’t completely developed at that age, and while an adult might find what she did abhorrent, to her it seemed perfectly justified. Some of these I’m not familiar with – you couldn’t get me to read Twilight at gunpoint, for example.

    Anyways, it was an interesting read since I’ve got a few female werewolf characters in various things I’m writing, and not being female myself it gives me something to aspire to in making a good character.  

  • Zockereinstein

    I’d choose Angua, just because Terry Pratchett is my favourite writer ever. But in terms of “cool female werewolf”, the chosen would be Marsha Quist, yes, the “Femme” from the first Howling movie. Well, I understand that we have to choose from the list, and in that case… Brigitte too works for me.

  • Nevermind…I changed my vote to Nina from “Being Human.”

  • Caeric ArcLight

    I must forever be loyal to Kitty, but it was very cool to see Kelsy Bornstein in the list. Someone used THE MOVIES PC game to do an animated film of that sometime back. Need to see if I can find it again.

    Of course, also much love to Randi Wallace and Marsha Quist. And Stirba….what’s not to love about Sybil Danning as a werewolf queen?

  • Nina from Being Human..my #1 .from television….she is a perfect balance of her human side and wolf side…in both shapes….of course Elena would be my #1 from Literature, Megan, Dog Soldiers #1 from film.  Really? Only one choice?

  • Stephanie C

    Calla from Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade

  • Anonymous

    seconded

  • Nick

    Brigitte all the way. Ginger Snaps is by far and always has been my favorite werewolf series.