|“|| Chris: "What were you doing in the woods?"|
Melissa: "At 2:00AM?"
Malia: "Coyotes are nocturnal. I heard screams-- like 'someone being murdered'-type screams."
Chris: "Did you see anything? Catch a scent?"
Malia: "Just blood... And that's all I remember until someone shot me!"
Melissa: "You were about to tear us apart."
Chris: "It's not her fault. When a coyote smells a fresh kill, its senses are overcome. The blood drives it crazy."
In Teen Wolf, the Werecoyote is a species of shapeshifter that is distantly related to the Werewolf. It is unknown if they can gain power from being in a pack or if an Alpha can draw upon more power with a Werecoyote in its pack; however, an Alpha's roar has the exact same effect on a Werecoyote as it does on a Werewolf, forcing the shapeshifter in question to transform or allowing them to fight through pain and other weaknesses to order to shift. Additionally, the Werecoyote shares the same kind of family classification as Werewolves as well, due to the fact that mundane coyotes and wolves are both canine creatures. Werecoyotes have the power to shift their features into that of a coyote, with pointed ears, furry sideburns, glowing eyes, fangs, and claws, and at least some Werecoyotes, such as Malia Tate, can fully-shift into the body of a true coyote.
Malia was the first Werecoyote to be introduced in the Teen Wolf. In Season 3B, it was revealed that Malia had been trapped in her coyote form for eight years and had lived in the Beacon Hills Preserve as a forest animal the entire time until Scott McCall used his Alpha roar to force her to return to her human form. After she had begun to adjust to human life again, Malia later joined the McCall Pack as its first and only Werecoyote, allowing her packmates to help her how to actively and consciously use her powers rather than relying purely on instinct. Though it took some time to achieve, Malia has recently learned to full-shift into a coyote at will.
In Season 5, Theo Raeken was revealed to be a Werewolf/Werecoyote Chimera, and as such, possessed many abilities of a Werecoyote, including the ability to full-shift (though it is unclear how Theo, as an unnatural creature, acquired this ability). Malia's mother Corinne, an assassin better known by the code-name the Desert Wolf (which is another term for "coyote") was also confirmed to be a Werecoyote as well, though she was greatly weakened after Malia somehow absorbed a portion of her powers during childbirth. Now that Malia has stolen Corinne's remaining powers in Season 5's Apotheosis, Corinne is now presumably a regular human, leaving Malia as the only full-blooded Werecoyote on the series.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Werecoyotes possess supernatural powers that are nearly identical to those possessed by Werewolves.
- Super Strength: Werecoyotes possess superhuman strength that allow them to do things such as break chains and locks, punch through walls, lift fallen trees and throw grown men across a room with ease. Even Werecoyotes who have passed down a portion of their power to their offspring are notably stronger than normal humans. Born Werecoyotes have been shown to need to initially activate this ability on a conscious level before it becomes a passive power, as Malia, after she had returned to her human form following eight years of living as a coyote, needed to concentrate to break the lock on the door to Stiles Stilinski's "quiet room" when the two were in Eichen House.
- Super Speed: Werecoyotes can run much faster than even the most athletic humans. They are also capable of running on all fours in both human and in coyote form. Malia was shown running so fast through the woods after catching the scent of blood one night that Chris Argent, a highly-skilled marksman, had to use a great deal of concentration to keep his rifle sights on her.
- Super Agility/Reflexes: Werecoyotes possess supernaturally enhanced agility and reflexes that allow them to move quickly, jump, climb, and run incredibly fast without difficulty or exhaustion. This includes leaping very high in the air and across large distances, jumping down from several stories high and landing lightly on their feet, and performing a multitude of acrobatic and gymnastic feats such as flips, handsprings, and spinning kicks. This also extends to their reflexes as well, allowing them to perceive and catch projectiles such as balls or arrows before they can be hit and instantly dodging oncoming strikes during battle.
- Super Durability: Werecoyotes can take a great amount of physical damage without being slowed down. They are much more durable to blunt force trauma than regular humans, allowing them to be thrown through walls and fall from tall heights with only minor injuries. This durability also enhances their stamina to superhuman-levels, allowing them to endure and fight much longer than a normal human would be able to accomplish even when seriously injured.
- Super Senses Werecoyotes, like their coyote counterparts, have extremely sensitive senses of sight, hearing, and smell. They can see in the dark and across large distances, track scents for up to several miles while also interpreting the chemosignals that indicate identity and emotional states, and can hear whispered conversations from outside of buildings with ease. These abilities help Werecoyotes fight at night, hear approaching enemies, and locating missing people by scent. A coyote's glowing eyes can also be used to see mystical or supernatural phenomenon that cannot be perceived by human eyes, such as the Nemeton while it is hidden or a Kitsune's aura.
- Accelerated Healing: Werecoyotes possess extraordinarily enhanced healing factors that allow them to heal from most mild to moderate wounds within moments. Throughout the series, Werecoyotes have been shown to heal from gunshots; stab wounds through the chest, abdomen, and extremities; and broken arms, legs, and spines. They are also immune to all human illnesses and conditions such as colds, cancer, epilepsy, asthma, etc, and cannot get high on drugs or drunk on alcohol because they heal the damage caused by the toxins too quickly. The only known substances that Werecoyotes are not immune to is Wolfsbane and the modified canine distemper virus that was specifically designed to kill Werewolves and Werecoyotes. They are also vulnerable to the paralytic effects of Kanima venom, though they will recover from their paralysis from it much faster than a regular human would.
- Longevity: Because a Werecoyote's rapid cellular regeneration prevents them from contracting any human illnesses or conditions while also replacing aging cells at a constant rate, werecoyotes have enhanced longevity and a decelerated rate of aging, allowing them to live much longer and healthier than normal humans. It is unknown what the average life expectancy of a werecreature is, but the oldest known werecreature is an Alpha Werewolf named Satomi Ito, who is over 110 years old; this indicates that Werecoyotes and their Werewolf cousins have the potential to live well into their 100s as long as they are not killed.
- Shapeshifting: Werecoyotes have the ability to transform their features into those of a coyote, which involves glowing eyes, fangs, claws, a ridged brow, and large sideburns. With practice, Werecoyotes can learn how to only transform a few features as needed, such as only extending their claws to cut something, their fangs to bite something, or simply making their eyes glow to enhance their eyesight or identify themselves as supernatural creatures.
- Advanced Shapeshifting: Malia Tate has been capable of fully shapeshifting into a true coyote since she was nine years of age, though it wasn't until recently that she was able to consciously control it. It is unknown if this ability is something all Werecoyotes are capable of doing upon activating their powers, if it is a learned skill that any Werecoyote has the potential to achieve, or if it is a genetic trait that only some Werecoyotes possess; since the ability to fully shapeshift into an animal form seems to be common in the Hale family, and it was revealed that Malia is the daughter of Peter Hale, it is possible that she gained this ability from her paternal heritage. In Season 6, Malia is shown to have full control of her full coyote-shift.
- Pain Absorption: Werecoyotes, like werewolves, possess the ability to absorb pain from other living beings through tactile contact. They typically do this through putting their hands on the arm or affected body part of the being in pain and drawing the pain into themselves, which manifests as a darkening of the veins in the Werecoyote's hands that travels up their arms and into their chest, neck, and sometimes even their face, depending on how much pain is absorbed. Malia has used this power to siphon the pain experienced by Corey Bryant after he was burned by Jordan Parrish's Hellhound fire, and also used it to absorb the pain experienced by her biological father Peter Hale after he was burned following his trip through the portal between the real world and the Phantom Train Station.
- Animal Instincts: Werecoyotes possess the same animal instincts as their coyote counterparts, causing them to instinctively think and behave like a coyote would. This includes being territorial over their living environment, determining whether to fight or flee from danger, and being aroused by the scent of blood after a kill. Malia has especially developed animal instincts compared to her shapeshifter peers, and its unknown if this due to Malia being a born creature, a side-effect of living as a coyote for eight years, something all Werecoyotes possess, or if it is a combination of these factors.
- Mountain Ash: Werecoyotes, like the majority of supernatural species in the show, cannot cross barriers made of mountain ash or rowan wood, nor can they touch or manipulate the wood or its ash in a non-barrier form. This makes them vulnerable to being trapped within a ring of mountain ash, or being prevented from entering an area that has been warded with it.
- Wolfsbane: Werecoyotes can be weakened or killed by exposure to wolfsbane, depending on the species and the method of exposure. Blue wolfsbane (also known as Nordic Blue Monkshood) is an extremely potent strain that will poison and kill a werecreature, while purple wolfsbane causes intense and terrifying hallucinations, and yellow wolfsbane acts as a non-lethal sedative.
- Full Moon: Though being a werecreature is considered a gift in the supernatural world due to the increased speed, stamina, and healing that it provides, it also comes with a price, which is that the Werewolf, Werecoyote, or Werejaguar is beholden to the phases of the moon. During a full moon, werecreatures without training will become overcome with a rabid anger that will cause them to attack any living creature they come upon, which is why they all must learn control to avoid exposure and harm to innocent civilians. The full moon will make a Werecoyote stronger, but it will also make them more rabid and chaotic, which makes them easy targets for supernatural hunters. With adequate training, a Werecoyote can learn to remain in their human form and mind through the full moon, but under the right circumstances, even the most well-disciplined Werecoyote can lose control.
- Lunar Eclipse: During the phase of a lunar eclipse where the moon is completely covered in the earth's umbral shadow, a Werecoyote or other werecreature will lose all of their powers, including their super strength, accelerated healing, and shapeshifting abilities, making them vulnerable to anyone seeking to take advantage of this weakness and harm or kill them.
- Electricity: Werecoyotes can be weakened or killed by exposure to electricity, depending on the level of voltage used. Lower voltages will disable their healing abilities and prevent them from transforming, while higher voltages can severely slow or even stop their heart completely. For this reason, electricity, typically in the form of cattle-prod tasers, are one of the most common weapons hunters use against their prey.
- Letharia Vulpina: As a canine werecreature, Werecoyotes, like Werewolves, can be weakened by exposure to letharia vulpina, otherwise known as "wolf lichen" because of it's toxic effects toward the canine species.
- Modified Canine Distemper Virus: One of the assassins in the Deadpool, The Chemist, created a modified version of the canine distemper virus that could sicken both humans and any canine shapeshifter, such as Werewolves, Werecoyotes, and Kitsune. Malia, a Werecoyote, was exposed to the virus and nearly died from it after beginning to bleed black blood from her nose, mouth, and ears, and after losing her vision completely. However, consuming wild purple reishi mushrooms are known to cure a the virus and prevent those who ingest it from being infected in the first place.
- Loud Noises: Werecoyotes, as supernatural creatures with heightened senses of hearing, are vulnerable to sounds at certain frequencies. For example, the Argent hunters are known for using ultrasonic emitters that produce an extremely high-pitched noise that only animals and people with supernaturally enhanced senses can hear. Conversely, there are also certain subsonic, low-pitched sounds that can be used against werecreatures as well, as a group of Deadpool assassins used in Perishable. Sounds at this low frequency have been shown to cause Werecoyotes to become incredibly disoriented, woozy, nauseous, and unable to control their bodies, to the point that others have mistaken them for being drunk. In this state, they are unable to defend themselves due to the sounds making them weak and unable to stand, walk, talk, or see clearly.
Augmented Blue-eyed Werecoyote; Born
Malia is the biological daughter of the Desert Wolf and Peter Hale, who inherited a portion of her mother's powers, though this was a side-effect that the Desert Wolf loathed. Eight years ago, she was in a car accident with her adoptive mother, Evelyn, and her adoptive sister Kylie when her biological mother, the Desert Wolf, began shooting at the car with the intention of killing Malia and stealing her power back. Due to the fact that the stress and trauma of the accident in conjunction with the overhead full moon triggered her Werecoyote powers for the first time, she full-shifted into a coyote and spent the next eight years living in the Beacon Hills Preserve out of grief and guilt for what she had done; as a result of the appearance of the accident, the Beacon County Sheriff's Department came to the incorrect conclusion that Evelyn, Kylie, and Malia had been mauled to death by coyotes, with Malia being dragged away by one of them and never to be found.
In Autumn of 2011, she was discovered in the Beacon Hills Preserve by Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski, and, with the help of their pack, Scott used his Alpha roar to turn her back into her human form. Afterward, she joined the McCall Pack, where she acts as the Werecoyote version of a Beta. She eventually stole the rest of her mother's powers in Apotheosis in order to prevent her mother from killing her, and it was shown in Season 6 that gaining all her mother's power enabled Malia to have control over her full-coyote shift.
When Theo originally arrived in Beacon Hills in Autumn 2012, he pretended to be a truly-supernatural Werewolf and a friend of Scott McCall and his pack. However, it was later revealed that not only was he a Chimera but he was the first semi-successful Chimera, and he had been working with the Dread Doctors the entire time. He is capable of fully-shifting into a wolf due to his Werecoyote nature. Theo's ultimate goal was to become a real Werewolf and an Alpha, but he was dragged underground by his believed-deceased sister before he could achieve this goal. He has since been freed from his prison with a renewed sense of self and is seemingly intent to redeem himself.
Blue-eyed Werecoyote; Disempowered
While giving birth to her daughter Malia Tate, some of her power was inherited by Malia, causing Corinne to become much weaker than the average Werecoyote. Some time after this, Talia Hale came and took Malia away, putting her into the adoption system where she was taken in by the Tate Family. Nine years after giving birth, the Desert Wolf opened fire on Malia and her adopted mother and sister, causing them to drive off the road and into the Beacon Hills Preserve, where they crashed into a tree. Believing Malia to be dead, Corinne continued living her life until hearing rumor that Malia was still alive, likely during the Deadpool, which lead her to return to Beacon Hills with the intention of finally killing Malia and taking her power back, though she was eventually informed that it would have to be a full moon for this to be successful. Corinne became impatient, though, and attempted to take Malia's power just shy of the full moon, an attempt that eventually failed when Malia used Belasko's Garuda talons to absorb the rest of her mother's powers. It is unknown if this means that she is truly human now, or if she's retained any of her abilities.
- Malia naturally trusted Theo due to his Werecoyote status, though she didn't initially know it.
- In real-life mythology, coyotes are considered tricksters, just like the raven and the fox.
- Werecoyotes and Werewolves are said to be natural enemies. However, just like the antagonistic relationship between Werewolves and Kitsune, this biological rivalry can be overcome, as evidenced by Malia Tate, who has close personal relationships with werewolves such as Scott McCall, Derek Hale, and Liam Dunbar.
- Malia was able to steal some of her mother's power during childbirth. This is implied to be a common occurrence between a Werecoyote mother and her daughter, judging by comments made by Corinne.
- In Season 3 and Season 6, many new details about coyotes (and by extension, Werecoyotes) have been revealed.
- According to Allison Argent, coyotes do not like wolves and are so smart that if they don't want to be heard, they will tip-toe through the forest to avoid making noise and leaving heavy tracks.
- According to Chris Argent, the heightened senses of a coyote are overcome when they smell blood from a fresh kill, which causes them to be driven into a frenzy.
- According to Malia Tate, coyotes are nocturnal, much like their wolf cousins, and they eat their young. However, the latter comment may have been simply made in jest.