|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest IV|
The Weartiger is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Although they appear to be monstrous anthropomorphic tigers, they are actually absurd men wearing tiger skins and thus belong to the Humanoid family.
At first inspection the weartiger appears to be large orange jungle cat monster, but by looking in the tiger's mouth, there is a red-skinned humanoid wearing the tiger's skin like a costume. Their description in Dragon Quest XI even states that the weartigers happen to be committed vegetarians. These monstrous men have large eyes, orange tongues, and a mouth lined with sharp fangs. They attack by using the sharp claws of their costume to tear through enemies.
Weartigers can first be found in the Laguna di Gondolia area.
|Description||These feline beasts have become possessed by the very men they ate.|
|Weapons||Swords, Axes, Hammers, Staves|
|Breeding chart||Orc x Headhunter|
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The weartiger's name is a pun based on the words "weretiger" and "wear". Weretigers are fictional beings analogous to werewolves—a human who is able to shapeshift or transform into a tiger by some means, such as a curse.
- The weartiger is physically identical to the later-appearing Caper tiger. Given that the caper tiger's original Japanese name is an approximation of "weretiger" (the original localization name of this monster), it is possible that the caper tiger was originally meant to be the original weartiger but with a new name.
- The weartiger is likely based on the Oni, a Japanese ogre that's sometimes red-skinned and wears tiger skins as clothing.