are humans with the ability to transform into beasts. They are similar to
werewolves, but there is a wide variety to what type of animal individual
Zoanthropes can become.
the Bloody Roar series, the
majority of Zoanthropes are primarily mammals and feline. Whether or not a
feline alter-ego is the dominant type is uncertain; the games do not go farther
into the background of Zoanthropes outside of the main characters in-game.
Clinical lycanthropy is
defined as a rare psychiatric syndrome that involves a delusionthat
the affected person can transform into, has transformed into, or is a non-human
animal. Its name is connected to the mythical condition of lycanthropy, a
supernatural affliction in which humans are said to physically shapeshift into
kind of monomania in which the patient believes himself transformed into one of
the lower animals.
it is a common theme in the games that a Zoanthrope transformation can be
forced by experimentation. Alice is an example
of a Zoanthrope experiment that resulted in success. Experiments conducted on Stun made him a Zoanthrope, but the result was an
unstable and deformed body. Uriko was a victim of too many experiments, and
therefore has an altered, lesser beast form instead of her original Chimera
a form of mental
delusion in which a man believes himself to be a beast—the devout divine, Simon
Browne (1680-1732), under this belief devoted himself to the making of a
also suggested in Bloody Roar 4 that Zoanthrope
abilities can be passed from a Zoanthrope to a human, though this has only been
proven in regards to the Unborn. Xion stabbed Nagi and she became
the Spurious. The games never expand upon the idea of a bite or a scratch from
a Zoanthrope mutating humans into beasts.