anthropomorphic tigers common name?

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There is the word Rakshasa, it's an indian demon that originally appears in many forms, but in pop culture it's portrayed as a tiger men almost all the time, mainly because of DnD.
And since DnD is very popular I guess you could also go with this name.

fun fact: The Rakshasa is known for many different defining traits. Surprisingly, neither the big cat head nor the inverted hands are one of those traits.

As for the tigers? I just call them anthro. ...or awesome. I really wish there were anthro playabpes in modern RPGs. When was the last time Final Fantasy or Tales had one?
 
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As a furry and a general fan of transforming characters, I’m going to contribute a long answer.

You probably could use “were-tiger”, but as some other people said, “were” implies a lack of control over the transformation, or that the character is not always in that form. If you’re referring to a character that always has the form of an anthropomorphic tiger, I would just use “tiger” and let the anthropomorphic aspect be obvious visually (most works with anthropomorphic characters do this), or come up with your own name for the species, like in my below example.
---kin, ---folk, ---men refers to animal species that have humanoid characteristics 24/7.
unlike humans which create arbitrary race names to divide a single species as much as possible,
these animal species tend to have distinguishing names as little as possible. any subspecies difference in their names only occurs when they are openly hostile to another subspecies of the same race. so you need to ask yourself, are these tigermen at war with harefolk?
I disagree. Especially in a literary context, where readers create an image of the characters themselves, it’s important to make distinctions between different subspecies with different traits. In video games, it adds more interesting species/race dynamics.

The laguz in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn are a great example of this. In the games, laguz is a broad term for “humanoids with a few animalistic traits that can shapeshift into an animal form”, but there are several different varieties (beast, bird, dragon) and even varieties within those varieties (e.g. within beast laguz there are cat, lion, tiger and wolf laguz.) Each of these varieties has its own traits associated with it from a gameplay standpoint and also a world building/cultural standpoint. Some get along with each other (e.g. the beast laguz comingle in the same kingdom) but others do not (the hawk laguz and raven laguz do not get along, and the hawks in particular would be quite offended at being associated with the ravens.)

I shudder thinking about how much worse the world building and games would be if there weren’t any distinctions made between the different subspecies.

Also, Topic Creator, here’s the Fire Emblem Wiki page on tiger laguz. Their transformed forms aren’t anthropomorphic, but you may find this useful/relevant.

As for the tigers? I just call them anthro. ...or awesome. I really wish there were anthro playabpes in modern RPGs. When was the last time Final Fantasy or Tales had one?
You would probably like the game I’m developing right now, Outcasts of the Rift. The game’s entire population is anthropomorphic animals (think Redwall.) Also, a good portion of my cast can transform into another form to battle.
 

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Seeing how some of this convo went I'm not going to go in depth into this here but my simple advice is don't call them werecats or Lycan/therian, etc.
There is no singular name or term for this specific creature as you describe it in myth.

So just make one up xD
 

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disagrees that sub species names are only used when lore has 1 sub-species hostile with other species, uses a lore example of hostile factions while another subspecies of the same 'beast laguz' is attempting for peace.

beast laguz, species name based on survival traits
cat laguz, openly hostile with the beorc
lion laguz, attempting peace treaties with the beorc
wolf laguz, only hostile when threatened, history of coexistence with a separate faction of beorc
beorc (outside of hatari region), history of racism and enslaving any subspecies of beast laguz

edit: example of my point. reincarnated as a slime
beastmen are only referred to as beastmen except for a line where the lamia is arguing with lycanthrope and uses the word "lycanthrope" as a racist term.
 
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As a former D&D player associating Rakshasa with Weretiger feels wrong.

I think the were in werewolf comes from latin vir = man or old english wer = man. So even werewolf is just manwolf.
 

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