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Infamous line from a North American Splatoon commercial

The power to transform into animals. Variation of Shapeshifting and Biomorphing. Not to be confused with Animal Imitation or Animal Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Animal Form/Mimicry/Physiology/Shapeshifting
  • Faunal Form/Morphing
  • Therianthropy


The user can transform into animals, whether partially or completely, as well as use the abilities, traits and appearance/physiology of animals by rearranging their own DNA structure. Users may be able to transform into alien animals and/or animals they have never encountered, such as Dinosaurs. Some may have this ability from an empty genetic code, allowing them to accept any form from which they have a DNA sample, others may be able to alter their form mentally and change just by seeing and mimicking animal features.


  • Transform into animals.
  • Posses the special abilities of animals.





  • May have a limited selection of predetermined animal forms to take.
  • May require a visual memory or genetic sample of target animal through touch or assimilation.
  • Incapable to transform into inanimate objects, or anything else other than animals.
  • May take on memories or characteristics of morphed or assimilated animals.
  • May not maintain human mentality.
  • May not be able to speak in a human language.
  • May not be able to combine several animal forms.
  • May not be able to morph directly from one animal to another.
  • May not be able to completely change one's DNA.

Known Users

  • Tatiana Caban (Marvel)
  • Beast Boy/Changeling (DC Comics)
  • Frank Zhang (Heroes of Olympus)
  • Animal Man (DC Comics)
  • Snowbird (Marvel)
  • Jayna (DC Comics)
  • Shifter (Ultimen)
  • Hus (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Dracula (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Kumiko Ishihara (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight)
  • New Vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten)
  • Jake Berenson (Animorphs)
  • Genma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)
  • Shampoo (Ranma 1/2)
  • Mousse (Ranma 1/2)
  • Ryoga Hibiki (Ranma 1/2)
  • Rachel Berenson (Animorphs)
  • Tobias Fangor (Animorphs)
  • Tom Berenson (Animorphs)
  • Marco (Animorphs)
  • Cassie (Animorphs)
  • Andalites (Animorphs)
  • Some Controllers (Animorphs)
  • Zoan Devil Fruit users (One Piece)
  • Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach), can only turn into a black cat
  • Druid Class (Diablo II: Lord Of Destruction/World of Warcraft)
  • Bayonetta (Bayonetta)
  • Jeanne (Bayonetta)
  • Werewolf (Lost Tapes)
  • Skinwalker (Lost Tapes)
  • Shifters, Werewolves, Werepanthers (The Southern Vampire Mysteries; True Blood)
  • Angel (Maximum Ride); only been mentioned once
  • Pain & Panic (Hercules)
  • Rin Kaenbyou (Touhou Project); a cat youkai, who actively turns into her cat form (most youkai in Touhou are humanoid)
  • Remilia Scarlet and Flandre Scarlet (Touhou Project); as vampires able to turn into bats. Remilia is able to turn into an entire swarm of bats, and is able to recover from just one.
  • Keine Kamishirasawa (Touhou Project); is able to transform in a were-hakutaku during full moon.
  • Hannah Webster (Charmed)
  • Dracula (Dracula)
  • Lisanna Strauss (Fairy Tail)
  • Kalshara (Winx Club)
  • Johnny X (Johnny Test)
  • Merlock (Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp)
  • Chaos (Sonic the Hedgehog); has animal forms when in possession of 4 and 6 of the Chaos Emeralds; Perfect Chaos - which uses the energy of all 7 of the Emeralds - is a huge lizard.
  • Nidalee (League of Legends); Can turn into a large feline - the exact species of which depends on what skin is in use at the time.
  • Elise (League of Legends); can freely transform between Human and Spider forms.
  • Shapeshifters and shapeshifter-chameleons (Shadow Falls)
    • Perry Gomez
    • Kevin
    • Roberto Esparza
    • Steve
    • Nikki
  • Rebecca Antoinette (UN Comics)
  • Cara Cruz (Wansapanataym Season 1 Episode 8: Kokak)
  • Roa (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Heinkel (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Darius (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Zampano (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Jerso (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Kars (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2)
  • Extroyer (Max Steel)
  • Animagi (Harry Potter); only able to turn into one kind of animal per person
  • Spectral Knights and Darkling Lords (Visionaries); each can turn into one kind of animal
  • Wendy Beauchamp (Witches of East End); only able to turn into a black cat
  • Isis (Witches of East End); only able to turn into a rat
  • Magenta (Sky High); only able to turn into a black/purple guinea pig
  • Gozu (Area D); via Mutative Regeneration
  • Alan Diaz (Mighty Med)
  • Kevin Reynolds (Supernoobs)
  • Users of Pactio's (Negima); via Dud Form
  • Kameo (Kameo: Elements of Power)
  • Inklings (Splatoon)
    • Agent 3
  • Octolings (Splatoon)
  • Orm (The Snow Queen)
  • Jackie Frost and Northwind (Ever After High)
  • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2003 TV series); via as a changeling in the game "Super Quest"
  • Sablé Prince (Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru); Snake or frog
  • Animan (Miraculous Ladybug)
  • Joy Lefrog (Regal Academy)
  • John McKenna (Forest Warrior)


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