Infamous line from a North American Splatoon commercial
"Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it."
― Arthur Dent, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The power to use the abilities of animals. Variation of Shapeshifting and Biomorphing. Not to be confused with Animal Imitation or Animal Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Animal Form/Mimicry/Physiology/Shapeshifting
  • Animality (Mortal Kombat)
  • Animorphing
  • Beast Within (Bayonetta)
  • Faunal Form/Morphing
  • Therianthropy


User with this ability either is or 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. They are able to transform into animals that exist, alien animals and/or animals that are extinct, such as Dinosaurs.

User 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.
  • Staying long in specific form may affect users mind/thought processes and/or make it harder to return into original form.

Known Users

See Also: Animorphism.


  • Beast Boy/Changeling (DC Comics)
  • Jayna (DC Comics)
  • Animal Man (DC Comics)
  • Tatiana Caban (Marvel Comics)
  • Snowbird (Marvel Comics)
  • Meggan (Marvel Comics)
  • Transformers (Beast Wars/Beast Machines)
  • Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)
  • Humanimalians (Extinctioners)
  • Metamorphia (Sonic the Comic)


  • Animorphs (Animorphs)
  • Tom Berenson (Animorphs)
  • Andalites (Animorphs)
  • Some Controllers (Animorphs)
  • Animagi (Harry Potter); only able to turn into one kind of animal per person
  • Frank Zhang (Heroes of Olympus)
  • Angel (Maximum Ride)
  • Shapeshifters and shapeshifter-chameleons (Shadow Falls)
    • Perry Gomez
    • Kevin
    • Roberto Esparza
    • Steve
    • Nikki
  • Ymbrynes (Peculiar Children Series); only able to turn into one kind of bird per person


  • 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)
  • Hannah Webster (Charmed)
  • Dracula (Dracula)
  • John McKenna (Forest Warrior)
  • Werewolf (Lost Tapes)
  • Skinwalker (Lost Tapes)
  • Alan Diaz (Mighty Med)
  • Magenta (Sky High); only able to turn into a black/purple guinea pig
  • Shifters, Werewolves, Werepanthers (The Southern Vampire Mysteries; True Blood)
  • Cara Cruz (Wansapanataym)
  • 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
  • Animan (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir)


  • Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach), can only turn into a black cat
  • Lisanna Strauss (Fairy Tail)
  • Roa (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Heinkel (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Darius (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Zampano (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Jerso (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Kars (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2)
  • Sablé Prince (Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru); Snake or frog
  • Therianthropes (Killing Bites)
  • Babbo (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Users of Pactio's (Negima)
  • Zoan Devil Fruit users (One Piece)
  • Genma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)
  • Shampoo (Ranma 1/2)
  • Mousse (Ranma 1/2)
  • Ryoga Hibiki (Ranma 1/2)


  • Merlock (Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp)
  • Jackie Frost and Northwind (Ever After High)
  • Johnny X (Johnny Test)
  • Extroyer (Max Steel)
  • Animan (Miraculous Ladybug)
  • Joy Lefrog (Regal Academy)
  • Orm (The Snow Queen)
  • Kevin Reynolds (Supernoobs)
  • Shifter (Ultimen)
  • Kalshara (Winx Club)
  • Transformers (Beast Wars/Beast Machines)
  • Dinobots (Transformers G1)
  • Dinobots(Robots In Disguise)
  • Predacons (Transformers Prime)
    • Predaking
    • Darksteel
    • Skylinx
  • Twitch (Sofia the First)
  • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series); only in the game "Super Quest".

Video Games

  • Umbra Witches (Bayonetta); via Beast Within
  • The Fighters (Mortal Kombat 3 and their versions); via Animality
  • Inklings (Splatoon)
    • Agent 3
  • Octolings (Splatoon)
  • Bat Spin (Skylanders); only into a giant bat
  • Druid Class (Diablo II: Lord Of Destruction/World of Warcraft)
  • Kameo (Kameo: Elements of Power)
  • Anthropomorphic animals/Mobians (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Chaos (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Rin Kaenbyou (Touhou Project)
  • Spectral Knights and Darkling Lords (Visionaries)