Infamous line from a North American Splatoon commercial

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


  • Beast Boy/Changeling (DC Comics)
  • Jayna (DC Comics)
  • Animal Man (DC Comics)
  • Tatiana Caban (Marvel)
  • Snowbird (Marvel)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Sofia the First (Sofia the First); via Amulet of Avalor
  • 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

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)

Known Objects

  • Amulet of Avalor (Sofia the First)