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"She runs so fearfully quick. You might as well try to catch a Bandersnatch!"
― White King of his wife the White Queen, Through the Looking Glass

Power to use the abilities of Bandersnatch. Variation of Cryptic Physiology.

Also Called

  • Bandersnatch Form/Mimicry


User with this ability either is or can transform into an Bandersnatch, a fictional creature from Lewis Carroll's 1872 novel "Through the Looking-Glass" and 1874 poem "The Hunting of the Snark".

Although neither work describes the appearance of a Bandersnatch in great detail, in "The Hunting of the Snark" it has a long neck and snapping jaws, and both works describe it as ferocious and extraordinarily fast. Through the Looking-Glass implies that Bandersnatches may be found in the world behind the looking-glass, and in "The Hunting of the Snark", a Bandersnatch is found by a party of adventurers after crossing an ocean.

Anna Matlack Richards's A New Alice in the Old Wonderland (1895) contains a broader description given of the Bandersnatch with the poem Bandersnatchy. According to the hero, the Bandersnatch is a queer thing that whizzles overhead causing him to believe it is up a tree, only to his surprise its legs are awfully high. It pleads the hero not to shoot only to fool him and fly away. The hero grabs its tail and cuts it off as his trophy. The hero describes the creature as being extremely long legged with a long tail as well and the ability to fly extremely fast. It could be understood that the Bandersnatch perhaps camouflages itself as a tree, given the explanation understood by the hero's description.




Known Users

  • The Bandersnatch (Through the Looking Glass)
  • Bandersnatch (Alice in Wonderland 2010)
  • Bandersnatch (Final Fantasy)
  • The Bandersnatch (Anna Matlack Richards' A New Alice in the Old Wonderland)
  • Bandersnatch (Sign of Chaos (1987)/Chronicles of Amber)
  • Bandersnatch (Kingdom of Loathing)
  • Bandersnatch (Paizo Publishing/Pathfinder)
  • Katsumi Akagi (Project ARMS)


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