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The ability to use the abilities of a griffin. Variation of Mythical Bestiary, Raptor Physiology and Feline Physiology.

Also Called

  • Griffin Mimicry
  • Griffon Mimicry/Physiology
  • Gryphon Mimicry/Physiology


The user is or has the ability to take on the form of a Griffin, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Most griffins also have bird-like talons, although in some older illustrations griffins have a lion's forelimbs (and are technically called opinicus), they generally only have a lion's hindquarters. The eagle's head is conventionally given prominent ears; these are sometimes described as the lion's ears but are often elongated (more like a horse's) and sometimes feathered.

A griffin without wings, or a wingless eagle-headed lion, is called an alce or a keythong.

Griffins are most often interpreted as the noblest of creatures, symbolizing courage and vigilance repeatedly (similar to how eagles and lions symbolize leadership and courage, respectfully) throughout popular culture and other media.




Known Users

See Also: Our Gryphons Are Different.

  • Eyrie (Neopets)
  • Branston (Neopets)
  • Lord Kass (Neopets)
  • Griffin (Marvel)
  • Gryphon (Alice In Wonderland)
  • Griffins (My Little Pony Friendship is Magic)
    • Gilda
    • Gabby
    • Gustave le Grand
  • Buckbeak/Witherwings (Harry Potter)
  • Oscar (Beauchamp Family Series)
  • Ingrid Beauchamp (Beauchamp Family Series) when shapeshifting into Oscar
  • Freak (Kane Chronicles)
  • Gryphonmon (Digimon)
  • Hippogriffomon (Digimon)
  • Halsemon (Digimon)
  • Sonic Boom (Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure)
  • Daughter (Star Wars The Clone Wars)
  • Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Graer (World of Quest)
  • Griffin (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Griffins (Sofia the First)
    • Jasper
    • Onyx
    • Opal
  • Griffins (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Opinicus (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad)
  • Byron (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
  • Griffins (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Hippogriffs (Harry Potter)
  • Merv Griffin (Hercules: The Animated Series)


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