"In that room, my mother came to me. But it was not her. It was something else."
"Ah. My son, I suspect. We can take many forms. The shapes we embody are merely a reflection of the life force around us."
― Anakin and The Father (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

The ability to have an appearance that differs to those that look at them.

Also Called

  • Eyes of the Beholder
  • Perceptive Appearance
  • Selective Appearance
  • Subjective Appearance Shift


The user's appearance differs depending on who sees them, on what the user would look like according to seers tastes and/or experiences. The perceived appearance varies from person to person, and can include changes in race, voice, and mannerisms to present anything from an ideal figurehead to someone most hated by viewer.

Applications (All perceived by Others)



  • User does not know what they will appear to be by another.
  • Though the user's appearance and mannerisms can be perceived as different, their true mind or identity can be uncovered as inconsistent from their appearance through Telepathy.
  • Users of Reality Perception can perceive the true/original form.

Known Users

See Also: A Form You Are Comfortable With.

  • The Contemelians (Ben 10)
  • Goddess of Destiny (Brave Story)
  • The Endless (DC Comics/Vertigo); limited to appearing as a member of one's species
  • Buick 8 (From a Buick 8)
  • Weird Sisters (Gargoyles)
  • Tsubasa Kounan (Girls Saurus)
  • Most Deities (Greek Mythology)
  • Mother of Creation (Image Comic)
  • Xion (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Shirohime (Lance N' Masques)
  • Honest John (Marvel Comics); limited to appearing as one's definition of a great leader
  • Galactus (Marvel Comics); limited to appearing as a being perceivable to one's species
  • Meggan (Marvel Comics); via empathy
  • Gaea the goddess of Earth (Marvel Comics); appears in the form of however image she was worshiped as by whatever race on earth even simultaneously
  • Santa Claus (Marvel Comics)
  • Poisons (Marvel Comics); limited to appearing as a single target's loved ones
  • Aphrodite (Percy Jackson series); limited to appearing as one's personal description of beauty
  • Nemesis (Percy Jackson series); limited to appearing as whoever one wishes to get revenge on the most
  • It (Stephen King's It)
  • Yuuko Kanoe (Tasogare Otome × Amnesia); limited to appearing as one's greater fear
  • Chandra (Top Cow); limited to appearing as one's description of the most beautiful women
  • High Succubus (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Wilfred (Wilfred)

Known Locations

  • Cynosure/The Meeting Hall (Forgotten Realms)