"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 Edit
Eyes of the Beholder
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) Edit
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.
Known Users Edit
Xion's (Kingdom Hearts) appearance varies depending on who perceives her, with Roxas and Axel seeing her as a black-haired girl...
...and Xigbar seeing her as Ventus.
Honest John (Marvel Comics) is able to appear to others in the form of what appeals to their individual tastes of what they consider a great leader.
How Yuuko Kanoe (Tasogare Otome × Amnesia) can be seen depends on the person who perceives her.
Gaea the goddess of Earth (Marvel) has been known by many names in 616 earth history she appears in the form of however image she was worshiped as by whatever race on earth even simultaneously
Pennywise/It (Stephen King's It) often changes appearance depending on who is viewing It and what the victim is afraid of most...
...while the form of a giant spider is the closest approximation the human mind can comprehend to Its true form.
Aphrodite (Percy Jackson series)
The Weird Sisters (Gargoyles) are able to disguise themselves, their disguised appearances differing to those that see them...
...looking like a group of schoolgirls to Goliath...
...and a group of elderly gargoyles to Demona
Being personifications, the Seven Endless (DC/Vertigo) all look different depending on those who see them depending on their species, culture, etc.
High Succubus's (Valkyrie Crusade) appearance is dependant of other's desires, appearing to someone as what they desire to see.
Though often depicted as Caucasian in appearance, Santa Claus (Marvel) actually appears to most people in their own racial features, though he usually retains his white hair and beard