"Donna: What's Vashta Nerada?
The Doctor: It's what's in the dark. It's what's always in the dark. "
― Doctor Who

The power to transform into or have a physical body made up of shadows. Technique of Darkness Manipulation. Variation of Elemental Mimicry. Not to be confused with Dark Form. Opposite to Light Mimicry.

Also Called

  • Living Shadow
  • Shade
  • Shadow Form/Physiology
  • Umbral Physiology
  • Umbrakinetic Physiology


User is made up of or can transform their body completely into shadows. Users' transformed form is either anatomically identical to their normal form, aside of being made of shadow, in which case, it contains all organs and is somewhat vulnerable to attacks. Alternately, the user can transform into homogenous matter, without any part of their form being more important than the other.

The user can assume a two-dimensional form, extend outward to become a larger shadow, blend into shadows completely, or even teleport through them.

Although not part of Energy Physiology, this power shares much with it:

Nigh Formed Shadow Beings are or can change into mostly physical beings, with the shadows flowing through their being, fortifying their cells, bones and muscles. Their power is mostly focused to their bodies and while they gain some amount of energy-attacks, the changes and applications are mostly internal.

Full-Formed Shadow Beings are completely formed of shadows, without anything truly left from their physical form. They gain impressive control over their form and vast capacity to expel energy in various ways.


Nigh Formed Shadow Beings

Full-Formed Shadow Beings





  • May be harmed by light.
  • May be affected by light as if it was physical force.
  • Light Manipulation and other effects that create bright light are especially effective against the user.
  • May be limited to moving like a normal shadow, on solid surfaces.
  • Complete darkness prevents shadows from forming.

Known Users

See Also: Living Shadow.


  • The Shadow Card (CardCaptor Sakura)
  • Rui Hachiōji (Code: Breaker)
  • Saechika (Code: Breaker)
  • Rogue Cheney (Fairy Tail)
  • Kageyama (Fairy Tail)
  • Chase (Fairy Tail)
  • Gajeel Redfox (Fairy Tail); via Iron Shadow Dragon Mode
  • Kagerō (Flame of Recca)
  • Pride (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Alucard (Hellsing Series)
  • Chandra (Kubera)
  • One-Eyed Shadow (Sidekicks)
  • Jiraiya (Naruto)
  • Misty (Super Doll Licca-chan)
  • Gekko Moriah (One Piece)
  • Nightmare (Paradox Saga)
  • Sarutoru (Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine)
  • Rionette (Rave Master)
  • Makora (Samurai Deeper Kyo)
  • Varete (Witch Hunter)
  • Polpo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure); via Black Sabbath

Video Games

  • Makuta Teridax (Bionicle)
  • Irnakk (Bionicle)
  • Mask of Life (Bionicle)
  • Shadow (Disciples)
  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)
  • Shadow Heartless (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Cynder (Legend of Spyro)
  • Gabriel Reyes/Reaper (Overwatch)
  • Gengar (Pokémon)
  • Darkrai (Pokémon)
  • Cynder (Skylanders)
  • Trap Shadow (Skylanders: Swap Force)
  • Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Midna (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
  • Noob Saibot (Mortal Kombat)
  • Zato-1 (Guilty Gear)
  • Shadow (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Dawn (Contrast)
  • Demon Hunters (Diablo III)
  • Emily Kaldwin (Dishonored 2)


  • Torivors (Beyonders)
  • Shadow Thief (DC Comics)
  • Obsidian (DC Comics)
  • Specter (Marvel Comics)
  • Shadow (Starcraft II: Soits)
  • James Herondale (The Last Hours)
  • Shadow (Angel Wars: Guardian Force)


  • Shadow (Xiaolin Chronicles)
  • Faraboo the Caretaker (Aladdin TV series)
  • Ebon/Ivan Evans (Static Shock)
  • Shadowkhan (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Stygian/Pony of Shadows (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Shade Demons (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Shade (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Shadow Creatures (Martin Mystery)
    • Barok the Faceless one
  • Tinker Bell (Winx Club)
  • Shadow creatures (Winx Club)
  • Shadowman (Dynomutt, Dog Wonder)


  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)
  • Whisp (Monster High: 13 Wishes)
  • Pitch Black (Rise of the Guardians)


  • Hades (Percy Jackson)
  • Valkyrie Cain (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Solomon Wreath (Skulduggery Pleasant)

Tabletop Games

  • Shadow Dragons (AD&D)
    • Aurgloroasa
    • Shimmergloom


  • Shadow (Bear in the Big Blue House)
  • Shadow Kin (Class)
    • Corakinus
  • Randy Klein (Smallville)


  • SCP-017 - Shadow Person (SCP Foundation)
  • SCP-122-1 - No More Monsters (SCP Foundation)
  • SCP-280 - Eyes in the Dark (SCP Foundation)
  • SCP-1983-2 - Doorway to Nowhere (SCP Foundation)
  • The Nightlanders (Fear Mythos)