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Shadow Mimicry
Obsidian 009
Obsidian (DC Comics) can merge with his own shadow to become a living shadow.

Power/Ability to:

Have a body made up of shadows

The power to transform into or have a physical body made up of shadows. Variation of Elemental Mimicry, technique of Darkness Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Shade
  • Shadow Form/Physiology
  • Umbral Physiology


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

The user can assume a 2D 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:

User that is Nigh Formed Shadow Beings are or can change into mostly physical beings, with the energy 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.

User that is Full-Formed Shadow Beings are completely formed of energy, 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 moving like a normal shadow, on solid surfaces.
  • Complete darkness prevents shadows from forming.

Known Users


  • 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)
  • 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)

Video Games/Toys

  • Makuta Teridax (Bionicle)
  • Irnakk (Bionicle)
  • Mask of Life (Bionicle)
  • Shadow (Disciples)
  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)
  • Shadow Heartless (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Cynder (Legend of Spyro)
  • Whisp (Monster High)
  • Gengar (Pokémon)
  • Darkrai (Pokémon)
  • Trap Shadow (Skylanders: Swap Force)
  • Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Midna (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
  • Zato-1 (Guilty Gear)
  • Shadow (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Dawn (Contrast)


  • Shadow (Bear in the Big Blue House)
  • Torivors (Beyonders)
  • Shadow Thief (DC Comics)
  • Obsidian (DC Comics)
  • Specter (Marvel Comics)
  • Shadow (Starcraft II: Soits)
  • Ebon/Ivan Evans (Static Shock)
  • James Herondale (The Last Hours)
  • Shadow (Angel Wars: Guardian Force)
  • Shadow (Xiaolin Chronicles)


  • Faraboo the Caretaker (Aladdin: the Animated Series)
  • Shadowkhan (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Shade Demons (American Dragon: Jake Long)


  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)
  • Shade (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • 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


  • Randy Klein (Smallville)


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