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Shapeshifting
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Miss Martian (Young Justice) shapeshifts into another form.

Power/Ability to:

transform and reshape ones form.

The power to transform and reshape the form of one's body.

Also Called

  • Biological Alteration
  • Changing
  • Copying
  • Metamorphing
  • Metamorphosis
  • Morphing
  • Morphological Being
  • Nanomorphing
  • Omni-Mimicry
  • Polymorphing
  • Shape-Shifting
  • Transformation

Capabilities

The user can shapeshift their form, transforming and reshaping down to the genetic and cellular structure. They can impersonate others or enhance one's body to combat, either by turning into animal, monsters or make the body stronger. Users with particularly flexible abilities can manipulate their form at will, combining abilities, traits, etc, even being able to form limbs into weapons and reforming after being blown apart by explosives.

Techniques

Variations

Associations

Limitations

  • Users may revert back to original form when unconscious.
  • Users may require visual or genetic source material for a copy to be made.
  • May be limited on how long transformation can last.
  • May be unable to add mass, thus maintaining the physical capabilities of it's original form.
    • May have to stay near their own size.
  • May have trouble with returning to original form.
  • May be limited to humanoid shapes (human, werebeasts, etc).
  • May retain characteristics of their original form in their new shape (i.e., color scheme, birthmarks, scars, etc.).
  • May not be able to change genetic coding (meaning blood type, gender and DNA coding), though this does not limit the user from changing into an animal, liquid form, and such.
  • Staying extended periods in single form may start affecting the users behavior or even make them forget their true self.
  • Some users may be able to change forms (categorized as humans, cats, weapons, a body of water, etc.), but cannot shape that form into their own customization; instead, it must match their original form's shape.
    • Such shape that cannot be altered include genetic coding (gender, hair color, blood type), physical appearance (such as a girl cannot change her facial or body structure to resemble another girl's, and while she can change into a cat her fur pattern is based on her own form) and design (such as the girl changing her body into a sword but cannot customize its design for decorative effects).
    • This may not include the user's age, as it is an aspect of their original form.
  • Users of Shapeshifting Awareness will see their real forms.
  • Users of Absolute Restoration may forcefully revert the user to their real/previous form.

Known Users

Comics

  • Mystique (Marvel)
  • Morph (Marvel)
  • Meggan (Marvel)
  • Mercury (Marvel)
  • Rubbermaid (Marvel)
  • Morph (Marvel)
  • Mimic (Marvel)
  • Spanner (Marvel)
  • Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)
  • Symbiotes (Marvel)
  • Skrull race (excluding Titannus) (Marvel)
    • Super Skrull
    • Paibok the Power Skrull
    • Lyja the Lserfist
    • X-Skrull
    • Xavin
  • Apocalypse (Marvel)
  • The Chitauri (Marvel)
  • Gorgeous George (Marvel)
  • Mr. Sinister (Marvel)
  • Wolfsbane (Marvel)
  • Azazel (Marvel)
  • Meggan (Marvel)
  • Quasar (Marvel)
  • Beast Boy/Changeling (DC)
  • Martian Manhunter (DC)
  • Plastic Man (DC)
  • Hydro Man (Marvel)
  • Iceman (" Marvel")
  • Sandman (Marvel)
  • Madame Rouge (DC)
  • Gemini (DC)
  • Inque (DC)
  • Spidercide (Marvel)
  • Golani (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures)
  • Catilin Fairchild (Wildstorm Comics)
  • Clayface (DC)
  • Aspen Matthews (Fathom)
  • Erin (Nightschool)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Dream of the Endless (Sandman)
  • Tanya (Batman & Dracula: Red Rain)
  • Metamorpho (DC Comics)
  • Albireo Imma; (Negima! Magister Negi Magi); via "To Fyuron To Biographiconis"
  • Spiral (Marvel)
  • Icon (DC)
  • Horror (Skywald Publications)
  • Mysterio (Marvel); via holograms
  • Chameleon (Marvel)
  • Chelsea (Akame Ga Kill); via Gaea Foundation
  • Inari Fushimi (Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha)
  • Amatsu-Mikaboshi (Marvel)

Games

  • Alex Mercer (Prototype)
  • James Heller (Prototype 2)
  • Mew (Pokémon); via Transform
  • Ditto (Pokémon)
  • Deoxys (Pokémon)
  • Giratina (Pokémon); only if holding a Griseous Orb or in its own dimension
  • Rotom (Pokémon); while it is inside electronics
  • Castform (Pokémon); Shape-shifts when weather changes
  • Burmy (Pokémon); changes its cloak according to its environment
  • Shaymin (Pokémon); changes to Sky form while holding a Gracidea Flower during 4am to 8 pm
  • Darmanitan (Pokémon); Changes to Zen Mode when actives its ability
  • Deerling (Pokémon); Changes to different forms according to actual season
  • Sawsbuck (Pokémon); Changes to different forms according to actual season
  • Meloetta (Pokémon); Changes to other forms when uses a special move
  • Cherrim (Pokémon); Changes to Sunshine Form when weather is sunny
  • Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat)
  • Shinnok (Mortal Kombat)
  • Smoke (Mortal Kombat)
  • Noob Saibot (Mortal Kombat)
  • Abyss (Marvel Vs. Capcom)
  • Seth (Street Fighter)
  • Twelve (Street Fighter)
  • Bad Ash (Evil Dead: Hail to the King)
  • Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Chaos (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Metal Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Black Doom (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Jenova (Final Fantasy)
  • ExDeath (Final Fantasy)
  • Eddie (Guilty Gear)
  • Dizzy (Guilty Gear)
  • Arakune (Blazblue)
  • Link (Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess​)
  • Ganondorf (Legend of Zelda)
  • Vaati (Legend of Zelda)
  • Mimi (Super Paper Mario)
  • Dark Matter (Kirby series)
  • Kirby (Kirby series)
  • Jedah (Darkstalkers)
  • Jon Talbain (Darkstalkers)
  • Felicia (Darkstalkers)
  • Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers)
  • Axl (Mega Man X)
  • Colonel Redips (Mega Man X)
  • Sigma (Mega Man X)
  • Master Albert (Mega Man ZX Advent); via Model A
  • Grey and Ashe (Mega Man ZX Advent)
  • Arturo Plateado (Bleach series)
  • Umbra Witches (Bayonetta)
  • Kameo (Kameo: Elements of Power)
  • Double (Skullgirls)
  • Nightmare (Soul series)
  • Clonus (Bio FREAKS)
  • Alucard (Castlevania)
  • Nyx (Nexus Wars)
  • Bowser (SSBB); becomes Giga Bowser
  • Wario (SSBB); becomes Super Wario
  • Shadow Bugs (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
  • Gandrayda (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
  • Sonic (Sonic The Hedgehog) Becomes Super Sonic.
  • Lucifer/Louis Cyphre/Louisa Ferre (Shin Megami Tensei)
  • Seraph/Schrodinger (Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga)
  • NiGHTS (NiGHTS Journey into Dreams)
  • Morrigan (Dragon Age)
  • Alpha-152 (Dead or Alive)
  • The Spy (Team Fortress 2); Changes into a class of the opposing team via the Disguise Kit
  • Narud (Starcraft)

Novels

  • Catepillar (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Daniel X
  • Fanoxean (The Young Guardians)
  • Witches and Wizards who use the Polyjuice Potion (Harry Potter)
  • Nymphadora Tonks (Harry Potter)
  • Saint Dane (Pendragon)
  • Animorphs (Animorphs)
    • Animorphs team
    • Visser Three
    • Visser One
    • Andalites
      • Aximili Essgarouth-Isthill
  • Angel (Maximum Ride)
  • Clay mane (Mane-online)
  • Setr (Wizard Knight)
  • Gylf (Wizard Knight)
  • Mr. Nobody (Wild Cards)
  • Shape-shifters and shape-shifter-chameleons (Shadow Falls)
    • Perry Gomez
    • Roberto Esparza
    • Kevin
  • Yorath Yewbeam (Charlie Bone)
  • Yolanda Yewbeam (Charlie Bone)
  • Frank Zhang (The Heroes of Olympus)
  • Dworkin (Chronicles of Amber)
  • Oberon (Chronicles of Amber)
  • People from the courts of Chaos (Chronicles of Amber)
  • Some demons (Chronicles of Amber)
    • Gryll (Chronicles of Amber)
    • Kergma (Chronicles of Amber)

Manga & Anime

  • Envy (Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood)
  • Loyd Lloyd (Bleach)
  • Royd Lloyd (Bleach)
  • Macao Conbolt (Fairy Tail)
  • Mirajane (Fairy Tail)
  • Lisanna (Fairy Tail)
  • Elfman (Fairy Tail)
  • Kanchome (Zatch Bell)
  • Neo Organism (Kamen Rider)
  • Mr. 2 Bon Clay (One Piece); via Mane Mane no Mi
  • Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece); via Hito Hito no Mi
    • Other characters that also have the power of a Zoan Type Devil Fruit
  • Medusa Gorgon (Soul Eater)
  • Arachne (Soul Eater)
  • Eruka Frog (Soul Eater)
  • Mizune(s) (Soul Eater)
  • Free (Soul Eater)
  • Blair (Soul Eater)
  • Mosquito (Soul Eater)
  • Him (Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z)
  • Eve (Black Cat)
  • Makora (Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
  • Golden Darkness (To Love-Ru)
  • Mea Kurosaki (To Love-Ru Darkness)
  • Lulu Bell (D.Gray-Man)
  • Siren/Ellen Kurokawa (Suite PreCure); until she became Cure Beat
  • Milk (Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!)
  • Coco (Precure 5! & Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!!)
  • Syrup (Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!)
  • Nutts (PreCure 5! & Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!!)
  • Coup (HeartCatch PreCure)
  • Pop (Smile Precure)
  • Naraku (Inuyasha/Inuyasha: The Final Act)
  • Kurumi Isoshima (Mahou Sensou)
  • Porno Diane (Bastard!!)

Western Animation & TV Shows

  • Victoria Morrow (No Ordinary Family)
  • Lucas (Los Protegidos)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Chameleon Bot (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Moby Morpher users (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Casey (Phantom Investigators)
  • Pretender (Transformers)
  • James Martin (Heroes)
  • Sylar (Heroes)
  • Shapeshifters (Supernatural)
  • Ghouls (Supernatural)
  • Leviathans (Supernatural)
  • Alpha (Ben 10-Generator Rex: Heroes United)
  • Tina Greer (Smallville)
  • Shapeshifters (Charmed)
  • Chameleon Demons (Charmed)
  • Eames (Charmed)
  • Vida Rocca (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Sam Merriott (True Blood)
  • Tommy Micken (True Blood)
  • Melinda Micken (True Blood)
  • Daphanne (True Blood)
  • Luna (True Blood)
  • Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Mumm-Ra (Thundercats)
  • Ivan Hernandez (Dream Team) (Lycan)
  • Inque (DCAU)
  • Terra (Cybersix)
  • Mirage (Aladdin: the Animated Series)
  • Chaos (Aladdin: the Animated Series)
  • Galatea (Hercules: the Animated Series)
  • Putty Thing (The Mask: The Animated Series)
  • Alex Mack (The Secret World of Alex Mack)
  • Amorpho (Danny Phantom)
  • Bertrand (Danny Phantom)
  • Jake The Dog (Adventure Time)
  • Marceline the Vampire Queen (Adventure Time)
  • First Evil (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Dracula (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Alucard (Hellsing)
  • Kat (Kid vs. Kat)
  • The Mummy (Ben 10); limited
  • Ben Tennyson (Ben 10); via Omnitrix
  • Goop (Ben 10)
  • Sludgepuppies (Ben 10)
  • Odo (Star Trek)
  • The Q (Star Trek)
  • Brian (My Parents Are Aliens)
  • Sophie (My Parents Are Aliens)
  • Eddie Van Blundht (The X-Files)
  • Lucy (MisFits)
  • Changerella (Supernormal)
  • Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Queen Regina (Once Upon A Time)
  • Cora (Once Upon A Time)
  • Rumpelstiltskin (Once Upon A Time)
  • Ariel (Once Upon A Time)
  • Ursula (Once Upon A Time)
  • Rex Salazar (Generator Rex)
  • Van Kleiss (Generator Rex)
  • Circe (Generator Rex)
  • Skalamander (Generator Rex)
  • John Scarecrow (Generator Rex)
  • Megabyte (ReBoot)
  • Carl, the Evil Cockroach Wizard (Yin Yang Yo!)
  • Saranoia (Yin Yang Yo!)
  • G.P. (Yin Yang Yo!)
  • Molecu-Lars (Yin Yang Yo!)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • The Flesh (Doctor Who)
  • Jenny (Doctor Who)
  • Amy Pond Ganger (Doctor Who)
  • Gangers (Doctor Who)
  • Prisoner Zero (Doctor Who)
  • Him (Powerpuff Girls)
  • Nergal (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
  • Nergal Jr. (The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy)
  • Geeker (Project G.K.R.)
  • Spongbob Squarepants (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Mirage (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • Replica (Static Shock)
  • Doug (Regular Show)
  • X.A.N.A. (Code Lyoko); via polymorphic specters
  • Whitney Stane/Madame Mask (Iron Man: Armored Adventures); via holographic disguise mask
  • Tagabantay (100 Days To Heaven)
  • Changelings (My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic)
  • Queen Chrysalis (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Meatwad (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
  • Clayton (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Skrulls (The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes)
  • Demons and Fallens (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Ray (The Haunted Hathaways)
  • Louie (The Haunted Hathaways)
  • Glenda (The Haunted Hathaways)

Films

  • Genie (Aladdin)
  • Jafar (Aladdin)
  • Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Pain & Panic (Hercules)
  • Principal Powers (Sky High); only into a comet of astral energy
  • Carbon Copy Kid (Sky High); can change his appearance
  • Jak-Jak (The Incredibles)
  • Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
  • Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
  • Khan (Paradox Saga)
  • most Head Archangels (Paradox Saga)
  • Cleopatra VII (Paradox Saga)
  • T-1000 (Terminator 2)
  • T-X (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Jareth, the Goblin King (Labyrinth)
  • Dracula (Dracula)
  • Quileute tribe (The Twilight Saga)
  • The Thing (The Thing film)

Other

  • Iparu (Chaotic)
  • Bluehog (Bluehog Gaming Studio)
  • Doppelgangers (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Jon Scarecrow (Generator Rex)
  • Matau (BIONICLE); via Mask of Shapeshifting
  • Amy (The Medusa Project)
  • Melona (Queen's Blade)
  • Josh Davis (Heroes Istory: Slow Burn)

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