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Spirit Physiology
The ghost of Hamlet's father appearing before him.

Power/Ability To:

take on the characteristics of a spirit

Power to use the abilities of spirit. Variation of Mythic Physiology.

Also Called

  • Spectral Being
  • Spirit Form/Mimicry


User with this ability either is or can transform into a spirit: a supernatural and conscious (although not necessarily sentient) being that in its normal state is incorporeal, invisible and immaterial. Many spirits are able to materialize either by shifting into a more solid form or by taking a vessel to give them physical shape, which can be done either by possessing an already existing form (either a living being or an object) or by animating and wrapping part of the environment "around" them.

There are several types of spirits, ranging from the souls of dead (ghosts) to the spirits of places, objects, concepts and/or elements. Several forms of magic center around contacting and bargaining with spirits.



Ghost Physiology: spirits/souls of the dead, often bound to stay until certain conditions are met. This can vary from honorable burial, unfinished business/revenge or self-appointed duties. Ancestral spirits are part of this group, given their involvement/ties with their families.

Spirits of Nature: manifestations/embodiments of natural phenomena, places, elements or animals.

Poltergeist Physiology - Spirits that haunt a person rather than a location, who destroy things for no reason and get more violent the more they are ignored.



  • Certain forms of magic and technology allow their users to control and/or imprison spirits.
  • May be vulnerable to any abilities that affect spirits such as a Spirit Barrier or Exorcism.

Known Users


  • Deadman (DC Comics)
  • Gentleman Ghost (DC Comics)
  • Phantom Girl (DC Comics)
  • The Vision (Marvel Comics)


  • Ian Stone (The Deaths of Ian Stone)
  • Hexxus (Ferngully: The Last Rainforest)
  • Mofasa (The Lion King)
  • The Twins (Matrix Reloaded)


  • Ghosts (Harry Potter)
  • Peeves (Harry Potter)
  • Ghosts (Mostly Ghostly)
    • Nikki
    • Tara
  • Alther Mella (Septimus Heap)
  • Ghosts (Shadow Falls)
    • Fanny Mildred Bogart
    • Hannah Brandon
    • Daniel Brighten
    • Lucinda Esparza
    • Ima
    • Catherine O'Connell
    • Cindy Shaffer
    • Heidi Summers
  • Meg Finn (The Wish List)

Live Action TV

  • Spirits (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
  • Spirits (Charmed)
  • Ghosts (The Haunted Hathaways)
    • Glenda
    • Louie
    • Miles
    • Ray
  • Ghosts (Julie and the Phantoms)
    • Daniel
    • Demétrius
    • Felix
    • Martim
  • Spirits (Supernatural)

Live Action Web Series


  • Black Cat (Corpse Princess)
  • Ghosts (Ghost Stories)
  • Kinu Himuro "Okinu" (Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
  • Dan Katō (Naruto)
  • Brook (One Piece)
  • Mordred (Seikoku no Dragonar)
  • Spirits (Shaman King)
  • Spirits (Spirited Away)
  • Dual Monster Spirits (Yu-Gi-Oh series)

Video Games

Western Animation

  • Carrie (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Ectonurites (Ben 10)
  • Necrofriggians (Ben 10)
  • Ghosts (Casper the Friendly Ghost)
    • Casper
  • Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
  • Half Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
    • Danny Fenton/Phantom
    • Dani Phantom
    • Vlad Masters/Plasimus
  • Ghost (Iron Man: Armoured Adventures)
  • Spectra Vondergeist (Monster High)
  • Ace Balthazar (Regular Show)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)




Live Action TV


Video Games

Western Animation

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