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"When the history of my glory is written, your species shall only be a footnote to my magnificence."
― SHODAN, System Shock 2

The power to transform into or have a physical body made of shapeshifting nanomachines. The physiology version of Nanite Manipulation. Not to be confused with Nanite Mimicry

Also Called

  • Microbot Physiology
  • Nanite Physiology
  • Nano Shifting
  • Nanomachine Physiology
  • Nanorobot Physiology


User is made up of or can transform their body completely into intelligent adaptive nanomachines they can manipulate in any way they see fit.

This allows them to morph into any form of technology (devices, vehicles, etc), reconstruct/replicate themselves, adapt to threats and hostile environments, perform advanced analysis, take control of technological structures, and assimilate surrounding materials to upload structural information and produce more nanomachines.




  • Depending on purpose, the user's nanomachines may have limited transformative uses.
  • User may be weak against electricity and magnetism.
  • User may lose track of their humanity, gradually becoming entirely machine.
  • User may be vulnerable to high elemental conditions, though countermeasures are possible.

Known Users

  • Cyborg Superman (DC Comics)
  • The Engineer (Stormwatch)
  • Zero/One (Marvel)
  • Omega Sentinel (Marvel)
  • SHODAN (System Shock series)
  • Brainiac (DC); advanced versions
  • Human-Form Replicators (Stargate SG-1)
  • Asurans (Stargate Atlantis)
  • Fleet of Fog (Arpeggio of Blue Steel): Mental Model
  • Upgrade (Ben 10)
  • Hive Queen (Ben 10: Alien Swarm)
  • Nanomech (Ben 10)
  • T-1000 Terminator Model (Terminator)
  • T-3000 Terminator Model (Terminator)
  • T-5000 Terminator Model (Terminator)
  • T-X Terminator Model (Terminator)
  • Rex Salazar (Generator Rex)
  • E.V.O./Exponentially Variegated Organism (Generator Rex)
  • Galvatron (Transformers 4: Age of Extinction)
  • Stinger (Transformers 4: Age of Extinction)
  • The Walrider (Outlast)
  • Nanobot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series)


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