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― Infamous line from a North American Splatoon commercial
"Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it."
― Arthur Dent, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The power to use the abilities of animals. Technique of Animal Manipulation. Variation of Biomorphing. Not to be confused with Animal Imitation.

Also Called

  • Animal Form/Mimicry/Physiology/Shapeshifting
  • Animal Megamorphing/Metamorphosis/Metamorphing
  • Animality (Mortal Kombat)
  • Animorph/Animorphing/Animorphism
  • Beast Within (Bayonetta)
  • Faunal Form/Morphing
  • Skinwalker Effect
  • Therianthropy
  • Zoomorphosis


The user with this ability either is or can transform into animals, whether partially or completely, as well as use the abilities, traits and appearance/physiology of animals by rearranging their own DNA structure. They are able to transform into animals that exist, alien animals and/or animals that are extinct, such as Dinosaurs.

The user may have this ability from an empty genetic code, allowing them to accept any form from which they have a DNA sample, others may be able to alter their form mentally and change just by seeing and mimicking animal features.


  • Transform into animals.
  • Posses the special abilities of animals.







  • May have a limited selection of predetermined animal forms to take.
  • May require a visual memory or genetic sample of target animal through touch or assimilation.
  • Incapable to transform into inanimate objects, or anything else other than animals.
  • May take on memories or characteristics of morphed or assimilated animals.
  • May not maintain human mentality.
  • May not be able to speak in a human language.
  • May not be able to combine several animal forms.
  • May not be able to morph directly from one animal to another.
  • May not be able to completely change one's DNA.
  • May be vulnerable to Taming.
  • Staying long in specific form may affect users mind/thought processes and/or make it harder to return into original form.

Known Users

See Also: Animorphism.



  • Animorphs (Animorphs)
  • Tom Berenson (Animorphs)
  • Andalites (Animorphs)
  • Some Controllers (Animorphs)
  • Animagi (Harry Potter); only able to turn into one kind of animal per person
  • Frank Zhang (Heroes of Olympus)
  • Samirah Al-abbas (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
  • Alex Fierro (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
  • Angel (Maximum Ride)
  • Shapeshifters and Shapeshifter-Chameleons (Shadow Falls)
    • Perry Gomez
    • Kevin
    • Roberto Esparza
    • Steve
    • Nikki
  • Fluxers (Upside-Down Magic)
  • Mythic Animal Clans (Geronimo Stilton: The Dragon of Fortune)
  • Ymbrynes (Peculiar Children Series); only able to turn into one kind of bird per person
  • Beorn (The Hobbit)
  • Shifters, Werewolves, Werepanthers (The Southern Vampire Mysteries; True Blood)

Live Television/Movies

  • Pain and Panic (Disney’s Hercules)
  • Hus (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Dracula (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Kumiko Ishihara (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight)
  • New Vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten)
  • Hannah Webster (Charmed)
  • Dracula (Dracula)
  • John McKenna (Forest Warrior)
  • Werewolf (Lost Tapes)
  • Skinwalker (Lost Tapes)
  • Alan Diaz (Mighty Med)
  • Magenta (Sky High); only able to turn into a black/purple guinea pig
  • Cara Cruz (Wansapanataym)
  • Wendy Beauchamp (Witches of East End); only able to turn into a black cat
  • Isis (Witches of East End); only able to turn into a rat
  • Ralph (Twice Upon a Time)
  • Maui (Moana); via Maui's Fish Hook
  • The Shadow Master (Round the Twist); only able to turn into a black cat
  • Grace Choi (Arrowverse/Black Lightning)


  • Secre Swallowtail/Nero (Black Clover)
  • Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach); black cat
  • Sister Jill (Cutey Honey)
  • Lisanna Strauss (Fairy Tail)
  • Roa (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Heinkel (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Darius (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Zampano (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Jerso (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Kars (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: Battle Tendency)
  • Diego Brando ("JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part VII: Steel Ball Run") via Scary Monster
  • Sablé Prince (Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru); Snake or frog
  • Therianthropes (Killing Bites)
  • Babbo (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Users of Pactio's (Negima)
  • Kusuo Saiki (Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan)
  • Zoan Devil Fruit Users (One Piece)
  • Genma Saotome (Ranma 1/2); panda
  • Shampoo (Ranma 1/2); cat
  • Mousse (Ranma 1/2); duck
  • Ryoga Hibiki (Ranma 1/2); black pig
  • Atsushi (Bungou Stray Dogs)
  • Regina Olympia Folnar (Swordsman of Magic Technique School and Summoned Vasreus)
  • Baek Yoon-Ho (Solo Leveling)


  • Merlock (Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp)
  • Jackie Frost and Northwind (Ever After High)
  • Bunny Blanc (Ever After High); rabbit
  • Hopper Croakington II (Ever After High); frog
  • Fairies (Fairly Odd Parents)
  • Kratt Brothers (Wild Kratts); via Creature Power Suits
  • Johnny Test/Johnny X (Johnny Test)
  • Troy Winter/Extroyer (Max Steel 2013 TV series)
  • Animan (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Fei/Renren (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir); via Prodigious
  • Maui (Moana)
  • Joy Lefrog (Regal Academy)
  • Orm (The Snow Queen)
  • Kevin Reynolds (Supernoobs)
  • Shifter (Ultimen)
  • Kalshara (Winx Club)
  • Transformers (Beast Wars/Beast Machines)
  • Dinobots (Transformers G1); dinosaurs
  • Dinobots (Robots In Disguise); dinosaurs
  • Predacons (Transformers Prime)
    • Predaking
    • Darksteel
    • Skylinx
  • Formlings (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Twitch (Sofia the First)
  • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 TV series); only in the game "Super Quest".
  • Merlin (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Kevin Reynolds(Supernoobs)
  • Koala Princess (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes); koala
  • Kipo Oak (Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts)
  • Song Oak (Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts)
  • Catra (She-Ra: Princess of Power)
  • Maggie Nelson/Mosaic (Stan Lee's Mosaic)
  • Jade Chan/Amazing T-Girl (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Changerella (Supernormal)
  • Shifter (Justice League Unlimited/DC Animated Universe/DCAU)
  • Tetlepanquetzal (The League of 5)
  • The Changeling (Rugrats)

Tabletop Games

  • Druids (Dungeons and Dragons); via Wild Shape
  • Lycanthropes (Dungeons and Dragons)

Video Games

  • Luke Custer (Altered Beast 2005)
  • Umbra Witches (Bayonetta); via Beast Within
  • Druid class (Diablo II: Lord of Destruction)
  • Kameo (Kameo: Elements of Power)
  • The Fighters (all versions of Mortal Kombat 3); via Animality
  • Kotal Kahn (Mortal Kombat 11)
  • Shantae (Shantae)
  • Bat Spin (Skylanders); giant bat
  • Chaos (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Inklings (Splatoon); squids
    • Agent 3
    • Agent 4
  • Octolings (Splatoon); octopuses
    • Agent 8
  • Rin Kaenbyou (Touhou Project)
  • Spectral Knights and Darkling Lords (Visionaries)
  • Druid class (World of Warcraft)

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