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"Well technically alive, implies the existence of a soul, free will, and the ability to enjoy fondue. I would just call this animated."
― Doofenshmirtz explaining how his Animate-Inator works (Milo Murphy's Law)

The power to animate inanimate targets. Sub-power of Life-Force Manipulation. Not to be confused with Life Creation or Sentience Inducement. Opposite to Inanimation.

Also Called[]

  • Animatopathy
  • Animate Projection
  • Effigy Animation/Animatopathy
  • Life to the Lifeless
  • Motion to the Motionless


The user can give life to inanimate objects/matter/energy/concepts, animating them to act/move on their own accord. Though capable of operating purely independent of their animator's control, they can still function as extensions of their will, allowing the animator to potentially be able to command, control and otherwise influence them to varying degrees, which can even include causing the target to fly on their own power. In some cases, the user's power over their material can allow them to shape and mold it into a variety of forms and make it resemble various objects, entities, images and other shapes that can change at will. The element could even be used as a medium for the user to display thoughts and memories, as well as any sounds or visuals they encounter.



  • Artistic Animation Artistic Manifestation, Drawing Animation
    • The power to bestow sentience to drawings, illustrations, sketches, etc. The creations assume a 2D life, traveling along walls, or even coming into 3D reality.
    • Use an Etch-A-Sketch to bring art to life.
  • Clay Animation
    • Create figures out of clay and bring them to life.
  • Digital Animation
    • The power to bestow motion to digitally generated imagery.
  • Elemental Animation
    • Bring any Elements to life, fire, water, wind, earth, wood, etc.
  • Literary Animation Literary Manifestation, Narrative Animation, or Storytelling
    • The power in which one can project narrative stories into reality. The user can read a book aloud causing the narrative to assume tangible life, with the characters and environments manifesting within the user’s present surroundings.
  • Object Animation
    • Bring any sort of object to life, such as statues, game stations, rugs, bottles, etc.
  • Reanimation
    • The ability to reanimate dead beings, possibly restoring their consciousness.
  • Sentience Inducement
  • Toy Manipulation
    • Bring toys, like a Barbie doll or action figures, to life and make part of an army.
    • Make toy/water gunfire live rounds including toy tanks.
    • Bring game pieces to life.
    • Use construction sets, like building blocks, to create a weapon or turn a toy vehicle to life-size and use it as a real vehicle.
    • Complete an image puzzle in order to give life to the picture.
    • Turn weapon toys in real toys.



  • May be limited on how long the object stays animated.
  • May be limited to animating objects without controlling them.
  • May have to give specific orders or program the target, which cannot deviate from them.
  • May have to keep various levels of attention to the target, without which it will either continue to follow the last orders, start acting erratically or simply stop completely.
  • Art Manipulation users can take over or control artistic/inanimate objects or even destroy them entirely.
  • Object Manipulation users could take control of the animated objects.
  • Control Negation.

Known Users[]


  • Gikon inside of Gigais (Bleach)
  • The Create Card (Card Captor Sakura)
  • Action Card (Card Captor Sakura: Clear Cards)
  • Users of Living Magic (Fairy Tail)
    • Zeref
    • Hades
  • Cherry (Fairy Tail)
  • Dante (Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 Anime)
  • Kotatsu (Inuyasha)
  • Giorno Giovanna (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Golden Wind)
  • Ungaro (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6 Stone Ocean)
  • Myoe (Kyousougiga)
  • Ending (My Hero Academia)
  • Sai (Naruto)
  • Charlotte Linlin/Big Mom (One Piece)
  • Gekko Moriah (One Piece)
  • Kurozumi Kanjuro (One Piece)
  • Mutsumi (Sgt. Frog/Keroro Gunsou)
  • Miki (Shugo Chara!)
  • Medusa Gorgon (Soul Eater)
  • Various characters (Stitch!)
  • Kriem (Tiger & Bunny)
  • Van Decout (The Law of Ueki)


  • Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving (Adventure Time); via touch, the personality of the inanimate object is determined based on his mood, whether they be good or evil, etc.
  • The Second Coming (Animator vs Animation)
  • Mana Users (Ben 10)
    • Psyphon
    • Hex
    • Charmcaster
    • Adwaita
    • Gwen Tennyson
  • Reality Warping/Animation Users (Danny Phantom)
    • Desiree
  • Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
  • Shendu (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Jade Chan/Amazing T-Girl (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Selene (Marvel Comics)
  • Scarlet Witch (Marvel Comics)
  • Wiccan (Marvel Comics)
  • God of Stories Loki (Marvel Comics)
  • The Evillustrator (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Manipula (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir)
  • Discord (My Little Pony series); via Chaos Magic
  • Crimson Witch (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery)
  • Fairy Godmother (Shrek)
  • Pastmaster (Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron)
  • Rainbow Quartz 2.0 (Steven Universe franchise)
  • Control Freak (Teen Titans)
  • Mumbo Jumbo (Teen Titans)
  • Queen La (The Legend of Tarzan)
  • Mirror Man (The Shapies)
  • Nerissa (W.I.T.C.H.)
  • Will Vandom (W.I.T.C.H.)
  • Anna Maht (World of Quest)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Flora, Fauna and Merryweather (Disney's Sleeping Beauty)

Video Games[]

  • Dusk (Arknights) to the extent of creating entire worlds with her paintings
  • Painter (Castle Crashers)
  • Sadida Class (Dofus/Wakfu)
  • Albedo (Genshin Impact)
  • Zeus (God of War)
  • Ancient Vampires (Legacy of Kain) can given life to statues
  • The Animator (Ordinary Boy)
  • Maxwell (Scribblenauts); via a magical notepad
  • Witches and warlocks (Shadow Falls)
  • Kylie Galen (Shadow Falls); as a witch
  • Pop Fizz (Skylanders); via purple potion
  • Kaos (Skylanders)
  • Master Hand (Super Smash Bros.); believed by many fans to be a metaphor for a child, who uses his/her imagination to 'animate' their toys and figurines
  • Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
  • Matt Groening (The Simpsons Game); as a boss, summons Bender and Zoidberg from "Futurama" out of a notebook to attack the player.
  • Skye (Valorant); via abilities.


  • Magickinds (Arkwell Academy)
  • Eric Shellhorn (Charlie Bone)
  • Magic Users (Harry Potter); via Spell Casting
  • Enoch O'Connor (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children)
  • The Lady of the Cold (Moomin); only the snow horse.
  • Awakeners (Warbreaker)
  • Returned (Warbreaker)

Live Television/Movies[]

  • Mina Chaytan/Black Bison (Arrowverse); effigies only
  • Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker (Arrowverse/The Flash)
  • Gods (As the Gods Will)
  • Kevin (Charmed)
  • Flora, Fauna, Merryweather (Disney's Sleeping Beauty)
  • Merlin (Disney’s The Sword in the Stone)
  • Angelique Bouchard (Dark Shadows)
  • Sofina (Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves)
  • Weeping Angels (Doctor Who); limited to statues
  • Hervoken (Doctor Who: Forever Autumn)
  • Grandpa Mason (Grandpa in My Pocket); via his cap
  • Mo Folchart, Meggie Folchart, and Dário (Inkheart)
  • Erazer (MisFits)
  • Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon a Time)
  • Reverend Henry Kane/The Beast (Poltergeist series)
  • Lord Zedd (Power Rangers)
  • Sarah Ravencroft (Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost)
  • Kibaoni Army Corps (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
  • The Mona Lisa (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • Prince Koura (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad)
  • Zeebad (The Magic Roundabout)
  • Sorcerers (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
  • Stingy Jack (The Curse of Bridge Hollow)
  • Wizards (Wizards of Waverly Place); via Murrieta Animata spell


  • The Second Coming (Animator vs. Animation)
  • The Animator/Alan Becker (Animator vs. Animation)
  • Richard Gansey III (Blue Lily, Lily Blue); briefly
  • Animators (Loki IRL); limited to cartoons
  • Nomad (Nomad of Nowhere)
  • SCP-239 - The Witch Child (SCP Foundation)

Known Objects[]

  • Shards of Galatea (Amazing Stranger)
  • Chaos Emerald of Life (Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Hashiriyan Ignition Key (Bakuage Sentai Boonboomger)
  • Reality Gauntlet (Danny Phantom)
  • Reality Gem of Life (Danny Phantom)
  • Rasputin's Reliquary (Don Bluth’s Anastasia)
  • Phoenix Stone (Fairy Tail)
  • Psychomagnotheric Slime/Mood Slime (Ghostbusters)
  • Rat Talisman (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Teleki-Helmet (Johnny Test)
  • Bezan's magic paint (My Little Pony 'n Friends)
  • Doofenshmirtz Animate-Inator (Milo Murphy's Law)
  • Youtenshin Sourai (Mamotte Shugogetten)
  • Tablet of Ahkmenrah (Night At The Museum)
  • Kage Kage no Mi/Shadow-Shadow Fruit (One Piece)
  • Soru Soru no Mi/Soul-Soul Fruit (One Piece)
  • Fude Fude no Mi/Brush-Brush Fruit (One Piece)
  • Circus Clothes (Round the Twist)
  • Doodlebob (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Animation of the Inanimate (The Life and Times of Juniper Lee)
  • Queen La's Staff (The Legend of Tarzan)
  • Opal Starfire Gem (Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic)
  • Van Allen Belt (The Simpsons)
  • Warp Crystal (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Omri’s Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard)
  • Cosmic Forge (Wizardy)
  • Heart of Jong (Xiaolin Showdown)

Known Spells/Powers[]

  • Ocktoon Eradiko (Ben 10)
  • Ocktoon (Ben 10)
  • Living Magic (Fairy Tale)
  • Doll Play Magic (Fairy Tale)
  • Gold Experience (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Golden Wind)