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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 objects. Sub-power of Life-Force Manipulation. Not to be confused with Life Creation or Sentience Inducement. Opposite to Inanimation.

Also Called

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


The user can give life to inanimate objects/substances, animating them to act/move on their own accord out of the user’s control; however, They seem to work together with their animator.


  • 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.
  • 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.



  • 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.

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)
  • Sai (Naruto)
  • Charlotte Linlin/Big Mom (One Piece)
  • Gekko Moriah (One Piece)
  • Mutsumi (Sgt. Frog/Keroro Gunsou)
  • Miki (Shugo Chara!)
  • Medusa Gorgon (Soul Eater)
  • Bojo (Stitch!)
  • Experiment 610 "Witch" (Stitch!)
  • Experiment 112 "Toons" (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.
  • Mana Users (Ben 10)
    • Psyphon
    • Hex
    • Charmcaster
    • Adwaita
    • Gwen Tennyson
  • 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)
  • Discord (My Little Pony series); via Chaos Magic
  • Mirror Man (The Shapies)
  • Crimson Witch (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery)
  • Fairy Godmother (Shrek)
  • Control Freak (Teen Titans)
  • Mumbo Jumbo (Teen Titans)
  • Nerissa (W.I.T.C.H.)
  • Will Vandom (W.I.T.C.H.)
  • Anna Maht (World of Quest)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Rainbow Quartz 2.0 (Steven Universe franchise)

Video Games

  • 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)
  • Skye (Valorant); via abilities.
  • 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.


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

Live Television/Movies

  • Kevin (Charmed)
  • Flora, Fauna, Merryweather (Disney's Sleeping Beauty)
  • Merlin (Disney’s The Sword in the Stone)
  • Weeping Angels (Doctor Who); limited to statues
  • The Mona Lisa ("The Sarah Jane Adventures")
  • 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)
  • Mina Chaytan/Black Bison (Arrowverse)
  • Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker (Arrowverse/The Flash)
  • Prince Koura (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad)
  • Zeebad (The Magic Roundabout)
  • Sorcerers (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
  • Wizards (Wizards of Waverly Place); via Murrieta Animata spell
  • Gods (As the Gods Will)


Known Objects

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

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)