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"Donna: What's Vashta Nerada?
The Doctor: It's what's in the dark. It's what's always in the dark."
― Doctor Who

The power to transform into or have a physical body made up of darkness/shadows. Technique of Darkness Manipulation. Variation of Elemental Mimicry. Opposite to Light Mimicry. Not to be confused with Dark Form.

Also Called

  • Darkness Body/Physiology
  • Living Shadow/Darkness Body/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Shade Body/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Shadow Body/Form/Physiology/Mimicry
  • Umbral Body/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Umbrakinetic Body/Mimicry/Physiology


The user is made up of or can transform their body completely into darkness/shadows. A user's transformed form is anatomically identical to their normal form, aside of being made of darkness/shadows, in which case, it contains all organs and is somewhat vulnerable to attacks. Alternately, the user can transform into homogeneous matter, without any part of their form being more important than the other.

The user can assume a two-dimensional form, extend outward to become a larger shadow, blend into the darkness/shadows completely, or even teleport through them.

Although not part of Energy Physiology, this power shares much with it:

Nigh Formed Darkness Beings are or can change into mostly physical beings, with the darkness/shadows flowing through their being, fortifying their cells, bones and muscles. Their power is mostly focused on their bodies and while they gain some amount of energy-attacks, the changes and applications are mostly internal.

Full-Formed Darkness Beings are completely formed of darkness/shadows, without anything truly left from their physical form. They gain impressive control over their form and vast capacity to expel energy in various ways.


Nigh Formed Darkness Beings

Full-Formed Darkness Beings





  • May be harmed by light.
  • May be affected by light as if it was a physical force.
  • Light Manipulation and other effects that create bright light are especially effective against the user.
  • May be limited to moving like a normal shadow, on solid surfaces.

Known Users

See Also: Living Shadow.


  • The Shadow Card (CardCaptor Sakura)
  • Shade (CardCaptor Sakura: Clear Cards)
  • Rui Hachiōji (Code: Breaker)
  • Saechika (Code: Breaker)
  • Rogue Cheney (Fairy Tail)
  • Kageyama (Fairy Tail)
  • Chase (Fairy Tail)
  • Shihai Kuroiro/Scheming Hero: Vantablack (My Hero Academia)
  • Gajeel Redfox (Fairy Tail); via Iron Shadow Dragon Mode
  • Kagerō (Flame of Recca)
  • Pride (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Alucard (Hellsing Series)
  • Chandra (Kubera)
  • Dokurokushe (Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure)
  • One-Eyed Shadow (Sidekicks)
  • Jiraiya (Naruto)
  • Misty (Super Doll Licca-chan)
  • Gekko Moriah (One Piece)
  • Nightmare (Paradox Saga)
  • Sarutoru (Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine)
  • Rionette (Rave Master)
  • Makora (Samurai Deeper Kyo)
  • Shadow Soldiers (Solo Leveling)
  • Star Wolves (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
  • Varete (Witch Hunter)
  • Polpo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part V: Golden Wind/Vento Aureo); via Black Sabbath
  • E-91 Lady Ninja (Sonic X)

Video Games

  • Makuta Teridax (Bionicle)
  • Irnakk (Bionicle)
  • Mask of Life (Bionicle)
  • Shadow (Disciples)
  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)
  • Shadow Heartless (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Cynder (Legend of Spyro)
  • Gabriel Reyes/Reaper (Overwatch)
  • Gengar (Pokémon)
  • Darkrai (Pokémon)
  • Caterpillars (Rayman Games)
  • Cynder (Skylanders)
  • Trap Shadow (Skylanders: Swap Force)
  • Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • King Boom Boo (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Midna (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
  • Noob Saibot (Mortal Kombat)
  • Zato-1 (Guilty Gear)
  • Silence (Saga Frontier)
  • Shadow (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Dawn (Contrast)
  • Demon Hunters (Diablo III)
  • Emily Kaldwin (Dishonored 2)
  • Shadow Sirens (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)
    • Beldam
    • Marilyn
    • Vivian


  • Torivors (Beyonders)
  • Shadow Thief (DC Comics)
  • Obsidian (DC Comics)
  • Specter (Marvel Comics)
  • Valeria Von Doom (Marvel Comics)
  • Erma Williams (Erma)
  • Shadow (Starcraft II: Soits)
  • James Herondale (The Last Hours)
  • Shadow (Angel Wars: Guardian Force)


  • Shadow (Xiaolin Chronicles)
  • Faraboo the Caretaker (Aladdin TV series)
  • Ebon/Ivan Evans (Static Shock)
  • Shadowkhan (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • King Sombra (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Stygian/Pony of Shadows (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Shade Demons (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Shade (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Shadow Creatures (Martin Mystery)
    • Barok the Faceless one
  • Tinker Bell (Winx Club)
  • Shadow creatures (Winx Club)
  • Shadowman (Dynomutt, Dog Wonder)
  • Lena De Spell (Ducktales)
  • Black Velvet (Loonatics Unleashed)


  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon)
  • Whisp (Monster High: 13 Wishes)
  • Pitch Black (Rise of the Guardians)
  • Valak (The Conjuring Universe)


  • Hades (Percy Jackson)
  • Valkyrie Cain (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Solomon Wreath (Skulduggery Pleasant)

Tabletop Games

  • Shadow Dragons (AD&D)
    • Aurgloroasa
    • Shimmergloom


  • Shadow (Bear in the Big Blue House)
  • Shadow Kin (Class)
    • Corakinus
  • Saikou Shadow (Kamen Rider Saber);
  • Linda Twist's shadow (Round the Twist)
  • Randy Klein (Smallville)
  • Parker Caine (Charmed 2018)