The ability to use the abilities of a griffin. Variation of Mythical Bestiary, Raptor Physiology and Feline Physiology.

Also Called

  • Griffin Body/Form/Mimicry
  • Griffon Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Gryphon Body/Form/Mimicry/Physiology


The user is or has the ability to take on the form of a Griffin, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Most griffins also have bird-like talons, although in some older illustrations griffins have a lion's forelimbs (and are technically called opinicus), they generally only have a lion's hindquarters. The eagle's head is conventionally given prominent ears; these are sometimes described as the lion's ears but are often elongated (more like a horse's) and sometimes feathered.

A griffin without wings, or a wingless eagle-headed lion, is called an alce or a keythong.

Griffins are most often interpreted as the noblest of creatures, symbolizing courage and vigilance repeatedly (similar to how eagles and lions symbolize leadership and courage, respectfully) throughout popular culture and other media.




Known Users

See Also: Our Gryphons Are Different.

  • Gryphon (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
  • Griffins (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Oscar (Beauchamp Family Series)
  • Ingrid Beauchamp (Beauchamp Family Series) when shapeshifting into Oscar
  • Griffins (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Gryphonmon (Digimon)
  • Hippogriffomon (Digimon)
  • Halsemon (Digimon)
  • Griffin (Family Guy)
  • Griffins (God of War)
  • Opinicus (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad)
  • Griffins (Greek Mythology)
  • Hippogriffs (Harry Potter)
    • Buckbeak/Witherwings
  • Merv Griffin (Hercules: The Animated Series)
  • Freak (Kane Chronicles)
  • John Horton/Griffin (Marvel Comics)
  • Griffins (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Seaponies/Hippogriffs (My Little Pony Series)
  • Griffins (Neopets)
  • Griffin (Quest for Camelot)
  • Sonic Boom (Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure)
  • Griffins (Sofia the First)
    • Jasper
    • Onyx
    • Opal
  • Byron (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
  • Daughter (Star Wars The Clone Wars)
  • Griffin (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Graer (World of Quest)
  • Minagawa Natsume (Highschool DxD); via Sacred Gear