"I am not Milton Fine, Superman...I am Vril Dox of the Planet Colu!! But I possess Fine's body...Fine's power!! I have become Brainiac and your master!!!"
― Vril Dox I/Brainiac to Superman (DC Comics) after taking control of Milton Fine's body

The power to inhabit the body of a living being. Sub-power of Meta-Possession. Opposite to Exorcism.

Also Called

  • Body Hijacking
  • Body Possession
  • Bodyjacking
  • Overshadowing
  • Psionic Possession
  • Take-Over Magic


User can possess or take over the body of any living being, whether sentient or not, by stealing their motor functions and senses. Users may or may not have to leave their own body for this to take place. Disembodied users such as spirits may use the body as their own.


  • Temporarily/permanently inhabit the body of the target.
  • Take complete control of a target's body, even using it as your own (the target is then known as a vessel).
  • Control a person's actions.
  • The user's mind/spirit/soul can leave their body freely.
  • Skilled users can possess multiple host bodies while retaining their own or even while occupying another vessel.
  • When the user possesses a body, they gain the skills and powers of the body.
  • Can possess a body which can be useful for espionage and can lie dormant inside the person's mind and body.
  • Utilize as a last resort to escape a dying body and to achieve immortality.
  • The overshadowed being might be able to fuse with them creating a new being.





  • May be cast out of the host through Exorcism.
  • Users of Indomitable Will are either resistant or immune.
  • Cannot possess those with Possession Immunity or Control Immunity.
  • Overtaken host may be able to fight back for their body.
  • May be banished/purify through Omni Purification
  • May need to focus to return to original body.
  • May be overpowered by the host, placing the inhabitant in a sleep-like state.
  • May have to touch the target for transfer to be made.
  • May only work with one body at a time for new users.
  • May only be able to use another's body with the host's permission.
  • May be banished through Purification.
  • May need to switch bodies often in order to preserve their life.
  • May die if the host is killed.
  • User's presence may cause damage to the host (sheer power, physiology rejection, etc.).
    • May kill the host in the process by "crushing" them from the inside.
  • The inhabitant's actual body may be vulnerable to attack and the inhabitant may die or become trapped in the host if the possessor's body is damaged/destroyed beyond repair.
  • May not have control over the host body, but simply influence the host with Mind Control.
  • Users of Telepathy may be resistant or immune.
  • May require specific host bodies.

Known Users

See Also: Body Snatcher, Body Surf, Demonic Possession and Grand Theft Me.


  • The Lich (Adventure Time)
  • Carrie Krueger (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Starscream/Waspinator (Beast Wars)
  • Ectonurites (Ben 10)
    • Ghostfreak
    • Zs' Skayr
  • Decoy Queen (Ben 10: Alien Force)
  • Alpha (Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United)
  • Diagon (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Ultimate Kevin (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Makuta Teridax (BIONICLE)
  • Jealousy (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Colonel H. Stinkmeaner (The Boondocks)
  • Casper (Casper the Friendly Ghost)
  • X.A.N.A. (Code Lyoko)
  • Demon in the Mattress (Courage the Cowardly Dog)
  • Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
    • Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom; via Ghost form
    • Vlad Masters/ Vlad Plasmius; via Ghost form
  • Billy Joe Cobra (Dude, That's My Ghost)
  • Invictus (Final Space)
  • Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
  • Ma and Pa (Gravity Falls)
  • Billy (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy)
  • Grim (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy)
  • Shendu (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Ghosts (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
    • Cole
  • Unity (Rick and Morty)
  • Aku (Samurai Jack)
  • Snake Jailbird (The Simpsons)
  • Kenny McCormick (South Park)
  • Michael Jackson (South Park)
  • Steven Quartz Universe (Steven Universe)
  • Ancestral Witches (Winx Club)
  • Sibini (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Morgana (Tales of Arcadia)


  • A.D.A.M. (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Vampy Cats/The Swell (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight)
  • Wisps (Charmed Comic)
  • Doctor Bedlam (DC Comics)
  • Daemonites (DC Comics)
  • Deadman (DC Comics)
  • Eclipso (DC Comics)
  • Joseph Wilson/Jericho (DC Comics)
  • Defile (DC Comics)
  • Helspont (DC Comics)
  • Hightower (DC Comics)
  • Parallax (DC Comics)
  • Glory (Image Comics)
  • Kurt Kilgore (Image Comics)
  • Mammon (Image Comics)
  • Page (Lilo and Stitch)
  • Shadow King (Marvel Comics)
  • Onslaught (Marvel Comics)
  • Malice (Marvel Comics)
  • Luca Aldine (Marvel Comics)
  • Chthon (Marvel Comics)
  • Ahura Boltagon (Marvel Comics)
  • Dream Catcher (Marvel Comics)
  • Nate Grey/X-Man (Marvel Comics)
  • The Phoenix Force (Marvel Comics)
  • Xi'an Coy Manh/Karma (Marvel Comics)
  • T.J. Wagner/Nocturne (Marvel Comics)
  • Proteus (Marvel Comics)
  • Franklin Richards (Marvel Comics)
  • Rachel Summers (Marvel Comics)
  • Nathan Summers/Cable (Marvel Comics)
  • Klaus Hargreeves/The Séance (The Umbrella Academy/Dark Horse Comics)
  • Lord Momin (Star Wars)
  • Karness Muur (Star Wars Legends); via Muur Tailsman
  • Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Star Wars Legends); via Transfer essence
  • Chaos (Vampirella)
  • Blood Red Queen of Hearts (Vampirella)
  • Genesis (Vertigo Comics)


  • Legion (5ive Girls)
  • Annabelle Doll (Annabelle: Creation)
  • Babadook (The Babadook)
  • Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice)
  • The Incubus (The Black Room)
  • Arousians (The Brain from Planet Arous)
    • Gor
    • Vol
  • Jimmy Lee (Double Dragon); via Double Dragon Medallion
  • Koga Shuko (Double Dragon); via Double Dragon Medallion
  • Pazuzu (The Exorcist)
  • Azazel (Fallen)
  • Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
  • Vinz Clortho (Ghostbusters)
  • Zuul (Ghostbusters)
  • Deimata (Girl vs Monster)
  • Prince Koura (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad)
  • Kayako Saeki (The Grudge)
  • Harrison (Heart and Souls)
  • Julia (Heart and Souls)
  • Milo (Heart and Souls)
  • Penny Washington (Heart and Souls)
  • Necromancer (Island of Lost Souls)
  • Psychwave (The Incredibles)
  • Elizabeth Masterson (Just Like Heaven)
  • Agents (The Matrix)
    • Agent Smith
  • Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street series)
  • Reverend Henry Kane/The Beast (Poltergeist series)
  • Samara Morgan (The Ring 2)
  • Hugh Kane (Scary Movie 2)
  • Darconians (Super Buddies)
    • Commander Drex
  • Yan Lo (Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior)
  • The Monks (Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior)

Live Television

  • Diane (49 Days)
  • Rotgut (Ace Lightning)
  • Izel (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)
  • Luz (Aliados)
  • The Demon (American Horror Story: Asylum)
  • Burrower Demon (Angel)
  • Ethros Demons (Angel)
  • Demonic Hyena spirits (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Eyghon the Sleepwalker (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • The First Evil (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Ghosts (Being Human)
  • Andras (Charmed)
  • Ghosts (Charmed)
  • Guardians (Charmed)
  • The Hollow (Charmed)
  • Possessor Demons (Charmed)
  • The Source of All Evil (Charmed)
  • Terra (Charmed)
  • Androzani Trees (Doctor Who)
  • The Beast (Doctor Who)
  • Cassandra (Doctor Who)
  • The Eight Legs (Doctor Who)
  • The Family of Blood (Doctor Who)
  • The Great Intelligence (Doctor Who)
  • Isolus (Doctor Who)
  • The Mara (Doctor Who)
  • The Master (Doctor Who)
  • The Midnight Entity (Doctor Who)
  • Clifford Devoe/The Thinker (Arrowverse/The Flash 2014)
  • Matthew Kim/Melting Point (The Flash)
  • Horrors (GARO)
  • Shadows (Ghost Whisperer)
  • Ghosts (The Haunted Hathaways)
    • Glenda
    • Louie
    • Miles
    • Ray
  • The Green Ghoul (The Haunted Thundermans)
  • Hera (Hercules) by possessing the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta
  • Sylar (Heroes)
  • Evil spirits (Jessie)
  • Imagins (Kamen Rider Den-O)
  • Xaviax (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight)
  • Ankh and Kazari's Yummies (Kamen Rider OOO)
  • Erick (Los Protegidos)
  • Cornelius Sigan (Merlin)
  • Goblins (Merlin)
  • Leah (MisFits); via technology
  • The Entity (Nowhere Boys)
  • Restoring Demons (Nowhere Boys)
  • Demons (Outcast)
  • Several Ranger villains (Power Rangers)
  • Diane (Pure Love)
  • Thin Ones (Requiem)
  • Linda Twist's shadow (Round the Twist); via total eclipse separating from her body
  • Veil (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
    • Androvax
  • Bizarro (Smallville)
  • Margaret Isobel Thoreaux (Smallville); limited to anyone who has the Mark of Transference
  • Ra (Stargate)
  • Anubis (Stargate SG1)
  • The Goa'uld (Stargate SG1)
    • Amaunet
    • Apophis
    • Ba'al
    • Klorel
    • Osiris
  • Jolinar (Stargate SG1)
  • Various Super Sentai villains (Super Sentai franchise)
    • Armor of Darkness (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger)
    • Wicked Life God Dezumozorlya (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger)
    • Raging Knight Dogold (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
  • The Mind-Flayer (Stranger Things)
  • Martin Chatwin (The Magicians)
  • Persephone (The Magicians)
  • The Monsters (The Magicians)
  • Angels (Supernatural)
  • Demons (Supernatural)
  • Eve (Supernatural)
  • Khan Worms (Supernatural)
  • Leviathans (Supernatural)
  • Reapers (Supernatural)
  • Soul Eaters (Supernatural)
  • Yokoth (Supernatural)
  • Witches (The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals)
    • Emily Bennett
    • Bonnie Bennett
    • Esther Mikaelson
    • Céleste Dubois
    • The Travelers
    • Katherine Pierce
    • Dahlia
  • Vampire (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals); via Witches
    • Finn Mikaelson
    • Niklaus Mikaelson
    • Kol Mikaelson
    • Rebekah Mikaelson
  • Various Ultramen and aliens (Ultraman series)
    • Dark Lugiel
  • Dark Zagi (Ultraman Nexus)
  • Mor-Taxans (War of The Worlds)
  • Drill (The Whispers)
  • Izel (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Pachakutiq/Sarge (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)


  • Kronos (Camp Half-Blood Chronicles)
  • Sarafine Duchannes (Caster Chronicles)
  • Ty'iga demons (The Chronicles of Amber)
  • Aura Triton (Daughters of the Moon)
  • The Cunning Man (Discworld)
  • Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
  • Souls (The Host)
    • Wanda
  • Egyptian Gods (The Kane Chronicles)
    • Apophis
    • Set
  • Kylie Galen (Shadow Falls); once possessed Daniel's spirit body
  • Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Stephen King's It)
  • Valg (Throne of Glass)
  • Remnants (Skulduggery Pleasant)


Video Games

  • Chakravartin (Asura's Wrath)
  • Aiden (Beyond: Two Souls)
  • Terumi Yuuki (BlazBlue)
  • Cpt. Xavier Jones (Clive Barker's Jericho)
  • Cpt. Devin Ross (Clive Barker's Jericho); after bodily death
  • Cryptosporidium/Furons (Destroy All Humans)
  • Demons (Diablo)
    • Baal
    • Diablo
    • Mephisto
  • Corvo Attano (Dishonored)
  • Delilah Copperspoon (Dishonored)
  • Third Sister/Si Bungsu (Dreadout)
  • Bonethieves (Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem)
  • Paxton Fettel (F.E.A.R.)
  • Ultimecia (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • Shuyin (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • John Raimi (Geist)
  • Yomiel (Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective)
  • Chaos Kin (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
  • Hisako (Killer Instinct)
  • Ansem, Seeker of Darkness (Kingdom Hearts series); via manipulation of targets inner Darkness, allowing him to overcome their Heart
  • Master Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts series); via manipulation of targets inner Darkness, allowing him to overcome their Heart
  • Xehanort's Guardian (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Ghost Kirby (Kirby)
  • Hylden (Legacy of Kain)
  • The Priestess (Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver)
  • Raziel (Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver)
  • Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Veran (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages)
  • Bellum (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass)
  • Malladus (The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker); via Command Melody
  • The Grouchy Possessor (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon)
  • Antasma (Mario & Luigi: Dream Team)
  • Cackletta (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
  • Celebrimbor (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor)
  • Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat)
  • Gestalts/Shades (NieR)
  • Mudukons (Oddworld series)
  • Shadow Queen (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)
  • Las Plagas (Resident Evil)
  • The Enchantress (Shovel Knight)
  • Brain (Skylanders)
  • Masker Mind (Skylanders)
  • Ifrit (Sonic Rivals 2)
  • Sith Emperor (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
  • Himiko (Tomb Raider 2013)
  • Shion Yorigami (Touhou Project)
  • Banshee (Warcraft III)
  • Yo-kais (Yo-kai Watch)

Web Series

  • Uncle Samsonite (Uncle Samsonite series)
  • Diamanda Hagan (Channel Awesome)
  • Alpha/Leonard L. Church (Red vs. Blue)
  • Omega/O'Malley (Red vs. Blue)
  • Geist Grimm (RWBY)
  • The Darkness (Stupid Mario Brothers)
  • Nox Decious (Stupid Mario Brothers)
  • The Entity/Missing No. (Atop the Fourth Wall)


Known Objects






Live Television


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Video Games


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