"Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
But will they come when you do call for them?"
― William Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 1
"Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep."
― John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book IV, line 678.

The power to use the abilities of spirits. Variation of Mythic Physiology.

Also Called

  • Spectre Form/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Spirit Form/Mimicry
  • Soul/Spectral/Spiritual Physiology

Capabilities

User with this ability either is or can transform into a spirit: a supernatural and conscious (although may not be necessarily sentient) being that in its normal state is incorporeal, invisible, and immaterial. Many spirits are able to materialize either by shifting into a more solid form or by taking a vessel to give them physical shape, which can be done either by possessing an already existing form (either a living being or an object) or by animating and wrapping part of the environment "around" them.

There are several types of spirits, ranging from the souls of the dead (ghosts) to the spirits of places, objects, concepts, and/or elements. Several forms of magic center around contacting and bargaining with spirits.

Applications

Variations

Types of Spirit

Composite Spirit Physiology: a spirit formed by multiple other spirits fusing together.

Divine Spirit Physiology: a spirit of divinity who are holy and miraculously godlike.

Fog Spirit Physiology: a spirit/ghost made of not only spiritual energies but also fog, mist, vapor, clouds and smoke.

Ghost Physiology: spirits/souls of the dead, often bound to stay until certain conditions are met. This can vary from honorable burial, unfinished business/revenge, or self-appointed duties. Ancestral spirits are part of this group, given their involvement/ties with their families.

Nature Spirit Physiology: manifestations/embodiments of natural phenomena, places, elements or animals.

Associations

Limitations

  • Certain forms of magic and/or technology may allow their users to control and/or imprison spirits.
  • May be vulnerable to any abilities that affect spirits such as a Spirit Barrier or Exorcism.
  • Susceptible to Soul Destruction, Soul Mutilation, Nonexistence, Absolute Destruction, and other abilities that may harm or destroy souls/spirits.

Trivia

  • The soul is in fact one's true being, while on the other hand, the organic body (for example the Human body) acts like a bio-suit for the soul to fit into and to control. In analogy terms, this is reminiscent of driving a robotic mech, but only the spirit is taking control of the body. If the very soul/spirit is not present within the body, it'll become inanimate.

Known Users

See Also: Our Spirits Are Different.

Cartoons

  • Carrie (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Ectonurites (Ben 10)
  • Necrofriggians (Ben 10)
  • Ghosts (Casper the Friendly Ghost)
    • Casper
  • Miguel Rivera (Coco); temporarily
  • All Ghosts and Half-Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
    • Danny Fenton/Phantom
    • Dani Fenton/Phantom
    • Vlad Masters/Plasmius
  • Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore and Boo the Cat (The Funky Phantom)
  • Ghost (Iron Man: Armored Adventures)
  • Spectra Vondergeist (Monster High)
  • Ari Hauntington (Monster High)
  • Windgoes (My Little Pony series)
  • Ace Balthazar (Regular Show)
  • Light Hope (She-Ra: Princess of Power)
  • The Flying Dutchman (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)

Comics

  • Deadman (DC Comics)
  • Gentleman Ghost (DC Comics)
  • Phantom Girl (DC Comics)
  • Whisper (DC Comics)
  • The Vision (Marvel Comics)

Movies

  • Harvesters (The Deaths of Ian Stone)
  • Spirits (Escanaba in da Moonlight)
  • Hexxus (Ferngully: The Last Rainforest)
  • Kai (Kung Fu Panda)
  • The Twins (Matrix Reloaded)
  • Spirits (Spirited Away)

Literature

  • Ghosts (Harry Potter)
  • Peeves (Harry Potter)
  • Ghosts (Mostly Ghostly)
    • Nikki
    • Tara
  • Alther Mella (Septimus Heap)
  • Ghosts (Shadow Falls)
    • Fanny Mildred Bogart
    • Hannah Brandon
    • Daniel Brighten
    • Lucinda Esparza
    • Ima
    • Catherine O'Connell
    • Cindy Shaffer
    • Heidi Summers
  • Meg Finn (The Wish List)

Live Television

  • Spirits (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
  • Spirits (Charmed)
  • Ghosts (The Haunted Hathaways)
    • Glenda
    • Louie
    • Miles
    • Ray
  • Ghosts (Julie and the Phantoms)
    • Daniel
    • Demétrius
    • Felix
    • Martim
  • Spirits (Supernatural)

Manhwa/Manga/Anime

  • Various types of Souls (Bleach)
  • Black Cat (Corpse Princess)
  • Shiryo (Corpse Princess)
  • Ghosts (Ghost Stories)
  • Kinu Himuro "Okinu" (Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
  • Curses/Special Grade Curses (JUJUTSU KAISEN)
    • Sukuna
    • Jogo
    • Hanami
    • Mahito
  • Elemental Spirits (Healin' Good Pretty Cure)
  • The Lunarians (Houseki no Kuni)
  • Linkle Stone Spirits (Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure)
  • Wladislaus Drakulya (Monster Musume)
  • Dan Katō (Naruto)
  • Brook (One Piece); via the Yomi Yomi no Mi
  • Klabautermann (One Piece)
  • Mordred (Seikoku no Dragonar)
  • Spirits (Shaman King)
  • Dual Monster Spirits (Yu-Gi-Oh series)

Video Games

  • Bottles (Banjo-Kazooie)
  • Hazama/Yuuki Terumi (BlazBlue)
  • Ghost Widow (City of Heroes)
  • Cole (Dragon Age: Inquisition)
  • Fi (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
  • Kurome Ankokuboshi (Megadimension Neptunia VII)
  • Ghost-type Pokemon (Pokemon)
  • Master Eon (Skylanders)
  • Ghosts (Skylanders)
  • Tikal (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Boos (Super Mario series)
  • Boo Luigi (Super Mario Galaxy series)
  • Boo Mario (Super Mario Galaxy series)
  • Ghosts (Touhou Project)
  • Mima (Touhou Project)
  • Minamitsu Murasa (Touhou Project)
  • Poltergeists (Touhou Project)
  • Servants (TYPE-MOON)
  • Curses (JUJUTSU KAISEN)
  • Ghost (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Phantom (Valkyrie Crusade)

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