"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


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.



Types of Spirit

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.



  • 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.


  • 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.

Known Users

See Also: Our Spirits Are Different.


  • Carrie (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Ectonurites (Ben 10)
  • Necrofriggians (Ben 10)
  • Ghosts (Casper the Friendly Ghost)
    • Casper
  • Miguel Rivera (Coco); temporarily
  • Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
  • Half-Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
    • Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom
    • Dani Phantom
    • Vlad Masters/Vlad 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)
  • The Flying Dutchman (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Wuya (Xiaolin Showdown)


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


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


  • 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)


  • Various types of Soul (Bleach)
  • Black Cat (Corpse Princess)
  • Shiryo (Corpse Princess)
  • Ghosts (Ghost Stories)
  • Kinu Himuro "Okinu" (Ghost Sweeper Mikami)
  • 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)

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