"Diet: souls; occasionally snacks on babies."
― Matthew Meyer, The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: A Field Guide to Japanese Yokai

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

Also Called

  • Bakemono Form/Mimicry/Physiology (animal/monstrous Yokai)
  • Obake Form/Mimicry/Physiology (shapeshifting yokai)
  • Yokai Form/Mimicry
  • Yōkai Form/Mimicry/Physiology
  • Youkai Form/Mimicry/Physiology

Capabilities

User with this ability either is or can transform into a yōkai (ghost, phantom, strange apparition), a class of supernatural monsters and spirits in Japanese folklore. Japanese folklorists and historians use yōkai as "supernatural or unaccountable phenomena to their informants". In the Edo period, many artists, such as Toriyama Sekien, created yōkai inspired by folklore or their own ideas, and in the present several yōkai created by them are wrongly considered as being of legendary origin.

Yōkai range eclectically from the malevolent to the mischievous, or occasionally bring good fortune to those who encounter them. They have often animal features (such as the Kappa, which is similar to a turtle, or the Tengu which has wings), other times they can appear mostly human, some look like inanimate objects and others have no discernible shape. In some folklore, Yōkai are originally animals, or spirits infused with supernatural energy that turns them into Yōkai. Yōkai usually have a spiritual supernatural power, with shapeshifting being one of the most common.

Applications

Variations

See Yōkai and Youkai also:

Tsukumogami

Yakubyo Gami

Undead

Animal

Demon

Hag

Urban Legend

Other

Associations

Limitations

  • Depending on the type, but most can be affected by spiritual powers or objects, such as those wielded by Shinto priests and shrine maidens.

Known Users

See Also Youkai, Yōkai Wiki and Yokai.com.

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