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Shapeshifting

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Shapeshifting is the ability to change appearance and/or body structure. Different forms include:

  • Metamorph (limited to human forms, unable to change mass, i.e. Mystique, Changeling)[citation needed]
  • Micro/Megamorph (proportionate or disproportionate size-changing, i.e. Ant-Man/Giant-Man, Kidogo)[1]
  • Polymorph (fluid shape-changing effects causing mass to expand, contract, stretch and reform, i.e. Mister Fantastic, Mercury)[2]
  • Bodimorph (elemental state changes, such as turning into metal, diamond, wood, gases, liquids, etc., i.e. Absorbing Man, Husk)[citation needed]
  • Transmorph (changing between two set forms, typically one "normal" and one superhuman)[3]
    • See also Lycanthropes, other were-creatures
    • Many examples exist of combined transmorph/bodimorph types, capable of a single state change, i.e. Colossus, Emma Frost, Hydro-Man, Sandman)
  • Omnimorph (typically combines meta- and poly-morph capabilities, able to change mass and internal organ structure, assuming more complicated non-humanoid shapes)[4]
  • Ubermorph[5]

Shapeshifting Races

Notable Shapeshifters

For a full list of shape-shifters, see here.


  1. New X-Men Yearbook Special #1
  2. Ms. Marvel Vol 3 #3
  3. X-Men 2099 #1
  4. Exiles #49
  5. X-Force Vol 4 #9

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