Questions tagged [shapeshifters]

Questions dealing with creatures that have the ability to change their body form into someone or something else, voluntarily or involuntarily. Consider also the [chimera-folk] tag.

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What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man who can transform different parts of his body into different parts of reptiles?

Laws that must not be broken and/or worked around: Conservation of energy Conservation of mass Square cube law Thermodynamics No FTL Essentially, I'm trying to make a character with similar abilities ...
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What difficulties might a 6ft shapeshifter have in impersonating someone 12in shorter?

In one of my settings, I have a character who is given the ability to shapeshift. Her default appearance after obtaining this ability is much the same as it was before. The important part, for the ...
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Anatomically Correct “Stranger Things” Mindflayer's Monster

Background, with potential spoilers: In the Netflix show Stranger Things... If we skip the psychic stuff, there's still a pretty interesting creature there. To qualify as a Mindflayer monster, an ...
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Shape-shifting using particle-sized 'building blocks'

My fictional world has special sorts of vehicles that can shape-shift, using some sort of building blocks which are a few times larger than average molecules. These sorts of substances can rearrange ...
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If a person had control of every single cell of their body, would they be able to transform into another creature?

If a person had control over each and every single cell in his body, I.e: Cell growth Cell multiplication Shape and form of cells How cells bond/bind with each other Cell Function Would they be able ...
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Ways to spot non-sentient, non-conscious, telepathic shapeshifters [closed]

In my world, there is a race of shapeshifting creatures, capable of convincingly looking like normal humans in order to lure them and prey upon them. These creatures, however, are non-sentient and non-...
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Anatomically Correct Pinocchio

Pinocchios are known to be mischievous creatures, but why did they evolve that way and how do they survive? The creature has the following properties: Appears to be made of wood Not taller than a ...
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Can you replicate a being's DNA just from observing it?

In the movie Captain Marvel, the main antagonists (at least for half the movie), the shape-shifting Skrulls, can change their appearance to perfectly match any humanoid creature, down to DNA. ...
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How can a team of shapeshifters communicate?

There is a group of people who can shapeshift. They send out hunting parties, scout teams, etc. In a circumstance where a group of ten people can look like ten different species (one human, one wolf, ...
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How would tattoos for shapeshifters work?

So there is a species of shapeshifters who use a tattoo in a specific location on their bodies as a "belonging" indicator. Basically it is a symbol of group pride: it gives information about what the ...
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How would photo IDs work for shapeshifters?

Photo IDs (for instance, a driver's licence or passport) are essential in many aspects of life (driving, buying alcoholic beverages, crossing international borders, voting in many places, etc.). As ...
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Should insurgent groups centralise their hideouts? [closed]

Exposition: This story takes place in a fictional world set in medieval-esque times, where shapeshifters exist in the sense that they have one human and one animal form. In a kingdom called Caelus, ...
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War between human/animal shapeshifters and humans

In my story, set in medieval times, shapeshifters exist who have a human form and an animal form (only one, which they are born with). The majority of the population is human, many of whom hate the ...
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How would shapeshifters be affected by their abilities?

So I have a race of shapeshifters in my world, and in order to change shape or make adjustments to their body (grow wings, arms, tails etc.) They rearrange the atoms in their body, probably through ...
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How to Train Your Mimic (or, why would a Mimic be capable of domestication)

I'm making a world where I want domesticated Mimics to be a thing. These Mimics are pretty similar to the original concept of D&D Mimics: shapeshifters that imitate objects, and hunt by imitating ...
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What changes to the brain would occur in a werewolf transformation?

With typical modern depictions of werewolves (ie: turning into wolf-human hybrids) the victim suffers temporary amnesia and a loss of personality while transformed, is put into a state of extreme ...
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Dragon shapeshifting and memory mechanism

Dragons are biologically immortal creatures that have evolved the most versatile sexual reproduction in existence, they can morph through a cocoon into any other species from the animal kingdom that ...
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How would people interact in a world with cybernetically “shapeshifting” humans? [closed]

I'm curious what a world similar to this question would be like if instead of genetic modifications, shapeshifting was done via cybernetic implants. This would not work by simply injecting some ...
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How big of a taur do you get out of a human?

The title sort of explains what I'm asking, but here is some context; Bill shouldn't have taken that help wanted ad for the mad scientist up the street. Now his legs were gone, and replaces with ...
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How do the aliens maintain their transformations, even after they die?

So, in my story there is a species of aliens, called the Ko’dor. The Ko’dor are a species of shape-shifters, who can change their forms at will. Naturally, they are four-eyed, green octopus like ...
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Evolution of polymorphism

What are the cost and restrictions or benefits of a creature being able to slowly morph from an animal to another while retaining memories? The creature morphs to giant eagle then morphs into fish ...
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How to differentiate between different races of shape shifters?

In my world I have a race of god-like beings who I've recently decided should be shapeshifters. However everything in my world comes in threes, and there are three races / clans of these beings. For ...
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Could this programmable matter approach allow for scientifically plausible shapeshifting?

While I am aware that there have been a lot of posts about how shape-shifting could be possible, but I am asking if this type shape-shifting would work. Okay so fair warning, physics isn't my strong ...
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What sounds would be common for both forms for a human/wolf shapeshifter?

Here's a world much like Earth, except it's inhabited by a race of shapeshifters. On one side of the appearance divide there is an appearance much like a large Earth wolf; on the other is an ...
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Reasons to voluntarily change into a fantasy race?

So one of the biggest quirks of the world I'm building is that, along with supernatural powers suddenly becoming real in modern day, the human race is granted multiple separate opportunities to ...
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How can the Animal Court perform its duties in an increasingly developed world?

You may not realise, but animals no more run by instinct than do humans. Like humans, they too have needs. These needs are served by the Animal Court, lowest of the heavenly courts. Formed from the ...
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What foods will lycanthropes and vampirism-afflicted individuals need to avoid?

In an alternate version of our world, lycanthropes and vampires were introduced about 300 years ago and are coexisting with us. Unfortunately, they had to adapt to our cuisine and avoid certain ...
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Adjusting from Quadruped to Biped [closed]

You are a intelligent adult quadruped; suddenly, you find yourself in a humanoid body due to magic! How long does it take you to learn how to move in your new body? Imagine a race of sapient ...
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Would a squad of soldiers who can shapeshift into T. Rexes be useful in a modern battle?

Take a country in the modern day, like the U.S., which routinely makes use of weapons such as guns, artillery, drones, tanks, et cetera. Now imagine that everyone in one of its elite squads of ...
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Could An Intelligent Werewolf Talk?

So I've got a werewolf species inspired by this Tumblr post. Basically, the default form is somewhere between human and wolf, but gets hairier and more muscular over the course of a month as the full ...
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Name for lunar-affected magical folk [closed]

In a world where people are magically affected by the sun and moon being in opposition, what do you call that in the broadest sense? You have common werewolves, —bears, —sealions, and the occasional ...
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Halloween: How can werewolf work in US?

Among those scary monsters visiting us every year, some must have been accustomed to us after several visits. If they wish to stay in US after the Halloween and work as foreigner from the Otherworld, ...
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How to catch a Faceless Man?

Imagine that in modern world, a Faceless Man of Braavos is walking among us. He is able to completely change his appearance in a split second, and, unfortunately, keeps killing people. Would it be ...
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I have been drinking a potion to stop a transformation. One day, I stopped drinking the potion. How would the transformation take place? [closed]

I am a half-human half-dragon hybrid that has been intaking "medicine" since I was a child. Unbeknownst to me, the "medicine" I am actually taking is a transformation potion to suppress my "dragon" ...
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If one nekomimi became intelligent while others were not, could they free their species? [closed]

One day, Bob the everyman wakes up in the morning and goes down to feed his 3 cats, only to find that they have transformed into cat-like people. Essentially they have cat ears and tails, and their ...
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How to expose a shapeshifting alien

I have this shapeshifting alien living on earth posing as human. He does not follow any "alien agenda", just trying to blend in to ensure his survival. He has a wife, children, stable job etc. Never ...
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How to verify or establish identity where shapeshifters exist

No magic exists in this setting beyond what is explicitly described in this quesiton. The setting is vaguely European medieval. The question centers around a town large enough to support a nobleman ...
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Mystical Creatures- Lycanthropes and Werewovles coexisting [closed]

In the Order many mythical creatures live together, including Lycanthropes and Werewolves, under the High Council, which ensures justice and enforces peace The main difference between the two is ...
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Shapeshifting an individual's physiology for environment (Space Whale)

So let's say you have a typical Space Whale: 27 km from stem to stern, an ecosystem for many creatures in and of itself. I feel that I don't need to explain this part... just picture an average space ...
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How can a ninetails shape-shift in a more natural illusionary way without magic or supernatural stuff?

I'm in the process of writing a speculative evolution book which is based on the natural history of the nine tailed foxes that suppose form a structure for a novel series I'm also doing (rather as a ...
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Increasing the density of the human body

A lot of people are probably familiar with this sort of handwavium in fiction when it's asked where a shapeshifter's extra mass comes from. Most choose to ignore that question. In works that pretend ...
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A heavy shapeshifter in small body - where to store mass? [duplicate]

So, in my previous question I mentioned a human-like race of polymorphs/shapeshifters from biopunkish world of Gaea. Their "normal" appearance (or Huntress' in particular) is not that different from ...
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Where can I transform without being noticed?

I'm just your average person. Not rich, or particularly skilled at anything. Until a few days ago, when (for a reason I can't disclose) I got some amazing superpowers: I can fly, I'm completely ...
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Viability of a vampire-like creature which emits a pathogen

Assume that a person gets infected by a pathogen and then goes into stasis, emerging several hundred years later transformed into a vampire. Now this vampire can meditate and release a pathogen that ...
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What happens when a shapeshifter gets muddy? [closed]

Building off some of the ideas from this question, we have single-animal human shapeshifters that put their clothing in Hammerspace (warning: TV Tropes) when they are in animal form. What exactly ...
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How could the alien hybrids from the “Species” movies be approximated under real physics?

The hybrids were created when unseen aliens sent SETI a message explaining how to combine human and alien DNA. (Ignoring the scientific illiteracy and contradictions in the films) Under the ...
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Realistic shapeshifting? [duplicate]

How could I justify shapeshifting into a large-ish monster using hard science? The transformation from man to monster is pretty drastic, so I'm assuming the transformation would at a minimum take ...
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Is there any scientific reason why only a silver bullet can harm a werewolf?

According to a common horror trope, a werewolf can only be killed or incapacitated by the element silver. I'd like to know if science can explain why no other metallic element except silver is ...
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Werewolves and Barbers

At the barber, I was contemplating that most animals don’t need haircuts. A squirrel, for example, can't cut its hair and doesn’t need to. It would be quite debilitating if animal’s hair needed to be ...
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How would multple moons affect undead and werewolves? [closed]

The 2 classic movie monsters: werewolves and undead both are nocturnal. But how would multiple moons affect each of these classic fictional monsters? Would multiple eclipses help them out the undead ...