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Questions tagged [shape-shifter]

A creature, robot or deity which possesses the ability to change its form.

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Book about a boy who can shapeshift; he joined a circus after loosing a finger

I recall bits from one of my dad's books that I read in the late 1980’s. It was about a boy who lost his thumb (or finger) when a door was shut on it. He joined a circus or carnival where he looked ...
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When my biggest fear is a Boggart, would I see its natural form?

We know that a Boggart exists even if nobody sees it: Nobody knows what a Boggart looks like if nobody is there to see it, although it continues to exist, usually giving evidence of its ...
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Young Adult sci-fi fantasy featuring shape-shifting jelly monsters that engulf humans and take their shape

So I've read an adaptation of this book along with a couple more from the same series in a different language, but the writer there didn't reveal the original title. Key points: Four kids are the ...
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Cartoon about a boy who could transform into a big blue bird and speak to animals

I watched this cartoon when I was younger. It was about a boy who could transform into a big blue bird, speak to animals, and hear the song of the wind. His grandfather and sister had the same powers, ...
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Vampire romance series

There's this vampire romance series. In the first book, the male lead (Kaden, I think is his name) kidnaps a human woman and her psychic daughter. The lady also has a sister, Emma, who is in hiding. ...
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Short story: Cop chasing serial killer, both are shape shifting aliens

I'm looking for the title of a short story I read years ago. It is about a cop chasing down a serial killer but it turns out both of them are actually aliens and the cop turns into a blob and ...
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Shifter series with a big cat shifter and a scientist's daughter [closed]

I am looking for a shifter series where the male protagonist is a leopard or tiger shifter and she is the daughter of a scientist, or someone from an organization which hates shifters, and stays at ...
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Novel about a girl living in submarine, becomes fish if water touches her?

There is this girl, who lived all of her life in a submarine where her and other teens, the crew, don't age. They also can't go out, because if the sea water touches you, you become a huge fish and ...
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Story about shapeshifting aliens trying to invade Earth, thwarted by biodiversity

I'm trying to find a short story. Here is what I remember about the plot: Shapeshifting aliens try to invade planet Earth. They have tried multiple times in the past, but every single time they lost ...
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Movie about a magic school with boy who can shapeshift into eagle or falcon

It is a live-action movie. I saw it long ago on TV. It was released before 2010 for sure, and probably earlier. The channel was probably TV2 or RTL klub, which are commercial channels in Hungary in ...
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Fantasy book with a brother-sister pair in a besieged castle. Girl can shapeshift. Boy gets turned into a sword

I'm pretty sure I read this one in the early to mid 90s in Kentucky. It was a paperback fantasy novel. I think it had the girl leaping off of the ramparts of a castle and starting to develop wings (or ...
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Book about a shapeshifter hunting the women of a family

At some point in the last ~3 years I've read a book about a family trying to escape from a shapehifter who was hunting the women of that family for generations. The book was written in different ...
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A novel about an alien shapeshifter that escaped to Earth

I was looking for a book about an alien that can transform oneself to any living form escaped to earth. I think its name is the fugitive or the chased and it was published before 1995. I don't have ...
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Short story about a woman who is changed in to a puma for a month

I read a short story MANY years ago (more than 20). A woman saves a small fairy-like creature from her cat. The fairy-creature grants her a wish, and she unknowingly asks to be her cat. Conservation ...
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Novel About Shape-Shifting Aliens

Trying to find a novel about a group of humans stranded on a planet with shapeshifting aliens. There was another human stranded on the planet before this group arrived. This person taught the aliens ...
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Sci-Fi movie about a shapeshifter

I've seen a small portion of this movie roughly 15 years ago. Unfortunately, I was really young and can't really remember a lot of the details. I'd be really happy if you could help me identify it. ...
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How is a pack formed?

How did Peter Hale form the original pack? Did they perform some rite? How does a shape-shifter become the original alpha? It can not be done by being a true alpha because... well Peter never was one (...
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Can werecoyotes/werejaguars form packs?

In the Teen Wolf universe, can werecoyotes form packs like werewolves can? I mean the supernatural way (red eyes, betas, alphas, etc.) not just a bunch of supernatural not killing each other.
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SF book from the early 1980s (or earlier): Humans hunted by shapeshifting aliens

I remember this book from High School. It was not one of the classics, but would love to re-read it. Plot involved a game with humans (on earth) being hunted by a set of shapeshifting aliens (who ...
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Looking for a fantasy book I read as a teen [closed]

As a teen (I am now 72), I owned a wonderful book about shapeshifters, people who turned into trees, and another about African tales about a grain of rice that grew big enough to feed a whole village. ...
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Origin of “giveaway eyes for shapeshifters” trope

This use of giveaway eye flashes, changes in colour or iris seems to be a common trope in several series as a way of informing the viewer when a nearby shapeshifter is listening/watching/involved. ...
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Shapeshifting alien woman

I remember reading this book in the around 2005 perhaps? Although I think it was published earlier of course. Anyway. It was about this alien made of pure energy who absorbed living matter in order to ...
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What is Nagilum’s true form?

Nagilum expresses some surprise that the Enterprise-D members are shocked to see him in a “humanoid” form (“Where Silence Has Lease”). After all, it’s gone to such trouble to look like them! Is there ...
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Extent and limitations of Zygon transforming ability?

Zygons, laconically described by the Tenth Doctor as "big red rubbery things covered in suckers, surprisingly good kissers", are shape-shifting aliens which can take human form. When they do take ...
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Star Trek DS9 Shape-Shifters - anti-shape-shifting device

In the Star Trek DS9 episode 'The Die is Cast' (S3E21) Garak used a torture device against Odo which prevents him from changing form, including changing into a liquid state. Since such technology's ...
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Looking for fantasy book about a boy who meets a tribal girl who turns out to be a shifter

It was a young adult fantasy read that came out around the same time as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I was told by the bookstore owner at the time that it was recommended for people who ...
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Are there examples of Odo having a sensory advantage?

I was reading the question about shapeshifters' nervous systems. And I figured, the eyes and ears being merely for appearance sake, that would imply that each cell in the shape-shifter's body is ...
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Sci-Fi novel (series?) about shapeshifting killer whales

I remember reading a book about 25 years ago (so around 1990?) which featured shapeshifting killer whales as the antagonists. It had a techno-fantasy feel to it, with people having body-phones ...
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Short story collection about were-creatures and shapeshifters

I borrowed and read this book (in English) from a local library in Rancho Bernardo, California as a child in the early to mid 90's, no later than '96. The collection itself may have been written in ...
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Short Story Collection from 80s/early 90s with story about the Ainu and a shapeshifter

I'm looking for the short story collection that contained a short story that involved the Ainu culture and shape shifters. I read the collection in late 80s/early 90s. It was published in America — ...
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Girl turns into a dragon

I'm looking for a book about a girl that turns into a dragon. She is picked up and sent to a magic academy because they think she has magic abilities. She was raised by werewolves and eventually ...
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After the DS9 finale what happens to the Jem'hadar and what assurances do the Federation have that the Dominion won't attack again?

ST Deep Space Nine "What You Leave Behind": ODO: All I ask is that you Link with me. GARAK: I'm warning you, Odo. ODO: Nerys. KIRA: Garak, put down your weapon. GARAK: I don'...
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When in production was the Changeling story arc determined?

Entire question is spoilers. At the beginning of DS9, Odo's origin is unknown and he's the only known member of his race. Very mysterious. When were these ideas determined during production?
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Do we ever learn why there was a delay in symptoms of the disease in Odo?

DS9 "When it pours..." BASHIR [on monitor]: I was running a scan on the sample you left when I noticed something unusual. ODO: Unusual in what way? BASHIR [on monitor]: The disease ...
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Looking for a particular fantasy series involving body swapping

I'm looking for a series of fantasy books which involve a character transferring his soul to another body every time he dies. The protagonist is, I believe, the red-haired son of a general. He dies ...
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Was the Doctor Bashir on the DS9 station the real Doctor Bashir or his Changeling replacement during the episode “The Begotten”?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1": GARAK: When were you brought here? BASHIR: Over a month ago. I was attending a burn treatment conference on Meezan Four. I went to bed one night and woke ...
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How does the baby changeling transfer itself into Odo?

After reading my question if there's an obvious answer in a later episode, then just let me know and I'll delete my question. DS9 "Begotten": QUARK: A Yridian I've been dealing with sold me ...
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How is Odo able to establish a link with solids or is he linked to the great link somehow and they are manipulating the situation?

There is a similar question here that was closed for some reason as being opinion based. My question is not a general question about whether or not the Founders are able to establish a telepathic link ...
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Short story with carnivorous organisms mimicking objects

I remember reading a short story some time ago about a colony or outpost on an Earthlike planet. Some people went missing and the scientists discovered that they were being attacked (and consumed) by ...
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Humorous short story about a young woman who wants to demonstrate shape-changing to her boyfriend

She's a witch, and talks about proving it to him by shape-changing into a cat or dog. He doesn't believe it, and is preparing to go swimming. She does whatever preparation is necessary for a shape-...
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Identify space opera/erotic thriller/murder mystery novel starring alien protagonist with prehensile tail?

I remember reading this novel over fifteen years ago, but I cannot recall the title or the author. I think it might possibly have been published sometime from 70s to 90s. What I recall of the cover ...
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Why did Francis shapeshifter leave the shape-shifter device behind?

In Season 2 of Fringe (spoiler): Assuming that the shapeshifter had plenty of time to change the bodies, why he left the shifter device in the nurse corpse? It makes no sense, he is stuck on ...
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Limits of Mystique's shapeshifting

I've read that Mystique can turn into animals and inanimate objects, but could she turn into something really small, like a bug? What are the limits of her shapeshifting powers?
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Children's graphic novel series, schoolboy twin protagonists retrieve formula that lets them transform to insects

I'm searching for the title of a series of juvenile science fiction books. The books are specifically written for young readers. They are really small and thin, have illustrations, and I believe ...
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What is the Extinction of the Shape-shifters (like Beorn) in Middle-Earth Lore?

In the movie The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug - the party wind up at Beorn's Hall. When Beorn is asked about other Shape-Shifters he makes reference to a past event where Azog captured the shape-...
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Are boggarts able to take the form of abstract fears?

So to provide a little bit of context to my question I put up a scenario that happened at school. A friend and I were talking about some horror movies and we happened to end up talking about what we ...