refers to a change in the form or shape of a person. It primarily refers to either:
- a change from human form to animal form and vice versa, OR
- a change in appearance from one person to another
Shapeshifting to the form of a different species
is specifically known as lycanthropy
, and is frequently used in association with myths and legends pertaining to such creatures as werewolves
. Shapeshifters appear in many fantasy
and science fiction
Other terms for a shapeshifter include doppelganger, metamorph, mimic, and were.
In the story of Puss in Boots, the hero (a cat) tricks an ogre into becoming a mouse; he then eats it.
Transmogrification is a theme used several times in the Jerry Cornelius stories. The word has been popularized by the transmogrifier used in Calvin and Hobbes.