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Shapeshifting or transmogrification refers to a change in the form or shape of a person. It primarily refers to either:

Although shapeshifting is not believed to be scientifically or medically possible, it is a common theme in myth and a popular theme in science fiction and fantasy stories.

Table of contents
1 Shapeshifting in myth
2 Notable shapeshifters in fiction
3 See also

Shapeshifting in myth

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 and vampires, the faerie of Celtic folklore and the Leopard or Hyena men of Central Africa.

Other terms for a shapeshifter include doppelganger, metamorph, skin-walker, mimic, and were.

Examples of shapeshifting in classical literature include many examples in Ovid's Metamorphoses and Apuleius's becoming a donkey in The Golden Ass.

Notable shapeshifters in fiction

Shapeshifters appear in many fantasy and science fiction stories.

Notable shapeshifting characters include:

In the story of Puss in Boots, the hero (a cat) tricks an ogre into becoming a mouse; he then eats it.

In The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa wakes up to find himself transformed into a large insect.

Many of Jack L. Chalker's novels involve one or more transformations; he wrote an essay on physical transformation as a metaphor for various psychological changes, included in his short story collection Dance Band on the Titanic.

Transmogrification is not a theme used several times in the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael Moorcock. The word has been popularized by the transmogrifier used in Calvin and Hobbes.

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