Users may take the body of another, by stealing their motor functions and senses. Users may or may not have to leave their own body for this to take place. Disembodied users such as spirits may use the body as their own.
- Temporarily/permanently inhabit the body of the target.
- Take complete control of a target's body, even using it as your own (the target is then known as a vessel).
- Control a person's actions.
- Alter/control the target's biological structure.
- The user's mind/spirit/soul can leave their body freely.
- When the user possesses a body, they gain the skills and powers of the body.
- Can possess a body which can be useful for espionage and can lie dormant inside the person's mind and body.
- User may cause Telepathy and/or Mind Manipulation.
- Utilize as a last resort to escape a dying body and to achieve immortality.
- Overtaken targets may be able fight back for their bodies.
- May needs to focus to return to original body.
- May be overpowered by the host, placing the inhabitant in a sleep-like state.
- May have to touch the target for transfer to be made.
- May only work with one body at a time for new users.
- May only be able to use another's body with the victim's permission.
- User can be exorcised.
- May be banished through Purification.
- May need to switch bodies often in order to preserve their life.
- May kill the host in the process by "crushing" them from the inside.
- May die if the host is killed.
- The inhabitant's actual body may be vulnerable to attack and the inhabitant may die or become trapped in the host if the possessor's body is damaged/destroyed beyond repair.
- Users of Indomitable Will are either resistant or immune.
- User may cause damage to the host (sheer power, physiology rejection, etc.).
- Cannot possess those with Possession Immunity.
Deadman (DC Comics)
Eclipso (DC Comics)
Parallax (DC Comics)
Jericho (DC Comics)
Kurt Kilgore (Image Comics)
Dream Catcher (Marvel)
Vampy Cats/The Swell (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight)