I was trying to think of various types of shifters today, and realized a lot of what I think are shapeshifters, perhaps others do not. Do they have to physically change to be labeled a shapeshifter? Yes, I suppose they should.
There are borderline shifters that don’t necessarily physically change, but alter perceptions of how they appear. The shifter itself may see itself differently, while others do not. Or others may see the shifter differently, while it does not.
I have a few examples, but I’d love to hear more.
In the recently canceled My Own Worst Enemy, Christian Slater stars as a spy who’s ‘normal’ self is a ruthless, emotionless super-spy who performs his tasks with stealth and skill. When a chip is switched inside his brain, he ‘shifts’ to Henry, the unassuming accountant who has a family and a nine-to-five job. His perception of himself is shifted while the world views him the same. I love this show! Why do good shows always get canceled?
For another example, in my upcoming THE DEVIL TO PAY, my character of the devil, Himself, appears to others as their greatest temptation. So let’s say if HImself were to appear on my doorstep, he’d look like Johnny Depp. For you, he may resemble Clive Owen, or Gerard Butler. You see? He looks like the one thing you want most. But to him, he looks like himself (unless he looks in a mirror, then he can see what you’re seeing). So this shifter alters other’s perceptions while not physically changing. I consider him a shifter.
These more subtle forms of shifters are so interesting. I’m sure there are many more forms of them on television, in movies and books. Tell me what or who you think is a perception shifter. I’ll give away a copy of THE DEVIL TO PAY to a commenter (check back Sunday for winner).