Many children have animal transformation fantasies and shapeshifting is a well-known feature of fairy tales, such as the story of the Frog Prince. Interest in transformation isn't limited just to them, though; the concept captures some imaginations of all ages. The subject is rather obscure and there's no established term for those who like transformations; the general expression is just "TF fans".
Note that having an interest in shapeshifting is distinct from belonging to therians, otherkin or any other group that actually identifies with or wishes to become something else.
It is possible for this interest to be sexually charged, or to accentuate other fetishes; for instance, forced shapeshifting can lend itself well to themes of dominance. The result is a transformation fetish.
The more interesting side lies in extreme body modification for the purpose to resemble an animal :
- tongue splitting - bisection of the tongue similar to a snake's
- subdermal implant - implantation of an object that resides entirely below the dermis
- transdermal implant - implantation of an object below the dermis, but which exits at one or more points
- extraocular implant (eye jewelry) - The implantation of jewelery in the outer layer of the eye.
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