An energy being or astral being is a name given to a group of alleged life forms sharing some aspects of their appearance or abilities attributed to the idea that they are composed of pure energy and not made of matter. They appear in myths/legends, paranormal/UFO accounts, and in various works of speculative fiction.
Rather than being literally composed of energy in the physical sense, energy beings are typically rendered as being composed of a translucent glowing fluid, somewhat in common with the representations of ghosts.
The above, being common, is not universal. Thanks to fictional representations such as the Q, the distinction between Energy Beings, Elemental spirits, and Cosmic entities is not always distinct. While some such as the Taelons are barely more powerful than mortals, others such as the Q, from Star Trek; the Ascended Ancients/Ori from Stargate SG-1; the Anodites from Ben 10: Alien Force, which are made of "pure" Mana Energy; and the Meekrob from Invader Zim possess god-like powers on par with characters often classified as conceptual or higher dimensional beings, AKA Cosmic beings. Often, but not always, being those races that stand in power between the more limited Elemental spirits and the more cosmically powerful Cosmic beings.
In science fiction
- Vorlons (Babylon 5)
- Some of the First Ones (Babylon 5)
- The extraterrestrial Paul in the science-fiction film of the same name, although not constructed of energy, can manipulate energy both telepathically and physically. He can repair damaged tissue in a form of resurrection, and he can also project an image of the Universe into a human mind and make them comprehend the immensity of space-time. His home galaxy is the Andromeda Galaxy, thus placing him in this category.
- Organians (Star Trek)
- Prophets and Pah Wraiths (Star Trek)
- The Q (Star Trek)
- Etherials from Marvel Comics
- Ascended people in Stargate SG-1
- Drej (Titan A.E.)
- C'tan (Warhammer 40,000)
- Naaru and Ethereals (World of Warcraft)
- The Taelons (Earth: Final Conflict)
- Gwen Tennyson, and her grandmother Verdona are Anodites from Ben 10: Alien Force
- Cirronians and possibly Vardians (Tracker)
- The astronaut David Bowman is transformed into a 'Star Child' at the conclusion of 2001 A Space Odyssey
- Kheldians and Nictus (City of Heroes).
- FMians, AMians, UMAs, and Wizards from Megaman Starforce which also have the ability to merge with a human in which form they can go between energy and physical.
- Andromeda (Heroes of Newerth)
- The Meekrob from Invader Zim
- The Embers of Muuat and the Ghosts of Creuss from Twilight Imperium
- The Zoni (Ratchet & Clank)
- Archons and Dark Archons in the StarCraft game franchise
- Zzzax (Marvel Comics)
- Pyron (Darkstalkers)
- Living Laser (Marvel Comics)
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