Body swap appearances in media

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Body swaps have been a common storytelling device in fiction media. Books such as Vice Versa (1882)[1] and Freaky Friday (1972)[2] have inspired a number of adaptation films as well as television shows, some of which have used derivatives of Freaky Friday for its episode titles. In 2013, Disney Channel held a Freaky Freakend with seven shows that featured body-swapping episodes.[a]

The list focuses mainly on exchanges between two beings, thus it forgoes similar phenomena of body hopping, spirit possession, transmigration,[4] avatars, unless the target being's mind is conversely placed in the source's body.[5][6] It also excludes age transformations as with the movie Big or 17 Again that are sometimes considered body swaps by the media;[5][7][8] identity/role swaps, which are typically done between twins, clones, look-alikes, and doppelgängers;[9] and characters with multiple personalities.[5]


Title Author Year Characters Method/Notes Reference
Agent Cormac book series Neal Asher 2001-2008 Cormac, Mika, Aiden, Stanton, Dragon, Crane AI transfers to different bodies; Downloads of human minds into artificial carriers and cyborg bodies [10]
Airhead book series Meg Cabot 2008 Emerson Watts (tomboy) and Nikki Howard (teenage supermodel) brain transplant[b] [11]
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers 1983 Doyle and Dog-Face Joe   OCLC 10259963
The Barking Ghost R. L. Stine 1995 Cooper, Margaret and two dogs spell / Goosebumps series #32 OCLC 32441922
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Parts 1 and 2 Dav Pilkey 2003 Melvin and Mr.Krupp Combine-O-Tron 2000
Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold Jack Chalker 1982 various characters Warden powers to swap minds of two sleeping participants OCLC 277005501
Dragon Princess S. Andrew Swann 2014 Thief, princess, dragon and wizard Wizard's spell [12]
An Exchange of Souls Barry Pain 1911 inspired H.P. Lovecraft's 1937 short story The Thing on the Doorstep [13]
Flip Martyn Bedford 2011 teenager and another boy OCLC 639518192
Fox Eyes Mordicai Gerstein 2001 Martin and a fox staring at fox's eyes OCLC 44750632
Freaky Friday Mary Rodgers 1972 teenage girl and her mother fortune cookies [14]
Gender Blender Blake Nelson 2006 Emma and Tom OCLC 60590030
Help! I'm Trapped... book series Todd Strasser 1993-2011 Multiple characters Mind-swapping machine [15]
The Identity Matrix Jack L. Chalker 1982 Victor Gonser swaps with various women Alien powers [16]
Jumper Lorelai Brizzi 2016 Multiple body swaps Meteor rock [17]
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series Nancy E. Krulik 2002-2010 Katie Kazoo and various characters[c] Magic wind (originally wish from a falling star) [18][19]
Laughing Gas P. G. Wodehouse 1936 Reggie and Joey inhale laughing gas at a dentist's office [20]
The Master Mind of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1928 multiple people brain transplant [21]
Mindswap Robert Sheckley 1966 Marvin Flynn and various alien people mind-swapping technology OCLC 18565280
My Lady, My Lord Katharine Ashe 2014 Lord Ian Chance and Lady Corinna Mowbray magic statue OCLC 881632365
Prelude to a Kiss (play) Craig Lucas 1988 Old man and bride kiss [22]
The Stolen Alex Shearer 2003 young girl and elderly witch magic potion [23]
The Swap Megan Shull 2014 Jack and Ellie (male and female middle school students) spell [24]
Switch Carol Snow 2008 Claire and Larissa (average teenage girl and a model blonde) lightning storms [25]
Switched R. L. Stine 1995 Nicole and Lucy / Fear Street series #31 OCLC 32331235
The Tale of the Body Thief Anne Rice 1992 Lestat de Lioncourt and Raglan James [26]
The Toilet of Doom Michael Lawrence 2001 Jiggy McCue and Angie magic toilet / third in Jiggy McCue series OCLC 50802367
Tiffany Twisted Alison Tyler 2006 Tiffany and Kurt OCLC 64554840
Turnabout Thorne Smith 1931 Tim and Sally Willows [27][28]
Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers F. Anstey 1882 Paul and Dick Bultitude (father and son) wish from magic stone [29]
Why I'm I Afraid Of Bees R. L. Stine 1994 Gary and a bee / Goosebumps series #17 OCLC 29815540

Short stories and operas[edit]

Title Author Year Characters Method / Notes Reference
"Avatar" Théophile Gautier magic
"Chateau d'If" Jack Vance
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment" Arthur Conan Doyle [30]
"Ichchhepuron (Fulfilling the wish)" Rabindranath Tagore
Lejana (The Distances) Julio Cortázar woman and beggar hug [31]
"Mefisto In Onyx" Harlan Ellison
The Shadow Out of Time H. P. Lovecraft Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee psychic temporal transfer
"The Story of the Late Mr Elvesham" H. G. Wells
"The Thing on the Doorstep" H. P. Lovecraft 1937 Edward Derby / Asenath Waite magic
The Gentleman in Black (opera) Frederic Clay and
W. S. Gilbert
1870 magic
Happy Arcadia (opera) Frederic Clay and
W. S. Gilbert
1872 magic


Title Country Directed by Year Characters Method / Notes Reference
18 Again! United States Paul Andrew Flaherty 1988 Grandfather and grandson[c] Car accident [7][22][32]
A Saintly Switch United States Peter Bogdanovich 1999 National Football League quarterback and his wife. Kids cast voodoo spell [33]
Alison's Birthday Australia Ian Coughlan 1981 Young girl and old crone. Demonic ritual [34]
All of Me United States Carl Reiner 1984 An attorney and his female client. Mystic with soul transfer ability. Souls can also share bodies. [4][7][22]
All Screwed Up United States Neil Stephens 2009 Jock guy and a science nerd girl. Science experiment on ancient African beetle goes wrong. [35]
Chinna Vathiyar India Singeetam Srinivasa Rao 1995 Professor and student Researching mantras that enable soul to move out of body / Same actor portrays both characters [36]
Change-Up, TheThe Change-Up United States David Dobkin 2011 A lawyer and family man switches with his best friend who is an adult video actor. Urinating at a magic fountain [6][22][37]
Dame tu cuerpo (Give Me Your Body) Mexico Rafael Montero 2003 A guy's fiancee and best friend, who is a soccer coach. Wish during planetary alignment [38][39]
Dating the Enemy Australia Megan Simpson Huberman 1996 Boyfriend and girlfriend Wish during full moon [40][41]
Detention (2011 film) United States Joseph Kahn 2011 Daughter in 2010 and mother in 1992 Rays from an alien spaceship [42]
The Heckler Australia Ben Plazzer 2015 Steve (comedian) and Mike (heckler) Toilet in comedy club plus hypnotism / Steve is a spirit when swapped [43][44]
Les Dissociés France Suricate 2015 People members of the "Suricate" group [45]
Dogmatic Canada Neill Fearnley 1996 A man and his dog [46][47]
Dream a Little Dream United States Marc Rocco 1989 Teenager and older man[c] Meditation experiment and collision [22][48]
Eine wie keiner Germany Marco Petry 2008 Boyfriend and girlfriend [49]
Freaky Friday United States Gary Nelson 1976 Mother and daughter. Wish [50]
Freaky Friday United States Melanie Joy Mayron 1995 Mother and daughter Magical amulets [51]
Freaky Friday United States Mark Stephen Waters 2003 Mother and daughter. fortune cookies [7][22]
Here Comes the Bride Philippines Chris Martinez 2010 Five different people are accident on a magnetic hill during solar eclipse [52]
Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge (Help, I'm a boy!) Germany Oliver Dommenget 2002 Boy and girl. Magic spellbook [53]
Holiday Wishes Canada David Weaver 2006 Teenagers Britney (rich girl) and Rachel (foster kid) Christmas wish [54]
The Hot Chick United States Tom Brady 2002 A popular high school cheerleader finds herself in a man's body. Earrings [7][22]
Identity Theft United States James A. Ward 2009 A male lottery winner ends up swapping bodies with a beautiful female model who is in deep debt and is wanted by the police. Spirit [55]
It's a Boy Girl Thing United Kingdom,
United States
Nick Hurran 2006 Teenage boy and girl Statue casts a spell [22]
Ithihasa India Binu S. Kalady 2014 A petty thief ends up swapping bodies with a female software professional. Ring [56]
Just Follow Law Singapore Jack Neo 2007 Supervisor and subordinate Car accident [57]
Like Father Like Son United States Rod Daniel 1987 Father and son drank a potion [7][22][32]
Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase United States Gwen Wetzler 1982 Harry the Heartless and Queen Pearlheart. Harry's Thought Transfer Machine [58]
Pon un hombre en tu vida (Put a man in your life) Spain Eva Lesmes 1996 Male sports coach and female singer. [8]
Prelude to a Kiss United States Norman René 1992 Mysterious old man and a bride Kiss [22]
Scooby-Doo United States Raja Gosnell 2002 Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma Demons [59]
The Secret France Vincent Perez 2007 Mother and daughter Car accident [60]
Se Eu Fosse Você (If I Were You) Brazil Daniel Filho 2006 Husband and wife. Arguing under stars [61]
Se Eu Fosse Você 2 (If I Were You 2) Brazil Daniel Filho 2009 Husband and wife. Arguing under stars [62]
Shrek the Third United States Chris Miller, Raman Hui 2007 Donkey and Puss In Boots side-effect of teleportation spell [22]
Sister Switch United States Torrance Colvin 2009 11-year-old student with 18-year-old sister music pop star potion [63]
The Skeleton Key United States Iain Softley 2005 Caroline body swaps with Mama Cecile and later finds herself in Violet's body. Spirit power [64][65]
Soowitch Canada Jean-François Rivard 2001 Man and woman One-night stand [66]
Swap, TheThe Swap United States Jay Karas 2016 Jack (hockey player) & Ellie (rhythmic gymnast) a text [67]
Transformed United States Pamela Sutch[d] 2005 Hilda (female mad scientist) and Allen (guy), Vanessa (another swapper) mind-swapping device [68]
Vice Versa United States Brian Gilbert 1988 Father and son Touched weird artifact [7][22][32]
Wish Upon a Star United States Blair Treu 1996 Alexia (popular girl) and Hayley (geeky younger sister) Wish on falling star [69]
Xchange Canada Allan Moyle 2000 agent and terrorist leader technology that lets people travel by swapping minds [70]
X, Y United States Vladimir Vitkin 2004 A topless dancer and a businessman[c] Siren / personality change, dancer thinks she's a man [71]
Your Name Japan Makoto Shinkai 2016 Mitsuha (girl in Itomori town) and Taki (boy in Tokyo) Unexplained, intermittent swapping [72]


Shows with body swaps[edit]

The following shows have a body swap as a major storyline or feature a character who has swapped bodies over multiple episodes.

Title Character Method / Notes Reference
American Dad! Klaus Heissler and a goldfish CIA experiment [73]
Boy Meets Girl Danny Reed and Veronica Burton Struck by lightning [74]
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Various characters Body swapping machine // 2016 series [75][76][77]
Drop Dead Diva Deb and Jane, Grayson and Ian pressing the button on a computer in Heaven / Later, Jane returns to Earth by swapping with a third body [78]
Legion (TV series) Sydney Barrett and various characters Sydney's mutation allows her to switch bodies with whomever she touches
Papa to Musume no Nanokakan (ja: パパとムスメの7日間?, Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter) father and daughter train malfunction [79]
Secret Garden A rich CEO and a stuntwoman sharing magic liquor bottle [80]
Turnabout Husband and wife Magic statue / 1979 TV series based on 1931 novel by Thorne Smith

Episodes with body swaps[edit]

TV episodes where characters swap bodies. See also graphic novels and manga.

Title Episode Characters Method / Notes Refs
A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives "A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives" OVA Taito, Himea and Mirai; Gekkou and Haruka Drinking potion and touching someone [citation needed]
Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, TheThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius "Trading Faces" Jimmy and Cindy Lightning strikes mind-reading device [81]
Adventure Time "Sons of Mars" Jake and Magic Man Spell [82]
Amazing World of Gumball, TheThe Amazing World of Gumball "Halloween" Gumball in Darwin's body, Darwin in Anais's body, Anais in Gumball's body Potion lets characters escape their bodies / Mix-up in retrieving bodies causes switch
American Dad! "Don't Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth" Stan and his new horse Device: CIA Technology
American Dad! "Da Flippity Flop" Stan and Klaus Device: CIA Technology
American Dragon: Jake Long "Switcheroo" Jake and Haley Magic mirror
Angel "Carpe Noctem" Angel with an old man called Marcus Spell [83]
Animal Yokochō "Doki☆Doki Volume: Ami And Iyo's Big Misunderstanding" Ami and Iyo
Annoying Orange, TheThe Annoying Orange "The Deviled Egg" Pear and Marshmallow; Midget Apple and Grapefruit Special ability[e] [84]
Ant FarmA.N.T. Farm "MutANT Farm" Paisley and a duck Olive's machine
Ant FarmA.N.T. Farm "idANTity crisis" Chyna gets in Violet's body, Violet in Fletcher's body, Fletcher in Olive's body, and Olive in Chyna's body Yogurt machine[a]
Ape Escape "Suddenly bodies switch?!" Spike and Natalie Badly programmed dimensional light machine that Professor activates by accident
Aqua Teen Hunger Force "Rabbit, Not Rabbot" Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, Carl Brutananadilewski, Dr. Zord, Randy, and Lionel Urinating in a mall fountain [85]
Austin & Ally "Freaky Friends & Fan Fiction" Austin in Dez's body, Trish in Ally's body, Ally in Trish's body and Dez in Austin's body. Later, Ally and Dez switch bodies Magic typewriter[a]
Austin & Ally "Scary Spirits and Spooky Stories" Eri & Ally Spell by Eri [verification needed]
Avengers, TheThe Avengers "Who's Who" Enemy agents swap bodies with Steed and Mrs. Peel Machine
Avengers Assemble "The Avengers Protocol Part 1" Captain America and Red Skull Bodyswitching machine
Avengers Assemble "Head to Head" Black Widow, The Hulk, Falcon, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor Mind Infinity Gem
Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger "Ep. 27: AbaRed is Abare Blue" Ryouga, Yukito, Tyranno and Kera Spell by Trinoid #16: Tsutakotatsu
Batman: The Brave and the Bold "The Criss Cross Conspiracy!" Batman with Katrina Moldoff Spell by Felix Faust
Beast Wars Neo "Break is a Predacon?" Break and Saberback
Beelzebub Today I'm Different on the Inside Oga and Beelzebub IV Super Milk Time
Ben 10 "A Change of Face" Gwen with Charmcaster, and later with Ben
Ben 10: Omniverse "Ben Again" 11-year-old Ben with 16-year-old Ben Eon's cross-time brain switch [86]
Ben 10 (2016) Freaky Gwen Ben Gwen and Ben Spell by Hex
Best Friends Whenever "A Time to Double Date" Bret & Chet Machine malfunction
Big Bad Beetleborgs "The Good, the Bad, and the Scary" Drew and Noxic; Roland and Typhus; Jo and Jara Fangula's spell [87]
Bravest Warriors "Merewif Tag" Chris and Plum Merewif Tag (Plum's special ability) [88]
Breadwinners "Switcheroo" SwaySway and Buhdeuce Magic bread
Buffy the Vampire Slayer "This Year's Girl" / "Who Are You" Faith and Buffy Mystical ring [83]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Witch" Amy Madison and her mother Catherine Spell
Captain Planet and the Planeteers "The Unbearable Blightness of Being" Gaia and Dr. Blight Dr. Blight's body-switching device
Cardcaptor Sakura "Sakura, Kero, and Syaoran" Syaoran and Kero The Change card [89]
ChalkZone "Bullsnap" Snap and a bull.
Charmed "Enter the Demon" Phoebe and Paige, Piper and the Zen Master accidental spell and Paige's potion [90]
Charmed "Freaky Phoebe" Phoebe and Amara Spell cast by Amara
Charmed "The Lost Picture Show" Piper and Leo Spell cast by magical marriage counsellor
Chikyu Sentai Fiveman "Super Twin Strategy" Fumiya and Remi
Chowder "A Little Bit of Pizzaz" Mung, Truffles, Schnitzel and Chowder Mind-swapping ingredient Pizzazz and explosion [91]
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers "A Fly in the Ointment" Zipper and Professor Nimnul, Chip and Monterey, Dale and Gadget swap bodies and attributes, but retain their heads Teleportation device (Phonomatic Modemizer)
Code Lyoko "A Fine Mess" Yumi Ishiyama and Odd Della Robbia Computer malfunction
Community "Basic Human Anatomy" Troy and Abed Wish [92]
Danger Mouse "There's a Penfold in my Suit" Danger Mouse and Penfold, Baron Greenback and Stiletto Mystic Swapping Stone
Danny Phantom "Splitting Images" Danny and Sidney Poindexter
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue "Heaven Can Wait For Maia Mizuki" Mizuki and Gloria
Darkwing Duck "Trading Faces" Darkwing and Gosalyn, Launchpad and Honker Computer malfunction
Dexter's Laboratory "Mom and Jerry" Dexter and a mouse Brain-transplant machine [93]
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears "If I Were You" Duke Igthorn and Tummi Gummi Magic Wand
Dog Days "Change My Heart" Cinque, Millhiore, Yukikaze and Baby Land God Spell by Baby Land God
Dog With a Blog "Freaky Fido" Stan and Tyler, Ellen and Bennett Lightning [a]
Donkey Kong Country "The Big Switcheroo" Donkey Kong and a robot, Candy Kong and General Klump Mind-swapping helmets
Doraemon "Rope Swapping, Nobita, Shizuka and others Swapping Rope
Eerie, Indiana "No Brain, No Pain" Simon, Chappy, Marshall, wife Device (Brainalyzer)
8 Simple Rules "Freaky Friday" Grandpa and C.J., Bridget and her mother, Rory and his hamster Cate's dream after watching Freaky Friday [94]
The Emperor's New School "Faking the Grade" Kronk and Yzma Flip or Snapper Potions
Engine Sentai Go-onger "GP 12: Sosuke Banki!?" Sosuke and Hatsuden Banki
Eureka "Jack of All Trades" Carter, Fargo, Zane, Allison Mind-mining program
Excel Saga "Going Too Far" Excel and Hyatt [95]
Fairly 1The Fairly OddParents "Dog's Day Afternoon" Timmy and Vicky's dog Wish
Fairly 2The Fairly OddParents "Presto Change-O" Timmy, A.J., Francis, Mr. Crocker, Timmy's parents, Vicky, Vicky's dog Wish for mind-swapping device
Fairly 3The Fairly OddParents "Manic Mom-Day" Timmy and his mom Wish
Fairly 4The Fairly OddParents "Country Clubbed" Wanda and Sparky Brain swap ray
Fairly 5The Fairly OddParents "Which is Wish" Timmy and Chloe Wish
Fairy Tail "Changeling" Natsu and Loke, Lucy and Gray, Erza and Happy Spell on a paper [96]
Family Guy "Lois Kills Stewie" Peter and Lois Device: Stewie's Invention
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes "Doomed" Reed and Dr. Doom Injection
Farscape "Out of Their Minds" John, Aeryn, Rygel, Pilot, D'Argo, Chiana alien weapon
The Flintstones "Monster Fred" Various characters Device (mad scientist)
Freefonix "Bizarro BB" BB and Lady Lux Guitar powers [97]
Fresh Pretty Cure! "Tart is Inori, Inori is Tart!?" Ionri and Tarte Spelled by the Nakewameke
Friday the 13th: The Series "The Long Road Home" Samsara charm [98]
Friday the 13th: The Series "My Wife as a Dog" Firefighter's wife and his dog Aboriginal Leash of Dreams
Futurama: Benders Game -- The Professor and a monkey Device
Futurama "The Prisoner of Benda" Various characters Mind-swapping machine [f]
Gadget and the Gadgetinis "Swap Team" Gadget, Miss Mithit and an ogre Swap Control Centre
Garfield and Friends "The Idol of ID" Garfield and Odie; Jon and a gypsy magic statue
Garfield Show, TheThe Garfield Show "Freaky Monday" Garfield and Odie Spell by alien
Gawayn "Love Trouble" William and giant Magic wand [citation needed]
Genie in the House "Out of Our Minds" Philip and Emma Norton Wish
Gilligan's Island "The Friendly Physician" The castaways Mind-swapping Machine
Gintama "He's The Sweet Tooth, and I'm the Mayo Guy" Gintoki and Hijikata Broken Machine/Hit by truck
Girls Bravo "Bravo at the Pool!" Fukuyama and Yukinari; Kirie and Miharu Spell by Lisa [100]
Glee "Props" Various characters Bump to the head [g]
Gravity Falls "Carpet Diem" Dipper and Mabel, various characters The Experimental Carpet [a]
Harvey Beaks "Princess Harvey" Harvey and Princess Magic Crystal
Haven (TV series) "The Old Switcheroo, Parts 1 and 2" Vince and Dave, Gloria and Dwight, Nathan and Duke, various characters Trouble [102]
Hero: 108 "About Faces" HighRoller and Lin Chung transference sceptre
Highway To Heaven "Change of Life" Mark Gordon and actress Linda Blackwell Wish
I Dream Of Jeannie "Haven't I Seen Me Someplace Before?" Roger and Tony Wish
Intergalactic Kitchen "Take Me to Your Larder" Various characters Machine malfunction
Inspector Gadget (2015) "Brain Drain" Various characters
Jackie Chan Adventures "Sheep in Sheep Out" Jackie and Jade Spirits float into wrong bodies
Jennifer Slept Here "Changing Faces"
Jessie "To Be Me, or Not to Be Me" Jessie and Zuri, Ravi and Bertram, Emma and Luke Magic bell [a][103]
Jimmy Two-Shoes "Monster Mutt" Beezie and Cerby; Jimmy and Heloise. Heloise's trouble
Johnny Test "Papa Johnny" Johnny and Hugh, Susan and her mom Mind-swapping machine
Johnny Test "Johnny Susan, Susan Johnny" Susan and Johnny Mind-swapping machine
Jumanji "Who am I?" Various characters Ball of light
Justice League Unlimited "The Great Brain Robbery" Flash and Lex Luthor Combination of spell (Doctor Fate) and brain scan (Luthor on Gorilla Grodd)
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger "A More Than Usual Gokai Change" Doc and Luka
Kappa Mikey "Manic Monday" Lily and Mitsuki Magic bracelets [104]
King Arthur's Disasters "King Guinevere" King Arthur and Princess Guinevere Merlin Spell
Kickin' It "The Amazing Krupnick" Ronny Blaze and a turtle Spell
Kid vs. Kat "BoardKat" Coop and Kat; Dennis and Kat Device (Kat's invention)
Kim Possible "Mind Games" Kim and Ron, Dr. Drakken and Private Dobbs, Ron and Rufus Mind-swapping machine
Kochikame "I'm Reiko and I'm Ryuou-chan?!" Ryotsu and Reiko
Krypto the Superdog "Dog-Gone Kevin" Krypto and Kevin Whitney Red Kryptonite
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness "Shifu's Ex" Shifu and Mei Ling Zhou Deng Soul Gem
League of Super Evil "Muhaha" Voltar and General Sergeant
Lilo & Stitch: The Series "Swapper" Gantu and Hämsterviel, Lilo and Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley; Lilo, Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley later get swapped again Experiment 355 (a.k.a. Swapper)
Little Charmers "Charming Pets" Various characters Spell
Little Charmers "Switcheroo" Hazel and Hazel's mom Magic Aging Cream
Little Charmers "All Stirred Up Various characters Transformation Spell
Lizzie McGuire "Those Freaky McGuires" Matt and Lizzie Arguing
Lloyd in Space "Lloyd Changes His Mind" Lloyd and Francine Mind-reading device
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman "I've Got You Under My Skin" Clark and Woody Magical crystal
Lost Girl "Original Skin" Various characters Ingesting Gorgon's blood [105]
Lunar Jim "The Big Switcheroo" Rover and TED Teleporting machine
The New Archies "Change of Minds" Eugene and Moose; Archie and Jughead Eugene's Invention
Mahou Sentai Magiranger "Contrary Brother and Sister", "The Gorgon's Garden" Kai Ozu and his sister Houka Ozu Spell by Hades Warrior God Toad
Mamotte! Lollipop "Nina is Zero and Zero is Nina!" Nina and Zero Overnight swap
Marsupilami "Marsupilami meets Doctor Normanstein" Maurice and Marsupilami; Norman Frankenrilla and Chicken Mind-swapping device
Martha Speaks "Dog for a Day" Martha and TD
Max Steel "Reprogrammed" Max and Steel
3-2-1 Penguins! "Invasion of the Body Swappers" Zidgel and Kevin Galeezle mishap??[jargon]
Medium "Bring your daughter to work day" Allison Dubois and her daughter Bridgette Homeless person
Mega Man "Bot Transfer" Mega Man and Snake Man.
The Mighty B! "Hen And Bappy" Ben and Happy; Bessie and Hippie Magic taquitos
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers "Switching Places" Billy and Kimberly; Bulk & Skull Machine sabotage
Mr. Young "Mr. Switch" Adam into Echo's body; Echo into Derby's body; Derby into Slab's body; Slab into Ivy's body; Ivy into Dang's body; Dang into Adam's body; Mr. Tator and Ms. Byrne Machine malfunction [106]
The Muppet Show "Harry Belafonte"
Pigs in Space "Dissolvatron" segment
Miss Piggy and Link Hogthrob, Janice, Kermit the Frog and The Swedish Chef Dissolvatron
My Friends Tigger and Pooh "The Tiglet and Pigger Switcher-Roo" Tigger and Piglet magic trick goes wrong
My Hero "Brain Drain" Piers, Tyler, and Janet Mind-loading machine loads wrong data
Night Gallery "The Housekeeper" Housekeeper and Wife Spell [107]
Night Gallery "Since aunt Ada came to stay" old Witch and Wife Based on a short story "The Witch" by A. E. van Vogt
Noonbory and the Super Seven "The Great Switcheroo" Cozybory and Wangury Spell [108]
Out of Jimmy's Head "Out of Jimmy's Body"
Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar "Roger Dodger" Rico and Roger the Gator Kowalski's Device
The Penguins of Madagascar "King Me" Various characters Kowalski's Device
The Penguins of Madagascar "High Moltage" Maurice and Julien's booty Kowalski's Device
Phil of the Future "Neander Phil" Phil and Curtis Machine malfunction
Phil of the Future "Versa Day" Phil and Pim Dad Spell "vice versa day"
Phineas and Ferb "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" Candace and Perry Phineas and Ferb invention
Phineas and Ferb "Mind Share" Various characters Alien weapon [a]
Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark Water "The Soul Stealer" Ren and Bloth; Niddler and Konk
Power Rangers Dino Charge "Love at First Fight" Brittany and Beauticruel Spell by Beauticruel's Brush
Power Rangers in Space "Invasion of the Body Switcher" Ashley and Astronema Spell by Body Switcher
Power Rangers Megaforce "The Grass is Always Greener... or Bluer" Jake and Noah Spell by Tranceferer
Power Rangers Ninja Storm "Sensei Switcheroo" Shane and Sensei, Dustin and Sensei Machine malfunction
Power Rangers S.P.D.
(Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
("Fake Blue")
Sky and Wootox
(Houji and Wojonian)
Wootox's special ability / activated by head-butt [h] [109][110]
Power Rangers Samurai "Trading Places" Jayden and a garden gnome, others Switchbeast's special ability / person assumes the pose of its statue. [111]
Powerpuff Girls, TheThe Powerpuff Girls "Criss Cross Crisis" Various characters Machine malfunction
Powerpuff Girls Z "Trading Faces" The girls
Prisoner, TheThe Prisoner "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" Number Six and another prisoner
Rabbids Invasion "Being Rabbids" A Rabbid and John
Random! Cartoons "Dr. Froyd's Funny Farm" Lulu and Bossy LeCow
Red Dwarf "Bodyswap" Rimmer and Lister; Rimmer and the Cat [112]
Red Oaks "Body Swap" David and Sam Japanese liquor
Replacements, TheThe Replacements "A Buzzwork Orange" Agent K and Dick Daring Agent K Device
Ressha Sentai ToQger "Station 21 The Runaway Bride" Right, Tokatti, Mio, Hikari and Miss Gritta Spelled by Sabão Shadow
Robocop: Alpha Commando "The ERG and I" Agent Nancy Miner and The Erg
Robotboy "RoboGus and the G-Machine" Robotboy and Gus AI chip [113]
Robotboy "The Old Switcharobot" Robotboy and Protoboy Switching of AI chips [113]
Rolie Polie Olie "Big Babies" Olie and Spot; Babies and Parents Machine blows up and swaps
Round the Twist "IMU UMI" Pete and Harold Virtual reality gaming incident
Sabrina: The Animated Series "Generation Zap" Sabrina and Enchantra Wish on Salem's wish crystal [114]
The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour "Who's Scooby-Doo?" Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and Bullies Switch Machine
Secret Show, TheThe Secret Show "And That's For Helsinki" Victor and Anita Flashback; Brain chunks switched
The Secret World of Alex Mack "The Switch" Alex and Barbara Barbara steps into Alex while she was in goo form
Sgt. Frog Episode 85, "Keroro, Turn Once and Switch Bodies" Keroro and Natsumi Random Capsule Toys Machine
Sgt. Frog Episode 276, "Keroro, the admiral attacks/Giroro, it's this zipper" Kururu and Akina; Keroro's mother and Natsumi Random Capsule Toys Machine
Sgt. Frog Episode 316, "Momoka, I'm the sergeant?" Momoka and Keroro, Tamama and Fuyuki Random Capsule Toys Machine
Shake It Up "Switch It Up" CeCe and Flynn Spell (Tinka's grandma's curse) [a]
Shaun the Sheep "Cat Got Your Brain" Shaun and Pidsley Mind Swap Machine
Skatoony "Body Swap" Fernando, Dakota, Roland and Taylor later Chudd and Earl
Sonic Boom (TV series) "The Meteor" Sonic and Dr. Eggman Meteorite
The Simpsons "Holidays of Future Passed" Carl and Lenny Unknown
Smallville "Transference" Clark and Lionel Kryptonian artifact
Smile PreCure!
(Glitter Force)
"Miyuki and Candy swa~pped places!?"
("Glitter Switchers!")
Miyuki and Candy Majorina's magic rings [115]
Smosh (web series) "Food Battle 2012" Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla Mind-swapping Machine
The Smurfs (TV series) "Turncoat Smurf" Grouchy and Smurfette, Gargamel and Azrael Magic potion
Spliced "Whirrel Call" Entrée and a Whirrel named Ed Brains pop out of their bodies and bounce into each other's
Stargate SG-1 "Holiday" Ma'chello and Daniel Jackson, others Mind-swapping machine [116]
Star Trek "Turnabout Intruder" Kirk and Dr. Janice Lester Mind-swapping machine
Star Trek: Voyager "Vis à Vis" Alien with Tom Paris, then Captain Janeway Alien ability
Stitch! "Swapper 2.0" Stitch and Takumi (Hiroman) Experiment 355 (a.k.a. Swapper)
Strange Days at Blake Holsey High "Brainwaves" Lucas and Vaughn
Sugar Sugar Rune "The Contrary Macaroon Pandemonium!?" Chocolat and Vanilla Magic biscuits
Super Gals "Ran-pyon♥Dizzy→Becomes Sayo!?" Ran and Sayo Soccer ball from fortune bag [117]
Superboy "Bodyswap" Superboy and Lex Luthor
Supernatural "Swap Meat" Sam and a teenager Spell [118]
TaleSpin "A Baloo Switcheroo" Baloo and Kit Cloudkicker; Rebecca Cunningham and Don Karnage Magical idol
Taz-Mania "The Outer Taz-Manian Zone" Taz and Molly Harmonic Convergence of the Taz-Manian Zone
The Sarah Silverman Program "A Fairly Attractive Mind" Brian and Steve Magic dragon phone
Talking Tom and Friends "The Voice Switch" Tom and Angela Ben's newest teleportation device // voices only [119]
Teen Titans "Switched" Starfire and Raven Spell by Puppet King
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) "The Old Switcheroo" Shredder and Splinter Lab accident
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) "Raphael Drives 'em Wild" Raphael and a taxi driver Mind-swapping machine
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) "Plan 10" Raphael and a Kraang; April and Casey; Man and a Pigeon Kraang Machine [120]
Third Rock3rd Rock from the Sun "Two-faced Dick" Sally and Dick Wish
Haunted Hathaways, TheThe Haunted Hathaways "Haunted Camping" Louie and Ray Possession ability, applied simultaneously on an object. [121]
Tick, TheThe Tick "Tick vs Science" Tick and Arthur, various characters Mind-swapping machine
Thundarr The Barbarian "Island of the Body Snatchers" Ariel and a witch spirts swap
ThunderCats "The Shifter" Various characters Vultureman Device
Totally Spies! "Totally Switched" Clover and Jerry Magic pendant / Only their personalities switch.
Totally Spies! "Totally Switched Again!" Dr. Gray and Jerry, Clover and Mrs. Lewis, others Magic pendant, mind-swap blaster [122]
Transformers: Rescue Bots "Switcheroo" Chief Burns and Doc Greene, Kade and Heatwave, Cody and Boulder, Frankie and Chase, Dani and Blades Space nebula
Troop, TheThe Troop "Taming of The Cube" Jake and Hayley Magic gelatin cube
The Troop "The Prisoner of Lakewood" Hayley and Monster Ability of the monster
T.U.F.F. Puppy "Freaky Spy-Day" Dudley and Kitty; Kitty and Snaptrap; Dudley and Jack Rabbit Keswick's Mind Swapper
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place "Halloween 2: Mind Over Body" Pete and Ashley, Berg and Sharon Mad scientist
Ultimate Spider-Man "Freaky" Spider-Man and Wolverine Spell by Mesmero
Ultimate Spider-Man "The Incredible Spider-Hulk" Spider-Man and Hulk Spell by Mesmero
Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors "The Avenging Spider-Man (1)" Spider-Man and Loki Spell by Loki
Warehouse 13 "Merge with Caution" Pete and Myka Artifact
Wild Grinders "Preston Change-O" Lil' Rob and Meaty Spell by magician
WITS Academy "Switcherooed" Ethan and Emily bottle with switcheroo spell
Wizards of Waverly Place "Quinceañera" Alex and her mom; various characters Spells
Wizards of Waverly Place "Family Game Night" Alex and Harper Spells
New Woody Woodpecker Show, TheThe New Woody Woodpecker Show "Frankenwoody" Wally Walrus and Woody Mind-swapping machine
Silver Brumby, TheThe Silver Brumby "Foals In Trouble" Mopoke and Cullawong Collided in mid-air and struck by Lightning during a Thunderstorm
Xena: Warrior Princess "Intimate Stranger" Callisto and Xena Spell by Ares
X-Files, TheThe X-Files "Lazarus" FBI Agent and Criminal psychic transference [4][123]
The X-Files "Dreamland" Mulder and Morris Fletcher Alien weapon [123]
Yogi's Treasure Hunt "Beswitched Buddha'd and Bewildered" Yogi Bear and Boo Boo; Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw; Snooper and Blabber; Ranger Smith and Snagglepuss; Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy; later Dick Dastardly and Muttley Mind-swapping machine
Yin Yang Yo! "Yin Yang Carl" Carl and Master Yo Magic ability [124]
Yvon of the Yukon "The Siamese Twits" Tommy and Yvon Wish during Aurora Borealis
Zevo-3 "Mootant" Matt and a mutant cow Machine malfunction [125]
Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
(Power Rangers Dino Super Charge)
"Brave 37: Revenge! The Ghost Deboth Army"
(Freaky Fightday)
Daigo, Ian, Nobuharu, Souji, Amy and Utsusemimaru; Torin and Debo Kibishydesu
(Tyler, Shelby, Koda, Chase, Riley, & Ivan, Zenowing & Professor Strickler)
Spell by Debo Akkumoon using the Strange Bedpillow
(Spell by Nightmare using Professor Strickler's switch eraser) [i]

Video games[edit]

Title Developer / Publisher Year Characters Method / Notes Reference
Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters Artificial Mind and Movement / Infogrames 2000 Taz and a Frankenstein monster Mind-swapping device
Chrono Cross Square 1999 Serge and Lynx Dragon Tear
Digimon Rumble Arena 2 Bandai Games 2004 Playable character special power
Dragon Ball Z games various various Captain Ginyu Ginyu's ability
Fire Emblem Awakening Nintendo 2012 Henry and Sumia Body Swap Spell
Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 2015/16 Ophelia and Soleil Body Swap Spell
Marvel Ultimate Alliance Activision 2006 Playable Character and a Demonic Soul Demonic Soul's special ability
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Intelligent Systems / Nintendo 2004 Mario and Creepy Steeple Boss
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition various / Activision 2004 Harry and a monkey [126]
Ragnarok (roguelike game) Norsehelm 1992-1995 Main character scroll of "switch bodies"
Roblox Roblox Corporation 2005 Playable character Body swap potion [127]
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Nintendo 2008 Playable character random Poké Ball ability by Manaphy
Tales of Rebirth Namco 2004 Agarte Force of Moon ability
Whacked! Presto / Microsoft 2002 Main character special power (red button)

Graphic novels and manga[edit]

Some graphic novels and manga series feature stories that center around a body swap, while others have a story arc or a character that body swaps. These include anime and live-action adaptations if the original storyline was in the manga or comic.

List of graphic novels and comics featuring body swaps
Title Author Year[j] Characters Method / Notes Reference
The Amazing Spider-Man Dan Slott 2012 Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus brain-swapping Octobot issue#700 "Dying Wish"[128]
The Superior Spider-Man Dan Slott 2013- Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus brain-swapping Octobot series
List of manga featuring body swaps
Title Author Year[j] Characters Method / Notes Reference
Angel Sanctuary Kaori Yuki 1997-1998 Setsuna and Alexiel volumes 8-11[129]
Dragon Ball Z Akira Toriyama 1990-1991 Captain Ginyu Captain Ginyu's special ability volumes 7-9
I am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland VisualWorks, Ayumi Kanou 2014- Makoto and Alice magic book series[130]
Inside Mari Shūzō Oshimi 2012- A shut-in guy and teenage girl unknown series[131][132]
Instant Teen: Just Add Nuts Haruka Fukushima 2001 Natsumi and Asuma Miracle nuts side-effect volume 2, extra chapter
Kokoro Connect Sadanatsu Anda 2010- Taichi, Iori, Himeko, Yoshifumi and Yui Mysterious being known as "Heartseed" series[133]
Murder Princess Sekihiko Inui 2005-2007 Princess and bounty hunter Fall series[134]
One Piece Eiichiro Oda 2012 Nami, Chopper, Sanji, Franky, Smoker and Tashigi Trafalgar Law's special ability volumes 67-68
Quantum Mistake Son Eun-ho and Choi Myung-su 1998-2006 Kang Too-jee and Woo Soo-choi Mind-swapping / teleportation device series
Rosario + Vampire Season II Akihisa Ikeda 2007 Yukari Sendo and Fangfang Huang Yukari's "Heart-to-Heart" machines chapter 25[135]
World God Only Knows, TheThe World God Only Knows Tamiki Wakaki 2010 Keima and Yui mysterious headache chapters 82-89
World God Only Knows, TheThe World God Only Knows Tamiki Wakaki 2013 Keima and his younger self Spell by Jupiter Sisters volume 20-
To-Love-Ru Saki Hasemi, Kentaro Yabuki 2007-2009 Rito and a dog; Lala and Haruna; Yami and Mikan Lala's Maru-Maru Change-kun body-swapping machine chapters 43-44, 105, 139
To-Love-Ru Darkness Hasemi, Yabuki 2012 Rito and Haruna Portable version of Lala's body-swapping machine chapter 18
Urusei Yatsura Rumiko Takahashi Ataru and Ten Magic earmufffs chapter 72
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Miki Yoshikawa 2013- Ryū Yamada, Urara Shiraishi and others special ability activated by a kiss series[131]
Your and My Secret Ai Morinaga 2001-2011 Uehara and Momoi Mind-swapping device series[136]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h On Disney Channel USA, a special marathon of body swap episodes was aired from April 5, 2013 until April 7 at 8/7c. The series with body swap are: Dog With a Blog, Austin & Ally, Jessie, Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb, A.N.T. Farm and Shake It Up. The marathon was also aired on June 8 in Latin America, along with Disney movie Wizards of Waverly Place: Alex vs. Alex.[3]
  2. ^ In the second book of the Airhead series, Being Nikki, it is revealed that Nikki's brain was transplanted into another body and that she wants her body back.
  3. ^ a b c d This title is debatable whether it is a true body swap as one of the recipients is in a coma or not accounted for in the story.
    * 18 Again[6]
    * Dream a Little Dream"[5]
  4. ^ Sutch also made a 2008 short film called "Genetics" which involved the body swap of two women
  5. ^ In The Annoying Orange webisode, Deviled Egg can take souls and place them in his Fanny Pack of Despair, but Fanny coughs up Orange's soul and then mixes up the souls of the other characters.
  6. ^ In the Futurama episode "The Prisoner of Benda", various characters use a mind-swapping machine to switch bodies, but the machine does not allow two people who have already switched bodies to switch back with each other. This is overcome by a mathematical proof that allows everyone to return to their original bodies by involving two more characters.[99]
  7. ^ Tina bumps her head when she falls into a fountain and it causes her to see everyone body-swapped in the Glee Club, including herself.[101]
  8. ^ The "Fake Blue" episode in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger was remade as the "Recognition" episode in Power Rangers S.P.D.
  9. ^ The "Brave 37: Revenge! The Ghost Deboth Army" episode in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger was remade as the Freaky Fightday episode in Power Rangers Dino Super Charge
  10. ^ a b Indicates the year the graphic novel or tankōbon was published rather than the issue.


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