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27th Aug '16 2:34:02 AM WillBGood
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** This is how immortality works for Body Thieves from ''[[ World of Darkness: Immortals]]''.

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** This is how immortality works for Body Thieves from ''[[ World of Darkness: Immortals]]''.''Immortals''.
27th Aug '16 2:30:04 AM WillBGood
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* In Creator/JohnWyndham's short story "Pillar To Post", the protagonist is a paraplegic, who frequently takes drugs to cope with the pain, and who suddenly finds himself in a healthy body very far in the future. People of the future society live virtually forever by swapping bodies with the "feeble minded" of whom there are very many in the future. But then the original owner of the body, who engaged in mental time travel, takes back his body and the protagonist is back in the original, paralyzed and pain-wracked body - but he finds a way to return. Thereby, the two of them change places again and again, each trying to leave a "booby trap" which would destroy the paralyzed body while it is inhabited by his rival. The contest is finally resolved in a rather immoral way, by [[spoiler: letting a present-time mental patient be moved into into the paralyzed body and be burned to death]], leaving the two contestants in possession of two healthy bodies... [http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/printed-books/seeds-of-time-the-john-wyndham/1031414/]

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* In Creator/JohnWyndham's short story "Pillar To Post", the protagonist is a paraplegic, paraplegic who frequently takes drugs to cope with the pain, and who suddenly finds himself in a healthy body very far in the future. People of the future society live virtually forever by swapping bodies with the "feeble minded" of whom there are very many in the future. But then the original owner of the body, who engaged in mental time travel, takes back his body and the protagonist is back in the original, paralyzed and pain-wracked body - but he finds a way to return. Thereby, the two of them change places again and again, each trying to leave a "booby trap" which would destroy the paralyzed body while it is inhabited by his rival. The contest is finally resolved in a rather immoral way, by [[spoiler: letting a present-time mental patient be moved into into the paralyzed body and be burned to death]], leaving the two contestants in possession of two healthy bodies... [http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/printed-books/seeds-of-time-the-john-wyndham/1031414/]
19th Aug '16 1:49:57 AM Tre
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* In the Creator/SciFiChannel original movie, ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'', an entire cult is made up of formerly damned souls now inhabiting the bodies of the living in order to experience earthly pleasures. Eventually one of the main characters is threatened with having his body stolen by the demonic leader, Simon Magus, who shoots himself in the head in order to die and allow his soul to possess another.

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* In the Creator/SciFiChannel Creator/{{Syfy}} [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie original movie, movie]], ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'', an entire cult is made up of formerly damned souls now inhabiting the bodies of the living in order to experience earthly pleasures. Eventually one of the main characters is threatened with having his body stolen by the demonic leader, Simon Magus, who shoots himself in the head in order to die and allow his soul to possess another.
13th Aug '16 2:05:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII DirgeOfCerberus'', [[spoiler:BigBad Hojo did this to Weiss.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII DirgeOfCerberus'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', [[spoiler:BigBad Hojo did this to Weiss.]]
30th Jul '16 7:33:07 AM StFan
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It was first featured in modern fiction in the Creator/HGWells story [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Late_Mr._Elvesham The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham]].

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It was first featured in modern fiction in the Creator/HGWells story [[http://en."[[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Late_Mr._Elvesham The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham]].
Elvesham]]".



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* In the ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' Sea of Lorelei arc, there's actually an ''heroic'' example of this trope. [[spoiler: Lucille is a GirlInABox with ''huge'' PsychicPowers who has been forcibly kept inside a capsule for 15 years ''and'' knows that the enemy is searching for her so they can force her become their BarrierMaiden... So she possesses the body of a teenage girl who not only has similar powers, but is the adoptive daughter of Lucille's former pupil, now a BadAss TeamDad and leader of the heroes of the story. That way she could guide the group towards herself, thwart the enemies's plans, and finally meet with her now grown-up pupil one last time so she could say goodbye before she could ''finally'' pass away in peace.]]

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* In the ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' Sea of Lorelei arc, there's actually an ''heroic'' example of this trope. [[spoiler: Lucille is a GirlInABox with ''huge'' PsychicPowers who has been forcibly kept inside a capsule for 15 years ''and'' knows that the enemy is searching for her so they can force her become their BarrierMaiden... So she possesses the body of a teenage girl who not only has similar powers, but is the adoptive daughter of Lucille's former pupil, now a BadAss badass TeamDad and leader of the heroes of the story. That way she could guide the group towards herself, thwart the enemies's plans, and finally meet with her now grown-up pupil one last time so she could say goodbye before she could ''finally'' pass away in peace.]]



* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Shortly after Goku's ''long''-awaited arrival on the planet Namek, the leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Ginyu Force]] reveals his special ability of switching bodies at will. Naturally -- in the dub, at least -- he keeps his own voice in Goku's body (and [[LarynxDissonance Bulma's]], later) and vice versa.
** This is true in Japanese too, at least for DBK.
** And in the movie, ''World's Strongest'', Doctor Wheelo is a scientist who lost his body in an avalanche. His brain is living in a giant mecha until he can find the world's strongest fighter and take their body.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has two examples. The first one is [[spoiler:Ling Yao, a Xingese prince that went to Amestris seeking the immortality in order to become emperor, so when Greed tried to take his body he accepted so he would be able to achieve his goal]]. And the second example is [[spoiler:Pride, who tried to take Ed's body after his own body started to collapse]].

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Shortly after Goku's ''long''-awaited arrival on the planet Namek, the leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Ginyu Force]] reveals his special ability of switching bodies at will. Naturally -- in the dub, at least -- he keeps his own voice in Goku's body (and [[LarynxDissonance Bulma's]], later) and vice versa.
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versa. This is true in Japanese too, at least for DBK.
** And in the movie, movie ''World's Strongest'', Doctor Wheelo is a scientist who lost his body in an avalanche. His brain is living in a giant mecha until he can find the world's strongest fighter and take their body.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has two examples. The first one ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** From the manga, there
is [[spoiler:Ling Yao, a Xingese prince that went to Amestris seeking the immortality in order to become emperor, so when Greed tried to take his body he accepted so he would be able to achieve his goal]]. And the goal]].
** The
second example is [[spoiler:Pride, who tried to take Ed's body after his own body started to collapse]].



*** And of course, also in the 2003 anime, [[spoiler:Ed steals the body of his alternate universe counterpart for about an hour before the counterpart dies]], though he was forced into this by the villain and didn't want to steal said body.

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*** ** And of course, also in the 2003 anime, [[spoiler:Ed steals the body of his alternate universe counterpart for about an hour before the counterpart dies]], though he was forced into this by the villain and didn't want to steal said body.



* Dio Brando ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' lost his body and decided to rip his arch-enemy Jonathan Joestar's head off and replace it with his own. He keeps this body for the whole of the third major arc and its anime adaptation.
** [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of Part 3, where DIO seems to do this to Joseph after Jotaro gives Joseph a live-saving transfusion of DIO's blood. Joseph starts acting like DIO pulled this off when he wakes up, only for it to turn out that he was just joking.]]

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* Dio Brando ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' lost his body and decided to rip his arch-enemy Jonathan Joestar's head off and replace it with his own. He keeps this body for the whole of the third major arc and its anime adaptation.
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adaptation. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of Part 3, where DIO seems to do this to Joseph after Jotaro gives Joseph a live-saving transfusion of DIO's blood. Joseph starts acting like DIO pulled this off when he wakes up, only for it to turn out that he was just joking.]]



* ''Anime/StarDriver'': Kou a.k.a. Needle Star's first phase power is to pull one of these - and she can let someone else take over a second person's body at the same time.

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* ''Anime/StarDriver'': Kou a.k.a. Needle Star's first phase power is to pull one of these - -- and she can let someone else take over a second person's body at the same time.



* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': the Virtual World filler arc revolves around this, most of the action involves the villains dueling the heroes to win the right to take over their bodies. The only one who succeeds is [[spoiler:one of the Big Five, Nesbitt, who takes over Tristan's body after he deliberately loses a duel in order to save Joey's sister, Serenity.]] According to this arc, this is also why [[spoiler: Gozaburo Kaiba adopted Seto in the first place; he envisioned him as a replacement body first for his seriously-injured son, and then for himself.]]
** Also happens in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. [[spoiler:Tea is mind controlled by Crump, which doesn't happen in the original series. It is corrected when Marik Ishtar forcibly evicts Crump a few episodes later, especially since Crump was trying, and failing, at impersonating Tea.]]

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': the ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** The
Virtual World filler arc revolves around this, most of the action involves the villains dueling the heroes to win the right to take over their bodies. The only one who succeeds is [[spoiler:one of the Big Five, Nesbitt, who takes over Tristan's body after he deliberately loses a duel in order to save Joey's sister, Serenity.]] According to this arc, this is also why [[spoiler: Gozaburo Kaiba adopted Seto in the first place; he envisioned him as a replacement body first for his seriously-injured son, and then for himself.]]
** Also happens in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. [[spoiler:Tea is mind controlled by Crump, which doesn't happen in In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', [[spoiler:Alexander the original series. It is corrected when Marik Ishtar forcibly evicts Crump a few episodes later, especially since Crump was trying, and failing, at impersonating Tea.]]Great does this on his descendent, Alex Brisbane]].



* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', [[spoiler:Alexander the Great does this on his descendent, Alex Brisbane]].



* In ''VertigoPop: London'', an aging British rock star, an amalgam of Mick Jagger and some others, picks up a young indie-rock protege, and attempts to use a magic hookah he picked up from a guru in the sixties to switch bodies with him. To set it up, he builds a career for the kid, while faking an increased dementia that he ''is'' the kid, so when the swap happens, they'll lock him up. He relents, and takes himself to find the guru. At this point, the guru is now a young woman.

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* In ''VertigoPop: ''ComicBook/VertigoPop: London'', an aging British rock star, an amalgam of Mick Jagger and some others, picks up a young indie-rock protege, and attempts to use a magic hookah he picked up from a guru in the sixties to switch bodies with him. To set it up, he builds a career for the kid, while faking an increased dementia that he ''is'' the kid, so when the swap happens, they'll lock him up. He relents, and takes himself to find the guru. At this point, the guru is now a young woman.



* The [[TheDCU DC]] [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] supervillain known as the Ultra-Humanite had this as a constant modus operandi, swapping with, among others, a young fashion model and a white gorilla.

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* The [[TheDCU DC]] Franchise/{{The DC|U}} [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] supervillain known as the Ultra-Humanite had this as a constant modus operandi, swapping with, among others, a young fashion model and a white gorilla.



* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica villain the ComicBook/RedSkull uses this as his form of immortality. At first he used a clone of Cap, pointing out that it was doubly suitable not only to tweak his nemesis but also because Cap is a "perfect Aryan." Since then, he's had to find other "hosts."
** In ''Captain America: Reborn'', the Skull even attempts to do to this to a resurrected Cap, [[spoiler: who had just been pulled out of time. It didn't stick.]]
* Loki did this at one point in [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]- using [[spoiler: Sif]]'s body, while she was stuck in the body of a dying, elderly Midgardian.

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* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica villain the ComicBook/RedSkull uses this as his form of immortality. At first he used a clone of Cap, pointing out that it was doubly suitable not only to tweak his nemesis but also because Cap is a "perfect Aryan." Aryan". Since then, he's had to find other "hosts."
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"hosts". In ''Captain America: Reborn'', the Skull even attempts to do to this to a resurrected Cap, [[spoiler: who had just been pulled out of time. It didn't stick.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'':
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Loki did does this at one point in [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]- using [[spoiler: Sif]]'s [[spoiler:Sif]]'s body, while she was is stuck in the body of a dying, elderly Midgardian.



* In one '80s ''ComicBook/XMen'' story, the Hellfire Club attempts to take the X-Men down by having the White Queen switch bodies with Storm. Turns out that controlling the weather without causing a disaster is much, much harder than Storm makes it look.
** On the other hand, when she inadvertently took over Iceman's body after having spent a long time in a coma, she proceeded to use his powers in ways he never even imagined before, which gave him a some self-esteem problems for awhile.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
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In one '80s ''ComicBook/XMen'' story, the Hellfire Club attempts to take the X-Men down by having the White Queen switch bodies with Storm. Turns out that controlling the weather without causing a disaster is much, much harder than Storm makes it look.
** On the other hand, when she inadvertently took takes over Iceman's body after having spent a long time in a coma, she proceeded to use his powers in ways he never even imagined before, which gave him a some self-esteem problems for awhile.awhile.
** A storyline where Xavier is revealed to have been born with an EldritchAbomination twin sister, who he tried to kill in the womb right before his birth. The fight in the womb led to Xavier's mom going into premature labor and his sister Cassandra (who was born with adult intelligence and communication skills à la Stewie from ''Family Guy'') being mortally wounded and declared still-born. Xavier's parents then kept him from ever knowing about his sister until she came back into his life and swapped bodies with him decades later.



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* In the ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532906/1/iFightCrimeWithVictorious iFight Crime With Victorious]]'', Missy Robinson does this to [[spoiler: Sam]] and actually gets away with it because, as in the normal show, Missy was as much Carly's best friend as [[spoiler: Sam]] is and knows enough about their group to interact with Carly daily.

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* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. [[spoiler:Tea is mind controlled by Crump, which doesn't happen in the original series. It is corrected when Marik Ishtar forcibly evicts Crump a few episodes later, especially since Crump was trying, and failing, at impersonating Tea.]]
* In the ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' ''Series/ICarly'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532906/1/iFightCrimeWithVictorious iFight Crime With Victorious]]'', Missy Robinson does this to [[spoiler: Sam]] and actually gets away with it because, as in the normal show, Missy was as much Carly's best friend as [[spoiler: Sam]] is and knows enough about their group to interact with Carly daily.



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* In the SyFy original movie, ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'', an entire cult is made up of formerly damned souls now inhabiting the bodies of the living in order to experience earthly pleasures. Eventually one of the main characters is threatened with having his body stolen by the demonic leader, Simon Magus, who shoots himself in the head in order to die and allow his soul to possess another.

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* In the SyFy Creator/SciFiChannel original movie, ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'', an entire cult is made up of formerly damned souls now inhabiting the bodies of the living in order to experience earthly pleasures. Eventually one of the main characters is threatened with having his body stolen by the demonic leader, Simon Magus, who shoots himself in the head in order to die and allow his soul to possess another.



*** The comic did a storyline where Xavier is revealed to have been born with an EldritchAbomination twin sister, who he tried to kill in the womb right before his birth. The fight in the womb led to Xavier's mom going into premature labor and his sister Cassandra (who was born with adult intelligence and communication skills ala Stewie from Family Guy) being mortally wounded and declared still-born. Xavier's parents then kept him from ever knowing about his sister until she came back into his life and swapped bodies with him decades later.



* In ''Film/{{Fallen}}'', starring Denzel Washington, this is the villain's major ability. Specifically, he (the serial killer's spirit) can transfer to any person and take them over as long as they're within range. At the end of the movie, after [[spoiler: Denzel lures him out to a secluded cabin and poisons himself so that the spirit won't be able to transfer to a new body, the killer reveals he's able to possess animals as well.]]
** [[spoiler: It was actually revealed earlier in the movie, when he possessed a cat (otherwise having him possess one at the end would have been the worst kind of AssPull). It's possible he can only possess humans and cats, which would make more sense as to why he thought he'd be unable to find anything to possess in the woods.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Fallen}}'', starring Denzel Washington, this is the villain's major ability. Specifically, he (the serial killer's spirit) can transfer to any person and take them over as long as they're within range. At the end of the movie, after [[spoiler: Denzel lures him out to a secluded cabin and poisons himself so that the spirit won't be able to transfer to a new body, the killer reveals he's able to possess animals as well.]]
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It was actually revealed earlier in the movie, when he possessed a cat (otherwise having him possess one at the end would have been the worst kind of AssPull). It's possible he can only possess humans and cats, which would make more sense as to why he thought he'd be unable to find anything to possess in the woods.]]



* ''Film/{{Millennium}}'' has the same premise.

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** RobertSheckley's novel ''Mindswap'' also fits the trope and is likely the inspiration for the movie.

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** %%** RobertSheckley's novel ''Mindswap'' also fits the trope and is likely the inspiration for the movie.



* The central theme of the film ''Film/FaceOff''.

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* %%* The central theme of the film ''Film/FaceOff''.




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* The Literature/FightingFantasy gamebook ''Magehunter'' has this as a major plot element.
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* This is the main driver for the aliens in ''Literature/TheHost''.
* In Ira Levin's ''ThisPerfectDay'', leader and programmer Li Wei Chun's head (and brain) have been put on the body of an athlete, who volunteered for the honor.

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* %%* This is the main driver for the aliens in ''Literature/TheHost''.
* In Ira Levin's ''ThisPerfectDay'', ''Literature/ThisPerfectDay'', leader and programmer Li Wei Chun's head (and brain) have been put on the body of an athlete, who volunteered for the honor.



* In the ExpandedUniverse of ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'', [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire Palpatine cloned himself]] and uses the Force to transfer his soul into new bodies to live eternally. However, one of his underlings paid to have the Clonemaster damage the genetic material of the clones, causing them to decay within a few weeks. He attempted to possess Leia's newborn Anakin Solo, but a Jedi-in-hiding that was traveling with the gang intercepted his spirit, and died, taking Palpatine's soul with him to the afterlife.
** One of Palpatine's underlings, [[NietzscheWannabe Cronal]], planned to do the same thing to Luke in the novel ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' as part of a complex BatmanGambit - he would allow Luke to defeat his CardCarryingVillain warlord persona, Lord Shadowspawn, and then claim his body as his own, using Luke's heroic reputation (which Cronal had been using his own propaganda machine to inflate on the side) to ultimately get himself installed emperor. After Luke escaped his clutches, he decided to try the same technique on the next best subject - [[{{Squick}} Leia]]. Thankfully, Cronal was defeated before that could happen.

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* In the ExpandedUniverse of ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'', Universe}}'':
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[[ComicBook/DarkEmpire Palpatine cloned himself]] and uses the Force to transfer his soul into new bodies to live eternally. However, one of his underlings paid to have the Clonemaster damage the genetic material of the clones, causing them to decay within a few weeks. He attempted to possess Leia's newborn Anakin Solo, but a Jedi-in-hiding that was traveling with the gang intercepted his spirit, and died, taking Palpatine's soul with him to the afterlife.
** One of Palpatine's underlings, [[NietzscheWannabe Cronal]], planned to do the same thing to Luke in the novel ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' as part of a complex BatmanGambit - -- he would allow Luke to defeat his CardCarryingVillain warlord persona, Lord Shadowspawn, and then claim his body as his own, using Luke's heroic reputation (which Cronal had been using his own propaganda machine to inflate on the side) to ultimately get himself installed emperor. After Luke escaped his clutches, he decided to try the same technique on the next best subject - [[{{Squick}} Leia]]. Thankfully, Cronal was defeated before that could happen.



** Another villain of Lackey's, the evil sorcerer [[BigBad Ma'ar]] from the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, manages to prolong his life for centuries by magically propelling his soul into a succession of bodies from his own bloodline (killing the original soul in the process). [[spoiler:His failure to do this completely the last time forms the basis of his eventual defeat.]]
*** When the Mage Storms begin to [[spoiler: drive Firesong insane]], one sign is his growing obsession with finding an "ethical" version of Ma'ar's technique.
** Another Lackey example is in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Wizard of London]]''. Lady Cordelia plans to take over David Alderscroft's body and identity. Her primary aim is to gain the political power she can't claim in a female body, but it's indicated that she will also use this technique to become immortal (by moving into new bodies on a regular basis).
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}} Legends'' books, the evil archmage Fistandantilus has been doing this to his most skilled apprentices for centuries -- he steals not only the bodies but also, it is implied, the arcane powers of his victims. He meets his downfall when [[spoiler:Raistlin Majere turns the trick around and steals Fistandantilus's body, along with all the centuries of magical power he's accumulated. Curiously, this does not cause Raistlin to assume Fistandantilus's appearance. Instead, he reverts to the appearance he himself had before the Test. Why the spell works differently for Raistlin is unclear; perhaps because Fistandantilus dies as Raistlin completes the ritual.]]

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** * Another villain of Lackey's, the evil sorcerer [[BigBad Ma'ar]] from the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, manages to prolong his life for centuries by magically propelling his soul into a succession of bodies from his own bloodline (killing the original soul in the process). [[spoiler:His failure to do this completely the last time forms the basis of his eventual defeat.]]
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]] When the Mage Storms begin to [[spoiler: drive Firesong insane]], one sign is his growing obsession with finding an "ethical" version of Ma'ar's technique.
** * Another Lackey example is in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Wizard of London]]''. Lady Cordelia plans to take over David Alderscroft's body and identity. Her primary aim is to gain the political power she can't claim in a female body, but it's indicated that she will also use this technique to become immortal (by moving into new bodies on a regular basis).
* ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'':
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In the ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}} ''Dragonlance Legends'' books, the evil archmage Fistandantilus has been doing this to his most skilled apprentices for centuries -- he steals not only the bodies but also, it is implied, the arcane powers of his victims. He meets his downfall when [[spoiler:Raistlin Majere turns the trick around and steals Fistandantilus's body, along with all the centuries of magical power he's accumulated. Curiously, this does not cause Raistlin to assume Fistandantilus's appearance. Instead, he reverts to the appearance he himself had before the Test. Why the spell works differently for Raistlin is unclear; perhaps because Fistandantilus dies as Raistlin completes the ritual.]]



* In DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Mutineer's Moon]]'', the bad guys have very long lives already, due to biotechnical enhancement, but they use this method to stretch it out even more...to the especial horror of the good guys when they discover that the latest victim was [[spoiler:the mother of heroine Jiltanith]].

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* In DavidWeber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Mutineer's Moon]]'', the bad guys have very long lives already, due to biotechnical enhancement, but they use this method to stretch it out even more...to the especial horror of the good guys when they discover that the latest victim was [[spoiler:the mother of heroine Jiltanith]].



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the necromancer Capiorcorpus, which Harry translated as the Corpse Taker, specializes in doing this. As far as we know only living people despise the name. The literal Latin translation of "corpus" is "body," so the name makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, Harry learned Latin via a correspondence course.
** In ''Literature/GhostStory'' [[spoiler: Capiocorpus' ghost tries to get the power to manifest in the real world. She could then use her abilities to take whatever body she wanted, effectively coming back to life. Harry speculates this is the same method her mentor Kemmler used to return to life six times.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the necromancer Capiorcorpus, which Harry translated as the Corpse Taker, specializes in doing this. As far as we know only living people despise the name. The literal Latin translation of "corpus" is "body," so the name makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, Harry learned Latin via a correspondence course.
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course. In ''Literature/GhostStory'' [[spoiler: Capiocorpus' [[spoiler:Capiocorpus' ghost tries to get the power to manifest in the real world. She could then use her abilities to take whatever body she wanted, effectively coming back to life. Harry speculates this is the same method her mentor Kemmler used to return to life six times.]]



* In AnneRice's aptly-titled novel ''TheVampireChronicles: The Tale of the Body Thief'', Lestat [[OurVampiresAreDifferent is tired of being a vampire]] and is contacted by a human who has this power and offers him a FreakyFriday-like adventure. Only it is a setup by the Body Thief to keep his immortal body.

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* In AnneRice's aptly-titled novel ''TheVampireChronicles: ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles: The Tale of the Body Thief'', Lestat [[OurVampiresAreDifferent is tired of being a vampire]] and is contacted by a human who has this power and offers him a FreakyFriday-like adventure. Only it is a setup by the Body Thief to keep his immortal body.



* In book 5 of the ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' saga [[spoiler: [[RetiredMonster Faethor Ferenczy]] ]] tries this on Harry. It does not end well.

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* ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'':
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In book 5 of the ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' saga [[spoiler: [[RetiredMonster [[spoiler:[[RetiredMonster Faethor Ferenczy]] ]] Ferenczy]]]] tries this on Harry. It does not end well.



* Attempted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''- the character Mordeth was a KnightTemplar EvilChancellor who lived roughly 2000 years before the main plot of the series, and he tried to fight [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]] using his own methods. The result unleashed an EldritchAbomination which consumed the city that was Mordeth's power base and left him immortal but [[SealedEvilInACan trapped there]]. However, if Mordeth could convince a living person to accompany him beyond the city, he could steal their body and escape. In the first book, he tries this on PunchClockVillain Padan Fain- but since Fain had been altered already by the Dark One to become a ScarilyCompetentTracker, the result was less a possession and more a merge. Mordeth/Fain became a major recurring villain in the series, has all sorts of weird superpowers, and as a result of the imperfect combination (and the Dark One's original taint on Fain) he's ''completely freakin' nuts''.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
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Attempted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''- -- the character Mordeth was a KnightTemplar EvilChancellor who lived roughly 2000 years before the main plot of the series, and he tried to fight [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]] using his own methods. The result unleashed an EldritchAbomination which consumed the city that was Mordeth's power base and left him immortal but [[SealedEvilInACan trapped there]]. However, if Mordeth could convince a living person to accompany him beyond the city, he could steal their body and escape. In the first book, he tries this on PunchClockVillain Padan Fain- but since Fain had been altered already by the Dark One to become a ScarilyCompetentTracker, the result was less a possession and more a merge. Mordeth/Fain became a major recurring villain in the series, has all sorts of weird superpowers, and as a result of the imperfect combination (and the Dark One's original taint on Fain) he's ''completely freakin' nuts''.



** In the serial ''The Keeper of Traken'', the archvillain, the Master, at the end of the 13th and final regeneration of his Time Lord body, which is hideously decayed, steals the body of a major leader. However, he considers this a temporary situation and spends much of the rest of the original series determined to extend his life, preferably through a new set of regenerations.

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** In the serial ''The "The Keeper of Traken'', Traken", the archvillain, the Master, at the end of the 13th and final regeneration of his Time Lord body, which is hideously decayed, steals the body of a major leader. However, he considers this a temporary situation and spends much of the rest of the original series determined to extend his life, preferably through a new set of regenerations.



** The Master takes this to the ultimate extreme in ''The End of Time'' Pt 1 [[spoiler: by turning THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE into HIMSELF!]]

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** The Master takes this to the ultimate extreme in ''The "The End of Time'' Pt Time" part 1 [[spoiler: by turning THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE into HIMSELF!]]



--> '''Cassandra:''' Oh my ''god'', I'm a ''chav!'' [...] Although... Ooh. ''Curves.'' Oh Baby! It's like living inside a [[BuxomIsBetter bouncy castle!]]
--> ... before taking over the ''Doctor's'' body...
--> '''Cassandra:''' Ah, ah! Two hearts! Oh baby, I'm beating out a samba!
--> ... before taking over a plague victim ...
--> '''Cassandra:''' Oh, sweet lord! I look disgusting!
--> ... before finally ending up in the body of her abject worshipper, Chip, [[spoiler: for her last few minutes of life]].
** What about Crozier's brain transplant machine in ''Mindwarp''? The Valeyard didn't make ''that'' up.
** Welcome aboard Chameleon Tours. We'll miniaturize you, steal your identity, and slowly drain the life from you. Hmm… what's that Police Box doing on the runway?

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--> '''Cassandra:''' --->'''Cassandra:''' Oh my ''god'', I'm a ''chav!'' [...] Although... Ooh. ''Curves.'' Oh Baby! It's like living inside a [[BuxomIsBetter bouncy castle!]]
--> ...
castle!]] \\
''[...
before taking over the ''Doctor's'' body...
-->
body...]''\\
'''Cassandra:''' Ah, ah! Two hearts! Oh baby, I'm beating out a samba!
--> ...
samba!\\
''[...
before taking over a plague victim ...
-->
victim ...]''\\
'''Cassandra:''' Oh, sweet lord! I look disgusting!
--> ...
disgusting!\\
''[...
before finally ending up in the body of her abject worshipper, Chip, [[spoiler: for her last few minutes of life]].
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life]]]''
%%**
What about Crozier's brain transplant machine in ''Mindwarp''? "Mindwarp"? The Valeyard didn't make ''that'' up.
** Welcome aboard Chameleon Tours. We'll miniaturize you, steal your identity, and slowly drain the life from you. Hmm… Hmm... what's that Police Box doing on the runway?



* ''{{Cleopatra 2525}}'' has an episode, "In Your Boots", where recurring villian Creegan does this to Hel.

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* ''{{Cleopatra 2525}}'' ''Series/Cleopatra2525'' has an episode, "In Your Boots", where recurring villian Creegan does this to Hel.



* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' - A few cases of this but one in particular is ''Freaky Phoebe'' where an evil witch named Mara takes over Phoebe's body.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' - ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': A few cases of this but one in particular is ''Freaky Phoebe'' where an evil witch named Mara takes over Phoebe's body.



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* This is how immortality works for Body Thieves from ''[[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness: Immortals]]''.

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* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
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This is how immortality works for Body Thieves from ''[[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness ''[[ World of Darkness: Immortals]]''.



* A high-level psionic power for telepaths in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' known as [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:True_Mind_Switch True Mind Switch]] can be used for this.
* Lucius the Eternal, a Slaaneshi champion from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has this as his shtick (besides the usual Slaaneshi depravity, and excellent swordsmanship). Anyone who kills him finds a copy of his armour forming from them, then their body starts warping into a copy of his, and eventually he's back while they are reduced to one more screaming face on his armour...
** Actually, this only happens if whoever was lucky enough to kill him takes 'any amount of satisfaction' from it. If they don't, fine. If they have even the smallest feeling of relief at killing him then hey, you're fucked!
** Unless he gets killed by a daemon from another god, [[RobotWar Necrons]], [[BugWar Tyranids]], or stray shots in battle.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** In Second Edition, a couple of spells from the ''Complete Book of Necromancers'' allow body switching, and are favored by elderly necromancers wanting a younger body.
**
A high-level psionic power for telepaths in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' edition 3.5 known as [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:True_Mind_Switch True Mind Switch]] can be used for this.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
**
Lucius the Eternal, a Slaaneshi champion from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has this as his shtick (besides the usual Slaaneshi depravity, and excellent swordsmanship). Anyone who kills him finds a copy of his armour forming from them, then their body starts warping into a copy of his, and eventually he's back while they are reduced to one more screaming face on his armour...
** Actually, this
armour. It only happens if whoever was lucky enough to kill him takes 'any "any amount of satisfaction' satisfaction" from it. If they don't, fine. If they have even the smallest feeling of relief at killing him then hey, you're fucked!
**
fucked! Unless he gets killed by a daemon from another god, [[RobotWar Necrons]], [[BugWar Tyranids]], or stray shots in battle.



* ''TheDarkEye'' has a (rare) body swap spell that can be used for both cases. Without further interference it's temporary, but in case one of the bodies is killed, the swapped soul stays in the other one permanently.

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* ''TheDarkEye'' ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'' has a (rare) body swap spell that can be used for both cases. Without further interference it's temporary, but in case one of the bodies is killed, the swapped soul stays in the other one permanently.



* When players enter ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' they think that they're taking on a computer simulated form in a virtual reality game. They're actually doing this to some poor denizen of The Realm.

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* When players enter ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' ''TabletopGame/TheSplinter'', they think that they're taking on a computer simulated form in a virtual reality game. They're actually doing this to some poor denizen of The Realm.



* In Toys/{{Bionicle}}, Makuta Teridax [[spoiler: Steals Mata Nui's HumongousMecha body which contains the entire Matoran Universe.]] On a smaller scale, he also briefly possessed Matoro's body and an old robot, and Lewa once had his body stolen by an EldritchAbomination.

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* In Toys/{{Bionicle}}, ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', Makuta Teridax [[spoiler: Steals Mata Nui's HumongousMecha body which contains the entire Matoran Universe.]] On a smaller scale, he also briefly possessed Matoro's body and an old robot, and Lewa once had his body stolen by an EldritchAbomination.



* WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}: In episode 3, Vegeta switches bodies with Scrooge to get a taste of his power. This winds up backfiring when he discovers [[{{Gasshole}} Scrooge's flatulence problem]] and can't bring himself to control it.

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* WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}: ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}}'': In episode 3, Vegeta switches bodies with Scrooge to get a taste of his power. This winds up backfiring when he discovers [[{{Gasshole}} Scrooge's flatulence problem]] and can't bring himself to control it.



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* Webcomic/BreakpointCity: Ben's rival Mizkit switches times and places with Ben in an attempt to tarnish Ben's reputation [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2002/11/20/out-of-the-vault/ in one arc]].
* Webcomic/GirlGenius: The main purpose of the [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Geisterdamen]] seems to be finding a new body for their Goddess, and when they get their hands on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060123 Agatha]]....
** After a subsequent encounter:
-->'''Agatha''': [She] just visits.
** Their Goddess appears to be making a habit of this. Concerned about her inability to maintain control over Agatha, she planned to hijack [[spoiler: Zola's body]] instead. The twist this time: [[spoiler: Zola's perfectly willing to share.]]
*** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Except]] [[MagnificentBastard not.]]]]

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* Webcomic/BreakpointCity: ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity'': Ben's rival Mizkit switches times and places with Ben in an attempt to tarnish Ben's reputation [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2002/11/20/out-of-the-vault/ in one arc]].
* Webcomic/GirlGenius: *'' Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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The main purpose of the [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Geisterdamen]] Geisterdamen seems to be finding a new body for their Goddess, and when they get their hands on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060123 Agatha]]....
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Agatha]]... After a subsequent encounter:
-->'''Agatha''': --->'''Agatha:''' [She] just visits.
** Their Goddess appears to be making a habit of this. Concerned about her inability to maintain control over Agatha, she planned plans to hijack [[spoiler: Zola's [[spoiler:Zola's body]] instead. The twist this time: [[spoiler: Zola's [[spoiler:Zola's perfectly willing to share.]]
*** [[spoiler:
share. [[SubvertedTrope Except]] [[MagnificentBastard not.]]]]



* In ''TheQuestportChronicles'', [[OurElvesAreBetter Ato]] submits to demonic possession so that the heroes can have a guide to lead them through an alternate dimension filled with demons.
* [[spoiler:[[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Collective]] of ''[[WebVideo/TribeTwelve Tribe Twelve]]'' fame are eventually revealed to do this. Well, outside of [[BigBad the]] [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Administrator.]] In order of original person's appearance: [[FallenHero Noah Maxwell]] [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor is Firebrand, who seems to have broken free of the Collective,]] [[AndIMustScream Milo Asher]] [[BloodyHorror is Mr. Scars, named such for having]] ''[[BloodyHorror carved his throat open and slit his wrists with a boxcutter]]'' [[NoSell in a failed attempt to escape being possessed,]] and [[UnexpectedCharacter Kevin]] [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Haas is]] [[MindScrew the]] [[FourEyesZeroSoul Observer,]] whose symbol (the Severance Sign, which is used to pull this trope off) is the series's logo.]]

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* In ''TheQuestportChronicles'', ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'', [[OurElvesAreBetter Ato]] submits to demonic possession so that the heroes can have a guide to lead them through an alternate dimension filled with demons.
* [[spoiler:[[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Collective]] of ''[[WebVideo/TribeTwelve Tribe Twelve]]'' ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'' fame are eventually revealed to do this. Well, outside of [[BigBad the]] [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Administrator.]] In order of original person's appearance: [[FallenHero Noah Maxwell]] [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor is Firebrand, who seems to have broken free of the Collective,]] [[AndIMustScream Milo Asher]] [[BloodyHorror is Mr. Scars, named such for having]] ''[[BloodyHorror carved his throat open and slit his wrists with a boxcutter]]'' [[NoSell in a failed attempt to escape being possessed,]] and [[UnexpectedCharacter Kevin]] [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Haas is]] [[MindScrew the]] [[FourEyesZeroSoul Observer,]] whose symbol (the Severance Sign, which is used to pull this trope off) is the series's logo.]]



* The Mickey Mouse [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts short]] ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain'' features him being a volunteer in a scientific experiment to earn some money. But it involves exchanging his brain with a FrankensteinsMonster... after it's done, the MadScientist dies, and the monster in Mickey's body decides to go after Minnie.

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* The Mickey Mouse [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts short]] ''WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain'' "WesternAnimation/RunawayBrain" features him being a volunteer in a scientific experiment to earn some money. But it involves exchanging his brain with a FrankensteinsMonster... after it's done, the MadScientist dies, and the monster in Mickey's body decides to go after Minnie.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'':

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'':''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':



25th Jul '16 1:08:40 AM PaulA
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** In ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]'' the 'offspring' version of this trope was used. [[spoiler: Earl Horseriver, descendant of the last Hallowed King, ''is'' in fact the last Hallowed King. A spell to keep him going to fight the invasion five hundred years ago by transferring his consciousness sequentially into each of his male blood heirs is still in effect -- and he can't stop it. [[FateWorseThanDeath Think about it.]]]]

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** In ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]'' ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'' the 'offspring' version of this trope was used. [[spoiler: Earl [[spoiler:Earl Horseriver, descendant of the last Hallowed King, ''is'' in fact the last Hallowed King. A spell to keep him going to fight the invasion five hundred years ago by transferring his consciousness sequentially into each of his male blood heirs is still in effect -- and he can't stop it. [[FateWorseThanDeath Think about it.]]]]
21st Jul '16 2:52:03 PM dasuberkaiser
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* A ''heroic'' version of this occurs in the end of ''The Winds of Change'' where [[spoiler:TheProfessor, who'd spent the entirety of the story as an [[BrainUploading uploaded brain]], takes over the BigBad's body after trapping his mind]].
* In ''TheQuestportChronicles'', [[OurElvesAreBetter Ato]] submits to demonic possession so that the heroes can have a guide to lead them through an alternate dimension filled with demons.
* [[spoiler:[[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Collective]] of ''[[WebVideo/TribeTwelve Tribe Twelve]]'' fame are eventually revealed to do this. Well, outside of [[BigBad the]] [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Administrator.]] In order of original person's appearance: [[FallenHero Noah Maxwell]] [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor is Firebrand, who seems to have broken free of the Collective,]] [[AndIMustScream Milo Asher]] [[BloodyHorror is Mr. Scars, named such for having]] ''[[BloodyHorror carved his throat open and slit his wrists with a boxcutter]]'' [[NoSell in a failed attempt to escape being possessed,]] and [[UnexpectedCharacter Kevin]] [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Haas is]] [[MindScrew the]] [[FourEyesZeroSoul Observer,]] whose symbol (the Severance Sign, which is used to pull this trope off) is the series's logo.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A ''heroic'' version of this occurs in the end of ''The Winds of Change'' where [[spoiler:TheProfessor, who'd spent the entirety of the story as an [[BrainUploading uploaded brain]], takes over the BigBad's body after trapping his mind]].
* In ''TheQuestportChronicles'', [[OurElvesAreBetter Ato]] submits to demonic possession so that the heroes can have a guide to lead them through an alternate dimension filled with demons.
* [[spoiler:[[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Collective]] of ''[[WebVideo/TribeTwelve Tribe Twelve]]'' fame are eventually revealed to do this. Well, outside of [[BigBad the]] [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Administrator.]] In order of original person's appearance: [[FallenHero Noah Maxwell]] [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor is Firebrand, who seems to have broken free of the Collective,]] [[AndIMustScream Milo Asher]] [[BloodyHorror is Mr. Scars, named such for having]] ''[[BloodyHorror carved his throat open and slit his wrists with a boxcutter]]'' [[NoSell in a failed attempt to escape being possessed,]] and [[UnexpectedCharacter Kevin]] [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Haas is]] [[MindScrew the]] [[FourEyesZeroSoul Observer,]] whose symbol (the Severance Sign, which is used to pull this trope off) is the series's logo.]]
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21st Jul '16 12:18:22 AM Tron80
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* In the ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' storyline, ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' fought a body-snatcher enemy called Worldkiller-1. He stole the body of the leader of the Diasporan alien race and manipulated the Diasporans to wipe other races out. Then he met Supergirl, decided that a Kryptonian would be a much better host, and he tried take over her body.
19th Jul '16 10:20:06 AM lavendermintrose
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* [[spoiler:The Colorless King]] from ''Anime/{{K}}'' has done this - [[BodySurf To multiple people]], including and not limited to [[spoiler:The protagonist himself]]

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* [[spoiler:The Colorless King]] from ''Anime/{{K}}'' has done this - [[BodySurf To multiple people]], including the power to BodySurf, and not limited uses it to [[spoiler:The protagonist himself]][[spoiler: body-snatch an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, commit a murder on video, then body-swap with a ''very'' powerful King, leaving that King in the body of the teenager framed for murder, with all of the Clans after him.]] He also body-snatches a Red Clansman and attacks the Blue King, and then body-snatches a Blue Clansman and attacks someone close to the Red King, to make the clans fight.
17th Jul '16 9:06:01 PM TheBuddy26
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