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18th May '17 1:42:38 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' had an episode where Sophie wanted to be the boss for once, and the entire team wound up switching jobs out of their normal specialties temporarily. After some [[HilarityEnsues events]] they eventually decided [[StatusQuoIsGod to go back to their original roles.]]

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' had an episode where Sophie wanted to be the boss for once, and the entire team wound up switching jobs out of their normal specialties temporarily. After some [[HilarityEnsues events]] they eventually decided [[StatusQuoIsGod to go back to their original roles.]]]] Nevertheless, they did learn the basics of each other's specialties, which proved very useful afterward.
22nd Feb '17 12:34:43 AM eroock
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9th Feb '17 2:07:11 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': One episode had Pearl try to test why FailureIsTheOnlyOption by swapping places with Mike. [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent Pearl joined Crow and Tom in the theater,]] while Mike hung out with Bobo and Brain Guy.


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** Another episode had [[SassySecretary Miss Warthog]] knocked unconscious and replaced by [[OnlySaneMan Adam]], who was replaced by [[TheDitz Jake]], who replaced by [[TheSmartGuy Windsor]], [[RunningGag who was replaced by Lupe, and so on.]]
6th Jan '17 6:21:23 PM fearlessnikki
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* The movie ''Film/TradingPlaces'' features

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* The movie ''Film/TradingPlaces'' featuresfeatures two billionaires conspiring to swap the lives of one of their employees with a homeless man ForTheEvulz. This backfires on them epically when the two guys discover their involvement - and team up to get back at them.




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* The Disney Channel MadeForTVMovie ''Model Behaviour''. An average teenager discovers that she's identical in appearance to a famous model. The two swap lives for a week - the teen taking a stab at being a model, while the model gets to experience high school for the first time.
23rd Dec '16 12:46:47 PM BuddyBoy600alt
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** Also, In the 1996 college week on Wheel Of Fortune, Pat Sajak and Vanna White swapped roles during the bonus round when Pat Sajak had a sore throat and wanted to get his voice rest.
21st Dec '16 9:29:24 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' plays with this trope a bit. Chris and Meg swap roles with their parents in the usual 'who has it harder' role. Surprisingly, (or perhaps unsurprisingly) the kids were right; Chris gets a promotion at work and Meg makes excellent dinners while having enough time to clean the entire house in just an hour. Lois and Peter have a miserable time at school because all the kids bully them. It then begins to be mildly deconstructed: While Peter's boss and the kids' principal were notified of the experiment, Peter's boss decided to fire Peter and replace him with Chris, showing the potential consequences. RealityEnsues when downsizing occurs and Chris is given more work to compensate. Initially being able to handle it, the long nights and the stress of handling finances get to him and he takes up drinking. It culiminates with Chris getting a heart attack from all the stress and the roles back to normal.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' plays with this trope a bit. Chris and Meg swap roles with their parents in the usual 'who has it harder' role. Surprisingly, (or perhaps unsurprisingly) the kids were right; Chris gets a promotion at work and Meg makes excellent dinners while having enough time to clean the entire house in just an hour. Lois and Peter have a miserable time at school because all the kids bully them. It then begins to be mildly deconstructed: While Peter's boss and the kids' principal were notified of the experiment, Peter's boss decided to fire Peter and replace him with Chris, showing the potential consequences. RealityEnsues when downsizing occurs and Chris is given more work to compensate. Initially being able to handle it, the long nights and the stress of handling finances get to him and he takes up drinking. It culiminates culminates with Chris getting a heart attack from all the stress stress, and the roles go back to normal.



** Timmy and his Mom once swapped roles in an unusual portrayal of the role. Mrs. Turners under the guise that a psychology trick was really working and in fact used the book to deal with al the problems Timmy faced in school while Timmy coped with the grueling work his mom did. While it initially looked like that his Mom had the harder life, she stated that her day was stressful because of how nuts everyone seemed to be and happy that Timmy grew up well-adjusted before the roles were swapped.

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** Timmy and his Mom once swapped roles in an unusual portrayal of the role. Mrs. Turners Turner under the guise that a psychology trick was really working and in fact used the book to deal with al all the problems Timmy faced in school while Timmy coped with the grueling work his mom did. While it initially looked like that his Mom had the harder life, she stated that her day was stressful because of how nuts everyone seemed to be and happy that Timmy grew up well-adjusted before the roles were swapped.
27th Sep '16 10:24:43 AM crazysamaritan
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Compare with HourglassPlot, PrinceAndPauper, DecoyLeader and EmergencyImpersonation. More fantastical works may feature an OvernightAgeUp paired with a FountainOfYouth for characters whose different roles stem in large part from their age gap. If the characters don't just swap roles but literally swap bodies then it's a FreakyFridayFlip, which often [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]].

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Compare with HourglassPlot, PrinceAndPauper, DecoyLeader and EmergencyImpersonation. More fantastical works may feature an OvernightAgeUp paired with a FountainOfYouth for characters whose different roles stem in large part from their age gap. If the characters don't just swap roles but literally swap bodies then it's a FreakyFridayFlip, which often [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]]. PrinceAndPauper explores a change in class/economic roles.



* ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'': ComicBook/KittyPryde, who was 13 and a half when she joined the X-Men, studied under ComicBook/JeanGrey and learned techniques for handling telepathic issues. Now she's an adult, teaching 16-year-old Jean from the past those same techniques.

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* ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'': ComicBook/KittyPryde, Kitty Pryde, who was 13 and a half when she joined the X-Men, studied under ComicBook/JeanGrey Jean Grey and learned techniques for handling telepathic issues. Now she's an adult, teaching 16-year-old Jean from the past those same techniques.



* ''Naruto Reborn: Sasuke Uchiha': Naruto and Sasuke kill each other and in the afterlife, Naruto learns there's another world where Sasuke can do everything all over again in his body because this Sasuke died in the massacre. Instead, NARUTO has to go, not as himself (because he doesn't exist in that universe), but become Sasuke himself by being in his body. So he does that and literally has to live Sasuke's life and see how he felt about things. It's permanent, so there's no going back and since Naruto doesn't exist [[SealedinaPersonShapedCan someone else has the Kyuubi]].
* "A Day in Your Shoes" from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is this - [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Jack]] and [[DistaffCounterpart Jaqueline]] swap places with each other in order to determine which Brainstorm is the worst. Ironically, being that their masters are both StupidEvil, it ends up becoming a bit of a moot point.

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* ''Naruto Reborn: Sasuke Uchiha': Uchiha'': Naruto and Sasuke kill each other and in the afterlife, Naruto learns there's another world where Sasuke can do everything all over again in his body because this Sasuke died in the massacre. Instead, NARUTO has to go, not as himself (because he doesn't exist in that universe), but become Sasuke himself by being in his body. So he does that and literally has to live Sasuke's life and see how he felt about things. It's permanent, so there's no going back and since Naruto doesn't exist [[SealedinaPersonShapedCan someone else has the Kyuubi]].
* "A Day in Your Shoes" from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is this - has [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Jack]] and [[DistaffCounterpart Jaqueline]] swap places with each other in order to determine which Brainstorm is the worst. Ironically, being that their masters are both StupidEvil, it ends up becoming a bit of a moot point.



** Also, ''FanFic/IntoTheHedge'', which is a spinoff story of ''FanFic/DividedRainbow''.

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** Also, ''FanFic/IntoTheHedge'', which is a spinoff * ''FanFic/IntoTheHedge'' continues the story of ''FanFic/DividedRainbow''.



** Professor X was Wolverine's mentor in the original trilogy, but in 1973, Logan has to try to motivate and counsel an emotionally damaged Xavier.

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** Professor X was Wolverine's mentor in the original trilogy, but in 1973, Logan has to try to motivate and counsel an emotionally damaged Xavier. Not surprisingly, the abrasive Wolverine agrees with the past version of Charles that they "sent back the wrong man".



*** Not surprisingly, the abrasive Wolverine isn't very good at this task, and it's lampshaded in the following exchange:
--->'''Past Charles''': I'm sorry Logan, but they sent back the wrong man.\\
'''Logan''': You're right.
** This also applies to Charles and Hank. In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Xavier acted as a big brother figure to [=McCoy=] (they're about a decade apart in age), but after 1963, Hank becomes responsible for Charles. Although [=McCoy=] certainly prevents his friend from doing anything too self-destructive, he inadvertently becomes Xavier's enabler by inventing an addictive telepathy-blocking serum. Considering that Hank was probably only around 21 years old when he suddenly found himself in the position of being Charles' long-term caregiver (plus he has no experience looking after someone who is mentally ill), it's understandable that he couldn't help his former mentor as well as he would've liked.
* The movie ''Film/TradingPlaces''.

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*** Not surprisingly, the abrasive Wolverine isn't very good at this task, and it's lampshaded in the following exchange:
--->'''Past Charles''': I'm sorry Logan, but they sent back the wrong man.\\
'''Logan''': You're right.
** This also applies to Charles and Hank. In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Xavier acted as a big brother figure to [=McCoy=] (they're about a decade apart in age), but after 1963, Hank becomes responsible for Charles. Although [=McCoy=] certainly prevents his friend from doing anything too self-destructive, he inadvertently becomes Xavier's enabler by inventing an addictive telepathy-blocking serum. Considering that Hank was probably only around 21 years old when he suddenly found himself in the position of being Charles' long-term caregiver (plus he has no experience looking after someone who is mentally ill), it's understandable that he couldn't help his former mentor as well as he would've liked.
* The movie ''Film/TradingPlaces''.''Film/TradingPlaces'' features



* This happens in the Scandinavian folk tale "The Man Who Kept House."

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* This happens in the The Scandinavian folk tale tale, "The Man Who Kept House."
House", has a husband and wife switch roles for a day. [[AnAesop They each decide that the other has the harder job.]]



* In the third series of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', the nincompoop Prince George swaps places with scheming butler Mr Blackadder to avoid being killed by the Duke of Wellington. The [[HilarityEnsues predictable occurs]].

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
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In the third series of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', the nincompoop Prince George swaps places with scheming butler Mr Blackadder to avoid being killed by the Duke of Wellington. The [[HilarityEnsues predictable occurs]].



** Speaking of ''Blackadder'', [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in the first series]] the title character was the nincompoop while ''Baldrick'' of all people was the HypercompetentSidekick and OnlySaneMan.

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** Speaking of ''Blackadder'', [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness in In the first series]] the title character was the nincompoop while ''Baldrick'' of all people was the HypercompetentSidekick and OnlySaneMan.



* The parent-child version features in an episode of ''StepByStep''.

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* The parent-child version features in an episode of ''StepByStep''.''Series/StepByStep''.



* "Series/LabRats: When Bree's frustration meter with Principal Perry reaches it's limit, she insists she could be a better principal then Perry. Perry accepts the offer and makes Bree Principal for one day, while she takes on the role of a student hooligan.

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* "Series/LabRats: ''Series/LabRats'': When Bree's frustration meter with Principal Perry reaches it's limit, she insists she could be a better principal then Perry. Perry accepts the offer and makes Bree Principal for one day, while she takes on the role of a student hooligan.



* ''AmericanPickers'' had Danielle go out picking while Frank watches the shop. Danielle hated how dirty picking really is and Frank is not very good at getting picking leads.

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* ''AmericanPickers'' ''Series/AmericanPickers'' had Danielle go out picking while Frank watches the shop. Danielle hated how dirty picking really is and Frank is not very good at getting picking leads.
16th Jun '16 4:41:01 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''ComicBook/DuckTales'': The story "A Switch in Time" shows Launchpad and Fenton changing jobs briefly. Chaos ensues, given that Launchpad is inexperienced with the [=GizmoDuck=] suit and Fenton has no inkling of how to fly a plane.
22nd May '16 10:42:12 AM Quanyails
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''/[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27874 Xenophilia]] fanfic ''FanFic/DividedRainbow'' is centered around this trope while also being a deconstruction of it. The first act of FanFic/DividedRainbow highlights how the 'Swapped Five,' (Twilight Sparkle's five Element-Bearing friends) are driving themselves into physical, mental, emotional, financial, and even familial ruination, because they are simply no good at filling each others' roles. The second act focuses on how these effects are counteracted.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''/[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27874 Xenophilia]] fanfic ''FanFic/DividedRainbow'' is centered around this trope while also being a deconstruction of it. The first act of FanFic/DividedRainbow ''FanFic/DividedRainbow'' highlights how the 'Swapped Five,' (Twilight Sparkle's five Element-Bearing friends) are driving themselves into physical, mental, emotional, financial, and even familial ruination, because they are simply no good at filling each others' roles. The second act focuses on how these effects are counteracted.
22nd May '16 10:41:36 AM Quanyails
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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''/[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27874 Xenophilia]] fanfic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/98472/divided-rainbow Divided Rainbow]]'' is centered around this trope while also being a deconstruction of it. The first act of FanFic/DividedRainbow highlights how the 'Swapped Five,' (Twilight Sparkle's five Element-Bearing friends) are driving themselves into physical, mental, emotional, financial, and even familial ruination, because they are simply no good at filling each others' roles. The second act focuses on how these effects are counteracted.
** Also, FanFic/IntoTheHedge, which is a spinoff story of FanFic/DividedRainbow.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''/[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/27874 Xenophilia]] fanfic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/98472/divided-rainbow Divided Rainbow]]'' ''FanFic/DividedRainbow'' is centered around this trope while also being a deconstruction of it. The first act of FanFic/DividedRainbow highlights how the 'Swapped Five,' (Twilight Sparkle's five Element-Bearing friends) are driving themselves into physical, mental, emotional, financial, and even familial ruination, because they are simply no good at filling each others' roles. The second act focuses on how these effects are counteracted.
** Also, FanFic/IntoTheHedge, ''FanFic/IntoTheHedge'', which is a spinoff story of FanFic/DividedRainbow.
''FanFic/DividedRainbow''.
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