Created By: kablammin45 on March 8, 2012

Forever Flipped

Circumstances leave body swapped characters stuck as each other forever.

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So a couple of characters have swapped bodies, big deal, eventually they'll be back to normal.

Hold it, did one of them just get killed? Did the machine or McGuffin that swapped them get destroyed? Do they like it better as each other?

This trope would describe instances where freaky friday flips wind up being permanent. The characters are now stuck as each other indefinitely.

Most cases would probably indicate a Downer Ending, or, if used in the right way, a Twist Ending.
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  • March 8, 2012
    kablammin45
    I kinda came up with this off the top of my head. Any examples would be seriously appreciated.
  • March 8, 2012
    zarpaulus
    Only case I can think of is in The Dresden Files when Warden Luccio had her body stolen in Dead Beat by the necromancer known as the Corpsetaker. Harry shot her original body in the head when he realized what had happened and she was stuck in Corpsetaker's previous host.
  • March 8, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Ben 10 Alien Force enemy Albedo is permanently stuck as a palette-swapped lookalike to Ben.
    • British X-Man Psylocke was magically transplanted by the Hand into the body of a japanese woman. The only feature she still has from her original body is the purple hair (which was dyed in her native body but apparently natural in her new one).
    • She-Hulk was in the 90s told she was permanently stuck in her She-Hulk form. She was like "... this is supposed to be bad news?" It eventually got retconned, though, and now she can de-hulk whenever she wants, though she tends to choose to walk around as Gammazon.
  • March 8, 2012
    pawsplay
    The name first made me think of LGBT slang, I don't know if that's a problem or not. To flip someone is to seduce someone into an uncharacteristic encounter, due to sexual preference, kink, bottom-top role etc.
  • March 8, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    The 1988 film Vice Versa had two crooks--a guy and a gal, no less--touch the magic skull that had body-swapped Fred Savage and Judge Reinhold's characters and promptly end up in each other's bodies. Dovetailed into Body Horror and Nightmare Fuel when Charlie takes the skull back, leaving Turk and Tina permanently trapped inside each other.

    There was one of those horror antho shows on cable some years back--I want to say Tales From The Crypt, but I'm not quite sure--about a talented surgeon who catches his bored wife cheating on him. So he anesthetizes them, removes their heads, swaps them, and then waits for them to wake up and discover what he's done. They wanted each other's bodies, so now he's got hers and she's got his...forever.
  • March 9, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Call Of Cthulhu supplement Curse of the Chthonians, adventure "The Curse of Chaugnar Faugn". During the course of the adventure a male investigator has his mind put into the body of a female NPC, while his body is taken over by the mind of the Big Bad. If his body is killed while the Big Bad's mind is still inside of it (which could easily happen), he will be stuck in the female NPC's body from then on.
  • March 9, 2012
    Koveras
    OP, please add a warning that unmarked spoilers will be found in the examples as well as comments in this YKTTW.

    • In the end of Murder Princess (the anime, at least), Falis and Alita forfeit their chance to swap back, because Falis makes a far better warrior princess, while Alita is better off as a simple maid.
  • March 9, 2012
    Speedball
    This could be expanded to "stuck transformed," I suppose; it might be too specific as-is. Still, not a bad idea.
  • March 9, 2012
    Damr1990
    • Captain Ginyuu from Dragon Ball Z has the ability to swap bodies with someone as long as he is on direct Line with his enemy and can recite the name of his technique, he first used it to switch bodies with goku, but then he was badly injured so he returned back to his body, vegeta continued atacking him(now to his own body instead to goku's), and so, ginyuu trieed to took advange of Vegeta going straigh line to him and tried to swap bodies with him, only to goku to throw a frog between gyniuu and vegeta, and so he ended up on the frog's body, unable to speak and so unable to use his techique to return to his body
  • March 9, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    ^ Until Bulma generated a frog-to-english translator, which gave Ginyu Bulma's body. And then Gohan tossed the frog in between to make it so Ginyu ended up in the frog again rather than Piccolo's body.
  • March 9, 2012
    moocow1452
    Natural consequence of Body Surf if you've been doing it for a while.
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