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[[AndThatsTerrible Racism is a terrible thing]]. And sometimes, someone will take it upon themselves to teach a racist just what a terrible thing it is. And, to do that, they use some kind of power to transform the racist (usually temporarily) into a member of the race they despise.

Not to be confused with BlackLikeMe. In Black Like Me, the subject undergoes the change voluntarily while in Color Me Black, the subject is changed involuntarily. Also, Color Me Black is much more likely to involve supernatural forces than Black Like Me, which usually involves more realistic methods of changing one's appearance.

See also KarmicTransformation, YouAreWhatYouHate, and PersecutionFlip.

See AndThenJohnWasAZombie for the supernatural variant. Compare GenderBender.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'':
** On one occasion, Spawn used his power to turn a [[TheKlan Klan]] leader black, leaving him to be lynched by his own men.
** Inverted with Spawn himself, when he tried to use his powers to restore his original appearance, and kept ending up as a white dude.
* Kinda subverted on an ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comic. Some members of the mutant-hating "Friends of Mankind" get the word "mutie" marked by burning iron by an angry mutant girl, Robin Vega. On their ''foreheads''. Mutations don't have to be obvious, so they will have a hard time proving that they are not mutants.
* In issues #33 and #34 of DC Comics' run on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Q turns the whole crew into Klingons after Captain Picard makes a stray comment intending to compliment Worf by saying he wished he had a hundred like him.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'':
** Played for laughs once: [[BlackAndNerdy Oliver Wendell Jones]] invents a gadget that temporarily turns white people black, and Cutter John is going to take it to D.C. and use it on the ambassador from South Africa (this was still the time of apartheid, so the ambassador would have been white) but his wheelchair-balloon gets blown off course and he is lost at sea.
** He also uses it on a clueless Steve Dallas, who assumes it is a KarmicTwistEnding and starts searching for Creator/RodSerling (of ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'') in the bushes.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Creator/RalphBakshi flick ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' has a scene where a racist, homophobic, and corrupt cop on the mob's payroll is drugged by Brother Rabbit (this film is a DarkerAndEdgier take on the Br'er Rabbit stories) in an attempt to take out the mafia. When he wakes up, he's covered in blackface and wearing a dress. Still tripping off acid, he freaks out believing he has actually become black and homosexual and begins firing his pistol randomly until a pair of police officers gun him down believing him to be a gangster.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is the premise of ''Film/WatermelonMan''.
* A FantasticRacism variant is used in ''Film/XMen1'', when Magneto turns anti-mutant Senator Kelly into a mutant. This is given an IronicEcho in the third movie, when Magneto is BroughtDownToNormal .
* The ''Podcast/RiffTrax''-featured educational film ''Skipper Learns A Lesson'' does this with a dog who hates "funny-looking" dogs. After he gets covered in paint, the other dogs avoid him and he tells then they're "being silly" for avoiding him because of how he looks, then realizes that he was being silly too.
* This was attempted on the BigBad of ''Film/{{Dragonheart}} 2'' prior to the events of the movie. It utterly failed, the [[spoiler:dragon in human form]] is still bent on genocide.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' is another FantasticRacism version, although the protagonist is not a dyed-in-the-wool racist: he simply [[PunchClockVillain does what he's told]].
* ''Film/TheThingWithTwoHeads'', a 1972 BMovie. Ray Milland plays Dr. Maxwell Kirshner, a dying, wealthy racist who demands that his head be transplanted onto a healthy body. As his health rapidly deteriorates, there remains only one alternative: graft Kirshner's head onto the body of a black death row inmate, Jack Moss, played by Rosey Grier.
* A segment of ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' plays with this, where a bigot suddenly finds himself in Nazi Germany and accused of being Jewish, then in the Deep South where apparently several Klansmen see him as a Black Man (though his skin doesn't actually change), and later fleeing into the jungles of UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}} as an Asian during [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the war]].
* In ''Film/HookLineAndSinker'', Creator/JerryLewis attempts to get revenge on his wife and her doctor lover who convinced him he was dying and urged him to have one last spree (and run up an unpayable credit card debt forcing him to flee forever). Before Lewis discovers the plot the doctor tells him the diagnosis was a mistake and arranges for a body to be shipped home in his place. Lewis switches that body (of a black man) with the body of a old time Southern Colonel being shipped home for a big funeral. During that funeral, after much pomp and Confederate flags the casket is opened for one last look and everyone is stunned to see the black man's corpse in there. The clueless undertaker says "I was going to ask you about that", and is promptly punched to the ground.
* At the end of ''{{Film/Machete}}'', the senator who organized immigrant hunts gets dressed up as an illegal immigrant and gets shot by the rednecks.
* ''Film/SeasmeStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'': To avoid getting caught for having Big Bird in their captivity, the Sleaze brothers paint him blue, and pass him off as their "Blue Bird of Happiness".


* "Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin
* Creator/RayBradbury's "The Handler" is about a disgruntled undertaker, who defiles all the bodies sent to him with lessons they should have learned in life. In particular, a white supremacist is embalmed with ink, turning his skin 'black as night'. Memorably turned into a story for ''[[Creator/ECComics The Haunt of Fear]]''.
* OlderThanRadio: The Story of the Inky Boys in ''Literature/{{Struwwelpeter}}'', 1845. Three boys taunt a "blackamoor" for his skin color and call him "black as ink". An angry old man (who is either St. Nick or Agrippa based on the version) admonishes them to stop, and dunks them into an inkwell when they don't listen. This is slight variant as the three boys are not turned into "blackamoors" themselves by the ink, but instead are transformed into solid black silhouettes that hardly look human.
* In the ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Vows and Honor]]'' duology by Creator/MercedesLackey, the protagonists foil a bandit party that's been preying on caravans, slaying the men outright and slaying the women after the bandits rape them. They kill the bandits, save their leader. Said bandit leader gets transformed into a buxom blond woman, stripped naked, and sent back to his/her fellows. Do not piss the sisters off...
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', where Cassie, when confronted with a racist when travelling back in time, turns herself white - [[{{Animorphism}} into a polar bear]].
* In Theodore R. Cogswell's "You Know Willie" a white supremacist who was acquitted of shooting a black man was cursed by the victim's only living relative to become an exact duplicate of the deceased. He ended up burned alive by fellow members of the Ku Klux Klan {{expy}} he belonged to.
* Tor Åge Bringsværd wrote a story about a KKK member who is turned into a black, and then handed over to the Klan to be lynched. Appropriately enough, the story is called "Boomerang".
* Creator/RodSerling wrote a story called "Color Scheme" in ''Literature/TheSeasonToBeWary'' where a racist rabble-rouser in the South gets changed into a black man; his victim (a black civil rights preacher whose youngest daughter is killed when his house is set on fire by the mob the racist guy stirred up) turns white and [[IronicEcho uses the rabble-rouser's own words against him.]] [[DownerEnding It ends]] with the preacher returned to his black self but [[EvilStoleMyFaith pushed]] past the DespairEventHorizon and believing GodIsEvil and HumansAreBastards while the racist-- still black-skinned, what's left of him-- has been dragged to death behind a car.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "Kitara", the IMF uses drugs and a special light bulb to make a ruthless white provincial governor in an apartheid African nation believe he's actually black as part of a ploy to free a resistance leader.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', the staff of the 4077 gradually darken the skin of a White racist to make him think he's turning black after getting a blood transfusion from a Black person.
* At the end of an episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', Samantha uses magic to cause a racist to see everyone as black. Including himself when he looks in a mirror.
* There's an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' in which Mork uses his Orkan powers to turn a bunch of racists into Latino, Black and East-Asian, among other changes (two of them were turned orange and at least one had stripes.). They were [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the KKK, so they didn't know it until they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yR6PcwZtB0 took their white hoods off]].
* ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'':
** ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
*** There's an episode where a white racist is sent back in time and perceived by those around him as black, and is sent to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany where he is seen as a Jew.
*** Sammy Davis, Jr. wrote in his autobiography that he suggested an episode have a white supremacist wake up one day and he's black. Rod Serling eventually wrote the story "Color Scheme" for his anthology ''Literature/TheSeasonToBeWary''. The other two stories in that collection were part of the ''Series/NightGallery'' pilot, but "Color Scheme" was seen as too raw even for 1970s TV.
*** In "The Quality of Mercy", a GI in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII who's just a little too enthused about killing is suddenly transformed into a Japanese soldier and hears his commander on that side speak in a bloodthirsty way about killing Americans.
** ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'': In "Shades of Guilt", a white man sees a black man being attacked and drives away instead of helping. He later learns that the man was a college professor who was beaten to death by skinheads. As he is consumed by guilt his skin begins to darken over time until he looks just like the victim and ends up in the same situation.[[spoiler: It is actually a chance for him to realise that he was wrong and change his decision.]]
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** In "The Grell", humans have enslaved a race of RubberForeheadAliens. An important politician survives a plane crash with his family and his Grell servant, but is critically injured. The Grell heals him by infusing his master with Grell DNA, which will slowly transform him into one of them. Whereas he had previously callously killed a Grell servant who tried to flee, when he's treated in the same way by a human soldier who tries to kill him for being a "half-breed" he starts to see the error of his ways.
** "Tribunal", the 100th episode, featured an ending where a Nazi war criminal who's escaped justice for 50 years is put into the uniform of his prisoners and taken back in time to his own camp. His younger self shoots him after the "old Jewish man" says he isn't supposed to be there, and in an attempt to explain himself to his younger self cites details from his childhood and seriously disturbs the younger self.
* Dave Chappelle does something very strange with this in one ''Series/ChappellesShow'' sketch. The sketch revolves around a BlindBlackGuy who grew up unaware of his own race and became a prominent KKK leader and writer of white supremacist literature. His race is kept secret by his friends, who make sure he is never seen in public out of his KKK robes and don't tell him he's black because they think it will make him kill himself just so there will be one less black person in the world. At the climax, he is speaking at a rally, when one audience member asks to see his face. Ignoring the protests from his friends, he rips off his hood and shocks the whole crowd full of rednecks (one guy's [[YourHeadAsplode head explodes]]). A WhereAreTheyNow segment at the end of this sketch (which was framed as a news show doing a special feature) reveals that he has come to accept the fact that he is black... but he still divorced his wife "[[RefugeInAudacity because she's a nigger-lover]]".
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'':
** Subverted in an episode. The morning after receiving a lecture fom one of her relatives about the importance of not judging by appearance, Sabrina checks herself in the mirror and is grateful that her appearance wasn't modified in the night. [[spoiler:Harvey, however, spends the episode transformed into a beast-man, and Sabrina has to accept him before the curse is undone.]]
** Also subverted when Sabrina turns [[AlphaBitch Libby]] into a geek, forcing her out of her popular clique. Libby joins the geeky kids and manages to become their leader, then proceeds to act just as tyrannical as she always has, excluding Sabrina from Science Club for [[InvertedTrope not being]] [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards geeky enough]].
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Oz}}'', the racist (and later JerkassWoobie) Robeson receives a gum transplant. From a black donor.
* One episode of ''Series/SpaceCases'' had Davenport gain the ability to swap the kids' races - Harlan becomes an Andromedan, Radu becomes human, Rosie becomes Uranian, Bova becomes Mercurian, etc.
* PlayedWith in a couple of episodes of ''Series/AllInTheFamily''. In one episode Archie has a gallbladder operation and ends up getting blood donated from a black man, much to his consternation. Several seasons later when the KKK move into Queens he [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the transfusion as having made him part black, so he can call on his black brothers to protest the KKK meeting house.
* A short-lived [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica South African]] comedy series called ''Series/TheCoconuts'' focused on a suburban white family that get turned black by a sangoma when they set up their camper on sacred ground.

* In ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', Sharon tells a racist senator she wishes he were black so he would understand what black people have to go through due to people who think like he does. She happens to be standing where a pot of magical wish-granting gold is buried, so... well, you can guess where this is going. Interestingly the race-switch isn't what changes his views. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It was a leprechaun that magically made him more open-minded]]. After that, his efforts to take back his previous racist actions fail because while he wants to change things, he is now black and the white officers won't listen to him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Caesar's Legion looks down on ghouls. However, if you [[spoiler:nuke the Legion outpost at Dry Wells]], many of the Legion troops there are turned into ghouls.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The entire plot of ''Webcomic/BlackTapestries'' is kicked off by a wizard's spell that turns people into bestial Kaetif (who are frequently the victims of discrimination) hitting the protagonist Lorelei, [[DrivenToSuicide her reaction to that]], and [[CompleteImmortality his reaction to that in turn]].
* [[spoiler:Linda]] in ''Webcomic/{{Endtown}}'' is transformed into one of the mutants she hates, [[spoiler:although Flask had intended to turn her into a slightly different variety.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' has the Apache Tracker, a man of seemingly Slavic descent who insists on wearing a ridiculous and offensive Indian headdress and claims to possess "Indian Magic" . He disappears and sometime later reappears having mysteriously transformed into a Native American, but having lost the ability to speak anything but Russian. He continues to wear the headdress, leading to some discussion over whether or not it's less offensive now.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the boys making [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] think he's...[[RedheadedStepchild a ginger]]. Freckles and hair dye. The episode then turns this on its head--rather than making Cartman rethink his horrible attitude, he actually ''starts a ginger supremacist movement'' and nearly kills every non-ginger in the town. This episode could be a {{deconstruction}} in that it argues that supremacists behave as they do not because they don't understand the other side, but because they need to feel superior to someone else.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' villain [[BigBad Demona]] summons and binds [[GreatGazoo Puck]] and forces him to grant her various wishes, [[JackassGenie which he delights in twisting because he dislikes her]], and because her wishes consist of "KillAllHumans," a species of which Puck is fond. She also wishes that she would not turn to stone during the day like other gargoyles -- which Puck grants by causing her to turn ''human'' during the day instead. And in this case, it's permanent. As usual, Demona learns nothing.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has Ben get revenge on [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Will Harrangue]] - [[MaliciousSlander who made his life a living hell]] because of [[FantasticRacism his bigotry against aliens]] - by turning him into what he despised most: an alien.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "A Walk On The Flip Side" (a parody of ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'') has Montana Max, "rabbit-hater extraordinaire", wake up to find that he's a rabbit himself.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' "Old Stan of the Mountain", Stan is transformed into an elderly man when his general rudeness towards senior citizens gets him cursed by one. At the end of the episode, Stan's curse is lifted, [[HereWeGoAgain but he becomes a black man.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Witchy Woman," Johnny sexually harasses a woman with magical powers, who curses him to wake up the following day as a woman. Sure enough, it happens, and the new Johnny finds herself attracting a lot of unwanted attention from men and regrets what he's been doing his whole life, lifting the curse. Of course, Johnny being as dumb as he is, he forgets all about it [[StatusQuoIsGod by the next episode and is back to his flirty self]].