[[quoteright:350: [[Disney/BrotherBear http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cave_drawings_2.jpg]]]] [[caption-width-right:350: [[Disney/BrotherBear The growing experience of one man's Karmic Transformation.]]]]

->''"For if you wants to understan' an enemy, you gotta walk a mile in his shoes.\\
Den, if he's still your enemy, at least you're a mile away and he's got no shoes".''
-->-- '''Plateau''', Troll philosopher, ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

Character(s) are forced to experience life from another's perspective. AnAesop results.

For the non-aesopic variant, see SympatheticPOV. Can be caused by a KarmicTransformation.

* BecomingTheMask
* BlackLikeMe
* BodyDouble
* TheCityVsTheCountry
* ColorMeBlack
* ADayInHerApron
* DisguisedInDrag
* EmergencyImpersonation
* FreakyFridayFlip
* GoingNative
* GrassIsGreener
* IdenticalStranger
* JustTheIntroductionToTheOpposites
* LostInCharacter
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe
* PersecutionFlip
* PersonalitySwap
* PrinceAndPauper
* SharingABody
* StanfordPrisonExperiment
* SuddenHumility
* SwappedRoles
* ToKnowHimIMustBecomeHim
* TwinSwitch
* WelcomeToMyWorld
* WhiteLikeMe
* YouWillBeBeethoven


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In episode 21 of ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'', Melissa covers for Merrill when the latter is sick, and generally fails horribly. Interestingly, the main thing she learns from this isn't to appreciate Merrill's skills, but Louie's.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Twilight Sparkle [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this in ''Fanfic/AddressUnknown'' by taking a potion designed to temporarily mimic Derpy's eye problems. As she tells Derpy later, "For a pony with normal sight to suddenly see like you do, it's entirely debilitating. I could barely stand, let alone walk; I knocked over everything in my path, and I nearly gagged from the intense vertigo it caused. But you... You may be slightly clumsy, and not fly entirely straight, but you've adapted to it enough to function as well as anypony else. Right now, I can truthfully grasp how amazing you really are. Not only have you adjusted to your condition, you've come close to nullifying its effects while enduring agonizing emotions all the while."
* An interesting variant pops up in the CrisisCrossover between FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse and the Celestiaverse. When both Lunas are bound into the moon by Antithesis, they learn that each of them, in a way, envies the other. C!Luna envies her double for having the strength of will to ''not'' fall into the Nightmare, and to rule alone for a thousand plus years with no hope in sight of regaining her sister. And L!Luna envies ''her'' double because, though she fell into madness, the madness ''ended'', whereas Corona has not and may never regain her mind.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Basically the entire point of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', as well as ''Film/{{District 9}}'', though that's more of a KarmicTransformation.
* The plot of ''Film/SourceCode'', where a man is plugged into a machine that allows him to experience the last minutes of a dead man's life.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The plot of nearly every ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode had this as a large component, if not the entire premise.
* The LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''Film/ToBeFatLikeMe'' had a thin and popular teenager being forced into a fat-suit.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' Rimmer is forced to act the part of Ace Rimmer (what a guy!) for the rest of his life, whilst Ace dies as Rimmer. Doesn't quite fit the above tropes, as he exits the series in this way, and we never see him drop the act.
* One episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had Will's fat jokes annoy Uncle Phil's personal trainer to the point where she challenges him to spend time in a fatsuit to see exactly what his uncle goes through. Rather famously, it includes him trailing his girlfriend Lisa on suspicion that she's cheating without realizing that his pants are dropping.
* This is the basic premise of ''Series/UndercoverBoss''. [=CEOs=] and founders of companies go undercover as normal entry level employees. Most of them haven't done that type of work in ''years'', if at all. HilarityEnsues.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BobDylan's "Positively 4th Street" ends on a subversion:
-->I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
-->And just for that one moment I could be you
-->Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
-->[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You'd know what a drag it is to see you!]]
* Joe South's "Walk A Mile In My Shoes":
-->If I could be you, if you could be me, for just one hour
-->If we could find a way to get inside each other's minds
-->If you could see you through my eyes instead of your ego
-->I believe you'd be surprised to see that you've been blind
* Music/DepecheMode's walking in my shoes is entirely dedicated to thisL
-->I would tell you about the things
-->They put me through
-->The pain I've been subjected to
-->But the lord himself would blush
-->The countless feasts laid at my feet
-->Forbidden fruits for me to eat
-->But i think your pulse would start to rush
-->Now I'm not looking for absolution
-->Forgiveness for the things i do
-->But before you come to any conclusions
-->Try walking in my shoes
-->Try walking in my shoes

[[folder: Theatre ]]

* This one goes back at least as far as Creator/WilliamShakespeare: in ''Henry V'', the title character disguises himself as a common soldier in order to learn the thoughts of the men he's about to lead into battle -- a scene Data recreates on the Holodeck in TheTeaser of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Defector".


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} [[TheMovie Secret of the Omnitrix]]'', Azmuth says that this was the reason why he created the Omnitrix in the first place (word for word).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "[[Recap/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroesBaitAndSwitch Bait And Switch]]", a power swap forces Reed to experience the problems Ben goes through on a day-to-day basis.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** The plot of "Magical Mystery Cure". With the exception of Twilight, the mane cast have switched jobs, and their incompetence causes all sorts of trouble. It starts out funny seeing them convinced they should do a job they are clearly horrible at, buy quickly becomes downright depressing.
** In the season 7 episode "A Royal Problem", the princesses Celestia and Luna are bitter with each other as they believe the other's work is easier. After Starlight Glimmer casts a spell to swap their Cutie Marks (magical butt symbol that represents a pony's job and powers), they agree to switch places. Luna finds out that having to [[StepfordSmiler keep smiling all the time]] while having meetings with important ponies and appearing at public events is harder than she thought, and Celestia almost causes severe psychological damage to Starlight Glimmer when she fails to keep Starlight's nightmare in check.
* Happens literally in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' when KnowNothingKnowItAll Angelica states that switching shoes does indeed change who you are. Angelica and Chuckie end up swapping shoes as well as personalities. In the end, ItWasAllADream.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* In 1697, Russian Czar Peter the Great traveled to western Europe incognito and spent several months working in a Dutch shipyard, in order to study the customs, traditions, and technology of the Western powers.
** See also Gustav II of Sweden some decades earlier, who traveled incognito (and much more concealed than ol' Pete) as Captain Gars ([[FunWithAcronyms Gustavus Adolphus Rex, Seciae]]; Latin for "Gustav Adolf King of the Swedes"). His "alter ego" becomes a convenient political device, at the end of the novel ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', and is used on occasion throughout the earlier parts of the series.
* Taken literally with [[http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/ Walk A Mile In Her Shoes]]: The International Men's March To Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. The male marchers can't always manage a full mile in high-heeled shoes, but they try.