->''"Do you have the odd sensation that the universe has flipped poles, or something?"''
-->-- '''Nick''' [[LampshadeHanging commenting on]] an example of this, ''GeneralProtectionFault''

Earlier in a story, opinion/assumption X is associated with Alice, and opinion/assumption Y is associated with Bob. Later in the story, Y is associated with Alice and X is associated with Bob instead.

Note that "perspective" is not literally a physical perspective but is used to refer to either opinions or assumptions; this can apply to either.

May in some cases result in an IronicEcho. See also HourglassPlot. Not to be confused with PerspectiveFlip.

!! Examples:

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''{{Phoenix}}: Karma'', the artisan Akanemaru first meets Gao as a fugitive and offers him his fire; Gao, disfigured from birth, rewards Akanemaru for his kindness by maiming him out of spite. By the end of the story, Gao has redeemed himself and become a master artisan in his own right, while Akanemaru has let his success get to his head and become a cold, heartless bastard: when Gao bests him in a competition, Akanemaru reveals Gao's sordid past, resulting in him losing his one good arm.

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' involves, earlier on, Bolt believing that [[spoiler:Penny's love for him was sincere]], and Mittens believing that it wasn't. Later in the movie, [[spoiler:Bolt sees Penny hugging another dog, assuming himself to have been replaced, and walking away before Penny can even see him... then Mittens sees Penny sobbing at the real Bolt not being there, and figures she was wrong about Penny. After this point, it's Mittens who thinks Penny's love for Bolt is sincere, and Bolt believing that it wasn't.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' involves, earlier on, Woody and Buzz trying to encourage the rest of the toys to get ready to go into the attic. Towards the end of the movie, Woody is more skeptical of the attic idea, while the rest of the toys are more open to it; though Buzz's attitude seems relatively unchanged. [[spoiler:Of course, as things turn out, none of them end up in the attic anyway.]]

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Live Action]]
* The 1991 film ''Film/HeSaidSheSaid'', starts with two people having contrasting opinions about whether or not to expand a certain roadway. At the end, they both correct themselves, switching to the other person's opinion.
* In the 2009 film ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'', Tom is hopelessly romantic, while Summer does not believe in love. By the end of the movie, their dispositions toward love are inverted.

* The premise of the book ''Flipped''.
* In the book ''The Pig, The Prince, And The Unicorn'', when Quadroped (the titular Pig) [[spoiler:meets Goriel, TheDragon of the piece, who doesn't kill Quadroped, but instead shows him that the assumed-till-then BlackAndWhiteMorality is more GreyAndGrayMorality.]]

* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the Klingons were conniving, sneaky infiltrators and [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] while the Romulans were honour-obsessed ProudWarriorRace {{Blood Knight}}s. In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and all other ''Franchise/StarTrek'', including ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' which is set before the original series, the two cultures' outlooks and personalities are exactly reversed, with no internal explanation.

* HarryChapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" is a perspective reversal of the standard WhenYouComingHomeDad plot, telling it from the dad's perspective.

* The titular character from ''Theatre/LadyWindermeresFan'' thinks Mrs Erlynne is a wicked woman; her husband, however, thinks there is good in her, allows her to [[spoiler:blackmail him]] because he thinks she deserves another chance, and has her at the house as a guest against his wife's wishes. Mrs Erlynne's act of [[spoiler:saving Lady Windermere from disgrace at the cost of her own second chance in society]] reverses the situation: Lady Windermere is deeply grateful to her, and is forced to dispense with her previous black-and-white worldview; her husband, having witnessed Mrs Erlynne [[spoiler:disgracing herself in a gentleman's chambers]] after all he's done for her, considers her beyond the MoralEventHorizon. [[spoiler:He comes around, though.]]

* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Cheren is concerned with ToBeAMaster, analyzing every opponent he meets to give him an advantage, while Bianca is somewhat aimless and clumsy in her battles, becoming a Trainer largely to try to figure out what to do with her life. By the end of the game, Cheren has reached a roadblock and is questioning if he even has the personality to be a champion, while Bianca comes to terms with her father, who didn't want her going into the dangerous world on her own, and has decided her path for her future, assisting Professor Juniper in the lab.
* It's subtle, but this a major theme in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and its sequel, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. In the first game, Tidus (the protagonist) is a selfish, wangsty teen who is [[TrappedInAnotherWorld more concerned with returning home]] than the imminent destruction of Spira. It isn't until he learns that his LoveInterest (Yuna) will have to sacrifice herself to defeat [[BigBad Sin]] that he starts to undergo CharacterDevelopment and ''refuses'' to let Yuna sacrifice herself to save the world. There's a conversation roughly a third of the way through the game which highlights their different philosophies, in which Tidus questions whether sacrificing your life, even when [[RegularlyScheduledEvil the Big Bad is sure to come back]] is worth it and Yuna disagrees and says she feels ''any'' sacrifice is worth bringing just a ''little'' happiness to the world. In the end, Tidus has to make a HeroicSacrifice ''himself'' in order to destroy Sin and break the ViciousCycle, ''devastating'' Yuna, who had been prepared to sacrifice herself, but not her loved ones. Then, in the sequel, Yuna is a HeartbrokenBadass ActionGirl whose perspectives on sacrifice have completely changed. When another character offers to sacrifice himself in order to defeat the new BigBad, Yuna shoots his plan down ''immediately'', stating how much she's grown to hate having to [[PyrrhicVictory "lose in order to win"]]. To make this juxtaposition even more poignant, Yuna's outfit throughout the second game is a direct homage to her dead love.
* The Alliance in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has hotheaded King Varian Wrynn and pacifist Lady Jaina Proudmoore. Varian has had a troubled history with the Horde and along with Warchief Garrosh Hellscream are the main reasons why the two are at war now; while Jaina is leader of Theramore, and worked with then Warchief Thrall to fight against the Burning Legion in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. As of ''Mists of Pandaria'', Varian has grown into a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and no longer views the whole Horde as evil, just specific elements like Hellscream. Meanwhile Jaina saw Theramore destroyed by a Horde attack, and needed to be talked down before she tried to destroy Orgrimmar; then she was made leader of the neutral city of Dalaran, believing that it remained a beacon of hope for mending Alliance/Horde relations, until the Horde used it as a jumping point to invade Darnassus, which has broken her faith completely.

* There's an ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' space-arc strip that starts with Lancelot claiming that God made the universe to be perfect as it is, and Guenevere countering that change is good, because it's how things progress. Arthur tells Merlin he wishes they could see things from each others' perspective. The next panel has Lancelot saying that if a certain species is dying it's God's will, and Guenevere responding that on the contrary, things have to be preserved.
* In ''GeneralProtectionFault'', Nick starts a WideEyedIdealist who is also [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter prone to trusting people he shouldn't]], like he does with Trudy. By contrast, Ki is far more hesitant to trust people and dislikes and distrusts Trudy from the beginning. After Trudy's plans are thwarted in the Surreptitious Machinations arc, Nick feels guilty about having been blind to Trudy's nature, while Ki admits that there is some good in Trudy, [[spoiler:since she couldn't bring herself to kill Nick even after he rejected her]]. Some time later, when faced with the issue of whether to trust Trish in spite of several red flags, Nick refuses to trust her based on his experiences with Trudy, while Ki wonders if Nick is right and she should trust people more, deciding to trust Trish. After the two reach their conclusions [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive/2004/07/16 in this strip]], Nick lampshades it with the above quote.

[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* The SCPFoundation {{verse}} is rife with these, both within individual SCP's and tales and in the broader lore, but one of the most shining examples is the Church of the Broken God. Once the [=CotBG=] was seen as a zealous cult of {{Machine Worship}}ers and the Foundation as the only group preventing them from initiating an apocalypse out of blind adherence to doctrine. Several years of plot development and lore exploration later, however, and there is a growing possibility that the Foundation's blind adherence to the doctrine of contain first, dissect and ask questions later, has been crippling the keepers of humanity's only weapon against one of the greatest threats the foundation has ever known.

* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Deedee crushes a bunch of ants, because she thinks they're filthy. Dexter, who find ants interesting, shrinks them both down to ant size so Deedee can get a better idea of their society. After some adventures, they return to normal size, at which point Deedee happily thanks Dexter for showing her just how cool ants really are - while Dexter is squashing them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Mommy Fearest", when the girls attempt to sneak into the house after after fighting crime despite the Professor's new wife forbidding them to, the lights turn on to reveal her angrily waiting for them on the couch. When the girls later figure it out that it's really Sedusa, it then goes to Sedusa sneaking into the house with a bag of jewels and the girls turning on the light while looking smugly on the couch.