Simply one or more characters putting on clothes belonging to someone else (even two characters swapping clothes, as in the picture), but for reasons other
than disguising as that person. It's often for fun, dressing up
, or... something more kinky (for them
and for us
). And depending on the characters, this can be Fanservice
Heck, this can even happen by accident, just for Rule of Funny
Can overlap with Cosplay Fan Art
, Side Story Bonus Art
. The key is that the characters are wearing each others' outfit, or that a character is clearly wearing the clothes of another character in the same Canon
Not to be confused with Cosplay
, unless that character is actually wearing the clothes of the person that character is dressing up as. Simply making clothes like it doesn't count.
A Super Trope
to Sexy Shirt Switch
Compare Cosplay Fan Art
, Whole Costume Reference
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Anime and Manga
- Read or Die has a scene in the manga where Yomiko Readman tries on Nenene's outfits. Nenene ridicules her for being 25 years old and not being able to fit into them well, as well as implying she is homely.
- At one point in Ranma ½, the title character has to wear his fiance's clothes because all of his are in the wash. It's not cross dressing because he is in girl form at the time. However, it earns him Akane's wrath when he points out that there is plenty of room in the hip region, but it's a bit tight around the bust.
- In the final episode of Pani Poni Dash!, the characters Behoimi and Media swap clothes on some whim. Behoimi finds she isn't thrilled about wearing Media's maid outfit while Media finds herself thrilled to be wearing such unconstraining clothes like Behoimi's school uniform. She begins twirling around in joy showing a fair amount of leg as the skirt begins to rise up. Behoimi begins listing reasons why they should switch back quickly, one of them being along the lines of "and I'm starting to get turned on".
- In one chapter of Nabari No Ou, Gau is shown wearing the jacket Raikou had been wearing earlier in the same chapter.
- In an episode of Sailor Moon, to fake out a villain guessing that Usagi is Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus disguises herself as Sailor Moon.
- In Saiyuki Reload, in a Urasai extra, the four decide to switch outfits. Sanzo wears Gojyo's outfit, Gojyo wears Goku's outfit, Hakkai wears Sanzo's outfit, and Goku wears...a magical girl costume for "fanservice".
- Nanatsu No Taizai has a cover where Meliodas swaps his clothes with Ban and Diane swaps hers with Elizabeth. Also, Diane has to use Elizabeth's clothes after they shrink and when Elizabeth recovers her real size she has to borrow Veronica's jacket.
- In Dungeon Keeper Ami Mercury's power-up magic (which replaces whatever she happens to be wearing with her senshi uniform, makeup, and jewelry) is duplicated onto each and every minion she possesses, due to the dungeon heart link. This includes goblins, a horned reaper, and giant beetles. Later, Mercury learns the horned reaper's wardrobe spell (which, incidently, was tailored for a male user, and lacks a top). Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.
- In this CSI fanfic, Nick and Greg accidentally out themselves by wearing each other's clothes to work. Hilarity Ensues.
- In A Growing Affection, Hinata ends up wearing some of Naruto's casual clothing in one chapter, after he accidentally gets her uniform all muddy. They end up staying in for lunch because she is embarrassed by the Sexy Shirt Switch implication.
- In Spice World, the girls take turns doing this during one of the musical numbers.
- In High School Musical 2, in the scene after they sing "I Don't Dance," Ryan and Chad are wearing each other's clothes.
- In Loaded Weapon 1 when a helicopter is approaching to destroy Colt's house, Colt and Destiny run out wearing each others underwear.
- Two characters in the early part of Loose Screws switch shirts. The guy wears "Wanna trade?" and the girl wears "Sure".
- The Robert Munsch story Thomas' Snowsuit involves a series of these, with a teacher and then the principal trying to get Thomas into his snowsuit. Each time, one of them takes Thomas in one hand, the snowsuit in the other, a fight ensues, and when the dust clears, no one is wearing the right clothes.
- In Will and Grace, Karen and Grace get drunk and end up swapping clothes. Then they end up passed out, with Grace on top of Karen. Jack and Will walk in and comment on the shame that image is wasted on them.
- One brief scene in The Young Ones had the four actors all dressed as, and playing, one of the others' character, without further acknowledgment or explanation.
- An episode of Small Wonder had Vicki and Harriet trading clothes.
- In the second season episode of Parks and Recreation "Summer Catalog", non-couple April and Andy switch sweaters off camera in one of their many goofy pranks. The visual of April in Andy's overlarge hoodie and Andy in April's too-tight button-up is a laugh riot, more so when Andy declares "Sweater Swap!" when Leslie finally notices.
- In "No Stone," a late episode of The Professionals, Bodie and Doyle have clearly swapped shirts in one brief scene. None of the other characters comment on the switch, and it is never explained.
- This is the twist of Abed and Troy's "awesome elevator" trick in The Tag of one episode of Community.
- A heavily hyped promo of the short-lived ABC legal drama The Deep End featured the two female leads switching blouses...and then a male co-worker walks in on them changing.
- On an episode of You Cant Do That On Television about age discrimination, the dressing room of a Shakespeare program catches fire at the studio, so the adults commandeer the costumes of the YCDTOT cast in exchange for their own charred, smoking period garb. The adults return the clothes once their director realizes how stupid King Lear looks in an undersized T-shirt and shorts.
- Used to illustrate the phenomenon of "change blindness" on Brain Games and similar cognitive science documentaries.
- Doctor Who: In "Terror of the Zygons", both of the Doctor's companions wear one of his signature clothing items - Harry wears his scarf, and Sarah Jane his hat. (The Doctor himself is wearing a tam o'shanter and a different scarf.)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy, Willow and Dawn tend to borrow each others clothes, not always with the original owner's permission.
- As unlockable costumes in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, Raspberyl and Sapphire swap garb.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there are badges that let Mario wear either Luigi or Wario's outfit; wearing both at the same time gives him Waluigi's, and the Luigi one is needed for a sidequest.
- In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mario has Wario's outfit for one of his alternate colors; in Brawl, Wario also has Mario's original blue shirt / red overalls look as one of his and Luigi has Waluigi's.
- One of Colette's alternate outfits in the PS2 version of Tales of Symphonia is Lloyd's usual red getup, obtained after an event where she falls into the stream near Lloyd's house.
- In Daria, Brittany mentions seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Kevin, and they wore each other's underwear. Jane sarcastically asks "Again?"
- Quinn wearing Daria's outfit to a "Fashion Don'ts Costume Gala".
- While not a clothing swap as much as a clone Daria puts on a Quinn-est outfit in the episode "Quinn the Brain"
- In Kronk's New Groove, Kronk and Birdwell do a bombie into the ocean and come out wearing each other's swimsuits. They don't fit well.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Hail Doofania!", Vanessa and Candace wear each others' signature outfits, thanks to a mix up at the dry cleaners. Neither is happy about it.
- This even causes an epic role reversal where the A plot goes Doofenshmirtz and Norm (complete with "I know what we're gonna do today") with Vanessa trying to bust them while Phineas and Ferb make an Inator that Perry eventually destroys.
- In an episode of Teen Titans, Robin went to train with the true master, and Raven, Starfire, Beastboy and Cyborg all put on Robin's costume while he was gone. Robin walks in on them at the end of the episode.
- In the Recess episode "The Copycat Kid", Mikey starts wearing the same clothes as Vince after deciding to copy Vince (Vince had "saved Mikey's life" earlier in the episode). How does Vince show Mikey how annoying this is? By wearing Mikey's clothes.
- A Popeye cartoon "On Our Way to Rio'' ends with Popeye and samba dancer Olive dancing so energetically that after a rapid spin they end up in each other's outfits.
- In Saludos Amigos, Donald Duck trades clothes with a local.
- Several times in Sponge Bob Square Pants.
- "Boating School": Patrick tries on SpongeBob's clothes.
- "Big Pink Loser": Patrick starts dressing up like SpongeBob in an attempt to be as successful as he is. SpongeBob tries to get Patrick to act normal by dressing up as him.
- "The Algae's Always Greener": When Plankton switches places with Mr. Krabs, he also gets his outfit. Krabs, meanwhile, goes around naked just as Plankton was, to everyone's horror.
- In the Teen Titans Go! episode, "Laundry Day", the Titans' clothes become animated by monster slime. They attack the Titans and force them to wear each others' clothes. Robin and Raven end up cross-dressing; with Robin wearing Starfire's clothes and Raven wearing Robin's clothes.
- In a short scene in the Animaniacs episode "A Hard Day's Warners," Yakko, Wakko, and Dot wear each other's outfits while they hide from their fans (including Elmyra, who spots them shortly afterward).
- Justified, as they were hiding behind magazines with each other's pictures on them.
- Yakko dressed as Wakko, Wakko dressed as Dot, and Dot dressed as Yakko. Wakko and Dot keep their hat and flower, however.