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- Happens in a Bristol ad.
- This trope happens multiple times in a commercial about Cefalex.
- Happens in a commercial for BubbaPops Twice where a Cartoon Cat and a Teenage Boy switch heads after having the Bubbapop candy.
- Two people actually go as far as to switch heads despite one being in somewhere in North or Central America while the other is in Japan the commercial can be seen here.
- Happens in this advert for Renault Cars where 3 drivers swap heads.
- Played Straight in this commercial for DJ Hero 2. Especially in the End where the White and Black DJ swap heads.
- Subverted in this commercial for Vivedent Cube where its played similar to the above Cefalex commercial only the heads detach and attach like a toy, the voice and mind come from the bodies, and the reason for being subverted is due to the other heads and the bodies getting nothing in return.
Anime and Manga
- In One Piece, Trafalgar Law's Devil Fruit power enables him to change around other people's limbs without killing them. If he's feeling nice, he'll replace them with other people's body parts. if he isn't, you might end up with a bomb where your head used to be.
- In Doraemon, there's a device that can swap body parts between two persons. Nobita initially uses it to swap his head with Shizuka, thinking he will inherit her brain and become smarter. It doesn't work, and it gets even worse as everybody starts forcing their unwanted body parts into him.
- Ninja Wars has this happen as a plot point for two girls who have their heads constantly switched around to each other's bodies.
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action has an assortment of all four heroes' and the primary villain's body parts switched around when they are teleported to Acme industry with a Teleportation Accident result.
- The Fireys from Labyrinth can swap heads.
- Natalie and her dog switch heads in Mars Attacks!
- Mombi from Return to Oz Subverts this due to the people she took the head from not getting any head in return.
- This scene in the Bollywood movie Jai Maa Durga Shakti.
- in Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, one of Artemis' eyes is swapped with one of Holly's eyes after they travel in time magically. Holly uses magic to adjust for resuling difference in size.
- The novel Retief's War by Keith Laumer has a particularly literal version: the natives of the planet Quopp are all biological robots with interchangeable parts, which they frequently trade with or steal from each other.
- Ozma of Oz has Princess Langwidere who switches heads like clothing putting on a different head every day. note It's not quite clear where they came from, though at one point she does offer Dorothy to give her head in exchange for one of Langwidere's.
- Happens at one point in the Yasunari Kawabata's novel "One Arm" where the protagonist switches his girlfriend's detached right arm with his own and then switches back to his own arm later.
Live Action TV
- Happens a lot in Eurotrash, where one guy constantly switches heads with girls.
- Days of Our Lives subverts this when Sami fantasizes of Kate, Roman and Marlena being mannequins, and her removing Marlena's head, then removing Kate's head and placing Kate's head on Marlena's body, but subverted because both Marlena's head and Kate's body get nothing.
- One of the gimmicks of Galidor was that characters were able to "Glinch", that is, swap various body parts and gain the abilities they provide.
- In Criminal Minds the unsub of the week who is a skilled surgeon thinks he can do this by cutting two peoples legs and switching them with the other. It didn't really work as much as he likes to believe it did, as non of them can really move with it.
- Garfield: In Jon's Dream Sequence many characters heads get switched around; first his head with Garfield's, then Odie's with a Teddy Bear's, Then Odie's with Garfield's, then Garfield's with the Teddy Bear's, then back to the first one but now with Odie's head switched with the Teddy Bear's and lastly Him, Garfield and Odie's head switched around.
- Though construction toy brand LEGO is the Trope Namer, it's actually not all that easy to rearrange parts of LEGO minifigures - aside from their legs and hat, they're intended to be pretty difficult to dismantle without really trying. Of course it can still be done, more so nowadays since they started packaging heads separate from bodies, but it's not as easy to accomplish as you'd think. LEGO Themes featuring larger constructed humanoid entities like BIONICLE and Hero Factory play it straight with ease, and in many pre-Traveller's Tales LEGO video games this is exactly how designing playable minifigure characters tends to work. Also, it's rare that this trope in its conventional meaning comes into play in any LEGO theme's Excuse Plot.
- Mr. Potato Head.
- The titular group of Skylanders: SWAP Force.
- In Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation, a player can mix Zangief's head, with a squid hat, Shin's arms, Chun-Li's legs in her Street Fighter Alpha uniform Teiran's chest in a cheerleader uniform if they want to. Also, each part has a different trait, heads for the character's voice, arms for arm-based command and special attacks, legs for leg-based command and special attacks, and chests for different Super Combos.
- 8-Bit Theater has Black Mage and Thief have their heads swap in here and here where both their heads get "placed back"(via illusion) to their original bodies.
- Happens to Commander Kitty after a Teleporter Accident. His head, arms, legs, and torso are scattered around the room, but his tail is swapped with Fluffy's.
- Zubs and Coach B from Homestar Runner.
- The SCP Foundation has SCP-291, which is an anomalous machine specifically designed to do this.
- The Pinies from the Ask Piny Twilight blog can detach their body parts, though some of them don't seeem connected in the first place.
- In Void Domain, body parts from demons can replace any missing human pieces: they bond naturally to the body and resize to fit their new host. Eva Spenser gets new eyes and limbs, while Devon replaces a lost arm with a Combat Tentacle. Then the Mad Scientist necromancer Sawyer starts getting creative with custom minion design.
- It... May have happened in the "With My X-Ray Eyes" song in Phineas and Ferb episode "No More Bunny Buisness". Starting at 0:08 and ending at 0:10.
- Happens in the Canadian show Hoze Houndz where Squirt and Fontaine switch heads in a Teleportation Accident.
- Back at the Barnyard has Peck and Freddie switch mouths in the episode "A Catfish Called Eddie" after chewing defective Pizza Gum, which explodes.
- Otis and Pig switch heads in episode "Snotty and Snottier" after getting beaten up by "Phlegmy Boy".
- In the CatDog episode "Dopes on Slopes" Dog and Rancid Rabbit switched heads under the Rule of Funny.
- Cosmo and Wanda from The Fairly OddParents! swap body parts (pictured above) in the episode "You-Doo".
- Futurama has this happen in the season 4 finale "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", where Robot Devil trades his musically-talented hands with Fry.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show has this happen in the episode "Prehistoric Stimpy", where Ren saws off both his and Stimpy's heads and places them on each other's bodies.
- In one episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Prof. Nimnul invents a device that allows him to travel via phone lines. When Zipper lands on him as he's about to travel, they wind up with their heads on each other's bodies. Later, the same thing happens with Chip & Monterey Jack, and Dale with Gadget. In the end, they manage to get themselves back to normal, then Zipper uses Nimnul's device to send him to the police.
- Johnny Bravo:
- Johnny switched heads with a boy who has supernatural powers in one episode.
- In another, Johnny switched heads with a fly.
- Eustace, Muriel, and Courage accidentally swap heads in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Windmill Vandals."
- In the Adventure Time episode "The Great Bird Man", Xergiok is shown to be able to swap his limbs, first doing so to a bird whose leg was crushed by a rock, then switching the damaged leg with Jake's leg when he almost becomes a heel again.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball Gumball and Darwin make occasional use of this, such as in "The Pony" where they switch legs and "The Storm" where Gumball's head gets switched with Alan's body (Alan being a balloon).
- Transplants of any body part subvert this trope because the donor gets nothing in return.
- There are plans, along with excessive preparations and research, to transplant the head of a terminally ill man onto the body of a (then recently) deceased man to save the first man's life. This would be a historical first and, if successful, a major breakthrough in transplant science/medicine.
- In stage magic, some variations of the Saw a Woman in Half trick play on this.