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  • In Chapter 23 of The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You, all the girls swap bodies with each other due to one of Kusuri's drugs. Luckily, Rentarou is able to return them to their normal bodies by giving them all a kiss.
  • In All Around Type-Moon, Kohaku uses a device for make Saber, Arcueid and Shiki swap bodies. Taken up to the eleven when more members of the Type Moon series appear and Kohaku "reverses" the body swap.
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  • A weird example in Birdy the Mighty DECODE: Tsutomu and Birdy were, of course, already Sharing a Body, but said body's appearance changed depending on who was in control at the moment... until a nasty run-in with a reality-warping BFG led to Tsutomu waking up in Birdy's body, with Birdy's mind apparently MIA.
  • An episode of Cardcaptor Sakura switches Kero-chan and Syaoran. Hilarity Ensues.
    • It might be worth noting in this example, their voices don't switch, although their accents do.
      • In Nelvana's "version", which doesn't include accents, the voices DO switch.
    • The Latin-American Spanish dub has Syaoran and Kero switching both. Kero's accent isn't halfway as marked as in the Japanese version, but Syaoran!Kero's speech patterns remain.
  • Crayon Shin-chan did a child/parent switch between Shin and Misae ("Mitzi" in FUNimation's Gag Dub) and they didn't even switch voices (Goes for the dub as well). Much Hilarity Ensues, including Misae doing the beloved ass dance.
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  • Daphne in the Brilliant Blue has an exploding vending machine do this to Gloria and Maia during an Omake episode.
  • Played out several times in Doraemon, usually with Nobita trading places with Shizuka. Needless to say, it turns out that Nobi is just as big a loser no matter whose body he's wearing. Worse still, Shizuka decides she actually likes being a boy and refuses to give Nobita his body back. She only relents around bathtime, when she suddenly realizes exactly what Nobi will see whenever "he" removes "her" clothing.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Captain Ginyu has the power to switch bodies with anyone, which he does with Goku. Eventually however, it backfires on him when he tries to take Vegeta's body and ends up in a frog's instead, rendering him harmless as his power requires the use of his voice. In the filler Bulma unwittingly gives the frog Captain Ginyu a speech device that allows him to speak. He switches bodies with her. He attempts to switch again with Piccolo but Krillin figures it and and throws the frog in his way causing him to switch back to the frog's body (he no longer has the speech device and is not able to switch anymore). When Frieza returned, it was discovered that he doesn't necessarily have to say the word "change"; having the victim say it also gives him the opening to use the technique.
    • Dragon Ball Super: As it turns out, Goku Black is the result of this trope. In an alternate timeline, Zamasu made a wish to have Goku's body. A body swap occured, and Zamasu gained Goku's love for battle and strong enemies.
  • In Excel Saga, the two main characters, Excel and Hayatt, swap bodies in the Grand Finale episode, which took everything in the series to date to the extreme, which meant they both found "themselves" to be attractive and overt lesbianism ensued. It was the final episode, so they had absolutely nothing to lose.
  • Done twice in Fairy Tail:
    • In a Filler episode, several characters switch bodies at once: man-beast Natsu with Chivalrous Pervert Loke; chronic stripper Gray with The Chick Lucy; and Erza, the strongest main character, swaps with Happy, the Series Mascot. Erza spends the whole episode switching between cranky, freaking out, and depressed; Lucy also has to foil several of Gray's attempts to strip; and they can't properly control each other's magic, leading to Lucy drooling ice and Loke spitting out fire while trying to ask out different girls. Happy is pretty much the only one of them to enjoy being in a new body, constantly playing with boobs and experimenting with outfit transformations. By the end, Lucy and Gray manage to change back, but not only do the other characters remain switched, virtually everyone else in the guild ends up switched as well, with a resolution that doesn't come until in between episodes.
    • In Chapter 517, Irene enchants herself into Wendy's body so she can use Wendy's powers to take down Erza and experience having a body with no dragonification...only to realize that Wendy had enchanted herself into Irene's body so she can use Irene's separation enchantment to force Irene out of her original body. Before then, Wendy briefly uses the experience as a relief from her usual A-Cup Angst, only to suffer the opposite problem with Irene's rack.
  • Urashiman and Jitanda swap in episode 21 of Future Police Urashiman because of botched shock therapy to restore their memories.
  • An episode in the second season of Galaxy Angel features a piece of Lost Technology that switches the minds/bodies of members of the Angel Brigade. Impressively, the VAs stay with the same body, but mimic the speech characteristics of the actual character they are voicing. Even the elderly male Commander. Even more impressive is that the characters swap bodies several times in this episode.
  • Quite a few people try to swap their mechanical bodies with Tetsuro's human body in Galaxy Express 999. At least one of them succeeds, even if only for a short while.
  • In a Gintama one-shot story, Gintoki wakes up to find he's switched bodies with Sadaharu. After failing to get any of his friends to notice the change, he goes to sleep... and wakes up to find he's now inhabiting Shinpachi's glasses.
    • Another arc has Gintoki and Hijikata swap bodies as a result of one of Genzai's malfunctioning inventions. Then it snowballs when more and more characters somehow become a victim of it. It ends up having Shinpachi as his glasses, Kagura as Elizabeth, Kondo as Shinpachi, Okita as Katsura, Katsura as Kagura, Elizabeth as Okita, Sadaharu as Yamazaki, Sa-chan as Kondo, Yamazaki as Hasegawa's sunglasses, and lastly, Hasegawa as Sadaharu, then as a pile of poop he produced while he was Sadaharu. It's confusing, to say in the least...
  • There is an episode of GO-GO Tamagotchi! where the Tamagottsun, a natural event that only happens on Tamagotchi Planet, causes Himespetchi and Neenetchi to switch bodies after accidentally bumping into each other and forcing them to figure out some way to swap back.
  • In Haré+Guu, Guu does this to Haré and Dr. Clive as a "birthday present". They both use the body's voices when speaking, but use their own voices when thinking. While Hare's experience helps him understand that the seemingly lazy Dr. Clive is actually very dedicated to his job, Dr. Clive (who assumes this is all a dream) uses his time as a child to act perverted towards the island's women.
  • Happens in one of the visual novels for Haruhi Suzumiya, with Yuki and Mikuru due to Haruhi. Their seiyuu do not swap; however, they do take a crack at voicing each other using the right personality, resulting in a scary, deadpan-sounding Yuko Goto and a moe moe Minori Chihara.
  • Hungry Marie is quite an unusual example, being combined with Sharing a Body. After a botched magic ritual the spirit of the male protagonist Taiga ends up in the body of dead French princess Marie-Thérèse Charlotte… and when they're hungry, it switches to Marie's spirit in Taiga's body. When they're full again, they switch back.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Convert Hands: Transfer Student is a power in which touching someone with the palm of the left hand allows the user to turn into a duplicate of that person, whereas touching someone with the palm of the right hand allows the user to turn that person into a duplicate of the user. This trope comes in when the user does both at once, though the swap is the less common sort where the bodies change rather than the minds transferred. Chrollo uses it in this way when Hisoka is chasing him, with Hisoka attacking a bystander made to look like Chrollo while the real one, in the bystander's likeness, disappears into a crowd.
  • This is the premise of Inside Mari, in which the protagonist, Isao, changes places with his crush, Mari. This is something that proves to be an utterly terrifying experience for him. However, as the story progresses the trope is subverted, with the characters' theory becoming Grand Theft Me when they try to meet the person in Isao's body and realize it's still Isao.
  • Jewelpet
    • Jewelpet Twinkle: Miria is a ditzy and abrasive aspiring singer, and Sara is a reserved amateur scientist. They hate each other. Until episode 21, where they switch bodies due to one of Sara's experiments, and the experience of living as the other leads to both finding respect for one another.
    • Jewelpet Sunshine: episodes 29-30 are about Ruby and Kanon having to live for a while in each other's bodies. Ruby-as-Kanon takes the opportunity to go on a date with Kanon's boyfriend Mikage, who Ruby also likes.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo, to prevent Diavolo from obtaining the Stand Arrow, Polnareff pierces his Stand, Silver Chariot with the Arrow causing it to evolve into Silver Chariot Requiem. Requiem's new ability is to make people and animals near each other swap bodies.
  • In the last episode of the anime of Kämpfer the entrails animals switch bodies with their respective owners. The stuffed animals resolve that "Life... is fabulous!"
  • In Kimagure Orange Road, Kyōsuke is able to switch with his cute little boy cousin Kazuya by knocking heads, apparently due to their nature as espers. Kazuya (in Kyōsuke's body) tries to settle Kyōsuke's love problems, but five-year-olds are ill-equipped at handling teenage romance. This happens at least three times in the manga, including an instance where Kazuya switches Kyosuke with a cat! The cat body-swap is expanded in the third OVA, including a scene where Kyosuke (as a fish) gets caught in Madoka's cleavage. In another episode Kyosuke accidentally switch bodies with a idol singer.
  • Kitsune No Yomeiri has a variant of this with the cursed mirror of Hanmenkyo that causes the personalities of those effected to be switched while their bodies and minds stay the same. This leads to Kanon becomes shy and overly polite while Kyouka becomes outgoing, aggressive and arrogant.
  • Kochikame has a rare Double Subversion. Ryotsu wishes he could swap his body with his rich, handsome and skillful underling Nakagawa. The next day there's an accident that involves Ryotsu and Nakagawa banging their heads. All seems set for a Freaky Friday Flip Episode...except it's not. Ryotsu tried to make it look as if the Freaky Friday Flip had really happened, hid Nakagawa's body in a secret medical facility and assumed his identity, power and fortune, knowing that everyone would automatically believe such a strange event. Then later the trope is played straight when the resident Mad Scientist tries to "restore" Ryotsu and Nakagawa to their original bodies, with a machine that explodes and produces a CHAIN FREAKY FRIDAY FLIP (Terai with Nakagawa, Nakagawa with the Chief, the Chief with Akimoto, Akimoto with Ryotsu, Ryotsu with a nearby cat, the cat with the Mad Scientist and the Mad Scientist with Terai). Yeah. Ryotsu comments that Nakagawa's life is not easy, but the aesop is never really delivered.
    • Another time, Ryotsu and Reiko had their bodies switched. It began with the mad scientist inventing a body switching machine shaped like a purikura photo booth. Reiko, unaware of its purpose, took a picture together with Ryotsu. By morning, their bodies switched. The whole episode deals with adjusting their lifestyle and playing their roles. Ryotsu has to attend Reiko's important meeting. And even worse, Reiko is a target of a few dangerous kidnappers who later kidnap Ryotsu in Reiko's body. Both of their bodies switch back during the police holdup, scaring the kidnappers when Ryotsu gets reverted back to himself.
  • Kokoro Connect utilizes this trope heavily to begin with.
  • An episode of Lupin III (Red Jacket) series involve a scientist use a machine to transfer the brain of Mr. Steel, an elderly millionare, in Lupin's body. At the end, Lupin regain his body using Zenigata.
  • It happens to Nina and Zero in episode 8 from Mamotte! Lollipop.
  • Mayonakano X Giten Happens to our protagonist. Who had a less than memorable experience, through it was nothing compare to what he found after he swap back.
  • Episode 13 of Miracle Girls has a swap between identical twins. The trope is played utterly straight, with each of them having to pretend to be the one whose body she's in, even though they could just pull a Twin Switch using a couple of wigs and look exactly like themselves anyway.
  • Used as the basis for a joke in chapter 18 of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, when Miyako sketches a page in which two characters switch bodies after colliding with each other. The punchline is that the tanuki following them also collided and switched bodies... but the others point out since the tanuki look alike, no one can really tell.
  • Murder Princess is about a seasoned bounty hunter getting switched with a demure young princess. Apparently, some very powerful enemies thought she would be easy prey. They're in for the shock of their lives.
  • Volume 6 of Naisho No Tsubomi is centered on a girl named Tsubomi who winds up stuck swapping bodies with Sora, a boy from her class, any time they both yawn.
  • Episodes 9 and 10 of Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! throws in the Gender Bender variant when protagonists Mahiro and Nyarko get swapped by alien technology. Nyarko, a Lovable Sex Maniac who's now in the body of the guy she's been trying to bed since she first met him, immediately dashes off to the bathroom for some...private time; needless to say, Mahiro is livid.
  • In a chapter of the manga Ogenki Clinic, Doctor Ogekuri and Nurse Tatase switch minds as a result of very good sex. This being Hentai, they explore their new bodies quite thoroughly. And later, Dr.-Ogekuri-in-Tatase's-body gets switched with... a horse. Don't ask.
  • During one episode of Ojamajo Doremi Naisho, Hana uses her magic to switch bodies with Pop. Hana still being a toddler at the time causes a lot of problems...
    • Downplayed in an the second episode of S1. Doremi simply used magic to cause Hazuki's body to turn into Dormei's and vice versa.
  • In the Punk Hazard arc of One Piece, this happens to Sanji, Nami, Chopper and Franky, courtesy of Trafalgar Law's Ope-Ope Fruit powers. Nami becomes Franky, Franky becomes Chopper, Chopper becomes Sanji and Sanji becomes Nami. Nami has to restrain herself in Franky's body so that she does not kill her own for the stuff Sanji does when the boobs of his dreams suddenly become available, in a deconstruction of her normal beat-ups of the male Straw Hats.
    • Soon after, this happens to Tashigi and Smoker. Seeing Tashigi look all innocent in Smoker's body and Smoker look all badass in Tashigi's body is nothing short of fucking hilarious.
    • As typical of this trope, One Piece goes a bit more into Viewers Are Morons territory than it usually does when using this trope. In the anime, the voices switch, but even in the manga, their eyes apparently also switch so that Nami keeps her own eyes in Franky's body, Chopper keeps his own eyes in Sanji's body, and so on (except for Sanji who has Nami's eyes when he is in Nami's body, possibly to not ruin Nami's pretty face). Furthermore, there are often small pictures of their original face in their speech bubbles, so that when e.g. Chopper says something in Sanji's body, you can remember that it is actually Chopper and not Sanji saying it. Usopp also helps both the characters and the audience keep track on who is who by, for a while, having the body-switched Straw Hats wear cardboard cutouts that resemble their original faces.
  • An omake comic from Ouran High School Host Club showed Tamaki and Kyouya in each other's bodies.
  • In Petshop Of Horrors, D lets a mermaid switch bodies with him for a while, so that she can go to the shore to contact her human boyfriend again. Hilarity Ensues when Leon, who doesn't know what's going on, finds a seemingly mute D and a hot naked mermaid.
  • In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, the newly hatched Pokémon Manaphy uses Heart Swap to get this effect twice: switching Team Rocket's minds among the three of them, and later with Ash and Jack Walker (the eponymous Pokémon Ranger). In the actual games, what Heart Swap actually does is switch stat changes.
  • The episode "Girlz, Tenshin!" ("Trading Faces" in the English dub) of Powerpuff Girls Z has this happen to the three girls courtesy of Fuzzy Lumpkins, resulting in each girl having to pretend to be the other.
  • Pretty Cure
    • Episode 10 of Fresh Pretty Cure! has Inori switching bodies with Tart the ferret (because of a Monster of the Week's trick), much to her chagrin (as she fears ferrets with all her heart). You know what happens next, right? If not, Hilarity Ensues.
      • After seeing the preview for the episode, many people thought she would have to transform while in his body. It turned out to be the reverse, him transforming in her body with her in his body assisting.
    • A similar situation occurs in episode 8 of Smile Pretty Cure!, with Miyuki and Candy switching places. Unlike Inori and Tart, though, Miyuki does transform while in Candy's body. And it is HILARIOUS.
  • The main premise of Quantum Mistake is the body switch of Woo-Soo Choi, a studious boy, and Kang Too-Jee, a delinquent who is a master fighter.
  • A chapter of Rave Master starts out with Elie, Musica, Haru, and Plue swapped (which isn't explained, all we know is Haru tied Elie up). It's then rewound so the events leading up to the situation are explained. If you're wondering, Elie got put in Haru's body, and Musica ended up in hers. Elie actually beat and tied up Musica as punishment for taking advantage of the body swap to grope her (er... herself).
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena, the body swap is the result of a rather explosive curry cooked by a girl with truly dangerous cooking skills. Unusually for the trope, there is no real "day in the other person's shoes" experience - Anthy and Utena share classes and a dorm room, so a good chunk of their daily life is identical anyway. They also make no real attempt at pretending to act like each other, resulting in people wondering why the tomboyish Utena is spending all her free time tending flowers in the greenhouse while the meek and unathletic Anthy is tearing up the basketball court and starts hitting her bullies back.
  • This forms the basis for the first episode in the Shakugan no Shana S OVA series. A bit of Applied Phlebotinum causes Yuuji and Shana to switch bodies, which makes for some awkward moments as they try to swap back and happen to run into pretty much the entire cast.
  • In Sket Dance on the school trip Bossun and Himeko accidentally drink some pills that switch their minds. What makes it hilarious is that Himeko (in Bossun's body) insists that Bossun must not touch any intimate part of her body (which he now possesses). Which means that all delicate operations on that original body of her (like wiping the ass or, what a horror, bathing) should be done by Himeko herself (who is now in Bossun's body, remember!). This leads to some scenes which, taken out of context, would be considered very perverse.
  • A rather odd version occurs in Sumire 16-sai!! owing to the fact that the characters in question were literal puppets. While this would normally be incredibly easy to reverse, one of the puppeteers ran with the trope, much to the dismay of the other (and amusement of the audience, of course).
  • In the manga Swap Swap, two schoolgirls, Haruko and Natsuko, realize they can switch bodies by kissing. They use the ability liberally, taking advantage of it to do things like eat the other's delicious cooking twice, play with animals one of them is otherwise allergic to, or going shopping while swapped so they don't have to bother with mirrors. A second pair, Akiho and Fuyumi, are shown to have the same ability. Akiho is an Ill Girl and swaps with Fuyumi so she can attend school and engage in physical activity. Fuyumi doesn't mind, as she's happy to skip and spend all day sleeping.
  • In an episode of Tanoshii Moomin Ikka: Bouken Nikki Moomin and Stinky bonk their heads together and switch bodies. Over the episode, Moomin realizes how Stinky has no friends and Stinky has fun messing up Moomin's life.
  • To Love-Ru done this on four occasions: one has Rito switching places with a dog, another has Lala and Haruna switching places with each other, Mikan and Yami, and the last one with Rito and Peke.
    • Again in the sequel Darkness when Rito and Haruna swap bodies after touching an invention by Lala. Another chapter has Nana and Momo voluntarily switch with each other to secretly see if Rito would be attracted to someone like Nana who has really small breasts.
  • In Urusei Yatsura, chapter 72 of the manga features an Ataru ↔ Ten swap followed by a Cherry ↔ Ten swap, done by earmuffs. This chapter was adapted into episode 24 of the anime, which diverges from the original story partway through and ends up with a dappya monster ↔ Lum swap as well as a 9-way (!) swap: Sakura → Ten → Cherry → a cat → Mr. Moroboshi → Shinobu → Ataru → Mrs. Moroboshi → Megane → Sakura (where "A → B" means "A's mind controls B's body").
  • In Masakazu Katsura's short story Woman in the man, the tomboyish Hazumi and the wussy Tsuyomaru switch bodies after an accident in the gym owned by Tsuyomaru's parents.
  • The premise of a major arc in The World God Only Knows: Keima swaps bodies with Yui and after a while Capturing God Keima starts playing otome games (dating sims for girls).
  • In Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches the titular character can do this by kissing someone. Later explained it isn't Yamada the one who can switch bodies, the one who has the power is Urara Shiraishi. He just copies her ability when he kisses her. Later in the story there are {two more Body Swapping Witches, an overweight girl named Momoko Seishuin and a Foreign Exchange Student named Alex Spencer. Hilarity Ensues whenever the power is used.
  • Your and My Secret adds a Gender Bender twist, featuring a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy duo who are accidentally transplanted into each other's bodies when an experiment by the girl's Mad Scientist grandfather goes wrong. Most readers hated it, either because of the fact that it presents the girl-turned-boy as an abusive figure who steals the boy's life whilst the boy-turned-girl suffers constant humiliation and loneliness, all of which is presented as comedy, or because they were told what happens in the story before they read it.
  • Your Name starts with a teenage boy living in Tokyo and a teenage girl living out in the country waking up with their minds randomly swapped into each other's body for a day, something that happens randomly for a few days every week. They eventually manage to communicate by leaving notes for each other (sometimes on their bodies), but when they eventually try and meet for real, it turns out they're actually living 3 years out of sync with each other- and the girl actually died 3 years ago...
  • In Zekkyou Gakkyuu, the story "Make Believe Sisters" has a young girl and her baby sister switch bodies after the older sister makes a wish on a shooting star. This being a horror anthology, none of it is played for laughs at all.
  • Shishunki Bitter Change starts with Yuuta and Yui switching bodies when they fall out of a tree together. Unfortunately for them, the change is pretty much permanent, so they live out each other's middle school and high school lives while trying to figure out a solution. The original webcomic version ended without one, as Yui-as-Yuuta kills himself in despair while Yuuta-as-Yui has to deal with the fallout. The manga on the other hand, does finally allow them to switch back to their original bodies, but because it only happened when Yuuta's body gets hit by a truck and leaves him hospitalized, Yui prays for them to switch back if it means saving Yuuta, essentially making the body swap permanent.


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