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Literature / The Switch

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A 1996 book written by Anthony Horowitz, of Alex Rider fame. It centers around a spoilt boy named Tad, who, one day, after not getting what he wanted, wishes he was someone else. A "Freaky Friday" Flip occurs in which he is swapped with a poor boy, named Bob, who works at a carnival and steals for money. This is only the start of a journey that will forever change both of their lives. Not to be confused with the Nintendo Switch.


The Switch contains examples of:

  • Archnemesis Dad: Hubert Spencer eventually becomes one to Tad, though the former doesn't know that.
  • Big Bad: While he initially seems benevolent, it turns out to be Tad's dad, Hubert Spencer, as the villain behind everything.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In a flashback, Finn, when he did not like the teachers, burnt the school down with all of them locked inside it.
  • Disney Villain Death: Finn dies by falling off a ferris wheel after getting shot by Hubert.
  • Driven to Madness: Finn mentions he did this to a tattooist who put a massive spider tattoo on his face: by sneaking onto him at night and tattooing the thoughts that Finn has for him onto his body as revenge. Which are very vulgar. Needless to say the man couldn't handle it for the rest of his life and was put in a psychiatric home. Finn doesn't care, however: he says the man deserved it.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: While Bob Snarby's parents are disgusting slobs, when the Sadist Finn threatens to kill their son, they are disgusted. They later mention that they regret ever meeting Finn.
  • The Hero: Tad Spencer.
  • Tested on Humans: Hubert Spencer is the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company, popular because none of his products are tested on animals. They're not just tested on humans, though; they're tested on homeless children that nobody will miss.