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Get out of my body!
"No, I Robotboy! Protoboy take body, pretend be me!"
Robotboy, "The Old Switcharobot"

When one character forcibly and deliberately hijacks another's body, or swaps bodies with the latter against their will.

There are two main versions of this:

  • In the first case, the goal is to "upgrade" one's body; an ailing character (dying, elderly or disabled) possesses or swaps bodies with someone who is young and healthy, or a Muggle swaps bodies with a super-powered person, or both. If the switch has the side effect of causing Possession Burnout, then the thief may be doing this to become immortal.
  • In the second case, the goal is to deceive the rest of the world; a character who is imprisoned or wanted for heinous crimes possesses or swaps bodies with an upstanding member of the community, or at least someone without a rap sheet. This version does not necessarily require swapping bodies — all they really need to do is find a way to look like the person, research that person, then kill them and take their place in society (and if you manage to do this in a place where the person is new, you can even skip the first "look like" part) — but a body swap just makes that last step easier (and with fewer messy consequences).

Except when stealing a body for its super-powers, the perpetrator seldom cares much about the victim, choosing whoever seems young, strong, attractive, and convenient. Often this is The Hero, and it sets up an episode plot. Sometimes, the perpetrator holds a competition to find the strongest in the land, with this as its hidden grand-prize. Other times, the target is the perpetrator's own offspring, who may or may not willingly volunteer; this is especially heinous if the offspring was a sympathetic character.

Grand Theft Me almost always involves stealing the victim's identity as well; with the second type, in fact, that's the whole point. A common strategy is to name the patsy as one's heir, then do the swap and kill the old body off. If done this way you often have overlap with Familial Body Snatcher and Raised as a Host. Alternatively, the old body can be committed to a mental hospital, since no one will believe the ranting of an old man who thinks he's a twenty-year-old. If the replaced person is a main character, this often sets off a Spot the Imposter plot.


Oftentimes, this is conducted in secret, and the villain reveals his true identity after a whole story spent as someone else. Especially disconcerting if his new body is the Girl of the Week. (See Showing Off the New Body.)

A more modern version is the idea of raising a clone for the purpose of brain transplant (or, more realistically, replacement parts); whatever happens to the original body after the swap is irrelevant.

A subtrope of Body Snatcher, and the dark cousin of "Freaky Friday" Flip. Sometimes, a villain attempting this type of swap can start a "Freaky Friday" Flip plot, or both could occur in parallel, as the required phlebotinum is the same. If it's not a human doing the possessing, it's Demonic Possession. If it's done by multiple beings at the same time, it's Many Spirits Inside of One. If a character is capable of doing this several times in a row, it's Body Surf. Compare Heart Drive. Contrast Fusion Dance, where it's usually done willingly and/or having them have equal control of the one body they're in. Although Fusion Dance can turn into Grand Theft Me if one of the entities emotionally manipulates the other.

Certain characters can break this, partially or completely, if the thief tries to go against an Intrinsic Vow.

It was first featured in modern fiction in the H. G. Wells story "The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham".

Has nothing to do with playing Grand Theft Auto with yourself, and the title of the trope is more of a call-out to the actual crime.

Major spoilers ahead!


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the After War Gundam X Sea of Lorelei arc, there's actually an heroic example of this trope. Lucille is a Girl in a Box with huge Psychic Powers who has been forcibly kept inside a capsule for 15 years and knows that the enemy is searching for her so they can force her become their Barrier Maiden... So she possesses the body of a teenage girl who not only has similar powers, but is the adoptive daughter of Lucille's former pupil, now a badass Team Dad and leader of the heroes of the story. That way she could guide the group towards herself, thwart the enemies's plans, and finally meet with her now grown-up pupil one last time so she could say goodbye before she could finally pass away in peace.
  • In the All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku OVA series, Eimi plots to kill fellow Robot Girl Nuku Nuku and take her body, because Eimi's body is unstable and expected to explode soon.
  • Kira of Angel Sanctuary has spent thousands of years switching into and out of human bodies (with the promise that he'll fulfill whatever wish they want, so long as he gets to take control).
  • Mykage does this to Zessica Wong in Aquarion EVOL.
  • Thanks to Licht performing Forbidden Magic using the magic stones, the reincarnated elves in Black Clover take over the bodies of humans throughout the Clover Kingdom, mostly of Magic Knights. Their goal is to use the eleventh magic stone in the Shadow Palace to fully complete the reincarnation.
  • Cibo from Blame pulls of the heroic version of this a few times. First she hijacks Sana-Kan's body after her own went all head-asplode-y. After the evil robot manages to break through all the Mind Rape ten or so years later Cibo takes over of her past self's who was unfortunate enough to be shunted into the fight by the gravity furnace.
  • Bleach's 8th Espada, Szayel Aporro Granz, has the Gabriel ability. It allows him to steal the spirit particles of someone's body and recreate himself after being killed, essentially resulting in a Grand Theft Me (only with the extra that the new body looks like the old one).
  • In Code Geass, Empress Marianne Vi Britannia has a Geass with this effect, allowing her to survive an assassination attempt without her enemies realizing by jumping into the body of a little girl who happened to witness the shooting. From that point in, she spent most of her time dormant, but could take full control of the girl's body whenever it was convenient.
  • The increasingly sympathetic but always horrifically monstrous Doctor Jizabel 'Death' Disraeli of the Count Cain series acquires an assistant within Delilah during Godchild, a middle-aged man with a hormone deficiency giving him the appearance of a young boy, working for the villain in hopes of a cure. They inadvertently bond, with Cassian developing paternal feelings toward the pathetic serial killer, and eventually Cassian dies saving Jizabel in a very touching scene...Jizabel then transplants Cassian's brain into the skull of a recently deceased mutual enemy.
    • Cassian therefore has his dream, but he has the face of a man he really, really hates, has lost his own physical skills and identity, and has to live in hiding. He can't take the High Priest's identity firstly because he couldn't pull it off, secondly because the man was a major figure in the evil cult of evil, and thirdly because he committed a lot of very public crimes before dying. Cassian apparently hides in the sewers of London for a few volumes before reappearing in the finale to be mysterious and helpful.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Shortly after Goku's long-awaited arrival on the planet Namek, the leader of the Ginyu Force reveals his special ability of switching bodies at will. Naturally he keeps his own voice in Goku's body (and Bulma's, later) and vice versa.
    • And in the movie World's Strongest, Doctor Wheelo is a scientist who lost his body in an avalanche. His brain is living in a giant mecha until he can find the world's strongest fighter and take their body.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, this turns out to be the explanation behind Goku Black. He's an alternate future Zamasu who used the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with his timeline's Goku. Unlike Ginyu, he immediately killed Goku - and his entire family, just because he could.
  • Near the end of Eternal Sabbath, Isaac abandons his dying body and takes over Shuro's - while shunting Shuro's mind into his own body, which he set on fire while leaving. However, Mine and Sakaki arrive just before he does this, and Shuro hides his mind in Mine's head without Isaac's knowing it.
  • In Fairy Tail, Erza's mother, Irene, Was Once Human, but was converted into a dragon by her own dragon slayer magic when it ran out of control. Desperate to restore her humanity at all costs, she attempted to steal her still human infant daughter's body. The spell failed, since it needed someone compatible that didn't share her blood, so she discarded her daughter like trash and left her to die. When they meet again, and Irene discovers that Erza's friend, Wendy, is a fellow dragon slaying enchantress with a resistance to the dragonification process, she uses the spell to steal hers. Wendy manages to reverse the process by jumping into Irene's discarded body and using the spell herself, and it's eventually revealed at the end that Irene lied about the spell failing on Erza; it would have worked, but Irene snapped out of her madness before she could do it out of disgust with herself and left her at an orphanage out of fear that she would go through with it if/when she succumbed to madness and desperation again.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • From the manga, there is Ling Yao, a Xingese prince that went to Amestris seeking the immortality in order to become emperor, so when Greed tried to take his body he accepted so he would be able to achieve his goal.
    • The second example is Pride, who tried to take Ed's body after his own body started to collapse.
    • Among the alchemists seeking the Philosopher's Stone in the 2003 anime version is one who wants to use it to transfer their soul out of their current decaying body and into that of a new host. Dante, who also happens to be the main villain. Hohenheim's body is also revealed to have belonged to someone else, and is decaying just like Dante's.
    • And of course, also in the 2003 anime, Ed steals the body of his alternate universe counterpart for about an hour before the counterpart dies, though he was forced into this by the villain and didn't want to steal said body.
  • Ghost in the Shell, a Cyberpunk world of removable brains and standardized artificial bodies, makes this easy.
  • In his debut in Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Dr. Chaos intends to do this to acquire Mikami's in-her-early-twenties body, and leave aside his original over-one-millennium-old body. However, while he does make a good move in swapping souls with her hapless assistant Tadao Yokoshima, he didn't do terribly much research into him, like his more lust-addled tendencies...
  • The premise of Izure Shinwa No Ragnarok is that the gods possess human bodies to fight their wars in the real world. Worse yet, the personalities of the human hosts are completely overwritten.
  • Dio Brando JoJo's Bizarre Adventure lost his body and decided to rip his arch-enemy Jonathan Joestar's head off and replace it with his own. He keeps this body for the whole of the third major arc and its anime adaptation. Subverted at the end of Part 3, where DIO seems to do this to Joseph after Jotaro gives Joseph a live-saving transfusion of DIO's blood. Joseph starts acting like DIO pulled this off when he wakes up, only for it to turn out that he was just joking.
  • The Colorless King from K has the power to Body Surf, and uses it to body-snatch an Ordinary High-School Student, commit a murder on video, then body-swap with a very powerful King, leaving that King in the body of the teenager framed for murder, with all of the Clans after him. He also body-snatches a Red Clansman and attacks the Blue King, and then body-snatches a Blue Clansman and attacks someone close to the Red King, to make the clans fight.
  • In Kaguya Hime, clones are created to be used as organ donors for important personalities. The clones of course really resent learning this. It's played straight, albeit mildly, when the clones are killed and their organs transplanted... but then inverted when the cells of the clone attack the original's body until, somehow, the clone's personality and memories takes over the original's. Also, in one case, the transplant occurred the other way around and the clone was brainwashed to have the original's personality.
  • In MPD Psycho, personalities can be transferred, copied, split and joined in any body with apparent ease (at least for the Gakuso experiment subjects). It's a common thing to do when the host body is captive or dying, or simply as a backup. Also, several high-ranking Gakuso members and patrons have younger clones for obvious reasons.
  • In My Hero Academia this is revealed to be All For One's Evil Plan following his final defeat by All Might. The copy of his Quirk he gave Tomura also came equipped with a copy of his consciousness, which at times overpowers Tomura's own. Once Tomura's mind is overwritten entirely, he intends to hijack his body and Take Over the World again.
  • Naruto:
    • Big Bad Orochimaru is intent on becoming immortal by transferring his mind to other bodies. He seems to have a preference for angsty young males, too, making Sasuke one of his favorite targets.
    • This is the trademark jutsu of Ino and the rest of the Yamanaka Clan, though unlike most variants of this trope, it's a temporary thing and their hosts are able to regain their bodies in a short time. Of course, this won't stop the Yamanaka from walking your body to the edge of a cliff and then giving it back.
    • In Shippuden it turns out Pain is actually a series of bodies taken over and controlled by the piercings all over the various bodies. It's worth mentioning that we are talking about dead bodies here.
    • In Boruto, it is revealed this is how the Otsutsuki Clan resurrect themselves through the use of Kama.
  • PandoraHearts
    • Chapter 39 shows that Glen has no permanent body of his own and must possess others to continue ruling the Baskerville household. 100 years ago, Gilbert was chosen to be his host. Thanks to Vincent, he escaped this fate.
    • Jack can also do this with Oz. Which is especially worrying, as of late.
    • Leo isn't as lucky as Gilbert. In fact, he was taken over by Glen in one of the recent chapters.
  • In RahXephon, the human Big Bad migrates into the body of his female assistant, who gave herself willingly, if only because he's a master manipulator who raised her from a small child. In fact, he's been doing this repeatedly (generally with clones of himself) for the past several ten-thousand years in order to stay alive.
  • In Reborn! (2004), Rokudo Mukuro's goal is to take over Tsuna's body (the reason being that he can take revenge on the mafia by using Tsuna's status as the Vongola boss). He has also bodyjacked other characters before, which is how we find out that he can't just be killed.
    • And now we have Deamon Spade, who successfully pulled this on Mukuro.
  • In Record of Lodoss War, Karla the Grey Witch did this to both the priestess Leylia and the thief Woodchuck. Leylia got better. Woodchuck did NOT.
  • The manga Seinei (Baptism of Blood) by Kazuo Umezu. An aging movie star suffering from a disfiguring skin condition has her brain transplanted to her young daughter, and assumes the girl's identity — or so the reader is led to believe. The Reveal is a cop-out that makes no sense whatsoever.
  • Sgt. Frog
    • Alien invader frog Kururu, following the orders of his commander Keroro, creates a Gashapon machine that steals the body of the one who activates it, allowing anyone else to swap bodies with that person afterwards.
    • In the manga, Keroro switched bodies with Natsumi and irritated her to the point where she attacked him in her own body. That was actually his plan since the start. He recorded the footage and gave it to his father, claiming that he was the one attacking a human girl in the video.
    • In the anime, season 2 (Japanese season number), Keroro stole Natsumi's body to find her "weakness", but the situation quickly devolved into a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
    • Later in season 6, Kururu switched bodies with Natsumi's grandmother, using that to make her obey him and Keroro. In the same story, after discovering what had happened, Natsumi switched bodies with Keroro's mother and had her revenge. However... Keroro's mother just disappears with Natsumi's body afterwards, wanting to sightsee Earth. Eventually she goes on a date with Giroro, buys a bikini and goes to the beach with him.
    • In season 7, Keroro planned to switch bodies with Tamama, but everything goes out of control and he ends up switching accidentaly with a human girl, Momoka... who decides to not tell anyone about the situation in order to hang around with her crush, Fuyuki, for longer. And the Fuyuki who was with her turns out to be Tamama, who switched bodies with Fuyuki and locked the real one, who was in Tamama's body, inside a cardboard box.
  • Azalie Caith-Sith uses white magic to trade places with Childman Powderfield in Sorcerer Stabber Orphen. The reasons for this are very, very twisted: it's in part revenge because she believes he tried to kill her when she became Bloody August, in part an Evil Plan to achieve revenge towards the Tower of Fangs in itself, and in part to be close to the man she's been in love with ever since she was a teenage girl.
  • Soul Eater's Medusa does this to a little girl named Rachel. In the manga Medusa moves from Rachel's body into her sister Arachne's after getting Maka to kill her (Arachne, not Rachel who is recovered safely); in the anime, Maka manages to Take a Third Option and exorcise Medusa out without harming Rachel, then kills her.
  • Star Driver: Kou a.k.a. Needle Star's first phase power is to pull one of these — and she can let someone else take over a second person's body at the same time.
  • The Dr. Evil from Steam Detectives kidnapped the hero's nurse sidekick and put his brain in her body after his own body got blown up. Afterwards he wore a black trenchcoat and mummy bandages to conceal his/her identity.
  • In Strike the Blood the protagonist Koujou gets his body stolen by Yuuma, his childhood friend. Meanwhile, he is stuck in a girl's body.
  • High Wizard Razen in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime does this to Shogo. It is impled that he has done this many times before, which is how he has served his country for centuries.
  • Thriller Restaurant does this when Anko's wart takes over the real Anko's body and mind, as well as forcibly trading faces with her victim. If it wasn't for Shou and his wasp, the wart would've been the only Anko left.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • The Virtual World filler arc revolves around this, most of the action involves the villains dueling the heroes to win the right to take over their bodies. The only one who succeeds is one of the Big Five, Nesbitt, who takes over Tristan's body after he deliberately loses a duel in order to save Joey's sister, Serenity. According to this arc, this is also why Gozaburo Kaiba adopted Seto in the first place; he envisioned him as a replacement body first for his seriously-injured son, and then for himself.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, Alexander the Great does this on his descendent, Alex Brisbane.
  • Variable Geo: The purpose of the VG tournament is to gauge which of the participants is the most powerful, making them the ideal host to use as Miranda's vessel. When The Jahana Group learns that Satomi's latent fighting potential is one of the highest on record, they manipulate her into entering the tournament to that end.
  • Spirit Migration: An entity wakes up inside a dungeon and finds himself able to possess various monsters in the dungeon. He doesn't know what he is, or was as he lacks any memories prior to waking up. He also has the nifty power of hammerspace by taking items into his spiritual body. He tries to befriend humans, but he cannot speak their language in a monster's body and cannot control humans.


    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Golden Age supervillain known as the Ultra-Humanite had this as a constant modus operandi, swapping with, among others, a young fashion model and a white gorilla.
      • In the Elseworlds miniseries The Golden Age, the Ultra-Humanite is revealed to have joined the Nazis, transferred his brain into the body of a captured American hero, and returned to the US as America's favourite returning son. He runs for Congress and then holds a search for a truly exceptional young hero to become America's Greatest Ever Hero, Dynaman. Unbeknownst to the people, and especially to the new young hero, he's also saved Hitler's brain...
      • In Superman & Batman: Generations, another Elseworld, it's revealed that Ultra transferred his brain into the body of Lex Luthor after the pair were nearly killed in the very first story. This may well be a Lampshade Hanging on the fact that, in the very beginning, Ultra and Luthor were extremely similar (bald evil genius scientists who battled Superman).
      • Another character hires them later in the series to do the same for him, because he was born with so many crippling deformities that he's spent his entire life in a fluid-filled jar — even the air is poison to him. A bit closer to the original trope in that they clone someone else for him to transfer his mind into, but also a bit more different in that when the process is done, the clone kills the original, with his full consent.
    • Green Arrow is targeted for this in the "Quiver" storyline—but it actually works out in his favor; the villain had planned ahead and transferred his vast fortune to Green Arrow's ownership. When he winds up dying instead, GA gets to keep the money.
    • In Superman: The Doomsday Wars, Brainiac hijacks Doomsday's body when his frail body fails him. He notes that Doomsday's animalistic nature is fighting him, thus opting to steal the frail body of Lana Lang and Pete Ross' son, genetically modify him with Doomsday's DNA and use that as his new body. Pete comes to his son's rescue and Superman forces Brainiac out of Doomsday's body, forcing the psychic-powered maniac to hide in a new robotic body, his permanent home.
    • In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline, Supergirl fought a body-snatcher enemy called Worldkiller-1. He stole the body of the leader of the Diasporan alien race and manipulated the Diasporans to wipe other races out. Then he met Supergirl, decided that a Kryptonian would be a much better host, and he tried to take over her body.
    • In Supergirl (1972) issue #8, the mythical Medusa curses the titular heroine and attempts to get her killed to take over her body.
    • Super-villain Insect Queen takes over Lana Lang's body in 2010 storyline Death & the Family.
    • In Two for the Death of One, Satanis takes Superman's body in order to fight his rival Syrene.
    • Wonder Woman:
      • In Wonder Woman (2006) Doctor Psycho uses his abilities to body swap with Sarge Steel, thereby taking over the D.M.A. while preserving a version of Steel's mind imprisoned in his own incarcerated form, mostly to gloat at him.
      • Wonder Woman (Rebirth): Urzkartaga turns out to be trapped in the jungle, but he plans to take over a human body in order to escape. That body just happens to belong to Steve Trevor.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Captain America villain the Red Skull uses this as his form of immortality. At first he used a clone of Cap, pointing out that it was doubly suitable not only to tweak his nemesis but also because Cap is a "perfect Aryan". Since then, he's had to find other "hosts". In Captain America: Reborn, the Skull even attempts to do to this to a resurrected Cap, who had just been pulled out of time. It didn't stick.
    • The Mighty Thor:
      • Loki does this at one point using Sif's body, while she is stuck in the body of a dying, elderly Midgardian.
      • Loki also does it to Thor himself for a couple issues, though the writers apparently forgot that this should have meant that Loki as Thor shouldn't have been able to wield Mjolnir while this was happening but he was able to.
    • This is the basis of the Superior Spider-Man comic series. Which narrates the story of Dr. Octopus after he had swapped bodies with Spider-Man, leaving the hero to die trapped in Ock's broken body and leaving the villain in a healthy, heroic body with no one realizing anything. A remnant of Peter remains in Otto's body and in the end, after realizing that he had failed to live up to Spider-Man's legacy, Ock erases his own memories and hands control back to Peter.
    • X-Men:
      • In one '80s story, the Hellfire Club attempts to take the X-Men down by having the White Queen switch bodies with Storm. Turns out that controlling the weather without causing a disaster is much, much harder than Storm makes it look.
      • On the other hand, when she inadvertently takes over Iceman's body after having spent a long time in a coma, she proceeded to use his powers in ways he never even imagined before, which gave him a some self-esteem problems for awhile.
      • A storyline where Xavier is revealed to have been born with an Eldritch Abomination twin sister, who he tried to kill in the womb right before his birth. The fight in the womb led to Xavier's mom going into premature labor and his sister Cassandra (who was born with adult intelligence and communication skills à la Stewie from Family Guy) being mortally wounded and declared still-born. Xavier's parents then kept him from ever knowing about his sister until she came back into his life and swapped bodies with him decades later.
      • Betsy Braddock, aka Psylocke was a British superheroine who - after a very convoluted series of events even by 90's X-Men storyline standards - thought she'd been changed to appear Asian, only to find out she'd actually had her mind swapped with a Japanese assassin named Kwannon (who happened to have identical powers to Betsy's ... and to have purple hair like Betsy). Eventually, Kwannon died while still in Betsy's original body, and Betsy stayed Asian (physically, at least) for 20 years before the swap was eventually undone.
      • X-23 is the target of an attempt by Miss Sinister, Claudine Renko. She wants Laura's Healing Factor due to a wound she received from Daken allowing Mr. Sinister to exert control over her as part of his attempt to return from a previous death. Unfortunately, the attempt by Claudine's personality fails when Sinister transfers his consciousness into Laura's body instead. Until she tells him to get out of her head and kicks him out again.
    • Wolverine villain Cyber did this to come back to life. He chose a powerful and dimwitted young mutant named Milo to be his new body and later had adamantium laced into his skin. This bit him in the ass because his new body also had a heart condition that caused Cyber to go into cardiac arrest. So Cyber needed heart surgery; something that was pretty much impossible thanks to his adamantium skin.
  • Anderson: Psi-Division: When the minds of Vernan D'Argue and Anderson both end up inside the body of a gorilla by accident, D'Arque (having lost both his original body and his intended clone-body) tries to absorb the gorilla's mind into himself and steal Anderson's body.
  • In Hack/Slash, the horribly-burned Laura does a "Freaky Friday" Flip with Vlad for this purpose.
  • An excellent story, "King's Crown", from the anthology Heavy Metal: in a certain land, a tournament is held every so often to choose the strongest man to be the new king. Entrants must be vital and free of diseases. Every winner becomes a cruel tyrant, but the hero of the story (called weak and frail all his life) wants to become ruler and end the reign of evil. He wins, and at his "coronation", he's drugged, bound, his skull is cut open by robot surgeons (after he wakes up), his brain is crudely removed over his screaming protests, and the brain of the previous king is transplanted from his freshly-dead, used up, obese corpse. In death, however, the hero is victorious. The stress of the surgery sets off his congenital heart defect, and the tyrant is slain.
  • Immortal Hulk: A recurring theme.
    • Starting off, Brian Banner possesses the body of Sasquatch in order to get into the Hulk.
    • Much later on down the line, it turns out The Leader has been possessing Rick Jones' corpse since his apparent resurrection. A few issues later, he takes over the body of Del Frye, a teenager in Shadow Base's care. And then it turns out he's managed to take over the Green Scar Hulk personality. Exactly where Rick and the Green Scar's minds are during all this is unclear, but Frye's possession shows he's stuck reliving his own death over and over while the Leader steals his body.
    • When the Leader kills Doc Samson in such a way he can't restore his body, Samson ends up taking over the deceased body of Sasquach, becoming Doc Sasquach.
  • In Locke & Key, using the Ghost Door will cause your spirit to leave your body, giving you a quite literal out-of-body experience. Unfortunately, this is a perfect opportunity for someone else to use the door, then reenter your body instead of their own. Eventually, Dodge possesses Bode's body in this way, then impersonates him to the rest of the family.
  • in Lori Lovecraft: The Dark Lady, a demon steals Sir Andrew's physical form. However, because Sir Andrew died at the moment of possession, the demon is in control of his body but trapped inside Voodoo Mansion. It lures Lori into the mansion in an attempt to steal her body.
  • In The Metabarons, Honorata transfers her consciousness into the body of Oda, her son Aghnar's wife. Aghnar isn't aware of this until after Oda-Honorata already bears him a son. Things get worse from there.
  • In the sequel of Paperinik New Adventures, Pk 2, Cormack Trentor switches his body with Paperinik's and plans to use it to get revenge on Anymore Boring, Everett Ducklair's right hand man, since he caused him to lose his job and be arrested.
  • In Vertigo Pop: London, an aging British rock star, an amalgam of Mick Jagger and some others, picks up a young indie-rock protege, and attempts to use a magic hookah he picked up from a guru in the sixties to switch bodies with him. To set it up, he builds a career for the kid, while faking an increased dementia that he is the kid, so when the swap happens, they'll lock him up. He relents, and takes himself to find the guru. At this point, the guru is now a young woman.
  • Near the end of Revival Jordan Borchardt is able to invert this by imprisoning a body surfing Passenger inside herself by force of will.
  • A witch body-swaps with a much younger housewife in "Judy, You're Not Yourself Today!", in Tales from the Crypt #25.
  • In the fourth arc of W.I.T.C.H. this is how Phobos escaped from his cell, by swapping body with the custodian of the Tower of Mists in which he had been imprisoned. This also ends up saving his life, as when he tries to Mind Rape Will into submission she comes this close to torture him to death before remembering she's supposed to reverse the exchange...

    Fairy Tales 
  • In The Goose Girl, the maidservant manages this by taking the heroine's identity en route to her wedding in a foreign country.

    Fan Works 
  • Brainstorm (dressing as Frankenstein) pretends to do this to Socrates in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
  • This is Feather Duster's final gambit in Cutie Mark Crusaders Dream Warriors, specifically taking Scootaloo's body and using it to murder Rainbow Dash.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: Towards the end of chapter 6 of the sequel A Diplomat at Large, Pinkie unwittingly channels another Power. Unlike most cases, they cooperate and speak together, delivering the same message that Pinkie was about to give: "Just cheer up and never ever give up hope!"
  • In the iCarly fanfic iFight Crime With Victorious, Missy Robinson does this to Sam and actually gets away with it because, as in the normal show, Missy was as much Carly's best friend as Sam is and knows enough about their group to interact with Carly daily.
  • In the Invader Zim fanfic The Karma Circle: Sister Dearest, a ghost steals Gaz's body, leaving Gaz's own spirit trapped in the ghost's former resting place. Dib figures this out, but since the ghost is a better sister than Gaz ever was, he leaves things as they are.
  • In the Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfiction Parasite, it's revealed that Nations that die in accidents are reborn by stealing a body from one of their citizens, with said body morphing to look like the Nation and the body's former inhabitant being erased from existence. They don't like this, but there's no choice in the matter.
  • The AU fic Hurricane Heartbeat diverges from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep when Ventus accidentally takes over Sora's body, with no way of knowing what happened to Sora's heart.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: When Page first meets Fluttershy, the spirit of Balance has temporarily taken over the pegasi’s body to speak to her, in part because Fluttershy herself is too shy to speak on her own behalf. Later on, during Wind Breaker's chat with Applejack's spirit, Balance suddenly takes control of her body before she can give away too much information, and says as much to Wind Breaker. When Night Blade and Rainbow Dash are talking, Balance tries to hijack Rainbow Dash's body so it can apologize to Night Blade for some of its earlier actions, but she No Sells the hijacking and tells Balance to come in and speak as itself, which it does.
  • The Powers of Harmony: Cetus was already guilty of possessing Rarity, but she upgrades to this when she steals Celestia's body and sealing away her Lifeforce in the Sun.
  • In Robb Returns, various characters have been possessed by the Old Gods or their ancestors, though with benevolent intentions.
    • One of the Stark's ancestors possesses Eddard in order to reestablish a pact with the Old Gods that secures the return of direwolves. He is also subsequently briefly possessed on several occasions by the Old Gods to give messages to people (and in one case enact a healing). Jon becomes similarly possessed so that Tyrion knows he must ride to the Nightfort.
    • Willas Tyrell, too, is possessed by the spirit of Mern IX, the last Gardener King who was killed by Aegon and his sisters at the Field of Fire.
    • Shireen is possessed by the Old Gods momentarily when she and Gendry find the hidden Godswood at Dragonstone.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel Supergirl is getting beaten by a Kryptonian vampire. In order to fight him Buffy takes over Kara's body via Willow casting a spell.
    Buffy: <Kara?>
    Supergirl: <Yes, Buffy?>
    Buffy: <We’re finished.>
    Supergirl: <Good. I want my body back.>
    Buffy: <With pleasure. But I gotta tell you, you’ve got a really great setup here. Do you think, maybe, sometime...>
    Supergirl: <BUFFY.>
    Buffy: <All right, all right.>
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Tea is mind-controlled by Crump, which doesn't happen in the original series. It is corrected when Marik Ishtar forcibly evicts Crump a few episodes later, especially since Crump was trying, and failing, at impersonating Tea.
  • There and Back Again: In this Peggy Sue, it's revealed early on that Brynden Rivers hijacked Bran Stark's body when the White Walkers attacked his cave so that he could return to Westeros in another's body and set in motion events from the Long Night to the destruction of King's Landing so that the Targaryens would be destroyed and he would rule for all time.
  • Becoming a True Invader:
    • The alternate Keef temporarily took over Gaz's body in order to covertly search for the Employer/Minimoose in the main universe. When the connection eventually failed, Gaz was left with no memory of what happened.
    • Minimoose pulls this on Zim during the Final Battle after his robot body is destroyed, latching his core onto Zim's PAK to control his body.
  • Re: My Hostage, Not Yours: Subverted, as the damage to Larb's PAK manages to keep it from overwriting Gaz's mind with his the way that PAKs are supposed to when they attach to non-Irken bodies. Double subverted in Chapter 7 when it finally overwhelms her, until Zim manages to overpower Larb and enable Gaz's mind to retake control.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In All of Me, an heiress (Lily Tomlin) who was sick all her life wished to migrate into a younger, healthy body, that of a volunteer, upon her imminent death. The volunteer thought it was all superstitious nonsense, and only wanted to be named as the heir. Of course, it all went to hell, and the heiress ended up sharing brain-space with her lawyer, played by Steve Martin.
  • Big Bad Lord John Whorfin of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension crosses into our dimension by possessing the body of Dr. Emilio Lizardo. Since no hints are given that he's still in there somewhere and the possibility of saving him never comes up, we're left to assume the good doctor's consciousness was unfortunately wiped out in the process.
  • This is the basic plot of B-Movie and Mystery Science Theater 3000 subject The Atomic Brain; a bitter old, rich woman hires a Mad Scientist to develop the technology to move her brain into one of three beautiful, disposable housekeepers.
  • In the Syfy original movie, Soulkeeper, an entire cult is made up of formerly damned souls now inhabiting the bodies of the living in order to experience earthly pleasures. Eventually one of the main characters is threatened with having his body stolen by the demonic leader, Simon Magus, who shoots himself in the head in order to die and allow his soul to possess another.
  • Also the central plot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode The Brain That Wouldn't Die, although that involves a woman's head (aka "Jan-in-the-Pan") being transplanted onto a new body.
  • This is the villain's plot in Being John Malkovich; all the major characters including Malkovich himself are more-or-less tricked into doing the work for him.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • At the very end of the credits for X-Men: The Last Stand, there is an Easter Egg scene in which Professor Xavier, who was killed during the movie, is revealed to have implanted his mind into the body of a man who had been earlier revealed to have a functioning body, but no working mind. It is ironic because Xavier had lectured to a class earlier in the movie about the ethical dilemmas involved in such a transfusion of soul, so to speak.
    • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan essentially steals the body of his counterpart from the new timeline when he snaps back after changing the future.
    • In X-Men: Apocalypse, the titular villain has kept himself alive for millennia by transferring his consciousness into host mutant bodies, accumulating powers from each mutant he transfers himself into; for example, the most recent host had a Healing Factor. In the present day, his plan is to transfer his consciousness into Professor Xavier, so he can "Be everywhere. Be everyone."
  • Roger Corman's film adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward ditches H. P. Lovecraft's subversion and plays this trope straight.
  • In Child's Play, serial killer Charles Lee Ray transfers his soul into a doll named Chucky and then spends much of the rest of the series trying to transfer into a human body. Until he suddenly has the epiphany that he actually digs being a killer doll and humanity is overrated.
  • In Fallen, starring Denzel Washington, this is the villain's major ability. Specifically, he (the serial killer's spirit) can transfer to any person and take them over as long as they're within range. At the end of the movie, after Denzel lures him out to a secluded cabin and poisons himself so that the spirit won't be able to transfer to a new body, the killer reveals he's able to possess animals as well. It was actually revealed earlier in the movie, when he possessed a cat (otherwise having him possess one at the end would have been the worst kind of Ass Pull). It's possible he can only possess humans and cats, which would make more sense as to why he thought he'd be unable to find anything to possess in the woods.
  • Of course, the plot of Freejack, with the added bit of Time Travel; the host is kidnapped from the timestream moments before his historical death in a horrific car crash, so no one would miss him.
  • The Last Leprechaun: The banshee steals Laura's body so she can have a body and be rich.
  • The Matrix franchise:
    • Agents are able to do this to muggles any time they wish, which makes them nigh-impossible to escape and forces the Heroes into the ethical grey area of having to murder people before they are possessed.
    • In The Matrix Revolutions, Bane's mind gets overwritten by Agent Smith, who in the previous movie developed the ability to turn anyone into a clone of himself. Bane's body then becomes Smith's gateway to the real world, leading to a terrifying scene.
  • In both the film and play Prelude To A Kiss, a dying old man switches bodies with a bride on her wedding day.
  • Scanners ends with Revok and Vale in a psychic duel, and Revok completely destroying Vale's body, but there's a hint that Vale may have psychically switched bodies at the last second. Either that, or Revok ate Vale's consciousness, just as he said he would. "Everything you are is gonna become me."
  • Scanner Cop: While Zena is dying, Staziak scans her to find out where Karl Glock is hiding, following her into a mental world which is heavily implied to be Hell. She then tries to pull this trope on Staziak by taking over his body and letting him die in hers. He prevents it by scanning her mental projection.
  • A twist midway though Self/Less: A rich, dying old man's mind is moved into a young body that was artificially grown for that purpose. Except that it wasn't, so he commits Grand Theft Me unknowingly and has to deal with the consequences when he finds out the truth.
  • The Twist Ending of The Skeleton Key.
  • Ra in Stargate was an elderly, decrepit alien before taking over the body of a teenage Egyptian boy.
  • The villain does this in Xchange. The protagonist also goes through several bodies and even steals one.
  • In The Hidden, an alien slug takes over the bodies of humans as unsuspecting prey and treats it like a joyride. It just wants to listen to death metal, drive expensive cars, rob banks, and blow things up. For fun.
  • Surrogates: Unique variant; the remote-controlled body of Greer's partner Jennifer Peters is hijacked by not one, but two different characters. Lionel Canter kills and impersonates her via her Surrogate to use her as The Mole, and then Greer himself hijacks the surrogate, from the dead Canter's chair no less, to stop the surrogate-shutdown from killing billions.
  • A Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane case in The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse, in which it is left deliberately unclear whether the imprisoned and dying Diabolical Mastermind Dr. Mabuse managed to use evil psionic powers to take over the body of his psychiatrist Dr. Baum, or whether Baum went insane and developed the delusion of being his former patient.
  • The Reveal of Get Out (2017) shows that the Armitage family has created and perfected the Coagula, a procedure that consists of putting the victim, a young black person, into "the Sunken Place" via hypnosis, surgically removing everything but the brain stem, and attaching the parts that contain the thoughts and emotions of an old white person's brain, so that said old white person can control his/her new young black body.
  • As it turns out, this is the villain's plan in Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Using a specially-created helmet rig, he wants to hijack the body of Mewtwo and Take Over the World. He actually pulls off the first one, too.
  • Possessor is about a woman who is paid to use technology to possess the bodies of targets and commit murder/suicides so that the deaths cannot be traced back to their real source.
  • In Art of the Dead, the spirit of Mad Artist Dorian Wilde can possess the body of anyone who been completely corrupted by one of his evil paintings. He possesses Gina after she has been completely corrupted by Lust.
  • The Hazing: After Doug stupidly performs the ritual to open the door to the afterlife for Professor Kapps, Kapps' spirit takes over his body and starts using it as a host to kill everyone else in the house. After Doug's body is killed, Kapps does a Body Surf into Marsha.
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: While Strange and America Chavez are in the 838 universe version of the New York Sanctum, that universe's Mordo tells them of a dangerous spell in the Darkhold called Dreamwalking, which allows the wielder to take over the body of an alternate version of themselves in another universe. Sacred Timeline Wanda uses the spell to possess her 838 counterpart to both see her sons and to attack the Illuminati in order to get to America. Strange later turns it Up to Eleven by using the same spell while in Sinister Strange's universe to possess the corpse of Defender Strange buried in the Sacred Timeline so that he can rescue America from Wanda.

  • The Fighting Fantasy gamebook Magehunter has this happening several times, after you and your ally, Reinhardt, gets cursed by your arch-nemesis, Mencius the Wizard. In your quest to hunt down Mencius and reverse the curse, the book will randomly force you to swap bodies with Reinhardt until you found a way to control the spell, and while in Reinhardt's body you'll find out he's a rather mediocre fighter.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire: "skinchangers" and "wargs" can do this to animals. A particularly powerful one can do it to a human, but most humans have the mental strength to resist their possession. When successful, the experience is extremely traumatic for the person.
  • Robert Adams' Horseclans series has the Witchmen; twentieth-century scientists who transfer their minds into new bodies to stay alive After the End. At first, this requires mechanical help, but they later learn to do without that.
  • In Ira Levin's This Perfect Day, leader and programmer Li Wei Chun's head (and brain) have been put on the body of an athlete, who volunteered for the honor.
  • In the sci-fi short story "Learning to Be Me", the main character wonders about the Jewel. The jewel is a small crystalline computer implanted within everyone's brains at birth. It mimics the brain's responses perfectly, since it is always being adjusted to match the brain's responses. Eventually, people's brains are scraped out, leaving the jewel to act as them, in their bodies. He worries through the entire story, if replacing the human brain is a huge, society-wide case of this, or no big deal.
  • In Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, the ability to do this is the Sea Hag's magic talent; she's lived hundreds of years by stealing the bodies of young women. She can't do it if her target knows what she's doing, but she raises them herself to make sure they don't.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Earth, R. Daneel Olivaw announces his plan to bodysnatch Fallom at the end.
  • Happens to Zelda in the second book of Oksa Pollock
  • Lois McMaster Bujold has some different versions in her works:
    • In the Vorkosigan Saga, raising clones for brain-transplant purposes is a major industry in Jackson's Whole.
    • In The Hallowed Hunt the 'offspring' version of this trope was used. Earl Horseriver, descendant of the last Hallowed King, is in fact the last Hallowed King. A spell to keep him going to fight the invasion five hundred years ago by transferring his consciousness sequentially into each of his male blood heirs is still in effect — and he can't stop it. Think about it.
  • Doro of Octavia Butler's Patternist series has this power; his lack of limitations on it makes him a nigh-unstoppable force.
  • Used by Orson Scott Card in Children of the Mind when Ender's soul is divided and housed in two other bodies, representing his brother and sister as teens, which he accidentally created when AI Jane took him into the sub-ether. Eventually, worn out by keeping track of three separate lives, his old body dies and his soul goes full time to the creation representing his brother as a teenager. Ender's friends deliberately drive his "sister" past the Despair Event Horizon (with her consent) so her body will be free for Jane to inhabit.
  • In Axolotl by Julio Cortazar an axolotl switches minds with the protagonist. Before they switched the protagonist was drawn to the axolotl and was philosophizing on how fluid identity is and how he and the axolotl are the same.
  • In The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, one of the main characters is the son of an industrialist. Actually, he's a clone of the industrialist, and when he fails to grow up into a suitable heir, plan B is to overwrite his brain pattern with his father's. The attempt is foiled.
  • The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece, a Sherlock Holmes/H. P. Lovecraft-inspired short story by Barbara Hambly.
  • Any magician in the The Bartimaeus Trilogy who summons a demon into his own head risks this, as Quentin Makepeace and his followers found out.
  • In Edmond Hamilton's short story The Avenger from Atlantis (also titled The Vengeance of Ulios), the protagonist pursues his mortal enemy for thousands of years; both he and his quarry transfer their brains to numerous bodies to keep up the chase.
  • In Fallen Dragon (2001) by Peter F. Hamilton, the rulers of one planet take over the bodies of young criminals. They offer their technique to the leader of the corporation raiding their planet, but he is unimpressed because they don't do anything with their pseudo-immortality except maintain their power. The B7 council that secretly controls Earth in The Naked God does something similar by copying their memories to cloned bodies and instantly destroying the old one, unaware that those bodies also have souls that will pass on to The Beyond.
  • In the Heinlein novel I Will Fear No Evil, an aging millionaire has his brain transferred into a young girl, but it's because she's the only person with the correct rare blood type and has recently died of head trauma (in a mugging). Furthermore, she was his friend, and he's shocked and grieves for her when he finds out whose body he's using. Luckily, she survives as a sort of Spirit Advisor (unless he's hallucinating it).
    • This leads to some quite odd scenes, like where the main character is having sex with the former occupant of the body's former lover and his former friend and lawyer.
      (Oh, God, Eunice! Why didn't you tell me?) (Tell you what?) (That for a woman it's so much better!)
  • The Dosadi Experiment by Frank Herbert. Wonderful way to prolong life indefinitely at the expense of others, for those who have enough power. In the end, shop is closed, but this little secret does not leak too far.
  • In John C. Wright's War of the Dreaming, this happens to Kid Hero Galen Waylock by his ancestor Azrael de Gray. Different in that Azrael did not do so to keep himself alive, but to escape the Tailor-Made Prison he's locked in.
  • Gyhard, the antagonist in Tanya Huff's Fifth Quarter, has been keeping himself alive this way for a couple of hundred years.
  • H. P. Lovecraft's short stories:
    • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward looks like a case of this, but actually features an Identical Grandson compelled to resurrect his ancestor's corpse, who then kills him and takes his place.
    • "The Thing on the Doorstep" is based on this concept: A man's wife is, in fact, his father-in-law, who now has designs to retake a male body.
    • "The Shadow Out of Time" is about a human being who has his mind switched with an alien scientist and is forced to live in its world in its body for six years. Except that its world is ancient Earth, making it a Time Travelling Grand Theft Me.
      • Crosses over into Inferred Holocaust territory when it becomes clear that the same aliens have apparently pulled this on entire species at least twice (once when coming to Earth in the first place, once jumping ahead into the distant future when their ancient enemies on Earth broke loose again) to escape their own extinction.
    • In "The Challenge from Beyond", co-authored by a number of authors, Lovecraft finally gets the plot rolling by having the protagonist mind-swapped with an alien bent on conquest. Robert E. Howard then has the human in the alien body kick ass on the alien world, leaving the "victim" of the Grand Theft Me to commit a much more successful version than the original thief, who can't handle a human body's powerful urges and dies.
  • The War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches story "To Mars and Providence", which stars Lovecraft, has the Martians do this in a way similar to The Shadow Out of Time.
  • In one of Larry Niven's Gil the Arm stories, a notorious gangster and organlegger kidnapped a rich family. Both parents were killed; the ordeal left one of the children mute and the other traumatized and never really back to his old self. It turned out that the latter was actually the organlegger's brain transplanted into the kidnap victim's body.
  • Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates involves, among other complexities and weirdness, "Dogface Joe", who migrates from body to body, making sure to dose the one he's leaving with a lethal amount of poison in the process. He has to swap because the new body becomes extremely furry (a magical accident made him an avatar of a jackal-god). He can also, using his ability, supply someone with a new body (this requires two body-jumps, obviously). It becomes important to the overall plot.
  • Tim Powers' Medusa's Web features a form of Mental Time Travel in which a person may temporarily occupy the body of another person in another time. There are ways an unscrupulous person can extend the period of occupancy for a few minutes — and ways a really unscrupulous person can make it a permanent arrangement, which is invariably bad for the person whose body it was.
  • In the Discworld novels, an Igor whose body becomes too ruined to fix is broken down for spares and the brain preserved, where it can be transplanted into another body at a later point to effectively return the Igor to life again. The Igors do show consideration, however: The bodies they use for this are exclusively from people put in permanent vegetative states or killed by head injuries that are donated to the Igors by their next-of-kin.
  • In the Expanded Universe of Star Wars:
    • Palpatine cloned himself and uses the Force to transfer his soul into new bodies to live eternally. However, one of his underlings paid to have the Clonemaster damage the genetic material of the clones, causing them to decay within a few weeks. He attempted to possess Leia's newborn Anakin Solo, but a Jedi-in-hiding that was traveling with the gang intercepted his spirit, and died, taking Palpatine's soul with him to the afterlife.
    • One of Palpatine's underlings, Cronal, planned to do the same thing to Luke in the novel Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor as part of a complex Batman Gambit — he would allow Luke to defeat his Card-Carrying Villain warlord persona, Lord Shadowspawn, and then claim his body as his own, using Luke's heroic reputation (which Cronal had been using his own propaganda machine to inflate on the side) to ultimately get himself installed emperor. After Luke escaped his clutches, he decided to try the same technique on the next best subject - Leia. Thankfully, Cronal was defeated before that could happen.
    • Galaxy of Fear has a form of this done with a brutish wanted (male) criminal and almost-fourteen-year-old Tash Arranda, though Tash's brain is put into a droid jar. The criminal was supposed to go into an adult male's body, and while he's fine with being a pubescent girl briefly, he quickly starts to complain.
  • Mercedes Lackey's works:
    • The villain of Jinx High is a witch who's been stealing her daughters' bodies for several hundred years; this seriously throws the protagonist, who's not expecting the skilled magician she's looking for to be in high school.
    • The evil sorcerer Ma'ar from the Heralds of Valdemar series manages to prolong his life for centuries by magically propelling his soul into a succession of bodies from his own bloodline (killing the original soul in the process). His failure to do this completely the last time forms the basis of his eventual defeat. When the Mage Storms begin to drive Firesong insane, one sign is his growing obsession with finding an "ethical" version of Ma'ar's technique.
    • The Wizard of London. Lady Cordelia plans to take over David Alderscroft's body and identity. Her primary aim is to gain the political power she can't claim in a female body, but it's indicated that she will also use this technique to become immortal (by moving into new bodies on a regular basis).
  • Dragonlance:
    • In the Dragonlance Legends books, the evil archmage Fistandantilus has been doing this to his most skilled apprentices for centuries — he steals not only the bodies but also, it is implied, the arcane powers of his victims. He meets his downfall when Raistlin Majere turns the trick around and steals Fistandantilus's body, along with all the centuries of magical power he's accumulated. Curiously, this does not cause Raistlin to assume Fistandantilus's appearance. Instead, he reverts to the appearance he himself had before the Test. Why the spell works differently for Raistlin is unclear; perhaps because Fistandantilus dies as Raistlin completes the ritual.
    • In 3 Wizards Too Many it turns out that at first Fistandantilus "hunted" in other worlds where he was not notorious (wider choice of victims, lesser risk that someone will track and thwart his plot), but eventually ran afoul of both Elminster, who used the Dragon Breath spell when they last met, and Mordenkainen, who too somehow "taught him the wisdom of staying closer to home" (all 3 lived in adjacent crystal spheres).
    • In Dragonlance: The New Adventures, Asvoria takes over the dragon Raedon's body, using it to attack the village and his allies.
  • In R.A. Salvatore's Demonwars series, Chezru Chieftan Yakim Douan takes advantage of a prophecy of rebirth to literally be reborn for centuries by taking over the bodies of unborn children.
  • In King Pinch, lich snatched the living man's body, but failed to destroy lifeforce, so victim managed to take his own discarded body in turn.
  • Cadavres Exquis, the first in a series of Darker and Edgier short-stories about obscure french proto-Super Hero/ Great Detective Fascinax, has Big Bad Numa Pergyll performing a Grand Theft Me on the titular hero's Love Interest.
  • Jack Vance's novella Château d'If. The young hosts pay for a mysterious adventure, though the old customers pay a lot more. Their brains are swapped.
  • In David Weber's Mutineer's Moon, the bad guys have very long lives already, due to biotechnical enhancement, but they use this method to stretch it out even the especial horror of the good guys when they discover that the latest victim was the mother of heroine Jiltanith.
  • In The Quickening trilogy, Wyl is (involuntarily) granted the power that if someone "kills" him, he lives on in the body of the killer, erasing their existing personalities (although retaining certain memories and learned abilities). He occupies a number of bodies over the series, including that of his sister, who doesn't know about the power - she stabs the person responsible killing Wyl's previous incarnation, not knowing that this person's body is now occupied by Wyl and that she herself will be overwritten. At the end of the series, Wyl attempts to arrange matters so that he dies at the hands of the Big Bad (who was the king, and who just married Wyl's love interest.)
  • In the Magic: The Gathering novel Shattered Alliance, Mairsil the Pretender is revealed to have escaped death by storing his soul inside his ring and tries to take over the body of pyromancer Jaya Ballard, who had been wearing the ring since Mairsil was killed in an earlier book.
  • In The Dresden Files, the necromancer Capiorcorpus, AKA Corpsetaker, specializes in doing this, swapping bodies with her target. Despite the name, we only actually seem her stealing living bodies. The literal Latin translation of "corpus" is "body," so the name makes perfect sense and it's likely Harry just mucked up the translation (his Latin isn't great, plus "Corpsetaker" is a much better Necromancer name than "Bodytaker"). In Ghost Story Capiocorpus' ghost tries to get the power to manifest in the real world. She could then use her abilities to take whatever body she wanted, effectively coming back to life. Harry speculates this is the same method her mentor Kemmler used to return to life six times.
  • In Hopscotch anyone can swap bodies with anyone else. One of the protagonists rents his body out to people who want to avoid unpleasant experiences.
  • Animorphs. The primary antagonists of the series, the Yeerks, are basically sentient space-faring parasites whose only major power is to take over the body of another organism. Or, at least one with an ear canal and a brain. Making matters worse, many of the Yeerks are torn between being forced to crush another creature's free will beneath their pseudopod, or spending the rest of their life as a wretched fish-sized slug deprived of sight, hearing, and...well, just about everything. Made worse once a Yeerk has a taste of how parasitic good life can be, and the fact that their leaders are quite crazy.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Master Mind of Mars, the Mad Scientist Ras Thavas sells this. When Ulysses Paxton gets two victims restored to their own bodies, they briefly pretend to those who usurped them so as to abdicate; then Ulysses makes it appear to be a miraculous reversal.
  • In Anne Rice's aptly-titled novel The Vampire Chronicles: The Tale of the Body Thief, Lestat is tired of being a vampire and is contacted by a human who has this power and offers him a Freaky Friday-like adventure. Only it is a setup by the Body Thief to keep his immortal body.
  • Happens a couple of times in T.A. Pratt's Marla Mason series. First, with the sorcerer and his young apprentice in San Francisco's Chinatown in the first book, and then also in book 4 when Rondeau inadvertently steals B's body.
  • Though it isn't the focus of the story, this does factor in to the plot of Harlan Ellison's novella Mefisto In Onyx.
  • In Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space, the captain has done this to Sajaki some time prior to the events in the book, requesting that the alien Pattern Jugglers overwrite his victim's mind with his own. A fanatical cult in the novella Turquoise Days hopes to use the same technique to sacrifice themselves voluntarily to allow their leader's personality to replace their own. There's also a case of Temporarily Borrow Me; Dan Sylveste is drugged up so that his father's Beta-level simulation can control his body, which turns out to be possible only because he's his father's clone, not his father's son.
  • George R. R. Martin's short story "The Pear-Shaped Man".
  • James H. Schmitz does the "heir" version in the Trigger Argee story "The Symbiotes".
  • "Beyond lies the Wub", a short story by Philip K. Dick. An Earthbound rocketship stops on Mars to take on food animals, including a wub — a large, slovenly Martian pig. It turns out the wub is a sentient telepathic alien interested mainly in eating and philosophical discussion. The captain is determined to kill and eat the wub regardless, believing it to be a threat, and blows the wub's brains out despite the objections of his crew. The story ends with the captain enthusiastically tucking into cooked wub, watched glumly by the crew, who are further shocked when their 'captain' continues the philosophical discussion the wub was having "before we were interrupted".
  • In books two and three of Thorarinn Gunnarsson's "Skateboard Dragons" trilogy, this is how the rulers of the evil Alasheran Empire have survived for thousands of years.
  • In "When True Night Falls", book two of C. S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy, the Undying Prince survives this way.
  • Two Christopher Pike books, The Immortal and The Blind Mirror, use this as a twist- without the transferred soul initially remembering their true identity.
  • In C. J. Cherryh's Morgaine Cycle, the qhal (and their predecessors) could use the Gates to transfer their minds into new hosts. This tended to leave the two personalities struggling for control.
    • Morgaine herself seriously considers doing this sometime in her future, despite knowing how evil it is, because otherwise she won't live long enough to close all the Gates, and leaving even a single Gate standing simply isn't an option.
  • The more modern version is done in House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, where Matt turns out to be a clone raised only for his organs.
  • In Glen Duncan's I, Lucifer struggling writer Declan Gunn's body is possessed by none other than Lucifer himself, so that old Luce can sample the mortal life and a chance for redemption.
  • Necroscope:
    • In book 5 of the saga Faethor Ferenczy tries this on Harry. It does not end well.
    • The climax of book two has a twist on this. One of the heroes' has had his mind and soul destroyed leaving him basically a still breathing corpse. Harry, at this point, is a disembodied soul in search of a body and moves right in.
  • There was an entire series based around this trope, with titles such as "Help, I'm trapped in my dog's body!" and "Help, I'm trapped in my gym teacher's body!".
  • In Darkship Thieves, Nat is convinced his lover Max has been possessed by the recently deceased father's ghost. He's right: Max was a clone of the father created specifically so that the elder could discard his old body and transplant his brain into a younger, healthier one. The father had achieved near immortality by murdering his sons over and over. But he screwed up in this generation by not realizing Max had a secret, gay relationship with Nat and thus acting out of character to him. The protagonists learn that the entire society is founded on this. The ruling oligarchs are the men who figured out how to do this and have been ruling the planet together for centuries.
  • A book of a series popular only in Poland does that in its seventh part. The main antagonists of the story, if they can be called that, are three sisters. The story itself is set in modern times, yet the sisters were already non-young adults around the times of the Second World War, and don't look older than sixty in the story itself. How did they do it? This trope. They took over the bodies of another set of triplet sisters, in a pharmaceutical way. The last chapter of the book itself is all about saving the protagonist girl, since one of the sisters' bodies has some sort of a spinal disease and she's looking for a replacement, finding the protagonist a replacement. A matter-warping, intelligent huge mass of rock controlled by the sisters is also involved.
  • One very strange no-sex "Sex Story" Of One Flesh (still very NSFW, however) involves an oddly non-villainous version of this in which a man and a little girl take turns controlling her body until she lets him take full control and swap his body, which is magically stored in the form of a doll, with hers. A bit of backstory indicates that this arrangement arose from a very strange Cursed with Awesome situation involving a kind of mutual theft that left them both forced to inhabit one body at the same time; judging by their attitudes toward each other, they've managed to work out some kind of understanding with each other and turn this situation to their mutual advantage.
  • In The Wish List, Belch eventually takes over the body of Meg's father Franco.
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Story, Ligeia, which has a twist. Not only does the old wife steal the new wife's body, she also transforms the new wife back into her old form.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Attempted — the character Mordeth was a Knight Templar Evil Chancellor who lived roughly 2000 years before the main plot of the series, and he tried to fight the Dark One using his own methods. The result unleashed an Eldritch Abomination which consumed the city that was Mordeth's power base and left him immortal but trapped there. However, if Mordeth could convince a living person to accompany him beyond the city, he could steal their body and escape. In the first book, he tries this on Punch-Clock Villain Padan Fain- but since Fain had been altered already by the Dark One to become a Scarily Competent Tracker, the result was less a possession and more a merge. Mordeth/Fain became a major recurring villain in the series, has all sorts of weird superpowers, and as a result of the imperfect combination (and the Dark One's original taint on Fain) he's completely freakin' nuts.
    • A rare heroic example occurs in the final book. Rand switches bodies with Moridin. Moridin ends up dying in Rand's body, thanks to the unhealable wounds that Moridin himself inflicted on Rand.
  • Flight: The main character Zits is shot in the head and has a flashback where he is transformed into many historical characters.
  • A rare positive variation appears in the Ghostly Companions collection of stories by Vivien Alcock. In "A Change of Aunts", a horrifying revenant (that used to be a nursemaid who drowned herself in a pond after she let the children in her care die when she visited her lover) attacks Meg and William's abusive Aunt Gertrude when it catches her beating the children. The undead nursemaid steals Gertrude's body for herself and leaves Gertrude trapped in her old rotting immobile corpse in the pond. "Gertrude" treats the children with great care and kindness. When Meg realizes what happened, she understandably decides to leave her abusive aunt to her Fate Worse than Death.
  • In John Wyndham's short story "Pillar To Post", the protagonist is a paraplegic who frequently takes drugs to cope with the pain, and who suddenly finds himself in a healthy body very far in the future. People of the future society live virtually forever by swapping bodies with the "feeble minded" of whom there are very many in the future. But then the original owner of the body, who engaged in mental time travel, takes back his body and the protagonist is back in the original, paralyzed and pain-wracked body - but he finds a way to return. Thereby, the two of them change places again and again, each trying to leave a "booby trap" which would destroy the paralyzed body while it is inhabited by his rival. The contest is finally resolved in a rather immoral way, by letting a present-time mental patient be moved into into the paralyzed body and be burned to death, leaving the two contestants in possession of two healthy bodies...
  • Bob Shaw's story "Waltz of the Bodysnatchers" takes place in a future society in which a murderer is sentenced to change places with his or her victim, who is thus brought back to life and inherits the murderer's body. The story's cast of cynical and scheming characters abuse this legal provision by finding creative ways of manipulating a younger and healthier person into murdering them and getting caught...
  • The Transformers Trans Tech story "I, Lowtech" involves the main character being convinced he's somehow been swapped into a different body while someone else is parading around with his, even though there's no tangible evidence that actually happened. Eventually turns out he's right, and it happened courtesy of a Decepticon with the ability to seamlessly manipulate other people's sparks, but by then his quest to prove he's right has already driven him to insanity.
  • In Hush, Hush, fallen angels spend all their time tracking down nephilim and forcing them to submit to possession for two weeks out of every year. The nephilim all hate this, but are targeted because they won't die from it, unlike humans. At the end of the story, Patch possesses Nora without her permission, and without warning. It's to fight off someone threatening her, but she still finds it terrifying.
  • In Timothy Zahn's "Soulminder" stories, a technology is developed that can draw a person's essence from their body and store it elsewhere before returning it. It's meant to assist in lifesaving procedures, but naturally it doesn't take long for somebody to catch on that it also enables Grand Theft Me. Unfortunately for the first person who tries it, an aging, amoral, atheist crime boss, it turns out that placing your soul in someone else's body causes you to start taking on aspects of their personality. He is caught by the FBI while going to mass, and seems relieved that he was caught.
  • Stranger With My Face is a teen novel by Lois Duncan in which identical twin sisters Laurie and Lia are separated in infancy when Laurie is adopted and Lia is not. Lia learns astral projection and uses it to visit Laurie when the girls are seventeen, and teaches Laurie to do it too - in order to trick Laurie into this trope.
  • In the John Carter of Mars series, the mad scientist Ras Thavas does this through brain transplantation in the book "Master Mind of Mars", and makes a living out of it. Early on, the story's Big Bad, an ugly queen, pays him to have her body switched with that of a very beautiful young woman, setting in motion the main plot of the book.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Mordak makes his return about midway by taking over Kalak's body. This begins the the second phase of the plot; two enemy camps.
  • It is heavily implied that, unlike the four TV/film adaptations to date, the mother was responsible for swapping bodies with her daughter in the original book version of Freaky Friday.
  • In Gardens of the Moon, the first book in Malazan Book of the Fallen, the Patron of Assassins, Cotillion, possesses a young fisher girl. He takes on her identity, renames her Sorry and through her spies on the Bridgeburners, an elite company of soldiers. It is heavily implied that the possession is so complete that had not Riggalai the Seer intervened and shielded the girl's spirit with her own, it would have been annihilated.
  • In Andre Norton's Forerunner Foray, the artifact throws Zianth and the other sensitive back in time to take over bodies. Dead ones, to be sure — they stage a great Back from the Dead.
  • Occurs in the The Saga of the Noble Dead book The Dog in the Dark. Chap uses his power as a Fay to temporarily take over a human body.
  • In Pact, the Faerie exile Padraic does this to Maggie Holt by stealing her name and taking her form with Glamour, so that her own parents don't recognize her and he can take her role. Maggie is unable to reclaim her name from him, instead taking the name "Mags" for herself in order to reclaim what's left of her human relationships.
  • A Mage's Power: After the shaman of Kyraa gives Eric the spirit of Dengel, she warns him to never give Dengel full control of his body, because if he does, then this could be the result. At the climax, he crosses the Godzilla Threshold and does it anyway.
  • This is more or less the premise of the novel Skinjumper by Lincoln Crisler. A failed necromantic ritual gives Terry Miller the power to switch bodies but only if he murders the person first. Terry attempts to use the power to improve his life but his stupidity and bad luck make it a Black Comedy of epic proportions.
  • In the Towers Trilogy, Xhea's closest-kept secret is that she once assisted in one. She aided the spirit of Addis Edren in taking over the body of his younger brother Lorn Edren.
  • In the Jacob's Ladder Trilogy, someone who has used Brain Uploading to digitize their memories can convert their mind into a "daemon seed" and implant it into the nanomachine colony of another body. The daemon seed will then reprogram the nanites to erase the mind of the body's original owner and install the digitized mind in its place. This technique is used in Grail by Ariane Conn, who tries to take over the bodies of Oliver Conn and Chelsea Conn. She is purged from the former, but succeeds in stealing the latter.
  • Dragonvarld: This is the practice of the Mistress of Dragons, who never actually dies, instead living on in the form of a carefully chosen successor. The real people are still alive, but wish that they weren't.
  • In The Nekropolis Archives, a werewolf named Honani kills a prostitute. The protagonist, Matthew Richter, exacts justice by extracting Honani's soul and transferring the murdered woman's soul into his body.
  • In A Land Fit for Heroes, the dwenda plan to resurrect the Illwrack Changeling, their Dark Lord and general who is currently stuck as Sealed Evil in a Can, by transferring his soul into the protagonist's body.
  • In Stephen King's End of Watch, the villain gains the ability to project his consciousness into people who are in hypnotic trances, eventually becoming able to overwrite their minds and take complete control of them. It's implied that part of this is being used as a guinea pig by an unscrupulous doctor for testing an experimental drug for repairing brain damage.
  • At the end of Please Don't Tell My Parents I Have a Nemesis, Penny's robotic duplicate attempts to foil her plan by switching bodies with her. It's then foiled by Penny's invention power, who is now in Penny's organic body while she inhabits the robot body.
  • Demons in The Divine Comedy can kick a person's soul out of their body into Hell and then take the body as their own. Fortunately, they can only pull this on the worst of the traitors, namely those who betray those under their hospitality.
  • The plot of Dutch author Tais Teng's book Dead Eyes revolves around an ancient Chinese Emperor who made a pact with an immortal Evil Sorcerer for eternal life, which he granted him by periodically casting the Emperor into new host bodies. However, during the most recent transference, something messed up the ritual, and the Emperor becomes trapped inside the mind of the main character. The sorcerer then tracks him down while intending to use him as the new host.
  • Darkness Weaves has Efrel who has been so badly mutilated and crippled that only being an Eldritch Abomination has allowed her to stay alive. Since she is skilled in dark magic, she plans to transfer her soul in the body of a young woman daughter of the man who mutilated her, both to regain beauty and get her Revenge, since she aims to let the girl live in her former, ruined body.
  • In Malediction Trilogy Anushka the witch has survived for five hundred years by repeteadly transfering her soul into the body of a female descendant.
  • I Sit Behind The Eyes: This is the MO of the titular Eldritch Abomination. It usurps the soul of a chosen victim and gains their memories and characteristics. However, it instantly forgets its previous memories, resulting in a Tomato in the Mirror scenario. This is a rare heroic example, as it only possesses people who threaten the lives of others.
  • Titan's Forest: Kirrik can transfer her soul into others' bodies to avoid death or to replace a failing, aging body, forcing their own souls out and into whatever afterlife may exist. She plans to do this to [[Ular, but when she tries to do this in the climax her victim's god-bone amulet keeps her safe, so Kirrik steals the body of the rain goddess Ekhis instead. Unfortunately for her, however, a god's power resides strictly in their soul and she is left with a regular mortal body.]]
  • In the seventh Warrior Cats arc, The Broken Code, a malevolent spirit tricks Shadowpaw into giving Bramblestar a "treatment" to his illness that actually results in him losing a life. While Bramblestar is dead, the spirit jumps into his body and takes over, pretending to be him and causing chaos in the Clans.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Season six of The 100 features the Primes of Sanctum, who have lived for hundreds of years by using mind drives to transfer their consciousness into other people. In addition, by maintaining a God Guise to make the increasingly rare hosts willing to give up their bodies, they ensure that the entire society of Sanctum is essentially Raised as a Host. Clarke is subjugated to this for several episodes, only regaining control with outside help and Fighting from the Inside.
  • Angel:
    • The episode "Carpe Noctem". This includes a unique Mistaken for Gay, when the guy in Angel's body briefly believes Angel is gay.
    • Illyria taking over Fred Burkle's body to live again in season five.
  • The Avengers (1960s) in "Who's Who???" (subtitle: "Steed goes out of his mind. Emma is beside herself."). Steed and Emma's minds are switched with those of two enemy agents. They did not switch voices, if only because the plot demanded that the enemy use the heroes' hijacked bodies to infiltrate British security. In an amusing touch, after each commercial break, the episode also includes a "reminder" about the swap to the viewer, but the supposedly helpful voice-announcer merely gets progressively more confused.
  • Behind Her Eyes: This is Rob's evil MO. The first time, he convinces Adele to swap bodies with him but refuses to switch back. With Louise, he tricks her into leaving her body so he can occupy it.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "The Witch", teenager Amy Madison's witch mother swaps bodies with her so that the mother can have a second shot at eternal fame and glory as a high school cheerleader.
    • Then in the fourth season, Faith gets a posthumous gift of Applied Phlebotinum from the Mayor that lets her pull this trick on Buffy.
    • A rare heroic version occurs when Willow is kidnapped by Amy and Warren. She possesses Buffy to lead her to where she is imprisoned.
    • And the Scoobies again possess Buffy, giving her all their powers in return, to help fight Adam.
    • Warren nearly succeeded in stealing Willow's body.
  • This is Eddie's endgame in luring Mike back to Iron Hill in Channel Zero.
  • Charmed: A few cases of this but one in particular is Freaky Phoebe where an evil witch named Mara takes over Phoebe's body.
  • Cleopatra 2525 has an episode, "In Your Boots", where recurring villian Creegan does this to Hel.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Welcome aboard Chameleon Tours. We'll miniaturize you, steal your identity, and slowly drain the life from you. Hmm... what's that Police Box doing on the runway?
    • The Master has been known to do this from time to time:
      • In "The Keeper of Traken", the Master, at the end of the 13th and final regeneration of his Time Lord body, which is hideously decayed, steals the body of a major leader. However, he considers this a temporary situation and spends much of the rest of the original series determined to extend his life, preferably through a new set of regenerations.
      • In the 1996 TV movie, he takes over yet another hapless human and attempts to steal the Doctor's body.
      • The Master takes this to the ultimate extreme in "The End of Time" part 1 by turning THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE into HIMSELF!
      • The spin-off audio The Two Masters sees the Master do this to himself; one of his older incarnations is manipulated by the Cult of the Heretic into attacking the burnt Master who was the last body in his original regeneration cycle so that the Cult can transfer the past Master into his future self (only telling the younger Master that the older Master is a dangerous renegade). The Cult's goal is to create a Reality-Breaking Paradox by killing the future Master in his past body, but the two Masters are able to escape and the Seventh Doctor eventually convinces them to return to their rightful bodies.
    • Happens repeatedly in "New Earth", where Cassandra takes control of Rose's body to replace her old dying, immobile body.
      Cassandra-in-Rose: Look at me! From class to brass! Although... [she pulls the zipper of her jacket down slightly and runs her hands over her body] Oh... curves... oh, baby... [she bounces up and down, Chip following suit] It's like living inside a bouncy castle!
      Cassandra-in-Doctor: Ah, ah! Two hearts! Oh baby, I'm beating out a samba!
      • When hijacking a plague victim: "Oh, sweet lord! I look disgusting!"
      • She finally winds up in the body of her abject worshiper, Chip, for her last few minutes of life.
    • "Utopia": Remember the Chameleon Arch, the Gadget Watch that can serve as a Soul Jar for a Time Lord temporarily turned into another species, such as a human? And remember that opening the watch will turn the Time Lord back to normal? Well, unlike John Smith in the earlier story, Professor Yana doesn't get any warning of what will happen when he opens his pocket watch and The Master takes over.
    • Happens to the TARDIS in "The Doctor's Wife". As a slight twist, the body snatcher stuffs the original inhabitant into a specially prepared brain-drained slave, not its old form.
    • A story arc in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip: A fish-like alien tries to replace the Eighth Doctor's human companion Izzy, looking to escape their past. The plan backfires, the bodysnatcher dies, and Izzy ends up stuck in the other body with apparently no way to return to normal. Several stories pass with Izzy struggling with her now-inhuman appearance, before the bodysnatcher turns out to be not so dead...
    • In the Twelfth Doctor novel The Crawling Terror, an insectoid alien general uses this technique to swap consciousnesses with Clara Oswald — and their bodies are on different planets at the time. The Doctor has to figure out how to reprogram the machine that facilitated this to reverse it.
  • Dollhouse: Seemed almost inevitable for a show about brainwashed, sexy, young humans you can rent and have temporarily reprogrammed to be anyone you want. Sure enough, by episode 10 ("Haunted"), it comes up (briefly) when a murder victim is put inside one such body to confront her killer. Then, three episodes later, in "Epitaph One," we learn that soon, Rossum, the gigantic corporation running the whole thing, will put the Dolls' bodies up for sale as biological "upgrades" — new bodies for the minds of aging clients, and of course, corporate executives. "Epitaph Two" makes it worse, as Rossum executive Matthew Harding seems to wear his bodies with rich food and then discards them, putting himself in a new, fit body.
  • In one episode of The Dresden Files, the Villain of the Week has this as his modus operandi. Usually when he switches bodies it kills the old one, but Harry has to figure out how to avert that when he takes over Murphy's body.
  • In The Flash (2014):
    • Harrison Wells was replaced by Eobard Thawne, who took on Wells's appearance.
    • Season 4's Big Bad Clifford DeVoe does this to Ralph Dibny, after Body Surfing through several other metahumans beforehand, as Dibny's body was the only one that could contain so many metahuman abilities without degrading. Fortunately, it turned out that he had to keep Ralph's consciousness intact in order to keep the body alive and Ralph was eventually able to regain control.
  • Done at least twice on Ghost Whisperer. The first time Melinda had to deal with both the possessor and the possessee's spirits; the second time was done by Melinda's recently deceased husband. To his credit, he made sure his new body's former owner had passed on first.
  • Hemlock Grove: When Olivia becomes terminally ill due to an anti-Upir virus, she plans on hijacking someone else's body with her downloaded personality. She first attempts it with a billionaire CEO, but the imprint becomes damaged due to their lack of genetic compatibility. She then successively tries to download herself into all three of her children.
  • Forcibly done to Sylar by Matt Parkman to contain Nathan's mind, on Heroes. Of course, this being Sylar, he quickly turns the tables by hiding out in Matt's mind and taking over his body and torments Matt's sanity in hopes that Parkman will be desperate and terrified enough to reunite Sylar's mind with his body. Matt, to his credit, attempts a Taking You with Me but it doesn't work and Sylar is reunited with his body anyway.
  • Midway through Kamen Rider Build, it's revealed that Soichi Isurugi has been possessed by Evolto, an alien Soichi encounters on Mars, the whole time. Later, Evolto switches to Ryuga (in order to get back his DNA from Ryuga and then Sento (in order to try and take advantage of his higher Hazard Level) before getting a body of his own.
  • On Lost, the Man in Black can do this after being turned into the smoke monster by assuming the form of those who have died. He most notably does it to Locke during the last two seasons.
  • Twice on Lost in Space: In 'Follow the Leader' John Robinson is possessed by the soul of a conqueror; Doctor Smith in 'The Space Creature', so the eponymous monster can get to Will Robinson.
  • One episode of series 3 of Misfits has the gang working at a hospital as part of their community service. While Kelly's in the room of a comatose patient, machines start beeping and as she's freaking out Kelly grabs the coma girl's hand, triggering her power to switch bodies with whoever touches her. The girl in question, Jen, spends the entire episode in Kelly's body as she tries to get back with her boyfriend while the main characters attempt to swap the two of them back.
  • October Faction: A dead warlock can be summoned into a living body, provided their ashes are on hand. This is Alice's plan—she has the ashes of every warlock Presidio murdered when they destroyed her home, and she summons them back on a mass scale. However, they are not all onboard with this, feeling that they have moved on and it's not fair to the people whose bodies they're inhabiting.
  • On Once Upon a Time, Peter Pan casts a spell that allows him to steal Henry's body in order for him to escape Neverland and to avoid being sucked into Pandora's Box.
  • In Quantum Leap Sam takes over somebody's body in the past and that person takes his body in the present. Usually, the person in the present simply waits or sleeps through the experience, but one person escaped the facility and caused some trouble with a Grand Theft Me of his own.
    • At least, that was how the concept of leaping started out. The "rules" grew rather murky in the show's final seasons, sometimes hinting that Sam was taking on a person's appearance rather than inhabiting his or her physical body. (In one episode, for example, Sam leaps into a double amputee...but is still able to walk.)
  • Red Dwarf had an episode where Lister allows Rimmer to use his body for a week with the promise of Rimmer getting him into shape (in return, the Holographic Rimmer is able to touch, smell, and taste for the first time since his death). When Rimmer spends his time eating and sleeping (causing Lister to actually gain weight), Lister demands his body back—only to have Rimmer outright steal it the next time he falls asleep.
  • In Smallville, this is common.
    • Tina Greer has posed as Lex, Chloe, Whitney, Lana, Clark, Jonathan and her own mother. Eva Greer (who may or may not be related) has taken the form of Chloe - even passably fooling Clark.
    • Clark and Lionel once switched bodies, while Lionel was in prison.
    • Isobel had possessed Lana in season four, and brought back her fellow witches who possessed Lois and Chloe.
    • Dawn Stiles had possessed Lana, Martha, Lois, Clark, Chloe, as well as a few extras.
    • Jor-El once possessed Lionel.
    • A random ghost possessed Chloe in pursue of revenge.
    • Bizarro has killed multiple hosts during his Body Surf, then impersonated Clark for several weeks after becoming his physical double. Lana has taken it hook, line and sinker but Chloe realized he is not the real Clark.
    • Zod once possessed Lex, and Faora once possessed Lois.
    • Brainiac once possessed Chloe, knowing that Clark would never hurt her.
    • The Silver Banshee had possessed Chloe and Lois.
    • Isis once possessed Lois.
    • Darkseid once possessed Oliver.
  • Stargate:
    • Stargate SG-1:
      • "Holiday": There is a device that swaps Daniel's consciousness with that of a very old man (who had apparently built the device for that purpose, to prolong his own life), as well as the minds of O'Neill and Teal'c. Hilarity Ensues.
      • The Goa'uld are all about this, especially since body-switching keeps the symbiote alive for up to thousands of years. The Tok'ra are something of a subversion of this trope, since they never take unwilling hosts and they share the body. So are the Asgard, who survive by swapping bodies with mindless clones created for this purpose.
      • And done significantly more seriously in SG-1's ninth season, except it is Daniel and Vala who (accidentally) seize control of bodies in another galaxy, only to (accidentally) leave just before getting the people they swapped with killed by being burned at the stake.
      • Later in the season, Vala jumps into Daniel's body from the Ori galaxy to warn SG1 of the coming Ori invasion.
    • Done slightly more seriously in the Stargate Atlantis episode "The Long Goodbye", where the last survivors of two enemy factions possess the bodies of Weir and Sheppard so that they can play out the end of their war and one can "win", wreaking merry havoc across Atlantis in the process.
      • Teyla's partial Wraith DNA unfortunately leaves her open to possession when she tries to make mental contact with them in "The Gift". However, with a psychic boost from her unborn child, she is able to turn the tables and take over the body of a Wraith Queen in "Spoils of War".
    • Stargate Universe has the traveling stones, which allow for voluntary mind transfer. But on several occasions, once the swap occurs, the new occupant does things the original would never have condoned. When the original swaps back in, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • In "Metamorphosis" The Companion takes over the body of the dying Nancy Hedford, preventing the death of her physical body and forming a symbiot.
    • The last episode "Turnabout Intruder", in which the Girl of the Week and Mad Scientist Dr. Janice Lester, used an alien device to swap her mind into Kirk's body (poor, desperate girl) in order to fulfill her dream of being a starship Captain, because, y'know, chicks can't do that stuff in The Future... Anyhoo, Hilarity Ensues, and we get to watch William Shatner act like an Large Ham with a side of girl, instead of the usual Large Ham.
    • "Return to Tomorrow" has the aliens of the week temporarily take over the bodies of Kirk, Spock and a female crewmember in order to build themselves new bodies. Unfortunately, the one in Spock's body has no intention of returning it.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dr. Ira Graves somehow is able to upload his consciousness onto Data.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • In "The Passenger", a disaster on a prisoner transfer ship frees a criminal with personality-transference implants hidden in his fingers, leaving the crew to play Spot the Imposter for the rest of the episode.
    • Inverted in "Invasive Procedures". Verad doesn't put his personality in Jadzia's body; he puts Jadzia's personality (well, part of it — the Dax symbiont) into his body.
    • The Prophets did this to Sisko's biological mother, Sarah, in order to ensure his existence. Once the Prophet left, she ran off.
  • Star Trek: Voyager
    • In "Warlord", though this time, the thief dies a few seconds before stealing Kes' body. That he is able to fool even Neelix for as long as he does is just a bit disturbing.
    • In "Vis á Vis", an alien criminal swaps bodies with Tom Paris.
  • Supernatural absolutely loves this trope:
    • There are numerous instances throughout the entire show of demonic possession, angelic possession, and shapeshifters stealing unfortunate victims' identities, to name but a few.
      • Demons are treated as mooks, and Sam and Dean often kill the host body while killing the demon. This is discussed onscreen a few times, but they never stop completely. There are also key moments over the series when a good character is revealed to be possessed by a demon such as John Winchester or Bobby Singer.
      • Angels must get their host's permission before possessing them, but this is often portrayed as problematic with religious people, such as Castiel's vessel Jimmy, saying yes without comprehending what it entails.
      • It's rare for ghosts to be able to possess people, but a few angry spirits are shown to have this ability.
    • In Season 2, Meg possesses Sam for an entire episode, going on a murder spree and terrorizing Jo.
    • In Season 4, Sam and Dean meet their half-brother Adam only to discover that it is, in fact, a ghoul who has taken Adam's form and their real brother has been Dead All Along.
    • In Season 9, there's a complex case wherein Dean tricks Sam into inviting the angel Ezekiel into his body so the angel can heal him but unbeknownst to Dean, it's not the good angel Ezekiel whom Cas has vouched for but a more morally ambiguous Gadreel. In order to help Sam break free, Crowley possesses him as well, making it two supernatural entities and one human soul in Sam's body.
    • In the episode "Swap Meat", the main plotline is that Sam is forced via magic to switch bodies with a seventeen-year-old boy. Hilarity Ensues.
    • It turns out that the villain's millennia-in-the-making plan is for Lucifer and Michael to commit Grand Theft Me on Sam and Dean respectively, and then duke it out for the fate of creation. Neither brother is okay with this.
    • Fearful about what Amara will do to the world, Castiel invites Lucifer into his vessel.
    • In "Let the Good Times Roll", Alternate Michael goes back on his deal with Dean to share the latter's body after they kill Lucifer, leaving Michael in full control of Dean's body.
  • In one episode of Tales from the Crypt, a rich old man wanted a better body in order to attract a particular young woman. He gradually had all body parts surgically swapped with those of a young man — a process that also left him dirt poor, as the donor required huge amounts of compensation. In the end, this was all in vain. The woman was a gold digger and ran off with the now rich donor.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In the episode "The Trade-Ins", an aging man decides to get a nice young body, but can't afford it for his wife, too (and the company isn't allowed to offer financing), then decides to give back the body and die a natural death with his aging wife. It isn't mentioned how the company that was selling him the brand new body or where they got it from.
    • There is an episode involving magicians where this is the twist.
    • And yet another episode where this is the YOUNG man's idea. He discovers he has the power to exchange traits with other people (an ill-defined ability, but hey...). So he finds a very rich old man and gets the multimillionaire to trade his fortune for renewed youth. Now old and rich, he proceeds to purchase youth a year at a time from a large number of young men at a thousand dollars a shot... eventually leaving him back at his original age, but with a lot of money.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Gramma", a young boy named Georgie has his body stolen by his monstrous bed-ridden witch-grandmother.
  • Twin Peaks had at least four different people intermittently possessed by at least three different entities - both good and evil - all of which entities did so to hide who they were and what they were doing.
  • In The Vampire Diaries it has happened once in all the seasons so far.
    • Emily possessed Bonnie in Season 1.
    • Klaus possessed Alaric in Season 2.
    • And now Esther possessed Rebekah in Season 3.
    • As of the season 3 finale, Klaus now possesses Tyler, thanks to Bonnie.
    • As of Season 5, the Travelers make this into a way of life with their "Passenger spell", which allows them to merge with and control seemingly anyone. They do this to get around a curse that prevents them from being able to really settle down anywhere for good. The passengers control over the possessed body can be temporary or permanent, depending on the rituals performed, though a special knife can kill the passenger and restore the original self either way. Notable people possessed include Elena, Sheriff Forbes, and Tyler (again).
  • Happens in Xena: Warrior Princess when Callisto switches bodies with Xena to get out of the underworld. Noteworthy that this actually lasts more than one episode due to Lucy Lawless having been injured and the show using Callisto's actress to get around it.
  • The X-Files:
    • Two part episode "Dreamland I" and "Dreamland II" had Mulder accidentally switching bodies with a Man in Black named Morris Fletcher (played by Michael McKean) due to some space-time anomaly caused by an experimental aircraft. Fletcher is having great fun with it while Mulder is miserable and desperately trying to get his body back.
    • In "Small Potatoes", a shapeshifter locks Mulder up and then shapeshifts to look like him, pretty much just to try to get in Scully's pants.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism: Yayati, after the curse of his father-in-law that he should become old and infirm, asked his sons to exchange their youthful body with his. All refused except the youngest son, Puru, who was crowned after his reign. Puru was the ancestor of the Kauravas and the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. His brother Yadu was the ancestor of the Yadavas - thus the ancestor of Krishna.

  • In The Adventure Zone: Balance, the Animus Bell has this power, by forcibly removing a body's soul and allowing another to possess it. The liches who run Wonderland take advantage of this to send out their victims with claims of finding great treasure, thus luring in more adventurers for them to torment.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Frankie Boyle leverages implied pop culture knowledge of this trope in a riotous bit wherein he postulates, without prior set-up, that Prince Phillip may be trying to use dark magic to eject Princess Charlotte's soul from her body and take it for his own.

    Tabletop Games 
  • New World of Darkness:
    • This is how immortality works for Body Thieves from Immortals.
    • The spell "Steal Body" (from the Free Council sourcebook) causes this, with a caveat: "The mage rips soul from body and possesses the target’s now-vacant form, leaving the victim and the mage’s former body dead." Any mage who is a Master of Death and a Disciple of Life is capable of casting the spell, including the protagonists. Out of all other spells that extend life, this is the only one that allows a mage to actually live forever without becoming a soul-eating Tremere Lich, and it neatly avoids the logistical problems of Undead Tax Exemption. The mage still has to commit murder every several decades, but that's still preferable to eating a soul every month.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In Second Edition, a couple of spells from the Complete Book of Necromancers allow body switching, and are favored by elderly necromancers wanting a younger body.
    • A high-level psionic power for telepaths in edition 3.5 known as True Mind Switch can be used for this.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Lucius the Eternal, a Slaaneshi champion has this as his shtick (besides the usual Slaaneshi depravity, and excellent swordsmanship). Anyone who kills him finds a copy of his armour forming from them, then their body starts warping into a copy of his, and eventually he's back while they are reduced to one more screaming face on his armour. It only happens if whoever was lucky enough to kill him takes "any amount of satisfaction" from it. If they don't, fine. If they have even the smallest feeling of relief at killing him then hey, you're fucked! Unless he gets killed by a daemon from another god, Necrons, Tyranids, or stray shots in battle.
    • Trazyn the Infinite, a Necron Overlord obsessed with obtaining relics, uses a form of this for his safety on the battlefield. Rather than risk destruction, he has implanted coding into many of his underling's coding that allow him to possess them. This means that it if his current host body is destroyed, there's a very good chance he'll immediately possess another one of his Royal Court.
  • The Dark Eye has a (rare) body swap spell that can be used for both cases. Without further interference it's temporary, but in case one of the bodies is killed, the swapped soul stays in the other one permanently.
  • Pathfinder: The runelords of Thassilon habitually used occult rituals to enter the bodies of their rune giant servants, allowing them to fully control the giant's body and cast spells through it, in order to make use of their prodigious strength and ability to magically enslave other giants.
  • Shadowrun: Cognitive Fragmentation Disorder is the clinical term for infection by a nanovirus that overwrites the host's personality with its own. 100% infectious on contact and completely incurable.
  • The Splinter: When players enter the Splinter, they think that they're taking on a computer-simulated form in a virtual reality game. They're actually doing this to some poor denizen of the Realm.
  • Exchange of two minds from Ars Magica switches the mind of the caster and the mind of the target. It has a relatively short default duration, but can be extended to "permanent" with the expenditure of raw vis. The book tries to forestall players seeking to make themselves immortal via bodyjacking by noting mages who take over younger bodies find themselves heavily distracted by the sheer passion of having a younger, stronger body again.

  • In BIONICLE, Makuta Teridax Steals Mata Nui's Humongous Mecha body which contains the entire Matoran Universe. On a smaller scale, he also briefly possessed Matoro's body and an old robot, and Lewa once had his body stolen by an Eldritch Abomination.

    Video Games 
  • What may best sum up the system of arcade platformer Avenging Spirit. You play as a disembodied spirit that can freely possess enemy characters with different abilities and use them for yourself. Just don't take too long to find one or you'll evaporate.
  • Dracula does this, or tries this, in several Castlevania titles. He succeeds in Curse of Darkness (though the host he ends up with isn't the one he wanted), can succeed in both Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow titles if you screw up, gets halfway there in Order of Ecclesia (meaning Albus was a fairly solid Plan B for resurrection), and it's implied that he intended to pull this on Simon Belmont in Castlevania II.
  • In Tactics Ogre, a hidden conversation suggests that Deneb is like this, but it's not that surprising. It does, however, add a whole new dimension of Squick to her character.
  • In Chrono Cross, this happens to Serge. Apparently, someone needed to get around the whole Chosen One business, and switching bodies with Serge seemed like the best way to do it. Things get even more confusing later on.
  • In addition to trying to turn your ghost into an assassin, the villainous plot of Geist also involves giving your now-empty body to a demon. Similar possessions happen during gameplay as well, and there is even a deathmatch mode revolving entirely around taking over someone's body and throwing it into a bottomless pit or similar.
  • In Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams the Martians were wiped out by a plague and sent their minds into the Dream Realm to survive. Now an evil overlord named Raxachk wants to escape from the Dream Realm, but needs a body to do so. To this end he sabotages a space cannon to bring suitable hosts to Mars so that he could inhabit one.
  • In Fable: The Lost Chapters, Big Bad Jack of Blades is revealed to be an ancient entity living inside his mask, who has spent aeons influencing the world by moving from host body to host body.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus, Big Bad Hojo did this to Weiss.
    • This is the specialty of Final Fantasy VIII's Big Bad Ultimecia, who possesses every sorceress she can get her hands on: Edea, Rinoa and Adel, in that order. Luckily everyone makes a full recovery and Ultimecia is defeated. (Besides, she borrows instead of steals.)
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Kingdom Hearts - Having become a Heartless years before the first game began, Ansem / Xehanort possesses Riku once Maleficent has unwittingly carried out most of his plan for him (his idea of a reward is to force her into her dragon form and point her at the heroes).
    • Birth by Sleep: It turns out that the thing that possessed Riku was the result of a previous body-jacking: the original Xehanort took over Terra's body to increase his lifespan. In the same game, Vanitas commits this against Ven in order to forge the X-Blade (which can be created by forcibly merging a heart of pure darkness and a heart of pure light), although those two started out as one person; Ven defeats him but is rendered comatose. Vanitas also, had Ven proven not to be strong enough, intended to pull this on Aqua as a Closest Thing We Got scenario since her heart is as close to "pure light" as one can get without being like Ven or a Princess of Heart.
    • Dream Drop Distance takes this Up to Eleven: Xehanort's ultimate plan is revealed to be splitting his heart across thirteen vessels. He's got Xigbar, Saix, and at least two time-travelling versions of himself. With Riku now "resistant" to darkness, he tries to turn Sora, of all people, into the 13th. At this point, he's practically The Virus...
  • In Myst IV: Revelation, the central plot involves Atrus' evil son Sirrus attempting to transfer his mind into the body of Atrus' young daughter Yeesha: partly to escape his imprisonment, but also so that he can learn the Art that Atrus was willing to teach her but not him.
  • The (eventually revealed) main plot of Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier is that evil old crone Sharpei hopes to use a combination of nanotechnology and a shrink ray to implant her brain into a host body, to extend her waning lifespan. She was originally planning to use series hero Roger (assuming that he "wouldn't be missed"), but ends up kidnapping his best friend/love interest Stellar instead, forcing Roger to make a rescue attempt.
    • Not the first time Roger had to fight this Trope, either. In the fourth (or twelfth game... Time Travel is involved), he has to fight Vohaul, who is possessing his Kid from the Future.
  • In Albion, the Iskai species does this regularly: The Trii of a newborn has some unique abilities during the first week of its life; if an adult Iskai (assuming it's a female in this case) touches the newborn's Trii against hers, she can transfer her entire self into the spirit of the child. She can then begin life anew in her newly acquired body, while the former, adult one dies at the same instant. This act is commonly referred to as the Sebai ritual. The child is obviously never asked.
  • In Xenogears, the entity known as Miang Hawwa can manifest instantaneously in any one woman on the planet if the previous incarnation is killed. In the end, when her current vessel is defeated, she migrates into Elly.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a boss named Doopliss transforms into a shadow version of Mario. After the battle is over, the player learns that Doopliss actually swapped bodies with Mario. What follows is a bizarre confrontation, where Mario (in the shadow body) and one of his enemies must fight Doopliss (in Mario's body) and all the party members Mario has acquired by that point in the game. Bonus points because, unlike most examples of this, Doopliss stole Mario's NAME as well as his body; While as a shadow, Mario's voice is muted if he tries to say his name (as shown when Vivian says she can't hear him).
    • Cackletta does this in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. She takes over Bowser's body after she is reduced to a ghost and he is barely conscious. Worryingly, Bowser's body takes on several characteristics which her body had, and one two she didn't.
    • In a rare heroic example, Mario himself can do this as one of the main gameplay mechanics in Super Mario Odyssey. By throwing Cappy at them, Mario can possess things; not just standard enemies like Goombas, Koopas and Cheep Cheep, but also objects like fireballs or a rocket, and even other living creatures like frogs, people, and dinosaurs.
  • Lycia Spodune and Creed Graphite, the two Sufficiently Advanced Aliens of Tales of Hearts, have had their bodies sealed away for two millennia. Lycia has had her consciousness passed down along the female successors of the Hearts clan, in the benign variant of this trope. Creed played the normal, evil version for a while before being finally sealed inside the main character's body.
  • Towards the end of Tales of Symphonia, Mithos has lost his body in a previous fight with the protagonists, though his soul lives on in his Cruxis Crystal. Realizing that the good guys are finally going to totally screw things up for him he attempts to steal Lloyd's body, only to have the character who most likes Lloyd in that specific file interrupt and get possessed instead. Mithos promptly uses their own body to kidnap them. Due to the possibility of this happening to one of seven characters, dialogue gets slightly Narmy from trying to avoid gender pronouns afterwards. Interesting observation, though: despite being Lloyd's dad, Kratos doesn't seem to lift a finger in this scene and is the only character who doesn't have the possibility of getting possessed. Granted he's just been beaten up, but still...
  • Tales from the Borderlands has an unusual case: the protagonist, Rhys, is a cyborg who accidentally uploads an AI reconstruction of Handsome Jack into his brain. Jack attempts to take over Rhys' body several times, not always with Rhys' permission, although he usually only manages to take control of his cybernetic parts. In Episode 3, however, if you sided with Jack at the end of the last episode, it is possible for him to temporarily take full control of Rhys' body, voice and all, after Rhys takes a bad fall and is rendered unconscious — this only serves to make the rest of the team baffled and angered by Rhys' apparently sudden smug attitude and casual machismo, as Jack doesn't exactly act nicely when in Rhys' body or even really try to act like him at all.
  • Cyberpunk 2077:
  • In the Adventure Game Post Mortem, one of the characters has used this method in order to live for hundreds of years.
  • This is what happens if you get the bad ending in Black Dahlia.
  • The Big Bad tries to do this to Curtis in Phantasmagoria 2.
    • Inverted in that the Hecatomb is Curtis - or rather, the original Curtis Craig - and from his point of view it's the player who's stolen his life.
  • The backstory to the Blood series reveals this as the dark god Tchernobog's method of reincarnation, with the Cabal formed after the first time he did it, just so he could always have a new body on hand. The penultimate cinematic explains that the entire plot of the game was so Tchernobog could take over Caleb's body, Caleb gaining power from killing off the entirety of the Cabal throughout the rest of the game so that when Tchernobog took his body over, he would have the power to "throw open the door between realities" and rule over everything that has and ever will exist. Caleb apparently became too powerful, though, since the plan backfires - Caleb gains his power and takes over his role as the One That Binds (with a major plot point in the sequel revolving around the repercussions of Caleb not realizing or particularly giving any shits about that being his responsibility now for a century), but otherwise remaining himself rather than becoming Tchernobog. A cancelled expansion for the sequel would have revealed, however, that Tchernobog did successfully possess Caleb, and that ever since the end of the original game the player was controlling Tchernobog who was in turn controlling Caleb, with the final confrontation of the expansion involving the Big Bad stealing Tchernobog's essence, thus having you control him in battle against Caleb.
  • This is probably the case in the biggest reveal in Mega Man Zero 3, where Dr. Weil, prior to the start of the series, stole Zero's original body, turning it into the Ax-Crazy Omega.
  • In ICO, this is what the Evil Queen plans to do to Yorda, and why Ico has to rescue her.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, the witch Flemeth is said to have had many daughters, but only one of them, Morrigan, is encountered by the party; after reading Flemeth's grimoire, Morrigan becomes convinced that Flemeth has been possessing her daughters and plans to do it to her, though Flemeth denies it. Dragon Age: Inquisition sheds some more light on this. It's true, but according to Flemeth she can't steal a body. Consent is required.
    • The Archdemon, upon being slain, automatically does this to the nearest Darkspawn, making it impossible to kill — unless a Grey Warden strikes the final blow (which forces the Archdemon's spirit to travel in the Warden). Since Darkspawn are essentially soulless, the Archdemon can possess another darkspawn with no problems. Attempting to do the same to a Grey Warden destroys both of their souls.
    • We also get the Envy demon who does this to the Templars and attempts to do so on The Inquisitor...worthy of note is What Could Have Been suggests it could have been much worse.
  • The villains of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks plot to have a demon possess Zelda's body. The princess is justifiably... displeased... when she learns this.
  • After you defeat the Dark Lord in Miitopia, it is revealed that it was a mere bystander that was possessed by a vile entity called the Dark Curse. Said Dark Curse then tries to pull another Grand Theft Me on the player character, but the Great Sage takes the blow instead to protect them. Cue the Darker Lord, which gained the abilities of the Great Sage.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade:
    • Happens to Momohime; Jinkuro, her possessor, accidentally possesses Momohime while trying to possess Yukinojo, another powerful samurai and Momohime's betrothed.
    • Also happens to Arashimaru in his second ending.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky has this as Dusknoir's back-up plan; he's going to lure Grovyle to a frozen tundra whose trees have the power to destroy souls, kill him, take over his body, travel to the past to befriend the guild, and then destroy everyone there. Or at least was, until he pulled a Heel–Face Turn at the last moment.
  • Thanatos's plan for Dyluck in Secret of Mana. Dyluck is forced to kill himself at the end to stop this.
  • Stacking takes place in a world populated by Russian matryoshka dolls and as such, the main character, as a particularly small doll, can "stack" within larger dolls and make use of their various abilities.
  • The Voodoo Lady's locket is the cause of this one in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan. When played around with the button on the locket, pressing it can cause some possession effects with voice changes, like the Voodoo Lady's possessions of De Cava and Guybrush, and Guybrush's possession of the Voodoo Lady.
  • At the climax of Mega Man X3, after his latest body is destroyed, Sigma reverts to his virus form and decides to steal X's body, only to be thwarted at the last moment by Dr. Doppler.
  • Happens to Adell in the worst ending of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories when the Real Overlord Zenon takes over his body, and then makes him eat his little brother and sister. Nightmare fuel, indeed.
  • Kaine in NieR is partially possessed by the shade Tyrann, and he threatens to fully take over when she comes close to death or is overtaken by the Black Scrawl. And in endings C and D, that's exactly what happens.
  • Reptile falls victim to this in his ending in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, which sees him getting possessed by the newly reborn Dragon King, Onaga. While still in Reptile's body, Onaga goes on to serve as the Big Bad for the series' next installment.
  • A few instances in the Warcraft universe:
    • In Warcraft III banshees can displace the soul of their target, granting you control of that unit perfectly, and destroying the banshee in the process. This is also played with by certain banshee mobs in World of Warcraft. This is because banshees are just souls: although if they find their previous bodies they can inhabit them. All undead actually can do this because their souls are not firmly connected to their bodies. Nathanos Blightcaller did this to his cousin Stephanos at the direction of Sylvanas Windrunner. It's unclear if Stephanos' soul is still around, or if it was destroyed in the ritual.
    • The priest's ability Mind Control is essentially this, except temporary. Very few priests lorewise display the ability to do it so it clearly takes a high power level to pull off successfully. Theoretically it could be permanent: but doing that on an unwilling target would require absurd amounts of power.
    • Sargeras, the evil Titan and leader of the Burning Legion did this to Medivh. Which rather put a dent in Medivh's ability to protect the world from Sargeras and the Burning Legion, like he was supposed to. But this situation was caused by the sexism of the human kingdoms: providing a good explanation for the widespread and unquestioned gender equality in what is otherwise a pretty medieval-style kingdom. However, to demonstrate the absurd power level this required: Medivh was frequently able to wrest back control of his body from Sargeras, and used these moments of lucidity to plot against the Titan. While Medivh was a powerful mage, he was just a mage while Sargeras is the strongest of all the Titans who are all godlike in power level.
    • Essentially this is what the Lich King did to Arthas Menethil through Frostmourne. Because the sword took a piece of Arthas' soul, the Lich King was able to fill that void in Arthas with his own spirit. Which is why he turned all evil and stuff (although Arthas was doing questionable things already).
    • This is a favorite tactic of the demons known as Dreadlords. In particular, there was Balnazzar, who stole the body of the Scarlet Crusade's leader. Since the Crusade was an influential faction in the Third War, this was quite a problem. Balnazzar goes on to reappear twice more, stealing other bodies of other important people.
    • This is what was done to create the original death knights, although in that case the original inhabitant of the body was long gone. Orc warlocks were put into the bodies of Alliance soldiers, creating warriors who could both use magic and use advanced weapons techniques. This is likely not true of the Lich King's Death Knights, at least in the case of individuals who were already magic users. Rather, their spirits are matched with their original bodies just, you know, dead. They are essentially mind-controlled by the Lich King though through the Helm of Domination, but this is not body-swapping: rather he's giving them orders in their minds. Sort of like a cross between telepathy and hypnotism.
  • Lobelia in Duel Savior Destiny has the ability to steal bodies via necromancy, but oddly enough the only person she tries it on is the only one who is capable of stopping her.
  • In DC Universe Online, a storyline in Metropolis has Giganta getting help from Circe to create a ritual that will allow her to steal Wonder Girl's body. If you're playing as a hero, the ritual succeeds and Giganta obtains Wonder Girl's powers in addition to her own. If you're playing as a villain, Giganta botches the ritual and her powers are given to Wonder Girl, so the only difference depending on your faction is the dialogue and which of them do you fight once the ritual has been undone.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, the Avatar was born to be a victim of this for Grima. Making things worse is that, in a way, they already are Grima. They weren't just born, but actually they were bred to become this. The Grimleal cult has been carrying a Super Breeding Program to get the perfect Soul Jar for Grima for at very least four generations. The Avatar is just the most perfected and pure "product" of it.
  • In the horror game The Witch's House, it turns out that Ellen, the title witch, has pulled this on your character Viola via some magic — meaning, in essence, that you've been playing as Ellen the whole time. And the freaky legless thing that chases you down near the end? That's Viola in Ellen's old body, which Ellen did horrible things to. The worst part though? The spell to switch bodies requires a bond of mutual trust, trust that no longer exists in either character at this point. Meaning Viola would never return to her old body even if she did capture Ellen.
    Just for a day? Hee hee... I guess I did say that.
  • In Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, Ennard's goal is to hijack the Player Character's body in order to escape the pizzeria. They succeed, but their victory is short-lived as Michael Afton's body eventually rejects the machinery within it, forcing them out. Michael is left horribly disfigured, but lives to continue his crusade against his Archnemesis Dad.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic Darth Zash tried to pull that on her apprentice, the protagonist of the Inquisitor story line. She has been living under a Force illusion for quite a while; in reality, her body is desiccated and almost dead-like. When Force techniques that preserve a dying body were no longer enough, she decided to perform an ancient ritual and transfer her consciousness into another person, extinguishing the host mind in the process. Being the sly Sith she is, she makes the protagonist prepare everything for the ritual without revealing its true purpose until the very end. It backfires hilariously.
    • In Knights of the Fallen Empire, this is Emperor Valkorion aka the Sith Emperor Vitiate's ultimate goal. Everything he put The Outlander through was done for the purpose of making The Outlander a suitable host body for his spirit. Like with Zash, it ultimately backfires.
  • This is the plan of the Big Bad in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Junko Enoshima lives on as an AI and, using the old Ultimate Despair members currently residing in a VR-Island to correct their ways by the Future Foundation, decides to play the Killing Game with them all. Anyone who died in the VR-Island would be available for her to download her consciousness into and roam the world again.
  • In Akatsuki Blitzkampf, this is one of the many powers wielded by Mycale. Since she's the spirit of a Wicked Witch who has been on the loose since the Middle Ages, she uses the bodies of young women with magic and fighting potential to keep herself inside the Enemy Civil War in the Nebulous Evil Organization known as Gessellschaft. In-story her host is the 14-year-old Kati, but in Anonym's ending she "surfs" her way into Anonym's body...
  • In Chains of Satinav, a villain survives being burned at the stake by swapping souls with a raven right before it happens. Of course everyone assumes he's dead, so it comes as a surprise when they realize he's wreaking more havoc — this time in raven form — thirteen years later.
  • Happens a lot to Lynn in Witches' Legacy. She can barely get through a game without someone - namely Elisabeth and Morgana - trying to steal her body.
  • The final game of the Deep Sleep Trilogy reveals that this is what is going on with the Shadow People — they are monsters created out of people who had their bodies taken in their sleep, their minds trapped in a dark world for eternity unless they find someone else to pull the same thing on them. It also reveals you were a victim of this by a Shadow Person in the second game, and the ending comes down to you having to choose whether or not to continue the cycle by taking over another person or remaining in dark world forever.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight has The Joker, now dead after the events of Batman: Arkham City, trying to hijack Batman's mind via his infected blood after Batman is exposed to Scarecrow's fear gas, appearing as a hallucination that, for the most part, simply makes jokes and heckles Batman, but gets stronger as the night goes on and tries to assert control. He even nearly succeeds couple times, most notably on Stagg's airship when Joker temporarily takes over and beats several militia soldiers nearly to death.
    • Besides Batman, four other people are infected with Joker's blood and each takes on one of Joker's traits:
      • Prizefighter Albert King inherits Joker's sociopathic violence and cruelty.
      • Professional singer Johnny Charisma has his showmanship and ego boosted to Joker's deranged levels.
      • Businesswoman Christina Bell develops a Joker-level obsession with Batman, even thinking they're lovers.
      • College headmaster Henry Adams gains Joker's sinister intelligence, even being able to hide his infection enough to fool Batman into thinking he's immune.
  • In Undertale, resetting from the Genocide ending requires the player to sell their soul to the Fallen Child. Going for the Pacifist Route's Golden Ending after doing so will result in the Fallen Child again taking over the protagonist and killing everyone. You've Earned Your Bad Ending.
  • In Cadenza 4: Fame, Theft and Murder a bum named Adam who's wanted by the police swaps bodies with hot young rock star Michael Valance and Mike has twelve hours to reverse the switch before it becomes permanent.
  • In Scrapland, D-Tritus is given a program that allows him to hack into The Great Database and overwrite any robot he wants.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Near the beginning of Devil Summoner, Kyouji Kuzunoha dies in a mysterious accident, and then the protagonist is killed by Sid Davis. He then wakes up in Kyouji's body. Later on, Kyouji (now in Takashi's body) hatches a plan to get his old body back by sending the protagonist to Hell, but it fails because he's been out of the body for too long.
    • Persona 2:
      • Kyouji Kuzunoha is back at it, now possessing the body of a middle-aged third-rate PI named Daisuke Todoroki, with no sign of leaving any time soon.
      • Tatsuya Suou pulls this in Eternal Punishment, as he spends the entire game possessing the body of his Alternate Self.
  • This as a key factor of the gameplay in Paradroid. The technical explanation given in the intro scroller of the game is that the player controls a helmet-like robot ("influence device") which can take over other robots, gaining access to their abilities (upgrade weaponry, movement speed and armor).
  • In Needles Kane's ending in Twisted Metal: Head-On, he wishes to switch bodies with Calypso before ordering Calypso's men to kill the latter.
  • AI: The Somnium Files: This turns out to be the true modus operandi behind the New Cyclops killer, Saito Sejiima. By using a prototype Psync machine, he was able to swap bodies with his victims and kill them to throw off the investigators who repeatedly find their prime suspects as the next victims. It's also the reason why he's going after Date specifically: Date has been inhabiting his old body for the last six years and he wants it back.

    Web Animation 
  • Ducktalez: In episode 3, Vegeta switches bodies with Scrooge to get a taste of his power. This winds up backfiring when he discovers Scrooge's flatulence problem and can't bring himself to control it.
  • In DEATH BATTLE!, this happens near the conclusion of the Mega Man Battle Royale. Specifically, Star Force Mega Man turns the Mother Elf against Mega Man X and possesses his body, using it to attack MegaMan.EXE with Red Gaia Eraser. It doesn't stick, as EXE enters Hub Style and fires back, obliterating both X and Geo at the same time.
  • In the third episode of Death Race, Battle Cars!, K.I.T.T. escapes death by taking over Wiz's body through unploading himself into Wiz's cynbernetically-enhanced brain.
  • hololive: A rather meta example from a Takamori watch-along stream. When Calliope "leaves" for a moment, leaving her avatar's body unattended to, she tells Kiara not to say anything weird. Naturally, she obliges, not saying anything weird per-say, but rather, hijacking Mori's body briefly to move her around and such. Technicalities.

  • The Makeshift Miracle may have one of these, or it may be Demonic Possession.
  • In the "Old Money" arc in Bruno the Bandit, Bruno marries rich old Lady Decrepta, only to later find out she's Maledict's sister and through a certain spell, she and her original husband's souls could be transferred to new, younger bodies again and again.
  • Breakpoint City: Ben's rival Mizkit switches times and places with Ben in an attempt to tarnish Ben's reputation in one arc.
  • Girl Genius:
    • The main purpose of the Geisterdamen seems to be finding a new body for their Goddess, "The Other" aka Lucrezia Mongfish, former wife of Bill Heterodyne and Agatha's mother, and when they get their hands on Agatha... After a subsequent encounter:
      Agatha: [She] just visits.
      • There are clues that The Other may be far older than Lucrezia and that she may have been merely another host body. For example, the Geisters mention having worshiped their deity for far longer than any human's lifespan. After a period of absence she appears to them as Lucrezia.
    • The Other appears to be making a habit of this. Concerned about her inability to maintain control over Agatha, she plans to hijack Zola's body instead. The twist this time: Zola's perfectly willing to share. Except not.
    • A rather unique twist on this form of possession is that The Other can possess multiple people at once, each being, essentially, a carbon copy of The Other. However, these copies do not share a consciousness or have a hive mind. Thus, they need to converse with each other in order to share information, for example, that one of them has been tricked and is no longer in control of her host, Zola's, body. Zola plans to use this weakness to convince the other Others that she is one of them.
      • Some dialogue suggest there may be a "main repository" for The Other outside of space and/or time (from which its copies are drawn) which its copies can "upload" to, thereby updating the memories/knowledge of future "downloads".
  • In Drowtales, Queen Diva'ratrika uses this idea to transplant her aura inside a slave's body as part of an escape plan to get out of the trap built by her 3 traitor daughters. It's unclear if the goal was to take over another body entirely, in which case it would be a partial failure, but her knowledge and influence remains - that is until Liriel gets herself drunk to shut down the voices in her head. (The whole story starts here). Eventually in the main story Diva does manage to completely take over the body, in the process changing Liriel's hair color to Diva's own purple and darkening her skin.
  • Fans!' evil mad scientist Professor Fitz has made a career out of doing (or trying to do) just this.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Sirleck is a serial body-snatching vampire who does this to many people in order to maintain his own parasitic existence, up to and including Ellen.
  • In A Modest Destiny, this benefits the heroes when Maxim's soul possesses the just-vacated body of one of the villains. While treated as a happy ending at first, this is eventually Deconstructed when his wife eventually reveals how uncomfortable she is with the arrangement. Sure, it's her husband's soul inside, but it's still the villain's body, and she's worried that the evil will corrupt him.
  • The title character of Mulberry once tried to perform this on Sarah Palin, but she ended up switching bodies with Hillary Clinton instead.
  • In Erstwhile, the stepsister in "Brother and Sister" is disguised as the queen they had murdered, though her mother can't hide that she's missing an eye.
  • Karin-dou 4koma: Elza refuses to have sex with her maid Mifi due to Mifi's Virgin Power. One of Mifi's many attempts to change this is to use one of Seren's potions to swap bodies with Elza, with the intent of raping Elza with her own body.
  • In the chapter 4 finale of morphE features Asia Ellis having her body hijacked by a disembodied mage named Hizrim.
  • Sarilho: what the Foreigner does to Mikhail's body in chapter five, and to a lesser extent, to Fausta.
  • Metheos from Sidekicks is actually Dunkelheit inhabiting Guardian's body. Then, at the end of season 1, he jumps into Theo's body both to gain control over the Second Prana and because Guardian's body is perforated by Darkslug.
  • In Melonpool body-swapping is a fairly regular occurance, but one Grand Theft Me that stuck was Ralph Zinobopp swapping bodies with his evil clone Lord Fauntleroy. Doubled as Laser-Guided Karma for Fauntleroy as he had previously dropped Ralph in an active volcano, horribly scarring the body he wound up being stuck with.
  • One [NAME REMOVED] variation depicts Rabid getting trapped inside Rabish’s body after "a nasty ping-pong incident". Either the ping-pong ball ends up housing his soul, she ends up inside the ping-pong ball (which becomes a Magic 8-Ball), or he begins to act like how he perceives ladies on television.
  • Wychwood: Thanks to the restraining collar the titular organization put on him, the only way Felix's powers can be activated is when someone else is piloting his body. Technically Felix agreed to it, or at any rate he was raised to believe it's for the best.

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  • Batman Beyond:
    • In the episode "Out of the Past", former Rogues Gallery member Ra's al Ghul's daughter, Talia al Ghul, offers old Bruce Wayne access to the Lazarus Pit, and a shot at eternal youth, saying her father wished to pass on his secrets. Of course, Talia is later revealed to be Ra's, and plans to swap again to the newly-youthified Bruce. Talia, apparently, gave up her life willingly for her father. The setup's very reminiscent of H. P. Lovecraft's The Thing on the Doorstep (see).
    • Another episode featured the digital copy of the mind of a now-dead computer industrialist being brought back on line and trying to do this to the grandson of his original body. In the process he pulls a variation on Batman himself, taking over the cybernetic suit and forcing Terry to beat him on his own, without the aid of the super-suit.
  • In the Gargoyles world tour arc, the World Tourists meet up with a friend, Halcyon Renard, who has an advanced stage of multiple sclerosis bad enough that he is taking desperate measures to save his life. His solution is to transfer his consciousness into a magically-powered golem. However, Goliath convinces Renard that this is no way to live and he is eventually returned to his original body.
  • South Park:
    • Spoofed in the episode "Pip", which hijacks a retelling of Great Expectations by having Miss Havisham plot to transfer her soul into Estella's body.
    • Done more seriously when, halfway through a mystic Carib blood ritual to separate Kenny's soul from Cartman, Chef's parents suddenly realize he hasn't brought a "victim child" to transfer the soul into.
  • The Mickey Mouse short "Runaway Brain" features him being a volunteer in a scientific experiment to earn some money. But it involves exchanging his brain with a Frankenstein's Monster... after it's done, the Mad Scientist dies, and the monster in Mickey's body decides to go after Minnie.
  • In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Mary Jane was kidnapped by Miranda Wilson, an actress-turned-cyborg, so the latter could replace Mary Jane's mind with hers. In a twist, her plan failed because she was tricked by Mysterio into believing that mind-transferring technology even existed.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, Arnim Zola attempts to cement his takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. by stealing Spider-Man's body and leaving him imprisoned in Zola's computer body as a result. Spider-Man was able to stop the process with help from Agent Venom and Rhino.
  • In Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures episode "Cyberswitch", Jeremiah Surd, Lawnmower Man-strength power in cyberspace and mostly immobile in the real world, switches bodies with good guy Race Bannon. The switch is quickly discovered and reversed. Jeremiah's follow-up plan was to switch bodies with Jonny, leading to Surd creepily telling his Dark Action Girl assistant that he hoped she'd "wait for [him]". Fortunately, Jonny is able to stop that plan before it actually happens.
  • In an episode of Aladdin: The Series, Mozenrath tries to swap bodies with Aladdin since he (Mozenrath) is dying, but due to interference, both are stuck in Aladdin's body.
  • The Pirates of Dark Water features an episode in which Ren switches places with Bloth and Konk switches places with Niddler; Bloth orchestrated this with the assistance of his soothsayer Morpho as a way to get Ren's shipmates to trust him and get his hands on the treasures.
  • In Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Dr. Blight switches bodies with Gaia, but doesn't let MAL in on the secret, so he follows Gaia's orders when she convinces him it's part of her (Dr. Blight's) secret plan.
  • Queen La does this to Jane Porter in her final appearance in The Legend of Tarzan.
  • Regular Show, in which an overachieving bodybuilder('s consciousness) steals Rigby's body after it forces Rigby's consciousness out in protest of him eating only (and too much) junk food.
  • Thundarr the Barbarian: The witch Circe does this to Ariel in the episode "Island of the Body Snatchers".
  • Katrina Moldoff does this to Batman in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Criss-Cross Conspiracy!".
  • The page quote comes from when Robotboy's Super/Psycho Prototype brother Protoboy switched their CPUs in an effort to get close to and kill their creator Professor Moshimo in retaliation for him abandoning the latter. Near the end, Protoboy in Robotboy's body was destroyed in an attack from another villain and Robotboy was returned to normal via Snap Back.
  • The Simpsons has an episode where Sideshow Bob escapes from prison by switching his face and hair with his near-identical cellmate Walt Warren, who was scheduled for early release.
  • (Anti-)heroic example in an episode of Futurama where Bender gets killed and haunts every machine Fry comes across eventually driving him to live on an Amish planet to cut himself off from all technology. When Fry is in danger of being crushed by a runaway spherical structure Bender jumps into the Robot Devil (the only living robot there) to push Fry out of the way. At the end he gets sent to Robot Heaven, where he jumps into Robot God and makes him beat himself up until he sends him back to Earth.
    • In another episode the Professor invents a mind-swapping machine and while the first two mind-swaps are simply Farnsworth swapping with Amy, when they find out each other's bodies aren't as great as they thought, Farnsworth trades Amy's body to Bender and runs off to join the robot circus to become a daredevil, to the horror of Bender, who needs his body to trade it with the Robo-Hungarian Emperor, and Amy trades Farnsworth's body with Leela to binge and for Leela to get a seniors discount, and ultimately all the characters end up trading minds and bodies like baseball cards, and not always on honest terms.
  • In The Angry Beavers, a mass of living pond scum was able to control Nobert by going inside his ear.
  • Hector does this to Santa in the Evil Con Carne Christmas special, as a plan to insert mind-control devices to all the toys as his new take over the world plot. He was, fortunately, stopped by the Rudolph parody Rupert, who convinces Santa to break free from the mind control.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Da Flippity Flop", Klaus is given the chance to get his human body back but Stan hesitates. When Stan finally takes Klaus to the CIA a week later they find his body decayed because it wasn't kept frozen, so Klaus angrily bludgeons Stan with a margarita pitcher and switches bodies with him while he's knocked out. Stan chases down Klaus in the latter's decaying old body while Klaus is trying to perform the titular skiing stunt and in the end they go back to normal, but now Stan has more respect for him.
  • In Justice League Action episode "The Goddess Must Be Crazy", Felix Faust takes over Supergirl's body to get around the spell which keeps males from setting foot in Themyscira.
  • Justice League Unlimited:
    • Flash and Lex Luthor in "The Great Brain Robbery."
    • Deadman does this in "Dead Reckoning."
  • In an episode of The Tick entitled "Tick vs. Science," Chairface Chippendale uses the mind transfer device created by J.J. Vatos to hijack The Tick's body.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Sock Opera", Dipper agrees to let Bill take a puppet, thinking that Bill meant one of the sock puppets nearby and that Bill would give Dipper the password for the laptop he'd found in a previous episode (or at the very least help him figure it out, since he'd promised "a hint"). This does not go particularly well - when Dipper agrees out of desperation, Bill reveals that Dipper was the puppet in question, and promptly possesses him. On top of that, the "hint" wasn't even for the laptop's password.
  • The Bounty Hamster episode "Trading Spaces" has a criminal stealing a body-swapping device and using it to do this.
  • In Nexo Knights's second season, Monstrox performs a ritual to attempt to transfer his spirit from his book to Clay's body but is fortunately stopped.

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  • Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is a parasitic fungus which grows on ants, and eventually forces the ant to head to the forest floor (where it's a more hospitable place for fungi to grow), then makes the zombie ant latch onto the underside of a leaf and stay there until it dies, while the fungus bursts out of the ant's head and releases its spores.


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The Core, a mechanical Mind Hive which King Andrias serves, uploads itself into Marcy to turn her into its living host.

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