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Jackie: Use my chi for the transfusion.
Jade: [gives Jackie an "Uncle smack"] I do not know such spells! Jade has Uncle's chi, not his brains!
Jackie Chan Adventures, "Chi of the Vampire"

A variation on the traditional "Freaky Friday" Flip plot, wherein two characters don't swap bodies, but they do swap personalities and temperament. The key difference being that things such as intellect, skills, and abilities don't alter.

As it isn't a mind swap you don't get to play with the Gender Bender or Black Like Me and similar tropes; also unlike in a "Freaky Friday" Flip the voices (even in animation) don't switch. However, you can draw humor from making one character act like his exact opposite. This can lead to things like 50-year-old men acting like teenage girls, or the usually bookish teacher's pet suddenly becoming a rebel.

The reason for this change can be Green Rocks, Applied Phlebotinum or even some naturally occurring non-fantastic explanation such as Acquired Situational Narcissism, a change of clothes, habits, job or maybe The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body. This can also overlap with O.O.C. Is Serious Business, if a dramatic situation, for example, makes a calm character angry and an angry character calm.

See also: "Freaky Friday" Flip, Physical Attribute Swap, In Another Man's Shoes, Soul Fragment, and Not Himself. Compare Hourglass Plot.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Parodied in the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot in one volume of Eyeshield 21 - A reader asks what would happen if Hiruma and Mamori switched personalities. They come to the conclusion it's best the way it is.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers has Germany and Italy try and act like each other in one comic.
  • Kitsune no Yomeiri: The cursed mirror of Hanmenkyo causes the personalities of those effected to be switched while their bodies and minds stay the same. This leads to Kanon becoming shy and overly polite while Kyouka becomes outgoing, aggressive and arrogant.
  • The third episode of Makai Senki Disgaea has Etna and Flonne exchanging everything but their actual identity. This includes their clothes.
  • Maria†Holic has Matsurika use Sleep Learning to change Kanako from a giddy, rambling idiot into someone closer to a Class Representative. To Mariya's surprise, while Kanako's personality is much more stubborn, her perversions haven't changed a bit.
  • One confusing episode of Martian Successor Nadesico centered around several of the characters' minds being linked together by the enemy robots (or something like that). While they were connected, they were unable to consciously control their own bodies, which were then taken over by their suppressed personality traits. It led to Action Girl Ryoko cowering in fear, Ms. Exposition Inez refusing to explain things, and eternal sadsack Jun grabbing a machine gun and running around in search of things to shoot.
  • An episode of Pecola has Coco, Rudy, and Bongo switch personalities with one another after Chewy's cleaning vacuum malfunctions.
  • One chapter of Pokémon Adventures had Red and Blue accidentally trading their teams. Because of the contrasting personalities of the trainers, the Pokémon had to adjust: Red teaches Blue's Pokémon to be more laid-back and relaxed, while Blue trains Red's team into battle-hardened warriors. By the time they switched back at the end of the chapter, neither trainer is amused at the results (Red had to run for his life from his Pokémon, and Blue is weirded out by his team having mellowed out). It's also plot-relevant, since the trading sequence allowed Blue to evolve his Machoke into Machamp, and a previously recalcitrant Porygon now snuggling up to him.
  • This actually is involved with a "Freaky Friday" Flip in The World God Only Knows. Yui and Keima switch bodies but otherwise act like their normal selves...until later in the arc when they begin assuming the personality of the other person when Keima gets flustered by close physical contact with his own body like Yui did not long before and Yui starts picking up on masculine pronouns and things. Things go back to normal before the situation can degenerate any further, however. The implication is that the runaway spirit over time would have basically modeled them into the bodies they possessed in an attempt to gain its resurrection.

    Comic Books 
  • In Archie Comics, Reggie decides to sabotage Dilton's science project at a science fair, and an attempt to fix it causes Archie and Dilton to trade parsonalities: Archie is now studious and intelligent, while Dilton becomes a Casanova and the Life of the Party. Jughead's the first to notice something's amiss, and theorizes that if the two were told about the incident they may not want to be switched back. Status Quo Is God of course, and the two return to normal by the end of the story.
  • The Joker and Lex Luthor had this happen to them in the formers first solo series. Joker wound up with all of Lex’s scientific genius while Lex got all of the Joker’s madness. It was somewhat deconstructed, as their personalities were so contrasting that the strain of shifting from one extreme to the other would’ve killed them if they didn’t swap back.
  • In The Flash and Green Lantern: Fast Friends, Wally West and Kyle Rayner swap costumes and memories, each being convinced they're the other and unable to understand why their powers don't work. It's suggested the personality swap is only superficial, and they still have their real ones beneath it; so Kyle-as-Wally is capable of an insight only Kyle would make, but frames it as "Now, if I were an artist, I'd say..." However it works, it gives them a better understanding of each other and is the beginning of them going from genuinely not getting on to being Vitriolic Best Buds.

    Fan Works 
  • In the early Crossover fanfic-turned-novelette, The Doctor and the Enterprise, Spock and the Doctor take on some of each others' habits and body language after their mind-meld. Seeing the Fourth Doctor use Spock's finger-steepling gesture and Spock struggling not to crack a Tom Baker grin seriously creeps Kirk out.
  • The rather goofy Shermy's Revenge features Shermy of Peanuts using a personality-swapping device called the "Personalitifier" (which, by the way, was invented by Calvin) in a rather misguided effort to shed his Generic Guy status.
  • The foundational trope upon which Divided Rainbow is based. Played for very serious, often tearjerking drama... though it still has many moments of awesomeness and humor.
  • In EQUESTRIA GIRLS fanfic You Call That a Costume?, Applejack and Rarity dress as the other's profession on Halloween. As a result of an accidental Becoming the Costume spell, the two gain each other's personalities.
  • In the Fairy Tail fanfic Personality Transplant, Natsu reads a gag job request that causes everyone in the guild to swap personality. These include Natsu and Wendy, Happy and Carla, Lucy and Juvia, Freed and Elfman, Cana and Erza, Bickslow and Levy, and Gray and Gajeel. Notably, it was only their personality and not their likes. For example, Erza with Cana's addictive personality acted carefreely and ate so much cake that she needed to stop eating sugar afterward, while Cana with Erza's personality went on a violent rampage when a brawl spilled her brandy. Meanwhile, Lucy acted completely lovestruck and possessive to the currently shy Natsu, just as Juvia normally does with Gray.

    Films — Animation 
  • Downplayed in the Winnie the Pooh movie Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year, as the personality swaps in question are actually done willingly instead of being magically done by an outside source. Pooh and his friends make a resolution to "change" so they can stop Rabbit from moving away and end up switching their personalities. Piglet begins to bounce and and conquers his fears, while becoming the goofball that Tigger is, while Tigger gives up bouncing and ends up catching Piglet's Nervous Wreck nature. Eeyore tries not to be gloomy and starts acting like Pooh, becoming constantly jolly and eating honey, right down to wearing Pooh's red shirt. Pooh himself, on the other hand, decides to stop eating honey himself, and as a result, becomes gloomy like Eeyore complete with Dull Surprise.
    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of the Laurel and Hardy short Thicker Than Water, after a botched blood transfusion, the two have swapped to each other's mannerisms (as well as hairstyle, and Hardy's mustache).
    Laurel: It's another fine mess you've gotten us into, Ollie!
  • In 3 Women, Pinky and Millie are switching personalities two third into the movie. There is no explanation given as to why.

  • Happened in one Labyrinths of Echo flashback-sequel when Max needed to get some self-control very quick and Shurf Lonli-Lokli with his current Lawful Stupid personality keeping his old Chaotic Stupid personality down wanted some rest. So when Max said that "it would be cool to get into your skin", Shurf, as the biggest Badass Bookworm around, knew an old spell doing this. The Exchange of Ulviar, or Candle of Fittekh exchanges "Shadows" — no one yet managed to articulately explain what these are, but they can be contacted and manipulated and this spell effectively swaps the participants' personalities and talents. It got two names after the inventors and first known users, an ancient elven king and his court healer. The legend said that Ulviar got Healer's call and Fittekh got ambitions and enough of political talents to halfway organize a coup before the spell's duration ended, leaving the king with new respect to his healer's altruism and the healer impressed by self-restraint of his king who normally didn't act as Hot-Blooded as was inclined.
  • The 2nd part of the Star Trek audio book Spock VS Q has this befall the titular characters after a casual handshake. Utter hilarity ensues.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happened a few times on Home Improvement. Every so often Tim would shift character positions with someone else as they act more impulsive like Tim would normally.
    • When Wilson was thinking of moving back to where he used to live with his (now deceased) wife because her memory was fading, they actually swapped sides of the fence as Tim gave him advice on how to remember departed loved ones.
    • Later, when Wilson felt alienated from the rest of the guys because of his constant hoity-toity intellectualizing, Tim again has to be the one to dispense wisdom.
    • When Al took on as a guest host for a cooking show and Tim took up as a dedicated assistant, Al ended up being arrogant and refused the practical advice Tim would give.
    • In one episode, Jill was the one who ruined something of Tim's, rather than vice-versa, and had to find a way to make it right by the end of the episode.
  • In an episodeof Welcome Back, Kotter, Kotter and Mr. Woodman switch jobs. Mr. Woodman becomes a fun guy who dresses up in costume for class, and Kotter becomes more like Mr. Woodman was.
  • On NewsRadio, meek man-child Matthew becomes the office jerk after he asserts himself to Bill (by punching his lights out), who in turn takes Matthew's place as the meek one. The status quo is restored when Bill, trying to defend Matthew, accidentally slaps him in the face, causing Matthew to snap out of his power trip.
  • On The Office (US), CFO David Wallace was always level-headed, as opposed to needy, off-putting Michael Scott. However, when Michael clashes with the company's new owners he looks to David Wallace for help, only to find Wallace (laid off after the merger) day-drunk and desperate for companionship. For once Michael is the one put out.
  • In Quantum Leap, a freak accident switches Sam and Al's roles, with Al now trapped in time and Sam as a computer projection finding advice and information. The switch also makes Al more virtuous and Sam more lecherous, confounding them both.
  • An episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has this happen to Zelda and Hilda who willingly purchase some pairs of magical "Walk in my Moccasins" to get a better perspective on each other.
    • Also happened, thanks to sunspots, with Sabrina and Libby. However, they did not act exactly like each other — Libby went from being the Alpha Bitch to a Friend to All Living Things, and Sabrina went from being her normal self to militaristic would be Evil Overlord with plans to Take Over the World (with a little prodding from Salem).
      • Done again during Sabrina's time at Scorch magazine, when she tries to make notoriously unpleasant rapper Baby B 2 K "like her" as in, enjoy her company, and Baby ends up "like her" as in, personality-wise. Baby ends up baking the paparazzi pecan sandies, and Sabrina takes on a jerk neighbor in small claims court.
  • Seinfeld explored this a few times:
    • In "The Chicken Roaster", Jerry and Kramer are forced to switch apartments to give Kramer a break when a big sign across the street shines through the window and prevents him from sleeping. They soon adopt each other's mannerisms; Kramer becomes more of a Deadpan Snarker, while Jerry, suffering from sleep deprivation from the conditions in Kramer's apartment, becomes more manic and jumpy.
    • In "The Abstinence", George's girlfriend gets mono, and he can't have sex with her — but with his brain free from the distraction of sex, he suddenly becomes intelligent. Meanwhile, Elaine tries the same thing (to help her boyfriend pass his medical school exams), only for her to suddenly become clueless and slow-witted — in effect, she becomes George-level dumb, and George becomes Elaine-level clever. Jerry explains that sex works differently for men (who are easily distracted by it) and women (who need it to clear the junk out of their heads every now and then).
    • In "The Opposite", a frustrated George, still unemployed and living with his parents, decides to do the opposite of his every instinct, given how everything he tries to do turns out poorly for him. It works magnificently, getting him a new girlfriend and a dream job that allows him to move out. Meanwhile, Elaine suddenly loses her boyfriend and her job — their fortunes have been completely reversed. Jerry posits that their fates are related, because his own fate is for everything to even itself out — one friend's up, the other friend's down. Elaine is not happy with the implication:
      Elaine: Do you know what's going on here? Can't you see what's happened? I've become George!
  • Space Cases: An "experiment" by Miss Davenport causes the kids to "change identities"; they don't swap bodies but species, along with the accompanying abilities and powers. Since The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body, turning human turns the normally quiet Radu into a take-charge leader (but unable to handle leadership), Bova turns into a Mercurian and becomes "cheery, bright, and sunny," and Rosie turns into a Uranus-ian(?) and becomes grumpy.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • In the episode "Transfigurations", Dr. Crusher finds that to save a shuttle crash victim she needed someone to volunteer a neural link to help regulate their brain functions. Geordi volunteers and because the individual was undergoing a type of Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence transformation the leftover impression gave Geordi an amazing boost in confidence especially with romantic pursuits.
    • Similarly, in "Sarek" Picard mind-melds with Sarek, giving the aging Vulcan his emotional strength, while receiving the consequences of Sarek's Vulcan Alzheimer's, so that Sarek can complete a diplomatic negotiation.
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody:
    • In the episode "Poor Little Rich Girl", Zach and Cody learn that their mother may have mistaken them for each other at birth, so they change their personalities to that of their other twin. At the end of the episode, their mother pulls out their birth certificates to show that, yes, they are who they're supposed to be.
    • One episode of The Suite Life On Deck had the cruise ship cross through The Bermuda Triangle, sending them to an Alternate Universe where Zack was raised by their mother and Cody was raised by their father, flipping their personalities around.
  • On 30 Rock, when Liz gets a job hosting her own talk show, it gives her Acquired Situational Narcissism and she starts acting like a delusional diva... in other words, like Jenna. Meanwhile, Frank is promoted to show runner on TGS and starts acting (and looking!) like Liz.
    • Played with once, when Tracy became a movie producer and was forced into Liz's role of having to contain a crazy actor. Unfortunately, being Tracy, he botches it horribly.
  • Young Sheldon: The alternate universe scenario in "A Black Hole" has Sturgis and the Coopers exchanging personalities. Sturgis is a tough cowboy while Connie is a scholarly professor; Missy is smart while Sheldon is of regular intelligence; Mary is a drinker while George is a preacher; and Georgie is bald.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • In a late episode, Oscar and Telly get three wishes between them. Telly wishes Oscar would be a nice person, and Oscar wishes Telly would be a grouch... and this briefly happens. Then the person who gave out the wishes reverses those two.
    • In episode 720, Ernie imagines switching personalities with Bert.

  • Salieri's opera La Grotta di Trofonio involves around this. Two sisters (one extroverted, one bookish) are both engaged to be married to men with matching characters. But when the men enter Trofonio's cavern, their personalities are swapped over. In the second act they manage to work out what's happened and swap back, but at the same time the girls decide to make their own visit to the cavern...

    Video Games 
  • Apparently, one of the plans in Crash Twinsanity was to make it so that when they go to the Tenth Dimension, Crash and Cortex switch personalities. Uunfortunately, this was removed from the game, replaced by the figure of Evil Crash, Crash's exact opposite (as well as the Cut Character s Evil Coco and Good Cortex.)
  • Disgaea 3: The plot kicks off when Mao steals Almaz's Hero title, and as compensation Mao gives Almaz the title of "Demon-flavored". While they still act much like themselves, subverting this trope at large, due to the title swap Mao does have a moment where he acts a bit more heroic, and Almaz's changing demon title has him occasionally make a more demonic-flavored response to certain events, much to his horror.

    Web Animation 
  • In The Recreation arc of Red vs. Blue, Simmons, becoming more assertive in his role as the Only Sane Man, becomes more openly critical of Sarge's warped orders and Skewed Priorities and is less eager to carry them out. Meanwhile, Grif sees how keeping up the Forever War is easier, agrees with Sarge's self-destructive strategies so Red Team won't win against Caboose (The only Blue Team member around) and then possibly be shipped to a more difficult battlefield. This backfires on Grif, though;
    Grif: Wait! You mean Simmons gets to hang out at the base while I go on a dangerous mission!?
    Simmons: Thaaat's right. Enjoy the limelight, Private Kiss-Ass.

    Web Videos 
  • Todd in the Shadows jokingly speculated, in his review of "Counting Stars" and "Demons", that OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons had undergone one of these, only with musical talent instead of personality. This was one of the few explanations he could come up with as to why Imagine Dragons, a band that he normally likes, disappointed him with "Demons", which he felt sounded like a bad OneRepublic song, while OneRepublic, a band that he finds to be crushingly mediocre on the best of days, pleasantly surprised him with "Counting Stars", which he felt sounded like it could've been one of Imagine Dragons' best songs.

    Western Animation 
  • In 6teen's "Enter the Dragon", Nikki and Caitlin essentially swap personalities while on their periods: Nikki becomes overly emotional and sheds many Tender Tears, and also develops a strong craving for chocolate (even though it's said that she hates chocolate); Caitlin starts acting really bitchy and cranky (Jen even goes so far as to say that, "[Caitlin makes] pit bulls look friendly"). However, it's unknown if Caitlin develops an aversion to chocolate when she gets her period.
  • American Dad!: In "Rough Trade", Stan is sentenced to house arrest for driving drunk, and Roger sets out to prove he can be a provider. Roger becomes the family role model, Stan becomes the obnoxious drunk.
  • Arthur. In "Buster's Best Behavior," Buster feels inferior because he doesn't really stand out among the crowd and decides to try and be more like someone he admires, namely Arthur. Meanwhile, Arthur feels Buster is the coolest kid in school and decides to try and be more like him. Soon, Buster is walking around in yellow sweaters, reading lots of books, and complaining about D.W., while Arthur is constantly snacking and reading joke books, causing the two to quickly become bored with one another. Brain refers to the phenomenon as "Element X," but both Francine and Muffy are driven crazy.
  • The Big Hero 6: The Series episode "Big Roommates" has GoGo and Honey Lemon temporarily becoming roommates due to an accident the latter created. As the episode goes on, the normally optimistic and open-hearted Honey becomes more cynical and sarcastic, while GoGo, who's tougher and no-nonsense, becomes the optimist.
  • CatDog: In "Cat Gone Bad", Cat joins a group of alley cats and starts shirking responsibilities. Meanwhile, Dog tries working hard and becomes responsible and mature like Cat used to be.
  • Dan Vs. "Anger Management": Dan and Chris are sent to anger management after one of Dan's revenge schemes. The anger management instructor, Amber, tells Chris that he doesn't express his anger enough. As a result, Chris becomes more and more expressive of his anger. While Dan slowly learns to relax. Unfortunately Amber realizes revenge feels good. So Dan becomes the Extreme Doormat who helps his friend with their revenge in a similar vein to Chris. Though everything ends up going back to normal.
  • Also happened on Daria once. After Quinn became reclusive and antisocial, Daria intentionally became fashionable and flighty to bring Quinn out of it. Episode title being Quinn the Brain.
  • Dragon Tales did this to Zak and Wheezie in one episode via a magic statue. As they share the same body, the "Freaky Friday" Flip plot wouldn't be an option anyway.
  • The Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Mirror, Mirror on the Ed" has the Eds daring each other to act like another Ed. Ed imitates Eddy ("I'll do anything for cash, 'cause I'm short."), Edd imitates Ed ("Gravy!"), and Eddy imitates Edd ("Oh, the insanitary! My skinny arms cannot bear the weight.")
  • In one episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, X the Eliminator gets Birdman's crest and becomes successful and well-liked, while Birdman becomes an obsessive stalker (building a death ray console).
  • In Hey Arnold!, there was an episode in which the class had an aptitude test. Helga believed that she was dumb while Harold thought he was a genius. Of course, this was an error.
  • Inhumanoids had Magnokor and Metlar switch alignment after the former boosted their magnetic powers through a boulder of galvacite to finally defeat their arch-enemy.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures episode "Chi of the Vampire" a Chinese Vampire absorbed several characters' chi; which mean they needed 'chi transfusions'. This led to Tohru becoming like Jade, and Jade becoming like Uncle, providing the above quote.
  • In episode 81 of Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack use animation software to change the episode's script, they swap Kaeloo and Mr. Cat's personalities. This results in Mr. Cat becoming kind, friendly and cheerful, and Kaeloo becoming a short-tempered, sarcastic Ax-Crazy Jerkass.
  • Kim Possible:
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: In "The Tiglet and Pigger Switcher-Roo", Roo attempts to use a magic trick to make Piglet and Tigger switch barrels, but it backfires and they swap their personalities instead, leaving Tigger as the Nervous Wreck while Piglet becomes the exuberant bouncer.
  • My Little Pony:
  • Phineas and Ferb played with this in one episode. Everyone's roles and catchphrases were shuffled around. Doofinshmirtz built a giant city (with Norm as the guy who sat around and occasionally spoke), while Vanessa (who underwent a Clothing Switch with Candace to Lampshade the whole thing) tried to tell her mom. He even expected Perry to show up ("Hey, where's Perry the Platypus?"), but Perry was unable to get to Major Monogram because of a pet-cone. Meanwhile, Phineas built a machine that would spread a rainbow over The Entire TRI-STATE AREA!!!, only for Perry, who was unable to see past pet-cone, hit the self-destruct button on it. He sneezes ("Bless you, Perry the Platypus!"), and Phineas removes the cone. Perry then rushes to the docks, where Doofenshmirtz's city has sunk (before Vanessa could get her mom there). Doof delivers the "Oh, there you are Perry The Platypus." and Candace and Vanessa meet up at a store, and presumably switch clothes offscreen.
  • In the Rated "A" for Awesome episode "Merry-Go-Round of Doom", Thera and Chet experience this after riding on a super-fast merry-go-round; Thera becomes mean and nasty, and Chet becomes kind and charitable. Les and Lars also experience this during an attempt to put things right, and later, Les's dad and Mr. Twitchy.
  • The episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show entitled "Who's Stupid Now?" had Ren forced to be "the fat, stupid one" and Stimpy "the skinny jerk" thanks to in-episode Executive Meddling. Stimpy later gains intelligence on his own and becomes more abusive towards Ren.
  • An episode of Rugrats uses a variation on Clothes Make the Maniac. Whilst in the park, Chuckie and Angelica manage to switch shoes. Chuckie slowly becomes more bossy and condescending to poor Tommy, while Angelica mellows out and become afraid of everything. However, the whole ordeal turns out to be All Just a Dream that Tommy had after hearing his dad comment "I'd hate to be in that guy's shoes," whereafter Angelica lied and said that if you put on someone else's shoes, you become that person.
  • One episode of The Simpsons has Bart and Lisa swap social positions (if not total personalities) after a Inept Aptitude Test. Bart becomes the good student when he finds that his career path is in law enforcement and is given the Hall Monitor position. Lisa, finding her path to be as just a homemaker, starts acting out and hanging with the bad girls. Their personalities don't exactly switch, however: Bart basically becomes a justified thug while Lisa uses her intelligence to best effect when rebelling against everybody. The Status Quo gets restored when Bart takes the fall for Lisa's theft of the teachers' guides because even he recognizes that she has a better future than he does.
    • A similar thing happened in another episode where the Simpsons got a pool and Bart ended up breaking his leg and had to be cooped up in the house all summer. Lisa became wildly popular with the other kids while Bart became bitter and reclusive. However, Lisa's popularity fades when Martin gets an even better pool, and the Status Quo is restored.
  • This happens in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where Squidward gets electrocuted by his electric fence and gets a personality similar to SpongeBob's, and then at the end of the episode where SpongeBob gets electrified by the same fence and ends up with a personality like Squidward's.
  • Time Squad does this without a plot device at all- after a fierce argument, the fussy, cultured Larry and overly manly Buck cordon off the space station to avoid each other, only to realize that everything they like is on the other one's side of the station. So out of boredom, Buck starts learning gourmet cooking, while Larry is irresponsible with a BFG.
  • In an episode of The Lion King spinoff Timon & Pumbaa, the titular pair think they're going to die as a result of being stung by a deadly scorpion. During their "last day", the pair undergo a personality swap-the usually selfish and greedy Timon gives away all his earthly possessions and finds joy in kindness and generosity, while the formerly kind-hearted Pumbaa becomes self-centered and vain, wanting to live it up before he goes out. Naturally, when it is revealed that death isn't imminent, the pair revert to their usual personalities.
  • Done in the Totally Spies! episode "Totally Switched". Clover's personality is swapped with Jerry's by use of a crazy psychologist's behavioral adjusting amulet.
    Clover: Oh... good heavens.
    Jerry: No freakin' way!!
    Sam: O.. kay, this is the weirdest moment ever.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: In "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown", a Monster Clown menaces the mini-golf tournament in which Shaggy is participating, threatening to cancel it. Shaggy's desire to win and Velma's coulrophobia cause them to swap their group dynamics, with Shaggy boldy leading the investigation while Velma hangs out with Scooby as far away from the clown as possible. It's not a complete swap, though.
    Daphne: How about you, Velma? Would you do it for a Scooby Snack?
    Velma: Please, I'm scared. Not desperate.
  • Even Winnie the Pooh has done this:
    • More specifically, Happy Pooh Year (released together with Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too as A Very Merry Pooh Year), with the switch done in two pairs: Tigger and Piglet, and Pooh and Eeyore. Frankly, seeing the usually gloomy Eeyore acting like Pooh and grinning like a madman is... disturbing.
    • Additionally, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh's episode "Sham Pooh" features Pooh losing his appetite, causing the gang to suspect that he's not, in fact, Pooh. It is then determined that Owl is actually Pooh, Gopher is Owl, Piglet is Gopher, and Rabbit is Piglet. (Only Tigger remains himself, and he's also the one who's having the most fun watching everything unfold.) The characters act accordingly up until Pooh starts eating honey again. Interestingly, no one becomes Rabbit and Pooh doesn't become anyone.


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Alternative Title(s): Freaky Thursday


Totally Switched!

Clip from Totally Spies, the villain of the week uses a device to switch Clover and Jerry's personalities.

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