Body swap

A body swap is a storytelling device seen in a variety of science and supernatural fiction, in which two people (or beings) exchange minds and end up in each other's bodies. In media such as television and film, the device is an opportunity for two actors to temporarily play each other's characters,[1] although in some cases, dialogue is dubbed by the original actors.

There are different types of body swapping. For non-technology swapping, switches can be caused by magic items such as amulets, heartfelt wishes, or just strange quirks of the universe. The switches typically reverse after the subjects have expanded their world views, gained a new appreciation for each other's troubles by literally "walking in another's shoes" and/or caused sufficient amounts of farce. Notable examples include the books Vice Versa (1882) and[2] Freaky Friday (1972),[3] as well as the film versions of both.

Switches accomplished by technology, exempting gadgets advanced sufficiently to appear as magic, are the fare of mad scientists. Body-swapping devices are usually characterized by a highly experimental status, straps, helmets with many complicated cables that run to a central system and a tendency to direly malfunction before their effects can be reversed. Those without such means may resort to brain transplants. Such experiments can have overtones of horror.

Appearances in fiction and drama

Since the Vice Versa novel was published in 1882, body swaps have been a popular theme in various media:

See also


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Big (TV series)

Big (Hangul: 빅) is a 2012 South Korean television series starring Gong Yoo and Lee Min-jung. The romantic comedy/body swap series aired on KBS2 from June 4 to July 24, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.

Written by the Hong sisters, Big was Gong Yoo's first television series after The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince in 2007 and since being discharged from mandatory military service. Although the drama was initially well-received, it was later heavily criticized for its ending.

Body swap appearances in media

Body swaps have been a common storytelling device in fiction media. Novels such as Vice Versa (1882) and Freaky Friday (1972) have inspired numerous film adaptations and retellings, as well as television series and episodes, many with titles derived from "Freaky Friday". In 2013, Disney Channel held a Freaky Freakend with seven shows that featured body-swapping episodes.This list features exchanges between two beings, and thus excludes similar phenomena of body hopping, spirit possession, transmigration, and avatars, unless the target being's mind is conversely placed in the source's body. It also excludes age transformations that are sometimes reviewed or promoted as body swaps, as in the movies Big and 17 Again; identity/role swaps, typically between twins, clones, look-alikes, or doppelgängers; and characters with multiple personalities.

Bodyswap (Red Dwarf)

"Bodyswap" is the fourth episode of science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf Series III, and the sixteenth overall. It premiered on the British television channel BBC2 on 5 December 1989. Written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, and directed by Ed Bye. This was the first episode to be recorded without a live studio audience. The plot has Rimmer suggesting that the perfect way to help Lister get "healthy" is swapping bodies. The episode was re-mastered, along with the rest of the first three series, in 1998.

Help! I'm Trapped in my Teacher's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body! is a light-hearted children's science fiction novel by Todd Strasser, first published in 1993. It is the first book in his Help! I'm Trapped... series, many of which have a similar body swap premise.

It's a Boy Girl Thing

It's a Boy Girl Thing is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Nick Hurran and written by Geoff Deane, starring Kevin Zegers and Samaire Armstrong and set in the United States but produced in the United Kingdom. The producers of the film are David Furnish, Steve Hamilton Shaw of Rocket Pictures and Martin F. Katz of Prospero Pictures. Elton John serves as one of the executive producers.It's a Boy Girl Thing was produced by Elton John's motion picture company Rocket Pictures and independently distributed by Mel Gibson's Icon Productions and was released on 26 December 2006 in the UK and has since then been released in some countries in cinemas, in others directly to DVD, and in others as a TV film. Most of the school scenes were shot at Western Technical-Commercial School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Ithihasa is a 2014 Malayalam fantasy comedy film written by Aneesh Lee Ashok and directed by Binu S. The film tells the story of body swapping between a conservative young software professional girl (Anusree) and an easy going young petty thief, Alvy (Shine Tom Chacko). The music was composed by Deepak Dev.

The film received positive reviews from critics. It turned out to be a sleeper hit, especially praised for the humour. It is a copy from the Hollywood film The Hot Chick

Copying from Hollywood movies very cheap

Little (film)

Little is a 2019 American fantasy comedy film directed and co-written by Tina Gordon. It stars Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Marsai Martin, and follows an overbearing boss who is transformed into the child version of herself. Martin serves as an executive producer on the project, and at 14 years old is the youngest person to ever hold the title on a Hollywood production.

The film was released in the United States on April 12, 2019, by Universal Pictures, and has grossed over $48 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances and heart but called it "a bit safer and lighter on laughs than many would like."

Matsu'o Tsurayaba

Matsu'o Tsurayaba is a fictional character associated with the Hand, and part of the Marvel Comics universe. A member of the Hand, Tsurayaba's first appearance came in Uncanny X-Men #255 and was directly involved with the "body swap incident" between Betsy Braddock and Kwannon just after Betsy's emergence from the Siege Perilous.

Oh Captain, My Captain

"Oh Captain, My Captain" is the 3rd episode of season 6 of the supernatural drama television series Grimm and the 113th episode overall, which premiered on January 20, 2017, on the cable network NBC. The episode was written by Thomas Ian Griffith and was directed by series regular David Giuntoli, making his directional debut. In the episode, Nick decides that in order to stop Renard, he needs to become him to finally destroy what he was looking for.

The episode received positive reviews from critics, who praised Giuntoli's direction and the character development.

Opera film

An opera film is a recording of an opera on film.

Props (Glee)

"Props" is the twentieth episode of the third season of the American musical television series Glee, and the sixty-fourth overall. Written and directed by Ian Brennan, the episode is the first of two new episodes that aired back-to-back on Fox in the United States on May 15, 2012. It features New Directions preparing a new performance routine for the impending Nationals competition, an extended sequence in which Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) has a vision of the glee club having swapped roles, including herself as Rachel, and an appearance by special guest star Whoopi Goldberg as NYADA dean Carmen Tibideaux.

The episode received mostly positive reviews overall, though reaction to the musical performances was not as strong. The body-swap sequence was given an enthusiastic reception. The scenes featuring Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) and Puck (Mark Salling) were also much praised, and in particular the pair's acting was highlighted. Their performance of the song "Mean", by contrast, received the most divergent reactions from reviewers, yet it was the one song from the four singles released from the episode to chart in North America, and debuted on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.

Upon its initial airing, this episode was viewed by 6.09 million American viewers and received a 2.5/8 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic. The total viewership was down significantly from "Prom-asaurus" the week before.

Revanche (Marvel Comics)

Revanche (Kwannon) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is most commonly associated with the X-Men, specifically the character of Psylocke, with whom she switched bodies. She was created by writer Fabian Nicieza and first appeared in X-Men #17 (February 1993).

Shield Knight

Shield Knight is a secondary character in the 2014 indie platform video game Shovel Knight. Saving Shield Knight, who is possessed by a cursed amulet turning her into the evil Enchantress, is the main objective of player-character Shovel Knight.

The character, and the dream sequences involving her, were moderately praised by critics upon Shovel Knight's release.


Skatoony (stylized as SkatoonY) is an American/British/Canadian children's animated game show, pitting live-action kids against cartoons. The series is co-produced with FremantleMedia Animation (for the British version), Blink Studios (for the Arabic version), and Marblemedia with Smiley Guy Studios (for the North American version). The series used to air on Cartoon Network in the UK. Reruns are still occasionally shown on Teletoon in Canada. Now it is online in the US on Toon Goggles. On US television, the show currently airs on Starz Kids & Family. It is hosted by 'Chudd Chudders' (voiced by Rupert Degas in the UK and Jonathan Wilson in North America) and 'The Earl' (voiced by Lewis MacLeod in UK and James Rankin in North America).

The Identity Matrix

The Identity Matrix is a science fiction novel by American writer Jack L. Chalker, published in 1982 by Timescape Books. The work focuses on the body swap and enemy mine plot devices, as well as a background conflict between two powerful alien races.

The Trade-Ins

"The Trade-Ins" is episode 96 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.


Turnabout may refer to:

In film and television:

Turnabout (film), a 1940 comedy directed by Hal Roach, based on a novel by Thorne Smith (see below)

Turnabout, a 2016 drama film directed by E.B. Hughes

Turnabout (game show), a 1990s BBC TV quiz programme

Turnabout (TV series), a 1978–79 United States TV seriesIn other media:

Turnabout (novel), a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Turnabout, a body swap novel by Thorne Smith

Turnabout (comics), a one-page Disney comic by Carl Barks

Turnabout (video game), a puzzle video game by Artdink

Turnabout, a subsidiary record label of Vox RecordsPlacesTurnabout Glacier, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Turnabout Lake, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada

Turnabout River, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Turnabout Theatre, a 1940-1950s venue in Los Angeles, California, U.S.Other:

Turnabout, a small sail trainer for junior sailors.

Vice Versa (play)

Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers is a play by Edward Rose that adapted the 1882 novel of the same name by Thomas Anstey Guthrie. The play debuted at the Gaiety Theatre, London on 9 April 1883. The story is a fantasy about a body swap between a father and son. Rose played the son in the debut production; Charles Hawtrey played the father.Guthrie authorized Rose's adaptation, but later decided to write his own stage version of the story, which debuted in 1910.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Japanese: 山田くんと7人の魔女, Hepburn: Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) is a manga series written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa. The series has been published by Kodansha in their Weekly Shonen Magazine since February 22, 2012 to February 22, 2017. The series has been licensed in Chinese by the Taiwanese publishing company Tong Li. It was adapted into a live-action television drama which aired on Fuji TV from August–September 2013. On October 26, 2013, Crunchyroll announced a partnership with Kodansha where it would distribute chapters digitally to 170 countries. The series has been licensed for North American release by Kodansha USA, who began releasing the series in 2015. The series concluded in February 2017 with 28 compiled volumes.

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