Bodysharing

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: Sharing a Body, bodyshare
Related: bodyswap, possession
See Also: Ghostfic, Tok'ra, Goa'uld, mind control
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Bodysharing is a plot device or trope where two (or more) people's minds share the same body.

Usually in a bodysharing scenario the different minds in the body alternate who is in control of the body, unlike in bodypossession scenarios (as in Goa'uld possession in Stargate, or demon possession and angel vessels in Supernatural, etc.) where one of the minds is subsumed to the other and no longer gets to control the body.

Canon Examples

  • D.N.Angel is a manga based on the premise that the hero, Daisuke, shares his body and turns intermittently into the thief Dark Mousy. Despite the difficulty of conducting a romance in this fashion, there are a few Daisuke/Dark Mousy stories.
  • In Harry Potter, Voldemort shares a body with Quirrell, possesses Ginny Weasley and leaves soul fragments in Harry and a giant snake
  • In Naruto the titular character unwilling shares his body with a nine-tailed demon fox, the Kyuubi. A number of fanworks turn around Naruto coming to terms with this.
  • The third Star Trek (TOS) movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock featured Spock's ghostly mind hanging out in Dr. McCoy's brain. Body sharing also happened in episodes of Star Trek (TOS) and other parts of the franchise.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Dax symbiont inhabits joined Trills Jadzia and Ezri, sharing personality and memories.
  • In Stargate SG-1, the Tok'ra (the Goa'uld's more benevolent cousins), share bodies with their hosts, who are volunteers, rather than forcibly possessing them and allowing them no control the way the Goa'uld do.
  • The Stargate Atlantis episode Duet featured Rodney McKay and Laura Cadman sharing Rodney's body upon faulty retrieval from a Wraith dart ship. The expedition's mental health counselor talked to them about how to share it. (This episode led to a lot of fic.[1])
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the story of a boy who is possessed by another personality; eventually they come to work together.

Fanwork Examples

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

References

  1. A small sample of Duet-related fics listed at LiveJournal community SGA Episodefic.