Role Reversal

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Synonyms: Roleswap
Related: Mirror Universe
See Also: Role Reversal (Merlin)

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Role Reversal is an Alternate Universe trope in which one or more characters switch character roles. There are a number of common subtropes involving different roles.

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Role Swap

Two characters switch character roles. For example, Clark Kent changes roles with Lois Lane - Clark would be a human reporter and Lois would be Superwoman.


A character's alignment with good, evil, or a certain side of a conflict is changed. For example, an AU where Harry Potter is working with Voldemort, and it's up to Hermione and Ron to save Hogwarts.

Mirror Universe falls under this category - the Star Trek crew visits and alternate universe in which the peaceful Federation never existed, replaced by the brutal, conquering Terran Empire, with evil doppelgangers.

Age & Experience

Common with mentor/mentee dynamics. This may be known as the Age Swap trope. It can have crossover with the De-Aging trope. For example, in Yuri on Ice AUs where Yuuri Katsuki is the more successful (and perhaps older) professional skater whom Victor Nikiforov idolizes, flipping their canon relationship dynamic. Character traits such as Yuuri's insecurity and anxiety may be given to Victor due to his inexperience.

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


  • no man is an island (oh this i know) by confidentialityspice (Arrow) – "My name is Felicity Smoak. For five years, I was stranded on a desert island with only one goal: survive. Now I will fulfill Robert Queen's dying wish to use the list of names he left me and bring down those who are poisoning my city. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else."'
  • Constellations (Things You Left Unsaid) by DasWarSchonKaputt (Yuri on Ice, Victuuri) – AKA a role reversal au, wherein Yuuri is a figure skating legend in the making - mostly made, or so they say - who decides to take a season off at the peak of his career, and Victor is the runaway-cum-international student from Russia who joins his university and cons Yuuri into becoming his coach. Featuring Phichit Chulanont as the worst (best) friend ever, and Yuri Plisetsky as Yuuri's self-proclaimed Arch Rival.
  • Fanboy by arkhamcycle, Victuuri, In which Viktor is 15 and writes Wattpad self-insert RPF about himself and Yuuri, and all hell breaks loose. WIP
  • Capriccio by Archaeopteryx (Mob Psycho 100) – Kageyama "Mob" Shigeo vanished at the age of ten, never to be seen again. Ten years later, Kageyama Ritsu meets another ten-year-old, this one with an irresistible urge to mess with supernatural forces he really, really shouldn't. As annoying as he might find Reigen Arataka, he can't let history repeat itself.




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