Role reversal is when the roles in the scene have reversed the normal or traditional power dynamic. In role reversal, the person who normally has the lower status takes a dominant approach and the person who normally has the higher status takes a submissive approach. This is not the same thing as switching unless the play partners usually have clearly defined D/s roles.
(The slash notation means "dominates", e.g. "punishes" or "spanks":)
- Younger sibling/older sibling
- Child/adult (particularly parent): girl/woman, girl/man, boy/woman, boy/man
In a traditional setting, the man has higher authority than the woman, and therefore all F/M has an element of role reversal attached to it, but less so in more modern relationships.
Role reversal in folklore
The theme of role reversal was commonplace in folk imagery and tales from Antiquity and the end of the Middle Ages through the first half of the nineteenth century. In many folkloristic traditions, a special day in the year was celebrated with role reversal elements. For example, the role of teacher and students was playfuly, symbolically, inverted. See also Carnival and Easter traditions.
The Romans had a festival in which boys would flog the schoolmaster.
Role reversal as a spanking art theme
Sometimes a spanking artist, author or film producer uses the role reversal concept in their works, for example here in Luc Lafnet's work — both from two different novels by A. W. Flogger, but clearly related:
In spanking and BDSM fetish videos, a role reversal where the "top" or authority figure gets punished is often called a turnabout (from the saying "Turnabout is fair play"). This is a retaliation fantasy where a humiliated employee might punish an abusive boss, students paddle or cane their disciplinarian teacher, a child spanks an overly strict parent/nanny, or a submissive slave or maid turns the tables on a domineering mistress. In most stories, the bottom character either physically overpowers or gains dominance over the top via blackmail or some other means.
In many vintage bondage-discipline videos, especially those directed by Brian Tarsis, the turnabout element is an ironic twist that occurs at the end of the story. This can be seen in Slave Farm (House of Milan, 1991), and two London Enterprises titles, Witchfinder (1989) and Sentenced to Bondage (1990).
On occasion, a traditional disciplinarian such as a teacher, coach, manager or babysitter is punished by his/her employers for poor job performance or abuse of authority. This is sometimes set in motion by a wrongfully punished student or employee turned informant.
The typical turnabout plot involves a "tit for tat" revenge spanking scenario. For example, In Comrade Balcar: The Informer (Lupus Pictures), a tattletale schoolgirl has two girls caned. Later they get revenge by caning the informer. This sometimes plays out as a two-part video. Airline pilot Dani Daniels spanks stewardess Kay in Kay's New Boss (My Spanking Roommate); Kay gets her revenge in the sequel, Kay Spanks Dani Daniels in Her Office.
In The Sexy Maid Cleaning Agency, Episode 3: Breach of Contract, Part 1 (Spanked In Uniform), a female client hires and harshly disciplines a French maid. In Part 2, the agency boss forces the client to wear a maid uniform and submit to a similar punishment.
A much rarer scenario is when two dominatrix types (as in Mistress Mania from House of Milan and Battle of the Madams by Spanked Call Girls) or authority figures of equal power battle each other for dominance or otherwise get into a violent dispute. In Soccer Moms Spank Off (photos) and Take a Hike! (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), two domineering tops, Chelsea Pfeiffer and Clare Fonda, argue and spank each other with equal ferocity (photos).
Below are a few selected examples.
- A Caning for the Netball Coach (Sound Punishment)
- A Lesson in Submission (Sarah Gregory Spanking), dungeon dominatrix Sarah submits to head mistresses after poor job performance.
- A Spanking For Auntie (Spanked Cheeks), nephew and niece discipline their aunt.
- Adriana Gets Revenge on Sister Alex (Spanking Sorority Girls), sequel to Sister Alex Spanks Adriana in Her Office, photos
- The Adventures of Pixie & Lily Anna (Punished Brats), "Sister's Authority" segment
- Affair at the Swiss School (Nu-West/Leda Productions, 1984), Joanne Jameson gets revenge (F/F, M/F) on three matrons who paddled her.
- An Apple for Miss Higgens (Nu-West/Leda Productions), real-life cousins Julia and Joanne Jameson take revenge on their former school teacher.
- And Now the Cane (Top Marks), extract also sold as The Beating of the Useless Prefect
- Anna Gets The Tables Turned (Amateur Spankings), Skylar, punished for something Anna did, gets revenge.
- Aunt Snow gets Spanked (Girl Spanks Girl)
- The Bad Babysitter ((Momma Spankings, c. 2013), Sarah Gregory, Dana Specht, babysitter Tasha Lee spanked.
- Bad Coach Punished (Cheerleader Spankings, 2017), female cheerleader coach punished by princical for unjust use of discipline.
- Battle of the Madams (Spanked Call Girls), Snow Mercy, photos
- Bo Beep Spanked (Spanking Veronica Works), sheep spanks Bo Peep in fairy tale fantasy, photos
- Boss Bitch in Bondage (London Enterprises, 1992), bossy Sharon Mitchell forced into submission
- Boy Spanks Mom (Home Made Spanking Videos), photos
- The Butler Did Them (Shadow Lane), butler spanks mistress and maid.
- Chanell Instigates Group Spankings (Spanking Sorority Girls)
- Cheerleader Revenge (Cheerleader Spankings, 2017), Head Cheerleader Sarah Gregory blackmails and spanks assistant coach Clare Fonda.
- Chrissy Spanks Her Boss (Girl Spanks Girl), Snow Mercy, Chrissy Marie, photos
- The Christmas Quiet (Lupus Pictures, 2006), two girls turn the tables on another girl who got them into trouble.
- Coach Learns a Lesson (Cheerleader Spankings, 2019), coach Clare Fonda punished.
- Coach's Comeuppance (Cheerleader Spankings, 2019), F/F, female coach spanked for cheating.
- The College Girl and the Nanny (Punished Brats), Amber Wells, "Spanking The Nanny" segment
- College Teacher Public Humiliation and Spanking (Spanking Them, Russia), headmaster and student punish female teacher.
- Episode 92: Koko vs. Sarah (Spanking Sorority Girls), Sarah Gregory and Koko Kitten in turnabout story
- Episode 113: Dungeon Spanking (Spanking Veronica Works), female student enslaves her BDSM teacher, dominatrix Veronica Ricci.
- Episode 117: Clare Fonda Spanked by Her Daughter (Spanking Sorority Girls)
- Episode 120: Soccer Mom Spanking Battle (Spanking Sorority Girls), Clare Fonda, photos
- Episode 121: Veronica Spanks Teacher Snow (Spanking Sorority Girls), Snow Mercy
- Episode 193: Teacher Fonda Spanked in Office (Spanking Sorority Girls), Clare Fonda
- Episode 201: Riley Anne Spanks Teacher Clare (Spanking Sorority Girls), Clare Fonda
- Episode #202: Mr. Ford Spanks Stevie Rose for Wrongful Ticket (My Spanking Roommate), meter maid spanked.
- Episode #236: Revenge Spankings (My Spanking Roommate)
- Even Teachers Make Mistakes (Dreams of Spanking), teacher Pandora Blake spanked
- The Family Business (Punished Brats), "Role Reversal" segment
- Games Mistresses Can Get Punished Too! (Sound Punishment)
- The Gym Teacher, a.k.a. The Gym Mistress (Red Stripe, English Spankers), teacher caught smoking, photos
- Gym Teacher Spanking (Girl Spanks Girl), teacher Clare Fonda spanks, and gets spanked, by students.
- The Godfather (Lupus Pictures), sadistic female teacher gets caned.
- Hand Thrown & What Chelsea Gets for Being Late (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment)
- The Headmaster's Study (Top Marks), school headmaster punishes senior mistress.
- In The Christmas Spirits (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment); female elf punished by Mrs. Claus (Clare Fonda) gets the upper hand.
- Jasmine’s Revenge (Triple A Spanking)
- The Kailee & Chelsea Stories (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), spanked hard in "The Audition" (photos), Kailee gets revenge on Chelsea Pfeiffer in "The Switcheroo" (photos)
- The Lab Rat's Revenge (Dreams of Spanking), sequel to Doctor of Pain, Pandora Blake, Leia-Ann Woods.
- Landlady's Mistake (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan)
- Maid For Punishment (Sarah Gregory Spanking), rare case of M/F turning into F/M and F/F
- Maid is a Disciplinarian (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan)
- Maintaining Discipline (Dreams of Spanking), teacher Pandora Blake spanks male headmaster
- Martial Law I & II (Mood Pictures), F/F, military guards caned for abusing prisoners.
- Mean Mother In Law and Other Tales (Punished Brats), Ch 4: "Reversal", mother-in-law spanked.
- Miss Morgan Makes Her Mark (Top Marks), female prefect caned by headmaster.
- Missy's Revenge Spanking (My Spanking Roommate)
- Mother and Daughter Punished (Spanked Cheeks), headmaster spanks bad student and her mother.
- Mother and Daughter Spank Each Other (Girl Spanks Girl)
- Mrs Geist's Class (Mood Pictures); schoolgirl revenge/turnabout story
- Naughty Mother (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan), babysitter and daughter spank mother.
- The Netball Coach (Sound Punishment), female coach gets punished
- Never Too Old (Girl Spanks Girl), unfaithful mom (Clare Fonda) spanked by daughter Veronica Ricci, Stevie Rose, photos.
- The Nurse and the Stewardess 2 (Girl Spanks Girl)
- Paris Gets Revenge on Madam (Spanked Call Girls)
- The Prefects' Pleasure (Top Marks), female school teacher caned.
- Principal Spanks a Teacher (Spanking Veronica Works), photos
- Punished For Failure (English Spankers), female tutor spanked by parents who hired her.
- The Punishment of the Teacher 1 & 2 (RoughManSpank), bad teacher punished like a student (photos)
- Pupil Power (Spanking College), punished student turns tables on teacher.
- Reading, Writing, and Rulers (Sarah Gregory Spanking), teacher punished for being a poor disciplinarian.
- Red Bottomed Revenge (Sarah Gregory Spanking), Sarah Gregory, revenge spanking
- Revenge Is Sweet (Nu-West, c. 1987), Kiri Kelly, photos, video at SpankBang
- Potpourri #1 (Nu-West, c. 1987)
- Revenge of the Pets (Hand-Spanking.com, Japan), revenge spanking, female students punish their teacher.
- Rich Girl, Poor Girl (Girl Spanks Girl), abused Sybil turns tables on rich bitch
- Role Reversal, Part 1 or Unusual Business (Punished Brats)
- Roommates' Punishment Pact (Shadow Lane), photos
- Sarah Spanked, Babysitter Spanked (Momma Spankings, 2020), babysitter, bedtime spanking
- Sarah's Revenge (Momma Spankings, 2021), Sarah Gregory spanks her mother (Christina Carter), photos.
- Sentenced to Bondage (London Enterprises, 1990), Kiri Kelly, slaves turn tables on dominatrix BeBe LeBadd, pegging.
- The Sexy Maid Cleaning Agency (Spanked-in-Uniform.com)
- Sinn's Return & Sinn's Revenge (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), turnabout sequel to "Stepmom Takes Control".
- Slave Farm (House of Milan, 1991), cruel mistress overpowered by her slaves.
- Soccer Moms Spank Off (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), Clare Fonda, Chelsea Pfeiffer
- The Spanked Step Sisters (Sarah Gregory Spanking), Cinderella-inspired revenge story.
- Spanking the Teacher (British Spanking, distributed by Spanking for Pleasure, c. 1990), M/F, photos
- Stage Moms (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), Tory Sinclair, Chelsea Pfeifer
- Stepdaughter's Revenge (Bobbie's DropSeats), Clare Fonda, Julie Simone
- Step Daughter's Revenge (Spanked Cheeks), Zoe Page, Chris Summers
- Strict Prison 2 (Pain4fem), female prison guard whipped by (temporarily) escaped prisoners.
- Swim Coach Spanking: Day 1 (Girl Spanks Girl), coach Clare Fonda forced to take spanking from swim student.
- Tables Turned (Punished Brats)
- Tables Turned (Uncle Bob's Woodshed), female disciplinarian gets whipped.
- Take a Hike! (Chelsea Pfeiffer Entertainment), Chelsea Pfeiffer, Clare Fonda
- Teacher Clare Spanks Coach Veronica (Spanking Sorority Girls), coach, photos
- Teacher Fonda Spanked in Office (Spanking Sorority Girls), student spanks Clare Fonda, photos
- Teacher Learns a Lesson (Momma Spankings), teacher Sarah Gregory spanked by angry parent Dana Specht, photos.
- Teacher Snow Spanked By VB Coach (Spanking Sorority Girls), Snow Mercy, photos
- Teacher Training (Spanked Cheeks), Amelia Jane Rutherford, photos
- To Amuse the Master (Nu-West/Leda Productions), slaves Joanne Jameson and Brenda Scott are allowed to dominate and whip each other to settle a dispute.
- Top Domme (Girl Spanks Girl), Mistress Bella Bathory punished by dominatrix Snow Mercy.
- Turnabout (House of Milan, c. 1990), mistress-becomes-slave story.
- The Turnabout (Disciplinary Arts), Stevie Rose and sister Misty get revenge on mean guardian, Lily Starr.
- Uma Jolie Spanked and Spanks Mom (Girl Spanks Girl)
- Vanna Spanks Her Mom (Nu-West/Leda Productions)
- You Must Spank Your Daughter (Momma Spankings), Sarah Gregory spanks her daughter; both get punished by grandma Dana Specht
- Witchfinder (London Enterprises, 1989), suspected witches get revenge on witch hunter.
- Young Teacher (Punished Brats), teacher gets turnabout revenge via blackmail.
Real-life role reversal videos:
In this selection of titles, strict mothers are spanked like children by their real-life daughters (or a third party) and nieces spank their actual aunts. This list includes amateur as well as professional spanking actors.
- Family Discipline (Amateur Spankings), Whitney and her real-life mother Cindy belt-spanked, Lucy paddles daughter Brooke and is paddled herself (photos)
- Inside The Session Series: Rose Family Discipline, parts 1-3 (I Heart Spanking), Stevie Rose, sister Vada, and mother Kay Rose all get spanked.
- Marked MILFs (Dallas Spanks Hard), spanking actress Cienna's real-life mother Ann, aka Submissan, is punished by Dallas, photos.
- Mother and Daughter Get the Belt (Amateur Spankings, 2006), Brooke and real-life mom Lucy belt-whipped (photos).
- Mother & Daughter (Amateur Spankings), Jennifer spanks her real mother Val after getting punished by her boyfriend, photos.
- Mother & Daughter 2 (Amateur Spankings), Kathy and her 18-year-old daughter Amanda both get spanked separately and together by hand and belt.
- Mother & Daughter 3 (Amateur Spankings), Brooke spanked by real-life mother Lucy; both are later spanked separately.
- Mother & Daughter 4 (Amateur Spankings), real-life mother & daughter Tammy and Sammy spanked separately and spank each other (photos).
- Mother & Daughter 5 (Amateur Spankings, 2012), Arianna spanks her real-life daughter Shayla, both spanked separately, and daughter spanks mother (photos).
- Spanking the Rose's Rosie, Part 1 (Stevie Rose's I Heart Spanking), Stevie Rose and her real-life mother and Aunt all spanked together.
- Spanking the Rose's Rosie, Part 2 (Stevie Rose's I Heart Spanking), Stevie, her mother and little sister Vada are spanked by Kyle Johnson.