History Main / AmbiguousGender

8th Apr '18 3:30:22 PM moongalleon22
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** Funnily enough, compared to a lot of species? Humans in general have a stunning lack of sexual dimorphism. As one sociologist put it, "If we were as sexually dimorphic as the elephant seal, the average human male would tower six feet above the average woman and weigh 550 pounds." Aside from the obvious difference of your reproductive organs and one or two other things, male and female human biology is almost the same.


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** There are also non-binary and genderqueer individuals. While not all of them will want to present in an androgynous way, or do so all the time (and with many questioning what presenting androgynously would even ''mean''), this can be a deliberate effect that people want to go for. Some people would do this with just clothing, while others may medically transition in a way that would allow them to appear more androgynously.
7th Apr '18 9:41:03 PM DesiredUsernameTaken
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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', in-universe. WordOfGod says that Kaeloo is a {{hermaphrodite}}, but the other characters clearly don't know.

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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', in-universe. While she uses she/her pronouns, none of the cast members are sure of her gender. WordOfGod says that Kaeloo is a {{hermaphrodite}}, but the other characters clearly don't know.
4th Apr '18 2:56:50 PM GeheimnisGoth
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* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Mello's first appearance has him in rather gender-neutral clothing, with a rather androgynous-looking figure and hairstyle, and it takes quite a few pages for the character to be referred to as a "he". [[ViewerGenderConfusion Many readers assumed Mello was a girl]]. This leads to some [[WildMassGuessing fan]] [[EpilepticTrees speculation]] that Mello may be {{Transsexual}} or something along those lines.

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* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Mello's first appearance has him in rather gender-neutral clothing, with a rather androgynous-looking figure and hairstyle, and it takes quite a few pages for the character to be referred to as a "he". [[ViewerGenderConfusion Many readers assumed Mello was a girl]]. This leads to some [[WildMassGuessing fan]] [[EpilepticTrees speculation]] that Mello may be {{Transsexual}} {{Transgender}} or something along those lines.



* Alice from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' used to be this for fans until the second season (and WordOfGod beforehand in a 2009 interview) confirmed her as being a {{transsexual}} female.

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* Alice from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' used to be this for fans until the second season (and WordOfGod beforehand in a 2009 interview) confirmed her as being a {{transsexual}} {{transgender}} female.
19th Mar '18 4:08:19 PM AreYouTyler
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** Ash's Pikachu. Arguments often occurred over his (now-confirmed) gender. Even the makers of the show didn't know what gender he was, until they decided to throw a Togepi with Attract at him and Meowth. Attract only works on Pokémon of the opposite gender; Meowth was confirmed male LONG ago, therefore the Togepi is female, therefore Pikachu is male (Attract affected him). The games have also confirmed this in their own way: ever since minor (not always obvious) physical differences between female and male Pokemon were added to the franchise, female Pikachu have a notch at the end of their tails, which Ash's Pikachu has always lacked.

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** Ash's Pikachu. Arguments often occurred over his (now-confirmed) gender. Even the makers of the show didn't know what gender he was, until they decided to throw a Togepi with Attract at him and Meowth. Attract only works on Pokémon of the opposite gender; Meowth was confirmed male LONG ago, therefore the Togepi is female, therefore Pikachu is male (Attract affected him). The games have also confirmed this in their own way: ever since minor (not always obvious) physical differences between female and male Pokemon were added to the franchise, female Pikachu have a notch at the end of their tails, which Ash's Pikachu has always lacked. Averted in the Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese dubs; these languages do not have gender-neutral pronouns and referred to Pikachu with male pronouns.
18th Mar '18 11:05:55 AM Kytseo
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* Transsexuals can have this going on from a physical perspective. There are some Trans people who, while they identify with the opposite gender they were born with, still choose to retain certain physical characteristics they were born with (such as a female-to-male getting Breast Reduction surgery, but choosing to keep the vagina he was born with).
11th Mar '18 10:06:46 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' the protagonist's gender is unknown, and is referred to as "they" to preserve ambiguity; the same is true of the ghosts except for [[spoiler:Mettaton]] (who seem to be genderless by default), Monster Kid, the River Person, and [[spoiler:the First Fallen Human.]] This is likely intended to enable players of any gender to relate to the player's avatar.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' the protagonist's gender is unknown, and is referred to as "they" to preserve ambiguity; the same is true of the ghosts except for [[spoiler:Mettaton]] (who seem to be genderless by default), default, or maybe transgendered), Monster Kid, the River Person, and [[spoiler:the First Fallen Human.]] This is likely intended to enable players of any gender to relate to the player's avatar.
23rd Feb '18 8:14:25 AM OrangenChan
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' the protagonist's gender is unknown, and is referred to as "they" to preserve ambiguity; the same is true of the ghosts except for [[spoiler:Mettaton]] (who seem to be genderless by default), Monster Kid, the River Person and [[spoiler:the First Fallen Human.]] This is likely intended to enable players of any gender to relate to the player's avatar.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' the protagonist's gender is unknown, and is referred to as "they" to preserve ambiguity; the same is true of the ghosts except for [[spoiler:Mettaton]] (who seem to be genderless by default), Monster Kid, the River Person Person, and [[spoiler:the First Fallen Human.]] This is likely intended to enable players of any gender to relate to the player's avatar.


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** Onionsan's gender is also never stated, and many of the random monster encounters (such as Froggit and Whimsum) are usually referred to with "it" instead of gendered pronouns.
20th Feb '18 3:47:31 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', the sprite child Popoi has long hair and wears long robes. The SNES version's English script sometimes refers to Popoi as male, but the Japanese script uses non-gender-specific pronouns. The HD remake is more consistent about this, with the English version using "they"/"their" to refer to Popoi instead of "he"/"his".
26th Jan '18 6:45:29 PM Sammettik
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* Steve?/Alex?, the player from ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', has short hair if you play as Steve?, and long hair if you play as Alex?, but besides that (and the masculine name of "Steve?"), there's no indication whatsoever of the player's gender. Alex? in particular seems purposefully designed to be androgynous. Thier name could easily be short for either Alexander or Alexandria, and long hair and skinnier arms are hardly exclusive to women. However, Alex? definitely seems feminine when contrasted with Steve? so a lot of people just assume Alex? is female.

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* Steve?/Alex?, the player from ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', has short hair if you play as Steve?, and long hair if you play as Alex?, but besides that (and the masculine name of "Steve?"), there's no indication whatsoever of the player's gender. Alex? in particular seems purposefully designed to be androgynous. Thier Their name could easily be short for either Alexander or Alexandria, and long hair and skinnier arms are hardly exclusive to women. However, Alex? definitely seems feminine when contrasted with Steve? so a lot of people just assume Alex? is female.
26th Jan '18 6:20:51 PM Sammettik
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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'':
** Ado of ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' was this for a long time, as the game gave no real indication, and although the manga had her as a girl it wasn't actually canon. She was finally officially stated to be female in the Japanese 20th anniversary guidebook... [[ShrugOfGod but it still doesn't say for certain whether she's the same person as Adeleine]].
** Kirby himself has no given gender in Japan but is considered male by most, and internationally is male.
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