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19th Sep '17 5:28:40 AM Doug86
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* Yazz in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' was an alien who looked like a blue pterodactyl in a vest. When Comicbook/TheFlash asked "Don't you miss the female of your species?" Yazz replied "What if I ''am'' the female of my species?" Wally then kept badgering the alien to say whether or not that was a joke, and Yazz found this need to know so intriguing that they decided to leave it ambiguous so as to continue observing the behaviour.

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* Yazz in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' was an alien who looked like a blue pterodactyl in a vest. When Comicbook/TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash asked "Don't you miss the female of your species?" Yazz replied "What if I ''am'' the female of my species?" Wally then kept badgering the alien to say whether or not that was a joke, and Yazz found this need to know so intriguing that they decided to leave it ambiguous so as to continue observing the behaviour.
13th Sep '17 9:38:46 AM vividgrim
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* Alex Cyprin, the protagonist's boss in ''VisualNovel/AstoriaFatesKiss'', is an androgynous demigod referred to by the neutral pronouns "they" and "them". The protagonist generally considers the specifics of Cyprin's gender to be none of her business, observing that if Cyprin wanted her to know, they'd tell her.

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* Alex Cyprin, the protagonist's boss in ''VisualNovel/AstoriaFatesKiss'', is an androgynous demigod referred to by the neutral pronouns "they" and "them". The protagonist generally considers the specifics of Cyprin's They are stated to be gender to be none of her business, observing that if Cyprin wanted her to know, they'd tell her.neutral.


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*The Devil in ''VisualNovel/WeKnowTheDevil'' is referred to at different times with she, he, and it pronouns. Fitting since the devil seems to be different things: self-love, a manifestation of repressed desires and anxieties, a push for a newer, better world.
11th Sep '17 2:44:13 AM LondonKdS
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* Taken to the extreme in ''Literature/IronCouncil'', where one of the characters, devotee of a god of secrets, doesn't even know their ''own'' gender. Followers of this deity forfeit knowledge about themselves to honor their patron, and this particular priest lost knowledge of what sex he/she happened to be. Self-examination can't clarify matters, as the character is blind to their own body features.

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* Creator/ChinaMieville:
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Taken to the extreme in ''Literature/IronCouncil'', where one of the characters, devotee of a god of secrets, doesn't even know their ''own'' gender. Followers of this deity forfeit knowledge about themselves to honor their patron, and this particular priest lost knowledge of what sex he/she happened to be. Self-examination can't clarify matters, as the character is blind to their own body features.features.
** In ''Literature/{{Railsea}}'', Dr. Fremlo is agender in the more usual way, and their physical sex is never revealed.
10th Sep '17 4:11:02 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' all Radchaai citizens are this; their culture does not believe in gender differentiation in language or personal presentation. This includes pretty much every character, since Breq refers to everyone as "she" and complains that gender markers vary from place to place. Only Breq herself, Seivarden (male), and a couple minor characters are ever explicitly identified (and only during interactions with non-Radchaai foreigners). Anaander Mianaai is the only character given a sex marker (a baritone singing voice, implying she's male).

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* In ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' series, all Radchaai citizens are this; their culture does not believe in gender differentiation in language or personal presentation. This includes pretty much every character, since Breq refers to everyone as "she" and complains that gender markers vary from place to place. Only Breq herself, Seivarden (male), and a couple minor characters are ever explicitly identified (and only during interactions with non-Radchaai foreigners). Anaander Mianaai is the only character given a sex marker (a baritone singing voice, implying she's male).
5th Sep '17 10:40:47 PM DastardlyDemolition
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It was a man, it was a woman, too\\''

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It was a man, it was a woman, too\\''too''
5th Sep '17 10:40:21 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Music/{{Scorpions}}' "He's a Woman, She's a Man" from their ''Taken By Force'' album has the narrator extremely confused and extremely attracted to the extremely androgynous person they met on the street. They spend the whole song confused until the last refrain where we learn that it is [[spoiler: a woman]].
-->''It turned around right then and looked at me\\
I said oh no, it really couldn't be\\
It was a man, it was a woman, too\\''
4th Sep '17 8:23:52 PM PaulA
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* Ditto for Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart''. The narrator's gender remains a mystery.
* Creator/HPLovecraft, who took a great deal of inspiration from Poe, wrote several short stories, among them ''The Nameless City'', ''The Festival'', ''The Hound'', ''Ex Oblivione'', ''Cool Air'', ''The Music of Erich Zann'', and ''What the Moon Brings'', all of which never explicitly state the gender of the protagonist.

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* Ditto for Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''The Tell-Tale Heart''."Literature/TheTellTaleHeart". The narrator's gender remains a mystery.
* Creator/HPLovecraft, who took a great deal of inspiration from Poe, wrote several short stories, among them ''The "The Nameless City'', ''The Festival'', ''The Hound'', ''Ex Oblivione'', ''Cool Air'', ''The City", "The Festival", "The Hound", "Ex Oblivione", "Cool Air", "The Music of Erich Zann'', Zann", and ''What "What the Moon Brings'', Brings", all of which never explicitly state the gender of the protagonist.
2nd Sep '17 4:25:16 PM Zerotsu
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The technical term for this kind of person is "androgyne", from the Greek for "man-woman." Used as an adjective, it's "androgynous". There are also plenty of people in real life who exist outside the gender binary, and identify as nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, etc, as well as culturally-specific nonbinary genders like Two Spirit, many of whom use non-gendered pronouns. TruthInTelevision, folks.

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The technical term for this kind of person is "androgyne", from the Greek for "man-woman." Used as an adjective, it's "androgynous". There are also plenty of people in real life who exist outside the gender binary, and identify as nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, etc, as well as culturally-specific nonbinary genders like Two Spirit, many of whom use non-gendered pronouns. TruthInTelevision, folks.
"androgynous".
24th Aug '17 7:44:44 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TooLikeTheLightning'': Very nearly everyone. Gender pronouns have been greatly depreciated by Mycroft's time, to the point that whenever he ''does'' use them, he apologizes to the readers. Sometimes he even admits that his pronouns aren't matching an individual's biological sex, but he still uses the pronoun he does because the person acts so stereotypically masculine/feminine, no matter what their biology.

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* ''Literature/TooLikeTheLightning'': ''Literature/TerraIgnota'': Very nearly everyone. Gender pronouns have been greatly depreciated by Mycroft's time, to the point that whenever he ''does'' use them, he apologizes to the readers. Sometimes he even admits that his pronouns aren't matching an individual's biological sex, but he still uses the pronoun he does because the person acts so stereotypically masculine/feminine, no matter what their biology.
23rd Aug '17 6:57:36 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] are technically [[OtherwordlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous genderless deities]]. However, most [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith take humanoid forms when dealing with mortals]]. The majority maintain a consistent gender in these forms (ex. [[GoodIsNotNice Azura]] and [[FallenAngel Meridia]] as female, [[MadGod Sheogorath]] and [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]] as male), however, a few [[GenderBender are known to change it up between appearances]]. For example, Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of Plots, has made three appearances in the series' to date as male and two as female. Boethiah's worshipers and cultists refer to Boethiah as both "he" and "she", [[PronounTrouble sometimes in the same sentence]]. Similarly, Mephala, a Daedric Prince whose sphere is unknown to mortals but who is associated with manipulation, is a {{hermaphrodite}}. She is typically referred to as a "she" though, and speaks with a female voice.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] are technically [[OtherwordlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous genderless deities]]. However, most [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith take humanoid forms when dealing with mortals]]. The majority maintain a consistent gender in these forms (ex. [[GoodIsNotNice Azura]] and [[FallenAngel Meridia]] as female, [[MadGod Sheogorath]] and [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]] as male), however, a few [[GenderBender are known to change it up between appearances]]. For example, Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of Plots, has made three appearances in the series' to date as male and two as female. Boethiah's worshipers and cultists refer to Boethiah as both "he" and "she", [[PronounTrouble sometimes in the same sentence]]. Similarly, Mephala, a Daedric Prince whose sphere is unknown to mortals but who is associated with manipulation, is a {{hermaphrodite}}. She is typically referred to as a "she" though, and speaks with a female voice.
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