History Main / FirstLawOfGenderBending

17th Jul '17 4:25:38 PM Kazeto
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** If someone is turned into a girl by the Exemplar power, and used to be a guy, no force on ''Earth'' can fix it, and such attempts have never been successful. Possibly literally so, as there's a goddess involved. Maybe. It has been hinted that the scientists that came up with this theory -- that there's a force of evolution forcing mutants to out-''breed'' humanity -- may or may not have been wrong. Ironically, the few characters turned into ''guys'' also have trouble fixing it, or don't try. It's just about standard to say that it's easier to ''cause'' a transformation then fix it. (See ''The Big Idea'', ''A Single Fold'', and all of the stories with Exemplar protagonists.)

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** If someone is turned into a girl by the Exemplar power, and used to be a guy, no force on ''Earth'' can fix it, and such attempts have never been successful. Possibly literally so, as there's a goddess involved. Maybe. It has been hinted that the scientists that came up with this theory -- that there's a force of evolution forcing mutants to out-''breed'' humanity -- may or may not have been wrong. Ironically, the few characters turned into ''guys'' also have trouble fixing it, or don't try. It's just about standard to say that it's easier to ''cause'' a transformation then than fix it. (See ''The Big Idea'', ''A Single Fold'', and all of the stories with Exemplar protagonists.)
1st Jul '17 6:43:52 AM ZeroSD
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**** Eventually Tedd even gains the unique ability to alter his 'base' form, and thus can decide to stay permanent as either gender.
1st Jul '17 6:39:09 AM ZeroSD
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* Played straight on ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' with [[spoiler:''Nirvana'' sub-commander BC, aka Tenmei Uragasumi, Commander of the Taraak Intelligence]]. After he is forced to reveal "her" true identity to save ''Nirvana'', he does not automatically revert to a male body--since his gender-bending is surgical (among other things)--and before he can have the reverse-surgery, he has a BecomingTheMask realization and decides to stay with the crew. He is allowed back in by TheCaptain under condition that he fully becomes a she once again--with which he is only too happy to oblige.

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* Played straight on ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' with [[spoiler:''Nirvana'' sub-commander BC, aka Tenmei Uragasumi, Commander of the Taraak Intelligence]]. After he is forced to reveal "her" true identity to save ''Nirvana'', he does not automatically revert to a male body--since his their gender-bending is surgical (among other things)--and before he can have the reverse-surgery, he has a BecomingTheMask realization and decides to stay with the crew. He is They are allowed back in by TheCaptain under condition that he she fully becomes a she once again--with which he she is only too happy to oblige.
23rd Jun '17 3:28:56 PM infernape612
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* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': how much Anne loves to turn her male friends into girls is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d frequently but the tendency seems to extend to ''everyone'' with the appropriate powers. Over the course of the strip many, many characters get their gender bent but it's only the formerly male ones who fail to get restored. (Even the {{straw feminist}}s of D.O.L.L.Y., who arguably earned kharmic punishment, get turned back into girls in the end.) The strip seems to delight in finding reasons why former men can't or shouldn't be turned back, even though given Anne's powers and general benevolence it ought to be easy. There's even a spin-off (''[[Webcomic/{{Cheer}} The Wotch: Cheer!]]'') comic about four of its permanently genderbent characters.

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* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': how much Anne loves to turn her male friends into girls is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d frequently but the tendency seems to extend to ''everyone'' with the appropriate powers. Over the course of the strip many, many characters get their gender bent but it's only the formerly male ones who fail to get restored. (Even the {{straw feminist}}s of D.O.L.L.Y., who arguably earned kharmic karmic punishment, get turned back into girls in the end.) The strip seems to delight in finding reasons why former men can't or shouldn't be turned back, even though given Anne's powers and general benevolence it ought to be easy. There's even a spin-off (''[[Webcomic/{{Cheer}} The Wotch: Cheer!]]'') comic about four of its permanently genderbent characters.



--->Where am I? Why do I have tacos? ...and why am I a girl?

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--->Where ---->Where am I? Why do I have tacos? ...and why am I a girl?
16th Jun '17 7:07:02 PM Unicorndance
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* In ''FanFic/HappyDaze'', Fonzie from ''Series/HappyDays'' becomes a woman named "Francie" because of Mork from Ork. She stays as Francie.
22nd Mar '17 12:57:43 AM meanmetalmario
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. During the premier of season 9 Mr. Garrison had a sex change to become a woman, and he stayed that way for ''three years'', at least until season 12 rolled around, when he/she got ''another'' sex change to become a man once again.

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* Subverted in In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. During In the premier first episode of season 9 9, Mr. Garrison had a sex change to become a woman, then felt regret and he stayed that way for ''three years'', at least until season 12 rolled around, wanted to go back, but his balls had already been used in Kyle's surgery to become tall and black, and were destroyed when he/she got ''another'' Kyle tried to play basketball in his new body. It took three whole seasons before the now-Ms. Garrison was able to get another sex change to become a man once again.
20th Sep '16 8:32:23 PM PaulA
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* Creator/JackChalker (of course) lampshaded this trope even before it was a trope in ''Literature/DownTimingTheNightSide''. Once the timestream finds a niche for a nightsider, they become that sort of person in whatever time they leap to. (In the hero's case, a prostitute.) Also shows up in the ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series.
* Creator/JackChalker also wrote ''Literature/TheIdentityMatrix'', in which various characters end up wearing each other's bodies. The narrator, a man, finds himself first occupying the body of an Amerindian girl, then occupying the body of a Canadian college student. Since the authorities can't return him to his original body they decide to rewrite his memory to turn him into a stripper and a prostitute. ItMakesSenseInContext.

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* Creator/JackChalker (of course) course).
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lampshaded this trope even before it was a trope in ''Literature/DownTimingTheNightSide''.''Literature/DowntimingTheNightSide''. Once the timestream finds a niche for a nightsider, they become that sort of person in whatever time they leap to. (In the hero's case, a prostitute.) Also shows up in the )
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''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series.
* Creator/JackChalker also wrote
series has the hero temporarily genderbent a few times as a result of various magical shenanigans, but at the climax of ''Literature/SongsOfTheDancingGods'' he winds up permanently stuck in a female body after his own body is destroyed in a HeroicSacrifice.
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''Literature/TheIdentityMatrix'', in which various characters end up wearing each other's bodies. The narrator, a man, finds himself first occupying the body of an Amerindian girl, then occupying the body of a Canadian college student. Since the authorities can't return him to his original body they decide to rewrite his memory to turn him into a stripper and a prostitute. ItMakesSenseInContext.
5th Aug '16 3:15:45 PM Malady
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** If someone is turned into a girl and used to be a guy, no force on ''Earth'' can fix it -- literally so, as there's a goddess involved. Maybe. It has been hinted that the scientists that came up with this theory -- that there's a force of evolution forcing mutants to out-''breed'' humanity -- may or may not have been wrong. Ironically, the few characters turned into ''guys'' also have trouble fixing it, or don't try. It's just about standard to say that it's easier to ''cause'' a transformation then fix it. (See ''The Big Idea'', ''A Single Fold'', and all of the Team Kimba stories.)

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** If someone is turned into a girl by the Exemplar power, and used to be a guy, no force on ''Earth'' can fix it -- it, and such attempts have never been successful. Possibly literally so, as there's a goddess involved. Maybe. It has been hinted that the scientists that came up with this theory -- that there's a force of evolution forcing mutants to out-''breed'' humanity -- may or may not have been wrong. Ironically, the few characters turned into ''guys'' also have trouble fixing it, or don't try. It's just about standard to say that it's easier to ''cause'' a transformation then fix it. (See ''The Big Idea'', ''A Single Fold'', and all of the Team Kimba stories.stories with Exemplar protagonists.)
24th Jun '16 5:35:10 AM StFan
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* In ''[[{{Literature/MGP}} Magical Girl Policy]]'', Rob is not only told that he is destined to be a magical fighting cheerleader, but once he powers up for the first time, he will be stuck as a girl.



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* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick introduced The Belt of Gender Bending[[note]]based on the actual ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' item, the Girdle of Masculinity/Femininity[[/note]], which once put on, can't normally be taken off. It requires a Remove Curse spell to get rid of it. And of course, Roy is the only main character to ever wear it. It's a fairly mild example, though, since Roy's best friend is a Cleric who manages to remove it soon enough. The trope is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Durkon asks whether Roy is sure he wants to change back, and Roy irritably tells him he's been perfectly comfortable with being a man all his life - why wouldn't he want to stay one?

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* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick introduced ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' introduces The Belt of Gender Bending[[note]]based on the actual ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' item, the Girdle of Masculinity/Femininity[[/note]], which once put on, can't normally be taken off. It requires a Remove Curse spell to get rid of it. And of course, Roy is the only main character to ever wear it. It's a fairly mild example, though, since Roy's best friend is a Cleric who manages to remove it soon enough. The trope is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Durkon asks whether Roy is sure he wants to change back, and Roy irritably tells him he's been perfectly comfortable with being a man all his life - -- why wouldn't he want to stay one?



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* In ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy'', Rob is not only told that he is destined to be a magical fighting cheerleader, but once he powers up for the first time, he will be stuck as a girl.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in the episode "Neutopia". At the very end, Scruffy appears to be irreversibly trapped as a woman, but in the next episode [[SnapBack he is back to normal]]. Earlier though, when the group asked the alien who reversed their genders to fix things, he's ready to go along with it...except [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]] chooses that moment to leap in and melt the alien into a puddle, trapping everyone in their swapped genders until the alien's friend comes at the end of the episode to make things right.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in the episode "Neutopia". At the very end, Scruffy appears to be irreversibly trapped as a woman, but in the next episode [[SnapBack he is back to normal]]. Earlier though, when the group asked the alien who reversed their genders to fix things, he's ready to go along with it... except [[GeneralFailure Zapp Brannigan]] chooses that moment to leap in and melt the alien into a puddle, trapping everyone in their swapped genders until the alien's friend comes at the end of the episode to make things right.



14th May '16 12:37:42 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* ''GoodbyeCharlie'': A male chauvinist lady killer is killed by his latest conquest's husband, and returns as Debbie Reynolds.
* ''Film/{{Switch}}'': A male chauvinist lady killer is killed by his ex-lovers and returns as Ellen Barkin.

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* ''GoodbyeCharlie'': ''Film/GoodbyeCharlie'': A male chauvinist lady killer is killed by his latest conquest's husband, and returns as Debbie Reynolds.
* ''Film/{{Switch}}'': ''Film/Switch1991'': A male chauvinist lady killer is killed by his ex-lovers and returns as Ellen Barkin.
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