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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.
7th Feb '16 10:05:13 PM Scabbard
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* Averted in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' -Max spends a few episodes as Maxine, but returns to normal eventually.

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* Averted in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' -Max ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Max spends a few episodes as Maxine, but returns to normal eventually.
7th Feb '16 10:04:18 PM Scabbard
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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'': a A male chauvinist lady killer is killed by his latest conquest's husband, and returns as Debbie Reynolds.
* ''Film/{{Switch}}'': a A male chauvinist lady killer is killed by his ex-lovers and returns as Ellen Barkin.
19th Jan '16 7:12:22 PM ironcommando
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* Subverted when it comes to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequential_hermaphroditism sequential hermaprhoditism]]. While Protandry (male changing to female) is permanent, Protogyny (female changing to male) is ''also'' permanent.
15th Nov '15 5:46:22 PM nombretomado
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** Once Ranma acquires his gender-changing {{curse}}, no attempt at curing it works, at least not permanently. Further, many fans have observed that he seems to attract water (which triggers the change) as easily as fiancées and rivals. However, attempts by other characters at making Ranma permanently female ''also'' fail, so this may be less the Law than StatusQuoIsGod, a common trope in author RumikoTakahashi's works.

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** Once Ranma acquires his gender-changing {{curse}}, no attempt at curing it works, at least not permanently. Further, many fans have observed that he seems to attract water (which triggers the change) as easily as fiancées and rivals. However, attempts by other characters at making Ranma permanently female ''also'' fail, so this may be less the Law than StatusQuoIsGod, a common trope in author RumikoTakahashi's Creator/RumikoTakahashi's works.
10th Nov '15 12:58:54 PM StFan
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* Played straight with Arcee in ''ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''. He was given a forceful, traumatic sex change in an attempt to reintroduce gender into the species, and although it's made abundantly clear how thoroughly this has ruined his life, the possibility of reversing the procedure never comes up.

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* Played straight with Arcee in ''ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''.''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''. He was given a forceful, traumatic sex change in an attempt to reintroduce gender into the species, and although it's made abundantly clear how thoroughly this has ruined his life, the possibility of reversing the procedure never comes up.



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