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25th Oct '16 2:42:06 PM Terwanuli
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Gender Misdirection happens when an unseen character is referred to by gender-neutral nouns and honorifics (Doctor, President, Judge), or also nouns generally associated with one specific gender, causing the viewers to assume the character is male when they are actually female or vice versa. TheReveal that they are the opposite sex is generally treated as a surprise by the other characters, and if the twist is done correctly by the writer the reader/viewer should have the same reaction.

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Gender Misdirection happens when an unseen character is referred to by gender-neutral nouns and honorifics (Doctor, President, Judge), or also nouns generally associated with one specific gender, causing the viewers to assume the character is male when they are actually female or vice versa. TheReveal that they are the opposite sex gender is generally treated as a surprise by the other characters, and if the twist is done correctly by the writer the reader/viewer should have the same reaction.
25th Oct '16 5:51:50 AM BigKlingy
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* An early subplot in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has the party searching for a great mage named Mordio. Upon meeting ''Rita'' Mordio, they are surprised to find out they're not only female, [[ChildProdigy but much younger than they expected.]]
11th Oct '16 1:14:38 AM Arcorann
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' the leader of GREMLIN is only ever referred to as either One Eyed Odin or One Eyed Othinus, named after a male god from Myth/NorseMythology, which makes it quite surprising when she's revealed to actually be a 14 year old girl.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' the leader of GREMLIN is only ever referred to as either One Eyed Odin or One Eyed Othinus, named after a male god from Myth/NorseMythology, which makes it quite surprising when she's revealed to actually be a 14 year old girl.female.
23rd Aug '16 9:41:32 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/HaloLegends'' has the short "The Babysitter" with a Spartan II named Cal-141. She spends the entire short [[spoiler:until her death scene]] in her PoweredArmor with her helmet on without speaking, making the reveal that she's a woman all the more surprising to her comrades. Presumably "Cal" is short for something like Calliope.
11th Jun '16 6:30:51 PM nombretomado
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* The Quarters series by TanyaHuff often refers to minor or background characters by their occupation "two guards," "a secretary" a few lines before the gendered pronoun is used. The reader then realizes that the guard or secretary to which s/he had unthinkingly assigned the "conventional" gender is, in fact, just the opposite.

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* The Quarters series by TanyaHuff Creator/TanyaHuff often refers to minor or background characters by their occupation "two guards," "a secretary" a few lines before the gendered pronoun is used. The reader then realizes that the guard or secretary to which s/he had unthinkingly assigned the "conventional" gender is, in fact, just the opposite.
7th Jun '16 11:41:43 AM Katsuhagi
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See also SamusIsAGirl, which is the same but with a character who has appeared on screen prior to the reveal, and SheIsTheKing, where the character has a title associated with a specific gender, but is the opposite gender the title implies. Contrast with GenderNeutralWriting. CastAsAMask may also be used to obscure a character's real gender, especially if the character is not actually seen on screen.

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See also SamusIsAGirl, which is the same but with a character who has appeared on screen prior to the reveal, and SheIsTheKing, where the character has a title associated with a specific gender, but is the opposite gender the title implies. Contrast with GenderNeutralWriting. CastAsAMask may also be used to further obscure a character's real gender, especially if the character is not actually directly seen on screen.
screen such as through a voiceover or ImagineSpot.
2nd Jun '16 3:15:43 PM cyhh2002
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* ''Film/{{S.W.A.T.}'' features Chris Sanchez, who was one of the members of the SWAT Team, who was thought to be named Christopher, turns out to be a woman named Christina. Most women named either Christina or Christine (especially younger women) tend to go by either Chrissy, Christy or Christie these days.

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* ''Film/{{S.W.A.T.}'' ''Film/{{SWAT}}'' features Chris Sanchez, who was one of the members of the SWAT Team, who was thought to be named Christopher, turns out to be a woman named Christina. Most women named either Christina or Christine (especially younger women) tend to go by either Chrissy, Christy or Christie these days.
2nd Jun '16 3:14:32 PM cyhh2002
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* ''Film/{{S.W.A.T.}'' features Chris Sanchez, who was one of the members of the SWAT Team, who was thought to be named Christopher, turns out to be a woman named Christina. Most women named either Christina or Christine (especially younger women) tend to go by either Chrissy, Christy or Christie these days.
31st May '16 8:31:11 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Turns out that [[spoiler:Tomie, Jack's Grimoire, is a girl when she takes a physical appearance]].
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21st May '16 5:46:24 PM erforce
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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' Gozer is assumed to be a man but appears in the form of a woman.

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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', Gozer is assumed to be a man man, but appears in the form of a woman.
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