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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.
9th Mar '16 5:17:35 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': The gang once went to an amusement park without knowing anything about its owners than their names (Chris and Terry) and their fame obtained by building the park's rides. The gang (mostly Shaggy) expected Chris and Terry to be men but it turns out they're girls.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': The gang once went to an amusement park without knowing anything about its owners than their names (Chris ("Chris" and Terry) "Terry") and their fame obtained by building the park's rides. The gang (mostly Shaggy) initially expected Chris and Terry both of them to be men guys, but it turns out they're girls.that Chris and Terry are actually both girls (and sisters).
9th Mar '16 5:01:16 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Al works at Gary's Shoes & Accessories For Today's Women. Al worked there for 20 years before finally meeting Gary and learning Gary is a woman.

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Al works at Gary's Shoes & Accessories For Today's Women. Al worked there for 20 years before finally meeting Gary and learning Gary is Gary's actually a woman.


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* There was an episode of Series/StepByStep where [=JT=] Lambert dismisses the idea of female mechanics before sending his car to get fixed by a mechanic named "Sam," who's considered to be the best mechanic in town (and who [=JT=] assumes is a guy). It's not until JT meets Sam in person that he learns that Sam is actually a girl (her real name is "Samantha"). JT also discovers that they actually have a lot in common besides cars and mechanics (such as both of them being big fans of the Green Bay Packers)--as a result, they develop feelings for each other and even become boyfriend-and-girlfriend.
21st Feb '16 6:10:00 AM fruitstripegum
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* In 1988, British girls' comic ''Bunty'' ran a story called "The Seven Sisters", in which a young girl named Emily travels around Victorian England searching for her six siblings, the oldest of whom is named Pat. For most of the story, Emily believes Pat is short for Patricia - and the title leads the reader to make the same assumption. However, in the final instalment, Emily and her sister, Mary, meet a young man named Patrick who turns out to be the missing sibling.

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* In 1988, British girls' comic ''Bunty'' ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}'' ran a story called "The Seven Sisters", in which a young girl named Emily travels around Victorian England searching for her six siblings, the oldest of whom is named Pat. For most of the story, Emily believes Pat is short for Patricia - and the title leads the reader to make the same assumption. However, in the final instalment, installment, Emily and her sister, Mary, meet a young man named Patrick who turns out to be the missing sibling.
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