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24th Nov '17 12:42:48 AM Spindriver
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* The character Angel in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' is anatomically female but gender fluid, and often passes as a (probably CampGay) man. There was some deliberately induced ViewerGenderConfusion when Angel first appeared, with both readers and a lot of characters assuming that this was a guy. However, once hints about the truth started appearing, careful readers noticed that characters who’d known Angel for a while were a lot less casual with gendered pronouns; there’d been some fairly careful subtly gender-neutral writing going on.
2nd Oct '17 8:39:35 PM TroperDoper
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* The character of Robin Wood was originally written as a "well-dressed African American" with no detail given to gender in his first episode (his given name allowing for gender neutrality). A man was later cast in the role.

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* The character of Robin Wood from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was originally written as a "well-dressed African American" with no detail given to gender in his first episode (his given name allowing for gender neutrality). A man was later cast in the role.
2nd Oct '17 8:38:05 PM TroperDoper
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* The character of Robin Wood was originally written as a "well-dressed African American" with no detail given to gender in his first episode (his given name allowing for gender neutrality). A man was later cast in the role.
22nd Aug '17 9:12:53 PM NWolfman
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' with a joke mocking PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. Jay is a trucker in this episode, delivering a shipment of politically correct textbooks to a private school. In one scene, we cut to a student asking his father when he (Jay) is going to get here, to which his father replies, distressed, "He or ''she'', son! ''He or she''!
1st Aug '17 4:27:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Fantasy author Creator/MarionZimmerBradley wrote "The Secret of the Blue Star", a ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' story about the heroine Lythande (a female wizard in a world where wizards are always male), which is gender neutral until the last two paragraphs.
** Almost, but not quite. At one point Ms. Bradley slipped up and repeatedly referred to Lythande as a male.
-->Lythande drew from the folds of his robe a small pouch containing a quantity of sweet-smelling herbs, rolled them into a blue-grey leaf, and touched his ring to spark the roll alight. He drew on the smoke, which drifted up sweet and greyish.

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* Fantasy author Creator/MarionZimmerBradley wrote "The Secret of the Blue Star", a ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' story about the heroine Lythande (a female wizard in a world where wizards are always male), which is male). She attempted to use gender neutral writing until the big reveal in the last two paragraphs.
** Almost, but not quite. At one point Ms. Bradley slipped
paragraphs, though she slips up and repeatedly referred refers to Lythande as a male.
-->Lythande drew from
her using male pronouns at one piint in the folds of his robe a small pouch containing a quantity of sweet-smelling herbs, rolled them into a blue-grey leaf, and touched his ring to spark the roll alight. He drew on the smoke, which drifted up sweet and greyish.middle.
12th Jun '17 12:33:15 AM Arutema
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* ''Music/JudasPriest'' use "me" and "you" as their preferred pronouns in their IntercourseWithYou songs. They also avoid any references to gender-specific anatomy. Somehow, a few people were still surprised when vocalist Rob Halford came out as gay.
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22nd May '17 9:18:49 PM Lullaby22
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* In the Sandra Brown novel ''Lethal'', the criminal kingpin known as "The Bookkeeper" is never referred to by any gender, which hides the reveal that [[spoiler: not only is The Bookkeeper female, but she's [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the seemingly innocent wife of one of the agents investigating her crimes.]]

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* In the Sandra Brown novel ''Lethal'', the criminal kingpin known as "The Bookkeeper" is never referred to by any gender, which hides the reveal that [[spoiler: not only is The Bookkeeper female, but she's [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the seemingly innocent wife of one of the agents investigating her crimes.]]
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22nd May '17 9:17:44 PM Lullaby22
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* In the Sandra Brown novel ''Lethal'', the criminal kingpin known as "The Bookkeeper" is never referred to by any gender, which hides the reveal that [[spoiler: not only is The Bookkeeper female, but she's [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the seemingly innocent wife of one of the agents investigating her crimes.]]
28th Apr '17 12:56:43 PM Micah
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* In Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice series, the Radchaai language does not distinguish genders. This is done in the text by using female pronouns and relationships (eg she/her, mother/sister/grandmother) and male titles (lord/sir/etc) for every character.

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* In Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice ''Literature/AncillaryJustice'' series, the Radchaai language does not distinguish genders. This is done in the text by using female pronouns and relationships (eg she/her, mother/sister/grandmother) and male titles (lord/sir/etc) for every character.
25th Apr '17 8:12:14 AM isoycrazy
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' "Sic Transit Vir" a Narn is hunting a Centauri couple for one whose hands are drenched in Narn blood. To avoid giving away too much, the Narn says, "I knew if I followed you long enough I would find the murderer."
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