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11th Feb '17 10:22:53 AM Geoduck
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* Similarly, only female mosquitoes suck blood from humans and other mammals.
16th Jan '17 6:32:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Partly subverted in Kelley Armstrong's ''[[TheOtherworld Otherworld]]''. Witches are female, sorcerers are male. They can use each other's magic, but not as well as the proper users can. Witch magic generally relies on incantations or healing brews, while sorcerer magic uses gestures. Witch and sorcerer genes are sex-linked and supposedly incompatible with each other, requiring them to breed with mundanes. However, there are hints in ''Dime Store Magic'' and ''Industrial Magic'' that witches and sorcerers may be more alike than they think, particularly the revelation that neophyte witch Savannah Levine is the daughter of a witch and a sorcerer, supposedly impossible. It is also pointed out that social stigma prevents sorcerers and witches from having sex together.

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* Partly subverted in Kelley Armstrong's ''[[TheOtherworld Otherworld]]''.''Literature/TheOtherworld''. Witches are female, sorcerers are male. They can use each other's magic, but not as well as the proper users can. Witch magic generally relies on incantations or healing brews, while sorcerer magic uses gestures. Witch and sorcerer genes are sex-linked and supposedly incompatible with each other, requiring them to breed with mundanes. However, there are hints in ''Dime Store Magic'' and ''Industrial Magic'' that witches and sorcerers may be more alike than they think, particularly the revelation that neophyte witch Savannah Levine is the daughter of a witch and a sorcerer, supposedly impossible. It is also pointed out that social stigma prevents sorcerers and witches from having sex together.



* Creator/AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' has female [[VirginPower virgin]] witches. They are shocked when Simon Tregarth, a man from another world, has the same powers. (And more shocked when a witch marries him and keeps her powers.)
* In Creator/AndreNorton and Creator/MercedesLackey's ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'', the female [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] have only weak magic compared to males. But, as the series points out, even a rose petal in the wrong place can kill someone...

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* Creator/AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' ''Literature/WitchWorld'' has female [[VirginPower virgin]] witches. They are shocked when Simon Tregarth, a man from another world, has the same powers. (And more shocked when a witch marries him and keeps her powers.)
* In Creator/AndreNorton and Creator/MercedesLackey's ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'', ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'', the female [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] have only weak magic compared to males. But, as the series points out, even a rose petal in the wrong place can kill someone...
11th Oct '16 7:14:54 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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May be handwaved by BizarreAlienBiology. Compare GenderRestrictedGear, mostly found in VideoGames.

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May be handwaved by BizarreAlienBiology.BizarreSexualDimorphism. Compare GenderRestrictedGear, mostly found in VideoGames.
11th Oct '16 7:14:22 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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->'''Jen:''' Wings? I don't have wings!
->'''Kira:''' Of course not. You're a boy.
-->--''Film/TheDarkCrystal''
9th Oct '16 10:19:20 AM erforce
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* Almost every LegoAdaptationGame has a high jump ability restricted to certain types of characters; in ''Lego Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', the female characters have it.

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* Almost every LegoAdaptationGame has a high jump ability restricted to certain types of characters; in ''Lego Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''VideoGame/LEGOPiratesOfTheCaribbean'', the female characters have it.
13th Sep '16 4:57:41 AM Kazmahu
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features indisputably male Sky Knights (read: Pegasus riders), capped off by a massive LampshadeHanging when Selena asks one of them about it.

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features indisputably male Sky Knights (read: Pegasus riders), capped off by a massive LampshadeHanging when Selena asks one of them about it. Said lampshade goes on to state that Pegasi are simply emotionally sensitive, and if you think one won't tolerate you, you make it so jittery it won't - implying that the rest of the series (or at least ''Awakening'' and the modernized Akaneia games, which it shares a world with) only think pegasus riding is female-only in a folkloric SelfFulfillingProphecy.
11th Sep '16 3:15:24 PM flondrix
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* ''Film/RedSonja'' features a powerful artifact that can only be wielded by a woman, destroying any man who touches it.
2nd Sep '16 6:48:08 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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When you get down to it, there's not much difference between what men and women can do. Even if on average one gender or sex is more suited to the role, as long as it doesn't involve reproduction, there will be exceptions to the rule. And sometimes [[MisterSeahorse even then]]. Even with physical appearance, if nudity isn't required, there are some people who can convincingly pass themselves off as the other gender.

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When you get down to it, there's not much difference between what men and women can do. Even if on average one gender or sex is more suited to the role, as long as it doesn't involve reproduction, there will be exceptions to the rule. And sometimes [[MisterSeahorse even then]]. Even with physical appearance, if nudity isn't required, there are some people who can convincingly pass themselves off as the other gender.
gender. And this isn't even getting into UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people.


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* In ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', only female Gelflings have wings.
30th Jul '16 11:50:39 PM jormis29
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When you get down to it,p there's not much difference between what men and women can do. Even if on average one gender or sex is more suited to the role, as long as it doesn't involve reproduction, there will be exceptions to the rule. And sometimes [[MisterSeahorse even then]]. Even with physical appearance, if nudity isn't required, there are some people who can convincingly pass themselves off as the other gender.

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When you get down to it,p it, there's not much difference between what men and women can do. Even if on average one gender or sex is more suited to the role, as long as it doesn't involve reproduction, there will be exceptions to the rule. And sometimes [[MisterSeahorse even then]]. Even with physical appearance, if nudity isn't required, there are some people who can convincingly pass themselves off as the other gender.
30th Jul '16 11:39:58 PM JoeMerl
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When you get down to it, there's not much difference between what men and women can do. Even if on average one gender or sex is more suited to the role, as long as it doesn't involve reproduction, there will be exceptions to the rule. And sometimes [[MisterSeahorse even then]]. Even with physical appearance, if nudity isn't required, there are some people who can convincingly pass themselves off as the other gender.

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When you get down to it, it,p there's not much difference between what men and women can do. Even if on average one gender or sex is more suited to the role, as long as it doesn't involve reproduction, there will be exceptions to the rule. And sometimes [[MisterSeahorse even then]]. Even with physical appearance, if nudity isn't required, there are some people who can convincingly pass themselves off as the other gender.



* In PreCrisis [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] stories, Billy and Freddy got their powers from famous "gods" (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury), while Mary's came from six "goddesses" (Selene, Hippolyta, Ariadne, Zephyrus, Aurora and Minerva). Functionally, however, they had all the same powers...even though they probably shouldn't have, since Mary's set sometimes provided gifts like "beauty" instead things useful in a fight. (Also, yes, ignore the fact that [[GenderFlip Zephyrus was male in actual mythology]].)

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* In PreCrisis [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] stories, Billy and Freddy got their powers from famous "gods" (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury), while Mary's came from six "goddesses" (Selene, Hippolyta, Ariadne, Zephyrus, Aurora and Minerva). Functionally, however, they had all the same powers...even though they probably shouldn't have, since Mary's set sometimes provided gifts like "beauty" instead things useful in a fight. (Also, yes, ignore the fact that [[GenderFlip Zephyrus was male in actual mythology]].)) PostCrisis, Mary also gets her powers from the male set.
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