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4th Jul '16 11:01:39 PM Kazmahu
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features indisputably male Sky Knights (read: Pegasus riders), capped off by a massive LampshadeHanging when Selena ([[spoiler:aka Severa, native of a land where Pegasi would only tolerate females]]) asks Subaki about it.

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features indisputably male Sky Knights (read: Pegasus riders), capped off by a massive LampshadeHanging when Selena ([[spoiler:aka Severa, native of a land where Pegasi would only tolerate females]]) asks Subaki one of them about it.
4th Jul '16 10:59:05 PM Kazmahu
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features indisputably male Sky Knights (read: Pegasus riders), capped off by a massive LampshadeHanging when Selena ([[spoiler:aka Severa, native of a land where Pegasi would only tolerate females]]) asks Subaki about it.
28th Jun '16 2:54:55 PM StFan
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* In the ''SectorGeneral'' novels, Educator Tapes can't be tolerated by human females. This started as ValuesDissonance because the first book was written in TheFifties, but we [[RetCon later learn]] that it's a species restriction; ''alien'' females (those species that have females) can and do use them.

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* In the ''SectorGeneral'' ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' novels, Educator Tapes can't be tolerated by human females. This started as ValuesDissonance because the first book was written in TheFifties, but we [[RetCon later learn]] that it's a species restriction; ''alien'' females (those species that have females) can and do use them.



* In Anne Bishops "BlackJewels" saga, female magic is almost always more potent than men's. Ranking within the Jewels can extend to Queen for females, whereas male ranking extends only to Warlord Prince. However, the magical power depends on the darkness of the jewel of an individual.

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* In Anne Bishops "BlackJewels" Bishopss ''Literature/BlackJewels'' saga, female magic is almost always more potent than men's. Ranking within the Jewels can extend to Queen for females, whereas male ranking extends only to Warlord Prince. However, the magical power depends on the darkness of the jewel of an individual.



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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho 2011'' Christmas special, "[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe]]", [[spoiler: only women are deemed strong enough to carry the whole Forest's essence in their head]].

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho 2011'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' 2011 Christmas special, "[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe]]", [[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only women are deemed strong enough to carry the whole Forest's essence in their head]].



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* Amusingly averted in Myth/NorseMythology. A majority of witches are female, but only because their magic [[DeusSexMachina relies on contact with another person's semen]]. Yes, that means the {{Uke}} can have magic powers too.
** It should be mentioned one of the ways for people whom today we would consider homosexual or trans-female could live openly and still be moderately tolerated in Norse society was to practice witchcraft (much like the Hijira of modern India). Of course, they were still shunned and ostracized, but people still sought their services, and not many would want to anger a witch.
** And to further make the point: Odin is a male witch. (He wanted to learn all the magic of the world...) This means exactly what you think it means.

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* Amusingly averted in Myth/NorseMythology. A majority of witches are female, but only because their magic [[DeusSexMachina relies on contact with another person's semen]]. Yes, that means the {{Uke}} can have magic powers too.
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too. It should be mentioned one of the ways for people whom today we would consider homosexual or trans-female could live openly and still be moderately tolerated in Norse society was to practice witchcraft (much like the Hijira of modern India). Of course, they were still shunned and ostracized, but people still sought their services, and not many would want to anger a witch.
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witch. And to further make the point: Odin is a male witch. (He wanted to learn all the magic of the world...) This means exactly what you think it means.



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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the series of enhancements used to create a SpaceMarine is only usable on men.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since the enhancements are based on the biology of the Primarchs, who were all men because they were cloned from the Emperor.
** Older source material also stated that acceptance of the implants and the ensuing muscle growth required the increased testosterone output in men.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' both the Dark Elves and Bretonnians only have female magic users. Whether this is a cultural or natural restriction depends on who you ask; males of other factions are perfectly able to use magic, but each faction [[FunctionalMagic accesses and uses magic in a different way]].
** In at least some versions of the fluff, the lack of male Dark Elf wizards was related to a prophecy that one of them would topple the [[EvilOverlord immortal Dark Elf king]]. Obviously, male study of magic was not encouraged.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the series of enhancements used to create a SpaceMarine is only usable on men.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]],
men. {{Justified|Trope}} since the enhancements are based on the biology of the Primarchs, who were all men because they were cloned from the Emperor.
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Emperor. Older source material also stated that acceptance of the implants and the ensuing muscle growth required the increased testosterone output in men.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' both the Dark Elves and Bretonnians only have female magic users. Whether this is a cultural or natural restriction depends on who you ask; males of other factions are perfectly able to use magic, but each faction [[FunctionalMagic accesses and uses magic in a different way]].
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way]]. In at least some versions of the fluff, the lack of male Dark Elf wizards was related to a prophecy that one of them would topple the [[EvilOverlord immortal Dark Elf king]]. Obviously, male study of magic was not encouraged.



* In the 2E ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, the followers of Hala included female clerics and male wizards, ostensibly because the goddess taught that each gender was better-suited to that sort of magic. Subverted in the 3E Ravenloft products, which left its Halan prestige classes open to both sexes.

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In the 2E ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, the followers of Hala included female clerics and male wizards, ostensibly because the goddess taught that each gender was better-suited to that sort of magic. Subverted in the 3E Ravenloft products, which left its Halan prestige classes open to both sexes.



* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', only the female Skrall have psionic powers. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: these were given to them by an EldritchAbomination purely for it's own amusement, and are not a natural ability at all.]]

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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', only the female Skrall have psionic powers. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: these [[spoiler:these were given to them by an EldritchAbomination purely for it's its own amusement, and are not a natural ability at all.]]



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* ''FireEmblem'' has female Dancers and male Bards, though they essentially do the same thing. In addition, only females can ride Pegasi, explained at one point as the weight (amusingly, generic enemy Pegasus knights count as male stats wise). Another explanation claims that it's because it's hard enough for a woman to get her Pegasus to trust, while a man is incapable of gaining a pegasus' trust.
** In the earlier games in the ''[[FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Akaneia series]]'' the enemy pegasus knights were male, but they appear to have been have {{Retcon}}ned out of the series as they're gone from the remake.
** In Shadow Dragon, the spell Excalibur can only be used by men and the spell Aura can only be used by women(despite it being used by a male character used it in the games story). It is also noted that Falchion can only be wielded by male descendants of Anri [[spoiler:though this is proven false when Lucina wields it in ''Awakening''.]]

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* ''FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has female Dancers and male Bards, though they essentially do the same thing. In addition, only females can ride Pegasi, explained at one point as the weight (amusingly, generic enemy Pegasus knights count as male stats wise). Another explanation claims that it's because it's hard enough for a woman to get her Pegasus to trust, while a man is incapable of gaining a pegasus' trust.
** In the earlier games in the ''[[FireEmblemAkaneia ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Akaneia series]]'' the enemy pegasus knights were male, but they appear to have been have {{Retcon}}ned out of the series as they're gone from the remake.
** In Shadow Dragon, ''Shadow Dragon'', the spell Excalibur can only be used by men and the spell Aura can only be used by women(despite it being used by a male character used it in the games story). It is also noted that Falchion can only be wielded by male descendants of Anri [[spoiler:though this is proven false when Lucina wields it in ''Awakening''.]]



* In the ''OgreBattle'' series, males and females have entirely different classes available to them, with no class in common. The starting female class is Amazon, while the starting male class is Fighter. Some classes are obvious counterparts (The female Dragon Tamer and the male Beast Master for example). Some of the ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' games however do not follow this formula, instead being like ''FinalFantasyTactics'' where a handful of classes were gender-specific (like Dragon Tamer, Beast Master, Witch and Dragoon), others are shared amongst both genders (like Knights, Wizard, Clerics and Fighters).
* ''{{Achaea}}'' features the Siren, a female-only race who eventually get the ability to charm others with their good looks as they level up.

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* In the ''OgreBattle'' ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' series, males and females have entirely different classes available to them, with no class in common. The starting female class is Amazon, while the starting male class is Fighter. Some classes are obvious counterparts (The female Dragon Tamer and the male Beast Master for example). Some of the ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' games however do not follow this formula, instead being like ''FinalFantasyTactics'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' where a handful of classes were gender-specific (like Dragon Tamer, Beast Master, Witch and Dragoon), others are shared amongst both genders (like Knights, Wizard, Clerics and Fighters).
* ''{{Achaea}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}'' features the Siren, a female-only race who eventually get the ability to charm others with their good looks as they level up.



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* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'': Wotches cannot be male, and cannot even be [[GenderBender turned male]] by magic. Although, that's not to say they can't have been male prior to their becoming the Wotch.
** There IS a male equivalent - [[spoiler:Melleck Xaos is the Worlock]]. Their powers are a bit different, so the rule still applies.

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Wotches cannot be male, and cannot even be [[GenderBender turned male]] by magic. Although, that's not to say they can't have been male prior to their becoming the Wotch.
** There IS a male equivalent - -- [[spoiler:Melleck Xaos is the Worlock]]. Their powers are a bit different, so the rule still applies.



* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', certain classes in Sburb/Sgrub are only available to certain genders. Princes, Bards, and Lords are exclusively male, while Muses are exclusively female.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' traditional summoning or Elendlari can only be performed by females, due to what Word of God describes as something related to their ability to bear children. The Origin of the Jaal'darya story elaborates on this as being related to the ability to separate one's own aura from that of the child growing inside them when they give birth, with the same technique being used to create a traditional summon. [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Nether summoning]] has no such gender restriction (though it's still only taught formally to females in school) which is one reason it's become increasingly popular.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', certain classes in Sburb/Sgrub are only available to certain genders. Princes, Bards, and Lords are exclusively male, while Muses are exclusively female.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' traditional summoning or Elendlari can only be performed by females, due to what Word of God describes as something related to their ability to bear children. The Origin of the Jaal'darya story elaborates on this as being related to the ability to separate one's own aura from that of the child growing inside them when they give birth, with the same technique being used to create a traditional summon. [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Nether summoning]] has no such gender restriction (though it's still only taught formally to females in school) which is one reason it's become increasingly popular.



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** As for female bases, SweetHoneyInTheRock is the only example that comes to mind.

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** As for female bases, SweetHoneyInTheRock Music/SweetHoneyInTheRock is the only example that comes to mind.



** Ditto for pregnancy. While both sexes aid in reproduction, once conception occurs, it's all up to the female's body.

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** * Ditto for pregnancy. While both sexes aid in reproduction, once conception occurs, it's all up to the female's body.
24th Jun '16 2:15:40 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', there exist four maidens with amazing powers representing the four seasons. If one dies, the power will transfer to the last woman she was thinking of at the time of death, or a completely random woman if the person she was thinking of isn't eligible. The power can also be transferred to another woman while alive with special equipment. Ozpin and his peers specifically say a man cannot hold their powers.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', there exist four maidens Maidens with amazing powers representing the four seasons. If one When a Maiden dies, the power will transfer is transferred to a new woman. The precise mechanics are not entirely clear, but what is known is that only young women can receive the power. Neither a man nor an older woman can inherit it. It is further believed that the power transfers to the young woman who was foremost in the Maiden's thoughts as she died, which can be a very bad thing, as the last woman she was thinking person someone thinks of at the time of death, or a completely random woman if can easily be the person she was thinking of isn't eligible. The who killed them. It's further believed that the powers are in some way linked to a person's Aura, and that by transferring Aura from one person to another, the power can also could be transferred to another woman while alive along with special equipment. Ozpin it, however, the only time this has been attempted, it was cut-off partway through and his peers specifically say a man cannot hold their powers.failed.
11th Jun '16 3:52:17 PM nombretomado
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* An enforced case in Terry Goodkind's ''SwordOfTruth'' series. There are only female Confessors, but not because males can't get the power. It's because when a male has the power, it's a much ''stronger'' version, without the cooldown that female confessors have, and because of this they end up using said power to get everything they want. After the first generation of tyrannical male Confessors was dealt with, all male Confessor babies are killed shortly after birth.

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* An enforced case in Terry Goodkind's ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. There are only female Confessors, but not because males can't get the power. It's because when a male has the power, it's a much ''stronger'' version, without the cooldown that female confessors have, and because of this they end up using said power to get everything they want. After the first generation of tyrannical male Confessors was dealt with, all male Confessor babies are killed shortly after birth.
1st Jun '16 2:53:59 PM Antigone3
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* Male Hradani in DavidWeber's Literature/TheWarGods series suffer from the Rage, which, until it's later learned to be controlled and directed, turns them into bloodthirsty berserkers. The flipside, however, is that while in the Rage they are essentially immune to all but the most powerful magic, making them a dire threat to most magic users on the battlefield who they will instinctively attack.

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* Male Hradani in DavidWeber's Literature/TheWarGods series suffer from the Rage, which, until it's later learned to be controlled and directed, turns them into bloodthirsty berserkers. Female hradani do not experience the Rage (and as a result are the default gender for hradani judges and diplomats). The flipside, Rage was imposed on the hradani by the evil wizards who enslaved them; apparently those wizards wanted their female slaves producing warriors instead of being warriors.
** [[CursedWithAwesome The flipside]],
however, is that while in the Rage they are essentially immune to all but the most powerful magic, making them a dire threat to most magic users on the battlefield who they will instinctively attack.
31st May '16 3:48:51 AM Doug86
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* 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 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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* AndreNorton's 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 AndreNorton 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...
26th Apr '16 1:44:01 AM aye_amber
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* In ''AnnalsOfTheWesternShore,'' members of the Upland clans can be born with different magical abilities. In some clans, only one gender is empowered (only Caspro men can "unmake," only Barre women can control animals), while one clan is mentioned where men and women have different powers. However, both sexes can pass on the gift "gene" to their children.

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* In ''AnnalsOfTheWesternShore,'' ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore,'' members of the Upland clans can be born with different magical abilities. In some clans, only one gender is empowered (only Caspro men can "unmake," only Barre women can control animals), while one clan is mentioned where men and women have different powers. However, both sexes can pass on the gift "gene" to their children.
5th Apr '16 6:05:33 AM Larkmarn
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* Parodied in ''Series/{{Family Matters}}'' in the episode, "The Stake Out." Carl and Eddie dismiss the idea of women cops. With both of them laughing, until Harriet proves them wrong.
4th Apr '16 8:24:34 PM AdamNY
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* Parodied in ''Series/{{Family Matters}}'' in the episode, "The Stake Out." Carl and Eddie dismiss the idea of women cops. With both of them laughing, until Harriet proves them wrong.
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