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23rd Jan '16 9:02:27 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace was transformed into a male (and felt attraction to females) during much of her birthday party but [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2006-08-14 changed back to female]] when Tedd (at the time transformed into a female) got over his fear of liking a guy (however temporary that person was a guy) long enough to kiss her.

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* In Due to the sheer amount of gender-bending going on in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', you'd better believe this trope has come up:
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Grace was transformed into a male (and felt attraction to females) during much of her birthday party but [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2006-08-14 changed back to female]] when Tedd (at the time transformed into a female) got over his fear of liking a guy (however temporary that person was a guy) long enough to kiss her.
8th Jan '16 1:39:22 PM DarkHunter
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** None of the other characters, however, show any sign of wanting to... "experiment" with sex changes, beyond Tedd and Grace occasionally swapping bodies with each other ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-02-11 yes, the the fact that Tedd doesn't have any problem being attracted to himself has been noted]]). It has been brought up occasionally, and rejected each time. Most of the characters find the idea of their sexuality changing to be quite a disturbing concept.

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** None of the other characters, however, show any sign of wanting to... "experiment" with sex changes, beyond Tedd and Grace occasionally swapping bodies with each other ([[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-02-11 yes, the the fact that Tedd doesn't have any problem being attracted to himself has been noted]]). It has been brought up occasionally, and rejected each time. Most of the characters find the idea of their sexuality changing to be quite a disturbing concept.
26th Dec '15 1:52:30 AM jormis29
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* In a slight twist, characters from ''{{Simoun}}'' are all originally female and able to choose their sex during a ceremony that marks them as adults. This of course means that one person in a relationship will give up being female to raise a family with their lover, with a few noteworthy exceptions, including one where ''both'' wound up male for various reasons, but eventually wound up together anyway.

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* In a slight twist, characters from ''{{Simoun}}'' ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' are all originally female and able to choose their sex during a ceremony that marks them as adults. This of course means that one person in a relationship will give up being female to raise a family with their lover, with a few noteworthy exceptions, including one where ''both'' wound up male for various reasons, but eventually wound up together anyway.
8th Oct '15 6:45:05 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Elastic Man of ''Webcomic/EvilInc'', has no problem going either way. In fact, he's not certain if he has a gender.
24th Aug '15 4:45:19 PM karstovich2
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** From the same mythology dept., Teiresias. (Although no "natural" shapeshifter - he killed the female of a pair of snakes having sex, and got turned into a female. 100 points if you find out how he turned back without using Wikipedia.)

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** From the same mythology dept., the (not-yet [[BlindSeer blind]] seer) Teiresias. (Although no "natural" shapeshifter - he killed the female of a pair of snakes having sex, and got turned into a female. 100 points if you find out how he turned back without using Wikipedia.)
24th Aug '15 11:53:30 AM Austin
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* Mystique, also of Marvel, is made of this trope. Although not as much as Creator/ChrisClaremont wanted; she [[ExecutiveVeto was meant to be]] Nightcrawler's ''father'', [[HomosexualReproduction not his mother]].

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* Mystique, ComicBook/{{Mystique}}, also of Marvel, is made of this trope. Although not as much as Creator/ChrisClaremont wanted; she [[ExecutiveVeto was meant to be]] Nightcrawler's ''father'', [[HomosexualReproduction not his mother]].
14th Jul '15 5:58:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', M'gann once turned into ComicBook/BlackCanary for a roleplaying make-out session with ComicBook/{{Superboy}}. The real ComicBook/BlackCanary was not pleased when she saw the security tape, though MartianManhunter tried to explain that this was a common "game" on Mars, since everybody's telepathy made [[BedTrick actual deception]] impossible.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', M'gann once turned into ComicBook/BlackCanary for a roleplaying make-out session with ComicBook/{{Superboy}}. The real ComicBook/BlackCanary was not pleased when she saw the security tape, though MartianManhunter ComicBook/MartianManhunter tried to explain that this was a common "game" on Mars, since everybody's telepathy made [[BedTrick actual deception]] impossible.



--->'''Lois Lane''': If she knows anything, I'm the MartianManhunter.\\

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--->'''Lois Lane''': If she knows anything, I'm the MartianManhunter.ComicBook/MartianManhunter.\\
4th May '15 11:13:22 AM nombretomado
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* OlderThanFeudalism: As a trope involving shapeshifting and sex, [[ClassicalMythology Zeus]] ([[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal GOD OF HORNDOGS]]!) naturally gets in on the action--with a twist. Most of the time, when Zeus decided to shapeshift in order to bang someone he found attractive (male or female, with or without permission), it was in the form of a male. However, when Callisto caught his eye, he was much chagrined to find that she had taken a vow of chastity in order to serve Artemis. However, he noticed that the vow of chastity left a loophole in that she ''could'' have sex with Artemis. Naturally, Zeus changed himself to look just like his huntress-goddess daughter, and had his way with Callisto. Somehow this got her pregnant, which, long story short, [[JustSoStory is why Ursa Major and Ursa Minor look like long-tailed bears, and also why (the Greeks thought) there are werewolves]].

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* OlderThanFeudalism: As a trope involving shapeshifting and sex, [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]] ([[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal GOD OF HORNDOGS]]!) naturally gets in on the action--with a twist. Most of the time, when Zeus decided to shapeshift in order to bang someone he found attractive (male or female, with or without permission), it was in the form of a male. However, when Callisto caught his eye, he was much chagrined to find that she had taken a vow of chastity in order to serve Artemis. However, he noticed that the vow of chastity left a loophole in that she ''could'' have sex with Artemis. Naturally, Zeus changed himself to look just like his huntress-goddess daughter, and had his way with Callisto. Somehow this got her pregnant, which, long story short, [[JustSoStory is why Ursa Major and Ursa Minor look like long-tailed bears, and also why (the Greeks thought) there are werewolves]].



* OlderThanPrint: Loki, [[NorseMythology Norse god]] of [[TricksterArchetype mischief]], is a shapeshifter. He was born a male, and two different goddesses have borne some of his children; by the giantess Angrboda, he sired the elder wolf Fenrir, the world snake Jormungand, and the half-dead Goddess of the Norse land of the dead, Hel. By the Aesir Sigyn, he had two sons: Nari (and/or Narfi), and Vali. In the form of a mare he also bore the eight legged horse Sleipnir, fathered by an actual horse.

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* OlderThanPrint: Loki, [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse god]] of [[TricksterArchetype mischief]], is a shapeshifter. He was born a male, and two different goddesses have borne some of his children; by the giantess Angrboda, he sired the elder wolf Fenrir, the world snake Jormungand, and the half-dead Goddess of the Norse land of the dead, Hel. By the Aesir Sigyn, he had two sons: Nari (and/or Narfi), and Vali. In the form of a mare he also bore the eight legged horse Sleipnir, fathered by an actual horse.
2nd Mar '15 9:10:35 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DungeonsAndDragons has this with Doppelgangers, amongst other things.
** {{Eberron}}'s Changelings also display this. The Becomers, in particular, tend to have very fluid gender identities and so freely indulge in both sexes and all sexualities as they see fit. Passers may be willing to change their specific appearance, but almost invariably have a very specific gender and sexuality they assume. Reality Passers, meanwhile, won't change out of their changeling form, but will happily shift between male, female, neuter and {{hermaphrodite}} genders as they will. It's part of Changeling biology to the point that, even though they do have [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm true genders]], alternate genders are fully functional, and even changelings with a "true gender" of male can become pregnant by using a female form.

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* DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has this with Doppelgangers, amongst other things.
** {{Eberron}}'s TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'s Changelings also display this. The Becomers, in particular, tend to have very fluid gender identities and so freely indulge in both sexes and all sexualities as they see fit. Passers may be willing to change their specific appearance, but almost invariably have a very specific gender and sexuality they assume. Reality Passers, meanwhile, won't change out of their changeling form, but will happily shift between male, female, neuter and {{hermaphrodite}} genders as they will. It's part of Changeling biology to the point that, even though they do have [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm true genders]], alternate genders are fully functional, and even changelings with a "true gender" of male can become pregnant by using a female form.



* Partially Inverted in ''{{Rifts}}'', where Changeling [=NPCs=] (which are otherwise sexless) are often said to "Identify" with a single gender, which basically means that the forms they tend to change into will usually be only one sex unless they need to be the other.
* Lunars in ''{{Exalted}}'' are often seen as being like this. Part of it is MemeticMutation, but there is at least one canonical Lunar who's been switching sexes on such a regular basis for so long that they now no longer either know or cares which they started out as.
* In EclipsePhase, transhumans can change bodies with only a little more effort than changing clothes (it's expensive and integration can take a while, but...). Gender identity is thus just that; it's quite likely that at some point you'll end up in a body of the other sex.

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* Partially Inverted in ''{{Rifts}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', where Changeling [=NPCs=] (which are otherwise sexless) are often said to "Identify" with a single gender, which basically means that the forms they tend to change into will usually be only one sex unless they need to be the other.
* Lunars in ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are often seen as being like this. Part of it is MemeticMutation, but there is at least one canonical Lunar who's been switching sexes on such a regular basis for so long that they now no longer either know or cares which they started out as.
* In EclipsePhase, TabletopGame/EclipsePhase, transhumans can change bodies with only a little more effort than changing clothes (it's expensive and integration can take a while, but...). Gender identity is thus just that; it's quite likely that at some point you'll end up in a body of the other sex.
20th Dec '14 7:09:01 PM Austin
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* The Defenders had a short-lived member called Cloud who had two forms: a small cumulus that could project wind, rain and lightning, and a shapely piece of fanservice dressed in a few whisps of cirrus that always looked on the point of blowing away. As the result of a plot involving another team member attempting to seduce them all psychically, she discovered she could just as easily "condense" into a male body. The guys on the team were not pleased.

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* The Defenders ComicBook/TheDefenders had a short-lived member called Cloud who had two forms: a small cumulus that could project wind, rain and lightning, and a shapely piece of fanservice dressed in a few whisps of cirrus that always looked on the point of blowing away. As the result of a plot involving another team member attempting to seduce them all psychically, she discovered she could just as easily "condense" into a male body. The guys on the team were not pleased.



* Used as a major plot point in ''Steel Beach'' by John Varley. Humans have become effectively immortal, but body-changing technology is common and easy, if not terribly inexpensive. The main character, Hilde, realizes he needs a change of pace and turns female partway through the book.

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* Used as a major plot point in ''Steel Beach'' ''Literature/SteelBeach'' by John Varley. Humans have become effectively immortal, but body-changing technology is common and easy, if not terribly inexpensive. The main character, Hilde, realizes he needs a change of pace and turns female partway through the book.
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