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24th Aug '16 6:25:13 AM Omeganian
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* In ''Literature/TheDiscreetPrincess'', the titular character delivers her newborn nephews to their EvilPrince father while disguised as a doctor treating him after their last encounter.
22nd Aug '16 9:21:55 PM Homemaderat
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* In ''Literature/TheArtushof'' Berklinger tries to avoid his daughter getting married by dressing her up as his son instead.
27th Jul '16 7:44:40 AM DaibhidC
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' with the Shining Knight (who is a Sweet Polly Oliver in some other versions as well). Her costume looks convincing to the reader (due to the fact that she's very flat-chested) but fools ''no one'' in-universe. And then played with further when [[spoiler: it turns out assuming she's a woman is wrong as well; she's non-binary in some way (nobody in the setting has the right terminology; she describes herself as "both".]]

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' with the Shining Knight (who is a Sweet Polly Oliver in some other versions as well). Her costume looks convincing to the reader (due to the fact that she's very flat-chested) but fools ''no one'' in-universe. And then played with further when [[spoiler: it turns out assuming she's a woman is wrong as well; she's non-binary in some way (nobody in the setting has the right terminology; she describes herself as "both"."both").]]
27th Jul '16 7:44:06 AM DaibhidC
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' with the Shining Knight (who is a Sweet Polly Oliver in some other versions as well). Her costume looks convincing to the reader (due to the fact that she's very flat-chested) but fools ''no one'' in-universe.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' with the Shining Knight (who is a Sweet Polly Oliver in some other versions as well). Her costume looks convincing to the reader (due to the fact that she's very flat-chested) but fools ''no one'' in-universe. And then played with further when [[spoiler: it turns out assuming she's a woman is wrong as well; she's non-binary in some way (nobody in the setting has the right terminology; she describes herself as "both".]]
24th Jul '16 1:35:49 PM DaibhidC
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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' spoofs the everloving hell out of this one. Our heroine Polly Perks joins the army of her war-torn home country of Borogravia, under the alias of "Oliver Perks", to look for her strong-but-simple brother Paul. [[spoiler: Along the way, she discovers everyone in her squad ''except'' the limp-wristed commanding officer, including the boisterous and apparently quite male Sergeant Jackrum, is also a woman disguised as a man, as are quite a few members of the Borogravian top brass]]. Pratchett also plays this for drama as much as for laughs, with Polly becoming disgusted by the contrast between how men and women are treated in Borogravia.
** Oh, and the song exists in the setting. She took the name as a reference, but finds the joke gets old when people keep asking if she's heard of it.
** What's really ironic is that when the regiment has to dress as women in order to infiltrate an enemy base, the male lieutenant is simply waved through, but Polly is assumed to be a man dressed as a woman and questioned.
** Even more ironic is when Jackrum states how so many of the upper brass are women and is then astounded to realize that ''every single one of them'' thought ''she'' was the only one in the army doing this.
* The [[Film/TheAdventuresofPriscillaQueenoftheDesert performing troupe of female impersonators]] in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' included an actual female, who was filling in for her brother.
** And turned sideways because Rincewind honestly doesn't notice, though he did get upset that his (presumably male... ish) Luggage was now dressed in high heels (a lot of them) and a frilly pink tablecloth.
* An obscure Pratchett use of this trope, from the ''Assassins' Guild [[AllThereInTheManual Discworld Diary]]'', reveals that a few Polly Olivers had enrolled in the then all-male Guild school, by means of a short haircut and a note excusing them from gym classes. One former [=SPO=] became head tutor for Black Widow House after the Guild school went co-ed, and now teaches Edged Weaponry and Fencing.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' spoofs the everloving hell out of this one. Our heroine Polly Perks joins the army of her war-torn home country of Borogravia, under the alias of "Oliver Perks", to look for her strong-but-simple brother Paul. [[spoiler: Along the way, she discovers everyone in her squad ''except'' the limp-wristed commanding officer, including the boisterous and apparently quite male Sergeant Jackrum, is also a woman disguised as a man, as are quite a few members of the Borogravian top brass]]. Pratchett also plays this for drama as much as for laughs, with Polly becoming disgusted by the contrast between how men and women are treated in Borogravia.
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Borogravia. What's really ironic is that when the regiment has to [[RecursiveCrossDressing dress as women]] in order to infiltrate an enemy base, the male lieutenant is simply waved through, but Polly is assumed to be a man dressed as a woman and questioned. Even more ironic is when Jackrum states how [spoiler: so many of the upper brass are women and is then astounded to realize that ''every single one of them'' thought ''she'' was the only one in the army doing this]]. Oh, and the song exists in the setting. She took the name as a reference, but finds the joke gets old when people keep asking if she's heard of it.
** What's really ironic is that when the regiment has to dress as women in order to infiltrate an enemy base, the male lieutenant is simply waved through, but Polly is assumed to be a man dressed as a woman and questioned.
** Even more ironic is when Jackrum states how so many of the upper brass are women and is then astounded to realize that ''every single one of them'' thought ''she'' was the only one in the army doing this.
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The [[Film/TheAdventuresofPriscillaQueenoftheDesert performing troupe of female impersonators]] in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' included an actual female, who was filling in for her brother.
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brother. And turned sideways because Rincewind honestly doesn't notice, though he did get upset that his (presumably male... ish) Luggage was now dressed in high heels (a lot of them) and a frilly pink tablecloth.
* ** An obscure Pratchett use of this trope, from the ''Assassins' Guild [[AllThereInTheManual Discworld Diary]]'', reveals that a few Polly Olivers had enrolled in the then all-male Guild school, by means of a short haircut and a note excusing them from gym classes. One former [=SPO=] became head tutor for Black Widow House after the Guild school went co-ed, and now teaches Edged Weaponry and Fencing.



* Didn't anyone else read ''Cue for Treason'' in high school?

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* Didn't anyone else read ''Cue In''Cue for Treason'' in high school?Treason'', the young runaway Kit, who joins an Elizabethan theatre troupe and proves good at [[RecursiveCrossDressing playing female parts]], is actually called Katherine.
4th Jul '16 7:55:33 AM DoctorNemesis
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** In the same episode, Baldrick attempts an inversion where he disguises himself as a woman to try and seduce the General to marry him for his wealth ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yeah...]]). Blackadder scuttles the plan by pointing out that the General is unlikely to be attracted to a "two-legged badger wrapped in a curtain".
2nd Jul '16 3:26:13 PM Sugao
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* Japanese has a surprisingly simple word for this, ''dansou'' (男装). It's also common for all-female acting troupes to have women who play boys' roles, often ''only'' boys' roles. In these cases, the actress may even appear as a man in public, despite being a woman, because it's "easier" for her fans to see her as a him (even if her gender is an OpenSecret).
23rd Jun '16 11:36:52 AM Omeganian
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* [[https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B9,_%D0%95%D0%B2%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BA%D0%B8%D1%8F_%D0%9D%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BD%D0%B0 Eudokiya Zavaliy]] (1924-2010), the marine corps officer of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. She joined Red Army as a girl in 1941 after her village was taken by German landing force and worked as a nurse. But later she was commissioned because of injury and put in reserve regiment. Than some officers came to get volunteers to the front-lines they took her for a man. She decided to play with and soon became a platoon commander. After her real gender was uncovered 8 months later she was sent to the officers courses and became the one and only female Marine corps officer in Soviet history. She retired in 1947 in rank of guards colonel. She and her marine platoon was so feared by Nazis that they called her Frau Schwarzer Tod (Miss Black death).

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* [[https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B9,_%D0%95%D0%B2%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BA%D0%B8%D1%8F_%D0%9D%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BD%D0%B0 org/wiki/Завалий,_Евдокия_Николаевна Eudokiya Zavaliy]] (1924-2010), the marine corps officer of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. She joined Red Army as a girl in 1941 after her village was taken by German landing force and worked as a nurse. But later she was commissioned because of injury and put in reserve regiment. Than some officers came to get volunteers to the front-lines they took her for a man.man (helped by the documents saying "Eudok.", which can be the beginning of both Eudokia ''and'' Eudokim). She decided to play with and soon became a platoon commander. After her real gender was uncovered 8 months later (as usual, in a hospital) she was sent to the officers courses and became the one and only female Marine corps officer in Soviet history. She retired in 1947 in rank of guards colonel. She and her marine platoon was so feared by Nazis that they called her Frau Schwarzer Tod (Miss Black death).
23rd Jun '16 10:43:12 AM JoieDeCombat
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* In ''Literature/RoseDaughter'', a retelling of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" by Creator/RobinMcKinley, Beauty's sister Lionheart disguises herself as a boy so she can get a job and help support her father and sisters. This confuses their new neighbors somewhat, who are ''quite sure'' that when the family moved in there were three daughters rather than two daughters and a son, but they shrug it off and go about their lives.

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* In ''Literature/RoseDaughter'', a retelling of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" by Creator/RobinMcKinley, Beauty's sister Lionheart disguises herself as a boy so she can get a job and help support her father and sisters. This somewhat confuses their new neighbors somewhat, neighbors, who are ''quite sure'' that when the family moved in there were three daughters rather than two daughters and a son, but they shrug it off and go about their lives.
23rd Jun '16 10:37:32 AM Andyroid
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* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', [[spoiler: Pidge turns out to be a girl named Katie Holt, who disguised herself as a boy to continue investigating the disappearance of her father and brother.]]
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