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31st Mar '16 4:54:51 AM JustKnown
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Characters who change gender will adopt "gender appropriate" dress and behavior. Most of the time, this means dresses and makeup for a man turned woman and aggressive and macho behavior for a woman turned man. Frequently rationalized as being due to the ''characters'' having stereotypical views of gender roles, particularly when the character in question is depicted as being in need of a gender equality [[{{Aesop}} lesson]].

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Characters who change gender will typically adopt "gender appropriate" dress and behavior. Most of the time, time this means dresses and makeup for a man turned woman and aggressive and macho behavior for a woman turned man. Frequently rationalized as being due to the ''characters'' having stereotypical views of gender roles, particularly when the character in question is depicted as being in need of a gender equality [[{{Aesop}} lesson]].
lesson]] in gender equality .



* A masquerade wherein the character is forced by circumstances to adopt stereotypically masculine or feminine attire or behavior, sometimes under duress. (This is especially the case in FreakyFridayFlip or similar plots where the character becomes a preexisting person of the opposite gender and must maintain the pretense.)
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, wherein the character simply cannot resist adopting stereotypical attire or behavior due to irresistible compulsion, latent desires, MindControl, biological imperatives, or all of the above.

More sophisticated applications of this trope will often try to find common ground somewhere between these two extremes. It may be as simple as characters wanting or needing to be treated "like a normal person" and thus adopting stereotypically "gender appropriate" attire and/or behavior to conform with their perception of the new roles they've been forced to adopt.

Since most {{gender bender}}s are male-to-female this frequently results in scenes where the newly minted "girl" is confronted with all of the "requirements" of his new gender, which can include [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics skirts, hose, makeup, high heels and other trappings of femininity]] which, while common, are by no means mandatory in real life.

Behind the scenes, it's likely that this trope gets used to ensure that the character's problems aren't simply solved by [[RecursiveCrossdressing crossdressing themselves back to their original gender]] and then acting like nothing's changed, thus preserving the drama.

This frequently results in a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop reinforcing stereotypical behavior, and some people may find the notion of underlying biological imperatives enforcing such behavior deeply offensive. It is also a form of TransgenderFetishization, in which a transgender character is hypersexualized and exploited for the benefit of the audience. May result in BecomingTheMask or GoingNative depending upon surrounding circumstances. Often precedes the SecondLawOfGenderBending which may stem from this trope, and may result in a ShoppingMontage and/or MakeoverMontage as the new boy or girl (willingly or not) gets "geared up" for life in their new gender.

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* A masquerade wherein the character is forced by circumstances to adopt stereotypically masculine or feminine attire or behavior, sometimes under duress. (This is especially the case (Commonly found in FreakyFridayFlip or similar plots where the character becomes a preexisting person of the opposite gender and must maintain the pretense.)
) Social mandates such as school or work uniforms may be invoked.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, wherein the character simply cannot resist adopting stereotypical attire or behavior due to irresistible compulsion, latent desires, MindControl, biological imperatives, or some combination of all of the above.

More sophisticated applications of this trope will often try to find common ground somewhere between these two extremes. It may be as simple as characters wanting or needing to be treated "like a normal person" and thus adopting stereotypically "gender appropriate" attire and/or "fit in", or wanting to distance themselves from an identity or past behavior to conform with their perception of the new roles they've been forced grown to adopt.

dislike. Less sophisticated applications simply apply it without question, or place the characters in an environment where clothing associated with their former gender simply isn't available. Behind the scenes, this trope may be applied to ensure that the characters' problems aren't simply solved by [[RecursiveCrossdressing crossdressing themselves back to their original gender]] and then acting like nothing's changed, thus preserving the drama.

Since most {{gender bender}}s are male-to-female this frequently results in scenes where the newly minted "girl" is confronted with all of the "requirements" of his new gender, which can include [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics skirts, hose, makeup, high heels and other trappings of femininity]] which, while common, are by no means mandatory in real life.

Behind the scenes, it's likely that this trope gets used to ensure that the character's problems aren't simply solved by [[RecursiveCrossdressing crossdressing themselves back to their original gender]] and then acting like nothing's changed, thus preserving the drama.

life. This frequently results can result in a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop reinforcing stereotypical behavior, and some people may find the notion of underlying biological imperatives enforcing such behavior deeply offensive. It is also a form offensive.

Supertrope
of TransgenderFetishization, in which a transgender character is hypersexualized and exploited for where the benefit of the audience.third law intersects with RuleThirtyFour. May result in BecomingTheMask or GoingNative depending upon surrounding circumstances. Often precedes the SecondLawOfGenderBending which may stem from this trope, and may result in a ShoppingMontage and/or MakeoverMontage as the new boy or girl (willingly or not) gets "geared up" for life in their new gender.
4th Mar '16 9:10:14 AM JustKnown
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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''[[Literature/MGP]]'' The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} combined with [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's not very demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlinessUpgrade involving shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup, because insufficient attention to these things would attract too much attention. It does not help that she has to go undercover as a cheerleader. She also has to learn to live with a permanent waist-length PeekABangs hairstyle but is at least spared the cost and effort of maintaining it as that comes part and parcel with her MagicalGirlWarrior powers.

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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''[[Literature/MGP]]'' ''{{Literature/MGP}}'' The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} combined with [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] and go undercover as a cheerleader means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's not very too introverted to actually be that demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlinessUpgrade involving shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup, because insufficient attention makeup. Fortunately her fellow Spirit Guards are largely sympathetic to these things would attract too much attention. It does not help that she her desire to tone down her [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] to avoid unwanted malre attention, though her UnwittingMuggleFriend Stacy has to go undercover as a cheerleader. other ideas. She also has to learn to live with a the permanent waist-length PeekABangs hairstyle that comes part and parcel with her MagicalGirlWarrior powers but is at least spared the cost and effort of maintaining it as that comes part and parcel with her MagicalGirlWarrior powers.it.
4th Mar '16 8:52:29 AM JustKnown
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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''Literature/MGP'' The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} combined with [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's not very demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlynessUpgrade of shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup, because insufficient attention to these things would attract too much attention. It does not help that she has to go undercover as a cheerleader. She also has to learn to live with a permanent waist-length PeekABangs hairstyle but is at least spared the cost and effort of maintaining it as that comes part and parcel with her MagicalGirlWarrior powers.

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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''Literature/MGP'' ''[[Literature/MGP]]'' The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} combined with [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's not very demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlynessUpgrade of GirlinessUpgrade involving shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup, because insufficient attention to these things would attract too much attention. It does not help that she has to go undercover as a cheerleader. She also has to learn to live with a permanent waist-length PeekABangs hairstyle but is at least spared the cost and effort of maintaining it as that comes part and parcel with her MagicalGirlWarrior powers.
3rd Mar '16 2:34:43 PM JustKnown
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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''Literature/MGP'' The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} combined with [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's not very demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlynessUpgrade of shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup, because insufficient attention to these things would attract too much attention. It does not help that she has to go undercover as a cheerleader. She also has to learn to live with a permanent waist-length PeekABangs hairstyle but is at least spared the cost and effort of maintaining it as that comes part and parcel with her MagicalGirlWarrior powers.
8th Feb '16 7:33:20 AM KingZeal
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This frequently results in a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop reinforcing stereotypical behavior, and some people may find the notion of underlying biological imperatives enforcing such behavior deeply offensive. May result in BecomingTheMask or GoingNative depending upon surrounding circumstances. Often precedes the SecondLawOfGenderBending which may stem from this trope, and may result in a ShoppingMontage and/or MakeoverMontage as the new boy or girl (willingly or not) gets "geared up" for life in their new gender.

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This frequently results in a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop reinforcing stereotypical behavior, and some people may find the notion of underlying biological imperatives enforcing such behavior deeply offensive. It is also a form of TransgenderFetishization, in which a transgender character is hypersexualized and exploited for the benefit of the audience. May result in BecomingTheMask or GoingNative depending upon surrounding circumstances. Often precedes the SecondLawOfGenderBending which may stem from this trope, and may result in a ShoppingMontage and/or MakeoverMontage as the new boy or girl (willingly or not) gets "geared up" for life in their new gender.
10th Dec '15 11:33:21 AM Schol-R-LEA
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10th Dec '15 11:33:12 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** Fully subverted by Phase, who receives a girl's figure and proceeds to fight tooth and nail against it (despite his guardians' insistence that he embrace the change). Phase still has male genitalia and goes out of his way to announce his still-a-male-ness to everyone he meets, even though events tend to conspire to force him to pretend to be a girl. Phase's mutation got him thrown out of his KnightTemplar family of [[NobleBigot Noble Bigots]] and [[HeteronormativeCrusader Heteronormative Crusaders]] so it's possible he doesn't reject the change so much as he just hates himself.

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** Fully subverted by Phase, who receives a girl's figure and proceeds to fight tooth and nail against it (despite his guardians' insistence that he embrace the change). Phase still has male genitalia and goes out of his way to announce his still-a-male-ness to everyone he meets, even though events [[DraggedIntoDrag tend to conspire to force him him]] to [[DisguisedInDrag pretend to be a girl.girl]]. Phase's mutation got him thrown out of his KnightTemplar family of [[NobleBigot Noble Bigots]] and [[HeteronormativeCrusader Heteronormative Crusaders]] so it's possible he doesn't reject the change so much as he just hates himself.
16th Oct '15 3:06:15 PM nombretomado
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* PiersAnthony's works frequently include gender bending, usually accompanied by this trope. He tends to write natural laws into his settings which force certain behaviors and responses onto characters based on their physical sexes. Several of his books also combine this with ImAManICantHelpIt. A female will turn into a male and learn that males are such virile creatures possessed with such strong libido they must constantly struggle to contain those urges and not turn into rapists. Some specific examples:

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* PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's works frequently include gender bending, usually accompanied by this trope. He tends to write natural laws into his settings which force certain behaviors and responses onto characters based on their physical sexes. Several of his books also combine this with ImAManICantHelpIt. A female will turn into a male and learn that males are such virile creatures possessed with such strong libido they must constantly struggle to contain those urges and not turn into rapists. Some specific examples:
2nd Oct '15 6:41:55 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Paradise}}'' setting, humans are randomly, permanently changed into {{Funny Animal}}s (with some experiencing a gender-change at the same time). Some of these stories feature involuntarily feminized characters receiving a GirlinessUpgrade (because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody) and throwing themselves into it all the way.

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* In the ''{{Paradise}}'' ''WebOriginal/{{Paradise}}'' setting, humans are randomly, permanently changed into {{Funny Animal}}s (with some experiencing a gender-change at the same time). Some of these stories feature involuntarily feminized characters receiving a GirlinessUpgrade (because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody) and throwing themselves into it all the way.
19th Aug '15 11:26:41 PM Discar
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-->--Elliot, ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''

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-->--Elliot, -->-- '''Elliot''', ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''



--> '''Motoko''' (looming over a prostrate Megumi): ...sooner or later, you're going to be looking up at someone '''like this'''.

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--> '''Motoko''' (looming '''Motoko''': ''[looming over a prostrate Megumi): ...Megumi]'' ...sooner or later, you're going to be looking up at someone '''like this'''.



--> '''Chandler''': "Well, don't we look pretty, all dressed up."

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--> '''Chandler''': "Well, Well, don't we look pretty, all dressed up."
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