History Main / ThirdLawOfGenderbending

19th Sep '16 10:41:15 PM PaulA
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** In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality... and Eternity'', Orlene is transformed into a man and immediately becomes an aggressive, misogynistic, testosterone-charged boor, attempting to rape her friend Jolie. Upon having her female form restored, she and Jolie are horrified and conclude that "Men have passions that women do not", and that the reason all men are not constantly overwhelmed with violent lust is that "they have learned control".

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** In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality... and Eternity'', ''Literature/AndEternity'', Orlene is transformed into a man and immediately becomes an aggressive, misogynistic, testosterone-charged boor, attempting to rape her friend Jolie. Upon having her female form restored, she and Jolie are horrified and conclude that "Men have passions that women do not", and that the reason all men are not constantly overwhelmed with violent lust is that "they have learned control".
25th Jul '16 1:26:03 PM JustKnown
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* Initially played dead straight in ''KanojoNiNaruHi'': Mamiya's deep-seated needs to win at all things and always be the master of her emotions causes him to seize femininity with both hands, literally demanding to be treated "like any other girl" in her reintroduction to the class. Deconstructed later when her chief rival/best friend Miyoshi learns her bravado is a brave front covering a great deal of inner grief, turmoil and anguish because so much of her self image was tied up in being the best at physical things she no long has the strength or the fitness to do.
** Subverted and then resconstructed in the sequel''Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another'' when Sagara, who has not publicly re-indentified as a girl, is pleased by the effect his schoolgirl "disguise" has on his former rival/newfound love interest Narumi. Be it as a boy or girl, looking attractive to Narumi is uppermost in his mind, though he tries to play it off in classic {{tsundere}} fashion by telling himself it's only because skirts are cooler in hot weather.

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* Initially played dead straight in ''KanojoNiNaruHi'': Mamiya's deep-seated needs to win at all things and always be the master of her emotions causes him her to seize femininity with both hands, literally demanding to be treated "like any other girl" in her reintroduction classmates regard her as a girl when she returns to the class. school. Deconstructed later when she breaks down in front of her chief rival/best friend Miyoshi learns and reveals her bravado is just a brave front covering a great deal of inner grief, turmoil and anguish she put up because so much most of her male self image was tied up in being the best at physical things she can no long has the strength or the fitness longer do thanks to do.some concealed GenderBender related health problems.
** Subverted and then resconstructed in the sequel''Kanojo sequel ''Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another'' when Sagara, who has not publicly re-indentified as a girl, is pleased by the effect his schoolgirl "disguise" has on his former rival/newfound love interest Narumi. Be it as a boy or girl, looking attractive to Narumi is uppermost in his mind, though he tries to play it off in classic {{tsundere}} fashion by telling himself it's only because skirts are cooler in hot weather.
25th Jul '16 11:55:04 AM JustKnown
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* Initially played dead straight in ''KanojoNiNaruHi'': Mamiya's deep-seated needs to win at all things and always be the master of her emotions causes him to seize femininity with both hands, literally demanding to be treated "like any other girl" in her reintroduction to the class. Deconstructed later when her chief rival/best friend Miyoshi learns her brave front is covering a great deal of inner grief, turmoil and anguish.
** Subverted and then resconstructed in the sequel''KanojoNiNaruHiAnother'' when Sagara, who has not (yet) publicly re-indentified as a girl, is quite pleased by the effect his schoolgirl "disguise" has on his former rival/newfound love interest Narumi. Be it as a boy or girl, looking attractive to Narumi is uppermost in his mind.

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* Initially played dead straight in ''KanojoNiNaruHi'': Mamiya's deep-seated needs to win at all things and always be the master of her emotions causes him to seize femininity with both hands, literally demanding to be treated "like any other girl" in her reintroduction to the class. Deconstructed later when her chief rival/best friend Miyoshi learns her bravado is a brave front is covering a great deal of inner grief, turmoil and anguish.anguish because so much of her self image was tied up in being the best at physical things she no long has the strength or the fitness to do.
** Subverted and then resconstructed in the sequel''KanojoNiNaruHiAnother'' sequel''Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another'' when Sagara, who has not (yet) publicly re-indentified as a girl, is quite pleased by the effect his schoolgirl "disguise" has on his former rival/newfound love interest Narumi. Be it as a boy or girl, looking attractive to Narumi is uppermost in his mind.mind, though he tries to play it off in classic {{tsundere}} fashion by telling himself it's only because skirts are cooler in hot weather.
25th Jul '16 11:32:46 AM JustKnown
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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 "fit in" (or at least not wanting to stick out) or wanting to distance themselves from an identity or past behavior they've grown to 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. This can result in a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop reinforcing stereotypical behavior, and some people may find the notion of underlying biological imperatives enforcing such behavior deeply offensive.

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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 "fit in" (or at least not wanting to stick out) or out), wanting to distance themselves from an identity or past behavior they've grown to dislike.dislike, or wanting to appear attractive to a potential love interest. 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. This can result in a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop reinforcing stereotypical behavior, behavior and some people may find the notion of underlying biological imperatives enforcing such behavior deeply offensive.


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* Initially played dead straight in ''KanojoNiNaruHi'': Mamiya's deep-seated needs to win at all things and always be the master of her emotions causes him to seize femininity with both hands, literally demanding to be treated "like any other girl" in her reintroduction to the class. Deconstructed later when her chief rival/best friend Miyoshi learns her brave front is covering a great deal of inner grief, turmoil and anguish.
** Subverted and then resconstructed in the sequel''KanojoNiNaruHiAnother'' when Sagara, who has not (yet) publicly re-indentified as a girl, is quite pleased by the effect his schoolgirl "disguise" has on his former rival/newfound love interest Narumi. Be it as a boy or girl, looking attractive to Narumi is uppermost in his mind.
20th Jul '16 2:07:13 PM JustKnown
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Characters who change gender typically 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 [[{{Aesop}} lesson]] in gender equality .

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Characters who change gender typically adopt "gender adopt--or be forced to 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 [[{{Aesop}} lesson]] in gender equality .



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 "fit in", or wanting to distance themselves from an identity or past behavior they've grown to 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.

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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 "fit in", in" (or at least not wanting to stick out) or wanting to distance themselves from an identity or past behavior they've grown to 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.
24th Jun '16 1:19:40 PM StFan
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* Navarone tries to avert this which gender swapped in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', but circumstances tend to conspire against him. Particularly when he gets taken captive by the monkeys, and is forced into wearing various dresses.

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* Navarone tries to avert this which gender swapped in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', but circumstances tend to conspire against him. Particularly when he gets taken captive by the monkeys, and is forced In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' story arc (playing off of ''The Metamorphosis''), Jason dreams of waking up transformed into wearing various dresses.a girl. He panics at first, but soon experiences desires to go shopping and enjoying the BackstreetBoys. Justified, as we see that Jason has a childish view of girls (which makes sense, as he ''is'' a child).
** And, he didn't know it was Backstreet Boys music until after he'd started liking it; the realization made him do a CatapultNightmare.



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* In ''Film/AllOfMe'', while the heroine is technically sharing a body with the male protagonist, when he falls "asleep" during a court scene, she has to pretend to be him during a cross examination. Her attempts to act male include, but are not limited to, widening her shoulders as much as possible, deepening her voice to ridiculous extents, and even pausing to spit into a non-existent spittoon.

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* In ''Film/AllOfMe'', while the heroine is technically sharing a body with the male protagonist, Navarone tries to avert this which gender swapped in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', but circumstances tend to conspire against him. Particularly when he falls "asleep" during a court scene, she has to pretend to be him during a cross examination. Her attempts to act male include, but are not limited to, widening her shoulders as much as possible, deepening her voice to ridiculous extents, gets taken captive by the monkeys, and even pausing to spit is forced into a non-existent spittoon.wearing various dresses.



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* In ''Film/AllOfMe'', while the heroine is technically sharing a body with the male protagonist, when he falls "asleep" during a court scene, she has to pretend to be him during a cross examination. Her attempts to act male include, but are not limited to, widening her shoulders as much as possible, deepening her voice to ridiculous extents, and even pausing to spit into a non-existent spittoon.
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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''{{Literature/MGP}}'' The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} and go undercover as a cheerleader means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's too introverted to actually be that demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlinessUpgrade involving shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup. Fortunately her fellow Spirit Guards are largely sympathetic to her desire to tone down her [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] to avoid unwanted malre attention, though her UnwittingMuggleFriend Stacy has other ideas. She also has to learn to live with 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.



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* In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' story arc (playing off of ''The Metamorphosis''), Jason dreams of waking up transformed into a girl. He panics at first, but soon experiences desires to go shopping and enjoying the BackstreetBoys. Justified, as we see that Jason has a childish view of girls (which makes sense, as he ''is'' a child).
** And, he didn't know it was Backstreet Boys music until after he'd started liking it; the realization made him do a CatapultNightmare.
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* In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' story arc (playing off of ''The Metamorphosis''), Jason dreams of waking up transformed into a girl. He panics at first, but soon experiences desires to go shopping and enjoying the BackstreetBoys. Justified, as we see that Jason has a childish view of girls (which makes sense, as he ''is'' a child).
** And, he didn't know it was Backstreet Boys music until after he'd started liking it; the realization made him do a CatapultNightmare.
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* ''Take A Lemon'' actually combines variation 1 and 2: not only do the circumstances of the his GenderBender force Marsh to adopt a masquerade it turns out his alternate universe DistaffCounterpart ''doesn't own any pants'' as unlikely as that seems.
* The GenderBender characters of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' display the full range of this trope. They are expected to keep up a HideYourGays masquerade while at the titular school for the safety of the LGBTI students at Poe cottage, which the school justifies as a sensible precaution after an MTF student was murdered by her homophobic boyfriend. However the degree to which individual students actually participate reflects the degree to which they were (knowingly or unknowingly) transgender before their change, the degree of their change, their degree of acceptance afterwards, and/or their confidence in their ability to defend themselves.

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* ''Take A a Lemon'' actually combines variation 1 and 2: not only do the circumstances of the his GenderBender force Marsh to adopt a masquerade it turns out his alternate universe DistaffCounterpart ''doesn't own any pants'' as unlikely as that seems.
* The GenderBender characters of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' display the full range of this trope. They are expected to keep up a HideYourGays masquerade while at the titular school for the safety of the LGBTI students at Poe cottage, which the school justifies as a sensible precaution after an MTF student was murdered by her homophobic boyfriend. However the degree to which individual students actually participate reflects the degree to which they were (knowingly or unknowingly) transgender before their change, the degree of their change, their degree of acceptance afterwards, and/or their confidence in their ability to defend themselves.


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* Explored in enough depth to constitute an entire subplot in ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy''. The need to maintain the {{Masquerade}} and go undercover as a cheerleader means Robynne gets dragged kicking and screaming (figuratively, anyway, she's too introverted to actually be that demonstrative) into a crash-course GirlinessUpgrade involving shoes, clothing, lingerie, and makeup. Fortunately her fellow Spirit Guards are largely sympathetic to her desire to tone down her [[AttractiveBentGender spectacular looks]] to avoid unwanted male attention, though her UnwittingMuggleFriend Stacy has other ideas. She also has to learn to live with 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.
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.
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