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12th May '17 6:56:16 PM ngh93
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-->'''Francis''': SO! Bein' a ladybug automatically makes me a ''girl''! Is that it flyboy?!

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-->'''Francis''': SO! Bein' a ladybug automatically makes me a ''girl''! Is that it it, flyboy?!
12th May '17 6:53:56 PM ngh93
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* Francis the ladybug in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' has to constantly reveal his true sex. And given he's voiced by Denis Leary, he does it in the most caustic way possible.

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* Francis the ladybug in ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' has to constantly reveal his true sex. And given he's voiced by Denis Leary, Creator/DenisLeary, he does it in the most caustic way possible.
9th May '17 6:23:28 PM kataangluvr
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* In ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', Otani has one when he learns that Seiko, the girl he was dating, is a transwoman. He's initially shocked upon the discovery and can barely face her for a few days, but he recovers and becomes friends with her.
11th Apr '17 11:06:33 AM Eievie
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This can happen to any gender and sexuality. (Well, [[{{Asexuality}} almost any]]. [[BiTheWay Actually, only monosexuals--bi people likely won't care.]]) A straight male might be shocked to find the girl he's been crushing on was a male all along. A straight female might be confused to realize that hot guy she's been daydreaming about was actually a woman. Her male GayBestFriend, who was also daydreaming about the guy (who is really a girl) will probably feel similarly. Almost always there is shock upon TheReveal, probably disappointment and maybe even disgust on the part of the character who was feeling the attraction, but usually the two characters can reconcile by the end and become friends. Other times it might not bother them, or after a period of consideration, they'll decide IfItsYouItsOkay.

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This can happen to any gender and sexuality. (Well, [[{{Asexuality}} almost any]]. works equally well with straight people as it does gay ones.[[note]]{{Asexual|ity}}s--who wouldn't be interested either way--and [[BiTheWay Actually, only monosexuals--bi people likely won't care.]]) A straight male might be shocked bisexuals]]--who wouldn't mind either way--are usually immune to find the girl he's been crushing on was a male all along. his trope, though.[[/note]] A straight female might be confused shocked to realize that hot guy she's been daydreaming about was actually a woman. Her male GayBestFriend, who was also daydreaming about the same guy (who is really a girl) will probably feel similarly. Almost always there is shock upon TheReveal, probably disappointment and maybe even disgust on the part of the character who was feeling the attraction, but usually the two characters can reconcile by the end and become friends. Other times it might not bother them, or after a period of consideration, they'll decide IfItsYouItsOkay.



It's also worth noting that in many examples of this trope, it's not the ''gender'' (i.e., gender identity) that's a shocker, but the ''genitals''. One common example is that a straight man is attracted to a woman but finds out that she's transgender and has a penis -- in RealLife, [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs "trans panic" can have violent or even lethal consequences, and numerous trans people (mainly trans women) being physically or sexually assaulted, sometimes even murdered, when their genitals are revealed]].

Compare with ShapeshiftingSquick, DudeLooksLikeALady, LadyLooksLikeADude, {{Bifauxnen}}, GenderBlenderName, SamusIsAGirl and FemaleMonsterSurprise. Often accompanied by AttractiveBentGender. Contrast JumpingTheGenderBarrier and ShesAManInJapan. A subtrope of GenderReveal.

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It's also worth noting that in many examples of this trope, it's not the ''gender'' (i.e., gender identity) that's a shocker, but the ''genitals''. One common example is that a straight man is attracted to a woman but finds out that she's transgender and has a penis -- in penis--in RealLife, [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs "trans panic" can have violent or even lethal consequences, and numerous trans people (mainly trans women) being physically or sexually assaulted, sometimes even murdered, when their genitals are revealed]].

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ShapeshiftingSquick, DudeLooksLikeALady, LadyLooksLikeADude, {{Bifauxnen}}, GenderBlenderName, SamusIsAGirl SamusIsAGirl, FemaleMonsterSurprise, and FemaleMonsterSurprise.IncompatibleOrientation. Often accompanied by AttractiveBentGender. Contrast JumpingTheGenderBarrier and ShesAManInJapan. A subtrope of GenderReveal.
9th Apr '17 1:24:02 PM nombretomado
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* The title WholesomeCrossdresser in ''TheSagaOfTuck'' does this both when crossdressed and in his normal, baggy boy clothes. The latter tends to annoy him.

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* The title WholesomeCrossdresser in ''TheSagaOfTuck'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' does this both when crossdressed and in his normal, baggy boy clothes. The latter tends to annoy him.
3rd Apr '17 7:19:41 AM Snicka
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* Inverted in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'': Dumbledore assumes that Umbridge is actually a man in drag ([[CrossCastRole as she is played by one]]) and becomes attracted to her, [[spoiler: only to find out that she's actually an extremely butch woman]].
16th Mar '17 1:56:41 AM AlaAlba
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* Years later, Ichika Usami of ''Anime/KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'' ends up falling head over heels for Akira Kenjou, whom she doesn't realize isn't a boy. ''[[TheDitz Not even when Akira turns into Cure Chocolat right in front of her]]''. It takes the end of the episode and Ichika's dad pointing it out for her to realize what's going on.

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* Years later, Ichika Usami of ''Anime/KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'' ends up falling head over heels for Akira Kenjou, whom she doesn't realize isn't a boy. ''[[TheDitz Not even when Akira turns into Cure Chocolat right in front of her]]''.her]]'' (to be fair, [[PrinceCharming Cure Chocolat]] is one handsome Precure when transformed). It takes the end of the episode and Ichika's dad pointing it out for her to realize what's going on.
12th Mar '17 6:25:26 PM Blazer
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-->'''Ichika:''' You're... you're a womaaaaaaaaaaan?!
12th Mar '17 4:45:01 PM Blazer
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* Years later, Ichika Usami of ''Anime/KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'' ends up falling head over heels for Akira Kenjou, whom she doesn't realize isn't a boy. ''[[TheDitz Not even when Akira turns into Cure Chocolat right in front of her]]''. It takes the end of the episode and Ichika's dad pointing it out for her to realize what's going on.
2nd Mar '17 1:43:04 PM WileK209
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Sexual attraction is a funny thing, and sometimes if a character ''physically appears'' to be the right gender to appeal to their sexual preference, then they'll become attracted to them, regardless of what that character's ''actual'' gender might be. Usually said character's true gender is being kept secret purposefully and they are a male DisguisedInDrag or a female [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a male]], but whether the misunderstanding was intentional or not, due to RuleOfDrama, they ''will'' find out and it ''will'' be awkward, hilarious and possibly traumatizing for all involved.

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Sexual attraction is a funny thing, and sometimes if a character ''physically appears'' to be the right gender to appeal to their sexual preference, then they'll become attracted to them, regardless of what that character's ''actual'' gender might be. Usually said character's true gender is being kept secret purposefully and they are a male DisguisedInDrag or a female [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a male]], male]] (sometimes even using [[LatexPerfection a realistic mask]] or a FullBodyDisguise), but whether the misunderstanding was intentional or not, due to RuleOfDrama, they ''will'' find out and it ''will'' be awkward, hilarious and possibly traumatizing for all involved.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' has a moment in the Thanksgiving special wherein Cleveland gets revenge on his wayward and emotionally abusive father by not telling him that the "woman" he's about to get in bed with is actually a man (and totally ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed not]]'' Creator/TylerPerry / Madea). As it happens, the "woman" in question is actually Uncle Kevin, who disguised himself as a woman so Donna would have a positive female role model after her mother passed away. And then when Cleveland DOES tell him, it's not heard, but you see the two men gesturing... then the dad [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomits for thirty seconds.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' has a moment in the Thanksgiving special wherein Cleveland gets revenge on his wayward and emotionally abusive father by not telling him that the "woman" he's about to get in bed with is actually a man (and totally ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed not]]'' Creator/TylerPerry / Madea). As it happens, the "woman" in question is actually Uncle Kevin, who disguised himself as a woman so Donna would have a positive female role model after her mother passed away. And then when Cleveland DOES tell him, it's not heard, but you see the two men gesturing... then just like Brian Griffin in the above example, the dad [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomits for thirty seconds.]]


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "As I Lay Hiccuping," Johnny goes to a very shapely female doctor to do something about his really bad case of the hiccups. When he returns to her for her "special treatment," the female doctor [[FullBodyDisguise pulls off her rubber woman suit]] to reveal a male, bald and heavy doctor with a beard. Johnny's shocked reaction cures his hiccups, and the doctor reveals this trick works every time.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Pluck O' The Irish" ends with a pretty lass revealing to Plucky and Hamton that she is actually three male leprechauns [[TotemPoleTrench stacked up]] with the top one [[LatexPerfection in a rubber girl mask]].
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