Created By: deuxhero on April 1, 2011 Last Edited By: deuxhero on March 14, 2012
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Paper Thin Crossdressing

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Person cross dresses for whatever reason, but is still visibly (and generally horrifyingly) obvious, with features such as facial or chest hair, or noticeably thick hairy limbs being visible. May or may not be effective in spite of this.

Do We Not Have This One, Seen It a Million Times.

Examples

Anime
  • There's a very butch crossdresser (complete with "rugged" stubble) in the Cowboy Bebop movie who appears as a one-off gag.

Music
  • There's no mention of any physical traits, but one of the cases in favor of The Kinks' song "Lola" being about a crossdresser is that "she walks like a woman and talks like a man."

Video Games
  • The three main males of Persona 3 almost get picked up by one while trolling for chicks during the Yakushima Island sequence before Akihiko notices a bit of stubble where "she" missed a spot while shaving.

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • April 1, 2011
    Rolf
    Seen this many times yeah...

    I remember that had one that had just dress and oranges as breasts. :P nothing else was added so its really thin. Can't recall where thats from though.
  • April 1, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    ^ that version was done frequently in Allo Allo where Rene didn't even shave his moustache before being Disguised In Drag, and Herr Flick literally used melons as fake breasts (and these were visible the entire time).
  • April 1, 2011
    leechee
    And leg hair. Don't forget leg hair.
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    I don't think it always has to be male. There are a number of times in Gokusen where Kumiko dresses as a man by putting on a wrestling mask or a top-knot costume wig. It's a running gag that everyone knows its her but are to stunned and/or terrified to tell her.
  • April 1, 2011
    deuxhero
    Ah, yes the thick hairy legs.

    @Kaoy Any pics?
  • April 1, 2011
    Morgie
    Like Kaoy said, it doesn't have to be nessecarily male, though 99% of cases are-a female example would be Night from Light And Dark The Adventures Of Dark Yagami, who crossdresses to get info from L...with a tattoo saying 'I'm a guy'. While naked. It still works.
  • April 1, 2011
    Specialist290
    • There's no mention of any physical traits, but one of the cases in favor of The Kinks' song "Lola" being about a crossdresser is that "she walks like a woman and talks like a man."
    • The three main males of Persona 3 almost get picked up by one while trolling for chicks during the Yakushima Island sequence before Akihiko notices a bit of stubble where "she" missed a spot while shaving.
    • There's a very butch crossdresser (complete with "rugged" stubble) in the Cowboy Bebop movie who appears as a one-off gag.
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^^^Here is a page of her with the top-knot wig.[1]
  • April 1, 2011
    foxley
    Van Helsing from Young Dracula, who doesn't bother shaving off his beard when posing as a woman.
  • April 1, 2011
    Bisected8
  • April 1, 2011
    Superhal
    Maybe this could also inspire a new trope about how female crossdressers are always caught by somebody seeing their boobs. As long as the boobs don't flash, nobody will ever, EVER figure it out, even though it's usually patently obvious when looking at their wrists, necks, shoulder to hip ratio, scraggly beards, etc.
  • April 1, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    manga and anime:

    Webcomics
  • April 1, 2011
    Jordan
    In one instance in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Nozomu is implied to have had sex with a very masculine transexual (who looks kind of like the protagonist of Great Teacher Onizuka, but in a dress) in order to demonstrate his politically correct credentials.
  • April 2, 2011
    Thebes
    Three webcomic examples.

  • April 2, 2011
    IronLion
    Isn't this Creepy Crossdresser (in contrast to Wholesome Crossdresser, where an attempt is made to hide masculine characteristics)?
  • April 2, 2011
    Thebes
    Creepy and Wholesome Crossdressers are just about how character or the act of crossdressing is portrayed morally.

    This is about physical appearance, and could be either one (example, Joker in the nurse outfit is a Creepy Crossdresser, while the Bartender from Mob Ties (I can't remember his name) is a Wholesome Crossdresser), or neither (the character doesn't crossdress as part of his lifestyle, he's just Disguised In Drag).
  • April 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @Bisected8: this seems to be an In Universe thing, and the Monty Python men always* played female characters, no matter how horribly they pulled it off.

    • Bobs Burgers: Bob takes a job moonlighting as a cabbie in order to pay for his daughter's Sweet 13 party, at which time he meets and gets to become friends with three obviously crossdressing hookers. He ends up drunkenly inviting them to the party, where they save the day by identifying Bob's Arch Nemesis as a client.

    *AFAIR
  • April 2, 2011
    Glucharina
    • The Cleveland Show: Cleveland, his father and his friends dressed as women to expose con artist. Naturally, he saw through their disguise and scammed them again.
  • April 2, 2011
    Surenity
    • Baldrick does his share of this in Black Adder, such as the episode where he acts as Blackadder's bridesmaid for a wedding, not even bothering to shave his beard. Lord Flasheart later compliments the beard on Blackadder's apparent "bridesmaid", saying it gives him "Something to HANG onto!"
  • April 2, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • A rare female to male example in Yellowbeard. When the ship's captain makes the female prostitute an officer and calls her "Mr. Prostitute", she dresses as a man but is still obviously a woman, both to the audience and in universe. For example, Yellowbeard grabs her and rapes her.

    Literature
    Spam hungrily ogled the scantily clad "piglets" who served as waitresses, each buxom wench also outfitted in fake tail, ears, and snout. One of the piglets sidled up to the table for their order as Spam greedily took stock of her big red eyes, crooked blond wig, and hairy legs.
    [Snip waitress taking the order]
    As the waitress lurched off, wobbling on her heels and tripping over her long, black scabbard, Frito surveyed the crowd for anyone suspicious.
  • April 2, 2011
    Antigone3
    Google "Sailor Bubba" if you want a page image for this.
  • April 2, 2011
    arromdee
    I don't think we should have page images whose effect is to hold real living people up to ridicule.
  • April 2, 2011
    dalek955
    Nobby Nobbs in Discworld, when he was Disguised In Drag in Klatch. The laws of humor say that a character doing this ought to be attactive, with hilarious results. In this case, however, the laws of humor lose out against the fact that it was Nobby.
  • April 2, 2011
    TaureanChorono
    Real world examples include "Sailor Bubba/Bluto" and "Man-Faye." @arromdee: these 2 1/2 examples are intentional on the parts of the crossplayer. Fat, hairy men KNOW that they are fat and hairy.

    In Persona 4, the three main males are roped into a cross-dressing beauty pageant in their school (and are the only entries) after signing up the females for a REAL beauty pageant. Hilarity ensues, especially since Kanji, the manliest among them (whose sexuality is described by the game's writers as "whatever is funniest at the time") is dressed by Naoto, a female-to-male cross-dresser who possesses as much knowledge of fashion and makeup as the average male.

    @Superhal: the above-mentioned, spoiler-hidden character is only found out because of the game's plot-mechanic of going inside sub-worlds made by people's insecurities and suppressed feelings. No evidence of bewbies till much later in the game.

  • April 2, 2011
    Rolf
    Just IMHO, but "Male (and it is ALWAYS Male to female, never the opposite) cross dresses for whatever reason" really shouldnt be there. There is couple of female examples already, and I forsee few more.
  • April 2, 2011
    VampireBuddha
    In The Powerpuff Girls, three big, manly criminals who kept getting defeated by the girls decided to ruin their name by committing crimes while disguised as them. Despite being over a metre taller with stubble, thick armpit hair, prominent chins, and acting like strongly heterosexual grown men, Miss Sara Bellum was the only one who saw through the disguise. Even the girls and the criminals themselves had trouble telling each other apart when they actually fought.
  • April 3, 2011
    deuxhero
    ^ Ah yes, that was one of the examples I was trying to remember when thinking of this. I think it would make a good page picture.
  • April 3, 2011
    Irrisia
    Also from Terry Pratchett, this trope is lampshaded in Monstrous Regiment. I can't find my copy of the book though; anyone got a better summary of the bit where Lieutenant Blouse, obviously a man in a dress, tries to infiltrate the enemy castle?

    Superhal: Monstrous Regiment would also be a parody of the trope you've proposed, wouldn't it? They're ALL girls except for Lieutenant Blouse and -no-one- notices except Jackrum? It takes Polly a while to wrok it out, too.
  • April 3, 2011
    Rolf
  • April 4, 2011
    Glucharina
    Female-to-Male occured in Phineas And Ferb. Candace tried to pass as a male journalist, using fake mustaches and wig (but still wearing skirt). She succesfuly fooled everyone, claiming that camera add masculinity. The fact that it was All Just A Dream probably helped.
  • April 4, 2011
    Kaoy
    So thats 4 examples of paper thin f-to-m cross-dressing. Yep, about time to beak out the 'Needs A Better Description'.
  • March 14, 2012
    deuxhero
  • March 14, 2012
    lebrel

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