Created By: Chariset on May 6, 2012

Gender Loyal Phlebotinum

A character's weapon/power is only effective against one gender

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Brave Alice is a lucky knight -- the goddess Istur has given her an enchanted sword to defend the cause of the oppressed. Specifically, women.

However, there's a catch. The enchanted sword will only work against men. If she tries to use it against a woman, all the magic will run out, leaving brave Alice stranded. And wouldn't you know it, the enemy has gotten Dangerously Genre Savvy and recruited the all-female Order of the Rose to stop Alice...

This trope also applies to weapons which can be used by one gender but not the other. It doesn't necessarily have to be female-preference discrimination, but it often is.

Related to Women's Mysteries

Examples
  • In By the Sword, the magic weapon Need cannot be used against a woman.
  • In The Defenders, the Valkyrie Brunhilde is unable to attack women, claiming it will rob her of her strength.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • May 6, 2012
    SKJAM
    • Ranma One Half: The Battle Dougi, which only works for women...and not busty ones at that.
    • Witchblade The titular device only bonds with women.
  • May 6, 2012
    Stratadrake
    • Pokemon has a few effects that vary by gender: "Attract", "Cute Charm", and "Captivate" only work on foes of the opposite gender; while "Rivalry" only works on foes of the same gender.

    • In The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, the "Point of View" gun only works against men, because it was specifically designed to quell husband/wife arguments where the husband "just doesn't get it".
  • May 6, 2012
    Andygal
    Need also appears in a few other books.
  • May 6, 2012
    Dacilriel
    In Danny Phantom a female ghost named Kitty has the power to make men disappear and reappear by blowing a kiss at them. The kisses have no affect on women.
  • May 6, 2012
    darkclaw
    Do perks in games like Fallout count?
  • May 6, 2012
    Chariset
    I suppose, darkclaw, but the element of the trope I'm most concerned to keep is the potential for Loophole Abuse -- if it only works against men, brave Alice is going to be in real trouble when she has to fight a female opponent.
  • May 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Also related to Wouldnt Hit A Girl (where it's the man's personality that keeps him from attacking women rather than his power itself).
  • May 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Piers Anthony's Xanth novel The Source of Magic. A siren's singing charms men but has no effect on women.

    Live Action TV
    • Stargate SG 1 episode "Hathor". The title Goa'uld System Lord uses pheromones to Mind Control the men of Stargate Command, but the female officers are unaffected.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Some monsters have powers that affect men but not women.
        • Nereid. All males that look at her are unable to cause her harm.
        • Module S2 White Plume Mountain. The kelpie has a Charm power that works on men but not women.
  • May 7, 2012
    Mewt
    Real Life
    • Hide the kids for this one. A woman's vagina works like this on most men.
  • May 7, 2012
    Koveras
    • Dungeons And Dragons also has weapons that have special properties depending on the gender of the wielder, such as a blade that becomes +5 Vorpal when wielded by a woman but a regular +2 in male hands.
  • May 7, 2012
    Duncan
    In Lawrence Watt-Evans' The Misenchanted Sword, the bespelled sword Wirikidor, once drawn, cannot be sheathed until it kills an adult human male.
  • May 7, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Mewt: that's not gender specific, what about lesbians and bisexuals?

    Don't we have a related trope for unicorns that prefer girls?
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