Created By: MarqFJAAugust 4, 2011 Last Edited By: lamoxlamaeNovember 16, 2011
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Everybody Wants The Hermaphrodite

A hermaphrodite/intersex character garners worship and desire from both sexes.

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Redirects: Everybody Wants The Intersex

The hermaphrodite equivalent to Even The Guys Want Him and Even The Girls Want Her.

When a hermaphrodite (or intersexual) character is so attractive that they inspire worship and desire in both males and females. Even those who are normally 100% turned off by the idea of dating/being in love/having sex with a person who possesses same-sex "plumbing", if not explicitly abhoring hermaphrodites / intersexes want them.

There may be some overlap with Even The Guys Want Him or Even The Girls Want Her if the appear to be a fe/male with extra bits. Shapeshifters count as Attractive Bent Gender instead unless one alternate form is a bona-fide Hermaphrodite / Intersex.

Examples

Anime And Manga
  • Boku No Futatsu No Tsubasa's title character, who looked like a boy as a child, but grew up to become a very gorgeous and buxom "woman". Turns out she's an alien and being intersex is normal for them.
  • Parade Parade. Straight women and lesbians alike gang up on Kaori (the very female-looking hermaphrodite).
  • Kanomi Nakajima from the hentai manga Hot Tails. Everyone wants her: straight men and women, lesbians, fellow hermaphrodites (especially them).

Comics
  • Shaalis, the Sacred Androgyne from Michael Manning's comics (The Spider Garden, Hydrophidian, In a Metal Web). Hir body is depicted with two sets of genitals, BTW.
  • Desire from Sandman is intersex. Shi just plays whatever role shi wants at the time. All the other endless call Desire "brother/sister" for this reason.

Film

Literature
  • Earths Children: Hermaphrodites (not that they're called that) are drawn to being mamuti (medicine people) statistically moreso than average, since they're already marked as "special" by the Great Earth Mother; and they're considered quite attractive by both sexes.
  • Bel Thorne from Vorkosigan Saga is a hermaphrodite lusted after in-universe by both men and women.

Music
  • Tila Tequila was rumored to be a hermaphrodite for awhile. This actually bolstered her fame as more people wanted to have sex with "her".

Mythology
  • The Ancient Greeks believed in Hermaphroditus; a being with an ideal combination of male and female traits, child of the beautiful gods Hermes and Aphrodite. Yep, everyone wants hir!

Tabletop Games
  • This is one of the "gifts" that Slaanash can apply to its followers in Warhammer 40 K.
  • In Dungeons And Dragons, invoked by Malcanthet, queen of Succubi, using a combination of shapeshifting, spells, and phermones. Some people are aware that "she" is a hermaphrodite and seek her ou because of it.

Truth In Television
  • Hindu have the Hijras, a priest class. Having sex with them is considered normal or even an honor.
    • Before them came the priestesses of Ishtar: intersex or transexual individuals who dressed as the goddess. Having sex with this "avatar of Ishtar" was considered the sacred duty of both men and women making this trope Older Than Dirt.
  • Truth In Television: There are intersex and hermaphrodite dating sites out there full of real-life hermaphrodites and their many admirers.

Web Original
  • In Furry Fandom, there are many fanservice characters that are hermaphrodites.
  • Doug Winger is famous for his "Girls", Pup and Pandora, as well as his Minevera Mink look-alike. He seldom is asked to draw single-sex characters because people like his hermaphrodites so much.

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • August 4, 2011
    captainpat
    What? this sound extremely specific, wouldn't it require that the people lusting after said character know that they're a Hermaphrodite.
  • August 4, 2011
    Falco
    Examples please?

    I guess Bel Thorne from the Vorkosigan Saga might be one?
  • August 4, 2011
    randomsurfer
    This is mentioned in an offhand manner somewhere in the Earths Children series. Hermaphrodites (not that they're called that) are drawn to being mamuti (medicine people) statistically moreso than average, since they're already marked as "special" by the Great Earth Mother; and they're considered quite attractive by both sexes.
  • August 5, 2011
    DorianMode
    Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa. Turns out she's an alien.
  • August 5, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ We have a page on that one: Boku No Futatsu No Tsubasa.

    • Parade Parade. Straight women and lesbians alike gang up on Kaori (the hermaphrodite).
  • August 5, 2011
    suedenim
    I'm not sure it makes sense to limit it to "androgynous-looking" hermaphrodites. It's likely to be a pretty damn small trope anyway, and shunting some hermaphrodites off into Even The Guys Want Him or Even The Girls Want Her doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

    As I noted in a Trope Talk thread about this, when you think about it, Even The Girls Want Her is all about "weird" reactions - someone who's not a lesbian, but still attracted to a particular gal. It could almost be summed up as "Dang! If only she had a penis, everything would be perfect!"
  • August 5, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • August 5, 2011
    MarqFJA
    @Captain Pat: Yeah, it does.

    @Falco: Elaborate, please. Don't always assume that everyone else has seen/read whatever work that you are referencing as an exmaple.

    @Dorian Mode: How many people are after the hermaphrodite that know of her hermaphroditism?

    @suedenim: Okay, changed that part to just note possible overlap with Even The Girls Want Her / Even The Guys Want Him.

    @Stratadrake: No harm done. You were trying, at least.
  • August 7, 2011
    Falco
    Well Bel Thorne is a hermaphrodite lusted after in-universe by both men and women (as far as I can remember), so pretty much a textbook example of the proposed trope.
  • August 8, 2011
    Antheia
    Please note the following, quoted from the Hermaphrodite page:

    "It should be noted that this is a hideously offensive term if you're trying to apply it to a human. In real life, professionals have never found a human hermaphrodite, so the term you're probably looking for is 'intersex'."

    Incidentally, Intersex redirects to Hermaphrodite, so there seems to be no reason at all not to write Intersex in cases where the character isn't explicitly stated (or shown, I suppose) to be an actual, two-sets-of-genitals hermaphrodite.
  • August 8, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Tabletop Games
    • In Dungeons And Dragons, invoked by Malcanthet, queen of Succubi, using a combination of shapeshifting, spells, and phermones. May not count because many of her partners are not aware of her true nature, though at least some are.
  • August 8, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^^ Well, we could make Everybody Wants The Intersex a redirect in that case.
  • August 8, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    this is kind of cheating because it's only half on half off, if you know what I mean, but the obvious example would be Ranma.
  • August 9, 2011
    MarqFJA
    That's Chick Magnet meets Attractive Bent Gender. For future reference, Gender Bender does not count unless the alternate form is a bona-fide Hermaphrodite / Intersex.
  • August 9, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    I've seen Hedwig of Hedwig And The Angry Inch become something of a Memetic Sex Diety.
  • September 6, 2011
    Koveras
    Is this one going anywhere?
  • September 6, 2011
    Tifforo
    Does a character have to have admirers from both sexes to qualify?

    Anyway, Homura from Sekirei is an example, being arguably lusted after by the female innkeeper and Matsu while in male form and the protagonist while in female from.
  • September 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    This is one of the "gifts" that Slaanash can apply to its followers in Warhammer 40 K.
  • September 6, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Since you have some porn on the wiki, I'll mention Shaalis, the Sacred Androgyne from Michael Manning's comics (The Spider Garden, Hydrophidian, In a Metal Web). Hir body is depicted with two sets of genitals, BTW.
  • September 18, 2011
    Koveras
    YKTTW Bump, again.
  • October 30, 2011
    Koveras
    • Kanomi Nakajima from the Hentai manga Hot Tails. Everyone wants her: straight men and women, lesbians, fellow hermaphrodites (especially them)...
  • October 30, 2011
    cityofmist
    Desire from Sandman.
  • October 31, 2011
    DorianMode
    @Marq FJA: Not everyone, but people of both genders, certainly, and the guys/lesbians, for their part, don't consider IT a dealbreaker.
  • November 4, 2011
    BoredZombie
    Flight of the Conchords episode "Ladies of the World." To quote Jemaine, "even you must be in to you!"
  • November 5, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    This is very negatively written towards intersex and transgendered people. Sometimes people are actually wanted because they are a hermaphrodite, not in spite of.

    • Doug Winger is famous for his "Girls", Pup and Pandora, as well as his Minevera Mink look-alike. He seldom is asked to draw single-sex characters because people like his hermaphrodites so much.
    • Tila Tequila was rumored to be a hermaphrodite for awhile. This actually bolstered her fame as more people wanted to have sex with "her".
    • Truth In Television: There are intersex and hermaphrodite dating sites out there full of real-life hermaphrodites and their many admirers.
    • In Furry Fandom, there are many fanservice characters that are hermaphrodites.
  • November 8, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^ This trope's description is supposed to take into account the fact that sexual attraction to/arousal by intersexes/transgenders/hermaphrodites is non-mainstream in real life, and generally limited to a non-majority portion of society (in Western culture, at least). It's not intended to discriminate against such kinds of people, but rather to illustrate that, like homosexuality, such an attraction is not the norm IRL.
  • November 8, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    ^ There are places where Hermaphrodites are considered are an accepted part of gender spectrum IRL.
    • Southeast Asia has "Lotus Bathrooms" for the hermaphrodite populace.
    • Native Americans have believed in "Two spirits" for centuries.
    • The Hindu have the Hijras, which are actually a priest caste.
    • The Ancient Greeks believed in Hermaphroditus; a being with an ideal combination of male and female traits, child of the beautiful gods Hermes and Aphrodite.

    These are just four off the top of my head. If you look around there probably is more out there from all over the world.

    Intersex people are no less normal than males or females. Treating them as such by saying their gender is a "negative" is bigoted and very rude. It also goes against the title "everyone wants the hermaphrodite". If everyone wants them, then being a hermaphrodite must be a good thing!
  • November 9, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^ The existence of such places does not change the fact that the world at large has yet to consider intersex people as "normal", let alone do so for exclusive/specific attraction to them. Even medical science treats intersexuality as an anomalous condition (since truly hermaphroditic humans do not exist... yet).

    And the title is basically a snowclone of Even The Girl Wants Her and Even The Guys Want Him, intended to emphasize that this trope is the hermaphrodite/intersex equivalent to them. Those two tropes typically do not involve masses of homosexual (wo)men fawning over the character, but ones who are implicitly from the heterosexual majority of the population who nevertheless have strong homosexual tones in their idolization/fangirlism/fanboyism (which may or may not involve Stupid Sexy Flanders).
  • November 11, 2011
    suedenim
    And in any case, TV Tropes is about "positive" analysis (how is this phenomenon depicted in works), not "normative" analysis (from a moral/ethical/qualitative standpoint, how "should" this phenomenon be depicted in works?)
  • November 14, 2011
    Koveras
    Looks good enough for launch. Neutral write-up, enough examples, descriptive title, five hats.
  • November 15, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    I agree. This trope is ready to go. I think the trope starter may have abandoned this trope, so I'll give a few days for the trope starter to act before launching. Until then, feel free to add examples, guys!
  • November 16, 2011
    Koveras
    ignore
  • November 16, 2011
    MarqFJA
    No, I didn't abandon this trope. I just had extensive real-life interference that made me forget about checking up on it.

    Unfortunately, due to imposed time restrictions IRL, I do not have spare time to do anything on this other than launching and copy-pasting the article text. I humbly ask that you guys assist with the cross-wicking. Thank you.

    Launching.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable