Created By: FallenLegend on March 8, 2011 Last Edited By: DAN004 on May 13, 2016

Gender Bender Angst

Being trapped in another gender is NOT cool.

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She was a beautiful girl that turned into an ugly boy. No wonder why he is evil...

A character has undergone a complete physical sex change, usually through magic or Applied Phlebotinum.

For some this might be a positive experience; for the Escapist Character experiencing life as someone of a different gender can be a new adventure or Wish Fulfillment for the audience, and for the character who is not comfortable with who they are, the Second Law of Gender Bending will often lead them to their personal Happy Ending. Not so this character.

The character will not be happy at all with the new condition. There might be any number of reasons for this. Maybe they were just about to marry with their True Love. Maybe they didn't receive the benefit of Attractive Bent-Gender. Perhaps it was just a case of being happy with the old gender and they simply aren't comfortable with their current body. Whatever the specific issues they may have, the Gender Bender situation will result in angst, conflict, etc. for the character.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In the manga series Kagerou-Nostalgia, Ranmaru, formerly a woman, was transformed into a man by the series' Big Bad before the story even began and now serves as one of his two Dragons, changing back to a woman once a month. This is a problem for her partner, Rikimaru, who had a huge crush on her female form. They're now forced to serve together as Heterosexual Life-Partners, and the situation destroys their relationship.
  • Ranma ½. Ranma Saotome, although eventually learns to use it to his advantage, whenever a a possibility to remove the Jusenkyo Curse he immediately jumps to it.
  • In Sekirei Homura deals with being a girl, but she doesn't like it and is obviously still uncomfortable with her growing attraction to her Designated Love Interest.
  • Mai Natsume of Blazblue Remix Heart was a guy who accidentally became a girl because of an artifact. As she had to live with other girls in the Academy's dorms, she feared that she might be "losing himself" because she acts more and more like a girl; at the same time, however, she doesn't want her friends to know her condition. By the end of the manga, however, she realized that this new life has given her more happiness that when she was a guy, so in the end Second Law of Gender Bending is played instead.
  • Inside Mari is about a college man who gets trapped in the body of a high school girl he is in love with. He is deeply unsettled by it at first, partially because he's in a female body and partially because he puts Mari on a pedestal. He couldn't even look at her naked body while bathing or undressing for a long time. When Mari averted the No Periods, Period rule Isao completely freaked out. Though, the series does have heavy implications that there is no body switch and Mari suffers from Dissociative Personality Disorder.
  • The basis of Shishunki Bitter Change. Yuuta and Yui experienced a "Freaky Friday" Flip during elementary school, and never managed to switch back. Not surprisingly, they got desperate to switch back to their original bodies. They got over it somewhat after the Time Skip to their teenage years, but still expressed desire to return.

Comic Books
  • Occurs in the Excalibur story where the heroes were subjected to a "Freaky Friday" Flip with their enemies the Crazy Gang. Not only was Meggan not very happy with the Knave's male body, the Knave was really unhappy with hers too. (Although given what he said, it may have had more to do with him not being able to control Meggan's shapeshifting ability than the gender issue.)

Film
  • In Prelude To A Kiss, the main lead exchanged bodies with an old man just before she was going to marry.
  • The Hot Chick. A "Freaky Friday" Flip causes the bodies of Rachel McAdams (an Alpha Bitch) and Rob Schneider (a petty thief) to switch, causing both angst.

Literature
  • In Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series, the main character has his brain pattern imprinted on four prisoners, each being sent to a different planet in the Warden Diamond Penal Colony. One of the bodies is that of a female. Fortunately for the protagonist, he is going to a planet that has the strange property of switching the minds of two people when they sleep with each other (in the literal sense). He jumps at the first opportunity to get himself back into a male body, and never looks back —even though this inevitably blows his cover.

Live-Action TV
  • NYPD Blue: The Victim of the Week was a surgeon and it turns out that he had perfromed a sex change operation on a baby after a botched circumcision. The 'girl" grew up depressed and not fitting in until she was told the truth by her parents, at which point she got another sex change operation to become male again. The surgeon tracked him down and wanted to write a book about his (alleged) success; the man's father killed the surgeon after having previously threatened to kill him if he came near his son again. Likely inspired by the case of David Reimer.

Music
  • In The Who song "I'm a Boy" the narrator can't wait to resume his normal sex role.

Web Comics
  • Misfile. While Ash has gradually become more accepting of the situation, s/he is still deathly afraid that he will remain a girl forever. Though being a girl no longer causes angst, 'he' is afraid of growing too complacent with the new state. ** A lot of Ash's angst comes from the fact that his life sucked a lot more as a boy; his father never paid attention to him, and he was estranged from his mother. Due to the Cosmic Retcon that came with the gender bending, her father is now a typical Overprotective Dad and she reconnected with her mother. The only downside was that she and his best friend were Retconed as lovers, which squicked him out so much that it ruined the friendship.
  • Eerie Cuties: Because of the Tiersias Orb incident, Ace was stuck as a girl from the end of vol.0. He began to adjust to it, but still expressed concern about whether he'd ever regain his own body. Which he finally did, at the end of vol.1.
  • The Second Law of Gender Bending is very, very averted with the main character of Exiern, and played emphatically straight with one of the priests. The latter example started as a Crowning Moment of Funny before becoming a solid counterpoint to the main character's plight.
  • In The Order of the Stick Roy doesn't seem to terribly mind being female for a dozen strips or so (it helps him get perspective on the kind of person Miko Miyazaki is), but he'd much rather have his "Trouser Titan". The fact that he's just as bald female as he is male probably also helps.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • The tragic case of David Reimer: as a result of a botched circumcision, his parents were convinced to give him a sex change and raise him as a girl as part of a psychological experiment. He was very much against living as one from an early age, and later in life, after he'd been told what happened to him as a baby, he underwent gender reassignment to live as a man, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from taking his own life at 38.
Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • March 8, 2011
    arromdee
    Umm, this means that we have separate tropes for genderbending with and without, which means that every single instanvce falls in one trope.
  • March 8, 2011
    Stratadrake
    I think this falls under Third Law Of Gender Bending.
  • March 8, 2011
    Kayube
    No, this is just the Inverted Trope of the second law.
  • March 8, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Then it's not splittable without a large number of examples.
  • March 9, 2011
    FallenLegend
    yeap.This won't be launched (if at all).. in a long time. But don't worry I have more examples.
  • March 9, 2011
    Micah
    Titles which require knowledge of other titles to make sense are a bad idea.
  • March 9, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Also isn't it just a list of aversions of the other trope?
  • March 10, 2011
    FallenLegend
    no
  • March 10, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Ash from Misfile. S/he has gradually become more accepting of the situation, but is still deathly afraid that he will be stuck as a girl forever.
  • March 10, 2011
    Sikon
    This is definitely tropable (and actually realistic). Just needs a title. Gender Bender Angst works for me. Or maybe Gender Bending Sucks?
  • March 10, 2011
    nrjxll
    I hope this is tropeable, because its absence in much of fiction is very annoying. Gender Bender Angst seems like the most succinct thing to call it.
  • March 11, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^^^ thanks!^^ thanks i like both ^ i hopee it too
  • March 12, 2011
    BlackDragon
    Actually, Misfile is a particularly interesting example since it uses both this AND the Second Law. Of late, Ash is basically angsting about the fact that s/he has stopped angsting about being a girl... 'he' is afraid that he's growing complacent and accepting of the state of things.
  • March 13, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Thanks I already mentioned it
  • March 22, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV

    Rewriting for grammar and style: (see discussion)

    Laconic: Being trapped in another gender is NOT cool.
    A character has undergone a complete physical sex change, usually through magic or Applied Phlebotinum.

    For some this might be a positive experience; for the Escapist Character experiencing life as someone of a different gender can be a new adventure or Wish Fulfillment for the audience, and for the character who is not comfortable with who they are, the Second Law Of Gender Bending will often lead them to their personal Happy Ending. Not so this character.

    The character will not be happy at all with the new condition. There might be any number of reasons for this. Maybe they were just about to marry with their True Love. Maybe they didn't receive the benefit of Attractive Bent Gender. Perhaps it was just a case of being happy with the old gender and they simply aren't comfortable with their current body. Whatever the specific issues they may have, the Gender Bender situation will result in angst, conflict, etc. for the character.

    Examples:

    Manga and Anime
    • In the manga series Kagerou-Nostalgia, Ranmaru, formerly a woman, was transformed into a man by the series' Big Bad before the story even began and now serves as one of his two Dragons, changing back to a woman once a month. This is a problem for her partner, Rikimaru, who had a huge crush on her female form. They're now forced to serve together as Heterosexual Life Partners, and the situation destroys their relationship.

    Movies
    • In Prelude To A Kiss, the main lead exchanged bodies with an old man just before she was going to marry.

    Web Comics

    • In Misfile, while Ash has gradually become more accepting of the situation, s/he is still deathly afraid that he will remain a girl forever. Though being a girl no longer causes angst, 'he' is afraid of growing too complacent with the new state.

    Western Animation

  • March 22, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^ Thanks a lot it helped a lot! Awesome work
  • March 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Rob Schneider is The Hot Chick. A Freaky Friday Flip causes the bodies of Rachel McAdams (a Libby) and Rob Schneider (a petty thief) to switch, causing both angst.
  • March 23, 2011
    FallenLegend
    thhanks I will ad it!
  • March 27, 2011
    invisigoth
    In real life transgender people, this is called "gender dysphoria."
  • July 6, 2011
    GoopsWorld
    This happens to ALL of the characters in one of the new Futurama episodes.
  • July 6, 2011
    SalFishFin
    To add to the Misfile example:

    A lot of Ash's angst comes from the fact that his life sucked a lot more as a boy; his father never paid attention to him, and he was estranged from his mother. Due to the Cosmic Retcon that came with the gender bending, her father is now a typical Overprotective Dad and she reconnected with her mother. The only downside was that she and his best friend were Retconed as lovers, which squicked him out so much that it ruined the friendship.
  • July 7, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Thx will add.
  • September 27, 2011
    Damr1990
    i think we may need to change the pic, Heinrich doesn't look specially angsty there also
    • Ranma Saotome, alghouth eventually learns to use it to his advantage, whenever a a posibillity to remove the Jusenkio Curse he inmediatly jumps to it
  • September 27, 2011
    captainpat
    This page is launching soon, yet has no flags?
  • September 27, 2011
    nitrokitty
    I'm not even convinced this is tropable yet. This is just the Second Law Of Gender Bending inverted. I need a good reason for a simple inversion of an existing trope to merit its own page.
  • September 27, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^ actual I already got this one approved a while back. I postponed the launch for grammar issues. Excuse me Are you an admin for me to give you " reasons"?.

    I could explain my reasoning if you want. But Unless a mod tells me I am Launching this.
  • September 8, 2015
    lakingsif
    Has this actually been launched?

    If not, bringing this back because Yes I Think It's Tropable
  • September 8, 2015
    MiinU
    The word "although" is misspelled in the Ranma One Half example, in the OP.

    Webcomic
  • September 9, 2015
    Arivne

    Futurama is a Zero Context Example and needs more specific information to explain how it's this trope.
  • September 9, 2015
    shimaspawn
    The image is terrible and doesn't show the trope in the least.
  • September 9, 2015
    MiinU
    The Eerie Cuties example doesn't count? 'cuz that one's a legit case.
  • September 9, 2015
    Berrenta
    Not only is the Futurama example a ZCE, there's the case of Examples Are Not Recent, so nixing the "new".

    Also, ^ No one commented on it yet, and there haven't been updates/additions for quite a while. Unless if the sponsor speaks up, we may have to declare this as Up For Grabs. As for that example, I think it works.
  • September 9, 2015
    SvartiKotturinn
    • The tragic case of David Reimer: as a result of a botched circumcision, his parents were convinced to give him a sex change and raise him as a girl as part of a psychological experiment. He was very much against living as one from an early age, and later in life, after he'd been told what happened to him as a baby, he underwent gender reassignment to live as a man, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from taking his own life at 38.
  • September 10, 2015
    randomsurfer
    NYPD Blue: The Victim Of The Week was a surgeon and it turns out that he had perfromed a sex change operation on a baby after a botched circumcision. The 'girl" grew up depressed and not fitting in until she was told the truth by her parents, at which point she got another sex change operation to become male again. The surgeon tracked him down and wanted to write a book about his (alleged) success; the man's father killed the surgeon after having previously threatened to kill him if he came near his son again. Likely inspired by the case of David Reimer.
  • September 10, 2015
    TrueShadow1
    • The basis of Shishunki Bitter Change. Yuuta and Yui experienced a Freaky Friday Flip during elementary school, and never managed to switch back. Not surprisingly, they got desperate to switch back to their original bodies. They got over it somewhat after the Time Skip to their teenage years, but still expressed desire to return.
  • September 10, 2015
    Pichu-kun
    • Inside Mari is about a college man who gets trapped in the body of a high school girl he is in love with. He is deeply unsettled by it at first, partially because he's in a female body and partially because he puts Mari on a pedestal. He couldn't even look at her naked body while bathing or undressing for a long time. When Mari averted the No Periods Period rule Isao completely freaked out. Though, the series does have heavy implications that there is no body switch and Mari suffers from Dissociative Personality Disorder.
  • September 26, 2015
    DAN004
    • Mai Natsume of Blaz Blue spinoff manga Remix Heart was a guy who accidentally became a girl because of an artifact. As she had to live with other girls in the Academy's dorms, she feared that she might be "losing himself" because she acts more and more like a girl; at the same time, however, she doesn't want her friends to know her condition. By the end of the manga, however, she realized that this new life has given her more happiness that when she was a guy, so in the end Second Law Of Gender Bending is played instead.
  • March 28, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    Posting some examples from The Second Law Of Gender Bending.

    Anime & Manga
    • In Sekirei Homura deals with being a girl, but she doesn't like it and is obviously still uncomfortable with her growing attraction to her Designated Love Interest.

    Comic Books
    • Occurs in the Excalibur story where the heroes were subjected to a Freaky Friday Flip with their enemies the Crazy Gang. Not only was Meggan not very happy with the Knave's male body, the Knave was really unhappy with hers too. (Although given what he said, it may have had more to do with him not being able to control Meggan's shapeshifting ability than the gender issue.)

    Literature
    • In Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series, the main character has his brain pattern imprinted on four prisoners, each being sent to a different planet in the Warden Diamond Penal Colony. One of the bodies is that of a female. Fortunately for the protagonist, he is going to a planet that has the strange property of switching the minds of two people when they sleep with each other (in the literal sense). He jumps at the first opportunity to get himself back into a male body, and never looks back —even though this inevitably blows his cover.

    Music
    • In The Who song "I'm a Boy" the narrator can't wait to resume his normal sex role.

    Webcomics
  • March 28, 2016
    DAN004
    I'd like to grab this.
  • April 29, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    So... It needs a better image. Any ideas?
  • May 13, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    • In Punchline Yuuta swapped bodies with a girl ten years ago. He hates it and continues to live as a boy.
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