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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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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 â€”even though this inevitably blows his cover.
- 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.
- In The Who song "I'm a Boy" the narrator can't wait to resume his normal sex role.
- 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.
- In the Kids Next Door episode "Operation C.A.R.A.M.E.L", it's revealed that Heinrich Von Marzipan turned evil as the result of a magical gender change without the benefits of Attractive Bent-Gender. Before◊ vs after◊.
- This happens to ALL of the characters in one of the Futurama episodes. ZCE
- 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.
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