A Cross Player is a person in either real life or a show whose online avatar or video-game/RPG character is of the opposite sex.

This is obviously not the same as a real-life CrossDresser, and also should be distinguished from CrossDressingVoices.

Named for crossplay, a subset of cosplay where one dresses as a character of the other sex.

A crossplayer usually ''isn't'' deceptive about their sex--many are quite up-front about their real life sex, and simply prefer avatars of the opposing sex [[ThirdPersonSeductress for aesthetic reasons]] (the most oft-repeated defense of crossplay is [[ThirdPersonSeductress "If I have to look at an ass all day, I'd prefer a nice one"]]) or the sake of [[TheRoleplayer RP]], or just to see the [[BreastPlate female]] [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes armor models]].

Whatever the reason, crossplayers are pretty common in modern {{MMORPG}}s, and very few people see it as a big deal. It's also worth noting that crossplayers aren't exclusively men playing women; occasionally women play as male characters, the biggest reason being to be treated as OneOfTheBoys.

Contrast with the {{GIRL}}, when a cross player ''is'' actively pretending to be one of the other sex. See also ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet, for the (mostly) discredited phenomenon of users assuming everyone online was male. Though if you wish to use voice chat (often required for high end contents), you cannot hide your sex, no problem for most of us at least.

The term is also sometimes used to describe someone who plays a character of the opposite sex in a TabletopRPG.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] {{Cosplay}}er (although cosplayers themselves do usually use the term to describe someone cosplaying [[CrosscastRole a character of the opposite sex]]).

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* In ''Anime/LuckyStar'' Konata comments on how she enjoys playing a male character in an [=MMORPG=] (RagnarokOnline or something very like it). The ''character'' is "married" to a [[{{GIRL}} female character whose player is a guy]].
* [[spoiler:Tsukasa]] in ''Anime/DotHackSign''. Not willingly either. Curiously, the voice-work of the series suggests that the game does come with voicefonts for adjusting one's voice.
** And thanks to [[spoiler: being trapped in The World and suffering from amnesia, [[TomatoInTheMirror not even she knows about this until near the end of the series.]]]]
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'', where [[spoiler:Satou winds up falling in love with a girl he meets online who actually turns out to be his next-door neighbor who wants to convince him that he can't trust women on the internet.]]
* Pretty much the entire point of ''Literature/HalfPrince''; after getting teased about getting everything for free because she's a girl, the protagonist decides to play [[{{Bishonen}} a boy.]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' anime, Hideki encounters Yoshiyuki Kojima (AKA "Dragonfly") in a [=MMORPG=] long before meeting him in person. Although Kojima's avatar is modeled on his persocom Kotoko and he affects some feminine mannerisms, the fact that [[LarynxDissonance he does not disguise his voice]] makes his sex a dead giveaway.
** Shinbo Also crossplays and his Avatar looks like his cram school teacher
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Gintoki and Kagura each play a character of the opposite gender in an RPG called ''[[AffectionateParody Monkey]] [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Hunter]]''. Justified in Gintoki's case because he is GenreSavvy enough to understand that people will be more eager to help a cute girl, and proves his point by trolling Shinpachi when he first meets up with him; his voice sounding perfectly feminine up until the truth comes out, at which point it reverts to being as masculine as usual.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Celty likes to keep a low profile by pretending she's a guy in online chatrooms. She's [[BadLiar so bad at this]] that other people don't even realize she's trying to.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', where all [[CrossPlayer Cross Players]] are forcibly returned to their biological sexes when the plot kicks in. It gets explained [[AllThereInTheManual in the novels]] that it was done because of research indicating that too much time crossplaying in a Full Immersion Virtual Reality game can lead to psychological problems relating to mind and body dissonance. This restriction carries over to the majority of games created using The Seed; however, it also notes that because FIVR games determine gender from a user's brainwaves, {{Transgender}} players are likely to be read as their chosen gender instead of their birth sex.
* Played with in ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' as well. Players' avatars were designed based off the face of the actual player, but from there could be modified. So the female character of a male player would look like a female version of him. Unlike SAO, when The Apocalypse hit, characters stayed the same, but spoke in the players' real voice. Thus one of the first things Akatsuki did was to find Shiroe and bum a form change potion off him so she could look like her real self.
** Later, it's discovered that dying causes Adventurers to slowly lose their memories when they respawn, which means any remaining Cross Players gradually start to forget their original gender.
** Even later when a crafting guild figures out a general purpose gender change potion, one of the cross-players mentioned that their voices and mannerisms were starting to change to match their bodies.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' opens with Alex Wilder playing an MMORPG as several other people, playing as more famous Marvel characters (Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, [[ComicBook/{{X-men}} White Queen]], and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]]). [[ChekhovsGun We don't learn this for a long time,]] but White Queen and Invisible Woman are both played by a guy and Daredevil is a woman. Oddly enough, when Alex reveals he's a teenager, none of the other people believe him.
** The one playing the female heroes was a bit obvious, since he was upping the Stripperific-ness. Daredevil was more surprising.
* ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable: A tabletop rpg example. Gordo Sheckberry routinely plays female pixie fairies in his campaign which occasionally creeps the other players out. The eponymous Knights themselves were forced to play opposite gender characters as part of an experiment when Sara took over the game. They immediately abused their feminine wiles to rough up johns instead of engaging in the plot then turned themselves male as soon they got ahold of an artifact, all except Bob who got a little too attached to his character.
--> '''Dave:''' That was brutal!... Is there ''really'' a "SpontaneousHumanCombustion" table?
--> '''Sara''' ''(the GM):'' It had to be done. 'Bobarella' had to die.

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* In ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'', Gary plays the sorceress Luster. He's pretty much the antithesis of TheRoleplayer, though, so during the DeepImmersionGaming segments Luster is alternately played by a woman and a crossdressing man depending on whether Gary has recently been reminded of his character's sex.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Vivian Vande Velde's ''UserUnfriendly'', everyone in the main character's party is a real-life friend of his, but he doesn't know which person is behind which character. He seems to have it all figured out early on, but his assumption that the character's sex must match the player's turns out to be wrong.
* In HalfPrince, this is the main source of conflict. It's usually impossible to play as the opposite sex but the main character was the first to log in and was granted a wish for that. She wanted to be a guy.
* A variation occurs in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. [=ShadowClan=] are defeated by [=ThunderClan=] in a major battle at the end of the novel ''Fading Echoes''. In the next novel, ''Night Whispers'', the [=ShadowClan=] cats decide to roleplay the battle and figure out tactics they can use to counter [=ThunderClan=] the next time they fight. Oakfur, a tomcat, is chosen to act as the [=ThunderClan=] she-cat Hazeltail for [=ShadowClan=]'s roleplay.
* In ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'', protagonist Wade has a best friend Aech, who is really a girl playing a guy, even though this isn't supposed to happen in the Oasis (the VR game they play).

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* One of the best visual gags in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' involves a scene showing WoW. [[spoiler:Ted met Blah-Blah online while playing WoW and the scene cuts to two characters conversing. The hulking draenei vindicator saying "we should meet up sometime..." was the girl. Ted was the one playing the scantily-clad female human clothie.]]
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the gang plays Dungeons & Dragons and everyone hastily grabs the character sheets Abed had made. This leaves Annie stuck as a character named Hector the Well-Endowed, which Abed had intended for Troy.
* Mac does this in ''{{CSI NY}}'' 'Down The Rabbit Hole', where Mac investigated the death of a Second Life cosplayer by going into the game with a female avatar (with help from Adam creating it, since Mac was clueless.)
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': One episode had Howard's girlfriend break up with him after she finds out he had virtual sex with a female character online, who turns out to be [[UnsettlingGenderReveal the university's male janitor.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//]]'' has done this a few times.
** [[spoiler:Tsukasa]] in ''SIGN'', although this isn't revealed until late in the series and the person in question doesn't believe it at first, having been afflicted with LaserGuidedAmnesia. The individual had serious gender identity issues thanks to [[spoiler:a father who [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent forced her to act like a boy]]]].
** The "Let's Meet Offline" extra attached to the ''tasogare no udewa densetsu'' anime has [[spoiler:Hotaru]] as a Cross Player. This is definitely not the case in the manga and the rest of the franchise, and is one of the reasons that the ''[[PortmanteauSeriesNickname udeden]]'' anime is the first major of the SeriesFranchise not considered canon. (There are others)
** Sakubo of the GU games is a pair of fraternal twins playing the same(female) character.[[spoiler: Except it turns out the girl died when they were born and the boy developed a SplitPersonality as a result of his loneliness and his mother's verbal abuse.]]
** Gord and Saburou of Roots are also cross players though the latter ventures into GIRL territory due to their instance they are female. The former is female but plays a male character but it's not touched upon in the series proper.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and [[VideoGame/Left4Dead2 its sequel]], at least one person will be assigned Zoey/ Rochelle, most likely at random if they are joining a game in progress. A lady joining in has a 75% chance of falling under this trope.
** It doesn't really count if you join in at random. Only if you actively pick the character each time does it fit under this trope.
* An update to ''EveOnline'' has actually made it somewhat harder to ID crossplayers (but aided anyone who's a {{GIRL}}) thanks to the introduction of "voice fonts" for the in-game voice chat (TS, Vent, and other voice chat users are out of luck). Even if they don't really work, they should make it harder to tell if it's a guy using a female voice font, or a girl using a female voice font.
--> '''Patchnotes''': Voice fonts have now been added to EVE Voice. This new feature will allow you to alter your voice during chat to increase or lower pitch or to change from male to female voices. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial This is certainly]] [[BlatantLies not going to be abused in any way]].
** The Devs from EveOnline once published some statistics drawn from their account records indicating that both player sexes played characters of either sex equally on average, leading to roughly even character sex distribution. Since the playerbase is still predominately male, the chance that a male character is played by a guy is still quite a bit higher than a female character being played by a girl.
** SecondLife reccently added a similar feature.
* [[spoiler:Shiro]] in ''REAlistair''.
* In {{Vindictus}} the character classes are canonically single individuals, and so they're gender-locked. Anyone playing a [=DPSer=] ''will'' be a guy, and anyone playing a [[RedMage mage]] or tank ''will'' be a girl, (Lann, Evie and Fiona, respectively), regardless of real-life gender. Also, when the {{Archer}} and MightyGlacier (Kai and Karok) are released, both of them will be guys.
* The MMO ''Metal Assault'' has "gender-locked" characters in which differ in size and statistics. The female characters have higher SP, MP, and speed thresholds, while the males have higher HP and balanced stats. You do the math.
* ''GearsOfWar 3'' has medals for playing as females in the multiplayer, which give XP bonuses and are required for OneHundredPercentCompletion.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', it's better to play as a girl because, while both sexes get a perk that gives increased damage and unique conversation choices towards the opposite sex, men make the bulk of the game's human enemies. In fact, the evil Talon Company have ONE female member, and all non-officer Enclave members are male, so good guys are much better being good...girls.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', this is less necessary as one can choose the perk to apply against the same sex.
** Some players do it on purpose when siding against Caesar's Legion due to their StayInTheKitchen mentality.
* A lot of games subtly encourage playing female characters, since they have identical stats (to avoid accusations of sexism) but tend to have much smaller hitboxes. Since video game avatars tend to be built in accordance with typical aesthetic ideals, the men will be tall, muscular, and broad shouldered while the women will be slender and curvy- with a profile about half the size resulting in a lot fewer bullets or arrows hitting their mark.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. In the grand scheme, there's no difference between picking a male or a female character. However, female characters tend to be more popular than male ones (usually because of character design) so a lot of men do play as the female character. In ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'', you have the option to announce to the world that you really are a guy or girl despite playing as a female or male character on your PSS (Player Search System) profile.
** In addition to ''X and Y'', females have a much larger selection of clothing to choose from, causing players who chose a male character to complain about how they're being treated unfairly in that department.
* Despite the player base being predominantly male, recent statistics showed that over 60% of the characters in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' were female. While there are stat differences between male and female characters, it's extremely minor, meaning it's probably done mostly for the sake of visual appeal (Especially considering how much freedom you have in designing your character's physical appearance).

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* In ''{{Megatokyo}}'', all of Piro's videogame and MMORPG characters seem to be female. "Piroko" and "Pirogoeth" are notable examples who appear to have [[SecretIdentityIdentity distinct personalities]]. Miho's character m0h (or Niho) also counts. There is an awkward moment early in the comic when Piro and Miho meet for the first time IRL, considering that Pirogoeth and m0h had a, well, ''intimate'' relationship in-game (though according to Piro, not ''that'' intimate). Due to game mechanics, this was not entirely by Piro and Miho's choice.
** It may have been entirely by Miho's choice; it's implied that she and Largo were among the few players to discover and manipulate the hidden relationship values (although they did so in pretty much opposite ways).
*** Another reading is that Piro knew about the hidden values, and was even pretty adept at manipulating them, but [[OutGambitted Miho was better]]. Even so, that relationship wound up being m0h's downfall, whether or not Miho planned it to happen.
*** Also, we later find out that Piro's claims that the in-game relationship wasn't ''that'' intimate were BlatantLies. [[MySecretPregnancy About as far from the truth as you can get, actually]]...that's one realistic game world.
* Tedd of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' uses a female chatroom avatar; unsurprising, considering his penchant for {{Gender Bender}}s.
** Dan's AuthorAvatar used to appear as a female anthro squirrel; he switched to male when Elliot was Genderbent.
* Dave, one of the secondary characters in ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'', is at one point chided about his preference for playing female MMO characters. He responds that he would much rather spend an MMORPG's requisite hours looking at the [[ThirdPersonSeductress back half of a female avatar]] than a male one.
* a 2004 arc of ''Webcomic/PvP'' had Francis Ottoman playing a catgirl character for many of the same reasons as Dave, above. Ironically, one of his co-workers started to hit on Francis's character before stopping himself, as he already knew it was a GenderBender character.
* Ian of ''MacHall'' and ''ThreePanelSoul'' crossplays fairly often, most notably his ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' character Cherabim and (unwittingly) his [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] character Ren. Also Risu from ''CityOfVillains'' or APB. Matt's characters tend to be male, ''[[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2006-08-28 buuuuuuuut...]]''
* Both [[CloudCuckoolander Jim]] and [[ActionGirl Annie]] in ''DarthsAndDroids'' provide examples of this trope, playing Padme and Anakin, respectively in the game versions of the 2nd and 3rd movies of ''StarWars''. Unsurprisingly, HilarityEnsues quite often. Ben's little sister Sally tends to play male characters (she takes over whoever the GM needs her to for a given scene) and Pete plays R2-D2, whose "gender" is really a matter of pronouns.
* In ''{{Goblins}}'' it is heavily implied that Drowbabe (and her SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Yodette) is played by [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/08192005/ a guy]].
** If Minmax is to be believed, Forgath is played by a girl. He uses this as a justification for kissing him.
* Tycho in ''PennyArcade'' is famous for only playing as women in {{Role Playing Game}}s.
* Marcus in ''Webcomic/ChainmailBikini'' starts out with a female elf cleric. After she [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets a bridge dropped on her]] due to the party's trapmonkey screwing around, he switches to a nearly identical female elf bard. In [[http://shawntionary.com/chainmailbikini/?p=28 strip #6]] he tries to explain this predilection as "exploring gender roles within the context of a role-playing environment".
* ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}'': Whiskey's [[http://www.angels2200.com/angels/2010/10/01/part-7-comic-39/ online avatar]] is male.
* ''Webcomic/LarpTrek'' has several, including O'Brien and Keiko (who decide it would be cute to play each other).
* In the modern-day timeline of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', the characters meet in an online RPG where both Guinevere and Tristan (who's a girl in that timeline) play male characters.

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* Prevalent in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', as in 'Applies to almost every single person on the board', prevalent. Almost everybody has characters of both sex. Some handlers are better known for their characters of the opposing sex than of their own, though not everybody can pull this effectively. It shows.
* Valkyrie in ''TheGuild'' plays at least two different female characters. Codex makes a half-assed attempt to make fun of him for it, though in her webcam she eventually asks herself why she's making a big deal out of it, probably as acknowledgement of how common a practice it is.
* Several authors of the ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions''.
* In ''TheGunganCouncil'', many writers, notably those of Phylis, Relen, and Jessan, frequently write the opposite sex. It's more common for women on the site to write males, as well.
* EquestriaChronicles naturally has this becuase, well, it's based off a ''girl's'' show and most of the players are ''guys.''
* [=YouTube=] [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] NakaTeleeli is known for playing female characters most of the time when he's given a choice in the games that he plays.
* WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede outed [[WebVideo/YouCanPlayThis JewWario]] as this in a crossover review. Most likely as a joke.
* LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV: Steeler's signature character is Toadette, while Holms often plays as Peach or Birdo and Ky plays Daisy.
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Omega Zell gave it a try to see if it would make getting into a PickUpGroup easier at some point. The possibility has also been used for quick gags, notably the male avatar to which Omega Zell has been gloating about hating woman turning out to have a female player or the female avatars to which [[CasanovaWannabe Valentin]] was speaking to turning out to be that of male players.
* Jack Pattillo of Creator/AchievementHunter often picks female character models, most notably in their ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries videos]]. His reasoning is that if he has to look at a character's backside all game, it may as well be one he wants to look at.

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* Kyle is seen playing as a female human in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Make Love Not [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Warcraft]]".

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* Just pick ANY MMORPG. Even much more if the game do not have PurelyAestheticGender since you will have to play as that sex for a particular class, but even if they do, it is still extremely common. In fact, in later games (such as ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', WarhammerOnline, etc), most players will assume the new person they meet is a male behind the PC unless you can convince them you are not (either via voice chat or otherwise).
** It's common enough that MMORPG has been humorously Backronymed to "Many Men Online, Role-Playing Girls"
** A common explanation is "If you're gonna spend hours watching someone's ass while they're running around, you might as well make it an ass you ''want'' to stare at for hours."
** Another explanation is being the result of {{Altitis}}. That is, a player starts with a character of their own gender, but eventually start new ones that they decide to try different combinations of character traits with, including gender.
** A new trend in the genre is tying the player characters more closely to the storyline by having them be ''specific individuals'' with pre-written backgrounds and {{Canon}} personalities. Naturally, this locks their gender as well.
* Quite common on [[http://forum.gateworld.net/forumdisplay.php?f=49 Stargate: Aftermath]]. Most of us play multiple characters and a lot have characters of both sexes. Particularly glaring example is SG-6, a team of three men and one woman. All played by women.
* According to WordOfGod, ''PennyArcade'''s Jerry Holkins, like his cartoon alter ego "Tycho" (see above), prefers to play female characters in {{Role Playing Game}}s.
* Also pretty common in single player [=RPG=]s where you create your own character. Many modding communities are built around catering to guys and increasingly girls who want to sexify up their [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff Avatar]].
* Any game with character creation modes for both genders falls into this, really. Shepard's gender in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', for example, is entirely the player's choice.
** Many ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fans have admitting the use a very simple method to determine whether to play a male or female Shepard by playing the opposite gender from the one they took on their last play-through. (Their Shepard's class is also determined by using a similar metric: they use the next one on the list from their last play-through.)
* Some games such as the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series have a specifically-sexed sprite for each character. Want to zing fireballs around? You've got to play as a female Sorceress. Want to summon the dead to do your bidding? All necromancers are male, sorry. ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', however, has moved away from this trend by allowing players to choose their gender for all classes.
** Some Nexon-produced games, such as ''DungeonFighterOnline'' and ''{{Vindictus}}'', are also genderlocked. DFO is starting to move away from this, however, with the Female Gunner and recently the Male Fighter.
** ''Gold Slam'', a Korean- (and for a brief time, American-) produced tennis game had the same idea with only 5 tennis players with their own distinctive looks and biographies to choose from. Want to [[UnskilledButStrong stay at the baseline and hit the ball really hard?]] You'll have to be a male character. Want to be [[WeakButSkilled unpredictable and quick on your feet?]] It's a female character for you.
* Some appointed that on average, 40% of the players of either sex Crossplay.
* '''Gamemasters.''' In an interesting subversion-inversion-double standard, while a Player may have their motives questioned when playing a cross gender character, most don't even give it a second thought that a good gamemaster is expected to play realistic, believable, interesting and even entertaining characters of ANY gender.

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