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Claudine...! (クローディーヌ...! Kurōdīne...!?) is a classic {{shojo}} manga set in the turn of early 20th century France. It was written by Creator/RiyokoIkeda, published in Shueisha's ''Margaret'' in four chapters, and its only tankōbon was released on May 20, 1978. It's one of the first Japanese media to portray {{Transsexual}}ity.

The protagonist's birth name is Claudine de Montesse, otherwise known as Claude, a noble, regal, and extremely romantic young man. He is a trassexual man and struggles to reconcile his conception of himself with being born female. Born to a French noble family, he is aware of the fact he is a boy and shares a special father and son bond with his dad to whom he has the most resemblance of all his brothers; when he's ten years old, his well-intentioned but ignorant mother then takes him to a doctor. Claude reveals the nature of his life, the doctor comes to respect and understand him, and then we start to see how the complicated and tragic events of Claude's life begin to develop from the beginning to the end of the story. . .

'''Note''': Claude presents as male in story, and will be referred to as such in TVT-land.
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!!"Claudine...!" includes the following tropes:

* TheAce: At university, Claude becomes this. Obviously, he's more of a BrokenAce.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Claude gives one to Cecilia, but is rejected.]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Claude's parents.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Claude and Cecilia bonded over their love of books and poetry.
* BreakTheCutie: Claude, [[spoiler: Maura]], [[spoiler: Rosemarie]]
* BrokenBird: Claude is mentally configured as male but born with female reproductive organs.
* [[spoiler: [[BuryYourGays Bury Your Trans-people]]: Claude.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: 15-year-old Claude sees a pretty girl through the window of a ballet academy. Two years later, the girl returns to his life: [[spoiler: she's his third and last love, Sirene]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Claude's neighbor Rosemarie is in love with him, she confessed her love to him but was rejected. She does seem to be the girl who understands him better, out of all of these involved in his life: she calls him "a true man given a female body".
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rosemarie, specially when younger.
* ComingOfAgeStory: [[spoiler: With a DownerEnding, tho.]]
* CountryMouse: Maura
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]
* GenderAndSexualityTropes: More exactly, transsexuality. It was groundbreaking [[FairForITsDay in its day]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler:Rosemarie gets half her face scarred in the fire that killed Auguste and Cecilia.]]
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: Poor, ''poor'' Claude.]]
* HotLibrarian: Cecilia Lacques, Claude's second love, worked as the librarian of the local highschool.
* JerkAss: Louis.
* KickTheDog: When [[spoiler: Rosemarie "loses" Maura's first paycheck.]] Claude notices what happened despite everyone else believing [[spoiler: it was lost in the mail]], but he doesn't say anything.
* InterGenerationalFriendship: The doctor (in his 40's at least) and Claude (starts the story as a pre-teen boy, by the end is in his late teens)
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Louis Lacques, and Claude.
* LoveDodecahedron: Claude falls in love with Cecilia Lacques, but she doesn't return his affections because she sees him as a girl. Cecilia's younger brother, Louis, is sleeping with Claude's father Auguste, [[spoiler: as is Cecilia]]. Rosemarie is in love with Claude since they were kids, is jealous of Claude and Cecilia and serves as an [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Unwitting]] ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or perhaps intentional]]) [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Instigator of Doom]] [[spoiler: when she reveals Cecilia and Auguste's affair to Louis, who goes {{Yandere}} and kills them both.]] And that's without bringing Maura or Sirene into the mix.
* LoveHurts: Holy crap, Claude's love affairs all end up badly. Maura? [[spoiler: They share a kiss, but Madame de Montesse catches them and Maura is sent back home. (Then again, her dad had just died so she had to go anyway).]] Cecilia? [[spoiler: She only likes Claude as a friend, rejects his AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, and later is murdered.]] Sirene? [[spoiler: She chooses Claude's eldest brother Andre over him... and then Claude offs himself.]]
* MegaTwintails: Young Rosemarie's pigtails were bigger than her head!
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler:Rosemarie never stopped loving and caring for Claude, and we see her visiting Claude's grave.]]
* [[spoiler:NarratorAllAlong: The Doctor, who narrates the story as he reminiscences about his old cases. He does think that Claude was right into identifying himself as a male.]]
* NoNameGiven: The Doctor, Claude's mom
* NotGoodWithRejection: This what drives [[spoiler:Claude to shoot himself dead after learning that Sirene dumps him for his older brother.]]
** Similarly, [[spoiler: Louis went nuts when he learned that his lover, Auguste, was sleeping with his older sister Cecilia. He then burned down the place where they met and killed them both.]]
* ParentsAsPeople: Claude's mother, who is a good person but is ''completely'' unprepared to handle Claude's situation. Claude's father Auguste seems to be more of an OpenMindedParent, [[spoiler: though he has his own issues... ''specially'' in regards to Cecilia and Louis.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Auguste favored Claude among his children because he was the one more similar to himself. Claude is said to be pretty much the "second coming" of Auguste.
* PrincelyYoungMan: Claude and his brothers.
* ProperLady: Madame Montesse, and also Cecilia. Rosemarie seems to have grown into one by the end of the series.
* RuleOfThree: Claude falls in love with [[spoiler: and loses]] three women.
* {{Shojo}}
* ShutUpKiss: [[spoiler: Claude gives one to Maura when she's grieving over her father's sudden death. Claude's mom catches them and they have a huge fight, which leads to Claude going to the doctor for the second time.]]
* SleepCute: A very fatigated and cold Maura falls asleep on Claude's shoulder right after arriving to the Montesse home in a rainy day.
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler:Claude kills himself]] on a snowy night. It's still snowing when [[spoiler:Rosemarie visits his grave.]]
* [[spoiler: SpurnedIntoSuicide: What specifically pushes Claude into shooting himself dead is how Sirene, his third and last love, leaves him for his older brother Andre.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Claude's brothers Andre, Edouard, and Thomas.
* TransEqualsGay: Averted, as mentioned in YuriGenre below. And it's relatively respectful in its portrayal, at that.
* {{Transsexual}}: Claude is a trans man.
* UnrequitedLove: Claude, towards Cecilia. Rosemarie, for Claude.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: When Claude meets [[spoiler: Louis]], who mistakes him for a full-bodied boy.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler: A distressed Rosemarie tells Louis about Claude and Cecilia, not knowing that Louis was also Auguste's lover. Louis ''snaps'' massively and burns down Cecilia's house, killing her and Auguste, and leaving Rosemarie herself with severe burns in half of her face.]]
* UptownGuy: Claude finds himself as such, when he falls for the maid Maura.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Louis, who once was Auguste's lover... and ends up killing Auguste ''and'' his sister Cecilia.]]
* YuriGenre: Subverted, since Claude searches for female love interests yet identifies as male despite his female body. Therefore, it'd be technically incorrect to classify this particular manga as yuri. Remember, kids: homosexuality and transsexuality are both LGBQT issues, but are ''very'' different.