'''Basic Trope''': A character switches genders through [[MagicAIsMagicA functional magic]] or AppliedPhlebotinum.
* '''Straight''': [[StrawMisogynist Mike]] is sexist and insulting towards [[CuteWitch Marcy]]. She turns Mike into Michelle to teach him [[AnAesop a lesson]]. HilarityEnsues.
* '''Exaggerated''': A [[NegativeSpaceWedgie rift in the space-time continuum]] causes everyone on Earth to flip genders. Yes, even characters with [[AmbiguousGender ambiguous]] or [[BizarreAlienBiology unusual]] genders, though what exactly that entails for them is not [[TooMuchInformation explained]], since there is global hilarity ensuing.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Mike turns into a girl, [[{{Bifauxnen}} but still looks masculine enough to pass for a guy.]]
** Marcy just gives Mike a makeover to look like a girl, complete with falsies.
* '''Justified''':
** AWizardDidIt.
** Mike is a clownfish or otherwise belongs to a species in which changing gender is a normal part of the aging process.
** Mike is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]].
** Mike's Y-chromosome is removed by genetic engineering.
* '''Inverted''': Gender [[ShapeshifterModeLock Mode Lock]]. In a world where people normally switch genders, one person becomes unable to.
* '''Subverted''':
** Mike looks no different after Marcy zaps him.
** Mike's body is physically changed, but Mike decides that sex shouldn't be the prime determiner of gender and continues to identify as a guy anyway.
* '''Double Subverted''': "That's because it's a slow spell that works from your internal organs out. You're basically going to have your [[GroinAttack genitals fall off]] and go through puberty again, [[DifferentForGirls as a girl this time]], and [[BodyHorror compressed into the space of a month]]. [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody Have fun with the mood swings]]!"
* '''Parodied''':
** Marcy's gender bender spell turns out only to stick Mike in a WigDressAccent Michelle costume--once he finds the zipper, he can get out.
** After becoming female, Mike immediately turns into a ValleyGirl with [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody no trace of his prior personality]]. Marcy finds Michelle so annoying that she changes her back into Mike.
* '''Zig Zagged''': The spell is imperfect, so Mike keeps turning into Michelle or back to Mike at random intervals, generally using the RuleOfFunny. Whether it affects him physically or mentally as well seems to keep going back and forth--there's evidence for both.
* '''Averted''': Although there are transformation powers or gadgets in the setting, no one ever changes gender.
* '''Enforced''': The story was written for a TG fiction site, and wouldn't have been accepted if there weren't gender-bending in there somewhere.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Huh, an ancient two-faced statue marked with the combined male and female symbols. I don't like where this is headed."
* '''Invoked''': Marcy specifically studies a spell for just such a purpose.
* '''Exploited''': The heroes are up against a monster and its powers don't work on women. As the team has no women, the mage turns warrior Mike into Michelle to battle the creature.
* '''Defied''': "Foolish witch! I am carrying the sacred herb moly, which protects me from all transformation magic. Did you really think I [[GenreSavvy didn't see that coming]]?"
* '''Discussed''': " 'Turn him into a woman!' That's your answer for everything, isn't it?"
* '''Conversed''': "How long do you think it will be before the first GenderBender incident in this new anime sitcom?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** The story downplays the fetishistic elements of the change, instead concentrating on the mundane details of proving your identity after a transformation, getting all your paperwork updated, avoiding [[TheydCutYouUp becoming a scientific lab study]], and dealing with the fallout of all your relationships. If in full detail, examines the effects of a massive, sudden shift in hormones and how it affects how someone thinks and acts.
** [[DifferentForGirls Protagonist has to deal with double standards and prejudice that (s)he didn't have to deal with before]].
** Mike/Michelle can't take being the opposite gender and is driven insane and/or [[DrivenToSuicide kills him/herself]].
* '''Reconstructed''':
** AWizardDidIt! The reality-bending aspect of the transformation smooths over any boring mundane nitpicks, so the writer can get back to the glorious FetishFuel.
** Guy turns into a girl, and can enjoy the fact that now people pay attention to her feelings, [[WouldNotHitAGirl are way more reluctant to hit her]], and can now act on what is often considered feminine behavior without being ridiculed for it. The paperwork may be way weird, but still less extensive and complicated as the one necessary for the sexual reassignment surgery she had been saving money for.
* '''Played For Laughs''': The story focuses on Mike's inability to internalize "female" behavior. ManIFeelLikeAWoman, GagBoobs, InnocentFanserviceGirl and similar tropes are in full force. In addition, Michelle's love life just [[LoveDodecahedron got really weird]].
* '''Played For Drama''': The story focuses on Mike's hatred of his new form and inability to cope with a woman's social role, in a metaphor for real-life gender dysphoria. Michelle faces gender discrimination both subtle and blatant, sexual harrassment, and alienation from her friends and family, who don't accept her as the same person.
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