Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite
When a hermaphrodite
, intersex, or otherwise androgynous character is so attractive that they inspire worship and desire in both males and females. Even those who are normally attracted to a single gender will make an exception
for this individual.
equivalent to Even the Guys Want Him
and Even the Girls Want Her
. There may be some overlap with Even the Guys Want Him
or Even the Girls Want Her
if they appear to be a female/male with extra bits. Shapeshifters count as Attractive Bent-Gender
instead unless one alternate form is a bona-fide Hermaphrodite
Cousin of the Lad-ette
, and Dude Looks Like a Lady
. May play up the sexy side of Ambiguous Gender
Anime and Manga
- Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa's title character, who looked like a boy as a child, but grew up to become a very gorgeous and buxom "woman". Turns out she's an alien and being intersex is normal for them.
- After School Nightmare was basically how a gender-confused intersex man (female on the bottom, male the top up) Mashiro was unfortunate enough to have unwanted romantic relationships between a Broken Bird, who due to a rape in her childhood, has a very strong Does Not Like Men personality before meeting the main character, and a male student who is intent on trying to protect him/her after discovering his/her gender, whose big on Stalker Crush and a small hint of rapist undertones. Oh, and did I mention he/she and all the other students must go to the world of dreams in their school to complete a game so they can ascend to some ambiguous fate in order to graduate while taking different forms representing their deepest part of their souls, with Mashiro's form taking the form of himself but wearing a female school uniform, unable to hide his gender identity to the other transformed students?
- Angel Sanctuary: Adam Kadamon takes Angelic Beauty to its logical extreme, being regarded as the most beautiful entity in the entire universe. God created him/her before He chose to split all beings into male and female, and it is said that s/he "blinds both men and women alike". Literally.
- Belial, too. S/he's physically female, but attempted to reject his/her gender with chemical suppressants. S/he gained the slim hips and flat chest of a man to compliment his/her female genitalia, and has since had little trouble attracting a wide swath of partners.
- Perhaps not surprisingly, there are dozens upon dozens of Hentai mangas with hermaphrodite main characters.
- Shaalis, the Sacred Androgyne from Michael Manning's comics (The Spider Garden, Hydrophidian, In a Metal Web). Hir body is depicted with two sets of genitals, BTW.
- Desire from The Sandman, the embodiment of the idea of desire, is implied to be every sex at once, possibly based on whatever the viewer wants to see. Nobody ever calls Desire a hermaphrodite or intersex, presumably because even those labels would be too restrictive. People tend to talk about Desire with paired terms like "Sister-Brother" and careful avoidance of pronouns.
- The chieri of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. In addition to being Space Elves, they are also able to physically change from male to female, or be somewhere in-between. Naturally, they are inhumanly beautiful and most people do not bother to check their current genitalia before finding them attractive.
- Earth's Children: Hermaphrodites (not that they're called that) are drawn to being mamuti (medicine people) statistically moreso than average, since they're already marked as "special" by the Great Earth Mother; and they're considered quite attractive by both sexes.
- The classical Swedish novel The Queen's Tiara by Carl Jonas Love Almquist (also made into a 1970 movie with the title Tintomara) is about a beautiful hermaphrodite, Azouras Lazuli Tintomara, who becomes involved in a love pentagon. It ends in death or madness for all involved.
- The Cornelius Chronicles: Cornelius Brunner, the bodily fusion of Jerry Cornelius and Miss Brunner and the proclaimed Messiah of the Age of Science, is this in spades.
- Okoya in Star Shards Chronicles. In the third book, s/he makes enough money selling hirself in the streets of Amsterdam for three days to buy first class plane tickets and rent a room at a luxury resort.
- Averted in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga: Bel Thorne, the Betan hermaphrodite, spends most of the books flirting with Miles, who never takes it up because he can't help seeing Bel Thorne as a man.
- The Ancient Greeks believed in Hermaphroditus; a being with an ideal combination of male and female traits, child of the beautiful gods Hermes and Aphrodite. Yep, everyone wants hir!
- In Dungeons & Dragons, invoked by Malcanthet, queen of Succubi, using a combination of shapeshifting, spells, and pheromones. Some people are aware that she is a hermaphrodite and seek her out because of it.
- This is one of the "gifts" that Slaanesh can apply to its followers in Warhammer 40,000.
- Heck, Slaanesh qualifies as well; alternately called "The Prince of Excess" and "She Who Thirsts", Slaanesh is either portrayed as half male/half female (split down the middle, his/her left side is female) or androgynous but stunningly beautiful. Kind of helps being the Chaos God of decadence, his... her... its very PRESENCE puts out a psychic/pheremone blanket of utter bliss, and you will very happily be chanting its name as it invokes all the horrors that a living embodiment of Squick, Fetish Fuel and Sense Freakness can give.
- Unfortunately Matt Ward has Jossed this more recently, making her male from the waist down, female from the waist up, and having a horrible crab-thing for a head.
- The chaos gods aren't locked into one form. Slaanesh looks like whatever will work best on the observer.
- What does that say about Matt Ward?
- Arshea in Pathfinder is the androgynous Empyreal Lord of freedom, beauty, and sexuality, and is described as very beautiful in hir flavor text.
- In Morrowind, according to himself, the hermaphroditic god Vivec.
- In Mass Effect, asari biology has evolved probably with a healthy dose of genetic engineering to a point where they no longer reproduce sexually but by giving birth to clones whose DNA is slightly randomized for genetic diversity through telepathic contact of the parent with another sentient being. There hasn't been any information on the reproductory organs of asari, but their telepathic abilities make them attractive to any such sentient creatures that would be viable for the psychic mating. That said, they still enjoy physical sex like everyone else and they all identify as female.
- Played with by Seraph in Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga. People don't explicitly want hir but ze is made up of the two player characters Serph and Sera: both of whom are lusted over by a couple of characters.
- In Furry Fandom, there are many fanservice characters that are hermaphrodites.
- Doug Winger is famous for his "Girls", Pup and Pandora, as well as his Minevera Mink look-alike. He seldom is asked to draw single-sex characters because people like his hermaphrodites so much.
- Very, very common with Chakats and their mono-gendered lovers. At most they tend to be momentarily surprised. Possibly because of their mild empathic abilities.
- Phase of the Whateley Universe. He looks like a hot girl with male privates. Not only is one of the hottest girls at Superhero School Whateley Academy his girlfriend (which he likes), but some of the hottest guys on campus have hit on him (which he hates).
- Circuit Breaker has both sets of genitals, breasts, and looks like a girl. At one point, she manages to impress an entire tribe of werewolves by getting pantsed. Apparently, everyone liked what they saw.
- Hindus have the Hijras, a priest class. Having sex with them is considered normal or even an honor.
- Older Than Dirt: The priestesses of Ishtar: intersex and/or transgender individuals who dressed as the goddess. Having sex with this "avatar of Ishtar" was considered the sacred duty of both men and women.