Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite

All you sexy hermaphrodite lady-man ladies
With your sexy lady-bits
And your sexy man-bits too,
Even you must be into you-hoo-hoo...
Flight of the Conchords, "Ladies Of The World"

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.

The idea is that no matter what gender you like, this person has some characteristics of that. (Asexuality ignored.) Fetishism may also play into it.

The hermaphrodite 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.

Sub-Trope of Transgender Fetishization, which is the hypersexualization of a transgender character.

Cousin of the Lad-ette, Bifauxnen, and Dude Looks Like a Lady. May play up the sexy side of Ambiguous Gender.


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     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.
  • Unsurprisingly, there are thousands of Hentai manga/doujinshi with hermaphrodite main characters. Those futanari girls are also almost always well endowed. A fairly popular plot point in these stories is taking a girl (Original Character or otherwise), making her a hermaphrodite, and then see what happens next.
  • Mutsuki of Tokyo Ghoul is a transexual (designated female at birth, chooses to live as man and binds chest) and occasionally gets fanservicey scenes, one in which he dresses in girls clothing for an undercover mission and cleans up nicely as well as when he's in a Cat Girl illustration for the 2016 Calendar. In particular he attracts admiration from both genders, and an outright psychotic attraction from Torso.
  • Tetsuo of Yuureitou is a trans man with a female body that is lusted after by people who either see him as a boyish Bifauxnen, a gorgeous Bishōnen or something in between.


  • 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.

     Fan Works  



  • 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, as they are an Inhumanly Beautiful Race, 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 protagonist of Gary Jennings' novel Raptor is a hermaphrodite who lives as a male. Being a typical Jennings protagonist, he gets lots of action. Things get very interesting when he meets a female-identified hermaphrodite.

     Live Action TV  

  • Vince of The Mighty Boosh claims that people find him attractive because he's androgynous:
    "I'm the great confuser! 'Is it a man? Is it a woman? Oh, I don't think I mind..."
  • On RuPaul's Drag Race, every season there are one or two contestants who are just as attractive as a man as they are as women. This article shows a few. As the article was made between seasons five and six, honorable mention goes to Milk and Courtney Act; both are frequently cited as being hot in both boy mode and drag.


  • 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!
  • Lots of other ancient societies had Hermaphrodite deities, too. Not surprisingly, they tended to be associated with fertility and sexuality. Thus making this trope one of The Oldest Ones in the Book.

     Tabletop Games  

  • 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.
  • Arshea in Pathfinder is the androgynous Empyreal Lord of freedom, beauty, and sexuality, and is described as very beautiful in hir flavor text.
  • Very possible in GURPS, by using the 0-point feature Hermaphrodite from Bio-tech, an appearance of Very Handsome, and the feature Androgynous or Universal on the appearance advantage.

     Video Games  

  • In Morrowind, according to himself, the hermaphroditic god Vivec.
  • 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.

     Web Original  

  • In Furry Fandom, there are many fanservice characters that are hermaphrodites.
  • Doug Winger was 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.
    • This cartoon (titled "centaurporn" but absolutely worksafe - the website itself possibly not) almost certainly refers to his work.
  • 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.

     Western Animation  

     Real Life  

  • Zig-zagged with the hijras of the Indian subcontinent. Considered a third gender in South Asian culture, hijras are mainly composed of trans and non-binary people who were assigned male at birth, but they also include some intersex people among their ranks. They perform some priestly duties, and having sex with them is considered normal, but they've been marginalized and persecuted since the time of The Raj. Before British colonization, though, they were more respected and sometimes revered.
  • Thailand has a third gender known as kathoeys (literally "ladyboys" in the Thai language). Like the hijras of South Asia, most kathoeys were assigned male at birth. Some are transgender or non-binary, and others are Camp Gay men who choose to crossdress. Kathoeys are more respected than hijras, and they're revered in the Thai sex industry.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Everybody Wants The Intersex