Female bandits? What next? Rubbish!"
An Always Female
, or Always Male
trope, that is applied to the opposite gender.
While it's not possible to pull off with many of these tropes, due to some of them requiring certain biological features, and others are automatically seen in a different light when gender-inverted, (like the Mama Bear
and the Papa Wolf
, or the Action Girl
and the Action Hero
), making them an entirely different trope, others are only based on certain generic concepts associated with the gender, and nothing stops the writers from playing with them.
It might be Played for Drama
, Played for Laughs
as a character's unique quirk, or even not intended at all: For example, maybe a writer simply thought that gypsy men are hot, and didn't even realize that Hot Gypsy Woman
is a lot more common trope.
Conversely, it can be our own fault, due to Values Dissonance
, as our trope definitions are largely based on western and Japanese works, so it is possible that for example an Indian or Latin American show's characters can be only described with our vocabulary as "Like this trope, but male", even though it could be considered a different trope over there, but none of us knows enough about the culture to make a page for it.
In trope lists, it is often referred to as Rare Male Example and Rare Female Example.
Compare Distaff Counterpart
, Unisex Tropes
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Anime and Manga
- In Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Shute Sutherland is a Rich Bastard with a Boy Posse, sporting a Nobleman's Laugh.
- The relationship between Haruhi Suzumiya and Kyon is sometimes described as Belligerent Sexual Tension, but with a male Tsundere, and a female Jerk.
- In Kore wa Zombie desu ka?, the male lead gets Magical Girl powers.
- In Iono the Fanatics, the protagonist is a young queen of a foreign country. She likes girls, too: she has 1000 courtesans. She goes so far as to call herself a "skirt chaser".
- In Nyarko-san, it is the heroine Nyaruko who is the perverted one and the male protagonist Mahiro punishes her for indecent behaviour by stabbing her with a fork, making her bleed and squick.
- In Saiyuki, three of the protagonists are a male version of the Three Faces of Eve: Son Goku (the Child), Cho Hakkai (the Wife) and Sha Gojyo (the Seductress).
- In The Weatherman Is My Lover, Amasawa is a Cosplay Otaku Guy.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia Poland, Finland, Sealand and Prussia have many characteristics of a Plucky Girl. Albeit their versions are highly flamboyant (Poland), Finland, childish (Sealand) and/or narcissistic (Prussia) ones.
- Brock from the Pokémon anime is Team Mom supreme. He cooks, cleans, heals injured Pokémon, and even Ash's mother praises his domestic skills ("He's a better seamstress than I'll ever be"). It's overt from his first episode, as we first see him taking care of his nine brothers and sisters in their parents' absence, and his stated goal is to be a Pokémon Breeder (one who raises/cares for Pokémon). Eventually he leaves to become a Pokémon Doctor.
- Kamille Bidan from ZetaGundam and Dilandau Albatou from Vision of Escaflowne are male versions of The Ophelia at some point of the story. They both get better.
- And in the second case, Dilandau actually starts out as a girl.
- Ishida and arguably Yumichika from Bleach are also genderflipped Plucky Girls.
- There's more than one male Yamato Nadeshiko in manga and anime. Some examples are: Kiminobu Kogure from Slam Dunk; Shouma Takakura from Mawaru-Penguindrum; Japan (obviously) from Axis Powers Hetalia; Haku from Naruto; Yukito Tsukishiro and Fujitaka Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura; Seiichiro Aoki from X/1999; Miyazaki from the Tokyo Babylon OAV, and arguably young!Subaru before it got worse; Taro Misaki from Captain Tsubasa; Tomohisa Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Rey from Saint Beast, etc.
- Misaki from Hana No Mizo Shiru is an endearingly clumsy boy who initially behaves irritably, but gradually warms up to his love interest over time, acting more shy and easily flustered around him. Said love interest also finds his teary face adorable. Unsurprisingly, he's from a Boys Love manga.
- Eco from Plus-Si is a male Kawaiiko.
- Night from Absolute Boyfriend is a Magical Boyfriend.
- Kuranosuke from Kuragehime is a male Nerd Nanny, and a Manic Pixie Dream Guy.
- In Kirby of the Stars, Sirica wants to kill Meta Knight because he killed her mother (the normal version of the trope is later played straight by Knuckle Joe).
- Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail is The Big Guy of her Five-Man Band; notable because the group is not an Amazon Brigade.
- Kagura from Gintama is this, too. And she's younger than the guys in her group.
- Codename: Sailor V has an example of Villains Want Heroines, and an example of Unlucky Everydudette.
- Kill la Kill is one of the few series where you'll find Thigh-High Boots and Vapor Wear on the Shameless Fanservice Guy.
- Happiness is a rare series where a boy wears Proper Tights with a Skirt.
- In Fushigi Yuugi, Emperor Hotohori is very elegant and handsome swordsman with long hair - this makes him a male Lady of War.
- In Vandread, Bart is a Spaceship Boy.
- The self-proclaimed Great Teacher Onizuka is a Sensei-kun
- In Seirei no Moribito, Badass Action Girl Balsa is the bodyguard of the young Prince Chagum, in a gender inversion of the classic Badass and Child Duo.
- Bubblegum Crisis has a Five-Man Band consisting of four girls and a male Chick.
- Sho from Skip Beat! is a male Idol Singer.
- An episode of Hell Girl features a woman who killed her son out of greed and got away with it. She blackmails a girl who she thinks found out about it by holding the girl's dogs hostage. Unlike most examples, the woman also killed the boy's grandparents to get at their inheritance money. She gets what's coming to her in the end.
Films — Animated
Films — Live Action
- In Veronica Mars, Wallace is a male Girl Friday, and Logan often acts as a male Femme Fatale.
- In The Brittas Empire, Tim is a Clingy Jealous Guy to Gavin.
- One episode of El Chapulín Colorado featured a House Husband whose life was so similar to a House Wife's it was Played for Laughs. He complained about his wife wanting to watch a game instead of taking him to the movies like she promised; tells her "don't touch me" like some wives usually do on TV while mad at her husbands. When the husband of a former patient of his (he was a gynecologist before becoming a House Husband when his wife started making more money then he did) showed up needing help, Chapulin encouraged him stating he needed to show men could work.
- Renn Kousaka/Go-on Blue from Engine Sentai Go-onger, a near-perfect example of a male Yamato Nadeshiko and Team Mom.
- Stargate SG-1 gender-flips Belligerent Sexual Tension with Vala Mal Doran as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Daniel Jackson as a Type B Tsundere.
- Austin & Ally gender-flips the P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl trope. Ally is the POV Girl, while Austin is the Poster Boy that drives the plot along.
- Power Rangers Operation Overdrive has a male example of My Biological Clock Is Ticking.
- CSI: Miami has an example of False Widower.
- Wilma from Wendell And Vinnie could be seen as a female Casanova Wannabe; she constantly chases after men who have no interest in her and is generally depicted as being hopeless at getting a boyfriend, all Played for Laughs the way a man in her position would be.
- The Torchwood episode "Torchwood S 2 E 1 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" has a male example of Drugged Lipstick.
- Manipulative bully "King" Ralph from Fresh Meat is a male version of the Alpha Bitch and Rich Bitch archetypes, complete with a Boy Posse.
- Fantasy Island invoked it in an episode where a secretary, feeling like a sexual bargaining chip for her boss (Quote: "What am I, a piece of meat?") is given a chance to be CEO with a male secretary. She ends up promising a client a dinner date with her secretary in exchange for a lucrative business deal. Cue the Ironic Echo about pieces of meat, coming from him.
- Oh, Doctor Beeching! has a gender-flipped version of The Missus and the Ex, with Jack as May's "missis", and Parkin as the ex.
- In Fringe, Peter Bishop is a Mad Scientist's Handsome Son who serves as a romantic lead for a female protagonist.
- One of the disposable sex workers from the Millennium pilot is a male prostitute Frank saves from a harrowing live burial.
- In Chrono Trigger, there seems to be a gender-inverted variant of Wife Husbandry going on between Ayla and Kino. See character page for details...
- In Team Fortress 2, thanks to Australium, Australian women have Badass Moustaches.
- Thanks partially to the fact that Falena is ruled by Queens rather than Kings, many tropes are gender inverted in Suikoden V. Bodyguard Crush and Brotherhood of Funny Hats all have gender inversions in this game.
- Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World has Emil, a male Shrinking Violet.
- There are some males from Fire Emblem who are White Magician Dudes: Claud, Corple and his expy Sharlow from Seisen no Keifu, Sleuf from Thracia 776, Saul from Binding Blade, Moulder from Sacred Stones, and Rhys from Path of Radiance.
- Fire Emblem Awakening offers another White Magical Boy in the form of Brady, but due to the reclass system, he doesn't have to remain one. Conversely, Kellam starts as a Mighty Glacier, but can be reclassed into a White Magical Boy.
- Many Fire Emblem males fit very well as plucky boys. And also, there are several genderflipped Lady and Knight cases where the "Lady" is a "Lord" and the "Knight" is an Action Girl.
- In Boktai, Sabata is a Dark Magical Boy.
- In Super Paper Mario, Luigi is a male Apocalypse Maiden.
- In Kingdom Hearts, Xemnas utilises She-Fu in his Ethereal Blade combos.
- Kanon from Umineko: When They Cry is a male Meido.
- In the Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Mr. Torgue is accused by Lilith of being a bandwagon geek only wanting in on Tina's RPG campaign because it's trendy, a stereotype often associated with women gamers. He's then made to answer three question that only true geeks would know. He fails to prove his cred, but they decide to let him stay around as a questgiver when he breaks down in tears.
- Mass Effect 2 features the rare male Green-Skinned Space Babe in the form of the drell. Kissable lips, pecs that can't be tamed, big eyes, and a generally kind demeanor. One of them is even rescued from a Distressed Dude situation by Liara, a regular Green-Skinned Space Babe (well, she's blue, but you get the gist).
- Excellen Browning of Super Robot Wars Compact 2 and its Video Game Remake Impact is a Boisterous Bruiser, who so happens to be the heroine, making this a rare case. Much of the boisterousness is mixed alongside her being a Hard Drinking Party Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang is the male equivalent of a Magical Girlfriend who fights using She-Fu. Meanwhile, Toph the Big Guy is a 12-year-old blind girl.
- During the episode in Yukon of Total Drama World Tour, Noah receives a Marshmallow Hell from Owen, after Bridgette didn't let him hug her.
- A gender-inversion of I Have You Now, My Pretty in Adventuresof The Galaxy Rangers. The Queen is delighted when she finally has Zachary in her clutches, and even Word of God was commenting about the "S&M overtones."
- In The Legend of Zelda, Spryte is a Beautiful Lech.
- Animaniacs, the show that introduced us to Hello, Nurse!, also had a Spear Counterpart of the trope for Dot.
- In Biker Mice from Mars, Dr Carbunkle is a male version of Combat Stilettos (he wears boots with stiletto heels).
- The Powerpuff Girls has a female version of Loved I Not Honor More (albeit with a new friend instead of a lover).
- In Hey Arnold!, Gerald is a male example of Beehive Hairdo, and Suzie Kokoshka is a Henpecked Wife.
- In the ThunderCats (2011) episode "The Duelist and the Drifter", the titular Drifter is a Deliberately Distressed Dude.
- The Batman Beyond episode "April Moon" has an example of Man Scorned. Dr. Corso, who has been providing weaponized cyborg upgrades to a criminal gang who had been holding his wife hostage, learns that she was in on it and was cheating on him with the gang leader. The final scene has him lowering a drill towards the gang leader, with the very strong implication that he's going to kill him in a very gory way.
- It has been suggested that the Mr. Fanservice appeal of many male soccer player uniforms, which involves a small piece of bare thigh between the socks and the shorts, might be based on the same principle as the female Zettai Ryouiki trope.