Gender Flip
On the left, Lt. Starbuck (Dirk Benedict). On the right, Lt. Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff).

"What do I think of it being played by a woman, when it was played by a man in 1972, as part of a Scottish pagan community, and now it's played by a woman with the same name? What do I think of it? Nothing. There's nothing to say."
Christopher Lee on the recasting of his role in the American remake of The Wicker Man

Here's a quick spin on an old story. Flip the male roles to the women and the female roles to the men. If you are in a hurry, you only need to change a few honorifics, pronouns, and maybe a first name or two. And the casting.

If you are able to give it a little more thought, though, you can take this opportunity to explore how there might be a difference in the way things play out with the genders reversed. It's a very old technique of retelling a story; many folk Fairy Tales have Gender Flip variants.

Sometimes the remake or reimagining of a work may involve Gender Flips due to societal changes on the Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality that, for example, would allow a formerly-male Number Two to be an Action Girl instead. Occasionally, the Gender Flip occurs with a work that's already in development, or even in production (due to, for example, an actor's sudden unavailability or simply a last-minute casting idea.) The results can be particularly interesting in these cases, as the written role may be almost completely unchanged from its original opposite-gender version.

Fan Fics that Gender Flip are fairly common (often referred to as 'Genderfuck' or 'GF' stories.) Rule 63 is closely related, but subtly different. A good general rule of thumb is that a Rule 63 character looks like exactly the same character, as if subjected to Gender Bender. Gender Flip characters will often differ from their originals in a great many ways other than the character's sex.

Supertrope of She's a Man in Japan, which is what happens when localization results in a character Gender Flip.

Distinguished from Crosscast Role, in which the actor is the opposite sex of the character. For example, a production of Hamlet that (as in Shakespeare's own day) had Ophelia played by a boy would be a Crosscast Role, but a production with a male actor playing a male character named "Ophelius" and referred to in the text with male pronouns would be a Gender Flip.

Not to be confused with Gender Bender, though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. When a song gets this treatment in a Cover Version, that's The Cover Changes the Gender.

Also note that this trope is not about "gender roles" in the generic sense. Those are covered (for examples involving couples, anyway) by Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy. See also Spear Counterpart and Distaff Counterpart. See also Race Lift when it's the ethnicity that changes.


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    Audio Drama 
  • Terry Nation's failed pilot for his Dalek TV series, "The Destroyers", had brother and sister team David and Sara Kingdom (a Transplant - she had been a Doctor Who companion, although the show was not intended to take place in Doctor Who continuity), with David taking the Action Hero and protagonist role, and Sara spending most of the story captured and getting kidnapped by Daleks. When Big Finish adapted it as an audio drama for their The Lost Stories range, the adaptation mostly worked off the original script but switched the roles of David and Sara to make her the main character.

    Card Games 
  • Aither, in the original Greek mythology, is male. In the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG, Aither is female. This makes sense, if they want a contrast between the ruler of Heaven and the ruler of the Underworld.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Multiverse of The DCU, Earth-11 is an Alternate Universe where all the genders are flipped. Thus you have Superwoman and Superlad, Batwoman, Alexis Luthor, Wonder Man (or Wonder Warrior, depending on your sources), and so on.
  • The Multiversity:
    • One of the major characters is Aquawoman, the Aquaman analogue of Earth-11.
    • Blitzen, The Flash of Earth-10 from The Multiversity: Mastermen #1, is female.
  • The Ame-Comi Girls series takes place in such a world. Jesse Chambers is The Flash, Natasha Irons is Steel, Carrie Kelly is Robin, Jade Yifei is Earth's Green Lantern, and Duela Dent is a stand-in for The Joker.
  • Similarly, some Exiles stories had the team visit worlds with gender-flipped versions of Marvel heroes. The most prominent example would be the team's version of Sunfire, who had the civilian identity of Mariko Yashida rather than Shiro Yoshida.
  • Sir Ystin (a cross-time counterpart of the original Shining Knight, Sir Justin) in Grant Morrison's Shining Knight, turns out to actually be the female Ystina in disguise as a boy. Later usage of Ystin in Demon Knights fleshed out the portrayal of Ystin's gender being intersex.
  • Many male Marvel Comics characters become females in the Marvel Mangaverse:
  • There's also one universe where Iron Man is a woman named Natasha Stark, who ended up falling in love with and marrying Captain America. Think of that what you will.
  • The What If? story Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham is essentially a gender-flipped version of the Batman mythos, with Catwoman as a superhero and Batman as her nemesis. Additionally, gender-flipped versions of Alfred and Two-Face appear in supporting roles.
  • The Spirit's sidekick Ebony White is a girl in the First Wave universe. This is because writer Brian Azzarello felt Ebony was more fitting as a female name in the 21st century.
  • In the Ultimate Marvel Universe:
  • Earth 2:
    • Red Tornado is a Gynoid.
    • The Earth 2 version of Aquaman is, well, Aquawoman.
    • Lee Travis, the Crimson Avenger pre-New 52, is now a female reporter and given a Race Lift.
  • In Marvel's all-ages Marvel Adventures imprint, Giant-Man is replaced by Giant-Girl, a teenage version of Janet Van Dyne.
  • Tristan in Camelot 3000 is a rare simultaneous example of Gender Flip and Gender Bender. The "role" of Sir Tristan is recast (via reincarnation) for a female... but Lady Tristan remembers her life as a man.
  • One issue of Spider-Man Fairy Tales was yet another gender-flipped Cinderella. Peter was Cinders, with Norman and Harry Osborn as the evil stepfather and stepbrother. Gwen was the princess, and MJ a servant at the Osborn household who helped Peter (possibly a gender flipped version of the Panto character Buttons.)
  • Examples from G.I. Joe properties:
  • The DC Universe has several examples of male-to-female "recasting" via the Affirmative Action Legacy method:
    • Zatanna (for her father, Zatara)
    • Jesse Quick (for her father, Johnny Quick, though Jesse has also taken on her mother's costumed identity as Liberty Belle.)
    • Beth Chapel, a protegeé of the original Dr. Mid-Nite, took on his role (with a slightly different spelling) as Dr. Midnight.
    • Dr. Fate's role was assumed by females (Linda Strauss and Inza Nelson) twice.
    • Yolanda Montez had a brief tenure as Wildcat before being killed by Eclipso.
    • Eclipso itself was recast as a female villain after typically taking male hosts during the run toward DC's Infinite Crisis event, taking Jean Loring as a host.
    • The new Judomaster is a woman, Sonia Sato.
    • During World War II, Danette Reilly took over the Firebrand identity from her brother Rod.
    • After retiring as Starman, Jack Knight passed his legacy and his Cosmic Rod onto the Star-Spangled Kid, Courtney Whitmore, who then changed her name to Stargirl.
    • Renee Montoya took up the mantle of The Question.
    • Metamorpho has now been replaced by Element Woman. As she is also of Korean descent, she counts as a Twofer.
  • Some versions of The Green Hornet have used a female Kato:
    • The current Dynamite series features Mulan Kato, daughter of the original Kato.
    • The NOW Comics version had Mishi Kato (half-sister to the original), who eventually became Hornet's Distaff Counterpart, the Crimson Wasp.
  • In the original Bronze Age continuity (and, apparently, in the "Post-Zero Hour" continuity), the Legion of Super-Heroes' Science Police liaison Shvaughn Erin was a woman. The "Five Years Later" continuity retconned her into being a Transsexual named Sean Erin, who stopped using Pro-Fem when he realised Element Lad was actually gay.
  • The Authority briefly dabbled with this by introducing an alternate universe in which all sexes were reversed. At one point Midnighter recruits an entire army of reversed-sex superheroes, although they are instantly killed on the next page.
  • There have been girl versions of Batman's sidekick, Robin:
    • In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, a young girl becomes the new Robin. News reports about Batman's new sidekick don't know any better, and continue to call his assistant "Boy Wonder".
    • Stephanie Brown became Robin when Tim Drake retired for a short time.
  • Taskmaster is a woman in Deadpool MAX. Rule of Cool.
  • In Timestorm 2009-2099, which features an alternate version of the Marvel 2099 timeline, Bloodhawk of the X-Men 2099 is female.
  • Done In-Universe in Angel (IDW). There was a Hollywood movie (Very Loosely Based on a True Story) about The Fall, which had Spike as a woman. note  When they watched it, Angel was disgusted and insulted, while Spike thought it was hilarious.
  • Due to the gender roles of The Thirties, Spider-Man: Noir has a male Federal Agent Jean De Wolfe standing in for the female Captain Jean DeWolff in mainstream continuity.
  • When Mick Anglo Expied the Shazam cast to make Marvelman, Captain Marvel became Marvelman, Captain Marvel Jr. became Kid Marvelman... and Mary Marvel became Young Marvelman.
  • In DC Comics' New 52 version of The Green Team, Cecil Sunbeam, kid movie director, becomes Cecilia Sunbeam, starlet.
  • Dare, in the Amalgam Universe title Assassins, was an amalgam of Daredevil and Deathstroke, both male characters, but was female.
  • In the Bronze Age Superman story "The Turnabout Trap", Mister Mxyzptlk decided to make Superman's life miserable by gender-inverting the people in Superman's world so that his girlfriend Lois Lane doesn't exist, as she has been changed into Louis Lane. Superman realizes who is behind it as he sees among the pictures of Superwoman's enemies that Mxyzptlk didn't gender-invert himself. At the end of the story, when Superman gets Mxyzptlk to undo his magic, he meets the real Louis Lane, who turns out to be Lois' cousin.
  • The Star Trek: Ongoing series by IDW, a continuation of the film series, saw the publication of the first part of a two-part series, in which the entire crew of the Enterprise has been gender-swapped. There are a lot of women. It gets hilarious in the end when they cross over into the normal universe and meet their counterparts.
  • In the New 52 version of The Forever People, Serifan has become Serafina. (She's also had a Race Lift, since she's now Vykin's sister.)
  • In Just Imagine... Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe, The Flash is a teenage girl named Mary Maxwell.
  • Although Batman '66 is supposed to be based directly on the Batman TV series, Warden Chrichton (played by white male actor David Lewis in the show) became an African-American woman.
  • Earth One:
  • In ODY-C, a space opera set in the aftermath of a male Gendercide, nearly all the male characters from The Odyssey have been gender flipped. So have some of the female characters, because this is a sci-fi setting where "male" and "female" are not the only options.
  • The Spider-Gwen version of Captain America is an African-American woman, named Samantha Wilson.
  • In the 2015 reboot of Prez, boy president Prez Rickard is replaced by girl president Beth Ross.

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • "The Girl Who Lived" is a popular idea for stories in Harry Potter fandom:
    • A Butterfly Effect is one of many, replacing Harry James Potter with Harriet Lily Potter.
    • A Long Journey Home has Jasmine Potter.
    • Harry Potter And The Mysterious Curse Of The Girl Who Lived plays with this idea, keeping Harry a boy but placing him under a strange curse that makes everyone magical see him as a girl. With a very few exceptions (Dumbledore, Ollivander and Luna), the curse stops them from considering for even a moment that "Harriet" might not be a girl, no matter how many times Harry tries to tell them.
    • Weasley Girl keeps Harry a boy but gives the Gender Flip treatment to Ron Weasley instead, turning him into Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley.
    • Harry Potter and the Distaff Side drops the "real" Harry Potter into an alternate dimension where *everyone* has been gender flipped, including himself.
  • Nerima Magistra Nelly Magi is Mahou Sensei Negima! with every character gender-flipped.
  • Once More with Feeling: In canon, Asuka called Shinji, Touji and Kensuke "The Three Stooges". In this story, Asuka, Hikari and Rei are called -very privately and very, very quietly by the abovementioned trio- "The Three Stoogettes".
  • The One I Love Is: In this story Kaworu Nagisa -a character is male in canon- is a girl (and gets a rename: Kaoru Nagisa).
  • Special mention goes to The Vampire Diaries story Let It Rain which is a Gender Re-Flip of Jeremy was a girl in the books just with a different name and aged up.
  • Canon In G does this to Key/Visual Arts' Seasonverse, more specifically, Kanon.
  • This comes up frequently in Total Drama Island, by Gilbert and Sullivan. For many of the verses pertaining to romantic relationships and complications thereof, the gender roles in the Total Drama Island incidents are reversed from the original roles in the operettas. This is especially prominent with respect to Cody's unsuccessful suit for Gwen's affections.
  • The Supernatural fanfic "All That Jazz" is a variation. It adapts Chicago with characters from Supernatural, most of which are the opposite gender of their counterparts from the play.
  • Pivix user Yuu Kurono has made a number of character sketches and comics around the premise of gender-flipping a portion of the cast of Puella Magi Madoka Magica (specifically Madoka, Kyoko, and Mami... And a token shota Human!Charlotte <long before Charlotte's Pre-Witch form was even conceived by the staff, let alone revealed>), along with Humanoid!Kyubey. They can all be found on Danbooru (try the tags "kurono_yuu" and "genderswap" to get started), but due to the nature of the site, it would be better to offer a link to a surprisingly good fandub of most of the comics on YouTube. The romantic undertones of Homura/Madoka and Sayaka/Kyoko suddenly become very blatant.
  • The Star Trek story Written in the Stars featured a gender-swapped Kirk; Jane Tiberia, both in the Prime reality and the Alternate reality. She and Spock hook up.
  • In Mechanical Maniacs, the Mega Man 3 Robot Masters are Author Avatars. After the first series of epilogues, Anton, the Needleman of the team, departed. For series 2, Gauntlet (Shadow Man)'s sister Psycho Magnet joined to fill the Needleman role, so the character became "Needlegal". During Series 5, Musashi Razz became inactive as Sparkman, so Classi Cal took over the role and it became "Spark Chan". And those are just the members that are still around — around the same time Needleman became Needlegal, Sarah also took up the then-vacant Hardman role as "Hard Chick", until Series 2 ended.
  • In the Persona 4 fanfiction, Façade, the protagonist Yu Narukami is gender-swapped. Not much really changes, except for one thing: No-one knows Yu is female.
  • Some Kirby fanfics tend to portray Galacta Knight has female, usually with the intent of having 'her' paired with Meta Knight.
  • In The Bridge, the canonically male Mothra Leo is changed to the female Mothra Lea. The author pointed out that since the Mothra species reproduces asexually, they should logically all be female.
  • In the pre-Crisis Earth-S fanfic Whatever Happened to Isis?, Isis's Love Interest Rick Mason is given an Adventure Archaeologist sister named Regina, who is transformed by the Orb of Ra into a Shapeshifter; a gender flip of Earth-1's Rex Mason aka Metamorpho.
  • Many fanfics for The Hobbit replace Bilbo with a hobbit woman, often with the intent to pair her off with Thorin. Some keep Bilbo's backstory, while others give him a sister, and there are also those where Bilbo didn't want to go on the quest and his relative Lobelia went instead. Then there is The Monstrous Company of Thorin Oakenshield whose title is rather unsubtly based on Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment. Accordingly, the whole company with the exception of Bilbo and Gandalf turn out to be female.
  • Happens way too often to keep track of in Five Nights at Freddy's fan works, usually due to either Viewer Gender Confusion or flat-out Shipping. In fact, it's so common, that there are meme templates all over the Internet (mostly DeviantArt) of what gender the animatronic characters are in the user's Alternate Universe. It's also one of the reasons the fandom has a rather poor reputation.
    • Officially speaking, all versions of Bonnie the Bunny are male. That doesn't stop people from portraying them as female, especially when it comes to Toy Bonnie (who is often referred to as "Bon Bon" when his gender is flipped).
    • Chica the Chicken probably got this before, since she doesn't really look female at all.
    • Funtime Foxy, A.K.A. Mangle, has an Ambiguous Gender due to conflicting evidence from the second game. They're supposed to be a remade version of Foxy the Pirate Fox, who is male. However, there's a possibility that Foxy himself actually underwent a Gender Flip In-Universe. Look up a picture of Mangle and you'll see why. The gender's ambiguity is the result of them appearing in a challenge called "Ladies Night" in spite of the game's instructor calling Mangle a male, leaving the fandom split on the issue entirely. Whatever gender Mangle is, they've definitely gotten this treatment in fan works and are probably the whole reason the aforementioned "gender memes" even exist.
    • The Puppet gets this treatment as well, in not one, but two ways. Like Mangle, it has an Ambiguous Gender (but is generally agreed to be male) and it also resembles a clown. However, the animatronics in the series are canonically possessed by dead children, whose genders are also unknown save for the Puppet's, which is male. Doesn't stop people from depicting the child as female, though.
  • Monkey D. Luffy in Sol Invictus becomes this along with some minor characters. She mostly still acts like her male counterpart.

  • In the American remake of Les Diaboliques, the male detective Finchet became Shirley Vogel, portrayed by Kathy Bates.
  • The writers of Alien purposely wrote a "gender-neutral" screenplay, so that any character could potentially be male or female. Someone suggested making the "Ripley" character (who wasn't given a first name until the second movie in the series) a woman, which they did, resulting in Sigourney Weaver playing one of the most memorable female characters in SF movie history.
  • Evil Dead
    • Conversely, Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead (1981) plays what is essentially the Final Girl of the horror movie. It wasn't planned that way, however. The order in which characters died was actually determined by actor availability. If an actor left early in the shoot, his or her character also died early in the movie. Apparently Campbell was the one without a life, though that seems to have worked to his benefit in the long run.
    • In the remake /Stealth Sequel, Ash's role is filled by an Expy named Mia.
  • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hawkeye's youngest child is changed from a girl named Natasha (named for Black Widow) to a boy named Nathaniel.
  • The character of Dizzy Flores in Starship Troopers was a man in the original Robert A. Heinlein novel. In the movie, he was switched to a she, given a much bigger role, and played by Dina Meyers. Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles followed the movie's lead. note 
  • Done in two modern versions of Treasure Island.
  • The famous duet "Baby, It's Cold Outside" used in films:
    • It was first introduced in the movie Neptune's Daughter by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban. She plays "The Mouse" and he plays "The Wolf," as you would expect. But the song is soon reprised by Betty Garrett and Red Skelton, and this time he's the one who's resisting and she's the one who's advancing.
    • Again flipped in a version with Selma Blair and Rainn Wilson. Oh My!
    • Probably in a Shout-Out (or not, this is Miss Piggy after all), one episode of The Muppet Show had Miss Piggy being the "Wolf" to guest star Rudolf Nureyev's "Mouse".
  • The film version of Sgt. Bilko turned Cpl Rocky Barbella into Cpl Raquelle Barbella. (Bilko's other sidekick, Cpl Henshaw, was given a Race Lift).
  • A 1990s adaptation of Mickey Spillane's Come Die With Me made Mike Hammer's cop buddy Lt. Pat Chambers into Patricia Chambers.
  • The Human Popsicle Expy of Hammer in the comic book Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger worked with a Lt. Patrick Chandler in the 1950s, but his descendant Patricia after he was thawed out in the future.
  • Head Over Heels is a gender-flipped romantic comedy version of Rear Window.
  • The plot of Grease 2 is basically a flip of the first movie's plot. The guy is now the naive, sweet one and the girl is the tough, experienced gang member.
  • The Howard Hawks classic newspaper comedy His Girl Friday is a gender-flipped version of the play The Front Page (which had already been made into an acclaimed movie once before). Hawks turned the "Hildy Johnson" character into a woman and made it a romantic comedy. Billy Wilder later remade it yet again with two male protagonists, and then an '80s remake called Switching Channels - set this time in the television news industry - put the romance aspect back.
  • Most shadowcasts of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will let anyone, regardless of gender, audition for any part. ("Genderfuck" versions specifically gender flip all the roles.)
  • The 1996 made-for-TV movie, The Stepford Husbands is, as its name suggests, The Stepford Wives with the gender roles reversed-this time it's the women seeking to make their husbands "perfect."
  • Spotted in Son Of Man, an adaptation of the story of Jesus Christ that takes place in modern Africa. Several of the disciples are portrayed by women, with feminized versions of their original names to match.
  • With its virtually identical Clear My Name plotline, one could consider the Ashley Judd vehicle Double Jeopardy to be a Gender Flip of The Fugitive. Both movies even feature Tommy Lee Jones as a lawman who first hunts for, then aids, the fugitive. We even get a misleading 911 call made by the victim though as the audience soon learns, this was deliberately done in order to ensure that the woman would be convicted, as well as the protagonist wailing, "I didn't kill my husband!", similar to Richard Kimble. Indeed, not only was the movie referred to as The Female Fugitive by several critics, people genuinely needed to be informed that it was NOT another sequel.
  • The title character of Salt was originally named Edward and played by Tom Cruise, but he dropped out. When Angelina Jolie stepped in, the writers changed Ed to Evelyn and also decided to make Salt's spouse less of a Distressed Damsel.
  • The film adaptation of Jurassic Park switched the roles of Hammond's grandchildren, making Lex (the girl) the older one and the computer genius. This was done in order to give Lex more characterization. In the original novel Tim was a Teen Genius that was both computer savvy and obsessed with dinosaurs, while Lex was just annoying.
    • In Jurassic World, Zara Young appears to be a gender-flipped version of Ed Regis from the book, being a beleaguered assistant to the person in charge of the park, roped into looking after their young relatives and getting horribly killed off when everything goes crazy. Though Zara is noticeably less cowardly and more sympathetic.
  • The original ABBA recording of "Does Your Mother Know?" was an older man singing to a barely (or possibly not quite) legal girl, whereas in Mamma Mia! it's flipped to a middle-aged woman singing to the very persistent and very young man who's pursuing her.
  • In The Tempest (2010) directed by Julie Taymor, the character Prospero is changed to Prospera and played by Helen Mirren.
  • Burglar gender flipped several of the main characters, as well as giving a Race Lift to the protagonist. The movie was based on a series of novels by Lawrence Block about a white male bookstore owner/burglar. The screenplay was written after Bruce Willis passed on the role and it became a vehicle for Whoopi Goldberg.
  • Wee Willie Winkie was based on a Rudyard Kipling short story in which the protagonist was a little boy. When the story was adapted for the screen, it became a Shirley Temple vehicle, and the main character became a girl.
  • And it happened again during the production of Vantage Point (2008), where Sigourney Weaver played the also originally male TV producer Rex Brooks.
  • The 1967 version of Bedazzled starred Peter Cook as the Devil. The 2000 remake cast Elizabeth Hurley in that role.
  • The original screenplay for Streets of Fire had the role of McCoy, the hero's old army buddy, written as a male. Actress Amy Madigan, while auditioning for a different role, convinced the filmmakers to let her play McCoy as a tough, strong woman instead, without rewriting the part.
  • Ms. Li from Batman: Under the Red Hood is a female version of Mr. Li, a similar character from the original Under The Hood comic story.
  • The character Carin from Patch Adams is a female medical student who Patch has a romantic relationship with, was molested as a child and is eventually killed by a mentally ill patient. In reality "she" was Hunter Adams' best male friend, who he did not have a romantic realtionship with, was not molested as a child and was not killed by a mentally ill patient but in a car accident. This was one of the many reasons the Real Life Hunter Adams has openly criticised the movie based on his life.
  • Ran is a partial Gender Flip of King Lear, changing the gender of the daughters and Edmund.
  • There are far too many adaptations of A Christmas Carol with Ebenezer Scrooge replaced by a female with the similar backstory and attitude (but not necessarily same age and attractiveness).
  • The movie adaptation of Silent Hill replaced Harry Mason with Rose Dasilva. The idea was to play up the notion that a mother is even more attached to her child than a father, particularly if the child is a girl. Interestingly, the father was played by Sean Bean, who does look a bit like Harry Mason. In the sequel, Bean's character has taken the name Harry Mason, but still isn't the protagonist.
  • In the live-action adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, the male character of Major Anderson is played by Viola Davis. Interestingly, they were originally going to have Graff played by a woman (an idea that met with Card's approval), but then Harrison Ford got the part, so they genderflipped Anderson instead.
  • In the later James Bond films (starring Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig) the character of M is played by Judi Dench.
  • The film adaptation of The Relic saw Linda Hunt play the museum director Anne Cuthbert, a character who, in the original novel, was a man named Ian Cuthbert.
  • Legend Of Eight Samurai has one of the eight half-brothers changed from a crossdressing male to a female portrayed by Sue Shiomi.
  • In the film adaptation of K-PAX, the novels' Dr. Klaus Villars — a white, bearded, German-accented, classically Freud-reminiscent psychiatrist — becomes Dr. Claudia Villars, a female Black-American played by Alfre Woodard.
  • This was done in both adaptations of the Hercule Poirot story Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie:
    • In the 1982 version, Emily Brewster becomes the flambuoyant and effeminite Rex Brewster.
    • In the 2001 version, the victim's teenaged stepdaughter Linda turns into a stepson Lionel.
  • In the new Joss Whedon film of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, one of the villain's lackeys, named Conrad, is female. The part has always been, in the past, a basic male role.
  • In place of Jimmy Olsen at the Daily Planet is a young woman named Jenny in Man of Steel. However Jenny's last name is confirmed NOT to be Olsen, so there is room for a red headed male photographer in the sequel. If you pay attention, the movie shows her last name to be "Jurwich"...but one tie-in book makes it Olsen, so it's hard to say for sure.
  • Critics pointed out that much of Byzantium is basically a gender-flipped take on Jordan's earlier film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire.
  • In B-Movie series Witchcraft (possibly best known from Allison Pregler's reviews) a police officer named Lutz first appears as a man in the sixth film and is suddenly a woman in the seventh, with no explanation. The thirteenth and final film, in its valiant attempts to close all the series' Plot Holes, Ret Conned the two Lutzes into siblings.
  • RoboCop (2014) sees Anne Lewis changed into an African-American man named Jack Lewis. Conversely, Chief Dean is a female version of Sgt. Reed.
  • In the Harry Potter books, every player on the Slytherin Quidditch team either has a male first name or is referred to only by their surname. In the first film, however, their Keeper (Miles Bletchley in the book) is replaced by a girl.
  • Dr Kafka, the Ravencroft Institute's Mad Scientist in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by Marton Csokas, is a genderflip (and Adaptational Villainy) version of Dr Ashley Kafka, the Awesome Shrink who founded the Institute in the comics.
  • In a What Could Have Been example, when Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly was offered the chance to helm a film adaptation of Louis Sachar's Holes, his screenplay for the movie changed the female warden of Camp Green Lake (real name Lou Walker) to an unnamed man—among many, many other changes that left the story almost unrecognizable.
  • In the original novel version of Winter's Bone, protagonist Ree had two younger brothers. In the film version, one of them is a girl.
  • The Made-for-TV Movie How to Marry a Billionaire is a Setting Update of How to Marry a Millionaire, except it's about three men looking for rich wives.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), April's boss Burne Thompson is now an African-American woman named Bernadette Thompson, played by Whoopi Goldberg.
  • Gazelle was a man in The Secret Service, but a woman in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
  • The Jem and the Holograms movie sees Eric Raymond from Jem turned into a woman (Erica). She's also Rio's mother.
  • The Patrick Dempsey film Made Of Honor is clearly this of the Julia Roberts vehicle My Best Friend's Wedding, given their identical plots—person realizes that they're in love with their opposite-sex best friend just as said friend announces their engagement, is roped into being part of the bridal party and spends the ensuing time pulling numerous manipulative stunts to break up the relationship. In true Double Standard style, Julia Roberts character, a woman, is blasted for her behavior and does NOT get the guy, whereas Patrick Dempsey ends up married to the girl.
  • In The True Meaning of Smekday Pig the cat was a girl, in Home Pig is a boy cat, which is strange because real life calico cats are almost always female due to the genetics of coloring.
  • Jaq the mouse from Cinderella becomes Jacqueline in Cinderella (2015).
  • Sandy the dog, (a male in the previous adaptations of Annie as well as in Little Orphan Annie), is a female in Annie (2014).
  • In both Disney's 2016 live action adaptation of The Jungle Book and Warner Bros' 2017 live action adaptation of same, the treacherous snake Kaa is now a female.
  • In the low-budget 1990 Captain America movie, Professor Erskine is reimagined as a female scientist named Maria Vaselli. In an aversion of a certain common adaptation trope, she still ends up being murdered by a Nazi agent.
  • In WarCraft, Alodi, who's male in the game the film's based on, is female (or at least female-appearing).

  • The Mina Davis books Hungover And Handcuffed and Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend are gender-flipped film noir; the Hardboiled Detective is a woman, as is her Friend on the Force and The Don, while the Femme Fatales are mostly male.
  • Cinderellis And The GlassHill, by Gail Carson Levine (and based on a Norwegian fairy tale called The Princess on the Glass Hill), makes Cinderella a boy (Ellis, nicknamed 'Cinderellis'), with two older brothers and a princess as a love interest. (But note the comments about Cinderlad above.)
  • The Khaavren Romances are a fantasy recycling of the D'Artagnan Romances (The Three Musketeers and its sequels). The Porthos-equivalent, Tazendra, is female. This leads to interesting results, as the original is very much a Boisterous Bruiser, a character-type almost always male, and applying these traits to Tazendra not only makes her a rare female example, but also results in her having some of the traits of The Lad-ette.
  • Matilda: Roald Dahl got the idea of a story about a boy called Billy developing telekinesis, but got writer's block and did a gender flip.
  • Trivigaunte, in The Book of the Long Sun, is essentially a parody of fundamentalist Islam, but with the genders reversed.
  • Terry Pratchett is fond of genderswapped gags in his Discworld books.
    • In Moving Pictures, a film image of a woman is possessed by an Eldritch Abomination, who transforms into a 50-foot monster. It immediately grabs up the Librarian (a male ape), and attempts to climb the 888-foot Tower of Art at Unseen University.
    • Equal Rites has elements of A Wizard of Earthsea, with Esk in Ged's role, and Granny Weatherwax as both the unnamed village witch and Ged's mentor Ogion.
    • And then there's the non-Discworld story Once and Future where a time traveller stuck in the past ends up re-enacting the King Arthur legend ... except for that the king who pulls the sword from the stone happens to be a woman.
  • Dragon Queen: Many fantasy stories have a boy who doesn't know who his father is. Dragon Queen has Trava, a girl who doesn't know who her mother is.
  • Marianne Wiggins' John Dollar, which reworks Lord of the Flies with a group of marooned girls.
  • In Time Scout, one of the theories floating around is that the Ripper Watch Team might be looking for Jill the Ripper.
  • In The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta are flips of Manly Men Can Hunt and Feminine Women Can Cook, respectively. Peeta also spends much of the first book as a Distressed Dude.
  • The protagonist of Steel Beach by John Varley actually has an Easy Sex Change, but invokes this trope. The protagonist calls him/herself Hildy Johnson as both a male and female. Hildy is also a reporter in the book, and chose the name.
  • Gender Bender variants of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (where a male Jekyll becomes a female Hyde) are actually fairly common, but Two Women Of London: The Strange Case of Ms. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde is a feminist Gender Flip version of the story.
  • Honor Harrington, in her role as Horatio Hornblower IN SPACE!!
  • Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined was rewritten by Meyer herself to show that Bella would have reacted the same way to all the over-powering supernatural beings around her if she was a guy named Beau (though Beau is described as a little more OCD and a lot less angry). Every character is flipped save for Bella/Beau's parents, as it would have been hard for his "father" to get custody over his "mother" unless she was found unfit, which would be very troubling since Beau's mother would also be the chief of police, and if a pillar of the community like that couldn't get custody on top of being the mother it's quite likely Beau would have never seen her or her hometown again and thus (probably) never encounter the supernatural.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Bionic Woman is a gender flipped reimagining of The Six Million Dollar Man, at least one episode of which was plot and dialogue identical. At the end, the titular hero has to provide an impromptu explanation of how his or her finger came to be cut. The explanation given in both cases was "I cut myself shaving".
  • Revenge, a modern day reimagining of The Count of Monte Cristo, gender flips the protagonist Edmond Dantes to be Emily Thorne. Rather than having been framed herself like Edmond, Emily is the daughter of a man who was framed and falsely imprisoned.
  • One of the episodes of the new Fantasy Island featured a terminally ill woman who wanted to experience life as a soldier in a combat zone. Instead of being placed with a company of male soldiers like she expected, she was placed in a gender-reversed version of The Squad, which was filled with the requisite roughneck personality types, only with women playing the roles.
  • Battlestar Galactica remake:
    • Gender Flips Starbuck and Boomer (also a Race Lift) from the original. As often happens with actors who find themselves replaced, Dirk Benedict was less than happy about it, referring to his heir as "Stardoe" (har har). Kevin Smith joked about this when he hosted a Battlestar Galactica panel at Comic Con.
    Smith: [to Ron Moore and David Eick] I'm glad you guys changed Starbuck into a women. Otherwise it would have made all those kissing scenes with Lee really awkward.
    • Lloyd Bridges' Commander Cain was also revived as Michelle Forbes' (now Admiral) Helena Cain. But they're both equally crazy.
  • In Star Trek: The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry sort of gender flipped the First Officer role, which was originally written as an emotionally distant, supremely rational Number Two (named "Number One.") NBC objected, however (not due to the casting of a female so much as the casting of the particular female, Majel Barrett, who happened to be Roddenberry's mistress at the time.) While different in several ways (most obviously, being an alien), Mr. Spock essentially assumed both her role as First Officer and her rationality and lack of emotion.
  • Fuller House, flips the genders of its antecedent series. In the original, Danny Tanner (a man) raised three girls with help from his two pals (also men), in the new show, DJ Tanner (a woman) raises three boys with help from her two pals (women).
  • The crew of the Red Dwarf meet the Gender Flipped versions of themselves in a parallel universe. Although, not all of them were flipped. The Cat, the ultimate narcissist, is looking forward to meeting the feminine version of himself for... obvious reasons. However, his opposite number is a male Dog with zero dress sense.
    • Eventually, when Norman Lovett, who played Holly, left, they just hired Hattie Hayridge, who played his Gender Flip Hilly and said that Holly got a sex change to look like Hilly.
    • Captain Hollister is a man in the TV series, and a woman in the tie-in novels.
    • In the second pilot for the US version, the Cat was played by Terry Farrell (who would go on to be Jadzia in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as a "feline warrior woman". (The original pilot had Hinton Battle playing the role much as Danny John-Jules did.) In the end, the American remake never aired anyway.
  • Will and Grace. Will wanted to stage an all-male rendition of Ben Hur titled "Ben-Him". Grace mentioned her mother appeared as "Millie Loman" in "Death of a Sales Lady". Grace's mother also mentions not even wanting to audition for 'The Ice-Person Cometh'
  • Djaq in Robin Hood is a Gender Flip of the Saracen outlaw seen in Robin of Sherwood (Nassir) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Azeem). ... And Robin Hood: Men in Tights (Achoo)
  • The 2010 remake of Hawaii Five-0 makes Kono a woman (renamed Kona, but still nicknamed "Kono"). She's played by Grace Park, who was previously best known as the gender-flipped Boomer in Battlestar Galactica.
  • It Happened One Christmas (1977) is a TV-Movie Gender Flip of It's a Wonderful Life starring Marlo Thomas. Played completely straight.
  • In the second series of The Avengers, Honor Blackman (as Dr. Cathy Gale) replaced Ian Hendry (Dr. David Keel) as John Steed's partner. In her earliest appearances (scripts written much earlier for Hendry), her dialogue was left completely unchanged. This is sometimes credited with making Cathy Gale a particularly memorable female character for the early '60s.
  • In-universe example: In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Actor", there's a movie adaptation being made of the Steve Wagner case (in "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut"). In this movie, Monk is played by method actor David Ruskin (Stanley Tucci), Natalie is played by a blonde actress, and Captain Stottlemeyer is a cameo appearance by Peter Weller. As for Randy Disher, he was wholly expecting Brad Pitt to be portraying him in the movie. Instead, Randy is replaced with a gorgeous brunette actress who becomes a love interest for Captain Stottlemeyer. The real Stottlemeyer and Disher don't know this when they show up on the set to watch a rehearsal, leading to a very awkward moment when the actors lean in for a kiss.
    Captain Leland Stottlemeyer: That never happened.
    Lt. Randall Disher: Not even once.
  • When Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger was "remade" into Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the male Tiger Ranger became the female Yellow Ranger in order to have two female Rangers instead of just one. This practice was later repeated when four later Super Sentai shows were adapted into Power Rangers seasons: the male Yellow Rangers from Gingaman, Gogo-V, Timeranger and Gaoranger were turned into females in their corresponding adaptations (Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force and Wild Force). This practice would cause inconsistencies between the imported Japanese footage and the locally-filmed new footage, in which the Yellow Ranger would switch from having a masculine figure in one scene to having a feminine one in the next. The less said about what the fanfic community made of this, the better.
    • The effects of this trope are best seen in the seasons that are actual adaptations of the source show, as the original would only use fight footage rather than adapting episode plots. For example:
    • Katie from Power Rangers Time Force was made similar to Domon from Timeranger, although many of the latter's traits were given to Lucas and Trip. From what was left, Domon's nostalgia for sumo wrestling competitions got adapted as Katie missing her family, a much more emotional and feminine intake on the feeling; similarly, the subplot with Domon's relationship with a female photographer who discovered his identity was changed to a one-off deal between Katie and a male photographer who unmasked her that didn't go anywhere, due to males pursuing relationships being less common (and to make room for focus on the Rangers who wore any shade of red).
    • Taylor from Power Rangers Wild Force, on the other hand, was almost identical to Gaku from Gaoranger in terms of background and plot, the only major differences being personality (Taylor was a bold Defrosting Ice Queen, Gaku was friendly from the very beginning and somewhat quirky) and rank (Taylor was a lieutenant, whereas Gaku was a soldier). As a female Lancer was proven successful the previous season, Taylor got a better end of the stick than her yellow predecessor, who was The Big Guy and therefore more expendable.
  • Queen of Swords was pretty much a straight Gender Flip of Zorro, to the point that Sony sued over its resemblance to the character and its 1998 The Mask of Zorro film.note 
  • In the books of The Vampire Diaries Elena had a 4-year-old sister. In the TV show, she has a teenage brother. The boarding house Stefan stayed in was also owned by an elderly woman instead of Stefan's and Damon's "uncle."
  • In the American version of Skins, most characters are transplanted from the British series except for the openly gay Maxxie. Maxxie becomes the lesbian Tea. The fact that they followed the same storyline with the character sleeping with Tony has several Unfortunate Implications.
  • Sherlock;
    • Watson's brother, "H. Watson", mentioned in "The Sign of Four", becomes John's sister, Harry.
    • "The Hounds of Baskerville", Dr James Mortimer becomes Dr Louise Mortimer.
    • Laura Lyons becomes a young, male Corporal Lyons.
    • Stapleton is a trickier case; there's a Mr Stapleton and Miss Stapleton in the book, but only one (female) Dr Stapleton in the programme. The plot's been changed sufficiently that you can't tell which one she's meant to be by her actions.
    • The King of Bohemia becomes an unnamed female British royal in "A Scandal in Belgravia".
    • In John's Character Blog, Dr Barnicot from "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" becomes Sally Barnicot.
  • In another Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Elementary, John Watson has been changed to Joan Watson and is played by Lucy Liu. As Liu is Chinese American, this is a Race Lift as well. Also, Moriarty is now a woman and is combined with Irene.
  • In The Adventures Of Shirley Holmes, Sherlock's descendant and Expy is his great-grandniece. And her archenemy is Molly Hardy.
  • Missing 2012 (neither of these) (female secret agent searches for her kidnapped son) seems to be a gender-flipped TV version of Taken (male ex-secret agent searches for his kidnapped daughter).
  • Warehouse 13 plays with this trope; H.G. Wells is split into two people; the real H.G. Wells is Helena G. Wells, the genius inventor, adventurer, and warehouse agent. The man recognized as H. G. Wells is her older brother Charles, who chronicled her adventures using her abbreviated name as a pen name.
  • Red Dragon's male reporter Freddie Lounds becomes the female reporter Fredricka Lounds in the TV adaptation Hannibal. In the same show, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Alan Bloom becomes Alana Bloom and is given some angsty UST with Will Graham.
  • In the Japanese mini-series Chi no Wadachi, the investigator character is played by Tao Okamoto. The character was a man in the original novel.
  • Once Upon a Time changes Jack the Giant Killer to Jacqueline the Giant Killer.
  • In the TV movie that inspired Forever Knight, the medical examiner and Secret Keeper who'd met Nick when he woke up at the morgue had been male.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Web Planet", the character Vrestin, leader of the Menoptera war party, was written as male (like all the other Menoptera). However, when casting the character, the cast and crew were impressed with the choreographer hired to create the 'insect movement' and cast her as Vrestin without changing anything in the script besides pronouns, resulting in one of the most powerful Action Girl supporting characters in 60s Who. Vrestin is male in the Target novelisation of the story (Doctor Who and the Zarbi), which is based off the original script.
    • Averted in "The Twin Dilemma", as John Nathan-Turner was encouraged to cast two more experienced female actors in the roles of the Creepy Twins, but chose male actors because he believed it was crucial the characters be boys for the script to work. He may have had a point about this (the twins can be read as a Plot Parallel for the Doctor's fragmented personality following his regeneration) .
    • The stage play adaptation of "The Robots of Death" turns Uvanov, Borg, Cass and Dask into women. One would think that this was being done to obscure which character is secretly the pro-robotist terrorist Taren Capel, but the main characters refer to Taren as 'she' from the beginning. Another side effect of this is that it means the only surviving male character of the story is Poul (who exits as a gibbering vegetable).
  • When a Revival of The Time Tunnel was attempted in 2002, male scientist Dr. Tony Newman was changed to female scientist Dr. Toni Newman.
  • 12 Monkeys, an adaption of the 1995 movie, has Jeffrey Goines turn into Jennifer Goines.
  • The Flash:
    • A crossover event between that show and Arrow introduced a Gender Flip of The Atom's enemy, the Bug-Eyed Bandit, with "Bertram Larvan" becoming "Brie Larvan" (portrayed by Emily Kinney).
    • Season 3 introduces the Top as a young woman, with the character's name changed from "Roscoe Dillon" to "Rosalind 'Rosa' Dillon" (portrayed by Ashley Rickards).
  • The American remake of the Australian show Secrets & Lies transforms lead investigator Ian Cornielle into Andrea Cornell.
  • The Walking Dead did this to few notable characters from the comics:
    • The male Dr. Stevens from the comics subverts this. His name was given to a woman, but it turned out that he's a Decomposite Character, and Dr. Stevens' Character Development from the comics was given to Milton Mamet who is also male.
    • Twins Ben and Billy became sisters Lizzie (older) and Mika (younger) respectively. Ben did appeared beforehand though.
    • In Season 5, Alexandria Safe-Zone's first couple Douglas and Regina Monroe respectively gets introduced as Deanna and Reg Monroe.
  • The Goldbergs depicts producer Adam Goldberg's life in The '80s, but with one major difference: in real life, he has two brothers, Barry and Eric. On the show, he has a brother Barry and a sister Erica.
  • Gotham changes Firefly from a white male named Garfield Lynns to a young Latina woman named Bridget Pike (played by Michelle Veintimilla).
  • In the A Different World episode "The Little Mister", which spoofed the then-upcoming 1992 elections, following a battle of the sexes argument with Whitley, Dwayne falls asleep and dreams of a world where women are the ones in power, holding and running for high-ranking political office, while men are the ones treated like nothing but accessories whose opinions don't matter.
  • The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story gender-bends Bagheera - and Bagheera alone - so that s/he's a female for the duration of a movie. This is probably so that Mowgli can have a mother-figure without adding in Mother Wolf, the she-wolf from the book, but it can be a little odd for a kid only familiar with the Disney version.
    • It's not the first time that Bagheera was a female. The Soviet series Adventures Of Mowgli did the same. Due to how Bagheera has a feminine pronunciation in Russian.
  • The Lifetime series Strong Medicine gave viewers a male Hello, Nurse! surrounded by smart, distinguished female doctors, rather that what is typically seen. Additionally, Andy's (one of the doctors in question) husband was the stay-at-home spouse and primary caretaker of their two girls who had spent their marriage packing up and moving to follow her military career.
  • In The Nightmare Room episode "My Name Is Evil", the protagonist is male when she was female in the original story. The protagonist's peers were similarly gender flipped.
  • Jeryn Hogarth, a male lawyer in the comics, is played by Carrie-Anne Moss in Jessica Jones. Still attracted to women, though
  • The title character in NBC's live broadcast of The Wiz is played by Queen Latifah:
    Dorothy: The Wiz is...
    Cowardly Lion: ...a fraud!
    Tinman: ...and a woman!
    Dorothy: And what's wrong with being a woman?
  • In Arrow the African-American Posthumous Character Paula Holt becomes a white guy called Paul. Still married to Mr Terrific, though.
  • In Supergirl, Dr. Emil Hamilton is changed to Dr. Amelia Hamilton.
  • The titular character in The Wiz Live was portrayed by Queen Latifah however is still addressed as a male. It is revealed that the Wiz was actually a female all along, having been a former magician's assistant who disguised herself as a man in Oz.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Unlike other women's promotions at the time, which usually didn't feature male talent, Mildred Burke's WWWA reversed the standard gender dynamics of four\five male title belts and 1\2 female titles, having five women's divisions and two male divisions, albeit, midget male divisions.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Rizzo the Rat takes the role of the Queen of the Field Mice, which has been conflated with the Mayor of Munchkinland.
  • Conversational Troping in The Muppets episode "Got Silk?", when Uncle Deadly says his theatre group is performing a genderflipped Clueless (although in the performance we see, Deadly is playing Cher in drag because the leading lady cancelled). Apparently it works better than their previous play; a genderflipped Knocked Up.

  • In the Broadway version of The Lion King, Julie Taymor changed Rafiki's gender from male to female to combat The Smurfette Principle. Since it didn't change Rafiki's role at all, it works quite well.
  • There was a stage play of "Sleeping Beauty" where the beauty was played by a guy and it was the girl who administered the Wake-Up Kiss.
  • Neil Simon wrote a version of The Odd Couple with every role gender swapped, simply called The Female Odd Couple. The biggest difference is that the British Pigeon sisters are changed to a pair of Spanish brothers, whose names and accents become the source of a great deal of wordplay.
  • Oh My Godmother is the classic Cinderella story retold in modern-day San Francisco in which "Cinderella" is now a love-struck, gay, teenage boy.
  • There's also an official female-cast version of 12 Angry Men (making it Twelve Angry Women). Modern productions are often staged as Twelve Angry Jurors where the director can cast whichever roles he or she feels like as women.
  • Errand Into The Maze by Martha Graham is a Gender Flip of the Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, expressing in dance. The creature may or may not be entirely in her mind, representing Fear.
  • Shakespeare's King Lear has had incarnations that explore this technique:
    • In Lear (Maleczech, 1990), Lear was a queen and the conflict on division of the realm was among three sons, rather than three daughters. All of the dialog was left as found (save for pronouns).
    • Queen Lere was a feminist production that had women in all the roles, updated language, and things turned out much less tragically. Little bit of "agenda", in that one.
    • Akira Kurosawa's Ran has his Lear analogue divide his realm between three sons. Except one of them is basically married to Lady Macbeth and it ends really really badly for everyone.
  • There was a production of Julius Caesar in which Caesar was played by a woman, but still referred to by the male pronoun. Calpurnia, however, became Calpurnius, and he got his pronouns changed. (The production had other changes as well: it thought it was set in a dance club Twenty Minutes into the Future.)
  • Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" took the ballet and turned all the swans into male characters.
  • Gender flipping is not terribly uncommon in modern productions of Shakespeare. Since all of the women's roles in Shakespeare are actually roles for boys in drag, having women onstage at all is nontraditional casting; it doesn't take much of a leap to consider putting women in other roles as well. Also, especially in the case of student or amateur productions, there may be a surplus of female performers and a shortage of good male ones if you don't do this.
    • The practice is older than you'd think. Sarah Bernhardt, the most celebrated actress of her day, played Hamlet on the stage in 1899. Curiously, part of a performance was filmed as Le Duel de Hamlet, making the "first movie Hamlet" a woman!
    • Sara Bernhardt is by no means the only female Hamlet in movies — Hamlet (1921) had Asta Nielsen as a female Hamlet who had been reared as a boy, and was much more interested in Horatio than Ophelia.
    • Amateur Shakespeare productions often do this simply to allow more casting balance, with no change to the plot whatsoever. Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, for instance, has no real need to be male or female, so the role can easily be cast for the best performer of either sex. Likewise, many minor characters are presumed to be male, but could just as easily be female.
    • This is nearly always done to Titania's fairy servants. They were originally played by boys, as boys. Bottom even calls them things like "Monsieur Mustardseed" and "Master Cobweb". The more modern female association with fairies, coupled with the fact that a lot more girls will usually audition for any given production of Midsummer, leads to the gender flip.
    • The Tempest also sees a few roles often get flipped. Ariel becoming female is an obvious one, but Trinculo also may become a female to make the subtext between him and Sebastian more palatable and Prospero can sometimes become a woman named Prospera as well; this last one has the greatest impact as Prospero and his daughter Miranda are two of the main characters and the relationship between them changes when it's a mother and daughter rather than a father and daughter.
  • In some productions of Oliver!, the Artful Dodger is played by a girl, and actually referenced as such in the play (with the additional few lines of "Dodger's a girl?" "So what if I am? I could lick you any day!"). It doesn't have much bearing on the plot whether Dodger is played by a boy or girl, though.
  • At one Discworld Convention, a group did a dramatisation of the scene in Interesting Times where the Silver Horde are hanging around waiting for the battle, with a female Truckle the Uncivil. During the discussion of the afterlife, she delivered the line about a paradise full of young women as if she'd just spotted the flaw, and her response to Cohen's "And that's your reward, is it?" was "Dunno. Maybe it's me punishment". (In the original it's "Maybe it's their punishment".)
  • Maureen's partner Joanne Jefferson in RENT is a Gender Flipped version of Musetta's lover Alcindoro in La Bohème.
  • A Contemporary Theatre's 2012 production of A Christmas Carol gender-flipped the Ghost of Christmas Present, for only the third time in the show's history(In the mid-1980s the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, as a nod to the areas Scandinavian heritage, Christmas Present was a St. Lucia expy rather than Father Christmas/Santa Claus; in 1990, an actress played all three ghosts).
  • Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna is a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest with a 70% female cast; for example, the main character, Prospero, becomes Prospera, the queen of the titular island.
  • Samuel Beckett was adamant that this not be done to Waiting for Godot. When he took legal action against an all-female Dutch theater company and lost, he declared a ban on all productions of his plays in The Netherlands. When asked by the press on why he felt so strongly about this matter, Beckett replies "Because women don't have prostates," referring to one of the characters in the play's prostate disease. Female casts have still gone ahead, but not without having to wrangle with his estate.
  • Productions of The Hobbit, especially for children, often add an elf queen rather than the king from the book—which makes sense, since the book literally has no female characters whatsoever. Tolkien canon does not specify anything about Thranduil's wife other than she must exist, because Thranduil has a son, Legolas; however, Thranduil is a bit character in The Hobbit and the story will not lose anything if he's replaced by a queen. Other productions have had Gollum, a relatively genderless role even in the book, played by women.
  • In Shrek The Musical, the Three Blind Mice are females, while in the films they're males.
  • In the original novel Les Misérables, the Foreman who fires Fantine is a woman, Mme. Victurnien, who kicks her out simply for being an unwed mother. In the stage show, the unnamed Foreman is male, and is given the additional motive of Fantine turning down his romantic advances.

  • A few Care Bears have had their genders flipped over the decades in both the toyline and the different animated shows, namely Funshine Bear (female to male) and Secret Bear (male to female)
  • Plum Pudding in the original Strawberry Shortcake line was originally a boy, "he" was later reintroduced to the line as a "she"
  • One infamous figurine released early in G1 of My Little Pony has Moondancer and Glory in wedding attire. They're both female in canon but for the figurine Glory was male. Fans ignore the genderflip.

    Video Games 
  • Technically all games where you can pick the gender of your Player Character feature genderflipped versions of the protagonist. No matter if you play as male or female, your character is given the same backstory, same quests, and same character arc. A good example is BioWare's Mass Effect trilogy, where Shepard is given the same last name, familial backstory, and pre-service record regardless of gender, so the male and female versions of Shepard are essentially Gender Flipped alternate versions of each other. Some games, however, like Fallout 4, avert this by making the male and female versions of the Player Character distinct. In the case of Fallout 4, the male and female versions of the Sole Survivor are husband and wife. Only the chosen PC survives the tutorial, and part of their motivation is tracking down their spouse's killer.
  • Super Princess Peach gave Peach a starring role where she saves the Super Mario Bros.. from Bowser for a change, instead of the brothers setting out to rescue her as in so many previous Mario games. Also, the subplot of Super Mario Galaxy appears to be a gender-flipped version of The Little Prince.
  • Harvest Moon: Harvest Moon: Back to Nature For Girls (Playstation), More Friends of Mineral Town (Gameboy Advance), Harvest Moon Another Wonderful Life (Gamecube), and Harvest Moon DS Cute. All four had official localizations, though the first one was not translated until the PSP compilation Boy and Girl. Future games allow you to choose your gender at the start.
  • The three Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side games. The Nintendo DS ports of the first two Girl's Side games also have complete fan translations.
  • Warriors Orochi Z features a genderflipped Tang Sanzang AKA Genjou Sanzou as their addition.
  • In Onimusha 2, Word of God states that the Yagyu Jubei who is the main character is the grandfather of the Yagyu Jubei. ...then Onimusha 4 comes out and there's a Jubei (it's a title in the family) and she's his granddaughter... Any sign of a lovely eyepatch?
  • The Persona 3 Videogame Remake for the PSP has the option to play as a female protagonist. There's also an optional male version of Elizabeth named "Theodore." The fandom has taken this and ran with it in terms of fanart. However, the trope is subverted. The female protagonist looks and acts nothing like the male, having a notably more expressive and cheerful personality. Her social links are also completely different from the original main character. Theodore, while very similar to Elizabeth, is canonically her brother (which can be seen in future games).
  • Final Fantasy XIII:
    • Lightning was billed as a Distaff Counterpart to Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife. This got hilarious when fans of the series, after decades of extremely pretty and androgynous heroes, were all too ready to complain that Lightning was "just another girl-faced guy". Until they found out that she actually was a girl.
    • Fang from the same game was initially conceived as a sexy male character, but eventually became a sexy female character (letting them desexualise Lightning, which they wanted to do). As a result, she ended up subverting the usual gender roles of Final Fantasy, and became quite popular as a result.
    • Especially notable is that Fang's gender flip had little, if any, effect on her relationship with Vanille.
  • Sengoku Basara features a gender-flipped Saika Magoichi. However, this is subverted in that it could be any woman who has taken the title 'Saika Magoichi' to lead the Saika mercs. The real life Suzuki Shigehide (the best known Saika Magoichi) is said to have had a wife/sister/daughter, and Maggie could very well be any one of them.
  • In Tekken, Kunimitsu was initially a palette swap of Yoshimitsu, but in the second game, was gender flipped and given a mostly-new moveset.
  • In Bionic Commando Rearmed, Hal was replaced by Haley.
  • Most titles in the Da Capo franchise feature a male lead and some adult content. Da Capo Girl's Symphony features a female lead, and no adult content.
  • Samus from Metroid was (like Aliens above) gender-neutral until the very end where the designers decided to add a twist to the end. The twist? Create a new trope! Samus Is a Girl indeed.
  • One of the playable characters of Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors is the cold and stoic imperial sorceress Seimei, a major protagonist and spiritual guide who's based on the real-life man and legendary Japanese folk-figure Abe no Seimei.
  • Choice of Games' Choice Of Broadsides game allows you to play an entire genre under Gender Flipped conditions: rather than force the protagonist to be male, the player has the option of changing the setting to being Wooden Ships and Iron Women. Choice of Romance is somewhat similar, but not quite as pronounced — the game culture is a bisexual one. The player's choice of character sex and sexual orientation determines the sex of his/her suitors, but the suitors' characters remain the same.
  • In the original Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, when Guybrush calls the LucasArts Help Desk (then LucasFilm Games Help Desk) on Dinky Island, the phone operator on the other end of the phone appears near him... and it appears to be a woman named Chester! In the redrawn Special Edition, however, Chester the phone operator is now a man. Interestingly, both characters can be found in the Special Edition version, with female Chester appearing in Classic mode and male Chester appearing in the high-definition mode, and both characters even have unique voice actors.
  • The Flower Shop: Summer in Fairbrook was a 2010 indie game about gardening and relationships. It was followed up with a reverse harem game called Winter in Fairbrook the next year.
  • Abe no Seimei is a she in Otogi 2. FromSoftware must like this trope, because this is not the first game of theres where Seimei is a woman.
  • The main games in Red Entertainment's Sakura Wars franchise all feature male main characters.
    • Between 2010 and 2011, the same company created a similar two-part PS2 and PSP series called Scared Rider Zechs, with a female lead and a harem of men.
    • Also, a manga spinoff called Sakura Wars Kanadegumi began publication in 2011. It's a story about one girl and several guys that takes place in the Sakura Wars universe.
  • The Shin Megami Tensei games have Louis Cypher as a recurring character. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has Louisa Ferre instead.
  • Strange Journey gets even stranger: everyone's favorite penis demon, Mara, is female for a change. Yes, she's still a penis.
  • In the original version of LucasArts' 1990 fantasy adventure game Loom, the main villain is Chaos, the King of the Dead. As an inhuman undead specter, Chaos' gender is determined only by the other characters' dialogue—and in the original release, they refer to him and he. In the rewritten talkie PC CD version, however, the dialogue is changed so Chaos becomes she. (This may have occurred in part because Chaos' design was based on the look of Maleficent.)
  • Milk, the hero of the NES game Nuts & Milk, was female in the earlier Japanese PC versions.
  • The Rip Van Fish are female in Something because they are pink and their Zs are replaced with hearts. They only show up in Only Water Level.
  • The video game adaption of Spider-Man 3 has a Gender Flipped Dr. Stillwell.
  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions has a female version of Doctor Octopus as the Big Bad of the Spider-Man 2099 portion of the game. Also counts as a Twofer since she is of Indian descent.
  • One dad hacked a copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl by changing all the gendered pronouns.
  • Tomb Raider star Lara Croft was originally envisioned as a man, but the character was changed into a woman because the developers felt that the character would be too similar to Indiana Jones.
  • The NES (and most well-known) version of Uninvited changed the protagonist's younger brother into an older sister who otherwise fills the same role.
  • Mega Man Battle Network's reimagining of Ring Man is female.
  • Shovel Knight will have a mode where all the characters' genders are changed.
  • Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars had Tresdin the Legion Commander: a mustachioed and racist commander of a legion. In Dota 2 Tresdin has been retooled into a woman, is still a commander of a legion, and the racism is toned down but she is still aggressively adamant in her distrust of non-humans, especially demons after Stonehall.
  • In the NES version and one of the US arcade versions of the Capcom shoot-'em-up Legendary Wings, the two main characters of Michelle Heart and Kevin Walker are replaced by nameless angels, both of them male.
  • The Famicom game Final Mission featured two male commandos as the main characters. When the game was localized for the NES under the title of S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team, one of them became female.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins has a female version of Copperhead as one of the boss characters. Batman even lampshades this by stating that all of the data he had thus far collected in relation to Copperhead indicated a man.
  • Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone has its version of Zhuge Liang turn out to actually be a woman.
  • The tie-in game to Spider-Man 3 does this to Dr. Farley Stillwell, making him female.
  • The main character of the book Bedlam is Ross Baker (whose gamertag is Bedlam), a man. The main character of its video game adaptation, Bedlam, is Heather Quinn (whose gamertag was Athena), a woman (though the game's still named after the original protagonist). Word of God says he wanted a woman in the game because so few FPS protagonists are women, and says in retrospect that he should have made the main character of the book a woman, too.
  • Loved does this to the player. The voice asks you whether you're a man or a woman; if you respond "man," the voice refers to you as "girl" for the rest of the game, and if you answer "woman," it refers to you as "boy."

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  • Arthur, King of Time and Space:
    • Tristram, Argavaine and Gareth are female in the space and contemporary arcs. Isolde is female in all arcs, and this makes no difference to Tristram's story. (However, Gareth's paramour becomes male in the space arc.)
    • Sir Bromell, Elaine of Carbonek's knight protector, is an interesting example — he's a male knight in the baseline arc just like in the legends, and female in the contemporary one (where she and Elaine only exist in Arthur's webcomic). But because AKOTAS-Elaine is based on Helen from Narbonic, the baseline Bromell is actually a gender-flipped version of Mell.
  • Magical Boys gender-flips the Magical Girl series.
  • Spinnerette is a Gender Flip of Spider-Man
  • In Homestuck, this is played with. The Scratched Universe introduces 4 new main characters: Jane, a gender-flipped John, Roxy, a gender-flipped Dave, Dirk, a gender-flipped Rose, and Jake, a gender-flipped Jade. Justified, as they are all the biological parents of the pre-Scratch Kids, and as such share similar appearances and personalities.
  • In Elsanna Bram Stokers Dracula, Elsa is the Expy to the titular Dracula from the 1992 film.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Adventure Time "Fionna and Cake" episodes (one per season since the fourth season) do this to pretty much every character in the show (except for the canonically agender BMO), including the theme song singer.
  • In The Animals of Farthing Wood animated series Owl, Weasel and Adder, who were males in the books, were changed to females.
  • Animaniacs:
    • The creators couldn't get the rights to use Screwy Squirrel, and thus, the equally violent Slappy Squirrel was born.
    • The Warners were also originally three brothers, but the third was sort of uninteresting, so she became a girl to add something new.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Fans often joke that the roles of the Evil Overlord's son and daughter on the Evil Overlord List are gender flipped with Zuko and Azula. The Nick website also suggests Ozai and Zuko are a rare Gender Flip of the Fairest of Them All trope.
    • The series also has two developmental gender flips: Toph and Azula both started as male characters (the latter being called "Prince Azul", and initially having a much smaller part that didn't come up until the end). The former gets a reference in The Ember Island Players, among many, many other in-jokes. The original male design for Toph went on to be reused for Avatar Roku's Earthbending teacher.
  • Barbie gets some meatier roles via Gender Flip in:
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, Calendar Man's counterpart is a former model called Calendar Girl (name aside, though, she's a very different character).
  • In the original pilot of Bob's Burgers Tina was a boy named Daniel. This is particularly humourous considering the voices and personalities of both characters are identical.
  • A particularly demented example occurs in Drawn Together on the episode "A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special" where the characters, in an attempt to help Xandir prepare for revealing his homosexuality to his parents, role play as Xandir's parents (among other random roles). Eventually even this fake family has to see a therapist (Woldoor), who suggests that said role playing family role play yet again. This ends with Captain Hero being a meek, feminine housewife, Toot being a homophobic blue-collar father, and Xandir becoming a prostitute for Japanese businessmen.
  • In the 1990s Fantastic Four series, Lavinia Forbes, the Baxter Building landlady who doesn't much like having a superhero team in her building but can't evict them, is a flip of Walter Collins, the Baxter Building landlord from early Fantastic Four comics, who doesn't much like having a superhero team in his building but can't evict them.
  • In the 90s cartoon version of Flash Gordon, Flash's ally Prince Thun of the Lion People became Princess Thundar.
  • Gargoyles was originally going to have Broadway as a female, but Executive Meddling didn't like the idea of an overweight female protagonist. It's worth noting that the clan was also originally going to be led by a female named Dakota, but she was considered uninteresting, so they reimagined her as Demona and created Goliath instead.
  • In Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, Seymour Griffiths (Code Name: Lt. Green) is replaced by Serena Lewis (also codenamed Lt. Green).
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child occasionally did this to the characters, along with changing the stories to be more multiracial than the typically European originals. For example the The Prince and the Pauper became "The Princess and the Pauper".
  • In the original Inspector Gadget, MAD Cat was male. In the 2015 reboot, MAD Cat is female.
  • Some have accused Johnny Test of being a gender-flipped version of Dexter's Laboratory (annoying male sibling with super-intelligent sister(s) instead of the opposite). The hair even matches: blond for the dumb kid and red for the geniuses. (A potentially plausible theory because Chris Savino, who directed seasons three and four of Dexter's Laboratory, worked on Johnny Test as a contributing writer, producer, and director of some episodes.) An in-universe example from one episode was when Johnny got into Show Within a Show involving "An annoying younger sibling who pesters his twin brother mad scientists for experiments". None of the characters can place the similarities. The episode ends with Johnny and his Expy hanging out while both sets of twins have a double date.
  • In the early planning stages of the Justice League'' animated series, a female version of Cyborg was supposed to have been part of the main cast. Test footage of her even exists. The character design later appeared in the comics as Cyborg's Evil Counterpart and niece of his Love Interest.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, the second Queen from the Royal Flush Gang is a male Crossdresser rather than a woman. Not quite a straight example, though, since the Gang itself tends to have a revolving roster... For that matter, in both versions of the RFG seen in the series, we have Ace (the only carryover member) as a young preteen girl; in all comics before this and most adaptations (including distant-sequel Batman Beyond), Ace is a male character (and is often depicted as a cyborg or android with Super Strength).
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic did this to the Gen 3 pony Star Swirl, who was mentioned but not seen and called Star Swirl the Bearded.
  • When they are introduced in the second season of Winx Club, the Pixies were all female. But in the Spin-Off series Pop Pixie (that is an Alternate Universe), some of them who had significant roles in the original series (Digit, Livy, Zing, and Jolly) have had gender alterations and are male now.
  • In Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood, the role of Will Scarlet is filled by a girl named Scarlett in order to avert The Smurfette Principle.
  • The CGI Rupert cartoon flipped Pong Ping and Ferdy Fox into females, renaming them "Ping Pong" and "Frieda" respectively.
  • Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century has Inspector Lestrade as a female (she's a descendant of the male Lestrade from the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and also a major fan of the master detective in general).
  • When The Simpsons puts their cast members in another story to parody the original, occasionally Lisa will be given a role that was originally male. For instance Lisa was given equivalent roles for Sherlock Holmes, Johnny "Connie" Appleseed, and Amadeus (as Sally Eri).
  • Azrael, the cat from The Smurfs was female in the comic books, but is male in the TV show, later comics, and live-action movie.
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  • Transformers Animated:
    • Changed the character of Red Alert from The Unicron Trilogy from a male to a female for their own version of Red Alert. In fact, they originally wanted Ratchet to be female and have Red Alert's name, but the final version of the show changed Ratchet back into a male, and made Red Alert a separate character.
    • Also, the comic story "The Stunticon Job" depicts the TFA version of Drag Strip as a femme.
  • In Voltron: Legendary Defender, it's revealed that the series' version of Pidge is really a girl named Katie Holt. She's pulling a Sweet Polly Oliver to join the Galactic Garrison and locate her missing brother, since she was banned from their facility for breaking in one too many times.
  • The cartoon version of Watership Down has the book character Blackberry made from a buck to a doe. Many fans were displeased about this, since half the plot of the original is about the fact that they need does to establish a successful warren.
  • Master Mold is female in Wolverine and the X-Men. Of course Master Mold has always been a robot that gave birth to other robots, but he was previously referred to as male anyway.
  • Spyke from X-Men: Evolution seems like a black, male version of Marrow, but Word of God is that this was a complete coincidence. The show's creator claimed he had never heard of Marrow prior to working on the show, which is not too implausible given the character's relative obscurity.
  • In Young Justice:
    • Red Inferno and Red Torpedo have their genders flipped from the original comics. This is because the show establishes that the two were originally the Golden Age heroes Red Torpedo and Firebrand, and thus their genders needed to match their 40's counterparts (Greg even commented on this, including his confusion at the original change).
    • Asami "Sam" Koizumi is a female version of Samurai from Superfriends.

Alternative Title(s): Gender Flipped, Gender Lift