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For most fictional purposes a hermaphrodite is an individual that's both male and female; specifically, one that has both male and female genitals. Biologists don't use the word that way, but this is fiction, not biology. In real life, however, a human that has fully developed male and female genitals is extremely rare (there's never been an actual confirmed instance). Humans with sexually ambiguous genitals and/or incompletely developed ones (or other biological ambiguities between male and female, such as mixed glands, hormonal balances, or chromosomal sexes) are called intersex, not hermaphrodites, and more common than one would think (one rough estimate is 1 in every 2000 children born). [[http://www.isna.org/ More information can be found here.]]

Intersex people usually identify as either a man or woman (although some are non-binary), and being intersex does not automatically make you a "man and a woman." In fact, biologically speaking they would still be considered one or the other depending on the presence of a Y-chromosome. Fictional depictions of intersex people often run into UnfortunateImplications and CriticalResearchFailure.

The word Hermaphrodite comes from the Greek deity Hermaphroditus. This child of Hermes and Aphrodite was born a hermaphrodite according to Diodorus Siculus [[OlderThanFeudalism (1st century BCE).]] According to Ovid he was a very handsome young man with whom the nymph Salmacis fell madly in love. He rejected her advances, but Salmacis clung to him and prayed fervently to never be parted from him. The [[JerkassGods gods]] [[LiteralGenie granted her prayer]] by [[FusionDance merging the two of them into a single being]], half male and half female. BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.

Hermaphrodites tend to pop up in {{hentai}} {{anime}} and {{manga}} (where it's called ''futanari'', literally "dual form"), western erotic comics, and ScienceFiction and {{fantasy}} erotica. Sometimes entire alien species or fantasy races are hermaphroditic {{One Gender Race}}s, thanks to BizarreAlienSexes. Hermaphroditism is also a popular way to explain MisterSeahorse situations.

Medically speaking, Hermaphrodite is an outdated term, and Intersex is now generally the accepted medical terminology. Additionally most, but admittedly not all, intersexed people consider hermaphrodite to be a slur, on par with "tranny" to transgendered people.

See also {{Fetish}}, GenderBender, WrongGeneticSex, NoBiologicalSex and OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous. If said character is highly sought after, see EverybodyWantsTheHermaphrodite.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* WordOfGod confirmed in ''Manga/DragonBall'' that the Namekian race (including Piccolo), are Hermaphrodites with a male-ish physique.
* [[spoiler: Apos, the BigBad]] of ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is intersex (self-identifies as male), which in that universe is very handy as it gives him Immortality (a female only ability) as well as the powers of an Angel (male only ability) upon ingesting a Time Spore. Though it does come with [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Great Insanity]] and an unnatural pleasure from prolonged torture of his victims.
* Kanzeon Bosatsu from the ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' manga, [[MythologyGag a reference]] to the fact that Guan Yin was originally portrayed as male, but eventually became portrayed as female in China.
* Makoto, the main character of the manga ''Manga/BokuNoFutatsuNoTsubasa'' (My Two Wings) is a fully functional hermaphrodite [[spoiler:thanks to her [[HalfHumanHybrid alien heritage.]]]] While she generally identifies herself as a girl, in part due to her GagBoobs, she decides she likes sex with women using her male genitalia better.
* Very probably Envy of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Referred to as 'it' in the manga rather than male or female, and according to the author not even Envy him/her/itself can work out if they're a he or a she. Technically, Envy has NoBiologicalSex as their true form is [[spoiler:that weird little green slug-fetus with a big mouth-face, while every other form they take, most likely including the humongous demon-dog made out of corpses, is complete VoluntaryShapeshifting, based more on whim and/or what the situation demands]]. This applies more to the manga and the Brotherhood anime than the first anime series, in which Envy turned out to be [[spoiler:the son of Hohenheim and Dante.]]
* Richard in ''Manga/RequiemOfTheRoseKing'' is implied to be intersex.
* Satan in the Creator/GoNagai series ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' is portrayed this way, Nagai considering it appropriate due to [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous being an angel]], who are often considered sexless. Then again, could have been done just for shock value. The main villain of ''Manga/DevilmanLady'' got the same treatment.
* In another Go Nagai work, ''Manga/ViolenceJack'', there's Blue Mad Saulus' lover. On the outside it appears to be female but has a man's voice and has a huge penis.
* [[spoiler: Yoite]] from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' is intersex.
* Baron Ashura from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' is a strange being formed from the halves of two lovers, sewn together down the middle. What his/her genitals look like is a mystery though, and that's probably for the best.
* Yubel in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. They are never referred to with either male or female pronoun [[spoiler:even in their past life]], and has a {{Yandere}} fixation on Judai and speaking in a feminine voice slightly more often, but refers to themselves using male pronouns ("boku", to be specific). The Creator/FourKidsEntertainment dub, however, makes Yubel completely female.
* Kei/Megumi, protagonist of the manga ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'', is described as a hermaphrodite by her doctor, but that's an obsolete usage of the term. She's actually intersexed and genetically female, though was raised as a boy. HilarityEnsues when she decides to re-identify as a girl in high school.
* In the third series of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo Ryo-Ohki'', it is revealed that one character started out female but assimilated with a prototype male body to become intersex, but eventually ejected the female part into the separate form of a little girl.
* Nataku from ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', who is said to be a "created being" with both female and male genes. Even though he looks more like a guy now (because his father gave him some body parts), his base is a little girl.
* Amazume Ryuta's {{ecchi}}-manga ''Boy meets Girl, Girl meets Boy'' (aka ''Boy Girl'') is a three chapter manga about a teenaged boy and girl who are gradually transforming into the opposite sex. It was published in ''Change H'', an anthology of similar GenderBender stories.
** ''Bra Girl'' [[note]]This is actually a mis-translation due to the Japanese homophone ''bura'', a better translation would be "Swing Girl"[[/note]] by the same author is about a girl who had grown a penis (but explicitly no testicles) during the process of puberty, as part of an in-universe phenomenon that gave rise to the "third sex/gender". This example, however, is just an {{ecchi}} romantic comedy instead of outright {{hentai}}; at no point do we actually see her naked genitals, with the most that we get being the bulge of her morning erection through her pajama pants, and... uh, how it "looks" while she's wearing "third sex-compatible" panties.
* [[BigGood Adam Kadmon]] from ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' represents Primordial Man, being God's first creation who existed before "duality" of gender and power emerged. [[spoiler: [[MindScrew Apparently]], replicating a more obedient version was part of [[GodIsEvil YHWH's]] master plan; several angels and demons are His failed experiments in doing so.]]
* The [[spoiler:protagonist, Mashiro Ichijo]] of Setona Mizushiro's manga, ''Manga/AfterSchoolNightmare'', possesses a body with the upper half being male and the lower half being female. [[spoiler:Ultimately a subversion as the setting turns out to be some kind of metaphorical realm and "Mashiro" is not actually an individual but a pair of unborn male/female fraternal twins together in their mother's womb.]]
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'''s Berg Katse.
** Katse's even more messed up. Born after Sosai X fused fraternal twins into one being, Katze switches between male and female forms.
* ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'' features Shinatose Izana, a "Third Gendered" human created through bioengineering. This Third Gender is sometimes called "intersex" or "middlesex" due to possessing both male and female characteristics, but it isn't a true hermaphrodite. Instead, when one of these Third Genders falls in love or otherwise subconsciously decides on a mate, their body changes into the sex opposite that of their intended, which is implied to be permanent. No word on what happens if two Third Genders fall in love with each other.
* [[spoiler:Kira]] in ''{{Manga/Marginal}}'' can switch between being male and female due to being the outcome of a really messed up experiment by hir father.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': [[spoiler: Haru]] is revealed to be one, [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/vulgar-ghost-daydream/v5/c0/208 as part of her backstory]] in chapter 12. Which lead to her being [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/vulgar-ghost-daydream/v5/c0/212 bullied at school]] and eventually caused problems in her relationship with [[spoiler: Inspector Gada]]. All of which caused her to develop [[FemaleMisogynist a deep-seeded hatred for other women]], due to [[spoiler: her own sexual inadequacy]].
* In ''Manga/AstraLostInSpace'' [[spoiler: Luca]] is eventually revealed to be intersex. He identifies as male though, and everyone respects and treats him as his gender.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Cerebus}}, while considered male in the overall story, is a hermaphrodite, and would have been able to impregnate himself had his uterus not been irreparably damaged by being stabbed in the belly as a youth.
* Steinbeck of ''Comicbook/XMen'' spinoff ''Mystique'' being one of these is a case of {{Fanon}}, as [[spoiler: Prudence, able to [[PuppeteerParasite possess]] any woman, turned out to have possessed him at the moment he "killed" her, and she, not him, was the BigBad of the Quiet Man arc. However, there have also been numerous cases of mutants exceeding the known limits of their powers in extreme situations -- Jean's transformation into Phoenix being such a case before retcons - and Prudence-as-Steinbeck was ''entirely'' AxCrazy, so it's more likely that she can possess a man when it ''really'' counts, but doing so has consequences.]]
* Desire, one of the Endless from ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' is a hermaphrodite in the sense that Desire is androgynous (in appearance and otherwise) and can be either sex, depending on what an individual who sees Desire "desires" at a given moment. An example of this is a survivor of an explosion in a strip joint seeing it as an angel. Desire is always referred to as a concept, an "it" in narration, rather than talking about it as a person like the other Endless. The other Endless usually refer to Desire as their "Brother-Sister" and avoid the whole pronoun mess.
* Negative Man or Rebis of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' is a fusion of Larry Trainor (white male test pilot, original magic-word-transformation superhero Negative Man), Eleanor Poole, (black female, his doctor) and the Spirit Mercurius, an EnergyBeing that [[SicklyGreenGlow glows green]], [[ViewersAreGeniuses heavily referencing Carl Jung]], [[MindScrew on the moon]].
* Shaalis, the main character of Michael Manning's ''Spider Garden'' erotic graphic novel series, is a true hermaphrodite, and is more commonly referred to by the titles of "Sacred Androgyne", and "mastress". Although the series revolves around a far-future clan-based society of genetically-modified "metahumans", ''s/he'' seems to be the only true hermaphrodite.
* In the ''[[Creator/PhilFoglio XXXenophile]]'' story "Rule of Three", a human couple end up welcoming an [[OT3 alien named Snixor into their bed]]. Snixor's race are true hermaphrodites:
-->My race doesn't have separate sexes. Each of us can be 'male' or 'female' as required. It usually depends on who buys dinner.
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Virginia Woolf's male to female GenderBender character [[Literature/OrlandoABiography Orlando]] is intersex during his/her transition periods.

* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7792173/1/ Smoke and Mirrors]] has most of the Yun clan.
* Structurally-hermaphroditic biology is common for trolls in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' fanfic, though that has some canonical basis with the given knowledge of their BizarreAlienBiology; both male and female trolls deposit their "genetic material" into buckets for shipment to the egg-laying Mother Grub, and gender has no bearing on which pairs can reproduce together.
* Variant in ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}''; both "males" and "females" have a tentacular penis and a vagina, but only in the females does said vagina lead up to a womb-analogous pouch for storing genetic material, and only females have NonMammalMammaries. It's also considered taboo for females to favour using their penis or males their vagina over the opposing parts, and most trolls don't find this a problem as they find it various levels of uncomfortable to do so.
* Supporting the Cade and Jori pairings is a Series/{{Victorious}} fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8579536/1/Glorious where Tori wakes to find that Cat is one.]] But its not just Cat...
* There's this ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic in which... well, you'll just have to read it. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1913307/1/Resuscitation_of_Agape Resuscitation of Agape.]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7259965/1/Hopeless-Love Hopeless Love]] explains [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi's]] slightly effeminate appearance by making him a hermaphrodite.
* Rinjapine's Disney/TheLionKing OC [[http://rinjapine.deviantart.com/art/Cursed-By-All-Eyes-301243367 Njozi]] went through several [[GenderFlip gender flips]] before her/his creator decided to make him/her to a hermaphrodite. Rinjapine even [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] the trouble with [[PronounTrouble gender pronouns]] this causes.
* In an ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic called ''Fanfic/KataangIslandAdventure'', Aang and Katara encounter one of these...who looks like Katara except for some other details. She turns out to be the leader of an [[NobleSavage island tribe]], where they don't worry about appearances.
* Some Manga/SoulEater fanfictions use this as a method of explaining [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Crona's]] AmbiguousGender. It may or may not be used for {{Fetish}} too, depending on [[RuleThirtyFour what kind of fanfiction you're reading]].
* There are many ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics that turn characters into this to get around the fact that the mane cast is six/sevenths female. For whatever reasons [[TomBoy Rainbow Dash]], [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]], and [[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]] seem to be given male organs most often. Queen Chrysalis often gets a wing-dang-doodle as well, though it only debatably counts as it's typically used for giving her "mate" a FaceFullOfAlienWingWong.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11486857/1/Rose-Lily-Potter-Metamorphmagus-Who-Lived Rose Lily Potter -- Metamorphmagus Who Lived]]'' Metamorphmagi are considered a third sex due to their ability to develop fully-functional male or female reproductive organs.
* Hinted at in the ''Series/LostGirl'' / ''Series/Merlin2008'' Crossover fic ''Fanfic/LostInCamelot'', when Kenzi wonders if the troll that married Uther in the guise of Lady Catrina is a female troll or a male one.

* The Gyaos in the Heisei ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'' trilogy.
* The [[FanNickname Xenomorphs]] from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' films. [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/HRGiger, the guy who pretty much created the aliens, they're neither male nor female but rather a horrific blurring of both sexes. Yes, this even includes the Queen. ([[Mst3kMantra Try not to think about it too hard.]] These ''are'' [[BizarreAlienBiology aliens, after all.]]) Giger's new ''Xenorotica Portfolio'' is essentially RuleThirtyFour based around them, much to the joy of {{Nightmare Fetishist}}s everywhere.
* Hedorah from the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films is simply referred to as an "it".
* In the film ''Never Too Young To Die'', Gene Simmons plays one dressed in a dominatrix outfit. He also has a scene where he sings a song titled, "It Takes A Man Like Me To Love A Woman Like Me".
* [[AllThereInTheManual Tie-in material]] for ''Film/{{District 9}}'' on Christopher's blog states that the prawns are all fully functional hermaphrodites.
* ''Big Top Pee-Wee'' features a hermaphrodite in the circus' side show named Shim who has a male left half and female right half (or possibly the other way around). Said, by the circus announcer, to be the only person who can marry "shimself."
* In ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', the resident scientist sees the Screamer stage reproducing and says they're "hermaphrodites"; but they're actually just the opposite in that they have ''no'' genitals and reproduce asexually by vomiting up a new one after gorging. She says IMMEDIATELY afterwards "They reproduce asexually", so whether it's a case of the writers not knowing the difference or just her (being a geologist, not a biologist) is never brought up...unlike the phrase "pre-Cambrian."
* Referenced in ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'', when the characters discover some cave art depicting a figure with large breasts and an erect penis. [[spoiler: A subversion, as it turns out to be a sketch of the film's immortal villain, a lesbian snake-woman who likes to perform HumanSacrifice with [[RefugeInAudacity a sharpened ritual strap-on]].]]
* The dinosaurs in ''Film/JurassicPark'' were sequential hermaphrodites as a result of [[LegoGenetics frog DNA being used to fill the gaps in their own deteriorated helixes]]. All the dinosaurs were engineered female, which obviously was just the sort of population imbalance needed for some of them to turn male and start breeding. This is possible because neither amphibians nor reptiles have sex-specific chromosomes.
* Jane in ''Film/{{Predestination}}'' is revealed to be one. She had internal male genitalia discovered during a cesarean section, and complications forced the doctors to supersede her external female genitalia with them. This forces Jane to become a man for the remainder of her life.
* ''Film/TheSexLifeOfThePolyp'': In this comic short film from 1928, the lecturer has to tell his audience that polyps can be either male or female at will. He is clearly very uncomfortable saying this.

* A classic TakeThat against your "favorite" female sports heroine is told this way:
-->Mrs. Insert Name Here, what do you say to the rumors that you take steroids?
-->Suck my dick!
** Has been [[TruthInTelevision true]] to a ''certain'' degree way back in the starter days of doping...but surely not to ''that'' degree.

* Hutts in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse are gastropods and therefore functional hermaphrodites (they can both impregnate others and themselves). A given Hutt is usually referred to as "female" when pregnant, otherwise it's a matter of personal preference whether they're called "he" or "she". Many other species also exist. Star Dragons/Duinuogwuin have [[OneGenderRace only one sex]] and take on gendered pronouns for the convenience of bigendered species.
* The lengthy ''Literature/{{Wraeththu}}'' series, in which 99.9% of the (many, many) characters are fully functional, half-and-half hermaphrodites. Also, [[AWizardDidIt magical]].
* [[spoiler:Roselle Pollard]] in ''Literature/TheBadPlace'' is fully reproductively functional as both sexes, [[spoiler:and by self-impregnation gives birth to a protagonist and the villain, plus two other children]].
* The central character of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/AllYouZombies'' had internal male genitalia discovered during a cesarean section, and complications forced the doctors to supersede her external female genitalia with them. Both sets of genitalia were fully functional; in fact, [[spoiler:s/he's not only the mother, but the father and ''daughter'' as well, via StableTimeLoop orchestrated by the protagonist much later in life, making four distinct characters the same person]].
* In ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'', third book of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' saga, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin introduces "Sweets", the purple-haired violet-eyed intersex prized slave of Yunkish slaver Yezzan zo Qaggaz, who owns a grotesquerie of unique and deformed slaves. Though Sweet's place of origin its unknown, the books do reference that people born in the cities close to the devastated Valyrian peninsula are often born with deformities and alterations.
* The main character of Mary Gentle's AlternateHistory novel ''Ilario: The Lion's Eye'' is a [[MagicRealism realistically(?)]] portrayed hermaphrodite. [[spoiler:Ilario becomes pregnant at one point.]]
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan's close friend and able subordinate Bel Thorne is a Betan hermaphrodite, one of an entire subspecies of genetically-engineered people created as an ultra-egalitarian social movement. In-universe, "it" is considered the appropriate pronoun. Bel usually presents itself as a dashing, macho, bishonen officer but will vary its gender presentation (once in the middle of a conversation) in order to attract the attention of a potential love interest or just to mess with people. Bel is one of very few hermaphrodites to ever leave their hermetic subculture on ultra-liberal Beta colony and hints its preference for bi-gendered society may be considered a bit "queer" back home. A number of other characters have made comments about Thorne having romantic feelings towards Miles. Due to its deliberate ambiguity of gender, [[SubordinateExcuse these]] [[HoYay feelings]] are often the subject of ridicule and [[FantasticRacism disdain]] among some. Miles, who is relatively open-minded despite his very traditional upbringing, sometimes has trouble working through the ambiguities himself. Conversely Bel appears to be perfectly happy with its third-gender status since Betan technology is sufficiently advanced to allow any character to change genders at will.
* From Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', the Posleen.
* James Reese's trilogy consisting of ''The Book of Shadows, The Book of Spirits'', and ''The Witchery'' feature Herculine, a hermaphrodite with functional dual genitals . She/he is an unusual member of a WitchSpecies that normally gives birth to female witches and male humans. She/he has the powers of a witch, but[[spoiler: is able to impregnate a human woman and father a witch daughter and a human son.]]
* Sadako in the ''[[TheRing Ring]]'' novels counts twice. [[spoiler:Her original body had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgen_insensitive Androgen insensitivity syndrome,]] an intersex condition that causes the woman affected to be born with a vagina, but with XY chromosomes, no uterus, and internal testes where the ovaries would typically be. After her rebirth in ''Spiral'', she describes herself as a "complete hermaphrodite" with both a womb and testicles, fully functional.]]
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's sci-fi novel [[http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=2642275 ''Uller Uprising'',]] the Ullerans are a race of silicon-based, vaguely reptilian {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s who happen to be hermaphroditic. The rather imperialistic Terran colonists have gotten used to every army unit needing to have a few troopers assigned to baby-sitting duty.
* Creator/JohnVarley:
** The Titanides from the ''Literature/GaeaTrilogy'' are...complicated. Genetically engineered to resemble the [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]] of myth, they, shall we say, ''divert'' from that model by having ''both'' genitalia on their horsey halves AND nonetheless sort themselves into males and females based on the ''third'' set of genitals at the base of the humanoid torso. They also universally sport breasts, regardless of which humanoid genitalia they possess, since all of them can bear (and thus must nurse) children.
** Kenneth "Sparky" Valentine from ''The Golden Globe'', is specifically ''not'' a hermaphrodite despite his trick [[MagicPlasticSurgery reversible penis.]] He's just an actor who likes to play both male and female roles in a frontier society where virtually every production (including Shakespeare) includes sex scenes.
* In the ''Literature/WellWorld'' series, the communistic states on some of the more hivelike planets have engineered humans to be full hermaphrodites to [[IndividualityIsIllegal make everyone "equal"]]. It doesn't work. The population of the Well World itself contains a variety of hermaphroditic species as well.
* The eponymous character of the Thomas T. Thomas novel ''Crygender'' (it stands for 'cryptic gender") is a former terrorist who elects to become a (surgically created) hermaphrodite in order to "hide in plain sight."
* When the EvilutionaryBiologist villains of [[Creator/JackChalker Jack L. Chalker's]] ''Literature/TheMoreauFactor'' [[InvoluntaryTransformation transform]] their victims into {{Half Human Hybrid}}s they also make many of them hermaphrodites, apparently [[PowerPerversionPotential just because they can]]-- or so the protagonist initially assumes. He later learns that creating a fertile species of any kind is pretty much a fluke when you're PlayingWithSyringes and the scientists weren't deliberately aiming for hermaphrodites so much as they were trying to create something -- anything -- that could reproduce.
* Burgoyne 172 in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'', a member of the fully hermaphroditic Hermat species. S/he ([[PronounTrouble bear with us here]]) mates with a Vulcan, of all species, and the baby they produce (well, the Vulcan produces) is male. Originally the considered pronoun was S/he/it. Say it out loud and you'll see why it didn't catch on.
* Creator/MelissaScott's novel ''Shadow Man'' involved humanity becoming a five-sexed race as a side-effect of adaptation to faster-than-light space travel. Of course, not everyone accepted it.
* Ralf Isau's novel ''[[http://isau.de/shop/index.html Galerie der Lügen]]'' (translating to "Gallery of Lies") has a hermaphrodite [[spoiler: protagonist]] and [[spoiler: an ex-hermaphrodite WellIntentionedExtremist on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
* Pie O'Pah in ''Literature/{{Imajica}}'' is a bit like Desire as mentioned above -- "he" is whatever his current sexual partner is most attracted to. Another main character who falls in love with him learns to see his true form, which rather than having two sets of genitals has one unusually-shaped organ that can somehow fulfill both jobs.
* Thorn of Gary Jennings' ''Raptor'' is a hermaphrodite born during the last years of the Roman Empire. Thorn is remarkably convincing as either gender, and switches between them as needed. Unlike some fictional examples, however, Thorn is sterile.
* The entire planet of Winter in Ursula K. Le Guin's ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' is populated by humans who are hermaphrodites and androgynes. Most of the time, people are genderless, unless they're in heat. Two lovers in heat will assume genders at random (though some people have preferences, male or female) and if one gets pregnant, she remains so until the baby is born, then goes back to being an androgyne. This is explored in great detail - and made slightly complicated by the fact that the narrator translates pronouns as "He" most of the time (though a later book referred to all Getheniens as "she").
* In F. M. Busby's ''The Breeds Of Man'' genetic scientists searching for a cure for an infertility plague caused by an AIDS cure GoneHorriblyWrong inadvertently create "serial" hermaphrodites that alternate between male and female on a monthly cycle linked to menstruation: Three weeks of one sex followed by three weeks of the other with a one-week transition period in between. Fortunately the menstrual trigger means any cohabiting couple will alternate sexes once their menstrual cycles synchronize. Unfortunately they don't find out about it until the first test subjects hit puberty and the resulting collisions of sex and gender roles (to say nothing of the pronoun problems) pretty much knocks society for a loop.
** Though it does provide for some amusing subversions of traditional plot devices, like the revelation that the two formerly male schoolyard bullies had married each other and had BabiesEverAfter in the DistantFinale.
* In ''[[Literature/StarShardsChronicles Thief of Souls]]'', the eponymous soul-eater Okoya takes a hermaphrodite body.
* Laurie J. Marks's [[WingedHumanoid Aeyries]]. They're also [[WhaleEgg oviparous]].
* The sixteenth-century story ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/facetiousnights/night13_fable9.html Filomena the Hermaphrodite,]]'' featured in ''The Facetious Nights of Straparola'', features a young woman named Filomena falling ill after she joins a convent. When she is analyzed by doctors, they discover that she has grown a penis and testicles. At the end of the story, Filomena is revealed to have started dressing like a man.
* In the later Literature/TimeScout books, Dr. John Lachley was born with ambiguous genitalia. A little of each. Combined with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast terrible childhood]] in the CrapsackWorld of VictorianLondon's East End, and you've got one hell of a FreudianExcuse.
* The Ledom, an "advanced" (what exactly that means is an important PlotPoint in the novel) type of humans, in Creator/TheodoreSturgeon's ''Venus Plus X'' are all hermaphroditic, peace-loving, and empathetic. [[spoiler:Late in the novel, the protagonist (and the reader) find out what's ''really'' going on.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Gene/Jean in ''Series/{{Quark}}'' is a "transmute," meaning he has both male and female chromosomes. Whether he has both sex organs, however, is never revealed.
* ''Series/MrShow'': "I'm Tatyana, the Weather Hermaphrodite."
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Earshot" Buffy is touched by a demon, then learns she will take on an aspect of said demon. She relays the fears of getting a tail or scales to Willow, whose eyes go wide at a sudden thought she's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny kind enough]] to share and add to Buffy's fears.
-->Was it a boy demon?
* Tribbles from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''; the have no gender, and each reproduces on its own after it eats enough. Unfortunately, this can make them ExplosiveBreeders if their handlers aren't careful.
* The Orkans from ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' may have shades of this, insinuated by Mork's appearance on ''Series/HappyDays'' when Fonzie asked if a certain Orkan was a man or woman.
-->Hard to tell. Parts are interchangeable there.
* Desiree Dupree from ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' is this, as well as having [[MultiBoobage three breasts]]. [[spoiler: Subverted: she finds out that the same hormonal imbalance that gave her three breasts also enlarged her clitoris to the extent that previous doctors mistook it for a penis.]]
* in ''Series/NightAndDay'', Alex Wells and Roxanne Doyle's baby, Alex Jr, is born intersex, leading to a disagreement between the couple over whether to subject the baby to an operation. An adult intersex character, Patrice, is also briefly featured as part of the storyline, when Roxanne attends an intersex support group.
* Stuart "Magilla", the first friend Delia makes in ''Series/{{Everwood}}'' was born intersex and his parents chose to raise him as a boy. This poses problems when Stuart is caught playing dress-up with Delia and his parents freak out, forbidding Delia to play with their son and hastily switching him to an all-boys school. Stuart's parents are the first and possibly only people in the series Andy is unable to help or reason with.
* ''Series/FakingIt'': [[spoiler: Lauren]], who has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome.
* The [[NoNameGiven never-named]] Alpha Centaurian ambassador who plays a major role in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Curse of Peladon" and its sequel "The Monster of Peladon". He uses male pronouns, but is described as a hermaphrodite, looks like a penis in a cloak, was played by a male actor under the costume, and was voiced by a female actor trying to sound like a CampGay man.

* A "big, fat hermaphrodite with Music/AFlockOfSeagulls haircut and only one nostril" stole [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Al's]] lucky, lucky autographed glow-in-the-dark snorkel in the (not really) autobiographical song "Albuquerque."
* Singing comedian Music/StephenLynch had the song "Hermaphrodite" (pronounced to be a pun with Aphrodite) which is about him having a hermaphrodite "girlfriend."
--> She wears lace and she wears flannel, she watches Football ''and'' the Creator/{{Lifetime}} Channel! What's that bulge under her nighty? It must be Hermaphrodite!
* In the music video for the Music/{{Rammstein}} song "Pussy", Flake Lorenz played a hermaphrodite. There's also their song "Zwitter", which translates to 'hermaphrodite'.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_%28band%29 Genesis]] song "The Fountain of Salmacis" (from ''Nursery Cryme'') tells the Hermaphrodite story.
* ''S-E-X-X-Y'' by Music/TheyMightBeGiants is implied to be about this.
* In the Music/SheWantsRevenge music video Tear You Apart it's implied but not said for the girl to actually be intersex. It results in her being cornered and about to be stripped by a mob of high schoolers. Then the duo burst in and rescue her. Then it results in a {{Cliffhanger}} with them saying there much to talk about.
* Singing comedian The Rev. Billy C. Wirtz has the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAiwS24wPTE "Honky Tonk Hermaprodite"]], about a "good ol' boy with the [=38D's=]. The song ends with him meeting a fellow hermaphrodite who's "[[Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies Jethro above the waist]], but below, she's Elly May."

[[folder:Myths & Relgion]]
* In the [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Babylonian version]] of ''Literature/InannasDescentToTheNetherworld'', the [[LivingMacGuffin asexual creatures]] used to rescue Inanna (Ishtar) from the underworld become replaced by a Hermaphrodite being that confuses Ereshkigal, who eventually lets her sister leave.
* Many ancient cultures had gods (usually fertility gods, for obvious reasons) like this. Such as the TropeNamer mentioned above.
* Some mystical traditions believe this with respect to [[TheBible Adam]]. It's argued that the line in Genesis, "male and female He created them", should more accurately read, "male and female They [the "elohim", a collective of ancient Semitic gods] created him [Adam], and that prior to being split in two to create Eve, Adam was a hermaphroditic, two-headed giant.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Rock would frequently call interviewer Kevin Kelly "an ugly hermaphrodite", or "Hermie" for short. Whenever Kelly made appearances as a manager on the independent circuit, fans would chant "Her-Mie!" at him.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* Slaanesh, the youngest [[EldritchAbomination Chaos God]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', can be just as accurately referred to as "The Dark Prince" and "She Who Thirsts." Traditional lore portrays it as a rather unusual version of this trope; basically, cut a woman and a man, both exceptionally beautiful, in half vertically and then fuse the woman's right half to the man's left half to make a whole human being. That's what Slaanesh's "main" form looks like. Slaanesh's followers tend to end up rather distorted in terms of gender, but for male worshippers, having the right pectoral swell into a female breast is considered a high mark of favor, as it makes them more like Slaanesh itself. Of course, as a supremely powerful warp entity, Slaanesh can alter its form to appear male, female, hermaphroditic, or androgynous, but not matter how it appears, it is supremely seductive -- so that yes, you'd hit that, and you'd sell your soul for the chance to do so.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has a Legacy called the Daksha, whose members are all hermaphrodites (they don't start out like that, but are transformed by joining the Legacy). They have the ability to [[GenderBender shapeshift between a male, female, and hermaphroditic form]], though they tend to consider the latter their "true" form, regardless of their original gender.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' one of the archetypes an avatar can follow (and described as one of the hardest to master) is that of the Mystic Hermaphrodite - a being that represents absolute paradox (which is the foundation on which magick is created in the game). When an avatar achieves greater levels of mastery over the archetype he/she can change gender at will, but risks becoming a biological hermaphrodite if the roll is botched.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Marilaq A'Lam, Sister of Neomah, a Demon-Blooded turned more-or-less full demon, is an example of this. Fully functional at that; she's quite capable of impregnating herself. She does seem to maintain a female identity, despite her ''[[EldritchAbomination three sets of genitalia]]''.
** Another, non-fully functional example is Livillia, the actual ''[[OddJobGods goddess of prostitution]]''. As befitting her nature, she's not nearly as {{Squick}}y as Marilaq-she looks like a AmazonianBeauty since she's supposed to be an example of both male and female attractiveness. Doesn't stop her from wearing a penis sheath.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Biotech'' mentions that "Genetic engineering would allow the reliable creation of functional hermaphrodites. A “utopian” society might try to give everyone this trait to ensure sexual equality (no sexual discrimination if everyone is both sexes)". This trait is a 0 point feature.
* In many editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', elvish deities such as Corellon Larethian variously manifest as male, female, both, or neither.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* As it turns out in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' [[spoiler:Angel]] is a fully-functional hermaphrodite and [[TrulySingleParent both the mother]] '''[[TrulySingleParent and]]''' [[TrulySingleParent father]] of [[spoiler:Sera]]. At the end of the second game, [[spoiler:Serph]] and [[spoiler:Sera]] [[FusionDance merge]] into a single hermaphroditic being, [[spoiler:Seraph]], who's Atma Avatar form is [[spoiler:Ardha, who in Hindu mythology was a fusion between Shiva and his consort Parvati]]
* In the Facebook game ''HappyAquarium'', one of your possible starting fish will have no gender indication, and be capable of mating with both sexes.
* [[ArtificialHuman Minogame]] from ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' is a hermaphrodite. He was constructed that way in order to invoke the fusion of male and female into a godlike being.
* Kainé from ''VideoGame/NieR'' is confirmed from [[AllThereInTheManual Japanese-only bonus material]] to be a hermaphrodite even before being possessed by a male shade. The English localization of the game kind of dances around the issue.
* The Liir from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', as well as being psychic space-dolphins.
* The Father-Mother in ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'', the protagonist being one of her children - who also murdered her in cold blood. [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead Not only does Father-Mother turn out to be alive after all]], he [[SubvertedTrope turns out to be a male creature pretending to be both father and mother]] to the diverse population, [[InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers after he stole them as babies]].]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Sload, the series' race of "slugmen" native to the archipelago of Thras to the southwest of Tamriel, are said to be hermaphrodites. It is believed that they absorb their sexual organs by the time they are capable of surviving on land, and indeed, there is never any mention of a Sload with a given sex.
** Vivec from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' is a hermaphroditic PhysicalGod, though he is typically referred to as male. It's important to his mythic role as the Trickster/Stranger figure, where Sotha Sil is male (Clockwork King of the Three-And-One) and Almalexia is female (Face-Snaked Queen of the Three-And-One). Whether he was a hermaphrodite [[DeityOfHumanOrigin as a mortal]] is a source of debate amongst the fandom and is really only touched upon by [[WordOfGod developer written]] "obscure texts" not in the games themselves.
** Vivec's "Anticipation" in the Dunmer religion is Mephala, a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is "obscured to mortals" (but is typically associated with [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation, lies, sex, and secrets]]). Mephala is stated to be a hermaphrodite as well, though opposite of Vivec, is typically referred to as female and speaks with a feminine voice. Her statues and other depictions also include female secondary characteristics.
* [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/bayonetta/images/b/b6/1419071586696.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/553?cb=20141222015613 Concept Art]] shows that The Prophet, [[spoiler:Loptr/Aesir]] from ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'' at one point was considered to appear as half male and half female right down the middle, in addition to being half light and half dark, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen although this concept was scrapped]].
* In ''The House in Fata Morgana'', [[spoiler:Michel]] is born intersex but identifies as male. Characters who don't see him as an abomination often consider him to be OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' features Silvana, an evil villain who Count Graduon granted male and female genitalia along with shapeshifting abilities (intended as a reference to the internet trolls who tease the author by falsifying their gender and spreading rumors about Rosechu being intersexed).
* Ame from ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' is a succubus and, as such, can grow a penis.
* In ''Webcomic/SuperMegaTopia'', there is the Offenders' team mate, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin She-Male]].
* As eventually revealed in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'', [[spoiler: Heinkel]] is this trope. One of the reasons ze joined Iscariot [[spoiler: namely the regenerator program]] is in hopes that it would 'fix' hir and put hir into a 'normal' body.
* Ramona of ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' is intersex, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/not_tomboyish_at_all announcing the fact just as Dillon is telling her how completely feminine she is.]] Actually, she uses the term "hermaphrodite", evidently being less worried by the terminology than many people (including her sibling Angel). WordOfGod on [[http://www.pixietrixcomix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=16480&start=15#p558623 the comic's discussion boards]] is that she has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17-beta-hydroxysteroid_dehydrogenase_deficiency 17-beta-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase III deficiency]] and XY chromosomes, but is effectively fully female apart from being infertile; she has a regular heterosexual sex life. Also, writer Creator/GiseleLagace has noted [[https://twitter.com/GiseleLagace/status/743252469845725184 on Twitter]] that Ramona reflects [[WriteWhatYouKnow her own genetic circumstances]].
* The Aquaans in ''Webcomic/{{Harbourmaster}}'' are a fully hermaphroditic species. That said, they do have preferred pronouns per individual when interacting with Humans.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' humanity has six "normal" genders, two are intersex (Ferm, Merm), one is a fully functional Hermaphrodite (Herm), and the sixth has no genitalia (Neut). And that's just humans.
* Bernard Doove's [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom felinoid]] [[Literature/ChakonaSpace centaurs]], named [[http://www.furry.org.au/chakat/ chakats,]] are a genetically engineered race, intentionally designed with fully functional equipment for both sexes. Many of the other species in his Chakat universe are hermaphrodites. The pronouns "shi" and "hir" that he came up with are often used by [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries]] with "herm" characters.[[note]]Also, more rarely, "xie" and "xir".[[/note]]
** In general, the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom produces many more hermaphroditic characters than your run-of-the-mill fandom.
* In ''FanFic/TheReturn'' [[OneGenderRace Succubae]] reproduce two ways. One is [[ViralTransformation turning]] that results in a succubus regardless of what gender they were as a human. The other is one succubus impregnates another. [[BewareMyStingerTail Tails]] are implied to be involved.
* [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yukkuris]] are biologically hermaphroditic, their only restriction being that two yukkuris of the same type can't have a baby together (unless they're Rinnosuke-types). However, they are always referred to by the same pronouns as the characters they're based on --[[ImprobablyFemaleCast which 99% of the time would be "her"]].
* Appears several times in {{Roleplay/ToRule}}.
* The main character of ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' is eventually revealed to be intersexed, a genetic chimera with XXY / XX chromosomes, a functioning penis and one working ovary instead of testes. Assigned male at birth and initially unaware of his gender status, Tuck was already highly androgynous even before he started to develop female characteristics instead of male ones during puberty. The author has definitely ShownTheirWork, with a detailed description of how intersexuality occurs in the chapter where this is revealed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Cartman's mom from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was infamously revealed to be Cartman's father as she is a hermaphrodite (and had sex with basically the entire town). It was later revealed that the town was lying to protect the Broncos, as [[spoiler:Jack Tenorman, Scott Tenorman's father had sex with Liane at the Drunken Barn Dance]]. Plus, Cartman's cat, Mr. Kitty, has been shown as a cat in heat, then in a later episode as a fully functional tomcat. However, it could be possible that Mr. Kitty is a different cat in any episode he may have appeared in or that he doesn't really have a gender unless it's needed for any episode he appears in.
** In "T.M.I." one of the people angry about their penis size was a woman.
* Duckman's teddy bear secretaries Fluffy and Uranus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''. They appear to be female and have feminine voices, but one episode implies they have male genitalia.
* Yuck of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' is the combination of all the bad stuff from Yin and Yang (A brother and sister team). Even when he was seen leaving a restroom, inbetween the boys' and girls' restrooms was a restroom labeled with a question mark.
* The main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' is a either a [[http://i43.tinypic.com/2zq644m.png true or sequential hermaphrodite]]. Her friends seem to think she's female.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''Bender's Game'' Hermes Conrad's double in the fantasy world generated by Bender's imagination was a centaur with breasts named "Hermaphrodite". And in "The Beast with a Billion Backs" the creature from another universe Yeevo was said to be neither male nor female and rather than using "he" or "her" they should use "shkle" or "shkler" to refer to it.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Peter apparently had a "broster" growing up, who once asked if he wanted to see their "paginis".
** A cutaway gag has a suddenly ''quite'' masculine looking [[Series/TheFactsOfLife Jo]] unwittingly out herself as one, to Mrs. Garrett's horror.
-->'''Mrs. Garrett''': You have ''both?!''
-->'''Jo''': Well, yeah, doesn't everybody?
-->'''Mrs. Garrett''': ''No!''
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Roger's sexuality and biological sex are somewhat hard to discern, then again, this is because of BizarreAlienBiology. He's generally seen as male, goes through a "female phase" in one episode and in other claims he has no genitals (but his human girlfriend of the week says that's ok because she has both). This was at some point lampshaded when Roger (in his "Jenny" persona) had sex with Steve's friend Snot when Steve asks, "You're an alien how is that even physically possible?!" to which he tried to explain how but was interrupted.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''Lots'' of invertebrate species are hermaphroditic, including such familiar creatures as earthworms and snails. One species that deserves special focus is ''C. elegans'', which have males and hermaphrodites; hermaphrodites can [[ScrewYourself mate with themselves]] to produce more hermaphrodites, while males can only mate with hermaphrodites and have 1:1 sex ratio in their progeny.
* Some vertebrate species include certain fish such as Hamlets, Clownfish and Wrasses (although in the later two are sequential hermaphrodites. Meaning that they're usually one sex but will become the other under certain circumstances.)
* Very rarely an animal may develop as a bilateral gynandromorph. Where the individual develops male traits on one side of the body while developing female traits on the other side, leading to a chimera-like appearance, especially when there's a [[BizarreSexualDimorphism striking difference between males and females of the same species]]. So far this condition has been documented in insects, crustaceans, birds and reptiles, but is unheard of in mammals.
* A female anglerfish becomes this once a male [[FusionDance fuses himself to her body]] and degenerates into a pair of testicles. This can occur an indefinite number of times, so a female anglerfish can gain an indefinite number of ballsacks.
* While there are plenty of disorders that can cause intersexuality, possessing both male and female parts is extremely rare in humans, but it has happened a few times.