"I am an immortal entity with a large cue ball for a head, and no biological means of reproduction."Whenever a character has no genitals or secondary sex characteristics. They may identify as masculine or feminine, or they may have an entirely different gender identity. This is frequently a trait of spirits and spiritual beings, who don't have physical bodies in the first place. Note that due to a lack of alternate phrases in the English language, referring to a character as "sexless" does not mean that they're Asexual, which instead deals with sexual orientation and attraction, nor does it mean that a character does not or cannot have sexnote . If Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite is in effect, they may, in fact, have a very active sex life. Finally, Intersex people have sexual characteristics, but they may be ambiguous or mixed, not fitting into either sex category. Characters like this sometimes run into Pronoun Trouble if they don't identify with a specific gender, even though options such as "zhe", "hir", and singular "they" exist. Sometimes a trait of a One-Gender Race. Not to be mistaken for G-Rated Sex, but can overlap. Often overlaps with Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous when a character is explicitly supernatural and this trait is used to emphasize it. Compare Ambiguous Gender, when the character does have a physical sex but the viewers/readers simply don't know what it is, and Barbie Doll Anatomy, when the body parts in question are presumably meant to be there but are not drawn for censorship reasons. Also compare Purely Aesthetic Gender when the gender of a video game character is completely irrelevant so that they might as well have No Biological Sex as far as the plot is concerned. See also Bizarre Alien Sexes and Non-Humans Lack Attributes.
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- CLAMP seems to like this trope.
- Ashura in RG Veda is explicitly said to have no physical sex as part of a curse so that the bloodline of the Ashura clan ends. In addition to this, Ashura is also genderless.
- In X1999, Nataku is similarly sexless as a result of cloning. In the manga, it's implied that their gender is female, likely due to the fact that their genetic source was a young girl named Kazuki.
- In Wish, all angels are explicitly genderless, although many international translations incorrectly used gendered pronouns. Some individuals do seem to lean to one gender or the other as far as personality goes. This applies nonetheless.
- Ruby Moon from Cardcaptor Sakura is genderless, but chooses to present herself as female because, as she puts it, girls get to wear cuter clothes and uniforms.
- Hana from Gate 7 is strongly implied to be genderless—Sakura calls into question whether or not Hana is female, and then, in response to Chikahito's confusion, neither confirms or denies Hana's masculinity nor offers any form of clarification.
- A Shrug of God has also hinted that the Zashiki Warashi from ×××HOLiC. who presents as a young girl, may not necessarily be male or female, playing off old portrayals of the spirits in mythology and artwork, where their gender was often unclear.
- Shrug of God also applies to the Mokona that appear in a few series. When asked what gender a Mokona is (in or out of universe) the response is generally "Mokona is a Mokona".
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, the true form of Envy is a large lizard-like thing with the head and shoulders of the people of Xerxes sticking out. It doesn't seem to have genitals of any sort. Picture here,◊ if you're brave enough to see, and their depowered true form is what can best be described as a fetus.
- Wagaya No Oinari Sama's Kuugen is a Kitsune and too old to remember their original sex, if they ever had one, and just switches between male and female forms on a whim. Justified in that Kitsune are spirits in the first place, and tied to the kami Inari (see below).
- The Shinigami of Death Note do identify themselves as male or female (meaning that they do in fact have genders), but it is clearly stated that they cannot have sexual relations of any kind, and odds are that they don't have any sexual organs, and even if they do they're most likely non-functional.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Kyubey. Characters and fans generally refer to it as male since it uses Japanese speech patterns and pronouns that suggest a male identity, but it really doesn't seem to be either one, being a Starfish Alien whose true form is hinted to be something entirely different than what we see on screen.
- Digimon of Digimon Tamers are technically sexless, being mere data, but their manifestations often take the form of specific creatures with genders for purely aesthetic reasons, something Renamon explains to Ruki. Either way, they do not reproduce sexually. Apparently not the case in Digimon Xros Wars, which doesn't hold back with the implications of sexual relationships between Digimon. One of the supporting mons in Taiki's team even has parents who appear on-screen, and the Big Bad Duumvirate are brothers. Ironically, Lilithmon is made fun of at one point for not having a boyfriend.
- Namekians in Dragon Ball are often assumed to be all male, but their method of reproduction places them pretty firmly into this category.
- In Pokémon the situation with Legendary Pokémon can be rather confusing. Supposedly, they have no gender, but many of them speak with voices that suggest male or female. Lugia actually had an hatchling, a baby Lugia (which is impossible in the video game) suggesting the adult Lugia was female, but exactly what its mate was, nobody ever discovered (or even tried to discover).
- UQ Holder! has Kuromaru, a member of the yatagarasu tribe of demihumans, who have no gender or physical sex until the age of sixteen.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: When the show was translated to English, the Tachikomas (AI tanks) were addressed differently. In the original Japanese, they were addressed (even amongst themselves) in the masculine. In English, this was changed to refer to them in the neuter (in other words, from "him" to "it").
- The gems in Houseki no Kuni have their bodies composed of their namesake minerals, and thus are sexless. In original Japanese, they refer to each other using male pronouns, despite each their behavior ranging from masculine to feminine. The official English translation just tries not using gendered pronouns instead.
- All angels in the expanded Vertigo universe, which means they've made several appearances in Hellblazer, The Sandman and their respective spin-offs. This is especially confusing, as they are still somehow able to have sex.
- The Preservers of ElfQuest explicitly have no physical sex.
- In Phil Foglio's Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire's "The Gallimaufry" storyline, a male alien Pog member named Qvakk states that he loved Oort, another male of his species/race, and was "gonna take him home, make lots of eggs"; Pogs appear to be reptilian-like evolved turtles(with the subsequent cloacal implications included), and no other or female members of their species are shown, which implies this trope.
- The Venom Symbiote from SpiderMan counts as this. Venom is a sapient mass of black, blob-like alien matter, which envelops the flesh of its host and bonds with them mentally and physically. This bonding manifests as black coating on the outward exterior of its host, so in this sense the shape Venom takes can either be masculine or feminine depending on its host (there have been She-Venoms for when it took females as a host, so its not just exclusive to males like Spider-Man or Brock). In its natural state Venom has no sexual characteristics and identifies with no gender, and the default pronoun people use to describe Venom is "it". Though in Peter Parker's case he has been known to mock Venom as acting like a "jealous girlfriend" when it comes to wanting to bond with him again and kill anyone who stands in its way, but that's just him being snarky rather than any serious gender identification. In addition Venom is capable of asexual reproduction, as it has independently produced other symbiotes such as Carnage.
- The Transformers (IDW):
- The IDW run of Transformers started out with the concept that all Transformers were genderless. Male pronouns were used, but that was often justified as Translation Convention. Arcee's origin story introduced her as a genderless bot experimented on and made into a female (who went a little insane over the whole thing).
- Later comics (The Transformers: Windblade) would introduce "naturally" female Transformers who live on a Lost Colony; initially treated as a form of speciation, the comics revealed that female Transformers used to live on Cybertron but went extinct for reasons unknown. In general, the writers are eager to move past this issue and its Broken Base and are now effectively treating the supposedly non-gendered Transformers as male retroactively.
- This is the case of the Flatwoods Monster in The Mansionverse, as far as anyone can determine, though he's referred to with male pronouns for simplicity's sake. Pragmatically, the Hatbox Ghost uses this as an opportunity to have Flatty try on both men and women's hat (not that either seem to really fit him).
- Metatron, the Voice of God, in Dogma. All the other angels also qualify as genderless, though it's implied that they did have physical sexes at one point before God gave them the physiques of Ken dolls as punishment. Serendipity—a muse—does not have one either, which is kind of funny since she's a stripper by profession.
- Satan in The Passion of the Christ is portrayed by a woman with a shaved head and a voice altered to sound more masculine in post-production. This fits in with Thomas Aquinas' writings, which specifically refer to angels, of which Satan is a (fallen) one as being pure spirits, and therefore not possessing a physical sex (see below).
- In Seed of Chucky, Glen(da) was born a living doll with Barbie Doll Anatomy, and isn't sure which gender to favor, if any. Chucky and Tiffany spend most of the movie arguing over their kid's gender.
- Greg Egan:
- Diaspora features a society of posthuman software people who rarely choose to be gendered, along with invented gender-neutral pronouns (ve, vis and ver) first used in Distress, where meat-humans sometimes elect to become "asex." (Some others crank their secondary sexual characteristics Up to Eleven, and become "umale" and "ufem." Still others make a sort of blue-and-orange gender binary called "imale" and "ifem," which uses nonstandard gender cues.)
- Schild's Ladder features essentially genderless posthumans but retains both male and female pronouns.
- Carolyn Ives Gilman's Halfway Human: On Gammadis, the modified-human inhabitants have no sex until puberty. Some people never go through puberty and remain unsexed all their lives, being known as "blands." They are considered to be not fully human, are widely believed to be mentally deficient, live segregated, and work as servants.
- Sebrahn, from Nightrunner.
- Comes part and parcel along with Easy Sex Change in John Varley's Eight Worlds science fiction series. Some people will always pick "none of the above" if given the chance to choose. For some it's permanent, for others it's temporary. One character describes it as a "vacation from sexuality."
- Golems on Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Most are referred to with male pronouns, for the usual reasons. In Going Postal one was arbitrarily declared female (and named Gladys) because Ms Macclariat took exception to anything called "he" cleaning the lady's bathrooms. When questioned about this in Making Money, Moist points out that the 'default' golems aren't any more male than Gladys is female.
- Very scary example from The Bad Place: the villain (child of a hermaphrodite with him/herself) has four undescended testicles (with a bony shelf in the way) and no external genitalia. He channels his necessarily-repressed sexuality into homicidal rages.
- The Ainur of J. R. R. Tolkien's works. As pure spirits, they have no biological sex beyond that of whatever form they've taken at the time, but explicitly do have gender identities (or at least, identify themselves in a way comparable to mortal gender). They are also capable of sexual reproduction with non-Ainur species in the standard biological manner appropriate to their body type.
- Similarly, in C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, the Oyarsa (basically guardian angels, Earth's being Lucifer) of Mars and Venus can be described as masculine and feminine, respectively, but only because these genders arose from intelligent life imitating them. The other Oyarsas do not conform to either, but each have their own genders.
- The trope is lampshaded in the original book of The Brave Little Toaster in regards to its title character. The movie never outright addresses the question of gender, and occasionally uses masculine pronouns for the toaster, but the toaster's sex, at least, can be assumed to be neutral.
- The Gethenians from The Left Hand of Darkness have no sex for most of the time, except for a few days each month when they go into kemmer and become male or female, returning to androgyny afterwards. The sex during kemmer can change from month to month—a father of one child could be the mother of another.
- Xantcha from the Magic: The Gathering novel Planeswalker. The Phyrexian Newts were created to resemble humans, but the first generation was defective in certain aspects, including lacking a physical sex. Mentally, Xantcha began thinking of herself as female after she was Mind Raped by the male demon Gix.
- Yime Nsokyi from the Culture novel Surface Detail has deliberately had herself neutered. However as everyone seems to identify her as female and the narration always does the same it seems the purpose was more to eliminate sexuality than anything else.
- Chieri, the dominant native race of Darkover are hermaphroditic but some of their hybrid offspring with humans are "emmasca" or neuter.
- In The Book of Night with Moon series, spayed and neutered cats are considered to be the same gender, and not the same as toms or queens. However, they're still referred to with male or female pronouns and most other gender markers, although this could be the Translation Convention at work.
- In Time Scout, Armstrong is a character with an ambiguous sexual identity. He could be a feminine man. She could be a masculine woman. She never identifies as either and he can pass for either. His hair is cut short, she wears wigs, and long-necked clothing eliminates the possibility of seeing an adam's apple.
- The Mrdini of Anne McCaffrey's Tower and the Hive series lack sexes altogether, and prefer to be referred to by the pronoun "it". While they do require two individuals to reproduce, any two individuals will do.
- Kyree, an intelligent wolf-like species in the Heralds of Valdemar Verse, can be male, female, or neuter. Since the neuters lack reproductive responsibilities to the pack they tend to be the ones that go out and have adventures, and are therefore most often encountered by others. The most prominent kyree character, Warrl, is referred to as male, with occasional notes that this isn't technically accurate.
- MYCROFT from The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress has no sex as he's, you know, a computer. He developed his male personality under the guidance of Mannie, the protagonist. It took a woman to realize that a computer isn't in any way more male than female (Mannie was somewhat surprised by that), which led to Mike developing the alternate personality of MYCHELLE.
- In Bone Dance, Sparrow is revealed to be this, due to having been created as an all-purpose vessel for a group of Body Snatchers.
- The alternate timeline Morlocks in Stephen Baxter's Time Machine sequel The Time Ships have no sex and reproduce artificially. The main Morlock character is still referred to as "he", though.
- Implied in Animorphs: When the future Visser One first sees humans, "she" describes them as "gender differentiated, like Andalites and Hork-Bajir," thus seemingly to indicate that Yeerks, Taxxons and Gedds aren't. From what we know of Yeerks, this makes some sense—they reproduce by three individuals merging together, then dissolving into hundreds of babies—but they're always referred to with gendered pronouns, either of their host or of whatever gender the (usually human) narrator thinks of them as.
- The Dark One of The Wheel of Time is usually referred to as male (probably in part because Ishamael, who is a man, presented himself as the Dark One for millennia). However, when Rand finally confronts it directly in the last book, he sees it in its true form as a sentient void, and realizes that the Dark One has no gender. The remainder of their confrontation mostly uses "it" as the pronoun of choice.
- The Creator is similarly genderless, though also usually referred to as "he". Figures of speech that would refer to either the Creator or the Dark One but are applied in a female context usually substitute "the Creator's sister" or "the Dark One's sister", since people erroneously think of both entities as male.
- The Elder Things and the Yithians are explicitly sexless in the stories they feature in (At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow out of Time, respectively). Despite frequently being referred to as "he," Eldritch Abominations such as Cthulhu are either neuter or have Ambiguous Genders.
- The ur-viles (and their Defector from Decadence offshoots, the waynhim) from the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant have neither biological sex nor gender identity, and are always referred to as "it". Justified, because they are artificial beings created by the demondim, who were in turn created by the Vilesnote ; ur-viles can't reproduce by natural means, instead apparently growing new ur-viles in vats.
- Angels in Good Omens are specifically stated as being sexless and asexual (fanon usually ignores this completely). It can be inferred they take on masculine/feminine appearances to cut down on confusion with the mortals, or just out of habit.
- In the Paradox Trilogy, Hyrek, the doctor on the Glorious Fool, has no biological sex. His race, the xith'cal, are born neuter and choose to become male or female when they mature; Hyrek chose to remain neuter.
- In The Pride of Parahumans most parahumans have sexual characteristics, even though they're sterile, but a few, such as Argentum, were biofabbed without them. Ze also claims to have no sex drive, but some events in the novella suggest otherwise.
- The Stormlight Archive: Variant. Due to the strict gender roles of the Vorin religion, there is very little crossover between gender roles; women are not allowed to fight, but men are not allowed to read. This causes some problems for the ardents, slave-priests who are supposed to provide for all Vorin, not just one gender or the other. Therefore, legally speaking, ardents have no gender, and are exempt from the normal gender roles. They aren't required to physically mutilate themselves, thankfully.
- The Vagrant Trilogy: Infernals by default have no gender. The Uncivil chose hers at random, and the First appears to just use the gender of its primary body.
- Constructs in the world of The Murderbot Diaries aren't built with any gender or sex parts, unless they’re sexbots. The main character is a security bot.
- Stargate SG-1:
- Goa'uld and Tok'ra symbiotes (same species, different philosophies) are essentially aquatic snakes with Puppeteer Parasite abilities, and a Tok'ra character once states that the symbiote has no gender, though some prefer hosts of one sex or the other. This is not actually completely true: a small fraction of Goa'uld are "queens" who produce larval symbiotes apparently by parthenogenesis.
- Asgard are biologically sexless due to the cumulative effect of generations of genetic drift and alterations since they switched over entirely to cloning as their sole means of reproduction. They do exhibit personal gender though, as they are also all uploads of individuals who were born naturally, many thousands of years ago. Eventually, we are shown what they originally looked like (essentially pearlescent grey humans) and the contrast with their current existence as classic Roswell Greys is quite severe.
- The character Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation counts. The Q Continuum's ranks are filled with entities that lack organic bodies and live as Energy Beings with Mind over Matter as their collective super power (so much so that they can warp reality). Because they lack bodies in their "true" forms, the Q can appear as anything they want, human, animals, objects, etc. The primary Q we follow in the story (played by John De Lancie) appears to Captain Picard (and his contemporaries Sisko and Janeway) as a middle aged man, but is not limited to that appearance. As far as gender is concerned Q points out to Picard at one point that he could have appeared as a woman in their earlier encounters had he wanted to. In the novels, when told by female Star Fleet officers that he doesn't know what it's like to be a woman so he shouldn't comment on their concerns... Q turns into a woman just to mess with them. Additionally Q reproduction does exist but it's not like human sex at all but is rather about Q using their Energy Being forms to combine energy signatures from 2 parent Qs in order to create a new Q with traits from both. Though the Q are capable of reproduction as humans do it, thanks to their shape shifting powers. Amanda Rogers is the product of two Q who turned into a male and a female respectively in order to give birth to her. However this form of birth leaves the "human" Q vulnerable because their powers don't fully manifest until they're about 19 or 20. Amanda Rogers doesn't realize she's not human until these powers finally manifest.
- The Daleks in Doctor Who. They all speak with electronically-generated voices that sound masculine and use the male title "Emperor" for their leader, but are actually genderless and seem to be only able to reproduce through cloning or genetic corruption of other species (particularly humans). They are always referred to with 'it' pronouns in Expanded Universe media. We only encounter males of their precursor race, the Kaleds, leading to some to speculate that they were a One-Gender Race, but the Doctor's statements about how close the Kaleds and humans are to one another biologically and the fact that the only Kaleds we've seen so far were in a Nazi-like military setting suggests female Kaleds did exist, but if any were converted into Daleks their gender was erased. The only definitely female-identifying Dalek seen so far was in "Asylum of the Daleks", but she was the result from an unsuccessful conversion. She used to be a human woman to begin with, and was able to maintain her identity due to her exceptional intelligence and willpower. Physically, she was a Dalek like any other.
- The angels in Supernatural are genderless beings, but when they come to earth they take on human vessels. Castiel is known to Sam and Dean as male because his vessel, Jimmy Novak, is male, but in season 4 he uses Claire Novak as an emergency temporary vessel and the episode Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets shows Castiel utilizing a long-term female vessel.
- Angels are sometimes thought to be genderless beings, at least according to some interpretations of Jesus's statement: "At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven." (Matthew 22:30).
- The Bible: YHWH technically doesn't have or need a physical sex. Being an unfathomable entity, this is a given. In the past, God has been arbitrarily assigned male gender nouns and pronouns because "It" is disrespectful, and the Hebrew language has no neutral gender to begin with. However, feminine nouns are sometimes used in Jewish religious literature when God is credited with female gender characteristics such as nurturing and tenderness. The ancient Hebrews even used plural words for God sometimes. Christians are much more likely than Jews or Muslims to think of God as male, since He got a woman pregnant and sired a male who was also Himself, in a way, depending on which Christian sect you ask.
- The Prince of Egypt references the Jewish tradition of female pronouns being used to refer to God in some instances by having God as the burning bush speak with a primarily male voice (provided by Val Kilmer—the same person who voices the character God is talking to) with a whispery female voice layered into it. They had also originally planned to have a third voice, that of a child, added into the mix to further the ambiguity (the combination turned out to be way too demonic-sounding, so it was dropped).
- The Christian interpretation technically averts this, since Jesus (who is part of the Trinity) is a man, regardless to what applies to the other parts of the trinity. It occasionally given as one of the reasonsnote why Catholics will only allow men to serve as priests.
- Inari Okami, the Shinto God of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry and worldly success, is generally considered to be neither male nor female, though like YHWH, masculine or feminine aspects are often emphasized depending on the context and the region. This is true for many other Kami as well.
- In Dungeons & Dragons:
- Warforged from the Eberron campaign setting are sexless and often go along with whichever pronouns people use for them, though some do identify with a particular gender.
- Although Changelings have a "natural" sex, they are able to shift sexes or assume a sexless form just as easily. Since only high-level magic can pinpoint their original sex, it mostly only serves to fuel Fantastic Racism through fears of an Unsettling Gender Reveal.
- Shardminds in 4th Edition are a human-shaped species whose bodies are made of psionically infused crystal. They have no biological means of reproduction and tend not to acknowledge genders, although some might have more masculine or feminine body shapes.
- The Cthulhumanoid Illithid are hermaphroditic and reproduce by spawning tadpoles, which they insert in the brains of helpless humanoids to metamorphose them into new Illithid.
- Angels and demons in In Nomine are technically neuter, although many that spend time on Earth end up acquiring a gender-bias, depending on which sex of vessel they most often have. Elohim don't acquire such biases (they are by nature supposed to avoid bias) and Kyriotates and Shedim switch bodies so often they usually don't imprint on any one gender, and Lilim generally identify as female.
- Orks in Warhammer 40,000 are sentient fungus/algae hybrids that reproduce independently through spores note . They act extremely male, however.
- Necrons, being robot skeletons, are similar. The sentient ones are generally referred to with male pronouns, if only because they look and (especially) sound masculine by human standards. It's unknown what, if any, genders or reproductive methods the organic aliens they were created from originally had.
- Gods in Exalted have whatever gender (if any) that most suits their nature, and can generally carry children or impregnate others regardless (although some may temporarily change their sexual characteristics to accommodate it). Demons are apparently more strictly codified.
- Xantcha from Magic: The Gathering has no sexual organs, physically mostly resembles a thirteen year old boy (despite being over 3000 years old) and identifies as female.
- Most BIONICLE characters are meant to be biomechanical—that is, cyborgs—but it wasn't until the 2009 setline that the concept of biological gender was officially introduced (disregarding the occasional organic creatures like sea squids that we have seen before). The gender of Matoran Universe beings is defined solely by their personalities, whereas non-MU characters are organic by nature and their robotic parts are only implants. Thus, there is No Hugging, No Kissing in the MU either.
- Mixels are similar in effect to Bionicle, being a species of cyborg-based characters. However, most of the presented Mixels prefer a male identity, and it took until "Every Knight Has Its Day" for a female-coded Mixel to be revealed, though they had been hinted at for a long while.
- The early Ultima games had sex and gender on a slider, so you could be male, female, or anywhere between the two.
- Super Mario Bros.: The Yoshis, which are stated to be neither male nor female, yet they are capable of laying eggs. Don't think too hard about this.
- Furcadia allows you to make characters who are "neuter," in addition to the standard males and females, who have their own portraits. All three sex options use the same sprites.
- The two requisite wise mystic thingies in the Ecco the Dolphin series, the Asterite and the Guardian, are a sexless giant strand of DNA and genderless giant psychic crystal, respectively.
- Most Pokémon in Generation II and beyond have sexes, but some do not. Some of these sexless Pokémon can breed with the shapeshifting Ditto. Most Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are genderless and cannot be bred; though, even Legendaries that do have a gender cannot breed. Non-legendary genderless Pokémon are often artificial or extra terrestrial in origin.
- Manaphy is unusual in that it is sexless and a Mythical Pokémon, yet it is capable of producing offspring with ditto - creating Phione, who is also sexless and unable to evolve into Manaphy.
- In the Konami series Parodius, the scoreboard asks your gender. They're prepared for boys, girls, everything in between AND everything neither here nor there.
- The creator of NiGHTS into Dreams..., Yuji Naka, confirmed that NiGHTS is genderless and was intentionally made androgynous. In NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, NiGHTS was given a voice actress whom sounded both like a young boy and a slightly older girl at the same time, but it's basically up to the dreamer and the player as to what gender—if any—NiGHTS is.
- The Atrox breed in Anarchy Online, who completely lack sexual organs owing to their origins as a tailor-made, genetically engineered workforce for Omni-Tek.
- The Naaru of World of Warcraft are treated a bit like angels are in a religious context—they get referred to with male pronouns because calling them "it" would be insulting, but not being even humanoid, the few we've seen appear entirely sexless.
- The Chao creatures in Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Cloud of Darkness, as seen in Final Fantasy III and Dissidia: Final Fantasy, appears female (particularly in the latter) and is referred to with female pronouns—but as the name implies, she's just the physical form of a literal cloud of darkness. She actually refers to herself with "We," apparently including sentient tentacles in that. Therefore, she can't be said to be female.
- In Choice of Dragon when given the choice of gender, you can choose neither, unknown, or simply refuse to answer.
- A couple examples in Dwarf Fortress:
- Randomly-generated monsters, such as titans, Forgotten Beasts, and a third category that fans have affectionately nicknamed "clowns" (among other things) to avoid spoilers.
- Inorganic creatures, such as fire men, magma men, iron men, bronze colossi, and magma crabs. Yes, we know many of those have "man" in their names. Deal with it.
- The titular Aura-Aura is a star, so "he" doesn't have a gender, unless the game's tutorial is to be trusted.
- Aigis, of Persona 3, is an android that was only built to look human because it made her a more effective weapon, so anything that didn't serve that purpose wasn't added to her design. While she's considered female based on her appearance, she doesn't necessarily identify as such given that she's made of metal and has no sex organs, though with a female protagonist she does worry about Incompatible Orientation and accepts being referred to as female.
- Xion of Kingdom Hearts has no biological sex according to Word of God but also identifies as female.
- Fi of Skyward Sword, according to Word of God, is a feminine figure, but doesn't really have a sex per se. Fitting, since she's a sword. Given that Ghirahim is also revealed to be a Living Weapon akin to Fi as well, the same can most definitely be applied to "him."
- Many of the viral monsters in [PROTOTYPE] are sexless—Hunters are built to fight, not reproduce, for instance, and that extends to the Supreme Hunter despite it being humanoid (sometimes extremely humanoid). This also extends to the player character, Alex Mercer, who seems to identify as male, but is technically just a person-shaped virus and a shapeshifter with no truly fixed form or means of sexual reproduction. The Blackwatch persistently refer to him as "it."
- In The Elder Scrolls series, this is technically true of the series' various deities, crossing over with Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous. Though essentially genderless spirits, most will take A Form You Are Comfortable With when dealing with mortals, and most stick to presenting as just one sex. A few exceptions to note:
- Among the Daedric Princes, the et'Ada ("original spirits") who did not participate in the creation of Mundus, the mortal realm, several are known to change gender in different appearances. Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of Plots, has appeared variously as male or female. Even his/her followers will sometimes refer to Boethiah with different pronouns in the same sentence. Mephala, a Daedric Prince whose sphere is obscured to mortals but is associated with manipulation and lies, is said to be a hermaphrodite, but is typically referred to as female and speaks with a female voice. Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of Knowledge (specializing in eldritch knowledge), forgoes even trying to resemble anything with a gender (although generally speaks with a deep male voice).
- Y'ffre, the Bosmeri "God of the Forest" and the "Spirit of the Now", was one of the strongest of the et'Ada and is said to be the first to transform into the Ehlnofey, the "Earth Bones", which allowed for the laws of physics, nature, and life on Nirn. Different stories refer to Y'ffre as variously male or female.
- Orochi of The King of Fighters, while commonly referred to as a "he," technically is sexless, as it's implied that the entity's appearance is determined by whichever follower of his Orochi decides to reincarnate into and that his true form is the eight-headed serpent dragon of Japanese folklore. His incarnation at the end of KOF '97, where he resurrects using Chris, is his most well-known depiction, but The King of Fighters: Kyo and official artwork viewable in '98 clearly portray Orochi as a woman during the fated battle that ended with Orochi's sealing.
- The Super Mutants in Fallout 3 appear and sound masculine, but were all rendered sexless by the FEV mutation process. Some of them were indeed female when they were human. This only applies to the Capital Wasteland Super Mutants, every other known example still has the primary genitalia but the females do lack breasts.
- Luna of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters. She's built to resemble a little girl, but is actually a genderless warship/puppet built by the Big Bad to kidnap Ratchet. It helps that Luna gets a male voice shortly before it's defeat.
- Fairies in Eternal Eden are said to have no gender, although they appear feminine and the narrative generally treats them as females.
- Shale and presumably any other golems from Dragon Age: Origins due to their bodies being entirely artificial. Their souls, on the other hand, are implied to keep some concept of gender in some cases, and Shale is quite surprised to find out that she was originally a dwarven woman.
- Bramimond from Fire Emblem lost his/her/its entire identity, including gender, as a result of practicing dark magic, so Athos refers to Bramimond as "it" rather than "he" or "she."
- The Dark One Avoozl from Quest for Glory IV is always referred to as "it."
- Almost all aliens from XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Some are robots, but most are disposable clones grown in vats send to die against the titular XCOM. When sending cloned Cannon Fodder mooks genetically modified for combat, why bother giving them an obvious weak point like genital organs?
- Summon spirits in the Tales series have no gender. Sheena in Tales of Symphonia remarks during a Z-Skit that they intentionally adopted forms that exhibit gender so they could interact better with humanity.
- The developers of City of Titans have indicated there will be an option to make androgynous characters.
- Limstella of Fire Emblem Elibe Blazing Sword is this according to the character guide, possessing a generally feminine figure but a noticeable lack of bosom (especially next to Sonia, who's implied to be her Flawed Prototype), but is referred to with female pronouns and generally accepted to have a female gender identity. Makes sense given she's a Morph. In the Fire Emblem 0 trading card game she's also the sole character to have no gender listed.
- Enkidu from Fate/Grand Order (first appearing in Fate/strange fake) is, technically speaking, a lump of clay given life by the gods who copied the appearance of the divine harlot Shamhat who was sent to teach him about the world, but with the form he took showing more physical ambiguity that makes telling his sex very difficult by sight alone, and he's described as being extremely beautiful and eerie at the same time. In series he's always referred to as "he" by others and apparently identifies as male.
- Itherael from Diablo III is the only one of the angels who's specifically referred to as being sexless, though he has a rather masculine voice and is referred to with male pronouns by others.
- Due to being a sentient fungus, Miko from Battleborn has no biological sex in the same sense as animals and above have.
- The monsters of Evolve are genderless, though the humans refer to them with gendered pronouns. This is because, though they're organic and alive, the monsters are nothing more than physical bodies made by an extradimensional race and have no need to reproduce.
- Artificial Intelligence program EDI of Mass Effect 2 technically has no gender but utilizes a voice in a range that listeners would categorize as feminine. In Mass Effect 3 EDI transfers into a fembot body and the crew identifies and interacts with the anthropomorphized program as a female being, referring to EDI as her and she.
- Sanyiel from Hero In Training has no physical sex, but passes for male.
- Some of the mutated dogs in Wurr, most notably Iralbe and Riega, have no genitalia and are known as 'whispering ones'. Most of them still use male pronouns for simplicity's sake.
- El Goonish Shive's Uryuoms are shape-shifters who technically have no distinct sexes, but those who live on Earth often take up male or female identities to avoid confusing humans.
- In Homestuck, Doc Scratch says, "I am an immortal entity with a large cue ball for a head, and no biological means of reproduction." Doesn't stop him from coming across as a creepy pedophile.
- This is also implied to be the case for Tavrisprite, a fusion of Tavros and Vriska, doubly so due to being a sprite and being a combination of two characters of the opposite gender.
- Caliborn and Calliope, two alien characters called Cherubs who share a body. While they identify as opposite genders their body is physically ambiguous, and it's later revealed that their entire species is like this, with the female and male halves battling for control over the body until one eventually wins, at which point the body takes on more secondary sex characteristics, but both genders are capable of getting pregnant. For bonus points they are named after the main character of Middlesex, who was intersex.
- The trolls have genders and secondary sexual characteristics (specifically: females have Non-Mammal Mammaries, or at least something that appears to be that, while males don't) but how these relate to reproduction is, at best, ambiguous. It doesn't seem to matter whether Matesprits or Kismesises (the two "reproductive" troll relationships) are of opposite genders or not (one troll reacts to a human saying he's not a homosexual by first being confused and when it's explained asking "HOW IS THAT EVEN A THING?"). Trolls don't physically mate in person, and the process apparently involves pails of "mating fluid" from several individuals being mixed together, so possibly there is actually is a biological difference between the genders and the concupiscent relationships just make the goo "better" somehow. Many fanfics portray trolls as effectively being Hermaphrodites.
- The biogolems created by the Val'Jaal'darya clan in Drowtales do not have a physical sex and are all sterile, meaning that they're not technically even a species. Their sterility is implied to be on purpose to keep the Jaal's monopoly on the technology. Most of them appear externally female, but that's more Author Appeal on the part of the Jaal since they're clan that Does Not Like Men. Despite this, Sata, one biogolem, is referred to using male pronouns by the author. Additionally there are certain models that can act as Uterine Replicator and can carry babies to term, but these are implied to essentially be clones of the mother-to-be made from a blood sample (originally from taking a limb) and not actually female in any meaningful sense.
- Landorus of Black Adventures says, "I am no more female than I am male. And I don't have any -parts-, so... it's ironic that I was once worshipped as the 'Kami of Fertility.'" after Professor Juniper asks if Landorus is female due to their feminine appearance.
- Carbosillicate amorphs like the titular Sergeant Schlock of Schlock Mercenary reproduce by methods having nothing to do with the traditional concept of sex as practiced by humans. Reproduction can be accomplished by a form of asexual budding with the resulting new amorph's personality being based of the parent and a partner (who doesn't even have to be of the same species) that is imprinted at the budding stage. Alternatively they can reproduce my mixing together parts of two separate amorphs in a form of pseudo-sexual reproduction. Those who hang around humanoids tend to identify with a gender but still don't attach any gender issues to reproduction.
- Gabe of Skin Deep is a genderless angel.
- In Commander Kitty, Zenith plots to create an army of "perfect children" once she's constructed her "perfect mate"...but she doesn't realize until it's too late that her android nature means her plan was doomed from the beginning.
- In Shortpacked!, Ultra-Car starts off as a sentient car, then gets put in a female-looking robot body. When other characters are surprised by the implication that Samus Is a Girl, "she" sarcastically replies that "she" never had a gender; everyone else just decided a sexless car was malenote . She now calls herself a "trans-chassis woman."
- The Phoenix A species in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures refer to themselves as she and look externally feminine, but are actually this and don't reproduce sexually at all, instead using Reincarnation since there can only be 42 at them at any given time.
- The Kliks in Goblins are floating spheres, each formed of a specific type of matter or energy, who reproduce asexually by budding. Physical sex is meaningless to them, and two characters argue over gendered pronouns in front of one without any sign of interest from him/her/it.
- Angels and Demons in Kill Six Billion Demons are both spiritual creatures of primordial flame with no biological means of reproduction and, at most, cosmetic sexual characteristics. Angels' spiritual forms become more human-looking the closer they get to humanity, which most of them consider a moral failing at best and criminal at worst; White Chain rankles at being called female, but defends feeling "a little... feminine."
- Toby, a half-demon, from The Settlers. He has little to no concept of gender, either, but gets referred to as "he".
- Done on the Disney show Lloyd in Space, where one episode featured an alien with no sex. It gains one of its choosing once it hits alien puberty. The episode ends with it refusing to reveal which one it chose. The alien also says "you'll know when I get a crush on one of you".
- Invader Zim:
- Other than the use of the male pronoun for convenience, there's no gender baggage that GIR has to deal with. He already has enough problems to deal with.
- This also appears to be the case with Irkens, because they are so far past The Singularity that they are reproduced only by machines and it's implied that said machines are the real Irkens, their physical bodies being just mindless meat puppets to carry said machines around, though they do have genders.
- Transformers are robots and as such have no sexes to speak of, although male seems to be the default where pronouns are concerned.
- Averted in an episode of Beast Wars, where a bioscan of Blackarachnia showed that she has a full set of reproductive organs. Rattrap also made some off-color anatomical jokes pretty often.
- WALL•E: WALL•E and EVE are canonically without sexes, as are the other robots. The implication of the love scenes is that WALL•E is projecting the gender identities he saw in "Hello Dolly".
- In Futurama the characters once met a rock alien whose species has only one sex (neuchachos). Finding the concept of physical sex incomprehensible, he administers a series of tests to see which one was best, eventually deciding that gender only causes division, so he takes away their sexual characteristics. In their neutral state, they find peace and harmony... until they realize they can't have sex ever again and demand their genitals back.
- Adventure Time has BMO (aka Beemo), a living video game console. Some characters refer to Beemo as female, while some refer to it as male. Word of God revealed Beemo to be genderless, though BMO seems to consider itself male based on "BMO Noire" and the "Graybles" episodes. In the Gender Flipped universe BMO looks completely identical. Oddly NEPTR, the other robot in the series, is always referred to as male, likely because he Has Two Dads.
- Smoogle and the race of Smoogles seen in The Smurfs episode "G'Day Smoogle" are creatures seen as having no biological sex.
- The Crystal Gems in Steven Universe technically have no sex, with the only exception being the half-human (and male) Steven, though they all look distinctly female and refer to each other with female pronouns. It's also stated the Steven's mother Rose Quartz specifically had to shapeshift a womb to carry him in and this had never been done before, and his birth resulted in her death for all intents and purposes since he inherited her gem. And because they've been alive for centuries, there are photographs of Gems in period appropriate clothing from the past that appears more masculine, so it's possible they've presented differently to humans in the past.