Playing With / Second Law of Gender Bending

Basic Trope: In fiction, people who change genders for any length of time tend to prefer their new gender.
  • Straight: Alex becomes Alice, and she decides her life is better now.
  • Exaggerated: Alex becomes Alice, and immediately swears off her old life.
  • Downplayed: Alex becomes a woman and gradually comes to accept and like her new life while still feeling a little nostalgic for her past as a man.
  • Justified: Alice was transsexual even before she acquired a full-fledged female body. What would be a set-back for those unaffected by gender dysphoria, is actually an amazing blessing to her, as she now has a body that really reflects how she feels about herself.
  • Inverted: Alex becomes a woman, and hates every second of it. "She" changes back at the first opportunity.
  • Subverted:
    • Alex becomes Alice, and enjoys it. However, in the end, she still chooses to change back.
    • Alternatively, Alex becomes a Alice, and doesn't like it, even though her life has changed for the better so much that she probably should.
  • Double Subverted: Alex turns into Alice, but decides to change back... only to re-gender bend himself after spending a few days back in his old life.
  • Parodied: Alex becomes Alice, and swears she hates her new life... but she's protesting just a wee bit too loudly.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • He becomes a she, and spends a few years switching back and forth, keeping up a double life. His/Her closest friends are fully aware of his/her situation. In the end, s/he finds love and picks an appropriate form... or finds a gender bending boy/girlfriend.
    • Alice creates a male clone of herself so she can live both lives.
  • Averted:
    • He turns into a she and simply does not like it. This may or may not depend on his opinion of women.
    • Alternatively, He does not turn into a she at all, even though events in the story suggest that he should.
  • Enforced: "We intentionally picked tropes to play up his masculinity and Freudian issues in order to make his eventual decision to stay trans-gendered more powerful."
  • Lampshaded: "Let me guess. Now I'm supposed to go spend 34 days playing dressup and gossiping about boys, then decide I don't want to revert to my boring hairy self. Whatever, I'm going to go hang out in the locker rooms."
  • Invoked: Her new friends are aware of her new situation, and intentionally encourage her to explore her new gender.
  • Exploited: The villain transforms the fighter into a girl to make her physically weaker, knowing him enough to know that she wouldn't want to transform back.
  • Defied: "Ah hell no, I'm not trying on that dress, those things are addictive!"
  • Discussed: "He's a girl now, huh? Ten bucks says he doesn't want to change back."
  • Conversed: "Why is it that any character in Whateley who is turned into a girl for more than five minutes wants to stay that way?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • He becomes a she, and discovers she likes her new life... but feels like she is killing her male self by changing. Alternately, she likes her new life at first, but then encounters obstacles like the glass ceiling, the alienation of all her friends who liked her better as a man, unwanted attention from the public and the scientific community, and another unpleasant thing she hadn't considered. In the end she decides it's not worth it and changes back.
    • She becomes a he, and life is better for him... except for the massive bouts of dysphoria he suffers from still having his opposite gender brain. Despite "improved" circumstances, he can't reconcile with the fact that he's not who he used to be, so even then he's not living the life he wanted.
    • She sabotages all attempts to turn her back.
  • Reconstructed: He becomes a she, and discovers she likes her new life. She agonizes about how this means she is giving up on her old, male life, only to come to terms with it by talking through it with her parents and friends.
  • Played For Laughs: She creates a male clone of herself so she can live both lives.

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