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Playing With: She's a Man in Japan
Basic Trope: A character has different sexes in different places the work was released (often due to a mistranslation).
  • Straight: Bob's dog is female in America, but is male in Japan.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob's dog is a Girly Girl in America, but is a non-Bishōnen male in Japan.
    • Every character is the other gender in at least one country.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob's dog is a tomboy in America, but is a Bishōnen in Japan.
    • Bob's dog is a one-time character.
  • Justified: Not applicable. This trope requires the work to be translated into at least one other language, making an In-Universe explanation impossible.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: But suddenly, Bob's dog was taken to the vet. In the version with the gender reveal that opposed the audience's thoughts, the dog went under Gender-changing Surgery offscreen (which wasn't mentioned at all).
  • Parodied: In Japan, Bob's dog wears a hat with the symbol "♂" in it. For the English dub, this symbol was digitally edited to look like the symbol "♀".
  • Zig Zagged: See Double Subverted. After that, it was revealed that the gender-changing surgery failed.
  • Averted:
    • Bob's dog is female in the original Japanese version, and is depicted squatting to pee in an important scene to make it impossible to believably change her sex.
    • Every character's gender is the same in all dubs of the show.
  • Enforced:
    • One episode featuring Bob's dog revealed that its love was a male hound. So the makers Bowdlerized the Ho Yay.
    • Bob's dog was seen with feminine qualities in Japan.
  • Lampshaded:
    (Subbed) "Be strong, little guy"
    (Dubbed) "Who's a good girl?"
  • Invoked: Not applicable. (This trope is beyond the control of the characters.)
  • Exploited: In Japan, a female dog was used as bait. In America, this dog was male.
  • Defied: Not applicable. (This trope is beyond the control of the characters.)
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "I've heard that Bob's dog is male in Japan."
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The Gender Flip was intentional.

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