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It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride]], [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Anime!Greed]], [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])

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It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride]], [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Anime!Greed]], [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera [[Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])


It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride]], [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Anime!Greed]]]], [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])

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It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride]], [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Anime!Greed]]]], Anime!Greed]], [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])


It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride, Anime!Greed]], [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])

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It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride, Anime!Greed]], Manga!Pride]], [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Anime!Greed]]]], [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])


The practice is starting to seep out from fanfiction, though, and can also be used when talking about similar things in the source material, such as, for example, Future!Hiro, Vamp!Willow, or Brainwashed!Undead!Starscream (''[[Anime/TransformersEnergon Energon]]''!Starscream for short). It's also used in a more tongue-in-cheek manner to categorize examples of the MarySue in a quick, concise form.

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The practice is starting to seep out from fanfiction, though, and can also be used when talking about similar things in the source material, such as, for example, Future!Hiro, Vamp!Willow, or Brainwashed!Undead!Starscream (''[[Anime/TransformersEnergon Energon]]''!Starscream for short). It's also used in a more tongue-in-cheek manner to categorize examples of the MarySue in a quick, concise form.
concisely.


* ''Sue'': The character is evocative of a MarySue character of some kind, either by [[PossessionSue the derailment of the canon characters]]/inherent rules or by being overdosed with CommonMarySueTraits. ''Stu'' may also be used as for GaryStu. Sometimes this is reversed, as in Harry!Stu or Hermione!Sue.

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* ''Sue'': The character is evocative of a MarySue character an AuthorAvatar of some kind, either by [[PossessionSue the derailment of the canon characters]]/inherent rules or by being overdosed with CommonMarySueTraits. ''Stu'' may also be used as for GaryStu. Sometimes this is reversed, as in Harry!Stu or Hermione!Sue.


* ''Gay'': [[EveryoneIsGay Self-explanatory.]] Sometimes used if a character is portrayed as gay without being [[SlashFic involved in the main pairing.]]

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* ''Gay'': [[EveryoneIsGay [[AdaptationalSexuality Self-explanatory.]] Sometimes used if a character is portrayed as gay without being [[SlashFic involved in the main pairing.]]


* ''Fem'': (Sometimes "Female".) A fairly rare tag, used to indicate that a character of uncertain or variable gender is female or predominantly so in the fic. Especially common in {{anime}} fanfiction. It's also used with a character (or a group of characters) of non-ambiguous gender, in which case it indicates a GenderFlip.

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* ''Fem'': (Sometimes "Female".) A fairly rare tag, used to indicate that a character of uncertain or variable gender is female or predominantly so in the fic. Especially common in {{anime}} fanfiction. It's It can also be used with a canonically male character (or a group of characters) of non-ambiguous gender, in which case it indicates to indicate a GenderFlip.


** Fem! versions of the [[MoeAnthropomorphism nations]] in Manga/AxisPowersHetalia denotes that they have been [[GenderFlip gender bent]].

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** Fem! versions of the [[MoeAnthropomorphism nations]] in Manga/AxisPowersHetalia ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' denotes that they have been [[GenderFlip gender bent]].


** Seen in video game fanfics in which a main character's gender can be chosen by the player, such as ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (female!player-character, female!Exile) and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' (female!Shepard[[note]]Though a female Captain Shepard is generally abbreviated [=FemShep=][[/note]]) -- a corresponding "male" tag also exists.

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** Seen in video game fanfics in which a main character's gender can be chosen by the player, such as ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (female!player-character, female!Exile) and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' (female!Shepard[[note]]Though a female Captain Commander Shepard is generally abbreviated [=FemShep=][[/note]]) -- a corresponding "male" tag also exists.


** Seen in video game fanfics in which a main character's gender can be chosen by the player, such as ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (female![[spoiler:Revan]], female!Exile) and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' (female!Shepard[[note]]Though a female Captain Shepard is generally abbreviated [=FemShep=][[/note]]) -- a corresponding "male" tag also exists.

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** Seen in video game fanfics in which a main character's gender can be chosen by the player, such as ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' (female![[spoiler:Revan]], (female!player-character, female!Exile) and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' (female!Shepard[[note]]Though a female Captain Shepard is generally abbreviated [=FemShep=][[/note]]) -- a corresponding "male" tag also exists.


It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride, Anime!Greed]], [[{{ThePhantomOfTheOpera}} Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])

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It can also be used to identify a specific version of a character or work when it had been done by different people and/or in different media since [[DependingOnTheWriter those can vary wildly from the source material]]. Sometimes this uses the name of the specific author or simply the form of the work ([[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga!Pride, Anime!Greed]], [[{{ThePhantomOfTheOpera}} [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Leroux!Erik, or Movie!Phantom]])


* ''Past/Future'': In time-traveling stories, ''Past!'' and ''Future!'' may help with the WhichMe problem. More specific time periods may be used, for example, [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1955!Doc and 1985!Doc]].

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* ''Past/Future'': ''Past/Present/Future'': In time-traveling stories, ''Past!'' ''Past!'', ''Present!'', and ''Future!'' may help with the WhichMe problem. More specific time periods may be used, for example, [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1955!Doc and 1985!Doc]].


An informal, ad hoc system of tagging that has spontaneously evolved over the years within the greater {{Fanfic}} community.

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!!Use of these tags, in regards to describing variations of the same character, is not allowed here on this wiki. We're making pages for the general public, not for ourselves. If you see them on a page, either change them to something else or remove them altogether. If the page in question is locked, [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=gsjp7dldjh2dwdelcha2hu17 use this thread to request an edit.]]

An informal, ad hoc system of tagging that has spontaneously evolved over the years within the greater {{Fanfic}} {{fanfic}} community.



** Fem! versions of the [[MoeAnthropomorphism nations]] in Manga/AxisPowersHetalia denotes that they have been [[GenderFlip gender bended]].

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** Fem! versions of the [[MoeAnthropomorphism nations]] in Manga/AxisPowersHetalia denotes that they have been [[GenderFlip gender bended]].bent]].



!!Tropers have a tendency to use these in regards to describing variations of the same character. This is not allowed here on this wiki. We're making pages for the general public, not for ourselves. If you see them on a page, either change them to something else or remove them altogether. If the page in question is locked, [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=gsjp7dldjh2dwdelcha2hu17 use this thread to request an edit.]]


* ''Not'': Frequently used to describe OriginalCharacters (or characters unfamiliar to the intended audience) that are (perceived as) blatant {{Exp|y}}ies, {{Captain Ersatz}}es, or otherwise have the SerialNumbersFiledOff from another franchise (for example, Not![[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Misato]] to describe Haruka from ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}''). The tag might also be used to describe someone disguised as the tagged character.

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* ''Not'': Frequently used to describe OriginalCharacters {{Original Character}}s (or characters unfamiliar to the intended audience) that are (perceived as) blatant {{Exp|y}}ies, {{Captain Ersatz}}es, or otherwise have the SerialNumbersFiledOff from another franchise (for example, Not![[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Misato]] to describe Haruka from ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}''). The tag might also be used to describe someone disguised as the tagged character.



* ''Past/Future'': In time-traveling stories, ''Past!'' and ''Future!'' may help with the WhichMe problem. More specific time periods may be used, for example, [[Film/BacktotheFuture 1955!Doc and 1985!Doc]].

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* ''Past/Future'': In time-traveling stories, ''Past!'' and ''Future!'' may help with the WhichMe problem. More specific time periods may be used, for example, [[Film/BacktotheFuture [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1955!Doc and 1985!Doc]].


The title of a given {{Fanfic}} 'verse, or an abbreviation thereof, can also be used to indicate the version of a character from that setting, particularly when there have been major changes to them: [[Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures UF]]![[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]], SME![[Franchise/SailorMoon Jadeite]].

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The title of a given {{Fanfic}} 'verse, FanVerse, or an abbreviation thereof, can also be used to indicate the version of a character from that setting, particularly when there have been major changes to them: [[Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures UF]]![[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]], SME![[Franchise/SailorMoon Jadeite]].

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