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*** Tedd [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2010-11-17 theorizes]] that Elliot's magic has gotten stuck on the idea that turning into a girl is supposed to reflect Elliot's fundamental nature, and is going to keep giving him various girly transformations until it finds one that he identifies with. And sure enough, by the time Elliot gets his first non-girlification spell, [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2017-05-12 he has come to see turning into a girl as part of who he is, and wants to keep doing it]].


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*** And just to twist this trope even further, when Tedd is forced to decide which gender he'd rather be if he ''had'' to pick one, [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2017-02-24 he settles on male]].


* In ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'', Soren the male, human protagonist, starts off getting [[FreakyFridayFlip body swapped with Lyra]], a female unicorn, then through an accident on Lyra's part, his human body gets gender bent, and ''then'' [[spoiler: he realizes Equestria's natural magical energy isn't reacting well with his human body, causing it to morph into a ''pony body'' instead.]] While the body swapping is thankfully undone at the end, the gender bending and [[spoiler: species change]] is not, even the sequel, ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', where our [[spoiler: formerly]] human protagonist Soren, [[spoiler: now pegasus Silver Script]] '''does''' discover a way to reliably change a pony's gender she doesn't change back. Though this is justified in that at this point, Soren's[[spoiler: /Silver's]] old life on Earth has been completely ruined with no way to repair, so instead she decides to just accept her new life in Equestria as a female [[spoiler: pony]].

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* In ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'', Soren the male, human protagonist, starts off getting [[FreakyFridayFlip body swapped with Lyra]], a female unicorn, then through an accident on Lyra's part, his human body gets gender bent, and ''then'' [[spoiler: he realizes Equestria's natural magical energy isn't reacting well with his human body, causing it to morph into a ''pony body'' instead.]] While the body swapping is thankfully undone at the end, the gender bending and [[spoiler: species change]] is not, even the sequel, ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', where our [[spoiler: formerly]] human protagonist Soren, [[spoiler: now pegasus Silver Script]] '''does''' discover a way to reliably change a pony's gender she doesn't change back. Though this is justified in that at this point, Soren's[[spoiler: /Silver's]] old life on Earth has been completely ruined with no way to repair, repair it, so instead she decides to just accept her new life in Equestria as a female [[spoiler: pony]].


* In ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'', Soren the male, human protagonist, starts off getting [[FreakyFridayFlip body swapped with Lyra]], a female unicorn, then through an accident on Lyra's part, his human body gets gender bent, and ''then'' [[spoiler: he realizes Equestria's natural magical energy is reacting well with his human body, causing it to morph into a ''pony body'' instead.]] While the body swapping is thankfully undone at the end, the gender bending and [[spoiler: species change]] is not, even the sequel, ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', where our [[spoiler: formerly]] human protagonist Soren, [[spoiler: now pegasus Silver Script]] '''does''' discover a way to reliably change a pony's gender she doesn't change back. Though this is justified in that at this point, Soren's[[spoiler: /Silver's]] old life on Earth has been completely ruined with no way to repair, so instead she decides to just accept her new life in Equestria as a female [[spoiler: pony]].

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* In ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'', Soren the male, human protagonist, starts off getting [[FreakyFridayFlip body swapped with Lyra]], a female unicorn, then through an accident on Lyra's part, his human body gets gender bent, and ''then'' [[spoiler: he realizes Equestria's natural magical energy is isn't reacting well with his human body, causing it to morph into a ''pony body'' instead.]] While the body swapping is thankfully undone at the end, the gender bending and [[spoiler: species change]] is not, even the sequel, ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', where our [[spoiler: formerly]] human protagonist Soren, [[spoiler: now pegasus Silver Script]] '''does''' discover a way to reliably change a pony's gender she doesn't change back. Though this is justified in that at this point, Soren's[[spoiler: /Silver's]] old life on Earth has been completely ruined with no way to repair, so instead she decides to just accept her new life in Equestria as a female [[spoiler: pony]].


* ''{{WebVideo/AFK}}'': We see three apparent male-to-female gender switches in the show against one female-to-male, and the only attempt at changing it back fails because of a neglectful wizard.



* Male-to-female sex reassignment surgery is easier to perform, and more closely matches the target sex, than female-to-male sex reassignment surgery. From a tissue-manipulation perspective, it's simply easier to make a convincing vagina out of a penis than the other way around. Inverted by by the hormonal side of gender reassignment. While male-to-female hormone replacement results in a softening of the skin, the development of breasts, and sometimes a change in emotional outlook, most of these can be reversed with female-to-male hormones. (Well, except for the breasts. They usually require surgery to remove.) Female-to-male hormonal replacement, on the other hand, includes many permanent changes such as beard growth, baldness, development of the adam's apple and deepened voice; similar to the permanent changes a male experiences in puberty. Male-to-female hormonal replacement cannot reverse any of the aforementioned effects.

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* Male-to-female sex reassignment surgery is easier to perform, and more closely matches the target sex, than female-to-male sex reassignment surgery. From a tissue-manipulation perspective, it's simply easier to make a convincing vagina out of a penis than the other way around. Inverted by by the hormonal side of gender reassignment. While male-to-female hormone replacement results in a softening of the skin, the development of breasts, and sometimes a change in emotional outlook, most of these can be reversed with female-to-male hormones. (Well, hormones (well, except for the breasts. They usually require surgery to remove.) remove). Female-to-male hormonal replacement, on the other hand, includes many permanent changes such as beard growth, baldness, development of the adam's apple and deepened voice; similar to the permanent changes a male experiences in puberty. Male-to-female hormonal replacement cannot reverse any of the aforementioned effects.

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* In the adventure ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'', there is a hallway filled with mist that reverses gender and alignment when you pass through. If you try to step back through it to reverse the effect, your alignment is changed back to normal, but not your gender, and you take minor damage. Passing through a third time will change your gender back to normal, and also teleports you outside the dungeon without your clothes or equipment.
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* In ''FanFic/WhenAPonyCalls'', Soren the male, human protagonist, starts off getting [[FreakyFridayFlip body swapped with Lyra]], a female unicorn, then through an accident on Lyra's part, his human body gets gender bent, and ''then'' [[spoiler: he realizes Equestria's natural magical energy is reacting well with his human body, causing it to morph into a ''pony body'' instead.]] While the body swapping is thankfully undone at the end, the gender bending and [[spoiler: species change]] is not, even the sequel, ''Fanfic/TheAlchemistsHeart'', where our [[spoiler: formerly]] human protagonist Soren, [[spoiler: now pegasus Silver Script]] '''does''' discover a way to reliably change a pony's gender she doesn't change back. Though this is justified in that at this point, Soren's[[spoiler: /Silver's]] old life on Earth has been completely ruined with no way to repair, so instead she decides to just accept her new life in Equestria as a female [[spoiler: pony]].


*** There was also one unnamed "maiden" whom Lord Sykos sent to get tacos who had the misfortune of failing to return before Lord Sykos restored everyone else and returned to his home dimension, leaving her with no memory of the incident, and a lot of unanswered questions.
---->Where am I? Why do I have tacos? ...and why am I a girl?
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while not as casual or frequent about it as ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', certainly pays the Law its dues. According to the rules governing the comic's main sex-changing phlebotinum, only male-to-female sex changes can be made permanent (via [[MisterSeahorse pregnancy]]); female-to-male sex changes, even of someone trapped by pregnancy (for whom it's only even possible afterwards), cannot exceed a 30 day time limit. The second time a boy - the ''main character'' - is turned into a girl the device breaks, leaving "her" stuck for the full thirty days, and the attempt to get around this leaves him with an OppositeSexClone ''and'' the permanent ability to change sex at will, something the rules of magic eventually ''force'' him to do on a regular basis.

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*** ** There was also one unnamed "maiden" whom Lord Sykos sent to get tacos who had the misfortune of failing to return before Lord Sykos restored everyone else and returned to his home dimension, leaving her with no memory of the incident, and a lot of unanswered questions.
---->Where --->Where am I? Why do I have tacos? ...and why am I a girl?
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', while not as casual or frequent about it as ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', certainly pays the Law its dues. According to the rules governing the comic's main sex-changing phlebotinum, only male-to-female sex changes can be made permanent (via [[MisterSeahorse pregnancy]]); female-to-male sex changes, even of someone trapped by pregnancy (for whom it's only even possible afterwards), cannot exceed a 30 day time limit. limit.
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The second time a boy - -- the ''main character'' - -- is turned into a girl the device breaks, leaving "her" stuck for the full thirty days, and the attempt to get around this leaves him with an OppositeSexClone ''and'' the permanent ability to change sex at will, something the rules of magic eventually ''force'' him to do on a regular basis.



** Moving on from Elliot being a ''double'' victim of this, we get to Tedd. Who probably wouldn't know this was a law: the 'circumstances' usually equate to 'Dad's out of town' and 'As a girl, I'm ''hot'''.
*** And moving even on FARTHER, the 'Squirrel Prophet' storyline has Tedd experience his first ''involuntary'' gender change, when his great godmother decides to try doing him a favour, with unexpected results.
*** Eventually Tedd even gains the unique ability to alter his 'base' form, and thus can decide to stay permanent as either gender.

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** Moving on from Elliot being a ''double'' victim of this, we get to Tedd. Who probably wouldn't know this was a law: the 'circumstances' usually equate to 'Dad's "Dad's out of town' town" and 'As "As a girl, I'm ''hot'''.
''hot''".
*** And moving even on FARTHER, the 'Squirrel Prophet' "Squirrel Prophet" storyline has Tedd experience his first ''involuntary'' gender change, when his great godmother decides to try doing him a favour, with unexpected results.
*** Eventually Tedd even gains the unique ability to alter his 'base' "base" form, and thus can decide to stay permanent as either gender.



* ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'' - The guy who has no problems gender changing can change back and forth at will, the guy who hates it is stuck permanently.
* ''[[http://www.triquetracats.com Triquetra Cats]]'' started the comic this way, but soon delegated it into a minor plot point in favour of a more complex storyline - a new reader not starting at the beginning might take some time to realize they were ever boys. Though to be fair, technically the three main characters were girls to begin with. They were turned into boys as children by the secret organization their mother had worked for to hide their true identities. When said organization found them again several years later, they were restored to their original gender.

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* ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'' - ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'': The guy who has no problems gender changing can change back and forth at will, the guy who hates it is stuck permanently.
* ''[[http://www.triquetracats.com Triquetra Cats]]'' started the comic this way, but soon delegated it into a minor plot point in favour of a more complex storyline - -- a new reader not starting at the beginning might take some time to realize they were ever boys. Though to be fair, technically the three main characters were girls to begin with. They were turned into boys as children by the secret organization their mother had worked for to hide their true identities. When said organization found them again several years later, they were restored to their original gender.



** Averted in the Gender Swap storyline, Helen spends a full week of strips male before Dave is turned into a woman, and they switch back simultaneously.

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** Averted in the Gender Swap a gender storyline, where Helen spends a full week of strips male before Dave is turned into a woman, and they switch back simultaneously.



* In ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'' and ''Webcomic/HighSchoolChangedMe'', Nurse Keiri seems to have made it her mission to warp the gender ratio as much as possible. Everyone who gets more than bandages from her leaves female. At the end of the day, anyone who's been transformed in any way can change back totally or keep all aspects of the new form, forever; with this in mind, she also tends to give incentives ''not'' to change back. There's nothing to stop people who have been changed from being changed again, but (other than the daily ResetButton) female-to-male is rare, with no known permanent instances in either comic, in which so far at least three significant male characters (Urk and Victor/ia in MSF, Colin/Colette in HSCM) have become female for good.

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* In ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'' and ''Webcomic/HighSchoolChangedMe'', ''Webcomic/HighSchoolChangedMe'':
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Nurse Keiri seems to have made it her mission to warp the gender ratio as much as possible. Everyone who gets more than bandages from her leaves female. At the end of the day, anyone who's been transformed in any way can change back totally or keep all aspects of the new form, forever; with this in mind, she also tends to give incentives ''not'' to change back. There's nothing to stop people who have been changed from being changed again, but (other than the daily ResetButton) female-to-male is rare, with no known permanent instances in either comic, in which so far at least three significant male characters (Urk and Victor/ia in MSF, Colin/Colette in HSCM) have become female for good.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', the main character is a barbarian warrior who is turned into a woman by a misfired magic spell. All his attempts to get turned back to his original gender fail or backfire. At one point, the clerics who were attempting to undo the spell end up turned into women themselves.
** Surprisingly, the latter part turns into an aversion of the trope. The clerics perform a reversal spell, and it works... for all of them except the one who obviously loved being a girl, and she obviously refused to reverse her own gender. Though one of the clerics that became male again, turned female again after sneezing, probably implying that their return to manhood is short-lived.
*** It does not look good for Tiffany, the results of [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1020 of consulting a magic encyclopaedia]] about a cure is just three pages of mocking laughter, ''in text''.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', the main character is a barbarian warrior who is turned into a woman by a misfired magic spell. All his attempts to get turned back to his original gender fail or backfire. At one point, the clerics who were attempting to undo the spell end up turned into women themselves.
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themselves. Surprisingly, the latter part turns into an aversion of the trope. The clerics perform a reversal spell, and it works... for all of them except the one who obviously loved being a girl, and she obviously refused to reverse her own gender. Though one of the clerics that became male again, turned female again after sneezing, probably implying that their return to manhood is short-lived.
*** It does not look good for Tiffany, the results of
short-lived. Later, when Tiffany consults [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1020 of consulting a magic encyclopaedia]] about a cure cure, the result is just three pages of mocking laughter, ''in text''.



* In ''Webcomic/BallerinaMafia'', a character's friends give him an EasySexChange in his sleep as an April Fool's day prank. He decides to just start living life as a girl now, and was more annoyed than anything by it at first; ultimately, when she's given the chance to change back with no strings attached, she declines.
** Later, when Joel screws up the timestream the powers that be have to make ''BM'' an alternate timeline from ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'', and one of the differences is that BM Joel is actually Julia.

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* In ''Webcomic/BallerinaMafia'', a character's friends give him an EasySexChange in his sleep as an April Fool's day prank. He decides to just start living life as a girl now, and was more annoyed than anything by it at first; ultimately, when she's given the chance to change back with no strings attached, she declines.
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declines. Later, when Joel screws up the timestream the powers that be have to make ''BM'' an alternate timeline from ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'', and one of the differences is that BM Joel is actually Julia.



** If someone is turned into a girl by the Exemplar power, and used to be a guy, no force on ''Earth'' can fix it, and such attempts have never been successful. Possibly literally so, as there's a goddess involved. Maybe. It has been hinted that the scientists that came up with this theory -- that there's a force of evolution forcing mutants to out-''breed'' humanity -- may or may not have been wrong. Ironically, the few characters turned into ''guys'' also have trouble fixing it, or don't try. It's just about standard to say that it's easier to ''cause'' a transformation than fix it. (See ''The Big Idea'', ''A Single Fold'', and all of the stories with Exemplar protagonists.)

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** If someone is turned into a girl by the Exemplar power, and used to be a guy, no force on ''Earth'' can fix it, and such attempts have never been successful. Possibly literally so, as there's a goddess involved. Maybe. It has been hinted that the scientists that came up with this theory -- that there's a force of evolution forcing mutants to out-''breed'' humanity -- may or may not have been wrong. Ironically, On the flipside, the few characters turned into ''guys'' also have trouble fixing it, or don't try. It's just about standard to say that it's easier to ''cause'' a transformation than fix it. (See ''The Big Idea'', ''A Single Fold'', and all of the stories with Exemplar protagonists.)

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* ''Manga/BokuGirl'' tends to tip the scales in favor of Mizuki's female form, with him spending more time and seemingly getting more fulfilment than he did as a male. [[spoiler:He ultimately decides to stick with the change by the end, as per usual. Loki ''does'' give Mizuki the option to change back if she ever loves the opposite gender to her body, but since she's in love with Takeru now, the scales are still tipped Female.]]

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* In ''Film/TheSkinILiveIn'', a would-be rapist is captured by the father of one of his victims (who happens to be a plastic surgeon) and turned into a woman as revenge.


* Played with in ''Happiness!'', where [[WholesomeCrossdresser Jun]] is turned into a girl. He's [[{{Gainaxing}} virtually]] identical looking anyway, and it only causes lots of magic-related difficulties before he decides to turn back. This might be a simple ShoutOut to the original game, where it was related to removing a RoadCone from more openminded fans.

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* Played with in ''Happiness!'', ''VisualNovel/{{Happiness}}!'', where [[WholesomeCrossdresser Jun]] is turned into a girl. He's [[{{Gainaxing}} virtually]] identical looking anyway, and it only causes lots of magic-related difficulties before he decides to turn back. This might be a simple ShoutOut to the original game, where it was related to removing a RoadCone from more openminded fans.

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* Played straight for a while with Arcee in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise.'' Originally the male-coded victim of a forceful, traumatic sex change, it's made abundantly clear how thoroughly life ruining this was, yet the possibility of reversing the procedure never comes up. It's soft retconned near the end of the series' run and hard retconned in the final issue into a consensual sex change.


* Played straight with Arcee in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''. He was given a forceful, traumatic sex change in an attempt to reintroduce gender into the species, and although it's made abundantly clear how thoroughly this has ruined his life, the possibility of reversing the procedure never comes up.


** There are a number of aversions as well, with some involving people temporarily changed by MadScience or FunctionalMagic, or SexShifters who can (voluntarily or involuntarily) shift back and forth. One character, Roulette, had been transformed by her mother when she was nine, then changed back, but later manifested as a female Exemplar; this time the change was permanent.

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** There are a number of aversions as well, with some involving people temporarily changed by MadScience or FunctionalMagic, or SexShifters {{SexShifter}}s who can (voluntarily or involuntarily) shift back and forth. One character, Roulette, had been transformed by her mother when she was nine, then changed back, but later manifested as a female Exemplar; this time the change was permanent.

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** There are a number of aversions as well, with some involving people temporarily changed by MadScience or FunctionalMagic, or SexShifters who can (voluntarily or involuntarily) shift back and forth. One character, Roulette, had been transformed by her mother when she was nine, then changed back, but later manifested as a female Exemplar; this time the change was permanent.


* This is the premise behind the ''{{toku}}'' series ''SeishoujoSenshiSaintValkyrie'', as well as the webcomic that it appears to copy, ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki''. (See ''[[http://www.sgvy.com/blog/2007_04_01_archive.html this SGVY blog post]]'' for a discussion and video.)
* ''LaLola'' is a telenovela that originated in Argentina, and has been adapted in many other markets. Most of them deal with this trope:

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* This is the premise behind the ''{{toku}}'' series ''SeishoujoSenshiSaintValkyrie'', ''Series/SeishoujoSenshiSaintValkyrie'', as well as the webcomic that it appears to copy, ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki''. (See ''[[http://www.sgvy.com/blog/2007_04_01_archive.html this SGVY blog post]]'' for a discussion and video.)
* ''LaLola'' ''Series/LaLola'' is a telenovela that originated in Argentina, and has been adapted in many other markets. Most of them deal with this trope:



* ''GoodbyeCharlie'', a sitcom adaptation of the movie of the same name (which was itself based on a play) starring Suzanne Somers as 'Charlie'.

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* ''GoodbyeCharlie'', ''Series/GoodbyeCharlie'', a sitcom adaptation of the movie of the same name (which was itself based on a play) starring Suzanne Somers as 'Charlie'.

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