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Kakashi is a girl, she really is, despite her wrong body and her less-than-delicate attitude.

The Wound's Still Bleeding by soheresaberry is a Naruto fanfic that can be viewed here.

The plot is simple: How different would Kakashi's character be if he was actually a transgender girl? Surprisingly, not much. The story keeps to Kakashi's character without much of a Girliness Upgrade despite the difference in gender identity.

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The story also diverges from canon at multiple points. For example, Kakashi has feelings for Obito and Rin doesn't die when she does in canon.


This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Alternate Universe Fic: Kakashi is a trans girl. Several events are also heavily changed.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Obito mentions that Kakashi once caught him in his house. Kakashi refers to it as "that incident".
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Kakashi falls for Obito when she's 10 and he's 12. It takes a while for them to actually become friends because Obito sees Kakashi as a rival.
  • Child Soldiers: All the genin, but Kakashi in particular was already a well-experienced chunin at only six year old.
  • Coming-Out Story: Kakashi spends nearly ten years in the closet before coming out to her friends in her teens.
  • Death by Adaptation: Obito's parents are explicitly dead. In canon, they're Invisible Parents.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation:
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    • Kushina survives but she's still weakened from having Kyuubi removed.
    • Obito suffers from PTSD. His time in a coma also meant he had to give up his dream of becoming hokage.
  • Disappeared Dad: Minato dies on the day that his son is born.
  • Disney Death: Obito nearly dies on Naruto's birth day when he's almost cut in half by an enemy who tries to ambush Kushina and the others. He survives but spends time comatose.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Minato's final words are "I love you" to his newborn son.
  • Family of Choice: Kakashi, Obito, Rin, Minato, and Kushina are all like family to one another. After Obito's crush on Rin dwindles, he begins seeing her more like a sister.
  • Happily Adopted: Obito and Kakashi adopt a toddler named Ryu in their late twenties. It takes a while for Ryu to find his place, but he's eventually happily adopted.
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  • Hates Wearing Dresses: Kushina tries to buy Kakashi skirts, but Kakashi hates them. She prefers the practicality of pants.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Implied with Rin and Kakashi. It's never stated that Kakashi is straight, but she has a Single-Target Sexuality for Obito. Rin gives up on her crush after Kakashi comes out, either because she realizes it's unlikely they'll be together, she's not into girls, or both.
  • Lime: Most of the story is clean, but chapter 16 has a sexual scene.
  • Mythology Gag: Obito's Affectionate Nickname is "Tobi", which is also his secret identity in canon.
  • Parental Substitute: Minato was the closest thing to a father that Kakashi had after his biological father died.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Kakashi views Minato as his father figure and Naruto as his younger brother.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Rin, Kushina, and the Uchiha clan all survive.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: After coming out, Kakashi and Rin become this. Rin tried to make Kakashi into a "shopping buddy" but Kakashi wasn't into it.
  • Transgender:
    • Kakashi realizes at a young age that she's transgender. She only comes out to those close to her. She wears a mask due to dysphoria.
    • It's mentioned that there is a "sex changing" operation that presumably completely changes someone's sex, however there's a catch: it can't be used on anyone over twenty because of how stressful it is on the body. Hormones don't seem to exist as an option either.
  • What If?: What if Kakashi was a trans woman?
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