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Adaptations change things. Otherwise, what's the point? There's a whole index of 'em. Adaptational Gender Identity is when a character's gender alignment changes — cisgender to transgender, transgender to cisgender, either to nonbinary, etc.

This will often come from the creator's own experiences if the actor playing the character or the writer writing the character are trans. Sometimes it's a Trans Audience Interpretation that was made canon, or a character with an Ambiguous Gender or Ambiguous Gender Identity being explicitly made something.


Subtrope to Adaptational Diversity. Compare to Adaptational Sexuality for changes to sexual orientation.

While not a fanfiction trope, it is very common in fanfiction due to the aforementioned Trans Audience Interpretation.

See also Gender Flip, where an adaptation changes a character's gender with no mention to their alignment, or She's a Man in Japan, where a translation of a work changes a character's gender.



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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In the main DC comics, both the pre-Crisis Black Canary and her Legacy Character daughter are cisgender. Black Canary in DC Comics Bombshells is based on the second Black Canary and is a trans woman.
  • When Arcee was added to the cast of the IDW Transformers comics, the Cybertronians were a genderless race and an experiment was done by a Mad Scientist to introduce gender into their numbers, forcefully turning Arcee from a genderless (but male-presenting) robot to a Fem Bot. Several retcons later, it is eventually revealed that primitive Cybertronians naturally existed as both males and females, and that Arcee was "forged male" and actually approached that Mad Scientist for his help in transitioning to a body that fit her female spark despite her male chassis. Every other incarnation of Arcee simply has her forged female.
  • Wacky Raceland reinterpreted Sergeant Blast, who was a cis man in the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon, as a trans woman.
  • Wonder Woman: While not made explicit due to the culture at the time, Wonder Woman (1942) heavily implies Hypnota is a trans man. Every subsequent writer to use the character has called them Hypnotic Woman and removed any traits that could be considered transgender.

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    Live Action TV 
  • In The Babysitters Club, Mary Anne is the preferred sitter for a little girl named Jenny, who is four years old and rather on the prissy side but otherwise fairly unremarkable. Mary Anne is her regular sitter because none of the other sitters like her very much. In the Netflix series revamp, Jenny has been changed to a young transgender girl named Bailey, and Mary Anne is her regular sitter because Bailey's mom trusts Mary Anne — whose father is a coworker — more than she would any other sitter.
  • In the Batwoman comics, Wolfspider is a cisgender man. In the 2019 Batwoman series, Wolfspider is genderfluid.
  • Good Omens (2019): In the book, Pollution is described as a sickly-looking young man. In the show, they are non-binary (and played by an Asian woman), with even God herself referring to Pollution with they/them pronouns.
  • Yuji from Liar Game is a trans woman. The Live-Action Adaptation Liar Game made her a cis male with a different design, who was originally Disguised in Drag.
  • Sherlock Holmes' Mrs. Hudson as portrayed in the Setting Update Elementary is a trans woman.
  • In Supergirl (2015), Dreamer is a trans girl, whereas her comic book counterpart, Dream Girl, is a cisgender girl. Later subverted, as Winn Schott accidentally reveals that there is a Dream Girl in the 31st century, and Dreamer is her very distant ancestor. The TV present-day version of Dreamer was then introduced to the main DC comic continuity as a Canon Immigrant.
  • In The Marvelous Land of Oz, Tip is revealed to have been turned into a boy as a baby and Raised as the Opposite Gender. Though she initially doesn't want to turn back into a girl, she shows no discomfort after turning back into Princess Ozma. In Emerald City, Tip doesn't identify as female when he's changed back into his original form, and only reluctantly stays in a female form to assume the role of Princess Ozma. Later on magic lets him shift back and forth between forms at will.

    Video Games 
  • Cookie Run:
    • In the LINE version of Cookie Run, Devil Cookie was male. In LINE's successor, OvenBreak, Devil Cookie is instead nonbinary.
    • In LINE, Zombie Cookie was male. In OvenBreak, it is instead nonbinary, being referred to with it/its pronouns.
    • Zigzagged: in LINE, Angel Cookie, Cinnamon Cookie, Peppermint Cookie, and Snow Sugar Cookie are referred to with it/its pronouns. In OvenBreak, Angel and Peppermint Cookie are still nonbinary but had their pronouns changed to they/them, Cinnamon is male, and Snow Sugar Cookie's gender is left unspecified.
  • Cookie Run Kingdom: When DJ Cookie was introduced in OvenBreak, their gender was unspecified. In Kingdom, they are explicitly referred to with they/them pronouns.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Pesterquest, Vriska Serket, Sollux Captor and Eridan Ampora are all implied to be under the trans umbrella (Vriska being a trans girl, Sollux being a trans boy and Eridan being ambiguous but possibly nonbinary). Sollux's example, at least, was later "canonized" by Hussie, though it's hard to tell how serious they were being seeing as the canonization was done in a tongue-in-cheek essay involving Eridan idolizing Shrek (yes, really).

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    Western Animation 
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Double Trouble was portrayed as a cisgender woman in their appearance in a side comic for She-Ra: Princess of Power, but in the reboot Double Trouble is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
    • Perfuma, who was cisgender in the original, was designed to be read as a transgender woman, as stated by Rae Geiger and supported by Noelle Stevenson, though this is not touched on within the show.
    • The Star Sisters from the prior show are adapted in the reboot as the Star Siblings, with Jewelstar being the sole brother and a trans man.

Alternative Title(s): Trans In The Adaptation


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