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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.

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

Subtrope to Adaptational Diversity. Compare to Adaptational Sexuality for changes to sexual orientation. Sister Trope to Gender Flip, where an adaptation changes a character's sex without regard to their gender identity, and She's a Man in Japan, where a translation of a work changes a character's sex or gender.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan: In the manga, Hange Zoe's gender is left ambiguous, with the mangaka giving only non-answers. In the anime, she's unambiguously a woman.
  • In the remake manga version of Birdy the Mighty, Birdy is surprised to learn that Christella Revi is female when all of the Space Federation's data stated Revi was male — only to learn that Revi was born male and subjected to a forced case of Two Beings, One Body — that failed, resulting in Revi's current form being female. The original manga and the OVA never wrapped their up stories completely, but evidencenote  does suggest those incarnations of Revi were born female.
  • Bleach: Berenice Gabrielli's gender is ambiguous in the manga, with their not even having dialogue. In the anime they're written as male, voiced by a male actor and use the masculine boku pronoun.
  • Moriarty the Patriot has Irene Adler transition into a man known as James Bond — who isn't transgender in his canon, either.
  • Re:Zero: Ferris has an Ambiguous Gender Identity but is suggested as to identify as female. The anime treats Ferris as a male Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • Zig-zagged: the anime for Wandering Son depicts Nitori and Yuki as trans women like in the manga, while Makoto is a Camp Gay boy instead of a trans girl who has yet to transition.

    Comic Books 
  • Anne: An Adaptation: Charlie Sloane, one of Anne's peers, introduces themselves by saying they use they/them pronouns.
  • 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.
  • Demon Knights: In Seven Soldiers of Victory (2005), Sir Ystin is a cis Sweet Polly Oliver who eventually becomes Queen Ystina. In this version, everyone thinks that, however much they explain they're not a man or a woman.
  • Multiversity: Teen Justice:
    • Teekl's Earth-11 counterpart identifies as non-binary, when Klarion's familiar was usually depicted as female and was interpreted as male in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory (2005).
    • Jesse Quick's counterpart on Earth-11 is Kid Quick, who identifies as non-binary rather than female.
  • In the DC Comics 2021 Christmas Episode one-shot Tis the Season to be Freezin', a story featuring the meta-LBGTQ+ support group Justice League Queer reintroduces Sigrid Nansen to the post-Death Metal universe. Previously presented as an Ambiguously Gay woman called Ice Maiden, they are now nonbinary and go by Glacier.
  • When Arcee was added to the cast of The Transformers (IDW) 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, since she quickly understands that Bailey is trans, and stands up for her as well.
  • In the Batwoman comics, Wolfspider is a cisgender man. In the 2019 Batwoman series, Wolfspider is genderfluid.
  • In Cowboy Bebop (2021), Gren is reimagined as non-binary, portrayed by nonbinary actor Mason Alexander Park. The character's pronouns are he/him in the original Cowboy Bebop anime.
  • Doom Patrol (2019): Danny the Street is non-binary in this continuity, when Doom Patrol comics printed prior to the show's production had the sentient street addressed with male pronouns.
  • 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.
  • Gotham Knights (2023): Cullen Row is reimagined as a trans boy while his original iteration in the comics is presumably a cis boy.
  • 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. The Korean adaptation makes her equivalent a cis woman.
  • 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.
  • One of Us is Lying: Janae is a cisgender girl in the book. Here, in Season 2 it's revealed Janae is genderfluid, coming out to their Love Interest Maeve (who's accepting).
  • 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.
  • The original The Umbrella Academy has Vanya as a cisgender woman. In the TV adaptation though, just like Elliot Page, Viktor is a transgender man.

  • The Mechanisms In their album "High Noon over Camelot", the classic Arthurian character Mordred is AFAB, originally given the name Morgause. They've also clearly transitioned, as even his own father doesn't recognize him when they're reunited after being thought dead.


  • In the original Monster High continuity, Frankie Stein was a cis girl. In the G3 reboot, they're nonbinary.

    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, Peppermint Cookie is still nonbinary but had their pronouns changed to they/them, Cinnamon is male, and Angel and Snow Sugar Cookie's genders are left unspecified.
  • Cookie Run: Kingdom: When DJ and Sorbet Shark Cookie were introduced in OvenBreak, their genders were unspecified. In Kingdom, they are both explicitly referred to with they/them pronouns.
  • In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Kyza was male, but in Japan their identity was a bit messier due to a frequent use of female speech patterns and pronouns, a trait often associated with Camp Gay stereotypes. In Fire Emblem Heroes, Kyza now goes by gender-neutral pronouns outside of Japan, heavily suggesting they are non-binary.
  • Testament from Guilty Gear had been designed to be androgynous from the start, with long black hair, a slender build, and an outfit with a slit dress (and at one point, had a Crossdressing Voice), but was previously identified as a male. In -STRIVE-, this concept was fully realized, with Testament being redesigned to be even more androgynous and officially going by gender-neutral pronouns.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: In the original Japanese version as well as the French, Spanish, and Italian versions, Vivian is explicitly a trans woman, with her openly stating she transitioned and Beldam hurling transphobic insults at her. The German and original English versions omit these references, implicitly depicting her as a cis woman as a result (the remake's English version averts this, restoring references to her being trans).
  • 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); none of this was hinted at in the original comic and all were assumed to be cis. Sollux, at least, was later "canonized" by Hussie, though it's hard to tell how serious he was being seeing as the canonization was done in a tongue-in-cheek essay involving Eridan idolizing Shrek (yes, really).
  • The Space Goofs adventure game Stupid Invaders turns Candy (who in the show is just an effeminate guy) into a trans woman.
  • While an Image Song establishes that the Visual Novel version of Steins;Gate's Urushibara Luka is a cis man, but gay, the anime version, especially the English Dub, says that he feels like he should have been born a girl. The two versions tend to be differentiated by referring to the anime version as Ruka (with an R) or Rukako.


    Web Original 
    • Mangle's gender is intentionally left ambiguous in canon, while she is female in the AU.
    • Spring Bonnie's gender is not stated, while he is male in the AU.
    • Funtime Foxy's gender is not explicitly stated, though the AU explicitly confirms that they are non-binary.

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    Western Animation 
  • The original Halo from Batman and the Outsiders was a cisgender young woman. In the Phantoms season of Young Justice (2010), Halo comes out as non-binary with a preference for they/them pronouns.
  • During the time when Face was the mascot of Nick Jr. in the 90s, he was explicitly male and used "he/him" pronouns. In the 2022 reboot Face's Music Party, their gender is more ambiguous and they now use "they/them" pronouns.
  • Much like in the live-action film, the 2022 animated adaptation of Monster High has Frankie Stein, originally a cis girl, identify as nonbinary:
    "I'm Frankie! Frankie Stein. I'm 15 days old, and my pronouns are they/them."
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Double Trouble was portrayed as a cisgender woman in her 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 ND 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.
  • Tiny Toons Looniversity:
    • While not directly confirmed at this point in time, Dizzy Devil (voiced by a woman) is heavily implied to be non-binary in the series. There are a few instances where they are referred to with they/them pronouns. In the original, Dizzy was a male.
    • Buster refers to Tweety Bird as "they" in the first episode. "It's where Tweety first tawt they taw a puddy tat!"
  • While still set in the 1990s like the original X-Men: The Animated Series, hence the character not actually adopting the use of "they/them" as pronouns to avoid Anachronism Stew as views on gender identity weren't as developed they are in the 2020s, Word of God is that Morph, depicted as a cisgender man in the comics and original series, is non-binary.

Alternative Title(s): Trans In The Adaptation