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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.

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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 
  • 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.
  • 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 
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
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    Films — Live Action 

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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.
  • 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.
  • In Cowboy Bebop (2021), Gren is reimagined as nonbinary, portrayed by nonbinary actor Mason Alexander Park. The character's pronouns are he/him in the original Cowboy Bebop anime.
  • 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.

    Music 
  • 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.

    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 Japanese, French, Spanish, and Italian versions of the game, Vivian is a trans woman, which results in Beldam constantly levying transphobic insults against her. The Italian version even explicitly states that Vivian "used to be a man, but now she's a woman and proud of it," a sentiment she echoes when quarreling with Beldam. The English and German versions omit references to her being trans, implicitly depicting her as a cis woman as a result; Beldam's insults instead center around calling Vivian ugly.note 
  • The Space Goofs adventure game Stupid Invaders turns Candy (who in the show is just an effeminate guy) into a trans woman.

    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); 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).

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    Western Animation 
  • In the original Nick Jr. bumpers, Face was explicitly male and used "he/him" pronouns. In 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 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Trans In The Adaptation

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