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Gender-Inverted Trope
aka: Gender Inverted

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"Oh, poppycock! Female bandits? What next? Rubbish!"
Prince John, Disney's Robin Hood

An Always Female, or Always Male, trope that is applied to the opposite gender.

While it's not possible to pull off with many of these tropes, due to some of them requiring certain biological features, and others are automatically seen in a different light when gender-inverted, (like the Mama Bear and the Papa Wolf, or the Action Girl and the Action Hero), making them an entirely different trope, others are only based on certain generic concepts associated with the gender, and nothing stops the writers from playing with them.


It might be Played for Drama, Played for Laughs as a character's unique quirk, or even not intended at all: For example, maybe a writer simply thought that gypsy men are hot, and didn't even realize that Hot Gypsy Woman is a lot more common trope.

Conversely, it can be our own fault, due to Values Dissonance, as our trope definitions are largely based on Western and Japanese works, so it is possible that for example an Indian or Latin American show's characters can be only described with our vocabulary as "Like this trope, but male", even though it could be considered a different trope over there, but none of us knows enough about the culture to make a page for it. If the two tropes are indeed separate, they can have separate pages created.

In trope lists, it is often referred to as Rare Male Example and Rare Female Example.


Compare Distaff Counterpart, Unisex Tropes.


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  • Egyptian Mythology has an earth god, Geb, married to a sky goddess, Nut, while most mythologies have it the other way around.

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  • It has been suggested that the Mr. Fanservice appeal of many male soccer player uniforms, which involves a small area of bare thigh between the socks and the shorts, might be based on the same principle as the female Zettai Ryouiki trope.
  • Frank Butler gender inverted Quitting to Get Married when he retired from performing shortly after marrying Annie Oakley.
  • If ever the United States elects a female or gay male President, then (unless the President is unmarried) the nation will have a First Gentleman instead of a First Lady, the President's spouse who often takes a largely ceremonial role as one of the nation's leading socialites and influencers. Oddly enough, the closest the US ever came to having a First Gentleman was Bill Clinton, a former President himself, when his wife Hillary ran for President in 2016, leading to a lot of jokes about a role reversal should she have won the election. It's not as much of an oddity at the state level, though, where many states have had female governors and, by extension, First Gentlemen (as well as Colorado, which has an openly gay male governor who is unmarried, but whose domestic partner uses the title), to the point where Wikipedia simply uses "First Spouse".
    • When Kamala Harris was elected as the first female Vice President in 2020, her husband was given the title "Second Gentleman".

Alternative Title(s): Rare Male Example, Rare Female Example, Gender Inverted Example, Gender Inverted