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Gender-Inverted Trope
aka: Rare Female Example

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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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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In Superman's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?'', Pete Ross suffers a male version of Stuffed into the Fridge.
  • Plastic Man is a male version of Absolute Cleavage.
  • Battle Couple Green Arrow and Black Canary often gender flip Guys Smash, Girls Shoot, with Canary being the hand-to-hand expert and Arrow being, obviously, an archer, though they are both highly proficient in their opposing skill as well.
  • Secret Wars (2015) has a male example of The Smurfette Principle — the Mighty Defenders team is made up almost entirely of female superheroes, with Spider-Man (a.k.a. Spider-Hero) as the only male on the team.
  • In The Gatherers Saga, Proctor is an example of Man Scorned. In his world, he married Sersi, but when she lost interest in him, he killed her, and now wants to kill all Sersis from all alternate universes.
  • In Al's Baby, Al becomes a male Pregnant Badass, and Al Jr. is a male Daddy's Little Villain.
  • Anya's Ghost: Has a case of a female Cuckold. Anya has a crush on her classmate Sean, one of the most popular boys at school. She looks to steal him away from Elizabeth, a popular girl that she resents for being perfect. When Sean invites Anya to a party, Anya is happy, seeing it as the perfect chance to steal Sean from Elizabeth. To Anya's shock, she learns that Sean is a sleazeball that sleeps around with other girls and invited her to have a three-way with his best friend's girlfriend in the bathroom. She's also shock to learn that Elizabeth knows about the cheating and even miserably keeps watch over the door. Anya can't bring herself to sleep with Sean and hurt Elizabeth, and leaves the party. Before she leaves, Anya asks Elizabeth why she lets Sean treat her that way; Elizabeth admits that she is really miserable and insecure and Sean makes her happy. She loves Sean, or she thinks she loves him, and will do anything to keep him in her life.
  • In Dynamo5 we have a rare case of a female Cuckold. It is implied that throughout their relationship, from when they started dating until his death, Captain Dynamo/William Warner constantly cheated on his wife Maddie Warner, with Maddie being in the complete dark until after his death. Chrysalis also counts. For years she had a affair with Captain Dynamo/William Warner, even having and raising a daughter with him. She thought they were in love and was told that Captain Dynamo/William Warner planned to leave Maddie Warner for her. She was shocked to learn that she was not the only woman he was sleeping with and that Dynamo 5 are his illegitimate children.
  • Sabretooth is a rare case of Rated M for Manly Pretty in Mink.

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    Religion and Mythology 
  • 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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    Real Life 
  • 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".

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


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