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"Any character, after being gender bent, will come to enjoy their new gender more than their old gender."

A fictional character that gets his or her gender bent often becomes gradually accustomed to life as a new man or woman. Eventually they likely will experience an epiphany: that they are better off in their new gender than they ever were in their old one. This is the Second Law of Gender Bending, where a gender bent person would, if offered a chance to revert to their former gender, turn it down because they have come to enjoy the benefits of the change.


The epiphany typically takes one of two forms:

  • A reluctant admission, either because they've changed too much to return to the way things were or are loath to admit the enjoyment they get from their new lifestyle.
  • A jovial acceptance, where they quickly discover how much fun life is after the gender flip, and they never want to go back.

A specific variation of I Choose to Stay which often results from The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body. May involve Becoming the Mask or Going Native depending upon surrounding circumstances. Can result in Beneath the Mask when the Gender Bender allows a character to reveal a hidden side of their personality. Contrast You Can't Go Home Again for characters who'd like to return to their former gender but realize they've changed too much to make that possible. See the Third Law of Gender-Bending, which frequently (but not always) precedes or overlaps with this trope.


Since the First Law of Gender-Bending ensures that most of these characters are male-to-female, Man, I Feel Like a Woman is frequently a contributing reason for these characters' choice. Though it would take a rather base view of human nature to assume this as someone's primary reason for wanting to keep his/her gender change permanent, many "adult" stories often do make use of the common pornographic cliche that sex is inherently more pleasurable for women even if their authors would rather point to more dignified reasons. Even in those works where the above is not the case, the law likely is as prominent as it is at the behest of the first, as from a Doylist perspective, there are not a lot of other ways of resolving the Gender Bender situation that result in both a Happy Ending and don't violate the First Law of Gender-Bending.


Often used as an Ending Trope since invoking the second law typically resolves the gender-bent character's Fish out of Water status, though it may not eliminate all Different for Girls moments.

The one Gender Bender plot that usually averts this law is when it occurs due to a "Freaky Friday" Flip, mostly because of the added complexity of changes besides gender.

Of the three laws of gender-bending, this one has become the most Discredited Trope. With growing awareness of Transgender people, portraying gender identity changing along with physical sex is increasingly viewed as having Unfortunate Implications regarding gender dysphoria. Thus, it's become more prevalent for writers to justify such a reaction in pre-existing gender identity: Being in such a situation may make a character realize they were already transgender, or come out of the closet if they were already aware (in which case the trope can have applicability as Wish-Fulfillment). Alternatively, the character had little personal attachment to any gender and/or physical sex, may or may not have changed gender identity, and enjoy changes that were only incidental to them.

See also It's the Journey That Counts. Contrast Gender Bender Angst, though many works have characters experience a mix of both, at different periods or at once.


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     Anime and Manga  
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl: Hazumu never expresses any desire to return to her former gender. Of course, the aliens announced from the get-go that she couldn't become a boy again even if she wanted to, but you'd think she'd have missed something about life as a boy, even if it was only the ability to write her name in the snow. However, since the gender change allows her to get together with the girl(s) of her dreams and her parents seem to prefer it she really doesn't have all that much to complain about. (It doesn't hurt that pre-change Hazumu was more girly than every other girl in the series and may even have been transgender without realizing it.)
  • Heavily downplayed in Ranma ½: Even though Ranma can easily make himself male again whenever made female, he still wants to make it so he'll be male full-time, though he does stop complaining about it. That said, Ranma starts to bring his macho approach to acting girly and cute. As seen in his competition with Tsubasa, Ranma's competitive streak is so hardwired that he even refuses to lose in a contest of femininity. He also becomes increasingly willing to use his girl form's good looks to his advantage, either to manipulate and trick his enemies, or simply to acquire Favors for the Sexy. The very last chapter of the manga addresses this in a comically mean-spirited fashion: Ranma realizes he'd forgotten about a cure entirely when trying to save Akane, and takes it as a sign he's fine with it... the next page, however, implies some level of resent over a cure seemingly being lost forever.
  • In the end of Cheeky Angel, Megumi finally realizes/admits that she'd been a girl all along. Lacking the power to grant her wish to become male, the trickster spirit had given her Fake Memories of being a boy. Since the delusion had helped her foster the tough, fair, forthright, and assertive (i.e., stereotypically "male") aspects of her personality, Megumi considers her wish granted nonetheless.
  • The other transgender Megumi in The Day of Revolution goes the "reluctant admission" route when she's menaced by a boy and realizes that she finally knows how it truly feels to be a girl. Fortunately her new-found sense of femininity also empowers her to free herself with the ultimate female defence against male attackers: a Groin Attack so severe it practically paralyzes him.
  • Downplayed in Sekirei: Falling in love with Minato causes Homura's body to start becoming female. He initially hates this so much, he's willing to die from Superpower Meltdown after a failed attempt to kill the one responsible. After Minato saves him, Homura accepts his feelings for him and that his body will continue to change, though unlike most examples Homura's gender-identity ultimately remains the same as before.
  • Mai Natsume of BlazBlue: Remix Heart was originally a boy, but got magically transformed into a girl right before the manga started. Mai was at first uncomfortable with her new gender and tried to find a way to change back, but later on she came to enjoy her life as a girl, especially her female friends, and even fell in love with a male classmate. The manga ends with Mai fully accepting her change in life and seeing herself as a girl.
  • Mao of Maomarimo inverts the usual plot arc associated with this trope by accepting her involuntary Gender Bender straight off as an act of faith in her village deity. The drama comes from the various ways her family, her best friend, and her village deal with her change. Her three older sisters exhibit the full range of reactions from simple acceptance to flat-out denial.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser Tao Nozomu from Nozomu Nozomi accepts that her Gender Bender gives her ready access to the cuteness she craves but still hides her new gender for an entire year (gradually transforming into a Sweet Polly Oliver in the process) largely because she's not sure she won't change back and can't figure out how to break the news to her family and friends. Unlike most examples here Nozomu's Gender Bender occurs in early puberty and he was barely past the point of noticing girls before he became one.
  • Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another uses It's the Journey That Counts to offer an unusual and bittersweet take on this trope. Sagara is ultimately happy about her Gender Bender even though she does miss being a boy because the resulting struggle to forge a new identity broke her out of her self-imposed isolation, opened her eyes to the people who cared about her and taught her the true value of love and friendship. It's not the change itself she accepts so much as the personal growth it triggered. The fact that it made her sexually compatible with the love of her life is just icing on the cake.
  • In contrast to Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another the ecchi manga Nyotai-ka uses You Can't Go Home Again to offer a very "base view of human nature" take on this trope because Manaka finds sex is so much more pleasurable for women (soft sensitive skin! exquisitely delicate genitalia! multiple orgasms! boobies!) that he cannot accept the pale imitation of sexual pleasure that men experience.
  • Ayakashi Triangle:
    • Matsuri barely minded living as a girl in the first place (his decision to still identify as male still makes "her" a pretty hefty Tomboy, though), and it directly lead to him repairing his friendship with Suzu, improving his social life, and realizing he was in love with Suzu. In a subversion, this doesn't make him like being a girl, and the last point intensified his Gender Bender Angst, as now Matsuri thinks he's missing out stuck as Suzu's "girl friend". He is not aware that Suzu has seriously considered dating Matsuri even if he were to remain female, leaving obvious potential for a Double Subversion. Except once Suzu reveals she's eager to hook up with girl Matsuri, Matsuri insists they can't date until he changes back on the questionable logic that his girl self is "not the real him".
      In another subversion, Matsuri one muses his Gender-Bender Friendship with Lu and Yayo shows he's "better suited" to being a girl. After some prying from Suzu, he admits he still doesn't want to remain a girl, he's just afraid he'll lose two of his few friends if he doesn't. Matsuri gets up the courage to tell them anyway—Yayo accepts him, while Lu doesn't believe him.
    • At one point, Reo and Suzu wonder if Matsuri might eventually identify as female, and discuss how that would affect their feelings for him. Reo is completely undisturbed, not basing her attraction to Matsuri at all on gender. Suzu initially agrees, even if she clearly finds Matsuri more attractive a guy. But seeing Matsuri dressed up in a very feminine way—and Soga awestruck at the sight of him—makes Suzu think she has to change Matsuri back before that can happen. Ironically, her concerns lead to Matsuri's abovementioned insistence that his "real self" is male, making Suzu realize she may have sabotaged herself.
  • Asuka Hybrid:
    • The titular Asuka dances around this — he does enjoy a lot of the momentary benefits of being turned into a cute girl (especially since he was already quite feminine to begin with), but just as often, this freaks him out as he ultimately really wants to be turned back into a guy, and he doesn't want to be tempted away from this goal.
    • Played straight with Akira. Even though him being turned from female to male was an accident, he's completely comfortable with staying as a guy because it make him more accepted as a martial artist, with his father wholeheartedly supporting his new son and getting him legally recognized as such. Unlike Asuka, who's searching for the sorceress who accidentally genderbent them in order to reverse the change, Akira's searching for her to make him even manlier.
  • Osananajimi wa Onnanoko ni Naare:
    • Iori is generally very unhappy constantly being turned into a girl by Sylphie, but there's rare occasions where "Shiori" is pleased by it. Most obviously, after trying to stay a boy for swim class, Shiori enjoys free swimming with the girl when the boys' swim coach has a much harsher exercised routine planned.
    • Since Sylphie wants Shiori to stay a girl, she'll sometimes invoke this trope to argue Iori should stop resisting. She's astoundingly myopic and unconvincing, especially when she thinks Shiori should hook up with her male friend Shuichi. Seraphie has an even more deranged view: that it's fine to trick or force Shiori into believing she was always a girl because she'll be "happy" with it that way.
    • Iori's classmates likewise think he should be fine living as Shiori—the guys just want another cute girl around, but the girls genuinely feel like advocating for the quality of their own sex. The "upsides" they lists are pretty ridiculous trivial (women-only promotional events, a slight increase in life expentency) or just make Shiori more disturbed (getting gifts from guys, wearing cute clothes).
    • One What If? omake shows if Shuichi became a girl instead of Iori, and the latter is shocked how eager Shuichi looks. Another shows if Iori and Miyu, the girl who has a crush on him, both changed genders; the former seems fine with it because it "balances out".

     Fan Works 
  • Harry Potter and the Mists of Avalon: Harry is turned into a girl by a potion gone wrong. Much later, an antidote to the potion is developed, but by then she has spent so much time as a girl that she chooses not to change back.
  • Genderbent: A concoction of dust released by Nora causes some of the main RWBY cast to change genders. By the end of the story, Ren, Nora, and Weiss choose to remain in their new bodies, even taking new names. Initially Jaune and Pyrrha decide to stay as a girl and boy respectively, though the final chapter revealed they turned back.
  • Irreversible Damage: Following some initial panic attacks, most characters take their transformations very much in stride. In particular, Greg/Greta mainly just cares about how she can use her new situation to gain popularity at school, and eventually decides that she likes being a girl and that she probably wouldn't bother using an antidote even if it existed. Among other characters, "Rowlette" quickly accepts being a girl and promptly starts dating Bryce, Tyson happily starts having sex with the other guys, and Greg's Uncle Gary is elated at the opportunity for advancement at his job as an adult entertainer.

  • Played with in Switch (1991) as the protagonist can't decide whether to be a male or female angel while in Heaven.
  • Played with in Some Like It Hot. At first, Gerald doesn't like being Daphne. Dresses are too drafty, he can't hit on women, etc. Eventually, though, he enjoys being female immensely, to the point where the Ho Yay with Osgood is so great that Joe makes him say "I'm a boy," over and over. But hey — Nobody's perfect.
  • The Hot Chick: Though initially horrified, Clive uses Jessica's body to become a successful crook, and when Jessica tracks him down, Jessica has to trick Clive into getting her body back.
  • In the Italian movie Le Comiche 2 a male individual accidentally undergoes an undesired breast augmentation first and a sexual reassignment surgery later. She becomes the favourite odalisque in a harem and reveals she is very happy about it.
  • Averted in the Star Trek porn parody Charly XXX. The female Body Surfing alien uses her powers to take over Captain Quirk and the starship Intercourse, but quickly discovers a drawback in that men get tired after Boldly Coming. She body-surfs back into a Bridge Bunny so she can have more sex, enabling Quirk to take back his ship.

  • Played with in A Brother's Price, where a male character disguises as a (female) whore. Due to male's Gender Rarity Value, the whores in this world are women who disguise as men. He quite enjoys the ability to walk around without being noticed.
  • The protagonist of David Thomas's novel Girl is a macho, laddish twenty something bloke who is mistaken for another patient while in hospital and mistakenly given gender reassignment surgery. Though initially horrified, when the news that reversing the procedure is unviable is broken to him he ends up deciding to commit fully to his new identity, and after cosmetic surgery, hormone replacement and therapy adapts to the life as an attractive, well-adjusted young woman. When towards the end of the book he/she is asked whether he was angry at the doctor responsible (she is suing the hospital) the protagonist admits that, given the chance, she would not want to give up her new life and female identity.
  • So typical of most of Jack Chalker's Gender Bender works (given his tendency to subordinate Different for Girls to The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body) that only the exceptions are notable, like Joe de Oro from the River of Dancing Gods series, who never accepts being changed from a barbarian hero into a tree nymph.
    • An interesting variation occurs in Jack Chalker's Well World series: All new arrivals on the titular Well World are transformed into one of the native species (and frequently Gender Bent as well.) This is usually followed by a Sense Freak and/or Showing Off the New Body when they wake up in their new forms and eventually leads to an epiphany that they now regard their new body as their natural form.
    • Played straight in Chalker's The Identity Matrix: The protagonist embraces becoming a woman partially because it gets her the attention she's always craved and partially because the Government Conspiracy knowingly played upon that desire when they messed with her head.
    • Subverted in Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series. In each of the books, the main character has his brain pattern imprinted on four prisoners, each being sent to a different planet in the Warden Diamond Penal Colony. One of the bodies is that of a female. Fortunately for the protagonist, he is going to a planet that has the strange property of switching the minds of two people when they sleep with each other (in the literal sense). He jumps at the first opportunity to get himself back into a male body, and never looks back —even though this inevitably blows his cover.
  • As one might suspect from the title, the entire plot of Justin Lieber's Beyond Rejection revolves around getting an involuntary Gender Bender to this point. Unlike other examples this is treated as a potentially deadly situation requiring intensive medical intervention to prevent dysphoria and death.
  • Variation 2 shows up in Sean McMullan's Eyes of the Calculor: John Glasken's distress at being reincarnated in the beautiful body of young Valesti Disore initially manifests in a lot of psychopathic behavior (such as amputating the hand of a man who dared to pinch her butt) but in the end she claims she finds being a woman (albeit one with a "baleful and malevolent" reputation) "rather liberating."
  • In Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign, Lady Donna Vorrutyer goes offworld for gender reassignment surgery so she can contest her vile cousin's ascension to her late brother's Countship. Lord Dono soon admits that while she primarily did it out of a sense of duty, he'd discovered there were some advantages to being a man (especially in Barrayar's highly sexist society) so even if he lost he would remain a man in order to explore them.
  • In Orlando: A Biography, the title character sums it up: "Praise God, I'm a woman!"
  • Slightly subverted in The Warlock Of Strathearn. The main character turns himself into a woman because he falls in love with a lesbian. This works out very well for awhile, and he enjoys many aspects of being a woman. Eventually, though, after his lover dies, he begins to experience the not-so-good parts of being a woman, and begins to want to be a man again. However, his powers aren't working anymore, and he has to make a deal with someone to change him back into a man. He turns out to like different qualities of being either gender.
  • In The Wheel of Time after Balthamel is resurrected in the body of a Borderland woman he comes to accept his new life as a woman. His/her appetite for sex and women is not lessened in the slightest, the gender change does however broaden his interests and provide him a wealth of new assets.
  • From Discworld:
    • In Jingo, although he's only crossdressing and not actually a woman, Corporal Nobbs is reluctant to get back into his male uniform/role after he's spent half of the book wandering around Klatch as Beti.
    • Gladys the golem from Going Postal and Making Money. Golems are technically genderless but are normally addressed with male pronouns as a courtesy. The golem responsible for cleaning the women's restroom was renamed Gladys and given female clothing to ensure propriety. Over the course of the books she starts adopting more and more female traits.
  • Andrew Jackson Libby, a character from several of Robert A. Heinlein's works, had his gender changed to female when he was resurrected, when it's discovered that he had both male and female sex chromosomes. He changes his name to Elizabeth Andrew Jackson Libby Long, and tells anyone and everyone that he's much happier as a woman.
  • The Land of Oz books have Tip. The Marvelous Land of Oz stars a boy named Tip who works for an evil witch named Mombi. Near the end, it's revealed that Tip is actually the lost Princess Ozma. She was Raised as the Opposite Gender in order to prevent people from finding her. Tip is very against the idea of being turned into a girl and wants to stay a boy, but once he's transformed back into Ozma he shows no discomfort at being a girl. Ozma is completely content with being female and develops a Pseudo-Romantic Friendship with Dorothy.
  • In Princess Holy Aura, after Steve becomes acclimated to being a girl, Holly finds changing back into Steve gives her severe body dysphoria, so only does so at times of the most urgent need (such as explaining the whole thing to the other Maidens' parents, or when she picks up a creepy male stalker on a walk home). She also takes great pains to explain to people that, though she started out as Steve, she now considers herself to be Holly in every way that matters. (This is at least in part to try to defang some of the creepiness inherent in a story concept that involves a 35-year-old man hanging out with a bunch of teenaged girls.)
    • It nearly gives Holly a Heroic BSoD when an adversary offers to let her go back to her old male self if she'll join his side, and she explicitly admits for the first time, even to herself, that she doesn't want to go back to being Steve.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Doctor Who, it's a bit strange. Time Lords can routinely change genders via regeneration, but they also change personalities, which means their feelings towards their old and current selves can change quite dramatically from one incarnation to the next. When a Time Lord only known as "The General" regenerated from man to woman, they didn't seem uncomfortable in their male form but instantly remarked that they much preferred being female once the shift was done. The Doctor too, instantly felt quite pleased when they discovered that they had regenerated from Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker. The Master, whose attitude towards women has always been somewhat disdainful, embraces their new persona Missy with gusto.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Warlord", would-be planetary dictator Tiernan does a Grand Theft Me on Innocent Flower Girl Kes as he's dying. His followers aren't happy that their fearsome leader is now a cute alien female, but Tiernan finds the change quite useful, and not only because of Kes' psychic powers. He even announces a political marriage to his Puppet King, then strongly implies to his squicked-out wife that he'd be quite interested in a threesome.

  • The Who song "I'm a Boy" subverts this trope; the narrator can't wait to resume his normal sex role.

  • Possibly Tiresias from Greek Mythology, who spent seven years as a woman (and had children) after killing a mating female snake, then transformed back into a man after killing a male; at very least, one can assume he enjoyed sex better as a woman. Zeus and Hera called upon him to settle an argument over which gender enjoyed it more (as he alone had experienced it from both perspectives), and Tiresias claimed, "Of ten parts a man enjoys one only." (In other words, he was saying a woman enjoys it ten times as much.) By the by, that crack was what got him turned into a Blind Seer. (Specifically, Hera did not take the answer well and Zeus tried to make up for his wife's behavior by giving Tiresias magic powers.)

     Tabletop Games 
  • Downplayed in Dragon magazine's "The Ecology of the Sheet Ghoul". The story's Villain Protagonist is a greedy miser who becomes a sheet phantom upon dying, and like any, seeks a human host to transform into a Sheet Ghoul. Eventually, he succeeds by slaying a female thief who tries to rob his house. He's a little irked at first upon finding himself in a woman's body, but then he figures, "Eh, better than nothing" and goes about his business. Being, by that point, an undead monstrosity that no longer had any biological functions (such as a sex drive) probably meant that it didn't make a lot of difference.

  • Played With in John Lyly's Gallathea. After presenting as males for the bulk of the play and falling in love, both Gallathea and Phillida are revealed to each other, and the rest of the characters at the end of the play. Still in love, Venus pities them and declares that one of the maidens (which one is not revealed) will become a man for real so that they can be together.

     Video Games  
  • Almost every playable character in Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme ends up feeling this way (the one exception is Stephenie/Stephan, who was also the first female to male transformation in the game- canonically, she goes back to being a woman after the end of her arc and is seen in both her male and female forms in subsequent arcs), and it's even pointed out by the characters responsible in certain paths. Good thing too, since the gender-flipping turns out to be irreversible. A cure is discovered eventually, but by that time none of the characters who were affected by the initial accident are interested in going back to being male.

     Visual Novels  
  • Shouko Aihara from Gakuen Saimin Reido. He is originally a male bully and playboy known as Akira Aihara. As a revenge by the protagonist whom he used to bully, he is hypnotized into crossdressing and receiving breast implants. Though he tries to resist, Akira is then hypnotized again to act more feminine and gets his sexual orientation twisted. Afterwards, he falls in love with the protagonist, changes his name to Shouko, voluntarily takes female hormones offered by the protagonist, and eventually chooses to undergo sex change surgery.

  • Subverted in Misfile: Despite his life being much improved in several aspects, Ash still vehemently tries to go back to being a boy, even if it means that all the good things she achieved in the meantime disappear. Keeping a firm grasp of "his" male identity remains top priority over all else.
  • The Wotch positively loves this trope, with four jocks-turned-cheerleaders (who later got a spinoff comic), a male teacher turned Asian girl student and an Innocent Bystander-turned-Perky Female Minion, amongst others. There's even a variation where a woman turned centaur decides she prefers that form as well.
    • Special mention goes to a couple who keeps swapping bodies and gender as a Running Gag. The one person who has expressed an interest in trying the other gender again recreationally is the girl, not the guy.
  • Played straight in Cheer! (the aforementioned spinoff comic of The Wotch) when Jo, the only one of the the transformed cheerleaders who knows she used to be a boy, freely admits that she and her friends were all troubled as boys and are all much happier as girls, though she still cries when she discovers that no one remembers her former male self's Moment of Awesome. The other three jocks-turned-cheerleaders have so far averted this trope, since they don't appear to remember the past.
  • Used sparingly in El Goonish Shive despite all of the constant Gender Benders:
    • Justin specifically rejects the idea even though it would make him sexually compatible with the object of his unrequited affection.
    • It's touching in Vlad/Vladia's case. There's nothing kinky about her accepting the change. The transformation humanized them, instead of just giving a Gender Bender to their original monstrous form. For the first time in her whole life normal people aren't terrified by the sight of her, so she's willing to accept any form provided it's human, which her old, male form decidedly was not. And given that her one attempt to use her supposed shapeshifting powers was a painful, near-death experience she's not about to experiment even given the chance.
    • Elliot initially had no interest in remaining female for long and considered his gender-bending Power Incontinence distasteful. However, upon finding aspects of his magic he liked (flying around as a superheroine and ogling his Goth form in a mirror) he's grown to accept the female forms to the point of being worried that he might lose them if magic changes. Tedd at one point theorizes that Elliot would partly have to fulfil this trope to stop getting spells that involve or interact with turning into a woman (not enjoying being a female more than being a male, but finding things to enjoy about being a female).
    • Tedd is a straight example. He likes this form of shapeshifting because his androgynous face becomes an advantage while close enough to Tedd's own form and he likes to feel attractive. Once this problem became moot it was revealed that "Freaky Friday" Flip is #37 on his fetish list. Later strips established he's actually genderfluid, he just didn't know the term.
    • Ellen states she doesn't suffer gender dysphoria and wouldn't want to be male (though there are hints that the Loss of Identity associated with Opposite Sex Cloning Blues was a sore point until she got a new set of memories).
  • Variation 1 shows up in Sailor Sun, though it seems less like grudging acceptance than flat-out surrender to hear Bay describe it. (Naturally, it's immediately followed by a Snap Back due to amnesia, proving the first law takes precedence.)
  • Mocked in one strip of Murry Purry Fresh and Furry; the parody TF comic boils down to "Boys are hideous and live bleak, miserable lives; girls (and boys turned girls) are pretty and have perfect lives with no problems".
  • The older T-Girls of Jet Dream all come to the first form of acceptance at varying rates. However, teen T-Girl Cookie Jarr was an awkward young lad transformed into a knockout of a girl. She is quickly excited by the possibilities of being an extremely attractive and enthusiastically bisexual girl, even voicing a desire to remain female instead of taking a hypothetical antidote to Virus-X. ("It's the Love-In Generation, Harmony! And I was being Left-Out! But a chick can play with Jacks AND Jills! Double the Hills, Dig!")
  • Played with in The Good Witch: Angel is fond of using magic spells to force these sorts of second law declarations out of her brother as a form of torment. Played straight with Angel herself, though.
  • Played with a great deal in The Dragon Doctors, since there are a great deal of gender benders in it. It's all over the map, ranging from genuine gender dysphoria to total acceptance and everything in between.
  • Apparently played straight, then averted with Julius of Key To Her Heart, mainly because being female allows him to have a relationship with Nadia, who is a lesbian. However, after a talk on the subject matter, and how they love each other regardless, he asks if they might have straight sex from time to time, which in addition to other moments, suggest that he's doesn't prefer either gender over the other, and only really stays female because Nadia prefers it.
    • Also played straight with his mom (who took to her mode-locking to female with gusto) but subverted with his dad, who is very much a manly badass-type who does not take well to his gender-changing. He has come to enjoy it for sex, but he's always male apart from that.
  • The emperor from Beyond The Veil embraces this trope mere minutes after changing genders. It's implied issues with a new body were never a big concern and she takes her second-in-command as her new lover (having never found a worthy one as a man) before going back to trying to conquer the universe.
  • In MSF High, Keiri sees that people enjoy it after she changes them so that they'll be less likely to change back when the nightly reset button hits.
  • Out-of-Placers has an ironic subversion: While Kass says she accepts her change (which came with an accompanying change of species) fairly quickly Matriarch Vislet believes Kass actually hasn't even begun to deal with it and her premature "acceptance" is just another way of avoiding dealing with it.

     Web Original  
  • The main characters in Whateley Academy play this trope across the entire spectrum. It doesn't hurt that for most of them being turned female was a side effect to gaining the superpowers which make them some of the most attractive and powerful people on the planet. (It's also completely and utterly impossible for them to change back, period.) Still, the degree of acceptance tends to be directly contingent upon the degree to which each character was (knowingly or unknowingly) transgender in the first place.
  • Pretty much the second staple of amateur Gender Bender fiction after Different for Girls.
  • There is a video Geraldine where a young man is turned into a woman against his will in some unexplained way. After a decade of assimilating to the point of dating, becoming a famous model, and becoming the leader of France, the man turns back on his wedding day. He then ends up with his best (girl) friend instead.
  • Artist Ian Samson does a lot of gender-bending work, much of which plays with this trope. Link of The Legend of Zelda succumbs to the Second Law a few times in his work, whether becoming a fairy or forced to stay in the form of a Gerudo.
  • In the Paradise setting, humans are randomly, permanently changed into Funny Animals (with some experiencing a gender-change at the same time). A number of stories follow the journey of gender-changed characters as they come to accept and then enjoy their new (usually female) gender. Some stories take this a notch further into Third Law of Gender-Bending territory.
  • This, but for species rather than gender, is essentially the 54th law of 'Morphic Transformation. (Yeah, there are a lot of them.
  • In the SCP Foundation, Agent Diogenes has had his/her gender changed so many times by magical artifacts that, in addition to a now very androgynous appearance, said Agent also is comfortable with the new gender identity they took, that identity being none. Diogenes refuses to pick either, state what the biological sex even is at this point and also refuses to alter things like hair or uniform to make a more masculine or feminine impression.
  • Take A Lemon: Pretty much inevitable once Marsh realizes she'd received the memories of her alternate universe Spear Counterpart instead of an actual Gender Bender.

     Western Animation  
  • Futurama:
    • In "Bend Her", Bender pretends to be "Coilette", a fembot from Robonianote  in order to compete in fembots' events in the Robolympics. After winning five gold medals, he finds that sex testing is mandatory, so he has the Professor switch his "testosteroil" with "femmzoil", intending to switch back after the test. Instead, Bender enjoys the ensuing fame far too much to care if it's as a fembot sex symbol. He only changes back because "Coilette" started a relationship with Calculon, and faking "her" death was seen as necessary to break it off.
    • In "Neutopia", a sexless alien first takes away everyone's gender, then when asked to restore them gets everyone backwards. The now-male Leela, Amy, and LaBarbara struggle to save the sinking Planet Express business, while the feminized men have fun being girls and goofing off. When the "guys" force the "girls" to make a swimsuit calendar, they go along with it a lot more happily than the real women did earlier. Despite all this, the men go back to their original sex with zero protests when the opportunity comes up (except for Scruffy, who came in late).
  • In Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, Victor gives himself female genitalia but is extremely hesitant when Elizabeth tries to treat him to stereotypically feminine things. It's subverted slightly when he acts traditionally feminine to date Dracula, but that was only so he could screw him over.

     Real Life  
  • Two rare conditions (5ARD or 17BHDD) can cause chromosomal males to develop around puberty rather than before birth. Some people with these conditions come to identify with their "new" gender.
  • Common restriction in regards to those who seek sex reassignment surgery is to obtain a psychiatrist's approval (or several psychiatrists' approvals) following a lengthy evaluation period before the surgery can be performed. This is nominally intended as a means of enforcing this trope, making sure that the person is likely to be happy after the procedure, rather than come to regret it. In practice, this is often regarded as an institutional method to make them occur as little as possible. In an inversion of this trope, the difficulties in getting a sex change are a leading cause of suicide among trans people.

Alternative Title(s): Resigned To Their New Gender, Genderbending Is Enjoyable, Genderbenders Always Adapt