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Transgender characters are a rare topic in media, be it due to creators' personal biases, fear of misrepresenting an oppressed group, or the standards of the region (or a foreign market) not allowing open trans characters in mainstream media. Due to this lack of representation, many transgender audiences instead choose to read characters as trans. While this desire for representation applies to all members of the LGBT community and their allies, trans interpretations tend to be rarer and more personal than gay or bi interpretations and rely on a more detailed reading of the character's relationship with gender.

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There are generally two ways a trans headcanon manifests for a character: they either transitioned to their canon gender prior to the events of the story, or they're closeted during the events of canon and transition to the opposite gender in post-canon fanworks and alternate universe stories. For example: if Bob grew up wearing dresses for an unknown reason, often gets mistaken as a girl due to his high-pitched voice, and has the Embarrassing First Name of "Barbara," fans might read him as a trans boy. On the contrary, if Bob is a frequent Wholesome Crossdresser who spends more time with girls than boys and expresses disdain for his body, there's bound to be some fanworks where Bob has transitioned into "Barbara."

Other traits that are usually pointed out as signs of a character being trans include:

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  • Pictures, flashbacks or mentions of them wearing clothes commonly associated with the opposite gender, or the character outright being Raised as the Opposite Gender.
  • Parents or childhood relations that refer to them as the opposite gender, often mockingly.
  • A strong desire to "prove" their gender identity, or a lack of faith in their gender.
  • Biological clones being of the opposite gender.
  • Some characters might even openly state that they would prefer being born a different sex, although this generally only extends to certain situations where they believe (rightfully or otherwise) that the opposite sex has it better.
  • A character undergoing Gender Bending and enjoying their alternate-gender form

Since some of these traits are just as possible with cisgender characters, some fans prefer to see a character as just gender-nonconforming, so these interpretations are prone to cause a Broken Base if they become widespread enough in the fandom.

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Subtrope of Alternate Character Interpretation. Compare Rainbow Lens, where a character's situation is read as a metaphor for being LGBT, as opposed to the character being read as trans in the text proper. For instance, Bob was raised to be a paladin but later decides to become a wizard. Despite this, characters who knew him before keep referring to him as a paladin. However, if Bob wants to join an order of specifically female wizards, and laments that he was born as a man, it is instead this trope.

Also compare Ambiguous Gender Identity, where the gender identity of the character is uncertain. Note that the term transgender includes everyone whose preferred gender is different from the one they were assigned at birth. This trope thus includes characters who are implied to be non-binary or genderfluid. This trope is also sometimes invoked by the creators through subtext.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Around the 2010s, the title character of Dororo often got pegged as a fledgling trans boy, due to being Raised as the Opposite Gender since birth for protection and even after figuring out her birth sex from Hyakkimaru sees no problem in identifying as she has been, at least in the original manga. She also showed some discomfort in how Hyakkimaru treats her after discovering she's female. Many adaptations make clear that Dororo eventually identifies as her birth sex, however.
  • Hugtto! Pretty Cure: Henri Wakamiya, a side character, is a young man who enjoys figure skating and wearing feminine clothing, including dresses. The intention of his character is to challenge gender roles; when Henri gets captured and wryly calls himself a "princess", Pink Heroine Cure Yell replies "boys can be princesses too!" Near the end of the series, he becomes Cure Infini, the first male Magical Girl Warrior in the franchise. Reviewers noted that he can also be interpreted as nonbinary or genderfluid. Describing himself, Henri says "Masculine... feminine... it matters not! This beauty transcends all!" He later expresses discomfort with his increasing height and deepening voice, akin to gender dysphoria.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean has Anasui, who is commonly interpreted as a trans man or genderfluid: in his first appearance, he is drawn with a visibly female body. However, the next time we see him, he's been Ret-Conned into a man, and stays that way for the rest of the story. Considering how his Stand has the ability to manipulate peoples' bodies from the inside, it's easy to imagine that he used his powers to transition into a more masculine body in between his first two appearances. Word of God says that Anasui was always envisioned as a character who "went beyond the standard definitions of gender", which helps support (or even confirm, depending on how you look at it) this theory.
  • Urusei Yatsura has Ryunnosuke, whose father forces her to present, talk and act as a man due to denial over not having a son. In this case, Ryunnosuke wants to come out as cisgender but can't get out of her father's grasp to do so.

    Comic Books 
  • Ultimate Spider-Woman is sometimes interpreted as trans, due to a backstory of being a clone of Peter Parker that emerged female but still carries all his memories of being a guy, sometimes experiencing identity dysphoria over them.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Toaster in The Brave Little Toaster is seen by several fans as something of a trans character, due to the fact that the toaster has no identifiable gender outside of a single use of "he" (only for the director and actress to refer to the Toaster as female in outside interviews).
  • A Bug's Life:
    • Francis the ladybug is interpreted by some fans as a trans man due to possessing feminine Tertiary Sexual Characteristics despite identifying as male, and objecting to being referred as female.
    • Gypsy is also sometimes seen as a trans woman due to having certain biological traits—feathery antennae, brown-toned wings, the ability to fly—that are only possessed by biologically male gypsy moths.
  • Riley in Inside Out is the only character in the film whose five emotions are shown to be of different genders, two male and three female. Every other character has emotions corresponding to their gender, which has caused fans to view Riley as genderfluid or non-binary, and just hasn't discovered that about herself yet. The name "Riley" being rather androgynous helps a fair bit.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Pleakley, an alien treated as male in-universe, has a tendency to dress as a human woman while in disguise, even admiring their own appearance in a mirror. Many fans see Pleakley as trans because of this. It goes further in the TV series where Pleakley actively attempts to flirt with human men while dressed up, and even succeeds in one episode in charming a guy who, it turns out, is genuinely interested in Pleakley and not under a Love Potion as initially assumed.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Inception: Mr. Eames is unique among Cobb's crew as a Forger, able to alter his appearance and identity in the dreamworld. One of his multiple faces is that of an attractive blond woman who seems to have no issue flirting with or seducing male targets, raising the interpretation that Eames himself is genderfluid.
  • In Some Like It Hot, Jerry seems to come to genuinely enjoy disguising himself as a woman to some extent as one scene has him forget that he's not actually a woman and cheerfully announce to Joe that he's going to be marrying the male millionaire Osgood until Joe reminds him that he's only pretending to be a woman. This has led many modern-day viewers to interpret Jerry as genderfluid.

    Literature 

  • Tobias in Animorphs is popularly interpreted as trans for several reasons. He takes very quickly to having the morphing power and immediately starts spending as much time as possible in bird morph to escape his problems, even claiming that becoming human feels like being shut into a prison. This reluctance gets him trapped as a red-tailed hawk but while he has angst about this for the whole series, even when he has the power to assume human form again he shows a strong dislike for his human body and feels wrong and awkward in it. In the 43rd book he morphs a female Villain of the Week and is strikingly happy and comfortable in her body, easily navigating a verbal misstep and enjoying positive attention from bystanders. That's also the book where he considers if he stayed too long in morph to avoid the complicated or unpleasant facts of his life, and when listing them starts with "being a boy".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Selma Green in Big Love openly identifies as a woman, but her husband calls her Brother Selma and she prefers suits to dresses. Many fans headcanon Selma as trans because of this.

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    Video Games 
  • A3: Yuki, a Wholesome Crossdresser who has feminine hobbies, is interpreted by some fans as a trans girl or genderfluid.
  • Bugsnax: One theory states that Grumpus physiology might have sexual dimorphism in their dentition: most characters with an overbite are female, while most of those with an underbite are male. There are only two known exceptions to this: the first is Floofty, who is canonically non-binary and has an underbite, which can be explained by them being assigned male at birth. The second is Chandlo, who is male, but has an overbite. Unlike Floofty, Chandlo is not confirmed to be transgender, but some fans use this as evidence that he is a trans man.
  • Ensemble Stars!: Arashi is often interpreted by fans as a trans girl due to having feminine hobbies and using pronouns associated with female speech.
  • Fate/Grand Order: Famed Renaissance artist/inventor/everything else Leonardo da Vinci appears as a beautiful woman, despite being a man in life. They themselves explain that they appear as the Mona Lisa because she is the ideal of beauty. Needless to say, trans fans raised some eyebrows.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Cloud is sometimes headcanoned as some form of trans (either nonbinary, a trans man or a closeted trans woman), partially because of the infamous Disguised in Drag arc of the story, but also because of elements such as his struggles with identity and wanting to be different from the other boys in his village.
    • Aerith is similarly headcanoned as a trans girl thanks to her role in said arc (she knew exactly where to take Cloud for a femme makeover, and was very enthusiastic, after all; especially in the remake). As well as more subtle things like her fashion choices (she wears a choker, and heavy boots, both of which are popular choices with trans women as well as a hairstyle that frames her face), and finds herself in the company of an anarchistic environmentalist group (it's a popular meme in trans communities that recently out trans girls' politics tend to swiftly move left).
  • THE iDOLM@STER: SideM: Saki Mizushima is often viewed as a trans girl through this lens. He was inspired by Ryo Akizuki's gender reveal in THE iDOLM@STER: Dearly Stars to openly start wearing femme clothes, takes on primarily feminine roles while at 315 Production, and is noted to keep his work secret from people he knows. As 315 Pro is shown to accommodate the idols under their care, their attitudes also extend to respecting Saki's identity and choice of style. This, along with the fact that the game never once shows Saki out of costume, leads to the interpretation that Saki is still closeted but on the road to transition.
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days: Xion is often seen as trans. She is created by the villains to be a replica of Roxas, but along the process of tapping into Sora's memories she starts turning into a separate individual. Even after her body is physically transformed into Sora's, Xion still refers to herself as "she". Inversely the villains insist on referring to Xion as "it", in a manner similar to misgendering.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link is often interpreted as being somewhere on the nonbinary spectrum. Word of God states that he was designed as androgynous, so players could project themselves onto him, and his name is rather gender neutral (although not said in-game until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild).
    • Gerudo Town in Breath of the Wild added a lot of fuel to the fire for various trans interpretations. To enter Gerudo Town, Link and a masculine traveller have to crossdress, to which Link shows no hesitation. The guards also mention letting a Goron (a race of rockmen who are usually referred to by masculine pronouns) in, since he wasn't really either.
    • Sheik from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is frequently interpreted as trans or nonbinary. Canonically, Sheik is a male-presenting alter ego of a cis woman.
  • Samus Aran of Metroid is often interpreted as nonbinary or a trans woman. In addition to being the trope namer for Samus Is a Girl (which causes her to be misgendered in universe), she's portrayed as tall, very femme presenting (even when she's alone on her ship), was modified at a young age, had short hair as a child (which was also clipped short when she joined the military) and is a Pro Human Trans Human from being modified to help her survive on the Chozo homeworld. In addition, a developer and early concept art referred to her as such, although clearly in a joking way, which is sometimes cited in a "no takebacksies" sort of way.
  • The description for the Super Crown power-up on the New Super Mario Bros. U website featured the note, "Sorry Luigi - only Toadette can use this item!" This led to many people interpreting Luigi as a trans woman who wanted to use the Super Crown to turn into a Peach-like princess.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokemon with a masculine appearance that can be female like Machamp, Samurott, and Emboar, and Pokemon with a feminine appearance that can be male such as Gardevoir, Gothitelle, Sylveon, and many more are commonly interpreted as trans. Sylveon is also often considered a transgender icon, as its color palette matches that of the transgender flag and it has the most feminine appearance of the Eevee evolutions, despite its gender ratio being skewed towards male.
    • Prior to Generation VI, Azurill had a 1/3 chance of being male that became 1/2 chance when evolving into Marill, so there was a chance a female Azurill could change gender upon evolving. Similarly, in Generation VIII, certain glitches can allow male Combee or Salandit to evolve into their female-only evolutions. Fans often refer to Pokémon affected by these glitches as transgender.
  • Persona 4: Naoto Shirogane had an infamous character arc and dungeon level centered on gender issues, complete with a laboratory and imagery on gender reassignments. The game confirms that Naoto is actually female, with some Values Dissonance about career-related gender roles that didn't translate cross-culturally. Regardless, trans interpretations are still popular.
  • League of Legends has Taliyah the Stoneweaver, a character who somewhat famously among her fans was originally supposed to be a transgender woman by her creative team. For whatever reason (implied by her lead writer to be Executive Meddling), this detail isn't present in the final game, but the fact her story centralizes about personal growth and her finding acceptance — both from a loving family and from herself, albeit based around her abilities as a young, insecure stone mage — makes it easy to interpret as a transgender parallel, to a point where even said writer (who has since departed from the game) still headcanons her as such.
  • Undertale:
    • In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, if the player makes enough progress, they can find a secret room inside Sans' and Papyrus's house that contains a Mew Mew Kissy Cutie doll. Upon interacting with the doll, it reveals itself to be possessed by the ghost inhabiting the Mad Dummy from earlier, who is trying to unsuccessfully fuse with it, and initiates a battle with the player. Throughout the battle with Mad Mew Mew, they talk about how they knew the body was for them as soon as they saw it, and how they feel that fusing with it would ensure a "brand new life" for them. If the player ultimately spares Mad Mew Mew, the pronouns referring to her change from neutral to feminine, and she explains that she hopes to successfully fuse with her new body soon. This leads many fans to see Mad Mew Mew as trans.
    • For similar reasons, Mettaton can also be read as trans. When other characters talk about Napstablook's cousin, unaware that he's now living as Mettaton, he's briefly referred to with "their". While this could be because the characters in question didn't know him well (they also forgot his name), it's worth noting that his cousin and other ghosts are usually only referred to with either they/them or it. The other major exception? The above-mentioned Mad Mew Mew. Furthermore, the reason Mettaton left his home and family behind was because Alphys offered to make him a body he loved and needed to accomplish his dreams. As he puts it: "In a form like that, I could finally feel like... 'myself.'"
  • Charmy Bee from Sonic the Hedgehog has often been interpreted as trans due to identifying as male despite having a stinger, which only female bees have. Combining that with how Charmy is half-dressed in contrast to how most of the other male anthros wearing only gloves and shoes may have also contributed to this interpretation.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has Chihiro Fujisaki, who crossdresses as female to avoid being bullied for being weak. Many fans interpret him as a trans girl instead of just a crossdresser, despite his character arc specifically revolving around masculinity. Many fans are aware of those intentions, but simply prefer seeing Chihiro's identity issues through a transgender lens.
    Chihiro: "But... Being here with everyone, talking to you so much... I decided that I wanted to change. I didn't want to be weak anymore. I didn't want to lie to anyone. I wanted to become my true self, so that we could all become true friends!"
    • Some fans like to meet in the middle and depict Chihiro as a trans boy instead, which fits a bit better with his desire to prove his masculinity.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: Some people believe the reason Natsuki's dad disapproves of her childish girly tastes is because she's a trans girl, which is another reason why being part of an all-female club is so important for her. It also helps explain why she has the smallest bust size of all the girls. Dan Salvato confirmed he wrote all the girls as cis womennote , but has no issue with people headcanoning any of them as trans.
  • Your Turn to Die: Alice Yabusame is often interpreted as transgender male by the fandom, due to occasionally switching pronouns and going from very masculine to very feminine speech patterns in the original Japanese dialogue. It's vaguely explained that he was raised as a girl when he was a child, though it's unclear as to whether this means he is canonically transgender.

    Web Animation 
  • Nora Valkyrie from RWBY gets hit with a bit of this by virtue of her Atlas outfit being the colors of the trans pride flag.

    Webcomics 
  • Homestuck:
    • Some fans, such as the authors of John Egbert and the Goblet of Sick Fires have interpreted Dave as a trans man. A lot of his character arc involves musing about and struggling with the conventions and expectations of masculinity (his character plays with the 90s Totally Radical cool guy archetype), bolstering this interpretation, though canon ties this to him accepting his bisexuality.
    • An increasingly popular fanon idea in later years particularly following the The Homestuck Epilogues is that main protagonist John Egbert is a closeted trans girl (commonly given the name June based on a line in this conversation), with many attributing his supposedly maternal worry for his friends and his later isolated and depressed behavior in adulthood to the concept among other things.
      • It should also be noted that the case of the June theory is rather unique as far as examples of this trope go, as it's well known for being a rather complicated case of an acknowledged Trans Audience Interpretation, after Andrew Hussie, the creator of the comic, responded to a wish from a fan note  for the interpretation to become canon with a tweet stating "you were the first to find my treasure, and so it will be done", with Hussie and Homestuck itself being famous for liberal use canonization and acknowledgement of fan ideas. While nothing has been seen yet, this predated the beginning of the ongoing sequel comic by only a month, leading many to speculate when, or how the wish will come into fruition if it ever does.
  • In The Order of the Stick, the character Minrah is introduced in the final arc as basically an outsider to the group (who only knows the protagonists as a high level adventuring party). In one strip she talks about how she used to be a guard, how everyone said she couldn't be a cleric, and now everyone only knows her as a cleric (paralleling Belkar's own status as a Heroic Comedic Sociopath before his own character development). Along with some other details (like her mum passive aggressively showing her her baby pictures before she sets off, and the way she responds to the phrase "preach it sister!") has caused a lot of readers to interpret her as a trans woman (despite the author saying he'd rather avoid writing a trans character due to not knowing how to do so properly).

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    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs: Due to a gag in the comic where Wakko claims to be "other" so that the Warners collectively constitute "one of each gender" for a Noah's Ark parody, it's common to headcanon him as nonbinary.
  • Smellerbee in Avatar: The Last Airbender is frequently headcannoned as a trans girl, in particular due to one scene in the episode "The Serpent's Pass". She is offended and storms off after Iroh assumes she's a boy (for which he apologizes, he is Iroh after all). Longshot follows her off and gives her a look that convinces her that "it doesn't matter what others think, as long as [she] knows [that she's a girl]." This overlaps with Does This Remind You of Anything?.
  • Big Mouth: A common fan theory to explain why Nick got a female hormone monster to replace Maury at the end of Season 2 was that Nick would come out as transgender. Connie even calls attention to this possibility at one point, though it otherwise seems to be jossed. A canon trans character would appear in Season 4 and also joss the idea that a hormone monster matches one's gender, as her hormone monster is aggressively masculine, much to her displeasure.
  • Bob's Burgers: Many people view Gene as genderfluid or a trans woman. Not only is he very much In Touch with His Feminine Side, there are several moments during the show where he explicitly refers to himself as a woman (or others refer to him as such, like Louise calling Gene the Belchers' "good daughter"), he refers to his penis as a "nightmare" in one episode, and when Bob tells Gene that he's not a girl, Gene replies, "Tell that to my vagina!"
  • Danny in Danny Phantom was already a subject of Rainbow Lens, what with him having a secret he needs to hide from his family because he fears what they will do if they find out. Many fans see him as trans, however, because of several small moments throughout the series. In one episode, Desiree the genie touches his chest, causing him to wince and withdraw. In another, Danny accidentally walks into the women's toilet. Force of habit? Then, of course, there is Dani, Danny's Opposite-Sex Clone, and the only clone to end up stable.
  • Mandark from Dexter's Laboratory is a popular trans boy headcanon due to the events of "A Boy Named Sue," revealing that he was named Susan and raised in a very feminine manner by his hippie parents. While the context is that his parents were forcing him to accept gender nonconformity, his visceral negative reaction to appearing feminine and insistence that his parents refer to him as "Mandark" rather than "Susan" makes it easy to read the episode as a trans story. However, on the other side of the coin, Raised as the Opposite Gender is a Fanon theory that is also possible.
  • DuckTales (2017): Many people began to headcanon Scrooge McDuck as a trans man after the reveal in the series finale that all three of his clones, including Webby, were female.
  • Timmy from The Fairly OddParents is popularly headcanoned as trans. In one episode depicting past events, Timmy's parents act with absolute certainty that their child will be a girl, Cosmo even noting that this explains all the pictures of Timmy in a dress. Another episode has Timmy wishing he never was born, and in the ensuing alternate timeline, Timmy's parents have a daughter who seem to be Timmy's exact age and of a similar appearance. Plus, there’s the fact that he was angry the one time when Wanda deliberately misinterpreted one of his statements into him wishing he were a girl, and spent most of the episode wanting to change back.
  • Dipper from Gravity Falls is commonly seen as being a trans guy. Evidence for this includes him taking "Dipper" as a nickname due to disliking his birth name and being insecure about his perceived lack of masculinity to the point where there was an entire episode focusing on it. He also looks very similar to his twin sister Mabel, while identical twins are always the same sex. The Defictionalized version of Journal 3 would later reveal Dipper's birth name to be Mason, seemingly Jossing the theory.
  • The Loud House: In "Hand-Me-Downer", Lynn gives her old jockstrap to her brother Lincoln. This, combined with her unisex name (she's Lynn Jr., with Lynn Sr. being her father), has caused some viewers to speculate that she is actually a trans girl.
  • The Magic School Bus: One theory decides that not only is Ms. Frizzle a trans woman, but she's Arnold from the future, which is why they have similar hair and why Ms. Frizzle always encourages Arnold to take chances and open up more. Her love for pickles is cited as evidence for this theory because spironolactone, a hormone blocker many trans women take, has the side effects of thirst and craving salt, so many trans women who take it embrace pickles as a favorite food.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: Many fans headcanon Dendy as nonbinary due to her androgynous style of dress. In her early appearances, Dendy was never referred to in the third person or with any gendered language, so fans who hadn't seen her bio on the crew blog didn't know whether Dendy was a girl, a boy, or nonbinary.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • One of Heinz Doofenshmirtz' Freudian Excuses mentions that he was forced to wear dresses to school as a child (although he explains that his parents expected a daughter when his brother Roger was born). He also has other Freudian excuses consisting of him feeling emasculated (and intending to fix this by demasculating everyone else even more), such as being unable to grow a beard, or having a high and squeaky voice. Thus, many fans see him as a trans man.
    • Perry the Platypus is clearly referred to as being male, yet no one in the family seems surprised that he would lay an egg. In another episode, he sweats milk, which only female platypi do. In another, a professional platypus hunter hired by Doofenshmirtz references male platypi having poisonous stingers, which confuses Doofenshmirtz since Perry has never used anything like that. Finally, the creators of the show simply said "Yes" when asked about Perry's gender.
  • South Park: Though the show's canon portrayals of trans people (namely the Ms. Garrison arc) are understandably unpopular with the trans community, it's common for fans to read other characters as potential trans representation:
    • Kenny is the most popular due to the female persona "Princess Kenny" Kenny dons in the "Black Friday" arc and South Park: The Stick of Truth. While Princess Kenny is depicted as a Wholesome Crossdresser, the lengths she goes to in the former arc to be seen as a real princess, the casual usage of "she" pronouns (including Karen, who isn't really involved in the game, calling Kenny her "sister"), and other episodes such as Kenny being the only boy in Home Ec in "Tweek vs Craig" and trying to trick or treat with the girls by claiming to be "gender neutral" in "The Scoots" appealed to trans fans, who often depict Kenny as coming out as a trans woman or genderfluid when she's older.
    • Butters is sometimes interpreted as a trans girl due to being the most feminine boy of the group. Of particular note are "Marjorine," where Butters adopts the eponymous female persona to infiltrate a slumber party and acts quite confident after warming up to the girls, and "The Cissy," an episode about trans acceptance, where Butters dances around in a tutu at the end. Almost all depictions of trans girl Butters base her name and design off of Marjorine.
    • Wendy is sometimes interpreted as genderfluid due to her male "Wendyl" persona in "The Cissy." While it's implied to be a ruse to get into Cartman to share his trans-only bathroom and Wendy goes back to her old self in the following episodes, her casual attitude toward crossdressing, especially compared to Cartman's false "Erica" persona, made many fans assume Wendy might really want to transition.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: A very common theory is that Marco is a trans girl, largely due to the arc where the "Princess Marco" identity he originally used to sneak into St. Olga's School for Wayward Princesses becomes a figure of the princesses' revolution, and Marco becomes attached to the outfit, even keeping it on during family game night. Many other scenes seem to indicate gender dysphoria in Marco, including disdain seeing himself in a suit, saying that he'd "love to be queen," many scenes where Marco confidently wears feminine clothing or is referred to with feminine terms, and Glossaryck mistaking Marco for a girl in their first meeting and, in one comic, misnaming him as "Margo" (which has become a fanon-accepted name for post-transition Marco). Even when leaving the shower in a towel, he wears it with his chest covered rather than wrapped around just his waist. The theory of Marco being canonically trans in the show was eventually jossed, but some members of the Star vs. crew have reacted positively to the headcanon.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Lars is interpreted as a trans man by a significant chunk of the fanbase due to certain details in the show. Multiple episodes seemingly show him with small breasts, which a cis man as skinny as Lars shouldn't have. In the episode "Island Adventure", he is stranded on a desert island for a significant period of time but does not grow any facial hair - a notable contrast from Sadie, who grows leg hair. In "Fright Club", he is shown in a flashback with shoulder-length hair, and is anxious about the prospect of anyone seeing the way he looks a photo. He is significantly distressed by this flashback. In "The New Lars", his mother calls him Laramie and immediately corrects herself the way a trans person's parent might if they accidentally deadnamed their child.
    • Before the Gems were established to all be nonbinary women, it was a common headcanon that Amethyst was genderfluid due to how she enjoyed shapeshifting into men, such as her wrestler persona Purple Puma.
  • Pidge from Voltron: Legendary Defender is commonly interpreted by fans as a trans boy, even though the show's creators have repeatedly stated that she identifies as a girl and crossdressed as a boy only to be accepted into the military.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Bow and Perfuma are often interpreted by fans as a trans man and a trans woman, respectfully.
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