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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 another 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 another gender, or the character outright being Raised as the Opposite Gender.
  • Parents or childhood relations that refer to them as a different gender, often mockingly.
  • A strong desire to "prove" their gender identity, or a lack of faith in their gender.
  • Biological clones being of a different gender.
  • Some characters might even openly state that they would prefer being born a different gender, although this generally only extends to certain situations where they believe (rightfully or otherwise) that another gender has it better.
  • A character undergoing Gender Bending and enjoying their alternate-gender form.
  • If they're an animal, they may have traits that exclusively belong to the other sex of their real-life species.
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  • Being associated with or having colors matching that of the transgender pride flag.

It could also be something as simple as an actor being transgender and the fanbase deciding to apply it to the characters they play, in a fandom version of Queer Character, Queer Actor.

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.

Subtrope of Alternative 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 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.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Alluka is often interpreted as being a trans girl due to how Killua is the only one in her family to use female pronouns for her and flashbacks show her in more androgynous clothes. Where it gets ambiguous is that the rest of the family doesn't view her as even being a person due to the entity possessing her and Killua is never shown correcting his family when they refer to Alluka as a boy despite otherwise taking them to task for their ill treatment of her. Adding to the confusion is how Kalluto, one of the other brothers, dresses in a very feminine kimono but clearly identifies as male.
  • 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.
  • The Major from Ghost in the Shell is often read as trans. She was assigned a sexless yet stereotypically female shell by Section 9. She feels a strong disconnect with her body, with that awareness making her feel isolated. She goes out of her way to go diving even if it is something her body wasn't "designed" for. She merges her consciouness with the Puppet Master, a being created with no gender, has a female body and uses he/him pronouns, and gains a new understanding of herself, in a way that could be read as her transitioning. Depending on whether one reads the manga or watches the movie, she is reborn in either a male or female shell, for which she does not seem to care much, as her new consciousness understands her body does not define her.
  • Handsome Girl and Crossdressing Boy has a large LGBT Fanbase by its nature as a gender-blending romcom, and some readers have interpreted one or both of the titular couple as closeted trans people. Some even go so far as speculating that the author is in denial or doesn't yet know that they're trans.
  • Despite the series saying otherwise, some readers of Blend-S interpret Hideri Kanzaki as a trans girl, due to the series showing scenes such as Hideri running towards the women's restroom, or writing that (s)he's female on her resume. The Hot Springs Episode even shows Hideri covering his chest with a towel, which some readers saw as a form of chest dysphoria. Some also cite Hideri’s appearance in Kirara Fantasia, a mobile game with an all-female roster, as a playable character.
  • With him literally having the mind of a man born into the body of a woman, being very adamant about having Kuroitsu give him a male body, and getting uncomfortable whenever referred to as a woman in any way, it's not surprising that many viewers of Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department see Wolf Bete as basically being a trans man in all but terminology.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Gyro Gearloose is occasionally portrayed as a trans man by fans due to him being an anthropomorphic chicken, but not looking anything like a rooster.
  • 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.
    Fan Works 
  • Some "fans" of My Immortal interpret Enoby as a transgirl, given her rather (completely and utterly non-prompted) Suspiciously Specific Denial about having an erection and extremely vague descriptions of her genitals. Early waves of this sentiment were transphobic mocking, but it resurged in a more sincere fashion after J. K. Rowling's transphobic takes.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Florinda is a Chilean story that lends itself to a number of queer readings. Florinda is a young woman who disguises herself as a man to escape her evil father. As a man, Florinda marries a princess and is eventually changed bodily into a man by the Crucified Christ.
  • The Girl Who Pretended To Be A Boy: The protagonist is a princess who goes on an adventure under the name Fet-Fruners (a variation of Făt-Frumos, the Romanian equivalent of Prince Charming). Fet-Fruners battles giants, evil kings, and regressive gender norms. Towards the end of the story, the hero upsets a wizard who casts a spell: if the offending party is a woman, turn into a man, if they are a man, turn into a woman.
    But punishments are things about which people do not always agree, and when the princess suddenly felt she was really the man she had pretended to be, she was delighted, and if the hermit had only been within reach she would have thanked him from her heart.
  • The Marquise-Marquis of Banneville: Mariane, the daughter of the Marquise of Banneville, falls in love with the charming Marquis de Bercourt. But Mariane’s overprotective mother and the Marquis himself keep coming up with excuses to avoid the wedding. As it turns out, Mariane was assigned male at birth and Raised as the Opposite Gender, as is the Marquis. When the two lovers learn they've been fretting over the same secret, they accept each other for who they are, continue living their lives as they please, and guarantee the existence of a rightful heir that will keep Mariane's scheming uncle away from the family fortune.

    Films — Animated 
  • Barnyard: Otis being a male cow with udders, combined with Ben misremembering a moment with Otis as a moment with his non-existent sister, is often used to point to Otis as being trans.
  • 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).
  • Brother Bear: Kenai's arc revolving around his idea of what it means to be a "man", involving physical transformation, rings a bell with some trans people.
  • A Bug's Life:
    • Francis the ladybug is interpreted by some fans as a trans man due to possessing feminine Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, as well as him 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.
  • Ash Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox is interpreted by some to be either Ambiguously Gay or trans, given his feminine features (the facial fur markings around his eyes look like makeup), how his superhero costume is made out of a girly wool sweater and a lacy cape (Beaver's son even points out that Ash "dresses like a girl"), and how when his dad talks about his thoughts when mom was pregnant with him — "I kept wondering: 'who's this little boy gonna be'?" — Ash awkwardly adds: "Or girl!"
  • 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.
  • Robots: Many fans often interpret Rodney Copperbottom as a trans man due to the fact that he had to wear "hand-me-downs," as in body parts, from his female cousin around the time a human would start puberty. He's clearly embarrassed by this, and he gets rid of them upon becoming a young adult. In general, the fact that male and female segments can be easily switched and that poverty apparently forces hand-me-downs heavily implies that a sizeable portion of the robot population underwent situations like these, though its portrayed rather negatively.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Some Evil Dead fans interpret series protagonist Ash Williams as a trans man, on account of his full name being "Ashley Joanna" and his status as a male Final Girl.
  • Giant Little Ones: Though the film is unclear on whether Mouse is meant to be a teen trans boy or just butch lesbian, audience members generally lean toward interpreting the character as the former, given Mouse's fascination with the idea of having a penis and using a strap-on while having sex with women.
  • 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.
  • Joker (2019): Arthur's an effete-looking man with a passion for makeup and performance and relies on medication to handle the stresses - both seen and unseen - of his existence. His own parents don't love him, adults gets creeped out when he hangs around children and a celebrity that he once idolised publicly mocks Arthur just for being himself. Also, when Arthur asks to be referred to as "Joker", Murray slips a few times and calls him "Arthur", which isn't too far removed from the concept of dead-naming.
  • 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.
  • With The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again making Frank a woman, some fans wonder if she's transgender like her actress, Laverne Cox. Especially when she sings about being a Sweet Transvestite.

    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".
  • Some interpret this exchange between Lemony Snicket and Ellington Feint from When Did You See Her Last? to hint at young Lemony being a transgender boy. The use of Ambiguous Syntax means that Ellington could be talking about dressing up as a boy or the plan the two are about to enact.
    Ellington: What do you think, Mr. Snicket? Do I look like a boy?
    Lemony: No. From a distance, maybe.
    Ellington: How is this going to work?
    Lemony: It's easy. I learned how to do it.
    Ellington: From your organization.
    Lemony: Yes.
  • The Discworld has the dwarfs, an entire species whose culture has only one gender (Always Male) and the biological aspect is completely separated from their presentation. When younger dwarfs emigrate to Ankh-Mopork, some of them decide they want to distinguish themselves by presenting as women just as the humans do, the first one to do so in-series being Cheri (née Cheery) Littlebottom. Interpreting Cheri (and later ones like Dee and Rhys) as a trans woman is consequently very popular.
    • Monstrous Regiment also has Jackrum, who is very frequently interpreted as a trans man due to having spent so long playing Sweet Polly Oliver that he feels uncomfortable with the idea of returning to a woman identity. The narration also only refers to Jackrum as 'she' during The Reveal, only to return to 'he' during the character's last appearance.
  • Fate/Apocrypha introduces Saber's "son" Mordred, who is technically a homunculus clone of her father. Like her "father" she was Raised as the Opposite Gender, though she is (usually) referred to by feminine pronouns and wears feminine — if tomboyish — clothes. However, Mordred is brash and aggressive, and treating her like a woman (as well as treating her too much like a man) is a major Berserk Button — leading fans to interpret Mordred as being trans or nonbinary despite Nasu stating definitively that Mordred is obviously a woman, with some insisting that he is conflating gender identity and biological sex.
  • Princess Ozma of the Land of Oz series grew up as a young boy named Tip, but she was born female, this was a spell cast on her as a baby by the witch Mombi to hide her identity. The spell was undone, and not much more was ever said about it in the original books (not surprisingly since they were written in the early 1900s). Modern fan fiction writers however often have Ozma’s transition be much less seamless than it appeared, making her either a Tomboy Princess or giving her even more severe gender identity issues. Whether or not she still feels more like the boy she grew up as inside or identifies as a female varies.
  • George (short for Georgina) from The Famous Five has gotten this speculation over the years she seems to have traits that go above and beyond what you would normally expect from a tomboy. She even outright declares that she wishes she wasn't born a girl at one point, although that was arguably more to do with the Stay in the Kitchen mentality of the time than anything else.

    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.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which already had an extensive LGBT Fanbase due to the characterization of Jadzia Dax and Elim Garak, developed a fringe theory that Quark is possibly a closeted transgender woman or nonbinary person. This is based mainly on the rather notorious episode "Profit and Lace": after going through an Easy Sex Change as part of a Zany Scheme, the normally male-identifying Quark, who is from a No Woman's Land society, appears to have remarkably little difficulty transitioning to being a woman for the duration. As nearly everybody involved considers this episode an Old Shame and most fans would rather not acknowledge its existence, this is very unlikely to be further explored.
  • This essay by a trans woman makes a case for interpreting Wilhelmina Slater of Ugly Betty as trans, and a better example than Alexis, a canonically trans character. The main point is that Wilhemina's obsession with maintaining her feminine looks (including cosmetic surgery), her former identity as the mousy unattractive Wanda, and her goal to reclaim what she considers to be a rightful position as editor-in-chief all hold more weight if she lives in fear of transmisogynistic stigma.

    Music 
  • Since Vocaloid's only canon is that there is no canon, many fans like to do this with their characters. The most common examples are Hatsune Miku herself and Kagamine Len. In Miku's case, she's either portrayed as a trans girl or a very, very staunch ally of trans peoplenote , while Len is often portrayed as a trans boy—fans often point to factors such as his status as Rin's "identical" twin brother (a physical impossibility for twins of different sexes), the recurring fanon of Len being uncomfortable with being Dragged into Drag or treated as "cute" and the common rumor that early in development Len was originally going to be a girl before it was decided he'd be a boy instead to satisfy fan demand for more male Vocaloids.
  • Evillious Chronicles:
    • Behemo Barisol mostly claims to be a crossdressing man, but given the fact that he refers to his "sister"/alternate universe counterpart Levia Barisol as his "ideal self" (whilst also being kind of vague as to what he means by that) and his acknowledged status as a lying liar who lies, it's not hard to interpret him as a trans woman instead.
    • Many of the Len characters in the series are interpreted as trans boys, mostly due to the same Half-Identical Twins issue mentioned above.
    • Michaela is often read as a trans woman, after the reveal that in a previous life she was Lich's brother who got Michaela as a nickname when Held misread her name off the class registry; despite this, she's known exclusively as Michaela outside of references to the past. Like other people who reincarnated into forest spirits (who have No Biological Sex) her memories of her old life were blocked off, and when Elluka transforms her into a human woman she seems fully comfortable as such (if a bit confused by Elluka's insistence she has to be a woman) and uses this form even centuries later. She's the only known character whose gender changes over multiple reincarnations, not counting forest spirits, and even then Lich, Eater, and Gumillia all retained their previous gender identities after leaving the forest and getting human/humanoid bodies.

    Myth & Religion 
  • Ovid's The Metamorphoses features a figure named Iphis, who was born a girl but Raised as the Opposite Gender due to her father wanting a boy. Thing is, Iphis doesn't seem to mind up until she gets betrothed to a woman named Ianthe and worries that she'll reject her upon discovering her birth sex. The issue ends up resolved when she's fully and implicitly permanently transformed into a man by the gods and then he and Ianthe live Happily Ever After. While Ovid was more or less writing this as a tract about how "wrong" lesbianism is, it's not hard for modern audiences to reinterpret the story as a trans Coming-Out Story, especially since Iphis' worries that his lover will reject him if she discovers his assigned sex at birth is a common concern for real-life transgender individuals and in the end, Iphis only finds happiness when he becomes a man for real with the help of a goddess.
  • Persephone has been interpreted as a trans man for a couple of reasons, including that her birthname was Kore (which translates to girl or maiden) and that since pomegranate can boost salivary testosterone levels (not enough to be applicable to tangible real life changes), it can be seen as a metaphor for Hades giving her the means to transition. But most importantly due to Persephone being considered to be dead on some level after eating the pomegranate seeds, including by Demeter. Being grieved as if dead or corrupted by loved ones despite being alive and well is something many trans people can relate to, especially transmasculine people after the pseudo-scientific theory of Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria took off, which postures that transness, and transmasculinity in particular, is communicable.
  • It isn't uncommon for people to interpret Loki as non-binary or at least genderfluid (even ultimately adopted by Marvel's take on the deity) due to the fact that he shapeshifts into female forms rather casually, as well as to spite conservative Asatruar.

    Theatre 
  • Anybodys in West Side Story (and in the 1961 film, where she's played by Susan Oakes) is a tomboy aspiring member of the Jets who has short hair and is delighted when Ice refers to her as "buddy boy" like he would any other male member of the Jets. This has led people to speculate on her being actually trans masc and West Side Story (2021) makes this explicit by making Anybodys explicitly trans, and played by nonbinary actor Iris Menas.

    Video Games 
  • A3: Yuki is a Wholesome Crossdresser who enjoys cute things and insists on being referred to as male, leading some fans to headcanon him as either nonbinary, a gender-nonconforming trans boy, or a closeted trans girl.
  • 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.
  • Deltarune:

    • A fair amount of people interpret Noelle as transgender; this likely stems from her already being a confirmed LGBT+ character (having a crush on Susie) and the fact that, despite being a female reindeer, she has antlers during the same time of year as her father.note 
    • Headcanoning Berdly as trans — both as a trans man and as a closeted trans woman — is also somewhat common among fans, in part thanks to his fascination with having nipples in Chapter 2 and his close association with Noelle, herself commonly headcanoned as a trans woman. The "closeted trans girl" interpretation of Berdly further stems from longtime jokes in the trans community about dudebro gamers who are fascinated by "beautiful gamer girls" and constantly play as female characters before eventually realizing that they were the beautiful gamer girls all along.
    • It's also common to interpret Spamton as a trans man, due to him wanting to transfer himself into a different body, and refusing to be put into the mannequin that looks just like him in a dress.
  • 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. She has also described herself as having "discarded the concept of gender" and in one interlude briefly has to stop and think about what gender to make her new Body Backup Drive before settling on another female body. Needless to say, trans and non-binary 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. This essay discusses the interpretation of Cloud as a trans woman in light of his struggle with the unattainable masculine ideal of Sephiroth.
    • 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 Sora, 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). Link has, in fact, taken on an almost memetic status within the trans community, being seen as nonbinary, transmasculine, transfeminine, and everything in between at various points by various people.
    • 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, adopted under duress.
  • 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 Transhuman 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.
  • There's a meme among LGBT fans of Minecraft to claim that the bees are trans. While more of a joke than a serious interpretation, fans use the fact that all Minecraft animals are genderless and can breed with one another as support for nonbinary interpretations.
  • 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.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has Rivet, Ratchet's alternate universe counterpart. Alongside being a female alternate of Ratchet, there is the fact that she is a Female Lombax who has a tail, despite the only previously seen female lombax being tailless, with Word of God confirming that female lombaxes are born as such.
  • 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 gender reassignment imagery. 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 pitched by her creative team as being a transgender woman. 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 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.
  • Artist Molly James, while playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, commented on a possible reading of Cal Kestis as a transwoman, noting that he seems most comfortable around women, with the majority of both his allies and enemies being female, and that he either lets down or is let down by all the male role models in his life, namely his hypermasculine Jedi master and a fallen Jedi who tries to seduce him to the dark side.
    Molly: [going through a through an obstacle course trying to reach Cal's master] Look at that ideal of masculinity that you will never truly reach.
  • 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 is Mad Mew Mew, another ghost that goes from using "they/them" to "she/her" while trying to fuse with a Mew Mew Kissy Cutie doll. 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. The fact that Charmy is wearing a jacket in contrast to how most of the other male Funny Animals wear only gloves and shoes may have also contributed to this interpretation, as the only anthros who wear anything else besides gloves and shoes are almost all female.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has Chihiro Fujisaki, a boy who crossdresses as female to avoid being bullied for being weak and "unmanly". 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, often because of how exactly the story was handled. 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. In any case, Chihiro being transgender is a very common interpretation of the character in fanworks.
    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!"
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: Some people believe the reason Natsuki's dad disapproves of her childish girly tastes is that 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 four girls as cisgender, but has no issue with people referring to any of them as trans in fan works about the story.
  • Fate/stay night: Saber, whose backstory involves her having been Raised as the Opposite Gender and living as a man for the majority of her life — to the point of marrying a woman to keep up appearances, is sometimes headcanoned as being trans or nonbinary, especially due to her insistance early on that she doesn't see herself as human — let alone a woman — and looking very handsome wearing a men's business suit in the prequel Fate/Zero. This is despite her being consistently referred to with feminine pronouns, not having a problem wearing women's clothing in the modern day, and her coming to terms with her femininity in the Fate route, where she reconnects with her repressed humanity and becomes Shirō's lover.
  • 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 
  • Happy Tree Friends: Flaky was originally envisioned as male, but after many viewers thought she was female, the creators eventually stated her to be female. Because of this, along with her not having eyelashes like the other female characters, some fans portray her as a trans girl who hadn't came out yet when her first episodes aired.
  • Inanimate Insanity: A common fan theory is that Lightbulb is transfem, for three reasons. One, her voice is one of the more masculine ones in the show. Two, she was originally intended to be male, but was rewritten to be female to balance out the show's gender ratio. Third, and most importantly, she was the only one to figure out that Paintbrush is nonbinary on her own, which could imply that Lightbulb herself is LGBTQIA+. The II crew have been accepting of such a theory, but have refused to confirm or deny it.
  • Nora Valkyrie from RWBY is often considered to be a trans woman by virtue of her Atlas outfit being the colors of the trans pride flag.
  • Spooky Month:
    • Roy is often seen as a trans boy, due to him being shorter and having a higher pitched voice compared to both Ross and Robert, and the shadows near his eyes resembling eyelashes.
    • Skid is commonly interpreted as a trans boy due to his maskless self looking rather feminine, in combination with his high pitched voice.
    • Robert is often seen as nonbinary, due to his voice actor, Coffee, also being nonbinary.

    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. This fan theory got an indirect nod in the post-canon sequel The Homestuck Epilogues (Meat), when Roxy, Dave's biological mother, comes out as transmasculine and becomes basically a clone of Dave, matching his exact appearance and mannerisms.
    • 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). There's also something about her that Thor felt the need to reassure her about, although since he went out of his way to keep the details private it could be anything. 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 
  • In Amphibia, it's common among fans to depict one or all of the main trio as trans in one way or another, frequently as part of an ensemble; Anne as a trans girl (particularily after a scene in season 2 where she talks about finally being happy about "who [she] sees in the mirror" and another in season 3 where she talks about not really loving herself before her Character Development), Marcy as nonbinary, and Sasha as either a trans guy or transmasculine. This reading of Sasha frequently sees her as "overcompensating" her gender, first by being a cheerleader and having similarily girly hobbies on earth, then fully falling into Testosterone Poisoning after ending up in Amphibia.
  • 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!"
    • Though not nearly to the extent of Gene, some fans have interpreted Tina as trans due to her somewhat androgynous design and distinctly male-soundingnote  voice. The fact she was originally meant to be a male character in the pilot further supports this.
  • Numbuh Four in Codename: Kids Next Door is the shortest member of the team and is vocal about his dislike for girly things. His parents send him to an all-female boarding school, his father takes him to Take Your Daughter to Work Day despite the job holding a similar event for sons the following week (though he insists it's because he DOESN'T have a daughter), and is mistaken for a girl in "Operation P.L.A.N.E.T.", leading to many fans interpreting him as trans.
  • The titular character of Cybersix is a female superhero, whose civilian identity is a man. The show doesn't explain why she chose a male Secret Identity (only the original comics do), and she seems comfortable presenting as a man, which led a number of fans to interpret Cybersix as genderfluid or nonbinary instead of female.
  • 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.
    • He refuses to shower when other boys are in the locker room.
    • He is the only boy in the waterpark episode to wear a shirt in addition to swim trunks.
    • 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.
    • Roxanne Featherly, while not given as much focus as the other character, is also given a bit of this due to having green feathers, whereas in Real Life only male ducks have those.
    • Likewise with Violet Sabrewing, as in real life only male violet sabrewing hummingbirds have her coloration.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In an interview with storyboard artist Joel Dickie, he remarked that he saw Edd becoming a woman when he grows up; while unknown how serious he was being (in the same sentence he says Ed would become president), many trans people have nonetheless embraced Edd as one of them.
  • 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 seems 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.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Dipper 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, which some either took as the theory being Jossed or just further proving it.
    • Grenda is often interpreted as a trans girl because of her deep, gruff voice and buff appearance.
  • Infinity Train has Lake, who has an "object name" and a very alternative fashion sense. She also has themes of not being accepted, and declaring herself as her own person, and not who she's "meant to be" (which in her case, is a reflection). This leads a pretty fair portion of fans to believe she's trans, or at least an allegory. Due to her she/her pronouns in canon, and her more androgynous buzz cut, most people in this theory's camp say she's non-binary.
  • 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.
  • The Owl House:
    • Luz is occasionally interpreted as nonbinary, or at least gender non-conforming, owing to her androgynous design, grom outfit combining a suit and a tutu, and even calling herself "a bad boy" at one point. Dana Terrace has described Luz as gender non-conforming, but it was a comment on her appearance and how she had to fight the censors and executives, who wanted her to look more traditionally feminine, not a confirmation of her gender identity.
    • Luz' doppelganger Vee is frequently interpreted as a trans person. She is worried about what her "mother" might think if she revealed her true identity, and has a name she goes by that is different from her preferred name.
  • 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.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Bow and Perfuma are often interpreted by fans as a trans man and a trans woman, respectively.
    • Bow is an "honorary member" of the leading council in the Princess Alliance, despite admitting himself that he's not a princess. Every other member of the council is a woman. He's also noticeably covering his chest, even when bathing. Finally, the episode where Glimmer and Adora meet his fathers reads heavily like a coming out story.
    • Perfuma was initially designed as a trans woman, but character designer Ray Geiger didn't think they'd get it past the censors, and thus didn't push the issue. They regret not pushing it, since the series later introduced a canonically trans character, Jewelstar, a trans man.
  • 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 (though most of this is seemingly jossed by the Post-COVID specials, which show the characters as adults):
    • 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 Wars: The Bad Batch features Omega, the first female clone (voiced by New Zealander Michelle Ang) in the franchise. Since Jango Fett, the template, and every other clone are male, and Star Wars has never used the Opposite-Sex Clone trope, it quickly led to theories about her being a trans girl. The theories gained even more fuel after the episode "Bounty Lost", in which it was revealed that Omega is an "unaltered" clone with no growth acceleration, the only other one besides 'Alpha'—better known as Boba Fett. A later released novel established that there is precedent for trans woman clones.
  • 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. Others came up with a new interpretation of Marco being genderfluid due to the fact that he likes flexing his abs as his adult self as much as he doesn’t mind wearing a dress.
  • 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 "Horror Club", he is shown in a flashback with shoulder-length hair and is anxious about the prospect of anyone seeing the way he looks in a photo. He is significantly distressed by this flashback. In "The New Lars", his mother calls him Laramie (which is a gender-neutral name) 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.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Plum Pudding was originally created as a boy, but was changed to a girl later in the 80s after a period of her being missing. Thus, a lot of the fan base headcanons her to be a trans girl.
  • Total Drama:
    • B is sometimes interpreted as a trans guy due to his Embarrassing First Name being "Beverly," which in this interpretation is treated as his deadname. He also never speaks (which in fanon is sometimes attributed to voice dysphoria) and is one of the few male characters to never be seen shirtless.
    • Noah and Cody are both often interpreted as trans boys due to their small stature and their existing popularity with the LGBT Fanbase.
    • Similarly, Sierra is sometimes interpreted as a trans girl because of how tall she is and her relative popularity with the LGBT Fanbase. Since one of her defining traits is being madly in love with Cody, a substantial number of fans interpret Cody and Sierra as a transgender couple.
  • 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 (while the Galaxy Garrison does accept female students, she had already been banned from there after trying to infiltrate it as a girl). A few fans went the other way and interpret Pidge as a trans girl who essentially went back into the closet as part of her disguise. Other fans interpret Pidge as nonbinary because her voice actress, Bex Taylor-Klaus, is nonbinary.

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