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"The Pfeffermans, they all behave really badly — everyone, except Maura, behaves very badly in Season 1. And also, everyone is getting fucked in Season 1, except Maura. It was really my plight, in some way, to sexualize our trans characters this season in a way that’s not reducing them to just being sexual fetishes."
Our Lady J, writer for Transparent

The intersection of Rule 34, the Third Law of Gender-Bending, Trans Equals Gay, and All Gays are Promiscuous, Transgender Fetishization is the practice of placing a transgender character in a hypersexualized role, often as someone that does Fanservice better, or focuses on sexual content more candidly, than the other characters in the setting. For this trope, "Transgender" is being used as a catch-all for many different forms of gender-nonconformity, such as Crossdresser, Ambiguous Gender, Ambiguous Gender Identity, Sex Shifter or others.

A form of escapism that makes transgender/gender-nonconforming characters exotic and hypersexualized, this trope can be quite the double-edged sword. On one hand, demonstrating that trans persons can be conventionally sexy goes a long way in dispelling harmful myths and discomfort with their identities. It also allows creators to push boundaries, explore sexual themes, and experiment with mature ideas, as well as encourage their audiences to do the same. Parts of the transgender community (especially those who are closeted) enjoy the trope, as it allows them to explore sexual themes through the characters.


On the other hand, this trope can still degrade into exploitation with all of the associated problems and pitfalls. It can reinforce the belief that the most significant thing about LGBTQIA people is whether or not other people find them sexy or repulsive, and carries implications that trans people need to conform to conventional standards of beauty to be valid. Like other Flawless Token characters, characters that fall into this trope may be displayed as confident and sexy, but lack depth or agency. Usually, they also lack reciprocated feelings or romance aside from a Lovable Sex Maniac, or another LGBTQIA member of the cast. It can also reinforce the Stereotype that all non-heteronormative activity is sexual by nature.

When abused, this trope can allow a work to seem progressive while still invoking traditional gender role tropes. In the context of transgender women, it can also come across as cynical Loophole Abuse — often an attempt to include tropes such as Ms. Fanservice or the Male Gaze without drawing accusations of sexism by using trans female characters in place of cis-female characters. As this comes from the assumption that the sexualization of male characters in general is less problematic by default than with female characters, it can carry the implication that transgender women aren't technically "real" women. If effeminate cis-male characters are involved instead, they can also used to provide feminine sex appeal while circumventing taboos such as the depiction of female nipples.


This trope is extremely rare to be played for anything except laughs in the United States. The US still has huge problems with homophobia and transphobia in general, and so for the benefit of Moral Guardians, rarely will a transgender person be treated as unironically sexy. Of course, if it's not played for comedy, it's played for drama; while sex work is seen as a common profession in the trans community due to issues of finding work in other trades both during and after transitioning, the portrait of trans sex workers usually leans into a seedy sort of sensuality that makes them objects of desire with hints of pity, tragic creatures of the demimonde. In more niche (or foreign) markets, however, a blatantly fetishistic transgender character isn't that uncommon. Japan, in particular, took this trope to an extreme with the "Newhalf" sensation starting in the 1980s.

This trope is Older Than Feudalism. Various ancient societies have used this trope in varying degrees, such as with the Köçek in Turkey, Onnagata in Japan or the Hijra in South Asia. The Otokonoko Genre runs on it, and it's often paired with She's a Man in Japan. However, it's also common for such groups to be both sexually desired and heavily discriminated against.

One of the more negative uses of this trope occurs when it's combined with the Unsettling Gender-Reveal, as the "sexiness" of the character is twisted for the audience's disgust/amusement. Subtrope of the Third Law Of Genderbending, where a gender-bent character willingly or unwillingly embraces the stereotypes associated with their new gender.

A form of Flawless Token, because it assigns a quality that superficially seems "good" but in such an exaggerated way that the character often becomes a device or object. Related to Attractive Bent-Gender, Bifauxnen, Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite and the Third Law of Gender-Bending. Also related to Elfeminate, whereas elves are considered universally beautiful and attractive because of the ambiguity of their gender.


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  • An unfortunate controversial commercial in the 1990s for the Holiday Inn sees a business man hitting on an attractive woman in the restaurant where their high school reunion is taking place, only to recognize her as his old coworker and friend then known as "Bob".

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  • With their good looks and androgynous features making other people confused over whether they're guys or girls Shiro and Anri of Adekan are frequently made to dress in elaborate and feminine clothing while being hit on sometimes to an unwanted degree and put in fetish-tastic situations and full frontal scenes where they go nude. And Even the Guys Want Him, majorly.
  • Air Gear: Shalott is feminine looking enough to be mistaken as a girl. The billowy Pimped-Out Dress he always wears helps. He also flashes himself to Agito, revealing he's got a Gag Penis. He's in a mutual explicit and homosexual relationship with Arthur and it's portrayed as heartwarming and sexy, with both characters being very promiscuous and even hitting on their opponent Agito.
  • Elegy of Betrayal Knows My Name: According to Luka in the manga, Elegy is actually a man, while Elegy herself claims to have both female and male parts. Elegy is seductive and gorgeous with a Navel-Deep Neckline, a yandere crush on Luka, hints to get sexual pleasure from the pain she puts others through, uses a whip, and frequently does Lecherous Licking.
  • Black Butler:
    • Grell is canonly intended to be a transwoman despite common fanon portraying her as a gay man. She gets numerous fanservice-y scenes. She is also Too Kinky to Torture, goes after Anything That Moves, and is characterized mainly by her sexual obsession with Sebastian.
    • In the anime only, Angela and Ash turn out to be the same character, an angel capable of gender bending. They are portrayed as being very depraved and sexualized despite being an angel, going so far as to sleep with a Hellhound (while the dog is in human form, but still), and offer themselves to Sebastian, who is a demon they antagonize.
  • Giselle of Bleach is implied to be a lesbian trans woman. The "outing" of Giselle by Yumichika and Charlotte has obvious transphobic issues, most of them stemming from the way it's played for a combination of shock value and humour (i.e. having Yumichika, a "good guy", outright call Giselle a man, make an erection joke at her expense, and offer the bizarre factoid that she "smells of semen" note  as evidence for her being trans) Giselle's abuse and sadism towards Bambietta is deep within "psycho lesbian" trope territory, and there's a pretty unmistakable fetishistic quality to it, too.
  • Boku Girl: Mizuki is a feminine boy that got turned into a girl and ever since the change, he's always getting nude scenes and being forced to wear cute or sexy costumes. Even the covers show him in Fanservice-y outfits.
  • Lelouch vi Britannia of Code Geass crossdresses quite convincingly in extra scenes, and many characters, including Suzaku (who is a man), and another man he is entertaining when dressed as a belly dancer, note his attractive girlish appearance. A girl in one crossdressing scene is in awe of how Lelouch makes for such a pretty girl and says she is losing confidence in herself as a woman.
  • Demon Lord, Retry!: Yukikaze, a "girlish boy", is introduced licking a long popsicle, makes constant sexual innuendos and Double Entendres and is very forward about the things he wants Kunai to do to his "holes". He is by far the most sexually-charged character in the series.
  • Akito from Fruits Basket is actually a crossdressing woman who was Raised as the Opposite Gender in the manga. She gets some nude scenes or scenes where her clothing is falling off her and she generates much subtext with both men and women. She is also quite the Bifauxnen and is delicate and frail.
  • Envy of Fullmetal Alchemist technically doesn't have a gender and the main form they prefer to take is that of the body of an androgynous scantily clad man. Some consider their sense of dress complete with bared midriff, androgynous features, nonbinary identity, toned body, flamboyant personality, sexual tension with their enemies Edward and Roy, ability to shape-shift to look like anyone (male or female), sadism, and acting turned on at witnessing other characters trauma to be strangely sexy.
  • Peppo of Gankutsuou is implied to be a transgender woman. She has gorgeous looks and loves to flirt with Albert who she has a crush on. There's a scene in the manga where she is stripped and in the anime she goes on to become a successful model.
  • Kazuki Fuuchouin of Get Backers is Raised as the Opposite Gender and is a male crossdresser that acts as a character who partly exists to titillate both men and women through his occasional nude scenes, an outfit that exposes his collarbones and shoulders, focus on his long shapely legs, and obvious Ho Yay with many male characters. He's androgynously beautiful enough that other characters try to hit on him as they think he's a girl, and the series plays with this to confuse us more by having a scene where he wears a towel wrapped around his chest in a hot spring in a manner much as a woman would.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: Hayate is a Dude Looks Like a Lady bishonen who is frequently made to crossdress and attracts even more looks/attention from men than the various women in the story.
  • Mariandale/Marian from Ixion Saga DT, is a genuine transgender lady, and as revealed during the Beach Episode, she is popular with both genders.
  • Kämpfer: While transformed into a girl, Senou is considered one of (if not the) most beautiful women in his school. The show loves to put him into sexual/fanservice situations while in that form, moreso than any other girl. The show also has a very cagey depiction of lesbianism which furthers the trope: the characters outright define "lesbian" as girls who have feelings for each other during puberty, and the droves of adoring male and female admirers have no real interest beyond fetishizing him (this is Played for Laughs) with Senou's serious Love Interests almost all preferring his male form. The sole exception is Sakura, who is only interested in female Senou but is later revealed to fall into the Psycho Lesbian, All Gays are Promiscuous and Manipulative Bitch tropes.
  • This is a Discussed Trope in Kanojo ni Naru Hi and its successor series Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another, which takes place in a world where some children spontaneously change sex to maintain a 50/50 gender ratio. Such "emerged" people are subject to a lot of positive and negative discrimination because common transgender fetishization tropes like Attractive Bent-Gender are played straight and it's specifically mentioned In-Universe that emerged children face a significantly increased risk of kidnapping by transgender fetishists and unfettered Evilutionary Biologists who want to experiment on them.
  • Hazumu from Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl. It's strongly implied that Hazumu was a trans girl all along without realizing it, and that may have been the reason behind the Gender Bender in the first place. She doesn't protest at all about becoming female and seems to be much happier as a girl than she was as a boy. She also gets the bulk of the fanservice once she becomes a girl, generates crushes in numerous characters no matter their gender or species, and is an Innocent Fanservice Girl.
  • Maken-ki!: Syria is revealed to have originally been a gay man before she obtained her powers, along with the ability to transform into a girl. That's problematic in its own right, but as a girl, she is considered extremely beautiful and sexy—partly because she's American, but even in her homeland she's a Teen Idol. She also becomes one of the girls most aggressively pursuing Takeru...which leads to another issue with her portrayal. Early on, Takeru notes that he feels no attraction to Syria and doesn't understand why, with the implication that he instinctively realized she wasn't "actually" a girl. This later gets resolved when he says he doesn't care what gender she was before she became Syria, but that doesn't counteract his initial gut reaction.
  • Yoite of Nabari no Ou is an attractive delicate intersex character who prefers to be seen as a man and who is implied to have garnered the love of Miharu and the flirtations/come-ons of other characters.
  • Naruto:
    • Haku could be seen as a more beautiful alluring woman than the others if not for the little fact that he's supposedly a guy who wears feminine clothing. Even Naruto acknowledged after finding out his true gender that he’s prettier than his female crush Sakura.
    • Naruto himself has the ability (sexy jutsu) to transform himself into that of a naked female, and in this form is a Lust Object to numerous men.
  • Yuki from No Bra seems to be for all intents and purposes a trans girl. When she's forced to dress as a boy late in the series or risk being kicked out of school the other girls even say that she has the heart of a girl despite having a male body and that she's prettier than all the other girls. She also garners crushes from men who know of her birth gender and is the major source of fanservice in the series, doling out panty shots and the like.
  • Ivankov of One Piece switches genders at will and his female form is one of the more gorgeous and curvaceous women in the series.
  • Haruhi of Ouran High School Host Club is hinted at being genderqueer, as she is female but likes wearing unflattering masculine clothing, is tomboyish, and doesn't mind if people look at her as a man or a woman. She's also considered one of the prettier boys by the female customers who don't know her birth sex and she inspires infatuations in characters of either gender.
  • Kuranosuke of Princess Jellyfish is a beautiful man who crossdresses as a beautiful woman to great effect because he likes to, leading to boatloads of Fanservice, shirtless and nude scenes, fetish fuel, and inspiring crushes in both men and women. He's drawn as prettier than most of the girls in the setting too and people who look at him think he's a model.
  • The three main bishie characters in Princess Princess crossdress as princesses in elegant outfits to help relieve the tension in an all-male school by having them being fawned over by the entire student body. They have a lot of Ho Yay between them when they crossdress or are dressed in male uniforms (or get hit on by boys even when dressed normally), particularly between Tooru and Yuujirou. They also are prettier when dressed as princesses than many of the actual girls that show up.
  • Prunus Girl: Aikawa would be the most beautiful girl of the first-year students except for the little catch that he's a guy and is crossdressing. He also is quite the tease towards his male love interest and is a supplier of fan service, garnering crushes from numerous characters.
  • In Ranma ½, Ranma is often made to wear very appealing outfits when he's in his female form. Even the covers and Side-Story Bonus Art will put her in sexy clothes.
  • Requiem of the Rose King has this with its protagonist Richard III. This version makes him a hermaphrodite with severe gender dysphoria, but the story takes its sweet time emphasizing the feminine parts of his body. Color pages often put him in alluring or elegant womenswear, while in-series Richard faces male suitors falling for him when they discover his breasts, or near cases of sexual assault only avoided because his assailants don't know what to make of his body.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi uses a pen to change into a male once and she/he is hot. Also Haruka says she doesn't mind being considered either a guy or girl and that her gender doesn't matter, as well being drawn as quite attractive whether in her sailor scout outfit or masculine attire and being fawned over by girls who she doesn't hesitate to flirt with. She also is in a lesbian relationship with Michiru with implied sexual connotations and kisses Usagi occasionally who she is fond of.
    • The Sailor Starlights crossdress in their civilian forms (changed to switching genders at will in the '90s anime), with both forms of the four being good looking. Seiya in particular had a nearly nude bathroom scene in the '90s anime which showed off his svelte body and had crushes on girls whether in guy or girl form.
    • Fisheye is portrayed as a crossdressing gay man with feelings for Mamoru and is much more seductive and utilizes their good looks/attributes to charm others more than Mamoru's actual love interest Usagi.
  • Sekirei: Ever since he began to turn into a woman, the number of Fanservice scenes Homura gets has greatly multiplied.
  • To Strip the Flesh has its protagonist, the transgender man Chiaki, spend a lot of time struggling with his desire to be seen as a man and join his father in hunting game, but failing for a long time because his father wants to protect him as a daughter (not helped by trauma relating to his mother dying while he was young). However, he knows that he has a curvaceous female body, so he exploits this trope by livestreaming himself cutting game meat in form-fitting sweaters that show off his breasts. Quite a few pages are devoted to this livestream and what's being focused on, and there are a few scenes that depict him naked, but it's supposed to show the contrast between how he's perceived by the world and his own inner struggle.
  • Nathan of Tiger & Bunny. Nathan was born male and dresses very flamboyantly and sexily (even wearing high heels), and could definitely be seen as being "exotic", uses female Japanese Pronouns (though this is not an uncommon practice among cisgender homosexuals as well, see "lavender linguistics"), and self-describes as "one of the girls". Word of God states that Nathan considers themself to be "gender-free". Also, in the 6th Drama CD Nathan files a request to Yuri Petrov for a gender-neutral locker room. They act seductively towards men as well.
  • Tokyo Ghoul:
    • Fans are divided on whether Mutsuki's (implied to be either genderfluid, a trans man, or a crossdressing woman) moments of being depicted in little to no clothing or girls clothes is fanservice or fan disservice considering their increasing Sanity Slippage and the contexts of the situations they're in, one in which they stabbed and assaulted Uta's (as Haise) corpse while half-naked and declared their love for Haise. However, some fans were pleased when Mutsuki was drawn in woman's clothing, as a Cat Girl, and a bikini in illustrations, the manga, and the calendar. Also many fans find them very gorgeous and to clean up nicely when dressed in a suit. In particular they are popular among both men and women, with one man named Torso having a sexual attraction to them to the point of masturbation and wanting to marry them. They are misgendered as a woman and objectified and seen as a Lust Object by Torso who feels he is Entitled to Have You.
    • There is an ambiguous situation regarding Suzuya's gender identity as they were raised as a girl and castrated by their ghoul mother (who is stated to have been born male but isn't attractive unless you like heavy set trans women/crossdressers with revealing clothing) and occasionally is shown looking stunning in women's clothing and attracts people of both genders.
    • Kaneki/Sasaki is coined by some fans as being genderfluid as he gets a couple scenes where he is portrayed as a woman or made to crossdress whether for cosplay, as part of an April Fools day comic, portraying Cinderella, accidentally getting a female uniform when going undercover with Touka into the CCG, or willingly cross-dressing as "Sasako" as part of a mission. He makes for a beautiful girl and his innocence and Real Men Wear Pink qualities add to the effect. There's also hints on Kaneki being genderfluid or intersex as Nishiki and other characters comment on his androgynous smell (Rize’s strong female ghoul smell from her kakuhou that was implanted into him and his underlying human male smell), his effeminate behaviors/qualities (started as a skinny weak bookworm, skilled with makeup and fashion and in having to act/sound like a woman for an undercover mission, being compared to a woman in a poem, didn’t like to fight, acting like a adoring fanboy when he first saw the fellow male Tsukiyama, had Hide to fight his battles/stand up for him in the past, if he did fight for his life he did things like hitting Nishiki with his bag which made Nishiki mockingly call him a chick, Furuta emasculating him by saying he has a baby face, calls him “my dear Kaneki” and trying to be the alpha male enemy, and his occasional interactions with men and women scenes where he is almost submissive or is beat up which he doesn’t fight back against sometimes due to his Extreme Doormat nature), his constant ship tease moments with other characters regardless of gender, his association with calico cats (Calico cats are almost always female, the exception being a calico with XXY chromosomes: an intersex cat that leans more towards the male spectrum), Haise/Kaneki’s association with the fenghuang or phoenix (Originally the bird was two, the feng 鳳 being the male bird and huang 凰 being the female. The fenghuang is a combination of a man and woman but is the representative figure of the Empress (the tarot card suits Kaneki as well), Haise/Kaneki’s association with Buddha; a man so beautiful that he was sometimes mistaken for a woman alongside his other androgynous qualities (nobody really minded his androgynous appearance because he was so beautiful and wise), and Odin not only gained an immense amount of knowledge after hanging from Yggdrasil for 9 nights, but also became intersex as well as fertile — as in he could birth his own children (the argument continues to this day over the meaning of ‘fertile’ in Odin’s monologue after coming down from the Tree, but the majority conclude that for the time period, the word ‘fertile meant ‘child-bearing’ and ‘womanly’. (And if that isn’t convincing, keep in mind Loki was a male god who gave birth and was the mother to three different beings) and Kaneki is considered quite a pretty Bishōnen who keeps racking up admirers, some of them of the Villainous Crush variety. He doesn’t mind being referred to by the French term “Maman” for mother by Saiko. There's also quite a few scenes where he's dressed in outfits that showcase how built he is and he has many shirtless scenes/nude/shower scenes, and even a sex scene.
  • Dilandau in The Vision of Escaflowne is a female turned into a male who gets a lot of sexual tension with Van, and is one of the more prettier and sexy characters in the series. There's even a fetish-tactic scene where he's wearing nothing but brown panties.
  • Yuureitou:
    • Official art is weird about this. The chapters' covers would make you assume that Tetsuo is an androgynous woman and often present him in fanservicey poses or limited clothing. The manga itself though treats him being a trans man very seriously, though he still occasionally gets Male Gaze. He's quite dysphoric and loathes being seen as feminine. In-series both women and men obsess over his good looks and dignified behaviour, especially his partner Taichi who even at one point imagines himself crossdressing as a woman to have sex with him as well as multiple other male characters having a Suspiciously Specific Denial about his attractive appearance.
    • Taichi initially presents as a cis man before later crossdressing as a woman and finding woman's clothes comfortable, suggesting he has hints of gender fluidity. He is considered cute and is hit on in both male and female clothing to the point of almost rape and sexual harassment or interest at the hands of Marube and men at a village. He receives more comfortable and consensual interest from trans man Tetsuo (which he returns) and a Straight Gay character.
    • Marube mixes Fan Disservice and Fanservice as he wants to be a woman in a bid to feel closer to his beloved deceased wife and hits on multiple characters. He wants to stay young and beautiful and crossdresses, presenting himself as a woman a few times and looks gorgeous if a bit unhinged.

    Comic Books 
  • In Runaways, the genderfluid Shapeshifter Xavin was created to give lesbian Karolina a love interest without violating Marvel's rules about portraying LGBT couples in a series that the company had hoped to aim at younger teenagers. Because Xavin could change shape and gender, they were not technically considered a lesbian, and thus were not subject to the same restrictions that would have applied if they and Karolina were both lesbians. Over time, Marvel's standards loosened and Xavin was Put on a Bus. When Runaways was adapted into a TV show, this aspect was dropped entirely; Karolina is an open lesbian in a relationship with the bisexual Nico, and when Xavin appears, she clearly identifies as a woman while still romantically pursuing Karolina.
  • Mystique from the X-Men franchise rapidly evolved into this trope after her popularity exploded due to the Live-Action Adaptation. While Mystique has always been portrayed as a Shapeshifting Seducer with huge Power Perversion Potential (her original creator even intended for her to "father" a child with a woman), she was once shackled by censorship and editorial mandate. It wasn't until later when sexual themes and non-heterosexual interests started becoming acceptable that Mystique reached her full potential as a genderfluid Ms. Fanservice.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: The character Einhorn, portrayed by Sean Young, is depicted as the most attractive character in the setting. But we don't know that she's transgender until an Unsettling Gender-Reveal at the end of the movie.
  • Boy Meets Girl: The main character of the film is an attractive trans woman who has transitioned for several years, played by Michelle Hendley, who is the same. She has slept with several characters including her best friend who knew her as male, a violently transphobic boy she went to school with, and his girlfriend. The fact that she has a penis is seen as attractive as well, and no part of the story implies otherwise.
  • Breakfast on Pluto: Kitten is either a trans woman or a crossdressing man. Either way, they make a beautiful woman and inspire arousal in-universe and out-universe.
  • The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult: The character Tanya, portrayed by Anna Nicole Smith, is depicted as the most attractive character in the setting. But we don't know that she's transgender until an Unsettling Gender-Reveal at the end of the movie.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Dr. Frank N Furter is portrayed as the most promiscuous, scantily-dressed, and sexually-charged character in the film. While much of the portrayal overlaps with Creepy Crossdresser, whether or not it's Fanservice or Fan Disservice is up to individual interpretations. Many characters in-universe, at least, seem aroused by the character. Played much straighter in the remake thanks to being played by very attractive trans actress Laverne Cox.
  • Soapdish: The character Montana Moorehead, portrayed by Cathy Moriarity, is depicted as the most attractive character in the setting. But we don't know that she's transgender until an Unsettling Gender-Reveal at the end of the movie.
  • Tangerine: An In-Universe example. Razmik is exclusively attracted to transgender women, to the point where he insists a cisgender prostitute he has hired leave and berates her for working his usual block.

    Light Novels 
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts: Hideyoshi Kinoshita is sexually androgynous and he gets more Fanservice scenes than the girls themselves, much to his annoyance.
  • The Ending Chronicle: Despite her body's recurrent Sex Shifting, Shinjou is still the source of most of the Fanservice in the series, with constant Clothing Damage and several nude scenes, no matter if she's "Sadame" or "Setsu" at the moment.
  • Inukashi of No. 6 has an Ambiguous Gender Identity (implied to have been born female but may be a trans man or nonbinary) who has prominent legs which are nicely shown off by their torn pants and are hit on by a higher up from No 6 (and later Nezumi) when successfully passing themself off as a prostitute. They also get a few Ship Tease moments with Shion and once do some Lecherous Licking while holding Shion close to cheer him up.
  • Sukisho: Sunao, Nanami, Hiromu, Shiina, and even Sora gets put into a dress at one point or another in the series proper and some of them are mistaken for girls due to their effeminate looks. Nanami is implied to be transgender and is quite delicate and good looking, attracting many suitors.

  • Invoked with Misty Carpenter, the body swapped heroine of The Identity Matrix: The Identity Matrix Center deliberately reprogrammed her identity to make her a Lovable Sex Maniac for a variety of reasons. While most of these reasons are sinister—they're trying to lay the groundwork to turn her into a sleeper agent against alien invaders, and have determined that pansexuality is a requirement—some of these reasons are just practical—they want to make her the sort of person no one will ever take seriously in case she ever breaks her programming. However, some of their reasons are just rationalizations to assuage their own guilt for turning her into a sex worker, because they can always claim making her a stripper and a prostitute wasn't a punishment as long as she enjoys it. The latter shows up as subtext in a debate about what constitutes sexual exploitation after she learns what has been done to her.
  • Let the Right One In: Eli is technically a transgender vampire that goes around nude at times and is portrayed as beautifully androgynous and attracts some men to them.
  • The Nemesis Series touches on this. After Danny is outed (against her will) as being transgender, the fact that she's an extremely attractive blonde girl means that she gets turned into the figurehead of trans and gender-nonconforming superheroes in the media, despite there having been multiple other such heroes in the past. They just didn't look as conventionally attractive as she does. She's not happy with the whole affair.
  • The intersex slave Sweets from A Song of Ice and Fire is displayed as quite attractive, and their master uses them as an in-universe source of fanservice.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Broad City episode "Citizen Ship," Ilana predicts that everyone on the boat will be into women with penises because "Lawyers love 'em."
  • Sophia Berrset of Orange Is the New Black is an attractive curvy trans woman (in real life too) who is seen as attractive by men and has a wife. One unsavory male guard wants to have sex with her, and there's some transphobic scenarios involving her and her gender identity. She gets some Les Yay with several female characters including one scene where she flirts with Red and asks her if she knows what it's like to be kissed by a transgender woman.
  • Transparent: Inverted during the first season, where Maura was the only character who wasn't engaging in raunchy sexual behavior. Then, it became an Enforced Trope in season 2, after trans writer Our Lady J took the reins. It became her mission to sexualize Maura, but not turn her into an object.

    Video Games 
  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea: One of the posters in Rapture's porn shop has "Gender Bender" proudly displayed as the title, with the pictured protagonist, Chris, appearing to have breasts and a moustache, while wearing masculine clothing and make-up. This is another part of the shop that's intended to demonstrate Rapture's sexual mores, defying the heteronormative standards that would have been present on the surface at the time (while also exploiting non-heteronormative sexuality/gender to make a profit).
  • Occurs in Cyberpunk 2077 with a street advertisement for the in-universe soft drink ChroManticore depicting a female model with a very noticable penis bulge, with the slogan "mix it up".
  • In the shared universe of the Final Fight and Street Fighter franchises, Poison fits this trope. This was an Unbuilt Trope according to the common urban legend of her origin. Poison (and her counterpart, Roxy) were originally created as female adversaries in the Final Fight series, and to provide blatant fanservice. But when the game was ported over to the SNES console, Nintendo of America had a problem with violence against women. So the solution they settled on was to say the two were trans women... because that makes them okay to beat up. The truth is that Poison was always intended to be genuinely transgender. Her concept art had her labeled as "newhalf", which is a somewhat derogatory Japanese term for trans people, similar to "shemale" in English. Regardless, she has always been trans. See this documentary for details.
    • In a general sense, The New '10s have seen a resurgence of the Poison character, thanks to her inclusion in both Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultra Street Fighter IV. Aside from Juri, she's the most provocative character in the setting, and aside from Elena, wears by far the least clothing. Even her fighting style is somewhat based on a dominatrix. In X Tekken, she had very little personality or story beyond that and her status as a trans woman was often alluded to or joked about, but this was heavily toned down in Ultra and she gained some Hidden Depths in her winquotes, though she kept the fighting style for gameplay purposes.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is thought by some to be a flamboyant male villain, but is actually genderless and his flamboyant nature is a major provider of fetish fuel and fanservice in the series, one source being his Overly-Long Tongue, tendency for Lecherous Licking, and literal Blood Lust. He receives numerous close-ups on his toned body and gets ominously flirtatious with Link in several scenes.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: There are some cross-dressing men in the game dressed in female gerudo garb that look attractive and present as women. One helps Link dress in a female Gerudo outfit and the result is an already bishounen Link being bashful and considered to make a good looking girl in his new outfit by flirtatious male characters with some fans saying he looks better than the cis women in the game. Link and the other crossdressing males in the game are definitely prime fetish fuel.
  • Kaine, the tritagonist of NieR, is a beautiful intersex fighter who dresses in what can only be described as "Battle Lingerie". She is by far one of the most sexualized women in her world (even appearing on the Sexy Packaging for the sequel book), and a possible Love Interest for the protagonist. The justification is that the ridiculous lingerie getup leaves no room for doubt that she wants to be treated like a woman.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Played With regarding Birdo, a character of Ambiguous Gender, who looks like a dinosaur with varying colors (but usually pink) and an open, round snout. Due to not being humanoid, Birdo isn't exactly a character designed for Fanservice, but she (usually referred to with she/her pronouns) is portrayed as extremely confident in her appearance and very flirtatious with other characters, especially Yoshi and Popple.
    • In a very minor example lost in translation Vivian from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is intended to be transgender in most non-English versions, including the original. She also gains the move "Infatuate" at master rank, like a kid-friendly version of the page image.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles X, there is a female One-Gender Race called the Definians that have the ability to make themselves look like anyone. While, by their own admission, the shape-changing is only an illusion (their real form is always the same), two of them (based on the sex of the protagonist) might choose to live as male (if only to try and get into the protagonist's pants). Notably, they are from an entire race of Ms Fanservices, and while the protagonist is a Dude/Chick Magnet, these are the most blatant in their sexual attraction, to the point that they plan on fighting over you.

    Visual Novels 
  • Shouko Aihara from Gakuen Saimin Reido is a beautiful transgender girl who used to be a pretty boy (and a jerk) named Akira Aihara but after being turned female by the protagonist, Shouko gains the attention of all the boys in school, out of universe there are multiple fan arts of Shouko.
  • Jun of Happiness has the entire male population of her school conflicted when she dresses as a girl and she is a major source of fanservice, especially when she's briefly turned into a biological girl.
  • Luka Urushibara in Steins;Gate is an extremely effeminate male, to the point that the viewpoint character has to constantly remind himself that no matter how pretty Luka is, he's biologically male, and gets dressed up in cute costumes by the Cosplay Otaku Girl in the group. When given access to time travel technology, Luka uses it to retroactively be born female(... somehow).

  • DAR! A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary has a strip in which the author, Erika Moen, talks about how she finds trans men hot. She even lampshades this trope by having a trans man in the comic say "We are MEN. Not some in-between for you to fetishize," but her Author Avatar dismisses his complaint. She would later get a lot of pushback for this comic, especially from the trans community, and apologized publicly for it in 2012 (the apology can be found on the same page as the comic itself).
  • Subverted in El Goonish Shive: Ashley's favorite manga is Ranma ½, and while she already had an interest in Elliot earlier, she crushes on him really hard after witnessing his transformation into a girl. However, this is specifically due to an interest in transformation of various kinds.
  • Ménage à 3:
    • The only actual trans woman in the series, Senna, is considered one of the most beautiful women in her world, probably rivaled only by the likes of DiDi. This applies both in-universe and out. Unfortunately, she is portrayed with pretty much every negative transphobic stereotype about trans women there is, including rape (she penetrates the male lead anally while he was too drunk to even properly understand what was going on), a moment that is portrayed as a double standard rape as comedy scene without any consequences of any kind. This caused major criticism from real trans folk about portraying the only trans character as an egotistical, obnoxious, self-absorbed diva with a fetish for anally deflowering drunk men, which writer/artist Giselle responded to by arguing that every character in her Sex Comedy is just as bad. However, the story arc in question specifically characterized Senna as being more selfish, more vain, and more sexually forward than most other characters. So whether or not Senna qualifies as this really depends on how you view trans women to begin with.
    • Sticky Dilly Buns: Angel/Angie is genderfluid and alternates between presenting as female and male. They are gay when male and straight when female. They are very attractive with a goth style when presenting as either gender (as either a Pretty Boy or beautiful woman), garner a few crushes towards them, and once get a nude scene complete with Sarashi bindings.
  • In Rain, Gavin finds himself fantasizing about Rain (a transgirl) and Rudy (who sometimes cross-dresses) in a sexual way despite knowing full well who they are and it is different from how he thinks about cisgender girls.
  • Natani of TwoKinds is an attractive transgender man with the biggest breasts out of all the characters, which he binds. He also gets some scenes where he's nude and once uses his feminine body to appeal to a guy he likes.

    Web Videos 
  • ContraPoints:
    • The trope is discussed in the "Autogynephilia" video, in which she points to J. Michael Bailey's The Man Who Would Be Queen as popularizing the trope for modern audiences. In the book, Bailey and his assistants refer to trans women as unnaturally attractive (to the point of Uncanny Valley), and with a natural affinity toward sex work.
    • The negative implications of this trope when combined with Unsettling Gender-Reveal are also examined in her video "Are Tr*ps Gay?", where she dissects the homonymous meme (popularized in Western anime fan communities) and the stereotype it promotes that trans women "deceive" men into having sex with them, the implication being that trans women aren't really women. As she explains, this normalizes long-existing beliefs that result in cis heterosexual men reacting to their own attraction to a trans woman as though it were a threat to their own heterosexuality, leading to the murder and general lack of safety of real trans women in their daily lives (especially poor trans women of color). She also goes further to talk about the popularity of trans women-fetishizing porn with heterosexual male audiences in anti-LGBT states in the US. Not only she uses this to demonstrate that heterosexual men are attracted to trans women, but to explain that the fetishization and dehumanizing representation of trans women in porn (from which cis men often first find out about trans women) also results in a country "full of people who will jerk off to you, but won't give you rights".
  • Renegade Cut: In the episode "Transphobia in Popular Media", Leon talks about the troubled history of portrayals of trans character in Western media, at one point mentioning that the most common role for them was "sex worker". He also brings up usage of the Unsettling Gender-Reveal trope and its overlap with this one; trans women are almost always regarded as temptresses whose very existence lure unsuspecting men into being attracted to them.

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy episode "Quagmire's Dad" introduces Ida, who was Quagmire's father until she transitioned into a woman. She is portrayed as extremely attractive, especially to Brian—who ends up sleeping with her to set up an Unsettling Gender-Reveal gag.