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Basic Trope: A woman looks like a man.

  • Straight: Alice has short hair, a relatively flat chest, and a deep voice, leading others to mistake her for a man.
  • Exaggerated: Even her family sometimes forget she is a woman.
  • Downplayed: One person mistakes Alice for a man, but it is cleared up quick.
  • Justified: The character in question is not a human but of a humanoid species whose females look masculine to a human.
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  • Inverted: Dude Looks Like a Lady.
  • Subverted: Alice says she is actually Transgender.
  • Double Subverted: Alice was joking about being transgender.
  • Parodied: Alice has large breasts, so she is clearly a woman, but she is still mistaken for a dude due to her deep voice.
  • Zig Zagged: Some people think Alice looks like a dude, some don't.
  • Averted: Alice is female, and looks female.
  • Enforced: The author is a feminist, and is trying to subvert gender stereotypes.
  • Lampshaded: "Sorry, miss, I thought you were a man."
  • Invoked: Alice decides to look male to avoid unwanted attention.
  • Exploited: Alice uses the fact that she looks like a dude to pull a Sweet Polly Oliver in a place that doesn't allow women.
  • Defied: When Alice realizes she looks male, she quickly decides to undergo a Girliness Upgrade.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "Hey, Alice! Have you ever been mistaken for a man?"
    Alice: "No. Have you?"
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: Characters, including Alice, joke about how she looks like a man.
  • Played for Drama: Being mistaken for a man causes Alice to have an identity crisis.
  • Deconstructed: Alice begins to hate her masculine features, since it means she'll never be taken seriously as a woman.
  • Reconstructed: In the end, Alice embraces her masculine looks, and instead of pushing her self to be more feminine, she decides to go the Bifauxnen route.

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