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Basic Trope: A gender-nonconforming character is hypersexualized by the plot or characters.

  • Straight: Chris, who is of Ambiguous Gender, constantly finds themself in Fanservicey situations or hit on by other characters of either gender.
  • Exaggerated: Chris is a character with Gag Boobs, Biggus Dickus and an Impossible Hourglass Figure, who will have sex with Anything That Moves and is constantly followed by a harem of both sexes and always wakes up in a Bed Full of Women...and Men.
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  • Downplayed: Chris is written to make the audience assume that they are one gender, but this is never explicitly stated. They get lots of subtle looks and flirtations from other characters, but we never know what comes of it (if anything).
  • Justified: Chris is a Love God or some other deific being that embodies human passion, and thus is attractive to everyone, including the audience.
  • Inverted: Chris is the Token Wholesome and the only character who isn't sexualized within the story.
  • Subverted: The audience hears about a really sexy character named Chris is assumed to be transgender because everyone refers to them with both male and female pronouns. However, it turns out there are actually TWO Chrises, one male and one female, whom everyone was mixing up.
  • Double Subverted: ...But one of those Chrises (if not both of them) are non-conforming or non-binary.
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  • Parodied: Kryz, a character from the nudist Planet Transgendia, lands on Earth and captivated humans line up to hop aboard their Pleasure Ship.
  • Zig Zagged: Chris questions their gender identity, not sure if they identify as trans or not, but tries to look sexy in a variety of methods, to mixed success.
  • Averted: Chris is a transgender character and has no more or less sex than anyone else.
  • Enforced: Ambiguous Gender characters are popular, so studio execs throw Chris in their story, but don't bother fleshing them out and just make them hypersexual.
  • Lampshaded: Chris admits that they are acting like the Stereotype of a sex-crazed non-heterosexual, but they don't care because they're having fun.
  • Invoked: A character is able to Make a Wish and asks for a "perfect sex partner"—Chris, a Sex Shifter who can bring ANY sexual desire to life.
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  • Exploited: Chris is a spy who is able to live as any gender they choose, and can change identity at will to seduce a target.
  • Defied: Chris dresses and acts very conservatively because they are sick of being seen as someone's sexual fetish.
  • Discussed: Chris tells a confidant that although they at first relished the attention and exhilaration of being sexualized by several other characters, they eventually realized no one actually cared about them beyond that.
  • Conversed: Two transgender characters discuss how trans characters in fiction are always the raunchiest or most sexual, and whether this is good or bad for trans people in general.
  • Implied: Chris's sexual side is never shown on camera, but a lot of offhand remarks and glossed-over moments indicate that they get into some kinky stuff on their own time.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Chris is sexualized and raunchy, until one day they meet a trans woman who isn't conventionally attractive and has a miserable life. Chris comes to realize that the stereotypes they embraced about themself is something that doesn't apply to most trans people—and in fact, gives others the wrong idea about them.
    • Chris' flirty and seductive behavior ends up branding them as a creep in the wrong place at the wrong moment, becoming a pariah among transgender people as a result. It's not helped by the fact that this became the only way they socialized since coming out, as the first people who met them liked it and they stuck with it.
  • Reconstructed: Chris is torn between enjoying the liberating feeling of their lifestyle and attention and the realization that they are merely being treated as an object. From then on, they no longer indulge or laugh off unwanted advances or touching, or indulge in really terrible stereotypes. They still aspire to be sexy, but not in a way that's dehumanizing.
  • Played For Laughs: Chris is way, way sexier than any cisgendered person in the story, and this is demonstrated by a number of gags, especially involving people who don't know what gender they are.
  • Played For Drama: Chris is much more sexy and raunchy than other characters, but this is because (following horrible abuse and tragedy in their past) they are desperately seeking positive feedback, even if they know it's superficial.

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