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Webcomic / Trans Girl Next Door

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"Your friends know I have a dick"

Trans Girl Next Door is an autobiographical webcomic by Kylie Wu hosted on Tumblr. It follows Kylie's adventures coming out and subsequently living as a transgender woman, and all the hilarious awkwardness that comes her way.

Tropes in this webcomic include:

  • A-Cup Angst: Kylie begs for "bigger tits" in the new year. Justified, as she's a trans woman who wants to pass more easily.
  • April Fools' Plot: Kylie pulls a prank on April Fool's Day.
    Friend: That was extremely unoriginal
    Kylie: Maybe I am the Fool.
  • Art Evolution: Around 2019, she began drawing in a more jagged, blocky art style, with even more exaggerated movements and facial expressions.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The creator once promoted a side account where people could see Kylie engage in "adult activities." The account consists of a single comic where Kylie does things like make doctor appointments and do taxes.
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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Early in her transition, she wishes that her hair would grow faster. Her hair does grow faster...on her face.
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: Kylie pranks her friend by putting a bucket full of water on top of her door. Her friend lampshades how unoriginal the idea is, making Kylie feel bad.
  • Cue Card Pause: Used in a Bait-and-Switch when Kylie posts a titillating photo of herself saying, "I finally made an OnlyFans..." before the next picture shows her new merchandise with a continuation of the sentence: "...shirt!!" Specifically, one of her new merch items is a T-shirt saying "Too cute to post free nudes, too ugly to have an OnlyFans."
  • Cuteness Proximity: Parodied in this comic, where Kylie is overwhelmed and goes "Awwww!" at everything - not just kitties, babies, and tiny plants, but also penises and baby poop. She attributes this to her estrogen.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • She gets frustrated because of conflicting information about whether masturbation helps or hurts her transition.
    Kylie: Someone please tell me for sure if I should diddle myself or not!!!
    • Later comments talked more seriously at length about Kylie overcoming addiction to masturbation and porn, though she still has some fun illustrating herself as naked and frustrated.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: Kylie gets horrible food poisoning and scrambles desperately to the bathroom. When she passes a mirror, though, she just has to pause to look at herself.
  • Double Standard:
  • I Want Grandkids: Kylie's mom frets over Kylie not having the help to have a child and her "future children" being frozen in a lab. Kylie finds it ridiculous that her mom sees the sperm as children already.
  • Just Here for Godzillainvoked: In-universe, Kylie's main thought about Orange Is the New Black Season 2 is anger that there weren't more scenes with Laverne Cox.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Kylie exaggerates her perverted tendencies in her comic, and it's hilarious.
  • N-Word Privileges: Implied when Kylie hangs out with another trans woman and they discuss how frustrating it is when waiters misgender them. Kylie then calls her friend "bro," and they share a good laugh.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Kylie acknowledges how "basic" it is that she loves the color pink, but embracing it makes her feel more confident in her femininity, comparing it to her "teenage girl phase."
  • Prone to Tears: Kylie's friend pokes fun at her because the Minions ride at Universal Studios made her cry. Kylie later realizes she's been easily crying because her hormone level went up.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Using an online dating app, Kylie sarcastically introduces herself as "very sexy" and says she "only dates guys with money." She's going to cap it off by introducing herself as humble next, but the guy just blocks her. Kylie assumes he didn't get the joke and bemoans the disappointment of "cute boys with no sense of humor."
  • Selfie Fiend: Kylie loves to take selfies. She claims she's only doing it to document her transition...even though she takes them within minutes of each other.
  • Skewed Priorities: Kylie's apartment building goes on fire. She stops to put on her bra and grab several of her possessions despite everybody saying she should get out of there.
  • Toilet Humor:
    Kylie: I have butthole cancer.
    • The punchline to one comic is Kylie excitedly looking down at a plate of food and imagining "how gnarly [her] poop is gonna be."
    • When buying extra-soft toilet paper, Kylie thinks about how everybody must assume she shits a lot and has an extra-delicate butthole.
  • Trans Equals Gay: Subverted. Kylie is clearly a heterosexual woman but used to identify as a gay man, and early in her transition she still gets excited about hot male celebrities coming out because she's used to assuming she now has a chance with them...then somebody has to remind her that she's actually a straight woman.
  • Transgender Fetishization: Sometimes discussed. For example, one comic describes some guys trans women meet during online dating, including a guy who only sees trans women as a fetish for "discreet hookups" and a guy who wants to "experiment" despite having "experimented" several times before.
  • Trans Relationship Troubles: The comics about dating often revolve around Kylie's awkward love life, such as worries that cute guys can tell that Kylie's trans by her voice, guys being weird to her on online dating, and a guy moving his finger around her lips during coitus, presumably looking for stubble.
  • Trans Tribulations: Almost every comic addresses either Kylie's insecurity about her femininity or her insecurity that other people won't see her as such. There's also several comics where she simply expresses pride in being trans, but that usually stems from her years of struggling to accept it.
  • Visual Innuendo: One comic depicts Kylie pulling a hair off a banana and expressing pain. The last panel depicts Kylie in bed with her bottom half (where said "banana" likely is) obscured.
  • Visual Pun: One comic depicted a girl's penis as a "shenis," a boy's penis as a "henis," a pea with a penis as a "penis" (playing off the pronunciation "pea-nis") and a group of ten penises as a "tennis."
  • Vulgar Humor: Many of the comics revolve around explicit sex jokes, especially when it comes to Kylie's experience as a woman with a penis.
  • "Which Restroom" Dilemma:
    • Kylie decides between the women's room and the men's room. She parodies the notion that trans women only use the restroom to creep up on women, being disappointed when she first uses the women's room because she's not even attracted to women. She shows appreciation for the North Carolina law that forces trans women into men's rooms...because it means she gets to flirt with the men in there.
    • In one comic, she almost goes into the men's room, and has a brief panic that it means she's subconsciously a guy.
  • Womanchild: Discussed in one comic when Kylie paints her dad's toenails while he's sleeping. Since Kylie never got to be a little girl, she has fun doing childish girly things as an adult. She remarks that her affinity for girly stuff is her "teenage girl phase" in another comic.


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