TV Tropes about Gender, Sex, and Trans Topics

By , September 29, 2009 11:26 pm

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a bit of an obsession with TV Tropes, with tropes defined as “devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.” It’s as great a time-killer as WikiPedia, with more mass media and less actual “knowledge.” In addition to describing the trope, each page also has a list of comics/books/movies/shows/etc that demonstrate the trope (and often have snarky commentary as a nice bonus). Basically, it’s this.

Anyway, I’ve been bookmarking TV Tropes pages about gender, sexuality, and trans issues. As a culture-related site with a page about the Whateley universe, they have some good pages that seemed like they were worth sharing.

We’ll start with Transsexual. Their definition –  “people who are not at all happy with the sex they were born with (more clinically, whose gender identity is out of whack with their biological sex)” – actually isn’t too bad. They also go on to differentiate between transgender, transsexual, transvestite, and so-on.

Gender Bender – A main character has somehow (magically, sci-fi, curse, doesn’t matter) switched genders

Attractive Bent Gender – when a man is seen as a woman (turned into one, cross-dressing, masked by a magic spell, whatever) someone (or everyone) will inevitably see him as beautiful

Sweet on Polly Oliver – The opposite of above, where a woman appearing as a man will inevitably be found attractive by some man, who then feels intensely uncomfortable at being attracted to a “man”

Mandy’s Law of Anime Gender Bending“Once a girl has been created, circumstances will conspire to keep her a girl.” It’s true. It really is.

Easy Sex Change – TV, movies, or bullshit political arguments about how “easy” sex changes are

Man I Feel Like a Woman – The inevitable sequence fictional men go through when suffering from a gender bender: shock, staring down at breasts, grabbing crotch, grabbing breasts in disbelief and realizing how good that feels (apparently…)

Dropped a Bridget On Him – The fictional version of “You think she’s hot? She used to be a man!” (Named for Bridget, a cross-dressing character from a video game series.)

Jumping the Gender Barrier – A variant of a gender bender where “someone who would have made a good match if not for gender suddenly is a good match”

Gender Flip – Retelling a story with a main character’s gender being switched, doing a remake of a movie with a character recast as the other gender, etc

Double Standard – I’m gonna hope if you’re reading this blog you know what double standard means…

Wholesome Crossdresser – “usually well-groomed, compassionate, nice and above all, so convincing that his or her sex is mentioned on occasion just to remind newer viewer”

Villainous Crossdresser – Basically, opposite of the above. Often homophobic, transphobic, or generally ___phobic

Different for Girls – When – for whatever reason – a someone goes out as the other gender, and their original gender shines through and makes things super awkward, because they haven’t “had the benefit of the years of acculturation that real members of the other sex have had.” (Basically, how transitioning adults are afraid they look, 24/7. Well, I won’t speak for anyone else. How I’m afraid I look, 24/7…)

7 Responses to “TV Tropes about Gender, Sex, and Trans Topics”

  1. John says:

    I’m sure you look beautiful 24/7

  2. I think this is some sort of weird circular linking going on. I just found this blog from Venus Envy and the top post was on TV Tropes – which I actually read (back in march or april) ALL the Sex and Gender trope pages which I got a lot of other Trans webcomics and manga from one of them (Hourou Musuko) made me add crossdressing to the Double Standard Trope page which you linked here.

    sorry if this is a run on sentence…but I found it an amazing coincidence.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thanks for the post, Shaded Spiriter! I’m glad your explorations have taken you full circle! ::grin:: I hope you stick around, and enjoy the rest of the blog.

  3. John says:

    “full circle”
    Becca, You have a dirty mind

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m not disagreeing that I have a dirty mind, but I wasn’t intending to be dirty here. Let me in on the joke and tell me what I unintentionally said! 🙂

  4. John says:

    care for a chat

  5. PinkKathy says:


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