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A character needs to undergo a complete physical sex changeusually through magic or Applied Phlebotinumin order for them to access their powers. Typically, this motivates them to choose a sex transformation they wouldn't otherwise want. With many examples, the character changes back to their original sex when their powers are dormant, especially if they're a Henshin Hero. Others have powers that are always "on", which leaves them transformed persistently, often permanently.
This trope gives a new twist to the classic secret identityas the character not only has to face the responsibility of having great power but also the hardships of living as a new gender. Might be used to deliver An Aesop about how being yourself is greatly empowering. Community Showcase More.
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Get Known if you don't have an. From an ordinary teen boy to Magical Girl. Zig-zagged in Ayakashi Triangle : Matsuri's male-to-female transformation itself has no notable effect on his existing combat abilities—Reo's analysis showed a small Discard and Draw effect, but not one that was ever plot-relevant.
However, because Matsuri's powers are spiritual in nature, his mother finds a way to use his female identity as a bizarre form of mental training. Matsuri dislikes being a girlso doing feminine things causes him mental stress, and overcoming that makes him more powerful. Just by changing from fundoshi to girls' underwear and getting used to it, Matsuri is able to handily defeat an enemy as strong as a one that completely overwhelmed him. Matsuri : I'm not a girl just for show! Comic Books. From Philippine comics, Zsazsa Zaturnnah is an effeminate homosexual and the proprietor of a small town beauty salon.
He has a huge spiky stone that physically transforms him into Boy turned into girl magic story superhuman woman whenever he ingests it and shouts the word "Zaturnnah! His female form is similar in both powers and appearance to Wonder Woman as well as to Darnaanother notable Filipina superheroine, whose stone-swallowing transformation was parodied by Zsazsa's character.
Mantra from The Ultraverse. Originally a male warrior, he gained magical powers after his soul was transferred into the body of a woman. In The Savage Dragonthe power to turn into Mighty Man, a Captain Marvel Expypassed on to Ann Stevens, a nurse who becomes a tall, blond, male superhero when she taps her wrists together.
The HERO Dial in Dial H for Hero will, very rarely, turn a man into a female hero or a woman into a male hero; in the case of "Shocking Suzi", formerly Joe, he lost the dial before he could turn back and remained a superpowered woman for the rest of his life.
Though he was also slowly losing his powers, meaning he'd eventually be just a regular woman. This form was named Animus, in a nod to Carl Jung's theory that women have an unconscious masculine side named the animus. Cybersix inverts this trope, with the titular Artificial Human being female, but crossdressing for her secret identity. Light Novels. In Magical Girl Raising Projectnot all magical girls are female in civilian form. La Pucelle is actually a young boy named Souta Kishibe. He's secretly a magical girl fanboy and jumped at the chance to become a Boy turned into girl magic story magical girl.
He turns into an older woman when he becomes La Pucelle. The protagonist of Princess Holy Aura starts off as a man in his mids, who - owing to the nature of the powers - needs to turn into a year-old girl to utilize them. In order to maintain The Masqueradehe starts needing to use that form in everyday life, too. In the book Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities, the protagonist discovers that his town's superhero, Captain Stupendous, recently died and passed his powers onto his crush, Polly, who now transforms into Supendous' male superhero form.
Eventually the aliens who gave Stupendous his powers show up and give Polly a new, female form. In the Nemesis Seriesthe mantle of Dreadnought transforms its bearer into their idealized form. When it gets passed to the protagonist, a 15 year old transgender girl, it in her permanently becoming physically female. Long story short, in Generation 1, these mutants have an idealized shape they associate with themselves, which can be just about anything — including the "wrong" gender.
The majority of the stories revolve around a clique of students who had a Gender Bender during their origin stories, and are part of Poe Cottage — a dorm deed to hide this fact as well as other LGBI students from the study body at large. Tabletop Games. In the New World of Darkness fan game Princess: The Hopefulit's possible for a player character's to have been male before their transformation.
However, this is not necessarily a source of embarrassmentsince the transformed state is an idealized version of the person in question, so any Princess who gender bends when transforming is probably transgender in the first place. However, they can't just stay transformed permanently because most Nobles don't have that as an option and the ones that do use the magic that drives them insane.
Video Games. Espgaluda series: The heroes are already powerful psychics, but gender-changing makes them into even more powerful psychics. Milton from Fable III is male; however, if the hero is female, Milton will swap genders when he assumes the hero's form, as well as gaining the power of a Hero. He gains super strength, speed, agility and electricity powers, but that electricity is produced by two organs on his chest that look like breasts. There is absolutely no reason for him to gain organic Combat Stilettos though.
Considering what TG-Virus test subjects turned out likeMorpheus got off lucky with his new good looks and powers until he sustains too much damage and his Healing Factor goes out of control Visual Novels. Two other characters Amber and Holly get given their own elemental powers later on when they also get turned into similarly buxom women, but they do not count for this trope as both were already female. Web Comics. Elliot from El Goonish Shive acquires a spell that allows him to turn into a voluptuous superheroine.
Note that he is already pretty powerful due to his Supernatural Martial Arts and occasional Shapeshifting. He also isn't too bothered by the gender-changing aspect: hanging out with Tedd has made him used to that sort of thing, and besides, superpowers! It does somewhat bother him, which ends up being pointed out when he notices every subsequent Boy turned into girl magic story he gets seems to involve making him female for some reason.
Tedd theorizes the original "become a superheroine" spell was influenced by external factors to specify "female", that he's not really fine with this, and that all of his subsequent spells are on some level attempts to correct the initial mistake Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki. However due to the fact that all Valkyries are female, he got transformed into a female to access those powers. He gets two new identities: one as a female version of his other self, and the other as an idealized Magical Girl version of that new self.
Their exposure was accidental, but a voluntary procedure for recruiting new T-Girls is also described. In Jill Trent, She-Sir Science Sleuthwhen Femavium interacts with the spinal fluid of a man, the result is a transformed woman with super powers that seem to vary according to the recipient. Jill gains "girl-brain cells with the proportional density of 58 girls. He is, needless to say, not particularly thrilled by this. Underscoring his unconventional nature, his primary ability consists of the ability to summon a variety of household appliances which he uses as bludgeons or projectiles as the situation requires.
Played with in Magical Boy : Max's Magical Girl transformation does not make him change sex because he's a transgender boy who has not transitioned medically. However, it does put him in a hyper-feminine outfit, and even destroy his chest binder. As Max is very anxious about his gender, partly because his mother is very unsupportivethis flat-out traumatizes him at first. As he gets better control of his power, he manages to make his transformed outfit more masculine.
Western Animation. Downplayed on Steven Universe : Amethyst fights in wrestling matches as "the Purple Puma", using her Voluntary Shapeshifting to become a larger, beefy man. For the most part this is just a Paper-Thin Disguise so her teammate wouldn't learn about her career. Amethyt has mostly the same powers in any form, but at least once Amethyst turned into the Purple Puma for an actual fight it's also an attack in Attack The Light.
The fact that she switches gender is pretty much incidental note Incidentally, she has also transformed into a male police officer, Steven, Greg, and Dogcopter at various times. However, these are more gags than instances of transforming for power.
Like the comic it's based on, Cybersix inverts this; the title character's secret identity is the one she crossdresses for. Alternative Title s : Gender Bender Superpower. Show Spoilers. How well does it match the trope?Boy turned into girl magic story
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