In fiction, the term gender bender may refer not only to characters modeled after real-life gender benders, but also to characters who undergo changes in their physical sex – magically or otherwise – throughout the story. A work of art which challenges gender roles or features gender bending or transgender characters may itself be referred to as a "gender bender."
In Orlando: A Biography, an influential novel by Virginia Woolf published in 1928, the protagonist lives three hundred years and in the middle transforms from a man into a woman.
A historical and well-studied example of "gender bending" in English narrative is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
The manga and anime series Ranma ½, features a main character who regularly switches from male to female due to a magic curse.
The manga and anime series Soul Eater, many of the main characters go into a magical book with each chapter being one of the seven deadly sins. In "Lust" each person is "gender bended" to test their temptation of the opposite sex.