List of fictional trans characters

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This is a list of fictional characters that either self-identify as trans or have been identified by outside parties to be trans. Listed characters are either recurring characters, cameos, guest stars, or one-off characters.[1] For the television and film characters see the List of transgender characters in film and television.

For more information about fictional characters in other parts of the LGBTQ community, see the lists of lesbian (with sub-pages for characters in anime and animation), bisexual (with sub-sections for characters in anime and animation), gay, non-binary, pansexual, asexual, and intersex characters.

The names are organized alphabetically by surname (i.e. last name), or by single name if the character does not have a surname. If more than two characters are in one entry, the last name of the first character is used.

Animation[edit]

Characters Show title Character debut date Notes Country
Alice Superjail! September 28, 2008 A hulking and muscular head prison guard of Superjail. She is a trans woman[2] who regularly engages in sadomasochistic rituals with the prisoners, and rebuffs The Warden's constant advances as shown in episodes like "Jailbot 2.0." She may have dated women before, and has sex with The Mistress, a series antagonist who is proprietor of Ultraprison, an all female prison as shown in the episode "Stingstress." United States
Megumi Amatsuka Cheeky Angel June 4, 2002 Megumi is a physically attractive trans woman who retains her masculine mannerisms and fighting abilities, which she uses very often, attracting the 'Megu-chan Protection Club', a group of misfit admirers.[3] Nobody else knows she used to be a boy but was transformed into a girl. Initially, only Megumi's best friend, Miki, knew her secret, however the protection club quickly finds out.[4] Japan
Makoto Ariga Wandering Son January 20, 2011 Makoto, known as Mako for short, was assigned male at birth like Shuichi, expressing a desire to be a straight trans woman primarily due to her love of men and crossdressing like Shuichi.[5] She dreams of entering into a relationship with a cool adult man.
Barney DeadEndia 2021 In an interview on August 17, 2020, series creator Hamish Steele explained how the show changed from its original iteration on Cartoon Hangover in 2014, and the graphic novels that followed it,[6] stating that she is grateful for showrunners who fought for LGBTQ characters in their shows, adding that there was "absolutely no pushback from Netflix about representation," while describing Barney as a trans male character.[7] She also hoped that the show will help out "more trans creators getting their chance to tell their stories" while hinting at other LGBTQ characters in the show apart from Barney. United Kingdom
Rachel Bighead Rocko's Modern Life September 25, 1994 In the Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling special Rachel is revealed to be a transgender woman when Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt find her.[8][9] United States
Cagliostro Symphogear AXZ July 1, 2017 She used to be a man who was a swindler known for his endless lies, before being granted a perfect body by Saint-Germain, becoming a trans woman, as noted in the episode "Last Resort."[10] Cagliostro has since sworn to never lie about her feelings. Japan
Cha-Cha Bob's Burgers March 6, 2011 Cha-Cha is a transgender sex worker who appears in the episode, "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?".[11] United States
Candy Caramilla Space Goofs 1997 Candy is the uptight homosexual neat freak. They get in touch with their feminine side by sometimes disguising themselves as a woman as shown in episodes like "Heavy Metal Madness" and "Back to School Blues." In many situations, Candy is the first to worry, as shown in the episode "Snoutra." Candy flirts with men and is implied to be transgender.[12] This implication is confirmed by the game, "Stupid Invaders" with Candy planning a gender reassignment surgery with the best specialist in the universe. France
Yawara "Tiger" Chatora My Hero Academia April 3, 2016 Although not mentioned in the story, the author stated in the character introduction that "Yawara was formerly female until he took a trip to Thailand."[13][14] As such, Yawara is a trans man. Japan
Ida Davis Family Guy May 9, 2010 The "father" of Glenn and Brenda Quagmire and the ex-"husband" of Crystal Quagmire. Ida (formerly Dan) was a war hero in the Vietnam War, and was thought to be a homosexual by Peter. When Glenn asked his "father" if this was true, Ida claimed that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and came to Quahog for a sex reassignment surgery, taking the name Ida Davis afterward as noted in the episode "Quagmire's Dad."[15] From Season 17 onward, she became a recurring character, and some criticized her role in the show, stating that her character was previously the "butt of many transmisogynistic and transphobic "jokes,"" and that the show does not promote inclusivity.[16] United States
Ollie de Ooievaar Alfred J. Kwak December 24, 1989 Ollie is one of the protagonist's close friends. At the start of the series he is referred to with female pronouns, but after a timeskip he starts using male pronouns. This is never directly addressed during the series. In a Dutch inteview from 2013 Ollie was confirmed to be a trans man.[17] Netherlands
Aoi Futaba You're Under Arrest November 12, 1996 Aoi Futaba was initially male but once had to go undercover as a woman in a sting operation to catch some male molesters targeting women as shown in the episode "The Beauty, His Name is Aoi." However, she went "native" and has since considered herself and has been treated by her colleagues as a trans woman.[18] Though her romantic preferences are made unclear, she seems to prefer men, as shown in episodes like "Aoi-chan has a White Rose." Japan
Herbert Garrison (formerly Janet Garrison) South Park August 13, 1997 Originally presented as a closeted homosexual, the storylines have featured Garrison coming out as a gay man, then having a gender reassignment surgery to become female (known as Janet Garrison), becoming a lesbian, and then changing back a man.[19] It is shown he still has feelings for his ex-boyfriend, Mr. Slave as shown in the episode "Follow That Egg!". United States
Glitter Bob's Burgers March 6, 2011 Glitter is a transgender sex worker who is said to be going under gender reassignment because she mentions the town being full of "Doctors who refuse to cut off your penis," who appears in the episode "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?".[11]
Hermaphrobot Futurama November 14, 1999 Hermaphrobot is a manbot-to-fembot transgender Robot, who often engages Bender in a subversive manner. Some critics have criticized her "intersex slur-referencing name," and for her character to be defined by "their physical attributes," while playing into a lot of stereotypes.[20]
Lily Hoshikawa Zombie Land Saga October 4, 2018 Lily is a prodigious transgender child actress.[21][22] She died from a heart attack caused by occupational stress and mental shock upon growing facial hair. Lily does not seemed displeased at the idea of being a zombie, because to her it means that she can be a child forever, preventing her from further experiencing the anxiety and gender dysphoria, as a trans girl, that previously ended her life. Japan
Seiko Kotobuki Love Com April 28, 2007 Seiko was assigned male at birth, but is actually a girl and even develops a crush on Atsushi Ōtani and Kazuki Kohori.[23] With her petite stature and fashionable mind, Seiko is arguably the most feminine character in the series, and struggles with her gender identity.[24]
Marbles Bob's Burgers March 6, 2011 Marbles is a trans female sex worker who appears in the episode "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" and describes pursuing sex reassignment surgery.[25] United States
Marshmallow Marshmallow is a trans female sex worker.[26]
Miiko Shangri-La April 6, 2009 Miiko is the younger trans woman who often gets teased by Momoko.[27] Miiko seems to tend to cry a lot and tends to be picked on by other members of the group (Tropical Fish). She sacrifices herself and Hiruko to save Sayoko and Mikuni by shielding them during the bombing of Neo Akihabara presumably using all of Hiruko's power to accomplish this. Japan
Miyuki Yu Yu Hakusho March 27, 1993 Miyuki is a character from both the manga and the anime. She is a trans girl and a member of the Demon Triad, a group of demon warriors that work for the Toguro Brothers. Her trans status is discovered in her fight against Yusuke, in episode 24, "The Deadly Triad."[28][29] Miyuki's "coming out" was censored in the edited version of the Funimation English dub.
Momoko Shangri-La April 6, 2009 Momoko is a trans woman with a flamboyant personality.[27] Her weapon of choice is a whip that is coiled around her arm until she activates and uses it. She has a liking towards men, and often attacks them by forcing upon them kisses or other uncomfortable encounters.
Natalie Big Mouth December 5, 2020 In the first episode of the show's fourth season, Natalie, a trans female teenager is introduced. The episode she debuts in highlights "various, popular transphobic arguments," while giving her a supportive friend named Jessi, and another named Seth, who rejects her identity, who she rejects.[30] United States
Shuichi Nitori Wandering Son January 13, 2011 Shuichi Nitori, otherwise known by Shu (シュウ, Shū) and Nitorin (にとりん), is a lesbian transgender woman and often dresses to assume the role of the female gender, and is often described as cute, able to appear as a girl while cross-dressing, which is encouraged by their friends Yoshino Takatsuki and Saori Chiba.[31] Later on, they exhibit signs of gender dysphoria and displays an outward attraction to two characters in the series—Yoshino, a transgender man, and their female classmate, Anna Suehiro. The latter date for a shirt time, until the relationship is broken off, and later resumed. Japan
Hibari Ōzora Stop!! Hibari-kun! May 20, 1983 Assigned male at birth, Hibari looks and behaves as a girl, expresses interest in having breasts, and has become more feminine after Kōsaku starts living at her household.[32][33][34] She has demonstrated romantic interest in Kōsaku and is implied to have zero interest in women.
Brunella Pommelhorst The Simpsons November 21, 2001 Mrs. Pommelhorst is the gym teacher who announced his intention to take time off and return as "Mr. Pommelhorst, the shop teacher" in the episode "My Fair Laddy" although she later returned as the same.[35][36] United States
Prelati Symphogear AXZ July 1, 2017 Like Cagliostro, she used to be a man who indulged in luxury and pleasure, before being granted a perfect female body by Saint-Germain, becoming a trans woman, following his defeat at her hands in the episode "Last Resort."[10] Prelati has since sworn to become an earnest researcher, but sometimes lets her preference for fun get in the way of her work. Japan
Jewelstar She-Ra and the Princesses of Power May 15, 2020 Jewelstar is a trans man who is voiced by a trans man actor, Alex Blue Davis.[37] His character was designed by Rae Geiger. United States
Stephanie Sorcerous Stabber Orphen February 27, 1999 Stephanie, also known as Steph, was Orphen's old partner and initially a man but was severely injured and while using the rest of his magic to cast a healing spell, made some "modifications", and became the trans woman Stephanie, as shown in the episode "Snake in the Temple."[38] She falls in love with and marries her boyfriend the florist Tim but continues to help Orphen and his friends,[39] although she later becomes their foe.[40] Japan
Ranma Saotome Ranma 1/2 April 15, 1989 Ranma, protagonist of this anime, is cursed to transform from a boy into a girl whenever dowsed with cold water, and back into a boy when dowsed with hot water. Ranma is attracted to Akane Tendo in the anime, despite a rocky start to their relationship. Despite turning biologically female, Ranma considers himself male.[41] Ranma is also attracted to Akane in the manga the series was based on.[42]
Grell Sutcliffe Black Butler October 9, 2008 Grell is a Grim Reaper, sometimes known as Grelle, part of the Retrieval Division of the Grim Reaper Dispatch. Grell initially posed as Angelina Dalles's butler and conspired with her as Jack the Ripper. In their confessional[43] describes her as a "self-declared lady," uses she/her pronouns, and she wants gender reassignment surgery, while other manga chapters note her desire to get breasts[44] and show her dedication to a female appearance when she debuts in the manga.[45] In the show, Grell flirts with Sebastian Michaelis as shown in the episode "His Butler, Chance Encounter," a male demon, even trying to kiss him in the episode "His Butler, Forlorn" and tries to collect the soul of a female killer, in the episode "Wench Butler." There is much fan debate as to whether Grell is a "drag queen or a problematic portrayal of a trans woman."[46]
Isabella Yamamoto Paradise Kiss October 20, 2005 Isabella was assigned male at birth (named Daisuke),[47] but lives as a female as revealed in the episode "Rose." Robin Brenner calls the character "one of the most realistic and accepting portrayals of a transgender character in anime," with the same applying to the manga.[48]
Zadie Danger & Eggs June 30, 2017 In the final episode of the series, Zadie, who sings about acceptance at a Pride festival and helps the series protagonists understand the meaning of a chosen family.[49]
Alluka Zoldyck Hunter x Hunter July 15, 2014 Alluka is part of the Zoldyck family, a well known family of assassins. Alluka is referred to as the son of the Zoldyck family and is referred to by her siblings as their brother as shown in the episode "Request × And × Wish." In addition, the official data book[50] states Alluka's gender as male, but she uses she/her pronouns.[51][52] However, the data book was not written by the author, who refers to her exclusively as a girl. Alluka tends to dress and act as a trans girl, while she is referred to as a sister and girl by her brother Killua whom she loves dearly and vice versa.

Comics[edit]

Characters Name of comic Years Notes
Acquamarina
Ametista
Undefiled Wings 2018-Present This supernatural and fantasy webcomic, set in "mad side of heaven," and a comic for "very open minded people," has multiple LGBTQ characters.[53] Acquamarina is an iced angel who is a trans man who is also pansexual while Ametista is also an iced angel, along with being an asexual trans woman.[54]
Alain Shutter 2014–Present In the third issue of this urban fantasy series, the protagonist Kate Kristopher's lifelong friend, Alain, is revealed to be a trans woman.[55]
Blaze Jem and the Holograms 2015-2017 Sophie Campbell, the artist for the series, came out as a trans woman in March 2015, and she created a new character for the series named Blaze, who is also trans.[55]
Braga Rat Queens[56] 2013–Present In January 2015, this punk rock comic revealed that Braga, a "fearsome orc warrior," is a trans woman, in an issue about her titled "Rat Queens Special: Braga #1."[55] Due to a number of personnel changes, trans artist Tamra Bonvillain became the colorist of the comics in the fall of 2015, making the comic series "another book with both a trans character and a trans person on the creative team."
Bruno Bruno 1996–2007 In this comic by Christopher Baldwin, the titular character is bisexual and a minor character is transgender.[57][58]
C
Allison
Heidi
Amy
Closetspace 2002–present This comic by Jenn Dolari features several transgender characters, like C, Allison, Heidi, and Amy.[59]
Cassandra/Urdr The Wicked + The Divine 2014-2019 This comic features various queer characters, like a gender non-comforming character named Inanna, and a trans woman (and journalist) named Cassandra/Urdr. Reviewers have noted that not only is Cassandra/Urdr a well-developed character, but that it serves as "one of the best portrayals of a trans character so far in comics" due to the way it handles her "being trans, and other people's transphobia."[55]
Claire Questionable Content 2003–present This comic by Jeph Jacques includes characters of various sexualities, transgender woman Claire, as well as various other themes of sexuality.[60][61]
Doll Storm Dogs 2013 Although she is a futuristic sex worker with a fully functional womb, some have said that her depiction of Doll as trans is still "pretty realistic."[55]
Eve
Adam
Eve's Apple 2008-2013 This webcomic, by Christie Smith focuses on intimacy and dating from a transgender perspective, centers on a gay, and overweight, trans woman, Eve, and has "some very frank discussions about physical intimacy."[62] The story was well received by the trans community, while Smith added that Alison Bechdel's webcomic "Dykes To Watch Out For" was a big influence on her.[63] This comic also includes Eve's crush, and best friend, Lucy, while her lesbian friend, Lilith, has a crush on Eve, along with other LGBT characters, like a trans man named Adam, and two estranged lovers, Candace and Abelle.
Lord Fanny The Invisibles 1996 Fanny, a shaman from Brazil, was assigned male at birth, but raised as a girl.[55] Some have said that you could categorize Fanny as "not-quite-trans" however.
Fenic Goodbye to Halos 2015–present This comic by Valerie Halla features a trans girl protagonist named Fenic and a queer cast, like two presumably gay characters (Leo and Louis), a lesbian named Fran with a girlfriend, and two characters who use they/them pronouns (Jess and Tahmonai).[64][65] Fenic, a "20-year-old trans lesbian" from Skyport, has been living in the "run-down queer district of Market Square" for five years, and has a magic ability to "manipulate any object from a distance," even though this magic is "temperamental."[65]
Rain Flaherty Rain 2010–present This comic by Jocelyn Samara DiDomenick features a trans girl, Rain, as the main character and other LGBT+ characters,[66] like a bisexual woman named Fara Byer, a lesbian woman named Maria Strongwell, a gay man named Rudy Strongwell, an asexual girl named Chanel Montoya, and a number of others with an "unknown" sexuality (Anastacia Rubina, Brett Desrocher, Quenton Morrison, and Chiaki Koizumi).[67] Additionally, this comic features two bisexual men (Randy Martin Guy and Kylie Coven), an asexual man named Arthur Feltman, and a gay couple (Trevor Kurz and Frank Johnson).
Kate Godwin/Coagula Doom Patrol 1993 Kate, otherwise known as Coagula, is a trans woman, and part of a superhero team known as Doom Patrol, with the comic itself was written by Rachel Pollack, a trans woman.[55] Kate has the power to "coagulate and dissolve liquids at will," and is bisexual, entering into a relationship with a character who has the body of a robot and a human brain.[55] Pollack said this was wonderful because Kate "brought together the story and its implicit themes — body issues and extreme outsiders learning to accept themselves and embrace life."
Janis Dykes to Watch Out For 1983–2008 This webcomic by Alison Bechdel features multiple LGBTQ characters,[68] including a drag king named Lois MacGiver who dates Jasmine and the mother of a trans teen named Janis (whose birth name is Jonas), and a lesbian feminist named Mo Testa, among others.
Jak Go Get a Roomie! Chloé C In this webcomic which explores sexual themes,[69] Jak is a "transboi friend" of the protagonist, Roomie, and has a girlfriend named Gulden.[70]
Jo Lumberjanes 2014–present This series, by Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters,[71] features various LGBTQ characters. Jo is a trans woman of color with two dads, and acts as an "expert on what it means to be a Lumberjane" to the fellow campers.[72][73] One reviewer described Jo as "the first trans protagonist of an all-ages comic."[55]
Josette Aerial Magic 2018–2019 She chose her own name and in the comic is called "self-named," but if she lived in the human world she'd "describe herself as trans."[74] She is the girlfriend of Cecily, who is mentoring the protagonist of the comic, Wisteria.
Julia Up and Out 2013–present More recent comics focus on the Julia Kaye's experiences of transitioning from male to female, with the character also named Julia.[75]
Kylie Trans Girl Next Door 2013–present This autobiographical comic by Kylie Wu is about the author's transition as a transgender woman.[76][75]
Leo Help Us! Great Warrior 2015 Beginning as a webcomic, this fantasy, adventure, and humor series features Leo, an openly trans woman of color, confirmed to be "the first character confirmed to be trans in an all-ages comic."[55]
Leo The Doctors are Out 2020-Present In this romantic comedy, Leo, is a trans man who goes out on a date with Mary, one of the assistants of protagonist Fernando Guevera at his vet clinic.[77]
Lola Lion
unnamed trans man
Acception 2015–present This ongoing Dutch teen dramedy romance webcomic by Coco “Colourbee” Ouwerkerk,[78] who was inspired by "manga genres such as shojo and shounen," focuses on a rainbow-haired male protagonist named Arcus McCarthy, a high school student who faces some hostility for his appearance. The comic also features various LGBT characters.[79] This includes Lola Lion, a trans woman who is transitioning,[80] and John is a trans man who becomes Lola's friend.[81]
Lyza
Will
Ive Met Someone 2019–present Lyza is a friend of the story's protagonist, Jenna (also known as JK), a member of the college's LGBT Alliance club at college, and a trans lesbian.[82] Additionally, Will, a trans man,[83] is a character in the comic.
Tiffany Mara Transe-Generation 2005–present Gag strips by Matt Nishi about the daily life and struggles of a trans man named Tiffany Mara.[59]
Masquerade Blood Syndicate 1993-1994 Although he is a shapeshifter, he is a trans man, making him the first trans male superhero, with Fade finding out his assigned gender in another issue of the comic, but he works as a "male superhero because that is his idealized version of himself."[55]
Marisa Rahm Deathwish 1994-1995 She is a police lieutenant who has a relationship with a trans female sex worker named Dini.[55] She faces discrimination and disgust because her transition, and ultimately "defeats a serial killer who is targeting trans women." This comic series was written by a trans woman named Maddie Blaustein who voiced Meowth "in the American version of the Pokemon cartoon" among other voice acting roles.
Max Magical Boy 2018–present This comic by Vincent Kao features a trans man named Max as protagonist who comes out to his mom, and has to face the obstacles of becoming a magical girl.[84]
Mia Becoming Me 2014–present Autobiographical webcomic by a trans woman, Mia Rose.[85]
Oscar Sister Claire 2008–present This comic by Elena Barbarich and Ash Barnes includes transgender nun Oscar, and other LGBT characters.[86]
Porcelain Secret Six 2014–Present In this comic, Gail Simone introduced another trans character in Secret Six #4 on July 15, 2015, with Porceline starting to present in a masculine way, whether than a feminine way, explaining to their team that "some days they feel more like a man, some days they feel more like a woman."[55]
Prill Witchy This comic by Ariel Ries features a trans girl named Prill, a witch who is Nyneve's class, a bully at first, but then later becomes an ally.[87][88]
Rosemaster Cucumber Quest 2011–present This comic by Gigi D.G. features two girls, Peridot and Almond, who have crushes on each other, and a complex trans woman character named Rosemaster, who is a villain in this story.[89][90]
Sam Baker Street 1989-1991 In this "punk rock take on Sherlock Holmes," Sam is revealed to be trans in the second volume of this comic.[55]
Sarah The Princess 2010–present This webcomic, by Christine Smith, tells the story of a trans girl, Sarah, has a cast of other LGBT characters, and her struggles as she faces transphobia.[60]
Sera Angela: Asgard's Assassin 2013–Present In Angela: Asgard's Assassin #3, Sera notes she was born into an all-male group in the home of angels, and is portrayed as a "likable character who is a trans woman of color."[91] She later appeared in two other series, 1602: Witchhunter Angela and Angela: Queen of Hel (2015-2016) where she and Angel share two "on-panel kisses."[55]
Stephie Assigned Male 2014–present This comic by Sophie Labelle follows life through the eyes of a middle schooler named Stephie who alternately makes light of, and chafes under the realities of growing up a transgender child in a cisgender world.[92]
Alexandra Stripes
Nat Mint
Lark Stripes
Lynette Mercier
Portside Stories 2014–2015 Slice of life comic by Valerie Halla is about trans childhood friends, Alexandra Stripes, Nat Mint, Lark Stripes, and Lynette Mercier.[64] It is implied that Lynette has a crush on Lark.[93]
Sula O Human Star 2012–present In this comic by Blue Delliquanti, main characters include gay men, Brendan and Al, and a MtF trans robot named Sula.[94][95][96]
Tong FF 2012-2014 This young Moloid, is not human, but humanoid, showing up wearing a pink dress, and reveals herself as trans in FF #6, with her brothers embracing her.[55]
Two bosoms De Boezems 2010–present One panel gag strips by Jiro Ghianni about two bosoms that came from a trans man's chest.[97][98]
Unnamed Sandman 1990 In issue #14 of comic, there is a killer standing over a dead trans woman, and says "there's something about preoperative transsexuals that makes The Connoisseur uncomfortable. Something brittle and bright in the back of their eyes. He loves them. But he always feels they're laughing at him. He's only ever found eight that he's been able to talk to."[55]
Wanda Sandman 1993 In issue #35 of comic, Wanda is living with Barbie, the book's protagonist, and she demands recognition that she is a woman despite the witch declaring she is a man.[55] Later in the series, she is killed and her parents disrespect her wishes, bury her as a man, but Barbie crossess off the name on her tomstone, writing Wanda in red lipstick over it. She is said to be one of the "earliest and best examples of an actual trans person in comics," but her representation gives some trans people mixed feelings about this representation.[55]
Alysia Yeoh Batgirl 2011-2016 In Batgirl #19, on April 19, 2013, the Singaporean-American, and bisexual, roommate of Batgirl (otherwise known as Barbara "Babs" Gordon), Alysia Yeoh, came out as trans, with some calling it "probably the biggest moment in American trans comics history."[55] Before this point, Alysia had been a close friend of Babs. Alysia coming out as trans was described as the "most prominent" trans character in comics up to that point[99] with writer Gail Simone working on Alysia's character "with input from trans friends and writers."[100] Later on, Alysia, after announcing she was engaged to Jo in issue no. 42 and rescuing her in issue no. 44, walks down the isle and marries Jo, becoming the "first major trans character in a mainstream comic" to be "smiling in a wedding dress."[55][101]
Ystina Demon Knights 2011-2013 In the 2005 series Seven Soldiers, a character, Shining Knight, was changed from a cisgender man to a woman named Ystina. This was expanded in this comic series, which takes steps toward better representation, with Ystina saying they are male and female, with Cornell later labeling Ystina as trans.[55] One reviewer said its not clear if Ystina is "a trans man, bigender, intersex or some combination of those identities."
Zhen
Chenglei's Uncle
Trees 2014-2016 In this science fiction series, there are two trans characters introduced.[55] In issue no. 6, released in October 2014, Cenglei falls in love with a woman named Zhen who tells him she is a trans woman, and he realizes he has no problem with that, finding out his uncle is "actually a trans man."
Zoe Venus Envy 2001–2014 This comic by Erin Lindsay features Zoe, a trans high school student, adjusting to life as a girl. Also features a trans man and a lesbian as characters.[59] S. Belmar later wrote a spin-off of this comic with a "trans gag strip" named Venus Ascending.

Games[edit]

Characters Title/Series Year Notes Developer
Hainly Abrams Mass Effect/Mass Effect: Andromeda 2017 Hainly Abrams leads scientific research on one of the Andromeda Initiative's outposts. When the game initially released, Abrams would readily inform the player that she is transgender and the masculine name she was given at birth. She tells the player that she left the Milky Way galaxy searching for greater acceptance of her gender identity. The abruptness with which she shares this information received criticism from fans, and the game was later patched so that Abrams would only reveal this information if the player developed a supportive relationship with her.[102] BioWare
Cremius "Krem" Aclassi Dragon Age/Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014 Cremisius "Krem" Aclassi is a former Tevinter soldier and currently works for the mercenary company Bull's Chargers, led by The Iron Bull. Krem is the first transgender character to appear in a BioWare video game.[103] BioWare
Erica Anderson Catherine 2011 In this Japanese puzzle-platform and adventure game, Erica, the waitress at The Stray Sheep, is a trans woman.[104] Atlus
Catherine: Full Body 2019 In this Japanese puzzle and platform game, Erica, the waitress at The Stray Sheep, is revealed to be a trans woman in one of the endings.[104]
Angof RuneScape 2001 In this MMORPG game, Angof is a female character in "The Light Within", a quest released on 24 August 2015, and at some point after the quest, the player can show her a wedding ring, prompting her to tell the player she was born male, but "corrected" herself to female once she could shapeshift.[105] Jagex
Birdo Mario/Super Mario Bros. 2 1988 In the first-edition manual for the North American release of this NES game, Birdo is referred to as a "male who believes that he is a female" and would rather be called "Birdetta", making her the first transgender character for Nintendo.[106][107] Birdo's name was also mistakenly switched with another Super Mario Bros. 2 enemy, Ostro, both in the manual and in the end credits.[108] The Japanese manual originally referred her as Catherine, a "man who thinks of herself as female", adding that she would rather be called "Cathy."[109] In this version, three "Super Catherines" were voiced by gay men and transgender women.[110] In later printings, mention of Birdo being male was omitted, and further not included in most later games with the character.[111] However, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008), it is said that Birdo is of indeterminate gender. Her identity was only further explored in the Wii Japan-only video game Captain Rainbow (2008), which delves into her gender and how she was imprisoned for using the woman's bathroom, with her asking the player to find proof of her being female so she could be set free.[112] Nintendo
Damien Bloodmarch Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator 2017 In this visual novel and dating sim, Damien Bloodmarch is a gay trans man.[113] Game Grumps
Ella Magical Mystery Cure 2018 In this visual novel, when Ella, a trans woman, accidentally ingests a magical potion ahead of her birthday party, it's up to players (as her partner Nari) to combine the right combination of ingredients in order to reverse the effects.[114][115][116] Dotorriii
Bob Hickman Police Quest: Open Season 1993 This adventure game features a gay bar, with the player, a police officer trying to track down the murderer of his police partner, with his quest leading him to discover that his partner had a double life as a cross-dresser at a West Hollywood transgender bar.[117] Sierra On-Line
Jackie Night in the Woods 2017 According to the game's developers, Jackie is a trans woman, a character trait that was not mentioned in the game itself.[118] This was later remedied a bit in the Weird Autumn Edition, where one conversation reveals that Jackie has started a one-woman band called "Trans World Order Give Them Hell" (T.W.O.G.T.H.), implying that she is indeed trans. Finji
Ladiva Granblue Fantasy Versus 2020 In this Japanese fighting game Ladiva, a trans woman, is a wrestler, a "muscular fighter with a prominent goatee", and one of the game's multiple playable characters.[119] Arc System Works
Max Lao Technobabylon 2015 In this adventure game, Max Lao, Regis' partner, is a woman eventually revealed to be transgender.[120] Technocrat Games
Jackie Jameson "J.J." Macfield The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories 2018 Toward the end of the game, it is revealed that J.J. is a preoperative trans woman who was outed for being who she wants to be, and forced into conversion therapy by her transphobic mother, before attempting suicide by slitting her wrists and falling into a coma, thus setting off the game's events. Eventually, she regains her will to live with help from her plushie doll and the emergency medical team at the end of the game.[121] Arc System Works
Madeline Celeste 2018 Towards the end of the game, in a portion of the game added in a 2019 update, Madeline can be seen at her desk with a pair of pride flags (transgender and the community rainbow flag) by her computer. This sparked a debate among fans about whether or not she is transgender, which was ended when the head developer released an article stating that she was indeed trans.[122] Matt Makes Games
Mizhena Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear/Baldur's Gate 2016 Mizhena is a transgender woman who explains to the main character that she picked her strange name after transitioning. The character, among other aspects of the game's writing, was met with significant criticism. Beamdog later announced that they would be expanding the character's story a week after the expansion pack released, saying in part, "In retrospect, it would have been better served if we had introduced a transgender character with more development."[123] Beamdog
Nova Pokémon X and Y 2013 In this Japanese role-playing game, Nova is a trans female Pokémon Trainer found at the Battle Maison, who is a Beauty (おとなのおねえさん, Otona no Onee-san, lit. "Adult Miss"), an exclusively female trainer class, stating that she used to be a Black Belt (からておう, Karate Ō, lit. "Karate King"), an exclusively male trainer class.[124] In the Japanese version of the game, she explicitly credits her transformation to medical science, but this was cut from the English version.[125][126] Game Freak
The player character Dys4ia 2012 In this abstract autobiographical game, the player controls a character transitioning and undergoing hormone replacement therapy. Journalists for The Guardian and the Penny Arcade Report observed that the game featured observations of the politics and personal development of those experiencing gender dysphoria.[117] Anna Anthropy
Pelagos World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2020 Pelagos is a member of the Kyrian society whom the player comes across as a quest giver in Bastion. He reveals to the player that the only thing he remembers about his life on Azeroth was having a female form, but was born into a male form upon death.[127] Activision Blizzard
Tyler Tell Me Why 2020 In this French adventure game, Tyler and his twin sister Alyson travel to their childhood home in Alaska and must come to terms with their childhood. The game will also deal with how Tyler, who has transitioned from female to male, since leaving home, is being affected. Dontnod worked with GLAAD to help create the character.[128] Dontnod Entertainment
V Cyberpunk 2077 In this Polish role-playing video game, the character creator will allow V to be transgender or non-binary.[129] CD Projekt Red
Venus We Know the Devil 2015 In this visual novel, Venus is a trans girl, with her pronouns in the narration changing from "he" to "she" as she comes to terms with her identity.[130] Date Nighto
Vivian Mario/Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 2004 In this GameCube title, the player encounters a Shadow Siren named Vivian. In the Japanese version of the game, Vivian is heavily implied to be a transgender girl. Other characters, as well as narrative text, describe Vivian using masculine terms such as otoko "man", and otōto "little brother".[131][132][133] However, Vivian initially describes the shadow sirens as san shimai "three sisters", and routinely uses the feminine first person pronoun. This continues in Super Paper Mario (2007); Vivian's catch card describes her using the term otoko no ko "boy".[134] In the English and German localizations of the game, all masculine descriptions of Vivian are removed, and she is referred to with exclusively female pronouns. However, all other localized versions of the game explicitly retain the transgender portrayal.[135][136][137][138] Intelligent Systems
Ned Wynert Assassin's Creed/Assassin's Creed Syndicate 2015 Ned Wynert is a minor non-playable character (NPC) and a trans man.[139] Ubisoft Quebec
Yasmin Circuit's Edge 1989 This DOS Interactive fiction and role-playing game includes a variety of gay and transgender characters,[140] including a trans woman named Yasmin with a gay man named Saied alleged to be Yasmin's former lover.[141] Westwood Studios
Zoe Monster Prom 2018 Zoe is one of the two main love interests introduced in the Second Term DLC. She is officially stated to be transgender[142] and several of her events involve her discussing transitioning and dealing with trans specific struggles such as deadnaming, and misgendering.[143] Beautiful Glitch

Literature[edit]


Characters Work Author Year Description
Patrick "Kitten" Braden Breakfast on Pluto Patrick McCabe 1998 Braden is an Irish trans woman (and drag queen), with "transvestism...a defiant rejection of bigotry, labels, and borders" as one reviewer put it, with Braden refusing to confirm to sexual stereotypes and even flirting with a cop.[144] Later turned into a motion picture, another reviewer noted the prevalence of the "Irish Troubles," with Kitten wrongly arrested and charged after a "bombing in a London disco."[145]
Brandon
Angel
Freakboy Kristin Elizabeth Clark 2013 The protagonist of the story, Angel is struggling to find their identity and where they fit in.[146]
Emily Christina Being Emily Rachel Gold 2012 Never comfortable with being seen as a boy, they originally hide themselves as a girl, until they can no longer stand it anymore, with a psychologist later helping them in the coming-out process.[147]
Click Roving Pack Sassafrass Lowrey This is a story of "transgender gutterpunks" as one reviewer calls it, with Click, and the other young protagonists fighting for "the right to have a future, and, furthermore, the future they themselves choose."[148] This story focuses on youth near Portland, many of which are parentless, homeless, and "without mooring."
David/Daniela The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik David is granted a wish by the story's protagonist, Tulip, to live as a girl named Daniela.[149][150]
David/Kate
Leo
The Art of Being Normal Lisa Williamson 2015 David is a 14-year-old kid who struggles with his gender identity, which most of his fellow students do not understand, and neither do his parents. He becomes isolated until he meets Leo Denton, who becomes one of his fast friends.[151]
Gabe (Elizabeth) Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Kirstin Cronn-Mills 2012 A DJ and lover of music, he hides his true identity as a trans boy in public, only being himself (Gabe) on air. He is forcibly outed, dealing with much backlash, but is supported en masse by his listeners.[152]
Ella Just Girls Rachel Gold 2014 lla is a fully-transitioned, but closeted, trans woman who deals with a lot of transphobia while she explores her gender identity with a cisgender lesbian named Jess Tucker.[153]
Emily The Butterfly and the Flame Dana De Young 2005 This book focuses on Emily, a trans girl in her teens, who is in a relationship with a boy, the son of the person who owns the farm their family lives on.[154]
Leslie Feinberg Stone Butch Blues Jess Goldberg 1993 The narrative follows the life of Jess Goldberg, who grows up in a working class area of upstate New York in the 1940s to 1950s, and explores her gender identity as a trans woman.[155][156][157][158]
Sage Hendrix Almost Perfect Brian Katcher 2009 This story follows the relationship between Sage, a trans girl in her teens, and Logan, a straight man, who becomes more accepting and supportive of her.[159][160]
J I Am J Cris Beam 2011 J, who lives with his parents in a Manhattan apartment, and struggles with his gender identity.[161]
Josh Holding Still For As Long As Possible Zoe Whittall 2009 Josh is a trans man and EMT who struggles with his identity.[162]
Kade Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire 2016 Kade is a classmate of Nancy, who has an asexual crush on them.[163]
Grady (Angela) Katz-McNair Parrotfish Ellen Wittlinger 2011 Grady, a teenage trans man, deals with transitioning, bullying and the struggles that come with his new identity.[164]
Anna Madrigal
Jake Greenleaf
Tales of the City series Armistead Maupin 1978–2014 Anna is a trans woman, and Jake (introduced in 2007's Michael Tolliver Lives) is a trans man.[165][166][167]
Maxine Maxine Wore Black Nora Olsen 2014 Maxine is lesbian trans girl who is a high school dropout who is a babysitter, and cannot afford gender reassignment surgery, while in a romance with a cisgender woman.[168]
Melissa George Alex Gino Melissa is a transgender girl whom the world sees as a boy named George.[169]
Roberta Muldoon The World According to Garp John Irving 1978 One of the story's main characters is Roberta, a trans woman and former player for the Philadelphia Eagles, and has a gender reassignment surgery, becoming the bodyguard of Jenny and one of the best friends of Garp.[170]
Myron Myra Breckinridge Gore Vidal 1968 An attractive young woman, Myra Breckinridge is a film buff with a special interest in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and still in the process of transitioning and unable to obtain hormones, Myra transforms into Myron, and due to a car accident, is forced to have their breast implants removed, later deciding to settle down with Mary-Ann.[171][172]
Luna (Liam) O'Neill Luna Julie Anne Peters 2004 The story follows the life of Luna, who keeps her trans identity secret originally, pretending to be an average 16-year-old senior boy named Liam in the daytime.[173][174][175][176] Later she considers transitioning and fights for her right to be the person she feels that she was meant to be, helped by her sister, Regan, in the process.
Oshima Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami 2002 Oshima is a 21-year-old intellectual gay trans man who is a librarian and owner of a cabin in the mountains near Komura Memorial Library.[177] He becomes the mentor of Kafka as he guides him to the answers that he's seeking on his journey.
Scratch
Winc
Nearly Roadkill Kate Bornstein and Caitlin Sullivan 1996 Scratch and Winc are two lovers of an ambiguous gender identity, with the plot is told through cyberchats and emails between each other, while the FBI is engaged in a nationwide manhunt to find them.[178]
Sophie
Lisa
Lizzy
Adrienn
Carla
Zoe
others unnamed
A Safe Girl to Love Casey Plett 2014 Angela, a teenage trans girl, transitions from a man to a woman, deals with a bully who wants to humiliate her, and struggles with her new identity.[179]
Dana Stevens Trans-Sister Radio Chris Bohjalian 2000 Dana, the protagonist of this book, is a Vermont professor who is prepared to have a gender reassignment surgery to transition from male to female, leading Allison Banks, a teacher who has been divorced, to be even more attracted to Dana.[180]
Danielle Tozer Nemesis series April Daniels 2017–present Danny is a 15 year old trans girl who upon gaining the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero, has her body transformed into that of a girl and has to navigate the struggles it caused as well as deal with the super villain who killed Dreadnought[181]
Various The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (anthology) Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod (editors) 2012 This book brings together 28 stories which focus on the experiences of trans people.[159][182]
Diana Wrayburn The Shadowhunter Chronicles Cassandra Clare 2007–present While the author implied Diana to be trans in one post,[183] leading some to call her the first trans character to appear in this book series.

Theatre[edit]

Plays[edit]

Character Playwright Name of play/show Year Description
Herman Amberstone Kate Bornstein Hidden: A Gender 1990 This play brings together the stories of an intersex person, Herculine Barbin, living in Paris, and a fictional trans woman named Herman Amberstone based loosely on Bornstein herself.[184] This play introduced audiences to the idea of "gender blur," and began the career of Justin Vivian Bond who plays Barbin.
Candy Darling Jackie Curtis Vain Victory 1971 Candy Darling, a trans female performer, originally played the part of the mermaid in this play and was replaced by another trans woman, Holly Woodlawn, with the play a celebration of gender non-comformity.[184]
Grace Sarah Kane Cleansed 1998 In this play, set in a university which has been converted into some form of bizarre institution under the rule of the sadistic Tinker, Grace, the sister of the protagonist, wears her brother's clothes and undergoes a gender reassignment surgery in the hospital.[185]
Jamie
Angela
Terrence
Pia Scala-Zankel Street Children 2016 This play is about three trans youth in New York city streets in the 1980s who live near Christopher Street, named Jamie, Angela, and Terrence, who will do anything to get by.[186] The play, as a whole, addresses the struggles trans youth had to undergo at the time, and problems that remain.
Christine Jorgensen Bradford Louryk Christine Jorgensen Reveals 2005 In this docudrama-like show, stretching an hour long, Louryk channels the life of Christine Jorgensen who became the "first celebrity transwoman" in the U.S., when interviewed about her life and her gender identity by R. Russell, played by Nipsey Russell, who uses a pseudonym.[184]
Lola Philip Ridley Mercury Fur In this play, set against the backdrop of a dystopian London with a narrative focusing around a party at which the torture and murder of a child is the main entertainment, Lola is a 19-year-old trans woman who is skilled at designing costumes and make-up, which she makes for the parties.[187] The play influenced other playwrights like Lou Ramsden.[188]
Max Taylor Mac Hir 2015 This is play, produced by Playwrights Horizons, about a dysfunctional family including a mad housewife, a transgender child named Max, a son that spent three years in combat in Afghanistan, and a husband who had a stroke that left him nearly speechless.[189] Max is a young trans male character, with gender being only "one piece of hir personality puzzle" in this play.[184]
Multiple characters Julia Vivian Bond Lustre 2008 In one of the play's performances, Bond invited trans artists like Taylor Mac, Glenn Marla, and Our Lady J, to share the stage in a revue of "glamour, genderqueer cabaret and sexy provocation."[184] This genderqueer play allowed Bond to break from their role as Kiki DuRane, which they had been known for previously.
Paul Lucas Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women 2018 Premiering the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this play showcases the words of trans women who transitioned from male to female from across the world, building from Lucas's collection of stories from "more than 75 trans women" based on his interviews, and limited the show to "stories from English-speaking, western or westernized cultures" in order to prevent cultural misunderstandings.[190]
Donnie Cianciotto Trans Voices Cabaret 2019 This show attempts to feature "top-tier trans musical theatre performers,"[191] while working to highlight the talent of "marginalized performers who are often overlooked by the entertainment industry."[192]
Shikhandi Faezeh Jalali Shikhandi: The Story of the In- betweens 2017 This play, which began as a one-woman show in 2010, became, seven years later, a "full-length play with eight actors who show a fluidity of genders," focusing on a character in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata named Shikhandi.[193]
Timothy David Harrison FTM 2003 In this play, Harrison represents himself in his acting as Timothy, taking male hormones like his mother, who is struggling with breast cancer during the play.[184] Harrison formerly collaborated with Kate Bornstein.
(Undisclosed) Evan Cabnet Plot Points in our Sexual Development 2018 This play featured Jax Jackson, a trans actor.[191]
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf Doug Wright I Am My Own Wife 2003 Based on Wright's conversations with the German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, this play examines the life of Charlotte, born Lothar Berfelde, who killed her father when she was a young child and survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin as a trans woman.[194]
Vicky Nicola Bland and Stacey Bland Call Me Vicky 2019 This play tells the story of their mother,[195] Vicky, her trials and tribulations in transiting from male to female,[196] with Vicky ultimately transitioning by the end of the play.[197]

Musicals[edit]

Characters Playwright Name of musical Years Description
La Cienega Jeff Whitty Bring It On the Musical 2011–Present Bring It On was the first Broadway musical to feature a transgender high school character, La Cienega, originally played by Gregory Haney.[198][199][200]
Hedwig John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch 1998-2017 Although Hedwig, a survivor of abuse, a failed gender reassignment surgery, and abandonment, is one of the most famous roles of a trans woman in a musical, Mitchell said that they are not "traditionally transgender" but rather a "gender of one," and are a "man and woman, top and bottom."[184]
Bianca Leigh Bianca Leigh Busted: The Musical 2012 In this play, Bianca, a trans woman, plays multiple characters of different genders and ages, with the performance featuring songs by Taylor Mac and Jeff Whitty while telling the story of how a guy from Jersey ends up as a woman the audience sees before them.[184]

Operas[edit]

Characters Playwright Name of opera Year Description
Hannah Laura Kaminsky As One 2014 The story follows Hannah, a transgender woman portrayed by two singers, Hannah Before (a baritone) and Hannah After (a mezzo-soprano), as she discovers her gender identity and learns to love herself in a world where she is not accepted.[201] The organization of the opera is composed of two parts as representing essential moments of Hannah's coming of age through a series of episodes.[202]
Sarah Mark Campbell Stonewall 2019 This is an American opera about the 1969 Stonewall riots, the spark of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, which received its world premiere June 2019 in conjunction with Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019, projected to be the world's largest LGBTQ event.[203] Stonewall is the first opera to feature a transgender character, Sarah, written for an openly transgender singer, mezzo-soprano Liz Bouk.[204]

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