Genderswap is a trope in which a character switches binary sexes. Some genderswap fanworks involve the character being changed temporarily as a result of a spell or similar, while others are alternate universes where the character was born the opposite gender. The latter are commonly referred to as "always a girl" or "always a boy" AUs.
Some fans have argued that the term "genderswap" is transphobic and a more accurate and sensitive term would be "cisswap" or "spectrum slide."
Mainstream Media Examples
Genderswap (either temporary or as a sort of always-a-girl/boy AU) is becoming increasingly common in mainstream media as well as fanworks. A few examples include:
- The characters of Starbuck and Boomer were genderswapped from men to women in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica
- The character of John Watson became an Asian-American woman in Elementary.
- In the alternate universe Earth-3490 in Marvel Comics, Tony Stark was born Natasha Stark and marries Steve Rogers.
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