List of cross-dressing characters in animated series

This is a list of characters who cross-dress, whether LGBTQ+ or not, in animated series. This includes some characters listed on the list of animated series with LGBTQ characters page, drag queens, drag kings, tomboys, janegirls and others who cross-dress.

Bugs Bunny, an early example of a cross-dressing character, appeared in ladies garb or cross-dressed in at least 40 cartoons.[1]

Cross-dressing generally runs counter to established gender norms and can be seen as a form of transgender behavior but it doesn't always indicate such an identity, even though popular media often "lump cross-dressing and homosexuality together."[2] There is also the phenomenon of "situational cross-dressing" where heterosexual characters cross-dress as a plot device or "other non-gender-expressive reasons," especially superheroes and supervillains.[3][4] Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin write that animation has always "hint[ed] at the performative nature of gender" such as when Bugs Bunny puts on a wig and a dress, he is a rabbit in drag as a human male who is in drag as a female.[5] This was proceeded by cross-dressing in motion pictures began in the early days of the silent films. For instance, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel occasionally dressed as women in their films. Even the beefy American actor Wallace Beery appeared in a series of silent films as a Swedish woman. The Three Stooges, especially Curly (Jerry Howard), sometimes appeared in drag in their short films. The tradition has continued for many years, usually played for laughs. Only in recent decades have there been dramatic films in which cross-dressing was included, possibly because of strict censorship of American films until the mid-1960s.

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.

Drag queens and drag kings

Characters Show title Character debut date Notes Country
Donizete Super Drags November 9, 2018 The series follows the adventures of Donizete, Patrick, and Ralph, three gay friends working in a department store,[6] who are also drag queen superheroes, named Scarlet Carmesim, Lemon Chifon, and Safira Cyan are the Super Drags, and are responsible for protecting the LGBTQ community.[7] Brazil
Ryōuji Fujioka (Ranka) Ouran High School Host Club June 6, 2006 Haruhi's father Ryouji is bisexual and works in a gay bar as a drag queen under the name Ranka, as shown in the episode "A Day in the Life of the Fujioka Family!" for example.[8] Ryoji still deeply loves his deceased wife, Kotoko, and declares that he works as a cross-dresser because he will never truly love another. Japan
Emporio Ivankov One Piece February 14, 2010 Also known as "Miracle Person" or "Okama King", he is the "queen" of the drag queen kingdom of Kamabakka and the Revolutionary commander of the G Army which covers the Grand Line.[9] Ivankov has the shapeshifting power to turn himself into a woman. His right-hand man, Inazuma, also has the power to change from a man to a woman as well.
Julius Cowboy Bebop January 9, 1999 Julius is a feisty and flirtatious drag queen whom Spike Spiegel runs into while searching for Julia in the episode "Jupiter Jazz (Part 1)". He is the one responded that he sees every women named "Julia" every day, and he suggests Spike to go find Grencia, the sax player at the Blue Crow city who sometimes seems to be with women.[10]
Mermaid Sisters Carole & Tuesday June 5, 2019 This a cappella group of genderqueer performers call themselves "not men or women" and a "new kind of human" when they perform their expletive-heavy song, "Galactic Mermaid" in the episode "Dancing Queen."[11][12] They physically threaten Catherine, the head judge for Mars' Brightest, and the other judges, who rejects them from the quarter-finals due to their lyrics.

LGBTQ+ cross-dressers

Characters Show title Identity Character debut date Notes Country
Big Gay Al South Park Gay September 3, 1997 Big Gay Al is a stereotypical homosexual man who cross-dresses in a dress as a bride when he marries Herbert Garrison's ex-boyfriend, Mr. Slave, who also dresses as a bride, to their same-sex wedding in the Season 9 episode "Follow That Egg!".[13] United States
Makoto Ariga Wandering Son Straight trans woman 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 cross-dressing like Shuichi.[14] She even dreams of entering into a relationship with a cool adult man. Japan
Juri Arisugawa Revolutionary Girl Utena Lesbian April 2, 1997 Juri is a cross-dressing student council who is the captain of the fencing team in Ohtori Academy. One of the dueling swordsmen of the academy, she is explicitly in love with her childhood friend and classmate, Shiori Takatsuki,[15] and the one with the most potential to become a "noble prince".[16] Juri even has a small photo of Shiori that she keeps inside her locket.[17]
Rei Asaka Dear Brother July 14, 1991 Better known as "Saint-Juste of the Flowers", Rei is one of the "Magnificent Three" and the full sister of Fukiko Ichinomiya, whom she shares a destructive relationship with. She is a cross-dressing student who acts loyal and charming to Nanako and, with many of her artistic talents, plays the piano, flute and violin in the Seiran Academy high school.[18][19]
Yellow Belmont Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Genderqueer October 2, 1983 A male soldier who takes on the disguise of a female singer named Yellow Dancer.[20] In the OVA, Sorji is living with Yellow in a cabin in the woods.[21]
Clayface Harley Quinn Unknown April 10, 2020 In the Season 2 episode "Riddle U", Clayface disguises himself as a female student under the name Stephanie in Riddler University where he meets his pseudo-boyfriend Chad.[22] United States
Fish Eye Sailor Moon Gay March 4, 1995 The villain Fish Eye is an effeminate cross-dressing man who is romantically interested in other men as first shown in the episode "Meeting of Destiny: The Night Pegasus Dances".[23] He was changed into a woman in the English dub. Japan
Oscar François de Jarjayes The Rose of Versailles Genderqueer October 10, 1979 Oscar is a young woman raised as a soldier, dressing and behaving as a man, whose former love interest is one of the series protagonists, Princess Marie Antoinette.[24] She also has a relationship with André, a childhood friend, who is only able to share one passionate night with Oscar.
Aoi Futaba You're Under Arrest Trans woman November 2, 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.[25] Though her romantic preferences are made unclear, she seems to prefer men, as shown in episodes like "Aoi-chan has a White Rose".
Herbert Garrison (Janet Garrison) South Park Non-binary August 13, 1997 Originally closeted, Herbert comes out to be gay, having a gender reassignment surgery to become a woman named Janet, seen in the Season 9 episode "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina", due to his love for his ex-boyfriend Mr. Slave.[26] In one episode "Pinkeye" Herbert dresses as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween, and in the other episode "Follow That Egg!" he thinks of himself as a bride in attempt to woo Mr. Slave. He then changes back into a man in Season 12. United States
Nagi Ichinose Nyan Koi! Bisexual October 22, 2009 Nagi is the heir of a powerful yakuza family from Kyoto who, despite being a girl, starts assuming a more masculine personality, looking and behaving like a boy. She has a rare condition where she gets drunk from drinking soft drinks, which seems to give her homosexual-like, affectionate feelings towards other girls, including Kaede who calls her "Ichinose-senpai".[27] However, Nagi starts falling in love with Junpei, who has a crush on Kaede, and resorts to extreme actions after being comforted by him. Japan
Jakotsu InuYasha Gay February 24, 2003 Member of the Band of Seven, he is a homosexual mercenary who wears women's kimono and makeup in attempt to flirt repeatedly with Inuyasha and Miroku, as first seen in the Season 4 episode "The Band of Seven, Resurrected!"[a][28]
Honjō Kamatari Rurouni Kenshin June 18, 1997 A cross-dressing member of the Juppongatana, he is gay and in love with Shishio Makoto as shown in the episode "To Make a Miracle: The Battle at the Aoiya." He tends to dress as a woman but knows he will never be as loved like the female Yumi or Shishio's right-hand man since Sojiro is far more skilled.[29]
Yuu Kashima Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Bisexual July 20, 2014 Kashima, otherwise known as the "Prince of the School", is a tall and androgynous student of class 2-G whose prince-like personality makes the schoolgirls fawn over her and who acts as every masculine lead role in school's Drama Club, although she is openly fond of Masayuki Hori, president of the Drama Club, and wants him to consider her favorite "cute kōhai".[30] She is the best friend and classmate of Mikoto Mikoshiba.
Akira Kenjou (Cure Chocolat) Kirakira ☆PreCure à la Mode Lesbian March 5, 2017 One of the six magical Cure girls, Akira has a boyish appearance that is unknown to others why.[31][32] She is a gentle, and lesbian, high school girl who has a strong sense of justice like a dog and flirts towards Yukari/Cure Macaron.[33] In the episode "The Targeted School Festival! Chocolat in Wonderland!", Akira wears a costume as the "Prince of Hearts" for the Alice in Wonderland-themed school festival.
Sakura Kinomoto Cardcaptor Sakura Pansexual April 7, 1998 In the Season 2 episode "Sakura and the Blacked Out School Arts Festival", Sakura takes on the role of the Prince, while her love interest Syaoran Li embarrassedly has the role of the Princess, to put on a play of Sleeping Beauty for the Festival of Arts at Tomoeda Elementary School.[34]
Seiya Kou (Sailor Star Fighter) Sailor Moon Genderqueer May 11, 1996 Together known as the Sailor Starlights, they are a group of Sailor Guardians who land on Earth, disguising themselves as a group of male pop stars called "The Three Lights" in search for their princess, Kakyuu, whose planet Kinmoku was destroyed by villainess Sailor Galaxia.[23] Seiya Kou, leader of the Starlights and the lead vocalist of The Three Lights, develops his/her romantic feelings for Usagi Tsukino, though she is actually already engaged to Mamoru Chiba, whom he/she calls odango and attempts to forge a bond with.
Taiki Kou (Sailor Star Maker)
Yaten Kou (Sailor Star Healer)
Mr. Bon Kurei One Piece Genderqueer August 26, 2001 Mr. Bon Kurei, also known as Bentham of the Wild, is a man who dresses effeminately and whose shapeshifting powers allow him to change his form to whomever he wishes. Inazuma is also an okama that can change from a man to a woman and serves under Emporio Ivankov.[9] Izuma, like Ivankov, has the power that he can change from a woman to a man, or vice versa, subservient to Ivankov like Bon Kurei.
Charlie Magne Hazbin Hotel Bisexual October 28, 2019 Charlotte Magne, demon princess of Hell, dresses in a tuxedo as the founder of the titular Hazbin Hotel (Happy Hotel in the pilot) under her masculine nickname Charlie. Her goal is to redeem all patrons of her hotel, hoping that they would be sent to Heaven as being forgiven, with the help of her girlfriend and hotel manager Vaggie.[35] Charlie also had her ex-boyfriend, Seviathan von Eldrich, who is the brother of her rival heiress Helsa von Eldrich. United States
Shuichi Nitori Wandering Son Lesbian trans woman 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.[36] 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
Nuriko Fushigi Yûgi Bisexual April 2, 1995 Nuriko initially dresses and acts as a woman named Kang-lin,[37] one of Hotohori's concubines because Kang-lin was his twin sister who died and he wanted to keep her memory alive as shown in the episode, "The Seven Stars of Suzaku".[38] He enjoys cross-dressing, as indicates in the episode "Even If I Die...", and is in love with Hotohori, but later also grows to love the main heroine Miaka as indicated in the episode "Brief Parting".[39]
Masumi Okuyama Nodame Cantabile Gay January 25, 2007 In the episode "Lesson 10: The Fact Charm", Masumi wears a princess gown, which he made from scratch, for the S Orchestra's performance of Rhapsody in Blue.[40] Masumi is a flamboyant timpanist who develops a crush on Chiaki, who already falls for female protagonist Nodame, and earns the title of "Queen of Percussion" as he excels his percussion skills.
Hibari Ōzora Stop!! Hibari-kun! Trans woman May 20, 1983 Hibari, the high school student, is actually a boy who looks, dresses and behaves like a girl. Hibari has a major crush on Kōsaku and prefers being referred to as the "daughter" of Ibari Ōzora.[41]
Peppo Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Gay October 12, 2004 Peppo is a boy who enjoys cross-dressing as a girl, leading some reviewers to mistake him as transgender,[42] and is gay. He develops feelings for Albert.
Astolfo (Rider) Fate/Apocrypha Genderqueer July 9, 2017 Astolfo, while genetically and biologically male, likes to cross-dress, and has been described as androgynous.[43] He is willing to allow other characters to believe him to be either gender without objection, and has had relationships with women in the past, while also harbouring romantic feelings towards the series' male protagonist, Sieg, shown in the episode "Knight of Rebellion". Japan
Bender Bending Rodriguez Futurama Possibly bisexual March 28, 1999 Bender, the high-tech male robot, has the affections to several of his ex-girlfriends throughout the episodes. However in the episode "Bend Her", Bender cross-dresses as a female robot under the name Coilette to participate in the fembot league of the Earth 3004 Olympic Games where he claims five gold medals in the competition.[44] He then develops romantic feelings for another male robot called Calculon, whom he later becomes engaged to. Eventually at the wedding, Bender does not attempt to hurt Calculon with a divorce, instead faking his own death as he then changes back to his old self. In another episode "Proposition Infinity", he falls in love with a human named Amy,[44] but after the proposition is approved, he dumps her after he realizes that he has to be monogamous[45] and goes with a bunch of "robot floozies" instead.[46] United States
Roger American Dad! Pansexual February 6, 2005 Roger is the very zany pansexual alien who lives in the Smith family's attic.[47] Roger is shown to assume different aliases[48] and a carousel of seemingly-endless lives, often outrageously deceiving numerous people. This includes a sweatshop owner, a bastard son of a prostitute and whore, wedding planner Jeannie Gold, news anchor Genevieve Vavance, and Meredith Fields (assuming the life of a socialite of the same name), along with hundreds of other personalities he embodies.[49]
Ranma Saotome Ranma ½ Ambiguous April 15, 1989 Ranma, the male protagonist, is a "guy who transforms into a girl...from a woman into a man," and is attracted to Akane Tendo.[50][51] However, it is unclear whether this is confirmation he is a trans man,[52] trans woman[53] or something else because series' creator Rumiko Takahashi said in November 1992 that she decided on "the character being half man and half woman."[54][b] Japan
Princess Sapphire Princess Knight Possibly transgender or genderqueer April 2, 1967 Princess Sapphire is a girl who is raised as a boy by her father the King, since women are not eligible to inherit the throne.[55][56] In addition, she is born with both a male and female heart but refuses to give up her boy heart as she needs it to vanquish evil.[56] Nonetheless, Sapphire falls in love with and marries Prince Frank.
Izumi Sena Love Stage!! Bisexual July 9, 2014 Izumi dresses up as a girl, in episodes such as "Because I Was Able to Meet You", and when Ryoma, the man he loves, finds out that he is actually a guy in drag, he is angered.[57] Japan
Shuichi Shindo Gravitation Gay October 4, 2000 Shuichi is a pink-haired gay high school singer who wears his sister Maiko's school uniform and a maid outfit in attempt to capture the romantic attention of Eiri Yuki, who was formerly engaged to Ayaka Usami.[58]
Yūjirō Shiratori The High School Life of a Fudanshi August 17, 2016 Yūjirō is a gay effeminate crossdresser with a liking toward men,[59] as indicated in episodes such as "Everyone's Fun Times", with strong "female power".[60]
Leslie Robin Swisher (Veronica) The Simpsons Bisexual February 20, 2005 Leslie Swisher is a pro golfer who disguises himself as a woman under the name Veronica to participate in the LPGA golf tournament, seen in one episode "There's Something About Marrying". He even cross-dresses as a bride when he is about to marry Patty Bouvier, who wears a white tuxedo as a bridegroom. Patty, however, refuses to marry Leslie after discovering that he is really a man, because she is lesbian.[61] Leslie also appears alongside the other gay men in the crowd in another episode "Flaming Moe". United States
Seiji Takamori (Kiyoka) Super Lovers Gay May 11, 2016 Seiji, better known as Kiyoka, runs a bar/café with his high school classmate,[62] Haru, dressing in woman's clothes and appears to prefer men.[63] He once confessed to Haru in the episode "Cloudy Sky", and has been turned down. He also has transgender friends as shown in the episode "Marine Blue". Japan
Utena Tenjou Revolutionary Girl Utena Bisexual April 2, 1997 Utena is a tomboyish teenage girl who expresses her desire to be a "prince" as she cross-dresses to be a male student, but with her shorts on, at Ohtori Academy where she has been drawn into a series of swordsmen's duels to win the hand of her close friend, Anthy Himemiya, a mysterious girl who is known as the "Rose Bride" but is later revealed to be connected to "End of the World",[64][65] while Utena is also in love with Anthy's brother, Akio Ohtori, as shown in episodes like "The Barefoot Girl", even though Akio has been sexually assaulting Anthy.[66] Utena also cross-dresses to appear a lot as a boy with the relationship between her and Anthy becoming more sexually-tinged in the film adaptation Adolescence of Utena.
Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Uranus) Sailor Moon Lesbian April 16, 1994 Haruka is one of the Outer Sailor Guardians who is a swordsman and acts like a charming boy, though she is really a cross-dressing girl, to get the romantic attention of Michiru Kaioh,[33] with their relationship kept in the English re-release of Sailor Moon.[67][68]
Luka Urushibara Steins;Gate Gay April 13, 2011 Second year in Kasensou Private Preparatory Academy, and Mayuri's classmate. Born biologically male. He has the personality of a polite, well-groomed and justified kind of beautiful girl. He doesn't push his opinions much upon others, and is a bit gullible. When he does, though, he's quite bashful and blushes quite a bit. Because he's quite serious by nature, he simply believes what others say. Rintaro makes him out to be his student on his own, and is currently in the middle of brainwashing him. He's a very shy person, and often turns down Mayuri's requests to cosplay. At some point later in the series he asks to send a mail to his mothers pager in the past (known as a D-Mail), before he was born in attempt to change his gender to female, given his own internalized feelings that his feelings towards Okabe would never be accepted as a guy. This is eventually undone again when Rintaro realises he has to erase all his previous D-Mails to save one of his other friends.[69] Japan
Jun Watarase Happiness! Gay or trans woman August 5, 2006 Despite reportedly being born male,[70] Jun is alluded to being either an androgynous gay boy who cross-dresses, in episodes such as "The Shikimori Treasure", to appear as a girl or a transwoman largely due to the fact that in the OVA, "The Brilliant Day of Jun Watarase", she was happy to have been turned into a girl.[71]
Isabella Yamamoto Paradise Kiss Trans woman October 13, 2005 Isabella was assigned male at birth,[72] but lives as a trans woman 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.[73] She acts as a mother figure to the members of ParaKiss and inspires George to make several dresses for Isabella since childhood.[40]
Yukikaze Demon Lord, Retry! Gay July 25, 2019 A B-rank adventurer who is accompanied with fellow adventurer Mikan. He is often been described as a "girlish boy" because of his feminine appearance, cross-dressing as a girl in episodes such as "Yu Kirino".[74] He is deeply infatuated with the Demon Lord Kunai after being saved twice by him.

Heterosexual cross-dressers

Characters Show title Character debut date Notes Country
Masaki Akemiya Whispered Words October 7, 2009 Masaki likes Sumika, but when he notices that she is lesbian and likes Ushio he cross-dresses in order to catch her attention.[75] After his younger sister finds out, she sends pictures of him to a magazine and pictures of him start appearing in magazines under the alias Akemi Yamasaki. Ushio sees the pictures and develops a crush on Akemi and wants to meet 'her' as shown in the episode "4+1". Japan
Hibiki Amawa I My Me! Strawberry Eggs July 4, 2001 Graduated from college in athletics, he disguises himself as a woman so that he can obtain a job as a gym teacher under the alias of Miss Hibiki Amawa at the all-female Seitō Sannomiya Private School. He, however, has a school board growing suspicious of him and is exposed by one of his students, Fūko, who develops her romantic feelings for him.[76]
Hime Arikawa Himegoto July 7, 2014 He cross-dresses to join the Student Council which promises to pay off the debt created by Hime's parents.[77] In the same series, Hime's brother, Kaguya, Hiro Toyotomi, No. 1, and Mitsunaga Oda, all of whom are against the Student Council, also cross-dress.
Lady Bat Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure May 29, 2004 One of Michel's servants, he cross-dresses as a female in the episode "Love Etude."[78]
Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes 1939 Bugs appeared in ladies garb or cross-dressed in at least 40 cartoons.[1] Other characters such as Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Porky Pig, and Sylvester Cat also cross-dressed. As Chuck Jones put it, they put Bugs in drag because it was "funny" with people not thinking that a male character turning was turning into something "inappropriate," with audiences liking it.[79] United States
Cybersix Cybersix September 6, 1999 Throughout this series, during the day Cybersix dresses up as a male literature teacher under the alias "Adrian Seidelman" who teaches at the Meridiana High School in the fictional city of Meridiana.[c] At night, she switches back into her usual attire: a leather outfit, cape, and hat, fighting villains.[80] She is aided by her brother, Data 7, and Lucas Amato, her colleague, friend, and love interest. Cybersix only reveals her dual identity to Lori Anderson, a student who is infatuated with Adrian. Canada
Kaoru Daichi Ladies versus Butlers! February 9, 2010 Kaoru is a servant-ed student whose strict father raised her as a boy.[81] She pretends to be a male student at Hakureiryō Academy, a boarding school where she is easily mistaken to be a boy and not a girl and has many fans in the upper-ed section, although she is worried that her true gender would be exposed especially when she is with her roommate Akiharu whom she unconsciously develops feelings for. Japan
Bill Dauterive King of the Hill January 12, 1997 In the Season 3 episode "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", Bill begins to impersonate his estranged ex-wife Lenore as his depression turns into delusion, but not before Hank Hill discovers that he is dressed in drag. After Hank forces him to not show up at the Christmas party, Bill cross-dresses again at this party but becomes insulted by the vicious guests, until Hank emerges to cover for him, wearing a dress as well.[82] United States
Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz Phineas and Ferb August 17, 2007 When he was younger, his parents made him dress like a girl after their child was a boy instead of a girl.[83] In the episode "Gaming the System," he creates a device, called the Ball-gown-inator, which puts ball gowns on men.[84] The device is later used on him and his nemesis, Perry the Platypus, along with other protagonists in the series.[85]
Haruhi Fujioka Ouran High School Host Club April 4, 2006 She cross-dresses as a boy so she can work in a host club to pay off a debt she owes to the other members.[86] This cross-dressing is later exploited by the Host Club, which struggles to keep her true gender secret as noted in episodes such as "The Job of a High School Host!" and "A Challenge from Lobelia Girls' Academy!" Japan
Chihiro Fujisaki Danganronpa: The Animation July 4, 2013 He is a shy and effeminate student and skilled programmer in Hope's Peak Academy high school who has deep insecurity about his weak physique and is presumed initially to be a girl as he cross-dresses to hide his gender identity. After Monokuma threatens to expose everyone's secrets, Chihiro becomes determined to overcome his weakness and shares his secret with Mondo. But this leads the envious Mondo to, in a fit of jealous rage, smashing Chihiro's head in with a dumbbell, making him the second murder victim. Immediately, the dying Chihiro leaves behind a laptop containing the Alter Ego program to help the other students right before his death.[87]
Nagihiko Fujisaki (Nadeshiko) Shugo Chara! October 13, 2007 Nagihiko is a long-haired boy who cross-dresses as his "twin sister" named Nadeshiko out of family tradition. He is a friend to Amu, whom he looks over and supports in her love life, though he has trouble telling her that he is really a boy and not a girl.[88] Nagihiko also cross-dresses in his transformation Yamato Maihime.
Lovelace Goldminter Speed Racer March 15, 1968 In the two-part episode "The Race Around the World", Lovelace is the daughter of the billionaire who poses as a male racer to join in the race along with Speed Racer himself and all of the others racers, because she does not want to be married to whoever wins the race.[89]
Tatsukichi Hayama MM! October 2, 2010 Tatsukichi enjoys cross-dressing (which induces his female alter-ego, "Tatsumi Antoinette XVI"). While cross-dressing, his alter-ego has a superiority complex.[90]
Him The Powerpuff Girls December 2, 1998 A mysterious, sinister, effeminate, and supernatural demon who has lobster-like claws, red skin, pointed ears, a hooked nose, yellow/green eyes, a long curled beard, wearing makeup, a woman's red jacket and skirt, and black boots.[91] Him's plans are usually psychological in nature, and often consist of manipulating events to either drive the Powerpuff Girls insane or drive wedges between them.[92] United States
Akira Hiragi Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid October 31, 2015 Akira is the benevolent Governor of Mermaid, and the founder of Wärter (German for "keeper(s)"), the island's peace-keeping force. While believed by everyone on the island to be the only male resident on Mermaid, she is actually a woman asked by her mother to act like a man in order to stay safe.[93][94] For physical protection, her mother also provided her with an artificial Extar named Sri.[95] Only Torino and Mirei knew her true gender until she was exposed by Momoka. In an earlier episode, "To Believe," with Mirei knocked out, Mamori has Akira drive with her in order to stop the terrorists, briefly exposing her identity to Mirei before leaving the scene. Furthermore, supplemental material revealed she was in a relationship with a woman named Haruka (who was her first Extar) in college, a relationship she still longs for as Mermaid's Governor. Japan
James Pokémon April 8, 1997 He has a tendency to cross-dress, impersonating Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny, and Jessie, along with famous celebrities.[96]
Kei Dirty Pair July 15, 1985 A hot-headed, aggressive woman who is the first to open fire, often with a short temper.[97] She is a tomboy who is attracted to manly, muscular men, while her fellow team member, Yuri, is more feminine, preferring cultured, refined men.[98]
Ash Ketchum Pokémon April 1, 1997 In one episode, Ash crossdresses in order to disguise himself to get into the Celadon Gym since he had been banned from there in the past for causing a fuss as shown in the episode "Pokémon Scent-sation!." He also crossdresses in other episodes as "Juliet" in the episode "Love at First Flight," in a maid outfit in the episode "Tanks for the Memories" as "Ashley" at a theater in the episode "Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!"[99]and as a female nurse in the episode "Real Life...Inquire Within."
Kuranosuke Koibuchi Princess Jellyfish October 15, 2010 He is the son of a rich political family and loves to cross-dress in women's clothing and makeup, appearing in various fashionable outfits throughout the series, as well as several different wigs.[100][d][40] He uses the alias "Kurako" in front of the other Amars to hide his gender.
Subaru Konoe Mayo Chiki! July 7, 2011 Female protagonist of the story and a second year high school student who works as a butler for the Suzutsuki family. She has to cross-dress because Kanade's father has allowed Subaru to be his daughter's butler only if she can spend the entire three years at school with her true gender undiscovered.[101] Her physical features allow her to fool everyone into believing her to be a boy until Kinjirō accidentally discovers her secret in the show's first episode as shown in the episode "End of Earth." Her cross-dressing is a major theme for the rest of the show.
Toru Kouno Princess Princess April 5, 2006 The three boys were selected to be the "princesses" at the all-boy school they attend as first shown in the episode "The All Boys School's Princesses." They crossdress as girls, which is a tradition with the purpose of breaking up the monotony of life surrounded by nothing but males.[102] They are expected to encourage others at school, and cheer at school events as shown in episodes like "Yuujirou's Past."
Yuujirou Shihoudani
Mikoto Yutaka
Makoto (Mako-chan) Minami-ke November 11, 2007 Makoto is an elementary school student and fellow classmate of Chiaki Minami, who is forced by Kana Minami to dress as a girl under the name Mako-chan so that he can get closer to Haruka Minami whom he loves the most and avoid detection from Chiaki.[103] Makoto also shares a friendship with Tōmo due to their similar gender problems.
Randy Marsh South Park August 27, 1997 Stan Marsh's father, Randy, produces music and performs as a female singer called Lorde, as first shown in the Season 18 episode "Gluten Free Ebola".[104] In the Season 13 episode "Pinewood Derby", he disguises himself as Princess Leia to sneak into the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. Randy also cross-dresses in the collectible card mobile game South Park: Phone Destroyer, such as in the roles of Pocahontas and Poison Ivy. United States
Tōma Minami Minami-ke December 9, 2007 Tōma is a tomboyish girl who, like Makoto, regularly cross-dresses as a boy, among her three brothers, Haruo, Natsuki and Akira Minami.[103] Although she is not related to the three Minami sisters, Tōma is adopted by Chiaki Minami as her "brother", due to their exact same surname. She also develops a friendship with Makoto as they both share their similar gender troubles. Japan
Makoto Mizuhara El-Hazard October 6, 1995 Makoto has an uncanny resemblance to Princess Fatora Venus.[e] So as to not ruin alliances, he cross-dresses as her for six of the seven episodes of "The Magnificent World" OVA.[105] Some characters like Shayla-Shayla call him a pervert for doing so, as noted in the episode "The World of Hot Springs," while Alielle tries to have sex with him thinking he is Fatora as noted in the episode "The World of Beautiful Girls." After his true identity is revealed to the royal court in the sixth episode, "The World of Gleaming Light," he wears his usual school clothes (a formal suit and tie) for the rest of the original OVA, "The Magnificent World." In the next OVA, "The Magnificent World 2," he puts on woman's hair and pretends he is a sister of Fatora, which Fatora uses to her advantage so she can kiss Shayla-Shayla in the episode "The Bride of Roshtari."
Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse November 18, 1928 In the 1933 cartoon Mickey's Mellerdrammer, Mickey cross-dresses in the role of young slave girl Topsy with a wig, blackface and ragged dress on, while his girlfriend and co-star Minnie Mouse plays the role of young white girl Eva St. Clare on their stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin.[106] Mickey then switches costumes and roles to portray as old Uncle Tom with cotton around his ears and chin. United States
Itsuki Myoudouin (Cure Sunshine) HeartCatch PreCure! February 21, 2010 One of the four magical Cures, Itsuki disguises herself as a boy to substitute as the heir of the middle school and dojo in place of her ailing brother Satsuki Myoudouin, while still maintaining her great love for cute, feminine things. She is also mistaken for an actual boy by Tsubomi/Cure Blossom, who originally developed a crush on her, before she reveals herself to be a girl to her.[32] Japan
Rui Ninomiya Gatchaman Crowds July 18, 2013 Getting powers from Katze, Rui, has a strong intellect, is trilingual, and developed the social network “GALAX", often crossdressing as a woman in punk rocker fashion named "LOAD." as shown in episodes "Abjection" and "Collaboration" for instance.[107][108] Rui is called male by Hajime Ichinose, surprising Sugane Tachibana, who thinks Rui is female, while other characters don't presume a gender at all or call Rui "buddy as noted in the episode "Forgery." Rui is often identified, in episodes like "engagement," as male and described by one character as girly in one episode, "penetration."[109][110]
Mariya Shidō Maria Holic January 4, 2009 Mariya is a cross-dressing boy who attends Ame no Kisaki,[111] a Catholic-based all-girl academy, as a girl as a means to win the chairmanship of both the all-male and all-female schools as shown in the episode "A Flirtatious Kiss." When Kanako first meets Mariya, she is instantly attracted to his playful femininity and kind attitude. He often teases Kanako by playing with his long blonde hair, speaking in a soft voice, and smiling sweetly, but Mariya turns out to be quite sadistic in nature. Japan
Naoto Shirogane Persona 4: The Animation December 16, 2011 Also known as the "Detective Prince", she is a junior detective who hides her feminine appearance by posing as a man, due to the gendered stereotypes of detectives and institutional misogyny in law enforcement.[112] As a detective, Naoto tries to solve the murders in the series and her bond with Yu Narukami is symbolized by his usage of the Persona Atropos.
Hitoshi Sugoroku Nanbaka October 5, 2016 Hitoshi is an effeminate cross-dresser who looks, acts and behaves like a woman.[113] He is the younger brother of supervisor Hajime Sugoroku, as first shown in the episode "Idiots with Numbers!"[114]
Kinji Tohyama Aria the Scarlet Ammo April 15, 2011 Similar to Kinichi, Kinji cross-dresses at times as Clomaetel Belmondo, a cute, tall girl with red eyes and long hair black hair going down to the waist with a feminine face similar to Kana.[f][115]
Ringo Tsukimiya Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% July 3, 2011 He is the clarinet playing idol and the teacher of Class A in the Saotome Academy who cross-dresses as a pink-haired woman because of his agency.[116] His biggest dream is to perform as a male idol.
Kevin Tubbs The Cleveland Show November 22, 2009 Cleveland learns in one episode that Kevin Tubbs adopted a female persona named "Auntie Momma" years earlier because he felt that his niece Donna did not have a strong female role model in her life, as shown in the episode "A Brown Thanksgiving". Bil Browning of the LGBT blog, The Bilerico Project, criticized the character as not transgender but only "a deep-voiced man pretending to be a woman"[117] while GLAAD called the episode Kevin premiered in as "problematic".[118] United States


  1. ^ Jakotsu was originally going to be a woman, but the series' creator felt uncomfortable to depict Inuyasha fighting a human female, choosing instead to make Jakotsu a gay man in drag.
  2. ^ Kappa was an Italian magazine published by Star Comics from July 1992 to November 2006, having 173 issues. Takahashi in the Ranma ½ Memorial Book/The Art of Ranma , talked about how she came up with the idea of Ranma transforming, adding that Ranma could be a male or female name.
  3. ^ In the comic, Cybersix says "I am no longer Adrian Seidelman. I remove the male clothing that camouflage me all day. I verify that I am always a woman" and also says "It makes me feel a bit more human. I'm continuing the tradition of Fernando Pessoa, the Portuguese poet who lived as four different people at once."
  4. ^ The creator of Princess Jellyfish comics describes him as "the cross-dressing guy," saying that initially he was just "going to be just a pretty girl" that he was dreaming of becoming, saying that "I’ve imagined Kuranosuke to have a very strong personality. But by making him into a cross-dressing guy, it made him even more of a strong character, who is very self-assured."
  5. ^ As Katsuhiko Jinnai puts it in the final episode of the OVA after looking at Fatora: "That explains why that cowardly rodent Makoto was dressing like a drag queen! What a scamp! Just looking at that familiar face makes me go crazy!"
  6. ^ Kinji also activates his "Hysteria Mode" in the episodes "Aria the Quadra", "Butei Killer", "Butei Charter, Article 1", "Stairway to Heaven", and "Durandal", and "Vlad".

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