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.

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."[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4] This was preceded 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.

List of characters

Characters Show title Character debut date Notes Country
Ayumu Aikawa Is This a Zombie? January 20, 2009 He becomes a "mahou shoujo" as a result of absorbing Haruna's magic, resulting in him wearing a pink frilly outfit and all, in order to fight Megalos.[5] Japan
Tomo Aizawa Tomo-chan Is a Girl! January 5, 2023 She is a teenage tomboy who is deeply in love with her childhood friend Junichiro Kubota. However, Junichiro only treats her more masculine than to be feminine, for she is often mistaken for a boy. Tomo has even been cast as the Prince for the high school play of Cinderella in episodes "My First Part-Time Job" and "Goodbye, Best Friend".[6][7]
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.[8] 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".
Aki Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi April 4, 2002 He is a transvestite who is the lifelong resident of the Abenobashi Shopping Arcade with an overly affectionate auntie-type attitude. In each parallel world, he often appears in various comedic female roles under the name Ms. Aki.[9]
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 feelings for him.[10]
Hime Arikawa Himegoto July 7, 2014 He is a cross-dressing boy, who is forced by members of the student council, like Aruku 18-kin, to wear frilly, girlish, outfits.[11][12] In the same series, Hime's brother, Kaguya, Hiro Toyotomi, No. 1, and Mitsunaga Oda, all of whom oppose the Student Council, also cross-dress.
Kaguya Arikawa He cross-dresses as a girl like his brother, Hime, and every other male character in the series, apart from Yuuma.[11]
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 cross-dressing like Shuichi.[13] She even dreams of entering into a relationship with a cool adult man.
Bastien "Twink" Q-Force September 2, 2021 Twink is an effeminate gay French Canadian who is a drag queen taking on several disguises, known as the "Master of Drag" for a group of LGBT superspies called Q-Force.[14] United States
Yellow Belmont Genesis Climber MOSPEADA October 2, 1983 Also known as Lancer Belmont in Robotech, he is a soldier who takes on the disguise of a female singer named Yellow Dancer.[15] In the OVA, Sorji is living with Yellow in a cabin in the woods. Japan
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo November 8, 2003 An eccentric man with bodybuilder-sized muscles and a giant yellow afro who fights the forces of evil using his nose hair, he cross-dresses throughout the series.[16]
Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes 1939 Bugs appeared in ladies garb or cross-dressed in at least 40 cartoons.[17] Other characters such as Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Porky Pig, and Sylvester the 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.[18] United States
Clayface Harley Quinn 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.[19]
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.[a] At night, she switches back into her usual attire: a leather outfit, cape, and hat, fighting villains. 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.[20] Canada
D'eon de Beaumont/Lia de Beaumont Le Chevalier D'Eon August 19, 2006 Lia de Beaumont is killed and her brother D'eon de Beaumont seeks her murderers.[21] Ultimately, her spirit begins to inhabit his body whenever his life is in danger.[22][23] This character is based on the identity that real-life cross-dresser, Chevalier d'Eon claimed in a 1756 mission to Russia.[24] Japan
Kaoru Daichi Ladies versus Butlers! February 9, 2010 Kaoru is a servant-ed student whose strict father raised her as a boy. She pretends to be a male student at Hakureiryō Academy, a boarding school where she is easily mistaken for a boy 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.[25]
Donizete (Scarlet Carmesim) Super Drags November 9, 2018 The series follows the adventures of Donizete, Patrick, and Ralph, three gay friends working in a department store,[26] who are also drag queen superheroes known as the Super Drags, named Scarlet Carmesim, Lemon Chifon, and Safira Cyan, and are responsible for protecting the LGBTQ community.[27] Brazil
Patrick (Lemon Chifon)
Ralph (Safira Cyan)
Fish Eye Sailor Moon 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".[28][29] He was changed into a woman in the English dub. Japan
Oscar François de Jarjayes The Rose of Versailles 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.[30][23] She also has a relationship with André, a childhood friend, who is only able to share one passionate night with Oscar.
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.[31][23] 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!"
Ryōuji "Ranka" Fujioka 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.[32] Ryoji still deeply loves his deceased wife, Kotoko, and declares that he works as a cross-dresser because he will never truly love another.
Chihiro Fujisaki Danganronpa: The Animation July 4, 2013 He is a shy and wimpy 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, smash 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.[33]
Nagihiko Fujisaki/Nadeshiko Fujisaki 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.[34] Nagihiko also cross-dresses in his transformation Yamato Maihime.
Yui Goidō The World God Only Knows: Goddesses July 15, 2013 Yui, the daughter of the richest family in Majima City, starts her own freedom of playing off of Keima Katsuragi after accidentally switching their bodies.[35] When they return to their old bodies, Yui decides to cross-dress as she becomes a more independent tomboy from her family.
Emilia Gudenburg/Emile Crossfode Hundred April 5, 2016 She is the third princess from the Gudenburg Empire who initially poses as a boy under the alias of Emile Crossfode, with only a few people aware of her secret until she later reveals her true identity.[36] Emilia is a roommate and love interest of Hayato Kisaragi.
Haku Naruto November 28, 2002 He is an androgynous teenage orphan who is a shinobi under Zabuza's tutelage and, when he is not in combat, dons a pink sleeveless kimono.[37] Due to his feminine appearance, Haku is mistaken for a girl by Naruto whom he bonds over their connections.[38]
Guy Hamdon (SheZow) SheZow December 15, 2012 An irresponsible preteen boy accidentally gains a magical ring of power that belonged to his late Aunt Agnes but is intended only for a girl, suddenly causing him to cross-dress and forcing him to save the world as a female superheroine called "SheZow".[39][40] Australia
Kokoro Hanabusa I-Chu: Halfway Through the Idol January 20, 2021 Kokoro, Momo and Runa are a trio of otokonoko idols, together known as POP'N Star, who present themselves female.[41] Japan
Momosuke "Momo" Oikawa
Tsuki "Runa" Kagurasaka
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.[42]
Hayashi Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens January 12, 2018 Like Ling, Hayashi is a cross-dresser.[43]
Sir Integra Hellsing Hellsing October 10, 2001 She is the noble head of the Hellsing Organization who appears to be masculine and is referred to as "sir" despite being a woman, as well as the master of vampire Alucard.[44]
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, yellowish green eyes, a long-curled beard, wearing makeup, a woman's red jacket and skirt, and black boots. 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.[45] 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. For physical protection, her mother also provided her with an artificial Extar named Sri. Only Torino and Mirei knew her true gender until she was exposed by Momoka.[46] 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
Aoi Hyōdō Maid Sama! April 22, 2010 Aoi is the androgynous owner of Maid Latte café who enjoys cross-dressing due to his liking towards some "cute, girly things". He is known in his female persona as a cute Internet idol and also enjoys toying with the feelings of men, especially to Takumi Usui.[47]
Nagi Ichinose Nyan Koi! 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". However, Nagi starts falling in love with Junpei, who has a crush on Kaede, and resorts to extreme actions after being comforted by him.[48]
Jakotsu InuYasha February 24, 2003 Member of the Band of Seven, he is a homosexual mercenary who wears women's kimono and makeup in repeated attempts to flirt with both Inuyasha and Miroku, as first seen in the Season 4 episode "The Band of Seven, Resurrected!"[b][49]
James Pokémon April 8, 1997 He has a tendency to cross-dress, impersonating Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny, and Jessie, along with famous celebrities.[50]
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 who responded that he sees every women named "Julia" every day, and he suggests Spike to find Grencia, the sax player at the Blue Crow city who sometimes seems to be with women.[51]
Yuuki Kagami See Me After Class June 23, 2012 In order to avoid being expelled, a teacher, Ayana Kakinozaka, has Yuuki cross-dress and becomes his guardian.[52]
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.[53]
Yuu Kashima Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun 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 other 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".[54] She is the best friend and classmate of Mikoto Mikoshiba.
Kei Dirty Pair July 15, 1985 A hot-headed, aggressive woman who is the first to open fire, often with a short temper. She is a tomboy who is attracted to manly, muscular men, while her teammate Yuri is more feminine, preferring cultured, refined men.[55]
Akira Kenjou (Cure Chocolat) Kirakira ☆PreCure à la Mode March 5, 2017 One of the six magical Cure girls, Akira has a boyish appearance that is unknown to others why.[56][57] She is a gentle, and lesbian, high school student who has a strong sense of justice like a dog and flirts towards Yukari Kotozume/Cure Macaron.[58] 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.
Ash Ketchum Pokémon April 1, 1997 In one episode, Ash cross-dresses 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 cross-dresses 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!"[59] and as a female nurse in the episode "Real Life...Inquire Within."
Makoto Kikuchi iDOLM@STER: Xenoglossia 2007 Makoto is popularized as the "pretty-boy idol" within 765 Production and has accumulated more female fans than the male ones because of this. Her father, the famous race-car racer, raised her as a boy for he wished only for a son. But despite her androgynous appeal, she has to become an idol in order to find a way to a much more feminine presence for herself and to show others that she can have a girly side as well.[60]
Kino Kino's Journey April 8, 2003 Kino was assigned female at birth, but has a "androgynous persona," alternating between using feminine and masculine pronouns, while resisting those that attempt to pin a gender on her as a "girl" or "boy."[61] Kino has also been described as a cross-dresser.[23]
Sakura Kinomoto Cardcaptor Sakura 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.[62]
Yūsuke Kinoshita The Ping Pong Club April 5, 1995 Although he is usually the quintessential "pretty boy" in the ping-pong club, in one episode Maeno and Izawa dress him like a girl and it's now Tanaka who's chasing after him.[63]
Kitsunezuka Ko'on-no-Kami/Seymour "The Big" Cheese Kyatto Ninden Teyandee/Samurai Pizza Cats February 1, 1990 Seymour "The Big" Cheese is the advisor to Emperor Fred who wants to overthrow Little Tokyo. He is a flamboyant fox who crossdresses.[64] The Big Cheese took on a female persona called Mrs. Ratina in the episode "Samurai Charm School".[65] In the Japanese version of "Samurai Savings Time", it is explained the reason why The Big Cheese cross-dresses is that he saw his future self crossdressed.[66] In contrast with most 1990s English language dubs at the time, The Big Cheese's gender was kept. The only change was his species as he was changed to a rat.
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.[67][c][68] He uses the alias "Kurako" in front of the other Amars to hide his gender.[69]
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.[70] 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 cross-dress as girls, which is a tradition with the purpose of breaking up the monotony of life surrounded by nothing but males.[71] 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
Seiya Kou (Sailor Star Fighter) Sailor Moon May 11, 1996 Together known as the Sailor Starlights, they are a group of three genderqueer 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.[28] 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)
Makoto (Mako-chan) Minami-ke November 11, 2007 Makoto is an elementary school student and 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.[72][73] Makoto also shares a friendship with Tōmo due to their similar gender problems.
Randy Marsh South Park August 27, 1997 Stan and Shelly 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".[74] And in the Season 13 episode "Pinewood Derby", he disguises himself as Princess Leia to sneak into the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.[75] Randy also cross-dresses in the collectable card mobile game South Park: Phone Destroyer, such as in the roles of Pocahontas and Poison Ivy. United States
Parade MC Blue's Clues & You! May 28, 2021 The Parade MC is an animated version of Nina West; a drag queen who hosts a pride parade and performs a tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", entitled "Families Go Marching", alongside the LGBTQ animal families in the sing-along video.[76][77]
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. 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.[73] 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.[d] So as to not ruin alliances, he cross-dresses as her for six of the seven episodes of "The Magnificent World" OVA.[78] 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."
Itsuki Myoudouin (Cure Sunshine) HeartCatch PreCure! February 21, 2010 One of the four magical Cures, Itsuki initially 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 a boy by Tsubomi Hanasaki/Cure Blossom, who originally developed a crush on her, before she reveals herself to be a girl to her.[79]
Shima Nishina Kiss Him, Not Me October 27, 2016 She is a lesbian underclasswoman who is a fujoshi, like her lover Kae Serinuma, and cosplays as a male butler for whom Kae initially mistaken her for a man due to her androgynous appearance.[80]
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.[81] 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.
Nuriko Fushigi Yûgi April 2, 1995 Nuriko initially dresses and acts as a woman named Kang-lin,[82][23] 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".[83] 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".[84]
Hikozaemon Ootaki Ah! My Goddess January 6, 2005 He dresses in punk-style and is an ex-directors of the Nekomi Motor Club. He cross-dresses just like Tamiya.[85]
Wataru Otori Stop!! Hibari-kun October 21, 1983 Jun Otori's mother, Wataru, is an eccentric otokoyaku who takes on the role of Rhett Butler for the play of Gone with the Wind in the episode "Lovely! School Takarazuka".[86]
Peppo Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo October 12, 2004 Peppo is a gay boy who enjoys cross-dressing as a girl,[87] leading some reviewers to mistake him as transgender.[88] He develops feelings for Albert.
EJ Randell Clarence December 4, 2014 She is Jeff Randell's lesbian mother who poses as a man, even in her muscular appearance, so that she can be with her wife Sue Randell, Jeff's other mother, in the few episodes such as "Jeff Wins" and "Clarence the Movie".[89] United States
Red Guy Cow and Chicken November 12, 1995 The Red Guy is the flamboyant devil who often disguises himself under female personas, such as Miss Barederriere the lunch lady and Queen Cleopantless of Ancient Egypt, in both the main show and its spinoff I Am Weasel.[90]
Renren First Love Monster July 2, 2016 An androgynous boy, cross-dressing idol, and the object of fanaticism by Arashi, much to Chiaki's chagrin.[91][92] Japan
Bender Bending Rodriguez Futurama 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.[93] 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,[93] but after the proposition is approved, he dumps her after he realizes that he has to be monogamous[94] and goes with a bunch of "robot floozies" instead.[95] United States
Roger American Dad! February 6, 2005 Roger is the very zany pansexual alien who lives in the Smith family's attic.[96] Roger is shown to assume different aliases[97] 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.[98]
Gintoki Sakata Gin Tama April 4, 2006 He is a frequent cross-dresser, even having an alter-ego once he has cross-dressed as a girl: "Paako."[99] The latter first appeared in the 24th episode of the series. Japan
Princess Sapphire Princess Knight 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.[100][101] 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.[101] Nonetheless, Sapphire falls in love with and marries Prince Frank.
Sarasa Basara April 2, 1998 The story's protagonist, she balances her aggressive and masculine features with "requisite compassion towards the weak" while cross-dressing.[23] Since she takes the name of her murdered twin brother Tatara, even among her allies few people know she is a girl.
Jyoji Seki Doki Doki School Hours April 4, 2004 A narcissist and bishounen, he is flamboyant and often cross-dresses.[102] Often going to school in makeup, outside school, he has been seen in skirts and even a full ladies' kimono.
Izumi Sena Love Stage!! July 9, 2014 Izumi, a bisexual boy, 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.[103]
Mariya Shidō Maria Holic January 4, 2009 Mariya is a cross-dressing boy who attends Ame no Kisaki,[104] 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 kindness. 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.
Shuichi Shindo Gravitation October 4, 2000 Shuichi is a pink-haired gay high school singer who wears his sister Maiko's school uniform and dons a maid outfit in attempt to capture the romantic attention of Eiri Yuki, who was formerly engaged to Ayaka Usami.[105]
Yūjirō Shiratori The High School Life of a Fudanshi August 17, 2016 Yūjirō is a gay effeminate cross-dresser with a liking toward men, as indicated in episodes such as "Everyone's Fun Times", with strong "female power".[106]
Ayame Sohma Fruits Basket October 4, 2001 Yuki and his flamboyant older brother Ayame, the Rat and Snake of the Chinese zodiac, occasionally cross-dress because they look good in women's clothing. Their androgynous cousin Ritsu, the Monkey of the Chinese zodiac, feels comfortable and more confident only by cross-dressing regularly in kimono and is initially mistaken for a woman by Tohru because of his feminine face and long hair.[107]
Ritsu Sohma December 6, 2001
Yuki Sohma July 5, 2001
Hitoshi Sugoroku Nanbaka October 5, 2016 Hitoshi is an effeminate otokonoko who looks, dresses and behaves like a woman.[108] He is the younger brother of supervisor Hajime Sugoroku, as first shown in the episode "Idiots with Numbers!"
Leslie Robin Swisher (Veronica) The Simpsons 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 the 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 groom. Patty, however, refuses to marry Leslie after discovering that he is really a man, because she is lesbian.[109] United States
Toraichi Tamiya Ah! My Goddess January 6, 2005 Tamiya, as does Ootaki, both cross-dress.[85] Tamita is an ex-director of the Nekomi Motor Club and is a dark-skinned, hulking man. Japan
Ryuzo Tanami St. Luminous Mission High School October 5, 1998 A boy who dresses up as a girl in order to attend a private girls' school with his friend, Kaihei Kijima.[110]
Utena Tenjou Revolutionary Girl Utena April 2, 1997 Utena is a bisexual teenage tomboy 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",[111][112] 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.[113] Utena also cross-dresses to appear as a boy,[23][114] with the relationship between her and Anthy becoming more sexually-tinged in the film adaptation Adolescence of Utena.
Haruka Tenou (Sailor Uranus) Sailor Moon 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 Kaiou,[58][23][29] with their relationship kept in the English re-release of Sailor Moon.[115][116]
Ringo Tsukimiya Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% July 3, 2011 He is the clarinet playing teacher of Class A in the Saotome Academy who likes to cross-dress as a pink-haired woman because of his agency.[117] His biggest dream is to perform as a male idol.
Luka Urushibara Steins;Gate April 3, 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 mother's 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 realizes he has to erase all his previous D-Mails to save one of his other friends.[38][118]
Ling Xianming Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens January 12, 2018 Ling is a man from Tokyo who has a short temper, enjoys cross-dressing, and is an assassin.[43]
Hamaji Yakumo H2O: Footprints in the Sand January 25, 2008 Hamaji is a bisexual optimistic boy who cross-dresses as a very cute girl. He has occasionally flirted with Takuma but ultimately marries his best friend Maki.[119]
Kazuki Yasaka Sarazanmai April 11, 2019 Kazuki, the middle school student, poses as female idol Sara Azuma to take selfies for his younger brother Haruka Yasaka,[120] although the real Sara is actually a kappa who is the love interest to Prince Keppi. Kazuki's gay classmate Enta Jinnai has a secret crush on him.
Yukikaze Demon Lord, Retry! 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". He is deeply infatuated with the Demon Lord Kunai after being saved twice by him.[121]

See also


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ 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!"



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