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Gender-Bender Friendship

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Oh no! Somehow your sex has changed! Just when you were working up the nerve to confess your love to that classmate you like! But wait, this situation isn't hopeless...
Now you're the same sex (this trope only seems to happen to heterosexual, cisgender people) as them. If you become their best friend, maybe you can learn enough about them to date them as your true self, and they'll never figure out that you are the same person! Of course like all the best plans it can and will go awry.
May occur with either Gender Bender or crossdressing (Disguised in Drag or Sweet Polly Oliver) scenarios. Compare and contrast Jumping the Gender Barrier and Unsettling Gender Reveal. Like most Gender Bender tropes this is generally subject to the First Law of Gender-Bending, but there are exceptions.
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Inverted in Ranma ½. Shampoo loves Ranma when he's a boy, because he beat her in a fight and she comes from an obscure Chinese Amazon-like tribe that marries men who beat them. When he's a girl, Shampoo wants to tear him to shreds, because he beat her as a girl too and that's another tribal custom.
Once she found out that they were the same people and that he was originally a boy, she is just plain affectionate to him/her in both forms, unless s/he pisses her off.
Played straight with Akane befriending him before she found out that it was actually a boy who beat her in a spar.
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Cybersix has a combination of this with the main character's Secret Identity male persona Adrian with her best friend/love interest Lucas.
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Some Like It Hot: Two male musicians on the run are forced to to hide in an all-girls band. As girls. Naturally, they become quite chummy with the other musicians.
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Inverted in Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another: isolated loner Rinichi Sagara's hidden Metamorphosis into a female allows him to develop a friendship with male classmate Narumi who learned about Sagara's Gender Bender by accident and decides to help him hide it from the rest of their schoolmates. Played straighter with Kurokawa, who had a mutual Because You Were Nice to Me relationship with Sagara going back to elementary school: Sagara's genderbender allowed their mutual sympathy to blossom into real friendship while his relationship with Narumi eventually blossoms into something deeper. Opening up to Kurokawa and Narumi eventually convinces Sagara the risks of opening up to others are worth the rewards.
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In White Chicks, Marcus and Kevin start hanging out with the Wilson sisters' best friends while disguised as them. And when the truth came out, the girls found that they liked the Wilson twins a lot better when Marcus and Kevin were them.
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Inverted in Nozomu Nozomi: Nozomu concludes the physical genderbender he's been hiding for nearly a year has also become a mental genderbender because his feelings for his unrequited crush Yuka and best friend Yasu have swapped targets.
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King of the Hill has a variant when Peggy befriends a woman named Caroline, who's actually a crossdresser who mistakenly thinks Peggy is one as well.
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CUTE×GUY. One of the few cases of a girl-turned-guy becoming friends with her male crush.
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In Sorority Boys, the three male leads are kicked out of their fraternity and dress up as women to seek refuge in what is deemed the "ugly" sorority house. In the process, one of the men ends up being friends with a girl he'd met earlier and hit on unsuccessfully, but now has a chance to get to truly know. Of course, Hilarity Ensues.
One of the other leads, a supposed Dumb Muscle, also befriends a number of the unpopular girls in the house (particularly a girl suffering from giantism) after learning that they've been judged by their looks all their lives, just like he has.
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Ayakashi Triangle
Matsuri and Suzu are a somewhat complicated example that inverts the usual dynamic: They had been friends for years before Matsuri was turned female, but Matsuri's recent attempts to protect Suzu had driven a wedge between them. Suzu knows full well of Matsuri's transformation, and wonders if it could help repair their friendship. When Matsuri decides to join Suzu's group simply to be her bodyguard, Suzu puts her theory into action, taking the opportunity to advance their relationship as friends and romantically—and Suzu doesn't necessary need Matsuri to become male again for either.
Though Yayo and Lu are part of the same social circle with Matsuri (unlike Suzu, ignorant he used to be male), he initially avoids becoming any more than acquaintances. After Suzu learns Matsuri never had any friends besides her, she pressures him into actually befriending the other two, and he ends up One of the Girls in a rather literal sense.
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The Order of the Stick has a What Could Have Been example: originally, Roy was going to use the Belt of Masculinity/Femininity to have some "girl talk" with Miko. Burlew decided against this when he realized Miko wasn't quite fit for "lighthearted romantic comedy" situations, so instead, Roy realized his physical attraction to Miko had been a: making him treat like her a sex object instead of a fellow warrior, and b: preventing him from realizing how utterly unlikable she is.
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Kämpfer spends a lot more time having fun with this than it does with the ostensible premise of the show.
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Futabakun Change. Although in the end, Misaki finds out, accepts it, and finds a way to Gender Bender herself in the same way to make herself a compatible mate to Futaba-kun/chan, similar to the Zerophilia example below.
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This happened in The Zack Files once, except that the Gender Bent character was trying to set the girl up with his friend, not with himself.
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Pretty Face. Except here only the person's face is changed, not his entire gender, and his love interest mistakes him for her twin sister. But otherwise it fits.
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On Futurama Leela pulls a Sweet Polly Oliver to join the military with Fry and Bender. During a talk with Fry she finds out he has a crush on one of his female co-workers.
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In the 2004-2005 French series Vice Versa, the main character Thomas sometimes uses his double Emmanuelle/Julia in order to get information on his crush.
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The Fairly OddParents: In the episode, "The Boy Who Would Be Queen," Timmy attempts to try and find out what Trixie likes and a joke is made on being turn into a girl. Wanda, not finding it funny, turns him into a girl, allowing him to have girl (and boy) thoughts. After getting some payback on his godparents, he goes to the mall and befriends Trixie (while discovering she likes boy stuff, including dead frogs, which ironically Timmy finds gross). After becoming best friends with her under his assumed gender and learning what she wants, he turns back into a boy, goes to the party and attempts to act sensitive. He's promptly thrown out by security. It should be noted that although Trixie had him thrown out, it looked as though she was genuinely touched by his attempt. She even remembered his name. Since he was only thrown out so she could maintain her reputation, one wonders how she would have responded if they had been alone... wait, nevermind.
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Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl: Hazumu finally makes friends with his unrequited crush Yasuna after aliens accidentally kill him and revive him as a girl. Unusual in that Yasuna is fully aware of Hazumu's identity and history, she just couldn't get past her own androphobia to make friends with her when she was a boy.
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In El Goonish Shive, Susan starts out with a low opinion of Elliot. During the time Elliot is stuck as a girl, Susan inadvertently strikes up a friendship with him and he tries to convince her he is not that bad. By the time she sees Elliot male again, he manages to validate the claims he made when he was female through his defense of Ellen which makes her see him in a new light and they eventually become good friends.
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Gacha Gacha: The Secret arc centers around the hero turning into a girl whenever he sneezes and forming a close relationship with the girl he likes.
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In Ame Nochi Hare, Hazuki and his friends turn into girls whenever it rains. He gets gets more friendly with love interest Asumi as a girl than as a guy.
Oddly enough, the trope is also played with here. Hazuki, in "Tsukiko" identity, manages to strike up a friendship with Asumi's brother, Takuma. They get along quite well and seem to enjoy each other's company. In guy-form, Hazuki finds Takuma's stoic demeanor to everyone else unsettling and Takuma only knows Hazuki as "Tsukiko's cousin". Hazuki explicitly notes that they wouldn't ever be friends if it weren't for his gender swapping. Asumi and Hazuki's friend Touma ship them.
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On Charmed Prue accidentally turns herself into a man while casting a spell to find the Femme Fatale Monster of the Week. She's far from happy, but also gets a chance to talk to her current Love Interest and find out what he thinks of her.
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Most of the story from Highschool Romance, which features Shoji, a boy, who has to crossdress to attend an all-female school and befriends (and possibly romances) two of the students.
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch did this deliberately with a spell to turn her into a boy so she could find out what her boyfriend talked about with his friends when girls weren't around.
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