Nonbinary gender in fiction
This list of fictional depictions of nonbinary gender is for taking note of all examples of nonbinary gender identity in fiction in any kind of media. The media includes animation, board and card games, books and other literature, comics and graphic novels, movies, performance, TV, webseries, and video games. Since most people don't know that people can have a nonbinary gender identity, the way that nonbinary genders are represented in fiction can be a valuable part of nonbinary visibility and awareness. Fiction can also be an outlet for nonbinary people to explore their identities and the possibilities of society's attitudes toward them. These are reasons why representation matters. It's very rare for fiction to have any real representation of nonbinary gender. It's almost as rare for characters to have an undisclosed gender, or to have a fictional sex, which almost but not really counts as nonbinary representation. They're close enough that they are dealt with on this page and the page Undisclosed gender in fiction.
There is a difference between being born with a physical intersex condition, and having a nonbinary gender identity. Many intersex people identify as just female or male, not nonbinary. Many nonbinary people are not intersex. If a character has a real-life kind of intersex condition, you should still list them on this page only if they also have a nonbinary gender identity.
If you add a piece of media to this list, please tell exactly which character is nonbinary, and how this is told in canon, or your entry will be deleted. Don't include media here that just has a popular "headcanon" (a fan's imaginary interpretation) of a nonbinary character, because this isn't representation. Please give direct quotes from canon that are evidence that the character is nonbinary.
Nonbinary genders in fiction[edit | edit source]
This section is for the most true-to-life representation of nonbinary gender identities. The story explicitly says that they don't identify as a woman or man, but as a different gender. The characters aren't nonbinary because of having fictional sexes. Their physical sexes and genders assigned at birth are non-intersex or a real-life intersex condition. If their physical sex or gender assigned at birth is undisclosed, their gender identity is still explicitly, specifically labeled as not female or male, but something else. They may or may not take a social or physical transition in their gender expression. They may or may not look androgynous. They may or may not go by gender-neutral pronouns.
Animation[edit | edit source]
- In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the character Leeron states "I'm both and neither a man and a woman." (Most fans treat Leeron as a gay man.)
- Season four of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power introduces the nonbinary character Double Trouble, who uses singular they pronouns and is voiced by nonbinary actor Jacob Tobia.
- In the anime Soul Eater, the character Crona is nonbinary. In a interview the writer said that he wanted to make a character that normalizes nonbinary/X-gender, so all the other characters accept Crona's identity without question. (In the original translation they call Crona he/him; this is due to a mistranslation.)
- Shep in Steven Universe Future is a human nonbinary character (as opposed to the Gems who are nonhuman, see Fictional sexes section of this page). Shep uses singular they and is voiced by Indya Moore.
- In Nickelodeon's Middle School Moguls, one of the teachers, Wren, is nonbinary.
- Yuta "Yū" Asuka (飛鳥 悠, Asuka Yūta) from the Tokyo Broadcasting System anime series Stars Align had a short arc that touched on how they were questioning their gender identity. During this, they tell Maki that they want to be referred to with gender neutral language and that they think they are X-gender but don't want to be categorized.
- Astolfo from the Fate series uses both he/him and they/them pronouns, but presents in a very feminine manner. In their profile in Grand Order they list their gender as "le secret" per their request, and they use both male and female terms to describe themself, calling themself both a "cute boy", and a "maiden" in different scenes. Quotes from their bio include "Instead of making judgments based off of merits, Astolfo makes all choices based off if it feels good or not." and "Gender means nothing in the face of Astolfo's cuteness! But there's really no way Astolfo could be a girl...". Despite this many fans treat Astolfo as either a feminine man or a trans woman. Their pronouns also vary depending on the translation, with Grand Order's English localization using they/them and Apocrypha's English dub using he/him.
- Le Chevalier d'Eon from the Fate series is genderfluid, and accepts being seen as either a man or a woman by the player. Both he/him and she/her pronouns are used interchangeably, and their "Self Suggestion" skill allows them to alter both their body and aura between being masculine and feminine. The historical figure they are based on was also intersex.
- Enkidu from the Fate series is genderless and uses they/them pronouns.
- Odee the Okapi is a nonbinary character introduced in the Hulu show Madagascar: A Little Wild, which is a spinoff of the Dreamworks film franchise. Odee is voiced by nonbinary actor Iris Menas.
- In the Cartoon Network show Craig of the Creek, minor character Merkid is nonbinary, recurring character Angel Jose is agender, and minor character Pullstring is also agender.
- In the Netflix show Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, the recurring character Asher Berdacs is nonbinary.
- In the Netflix show The Dragon Prince, minor character Kazi is nonbinary.
- Recurring character Puck/Owen Burnett in the 1994-1997 Disney show Gargoyles was confirmed to be genderfluid and polysexual in a 2014 interview with the creative team.
- Minor characters Milo and Sweet, from the Danger & Eggs animated series, are nonbinary. Milo is played by the agender voice actor Tyler Ford and Sweet is voiced by nonbinary comedian RB Butcher.
- In the Netflix kids' show Ridley Jones, Fred the Bison is nonbinary and is voiced by nonbinary actor Iris Menas.
- In the Disney show The Owl House, the character Raine Whispers is shown to be nonbinary, using singular they pronouns throughout their appearances. They are voiced by Avi Roque. Raine debuts in episode 7 of season 2.
|Which character(s) are nonbinary||Proof of nonbinary status||Character Role||Title||Showrunner(s) / Creator(s)||Air Dates||Publisher(s)||Genre(s)||Content Warning||Notes|
|Leeron Littner||Littner states "I'm both and neither a man and a woman."||Protagonist - Supporting||Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann||Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima||04/01/2007 - 09/30/2007||Aniplex, Konami||Adventure, Mecha||Many major characters die in the series, but not Leeron.||Most fans treat Leeron as a gay man.|
|Double Trouble||uses singular they pronouns||Side character||She-Ra and the Princesses of Power||Noelle Stevenson||04/2016 - now||Dreamworks Animation Television||Adventure||Double Trouble is voiced by nonbinary actor Jacob Tobia.|
|Envy||uses singular they pronouns||Secondary Antagonist||Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Furumetaru Arukemisuto||Director: Yasuhiro Irie
Original Author: Hiromu Arakawa
|04/5/2009 – 07/4/2010||Bones, MBS, Aniplex||Adventure, Dark fantasy, Steampunk||Many hard events in first episodes||Many older translations used he/him when mentioning Envy, despite them only ever using non-gendered ways of refering to themself.|
Audio[edit | edit source]
Note: See the page Podcasts for nonfiction podcasts on the topic of gender outside the binary.
- In the podcast The Adventure Zone, there are several characters who are referred to with they/them. In the first season, The Adventure Zone: Balance, a minor character named Roswell (an Earth Elemental made of living clay in a suit of armor, who talks via a small bird) is agender and uses they/them pronouns.
- In the second season, The Adventure Zone: Amnesty, a reoccurring secondary character named Hollis (the leader of a local gang named The Hornets) is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. 
- In the third season, The Adventure Zone: Graduation, both a gnome student named Mimi and one of the recurring teachers, Festo the faerie, use they/them pronouns.
- In the podcast series Welcome To Night Vale, there are several nonbinary characters who are referred to with "they" pronouns. Recurring nonbinary characters include a scientist named Alice and the town's new Sheriff, Sam.
- In the podcast The Penumbra Podcast, there are a vast number of nonbinary characters. The most prevalent of these is the namesake of the Juno Steel arc, who uses he/him pronouns but is explicitly nonbinary and refers to himself as a lady on several occasions.
- In the podcast The Strange Case of Starship Iris, Krejjh uses they/them pronouns, finds the concept of binary genders funny and states "[no pronouns] feel great"
- The main character known as "The Runner" in the fantasy podcast And 195 is nonbinary.
- The main character Rion in Sidequesting is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- In Inn Between, Velune and Knowles both use they/them pronouns.
- In Moonbase Theta, Out, Ashwini Ray uses ze/zir pronouns, Wilder uses she/they pronouns, and Alexandre Bragado-Fischer uses he/they pronouns.
- In Novitero, Medic and Valzin both use they/them pronouns.
- In Less Is Morgue, Riley uses they/them pronouns.
- In Light Hearts, Kale uses they/them pronouns.
- In Transmission Folklore, Sorrel uses they/them pronouns.
- In Null/Void, supporting character Dodger uses they/them pronouns.
- In Love and Luck, supporting character CJ uses they/them pronouns.
- In The Van, supporting character Audre uses they/them pronouns.
- In Soulborn City, supporting character Anacrea uses they/them pronouns.
- In Zoo, supporting character Normandy uses they/them pronouns.
- In the Trinyvale Campaign of Not Another D&D Podcast, the world has three deities: one male, one female, one nonbinary.
- In Loveville High, a musical podcast, the character Jendrix is genderqueer and played by nonbinary actor Mason Alexander Park.
2018[edit | edit source]
- In the urban fantasy podcast Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services, supporting character Desiree Onasis is nonbinary, uses they/them pronouns, and is played by nonbinary performer Zayn Thiam. Desiree first appears in episode eight.
2019[edit | edit source]
2020[edit | edit source]
- Several major characters in the podcast The Nonbinary Carrie Bradshaw are nonbinary.
Board and card games[edit | edit source]
- Magic the Gathering features multiple nonbinary characters.
- Ashiok is a character of unknown gender, who explicitly resists categorisation. Though some depictions of the character erroneously use “he” as a pronoun, Ashiok has no confirmed pronouns. It is commonly believed Ashiok uses no pronouns; but the official style guide rules out they/them pronouns on the basis not being "'proper' English", rather than as any reflection on the character. This guide has not been updated to reflect Magic's adoption of they/them pronouns for both players and characters, leaving Ashiok's relationship with they/them pronouns ambiguous.
- Karn is an agender golem from the plane of Dominaria created by the planeswalker Urza as part of his experiments with time travel. Narration and other characters use he/him pronouns for Karn, though he has no pronoun preference. Although as a golem he has no sex, he was assigned male at creation.
- Hallar the Firefletcher is an nonbinary elf from the Llanowar forest on the plane of Dominaria. They use an unknown elvish pronoun set which is described as "genderless" and reflecting their "ambiguous identity". The narration refers to them with they/them pronouns.
- Niko Aris, a planeswalker introduced in the Kaldheim set, is nonbinary and uses singular they pronouns. Some of Kaldheim's game designers are real nonbinary people.
- Alharu, Solemn Ritualist is a human monk from an unknown plane printed in Commander Legends. Their character blurb uses they/them pronouns.
Books and other literature[edit | edit source]
1993[edit | edit source]
- Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg, a semi-autobiographical novel about a butch named Jess Goldberg, and the trials and tribulations she faces growing up in the United States before the Stonewall riots. Feinberg defines butch as a gender identity neither female nor male.
1995[edit | edit source]
- Greg Egan's novel Distress (1995) includes transgender humans who transition to a specific gender outside the binary that they call "asex", called by ve pronouns.
1996[edit | edit source]
- Genderflex: Sexy Stories on the Edge and In Between, edited by Cecelia Tan, is an anthology dedicated to breaking down the gender binary.
1998[edit | edit source]
- Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman is from the perspective of Tedla, an adult nonbinary character in a high science fiction setting. It is worth noting that this portrayal deals with the genderless (called "blands") as a sub-class of people.
2004[edit | edit source]
- River of Gods, a sci-fi novel by Ian McDonald, is set in India in the year 2047. The novel includes subplots about Hijra. The pronoun "yt" is used for genderless characters.
2005[edit | edit source]
- In The Way of Thorn and Thunder fantasy series (also called The Kynship Chronicles), by Two-Spirit author Daniel Heath Justice, there is a race called the Kyn, who recognize three genders: he-Kyn, she-Kyn and zhe-Kyn. These are specifically genders, not sexes, according to reviewer Bogi Takács.
- Fool for Love (first written 2005, revised edition 2010), by Lisa Lees, is "A young adult coming of age / coming out romance with intersex and genderqueer main characters and a happy ending." A Triangular Attraction is the 2012 sequel, a "mystery novel with intersex, trans and genderqueer characters." Both can now be read free online in HTML or EPUB format on the author's website.
2008[edit | edit source]
- Down to the Bone, a young-adult book by Mayra Dole, contains a character named Tazer who self-describes as genderqueer and a boi. He/him pronouns are used for Tazer. Another character describes him as "Tazer is a boy and a girl". Note: The main plot involves the protagonist being kicked out of her home because of her sexuality, and there are some LGBT-phobic opinions expressed by characters, as well as use of words that could be triggering to readers, such as "homo", "lesbo", and "dyke".
2009[edit | edit source]
- Rose and Timothy in the Wolf House series by Mary Borsellino are nonbinary, as confirmed by the author, although different identity terminology is used in the text.
- The short story collection Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald, a follow-up to his 2004 novel River of Gods, contains Hijra characters.
2010[edit | edit source]
- The protagonist of Annabel, written by Kathleen Winter, is intersex and raised as male, including genital surgery and being put on masculinizing medical treatments. They are given the name "Wayne" but sometimes go by "Annabel", and they identify "at least in part" with femininity/girlhood. The protagonist's father takes great strides to encourage his child to be more masculine, whereas multiple women encourage the child's feminine side. Wayne/Annabel has been interpreted as nonbinary by some readers, with one reviewer saying the character is "both male/female in both body and soul". Content note: Coercively assigned gender, infant genital surgery, sexual assault, ectopic pregnancy, some inaccurate/unrealistic depiction of intersex experiences.
- In Surface Detail, by Iain M. Banks, the character Yime Nsokyi is "neuter-gendered" and has an intersex body by choice.
2011[edit | edit source]
- Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica edited by Tristan Taormino
2012[edit | edit source]
- Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction edited by Brit Mandelo
- In Sassafras Lowrey's Roving Pack, the protagonist, named Click, is genderfluid and uses ze/hir pronouns.
- First Spring Grass Fire, by Rae Spoon, tells the story of a nonbinary kid growing up in the 80s and 90s in Calgary, Canada.
- Stranger Skies, by Katje Van Loon, has a planet whose society recognizes five genders: woman, man, agender, trigender, and genderqueer.
- In Every Day, a novel by David Levithan, the protagonist named A wakes up every day in a different person's body. Each person whose body A inhabits has a clear-cut gender identity, but A themself says, "I didn’t think of myself as a boy or a girl—I never have." The novel was adapted into a 2018 film.
2013[edit | edit source]
- In a short sci-fi story by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, "Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade" (2013), one of the characters is described as a "neutrois," and called by "they" pronouns.
- Crooked Words: A Collection of Queer, Transgender and Womanist Writings by K. A. Cook has several short stories about characters who are explicitly said to be nonbinary. The character Chris cultivates an androgynous appearance, and asks to be called by "they" pronouns. Chris is in the short stories "Blue Paint, Chocolate and Other Similes" and "Everything In A Name." In "The Differently Animated and Queer Society," the queer-identified characters Pat and Moon go by "ze, hir" and "ou" pronouns, respectively. In "Misstery Man," the self-described nonbinary character Darcy asks to be called by "ey and eir" pronouns.
- At the end of Freakboy, the main character, Brendan Chase identifies themselves as genderfluid. The book is primarily about their transition, and does end on a depressing note regarding their gender.
- The Micah Grey trilogy (Pantomime 2013, Shadowplay 2014, and Masquerade 2017), by Laura Lam, stars Micah, an intersex nonbinary teen who runs away from home to join the circus.
2014[edit | edit source]
- In Just Girls by Rachel Gold, the side character Nico is nonbinary and uses various nonstandard pronouns such as per and yo. Note: the main story centers on a cis woman who pretends she is trans in order to protect another woman who actually is trans.
- Min Lee in the Under My Skin series by A. E. Dooland (Under My Skin 2014, Flesh & Blood 2015, and Solve for i 2017) is nonbinary and accepts he/him or she/her pronouns, depending on the situation. Furthermore, the author has said that "She doesn't really like they/them (because she feels in many cases it draws too much attention to her gender), but in an event where someone used those pronouns, she'd prefer you just went along with it, too. [...] Min does typically prefer male-gendered words, such as 'boyfriend' and 'husband' etc."
2015[edit | edit source]
- In Sam Farren's novel Dragonoak: The Complete History of Kastelir (2015) and its sequel Dragonoak: The Sky Beneath the Sun (2015), several nonbinary characters play important roles. All of them use "they" pronouns and are only described in gender-neutral terms. Their gender is not their defining feature - the novel's fictional society treats nonbinary genders as just as normal as binary ones. The author is a nonbinary lesbian.
- In No More Heroes, by Michelle Kan, the character Fang is genderfluid and aroace.
- The main character in Damsel Knight, by Sam Austin, spends much of the book gender questioning, and ends questioning but also settled into an identity somewhere between male and female. She eventually chooses she/her pronouns and a masculine name.
- Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz has a nonbinary protagonist named Kivali "Lizard" Kerwin.
- A Boy Called Cin, by Cecil Wilde, is a romance novel told from the point of view of Tom, a mostly-closeted genderqueer billionaire who falls for a trans man.
- In Defying Convention, also by Cecil Wilde, one of the main characters, AJ, is a femme genderqueer person who uses singular "they" pronouns.
- In Love Spell, by Mia Kerick, the protagonist Chance is out as gay but feels uncertain about their gender identity, "being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy".
- In Kameron Hurley's fantasy novel, Empire Ascendant, all people in a consent culture get to choose which of the five gender roles they identify with. Hurley calls characters who are "ungendered" by singular they pronouns.
- Long Macchiatos and Monsters, by Alison Evans, is a romance between a trans guy and a genderqueer person.
- In What We Left Behind by Robin Talley, Toni is a genderqueer student at Harvard in a long-distance relationship.
2016[edit | edit source]
- Symptoms of Being Human stars Riley Cavanaugh, a closeted genderfluid teenager. The book text never uses a gendered pronoun for Riley and never discloses Riley's gender assigned at birth. Note: the book has some possibly triggering subjects, including child abuse, transphobic violence, bullying, murder, and suicidal thoughts/attempts.
- In the sci-fi thriller novel Zero-G: Book 1 (by William Shatner and Jeff Rovin), Adsila Waters is described multiple times as "pan-gender" (used as both an adjective and a noun in the book). "He" and "she" pronouns are variously used for Adsila. Adsila is also able to shapeshift her sex characteristics to accompany gender switches.
- In the Star Wars novel Aftermath: Life Debt, Eleodie Maracavanya is a human pirate who "is of an undisclosed gender separate from male or female". Eleodie mainly uses zhe/zher pronouns, occasionally using he/him or she/her.
- Documenting Light, by EE Ottoman, is a romance between the characters Grayson and Wyatt; Wyatt is nonbinary.
- In The Lauras, by Sara Taylor, teenaged Alex says they have never felt like a boy nor a girl. Content note: there is a graphic scene in which a man sexually assaults Alex.
- In the young adult fantasy book Ida, by genderqueer author Alison Evans, the main character's partner, Daisy, is genderqueer.
- Light Up The Dark, by Suki Fleet, has a minor character named Loz who uses singular they pronouns. Another character says about Loz: "They don't want to identify as a boy or a girl."
- Alex Fierro is a genderfluid character from the book series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, by Rick Riordan. Alex switches between she/her and he/him pronouns, although expressing that she normally uses she/her pronouns. Alex first appears in the 2016 book The Hammer of Thor, and is the love interest of the main character of the series, Magnus Chase. During The Hammer of Thor, Alex states "I'm gender fluid and transgender" (Riordan 54).
2017[edit | edit source]
- In An Unsuitable Heir, by K.J. Charles, the character Pen Starling says "I'm not a woman, but that doesn't make me a man either." He/him pronouns are used for Pen, although Pen states that these pronouns don't feel ideal. Note: much of the plot involves an "imminent threat to force Pen to [...] conform to a binary gender."
- An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon. The author has said "Aster is an intersex butch lesbian, but maybe agender. Theo is a nonbinary trans woman. These are my interpretations, but arguments could certainly be made for other classifiers."
- A minor character in A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows is nonbinary.
- In The Black Tides of Heaven by nonbinary author Neon Yang, gender is not assigned at birth and children get to choose at a gender confirmation later in life. One of the characters, Akeha feels at home with the childhood nonbinary designation.
- Luna: Wolf Moon (2017) and its sequel Luna: Moon Rising (2019), by Ian McDonald, have a nonbinary character named Vidhya Rao.
- River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee, has nonbinary side characters.
- In The Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember, the protagonist Tashi is genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns. The author notes that "Being misgendered and forced to change their appearance in order to hide is a source of conflict in the novel. It is not the central plot conflict, though."
- Sal in Mask of Shadows (2017) and Ruin of Stars (2018), by Linsey Miller, is genderfluid.
- In the fantasy books Divided Worlds (2017) and The Ascension of Lark (2019), by Jennifer Ridge, the character Lark is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. There is an author's note at the end of Divided Worlds which specifically describes Lark as "non-binary and androgynous". Content note: In The Ascension of Lark there is some misgendering, homelessness, and physical abuse in the flashbacks to Lark's younger days. Their deadname is redacted in the text.
- In At the Edge of the Universe, Ozzie's best friend Lua is genderfluid and is referred to with different pronouns throughout the book.
2018[edit | edit source]
- No Man of Woman Born, by Ana Mardoll, is a collection of fantasy short stories with a range of non-cis protagonists, including trans women, trans men, genderfluid protagonists, bigender protagonists, and agender protagonists.
- In Jilted by Lilah Suzanne, Link is "a genderqueer artist who lives life by their own rules".
- In Only See You, by J.D. Chambers, Mal Copol is nonbinary.
- In Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore, the character Page is genderqueer.
- Kink Aware, by Morticia Knight, is a BDSM romance book starring a genderqueer character named Cruella. Cruella uses singular they, and the other protagonist, a man named Ray, says that Cruella is "the first person I've wanted who doesn't identify as male or female." Content note: references to past physical abuse.
- Our Bloody Pearl, by D.N. Bryn, features a nonbinary siren named Perle who falls in love with a pirate.
- In the romance novel Unmasked by the Marquess (by Cat Sebastian), one of the main characters ends up identifying as nonbinary.
- In the novel Star Wars: Last Shot, Taka Jamoreesa is nonbinary and uses singular they pronouns. This was confirmed by the author on Twitter.
- Starless by Jacqueline Carey includes a major character who discovers their own identity and unique relationship with gender while travelling all over their world in an effort to prevent an ancient consuming darkness. They encounter a number of different cultural expressions of gender and expected gender roles and eventually find their own place among them.
- Eli/Ellie, the protagonist of Genderfluid: A Cinderella Story (by Bridget Quinones) is, as the title says, genderfluid. Note: story contains transphobic violence and the T-slur.
- In The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta, one of the main characters, Cielo, is nonbinary. (Another main character, who is cis, has to crossdress for a disguise.)
- The protagonist of Baker Thief, by Claudie Arseneault, is bigender and aromantic.
- Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night, by Katherine Fabian & Iona Datt Sharma, has a genderqueer protagonist and genderqueer side characters.
- In the novel Anger is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro, the main character has a nonbinary friend.
- In Quiver, by Julia Watts, main character Zo is genderfluid.
- In the cyberpunk adventure Lucky 7, by Rae D Magdon, Rami is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
2019[edit | edit source]
- Ben De Backer in I Wish You All The Best is nonbinary. (Their sister is accepting but the rest of the family isn't.) The author, Mason Deaver, is also nonbinary.
- Weak Heart, by Ban Gilmartin, has a nonbinary side character.
- All That Entails, by E.M. Hamill: "A gender-fluid prince finds an unexpected ally in an arranged marriage with a transgender man." The genderfluid Prince Dorian is described as having a "fluid nature", "suspended between male and female, one rising, the other ebbing without pattern or reason."
- Blood Borne, by Archer Kay Leah, stars a nonbinary character, Adren, who uses ce/cir pronouns.
- What Blooms Beneath, by A.D. Ellis, is a fantasy/scifi romance between Kellan, a pansexual man, and Rhône, a nonbinary intersex person.
- Melchior is a small side character in Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells. Melchior is only addressed using they/them pronouns and genderless language such as "person," although it is never explicitly stated that they are nonbinary.
- In the book Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker, a supporting character named Arli is genderqueer and uses vo/ven/veir pronouns. The main character Zenobia is a trans girl.
- Of Kindred and Stardust, by Archer Kay Leah, is a sci-fi polyamorous romance. One of the main characters, Mack Ainsley Tsallis, is nonbinary and uses xe/xir pronouns. Content note: Mentions of transphobia in the character's past, and a reference to xir deadname.
- Best Game Ever: A Virtuella Novel, by R R Angell, is a sci-fi young adult story centering on "a group of gay, nonbinary, and straight college nerds".
- The young-adult book In the Silences has many characters who self-define as nonbinary, including the protagonist.
- In the romance novel Gypsy's Rogue, by Layla Dorine, main character Gypsy is genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns.
- Quick Fire, by Alex Silver, is an "urban fantasy romance featuring a trans man and an asexual non-binary person".
- Starfall Ranch, by California Dawes, is a lesbian romance with a nonbinary side character named Wallis.
- Rom & Yuli, by Amara Lynn, is a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy romance between a man and a nonbinary person.
- In Karolina Fedyk's Polish-language novel Skrzydła (Wings), there is a nonbinary character Eliri who is referred to with oni/ich pronouns.
- Butterflies, Zebras, Moonbeams, by Ceilidh Michelle, is a coming-of-age novel starring a nonbinary woman.
- The Nap-Away Motel, by Nadja Lubiw-Hazard, has a supporting character named Ori who is nonbinary.
- In the mystery-fantasy book Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve, the protagonist Z Chilworth is nonbinary and recently became a zombie. Content note: the story contains body horror, family abuse, suicidal ideation, police violence toward children and marginalized groups, fatphobic and homophobic bullying, and discussion of medical abuse.
- The Melting Queen, by Bruce Cinnamon, has a genderfluid protagonist named River Runson.
- Sexarchate: Hot Equations, by Lia Meyers, is a sexually explicit sci-fi with a nonbinary character. From the same publisher (Less Than Three Press), A Party for Lola by Caitlin Ricci and Beginnings by Alexa Black also contain nonbinary characters. Note: these books may be hard to find, as the publisher closed down in 2019.
- Why We Fight, by T.J. Klune, has a bigender protagonist.
- Lelia in The Lost Coast, by Amy Rose Capetta, is a nonbinary gray-asexual, and described as such in the text.
- In the children's book (ages 8-12) The Moon Within, by Aida Salazar, Marco is genderfluid. Content note: Part of the plot involves main character Celi getting her first period.
- The Vela, a multi-author serially-published space opera, has a nonbinary character named Niko who uses they/them pronouns. There are other nonbinary characters as well. Yoon Ha Lee, one of the authors, revealed that in the original drafts "Niko was originally a cisgendered male character named Oskar".
- Jack Long and the Demon Deal, by L. J. Hamlin, has a nonbinary side character. Note: may be hard to find, as the publisher closed down in 2019.
- Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo, revolves around twelve characters, one of which is a nonbinary person named Morgan.
- The Nonbinary Bunny, by Maia Kobabe, is a children's book that is "a loving re-make of the classic children's story The Runaway Bunny (1942) by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Herd. In this version, the little bunny comes out as nonbinary to eir mother and uses a variety of metaphors to explain what that means." The Nonbinary Bunny can be read for free at this page on the publisher's website.
- Ho’onani: Hula Warrior is a picture book based on the true story of a Native Hawaiian māhū child.
2020[edit | edit source]
- The First Sister, by Linden A. Lewis, has multiple protagonists; one of them (Hiro val Akira) is nonbinary and genderqueer. At one point in the book, someone asks "Hey, Hiro, are you a boy or a girl?" and Hiro answers "I am what I am. Neither. Both. Who cares?"
- My Maddy, by Gayle E. Pitman, is a children's book about a nonbinary parent.
- A More Graceful Shaboom is a 2020 children's book written by Jacinta Bunnell and illustrated by Crystal Vielula. The protagonist, Harmon Jitney, is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- Whirlwind, by Reese Morrison, is a collection of interconnected short romance/sex stories. Dakota is intersex and nonbinary, describing their gender identity as "a combination of the best of both genders and something else beside." Carla is genderqueer and masculine-of-center and uses he/him pronouns. Charlie is a gender questioning butch who uses she/her.
- Under Shifting Stars, by Alexandra Latos, has a genderfluid protagonist and a nonbinary love interest.
- In The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass, by Adan Jerreat-Poole, the character Tav is nonbinary. The author is also nonbinary.
- In the fantasy-mystery novel The Last Smile in Sunder City, by Luke Arnold, one of the side characters is "an ageless nonbinary demon historian".
- Bloodlaced, by Courtney Maguire, is a paranormal romance including the character Asagi who is "Both a man and a woman".
- Skythane, a sci-fi book by J. Scott Coatsworth, includes some nonbinary characters, both human and alien.
- The Flowers of Time, by A. L. Lester, is a romance between Edie and Jones; Jones is nonbinary and "probably demi/gray asexual", per the author.
- Felix Ever After stars a demiboy and was written by Kacen Callender who is a demiboy as well.
- Finding Me, by Stella Rainbow, is a romance between a genderfluid nonbinary person named Charlie and a gender-nonconforming man named Brady.
- In Recipe for Two, by Tia Fielding and Lisa Henry, Wyatt Abbot is "struggling to come to terms with the fact that he's genderfluid."
- The novel Somebody Told Me (by bigender author Mia Siegert) has a bigender protagonist who goes by Alexis and/or Aleks.
- Life Minus Me, by Sara Codair, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Spellhacker, by M. K. England, has a nonbinary love interest character.
- To the Flame, by A. E. Ross, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Queens of Noise, by Leigh Harlen, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Bloodsister, by Alia Hess, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, by L.D. Lapinski, has a nonbinary side character.
- Belle Révolte, by Linsey Miller, has nonbinary side characters.
- Ana on the Edge, by A. J. Sass, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Into the Real, by Z Brewer, has a genderqueer protagonist named Quinn.
- In Night Shine, by Tessa Gratton, the character Kirin Dark-Smile is nonbinary.
- Jules, one of the main characters in Finna by Nino Cipri, is nonbinary and uses singular they.
- Alani Baum, the protagonist of John Elizabeth Stintzi's Vanishing Monuments, is nonbinary. Stintzi realized they themself were nonbinary during the writing of this novel.
- The Four Profound Weaves, by R.B. Lemberg, has a nonbinary side character.
- In The Empress of Salt and Fortune and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo, the character Chih is nonbinary.
- Loveless, by Alice Oseman, has a nonbinary side character.
- Love Yourself: A Genderfluid Romance, by N. R. Blythe, is a sexually explicit romance featuring a genderfluid person who goes by Cora when in girl mode and Corey when in boy mode.
- Shameful Scars, by A. L. Williams, is a paranormal romance starring Gabriel, a nonbinary angel.
- Dragons Past Dawn, by Ennis Rook Bashe, has two nonbinary protagonists: Sely, who uses they/them pronouns, and Andreas, who uses xe/xir pronouns.
- Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey, has a nonbinary character.
- The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar, stars a closeted Syrian American nonbinary boy who uses he/him pronouns.
- Phoenix Extravagant, by Yoon Ha Lee, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, by Zen Cho, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Euphoria Kids, by Alison Evans, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, has a nonbinary side character.
2021[edit | edit source]
- Foxfire in the Snow, by J.S. Fields, is a fantasy book with a nonbinary protagonist named Sorin.
- Earth Reclaimed, by nonbinary author Sara Codair, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- The Warlock Snare, by Jimena i. Novaro, has a nonbinary love interest.
- This Golden Flame, by Emily Victoria, has a nonbinary side character.
- Billions of Beautiful Hearts, by Kevin Craig, has a nonbinary protagonist and nonbinary love interest.
- Curse of the Divine (Ink in the Blood book #2), by Kim Smejkal, has a nonbinary side character.
- Bruised, by Tanya Boteju, has a nonbinary side character.
- Victories Greater Than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders, has multiple nonbinary side characters.
- Between Perfect and Real, by Ray Stoeve, has a nonbinary side character.
- Meet Cute Diary, by Emery Lee, has a nonbinary side character.
- When You Get the Chance, by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson, has a nonbinary love interest.
- The Ghosts We Keep, by nonbinary author Mason Deaver, has a nonbinary protagonist.
- The Passing Playbook, by Isaac Fitzsimons, has a nonbinary side character.
- The (Un)popular Vote, by Jasper Sanchez, has a nonbinary side character.
- Indestructible Object, by Mary McCoy, has nonbinary character(s).
- Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms, written by Crystal Frasier and illustrated by Val Wise, has a nonbinary side character.
- A Dark and Hollow Star, by genderfluid author Ashley Shuttleworth, has a genderfluid side character.
- All Our Hidden Gifts, by Caroline O'Donoghue, has a genderfluid love interest.
- There's Magic Between Us, by Jillian Maria, has a genderfluid side character.
- Love Kills Twice, by Rien Gray, is a romance between a woman and the nonbinary assassin she hires to kill her abusive husband. The assassin is named Campbell and uses singular they pronouns.
- In the short story collection Sarahland, by Sam Cohen, the story "Gemstones" features a genderqueer couple: Manny and Ry.
- Saving Throw, by Alex Silver, is a romance between "Errol, demisexual panromantic production coordinator who likes to be in control and his first love, Rene, a non-binary trans masc ex-hockey player turned coach."
- +1 Bonus, also by Alex Silver, is a romance between a man named Max and "a snarky genderfluid tea seller" named Si/Simon/Simone.
- Futures, Friends, and Other Firsts, by Amara Lynn, is a short young-adult sci-fi starring a character named Sallon Lee who uses they/them pronouns.
- In the romance/suspense novel A Jade's Diamond, by Char Dafoe, the main characters are a soft butch prostitute named Nayvee LaCroix and a stone butch millionaire Trystan Diamond. Both characters are nonbinary and use singular they pronouns.
- Shug's Daddy, by Siobhan Smile, is a sexually-explicit romance between a man named Grey and a nonbinary person named Sugar or Shug.
- Both Can Be True, by Jules Machias, has a genderfluid main character named Ash.
- Gender Optics, by genderfluid author Shalen Lowell, has a genderfluid protagonist named Alex. Content note: the novel is set in a world where cisnormative gender ideals are legally enforced.
- Spin With Me, by Ami Polonsky, is a middle-school novel featuring Ollie who is nonbinary.
- This is Our Rainbow, edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby, is an anthology of stories for middle-grade children. All the included stories have main characters that are LGBTQ+ in some way, including nonbinary characters.
- The Heartbreak Bakery, by A.R. Capetta, is a romance between two nonbinary people, Syd (no pronouns) and Harley (he/him or they/them).
- The YA book Can't Take That Away, by genderqueer author Steven Salvatore, stars teen protagonist Carey Parker who is also genderqueer.
- Love Limits, by genderqueer author Reese Morrison, has a main character named Ash who is nonbinary and intersex, as well as Deaf. Their love interest is an asexual man named Zhong. Content note: the book centers around a BDSM kink relationship.
- Fantasy novel In The Ravenous Dark, by A.M. Strickland, has a nonbinary asexual character.
- In Simply the Best, by Karen Kallmaker, one of the main character's best friends comes out as nonbinary near the start of the book.
- Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea, by Ashley Herring Blake, is a middle-grade book with a nonbinary side character named Jules.
Not yet published[edit | edit source]
- Lakelore, by Anna-Marie McLemore, is a nonbinary/nonbinary romance to be published March of 2022.
- The Water Outlaws, a fantasy epic inspired by the 14th-century Chinese novel Water Margin, is by genderqueer author S. L. Huang and has "a high percentage of gender nonconformity and of gender identities that in modern times we would call trans or nonbinary." The Water Outlaws is expected out in 2022.
Comics/Webcomics/Graphic Novels[edit | edit source]
- But I'm A Cat Person by Erin Ptah - Urban fantasy webcomic featuring a bigender character - Timothy/Camellia Mattei - as well as numerous 'Beings' who are able to take on both male and female forms. Also features various LGB characters. Updates three times a week.
- Chaos Life by A. Stiffler and K. Copeland - A light-hearted, semi-autobiographical webcomic about the everyday idiosyncrasies of an agender person, their female partner, and their cats. Also covers various issues relating to GSM topics, politics, and mental health. Updates weekly.
- El Goonish Shive includes a main character who identifies as genderfluid several years into the comic. Author Dan Shive has said that Tedd, like the author, has always been genderfluid but did not realise there was a word for it or even a concept of being nonbinary until much later in life. The comic also includes various other LGBT characters as well as shapeshifting technology.
- Eth's Skin by Sfé R. Monster - Fantasy webcomic featuring a genderqueer protagonist - Eth. Fairly new, but the 'About' page suggests plans to include more nonbinary characters. Updates weekly.
- Ignition Zero by Noel Arthur Heimpel - An urban fantasy webcomic that features a genderqueer character - Neve Copeland - as one of its protagonists. Updates weekly.
- Job Satisfaction by Jey Barnes - a slice of life webcomic about two queer nonbinary demon summoners - Lemme and Sinh - who live together. The comic is rated PG-13 and updates once a week.
- Kyle & Atticus by Sfé R Monster - Webcomic about the adventures of a genderqueer teenager, Kyle, and their robot friend, Attticus. Currently on hiatus.
- Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream by Terrana Cliff - Fantasy webcomic with nonbinary main character, a knight from a culture with five genders. Extensively animated. PG-13. Updates when able.
- Rain by Jocelyn Samara - A light-hearted high-school webcomic that follows a trans girl and her friends, including Ky(lie), an AFAB genderfluid character who alternates between presenting as male and female. Also features a range of other LGBTQ characters. Updates three times a week.
- Robot Hugs - semi-autobiographical webcomic by an author of nonbinary gender, which frequently addresses nonbinary issues and other aspects of gender politics. Also frequently covers the subject of mental health. Updates twice weekly.
- The 'New 52' version of Secret Six introduces new character Kami / Porcelain, who is genderfluid and has been shown presenting as male, female and androgynously.
- Shades of A (NSFW) by Tab Kimpton - Webcomic that focuses on asexual relationships, as well as exploring various aspects of kink, and features a prominent nonbinary character (JD). Contains nudity and BDSM. Updates twice a week.
- Homestuck introduced an androgynous character named Davepetasprite^2  that was formed by the fusion of two other characters. They establish that they are confused about their gender but happy to be what they've become and start using gender neutral pronouns (they/them). It also has other androgynous characters like Calliope.
- Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson has a nonbinary minor character named Infernus, the Unicorn of Death. Phoebe uses the pronoun "neigh" for Infernus. The comic avoids "othering" nonbinary identities by having Phoebe say that "Humans have non-binary people too."
- 6ses by Kagome features an agender protagonist.
- Eri the Cyborg by Ren features an agender protagonist.
- Snailed It by SnaiLords, who "identifies with both genders" and described themselves as an "androgynous snail".
- Tattoo'd by Antonia Bea features an intersex, genderfluid protagonist.
- Your Local Non-Binary is written by and features non-binary person Eliot Lime.
- Moonstruck is a comic about fantasy creatures which includes a nonbinary centaur named Chet, who uses they/them pronouns.
- Heartwood: Non-Binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy is "the first ever non-binary comics anthology, featuring 22 young adult stories made entirely by cartoonists who identify as a non-binary gender". Some stories have characters discuss being one gender and then the another, others may just refer to a character by 'they' pronouns.
- In volume six of Marvel Comics' series The New Warriors, a nonbinary superhero was introduced. Their name "Snowflake" and their brother's name "Safespace" drew widespread backlash.
- On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden has a nonbinary character, Elliot.
- Main character Mogumo in the manga Love Me for Who I Am is nonbinary.
- Graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang. The author has said that "To me, Sebastian is someone who identifies with different modes of gender expression and is comfortable alternating between both masculine and feminine. Genderqueer is probably the best descriptor. But I'm also open to readers' interpretations of how they see the character. If a reader feels that this story is just the first step to Sebastian discovering they're trans, or if they feel Sebastian is a cis male that likes to dress up I'm happy with all of that!"
- Creators of the webcomic Mahou Shonen FIGHT! have "confirmed that Raji and Raji's fiancé both identify as gender queer and non-conforming".
- In the graphic novel Open Earth, Franklin, one of the love interests, is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- In the graphic novel Mooncakes, written by Suzanne Walker and illustrated by Wendy Xu, one of the main characters is Tam Lang, a nonbinary werewolf.
- The graphic novel Test, written by Chris Sebela, has a nonbinary main character named Aleph Null. Singular they pronouns are used for Aleph, and in a character bio on them, it says "Gender: Various given."
- Friends With Benefits is a webcomic that revolves around a genderfluid asexual person, Eri, who is struggling with his love life. (Eri is pronoun indifferent, and he/him is used by other characters for Eri.)
- Debuting in DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, Jess Chambers/Kid Quick, part of the Teen Justice team from Earth-11, is genderfluid. They will also appear in Future State: Justice League.
- Supergirl #19, co-written by Steve Orlando and Vita Ayala, introduces a nonbinary character named Lee Serano.
- Assigned Male, a webcomic revolving around a trans girl and often addressing trans issues, has some nonbinary characters, for example Ciel, who also stars in a spinoff novel.
- Wish is a fantasy webcomic starring Seth who self describes as a "dashing enby".
- In Star Wars: The High Republic, there are two Jedi named Terec and Ceret who were stated to be trans nonbinary in an official Instagram post for Transgender Day of Visibility 2021.
- Seemingly Dark is a supernatural drama webcomic featuring a main character, Caro Greene, who is a nonbinary ghost hunter and internet celebrity.
- Moth & Whisper, by Ted Anderson & Jen Hickman, has a genderqueer protagonist.
- Stitch, in the Teen Titans Academy comics series, describes themself as nonbinary and genderqueer, and uses they/them pronouns.
Movies[edit | edit source]
- Regarding the 2001 film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig's actor and the movie's writer/director) has said that Hedwig is "more than a woman or a man. She's a gender of one and that is accidentally so beautiful."
- In The Kings of Summer (2013), Biaggio asserts that he doesn't see himself as "having a gender."
- The 2016 film Zoolander 2 has a short scene with a model named All (played by cisgender actor Benedict Cumberbatch). In response to being asked "Are you like, a male model or a female model?" All states "All is not defined by binary constructs." Another character then asks about All's genitals and doesn't get an answer. The pronoun "hermself" is used for All. One reviewer wrote about the scene, "Hollywood can surely do better than this."
- In the 2018 film Upgrade, the hacker does not identify with any gender and wishes to not be called "Jamie".
- In the 2019 British short film Orin & Anto, Orin specifically says "I don't subscribe to the gender binary, my pronouns are they and them."
- In John Wick 3 (2019), the Adjudicator is nonbinary and played by Asia Kate Dillon, who is also nonbinary.
- In 0009: The Sharks Make Contact (2019), although not a single character's gender is ever explicitly mentioned, the characters Raisorshoorkle (the main protagonist), Shoogledocking (the main villain) and the Iki God (the overarching creator, who is named after the director) go by they/them pronouns. The Iki God went by she/her pronouns in the previous movie, "0000: A Shark Odyssey". A sequel titled "0010: The Sharks Make Contact - Part 2", came out in December of 2019. They will return in the shared universe film "Forevers 2: Age of Teeth" in December of 2020.
- In the 2020 American film Two Eyes, Kate Bornstein plays a nonbinary therapist at a psychiatric center. In introducing herself to another character, she says, "Me, I am nonbinary trans, and my pronouns are 'she' and 'they'. How about you? What pronouns would make you feel most comfortable?"
- The 2020 film Under My Skin focuses on a nonbinary person named Denny, who is played by four different nonbinary actors throughout the movie: Liv Hewson, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Lex Ryan, and Chloe Freeman. (The film is unrelated to the Under My Skin book series listed in the literature section of this page.)
- The 2020 short film Royalty is about a nonbinary teen named Jax.
- In the 2020 short drama film Sheer Qorma, Saira (played by Divya Dutta) is nonbinary. The film is directed by nonbinary filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari. The plot of the short revolves around a woman and a nonbinary person in love with each other. Content note: Saira's mother is conservative and not supportive of Saira's "lifestyle", calling it unholy and sinful.
- Netflix's 2021 horror movie There's Someone Inside Your House includes a genderfluid character named Darby, played by genderfluid actor Jesse LaTourette.
Plays[edit | edit source]
- In Taylor Mac's off-Broadway show Hir, the character Max is genderqueer and transmasculine, using ze/hir pronouns.
- In Rhiannon Collett's play Wasp, the protagonist Wasp is genderqueer and is to be played by only nonbinary actors.
- In the play Wink, written by Neil Koenigsberg, the title character is nonbinary.
- In the musical Head Over Heels, Pythio is nonbinary and was played by the trans woman Peppermint.
- In The Pink Unicorn, the main character's child is genderqueer and says "I'm not a girl. Or anyway, I'm not all girl. I'm a boy, too."
- When the musical Jagged Little Pill originally played at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the character Jo was clearly nonbinary. Their gender identity was important to the plot, and Jo being nonbinary had been confirmed in social media posts by Jo's actor (Lauren Patten, a cis woman). However, when Jagged Little Pill came to Broadway, Jo was rewritten to be a cis woman, and all mentions of gender identity as a theme of the musical were removed from publicity materials. Patten deleted her prior social media posts, and even stated falsely in an interview "Jo never was written as anything other than cis." As an additional note, Patten's understudy Iris Menas is nonbinary and played Jo for one night on Broadway.
- In September 2021, the lead producers of Jagged Little Pill put out a long apology statement, which read in part:
|«||In Jo, we set out to portray a character on a gender expansive journey without a known outcome. Throughout the creative process, as the character evolved and changed, between Boston & Broadway, we made mistakes in how we handled this evolution. In a process designed to clarify and streamline, many of the lines that signaled Jo as gender non-conforming, and with them, something vital and integral, got removed from Jo’s character journey.
Compounding our mistake, we then stated publicly and categorically that Jo was never written or conceived as non-binary. That discounted and dismissed what people saw and felt in this character’s journey. We should not have done that.
We should have, instead, engaged in an open discussion about nuance and gender spectrum.
We should have protected and celebrated the fact that the non-binary audience members saw in Jo a bold, defiant, complex, and vibrant representation of their community.
For all of this we are deeply sorry.
Table Top Games / Role Playing Games[edit | edit source]
- Faerie Fire a 5e Supplemental, is a D&D 5th edition supplemental. It features queer characters to add to any D&D 5e experience.
- Monarch (non-binary, uses they/them): "The ageless and paint-smeared Monarch has held the seat of fey power ever since the schism. How they inherited the throne is unknown."
- Tallisin Vos (genderfluid, uses he/him): "Tallisin splits his time between two physical forms: a fey man and a vixen, both of which are equally his true identity."
- In the TTRPG Arcana Academy, there is a nonbinary sample character who is the transfiguration teacher.
TV (live-action)[edit | edit source]
- Sorted chronologically by year of the first episode containing a nonbinary character, and then alphabetically by title of the TV show.
2016[edit | edit source]
- The Canadian magical-realism comedy series The Switch features a nonbinary character, Chris, who uses "zie/zir" pronouns, and works as an assassin. Chris is played by Amy "Robbin" Fox.
2017[edit | edit source]
- Taylor Mason in season 2 of Billions is nonbinary and introduces themself with they/them pronouns. They're played by Asia Kate Dillon, who realised they were nonbinary while auditioning for the role.
- In the fourth season of Degrassi: Next Class, Yael Baron comes out as genderqueer. Yael is played by Jamie Bloch.
- The comedy-drama miniseries Fucking Adelaide (aka F*!#ing Adelaide) features a genderfluid child, Cleo, played by nonbinary actor Audrey Mason-Hyde.
2018[edit | edit source]
- In season three, episode two of The Detour, there is a nonbinary character named Sarah and a Two-spirit character called Big Poppa.
- On One Day at a Time, Syd (played by Sheridan Pierce) is the nonbinary romantic partner of Elena. Syd uses singular they pronouns and is uncomfortable with binary-gendered terms such as "girlfriend".
2019[edit | edit source]
- In season one, episode seven of the legal drama All Rise (titled "Uncommon Women and Mothers"), Emily's client is a homeless nonbinary youth named Jax, played by transmasculine actor JJ Hawkins. Jax is misgendered during a court proceeding and their lawyer speaks up in objection, convincing the judge to enforce use of the correct they/them pronouns for Jax.
- The sci-fi Netflix series Another Life includes among its characters a nonbinary psychologist named Zayn whose pronouns are ze/hir. Ze is played by nonbinary actor JayR Tinaco.
- In the drama David Makes Man, the character Mx Elijah/Ms Elijah (played by nonbinary actor Travis Coles) is genderqueer and gender nonconforming, and according to Coles, has no pronoun preference.
- In the BBC comedy miniseries Don't Forget the Driver, the character Bradley/Brad is nonbinary, and played by nonbinary actor Jo Eaton-Kent.
- The Amazon mini-series Good Omens features the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Pollution (who replaced Pestilence at some point in the past few centuries) is nonbinary, and is referred to as "sir" by another character and with they/them pronouns by the narrator. They are played by Lourdes Faberes.
- The second season of Good Trouble has a nonbinary character named Joey played by Daisy Eagan. Joey, who uses they/them pronouns, is dating the lesbian character Alice, and asks to be called "partner" instead of "girlfriend".
- The Netflix sci-fi series The Umbrella Academy features Klaus, who according to the actor is "not necessarily a man, he's kind of just this creature that's not bound by traditional societal norms like 'man', 'woman', 'masculinity', 'femininity'. He just sort of… is.” Klaus is played by a cis man and called "he" throughout.
2020[edit | edit source]
- In the crime drama Big Sky, Jerrie is a transfeminine nonbinary person played by nonbinary actor Jesse James Keitel.
- Deputy Brianna Bishop in the Fox drama series Deputy is nonbinary canonically, thanks to a suggestion by the character's actor Bex Taylor-Klaus who is also nonbinary.
- In Lovecraft Country, there is a Two-Spirit character named Yahima Maraokoti in the episode "A History of Violence". The character is played by a cisgender woman and is soon murdered by one of the main characters.
- In Love in the Time of Corona, Tommy Dorfman plays the nonbinary hairstylist Oscar.
- The British comedy Maxxx has a nonbinary character named Roxx (played by Sonny Charlton), who uses they/them pronouns and is a romantic interest of Amit.
- The drama series P-Valley follows several people who work at a Mississippi strip club named "The Pynk". The club's owner is Uncle Clifford, a nonbinary genderfluid person who uses she/her pronouns. Uncle Clifford is played by Nicco Annan, an out gay man.
- In the Hulu comedy series Shrill, the character Em is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. Em is played by E.R. Fightmaster who is also nonbinary and uses they/them as well.
- The third season of Star Trek: Discovery introduces a nonbinary character named Adira Tal, played by nonbinary actor Blu del Barrio. Adira uses they/them pronouns.
- A nonbinary character named Alex plays a minor role in the drama series This Is Us. Alex is played by nonbinary lesbian Presley Alexander, and is the love interest of main character Tess. Alex first appears in the season five episode "Changes".
- The Brazilian drama series Todxs Nosotrxs (also known as Todxs Nós or He, She, They.) stars Rafa, an 18-year-old pansexual and nonbinary person who decides to leave their unaccepting family and go live with their cousin. Rafa is played by Clara Gallo.
- In Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, main character Mo (played by Alex Newell) is genderfluid.
2021[edit | edit source]
- Season 2, episode 5 of Batwoman introduced the nonbinary character Evan Blake, who is a friend of protagonist Kate Kane. Evan is played by Lincoln Clauss.
- In the live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop, Grencia Mars Elijah Guo Eckener, nicknamed Gren, is nonbinary and played by nonbinary actor Mason Alexander Park. Some fans complained that making Gren nonbinary was insensitive, as the character originally was a man who developed breasts due to experimental drugs.
- Mae Martin's character in Feel Good comes out as nonbinary in the season finale.
- Kids' show Fruit Salad TV includes the nonbinary characters Shirley Shawn, Officer Beaples, and Bok.
- Nonbinary physician Dr. Kai Bartley (played by nonbinary actor E.R. Fightmaster) is a recurring character in Grey's Anatomy. Dr. Bartley first appeared in the episode "Hotter Than Hell" (season 18, episode 3).
- The Peacock comedy series Rutherford Falls (2021) features a nonbinary character named Bobbie, played by nonbinary actor Jesse Leigh. The character was originally written as a gay man, but after Leigh auditioned in "glam-core" 1970s fashion, the show staff decided to make Bobbie nonbinary.
- In season three of the Netflix series Sex Education, there is a nonbinary student named Cal Bowman. Cal is played by nonbinary actor Dua Saleh.
- BBC America's The Watch features Cheery Littlebottom, who is referred to by they/them and she/her pronouns and is played by Jo Eaton-Kent (who is trans and uses those same pronouns).
- In the HBO Max miniseries And Just Like That (a revival/reboot of the series Sex and the City), nonbinary actor/comedian Sara Ramirez plays the nonbinary character Che Diaz.
Webseries[edit | edit source]
- In Carmilla, the character Lafontaine is nonbinary and goes by they/them/their pronouns. They have been confirmed as nonbinary by the show's creators, and have hinted at it through the series though it has never been a major plot point. They are played by nonbinary actor Kaitlyn Alexander.
- Couple-ish, a light-hearted rom-com webseries, features a nonbinary main character (Dee). Dee goes by they/them/their pronouns, and explicitly describes themselves as nonbinary in one episode.
- The short webseries These Thems features a genderqueer character named Vero, played by nonbinary actor Vico Ortiz.
- The webseries Dinette is a remake of the 1982 movie Diner, but with a non-male cast instead of the original's all-male cast. The character Jaq is nonbinary and is played by nonbinary writer Jude Dry.
- In School Spirit: An Unlikely Webseries, the character Charley Condomine is demigender.
- I Hear You is a Canadian medical drama following the life of Dr. Alyssa Hartt, a family medicine practitioner. Her patients include nonbinary people.
- In The Adventures of Jamie Watson (and Sherlock Holmes), Sherlock Holmes is demigender and aroace.
- The "Brave House" arc of the webseries The Feels focuses on the polyamorous throuple of genderqueer S (played by Sara Ramirez), transfeminine Nina (Ianne Fields Stewart), and transmasculine Lenny (Shantira Jackson).
- The protagonist of Trans Monogamist is a nonbinary dating columnist.
- In the Canadian webseries Babes, one of the protagonists is AJ, a nonbinary man, played by nonbinary man T. Thomason.
- Damaged Goods is a webseries "centered around four messy creatives of color attempting to survive in the city of Chicago." One of the characters is Caleb, described by the creators of the series as genderqueer and a gay man. Caleb is played by gay model Chufue Yang.
- Critical Role is a webseries "where a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons." Mollymauk Tealeaf was played by Taliesin Jaffe, described by the DM Matthew Mercer as genderfluid and bisexual. Molly used he/him pronouns. A number of side characters in the show also use they/them pronouns.
- The Oxventure is another webseries of people playing Dungeons & Dragons. In the "Faire Trial" campaign, a human paladin NPC named Max Williams plays a small role. Max uses they/them pronouns.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- In Transistor, the gender marker for Bailey Gilande in her character file is 'X', commonly used by, or in regards to, nonbinary people.
- In the MMORPG Runescape, there is an NPC who can change the player character's avatar from male to female or female to male, as well as change the player's skin color. The NPC also switches their own avatar's "sex" at 10-second intervals. They are officially called "The Makeover Mage", but in a 2006 letter they wrote "My name is Pete, or Peta, depending on my mood", implying they may be genderfluid, bigender, or some other type of nonbinary.
- In the visual novel Astoria: Fate's Kiss, the romanceable character Alex Cyprin is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- In The Oregon Trail 4th Edition, the character Hattie Caulfield identifies as neither a man nor a woman.
- In the indie romance visual novel My Cup of Coffee: Earl Grey Forever After, the protagonist can be male, female, or "gender free". Choosing gender free results in the game using gender neutral language, ne/nem/nir pronouns, and the Mx title. The player can also choose to "make everyone else gender liberated too", resulting in the protagonist saying things like "Everybody knew about me, the eldest child of the late Gentleperson and Gentleperson Fairfax".
- In the sci-fi visual novel Incompatible Species, Chris is nonbinary and uses she/her pronouns, while Pi-zan uses they/them pronouns.
- In the visual novel Butterfly Soup, Min-seo is nonbinary.
- In the dating sim Repurpose (to be released 2021), Noel Azulite is genderfluid and asexual, DJ Roadkill is nonbinary and pansexual, Cheri is bigender and omnisexual, and Fayebael Noct is agender and "if we must assign a label, pansexual". Additionally, the player can choose their own pronouns from "he", "she", or "they".
- Genderwrecked is a post-apocalyptic horror/gore visual novel about trying to find the meaning of gender. The player can select their pronouns from she/her, they/them, he/him, xe/xir, ze/zir, it/it, or custom pronouns.
- Bloodhound in Apex Legends is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- In the 2020 adventure game Bugsnax, scientist Floofty Fizzlebean is nonbinary and uses singular they pronouns (onu/jenu in the Polish translation). They are voiced by nonbinary actor Casey Mongillo.
- In the sci-fi indie game Ace In Space, you play as Adrian Clarke, who is nonbinary and asexual.
- Ash in Wandersong uses they/them pronouns and has been confirmed as nonbinary by creator Greg Lobanov.
- In the browser-based RPG 4thewords, several NPCs are implied to be nonbinary by way of their pronouns: Singular "they" is used for Ordco, Edrie, and Yuri, and "xe" is used for Liq of Light.
- In the Dominique Pamplemousse series of point-and-click adventure games, the protagonist Dominique Pamplemousse is genderqueer. There are many instances in-game of other characters trying to figure out Dominique's gender.
- In the interactive novel Moonrise, Rosario de la Cruz is a nonbinary pansexual who uses they/them pronouns, and Sati is a nonbinary bisexual who uses xe/xer/xem pronouns.
1996[edit | edit source]
- In NiGHTS into Dreams the character "NiGHTS is neutral, and therefore has no gender. The impressions of the character with regards to gender are totally up to the player" according to Takashi Iizuka, the lead designer of the game.
2015[edit | edit source]
- In Crypt of the Necrodancer, the game's artist Ted Martens stated that the unlockable character Bolt "is genderqueer and doesn't identify fully as either female or male."
- Ashly Burch, the voice actress for Chloe Price in the adventure game Life is Strange, said in a 2015 interview that "I think Chloe is sexually fluid. I don't think she really likes to label herself in any particular way— same with her gender."
- In Read Only Memories the character TOMCAT uses they/them pronouns. While it is not directly stated in-game that TOMCAT is nonbinary, artist and director John James has stated in an interview that TOMCAT "is gender fluid".The game also includes other nonbinary characters, including the robot Turing and the protagonist if the player chooses so.
2017[edit | edit source]
2018[edit | edit source]
- In the visual novel //TODO: today, the protagonist and the main characters Joyce and Phoenix can be male, female, or nonbinary, depending on player's choices.
- In the visual novel When The Night Comes, the romanceable character August is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- In the RPG Deltarune, the main character Kris is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
2019[edit | edit source]
- One of the player characters in the 2019 game Borderlands 3, FL4K, is an emergent AI who uses they/them pronouns and wears a pin with the nonbinary flag.
- In the fantasy-mystery visual novel Catacomb Prince, one of the romantic options is the nonbinary person Ravi Patel.
- In the interactive novel Drag Star!, you meet multiple characters in the story who describe themselves as nonbinary. Additionally, your character can be nonbinary if you choose so.
2020[edit | edit source]
- In the simulation game BitLife, since the June 2020 Pride Update, it is possible for characters to come out to you as nonbinary and in the "Gay Dating App" portion you can select a partner preference from a dropdown list of "Male", "Female", "Genderqueer", "Non-Binary", "Transgender Female", and "Transgender Male". The player themself can also select whether their character is cisgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, transgender female, and transgender male (after the character reaches age 5). Being non-cis may cause the character to experience gender dysphoria in-game, lowering their Happiness level.
- In Hades, the NPC Primordial Chaos is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
- In RPG indie game Ikenfell, half of the main characters within the game are explicitly queer. One character uses ze/zir pronouns.
- In Star Wars: Squadrons, the pilot Keo Venzee is referred to with they/them pronouns.
- In the visual novel Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest, the character Kim is nonbinary and referred to using they/them pronouns. Their in-game character description begins by referring to them as "A nonbinary activist from Berlin".
2021[edit | edit source]
- In the farming RPG Pumpkin Days (previously known as Pumpkin Online), the official website uses singular they for several characters:
- Toni: "Toni is a chill person who likes to hang out at the island. They absolutely love anything to do with ducks."
- Lan: "They are very knowledgeable in medicine but have a hard time understanding social cues and reading people's mood."
- Charu Mishra: "they're (sic) passion is dancing and learning all the latest hip choreographed moves from popular Jpop music videos."
- Hikaru Komuro: "Hikaru is so good at what they do that Diamond Falls has more products for sale at the Saturday market compared to other towns."
- Harsha Puri: "Harsha is very friendly and tries to be helpful when they can. They tend to stutter and apologize constantly and unnecessarily, worrying if they have caused any inconveniences or said something wrong."
- Additionally, the player character creator has no gender selection nor any gender-locked clothes. The official website says that "specifying a gender does not play a role in Pumpkin Days. Simply use our body sliders in character customization to add feminine and/or as masculine features as you want. Any clothes you buy will fit the body you choose."
- In the first-person shooter Battlefield 2042, a Specialist named Emma "Sundance" Rosier is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
Unreleased (currently in development)[edit | edit source]
- In the furry drama video game Goodbye Volcano High (to be released 2022), the protagonist Fang uses they/them pronouns and is voiced by nonbinary actor Lachlan Watson.
- The dating sim The Office Type has equal numbers of male, female, and nonbinary characters for the player to romance. Every character's bio, even the cis ones, lists their pronouns. The nonbinary characters listed so far are Syl (demiboy), Benny (agender), Cal (demigirl), Toni (aporagender), Ty (anogender), Addie (egogender), Bee (genderfluid), and Mx. Hura Stapleton (bigender). There are also binary trans women and binary trans men among the cast.
- In ValiDate: Struggling Singles in your Area, a visual novel to be released in 2022, the character Emhari Abdi is a bigender lesbian. Emhari uses both "he/him" and "she/her" pronouns.
Fictional sexes[edit | edit source]
Some characters have a nonbinary gender identity only because they have a fictional kind of a physical sex. Their sex is different than female, male, or any kind of real-life intersex condition. For example, a robot that never had a physical sex, and might be correspondingly genderless. Or characters who have the fictional ability to change their sex at will, and might be said to have a corresponding genderfluid identity. Or an alien species that reproduces by different means than humans, resulting in an alien culture with different gender roles. The fictional sexes are used as justification for these characters having nonbinary gender identities. No real nonbinary people have these sexes, and can't use that justification. As such, these kinds of characters don't really count as nonbinary representation.
Animation[edit | edit source]
- Simoun takes place in a world that recognizes three genders: male, female, and a feminine "maiden" gender which everyone is assigned at birth. When people in this world come of age, they're required to give up the "maiden" gender and commit to male or female--those who do not choose have it chosen for them. Several of the main characters, including the two leads, decide that they do not want to be men or women, but rather keep their "maiden" gender, which goes against the rules of society. Despite the maiden gender being feminine, the fact that choosing to keep it is regarded as significantly different from choosing to become a woman shows that it is a third gender role and not the same as womanhood.
- Steven Universe is about an alien kind called Gems, who all look similar to human women, except for the half-human Gem named Steven. The show creator, Rebecca Sugar, says the Gems aren't female: "Steven is the first and only male Gem, because he is half human! Technically, there are no female Gems! There are only Gems!" The Gems are called by she pronouns just because it's easy: Sugar said, "There's a 50 50 chance to use some pronoun on Earth, so why not feminine ones-- it's as convenient as it is arbitrary!" In a later interview, Rebecca stated outright that "the Gems are all nonbinary women. [...] They wouldn't think of themselves as women, but they're fine with being interpreted that way amongst humans." (She also identified herself as a nonbinary woman in this same interview.) Furthermore, Gems can temporarily fuse together to become a combined being. In episode "Alone Together", the aforementioned Steven manages to pull off this skill with human girl Connie, resulting in a fusion named "Stevonnie." When asked about Stevonnie's gender, Rebecca Sugar replied that "Stevonnie is an experience! The living relationship between Steven and Connie," describing them as a "metaphor that is so complex and so specific but also really, really relatable, in the form of a character." Matt Burnett confirmed on Twitter that Stevonnie uses they/them pronouns, which do get used for Stevonnie in later episodes. Later, in a 2019 public service announcement about self-esteem and social media, which is also part of the canon, Stevonnie is briefly seen scrolling past their Instagram profile, in which they have described themself with the words "nonbinary" and "intersex." These are both real human identities and conditions, even though Stevonnie's origins are only possible in fiction.
- Izana Shinatose in Knights of Sidonia is neither female nor male, but has the ability to eventually choose a sex if they fall in love. Izana's uniform is different from that of her classmates, reflecting their lack of gender (while females have skirts and males wear pants, Izana wears shorts). This gender is given the name of "middlesex" in the second season. Izana's body does eventually become female after falling in love with Nagate, against their conscious wishes and to their dismay.
- The Sailor Starlights in the Sailor Moon anime are male in their human form, but they can change to female when transformed into Sailor Senshi.
- Envy from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is genderless and uses they/them pronouns.
Audio[edit | edit source]
- In the Doctor Who audio dramas by Big Finish, the character of Zagreus is an alien entity who inhabits various minds and bodies. Zagreus is played by one male actor and one female actress, and changes pronouns depending on each stolen body.
Board and card games[edit | edit source]
- The aetherborn race from Magic the Gathering's Kaladesh setting are sexless and typically agender. Agender aetherborn use they/them pronouns, including a secondary character for the Kaladesh arc, Yahenni.
Books and other literature[edit | edit source]
- The Children of the Triad fantasy novel series by Laurie Marks includes a genderless species. The books are Delan the Mislaid (1989), The Moonbane Mage (1990), and Ara's Field (1991). The title character and protagonist of the first book is a member of that species.
- Sayuri Ueda's science fiction novel The Cage of Zeus (2011) is about genetically engineered characters with a fictional sex and nonbinary gender.
- Commitment Hour by James Alan Gardner features a culture who switch between male and female sexes once a year until their 21st birthday, when they are asked to choose whether they want to stay forever as male, female, or both.
- The Culture series by Iain M. Bank is centred around a postgender civilisation.
- As described in Excession, the humans are able to change sex by just thinking it, and nanomachines alter their anatomy accordingly over a period of a few days. It is described as common for couples to take turns bearing children.
- Bone Dance by Emma Bull. Character: the protagonist, Sparrow, is canonically described as "sexless" and "genderless." The exact details of their identity are a matter of debate (spoilers).
- M. C. A. Hogarth's science-fiction series about the Jokka, an alien species that can randomly change sex twice at puberty, with three sexes, and three corresponding gender roles: female, male, and neuter. The neuters can't reproduce, but since they're the least vulnerable to succumbing to "mind death" (a kind of stroke that afflicts any member of their species if they exert themselves too hard), their place in society is to do work that requires a hardy body and a good memory. Several main characters don't like the sexes they ended up with, and could be seen as transgender. The main character in the short story "Freedom, Spiced and Drunk" wishes to be neuter; details aren't possible without spoiling the story.
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin is a classic science fiction novel published in 1976 featuring a race of people whose sexes become male or female only briefly for reproduction, and whose genders can be a variety of masculine, feminine, both or neither.
- CJ Carter's science fiction novel, Que Será Serees (2011) is about a species of people with a single gender.
- "In David Lindsay's Voyage to Arcturus (1920) a man from earth meets people on another planet who are neither man nor woman so he invents a new pronoun ae to refer to them."
- Bard Bloom's World Tree is a setting with no human species, and many of the intelligent species in that setting have fictional sexes, such as co-lover, both-female, and so on. This includes the protagonist of a book in that setting, Sythyry's Journal, which was first serialized as a blog starting in 2002. Sythyry is a member of a dragon-like species who are all "hermaphrodites" (and not analogous to real-life intersex conditions), and don't identify as female or male. In World Tree society, species is more important than gender, so same-gender relationships are seen as unremarkable, but cross-species relationships are seen as queer, which is a significant plot element in that book. The setting also has a role-playing game handbook, World Tree: A role playing game of species and civilization (2001). A romance novel in the setting, A Marriage of Insects, deals with the relationships of a group of Herethroy, an insect-like species that has three (arguably four) sexes: male, female, co-lover (a sex necessary for males and females of that species to reproduce), and both-female (a socially unaccepted variant sex, indeterminate between female and co-lover).
- In Static, a romance novel by L. A. Witt, there have always been a marginalized minority of humans capable of changing sex instantly and at will, known as "shifters." Shifters are usually, though not always, genderfluid, having different gender identities at different times, including male, female, and other genders. (Though they only have the ability to change between two sexes.) Alex, one of the protagonists and part of the lead romantic pair, is a genderfluid shifter who is the victim of medical assault to force them to remain in one form, but continues to be genderfluid and experience dysphoria.
- In the book Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the character Aziraphale (and A. J. Crowley by extension) are described as man-shaped, sexless beings.
- In the Faction Paradox novel This Town Will Never Let Us Go... by Philip Purser-Hallard (a Doctor Who spinoff), there is a species of posthumans who are engineered to change sex from male to female as they mature. Some of these transformations are never completed. One of the main characters, Keth Marrane, is part of this species and has a body with both male and female characteristics. Marrane is fully happy with this body and is referred to as a "hermaphrodite" by other characters; a word without negative connotations in the cultures that are described. Marrane uses "one" pronouns when narrating.
- Adam Rex's sci-fi novel, The True Meaning of Smekday (2007), features the Boov, an alien people with seven genders (boy, girl, girlboy, boygirl, boyboy, boyboygirl, and boyboyboyboy) based on their fish-like role in fertilizing an egg after they lay it in a designated part of town. Because of the impersonal way they reproduce, Boov society is egalitarian and aromantic. The sequel, Smek for President (2015), has a girlboy character named Ponch Sandhandler. She-he is addressed as "ladyfellow," and by she-he pronouns. The movie loosely based on the books, Home (2015), doesn't directly mention anything about Boov gender, and only refers to any Boov by he pronouns.
- In The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, the inhabitants of the planet Gethen are referred to as ambisexual, and lack sex characteristics for the majority of the lunar cycle, which they acquire in order to reproduce.
- In Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's collaborative novel Good Omens, Neil Gaiman has confirmed that both of the main characters are non-binary, and they present as different genders at times in both the book and the 2019 tv-series (Crowley presenting as female as a nanny, and Aziraphale presenting as female while possessing madame Tracy). The characters usually present as males, and don't show any inclination to correct people on using masculine pronouns, but this is presented more as them not caring, and less them defining themself as males. The book specifically says that all angels and demons in it are neither male nor female, which is the standard belief about angels in Christianity.
- In Wyvern, a kids book by Kyle McGiverin, there is a sentient race of beings called wyverns. The wyverns are genderless and use "wy/wym/wys" pronouns.
- The Lilith's Brood series by Octavia Butler (three novels: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago) features the oankali, an alien race with three genders: male, female, and ooloi.
- In the Iska Universe series by Geneva Vand, the Iska race of aliens uses nongendered pronouns "eet" and "ta".
- In Clive Barker's fantasy/sci-fi book Imajica, a main character named Pie'oh'pah is a shapeshifting extraterrestrial who uses the pronoun "it".
- In Lois McMaster Bujold's science fiction series, The Vorkosigan Saga, major character Bel Thorne is one of a group of humans who were genetically engineered to have both male and female sex organs. This group is called "hermaphrodites" and use the pronoun "it". Bel Thorne is noted to usually have an "ambiguous-to-male" gender expression, but sometimes presents more femininely. Additionally, there is a group of genetically-engineered beings called the "ba" who have no sex organs and are used as servants in the Cetagandan Empire.
- In Ice Song and Tattoo, fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal books by Kirsten Imani Kasai, the protagonist, Sorykah Minuit, is a type of person known as a "Trader", meaning her physical sex changes at certain times due to her genetics. Traders are treated with superstition and harassment. Sorykah's male persona is Soryk, and his memories are separate from Sorykah's. Sorykah has twin children, Leander and Ayeda, who are also Traders.
- Everybody Loves Large Chests, a (dark)comedy-fantasy webnovel by Exterminatus, features several sentient species who have no or only one biological sex. Some of them display gendered features and behavior, like the "motherly" Dryads and the various kinds of demons. Boxxy, the anti-hero protagonist, is explicitely stated to be genderless in the chapter "Mindgames 2". The story follows its life from Dungeon-Mimic to walking calamity.
Comics and graphic novels[edit | edit source]
- In Cardcaptor Sakura, a manga series by CLAMP, beings who were created by magic are canonically said to be neither female nor male. They're sexless, but may prefer a gender expression that is female, male, or androgynous. This includes some main characters, but it would be spoilers to say who and how. This is also the case in the anime based on the manga, of the same name.
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists - seminal graphic novel series, as recommended in Kate Bornstein's My New Gender Workbook as having "Lots of good gender play." One character, Desire, is a being who can have any sex or gender.
- In The Satrians, a comic by Carlisle Robinson, a satyr-like alien species called Satrians have only one sex, and no concept of gender. They're all called by the pronoun set xe, xyr, xem.
- In Spectra, a science fiction comic by Cori Walters, the main characters are members of an alien species that has one sex, and all people voluntarily choose which of several gender roles they identify with. Outside of the story, Walters said, "They only have one physical sex but they have three socially enforced genders (or four if you count young children, who are seen as genderless until they choose their role in society.) For simplification reasons, in the comic the three main ones are referred to as he, she, and ne. The 'male' role is that of destruction, the 'female' is that of creation, and the third gender is that of preservation." The comic started in 2013 and is still in progress.
- The comic series Crash and Burn involves "a genderless race of bird-like aliens" called the ornos.
Movies[edit | edit source]
- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), directed by Steven Spielberg. In an interview, Spielberg said that E.T. is a plant-like creature, and is neither male nor female. The finished movie itself doesn't mention this fact. The finished script refers to E.T. as "he" and "the creature." This fact about E.T. was included in the first draft of the script written by Melissa Mathison.
TV (live-action)[edit | edit source]
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Outcast" the Enterprise encounters an alien race called the "androgynous J'naii", whose society long ago had female and male roles, but their society had become sexless and genderless, which they believe to be more advanced. They have no physical sex differences, and reproduce without copulation. They all dress alike, and ask to be called by it pronouns. The J'naii believe that it's unhealthy to be female or male, and the genderlessness of their society is enforced on all its members. In that episode, a J'naii named Soren is revealed to be secretly a transgender woman. In a reference to real-life "conversion therapy" used coercively on transgender people to make them not be transgender, the J'naii use brainwashing to force Soren to identify as androgynous rather than female. The episode fails at exploring the possibilities of a genderless society or identity, which is depicted as bland and repressive, but is a decent critique of conversion therapy, as well as a defense of transgender rights.
- The series Earth: Final Conflict is primarily about interactions between modern-day humans and aliens called Taelons, who seem to have neither sex nor gender. The Taelons use he pronouns for human convenience, but do not identify as male.
- Time Lords in Doctor Who are able to transform their bodies in order to prevent death, giving them a new personality each time they undergo this process. See Gender in Doctor Who for more information.
- In the fantasy show The Good Place, Janet is a nonhuman entity who acts as something akin to a superpowered computer-like assistant. Janet uses she/her pronouns but frequently corrects people who call her a girl. Janet's actor D'Arcy Carden and the show's creator Mike Schur have "unofficially concluded that Janet is agender."
Video games[edit | edit source]
2000[edit | edit source]
- In Final Fantasy IX, Quina is a genderless character who is referred to as "he/she". This is true for his/her entire species.
2007[edit | edit source]
- The Asari species in Mass Effect are an alien race that all appear feminine and use she/her pronouns. However, Liara T'Soni of the Asari says that the species is "mono-gendered", and "male and female have no real meaning for us." Liara also says that she is "not precisely a woman." Despite this, the Codex describes the Asari as an all-female race.
2016[edit | edit source]
- Randy Varnell, the creative director for the first-person shooter Battleborn, has "confirmed that Varimorphs (Orendi's species) are genderfluid, and can alter their gender / sex. He stated that Orendi identifies as female, 'currently, at least'."
Webseries[edit | edit source]
- "Ask Sulmere" by Draque Thompson is an ongoing ask blog featuring aliens of a race that never evolved sexual dimorphism or the concept of gender.
Gender nonconformity in fiction[edit | edit source]
This section is for characters who are gender nonconforming but have a binary gender identity. That is, they identify as female, or as male, and are therefore not nonbinary. In significant ways, the characters don't conform to the expectations and norms for their gender. Fans may describe these characters as genderqueer, which may be accurate. A character who is gender nonconforming and/or genderqueer isn't necessarily nonbinary, since they may still have a strictly binary gender identity, and they may also be cisgender. For example, a character who says something like, "I'm all man, and wearing a pink dress doesn't make me any less of a man" is gender nonconforming and perhaps genderqueer, but definitely not nonbinary.
Animation[edit | edit source]
- In the comedy series SheZow, the legacy of a super-heroine has been passed down through generations of grand-aunts to grand-nieces when they inherit a magic ring that grants feminine-themed powers. For the first time, the ring is inherited by a boy, Guy Hamdon. Whenever he's being SheZow, which entails wearing a pink costume with a skirt and long hair, he has to keep up the appearance of being a girl in order to protect his secret identity. If anyone finds out who SheZow really is, his whole family will have to be relocated to the moon. Aside from his hair, SheZow's body doesn't change, and he has to remember to speak in a higher voice. Shezow often insists that his friends who are in the know need to call him by "she" pronouns whenever he appears in public as SheZow, and grumbles whenever they mess it up. When a friend hesitates and asks in private which pronoun Guy prefers, Guy shrugs and replies, "Eh, it depends on what I'm wearing." In other words, Guy's pronoun preference while being SheZow is "she," and is "he" while in his secret identity. Guy overcomes his initial discomfort and finds empowerment and confidence in femininity, even while remaining happily masculine when presenting as a boy. While this comfortable alternation between male and female presentations could be seen as a genderfluid or bigender character, the show creator has stated in an interview that, to the best of his understanding, this isn't so: "SheZow is not transgendered. He's a boy, his gender never changes, he's just trapped in a silly costume." As such, Shezow/Guy is a gender nonconforming cisgender boy.
- There are other gender noncomforming characters in Shezow than the title character. Shezow's evil clone, Shezap, can look like Guy or like Shezow. When they open a portal to a gender-swapped alternative universe, Shezow discovers that the version of herself there is Dudepow, a hero with masculine-themed powers who is secretly a girl.
- On the kids' show Cupcake and Dino General Services, the two titular brothers often express themselves femininely.
Books and Literature[edit | edit source]
1972[edit | edit source]
- The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov - The 2nd part of this book features an alien species that reproduces by different means than humans, resulting in an alien culture with different gender roles. However, the 3 fictional sexes are not used as justification for these characters having nonbinary gender identities, as the protagonists are depicted as being gender non-conforming by the standards of their own society. Most notable is Dua, the "emotional"/"mid" member of a triad, who has always struggled to fit in with the others of her sex. She's explicitly non-conforming, exhibiting traits normally associated with the "rational"/"left" sex of her species. As a result, her peers use the slur "left-em" against her, which she would eventually reclaim as her own identity, along with "queer". Would she also qualify as nonbinary (technically non-trinary) transgender? This is open to interpretation by the reader.
2016[edit | edit source]
- In children's book The Boy & The Bindi by Vivek Shraya, "A five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women to indicate the point at which creation begins. He wishes to have one of his own bindi, which his mother agrees to."
- In the novella Seven Minutes, by Grace Kilian Delaney, the character Devon wears makeup and skirts while identifying himself as a guy. The novella was expanded and republished in 2020 under the title Seven Minutes in Vegas. Content note: explicit sexual scenes, instances of physical/verbal abuse, discrimination, gun violence, use of deadly weapons, anger issues, and substance abuse.
- In the young-adult book Girl Mans Up, by M.E. Girard, the protagonist Pen is a gender-nonconforming lesbian. Pen expresses herself in a masculine manner, though she doesn't use the term butch. Pen thinks the following in regards to her classmate Blake:
|«||I think maybe she could be my girlfriend. I don't want to be her girlfriend, though. But there's this part of me that totally knows I could be her boyfriend. I don't want her to think of me as a boy, or a boy substitute, though. I want to be a boyfriend who is a girl. I have no idea how to explain that stuff to anyone, let alone a girl I like. I just wish it was already all understood.||»|
2017[edit | edit source]
- Sparkle Boy, by Lesléa Newman with illustrations by Maria Mola, is a children's book about a "gender creative" three-year-old boy Casey and his older sister Jessie.
2019[edit | edit source]
- In Pattern for an Angel, by CJane Elliott, one of the protagonists, Gabe Martin, has a five-year-old named Ian who loves to wear dresses. The other protagonist, Loren Schuster, is a male drag queen who also wears skirts and dresses casually.
2020[edit | edit source]
- Tabitha and Magoo Dress Up Too. A children's book in which siblings Tabitha and Magoo meet a drag queen named Morgana who helps them "learn to defy restrictive gender roles".
Comics and graphic novels[edit | edit source]
- The manga My Androgynous Boyfriend, by artist/writer Tamekou, is a slice-of-life romance about Wako and her boyfriend Meguru, who is often mistaken for female due to his fashion style. The Japanese title translates roughly to "I'm loved by a genderless boy", but Meguru is explicitly not trans and doesn't identify himself as nonbinary or agender; "genderless" refers to his fashion preferences.
- The manga Madoka no Himitsu (Madoka's Secret) is about a boy named Madoka who likes playing with dolls and wearing dresses. His family moves to a new city where he meets classmate Itsuki who is a tomboy.
- In the manga Otomen, "Asuka is a guy who has likings for girly things like shoujo manga, baking, and sewing. However, his mother forbids this and wants him to grow up manly."
- In the manhwa It's Okay To Be Shy, Hyo Jin is a feminine man, and Dam is a masculine girl.
- In the manga (and various adaptations of) Princess Jellyfish (海月姫, Kuragehime), a main character Kuranosuke is a young man who enjoys cross-dressing and fashion.
Movies[edit | edit source]
- The 2019 short film Bind is about a Taiwanese immigrant mother and her gender-nonconforming child named Jules.
Video Games[edit | edit source]
- In the indie game Repurpose, Ramon's child Ariel is gender nonconforming (as stated by one of the creators) and is addressed with they/them pronouns.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Undisclosed gender in fiction
- Gender in Doctor Who
- The TV Tropes Transgender page
- The TV Tropes Ambiguous Gender page
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