Comics have been playing with gender identity and gender roles for a long time. These top 5 crossdressers change their appearance to achieve goals or to reveal their true selves.

5. Seiko

(from Love*Com by Aya Nakahara)

This comedy about a tall girl and a short boy has lots of romance. Seiko, born a boy named Seishiro, is not immune to heartbreak and school girl crushes. Seiko manages to navigate the rough waters of highschool love while being true to herself.



4. Princess Sapphire

(from Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka)

In this classic manga, in order to inherit the throne, Princess Sapphire lives her whole life as a boy. She learns to fight and ride horses. In an ironic twist, she must pretend to be someone else to snare her true love.




3. Lord Fanny

(from The Invisibles by Grant Morrison)

Like Princess Sapphire, Lord Fanny is raised in the opposite gender to achieve her father’s goal. She is born a boy but embraces her girl persona though sometimes it brings her pain.




2. Shuichi and Yoshino

(from Wandering Son by Takako Shimura)

Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Together they explore those feelings and others reactions.





1. Haruhi

(from Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori)

Though she is originally mistaken for a boy, Haruhi embraces the male identity to fit in and pay off a debt. The lines between gender roles blur in this funny story about love and keeping secrets.



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