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Transfic is a term used to denote fan fiction about transgender characters, usually characters who are not stated as transgender/transsexual in canon. The genre is relatively new, with the earliest story on record being Jane Sehrn-Ta's Star Wars fic, Changes, first posted to the Master and Apprentice mailing list in 2004. [1]

Since then the number of transfics has been steadily growing, especially in bandom, Harry Potter, and Stargate: Atlantis. The majority of the authors are trans or genderqueer themselves, many of whom are dissatisfied with traditional genderswap. [2] Homestuck also has a notable portion of its fanbase that produce transfic or artworks with trans characters, with a blog named Transstuck that compiles a suitable majority of the works on Tumblr and AO3. Much like its fellow fandoms, most of these works are produced by trans authors and artists.

Kyuuketsukirui maintains a multi-fandom transfic master list, formerly on Delicious[1], but now on Pinboard [2]. As of January 2013, the Pinboard masterlist contains over 500 fics in over 100 fandoms.


Some fans take issue with certain types of transfic, usually the ones written by cis-sexual authors whose fics they feel are formulaic, cliché, and an overly narrow view of the transsexual community. One major point of contention is how many of these fics have a trans character forcibly outed via a "shocking discovery" rather than having them come out on their own.

Fanworks Examples

Assassin's Creed:


Harry Potter:


Revolutionary Girl Utena:

Teen Wolf:

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel 616):

Yuri!!! on Ice:

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Red, set Post Captain America: Civil War, is told through the POV of Wanda Maximoff a trans male character.




  1. Jane Sehrn-Ta, Changes, September 30, 2004 (Accessed 2 October 2008)
  2. thepurpleswitch, put your hand between an aching head and an aching wound., May 10, 2007 (Accessed 2 October 2008)