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Genderbending is an internet theme which states that for every fictional character, there exists an opposite gender counterpart. (I.e For every given male character, there is a female version of that character. For every given female character, there is a male version of that character.) It is considered a notable tenet of the Rules of the Internet, next to Rule 34.

Although Rule 63 and genderbending are often dwarfed in interest by the most successful of the Internet Rules, Rule 34, over time they has shown excessive popularity in the internet and in fandoms. The earliest instance of Rule 63 on DeviantArt was submitted by user Xxescaped-vulpinexX on 2009. As of the same year, there are 1,000 instances of “gender-bending” artworks tagged with Rule 63. Shortly after, a Danbooru-style imageboard site Rule 63 was launched. As of 2011, the site has amassed up to 20K pictures which translates into 250 pages of images. The most popular known genderbends are currently Adventure Time (Fionna and Cake), Team Fortress 2 (e.g. FemPyro, FemScout, etc.), anything from Nintendo and any type of Anime.

The only 3 exceptions to a genderbend are that if a character is fully androgynous, a genderbend version would pointless (i.e. the male character is already so androgynous that a female version would be basically the same. Vice versa is true as well), the character is asexual (e.g. BMO) or a genderbend version hasn’t been drawn yet.
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*(In case you can't read, the text says "Beat")( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Random Man: Did you just say that Link will always "be a man"?

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Random Man: This: *holds up a picture of a genderbend Link*

Nintendrone: M3 CRI NA0 :'(
by Picklester June 11, 2016
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