A new cartoon premiering on The Hub on June 1, 2013. A boy becomes a superhero when he inherits a ring from his deceased aunt. The catch is the ring was meant for a female so he becomes a female superhero named SheZow.
SheZow has super-strength and super-speed; a "sonic scream," and SheZow's han ...more|
From: guest (Masashi)
, 112 months, post #1 |
I see that the "SheZow" entry has been "slated for deletion" by cj.|
I offer a few points that it be retained as falling into that
"borderline" grey area mentioned in the Guidelines.
1) Although it's 99% probably just a crossdress, the show remains
open to the idea that there is a gender TF, since the issue will
never be clearly spelled out in a children's cartoon.
2) Taken as a crossdress disguise, it is of the sort that does
morph Guy physically to make the disguise more convincing.
Specifically, I am referring to Guy's hair. His hair definitely
becomes longer and must be maintained in a particular hairdo in
order for SheZow to have the superpowers.
3) Guy's body seems to morph in some other ways when SheZow: his
voice can deliver a peircing "Sonic Scream," his hand can enlarge
for a "Heavy Handed Super She-Slap." The cartoon posits these as
gender-based. Maybe "Size TF" or "superhuman powers" would justify
the cartoon's inclusion on the list?
4) Is the mole on SheZow's right cheek just makeup, or a physical
TF to make the disguise more convincing? (Okay, it's probably
Guy's outward appearance as SheZow is convincing enough that Tara
thinks he is her former crimefighting partner (Guy's late Aunt
, 112 months, post #2 |
I more or less agree with what Masashi says, particularly #3 if
Superpowers is added as a category on the entry. #4 is pushing it.
Full disclosure: I haven't seen the show beyond the intro that's on
From: guest (DC)
, 112 months, post #3 |
In multiple interviews, the creator has made it clear that it is
just a costume.|
No gender change.
, 112 months, post #4 |
I agree with some of Masashi's points (but I don't agree that it's
"just a crossdress"), and I'm also going to repost my two cents on
SheZow as an entry here because I think the show's great, and it
would be a shame if it were removed:|
I would argue for the inclusion of the entry, as there is a
transformation of sorts even if it is not physical. He is in
essence transforming into the identity of another person, and
moreover, this person is female and a superheroine. Other people
see him as a different person. In the guidelines, it clearly states
that entries "can also include things which are not true
transformations but in some way appear to be one." I think the
entry should stay, given that SheZow involves a boy becoming a
female superheroine and taking on that persona (even if not
physically becoming a woman), and given that the show seems popular
among TG fans, many who use this site.
, 112 months, post #5 |
You keep this and you'll soon be flooded with transvestite entry's,
having set a precedent.|
, 112 months, post #6 |
Firstly, has everyone checked-out the previous SheZow discussion ( http://metamorphose.org/thread/show.htp?threadid=14136&se0=thread&se1=show
Secondly, while sexualitylab has a point, we don't include an entry
for Superman for his appearing to transform from mild-mannered
Clark Kent into Superman, as it is only a disguise (how nobody in
Metropolis can tell, we'll never understand) - as it's clearly a
disguise. Strangely we don't have an entry for the Fantastic Four
regarding the actual
transformations.of Ben and Johnny.
Thirdly...If we skip the whole female aspect of SheZow and focus on
the superhero part... does the boy have the superpowers all the
time, or just when needed? If the kid does NOT have powers when
he's just a kid, it can be argued that when danger is present, he
turns into a superhero(ine), otherwise is just a normal kid. But,
if like most other power-infused superheroes he has the powers all
the time and simply chooses to hide them, then it's just a
disguise. So, this may still qualify for inclusion in the database
under the super-powers alone, as the gender thing is only a
No matter how you see, it is certainly something for inclusion here
on the message board.
, 112 months, post #7 |
Thanks, cj, for linking the previous thread and for your thoughtful
I agree that Superman is basically a disguise, but I also think it
would hit a bit of a gray area as well; however, if not many people
want it added as an entry, I don't see the point of making a case
The boy DOESN'T have ALL his superpowers all the time. He maintains
a few like "She-Sense" out of superheroine mode that help him
quickly change into SheZow when there's danger, but because he
needs the SheZow hair to have powers, he only has most of them when
he's SheZow. In other words, he's normal except for a few abilities
that are there to help him change quickly, but he only has all the
powers when he's changed into SheZow. I also think the change is
far more dramatic (he's taking on a completely new superhero
identity, one that he neither created himself nor is his same
gender) to merit inclusion over say other superhero
"transformations." I see where it might fall into a bit of a gray
area, but I think it has a case, and like I said, it's popular
enough around here that I think it can only help to be included.
To post #5's point, I really don't think so. The show is definitely
unique, and I don't think other instances of crossdressing are even
close to the same.
From: guest (Jc)
, 112 months, post #8 |
Just make a section for cross-dressing entries. Problem solved|
From: guest (AnAlias)
, 112 months, post #9 |
JC, this isn't a TG cataloging site. It's a site for cataloging
transformations. Crossdressing is not a transformation.|
, 112 months, post #10 |
I've edited this entry once again. This time as it appears that the
boy does "transform" into a superhero(ine). I think this is one of
those grey-areas, so we'll leave it open to discussion.|
It has been clearly stated that the main character does not change
genders (only costumed as opposite gender), so no gender TF will be
included in the entry (that's what the message boards are for).
However a TF from normal boy into a boy with super-powers... well,
that seems like a TF to me.
, 112 months, post #11 |
Well I could argue that mind swaps and possessions aren't really
transformations either, but considering the method by which the
character changes identities, this is at least as much of a
transformation, as say, Captain Marvel.|
As far as category, if not gender, maybe mythical?
From: Holly Dunn
, 112 months, post #12 |
This entry and show intrigues me with regards to inclusion on the
board. The costume is very convincing and certainly could be
construed a gender change. Though Quantum Leap later changed some
of its own rules, Sam's "transformations" were really illusions. In
"What Price Gloria." where Sam played a sexually harassed secretary
he uses his male strength against the antagonist.|
I guess I could answer this myself by looking, but in general
superheroes don't interest me and I don't care to peruse the site
to figure out the patterns for inclusion. So would Superman not be
included, but Spiderman or The Thing merit inclusion? Or are all
Superheroes listed under mythical?
The crossdressing in Shezow is boldly stated over and over. I
wonder if this is less offensive than having him truly become a
girl? I have run across some judgemental "news" sites that call
Shezow a transexual superhero.
It seems like this entry could influence or change what is an
acceptable "transformation" to be included here. It is undoubtedly
a grey area.
Good discussion, though.
, 112 months, post #13 |
In my opinion...|
Superman would not be included... he is always Superman, just
sometimes disguised as "mild-mannered" Clark Kent.
Spiderman could be included, but except for notable TFs only for
the initial radioactive spider bite that TF'd him from normal to
having super-human abilities.
The Thing, certainly a TF as he went from human Ben to The Thing.
I hadn't thought about superheroes being mythical, but I guess they
are... modern mythological figures.
To me the crossdressing vs actual gender TF carries no stigma or
offense... to me it's simply just is a costume or disguise vs an
Outside of this site, others like it, and the transgender and
cross-dressing communities - I wouldn't expect others to really
understand off-hand the difference. Most see all of it as the same
thing due to lack of interest, education, and/or understanding.
From: Holly Dunn
, 112 months, post #14 |
So if you list Shezow under Mythical for example, isn't that going
to open a can of worms? Will you then have to go back and start
putting nearly every comic book hero and villain in the database?|
, 112 months, post #15 |
To make the list there needs to be a transformation or the
appearance of a transformation. Body swaps aren't transformations
but they have the appearance of being a transformation. There isn't
much of a difference between two people being body swapped and two
people being transformed to look like each other. Possessions from
the point of view of the possessor appear to be transformations.
Quantum Leap claimed it was just a location change. But there were
inconsistence in that explanation that made it unclear to the
audience if that was case. A person using a holographic disguise
can appear to be transforming into someone else.|
In Shezow, does the main character think he has turned into girl?
Do other characters in the show watching him think he has changed
into a girl? Does the viewing audience think mistakenly that he has
transformed? These would all be grounds for inclusion. So far I
have heard that all of these are not the case, so marking it for
deletion is the correct action. I do not accept the argument that a
change of clothes feels transformative is worthy of inclusion.
Unless the character actually believes they have been physically
From: guest (Miss Pinky)
, 112 months, post #16 |
I thought that everyone except the boy's best friend think that he
really IS 'SheZow, female superhero' when he turns into his super
, 112 months, post #17 |
>Do other characters in the show watching him think he has
changed into a girl?
Yes, and not just a girl, but a superheroine named SheZow.
>Does the viewing audience think mistakenly that he has
Yes, without the clarity from its creator, it appears that he has
become SheZow in both form and dress.
For all intents and purposes, whether you believe it's a true
"gender" transformation or not, the main character transforms into
a superhero, and it is not merely a disguise. In my view, the show
meets the guidelines for entry and deserves to stay.
, 112 months, post #18 |
transformation a requirement?
I was under the impression that a transformation from normal human
to super human (super-human powers of strength or other ability),
would also qualify as an actual transformation.
From: Holly Dunn
, 112 months, post #19 |
I'm repeating myself, but I think if you make super powers qualify
as a transformation you will need to catalog infinite lists of
heroes and villains from every comic book universe.|
Leaving it as a gender post with an explanation such it "appears to
be a transformation though the creators say it is crossdressing,"
would be reasonable. You might even state that its inclusion is a
"grey area." That lets people know what to expect.
People in the cartoon do think Shezow is a different person, and it
seems to me like it is similar to "illusion" listings.
It isn't a very interesting cartoon, but the discussion is
, 112 months, post #20 |
"if you make super powers qualify as a transformation you will need
to catalog infinite lists of heroes and villains from every comic
Superman and Thor are not TF'd to have super-powers, their being
from another world gives them super-human abilities on our planet.
So they wouldn't qualify.
Batman has no super-human powers, just brains and tools. The Shadow
acquired his "powers" through being taught. Neither of these are
really TFs either.
"Super-powers" became a category here, I would expect quite a few
entries to show up, but not every super-hero would qualify.
However, since this is a TF board and not a superhero board - I
would expect this as a secondary (if even that high) catalog, as
there are already many more sites dedicated to superheros than to
I do dread the work-load though, I've been so busy with life
outside of Metamorphose that I haven't been able to keep up with my
own goal of helping clear the submission backlog.
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