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FemCap Doodles by gambitgurlisis FemCap Doodles by gambitgurlisis
So the topic of Genderbending in comic characters came up among my friends a while ago. Generally, I tend to be pretty "meh" about the whole idea of genderbending, but sometimes it actually improves the character. When we started yammering about the Avengers, I realized I would like Cap more if he were a woman.

This is not to say, of course, that I don't love Cap as is. He's awesome.

But, nevertheless, I've become enamored with the concept and have been doodling like mad in my free time. So, I figured I'd share some of them with my peeps on DA, and DA in general.



Captain America, Female version. (I seriously just ganked everything from the movie because it was easier.) TL;DR to follow:

Stephanie Rogers, shortened to 'Stevie' was a scrawny, relatively mediocre looking woman from Brooklyn. Because her figure was so thin, she never managed to exploit the fact that she was a woman to advance as a woman in the 1940's might have and because she was a woman, she never advanced in any career field.

Well, with both of her parents dead in WWI, Stevie wanted to join the effort during WWII. Unfortunately she wasn't particularly skilled at being a nurse, and wouldn't tolerate being a secretary or making arms in a factory. ("There are men dying out there, I refuse to do any less.") This left her jack all as far as options went.

Then, one day when she goes to the Stark Expo with Bucky, her brother from another mother, and gets into a rather heated argument with him (and the army buddy he brought as her date) about how unfair it is that she can't stand up to bullies. The Nazi's are killing women and children too, after all, she should be able to fight them right on back.

Well, following the argument, she runs into Dr. Erskine who offers her a chance to fight back against bullies, a chance to make a difference, and she takes it. She disguises herself as a man and, with his write off on her (incredibly falsified) medical exams, she is recruited into the super soldier program as skinny little Steve Rogers.

Yadda yadda, pluck and honor, and a few montages later, she is selected to be the Super Soldier. She doesn't change quite as dramatically as the male Cap does, but it's a pretty solid difference. Super strength, suddenly muscles, the ability to chase down a speeding, spy-filled taxi, it's all hers for the taking. Suddenly, she has strength.

Unlike a male Cap, who is an honorable man and derives his respect for power from being honorable and being beaten up defending that honor, her respect for strength comes from knowing what it was like to be a second class citizen, from being a second class citizen who was never expected to excel or succeed and never given a chance to. This memory really motivates her actions and personality, keeps her strong and honorable. It also puts that twinge of real human fear and reaction into her. There'd be nothing worse than people finding out she was a woman and suddenly treating her very differently (assuming she can't do it, can't understand things, etc), despite the fact that she can lift a tank.

Ultimately, she never backs down. If she had, she wouldn't have had the chance to help people, to fight for the ones who can't fight for themselves, to really do her part, and lo: Fem!Cap.


WHEW, that was long. Hopefully it made some modicum of sense.


Mostly, I just adore drawing her on that line between looking like a man and a woman. She looks a lot like a dude, but that's sort of the point.

I am also pretty jazzed about the opportunity to draw a muscular woman who isn't busty like the day is long and doesn't have the hips of a fertility goddess. Neither of those traits are accentuated effectively by being very, very fit, and it has always annoyed me that every beefy woman in comics has a huge rack for no apparent reason.

Lastly, and I'll have to post a few of the doodles I've done pertaining to this, I love the idea of drawing her with Peggy because that relationship is suddenly so much deeper. Cap has a raging girl crush on Peggy because she's a strong woman who managed to do her part AND still keep her identity (gender or otherwise), and Peggy is fairly oblivious to Cap being a girl but wouldn't really treat her much different if she found out. (And, aside from Bucky, she's probably the only character in the story who could make that claim.) Accidental awkward lesbian time: go.

And Bucky. I love platonic love and there is just not enough of it around in stories. the idea of Bucky following her because he's essentially her brother and doesn't think any less of her for being a girl just makes me smile. It also makes his death just that much more terrible.



Welp, that's my whole diatribe about this character. I may post up the other various characters that I loved better Genderbent, if I don't regret posting this one. I'll also toss up the whole Genderbent Avengers group at some point because man, they all amuse me way too much not to share them.




(The "Nut up or shut up" was on the original doodle page and I think it sums up everything I like about this character very nicely. Also it makes me snicker. So, I left it.)
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LittleLadyPunk Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like Me XD <3
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Doktor-Marceline Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Dude, this is.like one of the best fem. Cap there is!
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Dragongirl124680 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I actually seriously like this idea.There's a lot of female Caps...but they all are obviously a girl. Yours, I had to read the description and title a few times to figure it out. And I love that. After all, females have binded their chests and dressed as guys before to go into wars like the Rev and Civil wars. Why can't she?
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HazelHolly Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
This is awesome. I mean, seriously, it's brilliant. I was trying to get inspiration for my own fem!Avengers, and this is perfect in every way.

Y'know, it'd be rather funny when everyone finds out the truth. I mean, in this day and age she probably wouldn't be treated differently, but she'd still be worried because of when she's from. It makes the whole Coulson thing even funnier, and I can see "Tonia Stark" joking about it.
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ArtistFromNowhere21 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is cool...it's also a tad ironic as it makes me think of the genderbent tony called Natasha 'Toni' Stark in one of the Marvel alternate universes who got married to Cap :P
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Liara-Shadowsong Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very interesting concept. Nice job!
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Saria-the-kokiri Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Guh, I love your ideas for a fem!Cap, and blending the whole same-but-different dynamic. I actually kind of like how she's not super beefy like her male version, because it'd make it all the more surprising when she lifts up a car or some such feat.
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Sleepy-Phantom Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally I would put more muscles on Fem!Cap, but I think you have one of the best designs I've seen for a female version. No, she couldn't let people know she was a woman (I've read a story call "This Woman's War" for a fem!cap like this), and that would make it all the harder for her. I agree, a male version is awesome, but something about a female version seems to tip the idea of cap that much more in the awesomeness scale. Great work.
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cheezkit Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an awesome concept. I've never done much gender-bending myself, but I really like the outcome of yours for Captain America. It's really great! :)

(I'm also happy to see you posting on DA more lately! Yay! Are you still in California?? I just moved back in April. We should hang out sometime!)
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gambitgurlisis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Oh! We should. And I'm glad you like it, man. Shoot me a note and I'll give you my phone number or AIM and we can yammer at each other.
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Rin-neechan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Do FemTony
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