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The Greatest Fictional Transgender People 

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Updated October 1, 2019 9.2k votes 1.3k voters 173.5k views 16 items

This list contains information about the greatest fictional transgender characters. Several award-winning films and TV series feature transgender characters. Some transgender characters are seen in a comedic light while others illustrate the difficulties that come with being transgender. One famous actor even won an Academy Award for playing a transgender character.

Who is the most famous fictional transgender character? Roberta Muldoon is one of the notable fictional transgender characters listed here. In the 1982 film The World According to Garp, John Lithgow plays a transsexual ex-football player named Roberta Muldoon. Lithgow was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

In the 1985 film, Kiss of the Spider Woman, William Hurt plays Luis Molina, a gay man who is likely transgender and is in prison for having sex with an underage boy. The film was nominated for four Oscars and Hurt took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

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Sophia Burset
Sophia Burset is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Transgender People
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In "Orange is the New Black," Laverne Cox plays Sophia Burset, a transgender inmate who has trouble connecting with her young son. In real life, Cox is openly transgender and a strong advocate for LGBT rights.
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Hedwig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Transgender People
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In the 2001 film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell plays Hedwig, a transgender punk-rocker who is repeatedly betrayed by her lovers. Mitchell was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.

Appears In: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Bree Osbourne
Bree Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Transgender People
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In the 2005 film Transamerica, Felicity Huffman plays Bree Osbourne, a pre-op transgender woman who is looking to reconnect with her long-lost son. Huffman was nominated for an Oscar for the performance, for which she also won a Golden Globe.
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Maura Pfefferman
Maura Pfefferman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Transgender People
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The patriarch from Amazon series "Transparent," Jeffrey Tambor plays Mort Pfefferman, a divorced father of three grown children who, at age 70, tells his children that he is transitioning to his new identity: Maura Pfefferman.

Appears In: Transparent

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