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Gen V's Gender-Swapping Superhero: Jordan's Superpowers Explained

Gen V's Gender-Swapping Superhero: Jordan's Superpowers Explained

Jordan’s supe abilities give them different powers based on whether they’re in male or female form: as a male, they are indestructible and deflect bullets, while as a female they have agility powers and can shoot energy from their hands. They can switch back and forth at a moment’s notice, giving them the kind of gender fluidity many can only dream about. In the first two episodes they appear in both forms somewhat interchangeably and their gender is never brought up outside of Marie (Jaz Sinclair) quickly correcting herself when she initially uses the wrong pronouns, but the third episode gives audiences a bit more of a look into Jordan’s identity. During a gala attended by many of the students and their parents, Jordan’s father repeatedly misgenders them, using he/him pronouns and referring to him as “my son.” He also comments that Jordan’s powers weren’t the gift he anticipated giving his child and that Jordan could simply choose to always present as a man. 

Jordan changes to their female form and tells their father that their powers weren’t where their gender non-conformity began and that they’ve always been the same person, they’ve just been Jordan. It’s a speech that resonated with me as a non-binary person who has had to explain what that means. People around Jordan try to fit them into a box of “boy” or “girl,” but they’re more fluid than that. Their powers could have easily been reduced to tropey nonsense or to reinforce ideas about the gender binary, but Jordan gives gender non-conforming superhero fans some smart, nuanced representation.

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