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Street Fighter character tribute to Queen front man Freddie Mercury. Many of his quotes were censored for the North American market. This is a copy of the original character sheet in the SMB2 manual. Although subsequent editions changed the wording, Birdo still remains firmly as a transgender in the Mario universe. Being succubi, Darkstalkers never shied away from their bisexual nature. Photo via ReevolveR.
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All forms of popular culture have taken awhile to include more LGBTQ characters, but games especially have used gay and transgender characters as punchlines for a long while now, and only now are we starting to see that shift in earnest. As a result, we still have almost no lead characters in games that are gay outside of the indie scene. The fact that Kung Jin is gay is referenced only in a few lines of dialogue, and fighting games, more than most, tend to use tropes when including trans, gay or just effeminate fighters. She talks about crushing on both Maya and Moxxxi, and the writers have confirmed these were not throwaway lines, and were intentionally written to reveal her preferences. Tiny Tina is one of my favorite Borderlands characters, so I wanted to include her here, even if Hammerlock and Moxxxi might be more overt about their orientation. The Last of Us had a small cast, but it included actually two gay characters, one being Bill, whom you meet in the main game.
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When a comic book delving into the backstories of characters came out in December, it also showed the character to be groundbreaking in another way when it revealed she had a girlfriend, Emily, at home. The magenta creature found in many a Super Mario Bros. She fought alongside trans accomplice Roxy in the Japanese release, though North American versions of that game replaced the villains with male characters to avoid depictions of violence against women.
Here are ten recent games gaymers should definitely check out. Overwatch has quite the diverse cast—including out lesbian Tracer, whose girlfriend was introduced in a tie-in comic book. This release was the first in the Fire Emblem series to offer a same-sex marriage option. Previously, players could only marry characters of the opposite sex and have children if they bonded closely through conversation. The game automatically makes your late spouse of the opposite sex, though.