Tony from EarthBound

Tony is the best friend and roommate of Jeff, one of Ness’s party members in EarthBound. He is rumored to have an unrequited crush on Jeff. This is evidenced by a letter Jeff reads at the end of the game (image below is a recreation from a fan site).

After the release of Mother 3, the series creatorsaid explicitly that Tony was meant to be a young gay character. The relevant part of the interview is translated here: “Itoi: Well, for example, there’s a gay person in MOTHER 2. A really passionate friend who lives in an England-like place. I designed him to be a gay child. In a normal, real-life society, there are gay children, and I have many gay friends as well. So I thought it would be nice to add one in the game, too.”

Citations:

  1. Euthanasian. (2012, February 16). Unrequired Love: EarthBound’s Gay Tony. Gay Nerds. http://gay-nerds.com/site/videogames/unrequited-love-earthbounds-gay-tony/
  2. Mackie, D. (2009, April 12). Tony has to hide his love away. Back of the Cereal Box. http://www.backofthecerealbox.com/2009/04/tony-has-to-hide-his-love-away.html
  3. Jaime M. (2013, April 22). EarthBound and the first gay Tony. Gay Gamer. http://gaygamer.net/2013/04/earthbound-and-the-first-gay-tony/
  4. Tony. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://earthbound.wikia.com/wiki/Tony
  5. Tony. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wikibound.info/wiki/Tony
  6. Yes, Tony is gay. And Mr. Saturn is innocent. (2008, Jun 21). Earthbound Central. http://earthboundcentral.com/2008/06/yes-tony-is-gay-and-mr-saturn-is-innocent/