Krem is the second explictly transgender character in the Dragon Age universe, however he is the first major trans character to be in one of the games. He is also one of the first transmale characters to appear in any video game (as far as we can tell). Similar to Serendipity in Dragon Age II, voiced by a male actor, Krem is voiced by a female voice actor, which has been criticized. However, many have also argued that Krem is one of the best realized trans characters in a mainstream video game (see here).
(Image credit http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Cremisius_Aclassi)
A video capturing the moment where Krem comes out as a transman, and other characters’ reaction to his gender, is available below.
LGBTQ references in this game series:
Dragon Age II (2011): Serendipity
Heroes of Dragon Age (2013): Maevaris Tilani
- Baume, M. (2014, November 26). Is this the best trans character in the history of video games? Queerty. http://www.queerty.com/is-this-the-best-trans-character-in-the-history-of-video-games-20141126
- Cremisius Aclassi. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Cremisius_Aclassi
- Garcia, T. (2012, March 26). A Brief History of Transgender Characters in Video Games [Updated]. https://transgamersociologist.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/a-brief-history-of-transgender-characters-in-video-games/
- Hamilton, K. (2014, December 4) BioWare put a lot of work into Dragon Age’s trans character. Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/bioware-put-a-lot-of-work-into-dragon-ages-trans-charac-1666924495
- Harper, T. (2015, March 26). From Purgatory: Poison, Birdo, and Trans Character Discourse. Stay Classy. http://www.chaoticblue.com/blog/2015/03/from-purgatory-poison-birdo-and-trans-character-discourse/
- Maggs, S. (2014, November 28) Dragon Age Inquisition’s Krem is maybe the awesomest representation of a trans character in a mainstream game. The Mary Sue. http://www.themarysue.com/dai-krem/
- Nicole. (2014, November 25) Dragon Age Inquisition’s Trans Character. Observation Deck. http://observationdeck.kinja.com/dragon-age-inquisitions-trans-character-1663500954
- Video Game Sophistry. (2014, November 21). Dragon Age: Inquisition. “How BioWare deals with transgender characters. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd8b3fl6tMY&w=560&h=315
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