Vivian in Paper Mario

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Though less famous than Birdo, Vivian from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (an off-shoot of the Super Mario Bros series) is also described as a trans woman in the Japanese version of the game (as well as games that were directly translated from Japanese to another language) but appears to be a cis woman in the English version. Characters in the game repeatedly make fun of her for her gender, calling her a boy or cross-dresser. In the English version, these lines are altered to call her ugly instead.

Here is a video of one such instance of the game with a direct translation from Japanese to Spanish (without the English localization process that removes these references):

LGBTQ  references in this game series:





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