Adel in Final Fantasy VIII

Adel is a sorceress and minor antagonist in Final Fantasy VIII. There is a great deal of debate about this character’s gender identity. Adel has a very masculine form, but is referred to with female pronouns throughout the game. Players have read this character as a cisgendered woman who is meant to look “disfigured,” a transgender woman, and a cisgendered man whose gender was swapped in translation.

LGBTQ  references in this game series:

Final Fantasy V (1992): Faris Scherwiz, Bartz Klauser

Final Fantasy VII (1997): Ambiguous Characters; Cross-Dressing; Mukki

Final Fantasy VIII (1999): Adel

Final Fantasy iX (2000): Quina Quen

Final Fantasy X (2001): Tidus, Brother and Wakka

Final Fantasy XIV (2014): Same-sex marriage, Gay NPC couple


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