Kainé, one of the main characters in Nier, is intersex and identifies as a woman. She keeps her left arm and left leg hidden beneath bandage-like coverings due to being half Shade, and she is subject to exacerbated persecution from others beyond merely being an intersex person. As a child, she was bullied relentlessly and has a preference for women’s clothing that accentuate her feminine features. Some fans have discussed Kainé’s gender and sex, as her description and character design change slightly in localization.
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