In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the character Kyza (Kisa in the Japanese version), a member of the Laguz Beast Tribe, is gay, and openly in love with his superior officer Ranulf. He views himself as a rival with fellow warrior Lyre (a female Laguz) for Ranulf’s affections, though Ranulf would prefer to not be involved in the triangle at all.
Kyza is depicted in the Japanese games as being very formal toward others, but when only in the company of Ranulf and Lyre, his speech patterns change to use very strongly feminine Japanese. The character’s depiction is generally used for comic effect, though this characterisation was entirely altered in localization to remove the feminine speech patterns and the attraction to Ranulf. However, according to the Fire Emblem Fandom Wiki, in the Fire Emblem 20th Anniversary Encyclopedia, Kyza is titled “The body is male, the heart is female?” which has lead some fans to read Kyza as a trans woman.
LGBTQ references in this game series:
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (1999): Marty and Dagdar
See also QRM’s entry for this game series
- Nintendo/Intelligent Systems. 2016. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Memorial Book Tellius Recollection: The Second Volume. Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten (ambit).
- Various. (n.d.). Kyza. Retrieved July 27, 2020, from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Kyza