Candela, Blanche, and Spark in Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Go Gym leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark have all been variously interpreted as queer by some fans. In particular, Candela has been viewed as a lesbian, Blanche as a trans woman, and Spark as a trans man or an asexual cisgender man (Grobman, 2016). Spark has also been depicted as a gay cisgender man by writers and artists in the fan community (see, for example, the Spark archive on Some fans also consider Candela and Blanche to be in a relationship with one another (McNally, 2016). Additionally, the game asks players to specify a “style” for their avatars rather than a “gender”, earning praise from the transgender community. (Walker, 2016.)



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McNally, Victoria. 2016. “’Pokémon Go’ fans think these two team leaders should totally make out.” Revelist. Retrieved 22 January 2017 from

“Spark (Pokémon GO).” Zerochan Anime Image Archive. Retrieved 7 February 2017 from

Walker, Amy. 2016. “Pokemon Go Non Binary Gender Choice Praised.” Planet Transgender. Retrieved 22 January 2017 from