Crossdressing and Gender Expression in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the first game in the series where all clothing is general-neutral and players as well as villagers are able to wear any outfit regardless of the gender that they choose at the beginning of the game. These changes along with gender-neutral face options for the player make it possible for a variety of gender expressions throughout the game. However, the game still requires the player to choose between binary Male and Female options during character creation. Some fans have noted that despite this limitationAnimal Crossing has been largely progressive regarding gender and gender discourse compared to other large franchise titles. Additionally, in-game villagers like the one in the image above seem to be accepting of non-traditional gender expression.

Crossdressing and non-traditional gender expression can be seen in later entries as well, such as with multiple players’ gift of a maid outfit to a new villager in New Horizons, Raymond.

LGBTQ References in this game series:

Animal Crossing (2001): BlancaGracieJuliaSaharah

Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005): Mentions of Same-Sex RelationshipsOpposite-Gender Haircuts

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012): Crossdressing and Gender ExpressionIsabelleVillager Flirting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020): CJ and FlickMentions and Queer ReadingsRemoval of Gender Choice


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