Saharah in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Saharah is a reoccurring camel character in the Animal Crossing series that specializes in trading rare goods like wallpaper and carpets. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Saharah is named

“Roland” in the Japanese version and is identified as male by the official Japanese website. Saharah also speaks with an effeminate sounding voice and refers to herself using female pronouns. In the English localization of the game, Saharah is female with no mention of prior male name or male gender identity. Some fans have speculated that the gender change was due to her long eyelashes, while others have read this as evidence that she could be a transgender woman.

LGBTQ references in this game:





Villager Flirting



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