Saharah in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Saharah is a recurring camel character in the Animal Crossing series that specializes in trading rare goods like wallpaper and carpets. In the original Animal Crossing, Saharah is named “Roland” in the Japanese version and is identified as male by the official Japanese website for Animal Crossing: City Folk. Saharah also speaks with an effeminate sounding voice and refers to herself using female pronouns. In the English localization of the game, similar to Blanca and Gracie, Saharah is female with no mention of prior male name or male gender identity. As Brian Ashcraft notes in this Kotaku article however, Saharah has always been changed to female in Western localizations. 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 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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