Zer0 in Borderlands 2

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Image credit: Zer0. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Zer0

Zer0 is a playable character in Borderlands 2, who fulfills the Assassin class role. While he uses he/him pronouns in the game, some fans have read him as non-binary due to his ambiguous gender (not to mention that his race and species are ambiguous in the game as well). Additionally, Randy Pitchford (CEO of Gearbox Software) refers to Zer0 using gender neutral pronouns on this panel from PAX 2014.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Borderlands (2009): Mad Moxxi, Mr. Shank and Chaz, Brick, Patricia Tannis

Borderlands 2 (2012): Audio files at the Wildlife Exploitation Preserve, Sir Hammerlock, Axton, Tiny Tina, Mr. Torgue, Maya, Motor Momma, Zer0

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (2014): Athena and Janey, Rose Yin, Professor Nakayama

See QRM’s entry for this game.


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  2. (n.d.). Zer0 (character entry). TV Tropes Wiki. Retrieved from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/SecondBorderlandsVaultHunters
  3. Alayna Cole. (n.d.). Borderlands franchise. QueerlyRepresentMe. Retrieved from http://queerlyrepresent.me/title/borderlands
  4. (2014, November 2). PAX AUS 2014 Playing as a female character panel – Does it Matter?. Youtube Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ1DVjHMvQY