Category Archives: Characters

Forrest in Fire Emblem Fates

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Forrest is one of the 2nd-generation child units the player can recruit to their army once his father, Leo, has an S-rank with another female unit in your army. According to in-game support dialogue (pasted below), Forrest identifies as a heterosexual cisgender man, while not conforming to traditional gender roles/norms. Fans however have queerly read him to be trans or queer in other ways.

  • Corrin: I’ve never met anyone like you, and I’m curious: Do you prefer boys or girls?
  • Forrest: *giggle* Romantically speaking you mean? Girls, exclusively. I can’t imagine why you would have been confused on that point.
  • Forrest: Corrin … do you think I’m strange? Because of my interests and clothing that is. It’s not that I consider myself to be a girl. Far from it. But I see darling things such as this bracelet, and my heart simply melts. I wear what I feel most comfortable in, but I know your upbringing was … sheltered.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (2003):  Florina and Lyndis; Lucius and Raven

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Joshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and SorenJill and Mist

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): HeatherJill and MistKyzaRanulf

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Same-Sex Relationship Hack

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): Forrest; NinaRomance optionsSoleil

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon

Citations:

  1. Forrest (Fates). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Forrest_(Fates)?file=Foleo_portrait.png
  2. Forrest (Fates)/Supports. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Forrest_(Fates)/Supports

Soleil in Fire Emblem Fates

Soleil is one of the 2nd-generation child units the player can recruit to their army once her father, Laslow, has an S-rank with another female unit in your army.

Soleil’s character development and support conversations in the game have evoked much controversy, such as her support conversations in the original Japanese text of the game with Male Kamui/Corrin (the protagonist). A transcript of the original text is linked here. In it, Soleil, who is known for having crushes on girls, asks the protagonist for help focusing on her work as a mercenary. The protagonist over the course of their relationship slips a magic powder into her drink, causing her to see people as the opposite gender they are, and in their final support conversation, proposes to her. She accepts and says that she loved seeing the protagonist as a girl but she has begun to love him as a boy as well.

Many have taken this to be a problematic portrayal of date-rape and gay conversion therapy, causing the localization team to actually change the in-game support conversations between Soleil and the male protagonist. In the English localization, the male protagonist instead helps Soleil practice not getting as excited around girls by consensually blindfolding her. The transcript of the English localization text can be found here.

This change in text of the situation with Soleil was met with praise as fans appreciated the localization team’s effort with ensuring that this was a consensual process for Soleil. However, it also seems that various parts of her support conversations were altered with other possible male romance options. In all of Soleil’s Japanese S-Rank Support Conversations (generally support conversations that end in romance or marriage of some sort), she ends up becoming lovers with the male characters or marrying them. In the English localization, she only falls in love with Forrest (another 2nd-generation child unit, known to often dress in women’s clothing) and the male protagonist, Kamui/Corrin. She also tends to flirt/hit on other 2nd-generation female child units in her same-sex support conversations (with the exception of her in-game conversations with Nina, as they both fantacize about same-sex romance). In a few of the Japanese translations, she seems a bit more aggressive and suggestive in her pursuit of her fellow 2nd-generation female child units than in the English translations. Here is an example from a support conversation with Sophie where they negotiate the outcomes of a deal:

Japanese Version

  • Sophie: Guh. You really hit where it hurts don’t you…by the way what happens when I win?
  • Soleil: How about I’ll do anything you ask me to?
  • Sophie: That sounds good. What if I lose?
  • Soleil: The same, you do whatever I tell you to do.
  • Sophie……….I have a bad feeling about this.
  • Soleil: I won’t do anything weird to a good friend of mine. Or could it be that you’re scared?

English Version

  • Sophie: Uh, th-that won’t be necessary. Fine, just you then. What happens if I win?
  • Soleil: I will never call you a flower again.
  • Sophie: Sounds good. And if I lose?
  • Soleil: Then you’ll change your name to Flower.
  • Sophie: No way, Soleil.
  • Soleil: Oh, all right. You have to emblazon a tiny flower on your armor.

Outside of support conversations, the character is described as “The Girl Lover” in 4koma’s official artwork of the game (pictured below) and also described with the text, “though she is a girl herself, she is fond of other cute girls, and unabashedly flirts with them”. The game also gives each unit in your army a Personal Skill, and Soleil’s is called Sisterhood (English version)/Girl Lover (Japanese version), a skill that says “If Soleil is the lead unit in an Attack Stance or Guard Stance with a female as her supporting unit, she will deal 2 additional damage and receive 2 less damage.” (found here)

During the Paralogue she is recruited in, in-game text from her father talking with a comrade of his suggests that she is bisexual.

  • Silas: Hmm, Laslow, did your daughter just ask that girl out to gaze at the stars?
  • Laslow: Why, yes! She’s got good taste. In women as well as men—got a problem with that?

It is unclear what Soleil’s exact sexuality is as Japanese text more strongly supports her being bisexual, while both the Japanese and English text support her having a preference towards women. Some fans have argued that she is not bisexual or a lesbian because she is unable to marry/romance any female units in the game, however, all of the in-game text supports otherwise.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (2003):  Florina and Lyndis; Lucius and Raven

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Joshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and SorenJill and Mist

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): HeatherJill and MistKyzaRanulf

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Same-Sex Relationship Hack

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): Forrest; NinaRomance optionsSoleil

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon

Citations:

  1. Ashcraft, B. (2015, July 08). Why Some People Are Calling Fire Emblem Fates ‘Homophobic’. Retrieved from https://kotaku.com/why-some-people-are-calling-fire-emblem-fates-homophobi-1715602826
  2. Bonds, C. (2016, January 20). Fire Emblem: Fates Changes Controversial Support Conversation in Western Regions – News. Retrieved from http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/41814/fire-emblem-fates-changes-controversial-support-conversation-in-western-regions
  3. Bright Smile. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Bright_Smile
  4. Leoppi. (n.d.). Sophie Soleil C-A Support. Retrieved March 8, 2019, from https://pastebin.com/Q60pSnTs
  5. Sisterhood. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Sisterhood
  6. Soleil. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Soleil
  7. Soleil/Mamui Supports. (2015, June 30). Retrieved March 8, 2019, from https://pastebin.com/bgQC0yEa
  8. Soleil/Supports. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Soleil/Supports
  9. Whitaker, J. (2015, July 02). Consent and gay conversion issues in Fire Emblem Fates. Retrieved from https://www.destructoid.com/consent-and-gay-conversion-issues-in-fire-emblem-fates-295164.phtml
  10. Xkan. (2015, December 26). FE Fates: 4Koma Comic & Character Guidebook (Page 138-139) Translation – Soleil. Retrieved from https://kantopia.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/fe-fates-4koma-comic-character-guidebook-page-138-139-translation-soleil/
  11. Xkan. (2016, February 17). Fire Emblem Fates: Soleil’s Localized Support Conversation (FULL). Retrieved from https://kantopia.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/fire-emblem-fates-soleils-localized-support-conversation-full/

Moira O’Deorain

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Moira concept. From “Media – Overwatch,” https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/media/moira-concept. Copyright (2019) by Blizzard Entertainment. Reused under Blizzard’s online content policy.

Moira O’Deorain is one of Overwatch’s playable characters. She is a geneticist, written as a villainous healer to balance out the number of heroic healers. When Overwatch was active, she was a member of its covert ops division, Blackwatch. After Overwatch’s disbandment, she was hired as Minister of Genetics in the city of Oasis. However, much of her work is actually funded by the terrorist organization, Talon, where she has a seat at the inner circle. Moira was conceived as an androgynous character, and is shown in her origin video wearing men’s clothing under her lab coat. Two of her cosmetic skins in the game alter her appearance to look like David Bowie to further emphasize these features.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Tracer/Lena Oxton

Soldier: 76/Jack Morrison

Moira O’Deorain

Citations:

  1. Leri, Michael. (2018). Hammond Is Great but Moira Is Still Overwatch’s Best Post-Launch Hero. Gamerevolution. Retrieved from https://www.gamerevolution.com/features/410521-hammond-is-great-but-moira-is-still-overwatch-best-post-launch-hero.
  2. Marshall, Cass. (2017). Moira hits Overwatch PTR with an array of awesome cosmetics. HeroesNeverDie. Retrieved from https://www.heroesneverdie.com/2017/11/6/16615396/moira-overwatch-ptr-cosmetics-skins-golden-weapon.
  3. Media – Overwatch. (2019). Retrieved from https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/media/moira-concept.
  4. Medievaldragon. (2017). BlizzCon 2017 Overwatch: What’s Next Panel Transcript. Retrieved from http://overwatch.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/blizzcon-2017-overwatch-whats-next-panel-transcript.
  5. Moira (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2019 from the Overwatch Gamepedia: https://overwatch.gamepedia.com/Moira.
  6. PlayOverwatch. (2017, Nov 3). [NEW HERO NOW AVAILABLE] Moira Origin Story | Overwatch [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ETybQd4uRE.

Soldier: 76/Jack Morrison

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Soldier 76 concept. From “Media – Overwatch,” https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/media/soldier-76-concept. Copyright (2019) by Blizzard Entertainment. Reused under Blizzard’s online content policy.

Jack Morrison, or Soldier: 76, is one of Overwatch’s playable characters. He was founder and head of Overwatch during its height, but was presumed dead in a fight with co-founder Gabriel Reyes. Afterwards, he took on the identity of Soldier: 76 to fight off the grid against Overwatch’s previous aggressors. His abilities involve superhuman speed and various stolen Overwatch technology. In the short story Bastet (2019), it was revealed Jack had an ex-boyfriend named Vincent. Michael Chu, Overwatch’s lead writer, later confirmed he is gay.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Tracer/Lena Oxton

Soldier: 76/Jack Morrison

Moira O’Deorain

Citations:

  1. Media – Overwatch. (2019). Retrieved from https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/media/soldier-76-concept.
  2. Oh, Ashley. (2019). Blizzard quietly confirms another LGBTQ Overwatch hero. Polygon. Retrieved from https://www.polygon.com/2019/1/7/18172470/overwatch-soldier-76-gay-bisexual.
  3. Soldier: 76 (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2019 from the Overwatch Gamepedia: https://overwatch.gamepedia.com/Soldier:_76.
  4. Tassi, Paul. (2019). Yes, ‘Overwatch’ Making Both Soldier: 76 And Tracer Gay Is A Big Deal. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2019/01/08/yes-overwatch-making-both-soldier-76-and-tracer-gay-is-a-big-deal/#73a262167008.
  5. westofhouse. (2019, January 7.) Thanks for all the messages about “Bastet”! Jack and Vincent were in a romantic relationship many years ago. Both identify as gay. ❤️. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/westofhouse/status/1082394625837428736

Tracer/Lena Oxton

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Tracer concept. From “Media – Overwatch,” https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/media/tracer-concept. Copyright (2019) by Blizzard Entertainment. Reused under Blizzard’s online content policy.

Lena Oxton, or Tracer, is one of Overwatch’s playable characters. She is often considered the face of the game, and is notable for her apparent peppiness and commitment to doing good. She was an Overwatch recruit at the time of its disbanding. Her abilities involve time manipulation and dual pistols. In the Overwatch comic Reflections (2016), Tracer kisses a girl, Emily, who she lives with. Michael Chu, Overwatch’s lead writer, later confirmed she is a lesbian.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Tracer/Lena Oxton

Soldier: 76/Jack Morrison

Moira O’Deorain

Citations:

  1. Chu, Michael & Montilló, Miki. (2016). Reflections. Retrieved from http://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-us/tracer-reflections.
  2. Frank, Allegra. (2016). Overwatch’s new comic confirms game’s first queer character (update). Polygon. Retrieved from https://www.polygon.com/2016/12/20/14028604/overwatch-gay-tracer.
  3. Media – Overwatch. (2019). Retrieved from https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/media/tracer-concept.
  4. Serrao, Nivea. (2016). Overwatch comic confirms popular character is a lesbian. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved from https://ew.com/gaming/2016/12/21/overwatch-tracer-confirmed-lesbian/.
  5. Tracer (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2019 from the Overwatch Gamepedia:https://overwatch.gamepedia.com/Tracer.
  6. westofhouse. (2016, December 22.) For those who have asked specifically, Tracer identifies as a lesbian. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/westofhouse/status/812110259737137152.

Velvet Crowe in Tales of Berseria

Velvet Crowe is the first woman to solo carry protagonist duties in Bandai Namco’s Tales Series. Unlike previous entries in the series, the protagonist does not receive a romantic narrative. Through in-game events and skits, Velvet shows little to no interest in sex or romance with her only significant relationships being with her childhood friend Niko and enemy-turned-ally Eleanor. With the absence of a reciprocal heterosexual relationship fans speculate this absence as a sign of queerness, an implicit encoding of an asexual, lesbian, or bisexual identity.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Tales of Symphonia: Zelos and Lloyd

Tales of Zestiria: Sorey and Mikleo

Tales of Berseria: Velvet Crowe

Citations:

  1. Various. (2017, April 6). [Berseria][Discussion][Spoiler] Could Velvet be bisexual? Reddit. Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/tales/comments/63qprb/berseriadiscussionspoiler_could_velvet_be_bisexual/
  2. Various. (n.d.). Velvet Crowe (character page). Aselia, the Tales Wiki. Retrieved from https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/aselia/images/e/e1/Velvet_Artwork.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20170226095330
  3. Yuru Media. (2018, August 8). Tumblr. Retrieved from https://yurimedia.tumblr.com/post/176775912190/i-finished-tales-of-berseria-a-while-ago-and-i?is_related_post=1

Evan

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Evan is the prince of Sarona, a kingdom known for its barbaric king and its powerful church. Tako met him in Belys as the prince has fled his country due to the actions of his father. After following and observing Tako for awhile, they make an alliance to go to Sarona’s castle in order to end the war between octopi and humans.

Along the way, Evan confesses to Tako about why he fled the country. He was raised to become a warlord but was more interested in the arts. He fell in love with his art teacher, saying implicitly that he is gay. When his father learned about it, he sentenced the man to death, and killed him in front of his son. Evan was always protected by his older sister, but when she went missing, he fled from Sarona.

Image credit: Submitted by Creator

LGBTQ references in this game:

City of Ydor

Evan

Mermaid

Citations:

Submitted by Creator.