Category Archives: Gender non-conforming

Queer Game Narrative in Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator is a game that allows the player to customize their own dad character (with trans binder options) and date seven other dads. Because of the game’s premise, many queer relationships are featured in addition to specifically queer characters outside of the dateable dads. The game makes the player select their deceased spouse’s gender, allowing players to customize the sexuality of their player character. The game has multiple endings reliant on completing three dates successfully with a dateable dad of the player’s choice.

A list of characters and their implied or explicit sexualities and gender identities are as follows:

Brian: The player is never informed on if Brian was previously married or who Daisy’s second biological parent is. We also see no canon queer content for Brian outside of interactions with the player character.

Craig: He is formally married to Ashley but outside of interactions with the player, there is no canon queer content for Craig.

Dadsona: The player character specifically receives the option to use a binder, letting the player play as a trans man if they wish. The game also gives the option of choosing the player character’s deceased spouse’s gender, allowing for expression of a gay or bisexual identity.

Damien: The player is never informed on if Damien was previously married or who Lucien’s second biological parent is. Outside of player interactions, there is no canon queer (in regards to sexuality) content for Damien, but during the first date with Damien (found here at around 9:00), Damien mentions having binders in his closet. In a tweet from one of the co-creators, Leighton Gray, Damien is also confirmed to be trans.

Hugo: In Hugo’s DadBook profile, he says that he is turned on by muscles and we also find out that he has an ex-partner who he refers to as “the cool weekend dad” when talking about his son, Earnest and his past. This suggests that he is at least explicitly gay, possibly implicitly bisexual depending on his past before his most recent ex-partner.

Joseph: Through playing the story, we find out that Joseph has cheated on Mary before with Robert. We’re also shown that Joseph’s relationship is on the rocks and many have speculated whether Joseph is gay, bi, or queer in some way, such as in this reddit thread.

Mat: The player is informed that Mat was formerly married to a woman named Rosa before she died, but other than from player interactions, there’s no canon queer content for Mat.

Pablo: This character shows up multiple times as you’re dating Mat and seems to go by he/him pronouns but dresses in a gender non-conforming way.

Robert: We are told that he was formerly married to a woman named Marilyn but that she is deceased. In the game he offers to hook up with the player character before the character is able to date anyone and he is also known to have hooked up with Joseph. This suggests that he is explicitly bisexual.

Val: Through Robert’s story, you can meet Val, his estranged daughter, who mentions her girlfriend while talking to Amanda (found here at around 1:00:57), suggesting that she is explicitly lesbian.

A big controversy that relates to the difficulty in labeling these characters’ sexualities is that the game never explicitly uses labels or terminology. In an interview by Mic with both of the game’s co-creators, these things were said:

“The driving force of writing this game was that we didn’t want any of the paths to explicitly be about the dads’ sexualities.”

“A lot of people have said that this game fails to engage with queer culture in a meaningful way, and I absolutely understand that criticism,” Gray said over the phone. “But also, we didn’t want any of the [character arcs] to explicitly be about the dads’ sexualities. I think we already have a lot of media that spends a lot of time talking about those kinds of feelings and navigating coming out and grappling with your sexuality. I think those narratives are important, for sure, but I just want to fast-forward to the part where we can have stories about queer characters that are not explicitly about them being queer.”

This leaves many of the characters’ sexualities up for speculation, but for the purposes of the Archive, they are categorized on here as described in the list above.

LGBTQ References in this game:

Queer Game Narrative in Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

Citations:

  1. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Daddy:_A_Dad_Dating_Simulator
  2. Frank, A. (2017, July 17). Dream Daddy Simulator’s last-minute delay causes a stir. Retrieved from https://www.polygon.com/2017/7/17/15973206/dream-daddy-simulator-release-date-pc
  3. Graylish. (2017, July 21). yes! [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/graylish/status/888316619168006144
  4. Ladypocky. (2017, July 29). R/DreamDaddy – “Joseph will always stay Married to Mary.” Joseph’s romance path is apparently a moral lesson? Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/DreamDaddy/comments/6q916a/joseph_will_always_stay_married_to_mary_josephs/
  5. Mulkerin, T. (2017, July 28). ‘Dream Daddy,’ the gayest game of the year, never uses the word “gay.” Let’s talk about that. Retrieved from https://mic.com/articles/182198/dream-daddy-the-gayest-game-of-the-year-never-uses-the-word-gay-lets-talk-about-that#.wsvXRXvYQ
  6. Wolftooth. (2017, July 22). Dream Daddy A Dad Dating Simulator All Robert Small dates rank S & Good Ending. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awUVKEgeA1I
  7. Wolftooth. (2017, July 23). Dream Daddy A Dad Dating Simulator All Damien Bloodmarch dates rank S & Good Ending. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeI5tKfZ2A0

Queer Game Narrative in The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories

Screen Capture taken from the game

In The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories, a story about two college students in a budding queer romance is told, focusing on one of the two characters and her trans storyline. The game’s story takes place inside of a dream (players find this out at the end of the game) had by the protagonist, Jamie Jackson Macfield, an amab trans woman who goes by J.J. for short. J.J. is dreaming after a suicide attempt that is set in motion after her mother finds women’s clothing in her closet at home and takes her to a counseling session to “fix” her.

The dream had by J.J. slowly reveals this story to the player in the form of texts with various characters and phone calls with the Emily, J.J.’s best friend and lover, inside J.J.’s dream. Through the texts, the player also talks to characters such as a nonconformist musician named Abby who talks about high school bullies calling her friend, Sherrie, a lesbian. It isn’t until the very end of the game however that we see J.J. wake up from her dream in the school, being attended to by paramedics. We see in this scene that J.J. is amab and that she has “found what she was looking for”.

An article by Julie Muncy from The Verge says this about the game and its queer narrative:

In reality, The Missing is a stunning queer narrative about the brutality of trying to become who you are, and an argument for why painful, violent stories about queer existence matter. I expected an off-beat romp; I found a broken mirror, instead.

Also, in an interview by Rely on Horror with SWERY, the following exchange occurred about SWERY’s comments on who the game is specifically for:

Rely on Horror: On your Twitter you mentioned that The MISSING is a story for everyone yet the narrative of THE MISSING explores queer and transgender identities as the core experience of the story.

SWERY: The MISSING is J.J.’s personal story, but at the same time, I wanted this game to be something that everyone could relate to on their own. This title is not aimed *at* any specific group of people–it is *for* everyone. I believe that all people are in some ways a minority, and at the same time, in other ways, a majority.

This is because perspectives and positions vary from person to person, and everyone has something they are dealing with.

As previously mentioned, “this game was made with the belief that nobody is wrong for what they are.” This game is rooted in this central message.

LGBTQ References in this game:

Queer Game Narrative in The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories

Citations:

  1. Alexandra, H. (2018, October 16). The Missing Gets Queer Love Stories Right. Retrieved from https://kotaku.com/the-missing-gets-queer-love-stories-right-1829784922
  2. Hashimoto, K. (2018, November 05). Interview: SWERY on The MISSING of J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories. Retrieved from https://www.relyonhorror.com/in-depth/interviews/interview-swery-on-the-missing-of-j-j-macfield-and-the-island-of-memories/
  3. Muncy, J. (2018, November 08). This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart. Retrieved from https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18073332/swery-the-missing-jj-island-memories-queer-horror-game
  4. Swery65. (2018, October 16). Thank you for understanding The MISSING deeply. This is why I made This game. However, I didn’t make “The MISSING” for ONLY certain people. This story is kind of journey for everyone. Even for me. Everyone is majority, also Everyone is minority. We can accept for ourselves. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Swery65/status/1052375485739458560
  5. The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories. (2019, March 13). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Missing:_J.J._Macfield_and_the_Island_of_Memories
  6. White Owls Inc. (2018). The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories [Video Game]. Japan: Arc System Works.

Forrest in Fire Emblem Fates

Image credit: https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Forrest_(Fates)?file=Foleo_portrait.png

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

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.

City of Ydor

Image credit: https://twitter..com/Jed05/status/1059152596064030720

Image credit: Submitted by Creator

The second great human country, Ydor, is the kingdom of art. Much more open minded than its neighbor Sarona, you can see openly gay couples, statues of naked men, and drag queens.

There is a steam achievement when playing this game called, “This is my hair, I don’t wear wigs,” that you can unlock if you speak to the drag queen wearing the wig hat, which is a reference to an Alaska Thunderfuck song.

LGBTQ references in this game:

City of Ydor

Evan

Mermaid

Citations:

  1. Jed05. (2018, November 18). Not only is Mr. Tako hella cute, but also has drag queens and married lesbians. <3 #SaveMeMrTako #NintendoSwitch [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Jed05/status/1059152596064030720
  2. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://alaskathunderfuck.com/
  3. Submitted by Creator.

Monokuma in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Monokuma is a stuffed robotic bear, the self-proclaimed Headmaster of Hope’s Peak Academy, and the instigator of the Killing Game. In Chapter 5 of the game, there is a scene where Monokuma says the quote, “But in the bear kingdom, there IS no male or female!” but Makoto quickly turns Monokuma down by saying that there are male and female bears (found here).

LGBTQ References in this series:

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (2010): Chihiro; Genocide Jack/Jill and Toko; Hifumi’s Ending; Mondo and Taka; Monokuma; School Mode

Citations:

  1. Monokuma (n.d.) Danganronpa Wiki. Retrieved from http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/Monokuma
  2. Noire Blue. “Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Walkthrough Part 68 No Commentary.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Mar. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBqJXLqYY6U&list=PLGKJJhcJXlNw7i05ON_K-zFfvD0zQOboD&index=68

 

Chihiro in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Chihiro Fujisaki is one of the teens trapped inside Hope’s Peak Academy and forced to play the Killing Game. In the second chapter of the game, it is revealed that Chihiro is biologically male and dresses as a girl to deal with an inferiority complex. Chihiro was bullied as a child and told that he was weak for a man, resulting in him deciding to dress up as a girl as a way to be socially accepted as “weak”.

Many fans have speculated whether Chihiro is a trans character or not, but canonically, it seems that Chihiro identifies with the gender he was assigned at birth according to a conversation Chihiro has with Makoto during “School Mode” (found here). During the second chapter of the game, there are trans shock “she was a he?!” tropes played up as the rest of the cast find out about Chihiro’s secret (found here).

LGBTQ References in this series:

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (2010): Chihiro; Genocide Jack/Jill and Toko; Hifumi’s Ending; Mondo and Taka; Monokuma; School Mode

Citations:

  1. Chihiro (n.d.) Danganronpa Wiki. Retrieved from http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/Chihiro_Fujisaki
  2. Noire Blue. “Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Walkthrough Part 30 No Commentary.” YouTube, YouTube, 27 Feb. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh1JxXCMTis&index=30&list=PLGKJJhcJXlNw7i05ON_K-zFfvD0zQOboD
  3. RustyXIV. “Dangan Ronpa: Chihiro Fujisaki’s School Mode Ending.” YouTube, YouTube, 17 Feb. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfBE6ixdoOI