Category Archives: Characters

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.

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.

Jill and Mist in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Image Credit: Jill and Mist A Support Conversation (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ

Jill and Mist are two characters from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Both characters are given possible supports with men that are romantic in nature, as one person who emailed us pointed out, but during their A-rank conversation (the usual max of support conversation ranks for non-romantic relationships), the two exchange dialogue that could be perceived as a potential WLW relationship (found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ):

“Mist… You make all of my worries go away when you’re near me… The world is hard. Hard and cold and… terrible. Even so, you make me… You make me want to keep going.”

As the person who emailed us also mentioned, it’s worth noting that it’s possible for Jill to defect to the enemy forces to join her father if she speaks to him in one chapter; however, this defection won’t be possible if she’s had her A rank support with Mist (or reached a B rank support with Lethe in which she is taught the history of oppression of laguz people by the Daein army her father fights for). Additionally, the sequel expands a previously mostly-unused mechanic called Support Bonds, which act as a pre-existing relationship between characters. Generally speaking, characters will have 10% support bonds with family, and 5% with people they are otherwise close to. One of Mist’s three 5% supports is Jill.

In the sequel to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, in Chapter 3-7, Jill does not attack Haar (her possible romance in the game), but also will not attack Mist if their A-rank Support is imported and vice-versa.

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. Jill and Mist A Support Conversation (n.d.). YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ.
  2. Shadowofchaos725. (2010, July 04). Fire Emblem Path of Radiance: Mist and Jill Support Conversations. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NMRWU9EVQ