Category Archives: Queer Men

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

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.

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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.

Lewis Finch in What Remains of Edith Finch

Lewis Finch was the firstborn and the first son of Sanjay Kumar and Dawn Finch, and the older brother of Milton and Edith. One month before his 22nd birthday, Lewis died by committing suicide from putting his head into an automated guillotine at the fish cannery he worked at after months of struggling with a mental disorder.

During a scene in the game where his psychiatrist tells Dawn in a letter about his mental disorder, the player sails a ship and has two routes as options to sail down. One reads “Beautiful Prince” and the other reads “Handsome Queen”. Depending on which path the player takes, Lewis imagines being crowned by either, and the game refers to them as his prince/queen, inferring that this prince/queen is a possible love interest for Lewis (found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcxXA4lWOc).

LGBTQ References in this game:

Lewis Finch

Citations:

  1. Lewis Finch. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://what-remains-of-edith-finch.fandom.com/wiki/Lewis_Finch
  2. Messofanego. “What Remains Of Edith Finch – Lewis (Male Romance).” YouTube, YouTube, 26 Apr. 2017, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcxXA4lWOc

Mondo and Taka in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Mondo Owada and Kiyotaka (Taka) Ishimaru are two teens trapped inside Hope’s Peak Academy and forced to play the Killing Game. There is a scene in the second chapter of the game where Mondo and Taka compete with each other by seeing who can bare the heat the longest in the sauna. Upon waking up the next morning, the player character, Makoto Naegi, finds that Mondo and Taka have grown especially close because of their newfound “manly bond” (found here and here).

Some fans have queerly read this as the two characters engaging in gay/queer activity of some kind.

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. Kiyotaka (Taka) Ishimaru and Mondo Owada (n.d.) Danganronpa Wiki. Retrieved from http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/Mondo_Owada
  2. Noire Blue. “Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Walkthrough Part 21 No Commentary.” YouTube, YouTube, 24 Feb. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkyDsmrMQNA&index=21&list=PLGKJJhcJXlNw7i05ON_K-zFfvD0zQOboD
  3. Noire Blue. “Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Walkthrough Part 22 No Commentary.” YouTube, YouTube, 24 Feb. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXrco6YD3po&list=PLGKJJhcJXlNw7i05ON_K-zFfvD0zQOboD&index=22