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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/

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

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 and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

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

Genocide Jack/Jill and Toko in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Toko Fukawa is a teen trapped inside Hope’s Peak Academy and forced to play the Killing Game. Genocide Jack, a serial killer, is her other personality, as she has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Throughout the game, Toko and Genocide Jack both talk inappropriately about multiple characters, but in Chapter 2, Genocide Jack suggests that Hina and Sakura, two other teens trapped inside Hope’s Peak Academy and forced to play the Killing Game, are into “girl-on-girl action” (found here). In Chapter 4, Toko talks about how “disgusting” she thinks Hina is, leading to what seems like Toko thinking of Hina in a sexual way (found here). Both Toko and Genocide Jack seem to worship one of the male characters named Byakuya Togami as their “master” throughout the game as well, in addition to Genocide Jack only targeting “cute boys”, so it is unknown what Toko and Genocide Jack’s sexual orientations are.

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. Genocide Jack/Jill (n.d.) Danganronpa Wiki. Retrieved from http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/Genocide_Jack
  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. Noire Blue. “Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Walkthrough Part 53 No Commentary.” YouTube, YouTube, 6 Mar. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS0mbF1ThSc&list=PLGKJJhcJXlNw7i05ON_K-zFfvD0zQOboD&index=53
  4. Toko Fukawa (n.d.) Danganronpa Wiki. Retrieved from http://danganronpa.wikia.com/wiki/Toko_Fukawa