The Top 10 Video Game Characters Who Flipped Genders
5. Gracie, Sahara and Blanca, Animal Crossing: City Folk
Source: Nintendo EAD
Speaking of a children's game starring characters whose genders are essentially irrelevant, see if you can figure out why anybody cared or would even notice these three Animal Crossing characters were originally male.
Okay, Gracie we'll give them because otherwise it'd be a screaming queen stereotype, but the rest? Who cares?
4. Serenade.EXE, Mega Man Battle Network 3
Serenade might be the first executable file with a gender in the first place (although we're pretty sure Excel is a dude), but that's a different list. And we can understand the gender confusion because those are some absolutely amazing parachute pants.
Serenade is a secret boss, and depending on whom you ask, Serenade's a he, a she, or a kind of perfect being that doesn't actually have a gender. We're going with a he, because we're pretty sure that the character was designed after MC Hammer.
3. Cupid, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
And we come almost full circle with Cupid in Dragon Quarter. Cupid is one of the Regents, a powerful magic user, he has an invincible monster, and in the Japanese version, he's gay and in a relationship with the leader of the Regents.
Granted, this is six-of-one, half-a-dozen of the other, since Cupid is kind of...girly. So it was either show off Japan's incredibly mature and advanced sensibilities when it comes to homosexuals, or change the character's gender.
Well, at least he wasn't a transvestite to boot.
2. Yuan, Shenmue II
Source: Sega AM2
One thing you've probably noticed on this list, a lot, is that the Japanese really like throwing transvestites into their games. In fact, Japan has a long history of transvestites in their culture, stretching back to its earliest history and transvestite performers are highly respected artists in Japan. Here, the most highly respected transvestite performer is RuPaul, so they have to change things a little bit.
Hence, Yuan, the sidekick and "cuddly little love thing" of key character Dou Niu, is voiced by a male actor in Japan and a female actor in every other localization, pretty much ruining the character nuance.
Hey, we'll take it over switching it out for a Western-style transvestite. If we wanted that, we'd just start watching America's Next Top Model.
1. Poison, Final Fight
There is one thing that never sits well in America, and that's punching women in video games. Unfortunately, the Japanese don't seem to have the same objections, as they literally have games where all you do is run around and beat up women (we're not kidding). So when it came time to bring Final Fight to American shores, they had a problem with Poison, a female character.
This is a problem that could've been fixed just by swapping out the sprite with a male character, which is what they actually did in the SNES version. But no, no, it was much easier to say that instead of beating up a woman, you were beating up a transvestite. Because that's so much better and in no way, shape, or form creepy!
It hasn't hurt her popularity either. Although she's only been in a few games and not even as a playable character most of the time, she's made a big bunch of top 10 lists and everybody still thinks she's hot. Birdo can only look on in jealousy.