History ViewerGenderConfusion / VideoGames

22nd Apr '17 2:03:37 PM StyxD
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* ''VideoGame/HollowKnight'': Cloth is referred to as male in the character concept description on the game's Kickstarter page, but his gender is not referenced anywhere in the game, and he has a very soft voice for a character his size and build, so most players assume he's female.
26th Mar '17 4:36:57 PM Sonofstranger
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** Robin Newman from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'': his facial structure, hairstyle, short stature, and eyelashes seem to make him out to be a very tomboyish woman trying to make up for her lack of a Y chromosome, despite his [[NoIndoorVoice shout-y]] [[HotBlooded attitude]]; it doesn't help that [[GenderBlenderName Robin is a rather androgynous name]]. It comes to surprise some players when they start referring to him as a man. [[spoiler:Then they get a sarcastic IKnewIt moment when [[UnsettlingGenderReveal it turns out he actually ''is'' a woman]]]].
12th Mar '17 4:14:21 PM NightShade96
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!!Games/game series with their own pages
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* ''ViewerGenderConfusion/{{Pokemon}}''
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5th Mar '17 8:54:37 PM Lemia
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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'':
** Jaehee can be initially mistaken for a guy in the prologue with her short hair and her profile picture being limited to her head. This confusion doesn't last very long, though, as one of the prologue's events has Seven post a photo of her that he claims is the female player character's before Jaehee sets him straight.
** Vanderwood's long hair and feminine-looking face has confused many a player about his gender. It doesn't help that Seven initially claims that he's his maid "Mary Vanderwood the 3rd" or that he still sometimes refers to him with female pronouns even after the reveal that he's actually a secret agent.
** The player character can, on two separate occasions, say that a woman in a photo Seven posted is beautiful only for [[{{Troll}} Seven]] to reveal that the "woman" is [[WholesomeCrossdresser him]]. Even Zen gets fooled by the photo of him in a maid's outfit.
23rd Jan '17 4:09:34 PM Dere
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** This has happened to Tails a few times, even though in the first games in which he speaks, he was actually voiced by a boy. Nowadays, like most very young male characters, he is voiced by a woman though. It's AllThereInTheManual, of course, since his given name is the unambiguously male [[PunnyName Miles Prower]]. It doesn't help any that in the Spanish word for "tail" is feminine. This hit the dub of certain cartoons like a bolide hit Earth 65 million years ago. A large portion of this is due to the {{urban legend|s}} that Tails was originally designed as a girl but was changed at the last minute. Said legend is prevalent both in Japan ''and'' the US, leading to double the confusion. Whether or not it's true has yet to be proven, but most informed fans believe it quite false. If you research his design process, you find that the two-tailed fox design was always male, and that Sonic was always intended to have a sidekick the same gender as him. It REALLY doesn't help that Tails' looks on the title card of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' looks really, really feminine.

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** This has happened to Tails a few times, even though in the first games in which he speaks, he was actually voiced by a boy. Nowadays, like most very young male characters, he is voiced by a woman though. It's AllThereInTheManual, of course, since his given name is the unambiguously male [[PunnyName Miles Prower]]. It doesn't help any that in the Spanish word for "tail" is feminine. This hit the dub of certain cartoons like a bolide hit Earth 65 million years ago. A large portion of this is due to the {{urban legend|s}} that Tails was originally designed as a girl but was changed at the last minute. Said legend is prevalent both in Japan ''and'' the US, leading to double the confusion. Whether or not it's true has yet to be proven, but most informed fans believe it quite false. If you research his design process, you find that the two-tailed fox design was always male, and that Sonic was always intended to have a sidekick the same gender as him. It REALLY doesn't help that Tails' looks on the title card of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' looks really, really feminine. Worse of all, the American box arts of the old games made him look rather feminine in a subversion of AmericanKirbyIsHardcore.
21st Jan '17 11:51:51 PM Rorosilky5
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** [[VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe Taranza]] was subject to this a lot when he was first introduced, particularly because of his hairstyle, though he's now generally accepted as male.

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** [[VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe Taranza]] was subject subjected to this a lot when he was first introduced, particularly because of his hairstyle, though he's now generally accepted as male.


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** Spinni from ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is the most androgynous of the Squeaks, and their gender is only mentioned once in each region, and in differing games at that: Girl in the former game's Japanese manual, Boy in the international version of ''[[VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack Mass Attack]]''.
21st Jan '17 11:03:38 AM PrincessPandaTrope
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** Due to his dreadlocks, Knuckles is often mistaken for a girl.

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** Due to his dreadlocks, dreadlocks and becoming pink in super form, Knuckles is often mistaken for a girl.
3rd Jan '17 4:41:43 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** The Link from ''VideoGame/ALegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' is probably the second most androgynous Link besides the ''BOTW'' version. In his design for the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games he looks even younger due to the [[ArtisticAge art style]] so he doesn't pass for a long haired teenage boy nearly as well.

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** The Link from ''VideoGame/ALegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' is probably the second most androgynous Link besides the ''BOTW'' version. In his design for the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games he looks even younger due to the [[ArtisticAge art style]] so he doesn't pass for a long haired teenage boy nearly as well.
25th Oct '16 12:36:31 AM 134340Goat
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** Also Joshua. Despite his obviously masculine name, he has a very feminine design and is even referred to as "prissy" in the game. Doesn't help that (although it makes no visual difference) some of his best equipment is otherwise female exclusive.
4th Oct '16 10:25:58 AM KiraDoom
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* ''VideoGame/MySims'' has quite a few of these. Take almost any male Cute Sim, for example. There's also a [[{{Goth}} Spooky]] Sim with PeekABangs and an overall androgynous appearance... Nicknamed Goth ''Boy''. He also has a [[CrossdressingVoices female voice]], albeit altered to be deeper and more boyish.
** The PlayerCharacter can be this, if the player wishes. Heck, there aren't even [[PurelyAestheticGender options to choose a gender]] in the first game and ''Party''.
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