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20th May '16 11:09:55 AM MoreFace
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals [[CrossDressingVoices provided by a girl]]), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals [[CrossDressingVoices provided by a girl]]), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) ([[ACupAngst while there]]) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!



** The first images of the "enemy Rockmen" in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX Advent]]'' showed them in armored form, leading many to believe that Atlas (Model F) was a man and Tethys (Model L) was a girl; the names didn't help (Atlas was a Titan, Tethys a Titaness in mythology), and neither did the fact that they were boss-{{exp|y}}ies of Fefnir and Leviathan, also a man and woman, respectively. When the unarmored pictures and gameplay videos came out, Atlas had a visible bust and Tethys sounded like a boy, albeit young. They rapidly became known as "Trap" and "Reverse Trap" in the fanbase. The dub makes Tethys sound older and more boy-like, at least.

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** The first images of the "enemy Rockmen" in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX Advent]]'' showed them in armored form, leading many to believe that Atlas (Model F) was a man boy and Tethys (Model L) was a girl; the names didn't help (Atlas was a Titan, Tethys a Titaness in mythology), and neither did the fact that they were boss-{{exp|y}}ies of Fefnir and Leviathan, also a man and woman, respectively. When the unarmored pictures and gameplay videos came out, Atlas had a visible bust and Tethys sounded like a boy, albeit young. They rapidly became known as "Trap" and "Reverse Trap" in the fanbase. The dub makes Tethys sound older and more boy-like, at least.
20th May '16 11:08:31 AM MoreFace
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals [[CrossDressingVoicesprovided by a girl]]), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals [[CrossDressingVoicesprovided [[CrossDressingVoices provided by a girl]]), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!
20th May '16 11:08:10 AM MoreFace
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals provided by a girl), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals provided [[CrossDressingVoicesprovided by a girl), girl]]), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!
12th May '16 10:20:03 AM Pichu-kun
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** Sheik is definitely a contender for Queen of this trope. WordOfGod has it she's female, but would you know that on your first playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', what with the Nintendo 64's limited graphical horsepower? [[BrokenBase Sheik has single-handedly divided the entire Zelda fanbase on the issue of their gender, and continues to do so today]], even witn WordOfGod consistently calling her female. Of course, this one is interesting because Sheik is actually the (quite obviously female) Zelda- the real issue is "is she disguised as a man, or does she transform into a man?" The (only canon to itself) manga adaptation has implications that she transformed (more like brainwashed, if you pay attention, and Link does make a passing comment that their body is dainty), while ''Super Smash Bros.'' says it was just a disguise and gave their Sheik a GirlinessUpgrade starting with ''Brawl''. What version counts as WordOfGod depends on who you ask.
*** It ''really'' does not help that Ruto actually calls Sheik a man at one point, or that Sheik's concept art looks pretty masculine... Ruto could have mistaken her for a man though and some fans argue Sheik has an athletic female physique. The one time you hear Sheik's voice in the game, it sounds female however it's an easily unnoticeable moment.

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** Sheik is definitely a contender for Queen of this trope. WordOfGod has it she's female, but would you know that on your first playthrough of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', what with the Nintendo 64's limited graphical horsepower? [[BrokenBase Sheik has single-handedly divided the entire Zelda fanbase on the issue of their gender, and continues to do so today]], even witn WordOfGod consistently calling her female. Of course, this one is interesting because Sheik is actually the (quite obviously female) Zelda- the real issue is "is she disguised as a man, or does she transform into a man?" The (only canon to itself) manga adaptation has implications that she transformed (more like brainwashed, if you pay attention, and Link does make a passing comment that their body is dainty), while ''Super Smash Bros.'' says it was just a disguise and gave their Sheik a GirlinessUpgrade starting with ''Brawl''. What version counts as WordOfGod depends on who you ask.
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ask. It ''really'' does not help that Ruto actually calls Sheik a man at one point, or that Sheik's concept art looks pretty masculine... Ruto could have mistaken her for a man though and some fans argue Sheik has an athletic female physique. The one time you hear Sheik's voice in the game, it sounds female however it's an easily unnoticeable moment.


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** The female and male protagonists in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' look quite similar. The male has medium length hair and is younger than Calem or Hilbert, which has caused many to mistake him for a girl.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'':
** Inklings have differences between the male design and female design (for example girls have wider hips and boys wear their tentacles in a ponytail) however many people, especially prior to release, didn't realize boys were a playable option. The boys are young looking and long haired enough to pass as girls to many.
** Spyke is a man but due to his long fingers, long hair, and skinny build he is occasionally mistaken for a woman.
7th May '16 7:23:28 AM RickTommy
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** Dorrie from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' falls under this. Cutesy-looking plesiosaur with a feminine sounding name? Sounds like a girl, right? Nope, Dorrie's a boy. All official descriptions of the character refer Dorrie as a "he".

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** Dorrie from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' falls under this. Cutesy-looking plesiosaur with a feminine sounding name? Sounds like a girl, right? Nope, Dorrie's a boy. All official descriptions of the character character, save for a ''[[VideoGame/MarioParty Mario Party 3]]'' mini-game, refer Dorrie as a "he".
17th Apr '16 12:17:21 PM DeathBySnooSnoo
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** Touhou fangames aren't immune to this either - in fact, ''Riverbed Soul Saver'' takes it UpToEleven with [[http://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_n8dh3xgQdr1rzhd1fo1_1404787677_cover.jpg Tarumi Takenouchi]]. Wears pants, fights in a very masculine stance, has short hair, and is wearing what looks like a men's military uniform - not to mention the giant mechanical fist after going into SuperMode. She's a girl.
15th Apr '16 7:08:46 PM MoreFace
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* ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'': Not so much anymore, but when the series was new, the fact that SamusIsAGirl was a legitimate twist ending. Female PlayerCharacters were nigh-unheard of at the time, she wore a seemingly masculine suit of armor, and some promotional material outright called the character male to preserve the twist. Nowadays, however, her gender is widely known and newer Metroid games don't even try to hide it, with many showing her out of her suit early on, making her face visible through the visor or giving the armor a more feminine design.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'', we have not only the eponymous character (doesn't help that he only speaks in squeals provided by a girl), but also in that game, there's Snips of the {{Terrible Trio}}. Judging by the fact that the game doesn't have any voice acting (aside from the aforementioned squealing), and her curves (while there) aren't noticeable, and her face is a bit fluffy it takes until the other two Trio members refer to her as their "big sister" for many people who've played the game to realize that she's a flat-out girl rather than an effeminate man with a big beard!
* ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'': Not so much anymore, but when the series was new, the fact that SamusIsAGirl was a legitimate twist ending. Female PlayerCharacters were nigh-unheard of at the time, she wore a seemingly masculine suit of armor, and some promotional material outright called the character male (possibly) to preserve the twist. Nowadays, however, her gender is widely known and newer Metroid games don't even try to hide it, with many showing her out of her suit early on, making her face visible through the visor or giving the armor a more feminine design.
1st Apr '16 2:20:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' game ''[[VideoGame/SaGa3 Final Fantasy Legend III]]'', a boss named Matreiya is referred to as "he" but take '''one''' look at the sprite and you'd bet that "he" looks like a "she"! S/he could '''easily''' pass for [[AntonyAndCleopatra Cleopatra]].

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' game ''[[VideoGame/SaGa3 Final Fantasy Legend III]]'', a boss named Matreiya is referred to as "he" but take '''one''' look at the sprite and you'd bet that "he" looks like a "she"! S/he could '''easily''' pass for [[AntonyAndCleopatra Cleopatra]].Cleopatra.
14th Mar '16 12:54:52 PM Pichu-kun
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* Tanaka from ''VisualNovel/LiarLiar'' is a boy but thanks to the cute art-style, and his pink hair, comes off as a tomboyish girl instead.

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** Wakabayashi is a LongHairedPrettyBoy who looks like a pretty girl. The art-style doesn't help.
14th Mar '16 12:41:02 PM Pichu-kun
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** Remember ThatOneBoss duo [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Liza & Tate]]? They're androgynous-looking twin children with long hair, and have feminine and {{Gender Blender Name}}s respectively. Tate is a boy. He was so androgynous one of the English translators for the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga wrote him as Liza's identical twin for quite a while. The remake games make Tate less androgynous.

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** Remember ThatOneBoss duo [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Liza & Tate]]? They're androgynous-looking twin children with long hair, and have feminine and {{Gender Blender Name}}s respectively. Tate is a boy. He was so androgynous one of the English translators for the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' manga wrote him as Liza's identical twin for quite a while. The remake games make Tate less androgynous.



** A lot of people thought Trevor was a girl when revealed, until his name was discovered. Even in the game itself he wavers on the thin line between looking effeminate and being a cute young boy.

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** A lot of people thought Trevor was a girl when revealed, until his name was discovered. Even in the game itself he wavers on the thin line between looking effeminate feminine and being a cute young boy.




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* Tanaka from ''VisualNovel/LiarLiar'' is a boy but thanks to the cute art-style, and his pink hair, comes off as a tomboyish girl instead.
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