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Video Game Challenge Day 5: Favorite character of other/no gender

“Favorite character of non-binary or player-defined gender”

This is where gender-selectable RPG protagonists go, and Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening would hardly be a bad choice, but I’ve got someone else in mind. And no, it’s not Subaru either.

In this case, I’m going with a classic character who’s been in a lot of games. Originally a sidekick, but also the star of their own series. Sometimes called “he” but lays eggs. Also sometimes paired up with an even earlier character who was the first transsexual character in video game history.

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Subaru Kujou

Yesterday, I said I couldn’t think of a good example of a definitively genderless human character in anime. But I can easily name one from an anime-style video game: Subaru Kujou from Sakura Taisen V, also known as Sakura Wars: So Long My Love.

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Subaru actually outright says that gender isn’t important and certainly seems to be portrayed as not wanting to identify as either male or female.

Subaru’s physical sex is never really made clear, but it’s implied to be something other than ‘typical’ female a few times. Subaru alludes to having a reason beyond shyness for not joining the others (women) in the bath, won’t change clothes in front of anyone, and even seems to be immune to one villain’s power that only works on women.

Anime Challenge Bonus: Genderless Characters

There are two pairs in the challenge where one calls for a male character and the other for a female character. Okay, that’s gender-balanced, but what about characters who don’t fall into either category? Now, I’ve noticed that my choices have already been leaning a little toward the androgynous anyway, but some of these are really outside the gender binary for one reason or another. I don’t think I can avoid referring to these characters with gendered pronouns, though.

And this is going to be a long one because I’m naming multiple characters.

Unfortunately, I think my very favorite character out of ones that can be called genderless is one that I easily could just get away with calling male.

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Piccolo. Piccolo Jr., technically. Piccolo actually was one of the ones  I considered as a possibility for my favorite male supporting character, but he’s actually from a species that doesn’t have either sex or gender. All Namekians look and sound more masculine than feminine by human standards, but they don’t seem to really have gender themselves, though there’s never any focus on this either.

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