Seven Games with Gender Nonconforming Characters

Representation is important. Folks of all genders, sexualities, races, etc. play video games, so it makes sense that all of those types of identities would be showcased in games. However, that isn’t always the case. As a nonbinary person, I have a hard time finding characters that represent me in games, but there are a few. So, here’s seven games that canonically have nonbinary characters.


Undertale


This top-down RPG has a lot of memorable characters, but one of the most iconic is Frisk/Chara, who is the protagonist of the game. Depending on what choices you make throughout the playthrough, your character is either Frisk or Chara, and they canonically have no set gender identity. They’re human, and they’re a kid, and that’s all that matters.


Deltarune


Deltarune is the new, ongoing sequel to Undertale, and creator Toby Fox stuck with nonbinary protagonists in the form of Kris. Kris is similar to both Frisk and Chara in character design and appearance, their nonbinary identity and use of they/them pronouns.


Pokémon Go


Players in Pokémon Go are split up into three teams: Mystic, Valor, and Instinct. Each team has a leader, and the leader of team Mystic is Blanche, an androgynous nonbinary person who prioritizes calmness and analysis, and studies evolution. Initially, they were referred to with no pronouns whatsoever, but more recently, they/them pronouns have been used for Blanche.


Borderlands 3


One of the playable characters in Borderlands 3 is FL4K, who is a humanoid robot. Their character design includes a pin on the collar of their jacket in the colors of the nonbinary flag, showing that they are explicitly designed to be seen as such. There are problems in games with robots and monsters being the only “genderless” characters, but FL4K rules regardless, and the use of the flag shows that this was very intentional representation.


Lifeline


Lifeline is an interactive app where you communicate with the character Taylor, who is a science student whose research mission crashed on an abandoned moon. Through your choices, Taylor can live or die, make it back home or not, and other interesting options. Taylor is never given a specified gender and promotional materials use they/them pronouns for them, which has been understood to indicate that they are a nonbinary character.


Mass Effect


In Mass Effect, there is a race of alien people called the asari. The asari are a mono-gender species, but some asari prefer specific pronouns like she, he, they, etc. As they are an alien species, the fact that they are referred to with feminine terms sometimes is commonly interpreted as a translation convenience.


Apex Legends


One of the base legends in Apex is Bloodhound, a nonbinary hunter that has abilities such as tracking, recon, and traps. Their voice actor, community manager, and narrative director have confirmed that Apex is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.

Some of these examples aren’t the best representation as they’re robots, or their faces or entire bodies are covered, but sometimes, it’s nice just knowing that you aren’t alone when you’re hard at work killing aliens, or fighting a flower, or even just trying to catch a Ditto.


Ollie Plamp is a Champlain College student pursuing creative writing. They play any sort of game from the Sims to Red Dead Redemption 2 to The Untitled Goose Game to Horizon Zero Dawn. They're a cat person, a leggings supremacist, and an honorary southerner.

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