10 most controversial unconventional characters in video games
These heroes have long been a taboo topic, and now they are found in all popular franchises. Here are 10 of the best games to play with unusual protagonists. We are sure that you did not know about many!
Even ten or twenty years ago, it was considered wrong to introduce such characters into the plot. Plus, it’s never easy. We have seen more than once how the developers could not emphasize something else to their character besides his sexuality.
However, these heroes are the only exceptions. Thanks to their capable creators, these characters have managed to push the boundaries. Here are the ten best games starring LGBTQ + characters: from a harsh survivor in a world teeming with infected, to the terrifying protagonist of Grand Theft Auto.
Bill (The Last Of Us)
As a stalwart survivor who has to cross several moral barriers, Bill is a prime example of how you can develop an unconventional character without sacrificing his story. After a cordyceps brain infection hit the world, Bill had a partner named Frank, who unfortunately later left him. He also enjoyed collecting magazines from men, although Ellie stole them and read them along the way with Joel.
At the time of the events of the II part of the game Bill’s whereabouts and fate remain unknown. It will be interesting if Naughty Dog decides to release a DLC and gives this character a better farewell.
Tracy (Detroit: Become Human)
“Tracy” is the codename for the advanced sex androids in Detroit: Become Human, specifically the WR400 for women and the HR400 for men. Two robots Tracy, brown-haired and blue-haired, fell in love and planned to escape from the Detroit Eden club.
At some point in the game, Connor, one of the three playable characters, will face these androids fleeing their captivity. but the players decide for themselves whether they want to shoot them or spare the fugitives… The best scenario would be to forgive them, but make your own choice if you want to explore other alternative branches.
Max Caulfield (Life Is Strange)
Not to mention Max Caulfield, the protagonist of the 2015 interactive drama Life Is Strange. She is an ambitious photographer and close friend of Chloe Price, with whom she becomes romantically involved later in the story. The sequel, Before the Storm, more reflects Chloe’s point of view. The games are available for PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Again, it’s up to the players to decide what Max’s love interest is, whether it’s Chloe or Warren Graham, but there is a choice!
Trevor Philips (Grand Theft Auto V)
Trevor Phillips may not be the best example due to his chaotic hellish nature, but deep down he is just a person who wants love and compassion. Ironically, this is what makes him iconic and one of the best unconventional characters Rockstar has ever created.…
Trevor likes both men and women and has almost no moral principles. His shocking values and straightforwardness are what sets the hero apart from the rest.
Overwatch is a game where you can choose one of 30 superheroes and work together in a team of six. One of them – Lena “Tracer” Oxton, the cover girl who has there is a soul mate named Emily, an ordinary person who is not part of Overwatch. This choice of character seriously upset many male fans of the game.
In the story, Overwatch is centered around the eponymous team of superheroes who are trying to put an end to the threats to the peaceful life of all mankind.
Alexios (Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey)
Assassin’s: Creed Odyssey allows players to explore the game with two different characters: Alexios, a man, or Cassandra, a woman. Whichever option the player chooses, he himself chooses the sexuality of his character, and the gender of the protagonist does not limit the possibilities.
According to the plot, Odyssey will send the gamer on a journey, the goal of which is to become a legendary Spartan hero. The player’s choice forms the ending for his character, so every step must be considered, even the choice of sexuality.
Clementine (The Walking Dead)
The four-season post-apocalyptic interactive drama “The Walking Dead” tells the story of Clementine, a brave young girl going through puberty in a world full of the infected. In the final season, Clementine is the 17-year-old leader of Erickson’s troubled youth community.
Again, players must tie Clementine’s fate to Violet, the community member, or Louis. Each choice leads to its own ending, so choose what you think is best. Despite the fact that fans split into two camps in the last season, Clementine still remains a worthy example of a fantastically developed character.
Ciri (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Ciri is the central storyline of the award-winning The Witcher 3. The main character of this saga, Geralt, sets out to find the girl before the Wild Hunt does.
Although her sexuality in play is somewhat vague, in the book version of Ciri, both men and women are liked… She also once said: “I prefer girls” to the Skellig players, proving that she has broad views on this intimate matter.
Ellie Williams (The Last Of Us, Part II & Left Behind)
Ellie is arguably the most recognizable queer character in video game history. As a child, she was involved in an intricate love story with a friend named Riley Abel.
After her, Ellie dated Kat, another Jackson survivor, before settle down with Dina once and for all… These two live on a farm near town, where they become the best gay rancher couple.
Birdo (Super Mario Franchise)
The last and undoubtedly one of the first special characters in history is Birdo from the Super Mario franchise. According to Super Mario Bros. 2, Birdo is a male character who “thinks he is a girl” and would rather be called “Birdetta”.
Public perceptions of Birdo’s sexuality were somewhat mixed. However, it is still worth noting that he / she was one of the earliest representatives of LGBTQ + in video games, which makes this hero so unique.