Preferred Gender Tropes

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Have you ever noticed if the gender of the protagonist effects the game? Perhaps one gender has better stats or different powers or something as simple as clothing options?


Many games, particularly RPGs, allow the player to choose between playing a male or a female protagonist. While most games tend not to have much of a difference between the genders, there are some games that can be skewed to favor one over the other.

One of the most notable examples that I’ve heard of Harvest Moon 3. While I’ve never played the game myself, I have heard that the game is cut short as soon as you marry while playing as a female. While, as a male, you get married and can continue working on your farm, as well as get a child. Granted, each gender had different perks — males tended to be better with the farmland, while females were better with the animals — but why would the game just end if you get married as a female?

Different stats in games, such as the Fire Emblem franchise, favor one gender over the other as well. Males tend to have higher strength and defense while females are better with magic and speed. In many Fire Emblem games, some character classes are restricted as well — only males can be fighters while females can be pegasus knights, for example. One of my favorite aspects of the Fates trio is that these class restrictions were lifted, and I was disappointed when Echoes brought them back.

In hindsight, being a remake, Echoes probably brought the class restrictions back in order to be as faithful as it could to the original. With that said, though, I do wish it was updated to not only lift those restrictions, but also lift the healer restrictions. In the very beginning of the game, if you are following Alm’s story and have Faye with you, she has one less class promotion available than the boys. Archer is not available for her, yet when she was introduced to the Fire Emblem Heroes mobile game, archer is her class rather than cleric.

If the female gender is favored over the male, it tends to be for aesthetic reasons. In Pokemon X and Y, the female character has almost double the amount of clothing and hair options. The Sims franchise also tended to have gender options based on aesthetics only — with jobs and skill building being exactly the same across the board — but Sims 4 took this a step forward to allow transgender sims and lift the gender restrictions on all the clothing and hair options.

Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of Stardew Valley is how absolutely little your gender matters. No NPCs treat your character differently no matter what gender they are and your skills do not depend on your gender. You can also marry whatever eligible NPC you want, no matter the gender.

Any games that you’ve played that tend to favor one gender over another?

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Are You a Boy or a Girl?

Double Jump Kris MiiThe title of this post comes from the famous Professor Oak of the Pokemon series, which I’m sure most of you know.

On that note, this post has nothing to do with Pokemon. Rather, it’s going to be about the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a certain debate that keeps stirring around it…

Did everyone see E3? I didn’t.

What I did see, however, was all the related posts, tweets, articles, what-have-you about the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that will be released with Nintendo’s new NX next year.

(It’s about time, too, Nintendo. How long have we been waiting for this?)

It looks utterly gorgeous, and I cannot tell you how excited I am about the open world. Exploration is one of my favorite aspects in a game, so seeing how huge and breathtaking Breath of the Wild looks is so exciting!

One of the major topics about Breath of the Wild that I’ve been seeing around, however, was the idea of playing as a female protagonist. Nintendo nixed that thought rather quickly. I certainly don’t mind still playing as a male Link, but the idea of a female Link or protagonist wouldn’t be something that I opposed. The reasons as to why Nintendo said, “Nah,” to a female hero, though, were making me scratch my head in confusion.

A reason as to why they weren’t making Link female in Breath of the Wild was because, hey, if they were going to have a female protagonist, it should be Zelda. But if Zelda was the main character, then Link apparently had nothing to do.

Um, why can’t Link be on his own quest? Why can’t he be the partner character? Why does he need to do something other than chill out and take a break?

What does Zelda do while Link’s adventuring, anyway? She almost always has her own agenda going on while Link is collecting medallions, spirit tears, and ancient tablets, and it wouldn’t be too far-fetched of an idea of Link to be completing his own half of whatever quest is needed in order to protect the Triforce once again.

I also don’t see the problem with just having a female Link. They have the design from Hyrule Warriors in the character Linkle, and I think it would be pretty cool to have a pair of ladies kick ass in order to protect Hyrule. The core characters that hold the pieces of the Triforce are, essentially, reincarnations of the same spirits being reborn through the ages. Statistically speaking, there’s bound to be a female Link at some point. For even more gender equality, I’m cool with a female Ganondorf and male Zelda too! It’s not as if Courage and Power are strictly for males and Wisdom is for women, right?

What do you think? Having a female Link star in a Legend of Zelda game may not be a necessity for the series, but I wouldn’t oppose it if Nintendo decided to make that interesting twist.