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#1 Posted by JokerTheShining (209 posts) - - Show Bio

I just find it very interesting, especially when it's a character you grew up with, I'm not sure if I ever questioned Zero's or Tails's gender when I was a kid, but maybe I did unconsciously have different expectations from these characters. Is it because making a character sculpted to an ideal, iconic, admiring features often results in making the character looks feminine?

Take mythical beings: angels for an instance, I remember taking mythology courses in school and how when cultures imagine being that symbolizes perfection, the result often is a powerful creature with great strength and a terrifically feminine feature. Has the society unconsciously recognized some sort of unisex ultimate existence for human to admire and look forward to in the future?

Here are characters I know which really made the audience guessed their genders:

Gabriel (Movie: Constantine)

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Angel (Movie: The Prophecy 3)

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Tails (Sonic the Hedge Hog)

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Zero (Mega Man)

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Fisheye (Sailor Moon)

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Mello (Death Note)

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Kazuki Fuuchouin (Get Backers)

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Kurapika (Hunter X Hunter)

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Peppo (Gankutsuou)

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Sesshomaru (Inuyasha)

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What other characters you know can fall into this category?

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#2 Posted by CrimsonCake (2856 posts) - - Show Bio

Tak from Disney's Tarzan.

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#3 Posted by jack16ichigo (521 posts) - - Show Bio

So is tails male or female ? just wondering....

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#4 Posted by Glitch_Spawn (17180 posts) - - Show Bio

Ms. Wardrobe from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

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#5 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (21617 posts) - - Show Bio

You forgot Freiza from Dragon Ball Z.

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#6 Posted by cattlebattle (15644 posts) - - Show Bio

Samus????

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#7 Posted by Blood1991 (8115 posts) - - Show Bio

@jack16ichigo: Male

@cattlebattle: You may want to get your eyes checked

@CrimsonCake said:

Tak from Disney's Tarzan.

Agreed to this day I'm still not sure....

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#8 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (2896 posts) - - Show Bio

Tweety Bird.

PS Gabriel is neither man nor woman which is why they chose to cast a beautiful woman as the role. They even wrapped up her boobs so we couldn't really tell.

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#9 Posted by cattlebattle (15644 posts) - - Show Bio
@Blood1991 said:

@cattlebattle: You may want to get your eyes checked


The first time I played Metroid I had no idea that the character was female......that image is from Brawl which came out a couple of years ago.
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#10 Edited by Blood1991 (8115 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle said:

@Blood1991 said:

@cattlebattle: You may want to get your eyes checked

The first time I played Metroid I had no idea that the character was female......that image is from Brawl which came out a couple of years ago.

Oh ok I thought you meant you still didn't know. I'll give you that orginally I had no idea either. I think it made her a better character in the long run though.

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Tweety Bird.

PS Gabriel is neither man nor woman which is why they chose to cast a beautiful woman as the role. They even wrapped up her boobs so we couldn't really tell.

Tweety is a dude so is Piglet since I'm sure he is going to pop up lol

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#11 Edited by Joewell911 (13991 posts) - - Show Bio

frigging Yoshi, better be a boy, trying to ruin my child hood

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#12 Edited by CODYSF (2240 posts) - - Show Bio

Anime characters always look like flamboyant character most of the time they all look like they shop at LV or Hermes for there clothing,

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#13 Posted by Enemybird (4177 posts) - - Show Bio

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#14 Posted by Deadite (25091 posts) - - Show Bio

Pyro from Team Fortress 2

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Rainbowdash and Braeburn (My Little Pony)

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#15 Posted by Deadcool (6939 posts) - - Show Bio

Tweety, Jerry, Flapjack, Spongebob, Beemo, Schrodinger (Hellsing), Nermal and that is all that comes to my mind.

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#16 Posted by The Stegman (35545 posts) - - Show Bio
 
 
 
Haku from Naruto, yes, he's a boy.
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#17 Posted by jack16ichigo (521 posts) - - Show Bio

@Blood1991:I always lent towards that but still was never sure......

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

You forgot Freiza from Dragon Ball Z.

Defiantly cause of the voice and no obvious physical....parts.... I always though he was a women....

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#18 Edited by superstay (11970 posts) - - Show Bio

@Deadcool: Jerry and Spongebob I know are guys d*_*b

@joewell: He better be a dude d-_-b

@NlGHTCRAWLER: I'm still kind of confused d?_?b

@jack16ichigo: Dude me too dO.Ob

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#19 Posted by Joewell911 (13991 posts) - - Show Bio

nobody gonna give me an anwser

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#20 Posted by Inverno (13756 posts) - - Show Bio

I honestly thought Gatomon from Digimon Adventure 01 was male until this...

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#21 Posted by vance_astro (89963 posts) - - Show Bio
 Guilty Gear-Bridget: Poses as a female because he was born a twin of the same gender and it's bad luck in his village, so his parents raised him as a girl.
 Guilty Gear-Bridget: Poses as a female because he was born a twin of the same gender and it's bad luck in his village, so his parents raised him as a girl.
 Poison Kiss: Final Fight\Street Fighter-Changed into a transsexual because Capcom realized they didn't want to condone hitting women, although Chun-Li and Cammy are in a fighting game and you get to hit them as much as you want.
 Poison Kiss: Final Fight\Street Fighter-Changed into a transsexual because Capcom realized they didn't want to condone hitting women, although Chun-Li and Cammy are in a fighting game and you get to hit them as much as you want.
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#22 Posted by 0n1zuka (3712 posts) - - Show Bio

@joewell: Yoshi's a male.

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#23 Posted by vance_astro (89963 posts) - - Show Bio
@0n1zuka said:

@joewell: Yoshi's a male.

So is Birdo... 
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#24 Posted by KnightRise (4811 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman said:

H

Right?!

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#25 Posted by Joewell911 (13991 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vance Astro said:

@0n1zuka said:

@joewell: Yoshi's a male.

So is Birdo...
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what, how is that a boy?!?!?!

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#26 Posted by 0n1zuka (3712 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vance Astro: Yeah, has Nintendo ever decided on a gender for Birdo? I knew he was male originally but at some point I remember them trying to change it, and heard that Yoshi and Birdo were dating or something.

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#27 Posted by vance_astro (89963 posts) - - Show Bio
@0n1zuka said:

@Vance Astro: Yeah, has Nintendo ever decided on a gender for Birdo? I knew he was male originally but at some point I remember them trying to change it, and heard that Yoshi and Birdo were dating or something.

I just looked it up. Apparently I was wrong. Birdo isn't a male. Ostro is her male counterpart. The two looked so similar that even Nintendo got mixed up. Birdo is in fact a female.
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#28 Posted by Death Certificate (5720 posts) - - Show Bio

@jack16ichigo said:

So is tails male or female ? just wondering....

He's a boy voiced by a girl.

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#29 Edited by God_Spawn (40491 posts) - - Show Bio

Emma Frost.

"Are you sure it was just plastic surgery you got done, Emma?"

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#30 Posted by God_Spawn (40491 posts) - - Show Bio

And Zelos Wilder.

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#31 Posted by ImmortalOne (4064 posts) - - Show Bio

Pokemon, mainly Machamps, Machokes, and Machops.

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#32 Posted by Deadite (25091 posts) - - Show Bio

Len Kagamine. It's a vocaloid.

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#33 Posted by jack16ichigo (521 posts) - - Show Bio

@Death Certificate said:

@jack16ichigo said:

So is tails male or female ? just wondering....

He's a boy voiced by a girl.

That explains everything !

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#34 Posted by MarvelGrey (251 posts) - - Show Bio

@Enemybird said:

Female I knew it from the beginning the chest straps really, and the way her body curves,

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#35 Posted by Static Shock (51476 posts) - - Show Bio

Samus was believed to be male when she was first created. But, when Metroid was beaten and certain conditions were met, she removes her armor, revealing that she's actually a female.

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#36 Posted by Static Shock (51476 posts) - - Show Bio

@Vance Astro: I read that Birdo was a transsexual.

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#37 Posted by 0n1zuka (3712 posts) - - Show Bio

@Static Shock: I've read the same. It's confusing in that both here in the States and also in Japan, Birdo was originally stated to be a male who thought he was a female. I don't know if Nintendo has ever straightened it out.

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#38 Posted by SoA (6234 posts) - - Show Bio
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#39 Posted by SoA (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

@joewell: you know of any other males that lay eggs?

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#40 Posted by Static Shock (51476 posts) - - Show Bio

@0n1zuka: Well, the American sectors of Japanese video game companies (both Capcom and Nintendo, as well as others) have a tendency to rewrite canon when certain games are released here. Street Fighter is a perfect example, as far as Ryu and Ken's fighting style and the names of certain characters.

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#41 Posted by 0n1zuka (3712 posts) - - Show Bio

@Static Shock: That's definitely true. Gouken's back-story is a testament to that.

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#42 Posted by MrDirector786 (43954 posts) - - Show Bio

Lumine from Mega Man X8

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#43 Posted by gunmetalgrey (1999 posts) - - Show Bio

Bottom line is..

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#44 Posted by jack16ichigo (521 posts) - - Show Bio
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#45 Posted by Static Shock (51476 posts) - - Show Bio

I've noticed that Japanese game developers are always the ones that tend to play around with the genders of the characters they create. It's even prevalent in animes, too. Not sure why that is, anyway.

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@Static Shock: That's definitely true. Gouken's back-story is a testament to that.

Exactly. Ansatsuken sounds better than Shotokan Karate.

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#46 Posted by 0n1zuka (3712 posts) - - Show Bio

Honjo Kamatari from Rurouni Kenshin

@Static Shock: It's been so long since I've seen the original name, that I had forgotten all about it. Ansatsuken sounds so much better.

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#47 Posted by ratman19 (550 posts) - - Show Bio

ive noticed that most of the charecters that people said were from anime. that is one of the main reasons why i dont watch anime.

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#48 Posted by jack16ichigo (521 posts) - - Show Bio

@SoA: Mainly because that came out before I was born....

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#49 Posted by Enemybird (4177 posts) - - Show Bio

@MarvelGrey said:

@Enemybird said:

Female I knew it from the beginning the chest straps really, and the way her body curves,

Yeah, but she fits the category...

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#50 Posted by SoA (6234 posts) - - Show Bio

@jack16ichigo: well thanks for making me feel ancient ... lol