Top 10 LGBT Characters in Video Games
Yeah, it’s pretty obvious where the inspiration for this came from. The media in general, but especially gaming, has been marketed and portrayed as a testosterone-fueled, male-dominated entity with little room for diversity.
However, there are many characters within gaming that fall under the “LGBT” banner, so I thought it’d be cool to give that side of gaming some attention and show that everyone can find someone relatable in a well-crafted narrative.
Keep in mind that I’m not choosing characters like Shepard or The Inquisitor, as the player’s input affects their “tastes,” if you will. It’s cool to have the option, but it’s an option. I’m talking about characters that are set in stone as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, asexual, etc. As always, these are my personal favorites, though I tried to neglect those that I don’t feel are at least good characters. So yeah, let’s get on with it (also, I may do this for other mediums if enough people enjoy this one, just too much to cram into one list):
10. Juhani (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
Knights of the Old Republic is one of my favorite games ever, partly because of its amazingly well realized characters. Though she’s not my favorite, the lesbian cat alien thing Juhani is pretty awesome. A Jedi Knight who grew up in slavery and poverty and fell to the dark side on multiple occasions. Her unwavering loyalty to her comrades helped her clear her mind and become a sub-standard ally in the war against Darth Malak.
Her backstory is the interesting part about her. Sold into slavery as a child, found by the order, always fighting a temper that she used to hide her frailty, thinking she’d even struck down her Jedi Master in battle and nearly losing her mind, it’s pretty compelling stuff. Also (spoilers!), you can just straight up kill her when you first meet her, causing her lover to seek murderous vengeance against you later in the game.