The newest entry in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video series has arrived, focusing this time on the Ms. Male Character trope. Worth noting is that this video, despite being the fifth in the series, is actually only the second episode from Anita’s original list of planned topics.
This trope hits home for me as a big fan of characters like Pretty Bomber, Dixie Kong, and Amy Rose. These characters have, of course, come into their own over time (with Dixie taking the starring role in Donkey Kong Country 3, and Amy Rose having taken major roles in many Sonic titles) but it’s still worth noting how problematic their initial conceptions were.
Also very interesting is how the use of supposed ‘feminine’ signifiers affects the portrayal of trans and gay characters in video games.
What do you think about the Ms. Male Character trope? Let us know in the comments!