GAMING’S LGBT+ ICONS
These characters have helped to destigmatise perceptions and become real champions of representation
the last OF Us Chances are, if Ellie were real and capable of reacting to the concept of being considered an icon of any kind she would be horrified, appalled and not a little uncomfortable with the concept. But that’s part of why she’s so special; she’s a grounded, pragmatic, caring but steely person. She’s a fully rounded character with desire and a rational mind, and that makes her special in the gaming world.
dragon age: INQUISITION Perhaps the thing we love most about Iron Bull is how upfront and self-actualised he is. There’s no great artifice to his character. He knows who he is, he knows what he’s capable of and he knows who he wants to be romantic with. Those are pretty admirable qualities. We also really like Dorian and Sera, but we didn’t want to pack out this section with Inquisition characters.
life Is strange/before the STORM There’s so much going on with Chloe through both of the Life Is Strange stories so far; she goes through the ringer and seems to be really fighting with herself about the person she’s going to be. But that’s what teenage life is like for many of us, and in that respect Chloe’s journey is a universal one of emotions maturing and viewpoint clarifying. It’s just that for Chloe love seems too often tinged with tragedy.
Metal gear solid 2/Metal gear solid 4 LGBT+ characters as villainous figures was something of a trope in games for a while, and on the surface you might think that’s where Vamp falls too with his bisexuality, but we don’t think so. In actual fact, like so many Metal Gear baddies, he’s a rather fun and charismatic figure and his sexual identity is part of confident, aggressive, vampiric persona. He wears it loud and proud and we have to respect that.
Overwatch You might think that there’s no real point to defining sexual identities to the Overwatch roster given its lack of in-game narrative, but here’s the thing: Overwatch’s heroes lived long before the game’s release, existing in fan communities, pondered about and mused on for fan fiction. Having defined lives is actually very impactful, and a lesbian cover star to a major triple-a shooter is nothing to be sniffed at.