Originally posted on November 14, 2023
As we delve into the captivating world of gaming, it's impossible to overlook the increasingly prominent role of non-binary characters. These characters not only challenge traditional narratives but also offer players a glimpse into diverse experiences and identities. In this article, we're shining a spotlight on some of the most compelling non-binary characters in video games. From the heartfelt journey of Fang in 'Goodbye Volcano High' to the enigmatic allure of Bloodhound in 'Apex Legends', join us as we explore how these characters are redefining the gaming landscape
Fang from Goodbye Volcano High
Goodbye Volcano High is a narrative adventure game by KO_OO and set in a world where there are anthropomorphic dinosaurs and impending extinction from an asteroid sets the stage for senior year at Volcano High. Recently nominated for the Game Awards, the story focuses on Fang, a non-binary pterodactyl whose aspirations to be a musician after graduation comes to terms with who they are and the relationships they have. Goodbye Volcano High shows how family, friends, and even romanceable partners adjust to their recent transition while also dealing with graduation in the middle of a crisis.
Bloodhound from Apex Legends
When Apex Legends first launched in 2019 it took the gaming scene by storm. Set in the world of the Titanfall series, Apex Legends creates a different experience in a Battle Royale with introducing Legends. Since launch, 25 legends have entered the arena and each has a unique backstory, theme, and personality that makes players connect to them. But one legend in particular was always a mystery until 2020 when developers and writers of Bloodhound revealed that the character is nonbinary and has always been nonbinary. A recon focused Legend that’s great at tracking enemy steps, Bloodhound is a common Legend seen in games, competition, and a focus in many of the game’s story event trailers.
Testament from Guilty Gear Strive
Guilty Gear Strive is the latest instalment in the Guilty Gear Series and has brought new and iconic characters to the game. Some of these iconic characters come with more than just a new look. Testament was originally revealed as a boss character in the first Guilty Gear and was an androgynous male Gear under Justice during the main story’s events. In Guilty Gear +R, Testament was still known as a male Gear released from Justice’s control and being a mentor to a younger Gear named Dizzy. Testament then made their return with a new look and gameplay. Daisuke Isiwatari, the series lead developer, confirmed that Testament is nonbinary and living with the old couple who first took care of Dizzy.
Kris from Deltarune
After Undertale’s success, Deltarune was released in 2018 and is a role-playing game with two chapters currently released. While bearing some similarities from Undertale’s narrative, Deltarune is an entirely separate game with combat being more similar to your classic turn action based gameplay. The main protagonist is Kris, a human teenager who was adopted at a young age by Dreemurrs (goat-like monsters). One day when working on a class assignment with another classmate, they’re transported to another world where they learn of a dark prophecy and have to save the world. Deltarune’s characters refer Kris as they/them and unlike Undertale, where players were able to name their character and actually left to player interpretation, Kris is specifically created for Deltarune.
You can play the first two chapters of Deltarune on PC, Playstation, and Switch.
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