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Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Deck the Maniac on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:19 pm

http://www.themarysue.com/metroids-samus-aran-transgender-woman/



Representation for transgender people is equally tough to find in gaming. Both Dangonronpa and Persona 4 managed to blunder transgender representation. One of the most famous transgender video game characters, Poison from Final Fight, is empowered but blatantly oversexualized. Characters and stories like this reinforce the harmful idea that transgender women only have societal value in their sex appeal.


That’s why I’m thrilled to tell you that one of the most famous women in videogame history happens to also be a transgender woman! It’s none other that Nintendo’s Samus Aran!
It’s true! In 1994, the writers of the official Japanese Super Metroid strategy guide asked Metroid’s developers if they could share any secrets about the intergalactic bounty hunter. Hirofumi Matsuoka, who helped work on the original design for Samus Aran, claimed that she “wasn’t a woman,” but instead, “ニューハーフ,” or “newhalf.” This language has its own issues, but terminology used for gender in the early 90s was as different in Japan as it was in the West.


There has been some debate asking if the comment was in jest or genuine. Some have compared Matsuoka’s use of “newhalf” to the offensive Western term “shemale.” It’s possible to interpret this as an ugly joke about Samus’s traditionally masculine appearance, as illustrated in the 80s by Nintendo Power, where she is said to be six foot three and 198 pounds.


People have mistaken her for a boy in the past but I think that's partly because it was never clear she was a female because of her suit. I did this before too.

However, perhaps in the beginning the creator's never really knew if the character "Samus Aran" was going to be a male or female.

But even if she is it makes no difference to me. I am accepting of transgendered people just as I am with gays or lesbians.
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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Jingle Guy on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:26 pm

In the past I also thought Samus was a male. I just think people need something to talk about with no new main Metroid coming and it's pretty clear she is female if you played the whole Metroid series.


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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Winters Thief Zero on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:29 pm

Honestly the way it's described makes it sound like either a joke about her masculinity, or that's she's intersex, not transgender.

But either way, I really don't care, I mean it doesn't make her any less of a woman, and she's a video game character, so what does it matter anyway? I have plenty of trans friends so obviously I support them, hence why I feel this doesn't even really need to be pointed out, whether it's true or not...


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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Deck the Maniac on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:35 pm

You're completely right, Raz. This is just a video game character.

If it were a real person I'd feel differently.

I only shared this because I thought it was interesting this even became a thought. Gameguy told me about it in the chat and that people were making a fuss about it on Twitter.

It's apparently one of the trending topics there. lol
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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Winters Thief Zero on Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:51 pm

^ I mean I wouldn't care even if it was a real person, but being a video game character gives me even less reason to care. And I wasn't saying you shouldn't have posted this or anything, I'm just confused as to why people make such a big deal out of things like this. They never confirmed it, and being transgender is a normal thing. Not to mention it's a fictional character. I don't get why so many people are talking about it.



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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Deck the Maniac on Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:14 pm

You say you support friends that are transgendered...but then say you wouldn't care if it was a real person?

I'm confused by this. What do you mean?
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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by DeriTheGiftWrappedFairy on Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:54 pm

I mistook Samus as male for a long time before. I never knew she was transgendered before or if this is confirmed. I wouldn't mind at all if this was confirmed, I don't see what's wrong at all with transgender. As Zero said she isn't any less of a woman because of it.

I'm don't think it needs to be brought up in the next Metroid story or future ones but maybe they can do something interesting with it.


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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by The Shattered Legacy on Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:35 am

Do we have a verified source on the interview?
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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Luma Party on Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:06 am

Delirious Emperor wrote:Do we have a verified source on the interview?
^This.

Nintendo always praised and talked about how Samus being a female character, helped the video game community.
It makes no difference to me, but I find this hard to believe.


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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Winters Thief Zero on Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:10 pm

Happy Massacre wrote:You say you support friends that are transgendered...but then say you wouldn't care if it was a real person?

I'm confused by this. What do you mean?
Oh, I can see how that would cause confusion. I mean that I wouldn't care as in it doesn't matter to me that they're transgender, they're still a person, and if this is true Samus is still a woman. That's why I don't see why this matters, it's not like it's changing her character.

And yeah I'm still not buying that this is real, but who knows. It just hasn't been confirmed.


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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Nozomi on Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:05 am

The article was written by Brianna Wu, one of the most obnoixous trans feminist social justice warrior on the face of the planet. Please take this "news" with a grain of salt as it is mostly clickbait pro-feminist bulls**t.

https://twitter.com/TheMarySue/status/638787732739915776

Hilarious backlash:

https://archive.is/0Xmwv

The conversation that she supposedly took the source from was posted on 8chan and it included nothing about Samus being a tranny, but rather about her racial status being "half-human, half-Chozo." So yeah, this didn't happen. It's just more anti-GamerGate propaganda.
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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Winters Thief Zero on Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:14 pm

^ Hm, that definitely does make me less inclined to believe this. (not that I really did in the first place) But even if this was legitimate news, I don't really see why it would change what we think of her. She's still the same character either way.


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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Nozomi on Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:39 pm

I'm just merely stating facts. Unless Nintendo officially states that CLEARLY she is transgendered then okay, but this is just coming from a crackpot feminist trans. She constantly posts articles about the patriarchy and the evils of the male gender. I would not give her the benefit of a doubt here.
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Re: Samus Aran Is Transgendered

Post by Deck the Maniac on Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:50 pm

@Nozomi wrote:the evils of the male gender.
Y-yeah...males are evil, filthy, disgusting creatures...

W-we both...know this better than a-anyone. :-3

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