Of Effiminate, Emo Men and Macho Girls in Final Fantasy Games

I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed that the Final Fantasy games of recent memory (starting from VII, discounting XI and X-2) tend to use slightly effeminate, if not emo-looking men as main protaganists.

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But with the latest iteration in the series, Final Fantasy has somewhat of a manly looking woman as the lead and with a  little beat more muscle, she would look as if she eats effeminate men like Vaan (FF XII) for breakfast. Even the name, Lightning, sounds macho.

A tomboy as the lead for a change? That’s pretty cool in my books. Trust Japan to come up with this kind of role reversal to spit at traditional Western RPG stereotypes. What do you think?

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  1. IMCurtain.com January 5, 2010

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    I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed that the Final Fantasy games of recent memory (starting from VII, discounting XI and X-2) tend to use slightly effeminate, if not emo-looking men as main protaganists….

  2. Michelle January 6, 2010

    Personally, I am just happy to have another female as the lead, tomboy or not there have been too many guys front and center in Final Fantasy.

  3. tokyo_nights January 6, 2010

    I suppose it’s nice for a change. I got tired of all the sissy looking guys on the cover anyways. Lightning looks like she can eat them for lunch.