Hello again any to the lovely followers of Gamer Pantheon. I was hmm’ing and aah’ing about whether to add Toad and Toadette to the roster of Gaymer X.0’s but I think it draws a solid correlation to the question of gender neutral, gender fluid, transgender or anyone who indentifies themselves separately to what people deem the construct of gender to be.
So, Toad and Toadette… How are these involved in this community? They’re actually genderless – they don’t identify with the gender binary and that is absolutely fine! In fact, any aesthetic that points to a gender is down to you – not them!
“This is may be a little bit of a strange story, but we never really went out of our way to decide on the sex of these characters, even though they have somewhat gendered appearances … … But I think what I can say is that Toadette and Toad are not siblings — perhaps it would be more accurate to say they are adventure pals. And that’s certainly true here.” – Koichi Hayashida, in an interview about Captain Toad.
So first and foremost, this takes out any romantic involvement of the couple – they are neither related nor partnered. They are merely two members of the same species who share a group of friends and have a thirst for adventure.
What is remarkable is that these are completely accepted by the whole Mario Universe; just like Birdo’s wish to be addressed as a female is not a problem with in the Mario Universe.
It seems that these sentient (non-toad, non-mushroom) beings are completely free to do whatever they wish! What a crazy world they must live in!
It is not a case of gender not existing in this world, as we are well aware of so it’s commendable for the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom to respect the Toadstool race for who they are!
Genderless characters are not unheard of in Nintendo, but it is not usually linked to the anthropomorphic such as this species.
So what does this mean?
It means that these people are free to live how they want.
It means that Toad and Toadette are both equal.
It means that they can wear whatever clothes they wish without being judged.
It means they take the construct of gender and crush it, living their own way!
It means that their friends, who do identify with gender are happy to live their own lives and not tell their Toadstool friends that they’re wrong, weird, going through a phase or god forbid that they’re sinful.
What a great message for children to grow up playing; it’s a shame that this isn’t a topic that is actually faced in-game (as far as I’m aware), but like the Birdo thing, it is there for anyone curious enough to stumble upon.
I think we could all take some ideas from the Mushroom Kingdom – their citizens seem happy on pretty much a general level.
I don’t know… maybe they just have better things to do than hate on each other for being born the way they are – like saving Princesses.