Guilty Gear Strive Says ‘Trans Rights’ With New DLC Character

Bridget, Guilty Gear Strive's latest DLC character, isn't worried about the TERFs with her yo-yo in hand.

EVO 2022 came this weekend with an assortment of hype moments, including: the most incredible “Cell Yell” I’ve heard ever since Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s first season in 2018. Across the tournament were also a few announcements, such as: the welcome reveal of rollback netcode for more fighting games. But perhaps most exciting was the news that classic fighter Bridget is the next DLC character to come. Guilty Gear Endeavor. What’s more, in the day or so since, arcade mode footage revealed Bridget has come out as a trans girl. Talking about a based W!

Bridget was first introduced in 2002 Guilty Gear XXpretending to be a very cute boy who immediately stole the hearts of fans. Although born as one of two twin boys of a multi-billionaire coupleBridget’s gender presentation was decidedly feminine, despite the use of masculine pronouns. (Official reason: Complicated anime bull shit.) However, with Bridget’s official return as a playable character in to strive As part of the game’s $25 Season Pass 2, ArcSys has given them a “come-out” moment when they announce that they do identify as a girl.

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An experienced yo-yo user, Bridget’s dialogue in to strive shows that she is comfortable expressing her trans identity, telling Deuteragonist Ky Kisuke and US Secretary of Defense (lol) Goldlewis Dickinson That, “[calling me] Cowgirl is fine. Because… I’m a girl!”

Yas, queen, live your truth! We’d love to see it. In fact, many people online celebrated the unveiling with fan art and memes. Someone even made a mod for Bridget that sees her putting on the blue, pink and white colors of the Trans pride flag. It is cool!

my box has contacted Arc System Works for comment.

Not everyone was thrilled with Bridget’s trans-ness, though, which shouldn’t come as a surprise in this space. Ready to dismiss their identity in bulk, there are plenty of crass tweets decrying ArcSys and giving us a truly trans character in to strive. While there’s some nuance to the idea that the studio “could erase a character’s previous identity”, as one tweeter put itMost of the negative discourse oscillating around Bridget is framed as bad faith arguments about “grooming.”

The negative reaction to Bridget’s coming out is disturbing to say the least. At a time when the US government is enacting legislation aimed at attacking the queer experience, representation in the media — especially in games — should be considered a boon. It reassures people in our community that it’s okay to be who you are, and how you identify is both accepted and loved. As a non-binary person who sees a little bit of himself in the elegant “inexorable” will, to strive‘s first enby character, I absolutely live for Bridget coming into her own.

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