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Old April 25th, 2018 (9:25 PM). Edited June 18th, 2018 by Enpatsu Shakugan.
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Since the inclusion of male and female protagonists in every game, are you determined to always pick one or do you not care at all?

How do you generally decide?


I go by character designs. For example, I thought the DP male was laughable in design, and the girl was way better (even the anime thought so) so I had no problem playing a girl in those games. Same with the Omega Ruby remake too.

But when I genuinely like the design of a male protagonist, I will generally choose him. I've played male way more than female. Customization plays a big role too and I get much more invested in customizing a male character than a female, like in the case of Y.

I do not self-insert in games, I like playing as set characters or creating one. Never named after myself. That makes gender decisions easier for me too.
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    My main game I am always a girl just because I’m a girl. In my second game, I always get both versions, I choose a boy to see if the dialogue is different. Sometimes it different like in ORAS the dialogue was different, not by much, depending on the gender you chose.
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    Old April 27th, 2018 (12:57 PM).
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      Old April 27th, 2018 (3:13 PM).
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        Male. I usually like pretending the character is me, and also it makes sense because I like giving the character my real name.
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        Old April 27th, 2018 (4:01 PM).
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          I tend to play as male (as I am) but there have been times in which I've played as a girl. I think the choice of male or female is great as so many games don't give players the option.
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          Old April 27th, 2018 (10:27 PM).
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          I would like to say that I don't care, but when every male from Gen V onwards has basically been a clone of Gen IV's Lucas, it's difficult to really want to play as a male in Pokemon titles. Especially when the female protagonists are always unique by comparison...maybe not well-designed, but at least different.
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          Old April 28th, 2018 (6:39 AM). Edited April 28th, 2018 by Enpatsu Shakugan.
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          I would like to say that I don't care, but when every male from Gen V onwards has basically been a clone of Gen IV's Lucas, it's difficult to really want to play as a male in Pokemon titles. Especially when the female protagonists are always unique by comparison...maybe not well-designed, but at least different.
          I didn't get that from the X and Y male; since he was so customizable. Once you get the opportunity, he stops being a clone to me.

          You even get quite a few options at the beginning, from what I recall.
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          Old April 28th, 2018 (1:09 PM). Edited April 28th, 2018 by SorveteQuente.
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            Usually I play with the boy because I think his design is cooler than the girl, in most games. HG/SS for instance, I rarelly play as Lyra. BW and BW2 are exceptions, both male and female characters are awesome imo.

            But no, I don't really care which gender I'll be playing as.
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              I usually play with the male character because it feels like it's me in the game and I almost always give him the same name as well
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              Old April 29th, 2018 (10:49 AM).
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              Absolutely yes. I want to feel like I myself am playing, so I'll need to use the female avatar. Plus the females tend to have cuter clothing choices (in games where customization is a thing), so that is an added bonus. ♡ I prefer playing (and being) a female.
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              Old April 29th, 2018 (12:25 PM).
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                When customization was not a thing, it was all about the characters, but right now I always go for male ones since I can create my own in-game style. Back then, I had used both Red and Leaf, Ethan, which had my favorite sprite, Dawn, Hilbert. I've chosen the male in my UM playthrough, and now playing as Calem in pokemon Y.
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                  i typically go as female bc.. idk. but if they ever make an option where you can be neither, i'll definitely pick that one ouo
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                    Whatever I feel like. I think I tend to chose the boys slightly more though.
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                      I pick at complete random. If the games had four or five genders (or body sizes or races or something) I'd still do random. Although if I picked one last time and am repeating a game, I'll go the opposite next time :P Gotta experience it all.
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                      Old May 1st, 2018 (8:49 PM).
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                      Much like Janna, I actually want to feel like myself when I'm playing so nine times out of ten I'll play as the female protagonist unless her design is absolute garbage, which hasn't happened since at least BW.

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                      Old May 4th, 2018 (11:57 AM).
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                      I was happy after we had the choice of a gender since I am female. But before we had that choice? I didn't care. Now I can choose, I'll choose the female one. But if I don't have that choice it doesn't change my enjoyment of the game much.
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                      I am female, so I always play as the female when possible. Thankfully the female protagonists tend to have cute designs and starting in 6th Gen, better clothing choices than the males.
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                      Old May 17th, 2018 (5:57 AM). Edited May 17th, 2018 by SunDust.
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                        I'm female in real life. Before character customization, I always choose to play as a boy, purely because I liked the male trainer designs better. I felt as though many of the girls were overdressed, whilst the male characters looked simplistic and iconic. However in the newer games because we can design our protagonists the way we like, I choose the female to match my gender, because I can get rid of the dorky hats and weird scarf-but-no-pants combos. Still not keen on the pink backpacks and backgrounds though!
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                        Old May 17th, 2018 (7:21 AM). Edited May 17th, 2018 by Resolve.
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                            I always like playing as my own gender more :3 Girl Power and girlyness for life!!!
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                              Even though I'm a guy, I play as the Female simply because the Anime has the Male protagonist(in this case Ash), doing what you do in the games: Challenging the Gyms and corresponding League while leaving the sidequests/extra's for that region's Female Lead. Therefore I purposely play the Female character just to see what it would have been like had May, Dawn, Iris(granted I know its Hilda in BW) and Serena had done the same thing as Ash.

                              I swear... can the Anime get with it and give the Female Lead something better than to strut around as eye candy?
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                              Old May 18th, 2018 (6:13 PM). Edited June 18th, 2018 by Enpatsu Shakugan.
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                              Even though I'm a guy, I play as the Female simply because the Anime has the Male protagonist(in this case Ash), doing what you do in the games: Challenging the Gyms and corresponding League while leaving the sidequests/extra's for that region's Female Lead. Therefore I purposely play the Female character just to see what it would have been like had May, Dawn, Iris(granted I know its Hilda in BW) and Serena had done the same thing as Ash.

                              I swear... can the Anime get with it and give the Female Lead something better than to strut around as eye candy?
                              It should've changed the protagonist every region like one of the mangas or the games. Ash is one of the most pathetic protagonists in anime history. But the anime is literally status quo: the anime.

                              Always token female and male companions, Team Rocket and Pikachu. It will never change past that, apart from maybe changing the number of token sidekicks from time to time.
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                              Old May 19th, 2018 (2:07 AM). Edited May 19th, 2018 by giblewible.
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                                i'm a boy in real life and always pick on girls since gen 1.

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                                I usually play as the male on my first playthrough, as female on the second and pick either one on any consecutive playthrough, at random or whichever design I think looks best.
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