Every Rose Has Its Thorn
The way I’ve heard the story told, Poison has possibly the most politically incorrect origin of any mainstream video game character I’ve heard of in my day. From what I understand it went something like this;
“So we made this girl bad guy character for Final Fight.”
“No way! Unacceptable! We can’t have our macho hero dudes hitting women!”
“Well… What if she was a transexual? It’s okay to punch trannies, right?”
“Yeah, that sounds okay”
And then we got Poison. Obvious logical flaws (and straight-up offense) aside I still don’t understand the line of reasoning they were working with, because she did have a pallet-swap double named Roxy who as far as I know was a flat-out cis-woman anyway? Unless they were both originally written as transwomen and then Roxy got retconned later on. I don’t pretend to understand the way Capcom works.
On a completely unrelated matter, if anyone is going to San Diego Comic Con this week, they’re going to do a premier screening of the cartoon I work on Saturday at 6:30 in room 24ABC. It’s also going to have a panel with some of the voice actors including Tony Hale, Adam Brody, Jake Busey, and Alan Tudyk, the director Brad Ableson, and the creator/producer David Gordon Green. So If you’re curious about what I do when I’m not drawing beefy men on the internet, check out the Good Vibes panel!