Twitter has once again proven it is unable to cope with its bot problem as bots spammed a post disagreeing with the claim that Paper Mario character Vivian is “transgender”.
Several individuals have been pushing the lie for years that Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door character Vivian is transgender.
Twitter users believed Vivian was transgender because there was a scene where Vivian is being insulted by one of his sisters, who calls him an “otoko” (a man) in the original Japanese script:
“Where are these ‘three sisters’? You’re a man aren’t you?”
The English equivalent of the scene instead has Beldam (Vivian’s sister and the speaker) calling him ugly:
This coupled with the Italian localization (which is not at all a correct translation), which allegedly had Vivian at some point saying he “is glad to be a woman”, had people adamantly “confirming” Vivian was transgender.
However, Vivian’s in-game card (essentially a “bestiary” that has a description for all characters/enemies) in the original Japanese version of the game explained that he was an otoko no ko (a boy that dresses/acts like a girl):
A Twitter user predictably created an agonizing 25 post thread explaining why Vivian is “transgender”, but another user was insistent on the actual evidence and claimed Vivian was male:
This clearly upset the original user, as they posted this in response, and then blocked them:
The person’s comment was then spammed mercilessly by this same image (presumably all by the same upset person):
Considering the upcoming remaster for the game changed Bowser’s dialogue of “airhead” to “lunkhead”, many are assuming more changes may be made to the game, and for the worse:
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is lauching sometime in 2024 for Nintendo Switch.