Battleborn

  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Hero shooter
  • Platform/s: Various

Battleborn features a diverse array of characters. A respondent to the Queer Representation (2016) survey mentioned Miko in Battleborn, a character who is referred to consistently by name, rather than with gender pronouns, thus making the character gender ambiguous. However, on the official Battleborn website for the character, Miko is consistently referred to as 'it', diminishing the positivity of this representation.

Battleborn also features Shayne, who is gender diverse. The game uses she/her pronouns to refer to Shayne, they have a masculine appearance and use a chest binder. The artist who designed the character confirmed on their blog that they were attempting to design a character who is trying to figure out their gender; however, this statement has since been deleted. If you have a screenshot of this statement, please get in touch.

The unlockable lore in Battleborn references diverse sexualities. There is lore implying a previous relationship between Galilea and Ambra. A taunt between Oscar Mike and Whiskey Foxtrot implies Oscar has a crush: Whiskey shoots an image that features a 'Do you like me?' question from Oscar.

Oscar Mike is from a planet of biologically identical clones; however, on this planet there is a 'Queen Mike', implying that she chose her gender and remains respected.