Catherine

  • Developer: Atlus
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Platformer Adventure
  • Platform/s: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Catherine features a trans character—Erica—whose representation has caused mixed feelings. Respondents to the Queer Representation (2016) survey said that, while Erica's representation is not perfect, it is an example of representation that is outside what we often see (when we do see representation of this kind), with a character quietly existing within the world rather than their character being centred around their gender. Some people found Erica's representation distasteful, with jokes made at her expense and with another character despairing that Erica took his virginity. Erica also has the nightmares in the game that only men are supposed to have, implying that the developers see her as a man despite being a trans woman.

Other complaints about representation in Catherine revolved around representation of women, with respondents saying that the various stereotypical depictions were frustrating, and the overall narrative of two women dedicating themselves to one man seemed one-dimensional.