There is a transgender trainer in Pokemon X and Y. The “news” has been spread, and reblogged all over Tumblr. The character who is the center of attention is one of the “Beauty” (“Adult Miss” in the Japanese version) trainers. She tells your character that she used to be a “Black Belt” which is a male exclusive trainer in the games. There are no female “Black Belts” in the pokemon games, the female version of the Black Belt is known as the “Battle Girl”. You could argue that “Black Belt” could mean the status of her karate level, and not referring to her physical state in the past. Ok, I’m no karate expert, but I was under the impression that once you’re a black belt you typically hold that title for the rest of your life, but the Beauty trainer said she WAS a “Black Belt”. If you’re not convinced, it’s made more obvious in the Japanese version.
Literally translated the Beauty trainer says the following:
“I was a Karate King just half a year ago; the power of medical science is awesome, wouldn’t you say?”
“Karate King” is the Japanese version of the “Black Belt” trainers. The most telling evidence was the phrase “the power of medical science is awesome”. The power of medical science?! Medical science? It looks like medical science turned this.
I’d like to have Beauty’s plastic surgeon so I could look just like her.
People have commented how progressive this is, but personally I believe the reasoning is much simpler than that. Think about it, whoever writes the dialog has to do it for hundreds of trainers. Each trainer has to say something different before, and after they fight you.
Some classic poetic dialog from the previous games includes:
"I like shorts; they’re comfy and easy to wear!"
"You’re not wearing shorts, what’s wrong with you?"
Most likely the writer didn’t put much thought into it, and moved on with his or her life afterwards. I highly doubt that this was an attempt to be forward thinking in terms of the LGBT community. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing. This Beauty doesn’t look or act any different from any of the other Beauty trainers you have to fight, and that’s what makes her so great. She’s just like any other person. I wouldn’t like it if Pokemon started parading all their gay and transgendered characters around like circus freaks.