Vivian from Paper Mario 2004 is a transgender woman. It is openly stated in the Japanese version that she ‘appears to be a girl but is really a boy’ seeking acceptance from her sisters, who finally see her as female in the end. The entire story was censored in America. Source
So there’s a voting ballot going up for what character you’d like to see as downloadable content in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. I think this might be one of the only chances we can have to really tell Nintendo to push Vivian in their games and not let her just disappear as a character from just one side game. She’s possibly one of the few if not the only somewhat positive and kind-hearted representation of a transgender girl in a mainstream game title, and even then her status of being transgender was erased from several localizations. She’s shy, cute, and pretty different and unique of a character in the franchise. Even considering her as a solid shot at actually being a Smash Bros character she could be a very unique and interesting fighter. Consider voting for her especially if you don’t have any strong feelings about this poll or if you’re thinking of just wasting your vote on a joke or on something you don’t really believe in. I know she’ll probably not be able to get in, realistically, my main goal is not to have her in Smash (though that would be really great!!), but to make Nintendo notice her and her popularity and importance to a lot of us.
The artwork of Vivian on that tweet was made by me.
EDIT: the poll asks what game the character you’re voting is from. In case you aren’t sure what to fill, fill it with “Paper Mario”, or, ideally, her specific game in that franchise, “Paper Mario and the Thousand-Year Door”
There are rumours floating around that a new Paper Mario for the Wii U is in development. I started joking about it and then that turned into me giving my own ideas and wishes…. Then I got super carried away and this drawing happened. I guess I’d want a mishmash of every Mario RPG.
Also yes that is a boxer Daisy with Banzai Bill boxing gloves.