Like many, Pokemon has been one of my favorite franchises from the day Red and Blue released in the states. And as a bi man in a homosexual relationship, I am eager to see valid LGBTQ+ representation in games. Thus I had an interesting thought: the Pokemon move Attract.
For those unaware, Attract is a move that, when used by a Pokemon with a gender, the target of the opposite gender will become infatuated with the user. This causes the effected Pokemon to have a 50% chance to fail attacks against the user, with the flavor text being “____ is immobilized by love!”
Given that homosexuality has been observed in countless real-life animals and that Pokemon are generally considered to have higher intelligence than real-life animals (let’s not get into all the other weird conundrums that brings up), it would stand to reason that LGBTQ+ Pokemon would exist.
While I would LIKE individual Pokemon to have a possibility of being queer and thus effected by Attract by Pokemon of the same gender (and Attract working with/on generless Pokemon), I realized that from a pure gameplay perspective, that would give bi Pokemon a disadvantage, as they wouldn’t be immune to Atrract from a gender. This also brings to mind the questionable nature of the move in the first place, but…
What are everyone else’ thoughts on this?