Tea brought forth this idea to me one day about whether there are character’s whose gender have little to no impact on the character’s story. These are a few of the examples we thought of, with some rationale to explain our opinion.
Goku: Goku’s all about fighting and getting stronger, and while that seems macho and full of testosterone, his attitude about being strong is pretty gender neutral in my opinion. If Goku were male or female he/she would still be fighting and training to get stronger. Canonically both Saiyan men and women were recruited to battle off-world so this goes without saying.
Harley Quinn: Her story is more centered around the idea of severe Stockholm syndrome, which works for either a guy or girl. It would simply be a matter of making the Joker bisexual, which given his chaotic nature isn’t all that demanding of him.
Duke Nukem: Duke’s character is all about his ego, whether it’s to be taken seriously or not. As such making Duke a woman wouldn’t necessarily change the “all about me” attitude that he sports. Some quirks and nuances may change with a gender flip but the core of his character would remain mostly in tact.
Lara Croft: Placed here for the sake of making a Tomb Raider/Uncharted joke.
Cthulhu: Placed here for the sake of making a joke about unidentifiable alien genders.
Morrigan: Outside of wanting to have a baby w/ the Grey Warden to have a god baby, Morrigan’s story wouldn’t change all that much with a gender swap. To me her story is one of learning more about the world and trying to escape the perceived clutches of her mother who may or may not be evil.
Link: I guess Link’s gender is super important to his character. I mean, If Eiji Aonuma says that making Link a girl would mess with the balance of the Triforce, then I suppose we have no choice but to accept what he says. After all we can’t make changes happen to a fictional character if they have an impact fictional concepts right? Right? It may just cause Eiji Aonuma to fall out the space time continuum.