The Most Controversial Characters In Games

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 The Most Controversial Characters In Games


To Nintendo’s credit, this is one that the company took seriously and attempted to fix. In the first generation of Pokémon games and several episodes of the anime, the psychic Pokémon called Jynx featured a very controversial design. Its pitch black skin and large red lips reminded many people of stereotypical, outdated “blackface” caricatures. 



Rather than simply dropping the offending Pokémon entirely, Nintendo decided to change the look of the character going forward. Starting with the second generation, Jynx was recolored with purple skin. Also, as noted by Hypable, not only was Jynx recolored for the Pokémon anime episode “Holiday Hi-Jynx,” but the episode in question was actually omitted from future reruns and DVD releases of the series. 



In 2016, when the games that originally kicked off the franchise, Pokémon Red and Blue, received digital releases, Jynx’s character sprite from those games had been updated to reflect the newer coloration. In this way, Nintendo not only addressed the concerns and criticism, but they went the extra mile and made corrections going forward.