Is 2B From Nier: Automata Overly Sexualized?



  Nier Automata is an action role-playing game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. PlatinumGames and Square Enix are two Japanese Video Game Companies that have worked on the Nier trilogy. As of now, Square Enix and PlatinumGames are working together to develop a new video game called Babylon’s Fall. In only two years Nier Automata had sold over 3.5 million copies on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. This number of copies includes all versions of the game in addition to both physical and digital copies making up this number. Nier Automata has also received an award for best Soundtrack from The Game Award for Game Of The Year in 2017.  Nier Automata has a total of 17 chapters with 26 different endings and is over 60 hours. The game contains many unique features that keep the player active and going even when you want to play something else.



Who Is 2B?

2B is one of the three protagonists of Nier Automata. She is a battle Android, whose purpose is too protect humanity and reclaim Earth from the alien machines that pushed humans to live on the Moon. 2B is a member of the automated YoRHa infantry that fights in the 14th Machine War. 2B is soldier who burns with determination to complete her objectives. Although 2B is known for not showing any emotions throughout the her story. She does shows sympathy and kindness to her panther, 9s; but only because 2B is forced by her Commander to kill and erase 9s’s memories for every time 9s discovers something new about the    Project YoRHa. After doing this countless times, 2B feels nothing but pain and hatred within herself. Yet, the only time she feels happiness is when she is on missions with 9s.


Is 2B overly Sexualized?

2B is equipped with a multitude of weapons for close quarters combat and can attack from range using the Pod support system. Her eyes are obscured beneath her standard-issue military visor, which she rarely removes. She does not wear pants of any kind. Her only choice of cover for her lower behind and front is a black leather dress with a attached short skirt; which still reveals her privacy when she walks, runs, jumps, fights, and falls. Also, 2B wears long black leather boats and high heels wherever she goes. In fact, her entire outfit is completely made up of leather fabric.

Many gamers have different perspectives and opinions on how 2B presents herself. The community has stated that female characters need to appear more realistic in combat fighting, and should not be over sexualized to appease more to male gamers. However, some people of the gaming community has taken another side. Saying that 2B’s outfit makes a lot of sense for combat against machines and her enemies. While these two groups argue about what looks realistic and what doesn’t; this still does not answer the question, “Is 2B overly Sexualized”?









Jocelyn K. Hernandez says, “I wouldn’t think so but some aspects of her outfit may be revealing. But how she is dressed doesn’t seem very appropriate to combat.”