Once in a while, however, some videogames would occasionally call for one of their ladies to exercise a bit of discretion when it comes to letting the players know of their true gender identity. It could be part of the plot, it could be just to surprise the players, or it could be to prevent fanfic writers from writing filthy, filthy FFF about them (not that this has ever worked, unfortunately). Whatever the reason, sometimes game character designers have hidden their female characters' femininity -- and hidden it a little too well, resulting in shock, perhaps a bit of sexual confusion, and the following eight characters.
8) King, King of Fighters
Nothing in her first game's battle stance, special moves, and even defeated sprite animation indicated that King was a woman underneath that waiter garb she sported all the time. In fact, the only time the player can discover that "dude" was a woman was if they K.O-ed her with a super move at the end of the final Round. With the proper timing, her top would be ripped to shreds to reveal a pink bra underneath, all the evidence needed to prove that "he" was indeed a "she."
7) Black Baron/Penelope, Sly Cooper
Penelope created the disguise, complete with the mustache, as a way to get around the league's age restrictions. Her skills with machines contributed to the creation of the Baron's signature gunship blimp that practically destroyed every single contender's bid for victory... that is, until Sly was proven to be the more cunning of the two, and ended the Baron's reign in the ACES tournament by unmasking her.
6) Silhouette, Destroy All Humans
There was no telling if Silhouette was truly a patriot as she mentioned to be during the final confrontation or merely a deluded psychopath. Her reason to conceal her identity (which she cryptically hinted she had to do "to put up with politicians playing grab-ass all day long") agreed with the former, while her actions and ruthless disposition leaned closer to the latter. Still, whatever her true psyche and name might be, this is one woman to be feared both in and out of her disguise.
5) Vandal/Karrie Norton, Dead Space iOS
Much like Silhouette, Karrie sported a voice changing device in her gear, thus deceiving both the players and other individuals she encountered in-game. Her identity was not revealed until after the very last boss fight, where she was gravely injured and left a warning along with an S.O.S to anyone who might traverse the place after her. It's a shame that her fate remained unknown at the end of the game, as all that's left of her during the final shot was her helmet and a trail of blood.
4) Samus Aran, Metroid
Today, the knowledge of "Samus is a Girl" is standard knowledge for videogame nerds everywhere. Lest they forget, Nintendo would be happy to remind them by providing her with the Zero Suit attire option in every iteration of her game, as well as in any guest star appearances she might be making. Still, the moment of her unmasking was a classic moment in videogame history, and it remained true today as it was in 1986.
3) Hooktail, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
As the first real boss of the game, Hooktail was vicious and unforgiving to any player that challenged her unprepared. Even better, she was the easiest of the dragon trio of bosses, with her sister Gloomtail placing in second and their (presumably older) brother Bonetail placing at first. Still, with enough preparation on the player's part, the wrath of a dragon is still no match to that of a plumber's.
2) Justice, Guilty Gear
Series creator Daisuke Ishiwatari intervened and finally brought the debates to rest by stating that Justice was indeed a woman. Successive tie-ins in the form of novels and drama CD even stated that she was most likely the mother of Dizzy, another female boss character, and was even strongly hinted to be Aria, love interest of main protagonist Sol Badguy that he presumed was deceased. Whatever Justice's real identity may be, there was no doubt that she had the players fooled big time.
1) Anima, Final Fantasy X
The story behind Anima's identity tied directly with Seymour himself, a half-breed that resulted from a marriage between a Guado and a human woman to promote peace between the races, and ended up with unrest and banishment of mother and child. Believing that it would bring acceptance for her son, Seymour's mother sacrificed her life to the summoner Yunalesca to be transformed into his personal summon, the Aeon "Anima." Little did she know that it only fueled her child's hatred for the world, and gave us the players the most frightening personification of a mother's love.