Upon nearly drowning and washing up on a strange new shore, Tidus is immediately clobbered by a blitzball, pushed into a piranha-infested lagoon, and dragged by the neck around the island by a giant affectionate redhead who apparently has limited experience in first aid.
As it turns out, genderbent Wakka ended up having the most complicated impact on the backstory because her relationship with Tidus, for a large part, depends on whether or not Chappu, for whom Tidus starts out as a kind of replacement puppy, was also a girl. In order for her to be so immediately attached to girl Tidus (and for everyone to be commenting on how much she resembles Chappu), she has to see her as a surrogate sister. Which is a whole other ball of yarn.
Would she have been as close to Yuna if she already had a little sister? Assuming, before Lady Seymour shook things up, that non-heteronormative relationships were taboo or at least frowned upon by Yevon, what would she have thought about Chappu’s relationship with Lulu? Would Lulu and Chappu have had to keep it a secret from her, or, aware of the taboo, would they even have dared to carry on a relationship at all?
Also, unless Wakka and Chappu were really close in age, Chappu was probably younger than Lulu. If they were both girls, it would have been easier for Lulu to assert herself as the stronger, more experienced half of the couple rather than Chappu feeling the need to protect her because he was a boy and she was “his girl.” (I kind of see the dynamic between Lulu and a female Chappu as similar to the one between Fang and Vanille, with the tougher, older, snarky one and the more innocent, younger, cheerful one.) Would she have felt less of a desire to protect Yuna if she was also concerned with protecting Chappu? Would Yuna feel insecure in her place in Lulu’s affections if Chappu was a girl?
And, most importantly, would Chappu have even gone off to war?
The rest of the ongoing, increasingly complicated, “FFX but all the main characters are girls” AU: [x][x][x][x][x][x]
#i was surprised by thaat final question#spira has sexism at the top but the blitz teams and military have lots of women
Yeah there seems to be a fairly even balance between men and women in the military, especially the Crusaders, but what I was wondering is if with the change in the Lulu/Chappu relationship dynamics, would Chappu have felt the same need to protect Lulu, or rush off to war to prove herself to her the way boy Chappu does? If she were a girl she might have recognized that Lulu is an experienced fighter and can take care of herself.
If you pull too hard at this one it starts to unravel. If Chappu were a girl she might still be alive, in which case Wakka wouldn’t have immediately imprinted on a female Tidus as a surrogate little sister. But if Chappu were a boy, girl Tidus wouldn’t remind her as much of her dead little brother. Maybe a bit, though, because she’d still be boisterous and tomboyish and a blitzball player, but probably not because she looked like him.