Back in 2012, I had been working on a game that had to be put off because a competitor indie dev announced a game that was far too similar to mine, and I didn't want to look like a copycat.
In this game, the main villain was supposed to be a mentally ill, gender-confused character with some kind of personality disorder. He would switch between referring to himself as male or female at random, and scream at his cohorts if they use the wrong pronouns at the wrong time. Little did I know that only two years later, mentally ill people matching my villain character exactly would come oozing out of the woodwork like some kind of semi-viscous, liquid cancer.
Think that's crazy? Get this: the character was also supposed to be fairly wealthy, with his big motivational drive being he was mad at his parents for not giving him enough attention.
At the time, I wasn't aware of Tumblr or feminism (beyond Elevatorgate). I had come up with the idea based on the popular Justin Bieber joke at the time: people calling him a girl, and kind of ran with it.
Unfortunately, the fact that people matching this character type are a dime a dozen now, means I have to completely redesign the character. He won't be anything new or interesting if I leave him how he is... he'd just be your average Tumblrite.
What a waste of a good character.