Morrigan and "Busty Mages"

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Originally, I wanted to reply to this topic on r/girlgamers that asks the question if Morrigan fulfills and perpetuates the stereotype on two accounts: mystical pregnancies, that Morrigan’s character “is reduced to stereotypical or biological functions,” and the feminine trope of big breasted, scantly-clothed women in video games.

I wrote my reply, but a chunk of what addressed her character’s attire and story felt too much side-step of the actual discussion. My discussion stemmed on the idea that Morrigan has this interpretation as another female character who is just barely clothed to pander to an audience. Instead, I delved into how her clothes fit the woman she becomes.

You can read more after the jump on Morrigan and her seemingly nothing more than a “busty mage with very skimpy clothing.”

Morrigan’s tale is one of a youthful spirit, practically rebellious teenager, undergoing a transition through her travels with the Warden and eventually Witch Hunt. She’s meant to be a bit of a bigot and prude, and her style kind of showcases that. Yes, I think the whole getup that she has suits her personality. She showcases enough skin because that’s what she is accustomed to - manipulating others like Templars and enemies in her path (she even says that she does this, because she is an apostate).

The style is just like her mother Flemeth and her sister Yavana - rather boisterous with the skin. But why? Because they are deceptive, cunning, manipulative women. It’s in their craft as witches of the Wilds. That’s why they’re infamous and their stories span throughout Chasind legend. It suits the character. To be honest, it’s super effective.

But then, you see Morrigan in Inquisition. She’s older - by 10 years and all the much wiser for it. She dealt through whatever is beyond the Eluvian and came back. The devs have already illustrated that Morrigan’s tale is going to be almost central to the plot in DAI. She’s no longer her mother’s daughter, but Morrigan. She grew on her own to become her own woman. While she still has her aura of deception and curiosity, Morrigan has visibly changed.

I do spend a lot of time delving into DA lore so I may be biased, but that shouldn’t discredit the fact that Morrigan has a coming of age story. Her attire just fits her character, but her growth as a woman should be what we focus. Personally, I believe Morrigan displays more than a woman so based on her appearance. Her character extends as a girl who challenges herself and history to become a driving force in the world.