When I sat down this morning to write about the official Rabbid Peach Instagram account, I initially expected to write a fluffy puff piece about millennials and selfies as body positivity in the face of critiqued appearance. Instead, I accidentally stumbled upon what I believe is the backstory of Rabbid Peach in Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.

Rabbid Peach is a trans woman, who got into both kinky sex and selfie-taking as a response to the increase in body positivity that transition provided her.

No, I did not expect to write that sentence when I got up this morning.

So, let’s dig into the evidence. The Rabbid Peach Instagram account was originally a fairly generic Rabbids account not tied to this specific Rabbid, at least not by name. It’s very easy to hand-wave away any content on the account prior to the announcement of Kingdom Battle as not relevant to discussions of Rabbid Peach, but I think it’s far more interesting if we assume, for the sake of argument, that this is one consistent Instagram account that was always operated by a single Rabbid, who we now know as Rabbid Peach.

The Instagram account is three years old. Kingdom Battle has, reportedly, been in development for three years. It’s conceivable this really was a long game played from roughly the inception of the project. The dates don’t lie.

Let’s start with Rabbid Peach’s earliest Instagram post.

Here we see Rabbid Peach with facial hair and an earth tone scarf. Pairing the scarf and the glasses Rabbid Peach here displays a look traditionally attributed to the “male hipster” stereotype. This is Rabbid Peach three years ago, in April 2014, trying her hardest to appear outwardly masculine. This is before she’s ready to come out as trans. She’s a woman, but she’s not out as a trans woman yet.

Skip ahead a month, and Rabbid Peach is testing the waters on covering more feminine topics on her Instagram account.

Sure she’s posting other people’s fan art rather than showing her own painted nails or anything, but she’s beginning to dabble with female-targeted content on her Instagram feed. As you can see in the comments, people saw the content as funny, not something to be taken seriously as a piece of content. This may play a part in why Rabbid Peach avoids feminine content in serious, and not played for laughs, contexts for a while.

Skip ahead a few months, and Rabbid Peach’s next experiment with posting feminine-related content is a step I can certainly relate to as a trans woman: posting photos of herself dressed in traditionally feminine items of clothing, but totally as a silly joke. Hahaha, how funny, this is definitely a silly goof and not Rabbid Peach testing the waters on female presentation.

Once again, the commenters primarily find it funny.

Rabbid Peach continues to feel she would be mocked for transition.

Interestingly, September of 2014 may showcase a week where Rabbid Peach attempted to tell the world that she was trans. She certainly wasn’t out in the workplace, but she may well have been socially, outside of her workplace, at the weekends.

She starts the work week in the closet. She puts on her button-up shirt and tie, getting herself for another work week not out to the world. But when the weekend rolls around…

Off comes the disguise, revealing the feminine clothing underneath. Rip away the surface layers of outward masculinity and there’s a woman just waiting to break free and shine.

You go Rabbid Peach, you work that weekend wardrobe.

For the next roughly two years, the account doesn’t really acknowledge female identity much. Every time Rabbid Peach had brought it up prior she had been met with mockery, so she kind of just stops posting anything feminine. She tries for multiple years to make the account a place for silly movie spoof images she took with others, but not much else. That remained the status quo until December 2016, around the time that details about Kingdom Battle were starting to leak in earnest. This was the moment that Rabbid Peach knew the reveal of her game was incoming, so she needed to start coming out to work colleagues, friends and family.

She chose to do this at a new years eve party. She wore a simple pearl necklace. She didn’t make a wacky joke face in the picture. She just quietly and shyly posted a picture. Nobody mocked her in the comments this time. She was taken seriously for the first time by the world.

Now, I know you may still be skeptical that this account has been Rabbid Peach all along, but I have a piece of Instagram evidence from the same night to link this Rabbid to Rabbid Peach.

Remember this rubber duck with the spiked collar. It’s important, not just for tying the New Year’s Eve Pearl Rabbid to Rabbid Peach, but also to Kingdom Battle and kinky sex. This December 31st, 2016 distinctive rubber duck is a pivotal point of intersection for this whole expose.

If you look at pictures from later in the night, Rabbid Peach’s friends seem to have very quickly accepted her for who she is. That, or she’s taking part in something deceptively dirty. That’s up for you all to judge I guess, based on the facial expressions involved.

From here, Rabbid Peach gets a LOT more confident about posting sincere feminine content. In Febuary for example she refers to herself as a female member of a royal family and takes a shot meant to mimic Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement photo that was doing the rounds at the time.

However, the most interesting tweet prior to the announcement of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is possibly this Easter 2017 tweet, in which Rabbid Peach heavily implies she’s into BDSM. I’m obviously working in generalisations here, but the idea that a trans woman with a newfound sense of body positivity might experiment sexually for the first time in her life, around the time of publicly transitioning, certainly doesn’t seem absurd to me. Also, the type of ribbon harness she is bound with is very much similar to harness bindings designed to emphasise or highlight the prominence of otherwise small chests. Is Rabbid Peach perhaps trying to highlight what she’s got via ribbon placement?

Hehe, she’s surrounded by cocks… cockrells… cocks…

Then, we get to reveal day, Rabbid Peach’s first official public outing on June 13th. Rabbid Peach updates her social media profiles to her new name, posts a bunch of very obviously female-presenting pictures of herself, and basks in her new body-positivity. She’s out, she’s happy and she’s beautiful. She’s not ashamed of who she was before and she’s ready to love herself and let the world see that she loves herself via the medium of countless selfies.

However, I said I would come back to the spiked collar rubber duck, didn’t I?

June 13th proves, via the presence of the spiked collar rubber duck, that Pearl Rabbid is Rabbid Peach. The photos from before Kingdom Battle was revealed are of the same Rabbid. Also, the spiked collar may well be a reference to her new, kinky sexual interests. It also appears in a huge form in the Ubisoft E3 conference reveal footage for Kingdom Battle, which suggests it’s important. As she earlier called herself a queen, is the game going to end with her dominating King Rabbid Bowser? Kingdom… King Dom… Dominate a king?…

And I should know she’s into kinky sex. How do you think I managed to leak so much about this game back in December and January of 2016 into 2017? As she was first coming out, I was right there with her. We certainly had a little bit of fun trading for information on her upcoming game.

So, there you have it, undeniable evidence that, over the past three years, Ubisoft has been laying deliberate groundwork to tell the story of trans woman Rabbid Peach. Go on commenters, tell me I’m wrong.

Laura's gaming journey began in the 90′s when she was given a SNES by her older brother with Mario paint. From that day video games were all she thought about day or night, be it playing them, designing them, discussing them or writing about them.

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