While Ubisoft did not mention it yesterday during the big reveal of Rainbow Six Siege's next season Operation Deep Freeze, the new operator Tubarão is a trans man.
The reveal is included in Tubarão's profile on the official website (spotted by Twitter user Dawn), where we learn that he transitioned before entering selection training to join the DAE (Destacamento de Ações Especiais, the Tier One special forces of the Portuguese Navy).
We also read from his psychological report penned by Doc himself (reporting Blackbeard's words) that Tubarão is extremely resilient and that by being trans "he had to fight twice as hard for his spot."
Born in Ponta Delgada, Portugal, Isaac Nunes Oliveira (Tubarão's full name) is also praised for his empathy, which we saw in action in his animated trailer.
Nunes shares a lot of experience and interests with Specialist Craig “Blackbeard” Jenson, who he trained with years ago in one of their units’ many joint exercises. I’ve never heard two grown men laugh so much. I guess you could say similar people are led to similar careers. When I asked Jenson for his opinion on Nunes’ recruitment, his answer surprised me: “Every man’s different. Tubs is trans, so he had to fight twice as hard for his spot. You can’t break him. You just have to let him do his thing.”
Nunes’ resilience is essential, but what I find most important is that no matter the situation, he has as much faith in his empathy as in the skills that make him a high-performing specialist. That’s what makes him Wolfguard.
Tubarão is a defender and he fights with either an MPX SMG or an AR-15.50 assault rifle as primary weapons and a P226 MK 25 handgun as secondary.
He can use Nitro Cells and Proximity alarms as gadgets, while his unique ability is the Zoto Canister that he invented himself, containing a mix of liquid nitrogen and oxygen capable of slowing down enemies and pausing enemy gadgets.
The game is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.