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|Common name||ZX Spectrum|
|Also known as||ZX82, Speccy|
|Height||155 cm (5'1")|
|Hair color||Sandy blonde|
|Rival(s)||Commodore 64, BBC Micro, Amstrad CPC|
|System personified||ZX Spectrum hardware line + Sinclair BASIC|
|Developer(s)||Sinclair Research Ltd.|
|Debut||23 Apr 1982|
|Latest release||ZX Spectrum +2B and +3B, c.1987 (discontinued 1992)|
Spectrum-tan is depicted as a young adolescent girl, sweet and mild-mannered, but also radiating a playful and tacit wisdom indicative of her age and former popularity around the world. She wears glasses, has her sandy-blonde hair usually tied forward in long pigtails, and dons a vested brown uniform that alludes to her British origin. Her pleated skirt is also emblazoned with the rainbow parallelogram that used to be the Spectrum logo.
In addition to her base clothing, she also accessorizes with intentionally color-mismatched items, a reference to the Attribute Clashing which severely affected the original system and its software/games. The accessories will often be of divergent cultures as well, owing to the ZX Spectrum's popularity outside of 1980's Western markets, specifically in Brazil and the former Soviet Union.
Family and relationships
Spectrum-tan was rivals with C64-tan, BBC Micro-tan and Amstrad CPC-tan in the 80's, her rivalry with C64-tan was thought to the the most fierce, referencing the competitiveness of their userbases against each other in particular. She has mostly abandoned these rivalries, preferring to be cooperative. Her former rivals are still fairly competitive, and she may get dragged back into rivalries whether she wants to or not.