List of LGBT characters in animation and graphic art
The following is a list of LGBT characters in animation. This list includes notable gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fictional characters in animated feature films, animated shows, manga, comic series, and graphic novels.
Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin write that animation has always "hint[ed] at the performative nature of gender" such as when Bugs Bunny puts on a wig and a dress, he is a rabbit in drag as a human male who is in drag as a female. In the 1950s, American comic books, under the Comics Code Authority, adopted the Comic Code which, under the guise of preventing "perversion", largely prevented the presentation of LGBT characters for a number of decades.
Within the Japanese anime and manga, yaoi is the tradition of representing same-sex male relationships in materials that are generally created by women artists and marketed mostly for Japanese girls  while the genre known as yuri focuses on relationships between women.
|Character||Show / Series||Media||Country of origin||Notes|
|Pearl||Steven Universe||Animated television||United States||In the third Steven Bomb, it is made even more apparant that Pearl has attraction to another female character by the name of Rose  and has been confirmed by one of the show's writers.|
|Princess Bubblegum||Adventure Time||Animated television||United States||On August 7, 2014, at a Barnes & Noble book signing for Martin Olson's book The Adventure Time Encyclopædia, Olivia Olson confirmed that Marceline and Princess Bubblegum had dated; which can explain their rivalry and why they had trouble getting along with the other in the past. Since the show airs in some countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's relationship cannot be depicted on the TV series. Olivia stated that their relationship may be mentioned in the upcoming book, but had no further statements regarding the two.|
|Marceline the Vampire Queen||Adventure Time||Animated television||United States||On August 7th, 2014, at a Barnes & Noble book signing for Martin Olson's book The Adventure Time Encyclopædia, Olivia Olson confirmed that Marceline and Princess Bubblegum had dated; which can explain their rivalry and why they had trouble getting along with the other in the past. Since the show airs in some countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's relationship cannot be depicted on the TV series. Olivia stated that their relationship may be mentioned in the upcoming book, but had no further statements regarding the two.|
|Mitch Downe||ParaNorman||Animated feature||United States|| Co-director Chris Butler said that the character's sexual orientation was explicitly connected with the film's message: "If we’re saying to anyone that watches this movie don’t judge other people, then we’ve got to have the strength of our convictions."|
|Gobber the Belch||How To Train Your Dragon 2||Animated feature||United States||Voice actor Craig Ferguson ad-libbed a line in which he mentions that he never got married for an undisclosed reason. Ferguson and director Dean DeBlois has said that it meant that Gobber is gay.|
|Korra||The Legend of Korra||Animated television||United States||Was romantically involved with Mako in seasons 1 and 2, and in the 4th season's finale of the show started a relationship with Asami Sato. The creators confirmed her bisexuality.|
|Asami Sato||The Legend of Korra||Animated television||United States||Was romantically involved with Mako in seasons 1 and 2, and in the 4th season's finale of the show started a relationship with Korra. The creators confirmed her bisexuality.|
|Herbert Garrison (formerly Janet Garrison)||South Park||Animated television||United States||Originally presented as a closeted homosexual, the storylines have featured Garrison coming out as a gay man, then having a sex operation to become female (known as Janet Garrison), while female becoming a lesbian, then having another operation to become male again.|
|Big Gay Al||South Park||Animated television||United States|| He is a stereotypical homosexual man known for his flamboyant and positive demeanor.|
|The Alchemist||The Venture Bros.||Animated television||United States||[non-primary source needed] He is in an on-again, off-again relationship with Shore Leave.|
|Ray Gillette||Archer||Animated television||United States||Ray is shown as a gay man who likes having sex.|
|Bug Gribble||King of the Hill||Animated television||United States||Dale Gribble's father, Bug Gribble has come out and participates in the gay rodeo circuit.|
|Waylon Smithers||The Simpsons||Animated television||United States||Smithers is portrayed as a semi-closeted gay man.|
|Michiru Kaioh aka Sailor Neptune||Sailor Moon||Japan||Was in a relationship with Sailor Uranus. This was changed in the English version of the anime, where they were made 'cousins.' In the re-release of the original anime, the English version keeps their lesbian relationship.|
|Haruka Tenoh aka Sailor Uranus||Sailor Moon||Japan||Was in a relationship with Sailor Neptune. This was changed in the English version of the anime, where they were made 'cousins.' In the re-release of the original anime, the English version keeps their lesbian relationship.|
|Isabella Yamamoto||Paradise Kiss||Anime (based on manga)||Japan||Isabella was born male (named Daisuke), but lives as a female. Robin Brenner calls the character "one of the most realistic and accepting portrayals of a transgender character in manga."|
|Alielle Relryle||El-Hazard||Anime||Japan||Alielle is presented as a comical character who makes other women uncomfortable because of her open attraction to them.|
|Daley Wong||Bubblegum Crisis||Anime||Japan||Daley is a sympathetically presented gay character.|
|Robbie and Larry||Crapston Villas||Stop-motion animation||England||The series was one of the first animated series on British television to present openly gay characters.|
|Thomas Werner, Julusmole Bayhan ("Juli" or "Yuli"), Eric Fruehling||Thomas no Shinzō||Manga||Japan||Set in a German boys boarding school, the story relates how, after Thomas' suicide, an upper classman, Yuri, finds a love letter Thomas wrote to him, and then meets a new student, Eric, who looks just like Thomas.|
|Mo Testa||Dykes to Watch Out For||Comic strip||United States||Mo is a semi-autobiographical representation of the creator Alison Bechdel who started the strip in because she wanted to see representations of her life that were not available in the media at the time.|
|Northstar||Uncanny X-Men #120
|Comic book||United States||Northstar was the first openly gay superhero in the Marvel Comics universe.|
|Norbert Brommer and Walter "Waltraud"||Der bewegte Mann and Pretty Baby: Der bewegte Mann 2||Comic||Germany||In the series created by Ralf König, Norbert gets a crush on Axel Feldheim, a man who begins questioning his sexuality after breaking up with his girlfriend. the Der bewegte Mann comics became some of the most popular comics in Germany during the 1980s. Norbert's flamboyant friend Walter goes by the feminine version "Waltraud".|
|Patty Bouvier||The Simpsons||Animated television||United States||The character Patty officially came out in the episode "There's something about Marrying" which was one of the episodes that carried the occasional warning of content that might be unsuitable for children.|
|Saddam Hussein||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut / South Park||Animated film,
|United States||Within South Park series and film Saddam Hussein is presented as a gay man. He is shown having a relationship with Satan in hell where Hussein wants a more sexual relationship but Satan wants an emotionally fulfilling partner.|
|Hothead Paisan||Hothead Paisan:Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist||Comic strip||United States||Created by Diane DiMassa, Hothead Paaisan's presentation was cathartic to lesbians, but so graphically violent that the strip was banned in Canada.|
|Brother Ken||bro'Town||Animated television||New Zealand||Brother Ken is the principal of the school and is fa'afafine a Samoan concept for a third gender, a person who is born biologically male but is raised and sees themself as female. Because the concept does not readily translate, when the series was broadcast on Cartoon Network Latin America, a decision was made not to translate Samoan words and just present them as part of the "cultural journey".|
|Andy Lippincott||Doonsbury||Comic strip||United States||Andy Lippincott was the first openly gay character to appear in a mainstream comic strip in 1976.|
|Jasper||Family Guy||Animated television||United States||Jasper is a dog who is Brian Griffin's gay cousin. Jasper marries his partner Ricardo in the episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives."|
|Terry Bates, Greg Corbin||American Dad||Animated television||United States||Life partners|
|Rick and Steve,
Dana and Kristen
|Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Animated television||United States / Canada||A stop motion animation program from Logo TV. During the series, Rick and Steve have a baby with the lesbian couple Dana and Kristen.|
|Jolene Gertrude Rodriguez aka Tomato "Mad Dog" Rodriguez||Flaming Iguanas,
They Call Me Mad Dog!,
|Illustrated graphic novels||United States||The works by Erika Lopez follow the adventures of Tomato Rodriguez, a bisexual Puerto Rican American woman.|
|Kate Kane as Batwoman||52 (#7)||Comic series||United States||When DC Comics rebooted their universe with the series 52 in 2006, they reintroduced Batwoman as Kate Kane and identified her as a lesbian, making her the highest profile lesbian in the DC universe.|
|Holly Robinson||Catwoman vol. 3 #1 (issue where her open lesbian identity begins)||Comic series||United States||Holly Robinson is a friend of Catwoman and was one of the few openly lesbian characters in the early 2000s DC world.|
|Him||The Powerpuff Girls||Animated television||United States||The villain known as Him, portrayed as a cross-dressing devil wearing high heels and fishnet hose with a computer modified falsetto voice, was identified in the Huffington Post as "The Most Disturbing Villain In Cartoon History".|
|Ranma Saotome||Ranma ½||Manga||Japan||Ranma falls into a cursed spring which causes him to turn into a female every time he is splashed with cold water and remain as such until he is doused with hot water.|
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