List of animation and graphic art works with LGBT characters

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This is a list of animation and graphic art works with LGBT characters. This list includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fictional characters in animated feature films, animated shows, anime, 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.[1] 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.[2]

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 [3] while the genre known as yuri focuses on relationships between women.

List of works[edit]

Animated films[edit]

Title Year Character(s) Classification Notes Country
Rocky & Hudson 1994 Rocky and Hudson Gay Rocky and Hudson, the protagonists of this movie, are a couple of openly gay cowboys. Brazil
Adolescence of Utena 1999 Anthy Himemiya and Utena Tenjou Lesbian When Utena arrives at Ohtori Academy as a transfer student, she hits on Wakaba. Later, Utena and Anthy flirt and kiss. Japan
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 Big Gay Al Gay In the series, he is a stereotypical homosexual man known for his flamboyant and positive demeanor.[4] In the movie, he sings: "Everything is super when you're gay!". United States
Saddam Hussein and Satan Gay Within the South Park series and film Saddam Hussein and Satan are shown having a gay relationship in hell, where Hussein wants a more sexual relationship but Satan wants an emotionally fulfilling partner.[5]
Is It Fall Yet? 2000 Alison Bisexual Alison is seen flirting with the titular character's best friend, Jane, but Jane turns her down by trying to make it clear she's straight. And the next day, Alison apologizes to Jane about what happened; Jane nearly accepts until Alison flirts with their male art camp teacher in front of Jane. United States
Tokyo Godfathers 2003 Hana Trans woman Hana, a protagonist of this film, is a homeless trans woman. Japan
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs 2008 Yivo Agender, Pansexual Yivo is a planet-sized alien with no determinable gender. When referring to Yivo, the word "shklee" is used instead of "he" or "she", and "shklim" or "shkler" instead of "him" or "her". Yivo dates and then marries all people of the universe at once, but they soon break up. Afterwards, Yivo remains in a relationship with Colleen. United States
Mary and Max 2009 Damian Popodopoulos Bisexual Damian leaves his wife Mary to be with his pen friend in New Zealand, for which they form a relationship. Australia
ParaNorman 2012 Mitch Downe Gay Courtney has a crush on Mitch and invites him to watch a movie, but she discovers that he is gay and already in a relationship when he replies "You know, you're going to love my boyfriend. He's like a total chick flick nut!"[6][7] 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."[8] United States
Strange Frame 2012 Parker and Naia Lesbian In a distant future two women fall in love, but when one is taken away and enslaved by greedy businessmen the other must save her. United States
How To Train Your Dragon 2 2014 Gobber the Belch Gay 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 have confirmed this as meaning that Gobber is gay.[9][10] United States
Sausage Party 2016 Teresa Del Taco Lesbian Teresa develops a sexual attraction to Brenda. United States, Canada
Twink Gay Twink at one point kisses Frank and can be seen having sex with Firewater during the foods' celebratory orgy.
Kareem Abdul Lavash and Sammy Bagel Jr. Gay Enemies at first, Kareem and Sammy eventually form a relationship.
Storks 2016 Various couples Lesbian, Gay Near the end of the movie, the storks deliver babies to straight, lesbian and gay couples, and single parents. United States
Zootopia 2016 Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson Gay Bucky and Pronk are an anthropomorphic kudu and oryx respectively, who are loud and argumentative neighbors to main protagonist Judy Hopps. Given their differing species and sharing a hyphenated surname, viewers and fans speculated the pair were a married same-sex couple. This was later confirmed by co-director Jared Bush.[11] United States

Animated shorts[edit]

Title Years Character Classification Notes Country
John and Michael 2004 John and Michael Gay Two men with Down syndrome share a loving relationship.[12] Canada
A Kiss for the Petals: Becoming Your Lover 2010 Mai and Reo Lesbian Mai and Reo are lovers. Japan
In a Heartbeat 2017 Sherwin and Jonathan Gay A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams. United States

Animated series[edit]

Title Year(s) Character(s) Classification Notes Country
Genesis Climber MOSPEADA 1983–1984 Yellow Belmont / Yellow Dancer Genderqueer Yellow Belmont is a male soldier, who disguises himself as Yellow Dancer, a female singer. Japan
Bubblegum Crisis 1987–1991 Daley Wong Gay Daley is a sympathetically presented gay character.[13] Japan
The Simpsons 1989–present Brunella Pommelhorst Trans man Mrs. Pommelhorst is the gym teacher who announced her intention to take time off and return as "Mr. Pommelhorst, the shop teacher". United States
Dewey Largo Gay Mr. Largo is the school's music teacher. He is a gay man.
Grady and Julio Gay They are a gay couple, who later break up.
Karl Gay Karl, voiced by Harvey Fierstein, is a gay guest character in 1990 episode Simpson and Delilah, and takes part in a same-sex kiss.[citation needed]
Lady Gaga Bisexual She kissed Marge on the lips on the season 23 episode "Lisa Goes Gaga".
Patty Bouvier Lesbian The character Patty officially came out in "There's something about Marrying" which was one of the episodes that carried the occasional warning of content that might be unsuitable for children.[14]
Waylon Smithers Gay Smithers is a semi-closeted gay man.[15] Waylon Smithers rides a float called "Stayin' in the Closet!" during Springfield's annual gay pride parade in the 2002 episode "Jaws Wired Shut". The season 27 episode "The Burns Cage" had Smithers officially come out as gay.[16]
Yu Yu Hakusho 1992–1994 Itsuki Gay Itsuki is Sensui's right hand and is interested in him. Japan
Miyuki Trans woman Miyuki is a character from both the manga and the anime. She is a trans girl and a member of the Demon Triad, a group of demon warriors that work for the Toguro Brothers. Her trans status is discovered in her fight against Yusuke.[17] Miyuki's "coming out" was censored in the edited version of the Funimation English dub.
Sailor Moon 1992–1997 Fish-Eye Gay The villain Fish-Eye is an effeminate cross-dressing man who is interested in men. He was changed into a woman in the English dub. The character, however, is suspected by many to in fact be intended as a trans woman.[citation needed] Japan
Kunzite and Zoisite Gay Zoisite and Kunzite, both powerful generals who work under Queen Beryl from the Dark Kingdom are an openly gay couple in the series.[18]

Though, in some dubs in other countries, Zoisite's gender was changed to female for his feminine appearance and to make them a heterosexual couple instead; and in other dubs, they are changed into brotherly figures because of the closeness of their relationship.

Haruka Tenoh aka Sailor Uranus and Michiru Kaioh aka Sailor Neptune Lesbian Haruka and Michiru are in a relationship. 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.[19]
Sailor Starlights Genderqueer The Sailor Starlights were assigned female at birth,[20] but transform to present as male and refer to themselves as males when not fighting. Sailor Star Fighter is explicitly in love with a woman and describes themself as having "the heart of a boy" in an official series poem/song.[21]
Gargoyles 1994–1997 Lexington Gay According to series creator Greg Weisman, Lexington is gay.[22] Greg was not allowed to explore that aspect of the character.[citation needed] United States
El-Hazard 1995–1996 Alielle Relryle Lesbian Alielle is presented as a comical character who makes other women uncomfortable because of her open attraction to them.[13] Japan
Crapston Villas 1995–1997 Robbie and Larry Gay The series was one of the first animated series on British television to present openly gay characters.[23] England
Saber Marionette J 1996–1997 Mitsurugi Hanagata Gay Hanagata is gay and has feelings for Otaru. Japan
Dexter's Laboratory 1996–2003 Silver Spooner Gay The segment "Dial M for Monkey: Barbequor" (season one, 1996) was removed from rotation after a few years of being broadcast in the United States. The short features a character named the Silver Spooner (a spoof of the Silver Surfer), which was perceived by Cartoon Network as a stereotype of gay men.[citation needed] United States
Hey Arnold! 1996–2004 Eugene Horowitz Gay On July 26, 2016, the show's creator Craig Bartlett stated that Eugene "is kind of 'proto-gay', so he's uncomfortable getting close to any girl" during an interview with BuzzFeed, though this was never explicitly stated during the show. Bartlett stated: "We always figured Eugene was kind of proto-gay. He's not gay yet, he just will be. He loves musical theater, and he's a wonderful guy."[24] This was never explicitly disclosed in the series, though it was hinted at in several episodes.[citation needed] United States
Mr. Robert Simmons Gay On July 26, 2016, the show's creator Craig Bartlett confirmed that Mr. Simmons was indeed gay during an interview with BuzzFeed.[24] Several episodes throughout the series hinted at Mr. Simmons' sexuality, including "Arnold's Thanksgiving", a Thanksgiving-themed episode which implies that one of his dinner guests is his boyfriend, and that Simmons' mother wants him to date a female friend. However, it was never explicitly stated he was gay.
Revolutionary Girl Utena 1997 Anthy Himemiya and Utena Tenjou Bisexual The two leads of the series, Utena Tenjou and Anthy Himemiya, were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara.[25][26] The characters are seen kissing both in the TV show credits and the movie. Japan
Juri Arisugawa Lesbian Juri is explicitly in love with her female classmate, Shiori, in both the TV series and movie. She is described as "homosexual" by the creators in the DVD booklet.[27] The commentary in the booklet indicated that Shiori also had feelings for her, but was too troubled and insecure to act on them in a healthy way.[28] In the movie, Shiori sleeps with Touga Kiryuu.
Shiori Takatsuki Bisexual
Kozue Kaoru Bisexual Kozue Kaoru was shown kissing Anthy.
Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu Bisexual Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu were shown in bed together, and Miki described Akio as "seducing" Touga.[29] Akio and Touga are playboys with a number of female conquests. Akio's conquests include Utena and Kozue.
King of the Hill 1997–2010 Bug Gribble and Juan Pedro Gay In "My Own Private Rodeo," Dale's father, Bug has come out and participates in the gay rodeo circuit. Bug is married to Juan Pedro.[15] United States
Carolyn (Jamie) Drag queen In "The Peggy Horror Picture Show," Peggy befriends a drag queen named "Carolyn" whose real name is Jamie.
South Park 1997–present Big Gay Al Gay [30] He is a stereotypical homosexual man known for his flamboyant and positive demeanor.[4] Big Gay Al openly displays his homosexuality and is an advocate for gay rights. He is Mr. Garrison's ex-boyfriend, and is married to Mr. Slave. United States
Craig Tucker and Tweek Tweak Gay, Bisexual Craig and Tweek are seen frequently throughout the nineteenth and twentieth season holding hands and hanging out with each other. It is confirmed by the official website and blog that they are in a relationship. Craig is shown to be bisexual, as seen in earlier episodes and in the game South Park: The Stick of Truth.[31]
Herbert Garrison (formerly Janet Garrison) Gay, Trans woman, Lesbian 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.[32] It is shown he still has feelings for his ex-boyfriend, Mr. Slave.
Jimbo Kern Gay It has been hinted that Jimbo Kern has had a past sexual relationship with his partner, Ned, despite his claims of heterosexuality.
Mr. Slave Gay Mr. Slave was Mrs. Garrison's boyfriend until she made the transition into a female. He is now married to Big Gay Al.
Ms. Ellen Lesbian In "Tom's Rhinoplasty", Chef reveals that the new teacher Ms. Ellen is lesbian. Some of her male students are attracted to her and don't understand what lesbians are, and try to become lesbians too, to get her attention.
Saddam Hussein and Satan Gay Within the South Park series and film Saddam Hussein and Satan are presented as a gay couple.[5]
Sparky and the animals in Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Sanctuary Gay In "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride", Stan's dog Sparky is shown to be gay, and Big Gay Al is the owner of Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Sanctuary, a sanctuary for gay animals, including horses, rabbits, fish, a lion, etc.
Stephen Stotch Bisexual Despite being married to Linda, Butters' father Stephen Stotch is revealed to be a regular customer at the local gay bath house.
Outlaw Star 1998 Fred Lou Gay Fred is a 20-year-old camp weapons merchant who is known to be flamboyant and openly gay. He has a strong infatuation for the series' main protagonist, Gene Starwind, to whom he supplies arms to. Japan
Cardcaptor Sakura 1998–2000 Tomoyo Daidouji Lesbian Tomoyo is in love with the protagonist of the show, Sakura. Sakura does not return Tomoyo's feelings.[33] At some point, Tomoyo confesses her love to Sakura, but Sakura misunderstands her, thinking she means "love" as a friend, and Tomoyo says that she'll explain when Sakura is older.[34] Japan
Sonomi Daidouji Lesbian Tomoyo's mother, Sonomi, confesses that she was in love with Sakura's mother.[35]
Toya Kinomoto Bisexual The creators have confirmed that Yukito and Toya (both male) are a couple.[33] They are stated to be in love within the series itself.[36]

Before meeting Yukito, Toya dated Kaho Mizuki when she was his junior high school teacher, and she broke up with him when she left to study in England.

Yukito Tsukishiro Gay
Ruby Moon Genderqueer Ruby Moon has no biological sex. She is always seen presenting as female, even though Spinel Sun often asks her why doesn't she present as male for a change. At some points, Ruby Moon states that her gender does not matter because she is not actually human and also that girls have cuter clothes.
Jibaku-kun 1999–2000 Ali Babah Gay, Genderqueer Ali Babah, the Great Child of the 5th World, is a man by day and a woman by night, because he/she is affected by the curse of Kamemondo, the turtle monster. Not only Ali Babah's body changes, his/her personality drastically changes as well. Ali Babah's female persona is a skilled fighter and thief. She is a serious woman, who is almost never seen smiling.[37] Ali Babah's male persona is a cowardly, flamboyant comic relief gay man, who wears the same feminine clothing his female persona wears. The male Ali Babah flirts with Bucky, the protagonist, and hugs him when given the chance, to Bucky's chagrin. The male Ali Babah considers two girls his rivals for the love of Bucky: Pink and Queen Sheelo.[38] In the series finale, the curse is broken and Ali Babah remains indefinitely as a gay man attracted to Bucky.[39] Japan
Hyō Gay Hyō is a strong fighter, a Great Soldier and an antagonist in the series.[40] However, he is attracted to Bucky, the protagonist.[41]

When Hyō is introduced, he fights Bucky, Pink and Kai himself[40] and later Hyō causes them to engage in various deadly battles against other opponents.[42] However, Hyō enjoys watching Bucky's battles on a large TV screen and secretly cheers for him to win and survive.[43] As a running gag, Hyō usually talks about Bucky with a passionate tone of voice — often outright stating that he loves Bucky — while roses appear on the background.[40][43][44][41]

After Hyō discovers that Bucky qualifies to become a Great Soldier too,[44] Hyō gives up antagonizing Bucky and prepares a welcome party for him.[41][45] Later, Hyō claims to be Bucky's lover.[a][46] In the series finale, Hyō attempts but fails to kiss Bucky on the mouth to celebrate when Zan, a powerful antagonist, seems to be defeated.[39]

Mission Hill 1999–2002 Gus Duncz and Wally Langford Gay Gus and Wally are an elderly couple in their late 60s. United States
Futurama 1999–2013 Enos Fry Gay In "Roswell that Ends Well", Philip J. Fry travels to the past and meets his grandparents Enos and Mildred in their youth. Philip encourages Enos to marry Mildred and have children, to which he replies: "Yeah, folks say that. But did you ever get the feeling you're only going with girls 'cause you're supposed to?" Enos does not show any interest in a pin-up calendar featuring a girl in skimpy clothing, but he flips some pages and happily stares at the picture of a shirtless man. Eventually, Enos dies without having any children and Philip unknowingly impregnates Mildred, thus becoming his own grandfather. United States
Old Man Waterfall Bisexual Old Man Waterfall is a polygamist: he has seven wives and one husband.[47]
Family Guy 1999–present Jasper Gay Jasper is a dog who is Brian Griffin's gay cousin. Jasper marries his partner Ricardo in "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives."[48] United States
Herbert Gay Herbert is an elderly man. He has an ephebophiliac and hebephiliac attraction to young boys, and harbors unrequited love for underage teenager Chris Griffin, though most other citizens of Quahog are oblivious to his sexuality. His voice actor Mike Henry defines Herbert as a pedophile.[49]
Sarah Lesbian In "Brian Sings and Swings", Sarah invites her classmate Meg Griffin to join her afterschool club. Only after accepting, Meg discovers that it is called Lesbian Alliance Club. Meg pretends to be lesbian for a while to make friends. It is shown that Sarah is attracted to Meg: when Meg visits her to confess that she is actually straight, Sarah mistakes Meg's sentences "I got to get something off my chest" and "I need to open up" as invitations to have sex.
OH! Super Milk Chan 2000 Landlord Gay His homosexuality is disclosed in the series' ninth episode and is referred to in more than one episode. Japan
Braceface 2001–2004 Mark "Dion" Jones Gay Canon gay male character.[50][51] Canada
Clone High 2002–2003 Wally and Carl Gay Wally and Carl are a gay couple, and the foster parents of JFK. Canada, United States
DearS 2004 Mitsuka Yoshimine Bisexual Mitsuka is an exhibitionist high school English teacher. Mitsuka often strips down to her lingerie during classes, makes her students read erotic stories,[52] openly asks about their sex lives[53] and flirts with them.[54] She is also a porn actress, who makes her own original videos.[55] Mitsuka constantly interprets everything around her in a sexual way and is shown to be aroused as a result. Her behavior routinely annoys her students, but the principal does not take any steps to prevent it.[52]

Mitsuka is attracted to boys and girls.[52] At some points, she is seen flirting with her male student Takeya,[54] and her female "DearS" (human-like aliens) students Ren[54][56] and Miu.[54]

Japan
Gantz 2004 Masanobu Hojo Gay Masanobu is one of the hunters, the people assigned by Gantz to kill aliens.

He is outed by Gantz, who nicknames him "Homo". Kei Kurono, Masaru Kato and Tetsuo Nemoto treat Masanobu with hostility because of his sexuality. Masanobu repeatedly denies being gay, but otherwise says that he is not attracted to Tetsuo in particular. Unlike the others, Kei Kishimoto stands up for Masanobu.[57]

In the Buddhist Temple mission, Masanobu dies together with Sadayo "Sadako" Suzumura, a fellow female hunter. In their last breath, after having their torsos severed in half by the sword of the Buddha statue, Sadako kisses Masanobu on the mouth.[58]

Japan
Chiaki Onizuka Gay Chiaki is an openly gay high school student and heavyweight boxer. He studies in the same school as Kato Masaru, one of the main characters. Chiaki expresses a desire to rape Kato. However, this infuriates Kato, causing him to assault an unprepared Chiaki while he was using the bathroom stall and beat him into a bloody mess.[59]
Re: Cutie Honey 2004 Scoop Panther Lesbian Scoop Panther is one of the villains. She uses a combination of X-ray specs and camera to take pictures of naked girls by seeing through their clothes. Cutie Honey, the heroine, fights her three times. In the third battle, Scoop Panther combines with two other villains to form Triple Panther.[60] Japan
Drawn Together 2004–2007 Xandir P. Wifflebottom Gay Xandir is labeled as a "totally gay video game adventurer" during the show's first episode, and on a never-ending quest to save his girlfriend.

In the episode "Gay Bash", he comes to terms with his homosexuality after having his arm bitten off by the Wood Beast, a creature that determines a person's sexuality by biting off the arms of homosexuals and keeping the arms of heterosexuals intact. His housemates then throw him a party exclusively for homosexuals. Xandir is convinced by Foxxy to come out via telephone to his girlfriend, who, after being told he is gay, breaks up with him. Devastated by the break-up, he commits suicide by repeatedly stabbing himself and respawning with one life remaining, keeping his housemates awake at night. Clara suggests he could wish himself straight with the use of a magic lamp, a wish the genie of the lamp is offended by and refuses to grant, over which Xandir threatens to take his last life. The genie stops him to reveal that he himself is gay and falls in love with him shortly before getting captured by Lord Slashstab, thus beginning Xandir's never-ending quest to save him.

In "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree", Xandir has an affair with Captain Hero's gay alter ego Tim Tommerson.

United States
Foxxy Love Bisexual Foxxy has relations with both men and women, but preferably with the former. She makes out with Princess Clara in the show's first episode "Hot Tub", and has a brief BDSM relationship with Captain Hero in "Requiem for a Reality Show".
Captain Hero Pansexual Captain Hero is shown to be sexually aroused by an array of paraphilias and will have sex with anything and anyone. He and Foxxy Love form a brief BDSM relationship in "Requiem for a Reality Show", and as his gay alter ego Tim Tommerson, has an affair with Xandir in "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree".
Kyo Kara Maoh! 2004–2009 Wolfram von Bielefeld Gay In another dimension called Shin Makoku, love between the same gender is not rare at all. Wolfram became Shibuya Yuuri's accidental fiancé after Yuuri slaps him on his left cheek for insulting his mother which actually is a traditional proposal amongst the nobles in Shin Makoku. Although he did not approve of being the Maoh's fiancé at first, he changes his mind when Yuuri's demon side kicks his butt in battle. He soon grows very protective over Yuuri, yelling at anyone who comes too close to him. He is especially jealous of Konrad, his own brother.[61] Japan
6Teen 2004–2010 Jean Lesbian [62] A one-time character, that was revealed to be a lesbian. When questioned, Jean thought a main character was asking her out. She told her that she was a lesbian, but she had a girlfriend. Canada
Kevin Gay [63] A one-time character, Kevin revealed to be gay. When Kevin leaves his bag in her workplace by mistake a main character, Caitlin, starts to get a crush on him and leaves him a note. It turns out that he's been leaving secret notes for her for a while. Near the end of the episode, they meet and Kevin is disappointed to learn that Caitlin is a girl. Caitlin is confused by his reaction until another character explains that "Kevin plays for the other team", meaning he is gay.
bro'Town 2004–2010 Brother Ken Genderqueer 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".[64] New Zealand
Bleach 2004–2012 Chizuru Honshō Lesbian Chizuru is a classmate of Ichigo Kurosaki. She is an open lesbian and is often trying to get close to Orihime only to be thwarted by Tatsuki who would often attack her. Japan
The Venture Bros. 2004–present The Alchemist Gay [65][non-primary source needed] He is in an on-again, off-again relationship with Shore Leave. United States
Paradise Kiss 2005 Isabella Yamamoto Trans woman Isabella was assigned male at birth (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."[66] Japan
Moral Orel 2005–2008 Stephanie Putty Lesbian Stephanie is a lesbian character who's revealed to have fallen in unrequited love with their old high school best friend, Kim Latchkey. Kim used Stephanie in high school to get Kim's future husband jealous by pretending that she and Stephanie were dating (though Stephanie believed at the time that it was real). Stephanie's father, Reverend Putty, points out that Kim never cared about her and helps his daughter move on from her.[67] United States
Coach Daniel Stopframe Bisexual Daniel, Orel's bisexual coach, has sex with three women and a dog, and lusts after Orel's father Clay.
Fudêncio e Seus Amigos 2005–2011 Zezé Maria Genderqueer Zezé Maria is one of the students at the school. His/her name may be roughly translated into "Joe-Joe Mary".[b] Zezé has the appearance of a little girl and a manly voice. In this Portuguese-language cartoon, Zezé is often referred to using pronouns and articles[c] of either gender.

Zezé is shown to be attracted to men in "A Namorada do Zezé" ("Zezé's Girlfriend"). In "Gay!!" all the students become temporarily gay except Conrado, and Zezé Maria calls herself a lesbian, but Funérea (another girl) rejects her on the grounds that she became a lesbian too and does not think of Zezé as a girl.

Brazil
Policeman Delcídio Gay He is an openly gay policeman.
Jacques Janine Costeaul Gay In "Gay!!", Jacques is a gay teacher hired to give a lecture about respecting the sexual orientation of other people. This causes all the students, except Conrado, to switch their orientations and become gay.
Ouran High School Host Club 2006 Ryōuji "Ranka" Fujioka Bisexual Haruhi's father Ryouji is bisexual and works in a gay bar as a drag queen under the name Ranka. Japan
Princess Princess 2006 Toru Kouno, Yuujirou Shihoudani and Mikoto Yutaka Genderqueer The three boys were selected to be the "princesses" at the all-boy school they attend. They dress up as girls, which is a tradition with the purpose of breaking up the monotony of life surrounded by nothing but males. They are expected to encourage others at school, and cheer at school events.

Other people, including council president Shuya Arisada, were princesses too, in the past.

Japan
The students Bisexual The students at the all-boy school are routinely shown to admire beautiful boys, including the princesses even when they are dressed as regular male students, as opposed to cross-dressing as girls. For example, when Toru Kouno arrives at the school (dressed as a regular male student), all the students look at him with a reddish face and smile in admiration, and he is chosen to become a princess because of his appearance and popularity.

Additionally, members of the student council often compliment council president Shuya Arisada on his looks.

Strawberry Panic! 2006 Various girls Lesbian Strawberry Panic! is a series of Japanese illustrated short stories (later adapted into an anime) written by Sakurako Kimino, which focus on a group of teenage girls attending three affiliated all-girl schools on Astraea Hill. A common theme throughout the stories is the intimate lesbian relationships between the characters. Japan
Happiness! 2006–2007 Jun Watarase Gay, Trans woman Jun is alluded to being either an androgynous gay boy who crossdresses to appear as a girl or a transwoman largely due to the fact that in the OVA he was happy to have been turned into a girl. Japan
Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World 2007–2009 Rick Brocka and Steve Ball Gay During the series, the gay couple Rick and Steve have a baby with the lesbian couple Dana and Kirsten.[68] United States, Canada
Dana Bernstein and Kirsten Kellogg Lesbian
Chuck Masters and Evan Martinez Gay Chuck Masters and Evan Martinez are a male gay couple.
Candy Boy 2007–2009 Sakuya Kamiyama Lesbian Sakuya seeks out and stalks Kanade, saying that she's in love with her and will do anything to be with her. She pays Yukino with candies in exchange for photos and personal stuff of her sister. Japan
Rosario + Vampire 2008 Yukari Sendou Bisexual Yukari (a witchling) has a crush on both Moka (a female vampire) and Tsukune (a male human). Yukari openly wants to have a three-way relationship with them, but Moka and Tsukune don't return her feelings.

When Yukari is introduced in both the manga and the anime, she only likes Moka, not Tsukune. Once Moka saves Yukari from being bullied by their monster schoolmates, Yukari confesses her love to her. At this point, Yukari tries to drive Moka and Tsukune apart, out of jealousy. Only after Tsukune puts himself in harm's way to save Yukari from monsters too, Yukari starts to like him as well and confesses her love to him.[69][70]

Japan
Shōjo Sect: Innocent Lovers 2008 Various girls Lesbian Shōjo Sect is a Japanese adult yuri manga series set in an all-girl high school. It was later adapted into the anime Shōjo Sect: Innocent Lovers. Japan
Black Butler 2008–2014 Grell Sutcliffe Trans woman Grell is a trans woman. Japan
Superjail! 2008–2014 Alice Trans woman Alice is the female transgender head corrections officer of Superjail, or better described to be the only corrections officer. She is voiced by Christy Karacas. United States
Jean Baptiste Le Ghei and Paul Guaye Gay The inmates Jean Baptiste Le Ghei and Paul Guaye are a recurring couple.
Sweet Blue Flowers 2009 Fumi Manjōme and Akira Okudaira Lesbian Sweet Blue Flowers is a yuri anime.[71] The main character, Fumi, comes out as a lesbian in episode 4.[72] Akira later has a relationship with Fumi. Japan
Kyōko Ikumi Lesbian Kyoko confesses her feelings to her female crush.[73]
Sit Down, Shut Up 2009 Andrew LeGustambos Bisexual Andrew is a flamboyant and bisexual drama teacher whose last name in Spanish roughly translates to "he likes both", a reference to his sexual orientation.[74] He is in love with Larry Littlejunk and Miracle Grohe, with whom he hopes to get into a relationship should they become a couple. United States
The Goode Family 2009 Mo and Trish Lesbian Mo and Trish are a lesbian couple. United States
Souki and Jenn Lesbian Souki and Jenn are a lesbian couple.
Kanamemo 2009 Yuuki Minami and Yume Kitaoka Lesbian Yuuki and Yume are a couple. They share an expressive yuri love, even kissing in public occasionally. Japan
Haruka Nishida Lesbian Haruka has an attraction to girls under the age of 15, often making various advances on Kana, who fears her greatly in this regard.
Monogatari 2009–2010 Sugaru Kanbaru Bisexual She identifies as a bisexual multiple times in the series. Japan
Hetalia: Axis Powers 2009–2010 Sweden (Berwald Oxenstierna) Gay Berwald is confirmed to be a homosexual by the show's creator Hidekaz Himaruya, and had feelings towards his friend Tino (Finland). Berwald is also the only character in the show to have a confirmed sexuality. Japan
Germany (Ludwig) and Italy (Feliciano Vargas) Gay, Bisexual It is implied that Germany may be in love with Italy. In the Valentine's episode, Germany starts reading a book about how partners behave. As he reads the book, Germany becomes confused on whether or not Italy's behavior is that of a friend or a lover. Later, Italy presents him with red roses, a confession of love in Germany's home, making him believe that Italy is in love with him. He then proceeds to take the steps in the book to court Italy. He eventually proposes to Italy, and the strip ends with a flashback of Chibitalia receiving flowers from what appears to be Germany's view point, suggesting that he is Italy's long-lost childhood love, Holy Roman Empire.
Spain (Antonio Fernandez/ Hernandez Carriedo) and South Italy (Lovino Vargas) Gay, Bisexual Antonio has shown attraction towards Lovino throughout the series, proposing to him in the manga. It is unknown whether or not he was rejected.
The Cleveland Show 2009–2013 "Auntie" Momma Tubbs (Kevin Tubbs) Genderqueer Cleveland learns in "A Brown Thanksgiving" that Auntie Momma adopted a female persona years earlier because she felt that her niece Donna did not have a strong female role model in her life. United States
Terry Kimple Bisexual Terry, Cleveland's co-worker, marries his husband Paul in "Terry Unmarried". In the same episode, Cleveland ask if Terry is gay, Terry answers no, much to Cleveland's cheer. But Terry replies he's attracted to both genders, much to Cleveland's dismay.
Archer 2009–present Pam Poovey Bisexual Pam is the bisexual director of human resources. United States
Ray Gillette Gay Ray is an openly gay secret agent, and a former Olympic medalist in skiing.[75]
Woodhouse Gay Woodhouse, Archer's personal valet, is of ambiguous sexuality; he had a romantic and sexual attraction to another man, Reggie, during the First World War, but it has not been specified whether he has ever had any sexual feelings for anyone since Reggie's death.
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt 2010 Garterbelt Gay He is a priest with an interest in young males, Brief in particular. Japan
Baka and Test 2010–2011 Toshimitsu Kubo Gay Kubo have a crush on the main character Yoshii. Japan
Miharu Shimizu Lesbian Miharu is in love with Minami Shimada, but Minami tries to avoid her.
The Qwaser of Stigmata 2010–2011 Ekaterina "Katja" Kurae and Hana Katsuragi Lesbian Hana is Katja's sex slave and BDSM submissive. Hana also serves as her reserve of "Soma", breast milk with magical properties, which Katja routinely drinks. Japan
Mutsumi Sendou Bisexual Mutsumi is the lover of Tasuku Fujiomi. He is the only man Mutsumi is attracted to and she is often annoyed by his tendency to be a womanizer. However, Mutsumi is attracted to girls too. She openly flirts with Mafuyu in front of Sasha. She also kidnaps and rapes Mafuyu, and in the process discovers that Mafuyu holds the power known as "Sword of Maria".[76][77]
Eva-Q and Eva-R Bisexual Eva-Q and Eva-R seek to be sex and BDSM slaves. They are seen harassing three people, of both genders, asking them to be their master or mistress: a female police officer, the class president Fumika Mitarai and Alexander "Sasha" Nikolaevich Hell. Eva-Q and Eva-R also kiss each other.[78]
Kuttsukiboshi 2010–2012 Kiiko Kawakami and Aaya Saitō Lesbian, Bisexual Kiiko is in love with Aaya, but didn't have the courage to tell her in the beginning. Aaya likes to perform experiments with Kiiko's powers, but in reality she is in love with her. She usually takes the lead when it comes to activities and has an outgoing personality. Aaya's older brother, Kōta Saitō had a terminal disease and manipulated Aaya into having sex with him before going in for his operation where he died. Japan
Adventure Time 2010–present Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum Bisexual 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.[79] Additionally, Princess Bubblegum used to date the male character Mr. Cream Puff [80] and Marceline dated a male wizard named Ash.[81] United States
Durarara!! 2010–2016 Mairu and Kururi Orihara Bisexual Mairu and Kururi, the sisters of the series antagonist Izaya Orihara, are openly bisexual characters. Japan
Manyū Hiken-chō 2011 Kaede Lesbian Kaede is the loyal underling and best friend of Chifusa Manyū. Kaede routinely attempts to play with Chifusa's breasts[82][83][84] or otherwise touch her without warning — for example, Kaede hugs Chifusa against her will when convincing her to rest at an inn[83] and at other point Kaede is seen licking Chifusa's ear.[85] This often annoys Chifusa. As a running gag, some bystander usually witnesses such a scene and says to himself that the two girls must be a lesbian couple.

In "Chifusa Defects", Chifusa asks Kaede if she is lesbian, but goes away without waiting for an answer.[82] In "The First Breast Slice", Kaede persuades Chifusa to cuddle with her in bed to keep Chifusa warm.[86] In "Bud of Love", Kaede encourages Chifusa to grope her breasts.[87] Kaede keeps records of Chifusa's bosom size, which keeps constantly growing because of the Breast Flow technique.[86] In some DVD extras, it is shown that Kaede stalks Chifusa in private moments.[88]

Japan
Oiso Lesbian Oiso is the owner of a seafood restaurant. She hires Chifusa and Kaede after they eat there but are unable to pay the bill. She hits on Chifusa in two separate opportunities. In both times, she gropes Chifusa's bosom while flirting, making Chifusa uncomfortable and prompting Kaede to stop her.[89]
No. 6 2011 Shion and Nezumi Gay The anime has a few hints about their romantic feelings for each other. For example, in episodes 7 and 11 they kissed. The creator also confirmed that they're in love with each other. Japan
Steins;Gate 2011 Ruka Urishibara Trans woman Ruka is a trans girl. She states that she has always felt trapped in the wrong body.[90] Rintaro, the protagonist, is initially shocked to learn that Ruka is a "guy", because he thinks she has great feminine grace and beauty.[91] Ruka is in love with Rintaro, but feels ashamed of it due to being a "guy".[92]

In the series, some characters are able to send "D-Mails", text messages that arrive in the past via time travel.[93] Ruka successfully changes the past, causing herself to be born as a cis girl. This is accomplished by sending a D-Mail to her mother and persuading her to change her diet when she was pregnant with Ruka.[90] Usually, Rintaro seems to be the only person who keeps his memory intact after D-Mails cause changes like this,[93] however the cis girl Ruka eventually remembers that she used to be a "guy" as well.[92]

At some point, in an attempt to save the life of their friend Mayuri, Rintaro urges all his friends to undo their D-Mails,[94] which includes asking the cis girl Ruka to go back to being a "guy" by sending another D-Mail to her mother in the past. Ruka obliges, on the condition that he goes on a date with her while she is still a cis girl, which he accepts. Afterwards, Ruka reverses the change as promised.[92]

Japan
Tiger and Bunny 2011 Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem Genderqueer Nathan is a highly effeminatee homosexual man who identifies as gender queer though also at times prefers to be identified as a woman, often spending more time with the female heroes while flirting with the male heroes. In the past, they tried to present themselves femininely but was harshly criticized and while no longer presented as femininely, they still hold a strong romantic infatuation towards men (something that led to their bullying as a child) Japan
Future Diary 2011–2012 Aru Akise Gay Aru has feelings for Yuki. Japan
Mao Nonosaka Lesbian Mao is Hinata's best friend and is possessive of Hinata.
China, IL 2011–2015 Crystal Peppers Trans woman Crystal is a transgender woman. It was implied she only had top surgery, as she had testicles up until "Coming Out of the Casket", when they're amputated by Steve and placed in a glass jar on his bookcase. United States
Bob's Burgers 2011–present Marshmallow Trans woman She is a transgender woman.[95] United States
K 2012 Misaki Yata and Saruhiko Fushimi Gay Fushimi Saruhiko and Yata Misaki were best friends but when Misaki decided to make new friends other than Saruhiko at HOMRA, Saruhiko was jealous and left this clan for Scepter 4. In K: Lost small world, we see the relationship between them. And the anime's website mention their special feeling for each other.[96] Japan
Gokujyo 2012–2013 Asuka Utsunomiya Lesbian Asuka appears to be romantically interested in the main protagonist, Aya Akabane. Furthermore, in the OVA, Asuka makes some moves on Ai Nanasato whilst the others sleep. Japan
Psycho-Pass 2012–2014 Shion Karanomori and Yayoi Kunizuka Bisexual, Lesbian Shion and Yayoi are lovers, while Shion flirts with Shinya. Japan
The Legend of Korra 2012–2014 Asami Sato and Korra Bisexual At different points, both Asami and Korra are romantically involved with Mako in seasons 1 and 2. The series finale ended with Korra and Asami holding hands and looking into each other's eyes while traveling through a portal right before the ending credits.[97] Although not explicitly stated, the writers later confirmed that the two are in a romantic relationship.[98][99][100] United States
Gravity Falls 2012–2016 Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland Gay In the series finale, the two men publicly express their love for each other.[101][102][103] United States
Doc McStuffins 2012–present Thea and Edie Lesbian In Doc McStuffins, the title character routinely interacts with toys, dolls, and stuffed animals that have come to life.

In "The Emergency Plan", aired on August 5, 2017, two dolls form a lesbian couple. They are the parents of two doll children.

United States
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 2012–present Dio Brando Bisexual In an interview in 2007 for Eureka magazine, Hirohiko Araki responded "...women, men--Dio can go with either." to a question about Dio's sexuality.[104] Japan
Dofus 2013–2014 Simone and Julie Lesbian Julie shows attraction towards Simone the minute she sees her.[105] Simone is seen going on dates with Julie in various episodes of the show. France
The Awesomes 2013–2015 Zip Danger/ "Frantic" Gay Frantic is forcibly outed under media pressure in S2E5, "The Awesomes' Awesome Show". He later falls for Christopher, a member of villain team The Gay Mafia. United States
Tomboy Lesbian Originally presenting as Gadget Gal's nemesis, she is outed in S1E3, "Baby Got Backstory", as using the feud to cope with her own romantic feelings for her.
Steven Gay Steven is a member of villain team The Gay Mafia, and makes his debut in S3E8, "The Gayfather".
Christopher Gay Christopher makes his debut appearance as member of villain team The Gay Mafia in S3E8, "The Gayfather". He falls for Frantic immediately upon meeting him, and sabotages his team's efforts as a result.
The Gayfather Gay The Gayfather is the leader of villain team The Gay Mafia, and makes his debut in S3E8, "The Gayfather".
Attack on Titan 2013–present Ymir and Krista Lenz Lesbian The official website mentions Ymir is in love with Historia (Krista)[106]

Also at the series panel for Animagic 2014, producer George Wada confirmed that Ymir and Krista are a couple[107]

Japan
Reiner Braun Gay In episode 29, it is revealed Reiner "had no interest in women" while suggesting Ymir's shared homosexuality.
Hanji Zoe Genderqueer In the anime Hanji is canonically female. In the manga Hanji does not have a confirmed gender
Rick and Morty 2013–present Rick Sanchez Pansexual Rick has been stated to be pansexual by Justin Roiland, one of the show's creators and executive producers.[108] This was shown in "Auto Erotic Assimilation", when Rick connects with Unity, an ex-lover who is a collective hive mind of assimilated individuals from the planet they occupy. Throughout the series, Rick's sexuality has also been heavily hinted at, mostly in his backstory.[109] United States
Sleepy Gary Bisexual In "Total Rickall", Sleepy Gary is one of the dozens of aliens that alter the memories of Rick, Morty, Beth and Summer in order to pose as friends and family members. Because of the fake memories, Beth believes herself to be married with Sleepy Gary, and Jerry believes he is having a secret affair with him.
Steven Universe 2013–present Pearl Lesbian, Genderqueer In "We Need to Talk", it is very apparent that Pearl, a female-presenting non-binary gem, is attracted to another gem named Rose Quartz, her now-deceased leader.[110] Her feelings are later confirmed romantic in nature and reciprocated by Rose.[111] In "Last One Out of Beach City", Pearl is attracted to a female human. United States
Ruby and Sapphire Lesbian, Genderqueer Two sexless but feminine-presenting members of the Crystal Gems who have a romantic relationship with each other, and stay permanently fused to form Garnet.[112] Also the co-executive producer, Ian Jones-Quartey, has confirmed that, according to human standards and terminology, calling Ruby a non-binary, feminine-presenting lesbian would be "a fair assessment".[113]
Rose Quartz Bisexual, Genderqueer The deceased leader of the androgynous but feminine-presenting Crystal Gems and mother to the series' protagonist, who had romantic relationships with fellow feminine-presenter Pearl, Steven's human father Greg, and, as implied by the series, a number of other partners spanning genders.
Akame ga Kill! 2014 Bulat Gay He admits that he is attracted to Tatsumi while training him. Japan
Akuma no Riddle 2014 Eisuke Inukai Gay He is in a homosexual relationship and has an adopted daughter. Japan
Chozen 2014 Chozen and Hunter Gay Chozen is a white, gay, aspiring rap superstar. He is in a relationship with fratboy-type Hunter.[114] United States
Hamatora The Animation 2014 Theo Gay He has openly shown attraction to males. Japan
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san 2014 Yachiyo Inugami and Suzu Nekoyama Lesbian [115] Yachiyo and Suzu fall in love at first sight after they get introduced to each other by their mutual friend, Aki Hiiragi. Japan
Tamaki Nekoyama Lesbian Tamaki is Suzu's older sister who often dates several women and has constant hangovers.
Sakura Trick 2014 Haruka Takayama and Yū Sonoda Lesbian Haruka and Yū are in a romantic relationship.[116] Japan
Kotone Noda and Shizuku Minami Lesbian Kotone and Shizuku are in a romantic relationship.
Mitsuki Sonoda Lesbian Mitsuki is Yū's older sister. She is suspicious of the relationship between Haruka and Yū, and she disapproves of said relationship. However, she develops a crush on Haruka.
Knights of Sidonia 2014–2015 Izana Shinatose Genderqueer Izana belongs to a new, nonbinary third gender that originated during the hundreds of years of human emigration into space. Izana is referred to using gender neutral pronouns in the original Japanese dialogue. Because the English language lacks an appropriate equivalent, she is often referred to using feminine pronouns for the sake of simplicity. Japan
Bojack Horseman 2014–present Kelsey Jannings Lesbian While she is calling BoJack to tell him that they are replacing Andrew Garfield's with him, Kelsey says "I get enough of that from my ex-wife along with newspaper clippings about gluten.[117] United States
Todd Chavez Asexual During the third season, when Todd is confronted on his reluctance to have sex and his sexuality comes into question, he claims that he's not gay, but that he's not straight either. He concludes that he doesn't think he's "anything". In season 4, his asexuality is explicitly confirmed.[118]
Clarence 2014–present EJ and Sue Randell Lesbian EJ and Sue, who were introduced in "Jeff Wins", the 29th episode of Clarence, are Jeff's mothers.[119] United States
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace 2015 Hashiba Gay It is implied he has romantic feelings for Kobayashi. He's flustered when he's close to Kobayashi or seeing him try the dress on. Japan
Yurikuma Arashi 2015 Kureha Tsubaki
Sumika Izumino
Ginko Yurishiro
Lulu Yurigasaki
Lesbian [120] Japan
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2015–present Yamagi Gilmerton Gay He's in love with another male, Norba Shino. Japan
One-Punch Man 2015–present Puri-Puri-Prisoner Gay Puri-Puri-Prisoner is a flamboyant, muscular gay hero who gets put in prison for taking an interest in and attacking other male heroes and criminals, thus the name. Japan
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School 2016 Juzo Sakakura Gay Juzo Sakakura was in love with his best friend since high school, Kyosuke Munakata. This is confirmed by Junko Enoshima, who figures out that he is in love with the other male, and attempts to blackmail him with pictures she took of him looking lovingly at a photo of Kyosuke. Later, he seemingly attempts to confess his feelings to Kyosuke, but is stabbed before he can say how he feels. Though he survives, he is badly wounded, and he spends his last moments trying to keep Kyosuke safe, and prays that he makes it out alive. Juzo is never shown having feelings for a woman. Japan
Teruteru Hanamura Pansexual Teruteru Hanamura is explicitly shown to be pansexual, both in the Danganronpa 3 anime and in the video game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. He considers his sexual tastes to be "open". While he does show more interest in women than he does in men, he does not object to the idea of being with a man and he has shown sexual attraction towards characters like Nekomaru Nidai and Nagito Komaeda. However, his interests have only been shown to be sexual and he has never been shown to be romantically involved with anyone.
HaruChika 2016 Haruta Kamijou Gay He's in love with his male teacher. Japan
Kiznaiver 2016 Ruru and Honoka Lesbian, Bisexual Japan
Magical Girl Raising Project 2016 Sister Nana and Weiss Winterprison Lesbian Nana and Weiss are in a relationship Japan
Souta Kishibe / La Pucelle Genderqueer Souta Kishibe is a boy in his civilian persona, but becomes a girl when transformed into La Pucelle.
Yuri on Ice 2016 Seung-Gil Lee In the official character information, as well as said by Kubo Mitsurou, Seung-Gil is described as "having an extreme aversion to both women and vegetables". Japan
Viktor Nikiforov and Yūri Katsuki Bisexual Throughout the story, Yūri and Victor's relationship has been hinted at, and then has been confirmed in episode 7 when they kissed. Yūri is canonically bisexual as the official site describes Yuuko as Yūri's "dream woman". It is unclear whether Victor is bisexual or gay as the word he used for "lover" when asking Yūri about his past relationships was gender neutral.
The Loud House 2016–present Howard and Harold McBride Gay Howard and Harold are the adoptive fathers of Clyde McBride, who is the best friend of protagonist Lincoln Loud. Howard and Harold are overprotective of their son and shower Clyde with attention. They are the first pair of married male characters to be depicted on a Nickelodeon series.[121][122] United States
Luna Loud Bisexual Luna shows attraction to Hugh, Lincoln's tutor, in "Study Muffin", and sends a love letter to a girl named Sam in "L is for Love".
Fuuka 2017 Makoto Mikasa Gay He is openly homosexual. Japan
Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler 2017 Midari Ikishima Lesbian Ikishima is said to be a person who is not enamored by men. In episode 7, she says to Jabami Yumeko that she has been looking for the woman perfect for her, just like the student council president. She also asks her to dominate her. She also has a fetish for dying and is sad when Yumeko won't kill her. Japan
Kase-san 2017 Yui Yamada and Tomoka Kase Lesbian Yui Yamada, a timid girl who enjoys tending to her school's greenery, falls in love with the boyish and athletic Tomoka Kase. Japan
Love and Lies 2017 Yūsuke Nisaka Gay There are several hints indicating that Nisaka has strong feelings for Nejima, the main male protagonist. In episode three, Nisaka kisses Nejima when he finds him asleep in the classroom. Japan
Love Tyrant 2017 Yuzu Kichougasaki Bisexual She has a crush on her half-sister, Akane Hiyama, but later in the series she develops feelings for Seiji Aino. Japan
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 2017 Tohru Lesbian Tohru fell in love with Kobayashi after she saved her. Japan
Scum's Wish 2017 Sanae Ebato and Hanabi Yasuraoka Lesbian, Bisexual Sanae is in love with Hanabi after she saved her from a train molester. She kissed Hanabi several times and also had sex with her, but Hanabi still considered Sanae as her friend. Japan
Danger & Eggs 2017–present Multiple Multiple Multiple LGBTQ characters[123][124] United States
NTR: Netsuzou Trap 2017–present Yuma Okazaki and Hotaru Mizushina Bisexual The story centers around two high school girls named Yuma and Hotaru who each have a boyfriend but secretly cheat with each other. Yuma cannot explain the feeling she gets around Hotaru, which eventually leads her to believe that their relationship may be more than just a friendship. Japan

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Title Year(s) Character(s) Classification Notes Country
Uncanny X-Men 1963–2015 Northstar Gay First appearance: Uncanny X-Men #120 (1979).
Northstar was the first openly gay superhero in the Marvel Comics universe.[125]
United States
Doonsbury 1970–present Andy Lippincott Gay First appearance: 1976.
Andy Lippincott was the first openly gay character to appear in a mainstream comic strip.[2]
United States
Thomas no Shinzō 1974–1975 Thomas Werner, Julusmole Bayhan ("Juli" or "Yuli") and Eric Fruehling Gay 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.[126] Japan
For Better or For Worse 1979–2008 Lawrence Poirier Gay In 1993, Lawrence Poirier's coming out generated controversy, with readers opposed to homosexuality threatening to cancel newspaper subscriptions.[127] See also: For Better or For Worse#Lawrence comes out. Canada
Dykes to Watch Out For 1983–2008 Mo Testa Lesbian 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.[128] United States
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 1987–present Dio Brando Bisexual In an interview in 2007 for Eureka magazine, Hirohiko Araki responded "...women, men--Dio can go with either." to a question about Dio's sexuality.[104] Japan
Marvel Comics Presents 1988–2008 Jessie Drake Trans woman First appearance: Marvel Comics Presents #150 (1994). Jessie came out as a transgender girl in Marvel Comics Presents #151 and is the first openly transgender character in the Marvel Universe. United States
Veronica 1989–2011 Kevin Keller Gay First appearance: Veronica #202 (2010). Kevin was first eyed by Veronica who did not realize he was gay. He has since become a part of the gang.[129] United States
The Sandman 1989–2015 Desire Genderqueer Desire is the personification of desire itself. Desire is both male and female, because the character represents everything someone might desire. Desire is often called "sister-brother" by his/her siblings. England
Alex Burgess
Paul McGuire
Gay In "Sleep of the Just", the 1st issue of Preludes & Nocturnes, Alex Burgess and Paul McGuire are lovers who spend decades together. Alex is the son of Roderick Burgess, the man who attempts to imprison Death but imprisons Dream instead. After the death of Roderick, Alex inherits the ownership of the Order of Ancient Mysteries and continues keeping Dream as his prisoner. Later, Alex passes the order on to his boyfriend Paul. Eventually, Dream escapes and puts Alex in an eternal nightmare. In The Kindly Ones, Dream dies five years later, which causes Alex to wake up from the nightmare, asking for Paul.
Donna Cavanagh (Foxglove)
Judy
Hazel McNamara
Lesbian In "24 Hours", the 6th issue of Preludes & Nocturnes, Judy and Foxglove are lovers. Judy is in a 24-hour diner, trying to talk to her girlfriend on the phone to reconcile after they had a fight the previous night, but Foxglove's mother does not approve of Judy and hangs up on her. Bette, the diner waitress, secretly wrote a story where the two girls are married to young men. Eventually, Judy dies as a victim of John Dee, who uses Dream's ruby to force everyone in the diner except himself to commit suicide.

Later, in A Game of You, Foxglove is in a relationship with Hazel, and they are living together.

Chantal
Zelda
Lesbian Chantal and Zelda are a lesbian couple introduced in The Doll's House. They dress in white and collect spiders.
Wanda Trans woman She is a transgender woman featured in A Game of You. She is Barbie's best friend. She is generous and kind-hearted, and comfortable in her identity. She is unable to visit the Dreaming together with Thessaly, Foxglove and Hazel because the magic ritual used only allows passage for people with biologically female bodies. She dies in the storm caused by Thessaly's magic and is buried as "Alvin", her former identity. Wanda is last seen, along with Death, in Barbie's dream.
Cluracan Gay Cluracan is a member of Faerie folk. In Season of Mists, when a number of immortals visit Dream to bargain for the ownership of Hell, it is shown that Cluracan is gay, as he sleeps with a male Egyptian priest. When the visit is over, Cluracan complains that he is tired of one-night stands and wonders if the Egyptian priest will write to him.
Corinthian Gay The Corinthian is a nightmare created by Dream. He goes AWOL from the dreamscape and masquerades as a serial killer who removes his victims' eyes.

Neil Gaiman has stated that the Corinthian is homosexual in The Sandman Companion, wherein the first Corinthian consumed eyes only of boys. The second Corinthian is featured with a boyfriend as written by Caitlin R. Kiernan in the Dreaming.[130]

Harun al-Rashid Bisexual Caliph Harun al-Rashid, the king of Baghdad featured in "Ramadan", a short story in The Sandman: Fables & Reflections, has a wife and a harem with women and young boys.
Yu Yu Hakusho 1990–1994 Miyuki Trans woman Miyuki is a character from both the manga and the anime. She is a trans girl and a member of the Demon Triad, a group of demon warriors that work for the Toguro Brothers. Her trans status is discovered in her fight against Yusuke.[17] Japan
Hothead Paisan:Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist 1991 Hothead Paisan Lesbian Created by Diane DiMassa, Hothead Paisan's presentation was cathartic to lesbians, but so graphically violent that the strip was banned in Canada.[131] United States
Sailor Moon 1991–1997 Kunzite and Zoisite Gay Zoisite and Kunzite, both powerful generals who work under Queen Beryl from the Dark Kingdom are an openly gay couple in the series.[18] Japan
Haruka Tenoh aka Sailor Uranus and Michiru Kaioh aka Sailor Neptune Lesbian Haruka and Michiru are in a relationship.
Outlaw Star 1996–1999 Fred Lou Gay Fred is a 20-year-old camp weapons merchant who is known to be flamboyant and openly gay. He has a strong infatuation for the series main protagonist, Gene Starwind, to whom he supplies arms to. Japan
Cardcaptor Sakura 1998–2000 Tomoyo Daidouji Lesbian Tomoyo is in love with the protagonist of the show, Sakura. Sakura does not return Tomoyo's feelings.[33] At some point, Tomoyo confesses her love to Sakura, but Sakura misunderstands her, thinking she means "love" as a friend, and Tomoyo says that she'll explain when Sakura is older.[34] Japan
Sonomi Daidouji Lesbian Tomoyo's mother, Sonomi, confesses that she was in love with Sakura's mother.[35]
Toya Kinomoto Bisexual The creators have confirmed that Yukito and Toya (both male) are a couple.[33] They are stated to be in love within the series itself.[36]

Before meeting Yukito, Toya dated Kaho Mizuki when she was his junior high school teacher, and she broke up with him when she left to study in England.

Yukito Tsukishiro Gay
Ruby Moon Genderqueer Ruby Moon has no biological sex. She is always seen presenting as female, even though Spinel Sun often asks her why doesn't she present as male for a change. At some points, Ruby Moon states that her gender does not matter because she is not actually human and also that girls have cuter clothes.
Deadpool 1997–present Deadpool Pansexual Wade Wilson is pansexual.[132] United States
Paradise Kiss 1999–2003 Isabella Yamamoto Trans woman Isabella was assigned male at birth (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."[66] Japan
Bleach 2001–2016 Chizuru Honshō Lesbian Chizuru is a classmate of Ichigo Kurosaki. She is an open lesbian and is often trying to get close to Orihime only to be thwarted by Tatsuki who would often attack her. Japan
DearS 2002–2005 Mitsuka Yoshimine Bisexual Mitsuka is an exhibitionist high school English teacher. Mitsuka often strips down to her lingerie during classes, makes her students read erotic stories, openly asks about their sex lives and flirts with them. She is also a porn actress, who makes her own original videos. Mitsuka constantly interprets everything around her in a sexual way and is shown to be aroused as a result. Her behavior routinely annoys her students, but the principal does not take any steps to prevent it.

Mitsuka is attracted to boys and girls. At some points, she is seen flirting with her male student Takeya, and her female "DearS" (human-like aliens) students Ren and Miu.

Japan
Catwoman vol. 3 2002–2010 Holly Robinson Lesbian Issue where her open lesbian identity begins: Catwoman vol. 3 #1 (2002). Holly Robinson is a friend of Catwoman and was one of the few openly lesbian characters in the early 2000s DC world.[133] United States
Wandering Son 2002–2013 Shuichi Nitori Trans woman, Lesbian The protagonist of Wandering Son, Shu, is a transgender girl.[134] Shu is attracted to and dates women throughout the series and when she officially comes out as a girl, her girlfriend Anna states "I guess this means I'm a lesbian" [135] Japan
Anna Lesbian
Yoshino Takatsuki Trans man He is a transgender boy.
Hiroyuki Yoshida Trans woman She is a transgender woman.
All-New X-Men 2002–present Iceman Gay All New X-Men #40 (2015) contains the pivotal moment where Iceman/Bobby Drake (as a younger version of himself) is informed by Jean Grey that his thoughts reveal his homosexuality. The scene plays out with Bobby wondering why his older self (the one in present-day X-Men comics) dated women for so long; he ponders bi-sexuality before being told, unequivocally, that he is in fact gay.[136] United States
Shōjo Sect 2003–2005 Various girls Lesbian Shōjo Sect is a Japanese adult yuri manga series set in an all-girl high school. It was later adapted into the anime Shōjo Sect: Innocent Lovers. Japan
The Walking Dead 2003–present Aaron and Eric Gay Aaron and Eric are a gay couple from Alexandria Safe-Zone. United States
Paul "Jesus" Monroe Gay Paul is gay.
Rosario + Vampire 2004–2007 Yukari Sendou Bisexual Yukari (a witchling) has a crush on both Moka (a female vampire) and Tsukune (a male human). Yukari openly wants to have a three-way relationship with them, but Moka and Tsukune don't return her feelings.

When Yukari is introduced in both the manga and the anime, she only likes Moka, not Tsukune. Once Moka saves Yukari from being bullied by their monster schoolmates, Yukari confesses her love to her. At this point, Yukari tries to drive Moka and Tsukune apart, out of jealousy. Only after Tsukune puts himself in harm's way to save Yukari from monsters too, Yukari starts to like him as well and confesses her love to him.[69][70]

Japan
Scott Pilgrim 2004–2010 Ramona Flowers Bisexual Ramona has seven evil exes: six ex-boyfriends and her ex-girlfriend Roxie. Scott Pilgrim, Ramona's current boyfriend in the series, often makes the mistake of referring to them as seven "ex-boyfriends" before learning that Ramona used to date a girl. Ramona repeatedly corrects him by pointing out that "exes" is correct, not "ex-boyfriends", but she does not actually tell him about her ex-girlfriend until Scott meets Roxie in person.[137] Ramona says that dating a girl was just a phase.[138] However, Ramona later spends the night at Roxie's house and they make out offscreen.[139] Canada
Roxanne "Roxie" Richter Lesbian
Wallace Wells Gay Wallace Wells is Scott's gay roommate.
Jimmy Bisexual Jimmy is Stacey's (Scott's sister) boyfriend. At some point, he is seduced by Wallace.
Knives Chau and Kim Pine Bisexual Scott walks in when two of his ex-girlfriends, Knives Chau and Kim Pine, are making out.[140]
Stephen Stills Gay Stephen comes out as gay toward the end of the series.
Joseph Gay One of Kim's roommates. He enters a relationship with Stephen Stills.
"Other Scott" Gay Wallace's gay friend named Scott.
Young Avengers 2005–2014 America Chavez Lesbian, Gay, Queer America Chavez is an openly gay character, who has had relationships with a male personification of the Ultimate Nullifier and a female emergency medical technician named Lisa Halloran.[141][142][143] United States
Noh-Varr Gay Noh-Varr has stated that he had experiences with Kree of the same sex at the end of Young Avengers (2013), to which Kate Bishop replied "Am I the only one on the team who is straight?"[144]
Prodigy Bisexual David is an open bisexual and comes out to Hulkling after kissing him in Young Avengers (2013).
Wiccan and Hulkling Gay Exchanges between Wiccan and Hulkling had led to speculation that the two teens had a much more intimate bond than mere friendship.[145] Allan Heinberg confirmed this speculation, stating that his intent was to reveal the relationship, and he was surprised that his subtle clues were picked up on so quickly. Kieron Gillen showed their relationship explicitly throughout his run on Young Avengers.
52 2006–2007 Kate Kane as Batwoman Lesbian First appearance in this comic book series: 52 #7 (2006). When DC Comics rebooted their universe with the series 52 in 2006, they reintroduced Batwoman as Kate Kane and identified her as a lesbian,[146] making her the highest profile lesbian in the DC universe.[147] United States
Attack on Titan 2009–present Reiner Braun Gay In the chapter 38 of the manga the series is directly adapting, Reiner stated that he thought he didn't look like "a guy who's interested in women" while suggesting Ymir's shared homosexuality. Japan
Ymir and Krista Lenz Lesbian The official website mentions Ymir is in love with Historia (Krista)[106]

Also at the series panel for Animagic 2014, producer George Wada confirmed that Ymir and Krista are a couple[107]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the Brazilian Portuguese dub by Dublavideo, the scene where Hyō claims to be Bucky's lover was censored. In this dub, Hyō claims to be Bucky's friend.
  2. ^ In Portuguese, "Zezé" is a reduplication of "Zé", a familiar form of "José", which is equivalent to English "Joseph", and "Maria" is equivalent to English "Mary". "Zezé Maria" is a normal masculine name, as it's not unknown for men in Portuguese-speaking countries to be called José Maria or Zé Maria. However, José is a masculine name and Maria is a feminine name, hinting at the character's gender ambiguity.
  3. ^ In Portuguese, Zezé Maria is referred to by pronouns ele ("he") and ela ("she"), as well as articles o (masculine "the") and a (feminine "the").

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