List of animated series with LGBT characters: 2010-2014

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Depiction of LGBT characters in animated series 2010-2014 changed with the premiere of various shows with LGBTQ+ characters. In 2010, Adventure Time began airing on Cartoon Network, where Rebecca Sugar, a storyboarder, laid the groundwork for a "queer cartoon couple" in the aforementioned show.[1] A few years later, Sugar created Steven Universe, with the show described as groundbreaking for depicting same-sex relationships and praised for its representation of LGBTQ characters.[2] Additionally, Bojack Horseman, with lesbian, gay, and asexual characters primered in 2014, with transgender characters having prominence in Wandering Son. Furthermore, there were LGBTQ characters in animated shows such as Clarence, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Legend of Korra, Bravest Warriors, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers. These stories set the stage for those to come in the later part of the decade, 2015-2019.

Lesbian characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Notes Country
January 4, 2010 Chu-Bra!! Haruka Shiraishi Haruka appears to have romantic feelings for Nayu, leading some to suspect her of being a lesbian, most especially because of her huge disliking to most males who mock/objectify her bust size.[3] Japan
January 10, 2010 The Qwaser of Stigmata Ekaterina "Katja" Kurae
Hana Katsuragi
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.[4] Japan
January 20, 2010 Baka and Test Miharu Shimizu Miharu is in love with Minami Shimada, but Minami tries to avoid her.[5] Japan
February 11, 2010 6Teen Jean A one-time character, that was revealed to be a lesbian.[6] 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
April 22, 2010 Koihime Musō Gien Bunchō She joins Ryūbi on the quest to look for medicine due to her romantic feelings for Ryūbi, who (according to Gengan) is almost like the splitting image of her deceased older sister.[7] Japan
October 10, 2010 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Lyra Heartstrings & Sweetie Drops The two propose to one another in the season 9 episode "The Big Mac Question" and in the series finale, they are shown as married in a newspaper clipping.[8][9] United States
October 12, 2010 Squid Girl Sanae Nagatsuki She develops an obsessive crush on Squid Girl, often trying to get intimate with her at every opportunity and getting attacked in the process, keeping a vast collection of Squid Girl photographs and memorabilia.[10] She develops inhuman reflexes for taking Squid Girl's photos, and also a masochistic streak from Squid Girl's violent responses to her advances. She's also a classmate of Eiko, and the two of them attend the same school together.[11] Due to her obsession with Squid Girl, her Dog, Alex often tries to gain her attention, through various means, and will often bite Squid Girl, in anger, despite Squid Girl's own irritation with Sanae's obsession. Japan
December 10, 2010 Yuri Seijin Naoko-san Naoko-san Naoko-san is an alien who comes from the Planet Yuri and takes the place of Misuzu's sister. She appears to solely have a romantic/sexual attraction to little girls. She also seeks to conquer the world by 'yurifying' it.[12] In the manga, her depiction as a "yurian" is in reality a metaphor for "lesbian".[13] Japan
Hii-chan The best friend of Misuzu and later Naoko-san, who wears glasses. She appears to have a deranged crush on Misuzu.[14]
March 23, 2011 I Don't Like You at All, Big Brother!! Rin Yatagai Ran's older twin sister. Although she initially appears to help Nao stop Ran's crazy plans, it is later revealed that she is a lesbian who has become interested in Nao's lips as well as seems to have a harem of girls after her attention.[15] In the end, she accidentally kisses Iroha and takes a liking to her instead.[16] Japan
April 5, 2011 Battle Girls: Time Paradox Akechi Mitsuhide Nobunaga's humble aide, who is often bemused at her acceptance of Hideyoshi's odd behavior and is secretly infatuated with Nobunaga.[17] To this end, she is prepared to do whatever it takes to "make Nobunaga happy", which is why she is willing to acquire the Crimson Armor set on her feudal lord's behalf. Sub-consequently, she is also jealous, at times, with Hide's interactions with Nobunaga. Japan
July 5, 2011 YuruYuri Chinatsu Yoshikawa Although the work is rather ambiguous about the orientation of main girls, Chinatsu is the one who has a confirmed crush on another girl.[18] Japan
July 12, 2011 Ayano Sugiura Ayano is in love with Kyouko but is often not too honest with her feelings for her, always referring to her by her full name and treating her with acts of hostility, despite not wanting do so on purpose.[19]
Chitose Ikeda
Chizuru Ikeda
Chitose and her twin sister, Chizuru have various yuri fantasies whenever they take their glasses off, with Chitose almost always pairing Kyōko together with Ayano, which often leads to near-fatal nosebleeds while Chizuru pairs Ayano with Chitose and drools instead of having nosebleeds.[19] Whenever Chitose gets drunk (or eats chocolate in the anime), she goes on a kissing rampage.
July 12, 2011 Manyū Hiken-chō Kaede Kaede routinely attempts to play with Chifusa's breasts or otherwise touch her without warning — for example, Kaede hugs Chifusa against her will and at other point Kaede is seen licking Chifusa's ear.[20] 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.[20] In "The First Breast Slice", Kaede persuades Chifusa to cuddle with her in bed to keep Chifusa warm.[21] Japan
July 14, 2011 Mayo Chiki! Kureha Sakamachi Kureha, Jiro's younger sister, has a crush on Suburu, which makes her jealous of Jiro's relation with Suburu.[22][23] Usami gets hit on by Kureha in episode 6, embarrassing Jiro, with Usami agreeing with Jiro's explanation that her and Kureha are "pretty good friends."[24] She is "paid" by Nakuru when helping her with her new graphic novel by giving her photographs of Subaru, which she goes wild over.[25] Japan
August 2, 2011 Manyū Hiken-chō Oiso 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.[26] Japan
August 7, 2011 R-15 Ran Musen Ran is shown to be only interested in girls and hates Taketo, but this changes after Taketo helps rescue Fukune from Beni Botan.[27] She then befriends Taketo soon after. Japan
October 15, 2011 Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Naito Margot
Malga Naruze
Naito and Malga are lovers which makes the two lesbian witches in open rebellion against the Catholic Church.[28][29][30] Japan
October 23, 2011 Ben-To Ume Shiraume She is obsessed with Hana and usually beats Yō up out of jealousy, despite also being prone to flirt with other girls like Ayame.[31][32][33] Japan
November 28, 2011 Future Diary Aru Akise Aru has feelings for Yuki.[34] Japan
Mao Nonosaka Mao is in love with her best friend Hinata and is possessive of her.[35]
January 19, 2012 Inu x Boku SS Nobara Yukinokōji She holds a primary sexual interest in young cute girls.[36] Japan
January 23, 2012 Gokujyo Asuka Utsunomiya 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.[37] Japan
Ai Nanasato Ai reciprocates Asuka's desires as she makes moves on her in the OVA.[38] At the very end, she says to Asuka that it would be best if they don't tell anyone of what happened that night to which Asuka replies, "What happened last night?"
Madoka Oowada She is a wildly perverted girl who has various fantasies and constant nosebleeds.[39] These are mostly aimed at Aya.
January 29, 2012[40] Bodacious Space Pirates Jenny Dolittle and Lynn Lambretta The two are president and vice president of the Space Yacht Club along with being lesbian lovers.[41] Japan
March 23, 2012 Doc McStuffins Thea
Edie
The title character, Dottie "Doc" McStuffins, routinely interacts with toys, dolls, and stuffed animals that have come to life. In episode "The Emergency Plan", two dolls form a lesbian married couple and are parents of two doll children.[42] This was the first same-sex couple featured in a Disney Junior pre-school series.[43][44] United States
May 9, 2012 Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Lieutenant Oscar Oscar is an androgynous male who is Zenigata's assistant and has romantic feelings for him.[45] In the show's 11th episode, he crossdresses as Fujiko and frames her for various perfect crimes in an attempt to gain Zenigata's favour. Japan
June 29, 2012 Gravity Falls Sheriff Blubs
Deputy Durland
In the series finale, the two men publicly express their love for each other.[46][47][48] United States
August 13, 2012 YuruYuri Akane Akaza Akari's older sister. She is secretly infatuated with Akari, with her room almost completely covered in photos of her, often doing various perverted things with her belongings when she is not around and reading lots of doujins about sisterly incest.[49] Japan
Tomoko Yoshikawa Chinatsu's older sister. She's a friend of Akane and has strong feelings for her.[49]
Nadeshiko Ohmuro Sakurako's older sister who is eighteen years old. She is in a romantic relationship with one of her friends, though it has not yet been revealed who.[49]
November 29, 2012 Kamisama Kiss Otohiko Otohiko is a feminine wind god who prefers men and has a strong crush on Ookuninushi, the God of Wealth, who doesn't reciprocate as he strictly prefers women.[50] Japan
January 5, 2013 Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim Simone
Julie
Julie shows attraction towards Simone the minute she sees her.[51] Simone is seen going on dates with Julie in various episodes of the show. France
January 6, 2013 Senran Kagura Katsuragi Katsuragi is a member of the "good ninjas" who shows a significant degree of sexual attraction towards several other female characters throughout the series.[52] Notably, she is obsessed with breasts, and enjoys frequently groping her teammates. Japan
February 3, 2013 Senran Kagura Haruka Haruka is a member of the "Evil Ninja" clan who tried to control one of the series's protagonists, Hibari, using a supernatural "puppet master" ability.[53] However, she quickly becomes attracted to Hibari, implicitly falling in love with her, and allows Hibari to infiltrate the Hebijo Academy. She also attempts to seduce Hibari on several occasions. Japan
April 8, 2013 Nyaruko: Crawling with Love Kūne She has feelings toward her cousin Kūko, and is also clingy that she treats Kūko similar to how Kūko treats Nyaruko.[54] In order to stop her pursuit, Kūko lied to her and said that she is in love with Mahiro and they are already engaged, which made her very depressed. She looks down on Mahiro because he is not as powerful as the aliens, as well as acting hostile toward Nyaruko, as their races are nemesis. Japan
April 9, 2013 Yuyushiki Yuzuko Nonohara She has feelings for Yui, enjoying teasing and flirting with her, while she is also close with Yukari, who also loved Yui, often following Yuzuko's lead.[55][56] On a few occasions, she admits wanting a date with Yui, and that she would pay 500 yen for 2 girls to get right to "business". Due to the "surreal" nature of Yuzuko and Yukari's portrayal,[57] their orientation remains partially ambiguous. Japan
Yukari Hinata She is a childhood friend of Yui, falling in love with her after Yui gave her candy at a second-grade picnic, with Yui feeling embarrassed of her in the past, but accepting her now.[58][56] Like Yuzuko, she constantly flirts with Yui. She also admits loving Yuzuko in the fifth episode. Due to the "surreal" nature of Yuzuko and Yukari's portrayal,[57] their orientation remains partially ambiguous.
April 16, 2013 Chiho Aikawa She admires, and has a crush on Yui, even taking a photograph of her looking "cute" when sleeping, caring about her well-being, and wants to be better friends with her.[59][56] She also develops a friendship with Yuzuko by the 4th episode, and a friendship with Yukari.
April 30, 2013 Kei Okano She is quite fond of Chiho and is later shown to have a crush on her.[60] This leads to her being often cold towards Yui for allegedly taking Chiho away from her[61] Kei's other friend, Fumi is aware of her fondness and interest in Chiho and often teases her about it.[62][56]
May 12, 2013 Attack on Titan Ymir The official website mentions Ymir is in love with Historia (Krista). According to a panel in 2014, it was hinted that Krista may have reciprocated by the confirmation of Ymir and Krista being a 'couple'.[63] Japan
July 13, 2013 Kin-iro Mosaic Aya Komichi She is rather bashful towards Yoko, often not being honest with her feelings.[64] She frequently misinterprets situations between herself and Yoko, responding indignantly and blushing, mostly because of not being able to admit her love to Yoko. Japan
August 4, 2013 Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Ao Ao is Sosuke's dark half who has Sosuke's memories of his life and is in love and obsessed with Shino Inuzuka.[65] Japan
August 8, 2013 The Awesomes Tomboy Originally presenting as Gadget Gal's nemesis, she is outed in "Baby Got Backstory", as using the feud to cope with her own romantic feelings for her.[66] United States
November 4, 2013 Steven Universe Pearl 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.[67] Her feelings are later confirmed romantic in nature and reciprocated by Rose.[68] In "Last One Out of Beach City", Pearl is attracted to a female pink-haired human, which resembles Rose.[69]. In the episode "Bismuth Casual," Pearl allows Bismuth to flirt with her and has various female humans she is friendly with at the roller rink, where she has been in the past, implying she collects their numbers.[70] United States
Ruby and
Sapphire
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.[71] 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".[72] On July 6, 2018, the episode "Reunited" aired, in which Ruby and Sapphire get married, kiss, and fuse into Garnet, after Ruby proposed to Sapphire in a previous episode, "The Question".[73]
January 9, 2014 Sakura Trick Haruka Takayama
Yū Sonoda
Haruka and Yū are in a romantic relationship.[74] Japan
January 15, 2014 Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Akemi Seumizome Akemi is a popular girl who constantly gets confessions from boys, but she later finds herself falling in love with tomboy Keiko Sanjō.[75] Though Keiko rejects her, the two remain friends. Japan
January 16, 2014 Sakura Trick Kotone Noda
Shizuku Minami
Kotone and Shizuku are in a romantic relationship.[76] Japan
January 23, 2014 Mitsuki Sonoda Mitsuki is Yū's older sister. She is suspicious of the relationship between Haruka and Yū, and disapproves of it.[77] However, she develops a crush on Haruka.
March 20, 2014 Rina Sakai She is in love with Mitsuki, despite knowing of Mitsuki's crush on Haruka.[78]
April 3, 2014 Riddle Story of Devil Tokaku Azuma and Haru Ichinose Tokaku protects Haru and initially believes her feelings for her are due to Haru's manipulation ability but grows to realize her feelings are genuine.[79] Japan
April 10, 2014 Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Yachiyo Inugami
Suzu Nekoyama
Yachiyo and Suzu fall in love at first sight after they get introduced to each other by their mutual friend, Aki Hiiragi. The whole series revolves around their relationship.[80] Japan
April 24, 2014 Is the Order a Rabbit? Sharo Kirima She greatly admires Rize as a person and as her upperclassman, and has a crush on her.[81] She stated that she's in love with Rize, but isn't ready to confess yet. Japan
May 15, 2014 Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Tamaki Nekoyama Tamaki is Suzu's older sister who often dates several women and has constant hangovers.[82] Japan
July 6, 2014 Sabagebu! Urara Kasugano Initially doting on Miou, she falls in love with Momoka instead after developing a masochistic taste for her violent punishments.[83] Japan
August 3, 2014 Akame ga Kill! Seryu Ubiquitous She is implied to love Esdeath, who she felt gave her a reason to live besides her own warped sense of justice.[84] Japan
August 10, 2014 Sabagebu! Yayoi Isurugi The student council president who is often bewildered by Miou's antics, though appears to be developing a crush on her.[85] Japan
August 22, 2014 BoJack Horseman Kelsey Jannings 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.[86] United States
November 1, 2014 Cross Ange Hilda, Zola, Chris, Rosalie Hilda was lovers with Zola and later begins to engage in sexual relations with Chris and Rosalie.[87] Rosalie deeply loves Chris. Japan
November 15, 2014 Log Horizon Kurinon Kurinon is a girl who joined the West Wid Brigade due to its overly large female population and is a proud lesbian.[88] Japan
December 4, 2014 Clarence EJ Randell
Sue Randell
EJ and Sue, who were introduced in "Jeff Wins", are Jeff's mothers.[89][90] United States
December 21, 2014 Ikki Tousen Himiko She sent several fighters to attack Hakufu and when she was distracted, she knocked her out with a kiss and took her Magatama.[91] At the end of the OVA she was seen with Yoshitsune and Benkei atop a building, with Sousou and Hakufu's Magatamas in her hands. Japan

Gay characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Notes Country
January 13, 2010 Baka and Test Toshimitsu Kubo Kubo has a crush on the main character Akihisa Yoshii.[92] Japan
July 2, 2010 Black Butler Alois Trancy Alois is attracted to his butler, Claude Faustus.[93] Japan
July 11, 2010 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Sanguinaire Polidori Polidori is openly gay and the partner of Victor.[94] United States
October 14, 2010 Togainu no Chi Arbitro
Kau
Arbitro is the head of a narcotics company and has a horrific hobby of experimenting on and modifying the bodies of handsome young men.[95] Kau is his favorite "pet", who exhibits love towards Arbitro in what appears to be a form of Stockholm Syndrome. Japan
February 3, 2011 Archer Ray Gillette Ray is an openly gay secret agent, and a former Olympic medalist in skiing.[96] United States
May 7, 2011 Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi Yuu Yanase He is in love with Chiaki Yoshino.[97] Japan
May 21, 2011[98] Ryuichiro Isaka and Kaoru Asahina The two are in love with each other.[99]
July 7, 2011 No. 6 Shion
Nezumi
The anime has a few instances of their romantic feelings for each other, kissing in two episodes.[100][101] The creator also confirmed that they're in love with each other. Japan
February 12, 2012 Crash Canyon Stéphane Stéphane is the Gay coach for Brandi's modelling. He acts like a stereotypical arrogant French man.[102] Canada
April 13, 2013 The Simpsons Grady
Julio
They are a stereotypical gay couple, who later break up.[103] Julio is known in later seasons for being Marge's recurring hairdresser. United States
September 5, 2013 The Awesomes Zip Danger / "Frantic" Frantic is forcibly outed under media pressure in "The Awesomes' Awesome Show".[104] He later falls for Christopher, a member of villain team The Gay Mafia. United States
January 15, 2014 Hamatora: The Animation Theo He has openly shown attraction to males.[105] Japan
January 13, 2014 Chozen Chozen
Hunter
Chozen is a white, gay, aspiring rap superstar. He is in a relationship with fratboy-type Hunter.[106] United States
February 8, 2014 No-Rin Kaoru Hanazono Kaoru makes a pass at Minori Nakazawa, much to Kōsaku's irritation.[107] Later, when Kosaku confronts him, Kaoru kisses Kōsaku, revealing his sexual preference towards men. Japan
May 22, 2014 Riddle Story of Devil Eisuke Inukai He is in a homosexual relationship and has an adopted daughter, Isuke Inukai.[108] Japan
July 6, 2014 Akame ga Kill! Bulat He admits that he is attracted to Tatsumi while training him and vice versa.[109] Japan
July 30, 2014 Love Stage!! Rei Sagara, Shogo Sena Rei Sagara used to be in love with Shogo Sena's father after he helped him improve his life but Shogo himself has been in love with Rei since he was 16 years old. The two are in a sexual and romantic relationship.[110] Japan
August 31, 2014 Akame ga Kill! Dr. Stylish He is a scientist who conducts cruel experiments and is implied to be homosexual, as he hits only on the male members of the Jaegers, the team he is on.[111] In addition, he offers his experiments the chance to spend the night alone with him. Japan
Ocrober 23, 2014 Clarence Kevin Kevin has an unnamed boyfriend as revealed in the episode "Neighborhood Grill".[112] United States
August 22, 2014 BoJack Horseman Herb Kazzaz Herb's closeted homosexuality was first hinted at by Charlotte's statement: "I don't think I'm the person Herb's looking for," a mere scene before Herb steals a kiss from BoJack.[113] He was later removed from the show after it was revealed that he was indeed gay. Herb could possibly be bisexual, as he once dated Charlotte, although that could have been a cover to throw people off, or he was unsure of his sexuality. United States
October 27, 2014 Mike Tyson Mysteries Marquess of Queensbury A main character of Mike Tyson Mysteries, he is based off of John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, a homosexual man.[114][115] United States
Marquess of Queensbury A main character of Mike Tyson Mysteries, he is based off of John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, a homosexual man.[116][117]
October 29, 2014 Hybrid Child Kotarō Izumi & Haruki Kotarō Izumi is the 16th head of the noble Izumi household and cares for Haruki, a hybrid child (an android that grows with the love and care of their owner).[118] When Haruki is dying, Kotarō takes him back to his creator Kuroda to fix him and tries to find a stone necessary to help him. Haruki tells Kotarō to stop and kisses him, with Kotarō seemingly reciprocating his feelings. Later, Haruki is saved by Kuroda and returned to Kotarō Izumi. Japan
Tsukishima & Kuroda Kuroda, the original creator of the hybrid children, was deeply in love with his childhood friend Tsukishima but the two frequently argued.[119] They made love for the first and last time before Tsukushima committed suicide to pay for the loss of his clan in a samurai war.
November 26, 2014 Hybrid Child Yuzu & Ichi Seya Ichi Seya is an old friend of Tsukishima's and Kuroda's and is a samurai haunted by his past. He falls in love with his hybrid child Yuzu who reciprocates.[120] Japan

Bisexual characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Notes Country
April 5, 2010[121] Adventure Time Marceline the Vampire Queen
Princess Bubblegum
Marceline and Princess Bubblegum are bisexual: Bubblegum used to date a character named Mr. Cream Puff and Marceline dated a male wizard named Ash.[122][123] In the series finale, both characters shared an on-screen kiss, confirming their relationship, which had hinted at and subtle since the episode "What Was Missing," leading fans to ship these characters.[124][125] Additionally, Marceline's VA, Olivia Olson confirmed that Marceline and Princess Bubblegum had dated.[126] United States
August 16, 2010 Fairy Tail Freed Justine He has been shown in a side story to be staring happily at nude models and pictures of some of his male teammates including Eve, Hibiki, Ren and Laxus but also claimed to be shy around insufficiently dressed women.[127] Japan
October 1, 2010 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Garterbelt He is a priest with an interest in young males, Brief in particular.[128] In his youth however, he was a brutal thug who committed a wide array of crimes including robbery, prostitution, selling drugs and murder. Japan
October 9, 2010 MM! Yumi Mamiya She hates Taro and loves Tatsukichi, but does not know that Tatsukichi is a cross-dresser.[129] In certain scenes in the anime, it is implied that she has lesbian tendencies when groping and fondling Arashiko and Mio. Japan
February 3, 2011 Wandering Son Anna Suehiro She develops feelings for Shuichi as a boy, and disapproves of his crossdressing at first, but later declares that she does not mind if she is "considered a lesbian" if Shuichi comes out as a transgender woman.[130][131] She also is well-known and experienced as a teenage model, often being outspoken, while also liking to modify the clothes she buys. Japan
May 21, 2011 Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi Takafumi Yokozawa and Zen Kirishima Takafumi claims to have liked women in the past, but fell in love with Masamune Takano who did not reciprocate his feelings.[132] He later enters a relationship with Zen Kirishima, who was once happily married until his wife tragically passed.[133] Japan
July 7, 2011 Mayo Chiki! Kanade Suzutsuki She notes that Kinjirō is the first, and only, man who is willing to talk her down and she has fallen in love with him as a result. She is also implied to be a bisexual as she has claimed that Subaru was her first love.[23][22][134] Japan
July 29, 2011 Penguindrum Yuri Tokikago She is introduced as Tabuki's girlfriend and later becomes engaged to him.[135] Although she is regarded as beautiful and elegant by others, she considers herself and her body to be ugly. She became attracted to her childhood friend, Momoka because Momoka was the only person to ever call her beautiful and is willing to do anything to bring Momoka back to life.[136] Japan
August 4, 2011 Mayo Chiki! Masamune Usami Masamune has a crush on Suburu and blackmails Jiro into a date at the school festival.[137][23] By the end of the 6th episode, Jiro and Masamune have become good friends.[24] In later episodes, she expresses feelings for Jiro and Suburu.[138][139] Japan
November 17, 2011 Good Vibes Voneeta Teets The sex-ed teacher at Del Toro High. She is a bisexual who weighs 400 pounds and gets around in a motorized scooter, but she is immensely proud of her body and is insatiably horny.[140] United States
December 17, 2011 Durarara!! Mairu Orihara
Kururi Orihara
Mairu and Kururi, the sisters of the series' antagonist Izaya Orihara, are openly bisexual characters.[141] Japan
April 10, 2012 Jormungand Sofia Velmer/Valmet She is a lesbian with a crush on Koko Hekmatyar.[142] Japan
April 14, 2012[143] The Legend of Korra Asami Sato
Korra
In The Legend of Korra, both Asami and Korra are romantically involved with Mako at different points. 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.[144] The creators later confirmed that the intention of the ending scene was to show Asami and Korra becoming a romantic couple.[145][146][147] In the graphic novel The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, which is the sequel to the animated series, Korra and Asami are in a relationship. United States
July 13, 2012 Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero Chikage Izumi She is a friendly, tomboyish girl with short brown hair and amber eyes. She becomes friends with Miu immediately. She is also a lesbian, and shamelessly admits it, though she develops a slight "liking" for Akatsuki.[148] Japan
September 29, 2012 From the New World Saki Watanabe She loved Shun for a long time but dates Maria and later marries Satoru.[149] Japan
Maria Akizuki She falls in love with and begins to date Saki but later enters a duty pact with and marries Mamoru Itō.[149]
Satoru Asahina Satoru dated Shun for a while but the two later broke up and he began to date another boy for a time, but that relationship also failed.[149] He later falls in love with and marries Saki.[150]
Shun Aonuma He dated Satoru Asahina for a time but was in love with Saki since childhood.[149] However, he stayed away from Saki for fear of his growing uncontrollable power.
October 9, 2012 Brickleberry Connie Cunaman Connie admits she is a lesbian and it is revealed to the viewers that her strength is dubbed by her as "lesbian strength".[151] She is obsessed with Ethel, turned away by her Evangelical parents for being a homosexual, and when Connie gets excited, her vagina makes growling noises similar to that of a stomach, requiring her to talk it down like a wild animal.[152] United States
November 10, 2012 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic King Sombra Series writers Michael Vogel and Josh Haber confirmed that Sombra is bisexual.[153] His portrayal in the TV series was, however, 'subtle'. United States
January 12, 2013 Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Genpachi Inukai Genpachi initially held deep feelings for his late fiancée Nui who died but learns she committed suicide because she slept with another man, believing Genpachi died during a war and upon learning he survived, committed suicide out of guilt.[154] Genpachi later falls in love with Shino Inuzuka. Japan
January 20, 2013 Bravest Warriors Plum She seems to have a crush on Chris, kissing him multiple times during the show[155][156][157], even as she rejects advances from Danny and Wallow.[158] She is also madly in love with her doppleganger as shown in the comics, which is seemingly canon.[159] Furthermore, on numerous occasions, she has identified as bisexual. United States, Canada
April 21, 2013 Attack on Titan Reiner Braun In one episode, it is revealed Reiner "had no interest in women" while suggesting Ymir's shared homosexuality.[160] But despite that, Reiner has shown some interest in Krista. Asking her to marry him on multiple occasions in his mind. Japan
April 21, 2013 Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Lukkage She has two female sex slaves who also serve as her co-pilots for her mecha.[161] Later she develops a romantic interest in Pinion, especially with his hair down. In the two OVAs for the show, Lukkage is a former pirate involved with salvaging and guarding Gargantia from threats, with her two companions still by her side, helping her run the ship and gather intel.[162][163] Japan
September 13, 2013 The Legend of Korra Kya Kya is Aang's daughter who appears in The Legend of Korra. Her sexuality is not mentioned in the animated series, but in the sequel graphic novel The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, she is shown to be lesbian and gives advice to Korra and Asami about coming out.[164] United States
April 3, 2014 The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior Sayaka Watanabe A college student who loves to lead men on but reveals later on that she dates both men and women and loves reading BL.[165] She also is shown to have a sexual attraction to her fellow dormmate Mayumi, whom she often fondles despite the latter's resentment. Japan
May 9, 2014 Date A Live Miku Izayoi She is introduced as a student of Rindōji Girls' Academy who resents humankind, especially men.[166] She tries to date Shido, and hates humans, declaring that men are her slaves and women are her playthings.[167] [168] She later changes her mind, changing back to a human and kissing Shido, saying she lives him.[169] Japan
June 23, 2014 The Boondocks Walter Sweetlove Walter Sweetlove is the leader of Yes Homo, a gay rights organization.[170] A protege of Rollo Goodlove, he also uses activism for ultimately greedy ends. United States
July 9, 2014 Love Stage!! Izumi Sena, Ryoma Ichijo The two fall in love despite Izumi initially not being comfortable with the idea of being in a relationship with another man and Ryoma struggling to accept his feelings despite having previously only liked women.[171] Japan
July 17, 2014 Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Kuro / Chloe von Einzbern Kuro's existence is later revealed to be another side of Illya that was previously sealed away so that Illya could live an ordinary life, but to exist she must obtain mana from others by kissing them.[172] Chloe is almost openly bisexual who has affection for guys like Shirou and any girl she will met, especially Illya.[173][174] Japan
November 2, 2014 Akame ga Kill! Suzuka She is bisexual, having shown enjoyment at being beaten by a group of spies and showing sexual interest in Esdeath and Tatsumi.[175] Japan

Transgender characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Notes Country
May 9, 2010 Family Guy Ida Davis The "father" of Glenn and Brenda Quagmire and the ex-"husband" of Crystal Quagmire. Ida (formerly Dan) was a war hero in the Vietnam War. She was thought to be a homosexual by Peter. When Glenn asked his "father" if this was true, Ida claimed that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and came to Quahog for a sex reassignment surgery. Following the operation, she takes the name Ida Davis.[176] From Season 17, she has become a recurring character as a trans woman.[177][178] United States
January 13, 2011 Wandering Son Shuichi Nitori Shuichi Nitori, otherwise known by Shu (シュウ, Shū) and Nitorin (にとりん), is a lesbian transgender woman and often dresses to assume the role of the female gender, and is often described as cute, able to appear as a girl while cross-dressing, which is encouraged by their friends Yoshino Takatsuki and Saori Chiba.[179] Later on, they exhibit signs of gender dysphoria and displays an outward attraction to two characters in the series—Yoshino, a transgender man, and their female classmate, Anna Suehiro.[130][180] The latter date for a shirt time, until the relationship is broken off, and later resumed. Japan
January 20, 2011 Makoto Ariga Makoto, known as Mako for short, was assigned male at birth like Shuichi, expressing a desire to be a straight trans woman primarily due to her love of men and crossdressing like Shuichi.[181] He even dreams of entering into a relationship with a cool adult man.
February 3, 2011 Hiroyuki Yoshida Hiroyuki, known as "Yuki" for short, is a straight trans woman who lives with her boyfriend Shiina and runs a gay bar.[180] She takes an early interest in Yoshino, whom she remains on good terms with after learning of their assigned sex, even giving Yoshino and Shuichi helpful advice when troubled. Due to her transition, she has not been on good terms with her parents, who run a uniform store.[182]
March 6, 2011 Bob's Burgers Marshmallow Marshmallow is a trans female sex worker.[183] United States
Marbles Marbles is a trans female sex worker.[184]
Glitter Glitter is a transgender sex worker who is said to be going under gender reassignment because she mentions the town being full of "Doctors who refuse to cut off your penis".[184]
Cha-Cha Cha-Cha is a transgender sex worker.[184]
April 13, 2011 Steins;Gate Ruka Urishibara[185] Ruka is a trans girl. She states that she has always felt trapped in the wrong body.[186] Rintaro, the protagonist, is initially shocked to learn that Ruka is a "guy", because he thinks she has great feminine grace and beauty.[187] Ruka is in love with Rintaro, but feels ashamed of it due to being a "guy".[188] In the eight episode, she changes the past, causing herself to be born as a cis girl, but she changes this back by the 18th episode, becoming a trans girl again. Japan
October 10, 2011[189] China, IL Crystal Peppers Crystal is implied to be a transgender woman. In the episode "Coming Out of the Casket" it is said she has testes that were to be cut off as part of losing a bet, and while writing a thank you note for Crystal during another episode, Frank makes reference to her being trans, with Steve responding that he thinks that is probably the case.[190][191] United States

Genderqueer characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Notes Country
April 26, 2010 Adventure Time BMO BMO is neither male nor female.[192] In the show both the pronoun "he" and the term "m'lady" have been used in reference to BMO. While BMO is an object used for recreation by Finn and Jake, it is still considered a close friend and treated as an equal by the two.[192] BMO speaks English with a Korean accent.[193] United States
December 24, 2010 Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Mori Arty A mysterious transfer student with a feminine appearance but masculine voice.[194] The gender of Mori remained undetermined. Japan
January 22, 2012 Brave 10 Kamanosuke Yuri Their exact gender is unknown but on occasion is referenced as male.[195] Nonetheless, they develop a romantic interest in Saizo. Japan
July 12, 2013 Gatchaman Crowds O.D. They are a flamboyant alien with no specific gender, although as a clear stereotype.[196][197] They are later a guest on The Millione Show and replaced by DD. Japan
Berg Katze An androgynous alien shapeshifter with no specified gender, although referred to in official releases as male.[198] They have the power to transform into anyone that they kiss, preferring men over women, disguising themselves to frame people for all types of crimes.[199][197] At the end of the series, she goes on a number of dates with Hajime Ichinose, one of the Gatchamen, and in the director's cut she fuses with Haijame during a fight.[200]
Hajime Ichinose Due to the fact that Hajime, one of the Gatchamen, fused with Berg Katze, who is an androgynous alien shapeshifter with no specified gender, this means that Hajime's gender may be ambiguous, although still clearly a teenage girl.[201] In various episodes, Hajime has Katze speak through her even when not in her Gatchaman form, even asking for their thoughts on Rizumu Suzuki, the show's villain in the first season of the series, and for their thoughts on other matters.[202]
April 10, 2014 Knights of Sidonia Izana Shinatose Izana belongs to a new, nonbinary third gender that originated during the hundreds of years of human emigration into space.[203] Izana is referred to using gender neutral pronouns in the original Japanese dialogue, but because the English language lacks an appropriate equivalent, she is often referred to using feminine pronouns for the sake of simplicity. Japan
October 12, 2014 Gugure! Kokkuri-san Inugami Inugami is a dog spirit who adores Kohina as she was the only one to care for them when they were alive. Because they cannot remember which gender they originally were, they frequently switch genders.[204] Japan

Pansexual characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Notes Country
November 4, 2013 Steven Universe Sadie Miller Formerly an employee of the Big Donut and lead singer of Sadie Killer & the Suspects, Sadie has a romantic attraction to men and those of other genders, so she can can confidently be described as pansexual. For much of the show, it was hinted that she had a crush on Lars Barriga, a fellow employee of the Big Donut, who is often a jerk towards her, but occasionally reciprocates her feelings for him.[205] In one episode, they share a kiss,[206], but they later remain friends after Lars returns from space[207], and she later begins a relationship with Shep, a non-binary character, and begins a relationship.[208] She also is attracted to Stevonnie, an intersex/non-binary character, a fusion of Connie and Steven.[209] United States
November 18, 2013 Kiki Pizza In Issue 2 of the Steven Universe comics, Kiki and Stevonnie hang out, shopping together, with Kiki asking Stevonnie out to the school prom.[210] Later on, hijinks ensue, with Steven and Connie unfusing, with both re-fusing, asking Stevonnie out for real. Comics are considered level 2 canon for the Steven Universe TV series.
December 2, 2013 Rick and Morty Rick Sanchez Rick has been stated to be pansexual by Justin Roiland, one of the show's creators and executive producers.[211] 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 alluded to, mostly in his backstory.[212] United States

Other LGBTQ characters[edit]

Character debut date Show title Character(s) Identity Notes Country
April 11, 2010 The Betrayal Knows My Name Yuki Giou (Sakurai) and Zess (Luka Corosszeira) Gay, Bisexual Yuki's previous incarnation was a woman named Yuki and Yuki and Luka were lovers. In the present, Yuki and Luka are highly protective of each other and are implied to be in love with each other.[213] Japan
August 16, 2010 Kuttsukiboshi Kiiko Kawakami
Aaya Saitō
Lesbian, Bisexual Kiiko is in love with Aaya, but didn't have the courage to tell her in the beginning.[214] 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.[215] Japan
November 26, 2010 Young Justice Kaldur'ahm Polysexual Kaldur'am is introduced as Aquaman's protege and leader of The Team. In season 1, he has an unrequited crush on Tula[216] and in Young Justice: Outsiders he is in a relationship with Wyynde. Greg Weisman has stated Kaldur'am currently considers himself to be polysexual[217] but is not a "ladies' man."[218] United States
Marie Logan Lesbian or Bisexual Marie Logan is introduced in the first season as the mother of Garfield Logan / Beast Boy. In a tie-in comic, Queen Bee uses her control of pheremones to enthral Marie, with her abilities only working on people that are sexually attracted to women.[219][220] This means that Marie was either a lesbian or bisexual and her powers tied to her sexual attraction.[221][222]
January 13, 2011 Wandering Son Yoshino Takatsuki Genderqueer, Lesbian Yoshino Takatsuki is a student in Shuichi's class, also known as Takatsuki-kun (高槻くん) by their classmates, is often seen as a girl, but wants to be a boy, often refraining from dressing in traditionally feminine clothes. He is attracted toward Shuichi and Saori, while he also experiences signs of gender dysphoria.[223][224] Japan
March 22, 2011 The World's Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera Ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano Bisexual, Gay Ritsu and Masamune dated in their high school years[225] but due to a misunderstanding broke up on bad terms, causing Ritsu to state he would never fall in love again. He dated other women in the past to forget but he later meets Masamune once more, with the two eventually rebuilding their relationship.[226] Japan
Shouta Kisa and Kou Yukina Gay, Bisexual Shouta Kisa has a bad habit of falling for good looking men and falls for Kou[227], but is scared to pursue a relationship as he feels love doesn't really exist. Kou dated women in the past but later falls in love with Shouta and the two develop a strong romantic relationship.[228]
May 7, 2011 Yoshiyuki Hatori and Chiaki Yoshino Bisexual, Gay Yoshiyuki has been friends with Chiaki for a long time and the two eventually start dating.[229] Hatori had a previous girlfriend in the past.[230]
May 8, 2011 Tiger & Bunny Nathan Seymour / Fire Emblem Genderqueer, Gay Nathan is a highly effeminate homosexual man who identifies as genderqueer though he prefers to be identified as a woman at times, often spending more time with the female heroes while flirting with the male heroes.[231][232] In the past, they tried to present themselves femininely but was harshly criticized, and they still hold a strong romantic infatuation towards men. They also run their own successful company, Helios Energy, and have been described as a "confident canonically agender queer POC."[233] Japan
October 30, 2011 Allen Gregory Richard De Longpre
Jeremy De Longpre
Gay, Bisexual Richard and Jeremy are the fathers of the title character. Jeremy is a former social worker who had a loving wife and family, although this changed after Richard became one of his clients.[234] Richard was attracted to Jeremy to the point where he started stalking him and his family until Jeremy finally agreed to be his husband. It is said that Jeremy is actually heterosexual but left his wife and children for Richard, who offered him an easy, no-maintenance life as his trophy husband.[234] United States
November 16, 2012 Psycho-Pass Shion Karanomori
Yayoi Kunizuka
Bisexual, Lesbian Karanomori is Kunizuka's lover[235] and initiates their relationship when Kunizuka first joins Division 1, lasting through all three seasons. In Psycho-Pass: The Novel, by Makoto Fukami, one of the anime's scriptwriters, Karanomori frequently flirts with Kogami, while Kunizuka feels insecure about her relationship with Karanomori.[236] Japan
October 31, 2013 Samurai Flamenco Mari Maya and Moe Morita Bisexual, Lesbian Mari Maya has a fetish for men in uniforms. She also has an inferiority complex towards Moe but the two later reconcile by kissing each other.[237] Japan
December 21, 2013 The Crumpets Grownboy & Steve Bisexual, Gay In "Cheep Shot" ("Cui-cui la praline" in French), Grownboy visits his family and cries to his mother that Steve has left him.[238] He follows a bird wounded by his mother's automatic Gatling gun to the lawn next door, when he meets Ms. McBrisk and they bond together over their devotion to bird caring. Later in the series, Steve disrupts the wedding of Grownboy and McBrisk, which is only attended by birds and hosted by an online speaker, and pleads and offers Grownboy a ring which he accepts excitedly, wedding the two men. France
April 15, 2014[239] Soul Eater Not! Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré
Kim Diehl
Lesbian, Bisexual Kim befriends Jacqueline, one of her bully victims who has a secret crush on her, and they become partners.[240] They break up in the show's seventh episode, but may still have some feelings for each other after that point. Kim also has feelings toward Ox Ford at the same academy.[241] Japan
July 6, 2014 Dramatical Murder Aoba Seragaki, Ren, Koujaku, Noiz, Mink, Clear Gay / Bisexual As the anime is based on a BL game where Aoba is the main character and can end up with Ren, Koujaku, Noiz, Mink or Clear, it is safe to say all these characters have feelings for Aoba in the anime as well.[242] Koujaku is stated to be a womanizer but does have feelings for Aoba though the sexuality of the rest of the cast including Aoba is somewhat more varied and can be gay or bisexual depending on the game's route. Japan
August 22, 2014 BoJack Horseman Todd Chavez Asexual In the season 3 finale, Todd confides in his friend Emily that he doesn't think he is either straight or gay, and in fact "might be nothing".[243] He explores the identity further in season 4 and accepts his asexuality, while meeting others who share his orientation.[244] United States

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