List of animation and graphic art works with LGBT characters

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L Lesbian
G Gay (male)
B Bisexual
P Pansexual
TF Transgender (female)
TM Transgender (male)
GQ Genderqueer

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]

Years Country Property Character L G B P TF TM GQ Notes
1994 Brazil Rocky & Hudson Rocky and Hudson G Rocky and Hudson, the protagonists of this movie, are a couple of openly gay cowboys.
1999 Japan Adolescence of Utena Anthy Himemiya and Utena Tenjou L Anthy and Utena kiss in the movie.
1999 United States South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Big Gay Al G In the series, he is a stereotypical homosexual man known for his flamboyant and positive demeanor.[4] In the movie, he says in a song: "Everything is super when you're gay!".
Saddam Hussein and Satan G 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]
2009 Australia Mary and Max Damian Popodopoulos B Damian leaves his wife Mary to be with his pen friend in New Zealand, for which they form a relationship.
2012 United States ParaNorman Mitch Downe G [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]
2014 United States How To Train Your Dragon 2 Gobber the Belch G 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]
2016 Japan Doukyuusei Licht Sajo and Hikaru Kusakabe G This movie, based on a manga, deals with the relationship between Licht Sajo (an honor student) and Hikaru Kusakabe (member of a rock band).
2016 United States Sausage Party Teresa Del Taco L Teresa is a lesbian taco who develops a sexual attraction to Brenda, a female hot dog bun.
Twink G Twink at one point kisses Frank and can be seen having sex with Firewater during the movie's orgy scene.
Kareem Abdul Lavash and Sammy Bagel Jr. G Kareem and Sammy eventually form a relationship in the movie.
2016 United States Storks Various couples L G Near the end of the movie, the storks deliver babies to straight, lesbian and gay couples, and single parents.
2016 United States Zootopia Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson G 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, they have been interpreted[by whom?] as a married same-sex couple. This was later confirmed by co-director Jared Bush.[11]

Animated shorts[edit]

Years Country Property Character L G B P TF TM GQ Notes
2010 Japan A Kiss for the Petals: Becoming Your Lover Mai and Reo L Mai and Reo are lovers.

Animated series[edit]

Years Country Property Character L G B P TF TM GQ Notes
1983–1984 Japan Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Yellow Belmont / Yellow Dancer GQ Yellow Belmont is a male soldier, who disguises himself as Yellow Dancer, a female singer.
1987–1991 Japan Bubblegum Crisis Daley Wong G Daley is a sympathetically presented gay character.[12]
1989–present United States The Simpsons Brunella Pommelhorst TM Mrs. Pommelhorst is the gym teacher who announced her intention to take time off and return as "Mr. Pommelhorst, the shop teacher".
Dewey Largo G Mr. Largo is the school's music teacher. He is a gay man.
Grady and Julio G They are a gay couple, who later break up.
Karl G 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 L She kissed Marge on the lips on the season 23 episode "Lisa Goes Gaga".
Patty Bouvier L The character Patty officially came out in the episode "There's something about Marrying" which was one of the episodes that carried the occasional warning of content that might be unsuitable for children.[13]
Waylon Smithers G Smithers is portrayed as a semi-closeted gay man.[14] 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.[15]
1992–1994 Japan Yu Yu Hakusho Itsuki G Itsuki is Sensui's right hand and is interested in him.
Miyuki TF 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.[16] Miyuki's "coming out" was censored in the edited version of the Funimation English dub.
1992–1997 Japan Sailor Moon Fish-Eye G The villain Fish-Eye is an effeminate cross-dresser 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]
Kunzite and Zoisite G Zoisite and Kunzite, both powerful generals who work under Queen Beryl from the Dark Kingdom are an openly gay couple in the series.[17]

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 L 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.[18]
Sailor Starlights GQ The Sailor Starlights were assigned female at birth,[19] 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.[20]
1994–1997 United States Gargoyles Lexington G According to series creator Greg Weisman, Lexington is gay.[21] Greg was not allowed to explore that aspect of the character.[citation needed]
1995–1996 Japan El-Hazard Alielle Relryle L Alielle is presented as a comical character who makes other women uncomfortable because of her open attraction to them.[12]
1995–1997 England Crapston Villas Robbie and Larry G The series was one of the first animated series on British television to present openly gay characters.[22]
1996–1997 Japan Saber Marionette J Hanagata G Hanagata is gay and has feelings for Otaru.
1996–2003 United States Dexter's Laboratory Silver Spooner G 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]
1996–2004 United States Hey Arnold! Eugene Horowitz G 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."[23] This was never explicitly disclosed in the series, though it was hinted at in several episodes.[citation needed]
Mr. Robert Simmons G On July 26, 2016, the show's creator Craig Bartlett confirmed that Mr. Simmons was indeed gay during an interview with BuzzFeed.[23] 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.
1997 Japan Revolutionary Girl Utena Anthy Himemiya and Utena Tenjou L The two leads of the series, Utena Tenjou and Anthy Himemiya, were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara.[24][25] The characters are seen kissing both in the TV show credits and the movie.
Juri Arisugawa and Shiori Takatsuki L 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.[26] 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.[27]
Kozue Kaoru L Kozue Kaoru was shown kissing Anthy.
Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu B Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu were shown in bed together, and Miki described Akio as "seducing" Touga.[28] Akio and Touga are playboys with a number of female conquests. Akio's conquests include Utena and Kozue.
1997–2010 United States King of the Hill Bug Gribble and Juan Pedro G In the episode "My Own Private Rodeo," Dale's father, Bug has come out and participates in the gay rodeo circuit. Bug is married to Juan Pedro.[14]
Carolyn (Jamie) In the episode "The Peggy Horror Picture Show," Peggy befriends a drag queen named "Carolyn" whose real name is Jamie.
1997–present United States South Park Big Gay Al G [29] 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.
Craig Tucker and Tweek Tweak G B 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 the game Stick of Truth.[30]
Herbert Garrison (formerly Janet Garrison) L G TF 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.[31] It is shown he still has feelings for his ex-boyfriend, Mr. Slave.
Jimbo Kern G It has been hinted that Jimbo Kern has had a past sexual relationship with his partner, Ned, despite his claims of heterosexuality.
Mr. Slave G 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 L In the episode "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 G Within South Park series and film Saddam Hussein and Satan are presented as a gay.[5]
Sparky and the animals in Big Gay Al's Big Gay Animal Sanctuary G 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 G Despite being married, Stephen Stotch is revealed to be a regular customer at the local gay bath house.
1998–1998 Japan Outlaw Star Fred Lou G 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.
1998–2000 Japan Cardcaptor Sakura Tomoyo Daidouji L Tomoyo is in love with the protagonist of the show, Sakura. Sakura does not return Tomoyo's feelings.[32]
Sonomi Daidouji L Tomoyo's mother, Sonomi, confessed she was in love with Sakura's mother.[33]
Touya Kinomoto and Yukito Tsukishiro G The creators have confirmed that Yukito and Touya (both male) are a couple.[32] They are stated to be in love within the series itself.[34]
1999–2002 United States Mission Hill Gus Duncz and Wally Langford G Gus and Wally are an elderly couple in their late 60s.
1999–2013 United States Futurama Enos Fry G In the episode "Roswell that Ends Well", Philip J. Fry travels to the past and meets his grandfather Enos Fry, before Philip's father Yancy was conceived. The grandson becomes paranoid to keep his grandfather alive so he can reproduce. At some point, Fry tells him to Marry Mildred (Fry's grandmother) and have children, but Enos replies: "Yeah, folks say that. But did you ever get the feeling you're only going with girls 'cause you're supposed to?" Fry also gives Enos a pin-up calendar featuring a girl in skimpy clothing, but Enos does not show any interest in it. Enos flips some pages in the pin-up calendar and happily stares at the picture of a shirtless man.

Eventually, in a misguided attempt to protect his grandfather, Philip J. Fry locks him in a military test site and causes him to be killed before he can reproduce. Afterwards, Philip comforts Mildred and she seduces him. They have sex, causing Mildred to be pregnant and Fry to be his own grandfather. This is an example of both the grandfather paradox and the bootstrap paradox.

Old Man Waterfall B Old Man Waterfall is a polygamist: he has seven wives and one husband.[35]
1999–present United States Family Guy Jasper G Jasper is a dog who is Brian Griffin's gay cousin. Jasper marries his partner Ricardo in the episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives."[36]
2001–2004 Canada Braceface Mark "Dion" Jones G Canon gay male character.[37][38]
2002–2003 Canada
United States
Clone High Wally and Carl G Wally and Carl are a gay couple, and the foster parents of JFK.
2004–2007 United States Drawn Together Xandir P. Wifflebottom G He is one of the eight housemates who are the focus of the show. Xandir is labeled as a "totally gay video game adventurer" during the show's debut episode. Prior to coming out during the season 1 episode "Gay Bash," Xandir is on a never-ending quest to save his girlfriend, who, after finding out about his being gay, breaks up with him. He has an affair with Captain Hero's gay alter ego, Tim Tommerson, in the season 2 episode "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree."
Foxxy Love B 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 P 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 the season 1 episode "Requiem for a Reality Show." As his gay alter ego, Tim Tommerson, he has an affair with Xandir in the season 2 episode "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree."
2004–2009 Japan Kyo Kara Maoh! Wolfram von Bielefeld G In another dimension called Shin Makoku, love between the same gender is not rare at all. Wolfram became Shibuya Yuuri's accidental fiance 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 fiance 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.[39]
2004–2010 Canada 6Teen Jean L [40] 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.
Kevin G [41] 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.
2004–2010 New Zealand bro'Town Brother Ken GQ 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".[42]
2004–2012 Japan Bleach Chizuru Honshō L 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.
2004–present United States The Venture Bros. The Alchemist G [43][non-primary source needed] He is in an on-again, off-again relationship with Shore Leave.
2005 Japan Paradise Kiss Isabella Yamamoto TF 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."[44]
2005–2008 United States Moral Orel Stephanie Putty L 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.[45]
2005–2011 Brazil Fudêncio e Seus Amigos Zezé Maria L GQ Zezé Maria's name may be roughly translated as "Joe-Joe Mary" ("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-language 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.

Zezé is one of the children at the school. Zezé has the appearance of a little girl, and she has a manly voice. In this Portuguese-language cartoon, Zezé is often referred to using pronouns ("ele", "ela") and articles ("o", "a") of either gender.

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

Jacques Janine Costeaul G In the episode "Gay!!", Jacques is a gay teacher hired to give a lecture about respecting the sexual orientation of other people
All students, except Conrado L G In the episode "Gay!!", Jacques's aforementioned lecture causes all the male students except Conrado to become gay, and Zezé Maria and Funérea to become lesbian.
Policeman Delcídio G He is an openly gay policeman.
Lieutenant Kevin G In the episode "Gay!!", when the students become openly gay, Kevin reveals that he has been a gay man in his closet for many years. Kevin gets out of the closet and becomes openly gay too.
2006 Japan Ouran High School Host Club Ryōuji "Ranka" Fujioka B Haruhi's father Ryouji is bisexual and works in a gay bar as a drag queen under the name Ranka.
2006–2007 Japan Happiness! Jun Watarase G TF 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.
2007–2009 United States, Canada Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Rick Brocka and Steve Ball G During the series, the gay couple Rick and Steve have a baby with the lesbian couple Dana and Kirsten.[46]
Dana Bernstein and Kirsten Kellogg L
Chuck Masters and Evan Martinez G Chuck Masters and Evan Martinez are a male gay couple.
2008–2014 Japan Black Butler Grell Sutcliffe TF Grell is a trans woman.
2008–2014 United States Superjail! Alice TF 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.
Jean Baptiste Le Ghei and Paul Guaye G The inmates Jean Baptiste Le Ghei and Paul Guaye are a recurring couple.
2009–2009 Japan Sweet Blue Flowers Fumi Manjōme and Akira Okudaira L Sweet Blue Flowers is a yuri anime.[47] The main character, Fumi, comes out as a lesbian in episode 4.[48] Akira later has a relationship with Fumi.
Kyōko Ikumi L Kyoko confesses her feelings to her female crush.[49]
2009–2010 Japan Hetalia: Axis Powers Sweden (Berwald Oxenstierna) G 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.
Germany (Ludwig) and Italy (Feliciano Vargas) G B It's implied that Germany may be in love with Italy, in valentine ep Germany started reading a book about how partners behave. As he read the book, Germany became confused on whether or not Italy's behavior was that of a friend or a lover. Later, Italy presented him with red roses, a confession of love in Germany's home, making him believe that Italy was in love with him. He then proceeded 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.
2009–2013 United States The Cleveland Show "Auntie" Momma Tubbs (Kevin Tubbs) GQ 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.
Terry Kimple G Terry, Cleveland's co-worker, marries his husband Paul in "Terry Unmarried".
2009–present United States Archer Pam Poovey B Pam is the bisexual director of human resources.
Ray Gillette G Ray is an openly gay secret agent, and a former Olympic medalist in skiing.[50]
Woodhouse G 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.
2009–present Japan Durarara!! Mairu and Kururi Orihara B Mairu and Kururi, the sisters of the series antagonist Izaya Orihara, are portrayed as openly bisexual characters.
2010–2011 Japan The Qwaser of Stigmata Ekaterina Kurae and Hana Katsuragi L Hana is Ekaterina's sex slave.
Eva-Q and Eva-R B 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.[51]
2010–present United States Adventure Time Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum B 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.[52] Additionally, Princess Bubblegum used to date the male character Mr. Cream Puff [53] and Marceline dated a male vampire named Ash.[54]
2011 Japan No. 6 Shion and Nezumi G Anime have a few hints about their romantic feeling for each other, for example in episode 7 and 11 they kissed. Creator also confirmed that they're in love with each other.
2011 Japan Steins;Gate Ruka Urishibara TF Ruka is a trans girl; she states in the series that she has always felt trapped in the wrong body.
2011 Japan Tiger and Bunny Nathan Seymour/Fire Emblem G GQ 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)
2011–2012 Japan Future Diary Aru Akise G Aru has feelings for Yuki.
2011–2015 United States China, IL Crystal Peppers TF 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.
2011–present United States Bob's Burgers Marshmallow TF She is a transgender woman.[citation needed]
2012 Japan K Misaki Yata and Saruhiko Fushimi G 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.[55]
2012–2014 United States The Legend of Korra Asami Sato and Korra B 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.[56] Although not explicitly stated, the writers later confirmed that the two are in a romantic relationship.[57][58][59]
2012–2016 United States Gravity Falls Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland G In the series finale, the two men publicly express their love for each other.[60][61][62]
2012–present Japan JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Dio Brando B 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.[63]
2013–2015 United States The Awesomes Zip Danger/ "Frantic" G 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.
Tomboy L Originally presenting as Gadget Gal's arch-nemesis, she is outed in S1E3, "Baby Got Backstory", as using the feud to cope with her own romantic feelings for her.
Steven G Steven is a member of villain team The Gay Mafia, and makes his debut in S3E8, "The Gayfather".
Christopher G 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 G The Gayfather is the leader of villain team The Gay Mafia, and makes his debut in S3E8, "The Gayfather".
2013–present Japan Attack on Titan Ymir and Krista Lenz L The official website mentions Ymir is in love with Historia (Krista)[64]

Also at the series panel for Animagic 2014, producer George Wada confirmed that Ymir and Krista are a couple[65]

Reiner Braun G In episode 29, it is revealed Reiner "had no interest in women" while suggesting Ymir's shared homosexuality.
2013–present United States Rick and Morty Rick Sanchez P Rick has been stated to be pansexual by Justin Roiland, one of the show's creators and executive producers.[66] This was shown in the third episode of the second season, 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.[67]
2013–present United States Steven Universe Pearl L In the episode "We Need to Talk", it is made very apparent that Pearl has attraction to another feminine-presenting character by the name of Rose Quartz and seems attracted to a female character she meets in a gas station in season 4.[68] and has been confirmed by one of the show's writers.[69]
Ruby and Sapphire L Members of the Crystal Gems who have a romantic relationship with each other, and stay permanently fused to form Garnet.[70] 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".[71]
2014 Japan Akuma no Riddle Eisuke Inukai G He's in homosexual relationship and have adopted daughter.
2014 United States Chozen Chozen and Hunter G Chozen is a white, gay, aspiring rap superstar. He is in a relationship with fratboy-type Hunter.[72]
2014 Japan Hamatora The Animation Theo G He has openly shown attraction to males.
2014 Japan Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Yachiyo Inugami and Suzu Nekoyama L [73]
2014 Japan Knights of Sidonia Izana Shinatose GQ 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.
2014 Japan Sakura Trick Haruka Takayama and Yū Sonoda L Haruka and Yū are in a romantic relationship.[74]
Kotone Noda and Shizuku Minami L Kotone and Shizuku are in a romantic relationship.
Mitsuki Sonoda L Mitsuki is Yū's older sister. She is suspicious of the relationship between Haruka and Yū, and develops a crush on Haruka.
2014–present United States Bojack Horseman Kelsey Jannings L Kelsey first appears in Episode 12 of season 1 of famous Netflix series "BoJack Horseman" when BoJack is auditioning for the lead role in "Secretariat". In the same episode, 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.
2014–present United States Clarence EJ and Sue Randell L EJ and Sue, who were introduced in "Jeff Wins", the 29th episode of Clarence, are Jeff's mothers.[75]
2015 Japan Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace Hashiba G 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.
2015 Japan Yurikuma Arashi Kureha Tsubaki
Sumika Izumino
Ginko Yurishiro
Lulu Yurigasaki
L [76]
2015–present Japan One-Punch Man Puri-Puri-Prisoner G 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.
2015-present Japan Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Yamagi Gilmerton G He's in love with another male, Norba Shino.
2016 Japan HaruChika Haruta Kamijou G He's in love with his male teacher.
2016 Japan Kiznaiver Ruru and Honoka L B
2016 Japan Magical Girl Raising Project Sister Nana and Weiss Winterprison L Nana and Weiss are in a relationship
Souta Kishibe / La Pucelle GQ Souta Kishibe is a boy in his civilian persona, but becomes a girl when transformed into La Pucelle.
2016 Japan Yuri on Ice 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".
Viktor Nikiforov and Yūri Katsuki G B Throughout the story Yuuri and Victor's relationship has been hinted at, and then has been confirmed in episode 7 when Yuuri kissed Victor. Yuuri is canonically bisexual as the official site describes Yuuko as Yuuri's "dream woman". It is unclear whether Victor is bisexual or gay as the word he used for "lover" when asking Yuuri about his past relationships was gender neutral.
2016–present Japan Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Juzo Sakakura G 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.
Teruteru Hanamura P 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.
2016–present United States The Loud House Howard and Harold McBride G 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.[77][78]
2017–present Japan Fuuka Makoto Mikasa G He is openly homosexual.
2017–present Japan Kuzu no Honkai Sanae Ebato and Hanabi Yasuraoka L B Sanae is in love with Hanabi after she saved her from a train molester. She kissed Hanabi several times and also have sex with her, but Hanabi still considered Ebato as her friend.
2017–present Japan Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Tohru and Miss Kobayashi L After Tohru's life is saved by Kobayashi, she falls in love with her. Though initially stoic, Miss Kobayashi eventually confirms her own romantic inclinations toward her dragon maid.
Saikawa Riko and Kanna Kobayashi L Saikawa develops a crush on Kanna. And in a scene where Kanna is clearly going to act on her mutual feelings for Saikawa, they are interrupted.

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Years Country Property Character L G B P TF TM GQ Notes
1963–2015 United States Uncanny X-Men Northstar G First appearance: Uncanny X-Men #120 (1979).
Northstar was the first openly gay superhero in the Marvel Comics universe.[79]
1970–present United States Doonsbury Andy Lippincott G First appearance: 1976.
Andy Lippincott was the first openly gay character to appear in a mainstream comic strip.[2]
1974–1975 Japan Thomas no Shinzō Thomas Werner, Julusmole Bayhan ("Juli" or "Yuli") and Eric Fruehling G 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.[80]
1979–2008 Canada For Better or For Worse Lawrence Poirier G In 1993, Lawrence Poirier's coming out generated controversy, with readers opposed to homosexuality threatening to cancel newspaper subscriptions.[81] See also: For Better or For Worse#Lawrence comes out.
1983–2008 United States Dykes to Watch Out For Mo Testa L 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.[82]
1987–1988 Germany Der bewegte Mann and Pretty Baby: Der bewegte Mann 2 Norbert Brommer and Walter "Waltraud" G In the series created by Ralf König, Norbert gets a crush on Axel Feldheim, a man who begins questioning his sexuality after breaking up with his girlfriend. the Der bewegte Mann comics became some of the most popular comics in Germany during the 1980s.[83] Norbert's flamboyant friend Walter goes by the feminine version "Waltraud".
1987–present Japan JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Dio Brando B 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.[63]
1988–2008 United States Marvel Comics Presents Jessie Drake TF 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.
1989–2011 United States Veronica Kevin Keller G 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.[84]
1990s–current Brazil Various titles Hugo Baracchini / Muriel TF GQ Hugo Baracchini is a comic strip character created by Brazilian artist and transgender woman Laerte Coutinho. Hugo is assigned male at birth. Muriel is Hugo's female alter ego, which emerges when the character wears make up, a dress and a wig, and uses female pronouns. Hugo / Muriel often questions their identity and gender.

Often, Muriel is presented as a trans woman, or the character is genderfluid, arbitrarily switching between Hugo and Muriel personas. Muriel sometimes materializes herself as a separate being.

1990s–current Brazil Rocky & Hudson Rocky and Hudson G Rocky and Hudson, created by Adão Iturrusgarai, are a couple of openly gay cowboys.
1990–1994 Japan Yu Yu Hakusho Miyuki TF 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.[16]
1991 United States Hothead Paisan:Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist Hothead Paisan L Created by Diane DiMassa, Hothead Paisan's presentation was cathartic to lesbians, but so graphically violent that the strip was banned in Canada.[85]
1991–1997 Japan Sailor Moon Kunzite and Zoisite G Zoisite and Kunzite, both powerful generals who work under Queen Beryl from the Dark Kingdom are an openly gay couple in the series.[17]
Haruka Tenoh aka Sailor Uranus and Michiru Kaioh aka Sailor Neptune L Haruka and Michiru are in a relationship.
1996–1999 Japan Outlaw Star Fred Lou G 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.
1996–2000 Japan Cardcaptor Sakura Tomoyo Daidouji L Tomoyo is in love with the protagonist of the show, Sakura. Sakura does not return Tomoyo's feelings.[32]
Toya Kinomoto and Yukito Tsukishiro G The creators have confirmed that Yukito and Touya (both male) are a couple.[32] They are stated to be in love within the series itself.[34]
1997–2001 United States Flaming Iguanas,
They Call Me Mad Dog!,
Hoochie Mama
Jolene Gertrude Rodriguez aka Tomato "Mad Dog" Rodriguez B The works by Erika Lopez follow the adventures of Tomato Rodriguez, a bisexual Puerto Rican American woman.[86][87]
1997–present United States Deadpool Deadpool P Wade Wilson is pansexual.[88]
1999–2003 Japan Paradise Kiss Isabella Yamamoto TF 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."[44]
2001–2016 Japan Bleach Chizuru Honshō L 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.
2002–2010 United States Catwoman vol. 3 Holly Robinson L 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.[89]
2002–2013 Japan Wandering Son Shuichi Nitori and Anna L TF The protagonist of Wandering Son, Shu, is a transgender girl.[90] 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" [91]
Yoshino Takatsuki TM He is a transgender boy.
2002–present United States All-New X-Men Iceman G 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.[92]
2003–present United States The Walking Dead Aaron and Eric G Aaron and Eric are a gay couple from Alexandria Safe-Zone.
Paul "Jesus" Monroe G Paul is gay.
2004–2010 Canada Scott Pilgrim Wallace Wells G Wallace Wells is Scott's gay roommate.
Jimmy B Jimmy is Stacey's (Scott's sister) boyfriend. At some point, he is seduced by Wallace.
Roxanne "Roxie" Richter L Roxanne is the only female among Ramona's seven evil exes. Ramona says it was just a phase.[93]
Ramona Flowers B
Knives Chau and Kim Pine B Scott walks in when two of his ex-girlfriends, Knives Chau and Kim Pine, are making out.[94]
2005–2014 United States Young Avengers America Chavez L America Chavez is an openly lesbian character and was even raised by two mothers. She is also attracted to teammate, Kate Bishop.[95]
Noh-Varr G 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?"[96]
Prodigy B David is an open bisexual and comes out to Hulkling after kissing him in Young Avengers (2013).
Wiccan and Hulkling G Exchanges between Wiccan and Hulkling had led to speculation that the two teens had a much more intimate bond than mere friendship.[97] 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.
2006–2007 United States 52 Kate Kane as Batwoman L 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,[98] making her the highest profile lesbian in the DC universe.[99]
2009–present Japan Attack on Titan Reiner Braun G 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.
Ymir and Krista Lenz L The official website mentions Ymir is in love with Historia (Krista)[64]

Also at the series panel for Animagic 2014, producer George Wada confirmed that Ymir and Krista are a couple[65]

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