List of animated television programs with LGBT characters

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This is a list of animated television programs with LGBT characters.

Programs[edit]

Year Title Network Character name(s) Notes
2016 The Loud House Nickelodeon Howard McBride
Harold McBride
[1]
2015 Yurikuma Arashi Silver Link Kureha Tsubaki
Sumika Izumino
Ginko Yurishiro
Lulu Yurigasaki
[2]
2014 Clarence Cartoon Network EJ and Sue Randell [3]
2014 Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Television Saitama Yachiyo Inugami
Suzu Nekoyama
[4]
2014 Chozen FX Chozen
Hunter
Chozen is a white, gay, aspiring rap superstar. He is in a relationship with fratboy-type Hunter.[5]
2014 Sakura Trick Television Saitama Haruka Takayama
Yuu Sonoda
[6]
2013- Attack on Titan Adult Swim Ymir
Krista Lenz/Historia Reiss
Reiner Braun
Ymir and Christa were confirmed to have feelings for each other on the official website for the series, along with other official merchandise. In 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.
2013- Rick and Morty Adult Swim Rick Sanchez Rick has been stated to be pansexual by Justin Roiland, one of the show's creators and executive producers.[7] 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.[8]
2013- Steven Universe Cartoon Network Ruby
Sapphire
Pearl
Ruby, Sapphire, and Pearl are all genderless, but choose to present themselves femininely.[9] Ruby and Sapphire are nearly always fused as Garnet, who embodies their love for one another.[10][11] The episode "Rose's Scabbard" is entirely about how much Pearl loves Rose Quartz and is proud of the special relationship they had. Her feelings have been also confirmed by a writer of the show.[12] Also the co-executive producer, Ian Jones-Quartey, has confirmed that, according to human standards and terminology, calling Ruby and Sapphire non-binary, feminine-presenting lesbians would be "a fair assessment".[13]
2013- The Awesomes Hulu Frantic
Tomboy
Steven
Christopher
GayFather
2012-16 Gravity Falls Disney Channel
Disney XD
Sheriff Blubs
Deputy Durland
In the series finale, the two men publicly express their love for each other.[14][15][16]
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Nickelodeon Korra
Asami Sato
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.[17] Although not explicitly stated, the writers later confirmed that the two are in a romantic relationship.[18][19][20]
2010- Adventure Time Cartoon Network Princess Bubblegum,
Marceline the Vampire Queen
In August 2014, after a long controversy, Olivia Olson, the voice of Marceline, told a crowd at a Barnes & Noble book signing for The Adventure Time Encyclopedia, that, according to Pendleton Ward (creator of the series), Marceline and Princess Bubblegum had dated in the past, but that because the series airs in some areas where homosexual relationships are illegal, the show has not been able to officially make the relationship clear.[21]
2009– Archer FX Ray Gillette
Pam Poovey
Woodhouse
Ray is an openly gay secret agent, and a former Olympic medalist in skiing. Pam is the bisexual director of human resources. 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.
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Fox "Auntie" Momma Tubbs (Kevin Tubbs)
Terry Kimple
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, Cleveland's co-worker, marries his husband Paul in "Terry Unmarried".
2009-2010 Sweet Blue Flowers Fuji TV Fumi Manjōme
Akira Okudaira
Kyōko Ikumi
Sweet Blue Flowers is a yuri anime.[22] The main character, Fumi, comes out as a lesbian in episode 4.[23] Akira later has a relationship with Fumi in the source material the anime covers. Kyoko confesses her feelings to her female crush.[24]
2008-2014 Superjail! Adult Swim Alice
Jean Baptiste Le Ghei
Paul Guaye
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. The inmates Jean Baptiste Le Ghei and Paul Guaye are a recurring couple.
2007–2009 Rick & Steve: The Happiest
Gay Couple in All the World
Logo Rick Brocka
Steve Ball
Kirsten Kellogg
Dana Bernstein
Chuck Masters
Evan Martinez
The series focuses on a group of gay and lesbian friends living in the gay village of West Lahunga Beach.
1999-2002 Courage the Cowardly Dog Cartoon Network Kitty
Bunny
In the episode "The Mask" clearly it is noticeable the loving relationship of Kitty and Bunny
1999 Mission Hill The WB Adult Swim Gus Duncz

Wally Langford

Gus and Wally are an elderly couple in their late 60s
1998-2000 Cardcaptor Sakura NHK BS2 Sakura Kinomoto
Tomoyo Daidouji
Yukito Tsukishiro
Toya Kinomoto Sonomi Daidouji
Syaoran Li
The creators of the anime have stated that they wanted to create a series that sexual minorities would be comfortable with and so they included a lot of same-sex relationships. Tomoyo Daidouji is in love with the protagonist of the show, Sakura. Sakura does not return Tomoyo's feelings, but the creators have stated that this has nothing to do with the fact Tomoyo is another girl, but rather that Sakura is just does not have romantic feelings for this one girl in particular.[25] Sakura is shown to have a crush on a female teacher as well.[26] Tomoyo's mother, Sonomi, confessed she was in love with Sakura's mother.[27] Sakura's brother Toya and another boy, Yukito, are stated to be in love within the series itself.[28] Syaoran is shown to have a crush on Yukito at the beginning of the show.
1997–2010 King of the Hill Fox Bug Gribble
Juan Pedro
Carlyon/Jaime
In the episode "My Own Private Rodeo," Dale's father Bug is revealed to be homosexual, and is married to Juan Pedro. In the episode "The Peggy Horror Picture Show," Peggy befriends a drag queen named "Carylon" whose real name is Jamie.
1997– South Park Comedy Central Big Gay Al
Stephen Stotch
Mr./Ms. Garrison
Mr. Slave
Jimbo Kern
Craig Tucker
Tweek Tweak
Big Gay Al is the town's prideful gay who wants people to accept gays. Stephen Stotch is bisexual and goes to the town's gay bath house. Mrs. Garrison is identified first as a gay man and later as a straight trans woman. Mr. Slave was Mrs. Garrison's husband and later the husband of Big Gay Al. Jimbo Marsh has hint of sexual relationship with his partner despite claiming that he is heterosexual. As of the episode "Tweek x Craig", Craig Tucker and Tweek Tweak are boyfriends.
1997 Revolutionary Girl Utena TV Tokyo Utena Tenjou
Anthy Himemiya
Juri Arisugawa
Shiori Takatsuki
The two leads of the series, Utena Tenjou and Anthy Himemiya, were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara.[29][30] They were shown kissing in the second credit sequence. In addition, another major character, Juri Arisugawa, was in love with her female classmate, Shiori Takatsuki . Juri was described as "homosexual" in the DVD booklet.[31] 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.[32] Most characters in the series were in same-gender relationships or dalliances. For instance, Kozue Kaoru was shown kissing Anthy, the male characters Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu were shown in bed together, and Miki described Akio as "seducing" Touga.[33]
1996–2004 Hey Arnold! Nickelodeon Robert Simmons
Eugene Horowitz
Series creator Craig Bartlett has confirmed that the 4th grade teacher Mr. Simmons is gay, and that Eugene Horowitz "is kind of 'proto-gay', so he's uncomfortable getting close to any girl". This was never explicitly disclosed in the series, though it was hinted at in several episodes. In the episode "Arnold's Thanksgiving", it's implied that Simmons' friend Peter might actually be his boyfriend, and that Simmons' mother wants him to date a female friend.
1996-2003 Dexter's Laboratory Cartoon Network Silver Spooner 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.
1994–1997 Gargoyles Syndicated Lexington According to series creator Greg Weisman, Lexington is gay, although he was not allowed to explore that aspect of the character.[34]
1992–1997 Sailor Moon TV Asahi Kunzite
Zoisite
Fish-Eye
Sailor Uranus
Sailor Neptune
Sailor Starlights
Kunzite and Zoisite were Queen Beryl's henchmen, and were gay, but Zoisite was changed into a woman in the English version. The same was done with the villain, Fish-Eye (The character, however, is suspected by many to in fact be intended as a trans woman). Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are a lesbian couple (the relationship was censored in the original English dub and they are referred to as "cousins").[35] The Sailor Starlights were assigned female at birth,[36] 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.[37]
1992–1995 YuYu Hakusho Fuji Television Itsuki
Miyuki
Sensui
Itsuki is Sensui's right hand, who is interested in Sensui's personality and body. Miyuki (Demon Triad member) was assigned male at birth but is female. Miyuki's "coming out" was censored in the Funimation English dub.
1989– The Simpsons Fox Karl
Waylon Smithers
Patty Bouvier
Dewey Largo
Brunella Pommelhorst
Julio
Duffman
Guest character Karl, voiced by Harvey Fierstein, was written to be gay in 1990 episode Simpson and Delilah, and takes part in a same-sex kiss. Waylon Smithers rides a float called "Stayin' in the Closet!" during Springfield's annual gay pride parade in the 2002 episode "Jaws Wired Shut"; he would later come out in season 27.[38] Patty Bouvier is a lesbian who came out in the 2005 episode "There's Something about Marrying". Mr. Largo is the school's music teacher. Mrs. Pommelhorst is the gym teacher who announced her intention to take time off and return as "Mr. Pommelhorst, the shop teacher".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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