Whether they’re a loveable sissy or an alien in drag, there has been a long history of queer cartoon characters.
The following is a list of 20 characters from the obscure to the most popular. Characters that are snarky, sassy, campy—and totally gay!
In order to avoid being captured by the Invid, Lancer did what any sensible soldier would do—he became a drag queen! Under the stage name Yellow Dancer, the young soldier not only concealed his identity, but his gender as well. Prancing around in skirts, hats and high heels while he flirted with men and sang songs such as “Lonely Soldier Boy” made it obvious that Yellow Dancer learned more than combat training in the Robotech Defense Force.
Sporting a rainbow colored mane and tail, Starlight served as Rainbow Brite’s sassy stead and was no doubt at his gayest in the animated movie, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer. In the film, he opened with a musical number, made snarky comments, and even argued fashion with Rainbow Brite herself when he stated, “I will not wear booties!”
Starscream was arguably the gayest Decepticon from the original Transformers television series and his coronation – complete with a bejeweled, golden crown and purple cape – in the animated film Transformers: The Movie is a total campfest! Who else but a robotic ‘mo would know how to take over an intergalactic army with style?
"Heavens to Murgatroyd!"
Snagglepuss doesn’t have butch bone in his body.
This queen of the jungle is about as out, loud and proud as any animated character could be.
His overabundance of obviously gay traits don’t just say “gay stereotype” they sing it in a show tune!
Vanity isn’t like the other Smurfs. He’d rather exclaim “gorgeous” as he gushes over his preening reflection than play sports with the others. In the episode “Vanity Fair” he is even less interested in playing a game of soccer than Smurfette. He also turns into a muscle-queen for an episode when he bulks up, following in the footsteps of Hefty Smurf, the village’s resident gym bunny. Could there have been more between them than personal training?
Smithers' lust for his boss, Mr. Burns, has to be one of the longest running queer jokes on television. He’s the perfect example of a gay man who’s so deep in the closet it would take him a week to drive out. So what is it about Mr. Burns that gets Smithers all hot and bothered? Is it looks, power, or is he simply a daddy chaser? No one really knows, but the real question is, if Smithers got his way would he be the top or the bottom?
Dr. Mindbender was introduced in season 2 of GI Joe and could certainly have been a substitute member of The Village People with his over-the-top fashion sense. Clearly, Cobra had a leather bar near every base because Mindbender was always readily dressed to play “master and servant.” In addition to his wardrobe, Mindbender’s goal for the first 5 episodes of season 2 was to create the “perfect man” from the DNA of historical leaders, including well known homosexual Alexander The Great.
Any hero whose super transformation includes fuzzy underwear, sun-kissed skin, and a harness has got to set gaydars off across the globe. Not to mention the fact that Prince Adam ran around in purple tights and a pink vest with a white shirt that was two sizes too small.
This tiger could give Snagglepuss a run for his money in the race for gayest feline. His personality, like Snagglepuss, invokes the spirit of the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz—which is more than enough of a reason to label him a cowardly queen. There’s no doubt Cringer was a royally queer kitty.
This hunky superhero can’t seem to keep his shirt on and is the main man for all things homoerotic in the Young Justice animated series. Whether he’s sparing shirtless with Aqualad or getting his clothes torn off in battle and tied up in suggestive poses, Superboy spends as much of his time shirtless in a pair of tight jeans as he does in anything else. This makes him look like he’s more prepared for an Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot than the job of a superhero.
Eric was the manager of Jem’s rival band The Misfits. He was about the farthest thing from a masculine man on the show. Eric had great fashion sense, was always well groomed and had no problem slapping Jerrica Benton in the first season of the show. Later on when he competes with Jerrica for the attention of a new band named The Stingers, he’s asked by one of the female band members if he’s a “typical American music executive” to which he responds, “Sweetheart, there’s nothing typical about me.” Indeed.
Cobra Commander is 100% screaming queen! He’s not only feminine, he’s the biggest drama queen in the entire GI Joe series. He shows more affection for men than women, accessorizes with capes and scepters for special occasions and has an exaggerated lisp! He even dressed in drag to escape capture at the end of the 5-part episode “The Pyramid of Darkness,” and would make costume changes from a helmet to a cloth hood before some television appearances.
Eric was the one and only drama queen of Dungeons and Dragons. His gayness took center stage in the episode “Odyssey of the Twelfth Talisman" when he meets a boy named Lorne who is just as sassy as he is. The rest of Eric’s friends point out how much Lorne and Eric are alike, to which Eric places his arm around the boy and replies, “Listen, Lorne old buddy, I hate to tell you this, but if my parents even suspected I was like you, they’d disinherit both of us.”
Roger has done everything he can to earn a place in the animated queer hall of fame. He loves to dress in drag, has an affinity for theater, loves Barbra Streisand and constantly flirts with men.Roger’s obviously gay traits are endless, but for all his queer behavior he’s never come right out and said, “I’m gay.” Then again, does this alien sister really have to spell it out for us?
There seems to be no end to Stewie’s gayness. He has exhibited every queer stereotype known to exist and while he hasn’t officially come out of the closet, he’s one of the gayest animated characters to grace the small screen. From drooling over pictures of hot men and dancing in circuit clubs to dressing in drag and leather, Stewie has done it all. Is there really anyone out there who wouldn’t pick this queer baby off the homo tree in second?
He’s the original robo-queen. Prissy, fussy and encased in gold lamé, this cybernetic sister is happily as gay as they come. His taste for high drama and panic attacks were hilarious to watch during the first and only season of Star Wars: Droids. Now, two and a half decades later, he’s back with his life-partner R2D2 in the prime time CGI animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars—and the old girl hasn’t changed a bit.
Bugs worked it decades before RuPaul donned her first pair of heels. He not only cross-dressed at the drop of a wig, his ability to apply makeup in record time was absolutely amazing! Ms. Bunny’s affinity for his co-stars is well documented as he took advantage of every opportunity to flirt with, cuddle, and kiss Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam. Furthermore, his oral fixation — which he satisfies through frequent carrot munching — is a little hard to miss.
When Optimus Prime commands his crew to “transform,” Tracks responds in a queenie voice, “I’d rather stay in my stunning auto mode.” The Autobot symbol on his hood includes the fabulous addition of a flaming upside down triangle and there’s something very “Batman and Robin” about his relationship with that young boy named Raoul.
Following the queer path that was paved by trailblazers such as C-3PO, Oon was a magically animated suit of armor that was a loyal companion to Jayce and his Lightning League. Sure, he was a sissy, but it was his pink plume and his obsession with his pink striped magic lance that gave him away. He would often shine his magic lance in a way that made it seem even more phallic. This gave a whole new meaning to the line, “would you like to use my magic lance master Jayce?”
There has never been a queer animated character quite like South Park’s Mr./Mrs. Garrison. He/She is not only a member of the LGBT community, he/she has been L, G and T! Over the many seasons of South Park, Garrison has been a closeted gay man, an out gay man, a leather daddy, a transgender female and a lesbian. Clearly, when it comes to queer, Mr./Mrs. Garrison holds the crown.