Top 10 Gay Cartoon Characters

The portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters in media has evolved dramatically since the early days of television and film. Initially, these characters were often hidden in subtext, concealed behind innuendo, or caricatured in ways that didn't authentically represent the community. However, as society's understanding and acceptance of diverse sexual orientations grew, so did the representation in animated media.

In the world of cartoons, the late 20th century marked a turning point. Shows began to introduce gay characters with depth, personality, and real human experiences. These characters were no longer confined to the shadows or reduced to stereotypes; they were front and center, living their lives openly and honestly.

The advent of gay cartoon characters did more than just offer entertainment. It provided a mirror for many individuals, reflecting their own experiences and feelings. For others, these characters served as a window, offering a glimpse into lives and loves they might not have understood before.

The subject of gay cartoon characters isn't just about the characters themselves but about a larger movement towards inclusivity and acceptance. It's a testament to the ongoing evolution of societal norms, and how art, even in its most whimsical forms, can be a powerful tool for change.

These characters range from lead roles in popular shows to memorable supporting characters who have become fan favorites. Some are human, others are animals, robots, or fantastical beings, but all contribute to the growing representation of gay characters in media.
The Top Ten
1 Waylon Smithers (The Simpsons)

Yeah, you can see he's in love with Mr. Burns! His dreams and fantasies make it very clear to see and easy to understand.

Yeah, I don't watch the Simpsons, but I watched LewToons' top 10, and this guy put the icing on the cakes. That is a very gay cake, ugh, that made no-
You get it.

He deserves to be number 1. Of all the gay cartoon characters, Smithers is the best.

2 Mr. Garrison (South Park) Herbert Garrison is a recurring character in the American animated television series South Park. He is voiced by Trey Parker.

Laugh out loud! She's the best and funniest, Mr. Garrison: there you go, you're the retarded outstanding evolution of 5 monkeys having butt sex with a fish frog, congratulations. But he's gay for sure. When I first saw him, I thought it was a woman. It had boobs and lipstick.

Aw, I love Garrison, laugh out loud, and Roger isn't gay, he's bi.

I agree, but it can be nasty with Mr. Slave.

3 Big Gay Al (South Park)

I love all the gay characters in South Park! But my favorite has to be Big Gay Al.

*The kids are in summer camp, and Big Gay Al shows up, and the parents stand there in shock*

Big Gay Al: Well, are you parents just gonna stand there? This camp is only for campers, silly gooses! *Eye flutter*

Seriously, with a name like Big Gay Al, how can he not be number one?!

He was responsible for a nomination by GLAAD for being a positive representation of a gay character.

4 Adam Seymour Duckstein (Queer Duck)

Queer Duck was the gayest anything in cartoon history. I don't think being a duck limited that in any way. He's even proud of it.

Queer Duck, he's intellectual
Queer Duck, he's homosexual
Please don't think that he's perverse
He's the patients' favorite male nurse.

5 Korra (The Legend of Korra) Avatar Korra is the title lead character in Nickelodeon's animated television series The Legend of Korra, in which she is depicted as the current incarnation of the Avatar, responsible for maintaining peace and balance in the world.

I don't believe in gay rights in real life because it's sinful towards God, but I ship Korrasami!

Asami should be with Korra instead of Mako.

6 Openly Gaytor (Queer Duck)

Best Queer Duck character - other than Queer Duck, of course.

7 Xandir P. Wifflebottom (Drawn Together)

I can't believe that I had to add him to the list. He is blatantly gay and as campy as they come.

8 Mr. Slave (South Park)

Mr. Slave is definitely an underrated character. He really needs a real comeback!

Oh god, really? Mr. Slave is the most underrated character ever!

9 Oscar Wildcat (Queer Duck)
10 Velma (Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated) Velma Dinkley is a fictional character in the Scooby-Doo franchise. She is usually seen wearing a baggy orange turtleneck, short red pleated skirt, knee socks, Mary Janes, and most prominently, a pair of square glasses, which she frequently loses.

She was supposed to be a lesbian or at least bi in the original series and in the bad live-action first movie.

The Contenders
11 Deputy Durland (Gravity Falls)

Him and Sheriff Blubs are absolutely precious together!

It's not a bad thing when your soul match is of the same gender.

He is shown to be gay throughout the entire show, so yeah, I love it.

12 Asami (The Legend of Korra)

Asami is very pretty & also more than just pretty!

13 Sheriff Blubs (Gravity Falls)

It has to be true between him and Deputy Durland. It can't get more obvious.

14 Gangstalicious (The Boondocks)

His name is Gangstalicious, for crying out loud, how could Riley not know he was gay? There were signs all over the place, from the name of his songs to the way he talked. Oh, and he also kissed a guy, which Riley swore was just a dream.

15 Craig Tucker (South Park) Craig Tucker is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park and is a member of the boys' fourth grade class. Craig's most distinguishing physical feature is his blue chullo hat topped with a yellow puffball. One of his traits is his compulsive tendency to flip people off, usually... read more

Him and Tweek is something I didn't see coming before the episode Tweek x Craig. Remember back in Season 3 when others got them to beat each other up?

He should be number 1 on this list. I mean, he already had a boyfriend.

16 Nigel Ratburn (Arthur)
17 Snagglepuss (The Yogi Bear Show)

I'm surprised he's not on the list. Old school cartoon.

18 Tweek Tweak (South Park) Tweek Tweak is a recurring character in the animated adult television series South Park and is a student at South Park Elementary. He drinks lots of coffee, which causes paranoia and jittery muscle spasms. He made his first appearance in the Season Two episode, "Gnomes".
19 Sparky (South Park)
20 Pearl (Steven Universe) Pearl is a fictional character from the 2013 animated series Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar. She is a "Gem", a fictional alien being that exists as a magical gemstone projecting a holographic body... read more
21 Silver Spooner (Dial M For Monkey)
22 Lawrence "Larry" 3000 (Time Squad)

I love Larry. He's my favorite cartoon character! Sure, he's gay since he's in love with Tuddrussel and wears a lot of pink stuff, but that's why he's so amazing. At least, he has a personality. He isn't one of those stereotypical robots who talk and behave like robots.

23 Mr. Simmons (Hey, Arnold!)

I can't believe Mr. Simmons is so low on this list! No matter how rednecky Hey Arnold looked sometimes, the inclusion of such a lovable gay character as Mr. Simmons is the perfect proof that Bartlett wasn't aiming at creating a redneck cartoon.

Come on! Mr. Simmons didn't even hide it! Everything about him was gay, and to top it all off, Craig Bartlett himself declared him gay!

24 Lexington (Gargoyles)
25 Terry Kimple (The Cleveland Show)
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