They’re here, they’re queer – just let them have happy endings!
February is LGBTQ+ history month in the UK, so what better time to reminisce over queer cartoon characters who’ve appeared on our screens?
There are a lot of fantastic LGBTQ+ cartoon characters out there! Some are visibly queer, and this gets celebrated on screen; others are simply queer-coded, or their queerness is more of a footnote at the very end of the series.
Let’s take a look at times cartoons celebrated their queer characters, versus times they lowkey failed them.
Out and proud: Marceline and Bubblegum in Adventure Time
Deserved better: Korra and Asami in The Legend of Korra
Out and proud: Ruby and Sapphire – aka Garnet – in Steven Universe
Deserved better: Pearl in Steven Universe
Out and proud: Spongebob Squarepants in Spongebob Squarepants
Deserved better: Rainbow Dash and Apple Jack in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Out and proud: Luz and Amity in The Owl House
Deserved better: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland in Gravity Falls
Out and proud: Mr Ratburn in Arthur
Deserved better: Future Lisa Simpson in The Simpsons
Out and proud: Harley and Ivy in Harley Quinn
Deserved better: Bucky and Pronk in Zootopia
Out and proud: Adora and Catra in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Deserved better: Shiro (and his husband) in Voltron: Legendary Defender
Out and proud: Marshmallow in Bob’s Burgers
Deserved better: Juleka and Rose in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Out and proud: Todd Chavez in Bojack Horseman
Deserved better: Marc Anciel in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Out and proud: Jackie and Chloé in Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Are there any other queer cartoon characters whose stories you either loved or wished were better? Let us know in the comments!