10 Cartoon Characters Who Were Allowed To Be Visibly Queer, And 9 Who Got Left Out Of The Spotlight

    They're here, they're queer — just let them have happy endings!

    February is LGBT 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 LGBT cartoon characters out there! Some are visibly queer, and this gets celebrated onscreen; 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 low-key failed them.

    1. Out and proud: Marceline and Bubblegum in Adventure Time.

    Bubblegum and Marceline sat next to each other on a sofa with a blanket over their legs, both holding mugs

    2. Deserved better: Korra and Asami in The Legend of Korra.

    Korra and Asami facing each other and holding hands, while surrounded by yellow light

    3. Out and proud: Ruby and Sapphire — aka Garnet — in Steven Universe.

    Ruby and Sapphire kiss at their wedding as Steven looks on with a smile and stars in his eyes

    4. Deserved better: Pearl in Steven Universe.

    Pearl holding a bass guitar and smiling

    5. Out and proud: SpongeBob SquarePants in SpongeBob SquarePants.

    SpongeBob smiling widely, with a rainbow between his outstretched hands

    6. Deserved better: Rainbow Dash and Apple Jack in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

    Rainbow Dash smiling with an eyebrow raised in mid-flight, looking down at a smiling Apple Jack

    7. Out and proud: Luz and Amity in The Owl House.

    8. Deserved better: Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland in Gravity Falls.

    9. Out and proud: Mr Ratburn in Arthur.

    Mr Ratburn and Patrick walking down the aisle

    10. Deserved better: Future Lisa Simpson in The Simpsons.

    A family picture of the Simpsons on the sofa: Maggie, Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa's girlfriend, Lisa, and Lisa's other girlfriend

    11. Out and proud: Harley and Ivy in Harley Quinn.

    Ivy with her arm around Harley's shoulder as both smile with their eyes closed

    12. Deserved better: Bucky and Pronk in Zootopia.

    Two images of Judy's open doorway side by side; in one, Pronk is walking past in a blue T-shirt holding a bag of groceries, in the other, Bucky walks by in a red T-shirt holding a canned drink

    13. Out and proud: Adora and Catra in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

    14. Deserved better: Shiro (and his husband) in Voltron: Legendary Defender.

    15. Out and proud: Marshmallow in Bob's Burgers.

    16. Deserved better: Juleka and Rose in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.

    Rose is resting head on Juleka's lap with her hands tucked under her cheek, as the latter reads a book with one hand on Rose's head

    17. Out and proud: Todd Chavez in Bojack Horseman.

    Todd, wearing a yellow beanie and red hoodie, holds up a phone with a picture of him on it, identical to how he looks

    18. Deserved better: Marc Anciel in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.

    Marc with a sad expression, wearing a black choker, read hoodie and rainbow tie-dye t-shirt

    19. Out and proud: Jackie and Chloé in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

    Chloé, wearing a long-sleeved green shirt and green scarf, leans an elbow on the shoulder of Jackie, who wears a leather jacket and her signature shell necklace

    Are there any other queer cartoon characters whose stories you either loved or wished were better? Let us know in the comments!

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