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Updated on Jun 24, 2020. Posted on Jun 13, 2020

34 Cartoon Characters That Sparked Sexual Awakenings In LGBTQ Folks

"When Shego and Kim fought in the Kim Possible movies, something stirred deep inside me... and that was gayness."

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community which animated characters our LGBTQ friends were attracted to as kids. Here are some of the characters that made us say, "Ooh la la!":

1. Jasmine from Aladdin

Disney

"When she's trying to seduce Jafar in that red outfit, and she stands up, and her scarf falls seductively off of her... Childhood me felt things that I didn't understand until 10 years later."

katmiddeldorp

2. Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon

"He was DEFINITELY my sexual awakening. I thought he was cute in Season 2, but by Season 3, he was full-on HOT."

tstrandberg7

3. Meg from Hercules

Disney

"Women with sass and backbones but a whole lotta love in their soul get me every damn time."

spadolynn

4. Shego from Kim Possible

Disney

"When Shego and Kim fought in the Kim Possible movies, something stirred deep inside me... and that was gayness."

quirkyquarts

5. Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid

Disney

"The moment I saw Prince Eric, I instantly knew that the butterfly feelings I had could rival Ariel's. His gaze gave me (still does) the feels... I even got jealous that she gets to caress his hair! Now as an adult, I gravitate toward men with darker hair. Bonus if he has lighter eyes to match."

mabukh83

6. The Hex Girls from Scooby-Doo

Warner Bros.

"Listen, I feel like every gay little girl had a crush on one of the Hex Girls. It's almost like a mandatory thing to get into the club. Scooby-Doo didn't have to go that hard, but they did. Also, Daphne and Velma should've been together. I said what I said."

monikap6

7. Li Shang from Mulan

Disney

"Regardless of gender, I like them strong, smart, and independent."

fredzesty

8. Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time

buzzfeed.com

"I had a big crush on Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. Plus, her relationship with Marceline the Vampire Queen made me want that. When I grew up and learnt about LGBTQUIA, I realized I didn’t just want a loving relationship — I wanted a loving relationship with a girl."

lunalovegoodisincredible

9. Kovu from The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Disney

"He will always be #1."

laurelirene525

10. Tiana from The Princess and the Frog

Disney

"Not only was she gorgeous as hell, she was empowered and cool, too."

lilylilylilylily

11. Miss Bellum from The Powerpuff Girls

Cartoon Network

"That voice!"

thatendedwell

12. Robin Hood from Robin Hood

Disney

"He had that V-neck, the cocky-but-sensitive attitude... That fox was a dreamboat."

corrine432

13. Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon

TV Asahi

"That transformation... I didn’t even realize what a sexual awakening that was for me until I was much older."

cats4e17794b6

14. Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Disney

"She was brave, funny, multidimensional, gorgeous, and exhausted but resilient. She was one of my earliest crushes."

abbyj6

15. King Triton from The Little Mermaid

Disney

"My sexual awakening was King Triton. That beard! Those abs! I still stand by the fact that he’s a babe."

devonc413fc24d4

16. Chel from The Road to El Dorado

DreamWorks

"That woman is hawtt!"

chloes1010

17. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast

Disney

"He was a prick and an all-around horrible person. But those arms and that hairy chest made my young brain very happy."

dargad

18. Pocahontas from Pocahontas

Disney

"I have always had a crush on Pocahontas, since day one."

omozehillary123

19. Peter Pan from Peter Pan

Disney

"I am asexual and nonbinary. As a kid, I was obsessed with Peter Pan, a character that was androgynous and never grew up (i.e. never forced to have the relationships that I could not yet articulate that I was not interested in). One of many things that makes so much sense in retrospect."

leoness13

20. Raven from Teen Titans

Warner Bros.

"Everything about her, from her snarky banter to her mysterious cape... She was the whole reason I watched that show."

silverowl13

21. Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Disney

"No one had quite the impact on me as Kida. I was (and, TBH, still am) head over heels for her."

jswabwbf88

22. Goku from Dragonball Z

Fuji TV

"I couldn’t look away from Goku’s muscles and his goofy, lovable personality. I didn’t care about the fights. Just about the shirt-ripping and muscles."

kyronp

23. Tinkerbell from Peter Pan

Disney

"I mean, that scene with her measuring her hips???"

imcaleb

24. Vanessa from Phineas and Ferb

Disney

"I never understood why I liked her so much, but now I realize she was probably the first girl I was ever attracted to."

janetsnakehole2

25. Eris from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

DreamWorks

"Her flowing movement and aura of danger really drew me in. Her first scene with Sinbad sent all kinds of shivers down my spine. All that flirting really sold me. Up until that point, most of my crushes had been male. Seeing Eris on screen was a major clue that I was pansexual."

melongmire888

26. Danny from Danny Phantom

Nickelodeon

"Especially when he was a ghost!"

jjennas1118

27. Roxanne from A Goofy Movie

Disney

"She was the typical cute girl next door. My crush was probably as big as Max's TBH."

katcloud

28. Sailor Pluto from Sailor Moon

TV Asahi

"My first fictional crush, and my first crush on a girl. I only wish she got more screen time because she's just so beautiful and mature, and my little queer self was in love with her."

thewitchofthewoods

29. Miss Kitty from The Great Mouse Detective

Disney

"She’s a cabaret performer who sings the song 'Let Me Be Good to You' while stripping and dancing. Let’s just say I realized I definitely felt things for ladies (including sexy mouse ladies) that day."

nicoleafanch

30. Asami from The Legend of Korra

CBS

"I always thought she was SO PRETTY, and I was always jealous of Mako. She was my first ever gay crush."

whateverhappenedtovine

31. Dimitri from Anastasia

20th Century Fox

"Loved him!"

kellic4eb00c965

32. Misty from Pokémon

TV Tokyo

"It was her strong, not taking any shit attitude. She told off all the guys, but she was still feminine and genuine. Totally had a big crush on her!"

paperp

33. Suki from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon

"A badass warrior woman with insane makeup skills? Every lesbian's dream."

riosg9864

34. Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Buena Vista

"When she's singing in that lounge... omg! My poor little bi heart couldn't handle it!"

gypsy2522

Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Which animated characters were you attracted to as a kid? Let us know in the comments below!

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