TV and Movies·Posted on 8 Jul 202145 Of The Greatest Queer-Coded Disney Characters There Have Ever Been, That Aren’t Elsa From “Frozen”"Jafar's origin story is that he's gay and pissed."by Sam ClealBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink We all know it's been a real ~journey~ for queer characters in Disney movies, and as of 2021, we still are yet to have our first ever openly LGBTQ+ main character in a feature film! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures We've had small breakthroughs, like LeFou in the live-action Beauty And The Beast film and Lena Waithe's police officer role in Onward, but for the most part, genuine LGBTQ+ representation is Disney is nada. (Except for in Pixar's short animation Out, which is amazing). That isn't to say, however, that there aren't characters in the Disney pantheon who are lowkey queer. Let's take a look at some of the greatest queer-coded* Disney characters of all time, shall we? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures And no, this list doesn't contain Elsa because that's just too obvious!*Queer-coding is basically when a fictional character is imbued with stereotypical traits, or given dialogue, or put into a situation that somehow suggests they may be queer without explicitly stating it. The act of coding characters as queer, whether intentionally or inadvertently, partly comes from the fact that throughout the history of cinema, many conservative groups have pressured studios around the world to avoid showing LGBTQ+ people and stories on screen. 1. Li Shang from Mulan cece ❤️🧡💛💚💙 @imperfectbIue 🏳️🌈 LET’S CELEBRATE 🏳️🌈 It sucks that Disney completely erased Li Shang, bi icon, from the live-action Mulan. But by erasing him, they INADVERTENTLY confirmed animated Li Shang is canonically bisexual! They played themselves. We love our bi Prince!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 08:21 PM - 07 Jun 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @imperfectbIue / Via Instagram: @prouddisnerds 2. Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch BRENDAN JORDAN | #BLM @brendanwjordan When are we going to talk about how Pleakley is an LGBTQ icon who was constantly serving RANGE in Lilo & Stitch?! The girls nowadays could never ..... 05:04 PM - 04 May 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @brendanwjordan 3. Ursula from The Little Mermaid dickgirIdiaries @dickgirIdiaries Ursula’s appearance was based on Divine so she should be played by a drag queen and that’s that on that. 03:46 PM - 29 Jun 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Phil D. Morris / Via Twitter: @dickgirIdiaries 4. Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King cyborg witch, MD @dn_charles Timon and Pumba are Simba's gay dads. fight me. 12:51 AM - 21 Jul 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Pictures 5. And Scar from The Lion King Roax Gnoll @SyrusHyena Scar is gay Scar had a boyfriend 11:47 PM - 01 Nov 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite 6. The Reluctant Dragon from The Reluctant Dragon Sam Cleal @sam_cleal The Reluctant Dragon makes Liberace look like John McClane. 10:28 PM - 01 Jul 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite 7. Jafar from Aladdin Alise Morales @AliseNavidad jafar’s origin story is that he’s gay and pissed 03:24 PM - 30 May 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Pictures 8. Francis from A Bug’s Life Movie Details @moviedetail Not sure if this counts as it is pretty obvious, but it took me 23 years to realise this detail, in A Bugs Life (1998) Francis the ladybug's role in the circus was literally just a drag queen 03:49 AM - 08 Aug 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite 9. Shego from Kim Possible allie @katsuk1s the amount of people who replied to this saying that shego was the cause of their gay awakening is outstanding so here’s an appreciation post for our queen 11:48 PM - 03 Jun 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite 10. Oaken from Frozen ★ KYLE ❦ @CutUpAngeIz Thinking about oaken from frozen and his husband and 4 kids 05:31 AM - 28 Jul 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 11. Artie from Cruella ✨ @heyjaeee I just know James Corden was watching Artie in Cruella and saying “that should have been me” 01:58 AM - 01 Jun 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite 12. Ryan Evans and Chad Danforth from the High School Musical films Char 🦖✨🏳️🌈 @CharCubed Ryan Evans is gay Chad Danforth is bi & they had a Thing™️ before Disney reined it in. #HSM #Chyan conspiracy thread BASED IN facts/truths. 03:23 AM - 16 May 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Disney Channel / Via Twitter: @CharCubed 13. Captain Hook from Peter Pan a raconteur of repute @JohannesTEvans what a wonderful day to remember that captain Hook is gay 12:52 PM - 22 May 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF RKO Radio Pictures 14. Raya and Namaari from Raya and the Last Dragon your fav is a lesbian ⚢ @faveislesbian raya and namaari from raya and the last dragon are lesbians 12:44 PM - 01 May 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite 15. Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas Lezzie Problems @LezzieProblem Governor Ratcliffe is gay!! My realization while watching Pocahontas today. #Disney #Pocahantas #gay 09:36 PM - 25 Jan 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite 16. And Wiggins, Ratcliffe's manservant from Pocahontas Marshal Knight @Marshal_Knight "What Disney Character do you relate to most?" "Wiggins" "?" "Gov. Ratcliffe's gay assistant in Pocahontas who sings 'Hey noni noni!'" 06:23 PM - 28 Aug 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite 17. Prince John, Sir Hiss, and Little John from Robin Hood Louisa 🌈👭 @LouisatheLast And yes, Prince John is a queer-coded villain. So is Sir Hiss, though he’s not all bad. But then Little John is doing laundry and cooking while wearing a frilly apron also?? 08:12 PM - 09 May 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Distribution 18. Merida from Brave 🌸🐚 Lovely🐚🌸 Going to camp tomorrow @MyLovelyfools reasons why Merida is aroace: -she never shows any interest in dating or attraction -she has a green color pallette -she’s an arrow ace which sounds like aro ace -because I’m AroAce and I say so 07:14 PM - 30 Oct 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Via Twitter: @MyLovelyfools 19. Basil and Professor Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective Tessa Violet @TessaViolet Basil and Professor Ratigan are exboyfriends you can’t change my mind. 12:14 PM - 12 Jan 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Distribution 20. And Karen, aka Voyd from Incredibles 2 just nonbinary things @nonbinarythings i know im late but ive just seen incredibles 2 and im claiming voyd as nonbinary 💚 thanks for coming to my ted talk 💙 03:40 PM - 06 Oct 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Via Twitter: @nonbinarythings 21. Evelyn Deavor from Incredibles 2 your fav is a lesbian @favsarelesbians evelyn deavor is a lesbian 02:51 PM - 05 Aug 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Via Twitter: @favsarelesbians 22. Baloo and Bageera from The Jungle Book Jadzia Vaxx @Philip_Ellis Baloo and Bageera are gay dad goals. #TheJungleBook 06:21 PM - 06 Dec 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Distribution 23. Nuka from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride I'm Back BayBee @JustBeeNice_ Nuka from the Lion King 2 is trans. Prides of lions without males, one will develop a mane but since Kovu (cis man) was born while Nuka was going through his transition process Nuka never got more than a scraggly mane since Kovu was the new male of the pride. In this essay I will 03:56 AM - 09 Oct 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite 24. And Vitani from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Carla Irwin @HalfGoldTiger Also if Vitani was your favourite Lion King character growing up... you are now sapphic. Sorry I don’t make the rules 🏳️🌈 08:52 PM - 13 Mar 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite 25. Rider and Honeymaren from Frozen II ᱬ hass ᗢ ミ☆ @honeymoron For a not gay film, Frozen 2 is so gay 04:13 PM - 25 May 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite 26. Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. Popit Tart 🏳️⚧️||🐱💞🐺 @PopitTart_ mike wazowski is bi and sulley is gay and they are in a relationship 07:51 PM - 07 Oct 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Pictures Distribution 27. Preston B. Whitmore from Atlantis: The Lost Empire Garo @Silvermender Y’all Disney’s Atlantis HAD A GAY CHARACTER. LIKE. JUST THERE!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE I MISSED THIS (but then i was kid) Whitmore was hidden married to Milo’s grandfather Thatch. How he speaks of him such a high regard and just has a million dollar painting of them both in his mansion 07:02 AM - 19 Mar 2018 Reply Retweet Favorite 28. Cruz Ramirez and Natalie Certain from Cars 3 alex @dirtysp00n are we all just going to ignore the fact that natalie certain and cruz ramirez in cars 3 are gay girls bound to hook up or what 08:17 PM - 30 Jan 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 29. Terk from Tarzan james holod kennedy @jamesholod Rosie O’Donnell’s voice artistry as Terk really is queer excellence 04:17 PM - 26 Dec 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite 30. Cogsworth and Lumière from Beauty and the Beast not tweeting about loki @stereoroo disney: beauty and the beast has an openly gay character me: it's cogsworth and lumiere disney: it's le fou! me: 05:43 PM - 01 Mar 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Pictures 31. Riley Anderson from Inside Out your fave is queer @yourfaveisqueer Riley Andersen // Genderqueer Headcanon Movie: Inside Out 11:29 PM - 22 Jan 2016 Reply Retweet Favorite 32. Luca and Alberto from Luca yan ♡ ‘s mari @lolaslovebot i know gay when i see gay #Luca 04:57 AM - 19 Jun 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @lolaslovebot 33. And finally, also Guilia from Luca cher ४ loki era @satvrnnrings exhibit a for giulia being a lesbian #Luca 04:11 PM - 20 Jun 2021 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @satvrnnrings Did we miss anyone out? Let us know in the comments below! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.