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18 TV And Movie Characters Who Would Definitely Be Queer If They Were Written Today

Joey and Sandy in Friends should've been endgame!

I think we can all agree that from Elite to Schitt's Creek to Pose, we have much better LGBTQ representation on TV nowadays.

But it wasn't always this way! Just a mere decade ago, most queer TV characters were either the butt of the jokes, or were relegated to the background of shows. Some characters had their queerness hinted at, but never made explicit.

Y'all probably know who I'm talking about when I say their queerness was hinted at, but I'm gonna tell you anyway! Here are 22 TV characters from days gone by who I personally think would be queer and proud if they were created today:

🚨 Be warned, some of these contain spoilers for the show or movie. 🚨

1. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons

2. Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl

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Not only is Chuck bi in the book series of Gossip Girl, his character generally exudes queerness. He's camp and flamboyant, he doesn't like to exert himself and prefers to use his mind, he's very sexual... and he loves ascots. Maybe these are just stereotypes – of gay men in particular – but unfortunately, the use of blatant clichés is mainly how queer-coding is achieved on screen.

3. Michel Gerard from Gilmore Girls

4. Betty DeVille from Rugrats

5. Joey Tribbiani from Friends

6. Velma from Scooby-Doo

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Many filmmakers and showrunners have tried to foreground Velma's queerness before – writer-director James Gunn tweeted last year that in his script for Scooby-Doo: The Movie, Velma was a lesbian. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated producer Tony Cervone also confirmed that Velma was gay and involved with a woman named Marcie, at least in the series he was involved in.

7. Sam Puckett from iCarly

8. Jessie and James (Team Rocket) from Pokémon

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Team Rocket seriously radiate queer energy, and their backstories are pretty fascinating. Jessie grew up with a foster family and was very poor; James grew up wealthy but had to run away once his family forced him to marry a woman (I wonder why he felt the need to do that?) They are both outcasts who have faced adversity, which is a familiar story for many of the LGBTQ community.

9. Jughead Jones from Riverdale

10. Merlin and Arthur from Merlin

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Yes, they do become involved with women, but it's actually Merlin who ends up holding Arthur as he dies! This drama also takes place in a magical world, and magic is often a queer-coded extended metaphor in TV and movies, as it's commonly portrayed as something "bad" and "unnatural" by non-magical folk.

11. Ryan Evans from High School Musical

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Also, can we talking about the clothes swapping that occurs between Ryan and Chad in High School Musical 2? A long-held fan theory suggests that the boys have a little "rendezvous" during the song "I Don't Dance", due to the fact that they disappear and come back wearing each other's clothes. I mean, it's not impossible, right?

12. Miss Grotke from Recess

13. Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf

14. Shego from Kim Possible

15. Buffy Summers from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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Maybe it's the fact that she's a badass who doesn't let men push her around, or maybe it's her relationship with fellow slayer, Faith. These two had serious chemistry – they didn't get on at first, but they eventually became friends and there are even a couple of scenes in which they look like they want to be more. Not to mention that in the Buffy comics – which came after the TV series – Buffy actually hooks up with a female slayer. I guess that makes her canonically queer, even though the TV series never explored that side of her.

16. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

Do you agree? Have we missed anyone out? Let us know in the comments!

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