TV shows, and cartoons in particular, have given us hundreds of fascinating and intricate characters that have become staples of the pop culture lexicon. Many of these character have become fan favorites due to their charm, humor and likability. Cartoon characters can be a great way to promote acceptance and equality, and we have seen this many times with animated shows that feature LGBT characters.
The recent IDW comic book Love is Love is a great example of this. The book featured gay and straight characters joining together in stories of hope. The book was produced to help victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. DC comics character and other pop culture favorites like Harry Potter were featured in the charity book.
However, not all gay characters are strong or uplifting, like Bat Woman, some are simply funny. With that in mind, here’s a look at the 15 best gay cartoon characters. Who do you think is the best gay cartoon character?
15 Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty
14 Satan & Saddam Hussein - South Park Movie
13 Jasper the Dog - Family Guy
12 Patty Bouvier - The Simpsons
Who would have thought that it would be Marge’s sister Patty Bouvier (left), that came out of the closet before Waylon Smithers? Selma has dated many men and was even married a few times. Selma married Sideshow Bob, Troy McClure and even Abe Simpson! The other twin Patty, on the other hand, had only a few flings with men, including a brief courting by Principal Skinner.
11 Wally and Carl - Clone High
10 Ray Gillette - Archer
“I was married for two years. Yeah, I mean, she was a lesbian, but still,” says Ray Gillette. FX's Archer is a show filled with interesting characters, and everyone’s favorite sarcastic, part cyborg, on again off again paraplegic Ray Gillette is no exception. He is clearly gay, and there is no mistaking it. In fact, you might even say he is fabulously or flamboyantly gay. The workplace is not a particularly friendly place for Ray, as he has to deal with Archer’s homophobic jokes or Mallory’s flat out homophobia.
9 Bug Gribble - King of the Hill
8 Gobber the Belch - How To Train Your Dragon
7 Mr. Garrison - South Park
Mr. Garrison is one of the most bizarre characters in all of popular culture. Not only is he gay, but he also had a brief stint as a transgender woman, and now he is President of the United States, Donald Trump. After having a sex change operation, Garrison briefly dated Richard Dawkins, but later she became a lesbian.
6 Big Gay Al - South Park
5 Mr. Slave - South Park
4 Greg and Terry - American Dad!
3 Hedonismbot - Futurama
2 Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen From Cartoon Network's Adventure Time
Did you know that both of Finn the Human’s crushes and former girlfriends actually dated each other at one point? It’s true. It’s very groundbreaking for a children’s TV show to have two main characters who are bisexual, but Adventure Time itself is one of the most original and unique cartoons ever created. Marceline voice actress Olivia Olson told fans that Adventure Time creator himself Pendleton Ward made the decision to make the fan favorite characters bisexual.
1 Waylon Smithers - The Simpsons
“I think women and semen don’t mix", says Smithers. “We know what you think,” says Mr. Burns. Everyone has known that Mr. Burns’ faithful personal assistant Waylon Smithers (right) was gay for decades, but it wasn’t made official until recently. He was closeted for many years, but he really wasn’t fooling anyone. It was plainly obvious all the way back to season 1 of The Simpsons that Waylon was attracted to men, or at the very least attracted to only Mr. Burns. Simpsons creator Matt Groening always referred to Smithers as a Burnssexual. If you have a bizarre infatuation with Montgomery Burns, vacation at Fire Island and collect Malibu Stacy dolls then you are most certainly gay.
It wasn’t until the episode 'The Burns Cage' that Smithers finally admitted that he is gay, and that episode was released just last year. Smithers came out of the closet and professed his love to Mr. Burns. Of course, Mr. Burns rejected him and Smithers instead ended up dating Julio. Despite the fact that Burns refused the advances of Smithers, Smithers still stayed by his side to help him run the plant and take care of all his daily chores.
Sources: Wikipedia, DailyMail, Buzzfeed
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