Top 10 Gay/Lesbian/Bi Characters in Fiction

Alright, here goes.  I’ve decided that I am going to talk about my favorite LGB characters in fiction that I’ve consumed.  Here’s the part where I get to be judged by people over what kinds of characters in this genre that I like.  But you know what, I don’t care.  Some of you who have been following my website for a while might see some of these coming.  Good on you.  But there is a reason that I make sure to include bi – some of these characters are.  I’ll get into this when we get down the list, but these distinctions matter.  And you are going to notice something when I talk about these characters – the reasons that I like them have NOTHING to do with their sexuality and have everything to do with their character traits.  So suck on that, you people who will want to call me a perv.  Let’s get into what may be my most risque top ten to date.

Annabelle Tillman10. Annabelle Tillman
Loving Annabelle
Makes sense that one of my favorite films of all time would be on this list, right?  For those of you wondering why she is so low on the list, this isn’t looking at the film she’s in, but just her character.  Annabelle is a trouble-making daughter of a teenage senator, being forced to go to a Catholic school by her politician family as a way to get her out of the limelight.  At first, she appears to be a typical punk, but you quickly learn that there is more to her than meets the eye.  The girl has a very sensitive side, and bonds with people in odd ways.  Plus, when one of her friends assumes that she puts out like it’s no one’s business, the girl rebukes her.  Quite coldly.  The whole film is about her growing relationship with one of her teachers, but her character is good enough that you realize that the caricature that her peers have of her is dead wrong.

Kima Greggs9. Kima Greggs
The Wire
In a series that is all about the moral ambiguity of the people within it, Kima is one of those refreshing breaths of fresh air.  One of the detectives that is investigating Avon Barksdale’s operation, you grow to realize that she is a rookie detective who is looking to get further in the force.  She’s a by-the-books cop.  Even to the point of sometimes having to give her peers answers that they don’t like.  And when she gets things wrong, she does have moments where it eats at her.  My favorite moment with her was when she was shot in season one.  Bunk has a list of people that he was sure were the suspects, but she can’t bring herself to falsely identify anyone.  Up to the very end, she sticks by her convictions.  That’s not to say that she isn’t human, but still.  I like her dedication to her principles.  Especially on the force.

138. 13 (Remy Hadley)
House, M.D.
13 was a character who I missed when she left the show.  Granted, the series itself went on too long, but her character was just fantastic.  A talented young doctor who is eager to prove herself, she also harbors a dark secret.  One that, as always, House figures out very quickly.  Her mother died of a condition called Huntington’s.  The reality that she has a 50/50 chance of getting the condition is a constant pressure, and she is terrified of it.  The memories of her mother’s last months haunt her.  However, this drive is what makes her character so much fun to watch.  Plus, it also gives her some kinship with House, who is miserable and prone to self-destruction.  It was a shame when she left the series, but hey, the actress had better prospects.  Like that god-awful Tron sequel.  Sorry, that movie sucked.  I can’t deny it.

Ellie 27. Ellie
The Last of Us
Some of you might be wondering – what?!  Why is she so low on the list?  Well, I have learned a few things about the making of her character.  Specifically in connection to her orientation.  These things are causing me to reevaluate what I think of her. That being said, she is a fantastic kid character.  Not only is her dialogue great, but it feels like something someone that age would be like.  I won’t go into too much more detail.  I have already dissected this character in every way in a Critical Examination post.  Go look that up if you want to full details.  I do still love her character, but a little less than I once did.  Take that for what you will.

Franz d'Epinay6. Franz d’Epinay
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
One of the things that I love about this character is the fact that you have to pay attention to Franz to realize the truth about him.  He is Albert’s oldest and best friend.  But you see, Franz has a secret.  One that you have to pay good attention to in order to catch.  Part of the reason that he cares so much and has gone out of his way to be a good friend to Albert is because he is in love with him.  The subtlety with how they portray that is amazing.  The hardest part is – Albert never finds out.  Ever.  Because he is so loyal a friend, when Albert makes a rash decision and challenges the Count to a duel, Franz drugs him and takes his place.  The Count runs him through.  When Albert finally finds him, he dies in his arms.  Even then, at the very end, he never told Albert the truth.  Because he never wanted to burden his best friend with his feelings.  He loved in silence, and died defending that person.  Tragic, beautiful, and part of a nigh-perfect show.

Luna Lovegood5. Luna Lovegood
Harry Potter (books, not film.  The film version of her SUCKED!)
I did a post talking about the top 10 gay characters you never knew were gay, and this is an extension of that.  I was able to deduce the truth about Luna from studying her character after several re-reads of the series that I did when I was bored to tears one summer at my job at the library of my university.  I had nothing but time, so I read those books over and over again.  Go check out my other post to realize why I learned the truth about Luna.  But the reason I love her character so much is because she isn’t like the other people at Hogwarts.  The girl might dance to the beat of her own tune, but she has a very perceptive and intelligent mind that learns quickly and can be very skilled on the fly.  The films did so much damage to this character, so we’re just looking at the books.  She’s probably the most interesting character in those books, if we’re being honest.  But that’s just me.

Adele4. Adele
Blue is the Warmest Color
When I did my review of this movie, I said that it was one of the best coming-of-age stories I have ever seen.  Not only does it take a critical look at sexuality, but it also talks about relationships, loyalty, and being uncertain of yourself.  Adele’s story is a sad one.  She doesn’t know who she is or where she belongs.  She goes from having a brief time of happiness, to absolute unhappiness.  Eventually, when the life she built with her first love falls apart, she wanders through life like a lost puppy.  I get where she’s coming from.  The questions about love, life, and sexuality that she has are more ubiquitous to all orientations than you’d think.  The thing that really gets me is that there is no catharsis in her ending.  She just walks away and you never know if she finds what she’s looking for.  True to life, and depressing.  What’s not to like?

Oberyn Martell3. Oberyn Martell
Game of Thrones
It really is a shame that this guy is dead.  A total and complete shame.  Oberyn is so fucking awesome.  This guy lives his life with a general attitude that he has zero fucks to give.  He just wants to drink, fuck, rinse, lather, repeat.  At first, he seems like someone who couldn’t possibly care less about anything.  However, dark forces are driving this man.  A need for revenge that brought him to King’s Landing.  In the end, his need for revenge is the reason that he died.  When he could have just taken his victory and accepted it, he had to drag it out.  His death was caused because he couldn’t let the vengeance go.  But for the time that we get to know him, he is too much fun.  It’s a pity it was only for the bulk of one season.  RIP, Red Viper of Dorne

Life Is Strange™_201512022007132. Chloe Price
Life is Strange
For those of you wondering why Max isn’t on the list, it’s because the bulk of her character development in the game is something you control with your choices.  So yeah, that doesn’t count.  I’m looking for characters whose traits are established parts of their characters.  And Chloe has that.  She’s a punk in every sense of the word, but the thing that keeps her from driving into the realm of cliche is the fact that you realize what got her where she is.  The loss of her father did a number on her.  When you go back in time, you see how close the two of them were.  I can’t imagine when you have a parent who is your world, and they die.  That sound so awful.  Especially since she was 12 when it happened.  Going through your teenage years having that pain driving you.  It’s got to be hard.  When Max comes back into her life, the relationship starts out rocky.  But the two eventually find their bond again.  And you can have her become one of the best friends you’ve ever had.  Or a lover who (because the ending to this game is retarded on Mass Effect 3 levels) you get so little time to express that with.

My favorite gay character in fiction is one that some of you will see coming from a mile away.

Omar Little1. Omar Little
The Wire
What’s not to love about this guy?!  He’s every awesome character trait I want in a badass.  He’s a smooth-talker.  He’s a fast, skilled shot.  He robs drug dealers and is the most wanted man by the criminals in Baltimore.  When you hurt his people, he brings on the vengeance.  The man is a typical outlaw from the mentality of the wild west.  I did a Character Analysis for him, which I encourage you check out at the top of the page.  His character lives and dies by the gun.  Not just my favorite gay character, but one of my favorite characters, period.  This guy has got it all.  It’s just a shame that he goes down the way he does.

What about you?  Tell me your personal picks in the Comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“Hey yo – when you come at the king, you best not miss.”  – Omar Little, The Wire

Peace out,

Maverick

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Top 10 Openly Gay Characters of Childhood Fiction (that we never noticed were gay)

You ever notice as a kid that there were some characters who were a little off?  You noticed little things about them that made you think that they were different.  Then, as you get older you look back and you realize – I get it!  Not all of these character decisions were intentional.  I doubt that we will ever know which ones are and which ones aren’t.  Some of these characters are old, some are new.  This is all interpretation, and you may see my interpretation as wrong.  Feel free to argue with me, if you are of a mind to.  I would welcome the debate.  These are the top 10 characters who, with all the character I saw in them, said one thing to me – they are SO gay!

Prince John10. Prince John
Robin Hood
Before you say that the fact that this guy is an effeminate character does not make him gay – I know!  I am not going after him just because he is a flaming queen.  I am going after him because he is a flaming queen and he’s SO married to his sidekick, Hiss.  Listen to the dialogue between those two and they such a married couple!  It’s almost funny how they sound like a middle-aged and constantly arguing husband and wife, with Prince John as the beaten-down husband and Hiss as the nagging wife who is constantly belittling him for his actions.  Their fights seem like they are married, their dialogue sounds like something two married couples have and aside from the fact that they almost never seem to have any resolution, they get on like a middle-aged couple.  So yeah, these two are married, plain and simple.

Pinky and the Brain9. Brain and Pinky
Pinky and the Brain
Remember all the reasons I listed for why Prince John and Hiss are a married couple?  Well, double that for these two.  Just like them, Brain and Pinky have the dynamic of an older married couple.  There is one crucial difference – there is affection between them.  There are times when Brain actually hurts Pinky’s feelings and goes out of his way to make up for it.  Granted, he also treats him like nothing more than a pain in his ass sometimes, but he still does try and do right by his mate.  It’s not cool enough for it to be friendship.  They have little report in that area.  But it does feel real in respect to what married couples do.  Also, there is emotional intimacy between them.  Pinky feels for Brain constantly and consistently wishes to make him happy, even to his own detriment.  It’s the level of compassion from his would-be husband that makes Pinky wish to be a kinder partner to him.

Ingrid Third8. Ingrid Third
Filmore!
Much like someone much higher on the list, this character and her orientation became clear to me once I actually thought about it.  First, Ingrid is consistently the outcast in her school.  They make it out to be the fact that she wears all black and seems to do her own thing.  However, there are a lot of little subtle clues that that isn’t what it is about.  First, whereas you see Filmore and many other characters who have romantic attachments to various other characters, Ingrid never seems to do that.  In fact, she is very detached from other students, romantically.  One could argue that she has a thing for Filmore, but I don’t think so.  The first sign of attraction is in the episode where she goes undercover in the club the Red Robins.  The leader of the organization becomes a mentor to her, and you do see the two of them emotionally bond.  There are points where it almost feels romantic.  It’s written all over Ingrid’s face that she has feelings for someone that she knows she has to betray.  So yeah, I doubt that it was intentional on the part of the people who made the show, but there it is.

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline7. Princess Bubblegum and Marceline
Adventure Time
Now, this is a somewhat controversial choice, given all the argument that has been made about it.  For my own part, I watched the episodes that people believe hinted at these two characters having a deeper connection than just friends, and I gotta say – there is a definite argument to be made.  Much like the rest of the show, it isn’t shoved in your face what you should believe.  This series is known for letting viewers come to their own conclusion about what all the madness means, and the relationship between these two was no exception.  If you disagree, I understand.  For a show that seems to be about madness and a lack of logic, this make just as much sense as the rest.  Still, I agree with those who say that there was something between these two.

Season 2 - Bubble buddy 007 (15)6. Squidward
Spongebob Square Pants
This was a hard choice.  I could have just as easily gone with Spongebob and Patrick.  Cthulhu knows that they certainly do look and act like a couple.  However, the one who I believe was openly gay was Squidward.  There is probably no more miserable character in children’s television, with the exception of Eeyore.  Squidward hates pretty much everybody and doesn’t have any desire to get outside of his little world.  This implies that something has crawled up his ass pretty far.  I think it is him having to live in something of a closet.  He wants to be as open as his neighbor and his life-partner, but can’t.  He isn’t brave enough to face who he really is.  It doesn’t help that he is also stuck in a job he hates and has a neighbor who is an insane lunatic from the asylum.  So yeah, lot of stuff going on up in that head.  Gotta wonder how he keeps it together.

Sulu5. Sulu
Star Trek
Now, before I talk about this, let me say that this is NOT because the actor George Takei is gay.  Not at all!  This has nothing to do with real-life connection.  What it does have to do with is the fact that this guy is such a flaming queen in the series.  I mean, for real, WHO can watch the scene where he is fencing without a shirt on and not think – wow is that guy gay!  Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with it.  But still, totally blatant.  Not to mention – in a series that was all about talking about culturally harsh issues, like when Kirk kisses a black woman on national television (which was a HUGE thing back in the day).  Maybe they were quietly talking about gayness as well.  Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised, but that’s just me.

Luna Lovegood4. Luna Lovegood
Harry Potter
Much like Ingrid Third, this is a character who I came to realize what was her business when I really thought about it.  And it is rather complicated.  Much like the girl herself, nothing is simple.  Part of the reason that I like her character so much.  But think about this – Luna is perpetually bullied by almost the entirety of the student body.  Her stuff is consistently stolen and she is ostracized by the student body at large.  The books say that this is because she is kind of odd, but does it make sense to you that she would get as much abuse as she does simply because she’s different?  Doesn’t make much sense to me.  Then some of the blanks started filling in.  First – she shows absolutely no interest in guys.  She gets excited when Harry asks her to Slughorn’s party, but that is simply because a friend has never asked her to do anything.  Ever.  She has almost no friends, except those she made in Dumbledore’s Army.  She also forms a close bond with Neville (who I also suspect of being gay, which could make sense why they are friends – both of them get each other).  What’s more, Hogwart’s education is terrible.  They are being taught a 15th century form of education.  Who’s to say that they don’t have that mentality as well?  I mean, how many kids are openly gay there anyway?  It makes sense when you think about it critically.  Say that I’m over-analyzing, but I think I’m on to something here.  Of course, I am only talking about the novel versions of this character.  The films totally effed her up!

Shang3. Shang
Mulan
When I posed this idea to people, I got a surprising amount of negative feedback.  Maybe it’s because it’s a Disney film and people don’t want the primary love interest to not work out.  But come on, people!  First, Shang was starting to form a romantic attachment to Ping.  He had no idea that it was Mulan posing as him.  Sure, as far as guys go, he’s an effeminate guy, but Shang still saw her as a man.  And he was becoming romantically drawn to him.  It really isn’t a stretch to believe that part of the reason that he became when he found out that she is a woman is because he now was incredibly confused.  If he already knew he was gay, then he is left to wonder what his orientation really is.  If he didn’t, then he is still equally confused, but with a self-loathing side that might now be blaming himself for wanting a man.  Either way, this isn’t me pulling at strings.  It’s all right there.

Dumbledore2. Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter (series)
This one seems like a given, right?  On the one hand, JK Rowling said that he was gay, so we could just take her word for it.  But let’s look a little deeper than that.  In-text, it is pretty clear that he is totally gay.  For starters, he has never had a wife, and shows no interest in getting one.  And if you think about what I said in respect to Luna, if my theory is correct and the LGBT community hasn’t gained large-scale acceptance within the wizarding community, he may have faced just as much persecution because of it.  Were it not for his contributions to the community and his status among them, he might not have gotten anywhere near as far as he did.  Plus, when you see him bond with Harry, especially when he’s older, and Dumbledore can see some of himself in Harry.  Did you ever notice how he never, and I do mean never, asks Harry about his love life?  The two talk about relationships between random characters, but often Dumbledore seems like an outsider to it, like the loves that other characters have are a mystery to him.  Always in mysteries, Dumbledore kept even his romances close.

And the top character(s) who we all never noticed was gay is…

Bert and Ernie1. Bert and Ernie
Sesame Street
These two are the oldest gay couple on television.  That is a fact!  I don’t suppose I have to go into what makes them a gay couple.  I mean, you’ve seen Prince John and Hiss, Brain and Pinky.  Just like them, these two are like two married couple who is well into middle age.  Ernie is much more youthful than Bert.  You can almost see the two of them having a much wilder history that at some point Bert grew out of, yet Ernie retained.  Despite the overwhelming differences between them, their love stays strong mostly due to the level of dedication that both of them put into the relationship.  While Ernie is the more outgoing of the two, Bert still has his romantic moments where he tries to be kind to his husband.  Say what you will, but it’s hard to deny the fact that these two are a gay couple, and have been for a LONG time.

So, any other openly gay characters you grew up with who you didn’t notice until you got older?  Let me know in the comments section.

Until next time, a quote,

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”  -Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Peace out,

Maverick