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An Alphabet Guide to Queer Superheroes and Supervillains

An Alphabet Guide to Queer Superheroes and Supervillains

This information to queer superheroes and supervillains is sponsored by She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle.

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Comics have been getting extra and extra numerous prior to now couple of many years or so. That features oodles of latest queer characters to gush over! So I’m going to commemorate Nationwide Coming Out Day by spotlighting 26 comedian ebook superheroes and supervillains—some previous, some new, some superior, some ew—who’re tremendous queer. That’s one character for every letter of the English alphabet.

Unnecessary to say, this listing is way from complete. There are simply too many queer superheroes and supervillains to put in a single listing—and that’s an excellent factor! So if we missed your favourite, make sure to point out them within the feedback!


Regardless of having the ability to harness the facility of the solar, Apollo tends to be overshadowed by his grim ‘n’ gritty boyfriend (later husband, later boyfriend once more), Midnighter. However Apollo is a powerhouse in his personal proper, in a position to outwit the satan and bench press a small satellite tv for pc with equal aplomb. He’s fairly good with youngsters, too.


Batwoman by Rafael Albuquerque

Na na na na BATWOMAN!

Within the 1950s, Kathy Kane made her first look because the high-flying heroine Batwoman. Allegedly, she was created to cease people like psychologist Fredric Wertham from accusing Batman and Robin of sleeping collectively. Within the 2000s, Kate Kane returned from an extended hiatus, and now she was a lesbian. As of this writing, she can also be a lesbian with a TV present in improvement. Holy scrumptious irony, Batwoman!


Trans superheroes are nonetheless few and far between. One of many few we do have is Coagula, who can alter the state of matter (e.g. flip a strong to a liquid and so forth). She joined up with the Doom Patrol in 1993. Now that the Doom Patrol is getting their very own TV present, maybe a coagulated cameo is so as? *wink, wink* *nudge, nudge*

D IS FOR DEadpool

Ah, in fact. No listing of queer super-characters can be full with out that preposterous, puerile, pansexual Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool. Even ignoring the time he famously dreamed of Cable rubbing sunscreen on his again—although why would you need to?—Deadpool has all the time been extraordinarily open about who he finds engaging, which incorporates everybody from Thor to Bea Arthur.


Extrano in New Guardians

Has this artist ever seen human hair?

Within the Most Improved Queer Hero class, we now have Gregorio de la Vega, aka Extraño (Spanish for “strange,” as a result of ‘80s DC didn’t do subtlety). Gregorio and his horrible hairdo served with a super-team referred to as the New Guardians, however he disappeared not lengthy after being contaminated with HIV by a villain referred to as Hemo-Goblin. (Once more, no subtlety.) Extra lately, Gregorio turned up with a husband and higher style sense in Midnighter and Apollo.


Marvel had a number of missteps on the best way to creating a few of the extra beloved queer characters on this record. A type of missteps was Freedom Ring. This poor, homosexual slob stumbled into superheroism after he found a magic ring that allowed him to do just about something…besides forestall himself from being skewered by a number of phallic-looking spikes. I’m wondering what Fredric Wertham would have to say about that. He couldn’t probably be extra disapproving than the readers have been.


Alan Scott turned the primary Inexperienced Lantern in 1940. He turned the primary Inexperienced Lantern to come out of the closet in 2011. His origin story, which initially had him getting revenge for the wrongful dying of a enterprise affiliate, was revamped in order that Alan’s foremost motivation was to avenge the dying of his boyfriend, Sam Zhao. Usually, I’d cry fridging, however then it turned out Sam wasn’t actually lifeless; he simply…misplaced his reminiscences and turned an air elemental? Look, I don’t know. Comics are complicated.


Harley and Ivy in DC Comics Bombshells

Love at First Struggle

Harley is most well-known for abandoning a wonderfully respectable profession as a psychologist to go hold with the Joker. However not lengthy after her debut, Harley turned good associates together with her fellow Bat-villain, Poison Ivy. Virtually as shortly, followers started to speculate about whether or not these evil gals have been greater than buddies. The reply to that query is a hearty hell yeah! They’re even depicted as a pair in DC Comics: Bombshells, which Leah has written a stunning article about over right here.


Bobby Drake already had a spot in comics historical past as a founding member of the X-Males. Then Marvel introduced that this ice-cold however warmhearted hero had a secret past that of his double id: Iceman, a Don Juan since day one, was truly homosexual. So what took him so lengthy to come out? In a single comedian, Bobby defined that he’d stored his sexuality to himself all these years as a result of he acquired sufficient persecution for being a mutant, thanks.


Joke: when he first created Jericho, George Pérez thought-about making him homosexual however was afraid that might be too stereotypical, given Jericho’s shy, inventive nature and vaguely female look. Quick ahead a number of many years, and guess what? DC made him bi. And type of a creep. However to be trustworthy, Jericho’s entire life is an countless cycle of being a pleasant man, turning evil, dying, and then returning as a pleasant man once more, so that is nothing new.


Younger Karolina was shocked and horrified to study that her seemingly regular human mother and father have been truly alien criminals exiled from their residence planet. She joined another teenagers, referred to as the Runaways, who have been equally disgusted by their mother and father’ villainous actions. Alongside the best way, Karolina got here out as a lesbian and stoutly bounced again from an unrequited crush on a straight teammate. She has since had relationships with Xavin, a genderfluid shapeshifter, and Julie Energy, late of the Energy Pack.


Loki in Mighty Avengers #29

Loki “Whatever” Laufeyson

You’d assume this one can be a no brainer, provided that Norse Mythology Loki has a propensity for shapeshifting into ladies and sleeping with anybody and something. Nevertheless it wasn’t till 2013 that author Al Ewing confirmed Marvel Loki was bisexual and genderfluid. And simply final yr, author Mackenzi Lee said Loki is pansexual and genderfluid. A number of but equally legitimate views relating to Loki’s orientation? Appears about proper for the god of mischief.


Raised by her lesbian superhero mothers in a utopian alternate universe, America Chavez (additionally a lesbian) now roams the multiverse, punching everybody in want of punching. She lately appeared—and kicked 5 sorts of butt—within the cartoon movie Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. Shockingly, they acknowledged her lesbian mothers, even when America’s personal sexuality by no means got here up.


Certainly one of Marvel’s first brazenly homosexual characters, Northstar is a member of the extraordinarily Canadian superhero staff Alpha Flight. He made headlines in 2012 when he married his sweetheart and enterprise supervisor, Kyle Jinadu. Earlier than that, he slept with Hercules a minimum of as soon as, in order that’s fairly cool.


Obsidian is the sometimes villainous however often heroic Todd Rice, who can manipulate darkness. He overcame an abusive childhood and untreated psychological sickness, and ended up becoming a member of such prestigious super-teams because the Justice League and the Justice Society. Hilariously, Obsidian is the long-lost son of the unique Inexperienced Lantern, Alan Scott, who got here out himself a couple of years in the past.


Piper Comes Out in Flash #53

Pied Pipes Comes Out, Wally West Takes Off

True to the identify, the Pied Piper used his magic flute (not a double entendre) to hypnotize others and commit crimes. Ultimately, he danced his method over to the aspect of the angels and began serving to his former nemesis, the Flash, put criminals behind bars. Piper got here out to the Flash in 1991 in certainly one of my all-time favourite coming-out scenes. He additionally as soon as blew up a planet by enjoying a Queen track, which is, like, peak queerness proper there.


Renee Montoya had the hardest job on the planet: a police officer in Gotham Metropolis. Issues solely received worse after Two-Face almost ruined her profession by outing her to her boss and her homophobic mother and father. However Renee persevered, and she later turned a costumed crime-fighter herself, taking up because the faceless Query after the unique died of most cancers. She now received to skulk round Gotham in a badass trench coat shaking down crooks for intel. Candy.


Rictor and Shatterstar in X-Factor #45

JUST KISS ALR–oh. Keep it up, then.

Rictor is a Mexican mutant who may cause earthquakes. How lucky that his actual identify—Julio Richter—simply so occurs to intently resemble the identify of the size that scientists use to measure earthquake depth! For years, followers questioned whether or not he and his fellow mutant Shatterstar have been canoodling behind the scenes. Lastly, in 2009, Marvel allowed Rictor and Shatterstar to kiss. Final time I checked, although, they’re on a break. Unhappy face.


The daughter of immortal villain Vandal Savage and an unknown Brazilian lady, Scandal Savage is strictly as ruthless as her identify would recommend. However whereas she isn’t precisely good, she has extra scruples than her father and is able to actual affection. Initially of the intriguingly twisted Secret Six: Unhinged, Scandal is mourning her lifeless girlfriend, Knockout. Ultimately, Knockout received higher, and now she, Scandal and one other lady, Liana Kerzner, are all fortunately married to one another!

T IS FOR Thunder

Anissa Pierce inherited her powers from her father, Black Lightning, and put them to good use as a member of the Outsiders, a lesser-known superhero group composed of worldwide misfits. It was there that Anissa met and fell in love with the brash and super-strong Grace Choi. Thunder and Grace have each proven up on The CW’s Black Lightning. I for one am counting the minutes till we lastly get to see them kick butt collectively.


A number of males have taken on the id of Union Jack, that the majority British of all superheroes. Brian Falsworth (sheesh, even his identify is tremendous British) is the one homosexual one. After realizing that making an attempt to appease Nazi Germany was The Worst Concept, Brian and his boyfriend, Roger, chugged some tremendous soldier serum and used their new powers to assist knock the Axis on their asses.


Priscilla Kitaen aka Voodoo

Right here is Voodoo with a nasty case of the ’90s

Priscilla Kitaen is a half-alien telepath, exorcist and unique dancer. She can also be bisexual, a reality which was nicely publicized on the time that she made the bounce from WildStorm, a DC imprint, to the DC Universe correct. I don’t know an excessive amount of about this character, to be trustworthy, however anybody who can regrow her personal legs sounds fairly rad.


Regardless of the identify, Billy Kaplan is a younger Jewish fanboy-turned-superhero with the facility to change actuality. He’s additionally a misplaced son of the Imaginative and prescient and the Scarlet Witch, however good luck sorting by way of that household tree. In any case, Wiccan is never seen with out his fiancé, Hulkling, a shapeshifting, super-supportive alien prince.


Laura Kinney was simply one among what turned out to be many Wolverine clones. Regardless of being raised as a human weapon, Laura had an excessive amount of of a conscience to final lengthy in such a profession and turned hero. Up till lately, she was Wolverine. Earlier this yr, her co-creator, Craig Kyle, said on Twitter that Laura is homosexual, and have been it up to him, he’d make that reality canon toot suite. So sure, it’s utterly correct to say that Wolverine is a lesbian.


Shining Knight in Demon Knights #14

Shining Knight slays villains and the gender binary

In case you grew up watching Justice League: Limitless, you in all probability know the Shining Knight as a person named Sir Justin. However a couple of years in the past, DC revamped the character as Ystin(a), who’s “not just a man or a woman,” however “both.” The author was considerably cagey about what this meant precisely, however he did touch upon Twitter about how good it was that transgender comedian e-book characters have been gaining extra acceptance…


Zsazsa was created by Filipino illustrator Carlo Vergara and debuted in 2002. As a hero, she is a nearly indestructible lady. As a civilian, he’s Ada, a homosexual man who runs a magnificence salon. To turn into Zsazsa, he swallows a magic stone that fell from the sky. If solely consuming area rocks all the time had such tremendous outcomes. (Disclaimer: Please don’t eat area rocks.)

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