LGBT Superheroes And Villains You Might Not Know About
They're changing the worlds of comics, TV and movies
In recent years, we’ve seen some of our favorite heroes and villains come alive on the big screen. And they were just as beautiful and intriguing, bewitching and savage as we imagined them to be. But what few people don't know is that these supers and baddies have done more than just entertain us; they’ve also diversified the worlds of comics, TV and movies. Meet some of them below:
Psylocke first appeared in the Marvel UK series Captain Britain, who happens to be her twin brother. Since joining the X-Men, Psylocke has been romantically linked to the gun-wielding, multi-brained Fantomex and later, to his female counterpart, Cluster.
The anti-hero hero Deadpool first broke into comic consciousness in 1991 initially as a supervillain. He is best known for his talkative nature and ability to break the fourth wall. In 2013, writer Gerry Dugan confirmed Deadpool as pansexual with co-creator Fabian Nicieza adding, “[He] is whatever sexual inclination his brain tells him he is in THAT moment. And then the moment passes…He is NO sex and ALL sexes. He is yours and everyone else's.”
The demigoddess Wonder Woman is a founding member of the Justice League and the warrior princess of the Amazonian people. In September 2016, DC Comics confirmed that one of their most popular female superheroes is bisexual. While the movie version didn't really touch on that, she did say to Steve Trevor, "Men are essential for procreation, but when it comes to pleasure...unnecessary."
While Harley Quinn is a supervillain, we loved her in Suicide Squad where she becomes the anti-hero hero. Her origin story was first told in the animated series Batman in 1992 before appearing in the Batman comics in 1993. Though best known as The Joker’s lover and henchgirl, Harley Quinn has also had relationships with women—including good friend Poison Ivy.
Poison Ivy via DC Comics
Mystique first appeared in Marvel in 1978 and is a shape shifter often portrayed as a villain (though in recent X-Men movies, that all changed). She’s said to be gender fluid and is the mother of Graydon Creed, Nightcrawler and adoptive parent to Rogue in the comics.
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Everyone knows Catwoman is the love interest and nemesis of Batman. But what few people don't know is that in 2015, writer Genevieve Valentine confirmed that Selina Kyle has "flirted around" with her sexuality for years—like that time she met the woman who had taken over the Catwoman alter ego.
via Nerd Reactor
X-Men character Iceman—both the teen and adult version—was revealed to be gay in 2015. The adult Iceman, who now has his own comic book series, is apparently one of the first gay males in the Marvel Universe to have an ongoing comic.
via Out Magazine
Two decades ago, Green Lantern tackled gay rights in a storyline that won him a GLAAD Media Award. But it was only in 2012 that his character was rewritten as openly gay.
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Created in 1940, The Ray has long been part of the DC Universe but was recently revamped for CW Seed's Freedom Fighters. Some claim The Ray to be the first openly gay hero in the Arrowverse while others have disagreed, saying Mr. Terrific and White Canary have always been or have come out earlier.
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Extraño is known in the mainstream as the "token gay" of the comic series. Born into the DC Universe in 1988, the flamboyant hero had a wild past but has settled down with a husband and a child in modern times.
Stormwatch Comics' Apollo is said to be one of the few characters originally written as gay. In the series, he is married to Midnighter and had later adopted a daughter together.
In an alternate X-Men universe, there exists a gay Wolverine. In fact in X-Treme X-Men issue number 10, Wolverine and demigod Hercules confess their love for each other—a move that was celebrated by LGBT fans everywhere.
Other comic book characters may have been rewritten for the sake of diversity while others remain unsure of their preference. But X-Men's Karma, who has been consistently portrayed as lesbian, is sure of what she wants.
The characters we love and love to hate have evolved. They're still telling us that good always trumps the bad. But this time, they're doing their best to ensure everybody is represented, too.