5 LGBT Superheroes You Might Not Know About
These heroes prove that preference has nothing to do with being super
This year, we’ve seen some of our favorite superheroes come alive on the big screen. And they were just as beautiful and intriguing as we imagined them to be, not to mention incredibly powerful. But what very few people know is that these supers have done more than just save cities and the world; they’ve also diversified comics and proved that who they like and love has nothing to do with being super.
Where you’ve seen her: X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Apocalypse
Played by: Meiling Melançon, Olivia Munn
Powers: Telekinesis, force fields, telepathy, astral projection
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.
Where you’ve seen him: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool
Played by: Ryan Reynolds
Powers: Regenerative healing, martial arts, teleportation
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.”
Where you’ve seen her: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Played by: Gal Gadot
Powers: Superhuman strength, speed, durability, reflexes and longevity
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 their most popular superheroine is bisexual. Though her upcoming titular movie in 2017 will focus on her budding relationship with Steve Trevor a.k.a Wonder Woman's primary love interest in the comics.
Where you’ve seen her: Suicide Squad
Played by: Margot Robbie
Powers: Trained psychiatrist, skilled gymnast, immune to most toxins and diseases
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.
Where you’ve seen her: X-Men movies
Played by: Morgan Lily, Carmen Electra, Rebecca Romjin, Jennifer Lawrence
Powers: Shapeshifting, superhuman agility and reflexes, agelessness, accelerated healing factor
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.
Article has been updated as of November 27 to correct previous errors.