I’ve always been drawn to television shows that feature realistic gay characters. Will & Grace, Teletubbies, Ellen, Queer As Folk, Glee, Modern Family, Gossip Girl … they’re all great. But gay cartoon characters? They are hardly ever realistic, but are always lots of fun. Here’s a top ten list of my favorites:
Snagglepuss is a big pink lion that talks a lot like an even gayer version of The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. Heavens to Murgatroyd! The collar, the cufflinks, the flamboyance — he’s clearly gay, a homo even! Exit, stage left!
9. Ren & Stimpy
Were Ren & Stimpy gay? Of course they were. They lived together and shared a bed. Oh, and as you’ll see in the video below, they had crazy butt sex too! Talk about, “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!”
8. He-Man & She-Ra
He-Man and his identical sister, She-Ra were both pretty gay. In his little loincloth and metal chest straps, He-Man was always running around with his sword. And She-Ra? She was a total lesbian.
7. Vanity Smurf & the rest of The Smurfs
Let’s face it — all of The Smurfs were pretty gay. With only one lady running around, what choice did they have? But none was gayer than Vanity Smurf, with a pink flower in his Smurf-hat (?) and an obsession with mirrors (he often kisses his own reflection), there’s no question that Vanity is a member of the team.
6. Patty Bouvier & Waylon Smithers
While the gay character that most people might think about when they think of The Simpsons is Waylon Smithers (who has been lusting after Mr. Burns for years), my favorite is Marge‘s sister: Patty Bouvier. Patty came out in season 16 and is the only ‘out’ series regular on the show.
5. Fred & Velma
Fred, that orange ascot? Seriously? And Velma? Who are you kidding…
4. Bugs Bunny
Remember all those times that Bugs Bunny dressed as a girl? How about all those time (s)he kissed Elmer Fudd on the lips? Just say’n…
3. Mr. Slave, Mr. (and Mrs.) Garrison & Big Gay Al
Of course there’s Big Gay Al and Mr. (and occasionally Mrs.) Garrison — but my favorite gay character on South Park is Mister Slave. He’s dressed in leather, enjoys a nice smack on the ass and often says, “Jesus Christ!”