My Top 10 Favorite LGBT Characters

10) Dumbledore – Harry Potter

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Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. For most of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. As part of his backstory, it is revealed that he is the founder and leader of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation dedicated to fighting Lord Voldemort.

9) Kanji Tatsumi – Persona Series

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Kanji Tatsumi is a fictional character in the 2008 PlayStation 2 release Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 by Atlus. In the game Kanji is a high school student who becomes famous in television after fighting delinquents in the streets. Kanji becomes a victim of a series of kidnappings where the person is thrown to a dimension known as the TV World and the main cast of characters goes to save him from his alternate self, his Shadow. After Kanji is saved from the experience with the Shadow being turned into a power known as Persona, he joins the Investigation Team, befriending them in the process. He has also appeared in other works such as the fighting game Persona 4 Arena and the crossover Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Kanji has received generally positive reception for his role in Persona 4 including his Social Links where he undergoes character development. However, his ambiguous sexual preference has become one of the game’s most controversial themes with several writers commenting on whether the game does a good job in explaining Kanji’s personality.

8) Madame Vastra – Doctor Who

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Vastra is a female Silurian warrior from prehistoric Earth who was awakened from hibernation in the 19th century when her lair was disturbed during the construction of the London Underground. Initially enraged, and after slaughtering five commuters, she was pacified by the Doctor and eventually overcame her race’s hatred of humans to become a part of London society and a consulting detective to Scotland Yard and a possible inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes stories. Among her unseen adventures is her capture of Jack the Ripper, whom she eats (she mentions in “A Good Man Goes to War”, 2011, that she finds him “stringy, but tasty all the same”). She hired a maid, Jenny Flint, who assists her in her investigations.

7) Hulkling – Marvel Comics

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Hulkling (Dorrek VIII, also known as Theodore “Teddy” Altman) is a fictional comic book superhero and a member of the Young Avengers, a team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. Hulkling’s character is patterned on the Hulk. He has shapeshifting abilities that go far beyond the ability to mimic the Hulk, and superhuman strength.

6) Poison – Final Fight & Street Fighter

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Poison is a fictional character in the Final Fight and Street Fighter series of video games. Created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom, Poison first appeared in the original Final Fight alongside a similar character, Roxy, later appearing in Capcom-produced games, media and merchandise related to the Street Fighter franchise. She is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka since the Street Fighter III series, and Masae Yumi in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos. Originally conceived as a female thug in Final Fight and part of the game’s antagonist group, Mad Gear, concerns during the game’s development about reactions from North American audiences to fighting women, resulted in the character being re-imagined as a futanari. However, that was not considered satisfactory and both Poison and her palette swap Roxy were replaced by the male characters “Billy” and “Sid”, and have been for every subsequent North American port of the title on Nintendo consoles and handhelds. After the Final Fight series she later appeared alongside wrestler Hugo, acting as his manager, with her schemes revolving around finding a tag team partner for him or developing their own wrestling organization. Poison was also to appear in both Capcom Fighting All-Stars and Final Fight: Streetwise; however, the former was canceled, and she was omitted from the latter as development progressed. Following those aborted attempts, she ended up appearing as a playable character on Street Fighter X Tekken. She was also added as a playable character to Ultra Street Fighter IV.

The character’s status as potentially a trans woman, consciously left ambiguous by the developers, has remained a topic of frequent debate by both fans and media alike.

5) Korra – The Legend of Korra

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Avatar Korra is the title lead character in Nickelodeon’s animated television series The Legend of Korra, in which she is depicted as the current incarnation of the Avatar, responsible for maintaining peace and balance in the world. The character was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and is voiced by Janet Varney. Korra debuts in the first episode of The Legend of Korra, “Welcome to Republic City”, originally airing on Nickelodeon on April 14, 2012.

Korra lives in a fantasy world where a large fraction of the human population can manipulate any one of the four classical elements: earth, fire, air, or water. The art of controlling and manipulating an element is called “bending” within the narrative. Korra is the current incarnation of the Avatar, a reincarnating human in symbiosis with the light spirit Raava who is capable of bending all four elements simultaneously. As the Avatar, it is Korra’s duty in life to first master all four bending principles as well as their varied aspects and sub-forms, and use these abilities to maintain order and harmony between humans and spirits in the world.

4) Batwoman – DC Comics

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Kate Kane is Batwoman, one of many vigilantes who protect Gotham City using the imagery of a Bat. She is both Jewish and an out Lesbian, playing a socialite during the day, and working with her cousin Bette as vigilantes by night.

3) Willow – Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character created for the fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). She was developed by Joss Whedon and portrayed throughout the TV series by Alyson Hannigan.

Willow plays an integral role within the inner circle of friends—called the Scooby Gang—who support Buffy Summers, a teenager gifted with superhuman powers to defeat vampires, demons, and other evil in the fictional town of Sunnydale. The series begins as Buffy, Willow, and their friend Xander are in 10th grade and Willow is a shy and nerdy girl with little confidence. She has inherent magical abilities and begins to study witchcraft; as the series progresses, Willow becomes more sure of herself and her magical powers become significant if inconsistent. Her dependence on magic becomes so consuming that it develops into a dark force that takes her on a redemptive journey in a major story arc when she becomes the sixth season’s main villain, threatening to destroy the world in a fit of grief and rage.

2) Wiccan – Marvel Comics

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Wiccan (real name William “Billy” Kaplan) is a comic book character, a member of the Young Avengers, a team of teenage superheroes in the Marvel Universe. He is a mutant, and his appearance is patterned on that of two prominent Marvel superheroes, Thor and Scarlet Witch, both of whom are members of the Avengers. Like the Scarlet Witch, Billy possesses very powerful magical abilities which make him a key member of his superhero team.

Wiccan is a gay superhero. His story sees him discover that he and the super fast teen hero Speed are in fact long lost twin brothers, and that the pair are the sons of the Scarlet Witch and her husband Vision. Significant story lines for the character include him and his brother’s search for their missing mother, learning to master his powers, and his ongoing relationship with his alien teammate Hulkling.

1) Ellie – The Last of Us

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Ellie is a fictional character in The Last of Us, a video game by Naughty Dog. She is controlled by the artificial intelligence for most of the game, later becoming playable for a portion, which is then repeated in the downloadable content campaign The Last of Us: Left Behind. She also appears in the comic book prequel The Last of Us: American Dreams. She is played by Ashley Johnson, who provided the voice and motion capture for the character.

Naughty Dog based Ellie’s appearance on Johnson’s physical appearance. Johnson also inspired Ellie’s personality, prompting creative director Neil Druckmann to give her a more defensive role. In the game, the character Joel is tasked with escorting Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States, in an attempt to create a potential cure against an infection to which Ellie is immune. Throughout the game’s development, the relationship between Ellie and Joel was the central focus, with all other elements developed around it.

Ellie has been well received by critics, who particularly praised her relationship with Joel. Her role in Left Behind received great social commentary, particularly focusing on a scene depicting LGBT themes. Both the character and Johnson’s performance received recognition, being awarded various year-end accolades.

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