There are LGBTQ+ characters all over TV lately (even though some of them met an unfortunate fate), and we’re definitely here for it! In addition to being featured on live-action television dramas, Disney classics, etc., some of our fave same-sex couples come at the hands of awesome TV cartoons.
We’re not going to beat around the bush — there are nowhere NEAR enough LGBTQ+ romances on the small screen in general, but especially of the animated variety. As much as we love watching Adventure Time‘s Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen together, there seriously needs to be more openness to ~unconventional~ pairings soon. In the meantime, check out 10 current same-sex couples on your fave toons!
Asami Sato & Korra on The Legend of Korra
In 2014, the creators of The Legend of Korra confirmed the relationship between Asami and Korra.
"Korra and Asami fell in love," they explained. "Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other." This only made the show more amazing because Kora and Asami were one of the first female same-sex couples to be featured on a Nickelodeon cartoon!
Harold & Howard McBride on Loud House
Howard and Harold McBride are the adoptive parents of Clyde on Nickelodeon's Loud House. Though we don't get to see these two lovebirds often on the show, they are the first-ever gay married couple on the network!
We first heard of the pair on Season 1, Episode 4B, but it wasn't until Season 1, Episode 9A where we got to meet them officially. The characters broke barriers since they were a same-sex AND interracial couple on the channel.
Marceline the Vampire Queen & Princess Bubblegum on Adventure Time
Fans shipped this couple for a while, but never received any proof from the creators about their relationship being canon...until 2014 rolled around. The actress who voices Marceline the Vampire Queen, Olivia Olsen, confirmed fan speculation that her character and Princess Bubblegum had, indeed, dated in the past. This not only led to serious excitement from viewers, but also spawned a ton of fanfiction and hopes that the couple would make more appearances on the show.
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Sapphire & Ruby on Steven Universe
The producer of Steven Universe confirmed that Ruby and Sapphire are a lesbian couple in 2015, and even though the characters are technically gems and are considered to be gender-less, they do identify and refer to themselves as females. The two eventually fused together to create Garnet, another super-beloved character on the series.
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EJ & Sue Randell on Clarence
EJ and Sue Randell are the mothers of Jeff Randell, one of the three main characters on Cartoon Network's Clarence. It is speculated that Jeff is EJ's biological son and was adopted by Sue, making the whole family dynamic much more progressive. It's unfortunate that we don't get to see the women as often as we'd like, but each time we do we get to learn a little more about 'em. For example, EJ actually stands for Eleanor Josephine!
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Deputy Durland & Sheriff Blubs on Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls may have ended in 2016, but that doesn't mean that fans' love for the Sheriff-Deputy couple did, too.
The show's final episode confirmed what many fans had speculated for quite some time — that Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland were, in fact, in love! Once it was confirmed, Tumblr exploded with the joyous news and TONS of fanfictions sprung up. Not only did Disney feature one of their first same-sex couples on the network with Deputy Durlan and Sherrif Blubs, but it also showed support for interracial pairs.
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Grady & Julio on The Simpsons
We were first introduced to Julio and Grady on Season 14, Episode 7 of The Simpsons. Homer is upset after some unexpected news from Marge and ends up moving in with the guys. Later in the series we find out that Grady cheated on Julio and the on-again, off-again pair is no longer together. Though we don't get to see these characters on the show often, it's nice to know that The Simpsons family clearly supports the LGBTQ+ community.
Gus Duncz & Wally Langford on Mission Hill
Not much is known about these two, but we DO know that Wally and Gus are the neighbors of the main roommates on Mission Hill and they've been together for 40 freakin' years! Now that's serious #relationshipgoals.
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Bug Gribble & Juan Pedro on King of Hill
Bug met Juan, a caterer, a his son's wedding, but no one know about their relationship for quite some time — Bug even tried to cover it up by kissing his son's new wife!
It isn't until years later that Bug admits to his son that he's gay and the kiss was just a coverup. Dale isn't too happy at first, but comes to realize he's okay with his father's sexuality and supports him NMW. This storyline is definitely something we don't see often on any form of television, but especially cartoons.
Wally & Carl on Clone High
We don't really know much about Wally and Carl except that they were a gay couple and JFK's foster parents on MTV's Clone High. Though they aren't considered the best 'rents, who knows where JFK would have ended up without them!