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28th Apr '16 7:46:06 AM aye_amber
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* TheWhiteStripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't [[TheCoverChangesTheGender change the gender]] of the song (originally sung by DollyParton, a woman), so the song becomes about a relationship between a gay man and his bisexual lover in which the latter is going to leave him for a woman. Unsurprisingly this song earned them a huge amount of controversy, but won them a great deal of gay fans in the process. Curiously, that was not the first time "Jolene" were presented in a male voice, with the lyrics performed intact. In early 80's, the band TheSistersOfMercy used to present "Jolene" in the shows, sung in the deep baritone voice of Andrew Eldritch. From this time, also, is another Sisters of Mercy cover, also in the same Eldritch's voice: Abba's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" (sporting the verse "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A man after midnight!" also without any kind of gender change).

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* TheWhiteStripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't [[TheCoverChangesTheGender change the gender]] of the song (originally sung by DollyParton, a woman), so the song becomes about a relationship between a gay man and his bisexual lover in which the latter is going to leave him for a woman. Unsurprisingly this song earned them a huge amount of controversy, but won them a great deal of gay fans in the process. Curiously, that was not the first time "Jolene" were presented in a male voice, with the lyrics performed intact. In early 80's, the band TheSistersOfMercy Music/TheSistersOfMercy used to present "Jolene" in the shows, sung in the deep baritone voice of Andrew Eldritch. From this time, also, is another Sisters of Mercy cover, also in the same Eldritch's voice: Abba's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" (sporting the verse "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A man after midnight!" also without any kind of gender change).
19th Apr '16 12:34:49 PM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': With its [[{{Bishonen}} pretty male characters]] and female characters who are known to get a lot of HoYay with each other, the series has quite the fanbase. It has several implied lgbt characters as well.
19th Apr '16 10:49:04 AM Allronix
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* The ''Literature/LandOfOz'' novel ''The Marvelous Land Of Oz'' concerns a boy named Tip who seeks Princess Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz. Tip later finds out that he ''is'' Ozma, who was transformed into a boy by a witch when she was young. The novel ends with Ozma being restored to her original gender, a happy ending that resonates with many transgender readers. There is also a healthy helping of LesYay between Ozma and Dorothy in later books. Judy Garland's portrayal of Dorothy Gale adds to the appeal. As does Gregory Maguire's ''{{Literature/Wicked}}'' novels, which have explicit same-sex and polyamorous relationships as well as Elphaba herself being possibly intersex.

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* ''Literature/LandOfOz'': The ''Literature/LandOfOz'' novel whole Ozian canon may be TropeCodifier or MostTriumphantExample. ''The Marvelous Land Of Oz'' concerns a boy named Tip who seeks Princess Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz. Tip later finds out that he ''is'' Ozma, who was transformed into a boy by a witch when she was young. The novel ends with Ozma being restored to her original gender, a happy ending that resonates with many transgender readers. There is also a healthy helping of LesYay between Ozma and Dorothy in later books. Judy Garland's {{Creator/JudyGarland}}'s portrayal of Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film adds to the appeal. As does appeal ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friend_of_Dorothy "friend of Dorothy"]] being an archaic slang term for a gay person, particularly a gay male), to the point where one of several theories on origin of the Pride Flag cite "Over the Rainbow" as inspiration. Add Gregory Maguire's ''{{Literature/Wicked}}'' novels, which have explicit same-sex and polyamorous relationships as well as Elphaba herself being possibly intersex.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': The large amount of LesYay (possibly inevitable in a show with as many major female characters as this one has) probably contributes a lot. However, recent seasons have received some backlash as female characters in popular femslash pairings have since been given male love interests, prompting accusations of [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians queerbaiting]].

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': The large amount of LesYay (possibly inevitable in a show with as many major female characters as this one has) probably contributes a lot. However, recent seasons have received some backlash as female characters in popular femslash pairings have since been given male love interests, prompting accusations of [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians queerbaiting]]. However, the writers responded to the criticism [[spoiler: by pairing Red Riding Hood and Dorothy Gale. Dorothy is an epic example of this fanbase in her own right - see Literature]]
14th Apr '16 9:13:36 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has attracted a large fanbase interested in the side character of Hanji, due to the fact that the gender-neutral wording used to describe the character, as well as a comment made by the author indicate that they might be genderqueer. Kodansha, the company responsible for the English version of the manga, was given special instruction to keep neutral.

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** The series
has attracted a large fanbase interested in the side character of Hanji, due to the fact that as the gender-neutral wording used to describe the character, as well as a comment made by the author indicate that they might be genderqueer. Kodansha, the company responsible for the English version of the manga, was given special instruction to keep neutral.



** A [[StealthPun straighter]] example can be seen not only with Reiner, whose ambiguous sexuality intrigues a lot of YaoiFangirls, but ''especially'' with Ymir being confirmed to be a lesbian and in love with Krista, which caused {{Yuri Fan}}s to come flocking to the series in droves.

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** A [[StealthPun straighter]] example can be seen not only with There's Reiner, whose ambiguous sexuality intrigues a lot of YaoiFangirls, but and ''especially'' with Ymir for being confirmed to be a lesbian and in love with Krista, which caused {{Yuri Fan}}s to come flocking to the series in droves.



* Because of the cast full of ripped pretty boys, ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' Has a huge male gay fanbase. There is also some HoYay subtext and very effeminate characters as well.

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* Because of the cast full of ripped pretty boys, ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' Has has a huge male gay fanbase. There is also some HoYay subtext and very effeminate characters as well.



* The ''Manga/WanderingSon'' fanbase is full of transgender people due to the fact the series heavily revolves around realistic interpretations of trans people, specifically trans children.

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* The ''Manga/WanderingSon'' fanbase is full of transgender people due to the fact as the series heavily revolves around realistic interpretations of trans people, specifically trans children.



* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' due to the fact the movie has many parallels between Gabu's and Mei's InterspeciesFriendship and a same-gender romance.

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* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' due to the fact the movie has many parallels between Gabu's and Mei's InterspeciesFriendship and a same-gender romance.



* TheWhiteStripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't [[TheCoverChangesTheGender change the gender]] of the song (originally sung by DollyParton, a woman), so the song becomes about a relationship between a gay man and his bisexual lover in which the latter is going to leave him for a woman. Unsurprisingly this song earned them a huge amount of controversy, but won them a great deal of gay fans in the process.
** Curiously, that was not the first time "Jolene" were presented in a male voice, with the lyrics performed intact. In early 80's, the band TheSistersOfMercy used to present "Jolene" in the shows, sung in the deep baritone voice of Andrew Eldritch. From this time, also, is another Sisters of Mercy cover, also in the same Eldritch's voice: Abba's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" (sporting the verse "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A man after midnight!" also without any kind of gender change).
* MarilynManson, due to a combination of the entire band bucking gender norms entirely, and Manson and Twiggy being unable to keep their hands off each other, have a lot of bisexual fans. You'll find more support for Manson and Twiggy getting together than you'll ever find for any of Manson's relationships with women, and the fact that the fandom doesn't hate Twiggy's wife Laney can likely be tied to her being both adorable and bisexual herself, and the fact that the Manson/Twiggy stuff hasn't toned down at all since they got married. Manson and Twiggy make out on stage, Twiggy has given him oral sex on stage before, and they're often in public being extremely adorable. That said, Twiggy's not the only guy Manson's shipped with in the fandom. JohnnyDepp is also a popular one, due to Manson and Depp being just as physical as Manson is with Twiggy. And then there's the time John 5 gave Manson a rimjob on stage and said it tasted good. Half the Manson fanart you'll find is adorable gay coupling. Manson and Twiggy even have a couple name: Maniggy.

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* TheWhiteStripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't [[TheCoverChangesTheGender change the gender]] of the song (originally sung by DollyParton, a woman), so the song becomes about a relationship between a gay man and his bisexual lover in which the latter is going to leave him for a woman. Unsurprisingly this song earned them a huge amount of controversy, but won them a great deal of gay fans in the process.
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process. Curiously, that was not the first time "Jolene" were presented in a male voice, with the lyrics performed intact. In early 80's, the band TheSistersOfMercy used to present "Jolene" in the shows, sung in the deep baritone voice of Andrew Eldritch. From this time, also, is another Sisters of Mercy cover, also in the same Eldritch's voice: Abba's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" (sporting the verse "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A man after midnight!" also without any kind of gender change).
* MarilynManson, Music/MarilynManson, due to a combination of the entire band bucking gender norms entirely, and Manson and Twiggy being unable to keep their hands off each other, have a lot of bisexual fans. You'll find more support for Manson and Twiggy getting together than you'll ever find for any of Manson's relationships with women, and the fact that the fandom doesn't hate Twiggy's wife Laney can likely be tied to her being both adorable and bisexual herself, and the fact that the Manson/Twiggy stuff hasn't toned down at all since they got married. Manson and Twiggy make out on stage, Twiggy has given him oral sex on stage before, and they're often in public being extremely adorable. That said, Twiggy's not the only guy Manson's shipped with in the fandom. JohnnyDepp is also a popular one, due to Manson and Depp being just as physical as Manson is with Twiggy. And then there's the time John 5 gave Manson a rimjob on stage and said it tasted good. Half the Manson fanart you'll find is adorable gay coupling. Manson and Twiggy even have a couple name: Maniggy.



* DollyParton has quite the gay fanbase, and has participated in quite a bit of LGBT activism and held events at Dollywood. Then there was the time she entered a Dolly Parton look a like contest anonymously with a bunch of {{Drag Queen}}s (and [[YourCostumeNeedsWork lost]]).

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* DollyParton Music/DollyParton has quite the gay fanbase, and has participated in quite a bit of LGBT activism and held events at Dollywood. Then there was the time she entered a Dolly Parton look a like contest anonymously with a bunch of {{Drag Queen}}s (and [[YourCostumeNeedsWork lost]]).



* Cid Highwind, the gruff, constantly swearing airship pilot from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', is often depicted as full-fledged beefcake in BaraGenre fanworks these days. This may be due to his appearance in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' being rather brawnier than in the game.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
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Cid Highwind, the gruff, constantly swearing airship pilot from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', pilot, is often depicted as full-fledged beefcake in BaraGenre fanworks these days. This may be due to his appearance in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' being rather brawnier than in the game.



* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': There's something about Ganondorf that makes him quite the LGBT bait. In addition, the hero Link was voted hottest video game character by the LGBT magazine "Out." (He's also been known to inspire StupidSexyFlanders moments in straight male fans.)

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': There's something about Ganondorf that makes him quite the LGBT bait. In addition, the hero Link was voted hottest video game character by the LGBT magazine "Out." (He's He's also been known to inspire StupidSexyFlanders moments in straight male fans.)



* ''FireEmblem'' has a small but growing fanbase, rooted in the same-sex supports, courtesy of loads and loads of HoYay. The most prominent examples include [[DudeLooksLikeALady Lucius]] and [[GrumpyBear Raven]]'s supports from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', [[ModestRoyalty Joshua]] and [[NiceGuy Gerik]] from ''[[FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', and most of the male children from the future ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Severa and Kjelle]]) from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''.

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* ''FireEmblem'' ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a small but growing fanbase, rooted in the same-sex supports, courtesy of loads and loads of HoYay. The most prominent examples include [[DudeLooksLikeALady Lucius]] and [[GrumpyBear Raven]]'s supports from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', [[ModestRoyalty Joshua]] and [[NiceGuy Gerik]] from ''[[FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', and most of the male children from the future ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Severa and Kjelle]]) from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''.



* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog and Shadow get this treatment a lot thanks to the fact that: a. [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom they have fur]] b. in the furry circles, [[YaoiGenre they're both considered attractive]], and c. they have a massive amount of FoeYay between them.

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* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Sonic
and Shadow get this treatment a lot thanks to the fact that: a. [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom they have fur]] b. in the furry circles, [[YaoiGenre they're both considered attractive]], and c. they have a massive amount of FoeYay between them.



* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' gets a lot of love from BaraGenre fans. HeterosexualLifePartners Ken and Ryu get the most fan works, but there's also plenty [[RuleThirtyFour rule #34]] of Zangief. You can expect to find bara-style art of almost any male character, given that most of them are muscular and often shirtless.

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* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' gets a lot of love from BaraGenre fans. fans.
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HeterosexualLifePartners Ken and Ryu get the most fan works, but there's also plenty [[RuleThirtyFour rule #34]] of Zangief. You can expect to find bara-style art of almost any male character, given that most of them are muscular and often shirtless.



* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', in the same vein as Street Fighter. Any series with lots of half-naked muscular men fighting each other is bound to have lots of homoerotic fanart. The later series added customizable outfits for the characters. For male characters, this often allowed them to fight shirtless or in wrestling singlets and trunks.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', in the same vein as Street Fighter. ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'':
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Any series with lots of half-naked muscular men fighting each other is bound to have lots of homoerotic fanart. The later series added customizable outfits for the characters. For male characters, this often allowed them to fight shirtless or in wrestling singlets and trunks.



* ''MortalKombat'', at least the early installments, is a giant WalkingShirtlessScene source for several male fighters. And thanks to the movie, Johnny Cage and [[HalfHumanHybrid Goro]] have a nicely developed FoeYay potential that wouldn't have existed otherwise.

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* ''MortalKombat'', ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', at least the early installments, is a giant WalkingShirtlessScene source for several male fighters. And thanks to the movie, Johnny Cage and [[HalfHumanHybrid Goro]] have a nicely developed FoeYay potential that wouldn't have existed otherwise.



* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'': Fans had no trouble picking up the HoYay between the two main characters, even with them both being clearly interested in the opposite sex.
** They were just too damn close, even for best friends who were also room-mates. And partners. [[HeterosexualLifePartners And co-workers]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'': ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'':
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Fans had no trouble picking up the HoYay between the two main characters, even with them both being clearly interested in the opposite sex.
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sex. They were just too damn close, even for best friends who were also room-mates. And partners. [[HeterosexualLifePartners And co-workers]].
14th Apr '16 7:16:34 PM Oecchi
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* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s works have attracted many LGBT fans (as well as many genderqueer fans), perhaps due to their themes of "love has no boundries" and EveryoneIsBi, which are not usually questioned in-universe.

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* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s works have attracted many LGBT fans (as well as many genderqueer fans), fans, due to several of their works having characters with NoBiologicalSex), perhaps due to their themes of "love has no boundries" and EveryoneIsBi, which are not usually questioned in-universe.
6th Apr '16 10:40:47 PM SwimToTheMoon
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* Surprisingly enough, Music/IronMaiden have a sizeable LGBT fanbase. While there's no definite known reason, a few pointers including definitely the seemingly endless HoYay between Bruce and Janick, Janick ''himself'' (hardly surprising given his extremely flamboyant stage presence and being the LongHairedPrettyBoy, Dave Murray's beautiful moonface (just as many guys dug him in the 80s as girls), and a lot of their lyrics, including but not limited to "Tailgunner" (often misconstrued as a gay sex anthem), and "Blood Brothers", whose lyrics became especially relevant in the wake of the gay marraige ruling in 2016.
2nd Apr '16 12:23:05 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Part 6 genderflips the situation and features mainly strong, masculine women in [[GirlsBehindBars a prison setting]] attracting a lot of LesYay from the fans. Doesn't help that the character in love with the main protagonist was originally intended to be female.

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** Part 6 genderflips the situation and features mainly strong, masculine women in [[GirlsBehindBars a prison setting]] attracting a lot of LesYay from the fans. Doesn't help that And the character in love with the main protagonist was originally intended to be female.



** A lot of people view Elsa, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]] for being gay (or rarer {{asexual}}), and she's become quite a bit of a [=LGBT=] icon. It doesn't help the fact she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}'', and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself. Even ignoring her powers Elsa is very attractive which has caught many female fans eyes. Her relationship with [[IncestYayShipping her sister Anna]] hasn't helped.

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** A lot of people view Elsa, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]] for being gay (or rarer {{asexual}}), and she's become quite a bit of a [=LGBT=] icon. It doesn't help the fact Also, she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}'', and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself. Even ignoring her powers Elsa is very attractive which has caught many female fans eyes. Her relationship with [[IncestYayShipping her sister Anna]] hasn't helped.factors in too.
31st Mar '16 11:26:10 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' is another MagicalGirlWarrior series that has attracted a lgbt fandom. What with ''literally'' having no named male characters, the LesYay between the characters, and the fact Togo is canonically in love wit Yuna it has attracted quite a lot of queer fans.

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* ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' is another MagicalGirlWarrior series that has attracted a lgbt fandom. What with ''literally'' having no named male characters, the LesYay between the characters, and the fact Togo is canonically in love wit with Yuna it has attracted quite a lot of queer fans.



* LGBT women love ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and ComicBook/PoisonIvy together. Amping up their (already plentiful) subtext is one of the few New 52 additions people widely enjoy.

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* LGBT women love ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and ComicBook/PoisonIvy together. Amping up their (already plentiful) subtext is one of the few New 52 ComicBook/New52 additions people widely enjoy.



** A lot of people view Elsa, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]] for being gay (or rarer {{asexual}}), and she's become quite a bit of a [=LGBT=] icon. It doesn't help the fact she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}'', and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself. Even ignoring her powers Elsa is very attractive which has caughh many female fans eyes. Her relationship with [[IncestYayShipping her sister Anna]] hasn't helped.

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** A lot of people view Elsa, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]] for being gay (or rarer {{asexual}}), and she's become quite a bit of a [=LGBT=] icon. It doesn't help the fact she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from ''Musical/{{Wicked}}'', and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself. Even ignoring her powers Elsa is very attractive which has caughh caught many female fans eyes. Her relationship with [[IncestYayShipping her sister Anna]] hasn't helped.
28th Mar '16 4:56:36 PM N8han11
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shezow}}'''s very concept of a crossdressing superhero has made it quite popular among transgenders and homosexuals galore.
27th Mar '16 5:41:20 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Anime/GurrenLagann'': If Kamina doesn't sell any gay viewer on it, post-TimeSkip Simon will, and then there's also the massive amounts of HomoeroticSubtext between them.

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* ''Anime/GurrenLagann'': ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': If Kamina doesn't sell any gay viewer on it, post-TimeSkip Simon will, and then there's also the massive amounts of HomoeroticSubtext between them.
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