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  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • Le Fou is a little too much into Gaston. What even more convincing about this is that the creators of the live action remake of the film decided to have the live action counterpart of Le Fou be openly gay.
    • Cogsworth has many incidents of this as he has Ho Yay moments with his Camp Straight friend Lumiere, behaved awkwardly towards other men such as Maurice, and he was even voiced by David Ogden Stiers.
    • In the sequel The Enchanted Christmas, we have Forte and Fife.
  • Kuzco from The Emperor's New Groove is extremely flamboyant and vain, shows no interest in women and is even disgusted by the potential brides he's shown at the beginning of the movie, and he only shows affection to another man. In the sequel TV series, he's given a female love interest, but many fans of the movie wouldn't consider that canon anyway.
  • Frozen:
    • Queen Elsa, what with her spending her entire life hiding something she was born with and how she became much happier once she embraced it; to the point that her big song has been called "an gay anthem". When asked about her sexuality, Jennifer Lee stated it was best left unsaid. On the other hand, she herself ships Elsa with Ralph, so maybe she considers Elsa's sexuality to be up to viewer interpretation or just wants to avoid Ship-to-Ship Combat in the movie's fandom. Later, she gave this comment:
    "We know what we made. But at the same time, I feel like once we hand the film over and it belongs to the world, so I don't like to say anything and let the fans talk. I think it is up to them. Disney films were made in different eras, different times, and we celebrate them all for different reasons, but this one was made in 2013 and is going to have a 2013 point of view."
    • There's been a scuffle amongst Frozen fans when it comes to Oaken. When he's talking to Anna he points to a family in the sauna. Many think they're his family. It's been argued the only adult is the blond man and the familiarity between Oaken and them suggests they're related, while others think the oldest brunette is an adult woman instead of a teenager and she's the blond guys wife. Olaf's Frozen Adventure canonizes that they're his family but doesn't explain it further than that.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Ratigan: Not only does his body language and his poise seem to suggest some, um, implications, but the sheer amounts of Foe Yay he has with Basil is so thick, you could cut through it with a knife, children's movie or not.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
    • Hugo the gargoyle was this in the first film as he displayed some gay mannerisms through his body language, his cross dressing as Esmerelda during one of the songs, and his apparent crush on Djali, who is Esmerelda's pet goat who she referred to as a "he". The ambiguity becomes a lot less foggy in the sequel when Djali apparently returns Hugo's feelings for him.
    • Victor, who is also a gargoyle and friend of Hugo is the most soft spoken and sensitive of the gargoyles. He often freaks out over the smallest things. However, Victor does not flirt with anyone.
  • The Incredibles: The special features give profiles on a number of One-Scene Wonder heroes, among them being the lovable deceased dope, Thunderhead. It's noted that he was "good with kids" in the film, which the features expand to "has adopted five kids, and is raising them with his roommate, Scott." It's not hard to make the connection that "roommate" was a bit of a weasel word, especially considering the time the film takes place.
  • Incredibles 2: Both Evelyn Deavor and Karen aka "Voyd" are coded as gay. Interestingly these two characters are coded gay with overt traits without having to resort to caricaturish mannerisms, as is usually the case.
    • Evelyn is a stylish dresser with short, messy, pixie-crop hair. She is noted by her design team to "balance both the masculine and feminine" in her aesthetic choices. She's depicted as a smokey voiced middle-aged woman with languid body language, who can never sit correctly in a chair. She shares what could be read as some flirtatious scenes with Elastigirl, including some suggestive FoeYay.
    • Voyd is a shy and socially awkward fledgling superhero with green-blue hair in a side-cut style. She idolizes Elastigirl and states that she "felt like an outcast before" when she had to hide her powers. When asked about the possibility of Voyd being transgender on Twitter, her voice actress, Sophia Bush, assured fans that she wouldn't have taken the role if she'd been aware that were explicitly the case in the text and that she would have wanted it to go to a trans voice actress, but she also hoped that Voyd would continue to make queer young people feel seen.
  • Lilo & Stitch:
    • Pleakly: is a Dandy Neat Freak Wholesome Crossdresser who had a whole Day in the Limelight episode about how his family wanted him to get married and he didn't, complete with Nani having to play The Beard. The writers tried to counterbalance the massive weight of gay in this episode by having one line from Pleakley's brother that Pleakley was a "babe magnet". The scales did not balance. He also poses as Jumba's wife for most of the time, to the point where it's hard to tell how much of it is an act. In the aforementioned episode he almost ends up marrying him. There's another episode where after flirting with five surfer dudes and failing miserably to win over their hearts, Pleakley is depressed that Earth men aren't attracted to him (it's passed off as concern that his Earthwoman-disguise isn't good enough) - at the end of the episode he's delighted when a boy in Lilo's school admits to having a crush on him. In addition to all this, Pleakley also loves interests that are seen as effeminate such as cooking, baking, sewing, and fashion as he loves fashion so much that in one point, he decided to be a fashion designer buts its passed off through the fact that Pleakley has a childish fascination with Earth culture.
    • Gantu: who runs around in suspiciously colourful clothing, and only agrees to take back his old job if 625 can continue working with him. Also he has 625's name tattooed on his bottom. Gantu does mention a middle-school crush on a girl in one episode, so it's not entirely clear.
  • The Lion King has Timon and Pumbaa, to the point where it's something of a running joke to refer to them as "Simba's two daddies". Possibly confirmed for Pumbaa in one House of Mouse episode, the Valentine's Day episode, in which Mickey states "grab your sweetie and give 'em a smooch" and Pumbaa gets ready to kiss Timon. A sequence deleted from "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" showed Timon reacting with violent disgust when Pumbaa cuddled up to him in a joke at the lions' expense, but was dropped from the movie at composer Elton John's insistence (for the three people who don't know, Elton John is himself very gay).
  • The Little Mermaid: Ursula, partly because she was designed to resemble drag queen Divine. She also has a tendency to invade Ariel's personal space, calling her things like "my child", "angelfish", "my dear sweet child", "sweet cakes", "poor little princess", and "my sweet". Also telling her that if she can't get Prince Eric to kiss her on the third day, then as a consequence, she'll "belong to me"/"will be mine". At one point in the 'Poor Unfortunate Souls' song; she moves her tentacle across Ariel's chest, with Ariel having to push it off.
  • Moana: Tamatoa, the giant coconut crab. He is a narcissistic and flamboyant crab who is obsessed with his own looks and likes to participate in musical numbers, not to mention his Foe Yay with demigod Maui.
  • Pocahontas: Governor Ratcliffe and his manservant Wiggins, although in Wiggins' case it's just a Transparent Closet. Both were voiced by David Ogden Stiers, who would later come out as gay.
  • Robin Hood:
    • Prince John: Behaves very childishly and effeminately and is very quick to cry. You could also get the impression that he's flirting with Little John when the latter shows up wearing pink and fawning over the Prince. And as if all said wasn't obvious, Prince John lacks a mane - which in lions usually means low levels of testosterone.
    • Sir Hiss: immediately starts acting like a jilted lover. Kind of funny, considering that historically speaking, Richard's the one whose sexuality is up for debate.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has the Dwarfs, who even bathe together (while still wearing clothes, for the viewer's safety).
  • Zootopia: Benjamin Clawhauser acts very effeminate at times. He is obsessed with Gazelle, a female pop star, with no apparent component of attraction. Some of his body language suggests it, and he has a soft lispy voice. He also has an exceptionally elated reaction to discovering Chief Bogo is also a Gazelle fan. It's made more ambiguous by the movie's tendency to play some stereotypes straight and invert, subvert, or defy others.

  • Madagascar:
  • Shark Tale: Lenny has heavy comparisons to being a closeted gay man.
  • Shrek:
    • Prince Charming: Being voiced by the openly gay Rupert Everett doesn't help.
    • The Big Bad Wolf: He's seen cuddling up to, then dancing with, one of the knights at Shrek and Fiona's wedding. Loves to cross-dress. Take that as you will.


  • This is the theme of Arashi no Yoru ni. A wolf named Gabu and a goat named Mei befriend each other but must run away together to escape their family's scorn towards their bond. They're treated like a couple and the scene where Gabu stares hungrily - literally hungrily - at Mei's butt doesn't help. In the books Mei was of Ambiguous Gender (though Word of God says he was always intended to be male) so many grew up thinking it was a romance book about a male wolf and a female goat.
  • The Elm-Chanted Forest has Thistle, the neurotic court wizard. Aside from his effeminate behaviour (he lisps, is very submissive and even wears a purple dress-like robe), he has a clear crush if not an outright relationship with Emperor Spine and, later in the film, Buddy the Bear. Though in the second film he falls in love with the Queen of the fairies.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest: Batty Koda.
  • Fire and Ice: The villain, Nekron, is very effeminate and is actually repulsed by the idea of mating with the very attractive Teegra while practically drooling over her brother, Taro, and engaging in a flirty duel with Larn, the young warrior who would be Teegra's lover.
  • Heavy Metal: King Ard: from the Den segment acts very effeminate and seems to think that women are inferior.
  • Mac and Tosh are depicted this way in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run. They relate to each other Like an Old Married Couple, bickering but making up almost immediately. Also, Tosh advises Mac to "cut the cord!" on his less-than-ideal mother, who hates Tosh, and they give Lola Bunny a Makeover while singing a musical number called "Girl, You're Fabulous".
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Mayor: Of all the citizens of Halloween Town, the Mayor seems to be the most worried for Jack when he goes missing — and it doesn't look like just as a professional and/or as a friend, either. Not helped by the fact his voice actor was the openly gay Glenn Shadix.
  • Yellow Submarine: The Chief Blue Meanie: acts very effeminate, has a high feminine voice, calls his robotic glove his baby, uses stereotypically "gay" hand gestures (stroking the Glove's index finger in particular), and seems to fall in love with Jeremy at the end.


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