My perpetually in progress list of Queer, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay and / or Genderqueer characters in the Monsters of New York-verse
15 September 2013 9 Comments
Let’s face it: no matter how progressive Gargoyles or TMNT‘s TV incarnations may be in some respects, they are both guilty of establishing universes in which no sexualities besides “straight” exist. Yes, there are very good reasons why this is the case, and “the creators didn’t want to” is probably not among them; nevertheless, the fact remains that only straight cisgendered people are able to see those aspect of themselves represented on either series, and that remains a problem, regardless of creator intent.
So, since the shows won’t give me QUILTBAG characters, I’ll just have to establish my own. This is my in-progress list of characters whom I consider Queer, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bisexual, Asexual, Genderqueer and / or Gay . Some are based on word of god. Others are based on conclusions drawn from the text. Others are what they are because felt like it. It’s still incomplete and far from representative, and it probably displays problematic patterns that I’m unaware of at the moment (for example, there are no asexual non-mutants in the list yet) but this is it so far.
(Note: Yes, I know that Gargoyles, at least, has characters whom we have been told by Word Of God are gay. However, no confirmation of that assertion exists in the actual text.)
- Leonardo (Asexual)
- Donatello (Asexual)
- Raphael (Trans*, Asexual) [*]
- Michelangelo (Asexual)
[Note: these all apply to their respective clones.]
- Splinter (Asexual)
- Leatherhead (Asexual)
- Lexington (Gay)
- Staghart (Gay)
- Angel (Bi)
- Renet (
- Alexander Fox Xanatos (Bi)
- Mr. Touch (Bi)
- Mr. Go (Gay)
- Nobody (Gay)
- Matrix (Genderqueer)
- Shari (Bi)
- Casey’s Mom (Lesbian)
- Cody Jones (Bi)
- Fox Xanatos (Bi) [Added on July 14, 2014]
- Shadow Jones (Lesbian)
- Radical [**](Lesbian)
- Lin [***] (Bi)
Like I said, incomplete. There’s some original characters which I won’t mention yet because I haven’t introduced them, and there’s a bunch of canon characters remaining whose sexualities have yet to be established, and if I don’t establish one for them, it’s because I haven’t given it much thought. If I eventually do give it though, and end up deciding that they belong on the list, I’ll make the addition.
[*] My headcanon here is that Raph is actually a female turtle, who was wrongly misidentified as male by Splinter and subsequently everyone else. This would have eventually become an issue, except that being Trans*, the error meant that everyone was actually treating Raph as a member of his correct gender. Somewhere down the line, however–I’m not entirely sure yet–a medical test determines Raph’s actual sex, and drama ensues.
[**] Radical being the Turtles’ Native American gal-pal from the Mirage comics, seen here.
There’s a version of her in the Monstersverse–currently slated to play a part on a theoretical Justice Force / Redemption Squad story–and among the numerous differences between her and the original is her sexuality.
[***] As seen in the story Electric Boogaloo. [****]
[****] I should really get on that.