As long as someone is willing to volunteer their time or sacrifice themselves for the good of others, they should be considered a hero. Some people put on costumes and fight crime, which makes them superheroes, but really they’re all the same. No matter what someone does in their personal time, a hero should be respected for the deeds he performs to protect others.
Just like real people, superheroes have certain needs that can only be fulfilled in the bedroom. Some heroes are able to sustain committed relationships over the years, just look at Ralph and Sue Dibny, while others live more of a playboy/playgirl lifestyle that suits their erratic schedule. Regardless of who these superheroes call into their bedrooms, one thing is certain, they know how to have a good time when the lights are turned off. As diverse representation becomes more important in superheroes on the big screen, odds are more LGBT characters will debut in the Marvel and DC cinematic universes in the years to come. While casual fans may not know this, comic books are chop-full of pre-existing, interesting, LGBT characters who are deserving of more praise from the fan community. Come discover which 15 superheroes most fans never knew aren’t straight!
In 2010, DC introduced audiences to Jackson Hyde, a new Aqualad who happened to be the son of Aquaman’s rival Black Manta. Unlike Aquaman, Hyde has electric powers that allow him to emit small bolts of energy from his body. Appearing in comics and in Cartoon Network’s Young Justice animated series as the leader of the team, Hyde was initially presented as a straight character.
During the New 52, he was essentially written out of DC Comics for some reason, but he reemerged in 2016 as the publisher launched DC Rebirth. Part of the initiative included changing certain things about different characters, and Hyde was reintroduced as an openly gay man. Unfortunately, his mother isn’t too accepting of her son, but that doesn’t stop him from having a boyfriend and trying to master his new abilities.
Gotham City was already jam-packed full of Bat-themed heroes when Kate Kane decided to don a Batwoman costume and take on crime herself. It turns out that Kane is actually Bruce Wayne’s cousin on his mother’s side, a funny coincidence considering the fact that they both decided to dress up as giant bats independently from one another. The citizens of Gotham are lucky she made that decision because the military-trained hero is a tough fighter who is willing to sacrifice anything to keep her city safe.
She’s been in multiple relationships with women, and at one point she was even engaged to a Gotham police officer named Margaret Sawyer. Unfortunately, DC opposed anyone in the Bat-family being married at the time (something to keep in mind as Batman and Catwoman inch closer to saying “I do”) and J.H Williams III and W. Haden Blackwood, the book’s co-authors, left the series.
13. THE RAY
The second person to don The Ray mantle, Raymond Terrill was told as a child that if he ever came into direct contact with sunlight he would die. As his father was on his deathbed, he revealed the truth to Terrill: sunlight will awaken his solar based powers. Terrill wouldn’t have been able to control the abilities as a child, so he had to be kept in the dark about his special powers and his father’s experiences as the Golden Age Ray.
He can store light as energy inside his body and use the power to fly and send off optic blasts to hurt his opponents. A member of Batman’s special Justice League squad, Terrill was reintroduced as an openly gay man in DC Rebirth who lives in Portland.
John Constantine is more than just a guy in a long trench coat who enjoys smoking cigarettes, he’s one of the DC Universe’s most charismatic sorcerers. A cocky British guy who has no problem telling people off, Constantine has been known to flirt with all kinds of people and magical beings. While he’s typically depicted as more interested in the ladies, the character is actually bi-sexual.
Part of the 2002 arc “Ashes & Dust in the City of Angels” rotated around a relationship Constantine had with a man in the past, but sexuality was never a big component of his Vertigo series. When he was brought into the DCU and his book was rebooted in 2015, his sexuality became a more prominent part of his character.
Not only is Iceman one of the longest-serving members of the X-Men, but he’s also an Omega Level mutant with insanely high power levels. Most fans know him as the comedic relief for the team, but Iceman went through a radical change in 2015. Under Brian Michael Bendis’ supervision, the original, teenage versions of the X-Men, including Iceman, were transported to the present day.
Even though at the time the “adult” Iceman presented himself as straight, the younger version of the character eventually came forward and revealed that he was indeed not straight. Two years later, in 2017, the character went on a series of dates and finally shared a kiss with Romeo, a member of the Inhumans, and the two went on to develop a short-lived relationship.
10. MISS AMERICA
The newest hero on this list, Miss America is one of the Marvel Universe’s most passionate defenders. After her mothers sacrificed themselves to save the Utopian Parallel dimension, America Chavez travelled to Earth in the hopes of living up to her parent’s heroic legacy. A member of both the Young Avengers and the exclusively female A-Force, Miss America has fought besides everyone from Captain America to Captain Marvel.
An incredibly powerful individual who can fly and has the ability to punch a hole in reality and open up portals to different dimensions, America ended up developing a relationship with Lisa Halloran, a human, emergency technician trainee. While she was first introduced in 2011, she didn’t receive her own series until last year, and it was written by Gabby Rivera, an author who also works at a non-profit dedicated to helping the LGBT community.
The mute son of Deathstroke, Jericho has changed quite a lot throughout his comic book history. A member of the Teen Titans, Joseph Wilson is sometimes depicted as mentally stable and at other times he’s unhinged and murderous. To match his quiet demeanor, the character is also very sensitive and artistic. When the character was first created, Marv Wolfman and George Perez Jr. considered making him gay, but they decided against it out of fears it was a stereotypical choice.
Since then, thanks to the partial reboot of DC Rebirth, Jericho is back and confirmed as a bisexual character. Not only is that aspect of his character now canon, but his timid nature has slowly subsided. Christopher Priest’s run on Deathstroke has presented Jericho as someone willing to use his body and sexuality to manipulate others and get what he wants.
The son of Alan Scott and a Golden Aged villain called Thorn, Todd Rice was raised in an abusive household. As a result of that, as he grew up to discover he had superpowers, his damaged psyche continued to buckle under the stress. At multiple times throughout his comic book career, he has lashed out and attacked the Justice Society, but he always remains a caring hero at his core.
After receiving treatment for his mental imbalance and looking inward, Rice embraces his identity as a gay man and ultimately strikes up a relationship with Damon Matthews, an assistant district attorney in Gotham City. When the character was introduced in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the CW, he was also presented as a gay man.
7. RENEE MONTOYA
Batman and his squad of allies may be the most famous heroes in Gotham City, but they’re certainly not the only ones. Debuting in Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992, Renee Montoya started her crime-fighting career as a member of the police department and eventually took over The Question mantle from Vic Sage in 52. A skilled detective and marksman, Montoya has put her life on the line multiple times to save the citizens of Gotham.
In the comics, she has had multiple relationships with other women, including Batwoman herself. Montoya is also a character in Gotham, and she has a history with Detective Gordon’s former lover turned criminal Barbara. She has made a few brief appearances since DC Rebirth began, but her career as Question has not yet been confirmed.
Daken is Wolverine’s son, but really he’s so much more than that. He may be related to Logan, but he doesn’t care about his legacy and even donned his costume in the Dark Avengers series just to piss off his father. Born with bone claws and enhanced healing abilities just like his father, Daken also has the ability to emit pheromones and control how people feel emotionally.
Men, women, they’re all the same to Daken as long as he can use them to get what he wants. Ultimately, the character is likely A-Sexual because he doesn’t seem to get much pleasure from any of his forays in the bedroom. For him, sex is simply another way to get what he wants and this brutal killer has no problem sleeping with whoever he has to in order to further his goals.
5. ALAN SCOTT (EARTH 2)
Alan Scott, DC Comics’ first-ever Green Lantern, is a unique character. Unlike everyone else who’s been a Green Lantern, Scott isn’t actually a member of the Galactic Police Force, he’s just a man who has a green ring. While everyone else is connected to the Green Battery of willpower, Scott’s abilities are connected with a magic green flame that fell to the Earth in a meteor. A member of the Justice Society of America, Scott is one of the longest-serving heroes in the DCU and went on to inspire countless costumed individuals after him.
During the New 52, DC introduced a book called Earth 2 that focused on different versions of fan-favorite characters. The new version of Alan Scott was introduced as a gay man. Before he could propose to his boyfriend Sam, the train they are travelling on undergoes a terrible accident and his boyfriend doesn’t survive.
Originally introduced as a member of Batman’s Rogues Gallery, Catman was created by Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman, in 1963. Out of all the writers who have guided the character forward, Gail Simone has done more than anyone else to push this character into the foreground. When he made his return in 2005’s Villains United, Thomas Blake was living with a pride of lions in Africa to improve his survival skills and regain a sense of self.
As a member of the Secret Six, Catman is a leader of a ragtag group of villains who often perform good deeds and come across as heroic. While some of his conversations with Deadshot are dripping with sexual innuendo, he was only shown having relationships with women for most of his comic book career. In 2015, when DC rebooted Secret Six, he was shown in a bar flirting with both a man and a woman, confirming that he is indeed bisexual.
3. HULKLING AND WICCAN
When Alan Heinberg first introduced the Young Avengers, he created a lot of interesting, complex characters to fill out the team. Two of the lead characters are Wiccan and Hulkling, who both end up dealing with family secrets emerging from their pasts. A fun twist on the masculinity of both Hulk and Thor, the two members of the Avengers these two young heroes most resemble, Hulking and Wiccan are actually a loving, devoted couple.
Whenever something is amiss in one of their lives, the other person always bends over backwards to try and support their partner. There are a lot of cute couples in Marvel Comics, but these two young lovers may be the best due to how entertaining and engaging it is to watch them grow together.
Thanks to Thor:Ragnarok, Valkyrie is now one of the hottest characters in Marvel Comics. Tessa Thompson’s charismatic performance was laced with swagger, but the version of the character was missing something. Similar to many of DC’s Amazonians, Valkyrie is actually a bi-sexual woman. Ragnarok teased audiences by showing her and the God of Thunder flirt a little bit, but moving forward it’s likely her sexuality will become a more pronounced part of her character on the big screen.
Apparently, there was even a scene cut from the final film that essentially confirmed Valkyrie was indeed interested in women. At one point in the film, a woman would have been shown walking out of Valkyrie’s chambers, but Waititi eventually decided against including it in the final product.
1. APOLLO AND MIDNIGHTER
Originally created for the Wildstorm Universe, Apollo and Midnighter are twisted versions of Superman and Batman. Apollo is a solar-powered being who has pretty much all of Superman’s powers and can shoot energy blasts from his hands. Midnighter, on the other hand, is a leather-clad warrior who has enhanced senses and reflexes to make sure he’s always one step ahead of his enemies. They weren’t introduced as a couple, but the two of them eventually get married and continue to fight crime together.
In 2016, after the two characters were moved over into the DCU, they became the first LGBT couple to have their own comic book series. Before their duo series debuted, Midnighter cameoed in Grayson, and was able to recognize the Spyral agent through his facial-blurring technology because he would “know that ass anywhere.”
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