One of the best things about being an adult and looking back on classic Disney movies is that you catch on to a lot of things you totally missed from your childhood. As a kid, the sexual orientation of the characters on the screen would likely have never crossed your mind. In hindsight, though, it's pretty clear that there were definitely some popular Disney characters who would probably identify as gay. While nothing is confirmed, here are 14 Disney characters who were maybe/probably/definitely gay.
Hades fills the role of sassy gay sidekick perfectly. At one point he tells Meg that he can't believe she's getting worked up "over some guy." The perfect voice of sass and reason, not to mention the fact that he's completely hilarious.
The Genie is known for his flamboyant antics and outlandish cross-dressing. He also has an earring in his right ear, which has become known as a common statement for gay men.
Eric is extremely good looking yet still is afraid to kiss girls. What's that all about? Also, the only way he actually fell in love with a girl was by being hypnotized.
This one is pretty obvious. In the movie, Terk is a tomboy gorilla who rejects traditional gender roles and has zero interest in other males. Also, she was voiced by longtime gay icon Rosie O’Donnell.
Disney actually created the look of Ursula the Sea Witch by going off of the appearance of famous drag queen Divine. It's a blatant connection to the LGBT community — she looks just like a drag queen and has very similar body movements!
There's been much discussion of Disney's use of the "fop," which is a term that was coined in 17th century England to negatively pinpoint a fashionable, effeminate and cowardly man — which today, is unfortunately a modern stereotype of many gays. However, if Ratcliffe is indeed gay, that would certainly explain his sparkly outfits and bows in his hair.
Oaken is a very minor character in the mega-hit movie "Frozen," but he holds the distinction of having one of the most openly gay depictions in any Disney film. In the movie, he says "Hello, family!" and the audience sees his family peeking out his sauna. It's an adult man and 4 kids, which implies that they're a partnered couple raising children. It makes sense, as "Frozen" is easily one of the most progressive animated films ever.
Look at this photo. Enough said.
"Hakuna Matata" is basically the perfect gay pride anthem. Timon and Pumbaa may not be partners, but they could definitely be gay bachelors who simply dress up and have a ton of fun together.
Pleakley is a male alien but repeatedly appears dressed in women's clothing with make-up on. Finally, a drag character to give Ursula a run for her money!
Many fans and critics alike have pointed to the progressive message of "Frozen." "Let It Go" was seen as a coming-out anthem, while the fact that the story doesn't end with Elsa finding a knight in shining armor proved that there are no boundaries when it comes to love.
Many fans point out the instances where it appears that LeFou is head over heels in love with Gaston. But really, who wouldn't be? That guy is a hunk!
Not only does this villain really know how to accessorize, but many draw comparisons to the story of Sherlock Holmes — Ratigan is the Moriarty and Basil is Holmes. There have long been fan fiction theories about the sexual tension between these two male opposing forces.