Animated series with LGBT characters: 2020s
The depiction of LGBTQ characters in animated series in the 2020s changed from the 2010s, accelerating like never seen before, especially when it came to Western animation. The Owl House featured some of the first LGBTQ protagonists in a Disney show, while Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts had a prominent gay relationship not previously seen in animation. In adult animation, Magical Girl Friendship Squad and Helluva Boss broke ground, the former with a lesbian protagonist and the latter with two bisexual characters and one pansexual character. However, in 2020, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Steven Universe Future, both of which had various LGBTQ characters, ended. In anime, LGBTQ characters appeared in various productions, such as Adachi and Shimamura, Assault Lily Bouquet, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, Interspecies Reviewers, and Seton Academy: Join the Pack!.
For a further understanding of how these LGBTQ characters fit into the overall history of animation, please read the History of LGBTQ characters in animated series: 2020s page and its offshoots.
The 2020s saw a blossoming of LGBTQ characters in animated series, whether in all-ages animation, adult animation, young adult animation, or in anime. For example, the three seasons of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts aired on Netflix, featured a prominent gay relationship, and the first season of The Owl House included two LGBTQ protagonists, one who is bisexual and the other who is lesbian. In 2020 alone, Cleopatra in Space featured lesbian characters, Magical Girl Friendship Squad had a lesbian protagonist and Helluva Boss had three LGBTQ characters, two of which were bisexual and one which was pansexual. The same year, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Steven Universe Future, renowned for their LGBTQ representation, came to an end. In anime, LGBTQ characters appeared in various productions. Lesbian characters were protagonists in Asteroid in Love, If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die, Adachi and Shimamura, Assault Lily Bouquet, and My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! while Interspecies Reviewers had a intersex character and Seton Academy: Join the Pack! had a genderfluid character.
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Luz and Amity began as rivals, but The Owl House has slowly built up a friendship between the two girls. Once Luz learned that they share many of the same interests, she has tried to befriend Amity. Since then, their relationship has continued to grow, with more clues being dropped that feelings could be brewing. While fans are aware of Amity's feelings for Luz, they will have to wait and see if and when Luz makes her feelings known as well.
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What is masculinity and femininity? I want to hit Hitomi-chan as it is without being swayed by such a thing! If you have a strong feeling and an unbreakable heart, you can overcome any wall! I want to say, but it's a tantrum. Because you are trying to get over it, you're a kuso hyena and a xoratelle.
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Eripiyo...is wildly enthusiastic about Maina, the shy and lowest-ranking member of the minor underground idol group Cham Jam that performs in Okayama Prefecture. She gets so wrapped up in her love for Maina during a particular performance, that she has a major nosebleed. Eri will continue to give her complete devotion to Maina until the day she can perform at Budōkan.