The Most Androgynous Characters in Cartoon History

Roger from American Dad! is my soulmate, let's be real.

Pan hits theaters this weekend—and at the center of the film is Peter Pan, a character frequently placed in the androgynous category. Whether it’s his get-up, hair or the fact live-action productions typically cast a female in the role, Peter Pan is an excellent example of a gender-challenging cartoon. And we’re so here for it.

But Peter isn’t the only cartoon who likes to play with masculinity and femininity. Believe it or not, many of your animated favorites like to blur the lines with their appearance—whether that means clothing, vocal inflection or level of beat face. It’s fun, fabulous and wonderfully ambiguous. These nine ’toons represent androgyny at its comic best.

  • 1 Lor, The Weekenders
    Lor is a girl, but—like a queen—doesn’t adhere to ridiculous gender norms. She refuses to change her style—baggy pants, sports jerseys and no makeup—and that makes her a badass. She appears gender ambiguous in several episodes of The Weekenders. But, most important, she’s brave in her own skin. Hell yeah.

  • 2 Blue, Blue’s Clues
    Nickelodeon
    How many of y’all thought Blue was a boy? Yup, me too. Blue’s—well—blue hue made many fans think she is a boy. Blame archaic gender/color associations on this lapse in judgment. (How awesome would it be if Blue’s gal-pal Magenta was a boy? We can dream!)

  • 3 Peter Pan, Peter Pan
    Disney
    Pan’s haircut and ethereal get-up contribute to the character’s androgyny. Another interesting tidbit? In live-action productions, Peter Pan is usually played by a girl. Could this be a nod to the original character’s gender ambiguity? Definitely.

  • 4 Peppermint Patty, Peanuts
    Peanuts
    Patty is the opposite of her Peanuts peer Lucy, who is perhaps the essence of femininity. Her short flat hair mixed with baggy clothes (that could easily be for men) create an ambiguous, but definite, gender identity. Patty is confident in herself—even sans makeup. And that’s pretty damn awesome.

  • 5 Tweety, Looney Tunes
    Warner Bros.
    Tweety’s long lashes and high-pitched voice led many to believe he was a girl. But he is, in fact, a he. His gender-bending appearance came in handy in many episodes of the show, particularly one titled “Ain’t She Tweet.” (Notice the she pronoun?)

  • 6 Roger, American Dad
    Fox
    Roger is male but can produce eggs and lactate. He routinely wears women’s clothing, and his camp-like qualities display his love for femininity. He likes to blur the lines, and we love it.

  • 7 BMO, Adventure Time
    This adorable piece of technology is unabashedly gender fluid, switching from female to male based on mood. Characters on Adventure Time refer to BMO as both a girl and boy.

  • 8 Bambi, Bambi
    Disney
    Bambi is biologically male, but embraces several female attributes—dainty eyelashes and flare—that allow him to bend the binary. Bambi’s gender identity has been a topic of fodder for years, but—in our opinion—the answer is simple. Bambi is Bambi. That’s all there is to it.

  • 9 Pikachu, Pokémon
    Pokemon
    Pikachu’s gender has never been clearly defined—some say male and others say female. Whatever the case, Pikachu’s vibrant personality shows she (or he) is comfortable in his/her own coat. And isn’t that the point at the end of the day?