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Bisexual Disney Characters, Ranked | Autostraddle

Bisexual Disney Characters, Ranked | Autostraddle

Bisexual Disney characters are a lot more common than you realized when you were watching these animated films as a young queer kid. In the past, we’ve ranked Disney Princesses by lesbianism and Disney Channel Original Movies by lesbianism — and now, in 2020, we’ve decided to open up the entire animated Disney canon to a new interpretation and discover the bisexual Disney characters we’ve overlooked all these years.

Below are the 32 most bisexual Disney characters, ranked by our full Autostraddle team.


32. Sgt. Tibbs, 101 Dalmatians

Sgt Tibbs looks over a couch and gasps.

Stef: ACAB — all cats are bi, I don’t make the rules.


32. Tiana, The Princess and the Frog

Tiana stands on the balcony with a frog prince and looks bored. Neither are high ranked bisexual Disney characters.

Natalie: Tiana is painfully straight… though, in fairness, the only other women in the movie are her mama, her boy-obsessed best friend and a voodoo priestess.

Carmen: She is voiced by Anika Noni Rose, who has played gay twice in the years since this movie premiered (first, Jukebox on Power and then Rose on Little Fires Everywhere), so I’m giving her a bonus point.


31. Belle, Beauty and the Beast

Belle reads to a sheep.

Stef: Personally I am tired of Belle asking me If I’ve ever read Sex at Dawn.

Adrian: I do not think Belle as presented seems bi — but I believe in her potential.

Carmen: I do feel like all nerdy book girls are at least 20% bisexual, but sadly for Belle I believe that’s where the journey ends.

Carolyn: I read Belle as slightlyyyy bi but I think that’s less canonical Belle and more the version of her in Emma Donoghue’s retelling of beauty and the beast in Kissing the Witch.


30. Maximus, Tangled

Maximus scowls at Flynn and offers his hoof begrudgingly. His bisexual Disney characters ranking is not as high as his best friend's.

Carmen: Sorry I am absolutely in it for the pout!!


29. Sally Carrera, Cars

Sally does a side-eye in front of a desert backdrop.

Natalie: If we’re picking a bisexual from the Cars universe, it’s Cruz Ramirez.

Rachel: I feel like I dated her in college and we had zero chemistry but were too young to figure out that was a good enough reason to break it off.


28. Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio

Jiminy Cricket doffs his top hat. A lot of bisexual Disney characters wear top hats!

Malic: I’m not convinced that Jiminy Cricket is bi, but they’re definitely non-binary.

Adrian: I am thinking maybe our ol pal JC (omg is Jiminy Cricket a Jesus allegory??? sorry I’ll stop) is more of a “no labels” type of queer.


27. Merida, Brave

Merida crouches and draws her bow.

Drew: Merida genuinely seems to have zero interest in men. So I’d lean more lesbian than bisexual. But maybe she’s bisexual in the way I’m bisexual — into lots of genders but not men and the internet is telling her that also counts as bisexual if that’s a label she wants for herself and she’s not sure yet?

Valerie: I’m with Merida, I wish there was a good word for “into lots of genders but not men” (though I appreciate you putting that so succinctly, Drew).

Stef: I have definitely swiped past Merida on Tinder.

Carmen: The thing is, I’m actually convinced Merida is a lesbian.

Heather: A bow is a very bisexual weapon! Not as bisexual as like a staff but way more bisexual than a mace! (Everything I learned about bisexual Disney characters I learned from D&D.)


26. Rapunzel, Tangled

Rapunzel sweeps around her hair.

Drew Gregory: Mommy issues.

Riese: Not a bisexual bob.

Natalie: Rapunzel was sheltered for so long, I’m convinced she’d try anything. Probably gay til graduation, though.

Valerie: TECHNICALLY she had a bisexual bob towards the end of the movie, once she left the oppressive confines of her Tower of Heterosexuality.

Malic: Okay, but hanging from your hair is technically a circus art, and every circus performer is bi.


25. Anna, Frozen

Anna stands in a forest surrounded by swirling autumn leaves. More attention has been paid to lesbian Disney characters like Elsa than bisexual Disney characters like Anna.

Drew: Uh yeah pretty sure she’s the “straight” sister who spends a bunch of time with her lesbian sister’s queer friends and one day one of them says something about queerness and she’s like “but I feel that way and I’m not queer” and there’s a pause and then she’s like “oh shit am I??” Kristoff is super supportive of her exploring that, of course.

Carmen: Wow. that’s the best use of “In this essay I will —” that I’ve ever seen, Drew.


24. Te Fiti, Moana

Te Fiti hold Moana in her hand.

Carmen: I would also like to suggest Te Fiti from Moana because I don’t know, I think she’s gay. This is a lot of flowers. Flowers are gay.


23. Maid Marian, Robin Hood

Marian holds a daisy and smiles sweetly. Robin Hood is ranked higher in the Bisexual Disney Characters list than her.

Stef: To me Marian reads like she’ll make out with you at parties but still dates only guys, which is frustrating.

Adrian: Oh dang, Stef, I was gonna say Marian reads like a femme bi who is always like “well as a bisexual!!!!” because everyone assumes she’s straight. Not that our two reads are mutually exclusive oops.

Stef: I’ve made out with a lot of Marians unfortunately.

Meg: Oh god as a femme bi who is always like “well as a bisexual!!!!” I feel both deeply seen and fully horrified.


22. Jasmine, Aladdin

Jasmine hugs her pet tiger Rajah who some writers thing also should have made the list of Bisexual Disney characters.

Valerie: Jasmine had a lot of barriers to break through but you KNOW if she hadn’t had to spend so much time busting through the “I’d like to choose who I marry” wall she’d have been on the “I should be able to marry a man OR a woman, FATHER” train.

Sarah: Bi girls love having cats as pets

Malic: Jasmine seems a little bi, but Raja the tiger is the big ol’ bisexual here.

Himani: I feel like the live action Jasmine has way more queer vibes to me than the animated one.

Carmen: We can think of her as Representative Jasmine of the All Jasmines Delegation of Bisexual Disney Characters.

Himani: Haha that’s fair — I just wanted to note that bc they feel like two very different characters to me.

Carmen: They definitely were!

Sarah: Oh yeah live action Jasmine is so queer.


21. White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland

The White Rabbit studies his pocket watch

Valerie: Maybe this is me projecting but I feel like being perpetually late is inherently queer.

Rachel: Yeah I also came here to say I couldn’t figure out why he felt bi to me and then realized it’s because he’s stressed out.

Stef: You oughta see this guy sit in a chair.

Adrian: He’s never gonna be able to keep a brunch reservation with this crowd.


20. Tramp, Lady and the Tramp

Tramp smirks handsomely

Sarah: This bi girl I dated briefly had a huge crush on Tramp so I’m pretty sure that also means Tramp has bi energy?

Stef: Dirtbag with a heart of gold, I relate.

Carmen: I relate because I always date this person and rarely does it ever work out for me.

Carolyn: +1 Carmen

Kayla: EXTREME bi dirtbag energy.


18 and 19. Pumba and Timon, The Lion King

Bisexual Disney characters and clowns Pumba and Timon try to look convincing.

Natalie: The Bert and Ernie of the Disney world.


17. Robin Hood, Robin Hood

Robin Hood shows off.

Rachel: Feel strongly that Robin Hood is not bi but does exclusively date bi girls.

Stef: Oh I think Robin is a guy who is very comfortable talking about men he finds attractive and I don’t think he’s opposed to hooking up with dudes, he’s just constantly being hit on by women.

Archie: He is def being merry with his band of men in those woods.


16. Remy, Ratatouille

Remy dances with a carrot in front of a window with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Drew: Pretty sure the plot of Ratatouille is Remy falls in love with Linguini, Linguini thinks they’re just friends and colleagues and falls in love with Colette instead, Remy is sad and jealous and leaves, Linguini starts to miss Remy, Linguini, Remy, and Colette end up in a throuple. No?


15. Hei Hei, Moana

Hei Hei stands on a boat deck and looks confused and nervous.

Meg: This may be controversial but I feel like Hei Hei has very chaotic bisexual energy.

Carmen: Profoundly relate to Hei Hei’s anxiety. As queer people, anxiety is our time honored way of being.

Stef: I relate to Hei Hei’s admirable ability to do the same dumb thing over and over and over again, truly makes me feel like he’s one of my people.


13. Jessie, Toy Story

Bisexual Disney character/horse girl Jessie stands on Andy's bed in her cowgirl hat looking excited. She is the only Toy Story toy on the Bisexual Disney Characters list.

Natalie: I think Jessie is one of those girls who says she’s bisexual in college and then comes out as a lesbian later in life.

Rachel: Museum-quality example of the bisexual horse girl.

Meg: “When She Loved Me” has to be in the top three most queer Disney songs.


13. Megara, Hercules

Megara leans casually and smirks.

Valerie: This is a very Bisexual Lean™️ in my humble opinion. Robin Hood does it too.

Rachel: Absolutely The Blueprint for bitchy bisexual women.

Carolyn: The first character I thought of when I saw we were doing this list.


12. Moana, Moana

Moana stands on a boat on the shore and sings.

Drew: Moana is trans and lots of trans people are bi therefore Moana is probably bi. We call that the transitive property.

Heather: Drew. “Transitive property.” *adjusts bisexual monocle*


11. Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

Animated bisexual Disney character Maleficent chats with her raven.

Drew: I know this is technically a different version of the character. But anyone who is portrayed by bicon Angelina Jolie automatically gets major bi points IMO.

Valerie: Was about to make my case by way of Angelina Jolie but Drew  already did it.  Also, having a raven familiar is extremely bisexual.

Stef: Maleficent thinks the stereotype of the evil bisexual is harmful but she’s also still maleficent, an evil bisexual.

Carmen: Maleficent is bisexual in every iteration of her character, and in the following order:

1. Animated Original Maleficent, super bisexual.

2. Kristin Bauer Van Straten as Maleficent in Once Upon a Time, supremely bisexual

3. Angelina Jolie in both live action movies of Maleficent, astronomically bisexual.


10. Elastigirl, The Incredibles

Elastigirl does stunts on her motorcycle.

Carolyn: Elastigirl’s hair: a take on the bisexual bob??

Valerie: I genuinely can’t remember if she had a canon ex-girlfriend or if I decided it so hard it became true in my mind.

Heather: She had a husband and a girlfriend in Incredibles 2.

Kayla: Elastidaddy (I’m sorry).


9. Mulan, Mulan

Mulan gives herself a haircut with her sword. She is the highest ranked Disney Princess on the Bisexual Disney Characters list.

Heather: Name a more bisexual activity than cutting off your own hair with a sword.


8. Professor Ratigan, The Great Mouse Detective

Professor Ratigan takes a bow.

Stef: WHERE is Professor Ratigan????

Heather: I was worried I was adding too many villainous bisexuals and people would get mad!

Stef: The amount of time he spends denying his identity as a rat plus his sinister power grabs? BISEXUAL.

Heather: You’re right, you’re right.

Stef: Listen, as a villainous bisexual.

Heather: You’re not—

Stef: I demand representation!


7. Jessica Rabbit, Roger Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit croons a sultry tune.

Rachel: “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way” is commentary on biphobia.

Sarah: This is every bi Scorpio I know.

Stef, a bi Scorpio: I don’t want to talk about it.


5 and 6. Lumiere and Cogsworth, Beauty and the Beast

Bisexual Disney characters Lumiere and Cogsworth hug it out.

Archie: These two have literal wives in the movie. But also 👀 💅 imo.

Archie, who can only vote as high as a seven: NINE!

Stef: None more bi.


4. John Darling, Peter Pan

John Darling wears a nightshirt, top hat, and Harry Potter glasses.

Adrian: It’s the top hat/nightgown combo for me.

Stef: Oh the oversized glasses that don’t even have lenses in them.

Adrian: DING DING DING!


3. Evil Queen, Snow White

The Evil Queen sits on her throne, evily.

Stef: Is that like a … gaiter? What is that? I’ve always been obsessed with it.

Heather: It’s like a full balaclava.

Stef: For when you have to be at the palace at 2:00, but you’re meeting with the other foot soldiers at 3:30. I bet her Corona fashion would have been insane.

Malic: The Evil Queen was an early crush of mine, so I assumed that she’s an unavailable straight woman. But now I’m convinced — she is, indeed, bi.

Carmen: Ahem, the Evil Queen, in all of her iterations, is the purest form that hot bisexual who is both smarter than you and also knows how to apply the perfect lipstick and winged eyeliner and definitely also will murder you with a knife and you will somehow like it. This was never more true than when Regina Mills was the Evil Queen on Once Upon a Time, who was so supremely bisexual that it makes one quiver at the knees. HOWEVER, since I was SO RUDELY AND UNFAIRLY forbidden from once again inexplicably squeezing Regina Mills into an Autostraddle television conversation, I will gladly accept the animated original in her place.

Heather: “Once again.”

Stef: If anyone wants to buy me that cloak w the widow’s peak situation I promise to look really good in it.


2. Li Shang, Mulan

Li Shang quirks his eyebrows in confusion.

Drew: Always identified as bi, but lately he’s been hearing the word pan and is thinking maybe that suits him better.

Rachel: Definitely bisexual, almost bi himbo representation, but I think at the end of the day is a little too smart to qualify.


1. Ursula, The Little Mermaid

Ursula is delighted with herself for being the #1 bisexual Disney character.

Drew: Is she jealous of Ariel or Prince Eric? Does she want to fuck Ariel or Prince Eric? I say, why choose!

Stef: And don’t underestimate the importance of BODY LANGUAGE.

Carmen: My favorite thing about Ursula is that no matter the gay list, no matter the time — she will always top it.

Carolyn: In more ways than one.


Did we miss any of your favorite bisexual Disney characters? Let us know in the comments!

Disney and Sky urge Tories to honour reforms

Disney and Sky urge Tories to honour reforms

Fifteen media companies have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in support of trans rights. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A collective of media and entertainment organisations including Disney, Sky and the Financial Times have written to UK prime minister Boris Johnson urging him to honour the government’s commitment to reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

Theresa May’s Conservative government announced plans to reform the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, which governs the way trans men and women in the UK gain legal recognition of their gender, in 2017.

A huge public consultation on potential changes was held in 2018, with more than 100,000 people reportedly sharing their views on proposed improvements to the law.

However, subsequent Tory governments have repeatedly stalled on publishing the results. They are now expected to be announced by Johnson’s equalities chief Liz Truss before parliament’s summer recess on July 21, although it was leaked to the Sunday Times last month that plans to reform the GRA have been scrapped.

The collective behind the open letter told Johnson they were writing “to express our support of the trans community”.

“As it stands, the UK is a global leader in LGBT+ equality – and the government has been right to work closely with businesses to advance equality on the world stage,” the letter says.

“We all strive to be trans-inclusive organisations and believe that a diverse workforce, including trans employees, offers greater business success.

“With this in mind, we would be opposed to any policy or legislation changes that impact the trans community negatively.

“Trans people have always been able to use single-sex facilities that match their gender, and the Equality Act 2010 codified this.

“Additionally, it has been widely reported that the 2018 public consultation on GRA reform shows up to 70 per cent of respondents agreed that it was appropriate to remove additional barriers to trans people being able to identify and live authentically.

“Failing to honour the government’s commitment to implement the consultation findings, and even increasing restrictions on trans people’s ability to live authentically, benefits no one.

“It would mean changes to working environments that would make it hard for trans and non-binary people to focus on their work, preventing them from being able to travel safely, and inhibiting them from operating in society.

“We hope that we can continue to be part of discussion about the future of trans equality in the UK, working together to make progress for the trans community and ensure our businesses maintain the diverse perspectives that help make us successful.”

Other signatories to the letter include EMEA, Warner Media, NBCUniversal, Endemol Shine, ViacomCBS, AMC Networks International UK, Discovery, Diva Media Group, Sports Media LGBT+, Film + TV Charity, GEEYOU, and The Sarah O’Connell Show.

The letter was organised by InterMedia, an LGBT+ network group for people working across all areas of the media spectrum.