Tag: Are They Or Aren’t They?

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Are They or Aren't They: Black Canary

I feel like I need to write more about comics considering how much I enjoy them in my day-to-day life. I alphabetize my comic collection each night, and I kiss them good morning everyday. “Good morning, Secret Six. Good morning, Wonder Woman. Didn’t forget about you, Stumptown. I love you with all my heart and soul, Batwoman.” That’s a slight exaggeration, but I’d still like to take a moment to profile a character I really dig: Black Canary. Dinah Lance is the daughter of the original Black Canary, Dinah Drake, and she kicks ass. Sometimes she kicks ass with the Birds of Prey, sometimes with this guy she kinda likes, and sometimes on her own.  The point is, if Black Canary is around, sore asses will abound. I don’t know why I’m rhyming… I think I’ve just watched this so many times that I’ve got musicals on the brain. Awesome musical numbers aside, is Black Canary queer?

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Are They or Aren’t They: Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass

Kip PardueA thread in the forums got me thinking about cartoons and the adult innuendos that writers sneak into kids’ shows.  When I was younger I used to watch Rocko’s Modern Life every day, and while I suspected there were jokes I wasn’t quite getting, I never really knew until I got older. I had a similar experience this weekend watching Remember the Titans on TV. I’m sitting in front of the television, pantsless and weeping (weeping because of the emotion struggle for racial acceptance and pantsless because, why not?), when all of a sudden I’m like, “Wait…is that guy supposed to be gay?” The guy in question being Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass, the long-haired hippie from California who joins the team at training camp.  Now, I’m asking the question here: was Sunshine gay?


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Are They or Aren't They: Nellis

It’s no secret that I know a thing or two about fanfiction. Beyond the sheer horribleness/absurdity of some stories, I like the psychology behind writing fanfiction.  Seeing what people would change or add to such-and-such universe is rather intriguing.  Why do so many Twilight fans want Bella to be a Victoria’s Secret model and Edward not to be a vampire? Why would someone write a 40+ chapter epic about Justin Bieber attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Why is Nick/Ellis such a popular pairing amongst L4D fans?

It may not be as popular as the Zoey/Ellis pairing, but Ellis’ attraction to Zoey is confirmed in the game. The idea of him and Nick hooking up is one born and popularized in the fandom.  This certainly isn’t the first time two seemingly heterosexual male characters where slashed, and it is by no means the oddest pairing I’ve seem (that would be Snape/Snape’s nose…don’t think about it). Still, the couple interests me enough for me to wonder, “Are They or Aren’t They?”

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Are They or Aren’t They: Nellis

It’s no secret that I know a thing or two about fanfiction. Beyond the sheer horribleness/absurdity of some stories, I like the psychology behind writing fanfiction.  Seeing what people would change or add to such-and-such universe is rather intriguing.  Why do so many Twilight fans want Bella to be a Victoria’s Secret model and Edward not to be a vampire? Why would someone write a 40+ chapter epic about Justin Bieber attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Why is Nick/Ellis such a popular pairing amongst L4D fans?

It may not be as popular as the Zoey/Ellis pairing, but Ellis’ attraction to Zoey is confirmed in the game. The idea of him and Nick hooking up is one born and popularized in the fandom.  This certainly isn’t the first time two seemingly heterosexual male characters where slashed, and it is by no means the oddest pairing I’ve seem (that would be Snape/Snape’s nose…don’t think about it). Still, the couple interests me enough for me to wonder, “Are They or Aren’t They?”

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Are They or Aren’t They?: Oerba Yun Fang and Oerba Dia Vanille

Fang guarding Vanille from Hecatonchier

Since entry number seven, the Final Fantasy series has been the poster child for pretty, androgynous boys in jRPGs. I don’t know when it was but videogame critics decided they had to mention how androgynous the male characters were every single time the series was brought up. Ironically, the official art by Yoshitaka Amano for the games prior to FFVII (which is when most of this “FF males=girls” nonsense started) is a lot more similar style-wise with the Yaoi/Boys’ Love genre (side note: Amano’s version of Zidane is positively beautiful). It’s usually the men in the series who mess around with the gender lines, at least by Western standards.
The women of Final Fantasy are a lot more gender-typical in their presentation. Partly this is a consequence of the requirement that most of them take on the role of love interest. Final Fantasy XIII freed its female characters by: (1) making the main character a woman uninterested in romance and (2) outsourcing the love interest duties to her younger sister, who’s thankfully MIA for most of the game. The men in your party are either taken, tragically widowed or twelve. Of the six permanent party members, Fang and Vanille remain romantically unaccounted for. So what are two hot-blooded young women like them to do? Hook up with each other perhaps? Let’s find out.
Note: Spoilers ahead!

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Are They Or Aren't They?: Squidward

Now, I know most of the “Are They or Aren’t They” talk about the SpongeBob Squarepants show focuses on the titular character and his life partner best friend, Patrick Star, but what about the surly cephalopod next door? I know what you’re thinking. “Again with the cephalopods, Sweetdee?”  Biased though I may be, I really do think that Squidward is the overlooked homo of the series. Everyone focuses on SpongeBob because he runs around in his underwear and can make rainbows appear out of thin air, but he’s just meant to be a goofball.  While SpongeBob is off catching jellyfish, Squidward’s at home reading Interpretive Dance Quarterly and aging fine cheeses. Squidward’s affectations are also played for laughs in the show, but that doesn’t mean the series’ straightman can’t be gay.

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Are They Or Aren’t They?: Squidward

Now, I know most of the “Are They or Aren’t They” talk about the SpongeBob Squarepants show focuses on the titular character and his life partner best friend, Patrick Star, but what about the surly cephalopod next door? I know what you’re thinking. “Again with the cephalopods, Sweetdee?”  Biased though I may be, I really do think that Squidward is the overlooked homo of the series. Everyone focuses on SpongeBob because he runs around in his underwear and can make rainbows appear out of thin air, but he’s just meant to be a goofball.  While SpongeBob is off catching jellyfish, Squidward’s at home reading Interpretive Dance Quarterly and aging fine cheeses. Squidward’s affectations are also played for laughs in the show, but that doesn’t mean the series’ straightman can’t be gay.

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Are They Or Aren't They?: Zangief

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Look at this big guy!   Just look at him!  For those that don’t know, this is Zangief.  His interests are Mother Russia, Mohawks, and Wrestling Bears.  Speaking of “bears,” he seems to match that profile, does he not?  Zangief has been a Street Fighter mainstay since the classic Street Fighter II.  Being such a strong character, Zangief never backs down from a fight.  Even going all out against female characters such as Chun Li or Cammy.  Does that make him a misogynist?  Or could he possibly be hiding something else?