Five Fantasy and Sci-Fi Characters with Big Lesbian Energy

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We live in a time when fantasy and sci-fi are dominating our screens. Superhero movies are no longer a niche market. It’s all become more mainstream, giving consumers hope for the future and a little of magic in their everyday lives. These fantastical stories have action, adventure, character growth, romance, even reflections of human suffering. But they are missing one crucial thing. Lesbians. We can have undead monsters and Norse gods calling forth lightning from the heavens, but we can’t have just one lesbian hero in a mainstream feature? That hasn’t stopped us, though! We honed in on five female characters giving off BLE, or big lesbian energy. They can’t stop us from making these women our lesbian heroes.

MCU’s Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers

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With great power, comes big lesbian energy. And Carol Danvers has both. Earlier this year, the MCU finally released their first female-led movie. Between all the sci-fi action, there was a woman on a journey to find her true self. Everyone around her was determined to mold her into someone she wasn’t. As lesbians, this is a struggle we know well. This isn’t the only thing that set off my BLE senses. When given the chance to pick her own clothes, Carol chooses a band shirt, leather jacket, and ripped jeans with a flannel around her waist. It’s classic lesbian fashion.

Plus, we all know Carol and Maria are married and raising a daughter and a cat together in a time when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was still in practice. It wasn’t enough to see the three of them on Christmas in matching pajamas, but the tenderness between Carol and Maria suggest they were more than just copilots. Even Brie Larson herself mentioned Maria was, “the great love… The reason to continue fighting.” If that wasn’t enough to convince you, just ask any lesbian who watched Avengers: Endgame how much of snack Carol was after her haircut.

Lara Croft

In 2013, the Tomb Raider franchise got a reboot. It had better graphics, a riveting storyline, and a more believable Lara Croft giving off BLE. Of course she does, when the objective of the first game in the rebooted franchise is to rescue Lara’s Gal Pal, Samantha Nishimura. It’s a classic rescue-the-damsel-in-distress trope, but both characters are ladies. Our heroine braves the elements, fends off murderous cultists, and battles an army of undead warriors to save Sam. Not to mention, the game ends with Lara carrying Sam bridal style as the heavens open up and shine a rainbow on them. How subtle.

Sam doesn’t appear in the next two games, perhaps because of a little too much BLE. Despite this, Lara always seems to find a female character to connect with while simultaneously not caring at all about men. She does all this while rocking some excellent lesbian fashion, too. Her default outfits are always a tank top, cargo pants, and combat boots. Not a single one of her alternative outfits is over-sexualized for the male gaze. To seal the deal, a grandmother calls her a tomboy after commenting on her messy hair. How many of us heard this while we were growing up?

Morgana Pendragon

Isn’t it funny how so many lesbians relate to or are attracted to female villains? It’s easy to do both with Morgana Pendragon from the show Merlin. Her interactions with Gwen set off my BLE meter. But when Morgause arrives, even Katie McGrath herself thought she was Morgana’s love interest and not in fact her long, lost sister. Prompting her to say, “In fairness, you can’t have a show without lesbianism.” You’re absolutely right, Katie.

Morgana’s chemistry with female characters isn’t the only thing that makes her so relatable to lesbians. Watching her come to terms with her magic in a society so vehemently anti-magic, with a father that hates witches, feels so much like growing up in a homophobic environment. At first, she refuses to believe her power. But soon, she realizes she isn’t at fault for simply being herself. In fact, you could switch out the word magic with homosexuality in many of her monologues about her magic. Morgana was supposed to be a villain, but was she? How often are we lesbians demonized for existing as we are? She was just a woman, born different, reacting to an oppressive society. She also happens be a witch.

Rey

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… One woman exhibited enough BLE to destroy Darth Vader wannabes. But what is it about Rey that gives her the lesbian vibes? Is it her annoyance at a man holding her hand? The fashion statement of wearing capris and space-Uggs? Or her remarkable fighting skills? It’s all the above! Doesn’t her knowledge of ships and general tech remind you of your lesbian friend who is really into cars, too? Much like Morgana, Rey goes through a journey of self-discovery. She lives in a time when Force-sensitive people are executed, on a remote planet where she dreams of something bigger. Isn’t that a familiar story to some of us?

All this is on top of the other challenges of being a Force user. Is it any wonder that she ran away from this aspect of herself at first? But once she embraced it, she was unstoppable. And who does she run to for advice? Luke Skywalker himself, a character many fans seem to accept being gay. In fact, Mark Hamill seems to be okay with this as well stating, “if you think Luke is gay, of course he is.” Why can’t this apply to Rey?

Lena Luthor

Lena Luthor of Supergirl is the second character on our list played by Katie McGrath. She just has a way with characters emanating BLE. But why is Lex Luthor’s half-sister on this list? Have you seen her rock a suit? More than this, it stems from her intense relationship with Supergirl/Kara Danvers. If one came into this show with no prior knowledge of these characters, they would immediately assume these two are lovers. It’s the lingering glances, the intimate conversations, and overall tenderness. Alas, they remain Gal Pals.

Lena also seems to have quite an aversion to men. Sure, she may have had a male love interest, but the chemistry was so lacking you’d wonder if this was an example of compulsory heterosexuality in action. When asked about the phrase, “behind every great man, is a great woman,” Lena replied, “I wouldn’t know. I’ve never stood behind a man.” How iconic was that? Another layer to Lena’s BLE cake is the friction between herself and her family because she doesn’t follow their path. We’ve all been there.

Big Lesbian Energy

Aside from BLE, all these women are courageous, passionate, and self-assured. But what exactly is BLE? Do you see aspects of yourself, as a lesbian, in her? Does she connect more with female characters? Is she giving off those vibes? If you answered yes, chances are she’s got it! And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that with thinking she’s a lesbian! We are seriously lacking in content for lesbians, made by lesbians. Watching the same five things (where the lesbian doesn’t die) gets boring. We adapt by honing in on these characters. They won’t give us lesbian heroes? We’ll make our own.