10 queer-coded TV and movie characters who never came out

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Was being literal too easy? Characters coded as queer have a history on screen as old as cinema itself. In some cases, the strategy created a legend without ever stating the obvious – whether initially intended as nefarious abuse or a hilarious nod.

Scroll for 10 of our favorite examples from classic TV and films.

Ursula
The Little Mermaid (above)

Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde)
Bewitched

Marcie and Peppermint Patty
Peanuts

Monroe (Jm J. Bullock)
Too Close for Comfort

Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor)
Xena, Warrior Princess

Plato (Sal Mineo)
Rebel Without a Cause

Jo (Nancy McKeon)
The Facts of Life

Ernie & Bert
Sesame Street

Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris)
Lost in Space (and every other villain Jonathan Harris played)

Ryan Evans (Lucas Stephen Grabeel)
High School Musical

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