Top 5 Non-Binary Characters on TV

Updated on December 30, 2019
Bo Beaufill profile image

Bo is a university student by day and writer by night, with a big passion for stories. Danger: Do not feed this person RPGs.

LGBT characters on television are still controversial, and we're still in further desperate need for visibility. Trans and non-binary characters are depicted even less often, and often in ways that many feel don't represent the community well. The following list is of canonically non-binary characters that are treated respectfully, and that many relate to.

Please note that this list is in no particular order, and is the opinion of myself only. I do not speak for the whole community.

Syd
Syd

Syd (One Day at a Time)

Syd is a character introduced in the second season as main character Elena's love interest. While they are used as a discussion point for issues surrounding the LGBT community, they're always treated as human and have a strong personality outside of being non-binary. Seeing a transgender character in a positive romantic relationship is also so important to see, as many who identify with the label feel as if their gender is a barrier for love.

If you're a fan of sitcoms and wholesome family shows, you'll enjoy One Day at a Time. If you just want to watch episodes with Syd, you can start at "To Zir, With Love".

The first three seasons can be found on Netflix.

Stevonnie
Stevonnie

Stevonnie (Steven Universe)

This character is a fusion between Steven and Connie (The main character and his best friend), and is canonically non-binary and intersex. Their identity as non-binary and pronouns are never questioned throughout the show, only greeted with enthusiastic support and acceptance.

Stevonnie isn’t the only non-binary character in the show either. Gems, while they present femininely and use she/her pronouns, are all non-binary women. Steven Universe: Future also introduces Shep, a non-binary human.

Rebecca Sugar—creator of the show—is also non-binary, which means these characters comes from a very real place.

If you want good representation from a wholesome TV show with tons of LGBT characters, this is an excellent choice. Their first appearance is on "Alone Together" in the second season.

You can watch Steven Universe on Cartoon Network.

Yael
Yael

Yael - Degrassi: Next Class

The Degrassi franchise is well known for its diverse range of characters, exploring all kinds of minorities and issues in the setting of a high school. Degrassi: Next Generation saw the not-so-positive representation of a trans male character, who was killed as a PSA about texting and driving. However, the writers do a good job making up for it with Yael.

Watchers go on a journey with Yael as they discover their identity and navigate life as a non-conforming teenager.

Sadly, their non-binary story arc doesn't begin until the fourth season, which is the show's last as it was cancelled. It's still worth watching if you're a fan of high school dramas.

You can watch Degrassi: Next Class on Netflix.

Double Trouble
Double Trouble

Double Trouble (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)

She-Ra is a cartoon with plenty of canon and blatant LGBT representation, and with season four's release, the first transgender character was introduced, becoming an important part of the show's plot.

Double Trouble is a shape-shifting reptilian person with a passion for acting and trouble making. They're a lot of fun, although morally questionable.

Their identity is never questioned, and their pronouns are always respected immediately, even by their enemies. They're also voice acted by Jacob Tobia, an out non-binary person and activist for the community.

For Double Trouble content, watch She-Ra season 4 on Netflix.

LaFontaine
LaFontaine

LaFontaine (Carmilla)

LaFontaine is a main character of the Carmilla series, a story that started out as a budget web-series on YouTube, then grew to amass a large enough following to call for three more seasons and a film.

For the most part, their identity is respected, although there is a character arc in which their best friend learns to understand that they're still the same person. Their own character arcs tend to come from the weird paranormal stuff the group of friends have to deal with, rather than focusing on their gender.

You can watch Carmilla on Youtube.

The non-binary flag
The non-binary flag

Right now there isn't a ton of representation for non-binary people out there, but thankfully most of what is available is pretty awesome. If you have an opinion about any of these characters or shows, or feel as if something has been missed out, please leave a comment.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • hallucinogen profile image

        Lucy 

        5 weeks ago from Leeds, UK

        Great article - welcome to HubPages!

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)