Ace Canon and Headcanon Characters in Media
Since coming out as Ace in 2017, I have wanted to do something to celebrate my identity during Pride month. This month I decided to write an article I just didn’t know what to write it about until I saw a tweet about Sponge Bob and the damage ace erasure does.
So, to celebrate pride, I wanted to write about some characters in media who are ace, to show that we are real, valid, and possibly educate. I’ve also included near the end some characters who canon-wise aren’t ace but one’s I think are or show traits of what it’s like to be ace.
This article will have my opinions and I’d love to know yours in the comments section.
Before we start, I’d like to thank AVEN, for being a valuable source in helping us understand what asexuality is and for the inspiration for some of these entries. If you want to know more about Asexuality check them out.
Todd Chavez – BoJack Horseman
I wanna begin this list with a character that is perhaps the most recognizable ace character bit on that has helped the ace community a lot. Todd coming out story was done over three and a bit seasons (he officially comes out as Ace in season four) in such a perfect way reflecting the experiences many in the community have.
I can honestly say that I got teary-eyed when Todd came out and I saw an ace character not only accepted but done right.
SpongeBob – SpongeBob SquarePants
This next entry is for some considered controversial and sparked a much-needed conversation about ace erasure. To celebrate pride Nickelodeon posted a tweet with some of their characters that are LGBTQ+ and everyone took notice of SpongeBob’s inclusion. Many praised Nickelodeon for confirming he was gay which became a problem as while he may be gay or more likely biromantic, he is also ace. His creator Stephen Hillenburg in 2002 confirmed in an interview that SpongeBob is in fact Ace. SpongeBob’s asexuality is perfectly displayed in his loving personality and friendships.
Jughead Jones – Archie
Jughead is another character that shows the power of erasure as, despite his portrayal in Riverdale by Cole Spouse, he is in fact asexual. Jones officially came out in 2015 during his solo series and it was a huge deal. Jughead had always been written as an ace character despite if the writers intended it that way, so for it to be canonized was a landmark moment.
It is a shame that Riverdale’s Jughead isn’t ace, as it was a huge missed opportunity to have the representation on the show. The show has showcased other orientations and maybe they’ll introduce a new character that is ace it just won’t be the same as having an ace Jughead.
Dionysus – The Wicked + The Divine
Sticking with comics, the hugely popular Image series The Wicked + The Divine featured an ace character, Dionysus. Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie confirm their asexuality in issue 26 of the series. If you wanna know more about the series I suggest checking out our other coverage of the series.
Raphael Santiago – Shadowhunters
The team behind the TV adaptation of the book series The Shadow Hunter Chronicles, deserve praise for keeping Santiago ace. While I’ve not read or watched the series other aces have expressed their love of his portrayal.
Created for The Walking Dead TV series Daryl is a character that on the show isn’t confirmed to be ace but like Sponge Bob the creator has. Robert Kirkman has stated Daryl is ace but has on times walked it back. He, however, isn’t the only one who has stated he is ace. Norman Reedus who plays Daryl has also stated he is ace.
This is best shown with his relationship with Carol throughout the show, as they are close but not romantically close.
These are just a few characters who are in canon ace and there are many more. I suggest checking out The Aromantic and Asexual Character Database for more ace characters.
The Un-official Ace Club
The next few entries in this article are never confirmed to be ace in their media or by their creator. They, however, to me and many in the community resonate with us as ace.
The one character I connected to the most out of the Harry Potter series was Luna Lovegood. She is the Harry Potter character that many asexuals see as ace. I am one of them as I connect with the fact that she’s more interested in her work, hobbies, and friendship than pursuing romance. It is interesting that her creator hasn’t added this detail on Twitter as she did with Dumbledore and his sexuality. However, considering her relationship with twitter at the moment, it’s best Luna’s sexually is left in the hands of the fans.
This next entry may seem a little out there but I think Mulder and Scully are a great example of an ace couple and I’ll explain. Throughout 11 seasons we’ve seen Mulder and Scully‘s relationship grow and during that time it rarely got sexual, even when they became an official couple. Instead, their relationship is portrayed in the grey area plutonic and sexual.
This was my take growing up when watching as a kid and was some of my inspiration from my characters Agent Taylor and Grey but with Taylor being the only ace in the relationship. Another reason why I and other aces feel connect with them being ace is lack of interest in a relationship with anyone else. During the show, Mulder and Scully are rarely seen to be in a relationship and when they are it’s awkward. Now during the early seasons, the writers do hint at Mulder’s high libido but hiving a high libido doesn’t mean he can’t still be ace.
This pick is to be taken with a huge grain of salt as you have to ignore certain things for this to fully work as an ace couple, which in the canon of the show you can’t. Still, fans can wish.
Reid is my favorite character in Criminal Minds and the one I relate and connect to most, which may explain why I see him as ace. There are, however, some character traits like his drive and love for his work, that takes over any personal relationships. There are even times during the final season of the show, where Reid does develop a romantic partner. This relationship is portrayed as more intellectual than sexual. These are just character trait and not something exclusively tied to asexuals.
The Doctor – Doctor Who
The final entry is The Doctor. I see most regenerations of The Doctor as ace due to their interactions with their companions and how The Doctor cares for them and sometimes loves them, but not romantically. There are exceptions like The Doctor’s relationship with River Song, but even then, it felt more like a partnership than relationship.
That was my list and opinion on asexual characters in media both canon and headcanon. What are your thoughts on asexual representation, and are there any characters you feel I missed? Please mention them in the comments.