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The Queerest Christmas Claymation Characters, Ranked

· Updated on March 23, 2023

In my family, it’s a holiday tradition to watch some classic claymation movies. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” — the list goes on. And I’ve gotta say, these movies are even better when you just assume every character is somehow gay. So this season, I’m counting down the queerest claymation characters that pop up on my screen every Christmas.

8. The Abominable Snowman

He may not have lines, but The Bumble is still decidedly a queer icon. I don’t know about you, but I see this guy on Grindr every time I open the app.

The Abominable Snowman from
The Abominable Snowman from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

7. Every Misfit Toy

These guys prove that “Rudolph” is ultimately a queer story. All these misfits feel unwanted, but eventually they realize their quirks are what make them great — if that’s not gay, I don’t know what is.

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The Misfit Toys from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

6. The Winter Warlock

The Winter Warlock isn’t really a villain. He’s just a bitter old queen who needed to be shown some kindness. And that much glitter cannot go unrecognized.

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The Winter Warlock from “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

5. Jack Frost 

This is a twink made of ice. No further questions.

Jack Frost from
Jack Frost from “Jack Frost.”

4. Mother Nature

Mother Nature takes no shit, gets the job done, runs the natural world and rocks a fabulous floral fit while she does it. An absolute girlboss with no desire for any man.

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Mother Nature from “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”

3. Rudolph

Rudolph is forced to conform to toxic masculine standards by his macho dad Donner, who goes so far as covering his beautiful glowing nose with a fake one. So yeah, he’s basically forced into the closet. But Rudolph can’t help who he is, and ultimately, his queerness — I mean, his nose — is the key to saving Christmas.

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Rudolph from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

2. Heat Miser and Snow Miser

Having a jaunty little theme song all about how you abuse your magical powers? Gay. These two OBVIOUSLY deserve a place on this list, and it would feel wrong to separate them, considering how powerful they are as a duo. But if I had to choose, Heat Miser is above Snow Miser, ‘cause representing heat in a Christmas movie is quite the disruptive move.

Heat Miser and Snow Miser from
Heat Miser and Snow Miser from “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”

1. Hermey the Elf

Hermey is the character that inspired me to make this list in the first place. That perfect, bleach blonde hair and impeccable style, combined with his inability to hold down a job? Come on. (Plus, I may have portrayed Hermey in a Christmas show as a child, so sue me if I’m biased toward him. Photographic evidence below.)

Hermey the Elf from
Hermey the Elf from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The writer dressed as Hermey.
Yours truly as Hermey the Elf.

Huh. I think “Rudolph” was actually one of the queerest things I watched as a child. Brb, gonna go binge all these movies again. Happy queer holidays!

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