I kinda like Him... then again I do tend to like in control bad bitches... be they good or evil.
Would you say that, if we had enough good characters or normal characters of a certain bend, that they would be enough to balance out the seemingly evil ones?
'Cause some part of me doesn't necessarily dislike all the evil q***r-coded characters.
More thinking out loud here: If there were enough non-straight, non-gender conforming characters on tv, enough normal ones, boring ones, good ones, etc.... they would and should be enough to balance out the seemingly "bad" ones. With characters that are q***r-coded in children's movies, the take away is that we as an audience are meant to understand that they are evil and their sexual ambiguity is just an extension of their otherness. Of their sense of being outcasts. Not straight or Non-gender conforming = Evil, and we are meant to associate the two. Because other seemingly non evil characters are not (usually) also non-straight/non-gender conforming, the association of otherness with evil tends to be pretty prominent.
tl;dr If we broke the association of evilness = q***rness with more normal characters, we could have evil q***r characters and have it understood that they aren't evil because they are q***r. They're just f**king evil.
Now, the interesting questions arise when we have a hypothetical character that is evil because they are q***r... Are we far enough along as a society to handle a character that is evilly q***r and accept them as they are, including the circumstances that made them what they are, or are old wounds still too fresh?
When it comes to the original ygo series the only parts I watched that i liked was the battle city and frozen dragons/whatever that arc's name was, with those 3 dragons and the seal of overpoweredness.
As far as GX goes, I liked it when I was a kid, although stopped watching it at some point. looking back at it, it was a very kiddy, pretty stupid show. A school dedicated to dueling?
I really liked 5D's (although card games on motorcycles was even more ridiculous than a school dedicated to dueling). The 4kids version was very bad even by 4kids standards. I mainly preferred the first 63 episodes of it. once all the stuff with dark signers ended it became pretty stupid.
Never watched Zexal but it looked extremely bad, and the main character is the worst ygo MC of all time.